Halo Infinite Downfall?

Back in November, we were finally given 3 long-running franchise games, Call of Duty: Vanguard, Battlefield 2042, and Halo Infinite. Of the 3 games, only 1 reigned supreme; for a time. Here we are 6 months later, and there is something seriously wrong with Halo Infinite. As a game, it works, but as a live service game, it is definitely lacking, coming from a developer like 343 Industries, who knows Halo, it makes you wonder what is going on over there. It is disappointing since Halo Infinite started out so well for a couple of months and it was a quick turnaround to mediocre. A general lack of a road map is crucial for any live service game, for season 1 it was basically non-existent and for Season 2 it is even more infuriating. These days in 2022, a season should never last 6 months, Warzone and Apex have the sweet spot, with 2 to 2.5 months per season. Having a season that is 6 months with only basic cosmetics is incredibly underwhelming and downright sad, with no new maps and no new weapons. Things and features that were promised for Season 1 have been pushed back into Season 2, with Cooperative Campaign being a highlight of this. Cooperative Campaign was promised to release in May 2022 and now it is late August 2022, a whole 10 months after Halo Infinite’s release date. Not even Forge mode is in Halo Infinite yet, a staple of Halo for years. It’s no wonder why Halo Infinite player count has been on a steep decline, for console and PC. It is becoming very clear that Halo Infinite may have needed another year, to plan out the way the Live Service should be and the Campaign itself. Rushing a Live Service game is never a good idea, even with the name Halo attached to it. The reality is that even with another year of development, mostly for the campaign shows that Halo Infinite was not well planned out and was hoping that the name itself would be enough but with this lack of content, lack of community engagement, why would anyone stay and play Halo Infinite. Maybe the best course of action should have been to give the multiplayer and the Live Service game to a different developer, a developer with a good history in multiplayer or Live Service Games. If 343 Industries continues to release Seasons that are 6 months long, it won’t be long until the game is inevitably forgotten. There are several free Live Service games that are performing exponentially well to fall back. Halo Infinite, Microsoft, and 343 Infinite need a restructure if it hopes to compete in this market.

Article by: ShadowAlchemistX

Gaming Life

Took a little hiatus but we back. We’ve been busy playing and trying to beat lots of games recently. New PS5 experience, and new games played on it from Miles Morales Spider-Man to Dying Light to recently the beautiful game of Elden Ring!!! More to come later but thank you to all who continue to support.

With Love

The Unsung Gamers

Dear PlayStation

By: PhantomRicon

@playstation, the best console since 1995! I look forward to the PS5! You’ve been there for me since high school, college, my move to a new city, keeping me in touch with my friends and family playing online even to this date. You made smart moves such as adopting Blu-Ray, your controller design, and having the BEST exclusive games ever. Now my family uses it too to now watch their shows and stream movies. I look forward to the release of the PlayStation 5, and continue to be a loyal costumer. #thankYouPlaystation #playstation #PS1 #PS2 #PS3 #PS4 #PS5ComingSoon #sony #red #psController #fanArt #game #gameArt #adobe #illustrator #playstationPlusAwesomeToo

That was a post I posted back in 2020. 2 years later I know have been lucky enough to grab a hold of the legendary mythical machine the PS5. The story of how I got it you can listen on our podcast that just came out. (Links in the home page). There is more to the story but I was able to win it during a school silent auction

Now that I have it I know I’ll be enjoying and will be have my entertainment at home taken care of by PlayStation system and the future games it will have. Already the controller, speed and graphics look great. My first game I’ll will be playing on the PS5 will be Elden ring. Once again thank you Sony PlayStation. I look forward to the new games and possible new additions or updates that may come for the PS5.

Battlefield 2042 Revisited 2/10 Rating

2/10 Rating

Well I sit here now and apologizing to everyone I told about this new battlefield being the next great multiplayer game. How it was gonna surpass Warzone. Well a few months later and several issues now have gone and continue to happen such as low sales, low player activity in the game, poor gameplay, graphics, and above all not really a true Battlefield game that at least in my opinion is not the the standard that is Battlefield 4.

The very first time I played it and saw the gameplay I had concerns. The game started and I looked at the graphics and was appalled. These graphics are not very detailed, no real “leveloution” as I like to call it where things can be destroyed like buildings. It takes like 6 rockets to destroy a tank, and I believe I heard about a sniper rifle doing more damage than a rocket to destroy a tank?!

Come on DICE/EA. You gotta do better. Especially now Warzone, and Halo Infinite multiplayer out and I’d say they left Battlefield in the desert. I know they are working on things, the price of their game has dropped and there are even rumors BF2042 may be free to play soon. It’s unfortunate because I was one of the many who bought the $100 package.

If BF2042 fix things great, but now I think I’ll just wait a couple of months if they make another game or even a DLC for it. For now I’m done with BF2042 and will go back or I guess crawl back to Warzone and other multiplayer games who I said would not compete. Anyone looking to play BF2042. Save your money and maybe use it to customize your chacraters in Warzone, Halo Infinite or any other multiplayer games. Battlefield 2042 right now…is not worth it.

I’m an Unsung Gamer here saving the world one game at a time!

Lifeline

Text-Based Gaming

I’d like to talk to you all about “Text-based” games. They were the first of its kind in the gaming word. No graphics, just you reading a story and making decisions for your character throughout the game. Every decision you make will affect how the game will continue. Maybe it will end quickly, or maybe you make it all the way to the end. Or if you make it to the end do you get the good ending or the bad ending. It’s a simple concept, anyone can play these games and are easy to learn. Even your grandparents can pick it up pretty quickly.

One game that I recall playing recently is Lifeline from 3 Minute Games Inc. Imagine yourself as a lone survivor in space name Taylor. Spaceship crashes on the moon, and now you take Taylor and make decisions that could either help him survive or end his life out in space. To my fellow sci-fans whether its movies, games, or books, this one I think you will enjoy! It is available for download on any device. I believe currently its available for $1.99. I know free is better :), but for $2 I think it was worth it to play during lunch breaks or breaks at work, or if you’re like me a quick game to play while in the restroom lol.

I enjoyed this game, and loved all the different choices and outcomes, and has shown up as a top 10 “Texted-based” video game out right now. Overall the game was entertaining and I hope maybe some of you would try it out as well.

We are the Unsung Gamers saving the world one game at time!

What Project Spartacus Needs to Be

By
James Morris aka Buttered Biscuits
Back in December of 2020, news broke out that Sony plans to launch a
program that would be Playstation’s answer to Xbox’s wildly successful
Game Pass rumored to be labeled Project Spartacus. So far not much has
been released regarding Project Spartacus other than a few rumors here and
there regarding Playstation legacy content coming to PS5 (maybe Ps4 as
well) and a potential tier subscription service. The only thing that is official
that is known is that we will have more information regarding Project
Spartacus next month at Playstation’s next State of Play, Sony has recently
called for Playstation Now gift cards to be ceases in the UK, and that Sony
plans on releasing this new initiative Spring of this year. So banking on if
Project Spartacus is a Game Pass like subscription service, here are some
ideas that should be considered.

1) DROP THE THREE TIER CONCEPT

There is a rumor floating that Sony is planning on a three tier
subscription service with Project Spartacus. The lowest tier being the bare
bones basics of Playstation Plus allowing a user to access the Playstation
Network and the current benefits of Plus. The second tier allows access to
digital access to PS4 titles on top of those listed below and finally the top tier
allows access to all Playstation legacy content plus access to the cloud,
demos and much more. Keep in mind this all speculation and rumor at this
time until it of course becomes a reality. However, the issue is simple here.
Why have three tiers when your competitors are marketing two tiers. Yes,
Xbox technically has 3 tiers but how Microsoft advertises, you’d forget that
there is Xbox Live Gold and a basic Game Pass option when Game Pass
Ultimate, which combines both services with the addition of Game Pass PC
and EA Access, for a modest $15 a month US.
Sony needs to keep it simple for their customers as they enter the arena
of subscriptions. As mentioned above, Nintendo and Xbox have already
drawn the line in the sand in regards to their offerings. From Nintendo, they
offer their basic Nintendo Online service, which allows access to cloud
services, online play, and access to SNES and NES video games. Nintendo’s
‘high tier’ model dubbed the Expansion Pass allows users the same benefits
mentioned before as well as access to Sega and N64 titles as well as the DLC
for Animal Crossing New Horizons for a total of $50 US. Sony having a
three tier system at this time, could cause some confusion in those not savvy
enough in the offerings or might put off customers feeling as if they are being
alienated by the paywalls put in place by a potential high price of a
subscription. Thus brings us to our next idea.

2) Make It Affordable

We currently live in an era where we are bombarded by subscriptions to
our favorite films and TV shows, now with gaming becoming part of the mix,
these prices can loom heavy on gamers on a budget. From Netflix prices
rising again and our consumption of streaming content rises, Sony should
consider keeping prices competitive with Nintendo and Microsoft’s pricing
model. Going to pricey on the top-tier subscription, if this does come to
fruition, could spell a potential introduction yield at launch. A $15 dollar
price tag is more than reasonable for access to Playstation legacy library as
well as access to third party content should the top tier service allow such a
feature.
Sony should even consider playing the long game even after the launch
of Spartacus, by constantly pulling a page of Xbox’s playbook by enticing
current subscribers to jump to the next tier for a cheap price like $1 and even
allow customer’s current subscriptions to allocate to the amount of months a
user would get if they had joined the top-tier level ala what Microsoft allows
on Game Pass Ultimate. This would allow an even more acceptance of the
service and also build their install base.

3) Content, Content, Content

What makes Game Pass such a dominating juggernaut in the gaming
industry right now is their constant flow of content being added to their
service monthly and sometimes weekly from all numbers of developers.
From indie darlings like Hades and Goat Simulator to big titles from AAA
developers like EA Games and more, there is much to experience that gamers
would never have been able to try out any other way without slapping down
cold hard cash and hoping for a good experience.
Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has already stated to the
media back in September of 2020, that Playstation exclusives will not be on
the subscription service which would be a huge step backwards considering
Microsoft allows for their first party games to hit their service day one. Not
being able to hop into God of War Ragnarok or Spider-Man 2 day one as part
of your Spartacus subscription would be a huge let down in my opinion to the
consumer. Jim Ryan has also stated that these games cost millions to make
and that adding them to a subscription plan just wouldn’t be sustainable.
Seeing the overwhelming success of games like Sea of Thieves and Halo
Infinite, seeing how first party Sony titles wouldn’t see the same amount of
success boggles the mind.
I truly hope Sony releases something that rivals Game Pass as it will
bring more competition to the field and in return, cause more innovation to
both services. Phil Spencer has come out saying that a Game Pass like service
for Sony is the right move and I believe that as well. We are in a new era of
gaming experience with services such as these and can only wait and see how
the continue to evolve. For now, we have to wait for more information on
Project Spartacus next month at Sony’ State of Play but until then, we here at
Unsung Gamers will continue to save the world, one game at a time.

Mega Man 1-6 so far

If you’ve been following us on instagram you’ve been seeing my progress through Mega Man 1-6 on NES. Now after completing the final game on the NES its time to move to the SNES Mega Man 7 but first my thoughts on Mega Man 1-6.

Mega Man 1 in my opinion has been by far the most difficult one to beat. It could be because I was just now jumping back on NES and playing this old school game, or I just suck at this game. The level game play I felt was more difficult than fighting the Boss robots. I recall taking like a dozen tries on one level just to get 30 seconds into that level. It was crazy, but I don’t like to give up and thankfully I didn’t. Dr. Wily stages was difficult too. The Yellow eyed boss was the toughest for me to get by and this was before those E canisters were available. Those were not introduced until Mega Man 2.

Mega Man 2 overall was fantastically fun. Levels were more run and shoot all the robots, the boss robots were fun to beat too. As mentioned the “E” canisters really help and have been my secret weapon to beat these games. Also it was the introduction of a “Save/Checkpoint” password allowing you to copy that password and comeback and play where you left off.

Mega Man 3, brought the introduction of the robot dog Rush. Very useful and handy in certain situations and loved having that option. After defeating certain robot bosses not only does Mega Man get their power but Rush too gains some abilities too. This game was also the first to introduce the slide technique Megaman does to slip under enemy attacks. Also Mega Man’s brother Protoman is introduced.

Mega Man 4, ole Dr. Wily is at it again. This time Mega Man is upgraded to the Mega Blaster where you hold on to the fire button to release a powerful energy blast. This I used a lot along with the return of the slide technique too. A great game, and still fun to fight all the robots and Dr. Wily’s stages.

Mega Man 5, brings Protoman as the villain. Some changes introduced here was the mega blast has a slightly bigger range to hit objects. Hidden in each level are letters that spell [once collected] MEGAMANV, finding these will give you an extra power of a Bird that will attack you enemy. Unfortunately i did not find these letters, but I was still able to beat the game. Its possible people. There were videos I saw where having the bird is beneficial, and I agree. Though it was difficult, its still possible.

Finally Mega Man 6, has to be the second toughest of the Mega Man games I’ve played. Although this game presents an amazing addition to Rush the dog, by combining itself with Megaman to transform into a jet, or a juggernaut type adapter. This game also gives alternate routes to beat a level. Meaning you have 2 routes to beat a level, but you’d need to use one of Rush’s adapters to help with that. Fighting the bosses initially no problem, but once you get to the Dr. Wily stages it gets difficult again. Still a fun game to play.

I’ve enjoyed this series so far and will continue to play the Mega Man series. Now I am committed and will continue to play these games even if the series continues to the new generation consoles out now.

Unsung Gamers, here saving the world one game at a time.

How Halo Saved the Holidays

by ButteredBiscuitsGaming

Halo has been a facet of the Xbox community since its debut in 2001 and has only on what would make a great multiplayer experience for the E-Sports scene, as well as to keep the environment feel welcoming to casual gamers. A beta was released on November 15th to the public, to better get the way of the land for Halo Infinite's upcoming release and for the first time since Halo 3, the press and gamers fell in love with Halo all over again. How does Halo Infinite set itself apart from its peers? The best answer I can give is that it does it’s best to be a Halo game. You have your basic match types of Slayer and CTF, but Halo has always had a certain community that I’ve never seen replicated on Call of Duty or Battlefield, which has made it welcoming to new and returning players. The controls are easy to pick up and play and the new tools take a hot minute to understand, but add a new nuance to the strategy of a match. Halo Infinite stands currently as one of the most played games on Xbox Live and I’ve personally seen new fans gravitate to this title from Playstation, due to the welcoming infrastructure of the Halo community, as you don’t need an Xbox One to participate, as you play on your PC which adds even more population to the Xbox family. This past November and December, I never dulled out playing match after match with all these players and even enjoyed the classic trash talking and tea bagging. Halo Infinite this holiday season felt like a homecoming of sorts as I haven’t seen the community this active since Halo 3.

While I’ve praised Halo Infinite for being so welcoming, it has had its fair share of issues from progression gain to broken tracking of events. 343 Industries has been smart to listen to the people and fix these matters as fast as possible. Something DICE and Activision should really start doing fast, as adding a scoreboard as a ‘Legacy Feature’ is not the way to go. Warzone may still be a popular mode, however with little updates and changes to the map will leave things going bland in the long run compared to games like Fortnite. Halo Infinite hasn’t lost its steam just yet despite being out for two month now. Plus with Co-OP and Forge on the way, there’s still much to look forward to.
I’m not trying to get you to go out and get an Xbox and Halo Infinite. I’m only stating how in a season of games that were supposed to be the next big thing, released with lazy textures and bugs ala Battlefield 2042, an old champion in the days of multiplayer games rose up and gave a stable and fun environment for us to compete and have fun. I hope to see even more of you on the battlefield either in Oddball or Slayer sometime, but until then, as with all of us at Unsung Gamers, we will continue to save the world, one game at a time.

Nier Automata Review

Nier Automata

What a wonderful surprise. Back when Nier Automata released in 2017, I paid no attention to it, big mistake. Nier Automata is exactly what the gaming industry needs more of. Right from the start you’re told very little of the world, it is something you’ll learn more of as you play though the game (multiple times). It’s not only encouraged it is necessary to complete the main story of the game. Incredibly innovative way of playing though a games story is another selling point. In one section of a level the game plays like an old school shooter, like for example 1943 or Ikaruga. While another part of that same level it becomes a side scroller action beat ‘em up, and to finish it off it’ll end where most of the game play stands, as a 3rd person action slasher. All this is complemented with one of the greatest soundtracks in any video game. Composer Keiichi Okabe outdoes themselves when this soundtrack, without it, this would just be another forgettable game. I’ve had so much fun with the game, characters and story, when it was all over, I was proud and accomplished at my ultimate decision (Beware there is no turning back from it). While this game may not be for everyone, Nier Automata definitely and rightly so, surprised me as another incredible game most gamers will never play. I great love letter to what one development team can not only create but to give to us, the gamers.

Final Score – 9

Mega Man NES Version Why I love to Hate it!

Mega Man Bosses

Mega man! I can still hear the theme song from the 90s TV series, and yes I am that old. I decided to play the ole’ NES version of Mega Man a.k.a. “Rockman” (the first one). I recall talking to my fellow gamer Johnny5Arcade about how I miss the simplicity of the game. Just you, a blaster, and the jump button. Moving through the levels and maneuvering all the obstacles just to get to, what I consider the fun part, the boss battle. It really brought back the nostalgia of when I owned a orignail NES and the struggle of getting through the levels. Luckily this time I am able to save the game when I get tired or need a break.

I did recall there was an order to fight the bosses to use their own power vs the others. This was the order I went through them, using my Pokemon knowledge of element weaknesses: Bombman, Gutsman, Cutman, Elecman, Iceman, Fireman, and now to the final boss Dr. Wily. Currently that is where I left off at, and should be able to beat here soon, however like I said getting to him will be the ultimate gauntlet getting through the final level to get to him. I love the game, I love the play, and even love how you have to use some logistics to get past some of the level play (guessing patterns, and such), but man it takes like 2-3 continues to figure it out lol. I hate that it takes me longer and find it more difficult to get to the boss than the boss battle itself lol. That’s when I need to take a break from the game and then get back and apply what I learned from my mistakes I made.

But rest assured even after this game, I plan on playing the other Mega Man games all the way to the X and XZ series. I just forgot how much I enjoyed the game, and happy I have my arcade to do so.