Category Archives: Reviews and Impressions

Titanfall: Beta Overview & Impressions

Here is our Titanfall beta overview.  Just showing what was available in the beta, and at the end sharing my impressions.  My opinion of the game may change when it is released next week, but it’s pretty awesome.  This will be the new king of arcade shooters….unless someone brings some serious heat this holiday season.

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Titanfall Impressions Xbox One/PC [IGZ]

Our brother channel Ignorant Gamerz share their impressions of the Titanfall beta.  Both Snow and Rza put up some gameplay and let you know how they are feeling about it so far.  The word polished comes to mind.  I will be uploading my beta overview very soon.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts is the real deal…

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Every year a new Call of Duty comes out, I hear the same thing: “It’s the same game”, Call of Duty sucks, play Battlefield instead.” I swear I think the majority of this animosity is only directed at Call of Duty due to the massive amount of fame and success that has come with the franchise. I played Battlefield 4, and after dealing with server issues, bugs and the like, I found a game I enjoyed but certainly enjoy Battlefield 3 much better. Here comes Call of Duty (the first official game I have actually paid for for my Xbox One) and immediately after just one match, I fell in love. Graphically, it’s gorgeous, it has the best gameplay of a shooter I have played in such a long time, it such a refreshing multiplayer to me…yes the mutliplayer formula for the last few Call of Dutys’ was pretty similar, but with Ghosts we get a brand new, fresh take on multiplayer and I love it. While this isn’t a review, it’s a reminder that just because a game has so much commercial and financial success doesn’t mean the developers have “sold out” just to make money, but some games are going to be better than others when dealing with a long term franchise (look at Halo 3). My main goal is to get people to not just listen to reviews and word of mouth, if you have any want or need to play Call of Duty: Ghosts but for some reason are hesitant, do yourself a favor and pick it up. You will not be disappointed…

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My Relationship With BF4….”It’s Complicated”

We will have a more “official” impressions video up shortly, but here are my thoughts right now.  One day I LOVE this game.  Sure it’s not as great as the PC version, but I still have a lot of fun.  Dice managed to squeeze every last bit of goodness in the Xbox 360 to create a shooter that will keep me busy until I upgrade to another system.  The next day I HATE this game.  Dice clearly didn’t spend much time on the current generation console versions of this game.  This game isn’t a huge improvement over BF3, but it barely even manages to run right.

Yea…we are still working on the impressions video.

Lol enjoy!

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Battlefield 4 Beta Impressions – Meh…It’s OK (Xbox 360)

The BF4 beta has been out for a little while now.  After playing a few rounds I decided to gather my thoughts and do an impressions video.  Please keep in mind that not only is this a “beta”, but I am playing on a Xbox 360.  I plan on picking this up on the Xbox One.  My opinion on this game will change dramatically when the retail versions come out.  Still, with modes like Dominion having 20 player counts it’s clear that Dice hasn’t completely left the current generation in the cold.

Are you enjoying the BF4 beta on your platform of choice???

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Grand Theft Auto Online: My First Day as a Criminal

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I must start this post of by mentioning how lucky I was yesterday. I didn’t experience any issues on my first day of Grand Theft Auto Online. It all started off with a very small title update when I booted up GTA V. Even though we already knew this is how it would work I still applaud Rockstar on fitting so much content on the disc to begin with. Trust me when I tell you that once you manage to get in the game there is a TON of things to do. I was immediately brought into the character creation screen. Rockstar took a unique approach (at least to me) by having me choose my character’s grandparents. This determined how my parents looked, which then influenced how my character looked. I managed to make a character I liked, but I have to admit that in the end I like creating my characters the Skyrim way. After getting his look down and setting up my stats I was brought into the online world.

If I remember correctly, you watch a cut scene that eventually shows your new criminals flying into Los Santos. This is when I decided I didn’t like how my first character looked and went back to make another one. Once you touch down Lamar from the single player game was there to pick me up. Apparently we have been keeping up with each other on Lifeinvader. From here we drove off to a race. The next few missions were pretty much tutorials teaching me a bunch of stuff I already knew how to do though there were a few new things introduced. Unfortunately for a lot of players, this is where their sessions stopped. There have been a lot of glitches reported about this racing mission. The race was supposed to populate with other new players, but my session just put me in a race with Lamar. I was able to move on from there. For some reason this didn’t happen for other players including DC One from the weRgamerz crew. Instead of the game giving DC a private session against Lamar like it did for me, it just kept looping his character walking up to the car. After looping that animation a couple of times it started looking for players….even if he had a full lobby of players. Rockstar did warn of issues when GTA Online launched, but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating for the players experience it.

After finishing the race with Lamar (which I set a WORLD RECORD in…thanks to being the only one in the world lol) I was asked to pick up some drugs. It worked just like how missions generally work in single player. A waypoint was put on my map with navigation and all. I ran in guns blazing and procured the drugs. I then turned it in and got paid. Speaking of got paid, you get paid for EVERYTHING. A huge contrasts from the single player portion. This mission was followed by your typical tutorial missions. I customized my first car, robbed my first store, and bought my first pair of shoes. I believe it was after my first team deathmatch (also part of the tutorial) that I was finally done learning the game. Let me point out that after the race mission you can free roam the whole world with randoms that populate your session. The motivation to finish these mission has more to do with playing with your friends. Inviting friends and joining their sessions are disabled until you’ve gone through with the missions.

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I was now a GTA Online veteran. I robbed a few more stores to stack up my bank account. You get more money online than you do in the single player. I was getting between 1200-1800 dollars per hold up. Eventually I decided it was time to do another mission. By now a few players had managed to sneak past the dreaded race mission. My first mission was called “Dirty Cop.” We were put into 2 teams of 3. The other team were assigned the roll of dirty cops. It was our job to still some data from them and deliver them to a warehouse. Seemed simple, but it was WILD! Our group all ganged up in an SUV to chase down the 3 dirty cops. As we closed in we started firing at the car in an attempt to slow them down. This is when the mayhem began. Both teams were firing at each other on a straight highway road when all of a sudden two cop cars knocked the other team completely off the road. They rear ended our SUV next. Turns out that you still get a wanted level. The other team got out of their cars and were shot down by the cops. By this time there were about 10 cop cars on the scene and 2 helicopters. The sensitive data was in the middle of all of them. Eventually, we managed to secure the data and turn it in for the win. The match lasted about 10-15 minutes. It was epic.

I made a nice piece of change of this mission. I had to make a quick trip to the atm to deposit it though. You are always paid in cash, and carrying it comes with the risk of dropping it if you are ever wasted. There is a quick menu that you can use that will navigate you to the nearest atm. You will use this A LOT. By this time one of my friends had managed to get into my session. We decided to rob a liquor store. We hoped into my ride, (I named it “Super Man”) and headed to the nearest store. I should mention that there are way more stores to rob, and they are marked on your map. A huge plus! Anyway, my buddy masked up and headed into the store. I stayed with Super Man and played the getaway driver. What was supposed to be a simple stick up turned into complete madness. After the store clerk threw my buddy the loot (you can yell into the mic and shoot around the clerk to speed up the process) he decided to kill the clerk. The choppers were on us before we could leave the gas station. This turned into an 8 minute cop chase that eventually led us both to getting wasted….but it was worth it.

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I retired for the night after failing to make any money. I cannot wait to get back to it this afternoon though. I’m hoping that the server issues will be mostly worked out when I return to the streets of Los Santos, but if you haven’t had the chance to play GTA Online be patient. I know…easier said than done, but I’m telling you it is worth it. This game has the potential to create some of the most epic gaming moments you’ve ever had. Especially if you are playing with friends. We are currently working on a creative way to show you our GTA Online experiences including the failed stick up referenced above.

Have you managed to get online yet?

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Grand Theft Auto 5 Impressions – A Bunch of Goods Made a Great

Here is the weRgamerz Grand Theft Auto 5 impressions video. Wes had to do this one solo, but don’t worry as DC One will be back when the BF4 beta drops. Share your thoughts in the comments!

Podcast version here.

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Grand Theft Auto V – Frustratingly Great

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Let me start off by saying this…I had to look up how to spell frustratingly.  It was….frustrating.

We generally don’t do reviews here at weRgamerz.  I have been hoping to change that, but currently I (Wes) am the only one blogging on here.  Considering that I have a life and a short attention span, I don’t think I am qualified to give a full written review.  We do plan on releasing a GTA V impressions video this week, but there are a few things I wanted to share here on the blog.  So I guess this is like a written impressions post thingy.

Ok!  That’s out of the way.  Let’s talk about good ole GTA 5.  The game was great.  I didn’t experience any game breaking glitches, the heist were amazing to say the least, and even after beating the main story I feel like I have a million things to do.  This game was easily worth the 59.99 I spent on it, and I recommend it to anyone who hasn’t picked it up yet.  A lot of people are yelling out “Game of the Year”, and they might just be right.  As a full time Xbox gamer I still feel that Last of Us has the strongest story featured in any game I’ve ever experienced in my life, but GTA V has scope.  It has a “good” story.  Not mind blowing, but good.  It also has racing, real estate, tennis, a stock market, car customization, triathlons, tanks, helicopters, planes, boats, and you get the point.

Of course it hasn’t been all good in Los Santos.  Not for me anyway.  There are some things in this game that I don’t like.  Since this isn’t really a “review” I will just list the top things that frustrate me while playing Grand Theft Auto 5.

  • The Fing Stock Market – I almost feel like I’ve been lied to.  Do you guys know how much time I wasted blowing up various cars in the name of stock manipulation?  I can’t tell you how stupid I felt when I invested all my money into Burgershoot (I think that’s what it’s called) while their price was super low.  The plan was to pull off a full assault on Up-n-Atom, but when I FINALLY found an Up-n-Atom drive through I found out I couldn’t go inside of it.  Up until the release of the game there was a lot of talk about manipulating the markets.  Excluding a few small victories, I have NOT been able to do that.  The only time it has worked for me is with the Lester missions.  There was a couple of times that the market worked in my favor when I destroyed some Up-n-Atom trucks on the interstate, but I can’t reliably repeat those results.  Life is hard for a criminal…
  • Dude Where’s My Car – I thought I was alone in this one, but I’ve read that this is a known glitch.  I had to very sexy vehicles parked in my garage.  After the final heist in the game, I woke up to find both of my cars had vanished.  I check impound to be safe, but they weren’t there.  Sure, I can just make the cars again……but it just won’t be the same.  Those cars had names…you can’t just take my babies.
  • Not Enough “Paid” Heist – The missions during the campaign were awesome.  I liked all of them.  I just didn’t like not getting paid.  They give you that little taste of money with the first heist, but it feels like forever for the second one.  There’s only one more after that.  I HATE the FIB.
  • I’m not Attached – It is very hard to care about Franklin, Michael, and Trevor when I know that I will be making WesdaRuler in two weeks.  I don’t care about getting Franklin out the hood.  I could care less about Michael’s dysfunctional family….Trevor is pretty awesome though.  My point is, I know that starting Oct 1st it will be very hard to get me back on the single player.  There are 500 missions when the game comes out.  I will be able to play these missions with friends using a character I created.  I much rather dedicate time earning money and boosting stats in the online world.  What’s the point of purple rims on a candy painted whip if none of your friends can seem them?
Now please understand that I love this game.  Rockstar has created my favorite game of this console generation to be honest, but nothing is perfect in life. 
How are you liking the game so far?  Is it everything you wanted it to be?
Let us know your thoughts!
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