First Impressions – FOR HONOR and For Glory!

Welcome to “First Impressions”, a new series on AGB where I take you through the first 30 minutes of the some of the latest and greatest of the gaming world’s offerings. You have my promise that I will be going through the game, whatever game it may be, for the first time live on video.  No betas. No demos. No second chances. Just First Impressions.

For the series opener, I’ll be giving you my first impressions on Ubisoft’s ambitious historical fighter, FOR HONOR.

 Live By The Sword, Die By The Sword…

Wheat blows gently in the wind as the light of the sun shines upon a warm and welcoming world.  But that welcome is lost, as the land shakes and the earth ruptures, and that which was once welcome is welcome no more. From below the ground, a cataclysmic disaster rips asunder any sign of man’s presence on the world. A voice is heard, telling the tale of woe and war. The voice belongs to knight clad in black armor. Apollyon, the bringing of war.

And that’s only the opening cinematic! WOO! Rivaling that of most animated movies, FOR HONOR’s opening cinematic is epic and breath taking and left me eager to start the game. As first impressions go, that surely was an impressive outing. I was blown away by the visuals, there’s no doubt about that.

I didn’t know much about this game before I bought it, however the one thing I did know was that I had to choose a faction: Viking, Knight or Samurai. I decided to align myself with the Samurai faction, although Knight and Viking didn’t make the choice easy. From there, I was allowed to customize my character emblem, and then thrown into a quick tutorial. Right away my mind was blown. I was a Samurai. The detail that was put in the armor and movement was incredible. The surrounding castle ruins, the fire dancing in the lanterns, the medieval banners blowing in the breeze, all crafted with love. I was most certainly impressed.

The words New Mission Objective flash across the top of the screen as a side bar appears and begins to instruct me on the ways of the sword. Holding L2 locks on to enemy, while the right analog stick controls sword placement and stances. At first I practice against straw training dummies, switching between targets and alternating stances. Then an AI bot knight appears from the castle to help practice blocking and striking. The sounds of swords clashing is just spectacular, and seeing the sparks fly when steel strikes steel is a treat within itself. After a few more strikes, I knew I was sold. I was in, hook, line, and sinker. And I still hadn’t even completed the training.

First impressions? FOR HONOR is simply impressive. The sound is fantastic, the graphics are eye-popping, the story is interesting, and the game play is engaging. In the video I only played for 30 minutes, and when I switched to Twitch, I played for another hour or so, and I wasn’t not disappointed at all in any way. When beginning the story mode I was forced to go through training once again, but if that bit of drudgery was a necessary evil to continue on with the carnage and chaos of war, then I accept it gladly. I honestly didn’t mind, because as I said, this game is impressive.

As of this writing, I still haven’t completed Story Mode, so a full review is still a work in progress. If you’ve played the game, or just watched me play the game in the video, then please write in the comments and let me know what your first impressions are of FOR HONOR. Also, if there are any games you would like me to check out, then write that in the comments, too! For now, the next scheduled First Impressions will be at the end of the month when HORIZON ZERO DAWN is released! Until then, gamers, stay Awesome!

Meet the Newest World Warrior: KOLIN

Introducing KOLIN, the new challenger!

Happy Friday, Awesome Gamers, it’s raining in Southern California right now but Capcom just let the sun shine in by releasing a video on youtube that sheds more light on the latest Season 2 character: Kolin.

The video details some info on Kolin, not only her fighting style and powers, but also a bit of her past and her association with Gill (the two-tone terror from previous games and former leader of the Illuminati before losing to Urien), who gave her ice powers. Here’s the full video so you can see for yourself!

I’m personally excited for Kolin, and I’m very curious to see how many top tier players will choose her during EVO2017. Then again, with more characters yet to be unveiled, which world warriors will appear in the winning bracket is still a mystery!

All Gamer Bulletin : LoZ gets DLC, Johto in GO!, and McFarlane does Destiny!

zelda gets a season pasS!

How’s it going, Awesome Gamers, and welcome to All Gamer Bulletin. Our first topic is a big one, as Eiji Aonuma, the producer for Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild” released a video on youtube earlier this week in which he announces that, for the first time in a main line Zelda game, there will be paid DLC. In the video, Eiji discuss how the production team went to “great lengths to make Hyrule a massive place.” Massive enough, it seems, that a single base sticker price can’t contain it all. Here’s the video, so you can hear it straight from the horses mouth. 

The Season Pass will cost $20 and will include two DLC packs, both slated for release later this year. The first pack, which is estimated to be released around the summer time and will include “a Cave of Trials challenge, a new hard mode and a mysterious new feature for the in-game map”, according to Forbes.com.

Since this is the first time that a main line Legend of Zelda game features paid DLC, a few fans don’t really know who to feel about it. I don’t know about you, but after seeing that amazing trailer that was released for Breath of the Wild at the beginning of the year, Nintendo can take my money!

pokemon go gets more pokemon!

Big news for all you Pokemon GO trainers out there, Niantic announced today that 80 new pokemon have been added to the game, as well as a slue of new features! Expect to see many inhabitants of the Johto region, who were first seen in Pokemon Gold and Silver so start popping up on your radars, as well as a few new evolutions for some familiar pokemon already in your pokedex. According to the official statement release from pokemon.com, you can also expect to see new berries to feed to pokemon, new apparel for your player avatar, and brand new pokemon reactions during encounters!  This is big news for a lot of trainers, and seeing as how a full list of which 80 were actually included hasn’t been verified yet, the hope for a legendary mythical pokemon still burns in our hearts. Articuno, you WILL be mine someday!!

mcfarlane toys releases destiny figures!!

I love Todd McFarlane, and I love Destiny. That being said, I don’t have much to say about this next bit of news, just because I believe a picture says a thousand words. The figures are 10 inches, $20, and on sale in July. If you would like to read more about it, here’s an article from gamespot. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to stare at this picture some more and patiently wait until Mr. McFarlane lets me pay him for what I never knew I always wanted. <3

ALL GAMER BULLETIN: Server Browsers, New Challengers, and Love on the GO!

SERVER BROWSERS AND CAPTURE THE FLAG!

Attention Awesome Gamers!  All Gamer Bulletin in full effect, bringing you some of the latest and greatest in gaming news. Our first bit of hullabaloo is courtesy of the folks at Blizzard who revealed in a video earlier this week that they will be implementing custom servers for Overwatch. That means that finding specific game modes and maps will be a lot easier, all while still gaining that sweet sweet XP! My favorite announcement from the video will be the introduction of a brand new game mode: Capture The Flag! The long awaited game mode is finally here, large part due to the success of the Capture The Rooster game mode from the Year of the Rooster Event. For the full details, here’s the video!

HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER!

Capcom had some big news today as they released a reveal trailer for their brand new  Street Fighter 5 character, Kolin. Kolin marks the second of six brand new characters, as yet to be revealed. The first was, of course, the lion maned raging demon himself, Akuma. However, in my opinion, with Kolin’s golden lochs, she has the better hair. 😛 She also has a diverse move set, with lots of close up rush down moves, and some good avoid and counters, and did I mention ice powers? Yup, it looks like Capcom created their own killer Princess Elsa, and she’s kicking butt to an awesome song by Lupe Fiasco featuring Salim called “It’s Not Design”. Kolin will be available at the end of the month, and seeing as I haven’t decided on who I am going to main at EVO, she is definitely worth looking into. Check out the full reveal video yourself. 😉

VALENTINES ON THE GO “I CHOOSE YOU <3”

Pokemon GO and the folks at Niantic truly feel the love from all their dedicated Pokemon GO’ers, so to show their appreciation there is a special event happening right now to celebrate Valentines Day! That’s right, it’s happening NOW, and is scheduled to last until the 15th. You might have already received the special notification on your phone letting you know that during the Valentines Event you will be able to “earn more Candy, encounter an increased number of adorable pink Pokemon, and paint your town pink with Lure Modules that last six hours!” WHOA. I mean, don’t get me wrong, more pink Pokemon is cool,  Six hours for a lure module is just incredible! If you find the right spot, you can pretty much have an all day picnic. Or an all night bonfire! Thank you, Niantic! From the bottom of our Poke-loving hearts, thank you. <3

Anyway, that’s all for now. thank you for joining me on this first edition of All Gamer Bulletin. If you liked any of what you just read, or if this is the first time you’re hearing about it, please like, share and subscribe. Thanks again, and I’ll be sure to bring you more interesting news as soon as I hear about it! Take Care, God bless, and Game on!

The Road To EVO!

Here Comes A New Challenger!

Every single year, the best of the best in the fighting game world flock to the sparkle and shine of the Las Vegas desert to duke it out in “the biggest, hypest, and most prestigious fighting game tournament in the world” until only ONE is crowned KING! That’s right, I’m talking about the Evolution Championship Series! This July, players from all over the world will make the trek to Nevada to test their skill in gaming combat! When I say all over the world, I mean All Over The World! From the islands of Puerto Rico to the pacific island of Japan, from the jungles of Brazil to the urban jungles of New York. And now, yours truly from sunny Southern California, will be joining the mix! I have always wanted to go to the Evolution Championship Series, but for some reason I’ve never gone.  I made the decision this past weekend during the Lunar New Year that that was going to change; my Lunar New Year’s resolution is to take part in EVO 2017!

I GOT NEXT!

The Evolution Championship Series, or EVO for short, will be held in grand Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas and will be a 3 day event starting on Friday, July 14th and finishing off that Sunday, July 16th.  I’ve already registered for the event, so now all I’ve got to do is train! The games that will be showcased at this year’s event are:

  • Street Fighter 5
  • BlazBlue: Central Fiction
  • Injustice 2
  • Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, Rev2
  • King Of Fighters XIV
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Super Smash Bros. for WiiU
  • Tekken 7
  • and one last game which will be determined through voting

There are a lot of great games this year, and all of them are definitely on my to-play list for Saturday Morning Street Fights. However, in order to get the most of out my efforts and training, I’ve decided to focus only on Street Fighter 5, Injustice 2, King Of Fighters XIV, and Tekken 7. I’ve got 6 months to get my fingers nimble and my reaction time sharp if I even hope to stand a chance! It’s going to be a long and challenging road, but I wouldn’t be worthy of calling myself a gamer if I wasn’t up for the challenge. So be sure to join me every single Saturday morning on my twitch for Saturday Morning Street Fights as I practice combos and learn new characters and get ready for the fight of my life!

If you got game, then I got next!!