Friday, September 10, 2021

Rainbow Six Quarantine (Extraction) - Just another Zombie/Alien Game?

Left 4 Dead came out in 2008 and seems to have brought with it an era of amazing zombie based games. We have COD zombies, Dead Island, State of Decay, World War Z, Zombie Army series, Dying Light... just to name a few. Do we really need another zombie/Alien game with a Rainbow Six twist to it?

Ubisoft sure is doing weird things with the Rainbow Six franchise as of late. What was once a counter terrorist based game is now a shooter with rainbow colored guns and soon to introduce zombies (or aliens).
Rainbow Six Extraction (formally called Quarantine) was originally released in Rainbow Six Seige as a special event and I guess it was popular enough to warrant a separate release. I had an "Okay" time with the game back then but it hadn't really scratch that zombie itch for me. I still felt like Dying Light, or COD zombies, offered a better experienced than that this.

We're a few months away from release, we'll get to try the game and see how good it really is. I mean, it could be cool to use Rainbow Six gadgets to bring down zombies even though it's not really something I ever thought of doing within the Rainbow Six universe. I sure miss the days of having to plan out the most effective ways to bring down terrorists. Whether or not this will be a hit for Ubisoft remains to be seen but it's possible that it will appeal to the new generation of gamers more so than the old timers like myself. I hope we'll get to see a demo sometime soon.

Note: I'm using Aliens/Zombies interchangeably here as essentially both type of games typically offer the same kind of gameplay. Whether you shoot a mindless horde of zombies, or a horde of aliens, ... it's essentially the same gimmick.

Friday, September 3, 2021

I Hate In-Game Customization!

I have a love/hate relationships with customization in games nowadays. I love being able to customize a character only as long as the customization options are specific to the design the game is portraying. I hate items that doesn't make sense in the world of the game.

Example: I hate playing Rainbow Six Siege online with people that are dressed as clowns wielding rainbow colored guns. It just doesn't fit the universe and ultimately breaks the immersion.

I don't know who came with the idea of adding silly items in games that shouldn't have silly items in it but I'm willing to bet that the popularity of Fortnite had something to do with it. Unlike Rainbow Six Siege, however, the silly customization fits well into the world of Fortnite.

When you try to add silly customization into a game that, by design isn't silly, it sticks out too much. I know I have the option not to customize my character with the silliness but it's like the game was tainted in some way and I just loose interest in it. Even though I don't put these things on my characters, other players might online and the problem is still there for me...

It's true that I'm on the older spectrum of gamers and that's probably why I feel this way about the silly customization options. I'm sure younger people eat that up no problem... I just miss the days where everything fit into the world.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Borderlands 3 - Too Much of a Good Thing can Be Bad

 Borderlands 3 sometimes have events where legendary items drop more often. This may sound great on paper but playing through it is more of a chore than anything else. After all, how special is a legendary drop if it's your 10th one in 20 minute of play?

I like to struggle to get good gear in Borderlands 3. It's not fun when things are handed to you too easily and I feel that the anniversary event currently occurring is kind of a bummer in that sense. Within 15 minute, I had found 4 legendary items - 1 of which was a duplicate of something I already had.

If you haven't played Borderlands 3 then you should definitely pick it up. I have adored my first playthrough and maxing out my character.