June ACOGBLOG

First, an Apology…..

The Blog this month is later than I intended, but unfortunately time has been a luxury this month so its better late than never.

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Apart from my personal disappointment at not attending again, EXPOO 3 was a great success. Thanks has to go to Slickers & Poorash primarily, as it’s these guy’s that do all the hard graft setting up the venue, and of course to their respective family’s input for allowing strangers once again to trespass on their property. ACOG members are very grateful for this and wish to say “THANK YOU GUY’s” for your hard work.

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We ran a little competition for EXPOO 3 and the winners got their I Was There set of Dogtags in the post. Congratulations go to GarryMc & Ori6inalSin.

This was a random drunk guy from our FB page and he is just that, random. No ACOG was harmed during EXPOO 3

This month’s BLOG  is dominated with Next – Generation Console

We’ve had the E3 conferences of Microsoft & SONY, and what a PR nightmare Microsoft is having ! SONY who at long last revealed the PS4 to the world.But it went a bit quiet at first because we all thought, “Oh no, another BRICK”!  But SONY managed to revel in glory as the PS4 details were unfolded before us. The crowds and the internet went mad when Jack Tretton announced that the PS4 would allow used games, and not only that, it wouldn’t need a permanent Internet connection. Hurrah, SONY saved gaming…..

Microsofts world collapsed even further when SONY announced that the PS4 would be £349 in the UK compared to the Xbox One at £429. Bang, that’s it game over for the Xbox One, or is it ?

As far as ACOG are concerned, we’re not touching “The One” with a barge pole now. This is great news for ACOG as this means that once again the clan will be re-united, and we can get back to showing some larger interest in the forthcoming games. Cyber put up a poll on the site which I have to add, was un-biased and asked which PS4 model will you be buying ? A resounding 19 at the last count have opted for the PS4, with zero takers on the one. Three ex- xboxers are returning to the fold, and I for one am very happy to return this Next-Generation to the PS4 along with Cyantiffic, DarkDeceiver79 and possibly a new ACOG member Livo360.

Microsoft have, for some reason, decided to alienate as many gamers around the globe as possible. Don Mattrick has gone on record and said “If you don’t have internet then we have a product called the xbox 360”. That one statement has damaged what little grasp Microsoft had of actually selling more one’s. Even the military have come out against the Xbox One because soldiers around the world will be unable to play their favourite games, plus they have concerns with the “always on” Kinect 2 device….. Way to go Microsoft. Of course there are Xbox fans out there, they’ll sell a shitload of Ones. But this time out, it’s not for me. And as Spongebob say’s

Pre-orders are high for the PS4, in some cases they are outstripping the One by 4 – 1 with some retailers. Personally,I have no regrets for not continuing to game on the Xbox. This time around I hope that SONY has got it right with Cross Party Chat and Online MP, so we can enjoy some more great gaming nights once again.

UPDATE 19/06 : Microsoft has now back pedalled on the DRM and used game / region locking of the Xbox One. It will now function as per the 360, and the physical disc will need to be in the tray for you to play your games. You will be able to play offline games without a connection to the Internet, plus the Xbox One will no longer have a requirement to login in every 24 hrs.

The games listed on the release of the PS4 are as follows :

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Ubisoft
Battlefield 4 DICE
Call of Duty: Ghosts Infinity Ward 
DC Universe Online Sony Online Entertainment
Diablo 3 Blizzard
DriveClub Evolution Studios 
FIFA 14 EA Sports
Just Dance 2014 Ubisoft
Killzone Shadow Fall Guerilla Games 
Knack SCE Japan Studio
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes TT Games
Madden NFL 25 EA Sports
NBA 2K14 Visual Concepts
NBA Live 14 EA Sports
PlanetSide 2 Sony Online Entertainment 
Skylanders: Swap Force Vicarious Visions
Warframe Digital Extremes
Watch Dogs Ubisoft Montreal

This is looking real good, and this is just for starters.

Just in case you are interested to see what The One has to offer, here you go :

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Ubisoft
Battlefield 4 DICE
Call of Duty: Ghosts Infinity Ward 
Dead Rising 3 Capcom
FIFA 14 EA Sports 
Forza Motorsport 5 Turn 10 
Just Dance 2014 Ubisoft
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes TT Games
LocoCycle Twisted Pixel
Madden NFL 25 EA Sports
NBA 2K14 Visual Concepts
NBA Live 14 EA Sports
Killer Instinct Double Helix
Kinect Sports Rivals Rare
Ryse: Son of Rome Crytek
Skylanders: Swap Force Vicarious Visions
Watch Dogs Ubisoft Montreal

There’s a few exclusives to both consoles, but our favourites are multi platform.

Jeff Cannata of ShackNews in the U.S had this to say about the PS4 controller :

“Let me say this, the controller for the PS4 is sublime, far better than the Xbox One controller. I’m a little disappointed to be honest with the Xbox One controller. The bumper buttons in particular are actually more difficult to hit with my fingers than they used to be on the 360. I find it to be smaller and much more cramped and the triggers don’t feel as good.”

He went on about the PS4 DualShock 4 controller:

“The triggers on the PS4 controller are awesome! It’s super cool. It just feels so comfortable in the hand, the bumpers are nice, the triggers are SO nice, it’s got rumble on two sides, it is just a great controller.”

You may even be able to kiss goodbye to those bulky grips now…..

Everything you need to know about the PS4 is right here and the Xbox One is right here. There is still a lot of confusion and anger over the DRM issue but be sure of this IT WILL COME TO THE PS4 AT SOME POINT.

I can’t go any further without mentioning the two biggest games coming to Next-Gen. Battlefield 4 & Call of Duty: GHOSTS. There are others in there that ACOG will definitely be interested in, but these two will be for the long haul.

Let’s start with COD: GHOSTS

This is the Tenth title in the franchise to hit the shelves and the sixth one to be developed by Infinity Ward.

Call of Duty: Ghosts takes place following a devastating event that changed the global balance of power, with the United States no longer recognized as a superpower. Ten years after the event, a band of elite soldiers known as the “Ghosts” wage a covert war against an unseen enemy, with the outcome having far-reaching consequences for both themselves and the remains of America.

We all have that cynical approach to this next COD, but we also know that we will buy it. Some on release, others eventually due to peer pressure. Let’s just pray that this time out with the upgraded game engine and power of the Next-Gen console’s, they’ve finally got it right. Amongst the “New” features in GHOSTS is the ability to leap walls….. Woo, leap walls. Hang on haven’t we been doing that in BF3 for the last 2 years ? That’s not innovation, so don’t shout about it Infinity Ward. The other defining feature is that in GHOSTS, you have a Dog called Riley. Now I don’t know about you, but so far this game isn’t grabbing my balls and pulling me in to buy it. Oh well, we”ll see on November 5’th this year for current gen kit, and for Next-Gen on release.

Are you reading this and thinking “I’m NOT getting stitched up again”, but we all know we’ll see you playing it eventually.

Release date November 5’th

Battlefield 4

Unlike COD: GHOSTS, this game has myself and a few other ACOG members in a state of excitement I can tell you. Check out the Demo footage of MP below and then tell me this doesn’t look epic.

Where do we start with BF4. This game has been developed on the Frostbite 3 engine and combined with the power of Next-Gen, this game is going to run full 1080p at 60 fps with 64 players on console !!! Holy hell, I cannot wait to play this with my fellow ACOG squad mates. The DREAMTEAM could return with a bang on this one. So many NEW features have been added into BF4. The counter knife, diving underwater, shooting in the water, melee in the water, and the ability to topple skyscrapers for f*cks sake !! This is just a snippet of the new action available to us BF fans. I haven’t mentioned the soldier customisation or vehicle customisation either. This is going to be one epic game and I can see that at last the clan will recognise this game for what it is, true TEAM PLAYING online with your friends. We had issues with squadding up on the previous games, but I pray that this time those are gone and we can just get stuck in and kick some pixilated ass !!

PS4 and Xbox One games are thought to retail for £54.99 in the UK, so choose wisely.

Release October 31’st in Europe

So the PS4 has single handedly re-united ACOG, and this should bring back some classic nights of fun playing whatever takes our fancy. I mean Killzone Shadowfall is going to be another game that will spark a lot of interest among us, even I’m looking forward to it. All in all there are some exciting times ahead for ACOG running up to the year end gaming wise. Anyone who isn’t upgrading at release, we’ll keep your seat warm for you, just join us when you can. But, be sure of this : ACOG is BACK 

The rumoured release date for the PS4 and Xbox One is 21’st November, but this has yet to be confirmed. Whenever they are released for sale, Christmas is looking good this year.

ACOG Site 

Admin are once again looking to keep the ACOG site fresh and interesting for its members, so we are looking into reverting back to the phpBB3 format that we all know and loved. This is an ongoing site refresh and when our technical guy’s are happy (Monkums, Slickers, Cyan) you as members will be informed. Watch this space http://www.acog.co.uk.

GTA V

We are into week twelve of our GTA V competition Lyrical Challenge  . Keep checking back for the latest lyrics & artist for you to identify and be ready to enter come August 17’th.

Do you and your little ones love LEGO ? Then next year make sure you take them to see this : The Lego Movie

This is for ALL the ACOG new dad’s among us, congratulations guy’s to you and your ladies

And this is for the ACOG fishermen among you. Look’s like he wore this one out

And lastly. This is for all those ACOG guys going for a curry the weekend.

Until next month ACOG : Be Lucky

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