September ACOGBLOG

Have you got a Wobble on ? 

Both the PS4 & Xbox One have strong game launch title’s with some of our favorites making a Next-Gen comeback, plus some new exciting IP’s in there as well. ACOG is predominantly a Playstation Clan, so it’s no surprise that the PS4 is the console of choice. However, there are a few “Darksiders” among the clan that have stated they will be returning to the PSN at some time later this year or in the New year. But recently one or two have had a wobble and become uncertain in which hardware to invest their money in.

The PS4 has been the clear leader since February’s reveal and when Microsoft’s made their May 21’st launch of the Xbox One, née Xbox180 it became clear that the PS4 was the way to go for ACOG. When Microsoft announced their DRM policy and unpopular always on Kinect, there was uproar among the gaming masses. SONY didn’t help Microsoft by announcing no such restrictions on used games or always on Internet check ins. Microsoft has tried hard to redeem themselves and win back some of their lost fan base with Day One Edition “extras” like FIFA14 or FORZA5 digital copies included in their bundle, SONY of course hasn’t had the need to follow suit. Microsoft have now uprated the CPU & GPU to increase its speed in all Xbox Ones in another attempt to recover sales and compete with the PS4’s edge.

Microsoft has today (05/09) released a new TV ad slot in America promoting the new Xbox One, which you can view below. But when you watch it, ask yourself this : Is it a game console I’m being shown ?

The answer to the above question is NO, you’re not. Microsoft is intent on promoting the TV / Entertainment features of the Xbox One above the game capabilities, or so it appears.

SONY meanwhile are able to sit back and wait for Nov 29’th without trying too hard. But what’s this ? Microsoft has said the Xbox One will release on 22’nd Nov, 7 days before the PS4 in Europe but that’s not the case in the US. Where the PS4 will release on the 15’th Nov, 7 days before the Xbox One. So we will be able to see how strong the sales and the ratio of sales will be in the US before we get them both here in Europe. If there’s one thing the Internet is good for is unbiased consumer advice …………… (Holding my tongue in my cheek there trying not to snigger.) Youtube will be full of fanboi videos of both systems, just wait and see.

We are not falling for any Microsoft marketing ploys, with their included freebies or  today’s news (06/09) of the revamped Xbox rewards scheme. The reason some are considering staying with Xbox is this : Have Microsoft actually got it right, and Xbox One will be THE console to have ?

At this stage it’s difficult to tell, as the information overload can make your decision-making paradigm unreliable. The reason for the current wobble is why some went to xbox in the first place, the gaming. By this we mean, XBL is a solid online experience, and with the addition of 300 000 servers this cannot be ignored. There’s also the games themselves, developers have mostly preferred the Xbox platform, and will this be the same of Next-Gen? The cross-platform games like CoD GHOSTS & Battlefield 4 are the games we’re concerned about, and these are the ones that will see the most hours from us as gamers. Platform specific games like DRIVECLUB or FORZA 5 will look fantastic on their respective consoles because they were developed for that specific platform.

SONY will step up and provide the gaming experience that we will come to expect of Next-Gen I have no doubt, as the introduction of the requirement of PS+ to play online can only mean better things for PSN users.

The most important opinion that will sway any buying wobbles will be their ACOG buddies. Although the Xbox contingent is small, but we have built up a great rapport and what one or two decide to do could greatly influence the others purchasing decision. The bond of ACOG brothers is strong, and having everyone back on PS4 for 64 players BF4 has surely got to be one of the most anticipated reasons to jump ship and go back to SONY. I for one do miss the fun of league nights and the after games. So if you are one of the undecided, wait for some genuine ACOG feedback from those who will have launch day models and take it from there, because in the end, its your gaming experience and YOU alone can decide that………..

 F*CK IT I’m buying the PS4 !!

Peer Pressure wins again ? 

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Look at all this gaming goodness coming this November and beyond on the PS4 :

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Battlefield 4
  • Blacklight Retribution
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Contrast
  • DC Universe Online
  • DiveKick
  • DriveClub
  • FIFA 14
  • Just Dance 2014
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Knack
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Madden NFL 25
  • Minecraft
  • NBA 2K14
  • NBA LIVE 14
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • Pinball Arcade
  • The PlayRoom
  • Resogun
  • Skylanders Swap Force
  • Super Motherload
  • Tiny Brains
  • Warframe
  • War Thunder
  • Watch Dogs

Here are the rest of the games expected to release for the PlayStation 4:

  • Assault Android Cactus
  • The Rebirthing of Isaac: Rebirth
  • The Crew
  • The Dark Sorcerer
  • Daylight
  • Deep Down
  • Destiny
  • Diablo III
  • The Division
  • Don’t Starve
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Dying Light
  • EA Sports UFC
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • FEZ
  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Final Horizon
  • Galak-Z
  • Guns of Icarus
  • Helldivers
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
  • Infamous: Second Son
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Mad Max
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Mirror’s Edge 2
  • Octodad: Deadliest Catch
  • N++
  • Oddworld: New n’ Nasty
  • The Order 1866
  • Outlast
  • Primal Carnage: Genesis
  • Planetside 2
  • Ray’s The Dead
  • Rime
  • Rogue Legacy
  • Samurai Gunn
  • Secret Ponchos
  • Shadow of the Beast
  • Shadow Warrior
  • Sniper Elite 3
  • Starbound
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Switch Galaxy Ultra
  • Thief
  • Transistor
  • Velocity 2X
  • Volume
  • Wasteland Kings
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • The Witness
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

ACOG GoogleWhack : Don’t forget that this competition is still ongoing and you can still enter by following the link and e-mailing  jcdaddy@acog.co.ukwith your entry URL. A copy of BF4 & Call of Duty Ghosts is up for grabs on the platform of your choice, so get them entries in and win yourself some booty !

EXPOO 2014 is already being planned and a preliminary date has been suggested, so if like me you have to book your holidays 18 months in advance ! Keep your diary clear for that weekend, check out the forum for more accurate details. ( I am not saying anything about attending next year because every time I plan to go, it goes t*ts up)

EuroGamer Expo Tickets are now ALL sold out, so if you haven’t got one your only chance of being there now is in spirit. (Unless you’re going to splash out £100 for a £15 ticket on e-bay) The line up has been announced and with both SONY & Microsoft being there with their new consoles its no surprise its the hottest ticket in town. Those ACOG members that are attending, we ask that you fully test out all you can get your hands on and feed this back to us hungry for info on the day. CoD GHOSTS & Battlefield 4 are a MUST play and a look at DRIVECLUB and FORZA 5 would be good. So take plenty of cash as a pasty was £4.00 and a bottle of beer was £7 last year !! Have a great day and TELL US what’s going down when you play these.

Love it or Hate it : Marmite  GTA V hits the shops on 17’th and like every RockStar game before it, looks to be a real game changer. GTA Online will arrive on Oct 1’st and this is where you can crew up and take on the rest of the world for kudos, plus get yourself at the top of the ACOG hierarchy. Check it out, like FarCry 3 if you didn’t play that don’t miss this….. It’s going to come to Next-Gen at some point, they can’t afford not to.

While we are A Clan of Old Gamers, most of us do have children, and with your shiny new PS4 how about a new game for your little ones (Rated 12).

Rime

Futurama

On 4 Sept in the US the “Final” episode ever of Futurama aired. Futurama has been a favourite of mine and I have enjoyed the lives of Leela, Fry, Bender, Amy, Dr Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Hermes, Kif and of course Zapp. There have been a few Finale episodes, but is this really the end ?

Did they or Didn’t they ? 

A quick test

What a Summer that was !

Whatever happens to our weather in the coming months, we can look back at Summer 2013 as one of the best in a very long time. This time of the year some celebrities start promoting their next years calenders. If you missed it in the chatbox, then check this out because this is not to be missed.

Kelly Brook 2014 calender preview and in case you want to see a snippet here is just one treat for you

Had a Bad Day ? 

So to end this month’s ACOGBLOG

Those of you getting GTA V on your current gen console, enjoy it. As its probably your last purchase before you go Next-Gen. To those of you not getting GTA V, there’s always this :

And lastly : “Dead or Alive you’re coming with me” Should Hollywood keep on remaking old CLASSIC films or leave them as what they are CLASSIC ?

Live long and prosper ACOG, until next time……

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