Dude’s Chronicles 9-13-2015: Let There Be Football

FootballIt’s the opening day of the 2015 professional football season, so let’s keep this short.

As far as movies go, the best one I watched this week was Dumber and Dumber To. The worst one I watched was Edge of Tomorrow. No, I am not saying Dumb and Dumber To was a good movie, just that it was better than Edge of Tomorrow. It’s always been difficult to believe in Tom Cruise as an ultimate bad-ass in any movie and the force fitted love story did not help. At least Dumb and Dumber To had some cheap laughs.

destiny-the-taken-kingLet’s talk Destiny. Yes they fixed a bunch of things and they are not done yet. The 2.0 patch really did do some nice things, like more vault and bounty space. However, there are some things that I don’t care for. Maybe I don’t have a clear understanding but the weekly strikes are basically all for not after this update since the Nightfall will no longer grant the 25% buff and the Heroic strikes are being eliminated(correct me if I’m wrong). This significantly reduces the desire, much less the need, to do these activities and this is in addition to the existing raids becoming irrelevant since they apparently will still only award the “year one” gear which is essentially useless after Tuesday.

One more point on Destiny, Light. The good news is that your rank is no longer tied to your Light level, that is completely based on experience points. Yeah! The bad news is that now there is a separate Light level based on your currently equipment weapons and armor. Booo! So now everybody can get to the max rank regardless but people will still be shunned from activities because somebody else won’t think their Light level is high enough. Add to that the fact that, at least to me, it is not clear how this number is derived nor how it effects your gameplay. Fix ten things, break ten others…that’s the Bungie way. I won’t totally judge this set up yet until I learn a little bit more about and it will greatly depend on how good or bad The Taken King expansion is overall.

mgsv-tppAs for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, this game is still damn good. Granted, I have gotten extremely frustrated at certain points and had to turn to the Internet for help but overall this is a fantastic and fun game. I’ve yet to finish the main story line because I’ve got too diverted by the Side-Ops. Eventually I did turn my focus back to the story so hopefully I’ll be completing that soon. If this is really Hideo Kojima’s last Metal Gear game, what a way to go. I have developed a strange urge to fulton as many things as possible but why can’t I fulton a toilet???

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Paul Novak

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A self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet.

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KP DUTY – Episode 004 – A World Without PAX

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In a time without PAX, Kayla and I talk about what was the event called PAX Prime 2015 and unnatural obsessions with the fulton device.

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Owner, Proprietor, Writer, Gamer, Jester

A self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet.

Dude’s Chronicles 9-6-2015: Homebound Holiday

labordayI hope all of you are enjoying your holiday weekend and basking in the unofficial end of summer. As for me, I’m on call for work so I’m living it up indoors.

mgsv-tppTo help pass the time, I’ve been playing a lot of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The online services are still a shamble but that doesn’t really matter to me. The core gameplay is solid but the amount of story content is less than I would have expected from a Metal Gear title. It is obvious, to me anyway, that this is the game that Peace Walker was meant to be. The short operational missions and staff deployments in The Phantom Pain are an evolution of Peace Walker’s gameplay combined with the sandbox environment of Ground Zeroes, just with a much larger scale. The console environment lets The Phantom Pain be the game that Peace Walker could never be because of the limitation of its platform, the PSP.

I promised myself that I was only going to play the core story of The Phantom Pain but I had also promised myself that when I played Peace Walker. Here again, just like with Peace Walker, I am playing almost every side-op that is presented to me. Some of them are meaningful, like extracting a prisoner that will add to the overall value of Mother Base, while others are just ridiculous, like recovering lost sheep — yes, sheep.

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtlesWith about thirty hours into The Phantom Pain, I severely needed a break. Saturday brought the return of college football and it was great to have it back. Not to many big games were on but we had our usual upsets. I also decided to watch the 2014 release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I won’t say it was bad but I won’t say it was good either, not sure if there will be much demand for a sequel.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, have a beer for me if you get the chance.

dudewantshisrug-profilePaul Novak

Owner, Proprietor, Writer, Gamer, Jester

A self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing on the western side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet.