Episode IV: Battlefield 5, Hearthstone, & Pokemon

This week we discuss our disappointment with the state of The Division,  the upcoming Battlefield 5 (or rather Battlefield 1) announcement, the possible slow death of the once great Nintendo, and more! As always our music is brought to you by The Dark Winter Project.

 

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Legion Radio Network: Intros and The Division First Takes

In our very first Podcast, we introduce ourselves and dive into our first impressions of The Division. Note we are aware of the massive patch implemented by Ubisoft, and the drastic changes specifically to the Dark Zone. We will have a breakdown of the changes and also have a review of the upcoming patches and expansions for The Division. Enjoy!

Let’s Keep It Simple, I Like Video Games

Yes that’s right, I like video games.

No that does not necessarily mean I know every detail about their development, the inner workings, the back stories, the credentials, or even who makes them, but I still like video games. Some say that video games are an escape from day to day life. For the people who can’t handle reality. Those people fail to understand that sometimes virtual reality is harder than you might think. Yes, you are able to enjoy fully interactive alternate worlds, such as a plague ridden, nihilistic, and by every definition, scorched Manhattan, NY. Within this world are some of the most vile and twisted criminals you’ll ever see, and then you are tasked to rout out and destroy them. Yes, you are given the task of bringing NYC back to it’s full beauty and prominence as one of the greatest cities in the world, but what’s so great(stressful) about that right?

Honestly, the aspects of a video game that get me going are the visuals. When a game, such as The Division, offers detailed lighting, shadow rendering, weather changes, and day to day 24-hour cycles of climate, it gets my attention, and my praise. Not to mention the real-to-life New York City mapping and creation!

So, in The Division’s case, it is almost as if we are able to escape to a real-to-life scenario, in a real place, minus all the nihilistic murderers, rioters, plague, freezing temperatures, and also face melting tactical urban warfare. Although in reality, who the hell doesn’t want to be an SHD Agent?

In a nutshell what I am trying to say here is that if you are looking for a cultured conversation about video games, or a passionate detailed breakdown of what graphics engine Ubisoft used (Massive*) to create such a once in a lifetime video game, I am not your guy. But if you’re like me, with your jaw dropped to the floor from the absolute brilliance of this game, then please, by all means join me. Once we awaken from our initial shock, together we will remember that this is just the beginning…

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!

-DesertCrypt77

For your enjoyment, and for my point to really hit a home run, I have included below a comparison video between The Division and the Real Thing. Youtube creator showshowshowshow created a six and a half minute video that compares shots of New York against the post-pandemic version that can be found in The Division. This is only from the Beta!

Like I said. Jaw. Dropped.

Playstation Cross Network Play

Monday morning dawned and  Microsoft’s ID@Xbox director, Chris Charla,  had an exciting announcement for the gaming world: Xbox will now allow developers to add cross network play with PC. The brief statement also left the door open for  the possibility of cross platform play with “other consoles” eg Playstation. Sony wasted no time in responding to the direct question of their wiliness to play ball with Microsoft.

“PlayStation has been supporting cross-platform play between PC on several software titles starting with Final Fantasy 11 on PS2 and PC back in 2002,” reads Sony’s response to gamespot. “We would be happy to have the conversation with any publishers or developers who are interested in cross platform play.”

While Chris Charla never used Sony or the PlayStation name directly he did state that “Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks–including other consoles and PC networks.” Conversely  Sony’s statement does not mention any other console platforms.

Chris Charla you are my new hero.

Sony, do the right thing. Accept the hand presented and unite the online gaming world.

 

 

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone !

 

-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven

Day 1: New York Collapses and Legion Emerges

In The Office

I’m currently sitting in my cubicle at work my head buzzing from the late night gaming session that ended only several hours before. Late night sessions are not new to Desert Legion clan. Most of us can be found in the wee hours still running from the cops in GTA V or starting “just one more round” of Battlefield 4. What was new this time was the virtual setting of our escapades. A beautifully and meticulously rendered Manhattan.

I had intended this first entry to introduce myself and my cohorts but that can wait. What cannot wait however are the praises I must sing to Ubisoft and early contender for Game of the Year: Tom Clancy’s The Division. I must confess that I jumped on the band wagon late here having not even heard of the game until late 2014. I then ignored my clan brothers whenever they mentioned the title. You see I had been sucked into the hype machine that Bungie created the years leading up to the release of Destiny and vowed to not be fooled again.

Won’t Be Fooled Again

I was in my early 20s in basic training at Fort Benning Georgia, home of the Infantry, when I received a letter from my brother which contained an article about a new Bungie title. I was engrossed. The screen shots were lush and beautiful. The game play so new and invigorating. When I got home I counted down the days until it’s release, reading every press release that came out. Finally in the summer of 2014 the Destiny Beta was released. It blew my mind. Then finally a month or so later the game actually dropped. Desert Legion and I devoured the game, playing for hours on end, but we quickly noticed something: we kept running the same missions . Slowly at first but then quickly we lost interest. After one particularly frustrating night of attempting a raid we just could not finish several members called it quits on the game. I personally held out for several more weeks but by the time the first expansion came out Desert Legion was out of Destiny.

A New Hope

With this experience always in mind I looked at The Division with a grain of salt. Shoot both game titles start with a D for Christ sake! It wasn’t until Christmas of 2015 that I decided to pre-order the game since I knew my closest friends would all be playing it. After several hours talking to Ubisoft customer support I received my Alpha codes. Not a good start. And although 3 other Legionaries were online I spent most of the alpha alone. The game seemed alright. I had not been won yet.

The first beta came and I diligently partook, this time rather enjoying myself. Then the second beta came and went with out  me. Finally last night at 9:45pm it was time for me to taste the nectar of the gods. I may be saying this much too early considering I’ve only logged a few hours and have only scratched the surface but I love this game and it may be enough to fill me with enjoyment for the rest of the year.

Hi, My Name Is…

One of us will hopefully write a full review after we truly get our teeth into the game but for now let me proceed with the introduction. We are Desert Legion Radio Network. We are made up of DesertFawkz77, DesertFrost77, DesertFire77, and DesertCrypt77. The  funniest, sexiest, and most awesome arm of the Desert Legion Xbox One clan. We can be spotted with our Desert____77 gamer tags playing games like GTA V, BF4, Diablo 3, The Division, and more. The point of this blog is to be home of our upcoming podcast of the same name. Hopefully you will stick around and have fun. We would like this to be an open forum where everyone can have a good time and discuss video games and other stuff.

It’s Dangerous To Go Alone !

 

-DesertFawkz The Blood Raven