The topics of the day are going to be:
#1: Where's the new "Dragon's Apprentice"?
#2: Where have you gone?
#3: My review on the brand new VCR known as the Xbox One.
#4: What's going to be going on.
Got that? Great! Now, lets get started...
#1: It's... stuck. I've never been good at re-writes, and I'm not that good at making anything really lengthy. I was aiming for detail, clarity, and consistency. I think I'll keep it on hold for a little while, and let it marinate and see if it changes, but right now, I'm stuck. Plain and simple.
#2: California! And... away from dA. Couple of reasons for that. One, I wanted to see my family. Two, I wanted to go to Cali, and the holiday season was the only oppritunity I had for a vacation. That and, I've kinda been away from dA for other reasons - online caused reasons. I can't really explain why, but I've kinda been annoyed at some things that have happened as a result of dA. Lets just say that I won't be going into any chatroom anymore. I'll actually be deleting my Skype, when I get around to it... I'll not point any fingers, nor name any names under any circumstances. I'm just done with it, and if you want to talk to me from now on, you'll just have to send me notes here - but I may not respond to them right away.
#3: YUP! I bought a One! Six hundred and ninety dollars later... and I'm enjoying it! It's defiantly rough around the edges. No storage management, no media player streaming of any sort from a computer or external hard-drive. No aftermarket headsets yet and awful, awful release-title games (save for Forza, but its a bit disappointing). The games I have are: Battlefield 4, Forza 5 LCE (duh) and AC Black Flag.
Now... I'll review the console first. As I stated above, there is no storage management, no media player streaming, no aftermarket headsets and mediocre release titles, and the party system is garbage. The Kinect works wonderfully most of the time, and the operating systems are fluid and quick. Crashing? I haven't had one that has caused me to restart the Xbox once. Not once. If a game crashes, I've been placed right back into the menu. Apps are decent (although I find the fact that you have to download a blu-ray player app) and its easy to understand how to operate. The features that everyone doubted are pretty good. The snapping feature is brilliant. The upload studio is a hoot to use. If I were going to recommend this to a friend, I'd say: "Wait a few months for the updates, and the non-release title games that will certainly not be garbage."
Now, onto the games!
Forza is okay, but there is no public custom-lobby feature (unlike Forza 4), the sounds and graphics are a thing of beauty, but are glitchy sometimes, the car and track count is pathetic, and its got no auction house and storefront... Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I'd say that, similarly to what Gran Turismo does, I think Forza 5 is a prologue to Gran Turismo 6. A way of making a quick buck for funding the game that will almost certainly have everything that the Forza community has been asking for.
Assassins Creed Black Flag is very fun. It defiantly feels like an updated current-gen game, and as such, it has its fair share of problems, but it doesn't have any game breaking problems. The gameplay has always been my biggest beef with Assassins Creed, and this one is no different. It's supposed to be a modern open-world platformer game, but platformers have friggin' jump buttons. This one, doesn't. Not all the time at least. You want a platformer game? Look to games like Mario Galaxy. This game has been about the story (and as always, the story is B-Grage at best), as well as the visuals, and the "wow" factor. But, as a release title, it works fine. It offers a comparison to the current-gen games on next gen.
Battlefield 4 feels like the polar opposite of AC Black Flag. It feels like a next-gen title that's been scaled down for current-gen. The graphics, as is with any Battlefield game, are beautiful, as are the sounds. Only gripe is the EA Origin integration. EA, in general, has given me a hard time and as a result, I hate anything BY them. EA is up there with the majority of the work Ubisoft churns out, as well as Atari. But that doesn't matter when you play the game. The game crashes occasionally, but not the console because of the operating systems. Battlefield, however, has always been brilliant though. Always fun and engaging, but now with sixty-four people! It's a blast. I can't wait till Mike and George get one so I can shoot up baddies with em'.
So, overall, it's good. Not built entirely for gaming, unlike PS4, but it does offer more entertainment on the whole. I'm glad I bought it, but I'd recommend to wait for it to develop a little before buying. But, overall, it's fun.
#4: I'm going to take a break. I'm out of ideas on dragons, and I just want to take a break. I think I'll be writing something different from now on, and keep the dragons in the back of my mind for now. I never intended to focus as much as I did on dragons. Diversity is something wonderful in itself, and I think it'll be good for me, as well as you the readers, if I shifted gears a bit. Right now, I'm just kicking the clutch, so its time to move on until I reach a point to shift back.
Anyhow. Bye for now, and happy holidays!