Monday Musings 2/17/14

Monday Musings 2/17/14

It's a holiday trip through my mind's ramblings on this finest of President's Days! What am I thinking today?

So, what the hell is President's Day all about?  According to Wikipedia, apparently it's a day to celebrate the office of the presidency (?).  Originally, in ye times of olde, it was a day set aside specifically to celebrate George Washington's birthday, which is February 22nd if anyone is asking (it's ok, I know you aren't).  To make a long story short, through a cornucopia of political shenanigans and wasted tax dollars, it was finally decided in more recent times that President's Day would fall on the third Monday in February every year, between the dates of the 15th and 21st, to celebrate both the birthdays of Washington and Abraham Lincoln (February 12th).  In a fit of striking irony, President's Day never actually falls on either Washington's or Lincoln's actual birthday, the very birthdays this "federal holiday" was created to observe.  In the end, President's Day is just another day to get off work, and an excuse to go buy a cheap TV at Best Buy.  On to the games!...

In a shocking turn of events surprising no one, Resolution-Gate strikes again!  The catalyst this week: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.  Not content to merely rile the internet over the perceived length of his latest game (half-game?  part-game?), Kojima and Konami are at it again, this time confirming that Ground Zeroes will run at 1080p/60fps on PS4, and 720p/60fps on Xbox One.  Kojima has been praising the power and architecture of the PS4, and apparently this is not without good reason.  From all accounts, there's no denying that the Xbox One version of Ground Zeroes looks beautiful.  It's just those same accounts describe how the PS4 version looks that much better...


"Not content to merely rile the internet over the perceived length of his latest game (half-game? part-game?), Kojima and Konami are at it again, this time confirming that Ground Zeroes will run at 1080p/60fps on PS4, and 720p/60fps on Xbox One."

From here, Konami seems to have opened a virtual flood gate as the soon to be released Thief is seemingly running at 900p/30fps on Xbox One, and 1080p/30fps on PS4.  In addition, now there are reports that Watch Dogs is currently running at 900p/30fps on XB1 and 1080p/30fps on PS4, while The Witcher 3 is thought to be currently running at 720p/30fps on XB1, and 900p/30fps on PS4.  The obvious caveat with all this resolution talk is that these are all unconfirmed reports from supposed industry insiders, so this should all be taken with that often utilized grain of salt. In addition, with the exception of Thief, these are all games that are still currently in development and still have time to polish, improve, and create the best game experience they can for each platform before release day...

The big question that comes from all of this is, of course, "How much does any of this really matter?"  Is the Internet blowing this resolution thing out of proportion?  Of course!  It's the Internet!  One of its primary functions is hyperbolic rhetoric!  However, it's not all smoke and bombast, as clearly there is something to the fact that seemingly every single multi-platform game is running at a resolution, sometimes significantly, lower on the Xbox One.  Resolution is not everything, of course, but 720p is a last-gen thing.  Anyone who tells you that you can't see the difference between 720p and 1080p is either standing 20 feet away from their TV screen, or doesn't know what the hell they're talking about (probably the latter).  While it's true XB1 gamers will not be experiencing their games side-by-side with the PS4 version of whatever game they may be playing, but if such a scenario were to occur, the difference would be noticeable.  The entirety of the games media knows this, and acknowledges this when they test and review games.  Check out a 720p picture versus a 1080p picture on a TV feed when you get a chance. The difference is there.  The whole point of this debate is this:  As we begin to pick up steam in this new generation of gaming, the experiences are becoming more and more lifelike; more and more robust.  It's important that the visuals keep up with this trend, both in terms of resolution and frame rate...

By the way, how bad-ass is this Metal Gear Soild 5: Ground Zeroes themed PS4?  Dat Foxhound logo... Japan gets all the cool stuff...


"Anyone who tells you that you can't see the difference between 720p and 1080p is either standing 20 feet away from their TV screen, or doesn't know what the hell they're talking about (probably the latter)."


Titanfall is on, well, everyone's mind it seems.  I don't have an Xbox One personally, and I'm not really a PC gamer, so I've yet to try the game out for myself.  May have to take the plunge on this one, and at least give the PC version a shot.  All things considered, this game looks totally freaking rad.  I don't know that watching a pilot eject 100 feet into the air and land on the back of a Titan, only to blow his electronic brains out, will ever get old.  Here's hoping we see the inevitable Titanfall sequel on the PS4... at 1080p/60fps...

I'm excited to jump into Strider for the PS4 tomorrow!  Side-scrolling action fans unite...  

Not to beat the resloution horse dead, if I haven't already, but Titanfall on Xbox One runs at 792p (?), 60fps, and it looks good.  Titanfall on the PC can run at 1440p (If you have a beast of a rig; 1080p still looks great though), 60fps, and looks damn good.  #Resolutionmatters...

Is this seriously a thing?...

Inappropriate bedroom comment of the day:  "Baby, my cockpit is ready... standby for Titan fall."...

While Titanfall looks killer, I generally suck at multi-player and I've always been more of a single player guy.  Which is why I'm super stoked about The Order: 1886!  From the fine folks at Ready at Dawn (the purveyors of the stellar God of War PSP entries), this game has been buzzing since its debut at E3 last year.  Alternate history, third-person, cover-based shooter, a robust, single player focused experience... These are all things I would consider to be proverbial music to my ears.  Amidst leaks of low-quality pictures and an almost urban myth level of scuttlebutt about it's beautiful graphics engine, a new gameplay trailer is confirmed to be incoming tomorrorow! Really excited to learn more about this one...

Yep, still playing Stealth Inc on Vita.  Yep, it's still awesome...

T-Minus 32 days 'til Infamous: Second Son and counting....

 

Titanfall Open Beta Impressions

Titanfall Open Beta Impressions

Happy 2nd North American Birthday PS Vita!

Happy 2nd North American Birthday PS Vita!