Fallout 4 Vault Tec DLC

Fallout 4 Vault Tec DLC

Fallout 4 Vault Tec DLC

Jason Golling

Fallout 4’s DLC is winding down, the Vault Tec DLC is the second to last planned DLC, and Nuka World is set to release before the end of this month. The Vault Tec DLC is unique because it finally lets fans build their own vault. On top of that it also has the added benefit of having a storyline with it (although it is short). Below are what I saw as the pros and cons of this new DLC

Pros:
  • Settlement items that are clean
  • You can now give your settlers pipboys
  • You can build Vault Tec structures above ground and in any settlement
  • Vault 88 has a massive cave system with many difficult fights.
  • A new quest line
Cons:
  • Some actions (such as adding windows) is very glitchy
  • The quest line is quite short

The one thing that needed to be added to the settlement building is clean settlement items. Since the release of Fallout 4 you seem to be free to do many things except for put a fresh layer of paint on your brand new house, now with the Vault Tec DLC you can do just that. There are many furniture items and even a bed that doesn’t look like it was recovered from the bottom of a lake, unlike the original textures. On top of that they also have added new Vault Tec reactors that you can use which produce much more energy than any past powersource, and to top it off they are nearly silent.

While there is only one underground location for you to build your vault, Bethesda made sure that all of the new additions to the settlement system also work above ground in any settlement, this also includes a mini vault door for above ground use. On top of all of this you can now also dress your settlers up as vault dwellers pip boy and all.

Another welcome addition to the game with this DLC is the open spaces found inside of Vault 88, while exploring you will undoubtedly find many creatures lurking in the dark. While they are based off of your level just to give you an idea I found a Mirelurk Queen surrounded by other types of Mirelurks, and in other rooms I found Deathclaws and enough Radscorpions that I ran out of mini nukes (I’m level 51 in case you were wondering).

While there were many good things about the Vault Tec DLC there have to be issues as well. For instance while making the vault above ground I had many issues where the windows would not snap into place making it quite difficult to accommodate them in the vault. Also some different vault pieces will randomly have trouble working.

Lastly I wanted to talk about the quest involved, the quest, while enjoyable, was only about one to two hours long, while that is a bit disappointing this introduces the vault experiments that you can conduct on your vault dwellers. While they are less sinister than the ones Vault Tec themselves did they still offered some interesting choices.

Rating: Buff

 

If you enjoyed any or all of the past settlement DLC’s or if you would like to see a change in how you build settlements this DLC is for you and will help hold you over until Nuka World later this month.

All in all, the Vault Tec DLC was by far the best settlement DLC for Fallout 4, not only did we get new settlement items, but we also were treated to a small questline, a new location to explore and an entirely new theme for the settlements.

Why is Voldemort Such a Good Villain?

Why is Voldemort Such a Good Villain?

Why is Voldemort Such a Good Villain

Jason Golling

In the Harry Potter series the “bad guy” is always Voldemort as he is slowly trying to regain his former power and attempt to take over the world (or England) again. The biggest question is, why does Voldemort make such a good villain?

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There are quite a few reasons that he does make a good villain, firstly I wanted to talk about how powerful he is. Voldemort is arguably the most powerful wizard to date, how else would he be able to fight off and go toe to toe with Dumbledore while Dumbledore had the elder wand. Later while attacking Hogwarts Voldemort was also able to cause significant damage to the shield that was placed around the school, while his entire army was unable to destroy said shield. On top of all these other abilities Voldemort was also a natural leader as he was able to amass an army more powerful than the Ministry of Magic could contend with. While having all of these strengths, Voldemort has one fatal flaw. Voldemort is unable to feel love and therefore cannot contend with the very magic that Harry Potter’s mother Lily had used to save his life. According to Dumbledore love is one of the most if not the most powerful magic.

When Voldemort was a child he was known as Tom Riddle, and he was an orphan. Dumbledore came to him and brought him to Hogwarts which is where he would be trained in magic. Tom was an excellent student and while he was in school he became the powerful wizard to later be known as Lord Voldemort. While still in school however, Tom pieced together information about horcruxes using both the forbidden section of the library and manipulating one of his teachers into giving him more information. In his first rise to power Voldemort used what he knew about horcruxes and made himself seven of them which effectively made him nearly immortal. These horcruxes are the very reason that he was not killed when his own spell rebounded off of Harry and hit Voldemort.

As far as motivation to conquer the world, Voldemort has a few different reasons. First and foremost is that he loves to be in power, Voldemort wants to control everything and (as seen with his followers known as the Death Eaters) Voldemort wants strict and unquestioning loyalty from his followers, to a level that almost rises to religious fervor. In addition to that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named seems to think that he is the only rightful leader of the world, and that he deserves control of everything. Voldemort also wants only pure blooded wizards to live within his society, the reason why this is a questionable action is that Voldemort himself is not a pure blood. When you take into account the fact that Voldemort seems to be doing everything that he can in order to be immortal it starts to become more clear. Wizards live longer than muggles, this is shown by Dumbledore who is over 160 years old. It looks like Voldemort may be trying to create a sort of “master race” of wizards that will both live longer and be more powerful than ever before. If this is the case it looks as if Voldemort does have additional hidden motives to his plans.

Or, it could be a simple as a guy with some rather severe “daddy issues.”

When you put it all together Voldemort is an absolute powerhouse in terms of wizarding power, and in order to achieve his goals he needs to have absolute control over everything. Voldemort is also very difficult to kill which adds another reason to the list of why he makes a great villain. Do you agree with these reasons? Do you think I left something out? If so let me know in the comments.

Nintendo Classic Mini

Nintendo Classic Mini

Nintendo Classic Mini

Jason Golling

Nintendo is no stranger to using nostalgia to get gamers to buy their games, however this is a slightly more extreme case than normal. Nintendo has announced a new console that is a mini version of the original NES with 30 games downloaded on it. This newish console is called the Nintendo Classic Mini and is intended to appeal to both Nintendo veterans and to newcomers as well.

The Nintendo Classic Mini is a shrunk down version of the original and comes with the iconic Nintendo controller that has been around longer than the word ergonomic. This new console has many similarities with the original, namely the much smaller size and the HDMI compatibility.

Another difference that is good to know is that if you either don’t want to use the old style controller, or if you just don’t want to buy a second one to play two player you can use compatible controllers from other generations such as the Wii U. As far as games go there are 30 games that come preinstalled on the system, and there will most likely be more available as time goes on. (For a full list of games see below)

While some may look at this and see it as Nintendo milking its fans for money, it appears to be more of a throwback to the games that helped make Nintendo the way it is now and to also show younger gamers a look at what gaming used to be and how far it has come. With a release date in this November and a fairly low price of 60 USD you should expect to see many of these being given for Christmas.

 

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

 

 

PC vs. Console

PC vs. Console

PC vs. Console

Jason Golling

Probably the most commonly known video game dispute is platform. Xbox and Playstation both have a following of fans, both of which say that their platform is better than the other for one reason or another. On top of that there is a large group of people that follow PC and will tell you that without a doubt in their mind that PC is the best platform. The question remains, what are the real differences? I will be leaving Nintendo out of this because they have a different target audience than everyone else and don’t appear to be in direct competition with any other platforms.

Let’s start off by comparing the two major consoles, which are PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Counting only products that have already released the PlayStation 4 is a slim console that is slightly more powerful than the Xbox One (unless comparing them side by side you can’t really tell). Meanwhile the Xbox One is much more bulky, however it has an HDMI playthrough plug which is for cable TV. As far as price goes you would be better off looking for the Xbox One as you can easily find it for under $300 online (sometimes as low as $250), meanwhile the PS4 is going for about $350. Finally let’s talk about exclusives, both consoles have many exclusives and while there is no particular focus PlayStation tends to focus more on the RPG games while Xbox One tends to focus on the FPS games, this is all up to preference and opinion.

As a whole the Xbox One and PS4 are very similar in most aspects of usability. Both consoles are very easy to set up and get playing, and both use a controller for everything (unlike PC which uses a mouse and keyboard). Both consoles have apps available to use for things such as Netflix and YouTube, and these apps are closed source so you don’t have to worry as much about the apps not working. On top of that gaming consoles are typically cheaper than gaming PCs of the same power.

PC gaming is what many consider to be the best way to play video games, however the question remains is PC gaming really better? Let’s start with the pros of the PC, firstly you can get games cheaper during things such as Steam sales and on other sites, which can help offset the cost of the computer hardware. That being said the regular prices are still comparable with games for consoles. On PC you have the ability to upgrade your computer hardware (don’t forget the monitor) for better graphics than consoles can handle, Another good thing about PC is that you can use either the mouse and keyboard, Xbox controller, or PS controller for gaming.

While the PC can be the most powerful and most diverse there are still quite a few issues involved, for instance unless you build your own computer you will be hard pressed to get a computer that is comparable with the PS4 or Xbox One without spending more money than either of those cost. Another issue with PC is compatibility, because not all games and hardware are compatible so you could find yourself trying to play a game that your GPU is not compatible with, granted this is usually only an issue for older games but it is still something to be aware of. Another fairly common issue is when a company will make a bad port for their game and some games *cough Batman Arkham Knight  *cough are nearly unplayable due to the fact that it is a bad port.

Whichever you believe to be the best for the most part they are very similar and it is up to preference which platform that you choose. As for myself I own a gaming PC and an Xbox One, as for my preference they are the best. Which platform do you like the most? Let me know in the comments.

Five Best Star Wars Games

Five Best Star Wars Games

Five Best Star Wars games

Jason Golling

Despite how popular the Star Wars Franchise is there are a lot of Star Wars games that are just bad, however some of them are amazingly awesome and need to be played. Below are the top five Star Wars games, also as a side note to avoid repetition only one game from each title will be shown.

1: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is an epic RPG that takes place 1000 years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. If that setting doesn’t sound good enough for you there is a Jedi civil war taking place and there are thousands of Jedi and Sith fighting over the galaxy. KOTOR is the classic good against evil scenario, however you are free to choose which side you want to take and your actions will not only changed the outcome of the game, but they will also alter how different companions will act and you can even get some of your companions to leave you if you are too extreme for them. Speaking of Companions there are nine different companions to choose from, ranging from a homicidal robot to a Wookie.

There are seven different planets to explore in your search for the star forge (massive Sith space station), you will have to find star maps on each of these planets and piece them together. Along with the planets there are also a few different space stations and ships that you will find yourself on. In the end KOTOR is still fun to this day and is the best Star Wars game made as of yet.

2: Star Wars Battlefront 2

The second best Star Wars game also happens to be one of the few games to ever have a four player Co-Op story mode, Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Battlefront 2’s story mode takes place during the Clone Wars and the short time following the end of the Clone Wars. The story however, is not what makes Battlefront so epic, it is the gameplay and multiplayer that does.

With game modes ranging from galactic conquest (which is a large scale game mode where you will have to manage money and buy new units in between ground or space battles) all the way to game modes such as capture the flag. This alone is more content than most games come out with recently, however Battlefront is just getting started there are playable Heroes and Villains, and drivable vehicles. Along with that there are eight (including space battles) different playable classes for each of the four different teams, and on top of that there are 23 different playable Heroes/Villains, as well as another seven neutral species playable in certain game modes. Just when you thought they must have run out of ideas for content you realize that there are 18 unique land maps. All of this is just the base game! The sheer amount of quality and unique content puts Battlefront 2 at second place for this list.

3: Star Wars: Republic Commando

Rolling in at third place is Star Wars: Republic Commando, a first person shooter that makes you remember why they call them “super” battle droids. Republic Commando is set during Star Wars: The Clone Wars, you play as the leader of Delta squad an elite group of clone commandos. You are tasked with many difficult missions and must use your squad commands as well as your own skill in order to accomplish your goals. The missions are widely varied and keep you wanting more as you travel across Geonosis, a Jedi cruiser and even Kashyyyk.

There are many ways to play whether you just want to run into a room guns blazing and then wait to be revived by your teammates, or you can play strategically and avoid becoming incapacitated. Watch as Republic Commando tries to get you attached to your squad only to have you lose one of your team members with a cliffhanger ending that is unresolved to this day (despite the fact that it was released 11 years ago). That being said Republic Commando has an enjoyable story as well as a competent multiplayer mode those together bring it to third place.

4: Lego Star Wars

While Lego Star Wars may be childish in nature, it is still a great game. For anyone who doesn’t know Lego Star Wars is set in the prequels and is all animated Legos. While some of the other entries on this list are best played alone Lego Star Wars is much better played with a friend. While you are invincible you still have some encouragement not to die, as you will drop money every time you do. This can create an interesting dynamic in gameplay as you wonder if player 2 needs his money as much as you do. On thing that Lego Star Wars does exceptionally well is replayability. Every mission has areas that you cannot enter until you come back in free play so you can either break through a wall or hack a computer. These things together create an interesting dynamic putting Lego Star Wars Firmly in fourth place.

5: Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer

Back in the days of the Nintendo 64 Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer was released. It was a podracing game that you are able to not only pick who your racer is but you are also able to upgrade your podracer. As a podracer you are able to move up through the different tournaments and race on many unique tracks. There are many features that this has that even some modern racing games don’t have. For example the ability to choose which racer you want to be, this is nearly unheard of. Another feature that this old relic has that some newer games don’t (namely Forza) upgradable vehicles. You would think this to be a no brainer, however Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer was ahead of its time and is still quite enjoyable to play from time to time.

Now that you know which of the multitude of Star Wars games are the best you can know which you are going to play next. Do you disagree with my list? If so leave a comment below and I would love to talk about it.

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