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The Best Games of 2014

The Best Games of 2014

I am the Law!

It’s that time of the year. The time we enjoy with our family, friends, and stuffing our faces with pie. This year left a painful scar on many gamers eager to play their 8th generation console on Christmas day. Both PSN and Xbox Live were hacked (DDoS) and taken offline. That means, no console updates, no digital downloads (sorry bundle owners) and no multiplayer. It’s come to the point where we need to institute a new law regarding those responsible for cyber crimes. You get caught, you get your ass beat hard. No questions or trial, just a good old fashioned ass whuppin and public humiliation.

Plays out like this. Haxor in the basement of his moms house drinking 64oz monster and eating doritos. Window smashes in and tiny black canister rolls into the room. What follows next is the sound of Mjolnir’s hammer dropping and the power of 7M candles burning your eyes. You can’t see and your disoriented crawling on the floor. Your head feels like it’s going to explode from the pressure, but you mange to stand. BAM! Your hit square in the jaw and fall back to the floor HARD. Your body is taking blows from all angles as your struggle to maintain consciousness. You fail and your drift into a black abyss. You finally open your eyes and realize your sitting in the middle of town, without any clothing on. There is a sign on your neck. “I’m a hacker that was caught. EPIC FAILURE”.

OK, back to reality. Normally, I would have been impacted by this outage because Christmas is a great time to scratch my gaming itch. This year was different not really by design, more like chance. Typically, I’m a console gamer and logged on PSN trying to rack up the trophies. So, it’s a shocker that my #1 GotY goes to…

#1 Game of the Year (Multiplayer)

Titanfall (PC)

I have a pretty big exam that I’m studying for and that’s taken up much of my cycles. The little time I have, I spent playing Titanfall. Not on the xbox, but on the PC. You see, I’m not going to bore you with a list of FPS games in this post, just get right to the point. My #1 MULTIPLAYER game of the year is Titanfall. The reason? It’s simple really. It’s more fun then throwing Hans Gruber off the 30th floor of Nakatomi Towers and it has everything (sans a good campaign)! Red balls level twitch shooting, balanced gameplay, great sound, amazing graphics on the PC (Ultra settings, never dropped below 60fps), awesome weapons, and brilliant execution of mech/pilot cat/mouse mechanics. Perhaps, I’m biased here. I can remember playing Mechwarrior 2 on the PC back in the day for an excessive amount of time (we are clan wolf, arcadia is our destiny and our right). There is something short of magical piloting a 100 ton mech and hunting your pray. Find them and send a barrage of guided missiles with 40mm shells for good measure up their steel butt. They try to escape, you pull the pilot from the mech and squeeze them like fresh oranges on a hot Florida morning. If John Wyane’s your thing, then hop on top of a mech while you rodeo your way to success. If your not with me on this, then perhaps we can agree that a sexy female AI voice is all any good shooter needs. <GRIN>

For the record: I built a new gaming rig with the intention of playing PC exclusives I missed over the years. Titanfall was only $9.99 during black friday. Not only is it my multiplayer GotY, it’s also my “kick ass bargain” game of the year. PC gaming, oh how I missed you!

PC Specs: i5 4690k, 16G of DDR3 2133MHz, GTX 970 superclocked, gigabyte sniper G1.M5, Samsung EVO 840 pro SSD, and xbox 1 controller.

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#1 Game of the Year – Single Player Campaign 

Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)

Is there really anything else I need to say about this game other than the title? Just look at these amazing in-game “graphics”. Feast your eyes on that and if you haven’t played it, do yourself and go buy it NOW! My only complaint is that the game is over too quickly.

Rodin says, Merry Christmas! Now go buy this game or He’ll (get it?) come looking for you.

 

Best Fighting Game

TIE: Super Smash Brothers (Wii U) & Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3)

Best Racing Game

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Most Surprisingly Awesome Game

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Multi-platform)

Best Exclusive Game

Infamous Second Son (PS4)

Biggest Disappointment of 2014

Destiny: Become Grinder (Multi-platform)

I’ll wrap this up with the biggest disappointment of 2014. I’m not upset with you, just disappointed…

 

Remember this is simply my perspective and opinion. We’re all entitled to one. If there is something BIG I missed out on, sound off in the comment section below.

Retro Gaming Gomez (RGG)

Retro Gaming Gomez (RGG)

RGG, I like the sound of that! I just back from Cisco Live in San Francisco and what an AWESOME time it was. This year I was co-hosting a session with my homie Matt. The session title was “Software Hot, Hardware still Cool” and was SDN related. We had a blast working on this project together and aside from our session time going from 90 minutes to 60 minutes, it was an excellent experience.  So, part of my shtick with “Hardware” was drawing a contrast between software and hardware. It’s impossible to extract the full potential of hardware without excellent software. Great software will ALWAYS sell the hardware. This is true in the video game industry as well as the network infrastructure business. I love an example cited in the book (Console Wars). “the console is the movie theater, but it’s the movies that kept people coming back for more” Another good example of this is when I switched to Mac/OSX. I had great hardware, but the software (Vista!) was terrible. My system would BSOD all the time. Windows 7 was WORLDS better and I hear Windows 8.1 is pretty good, but since I moved to OSX, I honestly have not had a reason to migrate back to Windows. For me, OSX just seems to work better for MY intended purposes. In the networking world, we recently posted NX-OS 7.0 for the Nexus 6000 platform. This version of code woke 22 great features up in hardware that were taking a nap. One of which is a latency, buffer, and micro-burst monitor. In the video game world, you look at a 7th generation console like the Xbox 360. Gear of war 1 looked amazing when it was released and we all thought, wow! The graphics, textures, and lighting could not be any better… WRONG! Look at Gears 3. It’s hard to believe they are the same console, that’s how far advance the graphics became with software that unlocked the maximum potential of the hardware.

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Another 7th generation game console, the PS3 has another good comparison. Resistance Fall of Man vs. Last of Us.

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You get my point, here. To quote one of my favorite movies Tron Legacy: “I Took the System to it’s Maximum Potential” – CLU

So, this story I told is just a backdrop to my “real” post. I like the sound of “Retro Gaming Gomez”. I think I’ll start a YouTube channel dedicated to retro games using this name. I have a specific theme for the channel, but that is something I want you to linger on. I want this channel to be unique and intriguing. Thanks Johnny (@HCGSHOW) for the encouragement and advice. 

So, what qualifies me to bestow such a grand title as RGG upon myself. Well, I think pictures are worth a thousand words and right now I only have a little over 400 words. Let these AWESOME pictures fill some white space.

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Panoramic view of game room, complete with SMB3 title song: http://youtu.be/W_sHQKVvbSg

This is but a sample of my retro gaming passion. I have played (and finished) thousands of games beginning with my 1st generation console the woodgrain Atari 2600 to current 8th generation consoles like the Playstation 4 and Wii U. In fact, unlike many collectors. I actually try to play and finish EVERY game I add to the collection. Now, the most important thing that you MUST know about me. Especially if you intend on subscribing to my show. I love ALL games. This is my personality. I NEVER cared WHO (Sega or Nintendo) made something, I loved them ALL. Marketing was VERY creative in the early 90’s, but both Sonic and Mario were great games that sold the hardware. I just wished at the time I could afford EVERYTHING, but that was not in the cards. THERE WILL BE NO FANBOY TALK, PERIOD. This personality trait transcends gaming for me. Android/iOS, Cisco/Juniper (OK I’m a little biased here…), Microsoft/Apple, VHS/Beta, Hammer/Screwdriver, etc… In general, I love it all, it’s just that certain tools work better at specific jobs. 

So, stay tuned for the launch of my “official” YouTube show titled Retro Gaming Gomez.

Gamers, Stay Frosty!