Marvel vs Capcom Infinite

From what I saw about the gameplay in action from Angry Joe’s YouTube channel, there were some impressions so far. The graphics were done with Unreal Engine 4 similar to Street Fighter V and King of Fighters XIV although people were already displeased with the way the graphics were done and especially for the character models and voices. The effects were fine for the engine alone but then, when it comes to cartoon-ish graphics done in Unreal Engine, there could be various shaders to make things cartoon-ish while retaining the coolness of the effects like what Arc System Works did with Guilty Gear Xrd and the upcoming Dragon Ball fighting game that uses Unreal Engine 4 itself.

Perhaps, it might be a mistake that way at first but the things is, the graphics of Marvel vs Capcom 3 are already in the same style as Street Fighter IV and Tatsunoko vs Capcom in which the cartoon-ish shaders are not used at all when it comes to 3D graphics. The only things that look comical are that certain screens like the Winner screen, Character Select Screen, Ending scenes, etc. look like something out of comic books. Perhaps, those aren’t necessary for previous Marvel vs Capcom games but then, there should be comical feel in upcoming Marvel vs Capcom Infinite. Even the cinematic cutscenes are going in a different direction as well as if the game’s not following the comic-style concept or some kind. Another problem is the art style in addition to how the characters are 3D modelled as stated above. I don’t know if the criticism for this game is worse than the one for King of Fighters XIV or not but thankfully.

Also, the amount of characters is quite lower than in Marvel vs Capcom 3 but then, the game still has yet to be released sometime this month so we’re not sure about the overall amount by the time of the game’s release.

In fact, I don’t even know if the game will have the Arcade Mode or not as the compensation for the incompetence Capcom has but to make Story Mode even more important like that than the Arcade Mode in terms of Capcom’s game development is like they care less for the Arcade Mode like they do for Street Fighter V. Street Fighter V STILL doesn’t have Arcade Mode as of the present time but to make it ABSENT for the consumer system versions isn’t going to make any sense. In fact, that game also has the option to turn on or off the fight interruption when it comes to Single Player modes. That feature has been way to effective for fighting games in the arcades and it gets even more effective for fighting games on Nesica X Live 2 service with online matches as if going through various Single Player modes like Arcade Mode is not quite easy without getting interrupted. But taking out Arcade Mode for whatever reason is INEXCUSABLE! Not to mention that the arcade business part of Capcom has been doing well or something that it makes complaints about lack of finances obsolete after awhile as if the company has enough money to buy additional development kits for future main games.

Once again, it is INEXCUSABLE to take out Arcade Mode for fighting games like you and other players don’t care for it! It is one COMMON AND STARTER GAME MODE for pretty much many of those arcade-style games regardless of the platforms! Furthermore, people expect sufficient content for Marvel vs Capcom Infinite when compared to the lackluster from Street Fighter V. Hell, even King of Fighters XIV has sufficient content like sufficient characters along with actual Arcade Mode which is called Story Mode. It is so successful that it also gets a proper arcade and Steam releases.


Emulators banned from Xbox and Windows Stores

Without the policy like this Microsoft has come up with, there will be risks of lawsuits that can happen to that company by other game companies alike. In fact, there were already past lawsuits from Sony against those who made the Playstation emulators for Windows PC and Dreamcast but eventually, the formally sued ones worked on the same emulation stuffs for later generation Playstation consoles like PS2, PS3, PSP, PS Vita and the list goes on. Also, the emulators are said to be banned from IOS completely but I don’t know if this is true or not and you still can see a bunch of them in the Android app stores.

While chaotic troubles are prevented this way, there’s one problematic workaround, sideloading of UWP apps. Hopefully, there should be a policy against this that can be done in Group Policy but this is still a problem when it comes to non-business devices and especially Xbox One. Another workaround is the fact that there online emulators that can be played on the web browser.

Raiden V for Xbox One controversy

It is unbelievable that MOSS had done it in MESSING UP THE FANBASE! Do you know that MOSS is a third-party game developer company? How could Microsoft strongly encourage MOSS like that? And of course, an Xbox One exclusive release of a Raiden game? It may be a mixed opinion of mine to be frank but it’s already too late as if the newest game is released on the less popular platform. Another unfortunate thing is that the Xbox One has been struggling so badly in Japan, worse than the Xbox 360 when released initially. And games previously released to Xbox 360 already have the sequels released to Playstation 4 to keep the fanbase as promising as ever. However, it doesn’t seem to be the case like that as there may be multiple platform releases of the sequels, like the Playstation 4 and Xbox One releases for equal fairness when it comes to console releases. Raiden IV for Xbox 360 & Playstation 3 to Raiden V for Xbox One? Like HOW? Do you think that it is the great reason to buy the Xbox One like that? NO! The entire series was made in Japan by Japanese game developers but that doesn’t seem to be the case. If the Xbox One has sufficient amount of Japanese games released for that console just like the Xbox 360, then picking up Raiden V at the later time is reasonable. The controversial move with Raiden V for Xbox One isn’t that great to be frank as there’s not enough momentum for that unfortunately.

So here’s the thing, the path branching depends on your performance so it’s not like Darius games and that’s a disappointing move. Also, the C**** System is another strange implementation for me although it could be suited for a Versus game, rhythm game or even better, the Let’s Play if you will. Hell, there are already some fighting games out there that make use of the similar system in Online Versus Mode or perhaps, Spectator Mode. What you do is to root for the specific player or feel disappointed over that player’s disappointing performance. It’s like you’re in a virtual crowd and the same goes for the live Let’s Play or Exhibition Play. Also, there’s a lack of Vertical Mode but even with Vertical Mode present, there are still blank borders for something as the 8th generation consoles don’t support 4:3 anymore. In fact, the boss explosion for some stages is the strangest one I have ever seen.

On a different side, the powerup system is different in behavior. Collecting the same color of the powerup increases the level of that corresponding weapon while collecting a different one switches to a different weapon. However, it doesn’t mean that you will get the same powerup level when you collect a different powerup just like in the previous games. So if your Vulcan Power Level is 6 and your Laser Power Level is 3, the weapon level will switch to Level 3 when switching from Vulcan to Laser. Also, to face the True Last Boss, you need to have maximum level for all weapons from START to FINISH.

Windows 10 Preview in Xbox One

As things are getting more universal with Windows 10 on tablets, smartphones, computers and even the Xbox One, it may seem that the same apps that are in Windows 10 on computers will be available on Xbox One as well through the same kind of code. It is said that Windows 10 on Xbox One will have improved speed and social media such as a community section for social networking interaction, revamped TV features and optimized Xbox store for easier navigation. The Xbox 360 store surely has divided into three parts in which the game part is the main part with games, DLCs, etc. with the app part being the one not related to gaming and avatar part for customization. Sure, the avatar app in Xbox 360 is still good looking in visuals but the navigation combined with painful networking make it a total pain. I don’t know if the avatar customization app in Xbox One is an improvement or not.

And of course, I may expect Microsoft Edge in Xbox One as a replacement to Internet Explorer as we anticipate its superior and common features like improved tab interactivity that makes the browser on par with its rivals. Hell, even Firefox is already on par with that same improvement but until the time Microsoft Edge is on par, we also expect extensions on it but we have to bear in mind that not all extensions can be installed universally. I don’t know if the Edge and Firefox for Windows 10 extensions are made universal or not at this time.

Other features I can imagine like the Cortana support for Xbox One, streaming in between the console and the Windows 10 device in which the only useful thing about it is video-capturing. Having to buy that console just to stream PC games to it is kind of a stupid idea. Perhaps, a cross-platform play is a better idea like it doesn’t matter which gaming platform you own the game for.

Lastly, I don’t know if the respect for security is getting much worse in Windows 10 for Xbox One like only certain privacy violation options can be disabled or something. Also, who knows if there will be complete backwards compatibility as well at this time.

Microsoft stops selling Kinect v2 for Windows

For whatever reason, the Kinect v2 for Xbox One and Windows has identical functions that the Windows version is a complete duplicate. But then, the Kinect for Xbox One is more of an addon nowadays that even if you have that console, you can buy the Kinect for other purposes besides playing Kinect games. Of course, there’s an adapter for that console that will allow you to connect that device to the PC but then, you must have the technical reason on why you’re using the Kinect for some technical project to work on on the PC. If you already had the Windows version, this is something to disregard.

Street Fighter V controversy?

OK, sure are many fighter games out there on Playstation 3 and Vita in addition to the arcades. Some of those are pretty much on the PC and Xbox 360 in addition to Playstation 3 and the arcades but now, it looks like things are starting to change with Sony console exclusivity. Many of those like Under Night In Birth Exe:Late, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, Arcana Heart 3 Love Max, Blazblue Chrono Phantasma, Chaos Code and of course, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, are likely to be on Sony consoles. It may not be because the Xbox series consoles are like struggling in Japan or something but rather, the contents may not be suitable for western releases. If you probably long for those releases in the western regions in addition to Asia releases, good for us although not all people may appreciate such kinds of those games previously released in the arcades before their console ports. Of course, there may be other arcade fighters we don’t know of and especially that there may be newer ones coming in next year and it should be the same for SF V.

Speaking of SF V, it looks like there may be controversies regarding the bad business techniques from Capcom. Wasn’t the on-disc DLC bullshit quite controversial enough for them? Why isn’t there the Xbox One release? This franchise is not like those fighting games I mentioned above. It is a popular franchise globally. It doesn’t matter which platform you’re playing those on! Why is this missing out various ports like the Xbox One and arcade ports? That’s not the right thing Capcom Japan does! There was USF IV on PC, consoles and of course the arcades but outside of Japan, the arcades are still having SSF IV instead. Combined with all editions, the whole SF IV is sold in millions of copies.

But then, it looks like the producer had budget issues last year or something but that doesn’t mean they can make games with no money. So is it Microsoft’s fault for whatever they had done for Xbox One that many of those games are Playstation exclusives? What about the gamers outside of Japan, is there any platform equality whatsoever like there will be Xbox One release in addition to Playstation 4 and PC releases outside that? This target platform plan is misleading all the way up to the global ass!

And what’s unnecessary is the Playstation 4 release of USF IV. What’s the point of this is there’s no graphical remakes whatsoever for Ultra edition? At least for the upcoming SF V, the graphics are kind of new although things still look like SF IV by the way. There may be opponents bouncing on the ground when knocked away and of course, the scenery damage like other previous fighting games including stage transition. What else? There are some lightings and reflections to the effects but then, realistic effects are expected when fighters throw off their projectiles. Other impressions include the Cross-Play feature which is easily implemented for Nintendo and Sony consoles although the Microsoft one is kind of difficult or something in which you’ll need your Windows 8 or 8.1 device connected to Xbox 360 or One for such kind of Cross-Play gaming.

Lastly, you should be playing like a grown up gamer, not throwing profanities or saying stupid things at anyone for nothing. Such kinds of behaviors like the system-war thingy for example may make you pathetic like Angry Joe already mentioned in his rant. Speaking of that rant, the official trailer is pretty much in the Playstation official account which may be fine but what’s not fine is the trailer video posted by others on YouTube. Such videos posted by others were flagged on Capcom Japan’s own accord and that is unspeakably stupid. Why the decision on making this Sony console exclusive in addition to the PC release in the first place? I mean this is not like those fighting games I mentioned above but such business decisions to the other fans may be wrong and bullshit.

Oh, there’s going to be SF V involvement in the Capcom Cup in a few days? Who knows what the reactions will be like when they see this? At least, this is less controversial overall than the on-disc DLC bullshit.

Xbox One Kinect can be used with PC

Now, that will be possible as Microsoft has announced the adapter that connects between the new Kinect and the PC via the USB port. Unlike the one for the Xbox 360, you can use the existing new Kinect from the Xbox One and connect it to the adapter that will also be connected to the PC. From there, the technical experiment is yours for whatever project you want. If only the new Kinect is the complete separate that people can buy it without the Xbox One, perhaps, the only reason for people doing that is that they have some projects to do on the PC.

Xbox One in China update

Due to the previous situations that occured at Microsoft China like their offices raided for unknown reasons probably due to the fact that Microsoft is the US based company and that the entire globe isn’t happy about what’s going on nowadays like privacy invasion, corruption and so on, it seems that the Xbox One launch was delayed in China. The Playstation 4 that will be launched there should have lesser problems but then, there are already newer conditions once these consoles have been launched.

The different way is that all the games for Xbox One will be released as digital downloads perhaps to reduce piracy or something but the thing is, retail or digital, there is still vulnerability that the game data can still be extracted or something for modification and then the game can be resold like that in China. Another problem is that the retail sales of the games may be really costly compared to digital in which the console gaming in China will do. Perhaps, there should be some different file formats that strengthen the games and protect them from whatever illegal modding so that the games can look as genuine as ever. Last problem is regarding the target audience. Is the game the M game which may feature lots of realistic looking but fictional violence in those games? It may already matter in some other countries where certain games will not be sold there due to indecent contents. There may be some petition to bring those games there but there’s no guarantee on how the gamers will be affected in a bad way like that.

Lastly, it seems that the Xbox One will be released in September 29th in China unless some situation kicks in again unexpectedly at Microsoft China that may piss everyone off.

Xbox games on your browser?

What the hell? This is unspeakably complicated and breaks the purpose of playing console games on the game consoles compared to Steam which is the PC gaming service! Why put in the cloud gaming thingy with the power of Xbox Live service that can be played in the browser? Can you imagine how the browser is accessed in multiple types of devices? Sure, Remote Desktop technology for gaming can be equivalent to Sony’s Remote Play for the PSP, PS Vita when connected to PS3 or PS4 but this is not direct remote gaming for Xbox consoles. Xbox Smartglass may or may not use the internet connection to control the Xbox 360 or Xbox One console but I guess that basic local networking should be enough for remote controls. Other than that, it’s kind of pointless compared to Remote Play which is a popular move nowdays like you can use your PSP or PS Vita as the second controller or secondary display. It may be before the Wii U existed with similar ideas but the similar ealier idea laid with the DS and 3DS where you can make use of the bottom screen to do easy commands with the touch controls to interact with what goes on the top screen whereelse on the Wii U, you use the Gamepad to do the same thing and the same goes for the Remote Play feature for PS Vita when connected to the PS3 or PS4.

And imagine this for the Xbox side. Having to use mouse and keyboard for Xbox remote gaming purposes is kind of fucking stupid and especially when using the virtual controller on the device running Xbox Smartglass. How complicated this can be? Playing console games on the browser as cloud gaming may spell trouble for the Xbox series consoles themselves! At least, they should use cloud gaming technology for Xbox One by having Xbox 360 games playable on that thing only! That is something Microsoft should do where-else Sony’s already planning the Playstation Now service that will allow you to play Playstation 3 games on the Sony Smart TVs, PS4, etc. provided that you have the game controller suited but PS3 games on the Vita and Vita TV? Why can’t you use the Remote Play instead to make things easier? Downside is the overall price, of course for the Sony side but for the Xbox side, it may be something Microsoft lacks and especially when there are no portable game consoles produced by them.

But be lucky that this is one of these research experiments conducted by Microsoft and there are other researches done by them to see if one of these can be used. This one’s not perfect and the problem that has been keeping people concerned of is the lag when it comes to cloud gaming. The worse thing is that OnLive doesn’t have enough interesting games available but turning the Xbox One or the entire Xbox Live service into the next OnLive is a no-no. The only appealing with the use of the cloud gaming is that certain Xbox One games make use of it and that the same technology can be used to contain Xbox 360 games to be played on that console.

Xbox One in China in September 23rd

It may be a shame that the Xbox One is more expensive than the Playstation 4 unless it comes bundled without its own Kinect that the console can sell better to catch up with its rival one day. The cost of $600 is already a concern for the Chinese markets and especially on how genuine this system is as the market in China is full of cheap but inferior-ass products. Not to mention that there are so much rip-offs product everywhere in China that will SURELY PISS YOU OFF. However, another obstacle for Microsoft is that some of the offices in various Chinese countries were already seized by the Chinese authorities for whatever unknown reasons. It may probably affect the plans to release the new technologies Microsoft has done and especially that the Xbox One was already released a year ago in western countries. That included Windows 8.1 which was also released a year ago.

However, the truth is that some national proposal is required if Microsoft wants to sell this console in China by forming the joint-venture as there are also local companies in China as well.