Madden 15 Sneak Peek – Texans vs Cowboys

I try my hand at the new Madden 15 for Xbox One. The controls are smoother and I like the gamecalling flow that they’ve adopted. My only complaint is there’s no variety in Madden games thanks to the monopoly on sports games. It just seems like the same game with more polish and an updated roster. Here’s a peek at my Twitch Stream in the video below.

Day 1 in Day Z – Alpha Test

Welcome to Chernarus. A 225 km2 open world post-soviet state and one of the areas hit by a new and presently unknown infection which has wiped out most of the world’s population. You are one of the few who have survived and now you must search this new wasteland in order to fight for your life against what is left of the indigenous population, now infected with the disease.

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DayZ is hard to describe. It’s a multiplayer open-world survival horror game, sure, but that just scratches the surface. Built as a mod from the game ARMA 2, DayZ has quickly become a cult phenomenon. Here at Gaming Gawd, we don’t discriminate against games or systems. When I’d first heard of DayZ and saw gameplay videos, I knew I would have to put it on GamingGawd.com. So without further ado, here’s my story of the first day in DayZ.

After a quick install of the game thanks to Valve’s incredible Steam software, I was met by the character creation screen.

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It was here I had to make my first major game decision, something that I felt a little bad having to think about. Should I make my character black or white? A part of me figured that making him black would placefa him more in the “shoot on sight” category, but I did it anyway. My president is black. Anyway, I proceeded to spawn in what I assume was the middle of nowhere. The ocean was behind me, so I knew my back was covered at least partially. As if on cue, it began to rain and I followed my first human impulse and that was to find shelter.

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Spying buildings dotting the horizon, I humped it north. Music was playing in my headphones and a faint voice could be heard in the distance. I took this as a sign of danger and kept looking back to see if I was getting stalked. I still felt a little uneasy with the controls, but I was able to move out of the field at a fast pace. I picked a warehouse among the buildings and took shelter, it was here that I became familiar with the controls. Keeping in mind that I could die at any second, I hastily memorized what little controls I could and began to rummage from building to building. 3 houses ransacked and nothing to be found. Meanwhile, my player kept complaining of thirst and hunger. The 4th time was a charm however because in the kitchen, I found my first piece of loot.

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After drinking what I assume was a refreshing drink, my thirst meter went away and I set off again in search of whatever. I decided to be brave and walk the main road in case someone were in one of the houses and found me. I wanted to interact, good or bad. I turns out my plan worked, I met my first person in DayZ. The only problem was, I didn’t know how to talk. I tried several buttons, checked my mic settings and tried to communicate again. No dice. However, I was able to wave at him to signify I meant no harm. He advised me to leave the area, there was nothing here and that I was boring him. I hit another house, came up short and decided to fix my mic. Talking seemed to be important in the game so it was best I figured out how to do it.

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Once I figured out how to talk, I went looking for my new wise friend and found him 3 deep with 2 other guys. He said they were the good guys and to watch for bandits. He said his name was Sanchez and introduced his other crew. He gave me a website url to visit for the DayZ map and an ip address to join them on Teamchat. I complained of being hungry and they gave me tuna to eat and some for the road. This was my lucky day, I thought, now I’m with heavily armed pals who were looking for a few good men like me to join their crew. Then… the server crashed.

Not only did I lose my new friends, I lost the ip address so I could contact them again. I was so close to belonging! After waiting for a while to see if they would come back, I decided they weren’t and headed west where Sanchez told me more civilization lie. After some more house searching, I came up with a backpack, shovel, an unloaded Mosin (gun) and better pants. I also encountered my first zombie. They’re surprisingly fast and react to sound. Having a fist fight with one is not recommended.

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After that eventful day, I decided to check back with DayZ later. My initial impression is to give this game time, I can see why it’s been so popular. I’ve already seen bugs like zombies chasing me through walls, but some of that adds to the charm of the game. Now that they’ve doubled the dev side, I’m curious to see what they’ll update and the world of DayZ will shape. Next time, I plan on including video and maybe get the stream running. Until then, the game is never over.

Twitch Broadcasting from Xbox One – Setup and Tips

Major Nelson has released a video showing exactly how broadcasting your games to Twitch from the Xbox One will work. The setup seems simple enough. Sign up for a Twitch account, make sure your privacy shows you as online and allow the broadcasting app to get an accurate read of your bandwidth. When you’re ready to broadcast, say “Xbox Broadcast” and confirm the broadcast. You can also view your friend’s stream and follow their channels. One of the barriers to Twitch streaming has always been the setup, now that is removed. I wondered whether they would allow the Kinect to also stream video of the streamer and it’s confirmed they will. Anyway, check the video and see for yourself. You can catch my streams here on GamingGawd.com as soon as March 11th hits. They’ve paired the release of Twitch.tv streaming with one of Xbox One’s biggest games this year, Titanfall. See ya online – Gamertag – Cybersoulja

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Tom Clancy’s The Division Teaser Trailer for the Trailer

Tom Clancy’s The Division has been given a teaser trailer, which gives you a 24 second look at the game’s Snowdrop Engine. According to the date in the teaser, this is a trailer for a trailer. Inception.

The Snowdrop Engine looks gorgeous off top, this didn’t give me too much time to review the trailer as usual, but I’m intrigued nonetheless.

The Great Console War of 2013 and a Treasure Trove

With the recent release of the Playstation 4, the console war between the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 have begun. One would argue that the Nintendo Wii U is also in the race for number one, but let’s be serious, they released their system and with the declining sales along with a price drop, things aren’t looking too good. The Playstation 4’s release seems to be seemless so far. There’s very few complaints of faulty systems and the supply of PS4 consoles seem to be plentiful. That isn’t stopping entrepreneurs from attempting to charge $1000 for a PS4 bundle on Ebay. I’d advise my fans of EndgameTV to choose the less expensive route of heading to Best Buy and buying one off the shelf.

In what seems like a mafia tactic of wishing the best to your enemy before going to war with them, Xbox tweeted this out this morning.

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The Xbox One will be released on November 22, 2013 and I’m on the hunt for one. In the meantime, there will still be retro reviews from my favorite consoles of the past, SNES, NES and Genesis on the site. I’ll also include some Xbox 360 videos until I upgrade.

Trion Worlds, makers of the games Defiance and Rift, have announced an ambitious free to play game called Trove. It’s going to have the same “destroy and build” concept of Minecraft with a mix of RPG tossed in. I’ll admit I’m intrigued by this game and I want to beta test it. Check the video below.

The game looks great, it’s like Minecraft on steroids. While not much was given in the trailer, I have high hopes for this game. The community involvement they promised and commitment to a long replay ability could make this a Steam darling in no time. Here’s hoping they allow me to beta test.
Follow the game’s official twitter account for more details.

I recently upgrade the video editing software I’ve been using for the videos and I should have a headset mic by next week. Stay classy gamers. – Kevo

Just in case you missed it. The Best Battlefield Player Ever

The new Xbox One commercial is quite compelling with it’s message of “Come on.” The Titanfall robot could have saved me from a boring meeting today. I would not have hesitated to climb in the cockpit if invited. The zombie’s invitation was funny also and the Roman soldiers marching near what appears to be an outdoor cafe was intriguing. In the war of commercials, Xbox One is clearly winning.

I would love to have this guy on my squad. He’s calling out enemies, announcing his intentions in combat and he’s role-playing phenomenally well as a soldier at war. My squad issues basic commands and remarks on the battle, but nothing like this guy. Shoutout to the Best Battlefield Player ever.

World Of Tanks Beta Preview: Kill Confirmed

I finally scored a solid kill in the World of Tanks. That gave me more confidence in the game because at first I was getting picked off from a distance. I’m slowly learning strategy and how to anticipate the opposition’s movements.