I was just going to put a topic up regarding Doom and Dragon Quest Heroes, but considering I have several games on order that I'll be trying out sooner or later, I figured it would be best just to put them all in one thread.
So, what are my first impressions of Doom, for the XBONE? So by now, you know I bought the XBONE S for black Friday. It came with a digital download of Battlefield 2 or something like that... I have used it a few times to play UHD discs and 3D Blu-ray discs that have an ATMOS track on them, since the PS3 doesn't do ATMOS + 3D, unless it's in DD+ I believe. TrueHD or anything like that, it won't do, because it never complied 100% to HDMI 1.4 standards. The PS3 is an HDMI 1.3 system that developers somehow figured out a way to cheat the standards of functionality by all but this one way. So, they should get kudos for that.
Anyway, I played the Battlefield game one time, for maybe 10 minutes, and that was it, until now.. So, imagine my surprise when I pop in Doom. Bam, there's a system update... about an hour later, Doom takes maybe an hour or more to install after that... So, maybe two hours later, Doom has an 'update' and it's only 58GB!!! And you can't play the game while it's updating, at least until it gets to a certain point. So, don't expect to come home and play a new game you just bought, not on the XBONE at least.
Once the download hit about 34GB of the 58, it allowed me to play the game. Doom isn't the newest game to come out, but man, let me tell you, it is an intense game. It almost seems like they want your initial thought of each stage to be that it's impossible, but when you start doing things a little differently, you get better, until you (hopefully) are able to get through each stage.
The soundtrack is amazing.. The surround channels are active with all kinds of directional stuff. This is how a game should be made, even if 7.1 sound, ATMOS, and DTS:X are generally going to cater to a fairly small crowd.
The close combat, which I forget what they call it, allows you to rip limbs off of them and have blood and stuff going everywhere. In that sense, this is an uber violent game, one that puts this sort of gore right in your face. When you do the melee combat, you actually get bonus HP recovery, but they can also do major damage fast when you're that close or have a lot of enemies around you.
I haven't played a whole lot of this game, but I think it takes what many people probably liked about Doom III and just made it better.
So, Dragon Quest Heroes for the PS4... So far, I've only gotten two games on the PS4 in so far, Uncharted, which came as a console bundle, and this one. Both games, you can almost instantly play when you put in the disc, which means it's installing the game while you play, allowing you to play the beginning.
Uncharted 4 requires a minimum of 50GB of space, while Dragon Quest Heroes requires 26GB. On a 500GB console, that doesn't give you a lot of room for many games to be installed, but if most, if not all, are like this, you should be able to delete the installed games from the hard drive without any issues at all. Hopefully you can keep your game saves, but I don't know.
Dragon Quest heroes is bright, colorful, and has good graphics. I would say that if Shining Force had action-based combat instead of turn-based, this is what it would be like. There is basically no adventure elements in it, no open worlds to explore.. You basically go into a battlefield, and when you're done, you are in a little merchant area, where you can buy and sell goods and save the game.
I have to say that the lack of exploration is an issue for me. The first four dragon warrior games had tons of exploration, dungeons, mazes, and they were pretty awesome. Dragon Warrior 2 introduced the party system, which also made it a bit more fun.
I don't know if this is a new introduction to the series, but in Heroes, you get these monster coins that can appear when you destroy a monster. With these, you can summon certain monsters you've defeated, to fight for you, or to like guard something that needs protecting. For example, there is a battle early on, basically still getting tutorials, where monsters are coming from two directions, to destroy a generator. Your party has to fight monsters from one direction, and you can summon a monster near the generator, to defend it from monsters that are coming from the other. Once the tutorial mode stuff is out of the way, I imagine that the game will put you in situations where you have to figure these little strategic things out yourself.
This game also has something called tension or high tension. Basically, as you battle, you build up an energy bar, and once it is full, you can press one of the buttons to go into this mode. It ups your attack, I think defense too, and it makes spells not use up MP. There is also a large attack you can do while in tension mode, but it takes you out of that mode immediately. I don't know where this was taken or inspired from, maybe some of the street fighter games, once they started evolving, because they also had some type of energy bar that build up, for special attacks.
The soundtrack is very basic in Heroes, and it sure doesn't have the awesome surround stuff like Doom does. It's going to generally be the same experience on a big surround system as it would be by listening to it on a stereo tv, I would imagine.
I'm still waiting on Fallout 4, for the XBONE, Dragon Quest Heroes 2, Toukiden: Kiwami, and Horizon Zero Dawn, for the PS4. Ys VIII won't be released til September. So, we have a wait for that. Also, I think Amazon said Horizon Zero Dawn may not be shipped for 1-4 weeks. We'll see..
Toukiden is suppose to be a Monster Hunter clone.. I honestly haven't gotten into the monster hunter games, but I do have the Wii version... I think it was sort of marketed as a Phantasy Star Online-esque game but with dinosaurs.. I may have to check it out again soon though..
Fallout 4 and Dragon Quest Heroes 2 came in yesterday, but I only got to play Fallout 4, very briefly. I can tell that it's a game that you have to spend a lot of time, to get familiar with, and there are a lot of crafting options, for a variety of stuff. You also get to have a dog as a traveling companion, and he can follow a few commands from you. You can choose a male or female character.
Basically, there are nuclear bombs set off around the world, RIGHT AFTER you are sold a place in a fallout shelter by a door to door salesman... In actuality, the 'decontamination' units are cryogenic chambers, and apparently you're part of some sort of bigger experiment. Your infant child gets stolen, and then you wake up apparently after everyone in the lab has gone or died.. Not sure what the story is from there..
I would say that this game is a lot like Fallout 3, from what I've seen of it. I loved Fallout 3 but not quite so much Fallout New Vegas. I think that you can download mods for it as well. As for expansion packs, there are a variety of expansion packs you can buy/download, and that's one reason I waited to get the game, because I assumed there would be like a GOTY edition or some other edition released, with all of the expansion packs. Maybe there still will be some full edition later on, but it'll probably be at a premium price.
This is probably a game that I should play more of when I actually get a rechargeable battery pack for the XBONE. Games like this will eat up batteries, I'm sure.
Based on my limited playing of this game, I'd say this is a game you don't want to buy, if you expect to just turn it on and fight your way through the world. You have to take time, to learn, to hunt objects, to craft, and all of that stuff...
Anyway, I ran into a group of raiders and got my butt kicked pretty quickly. I just marched in without any strategy.. There are stealth/sneak features and all you can do, to maybe take them out one by one, but this was my first play..