Well friends, the biggest day in gaming of 2015 is upon us, and I for one am so excited I can hardly contain myself. I’ve planned when I will arrive at GameStop to pick up my number so I can then come back and pick up my games (and game guide), so then I can come home and game probably far later than is acceptable for an adult to do on a weeknight.
You know what? Oh. Well. I’m going to do it anyway.
YOLO and such.
I woke up at 5am this morning and the first thing I did was read some of the early reviews for both Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4. Excitement for both is at a fever pitch, and the reviews seemed to throw fuel on that fire. I can not wait to start in on Tomb Raider, and, shortly thereafter, Fallout. It’s hard to believe the day is here!
I did my pre-big-game-release ritual of cleaning the apartment and getting things in order. All systems are updated. All systems (and controllers) are dusted and cleaned.
I am ready.
Aside from the mostly stellar reviews both games are receiving, I also read a bit of interesting news this morning about the first 104 Xbox 360 games Microsoft will be supporting for the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility. The only one I really wanted to see was right there: the first Borderlands.
It was my one birthday wish to play through the first Borderlands again this month with my partner, and that plan is rolling forward. We’ll need to get another Xbox One controller, but that’s a small price to pay to play Borderlands again. The other good news is that since my birthday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, there will likely be a four day weekend for us to binge out on Borderlands.
Also, over the weekend, my partner and I started in on Call of Duty: Black Ops III together, and got a decent chunk of the way through it. While I love splitscreen co-op, I always prefer vertical splitscreen to horizontal, and Black Ops III only supports horizontal.
Alas, it looks like it won’t matter, as the game wasn’t appealing to my partner and I will likely finish out the campaign solo. So far it’s been moderately interesting, and I do enjoy the wall running mechanic. My real beef came from all the text (and HUD) being so difficult to read because it was so small in the splitscreen view, and on top of that, the HUD looks far less than clear. If this is an aesthetic choice, I just don’t get it.
Aside from that, I’m looking forward to getting further in the campaign and seeing what all these bonkers rumors are about. I’m always up for a little bonkers in my video games.
So while I don’t have much to report on progress-wise for this month’s game challenge, I see a veritable crap ton of gaming in my very near future. I can’t wait to get my hands on Tomb Raider later this evening. Hooray for faux midnight launch here on the west coast (9pm!).
Is anyone else out there going to midnight release (faux or otherwise) for any of the games releasing today?