Ok here are some early xbox one impressions.
Set up is simple. I plugged everything in and it worked first time. I downloaded the update and queued FIFA, BF4, Killer Instinct and Skype. By the time the kids were in bed everything was done.
Kinect seems to work well. Xbox works without the Kinect plugged in. Voice recognition is quite reliable. I sit about 4 feet away from the TV and it has no problem recognising my face for log in and the QR code reading was impeccable (and useful).
Snapping and doing two tasks at once is useful but will take some time to adjust to on a console. I found the video recording unintuitive so far. It has recorded some of my game play clips, but why? Did I press a button by accident or do something so awesome the xbox decided to record it? Not a major problem and I haven’t really explored this feature yet.
The three games I have played are FIFA, BF4, and Killer Instinct.
Although I love soccer I hated previous iterations of FIFA. I’m loving this so far though. Graphics are a marginal improvement but the ball play seems more natural and less mechanical. More random events happen.
I’ve mainly stuck to campaign with BF4. Graphics are very nice and the campaign is a solid 7/10. I need to work up to 64 players multiplayer after spending so long with only 32.
Killer Instinct looks good. I only played the free game so I’ve only tried one character. He is basically Ryu from Streetfighter – the moves are almost identical. The tutorial is good though and if the kids like it I may get the full game.
Overall very smooth opening weekend and may the games continue.....
Here's the latest arrival to our family. Baby Sarah arrived happy and healthy last week. She's enjoying the Battlefield 4 beta so far and looking forward to the game launch later this month..............
To pass the time until Battlefield 4 and the new consoles come out I decided to try my hand at a new hobby. Since my two boys are crazy for Star Wars at the moment I thought I'd try to create some models of the sets from the movies. After a little internet research I discovered the proper term is "diorama". Anyway rather than follow a preset blueprint I jumped right iin at the deep end with my own custom Mos Eisley cantina. It's about half way through and I would say I've put about 30 hours in so far. Obviously everything takes longer to create from scratch. Here are a few pics of progress so far.
Lá Féile Pádraig daoibh go léir!
Have a good one on Sunday and don't overdo it!
With the latest Simcity fail and all the talk of microtransactions from EA I thought I'd post this cartoon I did a while back. If it's too small you can see a larger one here.
Was anyone else fascinated by the Lance Armstrong interviews? Some of the stuff he came out with was jawdropping. Not that he was doping of course but as an insight into the way his mind works. Talk about a meme goldmine.
Despite the recession, high levels of emigration and lousy weather, Ireland remains one of the best countries in the world in which to be born, according to a new survey.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranks Ireland 12th among 80 countries in terms of the life chances of a child born in 2013.
The EIU rates Ireland ahead of Germany (joint 16th) and France (26th) while also ranking the country above the UK (27th) and the US (joint 16th), the two most popular destinations for Irish emigrants.
We are rated behind Australia (2nd), New Zealand (7th) and Canada (9th), other favoured destinations for the current generation of Irish emigrants. Switzerland may have a reputation for being dull, but it is also the best country in the world in which to be born, according to the EIU.
The unit used 11 different indicators to rank countries. Prosperity, both present and projected, was the main indicator. Others included life expectancy, quality of family life, trust in public institutions, health, education, crime and contentment as measured in personal satisfaction surveys.
Ireland still scores high on the latter category with high levels of reported satisfaction, but low in terms of climate.
The EIU survey is similar to the one carried out by the Economist magazine which famously ranked Ireland as the best country in the world in which to live in 2004, a decision which was met with pride and derision in equal measure.
The survey differs in its attempts to measure what life will be like for a child born this year who enters adult life in 2030.
Laza Kekic, the regional director of the EIU and one of the authors of the survey, said the results showed smaller countries are better to live in than big countries.
“There seems to be a positive small country effect,” he said. “Many of the large countries fall down on things like health, life expectancy, while quality of family and community life are not great,” he said citing the examples of the US and the UK, which have high divorce rates.
Mr Kekic said Ireland retained many of its strengths, most notably family and social cohesion, while remaining a prosperous country relatively speaking. “I’ve been asked why Ireland is so high in views of all these troubles, but you have to keep things in perspective,” he said. “When you look at the profile of Ireland and its general economic wealth despite the crisis, it is relatively well placed.”
Top countries in which to be born:
7 New Zealand
10 Hong Kong