Grand Theft Auto Online: The stress of logging in

GTA-Online It's the weekend! Grand Theft Auto Online went live last Tuesday, and thanks to the millions of players attempting to go online, a good chunks of us got a rocky start. 

It's been five days and Rockstar is slowly getting the hang of the amount of players inside their servers. First day of GTA Online was completely shut for me. It literally took me the whole night to get through the introduction cutscene once you've created your character. Every time I was done with the character creation, an error shows up preventing me from saving any progress. I tried and tried, but eventually gave up and headed back to Trevor and the rest of the game in single player.

Was I irritated? Yes, but I understand why- According to VG247 Grand Theft Auto V was able to sell around 15M units in just three days. That's completely insane numbers for any entertainment medium. So with that many sold, just 20% of those buyers who plan to play GTA Online should be enough to bottle neck the servers resulting in making the mode unplayable. Rockstar is dealing with player numbers that would make any MMORPG company happy. They were expecting problems on day one of online, but I guess they didn't expect to accommodate with a player base of a couple of  millions.

You can't blame a company for not being prepared for success, but it definitely turned off any excitement I had for the Online mode. It was only on the third day when I was able to experience the game smoothly. Just like the single player mode, there are tons of activities to do once your character sets foot on Los Santos. All the activities were translated to online, and included new characters making it a completely different beast. This takes place months after the events of the main storyline in the single player campaign. Rockstar's plan of releasing online 2 weeks after the game gets release was perfect for current work schedule, making me take my time and finish off the game with just three days left until Online gets unlocked. I actually appreciate the divide, and I wonder why we can't see this kind of approach to games like Call of Duty or Battlefield? Wouldn't that help their single player content if released seperately?

But back to GTA Online, is it fun? Definitely. You have 16 players in one map goofing around. During my time online, one important rule I learned after a couple of hours is that ATMs are your friends. It's actually freaky to walk around with more than $5,000 in your pocket since if another player kills you, they can actually get all the money. So it became a basic routine to GPS for the closest ATM and deposit ASAP, because money is pretty rare, and stuff online are expensive. I actually had second thoughts if I wanted a flashlight mod for my pistol.

Currently, the flow from job after job isn't smooth at the moment. I still see the loading screen way too much and you can still get game server crashes, but is now a rare occurrence. Playing with others in a GTA world is a blast though, even without a mic. All the random encounters and things you witness can shock you. I actually had one player try to kill me by dropping a helicopter on my car when  I was idle for a few seconds. I dodged it, and for some reason, once he got out of his parachute, he was right in front of me, so I ran him over. No experience sadly, but its epic moments created by us - the players.

It's a Saturday right now and I'm juggling my free weekend time with Battlefield 4's Open Beta and GTA Online(When it works). First weekend for October is here and my question for you all is - What are you playing for the weekend? Anybody?

Weekend! What are you playing?

55230_screenshots_2013-08-14_00001 Weekend! ah, the taste of freshly brewed coffee on a Saturday morning. This week was pretty hectic but we are finally at the tail-end of it all. So much going on in this world of video games; Quake-con, GTA online reveal, plus Gamescom is just around the corner. But enough about that, what are you playing? 

Carlos: For the first time in a long time I find myself in a serious case of backlog. So many games left unfinished. There's so much I want to play right now but I just don't have the time. I want to play Saint's Row: The Third to finally finish the game once in for all. I want to play some more Guild Wars 2 since I'm so close to my first legendary. I also want to jump back in Bordlerlands 2 since I have three DLC contents left to explore. I also want to go back to Mark of the Ninja since I'm at the final stages.

I don't usually juggle games, but it happens every once in awhile. Oh, I also started Dead Space 3 because of that damn Humble Origins Bundle. Damn you EA.

Migoy: I'll be at the Hotseat booth at OtakuExpo for the Injustice tournament and various other video games. I also haven't played enough of NieR yet so Imma get on that.

Arlie: Arlie is actually on vacation this week. He's currently in Singapore having a blast, and also in search of a place to find video games apparently.

Weekend!! What are you playing?

IMAG0339 Thanks to E3, It was one hell of a week for the gaming industry. Lots of game announcement, game demos, and the entertaining console wars that is definitely heating up. but it's now all behind us and we now have the weekend. What are you playing? 

Carlos: The Assassin's Creed 3 image below? Yes, that's me and that's exactly what I'm playing this weekend. I never had a big reason to get Assassin's Creed 3 until now. When I entered Datablitz, I was looking for a game that would test my newly upgraded PC, but at the same time get a game that is better played with a controller(I have an Xbox controller for my PC). This came to mind and with the P995 price tag, it felt right.

I'm currently 3 hours in and they were not kidding when they said this game has a slow start. Again, three hours in... and I just got to control Conner for the first time. But aside from that, I'm enjoying myself. The change in era and the more free-flowing climbing make it fun to explore and navigate. I also might play more Guild Wars 2 because World vs World is now smooth as butter for me.

Weekend, what are you playing?

p4a storyIt's mid-May and the wave of releases has slowed down a bit. The J months are all about announcements so it's the perfect time to start catching up on your gaming back log. What will you be playing?

Migoy: I still got The Amazing Spider-Man to finish before returning the disc to it's rightful owner and online ranked in Persona 4 Arena seems to be populated for the summer with what I played of it earlier this week. There are also some Injustice: Gods Among Us casuals happening this weekend at Infinity Place Video Gaming Center which I plan on attending. Social link go!

60ef19a810d0a253c57beff0e2b2a538Carlos: Bought myself Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen just yesterday for my Xbox 360 and I'm pretty excited to start all over with the new content. I bought and played this game to the end when it came out last year and I couldn't pass the extra content Dark Arisen was bringing. With my PS3 dead, my first copy is pretty much useless until I get a new console, so I decided to just get Dark Arisen for my 360. It was only P1,200 at Datablitz so it didn't hurt much buying it again just for extra content.

I just started and I'm already planning builds for my playthrough. If you haven't tried Dragon's Dogma and want a good RPG, I highly suggest you give this one a shot.

Weekend, what are you playing?

injustice-nightwingWhat is up, everyone? Here we are, in the first weekend of May. The game releases have slowed down a bit a per the season. But that won't stop us from playing the video games. So, what are you playing? Migoy: Me and Quash did a Let's Play of Injustice: Gods Among Us with PCGMedia's Justis earlier this week. So after getting to play against real people in Injustice for the first time, I need to hit training mode and learn a few new characters and refine the current ones I know how to use. I've also recently started The Amazing Spider-Man on the PS3. To be honest, I prefer the less appreciated Spider-Man: Web of Shadows because I honestly think that the combat and web swinging in that game is much better but Amazing Spider-Man is a pretty good game. At least compared to the other Beenox Spider-Man games that came out prior to it.

Here's a video of me, Bud and his brother Jiks playing the demo of Injustice.