The Quick and the Pew 3: A Fighting Chance

There is no sign of the end of remastered games for current generation consoles. Xbox One and Playstation 4 users are being subjected to ports of games that did not do entirely well which is why developers are looking to recuperate losses by re-releasing them. Darksiders II, Zombi (ZombiU), Prototype, and more are all examples of this. The Quick and the Pew is a way for the podcast to touch up on these games by suggesting whether or not they are worth picking up again. We judge these familiar titles with a "Buy, Rent, or Skip" system.  The Quick and the Pew is not solely for remastered or re-released games, but this particular entry only mentions those types of games.

The Quick and the Pew 3

Quick List of Titles:

  1. DmC: Definitive Edition (XBONE, PS4)

  2. Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND (XBONE, PS4, PS3, PSVita)

  3. Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (PC, XBONE, PS4, PS3)

  4. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (XBONE, PS4)

  5. Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition (PC, XBONE, PS4)

DmC: Definitive Edition

DmC, or Devil May Cry, was harshly criticized by fans for its reimagining of the well known franchise. Ninja Theory's reboot became the black sheep of the franchise even though it is one of its best entries. It was surprising to see this game receive a remastered edition because of its notoriety amongst Devil May Cry fans. The issue I had with the game was the lack of a manual lock-on system, and its overall pace. The game felt sluggish at times when you were stringing together combos which could be partly blamed on its 30fps. The definitive edition corrects both of those wrongs by not only implementing a manual lock-on feature, but the developers also pushed the game to 60fps and added a turbo mode that increased the gameplay speed by 20%. This version includes harder difficulties, Vergil's own bloody palace (various stages of battling enemies through waves), new costumes, and the DLC from the original release. The gameplay is fun and precise in DmC, and the story was spectacular. It has a visual flare and style behind it that screams originality even though it is a reboot. Speaking of visuals, DmC: Definitive Edition boasts 1080p graphics and looks good enough to be a modern release. Ninja Theory created a fantastic game that could have been embraced if it did not share the name of an already established series. DmC: Definitive Edition does not have any port issues or slowdowns. When I played through the entire game, everything flowed perfectly and worked the way it should. The release price of $40 is a bit much in my opinion. There were no major additions to this that would warrant that price, so I would recommend waiting for it to drop in price before picking it up. If you have not played the game, I highly recommend picking up this version of DmC. This is how the game should have been initially released back on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Should I Buy, Rent, or Skip? When the price drops and you have not played it, you should BUY this game. If you have already played it, there is not enough added to warrant another purchase but RENT it if you want to experience the best version of DmC.  

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Image courtesy of http://blazblueuniverse.com/bbcpex

Blazblue Chrono Phantasma Extend

Blazblue Chrono Phantasma Extend brings the technical fighter to Xbox One and Playstation 4 for the first time, but this is the sixth entry of the franchise for all other platforms. First off, unless you are a diehard fan of the series: you should not buy this game on older consoles. Second, you should not buy this game for the story if you are not familiar with the series. The story is told like an animated novel, and it is not newcomer friendly with its storytelling. As for the fighting in the game, this entry is friendly to newcomers and veterans alike. There is an easy control mode dubbed stylish for people who are not good at fighting games. It simplifies combos and special moves to a few select buttons. This makes it fair for people who button mash their way into hopeful victory whenever their fighting fanatic buddy forces them to play these type of games. The game features 28 playable characters, customizable online lobbies, and a slew of various game modes. The online component of the game is complicated and tough when trying to find others in your own ranking. Unless you have friends who are interested in the game, there will be a disparity in skill levels between opponents. The graphical upgrade for current generation consoles is nothing spectacular, but it is full 1080p now rather than 720p.  A special feature exclusive for the Playstation 3 and 4 is cross-play between the consoles. If you have a friend who has not upgraded to the PS4 from the PS3, this is a big incentive and adds a higher opponent count for online play. For the Xbox One, this is the only King of Fighters or Guilty Gear style game available for the console. If you have an itch for that type of fighter, you should support this game in order for developers to release similar franchises on the Xbox One. This is a terrific fighter with diverse characters and tongue-in-cheek hilarity, so I have no problem recommending it to fight fans, however; if you are not a fighting game fan, this is something you can wait to drop in price.

Should I Buy, Rent, or Skip? If you are fighting fan but unfamiliar with the series or not a fighting fan, you should SKIP this entirely or until the price drops. If you are a fighting fan on Xbox One/PS4 and have not picked it up already, you really should BUY the game. If you are on older consoles, you should SKIP it all together.

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Image courtesy of http://teamninja-studio.com/doa5

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

Team Ninja has lost the polish and smoothness that they were known for back in their heyday. Dead or Alive 5: Last Round has many glitches and issues that often make the game unplayable. This entry of the franchise took a free-to-play approach, and it is a total cash cow. It will nickle and dime you whenever given the chance. The fighting is easy and fun when the game decides to work, but the new cast additions are weak in comparison to its alumni.  The updates for the game often break it rather than fix the issues within Dead or Alive 5. I was unable to access the game for an entire month even though I owned the full version of it. All my progress and characters were missing, and it treated me like someone playing a demo. There is a lot to do within the game, but it does not matter when the game has so many issues. The story is laughable at best, the frame rate flutters, and the game is very perverted more often than not. Seriously, the paradise videos in the game should not be watched with children or your girlfriend present. What is ridiculous is that the original release of the game on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 had less issues than this new version. Because of that, I cannot recommend this game. 

Should I Buy, Rent, or Skip? This dysfunctional game does not deserve your money: Skip it. 

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Image courtesy of http://borderlandsthegame.com/

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

The grind is real. Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel have made their way onto current generation consoles. This is the first time the franchise has been on the Xbox One and PS4. This is a terrific package for anyone interested in the series or are looking to revisit it. The Handsome Collection includes all previously released DLC for both games, and it has four player split screen co-op which is unheard of for this current generation.  These are great games, but they can be harsh to replay again from the beginning. Luckily, you can transfer your saves and continue the fight. Although if you have already done everything in the game, that is not much of an incentive. The Pre-Sequel was overlooked when it was released on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3  because of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 console release, so this is a second wind attempt for the title. If you have never played a Borderlands game, this is the best way to start playing the franchise. The games were ported over with much finesse and had very little technical issues at launch. Most have been corrected already, but the main concern I have with recommending these games is the grind oriented gameplay. This is a game where you need someone else to play with you. If you pick this up to play solo, you will get frustrated fairly quickly. You can local co-op so there are many ways to avoid that scenario, but you more often than not need an online partner. These two Borderlands games are hilarious and very rewarding when you invest your time into them. The graphics have been updated along with the frames per second, so this is the best console experience for both of these titles. If you played these on PC, there is very little for you in this package that warrants returning to pandora on consoles. These two titles are great shooters that have plenty to do, but I am telling you one more time: Get a Buddy before playing.

Should I Buy, Rent, or Skip? If you have never played the games or have a buddy who wants to replay the games, this is a tremendous value and worthing BUYING. If you have already completed the games during their initial releases or intend on playing solo, I recommend SKIPPING this release. If you never finished the game or never played the DLC, the transferable save makes this collection worth Buying. Also, this collection is too large to RENT.

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Image courtesy of http://www.devilmaycry.com/

Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition

DmC: Definitive Edition was not to only remastered Devil May Cry Capcom had up their sleeve. The long awaited follow-up to the near perfect Devil May Cry 3 fell face first during its initial release. Poor level design and a wonky camera system were only the beginning of the criticism that surrounded the game. The story focused on a new character rather than its trademarked protagonist which also drew fan backlash. Even though Capcom added three new playable characters and gave it an graphical overhaul, those criticisms people had with this title are still present. This is a remaster of easily the worst entry of the franchise. The gameplay is refined and fun, but you still fight the same bosses over and over again which regardless of new characters gets repetitive and boring. Once you know the pattern of defeating a boss, it becomes cakewalk for veteran players and newcomers alike. Capcom implemented paid unlocks to make the game easier as well. Those add-ons are optional, but they also take away from what the game should be. This is a fan service, so they should have gave players the option to start fully buffed if they desired to start that way, however; You should be replaying this to collect all those upgrades. That includes investing your time into these new characters and really embracing what positives the game does have. This is a great release for diehard fans, but this should not be the Devil May Cry a newcomer to the series should experience. There should have been work done on the issues that plagued the original release, and this special edition does not do that. The game has never played or looked better, but you cannot polish a turd.

Should I Buy, Rent, or Skip? The $24.99 price tag makes this game worth BUYING for diehard fans, but newcomers or gamers who disliked the original release should SKIP this release.

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