Wednesday, October 30, 2013

First impressions of Assassin's Creed IV

Tuesday was the release date of Assassin's Creed 4, but my pre-order was delivered earlier, so I could play it on Monday. The graphics are very good. I played some missions in the jungle, and it looks fantastic. The sounds are very natural in the jungle. When I came for the first thing in Havana, I loved it's atmosphere. It is a very nice town to walk around. The buildings and the people are colourful. One of the first things I noticed when I started free roaming in Havana, were the small streets. In Assassin's Creed III the city's had big streets which were often difficult to cross without touching the ground. When designing the city's for Assassin's Creed IV they looked good at the city's of Assassin's Creed II. The streets are small and perfect for freerunning.

The first mission is a naval battle on the ocean in a storm. This mission is very cool. A little bit later in the story you get your ship, the Jackdaw. The Jackdaw is a fast ship, and very manoeuvrable. The ocean is huge, so it's very useful that the Jackdaw is fast. I enjoyed my time sailing around the Caribbean. Every ship you cross, is attackable, although some of them are too strong. Attacking ships is fun in this game. The battles are far more challenging than in Assassin's Creed III. After heavily damaging the ship you can board the ship. After killing a bunch of enemies you can steal it's cargo. This cargo can be used to upgrade the Jackdaw of you can sell it. This is fantastic to do. I attacked many ships and I still enjoy it.

After the first hours of Assassin's Creed IV I can say that it's an amazing game. The naval part is super, so if you don't have this game yet, buy it now. You can expect a review soon on my blog.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

GTA V Billionaire Guide (updated)

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Money is very important in Grand Theft Auto Five. To buy some nice rides, a jet and a cinema, you need money, much money. In this guide I will tell you how to become a GTA V billionaire. There are several ways to get rich. The best one is using the stock market. For those who did the Lester Assassination missions and didn't get rich, skip to the next part, where I will explain how to get rich without the Lester Assassination missions.

After a certain point in the story you unlock the Lester Assassination missions. They are marked by a green 'L' on you map. The most important thing is to ignore them. Only the first mission is necessary to progress your story, the rest aren't. When you finish the game, you get $30 milion with every character. I know you want to spent it on awesome stuff, but don't do it! Now it's time for the most important part, by using the assassination missions you can get rich very fast. Follow the next steps:

  1. Spent all your money with every character on Debonaire (LCN) stocks.
  2. Do the Multi Target Assassination mission.
  3. Sell all your Debonaire stocks at 80% profit.
  4. Spent all your money with every character on Redwood (LCN) stocks.
  5. Sell all your Redwood stocks at 300% profit
That was the guide for mission two. My money was $30 million at the start, after step 3 I had $55 million and after step 5 I had $220 million with every character. For the next assassination mission, follow the next steps:
  1. Spent all your money with every character on Fruit (BAWSAQ) stocks.
  2. Do the Vice Assassination.
  3. Sell all your Fruit stocks at 50% profit.
When you sold at the right moment you will have approximately $330 million with every character. After this mission follow the next steps:
  1. Do the Bus Assassination.
  2. Spent all your money with every character on Vapid (BAWSAQ) stocks.
  3. Sell all your Vapid stocks at 100% profit.
You will have $660 million dollar right now, which is fantastic, but you can make more at this moment by doing the final steps:
  1. Spent all your money with every character on GoldCoast (LCN) stocks.
  2. Do the Construction Assassination.
  3. Sell all your GoldCoast stocks at 80% profit.
After these steps I had approximately $1.2 billion with every character. So, now you are incredibly rich, but what do you need to do with your money? I bought every piece of real estate. After that I bought private jets, yachts and sports cars with every character. Even know you can still get many more billions. I analyzed the BAWSAQ since I became billionaire and I found a way to get rich using the BAWSAQ.

The stocks on the BAWSAQ behave very predictable because real people buy the stocks. A good stock has several important characteristics:
  1. The price is lower than $100.
  2. The price went down the last week.
  3. Real life websites talk about it.
I will explain every point. The first one is very easy to explain. When you go to the supermarket you see two chocolate bars, number one has a price of $0.30 and number two has a price of $3.00. Their taste is nearly the same and their weight is the same. I'm sure most of you will buy the $0.30 chocolate bar. With stocks works the same. The BAWSAQ stocks which are cheaper than $100 change much more in percentage than the ones which are more than $1000. The Hawk and Little stock for example had a price of approximately $4 two weeks ago. One and a half week ago the price was $10, and now they are at $24. PiƟwasser went up in one week from $15 to $48. Bleeter changed last week from $5180 to $5140, that's not a big change, because it's expensive, and people don't like expensive stocks.

Number two is the most important one. It's very important that a stock went down last week, because that means that many people sold their stock. After many people sold their stock there are more buyers than sellers, so the price will go up. What I've seen is that the time of selling stocks lasts for about one week. A dropping line doesn't look good, because it gets steeper every day. That has a very logic reason: when you see that your stock drops, you want to sell it. Every day more people discover that their stock drops, so more people sell their stock. The more people selling a stock, the more it will drop, but the dropping of stock will stop quite unexpected on the BAWSAQ. Take a look at the Crevis stock on the screenshot, you will see a period of dropping, and than a very unpredictable rise very fast. The reason that a stock rises so fast is because many people see that it was at an all time low, so they thought probably that it won't drop further, and that means time to buy stocks. From this moment you will basically see the same as at a dropping stock. The line of the graph will grow steeper and steeper, and than it will flatten, and everything starts again from the top of this paragraph.

The last point is a bit strange. The last weeks many communities around the internet were created to influence and watch the BAWSAQ. When GTA V was released, many websites said that you needed to buy AmmuNation, because they said that is will rise very much because everybody buys weapons. This isn't true, but the stock rose tens of dollars in the first week because everybody bought the stock. It's quite popular to influence the stocks using many people. Look for example a look here and here. Stocks which are discussed on the internet are much more unstable I found out, so take a good look around the internet if you want to know which stocks are unstable.

(Update)
The stock market worked very for me, I bought one month ago stocks for a total of $1.1 billion with Michael. At the moment they have a worth of $9.3 billion, but yesterday they had a worth of $11 billion. At the screenshot (sorry for the quality) you can see the amazing worth of the stocks. So you probably wonder why I haven't sold my stocks yet. At first I sold the dropping stock, that was Hawk and Little (HAL). After selling them, I only had $2147483648. After some research I found out that your money in GTA V is stored in a signed 32 bit integer. That means that you can have a maximum of $2^31, which is $2147483648. So I reached maximum money, but that isn't a problem for me. The problem is that I still had the stocks which were left, but they were worthless. When I sold them I got $0, but they were still in my portfolio. That was problem one, but there is another, bigger problem with the cash limit. If a signed integer needs to store a number bigger than 2^31, it reduces it's worth with 2^32, which means that you will have -$2147483648 instead of $2147483648! So when you get any money after you reached the limit, you're bankrupt. Be warned: Don't get more than $2147483648 or you will be bankrupt!

The last thing I want to tell you is that you can follow the stocks outside of your game. When you have a Rockstar Social Club account you can go to this link. The clever people of this world also created apps for Android and iOS:

GTA BAWSAQ (Android, Free)

Personal Stock Tracker BAWSAQ (iOS, Free)

Do you want to get tips or investment advice? Become member of the BAWSAQ Google Plus Community!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Beyond: Two Souls Demo Review

Today it's the release day of Beyond: Two Souls. The demo of Beyond: Two Souls was released last week, so I gave the demo a try. The game follows a girl called Jodie. Jodie can communicate with an entity called Aiden. Aiden is always floating around Jodie.

When you start the first demo mission, Jodie is still a small girl. She is playing with her toys in a room. This game looks like a cutscene, but after a minute or something like that I discovered this wasn't a cutscene but the actual game. This game looks so realistic, it's just incredible. Every movement of a person looks so natural, I can barely believe that this is a game. The voice acting is very good and natural.

Beyond: Two Souls has no HUD. The developer helps you by placing luminous dots on points of interest. When there are no dots, you just need to guess what you need to do, which isn't wrong I think, it makes the game a puzzle. A good example of this is the second demo mission, where you need to escape the police. One of the parts of the mission is in a forest. The cops are searching you and you need to run, but where you need to run isn't told. After some time dodging trees I found a rock wall, but I wasn't fast enough to get up, so the cops got me, but I think that was the intention. No HUD and nearly no hints make the gameplay very restful. You don't get distracted by anything but important things.

The controls are very different than any other game. You walking and looking around is the same as any other game, but in this game you only need triangle, and for minigames R1, R2, L1 and L2. The rest of the buttons are useless. These minigames are used for anything other than walking and talking. Combat for example works by pushing your joystick in the direction of your movement. So if you see on your screen an enemy at your right hand side, you need to push your stick to the right to attack him. This system works terrible in the beginning, but when you get used to it, it works very natural. By pressing triangle you can switch between Jodie and Aiden.

Aiden has some strange powers, he can interact with objects by pulling, pushing or shaking them. Nobody except for Jodie knows that Aiden is around, so when you switch to him and you interact with objects, the NPCs look surprised or get scared. Aiden is a strange thing, but I don't understand his role in the game yet, but in the full game his role will get clear.

The Beyond: Two Souls Demo is very good. The characters look very realistic. The idea of having no HUD and nearly no guidance in the missions is restful and very helpful to see the most important things of the game. The controls are strange and get used to them is hard, but they work very natural. Aiden isn't clear for me, but this will be different in the main game. If you want a very nice game which is very enjoyable, buy this game!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Game Releases October

It's October again and this month's releases are good. Some nice titles are going to be released. Let's start. The first game is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. This Zelda game was originally released in 2003. You can buy this game on 4 October for the Wii U. F1 2013 will be released also on 4 October. You can buy it for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. F1 2013 gives you what you expect: realistic F1 racing. On 9 October you can buy Beyond: Two Souls for PS3. In Beyond: Two Souls you play through the eyes of a girl, from the age 8 until the age of 23. Today you can download the demo (US & Europe) and tomorrow you can download it in Japan. Beyond: Two Souls looks amazingly realistic.

On 12 October you can buy Pokemon X and Pokemon Y for 3DS. Both games will deliver you the classic Pokemon experience with new Pokemons. After Pokemon you need to wait two weeks until the next release, but it's one of the best games of the year. On 26 October you can buy Batman: Arkham Origins for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for PS Vita and 3DS. This game is going to be really good, so if you are finished with GTA V, it's a very safe pre-order. On 29 October you can jump into the ring with WWE 2K14 for PS3 and Xbox 360. WWE 2K14 is a very realistic boxing game, so if you like boxing, you will enjoy this game. The last release of this month is Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate HD. It will be released on 31 October for PS3 and Xbox 360. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate for the 3DS has a 73/100 on Metacritic, so it's an okay game.

Which of this games are you going to play? I hope to play Batman: Arkham Origins once, but I don't think I will do before the end of the year.

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