Xbox and Latvia don’t mix well

Depending on how you define a gamer, I’m pretty sure I don’t fall into that category. That said, I do like to play something from time to time.

Over the last xmas holidays I did have the chance to play a bit of Xbox with some friends and decided to buy one for myself. As I have an old PS3 I thought that Xbox One would be something to try. Change, is good they say, right?

People say that PS4 has better graphics, but damn, stuff looks great as is even on the Xbox One (at least to me).

Games do take some time  load, this can be a bit annoying, no idea how long are the load times on PS4, but I guess I can live with that as well.

So overall life is great if you can ignore some minor issues.

Of course, living in the Eastern block means there are also problems.

Xbox Live

So nowadays it appears that regardless which console you choose, you must also buy some sort of subscription to be able to play online (despite the fact that you already spent like 70 eur on the game). But OK, fine.

Recently on a trip to US I bought a 12 month subscription for my precious new Xbox. Quite frustrating turned out to be the day when I tried activating it because, behold, Latvia is not a supported country and therefore no playing online for you folks (not officially at least)!

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Battlefield 4 campaign sucks and games in general

Yes, this is probably common knowledge in the gamer community, but it was a bit surprising to me since I’m no gamer.
Imagine, you are shooting your way through the mission and you have couple of good guys with you, yet they can’t seem to shoot anyone and they also never die. They are worse than worthless as they create the illusion of you having some assistance which is not true.
Next example, you need to fetch a missile launcher but one of your guys is standing in front of stairs that you need to take in order to get that said launcher. And the only solution is to shoot your own guy. It’s even on reddit.

Guess I should have read the reviews. But i’s ok as I only spent 10 euros on the game as it is quite old and the multiplayer is quite OK.

Why am I writing all this? Well, I have an old (by todays standard) PS3 console. It usually just sits and collects dust but from time to time I do get the urge to play something, so I buy some older game, play for a week or two and move on. This is actually quite interesting, new games cost 40 – 60 euros. In a year they cost only 20-30 and in 2 years you can get them for a price of a movie ticket. It’s not that I’m cheap, but somehow I can’t bring myself to pay 60 euros for a game that I might get bored with in a week.