Posts Tagged ‘playstation’

FIFA 13 on PS Vita : : Don’t waste your money

     With no changes from FIFA Football (2012), EA should be immensely disappointed with themselves. Make no mistake, it is a great game, maybe the most impressive on the Vita at the moment. I would however advice you to save £25 and pick up last years copy of FIFA.

      Seeing as there is only one difference between FIFA Football and FIFA 13 we may a well address that first. There are new kits. There are new players. There is……nothing else. If you are desperate to have a Manchester United frontline of Rooney and Van Persie then just make this adjustment manually on the old game. There is not a single new animation, no new celebrations, no new game modes, no new menu layou….oh wait! The menu select icon now has sharp corners compared to round ovals found in FIFA Football. To be honest, I was shocked when there was no mention of this on the back of the game casing,

               “Select the same game options with total control. Thanks to the new ‘sharp cornered’ outline around your cursor, you can really control the menus.”

       Imagine my bemusement when I didn’t even find any reviews that spoke of this incredible new feature. FIFA Football often left me in tears when I couldn’t tell if I had pressed X on ‘Career Mode’ or ‘Quick Match’. I couldn’t sleep at night. Now that you can be 100% sure of what you are choosing, it’s made me feel quite happy that I forked out £45 for the game…

It really is quite worrying how an international game company like EA can feel ok with releasing an exact replica of an old game and still expect consumers to pay premium prices. If you think I’m being unfair, please comment below and tell me why this game is worth £45.

Now, this does not mean I don’t enjoy the game. I played the old FIFA Football religiously, raving to anyone that would listen about how identical the game was to FIFA 11 on console. HD graphics, dual analogue sticks, replica animations and frame rates to that on console. Portable gaming had finally pulled off the impossible, they had effectively ported a console game to a portable device. My frustration merely forms out of a hatred for EA’s laziness.

FIFA 13 is a fantastic video game for the PS Vita when you look at it alone. It really does feel like a console game that you can carry in your pocket. The virtual pro career mode gives you plenty of playtime, not to mention the online head to head modes. The problem is how all of these positives can also be said of the old game, FIFA Football. So if you don’t have either game, just pick up the old FIFA Football, manually change the team rosters and save yourself £20. Or, if you already have FIFA Football, just start a new virtual pro career in a different position.

Trust me, FIFA 13 is not the worth the money and EA does not deserve the money.

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Are video games too violent?

 I was playing Modern Warfare 3 the other day in the presence of my girlfriend’s Dad. The violence of the online world was something very shocking to him, so much so, that I had to stop playing. It made me start thinking – what would people who have never seen a Call of Duty game in action think of it? I have been playing violent video games since the legendary Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64. Never have I ever thought to take my gaming persona into the real world. At the same time, I love playing these games because they allow me to do something I could never do in real life – kill someone. Now I’m not saying that I want to kill someone – I’m merely stating that it’s human interest to be fascinated in things unknown to us, like death, war, superhero powers, playing in the NBA, surviving a zombie apocalypse, saving Princess Zelda and being Solid Snake. This is why people love video games, they allow a normal person to do things they never could. However, over the years, the majority of gamers have invested their time in violent titles such as Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and Battlefield. This blog will concentrate on two main aspects; if these games too violent and if these games are socially destructing to the person playing.

Violence

“F**k you edpenn!”

I am not a violent person, like all of my friends, like 95% of the people I meet online when playing Call of Duty or Battlefield. I won’t go and steal a car after playing Grand Theft Auto. Parents and people who have no knowledge of these games find it hard to form an opinion when all they see is 30 seconds of playtime. Their view? Why is my son smiling and laughing as he is shooting someone in the face? What have I done wrong as a parent?!
Nothing. The bottom line is that you have to already be severely messed up to take this games literally. Any normal person would not kill their mother after playing Grand Theft Auto (true story). It isn’t the violence in the games that brings about this sort of behaviour, it is the sheer insanity that already existed in the person. Also, any violent game today has a ‘mature rating’ similar to movies. With Call of Duty I believe it is 16. So if a kid is playing Cod- you can bet his parents bought it for him since he just enjoys video games and was a good boy in December. If an old teenager or adult is playing – then there is nothing to fear.
Just as with all paths of life, there will be dicks. Dicks that ruin your experiences and make the stereotype ever more easy to accept (are telling me your work place is full of genuine, down to earth people?!). This is no different in the online world. There will be people who constantly yell obscenities at you whilst you play, shouting they will find and kill you after you just said “hello” in a ‘posh’ accent. Believe me, after playing online games for 5 years now, I’ve met my fair share of these morons.

If you are worried that your son/daughter is one of these people, or that you yourself are one of these people – you should first judge what the person is like in other situations. I, along with all of my friends, sometimes get angry when we play violent video games, it’s human nature. When we aren’t playing the game, we don’t walk around acting rude to people, swearing as soon as something goes wrong or acting violently towards anyone. That is because we, like 90% of people playing are normal, level headed people with other things going on in our life.

Socially destructive

During my last two years of high school, I played Call of Duty almost every single night after school. I played into the early hours of the morning each weekend. I have no issue in saying – not much has changed since then.
In one year alone during the Modern Warfare 2 era, I figured out that on of my friends had spent 1 out of every 8 minutes playing MW2 (after you take away time spent at school and time sleeping). In 12 months he amassed over 1 month of playtime. Yes, it’s insane. But, like my friend, both of us led perfectly normal lives. We both attend great universities now. We both played a lot of school sport together and hung out with our friends a lot. I started playing in a ukulele orchestra. I went skateboarding with my brother a lot. I spent time with my family. I did all my school work.
Ask my father what he thinks of video games, he’ll probably roll his eyes and walk away from you. He probably thought I was wasting my life when I played my playstation. Honestly, I can understand why he did.
However, he had no idea of the memories that were made between me and all my friends when we played each night. The reactions I developed, how quickly I could make decisions in all aspects of life, the long lasting friendships that were made over a microphone.
For me, video games has become more than a casual hobby. I have a youtube channel and I blog regularly about all things gaming related. For my friends, they still play online with me now even though we have gone our separate ways to higher education. What has stayed the same? The fact that we are all progressing in life towards a bright future and the fact that we are growing into mature young adults. We still talk tactics when we play Cod and Battlefield, but we also talk about what we will do with our lives, why our degree’s are difficult and personal issues that we just want someone to listen to.
However, just as there are people making violent video games seem ‘violent’, there are people who also make video games appear to be socially destructive. Yes, there are people who do nothing but play video games and yes, that is unhealthy. As long as you have other things going on in your life then there is nothing to worry about. That ultimately is down to parenting and what interests your child has. If he/she is only interested in video games, then who’s fault is that?
If anything, this blog and how it covers video games, music, the environment and basketball should prove to my father that I am a well rounded adult (it definitely won’t though).

Video games are something that didn’t really exist in our parents generation. Just like modern technology (iPhones, the apple store, online shopping) it will be something that they struggle to understand.
However I must state that video games are a huge part of who I am and they have played a huge role in developing me into the person I am today. So next time, try not to be as judgemental.

Video games helped me get through depression, they helped me generate a large circle of very close friends, they helped to develop an incredible passion and they helped me to enjoy my life.

Video Game News! 4th July 2012 – Old games come back strong.

Terminal map confirmed for MW3

The map we all love from Modern Warfare 2, “Terminal”, has been confirmed as part of a future DLC package for Modern Warfare 3. Even better than this, it’s going to be free. Expect the map to hit Xbox players a month before PS3 and PC players. I think this is the first time that I don’t care about having to wait an extra month before playing it on my Playstation. Can we just have Highrise, Favela and well, all of the MW2 maps except Derail now?
I know I want to see this again. #MANZ

Playstation Vita getting PS1 support

In the upcoming 1.8 firmware for the Vita, Sony will be providing support for the “PS1 Classics”. There isn’t a definitive date yet, but fans have been told to expect this firmware update this summer. Finally, after playing Metal Gear Solid 2, 3 and 4 repeatedly, I can now go through Metal Gear Solid again with my Vita. What PS1 Classic are you most excited about?

Free to Play Call Of Duty Online announced, China only

Developed by Activision Shangai, a new free-to-play Call Of Duty Online experience is coming to the Chinese market. No release date has been given but the game will have the grass-root features of Call of Duty. It will also be tailored slightly to fit the needs of the Chinese gaming market……so it has lots of flashing neon lights and the only level will be “Chinatown” from Cod4? Maybe. There is a debut trailer online. The like/dislike bar probably represents Chinese viewers/Rest of World viewers.
So why is this not available to everyone else? Well if you think about it- everyone else pays $60 every year to play Call of Duty. China have very few Cod players (compared to the rest of the world). Activision are simply trying to expand their fan base whilst making sure 90% of people pay for their game. Clever, but very evil. 

Tony Hawk HD getting THPS-3 DLC

Remember that amazing Tony Hawk game? The last game that featured 2 minute runs and secret tapes? The one with the amazing airport level? The one with the amazing cruise level? The one with FOUNDRY.

Well, it’s going to be available on the new Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD game released for our current consoles. It will only be $5. What about the fact that it was Tony Hawk’s idea to bring the classic levels back? It makes you want it more doesn’t it?

Sony have been working on the PS4 since 2010

ps4 job - According to the resume of a former Sony employee (research and development director), Sony have been working on the PS4 since 2010. The LinkedIn profile of Attila Vass is evidence for this claim. Sony have declined to comment after being asked about this. Jack Tretton (boss of SCEA) said, “we’ve never been first, we’ve never been cheapest, it’s about being the best. If you can build a better machine and it’s going to come out a little bit later.” Do you think the PS4 has been in development since 2010? It seems very likely.

I leave you with
What would video games be like of Hitler never existed?
– You have a girlfriend that likes video games too? Firstly, kudos. Secondly, buy her this.
– A great catchup of Splinter Cell so far, in preperation for “Blacklist”.

PS Vita, worth it just for Metal Gear Solid.

It’s no surprise that the Vita hasn’t been as successful as most thought it would be. I plan on writing a more in depth blog about the flaws of the system/consumer market and why the Vita has not lived up to it’s expectations. This post however, is about why you should buy it. The reason being? Why the Metal Gear Solid HD game of course.
Chances are, if you owned a Playstation 2, you have already played Metal Gear Solid
2 and 3. Just like myself, I have completed both numerous times. You may have even been crazy enough to collect enough dog tags to unlock the stealth camo item, because we all know how fun that is. I completed MGS3 a few nights ago and am already well into the Plant chapter of Metal Gear Solid 2. What am I saying? This game does not get old. I am enjoying myself just as much as i was the first time. That is due to the Vita itself, as much as it is due to the game.

The beauty of the Vita is that you literally can click one button and then be immersed in your game. Things I dislike about console gaming,

  • Load screens
  • Trekking upstairs to get to the Playstation 2
  • Playing alone and not being around my family
  • How I was unable to play when I was in bed

The Vita obliterates all of these issues. Being able to play through this incredible story from anywhere at any time with a system that graphically enhances it, is just incredible. The controls, dare I say, on the Vita are somewhat easier to handle than on a Playstation controller. The touch screen is used brilliantly for your weapon and item packs as well as for peeking round corners. The back touch screen is used for stabbing and moving along hand rails.

Correct me if I am wrong, but i don’t think the original MGS3 had a moveable camera. Like MGS2, the camera was always placed in a certain spot and you could not move it. The MGS3 on the Vita has a more modern camera control- you simply control it as a normal 3rd person game with the right analogue stick. This was the huge positive for me, the number of times I used to be spotted because I was unable to see more than 5 yards in front was criminal. On the Vita, Snake is controlled much more easily. I finished the game in a couple of days because of this reason along being able to play anywhere and everywhere.

The bonus of playing MGS2 on the Vita? The graphics. You really can notice the HD upscaling. Much more so than MGS3. The game is beautiful and feels like a next-gen game. The fact that it was made almost 10 years ago is insane. You would never guess.

At the end of the day, you either have or have not played Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3.
If you have played them before, you will still love playing them again on the Vita and like me, you may enjoy them even more.
If you have not played them before, well, you call yourself a gamer? I don’t need to tell you how awesome the games are, you can let their credentials tell you that from my previous post. Metal Gear Solid is known for it’s incredible storyline, brilliant characters, lovely soundtrack and the superlative gaming memories it will give you. If this doesn’t sound like the kind of experience you want, then go buy a Wii.

I leave you with a video of how far my love for the Metal Gear Series went : : Gun’s of Liberty (MGS meets Call of Duty) 

Video Game News! 17th June 2012 – Tony Hawk, Sam Fisher, George Clooney.

1) Tony Hawk is producing the next Call of Duty.

Creator of the successful Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero games, Neversoft, are now working on the next Call of Duty title. Considering that Treyarch are hard at work with Black Ops 2, there is no information regarding what Neversoft have in mind for a future Call of Duty shooter.
There is a chance it could be the PS Vita release, Call of Duty, Black Ops: Decalssified. But why would we just be hearing about their involvement with the game scheduled to be released at the end of this year.
tonycod
2) 
 Gold Dualshock controller available for Playstation 3.

In celebration of the Olympics (supposedly), Sony is releasing a special gold dualshock controller. It will be available in Europe sometime this month. The US will have to wait a few months until October to get their hands on this pointless but sexy controller.

 

3) Splinter Cell, the movie.

Assuming that a deal can be made with a film company and Ubisoft, we could be treated to Sam Fisher on the big screen. Ubisoft require to have control over the storyline so that the series remains faithful to the games. Paramount Pictures have worked with Tom Clancy before so seem most obvious to land the deal. I don’t know about you, but I would be thrilled with a Splinter Cell movie.  I know it seems insane, but wouldn’t George Clooney make a great Sam Fisher? As long as the emotionless Daniel Craig fails to play the part, we should be ok.

4) XBOX 720 details surface.

According to a 56 page document uploaded to scribd.com (that has now been brought down due to legal reasons), the next Xbox will be released in 2013, for $299 and will feature the Kinect 2 with special AR glasses. The document’s authenticity has not been verified and many gaming blogs have reached out to Microsoft for verification but no response has been given by Microsoft, unsurprisingly. The system will operate on six to eight ARM/Intel x86 cores running at 2Ghz with 4GB of memory.
There are many more details littered all over the web, so if you seek more knowledge I suggest you hit up Google search.


5) The best way to spend Father’s Day:

An extremely funny story about a father and his son – http://kotaku.com/5919004/a-rite-of-passage-in-the-legend-of-zelda-now-shared-by-father-and-son?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Read if you – like Zelda
– have a son

Happy Father’s Day!

Video Game News : : 12th June 2012

1) Call of Duty XP 2012 will not happen.
        Activision revealed at E3 that the CoD event would not be annual. They instead explained how they would be focusing on ‘Gamescon’, a German based convention.
Whilst Activision said that they haven’t ruled out any future XP events, it will be interesting to see what happens to Black Ops 2 now players cannot demo the multiplayer pre-release. The 2011 event brought together thousands of fans to try out MW3 as Kanye West gave a life performance.
Maybe Black Ops 2 doesn’t need any more hype considering that it is the sequel to the best selling video game of all time.

2) By 2012, video game revenue will reach $70 billion.

DFC Intelligence, an accounting firm, has stated that video game revenue will rise from $50 billion (2011) to $70 billion (2017). PC gaming leads the market with 39% of the revenue whilst console gaming amounts 35%.
In America there are 64 million children alone that fall into the category of ‘core-gamers’. David Cole, the CEO of DFC explains how the main consumer remains male, aged 12-30 and will spend between $85 – $100 every 2 years.

3) Metal Gear Solid HD – PS VITA
     This week brings the release of the HD remakes: Metal Gear Solid 2, Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3, Snake Eater to the PS Vita. I clicked onto the amazon page yesterday just to see how much it would be and almost started laughing when I saw the accolade section on the web page-

METAL GEAR SOLID 2 Accolades:

  • “PSM” February issue/PSM10 Award Ranking 1st Place
  • 5th Annual AIAS (Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences) Interactive Achievement
  • Awards /Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
  • “Dengekiou” May issue 2001 Dengekiou Game Software Grand Prix /Heat Up Award
  • “Dengekiou” May issue 2001 Dengekiou Best Creator Award/Director Grand Prix
  • “EDGE” May issue (Awards Special Issue) / Innovation of the Year
  • (Britain) European Computer Trade Show AWARD/Console Game of the Year France
  • (Germany) GAMES CONVENTION/Game of the Year Award
  • (Germany) GAMES CONVENTION/Action Adventure Award
  • 6th Annual CESA GAME AWARDS/GAME AWARDS YEAR 2001-2002 Excellence Award
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2001/Console Game Grand Prix
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2001/Best Adventure Game
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2000/Best Creation
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2000/Best Visuals
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2000/Best Adventure Game
  • PS AWARD02/Best Programming Award
  • PS AWARD02/Best Design Award
  • PS AWARD02/Best Planning Award
  • PS AWARD02/Best Sound Award
  • “Dengekiou” Game Software Grand Prix 2001/Heat Up Award
  • “Dorimaga” Reader Race/ “Meiyo Meiba” Award 2001
  • 2001 E3 Game Critics Awards /Best Console Game
  • 2001 E3 Game Critics Awards /Best Action/Adventure Game
  • 2000 E3 Game Critics Awards /Special Commendation for Graphics
  • Game Developers Choice Awards /Excellence in Audio
  • Game Informer.com/ Innovation of the Year award
  • Game Spot 2001 Game of the Year Awards /Best Music
  • Game Spot 2001 Game of the Year Awards /Biggest Surprise
  • Game Spy 2001 Game Awards /Best Action/Adventure Game
  • Game Spy 2001 Game Awards /Reader’s PS2 Game of the Year
  • Game Spy 2001 Game Awards /Best In-Game Cinematics
  • Game Spy.com/Best Force Feedback
  • IGN/Editors’ Choice Award (Number 9)
  • IGN.com Best of 2001/Best Graphics
  • IGN.com Best of 2001/Best Sound
  • IGN.com Best of 2001/Best Story

METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER Accolades:

  • 9th Annual CESA Game Awards/Excellence Award
  • 8th Annual CESA Game Awards/Game Awards Future award
  • Gaming Convention Germany/Best PS2 Game
  • German “Official PlayStation2 Magazine” E3Awards /Best of E3
  • US Game Site “GameSpot” Best of E3 2003 /Must See Movie #1
  • US Game Site “GameSpot” Best of E3 2003 /Best PS2 Game Award
  • 7th Annual CESA Game Awards/Game Awards Future award
  • Famitsu Award 2004/Platinum Palace Induction
  • IGN Best of 2004/Best Overall Action Game
  • IGN Best of 2004/Best Overall Story
  • IGN Best of 2004/Best PS2 Use of Sound
  • IGN Reader’s Pick/Top 100 Games of All Time (Number 10)
  • GameSpot Best of 2004/Best Story
  • GameSpot Best of 2004/Best Sound Effects
  • GameSpy Game of the Year 2004 Awards /4th Best Overall Game of 2004
  • GameSpy Game of the Year 2004 Awards /2nd Best PS2 Game of 2004
  • GameSpy Game of the Year 2004 Awards /Most Amazing Comeback
  • Game Audio Network Guild 2005/Best Original Vocal Song – Pop : “Snake Eater”

If you needed any reminder as to why this is one of the most successful gaming series ever, look no further. In about 20 minutes I’ll be on my way to pick up both these games and start collecting all the dog-tags all over again.
Finally, if you really are a Snake fan, the popular clothing brand Uniqlo (think ‘cheaper American Apparel) are now selling unique Metal Gear clothes-

http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2012/06/11/metal-gear-solid-hideo-kojima-uniqlo/

Call of Duty online has improved but it still needs balance.

There are two very different Call of Duty online experiences available to fans at the moment; Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare or Treyarch’s Black Ops. Both of these have positive and negatives. Although the one thing to remember is that the online experience has done nothing but improve over the last 4 years.

I know most people will immediately argue that Call of Duty 4 still remains the greatest online shooter out of all instalments. Yet you cannot blame Treyarch or Infinity Ward for trying to extend this experience and improve it. Many fans will argue that nothing needs to be changed. Even I find that Cod 4 is probably the best out of the lot, although I wouldn’t want the companies to stop trying to expand the experience. This is something that will always be difficult given how great Cod 4 was. If Naughty Dog can do it with the Uncharted series, then everyone can.

What I want to highlight in this post are the differences between MW3 and Black Ops. Yes they were produced by different companies even though they both fall under the Call of Duty franchise. But both games have positives that can only shape future shooters for the better.

When I think of Black Ops I think of slower gameplay. Not Battlefield slow, just a lot less frantic than Mw2. In fact, it was more on par with the speed in Cod4, which in many people’s opinion was perfect. Black Ops was a more simple game than MW2, even though all that customisation gave it a facelift, it was more basic and more similar to Cod4. It rewarded good gun skill. Plain and simple. I do not remember ever being in a game that was ruined by air support or poor spawns or bad map layouts. Yes, the maps weren’t phenomenal and the guns not too exciting and the killstreaks nothing like as fun as those in MW2. But all this meant it was a more solid shooter.

Treyarch had also managed to vastly improve it’s game considering the last outing was in Call of Duty World at War. Even though I enjoyed this, World at War is considered to be the weakest of all Call of Duty games. Given the fact it was the first one released after the prestigious Cod4, it was never going to meet expectations.

However Black Ops brought something completely new to the table. For the time, game developers and community managers were listening to players. Fans voiced their opinions on sites as basic as Twitter and they saw the changes within weeks. Black Ops had patches. The game only improved after it was released. Over-powered guns were tweaked, spawns were improved, even joining parties became more stable.

You think of MW2 and the noobtubing and spawnkilling and headglitching and all the crap that game with the game. How easy it could have been to wipe all that clean and improve the game. Yet they were too stubborn back then and many fans label MW2 as a ‘broken’ game. It’s very difficult to go more the 5 games in MW2 without rage-quitting. Yes the pace was better (in my opinion) than Black Ops but the guns were too lethal and the killstreaks far too over-powered and easy to achieve. Black Ops improved all of this, but took too much of it away. They took away too much pace, too many killstreaks and too much lethality from the game.

MW3 arrived last November and managed to sell 6.5 million copies in just 24 hours. Over $400 million worth.

1.5 million people queued at midnight on Monday to grab a copy as soon as possible, myself included.

Black Ops only managed $360 million on the first day and MW2 just $310 million.

People forget that the vast majority of people simply have fun playing the game and enjoy it. However when you have this much exposure, the negatives will always manage to worm their way to the surface.

Cod4 sold 7 million copies worldwide over the last 4 years.

MW3 managed this in one day.

You can see how much less exposure the game had back then. it is obviously more difficult for the flaws of a game to appear when the fan base is smaller and very dedicated. Obviously it was still a massive game and appealed to millions of people, yet when you compare the figures of COD4 to MW3, the argument makes itself.

That all said, MW3 still has problems. The guns are far too lethal. There is still no map as exciting as Highrise, Favela or Terminal and you still get odd games that are ruined by overpowered air support.

But then to call in my counter-uav on that argument ( 😉 )- all these flaws are far less intense than they were in MW2.

I can go for longer without rage-quitting, there isn’t a bad map in the game and there is no gun as powerful as the UMP or Scar from MW2. Finally, Robert Bowling, the community manager for Infinity Ward and Modern Warfare 3 has started listening to his fans and taking on board what they are saying. For the first time, a modern warfare game has patches. Game chat has been improves, overpowered shotguns and machine pistols have been nerfed and spawns have been vastly improved. Even the new ‘Infected’ playlist that was released on the 5th February already received it’s first patch on the 6th February.

Modern Warfare is finally listening to it’s fans and taking on board what made previous games successful so that it can work towards becoming a better experience. That said, the community is finally becoming more mature in how it voices the opinions. You talk with intellect and reason, and they will listen to you. You act like a dick and call Robert Bowling a cocksucker- you will be ignored.

I loved black ops for its slower game play and consistently had an 8/10 experience on it. However, even though MW2 irritated me and left me screaming at the tv, it gave me moments of 10/10 excitement. I’ve never had as much fun on a game at times as i did with MW2. The same can be said for a lot of my friends. The flaws that made it unbearable at times are finally being recognised and altered. This window of pure rage every 4/5 games is getting smaller and smaller. The franchise is getting closer to releasing a “total” shooter.