Month: September 2019

Xbox Games

Doom 3 – BFG Edition

In the 1990’s Doom became wildly popular. It was a groundbreaking game which, arguably, made the First-Person-Shooter (FPS) genre the powerhouse it is today.

A few years later Doom 2 was released, and the fans of the first installment raved. We just couldn’t get enough, and Doom’s spot in gaming history was secured.

Doom 3 was released, and it was so far ahead of its time, that many Doom fans just didn’t own PC’s powerful enough to run the game, so many of us missed out on this great title.

Now, however, the BFG Edition has been released. It is a collection of Doom games and add-ons that are enhanced and optimized for consoles such as the popular Xbox 360. The BFG Edition is available for PC’s as well.

This package includes Doom 1, Doom 2, Doom 3, the “Resurrection of Evil” expansion, as well as the “Lost Missions”.

For older gamers who would like to experience the nostalgia by playing Doom 1 and 2 again, as well as those who missed out on Doom 3, this would make a fantastic gift.

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 is another game in the First-Person-Shooter genre, and at the time of writing this article, it has not yet been released. It can, however, be pre-ordered, as its release date is in the near future.

I have personally played through this game’s predecessor – Far Cry 2 – several times, and I thought it was awesome. The level of detail in graphics, the storyline, and every other aspect of Far Cry 2 was astounding.

I have seen the trailers, and read all the news I could about Far Cry 3, and based on that, as well as my high regard for Far Cry 2, I think it will be an instant classic.

I don’t know any gamer, male or female, that wouldn’t love to receive this game as a gift.


Warcraft Gold Strategies

  • Farmed materials are worth considerably more from the off set of an expansion than waiting for a few weeks later. You’ll be able to make as much money as you can with hardly any work for the first few weeks of you have any of the tradesmen i.e. fisherman or herbalist. Everyone will require harvested produce in massive quantity while they improve their skilled professions. Note that there will be a lots of people harvesting for themselves but even so, there will be a high demand on the AH.

One strategy is to seek a price where everything you list gets sold quickly in 24-48 hours. But remember, your price should not be the lowest price on the AH and in fact, you probably want to increase your base line price instead of lowering it. I’d suggest you use a price where you’re much lower than any huge quantities that have been posted, and dismiss the really low auctions. This means they will get purchased quickly. Another warcraft strategy I’ve experienced work is to post all your stock at a very expensive price — like 49% above the average, and then wait for someone vying for a realm achievement clean out the AH totally.

If you have a skilled trade profession, ignore any urge to farm for yourself. You’d be better off separate any decision between farming goods or using already farmed goods. Note, If you decide to use leather, or fish in the first month on your trades, remember that you sourced and farmed it yourself, you could have sold it for lots of gold, which means it will have cost you what you could have sold it for so think about your warcraft gold strategies carefully.

Think of it this way, you can farm 50 stacks of leather on week one and use it to balance your leather worker towards the new cap. Or you could sell the stacks, hold the gold for several weeks, and buy up to 100 stacks with it once the price goes down. There’s good strategy for you to farm early and craft later!

  • Being able to get from level 75 to level 90 made me almost 10k gold, without touching the AH. Quest rewards, selling material on the AH, vendoring unused quest rewards was significant towards this. Obviously, Playing the game is something that creates a lot of gold, and because all these resources are inflated at every expansion you can expect even more gold getting to 90. Many don’t appreciate these gains because they spend it as fast as they earn it but don’t forget it’s there.

Also, just playing the game will create spirits harmony which can be used for personal profit by getting additional profession cool downs or resources once you get a crafting skill to its highest level. These items are random drops from when you kill things, but not tradable.

  • Another great tip usually not thought about is to watch where you spend your gold. My experience on focusing buying power to achieve more bang for my buck can involve forgoing things and be an effective strategy.

For example, if you want to hoard mounts, level professions, and get into end-game PvE crafted gear. If you have a set budget, you may only be able to do one of these well. If you spend your money as you get it, without prioritising you’ll feel like you did worse off than if you prioritized your overall goals and targeted your attention and money on one, for example, one that could assist you in achieving the other goals such as leveling and reselling Minipets. This can be a very good money earning strategy that you could use to subsidize, for example, raiding gear or crafting professions.

Importantly, because they are kept up to date and my experience have proven them to be the very best tips and strategies. It’s an easy way of getting gold.

The warcraft gold strategies also refer a great VIP area that you can opt in to that is also updated weekly with secret gold tips and strategies for Cataclysm, and for any of the levels. The great thing is that all the warcraft gold strategies are from an expert and as the strategies are kept up to date you don’t have to worry that they’re out of date.

Also, published after WotLK was introduced, and updated and enhanced for Cataclysm, all the time I’ve used warcraft gold strategies, there have consistently been more updates to them. For example, the patch 4.2 update of the guide was released instantly when the patch went live, Considering it was a significant patch, the timeliness of the update have been remarkable and on the ball.

It has enabled me and anyone else who wants to follow the same warcraft gold strategies to make 1000 gold per hour, which is reasonable and adequate based on the techniques involved.


Nuage Impressions

You control a cloud on a nicely rendered 2D backdrop featuring trees, hills sunshine. You can see bears and foxes walking below the cloud. The cloud is the protagonist of Nuage without it you don’t have a game. You move the cloud across the screen left to right, up or down to collect clouds. As you collect clouds they accumulate into a stronger cloud. Once you have five clouds you can create rain for a limited time. Rain helps plants below grow which changes the landscape of Nuage. It’s a really simple game that gives you a simple pleasure just by watching the setting grow into something more beautiful.

I was unable to use lightning during my demo playthroughs so i can’t comment on the effects of it relating to Nuage’s landscape. I’m pretty sure lightning has a gameplay element just not sure what. The Directions menu stated lightning is used to help you create rain longer. If that is the case it doesn’t seem like a big deal. As far as the gameplay is concerned its pretty simple but enjoyable. It’s actually addicting but in a non-stressful way. The reason Nuage has a calming effect is from two elements, the visuals and music.

The visuals in this game exude quality. It’s more art than textures i like to say. The landscape, trees and animals gave my mind peace. Nuage isn’t a complicated looking game it’s quite simple. However it does deliver an atmosphere of calmness. The second part of this calming effect equation has to do with the sound design. The music in particular done by Paul Collier is probably the reason this game has a legit calming effect on me. It was that good. I played so many XBLIGs and many lack quality to be blunt. Nuage isn’t one of those games this one has quality embedded deep within its essence.


Cheap Nintendo Games

Online Video Game Stores

You might not know this but EB Games carries a wide selection of used games. So many gamers sell their old games there that even hard to find games are often available. Even if the local EB Games store doesn’t have what you want, their online store probably does. In fact, it’s probably the first place you should look since their inventory isn’t restricted to one city.

Online Auctions

eBay and Half aren’t strictly game stores but that’s just fine. They are fabulous places to get games. Tons of Nintendo games (and systems) are listed every day giving you a great chance of finding what you want at a reasonable price. Talk about a never ending supply of cheap fun! So head over to the Nintendo Wii or Nintendo DS section of eBay, start shopping, and help Link, Mario, and all of your favorite characters save the world!


Online Poker Strategy

  • Fast play high pairs and very strong hands before the flop. This accomplishes two things; it puts more money into the pot early on and it encourages weak hands that could get a lucky flop and beat you to fold.
  • Remember to always keep an eye on the board. Novice poker players will usually focus more on their hands rather than watch the board. Being aware of the board allows advanced poker players to read the betting going on around them and then take advantage of this.
  • Check all of the player’s chips when they raise the bet. Players that are close to all-in often rush the betting just to get all their chips in a desperate last hand. This is something you can definitely use to your advantage.
  • Don’t play so many hands of poker. So what does that mean? Well, playing too many hands is a dead give-away that you’re a beginner and gives more advanced players the opportunity to figure out what type of hands you play. Fold when you have a bad hand no matter how tempting it may be to continue playing.
  • Don’t draw to the low end or both ends of a straight. Why? If a 9, 8, 7 flops, you want the Jack, 10 and not the 6, 5 or the 10, 6. The low part is commonly called the ignorant end of the straight. Chances are your opponents will be holding a higher card in the pocket completing the straight and have a winning hand.
  • Study your opponents especially when you are not playing and can pay very close attention. Do they find more hands to play than they fold? Do they bluff? Can they be bluffed? Do they have any giveaway mannerisms that disclose information about their hands? All of this is vital information for the savvy poker player.
  • Get caught bluffing on purpose from time to time. Why would anyone do this? It’s an effective way to vary your play and not be too predictable. The benefit of this is that you will win pots that you don’t deserve to when your real bluff works. You lose a few chips when it doesn’t work but it will get you calls from weaker hands down the line and when you have a strong hand and need the action.

Realms Of Ancient War

Each of the characters in RAW Realms Of Ancient War has their own opening to the campaign, drawing you into their unique personality and story. I chose The Warrior for my first run at this title, well being a bloke I would. Anyway each of the characters has their own abilities and weapon sets, the warrior setting off with two swords, a heavy attack and the ability to produce fire for his magic. It is not long before RAW Realms Of Ancient War throws you straight in at the deep end, surrounding you with hordes of enemies, reminiscent of the good old Gauntlet days when I spent many a week fighting them off. This is where you notice that the controls for the game are very simple and well thought out. I think they have overcome the age old problem of good old hack and slash dungeon games here, as most don’t cross over well, if at all, mainly due to the complicated controls.

Allowing you to map the buttons for certain powers was a very good idea. If anyone knows Gauntlet or other games of this genre, you will know that there will be a ton of enemies generating, mostly of the same type, and RAW is no exception. But that is the nature of the beast! RAW boasts a wide variety of enemies and bosses for you to slash and pummel through. Not far into the game you will also get the power to possess larger enemies at certain times and use them to either recover your health, or smash through the horde.

Now, this is where I found a problem with RAW Realms Of Ancient War – if you die during a battle and have no regeneration left you will have to start the level all over again, including your experience points and any items you may have found. This is a bitch to say the least, but I am sure easily fixed with a patch. However, until such a patch is available, if it ever is, RAW Realms Of Ancient War is greatly let down. The levels however, are quite expansive and detailed for an XBLA title. As with all titles of this genre, loot is plentiful and levelling up to increase your power is a must. There’s loads of options for you to level up, and plenty of equipment for your character to wear and use to aid them on their journey. Local co-op is definitely a must play in this title, but be warned, to survive you will have to help each other, there is no room for heroes here.

The levels are very detailed and well designed, in fact RAW Realms Of Ancient War is a slick looking title, having hit the mark graphically and carried on. I was really surprised at how sumptuous some of the levels look and feel. The whole visual side of the game pulls you into the world you are trying to save, and the camera angle was spot on. The sound was great all in all, apart from one major flaw, I want to hear my sword slash through flesh and bone, but there seems to be no sound for this in the game… ugh… why!. This is definitely another place that needs attention ASAP.

RAW Realms Of Ancient War, fills a gap that has been open for far to long on the console market, and hopefully has paved the path for more of the same. It does exactly what it says on the tin, giving you a true hack and slash game in a true dungeon feel. The problems need to be fixed, and they are fixable, I want to hear my sword slashing and hacking guys!!!. If you are a fan of games like Gauntlet and Diablo, then look no further. RAW will give you a real challenge that extends through some very large levels. Would I recommend it? HELL YEAH! I absolutely had a ball playing through with the warrior, and now I want to do the other two. The fun and sheer amount of hacking and slashing is enough to keep anyone entertained and satisfied. RAW only loses points due to the fact that there is only so many times you want to replay a whole level from the start, trying to get back up to where you were in experience and loot. Fix it Wizarbox please, and soon.