Month: November 2019

Knack Preview

I didn’t get a whole lot information when it came to gameplay but during my time with the playable E3 demo, I was beating up enemies who wore plate armor and seemed to be shooting purple lava projectiles. I was hit by their indigo firepower and I noticed my character losing health and getting a little bit smaller. That’s the thing in Knack, your health and size are one and the same. Luckily for you, you can grow in size and recover your health when you bust open these red mailbox looking boxes floating around the levels.

The gameplay was simple yet strangely had me addicted. I loved how the dodge was attached to the right analog stick. See a fireball or a flying fist coming at you? Flick the stick in the same direction and dodge right under it! Eventually, I was dodging punches better than Ali ever did and punching twice as hard. Speaking of punching, there’s plenty of varied combos you can do in Knack but it seemed the enemies would die too quickly to really show any of them off. It did seem at times just a little bit too easy.

Another thing that has been common throughout these action platformers is the introduction of the super meter. In the stages you can find yellow crystals that you can smash and collect to build up your super meter. Once full, it unleashes a room clearing maneuver and most of all looks pretty cool.

Eventually, I reached a point inside a building where stealth was required. By pressing the triangle button the main character can switch to his tiny, stealthier alternate mode. When Knack’s in this form he can pass right through red laser wires, and bust into vents like any classic video game. After you exit from the vent, or pass through laser wires, you would transform back into the bigger Knack to deal with enemies. The puzzles were incredibly easy to figure out, so I’m hoping they make some harder sequences with it. It was very original and most of all smooth.

I can’t say the same thing about the next section of the demo, which had me controlling the huge towering version of Knack showed in some of the trailers. He was slow but powerful, using his special move I would burst around in a tornado and destroy everything in my path. This utterly destroyed the framerate and it bogged everything down. Sure, I destroyed the goons in my way but it wasn’t very pretty.

Other than that, I found Knack to be an incredibly entertaining game that felt great with the new controller. The combat was very smooth and the visuals were almost something out of a Dr. Seuss book- that’s a good thing! If I could compare this game to anything that’s currently available I would say that the game play was very similar to Crash Bandicoot for the original PlayStation.

One section that really impressed me was the ice level. Instead of breaking red boxes to grow Knack, I had to smash icicles and he would become a big ice creature. It was visually stunning seeing Knack running around with so many things protruding from his body and it to be honest it was hilarious. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s any more elemental levels like this throughout the game, perhaps a fire based level?


Classic Old Nintendo

Despite all of the classic old Nintendo games,Mario Brother’s might have been the most classic of all old Nintendo games. Although Mario Brothers was the most popular in terms of units sold, there were several other video games that we all enjoyed – and still do. No matter how good the graphics look on PlayStation 3, or the new Xbox 360, or how fun it is to play the Nintendo Wii, we all seem to love the basic old Nintendo games. New video game consoles will come and go, but we will all remember playing a Nintendo.

Here we will remind you of some of the top selling old Nintendo games in order of units sold (in millions):

  • 40.23 – Super Mario Brothers
  • 18 – Super Mario Brothers 3
  • 10 – Super Mario Brothers 2
  • 6.51 – The Legend of Zelda
  • 4.38 – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  • 4 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • 3.8 – Dragon Warrior III
  • 3.1 – Dragon Warrior IV
  • 2.46 – Golf
  • 2.4 – Dragon Warrior II
  • 2.35 – Baseball
  • 2.13 – Mahjong
  • 2.05 – Family Stadium
  • 1.81 – Tetris
  • 1.67 – Duck Tales

This extensive list does not include titles created by Konami. Some of the more popular Konami games are: the Contra and Castlevania Series. There are also several other titles that did not have their sales figures recorded. It is up for debate if later titles like, “101 Nintendo Games” contributed to the total number of units sold. While I do not have the official figures, it would be interesting to see how many old games the Wii arcade has sold. Our next article will discuss the popularity of the Wii, and how it has changed future gaming.


Get Free Xbox Live Codes

In order to be in a position to play an Xbox game, live codes are required. The basic purpose is, the gamers can play their favorite games, and at the same time their earned points need to be saved. These points increase the ranking of the game in performance list among the best players

You can easily get free Xbox live codes, especially if you are an experienced player. The most recommended and easiest way of getting these free codes is, visiting the developer’s (Microsoft) website. The developers mostly offer free trial codes so that you could be able to play free games. These free trial codes are for a limited time, and are offered seasonally only. These codes allow you to compete with the best players from around the globe. Though different membership subscriptions allow you a lot to do, these codes still come with a price attached to them. With a gold membership you can play games with ease and comfort and you don’t need these codes. However, there is a high demand for these free codes. Number of games portals and other websites are offering these free codes, because they get traffic to their website by offering the codes.

Retailed freeware or freebies in retail stores are other options to get free membership. You need to be alert when the window of freebies opens, so that you can get free access. If you a gold membership subscriber, you can get points even if you run out of free points. You can access your account through the reward site in the website. If you are joining any free code provider website, they will either send you the codes via email, or you might get alerts in different ways. You can search on Google or in any other search engine to find the free code offering websites. Also you can ask the nearest Xbox store about these free codes.

You can enjoy playing games, watching movies, television, online video chatting and much more with the gold membership. If you are a game lover, then you are recommended to buy an Xbox with gold membership subscription, you will surely enjoy a wide range of entertainment. So what are you waiting for? Make your days more entertaining and make your bored life joyful with this product of Microsoft. People from around the world, who are using Xbox, said there is nothing better than this gadget.


Super Nintendo Games

Games are classified on the basis of their genre. They can be both serious and funny and their type is exactly what defines their demand, including their market. Version of the game also dictates the age group of users that play it, however this has been an incorrect term lately as people of all decades play almost all types of games.
Following are the basic types of games available:

  1. Racing series. These include spinning your vehicle through misshapen roads and excessively curved streets in order to reach the destination sooner than the other. Vehicle can be either a bike or a racing car and may even at times be an aircraft.
  2. Crime series. Here you get to hunt down the criminals, save the innocent civilians and rescue people from burning buildings. This genre is mostly craved by the teenage boys for whom military weapons are nothing less than a charm.
  3. Cartoon series. These games use cartoon graphics to make themselves catchy for little kids and children. Such games mostly include jumping or roaming across the forest to gobble down food and clear levels.

As time has passed, there has been development and changes in literally every nook and corner of technology. This includes the gaming world as well where extraordinary graphics are now available. Super Nintendo games however are more classical versions and are loved most dearly by the conventional game users. They use the plain 16 bit graphics to mesmerize the people attracted to olden times and stir in them the memories of childhood experiences. Unlike the modern games of today, they use only a single type of music tone which soothes the nerves and calms anxiety.


Planet Cazmo

Features

Members create an avatar to use as their virtual personality. This avatar can be customized to look any way the member wants – glasses, hair, eyes, skin, clothing and accessories can all be personalized. In order to properly survive in this virtual world, players must earn money (known as Cazmo Coins) to pay for their life. Although all players automatically earn a monthly allowance, they can also get extra money by playing space-related games and successfully completing quests. Once players become members, they can get their own house and also become pet owners. Members simply purchase an egg and wait for it to hatch. Players can also earn the right to buy a spaceship for space travel or buy a car. Car owners automatically receive a driver’s license. Players can also obtain a cell phone and text other members.

There is a hierarchy among players based on how long the player has been a member on Planet Cazmo. Each avatar wears a badge that identifies them as being new or experienced. Members who have been with Planet Cazmo for a long time have the opportunity to become Ambassadors (people who act as big brothers or sisters and help moderators in the chat rooms). Like many other MMORPG websites, Planet Cazmo allows chatting and interacting with other players. Making friends, sending messages and chatting in social chat rooms are the strength of this virtual world. A unique aspect of Planet Cazmo is Cazmo Concerts. These concerts feature the real recording artist’s music and their corresponding avatar. Members go to the concerts as a group, listen to the music and watch the musician’s avatar perform on stage.

What’s Good

Planet Cazmo is a social website that will appeal mainly to tween boys and girls who are interested in making friends online. Players learn to socialize and talk to each other with the proper etiquette, respecting each other in the process. There are no adult themes in the games or on the website. There is no violence, drinking, smoking, drug use, sex or offensive language.

What’s Bad

Planet Cazmo is a social chat room – period. Younger children out and just inside of the range of the demographic will find the chat rooms overly populated with tweens and will feel out of place. The graphics and games may appeal to them, but the website’s primary function (chatting) will be out of their league. Younger members may not understand the concept of ignoring others, blocking, taunting and other hurtful actions.

Although the design and the graphics are well done, some older teens may find them a bit juvenile. The online games, quests and surveys seem like they have been tacked on just to entice more children to the website. There is no educational value to this website. The games are not stimulating, nor are they beneficial to the child’s growth.

Online Safety

Planet Cazmo’s chat feature needs to be held accountable for the inappropriate language and content that makes its way into open chat areas. The website does offer a safe chat mode where children can only use predetermined phrases, images and emoticons. Open chat poses a bit more of a challenge; however, more moderators dealing with troublemakers would help. It would also help if Ambassadors could have more power to deal with problems. Parents need to be vigilant about their child’s online activity and report any inappropriate messages and situations to the moderators.


Info of Skylanders Revolution

Technologically speaking, this is a breakthrough for all game developers that will undoubtedly want to follow the lead that Activision has taken with a revolutionary idea that captures every child’s dream. Imagine what it would be like as a child, to look at your collectible figures, and then they magically come to life in a video game! I know that all I wished for, was for my action man figure to be able to fight for me with his array of weapons and vehicles.

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure has grown in popularity due to its unique features such as combining traditional toys, consoles and the internet to create the most interactive game ever.

For all who are curious to find out what this game is all about, your questions will be answered as you read through this article.

Skylands is a magical land full of adventure, which is virtual world that exists in the skies and is frequently invaded by enemies. This calls for the protection of Skylands by Skylanders Figures.

Skylands has been taken over by the evil Kaos, the arch enemy of skylanders characters. He has banished all skylanders from Skylands, and now they have to fight for the future of this magical land using unique capabilities and different fighting tactics. You need to advance your chosen figure to fend of Kaos and claim back Skylands.

There are a variety of characters to choose from depending on your preferred style of battle. For instance, if you like archery; you would probably choose the character called Flameslinger. From the fire element, he has excellent archery skills and leaves a trail of fire wherever he has been that helps him on his escape routes. As you advance in your quest to save Skylands, your character will grow in strength by picking up gold points and power-ups.

Some other characters include:

  • Ignitor
  • Camo
  • Cynder
  • Warnado
  • Wreching Ball

In the latest release of the game, there is help to defend Skylands.

Skylanders Giants are the new, more powerful figures that are massive in comparison to the normal characters. Each Giant has even greater powers like being able to pull whole islands closer to themselves ‘in game’, giving a greater choice of advancement and support. More power and sophisticated features are what the giants are all about. Use them to ensure Skylands is once again, safely inhabited by the protectors against the evil enemy Kaos.

To start defending Skylands, you are going to need to buy Skylanders Spyros Adventure Starter Pack; which contains a ‘Portal of Power’ that enables you chosen character to come to life in the game itself. Simply place you character onto the portal to see it appear ‘on screen’ ready to start exploring the virtual Worlds available. (The starter packs are compatible on all platforms including: Wii, Xbox360, PS3, 3DS and PC)

When you feel you have grasped the idea of playing, you can even take your favorite character to a friend’s house and continue the battle to defend Skylands by placing your character on their portal of power. Each figure retains its strengths even when it is on a different Portal of Power. This gives each user the ability to join forces against Kaos and other enemies. It won’t be long before you advance to the latter stages of the game utilizing 2 figures.

Yes, you can definitely use the old characters in the new editions of Skylanders. What you can’t do is to use the new Skylanders Giants in the old editions of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure.

These are just few questions answered, which I hope will be good enough to satisfy your curiosity of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure. One day, maybe, we may even rid the World of the evil enemy ‘Kaos’ for good!


BloodRayne

Graphics, Sound, and Setting

BloodRayne is set in the past, around the 1930s, in a world where there are vampires. The game’s story is about a woman named Rayne who is a dhampir, or a vampire hunter. She works for the Brimstone Society, an organization that fights and hunts vampires. The game’s story and setting are very unique and different from other games. It’s one of the things that makes BloodRayne interesting. The graphics in the game are pretty bad, even for a PlayStation 2 game. I don’t know if it was because this was one of the first PlayStation 2 games, but the graphics are blocky and the textures are bland. The game has a lot of grey in it, and the environments can become boring and repetitive. The lip synching is also off. The cutscenes are all well done, however, and move smoothly. Rayne is modeled well, and the enemies are all menacing and intimidating. The music is pretty good for the most part, and the sound effects are actually good for a game that’s kinda old.

Graphics: 4/10

Sound/Music: 7/10

Story/Setting: 6/10

Controls and Gameplay

BloodRayne is a third person hack and slash game. You take control of Rayne, a half-human, half-vampire. She has all the strengths of a vampire (strength, speed, agility), but none of their weaknesses except for bloodlust. You control Rayne through lots of different stages ranging from Louisiana to the cold castles in Germany. As you progress through the game, you gain new abilities like Dilated Vision (basically bullet time) and Extruded Vision (zoom in on action). Both of these abilities are useful. Rayne is armed with dual blades on her arms that can be used to hack and slash enemies. The physics engine in BloodRayne is a strong part of the game, when you deal damage to the enemies their body parts fly and it’s actually pretty cool to watch the carnage ensue. Also the environments are fully destructible, bullets can shatter glass, trees can be destroyed, and you can unleash chaos.

The level design in BloodRayne is pretty bad, it would’ve been nice to see some variety. All the levels take place in military type places and all the objectives are typically about killing a selected high ranking official. The game’s objectives can become boring fast. The controls are okay, however Rayne’s movements and animations feel very shaky and need work. Also Rayne’s blades move way too fast, and don’t look realistic.

Controls: 5/10

Gameplay: 5/10

Is this game worth buying? Final Thoughts

BloodRayne was a solid game back, but it just hasn’t stood the test of time. The animations, graphics, and levels in the game are all pretty bad. If you are looking specifically for a vampire game with copious amounts of blood and gore, this is good, but if you’re looking for a game with a deep, engaging story and plenty of replayability, BloodRayne does not fit the bill. Overall, I would not recommend buying this game. I’m giving it a 5/10.

Breakdown

Graphics: 4/10

Sound/Music: 7/10

Story/Setting: 6/10

Controls: 5/10

Gameplay: 5/10

Overall: 5/10.


Knights of Honor

The game is played on a large map of Europe which spans from Ireland in the west and Georgia in the east to Scandinavia in the north and the northern coastal areas of Africa in the south. On the map, each space is divided into provinces where each province is governed by a city with several rural areas (towns, farms, monasteries) around it. The rural areas can’t be changed but the city has room for buildings and upgrades which can give bonuses to the rural areas. Construction of other buildings are needed to recruit certain units or are used to defend the city such as walls and towers. A single city has only a limited amount of space for buildings so not all types of buildings can be built and the player must choose which to build that suits their needs. In Knights of Honor, the time it takes to build structures is rather longer than those in traditional strategy games.

In the game, there are three kinds of resources which can be used for different aspects and upgrades. The first is money which is used for recruiting units and to build buildings. Money is earned through taxes, trading and kingdom power. The next is piety which is used to increase the kingdom power and converting other provinces to your religion. Books are used to educate your knights and to take control of other provinces. The last is hammers which is generates by towns to construct certain buildings and food which determines how long a city can withstand a siege before being taken over.

In Knights of Honor, religion plays a large and important role. There are four different types of religion which is The Catholic Church, The Orthodox Church, Islam and Paganism. Since it is set during Medieval Europe, the Catholic pope has a large influence. He is able to excommunicate other Catholic kingdoms and call for crusades against non-Catholic kingdoms. When a pope dies, a successor is chosen among several clerics throughout Europe and if your own is picked, you have control of a very powerful seat in Europe.

In each kingdom, there are special units known as Knights which each has a special skills. The first is the marshal which is basically a general who is able to command the armies that has been conscripted by players. It is only through the command of the marshal that they can gain more territory besides the use of diplomacy and espionage. The marshal is able to gain skills with each battle that he joins and each level gives him a better advantage. Next is the spy who is able to infiltrate a rival kingdom and can do a variety of things that can be beneficial to the player’s kingdom such as an army revolt or attempting to seize the kingdom. Next is the merchant who is a trader who can bring in extra money or resources to be used for your kingdom. After is the cleric which is able to do two particular things which is adopting the population and converting a province to a different religion. The last two is the landlord (who is responsible for the food supply) and the builder (who is in charge of quickly building structures).


Gears Of War 3

You’ll come across Dom at the start of the game who’s taking care of tomato plants which seems a little uncharacteristic, you’ll quickly meet the other members of your squad and shortly after that the action begins.

Gears Of War veterans will be on familiar ground although newcomers can quickly get the hang of the game play mechanics, the latest game in the series includes that same features such as shooting and running for cover that made the previous games such a success.

It’s taken a while but Epic have finally included female troopers in the game who’ll back you up during fire fights, Gears Of War has always been about working in a team and your squad mates do a good job of backing you up without robbing you of too many kills.

While you’ll mostly play the part of Marcus Phoenix you’ll also step into the role of Augustus Cole AKA Cole Train, while the action in the game is good the story is also top notch and delivered by characters with likeable personalities.

Boss fights are superb and you’ll come across a vast array of them that are both impressive to look at and totally lethal, for the most part you’ll be taking on enemies while you’re on foot but you’ll also get to stomp around with the armoured fighting machine known as the Silverback.

If you play the single player campaign on any skill setting higher than casual then it will likely take you 12 hours to complete, you can also play the campaign on Xbox live and friends can take on the roles of the various members of your squad.

Deathmatch is probably the most popular of the online modes but I found beast mode to be of particular appeal, in beast mode you can take on the role of one of the many aliens in the game and you’ll be tasked with eliminating the humans in their base.

Getting to the humans can be tough as their bases are protected by defences such as barbed wire and gun installations, by selecting characters such as the ticker you can approach the mentioned defences and either scratch away at them or you can explode to take them down.

Later on you’ll get to control much larger aliens such as the Berserker that’s capable of inflicting some serious damage, the berserker is huge compared to humans and although it’s half blind it has the raw power necessary to breach a bases defences in an instant.


Dungeon Crawlers

I think what I liked most about Dungeon Crawlers is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The dialogue is packed with humor and the characters are likable, familiar even, that’s because they drew a lot of inspiration from the movie Ghostbusters. Even their names are parodies of the movie characters and fans of the film will notice some of the script is borrowed directly from scenes in the 1984 classic. The plot is however original with a couple of twists and turns.

The control scheme is nice and simple, all taps and swipes although the camera can be a little touchy. I had better camera control by switching to classic iOS in the options, you lose some movement but the camera is more stable and far less fidgety. Combat was a little confusing at first but didn’t take long to get used to, and once you are, it’s a very efficient operating style. The touch screen is made for tactical RPG’s and it would be nice to see more titles like this instead of the virtual joystick control that developers seem to favor.

Dungeon Crawlers is quite an achievement visually, with fully free camera, you can really get a good look at the battle field. You can change the view angle, rotate the camera 360 degrees and zoom in and out with ease. The character animation has a nice hand drawn look and there is a good range enemies. The levels can look little drab at times but hey, it’s a dungeon, it’s supposed to be dreary. the sound effects are quite functional, there are the usual thwacks and chops, explosions and other magic effects associated with strategy RPG’s, and the music is a slightly dramatic operatic score which gives a serious feel to an otherwise lighthearted game. I would have liked some voice acting but it’s really not a necessity, RPG gamers should be quite comfortable with reading through story sequences.

As your characters levels up you increase your stats much like in other RPG’s. They start out with only 1 ability but you unlock more as you progress, each character eventually amassing 5 skills to use which doesn’t sound like a great deal but each skill is vastly different to the others and the different characters complement each other perfectly. You start with only 3 allies, they’re very typical of a warrior, Mage and cleric. Later you join up with Failston who seems a cross between a rogue and a barbarian. Tapping on a skill icon will give a detailed description of it and some of them are quite humorous, especially Failston’s, which all have something to do with booze.

Dungeon Crawlers is a universal app however if you’re playing on an older device, as I was, you’ll need to clear your multitasking bar before playing, this avoids crashing. I found though that on the odd occasion it did crash, I lost no progress as the game saves automatically after every move. I experienced a glitch on the last stage that didn’t allow me to complete the level but after looking at the FAQ and poking around in forums I believe this is just bad luck on my part, perhaps a corrupted save file (it happens). It gave me the excuse to start again on a higher difficulty anyway. While the game appears small at a glance it does take a long time to play through and if you’re stuck you have the option to start the level again or if it’s just one battle that’s giving you trouble you can replay the last encounter.

After each level you have the opportunity to visit the store to buy equipment or potions but once you start a stage the store is not available unless you exit to the main menu so you need to plan ahead.

You find gear through gameplay as well and I found I never really needed to buy anything, it’s achievable without buying weapons but it gives you a choice of weapons you won’t find in game. Gold is scarce so you’ll need to think carefully about purchases although, to make life easier you can purchase gold via IAP if you need a boost.