Month: November 2019

Play Pool Games Online

Single player pool games are simple games that are easy to learn and get the hang of. At the start of the game, just put the cue ball in place, aim your shot, click the cue ball and pull back using the mouse to give enough power for your shot.

Ideally, that is how a single player game should be played. But, if you have never played this game before, you may not find it so easy and you may need a few tries before you can be comfortable in playing. When learning how to play pool games online, it is important to know that the principles of physical pool games also apply.

You have the option to choose either to play straight pool or the most common 9-ball game. Both games are easy to play online if you have played them offline. For a quick game though, it is advisable to pick the 9-ball game.

The one thing that differs between online and offline pool is that there is a time limit of 2 minutes for every game when you play online. This means that you need to be extra focused when you want to play pool online. Your mind should be as quick as your hands if you want to finish successfully. This time limit adds excitement to the game.

For scoring and point system in a single player game, every ball you successfully make gives you a point. So, the more balls you make in every row, you get more points.

If you are trying to find a good pool game to play online, this type of game is a good starting point. In most cases, these games also provide instructions and tips on how to properly and effectively play pool. There are tips on how to angle your shots, and you also get to learn about the way the game really works.

Single player straight pool games are the best online games for people who are also trying to improve their gaming capability. Therefore, these games are not just for novice players but also for professionals. This is a good practicing game especially for those who want to improve their reflexes.


Warriors Orochi 3

That brings us up to Warriors Orochi 3 – and the Hydra. Once the land has settled into a relative time of peace and everyone is learning to coexist, the Hydra shows up and brutally destroys just about everyone we know and love in the series. Just a handful of officers and a small army survive. This is the opening level where we take control of three characters in a desperate war that makes it very apparent we’re going to die quickly. Just when you thought you paid $60 for a game with one level, the series’ new mechanic is introduced: TIIIIIIIIIIME TRAAAAAAAVEL!

Our three warriors are ripped to the point in the story to just before the last battle with the Hydra and are introduced to Kaguya, the woman who has the power to make all this happen. She tells them to venture back to different points in time, saving their comrades and bringing them back to this time to fight the Hydra together. It’s a fairly cheesy gimmick that is surprisingly refreshing in the Warriors series.

There are several new characters exclusive to the Orochi games to make their debut here as well as some familiar faces from other games, most notably Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden. These new characters bring the roster up to a whopping 132 playable death machines, each with a fairly varied move set and specific quirks. We’re lucky we get to use teams of three in this series because picking just one person would be terrible.

As all the others, this Warriors game isn’t without its faults. Between armies full of clones and pretty bad draw distance, Warriors Orochi 3 really is a grind to the top. While it has been like this in every installment of the Warriors series, I find myself beginning to get tired of it, mostly because I feel like there is a lack of variety in all the things I’m killing. More than ever, those armies with nothing but thousands of people who look the same are starting to wear against me and make me go about things with a bitter mood.

But, when I stop to smell the roses, Warriors Orochi 3 truly is a wonderful game. We have so much more than we used to between small tweaks to the gameplay mechanics down to the new and interesting characters. Even something I once thought insignificant – how many enemies are on screen – has the ability to make me smile with murderous glee since it is now so easy to get several thousand kills in one level when I struggled with all my might in previous games to just hit that one thousand mark. It’s the small things that count sometimes and Warriors Orochi 3 is chock full of the small things that really add up and elevate it so much higher than almost any other Warriors game out there.

The absolute largest gripe I find with a lot of players that must be mentioned is the voice over work. There simply are no English voice overs in the game. See, we’re lucky this game made its way out of Japan at all. We weren’t supposed to get it. Ever. Luckily for us, we did – at the cost of English voice over. I know for a fact some people were completely fine with this since the English voices really do suck sometimes. I’m only a tad disappointed simply because there is a lot that happens in-game. There is a lot on the screen and sometimes, I can’t be bothered to look down at the speech bubbles popping up to understand what is being said. So I miss stuff from time to time, which kind of blows, but it’s something I take in stride since I’m grateful to be able to play the game at all.

Warriors Orochi 3 really delivers a powerhouse of a game that is set apart from the rest of the series. Hardcore fans and newcomers alike can find something here, whether it be the new battle tweaks, the tons of characters, the quirky story, or even the odd [and yet so fitting] soundtrack that every Warriors game boasts.


Burn 360 Games

Xbox systems were exposed, by owners, to a great deal of physical modification to enable playing copies of games. The competition among hackers became almost riotous to see who could best figure out how to burn Xbox 360 games by overcoming the built in protections of both the gaming systems and the games themselves. The Xbox 360 system, according to these same hackers, posed a formidable challenge, but the hackers did manage to come up with a number of options.

One idea about how to burn Xbox 360 games involved making physical modifications to the Xbox 360 console itself. This type of modification requires opening the console case and soldering a new mod chip onto the motherboard. Making this modification has proven to give better control over some of the programming of the system, but it is not a guarantee that the mod chip can thoroughly override the copy protection scheme. This method, while done by some gamers, proved to be difficult to do properly without some level of electronics expertise. It also voided the owner’s warranty on the gaming system from the moment that the console case was opened. Better ideas of how to burn Xbox 360 games without mod had to be discovered.

A second, a far better option that does not carry the physical risks to the console, is to acquire game copying software from the Internet that can be used to copy your Xbox 360 games data onto the hard drive of your PC, from which it can be subsequently burned to a blank DVD or CD disk. These backup disks can then be used for routine game playing, while the original, and expensive, game disks can be stored away safely and used only to make new backup disks when necessary. The secret of the success of the game copying software is its capability to override the copy protection code that in integrated into the game software by the manufacturer.

If you’re a prudent gamer, you can undoubtedly see that the second option, software, is the better of the two choices with the least risk to either the game console or the manufacturer’s warranty. The software, which clearly explains how to burn Xbox 360 games, sells for around $30, which is dirt cheap when you compare that to the cost of replacing a lost or damaged game disk. With the game copying software installed on your computer, you can burn Xbox 360 game copies of your entire game collection. You’ll become one of the growing group of savvy gamers who no longer worry about the cost of replacing games. Your protected with the insurance provided by your game copying software and your knowing how to burn 360 games.


Enjoy Golf Games At Home

In the last ten years or so there have been numerous golf games being released on both the PC and a variety of different games consoles. These games are played by children and young adults alike, and since Tiger Woods burst on the scene there are many young people who are interested in this particular sport.

The games themselves have come on in leaps and bounds as well. I can remember a time when they were pretty poor to be honest, just like many other games. If you are a certain age and used to own computers such as Ataris and Spectrums, you will know exactly what the graphics were like, and how limited the actual gameplay was due to the low spec nature of these machines.

Thankfully those days are well behind us now, and with advances in technology we all have access to some much improved games, and golf games are no exception. I can remember getting bored with all of the golf games that I used to play very quickly because there was no real depth to the games. The graphics were woeful and it became quite tedious after a while, even if you played them with a friend.

In this modern era, though, we have things like the Kinect on the Xbox 360 which enables you to play golf like the pros. You can use this system to swing the golf club, doing away with traditional controllers altogether.

The old games used to involve pressing buttons to play shots, but now you are actually playing the shot yourself in your bedroom. So the result of this swing can be seen on screen in some of the games that you can buy, such as the new Tiger Woods game.

There is also the fact that these games have true to life graphics so that the courses look extremely authentic on your screen. In other words all the bunkers and features of every hole will be seen when you play each course yourself.

Furthermore in addition to this lifelike gameplay, you can really get the most out your golf games by playing against another human player. It is the case with all games that they are often better when played with friends, and this is certainly true with golf games because they can get a bit monotonous when you play them by yourself.


Basketball Game

This game has official licensing which sets it apart. Players are designed with the latest uniforms and shoes. Imagine playing with your favorite player wearing the latest pair of Nike. Everything is realistic about this game. The interactive features allow the user to change everything from the players shoes to the tape that is used to support an injury. The players actually develop sweat that you can easily see as the game progresses. Be cautious not to overly use any player because they will tire. If you are not cautious the player can get injured.

The flow of the game is fantastic. Running a fast break can lead to some of the most exciting alley-oops. 2k13 does not give you the arcade experience that you may see in other video games. The player movement is natural and fluid. The fans in the seats actually look realistic and react to what is going in the game. The graphics for this game are amazing. They are such high quality that you can see reflections off the court. The resolution is so high that you can even see if a player has skin issues.

The online features are what make this game different from any other game out there. As long as you have service the game provides real time information. Everything from the latest schedules to injuries is updated via the net. The announcers even give current scores of real games that took place that day. The attributes will adjust to the real life performance of the players. So if your favorite player is going through a shooting slump, the game will adjust accordingly. The best feature is the ability to compete online. You can challenge anyone in the world with an internet connection.


Fruit Ninja

Ever since playing and discovering Jetpack Joyride I have decided that Halfbrick Studios are synonymous with fun and quality – two key things I look for in mobile gaming. I’ll play my console games for the rich, absorbing experiences at home and tend to save the arcade style games for my iPhone travelling to work or whenever I have a spare 10 minutes waiting for something or someone. Halfbrick however have created such an addictive and absorbing game with Fruit Ninja that this line I used to have is becoming increasingly blurred.

As all great games tend to be, (Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario Bros.) Fruit Ninja is incredibly easy to pick up and play by almost any age group. The crux of the game is to slice fruit as it appears on the screen aiming for the highest score possible. That’s basically it. With a sweep of the finger you can slice and dice mango’s, peaches, limes, bananas and all sorts of fruit that gets thrown your way. Slicing through each of the fruits is very satisfying as both the sounds and the way the fruits split are realistic enough to give you a mini reward with each carefully executed slash – Coconuts have that splitting sound you would expect whilst oranges are a little more ‘squishy’.

Where is the challenge you may say? Firstly, in the main mode ‘Classic’ you are only allowed to miss three fruit with your sword and then it’s game over, so you have to have a keen eye. As time passes more and more fruit appear on the screen to slice requiring your eyes to track all the fruit quicker and quicker. The other main obstacle are the bombs. These will appear along with the fruits but you can’t hit them and must avoid slashing them – if you do it’s an instant ‘Game Over’. Avoiding the bombs while slicing the fruit can be very tricky indeed so luckily there are some power ups which can help you in your fruit slicing mission.

  • Bomb Deflects allows you to deflect a bomb with one of your slashes allowing you to essentially avoid that immediate ‘Game Over’. These are available in batches of 3 from ‘Gutsu’s Cart’ which is essentially the Fruit Ninja store where you can spend in-game earned star fruit you’ve collected by playing.
  • Berry Blasts are strawberries that appear at random and explode when you slash them damaging nearby fruits or bombs and are very helpful when you are feeling a little overwhelmed! They are also worth 5 points and appear throughout each separate game (depending how many you’ve bought) so are good for racking up the points.
  • Peaches can be bought to increase your time in either Arcade mode or Zen mode allowing you to slice for longer and build up a higher score. For every one you slice you’ll earn another two seconds to your countdown timer. I’ll be explaining these other modes shortly.

Zen mode is a separate mode in which you have a timer of 1.30 seconds to slice as many fruit as you can. It’s more relaxing as there are no bombs to contend with and the fruit comes much faster at the beginning. I view this mode as a training mode of sorts to practice combos (i.e. slicing more than two fruits in a row with one slash) and they even have bird chirping to make it more relaxing. There are also no penalties for missing fruits.

The other main mode is Arcade mode with bombs but no missed fruit penalties. You only have 60 seconds to slice as much fruit as you can but whereas in Classic mode hitting a bomb would end the game, here it reduces time off the clock. This mode is probably the most fun as there are unique power ups that appear as you are slicing which can slow down time, double your score or cause a lot of fruit to appear at once – it’s a feast for the eyes at times. It’s worth noting that the power ups you buy from the store apply in all the modes.

A a reward for being the best ninja slicer in the dojo you get access to multiple swords which are aesthetic changes only but liven up your slicer. Some turn your weapon into a dragon whilst other give you an ice cool blade. You also unlock different backgrounds as well as in game achievements and trophies.


Car Racing Games

Vehicles

As you might expect, most racing games feature various automobiles. Oftentimes these are accurate simulations of actual vehicles. The most realistic ones put you in the driver’s seat of real-world sports and race cars. Others offer unique challenges such as standard, street legal consumer cars, semi or pick-up trucks, off-road vehicles, motorbikes, and even military transports such as tanks.

Characters

Want to race as a police officer, spy, taxi driver or student driver? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an auto thief or a valet parking attendant? You can play racing games in almost any role you can imagine. Some feature entirely fantastic players and even recognizable characters from your favorite movies or television shows. Scooby Doo, Spongebob Squarepants, Men In Black and the cast of the movie Cars are just a few of the popular characters you can find in car racing games.

Environment

A game that simulates real-world racing will often feature realistic race tracks, sometimes authentic replicas of popular courses. Others will let you race on the open road. Again, these roads are often accurate simulations of actual places. On the other hand, you can also play in wholly imaginary worlds, ranging from the believable to the wholly absurd. From prehistoric times to futuristic worlds, from peaceful city streets to war zones, from familiar Earth environments to the furthest depths of outer space, car games can be set in virtually any place.

Goals

As you might expect, when you race in the digital world, the goal is to be the first to reach the finish line. Regardless of where or what you drive, you’ll need skill and dexterity to beat the competition. Often you will win money or other game currency that can be used to upgrade your vehicle. However, not all games that involve cars revolve around racing. Some are action, adventure or fighting games with the added challenge of driving. Others pit you against more mundane challenges such as parking a car or delivering passengers or packages to a destination.


Future of Sports Games

Depth and Detail

As we continue to introduce more data into our consoles, along with more memory and faster processing methods, the depth of games continues to increase. Whereas ten years ago a game might have simply allowed you to play tennis against a random opponent or football as one country against another, we now have so much depth that we can manage playing styles, budgets, clothing, press coverage and more. This kind of detail is intended to make the playing experience feel more and more like real life and can already be seen in many current games franchises.

Gameplay and Graphics

These are two more areas where sports games have become far more advanced in recent years. Graphics will continue to improve as teams of people work on the look and feel of games. Even in the best games out there are still glitches and the occasional unreal looking piece of action. As well as that, the artificial intelligence will continue to advance and make things such as tactics, player psychology and other areas become more like real life.

Motion Sensor Gaming

There are already consoles and games that offer motion sensors, but this new technology is still in its fledgling stages. Some people will not wish to be involved in the game like this, but in certain titles in tennis and more we have already seen this used to good effect. As well as being impressive and enjoyable, there are also health benefits of this, as the extra movement involved in motion sensor games can be good exercise and has even been marketed as a way of losing weight.


Dirt Bike Games

We should have one thing straight from the very beginning: “dangers-free” definitely does not mean “less exciting”. No such thing! When you play dirt bike games you can instantly transpose yourself into the body of the daredevil biker on your screen and you can actually feel the adrenaline in your body reaching maximum levels as you become conscious of all the possible deadly dangers that you’re facing. You can just imagine the type of risks I’m talking about since all the dirt bike games developers are competing for coming up with the most realistic kind if graphics featuring all kinds of bumpy, risky, off-road circuits, all sorts of sand dunes and trampolines that you’ll have to climb, while keeping steady on your bike, and jump from, performing some breathtakingly amazing stunts way, way up in the air. These surely aren’t the kind of online games suitable for cardiac players and definitely no the type of games for those who’re not “infected’ with that “adrenaline virus” that makes them go for the most dangerous dirt bike racing challenges.

Speaking of graphics, the beauty of dirt bike games available online is that you can challenge your biking skills in some of the most spectacular settings that you could ever dream to drive your bike in. I’m talking here about arid deserts for instance or about the ghastly looking, “inflamed” land of the underworld. The game controls are pretty much identical in all the games: you just need to use the right arrow keys for steering your dirt bike and for going forwards or backwards or for balancing left or right. What sets them apart from all the other driving/racing games online is the permanent feeling of experiencing a new challenge, of facing a new hostile environment, a new unfriendly off-road circuit. Unlike in real life, when you’re playing dirt bike games online you get to earn your chance to continuously look for the perfect, most powerful, speedier bike to match your newly upgraded skills. That’s right, as you practice and practice your balancing skills while on a two-wheeled speedy little beast, as you improve your acrobatic skills as a danger-addicted biker, you get to upgrade you bike or change it completely with one more fit for your newly acquired skills.

I’m quite sure I have already stirred that adrenaline junkie and the little daredevil biker inside you, haven’t I? Then how about satisfying his need for speed and adrenaline without having to expose yourself to all sorts of real-life dangers, but by simply going online and finding your future top favourite dirt bike games to test your biking skills with?


WoW Monk Lore

The World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria expansion introduces fans to the hidden island of Pandaria, unspoiled and unaffected in anyway from the never-ending war between the Horde and Alliance factions. With the new level 90 cap, gamers can expect to see a lot of new natural zones, themed in-line with the Monk class and Pandaren race. Whether it’s dense green forests, rolling fields of golden crops or beautiful icy mountain peaks, Blizzard takes gamers to an entirely new Azeroth, different from the war-ridden landscape prominent in the Warcraft series.

So where exactly do pandas fit into the lore? To make a long story short, the Pandaren race were suppressed centuries ago by the Mogu whereby it was the Monks that gave the Pandarens hope. While under the control of the Mogu, the Pandaren Monks learned to use Chi and the art of weaponless combat to win their freedom. Monks, as depicted in Mists of Pandaria is a very capable class with three main specializations as a: tank, damage dealer and healer.

Gamers who decide to play the Monk class do however have the option to select other races besides the Pandaren race as follows: Draenei, Ironforge Dwarf, Night Elf, Orc, Troll, Tauren, Gnome, Human, Forsaken and Blood Elf. Similar to Druids and Rogues, the Monk class has limited armor options to leather armor at most and light clothing.

The three World of Warcraft Monk specialization options makes it possible for gamers with differing play-styles to enjoy the class and consist of Brewmaster, Windwalker and Mistweaver; a tank, melee DPS and healer respectively. Players could also easily further customize their Monk characters via selected skill options and tweaking builds here and there.