Month: February 2020

BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite takes place in the early 20th century among the clouds, on the fictional floating city of Columbia. Players interact with the world through the eyes of Booker DeWitt, a man tasked with recovering a young woman named Elizabeth for an unnamed employer in New York City. Along the way, DeWitt finds himself up against a fierce protectorate for the girl-people who believe that she’s destined to lead them in spreading the ultra-conservative ideals of their leader, Comstock-in addition to a separatist faction of revolutionaries called the Vox Populi looking to overthrow Comstock’s harsh rule.

The game is a first-person shooter filled with pistols, machine guns, and RPGs, but the more interesting combat aspect comes from “vigors,” semi-magical endowments that let you throw fireballs, electrify enemies, and send flocks of ravenous crows at unsuspecting baddies.

But while combat is a big element of the game, it’s the story that makes BioShock Infinite a must-play.

One of the biggest (and, in my opinion, most interesting) trends in video games today is the emphasis on taking players on a narrative journey. Infinite weaves together a tale that engages players and makes them confront some unsettling themes.

The story doesn’t shy away from taking a hard look at the potential horrors of revolution, racism, and religion. In one scene early on, the player is forced into a choice whether or not to throw a baseball at an interracial couple put on display by the ultra-conservative townspeople.

One of the game’s most impressive feats (aside from the visuals, which look fantastic) is the AI behind Elizabeth, who becomes something of a traveling companion fairly early on. Whereas some games might be content to have you playing protector, here Elizabeth is smart enough to hold her own. In combat, she’s able to help you by tossing ammo or health packs your way. She can also open up transdimensional rifts to give you access to weapons, cover, and more.

Seriously, the AI behind Elizabeth is fantastic, and she has personality. Not since Half-Life 2‘s Alyx has a game companion been so multi-layered and fun to be around.

Also fun are Columbia’s Sky-Lines, railways traversing the city that Booker is able to latch onto via a rotating hook he scores early on in the game. The Sky-Lines add some vertical fun to things, letting you leap up and zoom around levels, dodging fire until launching off and landing on enemies.

Whether you’ve played the earlier BioShock games or not doesn’t matter. The game’s a standalone adventure that you can pick up and immediately start losing yourself in the crazy, awe-inspiring world that’s been set up.

Even with being so story-focused, the game has a good amount of replayability, too. Columbia has a good number of nooks and crannies to explore, rewarding you with new gear to give Booker different offensive and defensive traits and achievements (or trophies, depending on your platform) for discovering things like audio recordings and other secrets.


Win a Gold Cup in Solid Rider

  • Step 1: Go to the game’s main menu and select a level. For starters, you have to overcome the first level before you can unlock the next level and so on.
  • Step 2: Play the first level and take note of the time that you need to beat so that you could win a Gold Cup. In other words, you need to finish the entire level within 38 seconds. Quick Tip: Press the arrow up key to go on full throttle and don’t press any other key unless you need to climb up a hill or jump over a cliff.
  • Step 3: If ever you fail in your first attempt, just press the “Restart” button at the bottom left side of your screen. Repeat the level until you succeed in winning the Gold Cup. If not, you can always opt to proceed to the next level since the game will let you do so as long as you succeed in getting any of the three trophies.
  • Step 4: Proceed to the succeeding levels. Just like in Level 1, your total time should qualify for the first rank. However, keep in mind that the level of difficulty in the succeeding levels will be more difficult than usual.
  • Step 5: Complete all eight levels by winning the Gold Cups. Apparently, you will need a total of eight Gold Cups to unlock the Bonus level.

Compared to other racing games, Solid Rider has a full set of controls. The four arrow keys are meant to control the racer’s speed and motion. You can also use the A and S keys to stop the motorbike from accidentally bumping into solid objects while on full throttle. Considering the game’s type of gameplay, it is a must for you to master its controls. By doing so, it would be a whole lot easier for you to control the racer’s movement. Not only that. You also need to have a clear image of your racing course. If you know what lies ahead then it would be easier for you to initiate a strategy or a plan to avoid those unseen obstacles. One effective way of doing so is by referring to the game’s Special Map which displays an overview of the full obstacle course.


Gunpoint

The game is divided into a number of missions where the player accepts the missions through a PDA where the player can also buy new gear and add more resource points to different skills. Each mission usually involves entering a building and hacking a computer. With each level, the building is shown as a two-dimensional cross-section where you can see the guards and all the security features of the building with the objective somewhere in the building. The player can also run and climb on walls, use stairwells and elevators and the ability to jump great heights and distances without taking damage due to Conway’s Bullfrog hypertrousers. Though he can survive long falls, he can be killed by a single gunshot.

With the Crosslink as the main use in each mission, the player can gain access to the connections in the security mainframe. This will allow the player to change how things are being connected to allow the player to complete their mission. For example, you can rewire a light switch to open a locked door instead of the light. As the game progresses and the player accumulates more money, they can upgrade and improve already existing features such as being able to control more encrypted circuits and even affect the guard’s weapons. At the end of each mission, you are ranked based on how fast you took, the amount of violence you used (whether you knocked some unconscious or you killed them), how many times you were spotted and how much noise you made.

Overall, I found this game to be quite enjoyable. Though the game is rather short, it lives up to the standard though it is considered an indie game. The feature of being able to rewire accessible components in the building to allow you to complete the mission is a plus.


Expect With The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct gives player the liberty to choose what kind of playing style would help them in the game. Players can either choose to deal with the walkers or outrun them. Dealing with walkers in the game can be quite difficult considering that you need to make your way through a horde of walkers using limited weapons and ammo. It’s still up to the players how they will survive in this game, whether it is through brute force or smart thinking.

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct lets you take on the role of Daryl Dixon. As Daryl, you can choose whatever weapon you can find to be useful. You can choose from a variety of weapons you can find in the game as long as it keeps you alive. The game will also feature Merle Dixon, Daryl’s brother. There is still no concrete information if he would be a playable character or not, all we know is that he will be making his appearance in the game.

There are also some survivors in the game which makes the game even more challenging. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct allows you to choose whether to help a fellow survivor or leave them. Of course most players will choose saving them rather than leaving them since they might reward you with something special. Do you still think this kind of thinking is still applicable to The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct? There’s no guarantee that saving the survivors can help you later on but who knows, they might even help you one way or the other.

Activision might be releasing more information about the game and some other features in the coming weeks. The game is set to be released on March 26 in North America and March 29 in Europe. The game would be available for different gaming platforms such as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and the latest addition to the competition, Wii U.


Diablo III

Gold/Item Farming

Farming gold and items is one of the more popular approaches to obtaining gold in Diablo III. With enough magic find/gold find percentage on your gear, you can farm high quality yellow rares and decent amounts of gold.

For good item and gold farming spots, check on YouTube! There are a variety of good farming locations for you to choose from.

PROS:

  • If you are very lucky player, you can obtain items that can sell for millions on the Auction House
  • When farming gold, you can be sure that you will receive a relatively stable income of (typically) 150k to 400k per hour, depending on the amount of gold find you have on gear

CONS:

  • Farming this way can become very boring and repetitive
  • No real promise of obtaining great gear – you could farm for 100 hours and obtain no great gear
  • Gold and magic find gear can become expensive, especially if you are trying to get close to maximum percentages on gear pieces.

‘Flipping’ items on the Auction House

In my opinion, this is by far the best method of generating gold for your character in the game. Flipping is a method whereby a player browses the auction house for under-priced items and re-sells these items for a fair price; generating a large profit. When done correctly, a large amount of gold can be generated in the game.

PROS:

  • The amount of gold one can obtain using this method can be absolutely ridiculous. Some players have reported making profits up to 50 – 80 million gold in one day
  • You don’t have to have a level 60 character on inferno in order to make money. Even a level 1 player can make a profit on the auction house
  • Blizzard nerfs will have little effect on this method.

CONS:

  • You need to know the ins and outs of the auction house in order to hit the extremely high levels of gold (50 – 80 million per day)
  • Browsing the auction house can become boring over time, not everyone wants to spend their Diablo III experience browsing on the auction house.


Fallout 4 Should Incorporate

  • Improved Aim Down Sight Feature: Fallout 3 ADS wasn’t the greatest. It made shooting outside of V.A.T.S unrealistic. This probably explains why V.A.T.S was just the better option to use, simplifying combat. New Vegas addressed this complaint by allowing the use of true ironsights,making the ADS feature a little more realistic. This wasn’t without sacrifice though. V.A.T.S was weakened by removing the invincible feature. Personally I felt like the aiming feature was a little too stiff. Another neat feature that could be implemented is a lock-on mechanism, possibly sacrificing full attack power in exchange for accuracy. It could serve as a median between regular shooting and V.A.T.S.
  • Smarter NPCs: Face it, your companions are idiots. They carelessly follow you, sometimes jumping right into danger and getting themselves killed. They seem to make up their own commands at times, and are ALWAYS in the line of fire. A revamped NPC A.I would be very useful, and alleviate many headaches. I lost track of how many companions I killed because of their stupidity.
  • NPC Upgrading/Leveling: While they’re at it, maybe give the NPC companions some new features like the ability to upgrade their own weapons, pick up better weapons, or even a skill/perk system. Instead of settling with a certain companions because of their perks and strengths, why not mold your companions to your liking? It would be a much welcomed addition. I could list more features but to beef up the NPCs too much would take too much action away from your character. Now that’s not good, so we can take it slow for now.
  • More Weapon And Armor Customization: The weapon mod feature was one of the best additions from New Vegas. Select weaponry could be modded to gain additional attributes. Unfortunately it wasn’t available for every weapon, and it was nonexistent for armor. If this feature is taken to the next level it could add a whole new depth of customization. Power armor is always pretty cool-looking, but what if you could alter the color? The material? The appearance? The same goes for weapons. The possibilities would be endless. The freedom of this customization would perfectly compliment the freedom of the open-world gameplay.
  • More Factions: The concept of factions was a nice addition in New Vegas. It was an easy way to manage your relations with certain groups, whether it was good or bad. By increasing the amount of groups and how they interact, the faction system becomes more complex and in-depth. Plus it is always nice to have a wider degree of choices. More factions also equals more sidequests, and that equals more gameplay.

Violent Video Games on Children

Violent scripts are addictive for they make children spend most of their time playing them so that they can improve their skills. This addiction increases learning because of repetitive practice. Therefore, children in school tend to manipulate others aggressively as a way of practicing what they have been playing. The aggressive videos place the participant in the position of the aggressor thus rewarding him the behavior of being violent. They also permit the player to rehearse the whole behavioral script from aggravation to selecting a violent declaration of conflict.

Most psychologists believe that children gain behavior from coping what others are doing. They argue that kids learn by mimicking, observing and adopting behavior. Exposure to video games may with time make children numb emotionally, make them have sleepless nights and nightmares, have a negative effect on their school performance and make them aggressive. This also applies to playing violent video games. Children tend to put themselves in the feet of the aggressor in the video games making them aggressive in real life situation. Moreover, infants who view a lot of violent scripts have a higher possibility of being violent as a way of solving conflicts. This is because they take an assumption that brutal acts are acceptable behavior.

Violent video playoffs put a perception that the entire world is violent. Therefore, children playing aggressive video playoffs increase fear of being a victim of violence. In that case, they become aggressive for self protection. They also increase the belief of mistrust in others. This makes it impossible for them to interact with other children in an effective way. It is therefore very crucial for parents to monitor their children behavior and the activities they may be engaging in. It is also important for parents to encourage social interaction among children to facilitate learning which is essential during childhood. Adults should set good examples to children by avoiding watching violent video games in presence of children.


Antrim Escape 3

Antrim Escape 3 picks up where the second game left off. You begin the game as Ethel, Ryan’s grandmother. You’re in the past, so she’s young. You soon meet up with Ryan and Emma, since they were sent to the past in the previous games. Like Antrim Escape 2, the third game features Team Tactics. This means that at some point in the game, you have control over two different characters and two different inventories. You have to pass things from one to the other to get them to join up and mix their inventories.

Antrim Escape 3 offers plenty of challenging puzzles for fans of the room escape genre. While it doesn’t utilize any of the tilt or shake controls like the first two installments, there is still plenty here to keep you entertained.

The graphics in Antrim Escape 3 are gorgeous and full of details. You won’t have to guess at any point what you’re looking at. The controls are also very responsive and intuitive. Like any room escape game, you tap items to pick them up and to interact with your surroundings.

The new Christmas Hidden Object Adventure adds even more fun, whether you’ve played the game before or are new to the series. This game is played alongside the main storyline, and has you collecting Christmas-themed items like reindeer and gingerbread men. If you manage to collect them all, you’ll get a little surprise at the end.

What makes Antrim Escape 3 so great is its challenging puzzles. But sometimes you might get stuck and need help. If you do, here are some tips to help you out:

  • For the stones puzzle, look at the spiral on the mask for hint of the order of the stones.
  • When you go outside in the snow, some things could be covered in snow! Tap the snow to move it and reveal the objects underneath.
  • For the Christmas game, sometimes you can’t access an item until something from the main game is moved. Make sure to check in and under everything, especially after making any changes to the room.


About Non-Online Slots Jackpots

Progressive video poker is very popular in the online casino world. Since the gameplay is very simple, developers can easily attach a progressive jackpot to these games. The jackpot rules differ between each variation of video poker, but the common denominator is that the highest paying hand awards the progressive jackpot. Regardless of whether you’re playing Jacks or Better or Deuces Wild progressive video poker, the jackpot will always pay out to the player who hits the Royal Flush.

You can also play progressive table games like blackjack and roulette. The rules for winning the jackpot in these type of progressive games are very specific, and players must place a jackpot side bet in order to qualify for the prize. If they meet the qualifications for the jackpot but have not placed the side bet, then they lose out. In progressive roulette, the jackpot is awarded when the same number is hit five times in a row. In progressive blackjack, the jackpot is awarded when four red aces or four black aces are the first cards dealt.

You will find that many bingo games are equipped with progressive jackpots, as well. These games accumulate their prizes from the cost of each player’s cards. The jackpot is awarded to the player who wins a Full House within the first 20 calls. In some cases, there is a community jackpot, which awards every other player in the game with a smaller portion of the jackpot prize.

Bad beat jackpots are common in the online poker world. Unlike most other progressive prizes, these jackpots award cash to the losing player. If you’re unfamiliar with a ‘bad beat’, this is a situation that occurs in a poker game when a player with a what is thought to be a winning hand (e.g. a straight) is beaten by an even better hand (e.g. a flush). Most bad beat jackpots are awarded when a player with four-of-a-kind 8s or higher is beaten by any better hand. The losing player wins the progressive jackpot, and all other players at the table receive a small portion of the prize.


Final Fight iOS Game

There are six stages to complete. The Mad Gear Gang is at it again and the arcade action is just as exciting as ever. You will kill a lot of enemies and enjoy every bit of it. If you played the first game, then you will remember the excitement that rushed through your veins. But how many old gamers are still around? For the new crowd Final Fight will seem like a new release and the game can’t depend on its predecessor for glory. Six stages aren’t much and the lack of content is disappointing. It takes about an hour and a half to complete the entire game. This means you will be playing it over and over trying to improve your scores. Eventually the game will become mundane and boring and within a week it will be forgotten never to resurface again. This is no way for a classic to die. Capcom could have included a lot more stages and added many more thrills to the game.

Final Fight is a fabulous fighting game and beating the bad guys makes you seem like a hero. The first edition 21 years ago was never the best arcade fighting game, but its sheer gameplay and fabulous story made it a sure winner. The new one follows closely on its heels, but lacks depth and content that will only disappoint eager gamers. This is a serious flaw and only old timers who enjoyed the very first edition will want to relive the past and give Final Fight another look and may not mind the limited content. New gamers will simply toss it aside without a second thought. There are plenty of other fighting arcade games with a lot more content and endless levels that give you more fun for your buck.

Regardless of the limited content in Final Fight iOS, the controls are smooth and easy to use. The graphics and artwork are of high quality and the look and feel of the game is beautiful. Battle Circuit and Captain Commando also released by Capcom are another two games very similar to Final Fight but they are enriched with special features and content that makes them far more lucrative than Final Fight.