Rayman Origins

Rayman Origins is the latest in the long-running platforming series published by Ubisoft, and developed by their internal Montpellier studio. It’s also the first game to make use of the UbiArt Framework, a graphics engine that takes a lot of the technical aspects out of creating games with hand-drawn elements. With other engines, artists have to factor in movement and scaling to keep their images from being distorted. UbiArt Framework makes a lot of these factors moot as it handles them automagically, giving artists a chance to focus simply on creating great art, and then allowing them to animate the pieces by manipulating the individual object’s silhouette. The result is a truly gorgeous 2D platformer that may well be the crown jewel of the genre’s recent renaissance.

Rayman‘s gameplay is pure 2D platforming. It’s all about precision jumping and fancy footwork, navigating harmful obstacles and a myriad of colorful and offbeat baddies. All the while you’re collecting coins, or rather in this case sleepy little balls of light called “Lums.” Along the way you’ll cross a sea of punch, explore a mountain temple, and enlist the help of a flower king. Oh, but just so you know,


Shadow of La Rochelle

The story of the game takes place in 16th century France, during the time of King Henry II’s reign. Well mostly, because originally, you are from the present time, but the ghost of Diane de Poitiers appeared in front of you and transported you back in time. If you do not know who Diane de Poitiers is, she is actually the most favorite mistress of King Henry II. The task that was then set for you is for you to find the real cause of her death and find the conspirators to her murder before you get to go back to the present time.

Even though the story of Amulet of Time: Shadow of la Rochelle is based on historical accounts, I suggest you do not learn history from the game since most of the storyline is inaccurate. Well, that is quite understandable really, because in order to successfully sell a game, the story should have more drama and should grip you to play as long as possible. Amulet of Time: Shadow of la Rochelle does this very well. And I should say that this is one of the best hidden object game stories I have experienced


GRID 2

One thing I really appreciate about this game is that it actually has a campaign of sorts, and also tries to get you emotionally attached to some of the virtual drivers participating in the various races. I find it really cool that drivers in GRID 2 have regular names, and you actually meet some of them a number of times on the track. The game is pure racing, though, there are no cops, mafia, or anything like that, so the story is exclusively built around the drama that happens on the track.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that, as GRID 2 features one of the very best car handling systems ever seen in a racing game. Even though the developers from Codemasters are calling it TrueFeel, the handling system’s goal isn’t to make controlling the cars feel particularly real. The developers have aimed to strike a good balance between a realistic and an arcade feeling, and it’s safe to say that they have done a wonderful job. This is not Need For Speed, because it’s actually very easy to completely waste your car, should you enter a turn with too high a speed, but at the


Borderlands 2

In the first game you had four very different and outlandish classes to play as. This one is no different. The only class that plays radically differently is the Assassin class, also known as Zer0. What makes him different is the fact that his melee attacks are generally useful. I went with this specialization throughout the game, and it was very different to play as a guy who’s meant to slice and dice rather than use one of the bajillion guns in the game.

Actually, that’s one of the game’s many strong points: the vast array of weapons. Most of the time you’ll find some common trashy ones but sometimes you’ll catch a break and pick up something truly amazing. At one point I had a gun that talked back to me every time I reloaded or zoomed in. Yeah, sure, eventually it got a little old but I couldn’t help but chuckle every time he said something off the wall.

If you played the first one, then of course you’ll recognize the outlandish sense of humor. In fact, I think it’s possibly one of the funniest video games ever made. The main adversary Handsome Jack


Racing Video Games

Crazy Taxi 

This is not a classic racing game, in the sense that you are competing against other drivers. But, you still have to race against time, which is also a lot of fun. You have to complete various missions, such as picking up customers, performing stunts, overcoming obstacles, getting a certain number of points for each mission you complete.

Midnight Club

This game was developed by Rockstar Games, which also created the extremely popular Midtown Madness. It’s an open-world street-racing video game, which is set in Manhattan, and was originally designed to be played on a PlayStation 2. You can drive some of the best luxury cars, as well as tuners, muscle cars, and motorcycles. You can also customize your car by adding personalized license plates, and by modifying the interior, adding aftermarket steering wheels, gearboxes, racing seats, and so on.

Colin McRae Rally 

Colin McRae Rally is definitely one of the most popular video games ever made. It doesn’t owe its popularity to the fact there are not too many good rally games that it has to compete against, but the fact that it has some pretty good sound and visual


Super Mario Galaxy 3

Flash forward three years, and Galaxy 2 was released. Nintendo found a way to push the graphical limits of the Wii to its finest. The smooth, realistic look was something completely new to Wii gamers. Galaxy 2 introduced Mario’s famous companion, Yoshi, into the franchise. This addition made the already popular games even more popular.

Now, we are approaching the three year mark since the last game and everybody is waiting for the next installment. Nintendo has announced their latest console, the Wii U, so it’s only expected that Super Mario Galaxy 3 would be announced by it’s side.

But true fans that have been following the series know that it is coming. The question is not whether or not it is coming… The question is rather what magic will it bring to the table?

One of the biggest elements that the Galaxy series has going for it is its soundtrack. Did you know that the Galaxy 2 soundtrack had over 100 tracks? The beautiful orchestra tracks give space such an elegant feel. So the first thing that can be expected is another beautiful soundtrack. And quite possibly a revamp of a couple older Nintendo


Games For Girls

Even if it was a movie your daughter loved, the spin-off might be a dud. When a big budget kids movie is made, the tie-in is usually a rush job that has not been planned properly. The game sometimes attempts to follow the film story too closely, leading to a boring one-dimensional tour through some of the more popular scenes. And of course if game makers run out of ideas, the result is a collection of bad mini-games that do not logically tie together well. Not that all min-games collections are bad though. (Sesame Street’s Once Upon a Monster is a notable exception and also an excellent girl’s game to consider)

Children learn quicker if they’re playing and having fun. Math, normally a boring subject for my 8 year old daughter suddenly became very interesting when she had to calculate how much money she still had to make to buy a bird house in the game Viva Pinata. In the same game she also realized that she could turn cheap plant seeds into grown plants that could be sold for a profit. This is a concept that will hopefully serve her well in later life.

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First Days of Minecraft

When you first begin, look for trees and begin punching them. A good idea is to leave the bottom stump, jump on it and then punch upward to get the most from the tree without having to use steps, and then remove the stump. After gathering a few stumps, make some wood planks and a crafting table.

Having a crafting table, you should begin creating more wooden planks and a few sticks. Use these to create wooden axes, a sword, and a few pick axes. Continue gathering wood and making wood planks, you will need these to create a makeshift house before the first nightfall.

Mine some stone (grey blocks) so you can create a furnace. This furnace can be used to create some charcoal, so you can make some torches to light the inside of your house. Ensure that your house is fully enclosed and you have a few torches inside and maybe even outside to keep enemies from spawning so close.

Create a door for your house so you can easily enter and leave your house at will. If you choose to build inside the earth, then construction of your home will be


FIFA Ultimate Team Players

Ensure the overall chemistry is not below 80 percent to maintain a high stability to the players. Remember the lower the chemistry the weaker the players might play a certain formation and game style.

One way to increase the chemistry is to have the coach’s preferred formation the same as the one you designate to your team.

Add players with the same nationality or players who are in the same real team to boast your chemistry.

Send the unwanted players you have or didn’t even know you had straight to the trade pile but know the appropriate times to sell the players. By timing I am meaning the amount of people who are likely online at certain times. (You can see the amount of people online on the main screen on the top left corner it will state the amount of players currently in online matches.)

Buy cheap players that you truly know you can sell for a higher price and will less likely cost you money.

Timing is crucial; to make the big sales with the players you do not need any more make sure the price is not too high or


Glu Mobile

Blood and Glory can be common, though the gameplay works nicely here, and really delivers challenging. With no special spells, along with little parrying windows as compared to its progenitor, it proves to be much more challenging. At least potions, though not really inexpensive to purchase, may be used mid-match too. The game should appear great on the iPad and also Retina Screen. A good amount of useful armor as well as weapons can be found irrespective of the concept of this game being ever-so-slightly more grounded actually, as well as one shield that could cause Ed Gein excited.

The game play can have accomplished very well to differentiate it’s product a little bit more as compared to as it currently stands. Even while it’s structurally completely different, the gameplay cuts close enough that this really is upon that line of being identical copy. Though unlike the Ninja Fishing dispute, no one is going to be weeping for Epic and ChAIR Entertainment, specifically since they’ve reportedly made around $20 million by Infinity Blade. On the other hand, principally, it’s about the same, and more variations in gameplay making it its own video game could have been enjoyed.