Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Game Review: Defiance

Hello Ladies and Gentleman! I managed to grab my copy of Defiance so I decided to review it!

A bit about the game and developers.
Defiance has been developed and published by a company that I like a lot - Trion Worlds. They are the same guys who made RIFT. Defiance is a MMORPG set in a futuristic world!

About Gameplay.
Before I start I just want to say that Defiance and RIFT both have one enemy in common. Hellbugs.
Now, I didn't follow RIFT nor Defiance enough to see why are the Hellbugs there, or to know what are they, but I know that they are creatures from Defiance game / series, and they probably imported it into RIFT. It is probably nothing important, but it's still a fun fact. And also, Defiance is both a game and a TV show. Trion Worlds has teamed up with Universal Cable Productions to show us something that we did not see so far. They want to collide the game and show! Everything that you do in the game will affect the show in Season two. Now, I'm not sure how will they manage to do that but good luck! The show is great so far and I don't want them to mess it up.

Now lets get back to Defiance the game. The game is very focused on the main story. You're an ark hunter who's job is to find / complete an Ark. You're being guided by your "boss" who's a famous device maker. Very famous and rich. You run around a big map and do his chores. You find the enemy, kill the enemy, find another enemy, kill the enemy, find a device, repair device, kill the enemy.. And that's pretty much it. Once you spend about an hour into the game you do everything that you can do in this game.

This game futures a lot of different weapons and clothing. Some weapons look very good, and the
others look lame / old, but are quite powerful. Of course, it's never about the look! On the other hand, clothing in this game is useless. It's just here to make you look different. It doesn't have any stats, so some people don't even worry about it. And the most awesome clothing is only purchasable via cash shop. That, of course, makes me very sad since most of my readers know that I dislike cash shop in a purchase based games.

Defiance also has a handful different vehicles that you can drive. Most are quads with different look and different / better stats, but for the best vehicles.. Guess what, you gotta use real life money shop. But anyway, you can purchase decent cars in game with in-game money which you gain pretty easy. Or maybe it's just me, but I always get useless weapons which worth a lot, so i get a nice profit off of them. This game even has cars which allow you to have two to four players in them at he same moment, and that is very cool!

Graphic and Audio
This game looks amazing! The explosions, the sky, the falling meteors.. It's really amazing and it instantly makes you wish to live there so you could watch it every single night. Audio is very cool and doesn't get boring.

Pros, cons and final grade.
- Good story.
- Lots of side missions.
- Big map.

-Very repeatable.
- Real life currency shop.

Final Grade: 6/10

Extra Info: I really enjoy playing Defiance, but it's just very repeatable and most of the "new" things that are added into the game are not free... So they really want you to spend a lot of money to get what you should get for free.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Early Access Review: Godus

Hello Ladies and Gentleman!
There was a time when each and every one of us wanted to play God. Why? Well we all though it would be fun and easy! But actually, Godus shows that being a God is quite hard!

A bit about the game and developers.
Godus is being developed and published by an indie company called 22cans. Godus is the first game that they are working on, and for now it looks promising! Godus is a game in which you're a God, and it's your job to "lead your people to victory!"

About Gameplay.
So, as I said, Godus is a game that is in VERY early stage. I can not stress this enough. So a lot of
things might change, and most likely will change by the time the game fully goes out. Even though it might take at least 6 more months to do so!
Anyway, in Godus you are a God. Your job is to shape Earth enough so that your people could build houses there and live there. For now, that's pretty much all you do. You have to cut down the trees and dig out the big stones so you would get enough spaces to build houses, and to get Belief with which you do certain actions, such as use God powers, or sculpt lands and so on and on. In other words, Belief is your currency. You have to sculpt your lands so that your people would have place to live. The more people you have, the more you advance into different ages of the game.

Since the game is still in a very early development process, everyone starts off on the same part of the land, and there is currently only single player available. Multilayer is available at pvp, in which you win if you end up with the most people, but that is pretty much it. I have been watching couple of the videos of people playing this game, and some of them said that you start off with a random stranger on the map. I can not confirm this, but for now I think that that is not true. My settlement became quite big for now, and I have yet to find anyone on my map. In the future this will most likely be inside of the game, and that will make this game even more awesome! But for now, we have to be happy with what we have.

And I can tell you, I am quite happy with it! I'll be honest, this game is pretty boring once you start it
out. But after an hour of gameplay, once you reach the land from your small island, this game turns into an insanely addictive, awesome game! The game starts out quite slowly because gathering Belief is very hard. There are not many trees to cut down, and people give you Belief quite slowly. But the land that you connect with is full of stones and trees which help you get Belief much much faster. And after you manage to build up a bigger settlement, you can turn it into a town and you'll get the Belief even faster, with just one click of a button.

Sculpturing land how you want it takes a long, long time. But with a lot of effort and patience, you can make a beautiful place for your people to live on. Now, there is one bad thing about this game: it will have an in game store. Once you build up three cities with Belief, you pay fourth one with things called "gems". Everyone starts off with 100 gems, and later (probably after game's fully released) you will be able to purchase more. And that makes me sad. If this game will be fully multiplayer, this game will turn into pay to win, and that will be horrible.

Graphic and Audio
Godus has quite cartoony graphic. I'm sure that the developers could make it look much better, but honestly, I'm fine as it looks right now and I wouldn't change it. Who knows, maybe some people wouldn't be able to play this if the graphic was better.  Audio on the other side is rather empty. There is no background music, so the only music you hear is your people saying "Okay!" once you're about to build something, and the nice melody that you hear when collecting Belief from your people.

Pros, cons and final grade.
- Highly addictive!
- Requires some strategy when it comes to town building.
- Ability to sculpt land how ever you see fit!
- You are a God!

- The game is quite expensive (more or less 20€) and it will probably have in game shop. If it didn't have in game shop, the 20€ would be perfect price for the game!
- Start of the game is incredibly slow and quite boring.

Final Grade: 7/10!

Extra Info: If you are into God based games, you should definitely give Godus a try! For now the game looks very promising, and I just can't get enough of it! But once again, this is a VERY EARLY stage of the game, so you can never know what to expect! Who knows, maybe you put 100 hours of gameplay into your huge town with cars and everything (I don't know if this is possible, I still didn't get that far into the game, hehe) and your whole game gets deleted because of the new patch. But hey, this is why the game says Early Alpha! So in case you aren't afraid to face bugs, glitches and future errors then BUY THIS GAME!

Monday, November 11, 2013

I've uploaded couple of videos on my youtube channel!

Hello Ladies and Gentleman!
As some of you may know, I started doing Youtube videos. And I though that eventually I could even make reviews over Youtube in stead of writing them. I know that most of the people would like that! So here you go, I wanted to share couple of videos that I've made so far!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Game review: FORCED

Ladies and Gentleman, today I'll write a review of a very new indie game called FORCED!

A bit about the game and developers.
FORCED has been developed and published by a small group of Danish developers, called BetaDwarf Studio. They actually had a pretty funny story while making this game. In fact, it was so funny that they even made a picture about it which you can see here.
So, FORCED is a Co-Op adventure game with a lot of puzzle elements. The game does future single player, but I do not recommend that.. More about that in the Gameplay section of the review! They also plan to bring this game to Wii-U!

About Gameplay.
As I said above, Forced is a game that allows both single player and co-op. At begining I was playing this game single player. My steam friend list has a couple of people who own this game, but nobody played at the time when I did. So anyway, In single player the game is quite fun! The story is very good too. It wasn't so hard, and I really enjoyed it. But then, couple of missions later... It became quite hard! So, I got into the game once at the same time as my friend FaithNoMore did. We decided to try the game out in Co-op..

It was amazing! The game became much easier but it kept being harder and harder as we progressed through the challenges. In most of the cases one of us was always the last-man-standing, running around the enemies, doing his best to stay alive long enough for the other person to revive. We also found out that this game is actually meant to be played in four people! After a while, our obstacles became quite hard. So hard that one of us had to keep sacrificing just so we could complete a mission. If there were four of us, it would be piece of cake!

The game has four different classes, a rogue, archer, tank and a "area of damage" damage dealer. Each of them has their own element. Rogue uses poison and has teleportation skills and skills that get him out of combat quite fast. He's the best class to take creatures down one by one. Archer uses lightning element with which he deals nice damage to couple of creatures at the same time. His arrows also always push enemies back, so he doesn't have too big problem with staying alive. Tank uses ice element to make ice crystal around him which then pushes enemies back, and so on and on. Needless to say he's got the biggest hp. He also has a weapon (shield) which can be thrown away to enemies. Now, the AoE damage dealer uses fire element to deal very big damage to multiple creatures at the same time. Sounds overpowered, right? Well, he does deal big damage, but he swings very slowly. He can also crush a meteorite down onto the enemies.

This game also has a lot of different creatures that you have to fight against to win. All of them have their own strength and weaknesses. Some spit on you from far, some charge you with their massive cleaves. And once again, you need a full group of four to make a great tactic on how to win against the creatures.

Graphic and Audio
 Graphically speaking the game looks very good! The game itself looks a bit cartoonish. The skill effects look quite nice. For an Indie company they really put their backs into it! Voice acting in the game is very good too!

Pros, cons and final grade.
- Very cheap!
- Extremely fun!
- Supports four players at the same time!
- Full of puzzles!
- It's an extremely fun, cheap coop puzzle based indie game!

- Almost unplayable in single player.

Final grade: 9/10 !

Extra info: If you're into puzzles and you're searching for something to play with your friends, this game is for you! Don't look anywhere further, just buy this game and play it. It's amazing!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Game Review: Dead Rising 2

Hello Ladies and Gentleman! With this late Halloween post, I'm bringing you a review of Dead Rising 2!

A bit about the game and developers.
Dead Rising 2 is a sequel to a zombie slaying game - Dead Rising. Dead Rising 2 is set a bit after Dead Rising, but has nothing to do with the original game. Dead Rising 2 has been developed by Blue Castle Games, and published by Capcom! It's funny how Capcom has so many well known zombie games...

About Gameplay.
Dead Rising 2 is an open world zombie survival game. In Dead Rising 2 you have couple of missions
(one main mission and a lot of side missions) which you do not need to follow at all! You see, Dead Rising 2 is a game in which you can do almost anything. Grab a motorbike, put a chainsaw on it and run over zombies. Or grab a motorbike, put machine gun on it and kill more zombies! Or just run around with nothing but a blade in your hands, chopping down everything in your path. The ways you can kill this zombies are almost limitless!

What makes this game far better than the first one is co-op option! You can call a friend to play this game with you and destroy the zombies with you! It's very fun indeed! Imagine two motorbikes with chainsaws, just driving down the street, ending every single zombie's life that is currently present.  This game also gives you and ability to craft a weapon out of two other weapons. For example, with a broom and a machete you make something like a spear. With knife and boxing gloves you make razor claws. With nails and a baseball bat... Very deadly baseball bat! You get the point - it's extremely fun!

So, as I said, you can chose to do the mission or you could just chose to ignore it an have loads of fun
in the game. The game has six different endings, which all happen with a reason. For example, if you do whole main mission and then chose option A on some point (i don't plan to give out any spoilers!) You'll get first and best ending. If you do main mission and chose option B, you'll get almost same thing as A case. Everything else is more or less failure.

The game also futures a four person co-op in which all you can do is drive around a small area on a motorcycle and kill tones and tones and tones of zombies. I can't tell you much about that because I never managed to get into a game. There are just not enough players that play it..

Graphic and Audio
Graphically speaking the game looks very very sweet. There's just enough blood, the zombies are quite detailed and everything seems in place. They could have added more different looking zombies though. Audio is very awesome and never gets too boring to listen to! It keeps changing as you enter stores, menu and so on and on. Only positive thoughts about Audio of this game!

Pros, cons and final grade.
- Great co op fun.
- A lot of different clothing and weapons.
- Audio never gets boring.
- A lot of vehicles.
- You can keep on playing even if you decide not to do missions.

- Main mission forces you to wait a long time before continuing the story..
- Only two people co op.
- No players so the 4 person co-op is impossible without friends.
- The game uses Games for Windows Live so it might become unplayable next year since GFWL is going down..

Overall grade: 8.5 / 10

Extra info: This is an amazing zombie killing game to pass the time. I really enjoyed playing it with a friend of mine, Mr.Trolla. Thank you for playing the game with me!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Hello Ladies and Gentleman!

Today I wanted to do a review of Dead Rising 2, but sadly I didn't play the game enough. I want to finish the game before giving out a full review. So please excuse me, but my review will be done within a day or two! Halloween is my favorite part of the year, so I really wanted to do something a bit special. So I made a giveaway! I'm giving away a game called Penumbra: Collector's Pack. I'm gonna do a review of this game in December, when I'm with June again. We will do review it together.

After a review of Dead Rising 2, I'll be reviewing an very cool looking indie game called FORCED! The game is a puzzle Role-Playing game by BetaDwarf studio. They really had to put a lot of effort into this game and it was quite a rough time for them. They even made an image about their past couple of years of developing. I'd like to share it with you in hope that you will support those developers! They really did an amazing job!

An incredible start up story

So yea...
Happy Halloween everyone and good luck with the giveaway! :)