Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Game Preview: Planets³

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!
Today I will bring you a preview of one game that is currently on Kickstarter. I say preview because I can't review something that still didn't get out yet. So I can just preview the information about it, and then say my own opinion of it. The game I'm talking about is Planets³. And you read that as Planet Cube, not Planet Three.

Planets³ is a RolePlaying Voxel game. That makes the game unique! In this Multi-player voxel game you have the ability to advance by levels, discover new locations, build what ever you wish to, design your own weapons and even discover other Cubical planets! I mean, how cool is that?? Flying around the solar system from a planet to planet, finding people on it, building cities and maybe even making some Planet versus Planet wars! I have to say, for now I love the sound of that.

Players in this game have quests. Those quests allow them to level up, and to reveal the secrets of Planets Cube.There are also plenty of side quests which give you the opportunity to find rare items which can only be acquired over missions, more in depth story of the game and new locations which you maybe wouldn't have discovered on your own.

Crafting in Planets Cube is massive! You can literally build what ever you want, which even means you can
craft the weapons to look exactly how you want them to look. Do you want it to look like dragon tooth? Sure, no problem, do it! The same thing also goes with crafting vehicles for your journey over the vast universe. You can shape your vehicles to look exactly how you want them to look like. And I love that freedom.

This game really gives you the true form of freedom. IF you want to be a farmer, be a farmer. If you want to be a warrior, be a warrior. Make cities with other players or live on your own. Pact alliances with the kings or lords of other cities, while going into wars with other alliances. And if you put enough effort into it, who knows, maybe you'll even get to use guns and, who knows, spaceship battles!

The future of Planets Cube looks extremely promising. I mean, this is exactly the game that I have been
awaiting for years. I've seen many of them announced, but most of them got shut down. Or some are just much slower in progress. So Planets Cube is really giving me very high hopes. I think that Planets Cube is a perfect game to invest money into! And you can do so over their KickStarter page which can be found right here.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Game Review: Gnomoria

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!
First of all I want to say that I'm sorry for skipping one week of reviewing. I was very busy, and when I had time I just didn't feel like reviewing. So today I'm bringing you a review of a strategy game called Gnomoria!!

A bit about the game and developers.
Gnomoria has been developed and published by Robotronic Games. Most people who try Gnomoria out say that it's a simplified version of Dwarf Fortress. The last time I played Dwarf Fortress was about five years ago, and that did not end well, So I can't tell! What I can say is that Gnomoria is something much different from everything you've seen before!

About Gameplay.
Gnomoria is a strategy based sandbox game. But unlike other games, you don't make things happen instantly. In fact, you decide what you want to do and you place that object on the ground and then watch little gnomes ignore your orders and wishes, just because they think they don't need it for now. Everything in this game is done by the wish of your gnomes, and you have almost no influence over it. Now, this game is for those who have a lot of patience. I do consider myself to be a man with a lot of patience, but I also like to plan ahead. So I give my gnome 100 tasks before they manage to finish even the first one, and then I do nothing except stare at the screen for hours.

But don't think this game is boring! No, totally the opposite! While you are watching your Gnomes ignore your commands, you also have to make sure that they have food, water, that they don't get killed by goblins, or some other creatures. You also need to make sure that their animals are taken care of nicely, and that ambassadors from other cities feel nice and happy in your city when they come to visit you. After all, why would one town trade with your town if you got their ambassador killed?

The game has a lot of different things that you can do. There are a lot of items to make, a lot of different machines, work spaces, beds, and so on and on. The game even allows you to make your own houses! As in, it allows you to design a whole village how you see it fit. But the problem is that the game offers you so many different things to do, but it doesn't tell you what you need to make it. Luckily people are working very hard on the Wiki, so it's quite easy to find the needed information there.

Graphic and Audio.
Let's start off with audio this time! This game futures two different types of audios: 8 bit and Orchestral. Of course, Orchestral sounds much more beautiful, calm and makes you feel warm at heart, but the original, old 8 bit sounds just make you smile and make you feel happy. The songs are exactly the same in both 8 bit and Orchestral, so it's really down to personal preference. I liked 8 bit one more though! Now, graphically the game doesn't look like anything new. But I like it! It's small voxels with small 2D characters running around over your map. I found it interesting, and once you get used to it it actually becomes quite amazing!

Pros, cons and final grade.
- Beautiful voxel based strategy game.
- Something very unique.
- Sandbox.

- Not enough guides.
- Way too slow.

Final grade: 8.5/10

Extra info: I have to say I really enjoyed playing Gnomoria! If you are interested into games where gnomes do everything except listen to you, please don't hesitate to go buy it right here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Game Review: The Walking Dead Season 2

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!
Today I will be making a review of a story based game called The Walking Dead Season 2. As much as you could have realized, this game is a sequel to the original game called The Walking Dead.

A bit about the game and developers.
As I said at the start of this post, this game is a sequel to The Walking Dead. Just as the previous game, this is a point and click game in which you move around just a little bit, click on a thing or two and just watch the show. This game, just as previous one, was developed and published by Telltale Games. They are the same guys who made the previous game, and many other very well known games such as The Wolf Among Us.

About Gameplay.
Just like in the previous game, you don't do much in The Walking Dead Season 2. You walk around every now and then, click a button or two when the timing is crucial and search for hidden objects that you need to find. Also you have an option to talk to anyone from your group that is currently in your playable area. Telltale has changed the look of the game a little bit, and that makes me glad. Choices of your sentences are now spread in four boxes, in stead of being one under the other. This makes the game look much better, but it also makes it a bit harder to read through your choices. Luckily Telltale have thought of that too! They made the game give you a little bit more time to read through all of your choices and select what you would want to say if you were in that situation.

When you want to interact with certain objects or people a small circle will appear around it in which you can chose what you want to do. This makes the game look cleaner and, in my opinion, much better. They also added a new thing to the game which I don't remember in last one. They added button spamming and directions of your actions into the game. With that I mean that the game makes you hit Q rapidly during some scenes, or it makes you move to left, right, up or down in some scenes. If you fail to do that, or you press the wrong button, you die which is quite frustrating. Just like in the previous game, if you die you get set back quite a bit. You have to watch long scenes, long talks and maybe even re-make your choices from before. And if you die just before a new save, and the previous save was 20 minutes ago.. Well, you are going to have a very bad day.

The Walking Dead Season 2 is a game that focuses on Story more than gameplay. The game does it's best to connect you to the characters in it. The developers actually want you to live through the story, and that's what makes this game amazing. They are doing a great job about it! But I have to say, I have connected to the characters from the previous game more then with the new ones. Mainly because new characters are more selfish.. They are a small group of people who probably got betrayed before, and therefore they are judging you too much. Therefore I got quite happy once I was able to reconnect to a member of my previous group.

The game is still in early parts of the story, so there's only two out of five episodes out yet. There's a lot more story to be revealed, and I have to say that I can't wait to play through it.

Graphic and Audio.
The graphic is quite outdated, but they are doing that on purpose. This game focuses on being as close to comic books as possible, and that's what makes it different and awesome. Audio is very nice and never gets annoying. I really enjoyed both graphic and audio of the game.

Pros, cons and final grade.
- Amazing story.
- Ability to chose your own "future".
- Surprising outcomes.

- Sometimes your choice is a negative one, even thought you thought it would be positive.
- The game is still not full out and waiting for next episode is just too hard and too long, since the game is just too good.

Final Grade: 9/10

Extra Info: If you love games with very deep, amusing and easy to follow story then this game is for you. You will not go wrong with purchasing it!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I made a Facebook Page!

Hello Ladies and Gentleman!

I just wanted to let you know that I have made a Facebook Page for my reviews!
On that Facebook Page I will mainly ask what would people want me to review, I will be making some giveaways especially for Facebook followers, and I will post on Facebook as soon as I write a the next review.

So yea, if You are using Facebook and You would like to see some updates from me between reviews, please don't hesitate to go and like the page over here.
Thank you very much for supporting me so far!

Have a great day,

Monday, March 3, 2014

Game Review: Assassins Creed III

Hello Ladies and Gentleman!
First of all I'd like to apologize to you for a long delay in my review. I didn't have any game for review at first, and I was being quite busy. I bought Assassins Creed III so now I'm able to do a review.
So as said before, today I'll bring you a review of Assassin's Creed III!

A bit about the game and developers.
Assassin's Creed III is fifth game in the Assassins Creed series, developed and published by Ubisoft. I say that it's fifth game because there were two games before this one that were just explaining the story a bit more.

About Gameplay.
Assassin's Creed III is the first game I've played from the Assassin's Creed franchise. But as much as I know each of the Assassin's Creed games has two stories. One set in the present while the other one is set in the past, where you play as one of the Assassins who is in battle against Templars. In the present story you play as a young man called Desmond who is trying to reveal the past so that he could save the future, while the Templars are trying to stop you. And I'll be honest, that story was so uninteresting to me that I just wanted to quit the game when ever it forced me to play as Desmond. Desmond uses one machine to make his mind fly into the past so that he could re-live what his ancestors did before. Before starting to talk about the ancestor story, I'd like to say that I do like what Ubisoft did. When ever you play as Desmond there is never HUD. There is no health bar, there are no warnings when enemy is about to attack, no bullet counts, you can't see when someone is onto you, no map, etc etc. They made it kind of realistic, and I really like that.

Now, about the real game. In Assassin's Creed III you play as an native American who joined the Assassin's brotherhood so that he could protect his tribe. As an Assassin he has a couple of different weapons which he can use and replace. He's got his original Assassin hidden blades, he's got a pistol that can hold only 8 bullets, a bow which he knows how to use since he's a native american, a sword and a tomahawk. In most cases you kill your enemies rather quickly with your tomahawk and hidden blades, so there is really not enough reasons to keep changing tactics and weapons. Pistol is usually a one-hit-kill weapon, but it takes up to five seconds to reload. Five seconds don't seem as much but in the middle of a battle when you're greatly outnumbered, five seconds are already five seconds which you do not have. Bow's strength depends on the target, but it usually takes one to three arrows to kill someone. You can also buy different clothing, but that really does not matter in this game. In case someone sees you as a threat you can just pay a street-shouter, or rip off the Wanted poster off the wall, and you will instantly become incognito

Lets go to movement next. In Assassin's Creed you move pretty much like in every other game, but you hold your right mouse button non-stop. Right mouse button gives you ability to run, jump on things and climb on things. So it really isn't that hard. On the other side, moving through the environment is very hard. You will find yourself running up a wall or a tree while trying to run past it, just because the game thought you would want to climb it. Horse has huge issues with jumping off a tiny rock, so I found myself losing lots of time just getting off the rock and then running by it. Some times your character doesn't react to the environment and doesn't listen to where you make him go. Therefore, you have to find a different route. That, luckily, doesn't happen too often.

In the game there's also an ability to recruit more assassins, and make your homestead grow. You can also make your own equipment or house furniture and then sell it, but in my opinion it was totally worthless. You are just wasting your time when you could just walk into a town, kill five guards and get more money than while making furniture.

Story wise the game is very good. I really liked it and enjoyed it. It wasn't repeatable and it actually felt as if you accomplish something once the game is done. Also the story was quite long, but they managed to keep it interesting. And it's always fun to re-play history happenings, even if they are changed a bit then what they were in the past.

Graphic and Audio.
Game's graphic seemed great at first, but then I went to check when did that game actually come out, and now I think the graphic was greatly outdated. The graphic looked like they just transported game from PS3 or Xbox360 onto PC and really didn't put any effort into making it look better. Audio is very good and I didn't mind re-listening to it all the time. In fact, I actually wanted to listen to it as often as I could.

Pros, cons and final grade.
- Awesome story line (the past one.)
- Very good looking clothing.
- Fun combat.
- Big map.
- Missions aren't repeatable.

- The game forces you to play as Desmond, and doesn't let you enjoy the Assassin's life.
- Quite bugged.
- Feels a little bit too easy.
- Doing side quests doesn't feel rewarding. In fact it feels like a time loss.

Final Grade: 7/10

Extra info: I really enjoyed this game, but I have really been awaiting much more from it. It felt as if I am playing a game that was meant to be played by kids who just started playing games. All you do is click two different buttons during the whole game.