Monday, January 26, 2015

Game Review: Fight The Dragon

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, today I'll be reviewing a community generated Hack'n'Slash RPG Fight The Dragon.

A bit about the game and developers.
Fight The Dragon has been developed and published by 3 Sprockets. Fight the dragon is a Hack'n'Slash RPG in which everyone can create their own dungeons. The game is all about going on an adventure by yourself or with your friends. There are few maps that were designed by the developers of the game, but all other content has been made by the community itself.

About Gameplay.
In Fight The Dragon you are given the choice to be one out of four playable classes. You can chose between Fighter, Fire Mage, Ice Mage and a Rogue. Fighter is a tank or a damage dealer, depending on your equipment and play style. Fire Mage is an Area of Effect damage deal, which is great to take down multiple enemies. Ice Mage is mainly a stunner, who focuses on freezing the enemies in place so the others can take them down fast and easy. Rogue is a damage dealer and a trap finder. He focuses on poisoning the enemies to deal extra damage, setting up traps and dismantling traps in game.

The game futures many different weapons and armors. All the classes can wear all the armors, but they are limited with the weapons. Sword, axe, club and a shield may be wielded by any class. Fighter specific weapons are greatswords, spears, greathammers and a throwing hatchet. Wizard specific weapons are crystal, staffs, wands and a magic tome. And finally, rogue's specific class weapons are daggers, shortswords, crossbow and shurikens. Inside of an adventure the loot is separated, meaning that everyone gets their own loot. That's a great thing because no one needs to fight about what belongs to who. Sadly there is no trade system in the game, but a player can just drop the icons he or she does not want on the ground, and someone else can pick them up in stead.

As I said earlier, most of the dungeons in this game are made by players. Fight The Dragon has an amazing and very mature community, and most of the people are creating their own maps. Some people make arena maps, some of them just build nice little towns, while others, more serious people, make their own little campaign. I think that's very amazing since those people just keep making the game expand more and more. It kind of feels as if it's just filled up with  free DLC's everywhere!

The game also supports Steam Workshop, which allows you to have an even bigger character customization. Imagine running around in a Batman costume! Yes, of course I did that. Who wouldn't? There are new items inside of the workshop quite often, but not as often as the new maps.

Fight The Dragon also has a specific type of loot called "Dragon Scrolls". The player can use that scrolls in single player to fight a dragon. Sadly, the dragon is so hard to kill that I did not even manage to get close to it yet. He's got a million HP and deals too much damage. He also drops specific items which a player can obtain from a dragon and dragon alone, the dragon rings. I have tried to find out what happens once the player kills the dragon by browsing the internet a little bit, but I didn't find anything related to it, except that "it's not worth the hassle".

Graphic and Audio.
The game is pretty blocky, but the developers still made it look quite pretty. Awesome thing about that is that the game runs on quite old and weak computers. Songs in the game are very nice, and I really enjoyed having them as my background music, but the weapon sounds could use a bit of a tun up. Shurikens, throwing hatchets and the crossbow all have the same sound, and I have found that very annoying.

Pros, cons and final grade.
- Community based dungeons / campaigns.
- Steam Workshop support.
- Many different weapons and armors.
- Ability to create your own dungeons and campaigns with a very simple in game creation tool.

- Very slow character progression.
- The dragon can't be fought with friends.
- No ability to make custom weapons and armors.

Final grade: 7.5/10

Game Trailer.

Extra information: If you are interested in a very cool co-op experience in which you can rank up your character and make your own dungeons, this game is definitely for you. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Trying to move to video reviewing.

Hello there Ladies and Gentlemen!
As you have seen, even though I have returned I still didn't post more than just one review. Main reason to that is simply because I have no time to play too many games. I want to review Fight The Dragon, but I feel like I just didn't learn enough of things about it yet. And therefore I stopped writing it multiple times.
But what I have been doing is, I have started making more video gameplays. Most of the people prefer to watch a video in stead of read a review, so I want to try and reach to that audience as well. Don't get me wrong, I will still write all the reviews, but I'm just trying to reach out to more people.

Very soon there will be a giveaway of EvE Online coming up, so make sure to stick around!
Also feel free to leave any type of feedback to the blog. I love hearing what other people think I should change, improve or leave out.
Thank you all for reading!

P.S. A new review is definitely going to happen within the next four to five days! Definitely!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Game Review: Planetary Annihilation

Hello Ladies and Gentleman! To start off, I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year! I hope that everyone will have better year than any previous one and that you will be able to accomplish everything that you wanted to accomplish thus far.  With that said, I decided that as of 2015 I will stop being lazy! And the best way to do that is to start writing reviews again. And for my first review I chose Planetary Annihilation. I have played quite a few hours of this game and I feel more than confident of reviewing it. So here we go!

A bit about the game and developers.
Planetary Annihilation has been developed and published by Uber Entertainment. They are quite a new company, but they have a very experienced team. Their only other PC game is Super Monday Night Combat, which is a completely different game from Planetary Annihilation.  Planetary Annihilation is a Real Time Strategy with just one simple game. Complete annihilation of your enemy!

About Gameplay.
Planetary Annihilation is a very fast paced RTS. As said before, your only goal in this game is to kill the enemy commander, pretty which is pretty much the same thing like in Supreme Commander series. And once again, just like in Supreme Commander series, you start off with a big commander who starts building up a colony. But this game comes with a fantastic twist! You can get off from the planet on which you are currently, and actually move to different asteroids or planets if there are any. So the map in this game can be quite large, and even though the game is very fast paced few hours can pass before you finish the round. And since you can populate many planets, you can also control them. You can smash one planet into another and take the enemy down by surprise. That happened to me twice already.

Until recently this game was only playable in multi player. But recently Uber Entertainment has added single player. Single player has two game types. Galactic war or Skirmish against AI. In skirmish you battle only one round. You can set up how many planets will there be, resources and players (AI's.). Galactic war is something like a campaign. You start off on one solar system, and your goal is to conquer the entire galaxy. So you jump from one system to another. Some of them have enemies, others do not. Each solar system has an "upgrade" which you use. At first you start off with just three upgrade slots, but as you move through the game you manage to unlock more of them. They aren't exactly upgrades since they actually allow you to build more units. So, without the unlocks you are forced to only use tanks. As you progress (and get lucky!) you unlock air vehicles, orbital vehicles, naval and so on and on. Maybe you even manage to get a NPC commander to help you out! I was lucky enough to get another commander Silva, and he helped me a lot. In fact, I won most of my games thanks to him!

Multiplayer is much different than the singleplayer experience, but that is to be expected. Unlike in single player where bots do their best to get higher tier bots, tanks and aircraft, in multiplayer people use many different strategies and even kill each other within the first two to five minutes of the game! Playing a game with 8 players is very fun but can also get slow and boring once you get rid of most commanders since you can't find the rest of them on so large map. Multiplayer also lets you chose if you want to have shared armies or not. If they are shared you can control each other's units, including the commander. But of course, just like any other game sometimes you encounter bugs. For example in my previous game my teammate's commander couldn't build anything. But that's a minor bug which was fixed as soon as we remade the round.

Graphic and Audio.
Graphic of this game is filled up with pixels and tiny boxes. But that's mainly how this game is supposed to be. This game is voxel based strategy, and I have to tell you that the developers did an amazing job. Even though the game looks quite simple, it's still beautiful. The universe, the planets, the water, trees and vehicles, everything looks very beautiful. The audio in this game is exactly what it should be. Background music. You don't even realize it's there unless you actually focus on it, and it just fits in perfectly as you play. So great job on the music choice!

Pros, cons and final grade.
- Large maps.
- Beautiful graphic.
- Fun single player.
- Extremely fun multiplayer.
- A lot of different units.

- Hard learning curve. No tutorial.
- Multiplayer games can get long and boring since the map is too big.
- Starting your first Galactic war campaign feels harsh and unfair.

Final grade: 8.5 / 10

Game Trailer

Extra information: If you are a fan of Supreme Commander, or Total Annihilation games, you will love this game. It's large, fast paced and almost no experience is the same. Great game indeed!

You can buy the game over Steam by clicking this link!