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A Cute, New Game To Unravel

A Cute, New Game To Unravel

Feb 5, 2016

The current trend in the video game industry is getting a little old. A majority of new, popular video games have a plot based on war and assassination. This makes people who are fairly inexperienced in the video game world feel as if they’re too late to the party. Almost all new or upcoming games are building off an existing series, so It’s refreshing to hear about a new release with an original plot. Too many games require getting a team together, either locally or online. Personally, when I desire to play a video game, I’m seeking solitude. I want a fun, one player game to escape in and feel good about. Similar in style to Sony’s Little Big Planet is a game that I may find to be quite enjoyable – called Unravel. Unravel has been developed by Coldwood Interactive and published by Electronic Arts. The character you play in this quirky, puzzle platform style game is named Yarny. He is an adorable, tomato colored creature. His bodily structure is made of red yarn (that’s why his name is Yarny. Get it?). The player must use the string of his body, in almost any way you can think of, and the general laws of physics to maneuver about and overcome the obstacles of each level. As you progress through a level, your character (Yarny) begins to unravel. To avoid losing yourself (and the level), you must collect clumps of yarn that you will find along the way. In Unravel, a silent story is told about a family that has drifted apart, through the eyes of this little yarn figure. I say “a silent story” because there is no voice dialogue at any point in the game – only visible flashbacks and musical mood. The ambiance of Unravel is kind of a nostalgic bittersweet. The music is (mostly) serene. According to Unravel’s official website, the artwork in the game was inspired by shots of nature in northern Scandinavia. The game will likely stir emotions of happiness and sadness, similar to a Disney Pixar animated movie. Unravel looks like it will be a wonderful, heart-felt game. Anyone who would be delighted to participate in this...

Overwatch

Overwatch

Feb 3, 2016

Perhaps you’ve heard of Blizzard Entertainment – the developers of a globally known MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) titled World of Warcraft. In the gaming world, Blizzard Entertainment is a big name. That’s why their upcoming multiplayer experience, Overwatch, is expected to be a successful release. A lucky few Blizzard Entertainment fans who live in the USA or Europe have been invited to give Overwatch a spin in its beta version, beginning October 27, 2015. For the rest of us, an official release date is still up in the air. An online source suggests that a select group of hopefuls in Asia might have the opportunity to play in beta version at some point before the final release. The game is expected to be ready for the world to play be on platforms PC, XBOX ONE, and Play Station 4 sometime during the first half of 2016. Overwatch is a futuristic first-person shooter that will be available to play with friends locally or online. There are several different characters to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The characters come in four classes: offense, defense, tank, and support. You and five friends form a group to battle the opposing team, choosing your characters carefully. Since each character has their own specific abilities and downfalls, strategic skills are required to form the best possible team. The game takes place during a conflict that has affected the world. An artificial intelligence has attempted to rule, and humans must fight to preserve their planet. The chaos has gotten so out of hand that the United Nations formed a neutral task force to watch over the world and reconstruct peace, hence the name “Overwatch”. The amount of game play that has been recorded is limited, but the trailer gives the impression that it has a similar “feel” to the Halo series – except for the witty characters and gorilla named Winston. The video below will give you a humorous preview of the entertainment you can soon enjoy from Overwatch. If you’d like to reserve a copy and purchase it ahead of time, Overwatch has been open for pre-order since November 6,...

Play Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. For Some Steam-Powered Fun!

Play Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. For Some Steam-Powered Fun!

Feb 1, 2016

Every video game company has the tendency to follow a certain trend in the style of their games. For example, XBOX offers primarily bloody war games (or as I call them, “shooty shooty bang-bang”) with some exceptions, of course. Nintendo games are on the other end of the spectrum – family friendly, “cute”, and their developers do not strive to make the gameplay look “realistic”. Any Nintendo enthusiast will tell you that the company’s games are somewhat distinct – they have a certain “feel” that separates them from others. One of Nintendo’s newer releases has a “feel” that steers in a slightly different direction. The game has a theme that mixes steam punk with American history. The game play and captions have a moving comic book style. Fighting is done in the form of turn based combat and strategy. It’s called Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. The story begins in London, on the day that the Steamgate Bridge is opening. You are at the American embassy when your beloved city is unexpectedly attacked by an unidentified enemy. You come in contact with a ship named Lady Liberty, captained by President Abraham Lincoln. He informs you that the enemy is a mysterious alien. You and your newly formed team must be quick to take action before London is completely swallowed. Your wit and steam-powered weapons assist you in defeating the extraterrestrial menaces. The force put in charge of the heroic mission is named S.T.E.A.M., which stands for “Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace”. Henry Fleming is the man who everyone considers the “team leader”. Captain Abe, Lion, Tiger Lily, Tom Sawyer, Randolph Carter, Queequeg, John Henry, Scarecrow, The Fox, and Califia all comprise the alien butt kicking team known as S.T.E.A.M. Each character has an individual personality and weapon, and you must use strategy to decide which characters for each mission. When a level begins, the player can pick up to four characters. Your weapons and movement are powered by steam. On the bottom of your screen, there is a “steam meter” that decreases as you move about and utilize your weapons. As you move about the levels, you collect gears and medals. While they’re used to...

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