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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...

Nintendo Brings You A Unique Gaming Experience

Nintendo Brings You A Unique Gaming Experience

Jan 30, 2016

Over the past few years, the new video game releases we see advertised tend to be centered around war. Games such as Metal Gear Solid and Call of Duty receive mature ratings for the graphic bloodshed seen by the player. Mind you, such games have a tremendous following and are financially successful. The downside is that game developers seem to have narrowed their target audience down significantly by shifting a significant amount of their talent and energy into violent content. This leaves video game fans who enjoy more light hearted fun, such as families and squeamish folks (like myself), in the dark. This realization is the true core of what makes Nintendo so special. My boyfriend is in the living room slashing limbs off virtual enemies in Assassin’s Creed and brewing anger when the screen turns red. I, on the other hand, am comfortably snuggled in my warm bed with my shiny, purple Nintendo 3DS. You may not see these games advertised on television, but believe it or not, there are plenty of options for people like myself. The peaceful, happy-go-lucky music can frolic through my Powerpuff Girls headphones as I explore the virtual world of Animal Crossing. If I’m in the mood for a heavy dose of nostalgia, I pop in The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D. Maybe my emotions need a break, but my brain could use a little exercise – that’s when I play a relaxing puzzle game such as Brain Age. One of my all-time favorite pass time activities is to kick back with one of the sharpest-minded characters in the Nintendo universe – Professor Hershel Layton. There is one key word you hear in a majority of video game reviews – “graphics”. Game critics have an obsession with how advanced the pictures are of a game. If you’re looking for a fancy gaming experience on-the-go, the Nintendo 3DS games can be played in 3D without the need for red and blue glasses. Talk about a console that really STANDS OUT (see what I did there?). If you are hoping to feed your video game cravings, on-the-go, without being forced to choose between bloody game number one or...

Top Five XBOX ONE Games Of 2015

Top Five XBOX ONE Games Of 2015

Jan 29, 2016

Top 5 XBOX ONE Games Of 2015 Last year was a magnificent time for video games, especially the XBOX ONE. Many games have accumulated a large following, earned the loyalty of passionate players, and raked in big bucks. Game developers cater to their fans by churning out new content to add on to existing story lines, so it is no surprise that each game on this list is part of a series. Here is a list of the top five XBOX ONE games which were released in 2015: . 5) Fallout 4 Release Date: November 10, 2015 The Fallout series returned in 2015 for more fun. Your character is one of the few human survivors of terrifying nuclear war. As you roam the post-apocalyptic land, you must fight for survival by gaining experience, learning new skills, and acquiring the new currency – bottle caps to trade for food and other necessities. Fallout 4 is a first-person, non-linear style game. Many gamers, particularly XBOX fans, favor non-linear style entertainment because it allows for flexibility. Instead of following a predetermined order, players can wander the virtual world as they please and complete missions in their own order. 4) Destiny: The Taken King Release Date: September 15, 2015 The Destiny series has earned a widespread following, so it’s no surprise that Destiny: The Taken King made it to the top. In this first person shooter game, you are sent on a mission to defeat the dark entity, Oryx, and his evil army before he gets his revenge and destroys the universe. You can choose between playing as a hammer-controlling Titan, an energy-wielding Warlock, or a alactic Hunter. 3) Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the first sin Release Date: April 7, 2015 A man is cursed with immortality, and goes on a quest to break the curse. Though the game is titled Dark Souls 2, it is actually game number three in the series, following Demons Souls and Dark Souls. The enhanced multiplayer feature, new bosses, and vast customization opportunities make Dark Souls 2 an action-packed gaming experience. 2) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Release Date: May 19, 2015 In The Witcher 3, your character is a monster...

Top 5 Video Games of 2014

Top 5 Video Games of 2014

Mar 21, 2014

2014 is going to be a great year in terms of gaming because of the great amount of new games that are going to make their debut. This includes Xbox One games, PS4 games and PC games. Here is our own list of the top 5 games of 2014. 1) Elders Scroll Online The highly popular gaming franchise, the Elders Scrolls will release yet another anticipated game after giving us the mega hit game, Skyrim. This new edition is Elders Scroll Online and it is the first online installment of the franchise. The game has been in the making for 7 full years. It is going to be a MMORPG game that predates Skyrim by a 1000 years. It will take place across the continent of Tamriel. So far, the game is in its beta testing phase and it is going to be available for players for a monthly fee that is equal $14.99. 2) Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a PS4 exclusive game that takes place in an English village after THE apocalypse that leaves 6 humans after most of humanity has vanished into the abyss. The game is brought to you by the makers of Amnesia and Dear Esther, the indie studio, The Chinese room. The game will not be entirely story driven like Esther as it will be more interactive as players will be able to interact and manipulate the objects around them. 3) Game of Thrones Following the great success of Tell Tale games in adopting the hit AMC show, The Walking Dead, it has decided to go after another popular TV show, Game of Thrones. Much like TWD, Game of Thrones is going to be an episodic game that is set in the world of the fictional Game of thrones TV series. It seems that Tell Tale games has been busy in 2014 as they have ongoing episodic games in The Walking Dead and The Wolf Amongst Us plus the soon release of Game of Thrones. 4) Infamous: Second Son This is certainly one of the biggest names in the Sony PS4 exclusive lineup for this year. It is an open world game...

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