Saturday, 7 June 2014

Preemptive Previews: Crimsonland!

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I MADE A GAME WITH ZOMBIES IN IT!!! Obesity Epidemic. Zombie Apocalypse. All of these games have tried to emulate the success of one of 2003's finest, Crimsonland. A hardcore shooter where blood coats the ground in a crimson hue, Crimsonland is loved by many, and is one of the best top down shooters of all time. The amazing 10tons are now revamping the old game, to the delight of many! Thanks to Jaakko Maaniemi, I've managed to get my hands on an early copy of the game, so I'm giving you guys a sneak peek at what Crimsonland has to offer.

One thing that Crimsonland has to offer is longevity. An epic, blood-spattered campaign with 6 chapters awaits you, plus there are 5 different Survival modes that pretty much have an unlimited play time. It's like Fallout 3 all over again: A crazy long game that's practically impossible to finish. Still, the gameplay is a tasty mix of old-school pure rootin-tootin-lootin-snootin-can'tthinkofanymorewordsendingin'in-shootin, and an unpredictable modern perk system. With 55 different perks, it's practically impossible to know what you'll get, and this is what Crimsonland is all about: good ol' fashioned unscripted bug shooting.

Top 5 Games I Want To Be Announced At E3!

5. Another Treyarch Spider Man Game
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The Spider Man 2 game is arguably the best movie video game ever (Along with Goldeneye), and it's also the only good Spider Man game ever made. The physics in the game were absolutely crazy for a PS2 game, and the side missions (Repetitive as they may be) were never dull and always kept me playing. Now, I know everyone's saying that Treyarch will be working on the next Call Of Duty game, but they've been given an extra year to do it, plus Treyarch is a HUGE studio, with over 250 employees. They made 3 games in 2008, so hopefully the masters of web slinging will come back and give this beaten up franchise a fresh start!

4. A New Metroid Game for the Wii U
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There hasn't been a Metroid game for 4 years, and it would be dumb of Nintendo to end a unique franchise that offers a different take on first person shooting than the mainstream Call Of Duty and Battlefield games. Metroid Prime 3 was one of the best games on the Wii, and it could be a great system seller for the Wii U. However good they may be, Nintendo can't just attract people with Mario games and nothing else, and with shooters making up a huge part of the market, it would be great for Nintendo and the fans. Bonus points if they make an old-school Metroid platformer for the 3DS.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Joe's Interview With Heather!

Hi guys

A few weeks ago I asked Heather from Pretty Little Sith to do an interview with me. She is a blogger that mainly talks about swtor and other stuff. I ask questions about blogging and gaming etc. Heather is a pretty cool gal that loves nothing more than to run around as a sith assassin killing republic scum. ( there goes me being impartial) so enjoy the interview and if you have any questions be sure to post a comment.




DA INTERVIEW 

JOE 1: Tell us about yourself e.g some background information etc.

PLS: My name is Heather, the blogger behind PrettyLittleSith.com, which is mainly about Star Wars: The Old Republic, and other gaming topics that I like to write about. I have also more recently become a writer and podcast host for Corellian Run Radio, which is also about SWTOR.

JOE 2: How did you get into gaming?

PLS: I’ve always been a gamer, as long as I could remember. I had both the original Nintendo and Super Nintendo, and somehow moved over to preferring PC games after that. As far as MMOs go, SWTOR is my first and was introduced to me when my boyfriend started playing it a few months after the game’s launch. You can see how that turned out. He doesn’t even play anymore and I’m obsessed!

JOE 3: What is your favourite game?

PLS: SWTOR is definitely my favorite game. I might play other games now and then, but I always come back to it.  There’s so much to do! Apparently I don’t play enough since other players would say the opposite, but I probably put in like 30 hours a week into the game. I’m still not even close to seeing everything in the game. 

JOE 4: How did you get into blogging?

PLS: I actually used to blog in high school, but I wasn’t very interesting. I wrote mostly about sophomoric, silly topics, like some boy I had a crush on or something. I stopped blogging for a while, and then I decided I had a lot to say about gaming and SWTOR. I also really needed an outlet to practice writing, because I think I’m pretty good and didn’t really have an opportunity to use the skill at work. That’s when I started PrettyLittle Sith.

JOE 5: What is your favourite Star Wars movie and why?

PLS: This is probably blasphemy, but I’ve only seen the movies once. If I had to choose though, my favorite one would be Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Everything is wrapped up nicely in the storyline.

JOE 6: Who shot first Han or greedo?

PLS: Han, duh! Smugglers always shoot first. George Lucas even has a shirt that says Han shoots first.

( joe laughed when read this ^^) 

jOE 7: Best gaming moment?

PLS: Wow, so many years of gaming---it’s hard to say. This is kind of weird because it’s not actually in-game, but meeting a SWTORguildie in real life for the first time was fantastic. To play an MMO with people and then to finally see them in real life is the coolest feeling. It’s like they are truly a real person, a friend, and not just an avatar, character name, or even a voice in Mumble. Ever since then, it’s been such a delight meeting other players in person, and I’ve met quite a few since then from across the country. Meeting other players really solidified my passion and love for the game.

JOE 8: Favourite swtor class?

PLS: Sith Assassin! Deception skill tree. My advice: play the class you love. It’s very annoying to me when people tell me how to play my character, such as selecting a different skill tree or telling me I can’t do something well. The most important thing is that I’m having fun, and guess what? I’m winning PvPmatches and I’m downing operation bosses. I’m not a fan of playing the Flavor of the Month class just because it’s “best” one.

JOE 9: Games you plan to play/ write about In the future?

PLS: For now, I really like to play SWTOR. I may review games once in a while, like I did with The Elder Scrolls Online. I’ll probably try to play WildStar again for longer than an hour and review that one too. I really just like to spend my time playing and writing about one game though.

JOE 10: Where can we find you e.g twitter, blog, Facebook etc?

PLS: The best and fastest way to contact me is via Twitter, @Heather_PLS. You can also read my blog at PrettyLittleSith.com, or e-mail me atheather@prettylittlesith.com. I do have a Facebook page for the blog also, and that’s at www.facebook.com/prettylittlesith.

Well that was the interview! Be sure to check out heathers blog and all that stuff. I would like to say a big thank you to heather for agreeing to be interviewed :p

Until next time.. 

Have fun 

Joe  :p 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Dead PSPresidents

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We know how you feel, Ron.

After the sad news that the PSP will stop being sold in Japan and Europe this year, I've decided to share what my favorite games for it were!

Call Of Duty: Roads To Victory
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The first game I ever got for my PSP (Along with Medal Of Honor: Heroes and Need For Speed Carbon: Own The City), this was the ultimate hipster Call Of Duty game that no one remembered. Sure, the graphics were terrible, but the missions stuck in my mind, and it was the only Call Of Duty game I remember that actually had a grading system after each level. The letters before each mission, and the quotes when you died were also pretty cool, but my biggest memory of the game was Lucky Thirteen, a mission in which you played as a pilot in a B24 Liberator plane, and got to man different guns.

Jackass: The Game
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As you can tell, I didn't really stick to the famous, greatest, well known PSP games. I remember this game having an amazing soundtrack, especially in the Party Boy mini game when you listened to, well, Party Boy, plus the little cutscenes that occurred whenever you unlocked a new character where some of the funniest in a game I've ever seen! My favorite minigames were Grenade Golf, where you had to smack grenades into a mansion until it was completely destroyed, and Urban Wakeboarding, where you "wakeboarded" on a bin lid towed by a pickup truck. Crazy times.

Nakomoto: Taking a Bit(Coin) Out Of Apple?

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Bitcoin's just a fad; DogeCoin is where it's at!

Microtransactions will soon be payable with virtual currencies such as BitCoin, according to Apple's App Policy. The policy in question exclaims that developers can use "approved virtual currencies", which almost definitley means that you can pay for in-app purchases using BitCoin, the most widely used virtual currency. There are over 300 different virtual currencies out there, including second fiddle LiteCoin, 7th placed DogeCoin and 249th placed Hobbitcoin, so I imagine that Apple will stick to the top 5 or 10, then work their way down from there. Soon enough, we'll be paying in MemeCoins, 'MuricaCoins and NopeCoins!

Still, I can see one problem with this method: one BitCoin equates to just under £400, which means that either mobile giants like Rovio, King and Zynga are going to increase the price of microtransactions, or everyone's going to end up with 0.0672826388 of a Bitcoin every time they buy some more Candy  or whatever in Candy Crush. The solution? DogeCoin, which is only worth £0.000239!

What do you guys think? Would you prefer paying with BitCoins than with vouchers or credit cards? Or would you rather just keep with real money? Tell us in the comments below!

Don't (PSP) Go!

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Always believe in your (Non existent, cold, metal) soul!

Sad news today, as the Sony to stop selling PSPs in Japan this month, and in Europe later this year, according to Yahoo News. This comes after the news that PSPs were cancelled in America back in January, saddening 'Muricans. Sony haven't given a reason for the PSPs departure, but my guess is that they want to concentrate on selling more PS VITAs, a console that's been one of the victims of the rise of mobile gaming, which could mean the end of the Handheld Gaming Saga. Whoops, I used the word saga! Please don't sue me, King!

Anyways, the PSP sold over 76 million console, as of 2012, and was quite famous for it's controversial 2005 marketing campaign, where Sony paid graffiti artists to spray paint adverts about the PSP. Yup, nothing says "Down with the system!" like being paid to spray paint a capitalist advertisement. Anyways, in it's time, the PSP had many great games released for it, notably God Of War: Chains Of Olympus and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, but also lead to the release of the extremely unpopular PSP Go, a PSP with no disc drive, which was cancelled in all countries expect America back in 2011. Even games consoles get liberty in the Land Of The Free.

What do you guys think? Will you miss the PSP? Or did you stick with the DS? Tell us in the comments below! 

Monday, 2 June 2014

Swtor Lowdown: FACT OR FICTION.?...

Hi guys

Well, I don't normally give you rumors, but nothing has really happened on the SWTOR front this week as we are waiting for the Galactic Stronghold expansion. If you are looking for something to pass the time, then download the Public Test Server and check out the new event on it! :p

 Well, hot off Reddit was this post I found interesting that I thought you should take a look at. I have no idea if it is accurate (For all I know it could be glorified fanfiction!) but if it is true I think it would be amazing. If you have a view on this, then tell us on Twitter or Facebook as well as the comments below. I got this post from http://www.reddit.com/r/swtor/comments/26jrrf/the_future_of_swtor/

I hope you enjoy it and take it with a pinch of salt so happy reading :)


Sunday, 1 June 2014

Who The Heck Is Sam?

Today's a pretty slow news day, so I'm going to do a little something different. I'm going to tell you a little more about myself, because I have no other ideas!

Favorite Game: Star Wars Battlefront 2. It's probably the game I've played the most in my whole life. The campaign was crazy fun and I played through it about 20 times, and the Tatooine level sticks in my head, because you got to play as all the heroes and villains. I know the invincibility cheat off by heart (Even though I haven't played the game in 3 years) and the local multiplayer in the game was insane. If DICE make the next Battlefront game bad, I'm gonna... I'm gonna... cry myself to sleep. Bad times.
Runners Up: Infamous: Second Son and Spider Man 2

Favorite Franchise: Trials. The only franchise that I've ever properly followed, the Trials series never had a bad game. The original Trials games were all free, so I gobbled them up, Trials 2: Second Edition was the most fun I had on PC before I discovered Garry's Mod, Trials HD kept me "entertained" for hours because I was trying to beat the Extreme tracks, Trials Evolution is the game I play the most with friends, and Trials Fusion has crazy graphics and quad bikes. Hats off to RedLynx.
Runners Up: Battlefield and Grand Theft Auto

Favorite Developer: Rockstar North. The GTA series is the most entertaining I've ever seen. The pure comedy factor that Rockstar North put into their games alone is what makes me love them so much, and the fact that every Rockstar game is open world means that there's no way I'm wasting my money on one of their games. Plus they made GTA San Andreas, one of my favorite games ever.
Runners Up: TellTale Games and RedLynx

Favorite Console: Playstation 2. There were so many classics on the PS2 that made it what it was, and 4 of my Top 5 games of all time are on there. It's the console that got me into gaming, and the fact that all the games for it are cheap now means that I still play it a helluva lot!
Runners Up: PC and Nintendo DS

Favorite TV Show: If you couldn't already tell, The US Office is my favorite show. The first season was a little iffy, but Diversity Day is one of the greatest episodes of all time. Every single episode makes me laugh, and the fact that Steve Carrell is in it (Well, only for the first 7 seasons) makes it amazing. Dwight's weirdness, Jim's pranks and Kelly's dumbness cracks me up every time, and I'm so annoyed that it's over. Darn.
Runners Up: Arrested Development and Come Fly With Me

Favorite Movie: Anchorman. Steve Carrell and Will Ferrell is my dream partnership in terms of comedy actors, and Carrell's weirdness is what makes the film so great. There are so many memorable scenes in the film, and there are a huge amount of Anchorman quotes I use in daily life. The fight scene, and the fact that Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and others all make cameos means that Anchorman is a star studded, crazily funny film.
Runners Up: The Other Guys and Police Academy 2

Hopefully now you know a bit more about Sam, you creepy people!


Raucous Reviews: Watch_Dogs (Last-Gen Version)

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From an exciting launch title to one of the most anticipated games of this year, Watch_Dogs has been well in the public eye for 2 years now. Ubisoft haven't held back on publicity, with trailers, interviews, press releases and press conferences as far as the eye can see. But has this hype hurt Watch_Dogs? Read on for more...

Name: Watch_Dogs
Age Rating: 18 (PEGI)
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U (At a later date)

In Watch_Dogs, your phone is your weapon, and it's not for posting hate comments on a YouTube channel. No, it's for hacking into the city of Chicago's infrastructure and controlling many of the Chicago's functions. Starting and stopping trains, raising bollards, hacking security cameras and even profiling citizens is all in your power, and it's a great feeling. Trying to invade a CTOS base with no way in? Use your phone to control a CCTV camera, and then find a pipe to explode as a distraction. Being chased by numerous police cars? Change the traffic lights and cause a pileup to hinder your enemies. Everything in the game can be solved somehow by hacking, but it can also be solved with guns. Still, the former way feels more rewarding than the latter, and is encouraged a lot in the campaign.