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19
Jan
10

a quick look at lego universe


Surely you’ve played with Lego at some point in your life. You can never get too old to enjoy it, really. It’s a way to let your creativity flow.
You can make all kinds of creations with Lego and that’s what so amazing with it. Be it a car, a spaceship or a boat, or even something abstract. You name it and it’s most likely possible to build.
Since the beginning of this century the interest for real life things has decreased. Maybe that’s why Lego is trying so hard to make a name for itself in the virtual world.

Well, it seems to be a great success since there still are new Lego games in production. The latest one takes the Lego world to a whole new level. Lego Universe is not just a new game. It’s an MMO and we all know what that means.
It’s going to have to compete with one of all times gaming giant; World of Warcraft.
So what is my thoughts on this. I’m usually skeptical about new MMOs, since so many of them fail to be groundbreaking. Most of them are so clearly ripped off of WoW it’s almost embarrassing to play them.
This time though it’s different, I think. I still keep my guard with the skepticism, but I can’t shake the feeling that this time it really is something extraordinary.

Be a pirate and sail the great seas or...

...build a goddamn rocket and fly to the moon!

A game set in a universe based on the endless creativity of Lego. It might just do the thing. It might at last be the groundbreaking MMO we’ve all been waiting for.
Sure, I can already tell now that it wont stand a chance against the millions of fans playing WoW. Still, it can become a great MMO. It can be enjoyable, but only if it isn’t comparable with other games of the genre.

The gameplay will involve battles, creating things, exploring and so on. It will be based on the gameplay and battle system seen in LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Indiana Jones. To create stuff with Lego bricks there is three different modes. Quick Build for pre-minded models, Choice Build to choose different parts for you models or Custom Build where you choose brick for brick and build your own thing from scratch.

Look mother! Ive built a podracer!

and now Im a ninja ready to battle anything!

The story will take place in seven different worlds. You use rockets to travel between them. The only confirmed world so far is called “Avant Gardens”.
There will be both player vs. environment and player vs. players. The question is how will that work out?
I hope there will be possibility to become better than other players with little balancing applied.
Then again, it is pretty much a kids game. So the targeted audience might not be that hardcore.
That’s one of the worries I have for this great idea of a game. That it wont be for all ages. That it might be for little kids. I mean in general, Lego is made for kids.
The trailer is pretty violent though, but what kid doesn’t play violent games today?

Final words; ANSWER THE CALL, SAVE IMAGINATION.

/dallas

21
Oct
09

Short note: Why oh why!?

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Rocket knight adventures, one of the best game on sega genesis, sadly was raped by the “let’s make 10 shitty remakes instead of 1 good” train thats been coming around too often nowadays. Turtles in time didn’t work out so on to the next game.

Rocket knight adventures is a platformer where you play as an opossum called rocket knight I guess. Of course the little fella wears a rocket pack on his back and wields a sword. I haven’t played it for about 12 years or so, I guess the only good thing about this video was to remind me how awesome it was back in the days.

Any ways, as usual I was checking todays new videos on gametrailers and I found “Rocket knight” and I thought that this was just the sega game,  converted to xbox 360/ps3. Of course not! Remake 2.5D style T_T.

I never really liked 2.5 D games. Especially not remakes of old classics that is in 2.5 D.

What the fuck konami…. What the fuck…

19
Oct
09

Machinarium

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Okay so usually im too lazy to write about games I play nowadays, but yesterday I found a game I really enjoyed. A game that deserves the time it takes to write an article. The game was Machinarium.

Besides the fact that this game has the most annoying title to pronounce, I didn’t know much about it. I saw it on the steam store when I browsed around for some game that might entertain me for a couple of hours. I started to look at the print-screens, well fair enough the game has one of the most amazing artworks i’ve ever seen. The whole game is hand drawn to perfection.

There was no decent reviews to be found. So I took a chance and just got the game hoping that if the game sucked I could look at the pretty pictures at least. I must confess that I’m a huge fan of point and click adventure games. I even bet I could jerk off to monkey island (fuck yeah I’m hardcore). Machinarium got it all right. Artwork, humor, controls, all of them was perfect to my taste.Only complaint is that it’s so short! I need more damn it!

What is this awesome game about you might ask? Well it’s hard to pinpoint since all you get is short, crummy drawn videos that tells the story the more you progress through the game. You’re a small robot, and you are getting bullied around by some asshole robots. You need to stop them from blowing up the city with a bomb and save your girlfriend from the prison. As I said you only get videos to tell the story so the characters don’t have any names.

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It took me about 5 hours to get through but I did the whole thing pretty quick. If you’re a point n’ click veteran like myself you might do better but count about 5-7 hours gametime of awesome animations and an interesting story.You can clearly see that this game is inspired by “The neverhood” wich is a good thing. Because I love that game. Also go play the neverhood now if you haven’t done that yet.

A great indie game wich you NEED to play to be cool.

You can play the demo online in your browser at: http://machinarium.net/demo/

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19
Aug
09

Champions Online: first impressions.

A while back I made a post about Champions online. The game from cryptic studios and is company that made city of heroes. Well anyways Yesterday open beta started and after sitting the whoooole night trying to get into the game I finally got to play early this morning. It was worth it.

I started out playing playing around with the hero creator and there’s a lot of stuff to play with. Sadly it’somtimes hard to find what you want and just making a hero if you’re serious, could take up to 30 minutes.

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Anyways I made a hero called akira using only guns instead of superpowers I was ready to try it out. What suprised me was that the learning curve for CO was a lot shorter then it’s baby brother City of heroes. I got into the game really fast and I started grinding quests in notime. All the quests are marked on the mini map as circles showing you where the item or whatever is.

Travel powers was fun to play around with. Picking a flying one seems to be the most effective one. Swinging, super jump and rocket jump is hard to land on a precise spot. Digging and superspeed makes you take the long way all the time. I use rocket boots for my character and it works out great. You start out slow but increase in speed til you reach max speed. If you get hit you get reduced to “gear 1”.

Something that disappointed me was  the new fighting system. I was told that it would be more like and action game instead of “Kick your chins kick my chins” like we see in other mmorpgs. It’s more like a normal mmorpg except you have to block special attacks. The enemy will show a weird icon over his head and that means that he/she is charging his lazer, And you better block it or about 50% of your hp is gone. This can suck really bad when you’re fighting a lot of mobs with super attacks.

The quests are really interesting and keeps you going. Since it’s a beta two quests failed me, but it doesn’t matter. The instanced small bossfights is the most fun quests I ever did in an mmorpg.

I LOVE how you don’t have to eat or drink when you grind. There’s a good flow to it and if you would run away from a fight it’s as simple as standing still for a few seconds and try again. If you die you ressurect at the closest spawnpoint ready to go.

This is a must buy for mmorpg lovers that can’t stand fantasy mmorpgs anymore, or just wants to try something new. This was just a short text to give you some of my thoughts on this game. Looking forward to seeing you online on september 1st!

17
May
09

Bioshock 2

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With a new demo of bioshock 2 being released I thought I would write about this game today. This game’s story is played out 10 years after the first installment of bioshock. Bioshock received exelent reviews when it was released and is still on the #1 spot on steam’s top rated list.

If you never played the first game it’s basically a first person shooter that allows you to use both weapons and magic powers called plasmids. The game starts out with the main character “Jack” crashing with his airplane. He swims for a lighthouse and inside there’s an elevator that takes you down to the underwater city called rapture, in the eleveator you see a movie showing the ruler of rapture: Andrew Ryan. An Irishman, Atlas, via the service radio found in the elevator, assists Jack in making his way to safety, while Ryan, believing Jack to be an agent of a surface nation, uses Rapture’s automated systems and his phermone-controlled Splicers against him. The only way to survive down in rapture is to use the magic powers called plasmids and to make you more powerful you need adam from little sisters. Getting the adam isn’t an easy task since little sisters is protected by big daddys. Big daddy’s is the most powerful enemies in the game and they won’t give you the little sisters without a fight. If you manage to kill the big daddy you can eighter harvest them for adam or you can rescue them from the sea slugs that corrupts them. Bioshock has the same story setup as half life, where you don’t know anything about anything at the start and the story builds up over time.

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The biggest diffrence between bioshock and bioshock 2 is that instead of you playing as Jack you play the first big daddy ever made. This first prototype does lack some of the super strength that big daddys possess, but makes up for it with the ability to use plasmids. Just like the good o’l big daddys in the first game you have a big ass drill on your hand and a powerful rifle. You can also dual wield plasmids and weapon wich is a new feature added.

When you’re so powerful there needs to be something that you fear even more then big daddys. So the big sister was introduced. Big sister is very agile compared to big daddys and she have the ability to suck out the adam by herself so she doesn’t need little sisters. The big sister is the first little sister trying to transform into something similar to how big daddys look and is now ruling the underwater city of rapture.  She is abducting children from the coasts of the atlantic sea   http://www.somethinginthesea.com/. Her goal is to transform the children into creatures like herself.

Instead of being guided by Atlas you are guided by dr Tenenbaum, the inventor of the little sisters. She wants you to hunt the big sister down and kill her. As always you can choose to harvest a little sister to get adam but instead of rescuing her you can adopt her adn put her on the shoulder. This enables you to see adam in dead bodies you can put the little sister down to harvest for adam, while she’s harvesting you need to protect her since the splicers will try to kill her. From what i’ve seen in the demo you can combine diffrent plasmids into traps. You can also find adam in sea slug on the bottom of the sea otuside rapture, like to ones you see when you harvest a little sisters.

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Overall there’s not much more to say about the game so far. The demo only revealed small parts of the story. I’m really looking forward to this game, and i’m hoping for a simultaneous pc release since I guess it’s kinda cool in the game developer league to fuck pc gamers over.

If you didn’t see the demo yet I suggest you do:

If you didn’t play the first bioshock game you have until november 30th!

//Akira_san

14
May
09

A quick look at Red Dead Redemption

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It was the early 1900’s. A former outlaw, John Marston is sent out on a journey across the troubled American Frontiers. His quest being to bring the rule of law. His only company being a horse, a rifle and revolver. The Old West is a harsh place to live in, yet so beautiful and free in some way.
Not much more is said about the story in the upcoming Western game Red Dead Redemption.
But I got hooked on the mentioning of The Old West. I’m often fooled though, since the only really good “Old West” themed game I’ve ever played is Red Dead Revolver.
As you’ll probably figure out, Red Dead Redemption is the follow up to that game.

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What differs this game from its prequel is that it’s set in a sandbox environment. With free roaming open areas like frontier towns, prairies and mountain passes. There’s a new protagonist, John Marston and the story takes place in the early 20th century. In the previous game -Red Dead Revolver- A young man named Red was the main character and he roamed around the west in the 1880’s.
So it’s about twenty years later in this sequel, in which the “Old West” were undergoing some mayor changes.

Rockstar Games, the developers of this Western shooter has put their RAGE graphics engine to use once again. Last time it was used for Grand Theft Auto IV. The same goes for the physics that will be about the same as in GTA IV. Judging from in-game pictures the graphics is real pretty.

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But I’m really not the one who judge games after how good the graphics or physics are. What I want when I play games is to have fun, and I sometimes enjoy a good story. Well anyway, one cool new feature in Red Dead Revolver is multiplayer. How that will work I don’t know right know.

I personally love old Western movies. The settings, the small towns, the guns and all the craziness. Duels and awesome one-liners. Why shouldn’t it be as cool in games? I do think Red Dead Redemption will be a great game though. If it’s anything like its prequel at least I wont be disappointed. Rockstar doesn’t usually make bad games, so its hard to believe this will be a disappointment. You can’t or rather you shouldn’t mess up anything Western themed.
It’s a great concept for any story, but will the rest of what builds a game be enough to give Red Dead Redemption justice?

/Mr. D

12
May
09

Ze Olde Republic

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When I hear the name of the franchise Star Wars I usually stop listening and try to ignore what ever source I heard it from. I mean, when will the franchise ever die? It has gone on for to long now. I wouldn’t be surprised if George Lucas started to sell his own shit under the name “Jedi Force Brownie”
I hate him for what he’s done to Star Wars, and Indiana Jones too for that matter.
I can really see why Trey Parker and Matt Stone ridiculed George Lucas in South Park. Pictured as he was as literally butt-fucking Indiana Jones and a Storm Trooper.

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Sadly there’s still a good interest in the Star Wars franchise. Not many share my view on this. I guess it’s best to just ignore all the raping of classics and pretend it’s not happening. At least I thought so until I saw the light on the other side of the tunnel! There may be hope yet. Even though Episode One will keep existing and pollute the world with its presence there may still be something good waiting around the corner.

...or is it?

...or is it?

What I’m getting at, is the new cooperation between LucasArts and Bioware. Last year, at a private press event, they both announced their new project Star Wars: The Old Republic. An MMORPG set in the Star Wars galaxy, far, far way…
You should know that last time LucasArts and Bioware worked together they created something fantastic; they developed the game series: Knights of the Old Republic. Two games total, two awesome games cheered by fans, critiques and gaming communities world wide.
Now, this new MMO in development is going to take place 300 years after the events in Knight of the Old Republic.

The game will start as new conflicts arise between the Galactic Republic and Sith Empire. Which are the two factions you will be able to choose from. Each faction has its own set of morals. Likely representing good versus evil. It’s said by the developers that each choice you make for your character is definitive. So you wont be able to change anything you do. The storyline is different for every class and also vary depending on the choices the player makes.
So far only two classes has been revealed; Bounty Hunter and Trooper. They will belong to the Sith and Republic faction respectively.

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Bounty Hunter

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I really like the looks of this game. If you want a game to be timeless, cellshaded graphics is the way to go. That way it’s not hard to make a beautiful game. Still judging from the pictures of The Old Republic, it really has that certain Star Wars atmosphere to it.

I don’t know about you, but this project sure has a nice cling to it. Bioware is known for doing epic games with great stories. Something feels bad about this though. The Star Wars franchise has fucked up one to many times in my opinion. Just look at what LucasArts did with Star Wars Galaxies. It was a great game to begin with, but when World of Warcraft came with its winning concept, SWG was ruined by trying to mimic WoW. After that the whole concept of Galaxies disappeared in to thin air.

Let's hope Jedi isn't a class for everyone

Let's hope Jedi isn't a class for everyone

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I’d really like to see Star Wars Galaxies coming to live again with this interesting new MMO project.
It’d be damn cool if the possibility to choose allegiance when you want to were introduced again. Being able to be neutral and play around as an Artisan offering service to other players.
But I seriously doubt it’ll ever happen. One can only hope.

Mr. D




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