Brutal Legend Review

Action-adventure games are a popular genre today, but those designed like Brutal Legend are surely not something you get every day. The game is designed by heavy metal fans, aimed at other lovers of the musical genre, and if that sounds strange to you, you’re right to some extent – there is no other game quite like Brutal Legend on the market right now, and we doubt there will be any time soon.

Gameplay

You play the role of Eddie, a heavy metal fan who’s been designed after actor Jack Black, who also provides his voice for the character. After a series of events, Eddie finds himself in a fantasy world that he has to make his way out of, saving the world while he’s at it. The environment Eddie finds himself in has been designed after various heavy metal album covers, and mimics the grim and moody style in general – while also putting an artistic twist to it.

Eddie can use his powers to save the humans from a certain doom, using a giant battle axe or an electric guitar that can provide him with magical powers. The world you can explore is huge, and spans over a large playable area that you’re free to explore and discover some hidden goodies that can make your life easier. While most of the game is played like a third-person action-adventure game, there are some times where you’ll be switched to a strategy-like perspective, and you’ll have to solve your quests using a bit more logical thinking and less brute force than usual.

Graphics and System Requirements

Like we mentioned earlier, the graphics of the game have been inspired by popular heavy metal album covers, and the game’s overall style resembles such drawings as well – you can find elements of hell and demons all around, and despite that it still feels light-hearted and fun, and not depressing and serious like you would expect from a game based on such settings.

You’ll get to enjoy some very convincingly-designed characters, based on various real-life artists and bands, some of whom have also provided their voices for the game, much like Jack Black himself. The overall atmosphere this all creates is a complete blast, and the game just grabs you and sucks you into its environment, refusing to let go until you’ve finished it.

Other

One major aspect of this game is its soundtrack – you’d expect them to have something unique in that department, but what you’ll get will likely completely blow you away – over a hundred heavy metal tracks, coming from all sorts of well-known and less popular artists, all finely picked to match the action at all times. You should never get bored of listening to the background music as you’re “axing” your way through another horde of enemies, and this adds that little extra touch of greatness to the game.

Conclusion

Forget about those generic shooters and adventures that give you yet another rifle to shoot your enemies with – immerse yourself in a world so unique and lovely, you’ll be coming back for more and more.

Champions Online Review

Massive multiplayer games are no longed limited to RPG titles, and it has been like that for a while now – as technology kept improving, developers were given new ways to incorporate massive worlds that can handle hundreds/thousands of players, yet still do this in a genre that requires more detail than an RPG – such as shooters, adventures, etc. Champions Online leans more towards the action genre, with lots of references to super heroes – and those of you familiar with the “Champions” comic books should already have a good idea of the premise of the game.

Gameplay

The game concentrates mainly on the action aspect, giving the player various ways to dispose of their enemies in direct combat. There is a good combo system that allows you to gain steady bonuses from consecutive hits, and the combat feels nice and smooth, despite the game being played online – a common problem with making online versions of fighter games is that lag can make all the difference between losing and failing, and a lot of players aren’t willing to sacrifice that much of their skill aspect – this isn’t a problem here though.

There are some very cool options for character customization, such as setting your own custom animations for your character, allowing it to move around in a manner entirely designed and customized by you. This is something unique in this genre, as we’ve never seen another game that offers such a fine degree of customizing your character and making it more personal – imagine giving your guy a “tough” walk and the appropriate outfit – and you can easily stand out from the rest.

Graphics and System Requirements

Some very eye-catching graphics await you at Champions Online, as the Game Tech engine allows for some great levels of detail, both on the characters and the surrounding environment. Fights are accompanied by the appropriate cool-looking effects, and you can easily recognize what attacks your enemy is using on you, or may be planning on using – allowing you to better coordinate your own style of play.

There are lots of references to popular culture as well, especially other games – if you’re an avid gamer, you should easily recognize some familiar characters, both as NPCs and probably as elements for character customization. It’s quite interesting to see someone reminiscent of Team Fortress 2′s Heavy Weapons Guy running around, or perhaps your favorite supervillain from a cartoon – you’re very likely to recognize such elements here.

Other

The game is for PC only, even though an Xbox 360 version was planned at one point, but it was canceled a few months before the PC version came out. Also, if you’ve played lots of RPGs before, you’re probably well-familiar with the HERO character creation system – the one used in Champions Online is very similar to it, and you should feel just at home picking your character’s traits and stats.

Conclusion

Champions Online is a delightful combination of solid action and deep RPG elements, all put together in a captivating world. It’s an experience you shouldn’t miss at any cost!

Cities XL Review

If you’ve played any of the SimCity games, then surely you’re familiar with the concept of a city building game. You control your own town, and are tasked with developing it and helping it prosper, by expanding the various zones and building better amenities. The game is suitable for those who enjoy a more relaxed style of playing, and should be perfect for you if you’re coming from the fanbase of another similar game.

Gameplay

Building your city’s zones is quite similar to the SimCity games, and you actually have the same three types of zones available – residential, commercial and industrial. In order for your city to be successful, you’ll have to cater to the masses’ demands, and build the appropriate types of zones that your city is lacking in – for example, if you want to open more job spots, you should concentrate on commercial and industrial zones, while you’ll also have to support the incoming residents appropriately by building residential zones.

There’s a good degree of realism to how the zones interact with each other, for example building a residential one right next to an industrial sector will cause the quality of life in that zone to decrease drastically, and with it the prices of apartments/land. You also need to select appropriate “classes” for the zones you’re building – that is, what grade of citizens may work/live there, from low to high.

Graphics and System Requirements

Cities XL is done in a 3D engine, which is only shared by the last game in the SimCity line. The graphics look moderately good, and if you zoom in close enough you’ll see a satisfying level of detail on the buildings and streets. There are realistic transitions in the weather, and the game feels really varied even if you play it for a long time.

The system requirements aren’t affected that largely by the game’s good looks, and you should be able to run it on even a moderately good computer – you’re provided with several options and settings that you can tweak to accommodate it to a low-end machine more accordingly. But generally, if you can run SimCity 4 without hitches, you shouldn’t experience any slowdowns in Cities XL either.

Other

The game used to feature online play with a monthly subscription at one point, though that was dropped due to lack of popularity/revenue. The multiplayer mode allowed you to visit the cities of other players and interact with them to some degree, plus it gave access to a new feature – the bus. After the service was shut down, the bus has been made available for the regular single player mode, so you can make use of it if you’re playing now.

Conclusion

It differs from SimCity 4 in many ways, but it also sticks to the basic formula that makes this type of games so successful – and while it could use the odd touch of polish here and there, it’s still a satisfying experience that should keep you entertained for a while.

Ikariam review

Ikariam is a very cool MMO browser strategy game with beautifull graphics. The game is set in a world trying to resemble classical Greece, with players starting as leaders of a small town which they must lead and expand. The game is developed and run by Gameforge AG, and it uses the same business model as most browser based strategy games. In Ikariam you can buy extra features for the game using something called ambrosia which you have to again buy for real money.

What I really enjoy with Ikariam, apart from the beautifull graphics, is the way the world is set up with lots of islands. Most browser strategy games only uses ground units, but in Ikariam you have a whole set of naval units in addition to the standard combat units. I also enjoy the way battle in Ikariam goes over several rounds instead of just being finished in an instant showing the result in a battle report. Big battles can go over several overs, with lots of players bringing in reinforcements on each side.

Another good thing for casual players in Ikariam is that farming isn’t as heavy as in most games of this type. You can attack other players, but the number of ships that you have severly limits how many resources you can steal. There is also something called the bashing rule stating how many times you can attack a neighbour within a given time frame. Overall Ikariam is one of the best massive multiplayer online browser games in my opinion, and you should definitly check it out.

Colin McRae: Dirt 2 Review

The Colin McRae series of video games has enjoyed tremendous popularity while it was active, releasing multiple games that have all been huge hits with racing fans. After the tragic death of Colin McRae himself though, the series was halted for a while and there were no new games on the market with his name. Colin McRae: Dirt 2 is the first to be released since then, and many fans were wondering what to expect after the pause, and whether the series has managed to retain its integrity.

Gameplay

The new Colin McRae puts an equal focus on multiplayer as well as singleplayer, and you can play all of the available game modes against computer-controlled opponents, or real live humans online. The feeling of the driving, and the overall level of immersion in the game, have been tremendously improved – the game’s powered by an all-new engine that can handle physics very realistically, so expect to be able to perform various real-life stunts that were previously not very easy to do due to limitations of the game’s technology.

Some of you will surely involve one of the new racing modes, Raid, which puts players behind the wheels of some very impressive-looking and quite largely sized machines, on medium-long races that will test your skills in some more unforgiving environments. There are also several extra game modes, and the overall replay value is very high and the game has a lot of potential for entertaining you.

Graphics and System Requirements

The new engine does its job perfectly when it comes to pleasing your eyes – you’ll see lots of effects, realistic collisions between the vehicles, and impressive representation of weather effects. The engine is especially capable when it comes to drawing detail over distance, as you’ll be able to see some very finely detailed elements of your surroundings even at longer ranges.

As you’re probably guessing though, this does come with its price – you won’t get to enjoy the new Colin McRae if you’re running on an old machine. Even the minimum requirements will leave some disappointed, so those of you who’re planning on playing it on the PC should prepare themselves with at least a Radeon HD 5750, or Nvidia’s equivalent which would be anything above their GeForce 400 series.

Other

The mobile versions of the game are somewhat stripped down as you might expect, but they still replicate the actual game quite closely. We were very impressed by the graphics the PSP version offers, as it managed to bring some very good-looking eye candy on the screen without compromising framerates in any way (though the loading times were somewhat longer than usual)

Conclusion

Rally fans have been waiting for this for quite a while – and if you’re one of them, then you should already be on your way to getting your hands on the new Colin McRae: Dirt 2 – it’s definitely worth every penny.

Return to Mysterious Island 2 Review

Who said the adventure genre was dead? The PC industry is certainly enjoying a great influx of titles in that department, one of the latest ones being Return to Mysterious Island 2. The game leaves off where the previous left, adding some twists to the story, and presents the player with some even more challenging and deep puzzles to go through, while at the same time unveiling an intriguing story moving the whole plot.

Gameplay

RTMI 2 doesn’t play much differently from other adventure games – its mechanics revolve mostly around a point and click system, where you have to explore various parts of the levels, find items, and figure out where those items go and which ones can be combined, etc.

At the beginning of the game, you’re presented with a short cutscene which explains what happened after the first one finished – those of you who’ve played the original Return to Mysterious Island probably remember that in the end, the main protagonist left off in a helicopter.

Well, it turns out that the helicopter was shot down shortly after, and not by any actual enemies but rather by the island’s volcano – so you inadvertently find yourself at the same place, trying to escape from it yet again. Another twist to the story is related to the volcano’s eruption – you’ll now be tasked with trying to save the island’s residents as well as freeing yourself from it.

Graphics and System Requirements

The graphics are executed well, though in some places you may spot a noticeable lack of detail, be it in a lower-resolution texture or poorly-detailed model. The main characters are modeled nicely on the other hand, each having its own unique charm and looks, and the monkey may look especially attractive to the younger players of the game. The island is designed very meticulously, with small pieces of details revealing the odd bit of information about it little by little.

It’s an adventure game, so you shouldn’t expect any slowdowns or framerate-related problems – quite the contrary, it handles its graphics nicely, from rendering the more massive scenes in the outside areas of the island, to drawing the indoor areas with great realism. It doesn’t require a modern-day computer to handle it well – you should actually be able to run it on a medium-class notebook and still get satisfying results.

Other

Some of the puzzles may come off as a bit hard, and you won’t be alone in that impression – many players have shared frustration over how difficult it is to get past certain areas, and you’ll probably be forced to resort to a walkthrough every now and then, especially if you’re not familiar with the adventure genre in general. We didn’t have problems finishing the game to the end though, so rest assured that it’s not impossible.

Conclusion

The good old days of pixelated 2D adventure games are over for sure – so we should enjoy what we have left. And Return to Mysterious Island 2 is a decent continuation of the adventure genre, despite its slight bugs and flaws.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Meets Parkour in Real Life!

Yesterday an awesome real-life parkour video was uploaded on YouTube having as protagonists the four playable assassin masters from the upcoming game Assassin’s Creed Unity.The video was sponsored by Ubisoft,and stars Ronnie Shalvis and the French FreeRun family.It’s a must-see  forthe Assassin’s Creed fans out there.

The Video:

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Halloween Thrills in Priston Tale

Priston Tale, the classic free-to-play MMORPG, is going stronger than ever with a Halloween special. For the month of October, to celebrate everyone’s favorite holiday, Pumpkin-Headed Monsters have been unleashed in the game with the strict orders to pwn you early and often.

Of course, Priston Tale would never steer you wrong. They would never give you any ol’ Pumpkin Monster. These are special ones, with big evil brains inside their oversized Pumpkin Heads that make them the trickiest and most diabolical of foes.

Rather than a frontal assault, these Pumpkin-Headed Monsters do what Pumpkin-Headed Monsters are supposed to do: They lurk in the shadows and dark corners to jump out when you least expect them.

The good news is that your battles with these baddies won’t be for naught. Wicked Interactive, the exclusive North American publisher of Priston Tale, has cooked up some great in-game items to reward your efforts, including a special pumpkin that will supercharge a player’s health, manna and stamina, all in one go!

Also, to make sure the action never stops, all of the game’s regular monsters have been given a GiftBox. If you manage to get it from them, it gives you special items and power-ups.

Priston Tale is a free to play MMORPG that centers on a real-time battle system. The game Tale  is perhaps one of the oldest free MMORPGs out there. The game was released in South Korea in 2001 and has since won countless awards. The game has 8 playable classes; four of them are on the Tempskron faction and the other four are on the Morion faction. The game’s classes are:

Tempskron Classes

Mechanician [Male]-Mechanicians are physically weak, but have a large amount of hit points. They are capable of using claw weapons and shields.

Fighter [Male]- Fighters are the primary tanking class in Priston Tale. They are capable of absorbing the most damage and are very capable of dealing damage in melee range.

Pikeman [Male]- Pikeman are similar to fighters, in that they are melee offensive characters. Their primary weapon of choice, as the name implies, is the pole-arm.

Archer [Female]- Archers are capable of dealing a fair amount of damage from a distance using their bow, but are vulnerable to melee attacks. They work best in groups with a tanking class.

Morion Classes

Knight [Male]- Knights are the “Paladin” class in Priston Tale. They specialize in holy attacks and have stromg melee capabilities.

Atalanta [Female]- Atalanta’s are capable of both ranged and melee attacks. They use javalins and spears in combat.

Priestess [Female]- Priests are the only healing class in Priston Tale. They have an incredibly low amount of hit points are a primarily support class.

Flyff V18: Renaissance Launching on November 21st

For countless hours hundreds of players have been engaged in the Open Beta of Flyff V18: Renaissance. Soon their shared experiences will pay off as Flyff prepares for the expansion?s official release on November 21st! New mid-level dungeons, weapons, and a completely overhauled drop system await those ready to take flight once again!

The community?s response to the open beta has been tremendous. New players and long-time veterans have scoured the game, experiencing more than 100 new quests and dozens of new items. Players from around the world helped iron out bugs and test the myriad of possibilities in Flyff?s new and improved features. The resulting developments have helped Flyff usher in an early release of the expansion.

With the beta players also got their chance at previewing the long anticipated mid-level content of Flyff?s new dungeons. The three new dungeons, including the Royal Freighters, have been carefully designed to provide content for mid-level Flyffers yearning for more action. Epic battles for control of gilded ships against the vicious Silverwing Duchess is available to all mid-level adventurers, as are the quests that will help recapture the vessels and valuable weaponry from her perilous minions.

The rewards in these dungeons will also be suitably adapted for mid-level fighters as well, thanks to the newly overhauled Drop System. Monsters everywhere will drop items scaled according to their difficulty, helping everyone achieve the armor and weaponry they have been longing for. Flyffers tired of receiving paltry items after having toiled for hours on a dungeon run can now obtain the magnificent rewards they deserve.

The Mummy Online Closed Beta: Gaming Fans can Sign-Up Now to Gain Exclusive Access before Worldwide Launch

The Mummy Online has begun accepting registrations for its closed beta period. Developed in collaboration with Universal Partnerships & Licensing,The Mummy Online is a breakthrough action-adventure RPG that delivers high-end gameplay through an engaging story inspired by the massively successful film franchise.

“We’re excited to get The Mummy Online into the hands of the fans,” said Arash Amini, Producer, Bigpoint. “As is the case with our entire portfolio of games, which can be improved and optimized on the fly, community feedback will be critical to this project’s success.”

Battle across Cinematic Environments

Based on the existing terrain of Egypt, players can explore the map of Amarna with several PvE regions that include the Dunes, River, Maze, and Rocky Fields. Here, players will confront a range of monsters, including several types of scarabs, scorpions, pygmies, Anubis warriors, and mummies. Within the PvP areas of the Tomb, Oasis, and Ruins, players can battle against players of opposing allegiances and capture ancient obelisks to dominate the playing field.

With the closed beta expected to last several weeks, Bigpoint will unlock player accounts in waves to ensure game stability and performance. At the conclusion of the closed beta period, Bigpoint will review all feedback, optimize virtually every aspect of the game, and ready The Mummy Online for the official open beta launch.