Watch Dogs

 

 I had a dream. A dream that one day, in the future, someone would invent a free-roaming, open world video-game. A world in which you were only limited by your mind, not by the confines of the map. A world in which all (most) doors opened for you. A world in which you could speak to anyone and do almost anything. A world of limitless possibilities. Guess what? UBISOFT Montreal (Assassins Creed, Prince of Persia) have created that dream. And it’s name is Watch Dogs. THE STORY SO FAR: Watch Dogs revolves around a highly skilled “hacker/parkour expert” named, Aiden Pearce (Naom Jenkins – Saw II and Saw IV.)(Yes, you read correctly, Parkour. That’s the lads who run around the […]

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FATE OF THE DRAGON

 

 “He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.” – Sun Tzu. What a mess that was; 45 minutes of building, resource collecting and assembling forces; 10 minutes of planning and counter planning; and what happens? Our entire army gets wiped out within 5 minutes. Granted it was only a minor loss – 500 or so men and equipment. Our mines still have iron, our cities still have trees, resources are still being gathered and our people shall rebuild the armies lost. But that is not the point, it’s the principle of the thing. Despite all our planning, all our skill, all our brilliance. We were still ousted by a damned A.I. But such is […]

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TOP 5: NON-LETHAL WEAPONS.

 

 “Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.” – Donald Trump. It’s a Wednesday and that means…. WEAPONS DAY! Weapons day… Wednesday. You get it? It’s funny because it’s weaponsday.. like Wednesday with weapons in it. HAHA! Right so this week, I’ve decided to pay homage to the 5 non-lethal and least effective weapons in gaming history. 5: BLACKJACK: THIEF. I love the Thief Franchise. The thrill of sneaking around and subduing your enemies with the aid of stealth was fantastic. Granted – for those of you who have played the game – the gas arrows as well as flash bombs, and gas mines were incredibly effective at taking care of your foes. However, […]

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Planetside 2

 

 “Ylca, landing his Galaxy after a practice run.” Most of us enjoy a good Science-Fiction title. And a large number of us enjoy a good multi-player ground war. Though the latter can become rather stale as a handful of friends get bored shooting at each other on the same never ending map. But as of the 20th of November, 2012, all that changed. As the massive, non-stop, intergalactic, multi-player ground war, known as Planetside 2  was launched. Now my colleagues have discussed this game before. However, instead of repeating their work, I’ve decided to focus predominantly on the factions and classes involved. For those of you who are not familiar with Planetside, you’re in for a treat. “Ylca, brings the […]

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DLC: Quality VS Quantity?

 

 Do you remember the 1990’s, and the early 2000’s? I do. I remember the glory days of purchasing video-game expansion packs. The thrill of taking the box off of the shelf; the delight in purchasing it; the anticipation of opening the box; the overwhelming joy as you removed the CD case, manual, and other contents; the joy of installing a proven product that added more to your game. I miss those days. DOWNLOADABLE: Over the past few years the world has become more connected, and marginalized. We no longer have to leave our homes to purchase items. Films, music, games, even food and other services can be easily purchased on the internet. But with all this convenience there comes a […]

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FTL: Faster Than Light.

 

 FASTER: On the 14th of September, 2012, a game was released that brought back a number of great RTS traditions. That game is FTL. FTL is a rogue-like space simulator; in which player takes COMPLETE command/control of a single customizable space vessel – Star Trek/Firefly –  as they attempt to navigate their way back home. Of course they are hounded by enemy forces as they go. “In any given episode of those classic shows, the captain is always yelling “Reroute power to shields!” or giving commands to the engineer now that their Warp Core is on fire. We wanted that experience, as opposed to the “dog fighting in space” that most video-games focus on. We wanted a game where we […]

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HEAVY METAL: FRANCHISE.

 

 “There was no way I was gonna walk around this place with my dork hanging out!” – Den. HEAVY METAL: 36 years on. Have you watched the “Heavy Metal” films, read the magazines, played the game? You haven’t! Well, you must rectify that at once. Since 1 April, 1977, Heavy Metal magazine and all its offspring have been thrilling the world with tales of horror, science-fiction, good old fashioned adventure stories and pictures of semi-naked warrior ladies. Over the course of this – long – article we shall look back over the past 38 years of the Heavy Metal franchise. The reason it is called, Heavy Metal? Well, that’s simple. Heavy Metal music: Black Sabbath, Devo, and Grand Funk Railroad […]

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THE TOP FIVE: WORST VIDEO GAME FILMS 2000 – 2010.

 

 “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.” – Shakespeare. Recently we looked to the 1990’s for video-game films so horrifically produced, that they became glorious masterpieces of trash-cinema. So by now, you would think that after their horrific performances at the box office, the production of such ass-gravy would have been scrapped; replaced with nothing but magnificent odes to amazing games. But you’d be wrong. Since 2000 things have only gotten worse. Now we could be here for quiet some time, filling up volumes with arguments about which film is worse. But the truth is: THERE ARE TOO MANY TO NAME! So instead of arguing, this is what we are going to do. We are going to delve […]

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VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE: BLOODLINES

 

    “Police don’t have any suspects at this time, but they’re pretty sure that it was you.” -TV set. Damned security guard just shot me! Five bullets in the chest! Luckily for me and unluckily for him, a vampire cannot be felled by a few rounds fired from a ‘cap gun’. He seems to be backing away now. I think he has realised his mistake. Shame he is standing in front of the only exit. I suppose I shall have to deal with him… permanently. A myriad of choices present themselves to me. I could rush him, and tear him apart with claw, or axe, or any number of remorseless weapons; though that might be a bit excessive. I could […]

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ZOMBIES: Fact, fiction, or theoretical possibility? PART 1

 

 “[I was taken] to the house, whose inhabitants are deprived of light; to the place where dust is their sustenance, their food clay. They are clothed, like a bird, with feathered raiment.” – Gilgamesh. I had an idea for a nice little article about the undead. But, little did I know, that the sweet and innocent article would quickly turn into a rambling monster of reborn pain and re-purposed flesh. ZOMBIES! Love them or hate them; they are part of our culture; and our Wednesdays. But how long have they been in our culture; and what is our fascination with them? Follow me as we try and get some answers to “ZOMBIES: Fact, fiction, or theoretical possibility? PART 1” “So […]

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