Ride: The TwiiSteD Review (Xbox One)

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Ride is something that I would never usually pick up. I’m more of a car fan myself, but for some reason I wanted to try something fresh. I was bored with Forza, and with Project Cars being so far away (there could be more delays, who knows) I wanted to try a different style of racing. I chose bikes. What could go wrong? It’s kind of the same as racing in a car, right? Well no, it’s not really, but you know what I’m getting at. Ride -at first glance- looks fun, fresh and quite good considering we heard basically nothing about it prior to release. Anyway, I’ve not reviewed anything in many months, but this made me want to get back into it. The reasons: I want to tell people about what can go wrong with this game and I also want to tell people what’s right about this game. People need to know how to avoid the corrupt save file unlike me, unfortunately. People also need to know why this game made me really want to start reviewing games again. I’ll get to that now.

Ride is what you would expect from a racing game, plus a lot more. It has a lot of different elements thrown in to make it a great racing game. Now, I haven’t played a bike racing game since Moto GP back in 2004 (I think), so I was a little rusty at first. You start by creating your rider, picking your first bike and that’s it. Off you go into the world of racing. You can do a few things, but the main game mode is ‘World Tour’. This is where you will most likely be spending most of your time, and I wouldn’t blame you. It’s where you earn the most money and it’s where you will have the most fun. Once you start, you will see a lot of different categories to choose from. You will be starting in the Naked Bikes Middleweight Group. Once you win this, or even if you don’t, you can move into the next category. It’s completely up to you. You can choose from road bikes, classic bikes and all the way up to modern superbikes. The choices are brilliant. When you race it might be difficult depending what bike you chose, what difficulty you play it on or if you’re a beginner, like me. You will easily pick this game up considering how smooth the controls are. I picked it up after a handful of races and I was having a lot of fun! I was customising my bike with the many bike parts you can choose from, I was winning races (finally) and I was earning enough money to buy a new bike in the next category. This is where something bad happens. This is a gamers worst nightmare and it’s also a pain.

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My save file somehow became corrupt. This was a pain considering I had put a solid 12 hours into this game over the last week. I tried everything imaginable to fix this before I admitted defeat and had to start all over again. I know why it happened, but I really don’t understand it. I was in a 3 race championship, I had just finished first and I wanted a break. I let the game go back to the race menu, I let it save and then without thinking about it, I went for a break (that break being I wanted to play Borderlands 2 instead). Right, let me tell you what not to do. How do you avoid corruption in Ride? Well, it’s simple really. Don’t quit mid championship. Even though this shouldn’t be a problem, it is. When you load the game back up, it will notify you, telling you that you’re halfway through a championship. You select continue, the game tries to load, and then it crashes. It does this even if you retire from the championship and want to start a new race. The only things that you can play are quick race, time attack and multiplayer. Even though they are fun game modes, you want to complete your world tour! Right, so now you know how to avoid the corrupted data.

Other than the little mishap above, Ride is a really good game. The graphics are great, the sound of the bikes are excellent and the music is okay at best. You have a lot of tracks to choose from, you have a wide variety of bikes and it’s brilliant to play. If you get bored of demolishing the competition in World Tour, you can always go into multiplayer where you will be pitted against other people from all around the world. The multiplayer is a bit like F1 in the way of it adds AI players into those unfilled slots. That’s not a bad thing. It fills the track up that little bit more. This should fill the gap for those racing fans, like me, who are waiting for Project Cars. If you haven’t played it, I would suggest downloading it, buying it or even trying out a demo. It’s good fun for the most part, unless you get a corrupt file!

– TwiiSteD BeAsT

Destiny Beta: First Impressions! Plus a PVP Guide!

Here it is, the game that almost everyone has been waiting for. The game that promised to live up to the hype. Well, lucky for me, I got a Beta code, and I haven’t really put many hours into it, but what I have played, I’ve really enjoyed. It’s kind of weird that I can’t categorise this title, it really is. I’m not sure whether to call it an RPG, MMO or an FPS. It has aspects from all three genres, but whatever it is, it works. Anyway, bad things out of the way first. One of the only problems I have with the game is the sensitivity. It’s backwards in a way. If you play any FPS/RPG game, you will understand what I mean. When aiming on the hip, it seems quite sluggish, whilst aiming down the sight seems insanely nimble. It’s like, right, I see the enemy, he’s sprinting, better ADS and holy crap, what’s happening. Apart from that, I’ve seen nothing that could count as a terrible mechanic. Right, I’m going to try and split this down into the 3 genres up above, wish me luck!

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You go to a place called The Tower (pictured above) for quite a few different purposes. You go here to encrypt certain weapons, armour ETC that you have found on your journeys. You can buy weapons, ships, vehicles, armour or pretty much anything you need. This is where the MMO aspect comes into play, for me anyway. Even though it’s a social place where people go just to relax for a bit, it reminds me of the type of place you would see in an MMO game. The view is third person, which is another reason it gives off the MMO vibe. Even though you can’t really battle here, I’ve seen people having fun. I’ve seen people kicking a ball around, chasing it, and then inevitably losing the ball. The view from this place is astonishing. As you look out into the city below, you will be amazed. This, for me, is where the Next Gen vibe kicks in. This is what Next Gen should be like. Nice graphics, and awesome gameplay.

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After you have been to the tower, you will probably be wanting to level up, right? Well, you and a few friends can form a fireteam and complete missions together. This is where the RPG aspect comes into play. As you complete missions, you gain XP, find weapons, Armour ETC, which can be scrapped for money, or you can wear it, whichever you want. Anyway, it’s really fun just completing missions in a kind of open world where you will see other people who aren’t even doing the same mission as you. You can cross paths, help each other out and then go your own way. The enemies have levels too, so you will have to watch what you come across. There are hidden bosses which we found out to be level 20 bosses. Considering you can only get to level 8 in the beta, it’s best to just look at them from a distance. Nothing hurts them, and why would it? You are 12 levels lower than them after all! The enemy AI is very well done, in the way that they dodge your attacks, and counter in groups, which can be very deadly. Overall, I was happy with the few missions I was able to do on the Beta.

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Now we come to the PVP aspect of the game. This is a 6 v 6 game mode (there will be more game modes at release) which is like Domination from a majority of FPS titles. This is actually quite fun. It’s like a mixture of Halo, Call of Duty and something completely new. The gun play feels fine, as long as you are using the right weapons that is. In the beta, we have two different maps. One on Venus, which I found to be quite dark, so you have to be aware at all times. The other map is on the Moon, and I actually love this map. You drive around in vehicles, you can sit on turrets, or do whatever you want. It’s such a fun map. As you are running around, you will see a red outline appear on part of the map. This means that someone is in that direction, and as you get closer to them, the light centres itself on the map. Whilst this gives you an idea of where people are, it doesn’t guarantee that they are where you think. In my opinion, one of the best things about the PVP is that the class is whatever you want it to be. The weapons you have in your inventory, are the weapons available for you in PVP, so as you can tell, this makes every game different. I’ve not played so much of the PVP, but I’ve played enough to know what works, and what doesn’t on these maps. Overall, the multiplayer is fun. It brings something different to the game, which is nice.

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If you’re having trouble getting an advantage over your enemy, then this is the place for you.

  • As you are running around, keep checking your map every so often, as this will notify you when an enemy is near.
  • If you think your enemy has a better weapon than you, throw a grenade in his direction, look for a flanking root and take him out from the side/back.
  • Always, and I mean ALWAYS use a fully automatic rifle in PVP as the one shot rifles don’t really match up with the Automatic rifles on the two maps.
  • Make sure you are aware of your surroundings. If you know the map, you will know how to escape those tricky situations.
  • If you are injured, jump around and continue to pressure your enemy. This could give you a better chance at living.
  • If someone is in a vehicle, use your special ability to take them out instantly.
  • Never be afraid of using melee on an enemy, as it will take a lot of health off them.
  • Simple yet effective tip: make sure you’re comfortable with your sensitivity, as it can help a lot more than you think.
  • Try not to catch an enemy point on your own. Always make sure at least one person is with you.

Right, I hope this helps you! Have fun with Destiny, and remember, if you have an Xbox Live subscription, the Beta went public today! So get on, kill things and have fun.

TwiiSteD-BeAsT

Wolfenstein: The New Order

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As in every Wolfenstein title, you play as William Joseph “B.J.” Blazkowicz, and as usual you are thrown straight into the action. The game opens with quite a nice cutscene (no spoilers) which leads to you being in a dogfight. You have to do certain tasks whilst the pilot weaves in and out of battle. Your plane almost sinks, but thanks to Blazkowicz getting rid of the cargo, the plane stays in the air. After this, you have to take down a few German fighters whilst protecting your squadron in the process. It’s a pretty nice start to a game. Unlike many other FPS titles, Wolfenstein has always been unique in the way that everything is different. The Nazi’s won World War 2, things changed and you get to see what would have happened if they had have won the war, which is a really interesting take on things. So, the first 20 minutes of the game are quite good. I’m really enjoying the mechanics, the controls and pretty much the way the game looks.

Our protagonist has changed a little over the years

Our protagonist has changed a little over the years

So, after playing for a little while, I’m just about half way through on chapter 4, yet I’ve been playing for roughly 5 hours now. This is what I love about Wolfenstein. I love how you get sidetracked with everything around you, so the main mission takes longer than anticipated. Trying to find collectibles, search every building in sight is what makes this game so interesting. Yes, you can blast through the game without checking out the awesome scenery, or you can take your time and enjoy the journey. It’s such a nice change for an FPS game to not just have a rushed campaign. Wolfenstein: The New Order tells a lovely story too, as well as the gory cut scenes, which is what people want from this game. People want the game to look nice, they want the story to be compelling and above all of this, they want to have fun (me included), and Wolfenstein brings us that. Even though there is a lot of blood, it’s always fun to shotgun a guy in the face, resulting in his head being non-existent. We love things like this in FPS games, it’s what makes them fun. One of the main things that makes Wolfenstein unique, is the enemies. You fight Nazi creations, meaning robots, robot dogs and many more interesting things that you wouldn’t even see today, yet this game is set in 1960, so just imagine if Germany did win the war. Would we have seen this? Maybe, who knows. Even though it doesn’t exist in real life, it’s always amazing to see it at work in a video game. It gives you a sense of what might have happened in an alternate universe, or anything weird like that. This is why I love the campaign to this game. It brings something fresh, something new.

The Panzerhund 1960 isn't friendly one bit

The Panzerhund 1960 isn’t friendly one bit

Gameplay wise, the game doesn’t feel clunky, or slow. The game feels quite good, and with being a fan of the Wolfenstein series, I’m glad that is has stuck to it’s roots whilst adding new features. The lean system is pretty good, there’s no doubt about it. You can use the lean feature to look over objects, around objects and even under some doors. It’s a really nice feature and I’m glad Bethesda have implemented a decent lean feature unlike certain games where it feels like a hindrance more than it is helpful. One of the other new features is the perk system. You have Stealth, Tactical, Assault and Demolition. Completing certain things for each one will allow you to unlock that perk. They all have their uses, and they are a great feature in the game. Now, back to the fun part of the game. My favourite feature in Wolfenstein has to be dual wield. Never have I had so much fun running around with akimbo shotguns before, or akimbo assault rifles. It’s ridiculous, but it’s what makes the game that more fun to play. Without features like that, I don’t think the game would have the same feel to it.

You can never go wrong with dual wielding

You can never go wrong with dual wielding

To end on a high note, I think if you enjoy any type of FPS game and want a change, you should pick this up. I think any fan of the FPS genre would enjoy this game. If you have played it before, you will know what I mean when I say that it’s a very interesting game to say the least. If you haven’t played Wolfenstein before, you’re missing out. Even though The New Order doesn’t have a multiplayer option, that doesn’t make it any less of a good game. Bethesda have done an amazing job once again with this game and I can’t wait to sit back down and play it. So yeah, pick this up, you will enjoy it, I’m sure.

TwiiSteD-BeAsT

The Optimist: Project Cars

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I’ve not been active for a few months. I took a break from writing for a while because I had a mental block, which I couldn’t overcome for some reason. Anyway, I’m back now, and hopefully these ideas are what you want to read. In The Optimist I will be writing about a future title and giving my optimistic opinion on what will hopefully come out of them. I hope you enjoy.

 

Project Cars

Project Cars caught my attention about a year and a half ago when I some how came across a website which was showing some images from the game. I thought it looked very interesting to say the least. Fast forward to now and I am genuinely looking forward to the release of Project Cars. With it’s amazing graphics, wide variety and stunning features, it really looks like the total package. I’ve been a fan of near enough every genre of video game since I was very young, and one of those main genres was racing, so you can see why I’m so excited for this. There hasn’t been (in my opinion) a really amazing racing title for a long time, on Xbox at least. I know Sony has Gran Turismo, but I haven’t played that since the 4th title way back when I used to still regularly play on my Playstation. So, to me, this game will be amazing. It just looks too good to be true. We can expect many things from this game, and hopefully those things are amazing. Sometimes a game can look good, but sometimes it won’t play very well, but being the optimist that I am, I’m sure we won’t have any problems with Project Cars.

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Visually amazing

 

What I want from Project Cars is a Forza/GT hybrid, but 10x better than that. I want every kind of racing car you can think of, I want more than 15 tracks (60 confirmed tracks at the moment) to race around and I want the game to be fun. The best part about this, is that Project Cars can do all of this. You choose from 8 tiers of different race categories, starting off from the simple Go Kart racing, working your way up to the spectacular LM Prototype Racing, which sounds more amazing than anything I can think of. The amount of cars you have is still questionable, but with the amount of racing that you can do, I don’t see why this title won’t feature a lot of vehicles. You have Formula 1, you have off road racing, you have GT racing and pretty much anything to do with racing. I’m sure we will see a wide variety of vehicles in this game. Just think of the potential here. You start as a Kart racer, working your way through 8 tiers of racing, meaning that the gameplay should be very lengthy, which is one of the main things any gamer can ask for, especially the gamer who hates playing online multiplayer. It’s going to be great for you and me, the gamers.

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8 Tiers of pure racing

So Career has a few details, but not too many. It still sounds very promising. You start your career by creating a driver and picking where you want to begin. From here you will sign a contract to race for a team (not sure what team) and if you do well in your career, you will be offered contracts from other teams, which sounds quite good. Other features include invitations to special events, growing as a driver, evolving as a driver and hopefully being remembered in the Hall of Fame. Now this is something I want to play. I want to race for a team, and I want to play this career mode because it seems different than other titles. It seems fantastic and I can’t see why we won’t love it. With career mode, I want variety, I want a different approach than all the other titles. Imagine being involved in a crash that is your fault and then your team fire you because you can not be trusted, only to have a less successful team pick you up and offer you a contract. You could take this unsuccessful team to glory, or you could wreck their careers and throw the opportunity back in their faces. Now, I doubt this will happen, but I want things like this. Different things. Being different is not a bad thing in the gaming world, it’s being the same that kills developers.

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It has rain! Something Forza doesn’t have

 

Online Multiplayer is the place where people just love to be destructive morons. My recent experience with this, was in Forza 5. I recently had a 7 day ban for griefing, and I’m not sure it was fair. Every multiplayer lobby you go into on Forza, someone smashes into your rear end and puts you in the gravel, yet I got banned for being a destructive moron, but only when I finally had enough. After countless times of being taken out, I finally lost it and smashed one person off the track (he previously had taken me out numerous times in previous races), leading to a 7 day ban, which was absolutely stupid. Now, this is what could make or break this title. The fact that Forza has no in game penalty system allows people to be destructive morons, and this isn’t acceptable. If Project Cars has a penalty system, it will be a God send. Formula 1 has a penalty system, so I can’t see why this won’t. Anyway, enough of my rant, the online multiplayer sounds very promising. From what I have read, you can create your own team with your friends. Still, I don’t know how true this is, but I’m hoping it is a feature. It would be just a lot of fun having your own team with a bunch of friends. You could have different teams racing in each race, which would be excellent in my opinion. As long as we have something that works, it will be amazing, I’m sure. Another thing that Project has over Forza is the option to be able to practice and qualify for races. This is like Formula 1, and I like it. It allows people to be a little competitive whilst having fun. It does sound very interesting. Let us all hope that the multiplayer isn’t a destructive environment, this way, we can all have fun, which is what we would love.

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This is in game! How ridiculously nice

 

So Project Cars should be one of the greatest racing games to come to console/PC for a while. From what I’ve seen, it can only get better and it is already looking and sounding amazing. There are also community challenges where you can win actual prizes, which is fantastic. The amount of things this game is capable of is quite something. It hopefully will live up to my optimism. It will hopefully be one of the greatest racing titles we have played. Project Cars releases in November 2014 and it it being brought to us by WMD (World of Mass Development). Not a long time to wait now, and considering I’ve been following this game for roughly sixteen months, I can’t wait. Thanks for reading, as always.

 

P.S. Here’s a trailer: Project Cars Trailer

TwiiSteD-BeAsT

Trials Fusion: The Review

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Yesterday was the release of Trials Fusion, and like a lot of people, I have had my fair share of fun with the Trials series. Of course, I was expecting something great from this game, as you do when a game like Trials is announced. The endless fun is something that Trials does better than most other games, so obviously I was expecting a lot from RedLynx, maybe a little too much. I don’t know, I just feel like there aren’t enough games to play on the current gen right now, so I’ve started to expect a lot from companies. Anyway, back on the topic of this review. Trials HD was good, Trials Evolution was brilliant, and now we have Trials Fusion, another title in the series, and it does do something great, but I feel that it has a lot more to offer in the future.

 

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Trials Fusion hit  shelves on the 15th and 16th of April

The first thing I expect you to dive into is the career mode, like always, considering this is the best way to start your Trials experience if you’re a new player, or just to get back used to the Trials feeling. In career mode you start out by going through a training programme at the start of each location, and after completion, you unlock a new bike/quad bike. Trials starts out easy, as usual, but as you progress it gets a little bit difficult, which is not unusual, but what Trials does compared to other games is get insanely difficult once you pass the hard levels. Once you get to extreme, you are truly tested, and this is not easy for many gamers, me included. So, make sure you practice before you lose your mind with these extreme levels. They are good, and fun (sometimes), but it is kind of refreshing to have hard levels in a game considering how easy a lot of games are nowadays.

Inferno IV - the hardest track in Trials Fusion

Inferno IV – the hardest track in Trials Fusion

Now for the part that I think will be the best part of Trials, the most promising aspect of this game and probably the best experiences. Track Central was a bit hit on Trials Evolution, with people creating their own tracks and skill games. We saw so many different styles, and so many different games built within Trials, it was mind blowing, it really was. This is where Trials really shines brighter than most other titles. Trials is one of the only titles that allows the community to use building tools to create anything they want, and without that, I don’t think that Trials would be as successful as it is now. This means that there is tons of new content every week (sometimes every day) for you to play without paying for it. As of now, the community haven’t made many tracks/skill games, but give it time and you will start to see many amazing creations, I have no doubt about that.

Track Central is where you will find community creations

Track Central is where you will find community creations

The only disappointing thing about Trials Fusion is the multiplayer, as of now. At the moment you can only play local multiplayer, which isn’t that great. It’s pretty much what you had on Trials Evolution with the Supercross tracks. Having no online option at the moment isn’t a big worry considering Ubisoft/RedLynx are planning to bring in a new and improved multiplayer feature in the future, but it would have been nice to have something to play with your friends, even if it was the same as Trials Evolution just for now, it would have been nice. Playing with friends is always better than playing solo in games like this, because of the endless fun you can have whilst competing against each other. Anyway, I’m sure the new and improved multiplayer will make up for the wait when it’s finally released.

This is what Trials Fusion Local Multiplayer looks like

This is what Trials Fusion Local Multiplayer looks like

Overall, Trials Fusion is just what you would normally see from RedLynx. It’s a job well done in giving us something that we want. Also, you have a choice to buy the season pass which gives you 6 lots of future content, and if you buy it all together from a retailer, it can be as low as £29 in the UK. This is amazing price for a game released on Xbox One and Playstation 4. So go and get Trials, have fun, create madness and get mad at the unforgiving extreme that is known as Trials Fusion.

TwiiSteD-BeAsT

Game Recognition II

I have been away from WordPress for about a month now. I’m fine, don’t worry about that. I really didn’t know what to write about, so you could say that I had a mental block, but I’m back now. Expect frequent posts again. This is Game Recognition! (previously Indie Recognition). This is where I search far and wide for titles that have just been released, are in development, or titles that I think deserve more than they have already. So, without any more bother, let’s get this under way!

 

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First up we have ‘Robot Roller Derby Disco Dodgeball’… try saying that when you’ve had a few. Well, anyway, this game caught my eye a couple of months ago. It just looks so much fun. It’s basically a futuristic sport where two teams battle it out in a skate park of sorts – maybe it’s a nightclub, I’m not sure – with exploding dodgeballs. It’s absolutely mental, yet brilliant. I have never seen anything like this game, nor do I think I ever will, again. Along with the standard game mode comes Basketball, checkpoint racing and other game modes which make this title that little bit more special. ‘Robot Roller Derby Disco Dodgeball’ brings fun back to multiplayer gaming. Along with the amazing, wacky gameplay, is the compelling soundtrack. You will find yourself getting into the music as much as you get in to the game. 82apps have brought us something special here. You can pick it up on Steam Greenlight now, I think. If not, you can get a key from the website, here: Robot Roller Derby Disco Dodge Ball. If that wasn’t enough to make you want this game, watch this trailer. It is bizarre, yet amazing: DodgeBall!

Kingdom Come Deliverance

Kingdom Come: Deliverance has been dubbed ‘Kickstarters most ambitious game’, and with that, must come an amazing experience, right? Well, if you’re a fan of ‘Game of Thrones’ – who isn’t right – then you will love this, apparently. Warhorse have said that ‘Kingdom Come’ is the ‘Game of Thrones’ without dragons. That sounds quite amazing, right? Well Warhorse have said that this game will be an “action-adventure, role-playing game featuring blockbuster production values, a nonlinear story and revolutionary, first-person melee combat”. Whilst this sounds amazing, the actual game looks amazing. The reason I put it in here is because it sounds amazing, and I think it deserves some recognition before it’s 2015 release. Oh, and if that isn’t enough to make you even want to look at this game, it’s also made with CryEngine, so as you can tell, the game looks fantastic. Here is a trailer just to show you what the game is all about. Prepare to be amazed: Kingdom Come (Thanks to Gamespot for the trailer).

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Now, we have a game that I don’t really know much about. I’m sure a lot of people know more than me, but from seeing gameplay of this title, I couldn’t help but feel amazed. In my opinion, Satellite Reign looks to be like XCOM, where you control a group of 4 soldiers, and with XCOM being a really well received title, I can’t see why Satellite Reign can’t do the same. The game is based in a real time universe, with gun battles going on in real time, obviously. Everything comes into play in this universe. You can choose to approach each conflict with brute force, or with complete stealth, it’s up to you. Pedestrians, vehicles and anything else in this universe will get in the way of conflicts, so you really will have to think about what you are doing. The developer 5 Lives Studios released a gameplay video not too long ago. Here it is: Satellite Reign.

So, it’s Wednesday and this is what I promised to do each Wednesday. I also believe this is a good way to get me back into writing, without suffering from any more blocks. Weekend I could be reviewing Titanfall once and for all. So make sure you keep an eye out for that. Thank you for being supportive.

TwiiSteD-BeAsT

Titanfall: First Impressions

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Like a lot of people, I am an avid FPS fan. One of the very first FPS games I fell in love with, was Call of Duty 4: Modern warfare. As you can probably tell, I had big hopes for Titanfall when I found out Vince Zampella and Jason West (part of the original Infinity Ward team) were two of the people behind this project. Respawn formed in 2010, promising that they would produce a “Call of Duty killer”, and to say that, you must mean it. It’s not going to be an easy feat to kill off one of the most successful games to ever surface. Titanfall was known as project ‘CoD Killer’ apparently, meaning that Respawn meant business. Fast forward to the year 2014 and we have a beta for Titanfall. Like everyone else, I applied, and I waited for the confirmation Email telling me that I had successfully attained a beta code.

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After playing my first match of Attrition (Team Deathmatch to you and me) I fell in love with Titanfall. I don’t know what it was. It just felt like I had found that love for the FPS genre that had been missing for so long. It was like a breath of fresh air. I know some people are wondering what the hell is it with this game that has everybody talking so much. Well, let me tell you. From the start of a game, until the very end, it feels alive. You feel the adrenaline pumping inside of you as you snap an enemies neck, or when you run along a wall just to  jump kick a passing enemy in the face. Everything feels smooth, balanced and just absolutely amazing if I’m honest. The best part about Titanfall, is that you don’t have to be good at the game to enjoy the experience. Respawn were very clever by introducing AI companions (along with enemies) into the multiplayer universe, meaning that the least skilled players can still have fun by killing these minions, and helping the team at the same time. It’s genius. You never feel cheated when playing the game, which is rare these days considering how the FPS genre has gone over the last few years. The pace of the game is always fast, and never feels sluggish, which is also another thing other FPS games have failed to accomplish.

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The obvious talking point are the Titans. Even though they are a big part of the game, they are not overpowered in any way. The best part about it is that each player gets a Titan, meaning that no one feels left out. At the start of each game, a countdown begins on the bottom left of your screen displaying how long you have to wait until your Titan will arrive. Getting kills on minions, or enemy players will cut down that time. Calling in a Titan is a wonderful feeling. You see your Titan come out of the sky and land in front of you in a spectacular way; it’s beautiful. Once you are in the Titan, you can wreak havoc on the enemy by doing anything you want. You can kill them with weapons, melee, or just by simply standing on them. Taking down a Titan isn’t too hard if you have a team willing to help. You have an anti-titan weapon which will drain the shield of an enemy titan, allowing your team mates to take it down with ease. Being in control of a Titan is one of the best feelings I’ve had in a long time. It’s super fun just annihilating the enemy whilst they try to take you down the best way they can.

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Movement feels amazing and I was a little sceptical at first when I heard about the parkour side of the game, yet it fits perfectly. We (as gamers) have had experience with a certain title known as Brink. The hype for Brink was ridiculous, and it promised to be the next big thing. The next big thing turned out to be a massive disappointment in a way that was unjustifiable. Titanfall is what Brink should have been, in the way of movement. Jumping from building-to-building whilst wall running has never felt so smooth. It’s weird how Respawn have made this fit into a modern FPS game. The best thing about this, is that it stops camping. Yesterday I was playing with a friend and someone was trying to camp on a rooftop, trying to pick people off as they ran by. He got his neck snapped 5 times and jump kicked 3 or 4 times. People will eventually learn that camping is not effective in this game. As you make your way through each multiplayer map, you can run along the walls at a slant, meaning that you can still engage in battle whilst you are making your way around the buildings. This is something that Brink tried to do. This is what I was expecting from Brink, but thanks to Respawn, we now have a game which feels amazing. A game that brings the FPS genre back to life.

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My conclusion is that if you haven’t picked up the Titanfall beta, you definitely should do. It is a wonderful FPS game that is for everybody. You can be experienced, or even a new player and I’m sure you will enjoy the experience. There is something for everybody in Titanfall. I have to applaud Respawn Entertainment for creating such a wonderful game. I just hope that the finished product will be as amazing as the beta. The beta is now open for everybody who owns an Xbox One, and I’m sure it is open for people who play on PC too. Go and give it a try, you won’t regret it.

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GTA V: The Review + Multiplayer Guide!

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“All we had to do, was follow the damn train, CJ!” will be what most of you remember from the previous visit to San Andreas. With all the hype of GTA: V, I think most of us lost our minds. As the release date grew closer, we would become agitated and excited at the same time. We had seen the trailers, we had heard what Rockstar had to offer this time around and it promised to be something special. I remember writing about GTA: V a few months ago and I was as excited as a kid on Christmas day. You can only imagine what I was like during the week before release! So, when GTA: V was released, everybody went crazy, and who could blame them? I mean, it has been 5 years since the last GTA instalment, so it was quite obvious that the community would be going absolutely mental.

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Welcome Back to San Andreas

GTA: V opens up in 2004 with Michael, Trevor, Brad and an unknown accomplice robbing a bank in Ludendorff, North Yankton. Whilst escaping, the foursome run into the police (who saw that coming?) and from there on, it’s not quite the smooth ride that they thought it would be. Whilst escaping, you will have to shoot officers, drive the getaway vehicle and then some how get away from the whole situation. After this amazing prologue, you will take control of Franklin. Franklin and his best friend (Lamar) work as repo men for Simeon (car dealer of Armenian heritage). Franklin and Lamar must repossess vehicles from unfortunate customers. Doing these first two missions gives you a little bit of information about the main characters. As the game progresses, you unlock Michael and then Trevor later on in the story. After you have played with the 3 protagonists for a while, you will become attached to them. You will love them all for different reasons, I know I did.
Without any spoilers, I will say that the story is fantastic. It hooks you and reels you in, just like I hoped it would. Rockstar always have a way of bringing the emotion out of a gamer, which is one of the reasons I love their work. In this absolutely fantastic instalment, you will feel happy, anger and pretty much every emotion your mind has to offer. This isn’t ever a bad thing. This is great storytelling from one of the best game developers in the world and we couldn’t ask for much more.

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The amazing developers

Another brilliant thing about every GTA game are the activities away from the main story. You can pretty much do anything in the world of GTA to fulfil your happiness. There things such as: Tennis, Golf, Darts, Car races, Off-road races, Bike races, Sea races and a hell of a lot more. You will never be short for anything to do in this game. It is just so much fun roaming around the city, finding different things to do. I don’t know many other developers who put so much effort in to one single game at this present time. IF that isn’t enough to wet your appetite, you can always just do your own thing. Go to the airport, steal a plane and go crazy, have a shoot-out with the police and try to evade that 5-star wanted level, or just simply have a nice drive around the wonderful city of Los Santos. In my personal opinion, the single player alone should win this title the ‘Game of The Year’ award.

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Two of the three amazing protagonists in GTA: V

Regular readers know that I don’t say anything about graphics in a game, but in this case, it has to be mentioned. GTA: V looks absolutely fantastic. Rockstar have gone into so much detail to bring us not only a game that plays brilliantly, but also a game that looks amazing. Everything from the beautiful weather to the amazing countryside of Blaine County looks perfect. I don’t think I have ever seen GTA look so good. It’s the small things that make this game look so good. How the water moves, how the fog looks absolutely brilliant and just how everything moves in such a fluid motion.
So overall, you should buy this game if you haven’t already. You are missing out on one of the best games in the past ten years! It is seriously that good and I can’t recommend it enough. Go and buy it now if you haven’t already. I don’t care what time it is, I don’t care what day it is and I don’t care how much it is! Go and get this game. It is that good.

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GTA: Online did have teething problems on the first week of it’s release, and this annoyed most of the gaming community, but what else could you expect with 8 million people trying to get on the servers constantly for an entire week? Although, the servers were not entirely to blame. Some of the blame could be placed on Rockstar themselves. They held back the Online option for two weeks post launch. This was so they could add the finishing touches to the multiplayer. I think this angered most people. I was slightly annoyed at this, yet I just didn’t complain. I played single player, like it was intended. The problem with getting online was getting through the tutorial. This was meant to teach you how GTA: Online worked, yet it was a hard task. It would show you the city, your character would arrive to Los Santos by plane and Lamar would come to welcome you. After this, he would give you a lecture on how small you are and how you can earn money. So he takes you to your first race, and this is where the problems start. The race would never start. It took me 4 days to actually get past this. A lot of people complained, and so they should. It was their right to complain. I was not part of the angry mob. I was part of the patient bunch who waited for a fix. When it finally came, the troubles seemed to go away, until people’s characters seemed to be disappearing like cake at a child’s party. I never saw any issues, until it happened to me, of course. I was a level 19 who didn’t have a lot of things. I had a car and that was it. I didn’t mind this. I waited for the next patch and then made a new character. Of course the game would have problems. Even now, it has problems. Nothing as major as the start, but it still has them.

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Hey look, it’s that race we never saw

Anyway, when Rockstar finally fixed most of the problems, the online was brilliant and it still is. A lot of the online features are still to be released and even without them, the game is fantastic. You can do pretty much anything that you can do in singleplayer and much more. There are jobs which are scattered around the map for anyone to join. You can race, play survival, team deathmatch, last team standing or even do missions where you have to collect something for somebody. There is so much to do in GTA: Online. Go on there and you will be hooked for a while!
A great feature in this game is the customisation. You can pretty much customise anything you want from: character appearance to the wheels on your car. You can make your character look the way you want him. Want to be a cowboy? Go ahead. Want to be a rockstar? Do that too. The possibilities are endless in this game. It’s quite something to think that a game on this generation can have so much to offer. The best part is that we haven’t even seen it all yet. We still haven’t seen the creation tools where you can create your own games. We haven’t been introduced to heists as of yet. I have some news about the heists. It could be speculation but this was posted on a forum a few days ago.
According to an unknown poster, the heists will be introduced some time this month. He called Rockstar to complain about his character loss. Whilst talking to Rockstar, he asked about heists and other things which haven’t been released yet. From what he says, you will need to buy an apartment so you can plan the heists. Do not take this as gospel, as it could be a rumour. Just keep in mind that this could be happening sooner than you think.

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Since the game is working, here is my garage. Also, ignore the ‘Heavy Metal Farmer’ character you see in front of the vehicles

So, some tips to help you get started:

  • When you make a character in GTA and you get past the tutorial, you will be asked to find a vehicle. This will be for free. Find the best vehicle that it will let you track (I got a low-end sports car) and when you take it to Los Santos Customs, make sure you have a good look through every customisable option. This is your first car, there are a lot of free things that come with it. Put all of the free things on your car. You won’t get this opportunity again.
  • When you get a garage, go to the LuxuryMotors website on your in-game phone and order the Elegy sports car. This is a free car and you will not be charged for it. Do this if you haven’t got a tracked car, or if you have a garage. It’s the easiest way to get another free car.
  • Make an account on the Rockstar: Social Club website to access the Sawn-Off Shotgun for free. This will help you when you are a lower rank than a lot of the other players in the lobby.
  • Sell cars to Los Santos customs for easy money.
  • If Simeon wants a vehicle, you get him that vehicle. He will pay you a handsome some for these vehicles.
  • Play a lot of Survival when you unlock it at level 15. This will earn you £20,000 if you survive 10 waves.

Using these methods should earn you quite a lot of money in no time. Even doing the standard Team Deathmatches or Races will earn you quite a lot if you place in the top 3.

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Want a car like this? Do the methods I have told you!

Now some more useful tips to get your stats maxed out the fastest way possible. They are quite self explanatory, but I shall tell you anyway:

  • Shooting: go to a shooting range to increase your gun skill, or do Survival. I found Survival gets this stat up the most.
  • Driving: drive around Los Santos for a while, or enter race after race like I did, and win. This helps a lot.
  • Flying: do plane races to get this stat maxed out, or fly around Los Santos for a few hours.
  • Stamina: grab a cycle and peddle like you have never peddled before! This will increase your stamina dramatically.
  • Strength: simply play golf for a few hours. This increases your strength in no time.
  • Stealth:  this skill is increased by 1% for every 45 meters (49 yards) walked in stealth mode.
  • Lung Capacity: this stat is increased by 1% for every minute spent underwater.
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Cycle around as much as you can!

I hope that this guide will help you get through the multiplayer without any trouble. Other things to watch out for, are other players. Try to stay away from them if you can as they always seem to shoot on sight. If you’re confident enough to know you will win a gun fight, go straight in. Always make sure you deposit you’re money into a bank account. You don’t want to lose it if you get shot by another player. When robbing a shop, always make sure you keep your gun aimed at the shop assistant, even when leaving the shop. This gives him no time to pull out a gun of his own and shoot you.
Follow this guide and you should be earning money in no time. You should be able to afford the high end sports cars within days. You should definitely get this game if you haven’t already. It will be the best game you have ever played.

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What can we expect from Battlefield 4?

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For the past two weeks I’ve thought for such an incredible amount of time about what I wanted to review next. Last week I was meant to write about the future of Xbox, but that didn’t go as planned. Expect that in the next month or so. So, when one plan fails, another awaits. I couldn’t think of anything to write about until a friend suggested Battlefield 4. This seemed like the perfect time to write about the up-and-coming FPS title from Dice. Personally I have never been a big Battlefield fan but I did enjoy the previous title to a certain extent. I always give credit where credit is due and I have to say that Dice did an amazing job with Battlefield 3.  So what can we expect from Battlefield 4? Lets find out.

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We don’t know much about the single player of Battlefield 4 but I do have some information for you. The story (according to the official website) follows American VIPs’ evacuation from Shanghai and an American squad struggling to make their way back home. In the trailer (click here) which was released on March 26th, 2013, the player is seen engaging Russian special operators, confirming  Russia’s return as a faction. In addition, China is conformed as another faction. The confirmation comes at the end of the trailer where an unidentified caller can be heard going toward the east coast of China.  The mission which is was showcased in March shows the mission “Fishing in Baku”. Baku is the capital and largest city in Azerbaijan, which lies on the Caspian Sea’s coast.

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In the campaign of Battlefield 4, the player controls “Recker”, a member of a US Special Forces squad callsigned “Tombstone” in the year 2020. The squad also includes: squad leader SSgt. Dunn, second-in-command “Irish” and combat medic “Pac”. In the reveal trailer you see Tombstone squad carrying vital information, trying to escape from Baku, Azerbaijan with Russian special forces in pursuit.

Battlefield 4 3The squad escaping the war-torn country

So without much to go on, I think the campaign could be promising. With that being said, these big developers don’t really focus on the single player aspect of their award winning products. This saddens me in a variety of ways. I remember when I would buy a video game for the story. I love to be a part of the adventure, but now,  the main focus is always the online multiplayer. I just wish companies would focus a little bit more on the single player aspect. Video games like Fallout, Skyrim ETC only have the single player option and look at how amazing those titles are. Playing a great campaign is like living your imagination, it’s like reading a book and that story coming to life in front of you and we [gamers] simply adore this. The last FPS title I played that had a lengthy campaign was Medal of Honor: Frontline. Now I’m not sure if there was a game after that which had a great campaign because I simply wasn’t a big fan of the FPS genre until 2007. Sadly, these days, video game companies just throw a 3 – 5 hour campaign at us and expect the multiplayer to compensate for the lack of creativity in the single player. This just isn’t enough for me and I’m sure many other gamers would agree with me. Lets just hope that Dice have turned the tables and that they have actually produced a fantastic single player experience this time round.

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This was a golden title

Not much is known about the multiplayer in Battlefield 4 but I have a tiny bit of information for you. It has been confirmed that 3 factions are playable this time around in Battlefield. Those factions are obviously the United States, China and Russia. Also confirmed are a new game mode known as “All Out War! Vehicle Combat” and the return of the “Commander Mode” which was last seen in Battlefield 2142. “Commander Mode” gives select players an RTS-like tactical map and the ability to give orders to a team-mate.
I think that Battlefield 4 will be unique in a way and it will also be the same as Battlefield 3 in other ways, but this isn’t a terrible thing. Battlefield 3 has such a huge fan base and I’m sure the fans will love the new title when it is released in the fall of 2013. I played Battlefield 3 for quite a while and I did enjoy the game. The only thing I can say is that I got bored quite easily, but this was mainly because I play on console. The maps are brilliant, but the amount of players allowed on the map at one time just wasn’t enough for me. I’ve watched so much footage of BF3 on the PC and I think it looks 10 times better than anything I’ve witnessed on the console. Next Generation consoles is where Battlefield will take over as the main FPS game in the World in my opinion. Dice will be able to do so much more with the next generation of consoles. You will see bigger and better battles being fought out on the battlefield (no pun intended). Don’t get me wrong, BF3 was a brilliant game but it didn’t have the excitement that it has on the PC. Battlefield is a brilliant, brilliant video game, don’t get wrong. This is just my opinion and I think it can do so much more in the future.

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It’s raining!

So, that was Battlefield 4. We haven’t got long to wait until we get to try the multiplayer. There will be a Beta a month or two before the actual release date. We will finally get a taste of the multiplayer. From what we have seen, the game looks fantastic. The graphics are ridiculously good but we all know that graphics don’t make a game. Everything about Battlefield 4 looks amazing but will the gameplay be amazing? We will find out in a few months. Stay frosty.


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Just Cause 2: The Review.

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I purchased Just Cause 2 about a month or two ago and I wasn’t really expecting what it brought to the table. I was expecting a short lived, mediocre title. I was surprised however when I started a new game. Just Cause 2 throws you straight into the action without telling you what to do. This sounds like a bad thing, but it’s not. This makes you learn quickly, it makes you react. I thought this was brilliant. Hardly any other video game just throws you into the action. There’s usually a tutorial, or a mission where you get hints at the side of your screen. Not Just Cause. There’re no hints, no lessons and there is no tutorial level. This makes for a fantastic experience. Avalanche studios  (with the help of Square Enix) made a fantastic video game when they released Just Cause 2. In my opinion it didn’t receive as much publicity as it should have done. You get other titles that are all over the internet, all over TV and just basically everywhere, yet I rarely heard anything of Just Cause 2 when it was released back in 2009. I find this quite strange considering how good it is. Anyway, I should get on with this. Let’s do this review (that rhymed!).

AvalancheThese guys made a beautiful game.

Now, going back to what I said about the game not having a tutorial. Just Cause 2 doesn’t have a tutorial because you get thrown in at the deep end. The campaign continues on (couple of years later) from the first Just Cause. The developers are expecting the player to have at least played the first game. I haven’t played the first game, but I loved being thrown in without any help. This made the game a lot more interesting in my opinion. You will easily get to grips with the controls, so don’t let this put you off.

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The campaign picks up from where Just Cause left off. Rico Rodriguez (Agency Operative) is dropped into Panau (fictional island in the Malay Archipelago of Southeast Asia) and this is where the story begins. Rico is briefed on what he has to do. The main two things Rico has to accomplish are: 1) Oust Panau’s ruler (Pandak Panay) from office. 2) Track down and assassinate his old mentor, Tom Sheldon. Panau used to be an ally of the U.S. when it was ruled by Pandak Panay’s father, “Papa” Panay. It is believed that Pandak Panay killed his father because he was friendly with the U.S. Pandak Panay is a dictator. He is horrible to the residents of Panau. If they don’t do what he says, he has them brutally murdered by the army of Panau.

Just Cause 2 2Young Pandak Panay in all his glory… I think.

According to The Agency, Tom Sheldon has gone rogue after he disappeared. To find Tom Sheldon, Rico allies himself with the three most dominant criminal gangs of the island: the Roaches, an organised crime syndicate, the Reapers, an insurgent militia and the Ular Boys, an ultra-nationalist rebel group that espouses traditionalism and opposes foreign influence. Rico has to do different jobs for each one of these gangs so he can gather new information on Tom Sheldon. He eventually tracks down Tom Sheldon. After some questioning you finally find out why Tom Sheldon disappeared, Tom Sheldon tells Rico that he is investigating a much bigger conspiracy behind Panau and that he is also the “Sloth Demon”, the black market trader who often contacts Rico to give him information on each of the gangs and to tell Rico that if he needs gather things like weapons and vehicles, he should call him (with Sloth Demon being an anagram of Tom Sheldon). Now, my reviews never contain spoilers so I’m going to leave the rest of the campaign up to you to find out. The plot is brilliant and you should definitely pick this game up. You won’t regret it.

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Just Cause 2 allows the player to roam around freely in the game’s open world, meaning you don’t have to focus on the main storyline. This is fantastic if you want to do a few side missions or if you just want to roam around the beautiful World. If you do want to play the main storyline, you will have to gain Chaos. Raising your Chaos meter results in unlocking new storyline missions (if you have completed the previous storyline mission), gang missions, black market items and other great features. Chaos can be earned by completing missions, destroying Government property, collecting items for each faction and 100% completion in military bases and settlements. Completing these tasks won’t be easy considering the AI (enemies) have a system where they can take advantage of the environment and the objects around them, meaning they can hide behind a number of things. You can counter them by using your grappling hook. The grappling hook can be used to forcefully drag enemies from high positions, hooking enemies onto different objects, connecting enemies to moving vehicles or you can simply drag objects into the enemy. Most of these actions are very effective against the AI. Another thing the grappling can be used for, is escaping. You can hook onto a building, drag yourself up and then deploy your parachute to make a quick getaway. Another way to get one up on the enemy is to have weapons delivered via helicopter. As you progress in the game, you will be able to upgrade and unlock better weaponry. The same rule applies for vehicles. To upgrade weapons/vehicles you will need to acquire parts. There are over two thousand parts to collect. It takes a long time to find each one of them. Once you complete the main storyline you can do whatever you want to do. You can complete the gang missions you forgot about, complete different races, find all the hidden items or you can have a nice drive around the island. You will not get bored whilst travelling around this island as it is one of the biggest maps in video game history. The length of this game amazed me. It is seriously on of the best games I’ve played over the past few years.

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Overall, Just Cause 2 is a brilliant game to play. There is so much to do that you just can’t get bored. Even if you do manage to complete the game 100% there are still so many things to do. You can just go around the World and cause havoc on everything. The campaign has quite a good length if you add the gang missions into the mix. The graphics are brilliant. Everything just looks so sharp, it’s quite amazing. I can’t say anything bad about this game except the lack of multiplayer. I know there is a multiplayer beta on the PC but I’m not sure if that is going to get a full release. It would be nice to see it happen. I would recommend Just Cause 2 to anybody who enjoys having fun whilst gaming. Well, I’ll let you be the judge of how good Just Cause 2 is. Go and pick it up. It’s only cheap.


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