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!

TOWER

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.

Bungie RPG

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.

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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

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Indie Recognition Day

Indie Recognition Day

Hi! In this new weekly post, I shall be talking about some indie titles that I think deserve some recognition. I will be searching far and wide for indie games that have come out in the past months, or ones that are in development. Let’s face it, these independent developers put a lot of work into what they want to create, and in my eyes they deserve more recognition than they have got already. There are some amazing games out there that people haven’t heard of, and now, I want to help bring them to light, even if it’s only a little. So without any more explanations, here we go!

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Survival games seem to be the big thing at the moment, and The Forest looks set to take this genre by storm. I fortunately came across this game whilst looking around the internet for anything to do with video games. The trailer started, and my first reaction was that this was just going to be something like all the rest, but I continued to watch, and I’m glad I did. This game is going to be something big, there’s no doubt about that. With games like DayZ and Rust becoming the must have games of 2014, you could question why The Forest will be anything compared to those two. Well, The Forest has the same objectives as those games. You have to survive, pretty much like DayZ and Rust, but where as DayZ and Rust focus on PVP, The Forest doesn’t. The Forest is a single player game, where your objective is to build, explore and survive. I’ve heard people say it looks like Minecraft with graphics, and they are half right about that. It does look like a minecraft game, but for adults. You’re pretty much entering a world where plants grow and die, changing weather patterns, tides that roll in and out with the day/night cycle and much more. To survive, you will have to stay warm, stay fed and watch out for the crazy people on the island. You can craft weapons in The Forest; although I’m not too sure if they mean guns. I’m pretty sure they mean hand crafter weapons like spears ETC. You can either choose to fight, or to hide from your enemies. It’s completely up to you. You can find more information about The Forest here: Welcome To The Forest. Alpha predicted to be available on Steam early 2014. 

No man's Sky

No man’s Sky is one of those Indie Games that you just know is going to be good. It stole the show at VGX back in 2013 with how unique it looked. If you go to the website it will say “A science fiction game, set in an infinite, procedural universe. Developed by Hello Games, a small indie studio.” You might know Hello Games for being behind the much successful Joe Danger games. They are a great little company who know how to get the best out of what they have. The website doesn’t give you any information, but they did release a trailer. The trailer is beautiful. You wouldn’t think that they only had 4 people working on it at the moment. You can find the trailer here: No Man’s Sky

Next Car Game

You might recognise Bugbear Entertainment as the company behind the Flatout Series, which in my eyes, was very successful. Bugbear started a kickstarter campaign last year for their new project ‘Next Car Game’. Even though they cancelled the campaign, Bugbear concentrated instead on the pre-orders for the game, which resulted in Bugbear bringing in $1 million within the first week according to lead game designer Janne Suur-Nakki. The reason I have picked Next Car Game to be in this list is because I love these games. I love smashing up cars for fun in the gaming world. There’s just a sense of enjoyment that comes from seeing a car being pulverized by another vehicle. Anyway, enough about me!  The engine behind Next Car Game is phenomenal, it really is. The destruction is beautiful. It’s probably the best destruction I’ve seen in any racing game over the last 10 years, and I’m not exaggerating about that. Just to show you what it’s like, here is a fan made trailer (credit to: zusaij) . The trailer is gameplay, and even though you probably won’t believe it, you should: Next Car Game.

Well I hope you enjoyed what I have done here. In the future I will probably add more than 3 games to the list, but this is just a test, if you could call it that. Every Wednesday this will be posted, so if you enjoy what I do, please come back for a review at the weekend. Cya!

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What To Play?!: Halloween Edition

Halloween

It’s that time of year again, where people dress up as their favourite TV characters, demons and whatever else they can think of. It’s that time of year where people go out, get drunk and then come home and wonder what the hell happened. Well never fear, I have a few options for all of you. I have options for the people like me, who don’t drink. I have options for the people who go out, drink and then come home not knowing what to do. I have something for everybody! In this new edition to my blog, I shall give you five games that I think you will enjoy. In this edition you will see: fun, gore and scary titles to see you through the night. Some of these games will make you sleep with the lights on!

DR2

To start you off tonight, why not play some Dead Rising 2? Everybody loves seeing zombies, right? Everybody loves to kill zombies, right? Well if you do, this is a game that bleeds fun! You play as Chuck Greene and he is kinda cool, I guess. The game opens up with Chuck participating in the Terror is Reality game show. Chuck participates in these events to win cash, so he can buy Zombrex for his daughter. The Zombrex aspect of the game can be quite annoying but other than that, you should be playing this tonight! A lot of zombies, a lot of weapons and a lot of blood! What more could you ask for?

DR2

Zombie slaying time!

RE6

What would Halloween be without Resident Evil? Resident Evil was one of the first games to bring the horror genre into the big leagues. We’ve all played this game (and if you haven’t, why the hell not?!) and at one point or another, we have been scared. Don’t try to deny it, we’ve all been there, you’re not alone. This a must play game for any horror fan on Halloween.

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Leon and the gang

F3AR

Fear 3 does something that gets overlooked by most people. Fear 3 is horrifying at times but that’s not what makes this game so good. The way this game affects you psychologically is amazing. This game will have you thinking, it will have you jumping and it will make you feel scared. There are many jump spots in the game where Alma will appear and you won’t be expecting her. This game is brilliant and you should be playing it tonight!

F3AR

Imagine these guys showing up to your house on Halloween

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Silent Hill has always been successful. The franchise has never let the die hard community down. Konami have always remained fresh with this franchise, and they have always had a few scares up their sleeves! Silent Hill: HD Collection brings you both Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3. Both games are amazing and they will scare you.

SH3

What a friendly bunny

Dead Space

The Dead Space series has been an amazing ride so far. Isaac Clarke has been through an emotional ride (as have we, the gamers) through all three instalments. This game is guaranteed to scare the socks off you! As you walk through the dark world that is Dead Space, you will come across something known as Necromorphs. These creatures are enough to give you nightmares. One minute you will be minding your own business and the next you will hear terrifying music that usually means there is something going to happen.

You get to wear this cool suit!

You get to wear this cool suit!

Well I hope you all enjoy this new edition to the TwiiSteD Blog. I have been thinking up new things over the last few months. I really enjoy reviewing games, but I want to do so much more. Hopefully I can improve on this in the future. This is technically just a test to see if I can actually do other things. Well I hope you enjoy this. Thank you for the support. You guys are amazing. Stay amazing.

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Halo 4: The Review (by TwiiSteD EmBeR)

Halo 4 review

It has been a year since 343 industries released Halo 4 and I still remember myself being overwhelmed with excitement about finally getting my hands on the game. Being a big Halo fan, remembering the feeling of immersion when playing the past Halo games and almost being a passenger with the Master Chief in every game. Halo 4 is the 7th installment in the Halo franchise, the first in the “Reclaimer” trilogy and with new developers 343 having a clean slate to work with, they were able make a game they could call their own. But there is always one tag that halo 4 and 343 have carried with them. Could they do the same job that predecessors Bungie did?

PAssing the Torch

The newcomers and their predecessors

The campaign, although when at first glance only has 8 Missions, a Prologue, an Epilogue and starts 4 years after the events of Halo 3 with Chief being awakened by Cortana and the Master Chief discovering the main shield world called “Requiem” where you will spend most of the campaign finding information out about the evil that you awaken and the secrets that it holds. During this time you will discover new enemies such as Prometheans, Crawlers and Watchers. You will discover a ton of new weapons and a variety of vehicles on your journey also! Even though the campaign, only being quite short, it is able to get you thinking about the challenges that John-117 and Cortana are facing with the UNSC Infinity crew and whether they are going to overcome them or not. Considering that this is their Halo debut , I feel that 343i have done a really good job in maintaining the standard of the Halo games that we have come to know and love.

Campaign

The Chief returns once again

New Enemies

The new enemies in Halo are enough to give you nightmares

 

Multiplayer is one of the most memorable things about the past Halo Franchise, and Halo 4 I feel is right up there with them. It has still kept the competitive side of gaming. This allows new gamers to pick up Halo 4 and jump straight in and get to know the multiplayer feel of the game.  343i have taken aspects from previous Halo games such as Armour abilities and have made them tolerable for in game combat. Thinking back to Halo: Reach and how the main annoyance was Armour Lock, 343i have fixed that annoyance. The maps in halo 4 are solely built for competitive gaming and are not taken from the campaign, which shows what direction that 343i wanted the multiplayer to go in. Halo 4 gives choices to the user by using loadouts found in many FPS (First-Person Shooters) and allows them to choose what gun, Armour ability and specializations they have chosen, which was a big move that 343 put in place for the multiplayer and I feel that they have made it work. Ordinance being another new feature added into multiplayer. When the user has built up enough points for ordinance they can use it and it will offer them 3 things they can choose from. Mostly being power weapons (Incineration Cannon etc.). Also with the added addition of the user being able to get into the fight faster without having to wait for a respawn time, I feel that 343 have done a good job with the multiplayer even though there are some glitches in the game that need to be worked on, they have made a strong base to build on for the future, with new weapons and a new feel for users to experience. They can only but evolve to make it better.

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Bringing the Halo multiplayer back to it’s roots

If you are new to the Halo franchise and have jumped in at Halo 4 and don’t understand the story very much, I recommend playing the past trilogy and understand how the Master Chief and Cortana have found themselves facing this challenge. (Rating 8/10 With only a short campaign which it makes up with the stunning cinematics, the way the campaign leaves you on a cliffhanger and makes you wanting more, along with the multiplayer. For a debut game that 343i have produced, I feel they can be proud but can only improve).

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