8/27/2015 0 Comments
#TBTReview Crash Bandicoot: Warped
In this entry of Sony's classic 3D platforming series, players take control of Crash on another adventure to stop Doctor Cortex from enslaving earth. This time around, players travel through time to stop Cortex and his gang of villains from obtaining various crystals in different points of time. Players got to visit ancient Egypt, ride dinosaurs, and time-travel the globe in a uniquely awesome experience. With varied levels and top notch quality for its time, the third game in the series stands as my personal favorite, as it does for many gamers today.
By Edwin Velez
As college students, we are totally familiar with the struggles that come with education. Together we have come up with a quick list that we think will help reduce that stress as well as the coming workloads you may face this semester. Feel free to add in the comments some of your tips on how to make things a bit easier for students!
Microsoft Office Essentials On the Go
Why not catch up on some homework or get a head start on that important paper during your down time away from a computer? Using this app, you have access to the ever popular MS Word on your cellphone or tablet, allowing for easy typing on the go. I always do my editing and proofreading on the big screen, but this app is always helpful for getting work done while out and about.
Entertainment for the Busy Soul
Fallout Shelter is one of the best mobile games I have played in a long time. Its the perfect sim game to catch up on in-between classes and does not require your undying attention. Best of all is that it is free. Check out the full review here.
Finally we get some WiiU news to get excited about. Pokken Tournament, the Pokemon/Tekken hybrid, was once thought to be a Japenese Arcade exclusive. In what was clearly a right move, Nintendo announced today via the Pokemon World Championships and Youtube. The game looks gorgeous, and is one of very few games I plan on buying for my WiiU in the near future. Check out the announcement below.
The trailer highlights several Pokemon, with hopefully more to come. The above video confirms the following fighters
By Edwin Velez
8/20/2015 0 Comments
Fallout Shelter Review
Fallout Shelter is a free game that blows other "freemium" games out of the water. You are an overseer, and it is your job to manage a vault successfully to keep its inhabitants not only alive but happy as well. Its a simulation/management game that surprisingly does not beg you to keep returning to it, but it is so well put together that the want to play outweighs the need. Players assume a omniscient perspective where they can see every layer of their growing vault all at once. A variety of rooms can be built, making strategy key. Three key components are necessary to keep the vault going strong: Water, Electricity, and Food. Without these, your vault "dwellers" will perish, and without dwellers, you can not make a steady supply to keep them alive. Steady production is necessary, and dwellers can be put to work effectively based on their S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats. For instance, someone with a high Strength stat works best in an an Electricity based room, upping production times. Dwellers can be obtained via random appearance, in lunch boxes (more on those soon), or by breeding. The game is deep on many levels, much more than I expected. The offspring not only grow up over time, but share similar stats to there parents. Keeping all the dwellers happy by having steady supplies and giving them the correct jobs adds to the overall vault happiness, increasing production and offering bonuses on your daily grade.
Players consistently have 3 objectives to complete, offering rewards of caps (money) and lunch boxes. The aforementioned lunch boxes are the monetization aspect of the game. The essential serve as card packs, offering four random items to receive ranging from rare dwellers and weapons to extra supplies. By no means do you need to buy these, and that is awesome considering the monetization schemes many free to play games on the market have in place. Its not all peaches and cream managing a vault however. Raiders and death claws can attack your vault, stealing supplies and killing your people. Rushing production can also cause hazardous scenarios like fires and rad roach infestations. Successful rushing leads to bonus caps and productions, and arming your dwellers with weapons is the best way to stop physical threats. Weapons as well as outfits are best earned by sending a dweller out into the wasteland to explore. Much like in the actual game, these explorers find many supplies and danger while on their trip. The more stimpacks and radaways you give them (which can be made in the vault) the longer their travels can be. This is the best way to earn items while not playing. Unlike many simulation games on the mobile market, Fallout Shelter does not force you to play. Your vault will not fall apart if you do not check it consistently. Supplies do not drain completely while you are away, but production and explorers stay active. This game is a perfect mobile rendition of the universe, and hopefully future updates add to the already deep and rich experience that is Fallout Shelter.
By Edwin Velez
You can download Fallout Shelter for free right here.
The ever popular Batman Arkham Knight is still going strong, and just around the corner is the next DLC pack included in the Season Pass. This time around we get to experience not only the 1989 Michael Keaton Batsuit, but the fan-favorite Batmobile from the film as well. Included are several AR challenges and courses for the Batmobile, as well as a hand full of skins for various characters. Check out the latest episode of Arkham Insider below.
Having recently reviewed Arkham Knight, I am super excited to continue playing new content in the coming months. Stay tuned, as a DLC Down Low review of the above content will be updated on to the existing Arkham Knight Review.
By Edwin Velez
8/7/2015 0 Comments
Uppercut Games had a clear vision, one that in my personal and professional opinion believe that they certainly succeeded. Though short and offering little replayabilty, I most certainly appreciate the game for what it was. I caught myself wanting to have to survive, to have to struggle, and that is simply why the industry needs more games like this. It has that old-school appeal of taking a game world as it is, and never having to ask for more. We need the change of pace brought on by this and other indie games that recognize how repetitive trends can be. The game serves as a seed to a plant that you control the outcome of. Play it how you want, and decide what the story means to you. The conclusion will always be the same, but how players take their experience is what matters in the long run. Those seeking something different will feel right at home when they take a splash in Submerged. Click here for full review
By Edwin Velez
The Deadpool trailer was just released via Conan, and it is fan-fucking-tastic. Excuse the language, but c'mon, we are talking about Deadpool here. I am so glad this movie did not get stuck as a PG-13 flick, and I have no doubt that R rating is going to be a hard R. Ryan Reynolds is absolutley perfect, and his dedication to the character shows. Enough of my rambling, just watch the damn trailer below!
By Edwin Velez
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