Five Nights at Freddy’s Scares the Mess Out of Me

This game has been terrifying people for a couple of months now, and I’ve been avoiding writing about it because, frankly, it scares me, and I didn’t want to play it because of that.

Okay, yes, I’m a wimp. I get it. But jump scares really get me. That’s why I admittedly have never finished Outlast, Anna, or even Slender. They just really scare me, and I don’t want to sleep. So I ended up playing all of these games in broad daylight with the lights on. It’s the only way I can do it.

But back to the actual game:

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I like the idea behind it, I really do. So for those that don’t know, there’s a pizza place named Freddy Fazzbear’s Pizza, pretty much a parody of Chuck E. Cheese, where the animatronic characters come to life at night. Well, the place needs a night security guard that can’t defend himself against the characters and is pretty much rooted to the spot in the security office. And that kind of sucks, because the animatronics think you’re one of them and want to stuff you “back” into one of the suits (which would kill you because of complicated reasons explained by the previous security guard) because they think you’re breaking the rules.

So basically, you’re keeping them out of the security room, and away from you, by watching them on the security system, checking hallways by turning on lights, and opening and closing the doors to the security room. Sound easy, right? Ehh…not exactly. See, you have a certain amount of electrical power that you can use during your shift (midnight to 6am), and pretty much everything you do uses up power. And on top of that, each day gets harder than the last.

There’s a plot behind it, but that doesn’t matter. Nothing matters except the fact that these animatronics are coming to kill you. Want to know why? Doesn’t matter, they want to put you into one of their bodies. The real question is why did this guy even show up for day 2 of the job, let alone 5 nights? I mean, I would’ve been out after the first night, screaming, “NOPE NOPE NOPE,” as I stormed out, middle fingers in the air, and making sure to let the owner know exactly how I felt in a strongly worded phone call, email, letter, and text message, all at the same time.

And another thing. Why does Freddy’s even need a security guard in the first place? I don’t think they’d get much crime with killer robots roaming the restaurant. The owner clearly didn’t think this one through. But that’s a whole new article in the making.

Long story short, this game does its job. It scares people. And what’s even better, you can see it coming and still get scared. It’s a great game, is getting tons of attention, and isn’t a $60+ major release. So go ahead and spend $5 and get scared for hours. Totally worth it. And while you’re at it, check this out:

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That’s right. There’s a sequel coming.

 

((Side note: I almost peed myself getting the images for this article…))

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New Release: Super Smash Bros. 3DS

The day has finally come. Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS has been released!

So I may or may not have played for six hours when it finished downloading. No shame. But I can’t help it. Not only was it a nostalgia thing, but it was also the fact that there are new characters to unlock, new stages to play on, and you just want to do it all.

So, from the top, here’s a review of Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS:

All in all, there were really just two major differences (three, if you split apart character and stage additions), and that is to be expected with each new Super Smash game. I mean, it’s just happened every new release.

 Character and  Stage Additions

A lot of characters were brought back, including the long-gone Dr. Mario. Characters with two or more forms were split into separate characters, like Zelda and Sheik, some characters were removed, like Pokemon Trainer, and a ton of new characters were added. The ones I looked forward to the most were Lucina and Palutena, but the one that really stuck out to me was Shulk (I’ve never played Xenoblade, but oh geez, I love this fighter!). There are also more alternate color options for each character, eight instead of four, to be exact.

I know there were some times that I’ve played any older version of Smash and wished a move worked differently, was more powerful, blah blah blah. Well, looks like that prayer has been answered with Fighter Customization. Not only can you change the strength, defense, and speed of a fighter, but you can change the movesets as well. I’m gonna give you a second to process that. Yes. You can change the movesets. Granted you need to play through the game to collect the moves, but it’s a fantastic new addition. You can finally make your favorite character more comfortable for you to continually play.

As with every new character, there is a new stage. So you can imagine there are plenty. And there are going to be different stages for both the 3DS and Wii U versions. Some have been brought back, such as Distant Planet and Corneria, and Brinstar, and there have been plenty of new additions like Gaur Plain, Spirit Train, and Rainbow Road. Stages are also given the option of an Ω Form; stages are completely flattened like Final Destination, erasing the possibility of KOing because of the map.

Game Modes

Along with all of the new characters and stages, there are new game modes and changes made to older ones. First of all, Adventure Mode, which has changed multiple times already, has changed into something similar (only in the fact that you’re not fighting other playable characters for a while) called Smash Run. In this mode, you pretty much go through a giant stage with multiple rooms, similar to Adventure Mode in Melee, fighting different enemies, collecting powerups, and battling the other players at the end when time runs out. And remember that customization thing? Well, it kinda help you here. Hint hint.

Classic Mode has changed, now giving you the option to choose your own path to the end. There is also a more specific difficulty setting for the mode as well. Now you can battle enemies at intensities from “Effortless” to “Nothing Harder” and everything in between. The higher the intensity, the better the prizes. But it’s still pretty hardcore, so I’m just gonna stay at like 4 for a while.

All-Star mode is a little different too. Instead of fighting characters based on the series they’re from, you fight them based on the era they first appeared in. Difficulties range from easy to hard in this one, and is pretty straightforward. You fight the characters in a huge brawl, no healing items except for three between fights. If you KO, you’re done.

There is also a Wi-Fi mode where you can either play “For Fun” or “For Glory”. It’s basically Vs. Mode, but online.

Other modes include Trophy Rush, Target Blast, Home-Run Contest, Multi-Man Mode, and Training Mode.

 

So I say get the game, especially if you’re a Nintendork like me. It’s great for both hardcore and casual gamers, will be able to be played across platforms, and…geez. There’s a lot I can say, but I’ll start rambling. You just need to play it yourself.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS was released this morning, Oct. 3, 2014, and is currently priced at $39.99. The Wii U edition will be released during the 2014 holiday season.

Gamer Spotlight: ChilledChaos

For a while now, I’ve been thinking of something different to do besides the tried and true game reviews and announcements. Something to add more content and length to my posts. Then it hit me. I’m a journalist. Why not do something…you know…journalistic? And thus, the idea of Gamer Spotlight was born.

My first victim is the well-known YouTuber and Twitch streamer, ChilledChaos. Let me just say that after about two and a half hours of talking with him (notice I didn’t say interviewing), I realized he really is a sweet, funny, and,well, chill guy. I mean, he sat through my ramblings about my weird pets and about how Tyler was deprived of Pokemon as a child.

But hey, down to business. I did ask some actual questions, after all. And for the sake of it being three in the morning and having to listen to a ton of audio, this, as well as future Spotlights, will be in Q&A format.

Q: What is your favorite game you’ve streamed so far, and what is your favorite game in general?

A: It’s usually Indie games. Anything that’s not $60, I kind of consider Arcade or Indie. So The Walking Dead last week was good, I guess a year ago, Papers Please was fun. I guess,contradicting what I just said, I do like doing relaxing games as well. We were streaming, with the Derp Crew, games like Uno and Monopoly, anything where you could be yourself.

Q: How much do you end up having to cut out of your videos?

A: Well, when I play with the Derp Crew, not a lot gets cut out. Probably the Minecraft series is the most you’re ever going to see see cut out. We probably, maybe, recorded for three hours that session, and I maybe cut out a half an hour. Derp Crew usually gets untouched simply because we’re a group of friends. We’re a pretty good group of friends, and our conversations flow. There’s no downtime, there’s not, well, there’s bickering and people getting upset at things, but there’s not a lot of people sitting there not knowing what to say or trying to strive for attention. No one is trying to make the ultimate joke. We’re just having a conversation.

When I play with other people, pretty much anyone else, a lot of it gets cut. I would say, an example, we played Garry’s Mod yesterday. We played for about an hour and I’m gonna get around three videos out of that and they’re gonna be around eight minutes each, so I would say two thirds of it gets cut out. Whether it be downtime, whether it be someone just singing in the background, if something doesn’t make sense, when you cut to make certain sections flow better. So I would say about two thirds of what I normally upload gets cut because, one, it doesn’t make sense, two, it just doesn’t make a good video, and three, if you are editing it, it’s really hard to edit something when  you have like an hour of footage there.

Q: You’re pretty popular on YouTube, do you ever get recognized on the street?

A: Yeah, it happened a couple times. The coolest time it’s happened so far, and the most awkward. So I was at the gym and, you know, just trying to get back into the swing of things and just trying to be myself and be all fit as they say. And all of a sudden, my phone does this “bzzt bzzt”, and then I see this picture:

Working OutAnd I was just like, “Huh…that’s awkward and weird.” That was probably the most awkward encounter. Cause then you know someone’s in your town, someone’s looking at you and you’re just like, “uh-oh.”

The cool ones in person, I was in a GameStop and there was a little kid, which is kinda weird because, you know, I guess it’s ok that little kids watch you. He had to be like 12 or 13. But I was waiting in line to buy something and he’s like, “Oh my god, are you ChilledChaos?” And I’m like, “Yeeaaahhh.” And he was like, “Can I take a picture?” and we took a picture together and he goes and checks out. When I get to the cashier, he’s like, “Who are you?” and I was just, “Oh, I’m just some idiot who does stuff on the internet.” That was cool.

There’s another time I was at this place called Trampoline World, it’s like the entire place is a trampoline park. That place is awesome. It’s like you get to be a child again. I was probably one of the older people there because for the most part, you have some young kids, and then you have the mothers that watch the young kids, and maybe some other 20-year-olds. And we were playing dodgeball, so it’s like me, two other 20-year-olds, and a bunch of anywhere form the age of 8 to 15-year olds, and you’re just pelting them with dodgeballs cause that’s just what you do. And I got yelled at by, I guess, one of the supervisors that was there cause…I guess I headshotted a kid, and they’re like, “You’re out. Can’t do that.” “Wait, what? I didn’t know I couldn’t do that!” And I guess the way I said it, it must’ve sounded like something I’ve said once before, like an eccentric tone. And one of the 20-year-olds was like, “Do you do YouTube?” *deep sigh* And yeah, we talked after. It’s fun.

It’s pretty fantastic, it’s a whole different experience. People “idolize” you, and I’m just some guy. I mean, right now I’m in my boxers. You’re just some guy in your boxers playing video games. So to me, there’s nothing special about me, but in someone else’s eyes, there’s something inherently special, so you have to make every interaction special to them.

 Q: Why ChilledChaos?

A: Why ChilledChaos. Oh boy. The name that I picked out came about in the year 2004. Whenever I got high scores, as a kid, I used to use [his initials] and “kid” at the end. That was the way that I kind of signed myself. The I realized that if I wanted to make a gamertag, cause this was gonna be on XboxLIVE, I kind of needed something better. I didn’t want to use my email address because it was childish because I’ve had it since I was like 7 years old. It was the family email, and everyone got one, I didn’t want to use that.

I was originally going to go with “IronHawk”. I don’t know why. Just thought of two random things, iron and hawk, and it sounded cool. And I had a friend whose name was IronPhoenix, and I was like, “Alright, I’ll be IronHawk, and together we’re gonna soar through the skies,” or whatever I was thinking about when I was 13. It just hit me, and I don’t know why, ChilledChaos just made sense. And, I don’t know, it was like an epiphany, like, “ChilledChaos. Ok.” And…I really don’t have a reason why. It just hit me, and it stuck, and it sounded good. I wish I had a better origin story, but I don’t. Angsty 13-year-old, that’s about it.

Q: Are there any games you’re looking forward to or hoping to get your hands on?

A: Ooh! The game I’m most looking forward to, actually there’s a couple. This is going to be a good year for games. You got the Master Chief Collection, which is gonna be my go-to FPS. I played Destiny Beta, I maybe played about 15 hours of it before it came out. I was super pumped, the game launched, it’s still unopened, sitting back there [behind him on a shelf]  in its box. Just an unopened box because I have no interest in it now. I thought that was going to be my FPS game, but it’s not.

You have Grand Theft Auto: V coming out on PC, I can not wait for that. World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenar is coming out. [Super secret part that I promised I wouldn’t release until he puts up the video, but let me tell you, it’s goooooood.] Besides that, I like just looking through the Steam games. Pretty much the main releases. Nothing that’s too much off the radar.

Q: So nothing about Super Smash that’s coming out soon? And Hyrule Warriors that already came out?

A: Oh crap! Well, uhh, no Hyrule Warriors. It’s one of those games where you can just lose track of time, and the last time I played Dynasty Warriors was the summer of 2006 ,and I played it just to get the achievements on the Xbox 360.

But Super Smash Bros., yes! I even bought this recently. It may look like a normal 3DS to you, and even opens as a normal 3DS, but right here, a USB out. So it’s a 3DS that has a built in capture card, so I’ll be able to record, edit, stream, and play any 3DS game. So that’s what the Derp Crew and I will be doing this Friday. Playing some Super Smash Bros. I feel like I’m gonna break this though. I feel like I’m gonna break this because I’m very rough on a GameCube controller, so I feel like I spent a lot of money getting a capture card installed and I’m gonna break it. So I am looking forward to that. But I am more looking forward to the WiiU release, simply because you now get a GameCube controller again, and I’m gonna play that to my heart’s content.

 

That’s about where we started talking about pets and life and hail the size of softballs and the “banned from playing Pokemon” thing. I really enjoyed this interview, and I’m really looking forward to having more experiences like this to share with you guys.

So, to suggest who I should interview next, feel free to leave a comment below. I’m going to leave some links for you so you can get some of Chilled in your life:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/CriousGamers

Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/chilledchaos

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChilledChaos

League of Legends: The Slow Descent

Three years ago, my best friend Tyler introduced me to the game League of Legends. Now, it was different than any other online game I’d played; I was used to first person shooters and RPGs. But games that took more strategy than “just shoot it!” were completely foreign. But three years ago isn’t where the descent into obsession started.

Two months ago, or something like that, the champion Gnar was released. Ok, now do the math. I’m a girl, Gnar is cute, of course I’m gonna play the game just to play Gnar.

A few levels later, I was hooked. I don’t know what it was. The first time I tried League, I didn’t want to have anything to do with it. I was tossed into the game not knowing the strategies or…well, the whole point of the game in the first place. But this time was different.

I’d watched streams, studied items and champions, watched Tyler play. A lot. I prepared myself, and all for this one adorable champion in a dinosaur suit. And it was worth it. Now I know how to tank, which champions counter which, how to build sets depending on the champion, and that auto casting exhaust and ignite is sooooo much more convenient when you’re being chased out of lane.

Granted, I’m still not the best. I’m as much of a noob as any new player, so if you play with me, don’t expect something amazing. Really. I’m bad. But I enjoy it, and that’s what counts, right?

So I’m writing this to let you know that if you ever get discouraged by a game, you’ll probably become obsessed with it three years later.

New Addiction: The Sims 4

Ok, this may be a little bias since I’ve played every Sims game and expansion since The Sims 2, but I have to say I can not put this game down. So how am I going to do this thing? I’ll break it down on continuity/featuresgraphics/gameplay, and room for expansions.

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The Sims 4, released in North America September 2, is the latest in the Sims lineup. It hosts a lot of new characters, towns, and new ways to create. Like totally new. In fact, the creators wanted it to feel like a completely new game, and in a way, they succeeded.

Continuity/Features

I feel like they somewhat succeeded in making the game something new while still keeping it classic. It still feels like a Sims game, just a different Sims game. It’s hard to describe, but if you played it, you’d understand.

Pretty much everything in this game, continuity-wise, is new. The only sims from past games are the Goth family, and even with that, they’re not completely the same.

Ok. Now the features have been getting a lot of controversy from fans. Some features seen as basic ones (pools, the toddler age, basements, and actions such as going to school, work, and stores in an open world, for example) have been taken out to make room for other features that I think are pretty worth it.

In Create-A-Sim, sliders are pretty much gone. Yeah. You customize your sims by actually clicking and dragging on them. So basically, customization just got a whole lot more accurate. But you can still select preset features like eyes and mouths, cause let’s face it, those suck to create.

In addition to that, emotions have been added, which affect the way your sims react to the world and the way they walk. Oh, and the best part, by far, is the autosave feature. Yeah. No more staying up all night working on a house, only to have your computer crash and everything is gone because you didn’t feel the need to pull an Elder Scrolls and save every 5 minutes. Yeah. It saved my life.

Graphics/Gameplay

Ok. I’ve already clocked a lot of hours into this game, and it still hasn’t gotten old. The gameplay, while familiar, has changed quite a bit since the last game. The menus and options have changed a bit, and placing objects has been made a bit more difficult in my opinion.  It’s harder to turn objects, the layout is different, and when you first open the game, it just feels weird. But after a while of playing, it starts feeling right.

The graphics have gotten better, though minorly. They’re just a step above The Sims 3, but the beauty is in the characters themselves. The sims actually move and act like real people. Well, real people if they could live in a video game.

Pretty much all the new features fall into the gameplay category, so I don’t really know what else I can say without repeating myself.

Room for Expansion

Every avid Sims player knows that there’s always expansion packs that come later on when new features are thought up. While that means more money that we spend, it also means more features that aren’t included in the base game. So, let’s see, there’s the basics such as Pets, World Adventures, Supernatural, and University Life that are pretty much going to happen unless EA wants to deal with a bunch of angry people. So basically, everything missing from the base game can be added with the expansion packs. No need to worry, guys.

Ok. Long story short, I love this game. But I don’t feel like I can give it an actual rating because of my connections to it. But just know that for the casual gamer, this is probably one of the most perfect things for you. Just sit back and take care of your pretend family that is probably based on your real family.

Retro Playthrough: Animal Crossing

Now I’m playing through Animal Crossing: Wild World again. Maybe for the third or fourth time. You see, I put down the DS when college started, save for when the new Pokemon games were released. Nevertheless, Animal Crossing was one of the games long abandoned.

I don’t know why, but I picked it up again recently, and though maybe I shouldn’t have put it down in the first place. I honestly missed the game, even the GameCube version. I loved the freedom, and the ability to do anything I wanted when I wanted. I could create different stories about this character that I played as I dressed her in designs I made. And that’s when I realized, this is the game that sparked my love of sandbox gaming.

For those of you who have forgotten, Animal Crossing allows the player to do anything from fishing, bug catching, and even shooting UFOs out of the sky. You can upgrade your house, interact with other residents (who are all animals), and invite your real life friends to come to your town. You can hit your neighbors with nets and buy paintings on the black market, watch an open mic performance every saturday, build a snowman in the winter. You’re living your life, but in a game. It’s as simple as it gets, but still entertaining.

Now, with all the freedom in the game, it would be hard to not enjoy it. And that is why all of the remakes of the game have been so successful. The newest version, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, will be released in June for us North Americans, and will be played on the 3DS. If it is anything like the others that date back to 2001, it will be a great game.

Assassin’s Creed 3 in Review

I know this is a little late, but seeing as I have just completed the game through all odds, I feel like a review is in order. As for all of my reviews, I will focus on three elements: storycharacter development, and graphics/gameplay.

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Ubisoft has outdone itself in both a good and bad way. The team has created another amazing game based on real history that put its own spin on important historical events. This one leaves Europe and makes its way to the shores of the New World just in time for the American Revolution. It introduces a new set of Desmond’s ancestors, but the focus is set on the half-English half-Mohawk assassin Ratonhnhake:ton, also known as Connor Kenway. Aside from the God-awful ending to the main series, this was a very good game, leaving me giving it an 80%.

For a start, everything was revamped for this game. Connor was given the ability to dual wield and take down multiple enemies at a time. The free running is more fluid for the wilderness terrain, and Connor was given more weapon options such as the more native tomahawk, bow and arrow, and rope darts. New weather simulations were added as well, so that it will rain, snow, and have fog. The seasons also change from summer to winter, which effects gameplay as well as the aesthetics. Also, animals were added, both domestic and wild. Wild animals include deer, wolves, bobcats and more, and can be hunted out on the Frontier, an area larger than Rome in past games. Other added features include naval expeditions where you captain the ship, economy based in Connor’s adopted home, the Davenport Homestead.

Now on to the review.

The game starts off with the synopsis that the world will be ending December 21, 2012 due to a solar flare. Turns out, the same thing has happened thousands of years ago, nearly destroying “Those Who Came Before”. Desmond and crew has now traveled to the Grand Temple, but don’t have they key they need to activate it. Using the Animus as he did in the rest of the series, Desmond lives through the lives of his ancestors to find the key that can save the world. Well long story short, this is the game he saves the world in, or so we think. But I’ll save the ending for the story section.

Graphics/Gameplay

This game was visually beautiful from the cities to the frontier. Anyone can throw a bunch of trees together and call it a forest, but the way each tree seemed to be individual, I have to applaud Ubisoft. Also, there was no, “I’ll just climb this completely smooth rock,” moments. If it could be climbed, there was a texture for it, a crack or ledge to be held onto. The new additions such as weather and season changes just added to the list of things that I liked about it. Very good, very pleasing, and it was something different.

This is a very easy game to play. Anyone can pick up the controller and become a master assassin. I got a “gaming challenged” friend of mine to play for a while just to prove to myself how easy this game is to play. You can probably get away with button mashing, since the freerunning isn’t like Mirror’s Edge and overly difficult to control. The simplicity makes you more open to the actual story taking place.

The multiplayer can keep me entertained for hours, playing and watching. It’s a mixture between strategy and chance, but gives you the feeling that you are really an assassin. The point of it is to assassinate other players without giving away that you are an assassin. If you pay close enough attention to the NPCs, you should be able to pick out who is trying to kill you.

Story

The story was a good one. As usual, the character history links in perfectly with actual history using situations that make sense when put up next to the history books. Desmond’s side was for a noble cause, but it was too overdone. A man saves the world from destruction, been there done that, right? Not anything too exciting besides finding the key that could save the world through Connor’s memories.

Now Connor’s story was rather different. His is a story of betrayal, deceit, and finding who he truly is. All of this while helping, and succeeding, in the Revolution. It all starts with his father, Haytham Kenway, a Templar, and how he fell in love with Connor’s mother before skipping to Connor’s childhood in his village just before Charles Lee attacked. Mom dies, an Elder shows him the sphere that allows Juno to communicate with him, he seeks to become an assassin, finds Achilles, trains, then carries on the tradition of stopping the Templars.

The best moment in the story has to be when Connor finally meets Haytham, and his father tries to make him see the Assassins and Templars aren’t as different as they seem. The both want to fight for peace, but they have different opinions on what this “peace” really is. Connor is conflicted on what to do, but follows his path in the end.

But the story isn’t about Connor, not really, and a lot of people tend to forget that. So hopefully there would be a good ending. Well, I didn’t like the ending of this game. In fact, a lot of us didn’t. If you haven’t played the game yet, you may want to skip to the next section. I didn’t like how we weren’t given the option to choose our fate at the end. We’re given two choices on how we can save the world, right? There’s Juno, who turns out to really be the big bad of the game series and just wants to save the world so she can control it, then there’s Minerva who tells us that not everyone will die in the solar flare, but civilization would have to restart and you would be considered the hero that restarted everything.

On one hand, you have the Templar choice: you save the world, but let it get taken over thinking the others can stop it because if you unleash Juno, you’ll die. On the other hand, you have the Assassin choice: you live and trust that Minerva is right, because she’s kinda been through it before, and help restart civilization and die at an old age a hero, become legend, then are considered a god. You would think the Assassin wouldn’t pick the Templar choice, right? His “death”, since some still don’t believe he has really died, was nothing more than, “zap, gone.” Alex, you could’ve at least given us something aesthetically pleasing for his death…Then there were the credits.

Character Development

Connor is a kindhearted young man. He means well in everything he does, and he fights for a just cause. At times it can be seen that he is a bit stubborn, rushes into danger, and is a bit naive, which really makes him a well-rounded character. He still has his obvious faults that are played on a lot in the story. I love the character because he’s this big, bad assassin, but he’s still human. He still has hopes, dreams, and regrets, and you see it all. Best of all, he’s a guy that just won’t quit.

Desmond, though he is really the main character of this game, was a let down. All you see about Desmond is how he wants to save the world. The most emotion you get out of him was when he was saving his father. Now the creators of this series know how to develop a character, they even made me feel bad for Haytham near the end, but they simply didn’t do it for Desmond. Maybe it’s because he is the main character, but not the main focus. I don’t know, I’d like to know the guy I’m trusting to save the world has emotions, even if it is just a game.

Out of 15, I would give this game an 12. The game was pretty good, but the story and characters could use a lot of work. And I mean a lot. It has potential to be an amazing game, but it’s just not quite there with the story for me.

Pros:

  • Easy to play
  • Open world
  • Fun multiplayer

Cons:

  • Ending was a let down
  • Credits took well over 20 minutes at the end
  • Poor character development

This game is the one you’ll put in when you have a bit of extra time on your hands, but has a good story along with it. If I could, I would just skip the ending.

Ubisoft has announced earlier this year that a new Assassin’s Creed game will be coming out every year, and the release set for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, prequel to ACIII, has been set for October 29, 2013 in North America. Mark your calenders and prepare to take to the seas.

Thanks for reading my review guys. If there is anything you would like me to review, just comment below and I will try to do it for you. Also, since typing reviews like this take all day with my school schedule, I am thinking of doing my reviews in podcast or video form. So just leave your opinion on that in the poll. 

Later,

Fawn

ANOTHER BATCH!

This is going to be a rather short post. You know, school and whatnot. But for those who aren’t following Elder Scrolls Online, this is for you.

We should all know by now about the upcoming MMO Elder Scrolls Online, right? Skyrim met World of Warcraft when Bethesda and Zenimax teamed up to create what is thought to be one of the most expected games of this year.

Alpha testing went well, and signups for beta are still going on. And for the millions that have already registered, your invitation just may be in your inbox. So you should go check now. I know I am.

Sign up for beta here.

Music and Games

Video Games Live logo

Video Games Live logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems like video games and music go hand in hand. But since people don’t really play games for the soundtrack, many gamers miss out on doubling an amazing experience. It’s subconsciously there, the music. You know Super Mario Bros. from Skyrim just by listening to them, and you know that rush you feel when the music swells as you rush into the boss battle. You could silently thank the composers whenever you play your games, or you could find out when Video Games Live is coming to your town and thank one of the composers yourself.

I know you hear about things like this being an experience like no other, but this is truly an experience like no other. When I first heard about VGL, I expected to dress in classy attire and sit in an auditorium quietly while the orchestra played themes from our favorite video games. I was satisfied with it, this wasn’t my first orchestral concert, but I didn’t know just how wrong I was until a week before the event when more information was given to me.

A friend of mine from the Louisiana Cosplay Community sent me a picture of her all dressed up as the male trainer from upcoming Pokemon X and Y. Seeing as the game was just announced, I was impressed at how quickly she had put together her costume. She then asked me who I was going as. I didn’t know there was a cosplay contest. Not only that, but I didn’t know there was a Guitar Hero contest, I also didn’t know there was a light show and gameplay going on during the whole thing. Flute Link even made an appearance. Lastly, there were the meet-and-greets.

I was surprised at how well it turned out. The creators really brought two cultures together through one common thing. Music. I recommend this event to everyone. Find a date close to you, get your costumes ready, and get ready to enjoy some music.

A New (Old) Pokemon Revealed

It was early this morning, about 4, that I heard my phone going crazy. Maybe it was an emergency, so I opted to check it. When I did, it was only Facebook. So of course I was disgruntled, but still checked it anyway. That’s when I saw this plastered all over my wall:

Mewthree?

Look familiar? Everyone hoped it would. Apparently it’s the new form of Mewtwo for the upcoming games Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, originally a legendary pokemon that was created in a lab and is basically God’s clone. But since it was revealed with no name on yesterday’s episode of “Pokemon Smash”, some fans have dubbed this new form “Mewthree”. While some are excited that the company is revamping an older generation pokemon, others are less happy about the situation.

Those that are happy with the change feel that the design is cool. It is a way to bring the newer generation into what the ’90s kids grew up with. But that’s about all they are happy about, the design. They aren’t really concerned with the fact that it is a complete do-over from an already amazing character, but hey, the design’s cool.

Those that are not happy with this change or possible new creation feel that Nintendo has honestly run out of ideas. This is what they came up with after asking fans to submit their ideas? A revamp of an older pokemon as opposed to one of the millions of amazing and original fan created ones. Others argue that it is what the character stood for, not his looks. Mewtwo helped children realize that it it not where you come from, but what you do with your life. And it wasn’t his looks that made kids of the ’90s realize this.

“I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” – Mewtwo Pokemon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back

Also, we are all aware that every game has been turned into a television series or movie, and nearly every pokemon has been included. How would this new form come to play? Fans have started making their own theories about this. Perhaps it is a clone of Mewtwo, and truly is Mewthree. Or maybe Mewtwo just got a makeover. Well we all know how well playing, controlling, and cloning God went the first time, so you would think all of the villainous groups would have learned their lessons by now. So we’re probably leaning towards the makeover bit.

We’ll all know the real story soon enough. Pokemon X and Pokemon Y come out for the 3DS in October this year, so be ready to start a new adventure.

To see this new pokemon in action: