Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Review

 

As I near the island that my next target is on I notice, through my eyeglass, that there are five British ships that would not take too kindly to my presence. I tell the men to give me all sails, because we sit right on the air current, sending us straight toward our destination. I call for mortar fire on three of the smaller ships that were huddled together to get them out of the way for the huge Man-O-War that sits in my path. They sink all to easily as my newly upgraded Mortar cannons shreds through their deck. The cost, I gain the attention of the rest of their friends. I quickly tell the men to raise the sails a bit so I can get in a better posision to use the broadside cannons. “Hit the deck” I say as they shoot their first volley of cannons at us. Continue reading Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Review

The Walking Dead Returns With Season 2

ATTENTION!!!!! ATTENTION!!!!! ATTENCHUUUUUUN!!!!!! THE ARTICLE BELOW CONTAINS SPOILERS I REPEAT THE ARTICLE BELOW CONTAINS SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. With that being said…..

 

Previously on The Walking Dead, Clementine escapes with her life as Lee lies dead, chained up to protect her as he got bit and became zombified. While all this is happening Wyatt, Vince, Russell, Bonnie, and Shel have been having their own survival issues during the zombie outbreak. Ranging from prison escapee’s to a young lad trying to make his way home. No one is safe in this new world……And now we return to The Walking Dead Season 2.

This game picks up immediately after Season 1 ended but this time your in control of Clementine a young girl that is trying to survive. Telltale wastes no time in reminding you that this is The Walking Dead and the world is we once knew is gone.  Alas I am not allowed to further give anymore information about the story due to the Managers of Around the Geek preventing me (the Jerks…Jk i like this job) so I will be vague as possible.

Season 2 of The Walking Dead starts off with a nice BANG! The action and the story draws you in as you try and help Clementine survive in this world with the knowledge she acquired from Lee in Season 1.  I normally play straight through each episode in one sitting because I have a hard time putting it down. Decisions that have to be made, moral choices, and bandages. We all know someone is gonna get hurt, it happens in every episode. I dare someone prove me wrong. Unlike playing Lee, Clem is much younger and has to be much more careful in placing trust in others and vice-verse for obvious reasons of course. For example, Clem gets bite mark on her arm and is searching for medical help. Now imagine a young girl in the woods, alone,  asking you for medical attention and you notice a bite mark on her arm. What would you do? What would your thought process be? Would you believe her if she said it wasn’t from a walker? The game play takes a dramatic shift when your a young girl and not a grown man and that is what makes this better than Season 1.

Season 2 of The Walking Dead is a great game to play especially if your a Walking Dead fan. If not, play an episode at a friend’s house and see if it’s worth your time. If you haven’t played Season 1 or 400 days you will not be confused if you decided to start with Season 2 Episode 1. Season 1 Game of the Year is available for purchase,  it comes with all 5 episodes and is available on Mac/Pc, Ps3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, Steam,  and the App store. The Walking Dead 400 Days is available for a separate purchase cost on all major systems.  Season 2 also offers a Season pass which offers all 5 episodes for a discounted price and allows you to immediately download them upon release (Check your local system for price details) Prices may vary. Remember the rules: Cardio, Double-Tap,  Limber Up, and last but not least Don’t be a Hero. The Walking Dead TV show returns Feb 9 at 9pm on AMC.

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WHAT TIME IS IT? ADVENTURE TIME!!!!

For starters if you don’t know what Adventure Time is by now..not cool. For the rest that do your all mathematical and are deemed worthy to lay eyes upon this post for you have passed the test. Adventure Time Explore the Dungeon because I Don’t Know is a dungeon crawler for all systems and supports up to 4 players. My review will be from a 360 standpoint.

Upon purchase of this game I quickly realized that this game does not support online co-op. In this age that is a rare so i proceeded to do what anybody would do…take it to my friends house (Actually I took it home first and tried to solo it but it wasn’t much fun). Upon arriving at friends house and gathered the players deemed worthy taking up this quest we proceeded to Explore the Dungeon because We Don’t Know ( We do know but I’m not telling PB would be mad). The game is crafted with a mix of 16-bit and HD graphics and it is wonderfully blended together and has the regular voice actors too. Each character is different of course each with their own special move that you can activate by using your imagination. After choosing our characters Finn, Jake, Marceline, and Cinnamon Bun it was ADVENTURE TIME!

The game is pretty straight-forward as far as dungeon crawlers go, you go through each level looking for the stairs to take you down to the next floor. The game play mechanics are very simple so it is was easy to pick up and play. The fun kicks in as soon as you start playing. Everybody was running around each level defeating monsters and trying to be the first to get the many treasures throughout the levels. The more treasure you got the more money you had to spend to upgrade your characters at each checkpoint. It became competitive quickly because there is always that one players that wants to be THAT guy. So after diving ten levels deep we had the pleasure of kicking the 1st bosses butt.  Needless to say he wasn’t ready for that.

I believe the purpose of this game is to bring people together like in the 80s and 90s to have a good time enjoying each others company. If you have kids it helps get them to experience what it was like when we played games as kids. But tell them to bring their own controller because ain’t no kid about to break my controller. Its not my fault if he gets upset that my kid is getting all the treasure first. On side note I don’t have any kids, I’m just sayin’ haha. Overall this is a great game to play with your friends around in the same room like old times.  When I get around to beating it I’ll further update my review.

By: J.T. Dogzone

Dungeons and Dragons: What is it, is it for me?

 

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Approaching the end of a musty, stone hallway a thick, wooden door stands closed in front of you; blocking your path. Attempting to calm your nerves, you quietly press your ear against the door. Even through the thick oak you can hear multiple creatures talking in gruff, harsh voices. Though their words are in a language you do not understand, their tones and inflections are known to you, orcs. At least a dozen of the brutes.

Turning around you creep back to your group of friends. “Orcs,” you whisper, “at least a dozen.”

The squat, heavily armored dwarf fighter snorts at your caution. “Not even enough for me to break a sweat, whelp, lets have at it,” he exclaims drawing his sharp double handed axe.

However, before he can advance  the human wizard, clothed in bright red robes, shakes her head. “A cautious adventurer is a long lived one, let us give these orcs something of a surprise,” the wizard says with a twinkle in her eye.

Sighing the dwarf shrugs his shoulders, “very well, but at least leave a few for me.” With that you creep back up to the door. Your ally the wizard is already deep in her incantation. The excitement of combat creeping upon you, you grab the door handle swinging it open. Moments afterwards a ball of flame shoots into the room, radiating an intense hear. It impacts upon something in the room, exploding in a orgy of destruction. The shrieks of the orcs are quickly silenced as the inferno consumes the monsters.

“Thought you were going to leave some for me,” the dwarf shouts, glaring at the wizard. The human shrugs, smiling, “My bad,” he exclaims.

Player 1 (Dwarf): Wait this is a fantasy adventure, people don’t say my bad!

Player 2 (Wizard): What ever, that’s 12 more kills to my tally.

Player 1 (Dwarf): You better hope you didn’t destroy the loot. I walk into the room, careful to stomp out any fires, please tell me some loot is safe.

Dungeon Master: (rolls dice) Yes. Though their armor is destroyed, their weapons and gold remains safe.

Player 1 (Dwarf): Woohoo! I begin to collect it…

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Ever wonder what playing Dungeons and Dragons, better known as D&D, is like? Well this has been a brief example of a session between 3 players and a Dungeon Master.

D&D is a pen and paper Role Playing Game, much like Skyrim, Fallout, or Dragon Age. In game one person plays as the Dungeon Master, or DM, and creates the adventure, which a group of friend then play through as the heroes (or villains).  Much like those aforementioned games, D&D is a game of choice. How will you navigate the dungeons? Will you help the town? Do you negotiate for more money? Do you even pursue this adventure, or look elsewhere for something else? Would you rather spend your time building a business or buying equipment?

Unlike video game RPGs, D&D is completely flexible. Players can do pretty much anything they desire, within the normal bounds of the physics of the world and their character’s power. In addition, unlike video game RPGs, you get to play with a group of your friends. Finally, D&D is a game that you the players dictate the flow of. Unlike video games, which have set parameters, D&D is set up to be tweaked freely taking into account what each player wants out of the game.

Does this sound interesting to you? Want to know how to get started? Or perhaps you already play and are looking for playing tips, either as a player or as a Dungeon Master? Look for future articles coming soon while I walk you through how to cheaply start D&D, quick and easy ways to learn the rules, and other help strategies!

-Jake Hutton

 

 

 

The Last of Us DLC Left Behind Gets a Release Date

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After a long time we finally get concrete info on the Last of Us’ DLC. Sony revealed a trailer this week that’s nearly 3 minutes long and shows the DLC’s other main character Riley, whom was mentioned in the main story. Naughty Dog explains that this DLC will be more about exploration and less about combat, and that this story will have just as much impact as the main story. The Last of Us’ “Left Behind” DLC comes out on February 14. Hope you guys are ready for this, I am.

Xbox One Leads US Console Sales in December

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The NPD Group has revealed the top ten best-selling games in the United States for the month of December, plus for the entirety of 2013.

Total software sales for the month were $1.28 billion (down 17% from $1.54 billion in December 2012), and hardware brought in $1.37 billion (up 28% from $1.07 billion last year). now with this being said Xbox has been selling more consoles due too the lack of ps4s being sent out.

here is a list showing the game sales from Dec 1 2013 to Jan 4 2014

Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, NWU, PC)**
Battlefield 4 (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, PC)
Just Dance 2014 (WII, 360, NWU, XBO, PS3, PS4)**
Madden NFL 25 (360, XBO, PS3, PS4)
NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)**
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, NWU, PC)**
Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)**
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, 3DS, XBO, PS4, NWU, PSV, PC)
FIFA 14 (360, PS4, XBO, PS3, PSV)
Skylanders SWAP Force (WII, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS, XBO, PS4)

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