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Diablo III Review…or… Where did all of my time just go?

21 May

diablo gameThe long-awaited Diablo III has finally been released, and all over the world people have been sucked back into the world of Sanctuary in order to investigate a fallen star.  But, as always, there’s so much more to it than that.

Melvin and I have been trying out the different character classes: Wizard, Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, Monk and of course the Barbarian.  Read on to see what we think of the characters and the gameplay, and find out if Melvin believes that the wait was worth it! Continue reading

Mobile Game Reviews

7 May

Welcome dwellers,  to Mobile Game Reviews!

In lieu of the regular game reviews (as we are currently still looking for a steady writer) I’ll be reviewing the up-and-coming games from the android market. I’ll also do my research for the iGEEKS and links to the Amazon app store if possible.

On the first installment of mobile game reviews we’ll take a look at a well known web sensation. It was his/her/its first year anniversary recently.

Nyan Cat Jump!

Nyan cat game screenshot

Well first,  either mute the media on your phone, or turn it down just enough to annoy those around you, because a nyan cat game is nothing without the soundtrack except less annoying.

Then, ask yourself if you like doodle jump or not. If not, don’t bother, its pretty much a way more spectacular, LSD reminiscent, skin. On the subject of skins you can choose a theme for your nyan feline, and backgrounds as well.

The special power ups are more colorful and random, while featuring the same aspects of the doodle jump we’ve come to love (but refuse to pay for.)
If you’re looking for a free jump! game this is a great replacement.

I loved it so much, I cranked the volume and attempted high score after high score. How I could NOT play a Wolverine Nyan Cat? Seriously.

5* out of 5*
Android market

Nyan Cat-Lost in Space

I’m not normally a fan of the simple sideways scrolling games. But,  as I just learned,  that special ranbow-poptart-cat can change minds.


Simple controls, tap to jump and tap again to jump again. But the Technicolor super powers are worth grabbing and the alien UFO’s are worth avoiding.  Skins are also incorporated into this game as well, just not as many. Overall its more of a “Hey look!  A Nyan Cat game!“ or *entertains two year old with smart phone* type of time-passer. Though beware: once sucked in its hard to escape.

That’s how I ended up playing it for an hour while my spouse talked to his brother about cars. It is a great time passer, probably the best if there is a best of such. I’ll be keeping it on the top of my game folder. It is a great game to show off the colors on newer phones and give someone a good ol’ aneurism if you leave the audio on.

3.5* out of 5*
Android Market

The Links below were the only ones I could find from the Apple App Store, and the Amazon App Store for Nyan Cat games.

Apple App Store

Amazon

Thanks for reading! If you’ve played or downloaded these games let us know what you thought of them in the comments below!

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The Gates of Hell Have Opened!

23 Apr

….And they are actually about to close just as quickly as they opened.  I wrote this a meager 5 hours after Blizzard opened it’s servers to the mass public, consider this a ‘ first impressions and beta review’

I have two men in my living room playing the Diablo beta. Both of them true players and fans of the game they are loading. I’m currently writing this on my phone because I loaned the use of my lap to my better half’s brother, that’s right, good deed of the year.

Diablo 3 has been on their mind for 12 years, they played Diablo two during Christmas non-stop because gifts of #3 pre-orders was too much to handle.

Loading two computers with a buggy beta version of one of the most anticipated games of the century took a while for sure.  Once done, they hoped on, worked out a few bugs, and started the descent into  Hell.

During the first mission its apparent that the graphics could be more awesome. The buildings and scenery may not be as crazy as Skyrim,  but the point here is looting corpses and killing baddie hoards, not smelling the roses or breathtaking mountains.  If you played the previous games you’ll be satisfied with the look and feel of this one. You may also notice that the environment is a bit more interactive and is, of course, more of a 3-D purgatory than it’s older versions.

When it comes to game play, our faster computer did fine, and it even played tolerably on my slower laptop.  Only a few blips of lag here and there, but its to be expected in a beta, or while sharing an internet connection.

There are baddies you will remember and some new creeps crawling around trying to deal damage. The old familiar npc, Deckard Kane, is seen during beta as well.

Looting and combat work in pretty much the same way. Random clicking! But seriously, there are more realistic hot keys for combat and healing: making game play easier and more fluent(instead of constantly refilling inventory slots with much-needed potions.)

Overall the reports from the boys was a good one. I even Had a great time watching!  For waiting as long as they did for this game, I can’t believe anything would meet their standards, this did. It was kick ass enough for them to play it two times over to go for all the loot, skills, and levels that they could inside the demo.

We would hope you got to play the beta and if you liked it, we recommend getting Diablo III. It’s a steep $60 for the standard version and $100 for the collectors edition. We consider it totally worth it and you have till 10 am today to play it!

Happy gaming!  And Get in quickly to Try it out,Info here!

Did you play the beta? Tell us what you thought in the comments!

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Mists of Pandaria Beta – The Good, the Bad, and the Bamboo

9 Apr

WoW : MoPAs a longtime Blizzard fangirl, I’ve spent the better part of the past seven years as a hardcore WoW addict.  I admit it, I’m a bit of a Warcraft

junkie, and, barring the occasional lapse, I don’t see that stopping anytime soon.  I’ll be the first to admit, I haven’t been overwhelmingly excited with the recent offerings in Azeroth.  In spite of all this, I was pretty thrilled to be invited to the Mists of Pandaria beta testing.For those unfamiliar with Blizzard’s newest Warcraft expansion, Deathwing has fallen, and the Horde and Alliance are in all out war.  During a battle, the warring factions inadvertently unveil the previously hidden continent known as Pandaria, home of the enigmatic faction neutral race known as Pandaren.  As far as gameplay goes, the entire talent system has been revamped, and a new character class has been introduced — The Monk.

Click the link to read more about my journey in Pandaria.

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XBuck Live Arcade : I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES!!!1

2 Apr

Welcome, true believers, to XBuck Live Arcade. I’m your host, Chaoticute, and I’ll be bringing you the best in $1 XBL games as regularly as I feel the need to. (Translation : Whenever Holly slaps me on the wrist, or drags me away from the joy that is Mass Effect : Romancing the Garrus.) For this installment, I’ve decided to start with a $1 classic of the Xbox 360 system, I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES!!!1. Released in 2009, the game garnered huge praise to the tune of over 150k downloads within its first year. IGN named it Independent Game of the Year in 2009, and its developer, James Silva and his company Ska Studios, have made over $200k on the game since its release. Frankly, it’s not hard to see why.

The game itself is simple. Move with one stick, shoot with the other. Yup. No Steel Battalion style billion button controls here, just you and your thumbs. The plot is fairly simple – Zombies appear to be after your cerebral bits. A whole new layer is added when block-centipedes made of creepy smileys and blobs of green goo join the party, and the entire game is highlighted by what can only be described as seizure-inducing color changes. Your weapons are upgraded using drops and range from flamethrowers, what looks like a beam cannon, and a multiple ninja star flinging device. It’s a collection of topdown madness the likes of which have not been seen since the mid 80s.

Click to see the entire review of: I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES!!!1

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – Game Review

5 Mar

For this weeks game review Monday, we’re going to be looking and discussing some key aspects of: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning!

While this game might not of had a big explosion in popularity on release day, this game is one of the best games I’ve actually played in a long time! Let’s dive into this shall we?

First things first, I’d like to explain the combat system of this game to you. For those of you that have played any of games in the Fable series, this game has a very fluid and dynamic combat system and survival depends greatly on dodging and blocking. The game allows you to wield the powers of a magician, rogue,a warrior, or even any combination of the three. Each of the three styles of fighting  have the capability to use a wide variety of weapons as well.

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