Thursday, May 5, 2016

Week 16 ~ Batman Arkham Series

The Batman: Arkham game series consists of 4 different platform games: Asylum (2009), City (2011), Origins (2013), and Knight (2015). Each game would be categorized as an open-world, action-adventure RPG. In Asylum, you're trying to trying to stop Joker from letting out all the criminals at Arkham Asylum, but unfortuanetly you fail after a heroic battle against Joker after he takes a few doses of Titan and he becomes gigantic. In City, you are trying to not only stop Joker, but also Hugo Strange from destroying Gotham. After Joker injected himself with the Titan, his blood became poisoned and he was quickly dying and injected his blood into Batman himself and sent bags of his blood all over Gotham to different hospitals. In Origins, it jumps back many years to when Joker and Batman first met. In this installment you have to fight many different villains including Joker, Two-Face, Deadshot, and more. In Knight, you jump back to reality to after the Joker has died. The main villain in this game is known as the Arkham Knight, (SPOILER ALERT) it is actually Jason Todd, your former Robin until you thought the Joker had killed him. All the games have won many game awards, most of which were Game of the Year. Origins was the least fun, but the developers (Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros.) saved themselves when they released Arkham Knight, a phenomenal game. One reason Knight is amazing is because you get to drive around in the BA Batmobile, how cool is that?! I'd personally give each of these games a 10/10, even Origins, simply because they are all great games and Batman is just the best, no doubt about it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Week 15 ~ Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action RPG developed by Bioware and published by Electronic Arts. It is similar in a sense to Mass Effect, especially since it is from the same developers and has a lot of the same game concept. This game was released in November of 2014 for PC, PS3 and PS4, and Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Now, you can purchase this game for $20 since it is so old. This game offers a lot of DLCs: Jaws of Hakkon, Dragonslayer, Spoils of the Avvar, The Descent, and Trespasser. In the game, you could choose between five different class types: dual weilder, sword and shield, archer, two-handed  weapons, and mage. You get to go around attacking demons while your overall task is to close these rifts creating the monster and you're the only person who can close the rifts. You get to bring along a band of heroes to help you with your trialing tasks. This game has recieved a 4.5/5 on Metacritic, 5/5 on Common Sense Media, and 9/10 on Gamespot. I would personally give this game an 8/10 simply because I get my butt kicked every time I try to play it, but I'm trying.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Week 14 ~ Far Cry Primal

Far Cry Primal is an action RPG developed and published by Ubisoft. It was released for PS4 and Xbox One on February 23, 2016. It is the fifth installment of the Far Cry series, but the first to take place in the Stone Age, 10,000 BC. It is the same as the other as games, except this time there are no guns. This was a big uproar for most players, claiming it took away the idea of Far Cry games. Instead, you get to run around with spears and stone axes and  bow and arrows, which I think is super fun. In addition to that, you get to control animals  to help you, like bears or mammoths. You can purchase this game for $60. This game received a 4/5 from both Common Sense Media and Metacritic and 9/10 from Trusted Reviews. I haven't played this game yet so I have no rating but I really want to play it.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Week 13 ~ Overwatch

Overwatch is a new game that is set to come out for PC, PS4, and Xbox One one May 24, 2016. Overwatch was developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Overwatch is a multiplayer first-person shooter.It will be available for $60. In a sense, it is like Call of Duty but with strange characters with different abilities and different characters roles. The four character roles include: offense characters with high speed and attack but low defense, defense characters meant to form choke points for enemies, support characters that provide buffs and debuffs for their allies and enemies respectively (such as healing or speed alterations), and tank characters that have a large amount of armor and hit points to withstand enemy attacks and draw fire away from teammates.The game offers three different game modes: assault, escort, and control. Assault is just killing each other, on escort the players must transport a vehicle across the map while the other team attacks them, and control the teams battle to take control over a control point, simple enough. Since this game is not out yet, there are no actual reviews. I am personally excited to play this game when it comes out, but have not yet played the BETA. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Week 12 ~ Smite

Smite is a 3rd person MOBA. MOBA stands for multiplayer online battle arena. Smite was developed and published by Hi-Rez Studios. In Smite, you get to choose to be different gods and goddesses from different mythologies, like Thor or Zeus or Horus, and battle against other online players. Smite is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. On top of that, Smite is free-to-play. Originally, it was only available on PC, started back in March of 2014. All the different mythologies on the game are as followed: ChineseEgyptianGreekHinduJapaneseMayanNorse and Roman mythology. Smite involves a lot of teamwork and strategy. Smite is rated an 8.5/10 on IGN, 4/5 by MMOs.com, and 4/5 by Metacritic. I would personally give this game a 7/10. I like the game because it is fun and exciting, but I am not good at the game at all. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Week 11 ~ Minecraft

Minecraft is sandbox game programmed by Markus "Notch" Persson and published by Mojang in 2011. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D constantly generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. On Minecraft, the possibilities are endless. Well, they are but there is lot's to do. Minecraft is a available on PC, mobile, PlayStation 3 and 4, and Xbox 360 and One. Also on PC, you can add mods to change the game completely to where vanilla Minecraft will never be fun again. On PC it costs $27, the two consoles are $20, and the complete version on mobile is $7. Minecraft is the best-selling PC game and the third best best-selling game of all time. Minecraft is rated a 4/5 on Common Sense Media, 4.5/5 on Metacritic, and a 9/10 on IGN. I would give this game an 8/10 because my mood for it fluctuates on whether I'm bored or totally engrossed. 

Week 10 ~ Pokemon

Pokemon is a media franchise consisting of videos, TV series, movies, trading cards, video games, and more that was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995. The beginning of Pokemon was just the first two video games, Red and Green. Initially this franchise was just in Japan but after a few years the US started to get access. The video games of Pokemon are fantasy RPGs where you catch the pokemon, train them, and try to be "the very best, like no one ever was." With approximately 70 different games, (one mobile game to be released in a couple months) there are 6 different regions to catch the 649 different pokemon. The newest game, Pokemon Go, will be a virtual reality game on cell phones where you get to practically play a brand new game all on your phone in real time. My very first video game I ever game played was Pokemon FireRed on the GBA, so Pokemon has a strong connection to me. I would personally give this game 10/10 just because it is a game that every person should play at least once. Pokemon teaches kids about motivation, determination, and compassion. After beating a Pokemon game and going through all the difficulties throughout the game, it's an experience like none other.