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10 Anticipated Games of 2014

2013 brought us many great anticipated titles from The Last of Us, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Ni no Kuni, GTAV, etc. Most of the anticipated games became a hit and be part of many GOTY lists from reviewers, writers, users, etc. We always look forward to games ahead of time and anticipate their release. This year is full of a lot of those kinds of titles especially with the new generation of consoles being experimented on. With the next generation of gaming under way, we take a look at 10 anticipated games coming out in 2014 that we are excited for. So many great titles released throughout the year and can't wait to play them!     1. Dark Souls II Dark Souls return again in an upcoming sequel for the fans of tough and hardcore RPG experience. The game will feature a brand new hero, story, and new world for the gamers. When the time comes, the game will already put you in devastating moments and surprises. I enjoyed playing these kinds of game and provided a great challenge with fun bosses, enemies to encounter, and a grand adventure with dark depths and surrounding. This is a title that I look forward to that can bring in the anger and frustration out of us for a worthwhile challengeable game. With that added, the multiplayer experience should also be grand as tips and tricks shared by other players can be shared in your journey and be successful. Like the other previous games this one is an anticipated title to give your soul to.   2. Destiny Halo creators Bungie and Call of Duty publishers Activision teams up to bring an upcoming brand new experience for the gamers. With FPS gameplay action with an all new cooperative mode in an open world setting in an adventure that brings in the universe filled with new features and action. I'm excited for this game as this is a brand new IP and something outside of Halo. I look forward to what they bring to the table especially with their contract with Activision.   3. Infamous: Second Son Sucker Punch returns with a bang by bringing back the Infamous franchise with an all new storyline and main character in the third entry. The gameplay will be like the previous games with open world and similar abilities in the previous. You do have some new abilities with the main character such as melee weapons and the use of Dual Shock 4 controller to make the gameplay much more unique and fun by using the touchpad. I've always enjoyed the Infamous series and this was the game I anticipated the most when the PS4 was released. Wish it was a launch title, but it'll be released sooner than you think.   4. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII I am very excited for this title as I enjoyed the Final Fantasy XIII series. Lightning returns to action with the continuing storyline taking place 500 years after the evens of XIII-2. This also ties up loose ends and completes the trilogy. Kiky's favorite heroine has thirteen days to save the world and everyone with time running out. Game features new weapons, customization, battle abilities, and open world structure bigger than ever for sightseeing and adventure. Welcome back Lightning, we missed ya.   5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain After Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, here comes the Phantom Pain. Although no release date is announced, maybe at the end of the year we can see it. I've always enjoyed the Metal Gear series and the games. Kojima is a great storyteller and a genius with these kinds of things. This entry connects the storylines with Peacewalker and Ground Zeroes to uncover more truth and mystery behind Big Boss's legacy and backstory. The gameplay is like previous games, but with more active time and challenging stealth. I love stealth games and this is a title I'm keeping my eyes solid on.   6. Super Smash Bros. One of my favorite fighting games returns big time for the Wii U and 3DS. Nintendo brings back everyone's fighters and upcoming new challengers. The team behind developing the game is Namco Bandai and Project Sora. Game features brand new levels and gameplay features. Also we see the return of Mega Man making his debut and the scary Animal Crossing Villager. Watch out! These guys are gonna kick butt! Also looking forward to Game Podunk gaming nights with this game.   7. The Order 1886 An exclusive game for PS4 developing since 2010, the game sets into an alternate history with a Victorian-Era London with technology and mythical elements coming together. You play as a member of a team of knights like me in a long war that can change history. There wasn't much info when I first saw the game back in E3, but it has kept me interested to see what this game is all about. I like the storyline and setting of the place to serve a new IP. A very interesting anticipating title.   8. Thief Haven't heard much people talk about this game, but this is a series that needed a reboot and here it is. Last year Tomb Raider had a fantastic reboot and this year it's Thief. I never played much of the older games, but I liked the stealth gameplay and features like choices that lead to different paths in the storyline. The setting is very dark inspired by steampunk and Victorian elements. Also the AI will be a bit smarter knowing the spots you hide in and will do whatever it takes to bring you down. The environment is a good way to use for the advantage of stealth and killing enemies.   9. Titanfall An interesting exclusive for Microsoft that's a FPS game with usual campaign and focuses mostly in online multiplayer only games that revolves around mecha style Titans and you as the pilot. This game wasn't exciting to me at first, but the more I hear about it the interesting it sounds as it develops or creates a buzz. The gameplay sounds pretty cool with a very fast flow mechanics that has you hijack mechs, breaking things, etc. There are different classes on Titans which are Atlas, Ogre, and Stryder. You can play up to 12 players in matches in many fun modes. Prepare to be attack on titans.   10. Watchdogs Another game that should have been launched last year with the next gen consoles, but got delayed is Watch Dogs. It will definitely be worth the wait as this Ubisoft title is the most interesting new IP. The game features a realistic living open world action-adventure game in Chicago that has you control the main character who can use his abilities to hack into different devices to solve cases and missions. You can hack into civilians' devices to track down data and steal money from their bank accounts. Also another part of the gameplay is to provide information on the person you're after and even using hacking abilities to mess with the surroundings to distract people. Watch Dogs is something you never see in a game and provided a brand new experience in a game. I can't wait for this anticipated release!     Are you looking forward to these anticipated games? What other anticipated games not on the list you're looking forward to as well?   Blog is sponsored by Mountain Dew.

TKtheknight

TKtheknight

 

Knightly Reviews: God of War: Ascension

Developer: SCE Santa Monica Studio Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Platform: PS3 Release Date: March 12, 2013 ESRB: M for Mature My roommate let me play his copy of the game for this review     The God of War series is a very good franchise for Sony and their games have been amazing filled with many epic battles, moments, characters, etc. In this game we learned about Krato's story that leads up to the events of the first God of War game. Before he was a god, he was a man. Like previous games, the game opens up with an epic boss battle, but it was somewhat not better than the others.   The opening battle starts with the one of the demonic sisters Megaera of the Furies imprisoning Kratos and escape with QTE battle event. After doing this, you go through chasing her and eventually come across the giant mythological creature which is the size of most colossal monsters in past games. This one wasn“t the best out of the previous titles; bit was still fun going through chaos fighting against it to start the game in a fun way.     The combat system was actually very easy to manage throughout the game. Upgrades for weapons and magic were never a problem and it was easy to max out by the end of the game. Pulling off combos with the weapons was pretty basic with a few more button mashing. Various weapons are received as well from Blades of Chaos which is the first weapon to start off with to nice upgrades like different elemental weapons such as the Fire of Ares, Ice of Poseidon, Lightning of Zeus, and finally the Soul of Hades. Each of these weapons also has some rewards using them to defeat enemies. For example Zeus“s weapon, you receive blue orbs to restore some magic and Hades give you green for health. Others can give you red orbs for experience for upgrading and such. The more you upgrade the more combination attacks you“ll unlock so they are helpful.   Aside from the main weapons, there are secondary weapons that can be used from javelins, swords, and shields. These are very useful to help out against enemies while using your main weapons. They can be good for short and long ranged attacks.       After the weapons we look into the magic ability. To unlock the magic ability you have to upgrade the weapons a bit because each main weapon you have has a magic ability that is used like a special attack move or a god like power from that god“s weapon. For example Zeus“s weapon can charge a magical electric attack that shocks all enemies near you. The others you will have to find out more when you play it. I loved using them as it helps a lot for tougher crowds of enemies. Always use them wisely as you can“t just spam them. It“s best to use it only for serious crucial moments and the magic is limited unless you fully upgrade.   Like previous games the rage ability is included which is activated by attacking enemies to fill up the gauge. The difference between this one and the previous is that for this ability, when you get attacked or hit, the gauge resets and the rage ability is no more when activated or building up. It is a pain to fill up the gauge without attacking so it made the game a little frustrating when facing a horde of enemies.     Navigating through puzzles to get to the next area features amulets that Kratos picks up later in the game. Those key items can control structures to decay or rebuild a piece of the area to move onto the next place and/or unlock hidden areas to find key upgrade items for health and magic. You can even use the abilities against enemies from attacking you or delay them a bit for your next move.   After the beginning of the game and battling the giant creature the game goes back to the past three weeks to what lead up to the beginning of the game. Throughout the journey, Kratos encountered areas leading up to the best parts in the Statue of Apollo late in the game. The game is actually quite easy for the most part. Checkpoints save the game in the right moments and the treasure chests of health and magic have enough scattered throughout the levels. I usually go to every place to look around for stuff before moving on.   The enemies can be challenging to beat, but they“re not that hard to beat when you have to use your weapons and use your abilities. Strategizing helps and figuring out style you feel suits your playing to beat the enemies. Although there was one part in the game that got me frustrated and angry that took a while to get past. I know a lot of people will know about this since I“ve heard the same things from other gamers. At one point in the game there is a part called the Trials of Archimedes which is a little event to go through waves of enemies to get to the next area. At this point Kratos should have a good enough upgraded health and magic because this was a pain. This trial was the most difficult part of the game for me since it took me a while to beat. The bad thing about it is that there are no checkpoints in the waves and you have to beat all of the waves with the health and magic you have. It took me many tries and finally getting past it with the strategy I used. The part will be a pain when you get to it so try to use many different strategies and find the right one to get past it. It was quite the challenge indeed.       Overall the story isn“t epic as the previous, but it“s still an interesting tale to listen to. We pretty much know what Kratos will be doing and the events prior so I felt that this prequel was not really needed. The narrative is mediocre at best, but not that bad. Most of the enemies weren“t that tough, but they seem to be easy to defeat. My thoughts on the villains for this game are that they didn“t really deliver much since the Furies are not as big as Zeus and the other Gods. This entire game felt like a warm up. Either way this game was a lot of fun because it is God of War and good entry for the fans.   A new idea in this game is the multiplayer. It“s a brand new addition to the series that has everyone pit against each other with god-like powers. The mode starts off with your character actually appearing from the single player story during a scene near the beginning of the campaign. When you are introduced, you go through obvious learning the controls. There are four different Gods with Ares, Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon that you can team up with and each of them have unique style of combat with different abilities.   There are 4 modes in the multiplayer which are “Favor of the Gods†which is two teams going against each other earning points by capturing bases, opening chests, killing your opponents, and getting key items, “Match of Champions†which is a death match free for all to decide who“s the champion at the end of the match, “Trial of the Gods†a mode for single player or co-op time trial mode where you are pit against waves of enemies followed by a boss battle, and finally “Capture the Flag†which of course the Spartans and Trojans compete against each other by stealing the opposing team“s flag and return to their base to capture it for points.   Overall the multiplayer can be fun, but at times you need to master many techniques to be good. I personally do a terrible job playing the multiplayer. It has moments that can have a fun experience and earning rewards for upgrades and skills is great for your character customization. The experienced points are gained on how you finished the match like the first place gets the highest and less for the lowest. It“s a good attempt to add the multiplayer to the series, but honestly it“s not really needed and felt that the God of War experience is good for campaigns and single player adventure.       PROS   +Presentation of the Game +Combat system is fun and easy + Epic Finale CONS   - Multiplayer is a hit and miss - Story not as epic as the previous   FINAL SCORE: 7.5/10   Closing Comments   I felt the game overall isn't the best out of the previous, but it is still fun. Really enjoyed the combat system and it was very easy to manage. Multiplayer is somewhat good and fun at times. I recommend playing the game if you're a God of War fan and enjoy the series. I wouldn't recommend buying it at full price. I would probably say pick it up around $15 or less. It's an easy game that can be beaten in in 10 hours or less.

TKtheknight

TKtheknight

 

Are Games Too Tough These Days?

Are Games Too Tough These Days?       There has been a drastic change throughout the years of gaming when it comes to difficulty of the games. Back in the old school days, we had no save files or checkpoints so it made it tougher to beat the levels or campaign in one sitting. Games from today and the past have various approaches when it comes to the difficulty mode. I“ve noticed the difference between them that were tough to beat back then and the ones today are much toned down a bit. I remember playing a lot of hard games in the past and it would take a lot of time to complete them. Nowadays games are much easier to go through with thanks to save files and checkpoints. The question in mind other than that is the actual difficulty in the game. Are games these days too tough to beat?   Many different games can be easy, normal, and hard. Yes they can be too tough depending on your playing style and how you interact with it. We look into why games can be difficult to begin with like playing times, lengths, genres, AI, lack of health, strong enemies, etc. Those are some of my reasons why games are tough these days for certain games, but not all games can be tough.   What is tough? Tough is a way of experiencing the hardships through an obstacle in certain points of the situation you are in. You get the feeling that the situation is too hard to complete and eventually giving up and decide to quit and try it again someday. There are plenty of games that are hard to play. Some can take hours to beat, some takes a bit of skill, and some takes a lot of patience. Games are too tough when they have ridiculous gameplay features or events that can get you frustrated.       When is a game too tough? The game gets tougher as you go through the levels, campaign, or multiplayer. You start off most games in tutorial learning the controls, skills, and how to play the game. As you go through, you began to grind out hours like earning skill points for upgrades, leveling up characters, doing challenges, and unlock perks. If you think about it, it“s not as tough as it sounds. You spend a lot of time getting stronger and mastering your skills. Patience is what“s tough about gaming. There are other examples of games I“d like to share that can be tough, but in different ways.     Strategy games require a lot of thinking. This is pretty much one of the toughest genres of gaming since you need to come up with ways to outsmart your opponent. Games like Dota 2, X-Com: Enemy Unknown, League of Legends, etc are considered good strategy tough games. I“ve only played a few games, but I am sure terrible at it. Other than going against other strategic players, there are other types of strategy games that aren“t tough at all. Tower defense is one of those that doesn“t require too much, but you have limited time to set up the best defense as possible. It gets tougher as you complete a level to another and so on. The tough thing about that are what resources to use when defending an area. You have to be quick and steady and pull out the right moves to stop the enemy from attacking your base. Honestly I never been frustrated playing these types of games. Whenever I lose or fail, I tell myself I need to strategize better and maybe use different resources.   Playing open world like games Borderlands on single player is quite tough since the enemies are in the same level as you throughout the game. It“s much easier when you play with a group of friends and it makes the game fun. Playing alone is the toughest part in those types of games. Another example is the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series. You have a huge open world to do anything that it“s not that tough to play because you are basically doing the usual grinding experience, level up, skills, etc. I think the missions is what gets tough because of what you do in the game to accomplish like maybe pickpocket without getting caught, stealth missions, side missions, etc. Enemies can vary from being easy to kill and too tough to take down. Usually we let monsters kill each other to avoid the tough fighting.   Fighting games can be a pain in the arse because it is so tough that the only way to win is to have the skills to know every combo moves and mash buttons like crazy. Games like Street Fighter or Tekken seems to be intended for hardcore gamers. Online play is where it gets really tough since you play against players around the world. These guys are very competitive and they are most likely high ranked players. This game although isn“t tough when you play by yourself or against the AI and friends. It just takes a bit of time to master moves and be better at it. Like they say practice makes perfect and eventually you can become the ultimate fighter.           RPG games are quite lengthy time killers and not that tough, but certain bosses and side bosses can be frustrating to beat. Persona games are a good example of how lengthy it can be requiring lots of tough work. We have those moments where we have difficulty beating a boss and realizing were under leveled so we go back and grind out more to reach a certain recommended level to defeat the enemy. Finding treasures can also be a pain and even collecting certain rare items to create powerful weapons or do some side errands to collect it. Playing RPG games can be tough, but that“s what makes it good. You put into lots of hardworking hours and in the end it“s worth the fun.   FPS Shooters seems to be the easiest to play through. Call of Duty is one of those games in general that can be tough. I think the only tough thing about it is the online community. It is too tough to play against good players and you have to play a lot in order to gain experience to unlock upgrades and perks for your character. What“s not tough is playing co-op modes on doing challenges or simply fighting through waves of enemies because it is pretty much good teamwork and strategizing to beat the level. Also campaign levels are very linear to go through and another tough thing is basically veteran mode. I actually think it was tough at first, but once you get used to the patterns and knowing the level, it gets easier.   3rd Person games vary depending on how the character is put in. One of the toughest games to play is Ninja Gaiden. I“ve played Ninja Gaiden Sigma on the PS3 and that game is so frustrating that I died a lot and the game put me into the easiest mode called Ninja Dog mode. This title is a great example of what is too tough. I“ve heard many stories from friends playing the game and how frustrating it is even on normal. Everything about this game is too tough. I haven“t even beaten the game and got frustrated with it and put it back in the backlog. I might overcome this toughness and eventually play it again.     Overall games these days aren“t tough. I feel that they only make it too tough if you can“t enjoy it with your playing style. Sure there will be frustrations and angry moods, but that doesn“t stop you from giving up. We are tough against these tough games and they were made for a reason. We challenge ourselves to fully enjoy the difficulty or easy road in the game. Games are made to have fun. They can be easy, they can be tough, but what matters is the enjoyment of the pace of the game. Are games too tough? I think so, but not every game is. There“s going to be that game where you will rage and get angry at, but in the end you were able to beat it. Games were even tougher back then because of how hard it is with limited features. Games these days aren“t that tough at all and it depends on the skill of how you play. Maybe were not perfect gamers, but were gamers who love to play games whether it“s easy, normal, or hard. There“s no need to actually play the game in tough mode and it“s pretty much for those who want a challenge. Just have fun and tough it out.

TKtheknight

TKtheknight

 

Knightly Roundtable - Best of E3: Knight Edition

With E3 2014 gone in the books, I've decided to share my thoughts on what was the best of moments in this year's E3. It was all about the games we wanted and waited for. There were many fantastic titles to choose from and it was very tough to decide which felt the best to me in this year's show. I enjoyed this year's E3 because us gamers got what we wanted to watch. A lot of previews, demonstrations, updates, exclusives, and many more. The developers continue to work hard giving us greatness and we await to play them when they are released. Anyways moving along lets check out the best in show knight edition. Remember these are my opinions and thoughts. Feel free to share what are your best of in the comments below.   Best Microsoft Exclusive: Sunset Overdrive Insomniac Games brings us an upcoming game for the Xbox One that is an open world third person that brings in many exciting things. I chose this game because I felt that it showed a very exciting type of gameplay which focuses on combating while doing some wall running, zip-line surfing, and even acrobatic parkour type moves. The graphics looks very stunning with vibrant colors and environment. The game to me looks like a mix of Jet Set Radio with acid. Insomniac never fails as I enjoyed their past games like Resistance, Ratchet and Clanks, and others. This is definitely the best Microsoft exclusive to look out for. Best Sony Exclusive: The Order 1886 This exclusive title from Sony is an upcoming single player action game. Developed by Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica Studios. Set in an alternate history taking place in London, the story is about an order of knights keeping the world safe from monsters, werewolves, and even zombies. The game will feature unique mythology mixing together with real history to create an alternate history today. From what I've read the game will be presented using real world motion picture and cinematography. The gameplay will definitely be exciting to control with as this is why I pick this game for Sony's exclusive. I hope it doesn't disappoint next year and looks to be a great title. Best Nintendo Exclusive: Splatoon Nintendo has provided a lot of great titles shown this year and it was tough picking best. I thought Splatoon showed a great new way to play with friends by playing these characters called linkings who have the ability to change between the forms of human and squid. Splatoon is a team-based game that can be played up to 8 players with 4 on each team. I like how you do anything with ink by swimming through own color like hiding. This new game is a new kind of shooter and fun for the family. Watching the gameplay, it amazed me how well you can use the Wii U Gamepad with many weapons. I like this new idea and felt that it really struck me in a fun way. Good job! Looking forward to this and feels like a great addition to gaming nights. Best EA Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition EA didn't seem to have a good conference, but had some games shown that can be great. Easily to me the best game they showed is Dragon Age: Inquisition. I've never played the series, but do enjoy Bioware's games that include Mass Effect. This next entry to the series seems to be a better and good way to fix what Dragon Age II had. I know the second game wasn't that great, but they made up for this. DA: Inquisition mixes the system together from DA and DAII. Other than that the environment will be much bigger for exploration, can play male and female, more races, tactical view, etc. I love games that the story is based on your decisions so this definitely looks a lot better and more exciting than the previous. Best Ubisoft Game: Tom Clancy's The Division I've been following this game since when they first showed it last year's E3. It caught my eye on how the game is played. The Division is a tactical third person shooter set to release next year. The gameplay shown at E3 improved and showed a fun teamwork style play through. I like the communication between players interacting to reach a certain point playing against AI or other players in the game. The story takes place in the US as an outbreak is about to spread. You play a part in a group called the "Strategic Homeland Division" also known as SHD or The Division. I felt that Tom Clancy's The Division proved to be a great hit and best Ubisoft game to look out for besides Assassin's Creed and Far Cry. Best Multiplatform Game: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain The Metal Gear Solid series has been one of my favorite game series. Most of it is because not just the story and watching it like a movie, but I love stealth games. Hiding in boxes, fooling guards, taking pictures, codec conversations, etc. I just love everything about this game. I'm pretty excited to learn more to Big Boss's backstory and possibly the future of Snake. I was disappointed to hear David Hayter not returning as Snake, but with Kiefer Sutherland on board, I have high hopes and put my faith. The graphics and real time gameplay will be a factor and looking forward to the next entry. Also loved how Kojima edited and picked the song for that trailer. I'm Excited! Best Upcoming DLC: Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha When I first saw this trailer, in my mind I'm thinking no way this can't be real. It has to be one of those fun trailers. Well it turns out the DLC is really coming after all. I love the Dead Rising games and it is pretty fun especially co-op and doing hilarious and random things. I love that you can be any Capcom character and just have fun killing zombies. Capcom made the right move to have this kind of DLC. This is a great way to expand more content. Now I just gotta get myself an Xbox One. Best Indie: No Man's Sky I came in not knowing what this game is about and the reveal at E3 blew my mind. The gorgeous visuals and gameplay caught my eye as there are so many places to explore from ground, air, and into space. You go through different planets throughout the galaxy. I liked the gameplay flying around and combat through space. The experience throughout the gameplay footage was beyond exciting and have you hooked into. The team did a great job developing game and I think this is going to be one of the best indie games out there and definitely surprise everyone. Best Upcoming Handheld Game: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney I know this is already out in Japan, but I'm pretty excited to finally seeing it come to America. Both franchises are very popular and their games are worth playing. I've played the first Ace Attorney game and loved it. I do have one of the Layton games since my bro has a DS and he said it's great too. Puzzle and detective games are a great challenge to us gamers. What better to make a game with two of the finest detectives crossing over with a game together. With fun puzzles and storyline, I can't wait to get my hands on this game. Heck the trailer got me excited. It would be awesome to see an anime series. The only thing left I need to do is get myself a 3DS Best Conference: Nintendo Easily Nintendo's conference is the best because it wasn't just about games, but it made the conference a lot more fun to enjoy to watch. The Robot Chicken skits were pretty hilarious and the beginning intro with Reggie and Iwata was fun as well. There were a lot of fun new IPs, previews, and gameplay looks in games. Also the Super Brawl Invitational was pretty darn exciting to watch especially checking out the new brawlers and stages. Can't say they disappoint and everything about the conference is a pierce through the heavens. Also that Zelda Wii U ~drools~ Best Anticipated Game of 2014: Super Smash Bros. Wii U Any game from E3 could be this second half year's anticipated game. It was tough to pick, but I decided Super Smash Bros because of how much it hyped up with little reveals here and there. Watching the invitational, gameplay footage, Nintendo's conference on this game, etc. has kept me on toes to be a lot excited. It even convinced me to get a Wii U eventually if it comes with the Brawl Bundle. Can't say enough about this game because this is the perfect game night game for Game Podunk and Nintendo fans. My favorite fighter being Kirby returns and with a brand new special move too. Looking forward to playing with brand new roster and having fun with friends. Best Anticipated Game of 2015: Rise of the Tomb Raider A few years ago Crystal Dynamics brought Tomb Raider back in a fantastic reboot with Lara Croft. This time she returns in the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider. I really loved the first game and was amazed how well the mechanics, gameplay, story, and characters were used in the game. Lara has quite an adventure in the past games and with this reboot she makes her mark on why she is the Tomb Raider. I anticipate this game to be great and continue the momentum from the previous. What lies ahead in the upcoming adventure for Lara? We'll have to find out next year and hope it does not disappoint. It's her time to rise once again and become the raider she is. Pretty sure the game will sell more than the Oakland Raiders selling tickets. Best Game to Look out for: The Evil Within Shinji Mikami teams up with Bethesda to create a survival horror known as The Evil Within. This year has been the year for horror games. There's been a quite a bunch. This game caught my eye because the genre is fun immerse yourself into. It's been a long time since we've had a real good scary game for consoles and I felt that this could be the one especially with the original roots in Resident Evil series presence in this upcoming game. The feel of this game looks to be like Resident Evil 4 because of the controls, environments, characters, and storyline. I liked the dark feel gameplay mixed with stealth, combat, tactics, and setting off traps. This definitely a surreal thriller and I can't wait to get my hands on this game. Thank you Shinji for teaming up to make a scary game once again. Best Overall Game of E3: Batman: Arkham Knight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRpZJ_IZDlw Out of all the games I've looked at, read about, and previewed, this was pretty tough to decide. Any game can be the best overall at E3. This was a toss-up between many games I've decided. To me what stood out the most is Batman: Arkham Knight. Everything that was shown at E3 was pretty darn awesome. Driving the bat mobile around was a great addition to enhance the gameplay and add something new. The sequel to Arkham City brings in more chaos with the Scarecrow looking scarier than ever with darkness spreading through Gotham City. I really liked the previous games and thus Rocksteady continues to make great Batman games. Eventually I'd love to see them take on a different hero in the future. Disappointed that the game is delayed to next year, but it will definitely be worth the wait.   What do you guys think? Excited for any of these games? What are your best ofs? Any games I didn't pick that you think will surprise us?

TKtheknight

TKtheknight

 

Tales of Knightmare - The Chain Letter

It was that night that still haunts to this day. I remember it clearly. I remember her face, her voice, her touch, her eyes, and her presence. She was only a little girl, but yet still haunting and at the same time she was crying. It felt like a curse after she went away. Ever since then I'd get nightmares here and there. It was lonely. The dreams I had were terrifying, dark, sad, cold, and depressing because I was alone. This all happened when I was just a young boy curious to know what the internet has brought to this world.   One night I wanted to discover what chat rooms were like. I've met different kinds of people. Some are good, some are bad, some are creepers, and some just looking to troll. I didn't know how awful human beings can be on the internet. There was one particular letter that I received in a chatroom. At the time I had no idea what chain letters were and I believed anything what was said on the net.     It was past midnight when I received the chain letter, I read through it and was very scared about it. The letter talked about a story of a girl in the early 1900s being kidnapped, tortured, and buried alive by her kidnapper. Her body was never found until many years later her remains were discovered. They the area where she died you can hear her screams and cry late night. The letter then said her ghost would appear tonight in your room to haunt you if you don't send the letter to 10 people in 5 minutes. The problem is though in the chatroom the site doesn't allow you to copy/paste messages and it must be some sort of special coding. I begged the person who sent it to me to help out, but no response. He quietly left the chatroom. I was already past 5 minutes when I was trying to type the whole thing to send to other people to save my life. Few minutes later I told myself this isn't real at all. It's just a joke and troll people. Half of me says it is and half of me says it's true. I stayed up a little longer to make sure the girl didn't appear so I wore my cassette player listening to the radio and laid in bed trying to sleep.     Things were normal throughout the night until about 2-3am. I wasn't sure if I was awake or if I was still dreaming. Everything felt so real and haunting. There was a cold aura around my bed and I can feel her presence above me. My body became paralyzed and still wasn't sure if my eyes were open or not. She was there. Watching me from the ceiling. I can still hear the music on my player and I started to sweat and wanting to cry in fear. My mouth would not open. I wanted to scream so bad for my parents, but I couldn't. I can barely breathe and felt her face coming towards me. It was something out of a horror movie. Her cold pale hands started to touch my body starting from my legs. I can see her smiling with those red haunting eyes. She had a dirty black curly hair, white clothing like a ghost, and her skin is pale white. It was like she resembles the dead girl from movies such as The Grudge and The Ring. I couldn't believe the letter came true.     She slowly floats over my body towards my face. The feeling was just surreal as she kept touching me. My body started to cramp and I can't feel my legs. I fought hard to move, but I just could not. I felt a pain within my legs like a scratch. I was feeling goose bumps as her cold aura surrounded my body. What is she going to do? She was trying to tell me something, but I couldn't hear well. This episode lasted for 30 minutes. My head was spinning fast and I wanted to get out of this nightmare. I have no idea what to do. She's just sitting there staring at me. I felt weaker and weaker as time goes by and there was nothing I can do. She suddenly cried as I struggled. Why was she crying? Did she felt bad about scaring me? I had no idea what was going on. She suddenly disappeared when I broke away the paralyzation. I checked my legs to see if there was a scratch and there it was. It was definitely real.     I got out of my bed and turn on the lights and was filled with sweat. There were tears streaming down my face because I was really scared. I have sensitive feelings that I can easily become hurt from emotions. I opened my door and my cat Louie was sitting outside waiting to come in. I had him sleep on my bed with me for safety and peace.     Ever since that night I still remember every detail of it and remember writing about it in high school. Nobody believed me, but that's ok. It's hard to convince others to believe your story. I felt that a curse was put upon me for some reason. I've had weird nightmares and dreams that have me feeling abandoned and alone. People push me away not being there for me. It's a weird feeling that it could be a sign or something. I do have moments in dreams that feel like Deja vu happening in real life. Maybe the girl possess me in some way. Maybe a miracle to keep others from getting kidnapped or in trouble. I've always brought good things to people I meet. I make them happy and I'm glad I do, but wondered how long it can last. Ah not sure what I'm even talking about. This story just stays in me for a long time. Anyways hope you enjoyed the story. You don't have to believe it or not, but it's true. We all have something that happened in our lives that sticks to our minds. Only yourself can believe the truth or not to not be haunted from it. Who knows? Maybe I'm already dead and just living as a ghost on the internet and protecting you guys.  

TKtheknight

TKtheknight

 

Are Scary Games on Consoles Going to DIE?!

Through many of the years of gaming we“ve endured many scary games that gave us the chilling feeling and heart pumping moments around every corner that frightens us. These games are made not only to have fun, but to experience what it“s like to be in the moment with haunting and terrifying scenes all around. What I love about scary games is that it gives you the view of one person put in the survival horror like themes with limited features or items you have in your pocket. How do we survive this outcome? Scary games are fascinating not just because it“s scary, but the story and mystery on how we go through the terrifying adventure.     We“ve played a lot of scary themed games from handhelds, PCs, and to consoles. Developers would create unique spine chilling games that makes us jump out of our seats. Most of the games I“ve played are on consoles. In my experience there are times where I tried playing the game in the dark, but I was too scared to continue. That moment where you look around your own room and outside the windows to check nothing bad happens got me nervous in real life. Past and present games are very different form each other. I“ve played through games there were pretty scary in the past, but these days they aren“t that scary, but provide the scary thematic elements.   A question that comes in mind after noticing scary games for consoles today is “Are Scary Games dead on the consoles these days? Personally in my opinion I think it depends on what they mean by scary games, but I“d say they are not dead yet, but there are reasons why they are barely still alive. Think about it. When it comes to scary games we think of games that are meant to scare people and jump out of their seat giving us heart attacks, but these days it“s been toning down slowly, but developers sometimes take that genre in different ways. Maybe the games are scary because of the environment, characters, monsters, stories, or even the game itself other than being a fright fest. We take a look at why scary games are not dead for the consoles yet. There may not be much games, but every once in a while there is at least one or two titles that come across to scare us. Let“s take a look at some of the examples of scary games that are not dead on consoles that I“ve played.       The Silent Hill series is one of the most frightening experiences I“ve had and actually the first series to play a scary game. Silent Hill 2 on the PS2 was the first in the series that I picked up. I knew nothing about it and decided to try it out. Went into the game thinking what kind of gaming style is this. I“ve never even heard of the survival horror genre. That night I was finally able to get a chance to test it out. I was in the room with the doors closed, lights turned off, and everyone asleep. So I enjoyed the opening and music. Started the game and here we go. What the heck? Why is everything so foggy? I walked around the area and started hearing sounds and had to turn the lights on to continue playing it. My mind was telling me no keep going, don“t be a chicken, keep the lights off. My hands were pretty sweaty and I kept looking around the room to make sure there were no monsters. The first time I saw wicked looking mannequin nurses lurking out of nowhere, I ran as far as I could in the game and ended up being lost. Eventually went through more scary moments while running around and then got to the Pyramid Head guy. Holy smokes the first time I met that dude, I was stuck in a room and he blocked my path to exit. I died and said never going to play this again. Pyramid Head haunted me for a while and I couldn“t even finish the game. That was the first scary experience I“ve had in scary games. What I like about this game was the environment was very spooky and anything can scare you from every corner. I“ve never played the other games in the series, but I can tell the later games are starting to go to a different route from this one. It seems that they are turning into a horror action adventure with many easy ways to help you survive and it doesn“t have that fright factor. It“s not as frightening as this one, but it“s still scary in a different way.       The Resident Evil games were great survival horror games in the early days, but nowadays it“s just a horror action adventure. Sure it“s not scary to where you are nervous for every corner these days, but it“s a fun scary adventure. Around between 3rd-5th grades, a friend of mine introduced me to the series. He brought over the PS1 version of the first Resident Evil to play and was ready to discover why this was popular. This was very different from playing Silent Hill when I started. I wasn“t a fan of zombies at the time, but I was definitely afraid of going near them in the game especially mutated ones. The environment wasn“t too scary because it took place in a mansion most of the time. The camera angles were annoying to play with, but I managed to get used to it. The features in the game gave you a pretty good survival horror theme. I loved that we get limited ammo to make it tougher, weapons, herbs to heal, and even a typewriter to save. You need to be prepared for every corner around the mansion with limited ammo and solve challenging puzzles because a survival horror game is how you survive with limited stuff and finding a way to escape scary. The series started to not get scary when they decided to go in a different direction in later games from RE4-6 with adding quick time events, upgraded weapons, action scenes, versus, and the typewriter is missing after RE4. They made the games less scary and provided gamers with linearity, less challenge, predictable moments, and making the gameplay easier. In the past the games were all about survival and have the feeling of being in rough moments alone, but now it“s not as scary, but scary in adventurous way with toned down frights.       The Siren series is another unique survival horror game that is pretty scary. Siren: Blood Curse is the one game in the series that was really thrilling and frightening and the latest game from Siren. I was able to play the EU copy for PS3 from a friend of mine many years ago. His PS3 would not be able to play it so we played it on mine together and it was a blast filled with frightening moments.What I like about this game is the gameplay which follows episodic events through the view of different characters in the story. What I mean is you take on the role of characters and see their point of views and jump to another character“s view during the episode or mission. The gameplay in this is that you control the character and progress the story while getting past the Shibito which are the enemies in the game. In order to get past them, we use an ability called “Sight Jack†which goes into split screen mode to allow players to see in the view of others while playing. It is actually the main way to surviving the game to find clues and reach their goal. You can even set traps and yell at enemies to distract or have them cover using the D-pad and use the X button active. Another thing is that you can only carry one thing at time which can be weapons that include shovels, pistols, rifles, and even a katana. Most of the time during the game, stealth is the main way to survive. You will try to sneak past them and if you hear a heart-beat like drum sound that is a sign of warning the players that the Shibito is there. If you are successful in hiding the alerted enemy, they will give up and become idle forgetting about you. Most of the environment in the game is pretty dark going through caves, forests, abandoned areas, hospitals, etc. This is a game that I recommend playing for survival horror fans and felt that this is a missed gem.     The Condemned Series is a very intense psychological survival horror game. It“s not just a survival horror game, but it mixes it up with investigating features with the genre. This is a title that I feel everyone should check out if you like mystery and survival horror at the same time. It“s a FPS title that focuses on crime scene investigations solving mysteries and clues by looking at evidences around the area, observing bodies, use gadgets, etc. The enemies are very creepy because they can appear at random times in the dark. You can hear the sounds around you knowing someone or something is there waiting for you. The setting takes place in urban environments with less lighting. You have to use a flashlight to go through the game“s entire darkened areas while you deal with scary moments that can happen any time. One of the most terrifying moments that freaked me out in the game is the mannequins. At one point there would be one mannequin just sitting there, I look around for a few seconds and turn back to see not just one mannequin, but two and even more every time I look away and look back. It was really creepy because they start to follow you and eventually make a surprising attack (not all the mannequins, but one or two of them). The first game was really good and enjoyed the mystery investigating elements and the second one as well. The series is worth checking out if you“re a fan of mystery and combining it with horror.       One game I really as a survival horror is the Dead Space series. The first game scared the crap out of me when I first played it on the 360. I loved the haunting space environment and the third person experience with it. The mutated aliens were very frightening throughout the game and I would double check most of the times to make sure it doesn“t pop out and scare me. The only way to kill them is to by cutting their limbs off to weaken them and use my awesome stomp/punch attack. The heads up holographic display is a nice feature that keeps your log of items, weapons, collectibles, etc. The first game in the series plays like a survival horror adventure and every moment, I was ready for that terrifying jump or pop outs. The second game felt the same way, but it was toned down a bit in the scare factor, but it was still frightening. Since the 3rd game recently came out, I remember EA wanted to tone down or go to a different direction in survival horror. Dead Space 3 seems like an action adventure set in horrific settings, but not that scary. The addition to co-op hurts the game because most survival horror games focus on one player going through terrifying moments through the story. Either way this series is a great survival horror game that terrifies you in dark areas.   Those are some of the examples of scary games on consoles that I played that were pretty scary and worth checking out for the survival horror genre, but eventually developers took on the genre and change things around in sequels. I don“t think scary games are dead on the consoles yet because the term scary started out as survival horror and then spread to different ways of using it to create a scary game. I do see the genre disappearing in the near future for consoles because the term survival horror is disappearing and going into a different direction. Although outside of it like indie games like Slenderman and PC titles like Amnesia are great examples of non-console games that are very scary. Scary games are definitely a fun way to experience the fright and terrifying moments that could happen to you someday. Love it or hate it, it“s worth fearing for.

TKtheknight

TKtheknight

 

What Makes Kefka Memorable

We all know in videogames the good guys always win. The hero goes on a journey and defeats the villain in the end to save the world or someone. The light always shines through the darkness. Many stories have great moments between the hero and villain and see to what lead to their final battle. We have favorite characters in the game and most of them are the good guys. How about the bad guys? We have our favorite villains in games that stood out a lot and had memorable crazy moments. Now the question is what makes a villain memorable in games? How do they make the story unbelievable? Well there many factors of what makes the most memorable villain in the story like his/her morals, character development, acts, backstory, personality, appearance, power, etc. A great example to talk about is Kefka Palazzo from Final Fantasy VI. Not only he was the craziest memorable villain, but he actually succeeds at one point.   Possible Spoilers Ahead; Read at Your Own Will   Kefka is definitely the most evil Final Fantasy villain besides Sephiroth. His appearance is resembled to the Joker, but in a jester like uniform. His attitude is beyond evil as he is a maniac, psychopath, and very cruel to everyone. He actually has no feelings for society and finds enjoyment in hurting others. Every now and then he would speak jokes that are pretty dark. He would do anything to create chaos with his insane laughter. The actions he does in the game is the most sinister in the series.           Before all this he was the Emperor“s right hand man taking orders from him, but later he goes to his own ways of being a villain. Prior to that he was the first person to go into an experiment called Magitek that gave him magical powers, but going through it caused him to become insane. This led to him being very cruel and became a manipulative madman.       His actions throughout the game were horrifying. Kefka would poison the castle Doma killing civilians including the royal members. When he was rumored to be a general in the military, there were those who did not like the idea, but eventually took over and poisoned the river causing genocide. He laughed and loved the music of cries when that happened. His highest action is attaining the power of Godhood after destroying the world by stealing powers after eliminating the espers. He took over the world for about a year which is terrifying for a villain. Ever since the main characters were defeated, apocalypse had occurred through the year before the heroes gathered together for the final battle. Of course in the end Kefka was defeated in their second attempt. Kefka was one of those villains who became ultimately unstoppable for his actions and chaos. It was amazing how he was able to rule for a year.       These factors are what made Kefka a memorable villain in gaming history and the story of Final Fantasy VI. Villains are usually never successful in heroic stories, but Kefka was a very unique written character of the story. His Joker-like killer attitude is what made him one of the most insane villains in games. I would love to see a villain in other games actually succeed for once to make the story twisted and unbelievable. It“s too cliché to have heroes win all the time and I feel there should be villains like Kefka to succeed at one point and have gamers react and pulled into the villain“s view.

TKtheknight

TKtheknight

 

Roundtable Reads: Gaming News Ruining Reveals?

Every day we read the news from newspapers, magazines, blogs, articles, the internet, etc. and find ourselves enjoying what were interested in reading. One area that we love to read is the gaming industry. There are many fascinating news from new games in development, reviews, previews, and many more. We get excited for pretty much anything that aims towards us. Throughout the years gaming has been growing and people from all age groups enjoy them. I do the same thing when I wake up. First thing I do is go to Game Podunk to read Marcus“s news blog and then look at other gaming sites for the latest news. What I“ve noticed the recent trend lately is that whenever there is announcement for something big, it eventually leaks or ruins the surprise. The question that comes in mind about gaming news is that have they ruined the surprises and reveals to us? I say somewhat in some ways because the feeling of excitement of surprise disappears quickly. I will discuss some samples that ruins reveals in some areas of what leads to revealing.   Imma read what's going today When a new game is being announced, were not sure what it is and the developer/studio would give out hints by talking about what type of game it is, gameplay, story, etc. Gaming sites would post articles explaining what it is and sometimes even post a date to release more information like trailers, images, and footage. The idea they do is hyping the news up to get us ready for the big reveal. We love to get that anticipated feeling of the surprise. It is like opening a gift on Christmas morning.       What?! The game came out?! Dude when was that JRPG announced?!   Trailer leaks or footage are one of the biggest and easiest things to ruin surprises. Anyone can take a trailer that is supposed to debut in the future and leak it around the internet. For example Assassin“s Creed IV: Black Flag trailer was supposed to debut on a certain date, but prior to that someone leaked the trailer on YouTube. Trailers give away a good set of what the game would be about. When I first heard the announcement, I was very excited and look forward to the debut trailer on the day they would show it, but having it leaked ruined the surprise and just felt like another trailer to check out. Trailers make the game look and when it releases it can be a surprise hit, but sometimes the actual game can ruin the hype and be a possible disappointment. Footage is another thing that can ruin the moment. I mean a demo is good enough to get a taste of what the game is all about, but having leaked footage of most or some of the game can affect the gamer“s feelings towards it. Too much recorded footage can reveal a lot about the game.   Looks like were getting leaked sir! Images can be revealing to what is being created in the process. Some are real and some are fake. We read articles that describes what is in development and talk about what features it will have. For example the PS4 had many talks of what they have and there would be many different pictures on the internet to see what it looks like. When Sony would announce they would have a PS4 announcement on a certain date, images of what the console would look like spreaded around the net. I was looking forward to the announcement, but the urge to look at leaked stuff is tempting. The leaked image of the PS4 controller had everyone even excited for the PS4 announcement show, but in the end nothing much was shown other than the games. Not even the console was shown. The leaked image felt like an early surprise that was only needed to be seen once and wait for the big reveal at E3. I think it was better to show reveal the whole thing at E3 than teasing us with a little show. Either way it“s alright. It gets us more excited about the PS4.   Why did you spoil, you jerk!?   Discussions and comments in the news can spoil the surprises as well. Every news article would have a comment section below to have the society discuss about the latest news in gaming. Spoilers are a huge part of the comment section as there can be jerks that spoil the game for others. Besides that most of the articles do a great job warning readers for possible spoilers and what they will talk about before having you to proceed to move on with the story. This is why having a discussion board is very useful to see threads that talk about the surprise that can lead to the big revealing. It helps out the community to have a gathering of opinions and theories on what the surprise could possibly be. It is fun to discuss theories and predictions that can be right or wrong.   Am I ready to be revealed yet? I want to surprise the kid   Gaming news has somewhat ruined many surprises and reveals leading up to exciting announcements. I feel that people should not leak stuff and when it does, it seems to be a waste of excitement. The surprises and reveals in gaming is like Christmas for everyone. We get excited to open the announcement and reveals that has our minds looking forward to the news. I think what the gaming news sites should do is instead of making an article based on everything, they should release little information and add more through the later days going into the final reveal. As time would go by before the reveal, we would be making speculations, predictions, and opinions what it could be and how it would be great or bad. Most of the time it isn“t as bad as it is and it“s just depending on yourself if you want to get spoiled or not. We have a choice of ruining it ourselves or patiently wait for the reveal.

TKtheknight

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