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  1. Have questions about blogging and/or the Featured Blog Contest? Ask away!
  2. Jordan Haygood

    Featured Blog Hall of Fame

    Every time a blogger gets their blog featured, we will post their featured blog entries here for community recognition. Check back often to see which blogs made it into the Featured Blog Hall of Fame!
  3. If you are looking to get paid writing a blog here on Game Podunk, then you'll have to write blog entries that the staff deems worthy enough to be featured. Every registered Podunker is welcome to blog, but obviously, we want to inspire great commentaries. If you want your blog to get featured, your goal should not only be to write an entry, but to construct an interesting point that not only gets noticed by the community, but by the Game Podunk staff so that we might feature it. Read the featured blog guidelines below for tips on our quality standards: Getting Started Getting started with blogging is relatively easy: Become a Podunker! If you haven't registered already, CLICK HERE. Create a blog. To do this, go to the 'Blog' tab up at the top of any page on GP. Next, click on 'Manage Blogs' (alternatively, you could simply click on your name at the top and click 'Manage Blogs'). Lastly, click on 'Create a Blog' and give your blog a name and a brief description. Keep in mind, though, that this is the blog space itself and not your first blog entry. You will be adding entries to the blog(s) you create, so don't go naming your blog whatever you plan on naming your first entry. Add an entry to your blog. You can do this by clicking on 'Add Entry.' Creating the Content Now it's time to start writing an entry for your blog: Choose a topic. You can write about basically anything you want, as long as it's video game related - video games specifically, the gaming lifestyle, the industry, etc. Just remember to avoid offensive and promotional entries (they will get deleted and result in a warning). Include a striking headline. In other words, make sure that the title of your blog article catches people's attention and makes them want to actually read it. Really, all you need to do is give it a proper title and you'll be fine. If you need examples of proper titles, browse the articles written by our staff. Write the introduction. In one or two paragraphs (though there technically isn't a limit), introduce your topic and tease what your article is about. Write the body. This is the main attraction of your blog entry and the thing the readers came to read, so make it count. This section should be at least three decent sized paragraphs long, though we recommend making it longer than that if possible. If it's a list, then you'll need to write a paragraph for each item on the list. Write the conclusion. Your final paragraph should end the article. You can do this by dedicating the final paragraph to concluding the topic or by simply writing a conclusive sentence or two in your last paragraph. If it's something like a top 10 list, then a conclusion is not all that necessary, though we do recommend that you end the article with something like a question to the readers asking for their opinion and what they would have included in the list. Add images. Using image sites such as Imgur and Photobucket, upload images you'd like to include in your article. Then, once you're ready to add them to your article, copy an image's URL, click on 'Image' within the GP editor (between 'Unlink' and 'Code'), paste the URL, and click 'OK.' Make sure you center the images. Give credit where credit's due. If the images used are not your own, make a section at the very end crediting the site(s) you got them from and/or the people who created the images. If the images are simply screenshots from a game or the image's creator already gave permission to anyone wishing to use it and isn't asking for credit, then you don't have to add this section. Refer to the 'Rules' section for more info on using images. Check for errors. Before you're finished and ready to publish your blog entry, you'll first want to make sure it's free of grammatical and spelling errors. A blog entry riddled with errors is much less likely to get featured. Publish! Once you're ready, publish your blog entry. You can save your draft throughout the writing process, but once your ready for it to go live, hit 'Publish' on the right side of the GP editor. Required Format Your blog entry must be formatted properly: Include a proper headline. The title of your blog entry must be relevant to the topic. And DO NOT use a click-bait title. For example, blog entries with titles like "You Won't Believe What Konami Said About Hideo Kojima!" or "Nintendo Is Doing WHAT With Mario?!" will immediately be disqualified. Only blog entries with proper headlines will be accepted. Write no less than 500 words. Anything under 500 words will not be featured. Write no more than 1,500 words. While we might make exceptions, we'd prefer you not exceed 1,500 words. If you need help figuring out your word count, use a program such as Microsoft Word or just go to www.wordcounttool.com. Give proper spacing between paragraphs. Make sure there is a clear separation between paragraphs. And definitely make sure you use multiple paragraphs, rather than making one paragraph a ridiculous length. Use consistent fonts and font styles. Use the default font size for most of the entry and increase font size, bold, italicize, etc. where appropriate. Have at least one image. An Entry Image is required, at the very least. However, you're more likely to get featured if you add images throughout the entry. Don't overdue it, though. Center all your images. Make sure all of your images are centered for professional display. Don“t forget to fill in your tags! Use relevant keywords and add as many tags to your entry as you can. Note: While it is not required, you can create categories to place your entries in. Refer to the space to the right of the GP editor to check it out. Rules There are a few important rules to keep in mind before publishing a blog entry: No plagiarism! We will NOT tolerate blog entries that aren't your own original work. If you copy someone else's work, let's just say our mods won't go easy on you... Your writing must be exclusive to Game Podunk. If you post your work to multiple sites, it won't get featured. Simple as that. Don't write anything that is offensive/inappropriate. This basically includes anything that is considered vulgar, hateful, sexually-oriented, obscene, or humiliating to any race, sex, and religion. Don't write flamebait. For example, don't hate on another company/game just because. If there's no real point to take away, don't write it. Criticism is fine, but make sure that there's merit to your argument instead of being a blind negative reaction. Basically, writing a negative piece just to be sensational and attract attention is unacceptable. Do not use copyrighted images without permission. If the image you use is copyrighted and you are not legally allowed to use it (be it a photo, piece of art, stock image, etc.), then don't use it. If you can manage to get permission, then by all means, use it (giving proper credit, of course). Images from a game, movie, etc. (such as screenshots and official artwork) or images that have been provided by developers and publishers themselves are almost always okay to use. If you're not sure whether or not an image is copyrighted, then you should probably play it safe and not use it. FAQ Questions you may have about blogging and the featured blog contest: If my blog gets featured, how will I get paid? Game Podunk will notify you to obtain your PayPal address (currently the only method of payment). We can also pay international writers if you accept PayPal. How much do I get paid when my blog entry gets featured? Currently, we're paying $10 to every Podunker who gets their blog featured. We'll be increasing that amount over time, though. One day, we're hoping to pay $50 per featured blog entry, like Game Podunk did last time we held this contest. How many blog entries will Game Podunk feature regularly? It really depends on the quality of entries submitted, but right now, as the money is coming right out of our own pockets, we're looking to feature just one entry a week. That will change in time, of course, as the site earns more money. Eventually, we're hoping to feature 2-5 a week like GP did in the past. What if I'm not a good enough writer to get featured? You never know until you try. We suggest not to think of this writing opportunity as anything too difficult since you can only get better with time and practice. Try different styles and approach to build your creativity skills and to keep your audience engaged. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Maybe you'll get your blog featured next time. I“m a fan of one or many systems. If I write about one in particular, will my article be dismissed as biased ranting of a fanboy or fangirl? Yes and no. It really depends on how you communicate your points. We“re all fans of something, and I'm pretty sure there will be others who feel the same way as you do. Your opinions are yours and should be respected, as long as you“re expressing them without putting another system or competitor down. Can I write on a recent news story or press release? Absolutely! We like to see fresh perspectives, but be sure to do more than a quick rehash of the same story. You“ll want to craft an interesting reflection and make a unique point. Also, it“s a good idea to provide a link to the original story you“re commenting about. Can I contribute a video game review? Great question! Unfortunately, while anyone can add a review to their blog, there's a slim chance that it will get featured. This is because we want all the featured game reviews to follow a consistent format, which requires its own guidelines. So for now, only our staff members will have their reviews featured on the site. This doesn't mean, however, that we'll never feature a game review from our members. If we see an exceptional review that followed GP's game review format, we'll contact you to possibly feature it! If you're curious to see what GP is looking for in game reviews, check out pretty much any review our staff has written for guidance. How do I set future publish dates for each of my drafts? To the right of the GP editor, under 'Publish,' click on 'Publish Immediately (Change).' Then, simply set when you want your entry to be posted to your blog and hit 'Publish.' Good luck and thanks for your interest. Game Podunk and the community looks forward to reading the best from you!
  4. Hey Podunkers! Long time no contest Hope you all are doing well. I just wanted to let you all know that we'll be running a contest starting this coming Monday, the 17th of August. The contest will run for two weeks and end on Saturday, the 29th of August with 2 winners chosen and announced on the next day. There will be two prizes: a PS4 and an Xbox One copy of the Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain Collector's Edition (US Versions). When the submission page goes live, you'll have to sign up (if you haven't already), enter in your GameWires username, and you'll be able to specify the version you would prefer to win (PS4, Xbox One, PS4 but okay with Xbox One, Xbox One, but okay with PS4). The criteria for winning is simple: just vote or comment on at least one post on GameWires.com and you're entered in! Just remember to do this during the contest window, and not before I'll add in a link to the contest page here once it goes live. Good luck all!
  5. TKtheknight

    3000th Post Giveaway

    Hey everyone it's been 3 years since I've joined Game Podunk and I thought for my 3000th post I've decided to have a giveaway for you guys. You guys have been awesome and took care of me when I needed it the most. Lended me your hands for guidance. We've been through ups and downs and provided each other comfort. It's been a great ride so far and hope to keep that momentum going. This is actually the first giveaway I've ever done so I wanted to make it special for you guys. Feel free to ask any questions and comment. Game Podunk is the home for the gamers. I hope to stay in this home as long as I can. Follow: @TKtheknight RT or Tweet whichever you like: https://twitter.com/TKtheknight/status/576445000742871040 *Remember to post your entries. More entries and more chances to win. Entries Ludo-2x Jason-2x Cobra-3x Venom-2x Marcus-2x Liz-3x Kezins-3x mr.me-3x Shin-3x barrel-1x
  6. Hey everyone! Sorry if it's seemed a bit slow on activity on GP as of late; I'm recovering from being sick this week and a number of the staff have been busy as well. That said, we've got some cool stuff in the works on the horizon. One of the things we'll really be trying to work towards more is getting new members for the community, and that means the return of contests! Yes, we have a few contests in the works that you'll be seeing soon so please look forward to that! Additionally, I'm planning to ramp up our publishing schedule so we can push out more content regularly. So you'll continue to see reviews, more news, and even some cool features in the near future as well. We're also discussing ways of fostering the community as well; the plan is to hopefully get some regular game nights going as well create new regular feature threads that can lead to more discussions and such. Thanks to those of you who have stuck with us through thick and thin, we appreciate your support! And if there's anything you'd like to see more of or would like to recommend, let us know below and we'll see what we can do. Hopefully we can continue to bolster the community over the next few months and as always, make it a great place to hang out and discuss games and whatnot.
  7. Who wants to win a PS4?! Well um yeah just another PS4 contest I found and share. Good luck everyone! refer link
  8. Here's another contest from SpawnFirst. 2 Steam codes for the Payday 2 Career Criminal Edition, each code includes the full game, loot DLC, and also the first upcoming Payday 2 DLC: Armored Heist. 2 ways to win! Check out the link below for details: http://www.spawnfirst.com/payday-2-giveaway/ Good luck, guys'n'gals!
  9. Marcus Estrada

    Spelunky PC Launch Bringing Daily Challenge

    Near the start of July it was announced that the Xbox rendition of Spelunky would hit PC on August 8th. A new mode for the game was announced today on Spelunky World. That new mode happens to be called the Spelunky Daily Challenge and it seems it will inject a new degree of competitive fun into the game. This mode will produce a new randomly generated adventure every day. During that day, everyone who plays will experience the same one. Players then try to survive and accumulate as much wealth as possible before they die. As the Daily Challenge only offers players one life this will be a true test of skills. Once you're dead you can check out the leaderboard and see who is the winner of each challenge. This new mode will be live when Spelunky launches on Steam and GOG, although you may see popular Let's Players broadcasting the mode starting on July 28th.
  10. Marcus Estrada

    Making a Rising Storm Map Could Win You $10,000

    Do you dig first person shooters? There“s definitely a lot of fans out there, although many seem determined to stick with just one franchise (such as Call of Duty). Those who expand beyond the more obvious choices have stumbled upon Rising Storm, which is an excellent title released as the next addition to Red Orchestra 2. It“s tough, but addicting for the fans who“ve already discovered it. If you“re already playing the game, or are interested in it, and also have designed your own game maps before then listen up. Tripwire Interactive has announced the Banzai Community Map Making Competition for Rising Storm. This contest has gone live today and asks for any and all of the community to create and submit their own maps. What do you get for making the most amazing map? The grand prize totals $10,000. Overall, Tripwire has $25,000 to give out so there are a bunch of cash prizes to be awarded. If you want to enter then try and get a good start on your map by September. On September 3rd it will get submitted to judges so they can give their opinions and feedback on the current status. November 5th is the due date at which point your map should be finished or as close to it as possible. You can read all the details of the contest here.
  11. Vivid Gamer is giving away a copy of the newly released Dead Island Riptide for the PS3.
  12. Developer: Hidden Path Entertainment/Ensemble Studios Publisher: Microsoft Studios Platform: PC Release Date: April 9th, 2013 Age of Empires has gone through a good number of games by now, including a spin-off or two (Age of Mythology, anyone?), but it hasn't really touched on its roots at all. That's changed now with the release of Age of Empires II HD on Steam this week. It boasts adding new features and a nice little coat of HD paint, but are they actually worthwhile additions to spend $20 on? I'll be honest- I've never played an Age of Empires game before. I did play (the fantastic) Age of Mythology quite extensively when I was younger, but that's a whole other diamond in the strategy game mine. The Age of Empires series, particularly the first 3 games, are simple to the core yet still incredibly fun to play. You try your hardest to take out the enemy, which can be AI bots, other players online, or a mix of the two. You build hordes of units to first collect resources for your soon-to-be mighty kingdom, and then either smash, diplomatically ally with, or sneak in a victory with your wonder against your opponents. There's tons of units, buildings, and civilizations to play as. Also, there are plenty of map choices, with randomization being the most fun option of course. I can definitely see why everyone and their pet horny toad seems to love this game, as I do too now! This new HD edition comes with some new and some old extra tidbits of course. Firstly, the Conquerors expansion pack is included, which basically adds to every aspect of the game. Next up is the general modernization of the game. It now runs on modern versions of Windows with no problems, has widescreen support, support for resolutions up to 1920x1080, and even support for multiple monitors. Oh! Who could forget the "HD" tag too? The lighting is improved apparently and the textures look a bit better. It's not awfully much but overall it is definitely much prettier to look at. Steam Workshop is included with the game to help making downloading or uploading maps, campaigns, and mods for the game loads easier than it was in the days of the 90s and early 2000s. I'm glad more games are using Steam Workshop, and this seems like a great canidate for it. At the cost of this comes a few things that did end up annoying me a bit. To start with, the graphics themselves haven't seen much of a "HD" change as to be expected by the title. It still looks great for a late 90s game, but an actual HD overhaul would've been great. The resolution also seemingly can't be changed, as it takes whatever your desktop resolution is. With this being an expanded version of an older game, I'd expect it to at least let you change what resolution you want the game at, but this is just a small nuisance really. I'd also like to say that the multiplayer is absolute gold in this game. There's a new system in place just for the HD version, and while I'm not sure how it differs from the original multiplayer system, it is certainly quite stable, if a bit laggy. Playing with a fellow GP buddy (Ludono), we had a cubic kilometer of fun in the few games we played. Each game takes multiple hours to finish usually, though it is possible to save and re-load games you've played with others luckily. The experiences we had were both ridiculous and awesome at the same time (have YOU ever seen massive armies of Spanish conquistadores plowing their way through anything in their way? I bet not!). There was only one time when we weren't really enjoying the game, and that was when we teamed up against 6 A.I. opponents who promptly ganged up on me early on in the game, forcing us to quit early and start anew. This was completely due to the randomization of the map though I think, as my buddy was on the opposite side of the fairly large map. However, every other moment of our time spent in the multiplayer portion of the game was very fun and we really enjoyed bashing each other's brains out in one game and then teaming up to fight fiercesome A.I. opponents the next. Anything goes in a game of tactics and while Age of Empires II HD isn't overly heavy on it, how you win (or don't!) is up to you. Is Age of Empires II HD still a worthwhile addition to the very prestigious series it's a part of? Definitely! The new additions might not be that huge, but they serve their purpose well for making the game actually playable on modern computers. The game is a classic by far, and while it may not be the most HD-realistic, ultra-modern portrayal of combat in the Middle Ages, it's still an incredibly fun one. Check it out here if you're interested: http://store.steampo...com/app/221380/ I give this game a: 9/10 Want to win a copy of the game? Register (if you haven't already) and comment below telling me your favorite strategy game of all time- or, if you don't have one, tell me your favorite ancient (let's say, pre-1500 A.D.) civilization! Contest ends Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Get entered now to win this great game before it's too late!
  13. It seems that once every few months a random internet contest just completely screws itself up and starts spitting out all sorts of free stuff for consoles. Well apparently we were due for another one because Frito Lays just finished handing out a few hundred years of Xbox Live and thousands of free games out to people. The contest was simple. Buy two bags of any Frito Lays brand of chips, then enter the access codes onto their website to get two of three rewards. Two weeks of Xbox Live and the choice between The Maw or Toy Soldiers. While that seems simple enough, the contest holders forgot to include one simple block. Each chip bag code could be used an unlimited number of times. The resulting chaos ended earlier this morning with people pulling in dozens, some even possibly gaining hundreds of codes from the giveaway. I myself missed it as usual, but I managed to buy all three codes together for the low low price of one dollar, which actually beats the price of buying two bags of chips. If you're interested, the contest is still going at the link below, but you can't use any old codes anymore. Charge Your Fun
  14. Marcus Estrada

    Xbox Swagfest Offers Custom 360s

    Do you want to get the chance to win a super rare Xbox 360? That's what is being offered by Microsoft as they begin their Xbox Swagfest contest. With the sweepstakes now in full swing, you just have to do a few simple tasks to be entered in for one of five consoles. First, you have to download the promotional gamer pic and actually use it on your profile before the contest ends on March 11th. Then, you have choices for what to do next. You can download the HBO GO app (which only works for HBO subscribers) or play an online game in Halo 4, Gears of War 3, or Tomb Raider. Or you can choose to play all of them multiple times to gain a maximum of 20 entries. Each console is custom designed for Swagfest. They are all 4GB 360s and feature designs for Bioshock Infinite, Game of Thrones, Gears of War: Judgment, Splinter Cell Blacklist, and Tomb Raider. If you're interested, be aware that the contest is only open to those 17 or older and who reside in one of the 50 US states.
  15. Sony has been running an awesome promotion right under our noses for the last few months and all they want from you is a Playstation-themed story from your life. In return, they'll give you a $50 PSN card... if you get selected to appear on their website. While that might sound difficult, it really isn't. Sure there are some rules you have to follow (both written and unsaid) but as long as you stick to my guide, you'll be appearing on the Playstation Blog in no time... and being $50 richer for it. Length Is Important! The contest itself doesn't really have that many rules actually written down. The only two main ones (which are both the most ignored) are that you post a link to your story in the thread instead of posting the story in the thread itself, and keep it to a certain length. Not too long, not too short. Three inches should do it! The recommended max length is five thousand letters, but it isn't a solid rule. I've seen people win with a bit more, but when you start going into the tens of thousands you've clearly gone past the invisible limit. This isn't usually a problem though. I usually only see one or two posts that go on for a bit longer than they should. No, the real problem comes from the stories that are too short. Now let me get things straight; these aren't bad stories by any means, its just that they don't have the meat necessary to make it on the Playstation Blog. They're looking for stories, not a single paragraph! It might not be easy at first, but find a way to flesh your story out a bit. It seems the lowest you can go is three paragraphs, but a bit more is preferred. The Content Of Your Story Alright, so now you've got your four or five paragraphs worked out and written down on the page. Here's what you do now. Proofread it. There might be spelling mistakes your computer missed. While these aren't all that serious due to people editing it before it goes up on the blog, a lot of spelling errors could get you passed over, so it helps to be sure you did things right. Another thing that people's stories seem to suffer from on the Playstation Blog contest page is something I'm going to dub "Bookreport-itus." Go ahead and read a few of them. It comes out like some 7th grade book report! Again, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. But if you breath some life into your story, it'll go a very long way. It might look nice, but if its filled with crap then nobody will want it I shouldn't even have to mention this next point, but I see it happen so often that I just have to bring it up. No matter how much you think it'll help your story, DO NOT mention other consoles. Keep any opinion you have of the other consoles to yourself, because you will not get on the blog if you mention them. The reason for this is because this is the official Playstation Blog. Any mention of a competitor's console, no matter how bad you think it is, will only stand to make Sony look bad in some way. I can't repeat this enough! Don't mention any other console, new or old that has competed against Sony! Keep It Current Now by keeping it current, I don't mean just talk about things that are being released right now for the Playstation. I mean, I wrote a story about playing a PS1 game throughout the decades. That immediately goes against my whole "keep it current" shtick, right? Well actually, no it doesn't. Back in my day we had to walk fifteen miles to recharge our batteries! In my story I also brought up the fact that I rebought the PS1 title off of the PSN store so I could continue playing it on my PS3 and PSP whenever I wanted. Boom, totally current central! To top it all off, I left a recommendation for a game I enjoyed that tied in with my story that could currently be bought right now. Again, none of these things I mentioned above are absolutely necessary (except for the whole no competitor's console part; seriously, don't do that) but I should also mention that I've won the contest and helped another person win by explaining to them exactly what I told you in this guide. So there's that. Good luck everybody. And as always, thanks for reading!
  16. Everyone loves murdering with something they've made themselves. While Disgaea Dimension 2 doesn't quite offer that experience, you can at least have the chance at naming a few weapons. Six weapons, one of each conventional non-monster-type weapon, are up to be named: a sword, axe, bow, staff, spear, and gun. There are even pictures of each, in the gallery below! The event is on the site for Disgaea Dimension 2, which means it's all in Japanese. Oh, you don't know Japanese? Man, don't even worry, you know I've always got your back. When you go to the main page, click on Special. Along the left side under Contents, there is a link with "NEW!" beside it. Click on that and it'll take you to the page where you can see all the weapons. The first box is for your name (which, they assure, can be a pseudonym) and then the weapon name boxes. The order is Sword, Spear, Bow, Gun, Ax, and Staff. The big text box is for, in 200 characters, a message to Disgaea D2, so... you know, whatever. They're not super picky, as the pseudonym is the only required one, so you can name whichever weapons you want and ignore the ones you don't care about. I don't necessarily have any suggestions, but I will definitely be offended if none are named after me. This contest runs until November 30th, and I think the winners are going to be announced on December 14th. Nippon Ichi will be releasing Disgaea D2 itself to Japan on March 20, 2013, where we in the West may or may not see it. They brought over Disgaea Infinite and the Prinny games, though, so it's probably a pretty safe bet. Check out the weapons below!
  17. Developer: Behaviour Interactive Publisher: 505 Games Platform: PSN/XBLA Release Date: October 10, 2012 ESRB: T Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise is the tale of a bear. He was previously made fun of by the other bears in his prior debut, Naughty Bear (of course), and well he got mad. He did some things. Some things his psychiatrist would probably disapprove of. This is a tale of what happened after he did those things. That same mean crowd of bears not only hate him now, but they went on a vacation and didn't invite him to join them (of course)! How cruel of those bears. Now Naughty is angry once more, and this time he has a lot of new fun ways to.......deal with his enemies. I'll admit- I haven't played the first game. I had actually been very interested in it for a while, but after seeing the very negative reviews, I lost interest. With the new game, I feared more of the same, but it seems that Behaviour Interactive has crafted a better, possibly even meatier (as a downloadable title at that), game than the previous one. The gameplay of Panic in Paradise centers around you, Naughty Bear, traveling around a large map of one of the many locations on "Paradise Island", and well, being naughty towards other bears. This is shown through either scaring or killing the other bears in that map. There are many, MANY, different ways to kill the bears, but unfortunately the only way you can scare the bears is to do a creepy shout of sorts. I do wish there was another way to scare bears, as it is necessary if you want to get the highest score possible. Speaking of that, there is a nice little score system in place in this game. Leaderboards and "Naughty Cups" encourage you to try and get the highest score that you can. You can gain far more score from what I like to call "psychological bear torture" instead of just stabbing every bear you see with an umbrella. You also gain a small amount of score from destroying the objects sitting around the island. There are four objectives on each mission; kill each target bear in a specified way, and complete three optional secondary objectives. On very few missions in the game was I able to complete all four of these objectives, so luckily you only need to do the first one (which isn't TOO hard as is). There are 36 missions in the game through 11 different locations, so the game isn't low on content at all. You also may want to go back through some missions like I did to try and improve your score, which adds a bit of fun and replayability to the game. One other fantastic aspect of this game that really adds to the replayability and fun is the unique item customization and leveling system. By stealing the costumes of bears, you can then purchase them in the store for coins, which you get for doing pretty much anything in this game. To be able to purchase weapons, you have to find them in the missions and gain an "ultra-kill" (a kill while a bear is distracted) with it. Each piece of clothing and each weapon gives you different stats that can affect your playstyle in different ways. For example, if you wear gladiator armor, you can't sprint at all but you will be so heavily armored it will take the enemy bears a long time to get your health down halfway, let alone even kill you. By wearing new clothing and a weapon, you can level each one up individually until it is maxed out. This gives XP towards your total XP level for Naughty Bear himself. Personally I love this system of not only customization but also the leveling mechanic. It just adds a whole lot of originality to a game genre that could be very dull. The first Naughty Bear game didn't have incredibly impressive graphics, and neither does this game, but at least it does improve upon the original's. Good lighting and semi-detailed environments make the game look very nice on the eyes. However, one major gripe I had with the graphics was that the dark levels were VERY dark. There is lighting on every level of course, but some levels had dark corners of the map (on levels that take place at night this was very prevalent) where items or destroyable objects may have been, but I couldn't see much at all in those dark places so I couldn't do anything with those items or objects. It was frustrating, but thankfully it was only really bad on one location: Greasy's Garage. Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise is a fun game that has a few weak points but overall nothing major that breaks the game like the last one had (I heard the camera was atrocious, and in PiP it's fine). For $15, there's a lot of content and fun to be had if you can mind the somewhat repetitiveness of the game and its dark humor. It's not a game for everyone, but the newest Naughty Bear installment is a good one finally. I give this game a score of: 7.25/10 Pros +Lots of customization. +The ability to scare or kill bears however you like- it's your choice! +36 missions, all of which take a good amount of time to complete. +A very neat leveling system. Cons -The game can get repetitive after a while. -Lighting makes it hard to see in some areas, one in particular. -Only one way to scare bears while there is plenty of ways to kill them. -No multiplayer, even though the first game had it, which is odd. But wait, there's more! That's right! As you can see from the title, I'm giving a XBLA copy of the game away to one lucky reader! All you have to do is comment below telling me the naughtiest way you would deal with Naughty Bear himself....without getting caught by him of course! The winner will be randomly selected on Friday, October 19. I should close the entries sometime late at night PDT, and then draw a winner shortly after. Good luck, and have fun!
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