Worms Revolution

Fellow Vidjagamers,

Worms RevolutionI’ve been asked by a very dedicated reader to do a piece on Worms Revolution. I personally am a big fan of the Worms series. Nothing beats an afternoon with friends where you are taking turns trying to cause each other to explode with Holy Hand Grenades and other over the top weaponry.

It’s not all about the multiplayer though. The single player portion is pretty sizable and will keep you busy while your friends aren’t around. There are 32 campaign levels and 20 puzzle levels, with four different difficulty settings. The single player is a solid choice if you just want to go in and get some worm destruction under way.

The biggest new change to Revolution is the class system. The basic worm is now known as the Soldier, and there’s also the Scout, Scientist, and Heavy. Each plays noticeably different so you will end up having your own favorite after trying each of them out.

Soldiers are just your basic average worm. These will be the most familiar to players of the series. Scouts are the agile class, who zip around the battlefield with ease. They don’t deal as much damage when they attack, but they are a lot more responsive when using their jetpacks. Heavies are tanks. They don’t move very fast, but when they get in range of the enemy you’ll know. Heavies deal and absorb more damage that the other classes. Scientists are the support class. Every time it’s the scientists turn everyone on the team gets five points of health. They also create defensive weapons like sentry guns to help hold a position.

Revolution also adds feature physics object, like zippo lighters, glass flasks, etc. You can move these around the battlefield using certain abilities (like telekinesis) and after taking enough damage they will explode to deal damage to the worms around them. There’s also dynamic water now so you can shoot a rocket into the water to cause it to splash up and cover a worm. Worms will take damage every turn that they are under water.

The best part of the worms series is the mutiplayer though. Like I said, getting your friends together and using rockets, grenades, mines, and other explosives to launch your friends across the map is what the Worms titles is all about. Every time I played it we also had a good time and we would be laughing for hours.

Here’s to my number one fan! Thanks Nate.

 

How Long To Beat

Fellow Vidjagamers,

Sorry that I’ve been away for so long. I’ve been pretty busy lately with work, trying to climb the ranks to a Gladiator title in World of Warcraft, and achieving Platinum rank in Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm.

If you guys are busy like me and don’t have a lot of time to devote to single player games, I have found a great website to help plan out your time to play games.

How Long to Beat is a website that gives you an average of how long it takes to beat a game. It gives you a time for just playing through the main story, how much time to get the extra’s, as well as if you are a completionist. This is great for me because now that I know that Bioshock: Infinite takes roughly 11 hours to beat I can map out my free time on the weekends to coincide with this.

Hopefully this helps you guys out as well!

Dead Space in 5 minutes.

Fellow Vidjagamers,

Dead Space 3 is coming out tomorrow (February 5th, 2013)! Dead Space is one of those must play games and if you haven’t played the first two (I highly recommend doing so), don’t worry because you can start on the third one without worrying about being lost in the story by watching this video.

Props to IGN for creating this video.

I hope you all get the chance to experience Dead Space 3. I can’t wait til tomorrow!

Journey Review

Journey

Journey has a lot to live up to. It’s Playstation 3 predecessors, flOw and Flower, provided cerebral experiences through the use of simple game mechanics and stunning art direction. More importantly, the works of developer Thatgamecompany expanded the video game medium, focusing on subjects that are typically absent from today’s mainstream market. flOw and Flower showed that emotionally charged texts could come from the simplest of sources. Both games are centerpieces for Sony’s console, achieving both critical and commercial success. As a result, the expectations for Thatgamecompany’s next title are exceedingly high. Journey does not simply meet these expectancies; it exceeds them, providing an enchanting experience that ranks among the best on any console, past or present.

 
The best way to classify Journey in the traditional means of the medium is to call it a 3D platformer-adventure. Over the course of this two-hour quest, the player will cross massive bridges, explore the remains of an ancient civilization, and scale a great mountain before reaching the game’s brilliant finale. Whether sliding down glistening hills of sand, meeting another wanderer for the first time, or fleeing from deadly pursuers, Thatgamecompany’s ongoing commitment to evocative experiences fills the player with a multitude of emotions.

 
The beauty of Journey is how gameplay and narrative are interwoven seamlessly. Much like the developer’s previous classics, dialogue is entirely absent here. Instead, Journey’s narrative is essentially left to the interpretation of the player, who is cast into an endless desert with no motive other than the purpose of reaching an enormous mountain far-off in the distance. Outside of a handful of pivotal scenes providing a basis for the player’s quest, the individual must discern the game’s narrative progression for themselves. This ambiguity is fundamental to Journey’s appeal, as the understated yet compelling story demands an active role of the audience. Had the story been conveyed in a more conventional manner, the wanderer’s tale would have lost most of its emotional impact. And this connection is instrumental in enjoying Journey. Who is my character? Why am I striving to reach this mountain? What will happen when I get there? Internal questions like these arise intuitively during gameplay, dissolving the barrier between the player and the character on screen. The developer’s decision to include an anonymous online multiplayer component should be applauded for creating an extra layer of depth to the story; adding to the fantasy rather than detracting from it.

Exceptional art direction and a moving soundtrack complement Journey’s minimalist narrative. The game practically oozes atmosphere. From the second you hit Start you are transported to a vast deserted land that truly makes you believe that you are walking through a lost civilization. Journey is a graphical powerhouse and a great showcase of the Playstation 3’s visual capabilities. The game’s haunting soundtrack is equally impressive, harmonizing with the brilliant visuals to create a profound impression on the audience.

With the sublime Journey, Thatgamecompany surpasses their previous attempts at blurring the distinction between the video game medium and art. Furthermore, Journey stands on its own as an extraordinary achievement in regards to storytelling. The talented developer has crafted an unforgettable experience that ranks among the best on today’s console market.

-Andrew Suralski

Pokemon X and Y

Fellow Vidjagamers,

Today Nintendo announced that there are releasing two new Pokemon games, and they are going to be in 3d for the 3ds. These are the first 3d entries for the core Pokemon games. These new Pokemon games will be called Pokemon X and Pokemon Y and they will have new 6th generation Pokemon.

Here is a picture of the new starters from the 6th generation of Pokemon, there names are Fennekin (the fire type), Froakie (the water type), and Chespin (the grass type). I’m also including a video of the announcement trailer that released today as well. Pokemon X and Y will be releasing worldwide in October.

Pokemon Black 2

Fellow Vidjagamers,

The Pokemon series might just be my favorite series of games of all time. I’ve always been a fan of RPG’s and the Pokemon games do it just right. They are simplistic enough for everyone to enjoy, yet they have enough depth to make for very competitive play. I managed to get my hands on a copy of Pokemon Black 2 this Christmas and I am thoroughly enjoying it.

Pokemon Black and White 2 take place two years after Black and White 1 in the same region, Unova. The story is completely different and they have introduced a plethora of Pokemon from previous generations into the Unova region. Bianca and Cheren are back from the original and you meet them very early into your journey. Bianca has become Professor Juniper’s assistant and Cheren is the first gym leader now. Team Plasma is also back and they are still up to no good. I just beat Cheren in the first gym, he uses normal type Pokemon which were no match for my Riolu and Oshawatt (who I chose as my starter).

I’m excited to see what else is new and in store for me in this game! I expect that I’ll be reporting back with news on my new travels over the next few weeks so keep checking back for more info.

Rift Expansion Brings Gamers Back

Fellow Vidjagamers,
I hope everyone had a great holiday and a happy new year! The mmo Rift has recently released an expansion and it’s bringing gamers back. The expansion increases the cap to 60, offers a new subclass for each class, three new raids (soon to be up to 20 players), tripled the size of the world, and new warfronts!

You can get the original game on sale right now through Steam for $10 and that covers your first month subscription! To buy the expansion it will cost you another $39.99. Anybody who is a fan of mmo’s and is getting bored of World of Warcraft I would highly suggest paying the $10 to give Rift a shot. You can also get half off time cards through Best Buy here.

Currently we have a Vidjagamers guild on the Wolfsbane server on the Defiant side. Come and join us!

Street Fighter x Mega Man

Fellow Vidjagamers,

It’s Capcom’s 25 year anniversary of Street Fighter and Mega Man and in response they are releasing a free Mega Man game with the Street Fighter characters as the bosses at the end of each level. You can download the game at Capcom’s site or you can download it directly from here.

If you want a preview of the game you can watch the reveal trailer here.

My Girlfriend and Games

Fellow Vidjagamers,

I must be one of the lucky video gamer guys who finds a girlfriend who plays games. I know that the chances of finding one of them is pretty rare, comparable to winning the lottery in some cases. Now I didn’t go into this relationship knowing that she was a gamer, it was something that I gleaned over time. Here’s how it happened and how I developed her into a gamer.

It started out when I saw the Wii at her apartment the first time I went over there. I asked her if she played games on it, and she said she used it primarily for Netflix, typical. But when I first told her that I was a pretty big gamer she said that she LOVED to play Mario, especially ‘Super Mario Bros. 3’, which is one of the best Mario games in the series in my opinion. The first time I brought her over to my apartment we ended up playing a session of ‘Super Mario Bros. 3’ on my Wii (Virtual Console style) and to my surprise she was actually pretty good at it.

After a few months of dating we became very close (more like she was my best friend). One night she was looking through my Wii games and she saw ‘Super Paper Mario’ (one of the best games in the Mario RPG series imo), and she asked if she could play it. I told her that it wasn’t a conventional Mario game and that there was a lot of dialogue and RPG elements. She didn’t care she started playing it anyways. I sat and watched as she started out, she skipped a lot of the dialogue but she enjoyed the gameplay. She stuck with it and eventually (with a tiny bit of help from me), beat the game. I was impressed!

She then asked if there were any more Mario games like that so I introduced her to ‘Paper Mario’ for the N64 (which I also had for Virtual Console). After the quick introduction to the turn based battle system she also enjoyed that game. She was a bit disappointed that the combat wasn’t real time like it was in ‘Super Paper Mario’ though. After a few weeks she eventually beat ‘Paper Mario’!

Now she just recently started playing “Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door” (Gamecube), but she is hooked to these types of games. I’m not sure what she’s gonna play next since the only other Mario RPG game is “Super Mario RPG” for the SNES which I tried getting her to play but she couldn’t get over the graphics (“Super Mario RPG” is one of my all time favorite games).

If you have a girlfriend and you want to share your hobby with her I highly recommend starting her out with something simple (like Mario) and building from there. I also got my girlfriend hooked on “Animal Crossing” for a while, but it got boring for her after a while. The only problem with getting your girlfriend addicted to games is that you have to share the television with her then, which is a problem because Halo 4 just came out and I couldn’t play because she was playing “Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door”!

Mists of Pandaria

Fellow Vidjagamers,

I was reluctant to hop back into World of Warcraft’s expansion, but after watching gameplay footage of the new content I couldn’t help myself. I purchased the new expansion Mists of Pandaria and have been enjoying seeing the new content for myself.

I started with my human rogue who is level 85 (For the Alliance!). I started in Stormwind, exactly where I had left him when I lost logged out months ago. Immediately as I logged in I was prompted with a quest that the king wanted to see me. I headed there immediately only to be informed that my rogue had been selected as part of an elite force to help look for the Prince who had gone missing along with the most of the Alliance’s naval fleet. They told me to head to the gunship which would bring me to where they were last heard from. That is how I got to the new continent of Pandaria (not really sure if it’s a continent though, I heard it’s just a land mass on the back of a turtle).

I played my rogue for a few hours and then logged off to try out my 85 shaman. While exploring with my shaman I ran into another quest in Stormwind. This woman underneath a tree just outside of the castle walls told me that I could raise Battle Pets (ala Pokemon)! I promptly summoned my Lil’ Ragnaros to start spreading mayhem on the nearby fauna. No rabbit, squirrel, or rat was safe from the wrath of (Lil) Ragnaros! Bwahahahahaha. I leveled Lil’ Ragnaros, Lil’ KT, and Lil’ XT (raid boss party) up to level 6. I had a lot of fun with this content although there is some room for improvement; such as having a party of more than 3 pets, more than 3 move slots, more types of pets, and the ability to learn more than 6 moves total. I’m sure that will come with time though.

Last night I started my human monk (because Panda monks are overrated, especially Jack Black, actually I enjoyed Kung Fu Panda). I gave him a set of leather heirloom gear and a 1h mace and set to work. The animations for the monk are top notch and I quickly felt like Bruce Lee round house kicking the shit out of kobolds in the face. When it came time to pick a spec I choose the windwalker since that’s the dps spec for monk and because they get a unique ability, Thousand Hand Slap (ala E. Honda). I only leveled him up to about level 15 or so because I decided that I needed to watch Dexter with my girlfriend to prep her for the new season (which looks to be amazing for you Dexter fans out there!).

But I have a feeling that this expansion is going to be awesome overall. Especially because I feel the need to play every class because I feel like they are all OPOP now. Warriors look sick with their new avatar ability, I hear shadow priests are the king of duels, shamans now get an Ascendance form, mage’s can time walk. This is going to be a fun time for pvp’ers and pve’ers alike.

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