Friday, 1 August 2014

Top 5 Games of July 2014

5. Ratchet And Clank Trilogy
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All 3 original Ratchet and Clank games on your PS Vita. Not a bad idea, is it? Made by the same people who produced the Jak and Daxter trilogy, this collection of comical goodness is made up out of the first 3 Ratchet And Clank games for the PS2, which were all critcially applauded, and all 3 games get their own set of trophies as well as a new lick of HD paint that ACTUALLY LOOKS GOOD. This collection is a great way to relive the old misadventures of the two heroes, and perhaps a good way to reminisce and go all misty eyed on the train as the guy next to you leaks wubbing rubbish out of his ears.

4. Magic 2015
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While the console and PC versions of Magic aren't so good, the mobile versions excel, thanks to their easy touch controls and the feeling that you really are playing a game of Magic instead of clicking cards on your PC because you're two poor to buy a pack every week. #magicproblems. Anyways, in this next iteration, you're able to build and customize your own deck to duel with, battle with greats such as Garruk Wildspeaker and use a more sturdy, complete and intuitive deck builder.

Our Destiny is Level 20

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The most original title I can think of. It's been a hard day.

Encouraging news today, as Bungie have revealed to IGN that, while the level cap in Destiny is Level 20, it can actually be surpassed, which shouldn't make any sense, but does. Basically, once you level up to level 20, there's no way to level up further by collecting XP, so instead XP is converted into Motes of Light. Once you collect enough Motes of Light, you can buy high level armour from the generic English know-all (Who sounds a little bored) known as The Speaker. The armour that you purchase levels up your character, and therefore enables you to take on higher level Raids. *cough*WHICHYOUPROBABLYCAN'TPLAY*cough*

Anyways, in my opinion, this is actually a pretty good system, as it means that, while you can claim that you've reached the level cap, there'll still be stuff that will motivate you to get a higher level and therefore better armor. That being said, if you want to be good at Destiny, just turn yourself into an armadillo! If the Traveler's so great, just get him to do it!

In conclusion, it's been a pretty mixed week for Bungie, following both this announcement, it's controversial news that it's Raid mode would only be playable with five other friends and the fact that there would only be one playable area on each planet. Still, there's no doubt that Destiny is shaping up to be a great game, but with the semi-flop of Watch Dogs, will it succeed? Tell us in the comments below!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Month On Plus: August 2014

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After two "leaks", the Playstation Plus lineup for August has finally been announced, and once again it looks great! These picks are for Europe, so other continents should look to their respective Playstation blog to see what they'll be getting next month. All games will be made free on the 7th of August, with July's picks expiring on the same day.

Road Not Taken (PS4)
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In this cute little puzzler, you play as a ranger sent out to save some darned kids who have goen and got themselves lost in a cold, snowy forest. As well as saving the silly infants, you'll have to make sure that you're ranger doesn't freeze to death and making sure you still have enough energy left to carry on. Yup, it's a lot darker than it looks, but it's a brand new game that hasn't come out yet, so PS4 owners are lucky to snap this one up for free!

Fez (PS4)
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From it's famous indie creator Phil Fish to it's long wait, I'm sure I don't need to tell you about the frankly amazing Fez and it's bad history. But that wouldn't do it justice. It's amazing to think that Fez was created by one guy, what with it's beautiful worlds, innovative mechanics and cutesy story. Basically, you play as Gomez, a 2D man who realizes that his world is actually 3D, and he can rotate it as he pleases. It's definitley one of the best games of this decade, and it's a great addition to the Instant Game Collection.

Want Some Money? Be In A Slingshot Test!

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Don't worry, it's not as bad as it sounds!

Facebook propaganda news today, as the social networking behemoth are offering $200 (£118) to users who want to test out their new Slingshot app, Sky News noticed. Zuckerburg and co. are probably resorting to this after the bad rep that the company has gotten in the last couple of months, what with their app being taken down after it failed grandly and the fact that they were secretly testing users and filtering what came through their newsfeed. I mean, playing with our emotions isn't that bad, right?

(I was being sarcastic)

Anyways, Facebook aren't just letting in any desperate teenager and giving them money. Anyone who's willing to get free money will need to fill out a survey on the Slingshot blog first, then a certain amount of people will be chosen for the program. You'll be involved in the tests for 3 months, but you'll only have to actually give feedback and test out the app's features for 1-2 hours every week. It's unknown when or how users will get their money and how they'll get it, but if you want an easy hundred or two, why not test an app that'll fail anyway?

What do you guys think? With user feedback, will Slingshot be able to fend off Snapchat? Tell us in the comments below!

Go Out And Get Some Friends! (Then Come In Again)

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Guess you won't be able to play on Destiny as well as get a phone contract, eh Michael? #officejokes

Socially scary news today, as Bungie Writer Luke Smith revealed to IGN today that Destiny's Raid mode "requires you to have a group of five other friends to play with". Goddammit Luke. Every. Single. Time. Goddammit. Anyways, as you can tell, there have been mixed reactions, as Raid mode will be one of Destiny's big boys, especially after people have blazed through the campaign. The innovative game type is supposed to be a pretty hard one, with an average game lasting an hour or two and content designed for players upside of level 20. THAT'S WHAT SHE

OK, I'll stop now.

Anyway, this leads to the question: are Bungie right in restricting this mode? In my opinion, definitely yes. If you want to play an hour long mission and not get annoyed or abandoned, friends are the way to go, as they'll never leave a game because they're with N00B HACKEGFRS, and if Raid mode is as hard as it sounds, then you'll definitely need clear communication with your fireteam if you want to succeed. Games like Rainbow Six: Siege and Evolve will also work and play better with friends, although they aren't restricted.

Still, I can understand why people are miffed about this. Some people don't have 5 other friends they play with regularly, and even if they do, it's hard to get them all on the same time because of conflicting schedules. Still, it's not the end of the world, (Well, in Destiny it almost is) as there are plenty of other game modes to choose from.

What do you guys think? Will you be able to play Raid mode, and if not, how else will you bide your time? Tell us in the comments below!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

"And Next January, the M25 Will Be Blocked"

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"Forget Google, use the new BRITAINISTHEBESTCOUNTRY search engine!" (Vince Cable)

Potentially funny news today, as British Business Secretary Vince Cable announced at the MIRA (Motor Industry Research Organization) Headquarters that driverless cars will be allowed on roads starting from January 2015. The cars would be legal in 3 cities that are yet to be decided, as the governement are currently encouraging cities to bid to be a host city. Cable claimed that Britain is now "at the forefront of this transformational technology", despite the fact that Google created the driverless car, and it's already been tested in many other countries.

However, not everyone is genuinely convinced that this will be a safe thing to do, as an AA survey showed. 43% of it's members didn't agree with this new trial, but why wouldn't they? Driverless cars are the future, and numerous tests have shown that they can function well, despite the fact that it's still in an early prototype! Well, driver's tend to want full control of their car, and if they have no control, they won't feel safe and therefor won't buy the car. Plus there's the problem of terrain. Sensing space is all fine and dandy, but if your car floors it on a clear but slippery motorway, that won't be good news for your spine.

What do you guys think? Is this law a good idea? Tell us in the comments below!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Month Ahead: August 2014

5th: Sacred 3
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After six years of waiting, Sacred fans will be pleased to know that the third installment of the hack n' slash series will finally be in their hands, able to explore the world of Ancaria all over again. As well as welcome returns, Sacred 3 will also have some great new features, including seamless online and offline co-op and leaderboards, plus there's a new class in the form of the Malakhim. Still, despite all of the new complexities, Sacred 3 is an arcade hack n' slash at heart, and will surely be a hoot to play with friends.

19th: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition
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A package containing Diablo III and it's critically acclaimed Reaper Of Souls expansion for current AND last gen consoles. Doesn't sound bad, does it? However, this isn't just the normal Reaper of Souls; a couple of changes have been added. You can now play 4-player local or multiplayer co-op with your friends or shouty pre-pubescent kids, the new Apprentice mode makes it easier to level up if you're with someone that's a higher level than you, and there's a new mail system that lets you send loot to your buddies. This edition isn't that evil after all!