Heart Of The Swarm Characters: Sarah Kerrigan

Top Games For 2013 – The Haphazard’s List For 2013 Games

Well for those of you all who have been following me on Twitter, you all would notice I started a Video game channel a little while back, called ShalWeGame. The channel will also feature an Original Web Series currently in pre-production as well as news and upcoming releases done on a weekly basis.

Please note, since this video is the first of many, it is still rather rough around the edges, please leave comments both here and on the video so I can improve.

Without further a due, here is the video.

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And for those of you all too lazy to watch, please go over the list that follows.

  1. DMC – Devil May Cry – PS3, X360 – 15th Jan
  2. DMC – Devil May Cry – Win – 25th Jan
  3. Fire Emblem: Awakening – 3DS – 4th Feb
  4. Fist Of The North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 – PS3, X360 – 5th Feb
  5. Aliens: Colonial Marines – Win, PS3, X360, WiiU – 12th Feb
  6. Crysis 3 – Win, X360, PS3 – 19th Feb
  7. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus – PSVita – 26th Feb
  8. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – 3DS – 5th March
  9. Simcity – Win, Mac – 5th March
  10. Tomb Raider – Win, Ps3, X360 – 5th March
  11. God Of War Ascension – Ps3 – 12th March
  12. StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm – Win, Mach – 12th March
  13. Dead or Alive 5 Plus – PsVita – 19th March
  14. Gears of War: Judgment – X360 – 19th March
  15. Resident Evil 6 – Win – 22nd March
  16. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – 3DS – 24th March
  17. BioShock Infinite – PS3, X360, Win – 26th March
  18. Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin – Win, X360
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Pokemon X Box Art

Preview: Pokemon X and Y: Generation 6 Has Revamped And Shall Reign Once Again!

Pokemon X and Y Screen Shot 1

 

Pokemon has always been a game that millions flock to at any time of the year, whether you are a hardcore fan or a newbie who just discovered the world of Pokemon, its always a big deal when the new game arrives. A new region, new features, new Pokemon, new evolution, new items and basically new everything. Well usually.

Nintendo has always made it clear, that they won’t be changing the winning formula of Pokemon. However when the trailer for X and Y was made public, the world of Pokemon went bat-shit crazy. Myself Included.

Pokemon X and Y promises much, it promises a world completely bathe in 3D visuals, making the game feel like a 3D RPG adventure game. The battle scenes have also been redone in complete 3D complete with 3D backgrounds for the backdrop. As noted before the game brings the camera down, so you can leave the top-down type adventure out the window!

The game makes alot of bold promises. Only time will tell, time being October 2013, if this game will live up to the Fans expectation.

The Starters

Chespin is the grass type version for this generation.  Fennekin is the fire type and Froakie is the water type. The trailer also hints that it would be dual types.

Pokemon X and Y Starter - Froakie

Pokemon X and Y Starter – Froakie

Pokemon X and Y Starter - Fennekin

Pokemon X and Y Starter – Fennekin

Pokemon X and Y Starter - Chespin

Pokemon X and Y Starter – Chespin

 

 

Preview Conclusion

Pokemon X and Y, is looking like it will be a hit! You should look out for it late 2013.

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Death Note – The Final Move, The Final Note

Light And Ryuk

For those of you following my twitter, Yes I am that interesting. You all would’ve noticed by now, that I have been watching the Death Note movies. Now having heard about the anime, from pretty much every single human being on the goddamn planet, I decided to take a peek at it. But when I saw that Death Note had a live-action movie, I had to sink my teeth in. Now originally I was confused as to why Warner Brothers was funding the movie, I thought it would’ve been a Hollywood – bang-bang, I have yo money. – But it was actually a Japanese production house who was responsible for the entire show.

Death Note (デスノート Desu Nōto?) is a Japanese manga series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and manga artist Takeshi Obata. The main character is Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook, the “Death Note”, dropped on Earth by a shinigami (a god of death) named Ryuk. The Death Note grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face they know, by writing the name in the notebook while picturing their face. The series centers around Light’s attempt to create and rule a world “cleansed of evil” as “God” using the notebook, and the efforts of a detective known as L to stop him.

Casting

Light, L And MisaThe casting on this movie was ridiculously amazing. I never thought that the casting would’ve been so well done. Ever character looked exactly as they would’ve. The casting of Light and L was brilliant to say the least. The actors, Tatsuya Fujiwara and Kenichi Matsuyama, did an absolute god-like job with respect to their roles. You felt Light’s “Call For Justice” and you saw L ambition. The supporting characters were all well done. Much props the Takeshi Kaga who played Light’s father, he did a great job. The girls, Erika Toda and Hikari Mitsushima, I must admit were better than I thought. Upon seeing them it didn’t register in my brain, until their turn came to act. Although there were little hiccups from the Anime/Manga which didn’t translate to the movie. The voices of Ryuk and Rem was well done. I liked the quality they brought to the movie.

Animation

Light And RyukThe animation of Ryuk and Rem was indeed quite a view. I must admit, I felt as though both Ryuk and Rem were real people. As Ryuk truly blended in with the environment. However Rem was not given the same treatment. While with Ryuk you had to look for the pieces of him that were animated, you could plainly see the animation throughout Rem’s Animation.

Acting

As I stated in the casting portion. The acting was amazing, even the extras acted brilliantly. All of the parts of the movie that the actors had to die in, they had all acted better than I expected. For extras the parts were well done.

Music

Fuck You Warner Brothers. Where Was Maximum The Hormone’s Zetsubou Billy? Which was originally chosen as the theme song for the Death Note Anime? Why was Red Hot Chilli Peppers‘ Dani California used? Don’t get me wrong, RHCP is an amazing band, and I am a big fan. But this is a live-action ANIME Movie.

Death Note 2 Poster

Plot/Story

Mostly like the Anime and Manga. Of course they left out things. They really couldn’t pack over 10 hours of anime into a single movie. They took as much as they could. Although I felt as though they could have included more time between Ryuk and Light. Although, in retrospect, by the time you watched the second part you would’ve felt much better with the scenes you got in the first movie.

Final Thoughts.

A brilliantly done movie. And This production house should win awards in all categories. I am aware that this movie was done many years ago, but I believe it can still stand hardcore with the recent films. I would recommend this movie to any one. It was easy to follow even though it had a deep, psychological essence.

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Pokemon Conquest

Pokemon Conquest – A Vast New Setting, A Vast New Game Play

Pokemon Conquest LogoSo, where’s all the Pokemon Fans?! Playing Pokemon Conquest, that’s where. Pokemon Conquest is the new game for the Pokemon franchise, and it isn’t like the predecessors of Pokemon. It is a well known fact that Pokemon usually, makes appearances in other games, and over the years these spin-offs have become more expansive and complex. From being able to connect to the main line of games to just being a stand-alone bunch of hours of fun.

Pokémon Conquest, known in Japan as Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition (ポケモン+ノブナガの野望 Pokemon Purasu Nobunaga no Yabō) is a role-playing strategy video game developed by Tecmo Koei and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. The game is a crossover between the Pokémon and Nobunaga’s Ambition video game series.

Pokemon Conquest Gameplay Screenshot 6As you can both see and read, this Pokemon game is a cross-over game developed by Tecmo Koei (Dead Or Alive, Ninja Gadien and Nobunaga’s Amibition) and of course published by the rights holder of Pokemon, Nintendo.

First all, I must praise this game for holding my interest. Although I am a big turn-based strategy fan, as of lately those that were released didn’t hold my interest as well as I thought it would’ve. However, Pokemon Conquest, has proven to be the rain, in a dessert. The gameplay is very similar to most turn based games, just like Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Tactics. In fact, the game has a very minor learning curve. The game can literally be picked up by anyone, and they begin to master the game easily. Honestly, I was very tired when I started playing this game, so the fact that I could just played it like that was very appealing.

Pokemon Conquest Ingame Screenshot 2Now the game mechanics, like I said before is very similar to most Turn-based video games. However, each character has only one Pokemon, and their special abilities are activated only when certain conditions are met. This is automatic and the game will alert you to it. Now comes the strategy part, each Warlord (that’s the main characters you will be facing) has a particular effect that they can cast on their Pokemon, and its use is left entirely up to you. Now in order for you to ‘capture’ more Pokemon, you first need earn the respect of another Warlord, this is done by defeating him under certain conditions.

Also there are different types of matches so, you won’t always be beating the daylights out of your opponents. Instead you will also be in the midst of other matches like the capture the flag matches, and other matches that will be introduced later in the game.

Pokemon Conquest Ingame Screenshot 1The game’s sound is very reminisce of old Japan, well considering the game is set in the fictional world of Ransei which is kinda like the Meiji-era Japan. (Don’t quote me, I may have gotten this wrong. Most Likely.) The sound in the game is very upbeat and it does accent the game play, sometimes these games kinda just have a dumb down version of high quality music, but this doesn’t sound like it at all. Instead it sounds crisp and clean and it makes it as part of the game. It brings some good old life to the game.

The game is 2D for most menus etc. However the actual matches are played in the third person overhead, 3D titles. The pokemon themselves are represented in 3D, and the environment has both 3D elements and pseudo-3D elements. All in all, the graphics are pretty easy on the eyes and doesn’t take away from the gameplay.

Pokemon Conquest Character Mitsuhide Articuno Flat

I would highly recommend this game for anyone. Whether or not, if you have hours to waste or just a 20 minutes. The game is fun and takes a good stress relief off. If you are a hardcore pokemon fan (like myself) buy it, Its worth it. If you aren’t, you could probably borrow it from a friend, and see if you like it, no commitments.

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Trine 2 – Incredible And Imaginative, A Fest For The Eyes And The Mind

Trine 2 TrailerSo I got bored a little while back and I decided to browse GameSpot.com for some games to play, when I came across Trine 2. I had never heard about this game, ever. And hence I have never even played the first one. However, this is one of the few games that no matter how frustrated I get, it really seems to pick me up. Trine 2 is brilliant, a true visual fest for the eyes.

Trine 2 is a side-scrolling action platform and puzzle video game developed by Frozenbyte. It is the sequel to Trine and was released on Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade on December 7, 2011 and for Linux on March 31, 2012. Trine 2 allows three players to play the iconic roles of a wizard, a thief, and a knight in a simultaneous cooperative mode. A Director’s Cut edition was confirmed during Nintendo’s conference at E3 2012, and will be available via Wii U’s eShop.

Trine 2 - In-game Screenshot 2Trine 2 is a 3D side scrolling game, where the player can play the game using 3 of the characters featured in Trine 2, simultaneously. This feature of the game is quite unique. Since I have never played the first trine, I don’t know if it was the same for the first game, (although I would imagine it to be.) The game allows you to switch between the players at any time using the number keys, 1,2 and 3. So you can be fighting and then switch between characters. The characters available are a mage, a thief and a warrior. Each with their own personalities which add to game with their witty comments throughout the game. Each character has their own skill set which can be expanded for a price, well XP. However, because you control all three characters at the same time, when It is time to expand the skill set, you have to decide whose skill set will be expanded as you can only expand one character’s skill set at a time. The game is a real puzzle type game where you must use the character’s individual skills to solve puzzles and continue the game progress. The boss fights are quite interesting as well. Instead of a health bar, you see none.

Trine 2 Linux The game’s environment are  responsible for defeating the bosses. Although you have to figure out what in the environment does anything. It’s quite astounding however. The XP points are awarded as glass flasks, like potion flasks, that you can collect, every 50 you get adds one skill point to you, that you can spend on your characters, to improve weapons and skills.

Trine 2 - In-game ScreenshotThe animation in Trine 2, is a suburb. The game’s engine is really working, even the physics is spot on. Well as spot on as a fantasy world can get. But the environment combined with the physics gives the game a ‘true’ feel. The 3D is fluid everywhere, the characters, environment, even the water, which is never an easy thing to emulate. The animation is truly a fest, your eyes will thank you. In addition the fluidity of the animation never stutters or misses a beat, so the game looks absolute throughout. Everything is built-in 3D and rendered in 3D. Allowing the characters and environment to blend in with each other.

Trine 2 ExtremeAnother awesome thing about this game, is the voice acting. The voicing is quite well done, and I have no real complaints when it comes to it. The character’s voicing feel as though that is their voice. Well done indeed. The music found in the game is truly astounding. I believe that this should have a sound track album, because I would buy it. The music once again made the world come alive even more. I think this game is really taking a game in the right direction.

The game itself, is really a great package. I think you would have a good time with this game although at some points it gets frustrating, it wins you back once you figure it out. I highly recommend you picking up this game.

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[Review] Bastion – Amazing Can’t Begin To Describe This!!

Bastion Characters
For those of you all who realized that I have been awol this past couple weeks, guess what I got? Oh yeah, Bastion, and dude, you’d be awol too.

Bastion is an action role-playing video game produced by independent developer Supergiant Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. In the game, the player controls “the Kid” as he moves through floating, fantasy-themed environments and fights enemies of various types. It features a dynamic voiceover from a narrator, and is presented as a two-dimensional game with an isometriccamera and a hand-painted, colorful art style. Bastions‘s story follows the Kid as he collects special shards of rock to power a structure, the Bastion, in the wake of an apocalyptic Calamity.

Bastion Screenshot: Gameplay 6Now I first played this game on the Google Web Store for Chrome thing. I played the free trial and I feel in love with this game. I honestly never been so surprised for a game before (well yeah, but this was a whole different story), this game really sets the bar for independent games. Yeah, you heard me, INDEPENDENT. This game didn’t have the big budget (well big as in GoW and GTA and stuff) and it of course came from an unknown developer Supergiant Games. Although Supergiant Games had the expertise of former Electronic Arts employees. The game has won many awards and stood as a top contender for the Independent Game Festival Award.

Bastion Screenshot: Gameplay 2Honestly I have never been so amazed at an independent game. I mean it makes sense considering the development team was previously employed at EA Games. Still, the game is truly easy on the eyes and is very easy to get lost in. The game features brilliantly hand-drawn animation that is a kind break from the normal 3D environments you typically see. The Game features an isometric view, with the very ground on which you walk flying up from the ground beneath you. The graphics of the game is very fluid and stutters no where, the graphics of everything is amazing, and it is quality is to die for.

Bastion Screenshot: Gameplay 1The gameplay of the game is incredible. I have seen a system like this in past games, although the very system itself ties in with the main plot of the story and makes it become part of the game, quite literally. You can only carry two weapons at a time, and it is controlled with the Right Mouse Button and the Left Mouse Button. You also have access to a special move (one at a time) which requires the use of black tonics. You can only carry a certain amount at a time.

A very unique feature of the game is the narration, a narrator gives comments as you progress through each level and give you information that reflects your actions, whether you are low on health been there before, or how you are with weapons, the narrator also provides plot information as you progress. The narrator is extremely dynamic and changes to match whatever is going on in the screen.

Bastion Screenshot: Gameplay 8

This Music. This guy needs to win a Grammy. Honestly. I have never heard a better composition of musical tracks for a videogame in my life! (Can’t Count Final Fantasy And Square Enix, they are just epic) I must say the quality of this music is truly something, and in fact the music makes the game so much better, the music gives life to every single level you pass through. I must say it is truly remarkable.

Honestly I can’t really find a problem with this game, the music is amazing, the gameplay is addictive and the plot is pretty interesting. You gotta pick this up. That’s All I can say.

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