Elite Dangerous Dev Diary Issue 8 is out. The game is fleshing out nicely. I am also enjoying the amount of development news from the team working on the project. I am signed up for the beta and everything that comes after. Saving for an Oculus Rift to play Elite.
P.S. The early backers system is closing soon. You may want to get the digital download edition (with all expansions) before December 6th as frontier my not offer it in the future. (They may still offer it I am unsure but I do know the system as it is now will be changing.)
A friend of mine spoke to me on the phone and he said, “This one is better than the first film”. After a two hour journey to Asgard and back I must agree. It is as if The first movie creates a nice introduction to the showdown you see in this one. The rest of the review will detail the story with spoilers ( Should it not be assumed that every review contains spoilers by definition ? My editor always warns the public when I write a review. ) The powerful and majestic Dark Elves are the threat.They went to war in pre historic times and were defeated by the armies of Asgard. The clockwork of the nine worlds has a rare alighnment and this has brought them from a sleep that has lasted since thier defeat at the dawn of time. Now with ancient technology and magic they plan to unmake the stars into a universe of darkness. In the opening scenes Jane foster is touched by something in an empty structure. Is this essence self aware? Is it finding a host to help Malekith and his army? The action builds with an assault on Asgard that for me was the greatest moment in the movie. Loki teams up with Thor with a plan of his own brewing in his evil mind. The fight for the safety of the nine worlds ends at a london university.My only problem with the earth shaking blockbuster is Erik Selvigs dimensional battle poles. Ok I know this is a comedy relief like being delusional and running around in your underwear. Overall it was a great time and a great set up for a sequel. Loki sitting on the throne as he had always hoped and a possible engineering of the cold ending of all things… Ragnarok. The teaser at the end could mean the epic story of the Infinity Gauntlet. The second teaser at the very end tells us that Jane and Thor are getting closer (cosmic baby?) and a giant beast ( the size of a bus) is running amok unchecked in london chasing birds. Be aware of the Agents of Shield crossover episode “the Well” which opens at the university where the final battle went down.—- http://watchabc.go.com/marvels-agents-of-shield/SH55300807/VDKA0_ehol230u/the-well —- The official site http://marvel.com/thor
You would never be impressed with just another bug out there dropping a trojan or stealing your information. What if I told you that it seems a little more than a rumor that machines infected with Badbios (rootkit?) can send sound signals to a machine unplugged from the internet and infect it. original story – http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/01/breaking_badbios/ A global map I found that shows current threats. (Click on map) —- http://atlas.arbor.net/ —-
When I jumped onto writing a review of Dominions 4 I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. It was a turn based strategy with real time battles. I fondly remember playing games like this in the past. Dominions 4 doesn’t disappoint. There are a lot of races to play even underwater races which I have not see in other strategy games. The game is multilayer experience with many choices along the way that add up to the game you end up playing. The Era of the game being one of the big choices as everything changes when you select a different age. There are literally two thousand plus monsters, over seventy nations to play, over eight hundred spells, Three hundred magic items and the list goes on. You even get to create your pretender god and his abilities. It’s a daunting experience. The good news is you don’t have to play the battles. You setup the generals and armies and give them orders before battle and let it go. The battles play out for better or worse and you get to watch them after. It all works out very well.
My take on this game is a good overall experience. Once you figure out what your supposed to be doing on your turns. First you have to setup the game. This will entail you creating your pretender god and selecting the Era you will be playing in. You also setup the myriad of options for the game. Once the game starts you will be presented with a rather bland 2D map. Your turns will be basically moving about this map, recruiting new armies and leaders, fortifying, researching spells and making magic items. This can differ wildly depending on your strategy. If your playing a tyrant your tactics will be completely different then if you were playing a race that wanted a productive economy. Anyway most of your turns are about figuring out what each leader is doing. What his army looks like and what he is going to do this turn. What he is going to do leads you to even more choices. He may want to patrol the territory he is in. Hammer out a magic item (if he can), cast a spell. Fortify (this can take several turns) or move and attack. It’s all pretty straight forward if you have played a turn based strategy before. Combat is different than standard fare for today’s games. You setup your leader with an army. Then you select a formation (some give you a moral bonus or negative based on your leader). Then you select where the army will start on the battlefield relative to the leader. And finally you select their tactics. This will be a preferred enemy type and orders like stay back and attack or attack closest. A good example would be archers. I select stay back and attack with Calvary as their preferred target. Archers traditionally hate Calvary.
I expect by the size and scope of Dominions 4 Thrones of Ascension I have only scratched the surface of this game. There are so many nations and so many creatures I don’t know of any game with this much stuff. I can see this game is easy to get started in and quickly will become a game that is difficult to master. I look forward to playing it more in the future. If your on the fence about Dominions 4 jump in you won’t be disappointed.
I linked in the lets play at the top of this post as it does a great introduction to Dominions 4.
Out of all the new super hero movies coming out Captain America is my favorite. Anyway here is the new trailer for Captain America the winter soldier. It’s long and kind of spoilerish so skip it if you don’t want to know a lot about the new movie.
The trailer for the upcoming Free to Play Albion Online is out. Yes this will be another FTP MMO. However I can see where this is going to be a good one. The designers have finally make it so players can build the town. Check out the trailer it’s well done and shows off a lot features. I also like the fact characters don’t level or get experience points. There is even a penalty for getting killed so players will retreat in battle.
You can sign up for alpha testing here The official website.
The Closed Beta for SteamPower1830 is underway! I have a closed beta key to give away. The first person to email me at email@example.com can have it. If you are reading this I still have it. So good luck to you. Here is a video of the gameplay to see if you would like to play it. Tablet, smartphone, PC/Mac
The Nintendo Wii U has seen a highely questionable year since it’s launch back in November 2012, the first next generation console currently available on the market is a hot topic for debate alongside the upcoming Playstation 4 and Xbox One systems. Not only are Nintendo awaiting Sony & Microsoft to unleash their consoles there’s additional competition on the horizon that are looking to take a substantial slice of the constantly expanding market.
Fans are very familiar with the success that Nintendo’s garnered through using an impeccable formula with their immensely popular handheld DS devices. Gamers that already own the Wii U are chomping at the bit to see the console open up at a whole new level, at present day the gears are turning very slowly and most titles to be excited about are scheduled for a 2014 release date.
We’ve seen the news that’s gotten flaunted across the internet that Nintendo have cut prices, certain retailers are limiting hardware stock and prioritising other products because they are simply selling better. It was always going to be a challenge for the Wii U to directly compete against the current generation systems especially bringing a limited software arsenal to the debut year. Xbox 360 & Playstation 3 boast vast game libraries that make them a smarter investment overall.
Respectfully the next statement is easier said that done; I do firmly believe that Nintendo needs a more aggressive strategy towards promoting the Wii U system. Having software few and far between won’t engage the audience for too long, what’s even worse is that often the software get’s released at the highest price on offer. In the United Kingdom the majority of new titles are significantly inflated and maintain a less approachable price tag.
I am sure there are Wii U owners that are willing to loyally back the system till the end however that alone won’t keep the consoles head above water with the times ahead. Readers may find the above full of doom & gloom however Nintendo has a unique selling point that will elevate in interest when the Xbox One & Playstation 4 finally arrive.
For the most part we are no longer a one console culture, technology is in abudance and owning a single gadget would be a rarity to find in a person who has the resources. There’s a popular saying that any publicity is good publicity and that’s exactly how the Wii U will attract greater attention. From the starting gate the Wii U stands as the cheapest option as a next generation system on the market, it’s a choice many individuals are going to ponder over.
Upcoming games ames such as Watch Dogs that would be cheaper to acquire on the Wii U than the other two systems, certain consumers prefer the financially satisfying route yet purchasing the Wii U would need to be considered as a future investment. It may or may not pay off depending on your personal interests and preferences. That theory alone demonstrates a strong possible outcome that will naturally sway some money towards Nintendo. It’s a no brainer that Microsoft & Sony are going to reap the most rewards and accomplish way more.
When 2014 finally arrives Nintendo must once again naturally slot into the video game landscape as the innovative and alternative entity. That key selling point I mentioned above has to be Nintendo’s indentity that will become highlighted the further players get involved in the competition. Before you think too much on making sense of that statement please allow me to explain.
The Wii U has many exclusive franchises at their disposal, they’ve got their personal style that illuminates them amongst every other hardware developer. Historically the Playstation & Xbox systems have closely matched on games mainly due to the software demanding higher specifications to operate and turns into a war of power than appeal to their individual audiences.
Xbox One & PS4 are going to run the same loops as before, they’ll present multi platform games that make them both look similar. In essense this educates the consumer that regardless of choice your going to practically get the same thing from either product with few exceptions. As players relish in the power house consoles those Wii U advertisements are going to get gradually more appealing. Any consumer looking to purchase a second console won’t want to get something expensive that offers the same kind of experience, the need for something different will greatly influence that decision.
If you think Wii U exclusives you’ll likely imagine colourful, family friendly and dynamic experiences. Nintendo’s overall presentation is very different and worked on the original Wii console. To win the next generation war Nintendo does not possess the technology to attain first place, it’s greatest technique at their disposal is to tempt customers that initially go to the competition. A portion of players are going to feel the Xbox One’s or Playstations 4′s novelty run dry and need an alternative system to escape. At that very moment the Wii U is going to be on offer cheaper than it is now!
In short Nintendo needs it’s rivals to battle it out, tire the consumers and capitalize to improve unit sales.
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I have been playing The Sims 3 Late Night. It’s a wonderful game I thought I would not like. I was talked into installing it by my son’s friend. With the massive influx of games these days I thought it may be a good idea to mention older games that are fun. It’s easy to find games these days but the fun games are not so easy to find. Out of all the expansions for The Sims 3 Late Night has also been the best rated in reviews.