Boarding the sheep train with Pokémon GO.

pokemongonewinfoSo, the other day my Galaxy S2 got a reflash and I updated to Lollipop to be able to try out this new craze everyone is talking about. While the application treats my phone as a cookie, and takes large chunks out of my battery each time I use it (or drain it all), I can sort of see why it has gotten such a liking. It’s familiar, cute and easy enough plus it makes you go out more.
photo424457981798755977I can’t see this holding in the long run however, the application itself is rather bare bone and offers barely any features. It must have taken the developers by storm that it got as big as it is now.

At first I was worried that I would have to pay2play with all the Poké balls I am throwing away but with the PokéStops around, that’s not really an issue.

As I mention earlier, the application makes you want to go out more and explore only to find more Pokémon, hatch new eggs or to get the distance achievements among other things. It is a fun twist to otherwise boring walks to the grocery store.
photo424457981798755976All in all, I think that it is an application worth trying out as it doesn’t cost a thing and a fun way to kill time.

Hardcore Henry, it actually looks like a game.

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So, last night I watched Hardcore Henry, and while it might not be a game movie per se, it was really damn close to it, or as least I thought so.

The whole story, point of view, how it plays out, and all the random action scenes was like it were taken directly out of a random action game and I have to say that I enjoyed it for what it was. It worked well for a movie.

Spoiler!
The main guy, Henry, suffers from memory loss after being resurrected and has no voice because he never get a voice modulator installed and doesn’t speak through the entire movie, the others just does it for him. As the story progresses, he gains more skills and techniques as if he were leveling up throughout the movie. In the end, you realize that he’s not another human that has been caught up in a random story, he’s a bio-engineered soldier with no memory.

As I watched it, I thought of games like Mass Effect 2, Bio Shock: Infinite, Deus Ex and Dishonored, and it was all really well put together.

Visually, this movie is beautifully made with good and realistic effects. I read somewhere that it was sponsored on Indiegogo and I have to say, good work.
hardcore-henry-movie-review-9If you haven’t watched this movie yet, I suggest that you do because it is a really entertaining movie.

 

State of Decay, why does the cars have to break so easily?

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Day 9.

We’ve been barricaded in here for days now, the food is almost running out and we lost James last night. The man on the radio still urges us to stay inside, but this is starting to feel really bad. This was not what we expected when we came to the mountains for our annual camping trip.
Sun is already setting again, I can see the light move through the wooden boards that the windows are covered with. Me, Julia and Anne are the only ones here after James died, we’re locked inside a little food shop in what feels like the middle of nowhere.
According to random girl on another radio we found, there are supposed to be survivors in an abandoned church in a small town not far from us. James pushed us into going but on the way there we ran into a shitload of those mindless things and had to seek the nearest cover. It was all ready boarded up, so all we had to do was lock the door. So here we are now…

Spoilers!

So, the other night I “finished” State of Decay, and I say “finished” as the ending isn’t really a proper ending and more of a “I’ll show you what’s out there, and some credits but then I’ll rewind to just before the quest so you can play on”. Somehow in my mind, I expected more than that, but I suppose my hopes were way to high.

The game itself is rather addictive with killing zombies, gathering resources and finding the perfect home for your survives to live and upgrade. There are mission quests, a really thin main story and a few side quests besides the gathering and car wrecking.
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I didn’t even know there were a main story before I realized that a certain group of people kept asking for things or doing things with my group that I understood that they must be it. So that wasn’t to good, but then again, I was way to busy with hoarding anyhow.

My cars kept breaking and exploding often as I keep using them to kill every zombie horde I see. It’s far more fun to slaughter them with a car than worry about breaking it. There are way to many cars around not to kill every horde you see.

Also having to drive a car everywhere, is a rather nice way to move around. You can walk, but between area A to B there is to much distance, to many zombies and your stamina is depleted to fast. The visuals are easily rather admirable when driving around in a car. There’s farms, small towns, mountains and forests. It made me feel like I could drive forever, until I saw a large horde and without thinking more of it, I slammed into them and my car burst into flames. Yay.
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You can level up your survivors, but only the ones you control can gain skills and other things. You should preferably keep using many of them otherwise when someone dies, you’re back on square one.

Also, the game never stops except for when you hit ESC. As you turn it off, it continues in the background so when you come back, your best gatherer could have died or some sort. I found this both annoying and rather cool as I could set a building to be built during the night as it takes some real time to finish them.

There aren’t really much more  to say about this other than it can either drag you in or push you away. I suppose it is one of those love or hate games. I kind of loved it even though I thought I wouldn’t. It is worth a try at least.

DeathTrash, I found this while looking for RPGs and …wow.

fleshkrakenSo, in the spirit of bit graphics that seem to surface more lately, I found this gruesome looking RPG and I just wanted to share it. With a release date around 2017, it’s still some time left before it’s playable but I for one will be waiting for it.

Use realtime combat, dialogue, item crafting and psi powers to explore and survive this post-apocalyptic mystic world with larger-than-life beings.
Choose one character from a diverse selection and customize him or her through stats and making choices. A friend can join anytime for a session of local co-op.
The game is built around respecting your time and freedom.” – DeathTrash

Sword Daughter, must be the shortest Visual Novel I’ve ever played.

Sword Daughter_2015-02-14_17-51-37So, while exploring the website to The Royal Trap, I found this game and instantly fell in love with the artwork and the elven man. It says on the site that it is a “licensed adaptation of an original 1980s fantasy gamebook” and I just had to try that.

Around 5 min after I’ve started the game, I get an ending screen and my jaw just drops. Wait, what just happened? I lived happily ever after before the game even started? I assumed it was some sort of “death” screen as I got hurt just before but as I tried it again, the game didn’t take me long before the next ending slide. No wonder the art was so ambitious.

I suppose for such a short game, getting all the endings is the way to go. I managed to find 7 endings before I gave up, it wasn’t to much fun. It’s not really a game to recommend.

 

The Royal Trap, a Otome game where the heroine is a badass.


So, last night I finished The Royal Trap: The Confines Of The Crown and I have to say that I enjoyed it greatly. It is one of those Otome games where there’s actually an interesting story to play through, and not just a bunch of guys who randomly wants you for any reason.

The story entails intrigues, royal plots and murder. The heroine, Madeleine Valois, is a cunning, strong, agile and beautiful female that, for once, knows how to speak and when to take action.

The artwork is nice in those special scenes, otherwise it looks a lot like Princess of Ruin which is another really nice Otome Visual Novel.

It is maybe a few hours long to play through, and a well worth Visual Novel to read.
The Royal Trap website