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Shovel Knight- 3DS Review: Worth Every Penny

Would have posted this on the review section but unfortunately on GameSpot couldn't rate the game or review plus had it released from December 31st 2015 on their site so instead writing the review on here for now. I have wanted to talk about this game a lot after completing the game myself a few days ago and waited since June for the 3DS release of this on top of that-

Shovel Knight Review (3DS) - by benleslie5

First thing you will notice straight away about Shovel Knight is the 8-Bit sprite visuals and animation; everything about this game is actually in fact that this 2D side-scroller was developed and published by an independent video game developer called Yacht Games which started off as a Kickstarter campaign and a year later it has been released for PC, Wii U and 3DS from this year. What really amazes me that Shovel Knight feels more of an NES titled game if this was released in the late 80's or even early 90's this would have been on the top favourite games for the console and in most people's game collection for its clever gameplay, nostalgia moments and unique style.

Following the adventurers Shovel Knight and Shield Knight fought alongside one another, journeying across the world and seeking treasure. When the two explore the Tower of Fate, the two fall to the dark magic power of a cursed amulet. When Shovel Knight reawakens, the Tower has been sealed and Shield Knight is nowhere to be seen. Grieving for his beloved, Shovel Knight gives up adventuring and secludes himself. However, during his absence, the Enchantress rises to power, spreading evil across the land. Upon hearing that the Enchantress has unsealed the Tower of Fate, Shovel Knight takes up his shovel again and ventures towards it, hoping to find and rescue Shield Knight. In order to do so, Shovel Knight must fight the eight members of The Order of No Quarter who have been dispatched by the Enchantress to impede him. Has a short story opening yet also past games that were released on the NES or the Genesis used that same idea to have a short opening and then start the game this is yet a nice touch and a trip back down memory lane for retro gamers.

Taking heavy gameplay influences from the Mega Man series each of the stages you explore on the map will have a different theme settings from bright to dark locations think of a medvial version of Mega Man because there will be a boss at the end of each stage. But the clever thing is that each of the bosses you face will have different ways to try and defeat you from one boss that throws potions and chemistry items at you or another boss turns into a giant tank-robot. There is yet a challenge along the way through each of the stages you come across where enemies will try and stop you, tricky platforms and moving objects this makes this game more of a challenge the difficulty is just about perfect making neither easy or normal but indeed a hard game but finding this highly addictive where you could just play this game for hours or even trying to finish it in one sitting which can be done. There are achievements for this you will be coming back for more than you as spected. You can increase your health and magic as you progress including your shovel and armour but if you die through a level you'll lose some treasure but you can reclaim it where you last die but if you die again before you reach the last place you died that treasure will be gone forever it does have the same idea that was used in both Demon's Souls and Dark Souls when it comes to losing souls. When I mentioned that your only weapon is a shovel that's right your weapon is your shovel you can dig up treasure from the ground and use it attack enemies and barriers. Like DuckTales you can use the shovel as a pogo stick to bounce off obstacles or the heads of enemies plus when I mentioned about treasure you do collect which you can either save or use it on upgrades for health, magic, and armour.

StreetPass has also been added in the 3DS version where you are thrown into game of who gets the most gems in the allotted time over three rounds. For each round, you record a ghost and in five seconds you can either focus on getting all the gems or anticipate your opponent's actions and set up attacks/relic actions. When you streetpass someone, you talk to the super skeleton and see how your ghost fares against the streetpasser's ghost if you win or collect most of the red gems within 2 rounds or defeat your ghosts opponent you'll earn a reward. Another thing that Shovel Knight does so well it has a chiptune soundtrack composed by Jake Kaufman, with two contributions by Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae you could easily listen to the soundtrack all if you wanted to you can find music notes for each theme through each of the stages but are quite hidden to find be sure to keep an eye if you see any around.

Once you've beaten the game you've got a choice to go through the game again on New Game+ but overall this is worth every penny and your time as well. Everything about Shovel Knight is just almost perfect for a 2D platformer and reminding gamers how great 8-Bit games can be even through the present day we are in now this stands out as possibly one of the best games you may come across for 2014.


Could Jurassic World be really Dino Crisis?

Heard the news and announcements on the new trailer for Jurassic World which has been confirmed for June 2015, Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his ground-breaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. The first Jurassic Park film was my favourite in the series but when I watched Jurassic Park 3 it just didn't feel like a good movie and had a weak story plot on helping a family find their missing son on the island.

Taking pace twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Corporation. Owen (Chris Patt), a member of Jurassic World's on-site staff, conducts behavioural research on the Velociraptors, but things go awry when the research team accidentally unleashes a genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur into the park. When I've first watched the trailer straight away it had me thinking on Dino Crisis series on the PS1 mainly because in the trailer for Jurassic World scientists genetically-modified hybrid dinosaur; if you look at the story plot for Dino Crisis is set in a fictional location known as Ibis Island in the year 2009. The Secret Operation Raid Team has sent an agent, Tom, to investigate a research facility. During the recon mission, he learns that Doctor Edward Kirk, a world-renowned scientist who was reported dead three years ago, is leading a secret weapons project within the facility. SORT sends four agents Regina, Gail, Rick, and Cooper to acquire Kirk and return him to custody. They arrive onto the island Cooper is blown off course and lands in a jungle. A Tyrannosaurus rex appears and chases him a short distance before eating him. The other three agents, unaware of his death, proceed with the mission. Once inside the base, they discover the mutilated and partially devoured corpses of security personnel and scientists. Shortly thereafter, they discover that dinosaurs are the reason behind the bloodbath at the base.

Both stories is pretty much finding the cause of it and getting off the island, I just feel that Jurassic World is pretty much Dino Crisis don't get me wrong people would still watch it since the Jurassic Park series is worth watching and of course Chris Patt is the star of the movie which we all know him by now as Star-Lord or Peter in Guardians of the Galaxy. When it comes at looking at some of the dinosaurs in the trailer do remind of the game even the big one that popped out of the water to eating the shark that right there reminded me of the Monster Hunter series when it comes fighting large creatures which look similar to the ones you see in the movies, but also I did thought that the large creature would have eaten the shark and then starts jumping out of the water and eating the audience. Not just that pretty in the past there have been other films that have had the same similar story plot that was used in a game as well.

Are you looking forward to Jurassic World?

Thoughts on the new trailer?

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Steam Fall 2014 Sales- Five recommneded Indies that you should check if they are on offer

The Black Friday Sales go on sale this week both in stores and online as well from sites from Amazon to GameStop during the Thanksgiving weekend to those living in the US, this has always been a tradition every year for shoppers for grabbing a bargain for themselves or getting the best and cheap price for their family and loved ones for Christmas. But however from November 26th until December 1st is the Steam Fall Sale which goes online and you can pick up a good game on the Daily, Weekly or even on Special offer every hour on the hour.

I know you can buy game bundles in various categories pending on the genre of games you are into from the likes of Indie Royale, Humble Bundle and Indie Gala; more and more indie games are becoming more and more popular due to how fun the games are themselves on addicting gameplay or even some of the best graphics and visuals came come out of just one game on its own from the Indie Section winning multiple awards and reviews for it. Other Steam games will go on sale too like BioShock, Final Fantasy, The Walking Dead to DayZ, stuff from Steam Early Access could come up on the deals which is a program that will let you buy games while they are still in development which seems like a great idea meaning you are getting your money's worth out of it and does make it feel more like a Beta at the same time when you think about it.

I've played a few games on Steam but when I'm using steam I do tend to play more of the Indie titled games instead of the Value developer games or third-party developer games like Team Fortress 2, Portal, Lego based games and Left 4 Dead. Certain games on Steam you plan on buying do tell you the requirements and space you would need to install each game does help also telling you how fast the game could run on your PC hardware or on your laptop.

Here is a list of recommended Indie games which I would recommend to anyone if you see these games on offer during the Steam Fall 2014 Sale-

Shovel Knight-

If this was released in the late 80's or early 90's for the NES this would be on the top list of everyone's list of favourite NES games, everything about Shovel Knight feels very retro for a 2D platformer has the same difficulty to what the Mega Man series has with a good challenge and a boss at the end of each stage including some gameplay that's very similar to DuckTales as well and your only weapon is a shovel where you can dig from the ground for treasure and using your shovel as a pogo stick to get around or defeating enemies. It's also on both the Wii U and 3DS through the eShop but this is by far one of the best games you'll ever see from 2014.

Five Nights at Freddy's 1 and 2-

Five Nights at Freddy's was just recently released back in August with many praises on how scary the game itself the sequel got released this month making it twice as scarier than the first game. Game centers on a fictional pizza restuarnt at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, where the player must act as a night security guard, defending themselves from the malfunctioning animatronic animal characters by tracking their movement through the facility using security cameras. The more you use your touch light during the hours you work the battery drains quickly and you need to think on how you can check the cameras and watching their movements, if both games go on sale its worth picking up both games if you want a good scare or playing the game with a group of friends and watch their reactions as they play the game through each night.

To The Moon-

This may feel like an 8-bit sprite version of a Final Fantasy game but it's not based on a moving story of Dr. Eva Rosalene and Dr. Neil Watts as they journey through the memories of dying patient Johnny to fulfil his last wish: To weave the memory of having become an astronaut and visited the Moon. What really makes this short game shine is its emotional story and amazing soundtrack which feels more like a relaxation game but it's worth the play through if it’s on offer.

Hotline Miami-

Always an Indie Classic Hotline Miami will very likely come on offer during the Steam Fall sale, this is a 2D top-down action game may feel something like the Grand Theft Auto series when you kill enemies with various weapons like a baseball bat, shotgun or a pipe but it's more of a stealth game too if you take out your enemies quietly without anyone seeing your or making as little noise as possible it can really be a challenge to get through. Much praise was given to its neon-soaked depiction of 1980s underground Miami, overflowing with raw brutality and ultraviolent close combat as the player finds himself outgunned and using his wits to choreograph a way through impossible situations. The game's soundtrack was lauded for accentuating the already heightened tension and gritty violence.

Savant: Ascent-

Pretty much already cheap it is on Steam but its actually in fact an addicting rail-shooter feels more like an arcade game where an malicious orb has cast Savant out of his tower and transformed his surroundings into dangerous enemies! Dodge and shoot your way back up the tower, and blast down waves of enemies as you make your way towards the top! As you progress, you unlock CDs that not only give you new tracks to listen.

Any games that you are planning to buy during the Steam Fall 2014 Sales?

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10 Year Anniversary Blog- Nintendo DS

It's been 10 years since the Nintendo DS was first released in North America on November 21st 2004, than December 2nd for Japan and of course March 11th 2005 for UK/Europe. But what made the Nintendo DS so special in the first place over the past decade you may ask? From 2004 up to 2013 during the 7th Generation of gaming has had a great line up on games and systems all within that period; there have been some memorable moments in gaming and some good games that have won multiple awards and memorable soundtracks.

Both handhelds the Nintendo DS and the PSP which were both released within that year, the Nintendo DS was a duel-screen handheld console where you've now got two screens in front of you instead of one screen, the bottom screen was the touch screen which you can use a stylist pen or your fingers to touch the screen or tapping the screen during gameplay and the top screen was mainly the main screen for gaming. The Nintendo DS was also compatible with Gameboy Advance games, the console might have been a little chunky but later on after 2006 Nintendo released multiple versions of the DS which were lighter to carry around and longer battery but some changes taken in and out of the DS console.

The Nintendo DSi was released in 2009 reviews on the handheld decried the console's lack of exclusive software and removal of the GBA cartridge slot, its added functionality caused many journalists to recommend it to those who had not purchased a previous DS model. Numerous critics were disappointed with the limited resolution of DSi's cameras and the DSi Shop to be the most important buying incentive for current DS owners. But the idea of it supporting internal and external content storage was a good idea but as I've already mention the DSi wasn't for everyone when it comes to handhelds most people were still happy or wanting to get their hands on a DS Lite which had a brighter screen to play games and 5-8 hours on the brightest settings or 15-19 hours if you have it on lowest brightness setting. The DS Lite had featured an increased screen size of 3.8 inches (9.7 cm) comparing it to the original DS and a little smaller than the DSi XL.

Another feature that people liked about the Nintendo DS was PictoChat which allowed users to communicate with other Nintendo DS users within local wireless range. Users can enter text on screen keyboard on the bottom screen, handwrite messages or draw pictures with the stylus and touchscreen. There are four chatrooms A, B, C, D in which people can go in and chat. Up to sixteen people can connect in any one room but this was only used if people were in the same area or place like in a large meeting, College or University or even at conventions you could write and text messages to send to people who were on it. On Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite systems users can only write messages in black, however, the DSi and DSi XL includes a new function, letting users write in either black or rainbow coloured pen. When everyone complained about the 3DS not being Region-Free on games during the launch of the 3DS, the Nintendo DS was Region-Free on both DS and GBA games meaning that you could import games from other countries from places the US or Japan or even European countries you had no problem and certain stores even sold games in stores that were imported in other countries plus depend on where you went on holiday or a trip somewhere you could easily bought a game that was just released in the US but certain countries like UK/Europe had to wait 3-6 months later just for this game to be released.

Certain games for the DS had online support meaning that you could play certain games online with other players around the world if you had a good online Wi-Fi connection in your area or know a few people that had a certain game on them you could play up to 2-4 players with games like Animal Crossing, Mario Kart, Pokémon and Dragon Quest IX. Download Play was possible for users to play multilayer games with other Nintendo DS systems using only one game card. Players must have their systems within wireless range up to approximately 65 feet of each other for the guest system to download the necessary data from the host system this was used for the likes of Mario Kart and Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

I'm pretty sure that for those who still own a Nintendo DS guessing everyone had different tastes and their favourite games for the system. Here are my top three favourite DS games for the Nintendo DS-

1- The World Ends With You (2008)

Yet another that great concept of art in gaming was The World Ends With You which was released on the Nintendo DS, this really made great use of using both the top screen and bottom screen during gameplay using pins as skills for both Attack and Magic for the bottom screen and the top screen was more of using the directional pad to perform move attacks. Nomura did create the Kingdom Hearts series and most of the characters in the Final Fantasy series, he created a bunch of characters in The World Ends With You where players had to defeat certain noises and enemies in order to move forward and not getting erased within 7 Days think of Battle Royale but set in the modern day world in Japan. Another why this game was that good was the stunning Manga/Anime visuals and of the Soundtrack yet alone is worth the purchase on its own.

2- Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (2011)

Ghost Trick was released around the start of 2011 alongside Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded during the month of January, however the reviews for Ghost Trick got ratings of a 9/10 or even higher praising it for its clever gameplay and fantastic visuals. Story centers on the around Sissel, and his ghost's struggle to discover who he was when he was alive and who killed him. You assume the role of this ghost, who has the ability to perform various Ghost Tricks to solve puzzles and navigate the world around him, it is a shame that not many people have heard about this game after it was released but Capcom have released this on iPhone back in 2012, if you haven't heard of this game just now highly recommend you checking this game out.

3- Professor Layton and the Lost Future (2010)

If I had to pick one Professor Layton game in the series it would have to be Lost Future, this was the third Professor Layton game to be released and also the final chapter in the series before Level 5 released three more Layton games all in the past before The Curious Village including a movie as well. Throughout the main story half of your adventure exploring the city of London in the future and in the present-day world of London; its environments make another good impression for setting London in the modern-present day world and 10 years in the Future both have great settings and city environments. Most fans would say that series reminds them of an old cartoon back in the 60's and 70's but its animation makes a great impression for the game. I actually found Lost Future highly addictive and didn't want to put the game down at all even when it came to watching stuff from E3 2012 I ended up solving more puzzles to pass the time while waiting for the next Press Conference to come up live from E3. Its story and puzzles made me come back for more and more, it's not often we get really good DS games as good as this one when it comes to puzzles.

Do you still own a Nintendo DS or did you traded in for a 3DS?

Or have any favourite DS games in your library?

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Sonic Boom- The Good, The Bad and The Underground

Before I get this blog under way finally played and beaten one of the greatest games of all time and totally agree with many people out there that Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is just amazing. Also had the time to get a review on it as well so feel free to have a read- Ocarina of Time Review started playing Wind Waker straight after. Anyways thought I'd take on the topic on Sonic the Hedgehog who has been around for more than 20 years, Sega made an exclusivity agreement with Nintendo to make three Sonic games for the Wii U which were Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Sonic Lost World and of course Sonic Boom. There have been mixed reviews and thoughts on all three Sonic games that were released for the Wii U only and helping the sales for the console.

This a spin-off of Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series and is a part of the new Sonic Boom franchise, which consists also in an animated TV series, games serve as prequel, a comic series by Archie Comics, and a toy line by Tomy. I have played the 3DS demo for this and this did gave me mixed reactions when it comes to a new Sonic game feels like something is missing in total, don't get me wrong that the last good Sonic game I've really enjoyed playing was Sonic Generations which used both 2D and 3D styled gameplay from both Classic Sonic and Modern day Sonic.

I think the world was pretty shocked when we first saw the news and announcements on Sonic Boom just last year, where Knuckles looks like he was on steroids and Sonic wearing a scarf. Even one of the Naughty Dog artists was behind the game for the Wii U version which surprised a lot of fans and gamers that the artist Bob Rafei worked on previous games like the Crash Bandicoot series, Jak and Daxter series and even the first Uncharted game, seeing this concept in Sonic Boom did surprise a lot of people especially the fan art and images that appeared online a few days later.

I have read the reviews online for the Wii U version from GameSpot, IGN and Kotaku; also heard from a few of my friends that this game is worse than Sonic 06 which was released in 2006 for both the Xbox 360 and PS3. What I heard from sites and of course from Game Grumps which I do agree with them that they wanted to release this game before the Christmas Holiday sales pretty much rushing the game not looking at the mistakes and glitches that were in it plus heard that Review copies weren't sent out and people had to go out and buy the game and review it for themselves. If review copies were sent out the developer Big Red Button Entertainment could fix the problems and bugs that were spotted by gamers and fans that bought the game and uploaded their footage on Youtube. Some people have said that this could have been passed as a PS2/Cube/Xbox title instead if this was released during the Sixth Generation. But what is good about Sonic Boom so far is both the Comic series from Archie Comics who have been making the comic series on Sonic since 1992 including a World Collide cross-over with Mega Man which was a surprise and a good combination cross-over.

I have watched the first 4 episodes of the Sonic Boom TV series online and would admit that it does a great job for an animated series can't remember the last time there was a good TV series based on a video game, I wasn't impressed with Sonic X I liked the Anime idea but hated that annoying character called Chris which put me off watching Sonic X itself in the later series. But still miss the classic 90's series of The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog which was funny and memorable including the ending of each episode of Sonic Says where Sonic teaches viewer’s life lessons about subjects such as alcohol abuse and general safety. The segment was edited out during the original UK broadcast during the time but you can find the clips on Youtube.

Sonic Boom also does a better job than Sonic Underground which was yet another 90's cartoon which I watched on a Saturday mornings on ITV might have been a cheesy show following Sonic and Sonia and Manic with only 40 episodes; Queen Aleena, the kind and fair ruler of Mobius, was overthrown by Dr Robotnik and his robotic armies. Robotnik seized control of the planet and forced her into hiding. To preserve the dynasty, Queen Aleena separated and hid her three children: Sonic, Manic, and Sonia after the Oracle of Delphius told her of a prophecy: one day they would reunite with their mother to form the "Council of Four," overthrow Robotnik, and become the rightful rulers of Mobius once more. There were going to be 65 episodes were made of which only 40 aired after the 40th episode the series pretty much got cancelled due to many Sonic fans did not take too well to all the changes, preferring the original. And almost every episode of Sonic Underground had a song in each episode and a cheesy opening theme which got stuck in my head now and then-

What do you think of Sonic Boom?

Have you've been watching the TV series or planning on playing the game?

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Movie Review- The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is based on the real life story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is credited with cracking the German Enigma code; Imitation Game portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his team at Britain's top-secret code-breaking centre Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on.

For a drama based on true story I was quite surprised on the number of actors that also make appearance too like Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance. I knew the film was based on a true story during the events of World War II where a motley group of scholars, mathematicians, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers had a powerful ally in Prime Minister Winston Churchill who authorized the provision of any resource they required. The film spans the key periods of Turing's life: his unhappy teenage years at boarding school; the triumph of his secret wartime work on the revolutionary electro-mechanical bombe that was capable of breaking 3,000 Enigma-generated naval codes a day.Back than using something like an enigma machine would be a lot more complicated than using a normal PC or laptop it would take you months to figure out how to use one. What else did know that Alan Turning that the film spanned the key periods of Turing's life: his unhappy teenage years at boarding school and the tragedy of his post-war decline following his conviction for gross indecency, a now-outdated criminal offence stemming from his admission of maintaining a homosexual relationship.

That part I did not know but like most movies or TV anything with Benedict Cumberbatch always does a great job on acting and portraying various characters from Sherlock to Smaug. Would admit that The Imitation Games might not be for everyone but it's still worth watching if you are into movies based around World War II but is a superb thriller to watch.

4/5 (4 star rating)

Memory lane- N-Gage

This topic got mention on a group page I was on Facebook page of StreetPass Newcastle and quite a few people I know were talking about the N-Gage. Someone actually on the page loved the N-Gage for what it was, would have been over 10 years ago it was first released but I don't think I've ever seen anyone carrying round one or playing games on it. I'm not saying it was a bad handheld device or even a mobile phone didn't think it was at the right time or place when it was first released back in October 2003.

Both a smartphone and a handheld system from Nokia attempted to lure gamers away from the GBA by including mobile phone functionality. This was unsuccessful, partly because the buttons, designed for to look more like a phone, were not well-suited for gaming and when used as a phone the original N-Gage was described as resembling a taco. I remember seeing some of the games that were going on sale at GameStation like Tony Hawk Pro Skater, SonicN which was Sonic Advance but on mobile and Tomb Raider. Yet I still didn't see anyone buy any of the games or the phone ideally this would have been sold in mobile phone stores or broadband stores like O2 or Orange but they tried to sell the N-Gage in game stores as well.

Quite a lot of people have mentioned that it was like a Game Boy swallowing up a phone which I would agree to a lot of people out there on the terms of the design and outlook of the phone. This was also used as an MP3 player, Bluetooth and internet and PDA features into the system. However the N-Gage did not have any significant financial successes, it did have a handful of critical successes but around the end of 2004 and the beginning of 2005 Sony released the PSP and Nintendo released the Nintendo DS it was around than the sales for the N-Gage fell downhill from there but at least it tried to keep up with the sales when it came to competing with the GBA. With more and more mobile phones using the idea from today with the like of both Android and iPhones more and more people have been using it as a phone and a gaming device with games like Angry Birds, Temple Run and Doodle Jump. Other port games from other handhelds like the DS including home consoles like the PlayStation have ported games their games on mobile phone devices.

If Nokia considered to release the N-Gage or even held it back for a few more years and a change of design on the phone this could have been a competitor in the mobile market but however on terms of games and prices no one would know how well it do on sales. But it would have been something to see on terms of gaming news including reviews including what games would have been released for it if it kept up with the modern day we are in at the moment.

Did you own one of these devices?

How well would you think the N-Gage would do if it was in the sales during now?

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Halo 2 Anniversary 10 Years Later

Did you know that it's been 10 years since Halo 2 was released worldwide for the Xbox on November 9th 2004 originally had never been planned as a trilogy, but with the critical and commercial success of a sequel was expected. Was officially announced in September 2002 Combat Evolved but the world first saw its first gameplay at E3 2003 and did wow a lot of gamers and fans including the Master Chief wielding 2 guns at the same time-

I would admit that Halo Combat Evolved is one my favourite FPS game alongside Timesplitters 2 and BioShock Infinite. Remember playing the hell out of Combat Evolved on its campaign mode over and over plus trying to complete Legendary Mode as well which was a challenge. After hearing information on Halo 2 in the Official UK Xbox magazines and on their site I was pretty hyped about Halo 2 mainly on the story. During E3 2004 Bungie talked more about its Multiplayer it introduced an entirely new paradigm for matchmaking players together. In earlier games, one person specifies a game type and map and configures other settings, before setting up his or her device as a server and advertising the game to the world for Xbox Live.

During the launch week of Halo 2 it got reviews and scores of 9/10 and 10/10 from various sites and magazine, I remember that the Official UK Xbox magazine used the review as their first few pages because it was a worldwide launch and of course waiting and waiting for a sequel. I remember getting this game for Christmas and I was pretty happy when I first got straight away fired up the Campaign Mode, it did live up to its expectations during the time but later during the campaign the story did feel like it was leading a confusing mess of fan-fiction sci-fi and using some politics based around the Covenant. Playing as the Arbiter did made us put me off Halo 2 for a bit during the Campaign because I know that many fans and gamers just wanted to play as the Master Chief and just blow up stuff and shooting down both Covenant and Flood; by the time I got to the end of Halo 2 felt a bit disappointed on the ending thinking it could have been better instead of leaving a cliffhanger at the end saying "Finishing this fight" then the screen goes black and the credits start to roll in. Then we find out that Halo 3 would be on the Xbox 360 and was released in 2007. The original plan was going to that the story for Halo 3 was going to be in Halo 2 but Bungie didn't had enough time or space to add it all in for the story and instead focused more on Multiplayer side for both offline and online.

Don't get me wrong that Halo 2 is a great during that time in 2004 there were other games as well that received good ratings and reviews like GTA: San Andreas, Half-Life 2, Ninja Gaiden and Star Ocean: Til the End of Time. Halo 2 was the most popular video game on Xbox Live holding that rank until the release of Gears of War for the 360 two years later. By June 20, 2006, more than 500 million games of Halo 2 had been played and more than 710 million hours have been spent playing it on Xbox Live; by May 9, 2007, the number had risen to more than five million unique players. Halo 2 was one of best-selling first generation Xbox game with at least 6.3 million copies sold in the United States alone. For the Xbox One The Master Chief Collection is released this week with both Halo 1 and 2 Anniversary and Halo 3 and 4 have been given the HD treatment including access to Halo Nightfall and Multiplayer Beta to Halo 5: Guardians. This is very likely that the sales of the Master Chief Collection and the Xbox One could boosts sales by the end of this month maybe, have seen some of the trailers and cutscenes for Halo 2 and they do look really impressive to watch feeling more like a movie instead of laying the game you can tell that this game has come a long way comparing the graphics and visuals from the original release to the Anniversary edition.

Speaking of Multiplayer I was at a mini Anime convention called Chibi Sunny during the weekend and one of the tournaments they had was Halo 2 which was 1-1 matches on slayers there was a few 4 player matches as well but the tournament only had at least 8 players who signed up including me which was only 1-1 matches. Got up to the Semi-Final rounds but lost during that round but had fun plus they picked a good time to have the Halo 2 Tournament as well which did represent the 10 year anniversary of its release.

Favourite or memorable moments in Halo 2?

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What if Majora's Mask had StreetPass Support

Heard the big announcement just last night from most of my friends on Facebook and Twitter, this came at the very beginning of Nintendo Direct which announce some new titles and DLC coming to both the 3DS and Wii U including what to expect in 2015 including Captain Toad Treasure Tracker which will be the first big game to be launched for 2015 in January. I am still playing Ocarina of Time on the GameCube which I'm really enjoying on my first play through plus need to play Wind Waker as well, hearing the news of Majora's Mask getting a 3DS release in Spring 2015-

I've never owned an N64 back when I was younger and Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition for Cube is hard to find at a good price, seeing the 3DS version of this looks really impressive to look at for a handheld. I kind of knew this was going to be on the 3DS sooner or later after Ocarina of Time 3D was released for the launch of the 3DS back in 2011. Even though I've not played Majora's Mask but I know the main plot for it using Masks that have different skills and abilities including a timer giving you 3 Days (72 hours) time limit before the moon hits Hyrule and using the song of time to give you a little more time. The thought of the idea of it having StreetPass support in my head it could work if it happened I'm saying that this will be in the game overall; you could use your Mii face as a mask in general, the number of StreetPasses you get if they had a copy of game their StreetPass could be used to knock off some time on the 3 Day Time Limit at least 5 minutes would do up to the maximum of 10/10 on StreetPass hits a day or those StreetPass hits could be used to exchange for rupees depending on how many hits you get a day or in a StreetPass Group you go to.

But what could make the game even creepier if Nintendo considered it is that it mentions Ben Drowned which is a well-known creepypasta created by Alex Hall, also known as "Jadusable". The story revolves around a Majora's Mask cartridge that is haunted by the ghost of a boy named Ben. If you haven't head of until now I would highly recommend you checking the story out for yourselves because it is a good story and makes you wonder if there really are cursed games out there, as I've already mention if Nintendo used this idea in the 3DS version the haunted ghost stature Ben just appears out of nowhere in your game but in order to get rid of Ben you would have to StreetPass someone else in order to get rid of the curse that creeps you out and follows you. This does sound like a good one plus many fans, gamers, and reviewers praised the graphics and complex story around it.

Just after Nintendo Direct had finished a Special Edition was announced which comes with steel book, double-sided poster and a pin badge all for around £44 online not sure if other stores will have this in stock by Spring.

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Valkyria Chronicles marching its way to PC

Only heard about this a few days ago was surprised that it was getting a PC release within a few weeks, it is one of my three favourite RPG games on the PS3 alongside Folklore and Disgaea 4; Valkyria Chronicles was one of those games that's really good but not many people have either played this or even heard of it. Sega did confirm through Twitter that the original Valkyria Chronicles is coming to the PC. Their tweet in full: "Gallia, to arms! Return to the original battle on PC. More info coming soon..." what makes it even better deal is that all of the DLC that was with it on the PS3 will all be on the PC release in one game.

Story is set in Europa, loosely based on Europe during the early years of World War II. Because of its abundance of Ragnite ore, which takes the place of petroleum in the game setting, the neutral nation of Gallia comes under attack from the East Europan Imperial Alliance, which is itself engaged in a war with the Atlantic Federation. You take control of a unit of the Gallian Militia, dedicated to repelling the invasion. What really made Valkyria Chronicles stand out was the coloured canvas visuals with a water colour painting in motion especially on character designs and animation; even the soundtrack had a few emotional themes overall based on war and sadness. When you select your troops and what soliders you want to control and move on the battlefield if one of those gets shot down by the enemy and fail to get a medic to them within 3 turns they will die in battle.

Did you also know that there was also an Anime series of this as well with 26 episodes including a Manga volumes based on the series. Two more sequels were released for the PSP, rest of the world got Valkyria Chronicles II back in September 2010 story takes place two years after the onset of the Second Europan War, the game's story focuses on a military academy as its cadets seek to prevent an ethnic cleansing campaign by a ruthless rebel group. Nice idea of it being released on handheld especially the PSP but some fans were a little disappointed that it wasn't on the PS3, but Valkyria Chronicles II did get some good scores and reviews from both reviewers and gamers. But the bad news was the sales were pretty poor outside of Japan due to the fact half the people that owned a PSP just easily hacked their PSP's and download the games illegally for free instead of buying the UMD copy of the game in stores or downloading the Digital Version on the PSN Store. Valkyria Chronicles III was released in Japan back in January 2011 but it never got released outside of Japan since then which lead major disappointment to the fans of the series who were looking forward to seeing it at E3 2011 but SEGA decided not to release on neither UMD or Digital Download due to the poor sales of the last game and many people hacking their PSP's.

There is a group called Gallian Liberation Front which has nearly 4000 members on their Facebook page this is an organized group of dedicated Sega fans seeking the international localization of Valkyria Chronicles III on PSN for the likes of the PSP and PS Vita. However, an unofficial English fan translation was eventually was later released on December 25, 2013, for the Extra Edition. But this group is still going strong till today since it was first established in August 2011 just like Operation Rainfall which released Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower all for the Nintendo Wii outside of Japan. If you were one of those people that missed out on the PS3 version of Valkyria Chronicles would highly recommend you to check the game out yourself over on Steam.

Fan of the series, what were your thoughts of the PC release being announced?

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