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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.

Are you hyped about Majora's Mask coming to the 3DS?

What would you like to see being added to the 3DS version?

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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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10 Year Anniversary Blog- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Almost every person I know from my school including my classmates couldn't stop talking about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which was in fact released 10 years ago on 26th October 2004 for the PlayStation 2. What made this game even more better then Vice City and Grand Theft Auto III was it carried over the gameplay elements from the past two titles and adding a ton of new gameplay elements including riding bicycle, trains, Swimming and the freedom to do almost anything you want from building muscles at the gym or getting very fat on fast food.

When the game was released on launch it received review scores of 10/10 or 9.5/10 from various websites and magazines back in 2004 and had sold over 12 million copies making it the highest selling game for the PlayStation 2. Many gamers have claim that this is on their top 5 favourite games of all time alongside the likes of Final Fantasy VII and Zelda: Ocarina of Time don't get me wrong that it’s a good game it really did help redefine on how games should be made. I've always preferred Vice City more than an Andreas mainly because it did everything right.

What didn't like that much about San Andreas was the RPG element that they added in where you can have a level of respect among his fellow recruits and street friends varies according to his appearance and actions, as do his relationships with his girlfriends. Making sure that CJ eats to stay healthy and also exercises properly. The balance of food and physical activity has an effect on his appearance and physical attributes; having a gang was pretty cool where you and your gang fight with enemy gangs wherever they are prompted whenever you must venture into enemy territory and kills at least three gang members. If you survive three waves of enemies, the territory will be won and fellow gang members will begin wandering the streets of these areas; the more territory owned by you, the more money that will be generated.

With it being released in October 2004 many other games were released a few weeks later before the end of the year including Half-Life 2, Metal Gear Solid 3 and also Halo 2 which was released on the Xbox on November 9th which made a massive impact on its Xbox Live Multiplayer. However the Xbox version of San Andreas was released in June 2005 which was 8 months but if the Xbox version was released on the same month and year as the PS2 version was it would have caused a massive sale and which system the game plays better luckily. It didn't had online multiplayer because it would have been very likely people would buy the Xbox version just to play online multiplayer but that was used in the later games for Grand Theft Auto IV and V.

This later got released a PS2 Classic through the PSN Store for PS3 owners and appeared on Xbox Live Arcade as well, the PC release was released around the same month as the Xbox version in 2005 however in mid-June 2005, a software patch for the game dubbed "Hot Coffee mod" was released by Patrick Wildenborg (under the Internet alias "PatrickW"), a 38-year old modder from the Netherlands. The name "Hot Coffee" refers to the way the released game alludes to the unseen sex scenes. In the unmodified game, the player takes his girlfriend to her front door and she asks him if he would like to come in for "some coffee". He agrees, and the camera stays outside, swaying back and forth a bit, while moaning sounds are heard. I do remember reading the articles about this and it did caused a stir Rockstar gave distributors the option of applying an Adults Only ESRB rating sticker to copies of the game, or returning them to be replaced by versions without the Hot Coffee content.

There have been rumors from this month that San Andreas was getting the HD-Remastered treatment for next-gen consoles and maybe for both the PS3 and 360 too. As I've already mentioned above there have been some very good examples of games that sold millions worldwide during the 6th Generation of Gaming; most games that got the HD treatment would have 1080p High Definition and being rendered looking a lot clearer than the original games were when they were released around that time. There may have been a few changes taken in and out of games or added in some new features in such as certain content that was only released in Japan but not released elsewhere good examples like these are Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Final Fantasy X International. However games from the US doing remastered or HD collections will take on a different challenge certain games might have the soundtrack remixed or changed certain voices or vice actors around, certain buttons and game mechanics being changed. And of course trophy support/achievements have been added in if you want to collect them like on other games released on both PSN, 360 or Steam.

I can understand games that were released more than 10 years ago getting a HD treatment is worth the money and checking out but if other games that were released 5 years or more getting a HD treatment doesn't feel the same and likely not worth checking out and look almost the same as the original was examples like these are Prince of Persia Collection which was released in 2010 making it almost 7 years since the first game was released in 2003 doesn't feel that long since it was released on the PS2/Xbox/Cube nice idea if someone didn't get the chance to play them or want to play them in one go but the you could easily pick up the original version at a cheaper price if you still have a PS2/Xbox/Cube and is not too bothered about the changes or added features that have been added in the HD version.

Did you think that San Andreas was the best Grand Theft Auto game in the series?

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If Heart of Darkness got a Remake or a Reboot

It was back around June this year I found out that Game Grumps was doing a play through on Heart of Darkness, this has been one of those games I've been curious on when it came to mixed-reviews when I've read the odd reviews in Official UK PlayStation magazine and PlayStation Power. Most of the images I saw did remind me of Abe's Oddysee this was around when I was the age of 12 when I first heard about the game.

Recently picked up this up at NERG (North East Retro Gaming) this year for £4 thanks to Game Grumps and Caddicarus that made us pick up the game in the first place; I did spent most of July playing through the game but however managed get through the game within 1 week. For a 2D platformer the graphics and visuals still hold up today during its gameplay most of the places you travel really do look impressive to look at. The 3D effects used for its environments make a great impact and some obstacles and platforms you can climb up or down, swing or swim. Even the death moments are great to look at when you see Andy getting eaten to shreds or burned into toast leaving a shoe or getting swallowed by a plant.

The CGI animation scenes does make a great little animated movie, what also made this game perfect is the soundtrack its music done by Bruce Brougham who has done a ton of music for various films. Not only it was the first game to have a live composed soundtrack it was also one of the first games to have 3D effects for a PlayStation but the glasses were only used for the finale and not the entire game, would have been a nice idea but back then the only 3D glasses you had were the cheap red and blue 3D glasses.

What hasn't aged well since it was first released in 1998 is the CGI animation especially the opening first making it feel like one of those sci-fi movie openings and then lands into a school follows the story of a child called Andy who keeps falling asleep in class and hates his abusive teacher but it seems that Andy is afraid of one thing which is a fear of darkness. If Eric Chahi had the thought and idea of giving this a HD Remake or even a Reboot this would be a good idea itself on being a 2.5D Platformer and the 3D visuals and CGI animation would work really well on next gen consoles like the PS4, Xbox One and even the Wii U for that matter; Eric Chahi was also the mastermind of Another World which was released back in 1991 and that recently got a 20th Anniversary Edition on systems released this year. This would also work well on handhelds as well if it got released for the 3DS and PS Vita when it comes to visuals on a small handheld and a few extra features too but if this got released on the PSN Store for the PS1 collection people can play and download this on their PS3, PSP and Vita.

I know that there have been other classic games from the 80's and 90's that got this treatment on Remakes and Reboots but the idea of seeing Heart of Darkness getting the treatment could be a possibility if it happened a GBA port was announced in 2001 but it was never released likely due to how much data and space it would take in a GBA cartridge plus if it did went forward this would help more gamers get to try out this game if they missed out on the PC and PS1. Don't get me wrong I do love a challenge when it comes to games that have a hard difficulty or even have some frustrating moments here and there that's actually only been 16 years since it was first released back in 1998.

You can check out my review on Heart of Darkness here.

Would you like to see this get a Remake or Reboot? Or is there another game out there you want to see getting the treatment?

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