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Steam SALE

November 28, 2013 Leave a comment

The title should be enough of an explanation!

But if its not I have so far managed to restrict my spending to only two titles but I have had to lock the credit card away for fear of spending the entire Xmas budget!

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Thursday Night Gaming – Dinosaurs

June 20, 2013 Leave a comment

There is only one thing on the mind of most gamer’s out there this week, and that’s Microsoft’s unexpected and pleasing (depending on which side of the fence you sit ) decision to change their stance on pretty much every policy they laid out for the XBOX One.

So you could be forgiven for thinking that I was going to write about this evening, however people far brighter, more opinionated and with a much bigger following than me have voiced their opinions both positive and negative on this subject.

So instead I thought I would talk you about Dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs and Cowboys in fact.

For a work related project I am checking out a number of the free 2 play titles that are available , and this one really caught my eye. It wasn’t the graphics the game play or in fact any of the fundamental things that you would think scream “play me”.

Bet let’s be honest the minute I said it you where thinking, damn wouldn’t it be sweet to wearing a Stetson, thumbing a six-shooter, shouting ye ha, all whilst riding a dinosaur?

Considering the game is both free 2 plays and browser based I was pleasantly surprised by the graphics of this title, don’t get me wrong it’s no Crysis 3 but it’s a long way from Farmville.

So far I have clocked up about 2 hours of constant game play, in that time I’ve taken a few of the expected kill & collect quests, some meet and greets, the obligatory explore quest and one surprisingly cool group escort quest.

The UI is a very basic and reminds me more of a MOBA than a MM, but at least in the basic playtime that I have put in so far seem functional if not a little worrying that it could get somewhat stale at later levels.

There is plenty of customisation to be had, from additional weapons, clothes and health pots to new dinosaurs and saddles and to pimp your ride. All these are available to purchase using your Dino coins which can be earned via in game quests and kills or purchased in bulk from the store.

Whilst I have now found out the information I needed to for work purposes I have played a significant amount of time since then and will be returning to it for the remainder of the evening.

Whilst this isn’t a WOW beater is defiantly a little different and something that I would say is worth giving a chance.


June 6, 2013 Leave a comment

I thought I would start my Thursday Night Gaming post with my thoughts on a title that I got a lot of genuine enjoyment out of and paid less than a £10 for!

I saw this game advertised on Steam and after watching the trailer, as an avid Final fantasy and Zelda Fan I just had to have it!

The game takes the standard RPG levelling up system and instead of applying it to you the character, your upgrades instead apply to the game itself, which is pretty awesome.

Starting in a GBA style, green tint included, and working up to somewhere in the realms of FF9. Every area/upgrade and puzzle had me feeling huge waves of nostalgia, the constant reliving of my childhood was a joy in itself, but perhaps surprisingly this wasn’t just a gimmick it’s actually a decent game as well.

The puzzles whilst not difficult are exactly as you would expect in a Zelda game, the combat is straight out of Final Fantasy and the art work is well generic SNES/PS1 RPG. There is even a Diablo 2 inspired section although if I’m honest this is probably the weakest part of the game.

The only real negatives where how quickly the game transitioned from each stage of the RPG genre and that the game simply wasn’t long enough.

If you haven’t yet i really suggest you pick this title up and give it a go!

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Icy Minipulator

March 27, 2013 2 comments

icyAs well as my youthfull enthusiasm for Fantasy books, computer games and Games Workshop, another dose of fantasy inspiration came from playing Magic the Gathering.

I first started playing whilst perusing another hobby, Laser quest. Many of the regulars also played Magic the Gathering and many a Saturday where spent rotating between shooting lasers and summoning Dragons.

I was so into the game that I used to buy new sets by the case not the packet, which admittedly did mean that I had full sets of

Fallen Empires





And a majority of all 3 Urza’s sets. I even had a few of Alpha,Beta and Unlimited Edition Cards.

This extensive collection including some significantly rare cards meant that when it came time to sell net me a tidy sum, although I’m sure even then I didn’t break even.

M:TG is now available as an online Game on your PC, which I think could be really unhealthy for your bank balance, as well as for various console devices and soon tablets, but whilst intriguing as these are this takes the collecting aspect take away which for me was one of the most fundamental parts of the hobby.jesters

Whilst I have out grown M:TG and mostly retired from Laser quest, I do still have a folder or two of the cards kicking about the house, and when working in store was often tempted to buy myself a new starter pack “just see if they were the same”

Free Entertainment

January 1, 2013 1 comment

As well as enjoying some festive TV, reading some of my Books and Comics, watching the DVD box sets that Wife and I got for Xmas, I have also done a fair amount of gaming.

I didn’t receive any games for Xmas, to be fair I didn’t ask for any. My PS3 has yellow lighted and until I sort out Xbox Live I can’t seem to get myself playing anything but Skyrim on my 360.

So I have instead returned to the PC for my gaming needs over this festive season, I’ve got my staple 2 games already installed and ready to go (World of Warcraft and Football Manager 13) but its not even these time killing giants that have been keeping me occupied for the last few days.

It is instead a selection of FREE, that’s right totally 100%, no strings attached FREE games that have been keeping me occupied. Some are simple 20 minute games, but a few are equal in both length and quality to many of the blockbuster titles that you or your loved ones have been shelling out for this Xmas.

They vary in genre but all have kept me entertained for various amounts of time over the week or so, some I have only just started playing and some take a little getting used to at the start but I recommend persevering.

Below In reverse order is the top 10 that I have been splitting my time between.

10.  Ruins

Simply put Ruins is a game about a dog chasing rabbits. I have to be honest I am not entirley sure what the rest of it is about, their is a lot of text which seems to be related perhaps to the dogs owner? Im really not sure.

I liked the art style of the game which is what made me give it go. I think with a little more patiance I might have got more out of it but in the end I kinda just ended up wandering aimlessly.


9. Candles

Candles is a first person Horror Puzzle Game, I gave this a short go and got a little frustrated. I think however this was my own fault as like all gamers I didn’t read the instructions and took me a while to figure out what I needed to do. Really liked the atmosphere and the music, and graphically was pretty good.


8. Quadrax

Quadrax is a puzzle game, you control 2 (3 in latter levels) characters who you must get to the exit in the level. Basically you need to not get your character killed or stuck and complete each level in the shortest amount of steps. Graphically this game is incredibly simple but it does really get your brain working.


7. UnEpic

UnEpic is a platform RPG, i really enjoyed this and could see myself sinking some serious time into it. The intro is a little long winded and if I hadn’t already seen some screenshots so I knew what to expect I might not have made it that far. It has some adult language and humour so might not be one for the kids. Graphically it is in the style of NES and adds that nostalgic feel to the game.  It also turns out that it is to be published for Wii U sometime this year.


6.  Spelunky

Spelunky is a cave exploration / treasure-hunting game inspired by classic platform games and roguelikes, where the goal is to grab as much treasure from the cave as possible. What I particually like is the randomly generated caves, meaning there is heaps of replay. For those of you with an Xbox, a new version is available for 1200 Microsoft points, and has new graphics, music, zones, monsters, items, traps, and secrets. The controls are much smoother, too, and designed specifically for the gamepad.


5.  Coma

I loved this game, its only around 15 minutes long, but I found myself spending more time than that due to the atmosphere of the game. There is just something about this game that makes running from screen to screen occasionally bouncing as enjoyable as completing the puzzles set along the way. Whilst playing it I also discovered Skinny – created by the same team, which I enjoyed as well.


4. TAGAP  –

This 2D side scrolling platformer shoot-em-up is really addictive and frankly bonkers. You play as a gun wielding penguin, jumping, shooting and exploding your way through various levels and killing many a bio engineered penguins along the way.


3.  Quakelive

This is essentially Quake 3 Arena, one of the best multiplayer FPS’s of all time, playing this was still as enjoyable today as it was back in 1999. If you have not played Quake before and current FPS’s are you only reference there is a good chance that the pace of these matches is going to be a little overwhelming at first.


2. Planetside 2

I have recently created an account on Planetside and started playing it over the last few days, but even with such a short amount of playing time I am suitably impressed!  Graphically it doesn’t quite hold up to the likes of Battlefield, but it’s not a million miles away. The game play is on a par with any of its competitors and the size of the map, choice of guns, gadgets, vehicles and classes mean that this is a game that will keep you playing for many hours/days/weeks/months and years. I found that the learning curve was a little steep to start with, but overall for sheer multiplayer experience I would take this over any of its Triple A rivals and when a Free game can be this good it really makes you question how publishers can justify their RRPs right now.


1. League of Legends

This game is as addictive as the two time sink kings that I mentioned at the start of the post, with an average game taking anywhere from 20 -60 minutes and closing the client the only way to leave a game.

The game is what’s called a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), or as it is more commonly known, a DOTA clone. Players are formed into 2 even teams of Champions, 3v3 or 5v5. As of December 7, 2012, there are 108 different champions from which to choose. Each player begins at opposing sides of a map in an area called the Spawning Pool, near what is called a Nexus. A match is won when either team’s nexus is destroyed. To destroy a Nexus, each team must work through a series of Turrets placed along a path to each base referred to as a Lane. Along the way, each player gains levels from killing the opposing team’s champions and Minions (NPCs that constantly spawn and attack the other team) and defeating neutral monsters. Completing objectives rewards players with gold which is used to purchase items.

There are various roles that each champion fulfils and to win matches ideally you will want each of the 5 main roles filled, at the lower levels this is less of a problem. LOL’s only downside is the behaviour of some members of the community, but frankly this is present in most online gaming.


Well hopefully if your feeling a little cash strapped over January or dont want to wait for Easter for the next wave of big games to keep you occupied, some of the above might tide you over until then and all without putting a dent in your wallet.

And if none of these appeal to you then there are plenty of others out there.

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Football Manager Stole My Life

October 21, 2012 Leave a comment

This weekend has been somewhat of a write off, I’m sorry to say the guitar learning took a back seat due to some serious gaming time being had.

As you may have picked up from previous posts I not only work for a gaming retailer but I also enjoy playing games, which is handy.

Much as there are many games that I enjoy playing the two that I spend the most time on are not surprisingly the two most “addictive” games out there.

I’ve already mentioned my Warcraft habit, which has its own history of real life consequnaces, but my other obsessions is SI Games Football Manager series, a series that has its own impressive stats when it comes to real life effects.

To the uneducated eye there is no appeal to FM, it’s like playing FIFA but without any control of your players,, essentially its stacking a spreadsheet in your favour to get the outcome you desire. All of which is to some degree true, although the same could be said about just about any video game, the only difference being that they hide it behind some pretty graphics.

To the connoisseur however, your unknown 17 year old wonder kid scoring the winning goal in the FA trophy Final against Worksop, will instil the same level of pride as Drogba hitting the winning penalty in the Champions League Final., some people even take it really seriously!

The thing that sets FM above its other simulation rivals is the level of detail that it goes into, the smug feeling when a real life club signs the unknown player you had pegged from a previously played game, it doesn’t always work out that way though.

My particular way of playing the FM series is to take part in the Dafuge Challange, a player organised challenge that involves taking a previously unplayable team (below the BSN/BSS) and winning both the Premiership and the Champions League with them in the shortest time possible.

There are various degrees of difficulty within the challenge based n which team you manage and a lot of painful hours doing the “reload reshuffle” to get the one you want. For the last few years I have always played as Chippenham Town FC and have got somewhat attached to them, so my Fridays nights gaming consisted mostly of reloading over and over again before they finally got promoted to a playable position.

I’ve started my game now and am well on my way, currently sitting in 11th just after Xmas.

If you too are an FM fan I heartily recommend giving this challenge a go, there really is no other way to play the game like it!

Is that the time already!

October 6, 2012 Leave a comment



I know  I said I would try and post something of substance today, and that was my intention. A whole day of to pull something together, but unfortuantly I got distracted leveling my first toon to 90 in WOW:Mists of Pandaria.

Ill try again tomorrow!


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