Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Who Needs a Lobotomy

Hello Gamers!! I hope everyone is leveling up!!! 

I thought I would try something new here at Games That Rock!

I don't know about you guys, but I love finding new games to play. There have been some awesome games in the making over at Kickstarter.com, so I thought that it would be pretty cool to start sharing some of them here.

I found one tonight that looks totally awesome!!! I am definitely going to be picking up a copy of this badazz game.

Kickstarter Lobotomy Tabletop RPG

The above is a link that will explain the whole concept of the game. There is also an awesome video that goes along with it. The company, located in Poland, has reached it's goal, so I am hoping that we will be able to start purchasing this badazz game soon!

Curtesy of kickstarter.com


Here is an image from Kickstarter Lobotomy game. It looks pretty awesome. The gameboard connects together, so it can be easily stored and rearranged. There are several miniatures and mental disorder cards to go 'round.

Let me know what you think? Can you escape the asylum, or will you get a lobotomy???

Please let me know what you think about the new segment!!!

Get to gaming!!!!!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Racin' Around the Whacky Tracks!

HELLO GAMERS!!! Happy Friday to all of you in Xanaland!!! 

Today is FLASHBACK FRIDAY!!!!

One of my favorite games, as a young gal, happens to be on my favorite system...for those of you that don't know, it's the SNES!!! That is by far, in this Queen's opinion, the greatest console ever!!!

I must admit, I was slightly competitive as a child when it came to games. I hated to lose! Who doesn't? And as many of you may know, the Nintendo games are notorious for cheating. I remember violently thrashing my controller about, because after all, it was the controller's fault that I lost. My lack of timing nor constantly driving off track had absolutely nothing to do with my losing. Neither did having items thrown at me cause me to lose. That's just crazy talk! Today, I am going to share an oldie, but goodie. In fact, it's so good that there are now ELEVEN of this title. My favorite is still the one on the SNES though.

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Super Mario Kart was released in 1992. For a sixteen bit, the graphics were amazing! The gameplay was simple, unless you were the target for the other racer's vengeance to claw their way into first place, which of course is the goal of the game. Having banana peels thrown at you when you are in first place is quite harsh. Curse those monkeys!!!! The empty Koopa shells flailing their way across the scene, trying so hard to hit you...that's just plain evil! At least there were those magic mushrooms to give you a boost! I loved the mushrooms!

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There were many good times spent playing this game. I remember becoming quite flustered at Bowser's Castle track. I spent more time crashing into the walls and falling into lava than I spent winning races. But that's the challenge that we seek when we play video games. 

I give this game 9/10 ROCKIN' STARS!!!!

If you haven't played it, I suggest you get yourself a copy! You will not be disappointed! For those that have played this gem, what's your favorite track? Who is your favorite character to race as? I can't pick a track, but I was always Toadstool when I played. 
Now, GET TO GAMING!!!!!





Friday, July 17, 2015

Xbox One Review

To ONE or not to ONE? 
That is the question!

Xbox One: Assassin's Creed Bundle



I finally picked up an Xbox One the other day. At first, I was a bit apprehensive about the purchase, but then, it hit me. I finally succumbed to the pressure. (There wasn't that much pressure, honestly.)
I wasn't sure if I wanted to get one because I still haven't fallen out of love with my 360, but my curiosity finally got the best of me. I made the trek over to my local GameStop, walked up to the counter, and requested the Assassin's Creed Bundle, which comes with the download codes for Unity and Black Flag. (Reviews for those coming soon!) The man behind the counter obliged me, and I also picked up a copy of Ryse: The Son of Rome and Far Cry Four. (Reviews on these will be coming soon too!)

I merrily left GameStop and headed home, anxious to play my new system. I hooked it up and had to wait for my games to download from the Xbox store. Black Flag and Unity took quite awhile to download. I didn't get to play those the night I brought home the console. I thought I would fill the void with my disc based copy of Ryse. Sadly, it wasn't as the last generation of consoles where one plugs in and plays. Nope. Not at all. I had to wait for Ryse to install on my console. I was disappointed that I couldn't just play the game. It took awhile for that game to install as well.

Here's what I think about the dashboard: It's over cluttered and way too busy. I liked that I was able to make everything purple. Purple makes everything better. I unpinned the apps that I wouldn't use, nor had any interest in, and the dashboard was still ugly. I'm not a fan of the 360 dashboard either, but it seems much more organized to me. I don't find the dashboard to be user friendly, as the 360 is, and I am a tech nerd. I was confused and annoyed. One cool feature I like is, upon getting achievements, one can use the pictures from the achievement and use it as a background for the One.

I am disappointed by the amount of space that Microsoft apps take up before one installs games. I bought the 500 gb version, and I was quite miffed when I noticed that after installing three games, I was well below 300 gb. I can't help but feel robbed. If Microsoft advertises 500 gig, I should get more than 400 gig starting out. I believe I started with 362 gigs to store games, music, pictures, and video. It's not like this generation of games are small, and the idea of DLC, well, that takes up even more space.

I didn't get the Kinect version because I am not a fan of the Kinect. I've heard that the Kinect for the One is much better than the Kinect for the 360. Perhaps one day, I may fork over the $100 bucks for it, but as of now, I'm not gonna be bothered with it.

I do love the graphic capabilities of the One. The system is also very quiet. The headset that came with the system is quite good. The headset looks cheap, but works very well. Playing online with the One was very smooth. There were no lags at all. The whole experience was pleasant. Messaging and chat were flawless.

I like the feel of the controller. It's new-ish shape feels quite nice, and fits my hands very well. I also like the finish of the controller. Since I haven't had the console for too long, I'm not sure of the battery life, but my gaming minion tells me that the battery life is quite long.

I give the Xbox One 5.5 stars out of 10.

If you've picked up a One, leave a comment and let me know what you think about it.

I'm thinking that I should have stayed in the last generation of consoles because I am not impressed with the ONE or the PS4. I am still waiting for more games to be released, and hopefully, they will be able to convince me that I made the right choice in this generation of gaming.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Operation TBT

Hello Gamers! Gaming Queen here.
Today, for #TBT, I am going to review a classic game.

Courtesy of southernsavers.com

Does anyone remember Operation? You know, it had that creepy looking, red-nosed, naked man, with the horrible hair on the operation table, and you had to use roach clips to pull out various parts of his insides. I was always partial to the Adam's Apple. It also had that annoying buzzer that would sound off if you touched the metal sides...most of the time, it would scare the crap out of me. I would jump! Don't laugh, I'm sure you did too. At least I can admit it. *Hangs head in embarrassment* I was just a kid! Though the time I played it at a party, in my young adult year, the damn thing still scared me. Ha!



Did you know that there's A Nightmare Before Christmas version too? That's right. Instead of the creepy guy, you get to operate on Oogie Boogie! How AWESOME is that? As the surgeon, you'll be able to remove; snake eyes, flu bug, spider veins, snake bite, crawly flesh--EWWW--, split-a-seam, club foot, lock-jaw, fingers crossed, scorpion sting, dizzy spell, and bat got your tongue! Clever and gross!!! But, what do you expect from Oogie Boogie??

Courtesy of catchoftheday.com

There are several other characters you can get too; Spongebob Squarepants, Homer Simpson, and even R2D2. I wish I had those options when I was younger...I think it would have left me unscarred.

I give this game, and all it's creepiness 8 outta 10 ROCKIN' stars.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Sega's Sonic 2 Review

FLASHBACK FRIDAY!!!

Hello Gamers!!! Gaming QUEEN here! Guess what today is?!? *the answer is above you* Yup, it's FLASHBACK Friday!!! Today, you will be whisked off to the fabulous year of 1992. *Ah, the 90's*
My RETRO minion has a special review for you today:

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Sonic The Hedgehog 2. Developed by Sonic Team. Published by *singsong style* SEGA. It also happens to be the second best selling game on the Genesis at over SIX million copies!

Sonic 2 Review

      Sonic the Hedgehog has grown to become a gaming ICON.  He has graced dozens of games, shirts, cartoon shows, toy lines, et al.  He has become a force in the gaming world just like the rotund Italian plumber he was created to compete against.  Sonic's first foray into gaming came on the Sega Master System to little fanfare.  Eventually, this game was ported to the brand new Sega Mega Drive or Genesis in North America.  Sonic 2 helped place Sega as the top video game company in the world for a while and created a huge demand for more games like Sonic.

Curtesy wikipedia.com

In late 1992, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 released in all regions.  It was received with great praise and excitement.  Many were happy to see the game come to market as a sequel, that did little to change the wonderful gameplay that the first title was known for.  In this iteration, Sonic is still trying to stop the evil Robotnik from stealing Chaos Emeralds.  This time around though, he has help from his little, brilliant fox friend, Miles “Tails” Prower.  In gameplay, Tails tags along behind Sonic whilst running and jumping through the stages.  The game even allows for two player fun with the second player having command of the young fox.

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This is a very colorful game with nice backgrounds, and the nice animations for Sonic and Tails look amazing for a 16-bit system.  The sound quality is great and matches each stage, setting a mood appropriate to the level content.  As usual, this game is fast and almost feels, at times, that the player has little to no control over the game once Sonic gets to top speeds.  The game is reasonably difficult as the fast pace makes it hard to see enemies one comes up on whilst running and jumping.  Sonic has to collect rings throughout the level to ensure his health.  Every time he touches an enemy, a huge cloud of rings bursts forth from him.  The player must try to recollect these rings, but it never fails that they are mostly all lost.  As long as Sonic has just one ring in his possession, he is safe from the dreaded GAME OVER!!! That is SO frustrating!!! X__X

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sold well over 6 million copies and became a great piece of ammunition for Sega in the 16-bit wars against Nintendo's Super NES and NEC's TurboGRafx 16.  Obviously, since the nineties, Sonic has gone on to be a household name in gaming.  Though he no longer has a home console, he has been ported to countless other systems, even Nintendo machines!  Sonic 2 is a must play for retro gaming fans and for lovers of 16-bit beauty!

We give this game 9/10 ROCKIN' STARS!!!!!

As the saying goes, GET TO GAMING!!!! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Galaga


Hello Gamers!! Gaming Queen here with another segment of FLASHBACK FRIDAY! Today, my minion from Front Porch Gaming has a special treat for you! This game brings out my innner BEASTMODE!!! Here it is, without further adieu, GALAGA!!!

    Competition.  The term evokes images of sports and the competitive athletes who strive to be the best and take out the opposing team or rival.  These images can extend to the world of video games as well.  My family and I have a long running competition trying to one-up each other over today's flashback game.  This game is the sequel to the very successful 1979 arcade classic, Galaxian.  Released in 1981, Galaga improves on Galaxian in every way.  Galaga turned out to be a very successful arcade game as well.  Galaga has also been ported to several consoles all over the world.  There have also been great remakes and spin offs, such as Galaga '88 for the TurboGrafx 16 system.  This is a game that just breeds competition amongst friends, family, and strangers.

Coutesy of WindowCentral.com

     The premise of the game is to shoot down aliens that fly in to create a formation before every wave.  Once the aliens get lined up, they start coming down and attacking in formations and singles.  They shoot rather large bombs that kill the players ship in one hit.  Collisions with any of the aliens also kills the player's ship.  The player shoots up at the invaders and can move back and forth across the bottom of the screen.  Unlike its predecessor, Galaxian, the player's ship can shoot more than one bullet at a time. Every third stage, there is a challenging stage where the aliens fly in tight formations and the player is tasked with shooting as many as possible as the formations fly through the screen. The points pile up while shooting away at screen after screen of these alien ships.  Herein lies the competition factor.

      This game is very easy and very hard at the same time.  It's easy to get the gameplay mechanic down, but the difficulty is very steep and only gets harder as the stages progress.  The replay value of this game is very high because of this.  The game is very colorful and has great sound effects for a game of this era.
   
    Currently my wife has the household record for Galaga, but her days are numbered.  This is one of those classic games that brings out the competitive spirit in everyone.  I highly recommend this game to any style of gamer.  Pick up a copy for the Nintendo Entertainment System, because an arcade cabinet will set you back quite a bit. Enjoy and game on!

I GIVE THIS GAME 9.5/10 ROCKIN' STARS!!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sliders, Trotters, and Oinkers, Oh My!

CUTESY GAMES

Pass The Pigs

Gaming Queen here, and I've got a special treat for you! What's better than tossing pigs on the table? From experience, not much! There's a game out there where you can do just that! You can toss pigs onto the table and earn points. There are different positions that the pigs land on the table, and players rack up points depending on the position that the pigs have landed.

There are cute little names for the positions that the pigs land in, though my favorite is the Oinker. The description in the rules reads as follows: Two pigs touching in any position-lose all pig points up to this roll. Pass the pigs to the next player. That's right, the piggies cannot touch! If they do, you lose all accumulated points of the turn, and pass the piggies to the next player.

Double Razorbacks are worth 20 points. What's a Double Razorback? It's a position in which both of the piggies are on their backs. Siders? Both piggies are lying on their sides. Trotters? One pig is on all fours. Piggy Back? Well, that's when one piggy is on the back of the other, which consequently means that, you are ejected from the game. YOU LOSE! No self-respecting pig would ever be caught in this position! It's just completely and udderly wrong. (Get it? Udder-ly. Yeah well, it wasn't my best pun, but...ah, nevermind.)

Little Pig, Little Pig, let me win.


If you've got the time, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this cute little gem. You can get it here for less than $10 bucks!

This game gets a score of 9 rockin' stars out of 10!!! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Chicken, Fight Like a Robot

Hello Gamers! Gaming Queen here, and I have a special treat for you! Today, as with every Friday, from here on out, I will be having a Flashback Friday series. Retro Games for all!! 
I have a Go To Retro Gaming Guy in my court, you know, because after all, I am royalty! And all Queens have subjects. *LaughTrack* Corny jokes aside, this guy really knows his retro gaming. He's played on several of the old consoles, and he just recently started his own FaceBook page, Front Porch Gaming.

Today, he will be reviewing a classic Atari 2600 game called Berzerk. Take it away Retro Gaming Guy. 

Photo Curtesy of static.giantbomb.com

Berzerk

Developed by Stern Electronics


Atari 2600 (1982), Arcade (1980), Atari 5200 (1983), and GCE Vectrex (1982)


    As you can see, this game has been released on various hardware, but this review is for the Atari 2600 version. And yes, with the different versions released, new robots have been added. 

    Berzerk has so much nostalgia tied to it.The game can definitely take you back to your childhood. I broke into gaming as a late bloomer, watching the commercials and pining over the amazing technology I knew I had to be a part of.  This game really struck my fancy when I first saw it played on my cousin's Atari 2600.  The game itself is very simple and there is little to no information given to the casual player as to who your player is or what he is doing.  
    

  The simple layout seems less than impressive to most, but the gameplay was so addictive.  The true challenge of Berzerk lies in its simple, yet challenging, mechanics for shooting robots and moving through the mazes.  At times,  the game is too easy.  The A.I. has the robots run into walls which kills them instantly, making the foes seem a tad--stupid.  Players, please be warned, if you run into the walls, you meet your frustrating death as well. Believe me, wall bumps are extremely easy to happen. 
    
Photo Curtesy of mobygames.com
  As the game progresses, the robots become a little more crafty, and they even shoot at a faster speed than they did in the beginning.  The sound of getting shot or running into the wall or another robot was very interesting for the time period of the game.  I was always trying to best my score or move further through the game, beating the faster shooting, smarter robots.  
   


  I found that better players can eventually meet up with Evil Otto.  This character is portrayed as a large smiley face that comes on screen and chases the player til either one dies or moves to the next screen through the exits.  There are switches one can use to change the game settings on the 2600 to make Evil Otto appear in the game, or not.  This game has much challenge to it and creates an atmosphere that sucks in lovers of games and science fiction.  The sound FX are highly technologically advanced, at least for 1982. 


  Photo Curtesy of the logbook.com


  If you are looking for a challenging game that has high replay value, I highly recommend Berzerk for the Atari 2600.  The game that will keep you trying again and again to defeat the hordes of evil robots, while making your stick man go through various mazes. 

Well, there you have it! Thank you Retro Gaming Guy! He gives this game a:

7.5/10 ROCKIN' STARS!! 


Now, get to gaming, by order of The QUEEN!













Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throwback to Retro Thursday

RETRO GAMING


  


Gaming Queen coming at ya with a TBT, because, well, why not? Oh yeah, RETRO IS SEXY!!! Let me take you on a little flashback to one of my favorite games. The year is 1991. *insert flashback warp here*
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was the system to have. It had 16 bit graphics, making it twice as good as its predecessor and all the more fun. Not to mention, it was my favorite console of that time. 
UN Squadron was released in the US in September of '91. In Japan, it is known as Area 81 and based on a manga series, of the same name. 
UN Squadron is a side-scrolling shooting game for two players, though I only ever played it as single player. Players get to choose between three skilled pilots; Mickey Simon, Greg Gates, and Shin Kazama. 

Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org

Though each character has his perks, I was always Greg Gates. Why? Because that man could take more damage than the other two, and that is extremely important in this game. This is one of the hardest games I have ever played in my gaming life! Believe me, I have played many games, but this game...DAMN man!!! 

Players fly through various stages shooting enemies and eventually facing the boss of the level. Plane upgrades and weapons can be purchased with the money earned after completion of a level. It is essential to memorize enemy plane maneuvers during levels, and it's very easy to do, especially since they never change. 

I look like Elrond

The picture above shows the first wave of levels you can play. As you upgrade and defeat levels, the shadowed area becomes playable. Once all of those are beat, players open a wave of levels, so replay value is very high. Sadly, this is the only game on the SNES that I have not beat. I have tried many times. This game didn't have the save feature, so once you died, you had to start completely over. If memory serves me correctly, I believe that after the first screen is cleared, players can save once. 

I give this retro game a PERFECT SCORE!!! It's just that awesome! 

For those that want to try it out, you can get it cheaply on ebay, or you can get it as a ROM with a SNES emulator to play on your PC. There is also an arcade version of the game, and it is just as fun if not better than the console version. 


Photo courtesy of www.vizzed.com






Thursday, April 2, 2015

Fus Roh Da Sayeth the Dovakin

WELCOME TO SKYRIM

Hello Gamers! I've been putting off this review for awhile because I want it to be perfect. Today, I am going to review the fifth installment from Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim. This review is for the Xbox 360. I haven't played it on the PS3, but from what I was told, and what I've seen, it was very glitchy. PC is also an option, and I hear the mods are fantastic.

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I know that it's been out for awhile (11-11-11), but Games That Rock hasn't reviewed this phenomenal game yet. I remember the eve that it was released. I, like so many other gamers, found my way in front of GameStop with my proof of purchase receipt. The night was cold. The walk was long, but the anticipation of holding Skyrim in my hand was magnificent. I stood in the long line of other anxious gamers and awaited the midnight release. The manager at the particular GameStop that I was at handed out candy and Skyrim dragon stickers. Yours truly received the very last sticker in her hand. Finally, the moment of truth had arrived. I had the greatest game that was ever made, aside from Final Fantasy VII, in my adventurous hand. *A moment of silence for this spectacular event is called for*
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With Skyrim in my hand, I practically ran home to play it. This was the time before we had to install the game, (thanks a lot generation 8 consoles) and I began to play. From the first moment I stepped into Skyrim, I was in LOVE. Yes, LOVE. Not love, but LOVE. I think you got the point now. If you don't, then go out and get a copy of this GEM.

Now, on to the review....

Ah, Skyrim, the beautiful snowy mountain, province of Tamreil. You start off in First Person on a wagon being led to your execution. When it's your time to die, you called to the guard and character creation begins. Players can choose from several races, I myself, pick the Khajit race. They are known for their stealth and wicked sneak ability. Plus, they are the kitty race. One can be human, elf, dark elf, argonian (reptile race), Breton, and a few more. Players can customize the look of their characters as well. After the character is created, players choose the name and the game continues. As your character is thrown on the execution slab, to be beheaded, a dragon sweeps through the air and sets the city ablaze. People begin fleeing the dragon's wrath. Your character follows a man to safety in which the character gets its first weapon. As you muddle through the small dungeon with your new companion, you learn how to fight, look for potions, and unlock locks to get more treasures. You can switch to Third Person POV is First Person isn't your forte.

Curtesy of Gamespot.com 

Eventually, the player breaks away from the companion and sets out to begin the main storyline. Upon breaking away from the companion, your character finds shrines that give special abilities, depending on which class you choose. I always go for thief. I love playing an assassin/thief.

I can honestly say that I have never beaten the original story mode of the game. Skyrim is very open-ended. I always stray from the storyline after I see the GreyBeards. It is then that the player learns that he or she is a Dovakin, or in English, DragonBorn. After players slay dragons and visit the GreyBeards, players are able to absorb the souls and shouts of slain dragons. Dragon shouts are awesome, especially if you play Skyrim on the Xbox 360 because you can actually say the shout to the Kinect. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but it's fun to yell the shouts out, especially if you want to creep out your neighbors.

There are many missions that you play through. People do play the main storyline, but it isn't very long. I myself, prefer to run around and explore the vast country. There are trolls, frostbite spiders, witches, mages, sabrecats, wolves, vampires, werewolves, and of course, dragons. There are other enemies for you to slay as well. Ruins are a great place to attack thieves and steal their treasures. Players can be "good" or "bad". If you choose to be bad, just be prepared for guards to attack you when you enter the holds/cities. Most of the items that you find, you can take to cities to sell them for gold.
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Players can also cook, hunt, work on skills, and forge weapons and armor. Alchemy is also something that players can dabble in, but be warned, if you don't have a high level of spellcraft, dire consequences can follow.

Players can become the head of the thieves guild, head honcho at the College of Winterhold, study to be a bard, and become an assassin. My favorite was The Nightingale Missions. The rewards from that makes any thief/assassin sneaky as hell.

There are also three DLC sets that players can purchase to add more skills, housing, achievements, and characters to the original game. Hearthfire, Dragonborn, and Dawnguard. There was going to be another DLC, but Bethesda scrapped it to focus on Elder Scrolls Online. *CURSE YOU BETHESDA* Not really, but it hurt my feelings. I wanted to cry when I clicked on that fateful email and found out the horrible news.

So, if you are into adventure, hours upon hours of game play, dragons, and learning the language of Dovakin, then Skyrim is the game for you. Even if you don't like that stuff, you should still check it out. I must admit, the game can get tedious from time to time, but it's still ROCKS!!!

Curtesy of Geekygadgets.com

The graphics are freaking amazing. The soundtrack is stunning. The voice acting is pretty good too. As much as I love the tale of the guards taking an arrow to the knee, that line gets overused. Sound FX are spot on. Controls are superb. The inventory is also easy to navigate. The map is huge, so after a player discovers a spot, he or she can fast travel to that location. The game also keeps quests and missions organized so that you can see what you need to do, or what you've alread completed.

I give this game a 9.5/10 ROCKIN' STARS!!!!!!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Gotta Catch 'Em All~ Because Pokeman Will Never Die!

Hello Rockin' Gamers! I hope everyone has been busy gaming. Let's get down to business, shall we?




I've been feeling goofy lately, so I decided to pick up a copy of Pokemon Y (X). The Y version is more of the dark side, while the X version is more fairyish. There are a few Pokemon that are exclusive, so if you want to CATCH EM ALL, I suggest playing with a friend or picking up both copies. I haven't played Pokemon since the days of LeafGreen, but I have to say, I am quite impressed. The cuteness is a little overwhelming though, but what else do we expect from the franchise?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello Gamers!!! Introduction by Xanaland's New Gaming Queen!



Hello Rocking Gamers! Welcome back to Games That Rock. I wanted to give a brief introduction of myself.

My name is Angela, and I am an avid video gamer. You could definitely say that I am addicted to gaming. I have been gaming for a long time, a really long time. I owned an original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) the year it came out. Though I wasn't old enough at the time, I know quite a few Arcade games as well. I played them at the local restaurants when I was just a small gal. I play pretty much everything. I love JRPG's the most. My current endeavor is playing through all of the Kingdom Hearts, again. Though this time, I have them in Japanese, so it's a bit more challenging as I am not fluent in Japanese. I am working on boosting that skill level up. I'd say I'm about a level 2, maybe 3, but that's stretching it a bit.



My FPS experiences aren't great by any means, mostly because I haven't been able to avoid nauseousness while playing, it happens. Well, to me at least, but fear not, for I have little FPS minions to help me review those.

I do have a little confession to make. I do not own a Nintendo Wii or Wii U. *hangs head in shame*
It's not that I don't like Nintendo, it's just that, well, there aren't enough games that I am fond of to go out and purchase one. I know, it's a horrible thing to admit. I do however, have a Nintendo DSi, it's Japanese, straight from the land of the Rising Sun, and I have a Nintendo 3DS XL. I will definitely review games for those two Nintendo systems. One day, hopefully in the near future, I will fork over the money to buy a Wii U. So far, there are only two games that I would play on it as of now. That's why I haven't gotten one, yet.


I also play Dungeons and Dragons. I love D&D. There are quite a few board games that I enjoy, and I will share them with you. I just love gaming.

I am here to answer questions, so please, feel free to ask! Time to go slay some dragons, so it's off to Skyrim for me. Before I go, I have a few surprises up my sleeve, so stay tuned and GET TO GAMING!!!!


Friday, January 16, 2015

The Hobbit-The Game-See What a Female Gamer Thinks of the New Game!

Games that Rock Review:

Lego: The Hobbit
Developed by: Traveller's Tales
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Though the game is on multiple platforms, this review is for the PlayStation 4. 


Photo Courtesy of allgamesbeta.com



Lego seems to dip it's blocky claws into the main stream franchises, and people still play them, including me. I was a bit skeptical about this game, mostly because I haven't read The Hobbit, nor did I pay much attention to the movie the night I watched it, but this game has ignited a spark for me to jump on The Hobbit bandwagon. 
Players begin the game in the underground world of the dwarves. The environment is quite astounding. Lego has mixed real-ish graphics with the blocks that we have grown to love, giving the visual aspect of the game a nice touch. Players will be given a tutorial throughout the levels to help aid the characters through the level. I haven't played the game in single player mode, because Lego games are awesome for their two player buddy system style, and this game does not disappoint. 
There is a large amount of replay value to this game. For those that are familiar with the Lego games, they have kept true to the formula. Yes, players must go through the worlds via FreePlay mode with characters that have certain powers for certain missions. 
Unlike other Lego games that I have played, and I haven't played them all, but to me, the new experience is the mini games that are throughout the game. One has to have quick reflexes in order to obtain higher money rewards while building items. Players collect treasures which aid in forging items that are useful for the levels. Sometimes, the levels are quite frustrating, but well worth the play. 
The Hobbit seems to be more open-world during various parts of the game. For example, in Hobbiton, players can run around collecting money, breaking items, gathering pieces for inventory, or even aid other hobbits in side quests. Once the player is ready to progress to the next section of the actual game, light blue coinage dots lead the way to the next main storyline. 
The cutscenes are rather long because Lego characters actually speak. I sort of miss the grunting and "I don't know" sound effects of previous Lego games. They added a slight comical relief to the game. 
Battle scenes are quite chaotic. There is so much going on in the world around the characters, that it almost becomes a distraction. Players can find themselves in a panic trying to figure out which character they are playing. Sadly, that happened to me. I was more enthralled with the activities going on around me than actually contributing to the fight. The trolls were the highlight of the fight scene. They were adorned with boxers that had hearts on them. I tried to find a picture, but I didn't, so you'll have to play the game to see them for yourself. 
There is plenty to do in The Hobbit, so replay value is high, extremely high. 
Sound effects are amazing, as is the voice acting. 
It's definitely worth playing. 

I give it 8 Rocking Stars out of 10!

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