22/07/2014

Angry Birds Epic - Legendary Weapon

I managed to fill up the Legendary bar from friends using my birds for missions.

I don't bother using the golden coins on roll, saving them for buying a golden cauldron instead.

I'm Level 14 now and in the Winter Wonderland area which has some very tough enemies who can also heal themselves during fights.

Going back to my roll I unlocked a Golden Pistol for Pirate bird to use.

Considering it is a free to play game, I have not yet hit any paywall.



20/07/2014

Destiny - Kestrel Class Spaceship

Spent all of the in-game currency upgrading to a new Kestrel Class spaceship.

Really hope the main game has some spaceship combat modes.

Completed all the story missions yesterday which unlocked a chapter on the moon that you can't play in the beta.

The strike mission is the same as the Alpha but still great fun & I've learnt better tactics on taking down the various boss fights.

Hitting the level cap quite quickly again at eight but you can still carry on playing by upping the difficulty to boost up your character skills. Tried a bit of PvP but I sucked so returned back to Earth to continue searching for the golden chests in the game. Once you have found all five you unlock a new speedster.

The Beta will be offline for maintenance the next two days, hoping when it returns Bungie unlocks a few more story modes.




19/07/2014

Destiny - Warlock


I played the Titan class during the alpha so I went with the Warlock class this time.

Melee looks a lot more cool with a hadouken style fist punch. Unlike the alpha you don't start off with everything unlocked there is more of a story element to the gameplay now with the Ghost awakening you and narrating you through various quests.

Bungie have erased "The Wizard came from the Moon" line which is a shame it just needed more oomph. The Ghost voice has now become more robotic which is better.

I love the appeal of the open landscapes but not so sure I like the re-spawning enemies. I just want to explore the world but there is not much to find except for the odd loot box or offline Ghost. Although the occasional enemy will now drop loot.

The fact you can carry more than two weapons in your inventory is a bit odd when it comes to the gun gameplay which allows you to only switch between the two that are equipped. Wish it would let you equip everything you have so I can switch between assault-shotgun-pistol-sniper.

I've still got one story mission left to enjoy & the fireteam mission. I've also not yet visited the crucible. PvP has never appealed to me I enjoy PvE much more but I'll still give it a go.

18/07/2014

Destiny Beta

Took a while to get the Beta started due to Bungie's silly idea of making the codes active at 6pm. So promptly their website went down whilst gamers tried to get their beta code. Once I got this PSN was on the blip trying to activate the code.

Eventually when the downloaded started all 10.9GB it did not take too long & I got a chance to play the first mission albeit on Abbas's account.

It looks lovely & now has some more story elements, looking forward to spending my available gaming time this weekend playing nothing else but Destiny.

16/07/2014

Zelda Wind Waker - Tower of Gods

I got bored of exploring the map & dropped off the pearls at three locations to raise the Tower of Gods. Zelda Wind Waker is basically lots of dungeon areas laid out over a world map. These dungeons depending on locations will have different enemies & some puzzles. The frustrating aspect of the game comes in the save mechanism that let's you save anywhere in the game but when you load a game you will be at the beginning of the dungeon.

So you need to allow yourself some time so you can complete a dungeon before exiting the game. Tower of Gods is a HUGE dungeon !! which took me quite a few hours to complete. For my efforts I was awarded the Hero's Bow.

Next was a trip underwater to Hyrule to retrieve the Master Sword & then back to the Forsaken Fortress to save my sister & get a Skull Hammer. With so many items & equipment to use I can't help wishing that there was a better inventory change mechanism letting you quick choose whatever you needed.

After upgrading the arrows ability to use ice & fire I visited Fire Mountain to get the Power Bracelets & Ice Ring Isle for some Iron Boots. The Master Sword seems to have lost it's power so I need to visit two temples to restore it's power, this section has you controlling another character on occasions to use their ability. I've completed the earth temple and got the Mirror Shield next is a visit to the wind temple.

Managed to play quite a bit to progress along the main storyline, I have lots of sidequests which I have not yet done but will focus on the wind temple first next time & then take a look at the sidequests before I go searching for the Triforce shards.

With the Destiny Beta due this week & the next episode of Walking Dead Season 2 it may be a while before I am back playing Zelda Wind Waker.

08/07/2014

Zelda Wind Waker - Pearls

Played quite a bit since my last post complaining about the ship telling me which way to go. I've now collected the grappling hook, deku leaf which allows me to glide & boomerang which is great for locking onto multiple targets.

I've collected all the pearls & have completed the second pirate ship challenge to unlock bombs.

I've now supposed to take the pearls to three locations on the map but I'm taking time out to explore other areas of the maps & discover the great fairies to receive upgrades.

Having not played a Zelda game since Link to the Past I am finding Wind Waker to be an enjoyable experience. My youngest son has managed to complete the game over the weekend, he enjoys using thee WiiU gamepad to play the game. "It's a giant DS machine, Dad"

07/07/2014

Walking Dead Season 2 - Platform Swap

I played the first series on the Xbox 360 but thanks to a recent Playstation store sale I purchased season 2 on the PS3. I did think about my season 1 save on the 360 but what the hell at less than a fiver I could not complain. The first three episodes have already been released so I downloaded these to enjoy over a few evenings last week.

The story continues with Clementine now a little bit older & stronger. I won't spoil the story but just to say that the first episode quickly introduces you to a new group of characters that will accompany Clementine through the challenges the zombie apocalypse throw at her. It is the same great story-telling that Telltale are now becoming masters of producing.

Episode 4 is due for release during July.

27/06/2014

Angry Birds Epic - Turn Based RPG

The Angry Birds brand has been applied to the turn based RPG formula & produced not a bad result.

You have your usual level up stats, weapon & armour upgrades, crafting & various characters.

So far I have not come across any paywall, there are in-app purchases for the materials & gold you need but you can get these from just playing the game.
I've not played an iOS game for a long while (apart from Carcassonne & Lost Cities) but have been playing ten odd minutes per day on this for the past week.

Link it up to facebook to get your friends to help you on your adventure & complete the daily challenge for rewards. There is also a large world map to explore with various boss fights & wave battles.

Rovio are ticking off all the franchise boxes, whats next FPS? Call of Angry Birds

Lost Cities - 100 Games

Not much gaming at all the past couple of weeks with the World Cup to enjoy. I think I have managed about an hour of Zelda Wind Waker but I do still get time for iOS gaming.

Playing the 100th game of Lost Cities against Luffers, I've got a 12 game lead.




17/06/2014

Destiny - Alpha

Over the weekend I managed to play quite a bit of Destiny & hit the level cap for the Alpha test.

On Earth you have three types of modes Story, Explore & Strike.

The story mission is quite short but gives you a bit of a background into what your role is in the game.

The Strike mission is very tough even with my level eight Titan & two other online players there were quite a few tough bosses to overcome. I died quite a few times on this but thankfully the co-op players were able to revive me.

The Explore mode is my favourite because it lets you explore the gorgeous terrain whilst completing simple missions and taking part in public events. I spent hours just exploring the many caves & underground passages. Occasionally you would come up against some very tough level 10+ enemies that you just could not harm. I found an opening in the dam wall which took me to an outside area littered with rusted vehicles.

Visually it looks amazing, I have some screenshots I took below & more on my PS4 which I will upload later.




Can't wait till July 17th for the Beta. I think I may have to take a couple of days off work to enjoy.




11/06/2014

Blog - Tidy Up

I've been having a bit of a tidy up on my blog & have decided to remove all the movies/tv posts, tried it for a while but I think I prefer to leave this blog to gaming only. Also removed some odd posts about videos & splurge.

I then started reading my posts about Owen & got all sad thinking about him. I'm posting about E3 etc and getting all excited about the new games coming soon, none of that is fucking important, it is all so trivial when I think that Owen is not with us anymore.

E3 2014 - Summary

A lot of the games shown are not due for release until 2015 & some may slip even further into 2016/17.

A list of games that I can't wait to play

No Mans Sky - This just looks amazing, get in a spacecraft & fly off anywhere & explore planets

Batman Arkham Knight - Shame it got delayed would have really loved to break the yearly Assassin Creed xmas game trend.

Far Cry 4 - Loved the gameplay shown at the Sony conference, I've not played a Far Cry game since the first.

Zelda Wii U - A long way off but if it is truly open world with Wind Waker style graphics, I can't wait.

AbZu - From the artist & music director of Journey, should be a nice experience, not sure on release date?

Destiny - I've still got my pre-order & have registered my BETA access code for July.

Grim Fandango - I've never played it so glad it is getting remade.

Uncharted 4 - It's Naughty Dog & I have warmed to them since the Last of Us.

The Division - Still looking amazing, hopefully will not get delayed till 2016.

Assassin Creed Unity - Due out this year !! with co-op gameplay, need to persuade the claptrap boys to buy a PS4.

Microsoft & Sony had good press conferences showing off lots of games. Nintendo's press conference could have been better showing off more games, EA was a dull affair but that's because I hate the yearly sports titles & everything else was just way too early to be shown. Ubisoft had a good line up of games which are due out this year The Crew, Far Cry 4 & Assassin Creed Unity but no news on Assassin Creed Comet for the 360/PS3.

The 2014 Shopping list then

September
Destiny - still on for a release day purchase, depending on how the BETA plays.

October
Borderlands Pre-Sequel - I expect this to be a day one purchase for the claptrap boys.

December
Assassin Creed Unity - Will purchase to play over the xmas holidays.

I may pick up a few others this year like Far Cry 4 & Watch_Dogs but that all depends on time. I'm sure there were other games shown over the past couple of days that deserve to be mentioned but information overload !!





10/06/2014

Zelda Wind Waker - Open Seas

Managed a couple of hours over the weekend, really wish I could sail anywhere on the map but instead the stupid boat keeps directing me towards the main quest.

Also have a stupid 500 limit on the amount of rupees I can carry, found this out when I got a treasure chest & missed out on 200 rupees :(

Thanks to RLLMUK found out that to get info on an item you just press A on the item. Also Wii U digital games have a manual by pressing home you can access the manual icon on the gamepad.

Will be busy with E3 & World Cup football for a while now so gaming will take backstep.

08/06/2014

Mario Kart 8 - I'm a Wario, I'm gonna WIN !!

Spending a lot of time enjoying Mario Kart 8 on local multiplayer with the kids. Need to get the hang of drifting but I can on a regular basis now win a race with Wario.