Terraria

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Terraria is a action-packed adventure game developed by Re-Logic.

Dubbed “Minecraft 2D” by some, I’m here to set the record straight. This game isn’t Minecraft, nor is it a copy of Minecraft. It does however feature many similarities to the hugely popular game and is quite obviously inspired heavily by it.

Terraria is a game that balances action and exploration. Your character stats are all based on equipment and to get better equipment you must explore. Both aspects work in symmetry to one another so you are constantly doing one or the other and for the most part knowing what to do next.

You will come across many types of equipment, some more helpful than others but all of them fun to use.

During your expeditions you will encounter many of the different enemies from bouncing blobs to teleporting fire imps that throw fiery balls of death at you. Each enemy spawns in a certain biome of your randomly generated maps and are a good indication to the player of what tier they should be when they reach those areas. Every biome has a unique look and feel and there are a lot of areas to explore from floating islands to hell itself.

If only Mario was here.

Like Minecraft, Terraria also has multiplayer. You and up to seven other friends can climb into one world and join forces or if you like you can join opposing forces and wage epic war against one another. Multiplayer is exciting  and it’s fun trying to get everyone to level up their gear together while fighting the many hordes you come across, and collecting the fat loot they drop. The extra DPS and meat shields are also helpful with boss monsters.

Boss monsters are tough foes that are may randomly spawn or be summoned. These monsters are huge, not just  physically, but their health bars are just as large as the creatures themselves, metaphorically speaking. Bosses are tough and require good gear or a bunch of friends to take on. Once defeated they drop  lots of useful loot such as trinkets and raw materials  that can be used to make better arms and armour

Terraria is a must buy in my books. If you like Minecraft you will most likely like Terraria, even though  it is more action orientated. Also those who found the exploration in Minecraft somewhat dull or unexciting will probably adore the action elements Terraria has on offer.



Pros

Future content for FREE!

Lots of content to sink your teeth into.

Plenty of new things to discover.

A wide variety of weapons and armour.

Useful items to find. All of which are fun to use.



Cons

No server browser.

Can be a pain setting up multiplayer games.

Endless mobs attacking you gets annoying at times.



Key features:

  • Sandbox Play
  • Randomly generated worlds
  • Free Content Updates

For more information on Terraria go to  http://www.terraria.org/

Mount and Blade: With Fire and Sword

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Mount and Blade: With Fire and Sword is an action RPG developed by TaleWorlds and published by Paradox Interactive.

Welcome back to the world of Mount and Blade. What’s this? Everything has changed? Yes, yes it has. Welcome to the age of Steel and Gunpowder. Gone are the clashes of men like water amongst rock, replaced by the whizzing of bullets past lines of musketeers. Mount and Blade has changed, but for the better?

Unlike the other Mount and Blade games in the series, this one has a much different feel, not only because of the different time period but also because the gameplay shifts it’s focus to more ranged combat and less melee combat. This is all fine and good, apart from the fact that the main selling point of the Mount and Blade series was it’s fantastic melee combat. While the ranged fighting with the newly implemented guns (Which only seem to hit a target if you’re lucky or have an expensive gun) is fun, the melee fighting is sadly neglected. The inclusion of  only a small handful of different melee weapons to wield compared to the other games in the series causes it to suffer even more so.

What the game lacks in melee weapons, it makes up for with the wide range of firearms. From a large variety of rifles that you need to stand still to reload (Like crossbows in the previous games), to many different pistols that can be reloaded on the run but have a shorter range and are less accurate. Every gun acts like it should for that period, (You won’t be sniping people in multiplayer that’s for sure) and as the reload time is significant,  holding a backup weapon is a must.

Epic Death Pose!

Multiplayer is still the same as always. That is, it’s heaps of fun. Unfortunately not many Aussie servers are  up at the moment (Here’s hoping Internode will get their act together) and many maps were buggy, so hopefully this will change. Gameplay is the same as in Warband: Choose a faction, a class your weapon load out then off to battle. Fire and Sword has all the old modes plus an extra mode and a few new maps. The new mode, Captain Team Deathmatch, was lacking content and is basically the same as having AI in any other game mode. The new maps on the other hand were interesting, while not completely balanced there was much fun to be had. Gun battles between two players or teams can be a lot of fun and a wide verity of tactics are available. This also leads to teams camping areas in some maps which should soon be fixed with patches.

Mount and Blade: With Fire and Sword stirs things up. While not necessarily bad (especially if you like ranged combat), it does neglect the series  strongest points (Melee in particular). So is it worth your time? I say yes. It’s worth a try at least. If you yearned for more ranged combat you will be right at home, but if you wanted more melee weapons you might be disappointed.



Pros

Multiplayer and Single player are still are joy to play.

Guns are fun.

Melee is still great.

Wide variety of guns.

An interesting change.



Cons

Less melee weapons.

Lots of multiplayer map bugs.

Maps can be unbalanced in multiplayer.

Some Overpowered factions in multiplayer.

Where’s my VOIP support!

No throwing axes.

No duel wielding pistols 😦



Features.

  • A storyline based on the cult novel, “With Fire and Sword”, from Nobel-prize winning author Henry Sienkiewicz.
  • A new century of warfare that brings pistols, muskets, grenades, and other advanced weaponry to the battlefield.
  • Fully customizable armies; players can outfit their soldiers with each piece of weaponry & armor.
  • Additional quest types. More political intrigue with colorful factions. More adventure in a new land.
  • Multiple endings to increase re-playability.
  • Deeply researched historical component encompassing every aspect of the game’s assets.
  • Ferocious new multiplayer action, bringing players the thrill of pitting old technology against the looming threat of firearms.
  • 3 Main Story-driven quest-lines for the player to delve into once they’ve become known in a particular faction.
  • Additional quest types.
  • Implementation of firearms, adds a whole new layer of strategic depth to the franchise’s proven combat model.
  • New Siege options to choose before besieging a town or castle.
  • New multiplayer Maps and new multiplayer mode, “Captain Team Deathmatch”

 

Fore more information about Mount and Blade: With Fire and Sword go to http://www.taleworlds.com/

Cave Story

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Cave Story is a freeware platformer game developed by Diasuke Amaya.

Having been released in 2004, I have heard many things about Cave Story over the last few years and all of them are good. Now it’s finally my turn to contribute.. So what do I think? Read on to find out.

Cave Story begins with a silent protagonist who awakes in a dark, damp and dimly lit cave. You don’t know who you are or how you got there, but during your adventures you will slowly but surely find out more about this strange and wacky world you’ve come upon and your unknown past. Without giving too much away, you will be introduced to the friendly village of the Mimigas, from there you will get a basic understanding of the heroes and villains of this world. From beginning to end the story and gameplay will compel you to play more.

I wanna be a bird too!

Gameplay isn’t just like every other platformer. You get guns, lots of guns. There is a wide variety of weapons that each have their own unique properties and can be upgraded by collecting loot from fallen foes. You’ll feel spoilt with the amount of variety on offer. While blasting your way through the unfriendly caves you will come across chests that can increase your health. These will sometimes require tricky platforming skills to get, but the reward of more health is worth it, especially for the boss fights. Yes, there are boss fight. These can range from extremely easy to frustratingly hard. Exploiting the bosses attack patterns, using your weapons and the terrain to your advantage will be the key to victory. With tight controls the gameplay is a solid and smooth experience.

If you want the game in 3D,it’s soon coming to the 3DS for a price.

Cave Story is a wonderful game and I highly recommend it (especially since it’s free for PC). With interesting characters, weapons and story it’s a wonderful game to play. Go check out the link under this review and download it. It’s a must play.



Pros
Lots of guns.
Interesting characters.
Nice sound cues.
Many different areas to explore.
Tight controls.
Free!



Cons
Graphics aren’t all that appealing.

For more information about Cave Story go to http://www.cavestory.org/