It’s been a while since I’ve played point and click adventure games; they were a childhood staple for me. Most kids had either a Gameboy or a console, both if they were lucky, for me it was adventure and educational computer games. I grew up in a strict household where if we were having fun we better be doing something that wasn’t making our brain rot so that’s how I ended up playing lots of point and click games. From what I remember most of those games probably wouldn’t be much fun for me today, but those mystery and puzzle games had always been fun to figure out. Apart from Nancy Drew I hadn’t really ventured in the point and click adventure game genre since but Broken Sword 2 has refreshed my curiosity.
Definitely not for kids it’s the second game in the Broken Sword series which revolve around the adventures of George Stobbart and Nico Collard. The remastered game is available in both PC and mobile devices in download format. In this installment Nico goes with George to investigate a carved Mayan stone she came across while investigating a drug ring. When she goes to a professor’s house to get more info George is knocked out and she is immediately abducted. The game has you step in the shoes of both Nico and George to unravel a strange conspiracy that puts their lives in danger and might have the fate of the world rest in its balance.
The controls are easy to figure out in both mobile and computer with options to look, talk, pick up, and interact depending on the nature of the thing you’re clicking on. With simple controls you’re free to examine and figure your way through the game. One of the things that has always been frustrating for me was the common stuck feeling I always got when playing through these types of games, but Broken Sword 2 has hints to help you through the game when you need a nudge. My favorite thing about the hint feature is the games give you escalating hints that go from slight nudges to detailed instructions on what to do the more hints you ask for, which allows you to still get the satisfaction of figuring things out and not have to consult walkthroughs if you hit a brick wall.
This game is hard enough to not be a one sitting game, requiring me to stop playing halfway through so I don’t finish by the time the sun rises again. According to Steam I played for 8 hours, your experience may vary.
Perhaps what made my game drag out so much was the witty dialogue and excellent voice acting, which had me pick every talking option with the other characters. If you’re like me in that aspect you’ll enjoy some of the jokes throughout the game, one of my favorite involves a tequila worm I picked up, and you have the option of showing it to most characters you encounter in the game with Stobbart himself seeming to notice his strange attraction to the worm as the game progresses. Everything else is top notch too. This game came out in the 90’s so there’s only so much you can remaster until it loses its old fashioned charm, and to me it seems tweaked enough to still feel like a game from the era but enough retouching to make the game look like a really good version of its old self. The cut scenes are some of the most gratifying things you get out of the game and push you to see how the story ends. The new game even comes with a prequel comic, a great bonus for such a satisfying game.
So what I’m saying is you should definitely check out the remastered version of Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, it’s a great game. If you want to watch the trailer be mindful that it might contain some spoilers.
PAX East 2014 was my fourth PAX but my first time going as Media. As always, PAX East was a great experience! Every year PAX East is held in Boston, so I enjoy being able to see another part of the East Coast while checking out all the video games.
This year I got to see many different video games, the most notable of which included This War of Mine from 11 Bit Studios, Sniper Elite 3 and Defense Grid 2 from 505 Games and Hidden Path Entertainment, and Framed from Loveshack Entertainment. All of these games were very different from one another but brought a lot to the table to create an enjoyable experience. This War of Mine allows you to gain insight into the struggle of a war torn country from a very individual level of trying to survive day to day. Sniper Elite 3 brought a new and fun entry into shooters with absolutely amazing and awe-worthy graphics. Defense Grid 2 was an amazingly fun tower defense game that doesn’t fail to keep you on your toes. Framed was a very unique entry with a puzzle style journey through a mystery. I plan to get all of these games the minute they’re available and I highly recommend each and every one of them.
Of course, there was far more to see during PAX East as the expanse of the show floor and panels is ginormous! 2014 was definitely the year of the indie games for PAX East. The presence of AAA games seemed to be a bit light and I was quite worried when I saw the schedule, but PAX East did not disappoint.
An organization I would definitely like to highlight is Operation Supply Drop. As an Army brat (my parents served in the Army for a long time) and having a lot of friends in the military, it definitely makes me happy to see an organization that makes it their mission to help out the troops. Operation Supply Drop does just that and more. I met with Captain Stephen Machuga of the US Army and Charity Founder. Captain Machuga, as well as everyone at OSD’s booth exhuded passion and enthusiasm about their mission to bring “video games to soldiers in combat zones and military hospitals.” Being in a combat zone, in military hospitals, and other areas where soldiers serve can be extremely stressful so OSD does their best to make “fun where there is none!” There was never a dull moment at the booth while there or passing and I’ve seen so much enthusiasm from the gaming community to help their cause. It’ll be very interesting to see how OSD expands and grows further to be such a great presence for our troops. For more information about their cause and how to help out, check out their website at www.OperationSupplyDrop.org, their Twitter @OpSupplyDrop, and their Facebook page at Facebook.com/OperationSupplyDrop.
I also got to check out numerous booths on the show floor which is always exciting. GUNNAR Optiks never disappoints with their selection of gaming eyewear. I even snagged myself a pair from their Intercept line in Ink (purple). I always get a pair of GUNNARs every time I go to PAX East and absolutely love them. Whether I’m gaming or staring at a computer screen, GUNNARs help reduce the strain in my eyes. I’ve also found that their line of sunglasses are absolutely wonderful and are far better than all of the other sunglasses that I own.
As always, PAX East was a great experience and I highly recommend going if you ever get the chance. It’s worth the fun and craziness and the video game culture galore! Everyone is excited and happy to be there with so many things to do with such a short amount of time!
Although I may not attend next year, you may be able to catch me at PAX South and PAX Prime next year. I, also, plan to be at Otakon this summer and Baltimore Comic Con this fall.
Did you go? What did you think of PAX East? Is there anything from my experience at PAX East that you’d like to hear more about? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @LadyLoveMonster!
I was so amazed by what I walked into the main show floor at PAX East I witnessed all developers, hardware manufacturers have their very own nook carved out of the Boston convention center. Before I walked down the long steps and I snapped the 1st picture of my face in utter amazement. I first walked into the Boston Convention Center and stood in line to receive my first media badge. I proceeded to walk towards the big glass doors spotted with a few security guards and some structures promoting PAX. As I walked through the door I had an Idea of what was to be in store for me but, what took me by surprise the most was the amazement that stemmed from the actuality that I have finally made it! I have made it to one milestone of mine to go to one of the big shows in the gaming world PAX East!
I descended the staircase I first noticed Bethesda Softworks booth showcasing large walls of Wolfenstein & The Evil Within images the large titan tron screen had no image up yet, later they were to display two titles ESO (Elder Scrolls Online) and Wolfenstein.The two titles displayed are good as some of you know already of ESO but, the beginning sequence to Wolfenstein was awesome a far cry from the original game of course in the graphics department but, more importantly story. Later, I wandered around snapping selfies of me in from of Turtle Beaches mammoth sized headphones and snapshots Xbox One’s large setup. In Microsoft’s booth they were setting up Kinect Rivals Sports definitely a game I would love to play on the show floor tomorrow. I also snapped a picture of a barely set up of Project Spark another title I must play coming from the wonders over there at Rare Games. As I moseyed around the corner from there I saw roughly 15 monitors half in which had Xbox One’s hooked up, I’m sure the rest will plug into the flat screen tvs. I wandered around avoiding heavy machinery and guys and gals pushing carts around with serious merch and building supplies and I got side swiped by that hinted at behemoth two legged dinosaur monster from the game Evolve and this statue is surely fine crafted and gargantuan!
There was several sections setup for pc play for titles from developers like NC Soft & Carbine Studios WildStar and games like Infinite crisis which has a large section carved out with custom comfy gamer PC chairs on stage and off… sounds like some great things will happen in that side of the convention center. I have heard some rumbling about Infinite crisis but, when I saw a little bit of the cast which is DC universe characters, if you didn’t know made me flip my wig (just a tad). When I took a deeper look on the outskirts of the show floor where all the large displayed casted its shiny shadows I saw random geekery merchandise from creators like Fangamer whom makes all types of stuff showing reverence to our video game favorites like Animal Crossing New Leaf socks and Legend Of Zelda shirts and the flying P from Super Mario Bros 3. There is plenty from these wonderful folks and hopefully I can catch the ear of one of their booth reps to ask them a few questions for realotakugamer.com. I also saw small booths displaying mobile games, This weekend I will try to over the small indie mobile games that are glue that binds this convention. I saw merchandiser booths for retro games and even retro systems to go along with those classic gems. Oh yeah, The Crew had a grand display too giving us the feel of working in the garage set of fast and the furious RIP Paul Walker.
Come to find out after I recharged my body phone and wrote part of this article on the 1st floor when I went back inside to check out some more booths for around 20 minutes an “Enforcer” people whom are hired to secure the floors for random things that shouldn’t be happening, spotted me and noticed I had a Media Pass. The nice fellow asked if i had any “other passes like a vendor badge”, I honestly said “no” and he politely asked me to leave. He walked me to the front counter, the information counter and explained to them that the security at the door was not checking badges properly. I was elated that i was able to experience the behind the scenes of PAX East while also giving you, our readers the inside scoop on my Twitter account.
Boy oh boy I have plenty to say about my 1st PAX East but, to the thing is it hasn’t even started yet! This is only the beginning and oh how sweet it is even at the crunch time for the shows main opening. Stay tuned for future reporting from myself Sean “NoirZilla Gamer” Jacobs and Tiffany Marshall on whats going down on the show floor at PAX East 2014 from RealOtakuGamer.com
Starting March 26, Walmart will be accepting trade-ins for used games in over 3,100 store locations. The new trade program works much like GameStop’s – a customer brings in their pre-owned games and accessories and the cashier checks them for damage. The customer is given a trade-in value that they can choose to accept. Trade-in credit will be given in store credit only that can be used at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.
Later in the year, once Walmart’s stock of pre-owned games grows, they plan to roll out used games to sell in stores. Unlike GameStop, all pre-owned merchandise will be refurbished before hitting the shelves. Also, unlike GameStop, Walmart is providing a game value calculator online so you can have an estimate on what your games are worth before you go to the store.
Walmart customers can already trade in tablets and smart phones towards new products. Online, you can trade in a larger variety of electronics.
Could Walmart give GameStop a run for their money? The vast majority of GameStop’s profit comes from buying used games off customers at a low price and selling them for over twice their trade-in value. When you trade your games in at GameStop, you’re really limited on what you can spend your store credit on. At Walmart, you could trade games towards groceries or even a new TV.
Would you trade in your games at Walmart? What would you get with your store credit?
Are you as excited as I am? We are TWO days away from launch! Final Fantasy X is my favorite of the Final Fantasy franchise, with VII and IX after that! So, don’t chew my head off for not picking 7 as my favorite.
Since this was my favorite installation, I decided to make sure I’d get the Collector’s Edition! At $80, it seems very well worth it, especially if you’re an avid fan and love the soundtrack (amongst many other wonderful things in this set)! Here is the unboxing courtesy of Square Enix North America (NA):
Pretty darn cool right? Exactly! It’s such an amazing deal too!
Now, here’s the NA Launch Trailer!:
Final Fantasy X was a game I enjoyed as a kid and spent endless hours playing and replaying. I hold it very near and dear to my heart so you can only imagine the beginnings of my excitement for this HD Remaster.
What are your thoughts so far with this HD Remaster of X and X-2? Would you like to see this treatment for another game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.
Rumors are fickle but, when they persist along with cohesive information leading it towards actual reality, they have a weird habit of becoming true. That being said images of Amazon’s wireless controller have been leaked to the interwebs by Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny! The rumors started to take form waaaaay back in April of last year by Bloomberg Businessweek Technology & Wall Street Journal when these two sites released information on Amazon’s future jump into streaming set-top boxes but, it all got more interesting when these images were released…
These controllers are battery operated like its Step-Brother, the Ouya, while also, being infused with Bluetooth technology. One thing is for sure- I am elated with all these new-fangled console platforms coming to our palms in the future along with availability today. These images show plenty of buttons; you have your standard array of input controls. We also see some Android buttons too located in the center with the Back, Home & Menu buttons then down below with Rewind, Play/Pause & Fast Forward buttons. I like mobile gaming but, I believe Amazon is thinking more broadly with this one, when combined with past news of the online retail behemoth searching for AAA experienced developers over to them actually acquiring Double Helix the team behind multi-platform releases of Strider along with Xbox One’s Killer Instinct these bad boys are serious!
Meet Mr. Grim (Death) in a desperate attempt to gain friends in his lonely mundane life, he seized an golden opportunity to obtain some friends by utilizing his industrious spirit and capitalize on the zombie outbreak that is ravaging the land. Welcome to Deadlings Inc. Grim acquires a factory to manage and maintain these brain eating hordes of the undead. One by one Mr. G creates zombie types to help mankind all in an attempt to make these zombie legions into productive workers citizens and to add some new friends into his barren “Facetome” page online.
Your mission is to use your undead team of Mr. Grim’s worker buddies to navigate through small yet technical stages filled with floor switches, saw blades, wall trampolines, lasers, locked doors, spiked pits and beyond. In some stages you will use one zombie and others you will switch between multiple zombies each using their select skillsets to help you triumph the levels thrown at you. There are situations where you will also use multiple zombies at once on stage; it is up to you to make sure you do whats possible to get to the exit door. If you mistakenly sacrifice one of your deadmen you have a opportunity to re-animate them and try once more though, you only have a limited amount of attempts to try this option. Deadlings has a rating system in place you will get rated on each stage by the collection of delectable brains you acquire each stage has its own amount of required to obtain a perfect rating. If you are planning to play the Android version like myself and are a trophy lover, Google Play has its own achievement system available of course provided by the lovely folks over at Artifax Mundi/ Nimbi development teams. This does drive the user to beat each stage to its fullest along with trying their best to speed run this bad boy! After the 1st chapter you will unlock the “Nightmare Mode” which will make you journey through Deadlings levels exponentially more difficult and bring out your competitive nature, if you dare.
Deadling Inc. Roster;
Bonesack (Runner)- Running & Jumping is this zombies forte’ & its up to your quick screen taps to make sure he avoids all the obstacles in his way.
Stencher (Floater)- Controlled by his own backside gasses this bloated putrid zombie drifts through the air utilizing your very own skills to help it maneuver through the a gauntlet of aerial saw blades & wall spikes.
Creep (Sticker To Surfaces)- A slimey legless zombie built for the jumping & sticking to the many surface of the levels be careful where you leap because not all surfaces are meant for your landing.
Lazy brain (Remote Controlled Undead)- Controlled by your direct control while the other types are lead by short to medium screen presses this buddy starts and stops by your command.
Deadlings is jam packed with over 100 puzzles to run, float, creep & slip through though, at the time of my review there were only 60 stages available for me to conquer. Each of the 4 chapters originally available consists of 15 levels each. The 1st chapter is comprised of “test” puzzles during the progress of this chapter you will be introduced to 3 of the 4 zombie types. 1st you will use the “Runner” then the “Creep” next will be the “Stincher” as you get accustomed to each zombie type you will encounter several different scenarios set up to challenge your hand eye coordination skills. When the 2nd chapter is introduced an additional zombie will be added to your roster the “Lazy brain” after this Deadlings will increasingly get more difficult applying the scenarios thrown at you during the initial chapter you will have a blast.
Deadlings will challenge you with a plethora of challenging level designs while being filled with fun cutscenes & silly zombies like in the title Plants vs. Zombies. You will not be frightened by these zombies (no way!), but Mr. Grim might turn up the heat just for a few chuckles in the end. You will be drawn to Deadlings’ whimsical nature including what was mentioned previously. This game is available on iOS, Windows Store & Amazon Store ($1.99) and Android (Free) platforms. Under the hood, there are also some items for you to purchase to extend your playthroughs. Though with a simple timer, you will unlock more playing time after you expire your allotted turns.
* While I played this fun title on my Samsung Galaxy SIII, I suggest a much larger screen like the Galaxy Note/Mega or any sized tablet especially if you have hot dog fingers like myself though, this game is definitely playable on my device.
On May 17th and 18th from 9am to 9am, Naughty Dog, Wargaming America, Rooster Teeth, and ASTRO Gaming are teaming up for a great cause! The charity they’ll be helping out is Operation Supply Drop.
Operation Supply Drop’s mission is:
“Operation Supply Drop (OSD) is a military gaming 501(c)(3) charity designed to build video game filled care packages for soldiers (America and Her Allies) both deployed forward to combat zones as well as those recovering in military hospitals.”
This event will be used to raise funds for video game care packages for soldiers in Afghanistan and recovery centers across the United States. It will be a 24-hour non-stop gaming marathon which OSD dubs as an 8-Bit Salute.
It’s always great to see companies and people coming together for such a great cause.
Operation Supply Drop was created by Captain Stephen Machuga in 2010 and has since raised approximately $700,000 and served 2,500 soldiers.
Here is a video to show what OSD is all about:
To register or donate to this cause or just simply want to find out more about OSD, go here.