Monster Hunter Love

Post by Patrick

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I love Monster Hunter. Some people hate it. I don’t blame them, I used to dislike it too. The general concept behind Monster Hunter is straight forward and if there were ever a name of a game that described itself, it’s this one. Monster Hunter is a game where the main goal is to hunt large exotic monsters. Every quest is a boss fight.

In Monster Hunter you can hunt on your own or you can choose to play online with three other hunters. This is where the game shines. Being successful hinges on teamwork like most other squad based online games. Preparation before the hunt is key. You have to buy the right supplies or if you have the resources, craft them yourself. When you go on the hunt you have 60 minutes to complete it, which is usually more time than you need. With that extra time you can explore the world, scavenge for herbs and minerals that you need for crafting.

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The combat in Monster Hunter is realistic, in the sense that you won’t be successful in your hunts if you plan on button smashing. You can’t just attack, you need to be defensive, dodge and to move around so you avoid getting hit. The game features 12 different weapon types that range from your typical longsword to a bow. You also have less orthodox weapons like an axe that switches into a sword, or a lance that’s also a gun. If you choose to fight with a great sword, don’t expect to be able to attack quickly. Your attacks will be slow and you’ll have to be meticulous.

The game becomes a routine, which some might think is a bad thing, but I find it relaxing. Besides hunting you are put in charge of a small farm and a fishing fleet. You can craft new items, weapons or armor. To craft new weapons or armor you have to hunt down or capture monsters which can become repetitive, especially if you need five of a certain item. If you don’t feel like hunting you can explore the different parts of the world you’ve unlocked.

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The monsters you fight are vicious, unforgiving, varied and come in different sizes. Each monster has their own personality and characteristics, each is inspired by a real life animal. Some monsters put up great fights, while others are just annoying to deal with. Each monster acts and reacts differently. The first few times you fight a particular monster chances are you’ll get hit a lot. Eventually you start to learn how a monster acts, you start to see a pattern and you’ll start to instinctively dodge attacks.

Since its release in March of last year Monster Hunter on the Wii U and 3DS is one of the few games I still play consistently. I take breaks that can last up to a month but I always end up coming back to it. If you’re interested a demo is available to download, but expect it to be a little challenging since the demo does little to explain the game or combat mechanics. You’ll probably find the combat slow and frustrating. I don’t think the demo is particularly good as it doesn’t represent the game that well, but at least it’s available. And lastly, you can also find a lot of great videos of gamers fighting monsters on Youtube. Lastly, the online Monster Hunter community is one of the nicest, diverse and welcoming. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate comes out early next year – And the game can’t come soon enough.


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Video Game Statistics: Sales, Demographics, Usage

Post by Patrick

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I’ve been reading a document I found online that breaks down various variables in regards to the gaming industry in the United States put together by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The information presented within the document is based on information the ESA have collected for the United States. It gives us a pretty clear idea of just how dominate the gaming industry has become in regards to the movie and music industries. What it also shows is that mobile gaming is a booming business.

Some of the more interesting statistics I found:

  • 59% of Americans play video games
  • There’s an average of two gamers in each game-playing household
  • That the average US home owns at least one dedicated gaming console, PC or smartphone
  • 68% of gamers play on consoles, while 53% play on smartphones
  • The average age of gamers is 31
  • 52% of gamers are male, while 48% are female
  • When it comes to who is buying video games, it’s a 50-50 split between male and female gamers
  • Casual and social gaming on mobile devices increased a whopping 55% between 2012 and 2013
  • You can find more interesting statistics by downloading the ESA report.


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    Other Places: A Series Celebrating Beautiful Video Game Worlds

    Post by Patrick

    I came across Other Places through Twitter. It’s a website that publishes videos of beautiful environments found in games. I think it’s about time someone does this, we need someone to keep track and archive these worlds. They have a list of games they’ve already covered and even though it’s not a huge list (they’re still adding to it), it’s a great one. So be sure to check it out.

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    Sensible World of Soccer 96/97

    Post by Mark

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    I’m at the airport right now and not really sure what reminded me of the classic football game Sensible World of Soccer. So I just googled to see if by any chance someone out there had converted the game for OSX and turns out a publisher called GOG has not only converted Sensible Soccer to work on the Mac but a ton of other classics like Leisure Suit Larry, Magic Carpet, Ultima, Wing Commander and more. Check them all out [Here]


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    What I’ve Been Playing: Valiant Hearts and Tomb Raider

    Post by Patrick

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    Valiant Hearts: The Great War

    Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a game that was released late June by Ubisoft and it’s their third game that uses their in-house created game engine UbiArt Framework. The narrative revolves around a handful of characters that are connected in one way or another during the events of World War I. The gameplay reminds me of old-school point and click games. You start a level controlling one of the characters and you have to solve puzzles using items you find scattered in the environments. The art direction and music are incredibly well done, nothing seems out of place and the theme song is hauntingly beautiful. The atmosphere in the game is captivating. Every character has a diary that they write in and these entries gives you more insight into what they’re thinking. Every level also has collectibles, every collectible tells a story. Every level is also based on a real place and event that happened during World War I. Reading all this information is optional and Ubisoft did a good job by not flooding us with a wall of text and kept it at a decent length, enough to teach us something. Another interesting aspect of the game is that it doesn’t tell us the Germans are evil and the Allies are good. You’ll see both sides doing good and also terrible things.

    Unlike Ubisofts previous game Child of Light, I can easily recommend this game to anyone.

    Score:

    1

    Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

    I missed out on Tomb Raider on the PS3 and Xbox 360 so I was glad when I heard that the Definitive Edition was announced. Tomb Raider is a reboot of the franchise that was started way back in 1996. The game stars a 21-year old Lara Croft who gets stranded on a mysterious island within the Dragon’s Triangle off the coast of Japan. The game features a pretty big semi-open world that you can explore as you please. I say “semi” because some locations get blocked off after certain points and the only way to get back to them is through quick traveling. Some aspects of exploration reminds me of Metroidvania style games. You will find some areas are unreachable until you find an item that gives you access to the area. I really like the level of freedom the game developers give us. You’re not forced to play story missions. You’ll find side quests and hidden tombs (that have treasure) to explore.

    The narrative of the game is a focal point and the story is interesting but some aspects of it don’t add up. For instance Lara Croft has never killed before this game takes place and the game developers made a huge deal about Lara’s “first kill”. The moment is intense but after you get through it, Lara turns into a killing machine. She’s able to take down trained soldiers with ease. I know this was probably done for the sake of the “game”, but I feel that if the developers wanted to make such a big deal out of one moment, they could have at least taken it a step further and eased Lara into killing more enemies instead of turning her into Rambo right after the first kill. With that said, I like that there are various ways to go about fighting enemies. You’re not forced to do it one way; you can use elements in the environment to kill, you can use stealth, guns or a bow and arrow. Each has their advantages and disadvantages.

    The game also features some light role-playing elements. As you progress through the game, completing challenges that involve hunting, exploring or killing enemies you gain experience points that you can use to upgrade specific skills or abilities. You can also upgrade and customize your weapons by using material that you find throughout the game.

    Overall so far this is a pretty enjoyable game and I’m curious to see where the story goes.

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    Best Deal on Xbox One Controller

    Post by Mark

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    I picked up an Xbox One last week and since it only came with one controller I needed to pick up another. After doing a bit of research turns out Blink was selling the official controller for the best deal and by far. Check out the price comparison below:

    Blink: KD14.9
    Digumz: KD20.9
    Digumz Store: KD22
    GamesQ8: KD18
    Mr Babu: KD21
    Xcite: KD22.5


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    Buyers Guide: Wii U

    Post by Patrick

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    Since the end of E3 Nintendo has been riding a wave of positivity. The 3DS has continuously been selling well, Mario Kart 8 has been moving consoles and Nintendo is now sponsoring EVO. The future looks bright with Super Smash Bros, Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 1 & 2, Devils Third coming out around the corner with new games like the Legend of Zelda, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Splatoon (among a bunch of others) announced at E3. The Playstation 4 and Xbox One have been selling well but with the exception of Destiny, Dragon Age Inquisition and one or two other games the rest of 2014 seems pretty lackluster. The exciting and promising games that were meant to still be coming out this year have been delayed until 2015. For that reason it seems like it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to invest in a Nintendo Wii U. The console isn’t perfect, it obviously isn’t as powerful as the PS4 or Xbox One but the Wii U is powerful enough to produce some beautiful looking games like Mario Kart 8 that run at 60 fps. If you have friends over the console features some great party games like Nintendoland, Wii Party U, Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8. There are also some great single player games that I’ve listed below. To top things off the eShop on the Wii U also features some classic Super Nintendo and Gameboy Advanced games, besides indie hits like Shovel Knight and Ducktales Remastered. Finally the Wii U is the only next-gen console that is fully backwards compatible so you’ll have access to great Wii games like Super Mario Galaxy and the Metroid Prime Trilogy.

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  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Wonderful 101
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Lego City Undercover
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  • Mario Kart 8
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • Pikmin 3
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
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  • Shovel Knight
  • 1001 Spikes
  • NES Remix 1&2
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut
  • Mutant Mudds Deluxe
  • Bit.Trip Presents…Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Child of Light
  • Pushmo World
  • Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
  • DuckTales Remastered
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  • Super Metroid
  • Earthbound
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Mario World
  • F-Zero
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Super Punch-Out!
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Super Street Fighter II
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  • Advance Wars
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Golden Sun
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
  • Wario Land 4
  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
  • Mario Tennis: Power Tour

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    Want to help out on an Oculus Rift project?

    Post by Mark

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    Local blogger Q8GEEK is working on a flight simulation game for the Oculus Rift and he’s looking for help. Specifically he’s looking for:

    1) 3D Artists
    2) Musicians
    3) Designers

    So if you’re interested in working on this project visit his blog and send him an email [Here]


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    Rogan and Goldberg Commentate on Funny EA UFC Glitches

    Post by Patrick

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    EA’s UFC game recently was released and users have been reporting a whole bunch of bugs and glitches. TTTHS got a hold of some footage and impersonated Rogan and Goldberg to come up with some hilarious commentary.


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    Buyers Guide: Playstation 3

    Post by Patrick

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    It’s been a couple of months since the Playstation 4 has been out and I personally haven’t found a reason to go “next-gen” yet. The console is lacking quality games and many of the promising games that were announced for it have all been delayed until (at least) 2015. So what can we do? Buy a Playstation 3. The PS3 was released back in 2006 and had a terrible first year and struggled to be an attractive purchase for gamers. It was ugly, bulky, expensive and didn’t have any really good games. Kind of like the PS4 nowadays, except Sony pulled off a great marketing campaign for the PS4 (and Microsoft dropped the ball at E3). Eight years later, the PS3 has a great library at games and you can find a console for pretty cheap. I’m going to be sticking to exclusives, so don’t expect Grand Theft Auto or Assassins Creed on the list. Also, Ni No Kuni is missing because of the horrendous companion AI, don’t play it unless you enjoy yelling profanities at cute charming characters who consistently do mindless dumb things.

    PS3 Games

    The Last of Us
    Uncharted 3
    Little Big Planet 2
    Valkyria Chronicles
    Ico & Shadow of Colossus HD
    Demon’s Souls
    Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection
    Tales of Xillia
    Resistance 3
    Heavy Rain

    PSN Games

    Journey
    Tokyo Jungle
    Flower
    Guacamelee!
    Lone Survivor
    Lumines Supernova
    WipeOut HD
    Soundshapes

    PS Classics

    Xenogears
    Persona 4
    Psychonauts
    Final Fantasy IX
    Metal Gear Solid
    Crash Bandicoot
    Grandia
    Resident Evil 2
    Parasite Eve
    Chrono Cross


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