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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Will I Rage? Marvel Heroes 2016 (Annual Review)

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I have played Marvel Heroes since the open beta weekend. It has been a love hate relationship in the past. Many of you will remember how critical I was of the game at launch. Then, I did my yearly review for the 2015 update that you can read here. It is another year now though and another updated review. So now its time to ask, Will I Rage? Marvel Heroes 2016.


Heroes and Costumes
What's new as far as heroes and costumes go? Are they coming out in a timely manor? Have prices dropped? Did they ever release deadpool's 52 review?! Well here are some answers that will hopefully answer these questions and more. Since we last dove into the world of marvel heroes a lot has changed. Deadpool is freakin' amazing, You can run around causing tons of havoc as Venom, and Luke Cage is the most powerful hero in the game (kidding about Cage). We have seen an impressive increase of heroes that seem to endlessly come as well as playable villains (although they aren't really villains in the game). Costumes have also been plentiful with the inclusion of enhanced costumes that look amazing with custom voice packs as well. Also with the prestige system (we'll get into that later) and the addition of the 3 for 1 random costume trade you can get some of these good special costumes for free pretty much! My only gripe is that even after I pestered them during live streaming...........there is still no playable Howard the Duck........shame on you gazillion......shame on you.


End Game Content
Upon launch end game content for marvel heroes was lacking to say the least. However as you may have read in last years review it had came a long way. Cosmic Terminals, One Shots, Cow levels, X-Defense, Mid Town Madness, PVP, and Raids were all added. So what has been improved upon in this area? Quite a lot actually! In addition to Midtown you now have Industry City Patrol, and Hightown for a change of scenery on those long, lonely nights of grinding. Speaking of Midtown, Industry City Patrol and Hightown Patrol........They now have Cosmic versions which you have to actually do cosmic atonement for.......YAY! New One Shots were also added with the Bronx Zoo and March to Axis. The last of which you will mindlessly farm your butt off in to get the highly coveted Cosmic Red Skull Medallion. Another new challenge available is the "Age of Ultron" where you enter central park with a full group to battle Ultron and his army. On top of that you now have Green (Easy) versions of raids as well as Red (Not so easy). The Axis Raid was also released which from what I hear is pretty intense (I have yet to do it because......reasons.). The best current farming option at end game in my opinion (Besides raiding) would be the addition of the Danger Room simulation. It's a group run where you get different simulation drops throughout the world and then can use them to summon a portal to the danger room. Beware though, this isn't for fresh 60's. You will need some gear and/or a solid group not to get wrecked. All in all I'd say they have come out with a load of content this year for the game and I'm very impressed in my options of things to do. However I will say that Fire & Ice PVP has been in beta for close to 3 years now.


Gear, Gear, Oh Glorious Gear!
Gear optimization has come a long way also. You now have Unique Rings (Yessss!), A much more badass legendary (That you do need to rep grind for), as well as the addition of Cosmic Insignia's and your pet being able to pick up some pretty useful affixes as well. Furthermore there has been a ton of work done on uniques to balance things out as well as a ton of new artifacts introduced into the game to make your builds even trickier.


My Favorite Hero still sucks.......
Sweet Christmas! You must be playing Luke Cage (Kidding Luke Cage players......sort of......). Honestly though I've played plenty of characters since returning to the game and have yet to find one that I'd consider to be terrible like before. I'm so happy that they fixed my damn Deadpool though I may be a bit bias. None the less if your hero does suck, reviews will still happen and soon enough you will be out fighting crime with the best of them.


Every Batman needs his Robin...
Hmmm...... I probably could have come up with a better analogy seeing as this is a marvel game. None the less team ups have now been added to marvel heroes! You've got Magik, The Deadpool Kid, Spider-Man, Groot and more............and PIRATE DEADPOOL! (Check my guide on how to get pirate deadpool for free here!). Oh yes........and HOWARD THE DUCK! Now most of these will need to be purchased with G, however the best in game (Agent Coulson) and a few others can be obtained for free with in game events and achievements. Team ups can fight along side you, or you can never summon them and use them for passive buffs. They have their own gear slots, and are a very cool addition to an already loaded game.


Free Starter Heroes?!
While last year the selection of your free starting hero was better...........It was still kind of blah. This year however they now allow you your starter hero, but also the ability to level every hero to 10. This gives you a chance to play them and see if you like their style before you buy them (or spend shards on them). This feature I love. My fiance recently started playing and before dumping money on characters that she'd never play (Because she is very picky.....) she got to test them out and pick exactly what she wanted.


Ragetrip Conclusion
In a years time Gazillion Entertainment has once again surprised me with just how much work they can do in their game. Since launch they turned a game that only hardcore comic fans would stick with to one of the best (if not the best) ARPG on the market. I hope to see them continue on the path they are on in keeping this game fun, fresh and one of my favorites now. My only gripe about Marvel Heroes almost 3 years after launch is the fact that the PVP is still in beta. I understand things are more important but 3 years?........Common Gaz.......and damnit, if I don't have a playable Howard the Duck by the 2017 review I'm coming for you Brevik........lol kidding! Amazing work guys, you've earned this rating!

2015 Score: 4/5

Marvel Heroes 2016 Score: 5/5





Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pirate Deadpool Team-Up Guide

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The search for Pirate Deadpool

So you want to find the super top secret Pirate Deadpool Team Up do you? Well look no further! I will now explain how to obtain him in a series of steps where you will complete hidden achievements in order to unlock him. This should only take an hour or two tops so strap in, follow these instructions and become awesome!


  • Whispering Winds 
Head over to Buccaneer Beach in Chapter 3 of the story mode on any hero. From there search the beach for the Hydra Outpost (to the northeast on the map). Once you find it, use the /listen emote 10 times. Once you do you will get the achievement popup. 
**Note** If /listen doesn't work just switch hero's. Some Hero's cannot use that emote.

  • Message in a bottle
You may actually get this one while doing step 1. If not, you need to roam around Buccaneer Beach mindlessly slaughtering enemies as any hero. This will take awhile, but be persistant and you will receive the item "Message in a bottle" which gives you an achievement (and the thing sells for a decent amount to boot!)

  • Pirate's Treasure Map, Fragment 1
Here you must defeat hordes of hand ninja's. I find the easiest place to do this is in the hand tower in chapter 3. You will no doubt do this damn thing over and over again but damn it, it's worth it! I've heard from Reddit that it takes about 400 ninjas before you get the achievement so again.....stick with it.


  • Pirate's Treasure Map, Fragment 2
So you defeated armies of pesky ninja's? On to the hood terminal (green is fine). Farm this over and over (Again, about 400 kills it seems) until you get the achievement.


  • Pirate's Treasure Map, Fragment 3
Now hop over to Norway in chapter 9. Here you will need to run around and murder people (There is a lot of easy to kill Hydra's out there as well as other things). People are saying about 400 guys here too so stay strong....


  • Pirate's Treasure Map, Fragment 4
Tired of this yet?...No worries your close! Head to Wakanda (Vibraniam Mines One Shot Terminal). Go as fast as you can until you get into the cave. Once inside kill, kill, kill! Go crazy. If you haven't got it by the time you get to man-ape fight his spawns too. I got this my first run through off of a moloid. Once you get the achievement, it's time to move on to the last step!


  • Buried Treasure
Defeat enemies in chapter 7. I know, I hate the Jurrassic Park area myself but just do it. Run through the jungle killing anything you come across. Get bored with that, head over to the Mutated Marsh and do the same. Eventually you will get an achievement and notice a "Pirate Deadpool Reward Box" in your inventory. You've done it, Grats!
**Note** The damn reward box spawns your team up token on the ground. So MAKE SURE that you pick it up once you open the box or your going to be explaining to Gazillion why they need to help you retrieve it.



Why horror fans should have faith in Friday the 13th: The Game

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I'm sure by now everyone has heard about the upcoming Friday the 13th video game. Be it the massively successful kickstarter campaign, the different alpha footage videos released or the inclusion of horror legends Tom Savini and Kane Hodder on the project. At first like most horror fans I was very skeptical about it all. While I dream, and yearn for an amazing slasher style horror game I know that we (the horror fans) have been burned so many times by the video game industry it's hard to really put your faith into a project, especially a Friday the 13th project after the last one for Nintendo is arguably considered the worst video game of all time. With that said, I've watched as this game began as "Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp" which we all knew was just one big fan letter to Friday the 13th. Then when Sean Cunningham got in touch with the dev team to offer up the official Friday the 13th license.

Here is why I truly believe this game could be great and why we should all relax a little and give this game a chance. First off...............Tom Savini working with the team as executive producer and Cinematography. If there is one man in horror that you can trust behind the camera to make things look amazing it's Tom Savini. He has proven himself without a shadow of a doubt to be the true master of effects. Then of course you have Kane Hodder. In case you don't know who Kane Hodder is he is the actor/stuntman who is widely considered by the horror community as the best Jason of all time...and guess what? They signed him on to do all the Motion Capture work for Jason in the game. So at very least we can rest assured that the game will look amazing with Tom Savini on board, and Jason will both look and move perfectly thanks to Kane Hodder's Mo-Cap work.  

Now that we have these two legends on board and can rest easy knowing Jason won't go all "Jazz hands", and that the effects and cinematography will be superb lets talk about the game play itself. The dev's of this game are Gun Media. Gun Media has brought us Breach & Clear, as well as it's sequel Breach & Clear: Deadline. The first getting pretty excellent reviews and ratings on meta critic, while the sequel got slightly lower marks but still good. The fact that a company with credits for only 2 games can be scary to a lot of folks. "Why are we trusting our beloved Friday the 13th to these guys? After all, look at what platinum dunes did to the movie remake!" This is actually a valid question and fear. However, would you rather trust the game to the folks over at Activision/Blizzard? What about EA?........I didn't think so. Like original film......I prefer it to be trusted to a smaller dev team, and one who's members are passionate about the franchise. These guys really are passionate about making this game, with 2 games under their belt, but two games that were very successful for the low marketing budget. From the teaser videos they keep putting out on the Gun Media Youtube channel the game looks great. We haven't really seen much "game play" as of yet or how the controls and camera angles will work but all in all for early alpha footage I'd say it doesn't look like we have much reason to complain....yet besides the fact the girl in the teaser above is covering her breasts......(kidding!)

All in all I'd say this game looks like it's coming along nicely. The Dev's communicate very frequently with the fan base and seem to be hard at work to deliver a title that we will play for years to come. For the pre-order digital price tag of $30.00 I feel from what we know it is definitely worth the gamble. If you want to pick it up, along with extras such as Counselor clothing Pack DLC, and the Digital Tom Savini designed Jason Voorhees character (Damn it Tom! Take my money!) check out the Friday the 13th Pre-Order page. If your just interesting in watching the videos, and learning more about the game you can check it out at http://f13game.com/. In conclusion guys I know it's hard to put your faith in a horror title, especially one based off of a movie. However this team seems extremely passionate and dedicated..........not to mention they've hired on Savini and Hodder. So I ask you.....have a little faith and lets hope that the October 2016 date (the expected delivery time on the site for the game) stays in place so we can be slaughtering one another in the best of ways this Halloween!



Marvel Heroes 2016 Redeem Code List

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New to marvel Heroes? Want a jump start on things? Here is a list of codes that you can enter that will give you in game rewards. To ender these codes you must go to https://www.marvelheroes.com/ and log into the official site with your info. Once in click the tab "Redeem Key" and enter the following keys. You CAN redeem them all so just do one after the other.

**Note**
This page will be updated with the latest codes so be sure to check back soon.

Redeem Codes


  • INSTITUTE  (Provides various boosts)
  • 2015 (Provides Fortune Card Mark I x1, Fortune Card Mark II x1, Fortune Card Mark V x72)
  • INFLUENCE (Provides Chest of 200 Genosha Influence)
  • THANK-YOU-FOR-VERIFYING-YOUR-EMAIL (Provides 2x Credit Boost, 2x Rif Boost, 2x Sif Boost)
  • JACKOLANTERN (Provides Jack O' Lantern Visual Spotlight Recipe

Will I Rage? Town of Salem Review

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When I first started playing Town of Salem my expectations were admittedly not too high. I had never played the party game "Mafia" or "Werewolf" before. I wasn't even sure what Town of Salem was about. So I went into this game with no expectations and in hopes I had found a new and fun game for myself, my friends and fans of my stream to play together. First I'd like to say there is a bit of a learning curve when you start the game. You have to learn the roles, when and how to lie correctly and more importantly how to properly use both your death note and your will. Leaving information (or false information) for the other players in case of death is a very important part of the game. Don't get frustrated. Play a few rounds and soon you will understand exactly what is going on. Now to answer the question...........Will I Rage? Town of Salem!



Gameplay

Rating: 5/5

The game play in Town of Salem is it's bread and butter. This is not a huge graphical blockbuster game. If that is what your looking for you can probably skip this review and go buy The Division. If your looking for a smart, extremely fun experience you can enjoy alone or with a group of friends without the stress of "hardcore" or "elitist" game play this is the game for you (although there is ranked play which is a plus for more serious players). What the game lacks in the graphical area (which it does not need) it makes up for with extremely fun and addictive game play. You take either a Town, Mafia, or Neutral role. Whichever role you get you have to perform that job. Investigator will find clues and be able to find mafia, serial killers, etc. A Jester must deceive the town into executing him, etc. The tricky part starts when people begin to lie and deceive the town. Everyone gets to vote once per round on a member of the game to execute. Then that player must make his case to why he shouldn't be executed. The best way to prove your innocence is to post your will which "should" show your activity every day. If you are hung, you can hang out in dead chat and even give clues to the medium to tell the live players. All in all as far as game play goes Town of Salem is flawless in my eyes. It plays at a perfect pace. My only peeve is some players just randomly lynch people for no reason......but lets face it, your not going to find a troll free game that plays online. Another cool thing is the item shop in game. There is nothing that gives anyone any sort of real advantage. However you can earn "gold" from completing games (or purchasing for real money if that's your thing) which can be used to buy houses, characters, death animations and more. It's a good micro-transaction model that I have dropped a few bucks to myself to support the game.


Graphics
Rating: 4/5

This was a hard area to rate. This game does not, and has never been about groundbreaking graphics. I've rated this based not on the "quality" but how the graphics actually fit with this unique game type. I honestly love the graphics. The game has a cartoon-ish feel as you look over the small town of Salem.  The actual "levels" used are determined by the game host and which backgrounds he has unlocked and has chosen. It's basically the same layout with different looks as seen below in the dark forest background. Characters are crisp and mostly cute as are the other decorations you can purchase with gold. All in all I'd say that even though the graphics are not ground breaking they fit the theme and style of the game perfectly, enhancing the experience almost perfectly.


Audio

Rating: 2/5
If you read my reviews you'll notice that I am much more focused on the audio in games more than a lot of other reviewers. With this said I have to say that the one thing that I wasn't overly impressed with about Town of Salem was the audio. Honestly, I'm pretty sure the audio in this specific game wasn't a high up on the priority of things to do. The music while it fits the theme great becomes repetitive to the point of muting very quickly. The sound effects are a bit kooky but that too fits the game. I love a game with an amazing audio track however I do understand that with indie game developers in genres that don't require amazing sound, that sound is usually the low point in the games budget.


Value

Rating: 5/5

There are two options when it comes to picking up Town of Salem. The first, and the one I'd suggest is on steam at Town of Salem on Steam. You get the game on your steam account and get to support the developers. Even better it comes at the low price of $4.99. The second option for people wanting to play but can't really afford the 4.99 is playing the browser based version for free on the blank media games website Browser based Version. Either way this game is about as good of a value as your going to find for the hours of entertainment it will provide.


Overall Rating: 5/5

The only real flaw I found in this game is the audio but even then it's on par with similarly styled games. The game is fun, addictive, fresh and a blast to play with friends in queue alone. Mix that with the ability to play absolutely free, or for a small 5 dollars for an actual app version on steam is a killer deal. On top of all that the developers listen to their community and are constantly adding things such as the mobile version of Town of Salem that is currently in beta. You can check out the blank Media Games twitch.tv channel where the devs play with fans every week to see just how interactive they are with their community.












Friday, April 8, 2016

Will I Rage? 1954 Alcatraz

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I have always been fascinated with crime stories. Be it the Goodfellas, Breaking Bad, or a video game like Mafia II. I'm especially drawn to prison stories that are done right so it is no surprise when I tell you that Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite flicks of all time. So when I sat down to play 1954 Alcatraz for the first time I had high hopes. However do to the history of games that are based on Alcatraz I was very skeptical. So now I will answer the question......."Will I Rage? 1954 Alcatraz"


Gameplay

1954 Alcatraz is an adventure clicker that takes you through the struggle of Joe and his wife Christine. During the game you switch and play between both Joe and Christine as Joe attempts to make his escape from the most notorious prison in America. As you may realize this game relies heavily on the story. Every action will effect how things turn out (kind of). As far as the game play and mechanics of the game they are pretty standard for this type of game. The coolest feature is the seamless transitions from Joe to Cristine. The puzzles seem to lack variety as well as difficulty making it far too easy.
Graphics



I actually really dig the graphics and art in this game. Some people may disagree but I feel it fits the story, game play and time period perfectly. I do understand some people don't like cartoonish or Artsy graphics but for this game it fits amazingly. It could be polished a bit better and made amazing but that's my biggest problem with the game is that the production values seem a bit sketchy.


Storyline

This is the bread and butter of 1954 Alcatraz. The story of Joe and his wife Christine. Joe is in prison for an armored truck heist gone wrong. After an attempted escape he was sent to the rock. Throughout the game you switch between Joe and his wife Christine as both weave their way through the game world to prepare for Joe to make his big escape attempt. The game attempts to give you choices that changes the outcome but isn't very open. In fact, it's more like you take one path or the other really. The story itself is a good one however it never really captivates and feels extremely rushed. Did I enjoy it? Yes. But I wish that they had of taken their time with it more. Instead the entire game feels extremely rushed. 


Value

This game has a price tag of $19.99 on steam. It simply isn't worth it. The good news is that this game is on sale for under 5 bucks quite often. If you can get it for under 5 bucks on sale or in a bundle I'd totally suggest the game. It's NOT a bad game. It's just not really a good one either.


Conclusion

I am conflicted when it comes to how I feel about 1954 Alcatraz. I enjoyed my two runs through the game, while at the same time being let down. The colorful cartoon art style was breathtaking at moments. The music and voice acting were also surprisingly good. With the music being exceptionally flawless. Then you get a story that has a ton of potential but in reality is too short and rushed for you to ever develop feelings for the characters one way or another. This becomes a problem when making scandalous decisions doesn't make you feel the least bit bad. All in all if you can get the game on sale for under 5 bucks I'd suggest picking it up. But if you pick it up for the $19.99 price tag..........you'll probably rage.




Rating: 2.5/5