What are the Best Strategy Game Titles?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Games |

When was the first video strategy game ever made? Opinion is divided but we know for sure that they evolved from games such as chess and war games using model soldiers that have been played for centuries.

Since that time, you can no longer count the number of strategy games that have been made. It is safe to assume that there are thousands of them, where each simulates different kinds of fighting depicting the reasons that humans fight one another.

If you have been playing video games for a while you have at least heard or even played the games Civilization and StarCraft – these two titles are amongst the most popular. But it might be that these titles are not the only ones considered to be the best. Here are some titles worth putting in your time and effort to play.

Civilization VI

While the previous franchise was the most streamlined among the Civilization series, Civilization VI is considered the most spectacular. This game is the 25th anniversary addition wherein it shows the sterile condition of the previous iterations in favor of introducing a brave new soundtrack and look. This is a testament to how Sid Meier and the studio he works with strive to constantly improve the game and push the boundaries. Civilization VI has dug up a number of the most amazing additions from the Community Balance Patch of its predecessor while pushing forward with these great new and offbeat ideas – builders expire after reaching 3 turns and cities that expand through several tiles.

Offworld Trading Company

This strategy game is right at the other end of the spectrum from the game Civilization VI, though both games were designed by the same person. While Civilization is more about spanning the history, some points of where humanity’s future is going to lie and documenting mankind’s progress; this game focuses more on making a fortune through exploiting its reddish neighbor, Mars.

This is an RTS game minus the micro-management. Victory is achieved not by demolishing bases with tanks and armies. The weapons used in this game are cash and resources; wherein you manipulate the market not only to get rich but to dominate your competitors completely. This is possible if you have made a temporary alliance with your rivals.

While this game may not bring out your aggressiveness as in war games, OTC, however, encourages the player to be hostile like a warmonger. When you are eyeing up menus and planning out what you are going to build next, items to sell, or if it is the right time to take over another company, the gameplay is as thrilling as when you are sending your infantry through the fields surrounded with artillery or a launching air strikes against the enemy stronghold as in the game of StarCraft.

Are these all the strategy games worth trying out? of course not. There are still other games worth playing such as the titles Stellaris, Ashes of the Singularity, XCOM 2 and Total War: Shogun 2.

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Gaming as a way of life explained in detail

Gaming as a way of life explained in detail

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Games |

At one time, you played games with a lot of kids in your neighborhood until it was time for dinner but in today’s’ society and with the advancement of technology, you have gaming consoles that has become the place to play games with your neighborhood friends.

Physical activity or recreational activity has now changed to a game wherein you let the machine do most of the work, and you play through devices. Now because you are busy and tired from working, you would usually stay at home and rest or play games with your friends. That is becoming the norm in today’s’ advanced society.

Most people don’t go out of their way to play games because now you can play the game in the comfort of your own home. Even your phones now have games on them for your entertainment. Today, gaming is turning into a way of life because almost every household has a gaming console, a computer or some other means of playing games.

Gaming is a form of entertainment so that your family and friends will have something to do while you cook dinner. Without games, you wouldn’t have such an entertaining party but a rather dull one. It has become a way of life because you will always seek entertainment whatever form that may be. Don’t just think of gaming as something that you do because now it is part of your life.

If you are together with your friends and family, there is always something to do or a game to play to keep you entertained. Don’t just think that you can let go of gaming because playing games has been around for hundreds and thousands of years so that it was even a way of life for previous generations. Because gaming is now a big part of life, you may ask for entertainment when you are visiting a relatives’ house or a friends’ house.

You cannot rule out the idea of having entertainment just because you are away from home. Because games can be played in the palm of your hand, it is much easier for you to carry and turn it on and connect to other people round the world. Especially as games can now be played by anyone around the world as long as they are willing to learn how to play the game.

You can never let go of gaming because it has been around for hundreds and thousands of years to the point that it can become a lifestyle because you would always try to find something to entertain you. Since gaming is a form of entertainment, you would want to be part of it because it can bring you joy and happiness. That is why if you have a guest coming over to your home, you have to make sure that you have entertainment prepared because if you don’t then your guest will try to find some ways to entertain themselves.

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Bloodborne – Much more than a Dark Souls copy

Bloodborne – Much more than a Dark Souls copy

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Games |

img-2Dark Souls franchise brought back gameplay that requires skill rather than being just another straightforward RPG (role playing game) on the market. Indeed, the market is full of games that are easy and in which the developer was afraid to present a challenge to players for fear of losing the audience. Dark Souls games aren’t like that, they are hard and unforgiving. Every mistake you make will probably result in your death and the loss of souls (currency).

Bloodborne follows in the steps of the Dark Souls franchise, and it delivers a hard game that requires skill and dedication. But the hard gameplay is not everything this game has to offer. Like Dark Souls, it has captivating level creation as well as an excellent storyline that will force you to play the game several times.

 

Welcome to hell, enjoy your stay

The developers of this game entered a tried & tested market, and they brought a game that had an audience before it was released. The Dark Souls franchise created a market for games that are tough and challenging, and Bloodborne entered that market with a similar and yet different gameplay.

In this game, you start in a town infected by a disease that turns people in werewolves. You are alone, and you just woke up and already there are some townsfolk out to kill you. They aren’t normal as they have started their process of transformation. The atmosphere of the whole game starts there, and it continues being dark until the end. The game leans on horror genre to present you a dying world full of monsters.

This game is very different from the majority of titles you will find. Once you enter the world of Bloodborne, you will notice a pattern of clues that will lead you through the game. You might find these in the surroundings or in the discussions of the people (those that aren’t after you).

 

img-3A game that doesn’t hold the players’ hand

Bloodborne is famous for its level of difficulty. It brings back classic difficulty levels which punish mistakes with the death of the character. Once you die you have to respawn at the last save location, and you have to fight the enemies once again, as they respawn as well.

Dying ten times in one area is not uncommon, even for the more experienced players. Every new area has its enemies, and you have to learn their moves, and you have to find a way to eliminate them without taking hits. Your character has a block and dodges (roll) abilities, but they won’t do you any good against several of the enemies.

If you go on Youtube and watch Bloodborne gameplay, then you might think that this is just another button-smash RPG game. Well, it does look like that, but the gameplay of this game is much more. Every move the player makes is the difference between life and death. Let a monster hit you once or twice, and you are dead.  Death brings loss and it forces you to face those enemies once again

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The Amazing Evolution Of Video Games

The Amazing Evolution Of Video Games

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Games |

image-1Many gamers who are currently involved in battling their way through a first-person shooter game or have problems solving a complicated mission in an adventure-based video game, may have problems imagining what the first video games looked like.

Even though only half a century has passed since the invention of the first games, the technology and the quality of video games has improved so much that the differences are astonishing.

However, the progress of gaming can be traced through some of the most important events that happened over the years, and fast as it may be – the evolution of gaming can still be “dissected” into small pieces.

The ancestors of gaming consoles and video games did not resemble the machines and software that we have today, not even a little bit, but the basic concept was the same – to provide entertainment and to “kill some free time”. Admittedly, the first computers were solely focused on research, but creative minds have found a way around this, and the games started to appear in the 1950s and 60s.

This period saw the rise of computer technology, and the machines that were once rare and giant could now be found in universities, corporations, and research facilities. As a matter of fact, a “guy” from MIT, called Steve Russell, created one of the first commercial video games ever, and his game called “Space war!” appeared in 1962.

However, gaming could not prosper and thrive if it wasn’t available to millions of people in their homes, and things started to move in this direction in the late 1960s. Ralph Baer created the first gaming system for home use, and this machine was first known as “Brown Box”, but later the name was changed to “Magnavox Odyssey.”

Ping-pong and some similar style games could be played on these gaming consoles, but the foundation of Atari in 1972 was another step forward in the evolution of electronic gaming. Nolan Bushnell founded the company, and games like “Pong” or “Space Invaders” became a symbol of American culture of the 1970s and 80s.

Arcade gaming was tremendously popular at that time, and the boom in popularity saw the birth of well-known gaming magazines and publications as well.

image-2The availability of personal computers was the next big step forward, and video games experienced a giant increase in popularity when machines like Commodore 64 or Apple II appeared on the market.

Nintendo and Sega were also highly influential in the late 80s and during the 90s, but Windows95 and the Internet revolution changed the face of gaming forever. Multiplayer games added another dimension to playing video games, and the excitement and entertainment levels were boosted to the max.

Popular titles from the late 90s and the start of the 2000s, such as Quake or Doom, perfectly illustrate the trend of that time, i.e. the desire to be connected with friends and play video games together but not by being in the same room. Mobile gaming is the next step, and we just have to wait and see what kind of changes will this new revolution bring to the world of video games.

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Twisted Metal Black Game Review

Twisted Metal Black Game Review

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Games |

image 2Twisted Metal was a large part of my childhood. I remember that I had a black case filled with PlayStation games and every once in a while I would take a look and play them.

I had the classic games like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and Rayman, but I also had Twisted Metal. In retrospect, I can look back and honestly say that the first Twisted Metal wasn’t exactly the best.

I’ll be honest with you, the nostalgia of them and the imagination I apparently once had is what made the first installment playable. I went ahead and bought Twisted Metal 2 and three as well, and I can tell you that they aren’t anything worth jumping up and down about either.

I think it was all about what they meant to me and the idea of them that interested me. I don’t think it had anything to do with them being tremendous experiences as video-games but because of their interesting visuals and the colorful characters. 

Twisted Metal: Black was the first installment in the franchise that I would full-heartedly refer to as a solid video-game overall. The characters were enticing, and the cut-scenes were some of the most impressionable aspects of the franchise for me.

When I finally bit the bullet and bought a PlayStation 3 after having a Xbox 360 for a couple of years, one of the first games I decided to buy was Twisted Metal for the PlayStation 3. I suppose I wanted to have new experiences with the killer clown Sweet Tooth and friends but with enhanced graphics and hopefully a more focused narrative.

image 3This installment marks a lot of changes in the franchise and a lot of improvements if you ask me. Besides some of the more immediate elements such as graphical enhancement, Twisted Metal PS3 offers up many more options to choose from.

Previous installments kept with the roots and nothing more whereas the latest installment offers up tracks for races to allow a much needed occasional detour to the regular shooting, explosions and so on.

Racing is often a lot of fun with Twisted Metal, especially with some of the more vibrant tracks and it allows many more dimensions for the gaming experience as a whole. I will say though that it isn’t anywhere near where it needs to be to completely succeed. Specifically, some of the races offer too much difficulty.

A lot of the difficulty has to do with the controls which can be extremely awkward at times, this has always been one of the issues with Twisted Metal, however, and like with previous installments, I think they can eventually be learned over time.

I know myself that I eventually became confident with them, but I understand that some might dislike the idea of having controls that feel so awkward that they need to be “gotten used to.” Graphics are drastically improved in this installment as I think everybody expected. After all, Twisted Metal: Head-On was released around seven years earlier on the PlayStation Portable, and remade on the PlayStation 2, both of which are inferior graphically to the PlayStation 3.

The storylines are fun and outlandish, whilst at the same time carrying a certain horror element to them, visuals are at an all-time high, and through the inclusion of racing and the overall improvement of battling itself, the installment has a whole lot more to do. It isn’t completely perfect, but it’s a strong title in the franchise and leaves me wanting more from it.

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Tomb Raider – A new face in town

Tomb Raider – A new face in town

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Games |

top imageLara Croft Tomb Raider: it’s a name we’ve been hearing for a long time. I first fell in love when I saw Angelina Jolie Ricocheting bullets off of cave walls and diving off cliffs in the Cradle of Life.

Of course others know the Tomb Raider series from the popular video games that had a major hand in making the Playstation popular in the 90s.

Since then the series has gone through two reboots after the disastrous Angel of Darkness installment and the need to redefine the character as a whole.

The new game series beginning with a title simply called “Tomb Raider” portrays Lara as different to the original one as possible. She isn’t the fearless, agile master of martial arts she was shown to be before.

She’s vulnerable, afraid and acts more out of necessity and desperation for survival rather than a sense of duty or her own goals. Last year on the 10th November, the sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, was released and showed more of what we’ve come to expect from the reboot.

Instead of relying on her stellar combat skills and intense survival training, this Lara is out on a limb, literally. The gameplay reveal trailer shown her climbing a mountain that reminded me of the climb to Caradhras in Lord of the Rings.

There was thunder crackling, avalanches and intense cold, almost as if Saruman was commanding the wind to impede Lara’s journey.

This version of Lara Croft seems more Assassin’s Creed 3 than God of War 3. She’s surviving a vicious terrain, scouting for food, setting traps and running for her life.

There’s none of the old gun slinging acrobat we’ve come to know and love. However, as the trailer progresses, we see her realizing her purpose and feeling that she’s now sure of what she has to do.

img twoThe shorts and the ponytail and the sex appeal also don’t appear to the be the focus of the games anymore, though they are still present because of their trademark appeal.It’s more about a sense of desperation, fear and survival rather than being a badass.

This version of Lara seems more natural and real than her predecessor because she’s shown to slowly be coming in to her own rather than being born a badass.

Also, the survival activities such as foraging for food and setting traps for enemies and traversing a perilous terrain adds more to the experience than clearing a room full of bad guys.

The Rise of the Tomb Raider was released for the Xbox on November 10, 2015 as a timed exclusive. The game was also released for PC and many people confirmed that a PC version is much better than XBOX version (and PS4 also).

The reason is probably because they had time to fix the bugs that were present in the initial version. Thus, the overall gaming experience is a lot better on PC than on the consoles.

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An In-Depth Review Of The Bike Race Game

An In-Depth Review Of The Bike Race Game

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Games |

main image 1Created by Top Free Games, Bike Race is a mobile game that attracts millions of players worldwide, and they all enjoy riding their motorbike’s through the colorful worlds of this gaming edition.

The popularity of this game is rising day by day, and players can play Bike Race on Android and iOS devices.

The game has also recently been optimized for Facebook as well, which further boosted its visibility and availability for people who want to try their skills and guide their bikes successfully to the finish line.

The demand for game even directly influenced creating Bike Race Level Creator which speaks enough about the popularity of the game.

 As we all know, simplicity is usually a good thing in life, but it is not always easy to achieve a proper level of simplicity in many areas of human activity. However, Top Free Games based the entire concept of their new game on this aspect, and this made Bike Race a really straightforward game.

The gameplay of this title follows one main idea – to ride your bike as quickly as you can and to reach the finish line in the fastest manner. This is not so easy to accomplish if you do not know the track by heart and if you are not 100% familiar with all the quirks and obstacles “down the road.”

Therefore, resources can significantly help you in your ambition of becoming the best motorcycle rider in the world, or at least in the virtual world of mobile games.

 It is an addition that comes with no viruses or bugs, but it brings many rewards and benefits, such as unlocking all bikes and all tracks, and so on. Sensitive controls make Bike Race a tough game to master, and helpful programs such as Bike Race Cheat Tool can significantly improve your results and playing experience.

2nd imageThe game is set in colorful and visually attractive worlds, and there are four thematic environments. From the dry desert, over the cold arctic tundra to the grassy savanna – many geographical areas are present in this game, and each of these worlds has eight different stages. With so many levels, it is easy to understand a player’s desire to go through all of them and to collect as many stars as possible.

Since this is a physics-based game, the controls are designed in a way that demands a precise understanding of the fundamental laws of physics and knowledge of how inertia or the G-forces operate.

Many hills and valleys will give riders an opportunity to perform high jumps and loops, and additional bonus points are awarded for every successful wheelie, back flip, front flip, or any similar stunt.

Bike Race has a very entertaining multiplayer mode, where you race against your opponent and try to beat his or her time on the track. With the use of a Bike Race Hack, you can have all the bikes unlocked, and this will mean that your starting position will be the same and that your opponent will not have some unfair advantage.

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Hi folks, I was intending to write a new Bike Race article but I never seem to have time and 2016 is nearly over so I thought I would add a quick update to this article instead. Here are some targets you need to hit to get a Bronze, Silver or Gold bike.

  1. Bronze bike – Gain 24 stars in Artic, Desert and Dunes and also win 3 consecutive races.
  2. Silver bike – you need to beat a bronze bike in multiplayer, get 24 stars on hills, beach and savanna and also win 7 consecutive races.
  3. Gold bike – Win 12 consecutive races, obtain 24 points in Artic 2 and Desert 2, win 5000 games in multiplayer and beat a silver bike in multiplayer.
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