His vision of a great Greek city was of one ruled by a great thinker – a philosopher – who would calmly and rationally lead with wisdom and justice. He probably never imagined people doing it as a way to wind down from the latest CounterStrike splatterfest or to watch Zeus kick Dionysus’ flabby arse. But then things change. At least, for us they do – we’re not so sure about Impressions.
You see, in the beginning there was Caesar, hitting the shelves at about the same time that a strangely maternal wolf found two babies called Romulus and Remus. Temporal gymnastics aside, the sequel followed soon after, providing strategy gamers with hours of fun and permanently burning the phrase “MORE PLEBS ARE NEEDED!” into their brains. Caesar III was the real star however, and not just because it came with the funniest proof-reading error ever to appear in a game manual. Your job, as with the earlier games, was to build a fully functional and self-sufficient Roman city in a variety of scenic areas around the Empire. The lush green fields and marble buildings made for a much more attractive game than SimCity, with the individual characters wandering around (who you could click on for feedback on how you were doing) giving it a personal touch and the risk of the gods stepping in to squish you like a bug adding spice. Trade and warfare were also thrown in, if not very well integrated, and overall it was an excellent game. Where could Impressions go from here? Egypt, obviously. Pharaoh took the concept of Caesar III and poured a few million tons of sand over it. It was fun…but surprising how similar these two completely different cultures proved to be. Now we’re over in the land of the Greeks for the third series and in the words of Socrates: “Well bugger me if t’aint all familiar like, boyo.”
It’s not that Impressions haven’t changed anything, but with the exception of some new cartoony graphics very little springs instantly to mind. You build your city up just like before – splash down blocks of housing next to a road and travellers will move in. Dependant on the house’s access to various products (food, fleeces, water etc.), buildings and the desirability of the area it evolves, netting you more tax and prestige. Juggling the different requirements of your citizens is the real challenge – a lack of nearby markets is a sure-fire way to starve your citizens, but at the same time nobody wants to live right next door to one. Throw in the acquisition of basic resources, maintenance, soldiers and trade and you have Zeus’ gameplay in a nutshell. Of course, throw in references to Jupiter, Ra and Quetzacoatl and you have Caesar and Pharoah pretty much pinned down too, with a bonus Mayan scenario thrown in. Which we wouldn’t be surprised to see this time next year.
Zeus’ biggest alteration to the formula is the mythology. Whereas in Impression’s earlier games the gods only manifested themselves by giving you presents or smiting your city from afar, the Greeks had far more active deities and you frequently see them wandering around the map. Please them and they bless appropriate buildings and help you out. Annoy them and they make their displeasure apparent by setting assorted monsters on you. Each God has their own, with the line-up including Cerberus, the Hydra and Scylla (although not Charybdis). You can deal with these by sending in regular troops or by hiring heroes of your own – Odysseus, Achilles, Hercules, Jason, Kylie et al. Before you can recruit one of these strapping, oiled up fellows you must build a hall in their honour and fulfil certain criteria – Achilles will only help cities that have won great battles and Odysseus demands a well-run town before he’ll kick ass on its behalf. There are seven stories to play through, each split into several episodes, covering famous myths like the Trojan War and the Golden Fleece, as well as some ‘real’ battles between Athens and Sparta. The gameplay never changes, but the narrative is more interesting than Pharaoh’s dynasties or Caesar’s promotion ladder.Mb> Three ‘sandbox’ modes let you build the city of your dreams, provided that your dreams are Greek and correspond to Impressions’ views of what one should be like. Ahem.
Ultimately if you liked the earlier games this is more of the same with a few new twists, but not £30 worth. If you’re new to the series or a Greek aficionado then this is an excellent place to start, but if you stopped playing one of the earlier games after a few levels there’s nothing that’ll inspire you to play any more of this one.
MS13-063 is a Windows Kernel update, and is said to resolve the physical vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. There have been many issues regarding the botched patch KB 2859537, and Microsoft has been trying hard to overcome this problem. The source of this problem can be traced down if a blue screen appears, after installing the patch. The problems that have been reported include those with Avast, Final Fantasy, and Defiance, and involve the developers who are working on the kernel in unexpected ways.
A few days ago, Microsoft published a Known Issues paragraph in the KB 2859537 and it stated as follows, “Some users may experience issues with the certain programs after they install security update 22859537. In some cases the programs may not successfully start. We are also aware of limited reports that certain users may encounter difficulties restarting their computers after applying this security update. Microsoft is researching this problem and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available.”
As soon as this issue cropped up, users and developers contacted Microsoft help to find a solution. Apart from these usual ones, some more complicated issues were there too, and the developers had a hard time fixing these. For example, there were issues with the small game developers over this error. However, Avast has come up with an update to run the Rift game after authentication, by installing the latest patch, the lack of which was a common issue earlier. According to Jurgen Timmerman of Microsoft, the following problems have been reported on the Microsoft’s Answers forum:
BSOD with the same 05 error code
Application error while opening, or the application not starting at all.
Rift/Final Fantasy/Defiance does not work anymore
Not all control panel functionalities work.
IE/ Chrome or Firefox does not want to start to update.
Windows profile gone corrupt.
Unable to install applications or start the machine.
Although the Microsoft help chat support clarified many issues to the users, the number of problems seemed to get bigger. A user claimed that the blue screen, which appears due to the error, is mainly caused by rootkits which were undetected previously. Later on, it revealed that there were two rootkits viz. BackBoot.gen and Cidox.b, which were responsible for the blue screen. Hence, after deleting the files, he was able to start his system successfully.
Pretty much I have blown out my whole weekend just playing Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. Well, except when I had to eat and sleep. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire is fantastic. And I want to tell you why I consider this the best Pokemon game Game Freak has ever made. Now for those new to the game, the said game is paired with Omega Ruby are two Nintendo 3DS remakes of previous titles Ruby and Sapphire from 2002 on the Gameboy Advance. Pokemon ORAS (as what other call it) seats on top of the amazing engine that powered the highly popular Pokemon X and Y of 2013. So naturally, everything that is superb and cool stuff from those games are also here but with even more polished and fine tuned. And of course, couple of new features to spice things even more.
The game looks and sounds fantastic because the world is rendered instead of it as sprite-based, you will get shifting camera angles for dramatic effect on some dungeons or just to reveal overall areas better. Most of the game is in 2D while the battle scene and some story scenes are in full 3D. I must say, if you are playing it with the new 3DS, the 3D feature of the game is more enjoyable than ever. However, the previous 3D problems that existed in the previous X and Y still exist here. So, it is a little bit disappointing.
There are quite a few changes in the game, as far as features is concern especially now that Pokemon Omega Ruby 3DS rom is released and available for download internationally. But there are two I would like to mention in particular. The first one is the new soar function. As you progress into the game, you will be able to unlock a Poke flute that summon Latios and will allow you to fly quickly to any town. But the difference here is that you will be doing this in a 3D environment and you will be able to land to specific area of choice rather than the previous HM fly that will teleport you directly to a Pokemon Center. Another new feature in the game is the Dex Nav. You can see in the bottom screen. This nav will provide you 3 awesome things: first is, it will show you any potential special Pokemon within the area rather than just relying on random encounters; the second one is sneaking on Pokemons, the more you successful you do it, the more special the Pokemon can be; lastly, Dex Nav tracks all Pokemons on a given area, caught or not.
Honestly, playing Pokemon Alpha Sapphire on 3DS was a great experience. I was never bored once, never frustrated, and never ever without something interesting to do. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is without question the most fun, and the most refined Pokemon game yet.
Hearthstone could have been by anyone other than Blizzard. You can grasp the fundamentals of this deceptively simple card game within an hour and still be surprised by hundreds of matches with its different touch. A keen eye makes Hearthstone a dominating game during someone’s free time. Hearthstone feels like a free-to-play game done well. You won’t need to spend a single dime just to be decently competitive against other players. Yes, this game is nothing new. It has its similarity to games like Pokemon and Magic the Gathering. Both of which are also card games.
Everything played has an associated cost. You pay for cards by using mana. One mana is gained every turn, and you can have a maximum of 10. The pool is filled at the beginning of every turn. This means you are always able to play something and as players mana reserves grow, more expensive, more powerful cards will enter the battlefield. You rarely find yourself in matches that it feels you’ll be drag along. Even if you are played against a skillful player, games don’t often stretch beyond the 15 minute mark.
Speed is one of the big reasons why Hearthstone works. Having been defeated isn’t too discouraging to someone because of the little time invested to each game. A lot of fun with Hearthstone comes with making a deck and playing few games, and changing the deck based on what worked and what didn’t. If you want to build decks fast, then you might have to spend to earn dust and gold by playing, or by using a cheat tool as explained here. Regardless of what type of deck you build, a lot of its personality will come based on your chosen class. There are currently nine class that you can play and each has it specific set of additional cards that can only be if you pick that class. Every class is enjoyable and more importantly, it is possible to do very well with any of them. It all boils down with individual preference.
Further distinguishing feature of the game is hero power. The benefits of these powers are too small but can add up over time such as the Paladin hero power which summons his own knight. On its own, this doesn’t do much but when paired with other cards or if there are several of them in play, the knights swing a match to your favor. Whether you want to treat Hearthstone as time waster, or you just want to find a fun and exciting game, either way the game is a blast.
In Boom Beach today, there are eight different troops that you can put inside eight different boats. That makes for a really awesome revamp over what we call “YOLO” strategy. Take note, before we usually add extra medics but right now we have eight different troops segregated to eight different boats which can be beneficial to the said strategy. What is even making it more interesting is that when boost up makes raiding a lot more fun to watch.
Now, what about this YOLO Strategy is all about? Well, as the name itself speaks, it is the kind of strategy where you create all kinds of troops and use them all at the same during raids without the complicated planning that makes things time consuming and more technical. Now this is not the most efficient of strategies out there. This is the type where you go all out. If you ask me this is the next thing to being crazy in the game but in a nice way.
As far as effectiveness of the strategy is concern, I would say it is a 50 – 50 one. It means that depending on the defense of the enemy, you can either win or lose the raid. As far as experience is concern with such strategy and with the new revamp Boom Beach game features, I would say I had a pretty good one. I won seven of the last 10 raids. And those are 10 are not that easy to beat if you gauge them with their levels and number wins. Definitely they have a pretty decent defense that can easily give anyone a headache if not careful. Now, what really makes me curious is the fact that this strategy really works well if one should use a Boom Beach online hack where one will know how to easily get resources especially diamonds.
The thing about this YOLO Strategy on Boom Beach is that it benefited from the recent updates that brought eight troops and eight boats on the game. If you compare the previous strategy stats with the recent one, the latter yields more wins the former. This probably due to the variety of troops that can be used at the same time, and the damage variation brought about by it.
Now, when it comes to recommending this strategy to Boomers around – definitey this is one that I can give it a go. But there is one thing you should keep in mind, you still have to mind your resources when it comes to using such tactic. This can be costly and for all you know, you will be out of resources pretty soon if you are not that careful.
What about for the Wii’s connectivity? I know for a fact motion control, graphics, creativity those sides of the Wii all have their defining games. But what about your Wii Connect 24? What about the online components? I mean, when it comes to the system’s communication features, what was their defining moment? Unfortunately, I think we’re looking at it. It ís easy to forget among memories of sizzle reels and exaggerated acting in exaggerated trailers, but one of the things Nintendo highlighted during their early showings of the Wii was precisely those features. And the game they used as an example was Animal Crossing.
They talked a lot about all the awesome ideas developers could come up with for online in a game like Animal Crossing. And then, they went ahead and didn’t come up with anything.This is usually where I’d tell you what Animal Crossing: City Folk is, but it is a lot more telling especially in retrospect to tell you what it isn’t. It ís not the next big step for the Animal Crossing series. In fact, if anything, it was walking in place. And it ís not the killer first-party release it should’ve been, especially considering how huge the system was already becoming by 2008.
If you’ve played Animal Crossing in either of its prior incarnations, you’ve pretty much played it on Wii. City Folk is one of the least-changed sequels to a major series I’ve ever seen. It’s almost like Nintendo took the GameCube and DS games and just reworked a few things for the Wii. I mean, why go any further than that? You know, it just their most successful system ever.
If you haven’t played Animal Crossing, well City Folk is a simulation game in which you’re living in the shoes of a cute little character in a cute little world. You arrive, you purchase a house, you eventually pay off the loan, you live a little virtual life in a little virtual world. Animal Crossing really is one of the better simulation games out there, especially for its charm and accessibility and in that general sense, City Folk is continuing the tradition. It just that ís all it does – continue.
If you’re new to the series and have no expectations, you’ll probably have a lot of fun with this game. There are a ton of things to do in Animal Crossing. There are places to visit and people to meet, and to its credit, you could go online and visit the worlds your friends are creating. There’s also voice chat support for Wii Speak, which, you know.That was a thing for a while. Big Nintendo franchises took big, creative risks on Wii. In comparison, this one didn’t. City Folk is a perfectly good Animal Crossing game but nothing more.