Gaming Enthusiast http://www.gamingenthusiast.net Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:52:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Top 10 GOGcom September Highlights You Should Not Miss http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/top-10-gogcom-september-highlights-miss/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/top-10-gogcom-september-highlights-miss/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:52:48 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19565 September saw a lot of great releases on GOGcom. We’ve trimmed down this top 10 to games that were highly rated, but you may not…

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September saw a lot of great releases on GOGcom. We’ve trimmed down this top 10 to games that were highly rated, but you may not have heard of in light of other releases, or you may have dismissed already without thinking about it. Believe me, each one of these releases is worth your time and money.

Neverending Nightmares

The story of Neverending Nightmares goes beyond the story of the game, and is the most personal game on this list. You are Thomas, an asthmatic lost in a terrifying b&w horror house. In a game without clear set objectives and the line betweeen failstates and progression is unclear, you will be drawn into a world expressing the inexpressible about mental illness. A powerful game, but not one everyone will enjoy. Get it if you dare. Buy Here Now

MIND Path to Thalamus 

MIND is one of the most intriguing games this September, which is why it’s such a shame that most people don’t even know it exists. There is a story, involving a stormchaser. Stuck in a coma and grappling with the guilt over the deaths of his daughter and sister, he struggles to return to reality, but you can deal with all of this independently from the gameplay. What you actually do is manipulate giant knotted balls (presumably made of the stormchaser’s neurons) and control the elements and seasons to solve over 30 puzzles. At times surrealistic and beautiful, MIND is just the game for the Myst crowd looking for something fresh. Buy Here Now

Meridian New World 

Meridian New World is a personal project, but in somewhat different vein. As a showcase of programmer Ede Tarsolo’s talents, it is an impressive accomplishment and demonstration of  his skills, but it’s also a good game on its own merits. Meridian New World is an old school RTS in the vein of Command and Conquer, ticking all the right boxes when it comes to presentation, game design, and mechanics. Much like C&C, its focus on story makes it a worthwhile single player game. While it lacks competitive multiplayer, fans can still share custom content with each other thanks to an extensive level editor. Buy Here Now

Raiden 3 Digital Edition

The truth is, this rerelease was a long time coming. MOSS’ ode to Seibu Kahatsu’s scrolling shooter series originally saw release in arcades and PlayStation 2 in 2005, and has invariable been rereleased to Japanese phones, as well as PSN. Today, however, you can get this shooter classic DRM-free. Raiden 3 retains Double Play mode, but actual two player has a great bonus; line up the ships together to activate a special laser beam attack. Buy Here Now

Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition

As of now, this is the definitive version of Guacamelee, so if you did not get it yet, now is the right time to do so. A Metroidvania styled platformer with themes borrowed from Mexican folklore, and and endearing cartoony theme, Guacamelee is one of the best indie platformers in recent memory, even giving the esteemed Shovel Knight a run for its money. CE comes with gameplay tweaks, as well as bundling all previous DLC and adding new levels and bosses. Buy Here Now

Vangers

Vangers is another rerelease of a little known game that’s definitely worth your time. Beneath the framework of a top-down racer is a deep action RPG, in the same vein as Mad Max for the NES. K-D Lab remasters their classic, with a true open sandbox world, nonlinear gameplay, 1o worlds to explore, and hardcore difficulty. Buy Here Now

Magicmaker

If you can get past the simple presentation, a deep dungeon crawling platformer with stellar magic mechanics awaits you here. Your little wizard can create as much as 2 million spells, thanks to an incredible crafting system. Collect as much as 40 unique materials, each with their own magical effect. The real magic comes when you use these materials together to create your own spells. Your wizard is customizable too, with 2 million possibilities for your robes as well. Use your wizard powers as a magician security guard, and take the battle to procedurally generated levels. Buy Here Now

Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae

This one may be a Johnny Come Lately, but it certainly is not a game to be ignored. It is not everyday when a Japanese indie game gets released to the West at all, much less an action game, and especially not  DRM-free. Originally released in Comiket 84, you play Mika, a shrine maiden with a holy sword, out to wreak vengeance on her classmate, who has killed their teacher using her dark sword. Much like a Suda51 or Kamiya game, the action on this one is frenetic, and the learning curve high. As these games come and go, Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae is not as polished as the best of them, and is a little on the short side, but GOGcom needed a game like this on its library, and today, you can get this one DRM-free. Buy Here Now

Spacecom

This 4X game eschews the tedium the genre is known for, in favor of fun and intense multiplayer. Its hyperminimalistic aesthetic may seem to be a limitation at first, but the flipside to this is that the core gameplay is relatively easy to pick up on and master. Spacecom still retains the punishing difficulty the genre is known for, but if you have been looking for the 4X game to draw your friends in, this is the game you are looking for. Buy Here Now

Hatoful Boyfriend

I know for sure this is a game many of you have heard of one way or another, but may have already decided you do not want. Otherwise, you already own this game.

So, let me sell this game to all the have nots. This dōjin soft otome visual novel has personality, humor, and critical acclaim. As the only human girl in a school for pigeons, you work your way towards the hearts of many a heartbreaking avian. Dating game fans know and recognize  this game as a fun diversion with a unique story. However, there is actually more to the game than this.

Spoilers in the next paragraph. Caveat emptor!

There is an alternate grimdark storyline in Hatoful Boyfriend, exploring the truth behind why the birds acquired humanlike intelligence, and with themes of deception, conspiracy, murder, and literally post apocalytic dystopia. If the girl fails to find a mate, she is murdered in her sophomore year, and it is up to her friend, Ryouta Kawara, to discover the reasons for her murder, exploring the roots of the avian-human war , and how Ryouta, and his diseased friend, are in the center of the fate of the world.

Devolver Digital’s rerelease of Hatoful Boyfriend uses Nazerine’s fan translation as base, and fixes potential bugs and errors, and adds content, to make this the definitive version of the game. Buy Here Now

 

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Top 10 Rated Atari Games on GOGcom http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/top-10-rated-atari-games-gogcom/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/top-10-rated-atari-games-gogcom/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:26:22 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19560 Atari’s got their games on sale on GOGcom this week, and there’s still time to catch up and get one or all of these. Rollercoaster…

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Atari’s got their games on sale on GOGcom this week, and there’s still time to catch up and get one or all of these.

Rollercoaster Tycoon: Deluxe

Irregardless of your favorite game genre, there is no getting around it. Rollercoaster Tycoon is one of the most popular and highest rated Atari-owned franchises. At least, it’s the most prominent in GOGcom.

Why do the Rollercoaster games hold up? Simply put, Chris Sawyer’s essential design is engaging and addictive. The combination of beautiful presentation, brilliant design, and inherent replayability makes even the original a must have.

The Deluxe edition comes bundled with expansions  Corkscrew Follies and Loopy Landscapes. Buy Here Now

Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 Triple Thrill Pack

This one expands on the original, with a veneer of authenticity added thanks to the Six Flags Parks license. Build 25 Six Flags roller coasters and 5 parks based on actual existing parks. The all new Roller Coaster Designer allows players to build as much as 150 rides and attractions. It also adds themes to use on the attractions and rides, such as Giant Garden, Wild West, and Pirates. Buy Here Now

Master of Magic

Master of Magic is a sim in the vein of Civilization, but with a slant towards fantasy, particularly magic. You shift between two worlds; the Earthlike Arcanus and the more mystical Myrror. Using Towers of Wizardry, you pass between the two worlds, and use your powers (magical, infantry, and otherwise) to conquer both. Each game is randomly generated from scratch, and with a wide variety of choices (magic types, races, etc), this game has a lot of replay value.  Buy Here Now

Blood: One Unit Whole Blood 

This first shooter on this list is also a worthy classic of the genre. Contemporaries with games such as Doom, Marathon, and Heretic, it was also one of the first games to offer secondary attack modes, as well as hidden rooms. This one also paid homage to many horror films and media, almost a little too overtly.

You play Caleb, a former cultist gunslinger from the Old West. Mysteriously brought back to life, Caleb sets out to find the dark god who betrayed him, Tchernobog, and kill him.

One Unit Whole Blood is the special edition version of this game, including its expansions Plasma Pak and Cryptic Passage. Buy Here Now

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena 

Yes, believe it or not, a licensed game made it to GOGcom. In fact, this name is a little misleading, as this actually bundles the more famous Escape from Butcher Bay as well as it sequel Assault on Dark Athena. Featuring the voice work of Vin Diesel, the man who plays Riddick, these games fill up the gaps on Riddick’s backstory prior to the movies. Much like the movies, these games flustered expectations by being very, very good. To put it quite simply, if you hadn’t played this game before you will simply have to play it to see for yourself. Buy Here Now

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum! 

Surprisingly, the 3rd in the series is a huge jump forward from its predecessors, but is generally held in less esteem, mainly because it is not quite perfection. Fans disagree on whether this game is a disappointment or another fine installment in the series, but either way, this remains a fine game on its own. Rollercoaster customization options are now nearly endless here, and add to that the updated graphics and presentation, and this may be the penultimate version of the game. Buy Here Now

Alone in the Dark 

You didn’t think we forgot this gem, did you? Alone in the Dark is a masterpiece of adventure horror gaming, and essentially the progenitor of the survival horror genre. It is little advertised here, but GOGcom actually offers this game as a bundle with Alone in the Dark 2 and 3. Detective Edward Carnby (and some alternate protagonists) explores a world festering with voodoo, gangsters, pirates, haunted mansions, the undead, and the unseen hands of Giger and Lovecraft.  Buy Here Now

Blood 2: The Blood Group

The sequel to Blood, Blood 2: The Chosen finds Caleb 100 years later, still fighting the Cabal long after their god has been slain. Now a megacorporation called CabalCo, they hunt Caleb endlessly, unaware of their and his final role in the fate of the world, and the universe. This bundle also includes the expansion  The Nightmare Levels.

The timeskip allows for the addition of futuristic tech, and a surprise plot twist that will unravel everything you assumed you knew about the original. Of course, you can also opt to ignore the story completely, and play any of the other characters aside from Caleb, or go for multiplayer. Each character has different markmanship abilities, hit points, and armor level, and finding the right character for you could mean the difference between life and death. Buy Here Now

 

Independence War Deluxe 

We cap off this list with a series of space combat simulators. Originally released as I-War, Independence War allows you to command a 8520 ton, 160 meter long dreadnought. This bundle includes the original game and its sole expansion: Defiance.

Unlike contemporaries such as Wing Commander or Descent Freespace, Independence War employed Newtonian physics, so that you had to deal with inertia from the ship’s mass, as well as the lack of drag in outer space. For the most part, however, you dealt with the simlike side of the game, managing the command station, navigation, engineering, and weapons. Take on a group of rebellious insurgents, in both campaign and quick battle modes.  Buy Here Now

Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos 

The sequel to I-War features a stronger story campaign, widely expanded gameplay, and the same Newtonian physics. As Cal Johnston, a failed early attempt at vengeance leads to a hard life as a solider of fortune and a lifelong battle against the Corporations that have overrun human civilization. With four ships, more than 100 upgrades and weapons, nonlinear gameplay, and more, Edge of Chaos was a critical darling but underappreciated in its time. Today, you can enjoy this classic for the masterpiece that it is. Buy Here Now

 

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Cannon Brawl PC Review http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/review/cannon-brawl-pc-review/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/review/cannon-brawl-pc-review/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:12:13 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?post_type=review&p=19520 The RTS (real-time-strategy) genre wears many hats. One might be fitted for orc slaying, the other stitched for thwarting waves of an alien army. The…

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The RTS (real-time-strategy) genre wears many hats. One might be fitted for orc slaying, the other stitched for thwarting waves of an alien army. The one thing that they all have in common is the impulse or strategic planning it takes in order to turn a dire situation into a triumphant victory. If Cannon Brawl were any one of those headpieces, it would probably be made of balloons, gunpowder, and stitched with tongue-in-cheek.

It is hard not to look at Cannon Brawl and think that it could easily be ported over to the mobile platform. The game hosts a bright, vivid, and easily digestible color palette. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, considering that the game is accessible through PC/Mac via Steam and could be highly successful on mobile devices. In reality, the game is a mobile title on the PC gaming platform. I am curious as to how the XP and purchasing of towers, objects, and various other characters will would lay out on mobile devices, yet still keep balancing intact, while avoiding the “pay-to-win” structure.

Most RTS games feature some sort of cool-down mechanic when either attacking or building structures. This is what introduces the strategy aspect to the game, leaving players to pick and choose their battle wisely. This can either spread victory throughout the lands or leave your people to suffer under the oppressive ways of the gun. Cannons, walking bombs, and missiles are among the death devices available for purchase. These are mostly used as offensive towers but can also play other roles in development your war plan. Defensive mechanisms include satellites that can be upgraded for stronger repellent powers and a bank. Yes, a bank.

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In essence, the majority of the game is based off of map control. The central focus of each map is the minerals/mining/resources. There are diamonds and gold situated on hills and elevated plots of land. In order to reach these, you must expand your territory with the use of balloons, but to get balloons, you must have resources. Using the funds made by mining the resources will allow you to purchase new additions to your army. A rather intricate catch-22, so to speak. Luckily, the level starts you out with enough funds to make some strategic moves to start. It then becomes your task to grow and defeat the enemy’s HQ. The variety and challenge in gameplay comes in the form of new weaponry and enemy abilities.

Surprisingly enough, there are plenty of ways in which to play. One can enter the field with no defense and simply just blast away until your opponents army has been blown into the ocean — there’s actually a challenge for that. Other times, you can assess the map before the round begins to choose what and who will be maintaining your battlefield.

Each character has different abilities that contribute to your tactics. For example, if there are tons of minerals to be found, you might choose the Driller, who has the ability to do a drill blast every sixty seconds. She can blast to the diamonds below the surface or even drop an opponent’s cannon, skating on thin dirt. The initial player you are given, the Princess, allows for cool-down times to be fifteen percent shorter. When a large squadron of unrelenting blasts or protection is needed to be maintained, she is the right person for the job. The other main character you might use is the Prince, which delivers six HP every ten seconds. Gamers may lump them into such classes as the medic, heavy artillery, or even rogue using his speed. More are unlocked through the game but these are the three that will start your journey.

There are multiple characters to unlock. Each has their own given ability which can tie into your battle plan.

There are multiple characters to unlock. Each has their own given ability, which can tie into your battle plan.

The levels range from the normal “conquer the opponent’s base” gameplay to puzzle levels. The puzzle levels challenge players to use their learned skillset in order to defeat the enemy with the given set of rules. Sometimes, it is using only two shots available; other times, one must simply survive the onslaught of missiles, bombs, and even warheads heading in your general direction. All of these may cripple the nice array of shields you just purchased, so using your funds and resources wisely can easily translate into the real game. The puzzle levels become more of lessons adding value to tactics.

The only gripes that I have about the game are very small. I would have like to see a few more options to change graphics settings on the fly. After using the controller to navigate the game, I decided to go and try the mouse/keyboard combo. Browsing through the menus could be done a bit easier having mouse support, which doesn’t exist for a PC game.

Overall, the experience of Cannon Brawl is very fun. I found humor in the dialogue and addiction in the strategic gameplay. There are plenty of unlockables, whether it be characters, puzzles, or buildings to be found in your armory. The online multiplayer enough to keep you tied up in the arms of battle for either local AI or a human being. The game hosts a fluffy cartoon-like art style, which is palatable and fun. There are tons of weaponry and even a giant robot to smash your buildings to smithereens. The difficulty can range from easy to challenging.

After completing the game, the “Nightmare Mode” will open up and give you some true diversity ahead. The map structure changes, offering more than just the single campaign playthrough.

One could easily make it through the entire Adventure Mode in a single sitting. However, the challenges of another human being vary from that of just the AI. Matchmaking is rather swift as there has been consistency in the amount of players online at a given time.

The online multiplayer delivers high replay value, as there is nothing more challenging than facing off against another person who is looking to crush your castle and not just some meddling evil sorcerer brother.

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Top 10 Free Kid’s Games http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/top-10-free-kids-games/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/top-10-free-kids-games/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:25:35 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19540 These games are great for kids to get into, and older gamers may find something to like about it too. Wizard101 Wizard101 is the game…

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These games are great for kids to get into, and older gamers may find something to like about it too.

Wizard101

Wizard101 is the game for the Harry Potter fan in your family. Train as a young wizard and face multiple threats to the wizarding world to save your homeworld of Spiral. You get RPG style progression and easy to understand turn based combat, similar to playing cards on a CCG. Wizard101 offers both subscription and microtransactions, and has safeguards for player interaction, in terms of the name generator, menu chat system, and more. Buy Here Now

Pirate101

Wizard101’s sister game eschews the world of magic for that of scalawags. Acquire your ship, recruit and train your crew, and sail off for adventure. Pirate101 offers the same flexible payment options and player interaction safeguards. It also has turn based combat, this time based around playing on a board. Depending on how you look at it, this is great news (solid gameplay) or bad (boring). Either way, there are no nasty surprises waiting for parents for this one.

Roblox

Roblox is best described as a Lego MMO. Yes, it looks like Minecraft on the surface, but it is actually closer in line to The Simes. Where Mojang added in Creepers to compel the construction of refuges, as well as defenses, Roblox instead encourages players to build their characters and buildings freely, and to interact with and share your creations with others. Roblox is also heavily moderated to ensure younger players are safe anywhere they go and anytime they play. Roblox also allows for premium membership or microtransactions. Buy Here Now

Lego Legends of Chima Online

You may have been wondering about this, and the answer is yes, Lego does have their own MMO. This one is based on The Legends of Chima, their popular toyline and cartoon IP. You play a custom anthropomorphic character in Chima, between the Lion, Eagle, Gorilla, and Bear, and join the battle against the Crocodiles. You destroy Legos to find hidden items, make your own gadgets, build defensible Outposts, beat enemies using Chi, and more. If you are a parent, you probably know if your child is a Chima fan. Between this and the TV show, you can save yourself money on the figures and let them indulge in this free to play game.

Club Penguin

Club Penguin is Disney’s sole surviving virtual world, and they picked the right one to keep around. The game has a burgeoning active community, with as many as 200 million registered users as of July of last year. You are literally a penguin, starting out with your own igloo, and with the ability to visit other igloos and areas. Club Penguin is filled with the events found in most virtual world games, including upgrading igloos, holding online parties, buying online merchandise, etc. Club Penguin remains one of the safest places for children to play for free, although if you can spare it, you may want to get your child paid membership, as the community has built castes between paid and unpaid members.

Whyville

Whyville is another virtual world with a focus on educational interaction. The game is filled with games and activities meant to encourage learning and exploration. Whyville’s partnerships with public and private entities have led to a lot of educational sponsored content, including customizable Scion automobiles, and a virtual representation of the Getty Museum. There have also been targeted activities and games, by entities like Texas’s nutritition association and workforce commission. Whyville is completely free, although some players can purchase Pearls, a virtual currency that allows them to buy unique items.

Dreamworks: School of Dragons

Surprisingly enough, the licensed School of Dragons, based on the How To Train Your Dragon CG franchise, is not just a free to play MMO, but an educational game to boot. Enter the village of Berk and become a dragon trainer, with minigames, puzzles, even quests. Underneath the veneer of a licensed game is the hand of educational game maker JumpStart, which has been around since 1994. The game’s puzzles and quests are designed to teach children use of the scientific method, and it boasts seamless gameplay across PC and mobile. School of Dragons has premium subscription and limited free play options.

Poptropica

While Poptropica is getting its first spinoff console game on the 3DS, the original game remains an endearing handcrafted experience. Visit 40 islands to explore, interact with fun characters, and go on quests. The puzzles you will be compelled to solve are genuine brainteasers, that will help develop thinking and logical skills in players. The sheer number of content alone, including licenses from Peanuts and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, as well as holiday themed islands, is more than enough of a draw to the game.

NeoPets

If you have been online for some time you probably already know what NeoPets is. Now owned by Knowledge Adventure, the venerable virtual online pet game has been greatly expanded, from a limited Tamagotchi-like sim, to a full fledged MMO with   a sprawling virtual world, virtual currency, and even interactive storylines. At its core, however, NeoPets is still a pet sim, so you can choose to just raise your pet to whatever he or she becomes, at your behest. NeoPets remains one of the most addictive sites on the web for children, so if you want to introduce this to your kid, caveat emptor.

Moshi Monsters

Moshi Monsters is not substantially very different from NeoPets, although it boasts its own cartoony, colorful aesthetic. You choose and customize a pet to raise, as well as make their own customizable private rooms. Bringing them to Monstro City, you can play minigames, including a daily puzzle that rewards you with virtual currency. Last 2013, Moshi Monsters had 80 million user accounts, across 150 territories. While not particularly original or unique, the game is popular, child friendly, and free. Moshi Monsters continues to expand in spinoff games and transmedia works (film, album, toys), but the original game is still free, with an active global community.

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Top 10 Free Action Games http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/top-10-free-action-games/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/top-10-free-action-games/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:48:27 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19505 Today’s list is a no-frills rundown of action games you can play for free. No turn based games here! Blades of Excalibur Arthur is newly…

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Today’s list is a no-frills rundown of action games you can play for free. No turn based games here!

Blades of Excalibur

Arthur is newly crowned king, but it is a dark time for the court of Camelot. Play a knight, barbarian, or enchantress, to unite the warring kingdoms against its common threats. From the schemes of Morgan Le Fay and Mordred, to the Saxons and otherworldly creatures, to the quest for the Grail, Arthur needs your help.

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World of Warplanes

This intense flight combat game was conceived as Wargaming’s aerial answer to World of Tanks. Don’t kid yourself, this is not a basic browser game. This is a genuine flight combat game, requiring dedication to learn and master the controls alone. However, Wargaming invested in making this a premium experience, so World of Warplanes boasts state of the art graphics and premium presentation. If you already have a World of Tanks account, Wargaming introduced unified accounts, so you can play this now.

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Runes of Magic

Developed by Taiwanese company Runester, Runes of Magic has all the hallmarks of a AAA MMO production, available to play completely for free. Some would call it a World of Warcraft clone, but that ignores the fact that World of Warcraft itself shamelessly copied from its contemporaries, and built upon that. Runes of Magic also builds upon World of Warcraft, and even adds elements Blizzard’s more famous franchise does not have. There is so much to do in Runes of Magic, with critics pointing to the deep crafting system as a major highlight.

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Dragon Nest Europe

Chances are high you have already heard of this game. Dragon Nest is defined by its manga / anime art style, as well as third person shooter elements. Choose between  Cleric, Warrior, Sorceress, and Archer, and embark in some adventurous quests as a four player party. Dragon Nest is moderated to make it as child friendly as possible. If you are a parent or older relative, you may still want to monitor your child’s playtime. Dragon Nest’s young and active community is perhaps its greatest asset, as you will never be found lacking for people to play with.

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Drakensang Online

Drakensang has all the appearances of a Diablo clone, but in actuality, its roots lie with a completely different fantasy universe with different rules: Das Schwarze Auge, or The Dark Eye, a German RPG franchise that outsold Dungeons and Dragons in its own country. The original Drakensang games were, in fact, licensed with The Dark Eye.

Unfortunately, the original developer, Radon Labs, went into insolvency, and sold themselves and the Drakensang name to Bigpoint Berlin. Bigpoint did not get the The Dark Eye license in the deal, and so they set about creating an entirely new fantasy world instead. The  end result has been lauded as one of the finest German game productions in recent memory.

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Zombies Ate My Pizza

If you can get past the simple art style and presentation, you will find that Zombies Ate My Pizza is a fine eight way shooter. It may not be as action packed and relentless as, say, Shock Troopers, but it promises the thrill of mowing down hordes of zombies. Plus, it has a pretty addictive quest and RPG system. At its core, the mouse and keyboard control scheme is rock solid, and killing hordes of zombies is fun, even if the pizza part is never full explained. Don’t let the derivative name fool you, Zombies At My Pizza is worth your consideration.

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Vindictus

The sequel to Mabinogi Heroes, Nexon has made Vindictus a heavily narrative focused MMO. This game has limits to customization and freedom, but that may have resulted in a more solid game. Choose one of eight characters, each with their own class, stats, combat styles, and special abilities. Thanks to their unique skillsets, each character plays completely different and leads to a different experience. Vindictus plays out across several linear chapters, giving Nexon the opportunity to tell a deeper story than your average MMORPG. It also still offers limited character customization, in terms of dyeing clothes and weapons, and there are still dungeons to allow you to grind.

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Dead Frontier

Built on Unity and playable on browsers, Dead Frontier is the quintessential MMO zombie game. A survival horror MMO, it allows you to enter a fully 3D environment to find, run away from, and take down zombies. Working with other players, you can gather resources and extend the reach of safety zones and outposts. Dead Frontier shines as a coop game, but even on your own, there is a lot of fun to be had with it. It may pale in comparison to H1Z1 and DayZ, but it has lower barriers to entry than either AAA production.

Chronoblade

Built on Adobe Flash Player’s Stage3D, Chronoblade promises a grand universe to fight in, that you can access nearly instantly, without heavy computing requirements or large downloads. In fact, Chronoblade is set in a multiverse in peril, as a multidimensional entity, the Chronarch Imperium, threatens to destroy each universe in existence. You are an Interdimensional hero, part of the Pact of the remaining universes fighting for survival. You enter one of many multiplayer worlds, and have at your disposal a host of combat options and abilities. Chronoblade also promises open ended character progression.
Arcane Legends

Playable across mobile and PC platforms, Arcane Legends brings a heavily stylized, cartoony aesthetic to the world of MMOs. Choose to play between the deadly rogue, mystical sorcerer, or hulking warrior. Choose your pet, a vital and new game element, and enter the world to battle, grind, trade, join guilds, fight other players, coop with other players, and more. Arcane Legends will always be free, and it ticks all the MMOs essentials, and does it well enough to make it worth a try. Its real draw is playing across mobile and PC, and this is a good one.

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Need for Speed Rivals Complete Edition Arrives in October, Skips Wii U http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/news/need-speed-rivals-complete-edition-arrives-october-skips-wii-u/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/news/need-speed-rivals-complete-edition-arrives-october-skips-wii-u/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:54:25 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?post_type=news&p=19516 The Need for Speed franchise has spanned generations of gaming consoles. The latest installment, Need for Speed Rivals brought a top-tier racer on prior-gen consoles,…

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The Need for Speed franchise has spanned generations of gaming consoles. The latest installment, Need for Speed Rivals brought a top-tier racer on prior-gen consoles, including the Nintendo Wii U. This time around the ‘Complete Edition‘ will house all downloadable content packs and hit the streets October 21st in North America and October 24th in Europe.

Sorry Nintendo fans, the Wii U is not inclusive of the re-release with content packs.

Here are the following content packs slated for the release:

  • Ferrari Edition Special Complete Pack – Includes both Cop and Racer versions of these extreme machines – The Ferrari F40 and the Ferrari F50.
  • Simply Jaguar Complete Pack – Includes both Cop and Racer versions of the Jaguar C-X75, the most advanced Jaguar ever created, and the Jaguar XJ220 – the world’s first Hypercar.
  • Concept Lamborghini Complete Pack – Includes both Cop and Racer versions of the astonishing Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo and the stunning Lamborghini Miura Concept.
  • The Koenigsegg Agera One – The Koenigsegg One:1 is in a category of its own. It´s not a Supercar, not a Hypercar…It´s a One:1. The name refers to the almost impossible and highly sought-after ratio of one horsepower per kilogram.
  • Complete Movie Pack – Includes Cop and Racer versions of the GTA Spano; and Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. Plus, the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR 722 Edition as a Cop and the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Roadster 722 S as a Racer.
  • Loaded Garage Pack – Complete your vehicle collection with the Loaded Garage Pack which includes the Ultimate Cop Pack, Ultimate Racer Pack, Premium Livery Pack, Classic Muscle Livery, Track Day Livery, VIP Matte Kit Livery and Digital Revolution Livery.

Need for Speed Rivals Complete Edition will release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It will release for prior-gen consoles, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The PC will also see a release via Origin. There is no announced Nintendo Wii U version of the game.

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Top 10 Shooters http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/top-10-shooters/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/top-10-shooters/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:15:59 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19507 We’re sharing an extra special list today, to commemorate this week’s weekend GOGcom sale. GOGcom has gone ahead and put shooters on sale, FPSes and…

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We’re sharing an extra special list today, to commemorate this week’s weekend GOGcom sale. GOGcom has gone ahead and put shooters on sale, FPSes and shmups alike. We’re running down the best games on the sale here.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl 

Yes, all three S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games warrant mention here (and probably a better use of your money than funding Areal!) The series combines a freely explorable game world, RPG style upgrades, and hunger, radiation, and bleeding elements to a core shooter experience.

Shadow of Chernobyl introduces the grim post-Chernobyl game world of the franchise and tasks the player with investigating and discovering the origins and the truth about the eponymous Stalkers. Buy Here Now

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky

Clear Sky introduces a new protagonist and a new factions system, as the world of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. faces disruption. You will be able to ally or fight factions in the game, as they fight over contol over Chernobyl.

And you? You are Scar, a sole survivor who seems to have some degree of immunity from radiation. You fight to thwart a group of Stalkers who are trying to reach the center of the Zone. The Zone’s attempts to protect itself may lead to monumental destruction. Buy Here Now

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat

Call of Pripyat may not be the culmination of the series everyone was looking for, but it remains a fine game, and a must play for people invested in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.’s narrative. This final game adds a limited economy and a free play mode, allowing you to go through side missions you were not able to finish in the main story.

In this game, the Zone is now fair game to Stalkers and looters everywhere, and  the government has taken notice. They send a helicopter recon mission prior to a military assault at the plant. The mission goes wrong, with all five helicopters crashing. You are Major Alexander Degtyarev, a former Stalker and goverment agent, now tasked with discovering what happened.

It’s somewhat unsatisfying to leave the game at this note, but at the same time it is a sufficient culmination of the events building up from the first two games. Buy Here Now

Tower of Guns

Tower of Guns is a shooter for beginners, twitch gamers, and people who don’t have that much time.  No need to invest much here, as you can finish the whole thing under an hour. It won’t get tiring either, since the game randomizes every time. Add to that solid gameplay mechanics and you’ve got a killer deal. Buy Here Now

Luftrausers

Luftrausers leans more towards the shmup side of shooters, and comes from Vlambeer.  Customize your plane and test your chances in this multidirectional shooter. You enter a randomized open air battlefield above the sea, filled with enemy planes, ships and subs. Your plane runs on tank controls, but it can only shoot from the front, requiring planned targeting and careful navigation.

Luftrausers is light on modes and content, but the core gameplay is good. At this discount, it’s a worth purchase for sure. Buy Here Now

Raiden Legacy

Raiden Legacy is a geniune arcade throwback. This anthology collects four games from Seiben Kaihatsu’s famed schmup franchise: Raiden, Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters 2, and Raiden Fighters Jet. The Raiden games distinguished themselves from the pack with simultaneous double player mode, where one can player can control two ships parallel to each other.

This anthology from DotEmu adds Mission and Training Modes, and comes with the requisite gamepad controller. Thankfully, you can use any PC controller with this. The games also get high definition soundtracks, and TATE (landscape) support. Buy Here Now

Symphony

Symphony is definitely the most unusual game in this list. Symphony goes through the audio files in you computer to create the stages you must traverse in this vertical shmup. Each generated stage will also have an item you can find to equip and upgrade.

Symphony’s stages use a bright neon vector graphics like aesthetic, reminiscent of shooters from the Vectrex. Symphony’s core mechanics are rock solid, and promises to be a genuine treat for audiophiles. Buy Here Now

Pixeljunk Shooter

Q-Games PixelJunk Shooter is another one designed for pick up and play. Rather than just lay waste on an army of planes, you are on a rescue mission. Manipulate the elements, including a mysterious black liquid, to save scientists stranded after a subterranean expedition.

This is one of Q-Games’ most critically acclaimed efforts to date, and really plays more like a puzzler than reflex shooter. Pixeljunk Shooter requires an Xbox 360 controller, but on the upside, it comes with local cooperative play. Buy Here Now

The Chaos Engine

Who says only the PlayStation 4 gets Victorian steampunk games? Originally released in 1993 by The Bitmap Brothers, The Chaos Engine is a top down run and gun with local coop. The  eponymous engine is a threat created by a time traveling scientist whose plans to make the world a better place goes awry.

What’s left is an artificial intelligence who stands as a threat to the world at large, turning humans into razor plated killing machines. You pick two from six available characters to try to take it out, and traverse levels filled with devious traps and relentless enemies.

This game received ports in a staggering number of platforms, including Atari ST, Amiga CD32, MS-DOS, RISC OS, Sega Mega Drive, Super NES, and mobile. This is a remaster of the Amiga AGA original, with the original intro and music intact. Buy Here Now

Incoming + Incoming Forces

Finally, the Incoming games are straight up arcade action level shooters. The fighting is relentless and the gameplay is straightforward. Play either the humans or the aliens to protect them from each other as they each try to invade each other’s homeworld.

The Incoming games were not fully appreciated in their initial release in 2002, partly because many people did not have the PCs capable of running them. If you did not get the chance back then, or were not even aware of these games, you have the opportunity to try them now. Buy Here Now

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Top 10 Reissued And Remastered PC Classic Games http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/top-10-remastered-pc-classic-games/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/top-10-remastered-pc-classic-games/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:59:30 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?p=19498 CD Projekt RED seems to have netted a few new juicy contracts, with a succession of classic games coming out for GOGcom. This is my…

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CD Projekt RED seems to have netted a few new juicy contracts, with a succession of classic games coming out for GOGcom. This is my personal recommendations list for the top 10 remastered, remade, or just plain reissued classics on GOGcom. We’re also stretching this a bit to include games with an old school aesthetic, and at least one straight up sequel.

Defender of the Crown  Cinemaware has finally signed up with GOGcom, and their initial salvo is the flagship title that made the companies’ name. In Defender of the Crown, you lead a group of Saxon knights in a quest to unite England and take it back from those terrible Normans and their giant castles. Cinemaware has gone the extra mile and is offering both the DOS and (in every way superior) Amiga versions of the game. Defender of the Crown raised the bar on presentation in strategy games and PC games in general, and today the game still holds up well.  Buy Here Now

DROD 4: Gunthro and the Epic Blunder Did the first few DROD games seem too intimidating? This is the game you need to play first. It serves as the prequel to the series, but also offers a smoother, lower barrier to entry. Get acquainted with DROD’s intimidating mechanics as Beethro Budkin narrates the tale of the first dungeon conquering smitemaster, his grandfather Gunthro.  Buy Here Now

Shadowgate Special Edition Shadowgate is a classic for Mac and Nintendo gamers alike. Between the NES, Mac, Game Boy Color, Windows, and N64, millions worldwide have endured and enjoyed this punishing, often puzzling, adventure. One Kickstarter later and the game has been revamped for modern systems. Along with the enhanced graphics is a more reasonable difficulty curve and remade tunes, but a lot of the same familiar elements and tropes that make Shadowgate what it is. If you’ve never entered this realm, this is the best way to experience the game today.  Buy Here Now

Reprisal Universe Reprisal Universe is a stylish, well designed retake on the Populous series, and itself a remake of a freeware RTS. The pixelated graphics, along with the unique tilt shift style  presentation, make this one a worthy play for old and new gamers alike. You are Thallos, a fallen demi-god working to gather his people, as well as the ten lost amulets of his tribes. You control nature’s elements, with 20 totem powers to collect, as well as 32 planets to explore. Buy Here Now

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition  OK, so this game isn’t even out yet (releasing October 15), but at a small discount for preorder, it comes highly recommended. One of the most critically acclaimed adventure games ever made has been reimagined and remade in high resolution 3D. The eponymous Gabriel Knight investigates a series of voodoo killings, and along the way, discovers the Gabriel family’s roots, as well as his ultimate destiny. The original developer, Jane Jensen, has brought back her baby for modern gamers, adding new scenes and puzzles to boot. Jane’s Pinkerton Road also commissioned the original composer, Robert Holmes, to remake the soundtrack. Buy Here Now

Hogs of War This humorous RTS may be mostly forgotten today, but it is a game worth coming back to for its rare parodic design, as well as for the comic styling of its voice actor, the late Rik Mayall. Take charge of one of six pig nations squabbling over the islands of Saustralasia. These nations, each a parody of a major country involved in World War I, are fighting to take control of swill, the life blood of pigs. Arm your grunts with upgrades to their classes, arms, even earning vehicles like tanks, and play across 25 regions. Hogs of War has not received the graphical upgrades the other games on this list have, but it definitely has a charm of its own. Buy Here Now

Sacred 2 Gold If you haven’t experienced the world of Sacred, GOGcom once again offers the best deal you can find for it anywhere. Bundling Sacred 2 Fallen Angel and its expansion, Sacred 2 Ice and Blood. The world of Ancaria is in disarray due to the disruption of a new energy source. While the Seraphim and Inquisitors squabble for control, the energy spreads and mutates the world’s inhabitants. Ice and Blood adds two regions as well as a new playable character. Overall, Sacred is know for straightforward hack and slash fun, and while it always stands under the shadow of Diablo, Sacred 2 is fun enough to acquire a dedicated fanbase on its own. Buy Here Now

AI War Collection A grand RTS series, this bundles AI War: Fleet Command and all six expansions for hours upon hours of gameplay. You are a human commander, grossly outnumbered by AI armies that have taken root throughout the galaxy. You and you 3,000 unit strong army takes on the AI’s 50,000, in a grand battle to take it all back. Of course, the big draw here is the game’s brilliant and unique algorithms, which will make you want to play over and over. AI War is one of the finest 4X games in existence.  Buy Here Now

Wasteland 2 Digital Deluxe Don’t run away from this bundle looking at the price, because it is offering incredible value. Get Wasteland 2 Digital Deluxe and you also get gift codes for the original Wasteland, as well as for The Bard’s Tale. Wasteland 2 itself is a spiritual predecessor to the Fallout series, and was given the grand modernization treatment it deserves. The classic turn based combat with RPG progression remains, but updated to fit modern sensibilities. Of course, the game’s presentation has received updates all around as well. Buy Here Now

realMyst Masterpiece Edition We end with one of many special editions and versions you can get of Myst. Released to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary, RMME allows you to move real time in 3D as you would in modern FPP adventure games like Gone Home. If you would prefer OG point and click controls, that is in here too. Sweeping graphical and audio enhancements, including numerous environmental effects, make this the version to play for new gamers discovering the genre, and its progenitor, for the first time.  Buy Here Now

 

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Microsoft and Mojang Enter Partnership http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/news/microsoft-mojang-enter-partnership/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/news/microsoft-mojang-enter-partnership/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:02:36 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?post_type=news&p=19486 Recent rumors had surfaced that Microsoft and Minecraft developer, Mojang, were in talks of a potential partnership. There were mixed feelings from the gaming community…

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Recent rumors had surfaced that Microsoft and Minecraft developer, Mojang, were in talks of a potential partnership. There were mixed feelings from the gaming community on what this might mean for future development and support of the game, but it seems as though the announcement should ease some of those concerns.

There wasn’t much news other than the inclinations that the company might enter exclusivity with the giant of the business. Now, those rumors have been confirmed via the Microsoft Facebook and details via the Xbox blog page.

Our relationship with Mojang began when we initially talked to the team about bringing Minecraft to the console. Minecraft quickly became the top online game on Xbox Live, with over two billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years. That working relationship set the ground work for other opportunities. We’ve long seen the incredible potential of Minecraft.

At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people. Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise. That is why we plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms – including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC.

The quote above is probably the biggest mouthful for gamers to swallow. There was potential loss for console owners that are not Microsoft branded. If you look at the previous history of Mojang, it seems reassuring that they will indeed continue to support the game across all platforms–even the Sony PlayStation.

Check out the video below as the infamous Phil Spencer delivers news in regards to the partnership and thoughts on the success of Minecraft.

Thoughts? Sound off in the comments below.

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The Capcom Steam Sale Steals the Deals http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/news/capcom-steam-sale-steals-deals/ http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/news/capcom-steam-sale-steals-deals/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:16:31 +0000 http://www.gamingenthusiast.net/?post_type=news&p=19481   Forget that the Steam Summer Sale was just a few months ago. If you didn’t delve into your wallet and snag some major deals,…

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Forget that the Steam Summer Sale was just a few months ago. If you didn’t delve into your wallet and snag some major deals, look no further than the Capcom Steam Sale. It runs from Sept. 11-15 and will offer some major discounts on games under the Capcom umbrella. There’s an Umbrella Corp. joke in there somewhere for those wanting to venture down that path.

Games offered on the sale will range from 50-80% off. So, if you were looking for something like the Capcom All-Star pack, it will run you $24.99, a 72% discount, and nab you the following:

  • Dead Rising 2
  • Devil May Cry 4
  • RE6 / BH6: Onslaught Mode
  • RE6 / BH6: Predator Mode
  • RE6 / BH6: Siege Mode
  • RE6 / BH6: Survivors Mode
  • Resident Evil 6 / Biohazard 6
  • Resident Evil 6 Wallpaper

Other games featured include DmC: Devil May Cry and other Resident Evil titles. Click here for the full listing of content.

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