Category: Games


Minecraft iOS

Minecraft Pocket Edition has finally come to iPhones, iPods and iPads. Yes Minecraft has come to Apple! A listing on the New Zealand Itunes Store shows the game to be available for $9.99 (NZ Dollar) which is about $6.99 (US Dollar), that’s about the same price as the Android Version. The game will be compatible with any device running iOS 4.3 or higher. unfortunately the specifications are to high for my first generation iPod touch!

According to the description the game will allow players to ‘move beyond the limits of your computer and play Minecraft everywhere you go’. The game is unfortunately limited to Creative mode with only 36 kinds of blocks for building with. It will still randomly generate worlds for you and using WI-Fi players can invite others to their world! The game is looks lacking in areas for there are less blocks to play with and no survival mode. However it is new and will obviously be updated, it’s still a long way to go!

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Peta got beef with Mario

Animal rights group Peta (people for the ethical treatment of animals) has a problem with everyone favourite Italian Mario. They say that by Mario wearing a Tanooki suit in Super Mario 3D Land is sending a message that it’s OK to wear fur. I’m for animal rights but this is just stupid! Nintendo responded by saying that these light-hearted and magical transformations give Mario abilities and make his games fun to play and that it makes no statement beyond the games themselves.

MW3 low Metacritic User Score

A few Days ado MW3 rated 2.7 out of 10, pretty embarrassing for such a big title I know. What shocked me the most was Glen Schofield, developer of MW3 coming out and practically begging on twitter for people to go and raises it, he said:

‘I don’t usually do this but, if you like MW3 go 2 metacritic.com and help our user score. It’s suspiciously low. Be honest but help if u agree’

Metacritic is a site that you can rate or grade entertainment like music , films and games. It is a great place to go to if you can’t decide if you want something or not, just remember it’s the public voting on the score.

The score has recently shot up to 8.7, but will you help?

A few people have now told me that most FPSs are a waste of time. To a degree they are right. If you take Modern Warfare 3 as an example then they would apparently be right. People are getting a tad bored and annoyed, they are restless of the same FPS formula being rolled out year after year. They’re tired of the over the top ‘block buster’ campaigns. The tech is tired yet the numbers hold? Why is this? Is the FPS scene stuck on its last legs or is it just a simple case of familiarity?

It’s a bit of both, the single player has really lost its way. Some people would say ‘who cares about single player anyway?’ well I do, I still play it and I still buy it – I want what I pay for! The strange thing is that it used to be the other way around, go back a couple of years to the PS2 era and the multiplayer was barely worth a shoot. Goldeneye is a good example of this, the campaign is awesome but the multiplayer lacking in places – great game though.

Some of these newer titles seem to have an ‘anything goes approch’ which does bring new ideas to the scene. Plus they weren’t afraid to test players, it meant your were a beast if you completed that level, or got that challenge. I am told you only have to look at Bioshock and CoD 4  to see this. Recently Battlefield 3 set the modern game bench mark in the single player scene, with its great graphics and more realistic story. Although the problems are, along with most other FPSs is: a linear story and no chance to explore and the way you can’t take another route that is taken for granted in multiplayer. It’s just walk up to your objective marker, kill everything and remember to take cover to recharge your health. CoD has those constant spawning enemies! You may race through the campaign you won’t remember what happened.

Part of the problem has got to be the characters, they are unbelievable, are you seriously supposed to feel sad when that animated guy who you saved his life for finally dies? Yes, but it’s never sad. You only ever shoot the bad guys because ‘they’re bad guys’. The bad guys nearly always run to one prescribed spot and pop their head up every couple of seconds. Are they trying to go back to the last decade? Is it too much to ask for to have proactive and reactive enemies. As much as the jet sequence in Battlefield looked good and the submarine level in MW3 looks good but they might aswell have put non-interactive cut scenes in. What’s up with the ‘quick time events’ at the moment?

All in all, if you don’t care about the poor acting, storylines and the predictable AIs then it’s a great time to be an FPS fan. If not then just make sure you love the multiplayer!

Minecraft on Xbox?

With all the update Minecraft on Xbox would loo like this!

Apparently Minecraft will only be coming to one console when it releases this month. Recently creator Notch confirmed it would only becoming to Xbox live – sorry PS3 people. If you want to get your hands on the Xbox version before anyone else you will have to go to the Minecon convention on the 18-19 November in Las Vegas.  I want to go but, its along way from Britain.

Call of Duty: Elite

Improve's Map Knowledge

Call of Duty Elite is designed to bring gamers together. It helps you: connect, compete and improve. A lot of it is free, but you can buy extras and gain founder status; which has perks like getting the monthly DLC free. It really looks a helpful platform to work from – there are apps and other ways to connect directly from different technology. Connect with fellow CoD gamers to meet new people and friends. Join public groups with people who share interests with you or just for the sake of it. Create private clans for a personal multiplayer experience where you can level up as a clan and generally boast. Compete no matter what level you are. Elite offers a way to enter competitions, leagues and events for all sorts of prizes. Clans of up to 100 members can compete with each other and earn bragging rights. Improve, no matter what your skill there is always still time for improvement – admit it. Improve on Elite offers core strategies and custom stat analysis features. Improve your weapon arsenal with in-depth weapon guides and the ability to edit your classes to sync into the game!. This Improve really is the ultimate strategy guide! Weapon knowledge, map knowledge easy!

MW3: First Impressions

MW3 has been out for a bit now and I have really enjoyed playing it. From the small amount of time I played, I sort of got to grips with the weapons and a few perks. It is a cross between MW2 and Black ops, you have to take it slow yet still be aggressive. The way the guns level up is so pleasing, the maps are bight and colourful – unlike the depressing black ops maps. The proficiencies really pay of and the camo’s are really cool. The class to start of with, I would recommend is the UMP ‘rush class’ or the Noobtube ‘assault class’ ( the noobtubes are so much less powerful). I haven’t got to grips with the maps as so many people probably haven’t yet. My tip is to take it slow for the first couple of games on a map and look for the camping and high traffic spots – not to mention the cut throughs and short cuts. The new perks are so hard to remember for they have been renamed and revamped – in this blog I won’t go there. The decent guns are the Scar-l and M4A1 and fell good and handle well. Start of with the ‘Support Strike Pakage’ to maximise your point steaks and help make up for those noobie instances at the start of the game. It also helps your team mates. Another bonus is that if you die half way through your streak then your hard work doesn’t die with you, you keep building on this type of point streak. Once you have got to know the maps and are ‘at one with your gun’ move on to the ‘Assault Strike Package’ for the bigger better kill streaks! Hope this helped – remember to subscribe up for updates, there will be more in depth blogs about the game. Good look in your killings!

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MW3: 1 Day Left!

The time is almost upon us where we stop playing MW2 or Black ops and put MW3 in our disc tray. Yes folks it is 1 whole day till Modern Warfare 3 comes out. I just can’t contain my self. I will have 2 prestige tokens – from prestiging in Black ops and MW2 plus 4 hours double XP which I got from pre-ordering of Game. I will keep you updated on: what I think of the game, which guns are the best, the best camping spots on maps and tones of other stuff. So follow this blog by clicking at the top right hand corner and entering your email address.

Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception

Uncharted 3 has hit the shops. A sort of Indiana Jones story: Drake, fortune hunter is once again dropped in the middle of adventure, on a long daring trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert. He is searching for the hidden and so-called ‘Atlantis of the sands’.  The journey put him and his mentor, Victor Sullivan against a dangerous clandestine organization and its ruthless leader. Drakes quests ends up a bid for survival when the secrets of this lost city is unearthed. He must use his endurance, strength and speed to confront his deepest fears.

Gaming Season has begun!

Games Glore!

Gaming Season, as certain people like to call it has begun, with the big titles coming or have come out! Battlefield 3, MW3, 007 Goldeneye: Reloaded, Forza 4, Need for Speed: The Run, Soul Calinur V and Ace Combate: Asault Horizon are among the titles. This really looks one of the best years yet in terms of Gaming! I just can’t wait till these games come out.