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  • Top Ten Games! Part II | Lucidlogix
    brought new level of production values First and foremost among them the story After half life we saw games with more character development and interaction existing beyond the realm of simple minded carnage It raised the crow bar to each game afterwards such as Halo Red Faction and Far Cry Also thanks to Half Life we got Portal Number 7 King s Quest VI 1992 No childhood is complete without Roberta Williams s realm of fantasy and fairytale references As the showpiece of the old Sierra quest golden age it gave us an exotic view into the mythical sights and sounds that inhibited the mythological mishmash that comprises this adventure game At the time it was the game everyone talked about for more than a year and is still considered a Classic However it did not do well in the test of time Today it seems limited in scope compared to contemporary works It is indeed an important game in the history of computer gaming but to those of you who are looking for a good adventure game it is better to start with modern masterpieces such as Syberia Number 6 Discworld II 1996 Travel the streets of Ankh Morpork visit the Unseen University and attempt to summon Death He took a vacation It is rare to find a game which sole purpose is to make us laugh The comedy adventure genre is an extinct breed of games as it is nearly impossible outside of the indie community to produce a game solely centered on satire in today s market That was not the case in the 90 s We had the Monkey Island series as well as leisure suit Larry Both series had their own personal charm in their special way The gaming world in last decade is a much more somber place I am not certain it is for the better South Park s Stick of Truth is of course the exception to the rule Number 5 Dragon Age Origins 2009 Yes I could have chosen Baldur s gate to represent the D D and high fantasy RPG entries to this list However Dragon Age is a better game not only due to the graphic improvement but also due to the added value given by the support characters who each have a history and distinct personality and a rich backstory for the player to explore Those characters meld together with the game s main plot Too bad they messed up with the sequel Number 4 Ultima VIII 1994 This game is far from perfect However it preceded the trend by half a decade It featured an open sandbox game with a surprising lack of linearity It offered a Hack Slash play style years before Blizzard started working on Diablo Remember looking for keys under every moveable item No it s not from divine divinity it s an Ultima original It was one of the first games to allow and encourage the player to feel free to explore the

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    ve ever played It s conversations like these that read more August 14 2014 Dvir Rosenfeld 28 Comments Uncategorized Going Pro Hey how about those digital athletes Last week was truly cause for celebration The International DotA 2 Championships were held in Seattle and teams from all over the globe flooded read more August 6 2014 Dvir Rosenfeld 6 Comments Uncategorized Divinity Original Sin Review I have a sweet spot for Role Playing Games Once in a blue moon we can find a game that takes you to an unknown land full of wonder read more July 21 2014 Dvir Rosenfeld 1 Comment Uncategorized Sniper Elite III Review I spy with my little eye At a much younger age I remember my grandfather telling me of his adventures during World War II In my mind wide and dark read more July 7 2014 Dvir Rosenfeld 8 Comments Uncategorized Steam Summer Sale Survival Guide Shut up and take my money The scintillating summer can be many things for PC gamers There are annual gaming expos that shower us with trailers of the hottest new read more July 2 2014 Dvir Rosenfeld 1 Comment Uncategorized Wildstar Review Where the wild stars are Let s get one thing straight The similarity between Wildstar and World of Warcraft is at best a little creepy It s the colorful visuals the questing read more June 24 2014 Dvir Rosenfeld 5 Comments Uncategorized Murdered Soul Suspect Review A Ghost Detective Ooo spooky When I first heard about Murdered Soul Suspect I was quite intrigued It s a game about the ghost of a dead detective trying to solve read more June 24 2014 Dvir Rosenfeld No Comments Uncategorized DRM Terror Arghh aye aye matey said the pirates of the digital seas Some weeks ago Ubisoft released

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  • Lucid Comics: Call of Duty Hype Warfare | Lucidlogix
    Warfare Mark Soul says August 25 2014 at 5 26 am the new CoD looks great all the hate for the game is just silly unlike the previous games they are changing so much of the game and taking it to the next level Reply Felix says August 25 2014 at 12 34 pm They didn t change anything they just stole some ideas from Titanfall another mediocre shooter to

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  • Top Ten Games! Part I | Lucidlogix
    MONSTERKILLLLLLL That satisfied me in more ways than I care to admit Other games in this category Call of Duty Modern Warfare Counter Strike Battlefield 5 Max Payne Nothing on earth managed to prepare me for my first time playing this game I was blown away by the Film Noir atmosphere the moody soundtrack the incredible plot and of course the Bullet Time mechanic You felt like Neo from the Matrix movies leaping into a room full of bad guys all in slow motion You took your sweet time at taking shots while bullets catapulted around you This was some serious innovation back in its day And the tragic tale of Max an undercover cop hell bent on revenge against violent gangsters crime syndicates and shady corporations The story was exquisitely told through comic book cut scenes that made you feel like part of a blockbuster movie The sequels were equally amazing with each one taking center stage with every release But it was that first game that literally bulldozed the way for real storytelling in action games making it still memorable today Other games in this category Bioshock 4 Fallout New Vegas The first Fallout game was the first RPG I had ever played It was the illuminated wasteland with its colorful inhabitants the deadly open world and the intriguing storyline that reeled me in When Fallout 3 was released it changed much of the game s mechanics From a once isometric view the game turned to first person perspective so you could view the horrors of the wasteland first hand The combat system changed to real time putting an emphasis on quick action and careful preparation The quest system became similar to The Elder Scrolls where you could completely abandon the main quest and set off to explore the post nuclear world While Fallout 3 was a terrific game Fallout New Vegas really struck a chord with me The game s post apocalyptic wild west atmosphere was incredible The story of warring factions seeking to carve up New Vegas was felt throughout the entire game Even if you decided to ignore the main quest the threat of war was always looming in the horizon no matter how hard you tried to escape it But while the game tackled serious subject matter it did so with grace wit and humor It always managed to keep the mood light and somewhat cheerful despite the many hardships the game threw at you Other games in this category The Elder Scrolls series 3 Spec Ops The Line Over the last few years I ve been preaching about this game to everyone and anyone who had a pair of functioning ears Spec Ops is a game that will shake you to the core It will chew you up and it will spit you out What starts off as a generic shooter about a team of American soldiers caught in the aftermath of a cataclysmic sandstorm in Dubai quickly plunges into the bowels of madness Although Spec Ops is a short game barely six hours of gameplay it explores the deepest and darkest aspects of human nature during times of war It achieves this by making the player walk a mile in the shoes of the game s protagonist Capitan Walker He s a fascinating character that grows and evolves during the campaign into something that by the end of the game you begin to despise At the same time however you must continue playing to find out the bitter end of this grim tale Needless to say it will shock and disturb you 2 Planescape Torment I consider Planescape Torment to be the zenith of western RPGs It s a game that took what Baldur s Gate and the Fallout series previously started and simply perfected it While the gameplay and graphics didn t age incredibly well it s the marvelous plot and narrative that make this game a jewel in the western RPG genre The game takes you on a ride in a dark fantasy realm and explores the question What can change the nature of a man You play as the Nameless One an amnesiac who awakens from death in a morgue in a strange dimensional city filled with angels demons undead and other fantasy creatures You set out to explore your past with the help of some of the best written characters I ve ever encountered in a game The plot twists and turns where each new revelation about your past opens new questions and mysteries to explore The plot builds itself up to an astounding ending which steals the spotlight in RPG games even by today s standards 1 Half Life 2 Yes it s Half Life 2 The first Half Life was a remarkable experience It was the tram ride at the onset Then it was the resonance cascade and travelling to an alien planet and facing the illusive G man Half Life revolutionized the FPS genre with exquisite graphics brilliant puzzles atmosphere and shiny new gameplay mechanics When announcements for the second game began to surface everyone in the PC gaming world used every 4 letter word in the book The promise was overwhelming and everybody waited patiently After several snags along the way with hackers code theft and other delays the game finally came out I preordered almost a year before the release I waited at dawn outside the store to grab my copy along with other hungry enthusiasts When I finally started the game it required something called Steam to run it I literally vanished from the face of the earth for some 24 hours until I finished the game Every little feature in Half Life 2 felt almost magical in those years The vehicle sequences the gravity gun the Ravenholm sections that still scare the hell out of me the fantastic graphics the soundtrack and the superb characters Alex Vance takes Lara Croft any day of the week the long climb on the Citadel

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  • Going Pro | Lucidlogix
    quickly transitioned from geeky arcade goers to frontline professional gamers The steady popularity made video gaming an eligible sport with athletes and teams gaining worldwide fame and with it fortune Various gaming leagues sprouted up the world over drawing pro gamers with attractive prize money and sponsorships from big name corporates In some countries like South Korea competitive gaming became a national sport TV stations would broadcast StarCraft games to the masses while enormous live tournaments would hold the entire nation captive in front of their TV screens best compared to World Cup hype South Korean institutions quickly evolved to teach younger gamers how to play competitive video games It was here they groomed future champions just as in soccer or football Those who graduated at the top of their class could join world renowned teams and start living the dream This is not happening in Korea alone European and US pro gaming has quickly evolved over the last decade with major leagues and national events that would not shame other mainstream sports and pro gamers that have become legends of their time But becoming a gaming legend is no easy feat The practice hours required by an aspiring pro gamer means dedicating obscene amounts of time It means training to perfection hopping from tournaments to gaming events to battling against other future wannabe champions in order to join gaming teams It s a grueling process that incurs serious pressures both physical and psychological It can lead to devastating effects on young gamers many of whom drop out never to be seen again on the competitive gaming circuit Those who do manage to survive will discover that the pressure intensifies when you go pro Playing against teams from all over the world in front of millions of viewers worldwide can really crack the average gamer And like any athlete in any sport aspiring pro gamers must follow strict rules and regulations Unlawful conduct cheating or disrespectful behavior can lead to severe punishment from fines and being permanently banned from certain events regretfully rather common on the competitive gaming scene At the end of the day gamers that can truly take the heat will have a chance to join the ranks of the finest competitive gamers on the planet ushering in fame and fortune similar to pro athletes in other popular sports The future holds great promise for competitive gaming Video games have become exceedingly more advanced in technology gameplay and narrative resulting in a higher level of interactivity between players and viewers during online matches and tournaments Outselling the movies and television industry gaming is slowly taking over the mainstream entertainment media and planting itself head first in your living room as a legitimate sporting event Let the games begin Share this Story Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Reddit Digg Delicious Google E Mail About the Author 6 Responses to Going Pro matzabro walla co il says August 10 2014 at 9 36 pm i ve seen south koreans playing starcraft it

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  • Divinity: Original Sin Review | Lucidlogix
    Divinity and Beyond Divinity It preserved most of the gameplay mechanics and maintained the ambiance which was what made the original game so enticing One can feel the influence of games such as Baldur s Gate as much as party handling is concerned Ultima VII for item and world design and the battle system will bring tears of joy to those who loved Fallout I and II These elements together make for a very tactical game I found myself losing more than a few fights due to minor failures in judgments In most modern games such errors would result in no more than a slight warning No such lenience here fail and you shall howl in pain and frustration The story is not as generic but not as innovating as can be hoped for Our protagonists two of them are dropped at the shores of a small town suffering from orc raids and a sudden abundance of undead To those who would rush to fight those orcs and undead await a gruesome end You will have to solve a murder mystery rob a few graves and resolve a few minor disputes before you will have enough experience to move forward The world of Rivelon is explored slowly and painstakingly but is beautiful to behold Most of the characters you will meet in your travels will show you more than a bit of humor and some are absolutely hilarious But the game is not perfect Some minor bugs persist and annoy especially the game s tendency to corrupt save games These however are too few to mention and those have no consequence on the actual gameplay However some design choices do seem odd Whenever two characters seem to disagree amongst themselves they play rock paper and scissors however the result is always random and for some reason there are never any ties This choice of minigames to make decisions within the group is questionable Who needs a game whose result is decided by pure chance Roll a dice and be done with it Another point which could have been made better is the lack of speech in most dialogs Today it is expected from any non indie game to provide as little reading as possible Moreover well performed voice acting can do a lot for the immersion effect For example see Skyrim can you imagine reading pages on pages of dialogs without voice over Reading forces the player to focus on the text and not on the ambiance and context Also speech conveys so much more information than just the text Some may also point to the fact that the world is somewhat smaller than expected and have less ground to explore As a result this is less an open world game then its predecessors or the games mentioned above which inspired its gameplay To sum this review Original Sin is a good game It is the first really good result of a kick starter project I have seen up to

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  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review | Lucidlogix
    effort And Karl a German soldier who is married to Emile s daughter These five are joined by an adorable dog who intersects with each of their stories and helps them on their path The game is mostly a puzzle game it has a point and click esque feeling to it but is controlled completely with the keyboard The games puzzles are different from each other to a certain level but are pretty easy and sometimes even repetitive mostly summed up to find a lever connect to a base flip lever repeat although it s important to state that there are some exceptions In some parts of the game you will find the occasional minigame These minigames spice the gameplay because they give you a break from the puzzling and the story and let you appreciate other aspects of the game A great example for that is the driving minigame In which you are driving a car and trying to dodge varying obstacles sometimes it s bombs from a German zeppelin or busy traffic ect but the catch is that the obstacles appear in sync with the music in a surprisingly funny way this entices the player to pay more attention to the incredible musical choices made by the developers throughout the game and helps the player appreciate more aspects of the game The minigames canget repetitive as well but are much more exciting than the regular puzzles and therefore are not boring even after the third or fourth time you have played a certain type The games story is heavily based on the events of the First World War and as you progress through the game you unlock pieces of trivia about it an addition that I found very interesting and nicely done because the game didn t make you read that information but it referred you to it and because of the games setting I am sure many people actually read the little history lesson and received some good to know knowledge and marvelous gameplay In conclusion Valiant hearts is one of the rare games that can truly make you feel and connect with the characters and share their feelings thoughts fears and hopes The art style and music are captivating and beautiful and allows the game to channel directly into your feelings but the puzzles and minigames can get repetitive and generally boring at a certain point The game might have worked better more as a film or a graphic novel even though it does incorporate a few comic strips unlocked as achievements throughout the game but the game sucks you in with the great atmosphere and the further you progress during the story you just can t help but overseeing its flaws I would recommend this game to all of my friends well those I didn t already recommend it to as I did enjoy the full experience and I will recommend it to anyone reading Share this Story Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Reddit Digg Delicious Google

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  • Sniper Elite III Review | Lucidlogix
    aspects of the game do make this franchise unique The first point of criticism I would like to discuss here deals with the plot or the lack of one Our sniper that for all intents and purposes can remain nameless traverses throughout the campaign a list of battle grounds alone As a commando behind enemy lines we know nothing of the names and places the game takes place in as a result we lose our chance to hear some of the most powerful stories modern times can tell us In the name of combat realism our ability to feel the totality of the Great War is diminished In the end the places we have been through are unmemorable Very little was needed to make this game a real gem My second point today will be the multitude of Bugs and technical issues that sometimes make the game too easy and sometimes will bring the player to load his last saved game I have seen soldiers who refused to die no matter how many times I killed them I have witnessed a corpse that remained standing yet bereft of life I was mobbed and lynched by enemy troops while in perfect hiding Why No idea Yet the worst Bug of them all is the ludicrous AI If the German and Italian troops had had this ridiculous level of intelligence no allied assault would have been necessary Unable to coordinate an attack and callous disregard to various unexplained deaths in their surroundings not to mention the fact that enemies forget about you if you manage to move thirty something meters in any direction Changing the difficulty setting did nothing to make the AI more reasonable For the last and most infuriating point I want to ask the publisher Have you no shame Do you really believe that charging fifty USD for an uncompleted game is in any way justified To sell DLC s with basic gear missing from the core game right from the release date is tantamount to spitting in your customers face Commercially this is a sin And it is nigh time that lawsuits should be filed so that customers will demand to receive their money s worth All in all Sniper Elite is not a bad game It is unique and shows impressive graphics as any AAA should have It is a fun game to play and has a very distinct experience that shows us a part of the war we tend to forget in our recollections Too bad it does not do it well enough to make it a memorable experience For all his Lone Ranger glory sometimes you can t show a monumental visage such as the world war with the limited scope of a gun barrel For the sniping and guns aficionados this game might be worth its price tag Otherwise wait for the price to go down or save your money for something better If you want to kill Nazis try Wolfenstein instead Yours truly

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