Defiance is a game that changes the way we look at MMORPGs. When we here the term MMORPG, we think of a fantasy game like World of Warcraft, but Trion, the creators of Defiance, decided to make a bold step in making a science fiction MMORPG, that ALSO ties in with the current T.V show. Some may call them crazy, but I think it’s a good idea (as long as the show is good) because it strengthens the story in the game. The game takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area, after a war that was waged with a loose alliance of alien races, known as Voltans. Aside from the launch date, Defiance has been a great game. Even though the fighting mechanics are kind of boring, it will still have you hooked for hours on end. Defiance also has a lot of customization options, so you can change you character, based on your preferred play-style. Despite some of its bad reviews, I still really like this game, and I recommend it to those that enjoy sci-fi games that let you play with other players from around the world.
Well, we all knew it was going to happen at one point, but we just never knew when. Bethesda has announced that they are planning/working on the production of Fallout 4. We are 100% sure that Fallout 4 (or at least another Fallout game) will be released because Bethesda licensed the rights (from Interplay Entertainment) to create and publish three more Fallout games (Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, Fallout 4), two in which are currently released. Jason Bergman, a senior producer at Bethesda Softworks has state, “You’ll get no tips from me, but the Mojave Wasteland was a fun place to explore, wasn’t it?” Not much else is known about Fallout 4, but we do know that it will be like Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas; in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that’s open and lets the players explore. We also assume that they will have improved graphics, a better story, more side missons, and of course, better guns. I KNOW that this is going to be an awesome game; Bethesda always makes great games, and they have never failed to amaze me.
A game that’s 2 years old and still one of the best-selling on the market says a lot. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim sets the standard for open-world and fantasy games. When we hear the term “open world” in gaming, we instantly think of a massive world that we can explore. People were shocked when they saw how big the world of Skyrim was. There was so much to explore, and a new adventure around every corner. The story of the game is about a dragonborn that discovers his true power that he never knew he had. He has to then use his newly discovered power to stop a dragon named Alduin from destroying the world. Even though there’s a main story, the game is never over; there are endless side quests and other miscellaneous activities to do, like discovering “words of power” and fixing all the damage you caused after a night of drinking (trust me, that quest is fun). The games mechanics are also incredible as well; controls are smooth, gameplay is easy with getting used to, fighting is repetitive, the AI isn’t incredibly stupid, and there are only a few bugs (Bethesda did a good job patching everything up post-release). The graphics in this game are also incredible. They look very realistic, which makes you feel like you’re in that world. Bethesda also provides the game with some quality DLC that adds new areas to explore, so when you think you’re done, you realize that you’re going to need to invest in a lot more time to REALLY finish. If you don’t have this game, I would highly you get it; it’s a masterpiece. If you do decide to get it, I would suggest waiting until early June because that’s when they’re coming out with the Legendary Edition, which includes all the current DLC for $60, which is an incredibly good deal. Bethesda really outdid themselves when they created Skyrim. 2 years old and still amazing!
This game has been out for a long time already, but I’m still going to address it, since it deserves all the recognition it can get. Money is tough these days, and it’s hard to find games that are cheap AND fun. Team Fortress 2 is a free to play, first-person shooter on Steam that is cheap (obviously, since it’s free) AND will provide hundreds of ours of fun. This game is different from most first-person shooters on the market. It provides many game modes to play, it has frequent updates (the game is always growing!), it has a lot less lag (compared to most shooters on the market), and it implements a trading system that helps players get the weapons/hats they want a lot faster than normal. Aside from that, the Team Fortress “community” has a lot of friendly people that are always willing to help you when you need something. Team Fortress 2 includes a “coach system” that allows new players to get help and guidance from another player with experience. The game also has an “item drop” system which rewards players weapons/hats for playing for a certain amount of time. This keeps players hooked for hours because they always get something new. If you’re looking for a good game that’s affordable, then look no further because Team Fortress 2 is all you need for hours and hours of fun.
If you were a 90s kid, you’ll remember playing Pokémon as a child. From the TV shows to the card game, Pokémon has always been there, whether we liked it or not. Most importantly, Pokémon is incredibly iconic for their video games. It was every child’s dream to raise their very own Pikachu and complete their Pokédex. Pokémon is an RPG that let’s the player catch Pokémon, become the champion of their region, and fight off a group of evil doers. There are currently 649 Pokémon, and this new game is going to add around 150 more! Pokémon X and Y is a 6th generation Pokémon game that will take place in the Kalos Region (just a rumor). The game will be everything you would expect from a normal Pokémon game, but the only difference will be its visuals. The game will use a completely 3D graphical style. Because of this, the only available system this will be on is the Nintendo 3DS. This is a big disappointment to many people that have a regular Nintendo DS, but hey, you can’t blame a company for trying to sell their product (you still sort of can). This game is set to release GLOBALLY this coming October. Luckily, Japan doesn’t get a head start on the game like they usually do. Personally, I like sticking with the older Pokémon games I played as a child, but I still can’t wait to see all of the new Pokémon that will be presented. This game will definitely please all the fans that have always loved playing Pokémon games!
Saving some hot girl, killing a bunch of bad guys, AND saving the world? That sounds pretty awesome. Luckily, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon delivers this experience in a futuristic (but yet not so futuristic) open world game. This game takes place in 2007 (yes, 2007) from the perspective of how people in the 1980s viewed the future. This game uses the same mechanics as Far Cry 3, except you do not have to have Far Cry 3 to play it (this is not DLC, it’s a stand-alone game). In the game, you’re a cybernetic super-soldier that has to save the world, while it’s suffering the aftermath of a recent nuclear war. The game is not only fun, but it’s also very humorous and intense at the same time. From robot dinosaurs that shoots lasers to cyborgs, this game includes a lot of things you would expect to see in a sci-fi games/movies. To top it all off, this game is only $15. In my opinion, this game is one of the best games of this year so far because it provides endless hours of fun for a cheap price. The world is in need of saving and $15 is the only thing standing in your way. Buy it now!
As a child, we almost all had a superhero we looked up to. We always wished we had their super powers and awesome costumes, but that just never came to be, until now! NetherRealm Studios, the company that developed the infamous series known as Mortal Kombat, has released their newest fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. In Injustice, you get to be your favorite hero/villan from the DC Universe, and fight against other heros/villans from the universe. This game is very similar to Mortal Kombat; a lot of the controls are the same, sound bits, etc. The thing that gives this game a special feel is that it makes you feel like you’re the hero. Whether it’s beating the crap out of the other person, or swords to slice up your opponent, your hero will feel distinct and special. The game also “expands” the battlefield by making it so you can “transition levels" within the current arena. Fighting isn’t the only thing that makes this game unique, the intense story will have all players wanting to play more. If you’re like me and love fighting games, then you’ll stop reading this post and go buy Injustice right away (or play the game if you have it already).
During X-Play, THQ vice president, Danny Bilson, announced that they are currently working on a game that we’re all excited for, Saints Row IV! Not much is currently known about this game, but we assume that it’s going to be very much like Saints Row: The Third; very fun and crazy! From beating people up with giant dildos, to jumping out of airplanes, Saints Row IV will bring more excitement than it’s predecessor. I can’t wait to see what THQ for all of the Saints Row fans!
Along with Skyrim, this is my favorite video game. Far Cry 3 is an open world, first-person shooter that is set on an island. Not only is the world vast and highly detailed, but the story is very intense. After playing the story, you feel like you are truly connected to Jason Brody, the protagonist. The characters have a personality that people will definitely never forget. Customization in this game is also very nice; shaping your character the way you want definitely shapes the game in a way that’s best for you. To top off this masterpiece, multiplayer modes are also included. An incredibly fun co-op mode and a team vs. team multiplayer mode make this game perfect. I recommend this game to all gamers, especially those who enjoy an open world, a first person shooter, adventure, or an interesting story. You’ll love this game, I guarantee it.
Even though Borderlands 2 came out 6 months ago, it’s still getting a lot of attention. Like Borderlands, this game is an open world, first-person shooter with A BUNCH of loot. The game claims to have “87 Bazillion Guns”, which is very believable, mainly since almost all shops sell guns, and the loot is almost always a gun. Borderlands 2 also has a cartoony feel to the game, which makes it unique amongst most shooter like Call of Duty. Gearbox and 2K Games spent many years making this game, and it has been incredibly successful, selling over 5 million copies since the release date! They have also made the game incredibly fun to play with friends by adding a co-op mode. Gearbox and 2K Games are also adding four DLC to the game, which like the first Borderlands, adds new missions, weapons, and raises the level cap. Borderlands 2 has been amazing, and I hope to see more games from Gearbox and 2K Games!