Monday, 13 June 2011

The Shattering!

World of Warcraft - Cataclysm is the latest release from Blizzard Entertainment. Announced in 2009 at Blizzcon, which is the Blizzard Convention held every year in California, Cataclysm is the third expansion in the series, following up from the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King. Cataclysm has been the biggest expansion so far, as it underwent drastic changes in preparation for Deathwing (The BAD guy) to wreak havoc on Azeroth, this includes re-modeling the world, introducing new spells and talents, new mounts, new races, new quests and more importantly new content!

Now, the first thing in this long review that I want to talk about, is the new races that are involved within the expansion. Burning Crusade introduced Blood Elves and Draenei, Wrath of the Lich King introduced the new hero class Death-Knights, however. In Cataclysm, they released two new races, which are Goblins and Worgen.
  • The Goblins are alongside the Horde faction as the Orcs and Trolls helped the Goblin escape from Kezan and the Lost Isles after Deathwing shattered their island and homeland. 
  • The Worgen are alongside the Alliance faction after the Undead began to wreak havoc within Gilneas, so they sought after the Humans and Night Elves in order to help them fight back.
Since the world has been re-modeled, there has been plenty of new quests, new areas that have not been discovered by young adventurers before and that said, there are new zones that have popped up out of no where due to Deathwing shattering the world. The new areas that are included are; Hyjal, Vashj'ir, Deepholm, Uldum and also the Twilight Highlands!
  • Now, Hyjal is one of the beginning questing zones for those who are level 80. The questing experience of Hyjal takes you through the visions of Ysera and Malfurion Stormrage and it is your job to help the Archdruids of Nordrassil to regain control of the Mountainous region of Hyjal by eliminating the Twilight Cultists! 
  • Vashj'ir which is the second questing zone for those who are level 80 takes you through the eyes of the Earthen Ring trying to eliminate the nasty Naga from taking over the coasts of the Eastern Kingdoms!  
  • Deepholm is the exciting zone in the middle of the Maelstrom. This takes you through the eyes of the Earthen Ring and the forces of Therazane trying to find out the cause of the lost troops and the repairment of the Pillar of the Earth.  
  • Uldum takes you through the Egyptian like deserts in order to find out the tales of Harrison Jones and the escapement of the Ramhaken as they finally escape the grips of Al'akir. 
  • And last but not least is the Twilight Highlands which is the battle between the Dragonmaw Clan and the Wildhammer Clan. Aswell as the Red-Dragonflight taking force to Deathwing throughout the zone!
When you have finished questing through the above zones, you should reach 85 and then begin your real adventures of the World of Warcraft. This includes taking force to the opposing faction through Player vs. Player experiences, blasting through dungeons and even tackling the new raid bosses that have been introduced into the game!
  • There has been three new Player Vs. Player changes to the current expansion, they've introduced two new battlegrounds aswell as a PVP stronghold in which people fight for to unlock the secrets of Baradin Hold. The two new battlegrounds are; Twin Peaks and also the Battle for Gilneas. Twin Peaks is a Capture the Flag type battleground. You must obtain 3 flags in order to win, or whoever has the most flags capped after the 25minute time limit. The Battle for Gilneas is a domination type battleground, as there are 3 nodes and you cap the nodes to win, the first team to 2000 points wins the battleground!
  • There are quite a few new dungeons involved in this expansion, Blackrock Caverns, The Throne of the Tides, Vortex Pinnacle, The Stonecore, Lost City of Tol'vir, Grim Batol, Halls of Origination and also the two new remodeled instances of Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep. Each of the above dungeons has attached lore involved in it, so dungeons are quite enjoyable as you start off in the game!
  • Last but not least, the raid content. There has been three new raids introduced into the game at this stage. Which are the Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent and also the Throne of the Four Winds. You and up to 9 (10man) or 24 (25man) allies must rally through these raids in order to stop Deathwings minions from furthermore causing havoc throughout Azeroth. Once you kill these bosses, they unlock an extra difficulty in which you can kill for increased gear. This applies to dungeoning aswell.
Just like many MMORPG's there is a currency involved, and in World of Warcraft generally it is Gold, which is obtained from selling/buying stuff on the Auction House or completing quests to obtain gold. In order to obtain gear, you can do either of the three topics that I have listed above, in Player Vs Player, Dungeoning and Raiding.

Below is a screenshot of World of Warcraft, and yes. If you're wondering I do play it, hence why this review is really, really long.

The only thing that is really bad about World of Warcraft, and Cataclysm in general is that it is really, really expensive to begin to play. You must acquire all expansions and also pay $15.00 a month in order to keep playing, another downside is that the servers come down practically every night for rolling-restarts and maintenance on every Tuesday, which causes disruption in your playing style if you only have time to play during the night. However, the positives are what I have listed in this whole review, so yeah.

This game is really worth it, in my opinion, however the cost of it kind of turns people away. It costs $29.99 for the Original Expansion, followed by the Burning Crusade which is also $29.99 furthermore followed by the Wrath of the Lich King which is ALSO $29.99 and then on top of that you have Cataclysm which is $49.99. So, all in all it costs $150.00 AUD to start off and then you have to furthermore pay an extra $15.00 a month to continue playing.

Thanks for the continued support, Shif7 out!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

I've got the Need for..

Need for Speed – Shift Unleashed 2 is one of the newest releases by EA Games that was shipped out earlier this year! As it is the sequel to Need for Speed – Shift which was released in 2009, the game itself hasn’t changed that much, however. It still contains the same familiar approach just like any other Need for Speed racing game. It really had to pull its fingers out of its arse as the original Shift was a complete disappointment. And now, since they’ve released it this year, they’ve had to ramp it up in order to attempt to be on par with Gran-Turismo 5.

Just like every other Need for Speed game, you still have your car-yard to buy vehicles, you have your garage to upgrade and tweak your vehicles and just like EVERY other game, the races get harder as you progress through the game. However, they finally decided to introduce a new feature into the game, which is Helmet Cam, and yeah, it does take a while to adjust. But its actually worthwhile as it brings a variation into the game which is nice to see for a change.

Now, about the game itself. There are many positives to discuss about the game, but then there are a few negatives that are present aswell. However, a few things caught my eye and that is because:
  • The graphics are decent, and by that I mean they are really quite the part. The sun glare and the night-time racing really brings the game out.
  • The handling of the cars is good, some cars such as the American- Heavy Muscle cars are actually quite hard to drive, and the standard European cars have quite good handling. It’s a bit more realistic in a sense.
  • They’ve put in a driving line for new players to adjust to, however. It does get annoying so, feel free to turn it off in the menu.
  • The Bots/AI are actually intelligent. Which means, they aren’t boring and you can actually have a blast at racing.
  • Damage is more realistic. Nothing like seeing the paint scrape off the side of your car, or having a nice dint in your bumper.
  • Last but not least, the cinematics and cut-scenes are good.
The things I didn't like, or.. the negatives of the game.
  • Most of the tracks are extremely easy, like… they just lacked innovation, however some of the tracks, like Mount-Panorama in Bathurst, Australia will always be hard and fun.
  • There are NO fucking Australian V8’s. Like, what the fuck. That’s like the highlight of any racing game. ): 

My Ford Focus yo.
Anyways, the basic gameplay looks like this. As you can tell, the graphics are quite good, but quite blurry in this picture, as I basically just joined a quick race and took a snap.. The default UI is still the same.

Now, is this game worth the money. In my eyes, it is. It has the qualities that are there for a genuinely decent racing game, however it still falls a little short below GT5. If you’re after American Muscle, decent European Cars and Japanese Imports with a great driving experience, then this is the game for you. You can buy it from most of your local retailers, EB/JB Hi-Fi and also Game for $69 - $79 depending on where you shop. You can also buy it from Steam http://store.steampowered.com/app/47920/ for $79.99 USD.
Sorry for the long review. Shif7.

Next review! Assassin's Creed - Brotherhood!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Bulletstormmmmm!

*sprayed bullets fly past your head* Get to cover! Quick! Yes, this is a review of the new release, Bulletstorm. Released in 2011 by Electonic Arts and also Epic Games, Bulletstorm is a First-Person Adventure Shooter which takes place in 2600 A.D where the story follows the two Space-Pirates called: Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato after their squad disbanded. This came to be after they were tricked into killing innocent civilians instead of the drug-dealers and mass murderers that they were meant to be killing.

The story starts off after their ship crashes into the planet of Stygia and Ishi is badly injured, so. You begin the adventure by escorting the Doctor into the Medical Procedures room in order to merge Ishi's Brain with the Spaceship in order to basically.. save his life. As you go looking for the Power-Cell which is needed to save his life, you get ambushed by ruthless bandits and they kill the doctor in the process. And this is where the story kicks off! You basically have to survive and find any other crewmembers that are perhaps lost on this planet too.


Since it's a first-person shooter, you acquire guns throughout the game in which you get to use. You can upgrade them, increase ammo slots and unlock extra perks that are available to the weapons. And to upgrade them, you need skill shots. What's a skill shot? A skill shot is when you do a specific shot with a weapon, killing enemies and dismembering them, obliterating them and that's how the points are acquired to spend them on upgrades. You also get a Leash, which is used to grip onto stuff and pull it back, you can also slam enemies with it.

The gameplay looks like this, pretty much. I'm only up to the fourth-act and I'm loving every second of it.

The Red circle is the ammo, if you run out of ammo, well. You can't shoot your gun. 
The Pink circle are you SkillPoints, as stated above. Kill things to get these!

Now, I quite admire this game, as it is very fast paced and keeps you on your toes. It is a very exhilarating game, as it has amazing graphics, amazing scenery and everything just slots into place. There is a multiplayer option that is included in this release, I have not played it. So I can't exactly give a review on that. However, you can find this game from basically all major retail chains, EBGames, Game, JB Hi-Fi and you could possibly buy it online, http://store.steampowered.com/app/99810/ for $69.99 USD which equates to around $63-64 AUD. It is a fantastic purchase in my opinion as terms of Quality/-/Quantity it is around the same, as is equates for value.

Once again, thanks for your support! Shif7!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Angry Birds!

Angry Birds is a single-player game which is currently available on the PC and also most Android/Apple applications. Released this year by Rovio Games, it has taken the public gaming nation by storm, as it is very addictive. But why?

The aim of Angry Birds is to kill all the Green Pigs that are situated in each level, there is currently over 180 levels and you get rated with stars, depending on how many birds you use, and also how many points you accumulate whilst trying to kill the Pigs. Seems simple, yes. But you have to use your logic in order to aim the birds so they can fly into wood, stone or even glass just to destroy these Pigs! The basic user-interface goes as follows.

 The Yellow circle contains the Pause and also the Undo button. Basically, click these to obviously Pause the game and to undo a Bird that you've thrown incorrectly or whatever.

The Pink circle is where you throw your birdies from, it's on a Slingshot and you drag back the Slingshot with your mouse into a direction.

The Blue circle is the Pig, there are usually more than one on a level, on this level that I have shown, there is 3. You kill these pigs by throwing your birds through whatever object that gets in your way.

And last, but not least. The Red circle contains the score. Nothing too special about it.

Anyway, for a short game Angry Birds is quite the challenge and if you have a short temper, well. Have fun with it. It's really, really cheap aswell, it's $0.99 on the iTunes store, the Intel App-Up which is linked through the Roviogames website. For the price, it's extremely in the quality region for the price that you pay for the game itself. Once again, thanks. Unityx.   

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Why are you RUSHing for?

It's been a while. Yes. Indeed it has. So much drama has been going on so I haven't exactly had enough time to compose a review! ><

So, I basically had a few spare dollars and decided to try out RUSH, which is a Logic/Puzzler single-player game which is available on the Steam network for $4.99 USD.

Created by Two Tribes, as stated above. RUSH is a Logic/Puzzler game in which the aim is to guide your block to goal, however there is a few conditions in which the block can reach that end goal. You must use objects in which you can guide the block. Such as: Stop/Starting. Escalators and also Direction Blocks (This is all I've got up to at the moment) and another thing, is that the block goes right if it hits a wall. So incorporate this into it, and you have a good game. The first few levels might seem easy, but the further you get into the game, the harder it gets.

Above is the basic game-interface.

The Brown Circle is the spawn point, you may find numerous of these on a single level, as you need to use your logic to guide each block to the exit.
The Yellow Circles are the objects that you place on the level by clicking in the desired location., use scroll to change it if there are numerous objects to place on the ground.
The Grey Circle is the Goal, the Block MUST reach here in order to complete the level, just as the brown circle incorporates, there are numerous spawn points, therefore meaning more goals.
The Purple Circle
is the Block, it moves automatically for you, so.. yeah. Pretty self-explanatory, click it. And it goes through the course that you plotted.

I only bought this game as I had a few dollars spare, and it has proved to be a de
cent buy. I haven't completed the game at the moment so I couldn't tell whether or not it has great replay value, however at the moment. The game has proved it's worth. If you have nothing else to do, and would like to find something to do, this is a great game to put your mind to. If you want to purchase it, you can buy it from: http://store.steampowered.com/app/38720/ for $4.99.

Sorry for the delay in reviews, Unityx.