The Secret World (beta #2) Kingsmouth Calling pt2

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: Funcom           

Console: PC

Players: Single/MMO

Genre: RPG/Action

Beta Weekend Date: #2: May 18 – 21, 2012 Kingsmouth Calling pt2

Score: 6/10

Hi guys. Last week I promised an updated recap or progress report on The Secret World if I was able to be involved in the second beta testing. Well, I was, and so, here it is. Continue reading

Diablo III (first impressions)

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This isn’t a regular game review, so I’m not going to cover all of my regular details and categories. I only really got to play for a little while last night due to, you know, having to work (d’oh), and thus I haven’t played the game nearly enough to review it. So here are my first impressions on a game that people have waited 12 years for: Diablo III.

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The Secret World (beta #1) Kingsmouth Calling

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: Funcom           

Console: PC

Players: Single/MMO

Genre: RPG/Action

Beta Weekend Date: May 11 – 13th, 2012

Score: 6 /10

“Imagine if every myth, conspiracy theory and urban legend was true. Imagine a world where you can become anything you want to be, without restrictions such as classes or levels. This is the premise for The Secret World, Funcom’s upcoming massively multiplayer online game set in the modern-day real world.” This is what the official website says about the game, and I must say, it intrigued me. The only other MMO I’ve played in a modern setting was DC Universe Online, and even that was in the comic book world of DC, so I was interested to see how this game was going to play out but not sure if I wanted to purchase it, and so, I joined up for beta. Sadly, first impressions were not good.

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Kid Icarus: Uprising

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo

Console: 3DS

Players: Single/Multi (6)

Genre: Action/Fantasy

Extras: AR Cards

Australian Release Date: March 29th, 2012

Australian Rating: PG

Score: 6/10

 

Kid Icarus: Uprising follows Pit, the loyal champion angel of Lady Palutena, Goddess of light, as he battles his way to Medusa, Queen of the Underworld, who has been resurrected since the prequel took place 25 years ago. Well, at first you think it is to that end…

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Guild Wars 2 (beta)

Publisher: NCsoft

Developer: AreaNet

Console: PC

Players: Single/MMO

Genre: Fantasy

Beta Weekend Date Played: April 27th-29th 2012

Score: 9.5/10

Forget everything you ever knew about MMORPGs. No, seriously, forget it. Guild Wars 2 has finally broken the mould of this gaming genre in a real and exciting way. Questing, levelling, skill acquisition: all different. Even character creation has an added level of background story and personality traits that I have not seen before in other MMOs, only RPGs.

It is no secret that I have been waiting for this game to come out since I heard about its inception years ago, and this past weekend I finally got a dose of what the game is and how it plays. Let me walk you through how something that I had such high expectations for still blew me away.

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Boom Street (2012)

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Square Enix

Console: Wii

Players: 1-4

Genre: Party Games

Extras: Also known as Fortune Street

Australian Release Date: January 5th, 2012

Australian Rating: PG

Score: 7/10

 

Kind of like a combination of Mario Party and Monopoly, Boom Street requires you to purchase property and trade shares, until you reach the goal Net Worth, not to mention take part in a mini game or two and implement action cards.

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The Blind Side (2009)

Director: John Lee Hancock

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Kathy Bates, Quinton Aaron, Ray McKinnon and Tim McGraw.

Genre: Drama/Biography

Australian Release Date: February 25th 2010

Australian Rating: PG

 

Score: 5/5

 

This movie is based on a true story. Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy (Bullock and McGraw), a rich, white Christian family take in a homeless African-American boy, known to them at that point only as “Big Mike” (Aaron). They help him with his grades and in sports, in part by giving him a family. He then goes on to become the first league footballer Michael Oher.

Sound sappy and boring? I thought so; which is why I didn’t see it when it came out. But still something tugged at me, so earlier this week when it was lent to me to watch, I was hesitant, but still intrigued. You know what: from the first scene it had me watching intently. Before long I wanted to know how the story played out. I had to know.

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