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    Dec 13th, 2012 at 06:11:24     -    Storm the Train (iPd)

    Storm the Train is a beautifully polished mobile game for platforms like the iOS and the Android. The game consists of a character controlled by the player who does exactly what the title of the game says. He “storms the train.” The character is dropped on a train from a helicopter, and is then bombarded from both left and right by enemies. The player must shoot these enemies in order to survive and advance levels. The main objective of the game is to complete the missions that are given to you. These include certain challenges such as “kill 50 zombies.” The mechanics of the game include moving left and right, jumping, and shooting. In order to move left, the player must click a left arrow towards the left of the screen. In order to move right, the player must click the right arrow on the left side of the screen. There is an upward facing arrow towards the right of the screen that the player can press to jump. Beside this up arrow is a star button that can be pressed to shoot in the direction that the player is facing. This game is a side scroller, and it is absolutely beautiful in terms of its polished art. The rules of the game are that the player must stay within the confines of the train. Other than that, the player is able to move freely throughout the train and kill zombies. When the player kills a certain number of zombies, a meter fills up and he earns a power up. An example of this power up is a hovering sentry gun that automatically shoots the zombies that run at you. The player can also collect coins throughout the level to improve his or her score. I find it astounding that such a beautiful and fluent game is available for free on the application store. If you haven’t tried out Storm the Train, you definitely need to download it as soon as possible!

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    Dec 13th, 2012 at 06:10:52     -    Guild Wars (PC)

    Guild Wars is an MMORPG that was developed by ArenaNet and released in late April of 2005. Like many MMO’s, Guild wars is a third person overhead view massive scale online game. Out of all of the video games I have played in my life, I definitely logged the most hours on Guild Wars. I started playing this game a couple years after it was released, but I quickly got into it and learned the ropes. There are twenty levels in the game, and in order to participate in the player versus player portion of the game, the player must reach level twenty. Guild Wars differs from other MMORPG’s in that it is not focused around leveling up. The player can reach level twenty relatively quickly, so he is able to actually start questing with friends and participating in PVP much more quickly. This is one of the greatest aspects of the game in my opinion. Instead of focusing on grinding for levels, the player can jump right into the action after a couple of days. The mechanics of Guild Wars include but are not limited to moving around via clicking or arrow keys (no jumping), using skills, rotating the view camera, picking up items, dropping items, opening chests, talking with NPC’s, and opening various windows in game (inventory, guild, hero rating, trade menu, etc.). One of the greatest aspects of Guild Wars is that it is not a game that is meant to be played by oneself. Although it is possible to complete the game as an individual, it is much easier and much more fun to collaborate with friends or random players online. After all, the word “guild” is in the title, and it indicates a group. In terms of skills, there are eight spots available for players to equip various abilities. The player is allowed seven regular abilities and one elite ability. The skill bar is completely customizable and is only limited by the character’s profession. Guild Wars is the perfect game for anyone who wants to be immersed in a rich game environment and to have a social gaming experience at the same time.

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    Dec 13th, 2012 at 06:10:03     -    Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)

    Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the most immense games I have ever held in my hands. The sheer amount space and the vast number of decisions in the game cause it to provide a unique experience to each person who plays it. The story has a very strong plot, and it is in the player’s power to decide which direction he wants the plot to progress. There is a main story-line that when followed will bring the player to the end of the game, but there are also various side quests that the player can choose to pursue. One of the greatest facets of Skyrim is freedom. The player has the freedom to choose which abilities he wants his character to have, where he wants to explore, which people he will kill or spare, and which quests he will embark upon. There are a few rules to the game, however. The player is restricted to the map area although it is quite large. The player is restricted to a certain amount of supplies he is able to carry, the number of abilities he may learn, and the level that he may reach. The player is also not able to kill a select few of the NPCs. The mechanics in Skyrim include moving around in all directions, jumping, crouching, using abilities, dropping items, picking up items, talking to NPCs, reading books, and opening and navigating their inventory. There is a wide range of mechanics for the player to use, thus further promoting a feel of freedom for the player. In my opinion, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the best Elder Scrolls game to date. The massive scale of the game combined with extremely fun quests made time soar by as I was playing it. Elder Scrolls: Online is an MMORPG, and is to be the next game in the series. I am excited to play this new game and to see how an online environment in which you can interact with other players treats the franchise. In the meantime, however, Skyrim satisfies Elder Scrolls enthusiasts everywhere.

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    Dec 13th, 2012 at 06:08:39     -    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PS3)

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise. The Call of Duty franchise is one of the most popular franchises in the history of gaming. Granted, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is a bit mainstream; granted, Activision forces development teams to produce a new one every year. Although I dislike these aspects of the game, I feel as though Treyarch did a lot of things right in this new title. Within the game, there are three game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies. There is a large narrative element within the Campaign mode, a small one in the Zombies mode, and virtually none in the Multiplayer mode. The Campaign portion of the game includes multiple embedded narrative scenes that are utilized to advance the story. The Zombies mode does not include an embedded narrative, but there are elements of plot advancement within the game play. The rules of the game are that the player’s movement is constricted to that of the map, and the player must abide by the mechanics of the game. The mechanics of the game include moving forwards, backwards, and side to side. The player is able to jump, crouch, and crawl. In addition, the player can zoom in with a weapon, shoot the weapon, and throw different types of equipment. The objective of the Campaign mode is to progress through the story line by killing of bad guys and completing missions. There are some fun and intense portions of the Campaign mode, but in my opinion it gets repetitive and confusing. The story jumps from place to place, so it’s very difficult to keep track of who and where you are. The objective of the Zombies mode is to stay alive as long as possible. End game occurs within the Zombies mode when the player is killed by the Zombies. Finally, the objective of the Multiplayer mode varies by game type, but the general goal is to beat the opposing team which is also composed of other players online. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 brought a fresh new perspective to the franchise in terms of the capabilities and resources offered in the Zombies and Multiplayer modes, but I feel as though the Campaign mode did not offer much of anything new. Nonetheless, the Multiplayer aspect of the game makes it a game that will have the player reaching to play it over and over again.

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