Horizon Zero Dawn Dev Expands in Order to Make Games Faster — IGN Video Games

Guerrilla Games is expanding its offices at the start of next year to speed up the game-making process. Guerrilla is taking over five floors at its offices in Amsterdam, with the intention of making the location a permanent home for the studio. 59 more words

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Fortnite Battle Royale Review

Fortnite is a free-to-play battle royale game, developed by Epic Games.  There is a co-op survival mode called Save the World, but I have not played that yet.

GamePlay

In Fortnite Battle Royale, players must scavenge for weapons and shields to gain the upper hand while battling against 99 other players.  There are different modes including solo, duos, and squads.  There is also a construction element where players can break down objects in the game for resources they use to build.  The building is part of the strategy and can be used in a number of ways.

Players start on a battle bus, which floats above one consistent map of an island.  The players have 28 seconds to drop from the bus anywhere they choose on the map.  The object of the game is to be the last player, or team, standing. Over time, a storm that forms around the island and slowly closes.  This forces the surviving players into tighter spaces and encounters with other players. Getting caught in the storm will cause the player to take damage and potentially die.  During the gameplay, players can loot areas, defeated player and random supply drops that provide the player with weapons and items.

The building system in this game consists of players breaking any object into 3 types of materials: wood, stone, and metal.  The player can build forts, ramps, walls, floors, and roofs.  The building can be used strategically to traverse the map, protect the player, or even slow the progression of other players.  However, learning the building system of this game can be tricky.  Personally, I am still learning.  I have watched other players build exceptionally fast and be victorious because of their building skills.  I am still learning and practicing on how to build fast so I can have more wins in the game.

This game is free-to-play but is supported by microtransactions.  The player can buy the game’s currency which is called V-Bucks.  V-bucks are used to buy cosmetic improvements such as character skins, weapon skins and emotes.  Battle Passes (which is $10) can be purchased to increase their Tier or level, giving the player access to additional challenges where they can earn more rewards.

There is an in-game store where players can purchase skins, pickax, an emotes.  All purchases are purely cosmetic. The store refreshes every 24 hours.

Review

I have been playing this game for around 24 days and I absolutely love it.  This would be my first online game, aside from game apps that I have played in the past. I play on PS4 and on PC but is offered on XBOX One and mobile. This game can be very frustrating and a bit repetitive, but overall, enjoyable.  It is a very fast-past game.

The building aspect takes practice and skill. Players can be creative with the building.  Fast-building can even give the player an advantage in each encounter of another player.

Learning the map is also very helpful.  Figuring out where the chests are hidden or located can also give the player an advantage.

Fortnite’s unique blend of shooting, style, and building sets itself apart from other battle royale games.  There is no right or wrong way to play this game.  The freedom Fortnite gives to players allows them to express themselves and play the game as they wish.  With this freedom, the possibilities are endless as well as the fun.

I recommend you to give the game a try.  At first, I did not think this was for me.  I do not play online games, but Fortnite has definitely changed my mind.  Whether I am the first to die or last one standing, every playthrough is just as fun as the last.  Even though it is very fast-paced, I believe this game will entice and thoroughly entertain anyone.

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Top 10 Things To Do In Minecraft

MineCraft is a sandbox video game.  It was designed by a Swedish game designer named Markus “Notch” Persson but later published by Mojang.  This game lets you build and create anything you can.  It is in a 3D procedurally generated world.  Game exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat are just a few of the entertaining activities to do in MineCraft.

The freedom you have in this game is endless.  Roam the whole map that you are given in the beginning to find hidden caves, villages, and so much more.  Diving into this game will have you binging for hours on end.  Here are top 10 things you should do in MineCraft.

1. Make Village Children

Minecraft Village children

You can make the villagers reproduce in Minecraft.  You will need to make a house in the village that is 5×5, putting doors on all sides.  This will create the illusion of multiple houses that need to be occupied.  Of course, put a roof on it and wait around 20 minutes or until hearts appear above two villagers heads.

2. Ride a Pig

Riding a pig

There is a trophy, or achievement for riding a pig.  Using a carrot on a stick (which is essentially a fishing rod with a carrot) and a saddle, riding a pig is another way to move around in MineCraft.  Not as efficient as riding a horse, but it makes for a funny screenshot.

3. Farming Animals

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Just like the villagers, you can have animals reproduce.  Feed them what they eat (chickens eat seeds, cows eat wheat, pigs eat carrots, cats eat salmon etc).  Farming is a great way to provide useful resources like meat, leather, wool, feathers etc.  Check out this complete guide to Farming.

4. Make Potions

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Once you make a potions table, you can craft potions to aid you in your journey.  There are lots of potions to create.  I use fire resistance, water breathing, and healing potions the most.  I use DigMineCraft for the recipes because there are so many different potions to create.  DigMineCraft breaks down how to make each potion, what each potion does, and a list of ingredients for each.

5. Go To Nether World

Entering Nether

Build a portal to enter the NetherWorld.

Nether portal

To build a portal, you will need 14 obsidian. You will use obsidian to build the frame of the portal. The base should be 4 obsidian wide and be 5 obsidian high.  It should look like a doorway. This design will use 14 blocks of obsidian altogether.  Once built, use flint and steel to light the portal.  It will turn purple once lit.  Simply jump in the doorway looking portal to enter the Netherworld.

6. Fight Ender Dragon

Ender Portal Making

Without giving away to many spoilers, there is what is called The End.  It is the world that is full of Enderman and the Ender Dragon.  The Ender Dragon is essentially the Final Boss added to MineCraft.  But you have to find the Ender portal first.  You will need Ender Pearls, made from killing Enderman or buying from the Villager Priest.  You will need 12 Ender Pearls just for the portal but you also need the ender pearls to locate the stronghold that the portal is hiding in.  I recommend bringing at least 10 extra Ender pearls, in addition to the 12.  Once you are ready, simply throw the Ender pearls in the air and follow the direction they float in, to find the stronghold.  Once the stronghold is found, the Ender pearl will sink into the ground instead of floating in the air.  The stronghold is always underground.  Once found, find your way to the room where the Ender portal is.  (Clue: you will be attacked by silverfish that are guarding the portal)

7. Make an Iron Golem

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Iron golems are protectors of villages.  They are difficult to kill if you are caught attacking villagers.  But you can also make them as well.  You will need 4 blocks of iron and a pumpkin.  I love making them so they can defend the village at night.  This helps me build up a nearby village so I can have a place to trade.  DigMineCraft has a step by step tutorial on how to build iron golems.

8. Enchant Weapons, Armor, and Books

Enchantment Table

Build an Enchantment table to enchant any weapon, armor, and even books.  Put the item, with lapis lazuli, on the enchantment table menu.  Here is a list of the enchantments.

9. Tame A Dog

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Taming a dog will provide you with a fighting companion to help you in your journey through MineCraft.  Walk up to any wolf with a bone in your hand and feed it to them until hearts appear over their head.  The hearts indicate you have successfully tamed the wolf which is now your dog.  You can also tame ocelots, parrots, horses, and donkeys.

10. Ride A Horse

Tame Horse pic

Taming a horse will provide a faster way to move around the MineCraft world.  Approach any horse with nothing in your hand and attempt to sit on.  The horse may knock you off a few times, but once hearts appear then you know you have successfully tamed it.  You can also find armor and name the horse as well.

My Top 10 Favorite Games, So Far

I would like to share with you what type of gamer I am.  I have played a lot of games over the years.  I came up with a list of my top 10 favorite games so far.  These are games that I can replay multiple times and have just as much fun as I did the first time I played.  Here are my top 10 favorite games, not in any particular order.

1. Fallout 4

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Fallout 4 is an action role-playing game developed by Bethesda and Game Studios.  It is set in an open world post-apocalyptic time period in the city of Boston, Massachusetts.  In the game, it is known as “The Commonwealth.”  You play as the “Sole Survivor,” who was tricked into cryogenic stasis in Vault 111.  After the player witnesses a major event that shapes Fallout storyline, they come out of cryo to a post-apocalyptic world.  Now it is time to explore this open world.  There is so much to do in Fallout.  There is the ability to construct and manage settlements, the ability to craft from materials scavenged that can be used for various things, discover places, fighting or joining factions, protect the Commonwealth, and meet characters in the game.  I absolutely love playing this game.  Granted, Preston Garvey constantly saying “Another settlement needs your help” got somewhat annoying, but I still had lots of fun building settlements how I wanted, scavenging newly discovered places, and going on quests that had their own story apart from the main storyline.

2. Minecraft

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This 3-dimensional sandbox game can be played as a single player or multiplayer, in survival or creative mode.  Each world is randomly generated and virtually infinite.  That is what one of the things I like about it.  You never experience the same world twice.  Not only is discovering a new world exciting, but the freedom you get in Minecraft is mind-blowing.  One of my favorite things to do is getting lost in an endless cave and find all sorts of materials to use for building whatever comes to mind.  Then I will design and build a complex village, making it a great place to trade with villagers for some really awesome items.  I love to explore in this game.   However, there is a goal to work towards which requires a great deal of preparation.

3. Portal (the series)

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Special thanks to TooMuchGaming for photo

Portal 1 and 2 are first-person puzzle platform games.  Developed by Valve Corporation, these game had me thinking outside the box.  Using a hand-held portal device called the portal gun, I was able to solve puzzles in specific test chambers.  The gun can shoot two portals, which are colored orange and blue for identification.  The object of each test chamber is to reach the exit door.  Every test chamber has different conditions that have to be met before reaching the exit.  I rather enjoyed the complexity of these puzzles and to this day, still get stumped on some.  Portal 1 is single player but Portal 2 upped the excitement by adding co-op player mode.

4. Dying Light

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Dying Light is an open world first-person survival horror action-adventure game.  Developed by Techland, Dying Light is about an undercover agent named Kyle Crane who is sent to infiltrate a quarantine zone in Harran.  This zombie apocalypse-themed game is more focused on parkour and weapon-based combat.  The game’s parkour free running mechanics was something new to me.  But by the time the game ended, I felt like I had the parkour mechanics down to perfection (almost).  This game was very good at the melee-combat system, graphics, and day-night cycle.  The day-night cycle was diverse from each other.  During the day, scavenging and completing quest seemed easy compared to what happened at night.  Enemies were slower and more visible during the day.  At night, the infected become much more dangerous.  They are faster and can do more damage.  I had loads of fun leaping over buildings trying to get away from the infected, leveling up to my way of playing, and scavenging items that I can use for crafting weapons and medical equipment.  I was somewhat disappointed in the ending but I still had a lot of fun making my way around the city killing the infected.

5. Final Fantasy XV

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Final Fantasy is an action role-playing game developed by Square Enix.  This is the 15th installment of the Final Fantasy series.  It is also the first of its series to have a real-time action-based battle system, which I found enjoyable.  The main protagonist, Noctis Lucis Caelum journeys through the world of Eos with his three companions, Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto.  The open world is vast, which makes using the car (the Regalia) much more necessary riding a Chocobo.  But I loved driving the long roads, listening to music that was featured in all the Final Fantasy games.  During the game, I was able to get to know all the characters in my party as well as meet some new faces along the way.  My favorite was Prompto always wanting to take pictures.  When it was time to make camp to rest at night, I would go through the pictures taken.  It was fun reminiscing the moments my new virtual friends and I had experienced that day.  The graphics and visual of Eos were impressive.  I found myself taking screenshots of a beautiful layout when I was supposed to be on a quest to find the monster that was terrorizing a local part of this world.  There were moments of tears and joy throughout this game that Square Enix is known for.  Even though this game came out in 2016, they are still adding new content and making the game more interesting.

6. Horizon Zero Dawn

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Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing game developed by Guerrilla Games.  Aloy, the main character, is a hunter and archer who lives in a world overran by robots.  The dialogue felt a bit short, but the gameplay was impressive.  The open world, visuals, and combat was astonishing.  I loved submersing myself into this game.  I enjoyed hunting and looting to find useful resources for crafting.  Even after I know the plot of the story, I still have fun going back to replay the game for the real-time combat.  Being able to hit a running robotic animal with an arrow from a far distance is rewarding in its own way.

7. Persona 5

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Persona 5 is a single player role-playing, social simulation game developed by Atlus.  Playing as the protagonist in this 6th installment of the Persona series, I was able to really connect with my character.  Taking on the role of a high school student, I got to develop special relationships with other characters, also known as Confidants.  Persona is great at capturing general behavior in social simulation.  Improving my Confidants’ rank, gave me bonuses for my party and non-party members.  Persona is about a group of high school students that influence society around them.  The focus is getting the characters to harness the power of their personas, which are manifestations of their inner psyche.   The characters fight in a realm called Metaverse which is a supernatural world made up of the manifestations of humanity’s subconscious desires.  If the manifestations of a single person were large enough, then it would form their own unique “Palace,” which was a distorted version of the world.  Mementos is the Palace for everyone’s heart, as a whole society.  Mementos provided plenty of missions to grind for leveling characters.  Diving into the Metaverse, I was able to become more invested in the story.  Without giving away any spoilers, I would have to say that Persona 5 is game that I could play over and over without getting bored.

8. Dead Space (the whole series)

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The whole series of this game was pretty awesome.  It was creepy and fascinating.  Dead Space is a science fiction survival horror game developed by EA Redwood Shores.  Playing as Isaac Clarke, the player must fight his way through a starship that is infested by some of the most hideous alien creatures.  There are plenty of enemies for combat and puzzles to solve.  Upgrading is easy and effective for Isaac’s suit and weapons.  The story is captivating and keeps me on my toes all the way to the end boss battle.

9. Borderlands (the whole series)

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This game I could literally binge-play for 12 hours straight.  Borderlands is an open-world action role-playing first-person shooter, set in space western science fantasy.  The character selection of vault hunters is limited but they have their own personal skill tree that becomes useful during each play-through.  I had tons of fun playing with all the characters in each game.  I think the series is better played with a friend.  The loot system is huge with millions of guns to find.  I get so engrossed in every one of the games in the series.  At every turn, there is always an enemy to find and a chest to loot.

10. YuGiOh: Duelists of Roses

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Yu-Gi-Oh is a card battle simulator.  This game is loosely based on the real-world war fought in England in the 15th century between the House of Lancaster and the House of York.  There is a decision to make on which side to choose to be on, but I experienced both sides.  I started out with a weak deck but over time, it got stronger.  This game was the start of my gaming frenzy.  I remember coming home on my break at work, just to get a few minutes of gameplay in.  I had a fairy deck that was over-powered.  My deck was complex with power-up cards that had to be strategically placed and flipped over at the right time.  Even though this game came out in 2001, I still enjoy playing it to this day.

 

 

The Journey Begins: World of Gaming

Video game culture is worldwide.  Video and PC games are becoming more popular every day.  For those who play video games identify as a gamer. A gamer is a person who plays interactive games, (from video games, skill-based card games, or board games) can play for very long periods of time, thoroughly enjoys video games or anyone that is generally passionate about games.

As of 2016, the average age for a video game player is 35.  According to a study in 2016, 59% of gamers are male and 41% are female.

There are all kinds of different types of gaming.  Massively multiplayer online gaming (MMO), simulation games, adventure games, puzzle games, action games, real-time strategy games,  first-person shooter games, combat games, role-playing games (RPG), sports games, and even educational games, just to name a few genres.  There is also platform games, fighter and beat ’em ups, survival horror games, visual novels, interactive movies, real-time 3D adventures, action RPG, MMORPG, tactical RPG, and sandbox RPG.

This site is going to cover a multitude of game genres, give personal opinions and experiences, give reviews on games, and keep readers updated on gaming news.

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