Countdown to Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 Finale

Three days remain until Minecraft: Story Mode’s season two finale gets released. The extremely popular series by Telltale has become well known in the Minecraft community, attracting YouTubers and streamers alike. The point and click/choose your own path game focuses on a plot which is based on the ever so popular sandbox game, Minecraft. The player completes puzzles, decides where to go, and most importantly, chooses the dialogue between characters. Subsequently, the end-game depends on the path the player chooses to follow, not what the game forces you to. Many other popular games have taken this approach, a more popular one being The Walking Dead.

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Season one of Minecraft story mode comprises of eight episodes, each a little more than an hour long. If playing more than eight hours of story mode doesn’t sound appealing, countless videos of people playing and completing the game are all on YouTube. I recommend getting your popcorn ready and clearing up three hours of your day as you’ll quickly get drawn in. You can buy the game for $25.99 on steam and play the first season for free for a limited time only. You better go quick, as the season finale is supposed to be mind boggling!

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Check out the game: http://store.steampowered.com/app/639170/Minecraft_Story_Mode__Season_Two/
Season 1 free demo: http://store.steampowered.com/app/376870/Minecraft_Story_Mode__A_Telltale_Games_Series/

NakedMan vs The Clothes – A Humorous Battle Between Mankind and Their Wardrobe

Remember those embarrassing dreams where you walk into school naked, being laughed at by all of your peers. Well, NakedMan vs The Clothes brings that embarrassment out of the mind and into your PC. The only difference is… well… your clothes have kinda developed a mind of their own and have taken over the world. The world has been left in shambles as articles of clothing rule from the green plains to the white artics, attacking every nude human that comes within sight. Luckily NakedMan is here to reclaim the world back to the true leaders, the righteous humans.

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Purchasable for $1.99, NakedMan vs The Clothes offers six worlds to navigate and end the plague that is our clothing. Each of the pixelated worlds is of different terrains, making me feel as if I am the “knight in see-through armor”, travelling the entire world for the justice of the fellow man. In each world, you must complete three levels in order to advance to the next. The first two are levels filled with difficult jumps, an abundance of woven enemies, and a golden door you must reach to conclude the course. The final level pushes your skills to the limit… it’s time for a boss battle! Each boss battle with NakedMan vs The Clothes caused more deaths than I’m comfortable to admit. I was forced to create different strategies since each boss was challenging in their own way. The bosses range from a lava throwing pyro to a race with an ice skater.

AWzy99.pngOne thing I did find rather disappointing was the characters used as bosses. While they may have been unique, I felt as if they didn’t fit in the world of NakedMan vs Clothes very well. You would expect that after fighting through pants and rugs, you would be forced to fight the “King of Suits” or the “Jester of Skirts”, but no. Instead, we face scuba divers and flame-throwing mages.

The controls are fairly simple and easy to master. You can either attack or jump. While NakedMan vs The Clothes offers both keyboard and controller support, I found the quick movements needed to duck and dodge easier to perform on the classic controller. These evil pieces of fabric can be eradicated with… well, what is that?

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I couldn’t figure out the weapon for the life of me, so I reached out to the developer. The weapon is a “water atomizer (the “crystal cleaner spray” kind) loaded with bleach!”

While ripping apart clothes have been fun, I got frustrated at the bugs in this game. NakedMan vs The Clothes offers a mechanic where if you press the “down” control on a specific surface, you will fall through the floor. I found frequently that I would randomly fall, causing me to die and restart the course. While it wasn’t too frustrating for the majority of the game, there were certain boss battles that prioritized the flooring to be traversed through. You can imagine the headaches in randomly falling through a floor when the boss was two shots away from death. While I do believe this is a negative trait, I enjoy that this adds but another piece of difficulty to this already challenging masterpiece.

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Do not let the humor of NakedMan vs The Clothes distract you from its difficulty. Although the game may be short, it spares no sympathy in easing you into the game. Straight from level one, you are put into difficult scenarios, oddly placed enemies, and only three hearts to your health bar. You heard me get hit three times and you must repeat the course. While the game saves once you complete a world, you will not receive that benefit if you leave before annihilating the boss. If you choose to exit before the boss is dead, you will be forced to start the world from course one.

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It seems like games nowadays spoon feed its players with an abundance of save points, and easy to defeat enemies. While games like Dark Souls still provide players with a challenge, most games offer quantity over quality. More world with less difficulty. NakedMan vs The Clothes takes no chances. Its six worlds offer more difficulty and strategy needed than any game I have played in a while. I enjoy a game with a challenge, but if that is not your cup of tea, then I would skip out on purchasing this game. NakedMan vs The Clothes can be purchased today in the steam marketplace.

EnomView Score: 8.2 out of 10

Check out the game: http://store.steampowered.com/app/592130/NakedMan_VS_The_Clothes/

 

Company of Heroes 2 Free for a Limited Time

Today, SEGA announced that Company of Heroes 2 will be free until tomorrow, December 16th. What’s unconventional about there announcement is that players who download the game can keep it. You heard that right, SEGA is giving away Company of Heroes 2 until tomorrow at no price to the consumer.

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Company of Heroes 2 is a real-time strategy game made by Relic Entertainment and published by SEGA. The announcement to practically hand out copies of the game comes as a surprise as the game was only released in 2013, some four years ago. This Halo Wars like game allows you to command your army, waging a war in real time. If you’re a master of strategy, there’s no question that you’ll dominate in this game.

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The game comes with high praise from reviewers, averaging scores above 80%. Company of Heroes 2 has been called everything from great fun to overpowered and broken. Despite, what people may claim, it’s best to pick up the game for yourself and form your own opinions. If you’re into strategy based games, this is perfect for you. If not, no worries. There’s no reason not to pick up a copy tonight and fight your heart out.

Pick up your free copy of the game: http://sega.vg/kJp430hf9NF

 

Free H1Z1 For a Week – King of the Kill Comeback?

H1Z1, the game that practically launched the battle royale genre, is remaking an appearance on the steam store. With its original price at $19.99, you can find the game at a bargain at $4.99 up until January 4th, or for free during the remaining week.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is currently the most familiar game in the battle royale genre, but H1Z1 is where it all started and has its fair share of differences. Compared to the current large battle arena norms, H1Z1 may either seem refreshing or backwards. For one, its fast-paced as everyone rushes to A: find weapons and materials to survive (a standard plan for battle royale games) and B: locate a car to use for the entirety of the game.

Vehicles are unimaginably important. Unlike PUBG, you don’t take damage while exiting a moving vehicle, regardless of speed. That means ambushes aren’t as stealth-based and groups are able to instantly get to where they want for team fights. They’re also very important for traversing the map quickly as toxic gas approaches slightly faster from the corners of the map and guns are harder to find. Think of H1Z1 as an arcade version of PUBG, faster and with more sporadic gameplay.

Before PUBG and Fornite took over the market, I was a hardcore H1Z1 player. I was a very early purchaser, back when you could get both King of the Kill and Just Survive under the same game. Now, Just Survive dropped the “H1Z1” and is in early access by Daybreak on steam. My favorite part of the game has always been the battle royale, and I’m sure everyone could enjoy the gameplay.

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H1Z1 could be considered the roots of the battle royale genre. Although the graphics aren’t as appealing as some other games out there (ie. Fortnite, PUBG, etc…), it might suit your playstyle better. Since it is free for the remainder of this week (6 more days) on steam, you might as well try it out for a few matches. Who knows, you might be the new rank #1 player!

Pick up your copy on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/433850/H1Z1/

Check out the Leader Boards: https://www.h1z1.com/leaderboards/pre-season-2?region=1&page=1&pageLength=25&sortField=tlk&sortDir=desc 

Gang Beasts Out Now on the PlayStation Store

Boneloaf’s award-winning multiplayer beat ‘em up, Gang Beasts, thrashes its way onto the PlayStation Store today. The widely acclaimed game known for hilarious combat and ground-rolling laughter finally makes its way to the console world after over three years in early access.

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Fight your friends, hurling gelatinous punches with the goal of knocking them off the map (or grinding them to a pulp). The ragdoll-like physics allow you to pick up, hurl, and knock out your enemies. Wacky maps aid your brawlers in sending your enemies to their doom.

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Incapacitate enemies and hurl them into meat grinders or chuck them off the edge. Throw them in front of a train, knock them off suspended scaffolding, or let them fly off the top of a truck. Gang Beasts offers endless fun ways to beat your friends to blobby pulps! Quench your murderous side through this awesome minimalistic game!

Pick up your copy of the game on PS4: https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2154-CUSA04794_00-GANGBEASTSPS04NA

Pick up your copy on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/285900/Gang_Beasts/

Dungeon Rustlers – The Revival of Old-School Dungeon Crawlers

Remember the pleasure of the old-school 8-bit games you would attempt to master at the arcade after school. The enjoyment, yet simplicity, of slaying the visible pixels that stand before you. Dungeon Rustlers brings that nostalgia out of the arcade and into our homes. Choose between a Knight, Archer, or Mage to take on 50 levels, and the 7 unique and challenging enemies of this retro epic of a dungeon crawler. Dungeon Rustlers challenges worthy players to hack-and-slash through waves upon waves of tenacious enemies. Although you can only begin your anticipated adventure on PC, it does offer full controller compatibility for those console players who are willing to attempt the vigorous task of reaching the 50th level.

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I felt a strong attachment to this game the second I began my adventure in level one. As an avid player in games like Realm of the Mad God and Gauntlet,  I feel as if much of the world is missing out on these old-school adventure games. It’s not hard to see that the retro-90’s genre is fading away, and with new generations being exposed to the higher class games of today, pixelated dungeon crawlers could be pushed toward extinction. Luckily, companies like Zimventures brought us Dungeon Rustlers.

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Before you begin the climb to victory, you must first choose one of three classes. The bold and ruthless knight can unsheathe her mighty sword to make her enemies cower in the face of death. As you progress through the levels your sword acquires the ability to shoot arrows from its blade, causing the slaughter of annoying slimes to be much more satisfying. If you ever find yourself on the brink of death, do not be afraid to activate your force field and flea the scene to regain health.

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The archer, my personal favorite, weaves her frost arrows from her quiver, leaving her enemies frozen and slowed. While the archer is given less health than the knight, she is more than capable of conducting an equal amount of destruction. The Archer’s class ability allows you to heave frozen walls in both the front and back of your player, causing enemies to be halted and slowed where they stand. With her frozen bow in hand, no enemy would dare step in your path.

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The final warrior would be the fire conjuring Mage. Spitting fireballs out of each hand, the Mage can melt any enemy it may come across. If ever in a crisis, the Mage can activate his special ability and summon a ring of fire around him, damaging enemies and keeping them away. While the mage can easily shred through the skeletons roaming in the dungeons, you only need to be hit twice in order to die.

All three classes are capable of upgrading their basic attacks and summoning floating helpers to aid in the adventure. Upgrading basic attacks will increase both the effectiveness of each hit and the number of shots being volleyed out of your weapon. The purchasable helpers will stand by your side and synchronize their attacks with yours, causing two more bullets to be added alongside your barrage of attacks. All of these upgrades can be purchased with gold found within in each level.

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Dungeon Rustlers eases players into the game by providing appropriate increasing increments of difficulty, making each level seem accommodating, but no walk in the park. Around level ten, I did feel as if the upgrades for basic attacks made each level executable with ease. Similar to training in Call of Duty: Zombies, I would find myself dragging enemies behind me, eventually turning around and unleashing the power of my triple shot weapon. All of the enemies would perish, and I would repeat the cycle like clockwork. While many levels seemed like they should have been more difficult, I did find myself on the edge of my seat for a select few. Once you die, you are not brought to the title screen to replay the game right away. Instead, you respawn where you last were, but are missing all of the valuable upgrades and power-ups needed to withstand the forces of the current level. This shouldn’t pose as much of a problem during the early levels, but dying around level 30+ could be fatal. You begin with three lives and once all have dispersed, your journey is over. You can then attempt to climb the levels with a new character or beat your best times on the previous character.

Zimventures based Dungeon Rustlers on racing through levels and clearing them fast. They encourage players to repeat the game to shatter their previous times. After each level, you can view your best time, and where you stand on the compared to other players. I could imagine the replay potential, as well as the appeal to speedrunners in taking on Dungeon Rustlers and smashing the leaderboards.

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The music choice for this game was amazing and fitted the tone to appeal towards old-school players. The mix of an epic dungeon crawler and retro-electro style tunes and beats, made me taste the sweetened luxury of being in a 90’s arcade. I did stumble upon a few glitches that left me dead for no reason, but I do understand that the game is still in early access and is not yet fully patched. I do wish Dungeon Rustlers offered more playable characters and diverse combat styles between them. Dungeon Rustlers’ 50 levels can be purchased for $3.99 on the steam marketplace today.

Enomview Score: 7.2 out of 10

Check out the game: http://store.steampowered.com/app/713450/Dungeon_Rustlers/

Flightless – A Free Game that Somehow had me Questioning Life

Life is hard. No one ever said it wasn’t. The doctor who delivered us didn’t offer us any legal form stating that we’ll get it easy. Sure, some people roll the dice and are born into the upper echelons of humanity, living without a care in the world. Even if we’re lucky enough to lead such an easy life, we’re linked to the strings of our morality. I can honestly say Flightless offered me an escape from those harsh realities. For 20 minutes of my existence, I was a body without a care in the world. My only purpose? Get from red square to red square.

Flightless offers impeccable quality, impactful design, and a profoundly soothing music choice all in a game smaller than 50 megabytes. On top of all that, I think the greatest service the game provides is being free, offering an independent place to seek refuge in such a complicated world. The basic, yet moving designs perfectly line up with the peaceful aesthetic. Personally, minimalistic and pixel-based games are my favorite, Flightless not being an exception.

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I will honestly say that the 20 minutes that I spent playing the game felt more like a pleasurable break rather than researching a game for this site. It washed away the doubts and insecurities I feel about putting so much effort behind a website that might not even break through the mold. 

Besides the thought-provoking aspects (that probably didn’t even mean to provoke thought) of the game, the root constructs of the game weren’t all too original. In a way, you could compare the core concept of the game to Super Hot, in that the world and all it’s obstacles only move when you do. This causes you to predict and plan for the future that waits for you. 

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Puzzles included classics like the ice beneath you shattering and a slippery floor that stops when you hit an object, walkable ground, or when you plainfall off the map. There were some obstacles I haven’t seen before such as moving spike balls that require prediction to evade. Retractable spikes that change with every step were also present. One more aspect that I enjoyed with the actual mechanics were having to back travel once or twice to get to the next level. It made the game feel whole to me, like a world with more than one set path.

With the game sadly lasting a mere 20 minutes, I can’t offer much more of an in-depth analysis. Of course, we hope that the game is extended and look forward to any and all work that Bristol Street Studios release.

Enomview Score: 9 out of 10

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