12 Mar

My favorite PC games of 2016

Another year has come to an end. Can’t shake the feeling that each and every next year lasts a little less and the previous one did. Looking back I can clearly see all the ups and downs it had in store for me. Sometimes it’s cool and sometimes not as much but sometimes, sometimes you just want to forget about all these things and just play a game for a while. When thinking about video games and 2016 all of my memories are at their greatest for 2016 was truly an amazing game for every gamer of a taste that similar to mine. Let’s look at the retrospective

Civilization VI

Truth be told, I was a bit skeptical when it was first announced. Simply because of the fact that we barely had a proper chance to get ourselves introduced with the Civilization V and we already heard rumors about the upcoming successor. That had me for a moment and I thought it was going to be just a shameless cash grab that we’re unfortunately used to see nowadays in the gaming industry.

Boy oh boy, was I wrong. Civilization VI has to be the greatest game that I played during the past year and let me tell you, I’m not planning on not playing this game in any of the foreseeable future, that’s for sure. If turn-based civilization assembly with all of its aspects like politics, religion, military and types of social managements sound appealing to you, do yourself a favor and give this game go. However, if my opinion is not enough for you feel free to check Steam’s charts on most popular games. A picture is worth thousand words after all.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

While it is true that this is it 2015 game it’s downloadable content Blood and Wine came out in 2016. Despite it being a DLC it feels like a complete game on its own. CD Projekt deserved all of the respect to getting from their fans by making this game as polished as it is in by releasing such wonderful pieces of downloadable content for their customers to enjoy.

And what’s not to enjoy? Rather than putting the player in a war struck land, this downloadable content that is roughly twenty to thirty hours long (depending on your play style) takes you to a completely new area that looks like something out of a much more brighter fantasy game, at least at the first glance. Those of you familiar with the Witcher games know that they always managed to deliver in terms of quality and enjoyable gameplay but this time around it is so appealing that you just have togive the developers a credit for they work for making an adventure as memorable and enjoyable as this one was. Also, considering that this is probably the last time we get to play as the Geralt of Rivia, it was a damn fine way to say goodbye to the fans.

Speaking of games, you might be interested in my pick of the most interesting casual games to play on your cell phone or a tablet. Check it out here.

25 Feb

Age of Sparta Review

To tell you the truth I wasn’t really big on handheld gaming. I actually never prefer to play games out of the comfort of my couch or eventually a chair in front of a big ass TV or monitor for that matter. Lately, we’re seeing an expansion of handheld device whether it’s a smart phone that has grown to size of a cutting board or maybe a tablet which was always the size of cutting board and just recently they started making them twice the size of the same thing. When it comes to video game consoles those are not immune to the trends over time that the society is setting I mean, they cannot afford to be immune since their income is directly dictated by the ability to appease their consumers needs.

It is not just a video game console companies that are susceptible to these effects, I myself have also fallen prey to these modern-day standards even though I was strongly against it for as long as I can remember. To tell you the truth, it was very shortsighted of me and I was acting highly conservative when it comes to accepting new ways to game and have fun with modern technologies. But do not blame me just yet, I have perfectly valid reasons for the state of mind that I was in during that time.

You see, when handheld gaming was first popularized on smart phones and tablets and who knows what, it was the most basic of the basic. To make matters worse it was incredibly popular among what the majority of the gaming society refers to as “filthy casuals”. Turns out that these casuals were playing more video games than the elitist society of modern Gamers and were willing to cash out quite a bit more than those who “actually cared for games”.

Now I’m not gonna go into too many details with this and ask how or why this is as it is because that’s not what I was planning to talk about but I felt the urge to mention it anyway and to make long story short, the casual market of the handheld devices in their video game potential started expanding rapidly. It wasn’t long before all those big video game companies have started to notice and appreciate the potential of handheld devices and naturally started making games for those devices. Fast-forward a couple of years and, you’d never guessed it but, I’m playing strategy game on my god damn smart phone.

See, that’s the thing. That was me being conservative and unacceptable of something that was different than the things I had in my time. That thought that I had in my mind how video games can never flourish on a platform like mobile phone was very wrong to begin with. Now, don’t get me wrong, the initial games for smart phones were nothing more than fancy gimmicks for the touchscreen and your personal camera which pretty much did nothing more than allowed you to tap on your screen and watching some strange action unfolds.

Nowadays when the market has expanded and adjusted to the needs of Gamers worldwide who clearly wanted to have something more complex we have cool games made for these devices that are appealing even to an old-school gamer like myself who prefers real-time strategies and the complexity of a game play that only turn-based RPG and real-time strategies can provide.

It’s been a year now since I’ve started playing Age of Sparta. I know, right. Sounds ridiculous that somebody who grew up playing Age of Empires, WarCraft, StarCraft and alike would be drawn to a simple handheld game whose only purpose is to milk the money out of the user with ridiculous restrictions and payment wall blocked content. That’s true, it may be a game that is very restrictive unless you’re willing to pay a certain amount of money in order to fully enjoy it, I completely and wholeheartedly agree on that fact but, don’t all games to this? I mean StarCraft isn’t a free game, it is actually a very pricey one. To be 100% realistic here, there is no real-time strategy of a modern age that can compete against StarCraft and its ingenuity but you see my point here, right?

Now what’s even better is that you may choose not to pay a single dollar more than you initially planned on spending on a video game because there are so many hacks and cracks that allow you to simply bypass these very primitive security measures that these companies are using to measure the amount of resources and whatnot for specific game accounts. It’s pretty much a “name your own price” deal. Frankly speaking, I myself have used a hack for the Age of Sparta in order to unlock the content and be able to play the game with no restrictions to if you want to do that, there is a generator that works wonders and I may provided for you if you’re interested. To be fair, if you like the game you should spend at least $10 on it so that developers know that there are people playing and may continue supporting and updating this game (any game). It’s a win-win situation honestly. If you can afford it I believe you should be able to play but if you can afford as little as a couple of dollars, then please by all means don’t be an ass leech and show your appreciation for the people who made it possible for you to enjoy a video game.

So this brings us here, at the end of this… Whatever this is.

I honestly had no intention of doing anything in particular with this wall of text rather than just expressing my thoughts about gaming and stereotypes and how everything is susceptible to change with time, like my viewpoints and opinions about handheld gaming which are initially disliked very much but if come to learn to appreciate it over this past year’s. I guess I could say that you should value your own opinions and viewpoints but try and keep an open mind about other things that you perhaps don’t have enough insight of to judge in the first place like I have.

10 Feb

Free casual iOS games great for passing time!

We live fast nowadays and we are constantly being on the move. Whether it’s that you’re going to school, college, work or simply transiting between one area to another, the fact is that we are spending a lot of time in transit. Luckily for us, cell phones and tablets have also became a big part of our lives and there’s barely anybody who doesn’t own at least some kind of smart phone or similar portable electronic device. If you are amongst those described in the previous sentences and it also happens that you’ve chosen Apple’s iOS device to be your trustworthy companion than this post is for you.

Here are some of the best iOS video games that are great for time killing. Next time you are in transit for a while, like going to a university or visiting a friend and you don’t have anything to read along the way you might want to give some of these video games a try.

Cut the Rope

One of the most popular games on the market and for good reason. It may look like children’s game at first glance because of its family-friendly graphics and presentation but this game will undoubtably provide hours of fun no matter what your age is.

It is a puzzle game with a very simple goal. You need to cut the rope so that the candy falls into the mouth of the little green candy monster that sitting on the screen. It is a rather simple sounding concept but make no mistake, it can and it will get progressively harder.


Fruit Ninja

Another title coming straight from the Hall of Fame. And there’s barely anybody who’s unaware of this game by now but that doesn’t mean it still doesn’t deserve to be featured on this list.

If you managed to stay ignorant about this game for this long all you need to know is that it’s a minimalistic game of precision and reflexes. Their use fruit is hurled up words and your job as the fruit ninja is to cut it before it falls down. Another simple concept that may prove hard to master. It’s a game everybody will be able to play and casually enjoying on their handheld devices but only the most dedicated and skilled fruit hinges will manage to climb the ranks on the leaderboard’s and prove that they are the best fruit ninjas around.


Super Mario Run

Compared to the other two, this game is just a hatchling. Despite its “age” it already managed to climb the ranks of popularity and is being enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of players worldwide.

Perhaps that shouldn’t surprise us considering this is a game that features one of the most iconic and beloved characters in the history of video games, Super Mario himself. Undoubtedly inspired by similar titles where you run and collect coins along the way trying to score as high as possible, Super Mario Run managed to refresh the old gameplay and make it feel new and fresh by adding unique gameplay mechanics to the game.

*Super Mario Run is, unlike the previous games, not entirely free to play and requires a one time purchase in order to be fully accessible. Luckily for us there is easy hack for super mario run that allows us to unlock most of the games features.


28 Jan

Must-have iOS and Androi apps for you smartphone and tablet!

 

There are literally millions of software available for our smart phones and tablet devices. On the first glance they all seem pretty useful and most of us think that we’ve just found something we were looking for. Upon more thorough inspection we start to realize that the app we just got has its flaws. Before we know it we have our smart phones and tablets filled with so many useless junk that barely even works. To help you find cool apps that you may find useful, here’s a list of absolutely the greatest apps that can be found and installed on your device.

Evernote

Evernote is a sticker tool, kind of. This handy and seemingly minimalistic app turns out to be not so minimalistic after all. It will allow you to keep track of things you’ve done and put a highlight on things that you want to be doing at any given time. It can help organize your daily routines as well as allow you to make easy to use shopping lists for when you can’t really rely on remembering all that stuff.

It also allows you to save content from websites like pictures, videos, food recipes, study material, case studies etc.

Evernote also has some really advanced stuff like text scanning. For example, if you receive a business card you may snap a picture and the Evernote will scan and memorize all of the important information from that card without you having to carry it around in your wallet.

Probably the best thing about it is that it’s also available on PC so that it may serve as an extension of your memoirs, business schedule or a cookbook. It’s an all-around with so many uses, it’s very easy to get into and best of all it’s free to try and use in its basic plan.

Facebook Messenger

If you’re a Facebook user and let’s face it, pretty much everybody is nowadays, then there are good chances you’re already familiar with the Facebook messenger. However those of you were not, this might be the perfect time you get introduced to it.

Plainly speaking, it’s a social application that lets you text your Facebook friends. However it doesn’t stop there. Facebook messenger also allows for video calls to be made! Perhaps the biggest advantage to using this handy app is that it does not require you to actually have the people you want to text added to your Facebook friend list. All you need is a phone number and you’ll be able to get in touch with anybody whose phone number you have regardless of whether or not you to our friends in the network.

LastPass

Unlike machines, we tend to lose data. This is completely normal and you should be alarmed if this happens to you because you may rest assured that it’s happening to all of us. If you tend to lose your passwords frequently than LastPass might be just what you need.

Every time you come up to a website that requires a password, this handy application will randomly generate a very complex password and memorize it so that the next time you want to access your account all you need to do is simply tap on your screen and let the LastPass do the rest.

It also comes very useful when you need to fill out forms. It allows you to customize info such as your first name and last name, country of residence, phone number, street or some sensitive info like your credit card info.

And it’s completely safe! It uses advanced encryption to safeguard all of the information’s you provided it with so that no one other than you, not even the program itself holds the information.

Google Drive

Data is everywhere. Modern lifestyle heavily revolves around digital data. We use it for work, we use it to study and we use it for pure, mindless entertainment. However, our devices can only store that much in our memory cards are very limited making it impossible to carry all of that precious data all around. That’s where Google Drive comes in. It is a trusty and very reliable cloud service that will allow you to store “infinite” amounts of data that’s allowing you to carry all of the essential bits around with you.

Whether your dragging your case studies and college work around or perhaps you are preparing to spend a month outside of your home and you just want to bring some movies and TV shows with you to watch, Google Drive can do all of it regardless of what you may need it for.

Spotify

If you’ve been living anywhere but underneath the rock then you absolutely must know about this app. For those who have indeed been living under a rock, Spotify might be the reason to come out of that place.

While it is true that there are numerous ways that you can listen all of your favorite tunes on your phone from purchasing tracks off of Google Play Music or iTunes or listening to a local radio, Spotify is definitely the best option.

It is a perfect blend of a personal library in a live radio broadcast. It allows you to freely listen to a huge database of all kinds of music genres featuring pretty much every author we ever heard of. At the same time it allows you to make personal playlists and share them with the community or with your close friends and family. Spotify may sound like nothing special when you read this and think about it but believe me, once you’ve tried it you will never think about listening to music any other way than this, that I guarantee you!

Traveling a lot? Need something to keep you occupied so that your time may pass faster? Check out some smartphone games!