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@_ReElise #IndieGame @Kickstarter Project Blends #Anime, #HipHop, #Christianity & Hope – SUPER DOPE!

Posted by Yogizilla on August 25, 2016

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have caught some of the buzz about one of the most ambitious Kickstarter indie game projects this year: ReElise (pronounced “release”).  This game is nothing short of SUPER DOPE.  But don’t take our word for it..  Peep our gameplay video and YouTube exclusive SNEAK PEEK:

This game is high-concept yet super fun to play.  It combines…

  • Moving hip-hop beats and original OST
  • Old-school/retro turn-based JRPG game mechanics
  • Deep combat system and phat loot
  • Emotional story with tons of feels
  • Dynamic characters that aren’t made out of cardboard
  • Christian themes and practical life advice, hope, and inspiration

On the latter note, some folks may be turned off by the Christian aspect.  The knee-jerk reaction may be that it’s going to be preachy or that a hidden agenda will take priority over good gameplay.  None of those things are true.

If you worry about religious themes, most of anime and video games won’t even exist!  Just look at Neon Genesis Evangelion, arguably one of the greatest anime series of all time.  It’s been redone, revisited, and talked about for over a decade yet the entire mythos is rooted in Christian themes.  Most are oblivious to this, even with the out-right references to angels and resurrection, yet the story still has a massive impact.

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That’s exactly the sort of legacy Justin Fox wishes to create with ReElise.  If we help him succeed, he’ll be the first Christian-developed video game that doesn’t hide the fact that there are Christian themes.  This is crazy considering that games like Citizens Of Earth and Five Nights At Freddy’s are developed by Christians yet you’d never know it.  Justin has made bold decisions and is truly making a game that he himself wants to play.  If you ask us, these are the sorts of indie projects we need to support wholeheartedly.

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The ReElise story revolves around a girl named Elise and her struggles with inner demons.  For over 7 years she was the victim of human trafficking and now she is on a war path.  This powerful premise is but one aspect of what makes this game so compelling.

ReElise is positioned to discuss the truths and topics that others are too scared to tap into.  We not only have a strong female protagonist but also a minority game developer.  In an industry where diversity and innovation are often swept under the rug for the sake of pandering and profit, this is a breath of fresh air.  Let’s rally to support this, friends!

Ready to be part of the movement driving ReElise?  Support ReElise on Kickstarter and share with friends.

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Learn more about our awesome community of geeks and creatives on the latest GeekyAntics Community Round-Up!  Even if you can’t support the ReElise indie game project, please comment, share, and tell your friends!

 

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CyGames Goes Full-On Retard With Rage Of Bahamut

Posted by Yogizilla on October 1, 2013

It’s time for a classic Yogizilla rant!

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Summertime Amelia - Rage of Bahamut

The latest update released for the uber popular Rage of Bahamut game on Mobage proves that CyGames has no clue what they are doing..  and they have possibly gone retarded on us (no offense to those that have actual mental challenges and aren’t just plain stupid).  For me, a guy that happens to love this game in spite of it’s growing pains, it almost seems like they are purposely trying to chase away gamers and lose money – it’s utter madness!

Rage of Bahamut got a significant update that gave the UI (graphical interface) a face-lift and forced annoying features on us while neglecting game mechanics and glaring issues the community has been very vocal about.  On my Android-based Samsung Galaxy tablet, I am unable to exit the game easily and the background music comes back no matter how many times I turn it off.  The foremost issue would be all right if I were able to jump right into the game any time but, instead, it times out and tells me pages are no available.  Enter the force close.

These issues alone have been enough for me to quit other Mobage games but it gets better, I mean, worse.  In an effort to monetize further, Cygames introduced a new currency system in Rage of Bahamut.  This system is overly-complicated and provides real benefit to the users. The system involves tokens, souls, virtue points, card sacrifices, and some other crap.

Thanks but I’ll pass.

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Games Yogizilla And NoF Are Playing: Shadow Era And League Of Legends

Posted by Yogizilla on October 29, 2012

Greetings duelists, strategists, geeks, and gamers – LTNS!

UPDATE:  Shadow Era still has double XP going.  May be a glitch but better rank up now.  Don’t miss the gold giveaways on Meltdown matchups!

It’s been several months since our last major update here on DPO.  I attribute it to my diligent work for Social Prize, where you can score free stuff and awesome deals, and a few choice games on the PC (Steam FTW), Android, and XBox 360.  I haven’t had as much time for gaming between projects, work and family but there are a few go-to games I can share with you.  There’s League of Legends, Shadow Era, Bad Blood, Air Mech, Hero Academy, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and Minecraft, just to name a few.

Today, we’ll briefly discuss the foremost: League of Legends and Shadow Era.  These are two games that I feel will provide tons of replay value without ending your marriage, getting you fired from work, or anything of the sort.  And if you like strategic gaming, these games both have plenty of depth yet they are easy to get into (Shadow Era more than LoL, though).

Morgana the Wicked (and Sexy) Witch from League of Legends

If you haven’t tried out League of Legends yet, this may entice you.

League Of Legends: A Less Elitist MOBA For Newbies And DotA Veterans Alike

I won’t go too deep into LoL right now because this game has become more popular than World of Warcraft – so you’ve probably heard of it!  Studies show that more people are playing LoL now than Warcrack/WoW.  This is the new form of digital crack for gamers on the PC (and I think Mac – get a PC).  It’s action-packed and can be enjoyed in long marathon sessions or small doses.  That’s enough to sell me on any game…  And it’s FREE.

League of Legends is one of the newer MOBA out there but it recently hit it’s stride in the past year or so.  This is a game of the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre.  If you are unfamiliar with RTS, RPG, or Hero Combat game mechanics, I would best describe a MOBA as a game where you control one champion or character while leading computer-controlled armies (creeps) into battle.

The object of the game is to establish land control or lane dominance, while collecting resources by killing enemy and neutral creeps and champions.  These resources allow you to buy items that give you more of an edge in solo or team battles (or help you escae from ambushes and base raids).  A team wins by destroying the enemy base/Nexus (Classic rules) or holding the most capture point (Domination.  Either way, controlling lanes ad keep areas is a sure-fire way to win.

League of Legends is a freemium game, which means it is free to play but, really, to get the full experiene you must purchase premium items (with Riot Points) or earn enough points to use in-game currency (Influence Points) to get champions you are better-suited for.  If you’d like to join me, sign up on the North American or EU-West servers, then look up Alizher or Yogizilla, respectively.  You can use my referral links below to earn us both some extra goodies:

http://signup.leagueoflegends.com/?ref=4fe0cabfb54fe161808978

I will warn you: LoL is a highly-competitive game so expect plenty of trolling and trash-talking.  It’s not for the faint of heart.

Once you get past the elitism, poor sportsmanship, lack of peer support, and flaming, the game is really fun.  I highly recommend using the “/ignore” command link liberally.  It also helps to play some private or AI/bot games before you jump into random pubs (public games).  Some players would say just jump right into real matches but it’s hard to learn the core mechanics, recipes, items, and champions of the game when you’re in 5v5 matches.  There’s just too much going on!

Katarina the Assassin from League of Legends

Katarina is one of my personal favorite champions.. She is as deadly as she is sexy, IMHO.

Shadow Era: A Fresh-New TCG Alternative For Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, And Other Strategists

Shadow Era is a free TCG (tradeable card game) for the Android platform. It’s also on the PC but I haven’t played it there ye.  I’m sure there is an iOS version too (the Shadow Era web site says it’s available for iPhone)  but who REALLY games on an Apple platform?  Just saying.

This game offers a refreshing, unique experience for Magic The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and new TCG players alike.  Being a card game, decks are built around a unique champion and a minimum of 39 supporting cards.  There seems to be no deck limit but I recommend staying under 60 cards as a beginner.  Veteran players can build deck between 70 and 100 cards if they balance and tune their decks properly (though be ready for players to offer you advice about trimming down your deck LOL).  Remember: the more cards you have, the harder it becomes to predict your draws and establish strategies/combos that will help you win consistently.  This holds true for Yu-Gi-Oh!, MTG, Naruto, and just about any TCG.

In my opinion, this game is balanced very well because there are no over-powered or “broken” deck builds, though there are certainly some favorites.  Each turn, you are limited on what you can play by the amount of available resources you have.  Like Magic the Gathering and other TCGs, your resources are like mana or stamina, so they help keep the pace steady with little possibility of early wins or OTKs (one-turn kills).  Resources are stocked by discarding one card each turn so you have to choose carefully and think several moves ahead (yes, just like in chess).

The beauty of Shadow Era is that you heroes have special abilities powered by Shadow Energy.  Each turn, you earn one point of Shadow Energy, unless there is a special card in play modifying Shadow Energy build-up.  Saving your abilities for the right times is a critical skill you will develop.

My main hero is a female human mage.  I call her the frost mage because she can freeze and damage enemy allies.  She’s not as popular as it seems most are going human hunter or wolf anything right now.   I have noticed more frost mages lately, though, so she may be earning some respect now – w00t!

This game is around a year old and has a physical-card counterpart.  I recommend starting with the video game first to get a feel for what you like most.  You have the option of playing against AI or human opponents, both of which earn you experience points and gold (if you win).

I highly-recommend you download this game today.  There is an event running that gives you double XP and gold through Halloween.  This is the perfect opportunity to power level and earn enough cash to buy your favorite cards.  Speaking of which, one of the most brilliant features of the game is the merchant.  This marketplace allows players to sell cards they don’t need or want (you can only have four of each card in a deck) and buy the ones you DO want.  If you want to fast-track your deck-building and win more games early on, you can also buy theme decks and booster packs for Crystal Points.  Yes, like League of Legends and any freemium game, real money can be converted into non-refundable, play money. LOL

Now, there’s tons that I love about Shadow Era, especially after the recent October 2012 update (which was very much needed). There is now a friends list so be sure to add me – Alizher – I may change my name to Yogizilla there, if possible.. People keep thinking I’m German. ROFL

Here’s what I DON’T like about Shadow Era.  First and foremost, the game has terrible session management.  Sync issues can get so bad that you’ll lose half of your games just because you got disconnected.  Sometimes, you’ll click on cards and you’re not able to attack or anything.  I’ve lost most of my matches this way but there are also some REALLY good players out there, to be fair to them.

Another thing I don’t like is that the new Meltdown mode is mostly unplayable.  It’s a great concept and winners can earn part of weekly jackpots, which is awesome, but the mechanics need to be worked out a bit.  My biggest gripe is that you are not given nearly enough time to build you deck before matches so you essentially risk 200 gold with little odds of winning.

On a similar note, there’s currently no way of saving recipes.  Recipes would be a great way to build decks on-the-fly, especially when facing up against familiar foes in password-protected private games or doing the “sealed booster pack” duels in Meltdown.  If you’re one of the developers reading this, check out what Yu-Gi-Oh! has done in their 5D’s games on the DS and XBox 360: very clean an easy-to-use.

I also find that messaging is either lacking or really buggy. In general, interaction is minimal and I think the folks behind Shadow Era would be smart to integrate social media in some way, creating new opportunities to earn in-game currencies via referrals, reviews, sweepstakes, and contests.

With all this in mind, I still wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone, even if you are not much for TCGs.  I’ve been trying to get my best friend Andy to get over his disdain for TCG and supposed lack of “real action” and animation.  I get that but there’s something to be said for simplicity and a greater focus on gameplay over fluff like visuals and sounds.

Shadow Era has tons of replay value and the game rewards their most active players with the promise of more events and the risk of losing your ratings thanks to the new decay game mechanic.  I applaud their coding work on matchmaking as you’ll rarely face up against someone much better than you.  This makes Shadow Era VERY newbie-friendly.

One last wishlist item: fixing sync/lag/drop is an absolute MUST but I know many of us Shadow Era aficionados are hoping for new support items and allies, especially ones to counter wolf/wulven decks.  While I stand by the fact that the game is very well-balanced, there’s no doubt that wolf packs are preferred and there’s less incentive to try out new deck builds.

UPDATE:  Another thing that really gets me is that, when playing on Android, the game goes to sleep or will even close when you quickly tab to another app.  This results in instant losses and severe rating dings.  I once dropped from close to a 200 rating to a 67 rating.  WTF??

I find that Lone Wolf builds are so effective, that one in four matches (and that’s generous) will pit you against one.  There are many unique deck builds out there but most of what we see is tried-and-true, hard-to-counter stuff. Some food for thought there!

Here are some screenshots, though they do not really communicate how awesome this game is:

Aldon The Brave from Shadow Era

Aldon The Brave increases the attack of all friendly allies by 1, which can be really effective when swarming.. Sucks to be on the receiving end.

Jasmine Rosecult from Shadow Era

Jasmine Rosecult rocks.. She charms enemy allies and keeps them from attacking.. And she has a nice arse.

Download Shadow Era For PC/Mac, Android, or iOS Herehttp://www.shadowera.com/download.php

As the developers, Wulven Game Studios, describe the game…

Shadow Era is a free to play, online collectible trading card game. It features deep strategy, easy gameplay, and gorgeous card art. Create your account now to play on the web right in your browser, or on the iPhone, iPad or Android devices and take your progress with you wherever you go!

It’s a pretty spot-on assessment!

My favorite thing here is that cross-platform really means you can access the same account on any device that is supported!

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Will Modern Warfare 3 Steal Battlefield 3’s Thunder? Probably Not.

Posted by Yogizilla on November 3, 2011

I’ve been so deep in Battlefield 3 that I almost forgot Modern Warfare 3 comes out next week. It was my fellow clanmate Joe Fisher (PhallicDragon on XBox LIVE) that reminded me. A small part of me is excited but, for the most part, this will be a game I will put on rotation so I don’t over-play Battlefield 3.

Every credible non-fanboy review I’ve read seems to point at the fact that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 feels more like an expansive map pack than a full sequel. While Joe and other fellow gamers say that Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 are too distinct to compare, I already know Battlefield 3 will be my main game. I also know that the Gears of War 3 Season Pass looks more tempting than a Call of Duty Elite subscription.

With that in mind, there are a few things that make Modern Warfare 3 and Elite subscription tempting…

This. Is. Sparta! Err, I mean Modern Warfare 3.

This. Is. Sparta! Err, I mean Modern Warfare 3.

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Game Design 301: Battlefied 3 Massive Update Opportunities (A Battlefield Wish List)

Posted by Yogizilla on October 29, 2011

Battlefield 3 is by far one of the most fun games (of the MPOG variety) I’ve played online in a long time. KiNgDeeM describes Battlefield 3 as digital crack. Really, it’s that good and I’ll take Battlefield over Halo, Call of Duty, and even Halo!

But there are glaring issues with Battlefield 3 that are supressing the fan boy in me…

First and foremost, let’s be honest: Battlefield 3 has a nice single-player campaign (and CoD fan boys say it’s a rip-off Modern Warfare campaign).. But we’re here for the online multiplayer, regardless of whether you play on PC, XBox 360, or PS3. Now for my issues with the online stuffs in Battlefield 3! Read the rest of this entry »

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Battlefield 3 Countdown: A BF3 Preview, Modern Warfare 3 Comparison, And Look At New Features

Posted by Yogizilla on October 24, 2011

Tonight Battlefield 3 launches at midnight (well here in Augusta, GA, at least). If you happen to be one of the lucky folks with a midnight launch near you, we should jam. Add Yogizilla on XBox LIVE!

Now, I must say, this is one of the big games I’ve been looking forward to, along with Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Mass Effect 3, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, and Silent Hill: Downpour. The Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 new release line-up looks darn good!

Note how I did not mention Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It seems you can’t mention Battlefield these days without bringing Call of Duty into the mix so I’ll join the crowd by saying I can really care less if Battlefield 3 will be a Modern Warfare killer. Quite frankly, Call of Duty has gotten old to me.

Of course, if you’re in a gaming clan like I am, Modern Warfare 3 will be the game to get for competitive purposes, whereas Battlefield 3 looks tons more fun. Time to rant and have some geekgasms as we count down to the Battlefield 3 midnight launch – w00t! Read the rest of this entry »

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RAGE For The XBox 360.. Worst Ending (And Multiplayer) Ever?

Posted by Yogizilla on October 24, 2011

Not too long ago, I wrote an epic first impressions piece on RAGE. Admittedly, the game took a backseat to Too Human and Gears of War 3 recently. I’m still a big fan of the game but I am disappointed, even after reading all the negative reports.

Friends that are Gamefly junkies beat the game in a day. Granted, they did not get into all the excursions of the game, that’s pretty impressive. The game’s length is just right but the climax lacks. Rather, story/campaign mode builds up a climax and then falls flat.

When one of my buddies said RAGE had the worst ending ever I said, “How bad could it really be?” I’m not playing the game for a story but I expected a big ending. I was wrong. No real boss battle. No epicness.. I was sad. Read the rest of this entry »

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Too Human (XBox 360) Review & Mini FAQ: Too Human To Quit?

Posted by Yogizilla on October 18, 2011

Recently, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about Dark Souls and how it is one of the hardest games ever. Apparently, you die a lot, which would explain the teaser site PrepareToDie.com. This is not the sort of game you want to play if you can’t commit to a few hours of gameplay at a time.. Or just hate losing.

While I don’t have Dark Souls (yet?), I have been playing Too Human and it shares in the feeling of being (mostly) alone and dying lots. Here’s a game I picked up in the bargain bin and initially dismissed over a year ago. After some more extensive playing (and much frustration), I am pleasantly surprised.

Too Human (XBox 360) Cover

Too Human (XBox 360) Cover

I would say Silicon Knights took Halo, Mass Effect, and Diablo, put them in a pot, sprinkled on some Nordic (or is it Celtic?) folklore, and cooked it all together to come up with Too Human. The fighting itself is more akin to Devil May Cry and Diablo, with a nice balance between arcade and RPG feel. The crafting, equipment, and inventory systems feel more like Mass Effect.. Yet the game feels like an MMO, as you may find it necessary to grind a bit to get past certain parts and, really, partying up is key for the group buffs. Alas, only two-player support in this one.. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Heroes HD Remix (XBox 360): A Classic Sega Saturn Beat-Em-Up Reborn!

Posted by Yogizilla on October 15, 2011

Guardian Heroes FTW!

Guardian Heroes FTW!

Looking for a Guardian Heroes co-op pard? Add Yogizilla on XBox LIVE! We can help each other out and squash tons of baddies together!! I’ll be removing some friends, especially those that think “Guardian Heroes is wack”. *wink*

Samuel Han of Guardian Heroes HD

Samuel Han of Guardian Heroes HD

When I saw Sega re-releasing classic games from the Dreamcast and Saturn eras, I got excited.. But I never expected Guardian Heroes to come back. After the initial announcement (and being teased by the undownloadable game in the marketplace), I waited patiently for Guardian Heroes HD to drop.

Guardian Heroes HD is now officially out on the XBox LIVE Marketplace – REJOICE!

Guardian Heroes For Newbies

If you’re new to the game, think of it as Castle Crashers with more epic battles, arena combat (hordes of enemies provided for your power leveling needs), deeper RPG elements, an insane combo system rivaling the Street Fighter and Marvel Vs. Capcom series, and multi-branching storylines. This game is multiplayer bliss, whether you play locally or online. What the game foregoes in terms of a deep story it makes up for with a fluid battle system, unlockable characters, and tons of replay value.

What makes Guardian Heroes special is gameplay, not story.. Though I find the story suitable for this type of game (it’s worth getting the seven different endings). When people ask what the game’s about, I ask them if they’re looking for a story or tons of fun. Guardian Heroes is in the latter camp.

I’d put this game ahead of the Streets of Rage, Gauntlet, and Golden Axe series (each of which I loved greatly – I particularly loved Guantlet IV on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive), mainly because there are so many more moves and combos to unleash, adding much more depth to go alongside the rich co-op gameplay and arcade feel. Guardian Heroes may appear to be a mere button masher but the battle system is quite refined. In the remix, they’ve added air dashes to make aerial assaults even easier to chain. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rage (XBox 360) First Impressions

Posted by Yogizilla on October 4, 2011

RAGE by iD Software logo - even the logo is EPIC!

Get some RAGE!!

When I went to pick up Rage for the XBox 360 about an hour ago, I did not know what to expect. DOOM and DOOM II changed the FPS genre forever so I believe in anything iD does; however, as much as I love Bethesda (of Fallout 3/New Vegas and Oblivion/Skyrim fame), I worried this kick-ass union would result in another Brink WHOOPS!

I was wrong.

Rage is a game that grips you from the very beginning.. And it’s more than just eye candy.

The gruesome characters in RAGE are impressively realistic.. and creepy (even on the consoles)!

As always, iD Software delivers unique characters (and weapons) that often ilicit WOWs and perhaps some cringes too!

I’ll be honest: I saw a few gameplay videos and read some previews here and there but, for the most part, I went in blind. The moment I picked up my pre-ordered copy, I noticed it was heavy. Rage comes with 3 discs. WOW!

Final Fantasy XIII was the last game I played with so many discs. Oh wait.. Mass Effect 2 (can’t forget that one), too. Read the rest of this entry »

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