Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay trailer

Wow, so we got a fresh look at Red Dead Redemption 2 and I’m pretty impressed. First and foremost, the game is beyond beautiful. I have to admit, I’m kinda bummed we aren’t playing as John Marsten this time as originally thought but this new guy sorta reminds me of Josh Brolin so that’s cool. Personal interactions seem like a way bigger part of the gameplay. I’m glad melee combat seems improved. I’m pretty excited to see what comes in the next gameplay trailer and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

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Blossom & Decay (Preview and Pre-Alpha)

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Blossom & Decay is an interesting game, but before I get into it I want to explain how this came into my life. Not long ago on Twitter I asked everyone to recommend some good indie projects to me and I ended up following and being followed by Konspiracy Games. Then I got busy and I kept meaning to shoot them a message and see what they were up to. Their game looked interesting but I just never got the chance. Then a little bit ago they actually sent me a message. I won’t go into details but it was basically just them introducing themselves and giving me some info about the game, basically the info I was going to ask for anyway. This lead to me getting into a pre-alpha demo of the game. So after I tell you about that I will be linking some stuff at the bottom for you guys to read up on, because the short version of this whole thing is simple. If you are a fan of building and exploring games, you will want to keep an eye on this game.

First thing I have to get out-of-the-way, this was a pre alpha demo of the game so it was a bit rough around the edges. The controls could be a bit stiff at time and I often found myself a bit confused as to what I should be doing. It was easy enough to figure out tho, so even tho they invited me into their discord I never really had to go ask about anything. I would have used it to report bugs but I am yet to hit one. I am sure they are there, but admittedly I have good luck with missing bugs. I usually only get the game breaking ones. ( looking at you Fractured but Whole you game breaking bastard)

Now for the game itself, what is it? Why should you be excited? Is it fun? Well the game itself is essentially what you make it. Literally. You start out getting off a boat. As you enter the world, at least in this version, you get a small tutorial of how things work. After that the world is your oyster as they say. You want to build a farm? You can do that. You want to go exploring, feel free. Do you want to get a group of friends together and raid a nearby farming settlement and steal all their stuff, you can. I should point out tho, they will be pissed. Those are real people, and they worked hard to build that farm. If they can’t hunt you down they may pay people to do it. See the world is ever changing in accordance to what the people feel like doing.  People can essentially set up their own towns, with laws and stores all with real people.

One example of this started right after I started playing. I built a small fire on the beach where I started, got some food and just messed around. About half a dozen players had this same idea. They have all since moved on. I don’t know where they went, they all left while I was asleep. Really asleep by the way, you can give commands to your player, but they stay in the game when you aren’t. My guy was crafting a few odds and ends for when I came back. The game being browser based allows for a handy feature by the way (as confirmed by both the creators and I have personally done this with my cell phone) you can start on your PC, run to the store and check on your game with your phone. As of now its mostly only useful for crafting tho, which honestly is why I wanted it in the first place.

As I stated earlier the game is a bit rough, but at this early stage the game has a boat load of potential and is already fun to play. I will be watching this game and checking back in without a doubt. Below I have listed some materials, and definitely check out their Twitter. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

https://www.facebook.com/KonspiracyGames/

https://collective.square-enix.com/projects/472/blossom-decay/

 

South Park: Bring the Crunch DLC trailer

I love you South Park…I came across the new DLC trailer for South Park: The Fractured But Whole last night and I admit, I nerd-gasmed all over this shit. This maybe one of my favorite game trailers of the past few months because of the horror/ vintage Grindhouse theme. After a shitty day, this absolutely put a smile on my face. May the gaming gods bring you all glory.

SDCC 2018- Torsten’s Summary

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SDCC 2018 has been surprisingly epic  and as a nerd and blogger I’m truly thankful. At the end of this post I’m leaving all the links to the posts I’ve done regarding trailers from this year’s SDCC. I’m sure I missed stuff and I know there’s plenty to cover so feel free to leave suggestions in the comments and I’ll be happy to look into it. For right now I’d like to take this time and pretty much just talk about stuff that really popped out to me and bring up stuff I wish we got.

Normally, I’d say let’s start with the positives but this time I want to start with the worst thing I’m pretty sure most of us came out of this year’s SDCC, a trailer the internet, fans, and haters alike have banned together to trash and that’s the Titans live action trailer. Fuck Batman? No, fuck you trailer, enough said.

I have to say my favorite thing to come out of SDCC this year was the Glass trailer. I’m genuinely pumped for that movie and I hope Shyamalan makes a comeback. My close second favorite trailer was for Aquaman and thankfully I don’t think I’ll be disappointed come December.

I was surprised by quite a bit by a lot this year. Shazam looks funny as hell and I’m not even a huge fan of the character so that says something. The same can also be said of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, it’s hard to not get goosebumps during the trailer. Alita: Battle Angel I feel could be the surprise gem of the bunch while Overlord’s trailer was the hardest hitting surprise for me.

With the exception of Overlord trailer, I’m a little disappointed at the lack of new horror content. I was hoping for a new Halloween 2018 trailer or a new trailer for the Nun. Predator 4 is shaping up to look sweet and though I’m sure it will dominate next year’s Con, I wish we got a little bit more of IT: Chapter 2.

The lack of Disney/ Marvel presence was sorely missed. Seriously, besides a trailer for Iron Fist season 2 and the return of Clone Wars, that  was all they brought to the table. No Avengers 4 tease, no Captain Marvell tease, no Daredevil season 3 peek, no Star Wars Episode 9 news. Hell, even the Fox part of Marvel was quiet; I was expecting a Xmen: Dark Phoenix trailer.

In the end, it was a great year. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Movies:

Goosebumps 2 trailer 1  Overlord trailer 1  Glass trailer 1  DragonBall Super movie: Broly trailer  Aquaman trailer 1  Shazam trailer 1  Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer 1  Fantastic Beasts 2 trailer  Alita Battle Angel

TV:

The Purge-USA event trailer  Star Wars: The Clones Wars, final season trailer  Walking Dead season 9 trailer  Deadly Class trailer  Legends of Tomorrow season 4 trailer  Black Lightning season 2 trailer  Supergirl season 4 trailer  Riverdale season 3 trailer  Arrow season 7 trailer  Flash season 5 trailer  Titans live action trailer

Game:

Marvel Spider-man SDCC trailer

Empire In Ruins, Revisited.

Empires In War is an Indy title for PC getting ready for release in the coming months from the company Hammer and Ravens.

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Many of you may remember a while back when we first looked at the game Empires in Ruins (Preview) The guys over there have been hard at work getting things together for release and the EGX event in September. Sadly living in the United States I won’t be attending the event to visit them and check things out. They were however kind enough over the weekend to hook me up with a beta to check out.

A few things to note, the beta is on whats known as a workbench map. It is basically just there for test purposes and isn’t in the full game. Another thing is pretty much everything started out unlocked and there was no tutorial. A bit of fooling around tho and I got the hang of it. I just wanted to say up front, I didn’t play anything close to a full version of the game. I can honestly say tho, I am already impressed and looking forward to more.

The game itself looks good. Fantastic in fact. Each character and building carefully created with care.

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This is just one example I swiped off their Twitter page. I do recommend you check them out over there, they are pretty good about posting updates about what they are doing.

Another part of this I absolutely loved was the music. I rarely say this about games, the music for me is usually just there for me but I actually found myself looking forward to the next wave simply because I liked the music that sounded to me like a sort of hybrid bagpipe rock music sort of deal.

Now the part why most of you are probably still reading, the actual game play. The beta itself. It only showed the real-time combat portion of the game, and none of the story. You start with a small amount of resources to get you started. You can build what you want to survive the first wave or two, it’s up to you really. I won’t tell anyone what to do here that is on you. You two builders will get these built pretty fast, then you can get to the action. As your towers protect your main building from enemies you will get some gold to help you build new ones. The first wave for me consisted of these guys.

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Now I have to admit, I loved reading the descriptions for these guys simply because they made me laugh. I will include a few of my favorites below. As a general rule each wave gets a little harder than the last, with a few easy waves tossed in to give you time to repair or just introduce you to a new enemy. One way consist of a new flying enemy that was pretty easy for me to kill because he was alone, but later multiple showed up and they pretty much ruined my life for a bit. They designed the came in such a way that if you understand how it works and set things up right you can be prepared for anything, if you just randomly toss things down like I did my first go at it you could really do a number on your future. That isn’t to say the game is unforgiving, it is quite fair. The game will just reward you for knowing what each unit does and how to prepare for it.

A good example of this is late game my main building was practically dead, I think I was on wave 18 or 19. I wasn’t prepared for this unit that can use the water to swim around and avoid the roads and it used that to attack me. Game over for me. I couldn’t be mad, this was in no way unfair or cheap. I made a mistake and paid the price.

I must say I have played my fair share of Alpha and Beta versions of games, many with varying degrees of quality. Some being damn near broken to the point I question why they would even let them be played, others they were perfectly playable and I was happy to give my feed back and look forward to seeing how they turn things around. This one however falls into a class all its own. I have never before played a beta where I really didn’t have much to say. I played it for a few hours and never ran into bugs. I never thought the game was unfair towards the player, and even when I thought that dude with the giant hammer or the guys with the muskets did more damage than I liked, it didn’t do anything to stop my enjoyment. They are just stronger units you need to account for,and once I did I was back to killing things. This game is definitely on my must own list when it comes out. Check it out in the Steam Store. Best wishes and may the gaming god bring you glory.

 

 

Marvel Spider-man SDCC trailer

If you love Marvel, chances are you love Spider-man and if you’re a fan, you know he always hasn’t had the best games. But, I think this trailer and others we’ve gotten make me rest easier on the matter. First, I love the character designs and roster we know so far. I’m assuming we may be able to expect Goblin as our final boss if that’s Peter talking with Norman Osborn. I like MJ and Miles play a heavy role in the game. As far as story, it seems solid and the graphics are beautiful. I’m pretty excited and may the gaming gods bring you glory.