Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is the latest Real Time Strategy Warhammer 40k game. Unlike other RTSes, Battlefleet Gothic takes the game to space, during the time of the 12th Black Crusade. This game, is developed by Tindalos Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive.

The campaign is unique compared to other games. The story is true to the original story written by Games Workshop and it is real time. As you, an admiral, you control the entire sector which is under siege by aliens, pirates and the forces of Chaos. Instead of conquering, this game is a crisis manager. Whether you should respond to a pirate attack here or deal with an alien incursion there makes a difference in the campaign. If you want to read up about the entire 12th Black Crusade, here is link .

Battlefleet Gothic boasts quite a few multiplayer modes. Escort Convoy, where you will either defend a convoy or attack it. Space Station Assault, where you will defend space stations or attack them. Assassination, where you have to defend your flagship or destroy your opponent’s one. Last but not least, the classic Planetary Assault, where you have to bombard on the planet below three times or prevent the enemy from doing so. In each mode there is one thing that is constant, every move you make matters. In basic, this is Chess made more advanced and harder, every mistake you make will have a repercussion on the game. Under such pressure and the need to make critical decisions makes the already tense game feel more pressurised. The decisions you make is not limited to the battlefield, even customising and choosing the ship to build can play a big part to your strategy.

The game, did stay true to its board game origins. Terrain advantages and disadvantages are a thing, along with the gorgeous background of the void. The planets are detailed and nebulae are vibrant. The ships, no matter from which faction consists of over 60000 polygons. The immense amount of detail and effort put into the aesthetics of the game is massive, and it paid off really well.

Overall, the game has breathtaking graphics but a difficult and steep learning curve which might falter new players to the game or the genre. Most upgrades however, requires a lot of Renown (currency) to unlock. The gem of this is the fact that even in defeat, the felling of pressure and enjoyment is usually present. The game is only available on PC costing $45 on Steam.

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Pony Island

Pony Island

Before you assume that this is a  game made specifically for girls, I assure you that it is not one of those games. I do not want to give away a lot of spoilers so the information here may not be a lot. By the way, this game is on steam and is released only this year on 4 Jan 2016.

First off, you will be forced to play this game called “Pony Island” inside this game Pony Island.

Gameplay

When playing any “Pony Island” in this game, you will play as a pony and has to jump over the white bars. Overtime the game will get increasingly ridiculously difficult and may even make you rage quit. You will get wings and be able to shoot laser beams later on in this game. While playing, the in-game programmer of the game “Pony Island” will try to talk to you and try to persuade/threaten you to not cheat.

Later on in the game there will be puzzles like the one shown above. It tests your intellect and tries to make you rage quit. Most of the time you get to this screen when you are “hacking” in the game.

Story Line


I will not be talking a lot about this because the main attraction of the game is the plot/story line. As you progress in the game, you will discover many secrets and have many questions and you still will even after the completion of the game. A person named “Hopeless soul” (the one in the picture) will guide you through the entire process and is the one hacking for you. The main goal is to destroy the 3 core files. I will leave one spoiler at the end of this review.

Bosses

For this one, I will not show any pictures as it will be very obvious what the plot is after seeing the pictures.

1st boss name: Azazel

It will give you 4 puzzles for you to solve to destroy the 1st core file and it will try to ruin it for you. After that, once you open the menu for the deletion of the core files, he will use his own cursor to close it and this is testing on your speed.

2nd boss: (name unknown)

It occurs in the game “Pony Island” which you have to dodge the projectiles shot by him and kill him with your laser.

3rd boss : (I will not reveal it yet)

It uses many, many tricks and smart ones also. You don’t need any skills to win it as all you need to do is to LISTEN and FOLLOW its instructions CAREFULLY and I really mean it. To win him all you really need to do is FOLLOW his instructions. By the way he is very difficult to win and you can end up rage quitting.

I will leave the final boss for you to discover on your own.

The secrets are for you to find and this is available in steam and there may be a sequel.

 

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Particula

Particula is a tower defense game made by Microblast Games. The game revolves around the human mind where negativity tries to invade and you have to stop it. When you first start you have the currency of energy which you use to place towers in the designated spot.

There are only 3 types of towers in the game, each with its own different abilities. Their base cost is the same though. The tower types are fire, ice and poison.

The first tower you would be getting is Cristallum, Flamma or Arcane as they are the only towers you can afford at the start. Cristallum or ice tower has the purpose of slowing down enemies so that they don’t get out of the tower’s range that quickly, this is effective with large groups of enemies. You can see the stats of your towers by clicking on them.

You can also upgrade your towers when you find that their attacks are no longer effective against the enemy. The tower’s attack speed and damaged can be upgraded using energy which is gained from destroying enemies.

In the game there’s only 2 types of enemies, the normal negativity orbs and boss negativity orbs which get progressively stronger each wave.

The music in the game however is simply fantastic. It is very calming and does not get stale even after listening to it after awhile. However with the limited amount of towers and maps available, gameplay simply gets stale after a while. It could be much more fun if you’re playing with a friend as there’s Co-op mode in this game, otherwise it would be the same old thing for every game you play.

As for the graphics, the game is very pretty and does not have any part of it that could be of an eyesore.

In conclusion, this game has really good music and graphics but however gameplay gets boring after awhile as the game lacks variation and is very limited with maps, towers and enemies. Though if you love tower defense games this could suit your taste otherwise I would not really recommend buying it at the price of S$1.25 from Steam which could be the reason why the game is really limited in features.

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Polarity

Polarity is a first person puzzle game. With both a single player campaign and a co-op puzzle adventure. In Polarity, you play as a high-tech hacking robot. Solve your way through the different levels with this simple concept in mind. Blue passes through Blue and Red passes through Red.

This game takes place in a series of small rooms where you have to solve the puzzles that once solved will give you a huge sense of achievement. Polarity is really simple and you would be thinking about how you would manipulate certain objects, colours. Since it is on the web store Steam, many users compare it to Portal, the puzzle game made by Valve. There are lots of similarities and also lots of differences which makes Polarity stand out. Here’s an analogy for it. Imagine that you have a really fun game in your hand and you cannot wait to play it. But you cannot afford a super fast computer. Instead you only can play on a laptop which has not the best graphics. You don’t get the best you can get. But you get enough so that you can have fun.

Polarity cost SGD$11.50 and is on sale right now for the cheap price of SGD$0.23. So overall in my opinion, this game is a must try for Portal fans. For other gamers that want to try something different they may want to get this when it is on sale.

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Portal

Portal is made by Valve Corporation as a test experiment on a different type of game genre. Instead of the typical shooters Valve has made portal was a first-person puzzle game where the player is given a device called the “Aperture Science Hand-held Portal Device” where you’re able to shoot a blue and orange portal on certain surfaces and allows the player to walk through it.

In the game, you play as a test subject and have to complete test chambers in the Aperture Science Testing Facility. When you first start up the game, you wake up and is greeted by a robot named GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System) and it explains what you are going to do. GLaDOS then promises you cake after completing all the test for going through all the trouble.

Throughout the game, you get to play many of the fun-packed levels, each with it’s own unique and special way needed to solve it which would definitely prove to get one’s brain thinking if it isn’t already. There are endless possibilities you can do with portals, for example, you could mess around and make a small bowling alley where you would shoot a prop at turrets to knock them over. As you progress further into the game, you will soon discover the secrets of the facility.

Gameplay Footage

You will discover the use of physics in this game like catapulting yourself by jumping from a high position into a portal and flinging yourself out of the other portal, allowing you to travel long distances with ease. Aperture Science Weighted Storage Cubes can also be used to push down buttons to activate certain things like doors. As you reach to the end of all the test chambers, GLaDOS would give you the surprise.

Aperture Science has a lore too, it was founded in the early 1940s by a man named Cave Johnson. During that time the company was known as ‘Aperture Fixtures’ and it was primary dedicated to the manufacturing of shower curtains but was soon changed to ‘Aperture Science Innovators’. Cave Johnson’s company soon changed their focus to science due to the name and he purchased an abandoned salt mine where the Aperture Science’s Enrichment Centre was built. However in the early 1970s Aperture Science was financially unstable and in the 1980s testing was necessary for all employees and Cave Johnson became gravely ill himself with experiments from moon rock poisoning which were used as a portal conductor.

In conclusion, Portal is a great choice if you’re looking for a puzzle game that has simple yet challenging puzzles. It is not that pricey either as it cost only S$1o.50 on steam and is sure to keep you entertained throughout the game.

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Defy Gravity Extended

 

Defy Gravity is an indie game made by Fish Factory Games. The game itself is a 2D platformer that place it space. It has interesting features and is quite unique. You play as a gravitymancer and your name is Kara. A gravitymancer is someone who has a gravity controlling device that manipulates the world and laws of physics itself.

Instructions ingame

The game although has pretty simple mechanics and not so outstanding graphics, the gameplay is extremely fun and can keep you playing for a good bit. You are able to create gravity wells which are small pockets of gravity and anti-Gravity. Gravity pockets pull certain object towards it and anti-gravity pockets push them away instead.

Gameplay image of a level

There are 24 unique levels in this game, from simple jumps to challenging puzzles that take some thinking to solve. The custom soundtrack this game has is also fairly calming and peaceful, you could listen to it for an astonishing amount of time.

It might take quite a while to understand the game and its features as sometimes instructions might not be clear, but once you are familiarized with the controls it would be easier from then on.

In conclusion, this game is not only simplistic with fun mechanics but it is really unique in its own ways. The game itself costs S$3.50 and it can be found on the steam market. The only downside to this game is the length of the game. You could easily finish the game in just two to three hours but it is generally worth the price and has good replay value.

 

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Razer Blade 14

The Razer Blade 14 is another one of Razer’s gaming laptops. This laptop has made some huge improvement compared to some of the previous gaming laptops they have made. This laptop has a upgraded Nvidia graphics and hugely improved IGXO 3,200×1,800-pixel-resolution touch display.

The Razer Blade 14 has a price tag of $2,399 and it has a 14-inch, 3,200×1,800 screen. It has a 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-4702HQ. And it has a PC memory of 8GB 1,600MHZ DDR3 SDRAM. It uses a 3GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 870M for it’s graphics. It has 256GB of storage. It does not have a optical drive. As for networking it uses Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0. It’s operating system is a Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

It is 0.7 inch thick and weighs 4.47 pounds and can easily be placed in a bag allowing you to carrying the laptop to wherever you want. The keyboard and touchpad are great, welly placed and responsive. But for gaming you would most probably use a external mouse instead of the touchpad. It also allows you to go on social media and use it like a smartphone thanks to it’s touchscreen. It has glowing green keys which makes the laptop look even more flashy. It also has a Razer logo that glows from the back lid which makes the laptop look very good.

One of the best few features of this laptop is it’s new IGXO 3,200×1,800 display. It is such a great feature as it has such a high resolution screen together with touchscreen function. The new display is glass-covered, brighter, and very vivid, it has wonderful viewing angles, and it is a multitouch.

Games aren’t really meant to be played at such a high resolution though. Steam’s main UI seemed to be downscaling to lower-res. But, as for everyday usage, extra pixels are always good.

But sometimes after playing a game for half and hours causes the bottom of the laptop to get really hot. The battery life also drop quickly. It has around a 90 minute battery life when you play BioShock Infinite at medium graphics setting. Like all other Razer laptops, this laptop is also Razer Synapse 2.0-enabled, too, which saves game setting for the keyboards and peripherals in the cloud and allows deeper customization.

There are three USB 3.0 ports on the edge of this laptop, along with HDMI. It has Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.22ac Wi-Fi and a 2MP Web camera and a microphone which are slightly better than those in average laptops.

The Blade has around 4 hours, 20 minutes of battery life. As when playing games at different settings on battery power will result in between 60 minutes to 90 minutes of life.

So overall, in my opinion I think that this gaming laptop may have a few weaknesses but they are not very major and I think that the good points of this gaming laptop covers it. I think that this laptop is able to be carried around easily. The high res screen of this laptop and the high speed causes it to have a lower battery life but I think that it is worth sacrificing the battery life of this to have a better quality screen and performance of the laptop. So in conclusion, I think that this laptop is worth it to buy if you have the money, you are into gaming and travel frequently but just be sure to bring your charger due to the low battery life of this product.

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