Games You Should Be Made Aware Of: No Luca No! and WiWi’s Adventure 3

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On this version of Games You Should Be Made Aware Of, I look at the Xb0x Live Indie Arcade Classic No Luca No! and Newcomer Wiwi’s Advenure 3.

 

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4outof5

 

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3outof5

REVIEW: BattleBlock Theater

Background: This is all the background that you need in the game.

CapturebbtGameplay: The gameplay is simple. Every room has 9 required levels, a “boss” and three time trial “Encores”. In order to pass to the next level, you must maneuver your character across the level and collect green gems for currency and yarn balls that can be traded in for special weapons (ice cubes, boomerangs, exploding paper planes, exploding frogs, etc.). The minimum amount of gems that you must collect is 3, however there are a total of seven gems in each level all ripe for the picking. The levels progressively get more difficult as the game progresses and the platformed maps get larger and filled with new ways to torture you.

After you played all 9 levels of the first room, there will be a “boss”. It’s not technically a boss as it is a giant two level speed run of doom where, in the allotted time, you must collect enough gems in order to collect the key to the next locked area where you need to go. Nothing is more frustrating than these levels. Nothing.

After grabbing the key, if you want to do the three bonus levels you can. In each bonus round, you will have a time trial where you must finish the level quick, AKA kind of the same thing for the boss but with one level instead of two. Equally as frustrating, as well.

The gems you collect during these are used to purchase heads (no really). You release prisoners for their heads…it’s kind of creepy. However, this ALSO makes the game highly customizable to what you want to do. There are plenty of meme references, Ren and Stimpy-like faces and others that will make your character unlike the next. Heck, I even saw Waldo.

Did I mention it’s awesome when you have a friend to play? Either local or X-Box Live connections will allow two to play the levels and four to do battles. So…if you want…feel free to be awesome with me on X-Box Live.

Graphics: The cut scenes (as you saw in the introduction to the game itself) feel like you’re not even playing a video game and you’re watching a puppeteer doing his thing. Also, they are quite entertaining and get even more entertaining as the story progress. The graphics in the cut scenes help tell the story. In the gameplay, the graphics show depth and the design is something that isn’t normally seen in the Xbox Live Arcade section. Everything from the enemies to the bombardment of mortars to, my favorite, the things that happen in the background are pretty cool…the vibrant colors don’t hurt, either (I like the pretty colors).

Overall: This game is 2013’s Fez. The graphics and the all-around play-ness makes me not want to pop in Call of Duty or any physical copies of a game and play XBLA (I RARELY do that). If you have 1600 Microsoft Points, download this game. If you don’t, get 1600 Microsoft Points and download that game. It will be well worth it.

Iranians no longer able to play Blizzard’s online games.


Lets start with this statement from Blizzard themselves:

“What we can tell you is that United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran. Several of you have seen and cited the text in the Terms of Use which relates to these government-imposed sanctions. This week, Blizzard tightened up its procedures to ensure compliance with these laws, and players connecting from the affected nations are restricted from access to
Blizzard games and services.

This also prevents us from providing any refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in these countries. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.”

Now, not to get all political but this is completely normal. Trade embargos happen all the time across the world. The issue is what lies ahead. Blizzard pulls out the a-hole card. You know that card you pull out when you are being a complete and utter a-hole.

According to Blizzards terms of service this was supposed to happen from the beginning but due to them not enforcing it people have been playing it. However, now that the government is forcing them to follow the trade guidelines Blizzard said pfffffffffffffft and went back to their own terms and said that “Blizzard is unable to provide refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in Iran and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.” Dick Move.

In case you are curious here’s the rest of the list of countries that can’t play these games:

– Colombia
– Côte d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast
– Cuba
– Democratic Republic of the Congo
– Libya
– Republic of the Congo
– Somalia
– Myanmar
– North Korea
– Sudan
– Syria

Now, without a doubt this is all because of the government pushing for compliance from all companies operation within the US. However, to not refund the 238,761 rials per person per month is a dick move.

More Assassins Creeds Goodies!

Directors Cut of the Original Assassins Creed opening Cinematics.

Altair is a bad ass.

AND I <3 Ubisoft. Here is parts one and two of a 4 part epsode of a mini series entitled Inside Assassins Creed 3!

and Episode 2:

Well Hot damn….. I cannot wait.

Happy Wars Free to Play!

Happy Wars is a casual multi-player action game in which a large number of players control comical characters in fun battles.
In a variety of fantasy battlefields including grasslands, a dark world, and the ocean floor, players can control any of 3 types of characters: warrior, mage, and cleric. Cooperate with friends to enjoy action on the grand scale, casting magic spells, attacking castles, and so on.
For off-line fun, the player can take on missions in the solo campaign mode.

“Happy Wars is our first original title and we want to deliver it from Japan to the world,” said Yoichi Take, director of Happy Wars. “We explored deeply into the fun of playing together with friends. The game has been jam-packed with gimmicks and systems to appeal to all gamers from hardcore to casual. We promise unprecedented enthusiasm, screams and excitement, so by all means, have fun with Happy Wars!”

Happy Wars is expected to be released by Microsoft Studios on the Microsoft Xbox LIVE Arcade service in 2012. Microsoft announced that “it will release ToyLogic’s game as XBLA’s first for-real free-to-play game. When Happy Wars launches this “autumn,” it’ll be a free download for Xbox Live Gold users, supported by the purchase of “lavishly rendered items” to customize your character.”

Max Payne 3 free DLC pack.

The next DLC for Max Payne 3 is set to be available Aug. 28th for all platforms and is entitled Disorganized Crime.

Disorganized Crime features the Hoboken Rooftops multiplayer map and new modifiers for Score Attack in Arcade Mode, such as Explosive Rounds, Lone Wolf AI, Headshots Only and Noir mode. Noir mode allows players to run through the single-player campaign in classic, black-and-white film noir style.

This sounds like an awesome pack just for the noir style game play alone!

Gamers are assholes. Maybe the biggest there are!

Gamers are dicks.

So theres this guy, his name is Tom. Tom is a gamer and wanted an arcade machine. So He built one. It looks like this.

Awesome, Huh? Yeah, I want one. It looks sweet. This was posted on Kotaku. I love it. However, the first comment on the post is this guy. We’ll call him A. Hat. Full name Ass Hat, but A. Hat for short.

Here is what A. Hat had to say as the first commenter:

“Let’s see starting at a base score of 100 pts
1. No marquee -35
2. Bezel the same color as the cab, making it stand out instead of blend in -50
3. No t-molding -10
4. Start buttons in the wrong place, hindering gameplay and looking awful to boot -30
5. Monitor with the wrong aspect playing a game stretched to the wrong aspect -5000
6. Akward control panel layout -1000
7. A black joystick, despite the fact that there isn’t a lick of black anywhere on the cab. -10
So it gets a score of negative 5995 pts. This isn’t just a fail it’s a super fail.
Sorry to be so hard on it, but when a cab is featured on kotaku for it’s beauty I expect it to at least be an arcade cab and at least have a good control panel layout. This one breaks cardinal rules of function, much less it’s form.
Nice try by painting your cobbled together pieces of pressed wood a nice pattern, but it still looks like some monstrosity you’d buy from ikea. ”

A simple, “Hey, its not very retro. Not for me.” would’ve sufficed but no, this guy rips into the article. Here are the best parts:

A. This cabinet isn’t for sale. It’s a one of kind Hand made customized for Tom’s house.

B. A. Hat doesn’t have to look at it. In fact once he closed the page he doesn’t have to even think about it.

However, that’s not the case A. Hat says all this stuff that’s not necessary, I have a few theories as to why but this isn’t the forum for it. It’s just that people like A. Hat are the ones that give gamers a bad name. Meanwhile you have organizations like Childs Play, Gaymercon, and Chachi Plays that are out there doing good for the cause and yet still have to explain that not all gamers are A.Hat’s.

Agree, Disagree? let me know in the comments below!

League of Legends battles…… The Porn Industry?

We’ve all mistyped urls and ended up on some parked domain meant to just collect hits for pay. Don’t deny it. Its happened to you too.

League of Legends was a huge target for this type of plan obviously and it worked well for a Columbian porn site! Go Daddy was selling .co domains and legends didn’t get there in time. The Columbian porn site set up shop and just watched as the hits rolled in. You can imagine the amounts of hits this site got when the gamers in a hurry would constantly forget to type the m on the .com.

So Riot Games contacted the owner and sued for trademark infringment and settled out of court to become the proud new owners of a domain that should’ve been theirs to begin. Someone at Riot was just too lazy to secure it. On to the next one I guess!

And by that I mean leagueoflegendsporn.com popped up, currently its just a Coming soon page but they are next based on the name alone.

Hey, Riot Games, maybe you should have someone keep tabs on this a little quicker. That Columbian guy is rolling in the Coke now thanks to the slowness!
What website do you mistype the most? Let us know in the comments below!