Evolve: Did You Say MORE HUNTERS?

2KGMKT_EVOLVE_HUNTINGSEASONPASS_DIGITAL_FOB_AG_ESRB.0Evolve’s first major update is coming on March 31, and probably the most exciting new additions are the four new hunters entering the fray.

blog_torvald_assaultFirst up is Torvald the assault. His auto shotgun is different from Parnell’s in that the full clip empties after one button press, making it an unwieldy, but devastatingly powerful weapon up close against the monster. He can even toss a shrapnel grenade on the way in, which creates a bunch of weak points in the monster’s armor to blast away at. His mortar cannon is what defines him though. With easy point-and-shoot targeting, he launches a salvo of 4 artillery shells that fly over cover, dealing heavy damage.

He lacks the flexibility and utility of some of his fellow assaults, but more than makes up for it with raw damage potential. The mortar cannon is less powerful than Hank’s orbital strike, but it can be used far more frequently, and is far easier to hit with, giving the team a reliable way to punish monster players for standing over incapped teammates. He might struggle against Kraken given the nature of his kit, but other monsters will have to think twice before thinking about staying on one target for too long with Torvald around.

blog_crow_trapperNext up is Crow, the character I’m probably the most excited about. As the trapper, it’s his responsibility to find and trap the monster, and his pet batray Gobi is his primary tracking method. At Crow’s command, Gobi can fly up to 200 meters in any direction, revealing the outlines of any creatures along his path before returning to you. His stasis gun slows the monster’s movement speed briefly with every hit, or for an extended period if he charges up before he fires.

His primary weapon, a kinetic long rifle is highly unique as well. It offers quick semi-automatic fire at range, but if charged up, fires a shot that ignores the monster’s armor and directly damages its health. This makes Crow a real game-changer, since health damage is permanent unless the monster gets a health regeneration buff. Crow is the most versatile trapper so far, with effective ways of finding the monster, controlling its movement, and making it bleed.

blog_sunny_supportThen we have the new support, the spritely Sunny. She’s tiny, but packs a huge punch. Her mini-nuke grenade launcher hits like a truck, but the explosions are delayed so she needs to lead her target in order to hit it. Her support abilities are what really make her stand out though. Her stationary shield drone will automatically project a shield onto one hunter in a radius around it, depending upon who is under fire. Meanwhile, her jetpack booster gives a hunter of her choosing virtually limitless jetpack fuel and double the speed for as long as she stays locked onto them.

This is especially useful for flinging the trapper long distances towards the monster to get down a crucial dome, or for giving a cornered teammate a chance to get out of Dodge for free. Both this ability and her shield drone have specific use cases that are different than pretty much any character, making her tricky to get a hang of, but once you do, she brings both a lot of offense, and defense to the table.

blog_slim_medicLast but not least is Slim, the medic. You thought Caira was the combat medic? Guess again. Slim’s Leach Gun notonly packs a decent punch, but every hit shortens the cool down on his healing burst. Basically, every three or four shots, his heal burst is ready to go, incentivizing him to stay in tight formation with his teammates, and to keep the monster in his crosshairs.

That’s not his only way to heal though. His healing drone can be sent out to heal any teammate to full over time, with essentially global range. The heal is interrupted if they take damage, but with this, teams with Slim can split up effectively and stay healthy. His spore cloud launcher is also totally unique, preventing the monster from smelling from anywhere within the 40 meter radius of the cloud. It’s more disruptive than you think, keeping the monster from seeing health bars, or from making out outlines in the brush. Slim players who can keep this spore cloud up at all tiems while switching back to their leach gun are going to have a big bullseye on their backs for sure.

And thats all there pretty much is with the hunters joining the current cast, be sure to keep an eye out on the friendly monsters that will accompany this addition of hunter power.

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Zombieland…”the”Facebook and now LEX LUTHOR

The first image of Jesse Eisenberg as the villainous Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hlex-luthor (jesse)as been released, showing the balding villain in what appears to be a prison jumpsuit.

Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive image, accompanied by director Zack Snyder reassuring potential Lex fans that Eisenberg more than has the acting chops to pull the role off. Now that we’ve seen the image, we reckon he’s not too far off on the look either.

What do you think about this incarnation of the “Man of Steel’s” arguably most pivotal nemesis?

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(Ace)Review Saturday Home (2015) Tears Flowed From My Eyes

I went home for the weekend after a long time and the first thing I did was take my niece and nephew to the cinema. They had been very hyped for this movie while I had barely known much about it. I didn’t expect much from it and man was I wrong. Without further a due let us begin.

Story

An alien race called the Boov decide to make earth their home while trying to run from another alien race which seems to hunting them down. They arrive on earth, relocate us to Australia and take residence in our homes. During all this time they think they are actually helping us because we are dumb and can’t take care of ourselves. About 3/4 of the film is spent with the main characters traveling across the world to undo a mistake that could inevitably end all life as we know it. The movie plays around with themes such as fitting in to a group, friendship, family and companionship. 

Characters

Jim Parsons aka Sheldon voices Oh. A cute small color changing Boov who doesn’t fit in with his own race. He is joined by Tip voiced by Rihanna. Tip is a brave wide eyed adventurous girl who is search for her mother.

The character development was done well enough that I actually really really cared for the characters. There is a scene which had me literally fighting my tears. It was at that point I looked to my niece and nephew ages 11 and 4 and noticed I wasn’t the only one being hit by emotion. My nephew was literally crying which I never thought he would. He likes to act like a tough guy you see. I had to hold him and tell him everything was alright as it really hit him hard. That made it even harder for me not to cry. After that I had gained a new respect for the film. It was then I knew that the movie had done a great job at making its audience care.

Presentation

The movie is accompanied by various Rihanna songs and some pretty great musical scores. There were scenes that had nothing but music playing which I thought showed how confident the makers of the film were in their sound track.

Visually Home looks really great. The Boov wiggle and giggle when they move around. One big thing was that the Boov show their emotion through the color they change to. Green for lying, red for anger etc. The scale of the locations was actually a little breath taking at some points. The effects popped and everything was detailed really well.

The voice acting is pretty good all round with Jim Parsons sounding the best. As a warning the corny and cuteness levels in this movie are very high. Some of their lines are a little cringey but they somewhat help these characters grow on you. All in all Home looked and sounded great.

Closing comments

I was skeptical about this movie because I thought it was just another cog in the wheel of family movies, I was wrong. Home is a great film with great characters and some funny jokes too. I would recommend watching this by yourself or with your family.


Score

Story : 8.0

Characters : 9.0

Presentation : 8.5

8.5/10

What new titles are you looking out for at PAX East this year?

Pax-East-logoUnlike other industry conventions such as GDC and E3, PAX East (and PAX Prime) are more focused on those who enjoy gaming, game culture, and wish to celebrate it with over 60,000 of their closest friends. There are a multitude of game companies with a presence at PAX East, from huge developers like Square and 343 to single-person indie companies. All of them are there to interact with the public, and to show off their games. Many companies have playable versions of their games running on every imaginable platform, including Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC, iOS, Android, and current gen systems.

Looking to find out what titles are being displayed to the public this year? click the links below to find out more

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Never Alone Written Review

It is that time of the week when LittleRocket reviews a game it has been playing. Today we offer the opportunity to hear our thoughts and opinions on the UpperOne Games developed game Never Alone. A 3 dimensional side scrolling game released in 2014. Enjoy

Story

Story

Never Alone gives the player control of a young Inupiaq girl who is trying to find out the cause of a severe blizzard. This blizzard has stopped her village from doing things like hunting and she takes it upon herself with her fox companion to find out what is going on. The Inupiaq people and their culture are the main focus in this game. There are even extra videos that explain cultural information in order to add extra value to the player’s experience.

The girl traverses the land fending off a Manslayer, a persistent polar bear and even gets eaten by a whale. The spirits help the player but also at a certain point also bring harm to the player. The story all in all is rich in content and would excite anyone interested in the Inupiaq culture or its people.

Presentation

Presentation

The game has a great sound track ranging from piano pieces that tug at the heart strings to more dramatic music that fits the game’s more urgent situations. One of the other real draws to this game is the art style. It does sport a simple design which at some points works against it however the spirit designs for example or the northern light backgrounds are very nice to look at.

The game does suffer from a few visual glitches. Many a time the characters would disappear off screen or get stuck on an object in their way. This broke the emersion of some scenes.

There is also a narrator who talks over some of the scenes who we thought sounded great and really made it feel like our story was worth telling.

 Gameplay

Gameplay

This is where Never Alone sadly falls short. The controls are a little sticky and take some time to get used to. Sometimes you find yourself having to repeat sections because the character moved too much in a specific direction.

Playing as the fox also can become quite boring. We know that the fox is just supposed to be a supporting character but most of the time all you are doing is moving spirits around for the other player. The detection areas for some places were off at times which would sometimes cause the character to plummet to their death.

Closing

Never alone has a great story to tell. The developers packed in a lot of extra content that the player can delve into to better their experience and understanding of the story. Its gameplay unfortunately holds the game back from being a truly amazing experience.


Strory : 6.5

Presentation : 7

Gameplay : 6


Total : 6.5\10

Life is Strange Episode 1 Review

I have been looking forward to playing Life is Strange. I have recently finished episode one and decided to share my thoughts in this review. Hope you enjoy it. The playthrough can be found on our YouTube channel. Video review on the way.

Story

Story

Life is strange is all about consequences. From small things like opening cupboards to saving a friend in need. Time plays a big role in this. The player is given the opportunity to redo decisions to see how they turn out. Ultimately these decisions will make a bigger ripple as more of these episodes are released. This first episode is really all about setting things up so you will be spending a lot of time wondering how this will affect you later. Spoiler Alert! The bigger picture is that Max (main character) has to figure out how to use her power to save her town from being destroyed by a big storm.

Max is a shy girl who seems to be confused by life and that shows with some of the things she says. The game plays around with such themes as bullying, abandonment and friendship. I personally felt that it was played out well. Some of the writing was a little off but it is good enough to keep you engaged in what is happening on screen. The characters around Max have somewhat stereotypical but distinct personalities. Her friend Chloe stands out the most because of her free nature even if her screen time isn’t that high.

Gameplay

Gameplay

Like I said earlier this game is all about decisions. Decisions are presented to the user through button presses. One main gameplay feature is the ability to rewind time. It only allows you to rewind at certain specific times, usually after a decision is made by the player. There are times where the game feels like it is steering you in a specific way to progress the story which can be a little annoying depending on your expectations on how freely you expected to use Max’s power.

When you are not using Max’s power you’re spending it looking at things. Posters, photos, laptops and many more things are up to be observed. This can take up most of your time. It kind of reminded me of L.A. Noire where you have to look around for evidence. The games controls are simple to use and pretty responsive.

Presentation

Presentation

This is where I believe Life Is Strange really prevails. The game seems to have this sunset filter on everything and it makes everything look really beautiful. Character models can look a little clunky when they are moving around but it kind of just looks normal for the style of the game. The lip syncing in the game is bad though. I don’t know if this is on purpose or they tried to make it sync but it is a little distracting.

The game also likes to play around with different types of effects on its objects. For example items of interest when looked at have scribbly lines over them. Some pictures have certain filters on them just so they don’t look boring.

The music in this game is fantastic. It uses a lot of indie tracks to help create an atmosphere. The music makes scenes like walking down a corridor seem so much more special. If you are not into this type of music you might not like it but I would say give it a try :).


Good

  • Plays around with meaningful themes
  • Good supporting characters
  • Power is really cool
  • Lovely art style
  • Music selection is great

Bad

  • Writing can be a little weird
  • Sometimes game feels like it is holding your hand
  • Lip syncing is completely off

Story:  8.0

Gameplay:  8.3

Presentation:  8.8

Total: 8.3