SoW – Progress week 1

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I have played some more Shards of War this week, fitting in a few matches each day.
The games is still in development and hopefully things like the matchmaking will improve as time passes.

I wasn’t aware until this week that the “Dragon” could be obtained and used to lane push, similar to Strifes giant white ape. Still lots to learn it seems.

Of those sentinels in rotation at the moment I’ve been focused on the following:

Cobra_IconCobra

A close range assassin with a stun, teleport and PBAoE blade attack, his basic attacks are short ranged, meaning you have to be very close to the fight to start with. The teleport can be used to jump out of sticky situations as well as ganking.

His ultimate morphs the other 2 skills into and enhanced version for a single use, powerful if you can jump into a group of enemy sentinels.

Passive: increases movement speed when a skill hits

 Gemini_IconGemini

A pet focused character one focused on attack the other on healing.
The standard attack is long range and secondary attacks have a nice slow effect.

Imp the attack bot is not that heavy but can add a little more damage to a fight and if you use the secondary attack will target the same enemy if in range, doubling up the damage and slow effect.

Seraph is the heal bot, who when not in use enables Geminis passive heal ability, but can be targeted on Gemini or other friendly sentinels.

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I have played enough matches to accrue 10000 credits which allowed me to purchase a new sentinel.

Warhead is a ranged pusher and as the name suggests his attacks are somewhat focused on missiles.

His basic attack is long range and his passive gives him a bonus versus drones.
His secondary attack is a single rocket TAoE that deals damage to all in the blast radius as well as slowing them.

Armed with a stun grenade and a volley of rockets, I’ve only played one match with him and I have to say it was very fun. His ultimate is Steel Rain and Warhead is immobilised while using it, but it fires multiple rockets into a selected area. Ideal if you can catch 2 or more enemy sentinels.

#ShardsOfWar #MOBA

Waves of Co-op Fun

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Yesterday FlyinPinkMunki and I joined in with another Bragtoberfest event playing some Team Fortress 2 with Izlain, Doone, Roger and Jeromai.
As shooters go TF2 is such good fun, compared the game to other modern shooters and the classes are much more varied and give you many different roles to play.Perhaps it’s why it’s so easy to drop into a game and get the feel for a class with in the first few minutes.

We played some games in the Mann Versus Machine mode, which was rather fun. It reminded me of Sanctum  in terms of waves of enemies you have to stop reaching an objective.
I’ll be frank it’s rather difficult to defeat the waves of enemies but overall satisfying

It’s certainly something I would try to do again with a group, maybe even random group.

killingfloorKilling Floor

We finished the evening with the Killing Floor, a co-op survival horror that was in the Free to try games on Steam this weekend.

I have to say I’d not read anything about the game and it took a little while to figure out the mechanics and playstyle needed.

The concept works well, even if sometimes the logic made me confused (invisible zombies?!). The foes come in waves and at the end of each you had access to a shop were you could  purchase more ammo, weapons and buy/repair your armour.

The final match we played was 6 waves then a boss, by this time we had some half decent ordnance and the final fight wasn’t was tricky as the first few waves were.

#TeamFortress2 #KillingFloor #Bragtoberfest

A whole lotta Moba

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I can’t say I have ever been a sports fan, in a traditional sense at least. While younger I would often get caught up in sports that were on the TV but I have to admit that I’m enjoying the e-sports element that League of Legends brings to the table.

The World series is currently running at the moment and I’m rather hooked, this year the matches are taking place in Seoul which means they broadcast around 8-9am my time. This has allowed me to watch more of the matches, compared to the last one that was mostly on in the early hours of the morning meaning I could only really watch the highlights, except for the final which I got up at 3am to watch.

I have to admit having my ChromeCast means I can stream the matches to my TV while gaming rather than tying up my monitor grants me a little freedom.

Guess I'll be setting my alarms this Sunday

Guess I’ll be setting my alarms this Sunday

As part of Bragtoberfest we played Strife which brands itself as a NextGen Moba, a Moba two-point-oh if you rather. In fact we had a good time playing and despite that the games mechanics are designed to appeal to the more general player.
I have gone back and played Strife a few times since then and find the experience to be generally rewarding.

For me there are few key elements that made the game appealing,

  • The items and power setup is more simplistic, yeap there are fewer but it works well in the context
  • At the moment all the Heros/champions/characters are playable, which gives a much wider selection to choose and learn, this may change.
  • The standard map is smaller than League or maybe the movement speed is faster, but it certainly feels faster paced.
  • There is a giant white ape to lane push for you
  • You don’t have to return to base to shop, as you have a gopher:// that will bring them to you
  • Which is nice as health regen feels much higher than other mobas

jinxSo as a result of playing Strife I patched League of Legends and threw myself into some matches. I know, I know, I have recently waxed lyrically about how Mobas aren’t my cup of tea.
And in a way I still find the duration a little troublesome in my whole game/life balance, but with some forward planning I have been trailing some of the rotation heroes and have bought and been playing Jinx.

This is war

Meanwhile a facebook friends company has just rolled out a new Moba into beta and I have jumped onto that bandwagon too, although my reasons are not quite the same as Strife
Shards of War has a futuristic setting, which makes a nice change, also the game has a WASD control system rather than using the mouse, which is now only concerned with targeting.

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The action keys are RightMouse, E, [Space] and R, so far I haven’t found it too confusing, the rotation of Sentinels is 5 but currently there are only 10 in total. Like Strife there is a crafting system for Items, but i’ve not fully got into that side of things yet.
The final nice point to playing this is that The matches last about 20 minutes, which is much easier to schedule.

#Bragtoberfest #MOBA #LeagueOfLegends

Bragtoberfest

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After a bad month for gaming as a whole the hosts of the Couch Podtatoes podcast Izlain and J3w3l have transformed October in to a month of fun filled activities focused around games. The event has it’s own ANook page which participants can use to apply for and co-ordinate gaming, it can be found here http://www.anook.com/community/bragtoberfest.

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So far I have taken part in the Strife event, where I learnt that Izlain is more bot than machine.
I’m pondering setting up a Left 4 Dead 2 game in the next few weeks, keep your eye peeled for that one or comment if you think you maybe interested.

I know my post is a little late but I have been struggling in getting some writing mojo flowing.

Phantoms

I’ve continued to chip away at Phantoms and progressing quite nicely. There are a few things that I like about the game such as the lack of Kills on the scoreboard and the removal of support activities like health or Ammo pack dispenser.

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Gah, these online games, I can never fit in my full ChaoticDecimation name into them

One small problem I find is that sometimes the characters aren’t facing the right direction in which they are facing/firing, so creeping up on an enemy only to discover they are watching you.

#Bragtoberfest #Strife #Phantoms

Hawk the Slayer’s rubbish!

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So yesterday was the anniversary of one of my all time favourite TV shows: Spaced.
Fifteen years ago it aired in the UK on Channel 4 and quickly obtained a cult following despite it’s limited run of two series.

What?

Spaced featured two strangers who have to put on a charade in order to rent a flat, during the show we learn more about them, their assortment of friends and the other occupants of the house . During the series we follow their struggle with day-to-day life with often surreal results.
The show set the trend long before other shows with home made fighting Robots, paintballing and black-ops dog rescues (I got nothing to link here :) ).

Who?

The show brought together a number of actors that I had seen previously on comedy shows (Pegg, Frost, Hynes, Heap) and many of whom, along with the director and producers (Wright and Park), would become bigger stars in their own right.

It’s said that without Spaced there may never have been A Cornetto Trilogy and I can believe that.

Why?

Each episode was jam packed with stacks of cultural reference touching on tv and films, comics, games and music, in fact when watching it for the first time you may only spot the obvious ones.
I know some of them I didn’t spot until much later when rewatching. Admittedly some of them will only make sense to British folks and then only those of a certain age will laugh at the in-jokes.

The one of my favourite quotes and it’s in the very first scene:

If you can’t see the video here is a substitute:
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#TV #Spaced