(This is part of my journey going playing through 1990’s Secret of Monkey Island. You can follow the entire series on the Retro Gaming page.) Astute players of this game might recall that Guybrush’s one defining skill — as relayed to the Important Pirate Leaders — is that he can hold his breath for ten minutes. This seemingly useless trait suddenly has incredible bearing on the situation once Fester Shinetop attempts to drown Guybrush at the bottom of the ocean. Here’s where the game really likes to tweak players, because there are all of these sharp pirate weapons all over the place on the ocean floor — but Guybrush’s tether isn’t long enough to reach any of them. Adding insult to injury, two pirates end up walking right overhead discussing how they want to get rid of an incriminating knife by throwing it into the water… and then they end up keeping it and walking away. You know how I said at the start of this playthrough that … [Read more...] about Secret of Monkey Island: Guybrush overboard!
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Is World of Warships worth playing? Here’s our take on Wargaming.net’s naval PvP MMO. Why World of Warships? In most War Games, battleships are bombed and rendered useless by aircraft before they actually display any sort of stealth or combat potential. Fortunately for fans of the genre, Wargaming’s free-to-play naval simulator gives these beastly warships the epic battles game developers have previously denied them. The fighting takes place in specific locations, each has very distinct, and quite realistic atmospheric conditions. The locations include the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans. So brace yourself for a bevy of differing conditions! You’ll have to maneuver your way around Icebergs and other sea bound obstacles to survive the game’s treacherous waters. The core of World of Warships’ gameplay is the gunnery. Early on in the game warships are deceptively simple. Though, as time progresses and you advance into the late game, … [Read more...] about Is World of Warships Worth Playing In 2018?
Play EVE Online for freeIt’s become almost a running joke in the comments of articles that EVE Online is a great game to read about but not nearly as fun to actually play. While those of us who have been playing for years can attest to EVE‘s depth and long-term gripping power, it has always been a difficult game for new players to get into. EVE sees an unmistakable spike in new players every time a story about a massive battle or political event hits the gaming media, but most don’t stay in the long term and activity levels always return to normal within a few months. CCP has tried to revamp the new player experience more times than probably any other part of the game to combat this, but EVE‘s infamous impenetrability remains stubbornly intact. At EVE Fanfest 2016, we learned that a whopping 1.5 million people signed up to EVE last year, but that 51% of them quit within the first two hours. They’re … [Read more...] about EVE Evolved: Fixing EVE’s New Player Experience (again)
I’m currently sailing through the gaming Doldrums at the moment, where I use the term based upon its nautical meaning rather than the more common colloquial use that we are familiar with today. That is to say that I am making my way through a slow, calm period of gaming where no significant progress is being made and little adventure is to be had. Since I am in no rush to get to new gaming lands, however, and I have enough store of plain and simple content to keep me from gaming starvation for a while – gaming hardtack, if you will: sustenance enough without necessarily being a delight on the palette of play – I shalln’t be found wanting through the current becalming of my evenings’ electronic entertainment. Lord of the Rings Online continues to be a sanctuary of solitude for me; it’s where I go when I want to escape all worlds and just exist outside of human space. My Warden is level sixty one and, having completed much that could be done for the … [Read more...] about So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Over the last week I have managed to gather enough shards to purchase the three pets, the shade touched doodad, and the trinket that turns me into a rogue skeleton. Basically I have managed to get everything I wanted from the event other than the mount. As a result, I have spent the last few nights mostly outside of Rift, to take a bit of a break. Minecraft has been an obsession for a long time now. At it’s core the game is basically Legos on crack, and you would have to be living under a rock at this point to have not at least heard of the game that has exploded like a creeper over the last year. I wrote a review for the gaming blog Polygamerous some time ago titled “Minecraft: Better Than The Hype”. I figure this is as good as any to do a post with a gratuitous amount of screenshots. Starting Out Alone Like everyone I started with Minecraft Single player. I learned to hide in fear from the barrage of skeletons and zombies, … [Read more...] about My Other Obsession