Star Wars : Rouge Squadron Review (Nintendo 64)

Star Wars : Rogue Squadron is one of the best games on the Nintendo 64. It will be popular with any fan of Star Wars because of the settings and battles that you can fight. It combines a shooter with a flying game while adding strategy. The levels progress slowly allowing you to learn the game as you advance. Rogue Squadron is not an easy game, but it rewards those who play it a lot. The more you play and the better you get the more levels and better endings there are.

Graphics 10 out of 10

starThe best thing about Star Wars : Rogue Squadron is the graphics. While adequate under normal settings when you plug in the expansion pack, the graphics go from C standards to A+. It is extremely realistic and adds a whole new dimension to the N64. The only problem with the graphics is the extremely well done pop-ups that can be troublesome to some players. If you are looking for a graphics masterpiece, here it is.

Music and Sound 9 out of 10

Another thing that Rogue Squadron does well in is music and sound. The music changes when your objective changes. The voices can be a little jarbled, but are on the whole very good. The noise of an upcoming TIE fighter or an AT-ST adds once again to the realism. It probably has the best music and sounds on N64.

Desperation or good business practice ?

Now I don’t know about you guys but I have received numerous emails from Rift, WoW and SW:TOR ranging from offering me a copy of Diablo and beta access to discounts for extended sub fees i.e. 3 months + silly titles as a reward for being ‘loyal’to return to these games. It just makes me wonder whether these are signs of desperation or they are just the norm these days.

Whatever the case it is rather amusing watching them all compete with ‘special offers’ and deals to entice either old players back or new ones in.

It does make me wonder just what state the pay to play side of the industry is in, and of course how this compares to the f2p or b2p with cash shop. We have seen games announce a large jump in profits after moving to f2p so why are games not launching in this state to start off with ? Do they want to see how much guaranteed cash they can milk from subscribers before they make the jump?

I actually think we may see Rift move to f2p by the end of the year and even the mighty SW:TOR must be worrying about the hit they will take when Diablo III, TERA, The Secret World, World of Pokemon Go ….sorry….. Warcraft expansion and of course Guild Wars 2 drops this year.

As for the 800 pound gorilla WoW ?

I think Blizzard are too proud and pig headed to ever consider fully changing the model of WoW and it will remain a sub game, the possibilty is always there for them to raise the free 20 levels higher…..especially since they seem destined to pin on more levels every expansion.

On another note I was at the shops on my lunch break and spotted this…

Darkfall NA review

A few days ago Darkfall released that it would be starting a NA server soon. I’m really looking forward to trying this game. I’m all about the “sandbox pvp” style game and lately Warhammer hasn’t been doing it for me. That I haven’t really had any real time to sit down and get a good gaming session in. I have been following Darkfall ever since Keen and Graev started playing it. It really is more my type of game. I’ve come to find out why I didn’t like WoW, and why Warhammer didn’t really work for me.

darkfallI like to be able to kill anyone, talk to anyone, and not be forced to work with someone just because they are in my realm. I come from Lineage 2 where there were no set sides. It was build your alliance and try to play the political game as best you could. I had a blast in that game, and that’s including the grinding. Darkfall will hopefully renew some of that vigor gaming I once had. Even though Warhammer was fun it was to casual and that left me lackluster. At first I loved that about the game, but as time passed I realized that it was it’s casual nature that left me uninterested. I didn’t have to really login to do anything unlike other mmo’s I’ve played. I wish it all the best when LotD releases but you won’t see me playing Warhammer regularly anytime soon.

I’ll be rolling onto Darkfall as soon as it hits NA. I’m also almost done my website, and with that I’m going to switch over to a blog. So stay tuned for more updates.

GW 2 : Chasing 100%

So as I alluded to in my previous posts, my current aim is 100% map completion. With this in mind and the unfortunate lack of decent tracker in game I thought it would be useful to keep track of my exploits here on my blog and dependant on progress I’ll update every week or so.

Here is my progress so far :

68% map completion

Lions Arch – Complete
Divinities Reach – Complete
Rata sum
The Grove

Shiverpeak Mountains – Complete
Plains of Ashford – Complete
Queensdale – Complete
Caledon Forest – Complete
Metrica Province – One skill point left (bugged)

gw2Wayfarer Foothills – Complete
Diessa Plateau – Started
Kessex Hills – Complete
Brisban Wildlands
Snowden Drifts – Complete
Gendarran Fields – Complete

Lornar’s Pass – Complete
Fields of Ruin
Harathi Hinterlands – Complete Blazeridge Steppes – Started Dredgehaunt Cliffs – Complete
Bloodtide Coast – Complete
Iron Marches
Timberline Falls

Sparkfly Fen – Complete
Fireheart Rise
Mount Maelstrom – Complete
Frostgorge Sound

Straits of Devastation – Complete Malchor’s Leap – Complete
Cursed Shore – Complete

So as you can see I’ve still got a fair bit to go, not including the fact I’ve still to get the majority of the WvW skill points, POIs etc.

At this time I’m not going to start setting myself targets on time to finish, I’m just enjoying drifting between zones depending on who is online and on some nights I’ll be lucky to finish a couple of hearts while on others I can manage the roll through the majority of a zone.

One thing I did do last night was finally get one of my alts out of the starting instance (my asura necro), I’m not planning on putting much gaming time in on him but he is there if I need a switch of playstyle or indeed if I want to use him as a crafting alt.

AION’s 1.5.1 Patch

1.5.1 looks pretty interesting, some good changes coming imo. My only thing is, I think eventually the bots will find way around gold for aion some of these tactics and carry on as usual but it will nice until then .

aionI hit 41 on WOOT ! Good lordy her spells were NOT cheap ! 1.2′ish million if I recall for her 40 spells and another 500k for Splendor of Recovery stigma (thx Isik) and then I dumped ANOTHER 510k on her Earth’s Wrath III upgrade. I farmed the hell outta Poya Jungle in Heiron and with every mob I prayed for a white drop. Usually the white weapons sell for 151k and the gear will sell for 50-65k per piece. I also found a great spot to grind in the abyss and those drops bring in some decent cash if you can get lucky. So by the time I  had the cash to pay for everything I was a 1/4 of the way into 40 LOL. My suggestion is take it slow make and bank as much kinah as ya can and spend it wisely the best you can LOL

For some reason I seemed to blow threw 40, I blinked and I hit 41! After 40 you get spells at every level which is both exciting and depressing because you know SOMETHING is getting upgraded but you’re also gonna dump some serious cash lol. That being said at 41 I purchased Hallowed Strike IV for 170′ish (?) and Boost Attack Resistance II for 74k and some change. I did watch a video on youtube about soloing elites and I’ve got that down to a science now. YAY Molar farming, and no I dont use the guards to kill my mobs . I enjoy the 280k+/- xp hehe so that may have a lil somethin to do w/ my leveling up so quick hehe. I really just wanted to see if I could do it and I just sorta kept doin it lol….so yea lol !

Speaking of Molars… McMad, Priya, Cadithial and I have been farming Kaiden HQ for molars so we can get our Boots. Heres the chain version that Sinnir wears SMOKIN HAWT ! So I’ve been told you need 650 molars to get all of the blue gear out of Kaiden HQ, not sure about the blue gear out of Lepharists which is all accessory pieces. The items outta Lepharist appear to be melee and caster items, not that I dont socket or could use the magic boost but come 50 I think I’m gonna go more HP. Although it would be nice to have some accessory pieces with some boost.  Reckon I should look into my 50 Daeva pieces and start doing some planning. Won’t hurt and it will likely save me some money in the long run so I hope.

World of Wowcrack

Confession time –

– I’ve returned to what I though was the point of no return for me.

Yup I’m back playing WoW. What can I say I’m indecisive.

You know what though ? I don’t really feel bad about it this time.

For me WoW is the most fulfilling MMO out there for those of us who haven’t been blessed with endless amounts of free time, it’s a fun game and one that you can jump in and out of with ease.

On my most recent return I’ve actually been dabbling with classes I have never played before or played beyond a very low level including hunter, priest, warlock and mage. It’s been undeniably fun jumping around various alts and if I’m honest a bit of a challenge as a player learning the different play styles and rotations involved.

Now sure it would be fun to alternate between all of them however my main aim was to create a character I can focus on and play as my PvE toon of choice, with this in mind I have been assessing which class I found the most fun and potential to play at end game………..In the end it was an easy choice and I settled on my Fire mage Darnell (frost is boring as hell).

I’m currently level 32 at the minute and to be honest I’m just having a blast (literally) jumping in and out of the dungeon finder whilst also doing the odd quest or two or gathering herbs to sell on AH (when did the healing with lifebloom get nerfed?!!). It’s just kinda fun to be playing without any pressure in the knowledge that I’m playing just for ‘fun’ without putting any real pressure on achievements or getting this or that.

At the end of the day whilst I have little interest in being the best mage in the world I’m open to any advise from experienced players with regards to must have talents/ glyphs/rotations and indeed addons.

Overall I’m happy where I’m at with my gaming now I just need to show the blog a bit more love

Wow – Doomsayers

Don’t you just love to hate them.  “This game is failing!” “WoW is better, WotLK is coming and WAR will die!” “Sorcss make this game suck!  I’m taking my eleven million accounts and unsubbing!”

wowSeriously, what is with all the doomsayers who play for 30 minutes, make a incoherent forum post about how the game sucks which generally ends up being a tldr – ranting about how this game should be like that other game aka ‘IN WOW THIS DOES THIS AND THIS NOT THIS UR GAEM SUX’.

I read this rather interesting post here about how WoW was the death of the MMO genre.  Sure, call me hypocritical, but what is in this post really rings true.  Think about it, almost all the new MMO releases have been an adaption of the same old concept, granted this concept started waaaaay back in EQ and beyond – WoW just dumbed it down, alot.

Lets reflect a little, WAR is has in recent months brought a bit of fresh air into now a monopolised genre, and even then unfortunately its not much.  Its brought innovations which almost iconically has been assimilated into WoW.

I’m willing to wager that 1.1 will see so many improvements it will typically leave Blizzard in the dust scrabbling to rip it off *coughachievementscough*.