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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Final Fantasy 10

Lately i have been overwhelmed by the urge to play final fantasy. i thought i would start with one of the greats number 10. Final Fantasy 10 is divided into 2 parts, FFX and FFX2 or X2 for short. This game even though it is a little old graphics wise still stands up to modern game play. The storyline and character depth is beautiful. The game takes hours upon hours to complete but it is completely worth it.  The cinematic in this game are also part of the drive to finish it, The plot hooks you in with showing you some of the best cutscenese ive ever seen. Especially for the time this game was released.  Also the one thing that stands out about this game is its leveling system. It uses something called a sphere grid instead of levels. There are multiple paths you can take and all cost a certain amount of expierence, think of it like a talent build. The way it is done in this game was obviously dont by a good game crafter  / planner. Anyways if you haven't played look FFX up on youtube and just watch the opening cut scene i guarantee you will be hooked.

Dwarf Fortress

Dwarf fortress is not a game for amatuers. It requires a vast amount of knowledge. The game itself is run in ascii with various tile texture packs. The game takes you to a randomly generated world with 7 seven dwarves.Each has there own specific and unique bio / history. You get to pick a set amount of supplies to bring with , almost like the oregon trail game from elementary school. Once you arrive you can build Mighty fortress that can fend off goblin sieges, Battle Steel dragons and see a complete ascii based simulation fight.  This game is probably the best game ever released. The only issue is playabylity, the control sceme is rather advanced and unless you are used to rogue like games the ascii is going to be hard to look past. But if you can get into this game it is probably going to be one of your favorite's. The amount of things you can do is endless, and your dwarves do most of the work for you which is always nice

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Minecraft, A game gone Global

      Have you ever wanted to live off the land on your own? Have you ever thought to yourself "hmm night time scares the Shit out of me" , Have you ever wanted to recreate a video game map Inside a video game ? than this game if for you. Minecraft a indie game gone well universal. It revolves around you the user starting in a randomly generated war with just you and your brain. You have to chop down trees to make tools, Mine for resources below the earth, And make a shelter wherver you see fit. There are a endless amount of possibilities in the world of minecraft. There is almost nothing you cannot do. In fact with the variety of blocks and openess of the world ...( mineecraft world is 4.5 times the size of our earth)  you can create almost anything. Some things include, 24 bit pictures of your favorite character, castles floating in the sky , Underwater bases only you can find, Mountian homes based off the lord of the rings dwarves, A direct recreation of pokemon reds map, and almost anything else you can think of. Minecraft is run in a blocky enviroment where almost everything is composed of blocks that you the user can manipulate. Below is a picture of the game world.