Heroes of Might and Magic VII

History

First let me tell you about a story of the reasons I hate Ubisoft. I first encountered them with Heroes 6. I played at one of my friends house and it looked like the first decent Heroes after heroes 3, but it had lots of bugs. I said no problem I will patch it then. You can’ t get the latest patch you have to patch it for all of the previous ones first. After I made like 7 patches it froze and I had to start all over again. I browsed it and found a forum where they explained if you have an Nvidia card that happens. -.- OK. I iced it and after the heroes 6 gold edition came out with dlcs. I gave it a go. I mean if the released dlcs for it then it must be perfect now. NOT! They solved some of the bugs, but a few remained I can’t remember which, but one of them killed the game for me. They released a note that no more patches are coming and screw you guys. We are in the 21st century how do these things still happen? I swore that no more Ubisoft for me. And here I am buying heroes of might and magic VII. First I watched some YouTube trailers and it wind me up. Buying a Cdkey for this game instead of buying the DVD is highly recommended, because you don’t have to patch it then which is still a nuisance (but thankfully I don’t know). The other thing that I have heard that buying the game from directly Ubisoft costs more than buying the CD from a store. That is outrageous. When you buy it directly they don’t have to create a DVD, they don’t have to ship it, there isn’t a vendor that puts his own profit to the price and they still asks for more money. Stick to buying keys guys.

The Game

It basically follows the right path that they take while creating Heroes VI. The animations are better, I haven’t come across with bugs and they bought back the more different resource types for buildings. Nearly all of the issues from the previous ones were addressed. You can have caravans again, one of the best ideas ever. It makes generating bigger armies easier and you don’t have to hire heroes just for that cause that makes longer games boring. Everyone can have the town portal skill, but it only teleport you to the nearest town so building one huge army with town portal skill no longer ensures you of the certain victory.  There are lots of other facilitation that they have implemented. You can see which armies are likely to join you and in the combat phase the damage multipliers when you don’t attack from the front and it always show the damage of the spells that you use. So if there are any modifiers that reduces the damage you can see them before you cast it. The skills and abilities are also changed, I love that you can get master class from only three of them depending of the hero you use. It helps to make the heroes  more different. There is also a duel mode if you don’t want to collect resources just jump in to the combat.

Campaign

I only played with the campaign mode and to be honest I haven’t really finished it yet. I just did the Haven, the Dungeon with the dark elves and started the Sylvian, but I thought you deserve a post and I can’t keep you waiting. The campaign so far has some interesting maps. Not just the usual little story and you basically have to do the same strategy for each one. The dungeon campaign had some nice conspiracies. Sadly the biggest flaw of the Heroes since the previous one remained. There aren’t any cinematic. None. You read dialogues and sometimes watch an army of the enemy, but remember when in at the start of Heroes V had the devil vs hero fight? It was over 10 years ago and still looks awesome. So you don’t need the latest most expensive stuff. Just some short movies to get you going when you finish a map. That is the ultimate treasure for a gamer to see these stuff not just access a dialogue. I hope that in Heroes VIII Ubisoft or hopefully some other firm recognizes this or hopefully in the campaigns that I haven’t done there will be some.

Factions

There is the necropolis faction for the undead of course. There is the Haven for the angels. The barbarians have the stronghold. The academy is for the mage. The Sylvian for the elves, dungeon for the dark elves and fortress for the Dwarves, but it is a dlc. Which one is missing? Yes you guessed right. They took out demons and devils. Who authorized this folly? Playing the true evil was one of the best thing in heroes. Angel vs devil, dragon vs titan. That was the whole concept since the dawn of time. Eh screw it, at least you can get several units from inferno as neutral from the maps. My cousin said that there was a vote between players if dark elves or devils should stay, but I can’t confirm it.

Where to buy

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Nier Automata

Choosing

This diamond was also one of the best games in 2017 so I had to try it. It is an action role playing game and a sequel of a 2010 game called Nier. Sadly I didn’t know that when I started playing otherwise played with that first. I restrained myself from looking into the game before playing it so I started it without knowing anything about it.(except for the fact that it got voted for one of the best games)

 

The Beginning

At first it was a retro shooting arcade game. I piloted a ship and fired at hostile enemies. I thought that alright it is kind of cool, but give me a break, this should be one of the best games of the year? Even the map in the corner of the screen was a dual colored simple map(not so easy to navigate). Then something happened. It looked like an old game, but the graphics of the explosions were superb and the whole game looked a bit weird. The camera view switches between angles and at first it was a bit confusing for me. Not knowing who I was, what was my mission what am I doing there just added to that. Later from that pit of confusion curiosity emerged and I began enjoying it.

 

Story

You are a part of Yorha forces the last and ultimate weapon for the humanity to get back earth from the alien invaders. Each of you is an android with a black box inside that gives them power. The rest of the human race try to survive on moon. Your hero is called 2b, and later in the game you have also two other heroes 9s and a2. Each of them have their own stories that are entangled with the other two. No matter which character you control the experience and the weapons remain so it helps you keep your connection to the game. You are in an open world game, the first weapon is a Katana and you get a sidekick robot with machine guns. Besides dealing with enemies your robot helps you when you jump from a great height and catches you so you don’t sustain damage except when it ignores you and you fall.  Your weapon when it is not in use just floating behind you. Usually that would bother me a lot, but this game somehow managed to give you that retro atmosphere that can’t be ruined with some minor details like this.  The best part of the story that it is almost never ending. First I get to the part where the credits are I said cool it was great kinda short, but a great game. Then the game kept going. After the credits the story continues. When I got to the 4th credits scene I weren’t even surprised anymore that It is still going. It is so long, but not boring for even a second that you can’t imagine. If you have a good speed run for it with all the endings done just leave it here in the comment section I would be happy to watch it.

Enemies

The first bigger enemy was a huge robot with digging claws. My jaws dropped when I looked it.  Now that is what I am talking about. I thought that it was part of the map, I literally ran on him for minutes before it moved. There are tons of enemies in the game. Sometimes you have to fight with your own kind, other stuff with huge robots. I just mention some of the best ones. First the singing maiden. A robot who signs and want to look pretty. Japan is part of the making of this game so of course you get a Goliath versus Goliath battle. 🙂 There are two more huge robots that I loved. A shark submarine thingy that transforms into an octopus and Hegel the giant worm in the desert. Cute.  There are Adam and Eve(the fight is in a Tornado! ). While fighting them it became clear to me what is the only thing that this game lacks. It is blood! Because everyone is a robot, or android or something similar there is no one who can bleed. They could at least bled oil or something. This reminds me. A robot trying to revive it’s brother with oil almost broke my heart. 🙁

Hacking and Minigames

You get the hacking availability. It is a mini game within the game. Sometimes they try to hack you and you can even get computer virus too that messes up your system slowly degrading your moving capabilities and you sensors too. There are so much other mini games in it. It is like Grand Theft Auto in this perspective. I helped a lost machine that missed his mom, There is father servo the training robot. There is a speed championship that I gave up. It is impossible to beat or I did something wrong. :d There are mini logical games like when you help a resistance member with the boxes at storage.

Music and Sounds

Music and sounds are part of the soul of this game. The music reminded me of the anime series ghost in the shell. There are a few characters that have voice actors and the conversations are mostly in writing, but it is the best this way. There is no sound to interrupt the flow of the music.  There were times when I just stopped playing the game and listen to the music. In the machine village there was a place when I stared at my monitor and it felt like watching a painting and in other times the game becomes black and white. If there are art films then I have to call this game an art game.

Best Places and the Heart of the Game

When you find the machine village there is a machine amusement park with a roller coaster ride. It looks so amazing with all the fireworks and stuff. The other coolest place was a white city. Every pixel of the city was totally white. I thought that I was in an apple exhibition.

If you thought that this game is about killing and shooting stuff you are so mistaken. It is about life, death an reincarnation. All the game pushes philosophical questions even your bots are evolving and arguing about it. That is definitely why I am going to play with it again and that is why that it is really the best game of the year on its genre. If it has a genre. There isn’t a game remotely similar out there or at least I haven’t really found it yet.

 

Where to buy

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Mortal Kombat X

Choosing

I used to play with Mortal Kombat 2-3-4 and I wondered where the series headed. Well it has certainly evolved. There is a long story mode with some twists, the graphics are amazing and they managed to add so much extras while maintaining the Mortal Kombat feeling so I think it is the best one. Lets start with the characters.

Characters

You have 33 characters total. All of the characters have three different types each one is a slight bit different. They have their own unique skills and each have a different finisher. That is 99 different character in total to play with. One of the best games for local multiplayer when you only have one Pc or Consol to play with. Nether Realm studios really went they way out with experimenting with new ones. I only write about the new ones that were the most exciting for me. First there is alien and predator from the alien versus predator. Then there is leather face from the Texas Chainsaw series. There is Jason from the Friday 13th series. It looks like NetherRealm connected the fighting games with horror movies. There must be an overlap in the audiences. I’d like Freddy Krueger from nightmare from Elm street better but I read that he was in Mortal Kombat 9 so I should try that one too. One of my favorite new characters was Bo Rai Cho. He is a big fat drunk who vomits and farts. We all have at least one friend who acts like him. There are some children of the characters from the old times, but I won’t get into them, because we haven’t really clicked. There is D’vorah an insect being with great narration. Ferra & Torr is the last one I want to mention. He is a huge tank with a tiny rider. They live in symbiosis. Oh there is one more thing with one of the characters. They basically gutted Goro. On the previous episodes of the game he was the ultimate enemy. I both feared him and admired him. Now he is just one of the fools. He doesn’t get half the damage, doesn’t have the impenetrable skin he is just a big lump that can be easily defeated. The stomp skill remained, but doesn’t do as much damage like in the past.

Fight

When you start the fight there are some lines exchanged between the characters. It is different for every one of them. There are 14 different arenas where you can fight. Each one has their own unique items in the background that you can use during your match. Everyone who ever came contact Mortal Kombat knows that the heart of the game is the fatalities. It seems like the creators know this as well. Buckle up kids and get your gore hunger satisfied, because every character has 2 fatalities plus a stage fatality plus 6 brutalities. Brutalities are like some of your moves that you can use in battle, but if you use them as a finishing move it rips the enemy apart. The only sad thing is that while you are in story mode you almost never get to do a fatality on anyone. You still want more bone breaking and stuff? No problem there are the x-ray moves that does heavy damage and comes with a different animation for all the characters. You can see as the enemy skull shatters. It is so awesome and can be a real game changer when you are in a pinch.

The Krypt

The Krypt main purpose is that there you can unlock skills, fatalities, costumes etc, but they made it so much more. There are random enemies popping up there to give you a heart attack, chests with boosts and you have to solve puzzles to unlock new areas of the Krypt. It makes unlocking so much better than doing it at a shop.

Fighting modes

There is the story mode. You get to try out almost all of the characters as the story progress and it has a nice story, but I can’t highlight any of it, because it wasn’t so exciting for me. There are the good old towers from the old game, but they also included living towers that change as time passes.  There is the single fight if you haven’t got so much time to play and of course the practice mode if you want to learn how to do a certain combo. I left the best for last. Test you luck mode. You get random advantages and disadvantages and you must improvise. Sometimes the arena tilts other times there are air strikes trying to kill you while playing. When you play with your friend and your skills are better then his this can really balance the odds or mess them up completely. 🙂

Where to buy

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