Game Review: Cookie Clicker

Game Review: Cookie Clicker

Title: Cookie Clicker

Platform: PC

Publisher: Orteil

Genre: Click-based javascript

Single/Multi Player: Single

Story: Click on the giant cookie to get cookies. Use cookies to buy upgrades so you can receive more cookies.

Difficulty: Easy

Replay Value: Medium

Graphics: Picture based

Soundtrack: None

Personal Review: I don’t think I’ve ever been so quickly addicted to a game before. Not since Bejeweled. You click on cookies to get cookies so you can get more cookies. It seemingly goes on forever. I’ve had this game running on my PC for LITERALLY 3 weeks straight. No joke. The cookies have not stopped flowing at all. There has even been an update since the screenshot above was taken and you can purchase Antimatter Condensers, which produce an insane amount of CPS (cookies per second).

You do not have to sit and click on the cookie the entire time. You purchase upgrades and machines that produce and collect the cookies for you. If you click the giant cookie, you receive cookies for every click.

Did I mention there are also achievements? That’s right! Don’t just leave the game running all on its own. There are golden cookies that randomly appear that give you boosts and bonus cookies! There is also research you can buy (using cookies) to get even more upgrades! Beware of the grandmothers though. Give them enough power and you can trigger Grandmapocalypse, in which grandmothers become demons and evil cookies appear that take away from your cookie production!

The game is completely free. You may donate to the developer if you feel like it. There are no pay to win features like Candy Crush. I don’t know when I’ll stop playing this game. Must get all achievements!

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FFXIV: Realm Reborn – Final Beta Test Next Week!

FFXIV: Realm Reborn - Final Beta Test Next Week!

Complied by one of Resonate’s healers, TiddlyWinks, here is a compiled set of information taken from the Live Letter:

Open Beta (16th for p3 testing) 17th-19th
Early Access 24th – Launch
Level cap for Beta – lvl 20

Arcanist Info:
Both jobs will share same Stat allocation, MND – SCH, INT – SMN
There is an Item to reroll those stats however for switching.

Summoner pets:
Ifirit – Close Range Dps
Garuda – Long range dps
Titan – Tank pet

Ether Flow used to cast certain damage spells

Scholar Info:
Difference between WHM is mostly Buffing
Two Fairies – Cast times are long so you can not simply resummon them –
Buffing fairy
Healing fairy
(Fairies can be used as targets for AE healing providing you can move them where ever you want)

Ether Flow used to: Restore MP, Cast heals instantly and for specific heals/buffs

Out of Game Services:
Gamecards in store are announced.
Paid World transfers: available 2-3 weeks into Launch

Smartphone App: Libra Eorzea
Able to look up character, make gear comparisons, linked to lodestone, won’t have any dungeon strategies and will closely mod player made strategies posted on the lodestone.
Android version available 3 weeks after launch

In game Announcements:
Barbershop: You will be able to change Hair Style/color, Eye color, Face Marks, Face Paint/Color, and facial hair. This feature is due for Patch 2.1

Seasonal Events:
It will take up to 1 week to obtain the gear that they provide.
Summer event will required Farming Fire resist Gear
Winter Event has Snowmen Costumes.

End Game Announcements:
(Harder versions of all End Game Content Just announced as well)
End game will have 8 mans like Bahamut that will require teamwork and splitting into 2 separate groups in order to complete separate objectives to finish the dungeon starting about half way through.

Mechanics added:
Dps locks
Gear Checks
Split damage sharing

Crystal Tower:
24 man Alliance content – Will use Duty Finder
Not due till 2.1 – approx 3-4 weeks after launch

Primal fights:
On the Hard difficulty primal fights will included an extra randomized mechanics added each time you fight them.
Map awareness needed as well
Moogle Primal fight due in 2.1
Whispering is locked in dungeons and raids.
Unicorn mount announced

Regarding loot system:
No Restrictions so far on any type of loot.

Housing:
Concept art for Fans, beds, and Fountains outside of the house including versions for Free companies as well.

Ether wheels can be purchased and placed in FC housing to provide buffs to Members as well as a permanent EXP bonus for every member of the FC

Armor:
Darklight Gear set announced for other classes in addition to the original one.
Token System for “trying” against primal gear that will be close in stats of that.

Addon tools will be released 6 months after launch

PVP official release 2.1:
You can access it from Molabe dock

It will be 4v4, 8v8, and joined through Duty Finder, You can also make premade groups.

Welcome back campaign – 1.0 members till Sept 9 play free

Veteran rewards:
30 day – Wind up Cursor (Minion), Phail of Fantasia ( Character Remake)
60 Days – Cascadier Uniform Vouncher, Black Chocobo Chick (Minion)
90 Days- Beady Eyes (Minion) Voidal Resonator (Mount)

Game Review: Animal Crossing New Leaf

Game Review: Animal Crossing New Leaf

Title: Animal Crossing New Leaf

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Community Simulator

Single/Multi Player: Both

Story: You move to a new town and SURPRISE! You are the mayor. Keep your townsfolk happy, interact with NPCs (non-playable characters) and online friends either by visiting each other’s towns, playing games on Tortimer Island, or viewing house layouts through your dreams. Unless you set the time on your DS to be different, whatever time and season it is in real life, it is in the game. Depending on the time of year different bugs and fish are available.

Difficulty: easy

Replay Value: high

Graphics: clean, cartoon, cute

Soundtrack: Fantastic! From the relaxing music that plays in the evening, to rocking out with K.K. Slider in the club.

Personal Review: Where to begin. I personally had no idea my character was going to be the mayor of the town. What a treat! If you have played any of the previous AC games and was on the fence about this one, just do it. Seriously. The amount of things you can do in this game compared to the ones in the past is night and day.

To begin, you are able to search through a variety of maps to decide which layout best suits you. Then you get to pick where you want your house to be. Also, you are able to easily build new cobblestone bridges, expand the museum, and add benches, camp sits, street lights, and signs just by using bells.

Two words: Tortimer Island! Here it is always summer time and full of rare bugs and fish. You can even put on a wet suit, swim out into the water and dive for more sea creatures. You cannot take anything from the main land to the island. However, anything you catch on island can be brought back (through a holding bin, not your pockets).

In town is a new store called Re-Tail. It’s like a consignment shop and takes place of Nook’s. Here you can put items up for sale for the town folk or your friends to purchase. The people in your town will often be inside the shops you go to. Don’t worry, Nook is still in business, but as a loan collector! His nephews run the original looking store (which grows in size as time goes on) which is located at the northern section of town. This is a new area for Animal Crossing and is home to the Club lol, the Dream Suite, Abel Sisters, Gardening Store, Museum, and more! There is also an area where you can visit entire neighborhoods featuring other people’s homes.

As you play along, it seems more and more things unlock for you to experience. For example, one of my town members suggested a totem pole would “look cool” in the area. So the option became available for me to start building one. The villagers will donate their won money towards community projects, but a bulk of the cost will come from your own pocket.

I can ramble on and on and on about this game. There really is a lot to it but it’s simple to play and personally addicting. I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to ask away in the comment section below.

Why no perfect score? If you want to play in a different season (winter, spring, etc) you need to change the time in the game or on your DS. Doing this sudden change will cause large amount of weeds to grow and you can lose neighbors who you became good friends with. Luckily with the new island option (where it is always summer) at least you are never without copious amounts of bugs and fish to catch for money. In the past during winter there wasn’t much around (especially bugs), so money was usually tight.

Personal Rating: 4 out of 5

Game Review: OSU!

Game Review: OSU!

Title: osu!

Platform: PC

Publisher: Peppy

Genre: Online Rhythm

Single/Multi Player: Both. You can “battle” against others or in teams for highest score on a beatmap. The community is fantastic, helpful, and plentiful. The game is played worldwide so no matter what language you speak, there is a good chance you will be able to converse with someone from your native tongue.

Story: None

Difficulty: Selectable depending on the song: Easy, Normal, Hard, Insane.

Replay Value: While you technically never beat the game, you keep coming back to it even in small bouts of play.

Graphics: Depends on the beatmap. They are created by the player community and vary from very low to high. There are free skins you can download to make the layout look pretty much however you want. I think I’ve spent more time searching for songs and skins than actually playing the game.

Soundtrack: That all depends on you! All songs are completely free to download and you can have thousands. So technically, I’m going to say the soundtrack is amazing.

Personal Review: I’m a sucker for rhythm games. Dance Dance Revolution runs in my blood and soul. I found this to be a bit of a challenge at first but you quickly get used to the flow. My personal recommendation would be to use the modifications within the options of the game and have the computer play through the song for you so you can see how the beats are laid out. Also, stick with songs you are familiar with at the start.
The difficulty varies on a huge scale, from extremely easy to the most insane thing you can think of. Here is a video of me playing a normal beatmap, a hard beatmap, and another hard beatmap. These hard beatmaps were some of the “easier” ones I found. There are other songs that are “hard” difficulty that I am unable to do right now.
Now, if you really want a show, check out Cookiezi is a world famous Osu player. His videos blow my mind. One of my favorites, and arguably one of the most difficult songs in this game is The Quick Brown Fox. Even if you don’t ever plan on playing this game, give this a watch. I can guarantee you’ll be at least slightly impressed. White Wolf is right up there with Cookiezi if you are afraid of running out of amazing Osu videos to watch.

Personal Rating: 4 out of 5

Steam Summer Sale Day 2

Steam Summer Sale Day 2

I don’t plan on submitting the list every single day, but today had some notable games that are worth trying out. Actually, looking at this list I can’t see a single terrible game. Just give them all a shot!
My picks are Fez, Chivalry (with zero gravity mod), Surgeon Simulator, and Far Cry 3. Haven’t tried FTL but hearing good things about it.

Chivalry Medieval Warfare: 75% off $6.24
Call of Duty Black Ops II: 50% off $29.99
The Walking Dead: 75% off $6.24
Darksiders 2: 80% off $9.99
Surgeon Simulator: 66% off $3.39
Just Cause 2: 80% off $2.99
Fez: 50% off $4.99
Sniper 2 Ghost Warrior: 85% off $4.49
Anno 2070: 50% off $14.9
FTL: 75% off $2.49
Far Cry 3: 40% off $23.99
XCOM Enemy Unknown: 75% off $9.99
BIT.TRIP Runner 2: 50% off $7.49
Legend of Grimrock: 75% off $3.74

FFXIV Beta Test 4

Beta Test 4

Beta test 3 is currently in progress for a few more days (will end Monday). Naoki Yoshida, aka Yoshi (director, designer, and producer at Square Enix), was kind enough to directly answer questions and give out information on the Ifrit server (pictured above). Here is basically what it says plus additional information:

  • Phase 4 will last one week
  • ACN (Arcanist) should be available
  • Voice acting will be implemented
  • Event Bosses implemented in Phase 4
  • SLI support implemented in Phase 4
  • Male Miqotes will have unique motions when entering baths
  • When leveling a second class, you will have bonus exp
  • Addressed a bug where the cursor goes funny in some instances
  • Adjustments to how (slow/fast) a Gatherer levels
  • Adjustments to the ease of making HQs from NQ materials in crafting
  • An in-game event will be implemented right away after Launch
  • The dev team has designed endgame events to outright kill players (one shot mechanics)
  • Bahamut’s Labrynth is so long, it pretty much requires players to ‘save progress’ as they proceed through the dungeon
  • No plans to implement a ‘your server only’ option for the Duty Finder as for now

(source)
Great stuff!
No official date for Beta 4, but we can guesstimate towards the beginning of August.
Think of Beta 4 as a demo for the public (this will be open beta, no keys required). After that is complete early start will begin (this is for people who pre-ordered the game).

Also recently learned about a nifty bonus when running instances/dungeons with a new person:

When a person is in your party who has not run that dungeon before, your entire party will receive a message notifying you of this and will receive bonus loot (or xp) after defeating the last boss.

I really hope the mature mentality I experienced in FFXI shows up in this game. While the grindy leveling system was not my personal preference for a game, you felt immersed in that world thanks to the player community.

Get Your Wallets Ready

Get Your Wallets Ready

Tomorrow promises to be a fantastic day:
Free Slurpee day at 7-11 (in honor of they day they first opened, July 11th).
Steam Summer Sale begins!
With the money you save by 7-11 hopping, you can certainly pick up a few games. Beware of brain freeze, sugar rush, and diabetes.

Oregon Trail is $2.49. Totally worth dooming your friends to drowning with dysentery while wiping entire species for food…if you could carry it all.

DOTA2 is now through Steam as of yesterday. It’s F2P (free to play) anyway, but still worth noting if you are into multiplayer online battle arena games.

But seriously…Oregon Trail. 🙂