X-COM2 Brings Turn-based Strategies Back Big Time

September 17, 2017

The first thing that pops into mind when you say Turn-based Strategies is Heroes of Might And Magic. This is a game franchise that has certainly made up new rules in the genre and it is so successful, we still regard it as the best of its kind. At least we did until we got our hands on XCOM2.

XCOM2 is the second game in the XCOM universe and it is one of the best games we played in years overall. The story is fantastic and it captures you right from the start. The gameplay is even better and once you start playing, it’s hard to let go. Every single detail was carefully placed and that has resulted in one of the most complete video games in recent years.

The Story

The world was invaded by an evil aggressive alien race that wants to enslave human kind and destroy the planet. The first war against them didn’t end as planned. The aliens have stayed on earth and they changed tactics too. They turned the system on us and gained power through politics and mind control.

The Earth Army regrouped in the new HQ and what was once a war becomes a rebellion. You are put in the role of a squad commander on the battlefields and you have to irradiate all aliens from the planet. You will have to improve your gear and base to fight the new types of aliens in the world. Keep in mind that your time is limited and that the world is going to be destroyed if you are not quick enough. The faith of the entire planet rests on your shoulders.

The Gameplay

The gameplay has three different important segments. The first one is base construction. This one is very important because you’ll have to constantly upgrade your base to get new abilities and equipment. That often costs a lot of resources, so you’ll probably have to sacrifice something on the way.

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The second most important aspect of the game is the loadout. Always make sure your soldiers are prepared for battle. Get them the best armor and weapons you can, but also make sure that they have enough rest after being wounded. Losing your top character in the late stages of the game can mess up everything you did before.

The turn-based strategy aspect of the game is just amazing. Every animation, every map, everything is detailed and makes you really feel like you are really there. Five minutes is enough to captivate almost anyone. You just have to try it.

Skyrim – the best story ever told

September 17, 2017

RPG games are the most popular games in the world. Some of them have tens of millions of active users and most are made to be played online. Well, the same can’t be said for Skyrim because it’s a single player RPG, but a one that will keep you glued to the computer screen for hours, if not days.

Skyrim is the fifth game in the world of Elder Scrolls. The previous sequels were a huge success and the bar was set high for Skyrim. The game spent several years in the making and it was well worth it. The final product was like a fairytale of warriors and dragons, only you get to live it.

The story

At the beginning of the game, you find yourself in a wagon together with other prisoners who are to be executed for their crimes against the King. The wagon arrives at a castle and just as you’re about to be executed, a dragon flies over the castle, breathing fire and destroying everything in sight. You manage to escape the carnage and on the way, you discover that you are the Dragonborn, a Legendary Champion who has been chosen to save Skyrim from the dragons.

These dragons are the ancient rulers of Skyrim. They used to live alongside men guiding them with their wisdom. Then, one of the dragons decided to rule over mankind, his name was Alduin. The dragons have their own language called Dragontongue. The fire and ice they breathe are really words said in their language. The Dragonborn has the ability to understand and speak these words which give him all kinds of powers.

You will get to choose your own character, how he looks, what he knows, the type of weapons he can use, and that’s just the start. The storyline has one main quest line, but the outcome depends on the choices you made along the way. There are also hundreds of side quests that will take you through the entire land of Skyrim. The game is so incredibly detailed, you will probably miss half of them.

The Setting

dragonThe world of Skyrim is a beautiful but very deadly place. It’s a land with many mountains, forests, castles, towns, and dangers. The entire map is riddled with dungeons, caves, bandit outposts, military outposts, and so on. You can destroy them, or you can choose to work with them. The game gives you complete freedom.

If you want, you can be the Royal Thane, a recognized champion, or you can be a Necromancer that scares everyone. You can also become a werewolf or a vampire, join dozens of guilds and organizations, or you can just go around and explore the land alone. You will find many books and spells on your travels. Some of them hold information about the ancient land and history of Skyrim.

One of the major tasks you’ll have in Skyrim is dragon slaying. The Dragons are usually located on high mountains, far away from people and you will have to slay them in order to learn one of their words. Three words form a sentence in the dragon tongue. The most popular one is “Fus Do Rah”.

We could talk and write about Skyrim for days and we still wouldn’t cover even two percent of the game. It’s simply an experience you have to try if you are into fantasy RPGs.