Call of Duty Global Pro League!

Happy Monday Novas! Thank you for reading today’s post centered on another interest of mine; Competitive Call of Duty! I’ve wanted to keep up more frequently with the Call of Duty teams, tournaments and standings as I have in previous titles since Call of Duty Black Ops II. The problem is that I really don’t like the new Infinite Warfare game (neither does most of the pros lol) so I haven’t been as focused on it this season. Recently (and by recently I mean the last 3 weeks) I have found myself dipping back into the world of Competitive Call of Duty. So there’s that… lol this post will be a quick recap and my thoughts on the turnout of the Global Pro League.

What is the Global Pro League?  For the first time EVER MLG (Major League Gaming) has answered the calls of the Pro scene and created a Global Pro Lan League! This is where teams will fly out to the MLG tournament center in Columbus, Ohio and play on LAN (no excuse for lag or internet connection here) in groups to determine the top 2 teams that will move on to the Season Playoffs. Pros are not only playing for top 2, 3rd place also gets guaranteed into Season 2 and 4th Place still gets a shot at Relegation.

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Tournament Format- Teams qualified for the Global Pro League at the last CWL (Cod World League) Dallas event. The top 9 North American Teams, Top 5 EU teams, 1 Australian Team. Teams were randomly sorted into their groups by a group draw and each week 4 different teams competed. The rules are simply, beat the other teams in a best of 5 series and place top 2 (by map count and wins) to qualify for Playoffs, Season 2, as well as COD Champs.

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Group Red Week 1 – The first weekend of matches saw Team Envyus (NA), Splyce (NA), Cloud 9 (NA) and Mindfreak (AU) face off. Each team played each other twice in a best of 5 series. The rotation of game modes were the standard Hardpoint, Search and Destroy (SND), Uplink, Capture the Flag (CTF), SND. First team to 3 wins takes the match!  The Results: Team Envyus and Splyce take 1 & 2 respectively while MindFreak takes 3rd and Cloud 9 sits in last place.

Group Blue Week 2 – The second weekend was my favorite as it included my favorite Pro Player Studdy and his Team Evil Geniuses (NA). The other teams in the group were FaZe Clan (NA), FNatic (EU) and Rise Nation (NA). After a 0-2 day on Friday my team Evil Geniuses were looking like they were going to have a tough road to try and make top 2. FaZe clan were the heavy favorites and Rise Nation were as inconsistent as EG. The Results: EG TAKES 1st!!!! FaZe narrowly takes 2nd, Rise 3rd and FNatic 4th.

Group Yellow Week 3 – Week 3 consisted of Luminosity (NA), eUnited (NA), Epsilon (EU) and Millenium (EU). Currently known as the second best team in the world right now eUnited took Friday and Saturday’s matches very convincingly. This left them guaranteed with a top 2 finish. It came down to a hope and a prayer between Epsilon and LG to see who would claim the 2nd place slot for Season Playoffs. Between the final match of eUnited and LG, Epsilon had to hope they lost to the undefeated eUnited team. The Results: eUnited 1st, LG 2nd, Epsilon 3rd and Millennium 4th, as you can see LG won that final matchup.

Group Green Week 4 – Group Green (Anyone else seeing the irony of Optic AKA “The Green Wall” being randomly sorted in the Green Group #illuminate lol. This group was Optic Gaming (NA), Enigma 6 (NA), Elevate (EU) and Red Reserve (EU). Optic Gaming is known as the best team in the world right now and their roster consists of one of my favorite players. Two time world champion Karma (my first favorite pro because in Black Ops II he shot bodies rofl). This group was a little easy to call. The Results: Optic 1st (Shocker… insert sarcasm here lol), E6 2nd, Elevate 3rd, Red reserve last.

Season Playoffs and Prizes – The top 2 teams from each group stage will compete in the Playoffs for the $700,000 prize pool. Rethinking being a professional gamer yet? Not to mention the million dollar COD World Championships in August (That’s going to be in my home of Orlando Yay!).

Those are the teams going forward into the Playoffs. The bottom 4 teams will go into relegation where they have another chance to fight for their spot in these loaded tournaments. Do you watch Competive Call of Duty or Competitive Gaming at all? What are your favorite pro players and games to watch? Let’s talk pro gaming!

Luna- 🙂

 

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Throwback Tuesday: Dead or Alive 5!

Happy Tuesday Novas! This week’s Throwback Tuesday post will be in regards to one of my favorite fighting games of all time; Dead or Alive 5! Growing up in the 90s I’ve played Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and even games like Super Smash Bros or Tekken, however, Dead or Alive 5 is quite possibly my favorite fighter game so let’s talk about it!

Dead or Alive is the 5th installment in the Dead or Alive franchise which released in 2012. I haven’t actually played any of it’s predecessors, but when my brother purchased his 360… this was one of the games he brought home with him. The game was released on the Xbox 360 along with the PS3 and has been a favorite of mine ever since. I remember my brother’s LAN parties every Friday night out our house. We would have friends and family come over to play all sorts of video games and system. Some nights wee had tournaments and the Dead or Alive Tournament was the best. We would play in teams and me and my best friend at the time played against all of the boys. I always picked Kasumi and she picked Lei Fang, we were unstoppable being crowned the winner a few times lol.

Something that I really liked about the game was the story mode and it’s progression. You are able to follow the journey of each character in the game rather they are the protagonists, antagonists or a character inserted for comic relief (enter in Gen Fu lol). I’ve only played a few story-lines that being Kasumi, Ayane and Hitomi but it was still a great experience.

Characters:  DOA5U_groupD_TeamBattle_01  The characters in the game were awesome! Yes, I’ve only really played with maybe 3 or 4 characters, but I still love playing against the others with their moves. Many different styles were represented from boxing, to ninjitsu to wrestling so the diversity in the game and fighting styles was fun. Kasumi is my all time favorite. She is quick and powerful and her moves are so fluid (very prettyyyy lol). In a tag team battle I would pair her with the even more hard hitting Hitomi who practices in Karate. The combination of quick strikes mixed with strong powerful hits is a great way to excel at the game (many battles were won with this duo lol). I have also used  Ayane  an assassin, Hayabusa another ninja, Lei Fang, and Gen Fu.

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In conclusion, DOA5 is probably my favorite fighting game and I love it sooooo much. I love it so much that I was thinking of Cosplaying as Kasumi lol (which may still happen). Have you ever played DOA5? What is your favorite fighting game? Let’s talking fighting video games! Have a great Tuesday and thank you for reading!

-Luna 🙂

 

Gamers Hard Drive 2!

Happy Monday Novas! I hope that you all have had an fantastic weekend and start to the greatest month of all time: April! Today’s post will focus on the games that I have been playing and progress that I have made so far. You can view the inaugural post of the Gamers Hard Drive by clicking here!

WWE Topps Slam Trading Card App: I have made great progress in the trading app game and have now convinced most of my friends who love WWE to start playing. You pretty much collect sets of the trading cards to receive achievements and coins. You can also trade with other users to obtain missing pieces to your set. I like the prediction packs because each payperview you are able to pick your prediction of the winner. If you are correct you receive extra coins. I’m still not sure why I’m addicted to this game but I am. Currently I have 2200+ cards. If you want to start playing I have multiple duplicates to trade. Add me: Luna26X. Here’s a look at some of the new cards that I have collected!

FarmVille: Tropic Escape– FarmVille Tropic Escape is the adaptation on the original FarmVille game with a twist. Now you are running a tropical island resort where you make deliveries, grow fruits and vegetables for meals and complete treasure diving to receive special items for your resort. This game is pretty fun as I make sushi, beverages and souvenirs to sell to my guests at the resort.

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Free Cell: Free Cell is the mobile app game that I play when I have a few minutes on break or in between commercials while watching TV. It’s really easy and like solitaire except all cards are displayed for you. The goal is to arrange the cards by suit and in ascending order from the Ace to King. There’s not a way to

Mass Effect: So I have never played Mass Effect and it was pretty much a blasphemous statement to my co-worker. He was appalled as he just finished Andromeda and pretty much said I’m lending you all of the Mass Effect games to try. So here we are! I’m starting with the original Mass Effect game and playing my way up unto Andromeda.

Sky Forge: Is a MMORPG Free to Play game on PS4. My friends wanted me to download the game so we have been playing the last few days. Think of it as ESO mixed with Neverwinter. You basically upgrade your character and skills to play the main story line and quests along the way. Currently I am on the 5th map of missions, but, there’s soooo much to do that I can see myself playing this game long term. I will have a full review of the game later this week!

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That’s pretty much how I have spent my last 2 weeks. Tune in Thursday for the Skyforge Video Game Review with game play clips! Which games are you currently playing? Have you played any of the video games on this list? Let’s talk video games!

Have a fantastic Monday!

Luna 🙂

 

Halo Wars 2 Review!

Hiya Gamers, Geeks and Friends! This will be my first Video Game Review and I’m super excited that it will focus on none other than the new RTS Halo Wars 2! Halo Wars 2 is the Real Time Strategy game from the original release of Halo Wars back on February 26th, 2009. I’ve been anticipating the release of HW2 and when it released February 21st, 2017, I had to jump on getting it (well the Halo Wars 2 Xbox One S bundle J ).  This review will focus on the campaign, different game modes and my personal preferences. For any tips and tricks for HW2 check here for my tips post!

Leaders: 

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New Leader Available!

 

The addition of Leaders to Halo Wars was a good call in my opinion. Leaders add an additional element to the game by allowing the player to use Leader Powers. Leader Powers are advantages in the game specific to that Leader that can be use to give you the upper hand in battle, in other words, it can change the dynamic completely! Also the Leader chosen at the start of the game will affect whether you are playing as the UNSC or the Banished! Some examples of clutch Leader Powers that I have used are the Turret Drops, Heals and Missile Bombardments to assist me in battle. Not all of the Leader Powers are offensive, some are great strategy wise such as Professor Anders Leader Power in which Research and construction is sped up.

The Campaign: Halo Wars 2 takes place after Halo 4 **Spoiler Alert, Spoiler Alert , Look Away now!”* well it’s not really a spoiler but you never know. Anyway the campaign takes place after the fall of the Covenant when a new threat rises. Atriox and his league of followers known as the “Banished” are tired of taking orders for the remaining members of the Covenant. One day when Atriox is cornered by the Covenant, he decides to take charge and lead his Banished army against anyone who tries oppose his will.

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The Gameplay in the Campaign was really good in my opinion. If you’re read some of my gaming posts before, you will already know that I rarely play Campaigns (unless it’s specifically a single player game) so the fact that I was intrigued and excited the whole way through Halo Wars 2 is an achievement all on its own. Through the Campaign (which I’ve played Co-op) you take the fundamentals of building a base and journey through the story. This version of my Play and Skip bullet points will detail features that I think makes the game awesome and things that can be annoying with Halo Wars 2.

Play Campaign:

  • Co-Op feature makes it a great game to play with friends online (Each player is delegated certain units and options to control)
  • The Story is actually pretty good!
  • You will learn new skills not taught in tutorials like the Spartan Slam or Lock-down Mode on the Kodiak Tanks
  • You can develop new strategies for playing multiplayer online or Skirmishes

Skip:

  • Loading Times in between Missions are pretty long (A.I. Talk A Lotttt!)
  • No place to save in the current mission (If you fail you start over)
  • Missions can last 20 minutes to an hour depending on how fast you can develop your base.
  • Sometimes the game would freeze in the middle of a battle
  • There’s a lot of information and controls to learn

Other Game Modes:

Skirmish– The Skirmish will be where you can practice using different Leaders against other opponents or the AI bots. You can upgrade your skills and learn new strategies for all game modes like Domination, Team Deathmatch or Strongholds!

Blitz- Blitz is the new game mode introduced into the Halo Wars series. You are able to draw cards and from the cards you are holding, you can attack and hold strongholds. I was playing domination in where you have to be the first to 200. This new game mode allows the players to speed up what could be a long game by allowing them access only to resources in their hands. When you are playing HW2, along the way you will receive Blitz Packs from completing missions and achievements in the game. These packs will allow you to customize a deck suitable to your play style. So far I have about 25 Packs that I need to open. Each game mode you play may have daily or weekly challenges to complete in order to ear rewards!

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Multiplayer: Multiplayer in any game for me is a great way to test your skills against other people around the world. Yes it’s fun playing against AI but let’s be honest, the bots will not think like another player and eventually you will learn the AI’s tactics. Playing online multiplayer is the best way to truly test your skills and how you would compare. There are so many multiplayer game modes here that to go into detail with all of them would be insane! Just know that the multiplayer element is awesome and there’s many game types to choose from including Domination, Firefight, Team Deathmatch and Blitz!

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Aesthetics & Controls:

I’ve loved the feeling of the maps in HW2. You are able to select large to medium maps for team battles or smaller maps for 1 on 1 encounters. Each map has it’s on distinction of colors in reference to where the location is on the campaign. I love that all of the colors and themes are still relevant to the Halo universe. The controls are easy to use, however, the difficulty comes in trying to remember which key does what ( If you’re used to playing RTS games then you will know about control management lol).

 

One critique that I will have is that sometimes I want to delegate specific units to attack a target and another set of units to defend. What would make the game better for me  is if there was a way to select multiple units of different subsets. For instance, I would want to select quickly 3 Marine Units and 2 Hellbringers…. while you are able to quickly select local grouped units and all on the individual marines, you cannot mix them quickly to issue orders (unless I’ve missed something lol). Basically I want to click, click , click and move the units of my choice without having to select all units or units in the local area.

Summary:

In conclusion I really love playing Halo Wars 2 and even though I have finished the Campaign, the game has great replay value with the difficulty setting, different Leaders that you are able to use, several different game modes to play and the addition of DLC that will keep me occupied for a while. It doesn’t hurt that my games average 15-20 minutes so I’m not sitting there twiddling my thumbs. Thank you for reading my first Video Game Review! What do you think of the game? Have you played Halo Wars 2 or the original Halo Wars? What’s your favorite Real Time Strategy game? Let’s Talk RTS!

-Luna 😀

 

 

 

This Week At GamersUnitedGG 3/26/17

Happy Sunday Novas! That’s right, from the poll released in the 100 Followers Thank You Post, the majority of you voted to be called Novas! A Nova is “a star showing a sudden large increase in brightness and then slowly returning to its original state over a few months” …. Interestingly enough Nova is also the name of one of my characters in the Fantasy Story that I was telling you about! So it’s official, I’m Luna and you’re all Novas :D.

Anyways, here’s the weekly update on the posts coming up this week. Because it is Wrestlemania Week (Which I will be attending yayyyy) Most of the posts will be dedicated to Wrestling and the WWE. For those of you who are not aware, Wrestlemania is the biggest Wrestling Spectacle of the year (Sooo the Superbowl of Sports Entertainment). This year the festivities will take place in my hometown of Orlando, Florida and I cannot wait! Any who, let’s see what we have planned this week!

Sunday 3/26/17 – Halo Wars 2 Review!

Monday 3/27/17 – Favorite Wrestlers of All Time

Tuesday 3/28/17 – Throwback Tuesday: Favorite Wrestling Moments and Matches!

Wednesday 3/29/17 – Creative Writing Part 2: the Curse (Wrestling Ode)

Thursday 3/30/17 – Wrestlemania Preview and Predictions

Friday 3/31/17  Lootcrate Unboxing (Theme is Future Tech!)

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Let’s Start the Week Off Right!

It’s going to be a fantastic week! What do you have planned this week? Are you looking forward to any of the upcoming posts? Let’s talk! Have a fantastic week!

-Luna 🙂

Gamer’s Hard Drive! (Gaming Log Post)

Happy Monday Gamers, Geeks and Friends! Today in lieu of the Hidden Treasures post I will be starting a segment that pretty much analyzes the video games that I have been playing in the past week and my current progress. I’m happy that I have been able to start playing my games regularly. This is a way to keep track of my progress and set new gaming goals each week. Welp, let’s get to it!

Halo Wars 2 :

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The Boss Teleported in as we were destroying the base lol

My progress with Halo Wars 2 went really well last week as I have finally finished the Co-Op campaign with my friend (because of our varying schedules this was a challenge). So far we have completed the campaign and played a few skirmishes. I have yet to play online or play the new game mode “Blitz” but I will be focusing on those 2 modes in the coming weeks!

  • Campaign completed
  • Achievements unlocked

Thief: I know Thief isn’t everyone’s (or anyone for that matter) favorite game, but I quite enjoy it. I purchased the game with Halo Wars 2 and have finally opened it and popped it into my disk tray. Previously on 360 I’ve played maybe half way through the game (before getting scared off from a creature looking like Gollum!!!! I thought this was a stealth game not Lord of the Rings!!!).  Because I chickened out, I never completed the game. Now I will attempt to redeem myself and complete the game

  • Completed the first 2 missions

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare:

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I’m Lunar Godd3ss 21-11. We may have won if I joined at the start of the game lol

I know I have talked soooo much stuff in the club about Infinite Warfare being the 1st Call of  Duty game that I did not pick up at the midnight launch. I had no interest in this Call of Duty game at all, but from a mix up at RedBox I was gifted 2 free game rentals. Guess which game was available? My curiosity was peaked and I grabbed Infinite Warfare. I’m not sure if it is because I haven’t played a FPS (because Gears of War 4 doesn’t count) in a while that my biases were subsided, but I actually enjoyed the game. I was playing, boosting, shooting people online (going like 21-11 on my first few games) and I missed the COD franchise. Will I buy the game, meh, maybe not, but it was more fun than I anticipated.

  • Advanced to level 7 rank in multiplayer

WWE Topps Slam Trading Card Game:  com.topps.slam   Recently as in the last month I have upgraded my SD card in my phone so I have been on a mobile game download FRENZY!!!! If you recall my WWE Slam Crate Unboxing post (click here to read it) you remember that I have received 3 WWE Topps Cards. It also gave me free packs to open in the app so of course, i downloaded it. I didn’t realize how fun it would be to play a card game and collect sets. In this game after a week I have collected over 1000 cards. Feel free to add me if you play: Luna26x.

  • Successfully traded for Special Edition Seth Rollins Cards (Yes Drew, you know I had to lol). seth
  • Collected all of the St. Patrick’s Day Special Edition Cards (Becky Lynch, Sheamus and Finn Balor)
  • Completed the White Base Set and collected my reward (185 cards sheesh)

Cooking Fever Mobile Game:     cooking  Again, I have sooo much space on my phone now. Cooking Fever is a game where you have to serve customers in a timely manner to collect enough stars to proceed to the next round. Each round gets harder. You start with burgers, then move to burgers and hot dogs, then add toppings.. It gets pretty crazy. There are multiple levels and shops as well.

  • Completed all levels of the Burger Shop with 3 stars
  • Unlocked the Bakery and currently working on completing all levels

Free Cell:    free cell  This is just a way to quickly pass time. No real update or stats are kept in this game. It’s like revers solitaire. All of the cards are displayed and you move cards to try and put the cards in order from Ace to King. You have 2 “Free” sections to work with, one you can place ANY card there to move it out of the way. The second area ONLY accepts the cards in order (Ace through King in that specific suit).

4 Pics 1 Word-  4 pics  I just like puzzles so I’ve downloaded this game that shows 4 different pictures and you have to guess the common word. It’s fun and pretty easy right now.

  • Completed all 25 levels in 5 different groups

That’s all for the games that I have been playing last week! Which games are you currently playing? Have you played any of the games I’ve listed and if so, where’s your progress at? Do you keep a gaming journal? Let’s talk our Gamer Hard Drives! Have a fantastic day and thank you for reading!

Luna 🙂

 

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Throwback Tuesday: Fable Series (Video Game)

Hiya Gamers and Friends! Today’s Throwback Tuesday post will feature one of my favorite gaming franchises; Fable! Fable is a Role Playing game series exclusive to Xbox that allows players to choose their own actions and missions as the game progresses. This game was pretty revolutionary as it allowed for a player to make decisions that would adjust the characters look, Notoriety with the townspeople and personality traits. Let’s get into some of my favorite moments and features of the Fable franchise.

Fable- The first release of Fable was in 2004 on the original Xbox.  This story centered on a young hero (whom you could name) who grows up and attempts to save your sister in the fictional land of Albion.  In this original version of Fable I loved that you were able to perform actions such as pick pocketing or stealing that was only noticed if you are caught by a store owner. Funny story, I was introduced to Fable by my brother who never got around to playing. I lovedddd this game and played it all of the time on his Xbox (until I bought my own J ). This was my first experience with a game in where the player’s choices influenced the look of the character. The better choices you made the nicer and more “Angelic” your character looked. The not so great choices you made had your character inheriting scars, a rough demeanor and eventually horns (I never went that far lol)    bad deed.png .  The game also allowed the character to mix combat skills, weapon skills and the integration of magic into your battle style. I loved fighting bandits with my sword and then quickly turning to shock an attacker with the lightning ability.

Fable 2 – Fable 2 is my personal favorite of all of the Fable Series Games and was released on the Xbox 360 Console in October of 2008. Fable 2 starts off similar to the original allowing you to create a hero and journey throughout the land of Albion. The character development of this game surpassed that of the original Fable. What impressed me about Fable 2 the most was that you were now able to create a male or female hero.  This story takes place about 500 years after the events of the 1st game. This title takes the great elements of its predecessor and creates an even more interactive experience for the players. You are able to acquire gold by getting jobs in town such as being a blacksmith or making pies. Fable II Jobs  You are also able to now trade items and play co-op missions with your friends via Xbox Live in Fable 2. I remember my friends and I meeting in the courtyard of “Old Albion” and trading money to each other. You are able to explore the themes of Marriage, Home Owner Ship and the life of a merchant.  The combat skills were updated in this game as well, allowing you to obtain different magical abilities from the ones introduced in Fable.

Fable III- Fable 3 is the last title I will feature in today’s post as it was the last Fable title that I have played.  Fable III starts 50 years after the events of Fable II and in this game the hero will become royalty. You are tasked with taking down the horrible King (Your Older Brother) that subject his people to very severe punishments.  Fable III was released in October 2010. One thing that I loved about Fable III was that you were able to combine magic spells with your Spell Gauntlets. This means that you can mix the ice spell with fire to create a whole new element.  fable3_0942 What made this game different than the other 2 was that you realize the decisions made as a ruler will have a negative effect either immediately with having to execute a prisoner or over time when a dark evil approaches. Your choices are to spare 1 life or potentially save hundreds.  Basically you are choosing the best option which may not be a great choice at all. This game really makes the gamer make decisions that are not necessarily good versus evil; your decisions are which is a lesser evil. I think because this game puts you in a predicament where you hate either choice, I wasn’t able to finish the game.  Eventually I will go back and complete it but even now thinking about some of the things I did makes me cringe.

I haven’t played the newest version of Fable, however, I have purchased Fable II again to play through. I really enjoyed this series and I definitely recommend it to any gamer who enjoys the action RPG type games (it tells a great story and forces you to make decisions). I definitely recommend this game to gamers who enjoy the Sims as well. Although the customization features are not as vast as in the Sims, you are able to dye and buy additional clothing, start a family or business, oh and terrorize the villagers in Albion! Thank you for reading this week’s throwback Tuesday post! Have you played any of the Fable games? What’s your favorite RPG? Let’s talk gaming!

Have a great week!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Throwback Tuesday: Nintendo 64

Hiya Gamers and Friends! Today’s Throwback Thursday post will highlight one of my favorite gaming systems of all times, the Nintendo 64. The Nintendo 64 or N64 for short was released back in 1996 for both the Japanese and North American markets. N64 was the 3rd system released by Nintendo and brought with it some of the more revolutionary games, titles and advancements for it’s time. Let’s jump into some facts about our N64.

The Name: Not many people know why the console was called the Nintendo 64. Obviously the “Nintendo” part was branding the company but why the 64? Easy, the 64 referred to the (then) amazing 64 bit processing system that the console consisted of. It was light years above the Sega and Super Nintendo consoles and the graphics were amazing for that time frame.

The Composition: Another awesome feature of the N64 was the way it was built along with its capabilities.  n64   The N64 in my knowledge was the first system I had that allowed more than 2 people to play at one time! We had 4 regular plug in slots!!!! It made waiting for your turn to play on relevantly non existence. Also the controller was a spectacle in itself. This controller was the first of it’s kind consisting of 3 handles and a joystick! I still remember trying to hold the controller for the first time and the trigger on the back is still one of my favorite features for ANY console.

The Games: The Nintendo 64 produced some of the more iconic games that still reign high up on a gamers list of favorites.    n64 games  Some of these iconic games were Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, Super Mario 64, Perfect Dark , Wave Race, Pokemon Stadium, Mario Party, Diddy Kong Racing(see Throwback Tuesday post here! )and Super Smash Bros. If you haven’t played some or any pf the games listed here then you are missing out!

Super Mario 64– Super Mario 64 to some may seem like just another Mario game, however, this game really pushed the boundaries of the gaming world. It was the first time that the gamer was able to explore different camera angles, movements and actions as compared to the Side Scrolling predecessors. Compare the difference below.

 

As you can see Mario used his Mushroom to upgrade to a revolutionary character in the Nintendo 64. Along with Super Mario was the introduction of one of the best racing game Mario Kart 64! Mario Kart 64 allowed you to race with your favorite Mario characters through customized maps like Donkey Kong Jungle and Yoshi’s Island! You were able to do a traditional race or a battle where your goal was to eliminate the other players. What made this game amazing was that you would use items from a traditional Mario game like Shells and Stars in order to slow down or get away from your opponents. Not only did you want to be a skilled racer (Yoshi with the smooth moves 🙂 ) but you also had to play strategically to not get hit or stop your opponents.

Since Mario 64 and Mario Kart were massive hits, why not continue this trend of Mario games by unleashing my all time favorite Nintendo game; Mario Party! Mario Party was a multiplayer digital board game that allowed gamers to play as their favorite Mario characters in mini games to earn coins and stars. You win the game by satisfying the win requirement or having the most Stars at the end of the game. Of course there were twists in the game like “Taking it to Boo!” I was a fair player until someone did me dirty, then I would take it to Boo and steal either coins or Stars from the person who double crossed me.   mario party boo  Mario Party is still one of my favorite games from Nintendo and I hope the new Nintendo Switch keeps the franchise alive!

Wave Race-    wave race  Wave Race was an awesome Jet skiing racing game in which you could either race or play the Trick mode. I played trick mode the most because I loved learning new tricks like he “Barrel Roll” and using them in a traditional race to show off! Wave Race was really fun traversing the different maps and trying to earn the most medals. Dolphin Park was my favorite map!

Goldeneye 007- I couldn’t end the post without mentioning the Godfather of all FPS games, Goldeneye 007. This game was so amazing from the use of the weapons to playing the missions to playing with your friends and family! I believe this game gave First Person Shooters their life. I can still remember having tons of fun making up rules like you can’t use odd job or the female scientist because they were HACKS!   odd job   Odd job was too short to aim at and the female scientist may as well have been the Flash with her speed. We also took out the Golden Gun because 1 shot kills with that thing were crazy, but occasionally we would play on License to Kill mode! Sometimes my brother and I would make challenges with our friends like rockets only (That was hilarious!). The DD214 was my favorite pistol and I had to find the AK-47 to mow down my enemies. Goldeneye, thank you! From a lover of FPS games thank you, you are where my love for a good FPS began.

There are plenty of notable games not mentioned like Snowboard Kids, Pokemon Stadium and the Wrestling games, however, I can’t mention all of them here. What did you like about the N64? What were some of your favorite games? Let’s talk N64!

Have a great day!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Halo Wars 2 First Impression & Tips!

Hiya Gamers, Geeks and Friends! I have not finished my Netflix Series so I will not have a Netflix Series of the Week Review until next Friday. In lieu of this I have decided to give you some tips for the new Halo Wars 2 video game for Xbox One or Windows 10! Halo Wars 2 is a Real Time Strategy game that was released February 22nd, 2017. I have bought the Xbox One S bundle with the new game and decided to share a few tips and tricks to get started! After I complete the campaign I will do a full review on the game. The first thing I did was complete the Basic and Advanced Tutorials, yet there are elements of the game not covered. I’ve researched and played through a few skirmishes to come up with some tips for starting out! Let’s jump into the basics!

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  • Lightning = Power
  • Single Person = Population
  • Crates =Supplies

One issue that I ran across was the Population Symbol. I haven’t played the original Halo Wars in a bit and even after completing all of the tutorials, I couldn’t build my vehicles because my population was too low. You upgrade population via the “Armory” research building (War Council for Aliens race). There will be a population symbol that you can click to upgrade your population. You can have unlimited supplies and power however the population or number of units cap is 120 after all upgrades are established. Each infantry unity, vehicle or specialized units such as Spartans or drones will display a chart informing you on exactly how many population slots 1 unit takes.

Moving Units- If you recall a recent post I’ve written about Tutorials, you will know that I don’t really like to play them. Halo Wars 2 is an exception to that rule! Because there are a lot of controls and strategy that goes into the game I highly recommend completing all 3 tutorials to get the best experience out of moving your units (The Blitz Tutorial will only apply to that game mode). You are able to select all units in a single area by clicking the right bumper (RB). You can select all units of a specific category by double clicking A on the desired unit. Simply move your cursor to the spot in which you want to move your units and click X (Btw my controls are for Xbox One, PC controls may differ).

Leader Powers- I love that the leader integration of Leader Powers can affect your gameplay. At the beginning of a game, you are able to select your desired leader (Pay Attention ad each leader has a different skill set). Off the back I chose Professor Anders because she receives a bonus to research and construction (huge plus for my type of gameplay). There are some universal Leader Powers such as healing that allows you to heal your unites while in battle or just standing there. If you think you’re about to lose because your health is low on your active unites, use that Leader Power and shock your enemies (I did lol). Take care as Leader Powers will have a cool down.

Garrison units- Throughout the map that you are on there will be small Garrisons in which you can have a unit camp and watch for enemies. I use the Garrison checkpoints to have an eye on the map and choke points around my bases. Your unites can also attack from these locations so make sure to have long range units (general marines will do the trick).

Upgrades- Don’t forget halowars about the upgrades to not only your bases, but to your units as well. You can upgrade, health, damage, armor and even add a rocket launcher to some ground units. You can upgrade turrets and units as well.Upgrades to individual units, vehicles or the base will be marked with an upwards facing arrow. The description of each upgrade type will be located to the right of the screen as you hover over the options.

Minimap- The Minimap will be your best friend in Halo Wars 2. Due to the amount of units, bases, choke points, supplies, and don’t forget your enemies, this RTS game has a lot to keep up with. Your minimap will show you if enemy units are spotted or attacking. You can also see where your bases are, units are stationed and how many “Undiscovered Bases’ there are on the map. The benefit of knowing which bases are undiscovered is that you can track your enemies movements and defeat them quickly.

Those are my first impressions and tips for Halo Wars 2. I relay enjoy RTS games so I have been playing all night. Have you played Halo Wars or Halo Wars 2? What are your favorite RTS games? Hopefully these tips help you out and let me know if I have missed anything!

Have a great weekend!

-Luna 🙂

 

Throwback Tuesday: Handheld Gaming

Happy Tuesday Gamers, Geeks and Friends! I was really excited about this week’s post for Throwback Tuesday we will be taking that nostalgic journey back to Handheld Gaming! Let’s get right to the trip down memory lane. Sidenote: I have some surprise entries for Handheld gaming that may not immediately come to mind. We will start with a well know handheld classic.

Gameboy Color: game_boy_color Gameboy Color was an awesome handheld system that released on October 21, 1998. What were you doing in 1998? Myself, I was in maybe 7th grade jamming out to Backstreet Boys and 98 degrees! some of the games we played were Rampage: World Tour, Pokemon Red and Blue, Super Mario Deluxe and Tetris!

Sega Game Gear: The Sega Game Gear was awesome and came out October 6th, 1990. this handheld was the game-gear combatant of Nintendo’s well know original Gameboy! Some of the Game Gear games were Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble, Batter Up and Double Dragon! Funny story- My brother and I were blessed to have the Game Gears presented to us as an early birthday present (we are both born in April). Our first game was the Batter Up Baseball game that we took EVERYWHERE! This is where it gets interesting. We wanted to have new rollerblades to go skating with and our grandmother gave us the ultimatum; Gamer Gear or Skates. We really took the skates lol. What kid can you tell me today would make the same choice? We had a blast with the rollerblades though going to parks, birthday parties and all.

Giga Pet/Tamagotchi : When you first giga clicked on this post, did you think that the Giga Pets would make a cameo? Many of us have forgotten that this tiny virtual, handheld was essentially a video game. The Giga Pet was released in 1997 as a competitor for the Tamagotchi. The premise was to take care of your little monsters/pets by feeding them, playing with them and even scooping up their messes (a more censored way to say it lol). I remember playing with my Giga Pet all of the time. I couldn’t get a real pet so this was the next best thing. These were the pride and joy of my middle school days. If I recall you were able to have “Play Dates” with your friend’s pets by tapping them together (or am I imaging that lol).

Tom & Jerry Handheld: This tom-and-jerry was one of my favorite handheld games back when the Tom & Jerry Movie was released in 1992. This handheld was so fun where you would jump over potholes and collect cookies. There were other handheld video games like this, but I personally had the Tom & Jerry version.

GameBoy: Last but not least gameboy-classic I couldn’t end the post without featuring the OG Gameboy Classics AKA The Brick! The classic was released on April 21st, 1989. What can I say, playing games like Dr. Mario and the original Tetris on the brick was awesome. Just think if someone wanted to mug you all you had to do was bop them over the head with that thing “FLAWLESS VICTORY!”

 

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There are plenty other notable handhelds like the Gameboy Advance and PSP. What are some of your favorite handheld games? Do you remember the ones in my list? Let’s talk throwback handheld games!

 

-Luna 🙂