Do you like Football (Soccer for Americans)?
Do you like racing/cars?
Do you like either?
You should play Rocket League!!!
Rocket League combines both in an action packed, simple-to-learn-but-hard-to-master game. You are thrown into an arena with a car (which you can customize) and a gigantic ball as you square off against one or more opponents.
Sounds ridiculous, but it’s seriously fun!
Check out the video below:
Don’t believe me? Head over to Metacritic and read the reviews.
The best part about this game is that you can jump into the action right away. It doesn’t matter if you spend 10 minutes playing… or 10 hours playing, you’ll be having a blast!
The game is currently $19.99 on Steam, but you can get a Rocket League Steam CD Key for just $10.59 USD (EUR 9.95) at SCDKey.!
Otherwise, there is currently a discount on Rocket League at Green Man Gaming 25% off for $14.99
Have you been playing Pokémon Go over the weekend? Have you captured, evolved, and maybe transferred Pokémon ? What about these gyms you keep hearing about, and this whole “battling” concept?
Something that many Pokémon Trainers have not done yet, and have been pretty confused about, is Pokémon battles. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of instructions within the game about what these battles are and how they work. This post will go over some of the basics.
If you haven’t downloaded Pokémon Go yet, it’s a free game available for download on the App Store and Google Play:
If you have already done that, and just want to know how to battle other Pokémon , here it goes…
- Get to level 5 – You can’t battle at a Pokémon Gym until you have reached level 5. Don’t worry, those levels fly by fast. You will be so busy capturing Pokémon that you won’t even notice.
- Find a Pokémon Gym – Once you reach level 5, you need to find a Pokémon Gym. Pokémon Gyms are where you can battle other teams’ Pokémon . They are scattered all over the map, and they look something like this:
- You will need to pick a team in order to battle at a gym. The teams are yellow, red, and blue.
- Once you are on a team, check which team is controlling that gym. If it is controlled by another team, they will have Pokémon guarding it.
- Make sure that you don’t get into battle with the Pokémon if they have a higher Combat Power (CP).
- Click the accept icon to start the battle.
- You will be facing all the Pokémon , so make sure you have enough Pokémon with high enough CP to take them on.
- Once the battle starts, you will be transported to an Arena against the Pokémon . Start tapping the screen to attack it with your Pokémon’s primary ability.
- Once you attack it, the lifebar will go down. Same with your lifebar once it starts attacking you.
- While you are making your primary attacks, there is a blue bar filling up at the top of the screen. That’s for your special attack. When this blue bar is full, you can long press on the screen to use your special attack and deal more damage.
- You can also dodge the attacks of the opposing Pokémon . To dodge, swipe left or right on the screen. This is easy to forget, but it makes a big difference in the fight.
- If you win and defeat all the opposing Pokémon , you can take over the gym. This is where you can select Pokémon to defend it and claim the gym for your team.
- If you lose, your Pokémon will have its HP drained down to 1 point and you will need to revive it. There are items you can collect from Pokéstops that will allow you to heal or revive Pokemon. Make sure you collect a good enough portion of these just in case.
So those are the basics of battling at a gym. It is recommended that you pick one or two Pokémon with high CP and power them up before attempting to battle other Pokémon at the gyms. As for the strategy and tactics of the fights themselves, that is out of scope for this post. There are several other guides out there that provide information on how to best choose your Pokémon lineup and how to best defeat an enemy gym. Hopefully, though, you now have the basics down and can look forward to your first Pokémon battle. Have fun!
VPN is short for Virtual Private Network. The main reason for using a VPN is for increased online security. Normally, you wouldn’t really need a VPN for gaming, as they sometimes result in massive lag spikes and horrible pings. However, having a VPN is important if you a serious gamer these days.
Some of the benefits of having a VPN are:
- Increased online security. The main benefit of a VPN service is that it provides anonymity when using the internet. Depending on the VPN service you’re using, that can mean masking yourself from spying and tracking from third-party services or attackers. A good example of this is public WIFI networks. If you’re connected to public WiFi while gaming, you want to make sure you’re protecting your browsing and gaming activities.
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- Accessing Geo-restricted content. There are times when content like demos, DLC and exclusive content are only available in certain countries (Like US, UK or Japan). A lot of sites these days are restricting access to specific content in certain markets. It can be frustrating as a gamer when you want to access this extra content for your games and the company running it decides they want to block you because of where you live! Super annoying!
- Preventing DDoS attacks. Sometimes while playing a game, especially on a team, you run the risk of getting booted or disconnected due to DDoS attacks. This can happen for various reasons, mostly from disgruntled opponents. However, one of the ways to prevent this is by using a VPN which will provide you an IP address different than your own. It’s not a perfect solution, but will greatly reduce any frustrations you will experience with intense online gaming.
- Several other reasons. Read about them here.
If you’re not convinced, you can also try the service for free. You won’t get as much (less connections, bandwidth, etc.), but at least you’ll be able to try it before you commit.
This is some gameplay from ArcheAge Closed Beta Weekend of 7/19/14 – 7/21/14. The character I played was level 10 and I went with an Archery/Witchcraft/Shadowplay combo. I enjoyed playing this style very much as I got some long range, close range, and a bunch of cool spells.
The game itself seems pretty good. Nothing too exciting. The one thing that really stood out from playing this game is that there’s a lot of interesting, random things going on.
For example, the Labor system which you can read about here: http://archeage.info/labor-points
It’s either the dumbest idea ever or the most brilliant… it remains to be seen. A lot of the stuff you do in ArcheAge for crafting requires Labor points, which you accumulate in game (unless you have a premium account).
The other random feature (and probably the most hilarious) is the Justice System: http://archeage.gamepedia.com/Justice_System
Why is it hilarious? Because during beta it made almost no sense to anyone involved in the trials, yet everyone was found guilty (with wild accusations and lots of dirty/adult/offensive comments made) and then thrown in jail for… like 20 minutes. Of course, 20 minutes is an eternity in MMO gameplay time, but as you can see, that’s just ridiculous compared to real life sentences of say, multiple years.
Anyway, besides all that, the game is solid. Definitely worth checking out. If you’re new to MMOs, this may not be the greatest introduction to the genre, as you will be thrown right in and given lots of “stuff” right away.
What do I mean by that? First, you get a mount at level 7. Then you get to choose up to 3 skillset trees by the time you reach level 10. There’s a bunch of other features, but it’s no different than many other MMOs you’ve ever played.
Worth playing? Yes. Worth buying? Uh… maybe? Founder’s Packs… I won’t get into those, you can read about them here: http://www.archeagegame.com/en/shop/
More information about ArcheAge can be found on their website at http://www.archeage.com
To participate in Alpha or Betas, you have to either sign up or purchase a Founder’s Pack. That decision is completely up to you.
Thanks for reading.
Some WildStar gameplay clips of a Level 5 Warrior during:
Beta Weekend Friday, April 18th, 7:00AM PDT through Sunday, April 20th, 11:59PM PDT