Helicon Heroes – Your Next Video Game Adventure is a Review, Preview, and Video Away http://heliconheroes.com Your Next Video Game Adventure is a Review, Preview, and Video Away Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:28:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 First to Fall: Diablo 3 Hardcore http://heliconheroes.com/2015/08/first-to-fall-diablo-3-hardcore/ http://heliconheroes.com/2015/08/first-to-fall-diablo-3-hardcore/#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:30:01 +0000 http://heliconheroes.com/?p=4809 After many hours have been put into a game, how is one’s success measured? Depending on the genre, an action RPG player may decide that a high rarity set of gear is the end goal. What happens when a group of players add a masochistic layer to the action RPG formula? With Diablo 3 Hardcore Mode enabled, we find out. At the character create screen in Diablo 3, you have the option to enable Hardcore Mode before your start. Entering the campaign with a hardcore hero gives you the ultimate consequence: Die once, and it’s game over. So before my party of heroes finalized this decision, I had to witness the documented grief on Youtube first. A simple search for “Diablo 3 Hardcore Deaths” will yield many compilations of tragic character deaths. It was both enlightening and frightening to see what would happen to us one day. Now if harder tier difficulties gave us any indication, there are a number of things that can end your day in a bad way. Things to focus on would be burst damage and stuns. There are many telegraphed attacks that can be avoided as long as you are paying close attention. Mini-bosses of all rarities can place devastating spells and attacks on you that can quickly drain your health. Toughness builds are very important in mitigating damage of all types. Gaining resistances to elemental types of damage are essential to have as well. Enemy stun attacks give you a mini freak out moment, and borderline heart attack. This opens the door to subsequent attacks, amplifying damage done to you, disables your casting, and thus preventing you from making a hasty escape. Fortunately our group of 3, a Barbarian, Monk and Wizard (Me), are all survivors past level 40 (Expert difficulty). Hardcore Mode definitely adds a lot more drama and satisfaction to the gameplay that my counterparts claimed it would. The key to survival is teamwork, communication, and preparation. Going into a new zone ill equipped, both in items and skills will surely end in your demise. In the wise ol’ words of Deckard Cain, “Stay a while, and listen.” When back at the hub town, maximize skill allocation, crafting stations and craft-able gear. Min/Max your stats with all available gear; stack your epic bonuses from items with your most effective skill builds. Don’t forgot about passives! As a wizard, I need to be a bit more focused on damage than my melee counterparts. Essentially, I am less threatening from a positioning standpoint in battles. Fighting from the rear, I have the chance to launch devastating Area of Effect (AoE) attacks on corralled enemies. I must also not forget about serving as a utility to the group in some way. Adding some stun effects will no doubt save you and your teammates in the long run. Playing Diablo 3 with Hardcore Mode enabled has proven fun thus far, but that masochistic dream will eventually come to an end. I also believe that players who go down this road need to be compensated in some way or another. As it stands now, the only reward is your pride, and digital footprint on Battle.net. Maybe that’s exactly what the doctor ordered for players seeking out these types of thrills. Either way you look at it, the challenge is supreme, and it’s all guts or glory for us poor souls.

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After many hours have been put into a game, how is one’s success measured? Depending on the genre, an action RPG player may decide that a high rarity set of gear is the end goal. What happens when a group of players add a masochistic layer to the action RPG formula? With Diablo 3 Hardcore Mode enabled, we find out.

At the character create screen in Diablo 3, you have the option to enable Hardcore Mode before your start. Entering the campaign with a hardcore hero gives you the ultimate consequence: Die once, and it’s game over. So before my party of heroes finalized this decision, I had to witness the documented grief on Youtube first. A simple search for “Diablo 3 Hardcore Deaths” will yield many compilations of tragic character deaths. It was both enlightening and frightening to see what would happen to us one day.

Now if harder tier difficulties gave us any indication, there are a number of things that can end your day in a bad way. Things to focus on would be burst damage and stuns. There are many telegraphed attacks that can be avoided as long as you are paying close attention. Mini-bosses of all rarities can place devastating spells and attacks on you that can quickly drain your health. Toughness builds are very important in mitigating damage of all types. Gaining resistances to elemental types of damage are essential to have as well. Enemy stun attacks give you a mini freak out moment, and borderline heart attack. This opens the door to subsequent attacks, amplifying damage done to you, disables your casting, and thus preventing you from making a hasty escape.

Diablo-hardcore

YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO BACK OUT!

Fortunately our group of 3, a Barbarian, Monk and Wizard (Me), are all survivors past level 40 (Expert difficulty). Hardcore Mode definitely adds a lot more drama and satisfaction to the gameplay that my counterparts claimed it would. The key to survival is teamwork, communication, and preparation. Going into a new zone ill equipped, both in items and skills will surely end in your demise. In the wise ol’ words of Deckard Cain, “Stay a while, and listen.” When back at the hub town, maximize skill allocation, crafting stations and craft-able gear. Min/Max your stats with all available gear; stack your epic bonuses from items with your most effective skill builds. Don’t forgot about passives!

As a wizard, I need to be a bit more focused on damage than my melee counterparts. Essentially, I am less threatening from a positioning standpoint in battles. Fighting from the rear, I have the chance to launch devastating Area of Effect (AoE) attacks on corralled enemies. I must also not forget about serving as a utility to the group in some way. Adding some stun effects will no doubt save you and your teammates in the long run.

Playing Diablo 3 with Hardcore Mode enabled has proven fun thus far, but that masochistic dream will eventually come to an end. I also believe that players who go down this road need to be compensated in some way or another. As it stands now, the only reward is your pride, and digital footprint on Battle.net. Maybe that’s exactly what the doctor ordered for players seeking out these types of thrills. Either way you look at it, the challenge is supreme, and it’s all guts or glory for us poor souls.

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Games on My Radar for May 2015 http://heliconheroes.com/2015/05/games-on-my-radar-for-may-2015/ http://heliconheroes.com/2015/05/games-on-my-radar-for-may-2015/#respond Fri, 08 May 2015 03:02:13 +0000 http://heliconheroes.com/?p=4553 With Bloodborne slowly dripping away from everyone’s hands, it’s time for a whole new slew of games for the month of May. There really isn’t too much at first glance, but this month will likely be more action RPGs!   I will start first with the heavy-hitter in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This game is a huge open world fantasy world that I can’t wait to explore. I have played just a short amount of The Witcher 2, but enough to know that I want to play CD Projekt Red’s most ambitious game yet. Plenty of hours and quests to keep me busy as we enter the summer months. It will likely take up most of my gaming time, but that’s a good thing. Here’s what I’m excited for: Hunting exotic beasts will be a blast Attack the game at any angle, go exploring, trade/craft, take on a ton of side quests Influence the world by making Good or Evil choices Combat is engaging and fun, tons of skills and abilities, as well as upgradeable weapons Mature story   Up next is a game that jumped up on the Steam’s early access release schedule for May. Tree of Life is a sandbox MMORPG that really has never been put together like this before. It’s been in heavy beta testing and development for that past 3 years, and at first glance it looks very promising. Basically as the video shows, you start off with your fists and a desire to go out and explore the surrounding environment. Eventually you may team up with other players to build small or large scale towns. Here are some key features that have been confirmed so far: Buy-2-Play with additional (cosmetic) Item Shop Cost around $20 Walking straight across the map takes around 3 hours Servers can hold approximately 1,000 Players No Auto-Target Combat One character can’t master all skills Movement via W-A-S-D keys, and mouse look Note-worthy mentions that may get some attention: Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC Jaws of Hakkon (PS4) as well as finishing up the main story, hopefully! More Heroes of the Storm!!

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With Bloodborne slowly dripping away from everyone’s hands, it’s time for a whole new slew of games for the month of May. There really isn’t too much at first glance, but this month will likely be more action RPGs!


I will start first with the heavy-hitter in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This game is a huge open world fantasy world that I can’t wait to explore. I have played just a short amount of The Witcher 2, but enough to know that I want to play CD Projekt Red’s most ambitious game yet. Plenty of hours and quests to keep me busy as we enter the summer months. It will likely take up most of my gaming time, but that’s a good thing. Here’s what I’m excited for:

  • Hunting exotic beasts will be a blast
  • Attack the game at any angle, go exploring, trade/craft, take on a ton of side quests
  • Influence the world by making Good or Evil choices
  • Combat is engaging and fun, tons of skills and abilities, as well as upgradeable weapons
  • Mature story

Up next is a game that jumped up on the Steam’s early access release schedule for May. Tree of Life is a sandbox MMORPG that really has never been put together like this before. It’s been in heavy beta testing and development for that past 3 years, and at first glance it looks very promising. Basically as the video shows, you start off with your fists and a desire to go out and explore the surrounding environment. Eventually you may team up with other players to build small or large scale towns. Here are some key features that have been confirmed so far:

  • Buy-2-Play with additional (cosmetic) Item Shop
  • Cost around $20
  • Walking straight across the map takes around 3 hours
  • Servers can hold approximately 1,000 Players
  • No Auto-Target Combat
  • One character can’t master all skills
  • Movement via W-A-S-D keys, and mouse look

Note-worthy mentions that may get some attention:

Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC Jaws of Hakkon (PS4) as well as finishing up the main story, hopefully!

More Heroes of the Storm!!

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Heroes of the Storm – Tychus Rattlin’ and Gattlin’ – Streaming w/tekmojo http://heliconheroes.com/2015/04/heroes-of-the-storm-tychus-rattlin-and-gattlin-streaming-wtekmojo/ http://heliconheroes.com/2015/04/heroes-of-the-storm-tychus-rattlin-and-gattlin-streaming-wtekmojo/#respond Wed, 29 Apr 2015 01:55:37 +0000 http://heliconheroes.com/?p=4544 Hey so there’s a new MOBA in town called Heroes of the Storm. Even better it’s a new MOBA by Blizzard. Check out some fast-paced action, tactics, and minor rage as my party and I attempt to annihilate the enemy. Directly off my twitch stream, if you want to catch more head on over to my channel.

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Hey so there’s a new MOBA in town called Heroes of the Storm. Even better it’s a new MOBA by Blizzard . Check out some fast-paced action, tactics, and minor rage as my party and I attempt to annihilate the enemy. Directly off my twitch stream , if you want to catch more head on over to my channel.

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PAX East 2015 Montage Footage http://heliconheroes.com/2015/03/pax-east-2015-montage-footage/ http://heliconheroes.com/2015/03/pax-east-2015-montage-footage/#respond Sat, 21 Mar 2015 01:14:53 +0000 http://heliconheroes.com/?p=4527 Check out some footage from Boston’s PAX East 2015. Bad ass fun all around, forgive the shaky mobile footage. Hope to go again next year!

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Check out some footage from Boston’s PAX East 2015. Bad ass fun all around, forgive the shaky mobile footage. Hope to go again next year!

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Tekmojo’s Top 10 Games of 2014 http://heliconheroes.com/2014/12/tekmojos-top-10-games-2014/ http://heliconheroes.com/2014/12/tekmojos-top-10-games-2014/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 00:44:55 +0000 http://heliconheroes.com/?p=4466 10. Minecraft: Vita Edition Better late than never. Minecraft has always been a favorite of mine on the PC and mobile platforms. Control schemes and convenience has always been a nagging issue with me in the past though. Minecraft: Vita Edition was one of the biggest reasons for me to buy my Playstation Vita this year. Building on the go, or comfortably on my bed was what kept me chipping away at my world. There is so much to do with this game, and it will definitely be played long into 2015. 9. Next Car Game: Wreckfest Racing games in 2014 seemed to have taken a step back as far as evolving the genre. I had to look to an early access game that has one amazing feature. Complete and utter destruction. Cars don’t just get totaled, they get totally unrecognizable. The soft-body physics plays into cosmetics, as well as mechanically altering your race car, which is a big plus. You can jump right into a “destruction derby” style arena if your single focus is to relieve some built up stress. I found the race modes such as the figure eight and circle tracks the best mix of arcade, and competitive play. Upwards of 20 cars roaring around the track slamming into each other is an absolute blast. The sense of speed is magnified because any wrong move could put you from first to last. I can’t wait to see what this Next Car Game offers in 2015. 8. This War of Mine A heart-felt strategy/survival game came out of no where in the tail-end of 2014. This War of Mine shared to the world the suffering of the human race as depicted by normal everyday people. Unlike many games where you play as the soldier, your task here is to survive at all costs. Everyday was a struggle, and it took a lot of trial and error to finally find my groove. Once I did, I set up my defenses and prepared for the worst. I eventually found the formula of success that took me to the end credits. It was a much welcomed end to the emotional journey that I still reflect on to this date. 7. Block N Load Technically still in beta, this game will come out two months from now, but is currently playable on Steam. So have you ever wanted to play Minecraft with guns? Or maybe Team Fortress with Legos? Either way you look at it, Block N Load is a sleeper hit that is fun for many types of players. If building a stronghold with turrets and traps is your thing, Block N Load has it. Or maybe you like to burrow through a fully destructible map, sneaking around the enemy’s defenses. The sky is the limit with this game, although teamwork is going to be super important moving forward since it’s only 5 vs 5. Every member of the team has a direct hand in your overall success, or failure. I found many different play-styles so far, and base building techniques are constantly evolving. So grab a mic, grab some friends, and get digging! 6. Watch Dogs Hype. Delay. Criticism. Everyone in the gaming world had the highest expectations for this open-world hacking game. For many, the hype was elevated beyond what the game could deliver. Even still, I put the game on the hardest difficulty and went for it. To this date, Watchdogs has given me some of the best gaming moments in 2014. No where else was I able to hack other players and spy on them as they attempt to play hide n’ seek with me. Some players would keep their composure as the data began ticking away. Others would start to panic, firing off shots at innocent bystanders in order to haphazardly put a stop to my crimes. For all of Watch Dogs’ faults, I found a game unique in its own right. Controlling a city with a tiny device in the palm of my hands could not be more fun. It was the only game this year that I completed every piece of content to 100%. 5. Infamous: Second Son Mutants have always had a hard time with their human counterparts. They could just be jealous of the main protagonist of Second Son, Delsin Rowe. He is a conduit to all super powers he comes across, absorbing them with reckless abandon. The “choose your own path” lets you decide your own good or evil nature. I went down the evil path and felt every bit as guilty, but had a blast the entire game. Instead of subduing your enemies with light powers, I progressed down the “dark side” and left trail of pure destruction in my path. There is revenge, sadness, and major consequences for my actions. However, you have a chance to prevent some negative critical story arcs if it’s not too late in the game. I sacrificed my moral compass for a widely entertaining thrill ride. Every new power you obtain is a milestone in the game. The visuals are absolutely amazing, so make sure to play on a great TV with this one. 4. Shadow of Mordor I’ve never really given the Batman Arkham series or the latest Assassin’s Creed games a fair shake. But when you take the best parts of each of those games and mesh them together, you get something special. Shadow of Mordor is a fantasy action/RPG success story. The Nemesis system was hyped by Monolith Productions at every chance, but deservedly so. My favorite scenes of the game were when War Chiefs would slow-mo walk to the chant of his name. Every time they spotted me, I was instilled with fear as the stronghold of Orcs pressed the attack. Technically, this was the one of the most impressive games I’ve played on my Playstation 4 all year. The visuals and sounds could not have been better. I could not believe just how many Orcs could be crammed on my screen at a single time, each one intertwined in the deep progression of the Nemesis system. Through my own stubbornness, I strengthened my enemies through my death, and they laughed in my face! If some of the story arcs and repetitiveness of the game can be a bit more polished, the next iteration will be a fantasy masterpiece. 3. Divinity: Original Sin Old-school RPG depth, meets meets new-school gameplay mechanics. I had remembered an interview about Divinity: Original Sin a year back from launch talking about the different elemental properties. The video caught my attention because the combat seemed very different from other turn-based RPGs. The entire battlefield is interactive, and each spell can cause elements to react with one another. Setting up the battlefield is crucial since the game can be punishingly difficult at times. On the flip side, the challenge can be extremely rewarding because experimentation leads to a further understanding and mastery of the system. The quest-line is open-ended, making your story, completely your own. I loved reading every dialog choice; it helped that the humor and writing is top notch. Still, I had to save the game often because NPCs can be unpredictable. Divinity: Original Sin is at its best when your party matures to the right level, and the gameplay mechanics are fully utilized. 2. Dragon Age: Inquisition I’ve searched high and low for that true, next-gen RPG experience. Few games this year could meet my own high expectations and criteria. Having played through a bunch of Dragon Age 2, then promptly putting it down, I had my concerns going in. This next Dragon Age meshes all my favorite things about the previous games of the franchise with great new elements of gameplay. The graphics are splendid, the landscapes are vast, and the combat lets you decide how to play. I’ve spent at least 30 hours into the game on Nightmare difficulty so far. Each battle requires sharp decision-making skills. Although many will experience the game with minimal tactical view, it is essential on harder difficulties. I’ve had the most fun setting up each battle, and then executing my spells and abilities like a chess master. Dragon Age: Inquisition still has plenty more in store for me, but my adventure has already been a rewarding one. 1. Smite – Game of the Year! Coming straight from Dota 2, I knew there was something special in Smite within the first few minutes. I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to play a MOBA game in the third-person. In Smite, I never felt disadvantaged from the style of play that was required. Although many guides and video playthroughs were consumed; I took the good advice and blended it in with my own strategies. I caught the competitive bug quickly, and became attached to the philosophy of Hi-Rez Studios. With Smite, the updates come often and the action is fast and furious. Battling Gods against one another was my highlight of 2014.

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10. Minecraft: Vita Edition

Minecraft-PS-Vita-Edition

Better late than never. Minecraft has always been a favorite of mine on the PC and mobile platforms. Control schemes and convenience has always been a nagging issue with me in the past though. Minecraft: Vita Edition was one of the biggest reasons for me to buy my Playstation Vita this year. Building on the go, or comfortably on my bed was what kept me chipping away at my world. There is so much to do with this game, and it will definitely be played long into 2015.

9. Next Car Game: Wreckfest

next-car-game-wreckfest

Racing games in 2014 seemed to have taken a step back as far as evolving the genre. I had to look to an early access game that has one amazing feature. Complete and utter destruction. Cars don’t just get totaled, they get totally unrecognizable. The soft-body physics plays into cosmetics, as well as mechanically altering your race car, which is a big plus. You can jump right into a “destruction derby” style arena if your single focus is to relieve some built up stress. I found the race modes such as the figure eight and circle tracks the best mix of arcade, and competitive play. Upwards of 20 cars roaring around the track slamming into each other is an absolute blast. The sense of speed is magnified because any wrong move could put you from first to last. I can’t wait to see what this Next Car Game offers in 2015.

8. This War of Mine

this-war-of-mine-city A heart-felt strategy/survival game came out of no where in the tail-end of 2014. This War of Mine shared to the world the suffering of the human race as depicted by normal everyday people. Unlike many games where you play as the soldier, your task here is to survive at all costs. Everyday was a struggle, and it took a lot of trial and error to finally find my groove. Once I did, I set up my defenses and prepared for the worst. I eventually found the formula of success that took me to the end credits. It was a much welcomed end to the emotional journey that I still reflect on to this date.

7. Block N Load

block-n-load-pit

Technically still in beta, this game will come out two months from now, but is currently playable on Steam. So have you ever wanted to play Minecraft with guns? Or maybe Team Fortress with Legos? Either way you look at it, Block N Load is a sleeper hit that is fun for many types of players. If building a stronghold with turrets and traps is your thing, Block N Load has it. Or maybe you like to burrow through a fully destructible map, sneaking around the enemy’s defenses. The sky is the limit with this game, although teamwork is going to be super important moving forward since it’s only 5 vs 5. Every member of the team has a direct hand in your overall success, or failure. I found many different play-styles so far, and base building techniques are constantly evolving. So grab a mic, grab some friends, and get digging!

6. Watch Dogs

watch-dogs-motorcycle

Hype. Delay. Criticism. Everyone in the gaming world had the highest expectations for this open-world hacking game. For many, the hype was elevated beyond what the game could deliver. Even still, I put the game on the hardest difficulty and went for it. To this date, Watchdogs has given me some of the best gaming moments in 2014. No where else was I able to hack other players and spy on them as they attempt to play hide n’ seek with me. Some players would keep their composure as the data began ticking away. Others would start to panic, firing off shots at innocent bystanders in order to haphazardly put a stop to my crimes. For all of Watch Dogs’ faults, I found a game unique in its own right. Controlling a city with a tiny device in the palm of my hands could not be more fun. It was the only game this year that I completed every piece of content to 100%.

5. Infamous: Second Son

infamous-second-son-neon

Mutants have always had a hard time with their human counterparts. They could just be jealous of the main protagonist of Second Son, Delsin Rowe. He is a conduit to all super powers he comes across, absorbing them with reckless abandon. The “choose your own path” lets you decide your own good or evil nature. I went down the evil path and felt every bit as guilty, but had a blast the entire game. Instead of subduing your enemies with light powers, I progressed down the “dark side” and left trail of pure destruction in my path. There is revenge, sadness, and major consequences for my actions. However, you have a chance to prevent some negative critical story arcs if it’s not too late in the game. I sacrificed my moral compass for a widely entertaining thrill ride. Every new power you obtain is a milestone in the game. The visuals are absolutely amazing, so make sure to play on a great TV with this one.

4. Shadow of Mordor

shadow-of-mordor-faceoff

I’ve never really given the Batman Arkham series or the latest Assassin’s Creed games a fair shake. But when you take the best parts of each of those games and mesh them together, you get something special. Shadow of Mordor is a fantasy action/RPG success story. The Nemesis system was hyped by Monolith Productions at every chance, but deservedly so. My favorite scenes of the game were when War Chiefs would slow-mo walk to the chant of his name. Every time they spotted me, I was instilled with fear as the stronghold of Orcs pressed the attack. Technically, this was the one of the most impressive games I’ve played on my Playstation 4 all year. The visuals and sounds could not have been better. I could not believe just how many Orcs could be crammed on my screen at a single time, each one intertwined in the deep progression of the Nemesis system. Through my own stubbornness, I strengthened my enemies through my death, and they laughed in my face! If some of the story arcs and repetitiveness of the game can be a bit more polished, the next iteration will be a fantasy masterpiece.

3. Divinity: Original Sin

divinity-original-sin-screen

Old-school RPG depth, meets meets new-school gameplay mechanics. I had remembered an interview about Divinity: Original Sin a year back from launch talking about the different elemental properties. The video caught my attention because the combat seemed very different from other turn-based RPGs. The entire battlefield is interactive, and each spell can cause elements to react with one another. Setting up the battlefield is crucial since the game can be punishingly difficult at times. On the flip side, the challenge can be extremely rewarding because experimentation leads to a further understanding and mastery of the system. The quest-line is open-ended, making your story, completely your own. I loved reading every dialog choice; it helped that the humor and writing is top notch. Still, I had to save the game often because NPCs can be unpredictable. Divinity: Original Sin is at its best when your party matures to the right level, and the gameplay mechanics are fully utilized.

2. Dragon Age: Inquisition

dragon-age-inquisition-art

I’ve searched high and low for that true, next-gen RPG experience. Few games this year could meet my own high expectations and criteria. Having played through a bunch of Dragon Age 2, then promptly putting it down, I had my concerns going in. This next Dragon Age meshes all my favorite things about the previous games of the franchise with great new elements of gameplay. The graphics are splendid, the landscapes are vast, and the combat lets you decide how to play. I’ve spent at least 30 hours into the game on Nightmare difficulty so far. Each battle requires sharp decision-making skills. Although many will experience the game with minimal tactical view, it is essential on harder difficulties. I’ve had the most fun setting up each battle, and then executing my spells and abilities like a chess master. Dragon Age: Inquisition still has plenty more in store for me, but my adventure has already been a rewarding one.

1. Smite – Game of the Year!

smite-base

Coming straight from Dota 2, I knew there was something special in Smite within the first few minutes. I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to play a MOBA game in the third-person. In Smite, I never felt disadvantaged from the style of play that was required. Although many guides and video playthroughs were consumed; I took the good advice and blended it in with my own strategies. I caught the competitive bug quickly, and became attached to the philosophy of Hi-Rez Studios. With Smite, the updates come often and the action is fast and furious. Battling Gods against one another was my highlight of 2014.

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Block N Load First Impressions http://heliconheroes.com/2014/12/block-n-load-first-impressions/ http://heliconheroes.com/2014/12/block-n-load-first-impressions/#respond Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:52:15 +0000 http://heliconheroes.com/?p=4430 So what is Block N Load? Well, I would put it best as Minecraft-style buidling, mixed with Team Fortress style combat. I can even see some influence from a popular Source mod from several years back. Sourceforts is the first conceptual comparison that popped in my head when seeing Block N Load running for the first time. Both games feature a build phase, followed by a combat phase. In Sourceforts, you play a Capture the Flag match where players navigate a series of obstacles and player built defenses. In Block N Load, your objective is to destroy giant glowing cubes. How do you accomplish that you ask? By digging, building, and fighting your way across the map. Each class has special abilities and emplacements that will benefit either offensive or defensive capabilities. The more you destroy and mine, the more resources you have to build. Block N Load is currently in Beta, but the game is stable, and plenty of content is on the way. The gameplay is smart, and the pace is frantic as you tunnel the map to the enemy’s base. The community is quietly evolving and showing off the best base building skills. Map design could use some more variety, and class balance needs some attention. With all that said, Block N Load is a creative and charming FPS that should appeal to all sorts of gamers. Check it out now on Steam.

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So what is Block N Load? Well, I would put it best as Minecraft-style buidling, mixed with Team Fortress style combat. I can even see some influence from a popular Source mod from several years back.

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SOURCEFORTS HALF-LIFE 2 MOD

Sourceforts is the first conceptual comparison that popped in my head when seeing Block N Load running for the first time. Both games feature a build phase, followed by a combat phase. In Sourceforts, you play a Capture the Flag match where players navigate a series of obstacles and player built defenses.

In Block N Load, your objective is to destroy giant glowing cubes. How do you accomplish that you ask? By digging, building, and fighting your way across the map. Each class has special abilities and emplacements that will benefit either offensive or defensive capabilities. The more you destroy and mine, the more resources you have to build.

Block N Load is currently in Beta, but the game is stable, and plenty of content is on the way. The gameplay is smart, and the pace is frantic as you tunnel the map to the enemy’s base. The community is quietly evolving and showing off the best base building skills. Map design could use some more variety, and class balance needs some attention.

With all that said, Block N Load is a creative and charming FPS that should appeal to all sorts of gamers. Check it out now on Steam .

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Plenty of Space in the Universe http://heliconheroes.com/2014/12/plenty-space-universe/ http://heliconheroes.com/2014/12/plenty-space-universe/#respond Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:06:38 +0000 http://heliconheroes.com/?p=4372 There was a time, long ago, when space simulators had a special place in the gaming landscape. The ideas of being immersed in a virtual cockpit, dog-fighting alien species, and exploring the unknown used to be a thing of the past. These 3 games should definitely be on your radar into the next year and beyond.  Elite: Dangerous Resurrected all the way back from 1995, Elite: Dangerous just released last week, and players are barely scratching the surface. A steep learning curve, over 400 billion realistic star systems, and an open-ended sandbox are some of the major highlights.  No Man’s Sky A Playstation 4 and PC exclusive with infinite potential. No Man’s Sky has its sights set on a procedural universe that allows players to fly in any direction, discover star systems, and investigate life on planets. There hasn’t been a clear cut answer on what sort of objectives will be in the game, but expect more information as the game matures.  Star Citizen The most ambitious of the three by a wide margin, Star Citizen hopes to not just resurrect the space sim genre, but revolutionize the way gamers play. Utilizing the crowd-funding model, Cloud Imperium Games have raised over $67 million. Those funds promise backers almost limitless features to the Persistent Universe releasing in 2016. Gamers have plenty to look forward to until then. CIG has just released Arena Commander 1.0, the dog-fighting simulator. Coming up next year, the much anticipated First-Person Shooter module will be taking Chris Roberts’ “First-Person Universe” to the next level.

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There was a time, long ago, when space simulators had a special place in the gaming landscape. The ideas of being immersed in a virtual cockpit, dog-fighting alien species, and exploring the unknown used to be a thing of the past. These 3 games should definitely be on your radar into the next year and beyond.


Elite: Dangerous

Resurrected all the way back from 1995, Elite: Dangerous just released last week , and players are barely scratching the surface. A steep learning curve, over 400 billion realistic star systems, and an open-ended sandbox are some of the major highlights.


No Man’s Sky

A Playstation 4 and PC exclusive with infinite potential. No Man’s Sky has its sights set on a procedural universe that allows players to fly in any direction, discover star systems, and investigate life on planets. There hasn’t been a clear cut answer on what sort of objectives will be in the game, but expect more information as the game matures.


Star Citizen

The most ambitious of the three by a wide margin, Star Citizen hopes to not just resurrect the space sim genre, but revolutionize the way gamers play. Utilizing the crowd-funding model, Cloud Imperium Games have raised over $67 million. Those funds promise backers almost limitless features to the Persistent Universe releasing in 2016. Gamers have plenty to look forward to until then. CIG has just released Arena Commander 1.0 , the dog-fighting simulator. Coming up next year, the much anticipated First-Person Shooter module will be taking Chris Roberts’ “First-Person Universe” to the next level.

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Game of Thrones Gameplay (and Sneak Peak of all episodes) http://heliconheroes.com/2014/12/game-thrones-gameplay-sneak-peak-episodes/ http://heliconheroes.com/2014/12/game-thrones-gameplay-sneak-peak-episodes/#respond Tue, 02 Dec 2014 23:47:10 +0000 http://heliconheroes.com/?p=4264 Here are previews for the current and upcoming episodes of the Game of Thrones season 1.   If you have been iffy about playing Telltale’s new entry, fear not! Yes it’s a Telltale game but they have still proven themselves masters of storytelling. 3 different protagonists that begins with the Red Wedding night. You might not play as main characters from the book but your characters instead revolve around some of them in one way or another. The characters you play as still have some great impact on story telling. Here is a gameplay video of the intro. Can you guess which part of the storyline this takes place in?

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Here are previews for the current and upcoming episodes of the Game of Thrones season 1.

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If you have been iffy about playing Telltale’s new entry, fear not! Yes it’s a Telltale game but they have still proven themselves masters of storytelling. 3 different protagonists that begins with the Red Wedding night. You might not play as main characters from the book but your characters instead revolve around some of them in one way or another. The characters you play as still have some great impact on story telling.

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Here is a gameplay video of the intro. Can you guess which part of the storyline this takes place in?

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What I thought of Tales From The Borderlands http://heliconheroes.com/2014/12/thought-tales-borderlands/ http://heliconheroes.com/2014/12/thought-tales-borderlands/#respond Tue, 02 Dec 2014 23:16:57 +0000 http://heliconheroes.com/?p=4204 Having Played Walking Dead and Wolf Among us and a being fond of the Borderland series, I honestly didn’t know what to expect of Tales from the Borderlands. I really couldn’t see it other than being a first person shooter. And Borderlands never really did have a gripping storyline to begin with. Though I’ll have to admit to it’s crazy personalities within those games. After playing the first episode of TftB, I have no regrets buying the whole season. It got me hooked from the beginning till the end. Having and switching off between two characters whose stories intertwine was a fresh air from the single main protagonist of the first two Telltale games. Remember, this is a Telltale game. It’s not a first person shooter at all.  There are the choices to be made that hardly branches out into multiple endings. Though there are choices you make that slightly changes the experience you deal with. There are future episodes that are shaped from the choices you made like usual. Hopefully the impact is greater this time around. Other than dialogue, there are those quick arrow and button prompts to express the struggle the character is going through.   and split decision choices as well.   There are neat moments in the game to when the male protagonist uses his cyborg eye look and detail his surroundings which leads to some funny descriptions. Borderland style. All in all this is a small quick review of Tales from the Borderlands and I’ll rate it decently. Though not a full review so there will be no scores. You should definitely check out TFTB if you are a fan of Telltale games. Though I will have to warn those Borderland fans out there that this is definitely a different cup of gameplay. Unless you are a diehard Borderlands fan, then I say go for it as well!

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Having Played Walking Dead and Wolf Among us and a being fond of the Borderland series, I honestly didn’t know what to expect of Tales from the Borderlands.

Things get...complicated.

Things get…complicated.

I really couldn’t see it other than being a first person shooter. And Borderlands never really did have a gripping storyline to begin with. Though I’ll have to admit to it’s crazy personalities within those games.

Honest subtitles

Honest subtitles

After playing the first episode of TftB, I have no regrets buying the whole season. It got me hooked from the beginning till the end. Having and switching off between two characters whose stories intertwine was a fresh air from the single main protagonist of the first two Telltale games.

Trust me.. they're both nuts.

Trust me.. they’re both nuts.

Remember, this is a Telltale game. It’s not a first person shooter at all.  There are the choices to be made that hardly branches out into multiple endings. Though there are choices you make that slightly changes the experience you deal with. There are future episodes that are shaped from the choices you made like usual. Hopefully the impact is greater this time around.

He seems legit

He seems legit

Other than dialogue, there are those quick arrow and button prompts to express the struggle the character is going through.

mash that button to feel the struggle!

mash that button to feel the struggle!

and split decision choices as well.

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There are neat moments in the game to when the male protagonist uses his cyborg eye look and detail his surroundings which leads to some funny descriptions. Borderland style.

You'll wish you get to use his eye more

You’ll wish you get to use his eye more

All in all this is a small quick review of Tales from the Borderlands and I’ll rate it decently. Though not a full review so there will be no scores.

You should definitely check out TFTB if you are a fan of Telltale games. Though I will have to warn those Borderland fans out there that this is definitely a different cup of gameplay. Unless you are a diehard Borderlands fan, then I say go for it as well!

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The Many Places in Dragon Age Inquisition http://heliconheroes.com/2014/12/many-places-dragon-age-inquisition/ http://heliconheroes.com/2014/12/many-places-dragon-age-inquisition/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 19:11:30 +0000 http://heliconheroes.com/?p=4169 Dragon Age is a huge game. It’s not surprising that there are plenty of environments to take in.  To be honest, I am kind of surprised at how many times I stopped moving to take in the view.  Yes, as a whole, none of the areas in Dragon Age can match Skyrim but I am uncertain if Skyrim takes the cake when you put Inquisition’s areas and put them all together. Either way I want you all to enjoy these screenshots I took.

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Dragon Age is a huge game. It’s not surprising that there are plenty of environments to take in.  To be honest, I am kind of surprised at how many times I stopped moving to take in the view.  Yes, as a whole, none of the areas in Dragon Age can match Skyrim but I am uncertain if Skyrim takes the cake when you put Inquisition’s areas and put them all together.

Either way I want you all to enjoy these screenshots I took.

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