The First Hours of The Cat Lady

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The Cat lady is an adventure/horror game created by Harvester Games, an Indie developer that focuses on delivering old school style adventures with a horror twist. They mainly want to appeal to core gamers and one must agree that they successfully do.

In this game, you play as Susan Ashworth, a protagonist that feels real and whose view of life is grim and overall negative. She lives alone in her apartment and kills herself right at the beginning of the game. After a strange yet interesting turn of events (which I won’t spoil for you) she finds herself again in the land of the living. Armed with the knowledge that 5 people will enter her life, 4 of them with ill purposes and 1 who can bring the true happiness she’s sought for years, she has been tasked to cleanse the world of the 4 who allegedly do not deserve to live.

You play this point and click adventure in a 2D perspective and it basically consists in walking and interacting with objects around you, as a true adventure game. Exploration is non existent since you’re completely restricted to moving left or right and the objects you can interact with aren’t that abundant…

It is a linear experience but one very good at that. It looks purposely ugly and gives a strange puppet theater feel to the characters, which enhances their unappealing look and gives the game a personal style that you’ll probably come to love the more you play. There are puzzles to be solved and people to interact with and although there is text to be read, all conversations are voice acted.

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The voice acting is all over the place… Some actors are good enough while some are very weak, there even were one or two times I could notice the poor quality of the actor’s microphone! One thing I find very important to make a videogame successful is its soundtrack and I can proudly say that this game has got you covered, from the music itself to the eerie sounds that will make you want to think twice before moving to the next room.

I’m still on the third chapter of the game (there are a total of seven) and I feel compelled to just go at it and finish it in one sitting! If it keeps up this level of overall quality it might even turn out to be one of the best horror stories this year…

I recommend you all to give this game a try! It is not available on Steam albeit being on Greenlight waiting for approval. For more information you can visit the developer’s website by clicking here.

Good Ol’ Days

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How many of you remember the Amiga 500? Considered the first “low-end” Commodore Amiga 16/32 multimedia home/personal computer, it was released in 1987 and discontinued in 1991, the year I was born. Funny thing that I got an Amiga around 93 or 94, that might explain why it was given to me at the time since I wasn’t very wealthy and the system had a hefty price while it was on the market!

I have so many fond memories about that computer, it was the Amiga that brought me to gaming, with games like Mortal Kombat 1 and 2 and Dice’s Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Dreams and a ton more!

My father loved to play Sensible Soccer with me and we would play for hours and laugh because of the silly coaches that randomly started pointing at the field as if they were mad as hell… I still vaguely remember when I used to go out on Sundays to have a walk near the sea and then just coming back and playing one of the aforementioned pinball games with my parents and big sister, good memories, great gaming…

Both pinball games were actually the first games made by the Swedish games developer Dice, the producers of Battlefield and Mirror’s Edge (and the next Star Wars Battlefront)! I was very surprised when I found that out. They were called Digital Illusions back then and after a quick search I found out that Dice actually means Digital Illusions Computer Entertainment! I was so happy those guys are still around, although I’m believe that few if any members are still working there since back in the day…

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I believe it was Mortal Kombat 2 that took 4 floppy disks and it constantly asked to change from disk to disk, and I would gladly do it, but thinking back it was kind of a pain having to do that all the time. I primarily used the Amiga 500 as a gaming console, my father did use it for working purposes but for me it was all about the games! Another one that just came to my mind was SuperFrog, created by Team17, the guys that went on to create the beloved Worms franchise. SuperFrog was a platform game where you play as a frog (obviously) and had to save a princess from an evil witch. The game had solid gameplay mechanics and a neat soundtrack too. It was even brought back not long ago to the PC by the hands of Good Old Games.

That’s about it… I just wanted to write about my experience with the Amiga 500 without much of a purpose than mere writing about it. Did any of you, readers, have an Amiga? If so, share your experience with me, favorite games and found memories are also very welcome. I just want to point out that if I didn’t answer you in the past is because I had a few troubles with a spam filter. If you want to hear some nostalgic Amiga 500 music, be sure to watch this youtube video compilation!

Until next time, Good Gaming!

Why Isn’t Writing Taken Seriously?

While this article will be centered around gaming, it will not be about games themselves but about society and how they look at authors.

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I can’t say I’m a successful author as I never made money writing either stories or articles for websites, yet! The thing is, people tend to look at those who write for Internet websites about gaming or any other subjects as if they’re lazy, and use the Internet as an excuse to either stay at home or just not having a 9-to-5 job. It doesn’t matter if it’s your family, your lover or anyone else (especially people that are older that didn’t live much time in the modernized society), there will be someone who has problems with you doing this because it is not in their “understanding” that you can make a living by doing what you love.

My intention with this article is just to let people know a little bit about me and not advising people on what to do (although I could always try and discuss this with you if you so desire).

Let’s focus on what I tend to do most, writing videogame articles. I won’t call it journalism as I consider myself more of a gaming enthusiast and someone that can see the art behind gaming rather then someone whose always looking for the next big scoop before others. As you might know, people tend to enjoy lowering others because it makes them feel like they’re more worthy than you. And I don’t mean they do this on purpose (although some do), some folks just act like that in order to protect themselves and what they do and what they always believed was the right way to live life! Those people won’t just let you waltz right in and say “you could make a living doing what you love and appreciate”! Why? Because life has you making these strange sacrifices, it takes strange turns and you end up leaving behind things you loved and people you cared about and in the end of the day, you will not accept things could have gone any easier… For them life is just hard and a struggle! And making money sharing your thoughts and opinions looks very easy for them so it can’t be true!

I’ve even had people close to me who I’ve told I write for a website, that it isn’t the biggest thing right now, but still I’m working hard to get my word out there! The person was interested in my enthusiasm and asked “Well… What do you write about?” . You should have seen the look on the person’s face when I said videogames… I can’t even explain it but I felt so embarrassed in those next few seconds as the person’s interest turned to none and the only answer I got was “Ok…” and the subject dropped right then and there…

I can proudly say that I won’t let those opinions and attitudes dissuade me from my goal, which is to become a respected voice in the gaming industry, and I do NOT mean famous! As long as there are people like you, giving me their time and enjoying what I write I shall not stop! I’ll try to improve and listen to all the feedback so I can to become better at what I do and provide you the best I can!

THAT is my true goal, and maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll be able to make a living with this and provide even more content with a lot more quality then that which I’m doing right now.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, you are what’s keeping me going and wanting to never give up on writing! And if you are a writer yourself (any kind of writer), don’t EVER give up on your passion!

6.0 Does NOT mean a Game is Garbage!

 

Nowadays, people tend to look at a game’s score and determine if its a good game or not, sometimes without even watching (reading) the entire review and not having experienced the game by themselves. This utterly manages to get me worked up as I see games that get a 6.0 or a 6.5 being called a piece of garbage or even worse. While I can agree that most people who do this are a bunch of fanboys and, as so, do not deserve much credit… I also know that some folks who are not fanboys, don’t understand what a rating sistem is, nor its final purpose and that bother me.

Some websites don’t even give a final score in the form of a number, which tends to make people read everything! I understand that some folks don’t have the time or disposition to read a whole review but when buying a game is concerned, you should take your time to really see if it is worth your money or not, games aren’t cheap after all…

I recently gave a 6.5 to Remember Me, you can read the review here, and I had fun playing it! It was a decent game with a great world which unfortunally wasn’t fully explored! I stand by my decision, it is a good, yet flawed game! It’s not bad, by any stretch of the imagination and you’ll probably like it, but it was a disappointment, a bit like DeadPool which I’m currently playing, although my hopes for Remember Me far exceeded those I had for the DeadPool game…

Before I finish, I want to take you back 14 years, to a game you might recall… Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace for the ps1… This game was met with bad to mediocre reviews but still I had a great time with it, and this isn’t only nostalgia speaking as I picked it up recently and it was cluncky, the camera was awkward and many other problems but it was still fun to play… You even had dialogue options to talk to other characters and the typically great soundtrack associated with all Star Wars games! The missions I most enjoyed on that game were the ones on Tattoine that had you talking to a whole bunch of NPC’s and even fight in a pit before Jabba the Hutt… Oh I miss those days… My Point being that the game got a 4. something on gamespot and a 6.2 on IGN and still it was considered horrible by many and still, some people enjoyed it (such is the nature of gaming)… If you get a chance, try it out, it should be really cheap nowadays, just do me a favor and don’t go in expecting an amazing game and just try to enjoy it for what it was… Hell, maybe this is just nostalgia playing a major prank on me…

Anyway that was all I had for you today, the Industry has been quite stale lately and there hasn’t been a lot to talk about as of late but I’ll try to keep content coming as I’m able to.

Once more, 6.0 does NOT mean a game is bad!

Watch Dogs (Yes I had to talk about this game)

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Well, I had to write an article about Watch Dogs… I just had to. As much as  I like to explore the Indie realm and the smaller games there is just no avoiding this game… But don’t worry, I won’t go trough the game’s features and all that nonsense because everyone does it and it just gets boring!

With Watch Dogs we have an open world game where you play as some kind of hacker who has access to information regarding basically everyone, who fights for freedom in a controlled society where privacy is something rare and precious…

A game that can steal the crown of best open world game from the hands of Rockstar, by giving the player a rich world filled with details and a true graphical prowess! GTA V is coming out first and on the current gen consoles so Watch Dogs should at least have a better visual presentation since it is also coming out for the PS4 and the XboxOne. 

One thing that should make Rockstar’s game more appealing to a broader audience is the quantity of side activities that the game will present to players, tennis and golf are just 2 examples of what to look for… On the other hand, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is shaping up to be a more story driven game, with less emphasis on fun activities and more on the narrative itself. 

One of the games tends to more of a satire of today’s society and the other is more of a grim look into the near future, guess which one is which? Easy question… It may come down to your person taste to decide which style of game suits you better.

But if you ask me which of these games I’m most looking forward to, I would have to say that despite my huge interest for Watch Dogs, GTA V is the game I want to get my hands on first…

But I’m very happy that a true contender to the open world crown is about to hit the market later this year, and the fact that this is a new IP just makes it even better.

And, as with all these gaming and console rivalries… We, gamers, are the ones who always win!

 

Torchlight FREE Until June 20

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Well I’m here today only to let you know about a recent promotion going on at GOG.com. The Dungeon Crawler Torchlight, who got good reviews and was, after all, a good game is FREE until 19:59 GMT June 20. You can check Runic Games website for more info and be sure to click here to get your FREE copy of Torchlite!!

Its free, it won’t hurt to try it out!!

Tom Clancy’s: The Division

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Well, there is a lot to talk about and I’ll get to everything when I can, but today I am more interested in talking to you about the game who (for me) was the best reveal this E3, and that is Ubisoft’s “Tom Clancy’s: The Division”.

While last year I was impressed with “Watch Dogs” (another Ubisoft game), this year the title that won me over was definitely “The Division”. After a mediocre conference with an obnoxious host who tried way to hard to be funny, we we’re shown this beautiful game, set in New York, 3 weeks after a plague swept through it and killed a lot of people! The survivors are mostly aggressive scavengers who will fight you for resources (nothing new here).

You’ll also have to scavenge and explore the city to find parts and supplies, like water for example. The game was described as an open world co-op RPG that you can play with your friends and probably by yourself too, although no details were revealed as to the possibility to have bots on your squad or even play the game singleplayer!

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To be honest, not much is known about the game, it almost looked like an MMO for the gameplay we saw, with the city being completely filled with other players, some of which can even attack you and your buddies. You’ll do a lot of shooting, cover based and in third person. I didn’t particularly like the combat as it looked a bit mechanic and the numbers demonstrating the quantity of damage coming from the enemies doesn’t fit the realistic look and feel of the game.

I must say the game looks really good! I advise you to watch the gameplay reveal here and you’ll see what I mean!

It is set in the near future and as so, you’ll get to use some pretty neat futuristic weaponry, as a grenade who rolls by itself until it reaches your enemy (who thinks he’s safe behind cover) and then explodes, for example! The HUD looks very dynamic, showing a map on the floor in front of your character or the ammo you have beside you. Being multiplayer focused it’s good they won’t have you scrolling down menus, allowing you to keep up to the objectives in real time, while keeping an eye out for other players and enemies!

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The game will be available as a next-gen exclusive, PS4 and Xbox One to be exact, although I would love to see it coming to the PC later down the line! I’m so pumped for this game and yet we know so little about it… I’ll be bringing you more E3 news as soon as I’m able too, until then, Good Gaming!

The Day Has Come

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Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for months if not years… Well at least its June 10th where I live!

That means 1 thing: E3 is here!! I’m so pumped to see those press conferences, to feel the excitement, joy and/or revolt, most likely a combination of the 3… To watch it on my comfy chair while discussing it with friends while drinking a beer… Maybe not beer, I don’t really like it, yes I’m a strange case…

There’s only 1 beer I like in the world, and that’s Marcus Beer, a gentleman in the gaming industry if you ask me…

But getting back on track, This is a moment to savor as it only comes twice a decade… The unveiling of a console, 2 in this case (no, the little press conferences they had do not count as true unveilings)! I’m personally hoping for the PS4 conference the most, as the Xbox One is more interested in getting me angry than showing me games… I would love to see the return of some franchises, such as Syphon Filter and Crash Bandicoot, although i know those games won’t probably be there, especially since Crash Bandicoot died at the hands of Activision… Maybe we’ll get a Marsupial skin in the next Call of Duty…

Something I would also love to see would be Microsoft backing down and mopping up the remnants of the shitstorm that is the Xbox One… You know that device right out of spy movies you want to sell us, the Kinect? Let us play games without it, let us at least turn it off and be able to play games that don’t even use it… What about your act of generosity of letting us trade a game with a friend, and I mean 1 friend because he won’t be able to trade again as there is the limit of 1 trade per game… I can just pick up my XBOX 360 games and TRADE THEM with anyone right now!! Just give them the goddamn game and he can do whatever he wants with it, even trade it AGAIN with some other RANDOM person!!!! And if the “1 time trade restriction” wasn’t enough, the person you want to trade with has to be your friend for more than 30 days on your Xbox live account… Thank you Microsoft…

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Ubisoft… Now there’s a conference I’m eagerly awaiting to see, despite the recent controversy surrounding Patrice Desilets (if you do not know what I’m talking about, be sure to check this article), I believe they want to innovate, or at least bring us great AAA titles! Something tells me the Ps4 will feature great games coming from Ubisoft… I know it is a easy prediction but my point is that I love their work and I’m hoping to see great next-gen titles by those guys!

I hope we’ll get to see a new Mass Effect in my All time Favorite Franchise! Just don’t make it a generic Third Person cover based Shooter, please Bioware…Oh and don’t screw the game’s storyline at the last minute, and do try to keep people from leaving the company, that would be good… This brings us to the new IP they’ve been working on! Hopefully it will be unveiled today, along with more details on Dragon Age 3!!

Anyway, I’ll be covering a lot of things in the next few days, here and on Gamesoul, so good E3 for you fellas and I hope you have a blast, I sure Will!!

The First Hours of Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

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I’m a few hours into “Call of Juarez: Gunslinger” and I can tell you right now, the game is fun!

My full review will be up on GameSoulOnline in a few days although that is not why I’m here today… I am here to share with you my first impressions into this sequel to the poorly received “Call of Juarez: The Cartel”.

I would like to get something out of the way, I am not a fan of the western genre’s  movies or even games; I never finished Red Dead Redemption because it never sucked me in, I didn’t feel compelled to keep coming to the world that Rockstar created for us… I realize it wasn’t a bad game, it was a great game in fact, with a great storyline and a lot to do and a ton of activities to partake in. But it was a western…

Why did I buy Techland’s new game then? Well it was cheap… Don’t laugh, it really was, 15€ isn’t much nowadays and I had heard good things about it. Well I can proudly say it was a good purchase! I’m having a lot of fun with it (I’m on the 5th chapter) and despite the story not being the focus of the game, it is well presented, simple and funny!

But lets leave the details for the proper upcoming review, you don’t want it spoiled, do you?

One thing I have to mention was a bug that completely ruined a boss fight… As soon as the battle started, the boss started provoking and shooting at me but as soon as I started shooting back and dealing some damage he wanted to retreat to a better position. Thing is, he got stuck in a bunch of logs and kept trying to run in the same place, clipping away at the logs in a desperate attempt to… to… well… GOD I HATE BUGS, at least this one just broke my immersion and not the game! Still, this should not have happened, especially in a boss fight…

Maybe that bug was an exception, as it was the only one I found so far, and you might end up having a couple of laughs at something like this, but for many people these things can make them shy away from the game or just outright hate it…

As for me, I’m having a blast! The shooting mechanics are spot on and the action (despite repetitive) feels entertaining as hell! Lets just hope it keeps the same quality until the end, although I can see why some people might find it boring or too simplistic…

More on the game soon!