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Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (Video Game Review)

By : Alissa Worley on Friday, November 21, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Friday, November 21, 2014

Little Orbit has released Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom for Steam, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360 and PS3. The game features great voice-overs from Jeremy Shada (Finn) and John DiMaggio (Jake) with our adventurers taking off across a mysterious unexplored region in the Land of Ooo. Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is a modern-day, Zelda-like adventure that is perfect for young gamers to enjoy that is full of hidden secrets with new characters and creatures. Read on.

After battling a few monsters and solving some simple puzzles under the castle of the Nameless Kingdom players come across Pillowmint Butler who explains the situation at hand. The Kingdom was created by three kind and benevolent sisters: Lullaby Princess, Slumber Princess, and Nightmare Princess. The coronation ceremony to choose a leader to guide the kingdom starts tomorrow but all three princesses have disappeared. It is up to Finn and Jake to find the princesses for one of them to rule the Nameless Kingdom. However, the entire kingdom has been overrun by monsters, and our duo must battle through the horrors ahead in order to locate the lost princesses at the three temples. Now that everything has been explained it is time for gamers to get ready for a top-down Adventure Time!

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom doesn't feature the most complex gameplay with its top-down mechanics and is very similar to the classic days of gaming when simple visuals and sound sufficed with games like Zelda. Players will slice monsters with their grass sword while solving puzzles by pulling up bushes to reveal hidden pathways or levers. If you need any items for your adventure just head over to see Choose Goose who makes some fun rhymes about the objects for purchase.

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom features some brightly colorful visuals and a fun soundtrack to make the gameplay even more fun while you fight zany monsters to rescue the missing princesses. Player's lives are shown in the upper left-hand side of the screen in the shape of hearts and if you lose them all then you will be forced to restart from your last saved checkpoint. As you venture across the Nameless Kingdom, you will come across a wide variety of characters, like Starchy and Key-per, alongside the ability to gather treasure to spend on items and other small mini-quests. The loading screens throughout the Nameless Kingdom can be a little long and gameplay can seem a bit repetitive, however, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom has been designed with young fans of the series in mind instead of gamers who typically may enjoy Call of Duty. Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom offers up a fun gameplay experience that may not be for everyone but younger gamers ages 7-12 will likely really enjoy it. Fans of the Adventure Time TV series will recognize many of their favorite characters alongside the addition of a few new faces and the great voice-acting they are used to from the show. Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom lets fans experiences a virtual experience within the Land of Ooo while enjoying the game's quirky writing and humor.

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is now available from all major retailers and can be purchased for $39.99 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and $29.99 on Nintendo 3DS. Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is rated E by the ESRB for Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence & Comic Mischief. For more information on the game, check out the official Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom website.

Game Features:

  • Single Player
  • Features Original Voice Actors
  • New Locations to Explore
  • Stat Upgrades and Weapon Drops
  • Trophy/Achievement Support

Game Information:
Developer/Publisher: Little Orbit
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 (reviewed), PC, Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: November 18, 2014

Score: 7.4 out of 10

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New Details Revealed For Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series With Gearbox Interview Video

Telltale Games has announced the release of a brand-new video interview for Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series that speaks with some of the crew at Gearbox Software. Players will get a glimpse into the unforgiving world of Pandora in an epic set of events that took place in Borderlands 2. Read on.

From the Press Release
Today we would like to share an all-new interview with our friends at Gearbox Software about our upcoming episodic game series, Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series. The video features some exclusive new footage from the game, as well as interviews with Borderlands Creator and Franchise Director, Matthew Armstrong, Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Burch, producer James Lopez, and Gearbox Software CEO & President, Randy Pitchford. The season will feature Troy Baker as Rhys, Laura Bailey as Fiona, Chris Hardwick as Vaughn, Erin Yvette as Sasha, Patrick Warburton as Vasquez, Nolan North as August and Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack. Additional casting details from the season are yet to be announced.

Set on the unforgiving world of Pandora after the events seen in Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands is a five part episodic game series full of Borderlands' trademark humor, following two adventurers on their quest for greatness. You'll play as Rhys, a Hyperion 'suit' with dreams of being the next Handsome Jack, and Fiona, a Pandoran con artist looking to score her biggest ever swindle. Thrown together as unwilling partners in an adventure to recover cash they both think is theirs, their journey will take you on a wild ride where gangsters, bandit lords, and Vault Hunters are just some of the obstacles you'll encounter, in this new take on the award-winning universe created by Gearbox Software. The season premiere episode of Tales from the Borderlands, titled 'Zer0 Sum,' will soon be available for digital download worldwide across multiple platforms. Stay tuned to Telltale Games on Twitter and Facebook for the latest details on release dates.

Each episode will be available via PlayStation Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 for US$4.99 or equivalent. Alternatively, consumers can purchase a Season Pass for US$19.99 or equivalent, which entitles players to all five episodes in the season as they become available. The season will also be available on Xbox Games Store for Xbox One and Xbox 360 for just US$4.99 or equivalent per episode. Players will also be able to purchase a Season Pass upgrade for US$14.99, which entitles players to Episodes 2-5 as they release. The series will also be available for PC/Mac via the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other online digital distribution outlets as a Season Pass for US$24.99 or equivalent that includes entitlement to all five episodes as they release. The series will also be coming to compatible iOS devices via the App Store and to Android-based devices before the end of 2014. Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series - Episode 1: 'Zer0 Sum' is rated 'M' (Mature) for Violence, Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, and Strong Language by the ESRB. The series will be published digitally by Telltale Games in partnership with Gearbox Software and 2K Games.

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Mordheim: City of the Damned Now Available

Focus Home Interactive has announced that Mordheim: City of the Damned is now available. Read on.

Mordheim: City of the Damned, Rogue Factor's turn-based tactical-RPG adaptation of Games Workshop's tabletop game Mordheim set in the Warhammer world, is now available ! And as good news never comes alone, as a thank you for helping us make the best videogame adaptation of Mordheim, players who participate in the Early Access are granted a 20% discount. They are able to help directly by discussing with the developers and sending their feedback through the SteamHub and the official forum. The Warbands currently available are: the Human Mercenaries from the Empire, and the Skaven from Clan Eshin. Your warmongering will take place on two procedural maps with randomized elements, and two unique maps, in the classic deathmatch mode. New players need not worry, as basics will be taught through four tutorials introducing them to the game! Content will be rolled out incrementally over the course of the Early Access campaign, with Rogue Factor listening as players report their findings having dove into the exciting dark fantasy setting of Mordheim. 

To learn more, visit the official Mordheim: City of the Damned website.

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Far Cry 4 (Video Game Review)

On November 18, Far Cry 4 unleashed its madness onto PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One from publisher/developer Ubisoft. The game is the fourth release in the Far Cry series with a campaign that takes place in Kyrat offering up players the adventure of a lifetime in the fictional regions of Nepal. Read on.

Far Cry 4 is a single-player journey through the eyes of Ajay Ghale who has suffered the loss of his mother and must return to his homeland where he is placed in the middle of a fierce war between Pagan Min and the Golden Path organization. Players are given the opportunity to choose an alignment with their preferred party with each choice reflecting a series of events and alternate endings.

The biggest different in Far Cry 4 and the previous title is that the story and open world gameplay are in sync and offer an overall enjoyable experience. Far Cry 4 contains a lot of extreme violence which is minimized by the slight instances of humor throughout the campaign. The developers want players to assume the role of Ajay Ghale fully, so voiceovers have been minimized, in order to give gamers the sense that they are literally in the shoes of the character.

The best part of Far Cry 4 is the return of the map editor which allows players to form their own maps by placing trees, animals, buildings and so forth into their world for their own unique experience. In order to publish maps, gamers will need to link their accounts to Uplay in order to fully access everything that the mutiplayer and co-op modes have to offer.Far Cry 4's open world is just as huge as Far Cry 3 but a lot more dense with about the same visuals and physics. While certain parts of the new release have been tweaked for a better gameplay experience--players can expect about the same feel and look that they enjoyed from Far Cry 3.

Far Cry 4 contains a well-written storyline that is very dramatic and intriguing. The game starts out with the ability to either play the campaign game or the Chronicles. The Chronicles are the multiplayer portion of the game and allow players to play 5 vs. 5 multiplayer matches online with the ability to create their own map or user generated maps. However, before starting your journey, gamers need to remember the words of Pagan Min which are "You don't text for help, you cry for it."

The single player portion of Far Cry 4 allows gamers to play online which will allow other players to join via co-op or the option for offline gameplay to try out the open-world adventure on your own. Ajay is fulfilling the last wishes of his mother by taking her remains to Lakshmana which puts our character on a filthy bus through the war-torn lands of Kyrat. You haven't been in the land for less than two minutes before everyone is killed and you are shot laying on the ground with a gun to your head. Of course, the action doesn't really get intense until Pagan Min arrives with his over-the-top performance. Pagan's voice over performance is beyond incredible and reminds you a little bit of the legendary Heath Ledger's performance as Joker in The Dark Knight movie.

After a creepy dinner with Min that included a four-headed monkey centerpiece, it is soon revealed that Ajay's mother had a ludicrous affair with Min before she fled to the United States with him, which explains why he isn't torturing you as we speak. Did your mother ever tell you that texting for help at the dinner table is rude? While Min goes off to torture his other dinner guests, you are left to hear the screams, while being tasked with exploring the De Pleur mansion. Players can now look their list of menu options that includes Tactics, Collection, Progress, Crafting, Skills and the Map. The Tactics section allows you to gain insightful information about Kyrat, battles, choices and more. As you venture across the 32 campaign missions you will come across collectible items, outposts, fortresses and bell towers. There are a ton of collectibles in the game that includes lost letters, propaganda posters, Masks of Yalung and so forth which adds a great deal of replayability to Far Cry 4. Ajay's father soon sends the Golden Path organization to rescue him from the mansion and you are in a high-speed car chase risking your life to only find yourself crashed in the woods before you can even figure out what the hell is going on. The creators of Far Cry 4 have done a terrific job of keeping the game interesting with non-stop action which really adds a whole other degree of immersiveness to the title. Players will utilize a wide array of mechanics to make it across the campaigns which often involve stealth or head-to-head battles. Far Cry 4 employs a high degree of realism which requires players to heal themselves by resetting their own broken bones, cauterizing wounds or even gathering bait from animals to lure predators during combat.

Far Cry 4 isn't just about surviving the clutches of Pagan Min or the war that is taking place in Kyrat. It is about surviving the vast wilderness ahead of you and keeping your sanity in place while you do it. However, Far Cry 4 offers up an exciting experiences for fans of the franchise despite the game's wonky controls and camera on occasion. Far Cry 4 isn't visually over-the-top in comparison to Far Cry 3, but the game does look and sound great. The interesting story and great characters really make Far Cry 4 a memorable and exciting adventure this holiday season.

Far Cry 4 is now available from all major retailers for the MSRP of $59.99 and can be purchased for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4,  Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Far Cry 3 is rated M by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content & Use of Drugs. For more information on the game, check out the official Far Cry 4 website.

Game Features:

  • Single Player
  • Online 5 vs. 5 Multiplayer
  • Co-op Campaign
  • Online Leaderboards
  • DLC Support
  • Trophy/Achievement Support

  • Game Information:
    Developer & Publisher: Ubisoft
    Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, & Xbox One (reviewed)
    Release Date: November 18, 2014

    Score: 9 out of 10

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