Games

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Skyrim

Hi all you adventurous Gamer's

Coming soon, Skyrim... yes Skyrim, the game of the year and which is a game we so have to cover after been recommended this game off so many people we are going to do a special coverage.
with the game being so big and we will play it and report our findings, rpg's are normally a miss with them not having much action and to much thing and read that has to be done when playing them. So will it be a hit or a miss...find out soon

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham city review and Discussion 



Hello to all you Batman fans out their.

Finally we can conclude our results and findings on Batman: Arkham City.

The Discussion

History

we are going to give you a bit of a history lesson in brief of batman just incase some of you might not know about Batman (find it hard to believe it to be honest)
Batman is huge. We see him everywhere, games comics, film, costumes,toys and the series everywhere it is the older films and series or the newer stuff.  Batman is still alive today, it was first appeared in detective comics in may 1939, and since then he has been seen in the DC comics. Batman character was created by artist Bob Kane and was writer Bill Finger, the comic became popular it got to have its own comic in the 1940's and carried on to have its own TV series which debuted in 1966. In 1989 Warner Brother Studios got into the act and started to produce feature films and have been producing films ever since with a new Batman film due out next year (2012)

Batman Arkham city

Batman; Arkham Asylum (the first game) won game of the year over Call Of Duty; Modern Warfare 2. The game was powered using unreal game design engine, and from reports it worked well.
Batman; Arkham City, is also powered by the "unreal engine" but also use a few more programs like "Autodesk; scaleform". The unreal engine is a good piece of kit with designing a game or designing anything with a 3D meshes and if you wanted to walk around, Nicktronic Arts also have used this game engine and soon our work will be posted on here for you all to see, we have have used some software by Autodesk before called "3DS MAX". These "3DS MAX" and "Scaleform" can be used to create stuff (static meshes, and other objects) for the game that get exported over to the "unreal engine", not only all the software that is used to create Batman is also used to make Hollywood films today, so they really are putting alot of effort into the game, with the state of the art software, the Autodesk stuff cost alot of money just for the software "3DS MAX" cost between £3,500 - £4,500, not to sure about "Scaleform" I can guess it will be at a similar price, but you will also need to employ the right people that know how to work the software as well, and believe us it is hard when you have not been on a course for it, will take alot of hard work and time if you are going at it with out being tutored.







The Review


This game really hit a high for me, as a comic super hero game was something that would make think, that I would want to buy it, mainly because I'm not a action adventure person, I prefer Call Of Duty, but a bit of abuse of a few friends on Facebook (well one person abused me on Facebook over it and funny enough it was girl, no offence) told me to get... so I did. When starting the game I didn't know what to expect, but when I got into it WOW. The controls was easy (yes Batman; Arkham City is a button bashing game) one main button to attack and one button to counter etc, but you can press a number of buttons to make a combo. 

The graphics where also on top with the unreal engine surprising as we didn't think much of them on when using the engine ourselves,they are payed professional that went to uni and studied the engine in more depth anyways.

So what is the starting plot about? Batman: Arkham City picks up months after the events of Asylum. Former Arkham warden Quincy Sharp now reigns as the mayor of Gotham City, and he's moved the bad guys from Blackgate Prison and the inmates from Arkham Asylum to a cordoned off area in the heart of Gotham. This is Arkham City, Dr. Hugo Strange runs it, and Batman's job is to see what the hell is going on inside. Out of the recent releases of games, this has to be the best and most interesting games I have played in a long time. I never thought I would even want to play any super hero games, but after this I'm thinking of getting Batman: Arkham Asylum, and learning more about the story rather than coming in halfway through.

Im sure fans of Batman Arkham Asylum will feel right at home here plying away at this game. their are alot of things to do, i.e side missions, rescuing other inmates etc and their are some with Baines. Rocksteady Games have really turned up the heat with special enemies, with shields, stun rod, and body armor, and enemies with broken bottles and knifes that have to be dealt with in very specific ways, its not just a game where you can attack in all directions and their will be a bad guy where ever you go. Rocksteady Games have really made the AI (artificial intelligence) think like it was real, if you are in a battle situation on the game you really have to be cleaver and out think what they do and you also have to plan your next move before you do your first as this can be the difference between life and death, the AI also get cleaver throughout the game, if you swing on the ledges that will be provided to escape the AI will shoot and break the ledges so you cannot go back on them, they will also learn of the attack that you just did on one of their evil companions so that they will not enter the same fate, but if you leave it long enough they will get bored or scared and move so you can attack the same way again, when you battle MR.Freeze you can only get him with once with a move after that you have to try a different way.

you get the real feel that you are awesome playing as Batman as you can do all the sneak attacks, when you have trouble you can throw a smoke bomb and run, glide away or take the enemies out if their are a few of them, or you could freeze them, the end of what you can do to your enemies is endless.

This game is seems up to be awesome with no problems at all. But your wrong, one of the problems and it is a big for me is some of the controls, they are simple but not as responsive as they should be, when you in a big battle and their are ten or more of your enemies around you will need to be able to attack, block and mix that into a combo, which it does we to a extent, sometimes you will ask it to block and it will bock up to three enemies and it sometimes won't even block one, also when you try to out wit you enemy and go behind a way ready to go behind him etc, he will climb the object even tho it will ask you to press A (xbox 360) if you want to climb it but it will do it without pressing it, I can understand if you are running to it but walking to it really, also if you are struggling for health and you can't use you smoke bomb etc, and you are running in the street you can't always grapple on to things easy you have to stop and in that you could end up being being dead, the Boss battles too easy. Many side missions don’t compare favorably with main game mode, plus the hint system really gives the game away, you maybe say "but its doing it job" well no it isn't, a hit system hits you what to do, this hit system tells you what to do, and one more thing their are loads of side quests, yes they can be a good thing but their are too many, and will bog you down and pull you away from the reason you bought the game.

The Conclusion 

In total I think Batman is the best game I have played for a while, and I Mean a while, the bad parts of the game I have spoke about did make me wanna go mad with frustration but I managed to see through it, but the best part about it was that I just wanted to to keep playing and I did and when I had to come off, it upset me really, their is loads to do and when you complete it on normal difficulty upwards you unlock a harder game mode, also you get to play as cat women for free if you by the game new, 800 microsoft points or £7.99 if bought second hand, which I am yet to experience which i will do another review on in time. 

Would I buy recommend this? Hell yes I would.
Do I think I could get game of the year? the only game that will come close I can see will be Skyrim.
What would be the gamer score of this out of 10 be? I pick 9. Because of these stupid problems this game cannot warrant a 10 from me.


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 VS Battlefield 3



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Konnichiwa (Ko-nee-chee-wa. Also mean hello when translated to English from Japanese) gamer's from around the globe.

Yes we finally have our reviews and verdict on the two games that are going head to head with each other they are Call of Duty; Modern Warfare 3 vs Battlefield 3, so sit back and get comfy for the reviews of the two most anticipated games of the year.




First off we start with Battlefield 3 as this was release first.

EA games have worked round the clock to advertise Battlefeid 3, and building up the hype, spending millions of Pound/Dollars just on advertisements you can't go anywhere without seeing Battlefield 3. EA Games are also claiming that Battlefield 3 will be the game that will bring down Call Of Duty (mainly Modern Warfare 3)




The Story Mode


Battlefield story mode is really smooth, with the new FrostBite 2.0 game engine to build the game, the game play is amazing with clear views to see around for miles making the realism of the game impressive, not only that the physics are out of this world. The weather that our world (the real) has is now in the virtual world now. Of course physics in game is nothing new, but they have limits and can only go to a certain extent, which from the game engine I have seen only the FrostBite 2.0 engine can go over the boundaries. 


Even the guns are realistic, they look great and you have to aim a couple of centimeters off to be accurate with some of the guns, which is the same in real life. 


While the lighting and sound in Battlefield 3 was uniformly excellent, the campaign experience was frequently marred by visual kinks and bugs.


In the time we spent with the game, we witnessed anomalies such as floating corpses, troops that sprinted at snail's pace and one instance in which our entire platoon entered a combat area by walking through a closed fire-escape door.


EA has told us that it is aware of these glitches and that patches and updates are forthcoming. But for now, we have to note that, due to the fact that Battlefield 3's overall experience puts such a premium on realism, it's alarming how often the game we were to review pulls the player out of the proceedings with glitches that break the fourth wall.


It's a short, bland affair shot through with an uninteresting story – which seems bizarre when you consider it's about missing nukes and marines searching for terrorists in the Middle East. There are a couple of note-worthy levels – a gun battle on the streets of Tehran, which escalates to Michael Bay-worthy proportions, and a dogfight in an F-18 are two high points. But for the most part, players will find themselves hurtling down corridors, moving from one uninspired gun-battle to the next.


Perhaps the worst aspect of the campaign, though, is how rigid, scripted and restrictive it feels when compared to the game's multiplayer. There are precious few instances where the open, multi-purpose style of play from the online mode is applicable – or even allowed – in the campaign.


There are also a couple of instances where the game's realistic elements eat into the player's enjoyment of the proceedings. After a while, they may become fed up with being unable to see opponents who are a few metres away due to the amount of dust their firefight has thrown up. This, by the way, doesn't impair the vision of the AI, which at times strikes at the player with laser-guided accuracy, and at others, seems to be unaware of them when they're emptying a clip into their compatriots from close range.


The Multiplier Part


Battlefield 3 makes the player feel like they're engaged in an ongoing ground war, Better Than any other war game I have ever played, MAG being the closest, and Cod fans may think different but really... quick scoping are you kidding, yep I can see English troop/American troops running around in Afghanistan with their sniper rifle, or throw a grenade, tomahawk etc across a field something daft, I also hardly think a solider will jump off a building doing a 360 spin tring to knife their enemy, so please COD fan boy/girls do one, it is a realistic as Wigan athletic winning the English Premier League.


So anyways back to our online part of the review, in Battlefield you can arrive in the conflict zone via a spawn point or parachute, players are immediately aware of the size and scope of the battle zones they'll be traversing. They could drop in right in the middle of a gun-battle, or land near a couple of vehicles and have to cross some distance to pick a fight. 


The action, when it comes, is  strange and frighteningly realistic; players are advised to take in the contents of their surroundings when the echoing pops of gunfire sound off, as tactics, cover and high ground can all be crucial factors in establishing supremacy in any gun battle.


This isn't CoD, where a fast-paced, close-quarters run-and-gun fragfest is the order of the day. This is the Battlefield experience gone widescreen; it's an open, realistic affair where teamwork is encouraged, vehicles are available and maps are meticulously constructed to allow different styles of play to coexist.


The thing I like about the Mutiplayer is that it has less to do with soldier classes, match types and unlockables, and more to do with creating your own moments of brilliance – either solo or with your teammates – in the combat zone. The sense of freedom and potential for improvisation is the best thing about Battlefield 3.












The biggest franchise in the gaming history hit our selves on the 8th November (yes pretty late for a review but due to working commitments and other things their has been a delay.




The Mid-Night Launch


We went to the mid-night launch and was amazed on how many people was their, (Game store in wigan) their seems to be more people turning up every year, we recon the was about 350 people at the mid-night launch that was excluding the Queue we could see wait  for the copy at Gamestation, and we was 31st in the Queue at Game. At 11:30 the store manager at game let us punters in to get us sorted if we want to trade any games in etc, and all was brill and organized, the Queue was moved into postion and the staff played their part to as they dressed up-ish, some was in army uniforms, some had a dash off camouflage on their face, look perfect.  All was looking good as the clocks ticked by and went really quick, and as 12:01 hit the game was on sale, awesome.




The Intro




The game has been seen on our TV's for sometime now maybe 1/2 months before release, but to be honest the advertisement was less interesting, just infomation that you was after Makarov, and that was it really nothing that would make you go wow like the advertisement from EA Games for Battlefield 3, not just that Call Of duty; modern Warfare 3 is still using a older game engine, nothing new compare to the mighty frostbite 3 engine, but will people really care. I think Modern warfare 3 will be interesting to see what the Infinity Ward / Sledgehammer Games have done with the game, due to the lawsuit and everything bad that has gone on revolving round Modern Warfare 2 we can only expect that this game will be rushed and thing to be glitchy as hell, so we can expect that not alot of time has been spent creating the game... but your wrong read on to find out what.










The Story Mode


Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games have refined and polished the Modern Warfare experience to produce the best of the series with the third installment. The game comes to us used by a older engine, but still looks great, not got the bugs and school boy error stuff, like you saw on on Battlefield 3. At any given time the screen appears ready to burst with effects and visual madness. Entire battles are waged before you; buildings burn and crumble while a steady flow of explosions batter your senses. This is Call of Duty, and Modern Warfare 3 collects these moments of boom in abundance, presenting them in all their 60 frames-per-second glory. 


Modern Warfare hits high and low points just like its previous titles like Modern Warfare 1 and 2. The game has amazing set pieces and backdrops for the huge firefights that you get in the game. The Game also test you awareness at times which I had to strongly adapt to as I like to running like a idiot and shooting the hell of the place,  the thing I liked about the game was that the game play always got mixed up in different situations which kept it interesting, unlike Battlefield 3. The game causes a formidable challenge for those that like to play it on veteran or hardened difficulty setting, which for the first time ever I attempted to do and won.


Yes this game is shaping up to be a huge success and sounds two good to be true for a Call Of Duty game, and it is to good to be true. Modern Warfare 3 campaign still suffers from the run of the mill story, a common shooter ailment that occurs when infinitely spawning enemies pour from around corners, doors and stairs without end. At loads of points in the game the enemies appear to have a complete disregard of their own safety and will run strait past your allies and just try to shoot you in the face, because of this, it kinda makes you feel that your squad mates are as useful as a wet paper bag. The game is hard to follow, you don't know what is going on. one minute you are after Makarov, then you are after the President Of The United States, to his daughter, like come on what unit is after what! This is normal for a Call Of Duty game tho,  it isn't ultimately all that interesting or satisfying. Moments of emotional weight fell flat as I found it difficult to muster up feelings of sadness about the death of one named soldier after witnessing the countless deaths of hundreds of other Americans.  


Okey the Campaign sounds bad and the ending is cheesy and the whole game is messed up and muddled up, but one thing about it which is important to me, is that I enjoyed and I completed it on veteran (most people would say the game is easy)


The Multiplayer


The multiplayer has been reworked, with new challenges to complete, new maps, new game modes, new special ops survival mode mode, new perks etc, they have done loads, which is where Battlefield 3 went so wrong in their multiplayer. Some of the rewards you're constantly unlocking perks and guns etc, which is why call of duty still makes it interesting and keeps you glued to it, which don't help if you have other commitments such as a girlfriend or boyfriend for example. No matter whether you play for five minutes or five hours, multiplayer in Modern Warfare 3 always makes you feel like I've accomplished something. 


Killstreaks have also been reworked into Strike Packages to bring a better sense of balance and reward to all types of players. You still unlock abilities in Strike Packages by getting kills, but now you can specialize your killstreak rewards so they suit your playstyle. If you're not the type who goes on huge streaks and you're not always watching your kill/death ratio, you can take a Support Strike Package. This package doesn't have rewards that are as offensively-focused as the Assault package, but all kills carry over between spawns. This gives less-skilled players a way to contribute to the fight, and will hopefully give clans and groups ways to better specialize their players into a cohesive team unit. It's a great new feature, and showcases how Call of Duty offers one of the most varied multiplayer shooter experiences around. 


The controls feels great and adds to the wow factor which Call Of Duty's have always done, I have only one thing to say for the mutiplayer. IT ROCKS.


The Conclusion.


yes the Call Of Duty campaign may let it down, but their are not many player that will get the game for the story, it is mainly for the one play where they can annoy other people by shooting the hell out of them and having a great time with friends, the thing I like about Call Of Duty is the social side off it, I'm in a group that started on Call Of Duty, made one friend on the game then it turned to many, I enjoy Call Of Duty cause it is a world I can escape to and enjoy it having a laugh etc, where as on Battlefield 3, I don't think I ever heard anyone say a word.














The Results.


I think by reading the reviews you really know who is about to win the battle.... Yes its Call Of Duty.
Call Of Duty is just good, that is not just what we say, it is fact and we have fact s to prove it.



  • Within 24 hours of going on sale, Call Of Duty sold 6.5 million copies in the US and UK alone and grossed $400 million, making it the biggest entertainment launch of all time. 
  • Battlefield sold 5 million copies in its week



So do I think that Battlefield has what it takes to beat Call Of Duty... well no.
In the story mode I found (from a rookie games designer such as myself) many building have been messed up with their Static meshes. (objects to people that have never used a game engines to make games or 3D designs) If you get chance to look at the buildings you will find like a lighter glow, something that looks like it is not supposed to be there. This is due to putting two or more static meshes together, that are not the right scale (size) or collide when the mesh has breached the outer line of the mesh which creates a glow in a way, this to me is a rookie mistake and with the how big these mistakes are they was hard to is and the testers should have really mention this. A big rookie mistake.


Battlefield 3 was supposed to bring down CoD, and without a campaign – which seems to be DICE's approximation of a CoD experience – this wouldn't have been possible. This is unfortunate, because the instances in which DICE seem to have tried to beat their rivals at their own game have resulted in Battlefield 3's weakest content.


Where they've ignored their competitor completely and stuck to what they do best, they've created one of the finest experiences in the medium. There's a lesson in that somewhere…


Would I recommend this game? No
Will it beat Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? Not in a million years


Well done Call Of Duty; Modern Warfare 3

Monday, 7 November 2011

Call Of Duty Launch Night

Call Of Duty

Yes the day for Call Of Duty fans everywhere has come. The midnight launch, where Call Of Duty comes out, and yes we will be their, at Game in Wigan, where a big bunch of mad heads and losers wait outside a place that will sell game (Game/Gamestation/Tesco/ASDA etc) in the freezing cold or rain for a few hours to get our hands on the latest installment of the Call Of Duty series that will make the players that are in relationships brush their girl friends/boy friends (girls pushing boy friends, hmmm not likely but will happen) under the bed for while, as we waste our time levelling and prestiging, yes Call Of Duty is one big time vampire.

But our question is this. Will Call Of Duty beat Battlefield 3?
Our Answer is hell yes, will most of game shops have stop pre orders of the harden addition at £89.99 a pop. We think that the evidence is their and Battlefield will get wiped.


Friday, 28 October 2011

Hello all you hungry gamer's




Yes the day has arrived and the battle starts with Battlefield 3 VS Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Battlefield 3 hits the selves, and guess what... We will be on the front line testing the game, as soon as we have completed the game we will write our review on it and then play the online and write a review on that to... WILL the 10 million dollar advertisement campaign by EA give the game justice, WILL all the hype be worth it. WILL the NEW FROSTBITE GAME ENGINE 2.0 be a awesome experience or just be a fail. Find out soon


Wednesday, 26 October 2011

New Topic


Hello you hungry gamer's out their, 
Our first topic has now been uploaded on our games tab, if you feel to comment or argue with please don't hesitate to comment on the topic

The topic we are covering is Battlefield VS Call Of Duty,
with the Battlefield 3 being released on 28th October (just over 24 hours from this post) and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 around the corner.
let us know what you think

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Trailers for both games 

Battlefield:

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3



WHICH WILL BE BETTER?














Monday, 24 October 2011

NickTronic Arts

Hello all you stunning people

welcome to the NickTronics Arts

I will not just be talking about games designing/designing, but everything involved with computing (pc) and gaming, whether its about parts for you pc, or games for Xbox and PS3, it can be random.
About NickTronic Arts

Nicktronics Arts is the name of my new 3D design studio, I have set up this blog to to share my 3D designs dedicated to games. The software I use is called UDK (Unreal Editing Kit) this is free to download, or you can purchase the better software by buying Unreal Tournament 3, which you can pick up for a couple of quid (this is known as editor when installed).

UDK

On this software you don't have to create games, you can design your bedroom for example, if you are thinking of remodeling you bedroom, do it on UDK, design your cupboards etc, wanna make a film with good effects or a new world... LET UDK DO IT
The best part of UDK is that you can bring other types of software together and export them into UDK. These two recommended of the names of software you can use;
  1. Photoshop. yes Photoshop, this is used for materials, if you want to design like say a chair but want to get that wood feel you can export it on to UDK and apply that design onto you material.
  2. 3DS MAX. 3DS MAX is expensive software, this if for designing and animating, this is used by professionals in Hollywood today, and has been used on the Gadget Show, This can be used to make objects from scratch, you can import that design into UDK, or if you want to be a awesome, combine the software with Photoshop to get the desing perfect, then import it to UDK. 3SD MAX sells between £3,500 - £4,500, or their is MAYA that goes for about £4,500 - £5,500 (never used MAYA but I can imagine it does a similar job but better and more in depth)