Puzzle games and Online games

Functionally Open Warfare 2 is flawless: connections are mostly solid and reliable with little slowdown. In terms of features, Worms is far in advance of any other PSP game too. As well as regular deathmatches, it is also possible to take part in ‘Fort’ games, where each side protects a base, and ‘Races’ where teams compete to Ninja Rope from one end of level to another. Each mode is bolstered by a healthy set of leaderboards that rival even the best Xbox Live games for comprehensiveness.

If the game judged on these merits alone then it would surely achieve the highest possible score, if only for the fact that it is that much more advanced than any other PSP title. Sadly Open Warfare 2 features a slight variation to the rules that will infuriate Worms purists for the way that it unbalances the game. Play a ranked match in any other version of Worms and the weapon scheme will be limited to the low powered weapons in order to force players to adopt strategic tactics, which ultimately makes the game fair. In Open Warfare 2, though, every ranked game is assigned a random weapon scheme that could potentially allow a player to win a game in just one turn with a Concrete Donkey, the most powerful weapon, and send them flying up the leaderboards.

That such an oversight has crept into series that always prides itself on balance in both astonishing and shameful. What is genuinely the best Worms game in years in reduced to one of the worst when playing online, which is even more of a shame, considering the potential offered by the wealthy set of options? Anyone who cares about ranking should therefore stick to Live Arcade for now.

Playstation Network contains as electric selection of titles considering it’s only been just over six months since console was launched. Certainly the downloads on offer during this time have been more varied than the early days of Xbox Live and obviously more original than the retro catalogue of the Virtual console. But with three new Playstation Eye games available for download, its time for us to sit up pay attention.

A trial of Topoq is a simple puzzle game with gameplay comparable to Archer MacLean’s Mercury, Marble Madness and Super Monkey Ball. You roll a ball around various platforms in an effort to reach the goal. There are 30 levels, with a different challenge associated with each, such as avoiding Red Devils, collecting boxes or simply racing to the goal within a time limit. What makes Trials Of Topoq unique is its use of the Playstation Eye. Instead of rolling the ball with the analogue sticks or hitting the screen with the Sixaxis, making any movement on screen will cause the mosaic surfaces of the platforms that the ball moves no to rise and fall according to the speed of your actions.

You will usually be using your hands but you can also use other parts of your body. Needless to say, this can create quite a scene, and your apparent mime impressions and invisible football headers will look more than a little odd to onlookers. The difficulty ramps up by quite a margin after the first few levels as the enemies become mobile and the minimum score threshold is pushed higher, but Trials of Topoq is till very accessible game for all  to play, and a pretty decent way to spend a few pounds and couple of hours of your time.

Condemned: Criminal Origins was a curiously unique piece of work. Simultaneously commercial and entirely niche, it blended abject horror, gritty combat and oppressive atmosphere with forensic science, Greg Grunberg and an unnecessary leap into the supernatural. At its peak, Criminal Origins felt like an interactive Se7en, following the journey of a fragile cop into the twisted mind and sickening accomplishments of a serial killer. However, the studio’s confidence in this excellent premise faded, leaving the draft plunge into surrealism at the game’s climax spoiling an otherwise impressively cogent adventure.

With Bloodshot, it appears Monolith may have abandoned the maturity of the original. Protagonist Ethan Thomas, once styled on portly Heroes Star Gurnberg, has now been remodeled as what can only be described as ‘emo vagrant’, mixing a trendy haircut with blood –eyes and tattered clothes. He’s lost a few pounds too. Thankfully, Thomas pugnacious attitude hasn’t deserted him, ad you’ll be happily clouting destitute weridos with all manner of leap pipes, axes and misshapen pieces of firewood. But where Criminal Origins used its combat as a means of telling its story, Bloodshot is pushing it to the fore. The intense atmosphere will remain and the aggressive and cruelty of the experience will be ever present. Whereas Criminal Origins simply presented its violence, Bloodshot revels in it.

Keen not to lose all senses of purpose, Monolith has completely revamped the forensic investigation. In Criminal Origins, it acted as little more than a semi-scripted segue between all the brutality, but Bloodshot has made everything that more organic. You’ll have to use the correct tools, locate suitable evidence and examine every minute detail in order to solve the crime scene’s morbid mystery. Let’s hope that Monolith finds a suitable balance between combat, horror and investigation so that Condemned 2: Bloodshot can truly progress from its predecessor.

I’ll be honest: I wasn’t expecting much from a game titled “Burn Zombie Burn!” and at first I wasn’t impressed. A top down arcade shooter, where you play a short dude with a toothy grin and weird hair mowing down waves of zombies. Seemed like a half hearted cash in on society’s zombie obsession. Plus, I am not a fan of the game’s art style. But then I dove into the complexities of the combat, and oh boy, I think I have found my new PSN obsession.

At first glace, the combat is simple. Left analogue to move, R1 to fire, and if a zombie touches you, you lose health. But that barely even scratches the surface. Press R2 to pull out your torch, and the strategizing begins. Zombies are afraid of fire, so you can run through undead crowds unscathed if you have got your torch out. But once those zombies start burning, they will do damage to you again. Also, each enflamed zombie adds one point to your multiplier, but killing burning zombies decreases your multiplier. Plus (yes, there’s more!), burning and non-burning zombies drop different power ups (including the TNT upgrades you need to earn insane scores), so determining when and how many zombies to burn requires a delicate, strategic balance to maximize score and survivability Quite a juggle.

And variety of weapon and enemy types (including a lawnmower, a cricket bat, and ballerina zombies), the three different modes (free, timed and defend the girlfriend), the slew of entertaining challenges (like herding linebacker zombies across a zombie zapping pad), the splitscreen  multiplier, and a few other neat tricks. Much like my first PSN love.

Released on September 9, 1999 on the Playstation, Final Fantasy 8 took role playing games to a whole new level. The game propelled the image of its developed, Square, now named as Square Enix, and established itself as one of the best games ever. The graphics of this game are amazing, with all low polygon characters now replaced with the new high polygon ones. Real time 3D graphics are employed, over pre rendered backgrounds, and every new scene become more attractive than its predecessor. Just like its prequel, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII brings about a great combination of fantasy elements mixed with a high tech, sci fi look. However, beside its graphics, the Final Fantasy VIII would also be remembered for its great music and soundtracks. The musical score of the game is out of this world, with not a mistake.

However, game play is where the game begins to tilt a little. A completely new magical system is employed, and unlike Final Fantasy VII, players can now just draw spells from their enemies, which, in effect, allow almost every player to cast any type of spell. The magic points system has also been changed, and spells can also be shared among the characters. If you run out of a certain spell, all you have to do is find the right creature and replenish your spell power. Overall, the game play is not as bad as it seems, and the storyline however more than makes up for it.

The story revolves around Squall, who is the game’s main character. Final Fantasy VIII takes a different approach than its predecessors, and hence, rather than the story revolving around earth shattering events, it becomes more of a character driven work. Overall, this is a great game and sets a new trend in term of role playing games.

Back in the old days I was pretty much obsessed with Counter Strike, me and my whole generation, I think all the guys I know played and were obsessed with this game. I started playing on Counter Strike 1.2 or something like that, but the real boom was Counter Strike 1.5 and all the internet servers that appeared with it.

For me Counter Strike was and still is the ultimate shooter. Really it doesn’t get any better then this, I remember the hours that I spend playing it with my friends, in LAN not on the internet. It moves great, its not that complex so its easy to learn but it take a lot of skill to get REAL good at it, can take years to be a total master and pwne the shit out of everyone, that’s the real beauty of the game, learning all the small technics and stuff that makes all the difference.

So, we first started to play on the local network, after that we start playing on private servers with players all over the world, lots of fun, we had are own “clans” and lots of drama.

I stopped playing Counter Strike like 2 years ago, but today I was surprised that its still out there, people are still playing it, especially Counter Strike 1.6, many servers are still up and there are many fanatics alive.  It was a nice surprise, I’ll probably start playing again for old times sake . Don’t bother telling me about games like Modern Warfare 2, I know they are cool, probably better, but for me  Counter Strike will always be the ultimate multiplayer shooter.

So if you played it and liked it “good game”, if not, give Counter Strike a try, you may like it.

Hello people, today I’m gonna tell you about nice puzzle game I found. I don’t really like the old classic puzzles, the thing with the pieces finding the right spot and everything, bored the hell out of me as long as I can remember. Still I love solving puzzles, finding the right way to make things work, the solution that’s what I really like. So I was searching the web for that kind of game. Found one that simple and fun, you don’t really have to thing hard for a solution just a basic understanding of physics will get your throw the next level.

It’s pretty easy to play too, you have to blow up some green blocks but not the red ones, all this with a ball, you can set the size and speed of the ball. Of course it’s all about points, I finished pretty fast with 900+ points, if your think your better then me on the first try give it a go.

Ok, so after I played it a couple of times I discover that there is a Blosics 2, which is a HUGE improvement, it’s more complex, the graphics are better and it’s easy to control.

So, if your looking for a nice simple puzzle game to kill time, Try Blosics 2 here