Oxenfree – Let’s Play: Part 2

Groundhog Day

Here we are again for another episode of our Let’s Play series following Oxenfree. This week we have more strange triangle lights and demonic creatures… but the weirdest thing – time looping. Here we are again for another episode… wait, I just said that! (See what I did there? Hah…) Continue reading “Oxenfree – Let’s Play: Part 2”

War Dragons – Review

War, what is it good for? Dragons… that’s what!

Safe to say that most people are into dragons, yes? Monolith sky reptiles, often depicted to be spitting fire out their mouths – spraying past fangs of varied length and tenacity – onto small peaceful villages, or toward armour-clad heroes far too slow in realising what a stupid mistake they’ve made taking one on. Shields do not help in real life, if a dragon were to attack you. Wear an astronautical suit, dummy. Fire proof. Fight fire with Sci-Fi.
Anyway…

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 War Dragons is a 3D strategy game that provides the dread of ever looming danger a fiery airstrike instils, whilst giving you the power of fierce fire breathers by way of defense; it also grants you the impossible opportunity to birth, breed, and grow yourself a faithful reptilious sky armada to do battle with. Available for all of your mobile devices, this app is a must have for fantasy lovers.

First, the story; as this game is online only, where many of the attributes and highlights are found in the online experience, why attempt at adding a decent story line?
Your power hungry uncle goes out of his maniacal way to kill your family, to achieve a better place in line for the throne, and you have the gaul to survive and escape the country of your youth. Some years later, you return. Ironclad and angry in search of vengeance, and to take your rightful place on the throne.
With the aid of those still loyal to your immediate family’s claim and those rebelling from under your uncle’s reign, you learn the ways of war and what it will take to reclaim your birthright. Also, dragons are involved.


It isn’t a tale worthy of the ages, but you’ve got to appreciate the creative buffer offered between battles. The creators of the game have gone one step further and have authored a book (All Things Burn) that ties in with the WarDragons universe. Hell yes, literature to go along with a mobile gaming app. Well done, PocketGems.

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Secondly, the dragons; what is a war waged with dragons without the dragons? A war all the same, yes, but less fiery! Though you start out in the game with one dragon, you quickly assemble more. Having the ability to cross-breed species is an enticing one that offers terrifying results.

The dragons that you breed, train, fight with, are all incredibly cool, three-dimensional, killing fire-breathers. Customisation adds another layer onto this already badass gaming experience.

Add barricades and defences to you isle. Do deadly battle with other uses of the game. Take on Gustav, and for the sake of your legacy, win.

 

This game is for; the dragon tamer in all of us, the adventurous, and the strategically minded player. Join players from across the world in ferocious battle.

Recommended time frame before deletion; ongoing game, 50hr+

Ben

Oxenfree – Let’s Play: Part 1

“Olly olly Oxenfree”

Hello readers! Raz here with the first episode of thectrlpad’s new Let’s Play series that follows the relatively recently released Oxenfree (in fact this is the first of our newly reinvigorated idea to follow Indie titles more closely).

Check out the first episode below:

You might be wondering why we’ve decided to start with Oxenfree and not something a lot more recent or even something with a much wider audience – well the reasons for it are right in that sentence. We wanted to go for a game that has had some time to settle for most people and with the recent success it’s had at ‘Game of the Year’ awards it’s more likely people will be looking into what the game is like. This is precisely why it stood out for us as well.

I won’t lie, it wasn’t on my radar personally as I’ve not played an ‘adventure-style’ game in quite some time but after I started the game up and got going my mind was instantly lost in the narrative – but firstly, let me tell me talk about how much I dig the music.

For anyone whose watched the above video you’ll know straight away the ambient soundtrack from Andrew Rohrmann aka scntfc strikes you with pure emotion. I mention that it’s very akin to a Tycho album. It’s perfectly trippy and gives off vibes and flashes of Stranger Things feelings in my soul.

For anyone interested head over to scntfc’s Bandcamp page. I eventually did find out that it abbreviated to ‘scientific’. Ben (thectrlpad’s resident musician, who has a background in reviewing and examining music) is going to be doing an in-depth review of the soundtrack. For anyone who wants a listen, just head over to YouTube and you’ll find a lot of uploads of some tracks – you won’t be disappointed.

The narrative of the game really pleasantly flows naturally. Conversations feel real, and unlike many games I’ve played in the past the dialogue options don’t take you away from the experience. It’s so far one of my favourite aspects of the game. At times I forget that I’m playing a game, but rather feel as though I’m watching an animated TV show. In the Let’s Play I mention the likes of Gravity Falls – to which I had similar feelings towards the overall world and likability of characters.

That brings me onto the next point – the characters. So far, everyone feels realistic and likeable (with the exception of Clarissa – that bitch!) Alex (the main protagonist), Ren and Jonas remind me of people I know in real life and they’ve all been fantastically realised thanks to their respective voice-over artists.

Visually the game has shown me what potentially awaits. It has great art design, especially with those photographs that are shown on the loading screens to give you a closer connection to the characters. I’ve currently only seen very little of the game world but I do expect there to be a lot more variation. It’s both eerily dark and colourful where it wants to be, and the continuous control of Alex during cutscenes and conversations embody what an adventure title should be.

Overall my first impressions of the game are highly-positive, and albeit bar some insane design or story elements I have the feeling I’m going to really enjoy this journey. The presentation of the game is incredible and I cannot wait to find out what has happened to Alex and Jonas…

Head back to thectrlpad next week to see what’s about to go down!

Raz

Uncharted: Now the dust has settled.

Here we are, the end of an era… one that started way back in 2007 and introduced us to Nathan Drake and his ragtag group of thieves and treasure hunters. Blockbuster entertainment, loveable characters and Indiana Jones-esque exploits made the series fresh, interesting and downright fun. Now that it’s finally over let’s take a look back on why Drake was such a good hero, and a perfect leading man for the series. Just as a heads up… this article will contain a good few spoilers for all 4 main-games in the series so read at your own peril! Continue reading “Uncharted: Now the dust has settled.”

The Trail – Review

Fresh off The Trail

The Trail is a game that takes you deep into a land unknown. It takes you, pioneering traveller, and sets you on a journey to the town of Eden Falls where you may build yourself a home worthy of settling down in the new world.

Continue reading “The Trail – Review”