Friday, April 8, 2011

Parallel Kingdom for Android

Today I take a look at little game called Parallel Kingdom for Android.

 Parallel Kingdom is free, micro transaction based MMORPG for android, whats interesting about this game is that everything that is going on is happening on real-life map. So as you can see on screenshot above you only see heads of other players/monsters graphically its really quite simple game but what would you want from phone?

Leveling system is also quite simple, when you kill a monster you gain "Pages" and some gold usually, when you get enough pages you can level up but here is the catch each level cost some "Food" which is currency you gain by microtransactions or you can get it from Trade Post, Trade Posts can be found in each city, but most of the Trading are done in the big cities like New York, London, Paris, etc.

Cities can be formed by players, you need 3 players to form a cities and quite large portion of various resources in the game. Cities work as kind of main hubs for player, even though each player can build his house wherever he wants, and usually does. Cities are important because each city has it own territory on which will Oil Wells be formed and players can then take possession of then and with oil being one of the quite important resources in game or rather refined oil, which can be only gained from trade post, or by purifying oil with "food" (yes, again microtransactions). well lets not get into anymore details because its already quite a bit wall of text.

Basically you spend time, gathering resources, fighting monster to gain levels, in order to help your kingdom, which are basically your guilds, in war or in expanding its territory.

The game was quite fun, I spend sever days glued to my phone like an idiot. But huge reliability on  microtransaction and quite repetitive content makes it boring after few days at least for me. But if you get lot of time, unlimited data plan as its quite data hungry and all you have is your phone definitely give this a go.

Any i wont be probably able to post anything during weekend as i have no time. But hopefully i should have some new post for you ready on monday.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New Computer Update, hopefully

Today I'll take a little detour since i haven't got any time yet to play other games (i do have 2 prepared that should be interesting) and don't want to bore you with another Minecraft article.

So as i have mentioned I'm planning to also produce some YouTube videos, but my current PC is kind of lacking on computing power to handle recording properly and also in general its getting quite old quicker and quicker

My current specs are:
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3600+
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Hard Drive: 320 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX
Motherboard: ASUS M2N-E
Operating System: Windows XP Professional

and what i plan to update to is:

Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 640 with ARCTIC Freezer 7 Rev.2 
Memory: 2x4GB KIT DDR3 1333MHz GOLD
Hard Drive: 1TB + old one 320 GB
Motherboard: ASROCK N68-GE3 UCC
Operating System: Windows 7

all that i need now is to save up some money of course, but it shouldn't take long. But what do you guys think? good enough update? will it work fine together etc.? leave your opinions in comments

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Minecraft review and bit more on my future plans

Hello everyone first i have to say I'm sorry it took me a while to get second post but i have been super busy mostly with minecraft related stuff and work, but here I am finally with my next post, so lets get started

Minecraft, a game most of you have probably already heard of, so this won't be your typical review. Instead I'll try to take a slightly different view on the game, what is so popular about it and where do i see its future.

First let's do a little introduction in case there are some readers that never heard of minecraft.
Minecraft is a Indie game, mostly made by a single man. It's hard summarize this game in a simple way but let's try anyway. Probably simplest way to summarize Minecraft is to say that it's a sandbox game, but that is extremely vague term in my opinion.
Then what's exactly is Minecraft, you ask? Well in minecraft you mine for resources and then use them to build amazing creation. If you feel like you need more explanation, just google it. I don't want this post to be that huge.

Let's start with Minecraft and it's success. Why was it that game, that graphically look more like something from 8-bit times and hasn't even been released yet, already sold way over million copies? In my opinion, there are two main aspects that was cause for this: Atmosphere and Freedom.
Atmosphere, do you still remember, when you didn't have full diamond armor, sword and you were just digging your tunnels? and then suddenly you hear monster noises behind the wall? or the thrill of first night? when you had no idea what's going on? or when you killed your first monster? found your first diamond?
Yes that's what I'm talking about when i mean atmosphere. every single fight with monster, even if the fighting system could not be possible simpler, is great. There's no need for million of guns, ultra realistic graphics. All you need is a stick and something to beat with it.
Freedom, what i mean in freedom should be hopefully clear to everyone that has played Minecraft. The freedom to choose, do you want to spend your first night running away from monsters? do you wanna quickly build a shack? do you want just burrow yourself in ground? be my guess do what you want. Do you wanna build epic castle over that hill there? do you wanna make secret underground base? or even underwater base?
everything is possible all you need is time and little imagination.
And that gets me to probably most important aspect of this game, and that's your own imagination. The blocky graphic and simple style of game just leave huge room that you can fill in with your imagination, however you like. I you look at some of the latest AA hits games like call of duty, homefront, those games leaves a very little space for your imagination because everything is served to you on silver plate. And that's where Minecraft is different.

So where are we heading with minecraft? current development of the game seems focused on singleplayer, but in my opinion is that future for minecraft lies mostly in multiplayer.
For Me, king of all multiplayer have been World of Warcraft for a very long time and even if I don't play it anymore I still consider it to be one of the best multiplayers games of all time, at least for now. And i think that Minecraft could easily be "the next big thing", all that would be need is major optimization for game itself and for multiplayer mode.Because, don't get we wrong there are tons of problems with Minecraft right now, especially with multiplayer.Still even with all those problems Minecraft is still great game and only downside is that it is extremely addictive. So definitely worth checking out if you haven't played it already.

Well that about wraps it up. So in rest of this article ill try to share some of my future plans with.
Obviously first thing would be polishing this blog and start publishing more often, depends on what i hear from you guys but lot of will be probably focused on Minecraft be it server reviews, stories from my gameplay, rants on mojang or so.

and second I would like to start releasing youtube videos, currently I'm in process of solving some technical difficulties and polishing quality of my videos but when that's done I think i have pretty interesting series of Minecraft Let's Play on a very specific server, should be fun

So that's it for today hope it isn't too long for you, have fun

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My first post

So hi there guys and gals,
what i intend to publish here will mostly be about games, at this moment i play mostly minecraft but i tend to look and any game that interest me so ill share my opinions with you, feel free to leave any suggestion to what should i do with  this blog or if i should change anything. Thanks for reading