The End of an Era.

18 Apr

Ladies and gentlemen…I had been expecting this for some time now, but that doesn’t make saying goodbye any easier…The YLOD is upon my 6 year old PS3, thus, I am consoleless…posts will be far less frequent now I’m really only playing Guildwars 2 on PC, but I shall endeavour to still ramble occasionally.

Goodbye PS3, it’s been immensely fun!

YLOD

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Recently played. #1

18 Mar

I can’t offer you any reviews or previews, because the past few weeks have been filled with playing games I’ve already waxed lyrical about, here’s what I’ve been playing recently, share your choices in the comments section!

Minecraft.

Minecraft

I’m now playing on both PC and PS3, although prefer PC play purely for the ease, of using a mouse and keyboard. I’m slowly getting the hang of some of the features of the Tekkit mod too.

Hearthstone.

Hearthstone

 

I’ve recently began to enjoy playing as Druid…and winning even though your opponent has many more minions/cards in play than you do, is a very satisfying experience. I’m yet to unlock every card with each character, but am working on it.  It’s now avaliable as an iPad game now too, for all you mobile gamers!

 

Preview: Hearthstone.

9 Feb

Hearthstone Beta

I’ve never been one for card games…until Blizzard made it fun. Hearthstone is currently in open beta, and I am loving every minute playing it at the  moment. You choose a class, can customise your deck and do battle with other players online, or just play around in practice mode.

You both start with 30 health and 3 cards, cards cost mana to play, which builds up with each turn.  At it’s heart it’s a strategy game, one which is easy to learn, but very tough to master, as the luck of the draw will always be a factor. I’ve come back from 4 health to win a game, and lost miserably due to silly mistakes. The first few games I played, I lost, all 4 of them, but something keeps me going back for one more go. Here’s my thoughts so far.

Hearthstone Beta Game

Things I love so far;

  • The range of classes on offer is excellent and caters for lots of different styles of gameplay.
  • The battle animations themselves are top notch, spells come with majestic twinkly noises, and hits from minions break up the board and particles fly up from the cards.
  • There is an excellent social aspect already, with a friends list, and easy to use chat features.
  • Play options on offer…you can practice, play online against others, or if you have extra time, battle it out in several arena matches for prizes.
  • Creating custom decks is simple to do.

Things that need a little work to make me happy;

  • First on my list would be a way to swap/trade cards with other players, even just people on my friends list would be great.
  • The cost of entering the arena is 150 coins…sure these can be earned in game…but that’s not cheap!
  • Having to unlock all the classes at the start can be a lengthy process.

The game looks great, the music accompanies well, and each battle is unique depending on your class, deck and opponent. It’s a deep and tactical game, that’s also fun and easy to jump into…Blizzard, I tip my hat to you on this one.

Hearthstone Beta Game

You can download Hearthstone and play for free by clicking here. I play mainly as Rogue but also as Priest or Hunter, and my battlenet ID is Astrocyte#2419.

 

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My PC Gaming setup.

26 Jan

A question I always ask people who confess to be PC gaming fans is about their spec. My PC is a mish mash of parts purchased and fitted myself, as well as a base from eBay and some upgrades received as gifts. I set myself a very strict budget as my windows PC is used primarily for gaming, and although that means it gets a lot of use, I cannot justify spending thousands on a machine I use for leisure. (I use a different device for work/study purposes.)

Kingston-HyperX-3K

My current setup is as follows;

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2380P @ 3.10Ghz
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333
  • GPU: Gigabyte GTX 560 OC Edition
  • SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte H61MA-D2V
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate

GTX 560My case and power supply are ones that came with base units bought on eBay, and a decent power supply will be my next purchase. My favourite things are my graphics card and SSD, I highly recommend both to anyone in the market for either. My windows experience score sits at 7.1/7.9 which I am very happy with. If you have any PSU recommendations or buying tips, please share in the comments, also share your specs, I’d love to know what you guys play on :)

 

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