GW2 Patch July 2016: New features!

A new patch just rolled out for Guildwars 2 and I feel there’s a few things worth highlighting, these are subtle but very useful changes.

Guildwars 2
Health bar percentages option.
  1. Health bar percentages, you now have the option to see health as a percentage on both enemy and friendly characters.
  2. Recipes are now account bound rather than character bound, when obtained via a consumable, hurrah!
  3. There is now a search bar in your materials tab in the bank/account vault window.
  4. You can now mute dynamic combat music so that you are able to enjoy the ambient music throughout the game more freely, there are a few exceptions to this for specific boss battles that have their own music though.
  5. I’ve saved the best for last…Right click salvage all! You can now right click on a salvage kit and select salvage all to cut down on all the clicking…especially useful after doing a boss run.
Guildwars 2
Right click…salvage all option.

So there you are, some simple tweaks that will improve gameplay considerably. The update of course contained the Living World Season 3 story, and updates to fractals and raids, but I wanted to draw some attention to the more subtle and general tweaks perhaps not covered elsewhere.

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Pokemon Go Tips & tricks.

Here are some tips I’ve picked up for the game everyone loves to hate right now!

  1. Nicknaming Eevee before evolving influences the process as follows;
Pokemon Go
Eevee.

2. Catch all those common Pokemon (I’m looking at you Pidgey who is everywhere) use a lucky egg before you evolve them, and you’ll get a decent amount of experience for very little cost.

3. If you use incense to attract more Pokemon, walk around after doing so, according to Reddit, Pokemon spawn every 5 minutes after using incense if you are standing still, but one spawns every 60 seconds if you have walked at least 200m in that time.

4. Walk in as straight a line as possible when hatching eggs. As the app only checks your location every minute or so, you may be cheated out of distances when cornering!

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Recently Played #2.

The not very regular series of posts in which I detail what I’m currently playing, but haven’t played enough to review in full yet!

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

I am completely blown away by this game so far, both in terms of graphical appearance and gameplay. A great story, interesting characters and a very satisfying combat system. If you have a new 3DS I think this is a must own for the system. The soundtrack is also excellent so far, especially through headphones.

FarCry Primal

FarCry Primal

There are some times when I long for more games that don’t involve running around shooting things with guns, as the market can often seem overrun with lots of that. Enter FarCry Primal, set before guns were invented, in the great and lush outdoors, the game is strangely immersive and utterly stunning on PC. (I may have invested in a 970, more on that in a later blog post) It’s a very visceral experience, and one which is holding my attention quite nicely at the moment.

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Review: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.

Happy Home Designer

 

Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer is not a pure Animal Crossing game, but more of a spin off game…it’s useful to remember this. It sees you become an employee of “Nook’s Homes” an interior/exterior designer if you will. Animals will appear outside the shop each day and it’s your job to pick one customer and design their dream home. They may specify that you must include certain items (most characters unlock more furniture which is then added to your library for use in any home thereafter) but for the most part, it’s up to you. And you literally choose everything, from how the exterior looks, the floor plan, the flooring, lamps, windows and sofas etc. You unlock more design options as you go through the game, and can also design buildings in the town centre too.

Amiibo Cards

Want to design the home of your favourite New Leaf villager? You can leave it to pot luck and hope they show up outside the shop, or you can try your luck at getting them in Amiibo cards packs. The cards can be scanned on “new” 3DS/XL consoles, or via an Amiibo reader and the villager or character will appear onscreen! The Amiibo cards are the only way to unlock the option to design the houses of the shop keepers and other non villagers in the game. (Saharah for example) These exclusives are denoted by the fact that their cards are glittery. Scanning the villager Amiibo figure also reaps a little reward too!

Overall the controls are excellently done and the game strangely addictive, if a little repetitive. You aren’t rewarded for matching items so it can feel a little empty at times, as the villagers are always happy regardless of the type of interior you design for them. However the online feature that allows players from around the world to rate your work makes up for this a little. Limited in scope, but done well, this is a welcome addition to the Animal Crossing franchise.

Villager Amiibo

General Scoring

Gameplay. 8/10  Immensely fun, but a little repetitive after a while.
Graphics. 8/10  Great use of 3D and incredibly cute characters!
Sound. 7/10  Limited due to game type really.
Music. 8/10  Again limited, but the music stays with me after I save and quit the game.
Story. 6/10  Not much of a story, but there doesn’t need to be with the nature of this game.

Wildcards

Value for money 7/10  A little limited in comparison with other Animal Crossing games.
Network Features 8/10  I really enjoy the rating system and being able to look at other player’s designs.
Controls 10/10  Mapped really well, picking up and playing for the first time was easy.
Addictiveness 9/10  Relaxed gaming at it’s best.
 Innovation 9/10  Excellent use of Amiibo. Both the cards and the figure can be scanned in, in an innovative and immersive way.

Total Score = 80%

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New Nintendo 3DS XL : Animal Crossing Special Edition.

3DS XL Box

After regretting not purchasing the limited edition Animal Crossing New Leaf 3DS, I was not going to pass up the chance to purchase the limited edition all new Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer version of the console!

3DS XL Faceplate

The package included the game as a download, and the console itself is a thing of beauty, with furniture pieces on the front and a mini house scene on the back.

New 3DS XL Inside

The “new” 3DS XL also has those lovely coloured buttons, and the extra grey nub thing (to give it, it’s technical name) and can read both Amiibo cards and figures. (More on those in my Happy Home Designer review)

3DS Data Transfer

Doing the system transfer was a little scary, but I followed the official guide which can be found by clicking here. And it was a pretty easy process in the end. An AC adapter is not included, so you’ll need to purchase seperately…Hmm Nintendo…Hmm!

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