I Wanna Be the Very Best – Pokémon Go

Nath is excited about Pokémon Go. Like, really excited guys.

I have been a Pokémon fan for many years now. I watched the cartoons, saw the films, played nearly every game and collected the cards. Safe to say that Pokémon has made a lot of money out of me over the years, but I did think that it was somewhat lacking a little bit as with all the latest technology that was available, there was a distinct lack of a 3D port. There is a free-to-play one online I believe but still something that should be looked into.

 

However, September 10 2015, a massive announcement was made, particularly for the fans of the franchise. Pokémon GO, a Pokémon game app on your smart phone that links to a Bluetooth device that sits on your wrist that uses real world location information to capture, battle, train and trade virtual Pokémon. This means you can be a real life Pokémon master. Words cannot describe how excited I am about this. The release is due in 2016 and will be available on iOS and Android devices (sorry windows phone users).

Early notes say the app is free to purchase but there will be in-app purchases like most apps available. I haven’t found any details regarding the wristband as of yet, all I know is it will flash and vibrate if you run into a Pokémon in the real world. This is a massive benefit for myself as my job does take me all over the UK so hopefully I can explore most locations and hopefully capture a variety of Pokémon. No doubt I may have to start with a Rattatta or a Pidgey, but still Pidgey will eventually evolve, I never bother with Rattatta to be honest. I certainly don’t want to be running through forests to try and capture Beedrills, I hate bees.

I believe this a fantastic move by Nintendo. To be honest they did say they wouldn’t enter the smartphone market, but this first move is absolutely fantastic. It also also means it will force children who play Pokémon to go outside whilst trying to find Pokémon. Maybe in the future they can set gyms up around the world or hold Pokémon tournaments like they do in the series in order to see who is the true Pokémon master. I would sign my name up for that in a heartbeat.

However there could be some issues along the way. My first thoughts are how many Pokémon will they release into the world. My knowledge of Pokémon goes up to Platinum and that’s about it. I could think of a team consisting of anything within that range, but anything after I would be stuck. If the original 150 are released then I would be absolutely fine.

Another problem is what are the in-app purchases? Pokéballs? Master Balls? Pokémon Centres? We will need more information, but I imagine this will come in time. Will there be a currency system used in the current games as well? Can you buy currency with real world money? I certainly hope not as the game will be flooded with money and would cause further problems.

Also what about water Pokémon? My phone is waterproof but I don’t want to be searching for Gyarados in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. Also it rains a lot in the UK, will we just be inundated with water Pokémon and will my Charmander die in the rain?

Aside from the potential issues, I do believe this is something we can get excited for. Being a real-world Pokémon master would be epic. I’m sure going outside has it’s benefits too. I imagine it may get a bit annoying though if I say I want to go to a beautiful part of the UK and then suddenly stop and say “OMFG there’s a rare Pokémon here, stop I have to battle it.” It won’t matter though, I will be the the very best that no one ever was.

Nath

Video Game Review – Fallout Shelter (iOS)

Nath sometimes reviews games. This is one of those reviews.

Sorry for not posting a review for quite a while, there have been a few things like work, moving house and not generally having any time for playing games. Closest I got was to playing an app version of Stranger’s Wrath (pretty decent port, but controls need reviewing). However, now that I have moved and work has taken a break for a bit, I have managed to find some more time for playing games. I still need to get hold of Arkham Knight and I need to play the latest Witcher game but in the mean time I managed to borrow an iPad and play Fallout Shelter.

I imagine most of you are looking forward to Fallout 4. Until that comes out, we’ve got this handy little game to play. You start off choosing the number of a vault you want to become the overseer of; I chose 616 (the correct number of the beast according to QI) and you are thrown into a little tutorial. It tells you the basics, for example on how to build rooms in the vault, assigning people to specific jobs and sending people out to the wasteland.

It’s basically the Sims but Fallout-style. You’ve got to keep your dwellers happy by making sure the power, food and water is all up to the relevant levels. If you keep expanding the vault with more rooms and dwellers, you can unlock further rooms and make your vault more useful for the dwellers. In Vault 616 I managed to unlock the science lab, med bay, storage room and galaxy radio, amongst many others.

But of course you can’t build more rooms without acquiring caps. You can do this in a few ways, the most common way is to rush rooms for resources. Basically high risk, high reward. Before you start rushing the rooms, you are given a percentage of failure and this will increase if you rush the room constantly. If you succeed, you gain caps and the resources quicker. If you fail, 1 of 2 things can happen, first the room is set on fire and dwellers have to put the fire out or radroaches infest the room and the dwellers have to dispose of them. If this happens, you will have to start over again before you can gain the resource or caps. Pretty annoying but lets hope we are feeling lucky.

The other ways are done by sending your dwellers to the wasteland in order to get caps, however the longer they are out there, the more likely they will get attacked, irradiated or killed. You can revive them for a price, but its very expensive so be careful. The last way is completing objectives set by the game. You can earn easy caps by forcing the dwellers to copulate, setting fire to rooms and collecting resources.

All in all it is a very good game, however I did learn something. If you leave the game on standby for the day, events will take place in the background. That is fine, means you can actually get on with your day, whilst babies turn into dwellers within the game. If you leave it for longer though, things can go badly. I went away for a few days and my vault was in a mess. All my resources had gone, people were unhappy and my explorers were dead. I tried rushing resources, but we got attacked by larger radroaches and ended up losing about 10 dwellers. I decided that Vault 616 was no longer so I deleted and started again.

Enter Vault 777 (Nicholas Angel’s badge number from Hot Fuzz) and I decided to plan this vault better. So far so good, no one is dead, resources are in good order and the dwellers are all happy. I do feel that this game will tie me over until Fallout 4 is released, but there are many other games coming out later this year that I need to get hold of. I would give this game 8 out 10 radroach attacks. A decent game that will keep you entertained. It’s currently only out on iOS, but an Android release is due out in the next month or so.

Nath

Video Game Reviews – Game of Thrones Ascent (Free App)

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Nath sometimes reviews games. This is one of those reviews.

If you own a smartphone and you have regular access to the internet you may be very well aware of the free apps you can download that may be useful in every day life. However, if you’re like me you scour the app store for the best free games you can download. I decided to write up a review of some of the best free games I have managed to find and play for hours on end.

The first game I chose is called Game of Thrones: Ascent (from Disruptor Beam). It started off as a Facebook game but it has recently been ported on to iPhone and Android devices. First and foremost with this app, you will need to be patient and make very smart choices from when you start the game. As you can tell by the name, it is a game based in the Game of Thrones universe and I believe every fan should have a go at this game.

It is an RPG-Strategy game, where you start off as a knight in service to Robert Baratheon. The tutorial shows you some basic commands in order to win battles with enemies. After this win, Robert Baratheon grants you some land where you start building your little kingdom. The tutorial carries on with some basics, such as buildings, upgrades, sworn swords and fighting types. You also name yourself as lord as well as your keep. Did I play this seriously? Of course not. If you have ever played Final Fantasy XI or World of Warcraft and you came across a player called Youreatowel, that was me. So I named myself Lord You’re A Towel and called my keep The Towel Rack.

Soon after you name yourself and your lands, you are given a tutorial on the type of lord you want to be. You can be a lord that specialises in battle, trade or deception. Also you can pick your alliance and each alliance has it’s own perks. There is no real difference between the three types of specialities, however I went for battle and then looked for the best alliance for battling. I found that siding with the Baratheons gave me some excellent perks for battle so I went with them.

You then have a tutorial on sworn swords. These are characters that you send out into the world to perform quests for you. They can also specialise in battle, trade and deception and each quest may be better suited to one discipline.

Once this is done, you start building your realm and equipping items to better your house. There are also quests that focus on your house, the storyline of Game of Thrones and various other side quests. There are also player to player battles where you steal gold off other houses and take part in huge multiplayer events. Needless to say it is a fantastic app for any Game of Thrones fan. Now I bet you are wondering why you may need patience and to make smart choices. Each action such as building, making equipment and questing takes time, some times under an hour and others almost whole days. You just need to be patient with the game. Smart choices come down to what type of lord you want to be and how you train yourself and your sworn swords. You make one mistake, you can’t undo it without paying a fee. Silver is easy to come by in the game, but you do have the option of buying gold. Gold allows you to purchase certain items and units and speed up actions. However I haven’t bothered with it so far so you should be fine.

It should be noted that the game does require an internet connection to play the game as everything is stored on servers. It will eat up a fair bit of your data but its totally worth it. That’s one downside, there are a few smaller ones that you may encounter but you should be fine. In total I would give the game 9 out of 10 decapitated heads.

Nath