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Dragon’s Dogma: Skyrim Killer?

Shortly before Kingdom’s of Amalur: Reckoning was released this year I played the demo and I speculated that the game could perhaps be a better RPG than Skyrim was. If you read my blog regularly you’ll know that Skyrim was my game of the year for 2011 so it should be obvious that I was impressed by the demo for Kingdoms of Amalur. Sadly, though the game is good, it was nowhere near as good as Skyrim was.

Later this month Capcom will be releasing their own fantasy RPG which, like Skyrim, features quite an emphasis on both dragon’s and roaming bosses that you can stumble across whilst exploring. At this stage, like when I speculated about Kingdom’s of Amalur, all I have played is a demo but that demo has left me feeling very impressed by what Capcom have achieved.

One of people’s biggest complaints about Skyrim involves the combat which can feel a bit limp wrested at times. Fortunately Dragon’s Dogma features a great combat system which is controlled easily but isn’t simplistic to the point where it is boring. Also, and this perhaps is a complaint that is more personal to me, the dragon’s in Skyrim, although very cool, were too easy and too repetitive to fight. This is something that, from the demo at least, it seems Dragon’s Dogma will not suffer with.

The game features a variety of different bosses which can be tackled in a number of ways, in case you haven’t played the demo I won’t go into details I’ll just say that you can climb onto stuff and lop heads off or, if you’d prefer, you could hang back with the Mage in your party and shoot it from afar whilst the more melee oriented party members take it on up close.

That’s the other great thing about Dragon’s Dogma, having other characters fight along side you lends more of an epic feeling to the fighting, in Skyrim you are a one man killing machine but in Dragon’s Dogma it’s important to use your allies to take down the beasts you fight. This adds something that Skyrim is quite frankly lacking. A world as big as one in an RPG such as Skyrim can be lonely and many people find it all too easy to simply miss any of the companions you can meet in Skyrim, this isn’t a problem in Dragon’s Dogma.

All in all the demo has left me excited for the game, sadly I still haven’t finished Mass Effect 3 and I bought Killzone 2 and Heavy Rain the other day, neither of which I’ve played before, so I might have to wait a while before I have the time to get into Dragon’s Dogma, but I can’t wait to try the full game and everyone who is a fan of RPGs should definitely try the demo and get the game.

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Stand up for Gaming

There are many famous people who are known gamers, one of the most commonly referenced of these people is Dara O’Briain. Dara is such a noteworthy gamer that he has even been chosen to present the gaming BAFTA’s. The thing that I wonder about though is that, as gamers are such a widely criticised part of society (we are stereotyped as the overly violent, reclusive, basement dwelling, women hating delinquents of society who you’d rather see dead than near your child) should famous gamers do more to defend us?

Dara joked once that it would be more acceptable for him to announce that he masturbated to hardcore porn than it would be to say that he played games to cool down after a show. Whilst he is clearly joking the principle behind the joke is, in many cases, true. Most people think children are allowed to play games but anyone else falls into the stereotype I mentioned above.

Most of the time this has little actual impact on us but every now and then it results in a major controversy with us at its centre when we don’t really deserve to be. Whilst I accept that a few words from a famous person aren’t going to magically change this perception of gamers (also, not everyone sees us as this stereotype) it could certainly help as a long term thing.

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Alienware – Is it worth it?

Love PC Gaming?

Since I got my Alienware Aurora 5 days ago I thought I would do a post about Alienware computers and talk about some of the pros and cons!

Price

When your talking about Alienwares the price is usually what shys people away from them like they’re an… alien!

Although they are usually very expensive there are cheaper ways of getting them such as looking for discounts and coupons, or using ebay.com and craigslist.org

For example my Aurora averages for a minimum of $2000 on the Alienware website, however by looking on craigslist I was able to get it for less than half the price ($900) and the guy threw in a free HD screen, Logitech G19 Keyboard, and Razor DeathAdder mouse!

Performance

Odds are if your thinking about getting an Alienware your getting it so you can play games on high settings for maximum domination!

Lucky for you Alienware is great with high specs such as RAM, Hard Drive Space, intel processor, Windows 7 (optional), ect.

Design

Except for the new X51 most Alienwares do take up some space as they are a little larger than most PCs (to handle what they can do) but do come with a few bonuses!

They are made to easily modify with better and newer parts as time passes, they do this by easily allowing you to remove the case (usually without screws at all!) and let you access the inside of the computer, also they feature their signature alien head logo and a series of lights around the computer which you can customize as you like from the alienFX app on the computer.

Overall

Although it may be cheaper to build a custom computer with similar specs, it is a wonderful machine that can handle what ever you throw at it!

I recommend getting one as long as you can find one for a great deal such as ebay or craigslist (maybe even amazon)

Happy gaming!

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A Skyrim Killer?

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Late last year The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released to massive critical and commercial success. Many thought it was the best in the series and whilst it had more than its fair share of flaws it is widely considered to be a truly great game and is, at present, untouchable in the world of fantasy RPGs. I believe however that that could be about to change. In February there will be a new fantasy RPG, Kingdom’s of Amalur: Reckoning. Reckoning promises to do right what Skyrim did wrong and if it succeeds then I believe Skyrim may well have met it’s match.

Where Skyrim’s combat seemed limp wristed and at times frustrating and dull, Reckoning promises an intense, almost arcade type feel to its combat that is lacking in RPGs of this stature. The problem with combat has plagued the Elder Scrolls series since its inception and it would be good to have an RPG of similar ambition give us decent combat.

Combat however is not Skyrim’s only issue, though there were a number of cool moments during the story it was, as a tale, dull and inspired. Reckoning features a story which currently consists of 10,000 years worth of history thanks to R. A. Salvatore who is one of the most esteemed fantasy writers in the world.

On top of this Reckoning, from what we have seen so far, looks to be balancing Skyrim with elements of Fable in terms of its style and feel, but obviously ditching the tongue in cheek humour that Fable games are full of. Borrowing elements from a revered RPG (Skyrim) whilst borrowing also from a series that has great potential but has never truly been great in itself (Fable) could very well give the Reckoning developers a huge hit.

The last reason why it may likely be a Skyrim killer is one we can’t really see decided until the game is out: bugs. Skyrim has been plagued with bugs and they are still present despite Bethesda’s best efforts to rid the game of them. Gamers really shouldn’t be expected to deal with bugs to the extent that we do and if Reckoning comes out as a polished game then it will put shame on Skyrim’s shoddy finish.

Ultimately of course we will have to wait until Reckoning is out but my money is firmly on Reckoning in this one as I feel that it would be far harder for it to fail than succeed due simply to the potential in its design and ideas.