Just Cause 3 Review / Breakdown

Hi and welcome to the Just Cause 3 Breakdown / Review. It’s been a while since I posted and I am glad to be diving back into the world of gaming and in these posts I breakdown the games and give you my thoughts and feelings about the games after I have finished playing them.

When was It released

This game was announced on November 11, 2014, and was released December 1, 2015

Who Made The Game

Avalanche Studios is a Swedish video game developer based in Stockholm with three studios that focuses on creating open-world games and was founded in March 2003 by Linus Blomberg and Christofer Sundberg. Avalanche Studios is best known for creating the Just Cause series and has worked on other titles like Mad Max and Generation Zero.

Square Enix is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company and the company’s full name is Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. They started doing business on September 22, 1975, and the company is valued 4,420 JPY. Square Enix was two different companies at the start. The first was called Square, and the other was called Enix. Both compies decided on a merger in 2000.

The company is best known for

  • Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix
  • Life Is Strange
  • Dragon Quest 1, 2 & 3
  • Hitman

What Platform Is It On

This game is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

What Genre Is It In

Just Cause 3 is an open-world action-adventure game.

What Game Engine Does It Run

Just Cause 3 runs an improved version of the Avalanche Engine that was used in Just Cause 1 & 2

What’s The Story About

The story starts six years after the events of Just Cause 2, and you play as mercenary Rico Rodriguez who is returning to his home of Medici to find that his presence is needed because Medici has fallen under a dictatorship of General Sebastiano Di Ravello. Rico sets out to overthrow Ravello and becomes part of a resistance group led by Rico’s old friend Mario Frigo.

The Second ally that you meet in the game after saving Mario’s forces from being completely wiped out is Dimah al-Masri, the scientist who creates all your gadgets and weapons. Dimah tells you that Di Ravello has been mining a mineral that has remarkable properties called Bavarium, and he is going to use it to make almost indestructible tanks and other weapons.

After Rico manually manoeuvres a missile off course and sends it to Di Ravello’s command base on the southern islands. Ravello is not happy and orders a small fleet to go and kill Mario and Dimah, but Rico destroys the fleet and in the process meets two new allies, Annika and Teo.

Rosa Manuela then comes out of hiding when Di Ravello forces are beaten back and forms a government opposed to his regime. Dimah sacrifices herself and takes all the information about Bavarium enhanced weapons with her. After the big boss battle at the end Rosa becomes President and Medici becomes a free place once again.

What’s The Gameplay Like

The world size is 400 square miles which is comparable to Just Cause 2, and the gameplay is fun after i figured out what I needed to do to proceed and there is plenty of things that you can blow up and enough things to do to keep you happy if that’s your thing and the damage that you can take is hugely forgiving, and you almost have to be standing still to take any significant damage before you die. I found that after the first couple of missions, it becomes super repetitive and is a grind to free all the provinces by destroying the same structures over and over again.

The travelling in helicopters is slow and takes forever to get anywhere and is comparable to pulling teeth until you upgrade your helicopter to the military one with big missile pods on the side and then it speeds up a little. Driving in the game is ok, not great and if you pass through a checkpoint, you usually come out the other side with some new friends who just become annoying if you have a long way to travel. I found the best way to travel without to much hassle is by using the grapple in combination with the wingsuit and the parachute and you can get to most places with ease.

Weapons and gadgets and transport are abundant, and if you run out of ammo you can just call in supples without a hassle, and I never felt as if I was ever in danger of dying because of a lack of ammo or equipment and some people will like that support and over will not and want more of a challenge.

What Type Of Resources Are In The Game

In the game, there are no resources that you need to collect or produce to allow you to move forward in the game.

Equipment In The Game

UVK – 13 is a regular rocket launcher, it shoots a single rocket. Especially effective against light armoured combat vehicles.

Fire Leech RPG allows you to target few targets at which eight small rockets are then shot. This weapon is perfect against a larger group of enemies or medium-sized military vehicle or group.

CAPSTONE HYDRA is a launcher that allows you to fire five missiles at once. This weapon is excellent for eliminating helicopters and tanks. It makes destroying large objects in military bases much more manageable.

CS NEGOTIATOR It’s a regular grenade launcher, suitable for eliminating few enemies at once. It will also be useful when facing light armoured combat vehicles and when destroying ordinary military objects.

UPU-210 is a more powerful version of the earlier grenade launcher above. This launcher shoots six missiles at once. Due to this, it is very effective against combat vehicles and in destroying more substantial objects.

USV-45 SOKOL is a sniper rifle that allows you to take down targets from far away. This is the weapon of choice for situations when you cannot get to someplace, and you must eliminate the target/enemy from a distance.

CS110 ARCHANGEL is a more robust version of the sniper rifle above. It has a smaller recoil. It allows you to shoot from a long distance. This is a deadly weapon and perfect for destroying far away, medium-sized objects in cities or military bases.

There is a lot of transportation options for you to choose from like Planes, jets, helicopters and boats, these vehicles come in all different shapes and sizes, and some are loaded with weapons and others are not.

The main pieces of equipment you will use in the game is the grapple, parachute and wingsuit.

Replayability

I believe if you want to play this game again, there is replay value here and it will take you a while to complete it again, but I feel like after you have completed the game, there is no reason to go back and play it again because it’s a complete grind.

A Nice Little Feature

I say that the coolest little feature of this game is the way you call in supplies and it drops from the sky in a shipping container and bursts open. I wish all my packages arrived that way.

Difficulty levels

There are no difficulty settings in Just Cause 3, so everyone has to play on the same difficulty, but things do get harder towards the end of the game.

Enemy types

The Medici Military is your main enemy as you play through this game you will come to see all the different levels of the Military. The ranks start at Classe private and then progress to Sargent, Commandante
Classe tirators selectionate.

When you are just walking around exploring, the Medici Military have been given orders to respond to you with force. If they spot you, then the first wave usually is just a couple of hummers with a few men in each of them. If you destroy them, then they increase their alert level and start to send in tanks and helicopters and more men to try and attack you.

luckily the AI is dumb, and you can lose these guys pretty quickly without much effort or just stick around to keep the party going and have a little fun just remember your ammo is not unlimited and requesting a drop in the middle of a battle is sometimes harder then you think if you got guys always firing at you.

Is It Single-player Or Multiplayer

This game is a single-player game.

How Long Is The Game

The main story of the game will take about 17h 23m but if you are not in a rush and want to play the game till you get that 100% complete then you are looking at about 60h 47m.

How Much Is The Game

You can pick this game up from Amazon for £12.99 for Xbox one or £15.51 for PlayStation 4, or if you’re a PC gamer, it’s £9.99.

My Thoughts About The Game

Just Cause 3 is a game that is fun to play for a couple of hours but really takes some dedication if you want to complete it, with a lack of difficulty options and almost god-like abilities to resist damage getting shot by a rocket is not dangerous it just becomes annoying when it tosses you around the map. On the whole, I think that it’s not a bad game I personally didn’t like the game towards the end because it just needs something to break up that relentlessness of doing the same thing over and over again to free your people. But if you have a couple of hours to kill and are looking for a lot of mindless destruction then take Just Cause 3 for a spin just don’t get your hopes up. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT JUST CAUSE 3

Squad Conquest Returns To Battlefield 5

Yes, That’s right one of my favourite game modes on Battlefield 5 is coming back to the Battlefield 5 rotation on April 25, 2019, definitely a date for the dairy if you’re a battlefield fan.

So, If you didn’t get a chance to play Squad Conquest last time it was in the rotation I bet you’re wondering what it is?

This mode is a small fast paced 8v8 player match where two teams compete against each other to capture and hold on to three main flags and try and run out the other sides respawn points. There is also access to one tank for each team, supported properly they can dominate and keep the other team pinned down for the duration of the round. (I have seen it happen and experienced it first hand)

Last time Squad Conquest was around, there were only three maps available which were, Arras, Hamada and Rotterdam the maps worked well with Rotterdam being my favourite (My K/D went sky high playing on Rotterdam). The problem was because of the limited number of maps it got repetitive quite quickly, but there are plans for new maps to be added this time around so hopefully, Dice will give us some great new maps and breath a bit of freshness into the mode. I don’t mind waiting just make more, but For now, we just got to stick with the same maps as last time.

The Maps

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Arras
Rotterdam
Rotterdam
Hamada
Hamada

Hamada on normal conquest mode is not a map I enjoy playing on, but on Squad Conquest it’s scaled down and plays nicely. I really enjoyed my time playing last time, and I’m looking forward to jumping in and playing a few rounds this time. And just for people who don’t know this mode is free to play.

If you want to experience Squad Conquest on Battlefield 5 Click Here to get your copy and start having loads of fun with this mode.

Metro Last Light Review / Breakdown

So after playing metro 2033, I was pumped and was looking forward to playing more of the metro series. So that’s exactly what I did. Metro Last Light released in 2013 and still enjoyable to play in 2019, so that gets into it.

Metro last light logo

Who Made The Game?

Developer:

4A Games was founded in 2006 by Andrew Prokhorov, Oles Shyshkovtsov, Alexander Maximchuk. Who left GSC Game World and now has two studios with its headquarters in Sliema, Ukraine and the second in Kiev, also in Ukraine.

Publishers:

Deep Silver was founded in 2002 and is a multinational video game developer and publisher based in Basingstoke, United Kingdom, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of German multinational corporation Koch Media. And is best known for games like the Dead Island series, Saints Row series, and the sequel to Homefront.

What platform is it on?

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Genre:

First-person shooter survival horror.

What Game Engine Does It Run?

The game runs the 4A Engine developed by 4A Games for the Metro Games and is a graphics middleware engine, and it supports Direct3D APIs 9, 10, 11, 12, OpenGL 3.2, along with NVidia’s PhysX, and also NVidia’s 3D Vision.

What’s The Story About?

Metro Last Light takes place in 2034 one year later after the events of the first game and is a direct sequel to Metro 2033. The story takes off from the missile strike at the end of the first game. You play as Artyom now a ranger and struggling with the decision of killing The Dark Ones. You find out that there is a single Dark One still left alive. And are sent on a mission to eliminate it and finish this thing once and for all. But it doesn’t go to plan. (Trying not to give to much away)

You learn more about the Dark Ones in Last Light and understand what Artyom’s role is and why they can speak to him. You also learn more about other factions within the metro and feels like a real world with lots of things going on.

What’s The Gameplay Like?

The gameplay is the same as Metro 2033 just with added improvements to gameplay mechanics and introduces elements such as weapon customisation. One thing that is critical in Metro games is scavenging, and with areas in Last Light being bigger than Metro 2033 there is more to explore.

There are many different ways that the game pulls you into the world and adds that level of immersion that I am always looking for. Diary entries, written by Artyom himself make the world seem more significant and more vast and the freedom to utilise different tactics to combat enemies that you don’t feel like your being restricted.

Stealth in this game is funny because as long as you are in the shadows. The human enemies have no clue where you are, even if you are standing in front of them or just run around the corner, shadows are your friends but as soon as you put one toe in the light area’s they are on you without hesitation. So turning off oil lamps and light bulbs is an obligation if you want to make it through some areas without firing a shot.

What Type Of Resources Are In The Game?

The resources haven’t changed from Metro 2033, and you still got your trusty lighter to burn them cobwebs away and a wind-up torch for seeing where you’re going, and ammunition is still the currency of the game, and the quest for gas mask filters and health packs continues.

Equipment In The Game

  1. Shotguns, automatic machine guns, a pistol and a rifle. Can all be brought from shops in the game.
  2. Gas masks, if yours gets damaged in combat, you can find new ones laying around or take them of dead bodies.
  3. A flashlight that needs to be charged and the more you charge it, the brighter it gets.
  4. Health packs can be found laying around.
  5. A lighter that you can use to burn cobwebs and doesn’t run out of gas.
  6. throwing knives, claymores, incendiary grenades, and hand grenades also a compass to tell you where to go.

The customisation of weapons is functional doesn’t have a whole lot to choose from but the things you can attach to your weapons works and doesn’t make the guns to powerful.

Replayability

The only replay value in this game is two different endings and playing the game on a harder difficulty level on a different mode.

A Nice Little Feature

Nothing stood out for me in this game don’t get me, wrong I loved the game, but it was more of the same which I enjoyed but nothing groundbreaking. I still think that being able to wipe the dirt and blood off of your mask is the best little detail of the metro series so far.

Difficulty Levels

There are standard difficulty levels like Easy, Normal and Hardcore. Also, there are Three modes:

Survival: has scarce ammo, slower reload, analogue clock, smarter AI.

Spartan: has faster reloads and aiming and more plentiful supplies.

Ranger mode: (DLC) removes HUD and lowers hp of all enemies and you.

Enemy Types

There is no shortage of mutants for you to kill in this game and even a few new ones that don’t appear in metro 2033 if i am not mistaken.

If you are not fighting mutants, then you will spend the rest of your time either being captured by or fighting Red Line and the Fourth Reich who are the two main forces in the game.

Is It Single Player Or Multiplayer?

Only single player. With NO multiplayer option.

How Long Is The Game?

9h 49m for the main story and much more if you try out the different modes and difficulties.

How Much Is The Game?

£15.99 on PS4, Xbox One and £ 7.45 for PC, it’s Not going to break the bank, and I think £15.99 for a game that came out in 2013 isn’t a bad price.

My Thoughts About The Game

I enjoyed the stealth in Last Light way more than I did in Metro 2033, but the gameplay was still amazing in both games. Maybe it was me, but I found that there were more surface levels which I found more challenging because of the gas mask filters giving me hardly any time on them maybe just my luck. (I hate them gas mask filters lol) but enjoyed the game but didn’t get that same buzzy I got when I completed the first one, but I did love the part near the end of last light where you have to defend D6 in an all-out attack. CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY

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Metro 2033 Redux Review / Breakdown

So I was getting tired of playing Battlefield 5 I put a solid 120 hours into it and then I was looking for something different, still a shooter but more a single player game not too common to find in 2019. A friend recommend Metro 2033, and it was on the games pass so why not? I got to say what a good recommendation. Before playing Metro 2033, I had never heard of the series and I know I’m a bit late playing this game because it came out in 2010 and we are now in 2019, but I still enjoyed it and was happy I could play the second game straight after the first with no waiting time in between.

metro 2033 redux

Who Made The Game?

Developer:

4A Games was founded in 2006 by Andrew Prokhorov, Oles Shyshkovtsov, Alexander Maximchuk. Who left GSC Game World and now has two studios with its headquarters in Sliema, Ukraine and the second in Kiev, also in Ukraine.

Publishers:

THQ is no longer around after filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy but was founded in 1990 by Jack Friedman and was based in Agoura Hills, California and know for such games as Destroy All Humans, Darksiders and Saints Row.

Deep Silver was founded in 2002 and is a multinational video game developer and publisher based in Basingstoke, United Kingdom, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of German multinational corporation Koch Media. and is best know for games like, the Dead Island series, Saints Row series, and the sequel to Homefront.

Platforms:

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems

Genre:

First-person shooter survival horror.

What Game Engine Does It Run?

The game runs the 4A Engine developed by 4A Games for the Metro Games and is a graphics middleware engine, and it supports Direct3D APIs 9, 10, 11, 12, OpenGL 3.2, along with NVidia’s PhysX, and also NVidia’s 3D Vision.

What’s The Story About?

The story is based on Dmitry Glukhovsky novel Metro 2033 and is set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow twenty years after the bombs fell in 2013. You play as Artyom, a 24-year-old male survivor born before the bombs fell and the adopted son of the station commander you survive in the subway tunnels in the northern station of Exhibition and are forced to leave and make your way to Polis, the “capital” of the Metro for help because of an attack by creatures known as The Dark Ones. You have to trek from one station to another and even go on the surface to get there.

What’s The Gameplay Like?

I thought the gameplay was great I played on Spartan mode on normal difficulty and found even with more ammunition and resources I still ran out of ammo quickly. Gas mask filters were not too much of an issue on that mode. The game kept me in almost a constant panic between do I have enough ammo to survive the next attack or am I going to run out of air first. So managing your resources was a must and made me approach each situation, nervously.

Each battle was chaotic and surprising. I quickly realised that the survival part of the game was serious and you couldn’t take on every mutant and sneaking past some enemies was a must and you have to choose your actions wisely and shooting at things that have been put there to scare you was a waste and that probably where all my ammo went lol.

What Type Of Resources Are In The Game?

The resources that are in the game are Ammunition which is also the currency in the game, Gas mask filters and health packs. You can find ammo on dead body’s or buy it from shops in stations. You can find gas mask filters in the game but how many you will see depends on what mode you are playing. Health packs are the same as gas mask filters.

Equipment In The Game

  1. Shotguns, automatic machine guns, pistol. Can all be brought from shops in the game.
  2. Gas masks, if yours gets damaged in combat, you can find new ones laying around or take them of dead bodies.
  3. A flashlight that needs to be charged and the more you charge it, the brighter it gets.
  4. Health packs can be found laying around.
  5. A lighter that you can use to burn cobwebs and doesn’t run out of gas.
  6. A compass to tell you where to go.

Replayability

This game has a linear story, and there is no real replay value after you have completed it apart from the two different endings and a different mode and difficulty.

A Nice Little Feature

The one thing that stood out for me was the game mechanic of being able to wipe your gas mask when you get covered in blood so that you can see what’s going on and adds a level of immersion to the game that I loved.

Difficulty levels

There are standard difficulty levels like Easy, Normal and Hardcore. Also, there are Three modes:

Survival: has scarce ammo, slower reload, analogue clock, smarter AI.

Spartan: has faster reloads and aiming and more plentiful supplies.

Ranger mode: (DLC) removes HUD and lowers hp of all enemies and you.

Enemy Types

There is a massive amount of mutated creatures for you to kill and be killed by and when you go to the surface, everything wants to eat you.

The other type of enemy is other humans from other warring parties such as the red line Communists and the Nazis.

Is It Single Player Or Multiplayer?

Only single player and no online multiplayer.

How Long Is The Game?

The game is about 10 hours or so.

How Much Is The Game?

This is another game I picked up on the Xbox games pass, but it did come out in 2010, so the price of it now is only £15.99 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and £7.19 for the PC version.

My Thoughts About The Game

Metro 2033 Redux is a fantastic game with a great story, and I had many hours of fun playing it. I know it’s an old game, and you can feel that when you play it now but still a great experience and got me super pumped to play the second one and I would recommend anybody who hasn’t played this game to pick yourself a copy by clicking HERE.

Middle Earth Shadow Of Mordor Review / Breakdown

So I recently Completed Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor because it’s on the games pass. The games Initial release date was the 30th of September 2014. Shadow of Mordor is an open world action-adventure game with an excellent free-flowing combat system.

So at the moment, the Xbox games pass is helping me catch up with the games I have missed out on over the years. So this is not the only game from the games pass I will be talking about on here. So without any more of my rambling, that’s get to it.

Shadow of Mordor Logo

Who Are The Publishers And Developers of Shadow Of Mordor?

Publishers:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Is the video game division part of warner bros. A company that has been going over 96 years. If you haven’t heard of them where have you been?

Developers:
Monolith Productions was founded in October 1994 by Brian Goble, Bryan Bouwman, Garrett Price, Paul Renault, Toby Gladwell, Brian Waite, and Jace Hall and is now a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and is known for games like The F.E.A.R series and The Matrix online.

Feral Interactive is a video games developer and publisher for macOS, Linux, and iOS platforms. It was founded in 1996 and is based in London, UK. And handles a lot more of the pc side of things developing and publishing ports of games like the Total war series, Batman: Arkham, Tomb Raider and Xcom: Enemy Unknown.

What Platforms Can I Play It On?

All major platform like PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems, macOS.

Genre(s) Action-adventure, hack and slash.

What Game Engine Does It Run On?

The game runs the LithTech game engine that was developed by Monolith Productions and has been the basis for several first-person shooter games.

The LithTech engine was made for Microsoft initially, and then Monolith then purchased the rights for themselves and then licensed it to other developers. After the release of Shadow of Mordor Monolith started working on a new type of game engine still based on the LithTech engine for more substantial scale battles and they named it: LithTech: Firebird.

Talion fallen Ranger
Talion

What’s The Story About?

You play as the Captain of Gondor, Talion, a former ranger stationed at the Black Gate Of Mordor and are set on a path of revenge after your wife and son are killed in front of you by Saurons Uruks. The game fits in the 60-year gap between the hobbit and the lord of the rings and full of Lord of the Rings lore and makes great use of Gollum. After dying at the hand of the Uruks, You are then merged with a wraith called Celebrimbor who was an elf before becoming a wraith and who ultimately assisted Sauron in forging the One Ring and are spared from death and given wraith powers to exact your revenge.

What’s The Gameplay Like?

The gameplay for Shadow of Mordor is excellent and responsive, and fighting feels amazing just like fighting in the Batman: Arkham games. You can choose to sneak around in the game, and take out enemy’s with stealthy precision or run in and take on the hordes of Uruks waiting for you. The good thing about combat in this game is your never locked into an animation, and every time you press the button to block an incoming attack, it says “No Problem.” and the gory decapitation and stabbing animations are great, and you can feel it.

The Nemesis System
The Nemesis System

The Nemesis system
Is by far the best enemy system I have seen in a game. When an Uruk or a captain kills you, they advance in rank and power and say different things to you depending on if they have killed you before it makes dying mean something and not just waiting for the checkpoint to reload so that you can try it again. The internal power struggle between all Uruks on all levels keeps things fresh but doesn’t happen in reel time but be careful not to die to the same Uruk to many times; otherwise, you will promote him to a high rank. He will then be much harder to defeat, and you will have to leave him alone until the end of the game when you are more powerful and take him out then, I’m speaking from experience.

But one downside of the game is that there is a lot of the same killing Uruk after Uruk and then just collecting stuff towards the end of the game it was a grind to keep playing so that I could complete it. The combat is hard at the beginning, and you feel really underpowered, and you can die quickly if you’re not paying attention to your health. After you unlock a few upgrades fights to start to swing more in your favour and make no mistake, the upgrades are needed and make it much more comfortable to get your sword out and defeat a few Uruks and not hide behind your bow with limited elf shot.

The ability to zip around the map after unlocking the lethal shadow strike ability was an excellent way to move around the world, and I think by far it was my favourite ability in the game. Being able to brand Uruks and get them to fight on your side was a cool mechanic in the game but was not always possible with lots of Uruks around you but trying to turn every one to your team was great fun.

Having the ability to drain the Uruks so that you can recharge your elf shot was a nice touch, and it turns any Uruks you see into a potential elf shot resource and after unlocking the ability to drain while you were in combat made it so much easier to take out enemies that were shooting you from afar.

Resources In The Game

Every time you level up, you get “Ability Points.” which is the game’s currency, and you can spend these points on unlocking upgrades for your character.

There are also herbs that you can pick up to heal you, but you can’t store them on your player for later. By picking up, all the herbs in the world you will also be completing the survival challenges.

Elf Shot is an ability in the game and gives you a limited number of arrows you can fire at the start, but by using the drain ability, it made me look at Uruks more as a resource than an enemy.

The drain ability

Replayability

Once you have completed this game and done all the side missions. I don’t see a reason to come back and play the game again. In the beginning, it’s fun and at the end your super powerful but if enough Uruks get a couple of good shots in you will die just as quick as you do at the start of the game.

A Nice Little Feature

In this part, I pick out a feature that I liked. I think The Nemesis System was the star of this game and made the game feel more dynamic. Because without this I think the game would have been monotonous and mega repetitive more than it already is.

Difficulty Levels

There is no difficulty that you can set for yourself. I would say it is set to hard because the combat is a thing that punishes you for not being on top of your upgrades and using the right runes to get the best of the things you have and the poison is annoying until you unlock the ability resist poison attacks. Some characters are much harder to take down than others because they are resistant to all type of attacks so finding a way to kill them was a challenge at times but made me use my brain and give me that sweet feeling of accomplishment.

Equipment In the Game

There is not a vast amount of weapons for you to choose from in Shadow Of Mordor. You have your sword, a spirit bow and arrows and throwing daggers. That’s it. I didn’t feel like you needed more weapons because everyone you face is vulnerable one type of attack you are capable of but would have been nice to use something different later on in the game. As you progress in the story and level up, the new ability’s for these weapons unlock, but you don’t get any new weapons you can use the weapons you already have in different ways, work with what you got I guess.

Runes
There are a set of runes for each of the three weapons you possess and gives each weapon buffs and depending on the way you kill your nemeses will affect what type of rune that will be dropped. Explore the enemies weaknesses will result in a different rune drop so, for example, Kill an Uruk captain that has a weakness towards your ranged attacks you get a range related rune. You can also combine runes to make you more powerful.

Epic runes
These epic runes are remarkably powerful, and you get them from Uruk Warchiefs or Captains, but there is a list of things you need to do before they drop them, here we go:

  1. Talion must first dominate an Uruk
  2. Then force the Uruk to deliver a death threat to a captain
  3. kill the Captains bodyguards.
  4. kill the Captain, and there is a chance you will get an Epic Rune drop from him.

The way to get an Epic Rune drop from a Warchief

  1. Dominate an Uruk Captain
  2. Use Uruk Captain to send a death threat to Warchief
  3. kill Warchiefs bodyguards
  4. Kill Warcheif more of a chance of an Epic Rune drop

You are more likely to get an Epic Rune drop of a Warchief than a Captain and if the Warchief or Captain has killed you before it increases the chances as well.

There Are Certain Runes That you can only get by either:

  1. Pre-ordering the game.
  2. Completing DLC Orc Warband missions.
  3. Having a WBID account.
  4. buying the Steam Game of the Year edition

Enemy Types

In order of rank, you get the:

Normal Uruks: which are your regular foot soldiers and gets bossed around by the bigger Uruk captains.

Uruk Captains: Keeps the smaller Uruks inline and try’s to outdo other captains through recruitment, duels, feasts and hunts or full-on attacks on other captains to try and increase there rank and power over all the over captains and ultimately become a Warchief.

Warchief’s
These are the most powerful unit in the Uruks army and typically have Uruk captain’s as the personal bodyguards once you defeat or brand and turn the warchiefs to your side and then use them to attack other warchiefs is a fun thing to do but also challenging.

There are other creatures in the world that you can run into such as a Drake, Caragors, Ghûls, Graug, Caragath, Morgai Flies and Fell Beast.

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Your Character

In total, you get to unlock 39 upgrades for your character 18 of them are ranger skills and abilities and 21 are a wraith. So by the end of the game, your capabilities and choices to move around the world and defeat your foes are numerous from when you first started, and I think the upgrades come at the right time and make you feel like they make a difference when you unlock them. Because there are some missions that without the upgrades I don’t think I would have been able to complete.

I felt for Talion when they killed his wife an son in front of him at the start of the game it’s gripping and got me hooked straight away. I felt invested in the character from the beginning, and when a game can do that, it’s a great start.

Modes

This game is only singleplayer and does not have a multiplayer option, but it does have a tiny bit of multiplayer. If you are online and your friend is connected as well, and you are both playing the game, and you get killed an icon appears on your friends map where you will be able to avenge your friend’s death and murder the Uruk that killed them.

How Long Is it?

The games run time is about 25 hours with the story and side missions, but people on steam are saying they have put in far more time than that into the game with some people putting in 100 + hours.

Talion

How Much Is the Game?

Well, Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor came out in 2014, so the price of it now in 2019 is not going to break the bank, and you can pick up on Amazon for £5.99 on the PC, £18.70 for PS4 and £17.99 for Xbox One. Or do what I did and brought the Xbox games pass and get it from there.

My Thoughts About The Game

I thought this game overall was terrific and was a great experience and I spent many hours playing this game it was addictive, and now it’s over, and I’m glad I experienced it. My favourite parts of the game were using the lethal shadow strike ability to get around the world, and I got good at using the bow and chaining all the abilities together.

Just wishing for a little more than Uruk Attacks and collecting stuff outside the main story. What I did get was some wonderful memory’s of the gameplay and some Uruk Warchief’s and Captains that were more of a challenge then I thought and made bad words come out of my mouth but ultimately a fun game to play. I would recommend the game.

Apple Arcade Gaming Subscription Service

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It seems to me every big company these days is taking a stab at there version of gaming subscription service because they don’t want to be left out and every company seems to be following the trend after Microsoft has done their games pass. At its March 25th “It’s Showtime” event Apple announced a foray into game subscriptions and here’s what I know.

Apple Arcade will bundle over 100 new and exclusive games. All of the games will be ad-free and will not include any in-app purchases. These games are not going to be triple AAA games like you will get on the other gaming platforms like Xbox One, PS4, and PC they are not going to be using cutting edge graphics but the graphics are not going to be poor quality either.

Apple says these games will be high quality with a focus on simplicity and exclusivity and will be family-friendly across the board. They also believe that with Apple Arcade there will be a significant number of games that will only be made because of this platform.

Apple Arcade will help solve the problem of discovering high-quality games which is a problem on the app store because of the size of it and how many crap mobile games there is out there.

When Will It Be Released And How Much Is It?

The three burning questions on my mind when a new service comes out is, does it look any good? When’s it out? And how much is it going to cost me?, if I do decide I want it. The details are fuzzy when it comes to answering those questions but what I do know is it’ll launch sometime this
Autumn in over 150 regions, and there has not been a price announced yet. And if you are an arcade game fan, then it might appeal to you because of the promised high-quality games that you can’t play anywhere else.

But like google stadia they don’t want to be too greedy because there is a lot of competition from other gaming subscription services.

Who’s On Board

Apple has signed deals with the likes of Disney, Gameloft, SEGA, LEGO, and Konami for the bundle. And has got some highly regarded game developers such as Hironobu Sakaguchi and Ken Wong to get them off to a strong start.

How Are They Different?

You always want to know (What Make You Different?) and the difference is I guess apple arcade will not be a streaming service and will not be a standalone app but will have its tab along the bottom bar of the App Store app alongside the general Games tab. And each subscription supports Family Share, allowing up to six people to play on the same account). Their games will be downloadable for offline play unlike google stadia, which is good news for people with a poor internet connection.

A Cool Little Feature I like.

Apple Arcade will be playable across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. But the thing I think is cool is that you can access your game you were playing on your Ipad and carry on that same game on your iPhone without having to start the game from scratch so all devices are linked and it doesn’t matter where you start a game or even finish a game.

Is There A Controller

With google stadia bringing its controller out that looks surprisingly like the PS4 controller. Apple specifically says “many games will offer support for game controllers. I don’t think it will be their primary focus.

The Games That Have Been Confirmed So Far Are?

The Artful Escape
Atone: Heart Of The Elder Tree
Beyond A Steel Sky
The Bradwell Conspiracy
Cardpocalypse
Doomsday Vault
Down in Bermuda
Enter The Construct
Fantasian
Frogger In Toy Town
Hitchhiker
Hot Lava
Kings Of The Castle
LEGO Arthouse / LEGO Brawls
Lifelike
Monomals
Mr. Turtle
No Way Home
Oceanhorn 2: Knights Of The Lost Realm
Overland
The Pathless
Projection: First Light
Repair
Sayonara Wild Hearts
Shantae 5
Sneaky Sasquatch
Spidersaurs
Team Sonic Racing
UFO On Tape: First Contact
Where Cards Fall
Winding Worlds
Yaga

My Final Thoughts

If you are a fan of arcade style / retro games and want more high-quality mobile games experience and have not brought a Nintendo switch, then it might be worth a look. Personally, I am not a big mobile gamer and will not be using the service. But might be great for people who are addicted to mobile games or want an arcade / retro game fix. The only downside I can think of is that if you are only interested in one or two games, you still have to sign up for the full service because the games included in Apple Arcade will not be available outside of the bundle.