I’m really late to this story, but if I don’t know, there’s a good chance you may not as well.
Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey (formerly “Spell Quest: Grimm’s Journey“) is up for a vote on Steam Greenlight. Originally released for iOS and Android, Letter Quest is an awesome word game with roleplaying elements and a ton of nerd humor that I know you’re going to love. The team over at Bacon Bandits didn’t half-ass this port, making all sorts of changes while removing the (incredibly fair) in-app purchases altogether. If you like Bookworm Adventures, Words with Friends, or even Boggle, then Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey is right up your alley.
If you’re a PC gamer and MMORPG fan who has ignored Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, maybe it’s time you give it a look. I mean, it’s the Final Fantasy so nice, they had to launch it twice!
Square Enix recently launched a couple of promotions, both out to bring in some new blood to the land of Eorzea. Wait, what? Eorzea? Really?!
The first promotion is a 14-day free trial for new players. Though the trial will place restrictions upon the account, such as item trading and early level caps, it should be enough to give people a feel for the world. I’d imagine it’s pretty much the same as Final Fantasy XI, seeing as loads of assets were re-used, but that’s me assuming because this trial is region locked! What, my Korean Won’s not good enough for you, you xenophobic snobs!
Then, after the trial period has expired, players will have 90 days to subscribe before the characters are lost forever. Say “Au revoir, Eorzea.” Now try it five times fast.
After meeting its funding goal (but narrowly missing its iOS stretch goal), Axle was greenlit for Android. Originally scheduled for release in Q2 2013, the game missed its deadline. Still, the team at Fallstreak Studios continued to update their Kickstarter page for all the contributors.
Axle latches onto the nearest gear during jumps. It works really well.
Axle will finally be available on Google Play for the low price of $1.99 on August 16th. I can’t wait to have another go around with the little gear that could and its whimsically steampunk contraptions. If Axle can maintain the high-level of platforming quality and awesome soundtrack that I saw back in the alpha, then I think you’re going to really enjoy it.
Additionally, Axle has been nominated for the 2014 Geekie Awards, which I’m going to pretend I knew existed before this minute. I mean, Stan Lee and Seth Green in one place? How could I not know about something like that? Axle will face off against The Banner Saga, Don’t Starve, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, and Outlast. That’s some stiff competition. Hopefully, that’s a sign of pedigree as well.
I am not proud. In fact, I hate myself for falling for the foot-in-the-door approach to gaming. I have no one to blame but myself.
Time and again, I start playing a free-to-play game only to find myself burned when the rules change. Time and again, I have paid without thinking, all because I didn’t see the changes coming. The writing was on the wall, but I didn’t look to my left or my right. I had tunnel vision all in the name of fun.
Here’s one simple fix that could help combat the free-to-play world.
I know what you’re thinking: “But that’s not a corn hole”. You must be from the south, where the words “corn” and “hole” probably don’t go together in a nice way.
Bean Bags, Bags, Cornhole, whatever you want call it – these dandy NES-styled boards are the work of redditor southgate32, who to this day is playing cornhole in style with his friends and family, of which you are not included.
This was it – Final Fantasy’s jump-the-shark moment – where the level of drawn-out, over-the-top, masturbatory animation sequences reached it’s planet-popping zenith. Destroying the solar system to reduce the party’s HP by a percentage less than 100%? Yeah, buddy.
The entire game builds you up to this moment, priming you with extravagant and increasingly ridiculous summon spells; conditioning you – nay – lubing you – to receive the biggest, most unnecessarily dramatic attack from one of gaming’s most infamous final forms.
An interesting bit of trivia: Japan’s Super Nova sequence was a quite a bit more modest, by a clean minute-and-a-half-or so: