Eve Online: A charming universe

EVE Online is an MMORPG developed by CCP Games that was released in 2003 and allows us to discover an impressive galactic universe. Sadly, the game is not free and you can purchase a copy either via Stream or in boxed packages in specialized stores.

The basic activity is working for resources, fighting against other players (PvP) or against the environment (PvE). You also get to pilot amazingly drawn ships (that can be customized) through an enormous galaxy (7800 stars) to find new enemies and resources.

The game is mostly peaceful and we believe it will be more attractive for users interested in exploring and building worlds more than fighting and destroying enemies. You will have a healthy amount of pursuits and quests but there’s also a lot of mining, building, and trading. EVE is a complex system with various economic and politic rules that help you integrate and learn.

Enemies can be direct (pirates that will open fire as soon as they lay eyes on you) or scammers and spies which are way more dangerous than the first type. On the other hand, the action is not just ‘shoot and blow things up’, like in many war games. No, you have to think your moves and analyze your situation if you actually want to win. Even ship piloting is a skill and you need a bit of math vision to understand it.

In EVE Online victory is not about good reflexes; it’s about strategy and the ability to choose the right equipment, build a powerful team, and maintain the lines of communication open. Things are never what they seem and you must be careful about cleverly set traps that might lead on thinking you’re winning. EVE Online is more a game of the brains and attracts a through the interesting and elusive environment it creates.

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The Gameplay

The basic action happens in a large universe with solar systems and wormholes that you get to explore flying around in your spaceship. The advancement in skills and game happens in real time so things happen in the game even when you’re not actually online.

Also, the economy is open and you can use NPC (non-player characters) to buy your way to new skills. You can also make trades and even look for materials necessary to repair a ship yourself. While some players might consider the game boring, you have to understand that all the elements are connected and you are an important part of an expanding universe.

 

FIFA 16 Ultimate Team

Regardless of the fact that you like soccer or not, if you like video games you definitely heard about FIFA! This game series is supported by EA Canada and EA Sports and tries to immerse players into the real action of a soccer game.

While the start was in 1993, each year brought something new to the series and the graphic level increased to the point where we can see emotions on players’ faces. However, if you thought there’s nothing new to add after 13 series, you were wrong. FIFA 16 is the first in the series to promote female players and also the first to allow fans to decide who should be on the cover (besides Messi of course).

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The Gameplay & Features

The general idea is simple: you start with a small soccer team and you grow by earning games. As you grow, you can get better players and finally, you can even get to hire Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo which is the pinnacle of this game.

However, there is more to this game than just playing soccer. First, you have 78 stadiums to explore and 50 real places that have meaning to soccer fans and FIFA. One good example is Fratton Park, a place added to honor the memory of an important member of the FIFA creation team.

FIFA 16 also comes with a new Training Mode where you get to train and grow your players without actually putting them in real games. You can even decide the career path the player will take by specifying certain attributes and skills. As the player grows, he will become more valuable as his/her transfer value grows.

The fun part of a game like FIFA is not necessarily in games. It’s in the fact that you have to learn how to manage and grow a team, you have to deal with transfers, and other issues that usually don’t show up on the field. So, by the end of the game, you will also gain some managing skills and some valuable information in the soccer world.

The game is available for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.

Building your team

FIFA 16 starts you off with a regular team and your goal is to grow it. In the end, you should end up with world renowned players who carry your name wherever they go. However, professional players are extremely expensive and difficult to obtain. It usually takes a lot of games, negotiation, and struggle to gather that kind of money and skills. Yet, if you want to move faster in the game, there’s a shortcut: you can buy FIFA coins. If you’re interested in buying FIFA coins, take a look at buycheapcoinsfifa.

However, you must make sure when you buy FIFA coins the source is legit. There is a wide range of sites that promise a legit transaction, but they are nothing more than scams. If you choose to go with the traditional game, you will have to be successful in a wide range of tournaments and leagues to get better players.

In the end, even though it comes with new features and improved graphics, FIFA 16 Ultimate Team is very similar to the previous versions. The gameplay and the experiences are similar, but every true gamer wants the latest version of his/her favorite game.

Rift: Game review

For those of you who never heard of it, Rift is a fantasy MMORPG that takes place in the land of Telara. The game was released in March 2011 and is free to play for anyone who likes this type of gaming sessions. However, you should know that initially, the game required a monthly subscription or prepaid game cards. The free-to-play version was released in June 2013 and now you can reach the maximum level without spending any money. There is the possibility to have the Patron status, but you have to pay for it.  If you choose this one, you’ll get interesting bonuses.

Just like with most MMORPG, the action moves around two factions fighting each other. In Rift, the factions are separated in races and classes and they also have to battle other common enemies.

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The gameplay

Telara is a magical land where the main Planes (Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Life, and Death) intersect with each other. Now, each of these Planes has a dragon deity as a representative and they are forming an alliance (the Blood Storm) in order to take over Telara where they can be all-powerful. According to the storyline, this is not the first time when they tried such a thing, but in the past they were defeated. This led to 5 of the dragons being enchained and their leader being cast out of the realm into elemental Planes.

However, this was only a temporary solution as the leader dragon Regulos managed to get inside Telara and opened rifts through which the other dragons could influence the inhabitants with their mind power. Rifts are areas where the elemental Planes meet, creating areas of elemental instability. Once one of these rifts is open, it is able to create monsters that will spread destruction everywhere they go.

As a player you will be an Ascended, a super-human hero warrior who was resurrected to defeat Regulos and the other dragons for good. Your main job is to fight the monsters that manage to escape the rifts and close the rifts that get open.

Players are divided into two factions: the Guardians and the Defiant. The Guardians are highly religious and they put their trust in the supreme gods, the Vigil. On the other hand the Defiant are (as the name says) different and they base their actions on science. That’s why there are two types of Ascended players: Guardians and Defiant. The Ascended Guardians were resurrected by the Vigil, the supreme gods in Telara while the Ascended Defiant warriors were resurrected with scientific methods. So, besides the fight against dragons, as a player you also have to overthrow the religion of the Vigil.

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Expansions

The game has only one expansion called Storm Legion which was released in November 2012. This expansion came with quite a lot of changes and among the most interesting ones we should mention:

  • A bigger Telara – more land to explore
  • The idea of dimensions was introduced in the game – dimensions are simple instances, set apart from the Telara environment where you can use your creativity for decorations. Dimensions can be bought and visited and if you like one you can actually give it a ‘+1’.
  • Each class received additional soul choices
  • The maximum level is 60

Action and leveling

Usually the action is based on quest and PvP (player vs player) or PvE (player vs environment) combat. You can choose to level with more than one character and you are not forced to follow the same route every time. This gives the game charm and makes it more interesting when it comes to exploration of the map.

If you’re not patient enough to use questing for leveling up, you can also use the Instant Adventure mode. The basic idea is that the game is quite dynamic and you are not forced to follow one direction.

 

Guild Wars 2: Game review

Guild Wars 2 is a popular MMORPG that presents us the fantastic world of Tyria where you get to see and fight dragons and all sorts of mythical creatures. The main action happens between Destiny’s Edge guild and the Elder dragons – a species that took over Tyria.

Guild Wars is also one of the few MMORPGs to offer a storyline that is responsive to users’ actions. This is something normal in single player games, but quite rare in a massive multiplayer game. Thus, you will not have traditional quests that have a rock-solid storyline. You’ll be able to approach a quest in your own personal manner making things a lot more interesting and personal. But quests are not the only things that implement a more dynamic effect; so is the combat system. While the original game was more set on a complex magical system, in this version you can use the environment as a weapon and you will need fewer skills to perform certain magic actions.

The base game became free-to-play in 2015 when it reached over 5 million copies sold. So now, anyone can create an account and enjoy the magical world of Tyria.

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The Plot and Gameplay details

The action takes place 250 years after the events in the Eye of the North expansion. In this world, the human race is threatened by 5 awoken Elder Dragons that spread destruction and mayhem all over Tyria. The situation is desperate and the only hope lies with the disbanded guild of multi-racial adventurers called Destiny’s Edge. The members of this guild struggle and your job as a player is to reunite them once more in the fight against the Elder Dragons.

While the story seems simple, the graphics, combat action and general interaction with game elements are not. Everything is in high-quality and users get to enjoy amazing fighting sessions and fantastic landscapes.

Development and expansions

Guild of War 2 used to receive content updates every 2 weeks – these were meant to add to the game’s interest and fix any bugs discovered by users. After a while these updates came further apart but they also added new elements to the game. For instance, a content update in November 2012 brought users a new dungeon to explore. And the best part is that it wasn’t just a dungeon – the main structure was designed to contain a wide array of mini-dungeons, each with its own story and quests.

The updates continued, and in the years to come, the game got enriched with new storylines and even sections of Tyria no one knew about.

Finally, in 2015, producers announced an expansion of the game. Called Heart of Thorns, this brings new challenges, professions, specializations, and even new territories. The game continues to receive updates and improvements even today, with the latest one being released in July 2016 – the Living World Season 3.

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Who doesn’t love Star Wars? The franchise that launched the idea of a populated universe with various races and beings is one to go into legend. Of course, we all expected that the universe created by George Lucas in the world of Hollywood will expand in the video game as well. And we were not disappointed! With amazing graphics and an interesting plot, this MMORPG reached its first million users within 3 days from the launch date.

It is also considered to be one of the most expensive games ever created (development wise). Launched in 2011, the game takes us in a Star Wars universe after a fragile peace was established between the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic. As a player, you can join either the Sith or the Republic and you have to work through 8 different classes each divided in three acts. The most interesting part is that you get to enjoy amazing personalization options and even companion characters.

All in all, if you’re a Star Wars fan, it’s close to impossible to not like this game!

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The story & Gameplay

If you think you’ll get to see the same events you know from the Star Wars film, we should warn you: the events in the game take place 3600 years before the movies. However, the conflict is similar as Jedi Knights will still look to find guidance while the Siths will still be looking for power. There is a civil war and armed conflict and you’ll get to visit many planets which make the game quite interesting.

The storyline is of extreme importance and you’ll easily get swept away by the event line. However, no two players will have the same experience! The game is designed to offer multiple opportunities and, even though each class is set on a certain gameplay, you will be allowed to choose how the story goes on. This is what makes this game quite charming and unpredictable.

You also get companion characters and fully voiced dialogues to enhance the idea of an interactive game. Even more, users get their own starship to use in galactic battles and to travel from one planet to another! Sadly, you can’t choose the ship to use as one is assigned according to the faction you swore allegiance to. Thus, as a Sith you get a Fury, as a Bounty Hunter you get a D5-Mantis, as an Imperial Agent you get an X-70B Phantom, and Jedi Knights get a Defender. Of course, there are other races and other ships and may have the chance to try them all.

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft, or WoW, is one of the most popular MMORPGs in the world right now. Actually, the game holds the title as the world’s most subscribed MMORPG with 5.5 million subscriptions at the end of 2015. The game was released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment and is part of the Warcraft franchise where we get to learn and explore the world of Azeroth.

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The Gameplay

As you can learn from the title, your character will explore a world with amazing landscapes where he or she will get to fulfill quests and fight various monsters. Even though the general presentation sounds dull, the game has the advantage of continuous gameplay. As you evolve, the character grows and learns new skills. However, each character can only have two primary professions that he /she can use to create resources. Besides these primary occupations, a character can also have hobbies or so called secondary professions.

The game creates an addictive world where anyone can find a something to do. Also, the fact that there is ongoing character development and that you can alternate individual tasks with group tasks, makes the game extremely attractive even years after release.

How to play

To play, all you have to do is select a realm (or what we call a server in the real world). Each realm is a version of the original game world and we have the following:

  • The Normal Realm that promotes PvE action. Here the character must defeat monsters and complete tasks to grow and achieve skills. There is also some PvP action, but it must be consensual.
  • The PvP Realm where you fight both monsters and other players for resources. Here you must keep your guard up as any player can attack at any given time.
  • RP – very similar with the Normal Realm, but here you roleplay in-characters
  • RP – PvP this is a combination of roleplay in-character and the player vs. player mode.

Expansions

Since the release, War of Warcraft received several expansions:

  • The Burning Crusade, released in 2007
  • Wrath of the Lich King released in 2008
  • Cataclysm released in 2010
  • Mists of Pandaria in 2012
  • Warlords of Draenor in 2014
  • And there is another extension called Legion that is expected to be released in August 2016.

In the end, if fighting monsters and exploring fantastic worlds are two of the actions that you love, then World of Warcraft is definitely a great game for you. You can start with a free account but, if you want the entire experience, you’ll have to pay a subscription.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Are you looking for the next MMORPG to keep you engaged and totally devoted to the action? Well, Final Fantasy XIV is the perfect candidate for this job! The game is developed by Square Enix, the Japanese company that also brought us game franchises like Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts. A Realm Reborn was released in the second half of 2013 and can be played on PCs, Mac computers, and the latest consoles from Sony (PlayStation 3 and 4).

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The basic elements

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is the better version of Final Fantasy XIV which was not that well-received by the public. So, to please users, Square Enix invested resources and time to create the land of Eorzea where your character is transported 5 years in the future. It’s a time of recovery after war and Eorzea is rebuilding itself, but with a new threat rising from the North: the Garlean Empire.

Just like most modern games, A Realm Reborn provides users with stunning graphics and mesmerizing landscapes. You also get to almost feel the weather as there will be fog and rains very realistically depicted. Even more, the music (created by Masayoshi Soken) is immersing and inspiring.

In conclusion, you got all the necessary elements of a great game: a great story, amazing graphics, and inspiring music.

The action

The activity is based on a tale as old as time: the fight of good vs. evil. The game offers you 50 levels filled with action, cinematics, and tasks that will help you learn skills and evolve as a character. The evolution is not straightforward as, to become all you can be, you have to reach certain levels in certain jobs. For instance, to become a Bard, your character must be level 30 as an Archer and level 15 as a Pugilist.

Also, you can change classes by simply changing weapons which comes in handy in various situations. The game allows for maximum versatility so you are not stuck in just one course of action.

The combat scenes are designed in the traditional MMO style but this shouldn’t be seen as a disappointment. You will get lots of excitement in dungeons scenes as here is the strong point of A Realm Reborn. First level dungeons will be simple but things start to get complicated with levels 30 to 35.

In conclusion, A Realm Reborn is a fantastic world that grows on you. The action leads you through challenging tasks and amazing graphics, creating a perfect fantastic world for every video game lover.

MMORPG Aion

When was the last time you went online to play a video game? Regardless of the fact that you are an avid player or just a casual one, Aion creates a fantastic environment for everyone. Developed by NCSOFT and released in May 2009 for Asia, the game became insanely popular very quickly.

The game is now available globally and can be played by anyone with a steady internet connection and a computer that supports advanced graphics. As you evolve in the game, you will find a fantastic world with complex situations and quests that will keep you on your toes. The game is so well-designed that it already has 5 expansions (will discuss them later).

The backstory

Every MMORPG must come with a great backstory and AION doesn’t disappoint. First of all, you’ll find both PvP (Player vs Player) and PvE (Player vs Environment) situations. Second of all, the graphics is quite advanced and offers a great experience to any player.

The backstory revolves around two factions: the Elyos and the Asmodian which are sworn enemies. The general quest is simple: save your world that is in danger of being shattered (your world is called Atreia). The danger is represented by various invaders, monsters, and so on.

Game Features

If the plot is not enough to convince you, let’s take a quick look over the main features:

  • You get to enjoy a wide range of solo adventures and group quests
  • There will be challenging dungeons where you have to prove your skills
  • Skills improve as you advance in the game, but only as a chain-reaction (you must solve certain scenes to gain new skills)
  • The world of Atreia is absolutely gorgeous
  • You will have flight scenes
  • Combat scenes are intense and filled with adrenaline
  • Story-driven content
  • You’ll have the possibility to take pets that will be helpful along the game
  • Advanced equipment customization

Expansions

We mentioned that the game already has 5 expansions, but let’s see what they actually are. Expansions are different versions of the same game that explore different worlds and implement different characters.  AION comes with the following extensions:

  1. Aion: Assault on Balaurea (September 7, 2010) – this version expands the game world and takes the fight against balaurs which invade their world, Balaurea. Your character will be upgraded and you’ll have access to different weapons, skills, and items.
  2. Aion: The Promised Lands(Ascension for North America) (October 19, 2011) – the fight against the Balaur continues and you will be revealed new sections in Balaurea.
  3. Aion 4.0: Dark Betrayal (June 26, 2013) – this expansions brings new classes and zones.
  4. Aion 4.8: Upheaval (June 17, 2015) – new zones, skills, and revamped user interfaces.
  5. Aion 5.0: Echoes of Eternity (July 13, 2016) – again, two new zones, and updated user interfaces.

As you can see, each expansion comes with improved graphics and skills. However, these are not the only things that evolve. Each expansion brings new combat situations, new territories to discover, and will challenge your skills at a more advanced level.

So, if you like MMORPGs and you’re looking for world to save, AION awaits you!

 

What are podcasts?

If you live in our new technological era and you’ve been online, then you know about podcasts. Even more, everyone is very excited by them! According to a study performed in 2014 by Edison Research, 39 million Americans are into podcasts every month. Of course, fan numbers increased since then, considering the fact that almost all podcasts are available for free.

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So, what exactly are podcasts?

Podcasts are a direct result of the new technological development and have been around for a while. So, a podcast is a downloadable/ streamable file that contains the recording of a discussion/show. Usually podcasts can be listened to so they come in MP3 format, but they can also be videos. In terms of content, everyone can find something interesting; people who make them cover every imaginable topic and then some more.

If you want a comparison, a podcast usually sounds like a radio show. The creator invites several guests and they discuss a certain topic. Some podcasts also allow interactive interactions with listeners like direct conversations, comments, etc. One of the most important features of a podcast is its serial characteristic – just like a radio show, the podcast can have daily/weekly/monthly series.

Who are the creators?

Celebrities, comedians, scientists, blogger, regular people, and the list could go on. Actually, everyone with a decent smartphone and an online connection can create their own podcast.

How to find podcasts?

While many radio celebrities or comedians launched their career with a podcast, not everyone has something interesting to say. So how do you find the best podcasts?

Well, podcasts are usually listened on-the-go (while driving or riding the bus). So, both Android and Apple devices have access to apps specially created to bring podcasts to you. Simply browse and try until you find interesting topics and people.