I woke up this morning, grabbed a cold bottle of water, sat down at my computer, and checked my email. In the promotions tab I noticed something about Fable so I clicked on it and that’s when I saw my closed beta key for Fable Legends. Continue reading I’ve Been Invited To The Fable Legends Closed Beta
I played Destiny for about four or five hours straight just to get a feel for the game. I created two characters, and got them both to level 5. When Destiny started I was treated to some beautiful graphics with a very confusing first cutscene. Continue reading Destiny – Beta Impression
I recently had a chance to try out the closed beta to Archlord 2 and it was alright. The most important thing for an MMO to have in my opinion is fun gameplay and Archlord, so far, is actually pretty generic in this aspect. Continue reading Archlord 2 First Impression
A few days ago ago I was contacted by Happy Square Productions to possibly share and advertise their latest game, The Land Of Eyas. After having a small interview with Matthew Kiehl, who was more then happy to answer all of my questions about their latest game, he gave me the link to the alpha of The Land of Eyas and I have to admit that I like what I’ve played so far. Usually in platform games you’re set on a single path and have to overcome various obstacles in your way. It’s the same thing with The Land Of Eyas except gravity also plays a role in it. I found this out rather quickly as I was thrust right in to the game and jumped off my first cliff. I thought I was done for but something awesome happened instead. I was playing up side down. At first it was actually pretty difficult because I’ve never played a game like this before.
The Land Of Eyas has some beautiful environments. Each of them have their own unique challenge for you to overcome. Every time you complete one of these areas you’ll unlock a new door for you to explore. Some of the areas are quite tricky to figure out and I found myself stopping to think about my next course of action on more then a few occasions. You’ll have to use the gravity to your advantage to reach higher locations. This is done by simply jumping off a high location right down to the bottom of the stage. In normal games you would die but not in The Land Of Eyas. You’ll simply float around down there for a few seconds and shoot back up even higher.
It’s a really neat feature and it’s done quite well here. Not everything I played today is to praised though. I know the PC elitist out there are probably going to disagree with me completely on what I’m about to say but I don’t care. As of right now the only way to play this game is by using your keyboard. This is a huge drawback for me. In games like this I like to plug my computer up to my big screen so I can use a controller. In my opinion this makes the game more enjoyable and I can even show it off to my friends if I like it. If you’re reading this Happy Square Productions then think about what I mentioned and add in some controller support for those of us that like to relax, sit back and game on a big ass tv.
Obviously since this is in alpha it has quite a few bugs but there was nothing game breaking and for the most part I had a very smooth playthrough. The Land Of Eyas is a fun game and one that I have on my radar now.
If you guys want to help this game get on Steam then click on the link and follow it on Greenlight: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=242150714
If you want to help the developers reach their goal then you can visit their kickstarter page here: http://kck.st/OGdgZD
Here is the trailer for the game:
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Before I start talking about my impressions of the closed beta of The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing II I want to thank Neocore Games for giving me access to the closed beta and allowing me to write my thoughts on it. Thank you Neocore Games you’re awesome.
The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing II starts off in the middle of a war between Van Helsing, his trusty ghost partner that always has a wisecrack or two to say, Katarina, and the people of Borgova Town against an army of undead soldiers of all types. To top it off you’ll often have to dodge artillery strikes while fighting off hordes of these guys. At first I was confused on what I was supposed to do and where I was supposed to go but after familiarizing myself with the game mechanics it became a lot easier to find my way around the place. Borgova Town is actually quite small but it’s filled with side quest for you to do while you defend the town from the undead trying to besiege it. I never ran out of things to do while I was playing and that’s a major plus for me.
On the down side a lot of weapons, and armor that I found in the game were useless because I started off at level 30 and already had pretty good gear. Most of the gear that I found didn’t have a picture but that’s to be expected since this is only the closed beta version of the game. There are a ton of references in this game to go along with the seriousness of everything happening around you. I actually dropped my mouse on the floor and laughed out loud when one of the guards told me he thought he took an arrow to knee. It was completely unexpected and really awesome. So far I’ve found references to Saving Private Ryan which is named Saving Private Bryan and even a Gandalf line thrown in as well.
While the voice acting for Van Helsing and Katarina is good everyone else can actually use a little work but for the most part it’s decent and gets the job done. It’s about on par with the first game in terms of voice acting. The skill tree is huge and there are a ton of new skills added in for you to tinker with as you play through the game. The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing II feels more dynamic then the first one.
You have siege weapons firing at you enemy reinforcements dropping out of the sky in pods. Giving simple commands to the soldiers and common townsfolk around you really makes you feel as if you’re at war and everything really does depend on you. One thing I hope they fix by the release day is the character choices. Right now it doesn’t matter what choice you make in the game because the exact same outcome will happen. It doesn’t matter if you tell the guards to call for reinforcements or stay and fight with they have the outcome will be the same and that bugged me a little.
All in all, The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing II left me wanting more at the end of the beta. Things were really moving along nicely and when I reached the end of the beta I sighed in disappointment because I really wanted to see what happened next during our retreat. So far this really is the case of “bigger is better” like Neocore Games said and I’m very impressed with the game so far.
The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing II is set to be released on April 17th, on the PC and Mac and I’m looking forward to providing you with a full review. Until then look for all your gaming related content right here on Gamers Sphere.
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I’ve been invited to once again beta test ESO for this week and the next beta test that they’re going to have. Honestly I don’t know why I bother with them but I guess I can see what the game is like now. I don’t think much has changed since the last test but i’ll give it a shot. I’ll have a few more details to share with you guys after this test. I’m honestly not excited about this at all and I even considered giving my beta key away to someone else. Don’t forget to click on that Follow Us button for the latest sports, games, movies, and more. I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you did i’ll have more for you real soon.