Total War Rome 2 First Impressions

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I wanted to wait until next week to post this but I think it’s only fair that I do it now since i’ve already put over 20 hours in the game. As you all know this game is unplayable for a lot of people. It was unplayable for me as well and it took me four hours to fix it or at least make it acceptable enough for me to play. I’m not going to bother telling you how to fix this game because there are already two articles on here that explains how to do it and if you’re one of the few people that haven’t read it you can find it here https://drakulus.com/2013/09/04/total-war-rome-ii-lag-fix/ and here https://drakulus.com/2013/09/04/total-war-rome-ii-graphical-fix/. Total War Rome 2 is a really fun game. I’m having a blast playing through the campaign as Sparta, and Rome right now. I actually like the fact that they sped up the combat because I always thought it took too long to actually get the fight started. There are however a ton of issues with the game right now and I can’t actually recommend this game to any of my friends until I know that they’ve been fixed.

I had a huge problem with the fps when I first started but I did manage to fix most of those issues. I like the new design for the UI, and I love the new technology tree that they’ve added in. Diplomacy isn’t perfect but it’s an improvement over previous Total War games and the fact that you don’t have to kill everyone is something I like. I’ve established trade routes throughout my entire kingdom and it’s awesome. The cinematic mode that’s been added in the game lets me see first hand what it’s like on the battlefield when thousands of men clash into each other.

It does have a lot of bugs right now though. Sometimes i’ll see a guy run through a wall, or just do strange movements but for the most part it works. The naval battle system could use a little tweaking but I don’t have any major complaints about it. I actually really like going to war overseas. Seeing my army board another ship and kill everyone is quite a sight. Hopefully most of the problems will be fixed with the upcoming patch and i’ll be able to run this game in it’s full glory without all the problems i’ve been experiencing. Until then if you guys enjoyed reading this click the follow button for more awesome content and I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you did i’ll have more for you real soon.

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The Conjuring Review

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I went into this movie thinking it was going to be quite boring to be honest. I had just got off of a streak of bad horror movies and I was hoping that The Conjuring would end it. I’m happy to say that it did. This movie had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Every time I thought a jump scare would happen it didn’t and that’s a good thing. The Conjuring stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lily Taylor Ron Livington, and a host of other actors. Everyone did a very good job in this movie.

My favorite part in this movie is when Carolyn, and Roger’s daughters are trying to sleep and something kept tugging on Christine’s leg. It tugged her so hard she woke up freaking out {like any normal person would} and all i saw was a figure standing behind the door staring at her. Joey King put on one hell of a performance in this scene. In my opinion she stole the movie in that scene.

The sound effects in this movie are some of the best I’ve ever heard. Everything just sounded so good and for a moment I thought someone was watching me watch the movie. It was creepy and made me look around and check my surroundings. That hasn’t happened to me since I was a kid {i’m looking at you IT.} My wife was literally curled up in a ball peaking through her fingers while watching this movie. Having excellent sound effects can really make a movie better and that was the case here. The Conjuring paced itself very well and it didn’t need over the top jump scares to be scary. I absolutely loved Vera Farmiga, and Patrick Wilson’s characters in this movie. They were great together and they even reminded me of the Ghost Busters.

My final verdict for The Conjuring is a 8/10. This movie was exciting, scary, suspenseful, and had excellent pacing. I haven’t enjoyed a horror movie in years and this was a breath of fresh air for me. I highly recommend watching this if you haven’t already. Here’s what Lunaliah had to say on the subject: “The Conjuring had me too scared to go to sleep. It terrified me like no other movie has. If you want to be scared shitless then go watch this movie! The Conjuring is a 8/10 for me. I loved it.”

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Dynasty Warriors 8 Review

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Dynasty Warriors has always been my all time favorite coop game to play. It’s been around for a long time. Reviewers usually bash the game for always being the same thing but why change what isn’t broken? They bash Dynasty Warriors for never “changing” but they’re wrong. A lot has changed in Dynasty Warriors over the years. The combat is still the same but Koei has added more to the game over time.

While Dynasty Warriors 8 didn’t make as big of a leap as part 7 it’s still one hell of game. I enjoy taking out my frustrations on thousands of enemies after a hard day’s work. They’ve added new characters, fighting styles, and a new affinity mechanic. Now you’re encouraged to switch weapons during battle depending on the type of enemy you’re facing. I for one love the stylish combat, and beautiful graphics.

The rage meter makes a return in Dynasty Warriors and when you activate it you enter a raged like mode delivering massive amounts of damage while chaining beautiful combos together for one epic finish. This alone makes the game worth playing. Story mode took a different turn this time around. While it is still based off the Three Kingdoms time period there are a number of different things you can do now that determines the outcome of the story.

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If you fail an objective then that same character you didn’t kill or you let escape will show up in a later battle and cause trouble for you.

Dynasty Warriors 8 introduces Ambition Mode. It’s basically the same as Dynasty Warriors 7 Extreme Legends excellent Legend mode. It allows you to build a small, poor settlement and eventually turn it into a thriving kingdom. The missions are short compared to the epic battles you’ll take part of in the main campaign: Small skirmishes allow you to gather materials for shops and facilities, while rescue missions will grant you additional fame, which allows you to recruit additional allies from battles you participate in.

Famous Officers you best in a duel can be convinced to join you as your own personal bodyguard. Bodyguards offer you support bonuses as their bonds with you grow over time. Merchants can visit your city and offer you exquisite goods. Who wouldn’t love to ride a freaking bear into battle. Or buying valuable supplies for your growing kingdom. You can send troops out to another province and they’ll return bearing brand new materials for you to forge new weapons out of. Engaging in battles yourself rewards you by giving you gold but keep in mind that your health doesn’t replenish after each battle. The more damage you take the longer it’ll take for you to fully recover from your wounds. You may participate in battles while you’re injured but if you’re killed then it’s game over for you and you’ll have to start over from the beginning.

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Dynasty Warriors 8 is the best Dynasty Warriors game to date. While it didn’t innovate as much as it’s predecessor it does take a leap forward in the right direction. My final verdict for Dynasty Warriors 8 is a 9/10. This game is amazing and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for my favorite hack n slash game. I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you did i’ll have more for you real soon.

First Patch For Total War Rome 2 Coming Soon!

 Since the release of Total War Rome 2 it has been plagued by glitches, and bugs. The game for most people is literally unplayable. Well I have good news for all of you Total War fans out there. The very first patch is coming out on Friday. While I know this patch won’t fix all the problems with the game I’m very happy with this news. Creative Assembly has responded very quickly and i for one am very impressed. Total War Rome 2 will be patched every week until every issue has been resolved. Hopefully we can all enjoy this great game very soon. 

  Here are some in game screenshots that I took while murdering countless barbarians…

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Final Fantasy 14- News, Problems, and Thoughts

Here’s an official update for Final Fantasy 14.

Drakulus

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Final Fantasy 14 has just gone into open beta and it’s apparently unplayable for a lot of people. Their servers are apparently full and you can’t even get in the game to create a character. Fans of the game are outraged that they payed their hard earned cash for a game that they can’t play.

To make matters worse Square Enix will not allow youtubers to monetize anything Final Fantasy. You would think that since Final Fantasy 14 did so bad the first time it came out they would throw their fans a bone and say,” sure why not we don’t care what you guys do with Final Fantasy 14 as long as you play it.” I think that’s an incredibly stupid move for Square Enix to make. Especially considering Final Fantasy hasn’t been doing so well lately. Square Enix basically just fucked up their free advertising.

It’s no mystery…

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Max Payne 3 Review

Hello everybody and welcome to Drakulus.com, today I will be reviewing a game that we were waiting for since 2012:

Max Payne 3

When I am reviewing a game I like to break down the cons and the pros so you can understand my rating of the game, but first I want to talk about my opinion of the game.

When Max Payne 3 was first announced I said okay that’s cool and then it hit me that this is Max Payne we’re talking about and not some game that comes out every year. Max Payne 3 is Rockstar’s first game to ever have the most realistic shooting I’ve ever played in a game, by that I mean when you shoot a guy in the throat he drops his gun and tries to hold the spot you shot him in but he dies in about 2 seconds. It also allows bullets to exit the back of enemies. This is a feature I think all shooters should be using considering we’re going into next generation graphics and consoles. Max Payne 3 has a good story and takes the average gamer a day to beat (that is if you do other things besides playing the game), but for me I can beat this game on old school in a half a day. The cool part of this game is that Rockstar stuck to their roots unlike GTA San Andreas and GTA IV, this game still feels like a Max Payne game plus new graphics. I also enjoyed the fact that you’re wearing something different every level you pass instead of wearing that overcoat through the whole game (we all love the overcoat, I’m not going to lie). The only reason Rockstar fans were okay with them releasing a game that wasn’t open world was that Rockstar announced GTA V at that time and we knew that Max Payne 3 would only keep us busy. Seriously though they release Max Payne 3 and now GTA 5.

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Wow, you got to love this company.

So let’s start breaking this game down. The game features a wide variety of main characters to watch their story throughout the game, the bad part is that it’s up to Max Payne to decide how to tell their stories. If you think that this game holds on to stars like they do in movies then you’re dead wrong, my friend. People die on every level by your hand, why should your friends in the game be any different. In this game you won’t be able to choose whether or not to kill a man because it’s all scripted, even though this game feels as if you should be able to make minor decisions. We all know that bullet-time will always be in Max Payne games, this time around it’s more fluid and easier to control. Bullet-time can be used is a number of ways. It can be used by diving forwards, backwards, right, and left while shooting at enemies. It can be used by almost dying even though this feature Is called “Last Man Standing Mode” where if a target takes away your last bit of health time slows up and you have to find who shot you. The camera kind of moves you to the guy but not all the way and, when you do find him, the dot on your screen will light up red instead of its normal white standby. You also cannot use Last Man Standing in old school mode.

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Mr. Big-Shot, himself.

Golden guns has made a return in Max Payne 3 as collectibles but don’t worry, once you find all the parts to a gun you can turn on this feature and, whatever golden guns you have fully collected, you can now use them by collecting the guns you found every part to. Clues are also featured in this game but Rockstar has made these mini games you participate in worth it because if you find every clue in the game you can now choose what level in story mode you want to play and choose your character. The bad part is that you can only be different Max Payne’s (you get to play as the classic Max Payne).

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Guns are not customizable in this game but you are able to find a large variety of guns throughout story mode, but explosive weapons like RPG’S, Grenades and Molotov Cocktails are not available to you but to other enemies they are. Don’t worry about these explosives because Max always seems to be able to shoot Molotov Cocktails, Grenades and Rockets straight from an RPG right out of the sky. Enemies in this game miss shots taken at you unlike Payday 2, but the shots aren’t automatically missed it’s almost like you’re shooting at real people. The whole game is very fluid and makes you feel like the movement is up to you and how you choose to play through a level.

This game released a good amount of DLC but this wasn’t really DLC, it was more like Expansion packs. Rockstar only releases expansion packs for the game and add-on content for your multiplayer character. The multiplayer is more than fair and whether or not you like it, it doesn’t matter. I’ll tell you why it doesn’t matter, no, actually I’ll prove it to you. I want you to turn on Max Payne 1 or 2 and after you watch the intro to the menu of the game I want you to scroll down to multiplayer and tell me which multiplayer is better, Max Payne 3 or Max Payne 2 or 1? See, my point is that this game was never meant for multiplayer and we should be happy for whatever they give us, although a co-op mode would have been nice.

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How far we’ve come.

Multiplayer is fun and it gives you many options that should entertain you for quite a while. You can customize your character in too many ways– yes, I said “too many” because this game’s multiplayer has so much customization that you could spend an hour and a half just choosing from everything, I should know because I still regret it. My favorite part about multiplayer is that it plays exactly like story mode would but with customization. You can level up and unlock new upgrades and weapons. When I play multiplayer I only really play team death match and this game has a great variety of modes. There are also two other modes called Score Attack and New York Minute which are just bonuses to this already cool game.

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There is one more thing I want to discuss. In story mode, you can use these semi-cheats, so when you complete task like find all clues, completing story mode on hardcore and old school mode, find all golden guns, completing in a new York minute, getting all gold or platinum medals on every score attack level, you get cool things like new character skins, one hit kills, infinite bullet-time, infinite painkillers but in my opinion I don’t think someone should need unlimited health if you can slow up time all together.

So this game has:

  • Fluid gameplay movement.
  • Great A.I. that feels like you’re actually killing people.
  • Realistic Gameplay with blood spatter.
  • A good amount of replay ability but not too much.
  • Spot on bullet time controls with better diving and rolling.
  • Arcade Mode that includes Score Attack and New York Minute.
  • A good storyline with people-like characters.
  • Multiplayer with a variety of multiplayer modes to choose from.

If you noticed I didn’t say much about the downside of this game because there isn’t much I hate about it. The only things I didn’t like was how multiplayer mode is a little hard but since I’m awesome at games that’s not really a problem. One real problem I had was that the story was only good, acceptable for a game that has so much. Maybe if the story was based around Max instead of the Branco Family. And Max was more ruthless. I give this game an 8/10, I swear that the only reason this game didn’t get a 9/10 was that the story does not interest me at all.

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Okay that’s it thanks for reading.

A New Look… A Better Experience

Hey guys, this is Drakulus here. I took a little break a while back so I can work on my website. I hope you guys like what I’ve done with it. First of all I want to thank zombiemuffin for being such an excellent editor/author for me since I’ve been gone. Thecursedson for releasing such kickass reviews, and our newest member Lunaliah for all the advice she gave me while I was deciding on a new look for the site.

You’ll notice some links on here along with a grayed out support us link at the bottom of the page. This will be filled with advertisements in the future and we hope you’ll click on them to support our growing website. I can assure you that the links will be safe and won’t harm your computer in any way. I hope you like the new look, and new options available to you here and i’ll be back soon to deliver quality content that you’ve come to expect from me.

I have one more opening on the site and if you’re interested you may contact me at drakulus23.gmail.com Include a short article to showcase your talents and i’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Total War Rome II- Lag Fix

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Many of you including myself have been experiencing major FPS, graphical, and numerous bugs since the release of Total War Rome 2. Here are a few ways to fix the lag in your game brought to you by no other than Drakulus himself!

“If you’re having trouble running the game on higher settings even if you know your rig can handle it then lower them. The things that worked best was lowering shadows to medium, turning anti aliasing completely off, lowering the texture filter to a bare minimum, turning off Vegetation Alpha, and reducing the unit size down to large.  Changing the Shader Model stopped the game from crashing and I was actually able to enjoy a few hours of gameplay yesterday. Another thing that really helped me out was running the game in compatibility with Windows 7 since I have a Windows 8 PC.”

Thank you Drakulus for bringing us that information and we hope it helps you guys be able to enjoy this game that you paid your hard earned cash for. Feel free to leave comments if this doesn’t work and we’ll try our best to help you out. Don’t forget to click that follow button if you like what read here because there’s plenty more to come!

Total War Rome II – Graphical Fix

Hello again, Readers! Welcome.

Here’s some tips for any of our Total Rome fans in how to fix some of the graphical errors.

Once you clear the opening, open your settings menu and enable unlimited video memory. This feature will allow Total Rome to access your computer’s virtual memory, although it will hinder your FPS but it can be fixed as well by turning off Vegetation. 

Here’s a before shot:

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Here’s the after shot:

This information was brought to me directly from Drakulus. Although he can play this game on max settings, he had to lower a lot of the settings to fix these problems. “The game looks a lot better now and I’m enjoying it a lot more than I did when I first loaded it up,” says the gaming beast, himself. “If the game is still giving you problems after you configure it then try adjusting the shader model. This is just what worked best for me and I can’t guarantee it’ll work as well for you.”

I hope this post has helped some of you optimize your gaming prowess. Now go take names and own some foreign asses! Remember to sport your commemorative ear necklace! It’s very in right now. Feel free to leave a comment if this doesn’t resolve your issue and we’ll try our best to help you out. Don’t forget to click that follow button if like what you read here!