Friday, January 28, 2011

Lucent Heart Beta: First Impressions

lucent-heart-thumb Impressions?

Lucent Hearts is a cutesy anime game that has a closed beta right now (very closed from what I saw) but the world is certainly already full of stuff.

Much of the initial game revolves around picking your astrological sign—in fact, the character creation involves delivering your birth date so that it can pick your astrological sign. (In my case, it’s Gemini.) Also, like many Asian-style cultures you can give your blood-type as that’s often connected to mysticism about personality.

In game, these elements build together in order to create a romantic matching system so that players can find “soul mates.” After people pair up, they’re able to gain a type of relationship points, which they can turn into temporary buffs, special items, and when a person plays with a soul mate in game they both earn experience together faster.

In fact, a great deal of the game seems to be written around anime romance. Just watch the trailer on the official site and you’ll see a dungeon group get wiped out at a boss—but the hero sees his life flash before him, and his time with friends with a romantic interlude, and he stands tall with a rush of emotion.

Rather like the Power Of Love fiction trope.

A bit of the game also seems to be centered around emotions.

I’ll know more as I get deeper into the game.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Green Dragon Inn: Archaeology in World of Warcraft

the-innkeepers-daughter-300x300 For anyone who happens to actually level their archaeology secondary trade skill in World of Warcraft may like this little reminiscence on how it’s being handled in game.

In abstract: it’s too OCD for me.

Now, when archaeology actually got released into the game it came to me as a little bit of a disappointment. I expected to see another glyph-like system based around it, so-called “Paths of the Titans” at the time which filled me which much glee. The chance to find other ways of tweaking my characters both after they’d reached their level 85 pinnacle or during their careers as rising stars really appealed to me. Then, when it finally came to fruition, I’d learned too late that Paths of the Titans had been scrapped and what I got in its stead is the old hitting rocks and…playing a game of hot-or-cold?

Link, via Green Dragon Inn.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Just watched Halo Legends

halo-legends-in-review And I liked it alright.

I went and published a review over at Vox Ex Machina for everyone to read, final conclusion: fairly okay, if you have Netflix, popcorn, and a night to burn.

Just last week, I fired up the Netflix and saw that Halo Legends had finally wound its way into the instant queue and I figured it was about time that I sat down with my favorite My Little Pwny pillow, a bag of popcorn, and the effervescent glow of the laptop monitor and watched it. So there I was, cozy with my pillow, sipping my Raume soda, and I’m watching a series of animé shorts based on a best-selling computer game.

Not exactly how I expected I’d be spending my night if I’d pondering this a few days before.

Link, via Vox Ex Machina.

Friday, January 14, 2011

CrimeCraft servers having issues…whilst I write a review

crimecraft I am done with the review, as much as I can with the trouble I’ve had. It’s been kind enough to work properly for the last 3 days in a row just not now. I am putting the finishing touches on it. So when I am done, I’ll be able to direct people to read it, should they choose.

For those not in the know, CrimeCraft is a free-to-play FPS MMO published by Vogster. It’s mostly guns-and-mayhem style with a deeply immersive narrative written onto a post-apocalyptic United States like city after the world runs out of oil.