Dizzy – Retro Gaming

Firstly I apologise for the lack of posts over the past month.  This is due to being tired all the time from work and having to get up at half 3 in the morning.

What is Dizzy? Well Dizzy is a egg, with a face, feet and boxing gloves for hands. He roams the landscape picking up and using various objects to ultimately defeat the evil wizard Zaks or/and save the rest of the Yolkfolk.

The Dizzy games were released way back in the 8-bit era of the Spectrum and C64. Developed by the Oliver twins and published by Codemasters. They were a series of short adventure games, each one in a different setting. There were also a few puzzle and arcade games released featuring Dizzy but these are not what he is remembered for, at least by me.

Out of all the adventure games I think that Treasure Island is my favourite. A very tough (you only had 1 life and a bad inventory system) but rewarding game. The story is basically Dizzy gets stranded on a island and he has to find his way off the island. Many puzzles and coin collecting ensues. Only having one life makes things difficult, especially in conjunction with the inventory system. When you pick up an object it pushes the other objects up the list and ultimately drops one when you inventory contains 3 items. This is a pain when you’re under water and you are trying not to drop the snorkel. There are also hidden traps to avoid and some creatures who kill om contact.

Dizzy is easily one of my favourite charactets from back then, even though I was never any good at the games. In fact I have only really just completed them without cheating recently. Unfortunately back when they were originally released infinite lives was needed.

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No Man’s Sky – PS4

Years in the making, No Man’s Sky is finally here. 

So what do you do in No Man’s Sky? Put simply you explore the universe on your way to the center of the universe.  Of course there is more to it than that. 

Discovering new plant and animal life is a major part of the game. Every planet contains a selection of new life, each of which you can scan and then name. In my experience most animals will pretty much leave you alone, some will run away and a few attack on site.

Mining minerals with your multi-tool allows you to upgrade your ship, exosuit and multi-tool. They can also be sold to the many aliens in the game, this currency can then be used to purchase a new and better ship.

Upgrade and component blueprints are gained from computet terminals and aliens. These blueprints can upgrade your shields, weapons, hyperdrive, your engines among other things.

You can also learn the many alien languages throught the game. Single words can be learnt from alien monoliths and ruins along with the aliens inhabiting the universe.

Space combat in the game is pretty much entirely optional and works well enough. It’s no Wing Commander or Freespace but is fun. Weapon wise i prefer the phase beam over the cannon, I was much more successful with the beam.

Should the worst happen and something kills you it is entirely possible to get your bits and bobs back. Simply head back to where you died to find your grave.

No Man’s Sky is a good looking game and is fun to play. I have yet to reach the center of the universe but am looking forward to seeing what is out there. I’ve made many interesting discoveries and am still finding new things.

The game isn’t perfect however. It has a tendancy to crash, this is always a pain especially if you haven’t saved for a while. I’m also worried about whether the game will still be fun in the long run since the gameplay can get a bit repetitive. 
Best bits

  • A very vast universe to explore
  • Lots to discover
  • Looks great
  • Easy to play


Bad bits

  • Could get repetitive after a while
  • Keeps crashing

Doctor Who – Blink

Anyone that knows me knows that Doctor Who is one of my favourite things ever. I only got into it when it was revived back in 2005 but have been a fan ever since.

The Doctor light episodes have become a regular occurrence since the shows return. They basically free up the actor for filming of the big finale. The first of these episodes “Love and Monsters” was awful but the one from the following season is one of the best episodes of Doctor Who. 

Blink follows the best companion that never was, Sally Sparrow, who is investigating the disappearance of her best friend. Unbeknownst to Sally her friend was taken by the terrifying Weeping Angels.

The Weeping Angels were, at the time, new to Doctor Who. They resemble stone statues and can only move when they are not being observed. If they touch you they send you back in time and feed off your time energy. This of course happens to the Doctor and companion Martha who get stranded in the 1960s, unable to go anywhere due to the Tardis being in the present day.

During her investigation Sally comes across the Tardis and more importantly DVD easter eggs left by the Doctor. These easter eggs form one of the best parts of the episode where Sally has a conversation with the Doctors pre-recorded video. This was all possible thanks to some wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. Ultimately Sally sends the Tardis to the Doctor and tricks the Angels into seeing each other, stopping them from moving.

The episode ends before the Doctor and Martha are sent back in time. Sally hands off all the information she gathers to the Doctor allowing him to send the easter egg messages. Like I said wibbly wobbly timey wimey. 

Not only do we get a great and scary story. We are also introduced to Sally who would make a awesome companion, something which will probably never happen now unfortunately. 

Geeks Rule 

Back in school, like so many others, I was bullied. It made my life very difficult, I was miserable a lot. I was bullied because of my height, because I was shy and, for the purpose of this blog post, most importantly for what I enjoyed.

I loved video/computer games. Starting out on the Commodore 64 and moving on to consoles it was something that, at the time was bizzarley looked down on. But eventually this became a win for geeks since gaming is now a big business and everyone is doing it. So Geeks rule!

Sci-Fi was another passion. Whether it’s TV, films, comic books or novels I enjoyed it all. But again anyone who was into this was looked down on and beaten down with cruel words. These days comic book movies are everywhere and are massivley popular. Sci-Fi TV fills up schedules around the world and grows more and more popular. Sci-Fi seems to be where the interesting and varied characters are. It’s where different ideas can be experimented with. Once again Geeks rule!

Like many others I enjoyed all these things before they were considered to be cool. Geeks are true trendsetters of the past couple of decades (There are of course others). Geeks had to struggle through a lot to get where we are today.  Geeks are the ones moving us all forward. Geeks rule, FACT!

Tall People Q & A

I’m 6 foot 8 inches tall and everytime I go out someone asks me about me height and only my politeness is keeping me from using my particular brand of sarcasm.  Here are some of the questions I get asked along with a answer I’d like to use.

You’re tall aren’t you?

Response: Am I? You have literally changed my life with your astute observations. 

What’s the weather like up there?

Response: The same as it is where you are, I’m only a foot taller.

Do you play basketball?

Response: Yes, for that is the sport of my people!

How tall are you?

Response: Tell me complete stranger how much do you weigh?

You’d be good at cleaning my ceiling.

Response: And you’d be good at cleaning my shoes.

Can you stand next to my short friend/family member? 

Response: Yes lets inconvenience and potentially embarrass two people at once.

Can you sit down so I can see?

Response: I feel for you but if I sit down I won’t be able to see over the standing people in front of me. Why don’t you stand on your chair.

Funny thing is if I used these responses they’d look at me like I’m the one who is rudely commenting on a complete strangers height.

Pokėmon Go – My Thoughts

Pokėmon Go has been out for a little over a week and has already been phenomenally successful. Pretty much everyone seems to be playing it.

The game itself is very basic. You simply run around in the real world until the app informs you that a Pokémon is near by which you then try to capture by throwing Pokeballs at it.  You can then train up these captured Pokémon using the gyms scattered around your local area and use them to battle other players.

Pokémon can also be gained from hatching eggs which can be received from the many Pokéstops dotted around.  These also provide you with extra Pokéballs and other items.

The available Pokémon are all from the original set so you can potentially capture the likes of Pikachu, Eevee and Meowth.  This has the added effect of bringing in the older Pokémon fans who may not be familiar with the newer creatures.

In the future the developers will not doubt add more features but for now it has just enough to be enjoyable.

A great side effect of Pokémon Go is the way it has brought people together, there has been pictures and videos of groups of people gathering to capture Pokémon. This is simply wonderful and in todays increasingly messed up world it is an amazing thing to see.  There are of course people out there who want to ruin the fun, players have had there phones stolen and have been threatened by the petty minded, so be careful out there people.

You should definitely give the game a go it’s a lot of fun to see your favourite Pokémon appear in the real world and then to actually capture it is a great feeling.

The Good

  • Lots of fun
  • Bringing people together in huge crowds
  • I captured a Charmander
  • There was an Eevee on the end of my bed once
  • Gets people out of the house in a good way

The Gastly

  • Bit bare bones at the moment
  • I seem to be surrounded by Pidgeys
  • There seems to be certain Pokémon only available in certain parts of the world
  • Microtransactions

Dangerous Golf – PS4 Review

Playing golf inside is dangerous, FACT! If you have ever wanted to cause damage by knocking a golf ball around then the good people at Three Fields Entertainment have your back.

Dangerous Golf is basically the crash junctions from the Burnout games but with golf and inside various buildings. Your only objective is to cause as much damage with your golf ball as possible.

Each hole has around 3 stages, first you aim your ball in what ever direction takes your fancy and hit it causing loads of damage. Next you activate the Smashbreaker which sends your ball flying off with a trail of fire behind it causing even more damage, you have control of the ball direction and bounce during this. Finally you have to putt the ball into the hole, if you fail to get the ball in the hole you lose half of your score.

There are loads of levels in the game. Pretty much every level has targets which you can aim for to receive a bonus, for example knocking over all the paint pots or destroying all the statues. There are also levels with slightly different objectives such as one level with nothing but holes where you have to get a ball in each hole.

The destruction in this game is spectacular, pieces of random objects go flying off in all directions. Normally this would result in long loading times when you restart a level but thanks to some creative jiggery pokery in the latest patch it only rakes a few short seconds.

Dangerous Golf is tonnes of fun. There are lots to enjoy in both single and multiplayer.

Birdie

  • Spectacular destruction
  • Loads of levels
  • Looks great
  • New patch has improved the game

Bogey

  • Some levels are a bit too empty
  • Can get a little repetitive later in the game

Ghostbusters (2016) Review

The new Ghostbusters is finally here and, at the time of writing, I have just left the cinema. As everyone knows the film has had a lot of hate thrown at it over the past few months, some of it was justified (such as that first awful trailer) and some was just vile and disgusting. But now that the film has hit cinemas we can all make a more informed opinion on the film.

Firstly is this new Ghostbusters better than the originals? No, but that doesn’t stop this film being so very good.

I went into the cinema with an open mind and was hoping for a fun film featuring some laughs and lots of ghostbusting action. What I got was pretty much that and a bit more.

The new Ghostbusters are a great team and all get their chance to shine. Jillian Holtzmann is my new favourite mad scientist who regularly steals scenes. Abby Yates and Erin Gilbert have a believable friendship. And proving that you don’t have to be a scientist to be smart, Patty Tolan has an extensive knowledge of the history of New York. Last but by no means least is Kevin, wonderfully brought to life by Chris Hemsworth he has some of the best comedy scenes in the film.

I really enjoyed the action scenes at the end and them capturing their first ghost.  They work well as a team and have some cool new gadgets such as the Ghost Shredder to deal with the paranormal menace.

I’m not one for modern American comedy but most of it worked here. Yeah there was one fart gag but so what. Most of the best bits of comedy comes, surprisingly,  from Chris Hemsworth. However they all have their comedy moments.

The film does rely a little too much on referencing the original films but hopefully it will be able to stand on its own two feet in the inevitable sequel.

If you are a fan of the Ghostbusters you should give the film a chance there’s a lot to enjoy here.

GOOD BITS

  • The new Ghostbuster team.
  • The new tech
  • The post credit scene
  • Chris Hemsworth is hilarious
  • Interesting story
  • Slimer
  • Poking fun at the haters.
  • Great cameos
  • Harold Ramis dedication

 BAD BITS

  • A fart gag
  • Relies a little too much on the past

The best UK + Ireland Youtubers (According to me)

I enjoy watching people play games on YouTube. It’s a strange thing to do but when it is so damn entertaining then why the heck not. Those below are the ones who I enjoy watching whenever I have chance.

First up is the excessivley cheeky Razzbowski. You’re never too far away from a cheeky or naughty comment about a game character with Razz. He mostly plays horror games but plays a variety of different genres and takes part in a Five Nights at Freddies ‘Theory Thursday’ with Dawko and the 8-Bit Gaming Ryans.

8-Bit Gaming is made up of Ryan and Other Ryan.The two Ryans play a wide variety of games from Happy Wheels to horror games like Five Nights ar Freddies. They have some awesome banter and always have a laugh. Both Ryans also have their own separate Youtube accounts, the links to which will also be below.

As with the others on this list Dawko plays mostly horror based games, but thanks to his unique style he is always worth a watch. Dawko has also been known to do charity streams.

Next up is Suzy Lu. The official Queen of Resident Evil. Suzy enjoys mostly horror games from the aforementioned Resident Evil to the Dark Souks and Bloodborne games. She is also good friends with Razzbowski, Dawko and the two Ryans from 8-bit Gaming.

How could I do a list of my favourite Youtubers and not mention Jacksepticeye.  Jack is the most popular Youtuber on this list with around 11 million followers. This loud Irish man never fails to entertain.

Links

Razzbowski Youtube

8-bit Gaming Youtube – Ryan Youtube – Other Ryan Youtube

Dawko Youtube

Suzy Lu Youtube

Jacksepticeye Youtube

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition PS4

Diablo III was released on the PlayStation 4 back in 2014, however the game is a few years older than that since it was previously released on PS3 & Xbox 360 in 2013 and PC way back in 2012. So why am I posting about what is essentially a 4 year old game? It’s because it’s an awesome 4 year old game and I’ve gone back to playing it again recently.

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My Monk kicking some bottom by dropping pillars on Skeletons.

Diablo III is an action RPG set in the world of Sanctuary and beyond.  You can play as either a Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Monk, Crusader, Demon Hunter or Wizard.  Each class offers different skill trees and styles of play and can easily be tailored to your play style.  The Barbarian, Monk and Crusader are primarily melee based characters, the Wizard and Demon Hunter mostly rely on projectile based attacks and the Witch Doctor allows you to summon different creatures to aid you.

The game takes place over 5 act being split up over many different areas complete with their own set of monsters and bosses to battle.  During the game you will pick up various books giving you some back story on the world and progressing the story.

I don’t want to spoil the story but it revolves around Diablo and his fellow evil doers continuing battle against the forces of heaven and the humans who live in Sanctuary.

During the game you will be picking up lots of loot.  This loot will be dropped by enemies and can also be found in chests and various other containers in the world.  You will be picking up weapons, armour, gold, gems and crafting materials. Weapons and armour can be upgraded by attaching gems or enchanting them to alter the magic attributes.  You can of course sell them for extra gold or even salvage them for additional crafting materials.

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This area is literally Pandemonium.

Diablo III can be played by up to 4 players both online and in local co-op.  Having the ability to have 3 of your friends around the same TV to play a game together is rare these days and is an option only available on the console versions.

The console versions of Diablo III have been expertly tailored to the console gamepads.  Each equipped skill is on a different button, you move with the left stick and can roll out of the way with the right stick.  It’s a great system and makes the game simple to play.

Diablo III is one of my favourite games on the PlayStation 4.  I keep coming back to it over and over and am still finding new things do, apparently there are still events that I haven’t come across yet and I have been playing it on and of for 2 years.