The Intricate Plot Of Ni No Kuni: The Villains’ Stories

Ni No Kuni

When you actually stop to think about it, it’s actually pretty amazing how much is happening in the story line of the video game Ni No Kuni (or otherwise known as ‘Another World’). It’s not that such intricate stories don’t exist (they do), it’s just that they are rare and then even rarer in the case of story lines for video games. Sure, in recent years, game designers have certainly tried to give gamers more and more freedom within the game in various ways; they have even tried to not mash together story lines and have gotten better at giving the plot a logical sequence (meaning that a story or incident in a video game won’t make us grimace much when we pause for a moment to think about it). However, to use intricate and complex story lines in a video game is still fairly new – and that’s now! And this game was first released a few years earlier, so imagine what a difference it was then! Well, at least it’s no wonder why the game gained so much of popularity and acclaim. Continue reading “The Intricate Plot Of Ni No Kuni: The Villains’ Stories” »

Ni No Kuni’s Villains – Part 2: The White Witch

Ni No Kuni - White Witch

Ni No Kuni is a role playing game that has secured awards and received critical acclaim for its amazing gameplay and story line. One of the most intriguing parts of this game’s plots and twists though, is that the villains are not simply there because the game requires it. No. In Ni No Kuni, which is also called “Another World”, “The Other World”, and “Second Country”, the antagonists of the game have as much of a role and back story as the protagonists do. And this game provides not one, but two villains: The evil wizard Shadar, and the White Witch. The story line in the game establishes a link between the White Witch and the wizard Shadar, and though the link is concrete, they are not really (outwardly) dependant on each other at the same time. In fact, we only learn about the White Witch well into the story and nearing the final stage of Shadar’s defeat. Continue reading “Ni No Kuni’s Villains – Part 2: The White Witch” »

Why You Definitely Want To Play ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’!

Assassin’s Creed Unity

‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ is a video game set in a historical setting and background, and it falls squarely in the action and adventure genres of video games. This particular instalment is set set in Paris, France, set in the timeline during the French Revolution. Comparing this particular instalment to its predecessors, ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ easily has the most depth, and the most detailed layout that any Assassin’s Creed city has ever had. Continue reading “Why You Definitely Want To Play ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’!” »

Out of the Sewers and onto Escape – The Second Part of Riddick’s Escape in ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay’ Video Game

“Riddick” is the main player character of the highly popular video game ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay’. He is strong, stealthy and resourceful, and his aim is to escape the maximum security prison of Butcher’s Bay. A first person game that prioritizes stealth, it is a “break out of prison” game in the most basic sense of definition.

The other notable characters that tie into (this next part of) the video game’s story line are Abbott, the prison guard, William Johns, the bounty hunter who’d captured and sent Riddick to this high security hell-hole of a prison, and Hoxie, the prison warden.

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Into the Sewers – The First Part of Riddick’s Escape in ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay’ Video Game

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher’s Bay is a game that focusses on stealth and action. It is a first person, role playing video game set in a futuristic world, and it is a tie-in to the movie “Chronicles of Riddick”. This video game falls squarely into the categories of science-fiction video games and action video games.

The game basically follows the story of Riddick, an anti-hero, as he tries to escape from “Butcher’s Bay”, which is a maximum security prison. In order to separate this game from the movie however, the game designers focussed more in the character of Riddick and his imprisonment and consequent escape attempts. So it is basically a “break out of prison” game.

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Sometimes Video Games Can Make You Wonder

For all those who thought that title meant this article would be glorifying the wonder of video games, sorry to disappoint you, but no it isn’t. (Although, that doesn’t mean we won’t have another article some time that does. Video games are amazing after all. We just have to look at the nutty and gritty aspects of the gaming world sometimes too.) Continue reading “Sometimes Video Games Can Make You Wonder” »

Why Avid Video Game Players Find Reading Books to be Practically Impossible!

Video Game Players

Most non-gamers often fail to realise the appeal of video games (that video game enthusiasts will alternately swear by). It doesn’t help either that most studies regarding video games tend to highlight the more negative aspects of the activity than the positive. It also doesn’t help when people still put a lot of intellectual value on the books one reads (and how many) in inverse proportion to how much time a person spends watching TV or playing video games.

To that end, video gamers often find themselves feeling like they pulled the short end of the proverbial intellectual stick. Because most avid video gamers will find that the task of reading a book is as appealing to them as trying to pull out their own teeth. (Indeed, to get a lot of gamers to read a book is, in fact, like pulling teeth.) Continue reading “Why Avid Video Game Players Find Reading Books to be Practically Impossible!” »

No Man’s Sky – Humans Don’t Rule the Planet Anymore But They Can Certainly Explore It!

‘No Man’s Sky’ is a open world adventure game whose best aspects are its amazing visuals, the visual effects, and the game world’s ability to build upon itself as the player progresses through the game. It is set to release in the year 2015 for PC and PlayStation 4 gaming platforms. This video game falls firmly under the adventure genre of video games and works as an exploration game as well. Continue reading “No Man’s Sky – Humans Don’t Rule the Planet Anymore But They Can Certainly Explore It!” »

The Order: 1886 – Monsters and Knights in London

The Order: 1886 is an upcoming video game for the year of 2015 and is scheduled to be released in the month of February in 2015. It is said to be developed exclusively for Play Station 4 gaming consoles. It is an action adventure video game set in medieval times and is presumed to be a single player, role playing game.

The game world of ‘The Order: 1886’ is set in medieval England, specifically in London, in an alternate history where monsters roam the realm and the old order and legacy of knights still exist. Continue reading “The Order: 1886 – Monsters and Knights in London” »

Destruction to be a Paramount Theme in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, if the demo that was shown in 2014 is anything to go by, will be a fast-paced and action-packed battle fantasy game that will have gamers glued to their consoles in raptures. A primarily anti-terrorism game in theme, the gameplay was designed to be as realistic as possible and to last in short rounds that will span no more than a couple of minutes.

The main themes of this video game, from the E3 debut demo shown in 2014, seem to be based on the “destructibility” of the environments of the video game as well as on the “hostage rescue” premise of the game. Continue reading “Destruction to be a Paramount Theme in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege” »