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Tasting the Beauty of Clash of Lords 2 June 13, 2015

The problem some of us have always had with the Clash of Lords 2 is that it is a little too, well, cheery. Many of the series’ characters are almost disturbingly wholesome. Heroes a Pulp Fiction vibe to an otherwise Forrest Gump universe. At long last, someone has had the nerve to put gamers right in the captain’s chair on a Hero Bird of Prey. No more pesky prime directive — we can get right down to bloody oppression

Clash of Lords 2 takes place 70 years prior to the current timeline. So there won’t be any contact with regulars from the crew we’re familiar with. But there will be no shortage of punks to kick around. Clash of Lords 2 puts the player in the middle of power play between bases.  The game will feature both heroes reprising their roles, so it looks like the production values and acting will be top notch.

With Boom Beach and Clash of Clans released, we’ve got plenty of great space sims to play. But Clash of Lords 2 plans to differentiate itself. First off — those pretty nebula you’ve become used to won’t just be gorgeous background bitmaps. Space will be something you can actually interact with. Although ships will have a form of warp drive to navigate the vastness of the map, Clash of Lords 2 captains will have to contend with close range dangers. If you’re not careful, you can run into asteroids, planets, planetary rings, and even black holes.

But if the player can avoid those hazards, they’re in for a comprehensive and, judging by our new screenshots, awesome looking battles. There will be more than forty ships in the final version, including the famous B’rel’ Bird of Prey and the Accuser class capitol ships which measure in at more than 1000 meters. The combat ships will feature all of the weapons Clash of Lords 2 fans are familiar with such as the photon torpedoes, disruptors, and phasers, but the designers also promise some new, more exotic means of mass carnage.

Gameplay is still being tweaked with, and there will definitely be some form of cloaking used in combat. But designers are still not finished tinkering with the balance of combat. One interesting new addition is the implementation of VOS, or Verbal Orders System. This will relieve players from having to jump from bridge to bridge during battle in order to control all members of the fleet. Instead, the VOS will allow players to hotkey certain orders, so that they can be “barked” out in a moment’s notice. This way players won’t have to take their eyes of the screen in order to control their troops.

That’ll be a good thing because judging by some of the shots here, taking your eyes of the screen will be a hard thing to do. Clash of Lords 2 is going to take full advantage of your 3dfx chipset with some beautiful uses of colored and dynamic lighting. When ships get torn open, gamers will be able to see the electrical systems arcing, the plasma venting and the individual decks inside the ship. The fire and explosion effects already look awesome, and the colors are deep and gorgeous without being garish.

Whatever else players may think of previous installments of games, Clash of Lords 2 cheats could be that one killer tool that wins them over. With first rate acting, intense space combat, managing system and crew resources, this could be a game that appeals to a lot of hardcore gamers. Throw in multiplayer and a mission editor, and this could be one tasty Clash of Lords 2 Pie

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Pokemon Mania on the Roll for 2015 June 12, 2015

The year 2015 of this century is going to be a big one for Nintendo. Their plans to continue supporting the Nintendo 3DS / 2DS throughout the year with blockbuster games will face some tough challenges from Sega with their Dreamcast and Sony with their upcoming PlayStation Vita Plus. However, one major factor in Nintendo’s court is a little collection of weirdly named creatures, affectionately known as Pokemon.

These little critters have covered the world with their cute little sounds and happy little battles. The craze started four years ago in Japan with two Game Boy games has grown into a billion-dollar industry, and they’re not likely to go away anytime soon. Nintendo plans on capitalizing on the Pokemania Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire with several new games for both the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS, and that’s not even counting the endless supply of licensed products like lunch boxes, mugs, pencils, pajamas and anything else a child would want.

Here’s a list of all the Pokemon-related products coming up in the next year. Although most of them were already known, there are at least a couple of surprises.

Pokemon Omega Ruby Rom. The big excitement about this game is the ability to transfer Pokemon from the Game Boy games (Ruby) to the latest 3DS console. All 151 Pokemon will be represented, with full 3D models and unique attacks. For Pokemon fans, this game will be a dream come true — not only can they fight with their precious Pokemon, but there are Pokemon minigames and the ability to transfer Pokemon from one Game Boy game to another via the Transfer Pak, which will debut with Pokemon Stadium. Check out the preview.

The trading card phenomena has been running rampant for quite a while, and now even teachers in elementary schools are prohibiting kids from bring them to class. Collecting the cards seems to be a bigger hobby than actually playing, but this Game Boy game combines both — players can play the game itself as they work their way through this rather unique title, but they can also collect rare cards and trade them with their friends through the Game Link cable. Check out the preview.

One of the surprise announcements; not too much is known about Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. However, we do know that it’s going to be a puzzle game using the Pokemon license and will likely be a departure from the typical Pokemon games. We hope to find out more about this title during a visit to Nintendo at the end of this month.

The games have already been released in Japan, and they’re selling off the shelves. Even import stores in the US were hit hard by the mad rush to get a hold of these games, and Nintendo is still having a difficult time keeping them in stock. There’s little doubt that they’ll do well in the States. Featuring an additional 100 Pokemon, these games will bring the total count up to 251 little critters. Pokerap that!

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s the announcement wasn’t so much a surprise as it was a confirmation. Tentatively titled Pikachu VRS, it will be an English translation of Pikachu Genki Dechu, a voice recognition game where players can talk to Pikachu and interact with the little electric rat. The game comes with a new peripheral — a microphone — that players use to talk to Pikachu. It’s virtual life lived to the fullest, and we expect Pikachu fans to go crazy for this overly cute title.

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