Battle Bears Ultimate Review

Battle Bears Ultimate Review

Jul 28, 2014

Battle Bears Ultimate is a first person team based deathmatch shooter with all the jumping and shooting veterans of Quake or Counter Strike would expect. Is it worth bear-ing with?

Screenshot_2014-07-25-00-56-03Battle Bears Ultimate is pretty light on play modes. Besides basic ranked team DM and unranked DM, the only other mode is Capture the Flag. The mian mode in Battle Bears Ultimate is Deathmatch, which features players running around trying to kill their opponents. Weapons are acquired between games from chests and are randomly awarded. Some players may have much worse or better weapons than other players.

Weapons are fairly limited as well. There are a few kinds of assault rifles, a few heavier weapons such as chainguns and a few explosive weapons like rocket launchers. While fun to use, there are no really interesting weapons.

Battle Bears Ultimate doesn’t play a particularly good game of Deathmatch, compared to the plethora of amazing online mobile FPS games like Modern Combat and Dead Trigger. It suffers from bouts of severe lag, poor weapon balancing and some poor maps that encourage camping more than a little. One map in particular has players begin in a small room and run down a ramp to enter the fray. It is very susceptible to one team simply being spawn camped the whole game.

Screenshot_2014-07-25-02-48-51Battle Bears Ultimate really embraces pay to win in a big way. The game uses a poorly though out system where the player is awarded chests during gameplay which contain a random prize, such as a new gun or a boost. Chests need keys to get the item. Keys are doled out one at a time when the player levels up. The only other way of acquiring keys is using real money, denying non-paying players the items.

The random nature of what’s in a chest is a pain as well. A chest might contain anything from an awesome weapon to a useless piece of clothing or other cosmetic object. This is especially bad for new players, who might unlock chests with useless items instead of desperately needed weapons. The default equipment new players get is no match at all for even the weakest weapons found in chests.

Battle Bears Ultimate looks pretty nice. It is amusing to see teddy bears running around blowing each other away and some of the maps have some interesting features in them. The map with a destroyed mountainous village with a flying sailing ship circling it and a futuristic city map stand out. The sound however is quite poor. Weapons sound weak and taunts and speech are very repetitive. The music salvages the sound a little bit as it’s very catchy.

Battle Bears Ultimate is a nearly unplayable FPS, mainly due to the haphazard way weapons are handed out and lag. It is certainly not worth playing when there are awesome multiplayer games like Modern Combat 4 around which provide hours of exciting gameplay with good weapons, exciting class based gameplay and no lopsided matchmaking. Battle Bears Ultimate might be fun for a few minutes, but its freemium features are its death knell.


Eternity Warriors 3 Review

Eternity Warriors 3 Review

Jun 11, 2014

Eternal Warriors 3 starts off with the basic formula of Blizzard’s Diablo series. Players pick from a warrior, monk or mage (locked) and embark on a instantance based journey around a central town, ala Tristram.

Screenshot_2014-06-07-11-48-42Each area has a few basic quests, like killing a certain amount of enemies, but most of the game is simply basic hack and slash, where the player works their way through an area full of enemies. There is a standard attack button a parry button and a few additional buttons for various skills that are little more that stronger hits. There are no healing spells, buffs or anything as such.

There is an abundance of loot in Eternal Warriors 3. Various pieces of armour, weapons and reagents are everywhere and are often dropped by dead enemies. Equipment can be fused together to boost its stats (which consumes the fused items) and once it is a high enough level it can be further boosted with a reagent and changes form. Then the item requires more fusing and so on. Getting a piece of equipment to a really powerful level takes a lot of grinding.

And indeed the game itself rewards endless grinding. The constant flow of loot and easy gameplay generally encourages the player to repeat the same dungeons again and again to quickly acquire new things to fuse to their existing equipment. There are a few really challenging bosses and levels in the game which act as meat gates until players become powerful enough to defeat them.

In a nutshell Eternal Warriors 3’s gameplay is decent, if unexceptional.

Screenshot_2014-06-07-10-59-42Most of this goodness is undone however by a critical lack of player interaction. All questing in Eternity Warriors 3 is done alone. There is no way to form a party of any kind and the only time the player sees other players is in the town when not in battle and when in a PvP match. This lack of party combat really makes Eternity Warriors a bore after a while. Hacking though hordes of enemies can only be fun for a little while and the lack of party dynamics and varied classes really gives Eternity Warriors 3 a short shelf life. There is the ability to form guilds in game, but there is little point to this when the guild can’t fight together.

Eternity Warriors 3 looks really good. Most equipment appears on the player’s character so it’s fun to see characters tool up and combat animations and enemies look good. Skills are nice and flashy and the game is high res and always moves smoothly no matter what is going on. The sound is fine but rather repetitive. The same combat grunts and enemy sounds can get dull fast.

Eternity Warriors 3 isn’t a terrible game as such, but without true multiplayer the game just isn’t compelling. For a basic loot and slash experience players would probably be better off with Dungeon Hunter 3. For true MMORPG gameplay try Order and Chaos. Eternal Warriors 3 is too one dimensional and dull to warrant attention.


Casters of Kalderon Is A New Free Mobile MMORTS

Casters of Kalderon Is A New Free Mobile MMORTS

Jan 24, 2014

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This medieval strategy offers a greatly detailed, deep multiplayer gameplay, and looks mighty good. The player needs to build his own castle, and fight to defend it, or enrich it, creating unions with other players. It’s still in beta, and looks very complex and unusual. Check it out for free here: Casters of Kalderon on Google Play.

Order & Chaos Duels Introduces Card Sets In A New Update

Order & Chaos Duels Introduces Card Sets In A New Update

Dec 16, 2013

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The popular free-to-play digital collectible cards game, Order & Chaos Duels, has been updated with two completely new decks of cards seeing light, one of them based on Chinese mythology, and other – in the primary elements. But it’s not the most interesting part of the update – it’s that now, if the player has cards from a specific set, his deck will get unique special abilities. The game can be downloaded for free from here: Order & Chaos Duels on Google Play.

An Update Is Released For Order & Chaos Online

An Update Is Released For Order & Chaos Online

Dec 16, 2013

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The fans of this fancy mobile MMORPG can now roam a new dungeon for the heroes of 70th level, a new area, Amusement Park Island, and a new Asian-themed area that will get unlocked on Chinese New Year. There are also more weapon sockets for gems. The game can be downloaded from here: Order & Chaos Online on Google Play.

Ingress, A Geo-Location MMO, To Exit Beta On December, 14th

Ingress, A Geo-Location MMO, To Exit Beta On December, 14th

Nov 11, 2013

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Ingress is, undoubtedly, a very unusual game. It’s a world-wide secret agency simulator, in which the players around the world need to fight against each others agencies. The open beta started as a huge event, Operation #13Magnu, spanning 39 cities, and the participants will be awarded when the game will exit its open beta state on December, 14. The additional details can be found here: Ingress on Google+. The game itself can be downloaded for free from here: Ingress on Google Play.

Boxed Is Available To Ease Bulk Shopping

Boxed Is Available To Ease Bulk Shopping

Oct 17, 2013

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For every frugal person, there’s no better way to purchase everyday products, than to purchase them in bulk – cartons, boxes, and such. Boxed is an app that helps you purchase whatever you want, in great numbers, and at a much lower price, than if buying the products separately. The app is for American consumers only, by the way. Boxed is available as a free download on Google Play, over here: Boxed Wholesale on Google Play.

Clash of Clans Clashes On Android

Clash of Clans Clashes On Android

Oct 3, 2013

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Clash of Clans is a fantasy free-to-play online strategy game. The players have to build their own village, and then defend it – from other players, mainly. The game features lots of online interactions, upgradeable units, and a single-player campaign. Clash of Clans for Android is currently in a limited-region beta and can be downloaded from here for certain countries: Clash of Clans on Google Play.

Homerun Battle 3D Review

Homerun Battle 3D Review

Oct 11, 2011

If they say that variety is the spice of life, then Homerun Battle 3D is somewhere between white rice and vanilla ice cream. For $4.99 you might be expecting a full app that would have a story or career mode of some kind, but that, unfortunately, is not the case here in Homerun Battle 3D.

The game puts you in the cleats of a cartoonishly steroidal major leaguer. With biceps the size of small children and pecs you can store luggage in, you swagger up to the plate in and swing for the fences. Over, and over again. That’s pretty much the app. There’s no real career mode here; the home run derby you’re in is never explained and there’s nothing to challenge you offline except your high score.

Just like in the major league home run derby you’re given ten outs to work with, but unlike the real thing, taken balls are counted as outs and the pitcher will try to fool you with a screwball or change up once and a while. Every home run you hit with nine outs earns you points for upgrades like being able to change your face, pants, jersey, and bat. Everything is purely cosmetic except for the bats which, give your muscled hero a boost of power or contact edge.

Even though the game is very shallow the core action is pretty addictive and hits generally react as they should. The controls are simple and very responsive; tilt your device to place the bat where the pitch is and tap the screen to swing. It is easy to see some of the corners that were cut, however. For example, your character never actually swings the bat; instead the display just cuts to another camera showing the ball in flight, the pitcher is the same purple-shirted man who can throw both righty and southpaw apparently, and there are two stadiums to choose from: ‘Night’ and ‘Day.’

The online battle arena is probably the most impressive area of this game. Here you go head to head against another player and see who can score a set amount of points first. This works really well and it is easy to just hop on and play a random opponent of your skill. There is slight lag at the beginning of a match, but other than that everything runs surprisingly smooth.

This app would make a great game for 2 or even 3 bucks. But as it is, the $4.99 price tag seems a little steep for an app that really just contains an online battle arena and a practice mode offline.