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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

From Syria to Boston, with Love

Now, anyone who knows me knows I try to find the silver lining of humanity. This has become very hard of late, then life throws a curveball your way and you kind of feel an odd feeling deep down. The recent events in Boston are tragic to say the least, but you'd do well to know that far worse things occur all over the world, many of which are something many would consider crimes against nature.

I saw this on Facebook the other day, it made me feel pretty damn good.


I won't even pretend to know what the people of Syria, or anyone in the Middle East goes through everyday because of us, but this is just proof that no matter what differences we may have, tragedies such as what we went through (again, miniscule in comparison to their own tragedies) are able to unite all of us.

Syria, and all other countries who have sent their thoughts and prayers to Boston (there are many, just Google 'Syria sends prayers to Boston' under images), thank you, your thoughts mean a lot, not only to the people of Boston, but the people of America (we aren't all assholes :D). May your God (and every other God) bless you and yours for eternity.

- Andrew K Mulligan
Writer of LVGRB

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Defiance: Arkfall Codes


If you're playing Defiance, you may know about the Arkfall codes. These codes have been hidden in trailers, Twitter posts, advertisements and many other Defiance related media. When you find one, you input it into a database and unlock rewards. This can take forever, looking carefully at everything but the rewards are usually worth it.

What if you could get them for free, with no research involved? Would you be happy? Elated? Mad? Let's find out, here are 151 Arkfall codes. Only 120 are CURRENTLY needed to unlock the last reward, but who knows.... maybe more rewards will come our way. You can enter these codes on the Defiance site, here.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Too Human


Man vs Machine taken to a whole new level.


Story

In a time when Humanity flourished, machines known simply as the ‘Children of Ymir’ emerged from the depths of the Earth, bent on the destruction of all sentient beings and have waged war on the Human race for the past thousand years. This war has left the planet icy, cold and nearly inhospitable resulting in the death of all but a few million humans. These humans prayed to the Aesir and worship the ODIN (Organically Distributed Intelligence Network) and were blessed by the Gods, who sheltered the few remaining humans in an enclave known as Midgard.


Graphics

The graphics in Too Human are what you’d expect from a game that came out half way through the consoles life, they look good but aren’t hyper realistic like Halo, Call of Duty or Elder Scrolls. They relate more to Dead Rising, Crackdown or Saint’s Row. All in all, the graphics are standard, nothing special, nothing good or bad.

Baldur, with Hammer and Shield, fighting one of the Children of Ymir


Controls

Usually controls are tough to talk about due to them usually being so generic, Too Human is different in this way. The left thumbstick moves Baldur around, but to attack, you lean the right stick in the direction you want to attack and tapping to launch enemies with melee weapons. Guns can be tough to control, especially if you’re using two at a time so practice is needed with them. Rifles are capable of launching grenades which is very helpful against groups of enemies. If you can adjust to these controls, you’ll have a lot of fun with the game, just give it some time.


Music/Sound/Voice

Sadly, there is little of all of them in the game, in-between fights you’ll be listening to little or nothing at all. Only when in combat do you hear anything, and honestly, the music is nothing special. Sound effects seem to be repeated after a bit, but switching what you do can alleviate that issue pretty quick (don’t use the same move over and over and over and over).


Other

The game can be very difficult at times, especially on higher difficulties; enemies will have various immunities at all times on tougher levels, making strategy mandatory. So mastering this game can be tough, but is very rewarding as you’ll get some of the best armor and weapons.
The one thing that REALLY stands out is the ability to customize Baldur after a certain point, you can change his armor color, bonus stats and weapon effects, as well as a few other things I won’t mention.

The multiplayer is pretty well done as well, I never had any issues with players joining my game and it is always fun to play hack & slash games with a friend. This can either make the game tougher or easier, depending on the skill of the players.

There are a few classes you can play as, each offering a small bonus. Better regeneration, more defense, different skills and what weapons can be used.

The game is very cybernetic-y, the 'Gods' are less god-like and more highly advanced in technology (you'll know what I mean, the 'leader' of them has some awesome looking glasses (reminds me of Google Glass)). At one point you can even gain Cybernetic hardware, which is awesome.


Achievements

A good chunk of the achievements will come naturally, some of the others will require skill (beat the 4 levels WITHOUT dying), patience (obtain 10,000 drops) and luck (complete a full set of Epic gear). With time, you should be able to get them though.


Overall

Too Human is a fun game if given a chance, best played with a friend and not for the weak of heart.

8.5/10.0

Pros
- Norse Mythology driven story (kinda)
- Ability to customize is great
- Tough game that’s rewarding

Cons
- Steep learning curve
- Will give many players a headache
Bland musical score