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Chivalry is DEAD! Chivalry: Medieval Warfare

  • Developed by Torn Banner Studios using the Unreal Engine
  • Available through Steam
  • Multiplayer
  • Can have up to 64 players in one server
  • Rated M for Mature
  • Has Blood and Gore
  • Has a variety of game modes, such as: Team Deathmatch, Last Team Standing, Team Objective, Free For All, Capture the Flag, and King of the Hill

Overview

Chivalry is a standalone title available on Steam that was derived from the popular Half-Life 2 mod “Age of Chivalry” and has been received well by both fans of the mod and those that are new to the experience. And why wouldn’t they? This game is more fun than a bag of firecrackers!

First off, you have your Knights of Agatha who hail to their king Argon of Tenosia. Then, there are the rebellious Mason Order who are led by Malric. The Agathians wear blue, yellow, and white colors while the Masons are mainly covered in red and black.

Neither side has the upper hand when it comes to combat, both sides are given the same arsenals of dagger, sword, axe, spear, bows, crossbows, and etc. It all comes down to skill and/or teamwork to win your battles.

With each weapon comes their unique attributes such as damage, speed, and reach. Also, the point at which your weapon delivers damage also depends on what type of weapon it is and can determine what type of fighter you can be. For instance, a spear’s main damage output is the tip, where the spearhead is, so a stabbing attack does a better job than a horizontal strike.

Neither side has the upper hand when it comes to combat, both sides are given the same arsenals of dagger, sword, axe, spear, bows, crossbows, and etc. It all comes down to skill and/or teamwork to win your battles.

With each weapon comes their unique attributes such as damage, speed, and reach. Also, the point at which your weapon delivers damage also depends on what type of weapon it is and can determine what type of fighter you can be. For instance, a spear’s main damage output is the tip, where the spearhead is, so a stabbing attack does a better job than a horizontal strike.

Axes, Maces, Flails, Swords and More!

The Knight’s Arsenal

Archers are the weakest, but a skilled marksman can send any knight cowering for cover. A good archer will stay at the rear to pick off opponents, skirmish with enemy archers, or finish off fleeing opponents. They use bows, crossbows, javelins, and slings. They can also utilize small weapons like knives or one-handed swords for close-quarters-combat.

Men At Arms are agile, but weak fighters who specialize in weapons that are fast and are easy to out-maneuver slower and more bulkier opponents like Vanguards and Knights. They can use swords, axes, maces, and staffs. Their special ability is being able to sidestep in four directions: forward, backwards, and side to side.

Vanguards charge to the front-lines and hold off their opponents with longer weapons. They are well-rounded with enough damage and reach to make any foe tremble. Their special ability allows them to build up momentum from sprinting and unleash a lunging strike, making them seemingly fly through the air, leaping toward their enemy with a mighty crash.

Knights are the most heavily armored class in the game, donning a full suit of armor, it would take a lot to bring this hulk down. However, it doesn’t mean that a knight is invulnerable; a well-versed knight is able to choose the perfect moment to charge the enemy and overwhelm them. They can two-hand or one-hand weapons, mostly swords. They are also able to use shields with their free hand, especially when using a flail.

Every able man has a role.

The Archer, Man at Arms, Vanguard, and Knight

Like the video says, and from my own experience, this is ACTUAL IN-GAME FOOTAGE.

What I liked About Chivalry

  • The dismemberment. You can’t go wrong with cutting through someone’s limb like a knife through warm butter
  • Multiple Game Modes. If you get bored with the same ol’ TDM, you can always have a go at Team Objective or any other game mode. There’s fun at every corner!
  • Replayability. I can’t remember any other game that I would come back to as often as Chivalry.

What I Disliked About Chivalry

Despite it being SUPER fun and addicting…

The voice-chat that’s prevalent in most Steam games is not present in this title, which renders everyone in-game to type, causing “axedents” to unfold… (hee hee, see what I did there?)

The TEAMKILLING is strong. Friendly-Fire can turn into inner-team sparring if it goes unchecked. Thankfully, there’s a votekick option. It had a lot of bugs, which have been fixed through series of patches.

However, why did it take months for TBS to apply these fixes? Oh well, the good news is that these problems no longer persist, but if you wanted to know what REALLY ticked me off? Then, here they are:

  • Player levels stay the same, never increasing.
  • Weapon Unlock Counters stay the same, which means you can never kill enough people with a certain weapon type to unlock the next weapon.
  • The sky on the “battlegrounds” map never loaded… so it was an ominous… void… of darkness… *shudders*

Even though these bugs have been solved, nothing can really fix the amount of a-holes and d-bags that can potentially fill one server. But hey, if you’re a good player, you can silence them with your blade!

Final Thoughts

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare’s first-person melee experience has really brought a new feel to the online-multiplayer gaming scene. It’s nice to break away from Counter-Strike orTeam Fortress 2 and play a game that focuses more on the melee aspect rather than the shooting. With a great team like Torn-Banner Studios, there’s no telling what improvements they might make in the future, or what downloadable-content will be in store (like Deadliest Warrior).

Chivalry gets a 9 out of 10 for its unique style of play, originality, and the sheer amount of fun that a player can get out of it.

Huzzah!

9/10

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Total Dominance: An iOS Game App Review!

Developer/Publisher: Demst Team/Motion 9 Studios
Genre: Strategy, Board Games
Number of Players: Single player/Multiplayer
Available on: iOS devices (Reviewed on iPhone 4)
Release date:  Sept. 8, 2013

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Wow! Our very first iOS game app review! Very exciting, indeed.

And what other way to usher in a new platform in our scope than this little gem?

Total Dominance is a strategic board game app that is inspired by Six-Men Morris, a classic 1800s board game of wits involving six game pieces that each players control, which is a total of 12 pieces. The object is to line up 3 of your pieces while preventing the opponent from accomplishing the same goal. Once three pieces are lined up, they form a “mill.” When mills are formed, the respective player is allowed to remove one of the opponent’s pieces. The game is over when one player is left with only two pieces or is unable to perform any “legal” moves, meaning they are allowed to move their piece to a certain space. With that being said, there are multiple dynamics as to how to accomplish your goal of dominating your opponent. (Fun Trivia: This game was also one of the mini-games in Assassin’s Creed III!) Read More…

Prison Architect: Be The Architect of Your Own Chaos

Often enough, we come across games developed by small, self funded companies, or indie games we’d like to call them. Most aren’t very much to look at, while some others create a massive following and eventually become the talk of the gaming sphere.

Prison Architect, though only in Alpha stages, has potential to be one of the games that people will know of just by hearing the word “prison.”

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Developer/Publisher: Introversion Software
Genre: Simulation/RTS
Number of Players: Single player
Available on: Windows/Mac/Linux
Release date: September 26, 2012 (Alpha)

Despite its potential to be a great finished product, there is also a possibility that Prison Architect could crash and burn. Even in Alpha stages, there are still some bugs that could utterly break the game, mainly the CPU leaks that cause the game and your system to start slowing down at a crippling rate. This, along with some other bugs, can be discouraging. Read More…

Saints Row IV: Fun or folly? A quick review

It’s that time again. “What time is it?,” you may ask.

Well, it’s time for another installment of Saints Row (add as many exclamation marks as you’d like to portray your excitement)

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Too soon? Or too late? Or perhaps the timing is just right? Well, I’ll be sure to tell you if this game is really worth your time and money, so don’t zip up your wallet just yet. Read More…

Let’s Play Crysis 3! (With SleepyHWR)

Hello everyone! SHWR/Kevin here and I’m going to showcase the Bow in Crysis 3! The bow is a stealth weapon that can be used while cloaked and is the only weapon that allows you to fire your weapon while remaining fully cloaked! It comes with three different tips that are: Anti-Armor, Anti-Personnel, and Anti-Air.

I hope you guys enjoy this gameplay of Crysis 3! I really enjoy it! (Despite playing it at HARDEST DIFFICULTY!!!)

Have a wonderful @$$ day!

Far Cry 3 – First Look

The Walking Dead: The Game review

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Developer/Publisher: Telltale Games
Genre: Point & Click Adventure/Role-playing
Number of Players: 1-Player
ESRB: M for Mature
Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date:  Episode 1 – April 24, 2012
Episode 2 – June 27, 2012
Episode 3 – August 28, 2012
Episode 4 – October 9, 2012
Episode 5 – November 20, 2012 (Finale)
Retail Version – December 11, 2012

Story

You enter the world of The Walking Dead as Lee Everett, a mild mannered man (unless you decide otherwise) who’s in for a long road ahead of him. The game opens with Lee riding in the back of a police cruiser on a freeway heading out of Atlanta. From first impressions, it would seem that Lee is convicted and is on his way to a prison.

Suddenly, an unknown figure walks across the freeway and into the cruiser’s path, sending Lee and the Officer driving him into a near-fatal crash as the vehicle rolls off the road and into a forest.

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After regaining consciousness and figuring out that everything has gone to Hell, Lee quickly makes a break for it and searches for help in the nearby neighborhood.

There, he meets a young girl named Clementine, not believing the fact that she had survived all on her own during the outbreak despite her age.

Together, they set off to find refuge and, if possible, Clementine’s parents.
Read More…

Assassin’s Creed III review

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action/Adventure
Number of Players: Single Player/Multiplayer (1-8)
ESRB: M for Mature–Blood, Violence, Drug/Alcohol Use, and Explicit Language (And other mature things!)
Reviewed on: PS3
Also available on: Xbox 360, Wii U, PC
Release date: Oct. 30 (X360, PS3), Nov. 18 (Wii U), Nov. 20 (PC)

Story (1700s)

The New World is still a monumental mystery to the European settlers and those who thought they had escaped on a pilgrimage from injustice had simply been given a longer leash instead.

During this era, the Templars were dominant in their scope and the Assassins were thought to be wiped out, leaving the reigns of destiny to the hands of those who seek to control it, rather than obey it.

However, the will of one man will spark a revolution that will ultimately change the New World and unite brothers in arms against the Templar order like in the times of old. That man’s name is Ratonhnhaké:ton, born of European and Native American blood; or Connor as he’s come to be known as. Read More…

Sleeping Dogs review

Developer: United Front Games
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action/Adventure
Number of Players: 1
ESRB: M for Mature: Blood/Gore, Alcohol Reference, Sexual Content, Violence, and Explicit Dialogue
Reviewed on: PlayStation 3
Also available on: Xbox 360, PC

Out on the streets, it’s a cold life to live, struggling for that extra penny and paying for high-priced gas…and you’re only trying to go five miles!

If that’s cold, then the streets of Hong Kong must be frozen solid. Sleeping Dogs takes you to a place you’ve probably never been before, and it’s a truly refreshing detour from your run-of-the-mill scaled New York City, or Miami, or the United States altogether. This free-roaming, action-adventure title will surely have you gripping your controller from the thrills and over-the-top action that always seems to deliver satisfaction. Read More…

Yakuza 4: Under the Radar review

Many games get overlooked because they aren’t plastered all over the advertisements you see on TV or over the webbernets. In order to do these games justice, we’ll handpick them for their high caliber in entertainment and satisfaction just so that they get the attention they rightfully deserve. We’ll call these inner looks into the shadowed world of gaming… “Under The Radar.” (Cos these games are so not getting on yours).

In our premier of “Under The Radar,” we’d like to personally hook you up with an inside look at “Ryu Ga Gotoku 4 (Like A Dragon 4)” or “Yakuza 4” for the U.S. Gamers’ Market. This would be the second addition to the Yakuza franchise that has placed its white-crocodile leather shoes onto the PS3 arena, tagging up with its partner and predecessor “Yakuza 3.” Read More…

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