Track: Get the Balance Right | Artist: Depeche Mode | Album: Construction Time Again
Original Hotaru no Hikari series inspired 2 live-action TV series, 1 live-action film
Codenames is based around the unusual concept of frustration equals fun. This team based word association game for 4 – 8 players, where games rarely lasting longer than 20 minutes, is a great example of a party game. What links cloak, spell and train? The Harry Potter franchise potentially but how can you convey that to your team with only one word and one number? These are the sort of mental conundrums that will spin around your head in Codenames. The only issue, even when you have that brilliant clue your teammates still need to guess what you mean. So how exactly do you play Codenames? Players split into two teams, with each nominating a leader. From the hundreds of possible words in the box a 5×5 grid is created. The team leaders look at a randomly selected Key card which determines the Codenames of their operatives. Both teams strive to contacted all of their operatives first, by guessing their leaders clues, in order to win. After setting up the first game I thought there was a decent number of cards in the Codenames deck. It was only after the game had finished that I realised that the cards were double sided. There must be thousands of variations of the 5×5 grid you have to lay, extending the variety of the linking words used. The game could have gotten a bit stale if the same “Animal 3” style clues were used every game, thankfully this is avoided by the huge card pool. Included in the box is a sand timer and although it was used in the majority of my games I only found it impacted the game once. Realistically if your game is lasting too long you’re taking the board game to seriously. Codenames is at the end of the day a light-hearted party game which is perfect for players of all ages. Codenames will test the very bonds of your friendships, in the same way games such as Pictionary have in the past. You’ll come up with what you determine to be the worlds best link between words and leave your teammates stumped; merely guessing at what you mean. The premise of Codenames revolves around being on the same wavelength as others. Often even when the game has finished the entertainment carries on. Mostly thanks to the look on players faces after the reveal of what ‘that’ clue, which confused the team, was meant to mean. Because of this, it is great for couple nights, as much as with groups of friends. Seeing if partners or family members think the same can be extremely enlightening, but it can definitely see the odd competitive base argument erupt too. While the game can be extremely family friendly some rude or dark suggestions, with the right group of people, inevitably seep in. It all depends on the group you play it with and how reserved the players are. So one team is behind, with their opposition managing to guess their leaders...
The trippy platformer PsychoDelia got a new trailer and is now on Steam Greenlight. The world of weird colors and strange shapes developed by Harmlessmonkii looks like Tron turned inside out and plastered onto ancient cave walls. See for yourself.
Plans to return to work this year
6th anime series in Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise premieres on May 10
Last month, the mod group known as .White announced “Red Dead Redemption V,” a project that would incorporate Red Dead’s map into Grand Theft Auto V. But soon after releasing a teaser trailer for the mod on Friday, the group decided to cancel the project.
Most of cast, staff return for new episodes on Blu-ray/DVD
Al Cisneros, Matt Pike, & Jason Roeder, rolled into Madison WI this past April 20th to celebrate the holidays at the sold out Majestic Theater. It was an amazing show… at least what I remember about it. *cough cough* With support from ambient instrumentalist, Mono, this was Sleep’s first performance in Wisconsin in over two […]
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New series centers on female sports doctor
Film screens at Cannes Film Festival in May, opens in Japan on Saturday
Game cast reprises roles with Saori Hayami joining as progatonist Cardia
Ryo Matsuda replaces Yūki Ogoe to star in new stage play
Call of Duty: WWII is officially going to be revealed next week, but an Australian retailer has leaked promotional material for the game already. This includes details of the beta and the release date. Anyway, Charlie Intel got a hold of pictures of the promotional material for Call of Duty: WWII. The game’s release date is expected to be November 3rd, 2017. There will also be a “private beta” for those that pre-order the game. As expected, other details reveal that the game will have many famous moments from World War II. This includes landing in Normandy on D-Day plus battling across Europe in other famous locations. They also hype that this game has lifelike visuals and that the story is about brotherhood. It will have cinematic quality and will try to be as authentic as possible. The multiplayer is still going to be fast-paced like other COD video games as you can play on maps based on iconic locations. There is also a cool co-op mode with its own original story.
Many people didn’t like the fact that the 2015 Star Wars Battlefront game was missing a campaign. EA has said that Star Wars Battlefront 2’s campaign will feel substantial. As you may know already, EA’s Motive Studios has been brought in to work on the single player campaign for Star Wars Battlefront 2. PlayStation Lifestyle managed to talk more on the topic with Motive Studios Paola Jouyaux. Paola Jouyaux said: “I think it shows a commitment to the single player mode that they came to us and Motive to create this campaign. EA are completely dedicated to building this game mode” Unlike the first Battlefront game from 2015, DICE is not making the sequel on its own. Three studios have been brought in to complete the game. This ensures that none of the modes have been rushed. There’s a lot of excitement about the single player mode of the game. The story will have multiple playable characters and it will be canonical to the Star Wars timeline.
The PC system requirements have now been revealed for Outlast 2. This game will be out shortly worldwide next week. The system requirements were revealed on Steam. Both minimum and maximum system requirements have been revealed. It doesn’t look like this game requires a beefy machine for you to play it. You will need at least 30GB of free hard drive space. Look at the system requirements below. MINIMUM: OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10, 64-bits Processor: Intel Core i3-530 Memory: 4 GB RAM Graphics: 1GB VRAM, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 260 / ATI Radeon HD 4870 DirectX: Version 10 Storage: 30 GB available space Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Additional Notes: Targetting 720p @ 30 fps RECOMMENDED: OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10, 64-bits Processor: Intel Core i5 Memory: 8 GB RAM Graphics: 1.5GB VRAM, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660 / ATI Radeon HD 7850 DirectX: Version 11 Storage: 30 GB available spaceSound Card: DirectX Compatible Additional Notes: Targetting 1080p @ 60 fps Aside from the PC, Outlast 2 is also coming out on the PS4 and Xbox One consoles. It has a worldwide release of April 25th, 2017.
Arcade-like action game launched in Japan on April 13