Video: Building A Base In Subnautica

Hello Everyone!

We have released a new video, showing you the basics to building a base in Subnautica, and underwater survival exploration game. You can build a base however you want to, and this video is simply to show you an example base.

Subnautica is always releasing updates and new features. You can check the game out HERE.


If you haven't seen our Subnautica Fan Trailer, check it out here!

If you haven’t seen our Subnautica Fan Trailer, check it out here!

Until Next Time,

GAME HARD!

Spotlight: Life Is Strange

Hello everyone!

In the spotlight today, we have Life Is Strange, a five part episodic game where you make choices that affect the story.

The first thing I want to say about this game is that the art style is absolutely amazing. The world is beautiful, and alive. The main character, Max, is an 18 year old girl with an Indie lifestyle. She spends most of her time looking at the world through her old-school instant camera. She recently returned to her hometown from Seattle, only to find that the dream school she got accepted to wasn’t as perfect as she had imagined it. There were the same old cliques, bullying, and drama as any school.

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The characters feel realistic, and you can probably relate them to at least someone you know in real life. The writing is a bit cliche’ at times, but it kind of adds to the charm. You have a bit of freedom to explore the world around you, and often get humorous narration from Max. Max is her own person, although you can affect her encounters with the people around her. You can talk to almost everyone on campus, but you may not get to talk to them for long if you don’t relate to them. If you say something wrong, they will pretty much blow you off. You can always go back in time and answer them correctly. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention… Max can rewind time.

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I played through the first episode and was really happy with it. There were a few things that I missed out on, so I will probably play through the game one more time. There are some hidden photo opportunities that can only be found by making certain decisions throughout the game. There is definitely some re-playability to the game, although the story won’t be all that different. I really loved the characters, and there was a perfect mix of real life drama and supernatural for my taste buds. You can also learn a lot about photography and cameras while playing the game, since the game also focuses on Max wanting to get the courage to show the world her photos.

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I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of story-driven games, with just enough interaction. The game does involve drug use and some touchy subjects, so make sure you’re okay with those things before you spend the $4.99 that the game currently costs on Steam. You can buy it one episode at a time, or you can get a Season Pass if you know you want to play the whole game through. After the ending of Episode 1 (no spoilers) you will probably be inclined to check out the next episode.

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Until next time,

GAME HARD

Spotlight: Plink

Hello everyone!

In the spotlight this time, we have a browser based music game from DinahMoe!

It goes by the name of Plink.

There isn’t a whole lot to say about Plink, except that it is highly entertaining and addicting. You pick a nickname, join in, and you and a few other players all have access to certain musical sounds and instruments. You can all play at the same time, and make your own music together. You never know what kind of beat will come next.

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My first experience was that I started a beat and everyone followed. You never know who is in the room with you, but it is so easy to make great sounding music, that you will most likely never have a bad time. I urge you to check it out.

Until next time…

GAME HARD

Spotlight: H1Z1 Early Access

Hello everyone!

Are you a fan of the zombie survival genre that has been emerging lately? Well here is another awesome title to add to your ever-growing library of games: H1Z1

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The game made its early access release on Steam today at noon. The game is an apocalyptic survival game in a world where the H1Z1 virus has caused zombies to rise from the dead. Early access means that a lot of stuff is still being worked on, and if you’re expecting a pristine finished game, then don’t bother pulling out the plastic. I do urge you to check out their Twitch channel for more information, and check out the trailer and reviews of the game before you make a decision.

I’ve been watching the developers on Twitch since I found out about the game, and they have a lot in store, and a lot of interesting ideas for the game. So if you’re curious, come join us, and survive the zombie apocalypse.

Until Next Time…

GAME HARD!

Spotlight: Vidar

Hello Everyone!

Recently I was contacted by someone who introduced me to a really interesting game that they are working on. The game is called Vidar, and it takes place in a town that is haunted by a beast – a beast that kills one citizen every night. I had a chance to check out the demo, and I can tell that Vidar is a game to look forward to.

You have only 24 days to complete puzzles and quests to save the citizens of Vidar. Sound like a challenge? Well, here is the interesting part – the deaths and dungeons are random every time you play the game. Each experience you have in the town of Vidar will be different. You cannot simply memorize a puzzle, because the next time you start a game, the puzzle will be completely different.

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A really interesting part of this game is that, depending on which citizens were killed, the other citizens will all have different things to say, and different quests to hand out. They all have different relations with each other, and their stories will change depending on how close the person who dies was to them. Deaths, and player completed quests can change the feelings and dialogue of each citizen.

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Take a look at these beautiful sprites!

You will spend a lot of your time down in the dungeons, solving puzzles, and completing quests. You have a certain amount of time each day, to complete as much as you possibly can. The puzzles are very interesting, and have that old-school indie feel to them. Lever pulling, button pressing, and sliding on frictionless ice to figure out how to get to your next objective. Certain quests may even throw you further into the dungeon.

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After your time is up, you return to town, and get some free time to roam around and talk to people. You find out which citizen was killed, and most likely the citizens will have new things to say after this death. Depending on who dies, or which quests you manage to complete, different things can happen. In one quest, depending on who was killed, you either receive low quality or high quality lamp oil to light some lamps in a dungeon. If you get the low quality oil, a fire might break out, and cause more death and destruction in a town that is already suffering.

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If you don’t complete the quests and puzzles at the end of 24 days, all of the citizens of Vidar will die, and you will lose the game. The game has a bit of a time management system to it. You watch the clock tick down, and know that depending on how far you have gotten in the dungeon, more people will die before you finish it.

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The real charm of this game, is in its randomness. You can replay the game, and still enjoy it. You can even find new challenges, due to the randomized dungeons and quests. You will get to see different sides of the citizens each time. The game is in its early stages, and you can play the demo to get a feel for how it’s going to play. You can also support the game on their Epocu page. If you want updates on the game, check out their Twitter page. They will also be releasing their Kickstarter on January 12.

Check out the demo (which can be found on their website) and if you enjoy it the first time, play it again, because the next time will be different!

Spotlight: Humble Sega Bundle

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Hello everyone!

There are still 3 days left to get your hands on the Humble Sega Bundle, which includes a bunch of popular titles from the Sega franchises! You pay what you want for the games, and the money helps out charities including AbleGamers, Willow Foundation, SpecialEffect, and GamesAid. Also, don’t forget to check out their weekly bundle, as well as the mobile games, and e-books. The always have great deals, supporting great causes!

Until next time…

GAME HARD

Spotlight: 7 Days To Die

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Hello Everyone!

Lately I have been really addicted to a game. I forgot how to sleep, and I forgot which world was my real home. Enter, 7 Days To Die, a zombie survival game by The Fun Pimps.

“7 Days to Die is an open world, voxel-based, sandbox game that is a unique mix of First Person Shooter, Survival Horror, Tower Defense and Role Playing Games combining combat, crafting, looting, mining, exploration, and character growth.”

This is the description provided on the website, and after playing for hours on end, I am not disappointed. The only word missing in this description is “brutal”. I had recently bought DayZ, and was going to write about my adventures in its zombie-infested… or should I say mostly player-infested world. My first experience with DayZ was a little bumpy. I spent most of it freezing to death, and then zombies ghosted through the door of the house I was hiding in and ate my brains out. Seriously, some realistic shit there. Oh, you thought I was being serious?

A few days later, I bought 7DTD (you know what that stands for, right? Look at the damn title)

 

I had heard a little about 7DTD, and a fellow gamer was excited and wanted to play it with me. I tried the game with just him and I first, and we spent our few nights alive hiding inside creepy run-down buildings, scavenging for for food and water, attempting to keep the door blocked off, and listening to the sound of a hundred or more zombies creeping around outside. Whenever the sun started rising, we would venture out into the world. We died a lot. At least the zombies don’t know how to ghost through doors in this game. Actually, you can see the door taking damage and getting destroyed as zombies slowly tear away at the thin piece of protection between you and them.

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The world in 7DTD is extremely beautiful. There are many different biomes, and each one has different stuff to offer. You can survive in any of the biomes if you are good at scavenging (and avoiding zombies). Once we got used to everything, we decided to try out a public server. I was super worried about the pvp aspect of the game, and chose a server that said pvp and griefing wasn’t allowed. You can still kill other players on these servers, but you will most likely get banned for it. As soon as we joined the server, we ran into our first group. We were a bit nervous, but after asking if we could tag along with them, it ended up being a really cool experience. They proceeded to supply us with potatoes, tea, and gear as we followed them around. After doing some scavenging, we headed back to their area, and were surprised to find they had a few buildings built up, and some farm-land.

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With their permission, we started building our own place. Before constructing, you have to chop down trees with an axe, and mine rocks. I started feeling myself getting drawn into the game. The people who shared their property with us helped give us a sense of a community. They even helped us build our first house, and plant stuff on our farm. While we were building, and making noise, zombies tried to infest our little village. There were enough of us that we were able to keep them from getting too close. With all of us building, we managed to get a pretty nice looking area.

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In 7DTD, the more noise you make, and the more fires you have going, the more likely you are to get a horde of zombies. There was a point when we made a decent amount of noise, and sure enough, the sounds of zombies started coming from the tree line. A lot of zombies…

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The game is most fun when you are trying your hardest to survive a horde of zombies, while trying to protect your buildings and hard work. You also have to worry about eating, drinking, keeping your health up, and taking medicine when you are hurt or infected. The water is usually murky and can make you sick, so you have to boil it over a fire, and some food can give you food poisoning. You can also get broken legs, so you have to be careful where you jump from. A broken leg can slow you down a lot, and put you in more danger. This game has the strongest sense of survival I have ever felt in a game. On top of that, it seems to also have a very supportive community, which most games are lacking nowadays. As long as you respect their property, you are usually welcome to stay the night at someones house, or receive a little food from them. The first group I ever met up with have become my regular playing buddies, and my friends. You can play the game seriously, or you can choose to just mess around and have some fun. There is a lot to do, and you can build whatever you want to. Just remember to protect it from the zombies.

The game is still in Alpha, but it is constantly getting updated. There are a few bugs, but none of them have felt game-breaking. The trailer is for Alpha 8, but the game is currently in Alpha ten and is really far along.

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Until Next Time

GAME HARD