For Those Anxious to Crawl Dungeons…Trine 2 Salutes You

11 01 2012

The second installment of the franchise came out just recently. This iteration features 3 playable characters (ala D&D) a wizard, warrior and thief. Each character is easily swapped to and from during play of the game after initial story building involving the basic mechanics of gameplay. For instance, the wizard offers a platform style game in that he can summon a giant box and move it or other heavier objects with magic, the thief changes game style to a pseudo Pitfall with her grappling hook and swing physic challenges, and the warrior is your basic hack and slash character.

The game is intended to be played by all three characters in succession determined by the puzzle being solved. You could say use the wizard to summon a box or move a swinging object, then swap to the thief to grapple the object and climb to safety. The puzzles are pretty well designed and offer a good deal of challenge but not enough to cause you to throw the controller through the tv.  

Graphically, the game is amazing. Supporting HD, the coloring and light effects really leave your eyeballs screaming for more. I can only wish more games took the graphic department of development more serious, but that seems to either be relegated to XBLA style games or the billion dollar blockbusters like CoD and BF 3, which don’t get me wrong, it’s great they have awesome graphics, I just wish I had more time to look at them between the bullets whizzing past my ears! Available on XBLA for just $14.99 with all the bells and whistles of a traditional game, Trine 2 is a steal!

Nic

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Modern Warfare 3 DLC Rings in the New Year!

1 01 2012

And to kick off the new year, Activision is throwing some DLC your way! If you purchased the CoD Elite service which has mostly been broken but still cost you $50, then rejoice. On January 24 you will be playing some brand new maps. No real word on how many yet, and hopefully if since we are forced to pay for them, it won’t be just some “Redux” versions of old maps. I mean after all it’s “the greatest selling first person shooter of all time”. Or at least that’s what Activision would tell you. At any rate, a few new maps will do the franchise good, maybe even spark some players to drop the game they are currently playing and pick up the old CoD mantle once more.

The aptly named "Park" map...in a park...

Nic