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  • The Crow's Eye!


    THE CROW'S EYE
    Set against a backdrop of psychological terror, The Crow’s Eye is a first-person puzzle adventure in which you will use your wits to escape the abandoned Medical University of Crowswood, while investigating the mysterious disappearances of students and faculty 20 years earlier.
    Developer: 3D2 Entertainment 
    Publisher: Nkidu Games
     
     
    So while the wife and kid were taking a nap, I decided it was time to try out this horror game that I picked up the other day! At first glance I expected a game that was going to make me wake up the family with my childlike screaming and heavy breathing through dark and damp hallways. While this was the case in a few instances, overall the game did not have that scare factor that I had expected. (This is noted on the description of the game, that if you are looking for the surprise jumps and scares, you may be in the wrong place)
     
    I believe that I had roughly 2 instances of being actually startled by something in the game. One was when I was nonchalantly grabbing a key and a work jumped on my screen(in game of course) and the other when an ominous tone came into my speakers randomly. 
     
    Unfortunately this game, while interesting and somewhat addictive (until you get too frustrated to continue) does leave something to be desired. The storyline is a bit hard to follow with the addition of multiple characters over time, and the random creepy guy who seems like he is from the past, but is talking to me as I am playing. I would have loved at least a few scary things around some of the vents and corners, but I can't ask for that if that is not what they intended. 
     
    The quest line, while somewhat linear, does bring into play a bit of guesswork, and not in a good way. This guesswork created a very frustrating 10-15 minutes of sitting there wondering what I missed and where I have been on my very basic map. 
     
    Overall, I would recommend this game to someone who enjoys mysteries, doesn't harp too much on the quality of graphics, and the person who wants to play a horror game without really being terrified. 
     
    The Crow's Eye is available as a Steam Download! Check it out here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/449510/
     

    Boost Your Gamerscore Quickly with No Skill

      I will admit that for the first few years I was playing on Xbox I didn't pay attention to those achievements that popped up on the bottom of my screen.  Sure, I knew they meant I just completed some task, but I wasn't out chasing that little ding and trying to get every game I played to 100%.  But then a few people I gamed with commented about my low gamerscore, so I decided to see what I could do to improve it.
     
      It turns out if you have the time, and a little extra money, you can jump your gamerscore by about 20,000 points in a single weekend.  You read that right, 20 K, and the best part is you don't even have to be that good of a player to do it.  I have completed all the titles within, and many can attest to my mediocre gaming skill set.
     
      In order for you to get the maximum score in the shortest amount of time it will help if you have an Xbox One and an Xbox 360, or at least access to one.  You can grab most of the 360 titles used on disc with some searching brick and mortar stores, or just order them from the internet.  Once you are done with them you can add them to your collection, trade them back in, resell them to other achievement hunters, or trade them to a friend who needs a boost.  The Xbox One games are available digitally, and once you buy them, they are yours forever, so you will want to check the weekly Xbox sales for these titles as you will probably only play the game once.
     
      Also before you start playing, if you are going to try and boost your score quickly, you should also check out achievement hunting websites like TrueAchievements.com or XboxAchievements.com - these sites will show you what achievements are in each game, and how to grab them quickly.  

      Now for the Xbox 360 Titles : 10 K, about 18 hours
     Avatar - The Last Airbender : 5 - 10 minutes to complete
     Backyard Football 2010 : 2 hours to complete
     Backyard Sports - Rookie Rush : 2 hours to complete
     Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons : 2-3 hours to complete
     College Hoops 2K6 : 2 hours to complete
     Contrast : 2 hours to complete
     Forza Horizon 2 - The Fast & the Furious : 2 hours to complete
     Major Legue Baseball 2K6 : 2 hours to complete 
     NBA 2K6 : 2 hours to complete
     NHL 2K6 : 2 hours to complete

     Xbox One Games : 13 K, about 21 hours
     #IDARB : 2 hours to complete
     Another World - 20th Anniversary Edition : Under 1 hour to complete
     Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons : 2-3 hours to complete
     Contrast : 2 hours to complete
     Cubot : under 1 hour to complete
     Contrast : 2 hours to complete
     Energy Cycle : under 1 hour to complete
     Forza Horizon 2 - The Fast & the Furious : 2 hours to complete
     NBA 2K17 - The Prelude : 1 hour to complete
     Pneuma - Breath of Life : 2-3 hours to complete 
     The Bunker : 2 hours to complete
     The Little Acre : 2 hours to complete
     Three Fourths Home : 2 hours to complete
     
      This is by no means a complete list of easy achievement games, but it does contain many of the quickest ones.  As an added bonus, the games that are on the list also have good stories, are fun to play, and don't require a lot of grinding.  You can also complete each title in one sitting without much difficulty.  If you are looking for games that you can complete easily but will take up a bit more time, I can add a list of those as well.
     

    Downward Spiral: Prologue First Thoughts


    Downward Spiral: Prologue 
    Downward Spiral is a VR Specific Game which can be purchased from Steam and found at http://store.steampowered.com/app/574940/ Developed and Published by 3rd Eye Studios Oy LTD. 
    ABOUT THIS GAME (Direct information from Steam Game Link)
    Downward Spiral: Prologue is inspired by 70’s sci-fi movies and modern TV series; it’s the most immersive journey in VR, has distinct style, intense deathmatch, gunpowder smelling action in zero gravity and mystery you have never experienced before. It’s the first game released using new innovative way of moving freely in VR space without players suffering from motion sickness. Built by award winning industry veterans. 
    Features:
    -3 game modes: Solo, Co-Op and Deathmatch
    -Intense Deathmatch in zero gravity for up to 8 players
    -15-30 minutes long Journey mode, the most immersive journey ever, especially in online in co-op
    -New Innovative way to move freely in VR without suffering motion sickness
    -Play with or without room-scale
    -Music by lead singer and composer of HIM, Ville Valo.
    Downward Spiral: Prologue is the first installment of very ambitious Downward Spiral Anthology Series. Every game will have different main characters, story and setting but are knitted together with the unsettling backstory which will open episode after episode.

     
    Initial Thoughts From RealHorsePlay!
    Downward Spiral: Prologue is an anti-gravity VR experience.  This game does a great job at making you feel like you're in space with both it's design, and the way you have to get around.  
    It's different having to control yourself by pushing off of walls/rails around you, but I enjoy it.  Being able to explore an abandoned space station, finding very little here and there, left me curious.
     I wanted to keep playing and to discover what it was that had happened.
     Overall, I had a great time with what I was able to play and would go deeper into the game if I could!  My only personal issue is that my body is not used to the movement that you have to do in this game.  When your brain knows it's standing, but the eyes make it think that it's moving, can feel a little weird at first.  I think this is a great game!
    Check out RealHorsePlay on Social Media 
    YT - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjwryqmZtOCVHDXjTidBYYw
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/RealHorsePlay
     
    Once again - You can find this awesome game over at http://store.steampowered.com/app/574940/ 
    If you have a VR Set - We recommend this game as one you should own! 
    Be sure to check out the developer's website over at http://www.3rdeyestudios.fi/ for any up dates or new releases! 
     

    Air Guitar Warrior for Kinect

    Like some Xbox players, I have been trying to find a reason to really love my Kinect.  When I first got my 360 I was thinking it was going to be great, but more and more I was disappointed by the games that utilized it.  It was a gimmick for than anything.  And the system integration has been sketchy at best.  It has become more of a quicker way to turn my system off as I am cleaning up for the night, than a gaming tool.  I will occassionally use it record some of my semi-par game play, but that is about it.

      Very few companies even pay attention to the Kinect these days, which is why I keep an eye out for new releases from Virtual Air Guitar Company.  Their games draw you into the game with camera and allow you control the action with the motion sensors.  Their newest release is no different.  Air Guitar Warrior for Kinect lets you live out your rock god fantasies while never leaving the comfort of your home.

      As the title suggests you will pick up you invisible axe and battle waves of enemies.  Your skill and technique will directly impact your performance, but don't fret, you don't have to actually be able to play to do well.  There are four distinctly different attacks that depend on your hand placement on the neck of the "guitar" and how fast you strum.  Hand placement decides on if you are playing lead or rhythm and your strumming speed will vary between fast and slow.  The catch is that each part has a limited amount of ammo, so you can't just constantly use strong attacks, or attacks that are weaker but have a larger damage radius.  You will have to vary your attacks if you want to clear levels with 100% efficency and your health in tact.

      The game is at heart a side scrolling shooter.  You will mount anything from a dinosaur to a viking ship or and eagle and enemies start to attack as the hard rocking original soundtrack plays in the background.  You will play along and shoot foes down before they have a chance to get close enough to attack you.  You don't earn points through out each level, but at the end of the level you are shown the number of each type of enemy you dispatched and give you a level completion percentage.  You will also gain XP which levels up you character.

      The game is divided into albums, each of which has 5 tracks.  There are 4 levels and one final album boss.  Once you complete all 10 albums, you can replay them on a higher difficulty.  As you progress through the campaign you will also unlock new guitars that have different firing abilities.  Some are tied to the albums that you playing, others just look really cool.  Either way, the new weapons add to the replay value of the game as you can try to best all the levels with each one.

      The kinect integration into the game is pretty much seemless.  You will appear on screen in all of your rocking glory.  The strumming and hand positions are picked up without an issue.  Navigating the menu between albums can be a little clunky at times, but works with the kinect or you can just flick your controller once or twice.  Also since you are playing guitar and not moving around, the kinect only really needs to pick up your upper torso so the game doesn't require you to have a large space cleared.  An added bonus of this game is that if you wear any sort of fitness tracking device on the wrist of your strumming hand you will rack up a nice little workout when you play.

      Air Guitar Warrior for Kinect is a fun game for all of those that like to rock out on their imaginary guitars when nobody is looking.  It can also double as a light exercise program.  You can grab it at the Xbox store for $19.99.  The title is a little pricey, but I have to admit that it is a fun game to just pick up and play for 5 - 10 minutes when you need to unwind.  But you may also find yourself jamming out for an hour and stopping only when your body says you need to take a break.
     
    8/10

    Surgeon Simulator PSVR Gameplay - Slightly Original Coop Calamity

    Slightly Original Presents: Coop Calamity Surgeon Simulator Gameplay on PlayStation 4 VR. 
    Bossa studios was nice enough to send us some free Surgeon Simulator merchandise in response to our feedback for the initial release of the game. So to show our appreciation we made this video of us playing this extremely fun game! 
    For more information on Surgeon Simulator visit Bossa Studios http://www.surgeonsim.com/
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