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  • Super Hydorah

      So many games that are being released, especially indie games, seem to be remakes or at least “in the spirit” of classic games.  This happens because games have been out for around 4 decades and there have been thousands of titles produced.  Abylight Studios and Locomalito have recently released Super Hydorah which is very much an homage to the 1987 game R-Type.

      In Super Hydorah, you pilot a ship known as the Delta Force and fight the evil forces of the Meroptians.  This is a classic horizontal shmup that features non-linear levels.  You can either take on the challenge solo or recruit a friend to help you battle against your foe.  And having a friend along for the ride is not a bad idea.

      Game play is what you would expect from a shmup.  Blast your way through enemies to get to the end of the level.  As you progress through the level, some of the enemies you kill will drop power ups.  These include shields, speed boosts, bombs and a few more.  Once you complete a level you will earn new weapons to use in your fight.

      The first thing you will notice when you start playing is the level of difficulty.  Compared to your enemies, you move very slowly.  This can be corrected with a few power ups – but you have to make sure you collect the right ones.  And if you catch a stray bullet, you are back to being a slow poke.  It is very easy to get frustrated at the difficulty level or the lack of save points.  You must complete the entire level before it saves – not just beat the mini boss.  There is no difficulty adjustments either.

      The graphics are pure 16-bit gold.  This title looks like it was made in the early to mid-90’s.  There are a wide variety of well-designed environments and enemies that will keep you busy.  The mini bosses are easy to figure out how to defeat – but surviving the fight is another story.  Gryzor87 did an amazing job with the soundtrack that will keep you jamming across all 21 planets.

      If you are looking for a challenging, retro, shmup, Super Hydorah is a title to consider.  You can grab it digitally on XB1, PS4, Steam, and PS Vita for $19.99.

    Dust Off Heli Rescue 2

    What was once old is now new again seems to be the catch phrase for a lot of industries these days.  Movies are being rebooted, music is being re-sampled, and games are being updated and reimagined.  Invictus Games LTD has put their own spin on the chopper shooter with Dust Off Heli Rescue 2.

      This game places you in the role of a helicopter pilot flying several dozen missions.  Your missions include transporting downed soldiers, assaulting the enemy, transporting cargo, escort missions and more.  You earn up to 3 stars per mission based on completing the objective, surviving, and by completing the mission within the set time.

      As you progress, you will unlock new helicopters and weapons.  Once unlocked, you will have to buy them in order to actually use them.  You earn coins by destroying enemies and completing missions.  You can build up your bank account by replaying missions, but you will only earn a fraction of what you did when you 1st played it.  Coins become important because you will have to purchase ammo and repairs mid-mission as you progress further in the campaign in order to complete them.  But you can use older choppers for a while, and you can even use transport helicopters in assault missions.

      Game controls are super simple.  Press both bumpers to lift off, then hold the bumper for the direction you wish to travel.  You can either use the one of the control sticks, or the D-pad to point the nose of your chopper.  There is no need to figure out how to shoot your guns, because they fire automatically.  Landing is just making sure you don’t hit the ground to hard.

      Game play is well varied.  The missions alternate often enough so you don’t get saddled doing to many of the same type of objectives in a row.  And even though you play in the same area for multiple missions, the terrain and weather change.  Wind and flying through caves will affect your lift and you will have to adjust your flying techniques.  There are also 5 dog tags hidden in each mission for you to discover for an extra challenge.

      In the close ups of the game, it looks almost like is was designed in Minecraft.  I personally love the blocky style as it reminds me of the old Activision game Chopper Command – just on steroids.  The helicopter designs are interesting, varied and the paint jobs are nice and colorful.  The music fits very well into the game and the sound effects are great.  From the whirring of the rotors, the rat-a-tat of the guns, or the click click click when you run out of ammo.

      Dust Off Heli Rescue 2 is out now on XB1 and has a price tag of $14.99.  The title offers a lot of fun, replay value, and a moderate difficulty level.  A fun game that will allow you to just play for 5 minutes or an hour or so.

    Stellaris: Humanoid Species Pack DLC

    Stellaris has recently had a brand new species pack, allowing players to access brand new portraits for all the different kinds of humanity.
    Everyone likes playing Humans. They’re squishy and adorable and just make you feel safe. No one wants to be some sort of grotesque alien thing.
    However, if you want to play something familiar you basically have to pick the monkeys. There are no other options.
    Until that is, the Humanoid Species Pack.
    As per previous species packs, you get access to new portraits for the relevant theme, as well as new ship modes and new voice packs, not to mention some in-game music.
    For starters, the brand new portraits – ultimately, they’re a collection of a variety of humanoid-type creatures.

    Special attention needs to be given to the ugly half – halfing (quarterling?) half – orc that just wants to sell you some great Persian music CDs. As well as this lovely chap, you have the fantasy tropes - an actual dwarf, complete with beard and tribal tattoos and his sworn enemy, 4th edition DnD Orcs (not to be confused with Lord of the Rings Orcs, who are way uglier.)
    In the DLC, alongside the portraits you get some lovely new voice packs: the Soldier, Diplomat and Technocrat. It’s pretty clear that these guys are meant to be – Soldier is FemShep from Mass Effect, Diplomat is every Elf ever and Technocrat is the Generic evil guy. When did Paradox get so anti-science?
    Finally, you get new ship designs for your humanoids that are likely supposed to be specific for human purposes.

    A big problem with the ships is that they look like different sci-fi genres smashed together. Some look clearly Star Wars inspired, but then still others look like they just got back from battling the Klingons.
    They feel somewhat muddled, plus sometimes just a bit special looking. However, it is nice to finally have some different variety for ships, rather than just being forced to use the Mammalian designs when playing something human-like.
    Stellaris: Humanoids is a species pack, so it’s going to contain a lot less than any normal expansion, just something to beef out the roleplaying capability for those that want it.
    There’s not a huge amount to say about it other than the ability to have prettier portraits and new ship types.
    Check out Stellaris: Humanoid Species Pack for yourself here on Steam:

    Lost Grimoires 2 : Shard of Mystery

      Just in time for the end of the year Artifex Mundi has released another hidden object game for consoles.  Lost Grimoires 2 : Shard of Mystery is the latest port from PC from the company – and a great sequel to the original.

      You play as the medic to the King of House Griffins.  The kingdom has just ended a 4 year war with Drosera, an evil witch, and her crystal army.  With the help of several alchemists, the King was able to trap her in the Chasm Mirror.  The mirror cracked, and a small shard became lost.  Even with peace in the kingdom, the war has taken its toll on the aged King and he falls ill as Drosera threatens her revenge, and soon passes away.  12 years pass and the young prince is about to be crowned the new King.

      But before the coronation ceremony, the Prince decides to show the Chasm Mirror to Rose, his girlfriend that he has been keeping a secret from the rest of the kingdom.  While they are looking at the mirror Rose places the missing shard back into the mirror and tries to free Drosera.  It is up to you to save the Kingdom from the evil witch, her crystal army and maintain the fragile peace.

      Game play is identical to the first game.  You must complete hidden object games and mini games to find items needed to solve other puzzles and complete the story.  As the medic, you must also complete different potions throughout the game.  These require you to collect 3 ingredients then play a match 3 type game to gather enough elements to complete the process.  While this adds another dimension of gameplay – it tends to get a bit boring.  The game only has the main story, which can be played in casual or expert modes, but the lack of an extra chapter, or alternate to the hidden object puzzles does decrease the amount of play time for the title.

      Graphics are beautiful as always.  The details in both the regular environments and the hidden object scenes are very precise.  The objects are well drawn, and they are varied from the previous games.  This is nice because if you have played the other games from this designer, you won’t see the same anchor or rose sprite used.  The music is appropriate for the story and the scenes and never over shadows the spoken dialogue.  The voice acting is good – but does get a bit repetitive during the final battle.

      Lost Grimoires 2 : Shard of Mystery is now available for the Xbox One for $9.99.  If you haven’t played the 1st installment in the Lost Grimoires series you can pick up a package that has both games in it for $14.99 – which is a great value.

    Europa Universalis IV - 1.24 Japan Update

    Paradox Interactive recently released a new, free update for Europa Universalis IV, 1.24 Japan.
    This update comes just after the release of the most recent DLC, Cradle of Civilization. It would appear that EU4 players are lucky indeed to get new, free updates that not only fix bugs but add new features to new areas of the world, especially so soon after a paid DLC. 
    Patch 1.24 Japan focuses, obviously, on the Japanese and Asian regions and changes game balance in a few subtle ways. Most noticeably, Hordes are now a good deal stronger and Army Professionalism has become massively important with a huge increase of movement speed.
    Here are the full patch notes! Let us know in the comments what parts excite you the most:
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    • Hello everyone, my name is Derrick Aquino and I have been enlisted in the Navy for 11 years. I recently started streaming and hope to join the milspec streaming team. I am 29 years old and married to my wife Maria. We have one daughter named Danielle who is 3 years old and hope to have fun and support you guys from here on out. Thanks for the add! V/R Derrick
    • Hello everyone. my name is Duoneo. Been in the military for about 10 years now and been streaming for about 4. Treasure Hunter Tom introduced me to you all and I was amazed. I work @ BAMC currently and will be retiring soon due to Medical issues. I would love to be apart of this group and continue to help out the service cause it has done nothing but help me through these past 10 years
    • Hey guys,  UK streamer here, Love what you're doing here; looked for an equivalent in the UK, but there's none so I figured OSD hell yeah.  Great to meet you all. Wake
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    • Hello ladies and gent,  My name is Ryan aka Doc I served 7 years as a hospital corpsman.  I spent the majority of those years with various units across 1st mar div.  After a few deployments I decided that it was time to separate and take advantage of the gi bill.  Now that I have a little extra time and a love for gaming I've started streaming, I play a little bit of everything but focus on arma 3, pubg, and fortnite.  I'm very active in the local vet community as well as team RWB, I'm looking forward to getting involved here and gaming with you all.  Let the shenanigans begin!
    • I live life with my head held high and as positive as possible. I love to stream games and push being friendly and interactive as possible all wile providing a positive environment for all friends to join. I served in the army for 7 years and 4 tours and now stream full time on twitch. Mad love to you all and happy grinding
    • Hello everyone, Names is keith, 33 year old veteran. I go by mizfitwolf on most consoles and my streaming channel. I served little over 11 years before I was medical discharged and retired after receiving injuries on my last tour of duty.  Have to say I struggled to find somewhere I could fit in and work or even do things to keep my sanity.  After long struggles both mental and physical finally came back to gaming as a way to cope.  Due to my disabilities gaming been my way of reconnecting with people, and so I found streaming, which became a great outlet and alot of fun which started a long and fun as a streamer and part of larger communities.  I came across this group after doing some work with another community and seeing the OSD group.  Im hoping to meet some of you around the community and getting to know you all, maybe even playing with some of you.
    • I've only seen videos from scrubs playing the new Beta for Destiny 2.  Need to get some feedback from fellow vets and see what the consensus is.  So anyone have any thoughts or opinions on the new game? Worth buying? Avoiding? Buying on sale a year from now?
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