Showing posts from May, 2014

Bud Reviews: Retry, by Rovio Lvl 11 (iPhone 4S, iOS 7)

From the makers of Angry Birds comes a new title called "Retry" published under Rovio Lvl 11. Rovio Lvl 11 is a new publishing brand for the larger Rovio. Lvl 11 would be free from the shackles of the Angry Birds franchise, and can publish more experimental titles. The game is currently available only in Finland, Poland, and Canada, with the expectation of worldwide release soon.
The era of Flappy Bird is far from over. Retry tackles the challenging game type like Flappy Bird, where you fail and fail and fail again. The goal is simple, get to the final checkpoint and collect coins on the way. The emphasis is on the Retrying. On the way, there are smaller checkpoints that can be activated if you land on them, that's where you spend your coins. A better title for the game would have been crash, because that's what you'll end up doing....a lot. You fly this tiny propeller plane in a beautiful 2D retro style environment with an energetic track playing in the backgro…

Thoughts on Half-Life 3 (May 2014)

It pains me to think this, but we may never see Half-Life 3. It would have to be a game that exceeds all expectations. Its been in the danger zone. I feel with Valve. With so much riding on this release, they are going to get significant flak even if it's a good game. Its been 7 years! 7 years since Half Life 2: Episode 2 (2007). Do you realize how long that is? And it's been 10 years since Half-Life 2 (2004). In my opinion, Episode 1 and 2 were not sequels at all. They were just reusing the same engine and technology, without really pushing the story forward as much as a full blown game.
Allow me to explain why it's extremely difficult for Valve to release HL3 now.

Thoughts on Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

Ok folks. So the rules have indeed changed. As some of you may recall, I wasn't pleased at all with Michael Bay's treatment of Transformers 1,2 , and 3. In a nutshell, he didn't focus on the Transformers, treated them like second class citizens and even drastically changed their characters. Look no further than Murderous Prime. Also he killed off all the favorite key Decepticon characters right when they started being cool in one single movie. I mean, Soundwave, Laserbeak, Shockwave, Starscream....need I continue? He had access to the coolest and most badass gestalt Devastator and he gave him balls then killed him. That's why I didn't like the previous trilogy. Like many I did care about the colors of each Transformer deviating from their original ala Iron Hide no longer red, flames and mouth on Prime. Those are minor. Iron Hide's death for example was completely ignored, hell they didn't even care. Neither did Optimus.