So, it’s just two days until the big announcement, PLUS, we’ll be giving you the details of our next competition! Aren’t we good to you guys? In the meantime, why not check out this little reveal which could give you an inkling as to what’s going on this Friday! All you have to do is download the Blippar mobile app (which is free to download and use) and then follow the instructions on the image above.
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Check out the post for information about the countdown! We’ll be making the announcement this Friday the 15th, along with information on our next competition!
Star Command really appeals to us here at IM PLAYIN. It’s like Star Trek has had an illegitimate love child with the Star Wars ship battle scene against General Grievous. Don’t be put off by the £1.99 charge, as it’s really worth playing. The pixelated graphics give it a truly retro feel whilst blasting your way through space for the next battle.
“What have we been missing!?”
“So is it worth it? Well I think the answer is, sadly, still no. As much as I would like to play Final Fantasy 10 on the train I have already experienced that story to death. The PS Vita will continue to spike my interest but until Sony make a conscious effort to create truly great original IP’s, you won’t see me owning a Vita anytime soon” – ThinkBad Monkey, 15th August 2013.
These were my words only a few months ago and… I now own a Vita. After dealing with the difficult decision once more I was persuaded to get one by a cheap deal and even cheaper talk. I do have to say that I haven’t been playing Final Fantasy 10 on the train. I have in fact been playing Final Fantasy 9 on the train and loving every minute of it.
“return of the mo!”
I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but it’s November, and in November it is now commonplace to grow a moustache to raise awareness and money for testicular cancer research. A very noble reason to grow a lip warmer, if ever there was one. Now, we here at IM PLAYIN have been facial hair fans for a good few years, why ThinkBad, Kailios, Romnom and I had moustaches before we could even say our first word!
Now as we know, gaming technology has seen an explosion of development. The next-gens are pushing consoles to the limit, and handhelds like the 3DS / PS Vita have seen a spike of interest for on the move gaming. So what’s the next step for PC gamers, or in fact the next step in general? Well say hello to the next step, the Oculus Rift.
“What do our games say about us?”
Oh Morpheus, you could tell me anything and I’d believe you, you sexy, sexy Matrix dude.
Society is a strange old thing. One minute we’re complaining about the state of our environment, the economy and world hunger and the next we’re scoffing down a double cheese burger manufactured in bulk by a corporate giant and chucking our recycling into landfill. You might be thinking to yourself, ‘what does this all have to do with video games?’. Well, nothing says more about our society than the media we digest …
“a game for people with beards”
I’m not sure what happened, one moment I was surrounded by friends and family and the next everything was on fire! Dazed and confused I looked for an answer; that was when I discovered my fist was alive! The more surprising thing was that it started to talk to me. He explained that he was the Fist of Awesome and that the world as I knew it had changed. Someone, unbeknown to me, had changed the course of history …
“eat your heart out David Attenborough!”
Since I was a young lad, I have always wondered to myself, ‘what do frogs eat?’. A simple question, tis true, I was a simple child. Well, thanks to Cut The Rope, I now know that they eat pieces of candy – eat your heart out David Attenborough! Of course, I am only joking. Please don’t go feeding frogs candy, not even the magical chocolate ones off Harry Potter.
October. Colder. Darker. Faster. Stronger. Wait….
Anyways, October signals different things to different people. Whether it be that Halloween is here, or whether it be the realisation that mums starting to do Christmas shopping, or, in my house it signifies that Mum is allowed the heating on (Dads a funny old…thing). For me, it’s the start of another ice hockey season, with another NHL title to pass, deke and fight my way through.
“you are a predator”
I find myself regaining consciousness in the dark as a heavily distorted guitar accompanies some kind of drink and drug fuelled hangover. It takes me a moment to acknowledge my surroundings before I find the door leading me into the next room. Here I meet them for the first time.
“Here are the do’s and dont’s”
There really is a tonne to do in the open world of Grand Theft Auto Online. From hundreds of different story based missions to complete, scores of death-matches, races and activities to compete in and an entire city to explore, you’d be forgiven for missing the odd thing or two. So, we here at IM PLAYIN have given you this short guide to finding success (and avoiding failure) in Grand Theft Auto Online.
“We came, we saw, we…. what the hell!”
And there we were sitting, playing this game, and thinking to ourselves, “well, this couldn’t get any better now, could it”. Oh Rockstar, how wrong you have made us.
“But is Battlefield 4 Beta than 3?”
Cheesy title, I know. I, as most of you probably did this weekend past, spent my few days off playing the Battlefield 4 Beta. As I am the owner of an XBOX 360, I can only give you my opinion of the game on that console. But, from what I saw and played, Battlefield 4 is shaping up to be one of the best shooters of all time. Yes, that’s right, I said it – ‘of all time’.
So here is the long overdue second part of my Google Glass feature, and this time it’s on the application of gaming in this new device …
“never grow too old for that sort of thing”
Now, you might think that this is one crazy title to say the least, and also very presumptuous. But what I mean is how experiences and memories from gaming can impact you in real life. So hear me out, and take that sea breeze break away from all the GTA V talk …
With such a huge buzz around the soon to be here new console generation we would like to throw our 10 cents into the mix, to try define a few points for those scouring the internet for any reason/excuse to convince themselves one way or another.
The Eurogamer Expo 2013 was a storming success. There were so many people there across the weekend, all looking for a preview of the next generation of consoles and for the upcoming games we will all be putting our hard earned money into. Alecs Pilik and I (Romnomnom) were fortunate enough to be amongst those attending this years convention. We were lucky enough to get a play on the Xbox One and eventually chose to stay away from the crashing Playstation 4′s. What a console! Many have noted on the size of the console, but it didn’t really bother me. Anyway, a console is to be put away in a place and kept there – handhelds are for moving around the place!
“… here’s what we at IM PLAYIN can’t wait to play!”
Last Sunday, IM PLAYIN visited the Euro Gamer Expo in merry old London. To say that it was exciting would be an understatement. The building was bursting to the brim with new tech, revolutionary games and next-gen goodies, as well as thousands of dedicated gamers. The atmosphere was electric and you could cut the levels of excitement with a knife. We found some real gems to look forward to this year, so here’s what we at IM PLAYIN can’t wait to play!
“… don’t say that I didn’t warn you!”
Now there’s a statement! I’d imagine that most people would disagree with me. Most people would say that I’m crazy, that I clearly have poor taste in video games, or that I’ve made an intentionally misleading title to grab your attention. Well, to all of that I would say: I can be, I probably do, and I slightly did. What I mean by ‘worst game I’ve ever played’ is not that the game itself is terrible, far from it …
“RTS Games helped me pass history”
Suburbian Bucharest, Summer 1992. Ogaja was the first word that came out of my mouth. Not Mommy or Daddy, but my mispronunciation of the Romanian word for Toy (Jucarie). It seemed that my mind was set on playing more than anything from a very young age. Winter 1996. My mesmerized vision was set on the screen of my family’s brand new Intel 4.0. The freshly installed Windows 3.11 did not hold many games my parents could entertain me with, but it did contain one magical application under the name of Minesweeper. That moment when I set my first embarrassing high score, I was prompted with a window that asked for my nickname. And that’s where Ogaja 3.11 was born …
This is it, the moment the world has been waiting for. Strap on your seatbelts and be prepared to be blown into outer space as I announce my favorite strategy game of all time!
Now some will say that I didn’t quite get the idea of this Top 5 thing, but to those people I say “Nonsense!” My second favorite ‘game’ in the RTS week top 5 is the Command & Conquer Series. There are too many games in this series for me to break them all down but I might do that at a later date.
“Don’t accept drugs from strangers”
Here are the do’s and dont’s of Grand Theft Auto Five. You might have your own, so why not add your own experiences in the comment section of the post!
“A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away”
Number 3 in the list is Sins of the Solar Empire and all of the expansions that go with it.
The story is set in a galaxy far far away (not that galaxy!) some time in the future. You play as one of three empires fighting over the planets within. Each empire has their own ships, ranging from the capital ships, which are the big beasts that just blow everything up, to the smaller cruise ships that fill in the bulk of your forces and lets you swam the enemy whilst allowing the capital ships to deal the real damage.
Number 4 on the Top 5 list is:
Blitzkrieg 1 and 2, I know it’s a cheat and believe me, I would love to review them separately but for now I will have to do them together.
“We kick off the week with a classic!”
Hi to all that read IM PLAYIN, I’m TacileHonie and I’ve been good friends with all the guys at IM PLAYIN for a long old time. Due to my love of ‘playing God’ they have asked me to review my favourite real time strategy games (RTS). I am happy to be a part of IM PLAYIN’s RTS week, so buckle down for the ride of your gaming lives as I list off my Top 5 RTS’s of all time!
“The game that will take your life away”
Does anyone remember that game about running a lemonade stand we all had on our mobiles a while back? Well for those who don’t it was basically a lemonade stand sim where you had to decide your mixture, upgrade your stand etc.
“Rafael looks like a middle aged Rastafarian”
Well, it’s another September in another year and we all know what that means! GTA V is coming out! Wait, no. The next instalment of FIFA and Pro Evo will be hitting our shelves! (But, the other thing too) …
“Some functions of the gameplay are exceptional”
Binary Domain is a little known third-person shooter that came out early last year (2012). Although not well publicised, the game helped to rekindle my love of Third Person Shooter games such as Gears of War, Army of Two and of course Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption.
“this time I have a few disappointments”
I was pretty excited when I first saw that ‘Origins’ was being released in the Apocalypse map pack and, to be honest, the only reason I bought the map pack was specifically for the zombies. It was the introduction of a few new weapons and some different ways of getting those perks which excited me. I must admit, I would class myself as a confident COD zombie slayer. I’ve collected hours of playing time on COD zombies over the years, all the way back to when they first came out in COD World At War …
Last week I was lucky enough to get my grubby mitts on the one and only Google Glass. While only a basic model I was able to get a feel for the device and see just how this is going to work. So, on I put the glasses (bright orange in this case) to see if I could crack the wonder in the short time I had to enjoy them.
“it’s different – that’s for sure”
It’s another month in 2013 and, as any Xbox fan should know by now, that means a new free game! Last month’s choice of Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising: Case Zero proved a popular offer, especially as society seems zombie crazy nowadays. This month’s title brings a real change of pace in the form of Magic – The Gathering. ‘Magic’ is a popular trading card game created in the 90’s which has now been digitized for Xbox Live Arcade, Steam and the PlayStation Network …
“The demo is coming!”
Not sure if you’ve noticed, but it’s September, and we all know what that means! It’s the end of summer – sure. It’s getting worryingly close to Christmas – undoubtedly. But, more importantly, FIFA 14 is out this month. I’m sure most of you already have the date pencilled in to your calendar (27th September for us Europeans and the 24th for those of you across the pond) …
“Welcome to Steelport baby!”
Let me start off by saying that Saint’s Row IV is no ordinary game. Over the past week that I’ve been playing it, I have found it to be one of those titles that you just cannot put down. It felt as if I had been absorbed into the simulation myself, and oh what a rollercoaster of a ride it was. I was drawn in by its excellent scripted humour and the outlandish and outright stupidity of events from the off.
Both of these games have had their share of heavy hitters in the past decade. And, apart from an ‘I’ in font of the Roman numeral, is there really any difference between the two? In essence, they will both be the same game – a gang based story in a sandbox game world, but that will be where the similarities end. The best way to imagine it is this; GTA V is the sensible older brother who got a good job and settled down in an apartment in the city and Saints Row IV is the mental younger brother that starts house fires and steals cars. Obviously GTA goes off the rails on occasion, but Saints Row never even found them in the first place.
From a studio that are already a household name, Bad Piggies has shot up in popularity to contend with its older brother (Angry Birds). Set as almost a prequel to Angry Bird it is as vague as every with the story being told in very short, but no less clear comic strips. This time instead of stopping the pesky pigs stealing eggs, you must help the pigs collect pieces of their map to find the eggs in the first place.
I have never been to bothered about the PS Vita, having had a lot of time to play around with the PSP I was never too impressed, not by the console itself but by the support that Sony seemed to put behind it. There did not seem to be any amazing games coming out and it always played second fiddle to their home console, the PS3.
“You will deal with the cards you are dealt”
Rewind 20 Years. Beanie babies are all the rage, the world wide web was officially born and Nirvana were making music that inspired a generation. What almost went unnoticed however, except by those kids who got atomic wedgied hourly, was the birth of a small Collectable Card Game named Magic : The Gathering. The game was played out between players taking turns to lay down cards by drawing from their deck and annihalating the other player (Wizard).
“New controls, new way to play”
The Drowning is a new FPS game that has emerged onto the App Store boasting a new control system. I saw a video a while back explaining the new controls and the hopes from the studio that this will help the genre finally crack the handheld market.
“Its simple, don’t let them through!”
Having recently purchased Kingdom Rush: Frontiers, the second game in the Kingdom Rush line up. I felt that I had to take my hat off to the series and give it a quick summery for this weeks train games. As a massive fan of Tower Defence games, I discovered Kingdom Rush off the recommendations from many online reviews and a bit of digging around.
“create a fantastic game”
So, we love video games here at IM PLAYIN. I know, shock horror, right? We’ve spent many an afternoon and evening debating exactly what our dream video game would be. When would it be set? What genre would it be? Who would be in it and what would it be about? So many questions to answer with so many different possibilities that would work together to help create a fantastic game. So, we’ve decided to tell you about our ideal video game … but with a twist
“Battlefield or Call of Duty?”
It’s the age old question of which game series is better, Battlefield or Call of Duty? Both have their merits, and each have their flaws, and over the years I’ve spent plenty of time playing both series. At different points in my gaming life I would have told you that either are my favourite games. A few years ago I would have said that Call of Duty: World at War was the best game I’d ever played, a year before that I would have said the same about Battlefield Bad Company 2.
“I hate the FIFA series so much …”
I hate the FIFA series so much, with almost every bone in my body. Yet, for some unknown reason, despite how angry and frustrated the game makes me, I always come back for more. Every year I purchase the next in the series, every year I play it religiously, every year I’m almost brought to tears by the game. But, just a few hours later, I’ll be back playing it, screaming, shouting and pulling my hair out over its stupidity. I guess I should elaborate.
“Zombies Everywhere! Augmented Reality Apocalypse”
So looking through the App store I stumbled across a game that uses Augmented Reality. Now existing reader will know that here at IM PLAYIN we have taken an interest in the field of AR and it is always great to see games coming out for mobile or tablets that is able to utilise the tech.
“incredibly well designed”
Metro Last Light is a really interesting take on the FPS game genre. There’s a lot to love about this game, but, at the same time, there’s a lot that disappoints. It’s a real shame, but with one hand it gives and with the other, it takes away. In the world of the FPS, new games have a lot to contend with. Developers like EA, Infinity Ward and Treyarch have an incredibly successful backlog of games to their names, so it’s no wonder that the genre gets pretty competitive.
Telltale’s The Walking Dead game series was my highlight of 2012. Ok, I admit it, I’m a massive fan of The Walking Dead in general, but still – what Telltale did for The Walking Dead franchise was nothing short of inspirational. They created characters that resonated with gamers and a story that shocked, frustrated and moved its audience. The two main characters, Lee and Clementine, quickly became fan favourites – thanks to the fantastic writing and the incredible delivery by voice actors Dave Fennoy and Melissa Hutchison.
“Groove groove baby!”
Groove Racer is essentially a scalectrixs type racing game where your car is fixed to the track. The aim of the game is to get around the track in the fastest time in order to earn up to 3 trophies. Sound simple? Well let me tell you that you won’t find a simpler but more frustrating game than Groove Racer.
“I, for one, am a happy gamer”
If there is one thing that I love more than anything else on this lovely green planet – it’s a free game. There’s something so rewarding about discovering these little gems, these small packages of free entertainment. Microsoft, of late, has had some kind of life changing epiphany and, rather than squeeze every penny out of their customers as if we were money sponges, are now giving us free content.
With Despicable Me 2 hitting cinemas to much expected praise, the natural compliment for any Disney film (the game) is now out on IOS and Android devices.
Minion Rush is classified as a runner and as many who follow our website will know, we are huge fans of the genre. Not only the gameplay, but for the way they fit into the handheld market, making the best of the suitability and ease of use.
“you feel like one heck of a badass”
It has to be admitted that Next Gen Gaming looks freaking incredible. The way gaming has developed over the years has been massive step after massive step – developers constantly pushing boundaries to truly involve the gamer, to create a world that makes you want to live and breathe in it. Moreover, few games have got my interest as much as the one I’m about to go over now.
“Welcome to the world of AR”
The rise of augmented reality has been a very rapid and exciting one. Those of us who have been following the goings on of AR projects have not been disappointed by the ingenuity and creativity of many exciting campaigns.
But what interests us more here at IM PLAYIN, is the use of AR to enhance gaming experiences. Now I’m not talking about putting the player in the game, or wearing headgear to enhance mainstream console and PC gaming, I’m interested in seemingly simple executions of the tech, to create gaming experiences in new and different ways, that has never been possible before.
“they needed a strong leader, now more than ever”
The head survivor, Marcus, crept towards an empty house. The group had been held up in the church for weeks, tensions were running high and supplies were dwindling – they needed a strong leader, now more than ever. He stretched out a shaky hand and clasped the door knob, tentatively twisting it to avoid any unnecessary sound. The handle wouldn’t budge, the door was locked and the windows were boarded up from the inside. There was only one way in, to barge down the door.
“So many dumb ways to die”
So who remembers the amazing TV advert ‘Dumb ways to die’ that came out of Australia a few months back? Everyone I hope. It spread over the Internet like a virus and hopefully made us think about being more carful around trains. So when we heard that a game had been made with these odd suicidal creatures we had to dive right in and see if it could make as big of an impact as the video.
Well good news people, it does a damn fine job.