Fallout 4: Top 10 Brutal Deaths

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Fallout 4 can be a brutal game, starting by the background story and ending on the death animations. Killing and getting killed can be very detailed and quite gruesome at times. Here’s a compilation of some of the best death types in-game.

Dying is a familiar thing in Fallout 4, at least for most players. It’s so so easy to get killed no matter the circumstances. Either because you got ambushed by many enemies or because you stepped on a ground mine or… because you didn’t think that boss would be as strong… Anyway, dying is a very crucial part of this game and it can be very brutal, depending on the way you die. Here’s some of the best shots I got during my Fallout 4 journey.

 

10. Not Even with Power Armor

Power Armors protect you from most physical damage but that doesn’t mean you’re safe. In fact, you can die several times before any of your armor parts breaks. It’s agonizing seeing your character falling and your suit breaking into pieces… At least it’s realistic.

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9. Bleeding Out

The most common death in any video game. You simply bleed out, too many shots, too many injuries and too much bleeding. Boom, you’re done for the time. Before dying like this, you’ll notice the large amount of blood in the environment around you.

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8. Head Crush

As if being shot is not enough, you can also crush your head in Fallout 4. All it takes is a little explosion strong enough to kill you, then you’ll crush your head while hitting the floor and that’s it. Kinda.

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7. Faithful in Death

Are you wondering if your companion is faithful to you? Well, try dying and watch him dying next to you as well. Then, you’ll get your answer. It’s a bit cute, specially because I spent half the game trying to romance him. You know Deacon boy, the one who can’t be romanced.

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6. Armless

Losing an arm in Fallout 4 is quite common. But I am not really sure why. In almost every death, one of my arms would fall off and I wonder how can simple gunshots tear off an arm. However, in this case, it’s legit –  ghouls took it off, of course!

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5. Up We Go

This particular death is fascinating on its own. I mean getting a limb off is bad enough but being knocked up by a Deathclaw and dying in the process. That’s priceless and rare. Oh, and the remark here is absolutely fascinating… “Protect Yourself”. Hmm, yeah right.

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4. Twice the Dice

Talking about losing limbs… You can lose more than once at a time. Yep. I actually lost both my legs once but sadly I didn’t screen-shot it but here’s a fine replacement. One of each – one leg, one arm. Brutal death detected.

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3. Brains Out

One of the most shocking deaths for me was losing my head. I mean, it’s just pure macabre right? Watching your body fall down and blood spilling everywhere from your neck. And worse, you can see your head rolling around in some occasions too.

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2. Nothing but Ashes

And the most surprising death scene was exactly this one. After a big explosion, the whole place went on fire, including my death body and it became like that. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. My body was nothing more than a huge piece of carbonized meat. Disturbing.

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1. Making Sure

My top pick for this list is the brutal death scene by a giant bug. I was clearly already dead, the thing teared off my limbs and then it still stabs me in the belly to make sure I was well dead. Who knows, maybe i could come back to life and take revenge. Better safe than sorry.

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That’s all. I hope you enjoyed this compilation of brutal and macabre death scenes from Fallout 4. Stay tuned for more original content here at VgamerZ.

Fallout 4 Lone Wanderer: Is It Better to Play without a Companion?

Playing Fallout 4 with a companion is really impressive, because we’re talking about extra dialogue options, an extra soul to explore the wastelands together with, romance options and, well… turning them into your walking briefcase for carrying all the junk you can’t carry. We have already talked about the best Fallout 4 companion in the game, but sometimes you have to sit back and wonder: is it really better to play the game with a companion or you would be a lot better by yourself?

The answer, of course, depends on the type of play each Fallout 4 fan has. I am sure that most will play with a companion just for the change, but maybe you should consider becoming a Lone Wanderer – the Lone Wolf McQuade of the Wastelands and do things your way. Forever alone. But with some boosts.

There is actually a perk in Fallout 4 that you can get and upgrade if plan to play the game without a companion: the Lone Wanderer perk which only requires you to have 3 charisma in order to be able to unlock it and there are three levels that you can get:

Lone Wanderer Perk Level 1: When adventuring without a companion, you take 15% less damage and carry weight increases by 50.
Lone Wanderer Perk Level 2: When adventuring without a companion, you take 20% less damage and carry weight increases by 100. (level 17 required)
Lone Wanderer Perk Level 3: When adventuring without a companion, you do 25% more damage. (need to be level 40)

So you do get some extra goodies from being lonely, in the end. The even more interesting part is that this perk works if you have Dogmeat as a companion – it’s not known yet if this is a bug that will be patched or just how things are meant to be. But it’s worth knowing!

Companions are not extremely useful, but I personally believe that they can offer a lot more than the bonuses you get when you reach level 40. It’s true, they die quickly and they are pretty much useless in fights, but they carry a lot more weight and in the end I believe they do cause a lot more damage than the 25% you get extra. Plus, you need to get to level 40 to get all the bonuses AND spend three extremely valuable points that could go into improving other perks. So my vote: it’s not better to play Fallout 4 without a companion.

Do you agree? Do you prefer playing with a companion or you think it’s best to go for the Lone Wanderer perk and explore the wastelands alone?

These Are the Most Amazing Fallout 4 Settlements Built so Far

Many of us are spending a ton of time in Fallout 4 building their settlements. I am sure one of those people and even though I probably have over 6 hours invested in settlement development, mine never manage to look like anything we’re going to see below. Some people really manage to build up some amazing settlements that look great and I am sure are best to live in after the nuclear apocalypse. If you need inspiration for your own settlements, this is the place to be as we have for you the best settlements in Fallout 4 below!

I am sure you can do something similar if you invest enough time in building settlements. My goal is definitely to create something similar, now that I know that sky’s the limit in this game!

Atrus Compound

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A wood & steel mammoth that defies the laws and physics but looks great. Bonus: amazing views. You can check out the entire gallery on imgur.

Fort Oberland

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A settlement inspired by Fort Oberland itself, this one seems impenetrable and offers a ton of space to its settlers. Beautiful! You can check out all the entire gallery showing this settlement here.

The House of All Houses

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This was built by a player who didn’t even get the chance to go to Diamond City yet. You’d think that the options are limited, but this shows that they are quite limitless. An amazing structure that offers great views over the wasteland and will surely be a nice home to future residents. You can check out more images here.

The Disco

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I don’t know how else to call it, but this is certainly one of the most amazing things I’ve seen built in Fallout 4. It’s impenetrable, it’s huge and it looks absolutely amazing! The “disco” colors are the cherry on top. Click here to check out more pictures of this great settlement.

This is Sanctuary

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It’s difficult to believe, but it’s true. The creator of this amazing settlement invested 40+ hours in creating it, but it all paid out – definitely one of the best settlements out there! Click here to check out all the images.

Spectacle Island Fortress

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Compact, well defended and purely awesome. This is how you could easily describe this settlement built on Spectacle Island. Check out more photos of it here.

Green Paradise Settlement

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I am not entirely sure how this was created, but it does look like humanity has a hope to get back to how things were in the past. What a beautiful place! There’s one more screenshot here.

I am sure that people will manage to build things that are even more spectacular, but these will surely remain in history as some of the best ever built. Congratulations to those who created them! All the settlements above were found on Reddit.

Here Are the Best Prison Architect Mods (Download them Here!)

Prison Architect has made it out of Early Access and we have more and more gamers giving it a try at being a warden and building the perfect prison that ever existed. And even though the game is flawless and pretty amazing as it is, it’s the mods that make it great and add so much needed diversity and extra awesomeness. But with over 17,000 total items created in the Steam Workshop for the game and close to 900 dedicated mods available at the moment of writing this article, you might find it really difficult to get and play the most amazing mods that are available – so we did the research for you and we’re listing below the best Prison Architect mods to download for free and use in your game to make it much better (or a lot more different!).

All the mods can be downloaded following the links in the description and they’re not listed in any particular order. Remember that we might have still missed out a few since it’s such a big amount of them available anyway!

More Detailed Guards

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A quick and easy one to start with: as the name suggests, we’re talking about more detailed guards. They even have eyes. Woo hoo! Download the mod here.

Cramped! Mod

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Sometimes, you have that feeling that prisoners shouldn’t have that much space because, well… they are prisoners. The worst of the worst, the bad people. They deserve nothing! Well, this mod helps you be the tyrant that you always wanted to be by reducing the minimum size requirements and therefore allowing you to build tiny rooms for your prison. I am sure you can put that to some really good use! Download the mod here.

Fallout Vault Mod

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With Fallout 4 being so close to its release, I am sure that having the option to play within a prison that’s shaped like a Fallout vault sounds great. So can you be the overseer this prison needs? Click here to download the mod and you’ll find out!

Women’s Prison

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If you’re starting to get bored with you all-male prison, the Women’s prison mod will certainly bring in some variety. You will get exclusively: women prisoners, female wardens and a names revamp. Plus, the accountant will now be male, so everything’s fair! Download the mod here.

Star Wars – Imperial Architect

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Star Wars Imperial Architect is a fan made conversion mod that aims to reskin the entire Prison Architect experience into a Star Wars setting, allowing you to administrate (or escape from) the operations of an Imperial Detention Center located on a remote planet, complete with all the galactic scum and villainy you would expect.

Ironfort Mod

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A high level, high income prison with 500 cells that has everything you can wish for (and it is impossible to escape from). Best part? You can mirror it and make it bigger and meaner. Oh, the joy! Click here to download this mod.

Lets Get Takeout

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This mod makes it easier to deal with the really dangerous prisoners that pose a risk to guards or prisoners: you no longer have them interact with others. You simply order takeout! Brilliant! Check out the mod here.

Seasons

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Do you ever feel bored with the fact that there are no seasons in the game? And maybe that you don’t have enough snowman prisoners? Well, this mod fixes both problems and adds a new level of cool to the game. Must try it out – so click here to download it.

Simple Garden Mod

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Do you need more profits? Do you think that your high risk prisoners would be perfectly suited for gardening and growing flowers? Then this mod is for you! Download it here.

The Last Castle – Military Prison

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Turn the excitement and fun a few levels higher with this mod that turns your regular prison into a Military one. Soldiers armed with M16s guard your prisoners, tons of reskins are available and everything looks a lot scarier! Check out the mod here.

So these would be our suggestions – you must try these 10 mods and you’ll surely enjoy the game a lot more than you’re doing right now. Have fun!

Best New Games Coming Out in November 2015

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November 2015 is really going to be a hot month for the video game industry. There aren’t that many new games being released but the grand majority of the ones coming out are almost all part of big popular series. Check out the best new games coming out this month.

 

Best Games - Anno 22056. Anno 2205 (PC)

The sixth game of the Anno series is here with the Anno 2205, a futuristic city-building game with real-time strategy and economical simulation elements. The gameplay is quite similar to SimCity and as obvious, the whole objective is to build as much as possible but in a wise way. Besides building houses, players must produce goods and other utility buildings too in order to maintain an economical stability. Buildings can also be upgraded to improve their efficiency. On the other hand, citizens play a key-role – if they are satisfied, they will produce more goods; if they’re unhappy, they will produce less or even abandon your city.

Initial Release Date: November 3, 2015     Genres: City-Building, Real-Time Strategy

Developer: Ubisoft Blue Byte Mainz     Publisher: Ubisoft

 

Best Games - StarCraft Legacy of the Void5. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (PC, MAC)

The third expansion of StarCraft II is coming by the name of Legacy of the Void, which will mainly focus on Artanis and the Protoss race. The new campaign will contain elements of diplomacy since players will have to work with different Protoss tribes and automatically making other tribes enemies and hostile. In the end, the objective is to acquire enough cohesion and unity to ensure the Protoss’ survival. As the previous stories, where Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan were the protagonists in both Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm respectively, now it’s time to unveil Artanis’ faith. This expansion will conclude the StarCraft II trilogy.

Initial Release Date: November 10, 2015     Genre: Real-Time Strategy

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment     Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

 

Best Games - Rise of the Tomb Raider4. Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Lara Croft is back for another extraordinary adventure on the Rise of the Tomb Raider, the second Square Enix remake of the series that started in 2013. In this new storyline, Lara will fight her way through Siberia in order to find the ancient city of Kitezh, an archaic symbol of immortality. The gameplay will be very similar to the one found in the previous game but with a more interactive environment, such as circumstantial day-night events, swimming abilities and tree climbing. There will also be an extensive crafting system that will allow players to create items by scavenging materials from plants and animals.

Initial Release Date: November 10, 2015     Genre: Action-Adventure

Developer: Crystal Dynamics     Publisher: Square Enix

 

Best Games - Fallout 43. Fallout 4 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Talking about extraordinary adventures, the Fallout series is also back with a non-linear open world and a whole new story set 200 years after the nuclear war. Fallout 4 will present a very similar gameplay to Fallout 3 but with a much more dynamic system. For example, there will be over one hundred dialogue lines and 12 companions that can be romanced. The game will also contain a layered armor and advanced crafting systems, which will offer players several hundreds of modifications and upgrades. One of the new main features of Fallout 4 is the ability to establish settlements inhabited by non-playable characters.

Initial Release Date: November 10, 2015     Genres: Action, Role Playing Game

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios     Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

 

Best Games - StarWars Battlefront2. Star Wars Battlefront (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

The eternal battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance will be back in the new Star Wars Battlefront. With truly next-gen graphics and slightly revolutionary systems, this new remake promises the ultimate FPS experience in the multiplayer world of Star Wars. The main point of the game is to capture reinforcement tickets or command points but to do so, players must perform a variety of conquering tasks, such as taking down mobile targets, capturing posts or simply killing everyone. The general world will be interactive and it will try to balance out factions when one is losing. Also, it can acquire certain points turning them into neutral posts.

Initial Release Date: November 17, 2015     Genres: Action, Shooter

Developer: EA Digital Illusions CE     Publisher: Electronic Arts

 

Best Games - Cod Black Ops 3 1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is bringing forward a new promising story with loads of science, technology, robotics and apparently, tons of zombies too. While the main campaign will try to be more challenging by presenting wider level designs, the multiplayer system will introduce several new features, such as the momentum-based movement system, that allows players to perform move actions like wall running and sliding while shooting their gun. A new character system called Specialists and a more advanced customization system are also coming up to bring endless personalized print combinations to in-game weapons, including specific portions of a gun.

Initial Release Date: November 6, 2015     Genres: First-Person Shooter

Developer: Treyarch     Publisher: Activision

Sneak-Peek of Blizzcon’s Overwatch Announcements

Blizzcon is this weekend and Blizzard’s first foray into the first-person shooter genre, Overwatch, definitely looks like it’s going to be headlining the show.  With the game currently in closed beta and building a lot of excitement, there’s bound to be plenty of new announcements throughout the convention.  In fact, Blizzard couldn’t help but send out some early teasers on what we can expect to see in Overwatch‘s future.  Whether or not all of this will be ready to play by Blizzcon or simply demonstrated in detail is unknown, but odds are that we won’t have to wait much longer to see a lot more of what the developers have up their sleeves.  Until then, let’s comb through all of the teasers that we have already and see what we can discover.

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The first teaser is easily the most confusing as it depicts a movie poster from the world of Overwatch with no obvious indications as to what it’s actually hinting at.  The most prominent features are the aliens, but it seems unlikely that one of them will be appearing as a playable character.  There’s no mention of extraterrestrial life within the game’s current lore, and the use of the mere existence of aliens as sci-fi shock indicates that first contact has not been made.  My guess is that this poster is meant to tease a Hollywood-like map where players will fight across various film sets, such as the one featured in the poster.  Alternatively, it could be a hint at the moonbase Winston was raised in being a map, but this seems like a roundabout way of hinting at it.

The text on the poster shouldn’t be overlooked as the imagery may be misdirection for the real hint.  Starting from the top, Goldshire Pictures is an obvious reference to World of Warcraft as Goldshire is one of the villages within the Alliance.  Looking towards the bottom, we have another shout-out to WoW with the bit about Kilrogg-Vision.  Kilrogg Deadeye is an orc shaman who had an important role in the recent Warlords of Draenor expansion and is most famous for sacrificing one of his eyes in a tribal ritual.

Next, we have the names of the cast with the leading actors being Jack Stirling and Madeline O’Neal.  Interestingly, a man named Jack Sterling has been a recruiter working for Blizzard for the last 21 years, so this may just be another Easter egg.  However, I couldn’t find anything that could tie to Madeline O’Neal or the other listed actors, Maisie Jones, Ayisha Ekwensi, and Thespion 2.0.  When sharing the image on social media, Blizzard put attention on the director, producer, and screenwriter of the film, HAL-fred Glitchbot, whose name is an obvious allusion to the villain of 2001: A Space Odyssey.  It’s possible that one of these, most likely Madeline, will be a playable character.  An actor/actress could make for an interesting infiltrator with an emphasis on disguises, or HAL-fred could appear as a master of special effects.  Of course, this poster may just be a background decoration for the game that won’t actually amount to anything, but that seems like a weird thing to tweet out just before Blizzcon.

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The next tease is much more straight-forward as confirmation of a new playable character.  Hana “D.Va” Song is a young woman from South Korea and she is, I kid you not, a professional Starcraft II player.  It’s common for companies to make references to their other games, but this has to be the first time that a player of one game is used as a character class in another.  What’s next, is Tekken 7 going to have the record-holder for Pac-Man as a fighter?  Blizzard even put up a fake player profile for D.Va on the Starcraft II website that explains her backstory.  She became the #1 ranked player in the world at the age of 16 and remained undefeated for the next three years.  Recently, she stepped away from pro-gaming in favor of defended her home country from the various crises plaguing the world, similar to Zarya with body-building and Lúcio with music.  No information on her playstyle has been released, but a poster of her that can be found in the game suggests that she will pilot a mech suit and possibly act as a tank.  Also, given that her area of expertise is strategy games, it’s a safe bet that she’ll have drones at her command to capture an RTS playstyle.

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Finally, we have a tease for both a new character and a new map.  The tease comes in the form of journal entries from the perspective of Mei-Ling Zhou.  Mei is a renowned climatologist and a colleague of Winston, making her an affiliate of the Overwatch organization.  She has a very adorkable personality and is equipped with an endothermic diffuser, which is basically a freeze ray, of her own invention.  It sounds like the diffuser is designed only to stun rather than deal damage, but it can also create pathways of ice.  For the new map, all signs point to the Himalayas as Mei states she is doing research in the mountains of Asia and begins her final entry with a traditional Hindu greeting.  The one image included in the journals offers a small peek at the new map.

There are also a few more subtle suggestions within the journal entries.  For one, Mei mentions a companion of hers named 雪球, which translates to ‘Snowball’, and states that he/she/it isn’t much for conversation.  There’s no further mention of Snowball, so whether it’s a pet, another playable character, or even a literal snowball is anyone’s guess at this point.  Mei also mentions an old-fashioned film called Six-Gun Killer starring Olivia Rai, which is another actress not listed on the They Came From Beyond the Moon poster.  Either Blizzard really likes dreaming up fake movies and actors (which is certainly possible) or there has to be more to these movie references.

There’s bound to be plenty of news on Overwatch throughout Blizzcon this weekend.  Which of these teases do you most want to see more on?  What other surprises could Blizzard have up their sleeves?  We still haven’t seen any hints of the robot ninja, hazmat worker, or other unannounced characters that were spotted in early promotional art.  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

5 Nintendo Characters Who Definitely Didn’t Win the Smash Ballot

Nintendo famously opened the floodgates for demand of new characters in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS with an open poll to vote for your favorite nominees.  There have been plenty of recommendations, both probable and obscure, but virtually anyone can be a candidate given the open nature of the ballot.  However, some folks are never going to make it to the big leagues no matter how much of a chance you give them.  Despite being owned by Nintendo, I’m willing to bet that not one of the following five characters received even a single vote.  Even while living in a world where Tingle and Lanky Kong can be considered viable contenders, there are some guys who just can’t catch a break.  Thankfully, the polls are already closed and there’s no chance of you readers voting for these losers just to troll me.

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5. Negative Man

The Mother/Earthbound series is famous for its quirky sense of humor, and perhaps the best example of it is the fight in Mother 3 against Negative Man.  Negative Man is aptly named as he is a being of pure negativity… That is, he suffers from crippling depression and spends most of the battle spouting melancholy phrases to himself.  Those downer quotes of his aren’t contextualizing some debuff he’s casting on you, he is literally just crying at himself in a corner for no particular reason.  Even when he finally does work up the courage to throw a basic attack, he’ll only deal one point of damage regardless of the level you’re at.  Fighting him is almost like the reverse of going up against an over-powered boss that you haven’t prepared for in the slightest.  The real challenge would be losing a fight with this guy on purpose, but I think he would implode from his own anguish before you could even pull that off.  It’s actually pretty cruel when you really think about oh, hey, he dropped a meteotite.

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4. Anyone from Mario Tennis: Power Tour

Did you know that Mario Tennis: Power Tour had a grand total of 38 playable characters?  That’s the largest line-up in the history of the series!  How is it that the Gameboy Advance was able to pack in that many characters while the upcoming Wii U game only has sixteen?  Well, the answer is that most of the characters are random losers that the developers probably threw together in a single afternoon.  Only six of the playable characters are actual Mario characters while the rest look like cheap, fan-made OC’s created for something other than Mario.  While Waluigi was also created for the Mario Tennis series, at least he remotely looks like he belongs in the Mario universe.  Everyone that Power Tour introduced looks like someone out of a generic sports anime that was cobbled together on a shoe-string budget.  Also, more than a third of the cast isn’t even capable of performing power shots, making them worthless.  I tried to single out one specific character as the absolute worse, but they just seemed to blend together into an unholy sludge of desperation the more I thought about them.  Still, there are a few highlights among the cast that warrant a brief mention.  There’s Flit, who looks like a low-budget Sasuke cosplayer, Sass, whose body is 75% chin, and Skipper, who is a guy dressed in pink and named Skipper.  There’s even one named Roy and we all know how much Smash could use another one of those.

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3. Rip Cheato

Hey, remember that time where Mario made shady purchases from a smelly hobo with a lightbulb coming out of his head?  I sure do!  Rip Cheato appears in Paper Mario living in the sewers beneath the Mushroom Kingdom.  This Hagrid lookalike with a name that makes him sound like a Chester Cheetah replacement for the MLG crowd makes a living by selling mystery prizes at the uniform cost of 64 coins.  That’s a decent price to be paying in this game, especially when it only gets you the single worst healing item in the game.  However, you have to go through his lousy prizes because it’s the only way you can get rare collectibles, including a one-of-a-kind equipment item.  It’s actually a fairly ingenious scheme, even if it can only really work on RPG protagonists.  Also, running into a homeless man with a thousand-yard stare and grinning through half a set of teeth who’s selling foul shrooms in the sewers of the otherwise idyllic Mushroom Kingdom is akin to finding a dead body in Disney Land.  It’s incredibly surreal, even though it should make sense.  Well, except for the lightbulb part, that’s still weird.

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2. Unown

There are literally hundreds of Pokémon that could make for potential fighters, but there are also plenty that even the most die-hard Pokémon fans wouldn’t wish to see in Smash‘s roster in a hundred years.  You might have expected Magikarp to take this spot, but that floundering wimp would at least have great comedic value.  Unown, on the other hand, is weak to the point of not even being funny.  Those of you only familiar with Unown from their appearance in the third Pokémon movie may feel confused, thinking that Unown is some legendary Pokémon possessing incredible power.  In the games, Unown are actually easier to catch than the notoriously abundant Zubats and are more useless than Magikarp.  Unown can only learn one move, Hidden Power, which is an attack that can only be learned by literally every Pokémon in existence.  Yeah, you have to go out of your way to teach it to most other Pokémon, but it barely does any damage anyway so why would you bother?  The only notable thing about the Unown is that they have the gimmick of coming in different shapes for every letter in the alphabet.  If you’re honestly going to go through with catching each kind of these worthless pieces of junk (a feat that goes completely unrewarded), then you may want to see a therapist about your level of “Gotta catch ’em all” mentality.  Well, I suppose it is cheaper than amiibos.

SMG2_The_Chimp1. The Chimp

What am I even looking at?!  That came from a Mario game?  Not even from some obscure educational game that Nintendo licensed out to some no-name studio in the early 90’s, but from Super Mario Galaxy 2?  How?

The Chimp was introduced in Super Mario Galaxy 2 for its rendition on timed challenges where you race against an NPC to win a valuable collectible.  How is it that Nintendo was able to create a substantially more endearing character by recycling a basic enemy model and labeling him ‘Koopa the Quick’ in Super Mario 64 than when they actually went out of their way to design something?  The Chimp looks like someone that Poochie from The Simpsons would call a tool.  Just about the only thing interestingly about the twerp is how increasing ridiculous his various names get in different localizations.  Italy pretty much hit the nail on the head with Loafer Monkey, France knows him as Billy Banana, but his original Japanese name achieves a new level of selling-out by calling him the Wandering Playmonkey.  Sadly, no version of the game refers to him by my favorite name for the little dweeb, “Sin Against Nature”.

I sincerely hope that this list made for an enjoyable waste of your mortality.  Who do you NOT want to see make it to Smash‘s roster?  Who is the lamest character to ever appear in a Nintendo game?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

VgamerZ MMO Corner: New Games to Try in November 2015

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Wondering which new MMO games will you try next? Here’s a little help for November 2015.

Playing alphas and betas are not always easy, specially when the schedule information do not reach players in time. In other cases, the information is so vague that is almost impossible to know how to access them. But that’s about to change. Stay tuned to our VgamerZ MMO Monthly Corner with the latest info about MMO’s alpha and beta dates in the Western region, as well as access restrictions and other useful content.

5. Tree of Savior Online

Tree of Savior

Phase: Closed Beta    Access: Registration      Schedule: Oct 27-Nov 25

Genre: Fantasy MMORPG     Publisher: IMCGames Steam     Developer: IMC Games

Description: Tree of Savior Online is a massive fantasy MMORPG with anime style characters. The game has been led by the Father of Ragnarok Online Kim Hakkyu and so, the game presents a lot of similarities. With 80 different classes and over 200 bosses and territories, the game presents plenty of choice. It features most common MMORPG systems such as mounts, pets, crafting, upgrading, enhancements and ranked charts.

Official Page: treeofsavior.com

4. ASTA: The War of Tears and Winds

ASTA

Phase: Closed Beta    Access: Invitation      Schedule: Nov 03 – End of November

Genre: Fantasy MMORPG     Publisher: Webzen     Developer: Polygon Games

Description: ASTA is a fantasy MMORPG based on Asian culture and mythology. The game offers content and features that is common to most modern MMORPG’s: advanced customization system, dungeon and raid finder, PvP battlegrounds and arenas, guild wars, extensive crafting and jewelry systems. The game has been developed using CryEngine 3, which creates spectacular visuals even in low-end machines.

Official Page: asta.webzen.com/en

3. Devilian

Devilian

Phase: Closed Beta    Access: Beta Key or Pack Purchase      Schedule: Oct 29- Nov 02

Genre: MMO-ARPG     Publisher: Trion worlds     Developer: Bluehole Ginno

Description: Devilian is an action MMO with a Diablo twist, literally. This game features a devil system, where players are get a special form due to their half-devil race. Devilian is a truly action-oriented game, as it combines a fast and vicious PvP in 20vs20 battlegrounds, 3vs3 arenas and massive guild wars. The dungeon system promises a more single experience too through hand-crafted group adventures and dozens of solo dungeons. Other features include: mounts, pets, crafting, raids and alliances.

Official Page: www.deviliangame.com

2. Black Desert

Black Desert

Phase: Alpha Test    Access: Alpha Key      Schedule: Oct 26-Nov 01

Genre: Action MMORPG     Publisher: Daum Games     Developer: Pearl Abyss

Description: Black Desert is an action MMORPG with next generation visuals and open world elements. The game presents innovative features such as dynamic weather, day-night cycles, general parkour, skill-based combat and the most advanced character creation system currently in the market. Among other features: mount and pet breeding systems, houses and stock-houses, trading and commerce, extensive crafting and guild wars.

Official Page: www.blackdesertonline.com

1. Blade and Soul

Blade and Soul

Phase: Closed Beta    Access: Invitation or Pack Purchase

Schedule: Oct 29-Nov 02, Nov 13–16, Nov 24–30

Genre: Action MMORPG     Publisher: NCsoft     Developer: Team Bloodlust

Description: Blade and Soul is an action MMORPG featuring a Wuxia-inspired open world. The game presents one of the most complex combat systems with a huge variety of combos, counter attacks and mobility skills. Blade and Soul has an alternative equipment system along with numerous costumes and special upgrades. To reinforce the action element, there are ranked arenas, open world PvP and faction wars. Dungeons and raids are also included.

Official Page: www.bladeandsoul.com

Life is Strange: 5 Reasons Why this Game Became a Huge Disappointment

Life Is Strange

Life is Strange finally achieved the inevitable with its fifth and last episode Polarized. If some had doubts that Life is Strange was doomed to fall into disappointment, now it’s time to re-think the whole journey and how this title slowly turned to be a huge disappointment.

Don’t get me wrong, I did play the game and I actually enjoyed it as much as it can be enjoyed. But there are many flaws, too many in fact. And as the game progresses, episode by episode, it’s notable how the narrative decays. You can definitely feel the forced turn of events, things become more and more predictable and you can just think about how the game is stuck with saving Chloe and how to become a pseudo-god, who can help everyone, fix everything, save anything and everything there is to save. It even made me remember that legendary movie “Saving Private Ryan” because you basically screw the world to save one single person and you even get an ending where you can kill your full town to save Chloe once again. The story is quite similar, except in here you have time traveling powers. Anyway, let’s move to the top five reasons why this game turned out to become an overall disappointment to players.

 

5. Somewhat Predictable Story

Life is Strange - Is This Real?Apart from a few occasional events that couldn’t exactly be logically predicted, the whole story is there since the very start, you just have to pay attention to the conversations, to the surroundings, to the character relationships. It’s like everything is written down and you just have to join the pieces together. I will not say I knew everything beforehand. I actually didn’t expect Mr. Jefferson’s to be the main villain. I thought the killer would either be Nathan or Pincipal Wells. But from constant teen drama, to bullying, to a suicide attempt, to teen-gone-wild, dysfunctional families… And then, the whole time travel powers, effects and consequences. I think only denial players couldn’t see the inevitable and the obvious.

 

4. Illusion of a Choice-Consequence System

Life is Strange - Killing ChloeOne thing that has always bothered me in this game is the empty promise of a choice-based system. I’ve read a lot about it even before playing, and the game was often described as an attempt to revolutionize choice in video games. But when you play it, there’s absolutely no choice-consequence system. Regardless of your choices, the main events still happen, there is too little of an impact and who really cares about secondary events that no one mentions or talks about? Like saving a flower, saving a bird, advising someone… Alright, it appears in your decision chart but so what? The story is the exact same for everyone until the very end, where you can choose between two finales. What kind of revolution is this? Even Telltale Games have more impact on choice.

 

3. Sensational Teen Drama

Life is Strange - Save KateLife is Strange is literally a teenager melodramatic narrative that features contemporary issues with a mist of time traveling. The concept is not terrible but honestly everything is so hyped, so emotional, so exaggerated. It’s quite annoying at times because it lacks common sense and mainly logic. I know you can’t expect much from teenage girls in this case but come on, it doesn’t hurt much to use your brain sometimes. I will never understand for example: how Chloe and Max are like the best friends ever, when they spent half the game stating the opposite. Like Rachel being the most important thing to Chloe and Max didn’t care to write one single letter to Chloe for like a decade. Ok… they’re still best friends, it’s magic, it’s… teen drama!

 

2. Fairy Tale Syndrome

Life is Strange - Save ChloeTalking about teen drama, we can continue with the fairy tale syndrome, where the main characters are always optimistic and ready to do whatever it takes to supposedly help others but they end up screwing things most of the time. Hail time traveling powers that can fix every mistake and Chloe’s numerous deaths. Point is, their impulsive and hasty behavior is simply incompatible with their peace and love believes, it’s just ridiculous. Oh, and there are hugs and kisses about dozens of times all across the game. In the end nothing really ends up alright, bad things always happen – it’s part of life, it’s part of nature… it’s part of any reality.

 

1. Poor and Rushed Ending

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Well, I think the ending was the last proof that many players needed to realize that this game is indeed a huge disappointment. It didn’t start as one but it slowly walked towards this path. Life is Strange ending is awful in so many ways because one of them is what everyone expected, Chloe had to die at the very beginning in order to preserve the timeline, thus avoid the environmental consequences. But the second choice is just, I would call it a direct antithesis alternative because it’s the complete opposite of the other ending. I guess developers had no better concepts or ideas and that’s the result. Let’s murder thousands of people, watch them perish away and then… let’s drive away and pretend it never happened. Chloe & Max forever friends in the wonderland of time travel disaster.

 

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Ubisoft’s Comeback

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series lost considerable credibility last year after the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity. The game suffered major instability issues in regards to frame rate, general gameplay and even the multiplayer. All of which remained untamed for a lengthy and almost cringe-worthy amount of time after Unity’s initial release. This consequently caused major aggravation among players, also rendering a lot of the games newer features as pretty much useless. As a result of this, the game was widely criticized for being seemingly rushed and it appeared that Ubisoft got knocked down a few pegs as it’s annual Assassin’s Creed release failed to maintain the standards of it’s predecessors. However, upon the release of highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, it is apparent that Ubisoft have rediscovered their Assassin’s Creed finesse.

For those yet to sink their hidden blades into the new installment, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is set in a typical Assassin’s Creed rendition of Victorian London in which the Assassin/ Templar battle still rages on. The player may take on the role of interchangeable protagonist twins Jacob and Evie Frye (Assassins) in order to prevent the Templars ultimately dominating London.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has redeemed Ubisoft after the last Assassins’s Creed installment. That said, let’s delve into it’s brilliance and what exactly makes it such a pleasure to play.

Two Protagonists

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The option to play as two differing protagonists is a concept alien to the Assassin’s Creed installments to date. Jacob Frye is the more confrontational, combat orientated option of the two characters. He is hot-headed and always keen for action. Evie Frye is the stealthier and more typically Assassin-y of the two characters, working more with pedantic logic and by assessing situations thoroughly. The player may change between either character as and when they please to suit specific missions and situations. By completing missions/ objectives the player collects skill points which can be applied to the Jacob’s and Evie’s combined skill tree. This is a convenient and all round great feature as opposed to having the separate skill trees as it negates confusion and allows the player to simply get on with the game. There are a few separate skills that only apply to either Jacob or Evie alone however, they are found in the same interface as to not become hard to comprehend.

Jacob is an awesome character. He brings cheeky humour to the game with his very cocky personality. His play-style exploits the new combat style also which is great. Below I have provided some gameplay with Jacob:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYc-l8PsrmQ

Evie is equally a lovely new addition to the list of Assassin’s Creed protagonists. Not only is it great that she is a female but it is great watching as she logically flaws all of her brother’s reckless endeavors during the game. She may be a kill-joy but she is a funny one. Her play-style gives the player opportunities to appreciate the more ranged and stealthy ways of tackling situations. Below I have provided some gameplay with Evie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N4pMgVLwRc

 

Combined, the twins provide great, banterous humour that anyone with or without a sibling is able to appreciate. They exhibit the cheekiness that brings a more light-hearted side to things within a game orientated around war and control.

A More Modern Setting

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A Victorian London setting for an Assassin’s Creed game is one that has been fan-demanded for a long time and to finally be able to play such a well developed setting is sensational to say the least. The setting is dull in regards to it’s city setting however, it is made exciting with it’s content. Buildings heaving with cheap labour, manufacturing all sorts under Templar observation, accurately portraying England’s renowned manufacturing glory days. Commoners bark insults at you as you push past them and children charge through the streets without a care in the world. Furthermore, women make more of a significant appearance within Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, most noticeably as enemies. It is a great way to make the game come across as increasingly realistic. Ubisoft has definitely done well to incorporate the necessities within the Assassin’s Creed series within this setting. Haystacks for leaps of faith, hiding spots, viewpoints and shops are all tied in exceptionally well into the more modern setting without depriving Assassin’s Creed Syndicate of it’s practicality or plausibility.

The Assassin’s Creed series is associated with more dated settings and time periods and it is great to see that Ubisoft can pull of something more up to date and still make it work with the typical Assassin’s Creed game mechanics. The Victorian London setting has allowed Ubisoft to tease us with some intriguing upcoming DLC which I am sure will keep this title interesting for some time.

Gameplay and Combat

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Much like the less successful Assassin’s Creed Unity, Syndicate maintains the downwards free-running style which admittedly is much smoother and easier to appreciate in this considerably more stable game. Combat on the other hand has changed. As oppossed to Unity’s ‘fencing-style’ combat, Syndicate features a much more fast paced and brutal style of combat, including combos. Although different to any Assassin’s Creed fighting-style to date, it is easy to come to grips with and ultimately a lot better. It works much faster, narrowing down time spent fighting hordes of enemies waiting to counter each one which makes it more hands-on, exciting and ultimately less time consuming. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate also features the use of Horse and Carriages in which the players can hijack, hide in and race. This is a nifty and fun addition to the series.

A Major Improvement

Despite Assassin’s Creed Unity being an easy act to follow, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate excels in not only being an improvement but also reigniting the Assassin’s Creed fire. The game was pretty much fully operational upon it’s release date unlike Assassin’s Creed Unity and in being so, players have been able to downright appreciate all of Syndicate’s awesomeness.

If you are one of the many hesitant about buying this installment after the release of Unity, that is understandable however, I’d honestly recommend giving this title a go.