Tripwire interactive - The Steam summer sale has started!

tripwire interactive bundle
If you buy the Tripwire interactive  bundle. Then you will get a ton of games for 33,59Euro.

Yes, i know. The big Steam summer sale has been alive and kicking for quite sometime now. But here´s the thing. There´s so many games on Steam now days. That it´s pretty hard to pickout the really good ones (if you know what i mean?).

But i´m going to help you with one really good pick at least. Well, if you like FPS games that is. Because right now you can buy all of Tripwire interactive´s games at a very low price via Steam. Just take the uber nice Tripwire interactive bundle for example.

You will get all of Tripwire interactive´s games for 33,59 Euro if you buy that bundle. You better hurry up though. Because the Steam summer sale will end on the 30th of June!

Some of Tripwire interactive´s other games on Steam:

Killing Floor - $9.99 (50% off!)
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes Of Stalingrad - $4.99 (50% off!)
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 - $4.99 (50% off!)
The Killing Floor Bundle - $24.99 (50% off!)
The Tripwire Bundle - $33.99 (66% off!)
The Ball - $4.99 (50% off!)
Dwarfs! ? - $4.99 (50% off!)

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Kingdom Under Fire 2 - The culturally-adjusting MMO

kingdom under fire2 the battlefield 
KUF 2 will be tailored to each region based on OBT feedback.

I’ve played KUF 2 as extensively as the game allowed over 4 days, and I’ve reached level 24 out of their current 27-level cap. The game provides a satisfying single-player experience, with some party-walls (mandatory party missions due to the sheer number of enemies) serving as speed bumps in an otherwise smooth journey.

There is a LFG system where you can freely join listed parties which makes the process easier but the LFG system still provides little to no information except for the party title, which makes asking an AFK leader about what the party is for and waiting 5 minutes for an answer frustrating at best. Most people simply list their party at the mission window and wait for people to join up since the mission is easily completed so long as you fulfil the recommended party size requirements.

The leadership system allows you to participate in roughly 10 battles each day (each battle taking 100 leadership away, less if you fail the mission) with a 20% accumulation rate if all leadership is unused(ex. you didn’t play the game yesterday, so today you can play 12 battles instead). 

You can have double leadership points when playing from a PC-cafe as seen from the Korean version of the game, but this system hasn’t been implemented in South East Asia yet. Anyhow, There isn’t much of a PC-cafe culture in SEA outside of competitive MOBA games like DoTa 2 and LoL and leadership might just outright be removed from the SEA version of the game, as evidenced by a thread on the official forums.

kingdom under fire2 lightning
When lighting strikes, it strikes really, really hard in KUF2.

Most of the combat mechanics are reminiscent of its predecessors, but the MMO angle of this game introduces an entire hotbar of skills for the hero as well as troop skills into the mix. This makes the hero feel much more impactful rather than mashing the same multi-hit combo, but eventually distils down into the same “most efficient damage-dealing combo” for each hero class.

Troop skills need more balancing against A.I. opponents, with the game’s most efficient DPS setup involving 3 mortar troops with your hero as a tank, with the mortar troop’s skill insta-killing all enemy troops in a rather large area in they stay in it for only 2 whole seconds. Hardly a challenging experience as you can use this tactic to clear most party missions as long as the mortar troops are high enough level.

It’s good to have variety in the game. However, the options are hardy rewarding. The problem this game faces is similar to many other online games: There’s a way to “figure it out”, there’s a “best way” to play the game. A game like Kingdom Under Fire 2 has the potential to break away from this routine due to it’s strategy aspect, but as long as it’s strategy view is a simple top-down view that allows you to move your units here and there and use their skills without any other dimension of reward or complexity, KUF 2 will simply be an alternative MMO with the same flavour as other fantasy MMOs.

The hero levelling and customization mirrors most other MMOs with gear grind, bad drop rates for rare loot and even a crafting grind (you have to critically succeed in crafting materials to obtain the materials necessary to craft your own rare grade sword) which isn’t rewarding as the loot grind gives you heroic items, a grade above the rares you can craft.

It’s a 7 year old game-in-the-making, which makes me hope they can still change since they are patient. Please change and innovate the grind process we are already all-too-familiar with. Guild Wars 2 eventually devolved into a grindfest( you literally cannot have end game gear without grinding) despite promising the latter, newer games like Wildstar fall back into the same tedium.

Please, please, just let this be the game that changes something more than just porting Kingdom Under Fire into the MMO-scape.  Kingdom Under Fire 2 will be released in Europe, USA and Worldwide in 2015.

tgg author avatar Chen FreakofNatur Yiji
/Chen Yiji
The Gaming Ground

Fallout Classic Collection - 35% price cut via Steam!

fallout collection
3 epic RPG games to the price of one.

I have to say that steam are rather unhealthy for your wallet (if you know what i mean). Because one can make many good deals at Steam at the moment. Today i found out about the Fallout Classic Collection for example. Which just happens to have a 35% price cut at Steam right now.

That means that you will get both Fallout 1, 2 and Fallout Tactics for 12,99 Euro. Hurry up though, because this deal will end on the 30th of June!

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Kingdom Under Fire II - 7 years in the making

kingdom under fire 2
KUF2 looks freaking awesome!

Upon seeing the Kingdom Under Fire 2 trailer at E3, I was instantly convinced. The opening minute of the trailer was in-game combat at a scale unprecedented in an MMO, especially a Free-to-play one. I expected my weakling PC with a AMD Phenom II x4 955 Processor and AMD Radeon 6850 graphics Card to die to the game, and I was not disappointed.

Contributing to the death of my PC is the Blueside Engine, a coded-for-purpose engine that can express up to “10,000 units in a screen with 30 fps with 3,000 – 5,000 polygons”, as Sang Youn Lee, Executive Producer of Kingdom Under Fire II said in an interview with mmoculture. Many other games have attempted to replicate the feel of mass warfare, but fall short due to engine limitations: most models are either props or simply animated background.

With KUF 2, all the models are fully realized in the game, which makes most computers tear themselves apart at later levels. As long as your computer can support it (with maybe the top of the line GFX card or a casual Nvidia Titan), you can play the awe-inspiring invasion mode featured in the trailer, which allows 16 players to participate a grand battle with their armies (up to 5 troop slots for each player!) and who knows? This could just be the tip of the iceberg for this mode!

If you’re a fan of hack-and-slash (like Dynasty Warriors) mixed with a bit of micromanagement of your own personal army, this is just the game for you. Bundled with the unit progression system of its predecessors, KUF 2 allows you to upgrade and customize your army to suit your own playstyle. With the inclusion of multiple usable races such as Elves, Orcs and Humans, you’ll definitely find the right army for you.

Kingdom Under Fire 2 is available in English based on your locale, and will be released for the PC as well as PS4. Open Beta for South East Asia has already started since 22nd May 2014, with North America still waiting for the game to reach their shores.

For players in UK and Sweden, there looks to be no release yet, but since this is a licensable game, look to your local MMO publisher to bring it to you soon enough. Personally, I’ll be experiencing the game for myself with MMOG and I’ll report back with my thoughts on the direction the game is being monetized and how it will affect your own gameplay experience. 

tgg author avatar Chen FreakofNatur Yiji
/Chen Yiji
The Gaming Ground

MilitAnt - The march of the soldier ants

militant logo
If you got a fobia for ants (Myrmecophobia). Then you better avoid MilitAnt. 

It´s been quite a while since i saw (or played) a video game with a ants theme. But Xibalba Studios side-scrolling/action/platform game "MilitAnt" (for PC), are ALL about ants. And MilitAnt made quite a lot of buzz at the E3 event as well.

Because the game looks pretty darn neat. I mean, how often do you get to play as ants that uses heavy firearms? Sadly enough though, MilitAnt are a TBA title at the moment. But due the fact that MilitAnt look very promising.

I think that  But due the fact that will be worth all the wait in the world. 

About MilitAnt:
"MilitAnt™ is an action-packed side-scrolling platform/shooter by independent game developer Xibalba Studios. Set in a world ruled by insects, a lone soldier ant must defend his home colony at all costs from a brutal invasion by the enemy bug nations. MilitAnt™ is a game where skill really matters, featuring non-stop classic platform/shooter action, epic boss battles, striking 3D environments, and fully customizable/unlockable weapon loadouts."

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

The sims 4 are set for a release on September 2nd!

the sims 4
For both PC and Mac =)

Not everyone may agree with me now. But i think The Sims 4 pretty much stole the show from EA´s other titles at E3 this year. Because it´s been a very long time since i was this excited about a The Sims title (like, Sims 2).

And this time it really seems like The Sims 4 will offer THE best The Sims experience to date. Not only graphic wise, but creative wise as well. Because not only will the players be able to build really neat houses (and Sims).

The Sims 4 will also offer tons of customization tools and other cool ingame features. And the E3 trailer just made me even more excited about The Sims 4. And yes, Kim Jong Un got eaten alive by a man eating cow plant in the video xD

So will i buy The Sims 4 when it get´s released in September? (the 2nd). Hell yeah!

/Robin E
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