Within the first twenty four hours of its release, Diablo III sold over three and a half million copies. This set a new record and established this action video game as the best selling PC game of 2012. Set twenty years after the events in Diablo II, Diablo III takes place in the fantasy world of the Diablo series called Sanctuary. The plot of the game centers around Deckerd Cain, his niece Leah, and events that transpire after they go to Tristram Cathedral to seek out old, ancient texts that contain a prophecy. Players can choose to role-play an array of characters from five character classes. Read More →
NCAA 14 (video game) Overview
Fans of NCAA football can enjoy playing the game themselves with the latest release in the video game franchise. EA’s latest release, NCAA 14, is available for both the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. NCAA 14 features Denard Robinson, the former quarterback for the University of Michigan. One thing to keep in mind with this game is that it will be the last NCAA game that EA releases because the association will no longer allow the video game developer to use the name or logo in new games. Read More →
Superannuation is the Australian version of a compulsory retirement pension scheme. There are thousands of different superannuation funds, or super funds as the Aussie’s call them, and each provider has different options for retirement investment. Many of these super funds have been late to the smartphone party and are only just beginning to develop apps for their customers. However, those that are producing apps are going all out to ensure that their smartphone apps are fully featured. One of the companies that has recently released an app is REST Super, which also happens to be one of the largest retirement funds in Australia. Let’s take a closer look at the features of the app.
REST Super is one of the largest super funds in Australia and was originally started for those working in the retail industry (although anyone can join today). It is one of the top performing super funds on the market and also has the advantage of being a low fee fund. You can read this comprehensive REST Super Fund review for more information.
The Features of the App
The main features of this app related to online account keeping. Of course, this is all available via the website, but the smartphone app makes it so much easier. You can update all of your personal details with this app and also make any changes to your investment options that you desire. It is a fairly simple and straightforward app, but everything that is available via the online portal is available via the app – there are no missing features (I hope more app makers are taking note). Contacting customer support is also very simple from within the app and this is a great feature that other financial service providers should be offering with their smartphone apps.
The app features a great design that is intuitive and simple to use. All of the features are available, which makes it more convenient to use than the web-based account portal. The app does not run in the background and does not consume resources when it is not running. The app is very responsive and does not suffer from any lagging or slowdowns.
It is a very simple app that provides not much more than the basic user experience. In some ways this is in an overly bad thing, because keeping it simple makes it very usable. The main letdown is the lack of specialized smartphone features. It would have been nice to see the designers add something special for this app that wasn’t already available via the REST website. Overall, there isn’t much to complain about here.
This is a great, dare I say super, app that provides just what a user is looking for. It would have been nice to have a few extra features, but this is more of a disappointment than a letdown. The REST Super Fund app is the gold standard for financial apps and we can only hope that other financial providers will follow in the footsteps. If you are a member of this super fund then this should be on your download list today.
Smartphones were invented to do much more than just make and receive phone calls, and many people are finding they’re a great substitute even for a personal computer. Not only are the screen sizes growing and the hardware under the hood improving, but the catalog of apps available to smartphone users is expanding in breadth and depth. Apps are small individual programs that you load onto your smartphone and which perform one particular function, so you can maximize the efficiency of your device. Consider some of the most fun and useful apps you might try on your smartphone, helping you do everything from managing your personal finances, to navigating you around town.
For everyday use you probably want Google Maps, which is one of the most downloaded apps for smartphones today. This can keep you safe when on the road and makes traveling much easier. For fitness enthusiasts, Zombies, Run! is also a fun and useful app. It’s interactive and takes the user through a scenario of a zombie-infested city as they make their way out for supplies. It keeps your everyday jog from becoming boring and repetitive!
TuneIn Radio Free connects you to some 70,000 radio stations across the world, so you can enjoy your favorite type of music whenever and wherever you please. TuneIn Radio Free is just one of many music apps, and access to everything from music, audiobooks, podcasts, and much more is one of the areas that apps are making the biggest gains in virtually every month! Buzzfeed tunes you into the top trending stories on the internet, quickly and easily, so you can keep up with hot news stories. Tweetbot does the same for trending Twitter topics so you can stay in touch with those you follow and read popular tweets right form your phone.
There are some apps that you may not use every day but which can be very helpful. Circa News is maintained by a team of editors who take the day’s most important stories and then break them down into bullet points that are easy to follow, so you don’t miss anything important; never run out of water-cooler conversation topics again! Terminology combines a dictionary with a thesaurus and also a link to Wiktionary, so you can find out the meaning of any word or phrase within seconds. The free eBay app allows you to shop and sell on their site quickly and easily. In addition to the eBay app, the online retailer Amazon has an easy-to-use app that can put the ability to buy just about anything at your finger tip!
If you’re searching for a new home, a mortgage calculator can be very useful so you can easily figure your monthly payments and amount of interest paid overall for a new home loan. At the iTunes stores you can find these apps produced by Quicken Loans, Zillow, or Trulia. This can be very handy to have when you’re on the road looking at homes and want to know your payment options before considering a potential purchase.
With the success of Clash of Clans from Supercell, there is no doubt that there will be competition from other gaming companies. In comes Castle Clash, where you get to wreck other player’s empires just like Clash of Clans.
Today, I am going to present you a very brief guide on how to play this game. Let’s take a look at the buildings first.
This is your main building that provides you with more building capacity. Upgrading it allows you to build more gold or mana storages.
Well, this mines lots of gold for you. When you upgrade it, it increases the amount of gold you mine.
This produces mana for you. Mana is used for upgrading Gold mines and storages. Hire troops also uses mana as well.
This stores your gold. It has a maximum cap. Upgrading it will increase you the amount of gold you can store.
Mana Vault >
This stores your mana. It has a maximum cap. Upgrading it will increase the amount of mana you can store.
Now, let’s take a look at the defensive buildings:
This will protect your base for player sieges. When you upgrade it to level 10, it can be switch into a cannon, arrow or magic tower. Each tower has its own unique ability. Cannon tower does splash damage. Arrow does rapid single target damage while Magic tower hits up to 3 targets. You can also put heroes in the garrison to increases your tower’s ability. It is pretty cool.
This place will allow you to train your units. Upgrading the Army Camp will increases the number of units you can have there. It also increases the aggro range during defense.
The fun part about Castle Clash is the addition of Heroes into the game. The Hero Base allows you to station your heroes to help you fight in battle. Your heroes can be leveled. Upgrading the Hero Base increases the aggro range when defending.
Walls will protect your important building such as the Town Hall or gold/mana storage. A well build empire will have protection all around the base. Ideally, you will want to put your Town Hall in the center.
This building lets you upgrade your units. Ideally, you would want to upgrade 2 units that you use the most. I like to use ranged units (Hunter/Pyromancer) because they can do a lot of damage in a short period of time. If you were to combine this with the healing spell, you can keep your ranged units safe during sieges.
The Relic Hall allows you to purchase and research new spells that you can use in sieges. Here is a breakdown of some very useful spells:
Arrow Rain – This rains arrow in an area and damages enemies in it for a short duration
Restoration – Heals a small area for a short duration
Guardian Angel – Grants invulnerability for a short period of time
I personally like these 3 spells and I always bring them to battle.
There you have it, hoped you liked my guide.
Social Point Games
If there was one company that made some really good Facebook games, it would be Social Point. They have come out with 2 really excellent games. They are Dragon City and Monster Legends.
Dragon City is a breeding game that allows you to breed a HUGE variety of dragons. You basically have 12 elements that you can mix and match to get a lot of rare dragons. They are Terra, Flame, Sea, Nature, Electric, Ice, Metal, Dark, Light, War, Pure and Legendary.
The Pure and Legendary dragon types are harder to get as they are extremely rare. In the game, your goal will usually be getting all the different dragons. Each element is strong and weak against a certain element. For example, Flame type dragons are weak against Sea types, but it is strong against Nature. Dragons can also have either 2 or 3 elements combined.
All dragons have certain habitats that they can live in. Putting them in those habitats will earn you gold. Each dragon has a gold/minute ratio that generates x amount of gold. Terra dragons have a high gold/min ratio, but their Terra habitat only has a low gold maximum capacity. Sea dragon has a low gold/min ratio, but their Sea habitat has a much higher gold capacity.
Besides making gold, you also get to play perhaps the most exciting and fun part of the game – breeding. Ideally, you will want to breed the strongest dragons in the game so you can compete with other players. With so many different combinations, it can be quite hard to figure out which dragon you will get when breeding them. There is this really cool Dragon City breeding guide that you should check out that will show you the different breeding combos.
This game is the successor of Dragon City. The game play of Monster Legends is very similar to Dragon City. Instead of breeding dragons, you breed different types of monsters.
In Monster Legends, there are 9 different elements. They are Fire, Water, Nature, Electric, Water, Magic, Dark and Legendary. The Legendary element is the strongest, but it is also hard to get. You get to breed different hybrid monsters that have a wide variety of fighting skills. The battle system is slightly different than Dragon City. Instead of battling 1v1, you get a team of 3. Each monster has different skills that will aid you in battle. You can learn up to 4 fighting skills at any given time. The cool thing is that monster can level past 30, which is the level cap of Dragon City. The battle system is much more completed as well. Your monster can heal themselves or stun/blind their opponents. Stealing resources is also introduced in the game.
If you enjoyed Dragon City, Monster Legends is definitely a game you should check out. If you have trouble breeding certain monsters, there is this breeding guide you can refer to.
I do think that Social Point is really good at producing games that casual gamers will enjoy. Hopefully, they can keep on coming out with awesome games like the two above mentioned games!
World of Warcraft (WoW), was released in November of 2004 and has grown to hold the Guinness World Record as the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game with the most subscribers with more than 7 million subscribers as of July, 2013.
After almost 10 years, WoW retains an enormous base of loyal subscribers and remains one of the most polished MMO’s ever.
Horde vs. Alliance
The war in WoW is the ongoing conflict between the Horde and Alliance factions. In general, the Horde is made up of primitive, savage races, while the Alliance is composed of the humans and their more-civilized allies.
The Races of Azeroth
At this time, the following races are members of the Alliance:
Draenei (Introduced in the Burning Crusade expansion)
Worgen (Introduced in the Cataclysm expansion)
Pandaren (Introduced in the Mists of Pandaria expansion)
The following races are now members of the Horde:
- Blood Elf (Introduced in the Burning Crusade expansion)
- Goblin (Introduced in the Cataclysm expansion)
- Pandaren (Introduced in the Mists of Pandaria Expansion)
All races have their own unique abilities and special bonuses that make them suited to different roles in WoW.
The Classes of Azeroth
Unlike races, classes are not split along Horde and Alliance lines. Each faction has races that can become each of the classes.
At this time, the classes are:
Death Knight (Introduced in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion as a Hero class available to higher-level characters)
Monk (Introduced in the Mists of Pandaria expansion)
The World of Azeroth
Azeroth is the setting for the World of Warcraft MMO. At launch, there were two continents in WoW, Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms.
The Wrath of the Lich King expansion added the icy third continent of Northrend. The Mists of Pandaria introduced the Asian-inspired continent of Pandaria.
Each continent is divided into separate zones, providing almost 300 areas for adventuring. Scattered through these zones are more than 100 mini dungeons, to challenge characters of all levels.
While WoW is friendly to solo players, it also has an extensive support system for groups of characters, guilds, and raids (very large battles incorporating many different characters) to accommodate almost any play style. This flexibility makes WoW one of the most popular games of all time.
WoW requires a subscription to play. The normal fee is $14.99/30 days, but larger blocks of time can be purchased at a small discount.
While there is plenty to do in the base WoW game, to visit all of its areas and play all of the different races and characters, additional expansions must be purchased, as outlined above.
Just by looking at the cover, Madden 25 by EA Sports is special. It was 25 years ago that former Oakland Raiders coach and “Monday Night Football” personality introduced us to playing online football games.
Detroit Lions great and Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders graces the cover of the wildly popular online football game that counts between 5 million and 7 million loyal players. Fifteen years after leaving the game, Sanders received more than 40 million votes on his way to beating Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in the final round to make the cover. Sanders is the only player to be featured twice on the cover of Madden.
In this year’s version, which was released in August just in time for training camp, EA Sports has managed to develop a new and more realistic experience for the millions who play online football game.
While a number of reviews of the latest incarnation of the Madden series have been lackluster — some say it is too similar to last year’s version — Metracritic has examined a large sample of reviews and gives the game an 81 score, signifying favorable reviews overall. Of the 29 reviews examined, 26 are positive, three reviews were mixed and none were negative.
Specifically, Metracritic’s analysis should satiate online football gamers’ hunger for more realistic play, especially from running backs. ”Madden NFL 25 unleashes the power, precision, and creativity of the NFL running-back. Whether you’re a slashing tailback, dual-threat QB, or ball-hawking safety, unleash thirty new moves and string together devastating combos with the all-new precision modifier in Madden NFL 25,” Metracritic wrote.
The precision modifier is challenging to master, but when you are able to get the hang of it, you’ll have a distinct edge on the competition. And with more than 300 new plays, including running the pistol offense, the precision modifier might be the ticket to victory.
Acceleration, stiff arms, dives, cuts and spins, tailored to the actual style of each running back, has been added to the game this year. The key is knowing your running back’s strengths and using that knowledge to your advantage.
Subtle adjustments have been made to give a less video-game feel, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Graphics have been upgraded making each tackle unique.
The Hit Stick has returned with more realistic force than ever before. With players squaring up in a more realistic fashion, it might be more difficult to “make” a devastating hit.
A number of other noticeable improvements should also bring a smile to those who favor Madden as their favorite online football game. One of the most intriguing and innovative changes in Madden 25 is the ability to experience being an owner of an NFL team. The owner mode gives gamers power at their fingertips to be the face of their favorite franchise and make decisions and learn from experts how to run the team from top to bottom.
The beauty of Madden 25 is if being an owner is not something you care to worry about, you always can just play the game.
An Overview of The New Call of Duty: Ghosts
As any devoted gamer might know, the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise is set to be released on November 5, 2013. Call of Duty: Ghosts is a first-person shooter game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. It is the tenth game in the series, and it is the sixth Call of Duty game developed by Infinity Ward.
The Initial release date of November 5th will be for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. The game will also be a launch title for the much anticipated next-generation consoles, including the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 will be released on November 15, 2013, whereas the Xbox One will be released on November 22, 2013.
The Premise of Call of Duty: Ghosts
Like some of the most recent Call of Duty games, Call of Duty: Ghosts takes place in the near future where the enemy is attacking from space using kinetic bombardment. This refers to an attack on a planetary surface that utilizes inert projectiles that get their destructive force from kinetic energy. Once the kinetic bombardment has done its damage, the major global powers begin to shift, leaving the United States devastated. With its industries and infrastructure in shambles, the United States becomes nothing more than a developing nation.
Ten Years after the decimation of the US, they are invaded by a new enemy from south of the equator. With the US forces being crippled, the enemy overwhelms them and takes control of many states. With just remnants of United States special forces in existence, they decide to band together to form a unit referred to only as “Ghosts”. Their mission is to destroy any threats to what is left of the United States.
Most people that purchase Call of Duty are not so much as worried about the premise of the game; rather, they are interested in what the multiplayer option will have to offer. The multiplayer in Call of Duty: Ghosts will be much in the same as the previous installments in the series. Thankfully, Infinity Ward has added new mechanics to the multiplayer mode that will outshine any Call of Duty that has ever been released.
Maps will now have particular areas that can be destroyed or altered during gameplay. There is a new multiplayer game mode that will involve a Nuke-like killstreak, but it will only be obtainable by killing the top player on the opposing team and subsequently completing a number of challenges. Additionally, the sniper scope will now offer a “dual render technology”, which will allow the gamer to view the area around the outside of the scope while zoomed in.
Finally, one of the most interesting prospects in the new Call of Duty: Ghosts is the Blitz multiplayer mode. Much like Capture The Flag, Blitz will involve gamers competing to defend a glowing circle located on their base. If a player from the opposing team happens to enter the glowing circle of his enemy, then his team receives one point towards their overall score and will be immediately transported back to his own base.
Battlefield 4 is the thirteenth installment in the Battlefield series of FPS games and the direct sequel to Battlefield 3. Developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE), the game is due to be released on October 29th, 2013 for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
Battlefield 4 takes place in the year 2020, amid a long-simmering conflict between the United States and the Russian Federation. The assassination of China’s future leader, in which the U.S. is implicated, leads to canceled elections and civil unrest among the Chinese. Russian and American naval forces remain stationed off China’s coast: will the tension among these powerful nations ignite a new world war?
Although much of the excitement surrounding on Battlefield 4 centers on multiplayer gameplay, single-player mode is also worthy of mention. In a single-player campaign, the player takes on the character of Sgt. Daniel Recker, part of the elite U.S. special ops squad known as “Tombstone”. Two additional members of Tombstone are Clayton Pakowski and Kimble Graves. The story chronicles Tombstone’s evacuation of American VIPs from China, and their attempts to make their way back home amid the threat of global conflict.
In a departure from previous Battlefield games, Battlefield 4 will have an emphasis on character development. Although the overarching theme of the campaign is the threat of global war, much of the story will focus on the relationship of the characters involved in the difficult situations presented in the game.
While Battlefield 4 will offer the same four Kits as its predecessor (Assault, Support, Recon and Engineer), new features take the action and destruction to the next level. Enhancements to the existing Kits introduce new weapons and abilities. New vehicles also make their debut with the inclusion of the Chinese faction in this game. Commander Mode, previously seen in Battlefield 2142, has also made a return: this mode brings elements of RTS games to Battlefield 4, enabling certain players to view the entire map and give orders to others in their squad. The game will also feature a new Spectator Mode, where players can view one another in the first or third person, and freely pan the map from all angles.
Multiplayer limits for Battlefield 4 are consistent with those of its predecessor. Gamers on PCs and next-gen consoles will be able to participate in 64-player matches, with up to five players per squad; current-gen players will be limited to 24 per match.
Built using DICE’s proprietary Frostbite 3 engine, Battlefield 4 showcases dazzlingly realistic and detailed environments. Special water particle effects have been added, splattering the screen when the gameplay takes place in water. Characters are more lifelike and dynamic than ever: Full performance capture, which encompasses the face, voice and action of actors, was used to bring the virtual squad members to life. The game will run at 60 frames per second on PCs and next-gen consoles, but will continue running at the current 30fps on Xbox 360 and Playstation 4.