Category Archives: Games

Black Rose – Indie Horror Game

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Black Rose is a free indie horror game first published in 2013.

Since the original release – it has been updated with new textures, storyline elements and other graphical components. The game has been also released on Steam in 2016.

The game is relatively short – but the first time I played it – this weekend – I spend more than 2 hours exploring the dark mansion/funeral home where the game takes place.  You end up in this haunted abandoned funeral home in which those who die in fear or filled with hatred and other strong emotions – remain trapped and vengeful. You discover the tragic events that led to this dark atmosphere – and you encounter two of the most evil entities living here – Myrtle and Sullivan James.

The jump scares, the quick time events and the lack of lighting in the game make it enjoyable. There is a scoring system in which you can accumulate points by having close-calls. Closer you are to the entity hunting you, the more points you achieve. The game has two playable modes – Time Mode and Story Mode. In the time mode you have to quickly finish the game and obtain a certain score. In Story Mode – you can listen to fragments of the story through other character perceptions.

I recommend playing the game at night. Makes it more… vivid.  Below is a full gameplay of the game – I just uploaded on Youtube. Enjoy.

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Android Game: Dragon Revolt

Dragon Revolt is a fantasy MMORPG developed by Snail Games in 2017.

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Build somewhat like how Forsaken World Mobile was established, the game will offer similar features like traveling to different parts of a map through portals or flying, gaining little experience points when battling wild creatures, accepting and repeating quests.

As a MMORPG you can obtain equipment and other items by logging multiple times a week or a day… you can accept side quests and follow dungeon events.

Dragon Revolt is a 2017 take on the classic fantasy MMORPG. The game is centered on the brutal war between two, the Lothelan Empire and the Ashitar Blood Alliance. Align yourself with a faction, choose a DPS, HEAL or T, team up in boss raids or take to the battlefield for the chance to attain eternal glory. Learn a whole slew of spells and skills along the way, and lead your faction to victory! Does the future belong to the Empire or the Alliance? Start playing Dragon Revolt today to write your own fate!

Game Features

Lead Your Faction, Revolt With Dragons
– Two warring factions: Rosseland Empire and Asta Blood League;
– Factions have different tasks, objectives, and battle styles in a continuous war;

Customize Yourself in Two Rival Factions
– 3 classes and 6 races to choose from;
– Each hero has 6 unique skills, dual rune combinations and four-layered talents;

Classic Raids, Formidable Bosses
– Queue for dungeons and raid with your friends;
– Use strategies and cooperate with fellow players using specific weapon allocations to take down enemies;

Shred Enemies on the Battlefield
– Build your legend in 4v4 arenas and 12v12 battlefields;
– Enjoy classic massively multiplayer battles;

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My character is a Level 29 Barbarian Warrior – who looks like a Warcraft Orc. Probably because of this game I started to replay Warcraft 3 – Reign of Chaos (subject which will be treated in another article).

Character General Details:

Level: 29     Class: Warrior     Race: Barbarian

Power: 127     Intelligence: 55     Agility: 54     Physique: 64

Attack: 892     Movement: 6     Armor: 788     Magic Resist: 619

Equipment Details:

Inferno Longsword Level 10 (Fortifying Level +20).

Tidal Bonechain Level 28 (Fortifying Level +11).

Inferno Bone Ring Level 19 (Fortifying Level +13).

Tidal Wrist Guards Level 23 (Fortifying Level +20).

Tidal Spaulders Level 27 (Fortifying Level +10).

Tidal Helm Level 22 (Fortifying Level +20).

Tidal Armor Level 21 (Fortifying Level +6).

Tidal Belt Level 24 (Fortifying Level +4).

Inferno Leg Guards Level 15 (Fortifying Level +6).

Tidal Heavy Boots Level 26 (Fortifying Level +6).

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Aside from being able to use weapons in order to battle foes and other players, you can also set up 4 spells to help you in your quests. My character possesses Light Aura, Heroic Charge, Meteorite Attack, Bloodsoul Awakening, Don’t Back Down and Challenge Roar. You can upgrade each spell with every level you grow, so that the spell level coincides with the character level.

The game also offers upgrades for each piece of equipment, you can craft items using technologies like forging, engineering, alchemy, you can use mounts and pets to travel faster and to have support in battles.

The soundtrack is good, the animations and the character design are well made, the only thing I am disappointed in is the fact that you cannot gain significant experience points by battling, you level up completing various quests and following a story-line.

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Links and further reading:

GooglePlay: Dragon Revolt Classic MMORPG

Official Page: dragonrevolt.snail.com

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dragonrevolt/

Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/dragonrevolten

Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT3f13Yfn4j3q1Wie6TcxmA

Gaming F.A.C.T. – SH2 – Mary’s Letter

Yet another series of articles – these will present various random facts from the games I’ve played [mostly], since they are quite easy to work on and these days I got so much to study I literally can’t write more elaborated articles.

We are talking about one of my favorite games – Silent Hill 2 – a survival horror that takes you into a nightmare without escape. The Silent Hill games are like poems – you just have to see the beauty in all that is depicted.

F.A.C.T. – Mary’s Letter

Mary’s Letter is an important item received in Silent Hill 2. The letter was written by Mary Shepherd-Sunderland while she was terminally ill and was meant to be given to James Sunderland; however, it is the mystery of the letter that brings James to Silent Hill. It is already in James’s inventory at the start of the game.

Depending on which ending the player receives, Mary may give it to James in the Leave and In Water endings, or Maria may give it to James in the Maria ending.

In the beginning, the letter ends at the line “Waiting for you…”, leading James to believe that Mary is indeed alive and waiting for him, whereas the final letter reveals that it was actually written shortly before her death.

“In my restless dreams,
I see that town.

 

Silent Hill.

 

You promised me you’d take me
there again someday.
But you never did.

Well, I’m alone there now…
In our ‘special place’…
Waiting for you…

Waiting for you to
come to see me.

 

But you never do.

 

And so I wait, wrapped in my
cocoon of pain and loneliness.

I know I’ve done a terrible
thing to you. Something you’ll
never forgive me for.

I wish I could change
that, but I can’t.

I feel so pathetic and ugly
laying here, waiting for you…

 

Every day I stare up at the cracks
in the ceiling and all I can think
about is how unfair it all is…

 

The doctor came today.
He told me I could go
home for a short stay.

It’s not that I’m getting better.
It’s just that this may be
my last chance…

I think you know what I mean…

Even so, I’m glad to be coming
home. I’ve missed you terribly.

 

But I’m afraid, James.
I’m afraid you don’t really
want me to come home.

Whenever you come see me,
I can tell how hard it is on you…

I don’t know if you
hate me or pity me…
Or maybe I just disgust you…

I’m sorry about that.

When I first learned that
I was going to die, I just
didn’t want to accept it.

I was so angry all the time and I
struck out at everyone I loved most.
Especially you, James.

That’s why I understand
if you do hate me.

But I want you to
know this, James.

I’ll always love you.

Even though our life together had
to end like this, I still wouldn’t
trade it for the world. We had
some wonderful years together.

 

Well, this letter has gone on
too long, so I’ll say goodbye.

I told the nurse to give
this to you after I’m gone.

That means that as you read
this, I’m already dead.

I can’t tell you to remember me,
but I can’t bear for you to
forget me.

 

These last few years since I
became ill… I’m so sorry for
what I did to you, did to us…

You’ve given me so much and
I haven’t been able to return
a single thing.

 

That’s why I want you to live
for yourself now.
Do what’s best for you, James.

James…

 

You made me happy.

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YouTube Channel

So regarding my YouTube channel.. I just came up with this idea.. Since I have lots to do.. to study.. and I ain’t got the time I’d want to spend on gaming [insert sadness function here] and since there are tons of walkthroughs on each game released.. I will use my channel mainly to post short videos of ambient atmospheres, dialogues, puzzles, music videos and gameplays of indie games and also parts of gameplays from various games I am playing at a certain time.

Recently I posted a full walk-through of a short horror indie game called Which. I would like to post more videos but practically with my schedule now it is kinda impossible. But I’ll try to find time for that. At least two/three videos per week. Sounds reasonable for now.

You can check out my videos here – Darkstep Gaming.

Below is my latest video uploaded. Enjoy.

 

Bridge Constructor Portal – Trailer

Enter the Aperture Science Enrichment Center and experience Bridge Constructor Portal the unique merging of the classic Portal and Bridge Constructor games. As a new employee in the Aperture Science test lab, it’s your job to build bridges, ramps, slides, and other constructions in 60 test chambers and get the Bendies safely across the finish line in their vehicles. Make use of the many Portal gadgets, like portals, propulsion gel, repulsion gel, aerial faith plates, cubes, and more to bypass.

Sacred – Gameplay/Review/Guide – Bellevue

Sacred is an fantasy role-playing game similar to Diablo – which takes you into the world of Ancaria – a world filled with dangers and also opportunities.

Being what some might call a Diablo-clone – the game is set into an imagined medieval era – you have knights and soldiers guarding the roads, farmers and fishermen in the villages, blacksmiths, nobles, monks and all sorts of NPCs.

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At the beginning you can choose from 8 different types of characters to begin your journey with: Vampiress (which I chose), Gladiator, Seraphim, Wood Elf, Battle-Mage, Dark Elf, Daemon and Dwarf. Each of the characters has a starting quest different from the rest – also some of the quests can only be completed by playing certain types of characters (from what I’ve read).

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Next you have some of the quests you can complete in the first area – Bellevue – and which I have completed so far.

001. “PAY BOOK” given by GUARD AZORTT, BELLEVUE

002. “WHERE IS THE BLACKSMITH ?” given by ANURFF, BELLEVUE

003. “BURNING HATRED” given by MELISSA ADGREMA, BELLEVUE

004. “MESSENGER” given by SANDRA LINTARI, BELLEVUE

005. “WOLF’S EYES” given by VICTOR HOMA, BELLEVUE

006. “SHEEPLESS IN BELLEVUE” given by FARMER HANK, BELLEVUE

007. “TANGLEWEED” given by SISTER FALADAL, BELLEVUE ABBEY

008. “ABDUCTED” given by NOVICE IMUE, BELLEVUE ABBEY

009. “RESCUE KIDNAPPED SERAPHIM”

010. “WAR BEAR” given by IGOR BALTSCHIK, BELLEVUE

011. “THE ABSENT-MINDED SISTER” given by TYRADE FINGEL, BELLEVUE

012. “MISSING SON” given by JONAS, a small boy, BELLEVUE

013. “ANGLING WITHOUT BAIT” given by WALKER GODFAITH, BELLEVUE

014. “AROGARN THE FOREST RANGER” given by AGITATED FARMER, BELLEVUE

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For more details related to these quests you can access these links – Sacred Gold – Quests Checklist and Sacred Gold – Walkthrough.

Also I’ve uploaded (for now) two videos of my Sacred game-play – from which one can be found below. The article with continue with some other parts in which I will state the next quests I’ve managed to complete.

#Gaming – Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs – Review

What could possibly go wrong when machines created by humans could start thinking for themselves, act independently and turn against their creator?

Some of the answers can be described with the game-play of Frictional Games’ Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs.

Set in an imagined Victorian epoch – in a shade of existence – where science mingles with misunderstanding – the games takes you on a trip where darkness squeals, takes electrifying turns in torturing humans and lets rotten smells fill the air.

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Oswald Mandus – the protagonist – wakes up feeling amnesic – just like the main character of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. He soon finds out that the machine beneath the city – which is 1899’s London – has been sabotaged – and that he has to save his children who are trapped in the dark hallways underground. Piece by piece – you discover truths about yourself and about the doings of the machine.

You start by exploring a mansion, hearing whispers, screams, strange noises and seeing shadows and ghastly apparitions. You only have one goal in mind – and that is saving the children. Through written notes, journal entries, gramophone recordings and phone calls – you hear detailed parts of this story.

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After a certain spell – parts of you became crucial parts of the Machine.

The Machine is the malevolent antagonist of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. It was created by Oswald Mandus in 1899, and gained sentience after part of his soul was inserted into it. It’s sentience is referred to as The Engineer.

The Machine was created to harvest people and automate human sacrifice on an industrial scale in the hope that it might prevent the horrific events of the 20th century. It was envisioned by Mandus after the disastrous trip to the sacrificial steps of an Aztec temple in Mexico when he came into contact with the Orb.

The physical part of the Machine is enormous, stretching far and wide beneath London. The Machine is powered by Compound X, which in turn provides steam for the various machinery. It also produces large amounts of waste that needs to be discharged by a vast system of pumps.

Although designed with offices, catwalks, operation consoles, and panels, The Machine seems to be able to run mostly on its own, requiring manpigs for manual labor or small repairs. It also communicates with Mandus via a set of telephones and loudspeakers all throughout the system, further driving the realization of its intelligence and cleverness.

Interestingly, The Machine seems to be integrated with the hearts of Mandus’ sons. When Oswald’s soul is fragmented into two as well (seemingly by the fractured Orb when it ‘sucked out the fever’ that he had contracted in Mexico), The Machine gains sentience as another form of Oswald himself (aka, The Engineer). Thus, the true antagonist is Oswald’s own conscience, operating The Machine. It also refers to itself as the jaguar-faced man and a feathered serpent, attributes of the Aztec God, Quetzalcoatl, who in Aztec myth fled across the Atlantic after his removal from the sun throne, causing an apocalypse.

Man-pigs lurk in the shadows – pigs developed as humans – which learned how to live and work underground. The decaying of everything around tells nothing but a sad story of despair. Everything seems deserted, forgotten, hiding terrible secrets.

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When you finally encounter people is when you see that the city is gone mad, manpigs kill the living humans outside and turn them into fuel for the machine. You go deeper and deeper into the heart of the darkness – only to learn that once darkness conquers something – it is hard to oppose it and fight it back.

The survival horror genre has seen many titles – but the best games out there – in my opinion – are the ones with the first person perspective. They let you enter the atmosphere and live the story. In Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs you explore and fight the dark forces in order to re-establish some peace in the protagonist’s path.

The story is well written, the dialogues are deep, the voice-acting is great. Great soundtrack too.

This is not the first time I played the game – definitely not the last. Recommended for its plot and scare-jumps.

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