Anime You Should Watch If You Feel Like You Are Regaining Your Social Life (Part I)

Due to the unfortunate event of hurricane “Procrastination”, which destroyed the majority of my teams production skills, TheGridBox has been offline for a while. We have however been keeping up-to-date on games and anime for the past few months and for this new article we will be presenting our opinion on: “Anime To Watch If You feel Like You Are Starting To Regain Your Social Life”

Shall We Begin…

Firstly my pets we shall start wiiiiith… Anime You should have seen.

Noragami (developed by Bones based of the manga of the same name by Adachi Toka):

This anime follows the story of Iki Hiyori and her introduction to the world of Gods and Phantoms.
Hiyori a highschool girl meets Yatogami a minor god who will grant any wish for 5 yen. Watch as Hiyori and Yato grant requests ranging from, saving the city from Phantoms to working at an ice cream shop, and watch as we learn more about Yato’s past.

Pros:
This anime was developed by Bones, they who brought us the beautiful ‘Soul Eater’ and ‘Full Metal Alchemist’, this for me was enough to make this an instant must watch. The anime’s visuals were gorgeous and Bones truly brought in their trademark animation quality with the incorporation of fluid action scenes and correct character proportion. The story was unique and for those who have seen it and are reading this you will see a stark comparison between ‘Noragami’ and ‘Soul Eater’ (*wink *wink). Character designs cannot be flawed whatsoever it was one of those animes the characters where instantly recognisable and i felt that attention had been put into each character.

Cons:
The anime as I stated before was based off the manga by Adachi Toka,  why is this in cons, i felt that team could have dealt with the plot of the manga a bit more, not to say all the manga was perfect but there were some things they could have incorporated to truly make the watchers feel like they had been fulfilled in entertainment… the ending leaves for something to be desired. The anime i felt knitted in threads of plot and failed to fully digress on those threads so in the end we were left with an unfinished scarf.

All in all the anime is a great choice for fans of supernatural/ action and comedy. I would also recommend  reading the manga, simply because of the inconsistencies with the anime itself.

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Kingdom Hearts III Yes… I am a fan

Yes… I am a fan of KH to me it filled most of my childhood with wonderous memories of smacking creepy crack addicted monsters with an over-sized chastity belt key “i hear your key opens all types of locks”.

Why i’m not excited i have yet to complete the second game and i have only just recently got started with the DS release; 385 days, the game didn’t grasp my attention as much, That is my only problem apart from that i’m thrilled about the game, especially when Square Enix have supposedly announced a KH online mmo, but that is for another time.

The video above depicts an older much more mature Sora as you can see the game got a huge overhaul for next gen graphics but the developers seemed to have kept the fundamentals of the game i.e. Sora seems to wear belt straps that cover the majority of his clothing as though his clothes barely fit, and the big feet, but you know what the say about big feet (giant keyblade).

I didn’t go out much as a kid, i was kinda sheltered, but i remember playing KH for the first time and the loneliness created by not getting to play outside with my friends vanished as soon as i pressed start.

When you walk away, you won’t hear me say: please oh baby, don’t go.
Simple and clean today remains my fave OP for a game.

KHII i will be waiting for you my husky mistress.

Modd

Watch Dogs: Im going to Love, hate this game (RANT)

This is only going to be short… “ish”.
Before i start my rant about Watch Dogs, let me begin by informing readers that i absolutely adore Ubisoft, my first game published by them “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time” the fluidity, the story, the concept all of it added up to make the beauty that was PoP. PoP is partly the reason i became obssesed with Ubisoft, and then i became further intoxicated with them following the release of Assassins Creed. I guess the whole concept of free roam and freefighting carried over from AC to the acclaimed Watch Dogs.

Enough backstory about Ubi, Watch Dogs is the 3rd person sand box by Ubisoft Montreal, following the story of a skilled hacker (better term would be grey hat/ black hat), Aiden Pearce, voiced by Noam Jekins, you are an anti-hero and the city f Chicago is your personal playground.
I won’t go into too much detail as this is just an impression of what i think of the game and my impression is, i love it.
This game you play as a vigilante wo uses his cellphone to hack the city’s mainframe, it’s every technological enthusiast wet dream, for people like me who are interested in the line of software engineering and computer science, this game seems like the perfect opportunity to flex our inner tech geek muscle.

This post is late I know but this game was scheduled for this year and then was held back for 2014 so i can only imagine
what Ubi have in stall for us (i pray i have a bleeding console/ decent pc by then).

Even though i am pretty excited about the games release, what i am not looking forward to is uneducated tards that all of a sudden think they know all about computers after playing this game, but still can’t tell the difference between mark-up and a programming language (HTML is not a programming language), i’m not hating i was once in that position myself, but this game will truly be enjoyed by people who have at least dipped their keyboard flattened fingers in a bit of programming or web engineering.

I hope i don’t sound pretentious, the hate is more aimed at script-kiddies than anyone esle.

So basically I’m going to love hate this game.

Modd

POP or FLOP: Ubisoft’s Child of Light Announcement for 2014 (Modd’s Anal-ysis)

Well well well what do we have here, i’ll tell you; a turnbased RPG, inspired by childhood fairy tales and from the creative team of work such as Far Cry 3, and we all now how good that was.
From my little knowledge of Child of Light i can see this game is going to turn out, one of two ways, this game will either; capture people’s attention like work such as little big planet, or this game will flop worse than a fish out of water surrounded by angry sea men.

Before get onto the actual specifics on the game let us take a look at a few things first.
I was once attended a game work shop in Kildare for a few weeks, run by a Joseph Murphy who owns a page called the gaming liberty (really good btw).
He said to us; games that step out of the norm and try something different such as Limbo, little big planet, flower etc, can, whilst being extremely clever and fresh, have a danger of messing up, as i said before… flopping like a fish out of water. The dangers of creativity.

I’ll digress my strange point onto Child of Light. Child of Light is a turn-based RPG that sets place in a magical world called Lemuria, you play as Aurora a princess who is sent to Lemuria to defeat the Dark Queen and save the land by returning, the sun, the moon and the stars held in captivity by the queen.

The story, sounds clever but at the same time a bit mediocre, but all aside i do like the theme of the game and the general image it want’s to portray.

It’s a RPG and the elements are, from what i have read, the same as most others: level up, craft system, upgrade weopons and armour the whole shebang

this game also employs puzzle’s in it’s play which most may find much fun.

Aurora builds a party throughout the story, the most incorporated one will be igniculus a fairy looking mofo, the player can use igniculus for many tasks such as blinding enemies when you don’t want to battle. Talking of battle, when you cross an enemy you enter the classic battle phase similar to most turn-based RPG’s.

The game was developed with the UbiArt engine, used for the classic Rayman.
The game will be released in 2014 on platforms such as:

PC
PSN
Xbox LIVE Arcade
Wii U
Xbox one
Playstation 4

From what i’ve written this game could actually be very interesting piece of work but at the same time could get no notice what-so-ever and die unrecognized. My personal opinion is; i would play it, i’d play it till the cows come home… or it’s completed.

Modd

Sword Art Online Independent Project

For those who are avid anime viewers, we know the pain of seeing a brilliant anime but the game potential is never extracted, however it would please you to know that the Anime Sword Art Online has currently inspired a indie developer to begin development on his own SAO rpg called Sword Art Online: 100 floors.

For those who have watched the anime, the game will be set in SAO and the player’s objective is to complete all 100 floors the game doesn’t seem to have much information on it but  will keep this page posted on details of this game. When the game is released it will be available on gamejolt for pc [links will be provided].

I will not say much about it as i haven’t seen much of it but i will say that i am personally excited for the release of this game, i love anime and Sword Art Online remains one of my favorite animes I have watched, for those who do not like anime this game is still worth checking out when it is released as the game has the classic retro look of the old-school rpg’s such as chrono-trigger and final fantasy (before it became over encumbered with cinematic cut scenes)

This is actual shots from the gamejolt website of the menu (so far so good)
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http://gamejolt.com/games/rpg/sword-art-online-100-floors/18707/

Modd

RWR (Running With Rifles) Review [pc]

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Running With Rifles or RWR for short is a highly addictive isometric/top down war shooter for pc by indie-devs; Modulaatio games.

RWR is, as stated, a single/multiplayer, isometric/ top down, shooter, what a mouthful. I am  reviewing this game because i believe it is important t commemorate Indie-developers in the game industry, indie-developers create some of the most fantastic games to date but never get the notice they deserve and RWR is an example of one game that deserves a little more recognition than it receives. So lets start this review shall we?

Story:
There is none, it is just a simple single/multi-player shooter,
the aim however is to take over all the territories on the map.

Gameplay/ mecahnics:
Pros:
I’m giving it’s game play a lovely 7/10,
You aim with the mouse and shoot with the LMB, all but the aiming can be configured.
The game style is good a low poly rendered game never did it so well, the beauty is the fact that you play a wartime scenario you can set more than 100 on each team fighting to dominate an area and you feel like you have so many options to choose from when it comes to the disposal of enemies, wide range of weapons, from assault rifles to grenade launchers, knives and frag grenades even flash-bangs, these can be further enhanced with mods and maps. The level up system is pretty decent and kill-streaks are more of a accessory rather than a must have for example you don’t get any inbound bleeding helicopters. As you level up you get a to have more soldier in your squadron which is the real reason I want to level up, this squadron can actually be controlled to move to certain positions which i thought was a ice little touch.
The features like crouch and prone position also give this war-time shooter a genuine feel to it.
Choice of vehicles like, tanks and boats added an alement of fun, the squadron can even hop in!.
I  would comment multi-player but sadly i could not get online to play it. but i would generally say it is the same as offline

Cons:
These are just some of the pro’s of the game, but the con’s have to be
game can be a bit restricted, i had to adjust my controls three times because there where so many actions. The controls can be slightly awkward
I couldn’t pick up enemy weapons (probably my fault, still pissed about it though).
I felt the game get a bit repetitive, saying this i spent 5hrs at one point, but the game felt a bit boring and it felt nearly impossible to complete objectives i was dying way too much at some points.
The game can take up resources, surprisingly, so if you haven’t got the best PC watch out for slight lag, nothing serious just a few bits whilst rendering, too much activity on screen will be a bitch also, but again this is if you did what i did and played on a low end device.

not much else to say about the cons.

Overall:
great game-play, lovely take on warfare, sexy style.
buuut
repetitive, restrictive movement, hard to understand objectives (maybe just me)

This game is worth the money, i seriously wouldn’t doubt it, the game is clever and unique in it’s style and play, the menu screen is technically the start menu all you have to d is go to the home menu and press escape and you are in a game!

But yea this game is decent in my opinion i give this an indie rating of;

7/10

My first ever review so please don’t hate me

Edit:
Dave S (in comments) brought something to my attention
i forgot to switch up the visuals for the game and this has accounted for a very poor representation of the game.

Apologies for my outdated version :(
Hopefully these pictures represent the game in a better light
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But Dave’s comment brings up another subject TheGridBox will gladly accept other peoples reviews of games and try to take in the input if we feel that you are correct
Modd