02Jam Game Review

02Jam is an online game that prevailed through the years. It was a simple free online rhythm action game that requires the coordination of both your eyes and fingers. However, it has been shut down by the year 2012. Good news for 02Jam players, the game is back! – though not for the PC but for the smartphones. So without further ado here is where this game review begins.

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Starting off, the simple yet attractive GUI of the game has caught my attention almost instantly. You can navigate through the system without a problem. The menu is divided into several parts as you can see in the photo above. I’m not going to cover all of its functions so you can enjoy exploring it on your own. What I’ll be covering, however, will be the big red start button in the center. As the word suggests, this starts up the game and brings you to the song menu.

Shown above is the song menu. It’s divided into 4 parts; Category, Sort, My Album and Search. Category is simply where you can find songs by type. Sort depends on the title and level of the game. While Album is where you compile all your favorite songs. However, it’s only limited to 10 songs per album. To get a new one, one must unlock it by paying 30 000 gems, and Search, as the name suggests, gives you the power to find a specific song you wish to play. Okay, enough about the submenus, let’s get into the gameplay.

First off. allow me to explain the Point and Gem system. These two systems act as the stamina for the game. Points are deducted at each and every time you play. The amount of points that have been deducted solely depends on the level of the game. You can regain these points by buying them on the store, leveling up, or wait for them to replenish. You can also receive more points by completing offers. Gems, on the other hand, are more commonly used for power-ups. You can use them to buy songs so you can play them permanently without deducting any points. The power-ups are divided into three: active, passive and pattern. Now not all of these are power ups; some of them are to make the game more challenging. I won’t be telling what every power up(or chips) can do. It’s up for you to discover what lies ahead. Now, let’s move on to the gameplay itself.

To play a song, you have to press its icon on the song list. After pressing it, you have to press the play button on the center. Doing so will cause the game to download the song. After the song has finished loading; you are greeted by this. The 4 bars on the bottom is where you have to hit the notes as they fall from the top. Take note that this is the landscape version. The chips are commonly shown at the top right corner along with your score and the pause button. Pausing can give you the chance to resume, go back to the menu or change the speed settings. Now, please take a look by the top left corner of the screen. Written there is “JAM COMBO.” Jam Combo is more or less the score multiplier. To activate the combo, you must first fill in the gauge. After that, you have to either press the button that appears underneath it or shake your phone. It’s a crazy mechanic but it’s extremely useful. After finishing, you will be greeted by this screen and I do believe it explains everything.

There’s more to this game but I’ll leave the rest up to you. No point in spoiling the fun. Enjoy playing 🙂

 

About the Author: Another guest post contributed by my youngest son- Yahmir, 16 years, grade 10 student, who excels academically, a gamer, a writer and the author of The Lunacy of a Warrior.

 

 

 

 

 

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Online Gaming: Entertainment at its Finest

Entertainment has become a necessity for those who are always busy with their everyday routine. Finding time to amuse oneself through movies, music, recreation sports and online games can relax and create a diversion from the list of chores to be done. The development of computer and the internet paved the way for the most popular means of entertainment for both young and old.

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Today everybody can while away his leisure time playing games online through a computer network. Most online games are free and anybody can play without paying anything. You can find single player games as well as multi-player online games where an online community is created to pursue the game. Multi-player games also serve as a venue for social interaction. Most of these popular online games are classified based on the genre. These are:

Action Games – include fighting, shooting and games that emphasize physical challenges such as high-speed reaction and hand to eye coordination.

Role Playing Games – these are the kind of games which are usually multi-player and may require an internet connection.

Simulation Games – may include activities such as city or empire building, business, war games and more. Different real life activities are replicated in simulation games and they may not have a specific goal and involves playing as the character.

Sports Games – may include a variety of sports such as soccer, tennis, F1 racing, basketball and more. Most players of this online game are also sports fanatics with a clear understanding of the game to play effectively. This game usually tests a person’s precision and accuracy. Athletes and teams are usually featured to make the game more interesting.

Online casinos – some people consider casino playing to be a casual hobby to entertain themselves but others play with serious gambling in mind. Technology has made it possible for players to play real time such as in casino.netbet.co.uk without having to leave the comforts of their home. There are probably thousands of online casinos today and each one has offered deals and bonuses to encourage players to check them out.

Online games attract both male and female players who wish to while away time and escape from the demands of their day. Whatever game it is that play, it is sure to give them the entertainment, relaxation and amusement that they need. Most of these online games can be played for free; all you need is to access the internet.

 

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How to Update Your PlayStation Vita

The PlayStation Vita System is one of the coolest gadgets nowadays that help connect the world. The portable entertainment gadget system can be brought anywhere and features Wi-Fi in both iterations as well as 3G. Enhanced game play and user experience can be enjoyed by players across multiple video game titles with this gaming device. What’s great about the PS Vita is that it is already infused with the network, allowing players from anywhere in the world to play together at any time possible.

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One of the best examples that prove the worldwide connectivity that the PSP Vita brings is the framework of the Ridge Racer’s Planetary League. With the PS Vita’s network functionality, rivalry is now available at a global scale as racers who participated in the league all over the world are teamed into four competing groups. Wi-Fi/3G-based multiplayer modes brought the competition gaming world into bigger heights. The PS Vita Philippines price is considered as one of the most competitive prices available in the market. To know if the PS Vita fits within your budget you can see the latest on PS Vita Philippines price via PricePanda site. Updates for the PS Vita also come every now and then to bring you the latest and also to simply remove and fix bugs and other problems encountered in the gadget. This is Sony’s after service commitment that makes the Vita worthy of its price tag.

What’s great about the PS Vita is that you can also upgrade it using several methods.

Update via Wi-Fi

You can update the PS Vita System using the Wi-Fi feature. Tap your devise to Settings > Start > System Update > Update Using Wi-Fi. Your gadget will connect to a location on the Internet wherein you can download the latest version of the system update available for your gadget. Simply follow the onscreen guide to complete the update. Updating your PS Vita via a mobile 3G network is not possible.

Updating via the PS3™ System

You can also use the network feature of the PS3™ system to download the latest update for your PS Vita device via the Internet. To be able to do so, be sure the your PS3™system is connected to the Internet,. Your system version software should also be in version 4.00 or later to be able to do the update in this method. Keep in mind to keep all application closed during the update and one should be in the USER mode during the update.

Simply connect the PS Vita System and the PS3™ system using a USB cable and tap Settings > Start > System Update > Update by Connecting to a PS3™ system. The latest update file will be downloaded via Internet using the network feature of the PS3™ system. An on-screen instruction to complete the transaction will be displayed and give you instructions on how to proceed.

Updating via a Windows or Mac PC

You can also use the network feature of your Windows or Mac PC to download the latest update file of the PS Vita via the Internet. Simply connect to the Internet, Download and Install Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation on your computer and download the file from this website http://cma.dl.playstation.net/cam/. Look for the Content Manager Assistant icon in the notification area of the task bar to proceed with the download. Connect your PS Vita to the PC via a USB cable and tap the PS Vita screen Settings > Start > System Update > Update by Connecting to a PC.

A successful update can be counter-checked by tapping on the Settings > Start > System > System Information. The version number of the system update of your latest download used to update the system should be flashed in the screen. This means that your update was completed successfully.

 

About the Author:

Joie Gahum is a freelance writer for PricePanda — a group of price comparison shopping sites where you can browse and compare the latest prices of electronic gadgets and other deals offered by various online shops worldwide.  She writes mostly about technology, trends, world news, and home and parenting.

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Elsword Online Game Review

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Ah, Elsword… Where should I begin? It’s a 2.5D side scrolling game which works much like the game named “Grand Chase”.  The big difference is the character design and how the PvP system works. Believe me, the PvP system is somewhat annoying.

Before you start playing the game, you have to choose among of the following characters; Elsword, Aisha, Rena, Raven, Eve, Chung, Ara, Elesis and Add. Expect for more characters to come in the future for the game is an MMORPG as well. Each character has their own 3 respective paths, and you can only choose one so choose wisely. Let’s begin talking about them, shall we?

I’m not going to be too detailed on these characters; the rest is up for you to find out. The first one we’ll tackle is of course, the possible leading main character: Elsword.

Elsword the Swordsman can choose to either be a “Sword Knight,” “Magic Knight,” or a “Sheath Knight.” A Sword Knight will be specializing on the usage of Elsword’s rather large sword while Magic Knight, well as name suggests, will be specializing on some magic. Sheath Knight is one of the most complex yet easy to use classes; choosing this class will make Elsword wield two swords and be an overall annoying character in PvP. Not as annoying as Add but we’ll get to him later.

Next up is Aisha the Magician. She can choose to either be a High Magician, Dark Magician, or a Battle Magician. The High Magician is an elementalist, Dark Magician specializes in Dark Magic while Battle Magician is basically a typical Anime MahouShoujo.

Rena the Archer, definitely one of the most annoying opponents you could ever face in PvP. She can take on 3 paths; Combat Ranger, Sniping Ranger and Trapping Ranger.

Raven the Taker, one of the most unique characters in the game. He’s a sword wielder but also has a Nasod Arm (Nasods being robots in the game by the way.) He takes on 3 paths; Sword Taker, Over Taker, Weapon Taker. Sword Taker specializes in Sword Skills, Over Taker specializes in Destructive Abilities and finally Weapon Taker is a mixture of the two.

Eve the Nasod Queen, I should say is my “videogame crush,” is one of the most annoying characters in 3v3 PvP and useful for playing in Dungeons. She is divided into 3 classes: Code:Exotic, Code:Architecture, and Code:Electra. These three classes are quite different from each other. Code:Exotic specializes in Close Combat and the usage of several weapons such as cannons, miniguns, and Nasod Spears. It’s deadly point is “Queen’s Throne.” Code:Architect specializes in summoning Nasod Minions and the like, and lastly Code:Electra specializes in honing and destructive barrage of lasers.

Chung the Guardian, the trap of Elsword, is definitely one of the most challenging opponents you could ever fight. He can journey the path of Fury Guardian, Shooting Guardian and Shelling Guardian. Fury Guardian is regarded as the “Tank” class for Chung. Shooting Guardian specializes the use of dual pistols. Finally, Shelling Guardian uses grenades and the like for his attacks.

AraHaan the Martial Artist. She uses a spear and has quite the mobility that rivals Eve’s overall movement in the air. She can enter 3 paths, Little Hsien, Little Devil and Little Specter. The first class is mostly used by players in PvP due to its rather strong attacks until Little Specter came who specializes in dark exorcist abilities. Little Devil, on the other hand, specialize in the usage of balls. Lots and lots of balls.

Elesis the Red Knight is Elsword’s older sister and wields a claymore. She’s definitely the character you need to have a look out for because out of these characters, one could say that she is the deadliest of them all. Her connection with Grand Chase’s Elesis is official and the same person due to the fact Elsword was confirmed to be Elesis’ little brother in Grand Chase. She can enter one of the 3 paths: Grand Master, Blazing Heart or Crimson Avenger. Each has their own specialization and I think that you should find it out yourself on how they work.

 

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Lastly, my favorite character of all: Add the Tracer. Unlike the other characters, Add is mentally insane due to witnessing his parent’s death, being enslaved and trapped during his childhood. He’s definitely one of the most OP characters in Elsword currently and is both loved and hated by the community. He is designed to pair up with Eve, having the same color scheme and Nasod Weapons. He can enter the jobs of Psychic Tracer, Arc Tracer and Time Tracer. Psychic Tracer relies on brute force. Arc Tracer relies on the usage of different Nasod minions while Time Tracer manipulates time and space.

Now that we are done with the characters, let’s go with the game itself. The game is rather simple and much like Grand Chase. Each stage is well done as well as its boss. It has 3 difficulties: Normal, Hard and Expert. Each difficulty, the map changes and the amount of monsters are increased. Mini bosses are also added which adds in the difficulty. However, the dungeons are rather easy at first but as the game goes on, it gets harder and harder. The bosses also drop rare loots so you will definitely waste your time grinding for these items.

Speaking of dungeons, there are also secret dungeons wherein you need to acquire specific items and the specific level to enter.

There is the Henir Time and Space Challenge which brings in all sorts of joy and rage. It’s basically a dungeon wherein you have to fight ALL the bosses in the game in the hardest difficulty. Oh did I mention? They actually multiply. Good luck with that. Finishing Henir will give you some fragments in which you can exchange for rather powerful gear. Start grinding folks or you will be constantly destroyed in PvP.

PvP is hell, literally. If you wish to enter PvP, I wish you luck because you will seriously feel inferior to the other players. Unless you did some practice and research then go ahead! You can practice at the Sparring Channel by an NPC named Camilla. Moving on, PvP is divided into three: 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 as of the moment. The higher the rank you get in PvP, the stronger your opponents gets.

The game supports a stamina system which limits the time you’ll be able to play. You can restore them by using stamina potions which restores 30% but they can only be given by exchanging medals to Ariel or by events.

Well done backgrounds are also present in the game and if you want to get some special gear, you can visit the item mall. In order to buy the items, however, you have to pay real life money. Hope you don’t get addicted.

Now that I’m done explaining, it’s time for its Pros and Cons!

Pros:

  • A fun experience and definitely challenging.
  • Well-made character designs as well as the costumes that comes along with it.
  • Connecting combos which sparks your creativity.
  • Gives Goosebumps during PvP.
  • A 2.5D game which is basically 2D and 3D at the same time.
  • A storyline which leads to several possible fanfictions and ships to sail. I personally ship ElswordxAisha and AddxEve.
  • A comic-style cutscene every time you execute a skill

Cons:

  • Gets rather boring every once in a while, especially if you have to wait for the players to go with you to the dungeon.
  • Frustrating players in PvP(I’m definitely one of them.)
  • The excitement dies down after the first few days of playing unless you are really into games like this.
  • Imbalanced characters (Add and Elesis are the most imbalanced ones.)
  • Sore losers, trash talkers and scammers on some servers while one certain server has the most of them.

 

About the Author: Another guest post contributed by my youngest son- Yahmir,  who’s only 15 years old at the moment.  He’s a grade 9 student, who excels academically, a gamer, a writer and the author of The Lunacy of a Warrior. The Elsword online game review is based on his own opinion and experience.

 

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The Best F2P MMO Games of 2014

With the many MMORPG’s out there today, it is often hard to find free MMO’s that are worth playing. While there are many MMO’s that seem like they are going to be the next big thing, often times it turns out that they are not even as great to play as they appeared to be in trailers and videos. Here is a list of the Best F2P MMO Games of 2014 and that we recommend you give a try.

1. Scarlet Blade

 

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Scarlet blade is the newest and hottest game that gamers can play. It is a free to play MMORPG that is fantasy based. It was developed by Aeria Games and takes place in a future where the world is not as we know it to be. In dystopian like environments gamers are swept through a detailed story where they will venture through various landscapes. Gamers will have to choose which class they would like to be in such as a Punisher, Defender or Shadow Walker. Gamers will also have the option to play through various PvP modes with nearly 80 different battlegrounds to choose from. This game is definitely worth checking out if you are into playing the best F2P MMORPG’s. of 2014.

 

2. Final Fantasy XIV: Realm Reborn

 

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For gamers who grew up on playing and loving the famous Final Fantasy series before the Playstation was even thought of, you are going to love this F2P MMO. As your own unique character the player will enter straight into the world of Hydaelyn where you will need to switch between 4 different classes and 18 specialties in order to get through the region of Eorzea. This game can be played on next gen consoles as well as the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

There are multiple races and classes to choose from so that you can get the most out of your Final Fantasy experience. Participate in multiple Raids to build up armor and skills and even get a job to earn more money and powers.

 

3. StormFall: The Age of War

 

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If you are into video games where you need to build an empire, set taxes and order your troops into battle, Stormfall is definitely the game for you. With this game gamers will be able to customize an array of special armies, quests and various buildings in order to build up their empire. In this game you will also need to defend your castle from enemy gamers while still keeping your empire happy. In the end you will need to make a decision: make your empire strong or let it fall.

You don’t need to spend close to $100 per game in order MMO games. There are plenty good F2P MMO games for pc that are absolutely free and that are certainly well worth playing. You will not need to worry about beating these games in only a certain amount of hours. Each game allows you to play for as many hours as your heart desires and to customize each of your characters as you wish. If you are looking for more video games that will fit your gaming lifestyle check out combatgameslab.com for a reviews of combat style games and other MMO’s today.

 

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