The Forbidden Land of 2005’s “Shadow of the Colossus” is a barren wasteland containing only a fraction of the elements found in other open world titles. With Bluepoint’s recent HD re-release on the PS4, players can savor the world without the PS2’s muddiness.
Players control Wander, a young man seeking to revive his deceased girlfriend. Wander enters the Forbidden Land and makes a pact with the dark god Dormin; Dormin will return his girlfriend to life if Wander murders 16 colossi. Although the Forbidden Land is vast and covers several biomes, few would consider this title as an “open world” endeavor. The newest generation of gamers, whom have been forged in an environment full of hand-holding and checkpoints, will likely find many minor grievances with Shadow of the Colossus.
• Other than the engagements between Wander and the unlucky colossi, players will have to hunt down waypoints across sweeping vistas. While the game features an expertly-drawn map, it only reveals what the player has already seen.
• When hunting colossi, players must raise Wander’s sword into the air and follow the general direction that sunlight bounces off. This can lead to some consternation as many colossi naturally blend into the terrain.
• Because the game is dedicated to hunting and killing colossi, its massive world is devoid of almost anything else for the player to interact with beyond lizards, fruit and coins.
By tracking and killing certain lizards, Wander’s grip meter, crucial in scaling colossi to reach their weak points, will increase. Certain trees bear fruit that slightly increase Wander’s vitality. Coins were added to this version of the game, with a new sword as reward for collecting all 79. Adept players can find a map that reveals every lizard and fruit tree location. Unfortunately, players have to really explore the world to discover these incremental rewards.
While Shadow of the Colossus offers few things, the colossi fights and exploration are their own reward.
Nick Vertucci is a very successful entrepreneur and businessman. After a rough start in life, Vertucci started his own company and sold computer parts online. He did very well and loved being his own boss. However, he did not employ enough business savvy to design and implement a plan to carry him and his business through the economic down times. The dot com crash in 2000 sent his business and finances spiraling into oblivion and his business hit rock bottom. For the next year and a half, Vertucci was making very little income and found himself sinking deeper into debt.
During this downtime, Nick Vertucci attended a three day real estate seminar with a friend. Looking back, the decision to attend turned out to be one of the best of his life. Something about real estate clicked with him even though he didn’t understand all of what he was hearing, but he knew it was going to become his way of getting out of debt and rebuilding a better life for him and his family.
After the seminar, Vertucci continued to learn all he could about real estate. It took more than 10 years for Nick Vertucci to gather, learn and absorb all he needed to know about the industry. He developed a system of strategies that worked for him that was not only simple, but straight forward enough to allow him to make real money in real estate. He later decided the information was too valuable not to pass on to others. He wanted to help others to get out of debt like he did and make a better life by creating wealth through real estate.
He established the NV Real Estate Academy and began providing the necessary training programs for others to follow and learn from. He delivers his easy system to anyone who is interested. Students that are committed and make the necessary time investment to work his system are bound to be successful. Nick Vertucci and his team are committed to helping others achieve their professional and financial goals by using the strategies and methods from the Vertucci system.
If you haven’t heard of Lime Crime yet, you must be hiding under a rock. The cosmetics company has his has gone from a tiny startup to a massive company in just a few short years. Her story is quite incredible. She was studying fashion when she began to question if that was her true career path. She felt like there was a light inside of her that was being hidden. After much thought, she decided that her true passion was to create a cosmetics conglomerate. Thus, the company was officially born.
The company has grown from a small eBay store to a huge company that is consistently in the news. Each time Lime Crime releases a new product fans and media outlets go absolutely wild to scoop up the product first. Then, they share posts of them wearing the product on social media. Unlike other makeup brands, the company consistently engages with its fans. This engagement has created an army of the followers that are incredibly passionate about the brand. This passion leads to Lime Crime’s number one source of new customers: referrals from current customers.
The latest product to be launched by Lime Crime has been a line of glimmer lipsticks that are unlike anything I have ever seen. The lipstick line is called Diamond Crusher Lip Toppers and it has been incredibly popular in the few shorts weeks since it was released.
The team at Instyle magazine just released several reviews of the various lipsticks. The staff at the magazine tested all of the shades of Diamond Crushers Lip Toppers to see how the shades looked. The staff then posted images of themselves wearing the shades along with their thoughts on the individual shade.
The snippets of reviews were all highly positive in nature. The shades varied from bold purples that would be more appropriate at night time, to pale nudes and pinks that could be worn every day. The great thing the team uncovered about the lipsticks were the fact that they could be applied directly to bare lips or paired were their favorite shades of lipstick that are already part of their beauty regimen.
In big gaming news, Microsoft has acquired a small gaming start-up that it can add to its portfolio. This is a development company called “PlayFab”. They handle many of the live operations and other technical tasks so that those who develop games can focus more on that and less on keeping the games that they already have out there running.
PlayFab already manages a lot of the technical details for games that have a total worldwide player audience of seven hundred million players says Business Insider. This indicates that a lot of game developers trust them with even some of the most sensitive information that they possess. It is quite clear that this is a gaming start-up that will not remain just some small company for much longer. They are making big moves. Now that Microsoft owns them, the acceleration of this business is likely about to take off.
A lot of gaming is moving into the cloud. This means that it is becoming far more inter-connected, and far more reliant on the ability to play games live and compete with other players all around the world no matter where they are. Since this is what players want, it is a wise move by Microsoft to focus more energy into this aspect of the gaming world.
PC games in particular are white hot right now. It seems that just about everyone wants to take their skills to their computer and show other strangers around the world that they are in fact the best at whatever particular game it is that they want to prove their chops in. The exact game that one is playing may change from time to time, but the environment of online gaming has remained largely the same for some time now. Microsoft is simply consolidating some hold on that market.
Video games were meant to be played in all sorts of ways. Some players take their time, exploring every edge and corner of the landscape possible, even doubling back to find hidden items and clues. Others try to defeat levels and games as quickly as humanly possible. They are called speed-runners, and the key phrase here is “humanly possible.”
On Monday, Todd Rogers, one of the legendary speed-runners in video game history, was stripped of all his time records by Twin Galaxies, a group responsible for monitoring video game records. He also received a lifetime ban because of accusations of cheating and fabricating records.
The main record on the chopping block was his speed run in the Atari game Dragster. His record had stood since 1982, making it the Guinness World Record-holder for longest-standing video game record in the world. Not only did Twin Galaxies strip Rogers of that record, but it also notified the folks at Guinness World Records, advising them to do the same.
Rogers had registered a time of 5.51 seconds in Dragster, a game that requires players to shift gears on their racer at just the right time. As the years went by and other players continued to be dubious of Rogers’ play, evidence mounted. Eventually, engineer Eric Koziel designed a computer program to see what was the literal fastest time anyone could achieve on Dragster, even beyond “humanly possible.” The search was for the greatest score the game would allow, and the answer was 5.57 seconds. If you believe Koziel’s findings – which Rogers does not – a time of 5.51 seconds was literally impossible.
Rogers had other suspicious speed-run and scoring records to boot. Many players accused him of cheating over the years. It seems like the powers that be finally agree.
The Sertões Rally is a big sporting event in Brazil. The popularity of the rally edition has seen it attract numerous sponsors that include Petrobras Grid, Honda, Mitsubishi, Lubrax, Divino Stoper and Caixa. The rally usually takes place in different states and towns at different times, and during its 25th edition it called on the Institutional support of the Government of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Government of the State of Goiás, and Bonito City Hall. These were the states that the rally was going through in that edition and factors such as security and licences to go through various places had to come from this institutions. Most states are usually very supportive of the rally as it brings in a lot of visitors to the state and they come and spend a lot in them meaning that they are an excellent source of local tourism. The rally also enjoyed the backing of Pirelli, Alpha City and Truckvan. The rally cannot go on thou without someone to oversee it. It is thus the responsibility of the Brazilian Motorcycle Confederation to supervise the cross-country championship while the CBA, i.e. Brazilian Automobile Confederation to oversee the vehicle categories of the rally. The Sertoes rally has been one of the rallies that had seen Michel Terpins become a frequent participant. In fact, the name of there team has the name of the rally as part of it, It is a testament of how seriously the team takes this rally, and with every new edition, they become more entrenched. Michel Terpins having come from the cross country championship it was hard to predict that he would quickly turn himself into one of the most prolific drivers that the rally had ever seen. He has been able to turn himself from a one sport champion into a multifaceted competitor. Michel is also environmentally conscious and this goes a long way in supporting the reforestation program that has been taken up by the green initiative on of the sticker providers in the Sertoes rally. By planting trees every so often, there is real hope that they can counter the effect of car emissions during the rally.
The cryptocurrency craze that is sweeping the world is having an unexpected and dramatic effect on the gaming industry, and not a good one. Cryptocurrency mining has caused a serious shortage of graphics cards that are used in gaming systems.
To mine cryptocurrencies, miners must use an array of powerful graphics cards to solve complex math problems. By design, each cryptocurrency has only a limited supply of coins that can be mined, and as the supply shrinks, the amount of processing power required to mine new coins increases. This in turn results in miners needing to buy even more graphics cards.
This has lead to severe shortages of the kind of mid- and high-end graphics cards that are typically used in gaming systems. Because of this, the prices of these cards have skyrocketed. For example, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, which normally sells for a little less than $400, is now selling for in excess of $700 in the United States, if it can be found at all. The shortages have also affected prices of cards outside America.
In addition to the GTX 1070, Nvidia has reported shortages of the GTX 1060 and the GTX 1080. AMD Radeon has also reported shortages of its RX 570, RX 580, Vega 6 and Vega 56 models.
The situation has gotten so bad that Nvidia is asking its retail partners to give priority to gamers. While some retailers — such as Micro Center — are listening, with the profit margins on these cards soaring, not all retailers are doing likewise.
Experts believe that if manufacturers of graphics cards are unable to increase production of the cards quickly, it will deter the building and purchasing of gaming systems, which could affect the entire gaming industry.
Companies who incorporate gender diversity are shown to become more successful than companies who don’t. Even more so businesses that are ethnically diverse outperform others by 35 percent. This should be good news and companies should be hiring people left and right, but unfortunately this is not the case. Only a very small percentage of women hold high ranking positions in big corporations.
Susan McGalla is one of the few women who have made it to the top and wants to inspire other women to do just that. She was raised with a football coach father and two brothers. McGalla was treated equally with her brothers and was not given any breaks because of her gender. Now she can work comfortably with both women and men. Susan also understands gender issues in the workplace and why women are not in these high ranking positions. There are so many support groups for women when it comes to this and initiatives. They can talk about their challenges, successes, and share their personal stories. They can even make business connections. While this is great, it will not solve the bigger problem of getting these fully capable women in these great high leadership positions. What can be done about this? Getting women who are already in these leadership positions to support and uplift other women who are looking to excel. Give these budding bosses opportunities they would not regularly get and also give the executives incentives to help them.
Business woman and power player Susan McGalla knows how to run a business. She has led a number of big companies to success in high profile positions. Mrs. McGalla previously worked as a Retail Industry Consultant, was the Chief Merchandising Officer and President at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., and was Chief Executive Officer at The Wet Seal, Inc.
Susan grew up and was born in East Liverpool, Ohio and now resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Mount Union College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Business. McGalla serves on the Board of Advisors for her college. She is also the Founder of P3 Executive Consulting, LLC and currently is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the The Pittsburgh Steelers, LLC.
Subscribers to Sony’s PlayStation Plus program are rewarded with several free games every month, and they now know what games will be provided in February after the list of six games was announced today. All six games can be downloaded for free starting on Tuesday, February 6. They must be downloaded before the beginning of March if you want them in your video game collection
The biggest game being offered for free on PS Plus in February is “Knack.” The cartoon platformer was originally released when the PS4 launched in 2013, so this is a great way for newer PS4 owners to pick up a game they may have missed. “Knack” may have a weak story and a few other flaws, but it still a very fun family-friendly game.
PS4 owners will also get the opportunity to download “Rime” and “Grand Kingdom” in February. “Rime” is one of the most beautiful games of its generation, so it is worth your time even if you are not a big fan of puzzle games. “Grand Kingdom” is a Japanese role-playing game that forces you to use precise tactics to take down the enemies. Thanks to cross-play, you will also be able to enjoy “Grand Kingdom” on the PS Vita.
The other three games offered in February are only available on Sony’s older devices. If you still have a PS3 handy, then you can add “Spelunker HD” and “Mugen Souls Z” to your collection. “Spelunker HD” is a high definition remake of the popular platformer that was released on the Atari in 1983. “Mugen Souls Z” will satisfy most RPG fans, but everyone else will likely find the game to be extremely shallow. The 2D adventure game “Exile’s End” will also be available for the PS Vita next week.
Last year was a great year for the video game industry. Heavy hitters such as “Super Mario Odyssey,” “Persona 5” and “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” ensured that 2017 was a year that gamers won’t soon forget. Looking ahead, 2018 looks like it may be just as impressive. Below is a list of games that you can look forward to this year.
“Shadow of the Colossus”
Who would’ve thought that one of the best PS2 games in 2005 would be one of the most anticipated tiles of 2018? Well, it is thanks to the upcoming PS4 title “Shadow of the Colossus.”
“Shadow of the Colossus” is back with a complete makeover in HD. The goal of the game is to take down larger-than-life monsters. This was a hit years ago, and it’s shaping up to be one of the hottest tiles of the year. Keep an eye out for the game when it launches on February 6th.
If you’re one of the few people who owned a Wii U, then you may have experienced the Bayonetta series reboot with “Bayonetta 2.” The game wouldn’t have been possible without help from Nintendo, but few people got to experience it. Thanks to the Nintendo Switch, they can.
Coming February 16, Nintendo is re-releasing “Bayonetta 2” on its newest console. Buying a copy will also let you download a digital copy of the first “Bayonetta.” That’s two games for the price of one. Both of them should get you pumped for the recently announced “Bayonetta 3,” which is also coming to the Switch but has no official release date yet.
“Red Dead Redemption 2”
You can’t have a list of the most anticipated games of 2018 without talking about “Red Dead Redemption 2”. This is a follow-up to the award-winning “Red Dead Redemption” that came out on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Once again, you’ll get to experience the old west in a massive open world much like the Grand Theft Auto series. You can take on a slew of missions and watch this world come to life. Rock Star has indicated that the game is set for a second-quarter release.
What games are you looking forward to this year? Is 2018 shaping up to be as good if not better than 2017? In either case, most would agree that there are a lot of great games to look forward to.