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GregoPeck gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
GregoPeck gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Aberration is the second DLC for Ark: Survival Evolved. When it comes to the game, each map is an Ark, basically a planet. When it comes to Aberration, you’re on an Ark that’s been damaged. A lot of the new map is actually underground. Apparently the surface is an extremely hazardous place to be, although I haven’t been there yet.

There are some cool new creatures. One of the main things about Aberration is that there are no flying creatures. However, there is a creature called a Rock Drake that can climb, turn invisible, and glide. Although you can find Rock Drakes in some biomes, you’ll find their nests in their own trench, which is also an environmental hazard. Their taming method is similar to the Wyverns in Scorched Earth. In order to tame one, you have to find a nest with an egg in it, steal it, and hatch it.

Another interesting new creature is called a Karkinos, which looks like a giant spider crab. It has two pairs of pincers. You can attack with one set, either using the left claw, right claw, or both. You can also grab some creatures. This is good for transporting creatures around, but you can also throw creatures quite a distance. Karkinos are really good for getting around because they can jump really high and far.

Some creatures from the Island (default game map) are included in Aberration. However, unlike their default counterparts, they have patches of bio-luminescence, which makes them easier to see in the dark. Not all of them are on Aberration though, which makes kibble taming a bit more difficult.

There seems to be a few main biomes. One is like a forest, but many of the trees are actually large mushrooms, which provide fungal wood. This seems like the safest place, however there are still dangers. There are mushrooms in the game and if you accidentally step near one, your character will hallucinate and start drowning. It’s pretty, but it’s also deadly. That’s just the effects of one of the poisonous mushrooms.

There’s another biome that I love, it’s pretty much entirely blue. Unfortunately, this area is more dangerous because of the creatures that spawn in it. However, it contains a lot of metal nodes, which are almost always in dangerous areas. There’s also a purple biome that you can’t survive in without the Hazmat suit, a new armor set in the game. Unfortunately, creatures take damage there, too, although I believe some are immune. Then there’s the surface. Apparently it has lots of metal and oil, but is also an environmental hazard. There are also some really bad things that spawn there.

Getting around the map without a flying creature is definitely something to get used to. Since this map doesn’t have flying creatures, new mechanics have been introduced such as climbing hooks and zip lines. Climbing hooks enable players to climb, but it does decrease your stamina. If you stop, your stamina will recharge. They also a durability, so you’ll need to keep an eye on that so they don’t break while you’re trying to climb. To make a zip line, you shoot an anchor onto two different places with your crossbow. The line is then created, allowing you to have a ride down. If you want to go up one then you’ll need to equip a zip line motor attachment to your pants. There is also a gliding attachment for your chest piece. It’s fun to glide around and makes it easier to get around, although it will drain your stamina.

Aberration is tough to start out as a new character. Players have to get used to new mechanics and new dangers. A new map means you need to explore in order to find the resources you need to survive. It can be tough, but it’s also fun. Aberration looks beautiful, Studio Wildcard was really proud of this DLC and I can see why. The game was delayed by a couple of months, but it was worth the wait. Although delays are disappointing it’s good to know that a game developer is trying to make the best game they can.

Now Studio Wildcard is working on a creature TLC pass in which some of the original creatures in the game are getting redesigned. The new previews look great. Other than that, we can definitely expect to see one more DLC for Ark. With the release of the game, they started selling a season pass, which is supposed to cover three DLC. I have no idea what Studio Wildcard will come up for the next DLC, but I’m sure it’s going to be pretty awesome.

Check out the TLC pass preview: https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/articles.html/community-crunch-112-and-dino-tlc-preview-r635/

GregoPeck gives this an astounding "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
GregoPeck gives this a "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
Months ago I began to watch one of my friends playing Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution on their Xbox. It looked interesting, so I thought I’d see what’s available for the PC. I noticed that the latest Civilization for PC was VI, so I set my sights on it, I eventually got the Digital Deluxe Edition for half price.

During this time Civ3 became free, so I thought getting a free Civilization game would be a good way to play the game and decide if I wanted to buy it. However, Civ3 offered no tutorial, so I was lost. However, I realized that Civ6 is the first of the series to offer a tutorial. Luckily, I found out that the game also has a free demo.

So, I tried out the demo. I started with the tutorial, but ran into a few problems. One of the worst things about the tutorial is that you cannot save your game. So, you either have to keep playing or lose your progress. I also thought I ran into a glitch, but I found my way around it. My next problem was that the amount of turns in the game was running out. This happens at 2050, but the game didn’t end. It continued and I built a massive force and thought I took over my opponent, but the game continued. I may not have completed the final objective (a Domination Victory) in time.

If you’re not familiar with the game series, Civilization is a turn based strategy game. The game focuses on managing a civilization, kind of like Sim City. There are many ways to play and thus many ways to win. You can work towards amassing an army, conquering other nations, and achieving a Domination Victory. You can also work towards science and eventually launch into space achieving a Science Victory. You can also work towards religion, including getting into religious wars, and achieving a Religious Victory. You can also work towards culture, generating tourism, and achieving a Culture Victory. The final way to win is with a Score Victory, when no other victory has been achieved and thus victory depends on who has the highest score.

The game reflects real world civilizations including modern and historic. There are many to play, each with their unique bonuses. I find the real world modern and historical aspects of the game to be extremely appealing.

There are a variety of ways to manage your civilization. The AI provides some suggestions, including an adviser. Each turn you research civics, like policies, and science, technologies. You can trigger eureka moments which boost research. This is done by completing certain conditions, for instance killing an enemy with a Slinger boosts the research towards Archer. When that’s complete, you can pay in-game gold to upgrade the unit or build new ones. Units also receive experience and get promotions, which includes offensive and defensive bonus trees.

I’ve only barely scratched the surface of things here, this game is deep. There is a bit of a learning curve for new players, but it's fun. While it doesn’t cover everything, it helps you get started. You will learn a lot as you play and the game includes Civilopedia, basically the game’s detailed manual. However, I’ve found an excellent “Tutorial for Complete Beginners” on YouTube (https://youtu.be/pczrASkYGSo).

GregoPeck gives this an astounding "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
GregoPeck gives this a "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
A few years ago, a friend let me borrow Batman: Arkham City for the PS3. I really enjoyed it, so I bought it along with the other games in the series (Arkham Asylum and Arkham Origins). Although there were moments of frustration, I enjoyed them all. That’s why I was looking forward to Arkham Knight. It was one of the few reasons I had for getting a PS4, but it came out on Steam and I picked it up on sale.

These games are essentially “open world.” That world has grown since the first game came out. The typical usual characters are in them, perhaps with some surprises. There is a lot to do, like collecting Riddler trophies. Each installment in the series seems to have improved upon the original by expanding the world, giving you more to do, or just more story. The game play doesn’t really change too much or too drastically, but it does evolve. Some battles can be tough and it can take some practice to land some perfect combos. The death penalty isn’t really harsh, you basically just get to try again. Arkham Knight automatically saves your game and often you won’t be too far from where you died.

I seem to recall the release of Arkham Knight on Steam and that it got bad reviews or many people were having problems with it. It’s clear to me that those issues have either been resolved, or non-existent in my case. This game looks great and performed quite near perfectly on my PC. It’s definitely a game that makes me happy with my PC. I love games that make it shine.

I think this is something I would recommend to fans of Batman. I think this game series is great and I believe it’s also quite popular. Since you get to drive the Bat-mobile around Gotham in Arkham Knight, I’ve often felt like I was playing GTAV again.

I also like the voice acting in these games. Most notably, Mark Hamill is the voice of Joker.

GregoPeck gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
GregoPeck gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
I played Legends via the Bethesda Launcher, when it was first released (before it was on Steam). I'm not sure why I stopped, but I later decided to get it on Steam. I recently thought about playing it again, so I spent some time with it last night. I really enjoyed it, even more than Hearthstone, because it has a deeper single player mode to it. In fact, there's single player story mode and the solo arena.

I was surprised, when I opened it up with Steam, that I was continuing from the progress I made from first playing it via the Bethesda Launcher. So, I didn't have to restart at the beginning. I learned a bit more about the game. In most battles there are two lanes for cards, sometimes there is only one. Sometimes they contain bonuses, for instance the right may give cards cover, so they can’t be attacked until they’re exposed. Sometimes the left lane may give cards a bonus, too. It’s interesting.

I usually won (in single player mode), but when I lost, I'd switch decks (from what I obtained) and win. I've now finished the first story and I believe I've unlocked all the modes. Now I need to earn more gold or spend real money to unlock more.

To complete some dailies, I had to fight real players. I lost each time, but some of the games were close. I didn't feel bad about losing, because my daily goal was just to play in versus mode. So, that was an easy one to achieve. In contrast, Hearthstone often has dailies that include victories, certainly not a daily I enjoy.

This game is apparently on multiple platforms, making it much more accessible. I think it’s fun and being based on TES makes it even better. It’s another free CCG and I think it’s worth playing.

It’s been two years in the making, but after a few delays, Ark: Survival Evolved has finally come out of Early Access. Since I’ve been following this game’s development from the beginning, I think I’ve been on an interesting journey. Now it’s available on PC and consoles, which gives it a wide audience. Included in this release is the new $60 price tag. Luckily, I paid about half of that during Early Access, but I still think it’s worth it. There is a season pass available, too, which seems to be $30 at the moment.

Ark has always had something to look forward to, especially monthly content updates. Last year, Studio Wildcard announced Ark’s first DLC, Scorched Earth, for about $20. This drew criticism because the core game was still in Early Access. Ark was originally supposed to exit Early Access last year, about the time of Scorched Earth’s release, but it got delayed.

This year, Stuido Wildcard has announced the second DLC, Aberration. It will cost about $20, without the season pass. Apparently, you’re on a faulty Ark in space and have to survive in extreme environmental hazards such as radiation. There are mutated creatures, even humans, on this Ark. One such creature is show in the trailer and can fly and camouflage itself, it’s like a flying chameleon. There seems to be a vast underground and caverns. It looks interesting and is due to come out next month.

I’ve spent over 2,300 hours playing Ark. I started out on my own, then got invited to an official server. I met friends in the tribe and enjoyed my time there, but I ended up coming back to the single player game. I’ve been loving it since the beginning and more content is definitely something I look forward to. I remember how exciting it was to get all those new content updates, which were more frequent early on, but slowed down to once a month.

One of the things I’ve been looking forward to most is the game’s optimization. This game helped me learn more about my graphics card, the GTX 690. I learned that it was a dual-GPU card that worked by using SLI. Unfortunately some games are only able to use one of those GPUs, until they become SLI compatible. So, I had to research the game’s various video settings and figure out what would work best. I had to downgrade DirectX to double my frame rate and get some sense of stability, which came at a huge cost to image quality. In the end, I decided to buy a GTX 980 Ti and I finally got to experience those high quality graphics for myself. Optimizations have come, even GeForce Experience has updated and can now optimize the game’s settings based on your hardware. Those settings work well for me, although I had to make a slight adjustment.

Part of what I love most about this game is that it shares some aspects of games I’ve enjoyed in recent years, such as Terraria and Minecraft. You can craft a lot of items, upgrade armor, build, and tame creatures to help you. It can be scary and fun. There is a story, but it’s not extremely apparent or in your face. You can find out about by finding the various Explorer Notes left around the Island.

If you play online on an official server, it can take a long time to build up and tame creatures, which is why being part of a bigger tribe can be important. But, if you play on an unofficial server or single player mode, you can customize a huge variety of options that can help make your game play more pleasant.

Aberration news source:

Ark official launch trailer:

So, I just found out that FFXV is coming to PC in "early 2018." I'm really happy about this, because this is one of the reasons I've thought about getting a PS4. I was hoping it would come to PC, so now I don't need to get a PS4 to play it soon. I don't mind the wait. It seems to be popular, from what I've read or "heard" about it. I did rent the FFXV movie and it was cool.

What do you think? Are you excited, too?

Watch the trailer embedded above to see the Nvidia FFXV tech preview.


I thought I'd bring it to your attention that Day of the Tentacle Remastered is the new free loot for Twitch Prime users. I loved Maniac Mansion on the NES, but I haven't checked out DotT. It's available until 8/9/17.


If you haven't been paying attention, then there's some legendary news for Pokemon Go! A Pokemon Go Fest was hosted in Chicago in which many players came together for a chance to reveal a legendary Pokemon. Play.

From Gamespot:
"In order to make a Legendary Pokemon appear, players around the world will need to capture a certain number of monsters during the event's Challenge Windows. If the players at the event are able to defeat the Legendary Pokemon, it will begin appearing worldwide. Based on the recent live-action trailer that Niantic released, it appears Legendary Pokemon will be fought the same way as standard Raid Battles, so players will need to cooperate to whittle away its health and defeat it."

As it turns out, Team Mystic won that event and now Articuno and Lugia are available ever where. It seems you're able to get one by doing the new "raid" battles, but I haven't even messed with gyms yet, so I haven't tried raids. I thought I read that you could get lucky and get an egg from a gym and it hatches into a legendary. I also believe I read that you cannot leave a legendary Pokemon at a Gym.

Anyway...Go Team Mystic!!!!!! (That's my team!)


With the release of a new "reel" Blizzard announces the arrival of the Necromancer for next week. You can find more details in the link below. It appears that we still have a week before we can purchase the DLC. I was kind of surprised that it only costs $15. I was expecting maybe double that and I probably would have been happy to pay it. New Challenge Rifts are being added as well.

I've been looking forward to this since it's initial announcement. Since I've played through the campaign twice with each class, once for each gender, I feel some hesitation on starting a new champaign. But, of course there are new cinematics and voices, so I plan to start a new campaign for my new Necromancer character next week.

Are you going to dive in head first as well?


Ark: Survival Evolved has been in Early access for two years now. Since then I've put in 2,270 hours, which speaks for itself, I obviously love this game! The second anniversary recently arrived and I was thinking of writing a post, explaining my story with Ark. I've played mostly in single player, but I did join a group on an official server and enjoyed that as well as I made new friends.

Ark is being released on 8/29/17. The devs stated that the three week delay is due to the process of "going gold" taking longer than expected. Feel free to check out details: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/ark-survival-evolved-full-launch-delayed-new-relea/1100-6452126/

There's a special edition coming out that I'd really love to have. The only problem is that I already spent < $30 on the base game and it's retailing for double that. It also comes with a Season Pass and the video just states that there's more to come. I recommend hurrying up and buying it before the price changes.

The game now contains over 1,000 characters and official maps. The default map (referred to as The Island), Scorched Earth, The Center, and now Ragnarok, which is the newest addition, added yesterday. I can't wait to give this map a try, especially since there are Griffons.

So, if you've been waiting for Ark to leave Early Access, your wait is soon over. Even with a beefy system like mine, I'm still looking forward to the game getting optimized. There are places in-game where my frames go to die, but other than that, it's a great game, I absolutely love. There are plenty of mods, some of which I still use to improve my game's Quality of Life.

If you've been holding out on Ark, do you think the time is coming for you to grab it? I strongly recommend looking at the system requirements. I strongly recommend playing this on a beefy PC, but it will also be available for the XBox and PS4.

Ragnarok Release Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfaOogXlG3g&t=4s

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