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Just as Disney replaced Fairy Tale books with their movies, those movies got replaced with video games as a number of game developers published games based on fairy tales. I bring you a list of such games, which are not exactly myth based (like God of War or Skyrim), rather, those which reminds you of the fairy tales we heard as kids, only playable.

1. Fable: Fable introduces gamers to a breathtaking fantasy world where you can be the chivalrous hero you always wanted to be. If you prefer being more of a sinister anti-hero, the choice is up to you. The game play is fabulous and graphics is decent considering it came out way back in 2004. This brilliant RPG was developed by Microsoft Studios, and if you are done with the original and your thirst for adventure is still unquenched, then you can try out Fable 2 and Fable 3, both of which build on the original’s strengths. Platform: PC, Xbox


2. Legend of Zelda: Before the age of Play station and Xbox, we had GameBoy and those who had GameBoy had at least one of the Legend of Zelda games. The plot generally is about a friend-zoned kid Link, whose main goal in life seems to be to save Princess Zelda, who has a habit of being kidnapped way too many times. The game is a bit mainstream but fun to play. The latest game of the series, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword came out in November 2011 and the franchise won the first video game Hall of Fame Award in the Spike Video Game Awards. Platform: Game Boy and all Nintendo Platforms.


3. Castlevania: Konami was one of the first developers who used non-sparkling vampires as antagonists before it was cool and then every franchise started using them. Gameplay of Castlevania is fluid and has a wide array of enemies of every category you can think of. With over 30 games in the series and being available in almost every platform, the series will give you the ultimate fantasy adventure. Platform: PC, Xbox, Play station, Game Boy, Nintendo consoles and Arcade.


4. Fairytale Fights: Who says fairy tale characters cannot be Hack-and-Slash loving psychotic beings? Well story books do, but you’ll have a whole different bunch of fairy tale characters in Play Logic Entertainment’s game Fairytale Fights. You can choose the wolf hunting Red Riding Hood, crazy Snow White, the naked King or the Giant killing Jack and then slash your way to victory. Graphics of the game is childish but gameplay is similar to any hack-and-slash, button-smashing games. Platform: PS3, Xbox360.


If you prefer old school games then you can also try out Changeling: The Lost, or Deliria: Faerie tales for a New Millennium. Fair warning, though, some of these games will make you wish you actually lived in fairy tale world whereas some might ruin your childhood memories of your favorite characters forever


 
 
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Bioshock is finally back after three years and we can safely say it was more than worth the wait. Those who played the previous installments in the Bioshock series should know this: even if you try to make direct comparisons between the two, it is clear that Infinite is an infinitely better (hah!) game than its predecessor. It moves at a better pace, than BioShock, but still carries that element of exploration and the sense of excitement that comes with a game with such a huge playable world.

Infinite’s new setting, Columbia, is just full of gorgeous architecture and stunning vistas. This game is truly a fitting goodbye to the current generation of consoles in terms of what their hardware can generate. Columbia is teeming with life and successfully convinces you that you’re in a living, breathing dystopian atmosphere. The graphics is by far the best this year, which really makes you wonder how much better the Unreal Engine can get. For console players, the graphics is certainly great, but next to the sheer ambition of the game, the graphics are a bit of a letdown; but in no way does it take anything away from the whole experience.

The biggest reason and probably the main feature that will leave your mind blown is the story in Bioshock, which cannot be praised enough. The original Bioshock was known for its great twists but without spoiling much, you can be assured that you’ll never see the twist coming and when it does, you’ll remember it for a long time to come. Not often does a game come out that manages to tell such a captivating story with such a cast of deeply fleshed out characters. This time the story revolves around Booker DeWitt, a disgraced agent, the man in the spotlight, who is tasked with bringing in Elizabeth (who tags along with you for the whole of the game and is a central character both in terms of gameplay and story) to settle a debt. The character of Elizabeth is so well defined that you cannot help but develop a feeling of deep connection with her over the course of the game.

The name BioShock always takes you back to the infamous fights with the Big Daddies and Big Sisters, but Infinite does away with these series staples, instead introducing the Songbird: a gigantic robo-fowl who serves up more than a challenge and leaves you craving more. The gameplay mechanic is mostly what it was and the Vigors – identical to Plasmids – offer you their unique powers to satiate your bloodlust. With the variety of guns, combat never feels repetitive if you keep changing your weapon combos. The new tool in Infinite, the Skyhook, offers gruesome execution moves and creative mobility around the open world of Infinite, allowing you to have high-speed gunfights whizzing around in the sky.

This game signals the definitive end to the Xbox360 and PS3 era. It is an absolutely outstanding game, a new benchmark for game developers to strive for. Do not hesitate in buying this game. This game is pure art.



 

Crysis 3

06/24/2013

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Nowadays, with all the hype with so many different FPS games, it’s hard to find one that has as great a feel as Crysis does. The latest installment in the Crysis series brings the tough-love-for-machines story line up to full fruition, as it is set twenty years after the events of Crysis 2. By now, the alien Alpha Ceph has pretty much taken over the world and corrupt human organization Cell has control of what remains of New York. While they fight over suburban New York-turned-jungle, protagonist and only nanosuit wielding hero Prophet teams up with old friend Psycho to bring peace and end things once and for all. You know, the usual.

While being a little stale and short, the storyline proves to be satisfactory and what anyone would expect from a Crysis installment. What was even more expected and perfectly delivered from the Crytek game engine is the cutting-edge graphics and superb gameplay. The moment Liberty Dome comes into view, and New York is shown for what it is 20 years later, it’s hard not to put down your controller/keyboard, sit back and enjoy the breathtaking view that unfolds before you. While holding on to the jungle elements of the first game, and combining them with the rubble and destruction of New York City and its infrastructure from the second game, the third is a smooth and cohesive mix of both, as New York is turned into a war-zone between super creepy alien scum and super creepy human scum organization.


The nanosuit still features the same abilities as before, giving the players power to cloak, harden to armour, become lighting fast and basically feel like a walking tank. A new addition however, is the hi-tech hunter bow that allows the nanosuit to stay invisible while shooting one-shot-kill arrows. Some arrows can gut your enemies dead and stick them to the walls, or electrify them, some even carry explosives. Even with a wide range of modifiable and indefinitely powerful weapons and artillery, the predator bow is the weapon you’ll fall for the fastest. The suit, now integrated with Alien mechanism, can also handle alien technology better than before; and with a much more user-friendly suit, players have the ability to modify according to the environment. The interface where you modify the suit and weapons is easily accessible. In fact, the interface has as little friction as possible, making it easier to employ a real soldier’s instincts and apply changes accordingly.


The post-apocalyptic nature of the entire game, the ability to manipulate a super suit to acclimatize to almost any threat or environment, and the whole thing where there are powerful and ruthless aliens crawling all over the place gives the player the “hunter” feel that the game promised. However, the game is short, and even though a few bursts of bullets makes you replay the previous checkpoint, the game is incessantly easy all throughout.

What made Crysis 3 different from the rest of the FPS games, was that in being such a hard-action-packed game, where the main initiative from start to finish has been kill, destroy and contain, the game manages to bring up an emotional atmosphere. The sadness in Pyscho’s eyes as he retells his story about being tortured and skinned out of his suit is nothing compared to the hatred and stink you feel when Pyscho accuses Prophet of being nothing more than a piece of technology. The tense dialogue makes it hard not to be thrown into the middle of the verbal onslaught that accompanies most of the game, and the emotional factor, makes it even more real.



The multiplayer mode has been deemed better than that of the previous installment, and definitely worth a shot. One should get comfort from the fact that the game finally brings the story to a close and not a bad one at that too. From being able to see every blade of grass as it’s trampled by an oncoming scout alien team, from listening to the rapid breathing of enemies and the arrows hitting the targets with murderous appeal, and for bringing an end to a great story, Crysis 3 is easily the first blockbuster game of the year.