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Sunset Overdrive Review

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Published on December 2nd, 2014 |
by Joshua Turner

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I would like to thank Insomniac games for giving us the opportunity to review this game, and say sorry that it has taken me a while to post this due to college finals.

 

 

Story

In this game you are in a “Dead Rising” sort of situation. A contaminated energy drink has caused people to become mutants that want to kill you. Your job is to find your way out of the city and tell the world about the outbreak.

 

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Game World 

In Sunset Overdrive you are in Sunset City. It is a large city with various terrain including a large river. I found it to be the perfect size allowing for quick travel to all parts of the city. You can run on the ground, grind buildings, wire, and rails, bounce on parasols and bushes, and more to move around. A quick-travel system is also included which makes it even faster to get to your destination.

 

Controls

The controls of the game a basic enough to master in an hour or so. I highly enjoyed the control scheme.

 

Gameplay 

The gameplay is wonderful. It makes you feel like a big hero all powerful and able to do anything. It is fun and allows for relaxed gameplay. You have many weapons to choose from and abilities to use throughout the game. This game in a way really makes fun of video games with its removal of the 4th wall, making fun of the monotonous typical quests in games, and the video game “Rule of Threes”. Quests are fun with just enough difficulty to not be frustrating but still a little hard. The game also brings in a nostalgic factor to those familiar with the Jet Set Radio franchise. The enemies are interesting to kill and can take multiple weapons to kill quickly.You have lots of cool mini quests where you get to use traps to defend places while hordes of the mutants attack. The game seems to take a lot of the best things about games and over exaggerate them to a point that becomes hilarious.

 

Graphics

The graphics in this game are great. They are highly stylized and I really loved them as they really fit the game. They never seemed to have odd polygons or strange textures which made for a great overall experience.

 

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Christian Values 

This game has a good amount of violence, gore, and cursing. Those are really the only issues I noticed.

 

Verdict

The game has a great story that is predictable but only so to keep with the humor of the game. There is plenty of space in the game to run around and have fun without seeming huge or too small. The controls are simple and easy to get a handle on, you should have no issues with them. The gameplay is really fun and allows you to relax. It pokes fun at many games and brings a nostalgia factor for some players. The graphics are really great and fit the game extremely well. The game has violence, gore, and language I would recommend players be at least 13 to play with parental consent or 16 without. If you can get past the language you will probably have a really good time, and if so I recommend you get it.

Sunset Overdrive Review
Joshua Turner

Summary: The game has a great story that is predictable but only so to keep with the humor of the game. There is plenty of space in the game to run around and have fun without seeming huge or too small. The controls are simple and easy to get a handle on, you should have no issues with them. The gameplay is really fun and allows you to relax. It pokes fun at many games and brings a nostalgia factor for some players. The graphics are really great and fit the game extremely well. The game has violence, gore, and language I would recommend players be at least 13 to play with parental consent or 16 without. If you can get past the language you will probably have a really good time, and if so I recommend you get it.


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is a news writer and the one of the main point men who works with game developers to gather information about their upcoming and current releases. Prior to HCG, Josh ran his own gaming blog for a year and is verse in interviewing game developers through podcasting.
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The Stomping Land Review

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Published on June 21st, 2014 |
by Adam Beeman

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The Stomping Land is a early-access openworld survival online multiplayer game by Super Crit Studios. The goal of the game is to survive on this island you start on, but it will not be easy. There are many danger such as falling from heights, drowning, lava, other players/tribes, and the biggest danger is the dinosaurs that are living on the island with you!

You start off as a caveman of some sort with nothing but an axe. Much like the game Rust at the beginning where you start off with just one tool and then have to gather supplies to build better and more specific tools along with shelter, campfire, torches, and other things. As of right now there is only one map to play on and you will always start off somewhere on the outer rim on the beach (This provides a little bit more ease in to finding other players). Once you have the supplies you can set up a tepee so that in the event of death you will be given the option to re-spawn in your tepee instead of just a random location on the map. Once you have found your friends you may build a totem to start a tribe and then have your friends ask to join the tribe by clicking on the totem. Once they are accepted into the tribe you will be able to see their Steam names above their heads. There are also very dark caves that contain shining green herbs and bonus expertise circles. These herbs maybe used to revive players that are unconscious or tame a dead dinosaur to be your pet that you can ride (Depending on your expertise level). Expertise is a number that represents you experience for that current life. It increases by surviving, killing people, killing dinosaurs, and bonus experience circles from the caves. Your expertise level will reset if you die. The higher the expertise level the better the dinosaur you can ride (Although not all dinosaurs can be rode yet).

Since this game is an early access game it still has a lot of work to go and not everything that has been shown is even in the game yet. I am confident that Super Crit Studios will fully deliver on their game by the time they are done with the alpha process. I honestly can’t wait to see them fulfill their vision for this game. It is a very fun and exciting game to play especially with a group of friends. I highly recommend it if you are okay with buying a unfinished product, otherwise you should probably wait for the full release, but their is no time-frame on that as of late.

 

Overall this game is not too bad on one’s walk, but it does involve the killing of other cavemen and animals. Also involves the use of herbs for medicinal uses and taming dinosaurs. Also the cavemen do not have very much clothing own. Enough to cover the private areas on men though (Only men in the game). The game can be pretty violent at times and as well as the online community in the servers can be a bit rude (No different from Rust).

 

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Summary: A wonderful game that could be the dinosaur game we all have wanted for so long!


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is a college student at the University of Texas at Dallas and has been a christian since the age of 12. Adam has been a youth leader, youth pastor, camp counselor, and sound-booth manager/operator. Adam has been gaming since 2001 and stays informed about gaming news and has decided to put his knowledge to good use by writing for HCG.



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NJ Governor to Speak to Thousands of Faith-Based Activists

Chris Christie

DULUTH, Ga., June 4, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The Faith & Freedom Coalition announced today that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will address this year’s “Road to Majority” Policy Conference on Friday, June 20 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

“We’re delighted to have Governor Christie join an already impressive list of distinguished guests and speakers who will address the Road to Majority conference,” said Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “This will likely be the largest single gathering of social conservative activists in the country this year, and it offers Governor Christie and the other speakers to share their message about the future direction of the country.”

The conference is a yearly gathering to lay the groundwork for pro-life, pro-family policy gains in the next Congress and the various state legislatures. An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 attendees will participate.

“Exit polls in 2012 made clear evangelicals are the single largest constituency in the Republican presidential primaries,” observed Reed. “Governor Christie’s participation at this year’s conference, along with so many other potential 2016 presidential aspirants, demonstrates the faith-based vote will likely remain pivotal and impossible to ignore.”

Other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates addressing the Road to Victory Policy Conference include, in order of appearance, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Rick Santorum, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Individuals can register for the Road to Majority Conference, June 19 – June 21 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC at www.roadtomajority.com.

Faith & Freedom Coalition has more than 700,000 members, supporters and activists in all 50 states. FFC made more than 138.4 million voter contacts to people of faith in 2012, including 23 million pieces of voter education mail and 30 million voter guides distributed in 117,000 churches nationwide.

International Conference in DC Regarding Middle East Christians

Coptics of Egypt

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Christians in the Middle East represent the remaining indigenous people of the region, and the descendants of the creators of great ancient civilizations. They also represent the oldest Christian churches in the world, where Jesus Christ was born and lived along with His disciples, and where Old Testament prophets dwelt in previous ages.

However, Christians in the Middle East are suffering daily tragedies, being targeted by Islamic extremists, and are subjected to murder, torture, abduction, rape, forced marriage, and forced displacement from their homes, neighborhoods and businesses. Violent attacks are made against their churches, institutions and businesses, and they are being forced to pay tributes. Extremists have apparent designs to exterminate Christians or force them out of the region, while governments not only deny them protection, but are sometimes in collusion with extremists.

Seventy-seven percent of Iraqi Christians have left their country since 1991, and 25% of Syrian Christians departed Syria to live abroad during the current Syrian uprising. During the last three years, 200,000 Christians also left Egypt. Furthermore, tens of thousands of Christians in the East have been killed, and hundreds of churches have been destroyed.

Christians in the East are paying the price for the middle east crises, for mistakes made by the West, and for the escalation of Islamic terrorism over the last three decades. Meanwhile, they have neither the protection nor the support of the international community, which watches passively as these tragedies unfold.

Therefore, about one hundred independent organizations representing Christian immigrants from the Middle East to America, Europe and Australia, as well as representatives from the Middle East, will meet in Washington on June, 26-27, 2014, under the auspices of the Coptic Solidarity organization, to make a fervent appeal to the international community to protect Christians in their ancestral homeland. They will also be joined by a number of politicians, members of the Congress, and public figures.

We call on human rights activists across the world, as well as reporters, media outlets, research centers, clergy and church leaders at local and international levels, along with all those who share our concern for the fate of Middle East Christians, to attend the conference.

Registration and attendance are open to all, and free of charge.
Please register through this link:
www.copticsolidarity.org/register-now

To make a contribution to support the conference, please visit Coptic Solidarity at:
www.copticsolidarity.org

  • Thursday June 26: Policy Day (Capitol Visitors Centre)

 

  • Friday June 27: Conference Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209.; nearer to Reagan Airport)