Adventures in Clash Royale: Final Part

Clash finale

It’s been an interesting couple of months with Supercell’s Clash Royale; two months of highs and lows with a game so brilliant yet so frustrating. Since the last update, I’ve quit the game and returned to it twice; the second time in hilarious fashion, as I spent all my hard-earned gems and gold on absolute shit in a mad fury, only to reopen the app an hour later; devastated. The trophy level I’m at seems to be just so difficult to break through, especially for someone like me who is spending a long time getting the necessary cards through grinding. It’s enough to induce a rage-quit every so often, but the smooth gameplay and ease of use sucks me back in.

The level of strategy in Clash is just so; it really does satisfy that cerebral desire to out-think and out-maneuver an opponent, just like any AAA RTS, or so they may claim. It’s not all serious business though; these past few weeks, I’ve been absolutely loving the 2 vs 2 mode, which enables players to team up against another pair, seeking the best synergies and timings to win. It’s a lot of fun, and the cheeky “bad manners” King faces just add to the flavour. Nothing better than beating a taunter.

In terms of money spending, I’m still at a great big zero pounds, zero pence. However, I did actually make the definitive decision to buy a load of gold and gems when I saw they were available on special offer, but I ended up forgetting and missing the deal! Good to know that my subconscious has sanctioned real spending though. I’m fully on board and ready to dive in when the next big offer comes around.

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The deck. Trusty favourites still there,  new additions in tow.

My deck has evolved yet again to include the Miner legendary I had unpacked prior to the last update. I’m enjoying some good success by pairing it up with my beloved Goblin Barrel; drop the Miner first then the barrel straight after, and the tower targets the tough Miner, leaving the gobbos to do the damage, or at worst, suck up some of my opponents’ resources as he adapts to my plan. I can’t wait to get another Miner and get mine upgraded, it’s a great distraction card and adds some much-needed tankiness to my offering.

Clash Royale is a really great game. After two months I’m playing it more than ever, and finding myself ensuring I have some time every day to play. The combination of quick games, satisfying unlocks, clever strategy and hidden depth makes for a definite mobile app winner; give the game some time and it’ll get its claws in you, barely letting you out of its sight as you find yourself playing just one more game.

Give in to mighty overlord Supercell. You may not agree with the so-called “freemium” games market, but you’d be missing a true strategy gem if you dodged this one. It can be obtuse at first, but stick with it; let it into your mind, and you’ll soon be loving the 3-minute strategy blasts it can provide.

Join me in Clash Royale. My adventures are well and truly underway.

The Wolf Among Us 2 Is Finally Happening

Glamouring for more

After a cheeky denial, Telltale Games finally spilled the beans this past week and dropped the exciting news that they are developing season 2 of The Wolf Among Us, and it’s due in 2018 (link).

The first season is a real stand out piece from the veteran studio; given the wonderful universe of the Fables graphic novels to work with, the game shines as a dark, gritty whodunnit-style mystery story, with some great character cameos and some genuine, edge-of-the-seat thrills that keep it fresh and engaging from start to finish. Honestly, I couldn’t put it down when I played it last year; for those who haven’t yet, it can be picked up for an absolute song regularly and is more than worthy of the 8 or so hours it takes to complete it.

Also announced; season 4 of The Walking Dead, what Telltale are calling The Walking Dead: The Final Season. That this is the final game is surprising to me; despite the lacklustre third season (see my review here), it seemed there were areas the game could have further explored through creative uses of the license, and as Season 1 and 2 have shown, when Telltale are on with The Walking Dead they are fucking onIt’s exciting to think we’ll be returning to see out Clementine’s story though, especially knowing she’ll once again be the playable character. Her story is the glue that holds the series together; her parts in A New Frontier were the strongest aspects, and the game sings when it hones in on Clem and her struggles. Looking forward to seeing if this one can recapture my imagination once again.

Oh, and something about a new Batman game, but I must admit to not being overly fussed about that series. If it’s great and I need to play it, let me know!

Far Cry 5 Reaction

Heavens, yes

Far Cry 5 was revealed this afternoon to much aplomb, and is looking very splendid indeed. Ubisoft appears to be pursuing a return to a more madcap, larger-than-life feeling akin to the wonderful Far Cry 3 and Blood Dragon, rather than the more formulaic 4, and is all the more enticing for it.

As a long-time lover of the series, it’s the setting that has caught my attention the most. Roving around those Northwest mountains, streams, hills and woods of Hope County looks like it’ll be an absolute joy. The characters look varied and interesting, too. Use of a Christian cult as the bad guys is both an inspired choice and a potential risk; there is bound to be something offensive to someone here, and I’m sure there will be no shortage of backlash as more sinister details about the antagonists emerge. But with great risk comes great rewards, and I’m certainly looking forward to confronting this new foe with all manner of weapons/vehicles/wild animals whilst laughing gleefully.

Also exciting is the showcasing of the ‘planes we’ll be able to fly. As long as we have a big enough world to cruise around, it’s sure to be highly entertaining. Pair two of these with a couple of mates online, and you’ve got all the makings of a unique and enjoyable co-op experience.

It looks like the silliness factor has been turned up to 11 with Far Cry 5, and that’s always been for me the times when the series has shone brightest. Leave the complicated plots out of it, and let me loose in a fascinating playground filled to the brim with things that go boom, and I’m happy.

This one releases February 27th, 2018 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. That’s a long time to ride the hype train.