Farm for your Mediocre Life

7 Nov

Farm for your Life was released by Hammer Labs some time in 2013. Available through Steam, it is a hodgepodge of several different games, all with their own unique twist. Summed up by the title of the game, the goals are simple: keep your farm running against hordes of zombies, supply your restaurant with food, keep your farm hands happy and you just may save the world.

After a vicious hurricane and subsequent hordes of zombies, your character is left without their beloved grandfather and a devastated farm. With only a few seeds to start with, players are given few options but to begin farming. Dig, plant, water, fertilize, harvest; it all sounds very simple, right? Well, once night falls the zombies come out and can only be fought off by using your hard earned crops as ammunition. If left to run rampant, they’ll run off with everything you’ve grown.

If the game was just about farming and fighting off zombies with potatoes, Farm for your Life would be incredibly boring. Thanks to a fellow survivor, who is also some kind of brilliant architect, only a potato, ear of corn, and ten chopped wood logs are required to start the restaurant. Trade food for goods, put together recipes from the food you’ve farmed, clean your used dishes and soon your kitchen will be a bustling place. Thankfully, everyone clears out by nightfall so you don’t have to manage a restaurant and fight off zombies. The little buggers will come for the food in your restaurant too, though, so it’s twice the area to protect!

Once you’ve gotten a handle on farming and cooking, new arrivals will show looking for a warm place to stay and a meal every morning. Should you pride it, you can send your new helper to either work in the fields or the restaurant. Either way, they’ll take care of all your work for you – during the day. At night, they’re off to sleep and you’re left to deal with the hordes by yourself once more. Continue reading

Kickstarter Spotlight: The Flame In The Flood

20 Oct

Kickstarter is not normally my cup of tea, but every once in a while there’s an amazing game that I just have to have. The Flame In the Flood is one of those games. Created by The Molasses Flood, a team of six whose prior credits have a whole lot of Bioshock Infinite in them, this game’s trailer had me at, “All we are, is what we leave behind.”

The Flame In the Flood is a rogue-lite game where players take control of Scout, a young woman living in backwater America, post-modern civilization. They lead her through a procedurally generated river environment, always trying to stay one step ahead of the coming rains. Wolves and other predators are on the prowl and Scout has to scavenge all the food and water she can find while keeping her make-shift raft afloat. But watch out! She’ll have to stay warm and dry as well, something no too easy when your traveling by river with rapids around every bend. Continue reading

Divinity: Original Sin – a throwback to D&D classics

30 Sep

For the past several weeks I’ve been playing Divinity: Orginal Sin, a turn based, action RPG from Larian Studios available on Steam and GoG for PC. It’s an amazing game, harking back to the hay-days of Icewind Dale, Balder’s Gate, and Neverwinter Nights. It is what Dragon Age wished it could be.

High praise for a game that was partially funded through Kickstarter, right? It’s well earned. The developers raised one million dollars to create their game and I am disappointed I missed out on throwing them some cash. Every penny looks well spent and an update to the game was available soon after launch which added more than just a few minor bug fixes. Dye bottles, new companions, and crafting recipes tell me the developers aren’t done fleshing out the amazing world they’ve created.

Normally, this is where I would tell you all about the story line and how amazing it is. Trust me, the story is FANTASTIC, however Continue reading

How to Support Net Neutrality

10 Sep

There are a lot of tweets and facebook posts asking people to help support Net Neutrality (or as John Oliver calls it Preventing Cable Company Fuckery), but I haven’t found everything we can do in one place. I’m compiling a list that will take you 15 minutes to complete. Take the time. If everyone doesn’t stand up, we’re all going to get knocked down. Continue reading

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3 Sep

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In Before It’s Out: Gat out of Hell

30 Aug

Yesterday at PAX, Volition released a brand new trailer for the newest entry in the Saint’s Row series. Gat out of Hell will be a stand alone sequel to the 2013 release Saints Row 4 set to debut January 27, 2015.

After finishing Saints Row 4 last year, I said the only place Volition could take the Saints next was to world domination. I was wrong. We’re headed to Hell with Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington after the protagonist from the first three games is sucked through a portal created by the Devil himself. The insanity that is Saints Row will include new weapons (like the Locust gun that shoots plagues of frogs), pit players against ‘historical figures’, and (hopefully) take us back to the hay days of Saints Row 3. Continue reading

Murdered: Soul Suspect – Killer Action and Adventure

25 Jun

Created by Airtight Games and published by Square Enix, Murdered: Soul Suspect is an incredibly detailed mystery where you solve your own murder. Set in Salem, Massachusetts, history can be found around every corner, both ancient and recent.

The opening cut scene hooked me as soon as it began playing. You watch as Detective Ronan O’Connor chases a suspect into a building without backup. Soon he finds that his quarry is more than his match as he is beaten and thrown out of a two story window. Lying there in the middle of the street, Ronan is not yet dead, but has left his body. The hope that our protagonist will survive this encounter is short lived as he has to watch helplessly as he is shot seven times by the same masked man who threw him from the window. Continue reading

In Before it’s Out: Persona Q

28 Feb

The next installation in the Persona series by Atlas will be Persona Q: Shadow of the Labryinth, an RPG that mixes the cast of Persona 3 and Persona 4. Made for the 3DS and 2DS, the gameplay will be similar to Etrian Odessy, including chibi character versions of the casts.

Being a huge Atlas fan (and a bigger one of the Persona series) I was super excited to find out that Persona Q will be brought to the U.S. Continue reading

Adventures in PC Crafting – Part 2

26 Feb

Part 1 of Adventures in PC Crafting can be found here.

We’ve all made that mistake, jumped before we had done enough research, spent a little more than we’d intended. All I wanted was a new motherboard and CPU. A small upgrade, just $400. Good God, did I not have a clue what I was getting into.

Gearing up for Battle

Waking up on Sunday, I have one purpose in mind. Church? Ha, very funny. No, I’m headed to any store that will sell me a mid or full tower case to house all my shiny new PC parts. Unfortunately, I live in a part of Texas where there isn’t a single large retail store close. The nearest Best Buy is thirty minutes away (thanks to traffic and there is always traffic). I’ve determined that, while it will cost me quite a bit more, I’ll pick up a nice case at said Best Buy. Sometimes, you pay for convenience.

Getting ready, I hop in my trusty Chevy and hit the road. Continue reading

Adventures in PC Crafting – Part 1

10 Feb

We’ve all made that mistake, jumped before we had done enough research, spent a little more than we’d intended. All I wanted was a new motherboard and CPU. A small upgrade, just $400. Good God, did I not have a clue what I was getting into.

The Journey Begins

After a little help from a friend, I was told a good upgrade for my CPU would be to an Intel Core i5 Processor which I picked up for $225. Doing some research, I find a good motherboard for said CPU is an ASUS Z87 Plus DDR3 which runs about $160. More than pleased with the price, I pull the trigger and (thanks to Amazon Prime) have my parts within three days.

At this point, I know that I have to unplug everything in the case, then reattach it to the new motherboard, but I’m not daunted. I’m excited! This is going to be awesome. My PC will run all my games faster, I can stream a little faster, everything will be amazing. Nothing could go wrong because I’m an independent female and I can totally do this.

A Slight Detour Gets me Lost

Turns out, I can totally not do this. Continue reading

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