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The next installment in what may be the best mobile tower defense series has arrived on Android. Kingdom Rush Origins brings back all the game mechanics you know and love, but adds a few tweaks and a ton of new stuff. You would do well to make some time to play—maybe go home “sick.”

Look, you know what a tower defense game is, so let’s just skip the basics. What’s important here is that Kingdom Rush has consistently been one of the best balanced and most enjoyable tower defense games anywhere. The towers are distinct and interesting, and you interact with troops in the game just enough to stay engaged. The last two installments have come to Android a few months after iOS, but this one is launching in tandem on the same day.

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The new content in this game includes 30 enemies, nine heroes, a ton of powers, and eight tower upgrades. All the locations are different as well. Like the previous games, this one costs a few bucks up front, then there are some in-app purchases scattered throughout. I know, I know—you don’t like the way that sounds. Just do me a favor and chill for a second. I’ve never felt pushed to buy anything extra in Kingdom Rush games, and they are absolutely amazing. Just try it.

Farming Simulator 15

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Farming Simulator 15 from developer Giants Software follows the previous series release two years ago with various improvements ranging from a redesigned user interface to reworked physics. This year’s release fortunately solved some of the series’s previous problems, but oddly ignored some issues that should have been addressed. Ultimately, farming and simulator enthusiasts will be happy to know that Farming Simulator 15 is an overall massive improvement over past series releases.

The most noticeable improvements when first starting the game is the new graphics and physics engine which for the most part solved the realism issues found in past games. Tractors and other vehicles in the game no longer wildly flip over or get stuck on every small incline in the environment. While not perfect in every scenario, the overall movement of vehicles in regards to speed and weight feels far more realistic during farming activities. In regards to the graphics, numerous visual elements have been improved such as vehicles now have interior cabins with working instruments and screens as well as farming vehicle exteriors collect dirt after working in the fields.

Other major improvements in this year’s release includes a redesigned user interface that presents a far more modern approach to displaying various menus and indicators such as vehicle speed and which vehicle tool is currently selected. With one keyboard click, players can access the complete shop menu in which to purchase vehicles and equipment from clear and separate categories. The newly improved user interface is a major step in the right direction for the series in becoming a modern and polished simulator experience. The developers have also introduced the gameplay element of woodcutting that enables players to utilize both chainsaws and woodcutting vehicles to gain money from chopping trees and then transporting the logs to sellers. With the woodcutting being a new gameplay element there are unfortunately some issues in the process of actually cutting and moving the wood. While the game has all of the proper vehicles and equipment for the process, the difficult part is in operating them and adjusting to the odd log physics after the trees have been cut down. Even though not being quite polished, the woodcutting is a nice addition if players need a diversion from continually planting and harvesting fields. Lastly, the game includes a multiplayer component which allows for up to 15 players to farm alongside one another with all of the same vehicles and features from single-player.

The gameplay is on the open ended nature in that players first select from either the United States or Nordic inspired worlds and then are thrust onto a farm in which they own a few fields and various farming vehicles and equipment. After a few brief tutorials, players are given complete freedom on how they want to acquire money to first pay off their bank loan and then eventually expand into buying better vehicles and more fields to farm. The game world does include a day and night cycle in which a variety of missions and daily deals on vehicles and equipment cycle through during the week. In addition, a weather forecast is provided to players to plan for rain or storms that may hinder farming progress. While players can complete every farming activity by themselves, they do have the option to hire workers that can automate certain processes such as sowing a field or harvesting corn. This complete freedom provided to players can either be a welcome feature or hindrance based upon knowledge of both the gameplay mechanics and farming basics.

With all of the graphics and gameplay improvements, it was unfortunate to discover yet again that the game provides hardly any guidance to beginning players. While players can run through some quick tutorials such as plowing fields or harvesting crops, the game does little else in providing guidance on the actual basics of farming. Players that are unaware with farming will have a difficult time in determining the different terminology used such as sowing and plowing and which order the various farming tasks much be completed. Simulator games should always contain the mandatory element of being easy to pick up and learn without requiring any external research. Farming enthusiasts wont have any difficulty in finding their way through the various gameplay mechanics of Farming Simulator 15, while players new to farming and the series will have to learn through repeated trial and error.

Owners of past series releases will most definitely want to upgrade to Farming Simulator 15 as the improved graphics and physics engine alone make for a much more enjoyable gameplay experience. In addition, the redesigned user interface and woodcutting gameplay are both great additions to the series. Players new to the series should be more cautious as their gameplay experience will require patience in learning the basics and processes of farming. Ultimately, Farming Simulator 15 is one of the series’s best releases that previous fans and farming enthusiasts alike will want to put on the top of their holiday wishlist.

Farming Simulator 15 is a great addition to the series that includes a massively improved graphics and physics engine in addition to redesigned user interface and woodcutting gameplay. Players new to the series and farming will require patience and trail and error in learning the various gameplay mechanics. Farming Simulator 15 earns a strong recommendation for both series fans and farming enthusiasts.

Rating: 8.5 Very Good

 

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You are the only one who can stop demons flooding into the land of Thedas. A cataclysmic event plunges the land of Thedas into turmoil. Dragons darken the sky, casting a shadow of terror over a once-peaceful kingdom. Mages break into all-out war against the oppressive Templars. Nations rise against one another. It falls to you and your party of legendary heroes to restore order as you lead the Inquisition, hunting down the agents of chaos. Bonds will form – and some will break – as the campaign for truth takes its toll. BioWare’s latest action-adventure delivers an unparalleled story set in a vast, changeable landscape. Explore hidden caves, defeat truly monumental creatures, and shape the world around you based on your unique play style. Explore, lead, and battle: tough choices define your experience, and even one decision can change the course of what’s to come.

Download it here from Xbox Store.

Halo Master Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection game will require a 15GB day-one patch to play multi-player sessions. This day-one patch is now available for download. You can download and keep it ready so that you can play the game on the launch day. Frank O’Conner, Franchise Development Director for the Halo series apologised on NeoGAF for the patch.

 “Do I understand the inconvenience and annoyance for some users? Of course. I’m not going to blow smoke or ignore it. For some folks it will be straight up annoying and I both apologize unreservedly for the irritance, and hope that the package and the way it works more than makes up for it.”

As for why the company couldn’t release the game on two discs, O’Connor said: “Anything is feasible, it simply wasn’t practical for this product, this year in this timeline. The Xbox One platform continues to improve and mature, arguably faster and more meaningfully than others and maybe next year two discs or some other method would have been the right approach, but this year it’s the option we have available that on balance, makes the most sense for this giant, ambitious project.”

The Halo: The Master Chief Collection  is a remastered compilation of its classic Halo games in a unified UI for Xbox One later this year. This will go on sale for $59.99 on Nov. 11. This collection will include Halo 1, Halo 2 in 1080p, Halo 3 and Halo 4, with 100 multiplayer maps running in high-definition 1080p video at 60 frames per second on dedicated servers. There are two bonus things that come with this package. You will get access to beta of Halo 5: Guardians which will be available to play in December and also access to Halo Nightfall Digital series access.

Pre-order it from Amazon  and Microsoft Store today.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – $59.99

You can order the Xbox One Console – Standard Edition without Kinect from Amazon for $349 and  Xbox One Console – Standard Edition without Kinect Microsoft Store for $349.

The Civilization games on PC have consistently been the gold standard for 4X strategy, and the abbreviated Revolution versions for iOS have been widely praised for successfully distilling that formula for a mobile device. We didn’t see the first Civ Rev on Android, but the sequel has just launched in the Play Store. Civilization Revolution 2 can be yours right now, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

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Civilization Revolution 2 is a turn-based strategy game that offers you the opportunity to build an empire outdoes all the others. You get to choose from a variety of historical leaders like Lincoln, Bismarck, Lenin, and more. Sadly, I don’t see Gandhi anywhere, who has been a Civilization staple for many years on the desktop side. By playing to your empire’s strengths, you can found new cities, build up an army, and develop new technologies that allow you to win in different ways.

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The gameplay has been sped up in Civ Rev 2 compared to the full Civilization games, and the graphics are more cartoony. This is a much more complex game than most of what you’ll find in the Play Store, and the price takes that into account. 2K Games is asking $14,99 for Civilization Revolution 2, but there are no in-app purchases.

$40 Nexus Player Gamepad ready for order at Play store

You can now order the Nexus Player Gamepad allowing you to play your Android games on a big screen HDTV at home with the $99 Google Nexus Player. The $40 Bluetooth 3.0 accessory is now available in the Play store and is said to ship in three to four weeks. For multiplayer gaming, you can connect up to four Gamepads together.

Will you be paying for a Gamepad? How many will you order?

 

Source: Play store

The latest installment if the Call of Duty franchise has landed today and Activision is ready with an Android app that will help you earn extra goodies. After all, you don’t want to ever be completely disconnected from the game, right? That would just be crazy.

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Just to be clear, this isn’t a full Call of Duty game for Android. It’s a companion app that lets you manage your in-game clan and create new clan emblems. There is a minigame of sorts in that you can use to earn exclusive loot that is used in the full Advanced Warfare console game.

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The app is free to use, but won’t do you much good if you haven’t already purchased the $60 console game. Some users have been reporting sign-in errors, but it’s release day, which means there are probably a zillion people trying to access the online resources at the same time.

Whoooooooa! Look out! It’s a spooky ghost! Did you see it? Aw, man. It was right there in that game. You know the one, Haunt the House: Terrortown. It’s a new one that’s just out in the Play Store, and it’s on sale for Halloween. Seems fitting.

In Haunt the House you play the role of a restless specter, seeking to terrify and drive the mortals away from town. To do this you must double-tap on various objects to possess them. When you’re inhabiting a tuba, lamp, stuffed animal, or whatever, you have the option to perform various actions based on the level of terror your victims are feeling. The more scared they are, the more powerful you become.

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Haunt the House: Terrortown has full support for controllers—specifically Shield, but I assume others too. It’s a neat little game, though I’m not sure how much replay value there is. But hey, it’s a buck and there are no in-app purchases.

This summer Telltale Games brought The Wolf Among Us to Android, a game based on the Fables comic book series from Bill Willingham and DC Comics. There was a catch–the game was only available via the Amazon Appstore. It wasn’t a Kindle Fire exclusive or anything, but many Android users don’t particularly want to deal with the Appstore for content, even if this means missing out on whatever piece of software is currently the Free App of the Day.

The Wolf Among Us comes from the creators of The Walking Dead. It stars Bigby Wolf, the big and bad protagonist whom players can control by clicking on items and navigating conversations. This may not be an action game, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be violence.

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Now that The Wolf Among Us is in the Play Store, it’s available to a significantly larger pool of users. The game is an attractively illustrated point-and-click adventure experience consisting of five parts. Players can purchase episodes 2 – 5 inside the app if they find that, after getting to try the first one for free, they like what they see. Each part goes for $4.99 individually, but players can get the full shebang for $14.99.

Sony’s Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 (SWR50) is now listed on the Google Play Store in the United States. The listing confirms the price as $249.99, but it is not available to order right now, nor is there any release date.

Pre-orders for the SmartWatch 3 are open in Europe, with the Sony Mobile Store listing the wearable for £189.99 in the UK and €229.99 across the major European countries. Sony says that deliveries will start from 16 November, which ties in with third-party retailers such as Amazon.co.uk who has a 15 November release date. 

Sony SmartWatch 3 listed on Google Play Store for $249.99 in US

Sony SmartWatch 3

Sony SmartWatch 3 listed on Sony Mobile Store in Europe for £189.99 / €229.99

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