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Angry Birds – on Chrome

Now a days apps on android mobile phones and iPhones are making revolution in the IT industry. If you are using these mentioned high end phones which are so called SMARTPHONES, you must be aware of the game called ANGRY BIRDS. I hope you have played it and enjoyed it. Its a very nice game. It is so simple that even a layman can play this. People don’t require computer knowledge to play this. You just have to know how to use a mouse.

First they have released it for Android platform. It suddenly gained wide popularity and they ported it on iPhone. It is created by Rovio Mobile Inc. Actually many people have not used these smart phones or they don’t own them. For those there is good news. The Rovio Mobiles have ported this game to chrome platform.. yes they have made it available on Google Chrome browser. You can get it from Chrome Webstore. In Google I/O 2011 Rovio Mobiles co-founder Kim Dikert announced that they will port Angry Birds to chrome platform.

So you can get it from from chrome webstore and install it. And you can start playing it from your chrome browser. But one thing that you need to have is internet connection. While playing you must be connected to the internet. You know Angry Birds is now available on Nokia phones also i.e. Symbian platform.  So keep playing Angry Birds…………………. Bye

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Call Of Duty:Black Ops

For all Call Of Duty fans out there this one’s for you,the game whose information I would like to share is

Call Of Duty : Black Ops

Call Of Duty

Preview:

Black Ops belongs to the first-person shooter  games genre.It was developed by Treyarch, published by Activision and released worldwide on November 9, 2010 for consoles such as Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,Wii and Nintendo DS version which was developed by n-Space. Announced on April 30, 2010, the game is the seventh installment of the Call Of Duty franchise, and the first to be set in the Cold War. It is the third in the series to be developed by Treyarch, and is a sequel to Treyarch’s Call Of Duty :World At War

It broke the record set by Call Of Duty:Modern Warfare 2 within 24 hours of going on sale, the game sold more than 7 million copies, 5.6 million in the U.S. and 1.4 million in the U.K.,It leaded Modern warfare by some 2.5 million copies.A subtitled  and an Japanese-dubbed version were released in Japan on November 18, 2010 and  on December 16, 2010 respectively.

System Requirements(Windows):

Operating system: Windows XP/Vista / 7

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750

Memory: 2GB Hard drive space

Hard Disk Space: 12GB

Graphics hardware: Shader 3.0 or better 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT / ATI(AMD) Radeon Radeon X1950Pro

Storyline:

Call Of Duty - Story Line

Black Ops is set during the Cold War, Most of the missions in the game are presented as flashbacks between 1961 and 1968.The main protagonist of the game is Alex Mason with the player sometimes controlling CIA Jason Hudson and some other characters. The story focuses on the CIA’s Special Activities Division(SAD) Studies and Observations Group (SOG) – backed clandestine black operations. These missions take the player to various locations  such as the Ural Mountains in central Russia,Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam.

The single-player mode the whole plot revolves around revolves around an experimental Soviet chemical weapon codenamed “Nova-6”.Mason often works with Frank Woods and Joseph Bowman, while Hudson teams up with Grigori Weaver, a Russian field operative. Viktor Reznov, a key character from the Soviet campaign in World at War returns. Its Russian protagonist Dimitri Petrenko also makes an appearance. Black Ops features several historical figures such as John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara, and Fidel Castro. The game shows an archive footage of President Kennedy prior to his assassination,with the broadcaster and Mason narrating random numbers.In the archive footage, Mason’s appearance in the crowd, as well as Dragovich’s final words suggesting that Mason followed his original programming and that he assassinated Kennedy.

Gameplay:

Battle Ground

Black Ops is a game of the first-person shooter genre. The player assumes the role of a foot soldier who can use several weapons,A player can carry only two weapons at a time can,he can throw grenades and other explosives; and use other equipment as weapons. A player can also kill to an enemy with one knife blow if he is close enough. A player can have three stances: standing, crouching, or prone with each affects having different rate of movement, accuracy, and stealth. The player can dive prone from a standing position when running. The player can momentarily sprint but with the possibility of growing tired. The screen glows red to indicate damage to a player’s health. The game provides weapons such as crossbows with bolts and explosive ammunition, Dragon’s Breath rounds and ballistic knives.

Single-player mode:

The player can play the role of various characters during the single-player mode.The characters are special forces operatives conducting Black Operations .The objectives are shown as in the previous COD games. The player is accompanied by other troops.The player can also pilot a Hind helicopter to guide friendly troops from a SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft.

Multiplayer mode:

The multiplayer mode allows the player to go online  and the game also retains the experience points and unlockable reward system that has been kept since Call Of Duty 4 The “Create-a-Class 2.0” allows enhanced personalization with appearance.Weapons can be customized with writing, emblems, attachments and camouflage painting. The players are allowed to buy weapons, accessories and clothes. Players can also get involved in a game called a “Wager Match”, which has four game modes in which the players acan bet their COD points.Online split-screen is re-introduced on Xbox 360 and PS3. Steam is the  platform for Black Ops on PC, and the game is protected by Valve Anti-Cheat.

The clips from online gameplay can be recorded,which is introduced for the first time in the COD franchise . The Wii version of the game includes in-game voice chat. This is also the first time that a game in COD franchise includes the voice chat feature for the Wii. Nintendo and PDP have partnered to release the first headset to be used with the Wii known as PDP’s Headbanger Headset.

Zombies:

A zombie cooperation mode, titled “Zombies”, is included in the game. Originally being featured in World At War. It is a four-player online and two-player split screen co-op mode (which can also be unlocked online). In the map “Five”, players take the roles of John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Robert McNamara, and Fidel Castro as they fight zombies at The Pentagon.Limited editions of the game offers four zombie maps from World At War.

Development:

Animations


In May 2009,David Kim a former employee of Treyarch’s revealed on his LinkedIn profile that he would work as a senior animator on Call Of Duty 7.In November 2009,Before the release of Modern Warfare 2,Activision officially announced a new Call Of  Duty for 2010 through their third quarter financial call. In February 2010, a casting call for Call Of Duty 7 led to speculation that the game would be taking place during the Cold War era with some battles taking place in South Vietnam.,Black Ops was officially announced on April 30, 2010.

Special forces veterans from both sides of the Cold War like Major (US Army-Ret.) who served in the MACV-SOG during the Vietnam War, and former Soviet special forces operative Sonny Puzikas were consulted during the development.Puzikas helped  Treyarch regarding the Spetsnaz soldiers combat skills and techniques, such as rolling out of the line of fire. Spetsnaz AI’s in the game have been modeled after him, from his tactics and his movements to his face.

The game runs on the same engine as World at War but a little enhanced at 60 frames per second on consoles.Black Ops supports 3-D imaging as well.A motion  capture technology similar to the one used in James Cameron’s film Avatar, which allows accurate facial expressions, capturing the whole performance of the actor was used by Treyarch.

Reviews and Critical Reception:

Black Ops has received generally positive reviews from critics. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the Xbox 360 version of the game has received an average score of 88, based on 65 reviews.Gamespot awarded it 9.0 out of ten and said “Call of Duty: Black Ops bears the series’ standard superbly, delivering an engrossing campaign and exciting competitive multiplayer”. Edge magazine gave it a 7/10, stating “As polished and pretty and fun as Black Ops often is, it feels more like a yearly update than a sequel which isn’t distinct from its predecessors in any important way”.

Reviewers pointed out that PC version of the game had bugs and had a number of  problems. Players have also reported serious bugs with the PS3 version.On November 12, 2010, three days after the release, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions of the game held average user ratings of 3.1, 3.1, and 1.8 stars on Amazon.com, respectively (on a 1 to 5 scale), with many PC users complaining about lag, stuttering and bugs.

The Official Nintendo Magazine awarded the Wii version 90% and stated “Black Ops on Wii is a fantastic shooter packed with all the features of its HD brothers, with the only exception being split-screen multiplayer.”

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James Bond: Blood Stone

The game about which I am going to share some information is the 24th game in the James Bond game franchise. So our favourite spy James Bond returns with

James Bond : Blood stone

James Bond : Blood Stone

Preview:

Blood Stone is an action,adventure video game which is developed by Bizarre Creations and is published by Activision for the PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and Windows platforms.Bizarre developed the PS3 and Xbox versions while n-space developed the Nintendo version. It is the 24th game in the James Bond franchise although it is not a direct sequel to any game and is the first game since Everything Or Nothing to have an original story. The game was confirmed by Activision on July 16, 2010.The game was released on November 2, 2010 and  November 5, 2010 in North America and Europe respectively.Activision’s Golden Eye(2010) was released on the same day respectively in each region .Blood Stone features the voices of Daniel Craig, Joss stone and Judi dench.

System Requirements:

OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
System: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 x2 4000+ 2.0 GHz Processor or better
RAM: 1 GB Windows XP, 2 GB Windows Vista, 7
Video Card: 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT or better, ATi Radeon X1650  or better
Sound Card: Sound device compatible with DirectX 9.0
Hard Disk Space: 12 GB

Storyline:

In this story Bond is looking for a missing researcher Malcolm Tedworth who works on the cure of different biological weapons.while looking for the researcher Bond must now stop conspiracy about smuggling of biological weapons and must unmask those involved in it.During the search Bond travels to  Athens, Monte Carlo, Russia, Thailand and other locations.

During his search he meets a famous jewelry designer Nicole Hunter(Joss Stone).Judi Dench reprises her role as M the leader of MI6.Bond encounters some terrorists like Greco,Stefan Pomerov and Rak who are ultimately killed by him.In the end it turns out to be that Nicole was the one who kidnapped Tedworth to prove herself to a rich and powerful man.before she could reveal who the man is she is killed,with bond standing alone with her dead body.

Gameplay:

Looking For Enemies

It’s a third-person shooter game.The cover to cover system from the previous game Quantum Of Solace was removed.Bond seems to be accurate with any given weapon and with good hand to hand combat skills. Bond’s gadgets include his branded mobile phone, and his whole vision changes, as it highlights enemies, even in cover or behind walls, shows explosive elements and the waypoints the agent must go to. The cars, whether they are an Aston Martin DBS, Koenigsegg CCX or even a tow truck from Thailand,are very easy on hand and the game allows you to drive cars on ice,through fire and many other different environments.

Blood Stone’s stealth elements are pretty well done, and with a bit of patience, you can take out a lot of enemies using just stealth takedowns.Bond can easily lurk in the shadows and wait until the guards reach certain positions and then go and take them out through lots of different executions. If you get fed up with waiting until the AI enemies get out of sight, you can just pull out the weapons Bond can collect and start killing all of them.The game also introduces a new “Detective Mode” for the spy.

There is also a multiplayer mode consisting of up to 16 players that will pit spies versus mercenaries. Along with deathmatches and other standard game modes there are massive objective-based battles where players have to work as a team to attack or defend various spy-themed goals. It has also been announced that players will pilot a number of vehicle types throughout the course of the game.

Development:

Daniel Craig

The game was first hinted on April 21, 2010 when British store HMV listed Blood Stoneas “coming soon”.Then on April 23, Activision reserved a web domain name called bloodstonegame.com. The game was officially announced in an Activision press release on July 16.James Bond film writer Bruce Feirstein was chosen to pen the story for the game. The game itself is built on developer Bizarre Creations’ engine, which was first created for the game The Club.Ben Cooke, who is Daniel Craig’s stunt double in the films, has provided the motion capture choreography for Bond’s digital animation.

The characters look pretty basic and the gadgets and  other weapons sometimes look like cardboard cutouts in the hands of the chaacters.one can say that the engine’s starting to age.

The game’s soundtrack is composed by British composer Richard Jacques. Joss Stone provides an original musical track to the game titled “I’ll Take It All” written and performed by her and Dave Stewart. The song will be featured exclusively in the game.

Reviews and Critical Reception:

It has received mixed reviews from critics. Video game talk show Good Game’s two presenters gave the game a 7 and 5.5 out of 10 saying “It’s not a AAA game, and it’s not very long… But he only just got here but it’s got some class.” They said the story  was confusing but there were some cool moments and exciting cutscenes. They said the cover system was standard but slick and that fights in the game felt too repetitive in nature. However, silent takedowns are very satisfying.
GameZone gave Blood Stone a 5.5 score out of 10 adding that the takedowns were the best part of the experience, but was overshoadowed by the numerous faults in the game. “Even at six hours, this game just felt like it went on for four hours too long. Not content to deliver a substandard singleplayer, however, Bizarre crafted an equally ho-hum multiplayer.”

And lastly me being an James Bond fan would like to give the game a score of 3 out of 5,Because at some part you get totally involved and in some parts you just wanna skip it.But for a true James Bond it’s worth a play.

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Prison Break-The Conspiracy

Sorry friends I was a bit busy in gaming and other stuff so I couldn’t  get time for another  post.In the recent days I ‘ve been playing games such as Gun,The Prince of Persia trilogy(Warrior within onwards) and some of the games in the Grand theft auto series again to find some articles for the site.The games listed above and some other have been played and known by all,I would now like to tell you about a game developed after a hit television series.We all have been fans of the show and would have loved to be with the characters in the show,So for that experience what would be better than a video game?.So after the success of PRISON BREAK we have the game

Preview:

It is an adventurous game based on the hit television series PRISON BREAK which aired on FOX network.It was released mainly  for Microsoft Windows,Xbox 360 and PS3. It was released on March 19, 2010 in Germany, March 26, 2010 in the United Kingdom and Europe, and March 30, 2010 in North America.It was developed by ZootFly,published by Deep Silver and was distributed by  Koch Media and Southpeak Games.The game was being developed for Playstation and Xbox 360 which was going to be released in February 2009 but was cancelled when the company Brash Entertainment closed down.However ZootFly continued the development .Later it was picked up by new publisher Deep Silver.

It allows the player to play in a single player mode and play the role of of a prisoner inside the Fox River State Penitentiary .its set in the first season of the show and you can never play being anyone of the characters.ZootFly developed a new character Agent tom Paxton who worked for “The Company”(a secret organization in the series).It consists of 9 levels which are fun filled and remind you of the series.

Minimum System Requirements(Windows):

OS:Windows XP

CPU:Single core 2.0 Ghz

RAM:1GB

HDD:2.0GB of free space

DVD Rom drive:8X speed

Video card:Shader 3.0 Nvidia 7800/ATI  X1800

DirectX version 9.0c

Storyline:

Burrows in the prison

The entire story revolves around the protagonist Agent Tom Paxton who works for “The Company” which is responsible for the Vice President’s brother’s death and the imprisonment of Lincoln Burrows.The story goes on parallel to the events in the first season.Paxton is sent to the prison by Jack Mannix to figure what Burrows’ brother Michael scofield is upto and to ensure that Burrows is executed.It turns out to be that Paxton is set up by Mannix.Later they get into a fight.Eventually Mannix gets killed.paxton then Breaks out of the prison in the end.

It is as Paxton is present in every scene in the series and we did not see him.All the major characters from the series are included in the game and all the events go on as shown in the series also their PRISON BREAK.

Gameplay:

Movement: There are many different game play mechanics involved in the game.Many missions involve running around the prison completing other inmates’ tasks and some involve moving  from one place to another.Most of the movement mostly involves walking or running.

Combat: The combat consists of moves such as basic quick  punch,slow punch,dodge and block.The game allows you to have infinite lives and the game starts at the place and time when your player died.

Misc: Working out allows you to be strong which could help you in some of the fights with other inmates.So,better you max your strength in the start because the fights which follow may be quite difficult.By the end of the game ,the missions involve sneaking,picking the locks etc, so be your best in these things because they are going to cost you  a lot of lives.

Presentation:

The Fox River State Penitentiary

ZootFly has marvellously recreated the Fox River State Penitentiary and the majority of the show’s characters, including Michael Scofield,Lincoln Burrows,Fernando Sucre,Theodore”t-bag” Bagwell,C-note,John Abruzzi etc.

Most of the facial expressions are not up to the mark but it still somehow gives you a feel of the series.The xound effects every now and then are good enough as the series and the characters are also too good.

Reviews and Critical Reception:

The game as the series did not get a good reception.Metacritic gave it 47% and 39% for PS3 and Xbox versions respectively. The Daily Telegraph described the game as “an abject failure on all counts,” rating it 2/10. GamingXP said “For gamers who don’t have problems with linearity Prison Break: The Conspiracy offers an interesting adventure. Especially fans of the TV-series will enjoy the story that is based on the first season.”.Gaming Evolution said “There are very few licensed games that have been able to live up to expectations of the movie/TV show/comic book/novel counterpart. While there is indeed so much to look forward to with Prison Break: The Conspiracy, it just seems there wasn’t enough time and money in the budget to make this an experience that’s truly worthy of the hit series. On its own, it’s a solid gaming experience worth playing.”.

According to me it might be the protagonist due to  which the game was not liked by some people,Had it been any of the series characters the game would have been a much bigger hit.

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Mafia:The city of lost heaven

So friends, today I would like to tell you about a game which I have been playing lately and whose sequel is about to come in the August of this year, well friends the game is

MAFIA:The city of Lost Heaven


Preview:

It was developed by Illusion Softworks,designed by Daniel Vavra,composed by Vladimir Simunek and published by Gathering of Developers.It runs on a LS3D engine.Its compatible on platforms such as Microsoft Windows,Playstation 2 and Xbox.During its release it was built for only PC but later was adapted for Playstation 2 and Xbox.It belongs to the third person shooter or action adventure genre,It can be played only on a single player mode.It recieved good ratings and reviews asisingle player mode.It recieved good ratings and reviews angle player mode.It recieved good ratings and reviews after its release.

It allows the player to play a cab driver who gets involved in the world of crime,It is set in in the 1930’s and shows the life of that era,the Mafia,the

cars,the police,the guns etc.It was released on 28th August,2002.Take-Two interactive  announced on August 21,2007 that there will be a sequel to Mafia

titled Mafia II at the 2007 Liepzig  Games Convention,under development by 2K Czech. Mafia II is said to be in releasing  in August of 2010.

System Requirements(Windows):

System:PIII 500 or equivalent

RAM:minimum 96 MB

Video memory:32 MB

Space required in memory(hard disk):1800 MB(1.8 GB)

Input methods:Keyboard and mouse,gamepad

Storyline:

It starts in the year 1930 through 1938.The main protagonist is a cab driver Thomas(Tommy) Angelo  who is lured into the underworld when some people approach to kill him and he seeks shelter from The local Don Salieri,Thomas first remains a driver for the Salieri crime and later becomes a permanent member of the Salieri family.He gets involved in murders,thefts(mostly cars),etc.He later in the 1950’s is shown to narrate his entire story to a person who is a Detective named Norman.

The Salieri gang consists of mainly Don Salieri,Sam,Paulie who  all accompany Tommy in doing all the murders and all,Ralphie the mechanic who teaches Tommy how to steal cars,Vincenzo the guy who supplies all the weapons,Paul Bertoni even he’s a ,mechanic but lives in another city and provides alternate missions after Tommy finishes the Salieri’s missions,After Bertoni’s mission is completed he teaches Tommy  some tricks to steal good(awesome) cars.

The Salieri crime family battles it out with the Morello crime family led by Don Morello.Eventually as you proceed in the game Morello is murdered by Tommy with help from Sam and Paulie.

 

Game play:

City:

The city Lost Heaven is loosely based on New York,chicago and parts of New Jersey of the 1930’s.It also has a large countryside,an airport,an museum,an church,an old prison,restuarents and bar.

Transportation:

You can proceed in the game by walking,running and driving.There are public transport facilities like taxis,tramcars and trains,you can access the taxis and can drive it but you can only travel in the trains and tramcars without having control over them.Mafia allows you to drive over 51 classic cars and 19 bonus cars of which five are racing car models.All the cars are of 1920’s and 1930’s models.But one important thing there are no bikes in this game. One important ability of this game is its realistic approach in designing the cars.Cars are damaged by overheating of the engine and crashing and finally it explodes.the tyres can also be punctured.

 

Law and order:

There are several reasons  for which you can get booked by the police like running red lights,crashing,speeding etc and you are likely to get arrested for not obeying the police,carrying a weapon,attacking the police.

Weapons:

There are a lot of weapons from the 1930’s also in this game.The weapons consists of  pistols such as the Colt 1911,Colt detective special,S & W and other weapons such as the Pump action shot-gun,Sawed-off shot-gun,Thompson 1928.It also contains some snipers such as the Mosin-Nagant etc.

Console versions:

Mafia was ported to Playstation 2 in 2003 and Xbox in 2004.Some of the aspects not taken in consideration during creating the PC version were introduced in the Xbox and Playstation versions.

Reviews and critical reception:

Mafia’s aggregate scores as aggregated by Metacritic were 88%.The review scores

for the PC version by different publications are as follows,Gamespot gave it 9.3/10,Gamespy gave it 91/100 and IGN gave it 9.2/10.

This game was well recieved by gamers and critics as more serious Grand Theft Auto styled game.It was announced “one of the best games of the year”.It was compared with Grand Theft Auto III by Game Informer and said”From the living city in which you reside,to the incredibly realistic vehicles,this title has the heart and soul of a blockbuster”

While the PC version recieved positive reviews,the Playstation and Xbox versions  were critical and commercial disappointments.

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Play Extreme Velocity

Lot of people are crazy about Computer Games. But good games are proprietary and you have to buy them to play. Here we have a Car Racing Game which is free of cost. Its name is Extreme Velocity.To get it you have to visit http://streetchallenge3d.com. This is very good game to play. The game is of size 222MegaBytes. But you need to install Microsoft DOT NET and latest version of DIRECTX.

The website owners provide you with the updates of new roads and new cars etc. You can download them and you can insert them in your game. Play and have fun!!!!!!!!

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