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Seven Knights 2 Sets the Bar for Mobile MMORPG!

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Wow! More I play Seven Knights 2 by Netmarble, the more I hear myself saying wow! Mobile gaming companies like Netmarble always put out amazing games. Seven Knights 2 is in my opinion the best mobile game I have played all year.

The first thing the game tells you is the best way to experience this game is with your headphones in, and do yourself a favor make sure you do what the game tells you. Many mobile games have some of the worst soundtracks, causing me to turn off the background music within the first half hour of the game. Seven Knights 2 Music was synced up perfectly, as well as even switching up genre in different parts of the game to set up the mood.

I played the game a little on my phone and a little on Bluestacks on my PC, and the graphics are some of the best I have seen for a mobile game. I had shown some of my friends the graphics and they all asked is this a mobile game or a PC game? Now don’t get me wrong you can definitely see where the texture isn’t quite PC quality but its pretty close. When I moved the game to my PC really felt as though I was playing a PC game. I will note that lower end devices may have some issues with the graphics or will have to scale it down on my Samsung Galaxy S21 it played pretty smooth but there was some lag, especially when the action was super intense. Another really cool thing I found was during combat even if it is idle and you are watching your team fighting you can change your camera angles to 5 different camera angles, as well as choose which character you focus the camera on. If you time it right you can make it look like a movie with the characters ultimate’s.

Now the game is idle game for a good portion. You can take control of your character an even move between the other characters but the rest of your team will be on auto. The surprising part of this I usually fall asleep in auto heavy or idle games. This was not the case while playing Seven Knights 2, I had found myself just as invested in the combat as if I was doing all the work myself. However do keep in mind most bosses you will have to take control of your team. Bosses are not weak and can wipe a whole team out if you don’t dodge their attacks. I know I said it was auto but you can take it off idle and have your team rally on you. Or leave it on auto but make sure to move your person manual out of the way of boss attacks. Another other really neat function of combat is after you set your team you can pick a battle formation. You will in some cases get a whole different outcome just by changing your battle formation. With each battle formation you will get several choices and it will explain the buffs you get from it.

One of the most impressive aspects of this game is the story.  There are no long and drawn out conversations. You can invest time into this story. I find myself hitting the skip button on many games however, this game is different I enjoy the story to the point where I don’t want to skip through it which is Another great thing Netmarble does.  Netmarble is also the team behind Marvel Future Revolution, and the story progression is well paced and balanced with action on MFR as well.  Seven Knights 2 story shines above many other mobile games. The intriguing story isn’t drawn out its pace of action vs story is almost perfectly balanced. BTW I hated the Guard Captain, and if you play this game leave a comment to let me know if you hated him as much as me.

There is several different modes like most mobile MMORPG. There is the main mission of course or story line there is two types of PVP, there is a tower mode and a dungeon mode. I know that sounds like a lot but I enjoyed all of them, and I didn’t get annoyed when I had to knock them out I am about 8 hours in the game and am enjoying all the different tasks there are to do through out the game. Another thing to note is instead of the main character carrying baskets or any other silly mission very capable NPC can do in any RPG but they insist you do it. You actually perform missions like pulling civilians out of burning rubble to free them. The PVP is much like the rest of the game you can run and take control of one of the team or you can let your team go auto on the other team. When it comes to PVP it really comes down to your heroes and how powerful they are to be honest.

Of course the game isn’t completely perfect one of the things that really annoys me and its not just with this one particular game but I feel Netmarble in my opinion is very aggressive with the micro transaction packages and pushing that. Mobile games make billions every year in fact mobile games are the largest cash crop in the app stores. I realize free to play games needs to make money some how, and personally if I enjoy the game and I know I will be playing a lot of it I will make purchases. The point where Netmarble and other mobile games loose people is when its almost right away you get a notice. I can see this pushing away people from wanting to make a purchase let them get to enjoy the game for a little bit before you offer them your special daily pack. Also and I haven’t noticed it in this game but when they sell skins its upwards to 20 dollars or more sometimes. Really if companies lowered those prices I bet they would see a much bigger pay out from consumers.

The main character Lene is super likeable which is unlike a lot of there Gacha out there when it comes to the main hero.  Lene is a Day Break Mercenary  armed with a staff and is always up for a fight against evil even if she don’t know what the outcome will be.   As Lene is making here way through her beautiful town conversating with vendors  and with the locals an attack breaks out. The towns guards are clearly overwhelmed and pretty worthless. Lene and her Daybreak Mercenaries go to work helping where ever they can. Lene’s mom who is a bad ass in her own right sacrifices herself to safe Lene and even gives Lene her sacred staff.  All this while you are protecting a very powerful and cute little girl.  As your mom is surely meeting her fate you make a vow to protect the young girl and avenger your mother. The story from there just starts getting better and better filled with witty dialogue and very fascinating characters. No really the characters in this game are actually fun to watch unfold their story in front of you.

Honestly this game is a game you have to see to believe, especially if you are a fan of MMORPG or even RPG games. I find myself thinking I could invest so much time into this game. Between the fascinating story, amazing graphics, great sound, engaging auto or manual game style, as well as the amazing characters. I can say with full confidence that to me this is the best game I have played on mobile all year and I am very excited that I found it. If I had to rate this game from a 1 to a 10 I would rate it a wow, wow, wow out of 10. I highly recommend you give Seven Knights 2 a chance. Especially if you like MMORPG and or RPG.   For More amazing Indie and Mobile Gaming news and reviews check out Gamactica Portals!

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PlayStation Plus December Releases!

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PlayStation Plus membership is a recurring subscription fee taken automatically until cancellation. Subscription is required for online multiplayer. While a PlayStation Plus member there are additional features. Once joined you get exclusive access and member discounts that are the best deals on select games, add-ons, pre-orders, and more from the Playstation Store, Members can enjoy extra savings on top of regular PS Store promotional prices, early access to demos, beta trials, pre-orders, and other exclusive rewards and offers reserved for the PS Plus family.

Online multiplayer allows you to unlock the full potential of your games and lead your team to glory, ride into battle with your squad or go on breath-taking adventures with trusted allies. PS Plus online multiplayer opens new worlds in your favorite games, lets you play online with friends and compete in online tournaments, and is your invitation to join a global community of online gamers.

Per PlayStation’s blog, the PlayStation Plus lineup sees you battling through bright fantasy universes and grim worlds shattered by zealous foes. It asks you to play the hero or see yourself become the villain. You haven’t long to wait in deciding to lose yourself to the looter-slasher hybrid of Godfall, the careful combat of Mortal Shell, or play badly in Lego DC Super-Villains: all games will be available on Tuesday, December 7 until Monday, January 3.

PlayStation Plus members will have until Monday, January 3 to add those titles, plus three bonus PS VR games to their game library.

While you are a PlayStation Plus member, every month you will get to enjoy free monthly games. December’s releases include:

  • Godfall: Challenger Edition | PS5 & PS4

    Godfall is a looter-slasher set in a bright fantasy universe filled with heroic knights and arcane magic. Embark on an adventure in a fantasy action RPG that utilizes high-impact third-person melee combat to engage players as they hunt for loot, don legendary armor sets, and defeat vicious enemies. The Challenger Edition focuses on three unique modes: Lightbringer, Dreamstones, and the Ascended Tower of Trials. All three are endgame-level content, but you’ll be immediately equipped with a spread of deadly weapons and skill points, letting you team up with up to two other players* in co-op. Perfect your build and smash your enemies. Challenger Edition’s endgame co-op is compatible with all upgraded editions of Godfall & supports cross-gen play. Godfall: Challenger Edition players can upgrade at any time to the Deluxe Edition gaining access to both Godfall and Fire & Darkness campaigns.

  • Lego DC Super-Villains | PS4

    It’s good to be bad… Embark on an all-new DC Lego adventure by becoming the best villain the universe has seen. Players will create and play as an all-new super-villain throughout the game, unleashing mischievous antics and wreaking havoc in an action-packed story. Set in an open world experience within the DC universe, the Justice League has disappeared, leaving Earth’s protection to their counterparts, who have proclaimed themselves as the ‘Justice Syndicate’. It’s up to you and a crazy group of misfits to uncover the intentions of Earth’s new, strange, wannabe superheroes. Joined by renowned DC Super-Villains: The Joker, Harley Quinn, and countless others from the Injustice League, players will set out on an epic adventure.

  • Mortal Shell | PS4

    Mortal Shell is a ruthless and deep single-player action RPG that tests your sanity and resilience in a shattered world. As the remains of humanity wither and rot, zealous foes fester in the ruins. They spare no mercy, with survival demanding superior awareness, precision, and instincts. Track down hidden sanctums of devout followers and discover your true purpose.

    PS VR games**

    Continuing from last month and as part of PS VR’s 5th anniversary, three bonus PS VR titles are still available to add to your game library. Survive the horrors aboard a procedurally generated spaceship in The Persistence, tackle zombies in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners and showcase your sword skills in roguelike Until You Fall. These three games are available until Monday, January 3.

  • The Persistence | PS VR**

    The Persistence challenges you to survive aboard a doomed deep space colony starship in the year 2521. Stranded, malfunctioning, and caught in the inexorable pull of a black hole, “The Persistence” is overrun with a crew mutated into horrific & murderous aberrations. It’s down to you, a clone of security officer Zimri Eder, to make your way deeper in the decks of The Persistence to repair the systems and prevent the ship from being torn apart. Gather resources, upgrade abilities and fabricate an arsenal of weapons in this brutal sci-fi horror roguelike.

  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Standard Edition | PS VR**

    Face all the horrors that the living and the dead can offer in this new VR adventure in The Walking Dead universe. Travel through the ruins of walker infested New Orleans as you fight, sneak, scavenge, and survive each day unraveling a city-wide mystery within the iconic quarters. Encounter desperate factions and lone survivors who could befriend or foe. Whether you help others or take what you want by force, every choice you make has consequences. What kind of survivor will you be for the people of NOLA?

  • Until You Fall | PS VR**

    Fantasy and synthwave collide in this physically active PS VR sword fighting game. Grow stronger as you battle through an awesome neon environment and strike down magic-infused monstrosities in this hack-and-slash roguelite. Move your arms and body to the synthwave soundtrack as you attack, block, cast spells, and dodge your way deeper into the heart of a neon fantasy world filled with magic-infused monsters. Equip yourself with a variety of gameplay-altering weapons as you continue to gain strength and strike down the monstrosities that lurk throughout this mystifying world.

    Last chance to download November’s PlayStation Plus games

    PlayStation Plus members, this is your reminder to add Knockout City, First Class Trouble, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning to your game library. All three titles will leave PlayStation Plus on Monday, December 6.

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Chucky New Series on Syfy!

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Everyone in our and past generations should know who Charles Lee Ray is, known as Chucky! Chucky is a fictional character and the main antagonist of the Child’s Play slasher film franchise. Chucky is portrayed as a vicious serial killer who, as he bleeds out from a gunshot wound, transfers his soul into a “Good Guy” doll and continuously tries to transfer it to a human body. The character has become one of the most recognizable horror icons and has been referenced numerous times.

Backstory

Charles Lee Ray was born on May 1st, 1958, in Hackensack, New Jersey. In 1965 when Charles was 7-years-old, after he returned home from trick-or-treating during Halloween, he decided to pick up an apple that he received and noticed a razor blade stuck inside of it. He bit into it regardless and smiled after the razor blade cut into his mouth causing it to bleed. During Charles’ eighth birthday party, he used a mallet to knock the piñata to the ground but continued to aggressively smash it even after it had fallen. He overheard the news of a serial killer on the loose on the radio and delighted in plunging a knife into his birthday cake.

Later that night, an assailant broke into his home and stabbed his father Peter to death right in front of him. His mother Elizabeth attempted to hide in a closet with him, however, when the intruder found them, he was surprised to see that Charles had stabbed his mother to death, claiming to have “helped”. The impressed killer gave Ray the advice of covering his tracks before leaving. After his parents’ deaths, Charles was placed in the Burlington County home for wayward boys. In 1972 when Charles was 14, he was known for playing with the smaller children, particularly a boy named Eddie Caputo who would become his future accomplice. One day after tracking mud through the hallway he was yelled at by the Janitor, Charles slit the man’s throat and cut off his hand so he could present him to the children as “Captain Hook” while playing Peter Pan. When the police came Charles decided to run away, leaving the Janitor’s severed hand behind as a gift for Eddie before fleeing into the night.

At some point in the 1980s, Charles picks up a woman named Delilah and a red-headed woman from a nightclub and takes them back to a hotel. As the two-woman start making out with each other, Charles takes out a knife and holds it over the red-headed woman. Instead of being afraid, the woman tells him to stab her, Ray then spares her and stabs Delilah instead. Charles invites the redhead to finish her off as she takes the knife and starts stabbing Delilah. After killing her together, the couple starts kissing passionately on the bed where the redhead tells Charles her name is Tiffany before suggesting Charles “should be Chucky” and he, in turn, suggests she should be blonde. Chucky and Tiffany left Hackensack in 1987 after killing a man selling his car and driving out of town in it. Chucky and Tiffany moved to Chicago in 1988 and settled in their new apartment by ordering pizza and killing the delivery boy. Eventually, tensions rose between them when Tiffany found out Chucky was killing people without her, leading to an argument that ended with Chucky storming out.

Child’s Play creator Don Mancini created a TV series, that was recently released. Chucky made his return to television on the October 12, 2021, premiere of Chucky, the sequel to Cult of Chucky. In this TV series, Chucky encounters 14-year old middle school student Jake Wheeler at a yard sale with his intentions to use him for his personal art projects. A younger version of Chucky as a human also appeared in flashback scenes which were portrayed by David Kohlsmith and Tyler Barish. The series went over so well they have already renewed it for a Season 2. You can read more about the upcoming new season here.

Everyone should know Rule No. 1: Always check for batteries in your killer toys. Chucky has busted out of the mint condition packaging to embark on another murderous rampage in his very first TV series. Created by the screenwriter behind the iconic Child’s Play franchise, Don Mancini, the show enjoyed its concurrent season premiere on SYFY and USA on Tuesday night.

“I think it’s so important to keep Chucky as a practical puppet effect, partly because it’s important for the actors to have something to respond to onset … I also think it’s important that Chucky have the feel of a doll, of a puppet. He should be a little bit herky-jerky,” Mancini mentioned.

The show takes place in Hackensack, New Jersey, the hometown of Charles Lee Ray (the remorseless criminal who transferred his soul into the body of a Good Guy doll via an archaic voodoo ritual all the way back in 1988). When the red-haired doll we all know and fear turns up at a local yard sale, the sleepy American hamlet is plunged into utter chaos. Naturally, Brad Dourif is back to voice the hack-and-slash character, who was brought to life with the old-school puppetry methods utilized in the earlier films.

Chucky is the most murderous Good Guy Doll around and has found somebody new to play with. In Chucky, the new USA Network and SYFY series, the serial-killer possessed doll have found a new “owner,” a teen named Jake Webber (Zackary Arthur). However, Jake is not the first person to have encountered Chucky, and the series premiere alludes to Chucky’s first “owner,” Andy Barclay. Andy first appeared in the first 1988 Child’s Play and went on to face off with Chucky in several sequels. After a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets.

Where is Andy during the events of the Chucky series? Andy is presumably still on his anti-Chucky crusade, and he calls Jake to warn him about Good Guy dolls. We know that Vincent will appear in the series, so it probably bodes well for Jake that he’ll have a seasoned doll-killer in his corner. Now, if only Andy were able to kill Chucky and make it stick…

Andy (played by Alex Vincent in most of the films and in the series) made his debut as a 6-year-old in Child’s Play, when he’s gifted a Good Guy doll for his birthday. Unfortunately, as is so often the case, that Good Guy doll has been possessed by the spirit of a serial killer, the notorious Charles Lee Ray. After gruesomely murdering several people in Andy’s life, Chucky attempts to transfer his soul into Andy so that he can be a real boy. However, Andy, his mother Karen (Catherine Hicks), and detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon) are able to defeat the doll.

If you missed it, don’t worry — the season opener (clocking in at just over 46 minutes) is currently available to stream on the official SYFY app at no extra cost. The app itself is free to download, and viewers can either connect to their cable subscribers to access the full content or sign up for an NBCUniversal profile and use up to three free credits.

In the next episode, S1 Episode 8, Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) takes a trip to visit the Wheelers in hopes of finally putting a stop to Chucky but is confronted by an eery Junior Wheeler (Teo Briones). Meanwhile, Jake Wheeler (Zackary Arthur) and Lexy Cross (Alyvia Alyn Lind) try to piece together the meaning behind Chucky’s motives until they get an expected visit from an old friend.

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See – An Underrated Dystopia With a Story To Tell

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Every once in a while, a show comes out that surprises me. At first glance, Apple TV’s See sounds a bit… strange, and it seems to be largely flying under the radar with its first 2 seasons. It’s about what happens when the world loses sight, and how the world adapts to this change. It’s a very interesting concept, but it’s one of those ideas that is far enough out there that you need good performances from the cast to make it actually work. That is where See truly shines IMO, even if some of the characters are VERY over the top. The cast does an excellent job of bringing these characters to life in a believable way, even if the world itself is a bit unbelievable at times.

The main characters that we follow are:

– Baba Voss (Jason Mamoa) – The main protagonist and adoptive father of the twins.
– Maghra (Hera Hilmar) – Baba’s wife and mother to the twins.
– Haniwa (Nesta Cooper) & Kofun (Archie Madekwe) – The twins that we watch grow up over the first 3 episodes.
– Queen Kane (Sylvia Hoeks) – Queen of Paya and main antagonist of Season 1.
– Tamacti Jun (Christian Camargo) – The Witchfinder General, the leader of the Queen’s army who hunt’s and kills any witches that they find (Anyone with sight).
– Edo Voss (Dave Bautista) – Main Antagonist of Season 2, General of the Trivantian Army and Baba’s brother.
– Jerlamorel (Joshua Henry) – The twins’ biological father, who is sighted, and is trying to have as many sighted children as possible.

Overall, the cast does a pretty incredible job with bringing these characters to life. Jason Mamoa leans into the protective father role and does a great job telling that story. His relationship with his wife is believable and real, and both do a great job of feeding off of each other’s energy. That paired with Nesta Cooper and Archie Madekwe as Haniwa and Kofun, and the core of this show puts on a great performance.

Baba Voss (Jason Mamoa) and Maghra (Hera Hilmar). Source – IMDB

The first season takes us through the journey to reunite the Twins with their father, with the Witchfinders in pursuit. There are a ton of setpiece battles, exciting chases, and surprises along the way. There is also some political intrigue mixed in with how Queen Kane is handling a potential uprising, which is highlighted by a stellar (if over the top) performance by Sylvia Hoeks. She balances terrifying and crazy near perfect and has some truly chilling moments as the Mad Queen.

The Mad Queen Kane. Source – IMDB

We also follow the pilgrimage of sorts that the Twins go through to find their biological father throughout the season. This sets up a confrontation at the end about what kind of world they should live in… Do they embrace the sight, or do they continue to live among the blind, hiding what they can do? Personally, I think they handled this well, and they really pushed hard into setting up for season 2.

Overall, 2 seasons in this is a really good show. The world seems like a bit of a stretch at times, but it’s not so far out there that it breaks immersion. The characters are engaging, and the story is fantastic. If you have some time, and an Apple TV+ Subscription, I can’t recommend See enough.

What are your thoughts on the show? Comment below and let me know!

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