People’s Choice Award 2013 – Winner

4 people voted in this year’s People’s Choice Award, which meant that out of Tomb RaiderThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Deer Hunter 2014, one game had to win. That game was…Deer Hunter 2014!

Now wait just a minute. Deer Hunter 2014 is a game based in 2014…yet it won the People’s Choice Award 2013. What madness is this?

While I joke, it is fitting that Deer Hunter 2014 at least wins one award. It probably isn’t quite fair having mobile and console games competing in the same category, but hey, every game received a vote, meaning that most have been played the population. But Deer Hunter 2014 was a very good game, nevertheless. It eases you gradually into it, and you go from cringing at seeing a dead deer to getting a surge of adrenalin as you kill a giant bear that’s coming at you (well, maybe not that dramatic. But you get the idea). You get many great weapons, and the mythological beast killing idea was great. Soemone needs to give that guy an award for creativity. The game was let down slightly by having an energy bar (why, Glu Games, why?) and the fact that the weapon stats don’t make any sense (you can’t kill this creature in one go with a power of 90, but you can with a power of 91!).

Congratulations Deer Hunter 2014. The People said that you were their game of the year for 2013.

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People’s Choice Award 2013

Time for the people to vote on what they think the Game of the Year should have been for 2013. There will be one game from each category, and none of the winners are included. Wothout further ado, the voting booth:

UPDATE: Deer Hunter 2014 won the People’s Choice Award 2013. You can view it here.

Gamesland News: 28/09/13 – 04/10/13

News
– It was my birthday during the week, and I got a few new games, namely: Tomb Raider, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. And no, my cake was not a lie.
Grand Theft Auto Online released to a very rocky start, with many users reporting that they were not able to connect to the servers
– Steam’s final announcement was the controller to their “Steam Machines”, called, rather imaginatively, the Steam Controller
– Tom Clancy died yesterday, age 66. Many videogames were based on his work, the most recent one being Splinter Cell: Blacklist. My condolences go to his family.

What I’m playing
– I finished Flower, but I’m planning to do a Journey: Collectors Edition review, with reviews with all the games included.
– I’ve been playing Tomb Raider as well.

What I’m excited about
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y

Questions? Feedback?
Q: How do I get free energy in Deer Hunter 2014?
A: You can’t. Sorry, but it’s impossible. You have to use the premium currency to get more energy.

Q: How do I get unlimited energy in Deer Hunter 2014?
A: Like the above question, that’s impossible as well. Sometimes I wish that there would be a one-time in-app purchase, and the energy bar disappears. Sadly, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon.

Q: How do I get to the deserted island in the Incredibles campaign in Disney Infinity?
A: Equip your hoverboard, grab the mayor, and move around for a bit to gather up speed (you need to gather speed to saty above the water for a long enough time) and then go off the pier and hust follow the small islands to the big deserted island. Then, to get back, just go around the island, gather up speed, then come back to the pier. Alternatively (I haven’t tried this yet, by I assume it’s possible), later on in the campaign, when you get the incredicopter, you can pick up the president and just fly to the island (like I said, that might not work. The first option was the way it was meant to be done).

Q: How many regions are in Deer Hunter 2014?
A: There’s three four. I thought there was three, buy I just checked and there’s another one that my game didn’t initially pick up. The regions are: Pacific Northwest, North Africa, British Columbia, and South Africa.

Any other questions or feedback? Leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them!

Tune In Next Friday (11/10/13) for more news from the land of gaming!

Update: the Half-Life 3 trademark turned out to be fake. I have removed the corresponding news article to avoid confusion. Sorry for the inconvenience, as now we all know that Half-Life 3 is not confirmed.

Animal Cruelty – Deer Hunter 2014 review

Availiable for: iOS, Android
Reviewed on: iOS
Company: Glu Games inc.

Deer Hunter 2014 is not the usual game that you get on a mobile device. It’s detailed, realistic, and occassionally just plain weird.

I’ve never picked up a gun in my life. Deer Hunter 2014 makes you upgrade your guns to make them the most amazing things ever, and then go out and shoot some poor animals in the heart, lungs, or just about anything else. You start off wincing at the thought of killing a deer, to going all out with an assault rifle and killing them in the dozens…and there’s a certain strategy to the way you do it as well. For example, certain animals will run after you and attempt to kill you, so killing these animals is not a problem, you wait for them to come to you. Others will bolt away, so you have to be on guard to get a final shot as they run to one of the few exit points on a map.

There’s three regions in the game, with each one having a hunting “tour” and another one that plays out like an assassination, where you have to shoot the animals in the heart, except these are animals with a difference: they’re rare beings from mythology, such as a unicorn, or a certain type of bear. These missions give you quite a bit of cash, and that’s required to upgrade your gun for these “assassinations”, as they often require you’re gun to be the best of the best, and that’s to prepare you for the next region.

While the game is fun, there’s a few problems, namely, the energy bar, where it’ll take over an hour to get back to full, meaning that you won’t be able to play for ages. Gun upgrades also take time to “import” after upgrading that part of the gun a few times. If you’re smart, you’ll purchase an upgrade at the same time as you’re energy bar runs out, so you’ll be able to play for a while when you’re upgrade arrives. And yes, I did try turning the clock forwards, but that doesn’t work. Finally, the gun stats don’t make any sense! You’d think that a gun with power 187 would be able to do a mission requiring a gun with power 188, but no! You won’t be able to inflict enough damage unless you upgrade the gun, which just feels bizzare.

This game is very good, and being free, gives you all the reason to download it. Just have another game ready to play when you’re energy bar runs out/you’re gun parts are arriving.

Pros
– Very detailed Graphics
– Wide range of weapons
– Good gameplay
– Free with few ads

Cons
– Energy Bar and Weapon Upgrading Times
– Too short, hopefully updates come soon
– Weapon Stats make no sense

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