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Lord of the Rings: War in the North

When I was young I read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed them. In fact I think that it may have been the point in my life where I realised that I loved fantasy fiction. What better person to start my fiction journey than Mr Tolkien himself?

Middle-Earth Enterprise have been responsible for some excellent publications and the latest one that is due to hit the PC, XBOX and PS3 in 2011 is Lord of the Rings: War in the North. An action RPG that is said to be true to the story where you get to travel unseen lands. Whilst the story will be original you will also be able to form your own three player fellowship.

You can play the game yourself or as I mentioned, up to three players. Snowblind, the developers, have managed to create an innovative interdependent co-op play style where if you do not match up the skills that each player has in perfect harmony you will suffer the consequences.

However, before entering the battlefield you will be have to create your character. You can choose a race between human, elf or dwarf and so far it looks as though the classes will be ranger, mage or warrior respectively. The extensive customizations leads to meaningful and rewarding RPG gameplay including established loot and reward systems.

It has been flagged already that the Lord of the Rings: War of the North is going to contain some brutal gameplay. In my opinion I think this is a good thing. When you watch the films or read the books you soon come to realise that this isn’t an all out epic party between fluffy penguins and puppies. It is all out war between races including Orcs who don’t have a friendly bone in their bodies. Incidentally for you general knowledge lovers out there, this is the first M-rated Lord of the Rings game.

There we have some facts about what looks to be an epic action RPG to be released some time next year. There are already screenshots, videos and concept art all over the internet and personally I can’t wait for the release.

Army Games – Joining The Gaming War

There is a huge demand for army games, it doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for video game console or personal computer-based titles but a good percentage of the video games is exploiting the army theme. It’s the dream of almost everyone to be in the military but eventually when they grow up, people move on from their dreams and pursue different careers. However, a strong passion to the military and the brave soldiers will be still left in our hearts and this is where are the games can help us.

However, most people are not dedicated video game lovers. Students are usually busy with their studies and adults can’t find sufficient time from their busy work schedule to include video game sessions to their daily routine. Moreover, most of us are not in the favor of complex setups to play games but we prefer to enjoy games that do not require too much on cigarettes and on our hardware. This is where online army games can help you. These games do not require you to set up complex personal computers but you have the opportunity to enjoy these games with very limited expenditure.

Most online gaming websites offer you these games absolutely for free of cost. The best thing is that you have the freedom of inviting your friends and exploring the possibilities of these army games. It doesn’t matter when you’re finding some free time to dedicate yourself to playing video games, you can simply log on to a gaming website where army games are available. Similarly, this games load really fast and you can save a significant amount of time by this. You also can read them on mobile devices with mobile Internet connections as they take only a very limited bandwidth.

The best idea to find army games just to search for them online and choose the list of good games that are absolutely free of cost. The second step is to look for website where you can play these games. If you find a website that support multi user game play mode you can have a lot of fun, especially with websites where you can play the game that people from different parts of the world. You can also join some gaming communities to improve your knowledge on online gaming and this will also help you to find numerous resources where you can play these games for absolutely free of cost.

With One Announcement, One Company May Just Win the Game Wars

During the Sony press conference on June 10 at E3 2013, the long-anticipated game Kingdom Hearts 3 was announced. A short teaser was shown, and the game’s director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed that it would be exclusive to the PlayStation 4. This revelation gave a serious boost to the console’s game profile, and this exclusivity combined with the potential found in Disney’s (the franchise’s owner) newly expanded universe, offers the PlayStation 4 an early edge in the next-generation console wars.

An Established Fan Base

The Kingdom Hearts franchise has enjoyed wild popularity since the release of the original in 2002, and Kingdom Hearts 2 only accelerated this momentum. Only a month after its release in December 2005, it had already sold one million copies. During March of 2006, KH2 was reported as the highest-selling game in North America, and to date, it has sold over 4 million copies. Together, the first two were Gamestop’s best sellers ever for the PS2, and gamers have been eagerly anticipating Kingdom Hearts 3 since 2006.

Creative Possibilities

The Kingdom Hearts games offer a unique blend of beloved Disney characters interacting within a new universe developed by Square Enix, the creator of the acclaimed Final Fantasy franchise. And while Disney’s appetite for gobbling up creative universes may harken the behavior of the planet-eating Marvel character Galactus (also under Disney control), the possibilities of seeing Marvel, Pixar, or Star Wars characters or settings in KH3 are enticing as well. Nomura has expressed interest in combining these universes, but it is ultimately Disney’s choice whether to allow it. If so, the PS4’s hardware offers tremendous potential for developers to create realistic AI to enable characters that are as true to the source as possible. Imagine Sora teaming up with Iron Man on Coruscant – the possibilities are endless.

The Power of Exclusivity

Sony is already winning the publicity war against its major rival Microsoft, and its brand loyalty among many gamers gives it an additional edge. But when gamers still on the fence decide between next generation consoles, a console’s library of exclusives, particularly those announced early in the console’s life cycle could tip the balance in favor of the PS4.

With more than eleven years of momentum behind it and millions of sales already, the Kingdom Hearts franchise has proved its long-lasting popularity, and its new installment will likely result in a yet another explosion of sales. Disney’s control over some of the most popular media brands allows for unsurpassed creative possibilities, and the hardware of the next generation consoles will likely allow developers to achieve their own vision. And, exclusively published for Sony, the potential inherent in KH3 may just give the PS4 the boost it needs to get an early start on winning the console wars.

Update (June 21, 2013): Shortly following the announcement of KH3’s exclusivity, Square Enix noted that it will NOT be a PS4 exclusive, but will also be published for the Xbox One.