In Defence of KH 3D

Kingdom hearts’s 2012 installation was greeted with mixed reviews when it was released, with some saying it was a huge disappointment and some saying it was the best installation to date. I feel as if the people who criticised the game played for five minutes and then made their conclusion almost instantly. As behind the ‘I don’t care if you don’t understand, deal with it!’ start there is surprisingly deep gameplay and a great story, even if it’s a little poorly told at times. Upgrading the characters and their spirits feels purposeful and satisfying at the same time, and the roughly 10 hour campaign is extended by the numerous side quests and mini-games that cleverly reward you in the main story. The worlds feel representative of the Disney worlds even if they are occasionally repetitive, but somehow never lose interest. Mini boss battles keep you on your toes, and trying out a new spirit or magic attack that you crafted yourself or unlocked during the addictive mini-game flick rush is great fun.

Let’s talk about flowmotion. This was a highly criticised new feature that allowed Sora and Riku to utilise their surroundings and zip between locations. Whilst fun and useful, its battle uses were easy to abuse and for the most part felt overly powerful. The dropping system, which also received criticism, is a way to transfer between Sora and Riku in story mode. I honestly found it enjoyable for the most part unless the Drop Gauge ran out during a boss battle, which was annoying but never ruined gameplay. The keyblades were some of the best in the series in my opinion, with my favourite being the Ferris gear (from prankster’s paradise.)

Kingdom hearts Dream Drop Distance is a great game and easily the best RPG on the 3ds. A game truly for the fans.

VERDICT

+Some of the best worlds we’ve ever visited in the franchise

+New and fresh ideas

+ Solid gameplay

– A poorly told story

4/5

Overwatch Lucio Advanced Guide

Lucio is not your typical first-person-shooter character. How often do you come across a beat boxing Brazilian DJ in possession of a blaster powerful enough to shred the enemy team? One thing is for certain; he is easy to pick up, but hard to master. So how do you learn to play him like a pro?

For console players, I recommend switching his jump to LT, his secondary fire to LB, and his cross-fade to A. This is beneficial for numerous reasons, which I will explain later. Also, I would recommend turning on ‘allow backwards wall ride’ as this will allow you to perform more difficult manoeuvres with his wall riding abilities.

So, why switch his jump to LT? Well, if you previously had jump on A (or the PS4 equivalent) you may have found it difficult to ride walls for sustained lengths of time, due to you not being able to use the right stick. Switching to LT completely solves this problem, and you should feel an instant difference. So what are the benefits? Wall riding is a useful skill to climb walls and pillars, on all maps, especially maps like Ilios ruins and Route 66. It can also be used to confuse enemies; watch McCree’s melt as you taunt them with your skills! Use wall riding in creative ways to escape all sorts of difficult situations, and to ascend up walls.

Cross-Fading, his ability to switch between healing and speed boosting beats, is probably the most powerful tool at his disposal, and also a useful way of moving the battle along. Although other people may tell you to remain on healing aura all the time, his speed buff is actually as useful; it can be used to the rhythm of his jumps to evade enemies. Amp It Up can be used to speed from one side of the map to the other when combined with his speed buff and wall riding, a useful evasion tactic. Switching cross-fade to A allows you to switch between healing and speed quickly, which is unbelievably useful. As you rack up hours as Lucio, you will find that Cross-Fading comes naturally to the rhythm of your jumps.

Remember, Lucio is not a front line hero, but the best Lucio players in the world succeed by thinking outside the box. Don’t be headstrong, but if you think you can take out anyone, you probably can!

Play Lucio to his strengths, avoid his weaknesses and be confident in your abilities to become a great player. You will lose matches, but it is unrealistic to imagine yourself at pro level immediately. Keep playing, find what’s comfortable for you, and you’ll be on the road to success!

New Pokemon Confirmed

Pokemon Sun and Moon is the home of  gen VII Pokémon . The game, which is out on the 23rd boasts Pokémon ranging from the weird (Exeggcute, I’m talking to you. And don’t even mention Yungoos) to the cool (Litten, Alola Marrowak and Salandit) to the ones which make you wonder whether Game Freak has gone mad (Digglet, you used to be cool but now you’re a blonde bombshell). So which is better: Gen 1 overhauls or brand new designs?

The “Alola Formes” of classic Pokémon are a bit hit and miss. The Pokémon Company nailed Ninetails (who I prefer to the original) and an adorable Raichu, but that’s only half the story. Exeggcute and Digglet have both been ruined and I’m on the fence about Geodude’s evolution chain and Rattata (or Raticate) is a bit hazy.

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Sassy.

And then there are the brand new pocket monsters. About 800 of them. Most haven’t been formally released yet but hackers have managed to obtain sprites and names for most of them and they are more consistently good than Alolan Forms (with the possible exception of the positively ludicrous Drampa).

Gen 7 also introduces 8 “ultra beasts”- super powerful Pokemon that transcend mythics (which transcend legendaries, who transcend normal Pokemon) The only name found so far is UB-01, a jellyfish-like alien which bears a strange resemblance to one of the main characters, but the sprites of the other 7 are great. (Four more human counterparts for the beasts have been found – the gym leaders from the four islands.)

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How on Earth is that thing a Dragon Type?

Overall, I’d say that the Gen 7 are the best of the bunch when it comes to new Pokemon, and despite all the weird new additions, the leaked and hacked Pokemon have only made me want the new games even more. I can’t wait for the 23rd!

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