Rosethorn’s Ramblings: Site Update

Welcome back again.  As you can see, we are starting to populate the site with new content.  There are few new writers and contributors waiting in the wings with new content.  If you are interested

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Rosethorn’s Ramblings: Site Update, GaMExpo, Nerdvana Con, Life Updates

What to Watch: You Tube

Top 5 YouTube video’s of the past week (with one blast from the past). Each week, on Tuesday, I am going to post 5 videos I think are worth watching on YouTube.  I’d love to hear what you

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What to Watch: You Tube

Rosethorn’s Ramblings: Welcome Bac

Welcome back to Killer Betties! It’s been over three years since I’ve made a post, but I am back. Before I get to what I’ve been doing for three years, I want to talk first about The

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Rosethorn’s Ramblings: Welcome Back, TWD, The Bar, and Other Random Thoughts

Football Manager 2017 Review

Football Manager 2017 is a football management simulation video game for the PC developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. Gameplay: In terms of gameplay, it is really fun. You can create

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Football Manager 2017 Review

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Football Manager 2017 Review

by on October 22, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Football Manager 2017 is a football management simulation video game for the PC developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega.

Gameplay: In terms of gameplay, it is really fun. You can create your own tactics, buy and sell players, and play some soccer games. The most important part of gameplay is the tactics because if you have good tactics, you will most likely win the game. If you don’t, you are going to struggle. The interface is really easy to learn and navigate. It also tells you important info about your job security, how much money the club has, what division and position the club is in, among other things. The most important things on the interface are Tactics, Scouting and Board. Scouting is really helpful if you want to make some new signings. Your scouts go to every place in the world to try to find some talent good for the squad. The board is where the job security is. Job security tells you how secure your job is and the pros and cons of your management. You can make requests for a bigger transfer budgets, stadiums, and youth facilities.

There are many features like Create-A-Club, Online Career and Challenges. In Create-A-Club, you create your own club, and try to lead it to glory. You can create the badge, kits, name and more. In Online Career, you create or join a server, and face up against a manager. You can compete for glory or you can just have a fun time playing the game. In Challenges, you try to complete challenges pre-determined by the game. My favorites are The Savior Cometh (in which you have to save a team from losing their division (relegation)), The Invincibles (where you have to go the rest of the season unbeaten) and You can’t win anything with kids (in which you have to try to win trophies with young players). 10/10

Graphics: The graphics are 3D models that aren’t bad but they aren’t great either. The pitch and other stadium features are spot on. 7/10

Replayabilty: The game can go on forever. The game doesn’t end unless you retire. This means that you can do challenges set by yourself, manage some of the best clubs for a long time or get an international team to the World Cup. You can go on for 500 years and still be managing Liverpool. 10/10


Music: There is none and the only sound there is in the game is the crowd, but that’s optional. ?/10

Conclusion: All in all, the game is amazing and I recommend that you try it if you like soccer. Even if you’re not good at first, you can watch tutorial videos, listen to the tips the game gives you, and have a really fun experience. With the gameplay, interface, and replayabilty values, I want to give this game a 10/10 but the 3D models aren’t that good and there’s no music, so it earns a 9 out of 10.

Score: 9.0

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‘Eragon’ Preview (Xbox 360)

by on November 13, 2006 at 12:06 pm

FireIf the success of the Lord of the Rings films has proven anything, it is that fans have really gotten into the fantasy mood, evident by the movie releases of such other fantasy fare as The Chronicles of Narnia and the upcoming His Dark Materials. However, before that film is released, Eragon is set to settle down in theaters, based on the popular book of the same name, and with that release comes the official movie game. Sharpen up those swords and prepare to fight.

Since I’ve never read the book, I can only assume that the officially licensed movie game of Eragon will feature both scenes from the book and movie, plus probably a few in between moments, as that seems to be the general trend when it comes to movie based games; give them what they know and what they want to know. For the preview, Eragon and his teacher Brom find themselves at a rustic looking village placed along the water edge, and even built over the rushing river. With the king’s men hot on their pursuit, Eragon and Brom must do battle with the evil forces and attempt to flee to safety.

Green ValleyIf you played the hack and slash games that followed the Lord of the Rings movies, then the gameplay of Eragon should feel pretty familiar, though not everything is the exact same, as Eragon features quite a few moves that even Legolas couldn’t have pulled off through those games. At its most basic, sword combat is pulled off with a series of A and B button presses, with it seeming like B is for the more heavy strikes. Unlike the LOTR games, Eragon surprisingly seems to require a bit of actual strategy, thus giving combat a fresh and actually rewarding vibe. Instead of just being able to slam on the attack buttons, enemies will actually parry and dart around our heroes, countering with their own attacks. Enemies also take quite an amount of damage, so don’t go in thinking you’ll be able to smack them twice and move on. The A and B buttons are also used in a different way to initiate grapples, as there is no single button press in Eragon, but rather you must do a B, A, B combo to initiate a grapple. Once in a grapple (different animations depending on size of the enemy and whether you grab them from the front or back) you can choose to smack them until they die (A button) or try and toss them (B button). However, be warned not to try and hit them too much, or they could counter your grapple and suplex you into the ground. Also, if you get an enemy on the ground, you can give them a finishing blow, where the camera will zoom in close to show the action. When you aren’t slashing or grappling, you can also dodge attacks by pressing the left trigger.

Eragon also has a vast supply of arrows at his command, which he can unleash by holding down the right trigger and pressing the A button. You can also apply magic to your arrows by holding down the left trigger, and once your arrow tip is glowing white, let loose an explosive volley. Speaking of magic, young Eragon seems to be the master of the Force, as he can both push and pull enemies depending on whether you press the Y button or A button. Eragon will also have to use his magic occasionally to do such things as levitate boards into place so that he and Brom can run across. Eragon’s magic pushes and pulls also come in extremely handy during combat, as he can use it to push enemies off the docks, plus it is a must when going up against the shield carrying enemies, as a simple magic pull will rip their shield away, opening up the chance for you to attack with your sword or arrows.

Since Eragon is able to communicate with a dragon, what fun would it be if the girl didn’t help you out once in a while. During designated parts during the game, such as an erected wall with arrow placements on top, a large blue dragon shaped icon will appear, indicating that you need to call your dragon Saphira so she can knock it down. Besides these moments, Saphira is also constantly making herself known, because as you might be fighting one baddie, she’ll suddenly come swooping in from off screen and grab one of the enemies in her clutches.

Wood DockSticking to its movie based license, the game is very cinematic, as in-game cutscenes will pop up from time to time, showing you a bit of storytelling or informing you what you may need to do next to advance. The developers did a good job at weaving this into the gameplay, as they are never too frequent or long so you get to a point where you wished they would just shut up and let you get back to the hacking and slashing. The cutscenes are also fully voiced, and though I’m not exactly sure if the actual actors provided the voices of their characters, the quality was still pretty high quality. The graphics are also pretty nice, though lacking the polish of other more recent Xbox 360 titles.

I actually mocked one of my friends for being excited about the movie and enjoying the books, and though they always tried to get me to read them, I never fancied them a go. However, after getting to play the Eragon preview, I find myself intrigued, and a possible book order in my near future.

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Vivendi Universal Games Announces ‘Eragon’

by on April 23, 2006 at 12:01 pm

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today they are bringing the fantasy-adventure Eragon to the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Xbox 360 video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, and the PC in November 2006. Developed by Stormfront Studios for consoles and PC, and Amaze Entertainment for handhelds, Eragon is based on the upcoming Twentieth Century Fox feature film inspired by Christopher Paolini’s best-selling fantasy novel, featuring Edward Speleers, Djimon Hounsou and Robert Carlyle.

“Christopher Paolini’s amazing fantasy worlds, characters and adventures portrayed in Eragon offer fans of the genre an opportunity to step into Eragon’s world and live out the dragon rider legacy,” said Bruce Hack, CEO of VU Games. “Eragon is sure to be one of the most anticipated movies of 2006 and we are excited to bring this rich story to gamers worldwide.”

Elie Dekel, Executive Vice President Licensing & Merchandising for 20th Century Fox added, “VU Games has done a wonderful job adapting many of our top films to the interactive format. Eragon has proven to be the best example to date of what can happen when true collaboration comes to fruition. Movie-goers are going to be hugely impressed with the film, and gamers will be blown away by this state-of-the-art video game.

Movie-goers and gamers will get to experience the rich fantasy of Eragon on the big screen when the film hits theaters December 12, 2006.

The Eragon Story

Based on the best-selling novel, this epic fantasy-adventure centers on a young farm boy named Eragon whose destiny is revealed with the help of a dragon. Eragon, now a Dragon Rider, is swept into a world of magic and power, discovering that he alone has the power to save – or destroy – an Empire.

The Dragon Rider Legacy will be revealed at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) when Fox and Vivendi Universal Games will be premiering exclusive footage from the studio and a first look at gameplay from Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance.

About Eragon for Console and PC
Based on the worldwide literary phenomenon and Fox 2006 tentpole film starring Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons and Academy Award nominee John Malkovich, Eragon immerses the player in a magical world of dragons, destiny and adventure. Gamers will engage in intense battles with an unparalleled combo and magic-based combat system, including stunning finishing moves, multiple grapples and degradable blocks with unique counter attacks. The adventure is heightened with breathless dragon flight-based combat and devastating dragon summon attacks. Fantasy fans can also share the adventure with 2 player co-op featuring team attack bonuses and dragon fight/flight combo gameplay.

About Eragon for Handheld
Offering a completely different gaming experience on all major handheld platforms, Eragon will offer Nintendo DS gamers an action-filled combat-RPG with touch screen spell casting and unique dual screen attack mode. Gamers can also sharpen their magic and dragon riding skills in unlockable mini-games.

Delving further into the rich story of the Eragon universe, Eragon for the GameBoy Advance is a deep, story-driven turn-based RPG with nine playable characters and fully customizable character skills, along with weapon forging and potion crafting.

Eragon and Saphira take flight in this aerial combat game, featuring four person multiplayer in seven different arenas with 12 unlockable arena game types for the PSP system. An extensive single player story mode allows gamers to experience the epic Eragon saga from the dragon’s perspective.

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