Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Playstation plus - October 2015 games revealed.

Since Sony have revealed the Playstation plus line up for October 2015 I thought I'd do a quick list of the games and my thoughts, and hopefully do this for all ongoing PS+ lineups.

Broken age (PS4/Vita)
The first game is double fine's tribute to the golden age of point and click games. Broken age has received strong reviews and is a welcome addition to PS+.

Super meat boy (PS4/Vita)
Well know for being a tough as hell platformer, this game was announced as a PS+ game earlier in the year, but it was unclear if it would be a bonus addition or part of the usual update. Alas it seems that it's part of the usual update, but its still a good, if difficult game.

Unmechanical extended (PS4/PS3)
In this game you play as robot helicopter head thing. I know little of this game, but watching the trailer suggests its the usual PS+ indie game that you'll give a go for five minutes and then move on with your life. Hopefully it'll prove me wrong.

Kickbeat (Vita/PS3)
Kickbeat is a hybrid of beat-em-up and rhythm action game. Reviews of it have been very average, so it looks like this will be a meh addition to PS+

Kung fu rabbit (Vita/PS3)
This game looks visually quite charming, but is essentially your stereotypical side scrolling platformer that you wouldn't be willing to pay more than a few pounds for, this looks like very much the sort of PS+ offering that alot of people are getting a bit bored of.

Chariot (PS3)
Yep...a relatively simple looking side scroller. In this game you control 2 characters and have to make sure you drag a chariot along the way. Same old in all honesty.

So those are October's offerings. Broken age is a welcome addition and super meat boy is a fun game, but the other four are very mediocre indie games, and exactly what people get fed up with in regards to PS+ offerings. Something really does need to change with PS+ even if it means that PS3 or the Vita no long get two games each month.  

Review - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Warning! Spoilers within! 

I have been a Metal Gear fan since Metal Gear Solid on the PS1, and have played most of the games in the series. I love the series so much and get so excited every time a new release comes out.

The series provides a deep story (something a lot of games nowadays fail on), amazing set of characters and unique boss fights. You can definitely see and feel every bit of love Hideo Kojima puts into each Metal Gear game. It saddens me that he left Konami, but this also gives him chance to make something new in the game industry.

So thought I would review the final Hideo Kojima Metal Gear game (maybe even the final Metal Gear game ever with the way Konami is at the moment). So lets begin this review for a game that was shown so all the way back on December 7th 2012 at the Spike TV game awards."Kept you waiting, huh?"

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Things We All Do In The Sims


When it comes to The Sims, there's categories that different types of players can be divided into. Firstly, there's the nurturers, those who want to give their Sim a happy home and equally satisfying life. Then there's the home designers, who more than likely will abuse the money cheat in order to create epic homes. Then there's the players who get a kick out of killing off their Sims in the most sinister ways deemed possible. In short, most of us are an evil bunch.

However, torturing and killing Sims are not the only things a large proportion of us have done. There's also abusing cheats codes, home designing and much more that so many of us have enjoyed.

Join me as I share some of the typical things we all did (or still do!) in The Sims.


Sim Murder
Come on...we've all done it. Whilst there's plenty of fun to be had with guiding your Sim through everyday life and building a house, every player has resorted to a bit of Sim torture at least once. There are plenty of ways to send your Sim on an unwanted visit with Death himself. If you're feeling a bit sinister, try out these select few:

1. Shut your Sim in a room and delete the doors.

2. Light a fire, preferably when your Sim is walled in.

3. Deprive them of the use of the toilet, shower and fridge. Those bars will soon be on red, and their mood will plummet along with their health.

4. Delete the ladders when a Sim is swimming in the pool. They'll drown!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Geek Mash's Top: Movies 2012-2015

Here we are once again good fellows and fair belles.

Today we are going to be creating a list, (I can already here a large proportion of the population giggling with excitement).

What we are going to be listing are the top Movies of the past 3 years according to:


Here is a handy little guide for you all:

PC: Phil
KP: Kayleigh
NB: Neil
RA: Ross
MP: Matthew
BF: Brad

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Magic The Gathering - Arena of the Planeswalkers Unboxing Video

In the Magic: The Gathering – Arena of the Planeswalkers, players customise the battlefield by designing the map then placing terrain and powerful glyphs. 
Then players choose one of five different Planeswalkers and move their figure and unique creature squads around the map in a race to out-maneuver opponents and gain tactical advantages! Cast devastating spells, summon powerful squads, and tap into your unique Planeswalker abilities to defeat your opponents. 

Be the last Planeswalker standing to win!
The game takes place on the drifting, mana-rich world of Shandalar.

2-5 Players

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Casey's Pile of Shame

I have been a gamer ever since the NES days. I remember the first system I had to myself that I didn't have to share with my brothers was the Sega Megadrive. I was so happy and came home every day from school to play it for many hours, even if I had trouble getting far in the games due to either being too young or not skilled enough to get any further.

At 27 years old, I was thinking about how many games I have always wanted to complete but either never got round to finishing them, gave up as they were too difficult, lost interest or something else occupied my time.

The Legend of Zelda Majoras Mask would of been on this list, but luckily I finished it this year with the 3DS re-master, and I loved it (Ocarina of Time is still my favourite Zelda by far though)

So heres my pile of shame, a list of games I always wanted to finish but for whatever reason, I never did. However, I plan to one day (hopefully).

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII has to the biggest one on my list and I am ashamed that I never finished it, despite starting it several times from the beginning since the original release day. I dont know if I was too young when I first started this game way back when it came out, or it was too confusing at times for me as I think it would of been my first proper RPG.

I loved everything about this game as soon as I popped it into my PS1 for the first time; the music, characters, atmosphere, story etc. I remember the first reason I stopped playing back when I was a small pup was because I didn't know you had to buy womens clothing for Cloud. I just ran around for hours trying to find a way out.

I then started the game again on the PSP that enabled plays of PS1 games. I knew what I had to do, but yet again once I got to certain part and got stuck, I gave up.

I am glad to hear though that Final Fantasy VII will be getting a remake for the current consoles in the future. This will finally get me to sit down properly and finish the game all the way through.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Drawlloween 2015

Some of the Geek Mash team will be participating in Drawlloween throughout October. The aim is to draw a picture for the word prompt for each day of October. Of course, a Halloween theme is expected.

Feel free to join us and share your posts using the hashtag #Drawlloween and sharing via our Facebook and Twitter pages. We'd love to see them! Check out the list below.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Sword Art Online RE: Hollow Fragment - A Guide To Dating.

OH HAI! I'm here to guide you through a somewhat confusing aspect of the PS4/Vita game sword art online: Hollow fragment. The game was originally a PSP game that allowed you to work through the final 25 levels of Ancrid that the heroes in the anime never get see. The Vita version added the 'hollow area' a large additional made especially for the game. Recently the PS4 version came out that's essentially a prettier version of the vita game, but with a few refinements, and the hilariously bad translation now fixed. My personal opinion of the game is that its the definition of a 7/10 game, and best played by those who have seen the anime, and like their RPG's.

But one aspect of the game that is frankly confusing is the dating system. "Why would I want to play the dating game aspect?" I hear you cry, because hot anime girls is what I reply. Well that and there are trophies to be had! So here I'll detail how exactly to max out a girls affinity and get yourself some trophies. There are 7 total girls you need to seduce, with 6 of them having their own specific trophies for max seduction (Strea is need for the final trophy for seducing all the laaadies). Lets get on with it.

First things first, a common mistake some make is thinking that the musical notes that come flying out of the girls head when you praise them during battle help increase your affinity. This isn't so. Praising one of the girls in battle only helps guide the way they fight and how effective they are in battle. The second mistake is when you've maxed out the bar during a conversation with one of the girls, and after a line appear saying something like "Lv2 you can now hold hands" means that your affinity has gone up to level hasn't.

So lets begin, first up press the option button, go to friends and then highlight whichever girl you're seducing. The bar that says affinity is the bar you want to max out to level 5.

Affinity is what you need

So how do you max this bar out? Well you can give weapons, but the main way is to have a nice conversation. So you want to press O when facing them and pick chat right? Nope. You need the girl you're with to be the one to start the conversation. When they talk to you and the text box is yellow, THAT'S when you press O, as seen in the following picture.

  Mmm yellow...ish

Once you've started the chat the girl you're with will say stuff to you and then when three dots start to appear in Kirito's conversation box and you should press either R1 or X...but which one? Well frankly this is a complete mystery, I've never seen anyone be able to determine what the difference is. There is however a way around this, and that's to stick to certain areas. You see the girls will only start conversations in certain places around Arc Sophia, and you're best off sticking to two places, the fountain and in Kirito's room. These two places require you to only ever press R1 99% of the time. If the girls aren't starting conversations in either area then head to either the back alley in the shopping district or the small bridge near the teleport area.

So when you have a successful conversation that maxes out the top bar the affection level should increase, and when it reaches level 3 you'll be able to bridal carry the girl you're with. You can keep starting convo's up to level 5, but once you've reaches this point, you need to get more daring.

The next step is to head to the stairs in Agil's shop, just before you'd head into Kirito's's a pic to help out.

" wanna, you know..."
The next bit is fiddly as you want to press O when facing the girl you're with and then choose 'pick up', but you don't want any other girls to see you (yes really) as this'll cause the girl you're with to get flustered, and its back to square one (although your affinity will be the same). Usually there's two people who wander in at any given time, but top tip...if you choose one of those girls to be the person you try and seduce, then there should only be one girl for a while. In truth this who'll waiting for the other girls to look away thing can be pretty fussy. They'll be times you're certain no one is looking at you, but the bridal carry will fail, and others when you take a gamble thinking things will fail...but it'll be fine. But once you've picked the girl up successfully, it's time to go up stairs.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Artificer's Almanac Episode 6: Gunslinger Girl

Following on with the themes of the last few episodes, today we are going to be looking at another Anime; Gunslinger Girl.

Gunslinger Girl is an anime series following the tale of cybernetic girls trained by the Italian government to kill, apprehend, or stop plots by the right-wing separatist movement Five Republics Faction ( nickname: Padania), a terrorist group to the eyes of the Italian government. The show consists of five main girls, Henrietta, Rico, Triela, Angelica, and Claes; each has their own history of being there.

A lot of the characters can utilise five or six weapons so for this blog I will focus on their sidearm and primary weapon that you see them use in the majority of the episodes.

Transformers News - September 2015


So there's been some Transformers movie news this week

As we heard a while ago, the Transformers movies are forming their own universe kind of like the Marvel movies, they have a writing team with various members on there including Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead fame

Akiva Goldsman is writing Transformers 5 and the Ant-Man re-writers (Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari) are writing a spin off from the main titles in the form of an animated movie detailing the origins of the Autobots and the Decepticons on their homeworld of Cybertron

As a fan I'm really excited about the thought of a shared universe, as the various comics and tv series over the years have been quite excellent, noted especially are the 80s Marvel UK comics written by Simon Furman and the recent Transformers Prime cartoon

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

7 Anime That Are Good For Beginners

Everyone has things they are passionate about that they want to share with everyone they know. Be it a sport, TV show, film series or something else we want people to talk, agree and disagree with on our favourite aspects of what we love. Generally it’s somewhat easy to justify our passion enough to convince our friends to dip a toe in. If someone hates sports but you yourself have a passion for squash, you’d likely be able to convince them to give a match a watch. If they’re not fond of horror movies but you really want them to give your favourite horror trilogy a crack, you’d probably be able to get them to try the first hour.

But some passions are a bit harder to justify, and alas I am a fan of two such passions…wrestling and the one I’m going to try and convince you the read to give a go….anime. Anime can be difficult to justify because…well…to put it bluntly the perviness. When a lot of people think of anime they think of tentacles doing bad things to girls. The good news is this rarely happens in anime and if it does it’s usually an X-rated anime specifically for fans of tentacle filth. But some other fetishes do crop up a lot, specifically loli characters and little sisters who are a bit too fond of their older brothers. Nearly every anime has some sort of loli character who looks in their early teens, and this can be a bit uncomfortable for people new to anime. Of course the reason for this is in part because the age of consent is 13 in Japan. That’s not an attempt to justify it, it’s just how things are and to become a fan of anime you’ll have to deal with it. The incest stuff…well that’s a bit trickier. It is said that the Japanese are more honest about fetishes and that incest isn’t more common there, they’re just more open about the fact that siblings may go through patches where they’re attracted to each other, but doing any psychological/sociological experiments to prove this would be very difficult.

Still the point of this list is to introduce you to anime by avoiding the more difficult to accept aspects of anime. These anime generally avoid perviness, don’t go overboard on the violence and don’t have lots of references to aspects of Japanese culture that would go over most Westerners heads. Hope you find something you like (assuming you’re new to the genre).

Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop tells the story of 4 bounty hunters and their pet dog flying round the galaxy and trying to make a bit of cash for food. The group includes Spike, the cool one who can handle himself against pretty much all opponents, Jet the Captain and a man with a lot of connections, Faye who has memory loss and buckets of sexuality, Ed who’s actually a girl and Ein the dog, who might just be the smartest of the bunch.

Cowboy Bebop manages to be achingly cool with its Jazz soundtrack, but never forces things, the coolness comes naturally. It also manages to do a good job of balancing having story aspects that flow over the whole series and having one shot episodes. It’s also very funny, a personal favourite is the blacksploitation episode, complete with magic mushrooms and a chat between a cow and a dog.
Cowboy Bebop was an important milestone and one of the most well-known anime, but manages to be very accessible at the same time. A very good starting point that has a little bit of everything, but doesn’t go over-board with anime tropes and stereotypes.

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