Hellpoint is a sci-fi action role playing game developed by ‘Cradle Games’ and published by ‘tinyBuild’. Hellpoint is said to be coming out the 12th of July 2022 on the Xbox Series X and PS5. It’s already out on previous gen consoles, Nintendo Switch, linux, mac and pc. Hellpoint went for that high difficulty formula that many players enjoy. Let’s take a look.
Getting straight to the point. Hellpoint is almost 2 years old. You should know the deal by now. If you liked Sekiro Shadows die twice, Lords of the Fallen, Mortal shell or Demon’s Souls then you should quite likely be feeling Hellpoint. You have health, stamina and another meter to manage too. You have heavy and fast attacks, can dodge, vanquish bosses in arenas etc. You know the drill.
Hellpoint coming to next sen consoles, Xbox Series X and PS5 players can expect an upgraded game. Expect better visuals, controls, frame rates and performance. Not only next gen upgrades but also the fact that there’s a new dlc called Blue Sun. So there’s something extra right there. Trailer down below.
Overall Hellpoint doesn’t look like our thing but the fans of Hellpoint should be happy. The best thing is that Hellpoint has multiplayer, so why not bring in a buddy to help you slay enemies. The developers ‘Cradle games’ are making some moves, especially with the couch coop. X35 Earthwalker will just have to wait and hear how this game does. Now Hellpoint might have dlc on the way but it won’t be as good as… the ‘Earth Walk!’
Arcadegeddon is a cooperative multiplayer game developed and published by ‘Illfonic‘. Arcadegeddon is said to be coming out the 5th of July 2022 on the Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS5, PS4 and PC. Arcadegeddon wants to bring a wild gaming adventure. X35 Earthwalker will be the judge of how good it is. Let’s take a look.
Arcadegeddon has a pretty cool story. Basically there’s a local arcade. It’s about to be put out of business due to a mega corporation called ‘Fun Fun co’. Massive competition. One sided. The arcade owner, Gilly, has a big plan. He took all the top games in his arcade and connects them all into one… big game. A super game if you must. Problem solved… not really. Fun Fun co hacked the game and put in a virus. So yeah… it’s time to save the game.
Don’t forget that this is a cooperative multiplayer shooter game. This means you can enter the game with your friends and fight your way through these levels. There’s a mix of PVP and PVE in Arcadegeddon. This opens doors. Expect to face other players (hopefully not try hards) and off course enemies and threats. The levels have been described as ever changing. So players should expect some freshness in the gameplay. There’s 3 biomes right now but another on the way. There’s: Aftermath, Mystic Isles, Nerve centre and Downtown is on the way. We expect to see big variety in the biomes then.
We checked out some Arcadegeddon gameplay and it’s sort of what we expected. Use guns, guns and even more guns. There’s quite a range with different functions. Explosive, rifles, snipers, sub machine guns and more. Definitely more. There’s hordes for you to face as well. watch the trailer we placed here to see what we mean. Looks like it’s going to get crazy in here. By the way, there’s local gangs that chill in Gilly’s arcade. they will give you challenges. Completing them will earn you street cred. We won’t say more.
Overall Arcadegeddon is looking like it’s going to be a straight up silly fun game. Nothing serious. Just run around with your friends or family and gun down the horde. Bring out explosives, shot gun blast and more. We need to see more about how the biomes function and those changes. The gangs are plentiful and got lots of variety for sure. We hope they play a bigger role than just challenges. The gameplay looks nice too. The developers ‘Illfonic’ have done a good job so far. We at X35 Earthwalker will keep an ear open concerning how much fun it is. Now Arcadegeddon may be many games connected together but even together it’s too weak for… the ‘Earth Walk!’
Street Fighter 6 is where the fighting game community is at right now. Street Fighter 6 is being developed by Capcom off course. The announce trailer has dropped (arrived) and there has been many reactions and views concerning it. People like Smug, Justin Wong and Maximillian dood (inferior to pegasus) have reacted to it. Now off Course X35 Earthwalker is smarter and above all of them. So what X35 says is what truly matters. Let’s take a look.
Now from the first few seconds of the trailer we knew that Streets of Rage 6 was going to be excellent. The graphics and visuals are looking fantastic right now. You know work has gotten into it. The streets look more alive than ever before. Speaking of the streets being alive, players can take part in the streets… literally. You get to run around in the streets. This must be the new Street Fighter 6 single player mode called ‘World Tour’. You have your own fighter and you make a name for yourself in the streets. Facing other characters, running around the city, interacting with others and objects like smashing bins and more. This off course is a big deal and new thing, especially in the fighting game genre. This is the right direction. Modern games are getting bigger, flashier and have whole new features and mechanics.
The first thing we hate about Street Fighter 6 is Luke’s stupid hair! They need to change that. It’s horrible and makes him look like an idiot. We do like the character designs of Luke (minus his hair) and Jamie. Both about to be great additions to the world of Street Fighter. Jamie looks cool with an energetic attitude with a flashy combat style. We love flashy. The graffiti style of the Capcom logo was excellent. Shows that this is a new era, a new style, a new direction, a new generation, like how there’s a new generation of characters now. We see box head minions emerging which again shows there’s a single player mode… World Tour. Chun-Li is here and so is Ryu. they had too be here. If they weren’t here, we wouldn’t even touch the game. They are pillars of Street Fighter and should always be present. Now for their character design…
Chun-Li looks amazing and it makes sense. Her greatest strength is her kicks. So off course a wise person would make them stronger. Her thighs are much stronger and bigger than last time. Meaning she kicks harder. Her gastrocnemius muscles look fantastic too. Realistic and beautiful. Ryu is looking more like Zangief in the face. Less realistic and more blocky. Body wise he is great but face wise, he doesn’t look good but he looks like he continued his training, as expected. Next we are seeing all new combat mechanics. We know about them but won’t say here. These new things changes a lot and adds more to the Street Fighter game. We are seeing special parries and enhanced attacks. The special effects are excellent too, adding impact and newness to the combat.
What do Capcom they need to do? A number of things. Street Fighter 6 has to be a big success. They can easily fail but if they have wise leaders like X35 Earthwalker… which they don’t, they can do well. First things first, put Hugo back in the game! Look at the opening scene of the trailer. Hugo is on the bottom left on the screen that says ‘Giant Attack’. Hugo is the most hyped character in the whole game. Not a good character but when someone with skill masters Hugo, he is the most entertaining to watch. Bring him back and you’ll bring in players and content. Next we have seen some new mechanics but there needs to be a level of deepness to them that’s enough to add complexity to the game but keep the form of Street Fighter. Next there needs to be new controls. Some keyboards have input short cuts to make doing moves and combos easier. The battlefield needs to be even. We heard there’s controls that allow doing combos and special moves easier. This will make things easier for new players and encourage more to play with the experienced. Good move to bring in a explorable world, single player story. Great games like Street of Rage 4 stayed exactly how it use to be. A arcade beat em up but nothing new that was a major change or addition which means once you complete it, you no longer really needed to play it. Streets of Rage 6 won’t have the problem.
There needs to be unlock able rewards like customisation for your characters, unique skins that have to be earned. Multiple different character taunts that can be activated during matches. Titles that can be equipped for prestige and making statements. In game currency that you gain for playing not buying which can e spent in a store. Another separate currency which can be bought with real money to be used in a completely separate store. Gaming is a business after all. They got to make money too. Lastly… matters fact. We won’t mention it. Let’s see if others notice too. That’s all for now, there’s way more to say but we won’t. street Fighter 6 is going to be fantastic… as long as the developers make smart moves. Now Street Fighter 6 may have a hyped trailer but it’s not as hyped as… the ‘Earth Walk!’
Elden Ring is an excellent game for sure. There’s no questions about it. FromSoftware did a lot of things right and does them well. We like the very big world of Elden Ring. We like the variety off enemies and the numerous bosses for you top fight, sneak around, avoid and even outsmart. We like that some enemies have certain weaknesses that can, with knowledge, be exploited. We like the variety to the lands in between. There’s different temperatures, levels of greenery and more. Yet even with all of that and more, the game still isn’t perfect. Elden Ring has problems… but here’s it’s biggest problem. Let’s take a look.
Quite simply it’s the strength build. Or lack there of. The strength build sucks!!! We hate it and it’s running the game for us. X35 Earthwalker himself is losing interest in the game because of the strength build. We don’t want to hear from those ‘know it all losers’ who have over 200 hours, done everything, have two giant super swords, strength stat at 80+ and that one boss who everyone found hard, they beat in two hits. We ain’t trying to hear from you sad lot. There’s no real reason to being a strength build. We started of with the strength and beat numerous bosses including margit the fell omen, renalla girl of the full moon, tree sentinel the tree hugger and crucible knight the scumbag (including when the knight teamed up with that beast boss). We did it all with the strength build just so you know that we have experience and did go far with the build.
When you look at the mage builds they are the easiest baby difficult off course but they are the most fun and coolest. They have over powered broken spells like calling down a meteor shower like attack. A huge kamekameha like magic beam from dragon ball z. You can bring forth a ball of fire looking like the sun, like you’re escanor from seven deadly sins. There’s all kinds of crazy magic that it’s no longer Elden Ring… it’s Final Fantasy XIIII. Now look at dexterity. It’s fast, swings fast, has more than enough time to avoid hits even after hitting. Plus they loaded with bleed effects which does crazy damage. Get the samurai class and dual wield the uchigatana and you set for the longest time. What does strength have? Think about it.
When you think of a strength type characters, you imagine that they are very strong, can take hits and stand up to strong enemies. Instead you have slow swinging weapons and their recovery time with such weapons are slow too, meaning it’s easier for enemies to punish you. Poise doesn’t matter in this game unless you are like new game plus 7 or whatever. Bosses attacks still rock you regardless. You don’t do amazing damage and you still die in three swings. Strength is slower than the dexterity builds, easier to punish than dexterity and don’t have as awesome weapons as dexterity. Also since you are investing points in hp, strength and endurance, you won’t have enough points in faith or intelligence etc to use those cool and crazy incantations and spells. All the really cool weapons with interesting effects require extra stats you wouldn’t invest in. Strength is boring (as Saitama would say). The weapons except for end game stuff are boring, you have all the disadvantages, poise doesn’t help. Strength needs some love. Developers did not balance things at all. We going straight to renalla to change our build. We are done with strength!
You might think this isn’t a big deal but that’s because you aren’t thinking deep enough. We don’t blame you, no one is as intelligent and wise as us, let alone X35 Earthwalker himself. When you are a strength build from the start and make your way through the game, you learn that you are basically playing hard mode and simple. Mage is baby/easy, dexterity is medium while strength is hard to brutal. So you are having the hardest time. On top of that, the majority of cool/interesting/epic weapons aren’t for you. Do you know how many times we find a new weapon or whatever, just to check it out and see that we can’t use it. We don’t get excited when a weapon shows up anymore. What’s this? A flaming super sword once wielded by the gods themselves? Can’t use it! X35 Earthwalker was stuck with the starting weapon for a very long time. Can’t use cool spells either. You get bored. Fighting bosses get boring too. The boss does its combo. You dodge everything, if possible, then there’s an opening so you swing once… ONCE. Then you have to back off or start rolling again. Why? Because if you take a second slow swing the boss would hit you before you have time to roll. That’s why. It’s dodge, dodge, dodge, dodge, swing, then dodge, dodge, dodge, dodge and swing again. That’s not really fun. It’s getting boring.
Overall Elden Ring off course as said before is an excellent game. This is the biggest issue with the game in our opinion. It’s definitely negatively impacted our experience. Positive experience overall for sure. Enjoying the game but lately this big problem has slowed us down. Now Elden Ring may have strength classes but they are too pathetic for… the ‘Earth Walk!’
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Halo Infinite Season 2 – Lone Wolves. Think about that for a moment. Halo Infinite isn’t done yet… obviously. A very good as it is already nu8t off course it needs much more. This update is just a start. A wise person would have read the previous G-blogs written by X35 Earthwalker himself. Meaning you’s know Halo Infinite’s strengths and weaknesses. Halo Infinite Season 2- Lone Wolves… some quick thoughts.
The developers explained a number of things, hoping to answer the main questions of the Halo Infinite community. Here’s what they said: “I’m here to answer two questions that we know are top of mind for the Halo community: “What is the Halo Infinite team working on right now?” and “When can we expect new content and features?” I’ll start with brief answers, and then get into more detail, including sharing some new info on what’s coming with Season 2.
This is the focus of the Halo Infinite team, in priority order:
1 – Addressing issues negatively impacting the player experience. 2 – Completing Season 2 and delivering it as promised on May 3rd. 3 – Continuing work on Campaign Co-Op, Forge, and Season 3.“
This part alone gives us bad signs already. Notice that the Campaign co-op AND Forge are the bottom priority! That’s so wrong. Bad priorities. The campaign is currently the best thing about Halo Infinite. An excellent campaign. It needs updates now. Forge can easily be the biggest factor of Halo Infinite. Those two are top priorities! Now that’s not to say that addressing (not fixing) issues negatively impacting the player experience isn’t important. That does matter still. One big negative issue is being forced to play with PC players. give players the option to disable that.
Halo Infinite Season 2 – Lone Wolves is said to be coming the 3rd of May 2022. We are hearing about Lone Wolf Spartans. Think of these guys as special forces spartans who tend to work alone deep behind enemy lines. Here’s the description “Lone Wolf Spartans are hunters. Trackers. They’re resourceful improvisers, operating deep in enemy territory without resupply or support. They’re fierce, rugged, and prefer to work alone—but they’re still loyal to the Spartan pack”. Now this is very cool. We like this idea of a variety of highly skilled spartans in different fields with different purposes.
We know that the spartan on the left is Sigrid Eklund and the one on the right is Hieu Dinh. These two look very cool. Fantastic details. They look like they might actually be a problem for the Banished. We want to see this type of graphical details in the game as well with multiplayer. Now will the Halo Infinite Season 2 – Lone Wolves give us a Halo Reach Noble team connection or feeling? We hope to actually care about these spartans and their names while giving them realistic interactions with the enemy within their abilities as spartans.
We hearing that there will be new games modes too. This sounds like it includes Infection. Infection also needs improvements. The whole mode need to be harder for the survivors. The infected need to be scary. The levels should be dark with clear footsteps for atmosphere. The alpha zombies need to be a real threat. Either they can’t be head shotted or they get extra abilities to make their advance more deadly. Infection overall should be a harder game mode. Big team battle doesn’t feel like a big team battle. The amount of vehicles are lacking too. We are keeping hi short remember? We can easily say so much more.
Overall we are glad to hear from 343 Industries. Their response wasn’t great but quite detailed. Forge and campaign co-op isn’t coming just yet. We must be patient. Developers, DO NOT RUSH. Take your time. There are a number of things that need fixing and changing. We at X35 Earthwalker are looking forward to Halo Infinite Season 2 – Lone Wolves. Halo Infinite Season 2 – Lone Wolves may have a big update on the way but it’s so insignificant compared to… the ‘Earth Walk!’
Godfall is an Action Role Playing Game developed by ‘Counterplay Games inc‘ and published by ‘Gearbox Publishing‘. Godfall is said to be coming out on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Xbox One on the 7th of April 2022. Godfall is already out on PS5, PS4 and PC but we haven’t seen or heard anything significant about it back then. Godfall is suppose to be coming in hot. X35 Earthwalker will see for himself. Let”s take a look.
Here’s some quick small information concerning the story or lore of Godfall. The place of focus is Aperion. It’s “on the precipice of ruin”. Players control a valerian knight. Valerian knights are described as god-like warriors who can equip valorplates. Valorplates are legendary armour sets that make these knights become “unstoppable masters” of melee combat. Make your way through the elemental realms to find and fight macros. Who’s macros? Some dude described as the mad god. Yeah, go beat him up or something.
Godfall is all about big action. Godfall has been described as a looter slasher game. Godfall is also described as “fantasy universe filled with heroic knights and arcane magic”. Heroic knights tells us a bit about the game as knights are very versatile depending on the universe they are in but generally have variety options in their arsenal. We expect armour types, armour effects, armour designs and more. Arcane magic is a broader term. Arcane magic can mean anything, so we hope for a creative amount of magics and abilities. Big fantasy worlds must have large amounts of creativity. Not just the standard lame magic groups.
Now being a looter slasher means that there has to be lots of loots and things to find. Not every rpg game gets equipment and loot right. Drop rate, rarity chance, equipment effects, rarity actually being special, full pool of loot, can you get the same loot, can you do something with duplicates, equipment sets and do they have benefits, are equipped items visible and can that be toggled, how effective are the valourplate, how much difference do they make overall. We have lots of questions and don’t think Godfall will get it right. A game like this should have and does have multiplayer options. Godfall can be played solo, a couple or a team of three. Is there difficulty balancing for teams vs solo, are their benefits for playing solo and benefits for playing in a team. Or will team players always have the dominance and advantage over solo players? Games like Skyforge failed at this.
We checked out some Godfall gameplay and it’s almost what we expected. It’s fast, heavy, melee action. You have to time the dodges very well. Can get punished. Feels like a faster Elden Ring in a way. We do like the combat and it’s a good speed but the enemies seem inconsistent. Now off course Godfall coming to Xbox consoles is a year or two later from original launch so things should be better now. There’s lots we have taken notice of like the attributes: might, spirit and vitality. We want to keep this short so we won’t dive into them but Godfall has lots of potential but clear concerns already.
Overall Godfall looks like a good game and it certainly would benefit heavily from being on the Xbox Series X and S with how strong those consoles are. It’s strength is the combat and action. The bosses are humanoid but don’t come off as intimidating. More like a fair fight approach. The visuals are not impressive or up to the level that we expected. The particle effects are alright. The developers ‘Counterplay Games’ have done a good job so far. We at X35 Earthwalker will have to see what’s up with this game and whether it’s coming in hot or not. Now Godfall may have so called god-like knights but even those are just brats in the eyes of… the ‘Earth Walk!’
Century: Age of Ashes is a free to play multiplayer dragon action battle game developed by ‘Playwing‘. Century: Age of Ashes is said to be coming out the 10th of March 2022 on the Xbox Series X and Xbox One. It’s already out on the PC but no one cares as we haven’t heard anyone talk about this game. We heard Century: Age of Ashes might come to Android, IOS and Playstation. Now X35 Earthwalker being the smartest and best gamer to ever exist, you know you need to hear what he says. Let’s take a look.
Century: Age of Ashes is basically a dragon battle game. Have a dragon, be the rider and fly around, breathing fire and fighting others. This concept alone is very good. Not many dragon fighting games out there. There’s no story, there’s no single player adventure it’s just straight to the action. Were like this. Not every game needs a campaign.
It’s not just straight up flying dragons and fire. There’s some technique and strategy to it. Century: Age of Ashes has classes with their own abilities to make a difference in battle. There’s phantom which can cloak itself to escape or surprise with an increased damage attack. They also have access to mines or a blast ability. Marauder has a tracking fireball and they also do more damage against tracked enemies. They can also use gust or frost bolts. Windward can zoom towards an ally to give them a shield, heal a bit and reduce fireball ability cooldown. They can also use smoke trail or blast. We can already see what these guys can do.
We checked out some Century: Age of Ashes gameplay and it’s what we expected. There’s some game modes: Spoils of war, where you steal gold from dangerous creatures and enemy team while protecting yourself. Carnage, a 6v6 straight up battle. Team death match but power ups show up as well. Gates of Fire, fight for a flag and gain points by flying through gates with the flag. There’s lots of customisation for your dragons from skins, mantles, armour, back armour (for dragons), saddles and more. There’s more. We like how mobile the dragons are. The smooth flying and agile movement. It all looks clean.
Overall Century: Age of Ashes looks like a good game for sure. This looks like fast and tactical dragon on dragon violence. Looks cool. We wonder about the balancing between classes. They said they will add new classes. This matters. We hope the customisation rewards are actually cool and visually matter. We hear that the weapon changes are customisation only as well. No actual enhancement. The developers ‘Playwing’ have done a good job with this game so far. We at X35 Earthwalker will have to see whether this game will be fire or not on the Xbox. Now Century: Age of Ashes may have fire breathing dragons but those things aren’t as cool as… the ‘Earth Walk!’
Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is the latest biggest Yu-Gi-Oh! game. We will type it as Yugioh from now on. X35 Earthwalker has been playing Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel for a while now and has noticed many problems with the game and ‘modern Yugioh’ in general. Just for the sake of the ignorant readers, know that X35 Earthwalker is a veteran Yugioh player. He has played since it’s release, watched the animes and considered by smart people as the best player in the world who doesn’t use lame tactics. X35 Earthwalker doesn’t use meta decks. Glad we made that clear. Let’s take a look.
The main problem with Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is modern Yugioh itself. Yes other games suffer from a similar problem but it’s way worse in Yu-Gi-Oh! Meta! The problem is meta. Not all decks are created equally and that’s too big of a task to get done perfectly. There’s thousands of cards and so many decks and archetypes who specialise in different things so and can’t be equal. Even so there are things you can do but Konami isn’t smart enough nor top they care to fix it. Meta decks dominate in Yugioh and that’s a fact. This was the same problem in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. Decks like eldlich, tri brigade, drytron and many many more. It’s so bad that some players instantly quit the match upon seeing these things. We don’t blame them. It’s not fun to face these decks. It’s boring. That’s problem one. Most duels in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel are not fun because of meta decks. Some of these decks take forever to do their turn. They be special summoning more times than the number of bites you take eating cereal. Not joking. People have made videos on this.
Now why do many people use meta decks? Simple. Most are pathetic losers who can’t win by themselves and have no creativity. They are desperate for a win and so copy the most broken unfair decks so they can finally have some sort of success in their life. The community doesn’t help either. youtubers and streamers need to make new ‘exciting’ content, so they find new broken decks, cards or combos and show the world. The world then just copies it (card for card in many cases) as they always show the deck recipe. The smaller group of Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel players use meta decks because they are tired of losing. they try fun and creative decks but they get destroyed by meta decks (we know the feeling) so it’s a ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ kind of thing. We don’t mock or insult those guys as we understand the frustration. They aren’t having fun and no one likes losing all the time. So expect to face meta the vast majority of the time and for players to race to get the broken meta cards.
Now all this means that fun decks can’t be used. X35 Earthwalker has already reached platinum ranked without any meta decks or hand traps like ash blossom, maxx c and niburu. He has dropped rank simply because he began to use other decks he created that are fun, creative and different but not as strong as his more serious deck. He was using Earthbound Immortals! X35 says they are the coolest in the verse (game). While powerful, they can easily be stopped by those broken decks. You try to use Supay dawnwalker and boom, the brain dead meta deck using opponent uses ash blossom. You have been screwed. They might use maxx c, so when you use Ascator dawnwalker the get 3 cards for absolutely no reason. Not fair. While Earthbound immortals didn’t get any love. They are a major archetype that gor little to know upgrades or real support cards. The sacred beast cards got some crazy and even broken support cards and upgrades that make them almost unbeatable. Earthbound Immortals have no such help. They have many weaknesses. They can be destroyed, removed from play, targeted and AOE both work, don’t have the highest attack points at all, almost all their effects have little to no effect on the strongest cards who can’t be targeted or destroyed by card effects. Get rid of the field spell and Earthbound Immortals die. They have no link monster or xyz cards. Nothing broken or cheap. They also require two tributes to bring out. There’s also no get cards from deck to hand or special summon from deck etc. They are weak in modern yugioh and the meta. So no fun decks means no fun. You can try Earthbound immortals and other fun decks but expect to lose or leave matches in many cases sadly.
Another problem with Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is getting new cards. You have these basic normal packs which are always available but for the packs that allow you to target a certain archetype, which are the secret packs, are not always available. They are not there. You have to unlock them. To do this you have to open other packs and hope to get a super or ultra rare card that belongs to a secret pack which then unlocks the secret pack. Secondarily you could craft a super or ultra rare card that belongs to a secret pack to unlock the secret pack. That’s not that hard when you think about it… but… the problem is the packs are unlocked TEMPORARILY. They stay available for like a day. That’s it. That’s stupid. Opening packs one at a time hardly brings results. It’s always best to open 10 at a time which is 1000 gems. Getting 1000 gems isn’t easy at all. As getting gems is incredibly slow on purpose. Quick example. You have 3000 gems. You spend 1000 to open a pack to hope to get a rare enough card to unlock your pack. You get a card first try. You now have 2000 to grab 20 packs of the secret pack you want. That’s normally not enough to get all the cards you want. Once you are aiming for these cards, you don’t want to dismantle them to craft the specific cards you want. You have run out of gems. To try again, you need to get 1000 gems again to hope to unlock the secret pack and then another 1000 on top to just try. That’s stupid and lame.
Now Konami doesn’t want to fix Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel for obvious reasons. They make more money this way. Think about it. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know this already. X35 Earthwalker is the smartest person after all. People want to win, easiest way to win is to have a brain dead, retarded, yes to everything, meta deck. To get those you need the cards. You mainly get the cads through spending gems to open packs. Earning gems is really slow. What’s a faster way to get them? Buy them! Easy formula. Crafting cards require having cards to dismantle. How do you get cards to dismantle? You open packs. How do you open packs? With gems! Pay attention! We don’t like to repeat ourselves. So to get the specific cards or grab as many from a certain type, it’s all about the gems. They make so much money from all these purchases. Just like in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, except it’s worse here. Everyone wants ash blossom, everyone wants max c and 3 copies of each of them. It’s all about money. The whole system is built around this, from the secret packs being temporary, to the meta decks dominating to how slow it is to get gems. It’s a design plan. Other games have done similar stuff like Raid: Shadow Legends. It’s all about making money. Game design is a business after all.
The rewards you get for wining duels are terribly lame. The legacy packs suck terribly for the most part. No excitement opening those. There’s no casual duelling mode where instead of it being ranked and facing meta brain dead decks, you can face others who just want fun duels with variety decks. Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel should have a practice duel mode. Yes we know there’s solo mode but a more dedicated mode where you can maybe select what deck you want to face would be great. There’s nothing really to aim for in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel. We already reached platinum and it’s so not worth it, the reward values decrease as you get higher, the duels get less fun as it’s all dumb meta decks and the level of customisation is poor. There’s so much they could do with this game but they stay lacking. Also like mentioned before, but decks like Earth Bound Immortals need help and support. Hand traps like ash blossom should be limited cards. Not 3 copies of ash blossom and 3 copies of maxx c in one deck. Also the timer for your turn in a duel is tooooooooo long. You have almost 8 minutes to make a move. 8 MINUTES!!!! Why do you need 8 minutes?! Is your brain that damaged? Are you that slow that you need 8 minutes? It makes duels too long and boring while you wait forever for your opponent to make a move or finish their turn. We hate that when you block a player, they still show up on your duel record. In Duel Links they disappear from your record. Small stuff like that matters. There’s more things to say but we are keeping this short.
Overall there’s many things wrong with Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel but we do still play it for a few reasons. Very rarely you can have a fun duel with someone who isn’t a meta deck using idiot. A good duel where it goes back and forth and you bring out your big moves to shift things in your favour. Anther reason is that there’s so many cards, some we don’t even know about, which is cool. We won’t say more. Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel has so much to do to be a much better game. We have seen complaints from many people but since this is the current state of yugioh even in real life with physical cards, there isn’t that much you can do but there is some options still. Modern yugioh is far inferior to old yugioh. Now Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel may be the new big flashy Yugioh game but still is dull trash when compared to… the ‘Earth Walk!’
X35 Earthwalker has already proved years ago and even recently that Xbox has many games. Too many games right now. The biggest W is clearly the Xbox Game Pass. Many games have been played thanks to this Xbox feature. Today we just wanted to go over quickly some Xbox Game Pass games that we think you should play. just to be clear, there are many good games on the Xbox Game Pass but we will just mention some. Let’s take a look.
The first game is off course Halo Infinite. What else could we start with? Nothing else. Halo Infinite has a fantastic campaign. It’s an excellent story, epic boss battles, open explorable world, lots of information and effective vehicles. This campaign has lots of gameplay time and has a completely different style fro all previous Halo Games. Multiplayer is good but definitely has it’s issues. Big team battle is fun and ranked mode allows you disable cross platform. Halo Infinite is only going to get better and better as new things are added, actual customisations and off course the Forge mode. There’s lots of room for big things.
Aliens: FireTeam Elite is the next. This game is excellent for friends and family to play. Aliens: FireTeam Elite is all about team work. If you don’t work together, you will die! Three soldiers who you can customise will face off against HORDES of aliens on big missions. Iconic weapons like the Smart gun and Pulse rifle are here and do big damage. There’s multiple character classes with different functions except one that sucks. You can change your class in between missions anytime. Level up systems for the weapons, numerous attachments for guns and a variety of enemies including big powerful enemies who have armour and lots of health and will charge you down. Lots of action here.
Next is Scarlet Nexus. This game is excellent. There’s so much to say about this game. The best thing just might be the characters. they are so different, have numerous interactions that lead to lots of entertainment. The combat system is excellent but the lack of health is an issue. You can get creative as there’s so many powers you have access to thanks to the SAS (if you play the game then you know). The game is easy to understand, set in a very different world with mystery, betrayal, questions, very difficult fights and quite a bit of turns. Scarlet Nexus has been a real big treat and definitely having fun playing it.
Doom (the first one) is definitely fun even to this day. Just a straight up first person shooter. A very different experience to what’s released nowadays. The best part is actually the multiplayer. Yep, play through the whole game but with friends and family. X35 Earthwalker literally had a full squad of four players and they all attacked a cyber demon boss with pistols until it died. That was so silly. The game allows you to save whenever you want and you have a lot of liberty in Ultimate Doom, even with the levels. Just run around, sprinting with weapons and killing everything.
Tetris Effect: Connected is one of the best games ever made. No joke. This game is fantastic. It’s straight up Tetris with some additional stuff off course. The zone mechanic is awesome and can really save your life at times. The visuals are top tier for sure. It’s one of the best looking games ever. It’s particle and special effects are top tier. It’s music and sounds are top tier. Many locations, multiple game modes, special events, competitive play and multiplayer which includes a co-op mode. This game can be played with such a chill mode with low speed Tetrominos and endless modes while enjoying the music and visuals. Don’t underestimate Tetris Effect: Connected just because it’s a Tetris game. Definitely better than anything the PS5 currently has.
The Riftbreaker went above our expectations. It’s not only better but bigger too. Much bigger. The Riftbreaker isn’t a 1 hour game. It’s a huge adventure. You are transported to a far planet from earth and you need to build a base, harvest materials for building and defences to stay alive. You also have to go out and explore, fight dangerous flauna and creatures. There’s so much things to build, options and you can build anywhere. There’s aliens invading, sort of easy to die but honestly there’s so much going on. This game The Riftbreaker will truly take you by surprise. The graphics are excellent. The details are fantastic and there’s scanning to learn about creatures and gain familiarity. With each scan, we naturally think of Metroid Prime and the scanning. Try this game.
Spelunky 2 is a real challenge. It’s a direct improvement over the first game. there’s more levels, more secrets, more enemies, more items, more traps, more instant kills, more characters, much more difficult and more fun. Spelunky 2 is just an excellent game. You can play with friends and family. There’s a competitive battle mode and then off course the main mode. There’s even an online option, so you can play with others. You should definitely try Spelunky 2.
Raji: An Ancient Epic is a beautiful game. This game is very good too. If you like a visual delight with an adventure that’s not difficult and chill then Raji: An Ancient Epic is for you. We like the whole cultural and mythology elements too. You get learn interesting stuff while you have a good time. Basically the biggest god of the big three of hinduism did a seriously dumb move and gave a demon eternal life and a god slaying weapon… what could go wrong? The demon causes havoc, got many killed and caused your brother to get kidnapped. You are the big sister and you want to save your brother, which means fighting evil. Some of the environments reminds us of Abe’s oddysee and exodus, the whole odd world thing. Desert, full forest and a most beautiful city.
Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries is a completely different gaming experience. You control large powerful mechs and you engage in mech on mech violence on large scale battles too. There’s aircrafts, there’s tanks and smaller mechs that support or go against you. A few missions types but each of the mechs have different weight, weapon slots, armour, movement speed and more. In Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries, there’s room for tactical fighting as you can target specific parts of kill mechs faster, disable weapons and cripple their movement. Hire pilots to control other mechs you own so you can have a team move with you on the field. Difficulty balancing is an issue though.
Gears Tactics is the last one for now. If you enjoyed XCOM 2 then you’ll enjoy Gears Tactics. Of course your cog soldiers aren’t as strong or good as the XCOM soldiers who can have alien tech rocket launchers that pass through all things. The principles are the same. Move soldiers around, get into cover, flank enemies for critical chance and clearer shots. Level up soldiers to get new abilities and create combos with your soldiers. Gears of War is a cover shooter game so the XCOM style is perfect for Gears of War. We like the brand new locusts and the variety off enemies brought in. There’s big boss fights too. Like fighting a Brumack and corpser.
Remember, this isn’t all of them. There’s many more. We just wanted to mention some and keep it short. There’s basically 100 games on Xbox Game Pass. We at X35 Earthwalker have played many and can confirm that Xbox Game Pass is the best thing in gaming. Now There may be many good games but none of them can compete with… the ‘Earth Walk!’
Halo Infinite has been out for a good while now and there’s a lot to say about this Halo game. First of all X35 Earthwalker is really enjoying Halo Infinite, as are millions of others who are inferior players. Was excited for Halo Infinite and ended up having many adventures. We won’t really talk about the multiplayer since we already made a G-Blog on it. We are going to do a quick shot review G-blog this time. Let’s take a look.
Let’s firstly talk about the campaign. The campaign is without a doubt, hands down, pants down, the best part of Halo Infinite by far. The campaign is fantastic. It’s mostly what we wanted but let’s talk about it. The campaign is big open world like we predicted and wanted. You are also given the tools to explore this world which is split into islands really. You can unlock vehicles like warthogs, mongooses, and eventually a Hornet which is a flying vehicle and even get a Scorpion tank. Your armour abilities like the grapple hook is the star of the game and it makes traversing the world real easy and fun but more on the grapple hook later. Halo Infinite looks beautiful. top level graphics for sure. When you get to the top of a high point like a mountain or installation and just take a moment to look round, you see a lot and it’s fun to do. Lots of hard work went into Halo Infinite and it’s visuals fantastic. The attention to details is excellent as well. The campaign is also riddled with Easter eggs and secrets.
We found the Halo theme song from Halo 1 (Combat Evolved). It started playing when we got to the top of a tall installation. It started playing while we was taking in the view. That was a excellent touch and the developers 343 industries did good to put that in. We also found a original Halo Infinite arcade machine… within Halo Infinite. All you need is a coin. These things are needed in a big open world as it makes exploring fun, especially when you wonder what else is out there.
There’s an upgrade system for your equipment: Grappleshot, Threat sensor, Drop wall and thruster pack. Also Armor core but that’s passive and not equipment. This is a game changer literally as it makes you become a powerful super soldier indeed. The grapple hook is not just for traversing but for mobility. You can use it to pull yourself in for a melee strike against enemies, dodge attack, get the high ground (no obi wan), pull a weapon towards you, grab those coil fusions and climb mountains. When upgraded fully you can use it more frequently, add an electric effect to shock enemies, unlocked a grapple power punch which then can have greater area of effect. The grapeshot with the reduced cool down allows it to recharge so fast that you can pull yourself up a mountain and when launched into the area after grappling, it recharges allowing you to grapple again, allowing for literal climbing. Thruster pack when fully upgraded is crazy good. You get active camouflaged when you thrust and lasts a few seconds. Helps with escaping and approaching enemies. Threat sensor is heavily underestimated. Unqualified reviewers who lack skill like angry joe downplayed and dissed everything but the grappleshot. When you play Legendary difficulty like X35 Earthwalker did, you’ll understand and appreciate how useful ALL these abilities are. Threat sensor when fully upgraded is powerful. You can launch two of them, they reveal the enemies clearly and show their health, which helps big time. Knowing how much health the enemy has makes a difference, especially with Hunters. Drop wall just ends up saving your life and giving you a few more moments to fight back or get your shields back up. Once X35 Earthwalker was surrounded and attacked by sentinels. Destroyed most and then got his back to the wall, used his drop wall which blocked all the beams and electrifies all shots he fires through at the sentinels. Use all the abilities to survive in Legendary difficulty.
The in-game cinematics are excellent. The opening scene of Master Chief fighting the banished, using his grappleshot to grab a weapon and then getting into the big 1v1 fight with Atriox himself. The fight itself was very good but a little too one sided. In actual lore, Master Chief would destroy Atriox but in terms of in game action, Atriox trashes Master Chief seeing how Atriox did 1v3 spartan red team in Halo Wars 2 and won easily. Spartan red are spartan 2s just like Master Chief, going through the same process and training so if Atriox can beat three of them, then he should easily rip apart Master Chief. Seeing the spartans, the brutes, the speeches, Escharum in showing up and even the elite spartan killer was all fun to see. The scenes are excellent. angry joe had a complaint that we never got to get revenge on Atriox. I understand him completely but that would be bad writing. Revenge would mean beating Atriox as in kill him. Atriox is too good of a villain. They need to save him for that one big moment when they clash in a final battle. When Tremonius stated that Atriox is dead, X35 Earthwalker was almost angry. He said, “What?! There’s no way. If they kill of Atriox now, especially off screen… I’m done with 343 industries and will declare them as idiot game developers.” We are glad Master Chief didn’t get revenge… not yet.
The high profile targets was an excellent idea. Placing infamous and powerful enemies around the map for you to find and beat added flavour to the campaign. These were a range of units: Grunts, Jackals, Elites, Brutes, Hunters and that new flying enemy which we referred to as Drones from Halo 2 as they practically do the same thing which is fly around and shoot. Not as fast or annoying but bigger weapons. These fights were sort of underwhelming at times though. Especially when you read their resumé. One of them called ‘Okra Vagaduun’ was described as “considered one of the most lethal infantry assets in the covenant.” Having “remarkable combat resolve”. He “hailed from a long line of sword fighters” so he’s well trained and “repeatedly defied odds, surviving even when VASTLY outnumbered”. This guy sounds like the Master Chief in some ways. He’s the real deal and should be a major problem and battle… but nope! Just put my ghost vehicle in position and sprayed at him until he died. He behaved like a regular elite really and it was lame compared to his reputation and experience. they should have made these guys big big battles like boss battles or show them do something impressive at least. Most of them went down like female dogs. Zeretus was a real problem though as long as you didn’t cheese him out. He had a homing shot rocket launcher! You can’t beat that. So yeah, the high profile targets was a good move, not executed perfectly though.
This leads to one more thing. The boss battles. They are epic. We finally got actual boss fights. They are powerful and no joke. They can kill you within second if you played on Legendary difficulty. Bassus was especially crazy as she wield a powerful gravity hammer in close corners. He has a lunging attack where he leaps forward quickly and smashes the ground. He even uses it to get across a gap and kill you. In legendary difficulty, he needs one hit to kill you. Same for the Escharum as well. All he needed was one hit and his ranged weapon shredded you. In legendary difficulty you couldn’t stand up to these guys. You have to run and dodge for your life… literally. The cloaking elite boss fight was tense and difficult. If you made a mistake you were dead. simple. We hoped the high profile targets would have fights sort of like this. The bosses are fun and each one is memorable.
We love the Grunts. Halo Infinite has the best Grunts so far. Everyone including the marines have better and more dialogues and lines but Grunts have the best. They perfectly do their role as cowards who are comical. We have heard them mock Cortana, mock the Master Chief himself, make fun of humanity. Brag about their greatness. Accuse you of being a coward when you run to get your shields back up. Point out that everyone is dying. Even beg. Act brave-ish. Even accuse you of cheating. It’s very funny and entertaining. We suggest you just listen to the Grunts talk. Especially the propaganda towers. the dialogue of everything is significantly improved. We here the banished communicate with each other. Update each other on what the player is doing. Even give instructions to others like telling one to rush the player as they know you are hiding to get your shields back. One jackal told a brute to go after X35 Earthwalker but the brute replied “Don’t give me orders” or “don’t tell me what to do”. Something like that. The enemies feel more real and like an actual team. We even saw a brute weapon top of our moving vehicle and climb on to pull a marine out from the vehicle. These additional things completely add to the game. There’s always going to be that one guy who will fearlessly take a risk like diving on to a moving vehicle.
Next is the FOB. These forward bases is part of a whole system which adds a role playing game effect to Halo Infinite. As you completed those missions like unlocking those mini bases, rescuing marine squads, destroying propaganda towers and completing main missions gives you valor. Get enough valor and you unlock new things. You can get marines who spawn at the base and can follow you. Then stronger marines with different weapons. A marine with shotguns, marine with sniper, marine with rocket launcher. You can get gungoose which is surprisingly powerful, a razorback which is the best vehicle and we will briefly explain why later. You can get the scorpion tank and even the hornet which can fly. You also unlock weapons as well which you can get free of charge unlimited amount from your FOBs (those mini bases you take back). This is awesome as you can equip your marines with whatever weapons you want. Get a Razorback, get fie marines and give them sniper rifles and rocket launchers and maybe one gets a ravager. Then get them all in your vehicle and just go for a ride. Marines have unlimited ammo and excellent aim. Able to shoot and hit targets well out of the normal optimal range. Almost unlimited at times. It’s crazy how good it is.
We don’t want this to be too long so we will make this the last positive significant thing. We liked that Halo Infinite not fully but address the issue that is Master Chief’s humanity. Cortana hinted and talked about it in Halo 4 and Halo 5 Guardians. Master Chief is a spartan 2. Kidnapped, abused, indoctrinated, forced to train etc. He didn’t have a normal life. No graduation, no part time job, no dates, no cinema, no first crush or first kiss, no normal conversations etc. You see this through the game. He hardly talks and when he does it is because a superior in rank like lord hood, captain keys etc speak to him. Or it’s military related. Short and quick. He doesn’t have casual conversations and never really mentions how he feels. He doesn’t seem to be afraid of anything either. Is he man or machine? That’s what cortana wanted him to figure out. She said something like “figure out which one of us is the machine”. That hit kind of heavy. Halo Infinite campaign is the first Halo game that forces master chief to sort of deal with this issue slightly. When he tried to delete the weapon AI which led to them having a fall out (no 76) they weren’t talking. Everyone was disappointed in master chief even the pilot. Yet master chief never said anything but kept it mission first and business.
X35 was saying that chief needs to apologise but besides when he was a child, has master chief ever apologised or had to apologise for anything? Even at the end of the game he never said I’m sorry. That’s sad. Yes the weapon is an AI and not an actual person but still… come on. She was clearly upset and felt betrayed and even got an attitude like a real woman. Yikes. When he put his hand to the console to collect the AI he hesitated a bit as if he wanted to ay something, like address the situation, maybe apologise or whatever but quickly dismissed the thought. Then when the pilot hugged master chief which is a huge deal by the way, as no one has hugged the master chief. When hugged, the chief didn’t wrap his arms around and hug back. He moved his arms then stopped them. It’s like he didn’t know what to do, which hit hard. A call detail but a big deal. He didn’t know what to do. Imagine a person who never talks about his feelings, can’t say sorry and doesn’t know how to return a hug. A broken sad person. That’s the master chief’s biggest human issue. Cortana was more human than him she didn’t want it to be that way.
So when that amazing scene happened where the pilot confronts and kind of yells at the master chief when he was afraid after chief saved him from the two spartan killer brutes. He reminded the chief that he isn’t a super soldier like him. Fearless, can fight and do anything. He’s just a man, not even a soldier, just a pilot. Like when he gets scared the chief tells him to “stop it” like he’s a child. He’s normal. He knows he’s nothing compared to the brutes, he knows he doesn’t stand a chance. Hiding the entire time. It caused chief to stop, take a knee down next to the pilot who was on his knees feeling worthless and pathetic and give the pilot a bit of a heart to heart… sort off. He tried to relate to him that he failed once. We won’t say everything but the scene was excellent. Not everyone is like you chief. He isn’t spartan blue team. He’s a normal family man who gets scared when a 10 foot brute rolls up with a big gravity hammer wanting to kill him. That was big.
Now let’s talk about what’s not good quickly. First and foremost there’s no split screen! AGAIN!!!! This clearly shows that 343 industries didn’t learn from their past mistake. Many including X35 Earthwalker are angry about this. Splitscreen is a Halo tradition. Bring it back or admit that you suck as developers. Halo Infinite has a world made for team exploration but you can’t do that. Next big issue is that there’s no reward for players who beat the whole campaign in Legendary difficulty! that’s so stupid. Always reward your players for doing hard or impressive achievements. It’s hard to beat a Halo game on legendary difficulty. Give us something cool like a unique spartan skin for multiplayer. Or a stance or armour effect that epic that shows this guy completed the campaign in legendary. Something that can’t be bought but earned. Gears of War 3 had rewards for completing in the hardest difficulty so 343 industries has no excuse. ALWAYS reward your players. It doesn’t cost you anything to make a cool reward for it. Speaking of earn. The little that you do get in the campaign which are the mjolnir cases which when found give you some customisation item. They suck! We can’t think of one thing we got that was memorable or epic. They all suck! We completed the whole campaign on legendary difficulty and it feels like we got nothing. That’s because we got nothing. None of it matters. We checked the customisation menus and everything is basically locked. Got nothing cool. No armour effects, no armour attachments, no cool helmet, not even a visor (Halo 5 Guardians gave a visor) or anything. Nothing to earn unless you have tons of free time as in you got nothing else going on in your life or you have lots of money to throw at the store. If you are in college and after doing your coursework or whatever you then have free time like we use to then that’s good for you. If you are rich or have a rich uncle, then good for you. Overall this is terrible. No rewards and no customisation and many players look exactly the same in multiplayer. So much for thousands of different combinations.
We won’t talk about the multiplayer as we already did a blog post on it. Forced to play with pc players, weak so called power weapons, pc cheaters, lack of mode selection and more all done in that post. Check the top of this blog. Next big issue is that there’s no cinematic viewing mode. Halo Infinite has excellent cut scenes which you want to watch again or check for small details but you can’t because there’s no option to view the scenes again. WHY!? Gears of War Ultimate edition has a feature where you can rewatch all those cool improved scenes. Gears of War ultimate edition isn’t a new game. Why do they have it and Halo Infinite don’t? Proof that 343 Industries don’t learn and make dumb decisions. If X35 Earthwalker was ultimately in charge of the design, as in supreme command, Halo Infinite would be so much better. Not just Halo Infinite but many other games too. So if you missed a cool scene or missed a small detail or whatever you can’t view it ever again unless you start a new campaign and play through the whole thing again. That’s stupid. We checked everywhere and didn’t see a feature for it. If you find it, then tell us. So sad to say the but there’s nothing to gain from playing the campaign. Want to know the story? Then watch the losers on youtube and twitch who played and beat everything on day one and spoiled everything with their thumbnails. You don’t get anything. Like for real. Why couldn’t you give as a reward for beating legendary difficulty a cool lightning armour effect, or water effect or a victory stance where you are posing with Escharum’s gravity hammer or that final elite boss’s red beam sword? Or where your spartan is sitting on a throne chair like a boss, learning on the arm of the chair on his hand, legs spread with a cocky look. Something! Anything!
Overall, we have more to say but it’s better done in videos and besides this blog post is long already and took us hours. Halo Infinite has a fantastic campaign which has a few issues relating to it and the rest of the issues are related to multiplayer. We will do one more that’s a quick summary but that’s it. Fantastic campaign and the campaign is what’s carrying Halo. Now Halo Infinite may have a fantastic, we mean a mid 10/10 campaign but it’s not as good as…the ‘Earth Walk!’