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Orcs Must Die! Review

Stop the orcs at all costs!

Orcs Must Die!

For as long as anyone can remember the rifts have always been there. They supply magic to our world but are also a gateway into a dead world filled with monsters. The Order, a group of humans, both magical and not, have vowed to keep these grotesque  creatures named orcs out of our world. Fortress were built around the rifts in their dead world and its your job to keep the Orcs from getting through. As a bull headed, cocky student your mentor doesn't have much hope for you but with the other War Mages being killed at the rifts daily you're our world's only hope.

Orcs Must Die!

Orcs Must Die! is a great spin on the usual tower defense style game; with a third-person viewpoint that brings you down into the action. Equipped with a crossbow, a sword, magic and a variety of traps you can earn and upgrade, the possibilities for this game are endless. It's very player oriented and you can customize your choices to suit your style of play. Each of the levels begin with only the crossbow equipped. From there the player can wander around the level, select the best course of action, and select the weapons and spells needed from your spell book. Watch out for the highlighted paths through the levels, as they show how the orcs will be getting to the rift and from within the spell book you can see what kind of orcs will be coming. There are a number of different kinds of Orcs. Everything from basic warriors and archers to smaller, flying creatures and giant elemental ogres. Looking at their profiles you'll discover that they all have different goals. Some just want to get to the rift, while others' main goal is to attack you and your minions. Keep in mind that once you unleash the first wave you can't access your spell book anymore so make sure you've got everything you'll need. As you complete levels you gain more weapons, traps and even minions (like Elven Archers and Paladins) to aid in the fight against the orcs. Additionally, the number of item slots available will progressively increase as well.

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Age of Empires Online Review

Age Of Empires Online

The classic RTS franchise goes free to play.

Age of Empires is a well known and loved series in the RTS genre. The latest installment of the popular Age of Empires series plays nothing like any other game in the series. Age of Empires Online is the first game in the series to be free to play and use a micro transaction store as a means to make money from the game. The many changes to the series will be good for some and may invite a whole new audience, but fans of the previous installments may leave this game with a sour taste in their mouth. The most drastic difference between its predecessors is the bright cartoon feel of the game. Graphically the game is nothing like any other in the series. All of the other games have been realistic. The intro movies to the other games have been serious and sometimes inspiring, but Age of Empires Online does none of that. The trailer for the game is a funny. All in all the graphics of Age of Empires Online are well done if not somewhat cheesy, but it seems like that is exactly what they wanted the game to feel like. The game does look very pretty, but not prettier that Age of Empires 3. That game was graphically brilliant, but all of the colors in Age of Empires Online are bright giving the game a very cheery feel something that none of the previous games have had. The cartoony feel of the game  is not necessarily good or bad, but a fan of the older games may not be happy with this change.

Age Of Empires Online

At its core, this game plays like most other RTS titles. Developer Robot Entertainment has added some interesting RPG elements here, that make it less accessible for those looking solely for skirmish play. For better or worse, there is no skirmish mode to be found. Instead, players create a capital and receive quests from a few citizens in their kingdom. As these quests are completed, new in-game buildings and units are unlocked, experience is earned, and the level of the players' capital is increased. Fortunately, the quests are both varied and numerous. At its core, the capital city has something of a Sim City feel to it. Outside of the quests players will be building and expanding their capital.

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