known about Warframe for years but just never got around to giving it
a go. The game first came out in 2013, any 6 year old game still
being actively developed with a thriving community must be doing
something right. After a dry period in my gaming catalog I finally
decided to jump in and give Warframe a shot and have since racked up
almost 30 hours of play.
the game is great, it runs flawlessly, looks great and plays great
the next update (coming soon) brings a graphics overhaul to bring it
inline with most modern day AAA titles.
You play as a Tenno (aka Space Ninja’s) a long lost race of noble warriors who one day in a world full of conflict just up-ed and left never to be seen again. Starting a new game you are given the option to play in 1 of 3 ‘frames’ each with there own unique traits and abilities. The game as of writing has over 20 unlockable frames so there is a play style to suit everyone.
is a big deal in warframe and once you master the power slide, into
jump, back into slide combo you with literately be flipping about the
levels at blistering pace slicing up enemies left, right and centre
it really is one of the best parts of the game, its so fluid and you
do really get that Space Ninja feel as you glide around. With 14
planets to visit in the game each with around 10 locations the game
is nothing short of massive but not necessarily demanding you are
able to play very much at your own pace only clearing a few levels if
that is all you have time for. The game does a good job of keeping
you on the right track making sure progression doesn’t slow down.
free to play game with micro transactions but thankfully its not pay
to win. Everything in Warframe is fully unlockable in the game
absolutely free you can pay to speed things up but it is absolutely
not necessary. At is core Warframe is a farming/grinding game with
the end goal to become as powerful and possible if you want a
specific weapon be prepared to ‘farm’ the materials required to craft
said weapon which could require running the same mission over and
over until you meet the required quota.
is available to every platform at the moment so there really inst a
reason you can’t play a small drawback is its not cross platform so
any frames I have unlocked on my PC account won’t be available if I
were to start playing on my Switch.
upcoming expansion Warframe: Empyrean brings a graphical overhaul,
space ships (fuck yea!) and a new enemy race. If there was ever a
time to give Warframe a shot now is the time. If none of this has
give you even the slightest inclination to play watch the intro
trailer and think of the Space Ninja you could be.
Tomorrow (18/07/19) sees Gorn the brutally hilarious VR gladiator fighting game move out of early access to version 1.0. I’ve followed the games development regularly playing while in early access for over a year and am super stoked for it to finally be released.
Its a VR only game so if you don’t own an Oculus Rift or Vive (PS VR soon!) this article is not for you. In Gorn you take the role of a Roman gladiator battling against groups of meat heads who rightly so approach you rather cautiously. Before a game beings you are presented with plethora of weapons to choose from and upon selecting your favourite you raise your hands in the air saluting Caesar to begin the fight. Don’t let the cartoonish graphics fool you this game is brutal I’ve lost count of how many hearts I’ve plucked from men’s chests with a spear or how many skulls I’ve sliced in half with the battle axe. This game comes with a massive warning, play in an open area as furniture is likely to get broken or at least smacked with flailing arms when you get overwhelmed. I took a golf swing at the free standing lamp in my living room while playing this, in game I was trying get an achievement of hitting 5 enemies out of the arena so had taken to using a 2 handed war-hammer like a 5 iron.
The game uses the pull yourself along movement system if you are familiar with VR games this most likely wont pose a challenge but can take some getting used to if you are trying VR for the first time. Depth wise Gorn has a large amount of additional weapons to unlock by defeating bosses or meeting certain kill criteria which gives the game a surprising amount of longevity. Version 1.0 brings the Crab & the “diss” track below if its anything like the rest of the game it wont be anything less than bonkers.
This game is a must for parties or introducing people to VR it comes in at £14.99 and is well worth the price for the hilarity it brings alone.
Amazon Prime day is upon us. Racked with controversy as Amazon workers strike due to poor working conditions. With Prime Day ending today here are my top 3 game deals to pick up last minute from Amazon. Unfortunately with disks not really being a thing for PC gamers all of the deals featured below are for the consoles.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
The second instalment to the Division franchise brings everything that went into making the the first game great, adding a little more magic and polishing it all up. If your in the market for a solid looter/shooter this is the one for you. Content is still actively being released so there will be no shortage of things to do while playing. The Division 2 is available on PS4, Xbox and PC on consoles as part of prime for £22.99.
Far Cry 5
I always really enjoy the Far Cry games I’ve been playing them since Far Cry 2. They look glorious and I’ll never forget burning the marijuana fields in Far Cry 3 to SKILEREX. Far Cry 5 is available on Prime Day for £16.12 not a massive saving from its usual £17.99 but hey, its 10% off at the end of the day. Available here on PS4 & Xbox.
Crash Bandicoot NSane Trilogy
Who doesn’t love a
bit of nostalgia. Crash Bandicoot was the first game I ever owned
myself on my PS1. This bundle comprises of all 3 titles wrapped up
into one helpful package and is a great trip down memory lane, with
some levels being a lot more difficult than I remember. Crash
Bandicoot NSane Trilogy is available on all major title and you can
pick it up on Prime Day for £19.49 here PS4,
While I was on holiday a few weeks ago, I noticed a game that I was following had finally been released. That game was ‘My Friend Pedro’. My thoughts on the media released on the lead up to launch was that this game looks like an insane, matrix style bullet time chaos, cluster fuck and those initial thoughts hold up pretty well after the play time I have had.
I’ve racked up about 4 hours of in game time. Upon starting you are shown the basics and the controls to let you dive in fast. Throughout the initial levels with each new mechanic/puzzle being introduced you are taught how to interact or overcome said mechanic. This style suits me to a tee where you are hand fed mechanics step by step rather than with some games I often feel overloaded and thrown in at the deep end expected to be a master from the word go. The games controls are pretty simple, I can’t get into the habit of holding W to dodge but I assume I will get used to it in time.
The game lets you live out some of the wildest action movie scenes you can think of, be that racing through the streets on a motor bike, shooting down missiles,kick-flipping a skate board off someones head or slaughtering near endless bad guys while free falling from a skyscraper. Right off the bat the volume is cranked up to 11/10 as you begin to clean up the streets, all with the helpful direction from your yellow banana friend Pedro.
My Friend Pedro is arguably the first ‘big’ title from independent indie developer DeadToast Entertainment being released on Steam, GOG.com, Humble Store, PS4 and Nintendo Switch the game is currently £15.50 and I am really looking forward to what’s next for DeadToast and My Friend Pedro. Be sure to check out my ‘Lets Play’ over on my YouTube Channel.
I’ve slipped this post in as there have been a number of discussions recently on how execution plans have changed while nothing else appears to have changed in the database. How can an execution plan suddenly change when no one has made any changes to the database ?
By no changes, it means that there have been no alterations to any segments, no new indexes have been added, no changes associated bind peeking (indeed, there may not even be any bind variables), no parameters changes, no new patches or upgrades, no new outlines or profiles, no new system stats and perhaps most prevalent of all, no changes to any CBO statistics.
The DBA hasn’t touched a thing and yet suddenly, for no apparent reason, execution plans suddenly change and (say) an inappropriate index is suddenly used and causes performance degradation.
Stephen: It’s 5am, after our first full day in Japan. We’re left feeling a bit like Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation at this point, with our body clocks thrown completely out of whack. Sleeping until 2.30pm was probably not our wisest ideas – but the 18 hour journey was pretty gruelling – even for me, who is fairly well accustomed to long haul by now.
We are staying in the famous Shibuya area, and stepping out of the train station to the mass of excited chatter, neon lights, and noise after being on a plane for so long was both a welcome, and overwhelming experience. Despite some serious exhaustion, we wandered out braving the rain and humidity to marvel and take pictures of everything we saw. Now the penchant that Asian tourists seem to have for taking photos of every single minute detail when they travel abroad doesn’t seem…
In a bid to do something creative I made this a T-Shirt, if you fancy it you can pick it up from here for £12 + Shipping. T-shirt will be available for 21 Days and will only be shipped if I meet 10 orders.
This past week, we headed up into the beautiful Scottish hills to spend three days (four nights) recording our first (and probably last) ever album. We had planned to put down 9 tracks, but ended up doing 12 – a task which has rightfully been described as ‘fucking mental’.
We did it though; fighting through the actual literal blood, sweat, and booze induced tears to record the various guitars, drums, bass, vocals, and random noises that will make up the release – even managing to throw in our first gig as a full band, supporting Living Body at Glasgow’s Broadcast.
This picture was not staged.
Everything started out well enough, with excitement at the prospect of having a dedicated, proper studio space to spend time recording in for a few solid days.
Earlier today, we woke up to the terrible realisation that the UK had narrowly voted to leave the European Union. This was an outcome that I ultimately expected, but facing the stark reality of the situation has still left me feeling numb, and in shock. Opening my eyes to see ‘Nigel Farage declares independence day’ and ‘British Pound drops to a 31 year low’ on my phone’s lock screen is something I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to forget; reminiscent of a dystopian nightmare rather than reality.
To make things worse, the dogged, often proud ignorance of those smugly celebrating victory in the immediate aftermath has been staggering. As I write this, I am overlooking the City of Barcelona, and being here only renders the sadness even more palpable, and even harder to believe.
However, this is not a drill. This is the real deal. Like it or not…