If there is a story involved then you best be prepared for more secrets and lies to be contained within Battlefield 4 than in other non-linear first person shooters. If you think back the game that really launched shooters – Doom – you will remember how you could conquer the entire world and still have missed half the game. One of the reasons that many game designers still prefer linear story lines is it lets them put Easter eggs everywhere they can, and the best part is they don’t have to make sense in the story – they just have to showcase the developers skill or play tribute to something outside of the game.
BF4 features some of the most intense Easter Eggs in recent gaming history. It is not so much that the reward for finding them is so spectacular, but that there is a kind of elegance to how they have been hidden. Trigger an Easter Egg and you will have really accomplished something that demonstrates your skill in the game. Other games just set up Easter Eggs to be found, but the Battlefield 4 developers created ones you need skill to use – and some of them require two players.
Easter Eggs don’t serve any purpose in the game except to have a bit of fun. Sometimes they will serve as a designer’s signature, and sometimes they will even hold crucial elements to the game or the backstory of Battlefield 4 that can prove critical. One habit you should get into is revisiting the Easter Eggs in older versions as they may contain clues about what is coming up next. Here are a few cool ones to try.
The Exploding Ship
This is one of the most popular Easter Eggs. You have to go to the Hainan map and locate the tallest building on the coast. Climb to the top and you will discover a sniper rifle hidden on the roof. Sight down on the harbor and you will see an enormous ship there. Aim at the small yellow light located in about the center of the ship and you can take out the whole thing with one massive explosion.
This one is just plain fun, but you need another player to pull it off. Go into the Rogue Transmission map and locate the video display of the dinosaur. You will see that there is a button to activate the video. Get both players to press the button simultaneously and you will trigger secret sound recordings of dinosaurs rampaging through a jungle that will continue looping until you leave.
This one is a bit of fun, but you had better be playing with some people who are good sports. Go to the Nansha map and locate the buoys marked “a” and “b” between the two main control points. Get 10 players to all swim out together so they pass between the two bouys – this will trigger a megaladon attack and it will eat everyone in the vicinity.
Hearthstone is one of the most popular free to play games that are available for PC and mobile devices. It features a card style play with one-versus-one turn based battles. The characters on the card are all drawn from World of Warcraft (WoW), which is one of the reasons it is so popular. It is often used by WoW players to increase their familiarity with all the characters in the WoW, their abilities and how they can be handled in combat. Let’s take a look at the five different game modes available in Hearthstone.
The practice mode is the best way to learn how the game operates. Even though there are two levels–basic and advanced–you are only pitted against computer opponents. “The Innkeeper” is the main combatant and is played against using a basic card set. You can use an expanded pool against an expert opponent too, and one from any class without risk of real damage or losing your cards. Good players always return to the practice level to explore how to handle advanced cards.
Play mode is fairly straight forward. These are one-on-one matches against human players in friendly or competitive games. The competitive games will add or subtract your overall ranking. You can win more rank and awards by competing. Some of the rewards are worth real game power, and some of them are just skins for cards that you can customize. Everyone is trying to reach the rank of “Legend,” the highest of the 26 ranks available.
Arena mode is where you can either play using gold you have accrued in your account through winning in the Play mode, or you can purchase through the game the right to compete. In this mode you select 30 cards from which to compete. Players enter the arena and play until they are out of gold to restart, or win the arena. There are no limits to the number of same cards you can have in an arena deck. Three losses and you are out, 12 wins and the competition is over and rewards determined.
Duels are a hybrid of friendly Play matches and Practice matches. They don’t count for rank and there is no reward, however you can challenge anyone you like to a duel. It is another way of gaining practice. One advantage the Duel mode has over the Play mode is it uses an unlimited deck like the Arena mode.
The Adventure mode contains five connected wings. You cannot pass from one wing to the next until you have completed the wing before it. To complete the wing you have to defeat the boss of the wing. Defeat the boss and you unlock special cards that aren’t available to you in any other way. The wings for each Adventure are stylized like quests and you have to search for the bosses in order to engage them in combat to win the wing.
Clash of the Clans fans are excited that there is a new and upcoming updates being released that is going to return and add some exciting characters to their roster. The one that everyone is most excited about is the return of the melee attacking masters. These masters are just the lead characters in an expanded roster of player characters that make better use of the combat and strategy aspects of this great role playing strategy game.
What is Clash of the Clans?
One of longest running and most popular strategy role playing games for mobile devices is Clash of Clans. This follows the Sid Meyer’s Civilization model of players starting as a clan chieftain and slowly building up their towns into cities, engaging other clans in battle to seize resources and also being responsible for the social and economic development of their clans. It is a long play game and can be found in the Apple iTunes store and the Google Play store too.
There are the usual suspects available when it comes to playing characters in Clash of the Clans, but one of the main differences is you can control several at once. This makes it much less a game like Civilization and much more like other multi player role playing formats, only you are in control of the entire team. While there have been the standard warriors and smithies, magicians, healers and sages, as well as tradespeople – the melee attacking masters represent an unusual role for a character to play.
Melee attacks are one of the most feared attacks in any role playing game. That Clash of the Clans has chosen to combine strategy with role playing is one of the reasons the game is so successful. You can focus on growing your village into a town, but also making sure that your fighters are gaining in the skills they need for battle, as well as being well supported by the tradesmen and healers is just as important as your negotiating skills and infrastructure planning. Melee attacks are high powered, multi weapon attacks that can wreck an opponent. It doesn’t matter if the opponent is solo or in a team as the melee attack combines the skills and strengths of many players into one.
How to Become the Best at Clash of the Clans
While there are options to buy premium and advance features in the game, even with those you won’t become as good as you can without dedicate play and having a plan in place. Clash of the Clans is a strategy game but that doesn’t mean that warfare doesn’t play an important role. It is the combination of the two elements that makes this game so different. You have to be able to manage not only the resources that support your clan, but manage what is needed to support your fighters and defense squads in action.