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Unicorrida

Unicorrida


Unicorrida is a 2D arcade game where you are the "Matador" which has to strike down 6 different type of unicorns! Each unicorn has an unique behaviour which makes the player adapt to its combat style every time! Fight unicorns with Cape and Banderillas an

Dragon Quest Heroes II Review

Dragon Quest Heroes II Review

Dragon Quest Heroes II is a JRPG on fast forward. The gradual addition of new party members, the rollout of plot twists, and other typical genre roadmarkers come at you at a fast clip. If it normally takes 100 hours to amass a kill count of 10,000 enemies, this game lets you reach such milestones in less than 10. And, as one of the many spinoffs of the 20-year-old Dynasty Warriors series, it retains the best elements of the franchise's trademark combat, where you decimate armies with rudimentary, albeit flashy, combos. Dragon Quest Heroes II distinguishes itself from its equally great predecessor with its free roam-friendly fields of battle, which feel like an homage to the open expanses of mainline Dragon Quest games.


Though it's a sequel, you don't need any context from the first game or Dragon Quest in general to appreciate this one's story and gameplay. Of course, there are a handful of design similarities that fans of the last Dragon Quest Heroes will recognize. (For example, your two selectable male and female heroes aren't childhood friends this time around, but rather cousins.) And this sequel's premise doesn't involve the brainwashing of once-friendly monsters--instead, you're concerned with unexpected invasions of neighboring kingdoms.



It is when you embark on your journey to solve the mystery of the warring lands that you first realize how this game is influenced by the wide open areas found in many JRPG world maps. These lands are vast and filled with infinitely respawning monsters, but you can wander aimlessly with no problem; unlike typical JRPGs, Dragon Quest Heroes II doesn't have random encounters. Rather than exterminate every imp and zombie in your field of view, you can focus on high-value targets and areas where there are tight clusters of foes, who are often tormenting some unlucky NPC. Equally unlucky are the myriad endearing creatures minding their own business, particularly in the lush hills of Greena Pastures. Murdering slime knights while they nap on the sunniest of days is downright sadistic and never gets old.


By reaching the other side of these rolling battlefields, you're greeted with smaller but equally intense "war zones"--maps and conflicts that resemble the story-driven encounters from the first Heroes. Alternating between the larger spaces and these more intimate combat zones provides a level of diversity seldom seen in Warriors games.


The rollout of new regions as you make progress through the game's compelling story feels orderly, but the events that unfold as you explore these territories are rich in variety. In a given hour you could be navigating through a labyrinthine swamp with brain-teasing teleportation portals, or you could be hunting down a mischievous shape-shifter impersonating townsfolk or even your protagonist. Yes, there are straightforward objectives like taking out bosses or escorting NPCs, but the game's exploration-focused, JRPG-inspired segments avoids the tidy but boring chapter-based story progression common in many subpar Warriors anime spinoffs. And Dragon Quest Heroes II isn't above occasional Dynasty Warriors-inspired battles, which are easy to enjoy given their infrequency.


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Even with the recognizable Akira Toriyama character designs and the hearty helping of quests, this is first and foremost a Warriors spinoff. It foregoes the precision of stylistic hack-and-slashers like Devil May Cry in favor of the gratification of killing enemies en masse. This is thanks to straightforward controls, where stringing quick and strong attacks into a single combo can decimate two dozen enemies. Combat shows further depth with the return of minion coins, which temporarily add the monsters you vanquish to your squad. This form of summoning loses some of its tower defense-inspired appeal from the last game to make room for a wider array of enemy powers, including the immensely satisfying ability to transform into some of the game's larger enemies.


For as much as this sequel differs from its predecessor, developer Omega Force wisely preserved many of the previous game's strengths. These include classic and simple experience point-driven character progression, gear upgrades, and item alchemy. The biggest draw, however, are the guest heroes from the mainline Dragon Quest games, despite the strengths and appeal of this game's original cadre of heroes.


This new cast features a mix of Dragon Quest Heroes first-timers like Angelo and Carver and returning characters like Jessica and Kiryl. They're all skilled monster hunters, although some squad combinations are more effective than others. Fan-favorite Torneko, for example, is one of the few teammates who can cast healing spells, which makes him an MVP during the more challenging battles. Experimenting with different party formations is part of the fun, where you're compelled to balance personal preference for certain characters with team composition. You have so much to choose from, in fact, that the newly implemented class-change feature feels both underutilized and redundant. Why retool your main hero as a priest and reset your level back to one when there are already characters with priest-like abilities?


While you do have to choose a main protagonist among two heroes, the ability to switch to your other three party members on the fly quadruples your potential at effective damage-dealing. Rotating through your team in order to make the most of their abilities and strengths becomes its own game of micromanagement. This presents its share of challenges and thrills, depending on the current battle predicaments of each squadmate. However, there wouldn't be this strong compulsion to jump from body to body if not for the modest contributions of your AI-controlled buddies. They never come close to attacking with the same intensity as you. That said, you seldom feel like you're babysitting them, and they never feel like a burden.


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review


Dragon Quest Heroes II Review



To experience a party's true ferocity, you would have to join real-life friends in the game's multiplayer modes, a rarity for a Warriors game. When compared to playing solo, having friends along can have a huge impact on your success rate in battle. That's not to say online play is bereft of challenges. Optional multiplayer dungeons are loaded with Dragon Quest's meanest foes, and these ferocious welcome parties change based on your levels and team size. If you do come out on top in these monster-infested mazes, you leave with useful loot like a ball that temporarily boosts the amount of XP you earn in battle, which can make your next play session all the more lucrative.


Side quests--where you're tasked with everything from exterminating a set amount of monsters to hunting for specific loot--are feel-good deeds that not only make NPCs happy but also serve as rewarding sources of experience. Whatever quests you take on, there are a variety of daily incentives that yield practical rewards. The real world Wednesday incentive, in particular, where there are extra metal slimes in the field, is especially worthwhile; any Dragon Quest fan can tell you that these elusive jokesters yield a ton of experience points, provided you can actually kill them.


Much like its predecessor, Dragon Quest Heroes II isn't short of opportunities for high-volume slaughter while effectively preserving the charm of Dragon Quest. Omega Force's thoughtful mix of familiar Dragon Quest Heroes designs and new features not only makes this sequel engrossing, but it also shows this side series' potential for future installments. It makes for a satisfying hack-and-slasher that is not only a great Warriors spinoff, but also an effective gateway to the main Dragon Quest series.

20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For

20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For

20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



The summer blockbuster season is here! That means the movies we've all been waiting for are finally hitting theaters. It's time for all those big-budget, popcorn-popping flicks, primarily featuring sequels and movies based on comic books. Here are some movies to be aware of that are coming out from June through August, coming to theaters and Netflix.


If you're wondering where Alien: Covenant and the new Pirates movie are, they were including in our spring movie gallery, which you can check out here.





Wonder Woman


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



Kicking off June is DC Entertainment's newest film, Wonder Woman. Diana, princess of the Amazons, leaves her island to help an American pilot during World War I. Aside from the trench warfare against the Germans, there is something larger at play, which only she can stop. From the looks of the trailers, this may be the best DC superhero film to date.


Wonder Woman opens on June 2.





The Mummy


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



The Mummy is the start of the Universal Cinematic Universe, mashing together the worlds of classic monsters from Hollywood's past. The film stars Tom Cruise and reboots the 1932 film of the same name, which originally starred Boris Karloff. Cruise plays Nick Morton, a man connected to a malevolent creature who wants to take over the world. While the original film was strictly horror, the trailer for the reboot has much more of a summer blockbuster feel.


The Mummy opens on June 9.





It Comes At Night


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



The first horror movie to keep your eyes on this summer is It Comes At Night. In this claustrophobic film, a group of people are trapped in a cabin. During the day, they can come and go as they please, but at night, something is coming after them. That something may be a virus, which changes them into monsters. It's a bit ambiguous, but you can check you the trailer here and figure it out for yourself.


It Comes At Night opens on June 9.





All Eyez On Me


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



Hollywood is exploring the world of rap and hip hop yet again with the Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me. The film follows the career of one of the biggest stars during the gangsta rap era and highlights moments in his life like his early friendship with Notorious B.I.G. to his signing with Death Row Records to his fight at a Las Vegas casino. The trailer covers all this and more, and it looks pretty fantastic.


All Eyez On Me opens on June 16.





Cars 3


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



Lightning McQueen is back and facing a whole new generation of racers in Cars 3. He'll need the help of a young race technician in order to prove that although he's old, he's still a great racer. We learned a bit more about the film last month after we attended an event at Pixar Animation Studios. In addition, you can check out a new trailer here.


Cars 3 opens on June 16.





Transformers: The Last Knight


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



The latest Transformers film poses the idea that the robot alien race has been on Earth--in secret--for centuries. The world needs to be saved, once again, and the secret lies in the past, where there is a hidden history of the Transformers living on Earth. You can see a recent trailer here.


Transformers: The Last Knight opens on Wednesday, June 21.





The Bad Batch


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



If Transformers isn't your thing, there's a dystopian future film coming out a couple days later called The Bad Batch. It takes place in a Texas wasteland where there are cannibals everywhere. The trailer has a cool, '80s feel. It's stylized and has Keanu Reeves playing a character named The Dream.


The Bad Batch opens on June 23.





Baby Driver


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) is writing and directing this upcoming film about a young getaway driver obsessed with listening to music during his runs. He finds himself a part of a heist that was doomed from the start. Wright has a successful track record of mixing genres with comedy, and this is the first time he's doing so with a heist film with humor, unless you count his unused script for Marvel's Ant-Man. You can see the trailer here.


Baby Driver opens on Wednesday, June 28.





Despicable Me 3



The Despicable Me franchise, which includes Minions, has been a ton of fun. While they are undoubtedly films for kids, there is a lot of adult humor weaved through the story. In the newest film, Gru discovers he has a twin brother, who is also a supervillain. It seems like Gru will be coming out of retirement for this latest chapter. Check out the comical trailer for yourself.


Despicable Me 3 opens on June 30.





Man Underground


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



Man Underground is a successfully funded Kickstarter film getting a limited release during the first weekend of July. The movie follows a geologist who used to work for the government. He claims that he saw aliens during his time and decides to make a low-budget film documenting his encounters. Conceptually, it's an interesting idea, and the trailer makes the film seem it's about a man losing his mind.


Man Underground opens on Wednesday, July 5.





Spider-Man: Homecoming


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



One of the best parts of 2016's Captain America: Civil War was seeing Tom Holland appear as Spider-Man. The web-swinger's first solo film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming soon and will have Peter Parker taking on the classic villain Vulture, played by Michael Keaton. Robert Downey Jr. will also appear as Tony Stark/Iron Man. You can watch the newest clip for the movie here.


Spider-Man: Homecoming opens on July 7.





War For The Planet Of The Apes


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



The Planet of the Apes prequels have revitalized the franchise over the past six years. In the third installment of the series, Caesar and the apes suffer tremendous losses in a battle with a man named Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Caesar struggles with his instincts, which lead him down a dark path in order to avenge his brethren. The trailer makes it seem like this is going to be a brutal movie.


War For The Planet Of The Apes opens on July 14.





Wish Upon


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



The summer is a bit weak for horror films, and Wish Upon looks a bit more silly and over-the-top than scary. In this upcoming, jump-scare-filled movie, a young woman finds a magical box that makes wishes come true. Of course, the wishes she makes are to hurt other people. The trailer makes this movie seem like a mixture of Final Destination and Wishmaster. Wish Upon won't be a game changer in the horror genre, but it looks like a lot of fun.


Wish Upon opens on July 14.





Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



Luc Besson, the director behind The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional, is back with his newest film, Valerian, which is based on a graphic novel. In the film, a dark force threatens a metropolis, and it's up to two special operatives to save the world and possibly the universe. If you were a fan of The Fifth Element, this will be right up your alley. You can see the trailer here.


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens on July 21.





Atomic Blonde


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



Stunt coordinator David Leitch directs this Cold War era story based on The Coldest City graphic novel. Charlize Theron stars as an MI6 agent who heads to Berlin to investigate a murder of another agent. The trailer shows off a lot of cool action sequences that makes the film look like a ton of fun.


Atomic Blonde opens on July 28.





The Dark Tower


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



The wait is finally over for fans of The Dark Tower series. The Gunslinger (Idris Elba) searches for the fabled Dark Tower, hoping to save his dying world. The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) wants to destroy the tower, which means both the Gunslinger and our world will be destroyed. The trailer jumps between the real world and the supposed fictional world of the Gunslinger.


The Dark Tower opens on August 4.





Annabelle: Creation


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



The newest film in the Conjuring cinematic universe comes out in August. Annabelle: Creation tells the origin story of the demonic doll. After a dollmarker's daughter dies tragically, he and his wife open their doors to several children from an orphanage. One of the orphan girls discovers she has become the target of the doll Annabelle, as you can see in the trailer.


Annabelle: Creation opens August 11.





The Hitman's Bodyguard


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



Honestly, what attracted us to this movie was the poster. Ryan Reynolds plays a bodyguard for a successful hitman (Samuel Jackson) in this action comedy. Yes, this movie is as ridiculous as it seems. This looks to be the most promising comedy of the summer.


The Hitman's Bodyguard opens on August 18.





Logan Lucky


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



In Logan Lucky, two brothers attempt a heist during a NASCAR event in North Carolina. There is no trailer for the film yet and very little information about this movie. We do know it stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig. Why did it make the list? The movie is directed by Steven Soderbergh, who has been at the helm of some amazing work in the past: the Ocean's Eleven series, The Limey, and most recently, the Cinemax series The Knick.


Logan Lucky opens on August 18.





Death Note


20 Summer Movies We're Really Excited For



Finally, coming to Netflix at the end of August is the film adaptation of the manga series Death Note. Nat Wolff stars as Light, a student who finds the Death Note book, which has the power to kill any person whose name is written in it. Light goes on to kill criminals in order to clean up the world. You can watch the trailer for the movie here, and if you have Netflix, you can watch the whole anime series on there right now.


Death Note hits Netflix on August 25.