God of War is one of my favourite games, characterized with their epic, monumental and bloody boss battles, the extreme bloody gore and the fantastic graphics. God of War is a fierce and bloody tale about the ancient Greek warrior Kratos, from Sparta. A man who lost everything and became a monster in his search for revenge. I will not tell more, because this three videos is like a short version of the whole God of War trilogy, so you don’t even need to buy the game and play it. Take a look.
One of my favorite illustrators and authors from my childhood is Sven Nordqvist, mostly known for his richly illustrated books about the peculiar old man Pettson and his egocentric and playful talking cat Findus. I was fascinated about the detailed illustrations and the feelgood story of the books.
Pettson and Findus live in a red house on the countryside, together with ten hens. It seems like only Pettson could speak with Findus, while his neighbours cannot hear the cat. Pettson always uses a strange hat and Findus has his own hat together with some striped pants. Every Pettson and Findus book is about the old man and the little cat and their adventures in different activities. The closest you can come to some antagonist in the book, is Pettsons bitter neighbour Gustavsson. He seems bitter and jealous of Pettson and Findus having such a great time and himself having a such boring life, but I don’t really know.
Even if Gustavsson is a bitter man, he is actually a good man in his heart. In the movie One Year With Pettson And Findus, a monstrous snowstorm breaks out and Pettson and Findus take protection in an iglo. When Gustavsson finds them, they are both unconscious and Gustavsson takes them out of the Iglo and saves them and calls for the doctor.
Pettson is an odd and quite monotonous man. He has a workshop where he invents different stuff – all from Santa machines, to automatic wood throwers. If Pettson has forgotten where he had put some things, Findus is always there to remind him where it is.
Pettson and Findus world is full of small creatures called muckles – mucklor in Swedish. They are different races of mouselike colorful small creatures that appears somewhere on almost every one of Sven Nordqvists illustrations. Findus can see and communicate with them, but however, Pettson can’t.
Don’t forget all the games. In the 90’s and 2000’th, PC games for kids were released. Almost all these games included mini games, different stories and off course collection of different awards. In the first game – Pettson and Findus in the Workshop, you get a golden feather when you have accomplished some of the different game. There are the mechanical inventions, where you have to use your brain and place the different parts of the invention on the right places, to solve a problem. That could be a problem like, helping the little man to reach his coffee. The little man stood on the floor, but couldn’t reach the cup of coffee on the very high table. Your mission is to place a little muckle on a spinning mill, leading a gear against a spine, with a supporting bow under the chair the old man stands on. After putting all the gears and wheels on the right place, you will have to activate the mechanism. A certain falls and shows a cat, frightening the little muckle. The muckle runs in panic on the spinning mill, which makes the gears and wheels run up the chair with the little man, so he finally can reach his coffee.
In the next game, Pettson And Findus in the Garden, you can control Findus walking and make him walk and discover the different places. The mission in the game – to find the mysterious gardener and make him take care of the plants. After playing all the games, you will gain access to a labyrinth of underground caves, full of things to discover. On every level, there is a problem to solve, with inventions by putting different gears and wheels on the right places. Will Findus find the gardener to help Pettson with his plant farm?
The third game – Pettson And Findus and the World of Muckles, is my favourite. There you will play other types of games and after completing them all, you will gain access to three different muckle world underneath Pettsons house.
In 2001 Naughty Dog released the first Jak And Daxter Game for Playstation 2. However, I discovered Jak later and started with Jak II: Renegade from 2003. The Jak franchise has always fascinated me with the worlds, magic and different creatures and environments to explore. In the Jak Franchise, all humans have long, pointed ears for some reason. I guess that’s the main humanoid in that world.
The cool thing with the Jak franchise is the humor, the adult themes and off course that the whole game, just like Skyrim, is one big level, without loading screens. A world that also shifts between day and night, just like Skyrim in fact. That made Jak a game before it’s time. The high tecnologic Scince Fiction tecnology combined with old fantasy themes, is really inspiring and unique.
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is the first game in the series from 2001, and takes place in a tropical village with strange houses. It’s a really enjoyable place, actually. Without remembering the story very well, I remembered the different islands, temples and power cells to collect. Jak is a young man who cannot talk, which makes him a bit boring with a lack of characteristics in the first game. His friend Daxter is an annoying and rude figure, that accidently turns into some form of animal in a magic pot of so called Dark Eco. He remains this animal throughout the series. He has a lot of sense of humour and a yet bigger sense to put himself and Jak in danger. Most of all he is a lazy coward and a really funny and annoying character.
The two other games have a more darker theme and are therefore suitable from 12 years and above. The first game was pretty harmless and had a PG limit on 7 years and above. In the two later games, Jak can talk, for a reason you will soon know. It starts with Jak and Daxter accidently teleporting to a dark and grey place called Haven City. Jak is later captured by the Crimson guards and tortured with magic Dark Eco for two years by the leading dictator of Haven City – Baron Praxis. The magic torture changes Jak a little. He starts to talk and is now able to release a dark and powerful rage of Dark Eco, making him furious and his skin blue, his nails sharpened and black and his eyes completely black. When he learn to control this power he is much more powerful against his enemies.
However, Daxter saves Jak from the prison and Jak escapes. He comes out in Haven City – a city in decay, ruled by the terror of the crimson guards and by the tyrant Baron Praxis. Jak decides to join the resistance to get his revenge and kill Baron Praxis once and for all. To do that, he meet a lot of different people and have to complete different missions in and outside the city. Outside the city, the Metal Heads rule. The Metal Heads are a evil race of yellow eyed beasts, with big gems in their heads, that Jak can collect when he kills them. The Metal heads are enemies even to Baron Praxis and the Crimson guards.
In the middle of the Game, Jak discovers that Haven City in fact are Jak And Daxters old homes, destroyed and decayed by machines and the rise of Haven City. This means, that Jak and Daxter have been travelling in time. Yet, Jak have to save himself – a little kid, who actually is Jak as a kid.
In the third Jak game, Jak and Daxter is sent out in the desert to die, but he is later discovered by some caravans, transporting them to a mysterious desert city, where they have to complete different missions. Here are a little view of all three games. Enjoy!
Warning: This article contains spoilers.
The vampires, trolls and goblins crawl up from their holes and and the world is covered in darkness. “Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow” was one of my favourite games and still is until this day. In this Japanese game Franchise, we will follow the Belmont Family – who are members of a holy knight order that fight against the dark and evil forces from the pits of hell. Even if this post will focus on “Lords Of Shadow”, I will give you some history of the franchise.
The first game – “Castlevania” wes released in 1986, starring the warrior Simon Belmont, exploring castles and hunting vampires with his vampire killer – a form of crucifix with an internal chain, with a powerful steel mace in the bottom, that he can swing around himself and kill vampires with. The game became very popular and would soon be followed up by several sequells.
Each game had it’s own characteristics. In 1999, the first three dimensional Castlevania Game – “Legacy Of Darkness” was released. it was the first game in the franchise that was not in 8-bit mode. These 8-bit games from the 80’s were characterised by it’s pixelated graphics and that you only could go forward och backwards – they were two dimensional.
Even if the 3D-mode had seen it’s first light in the series, more sequels is the old traditional 2D-style were released. 2003 however, the second 3D sequel – Lament Of Innocence, came out.
In 2011, I came in contact with the franchise for the first time. The game “Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow” was released. It was a reboot of the old series and the gameplay and graphics were stunning. With it’s hard difficulties and 20 hours of gameplay, this was a fantastic adventure for me. The game takes place in a mythological version of Medieval Europe. We will follow Gabriel Belmont – a knight from The Brotherhood Of Light. He is a bitter man, due to the murder of his beloved wife Marie.
The game is crawling with action, platforming, puzzles and fantastic envirement. It’s combination of horror, fantasy and medieval christian themes, introduced me to the Low Fantasy genre – Fantasy that takes place in our world. Every level contains dead knights on the ground, carrying important scrolls with clues and information on Gabriel’s quest. You will now see a little summary of the game. OBS: It contains spoilers. Beware.