Clash of Clans

story short, this is a Tower Defense Game that has got me hooked on for a few months now. It all started back on November and not it has been about 3 months since i first started playing this game.

I have played a lot of games in past but this is by far the 2nd game only that I have liked and played a lot (first bring FIFA on PS3). This is a fun past time which for me sometimes has more than being a past time – it is addictive to a certain extent but i guess I am now finally reaching a point when this is going to be a nice past time – playing for a couple of hours once i am back home just like I used to do with playing PS3 back in 2013.

 

 

Assassins Creed 3 // A Mixed bag

Last week I started playing the game and earlier this week I finished it as well. It is not that I played for hours. All in all this one had about 12 sequences each having

Assassin's Creed: Lineage
Assassin’s Creed: Lineage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3-5 missions that needed completion. Now that I am done, I realize that I would have been able to finish the game in flat 10 hours if it wasn’t for the glitches and all those side missions that kept propping up and I felt that the need to do all of those because it would have an impact on how the game unfolds.

 

At some level, the game is dis-appointing when I consider the prequels like the Brotherhood and Revelations. I could have finished the game without needed a single pound (it was dollars in the previous versions). The game stands completed with 40% still undone so which means there are missions all over the place that I can go back and do with the only incentive being a completion rate and no impact on the main story. The things that I don’t like are

  • There are glitches at some places. Some of these glitches don’t open up missions on maps and you have to run around and even then they won’t come up. While at times it does makes a difference when you go to the place, sometimes they just don’t popup and it gets frustrating
  • Game actually hung on me twice and I had to restart the console – this has never happened with any of the games AC or anything else
  • The main missions are way too easy when compared to the older versions. I went back to see if there is a way to set the difficulty (like GOW) but there is none. The soldiers are way too less and I was able to kill all of them no matter how many would come even with the basic of the weapons with which i started the game. The ship fights were a little tight, but once I got the hang of it they were way too easy
  • Contrary to previous point, the side missions are way too much and some of them are nuisance like catching wild animal in the Frontier
  • AC3 has an open world that is way more than any of the previous games which eventually seems like a distraction and does not adds to the game. Like in previous ones, I would have expected the need of earning money to be key as I would need advanced weapons but none of that is needed in this version. I can finish all main missions without doing any side missions
  • I missed the free running missions // they are just so less in this version of the game. Last few games free running was just amazing and having missions around those were simply awesome to master. AC3 doesn’t have a lot of it.

 

Of course that the game did have its good parts as well

  • The whole driving a ship in the open sea and get into a battle of different kind was pretty cool. I had a few battles and it was cool killing ships with different set of weapons
  • Another thing that was good about this was the aspect of how the game gets realistic. If you are doing a mission like assisting a farmer harvesting, the missions comes up only if it is daytime because logically during day time the farmers would be sleep. There were hints of this Revelations when we had to conquer forts and there were shift changes if a captain/officer would flee the attack and you would have to wait
  • Side missions are nice some of those especially the homestead ones as it gives you a feel of growing the town unlike the previous ones where you buy shops, banks, etc and just earn money. This one makes you earn your money whether it is by growing homestead or saving your convoys from getting destroyed. It is like you are vested in yout little investment which was nice
  • Some of the movements are more streamlined like the Free Running is smoother than previous ones. Some of the new movements like jumping over not so high fences and then diving underneath opening are new moves which make this more real and fast. However, I would have liked to see more free running missions which are fun part and are very little here

 

Verdict

If you have’t played this series then this is not the one to begin with a) you will not gather any context & story and b) you will not find this one boring as the main story is very limited and not that interesting compared to previous ones. But, then how can you not have played AC2, ACB or ACR. SO go and buy those 3 and then come to this one.

Why would you come to by AC3? For kicks of not missing any of the series. The cost is a bit steep given the fact that the game is almost a year old. Maybe wait for AC4 release and the price drops and you can buy. The game is still worth, because it changes how you interact with the game and the experience is still nice given you got to spend a few hours and you can always come back to achieve all 100% completion which would be interesting. There is so much side stuff you can do so if you are getting bored you can always go back for the side stuff. On the face value of main story alone, I wouldnt recommend, but as an overall package and being the series I wouldnt miss for the world.

Now decide who you are? Are you a series fan? Then go get it today.

Assasins Creed – III

I have been on a break for several months from my PS3. On this past weekend; The inspiration to get this back up was the upcoming launch of FIFA 14 which is due end-September. I finally got it back up and running and I got back to older games like the FIFA 13 and in a day I had listed down several games that I want to buy. The very first one I got my hands on was Assassins Creed III.

Assassin's Creed: Lineage
Assassin’s Creed: Lineage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I reached home finishing my day’s work, had dinner and hit the PS3. It was around midnight, so you can probably understand how much excited I was to get started with game. I have played AC2, AC brotherhood and AC revelations and all of them have taken up the experience a notch. The mechanics and the excitement of playing in a world I didnt know (1500s or what have you), and getting to do all sort of stuff like jumping roofs, using bows and arrows, melee attacks, buy clothes and look stylish, get new weapons like Swords, etc .was so cool. The best part of this series for me has been the whole Assassins aspect. The concept of me being a Master Assassin and then being able to recruit new folks and mentor and train them to be master assassins was just so captivating. Being able to control the battle from a roof top by commanding assassins to guard and then call them to get there and kill was the wow factor.

 

I started this game in the first 60 minutes, I felt this one was going to be different. It was slow. The era had changed, there was no connect to previous AC versions I had played. I was now in a modernish world. The game is played in Boston (first 3 hours) in 1750s and I had a pistol to use from the beginning. None of the older mechanics are true. There have been some glitches where I was painfully stuck because of what the game play was and unable to make the gun shooting very clear, but it is my sense that this will be a different experience.

 

The sad part is I cant see the connect from older AC version and the aspects which connected me are now missing. The good part is that there are some new things, I saw for the first time in AC series a concept of a weather – there was rain and then there was snow. I dont know if these are just visual affects or do they really impact the gameplay; this remains to be seen as I go deeper.

 

I am a little disappointed with this purchase, but for some reason I have faith in the designers that they cant do a bad job with AC. Let’s see how the weekend unfolds when I have planned out several hours of playing (of course if my kiddo allows me to). Will post a detailed review from my viewpoint soon.

 

 

Perseverance

Last month, I went back to using an Android (Sony Xperia Z) from using an iPhone 5 (reasons apart). As I moved through the transition I realized while Android had a lot of features, the feel of an Apple was missing. At this point, I was forced to using my phone. But, this “forced behavior” essentially told me to ask myself a more fundamental question – “How was using my devices?” I had an iPad mini that I had purchased for “something”, and then I had an iPod that I used for listening to songs and during workout and then here I had this phone as well.

In the past, I was doing pretty much everything on my iPhone – check emails, read blogs, play games, etc. Now, given that I didnt like my phone too much, I decided this was time to get my iPad into the mix and I decided that I will not configure emails on my Android phone (BTW – this allowed me to use some of advanced features of my phone). I ended up installing emails 4 times and every time I installed it, i went back to removing it in matter of minutes. I had to force myself // I had to push myself to try the change.

And now here I am 3 weeks out when I have successfully got accustomed to not using emails on my phone // there is a specific usage I have for my phone and then iPad is utilized a lot more // my iPod is not used for training purposes (yeah i started to run again). Most importantly, i am not hooked on to my office all the time like i was on my cell phone. I pick up my iPad soemtimes when I want to and I am sort of happy to put the worries of office in my bag and allow someone to call me if there is a fire.

Today, I am changing yet another habbit // when I am trying to do is rather annoying but I am going to stay with it and see if I can change yet 1 more thing in my life.

 

Baby steps…

Foot steps in the sand
Foot steps in the sand (Photo credit: Abhijith B.Rao)

I did something

I blogged about this incident a couple of days back and as I said back then – I had realized that something had been done. So I did do something. And it was ridiculously simple.

I shared my feeling and how I much I was hurt with the communication. Then I left for the person to ponder over it and decide for him/herself if he/she wants to do something about it or not. I realized this was not my problem really // it not is today, it never was ever. I shared my perspective and let the person deal with it, and that is needed only if they think this is a problem.

Well since morning I am feeling so much lighter // and i never imaged I could be at peace so quick. This makes me belief, maybe I did the right thing 🙂

 

maths
maths (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Can’t Stop Thinking…!!

I am observing a similar phenomena around me once more and this time it is more prominent than it has ever been. Whenever there is something we need to do, it seems that I am thinking of a more holistic solution to the problem than anyone else. Everyone has a lens could be cost, or could be time, or could be ignorance but i am just unable to find people around me who would be ready to go out on a limb and do something better. There are some folks who are great, support and empathize but then there are some who just don’t seem to get my view.

I was wondering today – when does this “pushing” of mine would start to make people think “God! Kapil just makes things so much difficult. Why can’t he just do it, and not push, push, push”. To some extent, I believe people are already asking. I perceive so because now when I send emails, either people don’t respond back or their answer is so transactional. Sometimes it seems, i have just pushed on the pedal on my Vento Diesel and have vorooomeeedd so fast for a Alto to even think of catching me.

The question I am asking myself now is – “Do I continue to deliver excellence irrespective what people maybe thinking? Or is it time to move on and do something fresh?” Or is there a way around which is keep going through the grind and keep pushing until the wall is moved?

I don’t know yet. What would you do?

 

English: Cover of the 2009 print of Thinking a...
Lets keep the Ideas coming!!

 

Do I work // or is it Fast Five

Every time I start a new project, it is like a story – something crazy that I do. As i start off a new project, I think of this being another story and a very similar to what I have just delivered. And it simply compelling when I think of me as a living a Fast Five.

[divider scroll_text=”HERE COMES THE STORY”]

 

[column col=”2/5″]It all start when we get an opportunity of working on a project. It is the most craziest thing we got to do; something we have never done the last time. We need a team and folks who can do special things and all of those people are excited to be part of the ‘crazy stuff’. Most important we need 2 precision drivers – no project that I have delivered has been delivered who can do wonders – can be the arch, the leads, the technologists, the PMs, the developers.[/column]

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[divider scroll_text=”Project Starts”]

 

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[column col=”2/5″]Finally we have the project and we know the people we know who are going to do all the stuff done and we start assembling the team. And we all know We got to get the job done.[/column]

[divider scroll_text=”One More Time – YET AGAIN”]

 

[column col=”2/5″]I can’t say enough but I will say it one more time – This is some crazy stuff we do but when we get it done we get rewarded by people knowing we did it one hell of a job – like getting in a police station and steal 100M $$$.[/column]

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[divider scroll_text=”There are Challenges – and big ones”]

 

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[column col=”2/5″]Oh Yeah!! There are!! There are problems and issues internal and external that keep coming at us with full speed. They don’t allow us to get into our zone to get the stuff done, but we go to!![/column]

[divider scroll_text=”Running ain’t freedom”]

 

[column col=”2/5″]We know we got to solve the problem and get rid of them. We know we can’t run away. [/column]

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[divider scroll_text=”We don’f fail – not today”]

 

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[column col=”2/5″]The only way to deal with the challenges and everything that gets thrown as us is to deal with aggression; to do what we do best.  [/column]

[divider scroll_text=”And yet – It is Misson Insane”]

 

[column col=”2/5″]The projects gets tougher by the hour till the point it seems impossible. We will see everything going against us, nothing would work the way it is supposed to and then boom – there is this big crash.

Yet nothing changes – it is business as usual for us.[/column]

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[divider scroll_text=”The Rockstars”]

 

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[column col=”2/5″]And when we need the most, there are our Rock stars who would be ready to jump off of the cliff. They are the people who will do that nobody can think it can be done. [/column]

[divider scroll_text=”The Winners Walking Proud”]

 

[column col=”2/5″]And in the end we all walk proud. We deliver with Quality.[/column]

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[divider scroll_text=”Now Watch the whole story unfold”]

 

Now that I have narrated how a project looks like for me in piece meals, here is how it looks like a whole.