Wednesday, December 21, 2005


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3rd Person Games

3rd Person Games

3rd Person Games are games where the “camera” is right behind the character; 3rd Person Perspective. For example, take a look at the picture.

These type of games include all of the Star Wars Jedi Knight Series: Jedi Outcast, Jedi Academy,Star Wars Battlefront, Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, Pirates of The Caribbean and many more. I would start out with Jedi Outcastif you are new to these type of games.

First of all, in the games mentioned above, all the Star Wars games have the choice of having 1st person, or 3rd person. This is because when you are fighting with all of the different types of guns, it is easier to aim when in the 1st person. However, when you are fighting with a lightsaber, you absolutely have to be in the 3rd person. In the game you are given the ability to do countless acrobatics (flips, twirls, Force jumps, wall grabs, saber throws, and tons more), and they will only work if you are in 3rd person perspective.

Another word of note, the game Pirates of the Caribbean, is really a RPG (role playing game), but I put it in this article because you are in the 3rd person while playing the game.

If you want some tips and tricks on Jedi Outcast, check out the site, Jedi Outcast Tips. This will show you some really neat secrets like great sniping spots, and other things to do in all the multiplayer, and single player levels.

If you like Star Wars Battlefront, and need some help, go to Battlefront Secrets to find some helpful tips and tricks. This guide has some detailed information to help you out.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Real Time Strategy Games

These are my favorite types of games. These include games such as, Age of Empires II, Age of Empires III, Empire Earth, Empire Earth II, Empires Dawn of the Modern World, Rise of Nations, and many others. If you are new at playing Real Time Strategy Games, I would suggest you start off playing Age of Empires II.

For those who don’t know, A Real Time Strategy Game is the type of game where the “camera” hovers over the “world,” and you guide all of the people into creating an empire, or civilization. Take a look at the picture to see what I mean.

When you start one of these games, you begin with a Town Center (or Capital), and some villagers (see picture). At the Town Center, you can create villagers. The villagers can build buildings, walls, towers, and depending on the game, bridges. All the different types of buildings do different jobs. For instance, if you built a barracks, you could train swordsmen, or other military units there. Your villagers are vital to your survival. They are the ones that gather all the resources, such as food, wood, gold, stone, and iron. Train lots of villagers to gather resources. The more villagers you have, the more resources you will have. But, a word of warning, don’t just train villagers, they won’t fight off attackers.

The key strategy for this type of game is defense. But before you build all the different types of defense structures, train some units from your barracks first to guard you from any small attacks. When your villagers are doing pretty good at gathering resources, have some build several towers around your base. These towers will do a good job at defending your base against attackers. Training barracks units is a must. If attackers get past your towers, you need to have some solders ready to “make the enemy die for their country.” After the towers are built, build walls around your camp. If an enemy attacks, it will take him a while to get through the walls. When you build walls, it’s a good idea to train archers to shoot at attackers while they slash at the walls. Swordsmen attacking have absolutely no chance against this. As you can see in the picture, this is what can happen if you don't have good defense. These people had either not enough, or no defense structures.

In Age of Empires II, you can use siege equipment like a catapult to level forests. If there is a big section of woods, you can use the catapult make a narrow path toward the center of the forest. Then, make a big circular area. You can now build a base inside the circular area, and seal off the narrow path with walls, gates, lots of towers and castles. This is a very effective way to protect your base, and it’s frustrating to your enemy, you can’t find you anywhere on the map.

In Empire Earth, when you reach a certain age (like WWI), you can build an airport, and build airplanes. When you reach this age, you absolutely need to build planes, especially fighters. If you control the air, you will most likely win the game. Build Aircraft carriers, and airports, and control the air from all angles. Build several airports loaded to the max with fighters. Keep these airports in reserve, and protect them at all costs. Use these in emergencies, for instance, if you have a wing of fighters out strafing the an enemy town, and a patrol of enemy gunmen make a surprise attack on your villagers, all your villagers will be gone by the time you fighters can get back from the other side of the map, and if they do get back, the would be out of fuel. If you had a wing in reserve, fighters could be hitting the patrol in a matter of seconds.

First Person Shooters

A First Person Shooter (commonly referred to as an FPS) is an intense, fast paced, shoot-em up game. Obviously it is played in the first person perspective, so you see what your character sees (this would include the gun, hand, and sometimes arm of the character). Some prime examples of this genre are Halo, Halo II, Counter Strike, Call of Duty, Call of Duty II, Doom III, Half Life, Half Life II, and Quake IIII. A decent game to start out with though is Medal of Honor.

Although many games have various game types such as Capture the Flag and others, the main goal of FPS games is to kill other players and that is what this guide will be focused on.

First thing’s, first.
Before you even start up a game, you are going to need to (if you haven’t already) get some sort of high speed internet deal. Without high speed internet, you will experience much lag that will NOT help you win in anyway at all.

Choosing your character
The next thing you need to do occurs before the game even starts. In most games you have different options to customize you character: such as colors. This can be used to your advantage. If you have customized your character look cool and stand out, that is a bad thing. Think about the map, or playing area, where the game is going to take place and the overall color scheme of the place. Then go and customize your character not coolly, but smartly. For example, in Halo 2 there is a map called “Midship” which is mainly purple and has some blue. To get an advantage over the other players, I have customized my player with the primary purple and secondary color blue. This provides me with a bit of camouflage and hides me much better than someone who decided their character would look cool in pink and white.

Killing people
What you have to remember about FPS games is that they are striving to be as realistic as possible, and because of this, there are a few things that affect game play. The first is that bullets, or other projectile, fired from a weapon, take time to reach their destination. For this reason, you need to fire your weapon where your target will be, not where it is currently at. This technique is known as “leading.” Leading can be a difficult skill to master, but with a little practice, you should see your game step up a few notches. The second thing you need to know is where to hit the player to cause the most damage, for most weapons, this is the head. There are, however, exceptions. The main one is explosives. Explosives will normally do damaged based on proximity, not where the explosive hit the player. For this reason, you want to aim explosives at a player’s feet because this will make it hard for them to dodge it and it won’t cause you to do any less damage.

Be On Your Guard
Always be on your guard. Watch any radar that you might have and never give anyone the chance to sneak up on you. Never stand still for too long and try to avoid open areas. This will make you a sitting duck for a long ranged weapon such as a sniper rifle. Also try to avoid a pattern in your movement as this will get you hit more often because players can predict where you will be and shoot there.

Good Luck and Practice!
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