Top 10 games to play for the Forever Alone on Valentine’s Day 2017
POSTED BY Ram Ronquillo ON February 14, 2017
Yet another Valentine’s Day has come and for some it’s the same case as last year or the year before that, nothing special planned because there’s no one to have plans with. While for others, this has only recently become a reality.
Don’t fret though, we’ve got your back yet again as we present 10 games that the forever alone, or in some cases recently alone, can play on Valentine’s Day. If you’re wondering why we said yet again, check out our 2016 top 5 list here.
Similar to last year’s article, we’ve included a variety of games from different genres and consoles/platforms, most of which have been released within the past year. Because they’re of different genres, these games are listed in no particular order.
League of Legends/Dota 2/Smite/Heroes of the Storm/Heroes of Newerth… You get what we mean
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We open this list with a genre (we understand that this is cheating) that wasn’t introduced within the past year but still remain to be most games in this genre remain to be some of the most played titles of recent times despite how toxic some of, if not all, the MOBA communities are.
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There’s nothing like forgetting about Valentine’s Day by hopping onto a 5v5 match and competing with and against other people who also didn’t have other plans for the day.
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If you’ve always thought of getting into a MOBA title, well, Valentine’s Day may be the best time. A game in League of Legends or Dota 2 may last up to over an hour and that’s just perfect for letting the day go by while honing and improving your skills.
And if it gets too toxic, just invite a friend or two… or four… or nine and hop into a game. Whether it be serious try harding or a silly match with the silliest compositions and builds, it’s bound to keep you and your friends busy throughout the day.
All the games listed are free on the PC with Smite being the exception because it’s also available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Final Fantasy XV
The next game on the list is a game that expanded the Final Fantasy franchise, literally and figuratively. Final Fantasy XV is the first title in the Final Fantasy franchise to have an open world, allowing the players to go on side quests or hunt and gather various materials when they please.
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The game lets you play as Noctis, the Crown Prince of Lucis who is on his way to Altissia to get married to Lunafreya, former princess of Tenebrae, as peace terms with the Niflheim Empire. Noctis embarks on his adventure along with his bodyguard, Gladiolus; his advisor and prodigy military tactician, Ignis; and his friend, Prompto.
The game gives you so much to do from fishing to playing the pinball game, Justice Monsters Five, and it’s enough to keep you busy throughout the day and then some. For more ideas on what else to do in the game, visit our article here.
This Valentine’s Day won’t go to waste if you start your journey with the 4-man boy band-like group of Noctis and friends. You can think of it like going out with bros, killing monsters, and trying to understand what’s happening around you. You know, just your regular day out with your bros.
Final Fantasy XV is available at DataBlitz for PhP2,995 for the PlayStation 4 and PhP 2,715 for the Xbox One. It can also be purchased on the PlayStation Store and the Microsoft Store for the Xbox One for USD59.99.
Pokémon Sun & Moon
This is perhaps one of the more niche games on this list, being viable only if you currently own a Nintendo 3DS. However, this latest installment of Pokémon is a refreshing addition to the franchise.
The familiar Pokémon formula which we’ve gotten used to over many generations of the game has just gotten a reboot. This is the first iteration of the game that has gone away with the gym system and replaced it with a trial and kahuna system that will test players’ skill and the strength of their Pokémon just as well, if not more.
If you haven’t picked this up and own a Nintendo 3DS, it’s about time you did and Valentine’s Day may be the perfect day to take a virtual vacation to the Hawaiian-inspired Alola region to start your adventure of collecting new and old Pokémon and raise them to be the lean, mean, and adorable fighting machines that they were meant to be.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are available at Datablitz for PhP1, 950 or on the Nintendo eStore for USD39.99.
The first mobile game on this list is Supercell’s freemium mobile strategy game, Clash Royale.
Carrying where they left off with Clash of Clans, Supercell released their next mobile game in March 2016. Unlike their previous games, there’s no building or raid mechanic. Instead, it lets you collect cards, level them up, and put together an 8-card deck to face other players in the different Arenas.
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Ultimately the goal for each game that you enter is to destroy more of your opponent’s structures (two Crown towers and one King Tower).
Each game can last up to 3 minutes and up to 5 minutes if on tournament standard. It may look like a pretty straight forward and simple game, but you’ll soon find out that how you build your deck and where you place your cards can be the reason you win or lose.
This game allows you to tap into your competitive side and play from your phone or tablet. You know, if this year’s Valentine’s Day has you deciding to stay in bed but wanting to play. All you need is a smartphone or a tablet and a stable connection to get yourself started.
It can get addicting trying to win and get more and more chests, enough to keep you busy throughout this Valentine’s Day.
Clash Royale is available for free on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Next is the 2016 Game of the Year, the Blizzard team shooter Overwatch. Simply because we doubt this list will be complete without it.
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If you haven’t heard of Overwatch, well you’re missing out on a lot of fun. From a vast variety of characters each with their own unique abilities and personalities to beautifully built maps each with different goals, this new title brought in even gamers that didn’t play much first person shooters.
You may find yourself screaming at a teammate that just refuses to get on the point or push the payload but you’ll find yourself queuing up for another game regardless.
Whether you play alone or with friends, Overwatch is a game that can bring you and your friends hours and hours of fun.
Overwatch can help you pass the time while learning, improving, and familiarizing yourself with the game’s different characters and their skills. It may bring some salt to your Valentine’s Day but it’s still better than remembering you don’t have a date on Valentine’s Day.
Overwatch is available on Battle.net for USD39.99 and on the PlayStation Store and the Microsoft Store for Xbox One as the Origins Edition for USD59.99
Last year’s top five included Sims 4, this year we’re including the indie farming simulator, Stardew Valley as the simulator to enjoy on Valentine’s Day.
It was released early last year and quickly rose up the Steam Top Seller list.
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Stardew Valley is a game that resembles the farming simulator, Harvest Moon. Some game mechanics that both games share include marriage, seasonal changes, animals (which include livestock), and, of course, farming. Stardew Valley also has some form of combat and a dungeon which players can explore.
The game will definitely get you playing in-game day after in-game day and soon you’ll realize that Valentine’s Day is over without much thought. In addition to this, the game has a marriage mechanic that gives players a choice to get married to one of the game’s colorful characters, whether a girl or boy. Yes, you can get married on Valentine’s Day in Stardew Valley.
It was initially released on PC, but has since been released on all platforms including OS X, PlayStation, and Xbox One.
Stardew Valley is available on Steam for PhP419.95 and on the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store for Xbox One for USD14.99.
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
We can’t forget the strategy game fans out there and one of the biggest titles that was released in the past year is Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.
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The sixth iteration of the Civilization title introduced some interesting mechanics, one of which is district building which requires players to plan out their city placements even more. In addition to this, it presents the leaders in a more cartoon-like art style and the fog of war as a map instead of the Civilization V’s clouds.
This game will not only put you at the helm of an entire civilization but it will also have you making policies for an entire nation, founding more cities, and defending against other civilizations.
The franchise is known for keeping players of the game saying, “Just one more turn,” and it is precisely that phrase that gives us a good reason to add it to this list. If you enjoy turn-based strategy games, not only will you see your Valentine’s Day go by quickly, but you’ll also get the satisfaction of that victory screen if you managed your civilization well.
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is available on Steam for PhP2,190.00.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
There’s nothing better than celebrating your Forever Alone with a good horror game and one of the best horror titles that came out in the past year is Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
After staying a long while in the action game genre, Resident Evil needed a reboot and this is exactly what Resident Evil 7: Biohazard does. It’s a game that successfully pulls the Resident Evil franchise into the survival horror genre. It may not have as much gun wielding but it brings the fear factor back.
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You play as Ethan Winters, a man who is in search for his wife, Mia. This leads him to a derelict plantation inhabited by the Baker family.
The game has you constantly fear what lies beyond what you can see while running for your life. If this doesn’t spell survival horror, I’m not sure what does. And there’s nothing like a scaring yourself on a day like this, right?
For those of you that prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a good horror game, well, this will definitely get your heart pumping.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is available on Steam for PhP1,599.00 and on the PlayStation and Microsoft Store for Xbox One for USD59.99.
The next game is the latest of the games on this list and it is set to be released in the Philippines by 12 nn. For Honor is an action, hack and slash game developed and published by Ubisoft.
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It brings three of the most badass historical armies into one game, these being the Vikings, Knights, and the Samurai within a medieval fantasy setting.
Players are given a chance to play four classes, the well-balanced Vanguards, the fast Assassins, the slow but tanky Heavies, and the Hybrids that are able to use uncommon skills.
In addition to this, they boast a tactical combat system that forces players to time their attacks and be precise with blocking and positioning their character.
Its single player campaign puts the players into the world of For Honor that tells the story behind the conflict between the three factions, the Legion, the Warborn, and the Chosen in each of their perspectives and their interactions with bloodthirsty warlord Apollyon. While its multiplayer allows players to play in various game modes including a one-versus-one duel, two-versus-two brawl, and a four-versus-four skirmish.
What better way to celebrate a Forever Alone Valentine’s Day than by battling other players online and testing your skills with your preferred class and weapon; hacking, slashing, and blocking your way through Valentine’s Day and to victory in-game.
For Honor is available on Steam for PhP2, 239.00 and on the PlayStation Store and the Microsoft Store for Xbox One for USD59.99.
Okay, we understand that we’re cheating with this entry but what is a game list for the Forever Alone on Valentine’s Day without dating sims. Last year we mentioned Hatoful Boyfriend and HuniePop. This year we’ve included two mobile dating sims, Mystic Messenger and Burn your fat with me!!.
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The first of which is a South Korean dating sim for the ladies. The players take on the role of a female character who downloaded a mysterious app that leads her into living in a closed, secured apartment owned by someone named Rika who is the founder of a charity organization known as Rika’s Fundraising Association.
There she meets six guys, the remaining members of RFA, and can choose one out of the five love interests, each of which has their own route and background, as well as digging out the truth behind the RFA.
What is unique about this specific dating sim is that the characters can call you and you can call them to hear their voices in real life.
Mystic Messenger is available for free on Android Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Burn your fat with me!!
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Our second dating sim is a dating sim meets fitness app. It’s a Japanese visual novel game that requires the player to clear fitness goals like doing a certain number of push-ups within a time period. It does have a training mode wherein you choose your exercise, target reps, and time limit with Mayu Uehara, your in-game childhood friend.
Completing this may take longer than just one day, but getting started on Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be too bad as well. Not only are you passing the time with a dating sim on your phone, you’re also setting a goal for yourself and giving yourself a reason to start working out. That reason, of course, is to finish the game.
The game is available on Android Play Store for USD2.49 or PhP 110.00 and on the Apple App Store for USD1.99.
Well that’s this year’s list.
Whether forever alone, with the family or with someone special this year for Valentine’s Day, we hope you have a love-filled day!
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CLASH ROYALE | Welcome the Goblin Gang
POSTED BY Ram Ronquillo ON February 24, 2017
The fourth and last card of the first set of new cards of 2017 in Clash Royale is finally out and like the first two cards, it can be unlocked from Arena 9, Jungle Arena.
Goblin fans, rejoice because it’s time to welcome the new Common Card, Goblin Gang!
Unlike the first three new cards of 2017, the Goblin Gang isn’t necessarily a new card because in a nutshell it deploys the Goblins and Spear Goblins in one budget card. Playing both cards separately will cost players 4 Elixir to play, whereas the Goblin Gang only costs 3 Elixir. It may not be the most unique card, but it is the first card that combines melee and ranged Troops in one card.
While not quite as strong as the Skeleton Army, the Goblin Gang offers a unique mechanic with Goblins able to tank for the Spear Goblins. Countering the Goblin Gang may be as easy as using splash units like the Bomber or the Valkyrie or spells like The Log, Tornado, or Arrows but unlike the Skeleton Army, Goblins will survive Zap at tournament standard. Because of these interactions, the Goblin Gang isn’t a quite a replacement to the Skeleton Army instead may find its own place in Clash Royale.
What is perhaps one of the biggest challenges of the Goblin Gang is because it has a melee line and a ranged line, it will take getting used to as far as deployment is concerned.
With the addition of this card, there are now six Goblin cards that can be played with two spells in order to make a somewhat all Goblin deck. It may not be as strong as one would hope, but it will be interesting to play, to say the least.
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Super Robot Wars V is now available
POSTED BY Jason Dayrit ON February 23, 2017
Many PlayStation owners fondly remember a purely Japanese game that came out during the console’s heyday: Super Robot Wars. The game featured all the Japanese giant cartoon robots like Mazinger Z, Combattler V, different kinds of Gundam, and Voltes V to name a few. Now, in the era of the PS4, the franchise makes it return in Super Robot Wars V.
The is available now for purchase in Southeast Asia for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®Vita in both digital and physical package.
Super Robot Wars V is the second and latest title in the Super Robot Wars 25th anniversary commemorative project. Robots from many different animation series will cross the boundaries of their worlds and join forces to fight a common enemy in this simulation RPG game. The game tells a complete original story, set in a new world.
｢Extra Action｣ – A New System Feature
A new parameter called ExC (Extra Count) has been introduced. Accumulate ExC by fulfilling certain conditions such as attacking enemy units on the map, or leveling up a unit’s main pilot. Use accumulated ExC to activate a special ｢Extra Action｣ command, which allows a range of special moves such as ｢Boost Dash｣, ｢Direct Attack｣, and ｢Smash Hit｣.
｢Extra Order｣ – New System Feature
The battleship-specific ｢Extra Order｣ command uses ExC in exchange for granting special effects to surrounding allied units, such as ｢Emergency Recovery｣, ｢Focus Up｣, ｢ExC Up｣, and ｢Recover Action｣. Except for ｢Focus Up｣, none of the commands can be used on the player’s own unit.
「Nine」 – New Character
The addition of Nine introduces a new character whose existence is closely intertwined with the System 99 OS of the VangRay prototype anti-alien mobile weapon (the main character’s robot). 「Nine」 works alongside the game’s main characters Soji and Chitose.
The hardcopy of the game is now available in all DataBlitz outlets nationwide.
Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Katowice League of Legends primer
POSTED BY Ram Ronquillo ON February 22, 2017
Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Katowice League of Legends is starting in just a few hours and while it the teams aren’t as stacked that previously hoped, the pride of raising the cup and going home the IEM World Champion is still there.
The teams that will be playing are the European teams G2 Esports, Unicorns of Love, and H2k-Gaming; the LMS teams Flash Wolves and Hong Kong Esports; the Korean teams ROX Tigers and Kongdoo Monster; and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) team M19.
Teams will play in a double elimination Group stage that will initially be played in a best-of-one format, after which the consecutive games will be played in a best-of-three format. The two teams that survive the Group Stage will then move on the playoffs to play in a best-of-three semifinals and the winner of which will face in a best-of-three finals.
Group A comprises of ROX Tigers, H2k-Gaming, Hong Kong Esports, and M19. ROX Tigers will be facing M19 while H2k-Gaming will be facing Hong Kong Esports. My prediction for Group A, ROX Tigers and H2k-Gaming will make it out of the group stage.
Group B is definitely more stacked than Group A with Kongdoo Monster, G2 Esports, Flash Wolves, and Unicorns of Love. The first matchups will be between Kongdoo Monster and Unicorns of Love and the second will be between G2 Esports and Flash Wolves. Unlike Group A, Group B is a tougher group to predict but if I had to make one it would be G2 Esports and Flash Wolves to make it out of the group.
If I were to make a bold prediction as to who will win the entire tournament, it’ll have to be G2 Esports. Assuming they’re able to perform as they do in the EU LCS, I do believe they can win the entire thing.
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