The Hive - A really nice mix of Dungeon Keeper and Starcraft

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The concept art for The Hive are just simply brilliant.

It´s seems like the Finnish studio Skydome Entertainment got something rather nice in the making. Because their game "The hive" (which would be a adventure/puzzle/strategy game for PC, MAC and Linux) made me think of a really nice blend of Starcraft (the zerg) and Dungeon Keeper. I also have to say that i really like the design and graphics in The Hive.

And i was just informed that The Hive got thumbs up on Steam Greenlight. So that means that the game will be for sale on Steam in the near future. So "hopefully" we will get a review code for The Hive. Because i really want to give the game a try.

Oh, well. You guys can enjoy the trailer for The Hive in the meanwhile ;)

About The Hive:
Hive is an easily approachable, riveting strategy game, where the objective of the player is to build an underground network using their insect colonies from the base, called "nests". Captivating backstory and a beautiful visual design takes the player to a fantasy world, which offers new surprises and challenges as the game progresses.

To react to these challenges the player must upgrade and adjust their nest. Leaning to heavy storytelling and a broad world, Hive offers the player a diverse exploration ground. Having many different endings and possibilities, the player can create their own unique route, strategy, and story.

Growing and adjusting are one of the most important parts of the game. There lies many challenges in the underground networks, and the player must defeat enemies and explore the land to upgrade their nest to answer to them.

By defeating right kind of enemies you can find new objects which you can add to your nest and use them in the battle. It is also possible for the player to learn new technology by inspecting the old abandoned ruins and temples.

The game has gotten its inspiration from the nature documentaries of insects, borrowed and blended elements from science fiction, strategy games and fascinating world of archaeology. The end product is one of a kind game concept, which mesmerizes the player for a long time.

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Google gets dissed by Twitch - Chooses Amazon instead

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Amazon paid 970 million dollars for Twitch TV.

I bet that there´s quite a few angry faces at the Google camp right now. Because they lost the deal with Twitch. At first, everyone (including myself) thought that Google bought Twitch for 1 billion dollars (that the deal was sealed, written in blood and all that).

But no, apperantly Google fumbled with the ball along the way. And Amazon were quick to pick that ball up (Twitch), at the price of $970 million. So why did Twitch choose Amazon instead of Goolge? Well, this is what Twitch CEO Emmett Shear had to say about the Twitch deal with Amazon:

"We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster," 

"We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch."
- Twitch CEO Emmett Shear

And Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos add this about their deal with Twitch:

"Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month,"  

"Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community." - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

So there you have it. Google lost this match to Amazon. But is it for good or bad? For those who use and work with Twitch on a daily basis i mean. I guess time will tell.

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear´s open letter

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

The Shadowgate remake - Out now on Steam!

Guess who´s back? That´s, Shadowgate baby!

Back in 1987 there was a really awesome point-and-click adventure game for the NES named "Shadowgate" (developed by ICOM Simulations, Inc.). Well, Shadowgate has had a very strong fan community (that´s also one of the reasons why Shadowgate got released to many different formats) since the very start (the fans has keept the Shadowgate spirit alive over the years).

And that´s probably why Zojoi was able to collect over $137,000 in total via Kickstarter back in 2012. Awesome indeed, but it get´s better. Because today a fan informed me (us) that the Shadowgate Remake has been released on Steam (there´s even a 10% price-cut at the moment).

And the game is all yours for 17,99 Euro. So if you are a fan of Shadowgate (or adventure games for that matter), then you should pickup the remake of Shadowgate asap!

***Thank you Fernando Zavaleta Bustos for the tip!***

About Shadowgate:
Shadowgate is one of the most well-known and beloved point-and-click adventure titles in gaming history. As one of the original titles in the popular MacVenture series that went on to be celebrated on the NES, GBC and Nintendo 64, Shadowgate quickly endeared players with its fantastic atmospheric soundtrack, perilous locations to progress through, countless puzzles to solve, and more ways to gruesomely die than gamers previously thought possible.

Thrust into the role of "The Seed of Prophecy," players travel deep into the living castle, in hopes of defeating the evil that dwells within – the dreaded Warlock Lord. Now, nearly 30 years after the original version haunted Mac and NES gamers, the original development team behind that timeless classic is back with a full re-imagining of the original Shadowgate. 

Much more than a port, the team at Zojoi has painstakingly redesigned the game from the ground up, adding in tons of new mind-bending puzzles, lots of new rooms with stunning hand-painted 2D graphical detail, and more objects to interact with and help you along your quest. Decide how YOU want to play this new, re-imagined Shadowgate! Want the quintessential experience?

Employ the Classic command system or turn on the retro soundtrack, text box, and room transitions. Want a more cinematic experience? Switch to Immersive mode by auto-hiding the UI and using customizable hotkeys to explore the castle. Or mix and match the options to satisfy your play style. In Shadowgate, there are plenty of new features and fun throwbacks to the original version to satisfy veteran adventurers and newcomers alike!

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Our Kingdom Hearts 3 wishlist

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Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released to both PS4 and Xbox One.                                                                 
Kingdom Hearts has become a staple in the hearts of many fans, both Disney, and RPG alike. What started as a simple action adventure RPG has blossomed into a plethora of merchandise, apparel, comics, soundtracks, and even real Sea Salt Popsicles. Yes Sea Salt Popsicles are real, and you can make them yourself. Knowing that the newest entry into the beloved series is coming to a release date is the best thing that hopeful fans have.

There are a lot of loose rumors concerning Kingdom Hearts 3, but I’ve come up with a few that should definitely happen for the upcoming title. Now whether or not you’ll agree, you can certainly rest assured that Kingdom Hearts won’t leave us unsatisfied with its final decisions.

Gameplay, score, and theme all play an equally important part in the games conception—which on all accounts equals commercial and critical acclaim. Here’s our list on what need to be included in Kingdom Hearts 3.   

Robin Williams tribute

It’s unfortunate, and very sad that we’ll never get to hear his iconic voice again. Robin Williams was one of the best talents of his generation, as well as important public figure. And with Aladdin probably being an important staple in the series, we can be certain we’ll see Genie in Kingdom Hearts 3. Nintendo still isn’t being clear on whether or not they’ll include him in a Zelda title, but Disney certainly should be.

Aladdin saw huge commercial success in 1992, grossing over $502 million dollars, with a mere budget of $28 million. It received massive critical acclaim, and won numerous awards, mainly for its soundtrack. Without Robin Williams, none of these classical characters would have ever reached prominence.


No return to Atlantica

I can’t be the only one who hates what they did to the Little Mermaid in Kingdom Hearts 2. It wasn’t so bad in the first Kingdom Hearts, since we actually did something useful, such as fighting sharks, and kill Ursula. However in the sequel, when we returned to Atlantica, we saw ourselves dancing, using QTE’s to keep up with the beat, and the rhythm of the song.

I can’t even begin to tell you how annoying the beat of “under the sea” got, as you traversed the surrounding area, or fought the heartless throughout the campaign. We shouldn’t have a real reason to return to Atlantica, and if we do we should see progression in the form of Ariel’s daughter being an essential character now.

Updated version of Disney

Alice in Wonderland has a sequel, and we even have two new princesses: Merida, and Tiana. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll see the update in Kingdom Hearts 3. Even if we only receive Easter eggs, we should still see progression in the Disney inclusion of the franchise. Seeing Star Wars, or even Brave being a central part of the game could alter Kingdom Hearts history.


Sora is the protagonist

Understanding that Sora and Riku were cohesive counterparts in Kingdom Hearts 3DS, is important as well as frustrating. Honestly the only thing that was more annoying than having to jump between the two, was the fact that the ending pissed a lot of fans off. If you haven’t played that particular installment yet, we’ll leave that part out.

Having Sora as the protagonist is only fitting, since the story revolves around him as we’ve seen in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. The Keyblade didn’t choose Sora originally, it was actually destined for someone else, but fell to him. Sora becoming a Keyblade master, was the best part of the story—until everyone started using them including Kairi. Once this started happening, we were certain that the series was headed for a tailspin with no way back.

Showcase more Disney rides

The only reason to go to Disneyland besides the food is the rides! What makes their inclusion to the game so essential is as we’ve seen their ability to help Sora fight bosses, and get to higher places. We’ve already seen Casey Jones train, and Pegasus in screenshots, and the cinematic trailer. If we see rollercoaster rides, and possibly even Cinderella’s castle, it would be a monument to Disney’s reputation.


These are just a few of the things we should see in Kingdom Hearts 3, but there are so many more. What are your thoughts on what we should see in Kingdom Hearts 3? Let us know in the comments, and share this post.

Kingdom Heats 3 is in development and is coming soon.

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/Kenay Peterson
The Gaming Ground

The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 - The AOC Pack

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Peach = Kawaii overload :3

Not so long ago people laughed at Nintendo and their Wii U console. Well, now people laugh with them instead, while playing Mario Kart 8. But who can blame them for that really? Because not only are Mario Kart 8 THE best Mario Kart game in the series so far (imo), but it´s also one of the best racing/party games out there.

So i´m not that much surprised to hear that people went nuts when Nintendo (accidently?) leaked some images for their upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC (AOC Pack). Which will include 3 new characters (Zelda, Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach), 4 new carts and 8 new courses.

And from what i´ve have heard, this DLC will be released on the 30th of November. It seems like the UK version are all sold out though? So that makes me wonder if it´s the same thing in the rest of the world as well?

About The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC:
Includes 3 characters; Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and Link. 4 vehicles including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise. 8 course packs including classics like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii,as well as the world of The Legend of Zelda.

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Mega Coin Squad - Part 1 - To hell with mr taxman

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Run away, run away! 

Normally, i´m not a big fan of platform games. And that´s simply becouse it´s not my cup of tea. So i was kind of sceptical about Big Pixel Studios "Mega Coin Squad". But once i started to play it. I actually ended up liking it (to my surprise).

Mega Coin Squad are like a mix of Super Mario Bros, Robot Unicorn (all the colors and the feeling of being injected with digital acid) and Mega Man. 
So, yeah. I´m most definitely going to record more videos for Mega Coin Squad =)

And i hope you guys will enjoy them ;)

/Jonas E
The Gaming Ground

Maple Story 2 is coming in 2014

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Maple Story 2 are a whole nother story from the first game.

Maple Story was one of the biggest online MMO’s back in 2004-2008 with my circle of friends. I still remember all the hacks and mods people were able to access, to gain new levels, and get infinite ninja stars as they continued to leap through the levels and ascend the ranks. In development since 2010, the new Maple Story takes the leap from 2D to full 3D.

MapleStory 2 takes place before the events of the original MapleStory, and will include wall-climbing, driving, and swimming. It looks like a vast improvement over the prior iteration. Later this year, Nexon will release the game in a closed beta, and release it exclusively to the rest of the world at an undisclosed date in the future.

Maple Story is one of the most prolific games of our generation, and it will receive a very high acclaim upon its release. With the way League of Legends, and other MMO’s such as Dota 2 are performing well beyond the spectrum, it’s no surprise that Nexon is bringing Maple Story back in black.

Who’s an old school Maple Story fan and will be checking out the beta? Let us know in the comments.

tgg author avatar kenay peterson
/Kenay Peterson
The Gaming Ground

The ultimate guide over PS4 games for 2014 and 2015

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One of the biggest reasons WHY people haven't bought  a PS4 yet. Are the lack of epic PS4 exclusives. 

I made a "little" misstake when i wrote my "Bloodborne - Welcome to the sickness" yesterday. There´s nothing wrong with the post. But i accidently tweeted out that the post would contain a rock solid lineup of awesome PS4 games.

That was not the case. So sorry, my bad. I toke my time to list all the PS4 games (released and upcoming) for 2014 and 2015 though (if i have missed any game. Just comment or poke me/us on Twitter about it). I even took the liberty to mark out the really interesting games (imo).

So, enjoy ;)

2014 (released and upcoming):
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - Released
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes - Released
Need for Speed: Rivals - Released
Rayman Legends - Released
Skylanders: Swap Force - Released
Sniper Elite 3 - Released
The Last of Us: Remastered - Released
Thief - Released
Wolfenstein: The New Order - Released
Worms Battlegrounds - Released
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare - Released
Air Conflicts: Vietnam - Ultimate Edition - Released
Madden NFL 25 - Released
Madden NFL 15 - August 28th
Metro Redux - August 29th

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate - September 4th
Destiny - September 9th 
inFAMOUS: First Light - September 10th 
NHL 15 - September 11th
Flockers (Team 17´s new IP) - September 19th 
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes - September 19th
Fifa 15 - September 25th 
Schrodinger's Cat (another new IP by Team 17) - September 26th
Shadow Warrior - September 26th
NAtURAL DOCtRINE - September 26th
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment - September 30th

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor - October 3th 
Alien: Isolation - October 7th
Raven's Cry - October 7th
NBA Live 15 - October 9th
Driveclub - October 9th 
Sleeping Dogs - Definitive Edition - October 10th
NBA 2K15 - October 10th
The Evil Within - October 17th
The Walking Dead - Game of the Year Edition - October 24th
Samurai Warriors 4 - October 24th
Assassin's Creed: Unity - October 28th
Lords of the Fallen - October 31th 
The Walking Dead: Season Two - October 31th
WWE 2K15 - October 31th

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - November 4th 
Overruled! - November 7th
The Wolf Among Us - November 7th
The Crew - November 11th
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 - November 13th
Farcry 4 - November 18th 
LittleBigPlanet 3 - November 19th 
Dragon Age: Inquisition - November 20th 

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris - December 9th 

The Order: 1886 - February 20th 
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - February 24th
Dying Light - Q1
H-Hour: World's Elite - Q1
Evolve - February 10th
Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Q4
Rise of the Tomb Raider - Q4

2015 TBA:
Batman: Arkham Knight 
Battlefield: Hardline
Cyberpunk 2077
Dead Island 2
Deep Down (Working Title)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse
EA Sports PGA Tour
F1 (Working Title)
Final Fantasy Agito
Final Fantasy Type-0
Final Fantasy XV
Gran Turismo 7
Grand Theft Auto V
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
Homefront: The Revolution
Kingdom Hearts III
Let it Die
Mad Max
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Minecraft - PlayStation 4 Edition
Mirror's Edge 2
Mortal Kombat X
No Man's Sky
MXGP - The Official Motocross Videogame
Payday 2 - Crimewave Edition
Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show
SingStar: Ultimate Party
Star Wars: Battlefront (Working Title)
Tearaway Unfolded
Tekken 7
The Elder Scrolls Online
The Golf Club
The Witness
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
Tom Clancy's The Division
Tomb Raider (Working Title)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Until Dawn

/Robin E
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