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World Of Warships is a free online game created by Wargaming which allows players to battle other players in an online environment, with their favourite warships. You spend your time aiming your guns and firing across the sea at your enemies, or holding territory, it’s a lot of fun, especially if you have friends to play with. The best thing about the game is that it’s totally free free to play.

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World Of Warships Review

This is a game that allows you to play as a warship and you spend all your time trying to blow up other people’s warships. If you choose to download the game, you’ll be placed in a team with several other people, up against another team of ships. It’s a team based online multiplayer game and it’s a lot of fun to begin with, but later in the game, things get a lot more strategic as players figure out what to do and become better at the game.

World Of Warships places players in the lowest tier of ships when they start playing and gamers will work their way up through a points based system until they reach the top tier of ships, which is tier 10. When you first start out with World Of Warships, working your way up the tiers is fairly easy, with only a few games needed before you reach tier two. However, I did find that once I was at around tier 5, that the game slowed down significantly, with it feeling like hundreds of games were going by before I could go up a tier or even get a new ship.

World Of Warships Review

World Of Warships Review

World Of Warships isn’t an entirely free to play game, it has premium ships that players are able to purchase which aren’t accessible if you don’t pay for them, an example of this is the two Russian ships in the game, which are actually quite good if you happen to buy them, but it’s totally up to the player if they want to do that or not. As a person who has gone through the game and tried everything out, I would suggest only buying things in the game if you’re really into it, say around tier 5 because you’ll probably enjoy it more at that point and will know how to use what you purchased and will be more likely to make an informed decision about spending money in the game.

The gameplay for World Of Warships is broken up between the type of game mode you are placed in, of which there are three of these and also differs based on the class of ship you choose, of which there are four of these.

World Of Warships Review

World Of Warships Review

In looking at the game modes. Games are based on either PVE combat (players against AI controlled bots) or PVP combat (two teams competing against each other). Inside these two choices, once a player is ready for battle, they will go into either of the following three game modes (which are randomly chosen for you):

  1. Standard: In this game mode player will be put into one of two teams. Each team will have their own base and their own capture points. The game is won or lost by killing everyone on the enemy team, or by capturing and holding all the capture points and holding out until the game ends.
  2. Encounter: Players are placed into one of two teams. There is a single capture point in the middle of the map and the game is won or lost by either killing everyone on the enemy team, or by capturing and holding the capture point until the game ends.
  3. Domination: This one is a points based game, the team will need to reach 1,000 team points to win and points are gained by destroying enemy ships or holding points on the map. Points can be lost if there is any friendly fire.
World Of Warships Review

World Of Warships Review

All three of the game modes are fairly similar with fairly similar objectives. In my experience with the game, while people do sometimes go for the capture points, it did seem to me that people just go in for the kills almost every time, with the objectives completely ignored. It’s okay to go in for the kills because that’s the most fun thing to do in the lower tiers, but it’s not until really high up in the tiers that you’ll see people developing a strategy, as it’s a bit more serious up there.

The type of warship that you choose to play as will determine the type of gameplay you will have to deal with as each ship is slightly different. There are four different types of warship classes in the game, these are destroyers, battleships, aircraft carrier and cruisers.

World Of Warships Review

World Of Warships Review

The destroyer class is the quickest and most maneuverable of the ships, but it’s also the smallest in size. They can be used to scout ahead of everyone else and also for getting in close to the larger ships so they can launch torpedoes at them. Cruisers act as protection for battleships and aircraft carriers and are very effective against other cruisers and destroyers. Cruisers are fast to respond and have a fast fire rate, they are also equipped with torpedoes which make them very dangerous. Battleships are big warships that inflict heavy damage and can easily deal with cruisers or destroyers under the right circumstances, however their guns are big and heavy and as result, have slower reloading times and their reaction times (moving the gun to aim) are much slower than other classes. Aircraft carriers are much different to the others, with the in game view of the world being from a top down angle, rather than in third person (as is the case with the other classes). With the aircraft carrier you’ll mainly just launch aircraft and try to sink other warships for the whole game using bombs and torpedoes, with the carrier itself hanging back and out of battle.

Overall the variety of ships is more than enough to keep many people satisfied. In addition to each of the classes, they are all separated by tiers, with each tier having a ship in its class available to choose from. Ships originate from different countries as well and are either from the United States or Japan with the premium ships being all Russian. So there is a lot to play with, but you do have to play for a long time to unlock everything (a really long time).

Ships are also upgradeable, with better weapons and hulls being able to be mounted as you gain more experience with the ship, which keeps you busy while you level up to the next tier. Players after battle will also receive ribbons, signal flags and achievements as they go along through the game based on various things that they do in the game and complete.

World Of Warships Review

World Of Warships Review

Overall as a free to play game, you have nothing at all to lose by downloading it and trying it out yourself other than your precious time. I would suggest trying the game and seeing if you like it before purchasing anything in the game though as you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about its worth once you have more experience with World Of Warships. But for just going in and enjoying a couple of battles every now and again and playing with friends once or twice a week, it’s a pretty fun game and with the battles being about 15-20 minutes long each time, it’s a good amount for an “in and out” experience and if you really love it, there is the serious side, particularly in the higher tiers for the more serious gamers. World Of Warships does really cater quite well to both the casual players and the more hardcrore fans that it may have and should satisfy many who decide to give it a go for some time.

As a game that’s free, there isn’t much to complain about, it works well and it’s compatible with a wide range of computers, ranging from high end gaming machines to less powerful laptops. It’s something anyone can give a go and you never know, you might enjoy this one a lot.

9 out of 10

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

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