Colin McRae Rally

Have you heard about the problems that caused Codemasters to themselves? About that the people awaited remastered version of original Colin McRae Rally and they got instead the last year’s mobile game made for PC and Mac? So these issues inspired me to write down this post about Colin McRae and his Colin McRae Rally.

First of all let’s start with Colin McRae as many of you maybe do not know who this Scottish rally driver was. In short he was an exceptional driver, who won WRC drivers’ title in 1995 and helped Subaru to win the WRC constructors’ title three times in a row – 1995, 1996 and 1997. He was also driving for Ford and Citroen. Unfortunately he died in a helicopter crash in 2007 – that helicopter was piloted by himself.


Sad, but we have a lot of heritage after him – like the series Colin McRae Rally, which is still being developed till these times. In any case the first game named after Colin McRae was released in 1998 – simply Colin McRae Rally. Then in 2000 it was Colin McRae Rally 2.0 and in 2002 Colin McRae Rally 3.0. Then it was released twice in a two years – Colin McRae Rally 4.0 in 2003 and newly named Colin McRae Rally 2005 in 2004. From the next games there was three times Dirt, one Mac conversion and then just Dirt: Showdown, but without his name.

So first one came out in 1998, but just in Europe, US had to wait another 2 years until 2000, which was probably given that Rally is not much popular in US. In Europe it is very popular on the other hand. In any case the reviews very very positive, average points were 8/10. This game is rally simulation and the cars were modeled using laser-modeling. There are 12 cars (4 as a bonus) and 7 official and 1 unofficial rally. All the 8 cars and raly were as in 1998 WRC season (Indonesia was in plan, but was canceled), but all the stages are fictional.


All of this is nice, but what was the game like? The game was and is a prototype of the fun and excellent driving experience in the rally simulations. The graphics was very nice and the cars were modeled as originals. Don’t forget it was licensed so the developers has access to the cars and plans. In UK it was also bestseller :) And there was one thing which was really pleasant and competing :) The split screen driving with your friend on one computer. The first game of this series is also special, because all the drivers were the real rally drivers like Richard Burns, Didier Auriol, Carlos Sainz and many more. This never happened in any other game till today. Give this game a try and maybe you will find out that you are the rally driver fan!

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Shadow Fight 2 Hack Game Review

Shadow Fight 2 Hack seems to be a really good freeplay game. On site, you can find little secret. I would assume that the other 10 million plus people who have downloaded and installed it also agree. Shadow Fight 2 Hack started on Facebook and had an awesome following, then it moved into a version for iOS and and it upgraded to Shadow Fight 2. It also has an Android version that has over a million reviews in Google Play. For a great freeplay game if you like fighting play or Martial Arts video games this is a great option to try out for yourself.

Shadow Fight 2 Hack


Shadow Fight 2 Hack in depth

The animation is virtually amazing, with very realistic fight moves. Shadow Fight 2 Hack has totally awesome music that you would not expect in a freeplay game. Even if the fighters are blacked out to be silhouettes they still fight very realistically. There is a good story line that moves throughout the game as you continue play. You follow along with the story as you fight and win to increase to new levels and gain more gems and currency.

There are some issues that players do not like so much as well. It seems that on some devices the controls are very small and hard to navigate. And the detection sometimes is off when fighting, either moves do not connect or they do not hit where you targeted. The other issue is that being a freeplay game, there is constant plies you to pay to play. You can work very hard to get through totally free, but the ads become annoying sometimes.

As a whole Shadow Fight 2 Hack is a good game, especially for a freeplay game. The graphics are awesome as well as the music. And the story line is pretty good and follows through the game. If you like Martial Arts and fighting games this is a definite must try.

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Simpsons Tapped Out, Throne Rush or Clash Of Clans ?

Simpsons Tapped Out

Right now I’m playing lot of games, especially Simpsons Tapped Out. My friends has confirmed, they play also another games and after a big discussion I have decided to test them all. Btw – I have found interesting tool for Simpsons Tapped Out. Check it by itself , but it looks really cool.


Simpsons Tapped Out – Who Doesn’t love it ? Everyone, who loves Simpsons cartoons and movies, is playing this game. It’s compatible with all mobiles. The whole game idea is simple – Springfield was totally destroyed by Homer’s accident and your target is to recreate whole city again. Simpsons Tapped Out game is a fun to play, but not everyone love it’s. I recommend this game to fans of cartoon as I’m sure it will catch them all.


Throne Rush  is strategic typical game. You have to mine gold first, then build up your base and finally make enough food to build up army. The difference between Simpsons Tapped Out is fight with army. You have to destroy all your enemies around to be successful. I recommend it to everyone , who loves games such as Warcraft or C&C. What is good – game can be played on mobile phones, but also on PC over facebook and it’s main benefit why I recommend it.


Clash Of Clans – is little bit different. Game is now played over the world by millions of people. The whole fan is to create a “clan”. It’s something new, you have to connect to other players to create successful clan and winner will be not player itself, but whole clan. This is first time I saw something like that as other games are multiplayer, but somehow players are not joint together to create a special team to kill all others. Game is played across the world and you can select your clan mates from any country you wish. Right now i found this tool. Personally i don’t think it’s working, but it looks very nice, so you can test itself.

What to select from those 3 games? Well, if you you really love cartoons, go for Simpsons Tapped Out. For people loving old strategy mode – select Throne Rush as you are playing it as single player and you have to kill the rest of world. But if you love to play in groups, Castle Clash is something you are looking for. All 3 games are available on iOS/Play Store and their basic version are for free.

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Forza Horizon 2

ForzaHorizon2_mainLet me present you today one of the game from my favourite genre – racing. Well, this game is not from my totally favourite sub-genre – the racing simulation. But I changed my mind. This game was a gift from a friend, who I told I will never play Forza Horizon – the game from unknown developers, with weird techno music. And it was not a simulation like Forza Motorsport. I was just not open minded. And never say never! This game convinced me that even the arcade game can be fun.

First of all as said before this is not a simulation, but arcade. But what do I expect from arcade game? Well it must be balanced. Something between the totally arcade-thing and totally real simulation. Is it? Yes it is. After few races I admitted that the developers made it pretty good balanced. And the second is the most possible speed experience that can the display, gamepad and the speakers provide. This all was delivered to players also in the Horizon (1). And the developers had a quite easy task – to improve the graphics and to adapt it for the Xbox One. Next thing they did is to pick up another environment. In Horizon (1) it was US state of Colorado. And maybe to grant some more content. They delivered it for 100% and my expectations were fulfilled. So where we are this time? Here:

ForzaHorizon2_countryDo you recognize it? No? Are you sure? I’ll tell you: Southern France and we all do love France, don’t we? Oh, the sceneries are so beautiful, that you will find yourself you need to do some screenshots and post them into your online gallery. Really it is beautiful and the graphics is amazing. If you think you have seen all of it, it will come with the rain, some drizzle and you will see each little drop on your car in the sunset. The roads will become huge mirrors.

So now we know how it looks like, but how’s the gameplay? It is not the Forza Motorsport 5 and it will not punish you each time you will don’t the job with the throttle. Instead of it it will give you second chance and enough time to correct your mistake. But there is no third chance and as the world is totally open and there are no invisible walls, you will just get off the road pretty far away. You will not be driving on the roads only. Exploring the country can bring you to for example airport, which runway is so long that you can’t see the end in the horizon :) But this is still kind of a road, isn’t it? What about the old completely dry river bed? Or mister wants the old ruins of castle, where the ramps and jumpboards are? Or taking ferrari to the vineyard or meadow? No problem, the game will not stop you, but my heart will be bleeding. Take impreza or lancer that way! There are 200 cars and other will be available in DLC I think. Also there are perfect models or real ones including the interior.

As there is also the multiplayer maybe we will meet in southern France soon! See you there.

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LG smart TV user experience and gaming

Today I will present you my experience with the LG smart TV. Maybe the experience is not a good word, but let’s stick to it for a moment.

I will present you the TV I bought – LG 49UB850V – 4k smart TV.

First of all the picture:


On the paper this TV looks amazing, the reviews also said it is acceptable. So here are the main characteristics of technical solution inside:

– resolution: Ultra HD 4k – 3840 x 2160 (pretty impressive, isn’t it)

– screen: 49 inches, IPS panel, LED technology

– processor: quad core

– remote: standard remote control + magic remote

– 3D: passive 3D (after update of SW it is available in full HD) + 2 glasses

– Dualplay: YES (no glasses packed in)

OK, so it seems nice and you can find the technical reviews on the other sites on internet and the full specifications on the LG webpage. Now I will share the feelings and the usage, which is 1M+ with this smart TV.

First of all let’s point out what is connected to the TV. It is Raspberry Pi and the digital satellite receiver Amiko Alien 2. Both via HDMI. Second of all, the usage. The TV is mainly used as a display (so not using that smart stuff). What we just wanted is the impressive picture [they say on the official page that the view is the best in the world], passive 3D [we know that active will probably cause a headaches to us] and from time to time to use smart functions like watch youtube videos.

Well, after the unpacking the TV, I connected Raspi and Alien to this TV and the fun started. I was not able to get a signal from it. Always said that there is no signal, which was weird. After playing with settings and reading the manual about HDMI ports, I get it working. But the picture was awful. Still configuring it, so I was not in panic. I updated the firmware as I knew that with the new FW it was quite usable. OK, firmware updated, picture still awful. Looks like soap opera from 90s. What to do now. Use google and check the technical reviews. All right, Local Led dimming: LOW, TRUMOTION: OFF, motion eye care OFF. I set it for each HDMI/device. SO, now it was quite nice. I checked that smart features, it was slow as hell and updated all the applications. Quite playing around to setup something smart. But what you can do., today you have no other option to buy an impressive screen quality on the dumb TV.

So in the next days of using it I was really upset. Each time I switched to the other device after the TV was turned on, the Trumotion was again enabled, Local dimming was on the medium. WTF? After digging in, do not use the user preference, but switch to Expert for each device. This will fix it. BTW, the effect this trumotion gives you is called Soap opera effect. OK one most important thing fixed.

The other discomfort: TV boots a long time and you are not able to use the smart features, settings right after it is up. What the hell is doing that quad-core CPU in this TV? And once you can use it, it is slow. 10 seconds to get the settings displayed, 2 seconds between each move on the main menu is a hell slow. Another thing which is still making me crazy – volume control. Do you think that if you press the volume- it will do something right away? Forget. Sometimes it works, sometimes it work but the volume control is not displayed on the TV OSD, but sometimes IT JUST DO NOT WORK and you need to turn your TV OFF and ON again (isn’t this familiar to you?).

Smart features: except the youtube, which is most time not accessible, I do not use it to keep my head still on my neck and not to rip it off. If youtube is working, searching is impossible with the smart control. I am using the android phone paired with this smart TV.

4K: can’t tell, I do not have a relevant source for 4K

3D: pretty impressive after SW upgrade. Almost like in cinema. In combinations with passive 3D technology we can watch 3D for 3 hours without headaches.

Dualplay and gaming in general:

No of the 4K TV are these days excellent for playing  720p or 1080p games due to the fact that there is a lot of the upscaling involved. In the game mode you will have 66ms lag.

Dualplay is interesting technology – two players play on the same TV with glasses and fullscreen. Also this avoid cheating as there is no split screen and you see just your screen. You need special polarized 3D glasses from LG, but they are not very expensive. This is very promising technology and you it is compatible with each console and game that can deliver split screen.

Conclusion: if you have 1080p TV, do not think about 4K, it has no advantage for you. If you want passive 3D technology, you don’t have much choice and LG is best for you. If you do not care about 3D or active 3D is OK for you, get samsung – it is much faster and has perfect picture. But if you want passive 3D and you want to upgrade from 720p TV, this is not as bad choice for you once you will tune the thing that will almost make you crazy. Why I am saying so, even this review is not so positive? Because its price was 1300 usd (Sept 2014).

But think twice what you expect from your TV. Me personally will not buy this TV again. Nor buy any LG without proper testing in the store.

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