Killing Floor 2 Redux

Killing Floor 2 Redux

How does this game hold up after 6 months
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It's still (even 6 months later) a bloody great time.

I have been playing Killing Floor 2 for several months in this point to count early access on Steam. Now that it's been out for a few months, we've seen two major, and free DLC updates. Tripewire has done it again with their tried and true formula involving their DLC. Every month or two they have an update which includes a map or two, and a handful of weapons. With the recent updates from when we actually started there are new dynamics between classes (Including the Berserker VLAD Nailgun, Medic Shotgun, and Firebug Incendiary Trench Gun.) Now weapons that are technically shotguns can all be used by support the Demolitionist M16/M203 can be used with Commando class. There are also new weapons: The Bonecrusher (a melee shiled and mace combo) The flare gun(s) (these are a killing floor 1 fan favorite), The Stoner 63 (the commandos LMG) and the cross compatible weaponry has added something new for all classes. Surprisingly, a lot has changed in-game. Next I'll cover the newer maps, there are 3 new maps, Nuked, Zed Landing, and The Descent. These all add their own unique twists to the game. Descent has a unique close quarters aspect. The map is actually layered, and is dynamic to each round change. Nuked takes place after the events of the first game, and give a glimpse to how the nuke dropped changes the environment. Zedd Landing has an active volcano, and many callbacks to Lost, Castaway. None of the new maps feel out of place. The new cross weapon system has added to the already high replay value.

Keeping it classy:

At this point in time I don't have any classes below level 5, in fact most of my classes are leveled up to about 10 at least, my highest being medic at 20, next highest my Demolitionist at 18. I have had the pleasure of playing Killing Floor 2 on the PS4 Pro. The Boost Mode in update 4.55 has made my game run more smoothly, and I find my load times being shorter than ever. I will do another follow up about 12 months into the games life. With that being said, I took advantage of the double XP weekends to level up my higher level, and lower level class. My next goal is to get my Demo up to 20- and my medic to 25. My point being, almost 6 months into the game- I am still not a master at all classes. There is more free DLC set to drop soon, and I look forward to the new additions the the games arsenal.

Difficulties:

I usually play on hard, which has proven very difficult even for my higher level classes, and normal seems to be the right balance of difficulty for most of my classes. For a real challenge I have even tried suicidal difficulty, and I have only beaten that once. I've never even attempted hell on earth. Also, the two bosses are the Patriarch- I will say, the lack of variety on bosses are kind of a turn off- but not game-breaking by any means. The first game only featured one boss - so having double the options is great. They both fit in really well- and are random, so you might have to switch up your tactics at the end of the rounds. I digress, which brings me to something I missed in my first review, was the versus mode. This is a unique challenge that changes the PVE into a PVP game. The player controlled Zedds can be a nightmare as they have erratic behaviors and movement patterns. I recommend this mode for someone with a full team which can communicate. Overall, even after playing this game for months, I still love it. You can pick up Killing Floor 2 for $39.99 on Steam and PS4. If you haven't tried it yet, now is as a good a time as ever to try it.

Cover Image Credit: In-Game Screenshot by Nvidia

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Does Technology Make Us More Alone?

Technology -- we all love it and we all use it, but how is it affecting us?
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In this day and age, it is near impossible to do anything without the use of technology. You can pay your bills, manage your bank accounts and even chat with a customer service representative all with the use of your smartphone.

Is the use of technology starting to take away from our person-to-person interaction? Think about how often you grab your smartphone or tablet and text your friends instead of picking up the phone to call them or, better yet, making plans to hang out in person.

Technology is supposed to make us feel more connected by allowing us to stay in touch with our friends by using social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter and of course, texting. But are our smartphones getting in the way of socializing? Does technology make us feel more alone?

There is a term that is commonly used, "FOMO" –– short for "fear of missing out." Yes, this is a real thing. If for some crazy reason you don't check your Twitter or Facebook news feed every 10 minutes are you really missing out?

The fact that we have become so dependent on knowing exactly what is going on in other people's lives is sad. We should be focusing on our own lives and our own interactions and relationships with people.

Technology is making us more alone because instead of interacting with our friends in person, we are dependent on using our phones or tablets. We start to compare ourselves and our lives to others because of how many likes we get on our Instagram photos.

We are forgetting how to use our basic communication skills because we aren't interacting with each other, anymore. We are too busy with our noses in our phones. Young kids are dependent on a tablet to keep them entertained rather than playing with toys. That is not how I want my children to grow up.

As a society, we will start to become very lonely people if we don't start making changes. We are ruining personal relationships because of the addiction to our smartphones and checking our social media sites every five minutes.

It's time for us to own our mistakes and start to change. Next time you reach for your phone, stop yourself. When you are with your friends, ignore your phone and enjoy the company of your loved ones around you.

Technology is a great thing, but it is also going to be the thing that tears us apart as a society if we don't make changes on how dependent we are on it.

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5 Apps To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

To help you focus on making the most of the year.

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It's getting to that point in the year where people are starting to lose steam when it comes to their New Year's Resolutions. If you're like me, you make some pretty big goals, but then fall short on how to achieve them. We are all so connected to our phones, that sometimes the best way to keep track of our goals, is to use our phones. Here's a list of 5 apps that will help keep you on track for your New Year's resolutions.

1. Goodreads.

If one of your resolutions was to read more, then this is the app for you. Goodreads lets you set a reading goal for the year and track your progress. You can make reading lists and track your progress page by page. It also allows you to review books and read other people's reviews.

2. TV Time.

If one of your resolutions was to catch up on all of those shows that people talk about that you've never seen, then try TV Time. Much like Goodreads, it allows you to select what shows you want to watch, log shows you have watched, and track your progress episode by episode. It also lets you look at reviews and interact with other users.

3. Letterboxd.

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If TV shows aren't your thing, but you vowed to watch more movies, then Letterboxd is more your speed. Browse movies by genre, popularity, release date, and many more. Select the movies you have watched and pick which ones are on your watchlist. You can make lists of movies and browse others altogether and you can also rate and review every movie.

4. Flora.

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If you have made either a resolution to use your phone less or to focus more, try downloading Flora. Flora lets you set a timer 25 minutes up to almost 2 hours. Once you set a timer, a seed is planted on your phone and if you click any buttons, the plant will die. However, if you succeed and don't use your phone within the time you set, a tree will grow and will be added to your digital garden. If you need a little more incentive, you can bet real money that you won't lose. If you do lose, you pay the money and a real tree is planted in a rural community. When signing up with Facebook, you can also see how many trees your friends have planted.

5. One List.

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One of the New Year's resolutions people have is to be more productive. If you're like me, you're most productive when you have a list of the things you have to do. One List is the most simple to do list app I have found. You simply pull down on the screen to add something to the list. You can set a priority for each task and then they are automatically sorted from highest to lowest priority. Then you simply swipe to check a task off the list.

So, unless one of your resolutions was to reduce how much you use your phone or stop using your phone altogether, some of these apps are bound to help you achieve one of your resolutions.

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