Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Top 10 Best SNES Games Ever

Creating a list of the top 10 best SNES games ever is definitely something that will be subjective towards the creator's personal views. Both the games that make the list and the order of the list can be debated. Here is a list of the top 10 best SNES games ever.

10 - Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting - This game probably made it to number one on any best SNES games list that was created by someone who loves fighting games. It is arguably the best fighting game for the SNES. With the addition of the Super Turbo feature, this game took the Street Fighter series to a whole new level.

9 - EarthBound - Although not very successful in the United States, EarthBound was extremely successful in Japan. It was praised there for its humorous depictions of American culture (can't imagine why it sold poorly in the US) and parody of the RPG genre. Since then, it has become a cult classic.

8 - Final Fantasy II - By some, the graphics were considered outdated at the time of release. But FFII was praised for its length and bonus content and shipped over 1.28 million copies within five years of its initial release. It is considered one of the best Final Fantasy games and a great Final Fantasy game for the SNES.

7 - Mega Man X - This game was the second series for the Mega Man franchise and debuted on the SNES. It was intended to give a new image for the Mega Man series and it did. The game spawned over half a dozen follow-up games as well as another series, Megan Man Xtreme, and a spin-off series, Mega Max X: Command Mission.

6 - Chrono Trigger - Considered by some to best the best RPG of all time on the SNES, Chrono Trigger has also made the number slot on many other overall lists as well. Its primary competition in the RPG category comes with the Final Fantasy series, specifically Final Fantasy III. But Chrono Trigger is definitely one of the best games of all time on any console.

5 - Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - A hybrid game that was part adventure and part role-playing game, the Super Mario RPG was the final Super Mario game on the SNES. It has received very good reviews since its release and was consistently featured in many "best game of all-time" lists.

4 - Super Mario World - This is often considered the best platform game for the SNES. The Super Mario series is the captain of platform games and Super Mario World is no exception. It was the best selling game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System with over 20 million copies sold worldwide.

3 - Final Fantasy III - Probably the best game of arguably the best RPG series of all time, Final Fantasy. Final Fantasy III had great 2D graphics, an incredible soundtrack, and was a massive success in both Japan and the United states. The game appealed to both hardcore RPG players and newcomers to the RPGs.

2 - Super Metroid - Although the Metroid series did not originally reach the commercial success that some of its counterparts did, Super Metroid was given near-universal acclaim upon release. It is considered by many to be one of the best, if not the best, 2d action adventure game ever.

1 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - This game may not be number one on every list of the best SNES games ever, but for any fan of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System it absolutely must make the list. Both the Zelda series and the character of Link remain some of the most popular game icons in video game history. The game is considered to be one of the greatest video games, of any console, of all time.

That is it. That was one author's submission for the top 10 best SNES games ever. The list, like all top 10, top 25, or top 100 lists is completely subjective to the preferences of the author. This is a pretty solid list though when you consider series popularity, game units sold, and overall game reviews. What is your list of the best SNES games?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Offshore Java Software Skillset and Services

Java development in India focuses on growth and advancement in the fields of developing Java applications, web development, software, Java mobile applications and many more. The operation takes place from many different sectors harnessing the benefits that can be obtained through Java, and the associated technologies. The group of researchers involved focus on increasing the knowledge of Java, developing Java usage skills, and managing the different Java technologies.

J2ee programmers are skilled in Java coding and development. They specialize in J2EE, J2ME, Beans, springs, web services, Hibernate, JSF, and JSTL, proficiency in SOAP, WSDL, and XML. Developers handle Java software and application development, web application development, system programming, desktop application development, class utility, and Java embedded technology solutions. J2ee programmers in India have a profile containing a Bachelor in Engineering, Bachelor in Technology, Bachelor in Computer Application, Master in Technology, or B. Sc with advance knowledge in core Java, Servlets, and EJB. They possess good communication skills, an innovative mind, have analytical and problem solving ability, with approximately 3 years of experience is a prerequisite for any software development, making India an ideal destination to hire part / full time resources.

Offshore software development helps to obtain the services of an external supplier positioned geographically apart from the client. The main reason of usage of this service is the high development costs borne by the hiring local services. India is the world leader in outsourced project development, be it the information technology or business process outsourcing. The companies offering services does a feasibility study of the project, after determining that the project is feasible, gathers the software requirements after consulting the customer and the managerial level, which is carried out through a series of interviews.

The requirements are then documented and presented to the project members for creating the project design. According to the project design, the coding phase is carried out followed by the testing and debugging phase. Finally after the implementation of the software, the maintenance is carried out as and when required.

Expansion of offshore software development in India has been attributed to advantages in areas of cost flexibility, staff efficiency and timely delivery even to an extent of owning an offshore development company without incurring capital expenditure.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Sony PSP Vs the Nintendo DS

There are two popular hand held gaming systems on the market today. One is the Sony PlayStation Portable, or PSP, and the other is the Nintendo DS. Both of these portable gaming systems are suitable for any age. There have been redesigns of the PSP which have made the PSP thinner and lighter and has also added certain additions such as an increased color range on the screen, a microphone, new buttons and a anti-reflection screen to increase outdoor game play. Nintendo has also released redesigns of the DS titled the DS Lite and DSi. The DS has numerous color schemes, with Nintendo releasing new color options all of the time.

The Sony PSP has very sleek engineering and a wide screen. The graphics on the PSP are very similar to that of the bigger console named the PlayStation 2. Not only can games be played on the PSP, but it also has Wi-Fi capabilities built in and allows the user to listen to music, watch videos or store pictures. The Nintendo DS has dual playing screens and features a built in microphone as well as Wi-Fi capabilities. The dual screen technology allows the user to input game play using a stylus or their fingers. This aspect of the DS allows the gamer to interact with certain games instead of just pushing buttons to achieve actions. The DS also has traditional buttons, but the touch screen has to be used with most of the games. The DS's microphone is used during game play for voice recognition, online chatting with friends during certain games and some games require the user to blow or shout into the microphone. Both the PSP and DS have built in stereo speakers.

In order for the user to store game saves, or any other type of media on the PSP, the use of memory sticks is required. Depending on the amount of storage needed, the user may require an extensive collection of memory cards to keep everything they need. The DS does not require memory cards because the games use the same design as older Nintendo games in the fact that all game saves are stored directly onto the game cartridge itself. One thing that some people may worry about when purchasing a portable gaming system is battery life. The PSP battery has a surprising long life considering all of the different functions that the PSP is capable of doing. Of all the research that has been done, it seems that the shortest amount of time that the battery lasts is a little over three hours and that is while playing a game that takes full advantage of all the graphics and Wi-Fi technology. The Nintendo DS has a lithium-ion battery which generally lasts about ten hours when fully charged, however, multiple factors can increase or decrease battery life such as brightness of the screen, speaker volume, and the backlight.

Up to sixteen consoles can be connected at once to enjoy head to head game play over the Wi-Fi connection on the PSP. The Sony PSP also has a 2.0 USB port which allows the user to download files from their computer through a normal USB cable. The DS has the ability to allow multiple players to connect their individual DS's using wireless connectivity of a range of up to sixty feet. Only one game cartridge is needed to use this function. A good component of the PSP is that the user will not have to worry about outdated software or having a system that is not compatible with newer PSP items. With the PSP, the user can simply update their software using any wireless network connection.

Sony has an extensive list of game titles to be played on the PSP, even some of the bigger titles that are normally reserved for bigger consoles. The only drawback to the game play on the PSP is the long load times of the games. In addition to the games available for the PSP, movies as well as certain television shows can also be found on Universal Media Disks, or UMD's. One aspect of the Nintendo DS is that it is backwards compatible and all of the games that were made for one of Nintendo's older portable systems, the Game Boy Advance, can be played on the DS as well. With the games for the DS, the dual screen or touch screen action allows the gamer to participate in some truly exclusive aspects of game play.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Metal Gear Solid 4 Walkthrough

Metal Gear Solid 4 End - Find Out the Amazing Plot-Twisting Ending

Metal Gear Solid 4 games are famous for having amazing stories. They are also famous for finishing off those stories with amazing ending. Who can forget the ending of the first Metal Gear Solid, where you're flying out of Shadow Moses, across a snowy Alaska in a helicopter, after a long and epic battle with Liquid Snake. Or the end of Metal Gear Solid 3, where you fight The Boss in the a field of beautiful white flowers, before finishing her off with her own gun, and finding out the real reason why she betrayed her country.

The newest game in the series is no different, and the fantastic Metal Gear Solid 4 end does not fail to disappoint. Note that if you have not yet completed MGS4, or you do not want the ending spoiled, stop reading now. Since the Metal Gear Solid 4 end is the most dramatic, and is best experienced whilst playing the game, you should first do so.

The ending of the game sees a lot of loose ends tied up. Meryl and Johnny are seen being wed, and Meryl finally accepts Roy Campbell as her true father. After Raiden's epic fight with vamp, and continued excursions, he is seen in hospital, getting better. During this time, he is visited by Rose, and she reveals their son to him. All happy families there, then.

Meanwhile, After Solid Snake's fight with Liquid Snake, having realised that Ocelot was partly controlling Liquid, and of their plan to destroy the Patriots, Snake can't accept the life that it seems he is heading towards - becoming a weapons for someone's means. After coming to terms with this, he stands in front of Big Boss' grave, about to take his own life for the good of the world. The Metal Gear Solid 4 end sequence ends on a cliff-hanger, and cuts to a new scene.

In the next cutscene we see Big Boss arrive in a wheel chair, just in time to stop Snake. Despite the rumours that Big Boss has been dead for years, he is very much alive, and the body that was seen burning was that of his clone - Solidus Snake. Snake changes his mind about death, and decides to live the rest of his life with Otacon and Sunny.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

DOTA Strategy

DOTA stands for Defence of the Ancients. It is a mod for Warcraft 3. Since its inception, there have been a number of good DOTA Strategy guides written about it.

Here are 7 DOTA Strategy 101 tips to help you get into the game.

Tip #1 Farming

Farming means killing creeps or neutrals for gold. The more enemy creeps you kill, the more gold you'll receive. Sometimes when farming becomes difficult, player may turn to farming neutral characters for extra gold.

Tip #2 Last Hit

Last Hit means moving in close to hit the enemy creep for gold. Damaging an enemy creep does not provide gold, so its beneficial for a non-ranged character to move in for a last hit to receive this benefit. This also allows you to stay out of range of the opposing team.

Making a last hit requires a feel of the timing to deal direct damage for different characters. You can get a feel of this simply by playing the game often. A good strategy is to keep the thumb on the "ALT" key so that you can readily see the life line of the creeps, and only move in to get a last hit when its life is low.

Tip #3 Hot Key

Hot Key is an essential DOTA strategy. Different spells are tied to different buttons which when pressed will activate the spell. Since battles in DOTA last only a few seconds, clicking on the icons with the mouse is a little slow.

Tip #4 Mouse

Getting a good mouse is important for DOTA. You'll also enjoy the gaming experience more with a good mouse, skates, and mouse pad.

Tip #5 Item Build

Having the right item build will increase the power of your character. Some characters require more health or more speed, or more mana as the game progresses. Knowing the complimentary item build for your character will increase its power and direct damage.

Tip #6 Team Play

In competitive DOTA play, its necessary to play in groups. Public DOTA Strategy and Competitive DOTA strategy are different with the latter being more difficult and emphasis on team cooperation.

Tip #7 Mana Required

Always take note of the amount of mana required to cast 2 spells. 1 spell alone will normally not be sufficient to take down an opponent.

Tip #8 Item Cost

By understanding what items need to be built, you'll be able to know the cost and time your return to the fountain. Less trips back to the fountain means more time in the battle field, which translates to more gold and experience for your DOTA character.