Will I Ever Escape?

IMG_20180812_222335[1]Ok, so this blog will probably be more of a rant. But, that’s fine. The reason for the rant, you ask. Well, I started playing The Escapists 2 again. And I thought, this time, I’m going to play the game properly and escape the prison. Yeah, right.

I’ve been trying hours, days even, to escape this prison. I’m only on Centre Perks. There’s five other prisons to break out of. There no point in trying them if I can’t escape this one. I’ve done exactly what I’m supposed to. I’ve attended all the routine activities to get that little green tick. I go to roll call, breakfast time, lunch time and dinner time. As soon as the green tick comes up, I head off to see what I can steal. I go to exercise time to get buff, so I can beat people up. Free time is the best moment to get up to quite a bit of mischief. Then, of course, there’s job time. The only job I could get was cleaning the graffiti off the walls. Which actually takes the whole allocated time.

Anyway, getting off topic. I’ve been ransacking desks to collect materials I need to craft new items. I’ve also been completing the prisoner quests to get more money or taking the items for myself. There’s no honour among thieves, apparently. I’ve used these items to create putty and molten plastic. All to make a copy of the guards key. Which I did. I successfully copied the yellow key by knocking out the guard carrying it. I borrowed the key and managed to put it back before the medics came. So, not to cause a lock down. I tried it a second time. I wanted the green key. I knocked the guard out, copied the key. But before I could put the key back, along came the medic and took the guard. You know what happened next. You guessed it. Alarms blaring, red lights everywhere and my character gets taken to solitary. All my possessions were taken off me. Including my newly copied key. I know, I got cocky. I wasn’t a happy bunny, to say the least. The only good thing is my yellow key and cutters were safely hidden in my desk. Thankfully I don’t have to start from scratch with them.

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Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy playing the game. It’s a really good strategy, role-playing game and it’s easy to get addicted to it. The idea of it is so simple, except for the escaping part. Well, for me it is. I’ve also played co-op with my gaming buddy. Which is just as much fun. It’s very easy to distract the guards with one player and get into mischief with the other. The online part of the game, not as good. I tried it once. I started the game in my cell and just as I was about to leave. There was a lock down. It stopped and thenthere was another and anther. I couldn’t get out of my cell because of the other online players constantly bringing attention to themselves. I couldn’t change it back to a private game fast enough.

Do you know what I think my problem is. I’m over analysing the game. Surely there’s an easier way to escape. But, I’m too busy trying to my life difficult, to see what it is. I’m not going to give up. I will find a way out of the prison. No matter how long it takes. I think. I hope. Maybe. We’ll see.

Taking Another Crack at Dead Island

IMG_20180805_000339I got Dead Island out on PS4 the other day. My gamer buddy and I decided to play it again. We already completed Dead Island on the PS3, so why not the definitive edition on PS4. Dead Island is a role-playing, survival, horror, action game. It was published by Deep Silver and developed by Techland. Considering I find zombies unnerving at the best of times, this is one of my favourite games to play.

The music in the game and loading screens is pretty eerie. I know what you’re going to say. ‘It’s supposed to sound like that.’ Yeah, you’re right. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to find it freaky. Then there’s that zombie-like laugh. It can be heard every so often during game play. Every time I hear it, the first thing I think is ‘Oh God’. I can’t forget to mention the sounds of the zombies, themselves. I always know when an infected zombie is running towards me because I can hear it snarling in the distance. It’s the not knowing where it’s coming from that makes it worse. Just like I always know when I’m close to a thug zombie because that roar is unmistakable.

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The gameplay is the best part, simply because it can be so challenging and rage inducing. I have to complete a number of side quests, as well as the main quests, to collect enough xp to fill the skill tree. All this enables my character to gain more health, stamina and develop the new skills needed to survive the zombie apocalypse. Personally, I find the first person perspective quite annoying. Especially when it comes to attacking the zombies. But, I soon got used to it. Having a choice of melee weapons to pick up and then creating a new weapon, using a mod blueprint, is pretty fun. But, not as fun as seeing what these weapons do to the zombies. My favourite part about the game is the open world aspect of it. The online multiplayer allows up to four players to co-exist together, while completing the main story. Which makes killing the zombies so much easier. I have played the game solo and still completed it. But it does get a bit tedious. So if you do decide to play it again, play it on multiplayer.

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The map for the Island of Banoi is pretty huge. So the fast travel maps can be a godsend. Cars are pretty hard to find and there is nothing worse than running from one place to the next. I just had to hope my character had the stamina to get there before I got attacked by a horde of zombies.

Overall, Dead Island is a good game to play. It is very challenging in places and is much better when playing with other online players. The horror, survival aspect of the game is probably more appealing if you enjoy anything to do with zombies or, like me, they freak you out a bit. It’s definitely worth at least one play through. Especially if you want a bit of rage play.

Dead Island rating 7 out of 10

Getting All Nostalgic With Sonic

sonic 1I decided to get the speedy blue hedgehog out the other day. I’m not the best at playing it. I’m lucky if I get fifty rings when I get to the end of the level, half the time. You never know, I may be able to collect 100 rings and get an extra life. Yeah, and hell might freeze over.

I remember when Sonic first came out in 1991. Everyone either chose Sonic or Mario. I, myself, was still playing Mario on my NES. I loved that console. It wasn’t until a number of years later I actually played Sonic the Hedgehog for the first time. Now, when I feel nostalgic, out come Sonic. Out of all the games Sega created, I’d say Sonic the Hedgehog was one of the best ones they did. I know not everyone would agree. But it’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.

The graphics for the 16-bit game where pretty out there. I believe the term I’m after is a ‘kaleidoscope of colours’. No matter which stage I’m on, there is always something flashing and an array of colour to behold. One of the items that every Sonic gamer recognises are the springs. Those springs either love me or hate me. Depending on what mood they’re in. Yes, I said springs have moods. You haven’t seen those springs viciously propel me into an enemy. Then, of course, there’s the 90’s music. It can be so cringe worthy. But it does make me smile when I hear it.

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Some of the stages can be super annoying. Especially some of the stages with Dr. Eggman. It’s all fine and dandy, stopping his plans for world domination. But, having to follow him through a maze of tunnels can be a pain, especially when I get myself lost in there. In the later games, Sonic had help with his fight against Dr. Eggman. Some of them included Miles “Tails” Power, Knuckles, Amy Rose and Metal Sonic. I was never too sure about the sidekicks. But I suppose every superhero needs one.

Even though the game play was good, I always found it difficult to keep up where I was in the stage,  he just moved so fast. This made finding the item boxes difficult at times. The ring power ups are always the ones I want to find, probably because they’re the easiest. The invincibility is fab. The shield, not so good. Finding a 1-up is like finding a nugget when panning for gold. And those power sneakers made sonic look like a blur on the screen.

I’ll admit, it’s taken me a while to really appreciate Sonic the Hedgehog in all its true glory. It will always be one of the greatest side-scrolling platform games Sega has created. *whispering* But I still prefer Mario, shhh.

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Detroit: Become Human Reveiw

my pic 3Detroit: Become Human is probably one of the most intriguing games I’ve ever played. With so many choices to make and the consequences that follows. Really make Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human one of the easiest or challenging games I’ve played (depending on which ending I went for).

Overall, Detroit is a fun game to play. But, it tested my boundaries when I chose to opt for the bad choices. The main characters are :-

Connor – A prototype android who’s mission is to find and stop deviants.

Kara – A home maker android who’s main concern is caring for Alice.

Marcus – A carer android who wants to bring freedom and equality to the android race.

The three characters are very different from each other, which helps to keep the story moving. Which left myself wanting to play one more chapter. I found the additional characters helped to shape the game. Since each choice I made impacted on their personalities. The relationship between Connor and Hank Anderson was the most changeable. Since I could make Hank like Connor or hate him. The game, itself, wasn’t difficult to play with the QTE. I did find the experienced mode a little more challenging.

Even though Detroit is basically a QTE game, every choice I made had a different impact on the flow chart and the following chapters. I, myself, wanted to fill as much of the flow charts as possible. Which can easily be done by replaying the chapters. However, I preferred to play through the whole game, just to see what I could do differently and what impact it had throughout the game. Creating all those choices and consequences isn’t easy. But, I thought Quantic Dream made it look like a walk in the park. I found the gameplay just flowed, no matter which options I chose.

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The graphics are impressive. A lot of attention to detail has been put in to create a futuristic Detroit. I found myself easily immersed in the gameplay, because if the graphics. I spent a lot of time looking around for anything outside the main story. I quickly found a begger, who lost his job to androids. Huge screens all over the city with different advertisements and news reports showing. And a beautiful garden, that I couldn’t help but explore before finding Amanda.

The music that supports the gameplay is good to listen to. Not only did the music suit the chapter it was playing on. It also helped the overall experience of the game. I even found the individual soundtracks in the extras menu. I thought that was a nice touch.

When I played the full game for the first time, it took approximately 10 hours to complete it. The first play through was just a ‘trial and error’ for me, to see how the game is played. As soon as I’d finished, I wanted to play through the game again, to get specific endings in each chapter. Now, being a trophy hunter, it didn’t take me long to work out what choices I needed to make to get either a good or a bad ending. Thankfully, I chose to go for the bad ending on my second try. To do this, my advice is to brace yourself. Making all the bad choices was not easy for me. Some of the consequences almost brought me to tears. It’s not for the faint-hearted. But, I wanted those trophies, so I saw it through to the end. I’m sure you’ve already guessed that my third play through was to get the good ending. Even this play through pulled on my heart strings, because the emotion of the game seemed so real at times. I went from tears of sadness to tears of joy. Honestly, I could happily play this game over and over again.

In my opinion, this game is worth every penny. Not only did I get to play the good guy, I got to play the bad guy as well. The different twists and turns constantly kept me engaged. To the point that I had to make myself turn it off. Just to go to bed. Don’t get me wrong, the game isn’t perfect. But, as far as I’m concerned, it’s as close as you’re going to get.

Detroit: Become Human rating – 9 out of 10

 

How Did You Become A Gamer?

joystick-1216816_1280I get asked that question a lot. It’s probably the same answer a lot of people give. My parent’s brought me my first computer, and I’ve never looked back.

They brought me a Commodore 64 for Christmas, when I was 6 years old. I spent hours inputting code to create programmes, effects and mini games. Not to mention, the 8-bit games on cassette and waiting for the games to load. I could put a game on to load, go downstairs to eat my dinner and it would be ready to play when I’d finished. That’s if it loaded properly.

Some of my favourite games include:-

Dizzy Prince of the Yolk Folk

Dizzy Down the Rapids (I really loved that egg)

Ghostbusters

Sly Spy Secret Agent (That shark was the death of me)

Paperboy

Ghost and Goblins

Frogger

Lemmings

There were loads more, but you get the idea.

After that, I had a NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt. That’s all I’m going to say.

I then went on to the PlayStation consoles. Yes, I said PlayStation. I know, some people believe X Box is better. What can I say. I’ve always preferred PlayStation. I’m not going to include PC gaming here, since we all know PC gaming is amazing. I still play on all four of my PlayStation consoles. Yes, the graphics for Tomb Raider is better on PS4, than they are on PS1. But hey, that triangular chest of Lara’s is iconic.

So, yeah. I’ve been gaming for 30 years. And I still love it. The games that are being released now are fabulous. Take Detroit: Become Human for example. The game is amazing, but I won’t say too much. I’m going to do a review of it for my next blog. So watch out for that.

I’d love to read how other people got into gaming. Whether you’re an old school gamer, like me, or a noughties gamer. Let me know.