Why Is This Game So Addictive?

20181022_221906I downloaded the strangest game a few days ago. I know its been out a few years now and I’ve watched YouTubers play the game. It looked a fun and quirky game. But, I’ll be honest, the only reason I decided to purchase the game is because it was at a discounted price. And I am so glad it was. The game was released in 2015, it was published by Bossa Studios. Now, the whole point of the game to play a slice of bread and do everything you can to become toast. There are other features to the game, but lets focus on the slice of bread, becoming toast.

Ok, I’m a slice of bread and my main obsession in life is to become toast. So, what do I do? Anything and everything I can to reach the object that will toast me. Only problem is, there are a number of obstacles in the way. Mould, balls of dirt/dust, ants, sweets, plates, glasses and an array of household items. Getting some of these items on the bread will lower its edibility. There is also the higher danger of falling on the floor or in water. This reduces the bread’s edibility very quickly. However, there are a number of ways to toast the bread, other than using a toaster. In the kitchen I used the hob to make toast. In the bedroom I used the iron. But my favourite was the living room. I toasted the bread using the TV. It was fun knocking the bowling ball onto it.

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Sitting on the shelf.

The thing is, this game is so annoying. I try swinging the bread from the coffee table to the sofa and the thing just belly flops onto the floor and becomes inedible. Then I misjudge a gab between a box and a wall, what happens. I miraculously manage to save the slice of bread on the wall. Nothing makes sense with this game. All logic and rational thought has been thrown out of the window. I mean, why is this slice of bread trying so hard to become toast? Is a tan really that important. But, more importantly, why is this one slice of bread so desperate to make that man’s life a misery. Everything around him is being destroyed by a slice of bread. How moronic does that sound. And yet, I find myself wanting to take part in this slice of bread’s destruction. Why is it, that this game makes me want to turn it into toast, almost as much as the slice of bread wants to be toast. Could it be because the game is so annoying and rage-inducing, that it makes it a joy to play.

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Where did that jam come from?

To make the destruction worse, I can also be a mayhem making baguette that is hell-bent on destroying everything in its path. I can race a bagel around the room, following markers along a course. There is also a fragile cracker that I can take on a cheese hunt, without destroying it.

So, why can I not stop playing it? Oh well, once a gamer. Always a gamer, I suppose.

Time To Chill

I’m on holiday his week and I’ve decided to take a break from my PS4. Which is a shock, since I do love it. But, it’s not my favourite console. Nope. My favourite is actually my PS2. It’s not just the console either, it’s the games that were made for it. From my point of view, these games showed the transistion from how games were made, to where the gaming industry was heading. I know some people won’t agree with me. Others may say this console did that or that console did this. Or, everything you need to know can been seen over the years of PC gaming. We all have opinions, this is mine.

The main reason I love the PS2 so much is the games. I’ve never just liked one type of game. I like action, adventure, platform, side-scrolling, simulation, strategy, casual, etc … etc. So, as a result, I have a wide variaty of games for every console I own. But the games on PS2 are different. I say this because I have found some of the most crazy and quirky games for this console. Don’t get me wrong, I know these games were also available on other platforms, but for me, it didn’t have the same feeling.

Take the Gregory Horror Show, for example. I have spent hours at a time on this game. And I can guarentee you right now, that I will spend even more hours on this game in the future. It’s unorthadox, but so simple. Gregory Horror Show is a survival-horror game and, as far as I am aware, the only platform it was available on was PS2. The characters were crazy, good. But they could be scary as hell. Especially Cathrine and Hell’s Chef. Being chased by these characters was one thing, but being caught, that’s another. If you ever get the chance to play this game, play it. You won’t regret it. It really is a hidden treasure. My one piece of advice, though. If you do play the game and end up being chased by the charaters. Go straight to your room. It’s the one safe place in the game.

Then there’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds and Nightmare before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge. Before you say it, these games are survival horror as well. I realise this. But I love watching practically everything created by Tim Burton and Joss Whedon. These games allowed me to become part of the world’s they had created. I’ve completed both games, so many times. But I will play them over and over again. Simply because they don’t get boring. This Buffy game is the best one becuase I get to play different characters. Although, Sid the Dummy is at a disadvantage, height-wise. Strange little thing. Whereas you only play Jack Skellington in Nightmare Before Christmas. But, lets be honest, would you really want to play as anyone else.

As you can see from the picture above, the one game I haven’t mentioned yet is Need for Speed: Underground 2. As far as I’m concerned, this is the best game on the Need for Speed series. I do enjoy a good racing game and for me, this is it. Not only do I get to take part in drag, sprint, circuit and drift races, but I can modify the cars. Give them the proper street racer look and increase the car’s visual rating. I couldn’t do this to an actual car, but give me a virtual one I’m going to have some fun.

I’ve got some other games with me including Sonic Gems, Capcom Classics, Micro Machines, GTA Vice City and Lego Batman (See, not just one type of game). I’ll be honest. I can’t wait play these games and pretend reality doesn’t exsit for one whole week. Have fun gaming.

Why Do I Do This To Myself?

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I knew, before I even put it on. Ghost and Goblin’s is one of the hardest games to play and no matter how many times I try, I can’t get past the first level. Guess what, this time was no different. But I am getting better. If it’s not the zombies and ogres, it’s the bats and the birds. Those birds! The amount of times I thought, ‘Great, I got past that, finally’. And what happens, a bird comes along. A bird! The first time I played this game was on my C64 and I think I was just too young to realise how frustrating the game really is. Or how weird it is.

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Ghost and Goblin’s is a slide scrolling platform game, developed by Capcom. It was first released in arcades in 1985, before being ported to other platforms. The main plot of the game is to get the Knight, Sir Arthur, through a series of levels to rescue his kidnapped bride from Satan’s palace. The game is as basic as it is difficult. All I had to do is run, jump and climb my way through six levels. Simple, right? Not so fast. While I’m running, jumping and climbing, I’m also avoiding every enemy that tries to stop me reaching my bride. I’ve got zombies running at me, then rising out of the ground when I least expect it. There are birds flying at me when I get close enough (yes, I’m going on about birds again). The ones that are just sitting there like butter wouldn’t melt, I mean. Others just fly at me, sometimes two at a time. They’re half the reason I keep dying! There are ogres that take a number of hits before they die. The same goes for the bosses at the end of each level.

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When it comes to playing this game, I find I’m more reliant on my reflexes. Mainly because the monsters can come at me so quickly, that I have to make a split second decision to duck, jump out of the way or shoot. I’ll admit, this doesn’t always go well. Especially since Arthur can only take two hits before he dies. The first hit takes off his armour, to reveal his heart covered underwear. The second hit will turn him into a pile of bones. Which will start the game back at the beginning or in the middle of the level. Depending on how far I’ve got in the game.

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The weapons that Arthur uses can also determine how far I can get. Since some weapons are better than others. Arthur starts with a lance. This one is quite handy, especially with the distance it covers. I can kill bosses from further away. Other weapons that can be picked up are knives, axes and flaming torches. The knives are the same as the lances, they have a distance to them. Where as the axes and flaming torches are more up close and personal. Since Arthur can only fire left and right, it can be tricky with the enemies that fly over. So, I find the best strategy is to run, jump and dodge my way through.

Fact is, people either love the game or they hate it. Me personally, as frustrated as I get with it, I really do enjoy the game. Yes, I spend most of my time dying. And yes, I spend the rest of my time shouting at my TV because Arthur decided he didn’t want to jump at that particular moment. But the more I play, the better I get in each section. It’s a very slow progress, but every time I play, I get a better feel for the game and I get that little bit further. I really would recommend this game, as long as the constant dying, the hours it can take to complete just a section of the game and the constant trial and error aspect of it, doesn’t bother you. It really is worth it.

PS4 Spider-Man Review

IMG_20181002_163915_hdr[1]I did it, I finally did it. I completed the game. It took a lot longer than it should, but hey, I had to go to work. Spider-Man is an open world, action-adventure game, developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Exclusively for the PS4. It really is one of the best games I’ve played in a long time. I was looking forward to this game for ages, but most of that is because I’m a complete geek when it comes to anything Marvel or DC. There is on thing I will say, though, ‘Stan Lee’. I saw the great man, himself, in the game. Naturally, I went a little nuts when I saw the cut-scene.

The game is set in New York and I spent a lot of my time swinging through the streets, until I unlocked the fast track sites. Basically, I jumped from helping the city to being a friendly, neighbourhood Spider-Man. The story see’s Peter Parker trying to cope with his normal life and his secret identity. I also got to play as Mary Jane or Miles, which is fine. But, a stealth level is pretty tough when the people I’m controlling have no super power. Along the way, you face some of the the well-known villains of Marvel. First villain is Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin. I’ll admit, Kingpin is one of my favourite villains, because he reminds me of Carmine Falcone in DC. There are a couple of boss battles where I had to face off against two at a time. Now, that was pretty annoying at time, especially when I was attacking one of them and the other got me, because I wasn’t paying attention. The hardest part is watching Peter’s good friend, become Dr. Octopus and having to face him in the final boss battle. Don’t get me wrong, I knew as soon as I saw Otto, he would become Dr. Octopus. But how and why it happened, I could understand why he chose to become a villain. I certainly got teary-eyed at the end of the game. After defeating all the bosses and getting the antidote for Devil’s Breath. Peter has to make the difficult choice of saving Aunt May or the rest of the city. If you didn’t get upset, you’re not human.

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The game play was great and didn’t take long to get used to what buttons to press to make a combo. Whether it be while swinging through the city, aerial combat, webbing enemies, finishing moves or dodging bullets, using his spider-senses. The game works on building XP to increase Spider-Man’s skill level. A lot of the skills help Spider-man develop new moves, which can be found in the moves list. This is really handy when I needed a refresh on what combo moves can be used. There are also a series of tokens to collect, all of which are used to purchase new suits and suit mods. Each suit has its own power, which makes Spider-Man a better crime fighter. Some of the tokens are collectables, some are puzzles. Such as, the research stations, I really like getting these. Others including base and Challenge tokens. These two were a little tougher. There are a series of base camps, all of them had the same idea. five or six stages of defeating the bad guys and you’d get the token. However, the challenge tokens were exactly that, challenging. There were different ones, such as, stealth or combat challenge. They are quite fun, once I worked out what I had to do.  The combat system flows really well from hand to hand combat to aerial combat. I can’t express how much fun it is to beat up the bad guys, using a whole range of different moves. The one thing that did make me laugh, is that I’d go from completing a mission or stopping a crime, to catching a pigeon. Yeah, that was kinda weird.

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The graphics are really good. I sometimes enjoyed going to the highest point and looking over the whole of New York. This was even better when I could see the Avengers Tower in the distance. When swinging through the buildings, you can see how well the city has been created. It almost has a calming affect, when I was diving down as fast as I could, then swinging back up again. The thought and design that went into each suit and how engaging they looked, is what got me in a state of awe. They all look spectacular and I honestly couldn’t wait to see what Spider-Man looked like in each one of them. When it comes to the music, I could sit back and think, yeah, that sounds like something you’d hear on a Marvel movie. The dialogue wasn’t too bad either. It was easy to hear and understand. The cut scenes were well thought out and a pleasure to watch. I’m terrible for skipping cut scenes, usually.

Spider-Man is definitely a game I could play again and again. I just can’t stress how much fun the game is. I really do think it’s a shame that the game is a PlayStation exclusive, because I honestly believe there are a lot of people, who don’t have a PlayStation, that would enjoy this game.

Spider-Man rating – 10 out of 10

Marvel’s Spider-Man Is Taking Longer Than It Should

IMG_20180921_222133_hdr[1]Since I’m still trying to complete Spider-Man on PS4 (that thing called work is rudely getting in the way), I thought I’d look at some of the other Marvel superhero games I’ve played over the years. To be fair, there have been quite a few that I’ve played, So I’ve managed to round it down to my favourite five.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man on C64

This was one of the first superhero games I played. The main plot was to rescue Mary-Jane from the clutches of Mysterio. It was up to Spider-Man to infiltrate Rockwell movie studios and stop Mysterio’s plans. This game is where I got a taste for puzzle games. Since it was a platform/puzzle solving game. It also had the typical enemies to beat up, but it really made me think.

Fantastic Four on PS2

Now, I know what you’re going to say. Why is this in the top five? Yes, the game had more bugs than a hot summers night and the controls weren’t exactly precise. Not to mention, it didn’t have the best graphics. But I really enjoyed being able to switch between Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and the Thing. And using their special powers to defeat enemies and remove obstacles. I’ll be honest, it’s not a game I’d recommend. But, if you’re fanatical about Marvel, it’s really worth a try.

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This wasn’t too bad, the web-slinging between the buildings was pretty good. While outdoors, I stayed mainly on roof tops. I couldn’t get to the street level on this game. But it wasn’t really a problem. When playing indoor levels, the combat system was good. There were a number combo’s that could be used and a few web attacks that were fun to use. There were more boss fights than I really wanted. But, overall, it was fab game to play.

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Deadpool on PS3

Bearing in mind this game wasn’t for children. Mainly because of the crude words, sexual innuendos and the gore. But if you’re a fan of Deadpool, like me, you’ll love this game. The story, well, there really is no story. Which is just so Deadpool. The game play was fun. Especially with the choice of weapons, with a flair for the hack and slash. The teleport function was a good part of the game, and is implemented very well during the fights. Deadpool spends most of his time going on a tangent. So I was often thinking, what is Deadpool doing now. Which was actually more fun than annoying.

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Lego Marvel Superheros on PS3

This game is probably one of my favourites. Mainly because its Lego. I mean, come on, who doesn’t like Lego. But also because of the amount of superheros and villains you can portray. The game play is very simple, but effective. To complete all the levels, certain characters have to be unlocked. So there is a lot of replaying levels in this game. This game is great if you’ve had a hard day and you just want to chill. It’s lots of fun to play and hours will go by before you realise how long you’ve been playing it for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Joker Nothing Without Harley Quinn?

IMG_20180913_153832_hdr[1]I decided to get out Suicide Squad and watch it again for the millionth time. I can very happily say that it is one of my favourite DC movies. Personally, I think DC are better at making TV series than movies. But they haven’t been too bad lately. And, yes. I do like Marvel as well. I am not one of those people will chose one over the other. I like both. There, I said it. But, out of all the villains, Joker was the best one. He wasn’t part of the main cast. But he made a big impact on me. I think it’s mainly because, this time, Harley Quinn was one of the main characters.

I’ve loved all the Joker’s over the years, Jack Nicholson was always my main one. That was until I watched Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker. Seeing him along side Harley Quinn was just perfect. It’s about time Harley Quinn and Joker were together. You read the comics, they’re together. You play the games, they’re together. They just go together like bread and butter. I honestly thing that Harley Quinn makes Joker a better villain. It’s the same in the games Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, you don’t see one without the other. What I don’t understand is why it took so long to put the two of them together in this way.

I can’t count the amount of times I’ve played the Arkham Series. I must be one of the few people who got upset when Batman walked out with a dead Joker in his arms, at the end of Arkham City. I couldn’t believe it. I mean, it’s the Joker. Joker can’t die. Well, apparently he can. I will say this, how they brought Joker into Arkham Knight was pretty clever. From the shock of watching him be cremated, to seeing him terrorise Batman as a hallucination, due to Batman being infect by Joker’s toxic blood in Arkham City, was just fantastic.  I’m pretty sure I spent a lot of my time looking for Joker while following through the main missions. Mainly because, in Arkham Knight, he’s simply hilarious.

IMG_20180913_153801_hdr[1]For me, though, the best Joker was the young Joker in Arkham Origins. He was sarcastically funny, very sadistic and every inch the Joker I knew and love. Now, in my opinion, the Joker in Suicide Squad was very similar to Arkham Origins Joker. Jared Leto portrayed him in the same sadistic and insane manner. Plus, the scenes in the movie showing how Joker created Harley Quinn and the kind of relationship they have together, is just like watching the two of them in the games.

Out of all the villains Batman faces in Gotham, and there are quite a number of them. Penguin, Poison Ivy, Riddler, Bane, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Deadshot, Killer Croc, to name a few. I’d include Cat Woman in there, but half the time I can’t work out if they’re enemies or friends with benefits. But, out of all them, Joker and Harley Quinn are the ones who have the most impact and have the ability to give Batman the biggest headache. Isn’t that the whole point, I mean, what’s the point in being a vigilante, if you don’t get a worthwhile challenge. I’m telling you, Joker and Harley Quinn are it. So, maybe Joker really is nothing without Harley Quinn. Looks like I’ll be getting the Arkham serious out again, just for the fun of playing them.

My Top Five Tomb Raider Games

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It won’t be long till the the last instalment of the reboot trilogy comes out. Tomb Raider – Shadow of the Tomb Raiser is released 14th September 2018. This game sees Lara in South America, where she faces Trinity and, of course, her own demons. From what I can tell, this is promising to be one of the hardest games in the trilogy. Once again, like the previous two games, Lara will have her trusty bow by her side. Don’t get me wrong, it’s kinda strange seeing Lara without her dual pistols. But I’ve got quite fond of using a bow and arrow.

So, for this blog I thought I’d run through my top five Tomb Raider games. It was difficult just choosing five of them, since Tomb Raider has always been one of my favourite game franchises. Right up there with Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed. There is something about playing an action-adventure game, with puzzles that really make you think, that I find difficult to put down. I have to see how they end.

1. Tomb Raider

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Of course, the first choice is the first game in this iconic franchise. This action-adventure game was released in 1996. It was published by Eidos interactive and developed by Core Design. It could arguably be seen as one of the greatest video games ever made. I played the game when it first came out and I’d find it difficult not to agree. Not only was it fun to guide Lara through different tombs, while using her duel pistols to fend off wild animals and bad guys. The main excitement came from solving the puzzles and exploring the different surroundings in each level. At the time, the buttons used to move Lara and the way she moved around with the camera was quite cutting edge. However, I decided to dust the game off and pop it in my PS1 and have another go at it. How I coped with the movement and that camera is beyond me. As fantastic as this game is, I do believe I’ve been spoiled with how amazing the game play of the games of today is. They just flow so much easier. So, I suppose this game could be seen as the big sister of today’s games.

2. Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation

IMG_20180903_220611[1]I decided on this for my second choice. The Last Revelation was released 1999 and was the forth instalment in the game series. In this game, Lara’s movement and game play improved from the first game. When playing Lara, I could make her jump large gaps by using ropes dangling from the ceiling. Climb down and up poles and ropes. As well as, being able to shimmy around corners. Lara, herself, has been given a make over in this game. She has a more refined look, making her more realistic. The inventory also has a ‘combine’ choice for some of the items. Which means I could create a a whole new item. I know it doesn’t seem like much, now. But, at the time, it was a really major thing. I mean, being able to combine a large revolver with a laser sight was kinda epic. Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, in my opinion, was a huge turning point in the franchise.

3. Tomb Raider: Legend

IMG_20180903_220712[1]My third choice is Tomb Raider: Legend, which came out in 2006 and was the seventh instalment in the game series. It saw the game franchise go back to its true form. The game showed an increase in Lara’s abilities. Giving the player more freedom of movement with Lara. She can still jump, climb, shimmy, swing on ropes and use vertical poles. But she can crawl through small spaces and use a grappling line to pass over gaps and pull different objects towards her. In a few of the levels, Lara is riding a motorbike and fighting enemies in the process. Which, for me, was one of the best parts of the game. The puzzles are much more intricate. especially since they block the players progress, if unsolved. Tomb Raider: Legend was definitely a step in the right direction in the franchise.

4. Tomb Raider: Underworld

IMG_20180903_220332[1]I know, before you say it, Tomb Raider: Underworld wasn’t one of the best games in the Tomb Raider franchise. It was released in 2008 and was the eighth instalment in the game series. The combat system and camera angles are something to be desired. But the story and exploration was really good. Even the puzzles made you stop and think at times. In this game, Lara’s interaction with the environment much more realistic. When exploring, Lara is able to push parts of her surroundings out of her way. Her foot prints are left behind as she walks through the mud. The weather has more of a realistic impact on Lara. Except when she’s climbing or shimmying in the rain. The natural thing is to slip of have difficulty holding on. But Lara seems to cope with this fine. In my personal opinion, Tomb Raider: underworld may not have been the best game, but it is brilliant to play. If you’re like me. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.

5. Tomb Raider

IMG_20180903_215949[2]My fifth choice is Tomb Raider, which was released in 2013 and was the tenth instalment in the franchise. However, this game was the start of yet another reboot of the series. In this game Lara was much younger than in her previous games. This was before she became the Tomb Raider we know and love. What we have in this game is an untested Lara, who has never seen battle. The player journey’s with Lara as she learns how to escape a cult who’s hunting her down and doing whatever it takes to save her friends. As a result, this game focuses on survival more than exploration. The game play is much better than any other Tomb Raider game that came before it. Rather than just attacking and shooting enemies, stealth kills and close-quarter combat is much more favourable. The stealth kills are a great way to progress through the levels when Lara is just getting to grips with having to kill for survival. This game see’s Lara using a bow, rather than the dual pistols. It also has a survival instinct, similar the Assassin’s Creed eagle eye. It aids in solving environmental puzzles and where to head next, to progress in the game. Tomb Raider sees the player gain xp, to develop Lara’s survival and combat abilities, as well as, collecting crafting materials to upgrade her weapons. The game also has a multiplayer mode for online gaming. I’ve played the multiplayer mode quite a lot and it really is a lot of fun. Tomb Raider is a fantastic reboot of the series and can easily stand by side with the best of the games out there.