Holiday Gaming, Here I Come

It’s a good job I’ve got an understanding SO. It also helps that he’s a good sleeper. I usually do most of my gaming when he’s asleep. First thing in the morning, while he has a lie-in and mid-afternoon while he has a nap. My husband isn’t a gamer, he’s a car geek. But, that doesn’t stop him from giving me ‘advice’ when I’m playing. But, having the chance to chill on my PlayStation 4 much longer than normal, is one of the reasons I love holidays. And this one is no different.

I decided to bring a small selection of PS4 games with me. These games included Days Gone, Resident Evil 2, Crash Bandicoot, Sims 4 and Lego DC Super Villians. Even though I have thoroughly enjoyed playing these games. Especially Days Gone. I can play this game for hours at a time. I went ahead and got more games. It’s crazy, I know. But I can’t help it. It just keeps happening.

Chilling on Holiday

First, I downloaded the two free games on this months PS plus membership. I know they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. But Overcooked 2 was one of the funniest games I played and I’ve been meaning to buy Overcooked. How happy was I when I found I could get it for free. I also downloaded What Remains of Edith Finch, simply because of how many people have said what a good game it is. I figured, it’s free, why not find out. Then I went to Llandudno and, you guessed it, brought another game. This one was Bendy and The Ink Machine. So, I’m sure you can guess what’s happened. Yep, I’ve now got too many games to play. Never mind, complete.

I’ve already started playing Bendy and the Ink Machine. I’ll admit, it’s a much better game than I thought it was. Even though there are moments where I squeal, due to Bendy jumping out at me. I’ve also started playing Overcooked. I’m certainly enjoying this game. But, now I can see the improvements that were made on Overcooked 2. I haven’t had time play Edith Finch, yet. I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’m going to have time to start it yet.

Yep, I’ve done it again. Too many games, not enough time. I think I need another holiday.

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Job Simulator Shows How the Real World Works

It’s an over the top title, I know. But I think there are parts of this game that shows parts of the real world that some of us try to put a smile on and pretend never happens. Take the office worker for example, as I played through this area of the game, I got promoted. As part of my promotion I was told to hire and fire employees. I had the chance to fire the employees that I hired. Which is just mean, but it didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it.

I played Job Simulator on PlayStation VR and when I first began the game, it started in a museum. Seeing the museum for the first time was pretty crazy. Everywhere I looked there are Bots going around the museum. They look just like the old computer monitors, floating around. To the side is a box with four cartridges. Each cartridge will take you to your new job. Now, if you don’t start by throwing the cartridges at as many Bots as possible, you’re obviously more sensible than I am. Throwing items at the Bots is my favourite part. The only downside is, I can’t move around. I’m stuck in this one area and I have to use the items within arms reach. Which isn’t as bad as you think. The game is still playable and fun.

The four job choices are office worker, auto mechanic, gourmet chef and store clerk. I can’t say that I have an absolute favourite, since all the jobs were fantastic. To be honest, I did the same thing when I started each job. I threw something at Job Bot. I couldn’t help myself. If you don’t start office worker by throwing something over to the other cubicles, just to get a reaction. You’re not playing it right. While playing store clerk, I purposely threw items into the bathroom doors, just to see what was inside. In auto mechanic, I chose the wildest items to put on the cars. Simply because I could. It’s the same with gourmet chef. I put anything and everything in the blender and microwave. Then served it. I mean, why wouldn’t you.

That’s the great thing about this game Owlchemy Labs developed and published. As a gamer, I can play it properly or play it like an idiot. It’s enjoyable, no matter which way you choose. One thing I will say is, you really do need to complete the game. Once all the games are complete, you get access to the job genie cartridges. These cartridges are put in with the job cartridges and you can play with even more fun. So far, I’ve added the bouncing genie and the zero gravity genie. There is nothing like seeing a tin of food bouncing along the floor or floating in mid air, to bring your inner child out. If you have VR and fancy a game you can loose yourself in. Job Simulator is the game you need.

Job Simulator rating 9 out of 10                                       

Playing VR For the First Time

Well, I did it. I waited until the Playstation VR bundle went on sale and I decided to buy it. I’ve been wanting to play VR since it first came out. But, being the person I am, I didn’t want to spend all that money on it. Yes, I’ve got a job that could have paid for it, but being an adult means I’ve got bills and responsibilities. I know, boring, right. But, I must say, I’m so glad I finally did buy the VR for my PS4. I really love playing the games.

I had VR worlds in with the bundle and, me being stupid, decided to start with the oceon decent. The reason I’m stupid is because it had a shark attacking the cage. And, you guessed it, I have a fear of sharks. I have never jumped so far in my life. I even had to check my legs were still there. I knew it wasn’t real, but it didn’t stop me from thinking my legs had been bitten.

I also brought Star Trek: Bridge Crew to play on the VR. Being a life long trekkie, having the chance to be in charge of a starship was like a dream come true. There I am, sitting in the captain’s chair, wearing command gold and telling the bridge officers what to do. I loved it.

I’ve brought some other games for it, including job simulator and surgeon simulator. I’ll be doing a review on these games soon. But, if you want to be immersed in game play, I would definitely recommend the VR. You actually like you’re in the game, rather than just playing it. It really is the best feeling.

Netflix Reviews – Marlon Season 1 & 2

It took a while to decide to watch the first season of Marlon. But when I did, I couldn’t believe I didn’t watch it sooner. So you can guess what happened. As soon as the second season was available to watch, I put it on straight away. If I’m going to watch a comedy series, it needs to really catch my eye and make me laugh. Marlon does just that.

Marlon is a divorced youtuber, who manages to keep a good relationship with his ex wife Ashley and their two children Marley and Zack. Marley is your typical bookworm nerd, who seems to show more maturity than her farther at times. Zack is a happy-go-lucky teen who must everything he wants from his father. Since Marlon spends most if his time at Ashley’s house, he runs into Yvette quite often. Yvette is Ashley’s best friend, who engages in a petty, but funny feud with Marlon. Yvette spends most of her time keeping a close eye on Marlon. Then there’s Stevie, who is Marlon’s best friend. He spent one night on Marlon’s couch and has never left. Even though he is educated, he can’t seem to hold down a job and he has even worst luck with his love life.

The show is a very funny, lighthearted sitcom. You get to watch Marlon as he finds trouble, simply by being himself. Which usually means doing things out of the ordinary. Marlon, played by Marlon Wayans, is quite a strong character, so it can see like the other characters can fade into the background at times. Which is a shame, since the other characters are just as funny. But it doesn’t make the show any less watchable.

The thing I liked most about Marlon is it seemed to be a throwback to a typical 90’s sitcom, with a modern twist. If you’re after a light-hearted comedy that will keep you laughing, but will touch on serious subjects at times, it is definitely worth a watch.

Cooking Fun and Mayhem with Overcooked! 2

Overcooked! 2 was developed by Ghost Town Games and published by Team 17. I played the cooking simulation game on the PlayStation 4, but it is also available on the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and on Steam for PC. Overcooked! 2 is as fun as it is infuriating. The levels show a wide range of places for the restaurants. Such as a sushi restaurant, a hot air balloon, on the rapids, galactic worlds, a wizard school kitchen and the mines. The earlier levels have more straight forward meals, It’s the later levels that have the more complex meals. These meals include the use of pots, pans, mixers and ovens. On some levels I had to make pancakes and cakes. Some ingredients for the pancakes had to be chopped before being put in the mixer with the rest. Then taken to the frying pan before it can be plated and sent out. Where as the cake ingredients where put in the over, after the mixer. Then there’s the issue with the plates. They don’t come back quick enough. So, by the time the plates have been washed and the food plated up. The customer has become impatient and left.

If there is one thing I like, it’s a daft game I can lose myself in. Overcooked! 2 definitely falls in that category. Overcooked! 2 is the more testing sequel to Overcooked! The levels are more difficult and the recipes are more challenging. On the plus side, the player can throw raw and sliced food to the other player. Or, if you’re really good, it can be thrown to the chopping board or in the pans. The main reason I wanted to try this game is because I can play co-op with a friend to complete a story mode. I always find this makes a game more fun. The game also has an online multiplayer, which works quite well. In order to communicate with online players, other than in party chat, players have the use of an emote system. Which is probably for the best. Especially if you’re like me and spend most of your time shouting profanities at the screen.

Now, if you’re a bit of a trophy hunter, like myself. Then this can put a stop to collecting them. Especially if you’re playing the game solo. I’m determined to keep trying until I get three stars on all the levels. But, if I’m going to be honest with myself, it could take a while. It can be easier with as many as four players, but only if they all work in sync with each other to get the meals out. Of course, it’s kinda fun to just throw the food at each other. But, that would just be childish. Oh well, I’m not ready to grow up yet, anyway.

When it comes to the game play, it’s very frantic. So I had to be pretty fast with the buttons. The controls aren’t difficult, but it can be easy to forget which button is which. Especially when your player is running around like a headless chicken. The game does have a tutorial level, but if you haven’t played Overcooked! before Overcooked! 2, it will take longer to get to grips with how the meals are made. Most importantly, the way the meals should be made. Overcooked! 2 has an arcade and verses mode. This can be played as a co-op, public online and private online. The game can be played by four players on either setting. The arcade multi-player is pretty funny, especially when you end up making difficult meals, in a purposely annoying restaurant. I found I either spent most of my time bumping into other players or getting the orders mixed up.

I’ll admit, I had a preference for the single player mode and the couch co-op. But, I think that’s because they’re the type of games I grew up with. The online multiplayer is fine and is still fun to play. But, for me, there is nothing better than playing a game with someone next to you and having tears streaming down your eyes because everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong. I would definitely recommend this game. It’s fun for all ages.

Overcooked! 2 rating – 9 out 10

Netflix Reviews – Bird Box (2018)

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019 and what better way to start the year than with something different. If I’m not watching Netflix, I’m watching Amazon Prime Video. So, it makes sense to incorporate that part into my blog. As soon as Netflix sent a ‘we recommend you watch this’ in my inbox, I was spending most of my time wondering if I should watch it. It wasn’t until I was sitting in my kitchen, preparing the family buffet for New Years Eve, that I decided to give it a go. 

Bird Box is quite new to Netflix. Although, the concept isn’t. I found a lot of people have different ideas on films or programmes it’s similar to. Personally, I found it was a cross between The Walking Dead and an episode in season one of Dollhouse, Echoes. The film starts off with the female lead whos single and pregnant. Now, I have a preference for dramatic and action filled films/series with a strong female lead, but even I thought, ‘really, that’s how you’re going to start the film’. Sandra Bullock plays Malorie who you see on own with two children at the very start, before it jumps to five years in the past. Here you see Malorie watching a news report about an epidemic sweeping Europe, before she goes to the hospital with her sister. When she’s at the hospital, she leaves her appointment seeing a woman hitting her head against a window, repeatedly. It’s then she realises the epidemic has arrived.

I don’t mind flashbacks as long as they are relevant to what I’m watching. The flashbacks are done well in this film. We get to see Malorie’s dangerous journey with a young boy and girl, dubbed Boy and Girl. Then it jumps back to how Malorie ended up on her own with the two of them. The flashback explains how it’s something that people see that causes them to want to hurt themselves. That’s why it’s so important to keep the blindfolds on. Yet, it doesn’t explain why people who have been certified as insane can see whatever it is and it doesn’t cause them any harm. The insane just want others to see, by any means possible.

Malorie’s journey to the safe haven is a dangerous one. But, overall, it was a good film. Don’t get me wrong, it seemed a little over the top at times. I can understand why she was so harsh and detached from the children. It just a shame there were holes in story. Such as, who or what was causing everyone to hurt themselves. If you have a bit of free time and fancied watching a soft horror, I’d definitely recommend this film. 

Spyro Reignited Trilogy Review

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I couldn’t believe it when I found out Spyro was being remastered. I thought Crash Bandicoot was amazing, but Spyro was the game in my teens. I brought the original games when they first came out. Infact, I’ve still got them. Even now, I still play them on my PS1 occasionally. I used to think Spyro was wonderfully squishy then. But when I saw him for the first time, I’ll be honest, I squealed (I know, I’m a big kid). He was made so life-like, I couldn’t help but want to squeeze the cheeks on his squishy face. What made it even better was The fact that three of the best Spyro games were remastered. Spyro The Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. 

The cannon is loaded and ready.

The game was developed by Toys for Bob and published by Activision. I realise I’m biased, but they did an amazing job. The gameplay was as I expected, virtually the same as the original. But that’s exactly what I was hoping. It was the graphics that did it for me. They were just so detailed. You could actually see the worlds as they were ment to be seen. There was so much more definition and depth. It was easy to see how much time and devotion has been given when remastering the levels. When Spyro went through the snow, he left prints behind. When using his fire attack, the ground and surrounding area would become scorched. The fire even illuminated a darker room. Then, of course, there’s Spyro. When I took my first look at a more sleek, defined Spyro. It was like looking at an old friend the way you always imagined he’d be. Spyro pranced and charged with much more elegance. Spyro’s wings and horns were more emphasized and much more prominent. I was just overjoyed with how Spyro looked. Yes, once again, I’m biased. I don’t care.

Just chilling.

The game music was basically the same as I remember. I couldn’t help but bop along to it. It was like a walk down nostalgia lane. Even the smallest of details, such as the sound as the gems being freed from a strong chest. It’s became my favourite sound. The controls used were practically the same as the original games, so I found handling Spyro very easy to do. To be honest, if I was playing the game for the first time, I’d still find him easy to control. Spyro is such an easy and fun platform game, that is easy to get lost in. Even Spyro’s charge movement was the same as I remember. It’s still easy to lose control of Spyro when he’s stampeding, especially around corners. I can’t count the amount of times I ran off the edge or head butted a wall. It took a number of tries to get it right. It was worse on the Tree Tops level, on Beast Makers home. Almost every walkway was a supercharge ramp. It was quite confusing, trying to work out which supercharge ramp to use to get to the third dragon. In the end I needed to use three different supercharge ramps to get there. Then, of course, there’s the speedway levels. These are the levels where Spyro glides along a course, using spot-on precision to hit every item. The rings and arches were relatively easy. But items like the chests, lamps, aeroplanes, etc were a lot harder to hit. I found these levels took the longest, if I wanted to get all the items in one go. In one speeches level, I finished it completely with less than a second to spare.  

I’m gliding, not flying.

The one thing I noticed with the reignited trilogy is the game seemed easy in some places and then difficult in others. I don’t mean unbeatable difficult. I mean an annoying, I want to throw my controler, difficult. Yet, as soon as that part was completed I start thinking, why did that take so long. The game has been made child friendly. Personally, I think that makes the game even better. It means that a new generation of gamers can understand why myself and my peers loved Spyro so much. I noticed there were only a few differences between the original games and the reignited trilogy, as well. But this was mainly the cut scenes in the game and tweaks to some of the characters. Such as the dragons Spyro had to find in the first game, they had clothes on. It’s these small things that can only be noticed by someone who played the original games. 
When it comes to Spyro, I can’t help but say how fantastic the games are. I enjoyed the time it took to play all three of them. Even the annoying parts were worth completing. All three games were fun to play and I found it difficult to put the game down. It doesn’t matter if, like me, you played Spyro when they first came out or the reignited trilogy is the first time you’ve played it. The game is perfect for gamers of all ages. If you like platform games that are easy going and relaxing to play (for the most part). I definitely recommend this game.

Spark Reignited Trilogy rating: 9 out of 10