I’ve Gone Golf Crazy

IMG_20180821_215508This is the question I’ve been asking myself the past week. Why didn’t I get this game when it came out? Everybody’s golf was developed by Clap Hanz and SIE Japan Studio, it came out in August 2017. When I first saw it, I remember thinking ‘that looks a good game, I must buy it’. Did I buy it? No. Why, u ask? I’m still working on that answer. It wasn’t until I had a glance in the PS store and saw it in offer, I decided to buy it.

What I don’t understand is, I really enjoy playing golf. Whether it’s on a crazy golf course or as a video game. So, there is no good reason it took me so long to get it. And now I can’t stop playing it. It’s so easy to play and addictive, as I’ve found out. In order to hit the golf ball, all it takes is a three-click swing action. Just click X three times to get the desired distance and power. Of course, as time goes on, there are other things that have to be considered when teeing off. Such as, the wind direction and strength. What the weather’s doing and what type of terrain the ball has landed on. It’s also easy to get used to the camera controls and how to use the targeting map to your advantage.

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I’ll be honest, my favourite part is creating the avatar. I always go for a goth look. Obviously I try to make it similar to myself. But, lets face it, we all make the changes we wish we had to the avatar. I had the basics to start with and was able to make a suitable black clothed avatar. Even though I’ve gone up in the levels and gained a lot more items for my avatar, I haven’t changed her much. I’ve always preferred the simple look. The game also gives more than just the general male or female choice. I could make a child avatar or an elderly avatar. Which is great. But, when you see the child characters play during the tournaments, the golf club looks too big for them. Which is pretty funny (sorry, daft sense of humour).

It’s relatively easy to rise up the levels. The ranks on the other hand, that’s a different matter. The quickest way to gain exp, is to win the tournaments. Every time I gain enough exp, I face off against a rank boss. There have been three in total. The last one being the big boss and the only way to rank up is to defeat that boss. I won’t lie, if you haven’t figured out how to get high scores during the tournaments, there’s a good chance you’ll struggle with the big boss. They really put me through my paces.

IMG_20180821_215751The ‘Home’ area of the game can be quite fun. It’s an open section, so it’s easy to run around and explore. Unless, you’ve defeated the right person and them you can drive around the ‘Home’ area in a caddy. There are a lot of other characters in this area. A few of them can be interacted with and I do recommend this. As some of them can give you some hints and tips to make your game better.

The game also offers online play. Whether you choose an open course or turf war. It’s a great way to interact with other players. It also means playing against people who can do more than put you through your paces. But, if your after a challenge, it’s definitely worth a try.

Yes, I’m kinda obsessed with this game. I’m still playing it now. In fact, as soon as I finish this blog, I’m going back on it. It’s a fun game to rest and wind down with, especially after a hard day at work. Everybody’s Golf probably has some negative points to the game and I probably don’t see them, because I don’t want to. It’s fun, it’s quirky, it’s definitely my kind of game.

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.

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.