The Thrill of Living Underwater

Considering Subnautica was released on PC January 2018 and on PS4 and Xbox 1 December 2018, I have’t played the game till recently. The one thing I said to myself was, ‘why didn’t I play this game sooner’. Even though I knew of the game, it was a friend who said I sould give it a go. So, yeah. Kicking myself pretty hard. Unknown Worlds Entertainment developed and published this open-world survival action-adventure. The game is played using a first-person perspective. Which, I’ll be honest, I’m still getting used to. I’ve played third-person games for years and I do prefer that perspective. But, do you know what, Subnautica wouldn’t be as good if it had been third-person. The game wouldn’t have been as immersive.

The game begins with the player getting into an escape pod and landing in the ocean on planet 4546B. I soon realised I was the sole surviver of the devestated spacecraft Aurora. I could see what was left of the crashed spacecraft when I left the escape pod. The idea of the game is not only to survive on the planet, but to find a way to escape. This is where the survival part comes in. A large part of the game is based underwater, farming items. With any survival game, I soon got to know where I had to go to find certain items. I also learned that the three most important tools I had to make are the repair tool, the beacon and the scanner. Don’t get me wrong, all the tools are important. But the repair tool was needed as soon as I started the game, to repair the escape pod. The beacon helped me navigate back to certain places. And the scanner was used at every wreck that was found in different areas of the ocean, where bits of debris can be scanned and new blueprints can be accessed by the player. Making it easier to explore the depths of the ocean.

The graphics for the game are just wonderful. There different biomes in the game to explore, each with their own unique look. Some of them are colourful and calming. They are a joy to just stop and stare at. While others are quite dark and unnerving. Even though the terrain looks terrifing, it’s hard not to explore all of it. One thing I will say is Unknown Worlds did a great job at using the players paranoia against them. The further down I went to exlore, all I could hear was the noise coming from this huge sea creatures. They are majestic to look at, but absolutely terrifying. 

Subnautica isn’t just about survival and farming materials. The games does have a story mode. The only way off the planet is to complete the story. Even though it may seem a simple story, it is very enticing and an important part of the game. I have completed this game on survival mode and I’d be quite happy to play it all over again. Survival mode is having to maintain my food and water intake, oxygen levels and my health. There are three other game modes, freedom mode is the same as survival mode but without monitoring food and water intake. Hardcore mode is the same as survival mode, but the player only has one life. Creative mode, on the other hand, has all the monitoring disabled. There is no need to farm materials. This is basically a sandbox more and the player can do anything and everything without dying.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m pretty obsessed with this game. If you’re not obsessed with it after only 30 minutes of playing it. You’re definately playing it wrong. I would certainly recommend this game.

Subnautica rating : 10 out of 10 

What Remains of Edith Finch Review

I had heard a lot of mixed reviews on this game. I knew it was a short indie game, that basically involved walking around and looking for things. But, some people raved about the game. How good it is and how emotional it can be. While others claimed how boring it was. So, naturally, I decided to find out for myself. I’ll admit, I’m glad I did. I always prefer adventure games. Even though this games is classed as an adventure game, it is so much more.

The whole point of the game is to walk with Edith Finch as she finds out the truth about what happened to her family. She went back to the Finch Family home after her mother died and left her a key. But didn’t tell her what it opened. The walk to the house so calm and peaceful. When I saw the house in the distance, I found it quite surreal at first. I didn’t expect the house to look as quirky as it did. It isn’t until I started exploring all the rooms that I found out why it was so unique. I have to admit, the design of the house and the surrounding areas is fantastic. I love he graphics of this game. The designers seemed to have captured all the weirdness within Edith’s reality so well. Every corner I turned showed a new surprise.

I think the hardest thing for me was seeing Edie’s (Edith’s grandmother) version of all the deaths. It seemed like she wanted to sugar coat the truth. I won’t lie, finding out how each of them died was quite emotional and on occasion, confusing. There are a few of the death stories that are so out there and how they were killed is just lost in translation. At least for me. Other people probably got the gist of then, straight away. I’ll be honest. Some of the deaths were so heartbreaking. Like the one year old, drowning in the bath and one the children being killed in the storm.

The game is as heartbreaking, as it is good. It definitely deserves a play through. If you’ve got a few hours to yourself and you’re after a short game, that will get you thinking. What Remains of Edith Finch is absolutely the game to play.

What Remains of Edith Finch rating 9 out of 10

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.

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

Too Many Games, Too Little Time

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I had it all worked out. I was going to complete Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2. Then write a review on both of them. That really was the plan. And, what happens? A beautiful, squishy, purple dragon came on the scene. You know the one I mean. That little plucky fire breather, who charges at monsters ten times bigger than him. That purple dragon who can’t fly, but glide. Unless he’s doing a speedway challenge. You guessed it, Spyro Reignited Trilogy came out. Ever since I installed the game on my PS4, I haven’t been able to stop playing it. I brought the games when they first came out, in fact I still have them. So, playing the reignited trilogy was like reliving my youth. I can honestly say, I’m in my element.IMG_20181204_224136_hdr[1]

Look at his squishy face.

I’ll be honest. There have not been many times I been able to say that I’ve got more games than I can cope with to complete. Usually its complete one game in enough time before the next one comes out. Not this time, nope. AC Odyssey came out October 15th 2018, RDR 2 came out October 26th 2018 and Spyro came out November 13th 2018. Which seems spaced out well enough, but making the decision to play Red Dead Redemption before playing Red Dead 2 is what put a huge spanner in my plans.

IMG_20181204_225827_hdr[1]You know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. Red Dead was an amazing game and was worth causing myself such disruption. And, hey! I’m a gamer. I can’t say that if I haven’t got a game to play. Right now I’ve got two games to focus on after I’ve fully completed all three games on Spyro. But, then there’s new games coming out soon. Including Just Cause 4 and Resident Evil 2. Looks like I better get my skates on. I’ve got reviews to write, after all. Better get back on Spyro.

 Red Dead Redemption Review

With all the hype Red Dead Redemption 2 was getting for months, I decided it was time to have a go at Red Dead Redemption. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve known about this game since it first came out and how much people enjoyed the game. I just never got around to playing it until now. I have to say, I was not disappointed. I knew the game was published by Rockstar Games and I’ve played a few games published by Rockstar, including Grand Theft Auto. So, part of myself knew that it would be a fab game. You know what it’s like when you see a new game, sometimes you take it at face value. That’s what I did, origionally. Oh, was I wrong.

The game itself, is based on the wild west, but it is so much more. Yes, I was galloping around on horseback and I got thrown off a few times before I realised the horse had a stamina bar. As soon as I worked that out, the horse started behaving itself. The open world aspect of the game is what I found the most enjoyable. Being able to ride from town to town, engaging in activites outside the main missions. These can be side missions that help gain extra money, taming wild horses or, my personal favourite, gambling. I must have spent more time playing poker and blackjack, than I did playing the missions. I have to say, I was pretty good at poker, even if I do say so myself. But that’s the difference between games and real life. I was never very good at the good samaritan jobs that I rode past. By the time I turned back, the person needing help was already dead. Yep, great job, TJ. I think one time, I even killed the person needing help by mistake. In the end, I gave them up as a bad job and just continued on.

The main missions, themselves, we’re fun to do. They weren’t over the top or too difficult to complete. The missions help to, not only shape the main character, but show what John Marston was capable of. Which, apparently, was a whole range of dangerous, vicious things. But, if my family was being held hostage by the government, I think I’d be capable of a few things as well. I tried to play the game as an honerable person. However, there were still times when I just decided to shoot rather than hog tie someone. Espacially De Santa, the second I had the channce to get rid of him, I didn’t give it a second thought. The annoying, lying little toad. Personally, I thought the best missions involved the train, it felt like a throw back to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. “All you had to do was follow the damn train, CJ”.

The gameplay wasn’t too bad, the controls flowed quite well. Except when I needed to shoot, while on horseback. Having to aim, shoot and ride at the same time was just annoying. I did it, obviously. Or I wouldn’t have completed the game. But most of the time I had to slow down to be able use the aiming system properly. The only other annoyance I had was the save point. I could only save in a property I had purchased or rented for the night. Which is fine, when it was close by. But, I was always left where I completed the mission and since it was normally far away from where I started. I had to ride for miles just to save the game. To be honest, they were the only problems I had with the game. Which isn’t bad.

Red Dead Redemption was a really fun game to play. I can’t believe it took me so long to actually play the game. But I’m glad I did. I’d say I recommened this game to any gamer, but I’m probably one of the few people who hadn’t played the game until now. Definately playing Red Dead Redemption 2 now.

Red Dead Redemption rating: 9 out of 10

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