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

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.

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