Play Station exclusives man… Play Station gets all the good ones…. Detroit: Become Human is the latest masterpiece by Quantic Dream and David Cage, the french powerhouse behind The acclaimed 2010 game, Heavy Rain. I’m a sucker when it comes to decision based games. If I could play a game that is just a movie I make the decisions in, that is probably all I would ever play. Well, this is as close as I think you will ever get. Just like Heavy Rain, Detroit is absolutely beautiful, I could spend hours just exploring and taking in all the beauty and small details. What is great about this game that sets it apart from most other decision based games is that it really feels like every tiny thing matters. You could make a seemingly small decision in the beginning of the game that I didn’t make and have an entirely different outcome at the end… Detroit: Become Human follows three story lines; Conner, Marcus, and Kara/Alice. All of them intertwine at one point or another, but Conner and Marcus play opposite sides of the same coin throughout the game. Conner, the android sent by Cyberlife, is investigating the deviants and trying to stop them with the help of Lt. Hank Anderson, a surly, android hating detective. Their chemistry and how they play off each other is EASILY the best part of the game. Marcus is the one leading the deviants to freedom and you can basically either be Jesus, or fucking Hitler when it comes to him. No real middle ground, just savior or devil and I love it so much. Kara and Alice round out the final story line and are honestly pretty expendable. They show the parental and family capabilities of the androids, but you could kill them off early on and it honestly wouldn’t even matter. Their honestly kind of boring at times. In conclusion this game is beautiful and nothing short of a masterpiece in my eyes. No two people will have the exact same experience playing through, meaning you can also play through countless times by yourself. Love.
In this boom of a hundred battle-royal style video games, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (commonly referred to as PUB-G) comes out the other end victorious. A simple premise, lack of campaign, and repetitive nature do nothing to hinder this game from the massive sales and recognition it has been receiving since the moment is became available. The first time I played it I yelled out “Holy shit! It’s like a better Hunger Games!” and then had a difficult time doing anything else for a bit. You start the game, and every game for that matter, jumping out of a plane onto a HUGE map with ninety-nine other people. From there you collect whatever you can to stay alive, dodging and killing other people, and staying in the zone. PUB-G can also be down right infuriating. The possibility of taking 5 minutes to get in to a new game, only to be shot in the head the second you land is very high. Countering that point though, the gratification and satisfaction of actually WINNING a round is more than any other game I’ve ever experienced because of the fact that you have a 1% chance of winning. Literally… I love this game, even though I’ve chucked my headset once or twice.
I lost many hours in this game without even realizing it. Seriously, I started playing and before I knew it, nine hours had passed! Kept on happening too… Shadow of Mordor is an open world, action-adventure game set in the land of Mordor from Lord of the Rings. To be 100% honest with you, if you asked me anything about the story line or the main character I wouldn’t be able to tell you squat. But, strangely enough that doesn’t matter one bit. The Nemesis system and how it ties into literally everything you do is what makes this game… To explain it easily; there are uruk’s throughout the world. Captains lead the uruk’s, and warchiefs lead the captains. It is your job to eliminate them all. However, if you fail to defeat a captain, it will remember you and will also increase in power. If there is a vacant spot open for a captain and a random uruk kills you, Boom! Now that uruk has a name, is a captain, and will remember your flaws. This game is gold, and even without a story the Nemesis system and world itself will keep you entertained. The story is purely a bonus.
So this is a review that has been a long time coming. I realize I am WAY late on it compared to other reviewers and critics, but I wanted to get my head fully wrapped around this game and log enough time playing and watching it to accurately give my assessment… Destiny 2, very obviously, is the the sequel to what I guess we will from here on out call “Destiny 1”. It starts out with the tower getting attacked and taken over. Not only that but the light is taken away from all the guardians making them mortals. We, as in the guardian we play, are important to the story because we are the only one that gets our light back and can’t die again. As far as story lines go, this one is top notch… except for the fact that this is an MMO and we are running around and playing with a bunch of other guardians that ALSO have their light back. But, whatever, I won’t get too hung up on that… To cut straight to the point on Destiny 2, I think that there is potention here but this release is over-all pretty bad so far. I love the fact that the world feels much more open and makes you actually explore the environment rather than simply fast traveling everywhere. Just in the way it feels I believe it represents a proper MMO better that way. I also like the fact that everything is much more customizable now, allowing shaders on everything. What I definitely like the most though is the fact that all gear is equal. No more stupid random roles after hours of grinding for a specific gun. If you want it to do different things just modify it! Now, on to the bad… This game STILL does not feel different enough to me. When I first started playing it I wasn’t blown away or in awe of anything new it offered. I simply felt like I was just playing Destiny again. In fact, I was more impressed when Rise of Iron came out! I kept playing it simply because it is Destiny 2 though and found myself feeling weak, a feeling I never once got in Destiny even when I was getting my ass handed to me. I no longer feel powerful, just like another guy and that’s not whet I want out of this. I want a challenge, but I want the challenge to make me feel god-like. Also, the endgame needs a LOT of work, as it is completely unsatisfying… In conclusion I am quite disappointed by Destiny 2, but we are essentially in vanilla right now, and we have no idea how far this could go and how much it could add on. I have hope for that, and what they added in did make a better MMO experience, now the game and story itself just needs a bit of polishing!
There is honestly not a lot I can say about this game… In Turmoil you control a season of oil digging and need to gather more oil than anyone else (NPC’s you are competing against). After every season you get your money and can upgrade different things to make it easier to get oil. Extremely easy, extremely straight forward, and surprisingly fun to play. I wouldn’t say this game has any replay value since you can beat it in eight hours, but if you are a sucker for resource management like I am than it will be a nice little way to spend five dollars and entertain yourself for the rest of the day.
I’m a huge sucker for all tycoon games and simulation games. I scour Steam looking for whatever I can get. Planet Coaster, Project Highrise, Cities Sylines, Game Dev Tycoon, and now this. I first saw the Youtuber Jacksepticeye playing Coffee Shop Tycoon and thought to myself, “oh my god, that looks just like Game Dev Tycoon but with coffee!” I bought it immediately. For the most part I enjoyed what I did play of the game. I beat it in two hours though so it wasn’t much… Coffee Shop Tycoon starts you out with a small building and very little money. You have to build everything in your shop, buy coffee machines, hire employees, and even learn new coffees. For the most part I was always profitable and my reputation steadily increased, so I had no worries. Very quickly the game started to become boring. I had bought everything I could possibly buy, trained my employees as high as they would go, and made every system within the shop automated so I could walk away from my computer for a day if I so pleased. I was very excited when I figured out how to buy a new building then, obviously, because I wasted more to do. In Game Dev Tycoon, a game that seems REMARKABLY similar in many aspects, when you upgrade to a bigger building you unlock more options and your employees move with you. In Coffee Shop Tycoon, however, you keep your money but need to rebuy everything… All in all I had fun at first but was incredibly disappointed when I realized I had done everything it had to offer within two hours.
I started playing this game right after finishing season six to satisfy me until seven came back. Now I’m almost more excited about season two of this! Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series follows house Forrester, a house not yet introduced into the TV series. House Forrester controls the Ironwood groves, which are being sought after by Ramsey Snow because of their military importance. You control five characters and your job is to save house Forrester from being taken over… Every decision you make TRULY has an impact later in the game. I made a couple decisions I was very confident in and killed one of the five main characters almost immediately!.. I love Telltale games. Despite them being shorter and having very little gameplay, I really enjoy the decision making and seeing where I make the story go. Almost like a modern choose your own path book. I enjoyed no Telltale game as much as this one though, and that may be because I am a big fan of the show itself. Every time on of the characters I recognized came on the screen I flipped my shit! Saying that though, I also have to tell you that unless you have seen the show you will not enjoy this as much. Yes, you will have fun, BUT, a lot of the stuff won’t make sense and you wont get the same joy as playing along side the main characters. I do recommend you play it, just familiarize yourself with the series first.
Its strange to think that I have spent sixty dollars plus on games and a nine dollar game has entertained me longer than most of those… Game Dev Tycoon has SKYROCKETED into one of my all-time favorite games very quickly. It is incredibly simplistic in nature yet amazing… You start out as a video game developer in the 1980’s making games in your garage. You name your game, pick what it is about, and then decide what attributes are most important and let it out into the world! Time progresses and more systems are released and you make engines that make better games and eventually move into bigger and better offices… This game SEEMS small. But, the more I play it the more I discover amazing things. You make massive release games that make you millions, hire designers to help you, go to game conventions, make MMO’s, and EVEN your own systems when you become the best of the best… Easily the best part of this game is the story though. Going through the years and seeing the real progression with games and systems over time. Speaking of systems, to ovoid law suits they made the best names for them such as GameSphere, PlaySystem, and MBox!.. I got lost for hours straight playing this game, and I’m sure you will too. Who doesn’t want to make the best game the world has ever seen?