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Nioh 2

I am a huge fan of the Darksouls series. From the lore to the game play, you can probably call me a glutton for punishment. This game, is literally no exception. I don’t know how many times I died, but I can assure you it was a lot. A lot of screaming, groaning and just plain anger. However, with the beauty of the game mixed with the game play and combat style, this is easily one of my GOTY choices for this year.

I would like to give this game props and I feel like we were heard when it came to this game. Being a prequel of sorts, this is worth the pain you get from playing it. We went from a set character from the west to one that you can make yourself but is silent. Think Jade Empire interactions with people. You have no voice, but you’re heard by all who speak. Though the landscape is beautiful, there are always some greener grass on the other side. There are some real life historical figures in this game as well.

Every new area offers a lot to you. From beautiful scenery all the way to the combat. Everything about this game has a purpose. There is a lot to do in this game and I can see how it can overwhelm some people. There are so many items in the game it can possibly take you a bit of time to sort everything and do your basic inventory management (If you’ve seen me play WoW, you know I struggle hard with this) There are also a lot of customization options you have. Like I said before, you are able to create your character. The amount of thought it takes to make your guy is intense. So many options. So little time.

Combat is one of the most important things in this game, it’s almost centered around it. Normally, I’d have something to say about this but frankly, combat is very impressive. Not only do you have new pieces of gear that help increase your damage, you have a lore more yokai skills you can use now, including a realm just for them. There is also a chance for items to drop that let you use enemy skills against them when brought to the right places.

You have a few different things you can do in combat. You have Soul Core moves, which I talked about above. These are very powerful attacks but they can leave you open to counter attacks and other damage. You also have Burst Counters which is a bit more exciting to me. These are just fancy parries but you can stun your foes with ease while dealing a great amount of stamina loss to your foes preventing them from using strong moves against you. Both can take some getting used to but I tell you what…when you learn this shit you’re golden.

I mentioned Darksouls earlier….well this game is just like it difficulty wise if you ask me. The one thing I will always give props to Team Ninja is their attention to difficulty and they do what they can to balance it even if it means there’s a secret to certain things in their games. You have an option, in most cases, to avoid combat. In fact, I don’t remember coming across anything in “the wild” as I did with the story, I feel like I can stay on a road and not get attacked.

There are a lot of things you can skip. Side missions is a big thing, but like with more challenges, they are rewarding. Though you can expect to be challenged, you don’t every have to really do them. You can just stick to the main storyline and you won’t really miss out on much except some currency and maybe some loot. I applaud this company.

All in all, this game is great and it is something I suggest you play. Obviously if you are easily frustrated with hard combat you may want to hold off or watching a gameplay video for it. Though challenging, this game is as beautiful as it is creative. The reimagination of Japan and the history of the country is a great little insight to the realm of Nioh.

Nioh 2 get’s a solid 9/10 from me. Play it! Nuff said!

Darksiders Genesis

So, this game first came out on PC last year but I didn’t get a chance to play it and when it was launched on console I thought, why not. This was a game series I love and I was so excited to see it was going.

For those who don’t know, Darksiders is a hack and slash type series that’s been around for quite awhile. So far, you have gotten to play as 3 siblings in their attempt to free one of their own as you go on with the series. This game, however, is the start. This is about Strife. This will be the first game that you are able to play him as well.

The dual pistol weilding protagonist is a great addition to the Darksider’s Universe. I was quite excited about the change. I’ve grown found of War’s play style of running in and hacking up the bad guys and going on. Strife is more glass canon type. The best strategy is to keep your distance and pew pew.

This game, is from the first person prespective. I didn’t really even mind. I’m a big fan of Third person games like this and normally frown upon first person but truthfully I didn’t mind at all. I was able to control my character with ease and that was the most important part. It’s hard to get into a game where you can’t really see yourself and end up missing everything you’re trying to hit because you just can’t see. UGH!

Most of the time, to be honest. I don’t find too much replay values. Most games are just kinda meh. I buy them, I beat them and I check out end game before I quietly put the game down and move on. This game was different for me. I wanted to go back and see if there was anything I missed. The environments and the amazingly done levels kept me playing the game for quite awhile (mostly until the next game came out hahah)

Truthfully, this game wasn’t as finished as the other games that have come before it. It has it’s bugs and glitches and it’s other keybinds ect. This is almost pushed aside by the fantastic combat, the great puzzles that made you really thing about to solve. The massive levels make the explorer in my so happy and it drew me back to the places I’ve been just to ensure nothing was missed.

The play time is a little short, I think I put about 16 hours into it or something like that…but it was well worth it all. Though I’m a fan of the older styles, I still enjoyed myself enough to give my copy to a friend to play and so on.

Darksiders: Genesis is a great game and was super entertaining. I def think you should give it a try if you like puzzles, shooting and beating people over the head with a giant ass sword.

There are a lot of good things about this game I like and I really think you guys should check it out! It gets a solid 7/10 review!!

Portal Knights

This was a game that I went into enjoying the trailer then when I got to actually sit down and play the game, I grew bored. Granted, I’m aware this game is in early access but if you can’t draw me in now, I mean really? Once this game fully comes out, I will do another review, but here’s my thoughts on it so far.

 

The idea of this game is you’re some hero who goes through portals to various world and you find portal pieces to build new portals and then you go through those and have to find more pieces and it’s a never ending story.

 

There are a few classes you can pick from like Archer and  mage. Literally you find  abse so you can craft items and stuff then you head out into the massive world and farm mobs until you get a higher level and you find those portal pieces and then you go to a tougher world etc.

 

The concept is there, but I think the execution should have been a bit better. The big bad bosses they show off are easily missed and they’re pretty cool. I remember fighting this worm and had to figure out the mechanics of the fight to kill him but that was about it. Other than that fun experience, it was a normal boring grind where mobs could easily one shot you and then you’re back at the start of the map.

 

Granted, I felt like I was getting stronger, I didn’t actually think i was getting anywhere in the story and that was a little upsetting. I didn’t want to spend time in not progressing when that’s what I wanted to happen.

 

So far, I haven’t touched the game since I got to about level 16 I’ll be honest with you guys, this game is boring to me. The pure repetitiveness of this game just kills it for me. The portals are unique but a lot of mobs are copy and paste with different colors.

 

Right now, you can buy into the early access for 11.99 USD. IF you want to give this game a try, go ahead, I will post another review for this game when it fully releases and give my final thoughts on it.

 

So far, this game is a 5/10. The cool concept is there but I feel like there could be so much more to this game that just needs to be in there like a non locking combat system. An actual story line that isn’t a straight up and slash n hack.  Anything like that and I would happily raise the game’s score!!!!

Want to check out this game??
http://store.steampowered.com/app/374040/

7 days to die

7 Days to die, or as I’m going to call it “7 Days to die then respawn run back to your group then die again”. this Minecraft Apocalypse wanna be has got to be the most headache inducing game of all time.

 

I am all for the surviving death, disease and all of that. I find those games to be the most fun so My friends and I thought we would try this game out. I must say, this is something that I wasn’t expecting….and at the end of the time playing it, I made some tea and hit my head against my desk.

 

Let’s start off with what happens. You are thrown into some random location where you have to collect anything you can find to help build things and items while you dodge a lot of zombies to make sure you can live to make it to either your friends or a safe spot. Now, a lot of zombies is an understatement…a HUGE one mind you. In one area I came across 20+ zombies who all magically knew where I was and where I was going and I swear they were like rabbits…They kept multiplying.

 

It’s literally a “let’s see how many seconds I can live before I die” type of game, and if you watched my stream you say how many times I died so close together (and if you were watching I apologize for my words…It was super frustrating..)

 

The graphics themselves are decent, more like early 2000 graphics. YOu can easily identify what’s what and who is who but they’re still not clear or flowing. But this game is still in an early release so I’m hoping something will happen. Now the graphics aren’t detrimental to the game play though. But it reminded me a lot of Beast of Prey.

 

So now I’m sure you’re like “You said Minecraft but I don’t read minecraft!” I”m getting there! Gosh….

 

With  the resources you collect you can build things, like walls sleeping bags ect. The way you place things is very minecraft esk and like Beasts of Prey, the envrionment really makes or breaks stuff. I LOVE when my frames go through the ground and then everything looks off center. That’s always great!

 

The amount of difficulty in this game made it a real headache. We actually had a difficult time getting start and staying together. There were several times we had to pause and regather ourselves before going on.

 

I’m giving this game a 7/10 Cinderblocks. I liked the game for the most part. I didn’t enjoy having to walk to my friends only to get killed again. The zombie population in this game is too damn high. But since this game is in early access I will be watching it closely and will definitely keep you all posted on the game!



Want to give this game a try?

http://store.steampowered.com/app/251570/


DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this game. The game belongs to The Fun Pimps and their subsidiaries.

 

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Super Smash Bros. For the Wii U

With so many new games out, it was hard for me to find the time to sit down and write about the ones I have played. So I’m going to start with the one, in my opinion, that is well over due and everyone needs to give it a chance.

 

I remember sitting in front of my TV with my best friend beside me. I turn on my gamecube and there it is on the screen. “SUPER SMASH BROS.” (It was Melee of course because it was gamecube). Endless amounts of fun came from this game, especially during summer vacation.

 

Super Smash Bros for the Wii U really reopened my childhood memories of playing with my friends. The endless hours playing this fantastic game it gave me, I couldn’t wait to play it when I heard it was being remade! Now, you may be asking yourself something. “But Unicorn….They came out with Brawl….that was a remake too”  Well…yeah but…Never mind that!

 

Truth be told, I was super excited about this game because from what I have gathered, there weren’t that many CD problems with this game, and I’m sorry but Handheld versions to me of this game aren’t going to give me the thrill of holding the controller and the “risk” of throwing it into your TV. Oh yeah, those were the days. Please note: I don’t condone the breaking of your TV’s by anger.

 

So let’s start with the basics right? Many of the original characters plus new ones are here! The one that was weird to me was they made Zelda and Sheik two separate people. Zelda back in the day was one of my favorite players. But I found myself leaning more towards another character nowadays. With many of the old faces, there are many news ones as well. They added Bowser Jr, Greninja Pac Man and many others.

 

There isn’t much of a stroy line to this game, you beat the tar out of your friends, CPU and other unlockable characters who you swear are always cheating. There are several mini games you can play besides the brawls. My favorite game besides brawling, is the Smash mode. You’re put against (cheating) teams and after so many you get to fight the character you can unlock. How awesomely nostalgic?

 

The controls, to me, are 100% the same and that helped my childhood blossom in this game. I did noticed that sometimes the controls wouldn’t register and when I got knocked off the edge, I couldn’t get back most of the time. I know what you are probably thinking too “what a terrible player” Well no…even when I would try to jump on the stage it wouldn’t recognize it.  Now, I’m not saying this is a huge flaw in the game, and it may even be my controller, but I’ve seen it happen with a new controller and even the WII U controller.

 

There are a few more things that made me fall for this game again. The graphics and the stages. I’m not saying that the graphics for all of the other games were terrible, they weren’t. In Fact for the time periods they were beautiful and fantastic! But Drool on the screen? Come on, who doesn’t like seeing that when you smash your foe into oblivion?! If you don’t well…maybe you’re into the new stages? I”m personally a fan of the non moving stages. I felt them to be more challenging then the stages now where there’s actually a routine and if you blink you’re gone.

 

I do like that we have more places to pummel faces but some of the stages are just so silly I can’t think of a good reason to have them. I saw one of my favorite stages from the Gamecube version. The spaceship. When I saw that one I was immediately needed to play this stage. For those who haven’t played it yet, it’s not the same. You jump from little ship to little ship all while trying NOT to get knocked off during stage changes. And we all know the CPU cheats. (wink wink)  Though, after awhile you get use to the moving stages it’s nice to have the old time ones too, like Ness’s Town of Onett (or Namic when you’re super pumped on adrenalyn), where your biggest problem were those stupid cars that you don’t see because you’re too busy fighting n things.

 

All in all this game is fantastic! The new characters, stages and games just made this a perfect memory to add to my nostalgia collection. If you haven’t had a chance to play the original and Melee, you really need to!  It may help understand the “frustrations” of small children without the real danger of getting controllers thrown at you. (Long story, but totally worth it)

 

I give this game a 9/10 Hammers. Like I said, this game has been a wonderful addition to the Smash Bro’s world and really woke up the child in me. I haven’t felt like this towards a game in a long time, save Omega Ruby (review next weeeeeeeek! WHOOT!)  If you like the inner child in you and want to let it out as an adult, this is the perfect game for you! My only real complaints in the stages and some of the controls.

 

Release your inner child and definitely pick up this game!!

 


DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this game. The game belongs to Nintendo and their subsidiaries.


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