Marvel’s Avengers (game)

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it, folks? Well, Torsten’s tales are for another post but for now: new year, and let’s start talking soul-crushing boredom. That’s right, let’s talk about the Avengers game.

Kamala Khan is a normal girl and super fan of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and the Hulk. During a grand expo on A-Day, celebrating the heroes, they are called into action during an attack that presumes Cap dead, injures hundreds, and unleashes the Terrigen Mists which causes an outbreak of people to get superpowers, becoming Inhumans, including Kamala herself. With the Avengers disbanded, an organization called AIM has risen to fix the Inhuman problem by any means necessary. Kamala, desperate, sets out to reunite the Avengers and beat the sinister head of AIM.

Ok, whatever you heard about this game is basically true. This game is a bland, boring slog. The game starts off promising but damn it gets repetitive fast. Hell, two out of three of the game’s bosses are in the opening hour pretty much. Most of the game is a out of date beatum up that doesn’t even feel right; Hulk and Iron Man feel nerfed hard while Black Panther feels damn near unstoppable; Hawkeye and Spider-man feel like absolute jokes. After two hours in, you pretty much saw what the game has to offer in terms of gameplay all around. As for the characters, the only one I actually liked was Kamala, everyone else feels like dimestore MCU knockoffs. The gear you get throughout the game doesn’t affect your appearance, the costumes are basically microtransactions that this game goes out of it’s way to try to sell you. In the end, unless you find it ultra cheap like I did and even that’s a stretch, don’t waste your money. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Spider-man: No Way Home

New Spider-Man: No Way Home posters show off Electro, Goblin, and Doc Ock -  Polygon

Peter Parker has come a long way in the MCU, hasn’t he? Becoming an Avenger, beating Vulture in Spider-man: Homecoming as well as Mysterio in Spider-man: Far From┬áHome ; well now the world knows after Mysterio reveals not only Parker’s secret identity but also frames him for his death. Suddenly the young wallcrawler’s life is not only in shambles but also the lives of May, Happy, Ned and MJ. Desperate he visits Dr. Strange for a favor but unbeknownst to both heroes, Parker made a grave mistake that rippled across worlds, bringing 5 villains from multiple dimensions into his world, each with a bone to pick: Doc Ock, Sandman, Lizard, Electro, and the Green Goblin. If dealing with 5 enemies and a crumbled reality isn’t enough, Peter learns they all will perish fighting Spider-man in their own universes; can Peter pay the ultimate price for the greater good and how far will he go to save a life?

Ok, I’m not going to spoil anything but I’m not going to sugarcoat it: No Way Home is fucking amazing (pun intended). Not only does this movie give a damn powerful conclusion to the Home trilogy but to Spider-man in general by contunining stories left off by Mcguire and Garfield’s timelines as well. There is plenty of fan service and you can tell this movie is hardcore for Spidey fans; seeing the classics return was not only rewarding but also a huge threat seeing them interact and face a younger Spider-man. This is Tom Holland’s best portrayal as Spider-man hands down and I loved seeing a story with him and Strange butting heads and playing off each other. The acting all around is great but Holland and Dafoe steal the show; Goblin is still a legend almost 20 years later. Admittedly tears were shed and this is a very heartwrenching movie but it completely pays off. Honestly, I recommend this movie not only to superhero fans but especially Spidey fans in general; you will cheer. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Farming Simulator 22 (PS4 Review)

As always I like to start out by saying thank you to the people over at GIANTS Software for hooking me up with a review copy of this one. As you all know I am a huge fan of the Farming Simulator series and have looked forward to this one.

So how does 22 stack up to the previous years you may ask? Well there are a few spots 22 is a swing and a miss and none of them are in areas I expected. So before I go and talk about all the things the game did right, I am going to go and explain where I feel like this one failed. None of then are game breaking but after playing on my PS4 Pro you can tell graphically this needed a little more time. As seasons change more than once I’ve had snow on the ground that suddenly would disappear all at once.

And not just on a part of the map, my entire farm would suddenly just not have snow. Fields would also suddenly pop into existence with fully grown crops where before there was a black void. Entire buildings would do this as well when things would be there and gone and pop right back into existence. This was always purely visual and would only happen occasionally in the distance. Your vehicle would always stay firmly attached to the road and it never messed with gameplay etc.

Now the news isn’t all bad, in fact despite what I just said about the graphical issues, this game is truly the epitome of the series. The seasons changing is a nice touch and honestly it gives you incentive to do jobs for the other farmers in the game. It helps pass time and make money while you wait for your crops to grow in the early game until you have more fields for yourself to grow a variety of crops. Why you might want to do that will become apparent in a moment.

Another great addition to the game, and my personal favorite is the production chain. You no longer just have to grow crops simply to sell them, which you still can do and early on you pretty much have to. Later for example you can buy the Oil Mill and deposit your canola there. The Oil Mill will then turn it into canola oil which you can then sell for even more profits.

This process also works for things like wheat or grapes and everything else however some go further. For example wheat can be turned into flour which can then be made into bread or combined with other things to be made into cake. The more complex the potential more money to be made.

None of this replaces the older features from past games, there is still money to be made raising animals, making silage, tossing bails around or logging. Honestly I haven’t even touched half of what the game has to offer I think and that’s after easily 30-40 hours of playing.

When all is said and done, if you have played and enjoyed a farming simulator game in the past you will love this one and it is a must buy. If you have always been curious, this is the one to jump on. That all being said, if you haven’t enjoyed them in the past this won’t change your mind. This is however the best in the series, and it isn’t even close. The only thing holding this one back are some graphical glitches that are purely cosmetic, and I have tried my hardest to see if they would do anything to actual gameplay.

Normally I don’t give out two scores for the same game but this time I will. If you are playing on a PS4 pro like me, it’s a 7/10. The graphical issues are annoying tho not game breaking. On the PS5 and Xbox series of systems though these graphical issues don’t seem to exist and the game rightfully deserves a 9/10 for being the top of the farming simulator food chain. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Airborne Kingdom (Xbox Series S Review)

As always, huge shout out to my new friends over at The Wandering Band and Freedom Games for hooking me up with a review code for this game. It is always a pleasure to check out a new game and the one was no exception.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to build a flying kingdom? This game will let you find out, and before we go any further I highly suggest you try building everything on one side of your kingdom to see what happens when you tilt it all to one side. I’m not saying anything does or doesn’t happen, Just give it a go. Maybe don’t do it during a serious attempt tho.

With that out of the way, the game tells the story of you trying to bring back a floating kingdom by rediscovering and making alliances with all the other Kingdoms, twelve in total.

The game is beautiful, as you watch the sun rise and set on your floating city.

You can see the love poured into this game from every angle. The resource management is also quite well done, at no point did I feel like the game was unfair but I came dangerously close more than once of running out of the things I needed to stay afloat.

The sound is another place where this game is great, but it isn’t where it shines. Where it truly shines is where all city builders are made or broken.

Is the game addictive? And the answer is absolutely. I was constantly redesigning things to make sure I had enough lift and propulsion to keep the place afloat or people in work. And I love making sure I had enough resources to make sure I could make it to my next area of exploration since not every biome would have the same resources in the same quantities.

This game is honestly absolutely amazing, and while it isn’t exactly challenging it doesn’t truly need to be, it is just a lot of fun. Definitely recommended for fans of the genre. Solid 8/10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Cotton 100% PS4 Review

As always I want to give a huge shout out to my friends over at ININ games for tossing me a copy of this one to review. It is always appreciated.

Cotton 100% was never released in the west but was originally released for the SNES in Japan. It is actually nice that this series is finally getting released here in America.

Cotton 100% is actually more of a side scrolling shooter, think along the lines of Gradius. As the screen moves to the side you will be shooting enemies that fly towards you or drop bombs or use other power ups on them. Unlike most games however where you will fly around in some sort of ship or such, you actually are a cute little pink haired witch on a broom.

Honestly she might have a name, but as of when I played it the game is only in it’s original Japanese. This doesn’t actually do anything to the game play and you could easily look up the story, I just didn’t bother. The game play was enough to keep me interested.

Graphically the game looks nice, it isn’t anything to write home about but we are looking at a re-release here. If you are walking into this expecting AAA graphics you aren’t having realistic expectations. The enemies are pretty well designed and the bosses are down right adorable. In fact I will go so far as to say they are probably the high point of the game itself. Each one is just greatly designed.

The sound unfortunately is where the game suffered the most for me. It wasn’t by any means bad, it just wasn’t exactly good. For me it just felt dated and stiff. And really could have used some sort of a bigger update or clearing up.

The truth about this game is quite simple, it’s fun but there isn’t anything special about it. It’s definitely worth playing playing and is a solid 7/10, but truth be told it’s a very niche game for people that love retro games. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

The Caligula Effect 2 (PS4 Review)

As always, huge shout out to NIS America, always love working with them when they bring things stateside.

Caligula Effect to as the name says is a sequel to the first one and yes, it is linked but not so much that you have to play the first one. They will explain what you need to know to enjoy the game. That being said playing the first one helps, and if you have the battle system is pretty much the same and is the best part of the series. See it’s turn based, but not really. See when you take your time you can see what’s about to happen and move your characters turn up and down the time table. By doing this you can actually counter what an enemy is do. This may allow you to defend or toss them up into the air, or maybe just move out of the way.

By doing this you can have other characters use their turns to take advantage by using their skills that do extra damage to enemies on the ground or in the air. When you truly get this down you can go entire fights without taking a hit. After battles your characters heal, as the game truly rewards strategy. That being said, I’ve had it work against me and been utterly destroyed by more powerful enemies or simply normal enemies on higher difficulty levels. And I wouldn’t change it for the world.

The story is rather interesting, but if you played the first one there’s nothing new here. You are trapped in a fake world and once someone sees it, the Musicians that work for the person controlling it won’t tolerate you messing with the program. They rather like it the way it is and the people that don’t realize they aren’t in the real world are perfectly content living their fake lives.

Truthfully I’m not even sure we don’t play as the bad guys in these games, more than once I’ve thought the world sucks and wanted something better,who would I be to go and ruin the entire thing for others. That is part of what I enjoy about the game though, it does make you think.

The game looks nice and the music is great, which is good since you are fighting people called musicians. The game is a solid 8/10 and is great for anyone that loves RPGs. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Chernobylite (PS4 Review)

As always a huge shout out to the people over at The Farm 51 for hooking me up with a revised copy of this one. Always fun to get to play a new release.

Now I am just going to give you a quick version of what I am about to tell you for those that just want to know. If you like survival games, a strong story, and an interest in history you can stop reading and just go pick this one up. You have my blessing. For a longer version, keep reading.

The game itself is an interesting semi open world survival game, and this I thought would be kind of bad but it turns out I enjoyed it. You can pick missions for yourself and your team, yes your team. They will go off on their missions, and they may not come back if you send them off on something beyond their abilities. You will then leave your base area and hunt for food, supplies,ammo or things to help build things at your base.

These outings take place during the day, and can be simple things like finding a cache of medicine or food or more complex, like not getting murdered by enemies as you progress the plot. You are free to take your time as you explore and build traps or small outpost I’m the world but this may not always be the best idea. See the world has a habit of changing with more enemies and radiation and such just showing up.

This isn’t really the only part of the game however, when you aren’t in missions you will be at the base where you have a pretty high level of control over what gets built and where, from work benches, to random chairs and couches for your people to be more comfortable in. You can even build walls for your people to have some privacy while they sleep, and yes these things will matter. People tend to like being comfortable and not sleeping on floors.

You will also need to make sure everyone has food and medical supplies, unfed people are miserable people and they will leave you. Supplies are not infinite either as every time you play the location of things and supplies seem to change, some days you may find plenty of ammo for your revolver and herbs. Other days finding 2 or 3 rounds will feel like a blessing. Stealth is definitely the preferred option in this game,and having 100 rounds does not mean turning the game into the wild west is a great idea.

The game obviously isn’t perfect. It doesn’t always give the best guidance on what to be doing and I did notice some significant drop in frame rate here and there. The very first time I played I did also have to reload a previous save to fix a glitch, but it was a one time thing that I could not duplicate after multiple attempts.

The game is beautiful however and it has moments of pure creepiness that I haven’t experienced since playing The Forest and having cannibals screaming from trees when I couldn’t see them at night. The sound is also spectacular. Very few games at this price point ($30) offers this much value in my opinion. This game at this price is an 8/10 and should not be missed by survival fans. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Phoenix Point: Behemoth Edition (PS4 Review)

First and foremost, thank you Snapshot Games for the review copy of this one. It’s a huge game to review, possibly the biggest in pure size I have ever had to review. Between the base game and four DLC, none of which are small it took awhile and truth be told I am no where near having played it all.

This game sees you at pretty much the end of humanity, and an alien force that is mutating the earth and pretty much everything on it into something that wants you dead or something to keep what wants you dead alive. Things are walking out of the ocean, things that used to be human it seems, and they want you gone.

It seems insanely, but you will have to manage diplomatic relations with other human factions because nobody can truly decide the best way to do things. There are weapons and aid to unlock by helping them, but you have to decide is it worth the consequences if any.

The story seems quite realistic I’m my opinion and was interesting, and I did enjoy building up my settlements and bases on the way to multiple possible endings. All of this means nothing however if the combat is bad and we all know it.

Unfortunately here is where there are some issues. While the actual combat is great, if you enjoyed XCOM and similar games, you already know the combat system here. Challenging but fair turned based with permadeath being a threat.

But I did notice some performance issues, and load times admittedly had a habit of being pretty bad even on a PS4 Pro. None of this ruined the experience for me by any means, but they are worth mentioning because they did take away from the experience when a couple times I’d attempt to shoot someone and the game would sort of slow down and try to catch up to what I was doing. It wasn’t a regular occurrence but it did happen.

All that being said, this beautiful game with some great music is worth playing for fans of the genre, if you don’t mind some balancing issues that have always been there. The game is a solid 7/10 though. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

The Eternal Cylinder (PS4 Review)

As always I like to get the honesty part out of the way first, and my friends over at sandbox strategies,ACE Team and Good Shepherd Entertainment hooked me up with a review copy of this one.

The game starts out with the hatching, and you controlling a single Trebhum. These little guys are basically the bottom of the food chain, but there are a bunch of mutations you can eventually find to turn your little creatures from food to basically gods if you want to feed them all to a couple of creatures. I don’t recommend this because they can die,but I’m not going to tell you how to live your life.

This is of course a survival game, and what is a survival game without something trying to kill you? The name of the game says it all, and it truly is a huge cylinder trying to murder you and your entire species. Really everything that gets in it’s way when it comes down to it. First thing I did was lay in front of it, and yes it does kill you. And if all your little herd die it’s game over.

Don’t stand by that

This game is beautiful, the only issue some of you may have is that it is absolutely a linier experience with the cylinder stopping at set points where you can explore and discover the main story (which honestly I won’t mention more than that because truthfully it is the best part of the game in my opinion) and then it is off to the races as you try not to get crushed again.

The sound and visuals are amazing tho, and there are other random creatures roaming the world, some friendly, many not so much and some of them are huge. Seriously, stay away from the ocean.

My time with the game was enjoyable and I never ran across anything game breaking or even annoying. It is however a niche game and I can see many people just not being interested in it. However those people that like to do this sort of thing, the game is a blast and a solid 7/10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Outlast

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Where do I begin with Outlast? Miles Upshur, an investigative reporter gets a anonymous tip to look into the Mount Massive Asylum where things have gone horrifically wrong; Miles finds himself trapped alone with the violent, deformed inmates running amok, terrified of a mystical entity called the “Wallrider”.

So Outlast is a horror gaming classic, highly rated with the likes of Resident Evil, Silent Hill, FNAF, and Alien: Isolation . To it’s credit, the dev team did a damn good job establishing a disturbing, memorable atmosphere. The music and sound is really good and I appreciate the attention to detail with the freaky dialogue. While I think Chris Walker is a decent antagonist, I actually liked Richard Traeger a more interesting foe. So while I have a few positives, what I hated about this game I absolutely couldn’t stand. I hate the fact its 100% a running simulator. The fact Miles brought no kind of self defense item with him at all- knowing damn well he’s going to a dangerous environment- makes me question his intelligence; why doesn’t Miles at least try to fight back? This game is full of infuriating bullshit deaths, though not as bad as Outlast 2 in that regard. This game really started pissing me off when you are outside the asylum being hunted by Walker and I lost my shit a few times. The graphics are meh and if you are immune to jump scares, a lot of the fear factor is wasted if you are. Honestly, Outlast would be a pretty good horror movie, but as a game, I didn’t really like it. In the end, it’s a admirable game in a few ways but there are better stealth horror games out there. May the gaming gods bring you glory.