Mario Party: Superstars announcement trailer

Who doesn’t love some Mario Party, despite the arguments that break out after? Well it looks like we’re getting a greatest hits of the series from over the years which is a pretty cool idea and a interesting way for the last generation to share a classic with the kids today. May the gaming gods bring your glory.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

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So, me and Savior have waited ages for this special re-release and I’m thrilled to join Shepherd’s epic quest to defend the universe from the Reapers in this sprawling trilogy. In the past I covered Mass Effect , Mass Effect 2 , and Mass Effect 3 and I still stand by those reviews. For the Legendary Edition, I wanted to talk about my experience with the remasters.

Mass Effect feels the most different of the trilogy and honestly, that’s for the better. Combat is improved with the cover mechanics and combat feels closer to the other games. While still not as tight and overheating weapons get annoying, having a better cover and squad mechanics evens the feeling out. Another huge change is the Mako drives much better and feels a lot less like a chore than before. Overall, Mass Effect got an overall upgrade but its not perfect.

Mass Effect 2 is still the best in the series in my opinion and besides the graphical upgrade, there isn’t much different but some censored content. Mainly the horrific imagery of Maelon’s work and the nudity of the romance scenes are pulled back. Besides that, still a fantastic sequel and game.

Mass Effect 3 is where I get pissed off, but not for the reasons you might think. I played the base, vanilla version of the game last generation and thought it was fair and enjoyable but damn their could’ve been more. Well, there was more- behind paid DLC. By more, I mean an epic shit ton. Huge chunks of lore were broken off from the game and sold seperately as well as a new teammate who adds immensely to the lore of the whole trilogy; in gameplay it adds up to about 6-8 additional hours of huge lore heavy content that clearly should’ve been in the main game but…money. I loved the content and enjoyed the full version of Mass Effect 3 than I did originally.

In the end, the trilogy is absolutely worth getting. I pumped a good 6 weeks into the trilogy and was never bored and as before, I can’t recommend it enough. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny Nintendo Switch Review

As always I want to thank the people over at NIS America for tossing me a review code for this one. Always a pleasure to be tossed a game to review and it’s an even bigger honor when it is a series I love.

Disgaea 6 is one of those bitter sweet games I get to play and share with you. In some ways for me, it is the epitome of the series, in others it is a huge step back. Graphically for example while still looking pretty good, it does look worse than 4 or 5 in my opinion, and at times the camera angles can be atrocious. Neither is a deal breaker tho, they are just things to be aware of.

There are things I absolutely love however. For example you can set up the game to auto fight battles and to replay them automatically, this means what can normally be a deep and painful grind at times to level up characters has become a simple matter of setting it up while you watch a movie and you can level up all the characters you want easily into the hundreds of even thousands.

For me this let me and even encouraged me to play sound with characters I usually never bothered with because by the time I unlocked them I was already pretty well set up. The addition of the juice bar is also beautiful. That essentially collects experience, mana and even actual stat points and you level up and do missions that you can then pay HL to in order to give levels, mana or even pure stats to anyone you want.

They have truly embraced much of what makes the Disgaea series what it is in all of it’s craziness of weird characters and insane stat boosting and numbers. This brings is down to the all important story, which honestly is essentially a low level zombie on a quest to destroy the god of destruction as he dies over and over again,well as much as a zombie can actually die. It’s put together nicely and I enjoy the characters and their names that are mostly bad puns or play on names.

This is far from the best game in the series because the low points are pretty low such as the graphics and the camera angles being a bit difficult to deal with at times, but the quality of life improvements left me wondering more than once how I played without them. As I fan of the series I was more than happy with this solid 7/10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora reveal trailer

So I find it super weird we got something about this game, something I didn’t know existed until E3 than that fabled Avatar 2 no one really gives a rat’s ass about anymore. Seriously, isn’t this series about a decade too late? Nothing about what I saw seemed great but the question is will the old fans still care after a decade of inactivity in the franchise? May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Metroid: Dread reveal trailer

First of all, I always had a high respect for the Metroid series, as a fan of the Prime games of yester-year. It’s extremely cool that not only is Samus returning but she’s returning with a classic 2-D adventure that seriously looks awesome. I’m glad to see this badass Nintendo icon returning, may the gaming god’s bring you glory.

Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Revisited

As always first and foremost, huge thank you to NIS America for tossing me a code to review this one. I am well aware it comes with two seperate games, both are fun in their own right but I will be reviewing Saviors of Sapphire Wings first. Stranger of Sword City (originally The Stranger in Alda) while worth playing is an older title that deserves it’s own review and playthrough and I felt it would be wrong to try to do them both at the same time.

Saviors of Sapphire Wings starts out weird compared to many games because you actually start out at the end of your previous adventure,and you will fail miserably. Not the kind where you get laughed off stage at the 6th grade talent show failed, the not quite as bad but still horrible die and the world falls into darkness failed.

That is essentially the story of this adventure. You will be reincarnated? Reawakened? Pick a word, because you are back to give the saving the world thing another try. As you recruit more people to help you and awaken a long sleeping flying castle that was apparently yours and you forgot how to use. Cook meals to get to know your new friends (they all have favorite dishes) and boost how close you are because if you don’t, they will be open to the big evils influence. Seems like that is where you messed up last time.

The combat is typical turn based stuff and is honestly so repetitive and slow. There is an option to basically fast forward all the moves, I recommend you use that. All the enemies will have weaknesses and strengths just like you and you can pick classes and sub classes for everyone each with different moves and strengths and weaknesses as well.

The first person dungeon crawling aspect of it is also well done and I do appreciate the map and how easy it is to get around. That being said, it is still a grid based first person dungeon crawler. I’d you aren’t a fan of these games, this won’t change that. The battles are repetitive and slow even by RPG standards (and remember I love RPGs, especially turn based) the story pretty much offers nothing we haven’t seen before,but thankfully the characters are very well done and are mostly likeable. One or two are pretty much impossible to like but they are made that way.

As for a score, gonna have to go 6/10. Any RPG needs a passable story, fun combat and interesting characters and truth be told the characters are the strong part here and the story is passable, but the combat really drags it down for me. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Warhammer Age Of Sigmar: Storm Ground (PS4 Review)

Before we go further you guys know the routine. Huge thank you to my long time friends over at Focus home Interactive and Gasket Games for setting me up with this one. It is always appreciated.

   This is one of those games that going into it I had no clue what to expect and I mean that in the sense of I actually had known it by name and nothing else. Obviously I know of Warhammer and such, just this game I hadn’t seen much on. But going into it blind was actually fun.

  You play as a hero from one of the three factions, the Storm last, the Night haunt or the Maggotkin. As you play you can unlock hundreds of cards, heros weapons skills etc to power people up and do your bidding. Die in the campaign and it’s game over, sort of. You start your run over again, pick a couple of your troops and start all over again with some of your stuff.

The graphics in the game are nice,but not earth shattering. For a tactical turn based game tho they are exactly what they should be. The characters are beautiful, the attacks look great and there aren’t any real glitches or graphical tears that I noticed on my PS4 pro. The sound and music also did a wonderful job.

The story is pretty standard stuff, some quest for revenge type stuff, some don’t touch my things stuff going on. All th stuff you would expect and enjoy.

The combat is simple and easy to understand as well. You never have massive Armys to contend with controlling so you will never have that feeling of being overwhelmed with stuff to do, and each attack will do exactly what you expect. There is no randomly missing attacks when you had a 99% chance to hit either. If an attack says it will do to damage, it will do 2 damage provided the enemy doesn’t have armor. If the enemy does, take away the armor amount and that’s the damage it does. Or it will do 0-1 damage.

My biggest issue and one that took a huge toll on the fun factor for me tho was how oddly balanced the game felt at times and how much that made you grind for new items and gear. The first few battles may be VERY easy then suddenly you hit a brick wall of a battle you never had a chance to win. So you will grind out battles until you gain some levels and items then boom, cake walk, until you randomly hit another battle that you again never had a chance of winning.

I did enjoy my time with the game, and if you like that rouge like style of game give this one a shot. Nothing here reinvents the wheel, but they weren’t trying to. A solid 7/10 game that fans of the style will like but others may want to pass on. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World & Monster World IV (PS4 Review)

As always my friends lets get a few things out of the way, first HUGE thank you to STUDIOARTDINK and ININ games for the review code both Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World and the exclusive to the retail version, Monster World IV. Second and most importantly, I can not stress this enough, Monster World IV ONLY comes with the retail version of the game and NOT be bought digitally.

Now, for the important part, the review itself. Monster World is quite the simple concept.

Screenshot 2 - Asha running in fiery level

Take a cute cartoon like character, a beautiful environment solid platforming and add a true and tried formula story about spirits and a new warrior and you get Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World. Seriously, I wish I had something to say negative about this game in some way. The platforming is solid and responsive, the difficulty is fair yet challenging. The closest thing I have to a negative is this just isn’t actually my type of game, but I still enjoyed my time with it.

The combat is also great, its easy to learn and pick up, which is where this game shines. So much of this game is just made to be approachable. There are collectables to gather, some of which will have real effects on the game and make it easier but if you choose to ignore them, nothing bad really happens. I always love when collectables are helpful in a real way, but are pretty much optional to collect. I do however recommend grabbing them.

Truth be told, if this is your type of game, there is no reason not to run out and by this. This game is an 8/10 no questions asked. It is beautiful and it is fun. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Resident Evil VIII: Village

Resident Evil Village | CAPCOM

There are very few times I’ll eat my words. I thought introducing werewolves and vampires into Resident Evil, a game franchise famous for zombies and strange monsters, was a stretch. I thought thought we were going to get a solid game. I was absolutely shocked what we got and I’m thrilled to say Village is a new renaissance for the Resident Evil…

Years after escaping the Baker family and the Molded under the control of Eveline in Resident Evil 7 (Torsten’s thoughts) , Ethan and Mia Winters are trying to move on with there baby girl Rose, relocated in Europe under the protection of Chris Redfield. One night, Ethan’s whole world is shaken by Chris and he finds himself alone in a terrorized village of ancient monsters under the hand of four tyrannical lords under the mysterious Mother Miranda. Betrayed, alone, and desperate Ethan must venture into a terrifying new unknown to save his little girl…

There is so much I can’t say in this review and I don’t want to spoil. This game has some serious balls with how dark it gets and I have a lot of respect for it there and the level of storytelling they have. I respect the callbacks to 7 and Resident Evil 4 but it has it’s own identity. The gameplay is perfected from 7, adding more varieties of horror with a bit more action but not overdoing it. The graphics and score are beautiful. The story is surprisingly damn good and the villains are fascinating. As a weird bonus, because of the twists in the last act, it made me appreciate 7 more but also 0 at the same time. In the end, Village is fantastic and so far it’s my game of the year I can’t recommend more. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Leviathan

Leviathan (1989 film) - Wikipedia

Miles beneath the Atlantic Ocean, a group pf miners lead by a geologist are harvesting minerals from the ocean floor. During a routine sea-walk, a pair of crew members stumbles upon a Russian sea wreck named the Leviathan. Within the confines of the ship, there were casualties, questions, and a flask of vodka. It isn’t long before the crew discovers it isn’t booze in the flask and not only do the crew members that drank from it die, but suffer a series of heavy genetic alterations, creating a beast unlike any other. Can the survivors not only survive the beast but the crushing sea waiting to destroy them?

Leviathan is a movie I grew up with, and off the bat I have to say it’s a pretty decent B movie. This movie is trying to be Alien and The Thing just underwater and it does pretty decent at it until you get the creature effects. Back in 89, I think the effects were fair enough but today, in 2021, the creature effects are pretty cheesy looking. I do have to give credit though, the underwater scenes and general atmosphere are impressive for the time and have a great sense of claustrophobia. The acting is pretty fair but admittedly Ernie Hudson was my favorite character in the movie and had my favorite line in it. The score fits and adds to the movie in a couple spots. In the end, while not great by any means, Leviathan is a decent B movie worth checking out. May the gaming gods bring you glory.