Dragon Ball Z Kakarot (PS4)

Dragon Ball Z Kakarot is another DBZ game once again tells the story from when Raditz shows up until the end of the Buu Saga. Despite the name of the game, you will also spend most of the game NOT controlling Kakarot. When you do control him tho you will pretty much feel like a god much of the time which is nice.

The graphics are undeniably amazing and the sound is exactly what you would want. Most importantly from this RPG (and yes it is an RPG) is you will get to explore the world of DBZ. Fly around and check things out, visit towns hunt animals, go fishing explore to your heart is content. Maybe kick around some robots or Saiba men.

You can learn new moves or power them up with experience, or by training in special areas tho some moves are locked behind certain criteria. For example, don’t expect to go Super Saiyan before Goku would in the show or to defeat Raditz with a Spirit Bomb.

Another nice touch is when you eat you are given a permanent stat boost. This is why eating is important, along with that is a temporary boost that can make quite a bit of difference. I don’t want to talk about much besides the basics because there is a lot to do and I don’t want to spoil it. To me, this was the best DBZ game ever made tho I wouldn’t argue with those that prefer Fighter Z, which coincidently is tomorrow’s review. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Stardew Valley Multiplayer Update

So as much as I have played Statdew Valley I never really experienced the multiplayer aspect until recently. Me and my daughter played most of the weekend. I have mixed feelings about it but they are mostly positive.

Playing with a friend does split much of the work and makes gather resources, mining and farming much easier.

It does sadly make buying anything 2-4 times more expensive depending on who you are playing with because all tools and storage backpacks need to be bought for everyone. That is really my only complaint but I understand why it is that way, because it needs to be.

The quality of life improvments that came along with it were fantastic tho. The ability to see what belongs in a community bundle from your inventory and stacking things like chest or crab pots in your inventory is a godsend. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to improvements made, but admittedly they are mostly fantastic.

My only othet complaint is even with a wired connection we would occasionally drop our connection. Probably once an hour or so on a bad day and not at all on others. Despite those minor complaints as much as I love Stardew Valley alone, with a friend is my favorite way to play. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Mad Games Tycoon

Mad games Tycoon is a simulation game like many others, except this time it is a game about making games. Yes it has been done before, so the real question becomes is it done well.

Short answer is yes, it has been. You start in your garage with a little money. You will build a few small rooms to start programming very basic games. With some more research money and time you can make bigger and better games.

Eventually you can make your own consoles and work with far more modern equipment, but you will have to earn your way there.

The game is fun and will require plenty of strategy. For fans of the genre its not bad. Its not much to look at however, tho most games of the type are not. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Plague Inc. (PS4)

Plague Inc is a mobile game ported to console, and the real differences are as opposed to being free like it is on mobile where you can pay to unlock things, on the console you buy it and earn unlockables by playing. Aside from that and controller changes, it is the same game. You name your virus or fungus or whatever you design, plant it somewhere, choose how it evolves and spreads and try to kill everyone on earth.

While that is it and is just what the game is it is actually quite fun and hard to master. The scientist will try to find cures people will take better care of themselves as it spreads and countries will close their borders as it spreads. It is a fun little game I suggest you pick up on a sale as it isn’t really worth more than $5 or so. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Code Vein

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For Black Friday this year, I bought myself a game me and a few of my friends have been waiting for. What if you took the beauty and story of a anime and combined it with the gameplay style of a Souls game? Let’s find out.

In Code Vein we awaken as a Remnant in the wake of a brutal vampire war between the Revenants and the Lost., having to piece our memories together. The Revenants are struggling to keep there hunger for blood at bay and maintain there humanity while the Lost are vampires who have mutated into viscous monsters. With your allies Louis, Ios, Mia and Yakumo you have to traverse a broken dystopian odyssey in search of peace and to destroy the cause of the madness…

First, I have to say, I thought originally this game was going to be a Souls ripoff with a anime skin and a few kinks thrown in much like the The Surge or Lords of the Fallen (PS4) felt, but that quickly goes away. This game and how you approach combat is extremely versatile because of the Blood Codes, which is series of attacks and abilities based on another character where you can mix and match.  Your partners also provide extra attack power and defense with pretty decent AI so they thankfully do there job. What really sells the game is the art style and the overall story which is pretty captivating. A flaw the game has with all the options and having a optional partner can feel a bit overwhelming and the game can feel a bit too easy with few difficulty spikes that are pretty easy to overcome. Another minor issue I have is while impressive to look at, none of the bosses really stand out and for the most part they go down fairly easy. In the end, Code Vein is a pretty epic game with a good story and extremely versatile gameplay that I definitely recommend, especially if you want to wade into Souls type games. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

 

Big Pharma (PS4)

Have you ever wanted to run a pharmaceutical company and make decisions on what medicines to make? Now it is your chance. Do you want to make a medicine to get rid of headaches and nothing else? Cure headaches but causes headaches? Oh yes, you can do that.

In Big Pharma, you get to run the factory that makes the medicine the world takes. Research new machines, new ingredients and make the place that much bigger. With this space, you will add new machines to change what each chemical does. This sounds complicated but it really isn’t. The game has excellent tutorials that will break things down for you quite well and it truly is a simple matter of just knowing what to build in which order.

That doesn’t make the game easy by any means. The first few levels go quickly and smoothly but it isn’t long until you will need to consider what side effects you will be stuck with and how it will mess with your sales, or if the loans are worth the extra machines or will those scientists be just enough to kill your profits?

The decisions you will make can at times crush your business if you aren’t careful or they could just be annoying when they don’t turn out how you want them too. Regardless of fans of these types of games, this one is a must buy on PS4. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Truck Driver (PS4)

There are a few games on PC that allow you to drive a massive truck and deliver trailers of goods, for example, American Truck Simulator or Euro Truck Simulator 2 and they are both pretty fun. Console players, however, have been pretty much left out of that niche. Enter Truck Driver, on PS4  and XB1 (tho it is also on PC) The question, however, how does it compare?

Well for starters, this has more arcade-style gameplay than a true simulation. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sure the game is about running random trailers places to help the townspeople in a story and you are the only truck on the road, but there are a ton of upgrades and the way you upgrade skills is simply by playing the game. The truck you use or the types of jobs you do will make driving those things easier. While all this is going on you will have to follow traffic laws and not run over cars, and I was upset I couldn’t hit people with my truck. It seemed a bit unfair to me but I get it.

Anyway, driving takes a little getting used to but it’s perfectly functional. and for me, it was easier than using the mouse and keyboard. It is a lot of fun tho to just see the sites, and they are quite beautiful and being able to choose different designs for your truck is also quite fun. If you have a need for a truck sim on console this will definitely fill that need, if you are on console tho there are deeper sims. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.