Mega Man 11 Demo Review

Lets be honest, the Mega Man series in recent years has been far from great. The glory days have long since passed and fans have been dying for a reprieve. @torstenvblog played Mighty No. 9 (first impressions)  and was not happy with what can only be described as a Mega Man rip off. I couldn’t be bothered to play it myself even tho it was a free game from PSN after he told me how much he hated it. Suffice it to say, going into this demo I had very little faith this would be good.

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To start there is a new mechanic, that admittedly I thought I would hate. You can basically slow down time or power up your weapon for a short period at the push of a button. I found the time slow more useful but the ability to hit a little harder when needed was nice. The L2 and R2 buttons on PS4 were my favorite add-on with being able to switch between robot powers at the push of a button. They have really streamlined many things in Mega Man 11, for example the triangle button just calls down Rush Coil for you. Now I know many things aren’t exactly new, but they function better than ever and are far more useful than ever before.

Graphically the game is beautiful but a bit cartoonish. I don’t mind this at all but I can see a few people being bothered by this. The sound is great as well but honestly all of this means nothing if that great Mega Man feeling isn’t there. I am happy to say by the way, it is. Less cheap deaths than the old days, but they are still there. You will be jumping and sliding through boards, shooting new and classic enemies. Honestly this is shaping up to be the best Mega Man game in years. Don’t believe me? Give it a shot yourself. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

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V Rally 4 Review PS4

As always first thing I would like to do is give a quick thanks to Maximum Games for the review copy of the game. It is always nice to work with them and be given the chance to try their games out.

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V Rally 4 is obviously a rally racing game, in case the cars and title were not a very good hint. The game is developed by Kylotonn and published by Bigbenn interactive. The game however is a bit more than a standard racing game, it is actually almost like a racing simulator. We will get more into that later.

First and foremost, the game is beautiful. I love driving around and just enjoying the views or watching the water fly up as I hit the water while speeding around the track. The dirt kicking up and sticking to the car is a sight to see. My only real complaint is simply a personal complaint is I would have liked a little more detail to the car when I damage it. This is honestly just a personal preference, the damage that shows does look good, I just would like a little more variety to it.

The sound, this is great to me. The engines sound fierce and fast, the skidding sounds dangerous its just very well done. There isn’t a lot for me to say with the sound, it’s there, it does its job, and I have no issues with it, just superbly done.

The race types are also nice, obviously you have your V-Rally mode which is simply a career mode, and this is really the first mode you should play. This has a short tutorial mode to get you started. It will show you about controlling your car and how some of the race types actually work. After V-Rally we have quick race where you can, as stated, quickly access all the race types and tracks the game has to offer. There are 5 different types to choose from my favorite being Extreame-Khana which is basically a race set on what is almost an obstacle course with jumps and such.

No game however is perfect and V-Rally is no exception. While the game has no major bugs or glitches during my time this is a racing game for racing fans and most notably for rally fans. If you are looking for a more arcade experience with flipping cars or cars that are unrealistically easy to control, this is not the game for you. I often found myself struggling to do things simply because of this. I am not a racing fan, and the ones I have been good at are that less realistic type or the NASCAR games where you simply drive as fast as you can. This strategy will not work here. You need to know how these cars handle and the best time to drive fast, when to slow down and the proper way to take turns. You will also need to listen to your co-pilot on rally tracks or you will end up losing precious time.

I should also point out that this game has something most games don’t have, split screen co-op. It is a lot of fun and functions great, me and @torstenvblog spent some time with that and had a blast. He also played the career mode a bit, he cost me more money in repairs than we made finishing the races.

Now for the reason you are all here, a score and a recommendation. Well for a recommendation, absolutely. Fans of this type of racing should not hesitate. The game is beautiful, the game has no glitches or glaring flaws. It isn’t overflowing with tracks but it has enough to keep you going and interested. That being said, the casual race fans will want to wait for a sale and people looking to get into race games will want to rent this because it is made for the more hardcore fans of the genre. I will happily give this game an 8.5/10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

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Planetside 2 (PS4)

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So me and @torstenvblog have been trying to find a game to play recently, and with Dead by Daylight being free this month on PSN we started there, and well you can read to see how that went. We then said let’s try Planetside 2, which me and Torsten actually have conflicting opinions on. See he hates it and used some, colorful, terms to describe it. Full disclosure he died, a lot and often.

On the other hand there is me, I also died quite a bit to be 100% honest but unlike him I got better as time went on. The game has some huge maps, that for a free game look pretty damn good. Admittedly Warframe is still the pinnacle of free games in my opinion, in case you are looking for a bench mark. Planetside 2 also comes nowhere near that mark. The looks and sounds however are nothing to sneeze at however.

The controls function just fine as well, and in out time playing I never really had any issues that I would consider game breaking or even annoying. The layout is pretty standard, so really its hard to mess up and the aiming speed is always going to be subjective to how goo or bad it is, so tasters choice there.

The game however isn’t great and suffers from some flaws. First, it gives you no real guidance on what you should be doing. You pick a faction, but it doesn’t really tell you anything about them. I googled them prior which seems to be your only option. The game then tosses you right in with no explanation on how to even get into battle or how to really even find one. I wouldn’t call it hard to figure out, but I’ve been paying games longer than many of my readers have been alive and I mean that in a very literal way. One of my first memories is of sitting with my dad playing asteroids on Intellivision and thinking the NES was the greatest thing to ever be invented because the graphics were amazing. @torstenvblog was a bit more confused than I was, he is also a bit younger and a bit less experienced. To say its a huge problem would be an exaggeration, to say it is not a problem or could not be a problem would be a lie.

The game however with some practice and time is quite a bit of fun. I found myself using a jet pack to maneuver up a mountain to sneak around the side of a base to take a location or fighting with 5 or 6 other guys up a mountain path trying to push our way to a building wishing our idiot air support would fly over and hit something. There are long bouts of nothingness on huge maps followed by intense moments of fighting and that is where the game is very hit or miss. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Mysteries of the internet: the “I feel fantastic” video —

One of the first creepy mysteries I came across on YouTube was “I feel fantastic”. It’s a pretty old video but I wanted to talk about it because it holds a special place in my memories.

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@torstenvblog Showed me this years ago, I forgot this was a thing until now lol

Resident Evil 2 Remake

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This is one of those series me and @torstenvblog disagree one. We both agree the stories are great and the series iconic, but we have had more than one argument over this aspect. The early games in the series actually sucked. There are 2 viewpoints on this one, those that know they sucked, and those that are wrong. Don’t get me wrong, the stories were great and the defined a genre, but the controls even at the time were garbage. The visuals were never that good and don’t even get me started on how nonsensical the puzzles were. You trekked all over the damn mansion, or in the case of 2 the police station, doing stuff like finding lighters or arrow heads in places they would never be to solve puzzles in places that made no sense that nobody in their right mind would have figured out. It’s why the first play though of the games took 20 hours and the 2nd took 3.

So why did everyone put up with it and have such fine memories of it? Well honestly they were freaky as hell and the stories were absolutely amazing. We all wanted to see what the hell Umbrella corp was going to do next. So when this rumor started years ago and was confirmed we all got excited. Except @torstenvblog because he is a purist and got all pissy about them changing the game play. Then E3 happened, and now even he knows this is about to be amazing. So I shall leave the video below, let me know what you think and if you fall into the group that is right or wrong. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Pokemon for the Switch, Officially.

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Yea that headline is real. Look there is even a video, from Nintendo, released tonight. I never write at night last-minute. @torstenvblog does blogs at night. But here it I am, taking time away from drinking..I mean away from the kids.

Yea that is how important this news it, it could not wait until morning. We are getting a Pokemon game on consoles November 16th…2018 and a special Pokemon is coming with it, Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

A quick Update

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Hey everyone, as time goes by and we get new followers for the blog and every where else you are coming here from whether it be Twitter or Pinterest I figured I would make a quick post to not only thank you all for following us and making the last almost year more successful than I thought this would be, but toss everything into one spot so you can find us where ever it is you happen to do your time on the internet, so if you want to follow me or @torstenvblog on Twitter or our Facebook page you can or even my twitch page or just buy a T-shit or coffee mug ( yea you can do that) it will all be easy to find. Best wishes, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

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