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.

Black Christmas (2019 Review)

I don’t often do this, but lately, I was hanging out with @torstenvblog watching movies and we decided to check out Black Christmas. It is a Blumhouse movie ( I know first red flag) by Sophia Takal. Sophia has made other movies like Always Shine and V/H/S, movies I’ve heard are solid and respectable movies on their in their own right. Based on this movie, however, I have no intention of ever fucking watching them.

Yes, I am about to trash this movie from here on after I say this. The actors did everything they could to save what was basically a dumpster fire that had no real chance of ever being good. The movie starts with poor Linsday leaving the library and being followed by some guy on his cell phone made out to be a total creep that magically has her phone number. It is a horror movie I get it. Get used to this though. If you see a guy in this movie, he is an evil rapist. This isn’t a joke. On some level, he is the bad guy unless he is an extra in the background. Lindy girl is now dead when the real killer turns her into a snow angel.

Get used to this too, every woman in this movie is basically a total moron except the main character. Nobody is going to believe her to listen to her about almost anything.

This is basically the last we will discuss on Linsday. This isn’t my choice, go talk to Sophia about that shit, she wrote and directed this. They will mention her towards the end but basically, everyone is happy to accept that she called her friends right before being murdered, never made it home to her family and nobody was found. She is just gone. This happens more than once.

The movie is full of weird plot holes like this, but they are not even the worst part. Every guy in the movie is made out to be a rapist (one actually is and his death is the most satisfying part of the movie) and every girl (I say this to point out when called girls one always shouts out woman) is a huge stereotype. For example, the “SUPER woke” black woman running around having statues torn down of white slave owner racist and trying to get the teacher fired for teaching English literature but not having enough women or people of color on the class syllabus. That is however basically all she does, besides badger the chick that got raped that it’s been like two years and she needs to rebuild herself already.

The ending is even more insulting because it turns out the killings were all a cult. Basically a cult of “alpha” men controlled by a statue that brings out the real tendency of men. A weak and submissive woman that knows her place would steal items so these men would know which women were causing problems and kill them. And even the two men in the movie decent guys suddenly became violent abusers that attacked women as inferior.

This movie insulted basically all of humankind, and the worst part is the movie SHOULD have been really good. The pieces were there, the concept of a cult that can make horrible men become their true selves was good, and that it could be used to help control already weak-willed women to help scum like that could have been great. Instead, we ended up with a movie that damn near offended me, and I don’t think I’ve ever been offended by anything in my life. Not only was this movie not good, but it also shouldn’t be watched by anyone with class or taste. Best wishes and may the gaming gods have mercy on our souls.

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.

Panorama Cotton PS4 Review

As always with these things, a huge shout out to the people at ININ games for tossing me a copy of this one. It is always appreciated.

Panorama Cotton is essentially an emulation of the original Sega Master system version we never got in the west. It also happens to be the only one that isn’t a side scrolling shooter. This has more of the Space Harrier front view.

Graphically the game has some nice graphics and sound that aged pretty well and it does come with some nice bells and whistles such as some cheat codes and such.

This was honestly one of those games that I had never heard of and didn’t really have high hopes for but since it came from ININ games I wanted to give it a chance. The game will satisfy that need for nostalgia without breaking the bank, something ININ games does amazing at. A solid 7/10. 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.

Xuan Yuan Sword 7 (Xbox Series X/S review)

Ok guys let’s get my traditional thank you to the guys and gals over at Plan of Attack and Softstar for hooking me up with a review copy of this one. I had never even heard of this series until recently as this is the first one to come west, and now that I have played it, I can understand why.

I don’t mean that last sentence as an insult, this game is beautiful with a capital B. The game takes place about 2000 years ago in China, and the attention to detail is fantastic. There are huts with little shrines outside and bamboo writings and such on walls and the clothes people wear just match what you think the time would have.

The sound and music also do not disappoint, each song in the game is put there specifically to make you feel like you are in danger, or in a mythical holy place. I loved the atmosphere of the places I visited.

The combat? Honestly I can not praise the combat enough, it is fluid and delightful to play. You are blocking and stabbing and there are executions, it is just top notch. You can level up your character and the weapons and armor by collecting items that are strewn about the beautiful map that has a good amount of fast travel places on it. Nothing feels forced, even the mini game which I played for hours (I won’t spoil how it works) but you are set the task to find people worthy to play against.

Now you may be wondering why I said I understood why it never came west after I said such great things about it. Honestly as a stand alone title and the 7th in the series, the story leaves very heavily on Chinese culture and lore and right from the very beginning after an intro you will start out as a hunter taking jobs to take care of your sister, and things will go from there as you and and family member fight side by side many times. There was a time when western audiences probably would not have taken the time to play this series, or at the very least companies wouldn’t want to risk that happening.

All that being said, any fan of action RPGs owe it to themselves to give this game a go. I won’t beat around the bush here, it is one of the better games I have played in 2021. 9/10, must play game this year. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.