Disaster Report 4 Summer Memories (PS4)

As always, a huge shout out to NIS America for hooking me up with a review copy of this one. It is always appreciated and I am very grateful as always. That being said, let’s get this started.

Have you ever wondered how you would react during a major earthquake? With Disaster Report 4 now is your chance to find out. From the very start, you will make a few choices about your character before everything hits the proverbial fan. You will then find yourself outside of a crashed bus with buildings down all around you. This first part will basically introduce you to the game. You will find some people to talk to, maybe help a teacher find some kids or give some directions and avoid some falling debris. I say maybe because with most things in the game you have some options. For example, you can be helpful at one point and get a guy some toilet paper. To do this you will need to run a store for a few minutes to find out where it is. So are you going to be decent and sell it for the price its marked, or jack the price up? Or maybe just go in between and try to pocket some of the money for yourself?

The game does give you moral points for the good and bad you do in the world, so this does put a twist on what you do, but there is a reward for the bad behavior. See things cost money, and you aren’t exactly a rich person. The game does a great job of making things feel pretty broken and run down. From aftershocks randomly shaking around to buildings falling over, which by the way they can kill you. There are even fires everywhere and cars busted and burning.

The game is beautifully crafted and the music and sound make the setting very well done tho my biggest complaint is simple. Its voice acting is all in its native language. Normally this doesn’t bother me, but it seemed particularly distracting here and really took me out of feeling like part of the world I was in. This is obviously just a personal preference, and I never came across any glitches or issues with the control. The only other issue for me was the lack of anything to really do besides talking to people and wandering around.  The game was interesting it just wasn’t my cup of tea so to speak. I personally did not enjoy it much, but I wouldn’t advise against it if you enjoy this time of game or even the concept. It is a solid 7/10, it isn’t for me but there are definitely people out there that will love it. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Breeder Homegrown (PS4 Review)

First, as always, a big shout out to the guys and gals over at Sometimes You for hooking me up with a review copy to this horror game. It isn’t fancy and didn’t have a huge budget but you can tell it was a labor of love.

The games concept is pretty cool, you play as an old man that is remembering his childhood that was tormented, just like the rest of his family, by a mysterious being. There are a few puzzles to sort out but nothing all that major.

Now, to be honest, the only reason to buy this game is an easy platinum trophy. The game is short and none of them are hard to get. The game itself while having a great concept just wasn’t very fun to me or even good. The writing was cringe at times (come on guys nobody calls their stepmother “stepmother Jane” or “Stepmother Cindy” every time they speak to them. the sounds left much to be desired as well. I won’t mention the graphics because honestly, that is subjective. For example, I rather enjoy the RPG Maker graphics.

This game, however, isn’t one I can recommend outside of for trophy hunters. This is the lowest score I have given a game, but 3/10 and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Two Point Hospital Review (PS4)

As always, I would like to thank the ladies over at Clever Communications and the fine folks of Two Point Productions, Bullfrog Productions and Sega and Electronic Arts for this review copy. This one is special to me for a lot of reasons, and I will tell you why before we get started. As a kid, there was a thing called Sega Channel. One of the games I played was a game called Theme Park, and this introduced me to a whole new genre of game. I fell in love with it and played it for days. Eventually, I played a game called Theme Hospital for the original Playstation. I loved that game, and my mother would watch me play for hours. So all these years later for them to make Two Point Hospital, and be chosen to review it, is amazing to me and something if you told me back in 1997 would happen, I would never have believed you.

Let’s start with the bad. As of right now, there is no sandbox mode. This for me was really bad because they did include both the Bigfoot and Pebberly Island DLC. They also did not include the Superbug Initiative. These weren’t oversights however but choices made and they will be added as free updates around the end of March 2020 across all platforms. I just wish they were there from the start. View the video below to see more about the Superbug Initiative.

 

Another couple of bad things I noticed were at times placing items is a bit weird, you should have the space to fit them but because of how the curser works you just don’t really have the ability to get into the tight spot to place it. This is, of course, normal on a console. Killing the bugs in your hospital is also rather a pain for much the same reason.

That isn’t to say the controls are bad, they aren’t. That is a general flaw with all the games of the genre. The controls for  Two Point Hospital are actually quite well done. They are smooth and function well and the graphics are downright beautiful. I love watching the people with the Mock Star illness just dance around the hospital or seeing people with lightheadedness walk around with their lightbulb heads. Seeing them get screwed off and fixed is always fun.

Building rooms is always easy, it is a simple matter of holding a button, spreading out where you want it then picking where items go. It is also super easy to simply copy a room if you need a 2nd room. This is important to me because it shouldn’t be a hassle to build multiple GP offices for example.

The sound is also great, my favorite part is listening to random announcements from reception. For example, if the hospital is dirty she will apologize about the litter the patients dropped on our floor, and if the hospital is haunted she will tell people not to feed the ghost since they are already dead.

Everything about this game is designed to be humorous and it succeeds easily. The best part about this is while it is clearly a spiritual successor to Theme Hospital there are many things different and improved on. I am hoping this is the first of many Theme games in this universe, and this one is a must buy. I don’t believe in perfect scores and will probably never give one out, but if a game ever came close that I’ve reviewed this is it. easily a 9/10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Langrisser 1&2 Review (PS4)

As always, first and foremost, thank you, everyone, over at NIS America for hooking me up with a review copy of these games. I say games because while you buy them together they are two games in the same series.

First I will get the stories out of the way. In Langrisser 1 you play as Prince Ledin. After your home country is attacked you set out to retrieve the sword that was stolen and you are bound to protect as it can be used to unseal the forces of darkness.

In Langrisser 2, you play as Elwin, a man trapped between two warring factions and it will be your job to figure out the best way to bring peace to the world.

The games themselves play basically the same way. They are strategy RPG’s from the bygone era when the likes of Shining Force and such were just getting started. You move your characters across the map and different characters are better against other unit types. Enemy charging you with horses? Defend yourself with spearmen. Counter spearmen with regular infantry or take down those pesky flying enemies with bowmen. Is it better to take down individual soldiers one at a time or to aim for enemy commanders so the whole squad retreats? These are all choices you will have to make in each battle and those choices I never got tired of making.

This game has seen many upgrades from the original version from sound to visuals and even new characters. This helps when you are trying to see the over 20 endings both games offer and well over 500 outcomes for each character. The games have great replay value and as a fan of old fashioned RPG’s like this, and someone that missed the original release I truly appreciate the ability to bounce between the remastered and original art styles. This is one of those series I didn’t know I missed or wanted until now, and I am happy I found out. The game is beautiful, the sound is great and any fan of the genre should pick it up. 9/10 from me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Ultimate Edition (PS4) Review

Before we get this one started, as always, I want to take a minute to thank that guys and gals over at Plan of Attack, Obsidian Entertainment, and Red Cerberus a huge thank you for the review code so we could play what I can only describe as a masterpiece of its genre. It is truly an honor to be chosen to play a game to review, and while I fully plan to bash this one a bit, it deserves plenty of praise as well.

First the story. I will start by saying you do not HAVE to play POE1 to enjoy POE2, it is however very helpful. Depending on what choices you make there are returning characters and they will make comments and mention of the last game as you return to the role of the Watcher and Eothas awakens from under your home at Caed Nua.

Eothas is a god, and a god that decides people need to die, and your soul, at least in part, belongs to him. Now why this occurs I won’t be talking about, you will have to chase him down across the world of to find that out yourself, which leads to what I believe is the best addition to the series, your boat.

The boat works as your main form of transportation around the Deadfire Islands, and you can not have a game with islands and boats without pirates. What do pirates do? They attack ships.

download

Ship fights require you to have a crew, cannons and so much more. The better the crew, the better your ship will operate. Have a big ship and a skeleton crew? Things won’t go so well. Have a well-trained crew with plenty of cannons and food but forgot to buy cannonballs? You are still in trouble. You will always need to make sure there is food and shot for everyone to avoid a mutiny, and if things go bad, prepare to be boarded. This all works both ways tho, and you should feel free to do the same to anyone silly enough to annoy you.

The battle system is also a strong point in this game if you like Isometric style RPG’s. From the start, you have two options, real-time with pause where the action is always going and you can pause it when you need a second to make some choices. The other choice (and the way I played it most of the time) Turn-based. This was added in the 5.0 PC version and will be familiar to those that play Xcom 2. Regardless of how you choose to play it, you will never be at a loss for strategy and things to kill. On the lower difficulties, you can make a mistake here or there and be fine but at the higher ones, the small mistakes mean certain death.

Speaking difficulty there is truly something for everyone. If you don’t have a lot of time but love the story, there is a difficulty for that. Do you want to go all out and see if you can survive the hardest challenges possible undefeated? They got you covered.

Now earlier I did say I would bash the game a little, and here are the bad points. Nothing was a deal-breaker for me, but there were a few things that got to be pretty bad at times. For example a few times I got stuck on what seemed like absolutely nothing and couldn’t move my character. This was easy enough to solve by switching characters and letting the stuck character come over to me on his own. I will also note there was a patch while I was playing that may have patched that out since it hasn’t happened since, but be aware it did occur.

Another thing that got to me was the occasional frame rate drops and slowdowns. At no point did they affect gameplay, they just exist and bother some people more than others. For me, I don’t care if they don’t last more than a second or two and these didn’t. My last complaint is my biggest tho. Even on a PS4 Pro, this game has some significant load times. They are far from the worst I have run into, but when you have to sit through a few in a row it gets to a guy.

Bottom line tho when push comes to shove, this is early 2020 PS4 game of the year candidate for me. The game is beautiful, the story and world are well crafted and the sound and voice acting is top-notch. 9/10 must-play for RPG fans.

Donut County (PS4)

Donut County is an odd game. It is the story of a racooon and his donut shop. And when some orders a donut from his shop they get, well a literal hole. You control this hole.

The hole starts rather small, and as you small small objects like rocks or small lizards the hole gets bigger. As it gets bigger you can swallow up bigger objects and eventually buildings.

There is actually a story about how Racoon just wants to score points to get a quadcoptet and how there is a king racoon that wants there to be more garbage and such, as always I won’t spoil it.

The game controls well and while it isn’t at all hard it is entertaining. And for you trophy hunters you can get a platinum in about 3 hours. The game is also pretty cheap so I see no reason why you shouldn’t give it a go. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

DragonBall FighterZ

DragonBall FighterZ is the DBZ fighting game people wanted for years and never truly got. This beautiful 2D fighter quickly became loved by people that grew tired of Marvel vs Capcom or simply love fighting games and wanted something new to sink their teeth into. The graphics are beautiful and the sounds are outstanding. The character selection starting out was nice and has been expanded nicely since launch.

There is also no shortage of things to do in the game itself with online and offline fighting modes, things to collect and even modes to simply watch. There is not a lot to say here, if you are a DBZ fan or a fan of fighting games, it is worth picking up. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.