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.

Kitaria Fables PS4 Review

As always I want to thank the good people over at PQube for passing me a review copy of this one. It is always a pleasure to be chosen to review a game and this is no exception.

Kitaria Fables is almost like Stardew Valley and a hack and slash had a baby. The game starts off with you and your partner trying to find Paw Village. You will kill some slimes, save a kid and end up there just in time for the mayor to give you the usual gift. A dead relatives farm that will keep you in money.

This made very little sense to me since you work for the kingdom however you apparently don’t get paid. So after this you start doing the occasional mission for the townsfolk and the kingdom while running your farm, yes you are a busy kitty. The farming while not on the level of Stardew Valley has its benefits, for example you don’t have to place each individual seed down, you can just hoe a 3X3 grid and toss all 9 down at once. When they mature in a few days (usually 3-5 days) you can use your farming scythe to get all 9 down at once.

You will have to water them and prepare the fields the old fashioned way however until you upgrade your tools. Upgrading your tools is largely done by killing things as you explore. Monsters in certain places will drop certain things that you can save, and certain trees and rocks in town can be broken. They regrow most days but they are also the only ones that can be busted for materials.

This is where the game kind of falls flat for me. Collecting materials is a grind. It can take hours just to get enough materials to upgrade your weapons and armor level enough to compete with the next level of enemies, then the process starts over again. Luckily your skill in combat can make up for much of this.

The story itself is pretty basic and I won’t spoil it for you because it actually is worth playing for. Suffice it to say everything in the kingdom and with your family isn’t what it seems to be and it was nice to actually have a reason for the things going on in these games.

All in all, graphically the game isn’t AAA quality but it does look and sound great and I didn’t run into any major bugs, and I did love my time with the game and I will be pumping more into it. A solid 8/10 from me, best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

 Prinny Presents NIS Classics Vol. 1 Nintendo Switch Review

As always with these thing, my first order of business is to thank the great people at NIS America for once again hooking me up with a review copy of this one. 

  Second this review will be a bit different, The prinny collection is two separate games in one, so I will give a quick run down of each, what I thought of it and give you a score.

 First game on the block is Phantom Brave: the Hermuda Triangle Remastered 

Have a Bunch of New Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle Screens

 Phantom Brave is about Marona and Ash solving issues around the Ivoire Islands. Marone has the ability to summon phantoms to battle enemies, though she has to stick them into trees and bushes or weapons that are laying around. The concept is nice and it makes for some interesting choices to make in combat. Certain allies are better inside of certain objects, for example do you put your healer or mage inside of the bush that will raise their magic abilities?

  Each summon will only last a set amount of turns and when they disappear so will the object they were in, so you can’t summon everything at once the start or else you and Marone are fighting alone, and in a tactical RPG that is pretty much a death sentence.

     There are no major issues within the game such as game breaking bugs but there are some issues. The game looks good, but the options to change the settings don’t always seem to do much which is a bit odd and after the release day update the crashes seem to be gone in my experience but some reviewers report they still exist, so I am very open to the idea that I was simply lucky. I love tactics games but Phantom Brave for me is a miss and with the current issues while absolutely playable, I cant give this more than a 6/10. The music is great but I don’t see the hype for this one.

Next up is Soul Nomad & The World Eaters

  Destructoid review: Soul Nomad and the World Eaters – Destructoid

This game is going to be a weird one for me, because to start I have to say, oof. This game spells the word leader,”leaber” right out the gate. That should tell you the level of we aren’t fixing a damn thing we are looking at here. Even the graphics are pretty much just upscaled and while Phantom Brave is running at or near 6FPS, don’t expect that here.

That being said, I am here for the whole 30 hour ride that it takes to see multiple endings. This game does nothing new at all, but Gig as a villain that lives in your head does not have a care in the world. He has waited 200 years for his chance at freedom and he is happy to insult you for however long it takes for you to let him take your body. And while they could have taken out the fact he calls you and your friend retarded, they didn’t.

This is however at its core, just another tactical RPG similar to Shining Force or Final Fantasy Tactics. Nothing about it reinvents the wheel or even makes it better, and outside of Gig even the characters aren’t special and as far as remasters go this one is lazy. It is a fun play through, but I can’t in good conscience give it more than a 7/10

This will sound weird though, while I did give the games a 6 and 7 I am going to score the actual title itself as an 8 and here is why. For $40 you are still getting two full games in one set, one of which that even if I don’t get it many people love, and it is the definitive edition with Phantom Brave and on PC its $20 anyway. Soul Nomad is also a game many people missed out on playing and in my opinion a 30 hour game that is solid also isn’t a bad deal. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

FORT TRIUMPH PS4 Review

Fort Triumph is a tactical RPG blended with a turn bases strategy almost board game like map that I would like to thank my friends from CookieByte games and Plan of Attack for hooking with a review code for.

Taking many plays from the XCOM play book, the game plays in the usual turn based way. The place this one changes is the world itself not only can be, but is encouraged. Many battles are won and lost on manipulating your enemy behind a tree you can knock over onto them or your mistake of where you stand.

The battle system itself is both fun an intuitive and while it can be harsh at times I never really felt it was unfair or that losing was anything other than me screwing up. You also have the option of turning permadeath on or off, which is great if you want that extra challenge. Even with it off however, if someone does you do essentially have to rehire them.

The story itself is a bit harder to get into as it broken into different campaigns, such as humans or goblins etc. The stories are entertaining and have a nice sense of humor.

The game itself is a lot of fun to play, and it is honestly one of the better games like this I have played on the PS4. There were no graphical issues that I came across, the story made me laugh and the gameplay was challenging but fair. The only issue I really had was there was little to no explanation on how to build up your base or why you should build each building an because of this it was possible to find yourself in weird situations where you would need upgrades that weren’t available to you. This also could be from the fact the world is procedurally generated though. The game is still a great 8/10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods smile upon you.

WitchSpring3 Nintendo Switch Review

Some of you may remember me talking about this RPG from ININ Games and STUDIOARTDINK a couple weeks ago, and once again thank you to them for hooking me up with a copy of this one to review. It was very much one of those games that caught my attention because it just seemed oddly fun, and truthfully it was hit and miss in a lot of areas, but fun was not one of them.

The story was very basic, you played as the name of the game implies, a witch. You are living alone in the forest not far from your grandmother and you are using a magical stone she gave you to attempt to being dolls to life. It isn’t really explained why all that well but it’s basically because as a witch living in the woods you have no friends.

In the true RPG trope, this doesn’t last long as our good witch Eirudy will as you expect meet a human boy that she becomes friends with and their life quickly gets tipped upside because his old man, a rich guy, wants to burn the witch. Ok well they never say burn but he definitely wants them all dead. You get where this is going.

The story is as you would expect and offers nothing new but does it all fairly well. The combat however,also is about what you would expect if I am completely honest with you. You enter battles and as the game progresses you can summon stronger dolls to fight at your side. These dolls can heal you, cast different buffs to up your defense and such or simply smash the enemy. Deciding what to summon and when is a key sort of the strategy and it’s a bit of a grind to level them up.

The fun part for me tho was the training of the witch. See as you complete different side missions and story missions you can go back to your home and train, maybe you want to get stronger and do push ups or cast more spells and study how to make new items all these things increase your stats and by doing this you get to customize the witch how you want her. You can realistically have a witch that is just busting skulls while your friend just flings endless fireballs.

The game is not without it’s issues. For example the characters felt a bit flat and the game itself seemed short, almost like a port of a mobile game and that’s because honestly, it almost is. The game was originally a mobile game but they have substantially upgraded the sound and graphics, and it is the 3rd game in the series but to my knowledge it’s the only one on a console. And true to that mobile beginning you can beat the game in around 15 hours.

Nothing about the game is overtly bad, I honestly found the game fun in its own way but there also isn’t anything I would say hey this is great. It’s worth picking up for some RPG fans,plenty of my friends already have and enjoyed it. They all however also enjoy older RPGs than most newer ones. This game is definitely a solid 7/10 tho, and I enjoyed my time with it. Best wishes and 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.