Posts Tagged ‘RPG’

First, let me just state that this IS an RPG. It’s not an open-world crime saga like the GTA series. The screenshots and the videos might lead you to that assumption, but the fact of the matter is that this game has more in common with Final Fantasy than it does Grand Theft Auto.

This is a prequel game, so it takes place before all the other Yakuza games, which makes this a perfect jumping on point if you are new to the series. One thing that should be noted however (particularly if you are new to the series), there is no English audio in the game! Everything is spoken in Japanese, but it does have English subtitles.

The lack of English audio in the series has always been a love/hate relationship. On one hand, I enjoy hearing how the actors and game designers intended for the game to sound and it also adds more authenticity to the game. On the other hand, sometimes the subtitles go by so quick I miss what was being said(I’m not a speed reader, plus when i hear speaking, i get distracted from reading). On top of that, there are times when you need to read what’s being said while you are moving or performing activities which can be distracting(Like texting and walking, or texting and driving).

The graphics are fairly nice, though not as good as would be expected for a PS4 title. In fact, it looks like it could possibly run on a PS3 just fine.

Lastly, there’s no AutoSave feature(The game is very old school. It’s gameplay is deeply rooted in it’s PS2 heritage, and SEGA never never really updated the games mechanics and features. If it’s not broken, why fix it?) so you have to manually save at telephone booths scattered around the game map(They show up as S icons on your minimap) old school gamers may love this feature, other gamers might find it a bit of a headache..I personally have a slight issue with it! See, the game has a good number of random encounters, as well as long bouts of cut scenes. This means that if you are midway through a plot zone/ dungeon or whatever. You have to finish it before you can save your game! This could take awhile, and let’s be honest! Somethings require immediate attention! So, you might be forced to just shut it off and lose what progress you made, because there’s no payphone access to you, but hey! It beats writing down save passwords I guess, am I right?

On a side note, you could always just pause the game and put your PS4 into rest mode. Of course this “Method” isn’t ideal since if you lose power or the system somehow gets unplugged you lose progress. but it beats a 100% chance of losing progress by just quitting where you are.

I am a huge Mass Effect fan! So, I was really looking forward to this game! I preordered it and anxiously waited for it to finally arrive at my door! When it finally did I dropped playing whatever it was that I was currently playing and stuck that bad boy into my PS4!

I’ll be honest! When I first began playing, I was incredibly disappointed! The character customization tools sucked! No matter how much time you invested into it, your character always looked like rubbish! Which is a shame, because the original trilogy had some incredibly fantastic customization tools, and you could make your character look EXACTLY how you envisioned him! In fact, many people made their character resemble celebrities because you could make your character look like anyone!

As if the poor customization wasn’t bad enough; the game was chock full of bugs! It had characters who were stuck in their default poser/modeling software pose, it had characters continue walking around during conversations, It had characters you couldn’t talk to unless you left and came back, it had freezing load screens and it even had characters animations freeze during conversations(But their omni-tool or weapons continued to move with the animation). Heck! One time, it even had one of my companions duplicate on board my ship! So, I had 2 Krogan sitting around in his room!

All in all though? While insanely buggy the game wasn’t “Broken”. Your progress could be hindered, but there are ways around these glitches..so nothing that I have encountered will prevent you from completing the game. Also, there has been at least 1 patch since I started playing. So, it’s very possible that some of these bugs have been patched up.

Bugs, and poor customization aside how is the game though? It’s actually pretty good! It starts off extremely slow, and a number of the planets you visit are annoying but the story is solid and enjoyable! There’s also plenty of side-quests to engage in, that will give you plenty to do aside from the main quest. I have spent countless hours in this game…and there’s still tons to do!

Bottom Line: The game could use a number of patches, and some polishing, but the gameplay its self and story are incredible! I believe the second Mass Effect is the best one in the original trilogy and this title? It is a close second! I highly recommend it to fans of the Mass Effect series, and fans of RPGs in general! Just be aware that there are annoying game glitches(and I can’t stress this enough…Ugly game characters)!

Horizon: Zero Dawn is a PS4 exclusive title that I very nearly skipped over! Sure, early trailers looked good, but let’s be honest here! Don’t most early trailers look much better than the final product? So, yeah, it looked good but the story as best as I could tell seemed to be lacking! Cavemen fighting dinosaur Robots just didn’t really appeal to me!

Anyway, I went ahead and picked it up. Turns out, that I am very glad I did! The game is amazing, and nothing like I expected it to be! I’ll try to explain the game in the best spoiler-free way possible!

First I want to make this clear! This game IS an action RPG! It’s not a third person shooter with RPG elements! It’s a massive game world, with towns, and experience points, and levels, and dungeons and tons of quests and even a Crafting system! I do admit that the crafting system leaves a lot to be desired, but it does what it needs to and keeps the game simple enough so that you aren’t completely lost if you come back to the game after taking a break from playing it.

The game takes place in the future, sometime after our downfall! Humanity has begun recovering and has become a primitive world filled with many tribal societies. Our cities have become ruins, and our everyday items are now ancient relics! Oh yeah, and apparently machines we left behind now prowl the world like savage wild creatures!

You play a young strong woman (Her age or Gender doesn’t really matter to me, but there are people out there who only play games with strong female lead characters..and other people who won’t play a game if the lead character is female….why? Because both groups are stupid…this info is provided for the stupid people who only care about that) who has grown up as an outcast from a tribe. She heads out into the world on a quest for redemption and self-discovery..and along the way she meets new people, helps those in needs, and fights a ton of crazy robot creatures!

Throughout the game, you will even be presented with moral choices that help shape your vision of the character…Is she a scrapper, a thinker or a pacifist? It all depends on how you play her! Basically, the game is a cross between several different games! It is a strong story and RPG world like Witcher 3, with some climbing and stealth elements that are similar to Assassin’s Creed and a hunting/crafting system that is very similar to FarCry! So, if you ever wondered what the love child of Witcher 3, Assasin’s Creed and FarCry 4 would be like? The answer is Horizon: Zero Dawn!

Long story short, it’s definitely one of the best games on the PS4 and is a must own title! Would I label it as a system seller? I would say it was! It’s good enough to make someone consider buying a PS4!

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No man’s sky is now available for the PS4, and I have to admit it is everything I had hoped that it would be. However I do admit, when I first booted up the game, I was very frustrated! The game doesn’t really provide you much of a tutorial. You are just tossed onto an alien planet with a broken down star jalopy and told to fix your ship!

After you muck around on the planet, you do start to get an understanding of the game, and what seems like an impossible task becomes much easier. The main challenge is figuring out where you get the materials needed to repair your damaged parts!

Your challenges might be different, though, luckily I spawned on a very lovely planet. It was filled with plenty of flora and fauna and had a nice blue sky. It was basically like earth! You know, aside from the lack of humans! I named the world “New Eden” because I lack creativity! I have heard of some people spawning on toxic worlds, which I imagine might up the difficulty meter just a tad! Good luck if you find yourselves in that situation my fellow intrepid galactic explorer!

As I said, I find the game incredibly enjoyable and have spent several hours already exploring worlds and moons scattered across a few different star systems! I can see myself enjoying this game for several more hours too! However, I can also see me growing quite bored with the game after awhile as well! I know! Bored? Well, yes! The game looks like it could get boring! There’s just not a whole lot of variety really. I mean, sure! There’re billions upon billions of planets to explore, but after a bit, they do start to look repetitive. This applies to both the fauna and flora as well! You might come across something that looks like a rhino, then something that looks exactly like the rhino, except it’s smaller. Then something that looks like the rhino, except it has a different head, or it’s a different color.

All that aside, you will most likely get at least 10 hours of enjoyment out of the game, and honestly, that seems to be a good chunk of game time! I have played other games that are so much shorter, and less replay value than this! Overall? I would say No man’s sky is well worth your $60 bucks! Unfortunately, if you are a PC gamer(You know, ‘The Master Race’) you have to wait a couple more extra days to play. It releases on PC on the 12th, and will be available on both Steam as well as GOG!

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, you have no doubt at the very least heard whispering about an upcoming game called “Tom Clancy’s: The Division“. Just in case you actually have been living under a rock (In which case, I am really sorry..that was a poor taste joke!) let me give you the brief run down! The Division is is a Massively Multiplayer 3rd person cover based shooter with RPG elements. The game is released from Ubisoft, under their Tom Clancy brand, and is one of the most highly anticipated game releases of 2016. It’s being released on multiple formats including PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Personally I picked it up on PS4, because I prefer playing certain games on a console(3rd person shooters being one of them). Some things to be aware of though, the PC version of the game requires a beast of a computer. If you aren’t sure if your system could handle it, you could always check on Can YOU run it and see what it says, though to be fair CYRI isn’t always very accurate. According to it, my computer can’t play Rise of the Tomb Raider, but not only can I play it, but I run it on the highest graphic setting.

You play a character who is basically a sleeper agent who is activated when a major attack happens on New York. You run through a very detailed recreation of New York City, and help people when you can. This help comes in the forms of missions where you rescue hostages, reclaim food and aid drops that have been stolen by gangs, protecting the people from riots, or even just giving them food/water/first aid kits when a person approaches you on the street randomly and asks for aid.

Along the way you can craft, buy and find better equipment or cosmetic items to help you customize your look so that you stand out from the rest of the playerbase. These items really are important too if you don’t want to look like every other agent in the field, because unfortunately there aren’t very many options while creating your character(At least for males, i haven’t tried female character creation, because I’m a male)..So, there’s a good chance you are going to bump into people who look a lot like you…that’s when the cosmetic items come in handy!

You begin the game in Brooklyn, which serves as a tutorial area of sorts. Once you secure/stabilize that area you are sent off to a more dangerous location..Manhattan! That’s where the game actually begins. It’s also the area that people involved in the open and closed beta tests experienced, so it’s at this point when the game might get boring for some, since they have already experienced a good portion of this early content.

The game seems to be, at least at these early levels, very solo friendly. In fact, your game world is mostly instanced, and you are alone on the city streets unless you group up with someone. There are public hub zones where you can meet up with other agents, and especially right now, finding groups is extremely easy. While the game can be done solo, there are certain main missions that are very difficult, and are much easier with a group.

Aside from the Main Mission the game seems to be packed with content, tons of side missions and encounters. basically enough to keep you constantly busy. The side missions are also very important! If you skip them, and just focus on the story missions you are going to have some problems. You do need to level up, you also need to bulk up your wallet so you can buy new gear, or at the very least find new gear so you live longer in the next portion of the story mission.

The game also does have some PvP, but I haven’t really focused much on it, I just dabbled here and there. PvP seems to take place in an area called the Dark Zone(Which incidentally is also where most of the best loot can be found. So, if you want the best equipment, you are going to have to brave that area eventually. Though I would recommend going with friends, people you can trust, cause the agents there looking to swipe your newly acquired loot? Odds are, they are working in groups too.

The voice acting is fairly good, though your character is your standard MMO “Strong Silent Type”, but the people you interact with do a fairly decent job of acting out their roles. This includes not just the main Characters, but also the quest givers and even the people on the side of the road just talking. Everyone does a great job, and I find that really impressive.

The gameplay is pretty much your typical 3rd person shooter. You take cover behind a wall or a car, pop out and fire off a few bursts of bullets at your enemies, duck back into cover and reload. Maybe toss out a grenade to spice things up on your enemies, especially when they are either clumped all together or dug in really good and you can’t seem to hit anyone with your spray of bullets. Basically if you have played a 3rd person shooter, you will get the hang of the play mechanics quite quickly. This is good, since it doesn’t have a huge learning curve. You won’t find yourself keeling over dead at every turn of the corner due to an allergic reaction to bullets.

The story is overall pretty decent! I don’t want to delve to much into it, so as to spoil it. However what I can say, is that it seems to be a pretty solid storyline. At least so far. Things might get weird and crazy and boring as the game progresses, but for the moment it’s got a good solid plot.

In fact, my only complaint is the name. Not so much the name I guess, but the brand. It’s branded under the Tom Clancy label, which I don’t really get. The game isn’t based on any existing Clancy book or story, and it isn’t even set in the Tom Clancy Universe. So, basically it isn’t canon to anything released with the name Tom Clancy on it. So, why bother with the brand? If it’s not set in the Clancyverse, and in fact has no connection to anything written by Tom Clancy, why does it have his brand? I’m sure there is a reason, I just don’t know it.

When all is said and done I believe the game is pretty great! I would totally recommend this game to anyone who loves MMOs or third person shooters in general.

Overall Score: 9/10

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Silver Creek Falls Chapter 1 is an RPGmaker title that serves as the first chapter/teaser for an ongoing game. It is available on Steam and is a free chapter. One thing to keep in mind, is this is an RPGMaker game, so expect your standard birds eye view, cutesy 16 bit style anime graphics and over sized headed characters. If you enjoy those aspects then yer set! Otherwise beware!

The game so far has been getting rave user reviews, however I am mildly disappointed..and I will tell you why!

First, the game has no guidance. While playing the game I first investigated 1 of the 3 crime scenes. After looking around a bit, it didn’t tell me what else to do. The car wasn’t allowing me to enter it. So, I remembered a sentence used by the deputy that neighbors had called the police the night of the murder. So, I assumed I would check in with the neighbors!

None of the neighbor doors were interactive so i tried the ones across the street. One let me enter, and inside was a tape, that essentially ended day one, and assumed I had visited crime scenes 2 and 3…which I obviously hadn’t! At first I thought “Well, maybe there wasn’t a crime scene 2/3 even though the NPCs were talking about evidence that I hadn’t encountered or seen.” However, when checking the Steam store front page for the game, in the screenshots area are screen captures of 2 crime scenes that I didn’t see. so, it’s a safe assumption that I accidentally skipped them.

The story seems disjointed, however that COULD be because it let’s you skip through a big chunk of the game(Seriously developer, you REALLY need to patch that and change the police station to a separate instance that doesn’t phase in until after certain objectives have been met, or at least add some guidance like “Ok, well….crime scene 2 is north of here, let’s check that out next”.

There is no combat in the game, at least in the chunks that I played, however the type of game isn’t really a combat game. It’s less RPG and more story driven adventure/interactive fiction.

Will I buy any future chapters? Not if this is any indication of what the future chapters will be like. The story seemed interesting, but the skipping two crime scenes thing? That’s a major flaw in my opinion, and is something that SHOULD have been prevented, and could have been with a little extra elbow grease.

Yes, I know it’s free…and for a free game it’s ok(Though annoying), however future chapters will cost $$$ and like I said, if this is the amount of effort the developers are going to put into them as well? I’ll pass.

Pros
  • Interesting Story
  • At least one scene with voice acting.
  • Cute 16-bit graphics
  • It’s free! DUH!
  • Decent controls for a KeyBoard game.
Cons
  • Bugged! Can skip half the game.
  • Bad BAD voice acting. Not sure if sheriff is southern or from new orleans..or somewhere else.
  • No controller support.
  • No way to go full screen(That I saw?)

 

RATING: 3.5/10

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If you have ever played Wolfenstien: The New Order, then you pretty much know what to expect in this game. It’s pretty much just more of the same. However, if you haven’t played it, and are unfamiliar with the story and events of W:TNO, don’t fret because that knowledge isn’t mandatory since this game is a prequel.

The game is a FPS, that takes place during WWII along an alternate timeline, where the Nazis have perfected robotics, cybernetics and weapon-tech. Meaning you will find yourself battling robotic super soldiers, cyborgs and well equipped soldiers eager to tear your head off.

While the game is a FPS, it does have many stealth elements. Sure, you can run in guns blazing and possibly survive. However the safer, and in my opinion way more fulfilling method, is stealthing your way through certain locations. Why blast a heavily armored super soldier when you can sneak through some air ducts and get behind him to shut off his power? Why run through a kennel and battle cyborg dogs when you can sneak up to them while they sleep and silence them quickly?

Basically, the game should appeal to both fans of stealth games, as well as FPS enthusiasts. There’s really a lot to love with this game! Although you should be warned that the game is not without it’s faults, which I will list below! First though,  allow me to tell you what it does well.

Pros
  • Flawless controller support
  • Incredibly long for a 20 dollar game
  • Breathtaking graphics
  • Excellent voice acting
  • Fantastic Storyline
  • Vent Crawling!
  • Good variety of enemies
  • Challenging gameplay with adjustable difficulty levels
Cons
  • No Multi-player
  • Inadequate Tutorial
  • Not much replay value.
  • Occasionally the AI can be a bit dimwitted
  • No manual save

 

RATING: 7/10