Madden 19 – Review

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Our Rating:  Console: 7/10
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Price: $59.99 – $79.99 (Depending on version bought)
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Developer: EA Tiburon
Publisher: EA Sports
Official Website: www.easports.com/madden-nfl
Genres: Sports
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Description:
Madden NFL 19 is an American football sports video game based on the National Football League, developed and published by EA Sports.

Pros:
1: Familiarity: if you had Madden 18, you should be familiar with the setup of everything. They did make a change however to the home screen, which I really like.
2: Clean: As mentioned in the first Pro, they changed up the home screen which really cleaned up the user interface. To me, it makes it easier to navigate to the different areas of the game.
3: Chemistry: They added chemistry to the game, so like a real NFL, it adds a “bonus” to same real team players, such as Balanced Defense, Power Run and many more items for both Offense and Defense.
4: Special Players: I do love having some HoF players on my team as well as some outstanding rookies that were drafted this past year.

Cons:
1: Store: In order to get some nice packs to open, you’re going to have to spend real money, and not just in-game coins. This leaves a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth and scratching my head trying to figure out how to compete. I do understand though that a company is in business to make money.
2: Squad: I really wish that you could squad up with randoms to play in the MUT (Madden Ultimate Team) Squad play. Since I don’t have many friends that have Madden 19, I’m stuck with a part of the game I can’t play.
3: Player Upgrades: I really just wish they would make it easier to upgrade players.
4: Longshot story: So far I’m 70% complete with the Longshot story and to say it is a disappointment, would be an understatement. At least in Madden 18, you could make choices along the way. Two thumbs down for the continuation of this story.

Game-play Features: MUT, Franchise Longshot and Exhibition. I love that they continued the Longshot story. I completed the storyline in Madden 18, and it should be fun to continue the storyline

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Review

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Our Rating:
Console: 7/10 (Based on beta gameplay)
Price: $59.99 – $129.99 (Dependent on Platform and game version)
ESRB Rating: Mature
Developer: Treyarch, Beenox
Publisher: Activision
Genres: First Person Shooter, Battle Royale
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Description:
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a first person shooter. Unlike previous titles in the Call of Duty series, Black Ops 4 is the first entry to not feature a traditional Single Player campaign, and contains only Multiplayer, Zombies and a new Battle Royale mode called Blackout. Now we have only seen a small glimpse at the multiplayer gameplay and the Battle Royale beta will be releasing soon.
Pros
  • Boots on the ground gameplay, Call of Duty has lost a lot of loyal gamers over the year due to jetpacks, exo suits, and a slew of crazy attachments that took away from the original Call of Duty feel.
  • The weapons feel good. From the one LMG we’ve gotten our hands on to the plethora of rifles we saw in the beta, there was not one weapon that felt off balance. We all know that one gun that we say the first time we use it…. Never again.
  • The Maps, the maps are quite large but small enough at the same time to get some good close quarters combat.
  • The classes are extremely well balanced and encourage team play.
Cons
  • The Beta was overly short for the Xbox
  • With only a few options for game modes
  • The reward for getting max level in the beta was one permanent unlock token when the game releases
  • No Single Player Campaign. This is a major let down for me as I always enjoy the call of duty campaigns
Game-play Features:
  • There were several game modes available for play including the new Heist game mode.
  • Classed based game play really forces you to play together with your team if you want to be truly effective, if you do not then when you play a team that is, you’ll be crushed.
  • A truly fluid feel and response from the controls, everything is very responsive and seems polished.

 

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No Man’s Sky Review

No Man’s Sky

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Our Rating:
PC: 7/10
Console: 7/10
Price: $59.99 – $18.99 (Dependent on Platform and game version)
ESRB Rating: Teen
Developer: Hello Games
Publisher: Hello Games
Official Website: https://www.nomanssky.com/
Genres: Open World, Space, Survival, Exploration, Sci-fi
Platforms: PC, XBox, PS4

Description:
“Inspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction,
No Man’s Sky presents you with a galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms,
and constant danger and action.

In No Man’s Sky, every star is the light of a distant sun, each orbited by planets filled
with life, and you can go to any of them you choose. Fly smoothly from deep space to planetary
surfaces, with no loading screens, and no limits. In this infinite procedurally generated universe,
you’ll discover places and creatures that no other players have seen before – and perhaps never will again.”
– {description courtesy of Steam}

Pros
* Unending Gameplay (I already have DAYS invested and have barely scratched the surface)
* Intriguing main story line
* Multiple “Side Story”/Quests/Missions (O SO MANY!)
* Story line/quests are not all necessary to game play
* Play how you want – there are no set “classes”
* Development team continually updating and “issue patching”
* Single or Multiplayer
* Tech and crafting trees are DEEP (with more being added frequently)
* Personalize your Universe (name/re-name planets, bases, solar systems, etc)

Cons
* Unending Gameplay (Yes this is a “con as well” – The hours invested in this game rival those I have spent on Civilization and Minecraft)
* While it is available across multiple platforms – you cannot “play” across platforms
* Planets can seem redundant (until you actually examine each planet – and find out they really aren’t)
* The learning curve is STEEP (at first – it gets better the longer you play)
* PC: This game is definitely designed with “controller in mind” – play with keyboard and mouse is truly cumbersome (at best).
* Price point – for a game that was released years ago for the PS4 – the price point for the PC/XBox is a bit steep. (CAVEAT: This version comes with all the previous expansions – so – there’s that)

Game-play Features:
* Procedurally Generated Open Universe (18 Quintillion planets is the claim!)
* Play as you want – Want to be a smuggler? Do it! Want to be an Explorer? Do it! Want to be a Smuggling Explorer? (You get the picture)
* Have friends jump into your universe (or not). Work together (or separately).
* Play the story line (or don’t) – it is really up to you!

Recommendations: If you were a fan of StarFlight, Elite, Civ, Minecraft – think of all of these rolled into one game (without the Minecraft block graphics). If you enjoyed any (or all) of these games – I highly recommend this game for you.
WARNING: Be prepared to lose hours/days to game play!

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