Black Desert Online – Review

Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online

By: #MCGYaBoiBoots

My Rating:
8/10
Release Date: March 4 2019
Price: $30-$99
ESRB Rating: NR
Developer: Pearl Abyss
Official Website: https://www.blackdesertonline.com/
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Modes: Massive Multiplayer Online RPG

Description: “The Beginning of a Journey/Jordine and the Secret Guards”

“Goma Naru is central city of Trading. Back when ships from Valencia would anchor in Naru, children would greet the merchants and fireworks would light the skies. Goma Naru was a thriving city of sailors and merchants and mercenaries. Little did they know what had just arrived into the harbor.

Could any of these people know about the Elision Stone? It is the mythical stone of the ancient civilization, which had long been hidden due to the dark power, but uncovered by a cult and brought to Goma Naru by ship.

A mysterious black shadowy smoke rose up over the horizon and headed straight for that merchants ship. The Elision Stone exploded in a cataclysmic event, destroying all of the city and everyone in it, wiping it from the face of the world.

In the end there was no one left and that day was long forgotten.”

Pros:

1: A very extensive player system. Crafting, gathering, Hunting. There is always something to do.

2: Every character brings a new angle to the fight – leaving room for the game to be played in different ways on each playthrough.

3. “An open world to explore” – which means very few loading screens. This leads to very little downtime while waiting to load and continue your adventures.

4. Graphics are amazing and very appealing. Makes you want to go and explore, and see what the world truly has to offer.

6.The market system is so immense that there’s always something for everybody at cheap prices.

Cons:

1. It’s another sandbox MMO. Not as point-and-click as most – but it’s still there.

2. The learning curve is drastic when trying to figure things out as a new player.

3. Monsters no longer drop silver when grinding making it harder to maintain a steady money flow. However, aggressive mobs will drop bars.

4. There is a lack of PVE content for players, leaving those that love a story line in the dark.

5. There are no dungeon crawls – making money and grinding the only way to get better gear.

Notes:

Overall, I have enjoyed Black Desert online. The immense and colorful world has made it nearly impossible to put my controller down. I’m still “learning as I go” but the community is actually very helpful when you ask questions.

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APEX – Review

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Apex Legends

My Rating:
7.5/10
Release Date: 4 February 2019
Price: Free
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Official Website: https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends
Genres: first-person shooter, Battle royale
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Modes: Multiplayer

Description:
“A WORLD WHERE ANYTHING GOES
The Frontier War is over. After hundreds of years of conflict between the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation and the Militia founded to fight them, the far-off region of space known as the Frontier can finally know peace.

But liberation can come at a cost: when the IMC and the Militia departed, they took everything of value and left the Frontier worlds in disarray. With no way to support themselves, the people of the Frontier had no choice but to leave their homes. The brave relocated to the Outlands.

A remote cluster of planets on the fringes of the Frontier, the Outlands are untouched by war and teeming with resources and opportunity. But life is cheap here, and danger lurks around every corner. Its pioneers, explorers, and outlaws used to spend their lives locked in an endless power struggle – now, they settle their differences in the Apex Games, a bloodsport where Legends from all corners of the Frontier compete for money, fame, and glory.”

Pros:

1: ‘Reviving’ in this title are two fold. ‘Reviving while down’ gets your teammates quickly back into the fight. BUT – if you cannot get to them right away – due to dodging bullets and dropping bodies – then you can grab their badge, high tail it to a ‘revive point’, and get them on the next dropship back into the fight.

2: Having role based classes, every character brings a new angle to the fight.

Cons:
1: Yet another battle royal game thrown into the mix of an over-saturated market.
2: Currently has no solo or duo modes
3: Weapons leave a lot to be desired. It requires a lot of ammo to kill a person.
4: The armor system is, also, lacking. Example: you can have a full set of purple and you can still get killed by a person that has all white armor and sometimes no armor on.
5: You can’t run and heal. You have to walk. If you start to run while healing it cancels the healing process. Takes way too long to heal.

Notes:

Overall, I have enjoyed Apex. It is a refreshing addition to the battle royal genre. If you play with a group of friends, getting ‘wins’ is fairly easy. However, playing with a group of random players will be a bit of a rough time. Hours of good fun are to be had with Apex.

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Fallout 76 – Review

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Our Rating:
Console: 5.5/10
PC: 5.5/10
Release Date: 14 November 2018
Price: $59.99 – $79.99
ESRB Rating: M (Mature) 17+
Developer: Bethesda Game Studio
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Official Website: https://fallout.bethesda.net/
Genres: First-person/Third Person, Survival, Online, Multiplayer, Open World, RPG
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Description: 
The online prequel to the Fallout series – where every surviving human is a real person. Work together, or not, to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, you’ll experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe.

Reclamation Day, 2102. Twenty-five years after the bombs fall, you and your fellow Vault Dwellers – chosen from the nation’s best and brightest – emerge into post-nuclear America (Applachia, West Virginia). Play solo or join together as you explore, quest, build, and triumph against the wasteland’s greatest threats.

Pros:
1: Multiplayer – with “private servers” expected “shortly”
2: Huge Open World (four times the size of Fallout 4)
3: Revised “SPECIAL” progression system
4: Users can form Teams with their friends to accomplish goals/quests
5: (PC Version) – Mods/Modding will be available “soon”
6: Main quest plus MANY side quests, “daily” quests, and “events”
7: The Bethesda team has been working diligently to give frequent patches to the game to try and fix what players are reporting

Cons:
1: Multiplayer – until such time as the private servers are available, EXPECT “griefing”
2: It can feel “grindy” when running “solo” and trying to build up/accomplish things
3: Not a game I would recommend to someone that hasn’t already played some of the Fallout series – the learning curve can be “steep”
4: “In-game Purchases” – I can see this becoming a cheesy way for Bethesda to bilk players for real world dollars.
5: Very repeatable scenarios that make the game crash.  One of the main quests – “Personal Matters” – is completely broken and prevents players from being able to finish it.

Info/Notes (Pendragon): I have played several hours on both the PC and Xbox versions of the game. Game play, thus far, has been fairly similar – though I like the keyboard/mouse of the PC version over the “controller only” of the Xbox version. It just lends itself to more “control” of my game play. That could “just be me” however – as I am an “old school gamer”. As for the recent “bad press” that this game seems to be drawing – all I can say is I have no issue spending HOURS playing this game. Are there still some glitches? Yes. But, I imagine, folks will be hard pressed to name a newly released game that doesn’t have those at initial release. Bethesda has been “on top” of things – releases maintenance updates regularly since “go live” and I expect that trend to continue.

Side Note: This review took considerable time in being formulated – as many of the Admins wished to weigh in on this particular game.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Review

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Our Rating:
Console: 8.5/10
Release Date: 12 October 2018
Price: $59.99 – $119.99
ESRB Rating: M (Mature) 17+
Developer: Treyarch
Publisher: Activision
Official Websitehttps://www.callofduty.com/blackops4
Genres: First-person shooter, Battle Royale
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Description: “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (stylized as Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII) is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. It was released worldwide on October 12, 2018, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is a sequel to the 2015 game Call of Duty: Black Ops III and is the fifth entry in the Black Ops subseries as well as the 15th main installment in the Call of Duty series overall.” (Quoted from Wikipedia)

Pros:
1: New game mode: Battle Royale. CoD hasn’t seen a Battle Royale, so a new exciting game mode.
2: Maps: familiar maps to gamers that have played Black Ops before
3: Realistic player mechanics
4: Much Improved hit detection when facing an enemy
5: Game is boots on the ground which gamers tend to love.
6: Firearms are sweet. Very crisp and good feel
To them.
7: Characters, each unique character has its own special abilities. So it’s a must to play as a team.
8: Zombies: if you liked zombies in WWII, you’ll love it in BO4.

Cons:
1: Game Mode: seem to be following instead of leading in the Batte Royale mode, but it’s the hottest new thing
2: Maps: recycled maps from previous CoD as already stated. Paying the price you do, it’d be nice to see new maps.
3: Campaign: THERE IS NONE! I’m not real happy about this as I enjoy the campaign mode.
4: If you’re new to Black Ops like myself, other players that have played the maps in previous editions, will have a leg up.
5: Campers: I’ve noticed that there’s a lot more camping going on compared to WWII. Just take your time moving around and you’ll be just fine.

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DayZ – Review

Our Rating:
Console: 6.5/10 (Game Preview like PUBG was)
Release Date: 16 December 2013 (Xbox 29 August 2018)
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Mature 17+
Developer: Bohemia Interactive
Publisher: Bohemia Interactive
Official Website: https://www.dayz.com/
Genres: First Person shooter, Third Person Shooter, Survival
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Description: Post zombie apocalypse where you survive the elements and other players trying to get loot. It’s a pvp and pve game that’ll keep you on your toes.

DayZ:
Pros:
1: If you’ve been playing the PC version of this, you’ll have a leg up on knowing how to play and where to go.
2: Absolutely HUGE map. You can run for awhile and move just to the next biggest town.
3: So much to do and places to go, you can easily sit down and before you know it, a few hours have passed by.
4: Tons of servers to choose from. There are US and European servers you can choose from to play on.

Cons:
1: Very steep learning curve. Since I had never played a game like this before, I had to learn pretty quick, or die from dehydration or lack of food. Which I did the first two times I went into a server.
2: Absolutely HUGE map. I know I put this as a pro as well, but here’s the downside. The map is so large, that if you want to play with a friend, depending on where you’re at and where they’re at, it could take awhile just to meet up.
3: No motorized transportation at this time. The programmers are slowly and surely trying to bring it in line with the PC version, but right now, you have to run wherever you need to go.
4: Since it’s still in game preview like PUBG was, its still a little buggy on some things. I’m assuming these will be cleaned up over the months to come though, since I read today that they’re looking at a Q1 2019 full release of this game.

Game-play Features:
You have a few basic options to run with. You can either be a Bandit (running around and killing other players on sight to loot them), a cannibal (should know what this is), Hero (protecting the newer players or protecting other players from the previously mentioned player styles). There’s also the lone survivor where you’re not a part of any group and just kind of do your own thing (this is where I fall currently).

Biggest thing is a person can make the game play however they like it. It’s just one massive ongoing game. There’s no winning or losing, just surviving! How long can you last?!

(PS, once you die, you start back from the beginning.)

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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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Octopath Traveler – Review

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Octopath Traveler
 
 
Our Rating: 9/10 (*********-)
Price: $59.99
ESRB Rating: Teen
Developer: Square Enix, Acquire
Publisher: Nintendo
Official Website: http://octopathtraveler.nintendo.com
Genres: RPG
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
 
Description:
Octopath Traveler is an RPG where you take control of eight travelers, each with their own story and unique set of skills.
 
Pros:
* Beautiful blend of old (classic 16 bit) and new HD graphics
* Outstanding music that brings life to each environment
* 8 truly unique characters that all seem to feel equally powerful
* Innovative battle system that actually makes turn-based fighting feel new
* Solid game length for the price at about 30 hrs to run though the main story lines
* Large map where you can actually go in any direction right from the start
* Menus are very easy to navigate
 
Cons:
* Not all that challenging ( zero deaths at over 10 hrs)
* Naps are pretty linear without a real sense of exploration
* It’s another Japanese style RPG – I don’t believe this will change your mind if this isn’t your style of game
 
Game-play Features:
* Pick any one of the characters to begin their story and build your party in any order you wish.
* Each traveler has their own strengths and weaknesses that will be useful against the huge variety of enemies.
* Your party will consist of only 4 of the travelers at a time – but you can switch them up at any of the towns.
* Eight stories that each provide a backstory and motivation for each traveler
* Octopath Traveler truly allows you to play in any way and in any direction you choose.
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Creativerse – Review

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Creativerse

Our Rating:
7/10

Price:
Free to play
Pro Version $19.99 (Steam)
Welcome Bundle $9.99 (Steam)

ESRB Rating: Not Officially Rated – Suggest E (Everyone)
Developer: Playful Corp.
Publisher: Playful Corp.
Official Website: http://www.creativerse.com/

Genres: Sandbox, Survival

Platforms: Microsoft Windows / macOS

Description:

Creativerse takes place in a procedurally generated world of blocks where players interact with flora and fauna, craft items, build constructions, and more.

Pros:
* Familiar Gameplay (a la Minecraft)
* Good Graphics
* In-Game purchases (but not necessary to play)
* Huge level of re-playabilty
* Single And Multiplayer

Cons:
* Becoming more “purchase-centric”
* Servers have been laggy of late

Game play features:
* Stake Claims on Public worlds to protect your creations
* Tailor your own world (in-game admin tools)
* Expanding Recipe system
* Customizable Character Models
* “Creativerse Pro” provides 20 extra inventory slots, the ability to create as many worlds as you like, and other perks like a flashlight and glider.

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