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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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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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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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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7 Days to Die – Review

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Our Rating:
Console: 8/10
PC: 7/10

Price:
$9 – $29 (depending on platform and point of purchase)

ESRB Rating: Rated “M” (Mature 17+ – Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Violence)

Developer: The Fun Pimps
Publisher: Telltale Publishing (Console)/The Fun Pimps (PC/Mac/Linux)
Official Website: https://7daystodie.com/

Genres: Survival Horror

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux

Description:

Originally released through “Early Access” on Steam for Windows/MacOS X on December 13, 2013. Linux release came on November 22, 2014. Versions for the PlayStation 4/Xbox One were released in 2016 through Telltale Publishing.

Set in a post-nuclear Third World War that destroyed an extremely large part of the world except for some areas such as the fictional county of Navezgane, Arizona. You are a survivor of the war and must survive by finding shelter, food and water, as well as scavenging supplies to fend off the numerous zombies (most likely caused as a result of the war).

Currently – your only goal is to SURVIVE. There IS developer chatter about adding a storyline – but it is still just that – chatter.

Pros:
* Both Single and Multiplayer options
* Defined World – Navezgane (with maps available from their Wiki)
* Random World Generation (for further playability)
* Fairly well developed crafting/upgrade system
* RPG-esque – Increase your skills (Active and Passive skills).
* Kill Zombies! (Multiple kinds of zobies, even!)
* Create your own character or pick a preset
* Customize your character – in-game – with a large selection of clothing/armor (craftable/lootable)
* Farm OR Hunt -Plat/grow resources – as well as hunting wild animals

Cons:
* Even after this long – this game is STILL in “Alpha release”
* NOT a large development team (and now they are looking for community development contributors)
* PC (Windows): This version of the game is still HIGHLY glitchy
* Console (XBox): This version is glitchy as well – but not AS glitchy as the PC Version
* Learning curve is LONG (many recipes to learn/find/etc.)

Gameplay features:
– Freedom to play the game any way you want with multiple biomes.
– Craft/repair weapons, clothes, armor, tools, vehicles, and more…
– Either take over existing structures or construct structures from scratch
– Either Coop or PvP (in multiplayer)
– Physics/Mechanics – Buildings/terrain can collapse under their own weight from structural damage or poor design.
– Scavenging – search the world for the guns, melee weapons, tools, armor, clothing, and more.
– Dynamic treasure maps (left by survivors)
– Find “quest notes” – complete them for rewards and skill points.
– Meet Trader NPCs to buy and sell goods.

I suggest playing the default map first (Navezgane) – and I actually recommend playing it several times. BEWARE THE BLOOD MOON!!! Zombies ABOUND during Blood Moon! Even though it is decidedly glitchy – it is STILL a fun game to play (single or multiplayer) with more-than-decent “replayability”.

Additional Note: Random Generation Maps are MUCH more glitchy than the default map.

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Dungeon Defenders 2 – Review

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Dungeon Defenders 2

Our Rating:
7/10

Price:
Free

ESRB Rating: Rated “E 10+” (Everyone 10+)

Developer: Trendy Entertainment
Publisher: Trendy Entertainment

Genres: Action role-playing game, tower defense, survival
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Description:
Etheria is under attack! Build mighty defenses to freeze, burn and disintegrate your foes, then grab a sword and jump into the action! Level up a team of heroes, deck them out in loot, and destroy the hordes by yourself or in four player online co-op!

Pros:
* Ease of play — Easy to learn controls along with a fairly easy to understand and straight forward tutorial
* Both Single and Multiplayer options (multiplayer up to 4 players and allows for either online or local multiplayer)
* An interesting mix of both a Tower defence and RPG gameplay
* Every character type is relevant and useful
* Plenty to do at End Game

Cons:
* Only a few characters available without earning a lot of in game premium currency or spending money.
*Matchmaking can be quiet slow
* End Game upgrades are quite time consuming

Some Key Gameplay features:
* Both static and randomly generated map rules and objectives
* Unique ability to switch between characters mid game and mid battle.

Overall a fun game! And at the low price of Free-fidy, there is a lot to do in this title. Although grinding new characters is time consuming there is not any dull moments in the gameplay. The towers and skills unique to each character are all worth using, it is very hard to pick a “main character” and with this game, you don’t have to. If you enjoy tower defense and RPG games, this is a title you may definitely want to give a try.

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Portal Knights – Review

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Our Rating:
8/10

Price: 
$10-$20 (depending on platform and point of purchase)
(Free on X Box Game Pass)

ESRB Rating: Rated “E” (Everyone)

Developer: Keen Games (http://www.keengames.com/)
Publisher: 505 Games (https://505games.com/)
Official Website: https://www.portalknights.com/en/

Genres: Action role-playing game, Survival game

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Android, Microsoft Windows

Description:
Leave the familiar world behind and step into the fantastic unknown with Portal Knights, a cooperative 3D sandbox action-RPG! Level up your character and craft powerful gear to defeat your enemies in real-time tactical combat. Explore dozens of randomly-generated islands and restore peace to a world torn apart by The Fracture.

Pros:
* Ease of play – once you determine the actual controls – game play is fairly simple.
* Both Single and Multiplayer options (multiplayer up to 4 players in a “world” and allows for either online or local multiplayer)
* “Worlds” can be used in either mode (single or multiplayer)
* Allows for both 1st and 3rd person view – very handy to swap between depending on the task you are trying to achieve

Cons: 
* Poor Tutorial – no real detail on how to do most things – and no clear guidance on what is actually achievable in the game.
* Inventory/Inventory management system is cumbersome
* Fairly long transition screens/times

Some Key Gameplay features:
– Randomly generated 3D sandbox worlds
– Tactical Action Combat (TAC)
– 3 RPG character classes to choose from and master
– Boss battles
– Random “Events” that produce unique “prizes”
– Mine/gather resources from across the lands to craft your arsenal and supplies
– Build your home with dozens of materials and furnishings
– Have your friends in 4-person cooperative multiplayer. Work together on the same island to build structures, explore dungeons, and overcome the toughest perils (including the events).

After several hours of game play – I am STILL playing this game. Now that I have passed through the crucible of learning the controls and what the recipes are for certain necessary items – I will most likely be starting a new character so that I can apply my “lessons learned” from my first attempt with this game. This is a game that I can play by myself, with my son, and even with my grandson. It’s combination of TAC – and a Minecraft-like building/crafting system makes it very “re-playable”

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State of Decay 2 – Review

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Our Rating:
8/10

Price: 
Standard Edition: $30 or Free with Xbox GamePass
Ultimate Edition: $60

Rating: Rated “M” (Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language.)

Pros:
Very solid survival feel with the potential to be great
Graphics for this game are fantastic
Price is affordable to say the least
Replay value is high initially
There are infinite options on how to play through this game
The customization on bases and cars is definitely a plus
Many weapons to choose from allowing you to play the way you want
The different leader types and personality traits give the game a nice layer of depth
Multiplayer gives incentive for helping your friends
Boons, these little bonuses from each play through with a different leader type make a huge difference.

Cons: 
Learning curve on the first play through is pretty steep if you haven’t played the previous games.
Mechanics are still a bit buggy.
Once you have done 3 or more playthroughs the game begins to feel too repetitive .
Not enough customization available for the guns.
Multiplayer initially was very hard to work through all the bugs, but has since been patched.
Patches are HUGE, 5-19Gb

 

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