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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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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Betrayer – Review

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Our Rating:
7/10

Price:
$4.99 (Steam)

ESRB Rating: Not Officially Rated – Suggest T (Teen) rating (Violence, Horror Theme)
Developer: Blackpowder Games
Publisher: Blackpowder Games
Official Website: http://www.blackpowdergames.com/

Genres: First Person, Action Adventure, Horror

Platforms: Microsoft Windows

Description: 

The year is 1604. You sailed from England expecting to join a struggling colony on the coast of Virginia. Instead, you find only ghosts and mysteries. What catastrophe blighted the land and drained it of color and life?

Pros:
* Sound/hearing is IMPORTANT!
* Decent assortment of period-style weapons
* Interesting (and decently creepy) story line
* Tough, but manageable, enemies
* Multiple side-quests
* Talented Storytelling
* Fast travel feature

Cons:
* Sound/hearing is IMPORTANT! (Yes – this is BOTH a Pro and a Con)
* Very limited re-play-ability
* Towards the end of the game it begins to feel extremely repetitive
* Buildings inaccessible
* Some gamers may find the visuals difficult to use for long periods of game play
* If you are not a patient gamer – and you don’t have the ability to actually READ text while in a video game – then this is NOT the game for you.

Game play features:
– Large, open environments. Choose your own path in search of clues and treasures.
– Two distinct worlds (switchable) featuring different enemies, obstacles, and threats.
– Use early 17th century weaponry (muskets, bows, crossbows, and tomahawks).
– Upgrade your arsenal by purchasing/finding faster, deadlier, longer-ranged weapons.
– Choose your own fighting style (High Stealth, Brute Force, Somewhere in-between).
– An interesting movement-based stealth system lets you hide in plain sight or use the wind to mask your footsteps.
– Equip ability-enhancing Charms to augment your play style – granting anything from extra health to faster movement to improved stealth.
– Play with the default visual style for maximum creepiness and tension – or customize the color and contrast settings to suit your tastes.

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