Kelly has an update on battle royale games. Apex Legends!
As a fan of Dead by Daylight, I was excited with the announcement of the new killer. As a survivor main (starting to like playing as the killer though), I was definitely looking forward to going against the new killer named The Plague. She has a gross power called vile purge, which involves her puking a stream of bile. Along with her powers, she also comes with three interesting perks, which are dark devotion, infectious fright and corrupt intervention.
Vile purge allows her to infect survivors either by barfing directly on them or barfing on things that survivors will have direct contact in, which include, generators, wooden pallets, windows and other survivors. If a survivor gets fully infected, takes a while for a survivor to get fully infected, they can get downed by one hit by the killer and they cannot be healed. The only way to cure the infection is for the survivor to find fountains scattered around the map and drink from them.
Unfortunately, the fountain will become infected once a survivor uses it, which means the Plague will be able to turn their green infectious bile into a red one for a limited amount of time if they drink from that corrupted fountain. Red bile allows the Plague to instantly damage a survivor.
The three perks she comes with can get pretty annoying to go against. Dark Devotion allows her to transfer her terror radius to another survivor. (Survivors will hear heart beats, the terror radius, when a killer is nearby and it will beat quicker as the killer gets closer to them) Infectious fright allows the killer to find other survivors if they knocked down a survivor. For example, if she knocks down a survivor, any other survivor near the downed survivor will scream. Corrupt intervention (the annoying one) covers three generators, for a limited amount of time, furthest away from the killers spawn point. This forces survivors to fix generators that are closer to the killer.
The Plague is fun to go against because of how her powers work. Should I cure myself on a fountain, but give her a fighting edge with the red bile? If I rescue an infected survivor from a hook, it will make both of us infected (survivors cannot use the same fountain) A lot of thought goes into dealing with the Plague and man, it’s a joy to do so.
*All screen shots taken from PlayStation 4.
Along with a weapon and armor, the quest also offers a new monster(Leshen from The Witcher games) to hunt, Dialogue choices (Similar to The Witcher’s game play) and Doug Cockle reprising his role as Geralt (Awesome sauce). Fighting the Leshen can be challenging because it can call in multiple Jagras to attack you, an aoe attack that launches you in the air and it can cause bleeding.
There are also two hidden side quest you can do when hunting down the Leshen. Based on my experience, you can get an attack jewel if you complete at least one of the side quests. I also recommended completing the Gajalaka Linguists quests if you want to complete all of the side quests.
The quest was a fun and exciting experience on the first play through, but got tedious when I had to do it two more times. (The dialogue choice and Geralt scanning foot prints sequences) Fortunately, the items gained from the quest is well worth the hour and a half grind.
*All Screenshots are from PlayStation 4
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Sega, with assistance from Media Vision. Just like its predecessors, Valkyria Chronicles 4 melds charm and strategy into its game play. The game play of Valkyria Chronicles is turn based and the players can move as many soldiers (in a third person view) as they want as long as they have enough medallions. If the solider encounters an enemy (that enemy will shoot at them), the player can switch them into target mode, which will cause the enemy to cease fire.
In target mode, the player can control where the solider shoots, the game shows how many bullets the soldier can shoot and how many is required to kill the enemy. Once the player uses up all their medallions or ends their turn early (you can save up medallions for their next turn), the enemy will make their move. If the player doesn’t complete the mission in 20 turns, they fail. These missions usually involve capturing an enemy camp.
What I enjoy most about Valkyria Chronicles games is the huge cast of characters and how their personality melds with the game play. A normal mission of the game starts with the player positioning his soldiers on a map of the battlefield. There are numerous soldiers to choose from that have their own class and traits. Their class affects how they attack and decides what weapon or armor they can equip.
For example, a Sniper can only equip light armor (they are squishy, so don’t position them in a cross fire) and use a sniper rifle.
Along with their class, all of the soldiers have their own traits as well. These traits will affect how the soldiers will react when they are in combat (good or bad). For example, Jester has a gambling problem which might down grade his accuracy in target mode, but if he is near a female solider he might gets an attack buff.
Like every other Valkyria Chronicles game in the series (Except Valkyria Revolution!!), Valkyria Chronicles 4 is fun, charming and offers some pretty good strategic game play. I absolutely recommend it for TRPG and JRPG lovers.Read More
Resident Evil 2 remake is an upcoming survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. As a fan of the Resident Evil franchise, I was totally hyped for this game. After rushing through the demo, since it only allows players to play it for 30 minutes (Tip:Pausing the game stops the timer), I find the game to be thrilling and gory. There are a few nit picks, but it didn’t ruin my overall experience with this one shot demo.
The thrill of this demo comes from its tight corridor environments and, of course, the zombies. The hall ways can be quite dark and unsettling, thanks to the sound of zombies banging on windows and the house creaking. I would always have my gun ready whenever I turn at a corner or approach a door because a zombie would usually ambush me. (Not to the point where it gets predictable, but to the point it makes me paranoid)
Along with the thrills, this game can get real gory (No surprise) I mean, look at the screen shots. Seeing a man get mauled in half by zombies or examining a zombie up close caused me to cringe a bit. The gore fits into the game play too, similar to Dead Space (Love this Franchise as well, DAMN YOU EA!) , I was able to disable a zombie by shooting at their limbs. For example, I accidentally shot a zombies arm as I was running away from it (Rushing the demo). The next time I saw the same zombie, its arm was dangling. (Not sure if it affects how it attack).
My nit picks were things that were absent in the demo, but were in Resident evil 4. These include strategically fitting items in a suitcase (I love me some Tetris) and aiming a gun with laser sight. (Reticles take me out of the game)
A big step up from “Resident Evil 6” (Didn’t play Resident Evil 7, yet.) and a good fill in for that “Dead Space” space in my heart. Totally looking forward to this game’s release and Resident Evil fans should be too.
*Screen shots are from PlayStation 4Read More
Overcooked is a cooking simulation game developed by Ghost Town Games and published by Team17 for Xbox one, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows. This game can be played solo or up to four players. If playing alone, the game will provide two chefs for that solo player to control. Solo players would have to switch in between those two chefs while giving them tasks to do, such as chopping ingredients, cleaning dishes, cooking and many more. The weight is slightly lifted from your shoulders if playing with multiple people because each player controls one chef, but it comes with a price since everyone will do their task their own way and would sometimes run into each other if they aren’t careful. (Leadership needed)
Along with having to worry about organizing and preparing meals, players will also have to worry about the kitchen’s environment changing. For example, there is a level where an earthquake splits the environment in half, which caused one of my meals to burn because none of my chefs were on the other side of the kitchen to take the pan off the stove.
Though trying to complete a level can be frustrating by yourself or with friends, completing it is always rewarding for me because I look forward to see new challenges, new recipes to cook and new characters to unlock.
Unfortunately, the down side to Overcooked is that it does not have online multiplayer. (Couch co op ftw?) Luckily the game play is fun and completing a level always feels rewarding, which is why I would totally recommend this game. (Especially with friends)
*Screen shots are from PlayStation 4
There are numerous turn based rpg games on iOS and android that pleases my Pokemon collecting behavior. One in particular include DC Legends. This game is a turn based rpg that was developed by WB Games San Francisco for iOS and Android. This is a guilty pleasure game for me because of the collecting and turn based combat, but can be a annoying because its free-to-play.
The twist to this game is that you collect characters from the DC comics universe, such as Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. Instead of capturing them, like the Pokemon games, you collect tokens to unlock them. For example, if I wanted to unlock Captain Cold (The Flash’s Villain) I would need to get 15 tokens of that character. When I do get a new hero or villain, it is recommended to still get tokens for that character to buff their stats even more.
Along with the collecting DC characters, the turn based combat is fun and simple. The teams you create can consist up to four characters, each with their own moves and abilities. There are some characters that offer a buff to their team if they are set as the leader. So, finding characters that sync well with other character’s abilities is important when taking on waves of enemies. The game offers a ton of missions to collect what you want…most of the time.
The down side to this game is the usual free-to-play stuff. Such as getting random characters from loot boxes (can be earned or bought with money) and having a set amount of energy to do missions ( Energy rejuvenates every 5 minutes or can be bought) It can be quite infuriating when you need only a few more tokens to unlock a certain character but you get someone else from a loot box.
DC Legends offers the chance to collect my favorite DC characters and use them in strategic turn based combat, but suffers from free-to-play baggage. Luckily, the game has improved and offers a ton of chances to get more tokens without having to pay real money.
*Screenshots from Ios version.
The God of War series started out great due to the cinematic fixed eagle eye camera, intense hack n slash game play and some interesting puzzles. The puzzles helped game play flow since too much combat can get repetitive. Game play began to feel stale as more God of War games were released. (Six games in total) Luckily, the newest installment to the God of War franchise reinvigorates the series. God of War (2018) is an action-adventure video game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
This game follows the adventures of Kratos (main character of the series) and Atreus (Kratos’ son) in a Norse mythological world. Their adventure includes gorgeous environments and a new refreshing combat system. (New for a God of War game)
The colors and art direction of God of War (2018) is breath taking. Based off the announcement trailer of the game, I feared that it would only take place in the snowy mountains with different shades of gray. Fortunately, there are a variety of locations that the game take you to, such as snowy mountains (duh), elf kingdoms in ruins, swamps and many more.
Along with the beautiful environment, the combat makes every battle against enemies cinematic, personal and challenging. (One misread of an enemy attack can F*** you up) Older games in the franchise has Kratos dual wield his Blades of Chaos, which enables him to attack enemies all around him. In God of War (2018), Kratos uses the Leviathan Axe and a shield, which only allows him to mostly attack enemies only in front of him.
Atreus also involves himself in combat by stunning the enemies by either jumping on them or shooting them with his arrows. The cinematic and personal feel of the combat is thanks to the games camera angle. Instead of a fixed eagle eye camera view the older games had, God of War (2018) camera is in a third person view.
God of War (2018) brought life back into an old franchise that I wouldn’t have thought would make a comeback and I’m really glad it did.
* Screenshots are from PlayStation 4.Read More