Black Ops 4

Black Ops 4 is the latest game in the Call of Duty (CoD) series. It was released in 2018. It is made by the game company Treyarch and this game also has been using the same engine software called IW engine. It mostly has effects on the graphics and the engine was based on the original engine called the Tech 3. From what I can tell they have made major improvements

Fun factor

I have no hate towards this game I think it is average because some of the game modes aren’t my style. I love how there can be more players on one server than with the earlier CoD games. The max is 80 online players.

Control and game play

The controls are easy to learn. When you first pick up the game, if you don’t like the default controls you can fix them to your liking in your settings and it’s very easy to change them as well. The gameplay is ok not over the top dying off spawn like you did in the old CoD games such as Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops 3.

In earlier CoD games there was problem with spawn control. Someone could just camp there and kill you as soon as you spawned back into the game.

In Black Ops 4 the reaction time is better than some of the early games when they were using the Tech 3 engine. It’s easy to level up from your first game you will be level 3 unless you’re really bad at the game.

Graphics

The graphics have improved a lot from the older games because in the older games it was darker and some textures of the guns were way different. .

As you can the right hand picture we have more textures because you can see more of the gun on the right than the left and more features like buttons.

Sound is best with headphones because from my own experience without headphones you can get easily distracted from the game and then turn around to an enemy in your face and next minute you dead.

Replayability

I think it’s an ok game and I might give it another go maybe someday but I don’t honestly know.

 

Skate 3 Review

Skate 3 is a video game available on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Ps3. It was released on May 13, 2010. The game revolves around an up and coming skater. The game’s general target audience was obviously skaters, it was also popular among teens and adults. Its predecessors Skate, and Skate 2 were widely enjoyed and when another skate game never came out there was outroar from the community.

A new game is expected/hoped to be announced by EA eventually as the player base and community loved the first three games. Skate 3 is currently available on the previous generation consoles and Xbox 1. It is not available on the current generation platform, Playstation 4.

Story

The game is an open world skating game set from the third person view. The location of Skate 3 is set in a fictional city, Port Caverton. After the events of the previous game Skate 2, the protagonist of the story is already known as a fairly talented skater. Your character is attending Port Caverton University, after they attempt and fail the infamous “Jump the Shark” trick. After this they try to become the best skateboard seller in the city with a group of other talented skaters like himself. The game starts in a scene with coach Frank, who is helping the main character learn new skate tricks and how to play. With very easy and simple instructions to follow this introduction is very quick. The character is then sent to the university where he is set skating challenges by fellow skaters. The main story then continues from there on.

During the story, the character can leave the basic story and complete side quests at will. The character can also just explore the given area for free roaming and learning new tricks.

 

 

Controls

The game incorporates a complex series of tasks and challenges, which involve following or copying other skaters taking part in skills and different trick combinations. These skills are unlocked and learnt as you become a better and more experienced skater. The tricks involve combos of buttons on the controller. 40 tricks are available in the entirety of the game.

The Verdict

Skate 3 is an extremely enjoyable and fun game. The free roam aspect means the fun can take place for hours even after the basic campaign has been finished. The main story has an overall length of about 9 hours, with up to 25 hours to complete all the extras and side missions I have around 75 hours on the game. The game rarely gets boring and by my opinion is best played online or with friends. Other similar skating games are better in some aspects, but in my opinion the game is much more fun than these. No matter how long I play skate 3 I never get bored.

Thomas Jenkins-Andrews

Skate 3  3.5/5 Rating

 

 

 

Overwatch Game Review

Overwatch is a popular team based, first person shooter. There are seven types of game modes available in Overwatch, with 4 available in regular competitive or quick play: Assault, Control, Escort, and Hybrid. Capture the Flag, Deathmatch and Elimination are all available from the Arcade or the Game Browser.

There are currently 31 playable heroes in Overwatch available for play no matter the map or game mode. However in custom matches you can restrict the playable heroes to only certain ones instead of all 31.

Developer : Blizzard Entertainment

Designers: Jeremy Craig, Scott Mercer, Michael Elliott

Fun factor: If you are new to first person shooters, this game is a pretty good starting point. It will help you gain coordination with your mouse and keyboard. Fast game play creates a perfect environment for improvement, you must build muscle memory fast to be able to win. Competitive is not so fun if you lose, but quick play is fun whether you win or lose because it doesn’t go towards “important” statistics.

It is a very fun game. Especially playing with friends on competitive matches. You can find your own matches, or create your own custom matches to suit what you are looking for. Custom matches add a world of possibilities when it comes to entertainment and enjoyment.

Controls & Game play: The controls and game play are both smooth, smoothness of the game really depends on the specs of the computer. The controls are straightforward and easy to learn.

  • Crouch : Left Control
  • Jump : Space
  • Ability 1 : Left Shift
  • Ability 2: E
  • Ability 3: Q (Ultimate Ability) has to charge up from 0 to 100%
  • Primary fire & secondary fire : Left and right mouse.
  • Quick Melee : V
  • Reload : R
  • Next & Previous Weapon : Scroll up & down

Most of heroes are easy to learn but hard to master, if you have difficulty with grasping the concept of the heroes. You can always use Google to help you understand the different abilities and play styles for each hero. There is also in game tutorial and pre-set binds that will explain the hero for you.

The highly competitive side of this game makes it perfect for veteran FPS players.

In competitive mode, there are eight ranking divisions. (% = worldwide population)

  • Bronze (8%)
  • Silver (21%)
  • Gold (32%)
  • Platinum (25%)
  • Diamond (10%)
  • Master (3%)
  • Grandmaster (1%)
  • Top 500 (Top 500 in certain region, US, AU, EU)

As you can see some ranks are more obtainable than others. All depending on personal potential and skill.

Graphics: This game has a nice clean cartoon like style. It keeps the game looking simple and allows colors to blend perfectly. Each map and character are defined by its detailed appearance. Many people who play the game appreciate the detail and time that has gone into the polished heroes and detailed maps.

Sound: The sound in Overwatch is good. The footsteps of enemies is sometimes off putting if you are wearing headphones. When a hero uses an ability or triggers their ultimate. You can clearly hear where and which hero has used their ability. The audio is high quality and reliable

Replayability: I have over 800 hours on Overwatch, so I would say it has replay ability. Especially for competitive play. You have goals you can slowly progress to, with team work and good communication. If you receive a loss it often boosts motivation to get to the next rank, by trying your hardest.

In summary this game is very enjoyable for all types of people. With having 31 playable heroes, it makes it very customized for every person. There is a hero for everyone. Whether it be a damage class, support class, or tank class.

Reference List

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Game Review | The Binding Of Isaac: Afterbirth+

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This game review is of The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth+ which is an expansion to The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. It was originally a flash game called The Binding of Isaac but due to fan request was remade and put on steam as The Binding of Isaac: Wrath of The Lamb Edition and had lots of extra content added. It was then remade again into The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth adding about another 100% the amount of content and then the Afterbirth and Afterbirth+ expansion packs came out adding another 200% additional content.

Designer: Edmund McMillen

Developer: Nicalis

Fun factor: The game is incredibly fun.

Controls: The controls are good.

Movement: W A S D

Aiming: ↑ ← ↓ →

Use Items: Space

Place bomb: E

Use pill/card/rune: Q

Drop(Hold)/Switch(Press): Ctrl

Game-play: Roguelike, Action-adventure, Top down shooter. You play as a child in a dungeon fighting various types of monsters with your tears as your shots. You get upgrades and fight stronger and stronger enemies including; your mum, Satan, the Riders of the Apocalypse, the 7 Sins and more.

Graphics: The art style is pixelated.

Sound: The Binding of Isaac has many different sound effects for each and every enemy. There is also different music based on the room you are in and floor you are on.

Replayability: It has multiple endings depending on what path you follow and the character that you choose to play. You unlock different items when you get the different endings. The unlocked items can be used in future runs.

Final Verdict: The Binding of Isaac is one of the best games ever.

OldSchool Runescape Game Review

OldSchool Runescape (abbreviated as OSRS) is an MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role playing game), released in 2004 on personal computers and 2018 on mobile phones. Although old, the game still has a large active player base, 100,00 players daily.

Thrown into Gielinor, the world’s name for Runescape. The player is surrounded by a fantasy medieval theme. A player must first complete the tutorial on Tutorial Island

Fun factor

Everyone starts the same in Runescape, there are 26 different skills the player is given. A skill starts at level 1 and ends at level 99. Every skill is independent and unique in its own way. An example of that is:

  • 60 Attack allows you to equip dragon weapons, you can hit higher damage and do special attacks.
  • 40 Defense, rune armour is now equippable, a strong armour that helps you in combat.
  • 14 Runecrafting, able to craft fire runes to use in magic attacks or teleportation around Gielinor.
  • 85 Fletching, craft your own magic bow along with dragon arrows for the best range setup.

Platform differences

Desktop

Mobile

  • GUI works well
  • GUI can be hard on smaller phones and seems like it could be improved
  • Performance is great, can be played on any computer
  • Performance is heavy for what the game looks
  • 3rd-party clients are available for enhanced or easier playing experience
  • Can only play on the official client

 


PC version
Mobile version

Controls and game play

Using a point and click user interface design, it is very simple and easy to understand. Runescape’s PC interface is used for the mobile. In my opinion, it is a bad design and should be redesigned, my reasoning is that you shouldn’t be using a 15 year old interface for a 2019 mobile game.

Graphics

Low-poly and mediocre textures, the game still features the same objects and terrain from its initial release in 2004. The sky is black and the render distance is low.

OldSchool Runescape does not have much to offer in this aspect. Running bare-bone graphics means that it can run on low-end computers and mobile phones great.

Lumbridge

Above, is a town named Lumbridge. It is the first town new players will spawn in after Tutorial Island, a famous island to every veteran of the game. The bridge connects to the entrance of Al-Kharid desert and various farms belonging to Lumbridge.

Sound

Runescape offers ambient noises, background music, sounds based on combat and other various skilling. MIDI format is used for all of the game sounds, although outdated, it still fulfills the immersive experience.

Replayability

Starting over again can feel monotonous if you do not have a new specific role. It becomes not very fun further you go, as you feel like you have already achieved the goal.

References

Lumbridge. (2019). Old School RuneScape Wiki. Retrieved 5 August 2019, from https://oldschool.runescape.wiki/w/Lumbridge

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Sonic Mania Plus – Game Review

Sonic Mania is a 2D platformer game created by Evening Star, Pagoda West Games and Head Cannon published by Sega, released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC in August of 2017 with the Plus expansion being released about a year later. It is styled after the classic Sonic games from the 90s and feature levels both old and new. You are able to play as three different characters with unique abilities for each of them in the base game with an extra two being added in the expansion both with their own abilities.

Fun Factor

I had fun playing this game because the levels were well designed and allow you to go fast if you know what you’re doing and are a good length as well. The character abilities are fun and feel good when using them.

Control and gameplay

This game has easy to understand controls as well as fun game play rewarding skill with ability to go fast. The game features twelve zones with two acts each, with returning zones from Sonic 1,2,3 and CD as well as new zones made specifically for this game.

Graphics

The game has nice pixel art graphics with smooth animations. The game runs at 60 fps on all versions.

Sound

This game has nice high quality sounds with a great soundtrack by Tee Lopes featuring excellent remixes of old songs from the series as well as excellent new tracks.

Replayability

This game is very replay able with five different characters to play as in the main story, along with another separate mode where you can play as all five at the same time with a few extra side modes you can play and a multiplayer race mode.

Conclusion

I would recommend this game mainly to fans of sonic the hedgehog as it’s a love letter to the classic games but also to fans of 2D platformers in general as the game provides fun and exhilarating gameplay and a lot of replay value.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection contains Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. But we don’t talk about the Pre-Sequel. The Pre-Sequel was released after Borderlands 2, but is set between 1 and 2. Unfortunately it is boring compared to the others, because it tries to be too funny. This review will focus on Borderlands 2.

Fun factor

I can scarcely describe how fun the game is one must simply try it for one’s self.

Here is what I think makes the game fun:

  • Humour
  • Game play
  • Story is interesting – It’s sort of a revenge story
  • You’re basically the underdog at the start, but by the end you kill Handsome Jack .

Control and gameplay

Standard FPS controls mean that it’s easy to learn. Controls are smooth for some characters. For example, the sniper character Zer0’s movements are incredibly smooth.

Gameplay is amazing. Level design is incredible. The levels aren’t open world, but they’re big enough in terms of verticality to seem like open-world.

Graphics

The graphics are 3D cell shaded almost drawn and coloured look with lots of colours and different environments. Sometimes there can be so much on the screen that it can cause the console to lag. Some enemies explode when you shoot them, but it’s not that extreme.

Sound

Sound quality is good, but at times it can be a bit buggy like with zer0’s bore skill and Salvador’s moneyshot skill and the bee shield’s ampshot.

Replayability

The game’s replayability comes from its entire concept and guns… and loot.

There are three playthrough modes: normal mode, true vault hunter mode, and ultimate vault hunter mode. In addition, once you’ve hit level 80, you can access overpowered levels one through ten… for each character which there are six of. The higher the level the better the loot., but also the harder the enemies.

Final thoughts

This game has been out for a while now so should be pretty cheap. I would recommend it for everyone, but particularly people who like FPS or looter/shooters and have a sense of humour. Is this too much of a spoiler?

For Honor Game Review

For Honor is an online multiplayer game that takes place in medieval times. It is a third-person, melee combat, action-game where you choose between twenty-four different characters from three clans: the knights, the Vikings and the Samurai. For Honor has many online game modes such as duels, brawls, breach and dominion. For the occasions when you are not interested in multiplayer you have access to a single player story-mode about a bloodthirsty warlord and her army plunging the world into chaos and you being the only one who can stop them.

Fun factor
For Honor is known to be difficult and harsh to defend yourself from other players if not well practiced in the game’s mechanics. The adrenaline pumping combat makes the game extremely fun and satisfying. Its quick reaction times keep you aware and on the edge of your seat when defeating your enemies.

Control and gameplay

When playing online you are given the option to choose between twenty-four different characters all with unique weapons, Armour, abilities, and combat styles. Due to the massive amount of characters and the harsh difficulty of the game it can be overwhelming to find your own character and unique play-style, but fear not because the game offers a training mode where it gives you helpful tips on all the characters and takes you through each attack that every character can accomplish. To help people choose their own play-style, the game has separated all the characters into four classes.

  1. The Vanguards: all-rounder characters with a little bit of everything from each class.
  2. The Assassins: trading armor for speed these deadly characters can attack quickly and keeps constant pressure on other players.
  3. The Heavies: strong and slow these characters trade speed for armor using slow devastating power to overwhelm their enemies whilst being unfazed by enemy attacks.
  4. The Hybrids: characters who specialize in kicks, punches and bashes to daze and confuse their enemies putting them in dangerous situations.

For Honor also has four different game modes in which to use these characters,

  1. Duels: a one on one fight between two players, the first one to win three times wins the duel.
  2. Brawls: you and your friend versus two other players, first pair to win three times wins the brawl.
  3. Dominion: the main mode of the game, dominion is a four versus four game mode, in order to win one team must capture and control zone A, B and C.
  4. Breach: one of the newest modes to the game is called Breach and is a four versus four mode that has two teams, the defenders and the attackers. The defenders have the task of defending the castle and their king from the attackers. The attacking team’s job is to escort their battering ram through the field and onto two castle doors while keeping an eye on their limited amount of lives. Once through the two doors, the attackers must defeat the defenders’ king in order to win. For the defenders, the only way to win is to defeat the attacking team and force them to use all of their lives or defeat their battling ram by using an oil cauldron at each door, an average breach game lasts anywhere from twenty to thirty-five minutes.

Graphics

The game’s graphics when playing look very refined and polished but due to the game being so fast pace there are a variety of small and lower grade graphics in spots that players might overlook. An example of this is the world outside the games maps. The world outside looks smudged and plain in some spots with no real concentration to detail.

Sound

As well as each character having unique weapons and armor they also have their own voice. In the midst of battle, each character can be heard shouting, screaming and grunting. Each character also has their own catch phrase when using certain attacks. These phrases can be heard quite clearly when fighting and most characters can be easily identified when hearing the phrase.

Replayability

The story mode of the game is very difficult but once you complete the story and wish to play it again the game gives you the option to make the story mode even more difficult. For the online section of the game, when winning a match of any kind in the game you are rewarded with new weapons and armor for your character. These items unlock new perks that make future matches easier and fun. Along with the weapons and armor you are given experience. Experience is used in two ways, when achieving a certain amounts of experience in the game you unlock certain abilities that can be used mid-game to help you win the match. Although experience is more commonly used as a weapon of some sort, having a high level on a certain character can drive fear into your enemies thus causing them to be overwhelmed and making irrational decisions giving the player a great opportunity for an easy win. The reason for such concern of highly experienced players is due to the fact of getting very little experience after games, meaning that when other players are a higher level often means they have played the game for far longer and have learnt and experienced a lot more about their character.

 

Is this game for you?

This game is arguably one of the hardest games I have ever played and I would only recommend it for the more skilled and determined players. Although the game is difficult it is not impossible, all the amazing players you will see in this game are only good because they too had a difficult beginning and over time has learnt how to play the game effectively. Give it a try…

Game Review – Until Dawn

Until Dawn is a PS4 exclusive game that was released on the 25th of August 2015. It is a story-driven game in which the player controls multiple characters throughout the course of the game. It is a very heavily path-based game with the main gameplay being picking what your character says or does but without controlling them directly. This allows the game to focus heavily on the story. It was designed and made by Supermassive games and developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Gameplay and Story

The story is set around a group of teenagers that go to a lodge in the woods to hang out and have fun for a few days. But shortly after they arrive strange things start to occur and they begin to see a strange man around the place. You must survive the night while also uncovering while all these strange things are happening.

I found this game very fun to play but I really enjoy story- driven games, especially ones that allow you to make decisions that change the outcome of the game. The controls are simple which makes them easy to pick up and become good at. In this game you control multiple characters which can each die or survive depending on what decisions you make. This makes you think about the actions you make as the will affect the outcome of the game.

Graphics, Sound and Replayability

At the time this game was released, the graphics were extremely impressive for a console game. The sound design is very good and helps add to the immersion of the game. Overall the sound and graphics combined make for a very immersive experience. After you finish the game, there are many different reasons to go back and replay play it. The main draw is that there are multiple different ending which are affected by the choices you make. There are also collectibles which contain additional story information if you feel like finding and collecting them.

I would highly recommend this game as I had great fun with it.

Game Review: Conker’s Bad Fur Day & Conker: Live and Reloaded

Conker’s Bad Fur Day (2001) / Conker: Live and Reloaded (2005): Game Review

Conker’s Bad Fur Day is a 3 dimensional platformer game developed by Rare and released for the Nintendo 64 in 2001. If you are a fan of violence, swearing, racial and sexual innuendos this game is fit for you.

In Conker’s Bad Fur Day, you, the player, control Conker the Squirrel and lead him through a series of three-dimensional levels. The over-all world map is split into segments, with restricted places saving major plot points for the storyline.

Conker: Live and Reloaded is a remake of the 2001 released in 2005 and made for the Xbox with slightly more realistic animations. The only thing I can say is, I don’t like as much at the original. It made the characters look all furry and slightly more realistic and it didn’t look that good to me.

To be honest I was going to do this on the remake alone, but it was off-putting looking at the new and supposedly improved graphics, so I played the original and it was way better. The controller was still crap but it was better. It also looks stupid when the characters are supposed to look angry but just don’t. Plus I had to buy the remake to play again to compare ( ). Luckily I didn’t have to buy the original because that can go for $250 to $750 (for a decent copy that is).

The only reason I would recommend the remake is because of the controller. The controller for the Nintendo 64  is painful to use and can resort in a not so fun experience for the player (you’ll understand if you look at the picture below). In the end my fingers weren’t happy. The remake came for the original Xbox console with a slightly better controller but was still diminished by the new animations/character looks.

There are many references related to popular movies (at the time of its original release) like The Matrix and Jurassic Park, where they do the heist and the way the dinosaur eats the cave men. There are also a lot of Quotes like “Get away from her you bitch” from Alien and “Tediz? I hate these guys” is similar to Indiana’s line “Nazis. I hate these guys” from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. These references make the game a hell of a lot better. A big plus in my books.

There is also multiple multi-player modes which is fun for the whole family. Well it was when I was 4.

In conclusion, the original is perfect for playing, perfect for any game collection and is well worth the high price. The remake deserves to be thrown in the trash.

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