Saturday, March 17, 2018

My Steam Curator's Page

Last year I started a Steam Curator's page and have grown it to include over 20 reviewed games with a few Informational selections as well. I plan to go back and review games I have played and didn't get to review on my Blog or So check it out and even follow my Curator page by Clicking Here. Thank you for the support.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

JBtheGamer's Thoughts On: Total War: WARHAMMER

A little while back I picked up Total War: WARHAMMER during a Steam sale. I was pretty excited to get my hands on this game and check it out. I have had a love/hate relationship with Creative Assembly's Total War series. Now a Total War series based on the WARHAMMER franchise, this is a game I could get really into. The reason I didn't pick it up when it released because at the time I had so many other games to play. So during one of the Steam sales, I finally decided to pick it up.

I wasn't put off by all the DLC the game has to offer, in fact, some of the DLC was free and I downloaded those right away. It does kind of suck that the Chaos forces are locked behind DLC, but that didn't really bother me all that much. So I jumped into the game and started off with the Campaign. I went with the Dwarfs because they had some of the more advanced technologies of war. I figured it would be interesting to play with cannons and rifle infantry. Things were going well so far. Got to play a few of the battles before being presented with the tactical map. I really like the strategic gameplay of the battles. Enjoying how you move your armies around into the best positions to defeat your enemies on the field. But once I got to playing around on the tactical map is where things got boring for me pretty fast. I didn't like the turn-based tactical base and army building. After conquering some territory and struggling to keep my people happy. I soon discovered I rather just play the battles then the campaign. So that is what I did. I stopped any progress of the campaign and just started to play the custom and quest battles.

This was rather disappointing to me. I heard so much about the campaign and watched some Let's Plays on it and thought it was something I could get into. But I was wrong, the campaign felt too much like a Civilization game and I am not into those. Even if the campaign was a bust to me, the battles themselves are really where the meat and potatoes are in Total War: WARHAMMER. Each race feels unique and interesting. And getting close up to the fighting is a real treat to see as the action unfolds before you.

The only gripe, other than the boring campaign, was the battles take so long to load. I know it can't be my computer because other modern games load pretty fast. For whatever reason Total War: WARHAMMER battles take forever to load.

Overall I wouldn't say Total War: WARHAMMER is a bad game, it really isn't. But if the battles seem more of your speed and the tactical campaign isn't. I would highly suggest waiting for the game to go on sale before picking it up. Unless you are into the full package, it really isn't worth the price they are asking for.  At some point in the future, I'll pick up the sequel as I heard the campaign has improved. I also really like playing out the battles with the WARHAMMER races and want to check out some of the new races they added in the sequel. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blog Status Update - Fall 2017

This gaming holiday season really kicked my ass. I got pretty ambitious with how many games I wanted to review, but ended up canceling one review and falling behind with the rest. I just had to pick two games that came out early in the season that had over 60+ hours of gameplay. It really set me back. Though I did eventually catch up, but still behind on one of my reviews.

The reviews I completed these season are posted up at, please check them out here:

Since I fell behind on my reviews this season, I haven't been able to post about building my cousin's PC back in September or update my PC's website with the upgrades I did to my computer in October. I am hoping to at least get to one of these by the end of the year.

In other news, I plan to do more reviews of smaller games next year. For 2017 I mostly stuck to AAA games. But since the whole EA and Battlefront 2 thing, I have fallen less in love with big franchise games. There are a bunch of the indie and AA games I'd like to play and review, with a far less focus on AAA games in 2018. Of course most of my reviews will be over at, but I will also focus on some here on my blog as well. I'd like to finally catch up on my back-log of Steam games in 2018.

I also plan to build another park in Planet Coaster next year. I know I haven't done the video tour yet of Wonderland, but I haven't gotten to start on that cause I fell behind with my reviews. I hope to have that done early 2018 and start my new park around February/March of 2018. The plan is to post status updates through-out the year like I did this year.

Oh and I started a group on Steam that basically focuses on my reviews of games that are also sold through Steam. The reviews link back to my blog and, but I wanted to point out this page because I will also have reviews of some games directly in Steam only. So check out my group if you are interested and drop me a line or two or maybe even join the group. You can check it out here:

Well that pretty much sums up what I wanted to talk about in this Blog Status Update. I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Why I'll Not Be Buying Star Wars: Battlefront 2

It looks like I'll be boycotting another battlefront again. Back in 2015, I wrote the reasons why I would not buy Star Wars Battlefront. A half-baked video game that was thrown out the door to cash in on the new movie. It wasn't worth the $60 price tag EA put on it and then they had the balls to charge $50 for a season pass.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 at the beginning of 2017 was shaping up to be a great game. EA wanted to get rid of the season pass model to encourage longer shelf life. And add a campaign that was missing from the first game. Then the beta hit and everyone found out what it meant by cutting out a season pass, which was then replaced by loot-box microtransactions. Not only where these loot-boxes a replacement for the season pass, they are designed into the multiplayer of the game as progression. Basically making Battlefront 2 a pay-to-win video game with a $60 price tag. If that isn't bad enough, they have the balls to charge tiered versions of the game. Stanard at $60 and Deluxe Edition at $80. What do you get for spending $20 more on the game? Upgraded trooper classes, effectively giving you an advantage right out of the gate. If that isn't enough, it has been known that they are selling starter packs which give you rare Star Cards and in-game currency that can allow you to buy loot-boxes before you even start playing. How can anyone say this isn't pay-to-win?

I am not only boycotting Battlefront 2 because of EA's scummy business practices to squeeze every dollar out of their player base. I am also boycotting this game because they shut down Visceral Games. Visceral Games was working on a single-player Star Wars game. Despite what EA says on their reasons why they canceled the game and shut down the studio working on it. It has been found out from one of the people working at the studio that since EA couldn't find a way to effectively shove microtransactions into it, so they canceled it and moved the assets to another studio. Moving the assets doesn't mean it will be the same game that Visceral Games was working on. Whatever that game was, is now dead.

These are the reasons why I am not buying or playing Star Wars: Battlefront 2. I have to vote with my wallet, this is the only way they will listen. Complaining and then turning around and purchasing the game does nothing. It only shows EA that we are willing to accept their scummy business practices. To really hurt them where it counts is to not buy this game. To lose money is a business' worst nightmare. Till EA goes back to making great games without the scummy business practices, I think I will never buy a game from them ever again.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

JBtheGamer's Thoughts On: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

If you have been living under a rock this year, then you might not have heard about one of the biggest games of 2017. Known as PlayUnknown's Battlegrounds, it has taken the video game industry by storm and it is still in beta on the PC. Yup, this is an Early Access title on Steam that has sold over 15 million copies. The popularity of the game has gotten Microsoft wetting their chops to get it exclusively on the Xbox One.

What makes this game so special that it has over 15 million downloads and a major console manufacture giddy like a school girl? I thought the same thing. I finally took the plunge and bought it. For $30, it wasn't a bad price tag to pay to gain access to this Early Access title. So far I have enjoyed my time with the game.

If you don't know what this game is by now, then you have truly been living under a rock. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (also known as PUBG for short), is a battle royal style multiplayer game which puts up to a hundred players against each other on one huge map. The game works like this. You pick either solo, two player, or squad team game mode. Then you are randomly placed into a game that quickly fills up to a hundred players. Once all the players have joined, the game starts by flying you over the huge map. At this point you can pick when to jump out and para-shoot your way down to the ground. Once on the ground you hunt for weapons and gear that will randomly generate across the entire map (they are never in the same locations twice). They can be found mostly in buildings, but also spawn in some open areas. Depending on the game mode you picked you will then hunt down and kill all the other players till there is one person or team left to declare as winners. To keep players from camping and staying in one area of the map. They will have a limited amount of time to make it into a randomly placed safe circle. Once the timer runs out a blue circle will then start to close in to the safe circle. Anyone caught outside the blue circle will start to take damage. As time progresses the safe circle shrinks smaller and smaller forcing players to encounter each other or die outside the blue circle.

At first I didn't know what to think about this style of gameplay. I normally don't like competitive multiplayer games like this. But PUBG is a game I have never really played before. What I enjoy the most is how fast this type of game is. You could be in and out within five minutes or less depending on how you play and your skill level. A match could last up to about twenty minutes if you make it all the way to the end. Though, you only get one shot at playing, once you die the game is over for you and you're quickly sent back to the main menu to join another game. This and the hunt for weapons and gear can get exciting and rather addicting.

PUBG currently only has one map and a few game modes. It is still in Early Access on Steam (also known as Beta version). Though a desert map is coming out rather soon to change up the scenery. But it should be noted that while still in Early Access, the game does have bugs and an issue with cheaters. But despite all that, I still find it fun and at times hard to put down. If you are looking for a frantic, challenging and fun multiplayer game under $60, I'd suggest taking a look at and/or purchasing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Blog Status Update - Summer 2017

I know I haven't been posting in a while, and most of my reviews are on now a days. Along with the summer gaming drought, my blog posts have been lacking. Though, if you are interested here are some of my reviews and previews I have done recently for GrownGaming.
Now that the gaming season is in full swing all of my reviews for the latest games will be posted on GrownGaming's website. I will continue to post entries here on my blog, but they will be less frequent. I will not be able to review all the games I would like this season. So I decided to start a new section that might help with the lack of postings here.

I want to do "Thoughts On" posts instead of a full review. Of course I will still do full reviews here on my blog, but they will be less often as most of my reviews and previews will be posted on Grown Gaming. Best way to describe the "Thoughts On" posts would them being about my opinions of a game I am currently playing without any rating or grading system. I don't expect the posts to be long either. Maybe a few paragraphs at most. I'd like to try this out for the Fall Gaming Season and see how it goes. I know I pretty much stopped the "Games Under $30" posts. Hopefully this new section will replace them.

In other news, I have finished building my cousins gaming computer. I will have a full post on here by the end of this month and will even update my Gaming PC website with pictures and specs. For now I have decided not to shutdown my Gaming PC website just yet. I know I posted before about moving that site here to my blog. But lately I have decided against that because of a few projects I have been working on.

Well, it looks to be a very busy gaming season this year, so I best get to it. Till next time, keep on gaming.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Wonderland Part 3 - WestWorld

WestWorld is the final themed section of my park in Planet Coaster called Wonderland. I had another planned section that I wanted to add based on Sci-Fi theme, but like I said in my other post, the game just couldn't handle more then 7000 people in the park that well on my PC. I knew it was time to stop expanding and focus on the sections I had left.

The WestWorld section went through a lot of changes, thus the reason why it took so long. Things just ended up not working the way I wanted them and rides were going unused. So I scrapped what I started in this section and kept things tightly packed and added about five coasters to this section.

The first roller coaster I put in WestWorld, and the most successful, was the Phantom Mountain. This ride was created by Xaphor and I downloaded it from the steam workshop. It became the most popular with the guests. They couldn't get enough of it. I ended up putting some ATMs and Shops near the entrance and exit of Phantom Mountain.

The second coaster I added to WestWorld was Gold Fever. Gold Fever was created by Mcdread, and I have used some of his other coasters for Wonderland. I ended up placing the coaster wrong but made it work out instead of deleting and replacing it. Gold Fever became the second most popular coaster in this section.

I ended up filling a lot of the space with themed objects that I downloaded from users in the steam workshop. I was pleased with how they turned out. Some of the buildings were pre-made by the developers but most of the others were user created.

Some of the dead space was filled in with these two coasters, El Giro Loco and Spaghetti Western. El Giro Loco was created by Tetsuo303 and Spaghetti Western was created by Knightvision. These were the last two rides I added in this section, but have also become very popular. 

WestWorld ended up being a very short themed section compared to my pirate themed section. But with the revisions and change of plans it ended up taking the longest to complete. I know this was suppose to be the last post on Wonderland, but I have decided to create a video showing of my park. I don't know when I'll post it as I have a bunch of touching up to do in the park before I create the walk through video. Till then, you can see the pictures I didn't use here on my Google + Page along with all the other pictures I have used so far.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

What I'm Excited About From E3 2017

E3 2017 is over and I was pretty disappointed. It seemed as if every company was holding back. Not sure why that was, but about 90% of the games shown, we already knew existed. EA held back on the Star Wars game being developed by Visceral Games. It is still untitled and still unknown what it is. All we know about that game is they are working on a Star Wars game. Sony held back on Last of Us 2. Naughty Dog gave the excuse that they wanted to show their, yet another, Uncharted game. And Bethesda held back any information about a new IP or Elder Scrolls 6. Though Bethesda did show off Wolfenstein 2 and Evil Within 2. Two games I wasn't expecting to be released this year. I thought they had at least another year to go. The one company that did knock it out of the park for me was Nintendo. They showed lots of information about their new Mario game and they teased Metroid Prime 4 coming to the Switch, most likely next year or 2019 as well as a full rpg Pokemon game. Also what helped Nintendo was the fact that they are on board with the cross-play between PC and Xbox for games such as Minecraft and Rocket League. Big win for Nintendo and Switch owners. Sony, as always, made a piss poor excuse as to why they are shutting down cross-play with the PS4. I guess since they are the top selling console they feel they can do this. Oh well, their loss.

The games I am most excited for are the following:

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus will be released October 27th, 2017 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. I was surprised this showed up this year. I was thinking E3 2018 and a Fall 2018 release but I was wrong. Wolfenstein 2 is made by MachineGames, the ones who did the first game. This sequel looks just as bad ass as the original was. Can't wait to get my hands on this. You can check out the full eight minute trailer here.

The Evil Within 2 will be released October 13th, 2017 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. This is another one that surprised me showing up at E3 2017. I thought for sure the reveal wouldn't be for another year. But I was wrong as well on this one. I knew it was in the works by Tango Gameworks, but didn't think it would be ready for 2017 release. I can't wait to play this one as well. The first game was freaky and creepy to play. Can't wait for what they have in store for us now. You can watch the full reveal trailer here.

Super Mario Odyssey will be released October 27th, 2017 on the Nintendo Switch. I knew this one was already coming but what we didn't know was the release date. Also Nintendo showed a lot and I mean a lot of game play for this Mario title. It looks like it will blow Mario 64 and Mario Sunshine out of the water. Can't wait to get my hands on this game.

These are the games I was most excited to see at E3 this year. I wasn't expecting them. October is really starting to look like a crowded month. Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2, Wolfenstein 2, and Mario Odyssey will all be released in October. This Fall is going to be a busy gaming season.

One other game I thought was really interesting is a cross-over game by Ubisoft featuring Rabbids and Mario. It looks like a strategy game that resembles XCOM. It is headed to the Switch around August. I plan to pick it up and play it. Seems really cool.

That is it for what I am excited for from this years E3. Till the next E3 in 2018, keep on gaming.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Returning To HITMAN

Its been a while since I played HITMAN. I really only played the first two episodes (a.k.a. Levels/Maps). I heavily played the first episode called Paris. I played so much of it, that I recorded my best assassination. The double swirly silent assassination. I was most proud of that one. It is up on my poor excuse of a YouTube channel. But you can check it out here:

I bought all the other episodes but got side tracked and distracted and never got around to playing them. Now with IO Interactive either being sold from SquareEnix or heading out on their own. I'd figure since we are in a gaming drought, I would return to HITMAN. I may even record my play through of the other episodes (Levels/Maps) and upload them onto my YouTube channel. Till that happens, check out my other video I did of the second episode of HITMAN. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Game Status Update - Spring 2017

I have decided to remove my PC Gaming Rig website. I just don't see a need for it since I haven't updated it in a long time. I'll be moving all the contents to my blog, most likely will be its own page instead of a blog post. I'll post an update on this, once the information from has been moved to the blog's main site.

Also, the next update like this will most likely be renamed to Blog Status Update instead of Game Status Update. I think it fits better in the posts I have been creating for these. I do these update statuses about once every quarter. I am also planning to create a page that will have links to my articles on I wanted to kind of have a portfolio of my work that I have been publishing there on my blog here.

Now that we are reaching the gaming drought, that time of the year where less video games are released, I'll be focusing more on Indie games and games from the past. But the games from the past will all be posted on under the title of "Games Gone By".

This status update was short and simple. Thank you for stopping by and look forward to more blog posts coming down the line.