Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What I Am Excited About From E3 2018


E3 has come and gone yet again, and this year wasn't all that exciting. Yes, we got some information on Cyberpunk 2077, Elder Scroll VI, and Starfield but these games are still quite some time away before they release. This year's E3 felt like no one is taking risks. Lots of sequels but nothing new and risky or exciting. I guess the only one really taking a risk is Bethesda with Fallout 76. But I am not sure yet about this game. Is it just Fallout with multiplayer or is the survival aspect mentioned about the game make it different? Different in a way that it doesn't feel like Fallout? I guess we will find out soon as it releases this year.

E3 2018 left me feeling like I want more, more information not just teasers. But here are three games I am pretty excited about that got announced at E3 2018 and felt like a bit of a surprise:


HITMAN 2



We knew it was coming but I didn't think IO Interactive was ready to show off the sequel to 2016's HITMAN, and it is coming out this year. This was a surprise to me, with the added Co-Op mode, I can't wait to get my hands on the new HITMAN 2 Coming November 2018.


Resident Evil 2


Another one we knew was in the works, but I didn't think CAPCOM was going to reveal it this year at E3 and put a release date of January 2019 on it. Resident Evil 2 was one of my favorite RE games of the series. So I am pretty excited about getting to play this re-imagining of one of the best sequels of all time.


DOOM Eternal


This was one of the biggest surprises for me at this year's E3. I wasn't expecting a sequel to 2016's best shooter and remake of a classic. Naturally DOOM Eternal takes place on Earth just like DOOM 2 from 1994. Really glad it isn't going to take ID Software five plus years to create another DOOM. Just use the same engine and assets, add more demons and guns, boom DOOM 2. I know only a teaser was shown at E3, but more information is right around the corner at QuakeCon 2018. So we don't have to wait too long.

But till then, enjoy the Teaser that has me really excited for another DOOM.





Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wonderland - Video Tour and Steam Workshop Release


A week or so ago I finally uploaded my park to Steam Workshop and created a video tour of the park. It has been a long year and a half of playing and working on this park. But now I am finally happy with it to call it done and uploaded it for everyone to enjoy. Feel free to head on over to Steam and download Wonderland HERE.

Mess with the park in any way you see fit. Just if you upload it to Steam Workshop please give credit where it is due. I'd wouldn't mind seeing how others can improve and make Wonderland a better park.

If you rather not download my park and just want to take a look at what I created. Well I produced a video tour I uploaded to YouTube. You can check out the video tour of Wonderland below.


Wonderland was created in the challenge mode, which is basically a play mode where you try to create a park and make money. I think with my next park I'll just create it in the sandbox mode so I don't have to worry about funds. But it will be a while till start a new park. I have plans to play and build a Jurassic Park with the upcoming Jurassic World Evolution game coming out in June 2018. See you then...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

JBtheGamer's Thoughts On: SUPERHOT


SUPERHOT reminds me of the Matrix movies with the slow-motion combat. The interesting thing is that time always moves slow unless you move or attack. So if you take your time you can basically dodge bullets pretty well. But the challenge increases as more enemies with different weapons come at you. One shot or hit will destroy your enemies, but if you get hit or shot even once you lose and have to start the whole level over. If you complete the level you are rewarded with seeing your progress in real time. Seeing your moves and attacks play out is pretty neat.

In terms of story the game has you play through a campaign that is pretty short. It starts off with a friend sending you a leaked copy of a game called SUPERHOT. As you play and talk with your friend about how awesome this game is, it becomes clear that someone is watching you and tries to stop you from playing. But as you would guess, you can't stop and eventually this mysterious person starts encouraging you to keep playing.

Once you beat the campaign an endless mode unlocks along with challenge mode that has you go through the same levels but with different challenges. There is also a VR version of the game that takes the game to new levels.

I really enjoyed playing SUPERHOT. It is truly a unique take on the slow-motion game play with a bit of rogue-lite elements. There is a stand-alone expansion in the works that comes out later this year and I can't wait to play that as well. Whether you are looking for a quick game to kill time or a killer VR game. I would highly suggest checking out SUPERHOT.

SUPERHOT is available to purchase for Windows, Linux, OSX, PS4, and Xbox One.

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 GrownGaming.com. 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 GrownGaming.com, 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 GrownGaming.com, 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 GrownGaming.com, 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:  http://steamcommunity.com/groups/JBtheGamer

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 growngaming.com 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.