Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Broforce - Games Under $30 Worth Playing

Take all the action heroes from the last twenty or so years and put them in one crazy 8-bit game and that pretty much sums up Broforce. Developed by Free Lives and Published by Devolver Digital Broforce is one hell of a fun game for $15.

You start off with one of many random Bros such as for example, RamBro or Bro Hard, and you use their unique abilities to fight the terrorist that threaten the world. To balance the awesome power of the Bros you can't get hit or hurt at all. Once you do, you die. But, as you run across the map reigning havoc against the terrorists, you can save other Bros which give you extra lives. Take note, that you don't have a choice on which Bro you get, it is always random, even if you die. This makes for a fun yet challenging game. As you progress, the game does increase in difficulty only getting harder as you reach the end. Broforce doesn't take it self serious, so there were many times it made me laugh, no matter how frustrated I got at some points in the game.

Broforce can be played alone, with friends cooperatively or even have an all out brawl with your friends in its multiplayer death-match. I had a blast playing through the single player, and for $15 Broforce is hard to pass up. Broforce is most definitely a game worth playing for under $30. If you haven't played this epic havoc creating 8-bit awesomeness, then what are you waiting for Bro?

You can pick up Broforce for PC or MAC at Steam, GOG.com, or Humble Bundle.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Gaming Status Update - Fall 2016

Lots of games came out and coming out this Fall Season. I did three reviews in under two months. That is pretty good, considering I only maybe get one review every month or two. I am currently playing through Tyranny and Planet Coaster. I should have a review soon on Planet Coaster, but Tyranny might be a little longer. Tyranny is an RPG and those take me a bit longer to go through then say an FPS or Action Adventure game. I hope to have a full review on Tyranny by January 2017.

I also been playing a bunch of little games lately. And what I mean by little games are the ones that sell for under $30 and don't have a Triple A budget. So I was thinking about doing a new segment post based on these games called "Games Under $30 Worth Playing". I am shooting to have my first post either by the end of this week or early next week.

As for games still on my list that I want which will be coming out in the next month or so are the following. Space Hulk DeathWing, Dead Rising 4, Final Fantasy 15, and Resident Evil 7. Till those come out I'll have to be content with Planet Coaster and Tyranny.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Review - Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 was released on October 28th, 2016 by Respawn Entertainment on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. And is a sequel to the 2014 video game called Titanfall. Titanfall 2 was published by EA, but the release of the game between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty almost felt like they wanted the game to fail. We will never officially know, but I just feel as if releasing Titanfall 2 between two major games and expecting high sales seems a bit odd to me. This game would have been better suited earlier in the October month then the date EA picked.

But, besides the conspiracy theory how is the game? Titanfall 2 now has a single-player and that is one of the most exciting things about this sequel. You start off in a tutorial as a rifleman named Jack Cooper who is training to be a pilot (only pilots can use Titans).  The short tutorial was well done and shows you how to play the game and use the features of Titanfall, such as sliding on the ground, running on walls, piloting a Titan, and so forth. After the short but well done tutorial you get thrown into the front lines of the war against the IMC. During the opening battle, your mentor Captain Lastimosa gets killed and transfers authorization of his Titan to you. BT-7274 a Vanguard-class Atlas Titan, but he is named BT for short. This is where the single-player gets interesting as you play along the campaign and form a bond with your Titan. I have to say I really enjoyed the single-player in Titanfall 2. It was well done, with excellent voice acting, interesting characters, a strong bond between you and BT, and a well done story.

Lets not forget the gun-play here, I mean Titanfall 2 is a FSP after all. The gun-play is very solid, didn't expect anything less from Respawn Entertainment. These guys created Call of Duty, so no complaints there. But the thing that hurts Titanfall 2 is a very short single-player. You can complete it in under five hours. This is pretty disappointing, but at least it is there and I had my most fun in the single-player.

As far as the multiplayer goes, I didn't see much of a change from the first game. Though it might just be me, but I felt the matches were way to short. Each match only lasted maybe 10 to 12 minutes, and for some reason after each match the game sends you back to the lobby to search for more players instead of just continuing on. I don't recall if this happened in the first game, but it was really annoying. Even more so since the player base is very low on the PC. It can take a bit of time to find players and start a multiplayer match again. Game modes can range between 5vs5 - 8vs8 and include Bounty Hunt, Last Titan Standing, Pilots vs Pilots, Attrition, Amped Hardpoint, and Capture the Flag. As you play the multiplayer Titanfall 2 has unlocks where you can get more guns, banners, and badges. I didn't really care to much to play the multiplayer, it was fun, but the short matches and looking for a new game after every match just got to me. Plus, it feels to much like Call of Duty's multiplayer. This is my opinion, but I prefer the longer battles in Battlefield 1 then the multiplayer in Titanfall 2.

Now for my final rating on Titanfall 2:

JB The Gamer's Final Rating on Titanfall 2: 3 out of 5 - Good Game.

Overall I felt the strongest part of Titanfall 2 was the single-player, but it only lasted for 5 hours. Respawn Entertainment created an awesome world, and I was left wanting more. The multiplayer wasn't for me, but I will admit it is fun to play. I just wish matches lasted longer then 10 minutes. The short single-player and not so exciting multiplayer is the reason why I gave this game a 3 out of 5. I just really wish they would focus more on the Titans then the Call of Duty style multiplayer. Titanfall 2 is not a bad game, it just didn't keep my attention for long.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Review - Battlefield 1

For years now EA and DICE have been trying to dethrone the mighty Call of Duty and this year they have done it with Battlefield 1. Well, only when it comes to multiplayer. The multiplayer is where the meat and potatoes of Battlefield 1 really is. DICE gives you a lot of modes to play around with. Conquest makes a welcome return, along with other modes such as Rush, Domination, and Team Death match. Two new modes added to the game are called War Pigeons and Operations. In the War Pigeons game mode the opposing sides compete to use messenger pigeons to call in artillery barrages on the enemy. Operations is like a full scale war based on battles of World War 1. You either play on the attacking or defending teams and must capture or defend points in each sector of the full map. Maps can have up to five sectors, so the battles can rage on for a while. The base game has a total of 9 maps, which is enough as Conquest and Operations are huge. You can choose if you want to play with 32 or 64 total players online and it can make for some epic battles between the Americans, British, Germans, Ottoman Empire, and Italians. While playing online you can choose between four classes; Assault, medic, Scout, and Support. The Assault class deals with vehicles, Medic can heal and bring fellow team mates back to life, Scout is like a sniper, and the Support class has mortars that can help turn the tide of battle. I feel that the classes are well balanced, but sometimes to many people end up playing Scouts (snipers) and can get kind of annoying. If you play with a well balanced team that has a good amount of each class, your team can dominate the battlefield.

Battlepacks also make a return. These are given random after each game and provide you with new skins for all the weapons in the game. You can't purchase these with real cash, which is for the best. Battlepacks have to be earned and can also be bought with scrap, which is an in-game currency that can be earned in the Battlepacks or scrapping a skin. Along with the Battlepacks, you also level up by getting XP for playing matches. As you level up you get different guns for each class. This is an interesting system, but I didn't really care for it, nor did I have any desire to collect the skins. But it is there for those that like this sort of thing. Really glad there is no micro-transactions in Battlefield 1. That is an awesome thing to see in a $60 video game.

The graphics and sounds in Battlefield 1 are done very well. Visuals are stunning, but not anywhere near Battlefront. The sounds of the weapons, explosions, and vehicles are fantastic. These are done very well and help the immersion of making you feel like you are on the battlefield.

I have to say that Battlefield 1 has been the first Battlefield in which I was really excited to play. It's been a while since I have wanted to continue to play Battlefield online. The last time I really got into a BF game was back in the "Bad Company 2" days. Though, I have to comment on the single-player. When Battlefield 1 first came out I read in the reviews that the single-player was really good. So, when I first picked up the game I jumped right into the single-player. I have to say I was really disappointed after hearing so much praise. The single-player is really short and gets pretty boring fast. You can choose between 5 different stories to play, but each story only lasts about an hour max. The single-player can be completed in less then 5 hours. I was really disappointed from the reviews I read to experiencing the single-player my self. If DICE concentrated only on a few characters and extended the single-player campaign across WWI it could have been better. But instead we get short stories that are very forgettable. If you are itching to play this game for the single-player, I hate to say it but you will be very disappointed.

Let's get to my final score of the game:

JB The Gamer's Final Rating on Battlefield 1: 4 out of 5 - Great Game.

Overall Battlefield 1 shines in the multiplayer, it is very solid, fun, and enough content to keep coming back. Though it looks like EA is holding out the French and Russians for future DLC, but the base game is still worth the $60 price tag. The only big disappoint, and makes the game a 4 out of 5 is the crappy single-player. It was forgettable and to damn short. It really felt like they just slapped it in there to tick off the box that says, hey we got single-player too.

Thankfully DICE has done an amazing job with the multiplayer, which is really the only reason why I keep coming back to Battlefield 1.

Battlefield 1 is available now on the PC, Xbox One, and PS4.