A Review From Hidai Moya
Finally fulfilling the desire of many to have an open world Samurai game, this finally brings that idea to life even if it isn’t the watershed gaming moment some proclaim it to be. Unlike the ambitious, complex & highly detailed historical worlds of Rockstar or Ubisoft this game takes a far more austere approach.
It doesn’t offer gamers the type of interactivity with its world in the same way as the aforementioned titles do opting for a more toned down and reserved approach to its land. I wish that suckerpunch put in more effort into the filler content. Half the side quests are literally the cliched “rescue the farmers from the bandits” quests & getting rewarded with sword runes & colored headbands felt hollow.
Nonetheless the terrain of Tsushima is indelibly beautiful, the main quest itself is genuinely good (as was the memorable ending I got), & I also respect the combat animations for being astute in their brutality. However Tsushima island can often feel austere & lacks any significant innovations to the open world formula.
In any case its the only game in town that offers gamers a historical samurai fix to sate them. This is a good game but I wouldn’t call it a “great” game.
A Review From Hidai Moya
This is a good game, but it’s not without its frustrations. For a start it’s RPG upgrade system doesn’t belong here, it’s too overbearing for a linear game. I was also a bit annoyed by it’s not really open world deisgn that makes you revisit the same places over again, present convoluted barriers to prevent you from travelling, & a “when are we going to get to the fireworks factory” approach to Odin. It’s unquestionable success is in it’s orgasmically savage combat. Taking down giant ogres & trolls with a magical axe is so damn satisfying it’s a fresh new life blood gaming really needed. And even as someone who hasn’t played the previous GoW games the emotional evolution of Kratos with his son was very very palpable. Not exactly the GOTY game I thought it would be but for the combat alone I’m glad I played it. Grade B+
A Review From Hidai Moya
Borrowing heavily from the Ubisoft open world formula, a page from the Rocksteady Arkham games, & a solid dose of its own gaming heritage, Insomniac’s concoction has created not only the definitive Spider-Man game but one of the greatest superhero titles ever.
This thoroughly, consistently, delivered non stop thrills over & over & over again it put me in a state of euphoria unlike any other open world title I’ve played. Spidey’s hypnotic acrobatic web swinging & combat mechanics is pure bliss (he is also so goddamn hilarious not a minute went by where I wasn’t laughing). More impressive still is the fact that this is probably the best incarnation of Peter Paker we’ve seen, including his film incarnations. Dazzling visuals combined with beautiful character moments make this an unforgettable experience. Amazing.
A Review From Jeremy Miller
When it comes to video games, the big thing right now is “Battle Royales”. Whether you prefer to play solo or with a squad, there is no shortage of options. Fortnite and PUBG have been two of the most popular for well over a year, and the bigger developers have taken notice and even came out with their own versions of the popular genre. Respawn Entertainment, the creators of the Titanfall game franchise, have created a BR called ‘Apex Legends’. It feels as if all I have played in the last year are “Battle Royales”, so I was a little skeptical when I first played it, thinking that it would feel the same as the others with just with different cosmetics. Man was I wrong, and I’m glad I was.
‘Apex Legends’ is a class based shooter, meaning each character has abilities and specials that only they can use. For instance, Lifeline is a Combat Medic. She can deploy a healing drone and drop a care package for her team to get defensive and healing supplies. Bangalore is a combat specialist, or DPS, character. She can throw out smoke grenades and when her special is ready, can drop Rolling Thunder, an artillery strike. With each character having their own strengths and abilities, the game kinda forces players to play with a team first mentality, rather than running off on your own. And that alone separates ‘Apex Legends’ from the other BR games at the moment.
‘Apex Legends’ is a beautiful game. The graphics are amazing and if it weren’t for other players trying to shoot my head off, I’d probably have time to snap more screenshots. The only game mode is Trios, meaning that if you don’t have a friend or two in your party, the game will match you with randoms. The game will randomly select who picks their character first, then second and third. The other new thing that was added, is called a Jumpmaster, who is also selected at random. The Jumpmaster is the one who can select a spot and jump out of the flying vehicle to land at that position. The game does give the option for a player to break away from the group and go off on their own. Once your team has landed, the mission to survive begins. There is plenty of loot laying around for everyone to have 2 weapons of their choice with a couple of attachments. Which in turn makes it extremely interesting if there are other groups that landed with you.
Not only is Apex Legends a beautiful designed game with great mechanics, it’s also free on PC, XBox and PlayStation. I can’t wait to see what new characters Respawn has in store for us. I have yet been able to secure a victory, but that doesn’t matter. I like to play games because I have fun, especially if it’s with friends. But I would be lying if I told you I don’t have a competitive side. I will get that win one day. And I’ll brag about it to my cat.
Overall I would have to rate this game a solid 9/10.
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