Sunset Overdrive Review

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Published on December 2nd, 2014 |
by Joshua Turner

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I would like to thank Insomniac games for giving us the opportunity to review this game, and say sorry that it has taken me a while to post this due to college finals.

 

 

Story

In this game you are in a “Dead Rising” sort of situation. A contaminated energy drink has caused people to become mutants that want to kill you. Your job is to find your way out of the city and tell the world about the outbreak.

 

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Game World 

In Sunset Overdrive you are in Sunset City. It is a large city with various terrain including a large river. I found it to be the perfect size allowing for quick travel to all parts of the city. You can run on the ground, grind buildings, wire, and rails, bounce on parasols and bushes, and more to move around. A quick-travel system is also included which makes it even faster to get to your destination.

 

Controls

The controls of the game a basic enough to master in an hour or so. I highly enjoyed the control scheme.

 

Gameplay 

The gameplay is wonderful. It makes you feel like a big hero all powerful and able to do anything. It is fun and allows for relaxed gameplay. You have many weapons to choose from and abilities to use throughout the game. This game in a way really makes fun of video games with its removal of the 4th wall, making fun of the monotonous typical quests in games, and the video game “Rule of Threes”. Quests are fun with just enough difficulty to not be frustrating but still a little hard. The game also brings in a nostalgic factor to those familiar with the Jet Set Radio franchise. The enemies are interesting to kill and can take multiple weapons to kill quickly.You have lots of cool mini quests where you get to use traps to defend places while hordes of the mutants attack. The game seems to take a lot of the best things about games and over exaggerate them to a point that becomes hilarious.

 

Graphics

The graphics in this game are great. They are highly stylized and I really loved them as they really fit the game. They never seemed to have odd polygons or strange textures which made for a great overall experience.

 

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Christian Values 

This game has a good amount of violence, gore, and cursing. Those are really the only issues I noticed.

 

Verdict

The game has a great story that is predictable but only so to keep with the humor of the game. There is plenty of space in the game to run around and have fun without seeming huge or too small. The controls are simple and easy to get a handle on, you should have no issues with them. The gameplay is really fun and allows you to relax. It pokes fun at many games and brings a nostalgia factor for some players. The graphics are really great and fit the game extremely well. The game has violence, gore, and language I would recommend players be at least 13 to play with parental consent or 16 without. If you can get past the language you will probably have a really good time, and if so I recommend you get it.

Sunset Overdrive Review
Joshua Turner

Summary: The game has a great story that is predictable but only so to keep with the humor of the game. There is plenty of space in the game to run around and have fun without seeming huge or too small. The controls are simple and easy to get a handle on, you should have no issues with them. The gameplay is really fun and allows you to relax. It pokes fun at many games and brings a nostalgia factor for some players. The graphics are really great and fit the game extremely well. The game has violence, gore, and language I would recommend players be at least 13 to play with parental consent or 16 without. If you can get past the language you will probably have a really good time, and if so I recommend you get it.


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The Stomping Land Review

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Published on June 21st, 2014 |
by Adam Beeman

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The Stomping Land is a early-access openworld survival online multiplayer game by Super Crit Studios. The goal of the game is to survive on this island you start on, but it will not be easy. There are many danger such as falling from heights, drowning, lava, other players/tribes, and the biggest danger is the dinosaurs that are living on the island with you!

You start off as a caveman of some sort with nothing but an axe. Much like the game Rust at the beginning where you start off with just one tool and then have to gather supplies to build better and more specific tools along with shelter, campfire, torches, and other things. As of right now there is only one map to play on and you will always start off somewhere on the outer rim on the beach (This provides a little bit more ease in to finding other players). Once you have the supplies you can set up a tepee so that in the event of death you will be given the option to re-spawn in your tepee instead of just a random location on the map. Once you have found your friends you may build a totem to start a tribe and then have your friends ask to join the tribe by clicking on the totem. Once they are accepted into the tribe you will be able to see their Steam names above their heads. There are also very dark caves that contain shining green herbs and bonus expertise circles. These herbs maybe used to revive players that are unconscious or tame a dead dinosaur to be your pet that you can ride (Depending on your expertise level). Expertise is a number that represents you experience for that current life. It increases by surviving, killing people, killing dinosaurs, and bonus experience circles from the caves. Your expertise level will reset if you die. The higher the expertise level the better the dinosaur you can ride (Although not all dinosaurs can be rode yet).

Since this game is an early access game it still has a lot of work to go and not everything that has been shown is even in the game yet. I am confident that Super Crit Studios will fully deliver on their game by the time they are done with the alpha process. I honestly can’t wait to see them fulfill their vision for this game. It is a very fun and exciting game to play especially with a group of friends. I highly recommend it if you are okay with buying a unfinished product, otherwise you should probably wait for the full release, but their is no time-frame on that as of late.

 

Overall this game is not too bad on one’s walk, but it does involve the killing of other cavemen and animals. Also involves the use of herbs for medicinal uses and taming dinosaurs. Also the cavemen do not have very much clothing own. Enough to cover the private areas on men though (Only men in the game). The game can be pretty violent at times and as well as the online community in the servers can be a bit rude (No different from Rust).

 

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Summary: A wonderful game that could be the dinosaur game we all have wanted for so long!


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Bardbarian Review

Recently I was given the chance to experience the indie game Bardbarian. This game was made by TreeFortress studios and someone who I’ve been getting to know Mike Gaboury. The game is available for Steam, IOS, blackberry, and Android though I played it on PC. Thankfully Mike was nice enough to allow me to have a review copy of this game and so I have got a full review here for you guys today.

 

 

Story

In this game you play Brad, Brad is a barbarian of local village. His job is to protect the sacred crystal of the village. Goblins and such creatures attack frequently, and he doesn’t really like his job. So Brad decides to find a way to make things a little bit more interesting. Taking an old battle axe Brad fashions for himself a lute and becomes a bard. It’s not really that his job itself changes but how he does his job. Now being a bard Brad can use his bardic abilities to help him fight evil.

 

Game World

The “world” in this game is not very large, but it doesn’t need to be away this game works it really does not need a very large world in fact a larger world would hinder you much more instead. The world is just the right size and has plenty of fun details to be seen. Mike made sure to add special Easter eggs into the game that increase the ambiance of it. You can find a couple of them as you go pretty easily but the some of them you won’t really notice because you moving so fast as you go in the game. You’ll find things like Jake’s sword from Adventure Time, the Hylrulian shield from the Legend of Zelda and other Easter eggs as you go. World is very well developed for how the game plays and works very well with the game itself, in fact I think it is perfect for it and I would not want anything to be changed about it.

 

Controls

The controls for this game are pretty simple using WASD for movement and various number keys for special moves it’s very simple to jump into this came very quickly, but what makes it even easier is when you already have a controller, specifically an Xbox controller. It set up perfectly set up for the Xbox 360 controller and works extremely well with it. In fact I recommend that if you play this game you use an Xbox 360 controller. The controls are very simple they don’t get in the way and allow you to experience the gameplay very easily and you can play it very quickly just jumping right into it. You really need no experience in it.This helps newer gamers get into the game. I really like how this is been set up and think that it is a good layout that more games could adopt.

 

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Gameplay

The gameplay in this game is fun and easy and highly rewarding. In the game you play a bard and as you may know bards have various abilities. You can summon minions to your aid and other heroes, you can use special abilities, and have various other powerful abilities which are caused by both charming creatures which your lute and using magical abilities.The various abilities do things like buffing yourself and others and for things like causing your enemies to not be able to attack and be stunned. As you play the game you’re faced with various enemies starting out with the weakest first and slowly increasing in difficulty you will fight various waves of these enemies and at the end of a set of waves will be a boss battle. After the  boss battle a new set of waves starts with increasingly more difficult starter enemies. When you die you are given the chance to restart or to go to the shop and upgrade. Restarting will restart from the first wave but you will keep all the gold you got in your previous set of waves, while upgrading will allow you to both upgrade yourself and minions that you summon throughout the game. You can also buy new minions to use, upgrade your abilities, and buy special things for the town which aid you as you go. There are also two challenge modes that you can play and in these challenge modes you can post your scores to steam allowing you to challenge your friends, Endless and Survival mode. Overall the gameplay is highly enjoyable and I really love it.

 

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Graphics

The graphics in this game are most definitely unique and I really love them. They look hand-drawn and that’s because they are. Mike the artist of this game actually gave me a chance to look at the various elements that he made for the game. I really enjoy the graphics even though they may not be what you expect out of most games these days. They don’t have the hand-drawn look of the bridge but rather more of just a artistic style which is not seen in many other places. You can tell this is his own style. It’s a little cartoony and that’s actually a good thing it helps make the game seem even more fun and humorous and really just show off the highlights from the artist who made them.

 

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Music

Being a game where you  play a bard music should be important and is. I highly have enjoyed the music a lot of it being rock and metal with some power riffs thrown in during certain actions. The music was ell done and really works with the game and helps it a great amount.

 

Christian values

There are a few issues someone may have with escape one being the killing of goblins and another being the magic used on it. Not only do you use some magic yourself but some of your followers can also use magic. You can have mages, healers, and the like which help you along the way and these  use magic but it is your choice to use them. You do not have to use these healers, you do not have use your buffs, you don’t have to use any of that in fact if your strategic enough you might be able to make it through without any use of any magic in this game. Though, the enemies also do have some of their own magic with a few of the enemies. It would however be hard for you to make it through without using any of your buffs or any of your de-buffs but I do not see a real problem here in the game. There are no gods which these powers come from or demons or the like, such as and some other games use but rather it seems is like an inert ability. Personally I do not feel that these would really harm you in your walk with Christ. I feel that this game is very funand plays around with things and kind of makes fun of things a little and that it will not really harm your walk with Christ.

 

Verdict

Overall this game is very good in my opinion. It is a good indie game and I really love indie games. It doesn’t have a timeless story but it really doesn’t need that. It has a great control scheme and the world is set up perfectly for the game. It’s easy to play, easy to get into, and highly fun. The fun factor here is great it’s highly addictive and I’ve been loving it, been loving every single minute of it. Graphics in this game are really nice and really unique because Mike is designing them all and drawing them by hand. As far as how this will affect your walk with Christ I do not believe that this game will have too much of an impact on it. It is more fun and frivolity more making fun of many of the things that you would normally find a issue with than it is going along with them it seems although there is magic there, some of it can be avoided and I don’t feel any of it would affect your walk with Christ.

 

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Special Thanks to Mike Gaboury of Tree Fortress and Cherry Sauce Clothing for the review copy of this game.

 

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Bioshock Infinite Review

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Published on May 23rd, 2014 |
by Adam Beeman

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In the 3rd installation of the Bioshock Franchise Irrational Games, led by Ken Levine, releases their second installment in the three part franchise. Infinite changes the experience of the game completely by sending you into the clouds to the floating city of Columbia ruled by a man named Comstock. You play as a private detective named Booker Dewitt that is told “Bring back the girl, wipe away the debt.” by a set of twins.

Columbia is absolutely breath taking when you first see it in all it’s glory. It is very different from the dark and creepy Rapture that is underwater from the first two games. Columbia is seen as a very merry place and is bright and full of citizens and sunshine. The civilization in Columbia had not fallen like in rapture. It creates a completely different experience.

The graphics in this game are stunning every thing is detailed and just very pleasing to the eyes to look at. One of the best graphical games as of recently. The combat system has been changed as well as the items to match the different setting of the game in Columbia instead of rapture (I personally favored the Bioshock 1 combat system more.).

 

From the christian perspective this can be a difficult game to play in it effect on your walk with Christ. This game involves a religion based on the founding fathers of America as their Gods, racism, alot of violence, the ability to consume alcohol, and the requirement to take “potions” to play the game (they give you abilities or recharge your abilities).

Overall this game is a very fun game to play and it is very pleasing to the eyes graphically. It can effect your walk in its lack of morals and in its crooked morals. Nevertheless Irrational has brought another excellent game to play in what is their last game as the company we knew them as.

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  1. This was a really great game. There was an awkward religious undertone to the game, and from what I gather the antagonist was driven or inspired by God to build this city.

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