Category Archives: Gaming Opinions

Why the Sims: Bustin’ Out is still amazing | Celebrating The Sims 20th Anniversary

In 2003, one of my favorite Sims games was released. With the 20th anniversary of the Sims franchise passing on January 31, 2020, let’s talk about why The Sims: Bustin’ Out is one of the best games of the franchise.

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An honest experience with Choices | Mobile App

Here is a cautionary tale about an app I downloaded in the past.

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Opinion: The Only Way I’ll use Google Stadia is…

At this point, it has been well documented that Google Stadia has launched in a less than impressive fashion. It currently has a catalog that has a few exciting options, but not many. Prices are not competitive compared to other console and PC sale prices. Plus, it’s subscription-based in addition to the full price game options.

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Favorite Playthroughs of 2019 (Game List)

I played some amazing and highly entertaining games this year. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the Destiny franchise and I follow Destiny 2 very closely on this site. However, I wanted to put together a list of games that I thoroughly enjoyed in addition to my main game.

The following list contains games that I completed full reviews on. In case you missed them, give the links included in the post a click and take a look. I have reviewed more games than this on the site, but not all of them made the list.

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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is nostalgic and enjoyable (story review)

When I logged into Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, I was excited to return to the moon. There is a lot of nostalgia in returning to the moon in this game and it’s obvious as soon as you load in that Bungie was wisely aware of that.

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Armor 2.0 in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep brings a new challenge beyond the endgame (bungie stream highlights)

Rodney Thomas, Lisa Brown, Tomonori Kinoshita joined the Bungie live stream with Deej today to talk about Armor 2.0 in preparation for Destiny 2: Shadowkeep releasing October 1, 2019. They revealed great information that already has my mind reeling about the character builds I can create.

Here are some key points.

Basic Stats:

Intellect, discipline, strength return to our baseline statistics with mobility, recovery and resilience and they stat from 0 to 100 percent. Every time you reach a tier you will hit the next checkpoint of the base stat.

Mods:

Looks like randomized perks are gone from all armor now. At least legendary armor.

Mods will be sold at the gunsmith and drop from gunsmith packages, world engrams, iron banner activities, and the raid. If you have your solstice gear, the gunsmith will give you the upgraded Armor 2.0 solstice gear on October 1st.

Your mod is yours. You can remove it or add it to as many pieces as you want, assuming you have the materials needed to do that.

Materials to mod and upgrade your gear include ascendant shards, energy, masterwork cores, and glimmer. There will be new pathways to get masterwork cores and other advanced materials.

I don’t believe the gear would need to be masterwork to mod them out. However, being masterwork does give your gear a base stat increase so it can only help.

Old armor with mods on them and old mods still in your inventory will dismantle into mod components. This is good news. Recycling our materials is better than rendering them unusable.

Super notes:

Shadowshot quiver (bottom tree) has more tethers available now for the Hunters. Five were used by Tomonori Kinoshita during the stream.

Weapons of Light is back with the Ward of Dawn Titan super. I wonder if Blessing of Light is available as well. They did not mention it during the stream.

Other interesting facts:

  • Glimmer has a new cap over 200,000 instead of capping at 100,000.
  • Vendor Legendary armor will drop as armor 2.0 from your collections
  • You can see the class of other players in the UI now.
  • Ammo gives you a visual queue when your ammo finder is working.
  • Universal Ornaments work on all legendaries. Not exotics.
  • Exotics take shaders now.
  • Glow will be usable on all armor if you have it.

Final thoughts:

Going into Armor 2.0 will be like leaving kindergarten and going straight to college.

This is going to be so involved. You’ll need to mod every piece of armor on your guardian for it to be viable. This is an exciting assessment. It will be interesting to pick and piece together mods to have the most complementary experience while playing this game. I especially think that preparing for raids, dungeon activities, and PVP are going to be the most intense.

Imagine modding out your gear for the max amount of aim assist. Or putting all discipline on your Warlock as Lisa Brown did with Getaway Artist in the stream, adding some better passive traits, and taking that build into PVP.

For now, it seems like the possibilities are almost endless with Armor 2.0 and I’m looking forward to jumping into Shadowkeep on October 1st.

Black Desert PS4 beta test (review)

I joined a group of my friends in the beta test for Black Desert. At the time of this writing, the beta is coming to a close. It’s a Fantasy MMO RPG adventure game. The initial release was in 2014 but the PS4 release is coming out on August 22, 2019.

So what about this game?

If you are a fan of Skyrim, World of Warcraft and other games like that, you will enjoy yourself. I played with a party of four people and we laughed the entire time and enjoyed leveling up.

My favorite aspect of the game is the amount of customization. I chose to be a sorceress, I made her hair blue and her skin bronze. She’s amazing.

I went to YouTube to find out a little about the classes available and as I unlocked her move set, I really started to get into the game-play. The combat is fluid, hard-hitting, and pretty to look at.

Yes, I said pretty.

In my group my friends played, Ranger, Wizard, and Bezerker. They all seemed to be having just as much fun as me.

Any Drawbacks?

There are some drawbacks. The biggest peeve in this game is the boss fights. You have to disband your party to fight them.

Every other instance, like grinding quest steps and gaining experience points you can play with friends. But as soon as the quest step requires you to defeat a boss, you need to disband your group and defeat it solo.

This could be a beta thing, but then again, the game has been out on PC and Xbox for a while and I was told that the situation is the same.

Action?

When the action is high energy and you are constantly fighting mobs, Black Desert is a joy. However, there are low points when you are traveling from village to village talking to different people just to complete quest steps. It’s a bit monotonous.

I understand it the RPG way, but that doesn’t make it any less dull.

There was also a point in our game-play that we tried to tame a horse. We tried for 45 minutes and failed. But it was fun trying. We ended up buying our horses from the stable keep for $15000 currency. I also realized you can fish in this game, but I didn’t get to try. I just watched a player for a little while. However, I did end up getting my fishing license after killing a boss. I’m sure there are a lot of activities to try within the game.

Overall, this game is fun to play with friends. I never played alone, so I can not tell you how the solo experience is. I’m told there is a strict RPG community that you can join if you are into that. I’m interested in trying that out once the game launches. But other than that, I had a lot of fun playing with my friends and enjoying this game.

Black Desert releases on PS4 on August 22, 2019.