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The truth about The Last of Us Part II

After reading about the leaks for Naughty Dogs sequel to one of the best games I’ve played in my adult life, I have to admit I was thrown off. In my opinion, the leaks caused me and other fans of the franchise to think this installment would be unrelatable.

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Apex Legends Season 5 Gameplay Trailer

New season, new legend, new trailers

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Trials of Osiris launches tomorrow | Destiny 2: Season of the Worthy

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Revenant is the Scariest Legend in Apex Legends | Assimilation Trailer

Gamespot uploaded this trailer for the new legend, Revenant. He’ll be released in February 2020 with Apex Legends Season 4.

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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 Opinion Posts of 2019

There are a lot of reviews available on this blog site, but there a few opinions that I will argue with anyone about. I’ve listed them below.

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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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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.

I’m playing My Friend Pedro and… (review)

I mentioned this game earlier this month in my blog about games that should pique your interest from E3. My Friend Pedro looked so fun during the Devolver Digital showcase. In my brief overview, I mentioned that the game reminded me of Super Hot because of the slow-motion mechanic. And since I really enjoyed Super Hot, I figured I’d enjoy My Friend Pedro as well.

It released on PC and Nintendo Switch on June 20, 2019. I finally had a chance to experience it this weekend and I was not disappointed.

Game Play

My Friend Pedro
My Friend Pedro

It’s a side scroll format and it has a few cool mechanics. We knew about the slow-motion mechanic, but you can also split your bullet directions while you’re full hardcore parkour! You end up hanging upside down from zip lines, balancing on barrels, and shooting while skateboarding. Plus, you run up your damage output the faster you put down enemies.

On normal difficulty, the game is forgiving to an extent. If you get sloppy, the game will call you out for it at the end of the level. At the end of the level you are shown your best moment, so that will make you feel good.

The most difficult level is called Bananas. I may not be able to survive on the hardest level, but I’m sure eventually someone will be able to. I can’t wait for speed runs of the highest level to pop-up on YouTube. I really hope they do.

The talking banana does throw me off sometimes. There’s one point where the banana is talking about how he used to go to parties and how wild it was. In my mind I’m thinking, this character has to be hallucinating. How else would a talking banana make sense?

But seriously, My Friend Pedro is a chill game to play through. It’s like you are in the world of the Matrix or John Wick, but you’re a random street runner. It’s fun to play, it has manageable controls and it has a great soundtrack.

Usually, I’ll mute the game soundtrack and play my own music. But, the soundtrack in My Friend Pedro has a great mood that adds to the enjoyment of the game too.

You could lose track of time while playing this game.

The only thing that would make it better is a competition mode. Maybe players could go head to head to see who can clear the level the fastest and get the best score.

Overall, I’m really glad this game is as entertaining as it seemed to be at E3 and I’m going to keep playing!

Destiny 2: The Revelry (Final Review)

The Revelry event is about to end next Tuesday on May 7, 2019. During my first week playing, my clan mates gave me grief for actually wanting to explore the content. They were quickly bored of the Verdant Forest and didn’t want to grind to get the exotic linear fusion rifle, the Arbalest.

I understood their frustration. However, I wanted that fusion rifle so I ended up going solo with matchmaking to finish my triumphs and get my fusion rifle. Of course, they ended up grinding anyway because that’s what Destiny players do.

We ask for things to grind for, we get things to grind for, we complain about the grind and then we complete the grind. It’s the circle of our gameplay.

Honestly, the Verdant Forest was cool. I think Bungie did a great job reusing content that should have weighed more during the Curse of Osiris DLC last year. What made the Verdant Forest better than the Haunted Forest was its uncapped level system. Allowing players to go as long as they wanted.

It may have been more exciting if there were more than five bosses depending on how many levels you completed, but I won’t complain about semantics.

My favorite part of the Revelry has to but the tonics.

I enjoy spamming grenades on enemies in PVE. Who knew!

I didn’t really go into PVP because I just didn’t, but I ended up swapping between my hunter and my warlock during the PVE activities like Gambit and Reckoning. I had the most fun on my Warlock because using the axion bolt grenade is like a mini nova bomb. Plus with Skull of Dire Ahamkara paired with the top tree of the void subclass is just fun.

I was a walking, infinite nova bomb in every activity.

And I had fun.

-ABD

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