MouseCraft Review (PS4)

MouseCraft

This game has been in my backlog since it was free for PS+, which was probably a long time because I have no idea when I actually added it to my library only that I did it before the end of last year. Anyway, after finishing Super Exploding Zoo! which was also in my backlog, you can read my full review here, I figured I might was well pull another game from my backlog and start on that one as well. Keep reading to see what I thought of MouseCraft.

MouseCraft is a little puzzle game where you have to lead three little mice through different obstacles in order to get to a piece of cheese. This experiment is being done by this crazy cat who has an overall purpose for this experiment. The machine that he’s building is a mysterious one, but you’ll find out what the cat is using these mice for by the end of the game. A cross between Tetris and Lemmings, this game will have you playing for hours as you try to figure out how to complete each individual puzzle.

I really enjoyed this game. I didn’t think that I would, but I did. The puzzles were challenging, the basis of the game was a little bare bones, but it was mostly about the puzzles. I thought the premise of having a game that mixed Tetris and Lemmings was a pretty brilliant one and really worked for the overall game. There were 80 different levels to complete and this was no easy task. While some of the levels were easy to complete, there were other levels that were just mind boggling and took some time to figure out.

The overall gameplay was pretty simple and easy to get used to in the earlier levels. Once you had your pieces in order it was easy to speed up the game in order to get your mice where they had to go. As the game progressed, things got a little harder as you had to pause and move your blocks around hoping that you accidently didn’t drop a block on one of your mice in order to finish the level. Once you had a few go arounds with that though, it became easy to manage. I also loved the fact that this game was glitch free. This is rare and lately I’ve been finding more and more of these smaller games are completely glitch free and this is a good thing.

I liked the graphics as they were a mix of 3D and 2D. In each level you can see the crazy little cat operating the experiment and in the front you can see the mice as they move and the pieces as they are placed. It made for an interesting combination of what was going around in the background and what was going on in the front. The graphics were nicely done and were detailed.

There are a total of 12 really easy trophies for this game and all you have to do is play the game from start to finish. Completing all 80 levels with a perfect rating will probably be the hardest trophy, but my suggestion is to just play through the game normally because most likely you’ll get a perfect rating on more than 75% of the levels and then go back and use a guide in order to finish everything up.

There is no multiplayer for this game. Thank you Crunching Koalas for not adding a multiplayer feature for this game because it made it that much more enjoyable.

Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:

+ 80 different puzzles for you to try to solve. Each of them range from easy to hard to super hard.
+ Easy gameplay that isn’t to difficult to understand or get used to.
+ This game is glitch free and it’s kind of rare to find that these days so it’s always a good thing.
+ Cool graphics that only enhance the overall gameplay experience.

What’s Not So Great:

Bare bones story, but the game is really about the puzzles.
No replay value.

Overall I had a really great time playing this game and what was cool about it was that you could play this game in an afternoon if you wanted to. If you’re a fan of puzzle games and enjoy a challenge I would say that this game is for you and can’t be missed. Even if you didn’t pick it up when it was free for PS+, the $9.99 price tag isn’t a bad one. The only downside is that once you’re done and you’ve gotten all the trophies there really isn’t a replay value, but you will have fun while you’re playing.

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I Never Finished…Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light…Because

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

This was yet another game that I only downloaded because of PS+. The catch though was that I really liked this game. I had first taken notice of this game when it came out and then was excited when it was free because I didn’t want to actually pay for it even though I did want to play it. Anyway, I played the game but you know if it ended up on this list I never finished it so keep reading to find out why.

Unlike other Tomb Raider games, this one is completely different. Instead of the usual game that Tomb Raider offers, this game is more of an arcade like game where you team up in co-op mode, either locally or online, and play through the various different areas using a birds eye view throughout the game. The plot of the game though, is similar to other Tomb Raider games where Lara is on the search for some mystery and usually finds trouble. This time she’s looking for a mirror that has the power to unleash creatures to fight for whoever possess it. Surprise though because she’s not alone and someone of course followed her so now it’s a race to the mirror before it gets into the wrong hands. If you play by yourself you get a different adventure than if you play in co-op mode. If you play in co-op mode you’ll have Totec along to help you out.

Being the Tomb Raider fan that I am, at first I was a little skeptical about this game because it wasn’t the Tomb Raider that I was used to. I owned all of the original Tomb Raider’s on PC, a long time ago, and even had some for my PS2. Turns out I really enjoyed this game and the different puzzles that it had to offer. It was different than any other Tomb Raider game that I played, but it was still Tomb Raider and it was a really cool little game. While it doesn’t offer the same gameplay length that a usual Tomb Raider game has to offer, it still has a well-developed story. I actually completed the game twice, once in single player mode and once in co-op mode. Being the trophy hunter that I am, even though I finished the game, twice, that doesn’t mean that I actually finished it.

As you can see from the picture above, I’m only missing three trophies. THREE! I hadn’t looked at this trophy log in a while and seeing that I’m only missing three made me have an “ugh” moment. Especially because they’re really simple trophies. One is a co-op trophy, one is a simple puzzle trophy, and one is a find everything trophy. See? Simple trophies.

Probability of this game getting played again…5 out of 5.

This game is still on my system and seeing that I’m only missing three trophies I really want to go back and get them. I don’t know if I’ll have to start fresh since I did lose all of my PS3 data a long time ago when my second PS3 crashed, but at this point it really doesn’t matter because the game isn’t that long to begin with. I’m really thinking that I could spend at least one day finishing up this game, I might be wrong but it’s worth a try.

Now it’s your turn, love this game, hate this game? Looking for a co-op partner, if the online servers are still up? I still need that one more co-op trophy and would be willing to help someone out for a little help myself. Let me know in the comments section below and for next week, guess what kind of game it is? Another free PS+ game. This one impressed me though because it wasn’t one of those cheap little games that I’ve been playing, it was actually a full length game and I was like “whoa really?” Even though I didn’t know the premise of the game and anything it was an actually full fledged game so I downloaded it and played it only to never finish it. Next week I’ll let you know why I never finished Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.

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This Week in Trophies 06-11-2017 – 06-17-2017

I’m going to be honest and say that this week basically just sucked when it came to trophies. I really had absolutely no time to play because of real world problems. Not only do I work one of those super adult desk job type jobs which makes me think every once in a while, when did I get so old, but I also do some freelance Web Design and Development. While I thought I would have a nice week of playing video games when I was done with my job, turns out the freelance stuff wasn’t so easy this time around as one of the sites I manage had the shit hit the fan and it was up to me to clean it up. Anyway, I did manage to get some gaming in and here’s what I was able to get.

Abzu – 50%

I finished up the main story to this game and am now going back to get the trophies that I missed. I have to say that I really enjoyed this underwater Journey game and by the end felt a deep connection to the game that I didn’t think I would feel. I’ll get into that more once I eventually finish it and write the review, but for now that’s all you’re getting.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider – 12%

I never knew it would take this much time to play a Tomb Raider game. Time was not on my side this week and I was barely able to play this game because of my lack of time. I’m kind of enjoying my time playing, but the jury is still out on this game and I think I’m towards the end so I don’t know what to think.

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Killing Floor 2 – 2%

Why did I start this game this week? Two reasons, one because it was recommended to me and two because I was having such a frustrating day that I needed something that was mindless and fun in order to relax. Mission accomplished on both ends. While I can’t see myself getting lost in this game, I can see myself going back every once in a while to have some mindless fun.

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And that was it for this week. I’m thinking that this upcoming week is going to be more of the same because I still have some Web Site stuff to figure out and my clients are a pain in the ass. Pro-tip from a seasoned Web Designer, never ever do stuff for so-called “friends.” It doesn’t work out. EVER. And if something goes wrong you’re always to blame even if you aren’t. Anyway, back to the gaming stuff. I’m hoping I can finish Abzu this week while continuing to play Rise of the Tomb Raider and some Killing Floor 2 when I have the chance. Chances are that I won’t be starting anything new any time soon, but you never know. I’ll let you know how my week turns out next week.

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Frequently Asked Video Game Questions – Is Bully on the PS4 as good as Bully on the PS2?

Submitted by Anonymous Is Bully on the PS4 as good as Bully on the PS2?

This is a pretty simple question to answer because the Bully that you get on PS4 is the exact same Bully that you get on the PS2. There’s nothing new, nothing different, and nothing extra added to the game. Unless of course you count that you can now get trophies for it. If you still have a PS2 and don’t care about trophies, I would say pop in your PS2 version and play again. If you had Bully on the PS2 and no longer own a PS2, but want to play the game again, then go ahead and get it for the PS4.

I will point out though that there are some problems that the game suffers, which you can read about here. And if you’re still unsure of whether or not you want to purchase the game, I did a full review of the game over a year ago that you can read here.

Have a video game question that you want answered? Go ahead and leave your question in the comment section below and I’ll make sure to add your name into the blog that features your question. If you prefer to be anonymous, then go ahead and type your question into the search box. I’ll be able to see it and maybe one day you’ll be able to see it on this blog.

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E3 2017 – Part 5 – Sony Press Conference

Out of all the press conferences that E3 has to offer, I have to say that I always look forward to the Sony one. It’s my absolute favorite because they show games that I know if I’m interested in I can buy. This is also the last conference that I watch and then just watch various different gaming news feeds to see if I missed anything good. Anyway, on with the Sony conference.

Things started off with a new look at Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. I have to say that this DLC/Expansion, I have no idea what you want to call it, looks amazing and it does make up for the fact that Uncharted 4 was sorely missing Chloe. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be enjoyed all that much because it is a Sony Conference and it wouldn’t be a Sony Conference without a few hiccups and there was basically no sound for the first three previews. Next up though, another glimpse at some more DLC. This time for Horizon Zero Dawn. Aloy’s story continues as she ventures into a new frozen area with new characters to meet and new metal demons to take down. This will be one of those $19.99 DLC’s called The Frozen Wilds and it’ll be available some time before the new year.

Next up was some new Day’s Gone footage and actual gameplay. While I feel like zombie games are a little overdone at this point, this one looks new and different. The zombies aren’t your typical zombies and this game involves a lot of tactics instead of just running into a horde and killing as many zombies as possible. The only thing is there is no release date. Up next was a game that I was surprised to see because compared to the three power houses before it, it looked cheaply made and kept cutting back and forth between different scenes. This game shows you some gameplay action, but not a lot making me think that it doesn’t really operate all that smoothly. This was Monster Hunter World. After that I kind of felt the show went downhill with the showing of Shadow of the Colossus, which is a complete remake, and Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite.

Because of the deal that Call of Duty has with PlayStation there was the obligatory Call of Duty stuff with the next edition into the franchise which is WWII. I gave up on this franchise a long time ago because I just can’t keep up so while this one looks cool, I’ll be skipping it because I can’t give it the time it needs to actually play. After that was just a handful of different games that you can only play on PlayStation VR. Even though some of the games looked good like The Inpatient, others were just ugh. They even re-did The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for VR now and I’m basically over it. How many times are they going to re-do this game before giving us the next addition into The Elder Scrolls franchise? Anyway, some of the crazy VR games were Star Child, some Final Fantasy Fishing Game, Bravo Team, and the creepiest game of all where it makes you look like a weirdo following a mouse around Moss.

With the VR stuff finally done, it was time to get into some God of War because people have been waiting for this. I love that this isn’t just a new edition into this already well established franchise, but a reboot of the franchise. You can see Kratos in a new light, even though he remembers his past which is shown in this trailer/gameplay feature, he is trying to raise his son as best as he can. It looks like it’s going to be amazing and it comes out in early 2018. Up next a game that I’ve been waiting for since it was first debuted. It’s Detroit: Become Human. There was new gameplay footage, the reveal of a new character, who just happens to be a Grey’s Anatomy star, and a new mission. Everything looks great and it looks like this game is ready to go, but there’s no release date and there won’t be until David Cage says so. Then there was another game that is being overly hyped which is Destiny 2. This game could be the best game ever, but after being duped into playing the first Destiny, I will not be doing the same with this game. I really don’t believe the game has changed all that much to make it into a decent game, but that remains to be seen. I just won’t be buying it. The show then closes with Spiderman. Seriously? That was it? I thought I was watching the Sony Conference. I know that people are super hyped for this game and all, but I could really care less about another Spiderman game. There was a bunch of actual gameplay showed off and it looks decent at the moment, but I’m just not into it.

Overall Sony had a really weak show. There was nothing really concrete to show off and they focused way too much on VR. I’m not buying into the whole VR thing where I feel like I’m going to have to be dropping Dramamine every couple of hours just to play a video game. While a lot of games are coming out this year, I felt like we will be seeing a lot of these games again next year with probably no release date. What’s the point then? I want to see games that are going to be coming out sometime in the near future so that I can play them. This isn’t just for Sony, but for a lot of the conferences. I know they’re supposed to showcase games that are coming out, but I don’t feel like they should make multiple appearances at E3. When a game makes multiple appearances at E3 because it isn’t done yet, it makes me feel like it’s that company reminding you about this game because clearly with everything else that has come out you’ve forgotten about it so it turns into a show of “don’t forget, we still have this game coming out!”

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E3 2017 – Part 4 – Ubisoft Press Conference

I usually don’t have really high hopes for Ubisoft because I’ve been let down by them as a company so many times, but this time I had to try and contain my excitement for this conference because of their pre-show reveal. There was Far Cry 5 and the new Assassin’s Creed. I couldn’t help but be a little excited about all of this.

Ubisoft started their show with Rabbids. Not just any Rabbids though, Rabbids mixed with Mario. This is a new partnership with Nintendo bringing a game exclusively to the Nintendo switch. The game looks crazy weird, but it’s a pretty cool looking puzzle/tactical game and I really liked it. It’s called Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and it’ll be available 8.29.2017. Not a bad way to start the show, something new, but then onto a franchise that has been around now for 10 years. Can you believe it? I can’t. This franchise has seen it’s up and downs along with various problems along the way, but this new Assassin’s Creed: Origins game looks like it can really bring new life into a dying franchise. I thought that the Egypt setting was genius because there is so much history there and it feels like there is so much that can be done, it would be hard for Ubisoft to screw this one up. Since this was already announced at the Microsoft Conference, it wasn’t really a surprise, but it was nice to see it again because the visuals are phenomenal and the game will release on 10.27.2017. Up next in the showcase was The Crew 2. This was to be expected because it was revealed pre-show that this would be in the showcase. Does it look good? Yes, because you can race in just about any sport that has racing. Does that mean that it’s going to be good? Possibly not, but that’s just me. Anyway, this game will be released in Early 2018.

Moving on, South Park: The Fractured But Whole makes another appearance at E3 which is hopefully its last because it has a release date now of 10.17.2017. If this game is delayed again, then I’ve completely lost all hope for this game and will just forget about it. This was really no surprise, but there was some VR stuff which everyone is doing this year. Transference is Ubisoft’s VR game du jour for the year and the concept looks interesting enough that if I was to get into VR, which I am not, this is one game that I would check out. Up next was something unexpected, which was a pirate game. You guys know how much I love pirates right? I think it has something to do with Dragon Age’s Isabela, but moving on there is a new Ubisoft pirate game called Skull & Bones. It’s not Sea of Thieves, but at first it looks amazing with the video of some badass female pirate commanding her ship and then we get into the actual gameplay. The game is basically For Honor with ships and pirates. Don’t get me wrong, the game has a cool concept behind it but can you imagine the multiplayer for this? It’s going to be a cluster fuck to play online unless you actually have a group of people to play with that you already know. As the promo for the game went on my interest went out the window as I thought of how much enjoyment I got out of For Honor at first before it all went out the window and now sits on my self collecting dust. For those interested, this game will come out in Fall 2018.

Now a game everyone’s been waiting for and it was about halfway through the conference and I had this little glimmer of hope that maybe there wouldn’t be this game this year, but then out came the dancers, and the singers to announce Just Dance 2018. Who’s excited huh? Said no one ever. Anyway, you’ll be able to get your hands on the newest Just Dance edition this October. Then came the new South Park game called Phone Destroyer. Shouldn’t you actually release one South Park game before making another? I know it’s for your mobile, but still it only make sense that if you can’t release one for whatever reason, the other probably won’t get released either. Anyway, for those interested this game will come out in 2017, unless it’s delayed. Something new from Ubisoft was next and it was a space game. It got my hopes up a little because I want a studio to basically make a new space opera that’s as good as Mass Effect, but I’m not sure anyone is actually up to the challenge. Ubisoft obviously isn’t because this space game, Starlink: A Battle for Atlas is not that space opera I was looking for. You basically build and attach ships to your controller and they show up on screen. WTF? This looks like this game will be a huge money suck and is probably geared towards kids who are going to beg his or her parents to buy different ships to have in game. Release is set for Fall 2018.

Before the big stuff, there was some Steep news. Anyone still actually playing this? I know a few people on my friends list played this when it first came out but I haven’t seen anyone play it since. Finally to we get to the good stuff, the game that everyone has basically been waiting for. Far Cry 5. Ever since those teaser trailers and then the actual trailer I have been super hyped for this game because let’s face it, it looks amazing. I feel like Far Cry hasn’t been good since 3 and this game looks like it can breathe new life into the franchise that has been going the way of Assassin’s Creed and make the franchise good again. Not only can you play co-op which really holds no interest for me, but you can hire people in game to help you with your cause and that looks pretty cool. The gameplay looked smooth and fluent as you gave directions to your team to take down members of this cult. Really nice showing for the game. That wasn’t it though and Ubisoft had some more game to show off. A game that was apparently 15 years in the making. I didn’t think that Ubisoft spent that much time on it’s games. Anyway, aft first I was like “what the hell is this” there were talking animals and some really weird game play, which was to be expected because E3 was filled with weird games this year, before it’s announced that this is Beyond Good and Evil 2. I can honestly say that I have no idea what this game is or ever was and I don’t think I’m missing out on anything.

Overall I have to say that it was a pretty good show. When you compare it to the show that Bethesda and EA had it was kind of top-notch. Believe me when I say I never thought I would say that about an Ubisoft conference. Not only have they rebranded themselves with a new logo, but it looks like they’ve done a company wide overhaul to rebrand themselves. I think it can work for them and make them a decent company. The games they showed off this year were innovative and if they continue on this path it’ll be a good thing for them.

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E3 2017 – Part 3 – Bethesda Press Conference

I have to be honest and say that I didn’t watch this one live because I live on the East coast and that would have meant staying up until after 12 when I had to get up the next morning at 5:30 to be at work. It wasn’t happening, but I did get up early the next morning and watched while I ate my breakfast before work. Anyway, I was kind of confused as to why Bethesda was having a conference this year because I really didn’t think they would have much to show off. Keep reading to see if the conference was worth it or not.

It looks like Bethesda is trying to re-do their image with the whole theme park thing. I know it worked for Fallout 4 and was fun and creative, but for the company as a whole, I’m not really sure it worked. It made them look campy and I really wasn’t digging it. Anyway, there was a huge focus on the VR stuff that included Doom VFR and Fallout 4 VR. I’m still not catching onto this phase and I’m not sure why they would spend so much resources already making these First person games into VR. This had me shrugging my shoulders as they moved onto some Elder Scrolls Online talk. There’s a bunch of content added in already and they concentrated a little on the new release of Morrowind. This is one of those games that I played at launch, but could never really get into so I had that glazed over look while I watched because I must be doing something wrong when it comes to this game. Then there was a focus on Elder Scrolls Legends which is basically Gwent, just not available on console. If this was available on a console I would have more interest in it, but since it’s not I just shrugged my shoulders again.

Bringing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to switch was a big thing especially since you can dress up as Link. Who doesn’t want that, am I right? While I watched the person playing, I thought to myself, “this looks like a really difficult way to play Skryim.” Anyone else think that? Then there was some new Dishonored content which was basically what Uncharted did with The Lost Legacy. It’s kind of like a DLC but it’s stretched out longer to get more money. Since I still haven’t played either Dishonored game, this will be a pass until I can at least play one or both of those games.

Then there was stuff like this new Creation Club for mods, but the catch is that you have to pay for them. I’m not sure if you use real money, like the money I get from working, or money that you earn in game. This was a little confusing to me because who would pay for mods with real money? Then of course there was the eSports section that showed off the Quake Championships. This made me wish that I could be good at one of these games and actually compete so that I could say I played video games for a living instead of working like everyone else.

Finally, the show ended with two big reveals because it turns out they didn’t have too much to show this year which is why the conference was super short. It first started off with The Evil Within 2. This looked a lot like Silent Hill for me, but I still haven’t played the first one so I’m not sure. Also it’s a super scary horror game which is probably why the first one is still sitting in my backlog. Good news is that it comes out this year on 10.13.2017 which just happens to be Friday the 13th. Nice marketing strategy. The last game they showed off was Wolfenstine II: The New Collusus. This game looked pretty amazing. I have to say thought that I have two Wolfenstine games in my backlog that I would like to play before this comes out because I liked how it had this BioShock feel to it. Everything about it from the gameplay to the cinematics looks amazing and it looks like a really fun game and the good news is that it also comes out this year on 10.27.2017. Looks like this year is shaping up to be a pretty huge year for games again.

And that was it, I felt the conference was a little weak because they only ran for about half an hour and they didn’t have much to show. There was no HUGE game like when they announced Fallout 4 or even when they announced the Skyrim remaster. Those were huge, I felt like this year just didn’t bring it and I hope that next year if they do a conference they’ll have a little more.

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