Maleficent Review

Maleficent

I’ve been waiting to see this movie for a while now because all of the trailers looked really good, not to mention it had Angelina Jolie in it, and as you can probably already guess I’m a fan. Anyway, I never did get the chance and I finally did this past week when a co-worker rented it and then graciously let me borrow it. It was one of those nice rare moments when a co-worker is actually nice when I’m not being bossed around. Getting off the subject though, anyway I watched this movie immediately and here’s what I thought about it.

Maleficent, is about Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie. Everyone knows that Maleficent places a curse on Sleeping Beauty and that only true loves kiss can wake her up. What everyone doesn’t know is the reason why Maleficent does this and this is basically her story. She was just a simple fairy living in a forest kingdom when the forest is invaded by a nasty king. Lied to by the one man she thought was her true love, she loses her wings and turns from an innocent fairy to a powerful fairy who wants revenge on the man who wronged her. Little did she know that she would actually come to care about Sleeping Beauty, Aurora, played by Elle Fanning as she watches her grow up and wait for her curse to take place. Once it does take place and Aurora is sleeping, Maleficent will do all she can to stop it, but will it be too late?

I absolutely loved this movie and I love when the villains side of the story is told because people generally aren’t villains. There’s usually a reason why they’re the way they are and this told the story of why a young and innocent Maleficent became a bitter and evil Maleficent. She learns to love and trust again though and the story has a touching ending that I didn’t even see coming. It was also pretty action packed which was surprising and the CGI was done really well. There was also some light hearted comedy thrown in there every once in a while which was nice. Everything about the movie was enjoyable and it totally made up for the last movie that I watched which was Zipper. You can read my review of that horrible movie here.

While there’s more than just Angelina Jolie in this movie, she is Maleficent and the movie is about her. She does a superb job of playing the role and going from innocent to evil and then back to how she originally was before she became corrupt. Her acting really projects the different stages of Maleficent’s life and it makes the movie that much more better. The supporting cast also did a great job throughout this movie from Elle Fanning as Aurora to the three little hair-brained fairies that are supposed to be taking care of her.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

I loved this movie and I can’t believe I waited that long to actually see it. It’s definitely worth the watch if you haven’t already seen it as it gives you that different perspective to the tale of Sleeping Beauty that you don’t see in the cartoon. While the cartoon focuses on the evil fairy that did this horrible thing to Sleeping Beauty and now she has to wait for some man to save her, this movie focuses on why Maleficent became the evil fairy and how she even changes over time. It’s a great movie and it’s also kid friendly. I think that if I had any kids, I would want them to watch this rather than the cartoon version, but that’s just me.

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I Never Finished…Guardians of Middle-earth…Because

Guardians of Middle-earth

Another free PS+ game on this week’s blog, but there’s a catch to this one because I actually didn’t want to download it. Yes, this was coming up on the time where I didn’t actually download every single PS+ game and play it only to have it sit on my trophy profile unfinished. This was one of them. I decided to skip this one because, I know I’m going to lose some geek cred here, I am not a Lord of the Rings fan. Never watched the movies, never read the books, never had any interest to do either. I will say though that I have a few Lord of the Rings based games sitting un-played that I got really cheap, but other than that, no interest what-so-ever. There’s a reason why I downloaded this game though and then never finished, so keep reading to find out why.

Guardians of Middle-earth is your standard MOBA. 10 people split up into two groups of 5 and battle it out. You can pick from your favorite Lord of the Rings characters and it has a really strong emphasis of being a team game. Meaning in order to win you have to be well coordinated as a team. That’s basically all I remember about this game because I only played it a handful of times.

So why play this game if I’m not a Lord of the Rings fan? Peer pressure. Plain and simple. I had a friend and wanted to keep her a friend so I downloaded this game because she wanted to play it and had no one to play it with. Who else to ask but gullible me? According to my friend, you hear a lot about this “friend” who is no longer a friend and there’s this huge story behind it and a lot of other crap but it’s just not the story to tell here. The story is boring and drama filled and ends badly for me. For her? Maybe, I don’t know. Going back to this game that I never finished. It was one of those conversations we had like, “can’t we play something other than Mass Effect 3 or Borderlands,” that was also accompanied by, “it’s free.” So, I downloaded it on the premise that we would actually play the game until we were really good at it and got a decent amount of trophies since I was starting to become a trophy hunter. This got old fast and was played with a lot of sighing on both ends of the microphone as I died, she died, and we lost match after match. Soon, it became one of those games that we didn’t about and I never picked up again.

As you can see from the picture above, I was only able to get one trophy out of the 15 this game has to offer. What was the one trophy that I was able to get? A trophy for dying. Amazing right? Maybe I should have seen it then as a sign of our friendship which was also dying a slow and painful death that just dragged along until we didn’t speak anymore. Anyway there are a bunch of other trophies for doing various things in this game like winning, which we never did so I never got them. They range from easy, if you know what you’re doing, to hard even if you know what you’re doing. This is by far an easy trophy list.

Probability of this game getting played again…0 out of 5.

I have no desire to ever touch this game again and I leave it on my PS3 so that I can look at it every now and again and remind myself to never be that person that I was in 2013 again. Anyway, this is one of those games that can just sit on my system with 1 trophy out of 15 completed and never be touched again. I don’t even know if the servers are still open for this game or anything and I really could care less.

Now it’s your turn. Are you a huge Lord of the Rings fan and loved this game? Huge Lord of the Rings fan and hated this game? Still actively playing this game? Want to brag that you’re really good at this game? Have at it in the comments section below and now for next week another game I got talked into playing because it was so artsy and it was just the most amazing game in the world. Turns out that it wasn’t and I gave up on it real quick. Join me next time so I can tell you why I never finished Closure.

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This Week in Trophies 12-03-2017 – 12-09-2017

This was a pretty light week when it came to trophies and I can only imagine that it’s going to get worse with the holidays right around the corner. Holiday time means less gaming time and less gaming time means less time for getting trophies. Anyway, I did get some trophies this week, so let’s get into it and see what I was able to get.

Assassin’s Creed Origins – 40%

So I’m pretty sure I’m at the final mission for the main game, but I’ve just been running around and trying to level up and get all of the side quests done. I’m still enjoying the game play but I’m waiting for there to be some kind of a huge twist at the end. There has to be right? Anyway, this will stay on this list for a while because I do plan on getting the platinum sometime soon.

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Doom – 4%

So it’s been over a year that my friend has been bugging me to play this game. He’s gone on and on about how amazing this game was and even offered to buy it for me because he said I was missing out. I told him that if I could find it on sale that I would get it this holiday sale time and I did and kept my promise. So, turns out my friend was totally right and this game is pretty amazing. I’m having a really fun time getting through the levels and taking down all of the demons in the most gruesome way possible

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Jeopardy – 68%

Although I have some mixed feeling about this game, it’s becoming one of those games that is going to take a long time to actually beat especially because the multiplayer is completely dead. If anyone out there is playing, drop me a message and we can play together and get the trophy so that we can both finish this game.

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The Sims 4 – 16%

This game is still a glitch and lag fest, yet I can’t get enough of it. It’s The Sims and I’ve loved The Sims since it was first released all those years ago and I used to play it on my PC for hours. Anyway, I’m only playing when I have some down time and trying not to devote to much time to it since it’s a mixture of half of the time I’m having fun and half of the time I’m just waiting for the lag to go away and getting annoyed.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – 5%

After playing Wolfenstein: The New Order, you can read my review of that game here, I knew that this was an immediate play for me because I loved The New Order. I’m also loving this game. It’s just amazing in every way and I can’t get enough of it when I’m playing. Sure, I might die 100+ times, but it doesn’t damper my enjoyment of the actual game one bit.

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There you have it for the week, a sad 14 trophies. Not a lot, but I’m at the point with Assassin’s Creed Origins that the trophies aren’t coming as quickly as they were before. Doom and Wolfenstein II are still new so the trophies are coming as they come. The Sims 4 and Jeopardy are both tedious and require a lot of attention. Anyway, I’ll be playing all of these games and probably some more this week as I try to make time to game and hopefully stick to my streaming schedule. I’ll let you know how everything went next week.

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Tentative Streaming Schedule for the Week of 12-10-2017 – 12-16-2017

Last week I stuck to a pretty tight schedule except for the last two days and that just couldn’t be helped. I was supposed to stream today from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, but that’s not going to happen so I’m going to be streaming today from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Anyway, let’s get on with my streaming schedule for the up coming week:

SUNDAY12-10-2017

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Doom

MONDAY12-11-2017

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Assassin’s Creed: Origins

TUESDAY12-12-2017

5:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Wolfenstein II

WEDNESDAY12-13-2017

No Stream

THURSDAY12-14-2017

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Doom

FRIDAY12-15-2017

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Assassin’s Creed: Origins

SATURDAY12-16-2017

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Wolfenstein II

That’s my streaming schedule for the next week. I’m still going to be playing Doom, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Wolfenstein II. I’m at the last mission with Assassin’s Creed, but I’m trying to go back and do some side mission and all that other good stuff before doing the last mission. Other than that I’m having a great time playing Doom and Wolfenstein II. Once I finish Assassin’s Creed, I might add something new to the schedule but I’m not sure yet.

BIG THANK YOU! I want to give a big thank you to the people that followed me on Twitch this week and who actually stuck around to watch me play. I will admit I’m not the greatest when playing Doom and Wolfenstein II, but thanks for sticking around and watching me die a million times and then some. I’m planning my first Twitch give away in the upcoming weeks, probably the start of the new year so stay tuned for more news about that.

I am always looking for suggestions on what you want to see me stream. I’m even open to doing a co-op stream if anyone is interested let me know and we can set something up. Also, if you miss any of my live streams, you can now catch them on my YouTube channel.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order Review (PS4)

Wolfenstein: The New Order

I bought this game on a holiday sale so long ago that I don’t even remember when I actually bought it. What got me around to actually playing it was that I watched a buddy of mine play it for an hour using the PS4 Share Play. I thought the game looked awesome and I wanted to be able to play it myself, so I did. I started the game about a week after I did the Share Play thing with my buddy, and three weeks later I had the platinum trophy and then this game was ready for a review.

Wolfenstein: The New Order, puts in you the role of BJ Blazkowicz in an alternative universe where instead of the US and their allies winning WWII, the Nazis win. After a major battle that leaves BJ basically useless for years, he’s finally back and ready to take down the Nazis and restore the world to what it should be without their influence. To do that he’ll need some help and he’ll find it in an underground resistance that will help him out and give him missions along the way in this action packed game.

Generally I’m not a big fan of FPS games where there’s a lot of action and a lot of things going on at one time, except for a few games like Borderlands and BioShock, but damn this game was amazing. I loved the intense in your face action, the overall well thought out story that fit this game perfectly, and just about everything else that came with this game. This game, which is basically 10-15 hours of shooting Nazis, actually made me care about certain characters and what happened to them. Not only did it do that, but it also gave you villains that you just couldn’t wait to take down. Throughout the game I felt like I was feeling what BJ was feeling and when a game can do that, you know it’s a good one. I liked the fact that while the first time I played for the story and was totally into it, so into it that I felt that swell of accomplishment when I took out the final boss, that the other times I played it, to go back for collectibles and play on Uber, that I felt like I didn’t need to concentrate on the story that much. I could just enjoy the intense action that each and every chapter offers. Yes there were some cut scenes that couldn’t be skipped even in those playthroughs because I felt like even though I was playing just for the action, I still felt like I had some attachment to them. Overall, I can’t say enough good things about this game.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the playability of this game because of the whole sometimes sneaky, some times just go out there and shoot everything on sight mechanics that this game had, but I have to say that it worked out perfectly. There was a perfect balance of when you could be sneaky and when you just had to go out there and be super loud. The duel wielding guns was also an amazing perk that just made this game even more fun. The only problem that I had was that on Uber mode, things got a little laggy. I don’t know if it was because of the amount of enemies or everything that was going on at once, but I did notice that lag and died a few times because of it. While this wasn’t a major problem, it still exists inside the game and it was a little annoying.

I really enjoyed the graphics for this game because they just looked amazing on the PS4. Every single environment was detailed, the cut scenes were just flawlessly created, and the facial animations were dead on. I mean wow, this game graphically blew me away. I don’t know how many times I’ve said that I’m really not a graphics person, but this is one of those games that is just so visually amazing that I have to be in awe of it.

Finish this game and you’ll get yourself a new platinum trophy and 50 other trophies to go with it. The trophies are basically a standard list that include playing the game, making certain choices, finding collectibles, solving codes, leveling up your perks, and playing on the hardest difficulties. It sounds like a tedious list, but really it wasn’t and because I had so much fun playing this game, I didn’t mind going back and grinding to level up my perks or finding the collectibles. I’m usually not a fan of the whole playing on the hardest difficulty type trophy, but with this game I thought it was a challenge and a real blast to play. When I got the platinum I felt a real sense of accomplishment.

This is strictly a single player game and I applaud Bethesda and MachineGames for doing this. Mostly there could have been a tacked on multiplayer that would have basically been like Call of Duty. Instead the focus was on single player and for that they get some bonus points. So good on Bethesda and MachineGames for making this a strictly single player game because there are still a lot of us out there that actually like a single player experience.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:

+ This story of this game revolving around an alternative universe where the US didn’t win World War II and you playing as a soldier who joins the resistance to take down the Nazis’ is just genius.
+ There is great character development in this game making you care about each and every character that is in BJ’s life. This also makes for some great villains that you can’t want to take down.
+ The switch between being sneaky and being all out guns blazing is flawless and it’s all based on how you want to play. There are also some bonus points thrown in there for the dual wielding weapons.
+ Amazing graphics that were just crafted to perfection as everything works for this game including the environments and facial animations.

What’s Not So Great:

The only problem was that when playing on Uber mode the game became a little laggy because there was so much going on at once.

This game was such an amazing game that I really can’t praise it enough. It has everything that you want from a game. A hell of a lot of action, a blockbuster story to back it up, and some pretty amazing graphics. I had an awesome time playing it and even going back and doing some grinding. I couldn’t believe that this game actually made grinding fun. Anyway, if you’re a fan of the Wolfenstein series, then this is one of those that you can’t miss. If you’re new to the series like I am, then this is a great starting point. I never felt like I was lost or didn’t know what was going on. If you’re looking for a game that has a great story and in your face action, then look no further than this one.

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I Never Finished…Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack…Because

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

Another free PS Vita game that I received thanks to PS+. This was at the height of the PS Vita when Sony was really trying to push it and they actually released decent games for it. I was happy to get this one for free, so I played it right when I first downloaded it. By now you know the drill, just because I played it doesn’t mean I finished it and here’s why.

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is a puzzle-platformer where you play as a Blob…from space. Make sense right? Anyway, you have an insatiable appetite for anything in sight and it’s your goal to just eat everything and anything. Kinda sounds like Thanksgiving dinner.

I really enjoyed this game to the point where I finished the whole game. I thought it was a cool little game that was just perfect for the PS Vita and it’s really the type of game that I like to play on my PS Vita. There are no complaints for me in that department. So why did I finish it but not finish it? I simply couldn’t get enough of my PS Vita at the time and wanted to download every single game that was free. The only problem was I didn’t have the space for it and something had to go. Unfortunately, this one was it.

As you can see from the picture above I was able to get 11 out of the 14 trophies which means I’m only missing a mere 3 trophies for this game. Not all that bad. There’s one random trophy, one collectible trophy, and one finish every level with a gold medallion trophy. Not all that bad to actually go back and play.

Probability of this game getting played again…4 out of 5.

Since writing about the PS Vita, I’ve been thinking about powering the old girl back up and giving some older games a go. Why wait until it’s the only thing I can play right? Anyway, I really want to play this game again since I know I can get the last three trophies and mark this one as complete.

Now it’s your turn. Did you play this game on the PS Vita? Love it? Hate it? Not even bother to download it even though it was free? Let me know down in the comments section below. Now for next week, a game that I didn’t even want to play. Seriously did not want to play it, seen it was free because of PS+ and decided to skip it knowing I would have a horrible time playing. My “friend” said that we just had to play this game as we were still in this Mass Effect 3 multiplayer craze and had to break things up a bit and I said OK like I normally did. Turned out to be a big mistake and you’ll find out why next week I never finished Guardians of Middle-earth.

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This Week in Trophies 11-26-2017 – 12-03-2017

This was a pretty good week for trophies considering that I was able to get a total of 24 trophies this week. It’s not a great amount, but it’s not a bad amount either when you consider the fact that one of those trophies was a platinum trophy. Anyway, on with what trophies I was able to get this week.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole – 100%

I finally finished this game this week. Everyone by this time knows that my reviews are backlogged, just like a lot of my games and you won’t be seeing a review for this game for a while, but I swear one is coming. Overall it was an OK experience playing this game but I’ll get into more detail in my review.

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Assassin’s Creed: Origins – 38%

I’m still have a really fun time playing this game and streaming it any chance I get. Exploring is one of my favorite parts of this game just because I really love the whole setting. The story line of the game is a little iffy at the moment and I’m waiting to see who backstabs who as I approach the final mission of the game. I want to try and get as much done as possible before that happens because I’m not really sure if you can go back and finish up after the game. If anyone knows and can drop me a line in the comments section it would be much appreciated.

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Jeopardy – 54%

This was one of my holiday impulse buys. I told myself I would not play another Jeopardy game since I’ve been playing them since the SNES. That didn’t stop me though as I picked up this game and Wheel of Fortune. It’s like an addiction. I will say that this game is a little more boring than the PS3 version and the online section is already dead. If anyone is playing and needs someone to play 10 games in order to get the trophy for that let me know and I’m more than willing to help.

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Star Wars Battlefront II – 43%

After finishing the campaign which was a little disappointing, I jumped into the multiplayer for this game this week and found it to be basically the same as the last game with a few differences here and there. It’s the standard multiplayer and I’ll have fun playing it from time to time.

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The Sims 4 – 13%

As much as I love this game, it is glitchy as hell and trying to run a household is just a pain in the ass. It’s like seriously if you have more than two people, the whole game has no idea what to do. It’s a complete glitch and lag fest as after a certain point it just stops working. I’m either going to grit my teeth and try and get through it or wait for a new patch.

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And there you have it, my week in trophies. Now for next week, it should be some more of the same with the addition of Doom and Wolfenstein II, which I’ve been eager to play. I’ll try to get some other random games thrown in there for good measure, but we’ll see how the week goes especially with the busy holiday season coming up.

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Tentative Streaming Schedule for the Week of 12-03-2017 – 12-09-2017

Last week went a little haywire with the streaming because of life events that just couldn’t be helped. I had a bunch of extra work after my actual work and then I had to take my little guy to the vet. Some minor setbacks, but I’m hoping that I can get back on schedule this week. Even though there will be some Assassin’s Creed: Origins, I will be adding in some new games that I picked up on sale.

SUNDAY12-03-2017

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Doom

MONDAY12-04-2017

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Assassin’s Creed: Origins

TUESDAY12-05-2017

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Wolfenstein II

WEDNESDAY12-06-2017

No Stream

THURSDAY12-07-2017

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Doom

FRIDAY12-08-2017

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Assassin’s Creed: Origins

SATURDAY12-09-2017

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Wolfenstein II

There you have it. I added in two new games this week, Doom and Wolfenstein II. I picked both of these games up on sale and I just have to play Doom because according to my friend it’s the best game ever and I’m also really eager to play Wolfenstein II after playing Wolfenstein: The New Order a few weeks ago.

I am always looking for suggestions on what you want to see me stream. I’m even open to doing a co-op stream if anyone is interested let me know and we can set something up. Also, if you miss any of my live streams, you can now catch them on my YouTube channel.

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Gaming Goals for the New Year – November 2017 – UPDATE

As this year is quickly coming to a close, I find myself rushing to try and finish up as many games as possible and trying to accomplish at least some of the goals that I had set for myself at the beginning of the year. It’s kind of like the standard, oh I’m going to lose X amount of weight this year only to find out that you’ve gained weight and now you’re rushing to get those pounds off before the last day of the year so that you can set another goal next year to lose more weight. Anyway, that’s where I find myself this month, so let’s take a look and see how close I am to completing some of these goals.

Gaming Goals for 2017

Have a total of 100 platinum trophies.

– Starting # of Platinum Trophies: 81
– Ending # of Platinum Trophies: 84
Three new platinum trophies this month, count them three. Hitting the 90 before the year is up is going to be really hard though because the games that I have aren’t the easiest and I’ll be lucky if I can hit 85. The good thing is though that if I do hit 85, I’ll be pretty damn pleased with myself as I not only inch my way closer to my goal, but also inch my way closer to triple digit platinum trophy numbers.

Have a total of 8,500 trophies.

– Starting # of Trophies: 7,931
– Ending # of Trophies: 8,022
I hit my 8,000th trophy this month! It felt amazing doing it especially because I did it with my buddy mmaddmax12. Follow him on twitch here because he’s super cool. I went a little past the 8000 mark, but getting up to 8,500 trophies by the end of the year is going to be a little crazy, that would mean I would have to get at least over 350 trophies next month. If I want to be exact it would be 478 trophies. It could happen but it probably won’t.

Have 150 games completed at 100%

– Starting # of Games 100% Complete: 124
– Ending # of Games 100% Complete: 127
Three more games finished this month and I’m finally realizing that the 150 is going to be a problem. 23 games is a lot of games to finish before the end of the year and I’ll be lucky if I hit the 130 mark. This is a bit of a letdown for me because I really thought I would be able to accomplish this goal.

Have an overall completion rating of 75%

– Starting Completion Rate: 54.41%
– Ending Completion Rate: 54.56%
Everyone knows that this is one of those goals that’s going to stay on my list until I actually complete it. I will say that while I won’t do it this year, I’ll be happy if I can at least hit the 55% mark this year. I’m close to doing it and if I go back next month and play some older games instead of starting new ones that it’s very probable that I can do it.

Complete 10 RANDOM games featured in my I Never Finished…Because…blog

– Starting Number of Games Played from I Never Finished…Because: 0
– Ending Number of Games Played from I Never Finished…Because: 0
I’m having the same problem I had last month. I start up my PS3 with the intention of playing something that I’ve blogged about playing and then all of a sudden, I go to my game booklet and pull out Mass Effect 3. It’s like I’m not even thinking about it…it just happens. I have to try and solve this problem somehow, I’m just not sure how.

Play and complete 20 RANDOM games in my backlog.

– Starting Number of completed games in my backlog: 7
– Ending Number of completed games in my backlog: 8
This number went up again this month. Not up to the 20 that I had originally wanted, but just another tick up to 8 as I completed Wolfenstein: The New Order. Seeing as how I’ve been playing a bunch of new games that I pre-ordered, I don’t think even 10 is going to happen. Not bad though because I did get 8 games off of my backlog list this year, while adding a bunch more in this never ending cycle.

Only pre-order 5 new games and save the rest for Black Friday and holiday sales. – FAILED!

– Starting Number of Pre-Orders: 9
– Ending Number of Pre-Orders: 11
I not only pre-ordered one game this month, but two. After my internal debate on what to pre-order because I was only going to pre-order one, I said the hell with it and pre-ordered both Star Wars Battlefront II and The Sims 4. I’m under 15 though! Bonus points? Maybe? Next year I either have to stick to the 5 pre-orders or just up the number a little bit. We’ll have to see.

That was my month in gaming. It wasn’t a bad one as I inched my way closer to certain goals. So it looks like everything is going to get the big fail stamp this year and while I’m not OK with that, in a way I am. I’ve come a long way this year and the year’s not even over so I still have one more month to try and get those goals. I’ll be updating you with my final tally in the new year.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 2 – Brave New World Review (PS4)

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Because the first episode ending in such a fiery way, get it fiery because of the fire? Anyway, I was super eager to play this second episode and did so the week that it was released. Like a lot of people who are playing this game, I wanted to know more about Chloe before Max comes back into her life and what makes Chloe into the Chloe that you see in Life is Strange. I always wanted to see more of the developing relationship between Chloe and Rachel Amber. This episode not only delivered that, but a little more mystery to it.

Episode 2 picks up the morning after the events of episode 1, it had to because of the way the first episode ended. This is a pretty important episode in the world of Life is Strange because this episode shows how Chloe got expelled from Blackwell and how it cements the relationship between Joyce and David because of Chloe’s actions. You’ll also get to see how Chloe got her oh so famous truck that she drives around town in Life is Strange and there’s also a lot of foreshadowing of things to come in the episode. You’ll also be able to get a little more involved with Rachel Amber if you choose to go the relationship with her route and you’ll get a peek into her explosive home life and even more explosive personality. You’ll also get tangled up with Frank in this episode which probably leads to the life or death situation that Chloe finds herself in when you start off Life is Strange. All of this accumulates into another cliff hanger ending that will make you want the next episode to be released as soon as possible.

What if… Instead of going the way that this game seems to be going, what if it was done differently? I don’t normally do this type of thing because games are made a certain way because that’s just how it is, but I was thinking that instead of the story that this game is telling what if each episode was a year. Hear me out. This game takes place three years before Max comes back to Arcadia Bay. There are three episodes. Three being the key here. Each episode could have showcased a year in the life of Chloe and Rachel Amber, leading up to Rachel Amber’s demise before Max re-arrives in Arcadia Bay. Just a thought. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like the way things are going now, it just means that maybe this game could have been handled a little differently.

So I’m kind of split on this episode because I really want to love it as much as I loved the original Life is Strange game, but part of me was just bored with it. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that I feel like I have to play Chloe a certain way. I mentioned this in my last review and this is probably just a me thing. Anyway, the episode was a little long in my opinion and it wasn’t all that exciting. You see Chloe becoming more of the Chloe that she is in Life is Strange and while that’s great it’s also not so great because you already know this. Maybe it’s just me. Anyway, I did enjoy the foreshadowing that took place in this episode and it’s probably the most thought provoking part. Although Rachel Amber is basically put on a pedestal in Life is Strange because of her “disappearance,” in this game you can see her basically for what she is which is kind of two faced. She’s basically a born actress meaning that she’s phony. At this point I kind of regret making her and Chloe more than just friends because I feel like this kind of leads Chloe down an even darker path because she’s willing to do anything for Rachel. Don’t get me wrong though because I am a huge Pricefield shipper and have always been one, but I just feel like Rachel isn’t right for Chloe.

The playability of this episode is the same as last episode which means that the controls are still a little wonky. The walk around and looking around thing is weird and doesn’t always respond properly and it just makes the game a little frustrating to play at times. Other than that I had no problems with the game. I do have to say I kind of miss the rewind time thing. I know it was Max’s thing, but sometimes it just feels like I should have made a different decision than the one I did and if I had the rewind time power, I could have. Anyway this game isn’t about that so that’s on me. I will say that using Chole’s sarcasm is tricky at times because you really have to listen and you have to pick up on key words that the other person is saying to use it against them. It’s a fun little puzzle to solve but it’s time limited so you have to think on your feet.

The graphics for this game are the same as they were in Life is Strange and the first episode of this game. They aren’t bad graphics and are more cartoonish style which is fine with me because it’s what they did in the first game. Like I said before the graphics are just there and are nothing to write home about.

Finish this episode and graffiti your way through the town again in order to get yourself another 11 trophies closer to the platinum trophy for this game. The graffiti this time around was a little more trickier as I missed 4 of them even though I looked just about everywhere and did a ton of exploring. It wasn’t a problem going back though through collectible mode and finding which ones I missed so that I could easily get all of them.

There is of course no multiplayer for this game and there doesn’t have to be.

Overall I give this episode a 3.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ This episode doesn’t leave you wondering and picks up right where the first one left off showing you how Chloe gets expelled from Blackwall and how she gets her truck.
+ You’ll get an inside look into the life of the Amber’s and it shows that they just put on a front just like a lot of people.
+ The foreshadowing in this episode is strong and thought provoking.

What’s Not So Great:
A different side of Rachel kind of comes out during this episode and it’s a little unsettling.
The controls are still a little wonky and moving around and looking around aren’t as fluid as they should be.

Even though this episode got a little bit of a lower rating, I’m still looking forward to seeing how this game wraps up. I seriously don’t think that three episodes is enough because it only shows a short glimpse into what’s going on with Chloe and Rachel Amber and not the whole story. This might change in the last episode, but I kind of doubt it. Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see what the last episode and the farewell episode have to offer. I’m going to say that if you’re a Life is Strange fan that you’ve probably already got the whole deluxe edition for this game and are happily playing it. If you held off on getting this game, I would say to hold off a little longer until the full game is released and go from there. If you’re not a Life is Strange fan, I’m going to say and skip this one because obviously you didn’t like Life is Strange. Haven’t played either game? Then I’m going to say just stick to Life is Strange for the moment because that game is awesome.

SPOILERS! Below are my choices from the second episode.

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