Burly Men at Sea Review (PS4)

Burly Men at Sea

I first noticed this game when it came out, but it was one of the ones that I skipped. Not because I thought it looked bad or anything like that, but because I wasn’t sure about it. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it and I wasn’t sure if it was worth the money. Anyway, when this game became available for free thanks to PlayStation Plus, I scooped it up and played it as soon as I was able to. I spent a day with this game, got all of the trophies, including the platinum, so that means it’s time for a review.

Burly Men At Sea are about these three burly sailors. They discover a message in a bottle during one of their outings and through this bottle they unlock a new folklore each time they set sail in their boat. In this point and click action adventure game, there are a bunch of different ends as the possibilities of what can happen to these three men are almost endless. Each new adventure will be an experience for them and for you as a player as each adventure ends and you get to start again as you write your own story.

I have to say that I just loved this game. I thought it was great because it told an awesome story about these three sailors who go on multiple adventures to tell their own story. Each adventure ends in a different way depending on the actions that you took during the course of that adventure. I loved that every action lead to something different happening. There were a bunch of stories to tell and each time as the sailors met their end, I just wanted to see what story would be told next if I tweaked just a little something here and there. While this game is hearty with different adventures and different ways for the sailors to tell their adventure, once you go through all of the adventures, the story and the game is over. There is no replay value after all of the stories are told.

This game was simple to play as it was just basically a point and click game and it worked perfectly. There were times where you had to switch things up a bit, but there was nothing really complicated about the playability of this game. There are no complaints in this department as everything worked as it should. While this is becoming more common as of late, it’s also still a rarity because there are so many games out there that just do not operate correctly and it makes games that do operate correctly even better. That being said, there were also no bugs or glitches when it came to this game so it was a win-win.

The graphics and art style for this game were just awesome. I loved the way everything looked and how the scenery changed for each different scene. A lot of work went into the simplicity of these graphics and the overall art style of this game and it just clicked. I always love when graphics are fitting to a game and not just made to look impressive because they’re going to be for the PS4. I’m a big believer that the simplest of graphics can look amazing if it’s fitting for the game, not the platform that the game is being played on.

Trophies, there are a total of 25 trophies for this game including a platinum trophy which is always a plus. I have to say that I went into this game because the platinum trophy was an easy one and I really needed a win because I was working on a bunch of different platinum trophies at the time that took forever and I just needed it, but after actually playing this game and seeing the story and the adventures that these men went on, this is one of those games where you shouldn’t play for the trophies. You should play for the story and see where each adventure leads you. Maybe you’ll get a trophy and maybe you won’t, but this is one of those games where you should actually play the game for yourself and then go back later, with a guide, and get the trophies that you’re missing. I will say that the trophies are a little hard to get because the descriptions are extremely obscure and you will have no idea what to do to get them. This is where the guide comes in. But at least play this game a couple of times on your own and experience it before grabbing a guide.

This game has no multiplayer which makes me a happy gamer. This is a beautifully told single player experience and it was meant to be played that way without being ruined by having some tacked on multiplayer.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ The story telling for this game is just awesome. You play as three burly men who go out on different adventures and basically write their own stories after each adventure. The actions you choose throughout each adventure will dictate how the story ends.
+ This simple point and click game does have a few change up’s here and there with the controls, but nothing that is terribly hard to get a hang of. Not to mention there are no game breaking bugs or glitches when it comes to this game.
+ This game has a simple art style and simple graphics, but the thing is that both are fitting for the game and for the story being told so it works to enhance the game.

What’s Not So Great:
After you finish all of the stories that are to be told, there really is no replay value for this game and when you’re done, you’re done.

I have to say that this is one of those rare PS+ games that I was not only looking forward to, but also really enjoyed. It was probably one of my favorite small games that I played last year and it was just one of those games that I was able to sink a few hours in and be lead on an amazing adventure dictated by the choices that I made throughout each adventure. That being said, this game is no longer free anymore and is $9.99. While I would say that this is a fair price for this game, the fact that after you finish the game it has no replay value makes the digital $9.99 price tag a little much for my tastes. I would say that if you really want to play this game and don’t care about the price to pick it up because there is definitely something for everyone in this game and something that everyone can enjoy about it. If you’re like me and don’t like spending money on digital games that can only be played once and have no replay value, wait until the game is on sale. This game is on sale a lot too, so just wait for a sale and pick it up so it breaks the wallet just a little bit less. Finally, if you picked up this game for free thanks to PS+ and you haven’t played it, what are you waiting for! Go and play this game.


This Week in Trophies 11-11-2018 – 11-17-2018

This week had its ups and downs. While I was able to acquire two platinum trophies this week, yes two, I did go without internet for a while which meant that I wasn’t able to stream and I couldn’t play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as much as I wanted to. This put a little damper on my gaming, but I think I recovered nicely, so keep reading to find out what trophies I was able to get this week.

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected – 100%

I finally got the platinum and 100% for this game this week and it’s all thanks to my buddy @tjarvinen86. I won’t say much about the game here, because everything will be in my review. As you probably already know, my reviews are backed way the hell up so it’s going to be a little while, but please be patient with me as I promise that a review for the whole game as well as the DLC Enter the Dominatrix will be out soon.

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Burly Men at Sea – 100%

My second platinum trophy for the week, which is always a rare but welcomed occurrence. I can’t say much about this game either which just kills me because I want to talk about this game. This review will also be coming out soon, so just bear with me as I try to get everything out as soon as possible.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – 31%

So I was able to get one trophy for this game this past week and I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine with as that my internet was down again so I couldn’t stream this game and didn’t play. This has made me come to the sad conclusion that I just won’t be streaming open world games anymore making this my last open world game that I stream. They just take too much time to play and stream that it’s just not working for me. I do love this game though and will continue to enjoy it as I slowly make my way through it.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 – 7%

So I’m still not able to get into this game and I just started chapter 3. I’m not sure if the game picks up from here or what’s going on, so at this point I’m a little disappointed and would have rather that I waited to get this game on sale or purchase Fallout 76 instead. I’ll continue to play this game as it seems I have no choice, but I’m not really all that happy about it.

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A total of 30 trophies for the week, which basically cuts last week’s total in half, but I did get two platinum trophies so that has to count for something right? I’m also close to hitting the 9,000 trophy mark which has me really excited as I should hopefully be able to do it before the end of the year. Now for the upcoming week I plan on playing some more Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Red Dead Redemption 2, and some Dying Light in co-op with my buddy @tjarvinen86. I’ll let you know how things go next week.