Jeopardy! Review (PS4)

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Jeopardy is not only one of America’s favorite game show, but surprise it’s also one of my favorite game shows and any chance that I get to play it I always do. This time was no different and I was eager to play the PS4 version of this game since I’ve been playing any version of this game that I could since the NES. Anyway, after a long two months of playing, I was finally able to get all the trophies and that means that it’s review time.

There is no story for this game. It’s Jeopardy, you can make up some sort of story in your head if you want, but it’s basically a trivia game and that’s how it’s presented. It’s always been presented like this, but this time was a lot different. Gone were the avatars that you could make for yourself and gone was Alex Tribek. This game will be hosted by some random voice in the distance who doesn’t even read the questions for you and you never get to see your person. You’re stuck looking at the Jeopardy board the whole time.

Since I’ve played my fair share of Jeopardy games, I have to say that out of all of them this has to be the absolute worst version of Jeopardy that I’ve ever played. Thanks again Ubisoft for taking a game that I loved and turning it into something that, by the end of getting all of the trophies, a game that I couldn’t even stand anymore. There are so many things wrong with this game, like the fact that it doesn’t play like the actual TV show. It’s like Ubisoft didn’t even make the effort to try and make it play like the TV show, they just threw a trivia game together and called it Jeopardy. Not to mention that if you play on easy, medium, or hard it’s still the same game and the AI has the same level of intelligence no matter the difficulty. During this time, the game doesn’t get easier or harder as the games asks you the same questions over and over and over again and offers no kind of challenge at any difficulty. That’s not to even get into the online portion, which I’ll get into later on in the review. Needless to say this game was the worst and I absolutely hated just about every second of this game that I played making it more like a chore to finish it then a challenge.

The playability for this game is super simple. Pick your question, answer your question, rinse and repeat until the game is over. All you have to do is press X to buzz in and then pick your answer from the three answers given. This is one of the things that annoyed me because in Jeopardy games of the past, if you played on hard, multiple choice was thrown out the window and you actually had to type out your response. This mechanism was gone making the difficulty of the game not even matter anymore.

Could you even call what this game had graphics? I don’t even know since you’re basically centered on the Jeopardy board the whole time. Sure there were some video and picture questions, but these graphics were no way impressive and the game looked like the bare minimum was done in order to just get it out to the public and for Ubisoft to make money.

Finish this chore of a game in order to get a total of 13 trophies. 10 base game trophies and then 3 DLC trophies. The DLC is free and it’s more like an add on that introduces daily challenges and multiplayer into the mix. All of the trophies are super easy to get but become a chore when you have to play the game over and over again in order to get them.

Beware of Glitched / Misleading Trophies For me, the Online Veteran trophy was glitched. The description of the trophy is to play, play being the key word, 10 online games. These cannot be ranked games and have to be either traditional Jeopardy or quick play Jeopardy which is a shorter version. This is actually ideal for playing online and I’ll get to that in a minute, but after playing 10 games there was no trophy. What the hell right? Anyway, the trophy popped after 16 online games. Thinking this trophy was glitched I did some investigation into why after 6 games after the requirements for the trophy did the trophy actually pop. Turns out my 16th game was the 10th game that I had actually won meaning that the trophy isn’t glitched, just misleading. It seems like you actually have to win 10 online games, not just play them.

Now to my most favorite part of this game. The multiplayer. The servers for this game, which came out not to long ago are completely dead. Good luck finding a game if you aren’t a member of a community. If you’re looking for a game though I would suggest using the community Jeopardy Junk E’s because there are a lot of really cool people in there who are willing to help you out. Anyway, if you just happen to find a game and want to play a full game of Jeopardy, good luck because most likely the game will just randomly stop working and you’ll be brought back to the main menu. Then there’s the fact that when you play on quick mode, a lot of people will rage quit if they’re losing because that’s how people are. Either take the loss like a champ or don’t play at all. There’s also the fact that buzzing in when trying to answer a question is extremely weird and you basically have to mash your X button in order buzz in. Needless to say, there is something wrong with the whole buzzing in thing and that makes playing online even less enjoyable.

Overall I give this game a 1 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ It’s a form of Jeopardy. Not the Jeopardy that everyone loves, but it is a trivia game which is what Jeopardy is.

What’s Not So Great:
This game in no way represents any kind of Jeopardy game that has ever been released or the show itself.
Good luck trying to get the online trophy by yourself without asking for help or joining a community because it’s not going to happen. Might I suggest finding a good book to read while you sit for hours in your created room waiting for that one person to enter?
The simple fact that this game was just thrown together and bares the Jeopardy name, but doesn’t even represent what Jeopardy is, is just a complete insult to Jeopardy lovers.

This was the absolute worst version of Jeopardy that I have ever played and this isn’t the first, or the last time, that Ubisoft has taken a game that I loved and turned it into something that I completely hate. It would be my strong suggestion that even if you love Jeopardy to stay away from this game and if you still have a PS3, to pick up the PS3 version of this game which is just 10 times better than this game could ever be. I really can’t believe how much this game costs and I’m just one of the lucky ones that was able to get it on sale. This is no way worth the full $40.00 for the disc version of this game even though it includes Wheel of Fortune, which I’ll review at a later date.

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This Week in Trophies 01-28-2018 – 02-03-2018

I feel like I made a lot of progress this week as I completed three small games, two of them before the end of the month and one of them at the start of the month. I didn’t think I was going to have all that much time, but it seemed like I did this week and I’m not complaining because next week will be a hell of a week. Anyway, onto my trophies for the week.

Jeopardy – 100%

I finally got the last trophy that I needed for this game this week and I will have my full review of this game posted later on this week.

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Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 – 15%

Damn this game is hard. I mean seriously hard. I was surprised that I even got one trophy for this game this week, but I’ll take it. The PS3 version of this game was super easy compared to this one. I think that no matter how hard I try, I’m not sure if I can even get the platinum for this game at this point.

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UNO – 100%

Another game that I was able to finish this week. I kind of feel like I was on a roll this week! Not wanting to give too much away, I’ll have my review posted for this game next week.

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Wheel of Fortune – 100%

Yet another game that I started this week and even finished. At this point I’m just super surprised. Lately this is extremely rare, but I’ll take it and my review for this game will be out in a few weeks so you can see what I really thought about the game then.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – 21%

This game is seriously just kicking my ass left right and center and I’m not too happy about it. I’m finding it a little difficult to get into this game at the moment and find myself forcing myself to play which is never a good thing. I did turn the difficulty down a little bit, but it still seems way harder than Wolfenstein: The New Order. This is kind of aggravating and makes me rage quit…a lot.

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Not a bad week with 23 trophies, one more than last week. I am happy that I was able to complete three games this past week and for this upcoming week I’ll have a really small streaming schedule where I’ll play Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and in my spare time I’ll continue to try and finish up Assassin’s Creed: Origins as well Doom. I’m not sure about starting a new game since I have a lot on my plate at the moment and if I have some time I might go back to The Sims 4. I’ll let you know how things worked out next week.

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This Week in Trophies 01-21-2018 – 01-27-2018

This was a pretty interesting week trophy wise because I played a bunch of games, but it was one of those weeks where I feel like I really didn’t have that much time to play. Maybe it was because a lot of the trophies I got were easy ones, but I just feel like I didn’t devote a bunch of time to gaming this week because I was super busy. Being an adult sucks, but here’s a breakdown of what I was able to get this week.

Batman: The Enemy Within – 80%

The newest episode of Batman: The Enemy Within dropped this week and I made sure to play it. Since I’m pretty much caught up with my reviews, you don’t have to wait too long to see what I thought about this episode since I’ll have my full review posted on Wednesday.

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Doom – 26%

I finally finished this game this week and I have to say that I have absolutely no idea what this game was really about. I have an idea, which was that the demons of hell are unleashed and it’s up to your character to stop them, but I think that’s as far as this game goes. Other than that it’s just a bunch of randomly killing creatures. I am done streaming this game so now I’ll be going back to work on getting the platinum trophy for this game.

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Jeopardy – 95%

This should have been 100% because I played 10 online games and then some, but this trophy for some reason isn’t popping. I’ve completed the main game and feel like I can write a review on it but it’s that last trophy that is stopping me because I feel like I have to get it before I write a review. Anyway, I’m not too happy with this game at the moment because of that glitched trophy.

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Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 – 12%

I picked this game up on sale last week because of my love for Pac-Man and my love for the first game which came out on the PS3 years ago. The first game in this series was actually my first 100% complete game so it’s a little nostalgic for me. This game takes things to a whole other level though as it’s 10x harder, but I’m still enjoying the time I spend playing.

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UNO – 42%

It turns out this game is pretty fun and it’s still pretty active online, which is a good thing. I’m enjoying playing this game and have a few more trophies to go before I can finish it. Until then though I’ll keep playing and see how things go. Thanks again to LMD for playing online with me!

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – 19%

I feel like I could have gotten a lot further in this game this week if it didn’t crash my system. After it did that I basically just said screw this and gave up on it a little. It’s the only game I’ll be streaming next week, so I’ll get back into it, but at the moment I’m a little pissed at it.

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And that was it for the week, a total of 22 trophies. An improvement from last week even though it really doesn’t feel like it. Now for next week, it’ll be more of the same as I try to finish up Assassin’s Creed Origins and Doom. I’ll also be streaming Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus until I’m able to complete the main campaign. While doing all of this I’ll also be trying to get that last damn trophy in Jeopardy, continue to play UNO, and continue to play Pac-Man. A new game doesn’t seem likely this week, but you never know. I’ll let you know how things turn out next week.

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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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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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Same Game Different Console

After writing my throwback reviews for Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, it made me realize that these are just two of the games that I’ve been playing since the early days of Nintendo. It also made me realize that these aren’t the only two games that each time a new one is released for a new console I immediately pick them up without question. Another game I do this for is Tetris. If you think about it, since the Nintendo version of these games they’ve basically been the same no matter which console they’re on. Sure there are a few additions here and there, but essentially they’re the same game.

Not only did I play Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on Nintendo, but I also picked them up as hand held versions. Remember when hand held versions of a game were a popular thing? And I’m not talking about a PS Vita type game, but these were just that one game on one little hand held system.

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Essentially these were the same as the Nintendo versions of the game and then this continued on to the Wii versions, the PS3 versions and now even the PS4 versions.. The only thing that has thankfully changed over the years is the graphics but the core of each game is still the same. Sure there are new “features” of each game, new mini games and now multiplayer but they’re each the same thing. You could pick up the Nintendo version of Tetris and basically get the same experience that you would have on the PS4 version.

I know I’m not the only one that does this, so why? Why do we continue to buy games that are basically the same as the previous ones but on a different console? Why don’t we just play them on the original console? For me it’s nostalgia. I have a lot of great memories with each of these games and playing them again not only makes some new memories but brings up a lot of old ones. I’m pretty sure this is also why these games get remade as much as they do. Game companies bank on the fact that people have played these games before and that they’ll want to play them again on a new console. Not to mention that sometimes you don’t have the original console or maybe the original cartridge no longer works. All the usual tricks for my Nintendo version of Tetris no longer work and the cartridge is just done, so why not get a new version of a game that I know I’m going to enjoy?

This is one of those times when the game companies are essentially right. If a new Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune came out for the PS4 I would definitely pick it up. I’ve already picked up the PS4 version of Tetris even though I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet. Ugh…Backlog. What I do appreciate though is that these games at least don’t try to rip you off by charging the full price that you would normally pay for a new game. It’s nice that for half the price of a regular game or even less you can have a new game that brings back some old memories and allows you to make a few more.

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Throwback Thursday Review – Jeopardy!

Jeopardy. It’s one of America’s favorite game shows and one of those games that I’ve been playing on various different platforms for years. I started out by playing the Nintendo version in 1990 then progressed to a handheld version of Jeopardy before moving on to the Wii version and then finally the PS3 version. After just about a lifetime of playing Jeopardy, here’s what I thought about the PS3 version.

There is absolutely no story when it comes to this game. None. You start a new game each time while the little counter in the back keeps track of your score. Does it need a story? No. Could it have a story? Sure, if a little effort was put into it. I’m not talking about an actual AAA game story, but something as simple as “And here’s the returning champ of (insert number of days)” or “Can the returning champ continue on his/her winning streak.” Something simple like that would have worked really well with this game brining a somewhat small story element but keeping it still simple at its core.

While you aren’t going to spend hours upon hours playing this game at one time, it is good for a time when you have 30 minutes to an hour to play and you need something quick. This game is really good for those little bursts of time, but if you were to play it for a longer amount of time it would become boring really quick since questions/answers are often repeated since the pool of them isn’t really all that big.

This game is so simple, pick a question, push a button, push another button, rinse, and repeat. There really is no skill other then brain power required to play this game. Come to think of if you don’t even need brain power to play this game since you can find all of the questions from this game in the Jeopardy Archive. Moving in and out of the questions and actually answering is pretty easy, but gets a little harder when you play on harder difficulties and have to actually spell out the answers. Thankfully there were no bugs or glitches in this game.

The graphics are pretty simple and are just basically copied from the Wii version of this game. People have enormous heads with little bodies, but it works with the game so I can’t complain. Everything else is set up to look like the cartoon version of the actual Jeopardy set. It’s not an ideal set of graphics, but it isn’t the worst either.

There are a total of 46 trophies for this game. Each of them are super simple to get and just require you to play the game multiple times, win, answer questions correctly, along with a few luck based trophies. Other than that this is a pretty easy platinum trophy. Most of them can be obtained just by playing on easy if you don’t want the challenge and you can even turn off the AI players. The only difficult trophies will be the multiplayer trophies since the multiplayer on this game is dead.

I already mentioned that the multiplayer for this game is basically dead. If you want to play online I suggest playing with a friend who has the game or set up a gaming session on a gaming website. There is a 1 in a million chance that you’ll actually find someone who’s playing but most likely that person will leave if you’re beating them. There is a persistent lag during each multiplayer game so I’m pretty sure it has to do with the games servers. Other then that it’s basically the same game just with actual people and not AI.

Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ If you love Jeopardy, you’ll love this game.
+ Simple playability and no bugs or glitches.

What’s Not So Great:
Small pool of questions that get repeated way too often.
Dead multiplayer, laggy multiplayer, and multiplayer trophies.
Not good for long periods of playtime.

While it’s not a bad game, it’s not a great game either. I mean come on, it’s Jeopardy. If you expected more, then…I don’t know what to tell you. But if you’re a trivia person or you just like Jeopardy then you’ll find this game fun and enjoyable.

Join me next week when I review platinum number 13. Lucky number 13 was actually America’s other favorite game show. Know what it is? Wheel! Of! Fortune! Can you hear the theme song music in your head? See Vanna and Pat walking out on stage? No? Oh well.

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