Most Anticipated Game for March 2018

March 2018

I kind of dropped the ball when it came to this blog because I totally forgot to write a blog about my most anticipated game for February. Is anything even coming out this month that’s remotely interesting? I really have no idea, I just know it stops me from spending money. Anyway, there’s a lot that’s been going on which is why I dropped the ball and didn’t do a blog for February, but I’m back on track now and here’s a breakdown of what’s coming out in March.

*Just as a side note, my list of March releases is not perfect. There might be some missing, or some dates may change. If you have anything you want to add feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll include it in the list.*

Life is Strange: Before the Storm – PS4
Velocity 2X – PS4 / PS Vita
Bravo Team – PS4
Scribblenauts Showdown – PS4

Island Flight Simulator – PS4
3D Mini Golf – PS4
3D Billards: Billsards & Snooker – PS4

Armello – PS4
Devil May Cry HD Collection – PS4
Beast Quest – PS4
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms – PS Vita

Pure Farming 2018 – PS4

R.B.I Baseball 18 – PS4

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom – PS4
A Way Out – PS4
MLB The Show 18 – PS4

Far Cry 5 – PS4
Aster Lydide & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings – PS4
MX vs ATV All Out – PS4
The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 – PS4

Code: Realize – Bouquet of Rainbows – PS4
Code: Realize – Future Blessings – PS Vita

Extinction – PS4
Attack on Titan 2 – PS4

That is a huge list for March and a lot of games just look like a bunch of filler content. For me, the only game that I’ll be playing in March besides my huge backlog is Far Cry 5. I already have Life is Strange: Before the Storm on digital, so no need for the actual copy, but I am looking forward to the Farewell episode. Anyway, I’ve been looking forward to Far Cry 5 for a long time and already have my pre-order in so I can’t wait to actually play it. I’m hoping it returns to what makes the franchise great and gets away from all of the stuff that took place in Far Cry Primal.

Now it’s your turn. What are you looking forward to for the month of March? Will you be playing Far Cry 5 like me or something else? Let me know down in the comments section below and I’ll try not to forget about this blog again and see you next month when I let you know what I’ll be looking forward to in April. Spoiler alert though, if you read this blog you probably already know what it is.



UNO Review (PS4)


You would think that after playing Jeopardy, which you can read my full review of that game here, that I would stay away from this type of game, especially because it was made by Ubisoft. I didn’t though because the cheap price tag of under $5 was too tempting to just pass up. It took me about a little more than a week to actually finish up and get all the trophies, which means that it’s time for a review.

As with a lot of these games in this series of games like Jeopardy, Monopoly, Wheel of Fortune, and so on, there is no actual story to the game. UNO is a card game plain and simple and you can either play by yourself, picking and choosing what rules you want to play, or play in the still very active online community with other people. There are a bunch of ways to play and you can actually have yourself a pretty decent time playing.

This was an impulse buy and I completely had buyer’s remorse after purchasing this game because of the horrible time I had with Jeopardy. I decided though that I would give this game an actual chance and I’m really happy that I did. I really enjoyed the mixing and matching of the rules and creating a different set of rules each time you played or sticking with the rules that you enjoyed using. This made every game unique and interesting and even though a lot of the games lasted for a long time, even playing at one round, it was still fun and exciting as you tried to come up with some kind of strategy to try and win. Not to mention that using different decks of cards made for some interesting changes to the game that made it even more fun. Both playing with the AI and playing online was extremely fun and the time I spent with this game was a really fun time that I enjoyed a lot.

The playability of this game was super simple to where you basically just have to know how to play UNO. At times if you play with the custom rules, it can take a little while to get used to, but if you can’t adjust you can always shut them off which is a good thing. I was happy to see that everything just worked perfectly with this game and there were no bugs or glitches that I seen during my many hours of play time.

The graphics for this game are simple when playing with the normal UNO deck. This works because it’s a game of UNO and it felt like you were really playing the game. Now switch to the Rabbids deck and the graphics become completely different and kind of crazy in that Rabbids sort of way. This was a neat little change and I enjoyed going back and forth between the traditional UNO deck and the Rabbids deck although I will say that that Rabbids deck was my favorite because of how crazy everything became, even the graphics.

There are a total of 13 trophies for this game and 12 of them are extremely easy to get and just one will require some coordination since the goal is to reach 700 points in one game. I suggest getting this trophy with a friend, I would like to take a small moment to thank LMD for helping me with this trophy, but other than that one trophy, everything else just really requires you to play the game and take advantage of all the game has to offer.

This is rare for me to say, so don’t expect it too often, but I really enjoyed the multiplayer portion of this game. It’s still extremely active and it’s not at all hard to find a game, plus it’s fun to play with other people. The servers can be a little sketchy at times, but not as bad as the Jeopardy servers and there are a few sore losers and cheaters out there, but that’s what happens with any online game. Anyway, I had a really fun time playing online with different people.

Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ It’s the same UNO that everyone knows and loves with some new rules thrown in for good measure and to make the game more exciting.
+ Have I mentioned how cool the Rabbids deck of cards is? It completely changes the game in a good way.
+ A still active online community with mostly stable servers making it really fun to actually play online with other people.

What’s Not So Great:
There are of course some cheaters in multiplayer, but that’s with any online game and I didn’t take any points off for that.
A lot of the games run really long, I’m talking like an hour to an hour and a half long and at times this becomes a little tedious and you really just want someone, anyone, to go out so the damn game could be over.

This was a really fun game and it’s one that I still keep on my PS4 even though I have all of the trophies because I can see myself logging on every so often to play a game or two either online or offline. The price tag that I payed wasn’t a bad one and the actual price of $9.99 isn’t a bad one because there is a bunch of playtime involved with this game. If you’re an UNO fan I would suggest giving this game a chance just beware that just about every game is really long. If you aren’t an UNO fan then of course you’re going to want to skip this one, but if you’re looking for a card game to play I would have to say that this is one of the better ones on the PS4.


This Week in Trophies 02-04-2018 – 02-10-2018

This week was an OK week for trophies. It wasn’t the best week and it wasn’t the worst week either. I did finish a game, progress in a couple of games, and get a little closer to getting a platinum in a game so all in all I’m pretty happy. Here’s a breakdown of my trophies for the week.

Assassin’s Creed Origins – 62%

I finished this game a few weeks back, but I’m still trying to go back and find / complete all of the locations along with a bunch of random trophies. I’m not complaining because the game is good, but my only complaint is the little question marks on the map are ridiculously hard to actually see. I can’t tell you how many times I passed an area on the map only to go back at a later date and discover that I missed a question mark. It’s a little aggravating, but I’m determined to get this platinum trophy.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – 79%

I’m so close to being done with this game that it’s crazy. I only need three more trophies. One which is easy, the second that I’m close to, and the third that is so far off that it feels like I’m never going to get it. Yes, I’m talking about the trophy for doing 500 bounties. If you thought that the 5,000,000 gold in Diablo III for the PS3 was hard, this is even harder. I want to give a big thank you to my buddy mmaddmaxx12, do me a favor and give him a follow on twitch because he’s cool and he’s awesome at not only Diablo III but also Doom, who helped power level my hardcore character after my first hardcore character died at level 69 which was just an insult.

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Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 – 48%

Damn this game is hard! I have never played a Pac-Man game that was this damn hard. I mean seriously, this is just crazy. So when it comes to this game, I basically play until I get frustrated and call it a day. I can’t complain though because I got the majority of my trophies from this game this week.


Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – 27%

I finally finished this game, damn it was hard, and I have to say that after all of my bitching about it that it had an amazing ending. I seriously loved it. It was so satisfying and I really couldn’t have asked for a better ending. I know this isn’t the end of Wolfenstein and I’m looking forward to another game. Getting the platinum for this game though is a different story because I couldn’t even beat this game on hard, I had to play on Normal.

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There you have it, 15 trophies for the week. A bit of a step down from last week, but at least it was something. Honestly I didn’t think I would even get this amount of trophies to begin with at the start of the week so I’m not complaining. As for the upcoming week, I have a bunch of stuff going on with work, personal stuff, and a tattoo appointment at the end of the week. I really know how to plan because I make sure that when it rains it pours. Anyway, when I do get a chance to play I’m going to continue playing Assassin’s Creed Origins, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, and I’m going to hopefully start streaming BioShock sporadically. I’ll let you know how things go next week.


Jeopardy! Review (PS4)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tentative Streaming Schedule for the Week of 02-04-2018 – 02-10-2018

Streaming wasn’t so great this past week and sadly, for the upcoming week it’s not going to be that great either. Because of work and other stuff I’ll only be able to stream two days and the same probably goes for the following week. I won’t get ahead of myself though and keep reading to see my streaming schedule.


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus












6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

I apologize for the extremely small streaming schedule for this upcoming week. It’s just that work is going to be crazy and it’s not going to be a great week. Anyway, I’ll still be streaming Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus because I am far from finished with that. Once I get the platinum trophy for both Assassin’s Creed Origins and Doom I’ll add another game into my streaming schedule.

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 streams, you can always catch them later on as I post them to YouTube within a few days.


Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 4 – What Ails You Review (PS4)

Batman: The Enemy Within

After last episode’s cliffhanger of an ending and just an overall amazing episode that I gave a 5 out of 5. You can read my review here. I was pretty eager to see where this next episode would be going and when it was released, I made sure to set aside some time to actually be able to play it. All geared up and ready to go to see where this game was going to go for the fifth and final episode, I played this game to completion which means it’s time for a review.

Picking up right where episode 3 left off, if you were the good guy that Bruce Wayne / Batman is you took the fall for the amazing Catwoman and ended up in Mr. Freeze’s ice chamber. If you didn’t then shame on you. After a harrowing escape, it’s time to become Batman and put a stop to the extremely crazy and extremely dangerous Harley Quinn. Throughout this super short episode you’ll go back and forth as Bruce and Batman to try to track down Harley Quinn. You’ll see Alfred in a new light as maybe he’s a little sicker then he’s been admitting to, you might change your mind about The Agency and Amanda Waller, and you’ll finally come face to face with Batman’s mortal enemy.

After coming off of such a great episode, I feel like this one fell really flat. Not only did it not go anywhere, but it seemed like the whole purpose of this filler episode was to turn John into the Joker. It’s really plain and simple, that was the whole point of this episode and nothing more. The virus didn’t matter, relationships and past decisions didn’t matter, the only thing that mattered was getting John to become the Joker. Nothing was really set up for the fifth and final episode and playing this episode, which only ran about an hour and fifteen minutes, just felt like a huge waste of time. At the moment I’m not too happy with this episode and it’s basically killed my joy for this season unless Telltale can make some grand gesture in the final episode and turn the whole season around.

The playability of this game was spot on like it’s been for the for past three episodes. Quicktime events, such as fight scenes, worked perfectly and enhance the playthrough of the game during the action sequences. It did seem like a lot of this episode was spent loading and saving though. Although it was a smooth transition, there seemed to be a lot going on in the background and there were too many loading screens.

The graphics continue to be a highlight of not only this episode, but this whole game as they shine. They really make the most out of this episode and make you feel like you really are right in Gotham. I’ve always loved the art style of the graphics for this series and this episode continues on the same path. I was really impressed with the carnival scene and thought it was graphically the highlight of this episode.

Finish this super short episode that basically does nothing and you’ll get yourself another 6 trophies closer to getting the platinum trophy for this game. You’ll do the same things you normally do when you play these episodes, which is just playing the episode in order to get the trophies. An easy 6 trophies as usual.

No multiplayer for this game and the subtle reminder this time about the crowd play feature. This is easily ignored, mostly by me as I still haven’t tried it or have any reason to try it.

Overall I give this episode a 2.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Quicktime events that are done to perfection and make action sequences fuild and effortless.
+ Graphics that continue to impress and bring not only the game but Gotham city to life.

What’s Not So Great:
A really short episode that was pointless as it only had one goal in mind.
Not only was the episode short but it just didn’t fit into the story this season is conveying.

I felt like this episode was a complete waste of time and that turning John into the Joker was something that deserved more than an hour and fifteen minutes worth of time. This is probably one of the most important things in Batman and it just felt like a side story instead of an actual story. I feel like they could have used an entire season to do that and it could have been done after this season, not as a filler episode. I wasn’t really impressed with this episode and I’m hoping that the final episode can change my opinion about this season. I’m going to say that at the moment if you haven’t purchased this game, to hold off and wait until the final episode is released before purchasing. At the rate this game is going, you can probably get all five episodes done in a day since they’ve been on the really short side.

Spoilers! Below are the choices that I made for the fourth episode.

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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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


Tentative Streaming Schedule for the Week of 01-28-2018 – 02-03-2018

Last week was a pretty decent week for streaming. I can’t thank the people who sit there and watch me play enough because it must be like a chore. I swear I’ve died so many times playing Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus it’s not even funny. Anyway, I finally finished the main campaign of Doom and will now be working on getting the platinum as well as the platinum for Assassin’s Creed Origins. That means that I won’t be streaming all that much this upcoming week unless I can get both platinum’s. Take a look at my light streaming schedule for the week.




6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus




6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus




6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus



Only three days of streaming this week. I’m not really sure how close I am to finishing Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and I think it sucked that during my last stream the game totally glitched on me and crashed my system. That doesn’t make me too excited to get back into the game, but I’m still wanting to see how it all ends.

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 streams, you can always catch them later on as I post them to YouTube within a few days.


Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 3 – Hell is Empty Review (PS4)

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

I’ve been waiting for this episode for a while and I know it was released a while back, but I just recently got around to playing it because of well…REASONS! Anyway, I was pretty excited to get back into this game which has been kind of a conflict type game for me. I’ve enjoyed watching Chloe become the Chloe we all know and love in Life is Strange, but I’ve had my doubts about this Rachel Amber that she kind of worships. Anyway, this game comes to its conclusion in this episode and all is finally revealed.

Picking up right where episode 2 left off, episode 3 starts off with Rachel finding out that her mom is really not her mom. This woman she thought she seen her father cheating on with is her actual mom. Not to interrupt from the plot outline, but I want to add that I thought that this was going to be one of those stories where her dad wasn’t really her dad either. I thought maybe Frank was. Anyway, Rachel’s dad will tell the story of how he met Rachel’s mom but she wasn’t really “mom” material so he basically dumped her and went for his more conservative wife. The proper wife of a DA. This leads to Rachel having this breakdown and it’s basically up to Chloe to save the day. She’s tasked with finding Rachel’s mom which will get her and Rachel into a couple of life or death situations. You’ll also get one more episode to be a complete and utter douche to David as he moves in and basically starts his take over. All of this leads to a bitter sweet ending because if you played Life is Strange then you kind of know what happened to Rachel.

Major Kudos for the Music. I haven’t said it in my reviews for the previous episodes, but the music for this game is spot on and is just so fitting. Daughter did an amazing job with the soundtrack for this game and it’s really one of the highlights just like how the music from the previous game was such an amazing highlight to the game as well. It really sets the mood for the game and fits into the whole world perfectly. I can’t express how much this makes a difference not only in this episode, but throughout all three episodes.

I really enjoyed this episode. In the past two episodes, I felt like I had to play Chloe a certain way based on how she was represented in Life is Strange, but I threw all of those notions out the widow and played her how I wanted to play her. Turned out I enjoyed the episode a lot more and got a lot more out of it. I liked in this episode how Chloe finally got her first blue streak of hair before becoming the multi-colored hair girl that we all know and love in Life is Strange and she’s starting to become that character that we know. There are a lot of revelations in this episode and a lot of twists and turns and even though the episode was super long, it felt like I could have continued to play for at least a few more hours because I didn’t want it to end. By the end of the game, I’m still not really sure how to feel about Rachel Amber. This kind of hit home a little bit as I’m sure we’ve all dealt with a “Rachel” in our lives. She wears so many masks, but by the end of the game I still couldn’t tell if she was wearing one of those masks with Chloe of if that was the real Rachel Amber. I guess we’ll never really find out and you’ll have to come to your own judgement with that. I will say that I did enjoy the game’s ending which did this little fast forward type thing that ended with Chloe and Rachel being happy, but to the player it’s bittersweet because if you played Life is Strange you know of know that Chloe is headed for a major heart break.

That after the credits scene… I hate spoiling things for people in my reviews and I’m not going to do it here, but there is this scene after the credits that at first looks cute and innocent, but the last, I’m going to say, five seconds of that scene is so utterly disturbing that it just really hit this part of me. I don’t even know how to explain it. In all of my years of gaming I haven’t had this happen to me and it’s one of those things that will stick with me when I think of this game every single time. If you’ve played this game and you watched the game after the credits, let me know what you thought about that very final scene down in the comments section below.

The playability of this game was the same as it was throughout the whole game which was a little wonky. For a game where really all you have to do is walk around and look around, you would think that the motion would be a little more fluid but it really isn’t. Chloe just feels really clunky as you’re moving her around each level and at times it’s just awkward to play. While I didn’t have any problems with my main playthrough, I did have the game fully crash on me as I went back in collectible mode. Although I was happy it didn’t happen through my main playthrough, I was still kind of pissed that it happened through my collectible playthrough because it shouldn’t have happened.

For some reason I felt like the graphics for this episode improved. It thought this was a little weird because the graphics for the first two episodes were consistent, but this one was a little different. Everything seemed a little clearer and less cartoonish this time around and the graphics really worked for this episode. When the series continues, I really hope that they continue to improve the graphics along the way.

Finish this episode and tag your way through Arcadia Bay once more to get yourself 13 trophies. That’s 12 for playing this episode, tagging up the place, and playing the other episodes, and one platinum trophy for the game if you completed everything else in the other episodes. Most of the tagging is pretty cut and dry, but there are a few missable ones that if you aren’t observant enough, which I’m guilty of, or if you just don’t think sometimes, which I’m also guilty of, you’ll miss. At least with collectible mode it’ll take all of 10-15 minutes to go back and get them.

There’s absolutely no multiplayer for this game and it’s not needed so there are no complaints coming from this end. There also isn’t crowd play so you’ll have to make your own decisions which is just fine with me. Anyway, if you know me and are a frequent visitor to my blog you know my favorite way to game is single player which suits me just fine.

Overall I give this episode a 4.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ A nice yet bittersweet conclusion to the prequel of one of my all time favorite games.
+ A solid story line that wrapped mostly everything up nicely even though there might be some questions left hanging over for the player to continue to think about.
+ Some improved graphics that really brought the game to life as well as some amazing music that brought the story to life.

What’s Not So Great:
This episode was plagued with Chloe being extremely clunky with her movements and then there was the crash during collectible mode which didn’t help.
I just want to take one more opportunity to say how disturbing that final five seconds after the credits were and I really don’t think it helped the game all that much.

After playing all three episodes to completion I have to say that this was a pretty decent prequel to a really awesome game that I fell in love with from the first episode. I will say that I felt a little powerless playing because no matter what Chloe becomes the Chloe that you see in Life is Strange so while it was nice to be able to play her, it really didn’t impact what happens later on. Even if you play her as this super nice girl who just gets mixed in with the wrong crowd or person, try to have her get along with David, and do everything right, she still ends up where she is at the beginning of Life is Strange. It was a weird mix of enjoyable but also knowing that you can’t stop the train wreck that becomes her life. I’m really eager to see where the Farewell episode goes because I have some expectations for it, but I’m going to say that if you’re a Life is Strange fan then this is just a game that you have to play because it gives you this bittersweet back story on an iconic character. If you’re not a Life is Strange fan and have been debating if you should even play that game, I would say that this is a great jumping off platform before actually playing Life is Strange as you can go in with no expectations or preconceived notions about the characters.

SPOILERS! Below are my choices from the third episode.

Life is Strange: Before the StormLife is Strange: Before the Storm