Most Anticipated Game for July 2017

July 2017

With everyone still basically coming down from the E3 high, my expectations for game releases in July aren’t really that high. Before writing, I usually know about a game or two that is to be expected for the upcoming month, but this time I’m going in completely blind, so let’s see what’s getting released in July.

*Just as a side note, my list of July 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.*

7/11/2017
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – PS4
Hunting Simulator -PS4

7/21/2107
Fortnite – PS4

7/25/2017
Don’t Starve Mega Pack – PS4
Aven Colony – PS4

This has to be the shortest list ever, because this is all that’s coming out if you’re a PS4 owner. Not a lot to choose from which is why I’m going to be sticking to my backlog which no matter how hard I try never seems to go down.

Now it’s your turn. Anything you’ll be playing this month or will you be sticking your backlog as well? Let me know in the comments section below. I’m hoping for something more exciting than this next month and I know I won’t be wrong because Uncharted: The Lost Legacy comes out. Anyway, when the time comes I’ll be letting you know what to look for in August.

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MouseCraft Review (PS4)

MouseCraft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:

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

What’s Not So Great:

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

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

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

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

Abzu – 50%

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

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Rise of the Tomb Raider – 12%

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

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Killing Floor 2 – 2%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Super Exploding Zoo! Review (PS4)

Super Exploding Zoo

I added this game into my library a long time ago when it was free thanks to PS+. With the problem of not having enough space on my system, I never added it onto my system since I didn’t know when I was going to play it until I purchased my 8TB external storage device. Even though it was on my system, I didn’t play it until just recently and the only reason I played it was because I needed something quick to play while I was busy editing and saving my MegaCon panel videos. Always a great reason to game, because you’re waiting for something else to finish so that you can do something else. Anyway, keep reading to see what I thought about this game.

In Super Exploding Zoo! you’ll play as various different zoo animals and it’ll be your job to protect the little zoo egg that didn’t hatch yet from Aliens that have invaded the zoo. A puzzle based game at heart, there are 80 different levels for you to play through along with a VS mode where you can test your skill against other players. Will you be able to beat each puzzle and save the little baby zoo animals or will the aliens win?

I would really like to say that I enjoyed this game and had a fun time playing, but I really didn’t. It wasn’t even the fact that I was doing something else in the middle of playing this game, it was just that fact that this game really wasn’t that great. There’s a brief little story that introduces the game and that’s about it. There’s nothing but wanting to defeat each puzzle that will keep you coming back. All you have to do with this game is solve 80 different puzzles and that’s basically it. There’s nothing grand about it or even all that interesting as you play through 80 levels which by the end kind of blend together.

The playability of this game isn’t bad, but it takes some time to get used to. As the levels progress so does the amount of things you can do until you’re tearing your hair out trying to keep track of what all of the zoo animals do. Most of them have special abilities and you have to use them in order to beat each level. This gets annoying at times and sometimes you can complete a level how the game wants you to and still end up dying. It’s weird. There was also a game crash, which was not good as it erased some of my most frequent data and I had to re-do a few levels. Overall it wasn’t really worth the hassle of trying to learn the controls and then learning what each animal did.

The graphics for this game were decent. They weren’t the best, but they weren’t horrible either. The animals had a lot of detail in them as well as the surroundings. The aliens were creative, but overall the graphics just felt a little flat. It’s a small budget game and it kind of shows. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing because the graphics work for the game, but just don’t have high expectations for this game graphic wise.

Finish this game and do everything the game has to offer in order to get yourself 19 trophies including a platinum trophy as well. Not bad right? It depends. Some of the trophies are just a pain in the ass to get while others you’ll get randomly throughout the game. Then there are of course multiplayer trophies because there is a VS mode. More to come on those in a minute, but overall it’s not a hard game to play, it does require a little bit of grinding so if you’re in it for the trophies just be aware of that.

Of course this game had to have multiplayer because who doesn’t want to face off against another team of zoo animals and just blow each other up. Me. I don’t’ want to do that. Ever again. Anyway, the game VS mode is simple and it’s basically the person with the most zoo animals usually wins. The only problem is that the servers for this game is dead and you can’t even play the multiplayer using SharePlay because I tried. I was lucky enough to find someone to play with and make a new friend in the process who needed to boost the online trophies. If you’re playing this game and you’re not so lucky, use PSNProfiles.com to setup a gaming session. Beware though because a lot of the VS trophies are glitched and you’ll have to do them more than once.

Overall I give this game a 1 out of 5.

What’s Great:

+ There are a lot of puzzles for you to figure out and if you’re into that type of game you’ll enjoy it.

What’s Not So Great:

There really is no story and it’s a bare bones type of games. Aliens invaded the zoo, save the baby animals.
The game soon becomes boring as the puzzles begin to blend into one another and feel like the same puzzle over and over again.
There are too many things to learn. This animal does this, this animal does that, use this to move each individual animal. I don’t mind learning new ways to play a game, but for a small game like this, there’s just too much.
The servers are completely dead so good luck trying to get the multiplayer trophies without boosting or even setting up a gaming session.

Even if you downloaded this game for free, I hope you didn’t pay for it, I would say that it’s not even worth it. Yes it’s a pretty easy platinum trophy as long as you don’t mind grinding a few of the trophies here and there, but seriously it’s not worth it. There are other puzzle games out there that are more fun and addictive than this game and you should probably play those instead.

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This Week in Trophies 06-04-207 – 06-10-2017

After a few lackluster weeks, I really felt like I had to amp it up with the trophy hunting because there are a bunch of games in my backlog and I really want to finish them up and move on. Anyway, I feel like I did a good job. Not dragging this out, let’s see what trophies I actually did get this week.

MouseCraft – 100%

I took most of the day last Sunday to finish this game up and had a really great time doing so. Like always, I’ll have my full review posted within the next couple of weeks to let you know what I really thought about the game.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider – 11%

I started this game this week after a big debate of if I was going to play this game or Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. So far, I think it’s ok. It’s not the greatest Tomb Raider game, but it’s not the worst either. I’m still not far enough into it to actually judge it, but I am playing it when I can.

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Abzu – 15%

I also started playing this game this week because I like having those smaller games to play along with the big games since I’m never sure how much time I’m going to have to game. Anyway, I’m kind of liking this under water Journey like game even though the controls are a little tricky and at the moment I’m not sure what the whole point of the game is.

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And that was it for this week. Not bad trophy wise, and I did get a lot of game play in so I’m a happy camper. This upcoming week, I plan on finishing Abzu as well as continuing my journey with Rise of the Tomb Raider in order to see where that leads me. Going off topic for a moment, I didn’t realize that Rise of the Tomb Raider has 125 trophies. Seriously? That’s a lot of trophies. Anyway, I’ll probably also be starting Killing Floor 2 because Matt @TheAlbumWeb has told me how absolutely wonderful this game is despite the fact that the trailer looks like crap. I’ll let you know next week if Matt was right about Killing Floor 2 and what other trophies I was able to get.

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 5 – From the Gallows Review (PS4)

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

After a pretty long wait for this season to release all of the episodes, the final episode was finally released for this game. It wasn’t as long of a wait as Game of Thrones or Tales from the Borderlands, but it was another awkward time table for this game. Anyway, I was super excited to see where this story would go and how it would end as I usually am when it comes to these games. Keep reading to see what I thought of the episode as a whole and if it lived up to my very high last episode expectations.

From the Gallows picks up right where episode 4 left off. Richmond is in utter chaos because of my choices form the previous episode and it didn’t help much that a barrier has been taken down and the walkers are making their way into Richmond basically overwhelming the people that live there causing even more chaos. Before all that though, you’ll get another flashback scene before this zombie apocalypse with David, Javier, and their father. This scene will either strengthen Javier’s bond with David or maybe break it just a little bit more. Depends on how you play. Going back into present day, it’ll be up to Javier, David, Kate, Clementine, and Gabe to see what their next step is going to be. Do they save Richmond after causing all of this chaos and destruction or do they run and save their own asses. As always, the choice is yours to make.

I really enjoyed the ending to this season. It made a lot of sense and it was a nice sendoff for Javier as a character. Throughout the season I might have expressed how I really didn’t want to play him and wanted to play Clementine again, but I can kind of understand the reasoning of why Telltale did this. They not only needed to introduce a new character, but they needed a way for Clementine to develop into the teenager that she has become at the end of the season just like they did in season one with Lee. Of course, no one can replace Lee, but having Javier around with Clementine gave her that same adult to look up to and maybe give her a different perspective since she was a little doom and gloom this season. Clementine has been through a lot, but she learns a lot from Javier this season and wouldn’t have done so if the player hadn’t taken control of Javier. That being said, I wasn’t prepared for how emotional this episode was. I really couldn’t find myself becoming attached to any of these characters and had a problem with the whole Javier and David relationship, but with the ending that I chose it made me realize that while I didn’t fully appreciate the Javier and David relationship, I did appreciate the relationship that Javier had with David’s family. The ending of course had me in tears as it was heartbreaking as was the ending to season one and season two. This episode was really well written and it was a nice way to pave the way for the next season.

There were some loading issues where I felt that things could have been loaded a little quicker, but those soon cleared up and the game played out flawlessly for me. I didn’t have a complete game crash as I’ve had in the past few episodes, but it was reported to me by LMD that during the final scene the game crashed so it’s out there. It’s just not happening to everyone. Throughout the season and in this last episode the quick time events have gotten better and flow more effortlessly although, one of them was a little messed up and I ended up dying because the perspective was off and the button that I needed to press was off screen. This was a little frustrating. Other than that the episode played out nicely.

While I don’t normally say this, I did see a sort of improvement in the graphics in the last episode. Anyone else notice that? Usually the graphics are the same throughout the whole game, but for this episode the graphics seemed enhanced and it made the final episode look great.

Finish this episode and you’ll add another 6 trophies to your collection along with your super easy platinum trophy. I like that you don’t have to do anything specific and just play because I feel it would ruin the story if it said you had to make a certain choice in order to get the trophy. Anyway, just play how you like and the trophies will come naturally.

Again, I’m super lazy and still haven’t hooked up the crowd play feature making this a single player game for me which is just fine because that’s usually how I like my games.

Overall I give this episode a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:

+ Great ending to a season that had its ups and downs.
+ A promise of Clementine’s story continuing.
+ An emotional end to a story that I didn’t think I had that many emotional attachments to.
+ Improved graphics and quick time events.

What’s Not So Great:

Telltale is still struggling a little when it comes to loading times, but it’s getting better.
Although it didn’t happen to me there is a report of a complete game crash.

While I wasn’t a huge fan of this season, I thought it was a pretty decent season that bridges the gap between last season and the season to come. If you’ve held off on purchasing this game, I would say that you’ve held off long enough and should probably pick it up now since all of the episodes are released. I know by now a lot of you, myself included, are burnt out on the Telltale games even if you were a fan of the previous seasons of The Walking Dead, but I would still recommend giving this game a try if you played the previous two seasons. If you haven’t played the previous two seasons, why the hell not? Make sure you pick those up before playing this one.

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

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

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