Why Video Games Are Good

Video games can have many benefits for children including improving cognitive skills, enhancing creativity, building social skills, improving mood, and encouraging learning. Video games can improve hand-eye coordination, (sports games) problem-solving, (RPG games) abilities, and decision-making skills. They can also provide opportunities for virtual exploration(video game worlds, minecraft and such), creativity, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking. Many video games can also teach children specific skills such as math, science, or history (Assassins Creed games). It is important to note that not all video games are suitable for children, and parents should monitor the content and play time of their children. Video games can be a valuable addition to a child’s overall development when used in moderation and in conjunction with other forms of entertainment and educational activities.

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

It has been some time since I completed this game and recieved another Playstation trophy. However I do need to put in a review for the game. Here we go!

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a game that takes you on a thrilling adventure in the Star Wars universe. I think you’ll love the fast-paced action and the chance to wield a lightsaber like a true Jedi.

The game’s story follows Cal Kestis, a young Jedi who has been in hiding since the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and the final episodes of Star Wars Clone Wars. Cal is on the run from the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors, and must learn the ways of the Force to survive.

One of the best things about the game is the combat system. As a Jedi, you’ll have access to a variety of lightsaber moves and Force powers, which you can use to take down enemies in epic battles. The combat is challenging and requires a good amount of skill and timing, but it’s also very satisfying when you pull off a cool move.

The game’s graphics are also stunning, with detailed character models and beautiful environments that transport you to the Star Wars universe. The game also features a lot of exploration, allowing you to discover new areas and secrets as you progress through the story.

Overall, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a must-play for fans of the Star Wars franchise and anyone who loves action-adventure games. It’s a thrilling adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you feel like a true Jedi.

Score: 8

Game of the Year: Elden Ring

Elden Ring, the highly-anticipated action RPG from the creators of Dark Souls, has officially been named Game of the Year at the Game Award shows back in December. A well deserved win, and much kudos to, in my opinion, a very close second to God of War: Ragnarok.

One of the cool things about Elden Ring is that it’s made by the same people who created the popular game series “Dark Souls.” This means that the game will be challenging and exciting, and you’ll have to use your skills and wits to overcome obstacles and defeat enemies. This is not your standard adventure game, get ready to be challenged!

Elden Ring also has a co-op mode, so you can play with your friends and help each other out on your journey. You can also customize your character and choose from different weapons and armor to make them stronger.

One of the most exciting parts of Elden Ring is the story. The game is set in a world called “The Lands Between” where the player will have to uncover the secrets of the Elden Ring, an ancient artifact that holds immense power.

Overall, Elden Ring is a game that truly deserves the title of Game of the Year. It offers a challenging and rewarding gameplay experience, a rich and compelling story, and a beautiful and immersive world. It’s a must-play for fans of action RPGs and anyone looking for an unforgettable gaming experience. Who is up for the challenge? Who will win this years Game of the Year?

The Last of Us TV Series

The highly-anticipated TV series adaptation of the popular video game “The Last of Us” is finally here, and fans of the game and newcomers alike are in for a treat. The series, which will air on HBO, is set to explore the world of the game in greater depth and bring the characters to life in a whole new way. I for one am very excited, and am sure I’ll be having some nostalgic moments.

“The Last of Us” is set in a post-apocalyptic world where most of humanity has been wiped out by a fungal infection. The story follows Joel, a hardened survivor, and Ellie, a young girl with a mysterious immunity to the infection, as they navigate the dangers of the new world and form a powerful bond. The game, which was released in 2013, was praised for its emotional storytelling, complex characters, and stunning visuals.The show will feature an all-star cast, including Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie.

Based on other reviews (since I don’t have the privilege to screen the show early) the TV series is also expected to raise some moral dilemmas, as well as to show the complicated and harsh reality of the post-apocalyptic world, where the rules of survival are different and where human beings are pushed to their limits. This show sounds like its not going to be your regular “post-apocalyptic” show.

Overall, the “The Last of Us” TV series is shaping up to be a must-watch for fans of the game, as well as for anyone who loves gripping storytelling and complex characters. With its all-star cast and talented team behind the scenes, this series is sure to be a hit. This is my “too-early” pick for Emmy nominated show, you heard it here first. Cheers my friends!

Level 2023

As we say goodbye to 2022 and welcome in 2023, it’s a time for reflection and a time for setting new goals. The start of a new year is always an opportunity to hit the reset button and start fresh.

Looking back on the past year, it’s impossible to ignore the challenges and difficulties that many of us faced due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a trying time for everyone, and we have all had to make sacrifices and adapt to a new way of living. But through it all, we have also seen the resilience and strength of our gaming communities and the human spirit.

As we enter this new year, we can take the lessons we have learned and use them to shape our future. We can focus on what is important, prioritize our mental and physical well-being, and strive to make positive changes in our own lives and in the world around us.

2023 is a year of opportunity and potential. It’s a chance to set new goals, both big and small, and work towards achieving them. Whether it’s starting a new hobby, learning a new skill, or traveling to a new place, let’s make the most of this new year.

It’s also a time to come together and support each other. We’ve all been through a lot, and it’s important to remember that we are not alone. Let’s continue to lean on one another and lift each other up as we navigate this new year.

As we enter 2023, let’s approach it with hope, positivity, and a renewed sense of determination. Here’s to a year of growth, success, and making memories. Happy New Year! and Game on!

Celeste Review

An inspirational Climb

It is a known fact that I’m late to the indie games genre. It never really peaked my interest, always though they were low budget and low quality games. Little bit at a time I’ve given indie game a chance. Which is the subject of today’s review with Celeste. Without giving too much of the story, you take on the role of Madeleine, a young woman with a mission, to climb Celeste Mountain. In the beginning you’re told about how high the mountain is and how it’s useless to try, having no experience in mountain climbing. That does not deter Madeleine’s resolve, she’s willing to see this through. Madeleine is a special kind of person and player, she’s open about her doubt about climbing Celeste Mountain and her anxiety on meeting new people. The gameplay is also where the game shines, a trial and error style of gameplay, quick reloads definitely keeps your pace high on this adventure. A pure and precise plat-former, with a double jump like ability, a little mistake could cause you to reload to the nearest checkpoint. There are plenty of collectibles to collect with the Strawberries being one I would recommend acquiring when you can. Accompanying you on your journey is an excellent soundtrack, keeping the journey on a high note. Celeste is an incredible tale I didn’t think I could relate to so clearly and compassionately. Celeste is a landmark on what a game should do to you when you play it, have an emotional connection to it. And now more than ever, I’m finally a fan of indie games thanks to Celeste.

Unsung Gamers Score – 9

Reviewed by: ShadowAlchemistX

Silent Hill 2 Review

Revisiting a Classic.

It has been over 20 years since Silent Hill 2 original release date back 2001. I just so happen to come across this game at Game Crazy, which are now all gone. I saw it and looked at the back of the game box and was intrigued by what I read. Our protagonist James Sunderland‘s life is shattered when his beloved wife Mary passes away. Three years later James receives a mysterious letter from his late wife Mary, beckoning him to return to their special place, Silent Hill. This alone was enough for me to pick it up, and ever since, has been one of my favorite games. Twenty years later and this story is still great to experience again. You are given a map and free to explore where you can go, the game does not help you too much. It’s up to you to find your way and to figure out the complex puzzles your will encounter on your journey. Graphically, yes, it has aged but incredibly it holds up remarkably well. Gameplay holds up mostly well enough, some of the camera angels may get annoying but the atmosphere of the game eases this issue. The sound design for Silent Hill 2, is still creepy all these years later. With the incredible soundtrack by the legendary Akira Yamaoka, compliments every cutscene and environment you’ll encounter. Developer Team Silent really outdid themselves and should be remembered for doing so. I honestly thought replaying a twenty year old game would have been tough, but Silent Hill 2 is an example of a game that transcends generation after generation in gaming. To this day, now, I do recommend playing Silent Hill 2, especially if it’s your first time.

Unsung Gamers Score – 10

Reviewed by: ShadowAlchemistX

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review

A True Symphony

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a reminder of an old school Castlevania, times have changed but a formula that still holds up. Koji Igarashi may not be a name people will recognize but for gamers it does. Since 1997 he’s worked on most if not all 2D side scrolling Castlevania games, starting with the legendary Symphony of the Night. So here we are, nearly 2 decades later and with the help of fans, backed by a Kickstarter campaign, we now have a continuation of that formula, in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Bloodstained takes place in the 19th century of England, during the Industrial Revolution. Taking the role in protagonist named Miriam, a shardbinder, a being capable of using demonically charged shards as a weapon. Without giving away too much, just know, you’ll have your reasons for your journey. Bloodstained plays like a classic Castlevania game, in which, as you explore your area, more and more of your map is revealed. Explore and you’ll be rewarded approach is always welcomed, on top of an addiction combat experience. As you destroy demons, you’ll have a chance to absorb their shard and use it as a weapon or buff to Miriam. Also you can upgrade each different shard, adding different upgrades per shard. On top of collection and upgrading, each enemy you kill add experience points to Miriam, in which each level she’ll get stronger. Sound design and musical score are great in Bloodstained, lead by Michiru Yamame, a musical gaming veteran, having also worked on Castlevania games as well. Its safe to say I had a lot of fun revisiting and old formula that works even better by today’s standard. If you’re curious about playing Bloodstained, I would definitely recommend checking it out, it’s worth your time.

Unsung Gamers Score – 9

Review by: ShadowAlchemistX

Assassin’s Creed Unity Review

A Return to Form

Now before I start I’m not knocking the new editions of the Assassin’s Creed series. There was a shift when Odyssey was released, Ubisoft essentially ditched the Assassins story all together, mostly. That’s what intrigues me to Unity, the only entry I have yet to play, until now. Assassin’s Creed Unity follows the story or Arno Dorian, trying to find out more about his family, while also solving the mystery behind his adoptive father’s death. If you happened to have played Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Unity follows directly from that entry. Right away Arno Dorian is a very likable protagonist, a young man whose more about living in the moment. That is until his journey in with the Assassins change everything. Unity, to this day, still holds up incredibly well, even by 2022 standards. Ubisoft Montreal really outdid themselves with the attention to detailed, in a very great looking Paris, France. I know at launch Unity was full of bugs and broken gameplay, which I can confirm, is, for the most part, fixed. The parkour is the best in the franchise, Aaron’s movement from running, climbing and jumping across Paris, is so fluid, in a single motion of movement. Combat I would say definitely shows it’s age. While not completely dull, it is slow. Having said that, the game is based around stealth and not straight on combat. It’s not going to be the best game you’ve never played but it’s a testament of what the series was, before it became what it is today. I do recommend checking it out if you have a chance, these days it’s on sale a lot of the time.

Unsung Gamers Score – 7

Reviewed by: ShadowAlchemistX

Stray Review

A Cat’s Tail

Never would I ever imagine, that there would be a game where a cat is the main character. Not only that but have it completely played through a cat’s point of view, meows and all. Yet, here we are, in our review of Stray, an ambitious idea and a surprisingly interesting world. Without giving away too much of the story, Right from the get go, you’re given full control of an orange tabby cat, a stray cat if you would. Given no story behind what your doing in the beginning is quickly changed, when you’re separated from your family, and thus begins our Stray cat’s journey. The sound design of the world, works incredibly well, in this unfamiliar circumstance. From the ambient music playing in the background, to a random sound of a sewer pipe. The animations for our protagonist is on point, being a cat owner myself, I truly appreciate the level of detail that went into this game. From a simple jump, to a leap across gaps and finally to very addictive meow. Literally a button is dedicated to simply meow, which I took full advantage of. The game only fall short in it being over quite quickly but given the independent developers recourses, it’s given a pass. What is here is an incredible stay cat’s journey into the world that fully embraced with its many mysteries, with even some very fun easter eggs hidden within. I had plenty of fun with my playtime of Stray, and given it’s current available to play on PlayStation Plus Extra/Premium (as of 8/25/2022) I absolutely recommend checking it out. While not to say it’s a bad game but considering it can take anywhere from 4-6 hours of gameplay, it’s hard to justify the $40 price tag for it. If you can, I’d wait for a sale for the game, it is absolutely worth you’re time, especially for cat lovers.

Unsung Gamers Score – 8

Reviewed by: ShadowAlchemistX