Nier Automata Review

Nier Automata

What a wonderful surprise. Back when Nier Automata released in 2017, I paid no attention to it, big mistake. Nier Automata is exactly what the gaming industry needs more of. Right from the start you’re told very little of the world, it is something you’ll learn more of as you play though the game (multiple times). It’s not only encouraged it is necessary to complete the main story of the game. Incredibly innovative way of playing though a games story is another selling point. In one section of a level the game plays like an old school shooter, like for example 1943 or Ikaruga. While another part of that same level it becomes a side scroller action beat ‘em up, and to finish it off it’ll end where most of the game play stands, as a 3rd person action slasher. All this is complemented with one of the greatest soundtracks in any video game. Composer Keiichi Okabe outdoes themselves when this soundtrack, without it, this would just be another forgettable game. I’ve had so much fun with the game, characters and story, when it was all over, I was proud and accomplished at my ultimate decision (Beware there is no turning back from it). While this game may not be for everyone, Nier Automata definitely and rightly so, surprised me as another incredible game most gamers will never play. I great love letter to what one development team can not only create but to give to us, the gamers.

Final Score – 9

Mega Man NES Version Why I love to Hate it!

Mega Man Bosses

Mega man! I can still hear the theme song from the 90s TV series, and yes I am that old. I decided to play the ole’ NES version of Mega Man a.k.a. “Rockman” (the first one). I recall talking to my fellow gamer Johnny5Arcade about how I miss the simplicity of the game. Just you, a blaster, and the jump button. Moving through the levels and maneuvering all the obstacles just to get to, what I consider the fun part, the boss battle. It really brought back the nostalgia of when I owned a orignail NES and the struggle of getting through the levels. Luckily this time I am able to save the game when I get tired or need a break.

I did recall there was an order to fight the bosses to use their own power vs the others. This was the order I went through them, using my Pokemon knowledge of element weaknesses: Bombman, Gutsman, Cutman, Elecman, Iceman, Fireman, and now to the final boss Dr. Wily. Currently that is where I left off at, and should be able to beat here soon, however like I said getting to him will be the ultimate gauntlet getting through the final level to get to him. I love the game, I love the play, and even love how you have to use some logistics to get past some of the level play (guessing patterns, and such), but man it takes like 2-3 continues to figure it out lol. I hate that it takes me longer and find it more difficult to get to the boss than the boss battle itself lol. That’s when I need to take a break from the game and then get back and apply what I learned from my mistakes I made.

But rest assured even after this game, I plan on playing the other Mega Man games all the way to the X and XZ series. I just forgot how much I enjoyed the game, and happy I have my arcade to do so.

Far Cry 5 Review

Far Cry 5

Far Cry comes to the United States!

This time around you’ll take the role of a silent Deputy, responsible for arresting this game’s antagonist; Joseph Seed. Like previous games you’ll have a great expansive world to explore in Hope County, with many wildlife creatures as well. The sounds design helps bring the world to life, from the winds in the mountains to the sounds of birds near the lakes, and of course the weapons you’ll be firing on your quest. The soundtrack fall in line with the atmosphere that’s been presented, made up from many country tunes and Christian inspired songs too. Gun play hasn’t changed much from previous titles, if anything it feels like a step back at times but if you liked the gameplay of the previous games then you’ll fall in love with this one as well. In conclusion I had a fun time playing this game, especially with a partner, although the game does take you out of your experience with the game, it definitely isn’t needed and it very much slows down the game many times.

7

Battlefield 2042 Review

By: PhantomRicon

7/10

“This game is gonna be Warzones downfall”. I said this in our podcast a few weeks ago. Now those comments have not aged well even if it’s just been a weekend since release or a week in a half (if you got the early access pre order). I am very disappointed in this Battlefield game. Yes it has components and the look of battlefield. But it’s missing some of the major components that made the Battlefield games of the last great. No scoreboard to see your stats in the game, maybe just me but there’s not enough vehicles to use. I catch myself running most of the map trying to get to the next base in a conquest game. I understand they need to make the map big to accommodate the amount of players (64). It’s a lot of open space where having a vehicle really gives you the advantage. Rockets used to take them down seem like the Sniper rifle ammo can take those vehicles down faster. These are some of the issues I’ve come across and there are others. Max squad players is 4 when I believe in previous battlefield games you can still link up via in the same server. Just won’t be on the same said team.
However! I hope this was Battlefields plan. Release this anticipated game with the known issues and then with the updates release them with all the components we all loved in previous Battlefield games. One update and a time so is Gamers will continue to return. “Oh they fixed it, but missing this. They’ll get it on the next update” and so on. We gotta remember even though we as fans have expectations for these games it’s still a business. A business that now with online relies on us gamers to keep coming back and playing more.
For now the game will do and it’s still fun to play with friends. For now Warzone has won this battle. We’ll see a few months down the road for new changes and updates for these two rivalry franchises.