Rebel Galaxy – A free PS4 PS Plus game for August.

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Have you tried Rebel Galaxy yet??  I recently got it as a Playstation Plus free game for the month of August, and thought I’d give it a try. I’ve only been playing for a few minutes, but already I’m liking it.

I’ve always been a Firefly fan, and when starting this game, the soundtrack starts and guess what? It sounds just like the kind of music you’d hear during your favourite episode of Firefly! I stopped at the local bar (near where my ship spawned) and got my first mission to get whiskey in exchange for some parts for my ship. While I was docked, I also took the opportunity to rename my ship to “Firefly.” I couldn’t resist. 🙂

While playing Rebel Galaxy, you can choose to be anything you want. I’m not sure what role I’m going to take on, but for now it’s the good guy. Get a good name for me around the galaxy and see where it takes me.

In case you don’t know this, Rebel Galaxy is currently FREE in the PS Plus games. It’s a single player game with loads of possibilities. If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend. If you want to know more about this game, check out YouTube’s Elemental Storm on his take on the 5 reasons why you should be playing this game:

 

Let me know what you think if you get around to playing this! 🙂

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 7.48.18 AMGood morning my peeps!! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. I haven’t been playing much video games these days. But today I have exciting news. Well, it’s not really exciting, but it is for me. I can’t believe this game slid through the cracks and I didn’t know about it until now.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice — Finally another game is going to be released with a female protagonist. This one’s got a very strong primal feel to it. I love the tech that’s going into this to make Senua look as human as possible. Check out the video below on how the Senua actress performs a scene live and in real-time directly within the game world.

There’s no word when this game will be released, but they did say 2016. The same goes for all the other games I’m looking forward to: Recore (Microsoft exclusive), Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4 exclusive), The Last Guardian and now Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

Check out the trailer and some gameplay!

Have a great day! Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Cheers!

Bitchin’ Gamer Girl

 

 

Dying Light Demo

 

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I thought I’d give Dying Light’s demo a run for its money today. I downloaded it on my PS4 a few weeks ago, and tonight I’m hosting a board game party so I didn’t want to play a game and get sucked into its world, completely forgetting about tonight’s plan. I booted the game and once the tutorial was over I had 1 hour on the clock to play. I decided to do the only side mission available. It was okay. I found my way to a few safe areas, ran around on rooftops, even played with danger by running on the street! Oh look ma, zombies are chasing me! When night finally fell I had maybe 8 minutes left to play so I went out to see how crazy the night zombies really were. At one point I had a bunch chasing me and the game prompts me to push triangle (Δ) to see behind me and the sight was pretty frightening. I definitely died 3 times in 8 minutes. I didn’t know what else to do. I couldn’t take the elevator up to the tower, so I thought “Let’s see how long I can stay alive outside the safe zone.” Not long. One, maybe two minutes. Maybe more if you can sprint and get on roofs faster.

My opinion of Dying Light is that it’s okay. A lot of people relate this game to Mirror’s Edge but with zombies, and I can totally see that. 🙂 Haha I liked Mirror’s Edge but found it challenging with trying to stay alive and not fall to my death. Dying Light is similar but the only thing killing you is either the zombies or the poor choice of jumping too high. That can definitely kill you. A while back I had spent a few hours watching some guy on YouTube’s gameplay and I honestly have to say that it was more fun watching him play than playing it myself. It’s probably because this guy kept freaking out when the zombies were nearby, and it was extremely entertaining.

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I warned you!!

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So a friend of mine owns this game and told me he found the ending to be annoying. I asked him why? What happens? He replies with “It doesn’t.” Hmm, I’m curious now so I’m trying to figure this out. I mention that maybe the game doesn’t end and the expansion pack that’s coming out will finish the story. He tells me that the player beats the bad guy, they get the data for the cure and then they rest on a rooftop with the guy saying “Everything will be okay.” and a final combat is just a bunch of quick time events. Boo. That’s definitely lame in my books.

In any case, I don’t think I’ll be buying this game any time soon. It was okay in my books. When a demo is amazing and makes me want more, then I play the game, but this one kind of made me dizzy. All that first person running around. I also found the controller schemes a bit odd. R1 to jump? Oh well. If I ever see this game on a crazy sale, like $10-15 (in the future of course) I might buy it.

Since there wasn’t much for me to play I can’t really give this an accurate rating, but here is my rating:

3.5 stars out of 5

A definite buy if you love FP views, running, parkour and zombies.

Cheers!

Bitchin’ Gamer Grl

 

 

 

I’ve joined the masses…

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I  have everything but the Sony PS4 camera in the middle.

Well, it’s official! I’ve joined the masses and bought myself a PS4. In October, 2015 Playstation dropped their prices on their systems. Not by a lot, but it was better than the $500 price tag. Most of the systems now cost $430 in Canada. I had been saving up for one, hoping for a really cool bundle. The bundles as of November, 2015 weren’t that great. The only one I was really interested in was The Last of Us bundle. For the next two months I kept my eye on Best Buy’s website. Do I buy it, or do I wait for a better deal?? Then the closer we got to Black Friday (Nov 27th) the more systems sold out until all the ones I wanted or potentially wanted were no longer available in store or online. Noooooooo!!!! I did my research and found EB Games (Canadian version of Gamestop) had TLOU bundles for sale so I bought it there.

Now it’s one day after Black Friday, and I decided I’d take advantage of Black Friday sales and buy a 2 terabyte hard drive to upgrade my PS4. I went to a recommended electronics site called Newegg recommended by my brother who’s an avid computer nerd. I found this Samsung Spinpoint 2Tb internal hard drive  which is currently on sale for $124 CA plus there’s an additional $10 off with their code for a limited time. And by limited time it means until they run out of inventory. Because it qualifies for free shipping, the total cost after taxes is $120. I’d say that’s the best deal I’ve seen all day for this size hard drive which is compatible with PS4 systems.

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Samsung Spinpoint M9T ST200LM003 2TB RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5″ Internal Notebook Hard drive

Now all I have to do is backup the data and games I installed as soon as I got my PS4. I wish I had the foresight to wait 🙂 haha I’m a little impatient, and I didn’t think I’d be getting a bigger hard drive so soon.

I can’t wait until I upgrade my internet bandwidth. I feel like I’m living in the dark ages with a monthly cap at 75GB. I’m hoping to increase it to 400GB by January. I barely go over at 75GB, but I want more just in case. I also can’t wait until the new announced E3 games are released!!

I foresee lots of gaming in my future.

Cheers!

Bitchin’ Gamer Girl

Journey – The most beautiful indie game I’ve ever played.


Journey is by far the most beautiful indie game that I’ve ever played. Journey is exactly what the title says. It’s a journey. Ok, this isn’t going to work. I will paint you a picture.

You pop in the disk, and the game does a little installing on your Playstation. You choose to Start a new Journey. When the title has loaded, you are this little character in a red robe sitting in a desert. The game quietly mentions to take your motion detecting controller and move it from side to side. When doing so, you see the game moves with you. So clean, so simple. Ahead of you you see a large sand dune with stones and a flag blowing in the wind. By now you’ve made your character move 360º and you see there’s nowhere else to go but there. When you get to the top, there you are, this little character all dressed in red, in front of a foreboding mountain. Your task is simple. Explore on your way to the mountain. Soon you’re seeing that there are floating flags around and if you get near them, a little musical sound is heard and whoa! You have a little scarf. Soon you’re prompted that if you push a button on your controller, you can add a little oomph to your next jump. But you see that your scarf which was once highlighted with white is all red again. Time to collect more flags. The controls are simple as is the game. Journey’s story is told wordlessy though in-game and cinematics. Even the soundtrack is beautiful.

For your very first journey, I recommend disconnecting from the Playstation network and playing one game by yourself. I’m sure it’s fun to have someone with you, but when you’re alone you can really take in the beauty, and the struggles this character goes through to get to the mountain. This game also has a co-op option although I have yet to try it. It requires a network connection to the Playstation. You start the game and some anonymous person may (or will?) join your in your journey. There is no communication or competition except for the musical sounds the characters make. I’ve heard from friends that playing the online version of Journey is one to try.

I thought after a long while that I’d play Journey again. Since I already played it, all the levels were unlocked. I chose the one that I thought was next, and ended up on some pink sand. I started toward to the first building I could see and some flying carpet “animals” came out to accompany me / lead me to the next area. The dunes were so high I was glad they were there. When I got there I released more of these creatures. By the time I got to the third building I was joined by an online player! They weren’t with me for very long because I missed my highest jump, and by the time I got to the bottom of the hill, they were gone. But that was my first co-op experience with Journey. 😀

I don’t know too much about the musical score in Journey, but here is some information according to Wikipedia:

Unlike many games, where different songs have different themes for each character or area, Wintory chose to base all of the pieces on one theme which stood for the player and their journey, with cello solos especially representing the player. Wintory describes the music as “like a big cello concerto where you are the soloist and all the rest of the instruments represent the world around you”, though he describes it as not necessarily orchestral due to the inclusion of electronic aspects.[22][24] The cello begins the game as “immersed in a sea of electronic sound”, before first emerging on its own and then merging into a full orchestra, mirroring the player’s journey to the mountain.[25] While the game’s art style is based on several different cultures, Wintory tried to remove any overt cultural influences from the music to make it “as universal and culture-less as possible.”

If you haven’t played this game yet, I think you should. It’s got the highest metacritic rating that I’ve ever seen. The story will evoke some emotions and make you feel things you didn’t think would be possible.

Thinks I like about this game:

  • Visuals, graphics, musical soundtrack
  • Characters do not speak, but communicate by musical notes
  • A co-op journey where two characters can help each other.
  • You will want to replay this game over and over. It never gets old.

Things I dislike about this game:

  • When I wanted to play Journey a second time, I  didn’t go far and saw that every section of the game was open, and walking into any one of the ‘rooms’ would immediately transport me to that section. What I really wanted was to play it like I did the first time, and I have to figure out how to do that without deleting my save file.

My rating? 10 out of 5 stars.

Cheers

Bitchin’ Gamer Girl

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons


I had this demo on my playstation downloaded for the longest time, and never tried it. Well today being a lazy Sunday, I thought what the hell, let’s play all my demos and see which ones are worth buying and which aren’t. Well as you can guess (from this post) that this is definitely a win!

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a single player, third-person view which overlooks the two brothers. It’s kind of an overhead view so you can see them both and their environment. When I started the demo, it told me that it was 20 minutes into the game. I quickly realized that each brother was controlled with their own controller thumbstick. The older brother was the left stick while the younger brother was the right stick. Having them walk in the same direction takes a bit of skill. Getting both brain hemispheres and thumbs to work together, I can see this game has a lot of potential.

The short story of this game is that the brothers are on a journey to find some sacred water to save their ill (or dying) father. They traverse through the land facing obstacles and puzzles. The puzzles need to be solved using both brothers. A nice challenge. I didn’t get very far into the story, but played just enough to know how the brothers interact with the world, how to work together to solved puzzles, and so on. I’m definitely putting this game on my to-buy list. I always like to play a quiet puzzle-platformer type of game, and this one seems perfect.

I can’t wait to play the whole game. 🙂

My rating for this demo? 5 out of 5!

Cheers!

Bitchin’ Gamer Girl

I’m excited about Horizon: Zero Dawn coming out on PS4!

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If you’re a serious gamer, you’ve been following the E3 line up for this coming year. And Horizon: Zero Dawn is on my to-play list when I buy a PS4. This game looks not only amazing, but I looooove the fact that the main character is female, and her name is Aloy (like metal alloy). There’s something really hardcore about a woman who’s badass, and this girl looks BAD ASS! A nice open world game, lots of lovely scenery, robotic animals and dinosaurs, and I bet the story is great, too.

The developer talks a bit about the setting, saying that the game will be a seamless open-world and players will get to explore the wilderness, as well as an ancient city. It is also mentioned that Aloy’s bow was created from a combination of machine parts and natural elements, and Aloy herself is “the master craftswoman.”

If you haven’t checked out the trailer for the game, and here’s an excerpt about what the developers said about the game setting:

First, the story is what they consider to be post-post apocalypse. It is at least 1,000 years after the apocalypse, when some massive event had wiped out nearly all of humanity. Humans exist in this world today in a primitive state, utilizing remnants of the last great civilizations as weapons.

http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2015/06/19/e3-2015-horizon-zero-dawn-preview-new-frontiers/#/slide/1

Playstation Lifestyle has a little article with details on the weapons used in the game, as well as a video showing them to you. Tell me you’re not excited about this game!?? I just cannot wait!!!!

http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2015/07/02/horizon-zero-dawn-trailer-breakdown-talks-weapons-setting-and-more/

Are you looking forward to this game?? Let me know in the comments!

CHEERS!

Bitchin’ Gamer Girl

It’s Canada Day, and a new game, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Hey! So as you might have figured out I am Canadian! GO Canada!! And it’s raining like it’s a bloody rainforest. I’m really glad I have nowhere to go today. 

So what am I doing today? Well I thought it’d be really fun to give a new game (new to me, anyway) a try. It’s called Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. It’s developed by Ninja Theory, and it was released in 2010.

I’ll be reviewing this game once I’m finished, in the meantime, here’s a sweet pic of the game!

If you’re living in Canada, how are you spending the day? Are you playing any video games? If so, which one? If you’re elsewhere, have a great work day! 🙂

Cheers!

Bitchin’ Gamer Girl 

The Last of Us – My favourite game of all time


Before I start, this is… MY FAVOURITE GAME THUS FAR!!! I mean this game. WOW. Nothing will ever be as awesome as this game. Well maybe something will match it or top it some day. 🙂 But for now it’s my ultimate fave.

For those of you who haven’t played this game by Naughty Dog, I’ll try not to write any spoilers, and I urge you to buy this game. You will NOT be disappointed.

I’ve already played it twice because me, I love this game, and it doesn’t dole out trophies willy-nilly. Ok, there are trophies for collecting all the firefly pendants, and the last time I plays TLoU I thought I picked them all up, but I guess I wasn’t thorough enough so I didn’t get the trophy. Speaking of trophies, I got the one for playing on easy mode, but when I played on normal mode I was having problems in one area of combat, and I switched the difficulty for 2 seconds, and the game remembered that and no trophy for me. Looks like I’ll be replaying it on normal again. I do intend on playing all the difficulties, because I want more than a 2% trophy completion. Two percent for playing the game once. Crazy! Naughty Dog set up the trophies in such a way that the player would have to replay the game on every difficulty level, and check every nook and cranny for collectibles.

This game has a great story, too. Some people might not think it’s an original storyline, a city overrun with zombie-like infected, but who care? All that matters is is that it tugs at your heartstrings and makes you love this game.

And then there’s the DLC, Left Behind. I won’t say anything to spoil it, I promise, but if you haven’t yet played that but you’ve played the main game, I think you should buy it. Why?? Not only do you get Ellie’s side of the story, but it explains a part of the main game as well.

What do I love about this game?

  • The main menu. You boot the title and you land on a window with an ivy growing through some broken glass, sun shining, and a breeze blowing through the curtains. In the background is some really soft instrumental music. Already it’s an amazing start.
  • The graphics of this game are phenomenal.
  • I love the mechanics of hiding, crouching and stealth.
  • The Left Behind DLC. It’s $15 on the PSN webiste, and totally worth it.
  • I love how easy the characters are to control, and the fact it’s in third person mode. I don’t have anything against first person, but this game wasn’t meant to be played that way.
  • That the main character carries a backpack and must take it off to craft items.
  • Crafting items is slow and realistic. This is epic. It can really be scary when you’re in a situation with infected nearby, and you need to make something. Any characters hanging out with you will urge you to hurry up which increases the urgency of going faster.
  • Speaking of crafting items, I like the melee weapons Joel can create using scissor bits with sticks or bats. Take that, infected!!! Whack!! Oh!! Molotov cocktails. Gotta love the fire it makes! These are great for bloaters.
  • Finally, I like listening mode. This option is available for most difficulties except for the hardest levels which doesn’t have listening mode. I don’t know if I could play this game without listening mode.

Do I have any dislikes toward this game?

  • I would have liked maybe a few more trophies than just awarding one for completing the game on one difficulty (minus the collectibles). I had to really think hard to find a dislike.

This will remain my all time fave unless I specify otherwise.

My rating? 10 stars!!

Cheers!

Bitchin’ Gamer Girl

Shadow of the Colossus

When I first started playing Shadow of the Colossus, I had been playing newer games and didn’t really appreciate this particular title because it was originally made for the PS2, and I’ve been testing games on the newest generation consoles. Those being the PS4 and XBox One, so for me this game seemed really old. It took a long time for me to get used to the odd camera, and how you couldn’t just look somewhere with the right stick and expect it to stay. Also, I found the really long horseback rides to each Colossus long and time consuming. Do you know what happened when I started to play this? I had defeated only the first two Colossi, each taking more than 30 minutes to an hour to defeat, and suddenly all these other games I bought caught my attention instead of this one, so it was just sitting there collecting dust.

I played through seven titles before my friends suggested I should play this one. So I popped the game into my PS3. I told myself that I was going to complete this game before I started another one.

I defeated colossi three through six in the past two nights, and these are my thoughts on this game…

The creators of this game have made something most excellent when you sit down and really think about it. When the player gets Wander to a Colossus and is ready to scale this monstrous beast, the first thing they’ll notice is that in order for Wander to hang on,  R1 (RB) on the controller must always be depressed. This isn’t like other games that will automatically hang on to a ledge when you jump to it. Shadow of the Collosus makes you work. Also, you’ll notice Wander has a health bar which is standard, and stamina circle. When scaling these beasts, I’ve noticed when it does a lot of thrashing to get Wander off its back, Wander’s stamina will shrink. Sometimes it’s necessary to drop, and climb the Collosus again. It really shows you the scale of the effort required to defeat these guys. You’ll also notice when you play this game that in order to find the Collosi Wander use his sword which when held up in the light, can guide him in the right direction. That direction isn’t always straightforward, and there have been times when I had to go back and forth because I was following false light! And the horseback riding. There’s so much of it.

I think the most important thing about this game is the story.

Wander enters a forbidden land and brings his friend Mono to a castle because he heard the entity Dorwin could resurrect her. So Dorwin sends Wander to look for 16 Colossi to defeat. What Wander does not know is that the colossi contain portions of Dormin’s own essence that was scattered long ago to render the entity powerless. In defeating the colossus, Wander is giving Dormin power. Power to revive Mono, but also probably something more evil.

All in all, this is a fabulous game, even if it was made originally for PS2. A classic never gets old, and you’ll not find this kind of majestic beauty in any other game. If you haven’t played it yet, I recommend you pick it up. It’s currently available on PS3, maybe even on PS4.

What do I like about this game?

  • You have to work really hard to keep Wander on the Colossi, and nothing is easy in this game.
  • Wander can catch shining lizards for more stamina, and fruits to increase his health bar.
  • The ending is beautiful, yet quite sad.
  • First time playing this game the player doesn’t get to chooose the difficulty. Hard mode unlocks once you’ve completed your first game.

What do I dislike about this game?

  • I would have liked more camera control.
  • Longer, less repetitive battle music would have been nice or even the option to turn off music.

My star rating? 5 out of 5!