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    Pode – Nintendo Switch Review

    Pode Game Nintendo Switch Review The Mommy Gamers

    In the long line of Nintendo Indie games (adorably named “Nindies”) there are a few really standout games that have been coming out. One such game, Pode, is that about a Star who has fallen out of the sky, and just wants to go back home.

    Our little hero, Glo, has crashed landed and met up with a rock named Bulder. Together the two make quite the pair as they solve puzzles, and embark on a (sometimes emotional) journey.

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    Pode is, at it’s core, a co-op game. While the game can be played in a single player mode, Pode really benefits from having a partner to play with. Glo and Bulder each have their own characteristics that make Pode unique. Since Glo is a star, they can glide across water no problem where as Bulder, the rock, will sink to the bottom. This is part of what makes Pode so unique as players will enjoy figuring out the right character to use in the right situation.

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    What makes Pode stand out is it’s unique presentation. It’s hard to describe without sounding contradictory. Dark, yet colorful. Dim, yet bright. Glo can use their light to shine areas and make the plant life grow. There are some wonderfully animated cutscenes that show the relationship between Glo and Bulder and it’s just.. it’s just the most precious.

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    Pode is a real treat for anyone with a Switch and a friend. I mean… having a friend is a treat anyway. But having a friend you can play Pode with, is the best treat.

    The author was given a retail code for Pode for review purposes

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    Wizard of Legend – Nintendo Switch Review

    Wizard of Legend Switch Review Mike Robles

    One of my best purchases of 2018 has been my Nintendo Switch, I use it primarily as my handheld gaming device for my morning and afternoon public transportation commutes and I get in A LOT of gaming time. It also has lead me down a rabbit hole of amazing indie titles from devs and publishers. One of the first games I was given for review was Wizard of Legend developed by Contingent99  and published by Humble Publishing.

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    Wizard of Legend applies a retro aesthetic to a fast pace rouge-like dungeon crawler. Players run through dungeons that are procedurally generated with some precrafted rooms. Like any good Wizarding game there are a TON of spells and elements that players can use to craft their ultimate wizard.

    Players venture into a grand hall to see shrines to the wizards before them who have become legend. Your goal, is to become a legend yourself.

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    The game plays amazing on Switch and feels right at home in your hands. Controls are easy and customizable so that you can be wizard you want to be. After getting used to the game and controls players will find themselves trying to get that perfect run. The game keeps track of how many times you have tried so I can sense many gamers will be trying to get that number lower and lower.

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    If you’re looking for an amazing, not-too-challenging-but-challenging-enough rouge-like dungeon crawler, Wizard of Legend is a MUST buy for your Nintendo Switch. After you’ve gone through and completed it, come back here and tell us how many tries it too you. See if you can beat my record of 37.

    The author was given a copy of the game for review purposes.

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    Awkward – Xbox One Review

    Awkward Game Xbox One Mike Robles The Mommy Gamers

    If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s party games. Almost every party we throw ends with people loading up their phones and sitting around playing some form of awesome party game. So what happens when Snap Finger Click take that formula and makes things… Awkward? Well, things get… Awkward.

    From the dev team that brought you It’s Quiz Time comes a new kind of trivia game. Instead of downloading an app or using your phone players take turns answering questions via passing a controller. One person will answer a question then another player will have to guess how they responded. Questions start out simple at first, something easy going like “Do you like Cats or Dogs better?”. This sets players up with a false sense of security and exceeds it incredibly well. Players will think to themselves “Well this isn’t so bad, I don’t get what’s so awkward about this.” As they continue to play the questions get slightly more personal and intrusive. Next thing you know everyone is squirming and afraid to answer any questions and there is laughter and heated discussions and well… it’s perfect.

    Awkward is presented in an old timey fashion and plays well, but it’s not without its flaws. Personally I wasn’t a fan of passing the controller back and forth because I’m lazy and when I’m cuddled up on my couch the last thing I want to do is move. There also isn’t any real “host” of the game so there is A LOT of silence and background music. I would have liked to had a quirky host reading off the questions and having some snarky answers.

    For you streamers, Awkward has built in interactivity where you can play with up to 500,000 viewers. That’s a lot of viewers. Don’t have any friends? No problem, Awkward also lets you play solo. That’s right, Awkward will let you play with yourself.

    If Jackbox games are the fun conversations you have during a night out with friends, Awkward is the “TMI” that that one friend shares after having a bit too much to drink. Everyone wants to know more, but then they’re afraid they asked and everyone has a good laugh about it the next day.

    The author was compensated with a copy of Awkward for review purposes.

     

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    City of Brass – Xbox One Review

    City of Brass Release Date The Mommy Gamers Mike Robles

    You may not have heard of Uppercut Games before, but you have definitely played their games. This independent game studio is comprised of devs that have worked on games like Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and XCOM. Now this team of devs are taking gamers on adventure straight out the pages of Arabian Nights with their new game: City of Brass.

    Taking on the role of a thief, players will swing their sword, use their whip, and use traps all while to trying to find treasure in the mysterious and cursed location known as the City of Brass. For such a large city players will find themselves feeling closed off and in tight quarter in this first person perspective game. The occasional open area arrives to break from the enemies and tight alleyways presented in the game.

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    Swing a sword, crack a whip, die. Repeat… A LOT. City of Brass can be pretty hard at times. Enemies spawn and are vicious and aggressive, levels seem semi-randomized but also very similar. City of Brass is a grind from start to finish. There are only 12 levels so it’s not incredibly long, but players will have a hard time getting to the end. Those that manage to finish the game and defeat that brutal final boss will have a sense of accomplishment. Those that do not, will be forced to live in the City of Brass forever hacking and slashing and whipping.

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    One of the great features of City of Brass is it’s streamer interactivity. Players who stream to Mixer can use the PC version or Xbox version and connect to Mixer for some fun (depending on your definition) surprises from your audience. Twitch users can connect the PC version and have the same… benefits(?) bestowed upon them by their chat. It’s this kind of thing that makes City of Brass worth playing because streamers and their audiences can complete the game and have a sense of togetherness. It’s a beautiful thing.

    City of Brass will offer gamers plenty of challenge while keeping them on their toes. I don’t think there’s a ton of replay value in the game unless you’re a streamer or completionist; but it is great for a quickie one Arabian Night stand.

    *The reviewer was compensated for this review with a copy of City of Brass.

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    SOUCALIBUR VI Release Date Revealed!

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    Let me start by saying: AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! OH MY GOD IT’S HERE!

    Ok. Phew. It finally happened. After talking about it for MONTHS on the podcast, on Twitter, on stream, SOULCALIBUR VI has a release date:

    October 19th 2018 for PS4, Xbox One and PC (via Steam).

    Soul Calibur VI Release Date Announcement

    In addition to the release date, players at E3 can get a look at the game’s story mode. I am so sad I’m not at E3. Even more details emerged as SOULCALIBUR VI is premiering not one, but TWO different collector’s editions.

    The SOULCALIBUR VI Collector’s Edition will feature a 12” Sophitia Figure, 120-page Art Book, Metal Case with Built-in Soundbox, Soundtrack CD, Collector’s Edition Box, and the full SOULCALIBUR VI game. A SOULCALIBUR VI Deluxe Edition will feature the Metal Case with Built-in Soundbox, Soundtrack CD, SOULCALIBUR VI Season Pass, and the full SOULCALIBUR VI game. For more information on these special editions, please visit: https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/soulcalibur-vi#editions

    That sounds like a lot of awesome. If you’re excited as I am about SOULCALIBUR VI keep checking back in here as more details about the game are announced as well as (hopefully) a full review once the game is released.

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    Devil May Cry is BACK!

    E3 is here and that means there is going to be a TON of news. Gamers everywhere are excited for news, reveals, and anything else they can get their hands on. As I sat watching the Xbox conference I was enjoying the insane amount of games they were showing off. At one point a trailer started and with it, a van that had a neon sign that read “Devil May Cry.” I sat up and loudly screamed “OH SHIT!”.

     Devil May Cry is back and I couldn’t be happier. It’s one of of those games that are incredibly stylish with over the top action. Here’s what the press release has to say about it:

    Now, 10 years since the last iteration, Devil May Cry® 4, Director Hideaki Itsuno and the core team have reunited to conclude the long awaited Sons of Sparda saga.

    Several years have passed in Devil May Cry 5 and the threat of demonic power, long since forgotten, has returned to menace the world once again. The demonic invasion begins with the seeds of a “demon tree” taking root in Red Grave City. This hellish incursion attracts the attention of the young demon hunter, Nero, an ally of Dante who now finds himself without his demonic arm, the source of much of his power. As Nero heads to Red Grave City in his motorhome named “Devil May Cry” with his partner Nico, he ruminates on how everything started. The loss of his demonic arm, the demonic invasion, and Dante’s unknown whereabouts. Things must be settled once and for all.

    I. Am. STOKED for this. I cannot wait to get back into the world of Devil May Cry when it launches in 2019. How about you? Are you excited? Will you be picking it up? If I get it you can expect a full review right here on TheMommy Gamers.

    Keep an eye out on this site for more reviews, and maybe even some more surprises from E3… (I’m still waiting for SoulCalibur VI news after all).

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    I, Hope – Xbox One Review

    Let’s this out of the way first:

    You should totally go out and buy I, Hope. 100% of the proceeds go to GameChanger Charity, a charity devoted to helping kids battle cancer. Here’s what GameChanger Charity stands for:

    We Leverage technology  & innovation to ease the pain and suffering of children facing life-threatening illnesses.

    The have visited over 40 hospitals and helped changed over 14,000 lives by donating more than 2.7 million gifts. With the price point only being $9.99 that’s an easy $10 donation to charity! Everyone wins.

    I, Hope stars Hope, a young girl who needs to battle a monster called Cancer that has landed on her island and is corrupting it. Along the way she visits different parts of her island to get the tools she needs to battle Cancer. Strength, Wisdom, Courage and Hope are just some of the tools you will gather to help overcome cancer.

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    I, Hope, in theory, sounds like it could be an amazing game. It’s got an important message and the fact that 100% of the proceeds go to help kids battle cancer make it a worthy purchase. However everything else about the game sullies the otherwise noble cause that I, Hope champions.

    The controls are frustrating and all over the place. Most of the time Hope would miss jumps, or land incorrectly. Camera angles only to the frustration as many times Hope would get caught in parts of the environment and I would have to exit the game and start over. Having to replay puzzles over and over again because easy jumps were missed was infuriating.

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    I, Hope is also incredibly short. It can be completed in just around two hours. While that’s fun for people with not a lot of time on their hands, the bad control scheme and shoddy camera angles aren’t worth it. It really pains me to say that because there is such a great cause behind the game. Bad controls, lousy camera angles and bland gameplay just tarnish so much of what could have made I, Hope great.

    I, Hope suffers from poor execution of an otherwise valiant idea. Should you buy it? Yes. Because you can net some easy Xbox Gamerscore and feel ok knowing that proceeds go to charity. At the same time, you can also just donate to charity and get the same sense of satisfaction knowing you did something great, without having to slog through a bad game.

    The reviewer was given a copy of I, Hope for review purposes.

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    The Council: Episode 1- The Mad Ones – Review- Xbox One

    I’m all for a good mystery. A well presented narrative game where “decisions matter” is exactly my cup of tea. The Council presents a “Whodunnit” in the form of trying to find your missing mother. Environments are beautiful but that is where the game stops impressing. The voice work isn’t great and the story is all over the place. After completing the first chapter I forgot all about trying to find my mother and instead was semi-curious about everyone else’s reason for being in the same place at the same time.

    The Council does have some good things going for it. When the game starts you can select a class for protagonist, Louis. Each class will give you a skill tree that can be used when engaging in conversations later on the game. This will help Louis keep up with the search for his mother while finding out other interesting facts about the guests staying in the mansion. The conversations are a key part of the game mechanics as everything weighs on whether or not you get the information you need. Unlike other “narrative games”when you fail a conversation in The Council the game keeps going. Other guests will build negative feelings towards you and you’ll need a higher skillset next time you challenge someone in conversation.

    The problems with The Council come from all the characters in the game. The voice acting isn’t great and the main character doesn’t have any emotion in his acting. Accents are all over the place and after talking to everyone in the mansion I stopped caring about Louis’s mother and cared more about the overarching plotline that was sprinkled throughout.

    The controls feel like they were more suited for a mouse and keyboard rather than a controller. Every time I walked into a new area and the camera angle changed I had to readjust my fingers on the controller otherwise Louis would end up in walking off in some other direction. Trying to navigate around this massive mansion became more of a chore than fun exploration.

    The Council isn’t a BAD game, but it’s not a great game. To be honest between the bad voice acting, not great controls, and weak story there’s a lot more bad than good. I am not even sure if I will pick up the rest of the series to continue. I might, just because I am still curious enough to try and figure out what happened. Or I’ll just wait until all the chapters are out and watch a Let’s Play on YouTube or something.

    The reviewer was given a copy of The Council: Episode One on Xbox One for review purposes. 

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