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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.

    I Hope Game Screenshot 2

    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.

    I Hope Screenshot 2

    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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    Death Road to Canada – Xbox One Review

    There’s a zombie apocalypse.

    You have a car with very little gas.

    Every city is different.

    Everyone you meet is different.

    All you want to do is get to Canada.

    Described as a “Permadeath Randomized Road Trip Simulator”, Death Road to Canada is that and so much more.

    Death Road to Canada Review The Mommy Gamers Mike Robles

    With retro-inspired graphics, Death Road to Canada not only succeeds on creating a great retro look, but also excels at creating a great retro sound. Upbeat and jazzy at times, the soundtrack provides a great background as you make your way from Florida to Canada. Not only does Death Road to Canada draw inspiration from retro games, it also borrows some aesthetics from old horror movies. There are filters such as “grain” and “glitch” which make the game look like an old grindhouse film. If you want to see a zombie massacre in all it’s hi-def glory those filters can be turned off.

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    Death Road to Canada sees players driving from Florida to Canada while encountering strangers, deserted towns, and zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. As you make your way to the great white north you need food, water, gas, medical supplies and more to keep you and your party healthy and happy. There is also an RPG element as you encounter other survivors sometimes you have to make a decision as to whether or not you can accommodate them.

    One of the more unique aspects in Death Road to Canada is  the character creator. You can start the game as a random character, or you can create your own unique version of yourself, or loved ones. While yes, a character creator is nothing new, what makes it unique in Death Road to Canada is how the character creator is implemented into the game. There are several modes available from the start, with more available upon first completion of the game. One of those modes will actually have everyone you’ve created show up as other party members in game. So if you ever wanted to see how well you and your friends would do in the event of a zombie apocalypse, this is your chance.

    Death Road to Canada Fight Scene

    Since the levels are randomized the replayability of Death Road to Canada is incredibly high. I’ve played it about 20 times and each time was a completely different adventure. Yes, I died each time without ever making it to Canada, but I had fun dammit! At one point each of my humans died and I was playing as a dog. The dog drove a car. Let me repeat that statement: THE DOG DROVE A CAR.

    Death Road to Canada Screenshot dog

    Death Road to Canada is difficult enough to give any player a challenge, but not so difficult that you’ll rage quit. Each time you play there’s some new tactic that you’ll want to try. You’ll always run into someone new who has some awesome new powers. You will (almost) always die. Death Road to Canada is a bloody good road trip that you won’t want to end… even if you have to pee. Because rest stop bathrooms are gross, and they have zombies… you should just hold it until you get to a mall or something.

    Death Road to Canada is available for purchase on Humble Bundle here and also on Steam. The Mommy Gamers are Humble Bundle affiliates. Using our link helps support The Mommy Gamers and Extra Life Charity.

    The reviewer was given a copy of Death Road to Canada for review purposes

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    STRANGE BRIGADE launching on August 28th!

    I am under the firm belief that everyone in the world falls in love with a time period they weren’t alive for. For me, I love the 20s and 30s. There’s something about mobsters, jazz, bootlegging, and old adventure serials that just resonate with who I am. Although I am pretty sure that if I lived back then I would be shot for mouthing off to the wrong mobster. Kids would tell the story of Mike “The Fish” Robles, named so because he mouthed off at a seafood restaurant and was killed and fed to a shark… I’m getting off track.

    STRANGE BRIGADE is a 1930’s style co-op adventure. Think; Left 4 Dead meets Indian Jones. This is taken from the press release:

    As today’s brand new story trailer reveals, our four heroes find themselves in exotic, unplumbed corners of Egypt, where ancient terror lingers. Risen from the dead, the Witch Queen Seteki commands an army of mummified monstrosities hell-bent on terror, and only one band of brave adventurers has the gusto to sock ancient evil back into its sarcophagus! Together, the STRANGE BRIGADE® must take on treacherous traps, overcome puzzling predicaments and blast their way through hordes of malevolent monsters in a thrilling campaign for 1-4 players.

    Want more awesomeness? Check out the story trailer here

    Now I don’t know about you, but I am ALL ABOUT THIS. It looks like it’s going to be an epic adventure for anyone who plays it. STRANGE BRIGADE is available to pre-order with Standard, Collector, and Deluxe Editions. ALL pre-orders come with a Secret Service Weapons pack FREE. Those that order the Deluxe Edition get the game, the weapons pack, and a season pass for all future DLC.

    Now for you collectors out there, check out this Collector’s Edition.

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    There are so many amazing things here with this edition including

    • STRANGE BRIGADE boxed edition (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One only)

    • Steelbook case

    • Secret Service Weapons Pack DLC

    • Airship model

    • 64-page art book

    • Exclusive suitcase design and sleeve

    As mentioned before, STRANGE BRIGADE is available for pre-order now. I know I’ll be playing on Xbox One when it releases. Who’s coming with me?

    ONWARD TO ADVENTURE!

    The Adventure Pals – Xbox One Review

    The Adventure Pals is a “cartoon-inspired” platforming game.

    It. Is. AWESOME.

    I don’t even know where to begin with this game. I’ll start with the looks. Cartoony, bright, and adorable, The Adventure Pals borrows a lot of it’s aesthetic from games like Castle Crashers and old cartoons like Dexter’s Laboratory. Every human, creature, and hot dog in this game are just bursting with personality. The levels all have the same general look to them, a lot of dirt carefully placed to have the players jump all over with some sort of lush background representative of the world you are in. This, to me, was one of my very few complaints about the game. Each world has levels, and each level doesn’t feel, visually, that different from the one before it. The worlds themselves are great looking, you have everything from a tranquil forest to a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

    Mr. B has been going around kidnapping old people and turning them into hot dogs. Why? As he puts it:

    “Because… REASONS.”

    That’s just some of the crazy humor you’ll find in The Adventure Pals. The game is filled with wonderful characters who have some great dialogue. Along with your trusty pet Giraffe, you will be going from world to world attempting to rescue the old people from becoming hot dogs all while trying to get your grandpa back. One of the best things about this game is the giraffe. As players jump across multiple platforming levels, the giraffe can use his tongue as a helicopter blade to slow your descent. It’s totally silly looking, but awesome.

    The controls in this game are amazing. Which is a MUST for platforming games. The levels are just hard enough that if you make a mistake, you can easily see where it was and correct your movement. It’s nice to see a game provide a nice challenge without needing to resort to Boshy levels of difficulty. These levels are cleverly designed and players will need great timing and precise button presses to get past the later levels.

    In addition to great platforming, there are also RPG elements in the game. Players level up and can select permanent boosts. Coins are collected and spent at shops to fill a backpack with bombs, health potions and more. There’s a basic attack that players can execute but there isn’t really an option to learn new skills. It would have been nice to have the players be able to learn and upgrade melee attacks, but not having that doesn’t take anything away from the game.

    The Adventure Pals also has the option for drop-in/drop-out co-op. So you can get your own adventure pal, cuddle up on the couch and start getting through the game together. I can’t say enough good things about The Adventure Pals. Clearly the team at Massive Monster and Armor Games put in a ton of work creating this title. It’s fun, adorable, great looking, and runs so incredibly smooth on both my Xbox One, and my Xbox One X. If you’re looking for a new platforming game, look no further than The Adventure Pals.

    The Adventure Pals is out now on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

    The reviewer was given a code for review purposes.

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    TheMikeRobles Presents – Top 5 Bunnies in Video Games

    Easter is here and that means it’s time to celebrate everything that is bunny related. Being a gamer for over [REDACTED] years I have seen my share of bunnies in video games. So dear readers, I present to you (without consulting Jax AT ALL),

    TheMikeRobles’s Top 5 Bunnies in Video Games

    #5 – Reader Rabbit

    This is where it all started for me. As a WeeMikeRobles I often finished my work early in school. This meant that I was bothering other kids. The teachers eventually found out that if they sat me down in front of a computer and popped in a game, I wouldn’t bother anyone. Reader Rabbit served as Edutainment Software. A learning experience designed as a game. Since his inception in 1984, Reader Rabbit has been teaching kids language and making it fun while doing it.

    Top Bunnies in Video Games The Mommy Gamers Reader Rabbit

    #4 – Bucky O’Hare

    Bucky! Captain Bucky O’Hare (admit it, you were singing it). Had a comic book series, television series, and one heck of a great NES game. Crazy difficult with an amazing soundtrack Bucky O’Hare on the NES was ahead of it’s time. The game let you select your world and, after rescuing crew members, allowed you to switch between them for the rest of the game. It’s pretty hard to find, but if you can, Bucky O’Hare is a rare obscure gem that is a MUST for collectors.

    Top Bunnies in Video Games Easter The Mommy Gamers Bunny O'Hare

    #3 – Robbie The Rabbit (Silent Hill 3)

    Who doesn’t love cute pink mascots? Who doesn’t love cute pink mascots wearing overalls? Who doesn’t love cute… pink… mascots wearing overalls… and covered in blood… slumped over as if appearing dead? I love horror games. I LOVED the Silent Hill series. I own many variations of Silent Hill 2. Silent Hill 3 was ok, but it had some wonderful standout moments and characters. Like Robbie. His lifeless body served as a factor to make the player feel uneasy. Trust me, it worked. I the Silent Hill: Arcade game he eventually appeared as an enemy with a high pitched laugh. Like we needed MORE of a reason for him to be creepy.

    #2 – Hoppy (ClayFighter Series)

    As mentioned in my Claybook review, there was a time where games in the 90s used a lot of claymation for their visual aesthetic. This where ClayFighter came in. The first game sold great so work began on a sequel: C2: Judgement Clay. Like every new iteration of a fighting game, new characters needed to be introduced. This where we got the musclebound, Austrian accented Hoppy. A clear parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hoppy became quite popular and got a reappearance in ClayFighter 63 and 1/3 for the Nintendo 64. I’m certain that if we get a reboot of the ClayFighter series, you would absolutely see Hoppy make a return.

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    #1 – Oswald The Lucky Rabbit (Epic Mickey Series)

    Let me share some old school Disney trivia for you. Before Mickey Mouse was created, Walt Disney had another star: Oswald The Lucky Rabbit. Disney lost the rights to Oswald and while on a train ride to meeting, created Mickey Mouse. The rest was history. In 2006 The Walt Disney Company managed to regain the rights for Oswald. Oswald was finally back where he belonged.

    Disney’s Epic Mickey shows the struggle Oswald endured as he was left behind for Mickey Mouse. He’s angry, he’s lonely. He questions his own self worth. Oswald is a tragic character who’s just misunderstood. The emotions felt in Epic Mickey tug at your heartstrings and make you feel so incredibly bad for Oswald. He took a version of Disneyland and created it in his own image where he is the star. I will never forget how sad I felt when Mickey stumbles up Oswald’s version of the famous “Partners Statue”. Oswald even said to Mickey

    “Now I really do see why he liked you more.” after watching Mickey do whatever it takes to save a kingdom.

    Bunnies in Video Games Easter The Mommy Gamers Oswald

    After the events in Epic Mickey, Oswald partners with Mickey Mouse in Epic Mickey 2. This time around he’s much happier, much more positive, and unfortunately, much more trusting. That’s all I’ll say about that.

    If you never played them, I highly recommend the Epic Mickey Series. It’s a fantastic, dark and surreal take.

    There you have it folks! My Top 5 Video Game Rabbits. What are yours? Were there some I missed? Leave us a comment and let us know who makes your top 5.

    Hoppy Easter!

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    DJMax Respect – Playstation 4 Review

    Rhythm games are my jam. I owned every version of Guitar Hero, Rock Band, DJ Hero, and I even paid a bunch of money to import Beatmania. So when the email for DJMax Respect touted the game as “The Dark Souls of Rhythm Games” I  thought to myself, “Ha. Well that can’t be right.” I loaded up the game, jumped into a song, and failed almost instantly.

    “Must be digit rust.” I told myself as I did some finger stretches and hit “Retry”. Failed instantly.

    “…”

    “Retry.”

    “Fail.”

    “…”

    I selected a new song.

    “Fail.”

    “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!”

    DJMax Respect is a decade worth of DJMax games all rolled up into one glorious, colorful, rage-inducing package for your Playstation 4. Originally on the PSP, DJMax is a button pressing rhythm game with a ton of content. Now on the Playstation for the base game has over 140 songs with more DLC planned. Eventually every song from every iteration of DJMax will be available as DLC for DJMax Respect. That’s a LOT of songs.

    It’s difficult to describe the gameplay of DJMax Respect. Like most standard rhythm games there’s a track where notes fall and you have to press a button before the notes cross the threshold. What makes it stand out is the positioning of the buttons. The game uses the D-Pad as well as the face buttons.

    While you think this would be an easy shift from most other rhythm games, it’s just different enough to throw you. Even on the easy songs it took me a while to get used to the button configuration. For the truly masochistic, players can go from a 4 Button configuration, all the way up to 8 buttons. For the insanely masochistic, players can modifiers to make the game even MORE challenging.

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    The backgrounds and visuals for the game are super crisp and colorful. The game looks great and sounds even better. I will admit I didn’t know about 99% of the songs, but they were all awesome and sounded amazing. I would suggest playing with headphones or a really nice speaker system so you can hear every musical note.

    In addition to the basic game there is also an online mode. This way you and a friend can jump online and go toe-to-toe in fast finger pressing musical masochism.

    A lot of game pride themselves on being a difficult puzzle game, or a difficult action-adventure game, or a difficult retro-inspired platforming game, but this is the first time I’ve come across a difficult rhythm game. Believe it or not, it’s almost refreshing to see a game of this genre get a “Dark Souls-esque” label slapped on it.

    I have yet to beat ANY songs on DJMax Respect, and to be honest, I am loving the challenge.

     

    The reviewer was given a code of DJMax Respect for review purposes. Here’s a link if you’d like to buy DJMax Respect on PS4.
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    Rad Rodgers – Xbox One Review

    Rad Rodgers was a successful Kickstarter project that made $30k more than it’s original $50k goal. It promised the return of 90s platforming games made with modern technology. After watching Jax play it for a little while I can say this game did deliver on it’s promise of a 90s plattformer. All the way down to it’s difficulty.

    I managed to get a copy of Rad Rodgers and loaded it up. The graphics are cartoony and bright just as you would expect for a game like this. Controls were slick and precise. Beautiful and lush worlds graced my screen as Rad and his partner, Dusty, took to the stage. I was prepared for difficult, and was met with a nice challenge. Not too overly frustrating the game captures the nostalgia of games like Commander Keen or Earthworm Jim. It’s hard enough to keep you playing, but not so hard you quit.

    One element I was not prepared for, was Dusty. Dusty is a grizzled video game cartridge that LOVES to break the 4th Wall. Not quite as funny as Deadpool, but just as annoying. We get it, you’re in a video game. We don’t need the constant reminder. Dusty does have his own section in the game where he has to go into the games code and find missing assets in order for Rad to reach new parts of the levels.

    The world design is almost like a Metroidvania with no clear indication of which way to go. Eventually the game has a natural way of getting you pointed in the right direction while making you feel like you found it yourself. The worlds are pretty large and have secret areas as well as hidden items throughout. There aren’t a ton of worlds though and most gamers can probably beat this game in around 4 hours. Serious collectors will go back and replay to get those completionist achievements.

    Rad Rodgers gets a lot of things right. Most “retro” games these days tend to focus on graphics and difficulty. Rad Rodgers manages to have a great looking game, with solid graphics and excellent gameplay. There is some customization in the game which I feel is neat, if you don’t want Dusty cussing up a storm or don’t want to see a ton of blood, there’s a “Kids Version” of the game which tones all of that down. This makes for a welcome addition for parents who want to give their kids something to play.

    If you’re looking for a fun throwback to when times weren’t as scary, Rad Rodgers will take you there. Fun, funny, and challenging, Rad Rodgers is a delight to be around. Dusty, however, can be kind of a jerk.

     

    The reviewer was given a code of Rad Rodgers for review purposes. Rad Rodgers is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One
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