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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.

    City of Brass The Mommy Gamers

    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.

    City of Brass The Mommy Gamers Screenshot Mike Robles Release Date

    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!

    Soul Calubur VI Release Date Screenshot 1

    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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    Prediction: Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Pass the Test?

    I’ve been a fan of the Call of Duty franchise since Modern Warfare, possibly World at War. All I remember is coming home from work, grabbing my baby and laying back on the couch to “relax”, because shooting people in the face in video games was therapeutic. I guess I could say that even now that is still is if everyone has fun.

    In all honesty, I’ve lost interest in the franchise and don’t find it as entertaining, but slowly hope that the series will keep growing and go back to those roots. Now I have picked up World War II, but don’t play it as much as the other games, simply because the jumping mechanics that were there previously were too much. They were fun for a while, but just too futuristic in a franchise. Especially when you’re so used to something and have the tables change. You with me?

    While it was fun to play on maps, it was more fun and a little entertaining for a minute to play on revitalized maps that look like their predecessor. “I used to camp there, I would snipe here. There was a guy here and I sent a rocket launcher down that way and he got so mad”. Yeah, those memories.

    But there was a time when that re-envisioning of maps became too much. Why would I want to pay $50 on map packs and two of the four maps undergo plastic surgery? HA! Have you also noticed that Call of Duty has stepped away from this for some time? This could be the different developers taking over and having control of the content, but does it help sales?

    It’s hard for me to compare a game like Modern Warfare or Ghosts and compare it to Black Ops, because they are all from various developers, so contrasting them would be wrong. But, the three installments of Black Ops have been exactly what gamers have wanted for some time. There was a story, there were plot twists, intrigue, and death. There were also epic zombies and genius maps that would send me into a frenzy.

    Zombies! Need I say more? This mode is for sure coming back and we sure in the hell can’t wait for this episode series to come back with pieces of a story and multiple waves for us to defeat all of the zombies.

    What we do know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is that it will not be releasing in November like it has for the last decade, instead it will be releasing October 12th for those of you that are insanely curious. It is also the most popular subseries in the franchise, so we could guess that the fandom wants to see this much sooner than the early November launch.

    Sadly, this game could not be on the Xbox 360 and PS3 due to the size and scale of this game. Have not upgraded your console yet? You have a few short months to do so. We have heard that BLOPS4 for finger safety sake will be launching on the PS4, Xbox One, PC and the Switch. Yeah, get excited, because the Switch is new to me and have yet to hear about a Call of Duty game to hit that console.

    Of course, I have completely stepped away from the franchise for some time. Who knows, maybe it’s there. I can also confirm that the company that ports games that is familiar with the CoD titles will be porting this one to the Switch and allowing it to be HD rumble and motion control friendly. Lastly, there will be a Battle.net platform for the game which host games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Diablo.

    We do know that there will be specialists that have finishing moves. There will be the customization that we all love and want in any game to make it feel like we have some control, and the animations have had a little bit of an update to make them look more clear and crisp.

    Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Trailer Shot 2

    There are updates that will roll around as the game progresses in time, like the previous installments. There will be new maps, random events that will take place and it also sounds like that mission board that we see in WWII will be coming back and will be renamed. This sounds like it is going to be “callings”. That’s original.

    Along with multiplayer and zombies, we won’t have a campaign, if any at all from the sounds of it. But it does sound like there is a battle royale? Is everyone jumping the PUBG or Fortnite train, or is it just me? It sounds like this mode will be called Blackout.

    Overall, does Black Ops 4 sound like it would be worth the $60? Possibly. I know this will be an investment that I will be making in the coming weeks. Do you think Black Ops 4 will be better than than the other installments, worse? Let us know!

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    COMET TV Monster Summer Giveaway ~ The Mommy Gamers

    COMET TV Monster Summer Giveaway The Mommy Gamers

    Do you hear that… It sounds like… A… ROAR!

    That’s because it’s MONSTER SUMMER! The biggest, baddest and most fire-breathing summer ever!

    Starting on Memorial Day weekend and… All Summer Long… COMET TV is bringing the heat with Godzilla, Reptilicus, Mechagodzilla and even a few Astro-Monsters for good measure!

    Every Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend, Monster Summer has it going on!

    But we’re not going to leave you without a little something to beat the heat…
    We want to give you the opportunity to have an awesome summer of your own! The COMET TV Monster Summer Prize Pack is perfect for catching some rays or stopping a fire breathing beast!

    Enter the Giveaway Here:

     

    COMET TV Monster Summer Giveaway ~ The Mommy Gamers
    The Comet TV Monster Summer Prize Pack has:

    1 – Limited Edition Monster Summer Beach Towel: Only available via this promotion, catch Godzilla having a blast with one of two designs. You’ll be the envy of your friends and have some extra protection if a monster comes from the depths to destroy the planet. Score!

    1 – COMET TV Monster Summer SPF Pouch: Beat the rays with this Monster Summer SPF pouch. Apply liberally to ward off the sun, The Beast from the Haunted Cave, Rodan or any other variety of lizard-like beast.

    1- COMET TV Cooler: Listen, even Godzilla needs a place to keep his brews chill. Let’s be honest, he needs to beat the heat at some point. I can see him carrying this cool-as-fire bag around to crack open a cold one.

    1 – COMET TV Monster Summer Beach-Tastic Ball: Are you a ball-er? I hope so, cause you need to grab some buds, jump in the pool and play with this Godzilla Monster Summer Beach Ball. Groovy!

    2 – Exclusive COMET TV Film Cards: See what COMET TV has this month, with these collector’s cards. Perfect for the Godzilla fan, the Monster-man, or the COMET TV junkie if your life!

    Check out our Unboxing Video for what’s inside:


    *Each household is only eligible to win Monster Summer Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. The assets included within this giveaway were delivered to The Mommy Gamers to promote COMET TV. The Mommy Gamers are working with COMET TV to bring you fun giveaways!

    What Could Be Coming to E3?

    E3 Predictions The Mommy Gamers

    There will be an immense lineup, announcements, and products releasing at E3 is a great chance to see what’s coming. We’ve decided to take a sneak peek at currently what is rumored and confirmed, just so we can tantalize those thumbs for what is to come in the gaming world. Also, mark your calendars for E3 on June 12-14, 2018 in Los Angeles. E3 and GameStop typically partner and televise conferences so you can watch, and not tell your boss.

    E3 The Mommy Gamers Defiance 2050

    Confirmed:

    I loved Defiance, which aired as a SyFy TV show and as a video game on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. Well, it was fun while it lasted and people got bored quickly since the game was supposed to tie in with the show and the show only lasted three seasons. Thanks, SyFy. Trion Worlds is bringing Defiance 2050, a reimagined shooter for today’s audience and that should mean that it is coming on PS4 and Xbox One. Maybe even VR? Who knows!

    Confirmed:

    The Last of Us is beautiful and just mentioning it doesn’t do the game justice. When I first bought the PlayStation 4, I was so new to Sony, I didn’t know which games to purchase. The Last of Us was recommended and it’s amazing; from the story line to the graphics and mechanics. It truly is a treasure and there is a trailer for The Last of Us 2. My prediction is this will be on the floor to try out, and honestly, I want it now!

    Confirmed:

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is another game that is more than likely going to be on the floor to gamers to test. While I personally lost faith in the franchise after the game went Halo on us all and allowed for wall running and Exo-Suits to drive us all mad, I loved the Black Ops installments. I am hoping to see more of this game in the coming weeks because it is launching this October.

    E3 Call of Duty Black Ops 4

    Rumored:

    Kingdom Hearts 3, the Final Fantasy Disney crossover that made a huge splash on PlayStation 2, it will be, of course, the third game in the series. While we don’t know an exact release, a hunch is that there could be an announcement at E3 for some time this year. Noting pass release dates, my guess will be holiday 2018.

    Rumored:

    Borderlands 3 is rumored, I am ALL over this. I loved Borderlands and Borderlands 2, and have high hopes for the third, or fourth installment, depending on how you look at it. The last installment came out in 2012, so this is so welcome and makes gamers excited at the thought of this. Sadly, this could be a 2019 release according to the fiscal year. Although the fiscal year for 2K goes from April to March, so we could technically hope for a holiday launch. Lastly, there was a thread running around the interwebs that we could see Borderlands 3 teased June 10, just a couple days before E3.

    E3 Borderlands The Mommy Gamers

    Confirmed:

    A console favorite for my kids has always been Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. Sounds like we will be seeing a third installment of the game and rumor is that it will also be on the floor. To those who are into the books, or their kids are, the Garden Warfare Volume 2 will tie in directly with the game. This is a game that makes me feel like a kid in the candy store.

    Rumored:

    Animal Crossing has been a favorite and while the website has been getting a complete overhaul, we could potentially be getting some news about a game for the Switch. This is totally presumptuous of us to say, but I think that would totally be cool if they took this update and gave us something along with it.

    Other games that we are totally jazzed about include: Bioshock 4, Halo 6, Battlefield, we could be seeing some Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds in there, and Super Smash Bros.

    In case you want to check out some of the press conferences this year, E3 and Gamestop team up to make these conferences easy to stream if you are unable to travel to Los Angeles. Press conferences are as follows: EA on June 9 at 11 am. Microsoft June 10 at 1 pm. Bethesda on the 10th at 6:30, Ubisoft June 11 at 1 pm. Please note there are a plethora of press conferences during this event and it is still extremely early to have a full schedule. The Mommy Gamers wants to know what you are most excited about.

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 180: #SaveLucifer

    This week Carrie has been lured back into Destiny 2 with the new content recently released. Marcia still has an unhealthy obsession with Fortnite and chats about Season 4. The Stardew Valley Multiplayer Beta is live too. But with State of Decay 2 releasing this week will Marcia find another new game to love?

    The ladies also talk about the World Air Sex competitions, making this podcast land firmly in the mostly not safe for work category again.

    Last but definitely not least, Marcia and Carrie talk about how much they want the fans to save the TV show Lucifer. It’s been cancelled and left them on a huge cliffhanger with way too many questions to be answered. SaveLucifer please!

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    You can find The Mommy Gamers on Twitter, and Carrie, and Marcia too! We’ve also got a Facebook page where you can find our content and some random gaming/parenting memes from time to time. Just do a quick search for The Mommy Gamers and you’re sure to find us…sometimes in some odd places.

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    Want to hear MORE from us & get some cool The Mommy Gamers swag?

    We have a Patreon. You can support us, get our podcast a day before the rest of the planet, get a shout out on our podcast, and maybe even a thank you note and other goodies. Here’s the link if you’re interested!

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