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    Past Cure – Xbox One Review

    At first glance you would think that Past Cure was a AAA title. It’s gorgeous looking. Cinematic, creepy, and full of intricate buildings. The controls are wonderful, and it’s full of different gameplay mechanics that remind you of other titles.

    After that, is where Past Cure runs into some issues. Most of my issues with Past Cure have to deal with the different gameplay mechanics. There’s stealth, third person shooting, time slowdown, and “out of body” experiences. All of these as a whole make for an amazing game. Past Cure, however, gives you each of these pieces individually which makes it feel like you’re playing different games with the same lead character.

    This is what makes Past Cure such a unique game. Because all these pieces, are done so well and are fun experiences that I wanted to see them put together. It’s not until the very end that you actually get to use all your cool abilities and mechanics together. Lucky for you, it’s a short game.

    The story in Past Cure is pretty decent. A soldier was experimented on and wants to find out what happened to the three years of his life that he can’t remember. Due to all the experiments he suffers from nightmares. The game has you playing in both the real world, and his nightmares. It breaks up the environments quite nicely for the first part, then you get put into a parking garage for a stealth mission that lasts for just a bit longer than you want it to.

    I really wanted to enjoy Past Cure, I REALLY did. I was super into the first few levels and learning all the gameplay mechanics but when I realized that there wasn’t really room for the mechanics to work together I got disappointed and found it a struggle to keep playing. Which is really a shame because the game has good gameplay. I just wish there was more of it.

    It’s cinematic, it’s creative, it has all the makings of a great game, it just gives you all those bits one by one rather than mixing them up.
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    Bleed 2 – Xbox One Review

    I’ve got a confession to make: I never played the original Bleed. I should fix that at some point. Especially after playing Bleed 2. I mean where else are you going to play a game that is part bullet hell, part hack-n-slash that also includes a time slowdown mechanic?

    Bleed 2 is AWESOME. I will come right out and say it. In fact, I’ll make Marcia’s job easier and end my review now:

    Bleed 2 – Get it.

    Still here? I guess you want more details. Ok fine.

    You play as Wryn, a purple haired hero who uses her gun, katanas, and triple jumps as she bolts across levels. She can use her katanas to reflect bullets of the same color back at her enemies. This makes for some interesting gameplay choices as Wryn needs to time her shots and her katana swipes to ensure she maximizes her damage. Bullets fill the screen and seem to come from all angles but it never feels overwhelming. The fact that Wryn can slow down time for a short period of time makes navigating the onscreen bullets incredibly fun. The game takes on a whole new gameplay aspect with the slowdown.

    Bleed 2 Review The Mommy Gamers Mike Robles

    Controls are slick and will take a little getting used to at first. The jump and shoot buttons aren’t where you normally would expect them to be but at the same time, it seems to work well for this game. Once you wrap your head around the controls you will be able to tear your way through enemies in a snap.

    Bleed 2 isn’t a very long game. Levels are short and bosses are epic. In true retro fashion bosses follow a pattern that you’ll need to figure out and attack. Speed-runners are going to have a field day with this title and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this make an appearance at a Games Done Quick event soon.

    Fast-paced, great looking, great playing, Bleed 2 manages to encompass varying levels of different game archetypes and mash them together in one beautiful, retro looking package.

    *The reviewer was given a copy of Bleed 2 for review

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    Albert & Otto: The Adventure Begins – Xbox One Review

    Albert & Otto review Mike Robles The Mommy Gamers

    Limbo and Inside helped usher in a string of Indie games that all centered around the same aesthetic: small child in a creepy environment dealing with monsters and puzzles while being viewed with high contrast colors. I loved Limbo. I loved Inside. Would I love Albert & Otto? The only way to find out was to play it.

    Developed by K Bros Games and published by Digerati Distribution Albert & Otto was originally going to be a four-part narrative. Lack of funding prevented the other episodes from ever being made so they released Episode 1 – The Adventure Begins on PC and eventually Xbox One and Playstation 4. The gang at K Bros Games are hoping this new audience will help fund the rest of the episodes.

    Albert & Otto stars young Albert. A boy set out to search for his sister in 1939 Germany. Right away the atmosphere is unsettling. Cold machinery and metal clanking fill the backgrounds as the wind howls. The sound design in this game really makes you feel small and insignificant in a world ravaged by war.

    Adding to the atmosphere is the contrast in colors. Black, white, and shades of grey fill your screen as Albert makes his way through the world. While venturing you stumble across Otto, a bunny that used to belong to your sister. When you find Otto you gain new abilities like a double-jump. You can also place Otto down to help trigger platforms and solve puzzles.

    To help combat the massive giant crows that attack you, Albert has a gun… because… why not? Honestly I am a little confused about the gun because in a platforming game with puzzles a gun seems out of place. Maybe in future episodes the gun will have a more significant role but for right now it doesn’t do much except kill birds.

    Throughout the game letters from your sister are scattered about and it becomes increasingly clear that something more sinister is happening. Cryptic messages and creepy imagery appear as you progress through the game.

    The controls are decent. Albert’s jumps don’t always make him land where you think he’s going to land. This lead to a lot of missed jumps which was frustrating while trying to defeat a boss. Albert can only take one hit before he dies and you have to start over from the last checkpoint. The difficulty isn’t too bad but the game is pretty repetitive. Puzzles are clever and there are some great moments where you send poor little sheep to their death. No I’m serious, you can light a sheep on fire to use it as a torch. Which I will admit, made me feel like a real jerk.

    Albert & Otto is a welcome addition to the “small-child-in-a-creepy-black-and-white-world-puzzle-plattformer” genre. You just have to get used to the jumping controls.

    *The reviewer was given a copy of Albert & Otto: The Adventure Begins for Xbox One

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    Late To The Game – SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell [Xbox One]

    Hello readers and welcome a new series called Late to the Game. Where I will be reviewing some older titles that you might have missed. For this first installment I’ll be looking at SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell out now on Steam, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.

    SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell is a first person speedrunning game inspired by Quake and Super Meat Boy. Developed by Pine Studio and published by Headup Games SEUM is an intense journey through Hell. Marty was just minding his own business when a group of demons kicked his door down and stole his limited edition beer. In the midst of the scuffle Marty and another demon both lost their arms. With a little bit of self surgery Marty attaches a demon arm to his shoulder and dives into Hell to get his beer back.

    Right from the start SEUM throws players right into the fire. Players will run, jump, shoot fireballs and pick up power-ups such as teleport, anti-gravity and creating platforms. The movement in SEUM is incredibly smooth and forces players to think fast. Players must be careful because every move they make will register when Marty is traveling at high speeds, one wrong move can mean death.

    The music and sound in SEUM fits the Hell aesthetic perfectly. Sick guitar riffs and heavy metal tunes blast their way into your earholes as Marty grunts his way through the game demanding his beer back. The sound of fire coming from his hands has that wonderful singe and crackle to it.

    If you’re looking for a game that is both frustrating and rewarding I highly recommend you give SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell  a look. It keeps track of your time as well as friendly and world leaderboards to keep you trying over and over again to get that perfect run. There are even some other game modes that focus purely on time and speed. In fact, at the time of this writing SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell is on sale on Steam for $5. That’s one HELL of a deal… see what I did there? One HELL of a deal? Get it? You get it.

     

    *The reviewer was compensated a copy of SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell on Xbox One for review purposes.*

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    It’s Quiz Time Review [Xbox One]

    It's Quiz Time Xbox One Review The Mommy Gamers Mike RoblesI love trivia. I have so much useless knowledge rummaging around in my brain that I am pretty sure that it’s the reason I can’t remember things like anniversaries or my parents birthdays. So when I heard that former Buzz! devs  Snap Finger Click created It’s Quiz Time and that it was a new party trivia game, I was all in.

    It’s Quiz Time is out now for PC (Steam), PS4 and Xbox One. It’s a trivia party game that features over 25,000 questions and a wide range of topics. Covering the spectrum from historical political figures to Futurama and everything in-between. Up to 8 players can play locally by using their phones and downloading the It’s Quiz Time: Companion App. One of the best things about the companion app is that it keeps track of your stats. Your wins, losses, accuracy and more. It’s a neat way to brag to your friends about how much random crap you know. Or don’t know.

    It’s Quiz Time is presented in a way that never gets boring. Flashy, shiny, futuristic backgrounds are smooth and amazingly animated. Salli, the oddly built AI host, refers to everyone by name and helps welcome new players by asking preferred pronouns, and how to properly say their name. A typical game of It’s Quiz Time lasts 6 rounds. The Starter Round, four randomly chosen game-types, and The Big Finish. Whoever has the most points at the end wins.

    Snap Finger Click has included some amazing features other than just a trivia game and companion app. They are fully integrated with Twitch, Mixer and YouTube to give players a shot at being a host with live interactive streaming. Here you can set-up a webcam, Kinect, or Playstation camera and play with up to 10,000 players online.

    It’s the variety in game types that really make It’s Quiz Time Shine. Without spoiling too many of them I’ll talk about my favorites:

    Describe It: One player has 60 seconds to talk out loud and a describe a subject. These subjects can be books, movies, TV shows and more. The other players in the game all have words on their devices that they are waiting for the describer to say. Once the round ends the players can see how many words the describer said. If at any point there are words missing, or a word might have been checked off that wasn’t said, any player can call shenanigans for everyone to sort it out. I love this one because no matter how much anyone thinks they know about a subject, I have yet to see anyone get every clue. It can get really obscure.

    Guesstimation: Players are given a category (let’s go with TV Shows) and are asked a question like “How many episodes of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer were there?” The players will have a slider on a line between two numbers and the goal is to get as close to the actual number as possible. I like this one a lot because it helped me learn a lot of things I didn’t know. Like that there were 144 episodes of Buffy.

    Another unique aspect of the game is that it will ask you for your age. Then the game will tailor questions specifically to how old you are and will also include you in some questions about timelines. It’s pretty amazing but also comes with a massive downfall… Salli.

    Salli, while being an enthusiastic host, can get quite mean. Occasionally she will poke fun at who is in last place but sometimes she will make fun of someone for being older or younger than the other people that are playing. Every once in a while is ok, but it got to the point where one of my guest was made to feel uncomfortable because Salli outed their age. Another player got constantly berated for being the youngest, despite being in first. More often than not, instead of talking about how fun the trivia is, my guests and I were talking about how mean Salli is.

    Don’t get me wrong there’s so much fun stuff in It’s Quiz Time that I’ve already changed my New Year’s Eve party plans to now include some games of it. You just have to get past Salli being a total wad.

    It’s Quiz Time is out now for PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam) and for $20, you’re going to get one hell of a good trivia game.

    The reviewer was given a copy of It’s Quiz Time on Xbox One for review purposes

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    Last Day of June Full Game Play

    Last Day of June Game Walkthrough Full Video

     

    Last Day of June is a vastly different gaming experience than any other I have encountered in a long time. This interactive tale guides players through a beautiful yet bittersweet journey in this emotional story revolving around friendship, love, and loss. June’s last day is revisited time and time again through puzzles and characters that alter June’s fate. If you would like to watch the whole game from start to finish I uploaded my Twitch stream of me playing through the game. This WILL spoil the game for you, so if you would like to try it on your own first skip the video.

     

    Games that make me feel my feelings aren’t usually my first choice, but Last Day of June really drew me in and I enjoyed the entire experience. We talked about it a bit on Episode 171 of our podcast which you can listen to here. Last Day of June is available now on both Steam and PS4. If you decide to pick up the game and need a little help through this beautiful story feel free to use my videos as a guide.

    *I received my copy of Last Day of June free for review purposes. My thoughts and views of the game are completely my own.

     

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    New Fortnite Update Introduces Battle Royal PvP Mode

    Fortnite Battle Royale PvP Mode The Mommy Gamers

    Today, Epic Games announced Fortnite Battle Royale, an all-new PvP mode coming to the action-building game Fortnite on Sept. 26, available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac. Fortnite released in July as a paid early access game for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Mac. PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds players will find this new mode familiar as Fortnite Battle Royale similarly drops 100 players onto one giant map. Combat and building skills will be put to the test and the last commander standing wins. Check out the Battle Royal Announce Trailer here:


    Fortnite will also be available on discount this week at 25% off the Standard and Deluxe Founder’s Packs. The price discount runs through Sept. 18. Anyone who owns Fortnite can immediately play Battle Royale in the special Public Test for Fortnite Players that runs now until the launch on Sept. 26. Though it is worth reminding everyone that Fortnite is still an early access game, so players will likely experience crashes and bugs. From my personal experience with the game thus far, the crashes are few and far between.

    The Mommy Gamers community has been enjoying Fortnite on our Twitch streams found here. We also frequently team up through our Discord server, so if you are looking for friends to battle and adventure with check out our Discord community here.  I know I haven’t been bringing you guys a lot of gaming news, but I am really having a great experience with Fortnite and PUBG and I had to dump my excitement out somewhere. You’re welcome?

    For more information on Fortnite and to pick up the game visit the Epic Games site here.

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 171: Actually NO Butts

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 171: Actually NO Butts

     

    In Episode 171 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Marcia and Carrie are joined by Jon Hydeman, aka The1Jon. Jon is a freelance game/software tester, a daddy, a huge Destiny fan, and an all around great guy. They chat a LOT about Destiny 2, and also Uncharted Lost Legacy, Conan Exile, and Last Day of June. Also…surprisingly enough, this week we do NOT talk about butts. You’re welcome.

    Shout out to our newest Patreon supporter Christey aka PlasticBob! You can check out her Twitch channel here. If you love our show, and want to support us and get fun rewards including a shout out on the next podcast, you can join our Patreon community here.

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