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    Ark Hunters Unite Once Again for Defiance 2050

    Dropping on PC, PS4 and Xbox One
    Defiance 2050 Review The Mommy Gamers

    On Friday, July 6, Defiance 2050 dropped for Founders and Tuesday, July 10, it launched for all players on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. For those wondering, Defiance 2050 is the same concept, but with major work done to it and gloriously upgraded to meet all needs with the consoles and PC. Defiance 2050 is a free-to-play third-person shooter in an open world setting.

    Trion Worlds first launched Defiance back in 2013 and SyFy had a show based off the same name that aired for three seasons. The show and game were meant to work along one another, switching storylines over and making it much more immersive. Sadly, SyFy canceled the show in 2015, leaving the shooter in the dust by itself.

    The story starts us off 20 years after the Arkfall event that left millions of Votans dead, and Earth in an odd tera-formation. This tera-formation has left Earth completely unrecognizable to many. In Defiance 2050 players are dropped in what we call San Francisco.

    In this open world setting where solo and with friends are totally acceptable, we move to Arkfall locations to take down bosses, run PvP matches, and find the Ark Core. The Ark Core is a vital piece that we protect from various groups. If it gets into the wrong hands, there is no knowing what could come from Earth. Much of the main story is finding the Ark and protecting those in San Francisco.

    Players choose between several classes after the customization of their Ark Hunter. The options provided are Assassin, Guardian, Combat Medic and Assault. Players can also purchase Demolitionist in one of the packs. Along with the classes, there are weapon customizations and enhancements to give your weapon an extra punch. Some of these upgrades can decrease the amount of recoil, and increase fire rate.

    Character customization Defiance 2050

    When we start off, the main storyline is carried through with squares that have exclamation marks in them; these show you where to go throughout the story. There are also smaller side missions that you can mark. The red Arkfall on the map is open world bosses that allow you a serious chance at upgraded loot such as weapons, grenades, and shields. Along with the mini-bosses, there are custom PvP matches that one can queue for.

    Graphically, this is more of an HD update. And it brings me joy to see Trion Worlds trying to bring new life into a game that so many enjoyed. I enjoy moving around and remembering not only the story within the game but the show as well. While there is no longer a show, it’s not hard to get lost in the Arkfall chasing, Hellbug killing missions and making the Bay Area a safer place.

    I will say that while all this has been amazing to binge play Defiance 2050, Trion Worlds has been working diligently to fix the bugs and get servers back online as soon as possible. While there still are Raiders that stick on one spot and hang out till they are dead or fall back 30 feet after a clip has been pushed into their body, I admire the hard work and dedication to get Defiance 2050 up and running smoothly.

    Brie’s overall score? 7/10

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 181: Creative Juices

    The Mommy Gamers Episode 181 Creative Juices

    Fans of The Mommy Gamers Podcast might have noticed all the creative juices flowing on our website lately. Mike Robles and Brittany “Brie” Haddock join the show this week for what we hope to make a regular monthly segment. Brie and Mike introduce themselves to the community, and chat about all the great content they’ve been creating lately.

    Marcia is here too this week, but more as a sort of ringleader as she attempts to keep this fast paced, hilarious crew on track. This is exactly the kind of fun, energetic podcast you’d expect from three life time gamers, and parents, with an over abundance of personality.

    For games Brie & Marcia chat about Realm Royale a free-to-play battle royale game they played together this week. Mike is still obsessed with Soul Calibur, but also got a lot of time with Jurassic World Evolution. Marcia expresses her loving and equal loathing of City of Brass which Mike also reviewed for us. The Awkward party game caught Mike in the feels recently and he chats about that too.

    We hope you enjoy this new monthly addition to the podcast line up. Our goal is to get you more of The Mommy Gamers in your ears and keep you entertained. Leave some comments below if you enjoyed hearing these three chat. Also feel free to leave suggestions on what other type of podcasts you’d like to hear from us!

    Social Media

    Mike Robles mentioned a new YouTube video on The Sandbox channel. You can check out his “Games That Define You” video here.  You can also follow Mike on Twitter, and check out his Twitch stream!

    Brie Haddock also streams on Twitch and you can follow her channel and hang out with her here. Give her a follow on Twitter too!

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    Review: We Binged Realm Royale for the First Time

    Realm Royale Last Chicken Review The Mommy Gamers

    During “New Game Tuesday” on The Mommy Gamers, we played Realm Royale for the first time and it was awesome. It is free on Steam right now and is currently in alpha mode. While we did experience some minor glitches, the overall feel of it was smoother than most at this phase.

    Hi-Rez, the makers of Realm Royale, have also made games like Smite. As a mom, Realm Royale feels more kid-friendly, and I say that loosely. If the game chat is off, because cuss words and foul language from other players, it is okay for them to play. Unless you’re still on the fence about guns and such, I do see it being friendlier versus PUBG or Fortnite.

    Realm Royale Jump Zepplin Screen Review The Mommy Gamers

    Since this was my first time playing, I got World of Warcraft and Overwatch vibes immediately playing the game. In retrospect, it has the same concept of PUBG or Fortnite but has the all the differences in graphics, mechanics, and gameplay.

    Graphics are very cartoonistic and let me tell you about that chicken. When you have minimal health, you move into a blue chicken carrying the putrid white flag and looks like it is having a hard day without any caffeine. Not to mention, it won’t stop clucking, so opponents will track you down. It’s better to run and hide the best you can.

    One area is called Fungal Forest and gives me Zangarmarsh feels from World of Warcraft with the overgrown mushrooms. Then there is an area that is nothing but swamp marshlands, and it immediately signaled a Zandalari feel, again from World of Warcraft. The overall graphics remind players of WoW or Overwatch, but I see both elements within the game.

    Realm Royale 3 The Mommy Gamers Screen Shot

    Using the basic keys, A, S, D, W, you move around. Sadly, you do need to use a mouse to move around as the letter keys move your body, not the screen. A few tips, Z mounts a horse; Control crouches. Use I for inventory and tab for the map. Yes, so different. Falling to the ground seems scary and different. It does take an adjustment period, but when you hit the ground, you land in the superhero pose and there is no fall damage.

    There are no materials to collect, no llama, no building to save yourself from teams or duos either. Queue all the tears. Realm Royale does share the same color scheme as well as Fortnite; so grey, green, purple and gold. I didn’t see any blue in the several hours that I played. If there is an item you don’t need, you can disenchant them for shards. You can then take those shards to a forge and create one of six items, and queue multiple, non-similar items. Example, I can create a piece of gear and a health or armor potion. The gear piece will take a full minute, while the flask will take a mere 20-30 seconds.

    Realm Royale 4 Fungal Forest The Mommy Gamers

    Overall, the gameplay does take a minute to get used to; and by a minute, I mean a few games. I will say that while I am skeptical about any game that comes out the mocks Fortnite, I am hesitant to pick up and try. I am glad I did and will probably be picking this one up again. Since the game is still in alpha mode, the battle royale aspect has not even hit the servers yet, amongst other things that are non-clickable. I see the massive potential behind this and am optimistic that this game will be popular for some time.

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    Come at Me Summer Steam Sale!

    How to Love Your Library and Your Wallet
    Steam Summer Sale 2018

    Okay, I will confess, I have always been a gamer and mainly on Xbox consoles over the years. I’ve also picked up a Wii and a Nintendo 3DS within that time. When the PlayStation 4 launched, I picked it up on a dare and love it. But behold! I was introduced to PC by several friends and have been told over the years, that PC is the way to go. Boy, did I doubt them? I never had the most amazing rig, but it ran a few games, World of Warcraft being numero uno in Casa de Haddock. I picked up Guild Wars and played that for some time, moved over to another MMO that I can’t think of since it was a 10-minute hit.

    But if we fast forward and save you all from the tragic story of a beloved school and work laptop crashing, I needed a PC. I set myself up with an HP Omen 870-244 rig and purchased the dual monitors via Amazon. Okay, sorry, but I still spared you a long story and the other logistics.

    House Flipper The DivisionNow to the focus of this piece. The Summer Steam Sale.  PC gaming has been in my life a mere 6-months if that! Low and behold, the Summer Steam Sale is here, and I have already made some impressive scores.

    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut and Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition for a combined total of $4.87. That’s less than five dollars!

    Before the sale, I picked up Borderlands and Borderlands 2 elsewhere for a little easier on the wallet but picked up all the DLC content that I missed for a measly couple dollars. Tomb Raider was a favorite upon the launch of the PlayStation 4 and would love to have a chance to play this on PC with graphics as high as this thing will allow. Oh yeah, I paid $3.25 for that.

    Summer Steam Sale 2018 Under Ten Dollars
    Life is Strange is in there since I would like to try another episodic series. I also grabbed the Bioshock trilogy for a few bucks. Granted I tossed the email with the receipt; it had to of been no more than ten dollars.

    Now that I’ve addressed the goodies I have already grabbed in the sale, how about what I hope to grab in the coming weeks, because of video games.

    Witcher 3 and the DLC content with it is half price, bringing it to $20. Then there is Dragon Age: Origins for its gorgeous deal of $4.99. Shall I mention all the LEGO games that made a list? Shall I also mention that Elder Scrolls, upon the writing of this article, has also gone on sale for 30-50% off? Since Tomb Raider was on my must play list, it is also on the sale list for 70-89% off their original prices.

    I will also mention that the Steam Link, which connects Steam to television is cost effective at this moment and is $2.50 last I heard.

    There are so many other great games out there that I am sure we need to pick up and add to our Steam collection. So tell us, what are you eyeballing, or what have you picked up from the Summer Steam Sale? Remember, this sale only goes through until July 5, 2018!

    Battle Royale: Fortnite vs. PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds

    Battle Royale: Fortnite vs. PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds

    Time has put these two 100-person survival shooters head-to-head. PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds and Fortnite have gained a multitude of attention and people are debating which one is better than the other. While everyone has their own opinion, we’ve looked into both of these games to look at the pros and cons of each game. Just note it was very hard to stay unbiased in this article, but it was certainly fun researching. Since everyone has a preference to which massive shooter they like, let’s duke it out and figure out which one stands the test of time. You can also shout out in the comments below and tell us your pros and cons or your go-to game!

    MODES

    Player Unknown’s BattleGrounds, A.K.A. PUBG, and Fortnite are very much the same, right? You couldn’t be any more wrong. You can pick between solo, duo or squads, but Fortnite kicks it up a notch and adds explosive modes with 2v2 and the newest game mode, 50v50. Now that sounds like an epic time! On the other hand, PUBG adds two different perspectives, first person or third person.

    Character customization is also a neat feature that PUBG has which allows you to pick a few different skin colors, hair color, and length along with your wardrobe. Granted, Fortnite has outfits that you can choose from as you level up or purchase in the store. In Fortnite, you are also randomly generated into a male or female each game.

    GRAPHICS

    Graphically, Fortnite is very cartoonistic, and the llama piñatas are a party filled with loot. No chocolate though, sorry. Weapons also are featured with various colors to let you know which one is better. Let’s say you have an assault rifle on hand and its green. You come across a boring grey one. Nope, pass. Because that blue or purple, better yet, that orange one is the bee’s knees! The general concept is grey, green, blue, purple and then orange (gold).

    PUBG is more worn down, rugged graphics that replicate an apocalyptic world for this setting, which does make sense giving the concept of the game. There are also two maps that I have noticed when playing, which means double the fun. Weapons, ammunition, and gear also glow golden color to show you where they lie. PUBG has a feature in its options button that will show you what is readily available for you to pick up so you can move on to a safe spot if needed.

    The circle closes off much the same, but Fortnite is certainly more dramatic with a purple wall that makes you feel claustrophobic when it’s right behind you. PUBG sneaks up on you, and then you feel the air rush out of your lungs, and you attempt to run towards it. Fortnite also has the lines thickened so they are clear to see.

    PRICING

    Fortnite’s basic edition is free-to-play for the Battle Royale version of the game. If you want more, the Standard Edition of Fortnite will run you $30. Standard edition includes seven piñata packs and four in-game banner icons. The Deluxe Edition will cost you $60, and you receive a rare starter weapon pack that includes four weapons and a trap, eight heroes’, an exclusive founders pistol on top of 33 piñata packs, 50 vault inventory slots, ten in-game banner icons. Lastly, ten XP boosts for you and another ten to share.

    PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds runs $30.

    PLAYABILITY

    Fornite is on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Fortnite is cross-platform play, and it’s great because someone could be on Xbox, a PS4, and someone on PC. There should be no issues matchmaking either! PUBG, on the other hand, has cross-playability on mobile (Android and iPhone), leaving PC and Xbox users to be all alone. The lack of cross playability on PC and Xbox also makes it hard to connect with other players. Rumor is PUBG will be on PS4 in the coming months, but will cross-play be in the works?

    Both recently have gone mobile.

    THE LITTLE THINGS

    The party bus on Fortnite does not show how many people have jumped off, PUBG does.

    There is no ax for materials in PUBG, where Fortnite, you have an ax for wood, stone, and metal.

    If someone is shooting, there is no building a hideout and running or hiding.

    In PUBG, red areas show on the map. Those areas are getting bombed, and you will wind up dead.

    Fortnite updates much more often the PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds.

    PUBG uses two different, and good sized, maps and randomly cycles through them. Fortnite only has the one, smaller map.

    You can hear people in the lobby before dropping off the plane. When a person launches off, you can’t hear them.

    Also, this is a multi-region setup, so you have players from all over the world on the server.

    You can’t hear people on Fortnite unless you’re in a party.

    You can drive certain vehicles in PUBG.

    END RESULTS

    Researching for this article was pretty hard regarding being objective and spending the $30 to play a game that I wasn’t sure that it was going to be worth it. I’m sure everyone has that same feeling when it comes to spending money on a game, and they hope it will be well worth their time. Granted, PUBG is fun and entertaining; there is something different about it, and honestly, it turns me away from the game. I much prefer spending my time with Fortnite and all the crazy Boogie bombs and other shenanigans. Let The Mommy Gamers know what your preference is in the comments

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    Out of Body Experiences and a Busy Mom Who Requires Wine, and Lots of It

     

    Hello, Mommy Gamers!

    My name is Brittany, or Brie. On gaming platforms, I have some iteration of QueenBrie going on. I’m from the Pacific Northwest, a short jaunt from Olympia, Washington to be exact. I have two boys, 8 and 10, which qualifies me as the mommy part. But I game as well. I’ve been a gamer for most of my life, even as a kid on classic Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Atari and so on. When I started dating my husband, that’s when I became addicted to gaming more in the sense that it was a ritual to get friends together to play Call of Duty, Halo, or Borderlands.

    This being my introductory article for The Mommy Gamers, I figured I would give you guys an insight to my life and introduce some of the weird mumbo jumbo that I believe in or am on the border about, and maybe things that really annoy me. Because it’s life and my fingers like to do all the talking.

    Whether you believe in the astrology, planets and stars aligning or not, it’s been one hell of a week. Please tell me you’re with me on this one? It’s been one of those weeks where I’m thinking today is Sunday, and Wednesday I was thinking Friday would be the next morning, to only wake up Thursday thinking it would be Saturday. And it isn’t just me. It’s my neighbor, the kids, my co-workers, and everyone else so this has to be a thing, right? I mean, it can be an off week where there is just more wine consumed then normal, but I seem to think that this could be to blame?

    These are some cute kids!

    To outline my week, it’s also conference week at my boys’ school, so we’ve had half days all week. Nice, right? Wrong. Monday was pretty lazy and didn’t plan on being called in to work. Tuesday was pure chaos in itself. Sent the boys to school and went in to the doctor for the annual lady visit. Not only was I there on time, but I sat in the doctor’s office till 9:50 when I finally got called back. I sat cold and naked on the table, covered in paper for another 10 minutes. Granted, these visits are typically pretty quick, getting out didn’t happen till about 10:30am. Since I was off, I took the advantage of running more errands and by the time I got home, it was time to get the kids off the bus, moving out to their conferences and then rushing home to make dinner. I went through a bottle of wine Tuesday night. Maybe we should turn this into a drinking game?

    Wednesday was pretty simple and nothing too crazy; same with Thursday, although both days did feel off. Friday being payday, I spent time grocery shopping, took the kids to breakfast, vacuumed, dishes and the five loads of laundry that seemed endless, and oh the errands, but I knew had to get done at some point. On top of it, friends were coming over, so I was cooking an Easter Dinner and also went through more wine. By the evening, I realized I hadn’t had wine and I was exhausted.

    It was a week where I felt so blah and lazy, parts of it went by fast, others not so fast.

    But let me get through the good stuff. Remember that lovely doctor visit on Tuesday? I finally quit being lazy and picked up my prescription. With Obamacare when it was put into place, women should have a reduced cost, or no charge at all for their birth control. Granted, I had three months, she rang me up for $72.99. I grabbed my chest, hoping I had air in them. She took my prescription card and the price was $65.48. What a savings! Granted, I can get a reimbursement for scripts, on a following paycheck, I wanted to cry. Mommies, do you have a similar story?

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    What to Watch After Stuffing Your Face, with Wine Pairings

    Easter is a time for stuffing your face with too much ham and mashed potatoes, eating a plethora of candy and sending the kids out to hunt for the eggs. Adults, beer hunts, or mini hard alcohol hunts are the way to go, just be sure to grab the beer googles while you’re doing it. Also, before any activities are happening, make sure the ham is in the over and ready to go. We don’t want Aunt Janice to be upset dinner isn’t done on time.

    When you’re all done eating, there is nothing better than entering a food coma with something on your television. We at The Mommy Gamers have compiled a list of television shows and movies that you can watch after the fact. While not every movie is family friendly, we’ll make sure that we annotate movies that children should not be present. Unbutton those pants and take a load off!

    Santa Clarita Diet is great with a bold red, perhaps a Syrah or a Merlot. Santa Clarita Diet has two seasons on Netflix and ready for five main courses and a dessert buffet. Drew Barrymore plays a realtor who is turned corpse eater, which is exactly how you’ll feel after eating all that ham. Joel McHale also stars as husband, Joel, also realtor and man who hides the meat for safe keeping. We give Santa Clarita Diet two thumbs up. Wait, where are my thumbs?

    Peter Rabbit is a great family film to watch after filling up with snacks. We’re sure the children would enjoy this as well seeing as it’s the cutest, and I mean cutest movie out there. A wine pairing for this movie? Grab the hard stuff, grandpa might need it.

    The Mommy Gamers Easter Movies

    Hop is yet another great family movie to watch as the bunny ensues the comedy, causes trouble and helps bring the cute Easter goodness. While Peter Rabbit and Hop may take some of the family time for the day, we suggest another sparkling wine with this special viewing.

    Rise of the Guardians is probably the seasonal movie we will see since you could technically watch this one all year long. The movie has Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy come together to fight off darkness. How wonderful a Sauvignon would be with this film?

    Nailed It is a reality TV series on Netflix that shows elaborate desserts that have been made and the bakers attempt to make them, and the not so wonderful attempts at making them. Either way, bring the sister, brother, uncle, and whomever to watch this. It’s pretty good, and you can place bets within the family on who will win the grand prize of $10,000! A Rose would be fantastic with this show!

    The Mommy Gamers Brie Haddock Movies and Wine ;

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a holiday tradition, no matter the holiday you celebrate. I prefer the 1971 version, because I can, but I guess Johnny Depp and his version are alright too if you want to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Either are good, depending on your preference. For both versions of the film, we chose a good Port to go with all the treats, or if you’re more like me, I’ll go for a slightly sweet Riesling.

    Stranger Things will turn things up and scare the jeebies out of you, or just put you on the edge of your seat. Stranger Things is an awesome show that focuses on a group of kids that are playing Dungeons and Dragons. Their game comes to life, sort of, and comes out to get them. They also learn that this case has been going on for years. The town comes together to help the city end the abduction Over the two seasons, you’ll have many “what the heck” moments. For this one, grab the scotch!

    The Mommy Gamers Easter Stranger Things Wine

    Want something newer?

    Jumanji with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan play is this reboot with a twist! Not only is this a good movie for the whole family and full of adventure, we’ll reach for the box wine on this one so we can plop on the couch with a blanket.

    The Pitches are back in Pitch Perfect 3. These girls head overseas for a USO tour and hope to be picked to go on tour with a rapper. In a turn of events, Fat Amy finds her father, or he finds her and trouble begins. The girls come together and get out of it while supporting one another the biggest changes of their lives. We think a glass of champagne over here will help keep things classy.

    Pitch Perfect 3 Wine The Mommy Gamers Easter

    Daddy’s Home 2 has a great line up, from Matt Damon, John Cena, to Will Ferrell and Mel Gibson. These guys try to come together in a family vacation but it has its ups and downs. While I would love to sit here and tell you all about it, the movie is currently on Redbox for your viewing pleasure. We feel an Old Fashioned or a Gibson to go along with your viewing pleasure.

    Maybe you don’t want the beverage of choice to go with the movie, and that’s okay. Whatever your viewing style is, or genre, we’ve got it covered! Sit back, relax and take that well needed two-hour nap!

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