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    DJMax Respect – Playstation 4 Review

    Hey Mr. DJ, Keep Playing That Song

    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.





    I selected a new song.



    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.

    DJMax Respect Review 2 The Mommy Gamers

    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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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 164: Had a Freaking Baby Yo

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 164

    In Episode 164 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Carrie is back and she brought along her new baby Madelyn to entertain you all with adorable new baby sneezes and coos. Carrie, Desirai and Marcia chat about Destiny 2, Parappa The Rappa, and the new Frank West Dead Rising 4 DLC. The ladies also speculate about why Nintendo is discontinuing the NES Classic. Desirai unboxes her first Birchbox, Carrie tries out WaterPura wipes, and Marcia is excited about Mystery Science Theater 3000. Tune in this week for all of these topics and much more in this weeks episode. Enjoy!

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    Episode 92: Toilet Selfies

    Episode 92: Toilet Selfies

    This week the ladies talk about The Consequence, The Evil Within DLC, 21 Grams, a two way mirror in the ladies room, #WipeforWater, Silent Hill getting cancelled.  They try to justify their gaming with a study that claims gamers have more grey matter and greater cognitive function, binge watching Outlander (Because sexy men in kilts), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (Because sexy men in costumes).

    Also check out this week’s episode for a really creepy discussion on how to use the ashes of your loved one in a really kinky way. All that and more await you, as well as an explanation for why Marcia is sitting on toilets so often…and taking pictures of it. Enjoy!

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    Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition Unboxed


    I did what I swore I would never do, I bought a collector’s edition of a game. Yes, Tomb Raider suckered me in and got me to spend an extra 40 bucks.

    The Tomb Raider series holds a special place in my heart. It’s one of few games that both my father and I have played over the years. His not-so-secret crush on Lara Croft is one of my favorite things to pick on him about. So maybe I justified this splurge with the fact that I can share this with him? Not sure, but I feel that what I got was well worth the extra money.

    Here’s what you get in the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition:

    *A copy of the game.

    *Play Arts Kai Lara Croft Figurine — Posable figurine with over 40 points of articulation.

    • The dirt on her body and clothes have been realistically recreated to tell the tale of Lara’s fierce fight for survival on a desolate island in her first and most harrowing adventure.
    • Comes with alternate set of three (3) hands, bow and arrow, shotgun, handgun, and climbing axe.
    • Figure Size: Approx 8.0″ Tall

    * Endurance Survival Kit Packaging — Worn and weather-beaten steel tin recovered from the Endurance shipwreck.

    • 15″ x 19″ Double Sided Island Map and Poster — Discover Key Landmarks from the mysterious island of Yamati, where Lara Croft and her fellow castaways were marooned after the Endurance shipwreck. On the reverse is a poster size image of the box art.

    * Lithographic Print — 5″ x 7″ heavy stock lithograph print with matte frame, designed by Crystal Dynamic’s Senior Art Director, Brian Horton, painting by Brenoch Adams.

    *Experience Shields — 3 Iron-on badges of the game’s key icons

    • Animal Instincts
    • Climbing Axe
    • Fire Arrow

    *CD soundtrack — Tomb Raider Original Soundtrack ‘Survivalist cut’

    • A collection of 10 tracks totaling over 60 minutes of music from the game

    *Downloadable Content — Weapons Pack

    • A selection of weapons to help Lara survive against the island’s inhabitants.

    I’m only a few hours into Tomb Raider, but I can already tell you…I’m in love with this game. The story, graphics and sounds all work together perfectly and make me feel like I actually am Lara. I cringe when she gets injured, which happens a lot. Last night I had to force myself to stop playing, and it has been a long time since a game has been able to pull me away from everything else and completely have my attention.

    Originally I was hoping to play through Tomb Raider and then gift it to my Dad when I was done, but it looks like I’ll have to buy him his own copy. Keep an eye, or an ear, out for Episode 31 of The Mommy Gamers podcast. Elaine and I both picked up the game and will have plenty to say about it I’m certain.

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