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    Overcooked 2 Review: Xbox One

    Push your friendships to the limit in this chaotic co-op cooking game
    Overcooked 2 Review The Mommy Gamers

    Overcooked 2, a much anticipated sequel to Overcooked released this month getting players off the couch and online for some epic co-op cooking challenges. In Overcooked 2 players return to the Onion Kingdom with all new dynamic kitchen locations, new recipes, and punishingly difficult obstacles. Overcooked 2claims “to become an instant classic, bringing family and friends together” but I feel like it could also tear apart some strong friendships. To test this theory I recruited a crew of Twitch streamers for a co-op game, and then asked their thoughts.

    The Mommy Gamers Review Overcooked 2

    Here is what our co-op crew had to say after playing:
    (Clicking on their names will take you to their Twitch pages if you’d like to check out their awesome streams)

    Link Flores

    Overcooked is a franchise that I am unfamiliar with, so I was excited to get a chance to play with Marcia of The Mommy Gamers and friends.  This was jokingly referred to as a game that will “ruin friendships” and on the surface it might appear that way. The chaotic gameplay left us more than a few times on the losing side of a challenge as we struggled to serve up meals, wash dishes, and save food and the kitchen from random fires.  

    I found, however, that the longer we played together the more naturally we all fell into a rhythm and selected roles that best complemented our play style and personalities. Someone would just ease into washing dishes and setting out clean plates while another would toss fresh ingredients from one station to the next.  In the next match, however, the roles would organically shift and change, with new players assuming different roles. The grunts and groans of frustration quickly became replaced with joking banter and howls of surprise as one disaster after another befell us, only to erupt into cheers and congratulatory laughter when we finally cracked through and managed to overcome the challenges presented.

    Overcooked 2 Teamwork

    Is Overcooked 2 perfect?  Well, no game ever is. There were some minor collision detection and control issues from time to time, which would occasionally result in a missed throw or step.  The difficulty is pretty steep from the start which could be frustrating to new players to the franchise. The fun I had, however, far overshadowed these “flaws”.

    In an era of gaming where multiplayer gaming seems to have encouraged solo players to “Rambo” their way past their team to victory, Overcooked 2 has encouraged cooperative play and given each player a reason and a solid opportunity to shine and be the MVP for the team.  I would like to thank Team 17 and Ghost Town Games for this delightful creation and also Marcia and The Mommy Gamers family for inviting me to partake in the fun!

    Lucas Fox

    I was not familiar with the Overcooked franchise going into this. Marcia, put a call out on Facebook looking for people to play with her, and I answered it.

    DO NOT go into this game thinking that you are going to be a silent player. There is NO WAY to progress beyond the first 3 levels without talking to your teammates. Sure, people told me this was the friendship ending, the relationship killer, the game that will destroy whatever bonds you have with the people playing it. Clear concise communication (look at that alliteration) is an absolute must in this game. After getting past some funnier moments and digging into it, I enjoyed playing with Marcia, Link and Mike. In fact we started to gel as we found roles we were comfortable in.

    Overcooked 2 challenging levels

    Okay, being honest, when Link couldn’t connect to discord, to talk with the rest of us, I got annoyed. Because having a clear line of communication is paramount. But as was mentioned, we fell into our roles, and starting having a blast doing those roles. I was the food thrower, and I was finding out that I could throw food across a room and into the pot or pan it needed to cook in.

    I did play beyond our group, with my wife, and we had a fantastic time. I think it was Mike that stated that 3 is the sweet spot in terms of players in the game at once, and I agree with him. Having all four of us play was fun as hell, but when it was just my wife and I, we felt a little more stressed for time, and what we could accomplish in each of the levels. Dividing all of the tasks between the two of us tended to stress us out a bit more. Though we had a lot of fun playing it.

    There are some minor control issues, and hit detection bugs, but it doesn’t take away from the fun. It actually makes the game feel more frenzied and challenging. It’s almost like they are put in there as another minor obstacle to overcome, and they don’t take away from the game. Overcooked 2 is definitely worth the price of admission!

    Mike Robles

    “I will never play on Marcia’s team again.” – TheMikeRobles

    Marcia Morgan

    As someone who had played the original Overcooked I kind of knew what I was getting into. However, I didn’t have anyone to couch co-op the original with so I was wildly unprepared in the teamwork aspect. As everyone else (except Mike who just decided to make himself a quote) stated, communication is totally key in this game. Regardless of how well we team-worked we were still challenged on every level we played. But it was a fun challenge, pushing us to do better with each try in an attempt to get three stars.

    I very much look forward to playing more Overcooked 2, and we are all still friends after our first attempt. I definitely recommend this as a fun game to stream on Twitch or Mixer. It also seems like it would be a fun party game because it’s amusing to spectate as well.

    If you’re interested in checking out Overcooked 2 it is available now on Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC.

    *This article includes affiliate links. Using our links to buy stuff on Amazon helps The Mommy Gamers keep doing what we are doing.
    **Each reviewer was given a copy of Overcooked 2 for review purposes. But our opinions are our own. We absolutely enjoyed this game a lot!

    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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    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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    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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    Past Cure – Xbox One Review

    A Soldier Lost Three Years Of His Life, I Lost 4 Hours Of Mine

    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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    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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