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    We Happy Few Review

    We Happy Few Review The Mommy Gamers

    What if a pill existed that could make you endlessly happy with the unfortunate side effect that it would slowly erode your memory and make you not care about what was really going on in the world? Compulsion Games, We Happy Few is an action-adventure game that explores a world filled with that very drug and all the complications and secrets it seeks to hide.

    We Happy Few is set in a fictional English city called Wellington Wells around the 1960s. Residents of the town begin taking a drug called Joy, a hallucogenic, to forget a rather upsetting choice that was made following an alternate timeline version of World War II. While Joy makes them happy and helps them forget past tragedies, it also makes them easily manipulated and controlled. The story is told through three distinct characters who all chose to avoid Joy for their personal reasons and are each trying to accomplish a personal goal and get themselves out of Wellington Wells before the entire city implodes on itself.

    Players tackle the world of We Happy Few from a first person perspective and the game combines elements of survival, stealth, and melee combat. Other residents of Wellington Wells are not keen on anyone not taking their Joy dubbing those people “Downers”. Residents and police will be immediately hostile towards anyone not fitting in and thus you’ll need to sneak, fight, and craft your way through the city to accomplish the various goals.

    The combination of stealth, survival, and crafting is both satisfying and problematic. On one hand successfully fooling citizens into thinking you are happily on your joy and accomplishing a goal without alerting the entire city is fantastic. On the other hand when a confrontation does break out the melee combat is swimmy and frustrating to control.

    It feels as if that combat may have been better served by a third person perspective instead of the first person one. Weapons do have durability and will break on forcing you to either hunt down a new weapon or craft one. Luckily crafting components are everywhere and I never wanted for anything especially in the later part of the game.

    My overall compulsion to loot every item actually caused me a lot of suffering because I was constantly overburdened but that is more an issue with my playstyle than the game itself. I do wish there was a perk that completely eliminated the carry weight of the characters.

    In the early parts of the game moving through areas without triggering a bunch of combat can be difficult as residents don’t take kindly to running, jumping, or being on the streets past curfew. Skills the player can choose do eliminate some of these concerns. The game gives out skills point after every completed quest or objective and one can pretty quickly eliminate any need to fit in on the streets pushing the stealth aspects to only be necessary in areas where you are considered trespassing.

    As a player who is very impatient, reducing the stealth aspects was a boon for me and I took those skills early on. Most of the time the crafting, stealth, and melee aspects of the game came together for me nicely and it was pretty satisfying to actually play.

    My biggest overall complaint with We Happy Few is the world feels unfinished. The game was originally released in early access in 2016. It showed with an extremely promising trailer before early access went live that painted it more akin to a story driven dystopia experience ala Bioshock. When the game did hit early access it was more akin to a run based survival game with a procedurally generated world and quests.

    Over the two years before the game came out of early access Compulsion worked to push the game in the opposite direction and built in a more substantial story and character development. The main areas of the game and all the quests were crafted instead of procedurally generated. This shift makes the survival aspects feel like they no longer matter, negating the players need to actually track hunger and thirst.

    At the same time the world doesn’t quite feel as fleshed out as I would like. I wanted more concrete details on the back story. Most of that information is sectioned away into masks that the player must find to hear little clips from each character’s past. If you don’t really work to seek those out you always feel like you are missing their individual motivations which makes their actions feel empty and meaningless.

    Complications aside We Happy Few is an interesting take on a dystopian adventure. The fact that the game left me wanting more information, more backstory, more of the characters is a testament to the fact that Compulsion has set up a world and a concept that is interesting enough to hold my attention even if navigating that world is not always the most satisfying experience.

    *The Mommy Gamers were given a copy of We Happy Few free for review purposes. 

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 184: Plugging Ourselves

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 184 Plugging Ourselves

    In Episode 184 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Carrie and Marcia chat about back to school, new video games, and their summer TV & Movie favorites. We also put a call out to our community asking parents what their guilty pleasures are once the kids all go back to school. You all had great answers. We read them all out and gave you all a little shout out at the end of the show!

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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.

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    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!

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 179: Blue Waffle is Delicious

    Episode 179 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast has Blue Waffle in the title, and we suggest not googling that. With that disclaimer out of the way, this week we start things things off with jokes about spring, or the lack thereof. Carrie explains why Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher coming to Ghost Recon Wildlands in the latest update made her weepy. Once Carrie is done reminiscing, she talks in length about The Witness, a beautiful 3D puzzle game she has recently been playing on her Twitch stream.

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    Marcia has revisited TERA, an online RPG released in 2011 that recently launched on consoles. In fact, The Mommy Gamers are now officially En Masse Community Partners, meaning we are doing a little community building around TERA with some fun giveaways from time to time! Check us out on their site here. My Time at Portia is back on Marcia’s active play list again, with their March new content update. This early access title adds more to the story line as well as animals, a museum, and lots more!

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    Mike Robles is back as a guest again. You might recognize his name as he has written a TON of new reviews for our site this year. He chats about playing Far Cry 5, an action-adventure first-person shooter from Ubisoft which released in March. Oh, and Mike also humble brags about getting a lot of hands on time trying out Soul Caliber 6 at the Games Developers Conference (GDC) . Keep an eye out for that game later this year.

    They also chat about the Billy Mitchell controversy, people holding pop up raves in recently emptied Toys”R”Us buildings, the Blue Team’s waffles on Master Chef Jr. and so much more!

    We’d Love to Hear From You!

    Regardless of how you watch, we’d love your feedback. Leave a review, click like on YouTube, drop us some comments to respond to. We’d love to interact with you more and we hope you are loving our show as much as we are loving creating it for you!

    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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    The Adventure Pals – Xbox One Review

    Love, Giraffes, and Hot Dogs… No, Really.

    The Adventure Pals is a “cartoon-inspired” platforming game.

    It. Is. AWESOME.

    I don’t even know where to begin with this game. I’ll start with the looks. Cartoony, bright, and adorable, The Adventure Pals borrows a lot of it’s aesthetic from games like Castle Crashers and old cartoons like Dexter’s Laboratory. Every human, creature, and hot dog in this game are just bursting with personality. The levels all have the same general look to them, a lot of dirt carefully placed to have the players jump all over with some sort of lush background representative of the world you are in. This, to me, was one of my very few complaints about the game. Each world has levels, and each level doesn’t feel, visually, that different from the one before it. The worlds themselves are great looking, you have everything from a tranquil forest to a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

    Mr. B has been going around kidnapping old people and turning them into hot dogs. Why? As he puts it:

    “Because… REASONS.”

    That’s just some of the crazy humor you’ll find in The Adventure Pals. The game is filled with wonderful characters who have some great dialogue. Along with your trusty pet Giraffe, you will be going from world to world attempting to rescue the old people from becoming hot dogs all while trying to get your grandpa back. One of the best things about this game is the giraffe. As players jump across multiple platforming levels, the giraffe can use his tongue as a helicopter blade to slow your descent. It’s totally silly looking, but awesome.

    The controls in this game are amazing. Which is a MUST for platforming games. The levels are just hard enough that if you make a mistake, you can easily see where it was and correct your movement. It’s nice to see a game provide a nice challenge without needing to resort to Boshy levels of difficulty. These levels are cleverly designed and players will need great timing and precise button presses to get past the later levels.

    In addition to great platforming, there are also RPG elements in the game. Players level up and can select permanent boosts. Coins are collected and spent at shops to fill a backpack with bombs, health potions and more. There’s a basic attack that players can execute but there isn’t really an option to learn new skills. It would have been nice to have the players be able to learn and upgrade melee attacks, but not having that doesn’t take anything away from the game.

    The Adventure Pals also has the option for drop-in/drop-out co-op. So you can get your own adventure pal, cuddle up on the couch and start getting through the game together. I can’t say enough good things about The Adventure Pals. Clearly the team at Massive Monster and Armor Games put in a ton of work creating this title. It’s fun, adorable, great looking, and runs so incredibly smooth on both my Xbox One, and my Xbox One X. If you’re looking for a new platforming game, look no further than The Adventure Pals.

    The Adventure Pals is out now on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

    The reviewer was given a code for review purposes.

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 177: Of White Russians and Crunchy Doritos

    This week Marcia and Carrie bring some Doritos to the podcast to discuss the trending lady-like Doritos topic. As you’d expect they chomped down on their Doritos in the most non-ladylike fashion. Keeping with the junk food theme the ladies also chat about a nutritional study claiming pizza IS a healthy breakfast choice. Gaming talk covers Staxel, Super Lucky’s Tale, Halo 5 and a lot more.

    Listen to Episode 177 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast for that, and the story behind the white russian in the picture for this episode. Hint: It has to do with breast milk…again.

    If you missed the live stream recording of this episode here’s the video on YouTube:

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    Regardless of how you watch, we’d love your feedback. Leave a review, click like on YouTube, drop us some comments to respond to. We’d love to interact with you more and we hope you are loving our show as much as we are loving creating it for you!

    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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    It’s Quiz Time Review [Xbox One]

    Former Buzz! Devs re-enter the trivia game space

    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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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 174: The Twitch Stream Strikes Back

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 174 The Twitch Stream Strikes Back

    After a nearly two year hiatus, The Mommy Gamers Podcast is back on Twitch for a live recorded show. Carrie and Marcia brush the dust off their cameras and kick things off with a little getting to know you session. Game chat this week was pretty lively as Carrie had some downtime thanks to a nasty case of mastitis. She played ELEX, Turing Test, and Cuphead. Marcia actually gave Destiny 2 a chance, but is still obsessed with Fortnite, and went off on some rant about eating a bush. We’re convinced she’s finally lost her mind completely.

    The ladies reminisce about Supermarket Sweep, which is apparently making a comeback. They also try to sort out whether or not they think the Amazon Key Service, allowing delivery drivers to leave packages inside your home, is a good thing or a straight up “NOPE”.

    The ladies also talk TV & Movies, covering Lucifer, Orville, Baby Drive and much more. The question and answer segment of this episode was one of our best in a very long time thanks to our live audience. Questions such as: What games are you looking forward to, if you binge watch Stranger Things over three days will you die, and a long conversation about craw fish etouffe round off this lively podcast quite nicely!

    Carrie’s new baby was clearly the star of the show, and you can listen to the podcast using the link below as usual, or watch the live stream we included in this post.

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    Regardless of how you watch, we’d love your feedback. Leave a review, click like on YouTube, drop us some comments to respond to. We’d love to interact with you more and we hope you are loving our show as much as we are loving creating it for you! 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.

     

    Catch our next podcast live on Twitch! twitch.tv/themommygamers You can subscribe to our Twitch channel for free by linking up your Amazon Prime with Twitch, or sign up for Amazon Prime, support the stream and get some great game perks! Details are in the image above. 

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