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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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    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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    Super Cloudbuilt – Xbox One Review

    When You Gotta Go Fast, You Get There By Any Means Necessary

    Speedrunning is something that has a community all it’s own. There are places that support it and host contests, and there are even charity events that raise a bunch of money to watch people speedrun anything from Tetris, to RPGs like Final Fantasy VII. So what if there was a game that combined parkour, shooting, and speedrunning? Well that game would be Cloudbuilt. What if that game came out in 2013 on PC and had a bunch of a DLC and was due for a remaster for the console? Well that game would be Super Cloudbuilt.

    Developed by Coilworks and published by Double ElevenSuper Cloudbuilt is being touted as a definitive remaster. The dev team has gone back into the game and looked at it “from the ground up”. What we get is something that is completely immersive and welcoming to new players, as well as a very challenging game for those returning.

    Players take on the role of Demi, a young soldier detached from her body. It sounds weird yes, but trust me, it all comes together. She awakens in a ruined building and must try to make sense of her new reality. Free running, jumping, shooting, Demi will do all she can to find out what’s going on, and why.

     

    Colorful, dark, cell-shaded, Super Cloudbuilt is a treat for your eyes. Colors pop against the dark backgrounds and are made to look even more colorful thanks to the dark outlines. Don’t let the colorful nature of this game detract from the challenging nature of it. In fact, the sparks of color also double as waypoints or points of interest in the game.

    The soundtrack to this game is incredibly well done. Music swells and lowers as action picks up giving you a real sense immersion. The music is a combination of deep thumping tracks mixed with orchestral movements. Players will find themselves bobbing their head while trying focus on reaching the next checkpoint.

    Speed and focus is the name of the game in Super Cloudbuilt. The speed running aspect of the game mixed with parkour elements mean you can get from Point A to Point B, but you decide just how you want to get there. This where the game shines, and also flounders a bit. Having the option to free roam while also flying at top speeds is exhilarating, until you hit a wall and fall to your death. When you do manage to slide, boost, wall jump, into a checkpoint, it feels amazing. Controls are precise and accurate so when a player does die, they have no one to blame but themselves. I will admit that when you are flying at top speed and suddenly stop, it takes the wind out of the game almost too abruptly. It feels like the entire game just stops and you have to start again. It’s a bit jarring.

    The addition of shooting in a game like this doesn’t take away from it’s parkour… core. It adds a new element that will have players tying to precisely aim and time their shots perfectly. While it takes a little bit to get used to the game’s controls, once a player is familiar with them, they will feel right at home in the world Super Cloudbuilt has created.

    If you are looking for something different I recommend Super Cloudbuilt. Fun, fast paced, challenging, and rewarding this game will satisfy the competitive nature as well spark the puzzle solving creativity within players.

    Super Cloudbuilt is out now on PS4, Steam and Xbox One at $19.99

    *The reviewer was given an Xbox One copy of the game for review purposes

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 155 – New Apple Macbook Pro, Pokemon GO Gen 2, Battle Island: Commanders, E3 Xbox Presser

    New Apple Macbook Pro, Pokemon GO Gen 2, Battle Island: Commanders, E3 Xbox Presser - The Mommy Gamers 155

    In Episode 155 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Carrie, Desirai and Marcia ladies talk about the new Apple MacBook Pro, Pokemon GO Gen 2, Battle Island: Commanders, The Magicians, The E3 Xbox Presser changes and lots more.

     

    Interested in supporting The Mommy Gamers? Want to get a shoutout on the next show?  Earn exclusive rewards, such as being the FIRST to listen to each new podcast episode, by becoming a patron on Patreon. Remember, you can subscribe to The Mommy Gamers podcast for FREE on Google Play MusiciTunes and Stitcher or you can access The Mommy Gamers app through Podcast Box on iTunes or in the Amazon app store for Android. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter, and Facebook too!

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    Dead Rising 4

    DeadRising4 The Mommy Gamers Twitch Stream YouTube

    Marcia aka JaxBoxChick here and I have been streaming Dead Rising 4 on our Twitch stream. Here’s the first part of the game, you can catch the rest at www.Twitch.TV/TheMommyGamers and catch the live streams on weekdays at 9 am ET until I get bored with the game and play something else. — Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/themommygamers

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    Ryse: Son of Disappointment

    Ryse: Son of Rome
    Like most people who purchased an Xbox One close to launch, I was extremely excited to dive into Ryse: Son of Rome.  All the trailers made the hack and slash, action-adventure game set in ancient Rome to be one of the most epic games in the last decade.  The graphics looked sleek, they promised immersive multiplayer, and the story line seemed as if it was going to be a deep, rich tale.  Developed by Crytek and published by Microsoft Studios I figured if nothing else the action would be amazing.  Unfortunately, however, Ryse: Son of Rome just didn’t meet all of my expectations.

    The game starts off running as you, playing as Roman soldier Marius Titus, save Emperor Nero during an attack on Rome by barbarians.  The action is awesome.  The controls are easy to master for the hack and slash bits, there are moments where you take control of whole armies of Roman soldiers, and there are even Kinect voice commands to make for a truly immersive gameplay experience.  The graphics were as breathtaking as the awesome gameplay.  Truly at the beginning it seems as if Ryse was going to be everything promised.

    Then seven hours later I beat it.  That’s right…seven hours of story line.  I couldn’t believe it.  I have played short games before, but they were always either games that released at a cheaper price point (Ryse was $59.99 at release), or had a great multiplayer experience.

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    The multiplayer, however, was as equally depressing as how short the story was.  There is no competitive multiplayer, only cooperative.  You can go in with up to only one other person to complete rounds in a gladiator inspired arena combat setting.  Also, the only way to get better gear is to buy the items with gold, which you can earn through completing rounds, but the easiest way is to purchase the gold with micro-transactions within the game.

    I understand why micro-transactions exist, I really do, but they shouldn’t exist in a game that starts with a $60 price point.  On top of that you can’t pick exactly what gear you get.  You buy “booster packs” which have random items in them, so you never know what you’re getting.  I’m sorry but if I am going to spend real money on a game that I already sunk $60 into I at least don’t want to have to gamble with what I’m getting.  That alone enraged me enough to never want to play the multiplayer again, despite the fact that the entire experience was disappointing to begin with.

    Overall I’d say Ryse: Son of Rome was an OK game, but definitely not worth $60.  I would say it is a solid $30 buy, but no more than that.  If you’re curious about this one, wait until the price drops.  You won’t be sorry.

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    Contrast Interview & Hands-On Preview Xbox 360

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    Contrast releases this week and it occurred to me I never got around to posting our interview video and hands-on game time from PAX Prime.  Topping my list of great games I saw at PAX, Contrast is a puzzle platformer set in the vaudevillian world of the 1920’s. You play as Dawn, the imaginary friend of a little girl named Didi, shifting from a beautiful 3D world into a 2D world of shadows.

    Check out our interview with Guillaume Provost, creative director and founder of Contrast. The story behind the game is very heartwarming and personal.

    Contrast will be available on PC, Xbox LIVE® Arcade, PS4  freely available to Playstation Plus Members on November 15th.  It will release on PS3 through the Play Station Network November 19th (US) and November 20th in Europe with the PS4 version landing on November 29th.

    There’s still time to pre-order the PC version and receive as a bonus, the original soundtrack (MP3) and Developer’s Diary.  You can pre-order via the Contrast site or through Steam for only $14.99.

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