Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Developer: Kaiko
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Release Date: 9/8/2020
  • Platforms: PS4, XBOX, and PC
  • Price: 39.99

I was a huge fan of the original, so was excited to get this version in to review. I had read comments saying there was a lot of issues with it at launch so delayed my review a bit before playing it. I jumped into it about 2 weeks after release. I kind of worried about that knowing this game can take up to 100 hours to complete., but I was having some back issues so had plenty of down time so decided to go at it non-stop. I had no issues with it getting the late start so they must have ironed them out quickly. I only played about 50 to 60 hours, because i wanted to get this in quick. I had played the original and DLCs so i figured that be enough time to give a honest impression. I can honestly say I enjoyed it as much as the original, and i can really see why or why not you’d make this upgrade. It looks a little better, nothing drastic I don’t think. They cleaned up the first one they didn’t completely redo like some remasters. They left everything you loved about the original, keeping the original source as close to the one you know and love. So if your a huge fan and wanted a upgrade I can see spending the 39.99 easy. Like I said 100 hours so you are gonna be getting your value back no question. The way this game is set up you can play it over and over as well. There is just so much content, and gameplay variations that make this game one of those you can buy if you don’t buy a lot of games or only get for gifts, and play it all year. If you are new to it it can seem a little dated especially if you have been playing Witcher or something like that. To explain it really has a first fable type vibe to it. So if you enjoy RPGs of that period of time I can see you loving this.

Your character customization from the start really just shows how in depth this game is going to be. There are so many options of appearance but also skills. You can literally play this in so many different ways, and it never feel the same. Like you can upgrade different character types, and have different moves and magics. Same goes with the weapons for these classes. You can have a ton of different weapons from light and heavy swords to Staffs, bows, daggers, and so much more. You can even mix these type of classes up and try different ones. You get a primary and secondary weapon spot so can try two different ones at once. You decide you don’t like your choices you can change the styles and weapons at any time. So your choices in this game seem limitless. The same goes for story choices, there are so many different ways to go along your journey. Join certain factions, help different people, just do the main missions it’s up to you. The options and game’s map is enormous. You will be entertained for hours and hours. I probably spent hours just managing my inventory, deciding what to use and sell. If I didn’t get games like I do and wanted something that made me feel like I got my money’s worth I’d with out a doubt would grab this.

Let’s talk about how it looks and sounds for a bit. I think it’s a improvement over the original’s look, but I don’t think it’s a huge improvement. It’s not a difference that is mind blowing, but it’s enough to feel like you are playing it on a new console. If you enjoyed how the original looks I think it really keeps that original detail and design. I love all the different monster and enemy types, they all vary so much. It will make you approach with caution to learn their different attacks, or element damage they can do to you. Like some can give you diseases or curses, or have fire or electricity. You have to pay attention, and sometimes use different weapons or armors in areas. There are different skill levels though if you struggle, you can play it on easier levels. So it is for all skill of players in my opinion. I loved the sounds and music as well very melancholy and fitting of the time period. Like I said it really has that original Fable feel and setting. If you loved it or Oblivion I can see you really enjoying this as well.

I can’t wait to finish up this review and go play it some more. I’ll have to reinstall it though, because I had to delete it to actually make myself go and do this review. I just couldn’t stop playing it. It is one of those worlds you just get lost in. Such amazing enemies, NPCs, and stories that just keep you glued to the television. The world is just so easy to travel, and fun to explore. Loaded with so many secrets and loot to find. I found myself just wanting to check around every corner for a chest to lock pick, or cave to explore. It’s really an addictive experience., and I’m so glad I got to step back into this lovely game. Playing it over refreshed me on so many classic moments, and new ones since I didn’t have the DLCs on the original. I heard they may even do some new DLC, I can only hope. So if you love RPGs like I do. I highly recommend you checking this one out. Especially if you never experienced it last Gen.

  • Hours and hours of content.
  • Unforgettable adventures and characters.
  • So many ways to play classes and weapons.
  • Awesome Boss battles and variations of enemy types
  • Everything you loved about the original cleaned up a little.
  • Not as remastered as some other titles, but sticks to the source material.
  • May feel a little dated for some RPG fans.
  • Overall Impression: 8.2

If you loved the original they really kept everything you know and loved about it. So if you want to play it all over on your modern console you are sure to enjoy it all over again. If you’ve never played it before, and love classic games like Fable and Oblivion you are sure to enjoy this remaster as well. I could see some people who only have experienced games like The Witcher maybe feeling that it feels dated. To me though I enjoyed it for hour after hour, and will be for hours to come.

Friday The 13th:Killer Puzzle

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Developer: Blue Wizard Digital
  • Publisher: Blue Wizard Digital
  • Platforms: PS4, XBOX, PC, Switch
  • Release Date: 9/18/2020
  • Price: 12.99

So if you know me, you know I’m a huge “Friday the 13th” fan so i was so excited to see this pop in my games to review. I enjoyed the NES classic version and the one that released a few years back was awesome as well. It really did an amazing job at capturing the movie magic. Friday the 13th Killer Puzzle though I loved from the start. It really makes me want a animated Friday the 13th series. The animation in this is just amazing, as well are the kills. I never got tired of seeing just how Jason was going to use his new weapon, or how each level starting or ending cutscene would play out. What really surprised me was just how much content was there. !2 episodes in total covering really cool places like Crystal Lake or some place you’d never expect to go like prison or prehistoric times. It all seemed so crazy, and I felt like I played this for days. I might have considering there is over 150 levels to play. The content doesn’t stop there though. There is tons of different Jason’s and weapons as well. You will spend days unlocking them all.

The objective of the puzzles are to kill everyone on the level of course. The game let’s you start out by choosing PG or R rating. Who the hell is going to be playing this and choosing PG though? The way the puzzles work is you can move in straight lines towards enemies, and you have to get them lined up to attack so you have to plan moves ahead not just move around freely doing what ever you want. There will also be traps in the way like cops, fire, water, and even cats. You know you can’t kill cats, so you have to avoid them as well. There will also be escape routes for the victims in case you mess up they can get out of there. So you have to plan for that as well. There is no set amount of moves you can use except for on a few levels you’ll have a set number to accomplish it in. They can be really challenging, but never frustrating though. The main reason is Mommy will give you hints, and even show you how to do it if need be. So with a little help from Pamela Voorhees you will reach the end no matter how bad at puzzle games you are. With this option it really makes it playable for all skill levels.

This game is really for all fans of the franchise, and a can’t miss in my opinion. It’s loaded with things to keep you coming back. There is actually a daily challenge that will give you a new puzzle every day. Nail these 13 days in a row unlock some more Jason Voorhees skins. So it’s always fresh, and new feeling. It can feel repetitive if you played it like I did though. I wanted to get my review done in a timely fashion so I did everything in a couple days. I literally played this non-stop. Where it can get a little repetitive is for Achievement hunters trying to get to level 100 as a character and get 1000 kills in the marathon mode. Marathon Mode? Yes it’s a level where you have to stop a meter just in time to get a kill. It will go and go until you miss. My tops was around 45. Every time you play this and get to victim 14 you will level up and get a Jason Crate. In these you will get 4 weapons. You will be trying to collect all these for days there are so many. There’s even a trade in system for your duplicates. Trade in 3 dupes get another crate. I spent hours doing this trying to capture every weapon. In marathon mode you will see every kill, and every weapon type in game it’s so much fun slaying campers while listening to some bad ass music. Oh yeah let’s talk about the music…

This game has awesome music from the movie while you do the puzzles, and it fits in really well it overall. The music really ramps up on marathon mode though. You are treated to the rock n roll sounds of great bands like The Jasons and Stiker. You will love all these songs that play during the massacre. They really take you back to when these movies were hitting your local theatres and video stores. Really catchy stuff like “Run for your life” and “I can’t stop killing”. I wish you could play these out of the menu, because I’d be listening to them as I typed out this review. The game looks great to it’s really bright and colorful animation and backgrounds. I loved seeing the blood splatter, and seeing all the different counselors and levels. This might be my favorite game this year so far. I had a blast, and think all Friday fans will as well.

  • Awesome music and sounds.
  • Killer animated cutscenes and kills.
  • Loaded with content.
  • Tons of replay value.
  • Addictive fun puzzling and killing.
  • Stays true and respectful to the source material.
  • Can be repetitive at times, especially if you over do it like me.
  • I 100% the game so now I have to wait for a sequel. Get us more Fridays and Jason.
  • Overall Impression: 10 Bloody Jason Masks out of 10
  • I think it’s a must own for all fans of Friday the 13th. The most fun I’ve had gaming this year..
Video Review

“Tamiku”

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Platforms: XBOX, Pc PS4, Switch
  • Developer: Josyan
  • Publisher: Ratalaika Games
  • Release Date: 09/18/20
  • Price: 4.99

I feel in love with “Tamiku” the second I laid my eyes on it. It really reminds me of so many classics. It gave me a ton of memories from classic NES and Arcade games of my past. It really took me back to playing games like Bubble Bobble, BurgerTime, Popeye, balloon Fight, and so many more. It really delivers the same level of fun as well. Like classics of that era it really makes you care about your final score. Your objective is to collect all the blue and red balloons on the screen without running out of lives. It isn’t easy and can be challenging, but it’s never really frustrating or stressful. I guess it could be if you was going for score, and wanted to get so far without dying. If you don’t choose to play like that though you have infinite continues. So you can play it how you want to. The Blue Balloons you just have to walk over, but the red ones require you tapping the button a few times to blow them up til they pop. This can get you in trouble so you have to plan very well for it. You have to take in your surroundings.

It looks and feels super retro like I said even the classic chiptune reminded me of classic game soundtracks for that great era of video games. Lot of the music reminded me of classic gaming music like in Zelda 2 and Bubble Bobble. The colors are really bright and beautiful, and I could have seen this being a hit back in that era. There 8 worlds and 16 levels they all have unique map layouts and enemies so you are always adjusting to something new. There are also Balloon Fight type bonus levels where you must fly around popping balloons as well. This game just really took me back, and I loved every second with it. I love when Ratalaika delivers retro gold like this far more than I do the graphic novels. These are some of their best releases, and some of my favorite games this Gen. I look forward to more from them in the upcoming generation as well.

For my Achievement hunters it’s a must grab as well. It is a easy completion, and the ability to continue as much as you want will have you padding those gamer scores in no time. I think it took me around 30 minutes to complete this one. So it’s a must grab for those Achievement lovers, that want to raise their scores while not swiping away to much loot from their bank accounts. So the story to this one is you are an alien from a distant galaxy who is totally obsessed with blow up balloons. Having popped every last balloon on your home planet, now you must venture to other worlds in search of more balloons to pop. I don’t know how much that really matters in games like this really. It’s just a fun to play these games that are inspired by the classics and not have to spend a fortune to do so. One reason Ratalaika has been one my favorite Publishers this year. Filling up my collection with AWESOME modern retros that I can usually grab just using my Microsoft Rewards points their so affordable.

  • Pros:
  • Takes you back to a era of classics
  • Bright and colorful retro goodness
  • Soundtrack is a lot of fun and fits nicely
  • Affordable
  • Easy Achievements and trophies
  • Addicting fun
  • Cons:
  • May feel a little to inspired and like you been here before.
  • Kind of short, wish there was more levels and modes.

Overall: 7.8

This is one you can’t miss if you love modern retros, and easy achievements. One of the better Ratalaika games to date. If you loved classic Arcade and NES/Atari games, you will love “Tamiku”

The Suicide of Rachel Foster

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Developer: ONE-O-ONE GAMES
  • Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, XBOX, and Playstation 4
  • Release Date: 9/9/2020
  • Price: 19.99

I’m always excited to see games like this released and look forward to reviewing them. The FPS exploration of creepy places can really pull you in, and give you that uneasy feeling. Unfortunately this title doesn’t do that very much. It really fails to give you that vibe. There is a few times though, and when it does they are quality scares. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a quality experience though. It is a quite well delivered Mystery in my opinion. The quality of voice acting is stellar. It took me back to “FireWatch” and how I felt about that games voice acting talent. Even if I wasn’t scared as I would like to be playing a game like this. I was drawn in by the story, and the dialogue was so enjoyable. It’s full of moments that made me laugh, or took me back to the time period. Both voice actors did an outstanding job making you feel exactly what the story wanted you to in the moment. The story is entertaining, and you will enjoy it for most parts. It is kind of predictable, but still intriguing. You may figure it out early, but you will still want to wait around to be sure. It really gave me that “When a Stranger Calls” vibe. That is probably a reference to old for some of you, but if you haven’t seen it check it out. It’s a really excellent horror film.

You play as a woman returning to a hotel she grew up right after the death of her father. She returns there with bad memories from 10 years earlier when she left it after discovering her father had an affair with a girl the same age as her named Rachel Foster. Her and her mother rushed out of there, and she never returned. So after the death she returns to look the place over for her lawyer before putting it up on the market. The only thing is a horrible snow storm rolls in leaving her stuck there for awhile. This is where, and why the mystery begins as you discover people who say Rachel Foster is alive, and still inside the hotel. The story takes place in Lewis and Clark County in Helena Montana. I just love the loading screens with the post cards showing the area, and the opening scene traveling there in the snow. It really gives you a sense of the area, and location site. The hotel is huge, and even though you may not be able to explore every inch of it the size of it will keep you entertained for hours. You have a map, but it never really feels like it’s needed as the layout is pretty easy to learn. You will almost feel like you’ve been here before as you start to make your way around it with ease. there was times I really just felt I knew exactly where, and what I had to do next. Like I was actually a part of the story.

The game offers different dialogue choices, and options of ways to carry out your objective so i could see you playing this a couple times. i was happy enough with one play through though. Mainly because I had played the first several days over a couple times as my game didn’t save properly. I just finally left it up and running until I could return to be safe. That wasn’t the only issue i ran into either unfortunately. I noticed I wasn’t getting Achievements so I uninstalled and reinstalled still nothing. So I looked at stats and 0% of people had them so week after release , and still isn’t fixed. That is kind of a letdown, because after you spend that much time completing a game you really don’t want to have to go back through it just to get what you should have got the first time. Even if you enjoyed it there is a lot of new games coming out, and you hate to replay it as soon as you finished it. I’m sure this will be fixed, and I’ll return to it at a later date to collect them. This type of thing is usually fixed pretty quick though surprised to see it’s still a issue today.

I think it’s still worth your time though. At 19.99 I don’t mind a game that I only play a couple of times if it delivers a story I enjoy. I really enjoyed this story a lot. The characters and the location just really felt like I was a part of it. That is when you know the voice acting, story, and setting is quality when you feel like you are really there? When you get invested in it. I couldn’t wait to figure how it all played out, even if I had kind of figured it all out early. You want start to feel for the main character, and want things to turn out well for her. You really start to feel like it’s you, and this is your hotel. What else can you really ask for in a game like this? To be entertained, and pulled into it is a really successful outcome for a game in this genre. I recommend this to fans of what a lot of people call walking sims. Maybe not so much horror fans. It has it’s moments, but in the end it really satisfies the mystery and story lovers more.

  • PROS:
  • Beautiful location, and huge are to explore.
  • Excellent voice acting.
  • Quality story that draws you in.
  • Loved the 90’s retro environment
  • Some hilarious dialogue.
  • CONS:
  • Achievements still don’t work week after release.
  • Game saves buggy had to restart several times.
  • Story is predictable.
  • Doesn’t really feel like horror, more of a mystery.
  • Overall Impression:
  • 7.5

The Suicide of Rachel Foster all though a little buggy on console at the moment is still quite entertaining. It falls a little short when it comes to scares, but does so much more than that. It really draws you in, and makes you feel like this is your story. You won’t find much better voice acting than this. The characters and their delivery is really the selling point in this one. They deliver a experience you’re sure to enjoy.

“Minoria Review”

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Developer: Bombservice
  • Publisher: DANGEN Entertainment
  • Platforms: Switch, XBOX, PC, Playstation
  • Price: $19.99
  • Release Date: 9/10/2020

The story takes place in Ramezia, and the hero is Sister Semilla a Nun that in the time of the fourth Witch War. A time when The Sacred Office, a powerful organization is set out on destroying and purging all Witches. Any one taking part in Ceremonies against the laws of the Church are considered Witches, and the missionaries/sisters Semilla and Fran must purify them. The story inspired by the history of medieval Europe, and is sort of a sequel to Momodora from Bombservice. They have a lot of similarities in their styles. So if you enjoyed it you are more than likely going to enjoy this as well.

The first thing you notice the game is just so beautiful. The style is made up from hand painted 2-D art with Cel-shading. It just pops as you make your way through each area. The environments vary so much across the huge map. It never looks repetitive, from snow covered landscapes to ones covered in beautiful flower gardens. Dark Dungeons to amazing castle walls with unbelievable moonlit skies in the background. It is just such a treat for the eyes. The music is outstanding as well. It really adds to the action, and panic of the boss battles. It also sets the mood for the environments as well. To say it’s very enjoyable is a under statement, and it’s just another perfect addition among many positives for this title. Might as well get used to it I’m going to be praising this game from start of the review to the finish.

Maybe one of my favorite things about Minoria is the combat, and the controls. It is just spot on and smooth. Every attack and jump is flawless and fun. There are also magic casting, parrying, and dodging mechanics as well. They all really mesh well into some unforgettable combat moments, and battles with bosses. The dodge roll feels so good as you bounce around from left to right of your enemy. It is all really easy to learn, but will take some work to master. There are a lot of people who have though the internet is loaded with no damage runs. It’s really fun to watch people do this, and see how they approach every situation. There are tons of attacks you can learn as well from a double jump attack to a charged one. Timing is everything with these moves. You will find these as well as new weapons and magic spells along the way. Some of them are really well hidden as “Minoria” is full of hidden areas and secrets. They are fun to find, and you can even find a spell that will alert you when you are near one. They will also help you find the collectible journal pages as well. The weapons all are different and have unique attack styles and perks. So exploration is a must , and a blast. It’s one of those games where as you level up and learn you get special abilities that let you reach areas you couldn’t before. That means there is a little back tracking , but it’s just so much fun doing so. Getting to see what new enemy types, and what else lies ahead.

With all the things I’ve already praised, I have to say the Bosses are my favorite. There are a lot of them to. They all have very different attack styles and patterns and it is a blast figuring them out. It can be super challenging, and you may even have to use different spells and perks to get past some of them. Like there are perks where you take 20% less damage, or ones that regenerate portions of health that can be really useful in these fights, and other stressful situations. The most important spells in my opinion though are the health ones over the attacking ones, especially until you learn the combat and defense. You might lose a few battles, but the save points are generous. You will make your way back, and get the victory if you continue to grind it out and learn. These checkpoints are generous on the map as well, so you won’t have to do a lot of things and find a lot of things over. I can honestly say I only had to go retrieve a item I had found and died shortly after a couple of times. The game isn’t easy, but it’s a lot more fun then stressful. For you gluttons for punishment can restart the game right after finishing it with a perk that makes you die with one hit. I know a lot of gamers will enjoy that. You can also use fast travel after beating it to retrieve any items or collectibles you might have missed, and you Achievement/Trophy hunters will enjoy that.

So i guess we will end it here. There is only so much your gonna read of me singing Minoria’s praises anyways. I hope I got my point across though just how special this game is. I played it all in one sitting in about 9 to 10 hours. It can be done a lot quicker though around 4 to 5 hours, but I wanted to 100% it. I just couldn’t stop playing it, and i think most gamers will feel the same. Especially fans of retrolike/Indie arcade titles. The game play is so addictive, and the sights and sounds are just so perfect and beautiful. I guarantee you won’t regret grabbing this one. It’s a amazing title that is so unforgettable. It is sure to find a permanent spot in your heart., and in your favorites in that video game library you hold so dear.

  • Beautiful hand drawn art work.
  • The music is perfection.
  • Smooth and flawless combat and controls.
  • Quality and interesting story.
  • Adorable characters.
  • Epic Boss battles.
  • One of those games, where I can’t find a single issue or complaint. LOVED it.

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

Minoria is a can’t miss in my opinion. If you’re a fan of games like “Shovel Knight”, “Shantae”, or “Bloodstained” Minoria is the same level of quality and fun. Add this one to your collection, and thank me later.

Bounty Battle Review (Sort of)

Hate to really hold this bad launch against a great Publisher like Merge games. So let’s come back to it in a couple weeks, when I clear some time and after the updates. As of right now though it’s really unplayable. Watch the video below for an explanation. AS of right now I will give it a score I owe it to the pages followers, and to the publisher that provided the code. So as of now it’s only a 6 out of 10. You can see the potential there, and Merge has a history of delivering, so let’s come back to it when they do.

“Deleveled” Review

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Developer: Toasterfuel Games
  • Publisher: The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
  • Platforms: Switch, Playstation, XBOX, PC
  • Release Date: 9-10-20
  • Price” $7.99

Deleveled isn’t just one of those basic puzzlers involving squares, and strange patterns. It’s actually a super original concept that brings something really fresh to the puzzling genre. The idea is really simplistic. To a point where it is kind of hard to write a super extended review about it. It is basically Get to switches or buttons what ever you want to call them with the top and bottom blocks. It is really easy to explain , but not as easy to master. Some of the layouts can really confuse you, and test your mental capacity. The main reason there is no jump button. The blocks move based on momentum. You really only use the left stick to move them across the platforms. The jumping is done by the blocks crashing against the floors below them. If the blocks go off that floor, and hit each other it’s instant failure. If the blocks don’t line up, and have a large bounce between them more than likely it’s a fail as well. There are some puzzles where jumping isn’t a key factor so it’s able to still win, but for the most part you will need to keep the momentum going.

There are 10 different worlds adding up to a whopping 120 levels. So at 7.99 Deleveled is going to keep you entertained for some time. You would think that it would start to feel repetitive, but each world introduces a new mechanic that keeps it fresh. You may start to feel you’ve got the hang of it, and have it mastered and then they throw a new element at you. They even throw some secrets, challenges, and bonus material at you as well. Even when you do finish it , and start to know your way around it you will want to complete the challenges and try to beat each level without death. I could see speed runners wanting to do this as well, as race for times on it. It really feels like one of those games that people will make super competitive, and battle awhile for times. I can see the world record speed and no death videos popping up on Youtube already. That is exciting to me when a game knows how to keep the player coming back even after they have finished it. That is a special development team, and a special game in my opinion.

I couldn’t finish this review without covering the sights and sounds of the title. Yes it isn’t much to look at. It looks quite simplistic, but don’t let that fool you. Anyone one remember “Thomas was Alone”? It was a game about just blocks that was really quite special. “Deleveled” is quite special as well. I’m not saying it is on level with “Thomas was Alone” that was a really special game to me, and maybe one of my top 100 games of all times. It was such a heart warming story, with top notch narration. Maybe some the best voice acting in a game ever. Deleveled might be one of the best puzzlers ever though. It is really special as in it delivers a really original concept. I’ve never played another puzzler like it, and if you know of any like it let me know. It was super unique to me. You aren’t going to care at all what it looks like when you start trying to solve its challenging puzzles. That alone won’t keep you entertained though, the music is going to grab you as well. It is super addictive, and fun. I was hooked on hearing the next song so many times that it kept me going. I can’t put into words just how fun the soundtrack for this game is. As soon as it starts you will notice that, and to the very end you will be humming and nodding your head along.

  • Soundtrack is AMAZING
  • A really original idea/concept in puzzling
  • Great for Speed running and No Death runs
  • Tons of content and bonus material
  • Affordable fun
  • Not so great to look at very simplistic.
  • Would have enjoyed some sort competitive mode for Coop or Vs.

Overall Impression: 8.5 A really superb and excellent puzzling experience that even though it’s a simple idea. It keeps you coming back over and over again to master it.

“Hotshot Racing”

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Developer: SUMO Digital/Lucky Mountain Games
  • Publisher: Curve Digital
  • Release Date: 9/10/2020
  • Price: 19.99
  • Platforms: XBOX, Switch, Playstation, PC

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Hotshot Racing caught my eye from the announcement of it’s upcoming release. In my teen years I spent a lot of time with “Daytona Racing” at the Arcades and on the Sega Saturn. I loved everything about it from it’s art style, to it’s incredible music. “Hotshot Racing” really captured everything I loved about it, and a heck of a lot more. So many more game modes, vehicles, and characters that i really don’t know where to start. That isn’t my only struggle though, I don’t want to work on this review because that means I’m not playing it. It’s that hard to step away from especially if you have people to play it with you. There are a ton of modes, and it’s just a blast to play with friends. It’s even fun playing with people you don’t even know. The game has couch and online multiplayer so the best of both worlds. Let’s just start with the modes I guess. Sounds a good a place as any.

My favorite mode of course is the standard Grand Prix where you can choose from one of the 8 Hotshots and one of their four vehicles. Keiko, Xing, Mike, Alexa, Aston, Toshiro, Marcus and Viktor all have four different cars , and lifestyles. When you win a cup with one of them it delivers a little story cut scene about them and why they are trying to be the best racer in the world. It’s a blast to listen to so make sure you don’t skip it. Each character has their own sayings and stuff while racing. Some really funny and enjoyable lines that are hard to forget. You can also upgrade their cars with money you get for winning. So you can make the cars and drivers look a ton of different ways. You don’t have to be greedy it’s easy to make money so spend away. My second favorite mode would have to be Cops and Robbers. Yous tart the race with the cops chasing you, and as they catch each racer they are converted to Cops as well until there is just one. It makes for some really intense action.This mode is a multiplayer’s dream as the fun just never ends, and winning feels so good. There is also a Drive or Explode mode where you have a set speed you can’t drop below or you explode. Reminds me of the movie speed or the vehicle missions on GTA 5. There is also Quick races, Drifting, and boosting modes to help improve those skills. When you drift in this game your boost goes up, you can pocket up to 5 and then you stop gaining them so best to use them wisely. All these modes make the game really addicting, and it never feels repetitive at all. Each mode is available in single-player, four-player split-screen and eight-player online, while Time Trial is single-player only. Single-player modes run at a blistering 60FPS to deliver one of the fastest depictions of racing possible. There are also online Leaderboards for you people who like to compare times against other racers and friends. I’m sure you will find me there.

The looks and sounds really give you that 90’s Arcade racer feel. It looks and feels a lot like “Daytona” but a lot more in depth. There are a lot more bright and colorful areas. Take in coastal, jungle, alpine and Las Vegas desert environments, with each course modeled with the most vivid colors and blue skies for miles. It is just beautiful to look, and I love how much the environments change race by race. The music is top quality as well. I really enjoyed a lot of the songs that played along the way. I just enjoyed everything about this game from start to finish, and have a hard time finding anything negative to say about it. If you love racing games like I do I’ll find it hard to believe if you don’t enjoy this one as well. It just does everything right. The way it looks and sounds, to all the different choices of environments, racers, and cars. All the really unique and different modes, as well as ability to play with who you want to either at home or online. It’s hard to not enjoy all that.

I really hope to hear from some of you on this one, and maybe throw together some races. Would be a lot of fun to actually find more people to enjoy this one. I always love “Curve Digital” games, but this might actually be my new favorite of their releases. So grab it , and give me a shout in the comments, and maybe we can make a lobby. Or if you see me on the track give me a holla in the messages either way will be fun to see others enjoying it as much as I have. This might be the most fun racer I’ve played in 2020. There is just so much to do on it, and everything was thrown together just perfectly.

  • Captures perfectly a generation of classic racing titles.
  • The Environments are so bright and colorful and feels so 90’s
  • Smooth racing controls, and easy to get the hang of.
  • So many modes to enjoy with friends or alone.
  • So many awesome characters and vehicles.
  • One con is I have to come up with something negative about this one.
  • I guess one would be it’s a small title so I don’t have more people to play with maybe? I had a blast I can’t think of anything to put here to be honest.
Do yourself a favor , and just grab this one…
Video Review

WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Platforms: XBOX, Playstation,PC, Switch
  • Release Date: 9/8/2020
  • Publisher: Nacon
  • Developer: KT Racing
  • Price: 49.99

I was really excited when I received this to review. If you love racing games you know the history of KT Racing and Nacon (formerly Big Ben Interactive) and quality simulation racing. “TT Isle Of Man Ride on the Edge 2” and the “WRC” series have been some of the best Racing sims to date. Nacon seem to have a plan of just the kind of games they want to put out there. They have been on a roll with quality Sports Sims. “OverPass”, “Hunting Simulator 2”, and “Monster Truck Championship” have been huge surprises. I think I was actually addicted to “Hunting Simulator 2” I had to uninstall it for a bit to get to my other reviews. So best believe when i saw “WRC 9” pop up in my email I was in a hurry to install it.

It was exactly what i expected to. A really good quality racing sim. It isn’t your typical racing game so i could see that being a turn off for some players. I could see it being way to realistic. It isn’t one of those racers where you never let off the gas. The key to success is actually maintaining a steady pace. It is much easier to control the car when not hitting the gas to much and over accelerating. You are also in battles against the clock more than other racers. Yes you are battling their times, but you don’t share a track with them while doing so. So for some people that might take away from the 1 on 1 battles, and sharing paint. The race with your self , and improvement is exciting to me. I love trying to keep my car on the track, and improve times. You have tons of was to compete from Career, Clubs, and even online events. You can even split screen with some one in your home. So let’s talk about the game modes.

There are Clubs to make online events that you can customize to play with friends online. There are Online events to battle other users on the leader boards. Single races when you just want to practice or run a race or two. To me though the meat and potatoes is in the Career mode. It is really in depth and feels like you are part of a real life WRC team. You hire a complete crew mechanics, doctors, and so much more. They can get fatigued and leave your crew, you also have to watch things like morale as well. I was so surprised with all I had to keep track of. Even leveling up and making upgrades. Choices that can greatly determine the whole outcome of your season. The season is also loaded with events. You can even take days off for rest. There are 100 special stages to take part in. There are Extreme weather events where its rainy, windy, and even dark. There’s classic event with classic vehicles or locations. There is over 15 classic cars that you will get to take out on to the tracks. They all handle and feel very different. Career will keep you busy for hours and hours. I really enjoyed it. You can play it for days , and never really feel like there is much repetition. They spread it all out wonderfully so it stays feeling fresh. I would loved if they would have done even more with it like cut scenes. Maybe in the future. I would loved to have had conversations with your Crew and Team Leaders as you come up in the league. I think there is just so much you could do with it. You do have some communication in emails or texts, but would have been fun to really dive into my character and WRC circuit more. Would been a great way to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes. Don’t take that wrong it’s loaded with stuff to do, and a blast to play. Just feel it could get even better, and maybe introduce some young fans to the sport.

So let’s talk about the sights and sounds a little bit before we finish up. The stages are gorgeous, and cover so many different types of terrain. From snow covered country roads to the sunny fields in Kenya. It’s just so beautiful to look at, and you will find yourself crashing at times trying to take in your environment. The music is also quite enjoyable. I never really heard the same songs to much. The cars also sound really realistic as well. The GPS or Guy talking to you can get annoying, but he does deliver some useful information if you happen to not be looking at the pop ups during your race. It’s very important to pay attention to these any ways because like I said earlier it can be a challenge to stay on the track at first while you are learning the ropes. The game can be challenging, but the difficulty can be adjusted and putting the effort to get the hang of it is very rewarding and fun. It isn’t a huge upgrade over the previous installments, but that is hard to do when the others were top quality as well. I really can’t wait to see and play this on the new consoles in the near future.

  • Beautiful locations.
  • Realistic feeling vehicles and racing.
  • Really in depth Career mode.
  • Online modes to battle friends and other online racers.
  • May be to challenging or realistic for common racing fans.
  • Not a lot different added from previous installments.
  • Would like to see the career expanded on to teach more about the sport.

Overall Impression:

WRC 9 is the most realistic way to experience World Rally Championship going into the next Generation of consoles. It looks and feels beautiful already on the XBOX One and PS4, but can’t imagine seeing it in November on the new Hardware. If you love realistic Rally’s “WRC 9” is a must add to your racing game collection.

“Mask of Mists”

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Publisher: SometimesYou
  • Developer: 9 Eyes Game Studio
  • Platforms: Steam, Xbox, Playstation, Switch
  • Release Date: 9/2/2020
  • Price:14.99 Pre-order: 11.99

In “Mask Of Mists” you play as a Mercenary on a quest to find a missing Archmage that went missing from the Academy. He hasn’t responded or returned while doing research in the Depths of the infected lands. An area full of creatures from the Abyss. You start out unarmed and must find a weapon as well as other items to craft things to aid you on your adventure. You will find Swords and Guns as well as finding things to create Bombs, Healing potions, and so much more. The view is first person so you feel like you are right there in the Quest at times. It really gave me a “Fable” meets “Slime Rancher” type vibe. The art style is just quality like those, and the soundtrack is excellent as well. I even got a little Zelda feel from it as well with it’s exploration, puzzles, traps, and hidden areas. There is just so much to discover on your quest, and I felt like I was hooked really quick. I actually sat down and finished it in one sitting. Taking me around 3 to 4 hours to 100% it.

It has some really easy Achievements/Trophies for you hunters out there. I never had to look a single one up. I got them all my first play through. That is something known for SometimesYou published games though. Affordable and an easy completion. The game isn’t super challenging at all. There are plenty of health items, and the enemies don’t really respawn. You can always tell if you’ve been to a area this way. Most of the difficulty comes from the puzzles. They aren’t going to make you give up on your adventure though. I think I only struggled with a couple of them. It feels really good to solve them and hear your path open up as well or see your new item there before you. I love games that have this type of exploration as well. Where you have to find certain items to open up new areas in your quest. I also enjoy these games not full of cut scenes, and people talking your ear off. The quest is laid out in clues that you must figure out on your own. There is something satisfying about this to me.

I really can’t express how much this one caught me by surprise. I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I did. I literally couldn’t step away from it. Every time I found a new sword, gun, or item I couldn’t wait to try it out or figure out how it was used. It wasn’t super difficult to figure out either. I think maybe twice I got stuck once on a puzzle with gemstones, and the other finding the last mask. It’s not a game that is going to stress you out. You will figure it out if you keep looking and trying things. The are isn’t huge,but it makes you think about how to get to the next location. The Dungeons aren’t huge, but there is six of them as well as a few caves. It isn’t a huge game, but for the price you get a lot.

So before we end this let me just tell you why I loved this so much. I will even tell you a couple things I didn’t love as well. I love how it looks. Like i said it really gave me a Slime Rancher art style. Cartoon like. Really bright and colorful. I loved the music, I found myself just letting it play while I wrote this review. I really enjoyed all the music, but the music in your home base I especially enjoyed. I loved the exploration it really feels like a Zelda game in this area. Solving puzzles, blowing up and finding hidden walls, using potions, and just in so many other ways the exploration takes me back to the NES/SNES Zelda titles. The combat and controls are so smooth and quick and the Adventure is so much fun. I really felt like I was playing a FPS Fable , and I’m not talking about the Kinect version lol. Your quest is just so enjoyable and addictive that it’s hard to sit down the controller. It’s also so much fun you will probably come back to it at a later date as well.

So I promised some Cons. I might have lied to you, because there isn’t a lot I didn’t enjoy about it. It’s taking a lot of thinking to come up with something bad to say about this. I guess you could say things like it is short, or maybe to easy but really it isn’t considering the price point for it. 3 to 4 Hours with replay value and a ton of fun just doesn’t sound bad to me at all. I really , really had a good time with this title. I hope to see more from these Developers, and wouldn’t mind more from this same world. I’d love to go on another Adventure designed by 9 Eye Games, and hopefully I do soon

  • Beautiful World to explore.
  • Smooth controls and combat
  • Tons of puzzles and hidden areas
  • Just a really fun Adventure
  • Addicting exploration and game play
  • World is kind of small.
  • Enemies can feel repetitive.
  • Some might feel it’s short.

I’m not saying it is as good as Fable or Zelda don’t get me wrong. I’m just saying there is a lot of things I loved about this game that i also enjoyed about those classics. I really did enjoy my time with it, and I think you will to. It is an Adventure you can finish in a evening, and will want to return back to it again at a later date. I see a lot of people doing the same as me, and starting and finishing this the same day. That is okay in my opinion some times we don’t want to invest days and days into a game. Some times we want an unforgettable journey we can 100% after dinner and before bed. That is what “Masks of Mists” delivers. I know I won’t forget my time with it.