Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Final Thoughts - The Division [PlayStation 4]

Title: The Division
Genre: Online Third Person Shooter
Developer: Massive Entertainment
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Platform played on: PlayStation 4
Available on: PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One
Completion Status: Finished campaign
Trophy Status: 35 of 51

Source: psnprofiles.com
The Division is a multiplayer online third-person shooter from Ubisoft and during the first few weeks at launch, I played with a group of my friends and we enjoyed it quite a bit until we started to play outside the group and the difficult scaling was causing issues. In the end, we did end up completing the campaign together though.

The premise of the game is that you are a division agent and you were deployed to New York City due to an outbreak that occurred here, your job is to setup base camp and find out what happened here.

At the beginning, your base is very empty. The base itself is divided into three logical areas (security, medical, and technology) which you need to gather points in order to expand on the abilities of those areas, you do this by completing missions of the specific type. Once you have enough points, you go back to base and you unlock new sections which gives you new abilities.

Missions are divided into main missions and side missions. Main mission will progress the story and the side missions are to gain experience, points, and other items.

The map is divided into boroughs, each with their own suggested levels to play through them, and then a camp which you can use to fast travel to, allowing you to navigate quickly when you are on the opposite side of the map. Each of the camps will have vendors as well as a new set of missions and side missions for that borough.

Rinse and repeat until you finish the game.

When you have gotten far enough, you can enter the Dark Zone which is where PvP (player vs player) happens. Outside the Dark Zone it is just PvE (player vs enemies). In the Dark Zone, there is a separate currency that is maintained, the drops for loot are better and it is more difficult in general. It is fun if you have a group to play with, however, if you are on your own, it is quite difficult to achieve anything in here in my opinion.

By the time we stopped playing, they had added a new patch which changed the game completely and it was causing issues with the game so I guess I am glad that we finished when we did. It was fun while it lasted but it did not have a long lasting addiction that I thought it might have, maybe because we don't play PvP games much. At this point in time, I assume that it might be worth while to wait for a price drop since it has been out for awhile and if you are new, it is hard to start playing with friends that you have who are higher level since the missions will balance enemy difficulty based on an average of the group's level.

Come back next Wednesday for my Final Thoughts on SkyForce Reloaded for Android.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Final Thoughts - Bonza [Android]

Title: Bonza National Geographic
Genre: Puzzle
Developer: MiniMega
Publisher: MiniMega
Release Date: June 18, 2015
Platform played on: Android Phone [Samsung Galaxy S7]
Available on: Android, iOS
Completion Status: Never ends
Trophy Status: N/A

Source: bonzapuzzles.com
This is a fun puzzle game that I discovered and I thought it is great. Imagine crossword puzzles but for people who don't need to know random facts (at least in my opinion). You begin each puzzle with a clue, and this clue is related to all the answers to puzzle. It is very similar to the original game Bonza, but with a National Geographic theme to all the puzzles.

Source: bonzapuzzles.com
As per the image above, the clue is 'eye of the ...' and now, with the puzzle pieces, you need to form words that are related to this.

Source: bonzapuzzles.com
And the image above is the end result. So you see that you would create something that looks like a crossword.

Source: bonzapuzzles.com

The above is an example of a new type of puzzle where the clue is actually a picture instead of a phrase.

Source: bonzapuzzles.com

The above is another example of a new type of puzzle in this version of the game which is an actual jigsaw puzzle and I like these because it changes the gameplay up a little bit and I feel that there is a bit of less thinking involved.

The game is free to play and while there are puzzles that are locked behind actual money, there are puzzles that are unlocked with coins. When you complete a puzzle, you get coins and you can use those to unlock more puzzles. Every day, there is a new puzzle and these are free to play in case you get stuck on some existing puzzles.

I highly enjoy this game and I think it is a lot of fun. Give it a try since it is free.

Come back next Wednesday for my Final Thoughts on The Division for PlayStation 4.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Final Thoughts - Bonza [Android]

Title: Bonza National Geographic
Genre: Puzzle
Developer: MiniMega
Publisher: MiniMega
Release Date: March 20, 2014
Platform played on: Android Phone [Samsung Galaxy S7]
Available on: Android, iOS
Completion Status: Never ends
Trophy Status: N/A

Source: bonzapuzzles.com
This is a fun puzzle game that I discovered and I thought it is great. Imagine crossword puzzles but for people who don't need to know random facts (at least in my opinion). You begin each puzzle with a clue, and this clue is related to all the answers to puzzle. It is very similar to the original game Bonza, but with a National Geographic theme to all the puzzles.

Source: bonzapuzzles.com
As per the image above, the clue is 'eye of the ...' and now, with the puzzle pieces, you need to form words that are related to this.

Source: bonzapuzzles.com
And the image above is the end result. So you see that you would create something that looks like a crossword.

The game is free to play and while there are puzzles that are locked behind actual money, there are puzzles that are unlocked with coins. When you complete a puzzle, you get coins and you can use those to unlock more puzzles. Every day, there is a new puzzle and these are free to play in case you get stuck on some existing puzzles.

I highly enjoy this game and I think it is a lot of fun. Give it a try since it is free. If you enjoy this one, give the sequel Bonza National Geographic a try.

Come back next Wednesday for my Final Thoughts on Bonza National Geographic for Android.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Final Thoughts - Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair [PlayStation Vita]

Title: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Genre: Visual Novel
Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: NIS America
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Platform played on: PlayStation Vita,
Available on: PlayStation Vita, Windows PC
Completion Status: Finished
Trophy Status: 29 of 47

Source: psnprofiles.com
The sequel to Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, I was excited to play this game since I thought that the first game was unique and very interesting in story and concept. This game is directly tied to the first game, so my advice is, play the first game before this one and you will appreciate it more.

In Danganronpa 2, you are a student who is invited to an island trip and you discover that it is actually a trap and you are now part of a game. The game is, you are stuck on this island, in order to get off the island, you need to murder a fellow student and get away with it. Once the murder has happened, a trial takes place and if the murderer is not accused of the murder, they are free to go and everyone else dies. If the murderer is accused, the murderer dies and the game continues for the remaining students.

In the game, you wander around, meet up with students and just explore the world, much like point-and-click adventures games in the past. You never actually commit murders, they always seem to take place and your job is to find clues after it happens, and then you need to determine who committed the murder and explain how it happened.

It plays the same as the previous games, however, the trials are a bit different and in my opinion, they were changed for the worse. I found that the games were too difficult and just not really fun in my mind. It was more stressful and annoying than it should have been because I liked the difficulty in the previous game. I hope that the next game will fix these. Also, some of the contradictions were really obtuse and I actually had to find an FAQ to determine the answer.

I was happy to learn how it ties to the first game and I am interested in seeing how the next game works. I have no issue suggesting the game to someone who enjoyed the first game, however, you will notice that it follows a similar flow, however, it gets explained in the end and I thought it was really smart how they do this. I am looking forward to the next game, but I do strongly suggest that you should play the first game before this one.

Come back next Wednesday for my Final Thoughts on Bonza for Android.

Month In Review - May 2016

Here's what I played in May 2016:


Tap Adventure, I still play this a bit and I can't really say why I do. You don't really need to play often to progress, in fact, it seems better for you to just play once a day since you get showered with coins for when you were away. I thought I would drop this quicker, but it really doesn't require any attention from me when I play, so when I'm watching something, sometimes I turn it on and just tap away.

Source: psnprofiles.com
Danganronpa 2, I have finished the game and I feel that it concluded really well. I was disappointed with how it flowed just like the previous game, however this gets explained later in the game. I highly suggest it as long as you play the previous game first because it is directly linked to the previous game.

Source: spryfox.com
Bushido Bear, this is another mobile game that I downloaded and tried, but for some reason, it doesn't quite click with me as much as their previous game, Alphabear.

Source: bonzapuzzles.com
Bonza, a mobile game that I learned about recently and I am hooked. Imagine if you complete a crossword puzzle and all the answers are linked to one clue. This end result is now cut up into pieces and your job is to match the puzzle pieces so that they form the completed crossword puzzle. It is a bit hard to put into words, but it is fairly straight forward when you play the game. The game is free to play with no ads in it at all (not when you load the game, finish a level, etc), the only ad that appears is a video if you decide that you are stuck on a puzzle and request a hint. There are daily puzzles as well as puzzle packs that you can purchase with actual money or in-game in coins which you gain as you complete levels. I play it almost everyday and it is quite enjoyable, some of the clues are overly obtuse though, so you may need a hint on those to understand what the crossword is actually about. If you like word puzzles, I think this is a fun game to try.

Source: bonzapuzzles.com
Bonza National Geographic, another mobile game which is the successor to Bonza but with National Geographic theme to it, so it tends to be more outdoors or nature based clues and puzzles. As well, they also have jigsaw puzzles as levels to change things up a little bit. I play this daily as well and it is just as fun as the original Bonza.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Final Thoughts - Kingdom Rush [Android]

Title: Kingdom Rush
Genre: Tower Defense
Developer: Ironhide Game Studio
Publisher: Armor Games
Release Date: 2011
Platform played on: Android Phone [Samsung Galaxy S7]
Available on: Android, iOS, Windows PC
Completion Status: 90%
Trophy Status: N/A

Source: kingdomrush.com
Kingdom Rush is one of the top tower defense games for mobile and I think it is for good reason. Originally it was a paid game, however, now that the company has a few of these games available, they have changed the payment model for the first game (Kingdom Rush) to be free-to-play with mobile ads for revenue. I assume the change has to do with how old it is by now and they were not making much money off of it through paid sales.

Source: kingdomrush.com
Kingdom Rush is a tower defense game, in these types of games, you fight enemies that come in waves and you need to place static defense along the path that the enemy waves walk down and you hope to defeat everything before it reaches the end. If the enemy reaches the end, you lose life and when you run out of life, you lose. You begin with a set amount of currency and you gain more by beating enemies as well as clearing waves. With the currency, you can place new towers, as well as upgrade them. Each tower does a certain thing, so it is good to try and experiment with the towers to see what works best for you.

Source: kingdomrush.com
The graphics are nice and from what I remember, the music is okay too (I tend to turn off all music for all mobile games I play). There are several basic towers as well as specialized towers as well that have branching paths once you reach its maximum level. Also, you command hero units that can turn the tide of battle in the event that you have bad tower placement or types on the field.

I really enjoyed this game and I am glad that they were able to make two successful sequels to this (Origins and Frontier) and I can easily suggest that you try this one since it is free and try the other ones as well if you like this one since they are the same formula, but they change it enough that it stays fresh with new towers and enemies.

Come back next Wednesday for my Final Thoughts on Danganronpa 2 for PlayStation Vita.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Final Thoughts - Tap Adventure [Android]

Title: Tap Adventure
Genre: Tap-a-thon
Developer: Kongregate
Publisher: Kongregate
Release Date: December 12, 2015
Platform played on: Android Phone [Samsung Galaxy S7]
Available on: Android, iOS
Completion Status: Never-ending
Trophy Status: N/A


Tap Adventure, I call these types of games tap-a-thons for mobile platforms. The goal is simple, whenever you tap, you deal damage, and... that's all you need to know.

With each tap, you do damage to the enemies on the screen at the time, when they die, you get coins which you are use to either upgrade your own damage, recruit new minions, or upgrade your minions. You do this until, well, the end, which I haven't reached yet.

Source: itunes
Each level is divided into 10 waves, each wave ends with a boss called the commander which is stronger than your normal enemies and after 10 waves, you fight the epic boss, which is a stronger version of the commander. When you beat the commander, you are transported to a new area. Rinse and repeat.

Each minion that you recruit will attack automatically on its own and you can upgrade their attack and life. Upgrades cost coins and each upgrade increases all subsequent upgrade cost. The upgrades give your recruits abilities that are passive as well as some that are active (one per recruit) which you can active while in combat, they range from attacks to heal spells. Each of these active abilities will have a timer, so that it restricts how often you can use them.

Source: itunes
Occasionally, chests are dropped that require keys to unlock and you begin with a small amount of them. As you progress through the game, you get to the point where you run out of keys but you will keep getting chests. You will hit a point where you have the ability to 'Time Loop' which will reset everything back to 0, but you will gain keys and rune stones which you can use to buy/upgrade relics which are items that have passive abilities for everyone, this ranges from DPS increase to coin increases. So, you see that there is a lot to it while at the same time, there isn't much to the game.

As a bonus, while you are away from the game, coins are collected on your behalf, so you can leave the game for awhile and come back and collect a lot of coins for upgrades. The ads in this game are not intrusive and don't happen that often. The ads themselves are usually links to games that Kongregate released, so I have no issues with them. In-app purchases are present, but unnecessary in my opinion and don't really add much to the game.

Source: itunes
I thought I would have dropped this game awhile ago, but for some reason, I keep coming back for a little bit, it might have to do with how little I need to pay attention in order to get something out of the game. Free-to-play, so give it a shot. There are several games that are like this and I'm sure if you like this one, there are tons more for you to try out.

Come back next Wednesday for my Final Thoughts on Kingdom Rush for Android.