What I did to celebrate Halloween in 2018

Good Monday everyone! For anyone that knows me, I love Halloween. I love the aesthetic, the dressing up, the movies that come out. I don’t like really scary things or knocking on people’s doors expecting food, but I do love the effort people put in to Halloween-ify their houses. Because I was with @sebonthesilvermountain this week we did some stuff together. Below is an amalgamation of the things we did together to celebrate. Without further ado… here we go!

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During the day we went to the ‘St. Albans BID’ event in town. We went a bit later than everyone else to avoid some of the crowds, but it seemed well attended. It was really nice to see people dressing up and enjoying themselves.

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The cover art shows how crazy this game is – Lust for Darkness, Movie Games Lunarium, 2018

Lust for Darkness

Who doesn’t like dark mythos imbued with cults all around sex. I did enjoy this game but the ending was really meh. To me it’s like they spent all their money early on  and then had to rush it. The story was interesting though. Jonathon has to save his wife Amanda from a sex-cult where she’s been “held prisoner” for a year. There are weird demon things and lots of death and killing. It’s worth a play for a couple hours. Obviously it’s 300% NSFW and 18+ so no kids please!

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Lucius is as evil as he looks – Lucius, Shiver Games, 2012

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Who doesn’t love being the son of the devil, riding your trike around your house and mercilessly killing people? Lucius (so far at least) is a really fun game. It’s some stealth, some magic, some mystery and a whole lot of fun. Did I mention riding around your whole house on a trike? It’s worth the few £ that it is on steam at the moment.

 

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Sabrina on her birthday – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix, 2018

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

#TBT last week when I reviewed the first two episodes of Sabrina. Well, I finished it finally and let me say – I loved it. Like I said last week, there were some pushy bits of agenda, but in the end I really liked what happened to the characters. I look forward to season 2!

 

Alas, Halloween is done for another year. I wonder what the next one will have in store for me!

What did you do to celebrate Halloween? Did you have a good time? Leave a comment down below and tell me! 

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RIP Telltale, 2004-2018

Hello, and good Monday to everyone! This week has been busy for me, and so I’ve not watched anything really. But there has been stuff to talk about that I want to discuss with you. It won’t be a long post but I think it will be a sad one. I cried about this when it first came out, believe it or not. I’m sure that literally everyone in the gaming (and probably every other) community knows what’s happening here, but let’s just dive right into it.

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Game of Thrones, Borderlands, The Wolf Among us and The Walking Dead – Telltale Games, 2004-2018

In a very sudden, and almost tragic, turn of events – Telltale is shutting down. It’s come pretty out of the blue. And I have to say – the way it’s been handled is pretty awful.
Early in the weekend this press release arrived on the internet:
Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners.   “It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.”

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The Wolf Among us, Tales from the Borderlands and The Walking Dead – Telltale, 2004-2018

These 250 employees were given no notice. No severance pay was given to any of them. Some of them were hired a week ago. One poor guy moved across the States to work here. Their health insurance only lasts one more week. According to an ex-dev, Emily Grace Buck, these people were working for pittance, doing over time for free and working paycheck  to paycheck. She has also confirmed that –
They will not be completing the last season of The Walking Dead. There is no news on those customers who have brought the season pass getting their money back, or at least partial refunds. This will be interesting – what happens when people purchase a season pass and it never gets fulfilled? This will set president for new season passes, and what happens when a company goes bust before completing it. Everything has been cancelled, other than the Netflix show for Minecraft: Story Mode.

Without a shadow of a doubt, this has been an awful situation, and handled very badly. The fact that they were hiring last week actually sickens me. I am shocked, however, that things seemed to go from fine to awful in 24 hours. I am interested to see how this all turns out.
Like I said in the intro, I am very upset about this. The Telltale games were some of my favourites, and I will hold them all dear to my heart. There have been 2 I have spoken about on here; Batman and The Guardians of The Galaxy, but I also loved every other one I had played. I am kind of glad I haven’t brought The Walking Dead past the 1st season (I was waiting till the final ended, and getting a pack of them to binge). We shall just have to see what happens.

Have you heard about all of this? What are your thoughts? Which were your favourite, and least favourite, Telltale games? Leave a comment down below.

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‘We get many letters asking, “Can I fight like Oni?” No, no you cannot! … Sorry.’ – Agents of Mayhem, 2017

Hey everyone! How has your week been? Mine’s been full of writing a dissertation and enjoying the heatwave! Who knew that a lido would be like being on holiday, who needs Spain when you have the British summer, ‘ey?
@sebonthesilvermountain has been with me, as said last week, so whilst I was writing he was playing games. Game of choice this time has been Agents of Mayhem, made by the people who made the Saints Row franchiseWithout further ado, here’s my (perhaps our?) thoughts!

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Franchise Force in full view; Hollywood, Fortune and Hardtack – Agents of Mayhem, Deep Silver, 2017

Agents of Mayhem is an open world adventure (much like it’s Saints Row predecessor) The game takes place in a Seoul, the city of the future. The game features twelve agents, which are comprised in four trios: the Bombshells (Italian engineer Joule, Indian immunologist Rama, and German football hooligan Red Card); the Carnage a Trois (American field strategist Braddock, American derby driver Daisy, and Russian “Cold Warrior” Oleg Kirlov under the alias “Yeti”); the Firing Squad (American gang leader Pierce Washington under the alias “Kingpin”, Japanese hitman Oni, and Middle Eastern assassin Scheherazade); and the Franchise Force (Colombian former sky pirate Fortune, United States Navy chief petty officer Hardtack, and Canadian actor and proclaimed “Face of Mayhem” Hollywood). Three additional agents are provided via DLC – Seoul police lieutenant Johnny Gat; Moroccan soldier Fatima Daoud, also known as “Lazarus”; and genius hacker Kinzie Kensington, under the alias “Safeword”.

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In homage to the superhero TV show, there are many clips in the game like this – Agents of Mayhem, Deep Silver, 2017

Seb and I really enjoyed Agents of Mayhem. Whilst, yes, it wasn’t Saints Row, which really upset a lot of people, it was a pretty good game. The writing was funny, the gameplay was immersive. There was the ability to change squad members to be your own, and match your gameplay style; the use of gadgets and legion tech allow the player to tailor to how they want to play. I liked the guns ablazing characters (Daisy and Braddock) whilst Seb was into the close fire and melee damage ones (Yeti and Oni).
Some of these names of characters will be familiar with Saints Row players. This is because this game is set in an alternate reality, where the player character of Saints never existed, but the secondary characters did. Instead of being scouted by the player character (who becomes the President of the USA) they are scouted by Persephone, the leader of the Agents of Mayhem.

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Fortune giving us a good view of Seoul – Agents of Mayhem, Deep Silver, 2017

It felt like Saints Row, in the story telling and game play. The only thing that’s missing is the multiplayer. That’s the thing that upset people. And it honestly feels like multiplayer should have been a part of it. There’s a few things that give this away. The extra squad bonuses (of extra XP etc.) show that a squad should have been you and a friend, and not you swapping characters yourself.

Honestly, give this game a go! If you liked Saints Row you’ll like this game. It’s very similar. This game got bad stick for no reason. We both liked it enough to complete it and look for all of the outfits etc.

Have you played Agents of Mayhem? Or even Saints Row? Did you like either of them or not? Leave a comment down below! 

‘I have a dark and expensive fetish. I download pop songs on ITunes’ – Monster Prom, 2018

Good morning everyone! Hope that you all had a good weekend. Did you watch the Eurovision Song Contest? I am watching it as I write this post – my current thoughts are it’s a bit more boring than the previous years, but still watchable.
My other news this week is that I’ve been published online; a short story called God is Dead. Feel free to check it out here. Let’s get it to the most read on the site! Tune in soon for it to be made into a special podcast episode. I’ll let you know when that happens!
This week I want to review a fairly new game, a dating sim of all things, called Monster Prom.

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Yellow/Oz, Red/Amira, Green/Brian, Blue/Vicky (or players 1 – 4). It can be played multiplayer! – Monster Prom, Those Awesome Guys, 2018

Monster Prom is a dating sim in which the player can choose between six different monsters they can try and date. Each player, who has picked from Yellow/Oz, Red/Amira, Green/Brian, Blue/Vicky, takes their turn at going through an event in one of the map locations in order to gain stats that affect the way their love interest perceives them. The issue is – there’s only three weeks to go from a nobody in school to a somebody (and you need to become one!) to get a date with your chosen love to prom. Chosen loves can be;  Vera Oberlin (a medusa), Polly Geist (a ghost), Damien LaVey (a demon), Liam De Lioncourt (a vampire), Scott Howl (a werewolf) and Miranda Vanderbilt (a mermaid). What’s great about Monster Prom is that it can be played with friends, locally or online.

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We all started a mega party at recess – Monster Prom, Those Awesome Guys, 2018

I can’t say anything bad about this game. I played it in a 4p game, with our resident, Man on the Silver Mountain, Seb and our friends Jem and Simon (who we play quite a few small games with – big up to you two!) Jem played Yellow, I played Red (because everyone wants to be a sassy fire lady), Simon played Green, which left Seb with Blue. The good thing about this game is that just because your character looks like it conforms to gender norms, doesn’t mean you have to – there is the option to be a he, she or a they with all characters. It’s also incredibly inclusive, with story lines not caring what gender you profess to be – no one is off limits in this game (as long as you get the right options with them).
It made for a good laugh for a couple hours, as we all voice acted it all out. Seb’s voice for Liam was particularly hilarious, and I hope he talks like that more often. It’s a good game to play for a laugh to be honest, and we had a laugh. I have yet to date my Vampire Prince or my Mermaid Princess, but it will happen… one day. I have dated Polly, and she’s a wild ride, that’s for sure (no pun intended).

I can’t recommend this game more, everyone should play it at least once. It’s pretty hilarious to play with friends and family. You guys should play it!

Have you played Monster Prom? What did you think? Love the story and the funnies? Or do you just hate dating sims? Leave a comment down below?

Games I’m Looking Forward to Playing in 2018

Merry Monday, readers! How are we all today? Other than a stinker of a cold (I know – I think I’m cursed) I have had a really good week!
Last week I gave you the games I’ve enjoyed playing this year, so this week it was suggested that I give you all the games I want to play in this year – ones that will release in the next 9 months! Let’s just get on with it shall we!

Sea of Thieves – Released 20th March 2018

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Sea of Thieves, Rare, 2018

Everyone loves pirates, right? I’ve wanted a good looking pirate game since Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, which was a great pirate game (and awful assassin’s game!) I’ve seen some amazing footage of this game, played by big gaming channels like Funhaus, and it just looks like a tonne of fun! I love the idea of hoisting the sail, steering a ship and getting the booty from long lost islands! My only qualms with it is the character generator making everyone look like a potato, so hopefully they’ll be changing that for the actual game release. This game looks like it’s going back to the early days of Rare, from before it was brought out by Windows and the awful Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, and I am so excited!

 

A Way Out – Released 23rd March 2018

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A Way Out, Hazelight Studios, 2018

A Way Out is the second game by Josef Fares (of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons fame). This is a pretty revolutionary game. Whilst lots of large narrative games are single player only, this game has no single player – only a multiplayer (local and online). Players must work together as Leo and Vincent, two convicted criminals, to escape their prison. The story is split screen, so players can see both narratives at once. This idea, to me at least, is so cool! I love playing games with other people; as much as I do like a singleplayer game, it’s really refreshing to play something whilst chatting to someone – and I have just the man I want to play this with! (Our resident Man on the Silver Mountain if you hadn’t guessed! He’s also looking forward to playing this one too)

 

State of Decay 2 – Released 22nd May 2018

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State of Decay 2, Undead Labs, 2018

Zombie games make it twice on this list, and this is number one! I was recently introduced to State of Decay last year, and brought the Game of the Year edition last week for myself. What I’ve always thought that game lacked was a multiplayer. Which is why I’m glad that they didn’t change much about this game for the sequel, other than adding a multiplayer. I’ll be going through the first State of Decay to get myself through the wait for the second one!

Shadows Kiss – Released Sometime in December 2018

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Shadows Kiss, Clockwork Throne Studios, 2018

This is the first game I’ve ever backed from the beginning of it’s development. I love a good supernatural game, as well as an MMO, so putting vampires and multiplayer games together is a big yes from me! It draws a lot of inspiration from Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, which I’ve never finished but do love to have a play of every now and then. I can’t wait to run around and eat some humans, whilst running around and killing werewolves with friends – nom, nom, nom!

GTFO – Released Sometime in 2018

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GTFO, 10 Chambers Collective, 2018

The second installment of zombies on this list. Except this one is much scarier, and I won’t be able to play by myself at all! GTFO is by the people that made Payday, which is obvious when you look at gameplay trailers. It’s a 4 player cooperative game, which I hope can be played with less than 4 players, and you team together to go around an abandoned facility, grabbing loot and killing undead! I am an awful shot, so I hope that people can help and bear with me!

Ooblets – Released Sometime in 2018

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Ooblets, Doublefine Studios, 2018

Thought I’d end this on a nicer game. I love simulation games; and loved Stardew Valley when it came out. This is very much like that, with a mix of Pokémon too. It’s just about living a life – harvesting, exploring, joining clubs, collecting things and meeting the towns residents. It’s just a calm and relaxing experience which I can’t wait to have! It’s all so cute and adorable, and I will feel cute and adorable playing it!

Have you seen any of these games before? Wanting to play any? Perhaps you hate the idea of them? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment down below!