“And you, good sir. What brings you here?” – The Council, 2018

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas (for last week)

My review this week is a bit different. In that you’re going to get my thoughts as we play! This week I give you whole game play with @sebonthesilvermountain. Before the end of 2018 we’re going to get through as much of it as possible! (Ignore my croaky voice, I am progressively sicker during this game play!)

We’re playing The Council. A game set in 1793, we’re playing Louis de Richet, a member of a secret society, who has been invited to a private island off the shore of England, by Lord Mortimer. We’ve joined a tonne of well known historic guests – Napoleon and Washington to name a few. Join us as creepy tales ensue!

Below is episodes 1-3 of The Council

We’ll be streaming on Seb’s channel on New Years Eve! Come play with us!

Have you played The Council? What did you think? Would you have played it like us? What about your own gaming? Have you played anything good recently? 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! 

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!

 

 

‘You’re not just a thief. You’re more than that’ – Batman; The Telltale Series

Now, I’m unsure if I’ve said before, but I love video games (probably just as much as I love comics). Want to know what I love MORE than comics or video games? Video games that are comics. Which is why I love Telltale – The way they tell their stories are almost like graphic novels. They come out episodically, like a comic does (though I like to wait till I can binge the whole game at once) and the choices you pick are reminiscent of a choose your own adventure novel.

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It’s not a Batman series without him trying it on with Selina Kyle (Catwoman) at least once – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

Batman: The Telltale Series came out in 2016, episodes releasing every couple months between August and December. I tend to wait till the whole series is out before buying it, and it just so happened that the ‘Steam Summer Sale’ so I thought, “What the heck!” and decided to splurge the few pounds on the game. I had wanted it for ages, so was glad that it was included in the sale.

 

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Bruce donning the Batman Cowl – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

Batman is a young man in this game, he’s only seemingly been Batman for a year. From what I worked out he’s barely even 30, and it shows. He’s idealistic and tends to make rash decisions (or at least that’s how I played him). He’s quick to fall in and out of love with people and ideas, and he still needs Alfred to pretty much hold his hand through everything; he needs Alfred to be the Dad he never had.
This game gives new and fresh insight into the story of Bruce Wayne, and the demise of Thomas and Martha when Bruce was a child. It gives the “reader” (should that be player?) a true understanding of why Bruce does all of this. Throughout the beginning of the story, Bruce is helping out Harvey Dent become the new Mayor to replace Mayor Hamilton Hill, the current and corrupt Mayor of Gotham. Harvey and Bruce are, as Selina calls them, “BFFs” and watching Harvey’s decent into madness (to become Two-Face) has an obvious effect on Bruce. I also really enjoyed the way that Selina and Bruce had a small, and semi-unrequited, romance blossom between them – admittedly I did screw that up at one point, and she became slightly more standoffish with me that I had wanted.

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Friend or Foe? Batman and Catwoman waiting to strike – Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016

However, of course it has to all go wrong for Bruce. Suddenly, and with no warning, Bruce’s family name is besmirched. Your job, as Bruce, is to find out what’s going on. Mayror Hill is a man that has connections to both the corrupt Carmine Falcone and… the Waynes? It’s the player’s job to find out why these connections exist, and what that means for Bruce’s family. An old family friend, Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot, who grew up with Bruce, comes to bite him in the behind. It’s up to the player to determine who is friend and who is foe. Luckily, the Telltale games evolve around the player’s choices, so everyone will end up with a slightly different story.

 

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See below for my choices throughout the game, and what kind of Batman I turned out to be.

 

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Have you played Batman: The Telltale Series? What did you think? Have you played any other Telltale games, or other graphic novel point and clicks? What were your thoughts? Want me to play the new Guardians of the Galaxy one, and give you all my thoughts (please say yes!)? Leave a comment down below! 

(Header Image: Batman: The Telltale Series, Telltale, 2016)