Quick Game Reviews: Bloodborne, Gears of War 4, South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Bloodborne – Great – As the darker cousin of the Dark Souls series, this is unsurprisingly a third person combat game where every move you make can either get you killed or allow you to get a few hits in. The carefully designed maps and enemy placement make the game wonderfully challenging and if you can spend the time searching through everything there is an interesting lore to discover. Like Dark Souls the bosses are the true appeal of this game, but unlike the Souls games a lot of these ones are humanoid. It’s a world of nightmares with an insight stat that makes the game both harder and more interesting. Sadly, I need to be in a certain mood for this type of game or repeatedly dying like the game expects you to can become very annoying but it’s the desire to push past the challenges that makes this so addicting.

Gears of War 4 – Good – The well known cover shooter on its fourth run with a new protagonist and a new plot. Starting off against the robots of the COG the plot starts out as a desperate fight against a dictators army but soon changes as a mysterious threat arises. The game goes on to introduce Marcus Fenix (the old protagonist) as an AI helper, then the enemies turn into what we know from old Gears’ games. The cover shooter combat is well done and has a few new moves added in, the story is interesting but not everything gets resolved and the campaign ends by abandoning cover shooting for a pattern based disappointing boss fight. There is a horde mode for round survival defence gameplay which you are introduced to in a few campaign missions and there’s a multiplayer mode too. Overall, this was a good time but not a long time for me and although I would recommend playing it for the satisfying battles and reasonable story I would have preferred a longer campaign mode with a different end boss battle.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Great – A child with magic farting powers does some basic puzzles and some weird and varied turn based combat. This game has some fun and addictive turn based combat with plenty of variety and stupidity, being effected by arguments between characters as well as cars on the road plus other factors. The humour of the game gives the plot a ridiculous flow where other children, police, crab people and other things become foes, sometimes for a battle to progress a character needs to interrupt and near the end it’s weirdest when children are arguing about whose hand is the villain. The minigames are strange too; spin a wheel of fortune, play flappy bird on a unicorn and do so much more. If you’re not easily offended, if you don’t mind playing turn based combat games or even if you’re just bored and want something stupid but brilliant to capture your attention then this is pretty much perfect.

 

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