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10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

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10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Yonder is a title that takes everything you would typically expect from an action-RPG and decides to throw it out of the window. There is no combat, no monsters to go up against, no health bar or anything of the sort; yet you must save the land from a dark corruption known only as the Murk. It’s a beautiful land to explore, even when you’re helping out all of the NPC’s without swinging a single sword the entire time.

10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

1. Looks Incredible

10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher ChroniclesOne of the first things that comes to mind when you play or look at the game for the first time is the absolutely gorgeous graphics and art style the game has. Yonder has such a bright and vibrant world, filled with some great looking colours and an environment that just begs to be explored. From the offset, the developers have made it more than clear that they’ve put their heart and soul into this game’s look and art style!

2. No Action is a Let Down

10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher ChroniclesA big part of action-RPG’s is the combat and tends to be one of the biggest selling points for that genre. However, in a game that doesn’t have anything of the sort, but keeps the same sort design that you would expect from the genre does leave a sour impression after some time. With this major lack of action, it quickly makes you realise that you’re not stepping into a typical game of the same genre; where, instead, everything has been replaced with calming and relaxing adventuring – something that can be fun, but can become repetitive after some time if you’re not careful.

3. Farming is Fun

10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

By taking a few ideas from Stardew Valley – an obvious influence in some ways – there is a farming element to the game that has you tending to your crops, looking after your animals, and keeping your farm up to snuff. All of it is rather simple to make a start on and understand how to do, but it’s all rather calming and is easily one of the best parts of the entire game. What makes it even better is that at any point it starts to feel a little too overwhelming, the game manages to reel it in just enough so you don’t feel forced to keep your farm up to your own standards.

4. Too Many Fetch Quests

10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

As with anything that comes out of this genre, there’s bound to be quests-galore. Unfortunately, for Yonder, due to the lack of combat, you can’t go around killing enemies for quests; instead they are simply replaced with fetch quests. At first the fetch quests aren’t so bad, but once your hours in the game start to rack up, the fetch quests are going to get quite tiresome when you realise you’ve got another one to finish before the sun goes down.

5. Exploration is a Highlight

10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Designed to be similar to that of an adventure game, there’s a lot to see and explore in Yonder and that’s what makes it such a beautiful experience. If you see something off in the distance that you have this niggling need to go and venture to, then you can just set off upon your own little adventure without the worry of something ruining your day whilst your explore the grand expanses that are before you.

6. Can’t Speed up Dialogue

10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Story in this game is told throughout text boxes and dialogue, and while at first you may have no reasoning to skip dialogue, after a while you’re bound to be sick and tired of being told about another item that you need to go and collect. When it comes to the story you don’t need to worry about skipping any dialogue, but NPC’s don’t always have something worthwhile to say and it just ends up wasting time.

7. Fishing is Relaxing

10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

There are a number of different things for you to do in Yonder, many of which are quite calming and relaxing, but fishing seems to be one of the more enjoyable of the lot. All you have to do is go for a little wander, find a body of water, and cast out your line. From there, you get to enjoy some peace and serenity, as you sit back and wait for the reel to finally catch you a fish. At first I wasn’t expecting fishing to be all that fun in the slightest, but after the first couple of minutes it is hard not to realise just how calming and satisfying it really is to take a few minutes to fish every now and again.

8. Story Mode is Lacklustre

10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Upon entering the world of Yonder, the game makes it quite clear that you’re here to learn about your family history that is nothing more than a complete mystery to you. Further you delve into the game you will learn more and more about your lost family history, but by the time it’s all over, you simply return to the land of Yonder as if nothing happened. Despite discovering everything you can about your family line, it felt like it had practically no impact on the game at all and unfortunately that’s the best the player is going to get in the form of an ending – lacklustre.

9. Lack of Pressure is Refreshing

10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

The developers for the game have made it quite clear that they want this game to be available for anyone and everyone who picks up and plays Yonder. At no point are you required to go and create your farm, explore, or clear out Murk. Every single moment in this game is your own, so you can spend that time exactly as you see fit; whenever you see fit. When you load up the game, you can simply go into the world of Yonder with whatever expectations that you’re comfortable with and set off to do exactly as you please – if that turns out to be fishing, while you watch the sunset, then so be it.

10. Bound to Become Repetitive

10 Positives and Negatives for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Even though Yonder is an absolutely gorgeous game that should be experienced by everyone who enjoys a good adventure, before too long it does start to become repetitive. After all, there’s only so much you can do with your farm, there’s only so many fish you can catch, and the exploration will eventually come to a halt; as sad as that is to say. Going back to the issue of no combat, if it was there, it would quite easily extend the life of the game by a fair amount, but because it’s not in the game in the slightest, all of the other activities you can do will become repetitive as a result of the lack of combat and there simply isn’t anything that can be done about that.

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Is Overcooked 2 Worth Buying?

Is this the best cooing game around?

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Is Overcooked 2 Worth Buying?

Is Overcooked 2 Worth Buying?

Oh, look, a review for a game that you are interested in. Is it going to tell you that it’s amazing or that it’s rubbish? Does it really matter? Aren’t you going to go get it anway?

Fine, allow me to entertain this charade and skip to the part that you want. Overcooked 2 is a lot of fun and you should totally check it out. Happy? Awesome sauce. If you think about it? Did the game really have a chance to be a cash grab soulless sequel? Well, yeah, of course. But this also isn’t a Rockstar Game we are talking about here. You’re not playing Overcooked 2 for its intense and thought-provoking storyline. You’re playing it because it’s a fun puzzle game full of kitchens and recipes.

Is Overcooked 2 Worth Buying?

While the game adds a lot of new features, like the new throwing mechanic, it continues with the exact same charm and gameplay that you loved about the first one. Just, you know, more of it.

Think of Overcooked 2 like a real professional kitchen, you walked in thinking it looked interesting and had an amazingly fun time and tasted some amazing food. You might have come back for a nibble from time to time, but you were looking for a reason to put on a bib, belly up to the buffet and hoe down for another glutenous time.

Is Overcooked 2 Worth Buying?

Here is the reason! Overcooked 2 is everything that you would want in a second course. It’s filling, hits the spot, and serves up enough surprises to keep even the most jaded of gaming taste buds happy. I would recommend this game, and I would also recommend some Uber Eats because I don’t know about you but all this talking about food has made me famished!

Is Overcooked 2 Worth Buying?

Now the choice of whether to not to get this game or not isn’t hard, the hard choice is what meal to order to compliment the time. Hmmm… I’ll keep you posted.

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PES 2019 – 5 Positives and Negatives

Does Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 Own The Pitch?

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PES 2019 – 5 Positives and Negatives

PES 2019 – 5 Positives and Negatives

Another year another PES, that seems to be the trick with most sports games nowadays. Even PES can’t escape this cycle and has got itself into creating yearly entries into the franchise, but the question is, are they getting any better? Well, through a comprehensive list of 5 different positives and negatives, we can finally decide if PES 2019 is worth purchasing or not.

To make things easier to understand, the list will list off the first 5 negatives and then follow up with the 5 positives to balance the pair out!

1. More of the Same

Let’s get the most obvious negative out of the way for most people, and that’s the fact that it’s primarily more of the same. For the most part, if you’ve played one Pro Evolution Soccer game then you’ve played them all and for fans, that’s great, as it means you simply get more of what you love. Anyone that’s played these games before, though and didn’t find themselves enjoying their time with them, then this latest iteration isn’t going to change your opinion on that.

PES 2019 – 5 Positives and Negatives

2. Commentators are Rather Repetitive

This tends to be a regular occurrence for most sports games, but it’s just one of those things that’s hard to avoid; not that it means it’s any less irritating once you notice it. The commentators quite quickly end up repeating many of their same lines and hearing the same thing over and over again can become quite repetitive after a while. The only way to truly avoid this problem is to have them muted from the very offset.

PES 2019 – 5 Positives and Negatives

3. Master League is no Different

Once again, the sin of making very little changes strikes again, this time around in the Master League. For instance, if you found any issues involving the Master League the first time around, you’re going to be very disappointed knowing that your cries of woe have yet to be heard. It would have been nice to see some more changes to this area of the game, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait until the 2020 version of the franchise before we see something new it seems.

4. Missing 2 Important Leagues

Over the years we’ve seen PES do its best to beat out its competition FIFA with everything it has to offer, but unfortunately, once again, PES has not got away with all of the licensing deals that they were hoping for. As a result, two of the biggest leagues in the whole game – UEFA Champions League and the Europa League – aren’t available in the game and that’s a big part of Football history right there. Missing out on such a major part of Football really hurts the game, even more so for fans of the sport and those Leagues respectively.

PES 2019 – 5 Positives and Negatives

5. Not Enough Variety

PES’ counterparts have always been one-up on the game modes and even with the latest iteration in the franchise, that hasn’t changed much. PES has always been about pure Football and while that’s all well and good for fans of the sport, it’d be nice to have a little change of pace here and there every now again, but with PES 2019 that hasn’t fixed that unfortunate nature of the game, sadly.

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After the first 5 negatives, it’s time to move onto something more positive – the positives of the game!

1. Looks Absolutely Incredible

As is no surprise with the most updated version of a franchise, the game is going to look great, but PES 2019 is on another level. The visuals have all been updated and vastly improved, with many people saying it’s the best-looking Football game out on the market right now, with almost no competition. This year it even seems to be beating out FIFA with its visuals and graphics this time around, which isn’t an easy feat most of the time.

2. Controls Are More Refined

Once again, the controls have been refined and improved over the years, but PES 2019 really takes the cake with this one, as it really has improved the overall feel of the game immensely. Each player feels as if they have some real control behind them this time around and the way the ball feels once it’s being kicked around the pitch is unparallel. It’s an element of the game that’s hard to explain but is definitely a great improvement from some of the previous entries.

PES 2019 – 5 Positives and Negatives

3. Updated List of Players

With another year we get another list of players, and PES once again manages to deliver for the most part some of the greatest names in Football. For casual fans of the sport this might not be a big deal but for fans of the game, they’re going to love seeing some of the best players right now right there on the pitch in some of the best visuals that the series has seen so far.

4. Just as Approachable as Ever

A great aspect of this series is just how accessible it is for any type of player. You can either know as much as Football as there is to know or you can barely know what exactly the offside rule is. Despite the clear differences between the two, no matter just how casual or hardcore of a player you are, PES 2019 is just as approachable as ever and it means you can enjoy the game, regardless of your level of knowledge. That’s the sort of approach you want from sports games; to not be afraid to learn and play them.

PES 2019 – 5 Positives and Negatives

5. Online Has Once Again Been Improved

A known issue for some of the previous PES games were the fact that the online wasn’t nearly as stable as it should be. It really did make playing online a complete chore and that’s where sports games are meant to shine! Thankfully, though, this time around the online has greatly been improved and makes playing PES an absolute dream online – regardless if you’re playing with a complete stranger or a couple of friends.

PES 2019 – 5 Positives and Negatives

Final View

PES 2019 definitely isn’t a perfect Football game, but it’s the closest thing the market has right now. FIFA does dominate it somewhat with its licensed Leagues, but the overall gameplay is quite possibly the stronger of the two. For anyone that’s looking for a great Football title to pick up, then PES 2019 is definitely your best option as of right!

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Detroit: Become Human – 5 Negatives

Is Detroit: Become Human worth buying?

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Detroit: Become Human – 5 Negatives

Detroit: Become Human is one of the most interesting and engaging narrative titles that the industry has seen in a while, and while the game raises some interesting questions, the overall experience isn’t exactly perfect all the way through. As such, here are 5 of the biggest negatives that Detroit: Become Human just wasn’t able to avoid, unfortunately.

1. The Pacing is Off

A key feature of any narrative focused game is the pacing. When pacing is too fast, you can’t pay attention to what’s going on and the story is all over before you not. When the pacing is too slow, everything happens at a snail’s pace and you never get anything done, thus leading to a boring story. While Detroit: Become Human doesn’t come across as a boring game, not at all, but the pacing is so up and down at times that it makes it somewhat hard to keep track and carry on at all times of the game.

Detroit: Become Human – 5 Negatives

2. Movement is a Pain At Times

When it comes to playing games, there’s nothing more infuriating than when your character isn’t listening to what you’re telling them, whether that’s through movement or not and at times, Detroit: Become Human can have very inconsistent controls. Your character just doesn’t do as they’re told and while it doesn’t have a big impact on a lot of the scenes, it just throws the whole feeling of the game off for a few moments and is hopefully going to be something that gets patched soon.

Detroit: Become Human – 5 Negatives

3. Forced to Replay Entire Chapters for Different Choices

A great part about this game is the vast amount of choice you have at any one time, allowing for players to quite literally shape every single event in the game to see just what kind of ending they will receive. So, with a game like this, you’re bound to want to play it through more than a couple of times, just to see the kind of changes you can make. Unfortunately, though, if you want to see those changes, you’re going to need to force yourself through some of the more repetitive parts of the game and it can really make repeat playthroughs a chore to deal with, which is a real shame if you’d like to see all of your options for the story.

Detroit: Become Human – 5 Negatives

4. Choices Don’t Match up with Speech

A problem many games that give the player the option to choose what they say is that they don’t always match up to the text preview. When you decide to say one thing it might come out a lot more aggressive than you intended, and if you’re trying to play a nice guy all the way through, it can be really frustrating to suddenly have your character scream at someone when at no point you would have agree to it otherwise. Thankfully this doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, it makes you detest the system just that little bit more, as with a game like Detroit: Become Human, everything you say is important to the story.

Detroit: Become Human – 5 Negatives

5. Quick-Time Events Quickly Grow Old

QTE’s have been a feature in gaming for as long as anybody can remember, but they aren’t exactly remembered as being the fondest creation in gaming. With that in mind, players are quickly going to get tired of the QTE’s the game regularly throws at you. What makes them even worse is that they aren’t particularly easy quick-time events at all times and by messing up those QTE’s it can affect the story if you’re not too careful, and that’s definitely bound to frustrate quickly.

Detroit: Become Human – 5 Negatives

Final Verdict

Overall, Detroit: Become Human has some problems here and there, but that hasn’t stopped it from being a great narrative experience that shouldn’t be missed out on. For anyone that can look past these small issues, you’re bound to enjoy a good story, with some well-written characters.

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