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On the 4th of April, 2017, the rest of the world was treated to one of the most anticipated JRPG’s to ever be released, but was all the hype really worth it for the 5th main entry in the Persona franchise? I guess it’s about time that we went and found out in this Persona 5 Review.


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Story

Persona is and always has been a JRPG that focuses incredibly hard on its story and Persona 5 is absolutely no different in this regard. The story revolves around a group of high-school friends who awaken to the power of the Persona to fight off shadows when they enter “the other world”, also known as Palaces. Inside these palaces these friends become “Phantom Thieves” and the only way they can dismantle the palace is by stealing the treasure that lies deep within.

Story decides to pull something The Witcher 2 does, and that’s by starting off the game with a short, intro stage that leads to the main protagonist being caught and arrested. From there, the main character proceeds to tell his side of the story of what he’s been doing and it bounces between the main gameplay of dealing with high-school life and improving your character; with the occasional jump back to the present to partake in the interview he is undergoing.

As with all previous Persona games, the main reason for your actions is due to the end of the world slowly coming to its unfortunate and brutal conclusion; resulting in only you and your friends being able to stop it. I won’t go any further into the story for spoiler reasons, but I can safely say that it’s a story that you won’t be easily forgetting as you play through it.

Persona 5 Review

Persona 5 Review

Gameplay

Gameplay comes in the form of your typical turn-based JRPG, at least when it comes to combat. You choose how you want to attack, either with your ranged weapon, your melee weapon, or through skills that you acquire because of your currently equipped persona. Outside of actual combat, you will be tasked with exploring throughout the palace and avoid being spotted by enemies, as there is a bar that once it reaches 100% you are forced out and must return another day. Thanks to this design decision, the game has a fair emphasis on stealth; at least a simplified version of it anyway. Stealth boils down to – “don’t get seen, press X to warp to an even closer hiding spot, ambush the enemy when they’re close enough.” Thankfully the stealth isn’t too much of a hassle to deal with a lot of the time, so you shouldn’t be concerned about going into this game thinking it’s going to be similar to the MGS series – it’s far from that!

When you’re back in the real world and spending your time as normal high-schoolers, you’re expected to balance out spending time with your friends, improving certain attributes about your character, and making sure that you make it to the end of your school year with decent grades and without getting into too much trouble. If you’ve ever played a Persona game before then you will know exactly what to expect in this game, as it’s no different from the previous titles.

Persona 5 Review

Persona 5 Review

Positives

In terms of positives, Persona 5 certainly has a lot of them; one of the main ones would have to be the aesthetic and graphical style that the developers decided to go with. Every inch of the game is incredibly stylised and as a result it is gorgeous everywhere you look – whether that’s the NPC’s, the world itself, or even personas – just everything about the game looks incredibly stylish.

Combat as per usual is another element of this game that is incredibly fun and satisfying and just like all the previous Persona games, collecting and upgrading all of your personas is half the fun of this game. A nice feature that was brought back into the series that hasn’t been seen since Persona 2 is being able to talk to these shadows. You can talk with shadows to see if they will give you an item, some money, or if you can figure out how to win them over you can even acquire their power and collect them as a persona. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not quite as detailed as the original games, as this one is a lot more simplified, but it’s an aspect of the series fans will appreciate to see back; myself included.

Story has to go on the list of positives, as it starts out strong and simply proceeds to get better and better with each passing day you play out. Despite the fact the game focuses around a group of older teenagers, the story can tackle some truly heavy topics at times and while it might be hard to experience some of these topics, I appreciate the developers and their decision to put the characters in some difficult emotional spots – as a result it makes them seem more human and helps develop the characters as their own individuals; rather than just a model that’s saying words.

Persona 5 Review

Persona 5 Review

Negatives

With everything good, there must come the bad and unfortunately that’s not something even Persona 5 can ignore. One of the first things that came to mind is the fact that it can take around 6 hours before you feel like you’re actually in control of your character. Yes, you’ll be controlling him through his decisions and in combat, but for the first 6 hours you’re sort of locked in to the tutorial part of the game that you can’t get out of any faster. For a first time play-through it’s not so bad, but if you want to play the game again and make some different decisions, you’ve got roughly 6 hours of gameplay to force yourself through again; most of the segments don’t even require your input a lot of the time.

Ever since I started Persona 5, there was this one story element that really bugged me and that’s how everyone treats the main character – all because he has a criminal record. Why does he have a criminal record? Well, he saves a young girl from being kidnapped and possibly worse, by punching a drunk man and knocking him down; only to be told that he’s going to sue him for beating him up. Despite the drunken man being completely in the wrong, due to his stance on the matter the main character is arrested, expelled from school, and sent out on probation with a criminal record. From a legal perspective it makes “some” sense to a degree, but everyone he comes in contact with him treats him like dirt; despite almost everyone knowing about the situation he was presented with that possibly saved this woman’s life. As a result, the main character is treated as complete scum by everyone expect his new-found friends – friends who actually decide to take his side like I feel most normal people would – rather than treating him like a criminal for the rest of his days because he actually helped a woman in dire need. Of all my time I’ve spent in Persona 5, this is quite easily the biggest gripe I’ve found in the game and I haven’t seen it going away any time soon.

Persona 5 Review

Persona 5 Review

Final Verdict

First thing first I hope you enjoyed reading this Persona 5 Review. Overall, I can’t deny that Persona 5 is great and is bound to be many people’s game of the year, even though we’re only one third through the year. Everything positive about the game completely outshines any negatives and it makes it one of the easiest recommendations for a JRPG or a game in recent years. If you hate JRPG’s, this isn’t the title that’s going to change your mind, but fans of the Persona series or of JRPG’s in general have got one incredible game on their hands that I wouldn’t recommend letting slip through your fingers if you’ve got the chance.

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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

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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