Train Station Renovation Review – The Zen of Renovation

Train Station Renovation is what you expect, you arrive at run-down train stations, renovate them, and then move on quickly.

The simulation genre of video games has been a popular one recently. It seems almost any job ever has a simulator attached to it, and while train station renovation might not be a direct job, someone’s gotta do it. So we might as well simulate it too.

What I find interesting in Train Station Renovation is that there’s nothing inherent to the Train Station as part of the game. This easily could be a game where players flip houses or pick up public parks. Players can drop large bins for garbage and just collect trash.

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Yakuza 3 Review – A major misstep and a dated experience

Yakuza 3 is finally on PC, and it’s the fourth game in the Yakuza franchise chronologically.  However, it is now the most dated for the franchise.  Where Yakuza 0 was released in 2015 for the Playstation 4, and Yakuza Kiwami and Kiwami 2 were remade in 2016, and 2017 and also released for the Playstation 4, Yakuza 3 was originally released in 2009 and for the Playstation 3. 

The version on PC, Ps4, and Xbox One is the remastered version, which has all sorts of bells and whistles fans would expect.  There is a higher graphic fidelity and more standardized 1080p resolution. There is also content that was cut from the original English version that has been restored, and a retranslation that removes important mistranslations. 

I bring this up not to just enumerate the changes, but to dive into the big issue with Yakuza 3.  Yakuza 3 is a remaster.  While it has a large amount of additional content and gameplay, this is ultimately a PS3 game with a slight graphical upgrade.  Where the previous Yakuza games are beautiful, Yakuza 3 is dated by the simple fact that this game originally was made for the PS3.  

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Why are Open World games like Horizon Zero Dawn boring?

I’m Kinglink and let’s talk about open-world games for a bit and why they have been bothering me recently.  This is more of a rant than normal, but I think there’s a big problem that doesn’t get discussed.

When Horizon: Zero Dawn was released in August of last year I rushed to play it right after Death Stranding, and in that review, I talked about some thoughts about the open-world format of the game and how it didn’t really feel necessary.  

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Life is Strange Review – A near perfect execution of the Adventure Game formula

Telltale really made the modern “Adventure game” iconic in a number of ways, mostly in how formulaic they are.  The Telltale formula is to take a well known IP, and then add a new story to the world with minimal changes and choices that the player will have control over.  Players are just along for the ride, and ultimately it’s similar to a storybook.

But whether you pick up the Batman, Walking Dead, or Guardians of the Galaxy, as long as you like the IP, you’ll probably enjoy the journey.  If you don’t, well, it might be the wrong game for you. 

Dontnod’s entry into the genre is therefore quite odd.  Instead of attaching the storybook idea to an IP they instead decided to make their own world and tell a story there.  It definitely was a risky venture as having no established IP meant everyone would-be newcomers to the series and trying to make the “storybook” approach interesting to new fans could be challenging.  

But it’s only with great risk can great reward be obtained, and I think Dontnod is deserving of a massive reward.  

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Gris Review – Shades of a great game

Gris is a game primarily defined by its style and beauty. The game starts with a woman who appears to have lost her voice sitting on a stone statue’s hand and then falling as the statue collapses. It’s a strange opening that defies explanation at first, but it exhibits so much of what Gris is about. Gris is a game designed to be more about the visual environment connecting with the player rather than a deep gameplay system.

Gris’ world is beautiful and delivers on this promise. While the opening starts with a simplistic black and white world with some greyscale, the player is soon given their first color, red, which begins to add more color to the world and from there Gris slowly evolves the world from the dull opening to a beautiful experience that adds more color and variety each time the player completes a section of the game.

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Superliminal Review – A unique perspective on puzzle game

Superliminal is a fresh game from Pillow Castle Games that focuses on perspective puzzles. It’s an interesting concept that has made the jump into an exceptional game over its five years in development.

Superliminal starts with the player focused on exploring a dream-like space. It’s a common theme for puzzle games with the player being put in some nebulous danger by the story and then asked to pass through numerous levels to get free or safe. As a concept on paper, it might seem thin, however, Superliminal also has a great design and interesting levels that elevate the simplistic design.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Review – Respawn returns with another incredible game

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is hopefully the beginning of a new Franchise. Coming from Respawn Entertainment who made the exceptional Titanfall 2, Fallen Order shows that Respawn isn’t limited to only the FPS genre, but can make compelling games no matter what they are given.

In this case, Respawn tackled the challenging task of adding to the new version of the Expanded Star Wars Universe and developing something fresh for one of the most devoted fan bases, but also one of the most critical if the new Disney movies have proven everything. And yet, Respawn rose to the challenge.

Rather than delve into already established lore or canon, Fallen Order introduces us to Cal Kestis, a Padawan who begins the game in hiding on a planet helping to dismantle space ships for the empire. The game takes place only five years after the end of the prequels and the infamous Order 66 which called for a purge of all the Jedis.

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A look at the first year of Humble Choice, and what’s going on with Humble Bundle

I’m Kinglink and I think it’s time we take a moment and look back at Humble Choice.

The reason is Humble Choice came out a year ago and I’ve enjoyed reviewing the choice bundles. A year is a good point to do a retrospective and look at what has been put out over that period. Of course, if you want to know about any specific Humble Choice bundle, check my channel.

Humble Bundle has also continued to crank out other deals as well and when I look at reactions, I keep hearing the same thing. People are saying the bundles are getting worse.

To be upfront about it, I’m not a huge fan of a few things going on, and I think there’s a lot of issues with Humble that aren’t getting get talked about. While the bundle quality fluctuates, I think it is more indicative of larger issues going on.

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Humble Choice January 2021 Review – This is a rough month.

I’m Kinglink and welcome to the Humble Choice January 2021 Review.

So, I hope you like leftovers because that’s what I think we have for you this month.

Like always I’ve played each game for one hour, and I’m here to tell you which games are worth checking out and which games you might want to avoid. Premium and classic subscribers get all the games this month like always, so let’s get started with the list.

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