Hello. This will be a spoiler-filled addendum to my Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review, if you have not read that review, please read it here. This will spoil much of the game and should be read AFTER playing the game or if you do not intend to play the game.Read More »
Played on Windows
Also Available on macOS and PlayStation 4.
25 years ago, in 1993, Cyan released Myst and it was unique, impressive, and something truly different for a video game. It’s an experience where the player could explore a number of unique worlds and had to solve puzzles to advance a story and open up new locations It was so successful it spawned a number of sequels turning into a very powerful franchise. 25 years later, I’m playing Obduction, also from Cyan, which came out a couple of years ago. So how is it?
Played on Windows
Also available on PlayStation 4, (Playstation 3 in Japan Only)
I’ve been very excited to write this review for quite a while. The Yakuza series has been on my radar since I played Yakuza 4 in 2016. I liked the experience but I had some reservations about that game. It was a solid experience, but there were four characters which was a bit much, however, the game itself shined and the gameplay was enjoyable. I just wanted to see another game in that same style. However, time, money, and switching to PC/Steam made it hard to return to the series. So I waited and hoped for another opportunity. Earlier this year Sega finally gave me what I was asking for. Yakuza finally came to PC and Steam with Yakuza 0. I bought it on launch and after having put in 70 hours into the game I’m here to tell you what I thought of it.
Played on Windows.
Also Available on macOS and Linux
7 Billion Humans is the latest from Tomorrow Corporation, who have developed Human Resource Machine and World of Goo previous to this. Both of those games are unique and interesting concepts, so does 7 Billion Humans live up to that legacy? Let’s take a look.
Played on Windows
Zachtronics is my spirit animal of the video game industry. There’s something about Zach Barth’s games that make me really excited to play them. I’ve owned every game he’s put out on Steam. I still remember when EXAPUNKS was announced, I saw just the letters “Zach” based and got excited, so was that excitement warranted?
Welcome to my wrap up of the Humble Monthly Bundle for September 2018.
This month there were three games again in the Early Unlock system. However there was a little twist, in that a previous month’s game (October 2017) I’ve reviewed the three games, Staxel, Sniper Elite 4, and Tales of Berseria as you can see below and will discuss Rise of the Tomb Raider as well. You can read the reviews through these links, as well as see the videos below. If you prefer videos consider subscribing to the Youtube channel, as that’s the fastest way to learn about next month’s Humble Monthly Bundle Reviews as well as anything else I’m playing.
An explanation of how this month’s system works. After buying the bundle, you go to your purchase page, on that page, you can choose Staxel, Sniper Elite 4 and Tales of Berseria, or to take Rise of the Tomb Raider by itself. Either choice allows you to get the future unlocks, which will be likely six more games.
Staxel: A rather by the numbers combination of Minecraft and Stardew Valley.
Sniper Elite 4: A rather excellent sniper game that allows the player to play stealthily or go guns blazing, though stealth is recommended.
Tales of Berseria: A very long but solid JRPG in the Tales series.
So with all three games reviewed with links available right there.
As for the Rise of the Tomb Raider, I wish I had the time to give it a full review but blame Tales of Berseria. I have previously played it on PS4, and while I think it wasn’t as groundbreaking as the first remake “Tomb Raider”, it’s still a solid game, and if you want more of that style, it has that.
I will say, I wish Rise of the Tomb Raider could have been an add on as you have to choose between the two choices, and buying a second bundle may be against the rules of the site. However either pack, the three games, or Rise of the Tomb Raider is a good value.
Just like for August 2018, I’ll give my thoughts on why you should get the Humble Monthly Bundle for September 2018, as a preface I can’t really recommend against it, as you usually find at least one or two gems in each bundle, and even if not, with 9 games, you only have to get 1.33 out of value out of the games to find a value.
For this month though, I really like two of the Early Unlocks. I’m not a fan of Staxel as it is. I think buying Minecraft and Stardew Valley, even if they are more expensive is a better use of your money. At the same time, Sniper Elite is a series I’ve wanted to play more of for a while, and just haven’t had the time to get to play Sniper Elite 3. I skipped it to play 4, and that’s acceptable (they can be played as standalone games) and really enjoyed myself, putting in 17 hours I believe in it.
On the other hand if you’re a person who wants quantity to games, and wants longer games, Tales of Berseria has you covered. It took me 70 in game hours to beat, and while it can be beaten in 44 hours, that’s still a ton, and that’s for one playthrough. Completionists are probably looking at triple digits to even try to beat it all.
So for 12 dollar, those two games alone would have been worth it, and that’s an easy recommendation for me. Again if you just want Rise of the Tomb Raider, and want an action game, it’s also a decent deal for 12 dollars, It is the base game that’s no longer on sale, and the 20 years celebration (that comes with just the season pass) does go on sale often, but again, the other unlocks are in this deal.
So if you’re interested in the Humble Bundle you can find it on their site. Here’s a link if you’re curious.
With that said, I’m free until September 3rd when the bundle switches over to the next month, and I’m off to write about Exapunks, 7 Billion Humans, and finish playing Yakuza 0, but I will be back soon to talk about Humble Monthly Bundle September 2018.
Until then. Kinglink out!
Disclosure: There is a ref/partner link on the Humble Bundle link. It doesn’t affect your purchase and you will get the normal price. By signing up with it, you’ll give me a few extra funds to continue to get and review newer games for a reasonable price, and to keep this site going.
I am not directly paid by Humble Bundle for reviewing their games, and in fact I purchase this bundle and others monthly and normal bundles myself with my own funds, but review it as a service to my readers. In addition the existence of the Partner program does not affect my opinion of the bundle, but I realized I could provide that link as a service for you to find it, and it could help fund my gaming habit as I don’t monetize this site, or my videos at all
Played on Windows.
Also Available on PlayStation 4 (PlayStation 3 JP only)
So we finally end the Humble Monthly Bundle for September 2018, with one of the longest games I’ve ever played. This is Tales of Berseria.
So I published a review of Tales of Zesteria on May 5th, 2018 and I was a bit savage. It was a good game and I recommended it, but it had so many flaws that I pointed most of them out. Tales of Berseria is a follow up to it and was published the following year, only about 18 months after Zesteria, and for such a large game that should be a big warning sign. Yet, that’s what Bandai Namco did, so it’ up to me to find out if it paid off?