Welcome back, gaming fans! People all over the world are spending a lot of time at home, and yet, the new game consoles are still difficult to find. Sony and Microsoft need to get their act together! Today, I'm reviewing several games that are available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. After all, I'm sure many of you still can't get ahold of the PlayStation 5 0r Xbox Series X. But don't give up! Keep trying! Let's see what I thought about the following games.
Thank goodness Telltale Studios is still around! The Wolf Among Us is a great combination of modern noire and dark fantasy. It's a graphic adventure that chronicles fairy tale characters in the real world. This game is dark and interesting with a really good mystery. I appreciate the comic book style animation and solid entertainment value. It uses quick time events during the actions scenes and includes complex characters who are surprisingly relatable. I think it's one of the better graphic adventures on the market.
The Wolf Among Us has a few issues. Most importantly, I encountered multiple glitches. Sometimes, the story progression gets stuck and I had to restart at the most recent checkpoint. Supposedly, the player's choices alter the story in graphic adventures, but I'm not sure if that's true in The Wolf Among Us. Poor decisions might change the ending, but it seems like the overall story moves on a specific track.
Ultimately, this game is quite strong and it should appeal to players who appreciate a good story. I believe it might even appeal to gamers who prefer more combat. It might be difficult to find new copies, but I'm sure many of you will just purchase digital versions anyway.
Let's move on to Assassin's Creed: Rogue Remastered. It features a member of the Brotherhood who defected against his group and joined the Templars. I don't understand why Ubisoft made this game. It doesn't seem to fit very well in the main Assassin's Creed storyline and the gameplay is disappointing. However, I'm sure hardcore fans of the franchise will enjoy it anyway. This game includes many of the typical Assassin's Creed elements and the world building is quite lovely.
Beyond that, I don't get the appeal. The controls are terrible, the plot is bland, the gameplay is inferior to predecessors like Black Flag, and the characters don't bring anything interesting to the series. It just seems like Ubisoft churned out another game to make a profit.
I would only recommend this game for Assassin's Creed collectors. Some gamers want the entire series, but just remember, Rogue is one of the weaker mainline installments.
The Doom: Slayer's Collection is a good option for gamers who love first person shooters. It's an inexpensive collection that includes the original Doom, Doom II: Hell on Earth, Doom 3, and the Doom remake. All of these games are fun with quick pacing, loads of monsters, powerful guns, and strong entertainment value. If you want to fight demons in space, the Slayer's Collection is the right choice.
Some gamers love the entire Doom franchise, but I only connect with the remake from 2016. The other games are fine and retro gaming isn't the issue, but the maps aren't very clear. In fact, Doom 3 doesn't have a map at all. I don't have the best sense of direction, but it seems really easy to get lost in the Doom games regardless. None of the games have good storylines, which shouldn't be a surprise. Also, many of the boss fights are excessively frustrating.
Here's my honest opinion. Buy the Slayer's Collection if you really want the complete series. But I would recommend buying the remake of Doom instead. After all, Doom 3 wasn’t very popular during its original release and I’m not sure how many people appreciate retro gaming anyway. The gameplay is much better in the Doom remake and you can download it digitally on the cheap.
God of War is probably one of the best games on the PlayStation 4. In fact, it might be one of the best games from the past decade. This game is a distant continuation of the original God of War franchise. Kratos is living in ancient Norway with his son, Atreus, and they’re embarking on a long journey. It’s a heartfelt adventure with amazing character development, incredible gameplay, stunning graphics, and a beautiful story. I wasn’t a fan of the previous God of War games, but this one is a refreshing change in direction.
This game doesn’t have major problems to my recollection, but some of the RPG elements are inconsequential. God of War has a decent skill tree, but I didn’t notice anything significant about the other RPG elements, such as costumes, magical items, etc. This game focuses more on the story and combat than RPG elements.
I highly recommend this game for anyone who owns a PlayStation 4. Sony has many great PlayStation exclusives, but this one certainly goes on the top of the list. God of War is a masterpiece and I really mean it.
The Sinking City ties heavily to the works of H.P. Lovecraft. A private investigator travels to a dilapidated city to investigate a murder. Strangely, it seems like the city is overrun with otherworldly creatures. I find the world building a creative twist on the post-apocalyptic genre with a literal sinking city and an infestation of nightmarish monsters. It also has interesting mystery elements.
However, this game has tons of flaws. The animation seems outdated, the voice acting is quite bland, the investigation elements are confusing, and the overall gameplay is clunky. It takes combinations of action-adventure games, RPGs, and mysteries. The basic concept is cool, but the execution is bad. None of the elements come together very well and the game lacks polish. It’s hard to master the controls and the story lacks interesting characters.
In the end, The Sinking City is very disappointing. I’m a big fan of post-apocalypse and H.P. Lovecraft, which means it takes quite an effort to sour me from this type of game. Most gamers could easily skip this title, but you may purchase a used copy if the concept sounds interesting enough.
Welcome to the chaos of Borderlands 3! The game still takes place on a dystopian planet called Pandora. If you really like the previous Borderlands games, this one will probably satisfy you. The latest game in the series continues to offer great humor, awesome weapons, and good open world elements. It’s very silly in all the right ways.
What if you’re not a big fan of the Borderlands series? This one won’t change your mind. In fact, I think the franchise gets weaker with each release. I’m only a fan of the original Borderlands game. This one largely caters to the multiplayer crowd. The single player campaign isn’t particularly interesting and the franchise is becoming very redundant at this point. Most of the Borderlands games look the same to me.
The gameplay is probably serviceable enough to satisfy fans of first person shooters and RPGs. I recommend it for hardcore Borderlands fans, but it’s probably not worth the money for casual gamers. Borderlands 3 isn’t a bad game, but it’s not very memorable. It’s just another first person shooter with a bare bones storyline. Personally, I recommend Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition instead, but Borderlands 3 is available if you’re curious.
I’m ending this post with a survival horror game called The Evil Within 2. A former detective is searching for his missing daughter in a post-apocalyptic landscape that’s full of sadistic murderers and demonic creatures. The Evil Within 2 is a really good improvement in the series with better gameplay, an open world environment, and more RPG elements. I found the graphics decent for a Bethesda release and the general experience is quite frightening. This game is intense and challenging with an onslaught of horrors, but you’ll probably find just enough ammo and health items to survive. I wasn’t a fan of the original Evil Within, but this one is an excellent survival horror release.
The story has many plot holes and some gamers will probably become frustrated. After all, it’s a tough game and enemies can easily overwhelm players. If you prefer the original Evil Within, this sequel will probably feel like a step down. They’re drastically different games. Is the voice acting better in The Evil Within 2? I would say yes, but it’s not fabulous by any means.
I believe The Evil Within 2 is an excellent step in the right direction with a great combination of terror and challenging gameplay. This survival horror game will make you feel like a champion. I just don’t recommend it for gamers who scare easily.
Thanks for reading my most recent game reviews. What games are you playing right now? Are you planning to purchase one of the new game consoles at some point? Were you lucky enough to buy one already? Tell me all about it in the comment section. Take care of yourself and be careful. We all need to be really vigilant this year. Watch out for more updates and have a good day!
Welcome back! I'm working on a collection of scary stories and one of my entries includes witches. After all, witchcraft played an interesting role in American history and it still remains in our culture today. So, I'm going to share my favorite movies about witches. Ironically, most of my choices aren't horror films. Let's dive right in!
This movie has many flaws, but it's unique and quite entertaining. Witches and warlocks either join the dark or light when they reach age sixteen. It's a little bit like a CW soap opera, but I find the story and mythology intriguing. One young witch encounters her corrupt mother and a really big adventure ensues. This movie is fun if you enjoy the YA genre.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
This film is a classic. It's the best entry in the Narnia series with a fascinating setting and elaborate fantasy elements. A group of children stumble into a fantasy kingdom through a closet and they meet all kinds of magical creatures. However, an evil witch wants to destroy them and take over the kingdom. It's a blockbuster adventure for viewers of all ages.
I suppose men can be witches too. According to this film, the magical talents from Salem only run in the male bloodlines. This movie isn't amazing, but it's fun and a decent way to kill ninety minutes. In fact, a lot of the dialogue is laughable. Basically, The Covenant is an enjoyable guilty pleasure. Just watch it without thinking too hard.
This cult hit isn't particularly scary, but it has cool characters and their actions reap severe consequences. The Craft shows a lot of gray morality and I think quite a few teenagers can relate to their situation. Let's face it. Teen relationships are often messy and complicated. It makes a very entertaining movie about witchcraft with a goth twist.
A conflict between a vampire and a vengeful witch sounds like a fun movie. This dark comedy has many throwbacks and references to the seventies with campy wit. It has many of Tim Burton's signature quirks, such goth influences, elaborate costume design, and dark fantasy elements. This film is an entertaining PG-13 viewing without major scares.
Drag Me to Hell
Make sure you never piss off a witch. An elderly witch places a curse on a banker who refuses to extent her mortgage. The witch soon dies and haunts the banker beyond the grave. Now this young woman must find a way to destroy the curse, so she won't be dragged to Hell by demons. This comedic horror film has a good combination of scares and laughs. It's little more than a high profile B movie and I think that's the point.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
This spinoff from the Harry Potter franchise is quite entertaining and whimsical. It includes some elements from the Wizarding World, but the subject matter is significantly different. This film has a much bigger emphasis on magical creatures instead of witchcraft. It's a refreshing change of pace from the long lasting Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
You might think it's cheating to include two films from the Wizarding World, but I would say both franchises should be on this list. The Chamber of Secrets is my favorite entry in the main Harry Potter series with spells, a dark mystery, creatures, and our favorite characters at Hogwarts. It's a dark movie, but teen viewers will probably enjoy the story.
This fun and campy Disney film is a Halloween staple. The witches in this film are diabolical and silly at the same time. Hocus Pocus was definitely intended for younger audiences, but it's suitable for adults as well. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are a mischievous trio of witches who are raising trouble in the modern era. Hopefully, a group of kids can vanquish them before the entire town falls under their spell.
The Last Witch Hunter
Some movies on this list don’t have a ton of substance, but The Last Witch Hunter is a fun and quickly paced blockbuster with a variety of witches. It has some humor, great action sequences, and plenty of fantasy elements. There’s never a dull moment. It’s too bad we never got a sequel.
The Little Mermaid
Who can forget Ursula the Sea Witch? Despite The Little Mermaid’s light tone, the main antagonist is a dark and fiendish villain who collects souls from gullible mermaids. It sounds like quite a nightmare. Of course, a classic story and great music also helps. Ariel might not be my favorite Disney princess, but this film is super re-watchable.
Here’s one of the few true horror movies on this post. A devoutly Christian woman makes a bargain with cosmic entities to bring good fortune to her life. She used a book of dark magic for decades to suit her needs until it eventually corrupted her soul. Now she’s planning to sacrifice her grandson to the ancient Gods and he needs to find an escape plan. Mercy is also one of the few witchcraft films that ties into the Cthulhu mythos.
The remake of Disney’s Mulan includes an antagonist who was labeled a witch by individuals who fear her powers. In fact, this film includes numerous characters with psychic powers, including Mulan and the Emperor. This version of Mulan might not have Mushu or the animated film’s music, but it’s a very mature take on an ancient fairy tale with great characters and action scenes.
This charming romcom showcases two sister witches who are trying to eliminate their family curse. Apparently, any men who fall for the women in their family die prematurely. Practical Magic is definitely more humorous and dramatic than scary, but it’s still a fun Halloween viewing.
The Skeleton Key
I suppose this horror film has outdated views about Voodoo, but it’s still interesting and creepy. The Skeleton Key keeps the audience guessing until the very end. It’s a nice blend of horror and mystery with a slow burn. This movie also proves good horror doesn’t need a huge budget. Sometimes less is more.
Maleficent is another iconic witch who scared children for generations. The original Sleeping Beauty is surprisingly dark for a Disney movie. It’s also a decent action flick with a sword fighting prince, a kingdom covered in thorns, and Maleficent in her menacing dragon form. This classic is definitely my favorite of the earlier Disney animations.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
I’m surprised to see so many Disney films on this post. This brisk action film has vague ties with Arthurian legend, such as Morgana le Fay as a villain. She doesn't appear until late in the movie, but The Sorcerer's Apprentice is still an entertaining fantasy adventure that's suitable for most age groups.
The Sword in the Stone
This early film in Disney animation is a surprisingly good chronicle about King Arthur's childhood. I particularly enjoyed a wacky spar between Merlin and his nemesis; Madam Mim. Magic, spells, and witchcraft play a significant role in this film and the story fleshes out a nice coming of age fable.
I recommend watching both versions, including the original release and the remake from 2020. Both movies involve a boy who runs across a convention for witches. Apparently, witches really hate children and they turn him into a mouse. The original release is kind of dark, but it's still a kid's movie. The remake is much sillier with equally good entertainment value. Both versions are decent in their own right.
The Witches of Eastwick
It's hard to resist a dark comedy that stars Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer. This fantasy romcom features three local witches who fall in love with a demonic being. One would think a demon would have the upper hand, but these clever witches find a way to turn the tables on him.
That’s my top 20 list about witches in cinema. Do you have any favorites that didn’t make it on my list? Share in the comment section. Do your best to stay safe. Between the pandemic and our tumultuous political climate, it’s a jungle out there! Keep the peace and I’ll see you guys next week. Have a great three day weekend!
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