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Respect or Reject 2019 – Q1 -Thinking about buying Anthem? Don’t.

Respect or Reject?

Hello Gamers and welcome back to AButtonGames! We’ve been dormant for a while but we are back for a new type of article; our first new piece of Respect or Reject!

We know a lot of gamers (smart gamers) wait to see reviews before running out and buying a game on release day. Bugs need to be hammered out, releases flop, and things just don’t live up to the hype (Ahem, Fallout 76). So we are here to compile a list of the best and worst games of 2019 so far. So here comes the meat, get ready for Respect or Reject!

TL;DR

Respect

  • Apex Legends
  • Slay the Spire
  • Metro Exodus
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Call of Duty – Black Ops 4

Reject

  • Anthem
  • Fallout 76
  • Vane
  • Crackdown 3
  • Onimusha: Warlords

Fallout 76 – Reject

This is probably the most disheartening and tragic reject on this list. We know that Fallout 76 was not released in 2019 Q1 but we couldn’t exclude such a heavy downfall from this list.


SecretOfManaRemastered

Secret of Mana Remastered Meta-Review

Release Date: Feb 15, 2018

Platform: Win, PS Vita, PS4

Series: Mana

Publisher: Square Enix

Developer: Square Enix

“Embark on an action-packed, worldwide adventure in the 3D remastered version of Secret of Mana. Take on the role of Randi, a young boy tasked with reviving the magical power of Mana.
The battle for Mana includes many tumultuous encounters along the way; armed with the Mana Sword and joined by his two companions Primm and Popoi, Randi leads the epic quest to battle the treacherous empire as it tries to gain control of Mana.

In order to defeat the forces of evil, Randi, Primm and Popoi must befriend the eight elementals who hold the power that comprises Mana. The legacy of Mana returns as the brave warriors set forth to bring balance back to the world.

The memorable adventure of Randi, Primm and Popoi is reborn in Secret of Mana!”

— www.secretofmanagame.com

IGN: 7.6/10

“You know what this Secret of Mana HD remaster makes me want most? A full Secret of Mana remake. While I love how this remaster has all the heart and joy of the SNES original from 1993, it misses an opportunity to elevate this classic RPG by bringing it up to modern standards in areas like AI, combat balancing, and even graphics. The result is a charming but clumsy 20ish-hour adventure that both frustrates and delights.”

— MEGHAN SULLIVAN — http://www.ign.com

 

Metacritic: 73/100

“The real problem with graphics is in their style. Secret of Mana for SNES is currently not considered an impressive game in this sense; However, his characters and scenarios captured the charm of the illustrations by Hirō Isono. For its part, the remake opts for a chibi style similar to that of Adventure of Mana and the remake of Final Fantasy IV , although with more quality textures. This results in a game that, while not looking bad, does not have the captivating illustrations that are an essential part of the soul of the Seiken Densetsu franchise .”

— Pedro Pérez Cesari — http://www.levelup.com

Polygon: 5.5/10

“Make no mistake, Secret of Mana remains a decent game, even in this damaged state. But the lifeless spirit and newfound flaws of the remake emphasize all the clumsy details that were easier to forgive in the original. Its real-time combat can be clumsy and unbalanced. The early hours of the game prove to be extraordinarily repetitive, sending players back to the same handful of locations over and over again. And the weapon- and spell-leveling mechanics make for lots of tedious grinding.”

—  Jeremy Parish — https://www.polygon.com

 



RocketLeague

Rocket League Review

Rating: 4.5/5

Release date: July 7, 2015

Developer: Psyonix

Designer: Corey Davis

Publisher: Psyonix

Engine: Unreal Engine

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux

 

“Everything is better with rocket powered vehicles.”

What is Rocket League?

Rocket league is a sequel to the playstation 3 game “Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars” (that is certainly a mouthful) released by Psyonix on October 9, 2008. Luckily for the players, the new name “Rocket League” is much easier to say and find (can you imagine searching for the original game on the current PlayStation store? With that keyboard?). Rocket League is a mixture of driving and soccer although they have since introduced a basketball mode and a hockey mode. The goal of this game is to to smack the ball/puck with your chosen vehicle into the opponent’s goal. The matches are quick, lasting about 5 minutes in time, plus the delays from goal scoring.

Gameplay

The base game includes 11 usable vehicles, although this number has since been inflated through DLC and the crate system. Each vehicle offers slightly different gameplay mechanics. For example, the larger vehicles will turn a bit wider, fly much slower and, require more turbo to reach maximum speed. However, this is offset by their enlarged hitbox making them ideal for newer players who are struggling to hit the ball.

Besides the selection of vehicles this game really shines in its tight mechanics and multitude of gameplay features. Each game is 5 minutes in length in which the team with the most goals at the end are the winners. This game features the ability to play anything from 1v1 to 4v4 (which is total chaos). For new players, you are greeted with some of the most fluid gameplay I have ever experienced. Each button press feels incredibly responsive and I almost never find myself blaming a bad play on the game’s mechanics.

For the more advanced players, this game features some very clever and well implemented techniques to take your game to the next level. Techniques like flying that involve jumping, rotating and using the right amount of turbo to fly into the sky and smack the ball. Unlike traditional sports games, Rocket League games do not have any rules that players must follow (offside.. etc.. ) making it easier to jump right in and get started. This is a very important feature in a game like Rocket League where the mechanics can be difficult to master. Having to juggle a new set of rules and mechanics for new players could have been very off putting.

For players looking to learn and discover all of the techniques that this game has to offer can use the training arena. In training the players have unlimited turbo and can do and practice as they please. Overall, this game is as simple or as complex and you make it. It is one of the best pick up and play games that I have ever owned.

Graphics and Performance

As mentioned before, Rocket League is one of the most fluid games I have played in recent memory. The graphics are simple but crisp and beautiful on all platforms. While I cannot speak on the XBOX version of the game, on my PS4 Pro this game runs buttery smooth with little to no noticeable framerate dips.

Multiplayer and Competitive Play

Rocket League can be played with friends, with others online, against bots or, any combination of those.  For those interested in a more competitive atmosphere Rocket League has you covered! Players can compete against others in competitive (ranked) matches in 1v1-3v3. You can play with friends or use the built in matchmaking system as with all of rocket leagues online game modes. However, due to the nature of this game mode it is recommended that players be well versed in Rocket League before venturing into the ranked leagues. In addition,  unlike normal online play, in competitive if a player leaves midway that player is not replaced by a bot and that team is forced to play a man down (Red Card!).

Customization

In addition to each of vehicle players can also customize their vehicles to make them more personal.  This includes ‘toppers’ items that are placed on top of the vehicle for all to see (think Hats and other coverings) , antennas , wheels, skins + paint jobs and rocket trails (what comes out of your vehicle when you boost). This game boasts an impressive amount of collectable to customize your vehicle.

Issues

For as much as I love Rocket League it is not without issues. One of the big issues is match balancing. Due to the nature of progression in this game, if a player leaves mid match they are not awarded any experience and will not rank up. This leads to many people leaving towards the end of the match just to maintain a lower rank so they are matched up against players who are legitimately that rank. This leads to terribly unbalanced matches sometimes. IN addition, when a player leaves mid match (in non competitive) that player is replaced by an A.I until a new player is found. This is great except that the transition between players leaving and joining mid match causes a massive lag spike rendering the game unplayable for a second or two for some players. Lastly, although this game has many collectibles much of them are hidden within loot crates that can only be opened by spending real money on keys. Now, this is slightly made better by the trading mechanic but I would love to see a way to earn keys in game.

Score: 4.5/5

Rocket League is an impressive game with a lot of unique features, tight mechanics and buttery smooth gameplay. Although it has some minor issues these are not enough to drag down this wonderful game that is (rightfully so) exploding into the esports scene. I would recommend picking this game up as it is super cheap.. you will not regret it!


Fallout4

Fallout 4 Review

Rating: 4/5

Release date: November 10, 2015

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Genre: Action role-playing game

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Game Rating: Rated M – Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Use of Drugs

Introduction

This is a review of Fallout 4 without any expansions.

Fallout 4 is your open world, post-apocalyptic, sandbox, gunslinging, mutant smashing, action RPG. That was a mouthful but it’s an accurate description of the variety of awesome systems comprised in Fallout 4. If you have ever played an open world RPG then the Fallout 4 game play will seem pretty familiar to you. If not, continue reading and things will start to become clearer. After you play through the prolonged game tutorial (otherwise known as vault 111) you are immediately introduced to a generally neutral faction called the Minutemen. The point of the minutemen is to protect settlements across the Commonwealth. The game then throws settlement building mechanics at you (with little instruction on how it actually works). Your first settlement is Sanctuary, but you quickly find more settlements to align with and help protect. As the game progresses you are introduced to other factions that compete with each other, awesome weapons/armor, new companions, and difficult choices. Your underlying objective is finding your son, but things get complicated as conspiracies arise and you move deeper into the game.

Mechanics

As mentioned Fallout 4 is a open world RPG, but the focus of the game is killing enemies with guns, swords, and/or blunt weapons (such as a baseball bat or sledgehammer). It’s a 3D game where you can play in first person or 3rd person (so you can watch your character swing that super sledge into the face of a feral ghoul). You can run, jump, stealth, shoot, swing, and even fly if you get the correct equipment. You have base stats known as SPECIAL and each letter can attain a base maximum of 10. This stands for strength, perception, endurance, charisma, intelligence, agility, and luck. Each statistic governs different play styles and unlocks unique skills that you can increase every time you level up. If you like to slice people up with swords or hammers you may want to invest in strength (this also increases your carry weight to lug around more junk). Perception will help your accuracy and can help with killing enemies with guns. Endurance increases your health and stamina. Charisma will give you an edge when interacting with other people you meet in the commonwealth (certain perks help with building better settlements). Intelligence will increase your experience earned and carry other unique bonuses. Agility will help you become a master assassin who can sneak and surprise your opponents. Finally, luck will help you gain criticals and find better items. There are many perks that go with each stat, and can add to the customizability of how you play Fallout 4.

Graphics

Before discussing Fallout 4 graphics I would like to specify that my experience was with PS4 which has slightly better performance than Xbox One. Furthermore, playing fallout 4 with a PC that has a high performing graphics card will yield far superior graphics than either console. This is generally the case for any game that is cross platform.

Diving into how Fallout 4 compares to other games, I would like to emphasize it is pretty darn good. It has more color and detail than previous games in the Fallout franchise and performs great with minimal FPS drops. The game designers for Fallout 4 put so much detail into every item and piece of the environment which is impressive given that you can create your own settlements using these assets.

All that being said I would also like to mention that if you choose to load mods that improve texture or add more details to the environment you may get substantial drops in FPS and glitches. Mod at your own risk!

Multiplayer

Fallout 4 is a single player game. This means that there is no compatibility for playing with friends online, splitscreen, or any other in game experience with other players. The closest you will come to multiplayer is getting mods from other players, or joining the online forums for Fallout 4.

There is however a large selection of npc (non-player character) companions to play with in Fallout 4. You can have a companion from any faction you choose and even more. As you explore the wasteland with your companions you can increase or decrease their affinity, give them weapons and equipment, have conversations with them, help them with personal quests, or just treat them like your own personal pack mule. The depth and characterization of companions in Fallout 4 is pretty enjoyable, but watch out for big game changing decisions as this may lead your companion to attack you if you choose to align with an opposite faction.

Improvements

Ask any Fallout: New Vegas fan and you will receive a plethora of reasons why Fallout 4 is terrible in comparison. However, looking at the two games objectively you can clearly see that Fallout 4 has improvements with graphics, fighting mechanics, and depth of the environment. The building of settlements is a huge bonus for Fallout 4 but it also seems that this feature has a lot of potential for improvement. Settlement creation also increases usefulness for junk collection across the Commonwealth. The colors in Fallout 4 are more vivid than previous games, and companions seem to have a bit more depth. I won’t go into extra details on this, but overall it seems that Fallout is making gameplay improvements while keeping the basic theme from previous games in the franchise.

Issues

Fallout 4 is extremely addicting but it is not without it’s flaws. The biggest flaw in Fallout 4 is the lack of options for settlement creation and the inability to remove undesirable structures in certain settlements. There are even settlements that feature corpses that simply cannot be removed. You can see this flaw starting in the first settlement: Sanctuary. Some buildings allow for their removal, but others are stuck there with their damaged roofs and crumbling infrastructures. When Bethesda added settlement creation they went bare bones. You can start to see the lack of content after you’ve starting building your third settlement and every house you create looks eerily similar to the last one. Furthermore, right when you are about to create the perfect settlement you look up on the top right corner of the screen and see that you capped out on how many structures you can build. These issues can be fixed by downloading some mods but then you forfeit getting any trophies, and run into glitches that can be even more frustrating. Come on Bethesda, go all the way or go home!

In addition to the settlement building flaws you may also run into other issues such as glitched quests, settlers in random glitched locations, and your companion being unable to climb into their power armor. I’ll reiterate this once more, if you decide to download mods you will be subject to glitches and further issues.

Conclusion: 4/5 stars

Overall I rate this game as 4 out of 5 stars. I definitely got my money worth by exploring, custom gun/armor modding, and building relationships in the Boston Commonwealth, and I would suggest this game to anyone who asks. The game is addicting and you can sink hours into exploring, building, and killing, however there are some flaws that cannot be overlooked. Fallout 4 can act as a great backbone for better settlement building in future games, and maybe Bethesda can go all in on their next game.


Diablo3

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Review

Rating: 4/5

Release date: 3/25/2014 (5/15/2012 for Original Diablo III)

Platforms: =&0=&PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac

Genre: Action role-playing game, Hack and slash

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

What is Diablo III?

Do you like to run around dungeons and kill hundreds of demons at once? If you answered yes then Diablo III might be the right game for you. It’s the 3rd game in the Diablo series and it seems to keep on improving. You pick your class and jump into the Diablo world of Sanctuary and enter the first town: New Tristan. If you have played Diablo games before this is a recurring town name. You must fight through undead, cultists, demons, angels, and devils to prevent the destruction of mankind. Now everything is better with the Reaper of Souls edition.

Mechanics

The mechanics in Diablo III are fairly simple. It is a top down role playing game where you run through dungeons and use your skills to devastate your opponents. Depending on what class and weapon you use, you will shoot, slash, warp, and explode your way to victory. Controller or keyboard buttons correspond to different skills you can use. You can also do a basic ninja roll to avoid danger. Learning how to play is extremely easy compared to other games, it is a hack and slash after all.

Graphics

The updated texture quality in Diablo III is the greatest improvement in the diablo series thus far. There are a plethora of stunning settings ranging from crypts to dreamlands. Skill effects are vastly improved from previous games and have can leave enemies on fire, poisoned, chilled etc. Everything is high definition and nothing is aliased. The game hardly has any lag and the graphics are very smooth.

The setting of diablo slightly alters between acts but for the most part this is a dark, dreary, and morose game setting. Although some say the story mode is somewhat “cheesy”, it is very graphically appealing with amazing cut scenes and dramatic voice overs. You will see no absence of bones, blood, corpses, and other disturbing visuals. Be prepared for gore. This game is rated M for mature, and rightly so. If you are offended or do not like strong visuals you may want to rethink playing Diablo III or any diablo games for that matter.

Multiplayer

Diablo III has a highly active multiplayer community but the PVP scene is severely lacking as you cannot get into random matches. There are no PVP rankings or leadership boards, or any rewards for winning. Although PVP is very limited you can duel against other players in your party with group free for all or 1v1 by talking to Nek the Brawler. You do not lose anything or suffer any penalties from losing (even in hardcore mode). Overall PVP needs some improvements.

Mainly the multiplayer scene in Diablo III is to play cooperatively. You can open your game lobby up for up to 3 players to join, you can join somebody else’s lobby and you can also split screen up to 4 different characters. Keep in mind that with more players you earn bonuses in experience but enemies also increase in difficulty. Cooperative play adds a layer of fun that single player just can’t achieve.

Improvements

As mentioned, the most dramatic difference from the Diablo predecessors is the improvement in texture quality. However, gear has become more streamlined with a pragmatic assortment of beneficial effects. Previous games had somewhat bulky stats on gear which had long stat names, too many different effects, skill level increases along with percentage increases. Overall the simplicity of gear bonuses has improved without sacrificing devastating legendary and set bonuses.

From expansions and patches Diablo III has become an even better version of itself. Diablo III started with the max level being 60 and a long series of features that turned out to hurt the game. Throughout the lifespan Blizzard has tested and came up with solutions. Loot is now generally specialized for your current character, there is no more auction house to dis-incentivize killing bosses and mobs, game difficulty works swimmingly, and seasonal characters give the game a replayability factor that you couldn’t get before. All of these aforementioned functions were fixed through patches and have built up the game to better than it’s ever been. New content is constantly being release and you can keep looking forward to more gear, characters, and fun.

End Game

Diablo III really shines through when it comes to getting to max level. End game content flourishes with Torment levels going all the way to XIII, rifts that test your abilities, and adventure mode that allows you to get rare items for improving gear. The end game is so strong in Diablo III that it can be said the real game is unlocked after completing the story and getting to level 70 and unlocking Horadric’s cube. I was amazed at how much more pulled into the game I was after I reached max level.

On top of new challenging difficulty and dungeons to complete, there are also many achievements and rare items to get by completing rare set-dungeon quests, annihilating specific elite monsters, and encountering rainbow portals leading to secret easter egg levels. One thing that has motivated me to stick with Diablo III is the quest to achieve fancy banners and stylish new wings for my characters. There is a plethora of achievements and secrets to keep you interested. There is a long conversation about whether achievements increase the fun of the game, but with a hack and slash like Diablo III I believe this improves the game dramatically. It’s a measure of completeness which resonates with many players of the community.

Issues

Diablo III is a great game but can sometimes be exploited. For console the community is crawling with hacked items from the PS3 or Xbox 360 version of the game. This can give these players an advantage to the point of not wanting to even play, since even playing in lobbies with these custom items can instantly level your character to insane paragon levels. Duplication is also rampant since data is allowed to be stored locally. The PC version is saved server-side and does not experience any of these issues. Also the issue is somewhat resolved with seasons since trading and dropping items are not allowed in this mode.

Aside from game exploits Diablo III can also get semi-stale with the limited amount of end-game items. Gear seems to stay the same as you get stronger and are improved only by increasing the “rank” from Legendary, to Ancient Legendary, to Primal Ancient Legendary. It’s the same item, but better stats. There should be special ancient or primal gear that comes only as such.

Conclusion: 4/5 stars

Overall I give Diablo III a 4/5 stars. It’s an amazing hack and slash game but is rivaled by other titles such as Torchlight and Path of Exile. There is a lot of potential for replayability but it can get kind of old with repeating items that differ only with stat improvements and players running around with hacked god-like gear on the majority of playable platforms. If you like a game where you can climb your way to the top then this might be the right fit for you.


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