Unbox Newbies Adventure PS4 Review By Lawrence J Pepple Jr The Reviewer

Ladies and gentleman the video game world gives you Unbox: Newbies adventure a cardboard box in a cardboard box world. The story begins when a team of people from the GPS( Global Postal Service) by the names of Bounce, Dash and Digi use there machine called the Box-o-matic to create a self made Box named Newbie. Newbies goal or should I say your goal is to save the GPS from impending bankruptcy,however in the mitts of it all is a Sinister boss known as Boss wild and his group of Wild cards that are out to stop Newbie by any means necessary.

In order to save the GPS your goal is to collect stamps from different worlds in the game and defeat Boss wild. To collect stamps you will need to help different box people with different objectives and or tasks like finding items,parts for those items, racing though a course, saving boxes and of course we can not forget you guessed it!! Delivering mail LOL. The challenges go from easy to intense which is a spot on way to get your true game on. Some challenges can be tough but rewarding when beaten. Keep in mind you are being timed through most of the challenges so that can be nerve racking.

To control Newbie you of course use the lift stick to move him. For moves Newbie can jump using R1 or R2 and also has a super jump called unboxed. Unboxed while using L1 or L2 allows you to bounce in mid air and reach far places that a normal jump can’t. You do have a limit of 6 unboxed times you can use until it’s empty but can recharged it by finding unboxed items or checkpoints. Newbie also has an attack called the ground attack… “you first jump then press circle to perform it.” I will say controlling newbie for the first time can be frustrating because it can feel like your losing control and also slippery when landing on small platforms and may end up dying a lot or have to start over on missions that involve you going up a building. Once you can over come “controlling issues” the game is really fun to play and the challenges are “to me” very enjoyable.

The visuals in this game is colorful and cutesy with a modern cartoon feel which would tickle the young at heart. Its also an open world which is cool and gives you the chance to explore beautiful scenery that is very enjoyable to the eye. You can also interact with most things like riding cars, forklifts, sitting on lawn chairs and so on “to me it was really fun to fool around with all of theses.” There is a shop where you can customize yourself with different types of boxes designs with also add on’s of hats, caps, glasses and other variety’s. “I must have spent hours deciding what character to make in that shop and I feel you will too.” For an open world I was a little sad cause it is a beautiful place, it just didn’t have much to use and with an open world I want to be wowed with stuff that I can interact with but the game only delivered a little.  I would have like to see more shops because there is only one to my knowledge, would have liked different things to drive in or even fly planes, and more weapons to fight the evil wild cards. I do find the challenges fun and there are a lot of challenges to complete but for the non challenges very weak on things to interact with.

There are a lot of problems that can occur in the game. There are many times that you will get stuck and stick a lot or even go trough the platform. They have a re-spawned bottom on the control to go to your checkpoint but if its far away it can be annoying because a lot of these objectives have time limits. With theses problems it made intense challenges and gaming unpleasant hopefully they will have updates to fix these issues in the near future.

Newbie is a fun game with some interesting ideas. I did find the challenges fun, I couldn’t put it down but for open world free time is not so fun. Would I play it again yes but it will be awhile. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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Outlast PS4 Review by Lawrence J Pepple Jr The Reviewer

Outlast the survival horror story line is pretty to the point. The character Miles Supshur  “played by you” gets an email from a man (whose is Anonymous if you count 10260110756@mutemail.com as a name) he tells you bad experiments are being made at the Asylum that need to be exposed, determine to expose the terrifying things going on. You find your way in to investigate whats going on only to find out that the Asylum is overrun by the inmates who have gone on a killing spree. Now it’s up to you to find out how this happened, show the world whats happening and to Escape the Asylum.

Now for the game play your treated with a first person view, all you have is a camcorder, your legs to run and to hide and sneak pass people. You’re helpless which is what I think makes the game objective more challenging by finding keys or key cards to open doors, fix elevator with fuses or other things to help you progress. Now this doesn’t help your night get any better because what you will be dealing with are all the crazy’s that want to kill you in the sickest ways possible. This is where your hiding and sneaking comes to play and you will need this for survival from the crazies. There are places to hide and be truly unseen such as lockers or under beds. “Keep in mind they will search lockers or beds so pray they don’t find you.” You also have the Ability to run and look behind you which is awesome (also realistic) with this feature you’ll always know how close the crazies are and plan quick hiding place…If they see you go into hiding, your hiding place is a FAIL.

Now on to the camcorder this is another key element to help you film events and also use it to see in the dark which you will be using a lot of the time. Using the light on the cam you will waste battery life, you will need to find batteries to keep it running. The batteries are scattered all around the asylum and you can hold up to 10 batteries but they are limited so use them wisely or you’ll be in the dark unless you have super vision. You also collect files which you read and find more about whats happened in the asylum. You can grab these files or not its up to you. “I find them pointless… you learn more about the story as you advance.” This game keeps you curious and keeps you wanting to continue exploring more to find the answers you need.

The graphics are pretty good since it was released in 2013 and moved to PS4 and Xbox. It isn’t PS4 real life graphics but almost spot on to give you the heart attack you need with a first person view. The people you encounter are freaky and crazy that you will surely have a rush of butterfly’s and panic going through your body. They also have jump scares so be ready to scream, jump, panic, or do whatever movements you would do. Your pants will fly off  your body because this game throws everything at you but the kitchen sink. “I tell you some parts of this game are so scary that its hard to really press on, you’ll feel like your in the game and don’t want to get caught or worse die.”

The main person you will meet is the mother of all horror and that’s the mad doctor. This guy loves to torture, play with his victims, and may I add likes to joke while doing so. When you come across him he catches you and wheels you in a wheelchair to this room that he does his surgeries in…”let me tell ya its not pretty.” This part is just disturbing once he brings you in this room he starts talking in his creepy voice and picking his weapon of choose he then chops off 2 of your fingers. He’s a person I believe will give you a hard time to escape.

Outlast is a spot on classic horror at its finest. There are some flaws in the game like skipping or hiccups and for some reason coming close to the end when you die the game will load and just keep loading. I’m not sure if its just the digital copy that has that problem but its annoying and happens a lot. Hopefully the disc version makes the cut with new updates and less loading time.

Outlast for the most part is a solid horror game and I give this bad boy a 8.5 out of a 10

 

 

Resident Evil 7 Review By Lawrence Pepple The Reviewer

Been in the dark with gaming for awhile, So I’m happy I finally got the chance to play Resident Evil 7,  “Hey better late then never.”

Well Let’s get to it, Ethan the person you’ll be playing as gets a video through an email from a woman named mia telling him that she is in trouble but not to come looking for her. Of course he does otherwise I wouldn’t have much to say and there wouldn’t be much game play. Ethan drives to the house, from there is where the exploring or investigation starts.

Resident Evil 7 is the first ever first person shooter game, if you can count RE dead aim but that’s another story. You begin exploring the house outside trying to make your way in,”I must say the graphics are smooth and realistic, like all PS4 games with crisp movie like quality.” After finding a door on the side of the house you enter, “I’ll tell ya outside is less creepy than inside.” Inside you walk into something straight out of The Texas chain saw massacre filled with cockroaches , out of date food (or mystery food), dead birds, and heads. A real sick mess that made me uneasy and you’ll want to catch a 180 out of there.

Going on….You find Mia but she is plagued with a disease that turns here into a monster like zombie with black eyes and veins all over her body. You find out the whole family that lives there is also plagued and have gone completely mad at which point the family member Jack captures you. You wake up tied to a chair, and for the first time come face to face with the plagued Baker family.

Quick spoilers Your objective is to save Mia, escape the house and find a cure to save Mia and the Bakers.

Now lets get into the gameplay, Like classic RE style you must find things that help you complete the objective at hand. The creators of RE bring back jump scares which was not seen in the series for awhile. It makes the game more challenging and of course scary. Meeting Jack(baker husband) for the first time will make your heart skip a couple of paces. He is scary and the way he speaks in a happy and Psychotic tone is what will truly freak you out. When hiding he’ll make you want to stay in place and pray that he doesn’t find you.

To me it was hard to face my fear and sneak past him, the thought of him finding me and his reaction was nerve racking. The problem with Jack and the rest of the family is they cant die or be decapitated because they regenerate like Deadpool. This is were curing them is the key to saving them and completing the game.

The New feature that I mentioned was the first person view which I think is great for making the game look realistic, for VR users the intensity will scare your pants off. With my 50in TV it made me feel as if I was in the TV. The only two negative things about the game are…One is there aren’t to many monsters in the beginning part or even when you meet jacks wife. Now that isn’t a complete negative because the atmosphere makes up for it with its exploring and creepiness. The Baker family makes your night a living hell, you’re trying to hide from them while finding items, or a way to kill them. Lets just say your on the move to make it alive. The second issue and only real negative is LOADING time based off of the amount of gigs, some parts of the game like moving on to a new level take awhile to load up. Hopefully with modern technology it’s something they can fix in the near future.

I had more things to say like my favorite moments and dislikes of the game but that would lead to more depth and spoilers which I’ll talk about at a later time in a full length Review. All and all Resident evil 7 is a new and fun adventure with a big game changer from previous RE series, I hope RE continues to explore new things to make the series better.

I give it a 9 out of a 10.

Annie’s Shells and white cheddar by Lawrence J Pepple Jr The Reviewer

Can you think back to when you were a kid? What was your favorite meal to enjoy?

Mine was Macaroni and cheese! I mean who doesn’t love cheese topped foods!!! Anyway catering to my inner child I decided to try Annie’s White Cheddar Mac&Cheese (side note I’m a huge fan of cheddar so its no surprise I picked this flavor).

After waiting for what seemed like forever for one of my meal to cook AAAHHH I tasted it and I HATED IT!! I was not a fan, what used to be my favorite meal was quickly turned a nightmare…Where is the cheese? They must have forgotten to give me the rest cheese or maybe the factory was running low that day..hahaha

No but seriously I could hardly taste the cheddar which is the key to enjoying mac and cheese. The problem with it is that the box comes with a little “emphasis on the little” bag of powdered cheddar. “I don’t know if Annie knows this…but someone should let her know and soon” mixing powder with hot shells means it doesn’t melt right away, the cheddar chucks up and gets stuck inside the shells. You get chunks of cheese in one spoon and salt water taste in another spoon full.

Annie I’m sorry but at this point I’m going to have to say “Forget the cheddar Velveeta is better” This dish in my book unfortunately is not a winner