Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2

I was very excited to hear that PvZ would be an RPG, mostly because I am a massive fan of the tower defense game as much as I am a fan of RPG’s. To top it off, this game offers split screen co-op… or so I thought.

We purchased the game on PS4. Popped it in and waited the 20 minutes for the game to update. The game started in single player mode, we were thrust into zombie territory and were told to run for it. While Dave was running around like a chicken with his head cut off, I was googling how to enter split screen mode. Google was less than helpful, the official site mentioned nothing of how to get in, and various other forums were debating whether split screen co-op was actually a thing or not. Not a good sign.

Finally we made it back to home base, once here we finally figured out that you have to walk up to two CRT monitors stacked on top of each other to enter split screen mode (So obvious right?).  Mission finally accomplished, I can finally play the game. I run around and try to pick up the same quest Dave has just gotten, to find that I can’t interact with certain quest points. Shit, did we just spend money on a game that doesn’t have split screen co-op?

Not to worry I pick up some other quests and off we go, running around the world tying to look for the location of the quests and failing miserably. We started some war in the centre of town which was very confusing. Dave died quite frequently when the war got a little more hectic, I discovered however that I didn’t loose any health. WTF?!? What kind of split screen co-op game is this? I can’t do main story line quests, I am invincible, we can’t find any quest locations.

After getting sick and tired of that we return back to base to regroup and regoogle. Like I mentioned above, there is some fierce debate out there between various forums on the existence of split screen co-op. Ever the optimist i think Ok, the games only new and perhaps these posts are from the beta testing? We decide to enter multiplayer mode.

There are a tone of multiplayer modes to choose from within this game, and lots of ways your can customise each game which goes beyond map selection. You can choose between different character availability, different physics abilities, availability of weapons, change handicaps and health stats and even enter chaos mode. Multiplayer is great and it was through multiplayer that I would able to complete several “quests”.

So mystery solved for now. When PvZ GW2 talks about split screen co-op, it actually means local multiplayer mode. Which is not why we bought the game. I’m a little bit ticked off, as I am sure many others out there are, I can only hope that in this new age of constant online updates a real split screen co-op mode may eventually be added to this game.








Candy Crush Saga

Ok, I know. It’s one of those evil freemium games, but hear me out first!

Candy Crush Saga is a great game to play while you have to wait a while, I frequently find myself playing this waiting for the train to arrive at the station, on the train to Uni, on the train to work or on the train home. It simply distracts you from the horrible experience of waiting.

I have yet to pay a single cent for anything in Candy Crush Saga and I intend to keep it that way. When I run out of lives, that’s it, I have to stop playing because I refuse to pay for more. I also don’t pay for boosters, because I find they are not useful, or pay to unlock levels. I am in no rush and eventually the game unlocks them for you if you wait a week. I also don’t have it linked to my Facebook account, because I know I am already annoying enough people posting about my YouTube videos and my blog updates.

I know the company has ripped off a number of other games, lets be honest, it’s like bejeweled but more frustrating because there is no free play mode where you can peacefully enjoy matching 3 different colored gems together for all eternity. However it is stimulating and it does improve your ability to think ahead and problem solve.

I would only recommend playing this game if you are strong willed, stubborn and don’t give in to peer pressure, because the game will use every opportunity to try and persuade you to spend your hard earned cash or get you to connect to Facebook.


The Elder Scrolls Online

This is my most recent MMORPG that I have deiced to dedicate my precious hours to playing. I would have started playing it sooner, however I  was not a fan of their subscription scheme and so decided to hold off until they made it a one off payment to play. Boy, I’m glad I did. Let me explain.

The game play is just so repetitive. Every time you enter a new part of the map you do the same thing, hunt around for quests, complete the quests, level up and move on. They try to make it more engaging by creating main quests, side quests and mini quests as well as sticking some dungeons, bosses and ‘random’ events in there. However, the story lines for these quests, even the smaller ones are just so epic that I find myself getting disinterested and skipping through to get to the action. The ‘random’ events aren’t all that exciting either, you do the same thing every time one spawns, fight the bad guys and destroy some orbs to unlock the bigger bad guys, who, once you defeat them leave a chest with mediocre items within. And the scenery get’s a bit repetitive also particularly the interiors of houses and the underground levels like caves and crypts. I guess this is a cheeky wink at Skyrim, or perhaps other ES games were like this too, either way I find my self getting lost and confused frequently due to this fact. Luckily when you are above ground you know where you are, the terrains are all unique which enable you to become familiar with and easily navigate your way around.

What maddens me, the completionist that I am, is that there is WAY too much to do! There are so many quests to finish, so many caves and crypts to explore, so many bosses to defeat. The map is literally saturated with experience points, by the time you’re halfway through the map you’ve out leveled the area. I haven’t noticed enemies increasing in difficulty as you level as I seem to be able to smash them pretty easily and trust me when I say this, I am not in any way a skilled player.

Also, for a MMORPG there’s not a lot for you to do as big groups. I tend to stay away from PvP and WvW parts of the game, so maybe it’s there, but it’s certainly lacking in main game play. You aren’t so much as working with your group as you are individuals playing on the same server and saying “hi” to one another as you each complete which ever quest you happen to be on. Its great that you can share a quest with group members, but that’s as far as you go. There’s no pooling of progress for that quest. For example, If you have to collect 10 items each member of the group has to collect 10 items individually. This is madness! What’s the point in having a group if you can’t work together to complete quests? It gets a bit lonely out there.The only time team effort is involved in when playing an instance, or perhaps in WvW but I’m not sure if ESO has that?

One more thing! this game is glitchy, for a game to be out this long and still just randomly quit on me while I am in the middle of a very long quest is highly annoying. On several occasions I have not been able to progress in a quest because something has not loaded properly, forcing me to quit the quest and come back to it. Sometimes I’m lucky and ill be able to start where I left off. Other times… they make me want to cry cause I have to do it all over again!

In saying all this I do enjoy how simple it is to play, I am a big fan of only using keys 1-5 for fighting, WASD for moving and mouse for directing. It’s great that you can also use first person from time to time. The fact that is just so jam packed with quests is also good because It means that I will become alpha and be able to DOMINATE the main quest when I get round to it.