First Impression: Rocket League

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

We’ve been using our Xbox One more often lately, even if we really only have a couple of games on there. One such game is Rocket League.

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Rocket League is soccer with race cars and exploding balls. Neither Rachel nor I are really into sporty games, unless Mario Kart counts, so Rocket League was never on our radar.

Then our awesome brother-in-law got us an Xbox One with the game already on it. While we haven’t played it with him yet, we did get a couple of rounds in with another friend recently. Rachel and I were… not good, haha.

It was fun enough for playing the game the first time. We each got a goal or two into the opponents’ nets, all computer-controlled rather than other humans, with our friend being on our team and carrying us to victory. The only downside was some lag during the last couple of rounds. Rachel’s and my car would blink and teleport across the field, usually right when we were about to smack into the ball. Pretty sure Rachel’s car was frozen on the ceiling at one point, too.

It’s not a game that Rachel and I are raring to boot up again, but it wasn’t too bad. We’ll probably try it again soon, at least with our brother-in-law.

 

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The Cold Case Of Noella Bejerot [Demo Review]

Demo Review of The Cold Case of Noella Bejerot | Visual Novel | Video Games | Murder Mystery | DoublexJump.com

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The Cold Case of Noella Bejerot is a comedic murder mystery visual novel game for PC and Mac. It was created by Marty Duff and Caty Herndon. The demo was released in December 2017 and, after talking with the developer, Kris and I were eager to try the game out.

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We enjoy mystery video games, especially those that have a comedic twist to them, like the Ace Attorney franchise and the Professor Layton series, and visual novels seem to be the perfect medium for these kinds of games. The demo of Cold Case seems to include the first case, a trial both for the player and the main character.

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It was quick, taking us about an hour, and everything was laid out for us to explore and learn the mechanics of the game. I knew what it was going in, but the game turned out to be much more than I expected. Not only do you have to pick what to do next and where to go, like most visual novels, you can interact with the background in search for clues and evidence. You can also talk to your partner and she’ll show you statements of the suspects as well as brief information on each of them.

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It is up to you to click through what you believe to be important evidence in the crime scenes as well as picking through the suspect and witness statements to determine who is the likely culprit. After searching the crime scene, you bring the evidence you collected to forensics, where another character gives further details about the clues to help you connect the pieces of the case. Sounds pretty standard in a mystery visual novel, but there is one catch — Grace faints at the sight of blood.

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This adds a little intensity to the game. You have five chances to look at bloody items in the room before Grace passes out. This means you have to pick and choose what you think may be important before you even look at it. That’s what I enjoyed the most, I think. The characters were all very quirky and the dialogue was witty and funny at some points.

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Each character is fairly distinct with their voices, mannerisms, and looks. The graphics were cute, giving way to a few character tropes that are found in mystery games and books, such as the hardened, deadpan head detective and the brightly colored main character. The music was well done, too, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the rest of the game comes out!

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The Cold Case of Noella Bejerot will officially release on April 21, 2018. In the meantime, you can download the free demo HERE. Enjoy! We’re looking forward to April.

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First Impressions: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

The first few weekends of a new year tend to be spent playing the new video games that you may have gotten during the holiday season. Whatever you’re playing, I’m hoping you’re having a great time!

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You’ve all heard of this game, I assume? PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (usually shortened to PUBG) is a multiplayer online battle royale that took the video game world by storm last year, despite being only in Steam’s beta mode until December. Steam has over 24 million copies sold, while the Xbox One version sold over one million copies in just three days after its release.

I’ve never really played a shooter game. They weren’t the types of games that we had in our house, with us growing up with family-friendly Nintendo consoles. However, Rachel and I have seen Let’s Play from some of our favorite Twitch streamers and YouTubers, and we wanted in on it. PUBG was one of the first games we bought and downloaded on Steam, and we finally got the chance to play it the other day.

We, uh, didn’t do too badly? We don’t think so, anyway, haha! We took turns doing the solo player campaign, and our gaming styles showed through with our strategies. Rachel did very well with looting and trying to avoid others while making her way to the safe zone. I was interested in finding a gun as quickly as possible and exploring enough to find someone else to try to take them out. Neither of us got any kills, but I did get hit points in a couple of matches! Rachel, with her hide-and-sneak strategy, tended to last longer than I did.

We’d like to be able to play together in a duo match soon, but I believe you’d need two separate Steam accounts and games for that. Considering we each got a couple of Steam gift cards for Christmas, perhaps we’ll splurge on that at some point. Another option would be to wait until there is cross-play between the Steam and the Xbox One versions of the game. We shall see!

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First Impressions: Ultra Moon

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? I hope you all had a great weekend filled with family, friends, and fantastic food!

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful… then Rachel and I spent the rest of the weekend playing Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon!

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Rachel and I tend to try to “reward” ourselves with new video games around Thanksgiving for completing NaNoWriMo. After Thanksgiving dinner is over, our family rents a house in the mountains for the weekend where Rachel and I spend the time playing our games (with the occasional break for going out to eat and maybe shop with our parents).

Last year, we had Pokemon Sun and Moon. This year, it’s Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

It was fun getting back to Alola, especially since I haven’t really played Sun and Moon since this time last year. However… I expected a much different opening.

Honestly, when I first turned on Ultra Moon and saw nearly the same opening story, I paused and wondered if I had accidentally put last year’s game into my 2DS. The only difference seemed to be the appearance of the Ultra Retcon Squad, or whatever the robotic characters are called. I expected the Ultra pair of games to have more of a different story, like how Black 2 and White 2 took place after the original Black and White games. Instead, the story so far seems to be remarkably similar and it was disappointing.

Don’t get me wrong, Ultra Moon is still fun, and it’s been nice seeing the plethora of Pokemon that inhabit the islands, but I’m looking forward to when the story really starts to pan out. Otherwise, it feels as if I just paid for the same games as last year, almost as if the Ultra pair are expensive DLC. If the Ultra pair are supposed to be an improved version of Sun and Moon, I almost wish that Nintendo would have waited the extra year and just released the Ultra pair rather than the original games.

I’m about halfway through the trials at this point. Let’s see if it gets more exciting from here!

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Team Rocket Is Back! [Pokemon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon]

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If for some strange reason you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a new trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the latest Pokemon games that will be released on the seventeenth. The major aspect of the games that is showcased is the reveal of Team Rainbow Rocket. It’s fantastic seeing Giovanni again, and the idea of all of the past villain teams arriving to challenge you is also amazing. However, seeing all the past faces makes us wonder one thing — is this the end of the Pokemon game series?

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Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon was something I was looking forward to only because they’re Pokemon games. But the more they reveal for it, the more excited I get. I’m happy to see Team Rocket come back (despite the odd name) and I’m excited all the villains are there as well! It does make me worried that this will be the “end” (I don’t think so… but it’s still in the back of my mind), but I’m sure the game is going to be great with this new development!

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I get excited the more they reveal as well, but I also wish I had discovered all the villains on my own while playing the game. My mind would have been blown to see Giovanni or Cyrus again if I had stumbled into the plot! It does make me wonder how Team Skull, since they were more entertaining than a threat (even to the games’ NPCs!) will fit into the villain group, if at all.

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I’m sure Giovanni will go to Team Skull and be like, “No, no. You’re doing this all wrong. Step aside.” I’m sure it’ll be great and just think of all the experience points we’ll get fighting all the various bosses and goons!

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Fingers crossed that the plot will be awesome! I’m a little worried that all the villain teams will make things a bit messy… unless they do so in a humorous way. Are they all on the same side? Are they all after their own goals? Is that what all the legendary Pokemon from the wormhole will be there for, to help your ten-year-old self-protect the world from all of the villain teams? It should be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to some epic fights.

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I believe they’re all on one side as “Rainbow Rocket” with Giovanni as the dictator leader. Having every single legendary available will be cool as well. I’m looking forward to completing my Pokedex from every single game! However, that’s another reason why I’m worried about the end of the series… but we won’t think about that for right now. While the legendaries are cool, I don’t understand the Battle Agency. I’m sure it’ll be fun and you’ll get rare items, but… I don’t know why I have to rent my Pokemon?

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It sounds like it’s bringing back aspects of the Battle Frontier from the older games, like in Emerald and onward, which had a section that allowed you to “rent” random Pokemon. I know Sun and Moon have the Battle Tree, but I haven’t fully explored that yet. Perhaps you’re “renting” Pokemon that other players from around the world have put up for the Battle Agency, although the trailer only showcased legendaries, and it mentioned battling alongside other trainers… It’d be interesting to borrow another random player’s Pokemon.

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If you’re renting other players’ Pokemon, that would be pretty cool. If it’s just random Pokemon, I don’t know how I feel about that. I’d rather just use my own Pokemon. You know, we have a bond. Either way, I’m looking forward to the new games. We preordered them so… 13 more days!

 

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First Impressions: Super Mario Odyssey

Double Jump Kris MiiLike the rest of the gaming world, Rachel and I have been playing Super Mario Odyssey since it arrived at our house! And my opinion on it thus far is probably in the minority…

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We’ve had Super Mario Odyssey on pre-order for a while so we would have the game delivered to our house the day it was released. The majority of the gaming world was going crazy for the newest 3D Super Mario game, and with good reason. So far, it plays wonderfully, even if the controls took a little getting used to with the Joy-Con, and the levels remind us of the classic Super Mario 64 — different worlds that you can hop in and out of with collectible items to help power up your ship to reach even new worlds.

I like the game, from what we’ve played so far. However, unlike many other Nintendo fans, I find the 3D Mario games as just okay. Don’t get me wrong, Super Mario 64 was revolutionary for its time and it’s a fun game, but it was never a game that I would willingly turn on to play by myself. Likewise, Sunshine and the Galaxy pair were not my cup of tea. Sunshine just didn’t hold my attention at all and the first Galaxy game made me feel dizzy. It turned me off from playing the second Galaxy.

So when Odyssey was announced, I figured it would be a decent game. The Switch is a fantastic console and the mechanics from Odyssey’s trailer looked different enough to keep me interested. I was mostly impressed with Mayor Pauline singing the theme song! The music is entertaining!

After playing through the first few levels of Odyssey, I’m not completely on board with it. Not yet, anyway. I’ll finish the main story with Rachel, but I’m not invested in finding every Power Moon like I was with every shrine in Breath of the Wild. At this moment, I’m more interested in continuing Fire Emblem Warriors or even going back to the DLC for Breath of the Wild.

Super Mario Odyssey is being praised as one of the best games to be released, but I’m not seeing it just yet. It’s a good game, sure, but probably not one of my top favorites.

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First Thoughts: Oceanhorn Nintendo Switch Demo

Happy Thursday!

I feel like with the Nintendo Switch, I’ve been widening my gameplay. I’m playing games I normally wouldn’t and trying games I wouldn’t bother thinking twice about.

When I saw a free demo of Oceanhorn, I thought, why not?

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The free demo of Oceanhorn came out on October 12. I downloaded it on October 13 and at that point, it was already available to buy. I had decided to continue on with the demo regardless just in case. The game looked charming, similar to The Legend of Zelda, but you still never know.

At least if I enjoyed the demo, I had the option to buy it right away and continue playing.

The game started off with an introduction and a little bit of backstory. Your father was leaving to defeat the Oceanhorn monster. And he, of course, never returns. He leaves you with your mother’s necklace and tells you to keep it safe.

Sometime later – could be years, could be months – the necklace awakens and calls you. You retrieve it, find your father’s sword and shield, and then the old man in the village tells you your destiny is to go after your father and save everyone.

Typical hero’s quest.

Just as your true adventure is about to get started, the demo ends. It took me about 20 minutes total to do.

I explored the island, listened to a couple of cutscenes, and learned the basics of the game and the controls. Just how a demo should be.

Still, I was hoping it’d be a little longer. The graphics were charming, the music was good, and the overall story and the setting around it are intriguing.

I honestly wasn’t expecting myself to buy the game right away since there are so many other games Kris and I are trying to get through right now. However, I think I’ll be getting it sooner rather than later.

Have you tried playing the demo of Oceanhorn? Did you buy the game? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

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