Friday Favorites: Multiplayer Games

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Growing up, my friends and I were always the group to crowd at one of our houses for pizza and video games. It was easy on our parents — they always knew where we were! Throughout the years, here are some of my top multiplayer games.

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Mario Kart

Mario Kart has always been a great series to play with friends, despite its reputation for ruining friendships like Monopoly. While I definitely enjoy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with the extra characters and the awesome battle modes, one of my favorites was always Double Dash for the GameCube. Working in tandem with someone else to destroy the opposition was always fun!

Overcooked

This is a newer game that Rachel and I discovered and, with our Xbox One gifted to us from our generous brother-in-law, we were finally able to play it. We first discovered the game through PB&Jeff, a series on the PBGGameplay YouTube channel. It’s a ridiculous little game where you need to cooperate with others to complete orders in absurd kitchens. It’s always a challenge no matter how many people you’re playing with!

Mario Party

Mario Party 1 through 6ish, of course. The latter Mario Party games, the ones with the microphone gimmicks and the cars that cart everyone around the board, seem to have forgotten what a Mario Party truly is, in my opinion. The older Mario Party games were also ripe with minigames that sometimes seemed to favor one player or team over another, bringing about another challenge (or argument) for the players.

Super Smash Bros.

Before this series, I wasn’t one for pure fighting games. Seeing how much fun it is to pummel your friends with one of your favorite Nintendo characters had changed my mind. Melee was probably my favorite installment of this series, but I’m always eager to see what future games will bring!

What are your favorite multiplayer games? Any that you would recommend to play or any that you felt were a waste of time?

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Top Tuesday: Indie Games I’m Looking Forward To

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I’ve been playing through a lot of older games lately, but I’ve been keeping up with the news and Twitter and have noticed a few indie games that are coming out that really piqued my interest!

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1. Switch or Die Trying by Threye

This is a platformer game that looks extremely hard. The main point is that you’re going to die a lot, but you should get back up and keep trying. You play as “I” and have lost all your friends, the other 25 letters of the alphabet. Your mission begins to find them all through 75 levels. It’s available on Steam and recently just came out for Xbox One.

2. The Cold Case of Noella Bejerot by RockTheClock

This is a visual novel mystery detective game. You play as a rookie “detective” who is afraid of the sight of blood. You solve crimes trying not to faint adding a little more stakes to each investigation. Kris and I played the Demo, which is available now on Itch.io and the full version of the game will be released on April 21, 2018. I’m looking forward to it.

3. Glitched by EnHouseStudios

A choice-based RPG, Glitched is a game where the main character is aware of you, the player. They’re aware of the video game and you two work together to help figure out how his world has glitched. It seems like a fun, twisty, mystery! The demo is available on Itch.io now and the full version will be released this fall.

Have you heard of any of these games? Do they sound interesting to you? Let me know in the comments below and if you liked this post, please share it around!

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Overcooked [Game Review]

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Title: Overcooked
Developer: Ghost Town Games
Publisher: 
Team17
Platform: 
Xbox One (also on the Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows)
Category: 
Simulation
Release Date: 
August 2, 2016
How we got the game: 
We bought it

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We first heard of Overcooked when a couple of our favorite YouTubers played it on their channel PB and Jeff, and it looked so silly and fun that we put it on our to-play list. When we finally got the game about a year later, we weren’t disappointed.

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This game is hilarious to watch others play and just as hilarious to play yourself. Of course, it can get tense and stressful, but that’s part of the fun.

gameplay

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Overcooked features these little cartoon chefs trying to work together to cook up dishes in various kitchen settings. Most of these settings are ridiculous and puzzle-like in appearance. Cooperation and communication is key to winning enough points to get through the level.

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Together, you and your partner go through the orders listed at the top of the screen. You need to coordinate with one another – someone to chop, someone to get the plates, wash the dishes, deliver the food, and more. A lot of the areas are small and tight causing you to run into each other often and get stuck… which usually results in you screaming at your partner to move and get out of the way.

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Yes, this game can probably be on that list of “Games that Ruin Friendships” with Mario Kart and Monopoly. The controls are fairly simple, as you really only use three or four buttons. You move with the analog stick, pick up items with A, perform actions like chopping with X, and can dash (and smack into others) with B. The A button could be a little finicky at times, but it wasn’t bad.

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Yes, the controls were easy but sometimes you’d have to be in the right spot to pick something up or put it down. There were so many times my character would put chopped mushrooms on the counter beside the boiling pot rather than putting it inside the pot. Oh, and the kitchen can catch on fire. That was always fun.

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Luckily, the game provided you with a fire extinguisher. If you weren’t fast enough, though, then the whole kitchen can go up in flames!

graphics-music

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Overcooked is quirky. The graphics are very cartoony, with the playable characters ranging from different people, animals, and even a box. It matched the fun music, even if the countdown music successfully makes players panic enough to, perhaps, mess up on the last few dishes.

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I loved the graphics. They were bright and colorful and even though the characters were so simple, they were cute and unique in a way. I ended up playing the game as an orange cat, someone you would definitely want to be cooking your food. The music was calming despite how stressful the game is, but it worked. The countdown in the last ten seconds or so reminded me of the timer in Sonic games where he was about to drown.

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Oh my God, it did… I never realized that until you just mentioned it. The apocalypse music was a little ominous at times, making it seem silly rather than suspenseful when coupled with the cartoon graphics. It definitely worked for the game. story

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The story for this one is plain and simple. It’s a little silly but the main thing about this game is the gameplay. The Onion Kingdom is in peril as the beast, a giant meatball with spaghetti arms is starving and we need to feed it. The Onion King and his dog, Kevin, entrusts us to build up our cooking skills so we can satisfy the beast and save the world.

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That’s pretty much it. The introduction gives you a brief overview of the controls before the Onion King decides that your cooking skills are not up to the task of sating the beast. He takes you back in time where you then travel to kitchens of the world (including space and Hell) to hone your cooking skills until it is time to face the beast in the apocalypse once again.

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The story was a bit abrupt, especially at the end, but as I said earlier, the story wasn’t the main focus of the game. So it worked well.

replay-value

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Overcooked is tons of fun and it’s always a good challenge to try to beat your scores on the limited number of levels. The only major downside to this game is that it is definitely more catered to multiplayer. With that said, the more people you have playing, the more chaotic the kitchen can seem, even if chores can be evenly divided between everyone.

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We beat the game together and then grabbed our two cousins into playing with us. We started the game over and having four people in the kitchen is definitely chaotic but so much fun. I can see us playing this over and over again.

Overcooked gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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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.

 

Have you played Rocket League? What do you think of it?

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Friday Favorites: Future Xbox One Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone! Thank goodness for another weekend!

Now that Rachel and I have an Xbox One, we’ve been looking into Xbox One games and trying to figure out how to spend our video game budget money. Here is a list of Xbox One games that I’m looking forward to one day playing!

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Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter is a franchise that I’ve been interested in trying for a couple of years now. To see a game that will feature global play between people in such a popular franchise sounds fantastic!

What Remains of Edith Finch

Rachel and I hadn’t heard of this game until the Game Awards last month. Hearing how praised it has been for its story and presentation, it definitely caught our attention.

Okami HD

We have the original Okami for the Nintendo Wii, and the graphics were amazing. To see the game in HD would be phenomenal, and probably would entice me to actually finish the game.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

It’s Middle-Earth. We’re suckers for Lord of the Rings lore, and we would love to dive into a game based on that franchise. The Nemesis System, which allows the NPCs to learn and react accordingly to the protagonist’s deaths, sounds quite interesting…

What are your favorite Xbox One games? What future Xbox One games are you looking forward to?

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2018 Games

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Out with the old, in with the new. While there are still plenty of games from 2017 that we would like to play, we are also setting our sights on games that are coming out next year. With plenty of platforms to play the games on — Steam, Switch, Xbox, even an older Playstation — we have plenty of options.

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2018 looks like it’s going to be a great year for gaming both with big developers and indie developers. It’s hard for us to keep up with the many games that come out, but we’re looking forward to keeping up with the games in 2018 as best we can.

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The games that I’m looking forward to that come to my mind immediately are Fire Emblem and the newest Ace Attorney game for the Nintendo Switch, and Pokemon Crystal for the Nintendo eShop. Yes, Crystal isn’t a new game, but it is one of the Pokemon games that I have the fondest memories of, and I’m so excited to see it come to the eShop after my physical copy’s battery died.

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I’m certainly looking forward to Pokemon Crystal and Ace Attorney as well. You can never have enough Pokemon and I’m eager to dive into new cases with Phoenix Wright! I’m also looking forward to the new Yoshi game for the Nintendo Switch. I loved Yoshi’s Woolly World and and of course the old school Yoshi’s Island, that I would love to get into another Yoshi game.

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Everyone knows that Yoshi is the star of the Super Mario series, haha! He’s too cute not to be! I think I would also enjoy seeing Monster Hunter World. While I have yet to try any Monster Hunter games, which I aim to fix, Monster Hunter World looks like so much fun!

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Looking at the list of up and coming games for 2018, not many of them have actual release dates yet, so I hope not too much gets pushed back. We also got into a lot of indie games this year, so I’m interested to see what kinds of games will come out in that department as well.

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Yes, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what amazing games indie developers come up with! We’ve had some fantastic, big-name indie games within the past couple of years — Cuphead, Dream Daddy, Stardew Valley, Undertale — with plenty of gems hidden in the sands, and the gaming industry can only go up with more and more indie developers trying their hand at video games.

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I’m sure it’ll be a great year for gamers!

What games are you looking forward to next year? Let us know in the comments below!

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We Have an Xbox One

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We have a very generous brother-in-law who decided to randomly gift us with a refurbished Xbox One. Not even for Christmas, either. Honestly, we think he just really wants someone else, aside from his friends, to play certain games like Rocket League and Sea of Thieves with, so his solution was to buy them for us, haha! We’re not complaining, though!

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Our Xbox 360 crapped out on us a while ago. At the time, we didn’t know whether to buy another 360 or upgrade to the One because of the backwards compatibility. Then the Nintendo Switch was announced. Us being Nintendo girls, we decided that was a priority for us over an Xbox. Now, to our surprise, we have a first generation Xbox One.

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We still have about a dozen Xbox 360 games and, sadly, only a few of them are compatible with the Xbox One. It’s something that we’re not too thrilled about with the Xbox family, not after we’ve been spoiled with the two to three Nintendo consoles before the Switch that did have the backwards compatibility. Now the decision to get an Xbox One or another 360 has been made for us!

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I think part of me still wants to get another 360 mostly so I can say we own one and to collect them. But I’m happy we can say we own an Xbox One now. A few games that we were going to play through Steam we can now get for our Xbox. We’re eager to try Player Unknown Battlegrounds, Rocket League, and I may or may not try Hello Neighbor.

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It’d definitely be nice for the games that can crossplay for whenever we want to play together. We’d rather have the same game for multiple platforms so we can play together when games don’t have simple options for Player One and Player Two.

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Now all we really need to do is make a list and start building a library of Xbox games. We’ll have to see what’s out there!

What games should we get for our Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below!

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