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Batman: The Enemy Within Review (Episode 1)

Approximately one year after the defeat of the Children of Arkham, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Troy Baker) slowly starts regaining his reputation in Gotham City following the unveiling of his parents as criminals. He targets Rumi Mori (Keone Young), one of Gotham City’s most notorious arms dealers, who is seen gambling at a casino. However, a mysterious man in a hood captures Mori and takes the casino patrons hostage. Wayne suits up as Batman and reenters the casino to discover that the man with the hood is Riddler (Robin Atkin Downes), a criminal mastermind from Gotham City’s past who hasn’t been seen in several years. Batman saves the hostages and pursues Riddler, who throws a puzzle box at Batman, telling him that if he doesn’t solve the riddle hidden within it, people will get hurt. After Riddler escapes, Batman meets Amanda Waller (Debra Wilson), director of the Agency, as well as Waller’s accomplices, Special Agents Iman Avesta (Emily O’Brien) and Vernon Blake (Christian Lanz).

After returning to a re-designed Batcave, Wayne finds that the puzzle box is actually a record, and after playing it, receives a soundwave emitting an unknown signal. He goes to Wayne Enterprises and asks Lucius Fox (Dave Fennoy) to decode it. Lucius tells Bruce Wayne that they should bring his daughter Tiffany (Valarie Rae Miller) into the company. After being interrogated by Waller’s agents who accuse Bruce of being involved in recent criminal activity, Bruce is contacted by Lucius who tells him the box is dangerous before he is killed in an explosion. At Lucius Fox’s funeral, Bruce reunites with his acquaintance from Arkham Asylum named “John Doe” (Anthony Ingruber), who has been released for good behavior. John asks Wayne for a favor: to meet his friends and join his group, something Bruce can agree or disagree to. After gaining a lead on Riddler on the East End of Gotham City, Commissioner James Gordon (Murphy Guyer) and Batman are trapped in a booby-trapped hideout, where they must solve a riddle to get out alive. While investigating the area, Batman finds a homing missile and deduces that the signal emitted from the box resulted in an airstrike on Fox’s location.

Determined to find Riddler, Bruce decides whether to go after Mori, who supplied the homing missiles to Riddler, or Riddler’s second-in-command Eli Knable (Alex Hernandez). Regardless of the player’s choice, Batman discovers that Riddler is on a ship and has taken Waller’s top agents hostage. Batman infiltrates the ship, but is captured along with Agent Avesta. Riddler gives Batman an ultimatum if he can solve three of his riddles. If he answers them correctly, Avesta will get deafened by Riddler’s sonic signal.* If he does not answer a question or provides a wrong answer, Avesta’s colleagues will be killed one by one. Batman outsmarts Riddler by redirecting his homing missiles to the sea. After being captured and cuffed, Riddler reveals that he was betrayed by the leader of a group called The Pact before an unknown assassin shoots and kills him with a poison dart. Waller arrives with Detective Renee Montoya (Sumalee Montano) and the rest of the GCPD. Waller demotes Gordon as a result of Batman and Gordon’s interference in the case. After gaining a lead on Harleen Quinzel, a former psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum and who may be able to provide information on The Pact, Waller reveals to Batman that she knows his secret identity.

Episode 1

Fan Review : 43% Good
Excellent: 14%  | Average: 29% | Poor: 14%

Fortnite Review

Fortnite is described as a co-op sandbox survival game and is about exploration, scavenging items, crafting weapons, building fortified structures, and fighting waves of encroaching monsters. Players will work together to scavenge items they can use for building, and defend their structures and objectives from the Husks. Building will be a core mechanic in the game, and there will be “a lot of loot” buried within. Players can build and edit each wall of their fort with a 3×3 grid, lay down stairs, roofs, and windows, sculpting them to suit a particular need.[5] Due to this gameplay element, the game is described as “Minecraft meets Left 4 Dead” by Tim Sweeney, the founder of Epic Games.

The terrain and the maps of the game are generated randomly, and players are given a variety of weapons such as ranged weapons like shotgun, pistol, sniper rifle, and melee weapons like katana.[7] The game features four different classes, namely ninja, the outlander, soldier, and constructor. Different classes have different abilities. For instance, high wall can only be built by the constructor class, while the ninja class’s melee ability is much better than the other classes. Players can also destroy environmental objects and scenery items to obtain resources. When players obtain a yellow orb, the attack performed by the player will become stronger, and they will gain the ability to collect resources faster. Weapons can also be crafted, and the playable character’s skills can be customized through upgrading and leveling up. Different parts, such as floor, traps, wall and roof, and whether they are made of wood, stone, or metal, are decided by players when they are building a fortified structure. A player versus player mode will also be featured, which will accommodate up to ten different players.

Fan Review : 67% Excellent
Good: 33% | Average: 0% | Poor: 0%

Splatoon 2 Review

Splatoon 2 takes place approximately nine months after the final Splatfest event of the first game, in which the pop idol Marie proved victorious over her cousin and fellow Squid Sister, Callie. While the two girls seem to carry on as normal afterwards, the usually inseparable cousins begin to spend more and more time apart due to their growing solo careers, with Marie beginning to worry about whether Callie was negatively affected by the Splatfest result. After going out of Inkopolis to see her parents, Marie returns home to discover both Callie and the Great Zapfish have gone missing. Fearing that the evil Octarians are once again involved, Marie once again takes on her role as Agent 2 of the Squidbeak Splatoon and recruits an Inkling from Inkopolis Square, the player character, to become Agent 4 and investigate.

With assistance from both Marie and weapons expert Sheldon, Agent 4 makes their way through Octo Canyon fighting off Octarians and recovering the stolen Zapfish. They eventually discover that Callie herself has sided with the Octarians after being brainwashed by their leader, DJ Octavio. With everyone’s effort, however, Marie manages to break Callie free from her mind control, and together they help Agent 4 defeat Octavio once again. With the Great Zapfish safely returned to Inkopolis, the Squid Sisters happily reunite and resume their musical career together.

Fan Review : 63% Excellent
Good: 38% | Average: 0% | Poor: 0%

Dead by Daylight Review

The Entity, a supernatural being hailing from the ancient blood web, is awakened from its slumber whenever it is summoned by actions of great violence and malice. The killers, exclusively serial murderers, are pulled out of reality by it and convinced to do its bidding. In order to maintain its existence, the Entity requires sacrifices, and demands that they hunt and kill the survivors so it can feed off their hope and steal a piece of their soul upon death. Then they are brought back to life to repeat the trial, endlessly attempting to escape.

The survivors are pulled into the Entity’s constructed world when they wander too close to the places the killers were taken from, disappearing from the real world without a trace. They end up at a lonely campfire, where they rest between trials, until a killer pursues them again. Escaping from the grounds always takes the survivors back to the campfire, and offerings can be created to be burnt at it and appeal for the Entity’s favor. Since the Entity feeds off the hope of the survivors to escape, it helps them just as much as the killers, acting as an impartial observer of the hunt, stepping in only to claim those hanged on its hooks.

Fan Review : 47% Excellent
Good: 17% | Average: 19% | Poor: 17%

ARMS Review

Up to four players can control one of a variety of fighters, with the player able to perform basic fighting actions using extendable arms such as punching, throwing, blocking, and dodging. When the attack meter is fully charged, players are able to unleash a high-damage “rush attack” against their opponents. Players can also charge their attacks to temporarily increase damage. Each character has a different set of abilities and unique gloves for different strategies. Players are able to use the system’s Joy-Con motion-controllers or standard button input to operate each arm individually.

Conventional control methods, such as with the Pro controller, are also able to be used. Players are also able to customize their arm loadouts, with each arm being able to be selected independently. Every arm is different with elemental attributes and varying weights that affect gameplay. Up to four players are able to play in a single match, either in a three- or four-way free-for-all, or in a 2v2 mode in which teammates are tethered together.

Fan Review : 57% Good
Excellent: 14% | Average: 29% | Poor: 0%

Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Review

As with other games in The Elder Scrolls series, the game is set on the continent of Tamriel. The events of the game occur a millennium before those of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and around 800 years before The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It has a broadly similar structure to Skyrim, with two separate conflicts progressing at the same time, one with the fate of the world in the balance, and one where the prize is supreme power on Tamriel. In The Elder Scrolls Online, the first struggle is against the Daedric Prince Molag Bal, who is attempting to meld the plane of Mundus with his realm of Coldharbour, and the second is to capture the vacant imperial throne, contested by three alliances of the mortal races. The player character has been sacrificed to Molag Bal, and Molag Bal has stolen their soul; the recovery of which is the primary game objective.

Many parts of the continent of Tamriel are available in the game, with most zones being accessible based on faction. Some zones are accessible with DLC-only from the Crown Store, while others are accessible to players of any faction when they reach a certain level. Players have the opportunity to join any of the three factions warring over the Ruby Throne of the Emperor of Tamriel: the First Aldmeri Dominion (represented by an eagle) led by Queen Ayrenn, composed of the Altmer (High Elf), Bosmer (Wood Elf), and Khajiit races; the Daggerfall Covenant (represented by a lion) led by High King Emeric, composed of the Bretons, Redguard, and Orsimer (Orcs); and the Ebonheart Pact (represented by a dragon) led by Jorunn Skald-King, composed of the Nord, Dunmer (Dark Elf), and Argonian races. Players may also unlock an additional race, Imperial, which may be a part of any of the three factions. The other major ruling faction of Tamriel is the Empire, led by Empress Regent Clivia Tharn, which has fallen into instability and disrepair, and serves as a non-joinable faction. Pre-ordered copies of the game included the “Explorers’ Pack”, which allowed all races to be played in each of the factions, and this feature is available in the Crown Store.

The game begins in the Wailing Prison in Coldharbor, where the player character’s soulless husk has been enslaved. This opening continues another The Elder Scrolls tradition, of beginning the game with the player as a prisoner.[1] After escaping, the base of operations becomes the Harborage, a cave found at each of the starting cities, and is where the Prophet opens portals to the locations of the main questline. Once the Amulet of Kings is retrieved, the headquarters shift to the Hollow City, a location in central Coldharbour blessed by Meridia. Civilians saved from Coldharbour’s prisons arrive in the Hollow City, and it is from there that attacks on Molag Bal’s controlled areas are orchestrated.

Fan Review : 48% Excellent
Good: 28% | Average: 16% | Poor: 8%

Tekken 7 Review

The game’s story is told through the perspective of a reporter who attempts to write an exposé about Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation following the deaths of his wife and son in crossfire during the world war precipitated by Jin Kazama. After the events of Tekken 6, Nina Williams leads the Zaibatsu to find Jin, who disappeared somewhere in the Middle East after defeating Azazel. Heihachi Mishima takes advantage of the vacuum of power to force Nina into submission, thus gaining the Zaibatsu again. Heihachi and Nina then make a deal with Claudio Serafino, head of the powerful Sirius Marksmen organization, to help him expose Kazuya Mishima, head of the G Corporation, as possessing the Devil Gene and turn the public opinion in favor of the Zaibatsu. Claudio senses a powerful force in the Far East that is unconnected to either Jin or Kazuya.

The reporter researches about the history of the Mishima family, learning that Heihachi’s coup against his father, Jinpachi and the disappearance of his wife, Kazumi, happened in the same year he threw Kazuya off a ravine. Meanwhile, the United Nations intelligence group has managed to locate Jin, but Jin evades capture long enough for him to be rescued by Lars Alexandersson. Lars takes Jin to recuperate in the Violet Systems, where Lee Chaolan has fixed Alisa Bosconovitch following her destruction in the previous game. The Zaibatsu attacks the compound, but the trio are able to secure Jin. The reporter, having rendezvoused with Lee and Lars, tries to kill Jin in his sleep, but is discouraged by Lars, who says that Jin is the only person capable of stopping the conflict.

The force sensed by Claudio is eventually revealed to be Akuma. Akuma has made his presence to fulfill a promise he made to Kazumi: that he will kill Heihachi and Kazuya. He defeats Heihachi at the Mishima Dojo and proceeds to the G Corporation’s Millenium Tower. Heihachi, having survived, declares himself dead to the public before capturing and exposing images of a transformed Kazuya to the public. Claudio then uses a satellite to shoot a beam that obliterates the Millenium Tower. However, Kazuya survives and shoots lasers to bring down the satellite, destroying a town and once again slandering the Zaibatsu. The reporter uses this opportunity to inform the Zaibatsu about the exposé he has written about them, but to his surprise, Heihachi offers to meet him in person. The latter recounts about Kazumi and the night he killed her in self-defense after learning that she possessed the Devil Gene and was in fact sent by her family to kill him.

Heihachi and Kazuya go to a volcano to have their final battle. After a long struggle, Kazuya kills Heihachi and throws him down into a volcano. The story finally shifts to the reporter, who completes his exposé and publishes it. In a post-credits scene, the world is in peril due to Kazuya targeting every nation, but Jin wakes up and meets with Lee, Lars, and Alisa, promising to put an end to the war once and for all by defeating Kazuya.

A special match that follows the credits details Kazuya’s encounter with Akuma after killing Heihachi. The outcome of their battle is not revealed.

Fan Review : 43% Excellent | 43% Average
Good: 14% | Poor: 0%

Friday the 13th: The Game Review

Friday the 13th: The Game is a survival horror video game developed by Gun Media and IllFonic, and published by Gun Media. It is based on the franchise of the same name owned by New Line Cinema. It was released on May 26, 2017 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

The game is an asymmetrical multiplayer game, pitting up to seven players controlling Camp Crystal Lake counselors against one player controlling Jason Voorhees. It is a semi-open world game, with players able to explore it further.

The game was originally to be developed as Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp by IllFonic in mid-2015. Gun Media was in talks with Friday director Sean S. Cunningham to obtain a license to develop the game, and after a series of meetings, successfully acquired the rights. The game evolved into Friday the 13th: The Game, and funding from both Kickstarter and BackerKit raised approximately US$2.1 million, becoming the 114th most successful crowdfunded project of all time. It is also the first IllFonic game to utilize Unreal Engine 4 after their departure from CryEngine following Project Advena.

Fan Review : 37% Poor
Excellent: 26% | Good: 24% | Average: 13%

Ultra Street Fighter 2: The Final Challengers Review

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is an updated version of the 1991 fighting game Street Fighter II: The World Warrior.  Gameplay is based on the Super Street Fighter II Turbo iteration of Street Fighter II, however Ultra Street Fighter II introduces new mechanics like grapple breaks and re-tunes some aspects of the game’s balance. Combo timing has also been adjusted from the original games.

The game is playable in two graphical styles: the “Classic” mode featuring pixel art graphics of the original game, and the “New Generation” mode featuring the updated high definition graphics of 2008’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix  In the classic art style, the game is played in a 4:3 aspect ratio and uses the original arcade soundtrack and voice-acting, while in the updated graphics the game is played in 16:9 widescreen and includes newly-remixed music and the characters’ Japanese voices from the Street Fighter IV series. The game supports all control options on the Nintendo Switch console, including play with a single Joy-Con controller.

Ultra Street Fighter II has a roster of nineteen characters. In addition to all seventeen fighters from Super Turbo (including Akuma, who is no longer a hidden character), two characters–Evil Ryu and Violent Ken–have been added to the game’s roster. Evil Ryu first appeared in the series in 1996’s Street Fighter Alpha 2.  He is a version of Street Fighter protagonist Ryu that has succumbed to the evil power Satsui no Hado.  Violent Ken makes his official debut in a Street Fighter game, having previously only appeared in the crossover fighting game SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos.He is a version of Ken Masters that has been brainwashed . M. Bison and makes use of Bison’s Psycho Powers.

The game features local and online multiplayer.[7][6] Online multiplayer includes a point-based ranking system based on a player’s wins and losses.[8] A “standby” feature has been added to the game’s arcade mode, which allows other online players to challenge and take the place of the CPU opponent that the player typically battles in arcade.[8] A local cooperative game mode, known in the Alpha games as “Dramatic Battle”, has been added in Ultra Street Fighter II now known as “Buddy Battle”.[2][3][9] It allows players to team up in a two versus one fight against a CPU player.[2][3][9] Additionally the game includes a simplified one-hit knockout mode.[9]

In addition to the standard 2D gameplay, there is also an exclusive new Street Fighter V/Street Fighter IV-styled first-person battle mode known as “Way Of the Hado”.[10] In this mode, the player controls Ryu in a first-person perspective to defeat as many Shadaloo Soldiers as possible (Sometimes, M. Bison will also appear as a boss). For this mode, the player must hold the Joy-Con controller in both hands to perform attacks such as Hadouken, Shoryuken and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku in order to defeat enemies. As the player progresses throughout the game, the player can earn growth points to power up Ryu. Stage Mode has three difficulties: Beginner, Standard and Extra. There will also be a practice mode for practicing attacks as well as an Endless mode, that lets the player fight until Ryu’s health bar is empty.

A gallery mode will appear in USFII, containing over 1400 illustrations from the art book SF20: The Art of Street Fighter. The player can also listen to each fighter’s modern or classic-styled stage music while in gallery mode.

In the Color Edit mode, the player can make their own alternate palettes for each of the 19 fighters, then use them in Arcade Mode, VS Mode and Online Battles, allowing for the storage of up to 10 custom palettes for each character.

Fan Review : 50% Good
Excellent: 20% | Average: 23% | Poor: 7%

Injustice 2 Review

After the defeat of High Councilor Superman, Batman and his insurgency attempt to piece society back together. However, a new group of villains led by Gorilla Grodd known as “The Society”, consisting of Bane, Captain Cold, Catwoman, Cheetah, Deadshot, Poison Ivy, Reverse-Flash, and Scarecrow, emerges and plans for world domination. With several of his allies either victims of or collaborators with Superman’s failed regime, Batman is forced to form a new team of superheroes to combat the Society. He sends Black Canary, Green Arrow, and Harley Quinn to combat Grodd and his forces at Slaughter Swamp and Gorilla City. While in Gorilla City, Doctor Fate warns Green Arrow and Black Canary of an incoming threat towards the planet. After defeating Grodd, the two are abducted by Brainiac, the aforementioned threat, who originally came to the planet to reclaim Superman after he evaded Krypton’s destruction, but became interested in abducting Earth’s cities for study. After Brainiac takes over Batman’s communications hub, Brother Eye, Batman searches for allies to combat Brainiac. Batman questions an imprisoned Superman, only to learn that he will need Superman’s help in order to defeat Brainiac.

Meanwhile, Black Adam has found Kara Zor-El’s disabled evacuation ship in space and brings her to Earth, giving partial truths about her cousin. After the two free Wonder Woman from an Amazonian prison, they remain in solitary with the Amazon princess in Kahndaq, where they plan to release Superman and his associates from prison to bring the Regime back to life. Kara dons a costume similar to her cousin and becomes “Supergirl”. When they see Brainiac’s forces attacking the Earth, they attempt to free Superman from his imprisonment.

Catwoman is revealed to be Batman’s double agent within The Society, and frees Harley from Gorilla City. Batman requests the Flash‘s help in combating Brainiac’s forces and the Society in Metropolis. Flash is reunited with Green Lantern, and join Batman’s insurgency. Batman sends Hal to Atlantis to gain Aquaman‘s assistance. Arthur refuses to co-operate at first, but relents after Brainiac’s assault on Atlantis. Back at the metahuman prison, Firestorm and Blue Beetle to prevent Superman’s jailbreak. After Firestorm threatens to blow up the facility, Batman arrives and releases Superman from custody, admitting to needing Superman’s help.

Cyborg, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn are sent to the Batcave to free Brother Eye from Brainiac’s control in order to coordinate civilian evacuation efforts. Wonder Woman takes Supergirl to Metropolis, and openly doubts Batman’s plan. When she comes close to killing Cheetah and Harley Quinn, Supergirl stops her and heads to the Fortress of Solitude to confront Superman on the matter. When she discovers what Superman and the Regime have done, she is appalled by her cousin’s actions. The Kryptonians and Batman attempt to take on Brainiac’s ship, but his shields are too strong and he seemingly kills Superman in the process. With the majority of Earth’s cities abducted, Brainiac prepares to eradicate the planet. The heroes create a plan to weaken Brainiac’s shields by using Black Adam’s Rock of Eternity at Kahndaq while using Aquaman’s trident as a conduit.

While Aquaman and Black Adam gather their resources, Grodd pursues the pair with a brainwashed Black Canary, Blue Beetle, and Green Arrow. After Aquaman kills Grodd, the two kings successfully weaken Brainiac’s shields enough for Batman and Supergirl to break in. The two are captured, but are rescued by Superman. After Batman and Superman defeat a brainwashed Firestorm and Swamp Thing, they are confronted by Doctor Fate, who is being forced by his helm to help Brainiac, as the Lords of Order believe Brainiac will bring order to the chaos the two heroes have unleashed on Earth with their war. Batman and Superman defeat both Fate and Brainiac. Superman takes control of the ship and manages to restore most of the cities back to their original location.

The heroes are divided over deciding Brainiac’s fate. Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Supergirl believe in sparing Brainiac in order to restore the lost cities. Superman, Aquaman, Black Adam, and Wonder Woman believe he should be killed to eliminate his potential threat, as well as using Brainiac’s ship. Batman attacks Superman with a gold kryptonite-laden dagger and a battle ensues. Batman and Superman defeat each other’s teammates before engaging in a final battle against each other in the Batcave. The final battle has two endings, depending on which side the player chooses.

If Superman wins, he spares Batman’s life, as he believes the people would see Batman as a martyr. He kills Brainiac and successfully bonds with the ship, allowing him to restore the remaining cities and put Earth at peace. He offers an imprisoned Supergirl the chance to join his army to protect the Earth. She refuses, but is horrified when she sees Batman under Superman’s control.

If Batman wins, he depowers Superman and imprisons him in the Phantom Zone before offering Supergirl a partnership on the Justice League.

Fan Review : 68% Excellent
Good: 19% | Average: 5% | Poor: 8%