JAY-CAST https://jaycast.net Gamers Worldwide. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:02:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://jaycast.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/cropped-Jay-Cast-Logo-No-Shadow-32x32.png JAY-CAST https://jaycast.net 32 32 126378877 TacTracer #22 – Online Gaming With Satellite Internet https://jaycast.net/2019/03/tactracer-22-online-gaming-with-satellite-internet/ https://jaycast.net/2019/03/tactracer-22-online-gaming-with-satellite-internet/#respond Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:02:46 +0000 https://jaycast.net/?p=8201 Hello, it has been quite a while since my last post, but I have been busy on Discord with servers to moderate in and running my own server. The reason I’m making an article on a Wednesday morning is because the two year anniversary of Jay-Cast is this coming weekend. This article is about my…
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Hello, it has been quite a while since my last post, but I have been busy on Discord with servers to moderate in and running my own server. The reason I’m making an article on a Wednesday morning is because the two year anniversary of Jay-Cast is this coming weekend. This article is about my online gaming struggle with satellite internet and boy oh boy is it “fun”…not.

Before I begin, the featured photo is my take on Ruby Rose from RWBY in an online MMORPG called Black Desert Online. Now, back on topic. Having satellite internet and online gaming mix horribly as there is no steady, fast, connection. Sadly, I can only get satellite internet where I live, but the nice part is I can talk to my friends. Gaming on satellite internet makes you feel like it’s dial up as not every game can handle satellite internet. Really, it’s all about how the servers can handle your connection. Can one game handle the connection or can it cause a severely high ping? Not every online game can handle high ping and work well, it’s about how stable a connection is.

My online games to play is rather slim as my connection is the biggest issue. I can only play RWBY Deckbuilding, Black Desert Online, Destiny 2, and Minion Masters. I do often disconnect mid game and it is a struggle as I’ll lose progress. Destiny 2, when disconnecting, makes the game unplayable when I reconnect as it doesn’t load everything in. Black Desert Online is easier to handle as everything loads in fast when I reconnect which is a plus for me. I do hate how I can’t have Spotify running as I online game because Spotify is online as well, I want my Battle Tapes to listen to as I online game. Battle Tapes is my favorite band as of this time, don’t judge my love for the Tapes.

With my online game list being rather small, it’s always hard when I have to decline a friend’s offer to game with them. Luckily, they always understand when I explain why I can’t, but it still is hard for me to decline as I’d love to join my friends in other games. Although, being able to play the games I listed earlier is quite fun to play with friends.

Now, I am happy to have been here for almost two years writing articles about different things related to gaming. “TacTracer, the way it sounds, you are done writing these!” I am not done writing here, just wanting to thank Jstar for allowing me to be a part of this great gaming community, it means a lot to see this group grow over these two years, and am ready to see more years to come. So with that, have a lovely two years Jay-Cast!

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TacTracer #21 – A Grimm Eclipse https://jaycast.net/2018/12/tactracer-21-a-grimm-eclipse/ https://jaycast.net/2018/12/tactracer-21-a-grimm-eclipse/#respond Sat, 29 Dec 2018 21:09:32 +0000 https://jaycast.net/?p=8184 Hello, everyone, hope you all are having a wonderful Holiday season.  With what’s been going on for my holidays, I’ve not wrote a review as I’ve been playing games to write a review.  If you’re wondering what the title means, I hope you have heard of RWBY.  I’ll be talking about the game, RWBY: Grimm…
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Hello, everyone, hope you all are having a wonderful Holiday season.  With what’s been going on for my holidays, I’ve not wrote a review as I’ve been playing games to write a review.  If you’re wondering what the title means, I hope you have heard of RWBY.  I’ll be talking about the game, RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, and not the series.  I’m a huge nerd when it comes to RWBY lore and the series itself and am pretty happy I was gifted the game a while ago.

Story:
The story of RWBY: GE follows Team RWBY(Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang) on a mission to figure out why the Grimm are different.  It is canon to the series but, not mentioned once in the series.  There is a new villain in the game that honestly left me curious as to why he was only in the game and not hinted in the series.  The voice acting is from the voice actors of the series itself which makes it feel authentic to the series.

Gameplay:
RWBY: GE is a four player hack and slash/beat em up/shoot em up where you play as one of four members of Team RWBY or Team JNPR(Jaune, Nora, Pyrrha, and Ren) but, you must have the Team JNPR DLC to play as those extra characters.  I always play as Ruby because she’s my favorite and her weapon’s a scythe/sniper rifle, yes, it transforms into both.  All character’s weapons can transform except Jaune’s as it’s a sword and shield.  Each character has skills that are separated into four categories special, team special, range, and general.  You can’t get all the skills as the maximum level cap is ten.  To me, that makes it a rewarding risk as you have to plan out what skills you prefer.  You level up by killing enemies, completing objectives, and finding collectibles.  There are four difficulties in the game and each one increases the amount of enemies in each area of the levels.  Grimm Eclipse is the hardest difficulty and has the most enemies on screen.  You could say it’s a…Grimm Eclipse with all those enemies on the screen.  “TacTracer, you are not like Yang Xiao Long from the series to make a pun like that.  Please continue talking about gameplay.”  Let’s just continue then.  There are multiple enemies to fight but, not much in variety.  If you ask me, it needed more variety in Grimm or the robots you fight later on.  There is an other online game mode called Horde where you fight waves and waves of enemies in a tower defense like fashion.  I have not tried this mode as satellite internet may not run online well.  The graphics are beautiful for a game that is indie developed and it makes each area feel like I’m watching the series.  I will say this, I enjoy the satisfactory moment of slicing Grimm with Crescent Rose and yelling “You stole my cookies!”

Music:
The music from the series is in the game but, only in instrumental format.  I’ve always enjoyed the music as it’s a rock and roll genre for the series.  Now, I always listen to “Caffeine” from the series when I play the game as it’s a very high octane song which always has me yell caffeine as I slice Grimm.  I always try to find little details in games such as the music to give a detailed review.

Now, my next article will be a War in the Shadow…whoops, gave a hint.  Anyway, I hope everyone has a memorable holiday season, cheers!

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TacTracer #20 – Shadow Wisecracking Warrior 2 https://jaycast.net/2018/12/tactracer-20-shadow-wisecracking-warrior-2/ https://jaycast.net/2018/12/tactracer-20-shadow-wisecracking-warrior-2/#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 02:06:03 +0000 https://jaycast.net/?p=8179 Hello, fellow Jay Casters, it’s been awhile, I know.  “TacTracer, why are you always writing less?”  It might be because I get busy elsewhere with life, sorry everyone.  Anyway, this week is a massive milestone for the TacTracer article series as this is the twentieth issue.  Can’t believe it’s survived this long but, it’s all…
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Hello, fellow Jay Casters, it’s been awhile, I know.  “TacTracer, why are you always writing less?”  It might be because I get busy elsewhere with life, sorry everyone.  Anyway, this week is a massive milestone for the TacTracer article series as this is the twentieth issue.  Can’t believe it’s survived this long but, it’s all thanks to this awesome community for taking a bit from their day to read them, and thank you Jstar for letting me write these for you.  Now, I’ll be reviewing an interesting game, Shadow Warrior 2, the sequel to the successive Shadow Warrior reboot.  This may be a shorter review and as always, nothing is biased as these reviews are more informational.

 

Story: Minor spoilers
Shadow Warrior 2 starts a few years later after the events of the Shadow Warrior.  You still play as the wisecracking ninja, Lo Wang, and are hired by the Yakuza to find and rescue the Yakuza boss’s grand daughter.  Well, an orochi by the name of Zilla has now created chi as a technology and uses it to run his city.  The grand daughter turns out to be experimented on and a chi master puts her soul in Lo Wang’s body.  Old and new characters appear throughout the story, making it funny or just plain Lo, pun clearly intended.

Gameplay:
The game is a first person shooter with roleplaying elements.  Weapons are categorized from swords to projectiles like gauss rifles and these weapons can be bought, looted from mini bosses, or as mission rewards.  Weapons can be upgraded from gems and also be infused with an item called orb of masamune.  These orbs are legendary items and become more frequent to get in new game plus.  The more infusions you put into a weapon, the more orbs you will need to collect, luckily, the harder game difficulties drop more.  Weapons get more powerful the farther you progress in the game and end game weapons usually stay in your weapon wheel as you infuse them.  Along with weapons, you get chi powers.  Chi powers are healing flame, which heals you, vanish that makes you invisible, grip of darkness that creates chi spikes to impale enemies, chi blast which is like a force blast, and spirit well which gives you a damage buff along with other buffs.  These powers can be upgraded with skill points when you level up after killing enemies.  You can also earn skill points from missions.  You can upgrade your health, chi amount, powers, elemental, sword special attacks, and resources.  When killing demons, Yakuza, or Zilla corps enemies, Lo Wang will wisecrack about the enemy or even himself.

Overall:
The story is interesting but, if you do the side quests along with the main story missions, you can beat it in about twenty hours.  Weapons are a variety and some are nods to other first person games.  Powers are fun to combine in fights along with switching between weapons.  The game is fast, fun, but, can get boring hearing some of the same voice lines every few minutes from kills.  Did I mention that reload animation for some weapons are very fun and full of flair.

If I don’t have a new article out before Christmas, I wish you all a happy holidays.

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TacTracer #19 – No Man’s Lie? https://jaycast.net/2018/09/tactracer-19-no-mans-lie/ https://jaycast.net/2018/09/tactracer-19-no-mans-lie/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 21:16:39 +0000 https://jaycast.net/?p=8172 Hello everyone, it’s been quite a crazy few months for me but, I’m back with one interesting review…No Man’s Sky.  “But, TacTracer, No Man’s Sky is trash, the developers lied, and we hate it.”  Yes, I will admit Hello Games lied but, no one gave the game a chance.  Gamers would buy the game, idle…
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Hello everyone, it’s been quite a crazy few months for me but, I’m back with one interesting review…No Man’s Sky.  “But, TacTracer, No Man’s Sky is trash, the developers lied, and we hate it.”  Yes, I will admit Hello Games lied but, no one gave the game a chance.  Gamers would buy the game, idle in it so minutes would rack up, then refund it without even trying it out.  That’s how the game had extremely negative reviews on Steam, gamers just bashed Hello Games, and not being informational.  I have one hundred and forty nine hours on the game and love all the crazy things you can discover.  This review is after the life breathing Next update that now has multiplayer support.

Okay, let’s talk about the story?  Yes, that was intentional with the question mark.  The story is more of background filler unless you are really interested in the three alien races and the Atlas entity.  Essentially, you are a travellar, a race that explores the universe to discover creatures, minerals, and plants as you boldly go where no one has gone before.  When starting a new game, you always awaken on different planets as that’s the start of the story  That’s really all I will delve into for the story as there really isn’t much to say without spoiling it.

This is the main part of the review, the gameplay.  As I stated, the game has you awaken on a random planet in the massive universe that has over eighteen quadrillion planets (Hope I got that right, kinda lost track) and you must repair your basic multi tool then your ship.  It can be a repetitive process but, after you repair your ship fully, then the game becomes more fun as you then get to explore the whole universe.  Crafting is key if you want to survive as is recharging your equipment, adding technology to your exosuit, starship, freighter, exocraft, and multi tool.  S class upgrades are the best upgrades for technology but, the tech upgrades cost nanite clusters, not units.  Units are the main currency you get from discovering and selling.  In each system, prices differentiate depending on the economy on the galactic market.  Nanite clusters are obtainable from finding them, being given to you from tasks, or uploading your discoveries to the No Man’s Sky servers.  There are many different vehicles and multi tools you can get throughout your journeys.  Each one is unique and has different inventory spaces including class and type.  Multiplayer is the same as playing alone, it really is except, you can battle each other or help each other.  The combat is basic and you pretty much go pew pew to what creature you want to go after.

Now, onto the soundtrack.  The soundtrack is something I was surprised I enjoyed.  It felt relaxing, ominous, eerie, which is hard to understand unless you played the game.  Some of the songs can be a bit long but, quite relaxing as you can almost picture travelling through space to the music.

To summarize, the game has a background filler for story, the gameplay is the main aspect of the game, and the music is quite interesting to listen to when you feel relaxed.

Soon I will write TacTracer issue twenty and am sorry for the massive wait.

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Get a closer look at our in-house game, Tano’s Fate, this Friday! https://jaycast.net/2018/06/get-a-closer-look-at-our-in-house-game-tanos-fate-this-friday/ https://jaycast.net/2018/06/get-a-closer-look-at-our-in-house-game-tanos-fate-this-friday/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:27:22 +0000 https://jaycast.net/?p=8162 It’s been a few months since our last trip into the world of Tano’s Fate…. but it’s definitely time for another look at what we’ve been working on! Get ready for a closer look at our in-house game, Tano’s Fate, this Friday! Get a closer look at the main characters, some in-game dialogue, and an…
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It’s been a few months since our last trip into the world of Tano’s Fate…. but it’s definitely time for another look at what we’ve been working on!

Get ready for a closer look at our in-house game, Tano’s Fate, this Friday!

Get a closer look at the main characters, some in-game dialogue, and an extended scene of our battle system, all in 60 FPS!

If you missed our original teaser trailer, released back on our first anniversary of Jay-Cast, you can still check that out below:

Thanks for being here!

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New Giveaways: Win DOOM (2016) and Fallout 4! https://jaycast.net/2018/06/new-giveaways-win-doom-2016-and-fallout-4/ https://jaycast.net/2018/06/new-giveaways-win-doom-2016-and-fallout-4/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:23:08 +0000 https://jaycast.net/?p=8161 New Giveaways are here! Get a chance to win DOOM 2016 and/or Fallout 4 below! For Steam Group Members: DOOM 2016 – Ends June 30th, 2018 at 9:00 PM ET Developed by id software, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre and created multiplayer Deathmatch, DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day…
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New Giveaways are here! Get a chance to win DOOM 2016 and/or Fallout 4 below!

For Steam Group Members: DOOM 2016 – Ends June 30th, 2018 at 9:00 PM ET

DOOM (2016)

DOOM (2016)

Developed by id software, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre and created multiplayer Deathmatch, DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat – whether you’re obliterating demon hordes through the depths of Hell in the single-player campaign, or competing against your friends in numerous multiplayer modes. Expand your gameplay experience using DOOM SnapMap game editor to easily create, play, and share your content with the world.

Steam Store Page

Join our Steam Group Here to Enter!

Public: Fallout 4 – Ends June 30th, 2018 at 9:00 PM ET

Fallout 4

Fallout 4

Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, welcome you to the world of Fallout 4 – their most ambitious game ever, and the next generation of open-world gaming.

As the sole survivor of Vault 111, you enter a world destroyed by nuclear war. Every second is a fight for survival, and every choice is yours. Only you can rebuild and determine the fate of the Wasteland. Welcome home.

Steam Store Page

 

Bump our SteamGifts Discussion Thread to show your Thanks!

Get ready for a closer look at our in-house game, Tano’s Fate, this Friday!

Best of luck to whoever wins the giveaways seen above!

Don’t forget to check out our Discord Server!

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New Giveaways: Win Darkest Dungeon and Cuphead! https://jaycast.net/2018/06/new-giveaways-win-darkest-dungeon-cuphead/ https://jaycast.net/2018/06/new-giveaways-win-darkest-dungeon-cuphead/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 02:13:43 +0000 https://jaycast.net/?p=8151 New Giveaways are here! Get a chance to win Darkest Dungeon and/or Cuphead below! For Steam Group Members: Darkest Dungeon – Ends June 16th, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes against unimaginable…
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New Giveaways are here! Get a chance to win Darkest Dungeon and/or Cuphead below!

For Steam Group Members: Darkest Dungeon – Ends June 16th, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET

Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes against unimaginable horrors, stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Can you keep your heroes together when all hope is lost?

Steam Store Page

Join our Steam Group Here to Enter!

Public: Cuphead – Ends June 16th, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET

Cuphead

Cuphead

Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.

Steam Store Page

 

Bump our SteamGifts Discussion Thread to show your Thanks!

Take a look and install our recently-updated Jay-Cast Android App!

Best of luck to whoever wins the giveaways seen above!

Don’t forget to check out our Discord Server!

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TacTracer #18 – Emulating Your Life And A Major Announcement https://jaycast.net/2018/03/tactracer-18-emulating-your-life-and-a-major-announcement/ https://jaycast.net/2018/03/tactracer-18-emulating-your-life-and-a-major-announcement/#comments Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:22:54 +0000 https://jaycast.net/?p=8055 Hello everyone, I have been missing again as my Sexy Dark Tardis went down for a couple weeks and needed repairs.  After I received my computer back, I remembered all the emulators that were installed on there.  Emulators are software programs that allow you to play games that are not on a PC and brings…
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Hello everyone, I have been missing again as my Sexy Dark Tardis went down for a couple weeks and needed repairs.  After I received my computer back, I remembered all the emulators that were installed on there.  Emulators are software programs that allow you to play games that are not on a PC and brings back nostalgia.  I will be only talking about the ones that I’ve used as I’ve not used all of them.

So, the first emulator I will talk about first is Project64.  Project64 is a free emulator that only plays Nintendo 64 games but is not that hard to use.  Once you install the software on your PC, you must have the WINRAR program to extract the ROM and must place it in a certain folder of your choosing, which is, in my opinion, the easiest emulator to use.  The reason why I’m talking about Project64 first is because Nintendo 64 was my very first gaming system I ever owned so I felt I should mention it first.  When you play a game on this emulator, you can tell the graphics are extremely dated and it feels very nostalgic to many who grew up on the console.

The next emulator I’ve used is PCSX2, a Playstation 2 emulator that has to be extremely complicated to use as the process can be irritating with all the coding you have to do by creating emulator’s own BIOS which is vital.  This process can be time consuming but is worth it in the end as those games are extremely easy to get once you have the BIOS set up.  It’s the same process just like Project64 and you must have WINRAR to extract the .ISO files once downloaded.  This was my third system I used to game on which I loved so much and I had many games that bring back quite a few memories as I type this out.

Dolphin is one of the most recognizable emulators right now because it emulates two gaming systems, the Nintendo Gamecube and the Nintendo Wii.  The Gamecube ROMs are easier than the Wii ISOs because with the Wii games, you must burn the disc to your hard drive and set up the remote and nun chuk.  Gamecube games are essentially the same as the Playstation 2 files but without using code to create a BIOS  folder.  The reason why I keep talking about my experiences with these systems is because I owned these systems sometime in my life like the Gamecube and Wii which my memories with these systems were awesome.

The last emulator I will discuss is for a handheld system, the PSP.  Playstation Portable or PSP, for short, has an emulator called PPSSPP which is a bit fun once you get the games.  The emulator uses ISO files but you will find it easy once you add a game to your library but can be sometimes confusing due to what exact file you need.  There are many settings in the emulator which is nice for some low end computers because not all computers could run some of the games.  Again, the PSP was and still is a legendary handheld system that brings back many memories for me.

Now the announcement!  Jay-Cast has now announced that there is going to be a new game created at Jay-Cast Studios(yes, studios, our new division where we develop games), which is called “Tano’s Fate” which you can see the teaser here.  I will post the premise in the next paragraph.

“An unknown arrival. A land disconnected from the world’s society. Four heroes destined to change the past to save the future, and it’s all thanks to the locked mind of one man. Jay-Cast Presents… Tano’s Fate. Embark on a new journey, surrounded by friendly civilians wanting to get away from it all. When four young adults induced with amnesia get stuck together on a distant island, it’ll take one unexpected group of people to discover the hidden secrets of Key Island. As Jay-Cast Studios’ first game, reveal secrets and battle across multiple kinds of monsters while you level up and acquire new gear that will unlock the past, and save everyone’s future. Featuring original dialogue and story from the creator of Jay-Cast, and running on the latest and greatest RPG Maker engine (MV), take advantage of a high-resolution HD experience, casting shadows with menu transitions, and large areas to explore with your newly-found friends. Understand the world around you, and realize what has always been your fate. Explore side-quests, go for some deep exploration, and dive into the ocean, whether it’s on your PC or on the go.”

Next week’s article is going to be a milestone as we reach the twentieth issue of “TacTracer” so be hyped for that and cheers loves.

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Welcome to the new Jay-Cast Hub. https://jaycast.net/2018/03/welcome-to-the-new-jay-cast-hub/ https://jaycast.net/2018/03/welcome-to-the-new-jay-cast-hub/#respond Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:16:52 +0000 https://jaycast.net/?p=8043 Months of dedication, hard work, perseverance, feedback, and care have lead up to this. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the best Jay-Cast yet. Hopefully you’ve already noticed the spiffy new interface here. Featuring a new easily workable theme, new graphics to work with, and an overall redesigned design, Jay-Cast has never looked so modern. Faster loading…
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Months of dedication, hard work, perseverance, feedback, and care have lead up to this.

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the best Jay-Cast yet.

Hopefully you’ve already noticed the spiffy new interface here. Featuring a new easily workable theme, new graphics to work with, and an overall redesigned design, Jay-Cast has never looked so modern. Faster loading times and implemented bug fixes also makes this version of the website the most functional and objectively best one we’ve made yet.

Technically, this all-new layout is to be considered a beta until further notice, but that doesn’t mean bugs are all over the place! If you encounter any, however, don’t hesitate to let us know using out new support contact email: contact@jaycast.net .

To honor our 1st anniversary of Jay-Cast, a redesigned website isn’t the only thing we’re revealing today:

  • Four new videos have been released, all of which are stream archives featuring hours of commentary and action-packed gameplay. Check them all out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOWMmVqIgW2AVphrZFkcRQA
  • We’ve cleaned up our Patreon Page with a simpler description and reward tiers! Check it out: https://www.patreon.com/Jay_Cast
  • Re-introducing our Instagram Page! Featuring active posts about video gaming, technology, and even an occasional giveaway! Check it out here: https://www.instagram.com/jaycastgaming/
  • We have revamped our Group Description for our Steam Group! Check that out: https://steamcommunity.com/groups/jaycastgaming
  • Have something interest that you want us to talk about? We’re planning to do a test-run podcast sometime next week on our Twitch Channel, so make sure to send us in some ideas for what we should talk about!
  • Less ads, more content! We will now only use ads from one provider instead of two, thus having a more streamlined experience while reading content here on Jay-Cast.

Now that we’ve got through all that, there’s one more thing we should bring up…

Please take a look at the video below.

UNLOCK THE ISLAND

TANO’S FATE

2018

https://tanosfate.com

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TacTracer #17 – Returning to STEM…AGAIN! https://jaycast.net/2018/02/returning-to-stem-again/ https://jaycast.net/2018/02/returning-to-stem-again/#respond Sun, 11 Feb 2018 21:54:39 +0000 https://jaycast.net/?p=8028 A couple weeks ago, I had written a lengthy review of The Evil Within 2 but, it was accidentally removed  from our site when we had a server migration.  This time, I will rewrite it for you guys with more information, and some spoilers will be included.  The review will have some things be mentioned…
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A couple weeks ago, I had written a lengthy review of The Evil Within 2 but, it was accidentally removed  from our site when we had a server migration.  This time, I will rewrite it for you guys with more information, and some spoilers will be included.  The review will have some things be mentioned from the first game which I hope some of you guys played.  The Evil Within 2 is a survival horror game that has a mixture of stealth and combat mechanics.  Some areas are semi open world and you must rely on stealth or combat to traverse these areas.

Story:
In the sequel to 2014’s “The Evil Within”, you play as protagonist Sebastian Castellanos in search of your daughter Lily, who is the Core power of STEM.  Sebastian is an alcoholic ex-cop thanks to the incident at Beacon Mental Hospital in the first game.  He feels as though he was the reason he couldn’t save his daughter from a fire but actually it was a lie.  Juli Kidman, from the first game, returns and tells Sebastian that in order to save his daughter, he must return to STEM.  Juli works for a shadowy organization called Mobias which acts like the Illuminati due to the power they hold on the world.  Later in the story, Sebastian finds that his wife is actually alive when he thought he lost her along with the fact she’s working against Mobias to remove them from the world.

Gameplay:
As I have stated above, the game has certain areas where they are semi open world meaning that these areas are not fully open but can be revisited through the story.  In each difficulty mode, resources are scarce the harder the difficulty you choose, which makes the game seem very tense as you have to either make a last stand or flee.  Sometimes fleeing can be helpful but not always as the enemies can run and catch you which is a challenge when you are low on ammunition.  Ammunition can be found in the areas or crafted at workbenches where you can also upgrade all the weapons except the flamethrower.  You can increase the amount of ammo and healing items you carry by finding pouches throughout.  Now, upgrades are focused in two different categories now compared to the universal upgrades in the first game.  Sebastian’s abilities and weapon upgrades are now separated by different resources which are green gel, red gel, weapon parts, and high-grade weapon parts.  Red gel and high-grade weapon parts are used to unlock skill paths that can’t be unlocked by your normal resources.  Stealth has been reworked and now feels more of an importance than in the last game which is a nice improvement when running low on ammo or health.  Even the enemy awareness has been reworked, making it more of a challenge on higher difficulties.

Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has to be one of the eeriest original soundtracks that is around and has a cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” as the last track in the song.  Certain songs from the game are repeated throughout as certain enemies have certain songs such as Stefano’s theme because he is in the first half of the game and his song feels as more of a warning once you hear it a few times.  The cover song at the end of the game to “Ordinary World” has been something fans of the game talked about since the announcement trailer.  Many fans were not sure who performed the song until the soundtrack released because it was a decent cover to the song.

Overall Score:
With the game being quite lengthy, survival horror being true to its nature, and the stealth elements having a bigger importance, I’d give the game a nine but with the certain songs being repeated, I will give the game an eight out of ten.

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