Written by Aldrick Walker
First to address the strange font that I’m using: When I was given the creative control over the MFG Mouth Off, that also happened to include the font and layout of the document and the way it was uploaded to the website. Since I do happen to respect procedure within this start-up publishing company, I am going to stick to the format that was already laid out by the owner, but I do plan on using my own font. If this doesn’t show up on Weebly, then just completely disregard this entire opening, lol.
Now, it was mentioned by the Owner and VP of MFG that I would be updating individuals on the going-ons of the company in accordance with writing a review for two video games. Well, that’s exactly the pln. However, I would like everyone to know that each section of the reviews and updates are going to have separate titles, but the overall title of the update is going to be changed. So hence force, the rest of this MFG Mouth Off is officially titled, “MFG Mouth Off Presents: Aldrick’s All In One Update”.
With all that said, let me get to the reviews of the games I was very fortunate enough to play. Horizon Zero Dawn, an exclusive for the PS4 and Resident Evil 7, which is available for all three platforms, PS4, XBOX One, and PC. I know that we have some streamers that we sponsor, so I wanted to make sure that they knew which systems these games were available for.
So, moving us into the reviewing section, here we go.
+Resident Evil 7: A Step Back to make 10 Steps Forward+
Since the original debut of Resident Evil for the PS 1, survival horror games have consistently been adapted and compared to RE 1, and then later with the release of the PS2, Resident Evil 4. Games like Amnesia, Deadspace, Layers of Fear, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Slenderman and Outlast would likely not exist if not for the release of the Resident Evil Series. And why not? The Resident Evil Games, up until it’s most recent failure in RE 6, but later revamped success in the Revelations 1 and 2 Storylines and Gameplay Mechanics which were incredibly reminiscent of RE 4.
With the Ill-Fated creation of Resident Evil 6, the game took a terrible nosedive among fanbase and new players alike, with many finding solace in the only redeeming gameplay found in the attempted Mercenaries Mode. Even this, however was short lived. IThroughout the history of the Resident Evil Series, there was only one other FPS based RE Shooter, called Soul Survivor for the PS1. At the time, Capcom had failed, yet in today’s market, with the next-gen systems being able to do more than simply motion capture and produce nearly real life graphics, the game franchise that has become a household name has been able to redeem itself.
The player takes on the role of primarily, Ethan, a character whose wife has been missing two years, and suddenly emerges to send Ethan a desperate email to stay away from her, and that she apologizes. Immediately, typical of a survival horror game, Ethan Springs right into action. However, as you take on the character Ethan, you immediately feel as though you are thrust into Shreveport, Louisiana, and that the world is going to collapse around you. The narrative behind the resource driven FPS based game of RE 7 is only outdone by its amazing atmosphere and terrifying surroundings. With the original game’s puzzleesque mechanics in place, the game is fully ready to bring you to a world of horror. Additionally, along with Ethan, you play as his Wife, and a missing TV Crew, depending on certain video tapes found in-game. Typical of beating the Resident Evil Game, there is a New Game Plus Mode, which starts you off with a Wesker inspired pistol. The DLC for the game focuses on the happenings and horrors that the news team that you meet early in the game, and whose fates were at first largely unknown, now a serious fact. While it’s clear that only horror is what lies in the outcome (the only spoiler we’ll give away in this review), it is made clear that elements of Movie Theatre Dramatics were drawn on, and that more campaign focused DLC other than what happens to the Baker clan and their daughter Zoe, not more than a week and a half after they first encounter….well you’ll find out. In truth, the game was very well done, despite the DLC, with three different endings. I am not afraid to admit that at this point, I have only uncovered one ending of the game, and it’s apparently called Ending Number 1. That said, I will be looking more into it.
Overall, the game’s mechanics, resource driven ideals and horrifying atmosphere are very much rooted back in the way things were done in the original Resident Evil Games, specifically 1-4, while also putting a modern spin on it for the Next Gen Consoles and PC. One would think that the idea of a first person shooter for Resident Evil would actually diminish the fear factor, and that’s actually so intensely wrong. Overall, despite the game’s DLC being somewhat disappointing commercially and personally, with the Daughters portion of the DLC being the only redeeming replayable story, aside from the main campaign, based on MFG’s rate System, I’d have to vote in favor of Resident Evil 7 and the DLC, but…there are some cons to that vote as well.
Overall rate: 3 and a half Stars
I also promised a review for Horizon Zero Dawn, for the PS4 players that read the MFG Mouth Off. So, let’s get to that review now as well.
+Horizon Zero Dawn has more than 100 Expectations Fulfilled+
Horizon Zero Dawn is an Action RPG game, somewhat hack and slash, yet somehow combined with the puzzle and open world environment of Lara Croft, set in the future, some thousands of years after the first human civilization has fallen, where Robots have taken over the world. The player begins as an Outcast (terrible label among the tribe known as the Nora, though truthfully, I have yet to actually beat the game so this review is only based on about 20 hours’ worth of game-play).
Taking on the role of a girl named Aloy, you are adopted by elder outcast Rost, who falls in love with you as a Father would. You learn to train for the Proving, in order to get answers about your background, and the game quickly demonstrates why the PS4 is more of a console than the XBOX One, though necessarily a better one, depending on one’s view. Robot Giraffes, Wolves, Sabretooth Tigers, and more, show themselves in the game’s opening video, before you’re quickly forced to take over a young Aloy, and earn what is called a Focus, and get your first taste for collectibles. The overall gameplay Mechanic somehow merges the Borderlands like Three-Tree Skill Set, with the ability of Lara Croft’s Open World Hunting, and Deadspace’s combat mechanics. While standing on its own narratively speaking, the developers of Horizon Zero Dawn have done a fantastic job in making the DLC items that one gets for the digital bonus worthwhile to a point, but then make it more imperative to ascertain the game’s in-game weapons and armor, and why they’re needed. The game seems to take its ideas of storylines and side quests from Square Enix’s widely successful Final Fantasy XV, however, it’s identity is clearly its own.
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars
Average Rating: Fantastic, and Perfectly well done.
Now, as I am obligated to inform everyone of what’s going on with Meztrailov Fantasy Games and what they’re doing, some projects are on their way. Authors Mariah Lynde and Jayson Zwirner are in the process of the producing the next books in their respective series, the same as author Wendy Winchester. I, Personally, am looking forward to these releases, as I’ve read these books for my own curiosity and was impressed with this area of the indie scene. MFG has found its calling when it comes to the publishing of not just the ‘Punk’ Genre, but the Horror, and Survival, the Comedic, the Romantic, and the Fantastic and Sci-Fi aspects of publishing as well. At worst, if any truly negative things could truly be said about this company, as someone that’s paid to be objective when writing about them, it is that they currently lack the true resources that many other successful indie companies have, and that’s resources.
Which leads me to my reveal, and surprise at that as well. Almost as if they read my mind, MFG’s owner, is planning on introducing not only a Meztrailov Loyalty Rewards Program, with details to be revealed later, as well as services to be offered to self-publishing authors. This will apparently range from building them a fully professional website, to editing and cover art, without the need of signing a contract as a way to help promote indie authors, while still staying within the fair and competitive market. Type-setting will also be included in this as well.
That basically cover its. The last thing of note, that is incredibly awesome is that we are going to be able to get a sit down with a Co-Founder of the Fan-Owned Film Company Legion M, and get that updated interview onto the website as soon as possible. I’ve been told that it should be no more than by the end of April.
Until next time faithful readers.
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