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SOS (Now called SOS: Battle… Royale…)

Never before have I seen anything so misguided. Changing a great concept for a battle royale, and just make it into something so… generic…

I’ve heard about SOS back in January 2018, and the game itself is an interesting concept. What it originally was is that it was a pseudo battle royale type of game, but it has a focus on social interaction. Before a match starts you do introductions, have a little bit of bantering, and then you’re dropped onto the island. On the island, the goal is to find the relic and return it to the helicopter, but a majority of the fun is had from the interactions you have with other players. You can form alliances, but also betray them! I enjoyed games like SCP: Secret Laboratory and even Team Fortress 2, not just for the combat, but the interactions you have with other players. SOS was built on the idea of interacting with other players and personalities Hell, they even had Snoop Dogg play the game during the game’s launch day livestream (among other streamers)! From there I haven’t heard anything else about the game until I found out it was on sale and even was having a free weekend… BUT…

The game has recently received a high volume of negative reviews. The reviews pointed towards the game’s new Battle Royale mode, which at the time I thought was a separate game mode. Then it became more clear when I played the game. I installed the game (since it was free) and made my character, I started to join a lobby… after waiting 2 minutes. I found myself in a lobby similar to PUBG and Fortnite, and when the game started I was being dropped from a helicopter… Then it dawned on me… the Battle Royale game mode wasn’t just a separate game mode… SOS is now SOS: Battle Royale. They even removed the original trailer from the Steam store page and swapped it out with a new trailer showing the battle royale gameplay. Not only that, but the ability to communicate with other players face to face and using the walkie-talkie had been removed from the game. The game has been given a complete facelift and it is not pretty.

So SOS: Battle Royale is a battle royale played in the first person… you drop from a helicopter, you collect ammo, find guns, and axes. Sometimes coming across chests with more ammo and weapons, and you might even come across armor. As the game goes on, the map’s border will close in and the remaining players will be forced to fight to the DEATH… and that’s it. That is all this game has to offer. It’s not even a bad game, it’s just generic! There is nothing about the game that stands out! Even when someone wins it’s underwhelming. At least games like Fortnite, Darwin Project, and Radical heights do something that makes them stand out from all of the PUBG clones or tact on battle royale game modes.

Apparently, you’re still able to play classic SOS. Originally I thought there was an option in the game’s menu until I learned I would need to buy the game in order to access a separate client for SOS classic. As tempting as paying $6 s0unds for some joking around, alliances, betrayal, and all that, the battle royale game left a bad taste in my mouth. Especially considering that I didn’t have the option to even try SOS classic for the free weekend. If the battle royale is what the devs are putting front and center for the free weekend, then they have failed to hook me in.

In conclusion, I have never seen anything so misguided. They decided to move on from their original concept and moved to cash in on the battle royale trend. I don’t recommend this game, at all. Not even when it goes on sale. Even before the devs changed the game, they have also been fragmenting their own community. Such as stuff like having a tournament event where someone could win $500 which led to a lot of drama. As well as the devs heavily favoring streamers over their own consumers and going as far as banning them for “stream sniping”. There are better options out there, so your money and time will be better spent somewhere else.

SCP: Secret Laboratory

A fun shooter/horror game set within the SCP Foundation. Survive the horrifying SCPs, die, and the have good laugh after the match. The game is still in development but has a lot of potential.

 

SCP Foundation Log: 041718
Author: [REDACTED]

A breakout has happened within the SCP Foundation. SCPs 049, 096, 106, and 173 have escaped containment.
D Class have also been unlocked from their chambers.
Cause of the breakout is unknown, SCP-079 is currently unresponsive, unclear if SCP-079 is the cause of the breakout.
Nine Tail Fox are currently en route to the facility, ETA: 12 minutes.
All researchers are to evacuate the facility immediately and rendezvous with the N.T.F. and avoid both the SCPs and the D Class at all costs.
Chaos Insurgency has arrived onto the facility.
SCPs 049, 096, and 173 have been reclassified as Keter, all available units of the N.T.F. must eliminate any SCPs in sight, along with the Chaos Insurgency, and the D Class.
D Class must not escape from the facility.
Access to SCP-914 has been opened, all researchers must use SCP-914 to construct an administrator keycard and use it to activate the Alpha Warhead…
Destroy the underground facility…
Wipe out the Insurgents…
Wipe out the SCPs…
Survival is the only option…
If you see any of the SCPs…
RUN…

Okay seriousness aside, SCP: Secret Laboratory is the most fun I ever had with a multiplayer shooter. The visuals aren’t too amazing to look at, but I feel that adds to the creepiness factor, giving the game an uncanny look to it. There isn’t anything more terrifying than finding yourself alone within the foundation’s hallways only to suddenly come across the statue SCP-176 who will snap your neck once look away from it. Or getting caught by SCP-106’s personal dimension and trying to find out which door is the way out. And don’t get me started on SCP-096! Then you get gunned down by the either the Chaos Insurgency or the Nine Tail Fox. Some matches you’ll be on edge while hunting for the SCPs, and other times you’ll be having a good laugh with your teammates yelling out “D-BOIS” while stealing the keycards from the scientists and calling them “NERDS”. I’ve been coming back to this game quite often and had fun every time. The best part is that it is available for the low low price of… NOTHING. The game is still in development, so it is far from perfect. In my case, I had the game crash on me quite often, which can be quite annoying. Regardless there is a lot of potential for this game, and definitely worth keeping an eye on.

If you want to check out the game for yourself, then check out the Steam store page here!

Also, if you want to support the game, you can check out the developer’s Patreon here!

Nippon Marathon

Inspired by Japanese gameshows presents a crazy and fun local multiplayer foot race for fame! From heat seeking melons to old men in skirts, there is a lot of potential for this early access title.

I pretty much love this game, and I want to see more of it. So far I have been playing this game in single player, but even then it is still very fun to play through. One moment your in the lead and then suddenly you wind up tripping into a spectator, or getting knocked down by melons raining from the sky. It’s not all about winning the race, but being the most popular among the competition. You gain popularity by outrunning the competition, using items against your opponents, and answering the random question by Wedy Jones (The game’s field reporter). There is also (so far) a colorful cast of characters such as… man in lobster costume, girl in narwhal hoodie, a guy with a dog for a head, and an old man in schoolgirl uniform. This game is indeed a good time, especially with friends.

This game is an early access title, so that means this game is still unfinished (I mean you can’t even change the volume and sound effects, just turn them off and on). There are so far 4 courses, with 4 more coming later (I really want to see the Steamy Steamy Monkeys level), including a full marathon mode and even a planned story mode. My only criticism is that the character models don’t exactly look… amazing… but the game is seen from a top-down perspective so it’s not that big a deal. I would love to see more come to the game, maybe even see an online multiplayer mode get added to the game (though according to the devs it doesn’t look like they have any plans to add online multiplayer). As it stands this is a game I do highly recommend it, even in its current state. This is the ideal game to invite some friends over to your place and have a good laughing time.

Please note that a controller is HIGHLY recommended for this game.

If your interested in this title, its available on Steam for only $9.99! Check out the store page here!

Rainbow Six Siege

A fantastic and rewarding tactical shooter with a large focus on teamwork. Definitely worth a buy for your library. JUST DON’T BUY THE STARTER EDITION!

Okay… Starter Edition aside, Rainbow Six Siege is fantastic. Rainbow Six is all about TEAMWORK, and I like games that are all about teamwork. Every operator stands out fulfilling some role that can benefit the team, but what truly matters is how you use the operators, and how your team uses them. Communication is everything if you want to win a match! Where is the objective, what operators does the enemy team have, are they around that corner? It’s not about gunning down the enemy team, but HOW you take down the enemy team, and when you work together with your team the victory is that much sweeter. Ubisoft is always releasing new operators to add some flair to the competition and even including new event game modes like the outbreak event. It only just shows that more exciting and interesting things are coming to Rainbow Six.

Whether your casual or pro, you’ll get a lot of enjoyment out of Rainbow Six Siege. Though I would not recommend picking up the Starter Edition since you only start with a 3 random attacking and defending operators, and you’ll have to unlock the rest through a slow 15-hour grind. If you want to play the game, I highly recommend you pick up the Standard Edition since you get all of the base operators from the start.

Check them out on Steam or their Official Site

Deep Rock Galactic

A fantastic co-op shooter that is fun to play with friends, or with strangers. Features 4 unique classes, various underground environments, crazy horde combat, with much more to come!

I very much liked Deep Rock Galactic.

Even as an early access game, Deep Rock Galactic provides a lot of entertainment, especially with friends (or strangers). One moment your just mining for some Morkite and then suddenly you find out about a swarm coming for your ass! It turns from a simple expedition to a fight for your life! One Dwarf is building turrets, another Dwarf is gunning down the big ones, while the other Dwarf is burning the little guys. The levels can vary from simple straightforward caves to literal mazes where you can easily get lost (unless you dig to your allies). You can play in by yourself and you even get a robot companion that helps with digging and combat but playing with a group is ideal for this game.

There are some hiccups with the game, such as the placement for the dropship, and a bug I came across that spawns me below the dropship and makes me fall through the world. Of course, I do spawn right back (except for that one time where I fell through the world and landed into a deeper part of the cave and died). Regardless this game is very great, even if it is still in development. There is much more to look forward to, such as cosmetics and maybe more weapons and enemies. This is a game I highly recommend!

If your interested in this game, check it out the steam store page here!