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Psychonauts 2 Review – A Game That Revels in Everything That It Is

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Psychonauts 2 Review - A Game That Revels in Everything That It Is

Double Fine Productions released the first Psychonauts game in 2005. Although it was deemed a commercial failure after failing to sell 100,000 retail units at the time of its release, it has since gained a cult following. A decade after it was launched and a few years following Double Fine’s acquisition of the rights to the game, the developers announced a sequel was in the works at The Game Awards 2015.

Six years later, Psychonauts 2 is finally here, and in a rare case of a game living up to the hype, the sequel blew past all expectations – and then some.

If you’re looking for the game, it’s currently available on several platforms like the PlayStation and Xbox consoles. If you’re in need of some Xbox Live Gift Cards, OffGamers has got you covered right here.

What Makes Psychonauts 2 Such A Good Game?

Even if Psychonauts 2 came 16 years after the 2005 cult classic, only a couple of days have passed for Raz and his friends. The sequel picks up exactly where the first title left off – technically, a 2017 VR follow-up was released, but the story of that game is inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.

What makes Psychonauts 2 such a perfect sequel is that it feels just like a more polished version of its predecessor. The quirky and dorky characters are still all there, complete with their psychedelic mental worlds. It even manages to bring back some of the clunky platforming of the original, albeit with a certain amount of improvements that should make fans of the original feel quite at home.

Speaking of the original, Psychonauts 2 treats older fans to touching reunions, cheeky easter eggs, and a ton of backstory. However, the game remembers that not everyone managed to play the first game or the 2017 VR title. It does an excellent job at letting first-time players enjoy the well-written, funny, and bright story as if it was a standalone title.

Do The Gameplay and Combat Feel Outdated?

One of the biggest concerns about Psychonauts 2 was how the mid-2000s platforming mechanics would translate with modern gamers. After all, there hasn’t exactly been a lot of good platformers lately. However, unlike Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, both of which completely changed how its predecessors worked (for the better), Psychonauts 2 didn’t.

Instead, what the developers did for Psychonauts 2 was to put a lot more thought and care into designing how the game played. The result is a game that’s overflowing with personality as it expands on the predecessor’s platforming and combat. Although moving, jumping, and attacking occasionally feels clunky, especially when classic 3D platformer bugs and issues pop up, these little irritations give the game a unique charm that’s oddly missing in the aforementioned action platformers.

It’s not worse because of its problems. It’s not better either. It is, well, exactly what it is, and it is this “something” that will make you love the game more.

Is Psychonauts 2 Worth Buying?

Not a lot of games get a second lease in life after failing to sell. Psychonauts is already a unicorn in that sense. However, for Psychonauts 2 to be more than what anyone could have ever imagined a Psychonauts sequel could be is just proof that some games deserve a second chance.

If you grew up playing the original Psychonauts game, the sequel will take you back to simpler times. Meanwhile, if this is your first Psychonauts game, you’ll be wishing Double Fine decides to remake the original next.

Regardless of whether you’re a first-time player or a returning fan, one thing that we’re sure of is that Psychonauts 2 will leave you wanting the third installment to the game.

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Stray Review: Explore a cybercity and knock things off

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Stray Review: Explore a cybercity and knock things off

The new third-person Cat adventure game Stray is coming out on the 19th of July and this game has a really beautiful and breathtaking theme to the world shown in the game. This game was in development for 7 years and it is finally coming out to give the players a real feel of a Stray Cat in the modern world. The developer of this game is BlueTwelve Studio and it is published by Annapurna Interactive. The developers of this game have put a lot of time in this game to make the cat character look and feel real. The players will feel that they are actually playing as a cat because of the mechanics as well as the behavior of the cat in the game.

Stray Review: Explore a cybercity and knock things off

This adventure game has a cybercity filled with the robot citizen that you’ll explore in the game. The cybercity theme is on point and they have shown that the robots have made their own living in the city. You’ll walk in the streets of this city, climb on the roofs and buildings of this city and the detailing of the city is very impressive. You can interact with all of the robots in the city and can even help the robots while progressing through the story of the game.

The jumping and climbing in the game are also very impressive. You’ll experience a real-life of a stray cat who is trying to get back to his family. You’ll be climbing barrels, trash cans, air conditioners, etc. to look for the right way. You’ll also see that there are many places that you can go, you can jump up on something or hide in a box while looking for the right path. The game has also made some neon signs in the streets of cybercity that will guide you a bit in the right direction. If you have missed the neon sign and are stuck in a place, you can also use the “Meow” of your cat. The Meow will also help you find the right path as it triggers the neon sign to glow again or something that will get your attention.

Stray Review: Explore a cybercity and knock things off

The behavior that they added of the cat is very realistic. If you see water dripping on the floor, you can drink the water from there. You can Meow to find the right path. If you see a couch or carpet, you can scratch it. You can also scratch the doors in the cybercity and by scratching some doors, the robots will open the door to check what was out there and you’ll get access to their homes. There are also some places where you can take a nap. All of the behaviors of the cat will give you a lot of joy while playing as a cat in the game.

The graphics quality of the game also stands out and the lighting quality in the cybercity is pretty amazing. You’ll experience really good quality lightning while in the city and by going into different homes, shops, roofs, and buildings, you’ll see a cybercity from the eyes of a Stray Cat.

Stray Review: Explore a cybercity and knock things off

The total length of the gameplay is about 7-8 hours if you only play through the story. But if you explore the whole city and interact will all the robots and help them, it can be extended to 10 hours.

Pros & Cons

We have considered some good and bad points of Stray from the gameplay.

Pros

  • The gameplay and the behavior of the cat enhance the experience of the game.
  • The radio songs playing at various points in the game sets the mood with the environment.
  • The puzzles are well designed and they are suitably challenging.

Cons

  • Some of the puzzles are longer and they start to feel like they are dragging by the end.
  • Some minor performance issues during level loading, but these clear up after a few minutes in a new area.

Although, the game is a must-try and if you like adventure games then you should probably give it a go because this game will give you a whole new experience of adventure while playing as a cat. With all the elements that the game has to offer. A great game with a good story and ambiance of the world with the experience of playing as a Stray Cat. This game will be available on July 19th for Playstation 4, Playstation 5, and Microsoft Windows.

We’ll rate this game 9.5/10.

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Far Cry 6: How to Fish

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Far Cry 6: How to unlock the alternate ending

Far Cry 6 is designed around another huge open world for players to explore. And while the overall theme of the game is once again reclaiming territory from an evil dictator, there are plenty of optional activities you can engage in along the way. This includes Fishing, which is a minigame that almost seems to have become a must-have feature of all modern open-world games these days. In any case, here is how to fish in Far Cry 6 if you want to put down your assault rifle for a moment and spend an afternoon pulling a rope.

Fishing in Far Cry 6

Fishing in Far Cry 6 is unlocked at the beginning of the game as part of the tutoring missions on the first island. Once you have access to the fishing rod, you can go to any body of water, press and hold L1 / LB to open the weapon wheel, select your fishing rod, and then launch it. Then you need to slowly wind the line to attract the fish.

When taking a bite, use the onscreen prompts to move the right analog stick against the way the fish is pulling, while holding down L2 to roll the fish. Everything is quite intuitive.

Your fishing pole can be upgraded by interacting with the tackle box, which is located on the ground where you see the hook icon on your map.

Here you can change your float/lure and upgrade your fishing line and reel. You will need to use them to catch some of the toughest fish in the game, so be sure to use them if you are looking to catch all of them.

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Far Cry 6: How To Easily Beat Jose Castillo Boss Fight

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Far Cry 6: How To Easily Beat Jose Castillo Boss Fight

In Far Cry 6 you will meet a lot of colorful people while controlling the protagonist Dani Rojas, although not all of them are your friends. As one of Antón Castillo’s favorite henchmen, General José Castillo is one of those people that you probably better never know. Here’s everything you need to know about how to beat José Castillo in Far Cry 6.

At some point in Far Cry 6, the game opens and requires Dani to complete missions and objectives to liberate the occupied areas of Yara, the game’s fictional island. These areas are separated into different segments that are controlled by specific people.

To the west, Madrugada is governed by Antón Castillo’s nephew, General José Castillo. This antagonist is as bad as he gets, serving as a slaver who controls the poisonous Viviro tobacco that gives the president his power.

How to beat José Castillo in Far Cry 6

When you meet José Castillo in Far Cry 6, he will not be on an equal footing. Instead, the general will be in his helicopter for the duration of the fight. To deal with this, you’ll want Dani to use her Rocket Supreme, as it deals 40% damage to her.

To restore the rest of José Castillo’s health during their fight in Far Cry 6, use a rifle like the M16S and equip it with explosive cartridges. Spice up a lot of these and be sure to take cover behind the control tower to avoid the incoming rockets.

Get enough shots until his health bar runs out and you’ll have defeated El Presidente’s Western General in no time.

That’s everything you need to know about how to beat José Castillo in Far Cry 6. If you’re still looking for more information on the game, be sure to check out the entire guide wiki.

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