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The Mooseman | PS4 Review

PublisherVladimir Beletsky
DeveloperVladimir Beletsky, Mikhail Shvachko
PS4 Review

*Disclaimer: I was sent the code for this game in return for a review, all opinions are mine and mine alone if you want to know more about my disclaimer please see my contact and disclaimer at the top of my blog.

The Mooseman is a very slow but beautiful indie game, where you play as a Sharman who slowly makes his way through a mysterious land with beautiful backdrops, you can see both humans and spirits. The game is Russian but you can choose to have English subtitles otherwise you will be clueless about what is happening, the first few seconds I was sat watching the start of the game thinking why I cant understand it, I set it to English and started again (my bad). The Sharman is called The Mooseman due to the fact he wears a skull of one which helps him see into the spirit world, he starts off in the lower part of the world where the damned souls live and have to work his way up, there are three layers to this world he is in. Some spirits you see will help you with your journey to travel deeper but other times by taking off the skull you are able to hide from the sight of the spirits set on killing you in the underworld.

My favourite Studio Ghibli Movies.

Back when I was 16 my sister's partner introduced me to the world of Studio Ghibli and ever since then I have been hooked, as a media student studying animation I was in ore over the beautiful artwork that Studio Ghibli produced, each movie different from the previous with their own unique story and look to them. I didn't know many other people who were fans of the Studio Ghibli and when I would talk about the animation style in college most people had no idea what I was on about but I used my love for the franchise as inspiration for ideas not only in animation but also in any film work I produced, I would often try to make my work stand out and seem unique from others which are pretty hard especially when you're put with a group of people who didn't tend to listen and left you to do everything on your own at times whilst they took credit for it, it used to really get me down because so much pressure was put on me and my teacher would tell me to deal with it as best as I could which is what I did. Anyways my animations class was cut due to the teacher leaving and having no one to replace them, I was pretty annoyed but grateful for all the tips and everything I learnt about animation, it made me have so much respect for the artists behind animations we see who don't tend to get that much credit, well at least not as much as the director and producers, so in honour of my love for Studio Ghibli here are just some of my favourite movies made by them: 

Tau | Netflix Movie Review

Director: Federico D'Alessandro
Writer: Noga Landau
Year Released: 2018
Genre: Sci-Fi / thriller
Watch on: Netflix

We have all seen movies based on people being kidnapped, normally it doesn't end well and there is a lot of tension involved, Tau is no exception to this but what does make it unique is the technology aspect being a big reason as to why people are being kidnapped. Tau is a story about a young woman named Julia, she doesn't live the best life and steals off of people in order to make ends meet, you could say she blends into a crowd perfectly. Whilst in her apartment, someone breaks in and kidnaps her, the movie throws itself straight into the kidnapping and we soon learn why this person has taken her. Whilst locked up she comes across two other people they are pretty average like her and no one would ever notice their disappearance and this is a huge reason they were chosen, the guy who took them was smart and needed viable humans for his test subjects, he used them by inserting a chip into the back of their necks and recording what goes on inside their brains, unfortunately he keeps running out of subjects and having to get new ones because he ends up terminating them by removing the chip he needs the data but after that they are useless to him, Julia is one of these test subjects who discovers she needs to find a way to survive.

Alex (the creepy guy kidnapping people) developed an AI to help make sure his subjects wouldn't escape, he named his AI Tau (pronounced towel) which is voiced by Gary Oldman, they certainly chose wisely when it came to Tau because Gary brings him to life in a brilliant way and left my heart breaking towards the end of the movie. AI has another purpose which Alex doesn't make completely clear but he does talk about how Tau will change the world but in my opinion, Tau was restricted from learning a lot about the world due to Alex keeping him in the dark but thanks to Julia he find a way to learn more. Julia is a very smart girl and hatches a plan to try and escape but is unaware of how dangerous Tau can be, whilst trying to escape she ends up getting the other two test subjects murdered by Tau, in doing this she makes a bargain with Alex about doing his bidding only if he accepts her terms and in the end he agrees. She is unaware of what her fate will be once Alex is done with her at this point but knows to help Alex will help her learn how she could escape from the house she is trapped in.

Moonlighter: Sell by Day, Fight by Night | PS4 Review.

Publisher: 11 Bit Studios
Developer: Digital Sun
PS4 Review

*Disclaimer: I was sent the code for this game in return for a review, all opinions are mine and mine alone if you want to know more about my disclaimer please see my contact and disclaimer at the top of my blog.

Once again I heard about this game from another person, I looked into it and realised how much it reminded me of Stardew Valley which is an awesome game to be compared to. I saw that I could apply for a code for it and jumped right in, what appealed to me most about this game was the style of it and how adorable the chibi-like characters looked, even the monsters were adorable, as soon as you start the game you're thrown into the deep end, with only a broom to fight with you soon learn that you're meant to lose the first battle and you get spat out of the Golem Dungeon and into a quaint little town called Rynoka where the protagonist, Will is a shopkeeper. Will has always dreamed of being a hero which is possible, he has to venture the dungeons to defeat monsters and collect supplies for his shop, the gold from the sales are used for a number of things such as upgrading his shop, amour, new shops.

There are 5 different kinds of shop in which you can invest your money into:

  • Vulcan's Forge: where you can buy and upgrade armour and weapons in order to defeat the harder monsters in the dungeon.
  • The Wooden Hat: which sells enchantments and potions, stock up on health potions so you can stay inside the dungeons for longer.
  • Le Retailer: This guy is basically your competition but if you're desperate for supplies you can go to him to get them.
  • Banker: Need to grow your money? This is the best place for it.
  • Hawker: He supplies objects that you can buy to make your shop look more enticing to customers.

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