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Dust: an elysian tail is a really fun action platformer with metroidvania elements and levelling systems with a fully voiced story along the way, the gameplay comes through exploring the worlds fighting off a wide variety of monsters along the way as you explore the realms of the world as well as fighting off a variety of bosses.

The game has a very nice artistic palate and the combat is very fun as you learn new moves and discover new abilities which may also allow you to explore area’s previously locked off and perhaps even find secrets along the way, it also includes the obligatory wall chicken joke references within the game.

There is a lot of challenge to be had, and whilst it’s entirely possible to break the game and glitch your floating abilities to be able to zip around the map and fly (and perhaps find some secrets you’re not meant to find until later) this does get a little limited due to your stamina potentials, the variety of enemies is also good as they all come with their own challenges and you can’t simply just mash through everything with your attack power in order to progress and defeat the game so you do feel a level of challenge within the action.

Whilst this game doesn’t seem to be as well known as it deserves it’s definitely a really good and fun title that deserves more recognition than it has, and does come with a well thought out storyline alongside the gameplay which makes it worthwile playing through for yourself to discover.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/236090/Dust_An_Elysian_Tail/?snr=1_1056_ajaxgetfilteredrecommendations_&curator_clanid=6860437

Limbo is a puzzle platformer that changed the realm of the genre by telling story through an artistic narrative adventure, without ever actually having a word or text bubble within the entire gameplay it told the story of a kid on his adventures throughout the world and the perils he faced along the way making his way towards his final destination.

The game did a great job of using lighting and shadowplay to tell it’s dark and twisted storyline of a nightmare twisted narrative as you make your way across the world, starting off with some fairly simplistic puzzles and the well known spider chase sequences as you try to escape it’s grasp and the way it toys with you along the way through to ultimately exploring mines and a series of mind flipping gravity twisting puzzles that you must navigate towards the end of the game.

After breaking ground and changing the way people perceive the genre this game did great things and is a really good game and a fun experience, this is definitely something everyone who’s ever enjoyed a puzzle or a platformer game should give a go as it was definitely a groundbreaking title and remains a really fun and enjoyable experience.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/LIMBO/?snr=1_1056_ajaxgetfilteredrecommendations_&curator_clanid=6860437

Oh…sir is a game that you might have guessed involves crafting the finest of british insults in order to humiliate and defeat your opponent, however it’s not quite as easy as you might believe as there is a limited pool of terms in the center for both players to grab from in order to craft a fine insult against their opponent, so some strategy is involved in deciding what to take and what to leave along with when to trigger your insult as if you fail to craft an insult you will stumble while your opponent capitalises, and the finer the insult the more points you deduct from your opponents health.

There are a few additional nuances along with having a small hand of 2 personal terms to add to your insult, which can be refreshed once per turn by drinking some tea, at the risk of losing something useable to end up with something which can cause you to lose the game, though at times you can find special ending insults with an ! on the end in order to maximise the insult inflicted.

Finally there are a few more intricacies thrown in for good measure such as pushing a point where you repeat a term every play so as to create a combo multiplier (for example constantly pushing yo momma jokes) it starts to grate on your opponent so the combo creates more score deduction the further you push a point, so it might be tactical to grab a repeated term or deny your opponent one over crafting the greatest insult just to get this combo sorted, also finding your opponents weakness and pushing this can also grant a lot of points due to vulnerabilities, for example pushing on an issue of fashion with someone finely dressed might touch a nerve and really insult them, so finding the insults which work effectively against each individual character could be the path to victory.

With online play as well as a single player storyline as well as potential twitch interaction where your viewers can score your insults to determine who crafted the best insult and rate their effectiveness there’s a lot of fun to be had within the game for it’s pricetag, and often during sales it gets reduced to a price that you surely must grab the title for because it’s simply so much fun for next to nothing. The silliness and memes and getting to create such great insults especially against friends or online is just too much fun to miss out on for such a low price.

Get oh… sir the insult simulator on steam now at https://store.steampowered.com/app/512250/OhSir_The_Insult_Simulator/?snr=1_1056_ajaxgetfilteredrecommendations_&curator_clanid=6860437

There is also a sequel for oh… sir the Hollywood roast available at https://store.steampowered.com/app/575330/OhSir_The_Hollywood_Roast/?snr=1_1056_ajaxgetfilteredrecommendations_&curator_clanid=6860437 with added youtuber dlc and a variety of famous faces.

The Stanley parable was a groundbreaking title providing the player with a series of seemingly simple choices, most importantly whether to follow the narrator who is telling a story and effectively telling you where to go in order to progress his story, or choosing to go off the beaten path and explore the other door where the narrator is distinctly trying to steer you away from, and through these series of choices the game twists and turns down a series of alternating narratives, however it’s never quite as simple as choice A or choice B, because there are sometimes hidden alternatives and often the game will not quite reload in exactly the same state as you might expect, so you won’t always simply begin the game at the start of the game.

Through these intertwining and branching narratives the game is found, choosing to obey or break the narrators heart and even potentially ending up in twisted alternative realities with some easter eggs for other games hidden within, this game changed perceptions for a lot of people on what could and couldn’t be done in games as well as breaking perceptions over what would be well received and sell well, and as a result this broke ground allowing for games to push the boundaries further than expectations had been before.

With the number of choices and branchings paths it’d take a few hours to try and find them all within the game, and you won’t get bored whilst you’re messing around with the narrator and exploring the options despite the limited realm of the gameworld as even with the same small ara’s being re-explored over and over again things will seem fresh and different (and often be twisted different realities perhaps with fresh options and maybe even an unexpected third door)

I would recommend everyone gives this game a try as it is a very unique experience and a lot of fun.

Get The Stanley parable on steam now at https://store.steampowered.com/app/221910/The_Stanley_Parable/?snr=1_1056_ajaxgetfilteredrecommendations_&curator_clanid=6860437

Frederic The resurrection of music is a rhythm based game with a similar mechanic to guitar hero games where you have to press the appropriate key on your keyboard (or the on screen keys with a mouse) at the right times to play the tunes as the notes come down the screen towards you, and as a result play the tunes of a variety of genre’s defeating many well known artists caricatures along the way through a hybrid of familiar but remixed and twisted tunes in a more classical chopin style.

The storyline alongside the game is also pretty funny told through a series of voiced artistic cartoon panels telling the story of Frederic chopin having been revived in the modern age on his journey around the world looking for his heart. Whilst the game itself is a fairly simplistic notion as a rhythm music game the music can be pretty challenging to pull of yet fun to play, and the storyline is an added bonus adding a little extra spice into the mix making it more than simply playing tunes on a keyboard to the rhythm.

The series often gets reduced pretty cheap and it’s a really fun title regardless of it’s simplicity because the premise is done well. You can also earn bonuses by pressing keys off the standard keyboard range, and often triggering meme like musical attacks on your opponents when you’re outplaying them, and always ending in a musicality as a mortal kombat pun so there is a lot of silliness and fun to be had, and considering this is always very cheap in sales it’s a lot of cheap fun to be had with both titles, and potentially any future sequels to the Frederic series where I expect the memes to take off to a humongous degree based upon the increase from the first to the second title.

Get Frederic the resurrection of music on steam now at https://store.steampowered.com/app/301190/Frederic_Resurrection_of_Music/?snr=1_1056_ajaxgetfilteredrecommendations_&curator_clanid=6860437

The sequel with more memes and more hybrid tunes is also available on steam at https://store.steampowered.com/app/301200/Frederic_Evil_Strikes_Back/?snr=1_1056_ajaxgetfilteredrecommendations_&curator_clanid=6860437

Having been through over two years of sleep deprivation as a result of antisocial tenants in the flat above me and my landlord doing nothing about them and in fact rather than investigating the issue they chose to discriminate against me for having suffered from depression, and deciding to frequently demand my doctors details and claim that is their action towards solving the problem, which lead to years of suffering severe sleep deprivation being lucky to get 4 hours sleep split up through being woken and kept up by antisocial levels of noise, causing damages to my health, and severely effecting my depression so I had little energy to be productive and often even resulting in difficulties in life, as well as neglecting my site here and putting out poor quality content whilst depressed and having little energy to do anything.

I had to as a result of the discrimination faced involve my mp and even go as far as involving the local government ombudsman to get things resolved and actually investigated but this was still a slow process, having taken over a year itself to get action taken about the antisocial tenant, while their binbags piled up attracting rats outside in a gigantic trash mountain which itself took a year to get the council to do anything about, and finally eventually being provided asb diaries after over a year of suffering the antisocial behaviour, it took a further year for those antisocial tenants to be removed, and life was good for a while where I was able to rest and sleep and be more productive, however the replacement tenant they bought in it seems that was deliberately sought out to have exactly the same problems, piling up trash not using the wheely bins, and staying up all night making deliberate antisocial noise.

So as to avoid this becoming a habit for the new tenant I reported this and expected the council to talk to the new tenant and outline reasonable behaviour and ensure he used his bins, looked after his share of the garden and didn’t stay up all night making deliberate antisocial noise, yet the council once again decided to take a path of discriminating against my mental health issues, of course in the process they lied to me claiming that they would talk to the upstairs tenant, however after a few attempts to get them to speak to the antisocial tenant they claimed they needed to speak to me first, however upon meeting the council worker with a smug grin stated he would not speak to the upstairs tenant, made discriminatory claims that because I’ve suffered mental health issues in the past and it’s possible for “mental health issues to result in imagining noises and sounds” which is outside of the realm of issues I’ve ever suffered and was very discrinitaroy. Also he kept pushing that because I’ve stated that my mental health is suffering from the sleep deprivation that he was twisting it to claim that my mental health was the issue preventing me sleeping which isn’t the case and never has been, and once again demanded that I provide my doctors details and that this is a solution to the problem. Obviously as a result of this discrimination I contacted my mp having already began an investigation with the ombudsman and him being my appointed representative as you have to go through the mp for these matters, as a result the council claimed that I had gone outside of the realm of complaints and insinuated that I’m a serial complainer (because they ignore complaints that are valid to such a state that I have to go outside to get things resolved)

As a result of involving the mp and mentioning how I had been discriminated against, after a few months of the new tenant moving in and being antisocial nightly deliberately, sometimes even shouting “goodnight” for half an hour after having stomped slammed and shouted for most of the night until 4am before letting me finally sleep as to taunt that he’d kept me up and was finally going to bed, before being woken up at 7am the next morning not being remotely allowed enough sleep to be healthy, which always left me feeling so drained I couldn’t operate and desperately needing sleep. I’m going a bit off track there, anyway after involving the mp who made sure that the council at least follow procedure they spoke to the upstairs tenant who admitted to being deliberately antisocial, yet they still insisted on blaming my mental health and pursuing me rather than the actually antisocial tenant so I had to push further complaints to ensure the procedure was correctly followed, eventually I got them to speak to the neighbour (who they made excuses for saying he’s a refugee and how he’s never had a home to himself before etc) so as a result of them making such excuses I asked that they speak to him about acceptable behaviour and outline being a reasonable and considerate neighbour and stopping the antisocial behaviour at night, finaly they did, and whilst he does have seriously disturbing freakouts at times, like when I was watching the flash he screamed “ree” and stomped into the floor nonstop for the whole hour one time to such a degree I had to turn my tv up significantly to hear it over him, and another time on stream during singing he was shouting “what the fuck” and stomping into the floor repeatedly as though I was being unreasonable singing at 8pm which is a perfectly acceptable hour.

When the council member stated he wasn’t going to speak to the upstairs tenant with his smug look and also claimed that the upstairs neighbours share of the garden which has become overgrown suddenly was my responsibility despite previous council members claiming differently (because every time I have a valid complaint they try to create some nonsense claims against me in order to cause problems) at this point it felt that things weren’t remotely hopeful and I was going to be stuck in this nightmare situation once again for several years straight and the council weren’t going to do anything and were instead going to cause problems to such a degree that would cause problems for my tenancy, after this I ended up in the bank and the lady on the counter bought up the help to buy isa and said about how the government would provide an additional 25% of whatever you save, obviously because the government are bringing the ISA to an end but I got to wondering if there was somewhere that I could get somehow in order to escape, and this lead me to see a place listed for sale at a guide price of £5000 at auction, and being a single floor home with no above tenant it seemed ideal, after viewing it seemed a pretty perfect place, so hope was revived again.

Unfortunately the guide prices for the auctions were deliberately so low as to encourage further bidders, and whilst speaking to some nice people at the auction who also unfortunately were outbid on the properties they were interested in everything was going severely above the guide prices and this meant that the possibility of escaping this nightmare this way was not a possibility so I looked into other possibilities, as the council refuse to put in necessary noise isolation between the floors which are paper thin and literally have no noise reduction I started to look into other matters as I had also heard that the government may be approaching removing the right to buy for council houses, having seen a lot of mp’s complaining about it on politics live I decided to look at what the remote possibilities were after having researched that putting up noise isolation may cost £9000 but if I owned the place I may be able to get grants towards getting the work done on improvements to the place.

Looking into the right to buy I was surprised to see that there’s also a discount available based upon how many years of tenancy you’ve had in public rental homes, with houses having a 35% discount after 5 years and 1% increase per year thereafter, whereas flats like mine have a 50% discount going up 2% per year thereafter so there’s a possibility that I may be able to get this place and make it a liveable situation. Of course in the meantime my case came to a head and this is when the council finally spoke to the upstairs tenant and stopped his nonsense and deliberate antisocial behaviour, but my application is now in as the fear is that the antisocial behaviour could return especially with the upstairs tenants freakouts which occur. In the meantime I will now be able to return to being more productive, depression provided but at least I won’t be getting deprived of sleep and will be able to start getting better, not having to eat so many sweet things and chocolates to try and give me the energy to operate so now I’m on the quest to get back in shape again too.

My case with the ombudsman also ended, and after the council had claimed that I was a serial complainer on the matter, it was stated in the case that the council completely mishandled the entire situation and that they should not have operated as they did and that they wholly failed to investigate properly. I’ve only been provided £400 compensation which is distinctly not remotely equal to the suffering I was subject to due to these problems (where my vlogging youtube outlines much of it as well as previous posts on this site) though it does show that I was justified to go outside of the council with my complaints to get things resolved, and again it was wholly necessary to involve the mp in order to get the council to investigate the new tenant as otherwise they would’ve ignored it discriminating against myself and allowing the upstairs tenant to remain deliberately antisocial throughout the night.

I will be attempting to move forward and be more productive now I’m able to rest better, and whilst the singleplay games were bought in so I could put out quick reviews for short games or fairly simple games I never really posted them on here as writing reviews again was something that really required a lot of effort and really needed me in a not depressed mood to put out a decent review (which at times may have failed on lets highlight reviews I’ve written as I’ve felt depressed and not happy entirely with some of the reviews I’ve written feeling they’ve not been as great as I would like them to be or portrayed everything I’ve wanted to) Anyway as a result I will be doing a 12 days of Christmas sort of thing bringing 12 of the single play reviews over the days towards Christmas highlighting some of these single play sessions which I’ve briefly reviewed on my steam curator page, but deserve some recognition and might even be something you can pick up as a cheap little bit of fun in the steam sales as often these tend to be severely discounted or they’re something particularly fun amongst the single play games I’ve reviewed, so I’m going to bring some fuller written reviews of these games here over the days approaching xmas and the steam xmas sales.