Worth It?  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Worth It?  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Is Skyforge Worth the Download on PS4? https://www.gameskinny.com/ikv0a/is-skyforge-worth-the-download-on-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/ikv0a/is-skyforge-worth-the-download-on-ps4 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:02 -0400 Paige McGovern

The sci-fi MMO Skyforge launched on PlayStation 4 on April 11. In Skyforge, players learn that they are an immortal being, granting them special powers and abilities. With this newfound power comes new responsibilities. Thrown into a world where they are regarded as a god and savior by regular townspeople, players must live up to the reputation of an immortal.

By some, Skyforge isn’t regarded as an MMO due to its instanced PvE content. Others giving their initial impressions of the game have described it as boring, due to the fact completing mission content only consists of clearing multiple mob groups and a single boss. Others argue that Skyforge is a fun free MMO to pass the time with, where the player can enjoy the game as long as they put in the time and effort.

With mixed reviews, there is only one question to ask:

Should you download Skyforge on PS4, or pass it up?

Before we dive more into what the game offers, let’s define some terms first.

Skyforge Terms
  • Premium -- Account subscription
    • Doubles Credit and Knowledge of Enemies rewards
    • Travel across map is free
    • $2.99 for 3 days, up to $47.99 for 180
  • Premium Rank -- Level progression of benefits
    • Unlock by using Argents to reach a higher rank (up to 10)
    • Premium accounts start at rank 1
  • Market -- Skyforge’s in-game store
  • Argents -- Currency
    • Spend in the Market
    • Exchange for other currencies
    • Automatically complete activities
    • $3.20 for 2,775, up to $96.45 for 105,000
  • Credits -- Main currency
    • Spend in the Market
    • Improve character progress through Cathedral upgrades
  • The Capital -- Interface where players unlock and upgrade buildings that aid character development
    • Tower of Knowledge and Cathedral both increase power
  • Knowledge of Enemies -- Item used to boost the Tower of Knowledge
    • Increases survivability and damage
  • Stimulants -- Accelerates tasks and activities

Skyforge for PS4 has the same Market as PC players, where players can purchase both valuable and cosmetic items for varying prices with different currencies.

In addition, there are packs users can purchase from the PlayStation Store that offer unique cosmetic items and other perks.

PlayStation Packs
  • Eli’s Chosen Immortal -- Starter Pack ($7.99)
    • Exclusive Hornscute Mount
    • 14-day Premium subscription
    • 200,000 credits
    • 6,000 Argents
    • 5,000 Knowledge of Enemies
  • Loremaster Pack ($11.99)
    • Full Season 1 storyline access
    • Exclusive Golden Griffin mount
    • Exclusive "cube" companion
    • Exclusive Golden Templar armor
    • 50 Regeneration Substrate (restores health)
  • Wardens of the Wasteland -- Collector’s Pack ($59.99)
    • Exclusive Moa mount
    • Exclusive Night Squad costume
    • 30-day Premium subscription
    • 400,000 credits
    • 40,000 Argents
    • 10,000 Knowledge of Enemies
    • "Knight" and "Alchemist" class unlocks

In the game, there is no fixed class system. You can switch classes, but there are only three free choices to switch to and from. If you want to play the full 11, you must pay 3 million credits per additional character. This is a huge change from the PC version, where all classes are free but need to be unlocked through the Campaign first. As you can see from the Collector's Pack, upon purchase players will get two more classes unlocked... classes that are free to unlock on the PC game.

Additionally, there are 3 more classes available on PC than PS4. Necromancer, Witch, and Monk have not yet come to PS4.

Unfortunately, a class can’t be tried before it’s purchased, so uninformed players won’t know exactly what they’re buying until they’ve already purchased it.

In addition, in-game communication is only possible with groups and those near the player when a mic is plugged in. Only being able to communicate using a mic and close range defeats the overall purpose of an MMO. There’s no text chat in-game. Servers also separated by region, so NA and EU players can’t play together.

Upgrading one’s character costs more resources after every upgrade. There’s also a daily limit on how often the character can be improved through the Capital. This restriction can be overcome by purchasing and using Argents to speed up progress. Players argue that a free-to-play player starting today will never catch up to the veterans.

For those who intend to pay, they may not feel that they are getting their money’s worth. As shown, there are many different types of currencies, packs, and account subscription options that all cost real money. 

Skyforge is fun in the beginning to learn and play casually, but it’s not for anyone striving to be competitive. Progress is slow and restrictive unless you're willing to put a lot of money into this game. Potential players are better off looking elsewhere.

Do you agree with our assessment of Skyforge? Will you be playing? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Which Cities: Skylines DLC Is Most Worth Getting? https://www.gameskinny.com/6wy7p/which-cities-skylines-dlc-is-most-worth-getting https://www.gameskinny.com/6wy7p/which-cities-skylines-dlc-is-most-worth-getting Sat, 08 Apr 2017 15:21:53 -0400 Paige McGovern

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So which Cities: Skylines DLC is most worth the money?

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Definitely the After Dark expansion. 
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This expansion truly improves gameplay from the base game. Unlike "Natural Disasters", it adds nothing that could be subjective to the player's goals. Every city will be safer with the improved crime system, and travel will be more efficient with designated vehicle travel lanes -- not to mention the added leisure and tourist specializations, which add more diverse gameplay.

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The 50% off discount -- making this expansion only $7.59 -- makes "After Dark" an instantaneous sell. You can pick it up on Steam now. 

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Natural Disasters

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  • Release Date: November 29, 2016
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  • Price: $14.99 regular (currently 25% off at $11.24)
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  • Overall Review: Very Positive
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What It Offers
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This expansion includes earthquakes, thunderstorms, tsunamis, forest fires, tornadoes, sinkholes, and meteors that can wreck havoc on any mayor's city. There are also new disaster-oriented buildings, a scenario creator, and helicopters introduced. Gameplay reaches a whole new level with this expansion.

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Criticisms
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Natural Disasters does not offer anything to improve one's city. It only offers destruction and buildings for citizens to seek refuge in. Some players complained of citizens moving away after disaster strikes. And of course, destroying one's city means that the buyer must spend their time and effort rebuilding it again. 

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Get This If...
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You are an individual who enjoys "playing god" and causing death and destruction. 

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Stadiums: European Club Pack

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  • Release Date: October 18, 2016
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  • Price: $5.99 regular (currently 25% off at $4.49)
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  • Overall Review: Positive
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What It Offers
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This DLC adds in new football stadiums, team colors, and logos. In addition, mayor-players can expect traffic changes and great ticket revenue on game days.

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Criticisms
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Some say that this DLC is not worth the $6 price tag given the free Match Day DLC has just added stadiums and ticket revenue to the game. 

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Get This If...
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You are a football/sports fan. You should be able to appreciate this expansion more than the average player.

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After Dark

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  • Release Date: September 24, 2015
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  • Price: $14.99 regular (currently 50% off at $7.49) 
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  • Overall Review: Very Positive
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What It Offers
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With this DLC, you'll get new leisure night activities, beach tourism, and more forms of transportation -- like taxis and bicycles. There will also be new prisons, plus new city policies on education, prison sentences, and taxation.

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Criticisms
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The main feature advertised in this DLC preview -- the day and night cycle -- was added to Cities: Skylines for free. This expansion isn't necessary if one simply wants to have that cycle. Additionally, there aren't enough tourists to utilize the great features it offers. 

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Get This If...
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You want to optimize the free content released in the patch. With the addition of new lanes for buses and riders comes traffic lessons. Crime is reduced once a prison is placed and its corresponding policies enacted. Your city will run much more smoothly with this expansion installed. 

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Content Creator Pack: High-Tech Buildings

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  • Release Date: November 29, 2016
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  • Price: $4.99 regular (currently 20% off at $3.19) 
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  • Overall Review: Positive
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What It Offers
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This DLC brings 15 new buildings from creator Mauro Vos. It features several unique buildings -- including a farm, nanotechnology center, research center, robotics institute, a space shuttle launch site, and television station. There are also city service buildings, including police headquarters, medical laboratory, large crematorium, and university.

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Criticisms
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The service buildings provide some value, but the rest aren't functional. Like Art Deco, the content in this DLC was not created by Colossol Order -- so any proceeds go to the creator, Mauro Vos. In addition, as mentioned, similar unique buildings can still be downloaded for free elsewhere on the web. 

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Get This If...
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You want to support Mauro Vos and show your gratitude for all he's developed in Cities: Skylines.

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Content Creator Pack: Art Deco 

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  • Release Date: September 1, 2016
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  • Price: $4.99 regular (currently 33% off at $3.34) 
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  • Overall Review: Mixed
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What It Offers
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This DLC adds in 15 new buildings from creator Matt Crux. The building types vary from commercial and residential to unique -- featuring a hotel, laundromat, ice cream parlor, radio station, and several new apartments. 

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Criticisms
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Art Deco is not worth the $5 price tag when hundreds of similar buildings can be downloaded for free from Matt Crux's own workshop. 

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Get This If...
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You want to support Matt Crux and let your wallet show your gratitude for all he's developed in Cities: Skylines.

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Relaxation Station

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  • Release Date: November 29, 2016
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  • Price: $3.99 regular (currently 20% off at $3.19)
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  • Overall Review: Mostly Positive
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What It Offers
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This DLC features a high-quality "jazzy and relaxing" soundtrack for players to listen to while building and managing their cities. That's all there really is to it -- just some extra music for you to listen to while you construct the city of your dreams.

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Criticisms
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Some players thought the music wasn't "jazzy" or "relaxing" enough for their tastes. Others admitted they only bought this expansion because it is included in the bundle pack. 

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Get This If...
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You enjoy jazz music, and don't want to pull up YouTube or Spotify every time you start the game. Just make sure to preview the music included so you know whether it not it suits your ears. 

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Snowfall

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  • Release Date: February 18, 2016
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  • Price: $12.99 regular (currently 50% off at $6.49) 
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  • Overall Review: Mixed
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What It Offers
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This DLC brings a new in-game weather system -- including snow, rain, and temperature changes. It also adds several new city maps, and introduces trams as a new public transportation option. 

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Criticisms
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Potential buyers may expect that seasonal cycles are automatically included in this expansion, but that is not the case. Having snow in one's city is all-or-nothing. If a mayor wishes to get rid of their snow, they must start a new game entirely -- which means the regular $12.99 price tag is steep without offering the ability to change seasonal cycles. 

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Weather is your thing. And if you're okay with having an endless winter in your city. You should also pick this DLC up if you simply want trams as a transit option. That alone justifies the price for some players.

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Cities: Skylines has several DLC packs that mayor-players can add to the popular build simulation base game. The benefits of purchasing DLC range from a weather system to natural disasters. Seven must be purchased, while two others -- "Match Day" and "Pearls from the East" -- can be downloaded for free.

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Colossol Order, developer of Cities: Skylines, first released "Match Day" on June 9, 2016. This expansion brings a stadium, ticket revenue, team colors, and stadium policies. "Pearls from the East" was released on March 22, 2017, and includes three new buildings inspired by Chinese architecture. These two DLC are must-haves, simply because they're free. 

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But what about the rest?

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With so much content available of varying prices, which is best for your budget?
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Let's break it down and find out! In the following slides, we'll go over all 7 pieces of paid DLC and examine their strengths and weaknesses. On the final slide, we'll let you know which ones are going to give you the most bang for your buck if you've only got a little to spend.

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  • Note: It should go without saying, but all DLC requires the base game Cities: Skylines to play. Cities: Skylines is currently 68% off on Steam, which means it can be bought for as low as $9.59 (regular $29.99).
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Is Owlboy Worth the Hefty Price for an Indie Platformer? https://www.gameskinny.com/8d4js/is-owlboy-worth-the-hefty-price-for-an-indie-platformer https://www.gameskinny.com/8d4js/is-owlboy-worth-the-hefty-price-for-an-indie-platformer Tue, 08 Nov 2016 12:17:29 -0500 Janette Ceballos

One of the most anticipated games of the year, Owlboy, released a week ago -- gaining overwhelmingly positive reviews by both gamers and critics alike. However, the indie adventure has left people with one large question in mind: is it worth the $25 price tag?

The game costs about $10 more than the average indie pixel platformer. Some consider this to be a bit too high for the product they bought, while many others believe it’s fair enough for the experience.

Most people will notice the impressively high level of detail put into the visuals and animation, bringing characters to life and creating a Zelda-like atmosphere in its setting. These are definitely some of Owlboy’s stronger points, as the game’s most notable praise centers around the art.

I can see where these reviews are coming from -- the game is gorgeous to look at and combined with the orchestrated soundtrack, makes for an enjoyable experience of flying through and exploring a world in the clouds.

Some others will notice that it's a short game with a combat system and dungeon puzzles that are not necessarily difficult to beat. It should be noted that these weren’t really the focus: the art and the world were.

Overall, if you’re looking for a game with visually appealing aesthetics and a heartfelt story, Owlboy is worth the price. If gameplay and play time are a factor, I’d still recommend it for those same reasons -- but say it's best to wait for a sale.

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