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Static Rift EP 126: With Mitch Hallock

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Unbox: Newbies Adventure PS4 Review

Unbox-Newbies-Adventure-Nintendo-SwitchLadies and gentleman the video game world gives you Unbox: Newbies adventure a cardboard box in a cardboard box world. The story begins when a team of people from the GPS( Global Postal Service) by the names of Bounce, Dash and Digi use there machine called the Box-o-matic to create a self made Box named Newbie. Newbies goal or should I say your goal is to save the GPS from impending bankruptcy,however in the mitts of it all is a Sinister boss known as Boss wild and his group of Wild cards that are out to stop Newbie by any means necessary. 

In order to save the GPS your goal is to collect stamps from different worlds in the game and defeat Boss wild. To collect stamps you will need to help different box people with different objectives and or tasks like finding items,parts for those items, racing though a course, saving boxes and of course we can not forget you guessed it!! Delivering mail LOL. The challenges go from easy to intense which is a spot on way to get your true game on. Some challenges can be tough but rewarding when beaten. Keep in mind you are being timed through most of the challenges so that can be nerve racking. 

To control Newbie you of course use the lift stick to move him. For moves Newbie can jump using R1 or R2 and also has a super jump called unboxed. Unboxed while using L1 or L2 allows you to bounce in mid air and reach far places that a normal jump can’t. You do have a limit of 6 unboxed times you can use until it’s empty but can recharged it by finding unboxed items or checkpoints. Newbie also has an attack called the ground attack… “you first jump then press circle to perform it.” I will say controlling newbie for the first time can be frustrating because it can feel like your losing control and also slippery when landing on small platforms and may end up dying a lot or have to start over on missions that involve you going up a building. Once you can over come “controlling issues” the game is really fun to play and the challenges are “to me” very enjoyable. 

The visuals in this game is colorful and cutesy with a modern cartoon feel which would tickle the young at heart. Its also an open world which is cool and gives you the chance to explore beautiful scenery that is very enjoyable to the eye. You can also interact with most things like riding cars, forklifts, sitting on lawn chairs and so on “to me it was really fun to fool around with all of theses.” There is a shop where you can customize yourself with different types of boxes designs with also add on’s of hats, caps, glasses and other variety’s. “I must have spent hours deciding what character to make in that shop and I feel you will too.” For an open world I was a little sad cause it is a beautiful place, it just didn’t have much to use and with an open world I want to be wowed with stuff that I can interact with but the game only delivered a little.  I would have like to see more shops because there is only one to my knowledge, would have liked different things to drive in or even fly planes, and more weapons to fight the evil wild cards. I do find the challenges fun and there are a lot of challenges to complete but for the non challenges very weak on things to interact with. 

There are a lot of problems that can occur in the game. There are many times that you will get stuck and stick a lot or even go trough the platform. They have a re-spawned bottom on the control to go to your checkpoint but if its far away it can be annoying because a lot of these objectives have time limits. With theses problems it made intense challenges and gaming unpleasant hopefully they will have updates to fix these issues in the near future. 

Newbie is a fun game with some interesting ideas. I did find the challenges fun, I couldn’t put it down but for open world free time is not so fun. Would I play it again yes but it will be awhile. I give it a 7 out of 10. 


Static Rift EP 125

We got the band back together, at least for half the episode. Thats right Rifters both Dan and Sam are back, with Sam joining us for the first half of a movie heavy edition of the show. Since Sam is the moofie king of course we have to talk movies so we open the show reviewing  Spider-Man Homecoming. Then with the sad news of the passing of horror movie icon George A. Romero, we dedicate a full segment to chating about his career and what his movies meant to us. The second half of the show consists of Dan’s review of Square Enix’s new game Nier: Automata, as well as all the news that came out of Disney’s D23 event.



Static Rift EP 124

After a couple weeks hiatus due to John being on vacation, we’re back to pleasure your ears with nerdy talk. We open the show with John talking about his vacation to California. John talks about his time at Disneyland and Disney’s California adventure, laguna beach and Their 4th of July fireworks display and all the great food he ate while he was there. Then John and Larry have a full pro-wrestling segment about NJPW’s first show ever in the United States the G1 Special in USA, which John got attend while on vacation. Finally since we haven’t talked comics in a while I know a shock right, we end the show talking about all the confirmed details about Marvel’s upcoming legacy relaunch as well as all the rumors and speculations on the unannounced creative teams.


Static Rift EP 123

With E3 having come and gone, Dan joins John to talk all the things they loved from E3 as well as all the news and announcements that came out of this year’s epic event. Our hosts cover each press conference  from EA to Nintendo, chatting about what they loved and hated from each presser. If you missed E3 this year and want to know the latest details about the Xbox one x or the most exciting news from Playstaion, you will find all the E3 coverage you need right here!

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