Tearaway Unfolded is one of the newest additions to the exclusive line up of PS4 games and also one of the few games on the system targeted primarily at young children. Tearaway Unfolded is a game based on a previously released PS Vita game called, Tearaway and is a retelling of the story from that game, but this new one is only on the PS4. The game comes to us from the same developers who brought us LittleBigPlanet, Media Molecule.
Tearaway Unfolded Trailer
Tearaway Unfolded Review
Tearaway Unfolded is a really nice game, it’s got a very unique and interesting art style, nice music and really nice in game characters that you encounter as you explore the world of the game. Everything in the game is super nice and friendly and is just perfect for very young kids to play as there isn’t anything inappropriate or violent at all in the game.
However for people who are a bit older than say 5 or 6 the game is a bit too nice and friendly to enjoy to a certain extent. When reviewing this game I thought I would imagine my child self playing through this and exploring the world, however I still got a bit bored with it. The game is so friendly and “nice” that it’s like reading a children’s book meant for a 5 or 6 year old kid when you are already 10 years old. It’s a good game, but I think may kids will out grow this title fairly quickly.
That being said, I absolutely adore the art in this game and really liked looking at all the nice characters and scenery which was entirely made out of paper. It’s a very creative game and like LittleBigPlanet, the player is able to create things as they go and use their creations in the games world. For example at one of the early points in the game you are asked to draw a butterfly wing using the touch pad on your controller. I was quite impressed with the responsiveness and how easy it was to draw using the touchpad and it’s impressive that what I drew appeared in the game. It’s something that a lot of kids will really enjoy playing with.
The music in the game is well done, with all themes being very up beat and happy as you play through the game. There’s enough variety that things don’t feel repetitive which is great. The musical themes and sound effects all fit in quite well with the “nice” tone that the developers have chosen for Tearaway Unfolded and everything comes together very well in the end.
In terms of gameplay, you’ll find yourself running around all over the place in the games world as well as jumping quite a lot too as you pass through stages in the game. You’ll also get to ride a pig at one point. The Dual Shock 4 controller is central to much of the gameplay with the touch pad being used to draw certain things in the game, but also as a light you can shine in the games world, which you control by moving the controller around. It’s all quite fun and the kids will likely enjoy the motion control components.
The gameplay is not perfect though and I did notice at a few points in the game during the more busy scenes that the frame rate seemed to drop fairly often which will probably bother quite a few people who do notice and look for these things. But for most gamers out there, they’ll likely not notice this issue at all.
The storytelling in Tearaway Unfolded is a bit of a mixed experience. Much of the story is told to us by a narrator with a fairly annoying voice who seems to talk at the player by telling you what to do, which is a bit annoying to be honest. Secondly, many of the in game NPC’s don’t talk at all, instead muttering noises to the player resulting in having to read what they say through subtitles, considering the game is for young kids, it maybe would be better if the in game characters had voices to listen to rather than having to read everything as you go, especially since I do believe the audience for this game is very young in age.
Overall the game is a really “nice” game that is really for very young kids to play and maybe isn’t what adults will enjoy as much. If I knew someone who was around 5-6 years of age I would get them this game as a gift and they’ll probably really enjoy the motion controls component of it, especially drawing and shining the light in the game world. The art style is quite nice and the paper world is very creative and unique, however, the narration isn’t the best you’ll ever hear and the story while okay, isn’t that engaging. But overall Tearaway Unfolded isn’t such a bad choice if you’re looking for a nice game to get someone young that you know.
Sea Of Solitude Review
Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.
This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.
The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.
On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.
Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.
In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.
The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.
The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.
Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.
Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.
Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.
The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.
I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!
In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?
In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.
The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart
The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.
For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.
- This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
- EPs are included in this list
- “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers
|Artist||Album||First Week “Units”|
|Jonas Brothers||Happiness Begins||414,000|
|Ariana Grande||Thank U, Next||360,000|
|Billie Eilish||When We All Fall Asleep||313,000|
|BTS||Map of the Soul: Persona||230,000|
Tyler, the Creator
|Death Race for Love|
|165,000 (1) (2)|
|Vampire Weekend||Father of the Bride||138,000|
|DJ Khaled||Father of Asahd||137,000|
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