Knight Reviews: Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator

Hey there, everyone! Mod Knight here to talk about an amazing game with you! This time, I’m talking about Dream Daddy! If you’re unfamiliar with it, Dream Daddy is an LGBT dad dating sim in which you play the part of a dad dating other dads! It’s already an amazing concept and the game follows through flawlessly on it’s premise; not only that, but it’s full of incredible characters, deep, emotional stories, and lots and lots of dad jokes.

So! What’s the Number 1 thing that makes, or breaks a dating sim? Well, it’s the characters, no doubt. The cast of Dream Daddy is not only diverse, but super lovable, too. One thing I really enjoy about the premise of a dad dating sim is that that means that there are kids involved, too! Not only are the dads excellent, but the kids range from adorable to hilarious. Speaking of kids, we mustn’t forget the most important character in the game. Her name is Amanda, she is your daughter and you. WILL. LOVE. HER.

Image result for dream daddy AMANDAI mean, you’re her dad; it’s your job. But also, she’s an amazing girl who will pull on your heart and never let go. The story and writing for her do an amazing job of pulling you close to her extremely quickly, and really make you feel involved and concerned for her! Of course, being a dad isn’t easy, and the game does a great job of replicating the struggle.

Of course, we cant just spend the whole time talking about Amanda (though I could write a whole article on her). Because the game is dripping with amazing characters, especially in the dad department! From the sweet and nerdy Hugo, the brawny and boisterous Brian, and the cool, gritty Robert, every dad is an amazing character with their own story, interests and personalities.

One thing that I especially loved about the game is that, with many dating sims, it’s easy to get a handle on the characters quickly and understand their entire personality at a glance. Dream Daddy’s love interests, however, continually reveal layers of themselves that you’d never have guessed just from looking at them! And each layer only serves to make you love them even more because you get to know them not only as a romantic interest, but as a friend!

One other thing I enjoyed was the level of diversity the game included! Despite being a men focused dating sim, it still is chock full of interesting female characters, not to mention POC, bi, and trans representation! The game does an amazing job of showing the diverse spectrum of people in the world, even though it’s a simple game set around suburban America.

Also, you get to build a dad-sona and that’s awesome.

Overall, Dream Daddy absolutely blew me away! I’ve yet to cover everything I have to say about the game, however I think I’ll go more in depth on certain topics in future articles, as this is a game I’d like to cover thoroughly!


Thanks for reading everyone!

Top 5 Best: MMOs with Mod Knight!

Hey everybody, Mod Knight here with another Top 5 list! Now, one thing I was never a fan of in the past were MMOs; however, recently I’ve begun to change my tune as I’ve begun dabbling in them more and more. So, lets take a look at the 5 I’ve enjoyed the most!

#5- World of Warcraft

One of the most popular MMOs of all time, WOW (as it’s called) still has a massive following despite it’s age! It set the standards for most modern MMOs; however, this unfortunately means that to the modern eyes, it plays a lot like many, many other RPGs. However, there has always been a consistent stream of updates and changes to try and keep the game feeling fresh!

#4- Wakfu

A french run MMO by the studio Ankama, released in 2012. The game differs from regular MMO gameplay in that it takes a return to turn based tactical RPG combat in which players must move their characters along a grid before choosing the power they wish to activate for their turn. The game is strongly community driven and actually has very little in the way of plot. This can be a major turn on or turn off to the game, so players who truly wish to get invested must be willing to join the community and play off of it.

#3-Warframe

This is one I’ve only played a bit, but already love! Warframe feels almost more like a shooter than an MMO, considered a “lobby MMO” in which players are matched up with either random or pre-built teams to take on a mission together, then return to the map. The game is broken up into levels; between which players have a chance to update their gear and equipment. One very cool feature about the game is the fact that different “Characters” can be played on the same account. This is because the different unlockable Warframes (basically battle armors) can be alternated between levels.

#2- Wizard 101

Yeah, I know it’s a kids game; however, you have to give KingsIsle credit. They know how to make a strategic battle game that stays fun even after years and years. Wizard 101 is a fairly standard MMO in which you travel between a hub world and various different monster filled areas, taking quests from NPCs and buying gear to upgrade your character. One deviation from the norm that I enjoy is the turn-based battle system; which is simple enough for children to understand, and deep enough for adults to enjoy! Between the various schools of magic, tons of gear and mounts, there is lots of room for customization and playing in a way that suits you!

#1- Final Fantasy 14

Final Fantasy 14 is a great game, with tons of customization options and a massive open world to explore! With there being so much to do the game might seem a bit overwhelming. Will you have to make new characters to experience the full story? Well…maybe? I couldn’t say. However, what I can say is that you most definitely don’t have to to get the full experience as EVERY single class can be leveled up to maximum by one character; meaning that you’re able to choose a style that truly suits you best in each situation! Not only that, but with a massive player base, you’ll never need to look too hard to find someone to help you out. Especially when high level players volunteer to help low levels get started!

–Mod Knight

Mod Aria’s Most Anticipated August Game Releases!

Mod Aria’s back! It’s that time of the month; where I divulge into some great new upcoming titles for all gamers to check out! We’re still pretty deep into the dry season of gaming, but that certainly does not mean you have to wait for fall to play some awesome new video games!

Let’s see what’s in store:

Game Number 1: Agents of Mayhem 

Agents of Mayhem is a new action adventure game created by the developers and publishers of the Saints Row series. The game is set in a futuristic Korea and is considered a spin-off to the original Saints Row games. Like the Saints Row games, Agents of Mayhem will be an open world experience with a ton of quirk to it.

There are twelve playable unique characters that the player can select to take on the various missions in the game. All have power sets and abilities individual to them, so it’ll be fun to make your own perfect team. However, the characters must be unlocked via completing specific missions. But there is also a campaign for the player to follow, as well as missions for the player to learn more about each playable character. This sounds like Deep Silver’s attempt to make something similar to Overwatch, but possibly a bit more funny.

Honestly, we love the Saints Row games here at NWG, so we have a lot of faith in a spin-off game developed and published by the same team. The game is bound to be quite hilarious as well as interesting. Since the logo for M.A.Y.H.E.M also resembles the Saints Row symbol, I’m certain there are bound to be tons of references to the franchise within Agents of Mayhem. Any Saints Row fan should definitely give this game a chance.

Agents of Mayhem drops for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on August 15th in North America

Game Number 2: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 

The next large Nintendo title after Splatoon 2, and a game that literally no one could have predicted. Nintendo teams up with unlikely partner Ubisoft to create a fusion of Mario and the popular Rabbids from the Rayman series. What exactly is this game?

Mario Rabbids (as I call it) is a turn based RPG, and is the closest thing we’ve gotten to a traditional Mario RPG in quite some time. The game is also tactical, so using the environment in combat is essential. Mario is also not the only character from his franchise to appear; Yoshi, Peach and Luigi team up with some Rabbids to fix the mess that resulted in the merging of their dimensions. This is certainly not a paragraph I ever thought I would be writing, but after last year, nothing really surprises me anymore.

A fun feature in this game is that it’s got local co-op, which means its a good game for the kids to finish out the summer playing before being carted back to school. If you’re not that young, you might just enjoy the wackiness of Mario meeting the Rabbids. Or maybe you’re waiting for Super Mario Odyssey to come out and you need your Mario fix. Regardless, I definitely think this game is worth a shot. Despite the wary feedback, I usually have faith in Nintendo to produce something great. I’ll give Mario Rabbids the benefit of the doubt for now.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle releases world wide for Nintendo Switch on August 29th.

Game Number 3: Sonic Mania

This is one of the most anticipated games of this year, and for a good reason. Sega has teamed up with indie devs Headcannon and PagodaWest games to celebrate Sonic’s 25th birthday by releasing Sonic Mania, both a remake and a remaster at the same time.

Sonic Mania is a remastered version of the Genesis Sonic titles; these titles are heralded as the best installments that the Sonic franchise ever had. Not only have all the old Sonic games been remastered for current generation consoles, but new stages have been developed for the game as well. It’s quite clear that these games have been giving a lot of care and attention, as the developers were brought onto the project due to their work on fan-made Sonic mods.

The gameplay of the Sonic Genesis titles has been preserved, so there shouldn’t be anything too surprising about the game. There have been some new enemy additions alongside the new levels, and some of the new levels are actually redone levels from previous Sonic games to fit the atmosphere. Many, I’m sure, think that Sonic Mania will be the full revival of the 2D Sonic games, and I cannot say I disagree. In comparison to the mediocrity of the 3D Sonic titles, this is the first Sonic game that I have seen the community actually excited for in so long.

This game along with Sonic Forces, the next 3D Sonic, were both teased last year; I’m uncertain of which one will end up getting a thumbs up from both critics and gamers. While 2D Sonic games are highly praised, will Sonic Mania be able to recapture the magic like so many other companies have tried and failed to do? Will Sonic Forces be yet another disappointment added to the pile of 3D Sonics? Who can say? But I’m very interested to find out what happens.

Sonic Mania releases for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC on August 15th in North America.

And this list is complete! That’s all for August. Did I get the game you were hyped for, or did I miss it? Let us know which games you’re looking forward to. And please continue to support NWG. Have a great day!

Aria Reviews: Hollow Knight

Hello all Nasties! Mod Aria’s back! I’m doing our review this month, and today I’ll be talking about a game that I literally just finished and absolutely fell in love with: Hollow Knight.

This is an indie game developed and published by Team Cherry and it came out earlier this year. I saw some footage of the game itself floating around and thought it looked cute, so I decided to give it a try. And I’m really glad I made that effort.

So let’s get started!

Story and Characters:

So the story of Hollow Knight is presented in a way that’s incredibly similar to Dark Souls. There is no character customization in Hollow Knight, but you play as this cute little…person…who travels to the town of Dirtmouth in order to explore and underground cavern called Hallownest. It was once a sprawling kingdom, but has now been destroyed by an silent evil. Within Hallownest, you discover the truth as to why the world around you has collapsed and what it takes in order to help revive it. The inhabitants of this world are all different kinds of bugs, so there is a lot of bug and nature imagery throughout the entire game.

Though the lore of the game is very vague and much of it has to be discovered through exploring, it’s certainly interesting to see what kind of truths you can uncover. This is where the game starts comparing to Dark Souls, as the lore of the Souls series is uncovered in a similar fashion. I myself prefer more direct stories, but a game whose lore is uncovered by actually playing the game instead of just a story experience can be fun in its own right.

The characters of this game are also incredibly cute and complex. Aside from the silent and unnamed protagonist, the different kind of bugs you run into in every new area. Some are characters that you only really need to interact with once, while others pop up occasionally and act as kind of companions to you. The most interesting characters that Hollow Knight produces are definitely Hornet and Quirrel. But other funny characters like Willoh, Zote and Cloth are also cute and entertaining, too.

I also feel like this is a decently feminist game. The protagonists gender is mostly vague, and there are many wonderful female characters that steal the show, particularly Hornet. I would really love to see a game staring her at some point.

What’s really interesting about Hollow Knight is that the game itself has multiple endings depending on a handful of actions you during the course of the game. I won’t spoil anything, but the “true end” of the game can be completed easily if you put in the effort to explore and 100% the entire thing. While I normally don’t find that to be player friendly (particularly in lengthy, story-driven games), it’s much easier to do in Hollow Knight because it isn’t dreadfully long or overly expansive. You don’t necessarily have to 100% complete the game to get it, but you’re going to need to try (or look up a walkthrough).

Overall, I give Hollow Knight’s story and characters a 7/10.

Gameplay: 

Hollow Knight’s gameplay is incredibly familiar if you’ve been playing video games long enough. Most people call the style “Metroidvania”, which means it’s an action platfomer with an expansive map to explore. The term comes from the fusion of Metroid and Castlevania, as those games were pioneers of the style way back in the early years of gaming.

Hollow Knight compliments the Metroidvania style well, and it makes it challenging and fun at the same time. A unique mechanic to the game is the Soul gauge. This gauge fills with “Soul” when you kill and defeat enemies, and you can use the Soul to restore your health after being hurt. However, if you die in the game, you lose your all your Soul and money (called Geo) and have to go reclaim it. You start out from the last “bench” you saved at. Sound familiar? Hollow Knight’s gameplay is like a Metroidvania Dark Souls.

So if you enjoy platforming and Dark Souls and wouldn’t mind seeing them mixed, I definitely suggest you check out this game. I myself struggled with the game as I am not the best at platforming nor was I a stellar Dark Souls player. Often, I called my husband in to help get me through the toughest parts of the game; particularly the final boss fights. He was trained on Mega Man Zero as a youth; naturally, he had a much easier time.

Because of this, I had to take breaks from playing the game. I normally don’t like games that frustrate me like that; it was the only real downside of Hollow Knight. If your skill with Metroidvania games is not up to par, I would practice before jumping into Hollow Knight. It isn’t friendly to newcomers of the genre.

You can also find various items to help the game feel a bit less challenging for you to play. There are upgrades to your health, abilities and a map maker to help you better navigate Hallownest and a smithy for improving the damage and power of your weapon. There are also charms that give you various stat increases as well as possible temporary hit points and armor. Some of these are completely optional, so it really helps the player set the difficulty for themselves. I will say that a lot of the new abilities and ability upgrades are mandatory; certain area’s cannot be accessed without them.

I give Hollow Knight’s Gameplay a 7/10. 

Visuals and Audio: 

Visually, Hollow Knight is stunning for an indie game. The art style is cutesy and dark; my title for it was Kawaii Goth. It has a dark color palate, but it does not lack for variety like some mainstream games (looking at you, Skyrim). The character models themselves are cryptid-esque, but also small and adorable. This makes the darker theme of the game more approachable to a younger audience. There is also humor laced within many different dialogues with kind characters. You just have to be careful. Some want to be your friend, some want to eat you.

The different area’s of the map also have a lot of variety to them, but they don’t follow too many specific themes (like ice, fire, jungle, etc). There are greener areas as well as mines and caverns with horrors. I felt like the creators really tried to mix up the Metroidvania formula, and they did a terrific job of doing just that. I will say that my favorite areas were definitely Greenpath, The Hive and Crystal Peak. The names of all the area’s certainly give away the visual theme of the specific map.

Musically, this game is top notch. I love the atmospheric sound track, and it fits with the game. I’m playing Ori and The Blind Forest right now, and I’m a bit frustrated with the soundtrack as it sounds a bit out of place with the forest/nature theme. But I never feel that way about Hollow Knight. The music changes in every new area, and it really helps the player feel the shift from a green garden to a regal city. I really want to pick up the soundtrack at some point. It’s really that amazing.

I give the Visuals and Audio for Hollow Knight a 8/10. 

In conclusion, I give Hollow Knight an 8/10. This game really adds some great changes to an outdated style of gameplay. It’s very hard to sell a platformer these days, but I think Hollow Knight is an exception to the rule. It has really refreshed a stale genre. It’s beautiful for the senses, and the lore of the game is really interesting once you put an effort into exploring it.

My only gripe with games like this is that the new trend of giving games the bare minimum amount of lore in order to make it just good enough to draw people in is a bit frustrating. I have this problem not only with Dark Souls, but with Overwatch as well. I understand that the draw of both games (and Hollow Knight itself) is not the story or background info. But the fact that only clues are left there with no ability to learn more really makes me feel like it was something that was just tacked on to the game just to get players attached to the world.

Regardless, that’s just my personal opinion. Other than that I don’t feel like Hollow Knight is friendly to new Metroidvania players, that was my only real gripe.

If you want to try something familiar yet refreshing, definitely check out Hollow Knight. It’s not too expensive, and it’s a great experience. I believe it is coming to Nintendo Switch soon, so keep an eye out!


Thanks for reading this, and please continue to support NWG. Until we meet again!