Superhot Review

As well as being a year that swept in many changes with AAA behemoths, VR, and updated console releases, 2016 was a distinctive year for the indie developer. Gamers where awed by personal projects that captured hearts and minds in unique, challenging ways with titles like The Witness, Stardew Valley, Inside, Abzu, Owlboy, this list can go on and on. One of the most surprisingly standout games of last year was Superhot thanks to its unique exploration of first-person shooting mechanics and its bold, often abrupt presentation. Indie games have their own sort of hype and expectations in comparison to AAA titles, often they go unnoticed until they are released and become widespread due to word of mouth or promotion from Steam, Sony or Microsoft. Its reliance on the game’s own merits often make successful indie releases deserving of their own praise which Superhot had certainly achieved in doing so making it one of the most influential and important games to play from 2016. Continue reading “Superhot Review”

Astroneer Pre-Alpha Review in Progress

Astroneer was released on Steam’s early access store a few weeks ago and has a small, yet dedicated following admiring it’s entertaining, exploratory features and easily accessible multiplayer capabilities. Since newer, updated versions will continuously roll out while the game is in people’s hands, consider this a quick summation of the game in its current, pre-alpha state. Continue reading “Astroneer Pre-Alpha Review in Progress”

Dungeon Souls PC Review

Dungeon Souls showed some fun promise when it was initially released in its Early Access Days on Steam. Clearly it’s inspired by similar games with developers, Lamina Studios, acknowledging clear influences, yet the game attempts to add its own features to the roguelike genre in order to entice players. Continue reading “Dungeon Souls PC Review”

Owlboy Review

Owlboy has an inviting array of many possibilities for the player. It can entreat them to a nostalgic exploration of bygone days of youth in a story about overcoming the odds and fighting the big bad in a fantastical story with outstanding, sparkling visuals to enrich the imagination. On an intrinsic, granular level, it connects deeply with a story deeply rooted in forging bonds with one another can have remarkable or deeply threatening affects on the world at large in a sprawling that touches the heart in many ways. There’s fun, engaging gameplay that’s one part unlocking the next path in complex areas of the world using an interesting buddy system combining different friends of our protagonist which then can also can be used in combat to defeat enemies or avoid perilous obstacles. Obsessive developers might talk about working on one small, specific detail of their games to make it “feel right” and I feel like this game, which its developers, D-Pad Studio, spent a lengthy time on showcases this high degree of polish in the game. All the core elements of its game work so well to make this game an intensely memorable experience that will inspire any gamer who comes across it. Continue reading “Owlboy Review”

Jazzpunk: Director’s Cut PS4 Review

Well made videogames are largely structured methodically with a sense of logic by very technically sound and dedicated professionals who tinker obsessively over computer screens in order to perfect the mechanics of their developing games. Jazzpunk takes any sense of internal logic that suits this description of most good videogames, throws it out the window and still remains consistently enjoyable thanks to its nonsensical features. Jazzpunk is the bad guy in a play that poisons coherence’s ear and marries his wife, it proudly embraces following non-sequiturs with more non-sequiturs taking the player on a unique journey with a colourful visual style reminiscent of a bygone era of Cold War politics, espionage, fifties/sixties animation but winds around the carousel of the surreal. It’s a stylistic mishmash of exaggerated set pieces inspired by pop culture all abruptly smashed together in the form of simplistic mini games and interactions that are bizarre and at the same time comedic. Although it may be brief, the sheer amount of high-quality content and attention to detail on display makes the game a fulfilling experience and deserving the price tag it currently has. Continue reading “Jazzpunk: Director’s Cut PS4 Review”

Event[0] Review

AI has been popping up more and more in today’s computers. Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana. People can chat online with the likes of Cleverbot or they could buy Pewdiepie’s newest game where he’ll respond to any questions you have. Besides that, I don’t think we’ve seen it done in a resounding way in a video game, that was until Event[0] by the Ocelot Society came out and exceeded my expectations with what you could do with really robust AI in a videogame. Continue reading “Event[0] Review”