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”

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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”

The Last Guardian PS4 Review

Expectations were justifiably high. Eleven years is a long time in the videogame world, Team Ico and its latest project faded beyond the mists like it were its own ancient worlds. The wait for The Last Guardian became an entire narrative of its own with its contained acts of excitement, doubt, ridicule, obscurity before finally resurfacing in 2015, many years later and a different generation of console than expected. Back then, it hinted at the artistic and evocative outpourings of the bond between boy and beast with all the trappings of its older siblings, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. For anyone following the game since its initial announcement, questions might be raised querying how the game has changed in purgatory, if the themes and ideas conveyed at first still echo in 2016 or became a compromising mess of features lacking a coherent, entertaining package. The response to this is mostly positive but painful elements overall prevent the game from being an unmitigated success. Continue reading “The Last Guardian PS4 Review”

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”

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 4: “Guardian of Gotham” PS4 Review

NOTE: I’ve previously written reviews for parts 1, 2 and 3.

– SPOILER WARNING –

Episode 3 was the standout success so far in the Batman Telltale Series with its gripping plot twists and the interesting directions of its storytelling that kept players interested. It left a lot of work for its follow up to continue the eventful story with intriguing details and twists while also come up with some answers as to how Bruce Wayne would get himself out of the perilous situation he found himself in after Lady Arkham’s identity reveal. The episode also features some interesting story choices that have some tangible consequences, new characters and some technical issues on PS4 that continue to plague the series. While some of these hamper the episode it still does enough to keep the player interested for the final confrontation between Batman and the Children of Arkham. Continue reading “Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 4: “Guardian of Gotham” PS4 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”

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode Three: “New World Order” PS4 Review

 

Note: I’ve previously written reviews for episodes 1 and 2

Also this is your spoiler warning ❤

Telltale Games have upset the balance of power in Gotham with upending twists making this episodic story the best one yet of the series. Continue reading “Batman: The Telltale Series Episode Three: “New World Order” PS4 Review”