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Nintendo Direct E3 2019

This E3 Nintendo had a lot of new releases up their sleeve, ranging from a new Animal Crossing to an update to the Legend of Zelda. Here are a few highlights from the showcase:    DragonQuest XI Definitive Edition S Definitive Edition This update is coming to the Switch on September 27th as announced as the Square Enix 2019 Conference. This version as an expanded storyline with more monsters to control and fly. You can finish battles much quicker this time around. Older Dragonquest worlds are also available to explore, so you can revel in the nostalgia of the 8 bit era. Luigi’s Mansion 3 An update to the wacky series comes with many new gameplay mechanics and a new multiplayer game mode. Luigi and his friends check into a hotel which seems innocuous at first, but when Mario and the others ...

Close To The Sun – Review

Close to the Sun is the best example of Bioshock meets SOMA – imagine a ship filled with science experts, where something has gone wrong, and as you investigate the incident, something otherworldly chases you down. It’s a walking simulator with interesting and clever puzzles, constantly feeding you story elements and consistently impressing you with its art-deco vibes. The world building and writing are truly stand-out. It’s not for everyone though, specially if you are looking for something heavy on action. However, I really enjoyed this narrative adventure, the atmosphere and exploring the space the game is set in. Pros: Interesting art style Fascinating setting Great atmosphere Simple, yet clever puzzles Cons: Lacks in terms of gameplay Score – 6.5/10 About: It’s...

Mordhau – Review

Mordhau is melee combat game, said to the be spiritual successor to Chivalry. You play as a variety of infantry classes in the medieval times, including swordsmen, archers, horsemen, and so on. The game can be tough during the early hours, but there is a fairly decent tutorial that teaches you the basics – well, there’s nothing really basic to Mordhau’s complex combat system, but the tutorial does what it can. You play in various games modes, across a variety of maps, and a lot of them are really fun. Mordhau might be tough to get into, but once you’re in, there’s almost certainly something here for you to love. Pros: Looks gorgeous, dismembered limbs and all Excellent combat system Depth of gameplay can lead to some hilarious and tense encounters, very memora...

UploadVR’s E3 VR showcase

The hour long showcase from UploadVR, a media site had a couple of surprises and new releases for PlayStation VR, Oculus Quest, and gaming-PC platforms. Here are a few highlights from the event. Meat Fortress This update to the Early Access VR gun sim Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades developed with the approval from Valve, with obvious reasons, is a rather meaty homage to the ever popular FPS Team Fortress 2. It replaces the comical characters with hot dogs clad loaded out with the original TF2 arsenal. It has multiple configurable challenges and has three different “meaty modes of mayhem.” Owing just more than an anagram-y name to the orignal TF2, this meat themed shooter will arrive on VR platforms on June 28. The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets Crafted as an interactive story-te...

Effie – Review

Effie is a really cutesy looking 3D platformer set in a fantasy universe. You play as Galand, setting out to regain his lost youth. The combat is tight and fast, the platforming is simple, yet the clever mix of puzzles and fast movement keeps the pace going. There are a good number of platforming puzzles to solve, and they feel really satisfying. The combat is also fast paced. It’s simple but shows some depth as you keep progressing. the game also has a good look to it similar to Portal Knights, and a lot of vibrant lighting, colors and depth of field effects. Plus, the shield turns into a rocket boosted skateboard that fun to fly around on. Pros: Fun platforming Well designed levels vibrant visuals Cons: Boss fights are not that fun Score – 8/10 About: Effie is a 3D action-adv...

Deathgarden Bloodharvest – Review

Deathgarden was a game that was released in Early Access, and despite its decent quality, it looked set to fail. Surprisingly enough, the dev team turned it around, re-branding it Deathgarden: Bloodharvest. It is now a game similar to Dead By Daylight, with guns and powerups, and is immensely fun. You enter a garden, the Deathgarden, and play in an asymmetrical co-op match, where there are 4 scavengers and one stalker. The 4 scavengers need to band together and help each other survive, while the stalker tries to hunt them down. There’s a really good flow to the gameplay and the shooting. The maps and game modes are fun, and it looks really great. Pros: Solid gameplay, shooting is fun Looks good Compelling leveling system Cons: Minor balancing issues Night mode is a bit too dark and f...

Barotrauma – Review

Barotrauma is an interesting little indie game, where you play in co-op to survive aboard a space vessel that deep underwater on an alien planet. You now need to fight off dangerous creatures and help each other in surviving. OR, betray each other and sabotage the whole ship. It is teeming with atmosphere, has some tense moments, and is really fun. You can play various roles, such as ship captain, medic, engineer and so on. There’s also a good bit of exploration to be done on the ocean surface, which feels both menacing and inviting. Pros: Fantastic atmosphere Fun co-op Interesting setting Cons: Not enough content Score – 7/10 About: Overcome crisis and the unrelenting pressure of a frozen ocean. In the not too distant future, where habitable places have become scarce, humanity...

Conan Unconquered – Review

Developed by ex-Command & Conquer guys, Conan Unconquered is an RTS where you setup base, build defenses and then fend off waves of enemies. The game is heavily inspired by They Are Billions, and it shows. It has a lot of the same ideas as They Are Billions, and sets them in the Conan universe. While building your base and army, you also set out to find resources and hunt down monsters in order to find upgrades for your base and army. The game can also be played in co-op which makes for a significantly more fun experience, since you can split tasks among co-op buddies. Pros: Nails the Conan aesthetic Has some neat ideas about RTS survival Fun Combat Cons: Needs better task allocation for AI No real story mode Bad pathing No way to separate out military units Score – 7/10 About: B...

Darkwood – Review

Darkwood is set in a fictional universe, in 1987. Strange trees have overgrown everywhere, and within it strange creatures have taken shelter. You need to make your way out of the woods, and along the way you will encounter some of the most horrifying and surreal visual imagery you have ever seen in a video game. Darkwood is played from a top down perspective, and is a survival game. It’s is jam packed with atmosphere and mysteries to discover. Almost everyone is some degree of crazy and there’s danger lurking everywhere. You’ll come across villages where dark rituals are being performed. You’ll encounter folks who will kidnap you for no real reason. You’ll need to somehow survive and escape the woods, and head to mythical Road, though it has been said –...

Ancestors Legacy – Review

Ancestors Legacy is a squad based real-time strategy game, set during the Medieval times. It is some what historically accurate and has campaigns based on real wars. Also, it’s kind of tough and has a lot of intricacies to it, which feels great. You send your men out in squads, which makes the individual combat encounters feel more personal and give you greater control over what each squad does. This makes for some good strategic depth, and requires that you pay more attention. There are four factions to play as – Viking, Anglo-Saxon, German, Slav – and each have their own pros and cons. Some have better archers, other have better foot soldiers, while another might have better horsemen, and so on. The AI is incredible efficient in switching up tactics and putting up a goo...

American Fugitive – Review

If you are a fan of the older top down Grand Theft Auto games, then American Fugitive is definitely up your alley. Even if you’re not, American Fugitive has some really interesting gameplay mechanics, and a fun story that is totally worth engaging in. It also has a lot of random world activities to partake in that makes for a fun over-the-top adventure. You play as Will Riley, who is framed for the murder of his father and sent to prison. You then break out and seek revenge. The plot itself is simple, but the characters you meet along the way and the overall journey makes for a fun romp. Pros: Inspired by classic GTA Fun gameplay Interesting story Destructible environments Cons: Not a lot of challenge No voice acting Score – 8/10 About: Inspired by classic GTA, American Fugitiv...

Pathologic 2 – Review

Pathologic 2 is a weird game and is not for everyone. In fact, it’s probably not for most people, and to be honest, it’s really not for me either. However, there’s something about it that had me curious – You play as one of three doctors, in a town being ravaged by a plague. You have 12 days to create a cure. To do that you need to explore the town, get help and information from the local townsfolk, and figure out what’s going on. There’s a lot of surreal imagery, the world feels alien and bonkers at times, and almost everyone is out for themselves, and can’t be trusted. You have to navigate this messy web of intrigue and self-interest, and make a cure while on the clock. Time is running out. Pros: Interesting story, great characters Some strange v...


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