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Mechanical Squids & Tamagotchi: Dark Train Review

Dark Train is Paperash’s unique take on modern adventure puzzle games. And don’t let the term adventure game dissuade you. What Paperash has created in Dark Train is a wonderful setting, great visual aesthetics, and clever challenging puzzles. Oh, and did I mention the mechanical squid? You play as the mechanical Squid Ann 2.35f, in control of the Dark Train. The train consists a creation of the inventor D. W. Tagrezbung, which needs to be delivered to a client. Without getting too deep into the story, and spoiling anything, I’ll say that the story is actually really interesting, specially for a modern adventure game. The game tells its story visually via the environment. There’s no written text or dialogue. The fact that Paperash has managed to convey a compelling ...

Transcending The Medium: A Transistor Review

Awe-inspiring, jaw dropping and absolutely mesmerizing, Transistor is all of that and so much more. A game that genuinely struck a chord with me and impressed me so much that it left me craving for more after I had finished it. It draws you in on an emotional level that makes you empathise with Red and, the events that have unfolded around her and are about to unfold. And just like Red, I was left speechless with the beauty of it all. Transistor is a sci-fi action RPG game developed and published by Supergiant Games, famous for their previous, critically acclaimed title ‘Bastion’. The game is set in a very cyberpunk futuristic city known as Cloudbank that is run by Administrators to keep the world safe and to satisfy people by letting them decide on things such as the weather c...

Ki Is Stamina, & Stamina Is Key: Nioh Review

Imagine the brutal difficulty and calculated combat of the Souls-Borne games, with the gratifying loot grind from Diablo, or more recent titles like The Division and Destiny, and you have Nioh, the latest game by Team Ninja. But Nioh is so much more than the sum of the games it takes inspirations from. Its mechanics go much deeper, and demand a lot more focus and attention from the player. Before we go into the depths of Nioh’s incredible combat system, let’s discuss the story a little bit. You play as William Adams, who’s based on a real life character of the same name, and the game is set during a fictionalized version of the Sengoku period, a period of immense strife and turmoil in Japan during the 1600s. The story is based on an unfinished script by Akira Kurosawa, a ...

Say My Name: Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Review

Yes they massacred the title, but Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue comes with more than enough content to justify it’s lengthy and girthy name. It’s a collection of three parts, 0.2 Birth By Sleep –  A Fragmentary PAssage, Dream Drop Distance, & Back Cover. I’ll say this off the bat, if you’ve not been keeping up with the Kingdom Hearts games, you’ll be left quite lost and confused with the happenings in the game. A Fragmentary Passage A Fragmentary Passage takes place after the events of Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, and continues the journey of Aqua. It’s a small three- hour experience, which despite it’s short length, is rewarding and offers a glimpse of what we can expect in Kingdom Hearts 3. First off, it’s running o...

Welcome To The Madhouse – Resident Evil VII Biohazard Review

Resident Evil has been synonymous with the horror genre for over a decade now, and while some of the recent entries in the franchise have less than lived up to expectations, the name itself has made a reputation for itself that is highly regarded. Resident Evil VII takes inspirations from the best game in the series, and strips it down to the basics. What we have here is a horrifying effort to escape with a loved one from a seemingly haunted house. But, before I get ahead of myself, let me talk about the story first. You play as Ethan, who’s looking for his wife, Mia, who had been presumably dead or missing for almost three years. A cryptic message from Mia leads Ethan all the way to the fictional town of Dulvey, Louisiana, and eventually to the Baker Family house, the evil residents...

Can Ya Dig It, Sucka?! A Shovel Knight Review

An ode to the games of yesteryear, a beautiful love letter to 2D platforming genre and a mesmerizing 8-bit masterpiece that was made possible with the help of a community willing to take a risk. The game I’m talking about is the amazing “Shovel Knight”. The game that shines amongst its peers and makes it as one of the best 8-bit 2D platformers to have come out in recent times. Shovel Knight is a kickstarted 2D platformer with 8-bit visuals developed by Yacht Club Games. It took the gaming industry by surprise, because nobody expected it to do what it did; it provided a very solid gaming experience all-around. Taking inspiration from the best games of the NES era like Zelda II, Duck Tales, and Castlevania. Shovel Knight bundles these together to make a masterpiece that pays homage to its pr...

Red Undead Redemption: Dead Rising 4 Review

Dead Rising has always been about slaughtering legions of the undead with the wackiest of weapons, and the latest entry in the series doubles down on that with bigger arenas, better weapons, and a badass-er attitude. Let’s take a look at how well the latest entry in the zombie apocalypse slaughter-play-house does in our Dead Rising 4 review. The game is set in Williamette, Colorado, which had also hosted the previous zombie breakout, and takes place during Christmas time, around the central mall where the populace had crowded to in order to satiate consumerism. The mystery in the game revolves around the fact that the citizens of Williamette were supposed to have been vaccinated, and yet got infected. This calls for series veteran Frank West, and his sidekick Vivk Chu to uncover the ...

How To Tame Your BirdDog (In Just Under 10 Years): The Last Guardian Review

The Last Guardian was not an easy game to review. As I started the game, and the initial title screen with Fumito Ueda’s name splashed across it popped, I could only stare for a few moments, taking in the fact that after almost a decade The Last Guardian was finally more than just fairy dust. It was a real video game, that I could play on my PS4. And I couldn’t help but be appreciative of that fact. I had been eager to see what Team Ico had accomplished this time around. I am a big fan of Shadow Of The Colossus, and despite it’s flaws, it’s one of my favorite games till date. And so as I sit to review The Last Guardian, I am biased, and I want to be. I want to give this a higher rating than this game deserves, and I want you to play it, in spite of the frustration I...

Avert Thine Eyes: Ashes Of Ariandel Review (Dark Souls III DLC)

Dark Souls III released in April 2016 to much fanfare and huge expectations. The (proper) next gen debut of the souls franchise ticked all the checkboxes required from a souls game – precise and visceral combat, intricate level design, great boss battles and minimal hand holding. It met expectations a bit too well though, being too conservative at times, seemingly afraid step out of its predecessors shadow and afraid to tread new ground. Coupled with miscommunications about certain design choices (see Poise is working as intended only aggravated fan’s discontent. So does Ashes bring anything new to the table and address long standing issues with the game. Let’s find out, and bring your warmest cloth along.   A Cold Dark Place Ashes of Ariandel takes place in the Painted World of Arian...

I Think, Therefore I Am What? – SOMA Review

A Legacy Of Terror Frictional games have carved themselves a reputation for making horror games with a unique gameplay mechanics. Minimal or no offensive power to the player means lurking around terrors rather than taking on them. Physics and gestures based environmental interactions mean that even simple acts like opening a door leaves you with sweaty palms and thumping heart. Amnesia: The Dark Descent brought mainstream recognition to them. The following years has seen this apporach being adopted by other games like Outlast and (most famously) Alien Isolation. With SOMA, Frictional now takes us into the future and down below under the sea. Who am I? We start the game as Simon Jarett, an average joe living in present day Toranto. Simon has recently been in a Car crash in which he sustaine...

Putting The Xtreme Back In Sports: Steep Review

Steep is Ubisoft’s take on extreme sports games, and like most things Ubisoft, it features an open world with a multitude of endeavors waiting to be undertaken. The premise is simple, you’re an adrenaline junkie out in the Alps, taking part in snowboarding, skiing, paragliding , and wingsuit events. The mission structure is simple. You can switch to any type of event among the aforementioned four at any time on the fly. And you rack up points for pulling off complex tricks, narrowly avoiding obstacles, winning at the events, and sometimes even hugging a tree at top speed, shattering every bone in your body. It’s easy to get a hang of, and is purely skill based. there’s no character or equipment leveling, even though you do acquire new gear for winning events. The ev...

Fills Me With Determination: Undertale PC Review

A game that came as a breath of fresh air in a room full of remasters, remakes and rehashes, Undertale is a tale like no other. Unique, witty and fun, that is what Undertale is all about and it doesn’t take long to establish that. Taking inspiration from RPGs like Earthbound ( Also known as Mother 2) and The Mario and Luigi RPGs, with its comedic inspiration being Mr Bean, it is the amalgamation of these with a dash of creativity and wit which is what makes this game so unique and fun to play. Undertale starts off like most RPGs with a generic story, a young boy falls into a world of monsters and must find his way back home but that’s about as conventional as it gets. Once the intro is done, you get to taste the game for just a bit with an interaction that is bound to surprise you. This is...

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