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Black Mirror – Review

When I first heard about the upcoming game, Black Mirror, I assumed it was based on the popular show of the same name. However, it’s not that at all, instead it’s inspired by the Black Mirror trilogy of point and click adventure games released back in 2003. And it’s actually pretty good. It’s part horror, part mystery, and is laden heavily with gothic atmosphere that will easily suck you in. You play as David Gordon, who returns to his ancestral home in Scotland after the death of his father. There’s something amiss about the place, and the events surrounding the family home, and it’s on you to uncover these secrets. Inspirations from Poe and Lovecraft are immediately noticeable, especially in the writing, tone and the setting. There’s slow exposition, all of which reveals a compelling plo...

Welcome To Virtual Hell – Doom VFR – Review

When I think of 2016’s Doom, I think fast movement and absolutely visceral action. And translating that to VR is no easy task. VR doesn’t usually go well with fast movement, and in your face action might actually be a recipe for nausea. However, Doom VFR is an incredible mix of everything that made the latest Doom great, giving story context to the VR setting and making excellent use of the platform. Hell has never looked slicker, hotter or bloodier in VR as is does in Doom VFR. The shift to VR definitely comes at the cost of noticeable visual fidelity, especially on the PS4 where some pop-in can be distracting. However, this is still one of the best looking VR games you will play across platforms. The custom built levels are brilliantly designed keeping in mind the limitations of the hard...

Oh My Godheads – Review

I’ve always enjoyed couch co-op games, even more so since I moved in with my partner and wanted to play more games with her and with friends who would come over. Oh My Godheads has been an absolutely delightful addition to our collective gaming experience simply because of how easy it is to just jump in, pick a game mode, and have an incredibly fun couch-multiplayer experience. If you’ve played the likes of Bomb Squad, Oh My Godheads will feel somewhat familiar. The twist here is that you’ll be playing with “Godheads”, who often have personalities of their own. An easy example is the game-mode, Capture The Godhead, a twist on the standard Capture The Flag where the flag is a Godhead who will actively resist capture while the other team tries to steal the head away from you. Different Godhe...

Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package – 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 shady ...

The Flame In The Flood – Review

There’s something strangely serene about The Flame In The Flood. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tough as nails, brutally harsh and unforgiving. However, the way it presents itself and the loneliness of your situation gives way to some really affecting moments in between the time you’re fighting the elements and nature itself. At its core, The Flame In The Flood is a procedurally generated survival game, where you play as a young girl and her dog companion. You’re trying to stay alive after a river floods vast sections of the mainland. The nature of the flooding or the river itself is never really made clear. Society and infrastructure seems to have crumbled, and you need to forage in order to sustain yourself. Since most of the land has been taken over by the river, small islands have cropped up...

Cat Quest – Review

Cat Quest is an immediately catchy game. It looks and feels great, even with its initial simplicity. And it builds up on early foundations in impressive ways to keep the game enjoyable till the very end. Cat Quest is an technically an open world role playing game, but with a much tighter focus. You set forth into Felingrad in search of your kidnapped sister. Along the way you meet many colorful characters across varied locations, all brimming with charm and wonder. However, don’t let the beauty of the world deceive you, because Cat Quest is heavy on combat, and tons of RPG mechanics. You have your regular hack and slash weapons, complimented by magical spells. Spells regenerate as you use melee combat, and this leads to a great mix of magic and melee, all the while dodging and weaving betw...

Slayaway Camp – Review

Slayaway Camp revels in its old school horror tropes mixed with a vibrant aesthetic that gives way to a fantastic puzzle game. Available now for the PC, PS4 and mobile devices, Slayaway Camp is developed by Blue Wizard Digital. You play as Skullface, a serial murderer, intent on killing innocent victims at Slayaway Camp. You slide your way around levels, trying to reach your targets, and then make your way out via a portal. The game gradually introduces new twists and interesting mechanics that keep the gameplay interesting. Even when you feel like you’ve figured out what the game is all about, the developers manage to throw in some new ideas your way. You’ll eventually be taking on multiple targets, while trying to avoid cops, and it becomes a lot like navigating a maze. While the game sh...

High Speed Stumble – Sonic Forces – Review

Sonic Forces is a strange mash-up of great ideas with poor execution. The premise is simple, and definitely shows signs of excellence. You play as your own custom made character, and set out to defeat Eggman. And Sonic Forces sure has a great look to it, and truly feels inspired. Sadly, where the game lets you down is in its speed – it’s a bit too fast for it’s own good. Let’s talk about the good first, because there is a lot here to really like about Sonic Forces. The character customization is really well done. There are a good variety of options to pick from, and the level of customization is outright wacky. So wacky in-fact that you’d find it hard to make a plain looking character. Tinkering with the character creator and making my own Sonic themed character is an absolute deligh...

Absolver – Review

Of all the fighting games I’ve played so far, Absolver stands out in many ways. And just to make it clear, Absolver is not a fighting game like Street Fighter, but more like For Honor, only with a greater focus on hand to hand combat rather than weapons. It’s purely melee based combat. What makes it stand out is the immense depth to its combat system, and the sheer satisfaction in trying to learn and master it. You play as one of many prospects who has been tasked to go forth and fight bosses in the world. You pick a class of fighting and keep learning new skills and moves that compliment your style of combat. The single player campaign is short, and the story is confusing. It’s essentially a lengthy training mission, and does an excellent job of teaching you the intricacies of Absolver’s ...

Hidden Agenda – Review

To those acquainted with Supermassive’s previous title, Until Dawn, some elements of Hidden Agenda are instantly familiar. It’s a choice driven game, with a strong emphasis on the story, and rather impressive motion capture. However, Hidden Agenda is also a game that you can play with friends, and the primary way of controlling it is through your smartphone. As part of the PlayLink suite of games, Hidden Agenda requires you to install a companion app, which controls and navigates the game. You can play the game solo if you want to, or you can play it with friends, with everyone making choices via their phones. The app is really easy to install and the overall setup is fairly simple. This makes this a compelling party game, where players can easily join in, and player choices shape the game...

Forza Motorsport 7 – Review

In many ways Forza Motorsport 7 feels like a true return to form for the franchise. After seeing  decline in quality over the past few entries, Forza Motorsport 7 fixes any complaints that fans have had, while also going the extra mile in adding new features and overall improvements that greatly benefit the franchise. The driving is the obvious star of the show and is among the best in class simulation racing you could find right now. Everything down to the very last detail has been painfully recreated, and a lot of it can be vastly customized. The incredible roster of cars and tracks not only feels great but also looks stunning. There are a few missed opportunities, especially the decision to stick only with real life tracks, which detract from the overall experience. After this many year...

L.A. Noire Remastered – Review

I remember when I first played L.A. Noire on my Playstation 3 back in 2011, and being blown away simply by the way Cole Phelps’ flashlight illuminated the dark alleyways. Everything about the game’s depiction of late 40’s Los Angeles is absolutely fascinating, both in part to the ‘noir’ theme and the incredibly detailed city itself. Surprisingly enough, the game still holds up fairly well in 2017 on current gen consoles. You play as Cole Phelps, recently returned from war, still fairly young, seemingly undamaged and idealistic. You join the police force and, after a brief stint as a patrol officer, move up the ranks as detective. L.A. Noire’s portrayal of the police force and the city seedy underbelly is utterly brilliant, and the way these two, supposedly opposing, segments of society int...


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