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While The Darkness Always Ends, You’re Still Alone – Last Day of June Review

How far are you willing to go to save someone you love? How much are you willing to sacrifice if it means you can bring them back from the dead? These are questions that The Last Day of June begs you to answer. Inspired by Steven Wilson’s Drive Home, it is a melancholic tale of love and woe, a game that will definitely leave a lasting impression on anyone who plays it. Carl and June are a couple madly in love. For someone who isn’t an active part of their little world, it may come off as a bit nauseating, but for them, it’s what happiness is all about. One fine day, the two decide to take a trip to the lake. Little do they know, a storm is brewing in the distance. Their trip is cut short when rain begins to pour, and they’re forced to drive back, drive home. Anyone ...

You Hear That Humming? – Songbringer – Review

Songbringer is a top down action game, that wears its Zelda inspirations proudly on its sleeves, and throws in procedural generation to create diverse worlds for players to explore. Successfully funded by Kickstarter in 2015, Songbringer is developed by Wizard Fu, and features around 300 million unique worlds. You play as Roc, aided by his trusty companion Jib, and they accidentally awaken an ancient evil which they then have to defeat. The plot seems pretty standard at first, but the characters and their backstories made me care about them more than I expected to. Roc is an adventurous and carefree sort, and eager to see what the universe has to offer. Jib was a boy with an interest in AI. Just before he dies, he transfers his consciousness into a skybot, and now accompanies Roc on his ad...

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm – Review (Awake)

While Don’t Nod, the studio behind the original Life is Strange is hard at work on a sequel, a smaller studio, Deck Nine, have been working on a shorter, but no less ambitious, prequel to the series, called Life is Strange: Before The Storm. Set three years before the events of the first game, this is a standalone adventure that puts you in the shoes of Chloe, and tells her story, along with the enigmatic Rachel Amber, who was missing in the first game. So Chloe is kind of a dick, and I hated that at the beginning. Gone was Max’s considered and likable demeanor, and when the game just started, I thought I was going to hate Chloe, and by extension, the game itself. But Chloe just didn’t let up, and kept being a dick. So I decided that I was going to make the dickiest choices possible. Viola...

Pillars Of Eternity: Complete Edition – Review

Pillars Of Eternity is a fantastic old school isometric role playing game, with tons of micromanagement, rich lore, text heavy dialogue trees, party management, real-time combat with the ability to pause anytime, and everything you’d expect from a game of this sort. What you wouldn’t expect is to see such a title playable on consoles, but that is exactly what Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Arctic have done, and Pillars of Eternity Complete Edition is still undoubtedly among the best role playing games of all time, even with a controller. The game was crowdfunded via Kickstarter, attaining its original goal of $1 million in just 24 hours, and with stretch goals, going on to become one of the most crowdfunded videogames on Kickstarter. The studio developing the game, Obsidian Entertainme...

The Myst-ical Abduction: Obduction Review

From the creators of Myst, the revolutionary adventure game that set the standard for its genre for years, comes another marvel. Obduction is the first adventure puzzle game from Cyan Worlds. It is a beautiful, innovative game which seems familiar and completely strange at the same time. The game begins quite abruptly – you find yourself stranded on a strange world, without much of a clue regarding how you got there or what your purpose is. The town of Hunrath looks earth-like enough, but it’s abandoned, and some kind of invisible barrier separates it from the outside environment that looks completely alien. There isn’t much that provides you information, apart from a few prerecorded holograms and notes scattered about. Game progression primarily relies on the player̵...

Cities: Skylines – Review (Playstation 4 Edition)

I’m a huge fan of city management sims –  I play them on my phone, my PC, and finally I can play my favorite city builder on the PS4. Cities: Skylines is an immensely detailed city building and management sim that takes a lot from SimCity while doing away with almost all of their mistakes, and expanding in significant ways to give you countless hours of peaceful, or stressful, gameplay. Building your city begins with laying down some roads, zoning areas for residential, commercial and industrial purposes, and then providing the basic amenities. It then goes into managing taxes and budgets, planning road layouts, providing more amenities, luxuries, controlling pollution, building mass transportation, and so much more. The tools for doing all of these things are neatly and clearly pres...

Yakuza Kiwami – Review

Originally released in 2005, Yakuza Kiwami is the HD remake of the first game in the Yakuza series, and sets the stage for everything that is to come after. However, it’s much more than just a remake, since Yakuza Kiwami uses new assets, gameplay mechanics, and even makes changes to the story to smoothen out some of the design flaws and inconsistencies in the original title, and makes this a much more enjoyable experience in 2017. One of the first changes you notice is that the game does take into consideration Yakuza Zero, which is the prequel to the series and was released earlier this year. After his time in Yakuza Zero and then in prison, Kiryu Kazuma returns having to relearn many of his skills and also what’s happened to those around him. Things have changed since the 90’s, and the g...

Thimbleweed Park – Review

Thimbleweed Park is an unexpected surprise in 2017. It’s not only an excellent adventure game that’s reminiscent of the good old point and click adventures of the late 80s, it’s also easily one of the best games I played this year. Witty writing, an intriguing story, and a strong cast really bring to life the murder mystery set in Thimbleweed County. It wears its inspirations, like Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island, proudly on its sleeve while delivering well beyond the expected nostalgic gameplay. You play as a detective duo tasked with investigating a murder mystery in a town that seems conspicuously normal at the start. Pretty soon you are introduced to a wide array of characters, serious and goofy, with tons of clever and funny dialogue choices. Thimbleweed Park breaks the fourth wall j...

Pillars of the Earth – Review

Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth is a historic novel set in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England, and tells the tale of the building of a Cathedral, and everyone involved in that endeavor. It’s an epic tale that spans many years and generations, during the 12th century. While the book was first published in 1989, Daedalic Entertainment has released a video game version in 2017 that tells the same story in the form of a point and click adventure game. The game is being released in 3 parts, the first of which is called From The Ashes and is available now. The second and third parts will be released in December 2017 and Q1 2018 respectively. The first thing you notice is the absolutely fantastic art style of the game, which looks right out of a high budget animated movie. Characters a...

Sine Mora EX – Review

When it first released back in 2012, Sine Mora was a critically acclaimed side-scrolling shooter with an interesting story driven along with time-bending twists. It intended to recreate the glory of old school 2D shooters, with modern visuals, gameplay tweaks and sharp presentation. Now the IP is in the hands of THQ Nordic who have brought out a more visually polished version of game, while also adding new multiplayer modes. I like the story in Sine Mora, but I can understand why it’s not easy to take to. You play as pilots in a war, and the story is told from two perspectives running parallel to each other. You have the ability to manipulate time, the effects of which are mostly gameplay related. There are time travel elements involved and the story can be a bit too much to take in at tim...

Sins Of The Father – Darkest Dungeon – Review

Darkest Dungeon puts you in the shoes of a young man who has found himself in possession of his ancestral home. Unfortunately for him, it comes with a curse unleashed by the previous resident of the mansion, your dad, who in his greed dug too deep into the dungeons beneath, unleashing an ancient and fearsome evil. Succumbing to the madness that followed, your dad puts a bullet into his head, right after bequeathing everything to you, leaving you in charge to setting things right. Things are looking bad. Darkest Dungeon is a rogue-like RPG, which focuses on the stress and psychological duress that comes as part of adventuring in dark and perilous places. You recruit and train a band of warriors, healers and other adventuring types, to face whatever horrors await that night beneath in the du...

Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Zero-G Thang – LawBreakers – Review

Lawbreakers is the new game by Boss Key Productions, founded by Cliff Bleszinski of Unreal Tournament and Gears of War fame. It’s a sci-fi first person hero based multiplayer shooter that demands the skill based twitch reflexes like Unreal Tournament did. And it’s fucking fantastic. On the surface, Lawbreakers has similarities to other recent hero based shooters, especially Overwatch. But that’s just barely scratching the surface, since LawBreakers does some really unique and interesting things with the gameplay, and is fast paced in a way that is unlike any popular shooter today. The characters themselves are diverse and play really different from each other. There are a total of nine classes, spread across 18 different characters with their own distinct arsenal of weapons, abilities and ...


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