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MotoGP 17 – Review

MotoGP 17 suffers from two major issues. One is incremental improvements over the years which never really feel enough to justify a new game. The other is their dated engine, which leads to poor visual and gameplay design. Even in 2017, the game looks like a five year old game, and that itself is bound to put off newcomers to the series. It also frustrates veterans by not giving them a game that feels fresh and worthy of their time. It’s not all bad though. MotoGP still has the core of what makes the series enjoyable. The high speed races and skillful driving is still addictive, and getting corners just right to gain a few short seconds on the opponents is immensely satisfying. Valentino Rossi: The Game added a whole bunch of new modes to the game, and it felt like a significant upgrade ov...

Vengeance Incarnate: Asura Rise of the Demon King Review

Anger, anguish and vengeance, Asura: Rise of the Demon encapsulates it all. Not just the character but also the game itself with its rogue-lite elements and procedurally generated almost everything, it will make you angry, leave you with anguish and want you seeking revenge. But it is fantastic in that sense and is incredibly fun while also being fairly challenging so let’s get to it. [interaction id=”595b3316f7ddd65e0bcdf9ff”] Asura: Rise of the Demon is an indie, top-down, Hack ‘n’ Slash game set in a fantasy world inspired by the richness of Indian mythology. It features heavy rogue-like elements and a unique procedural skill tree which changes on every play-through. That sounds like a lot of gameplay elements but it all blends in very well and none of the ...

Rage Against The Machine – Nex Machina Reivew

I didn’t know what exactly to expect when I first booted up Nex Machina. All I had heard of was Housemarque’s pedigree with twin stick shooters, and that was it. Fifteen minutes later, my hands were sweaty and shaking with excitement after having ran through the first area and beating the first boss. The music, the visuals, the fast-fluid twin stick controls, and the immensely frantic nature of the game had gotten its hooks in me. You’re put right into the action 10 seconds after you hit go, and from then on you go from one level to the next clearing out waves of enemies while trying to get as many powerups as you can. There’s very little story told in the game itself, but here’s what I read in the official description –  Machines want humans dead. You’re here to rage against the mac...

Wildlands Fallen Ghosts (DLC) – Review

Ubisoft has been absolutely killing it this year with Ghost Recon Wildlands. Even 7 months after release, Wildlands remains the number one seller this year, and that’s no easy feat. There have been some really good games released in 2017, specially during the first few months and Wildlands sure had tough competition. Ubisoft’s open world formula with its chaotic online component and dense maps have been keeping players engaged for tens, if not hundreds of hours. While we ourselves have had a blast with the base game, the new DLC, Fallen Ghosts, brings in some major changes and updates, and is a clear indicator that Ubisoft has big things in mind for Wildlands. Gone are the days of annualized installments, this is Ubisoft building massive games that will last over years powered by excellent...

Highway To Hell: Danger Zone Review

Crash and burns, exploding cars and a flaming wreck. All these describe the game because that’s what it felt like and not in the way they meant it to be. Made by Three Fields Entertainment, featuring the people who worked on Burnout, this game is a spiritual successor to the “Crash” mode of the Burnout games, so expectations were somewhat high. The game has fairly basic gameplay mechanics. Create as much destruction as possible by crashing into cars and blowing yourself up, something which was also the basic mechanic of the “Crash” mode. While even though, it is somewhat fun, it gets tiresome after a while and feels like a chore. The game lacks any type of depth to it. There’s just one car to choose from, the stages are all inside an underground bunker w...

Home Sweet Home – Gone Home Review (Spoiler Free)

For the longest time I can remember, writing a review for one of my favourite games – Gone Home has troubled me. It’s not because the review process is lengthy or tedious, it’s just that in this particular case, I can’t talk about it without giving away ‘Too Much’. I have come across numerous reviews across websites that have hacked the game to pieces laying bare the very nature of it without inviting players to delve into the experience themselves. Some spoiled it completely by describing the plot, some barely managed to describe the genre and some shamelessly ignored the entire plot point giving away the main storyline in the process. Although most of the scores praise the game highly (and rightly so) they failed to keep secrets to themselves and instead lay all the cards on the table. H...

Tekken It To The Next Level: Tekken 7 Review

Family fights, weird animal fighters, and various devils, Tekken has always been a bit over the top but awesome. It is a game with which I have a lot of fond memories. Starting from Tekken 3, I’ve played almost all the Tekken games barring Tag-Tournament and was very excited to hear that Tekken 7 was going to be released on PC but was sceptical about whether or not it would run well on the PC. After playing through everything the game had to offer, here’s what I thought about it. Starting with the Story Mode. The story was honestly quite good and revealed a lot about certain characters which gave them more depth and was good character development. At first, it seemed pretty bland but it picked up towards the end and felt somewhat satisfying. The story itself was quite short and...

Vrantastic – Victor Vran: Overkill Edition Review

Many developers have tried their hand at the Diablo-esque loot-driven dungeon crawler, and Victor Vran is Haemimont Games Studios’ attempt at the same formula. And for the most part, they nail the formula, and succeed in delivering an action heavy game with a lot of style. Originally released in 2015 for the PC, Victor Vran: Overkill Edition is the updated version of the game with all expansions and DLC for the PS4 and Xbox One. You play as Victor (voiced by none other than Doug Cockle, the voice of Geralt of Rivia), as a demon hunter travelling to Zagoravia at the behest of a friend’s call. The city itself is crawling with demons and monsters of all kinds, and it’s on Victor to fix the situation. Unlike most isometric RPGs, Victor Vran does not allow you to pick a class ...

Blinded By Fear: Perception Review

It’s not uncommon for horror games to make use of darkness to instill a sense of dread and discomfort in the players, but no game pushes it in a manner that Perception does. You play as a young woman, Cassie, who is blind, and your only means of seeing anything is by tapping a cane on the ground and then being able to form a rough image of your surroundings via echolocation. Led by a series of nightmares, Cassie decides to go to New England to investigate a mansion with some mystery to it. Once she arrives at the mansion and starts prodding around, she discovers supernatural forces at play that are clearly hostile to her. With her only means of seeing being translating sounds to images, you are always wary of every single sound playing around. Tapping your cane creates a hazy view of...

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures – Impact Winter Review

In a race against time, how far are you willing to go in order to survive? This is the question that Impact Winter ask you time and time again, as the clock ticks and you’re forced to make difficult choices. Impact Winter is a survival game that leaves you scavenging for resources in a frozen wasteland, after the Earth is struck by an asteroid. You play as Jacob Solomon, leading a group of survivors, holed up in a church. A robot, Ako-light, detects a mysterious transmission that says a rescue operation will take place in 30 days. And that’s your mission – keep everyone alive for the next 30 days. In order to look for supplies, Jacob needs to leave the safety of the church and face the frigid winds. Now this wouldn’t seem much of a problem, but each member of the gr...

Oh…Sir!! The Insult Simulator – Review

If your words could be weapons, then Oh Sir! You should be playing The Insult Simulator. The objective of the game is to build up insults from the available choice of words and hurl them at your opponents. The game has a hilarious sense of humor and is a ton of fun, be it playing against the AI, friends locally or with others online. The choice of words that you need to string together are a bit random, and there are no real curse words. This leads to some cleverly funny insults like:”Your mother is very naughty and wants some wang!” Added multipliers reward intelligent wordplay, and more often than not, both you and your friends will be laughing at the inappropriate comments being hurled around. And it’s not just simple wordplay – an interesting mix of combos, continuations, and cri...

Farpoint PSVR – Review

With so many VR shooters turning out to be simple shooting galleries, Farpoint VR is a short but refreshing title that makes for a really fun VR experience. Available exclusively for the PlaystationVR, Farpoint is a first person shooter set on an alien planet. Your mission is to save two scientists who have been stranded, and while the story is not the best, it’s strong enough to keep the game going. You can play the game using the PS4’s Dualshock controllers or with the new Playstation VR Aim Controller. The Aim controller handles surprisingly well, and is shaped somewhat like a gun with just the frame and most of the body missing. It still does the job well, and the tracking feels accurate and fast. If you wish to play without the Aim Controller, the PS4 controllers work perfectly fine, ...


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