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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, ...

Back To Base: The Long Journey Home Review

Galaxies away from home, Alien’s with their own agenda, a plethora of worlds to explore, artifacts to uncover and four of the best people to help you on that journey. Gotta get back, back home, begin The Long Journey Home. Procedurally generated worlds, planets to loot, aliens to deal with and a lot of landing and flying around, The Long Journey Home is not for those who are impatient. The Long Journey Home has a lot of Rogue-lite elements like Procedurally generated worlds, perma death and RNG. This is mixed in with exploration of planets to get resources that fuel your ship, help repair your ship or fuel for a jump drive. These resources can also be used for trading when you encounter a merchant. The game has two core mechanics, the first is do to with your Lander, using it to land...

Witness The Journey: RiME Review

After you wake up on the shores of a mysterious and desolate island, Rime’s inspirations become immediately obvious. Elements from Team Ico’s work and several nods to Journey become clear in the opening levels of the game. And while Rime does make some interesting design choices, specially in delivering its narrative and directing the player along a predesignated path, Rime’s powerful closing is what truly defines it, and leaves a lasting impression on the player. You play as a young child, seemingly stranded on a deserted island, with a tower in the distance. The tower appears to be the key to unlocking the mysteries of the island, and eventually leaving it behind. As you slowly start exploring, stunning vistas and gorgeous landscapes greet your eyes. The island, while d...

Turn The Pagie : Yooka-Laylee Review

Yooka-Laylee’s Kickstarter campaign was a rousing success. Surpassing its initial funding goal of £175,000 in a matter of mere 40 minutes, the game promised to bring the classic 3D platforming of the Nintendo 64 era back to life. Developer Playtonic has stood by their promises, with cute cartoon-ish visuals, quirky characters and a vibrant, colourful world. At its best, the game is a testament to the legacy of titles like Banjo Kazooie which I’m sure a lot of us still remember fondly. It’s fun and enthusiastic and constantly makes fun of itself in a charmingly silly way. You play as the heroic lizard, Yooka and her trusty but sarcastic bat partner Laylee. Yooka mostly does the physical work, like running and jumping and rolling, while Laylee helps in gliding and has a son...

Steel Division: Normandy 44 – Review

Steel Division: Normandy 44 is a tactical RTS game set during the World War 2. Developed by Eugen Systems, the game relies on detailed and historically accurate vehicles, artillery and infantry, and gives you a ton of tactical options that are enjoyable to engage with. This is a game that leverages historical accuracy, complex gameplay systems, and beautiful visuals to make a cohesive and enjoyable experience, without compromises. There is a significant learning as with any good RTS, but the beautiful visuals and a robust intro are enough to hook any interested player. The large maps might feel daunting at first, but with an array of tactical considerations at your disposal, there’s barely any downtime. The attention to detail is striking, as zooming in to a section of the battle shows nic...

Gotta Shine A Little Brighter: Rise And Shine Review

Gorgeous artwork,  a wonderful score, and a brutal world, Rise and Shine promises so much more but ultimately falls short. Developed by Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team (That’s a mouthful) and published by Adult Swim, Rise and Shine was released in January 2017 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The game tells a tale of a video game world where characters know they are in a game and are controlled by a “guide”. The game follows the story of an eleven-year-old known as Rise who is chosen to be the carrier of the sacred talking gun known as Shine to save his planet Gamearth from the Space Grunts of the planet Nexgen. The art style and artwork of the game is absolutely gorgeous with beautiful backgrounds that feature cameos and references to many famous games of the pas...

Justice Is Served: Injustice 2 Review

A story of dread, deceit and destruction with plenty of twists and lots of bone shattering spectacles, Injustice 2 is a fantastic sequel that improves on its predecessor in every way possible. Developed by NetherRealm Studios, famed for their Mortal Kombat series and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Injustice 2 was released in May 2017 for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One along with ports for Android and iOS mobiles. To start off, I went on into this game completely blind, having not watched any trailers or character reveals. I was not expecting much from the game, thinking that it would be just another re-skinned Mortal Kombat game with a somewhat boring rehashed Batman v/s Superman story but I was more than just pleasantly surprised. Almost every aspect of the game felt...

Slamma Jamma: NBA Playgrounds Review

Even as some one who doesn’t usually play sports games, NBA Playgrounds was one of my most anticipated games of 2017. Despite my lack of fondness for the yearly sports franchises, the more goofy and over-the-top style of NBA Playgrounds, and other games preceding it, like NBA Jam and NBA Street, always managed to deliver quick doses of fun, and the lack of most rules meant that I could just jump in, pull off some flashy moves, have a great time and step away. NBA Playgrounds stands up in this regard for the most part, but definitely falters in significant ways. For those new to these arcade-style sports games, NBA Playgrounds offers a two-vs two game of basketball, that you can play offline with bots, or with others via local and online multiplayer. You start off with a limited roste...


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