29/12/2021

๐Ÿ† ๐ŸŽฎ Games Freezer - Games Of the Year - Part IV - "Rich" ๐ŸŽฎ #GOTY21 #GOTY2021 #GameOfTheYear2021

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Oh, my word I have played a LOT of video games this year and it has been an absolute pleasure to bring you my thoughts via the juggernaut that is Games Freezer.

I have worked with Britt and the gang tirelessly in 2021 to make Games Freezer a place that you can all call home as we attempt to deliver you great video games stuff directly from our frozen cavern of video gaming goodness into your noggins for consumption.

My love for everyone involved is strong and it's this time of year when we get to reflect on exactly what happened in the preceding 365 days. I love how many moments you get that are like "Oh my word I remember that game! I forgot how great it was!"

When it comes to end of year lists and Game Of the Year contenders I always use those lists as a method to pick out the games that I have maybe missed from that year so as I can pick them up in the following year.


With that in mind, I decided that I would pull together initially a TOP 10 List of the games that I have loved in 2021 and then give you an even longer list of the games that deserve their moment in the limelight.


So here goes nothing as I give you my top ten video games of 2021 according to how much I loved playing them.

22/12/2021

๐Ÿ† ๐ŸŽฎ Games Freezer - Games Of the Year - Part II - "Britt" ๐ŸŽฎ #GOTY21 #GOTY2021 #GameOfTheYear2021

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Britt’s Games (and other things) of The Year

Much love to all the GF readers and my colleagues, all of whom have been awesome, as always.

The biggest hug, however, goes to Rich, the evil puppeteer that keeps all of our strings from getting tangled, as he laughs maniacally down at the twisted landscape that he has created in his own icy image.

I’m taking a slightly different approach to my games of the year this time around, throwing in a few mentions for things that aren’t strictly ‘games’ as such, but nonetheless were highlights of 2021 for me.

Whilst the list is in no particular order, it’s fair to say that if it were ‘best to worst – at the top would still be:

21/12/2021

๐ŸŽฎ WAVE Game Studio Interview ๐ŸŽฎ @WaveGameStudios #IndieGames #GameDev

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WAVE Game Studios are the publishers behind Senile Team’s Intrepid Izzy, a brand new Dreamcast game that was very well received at GF HQ (https://www.gamesfreezer.co.uk/2021/07/intrepid-izzy-dreamcast-review-910-im.html?m=1) and they recently - and impressively - travelled the width and breadth of the UK in a bid to spread the word of Intrepid Izzy far and wide. 

Taking time out of their mile-crushing schedule to talk to us at Games Freezer, we took the opportunity to get to the heart of this extremely hands-on and quite frankly, impressively gruelling mission.

19/12/2021

๐Ÿ’บ GT Player Music Series Gaming Chair (GT890MF) | GF APPROVED ๐Ÿ’บ

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https://uk.gtracing.com/collections/music-series/products/music-series-gt890mf?variant=40993041383588

GF APPROVED!

With a wide array of gaming chairs, the GT Racing / GT Player brand has been making an impact on their customers over the last couple of years; with prominent YouTubers and Esports teams using and promoting them (in November, GT Racing announced a partnership with the Manchester City Esports team).

When they came onto my radar, the look, design, and capabilities of the chairs seemed like they were perhaps overstated somewhat in comparison to their price bracket, which is extremely reasonable. I’m pleased to say, however – after using the GT890MF for at least ten hours a day for well over a week, they really do deliver the goods.

18/12/2021

๐ŸŽฎ Games Freezer - Games Of the Year - Part I - "Transvaal" ๐ŸŽฎ #GOTY21 #GOTY2021 #GameOfTheYear2021

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Here we go it's Games Freezer Game Of The Year Time and first up with his GOTY List is Transvaal!

Behold his flaming pen of truth!

16/12/2021

๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿš Agent Intercept, the over-the-top arcade action game with a transforming spy vehicle ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿš

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We just came across this awesome looking game called Agent Intercept what do you think?

Agent Intercept, the over-the-top arcade action game with a transforming spy vehicle from developer PikPok, decodes a message calling for a Q1 2022 launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One.

Hop behind the wheel of the Sceptre, a souped-up spy vehicle capable of swapping from a sports car to a sleek plane, speedboat, or snow-shredding sledge at the push of a button. 

Drift around cliffside corners, catch some waves, and do a barrel roll in the skies while facing off against the evil organization CLAW and its army of attack helicopters, submarines, and other assault vehicles.

๐Ÿ’บ๐ŸŽฎ Improve Your Comfort While Gaming With These Tips ๐Ÿ’บ๐ŸŽฎ

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Playstation Computer Console - Free photo on Pixabay

Being comfortable while gaming is not only important to improve your gameplay and not make you feel irritated after sitting still and focused for an hour or more. Comfort during gameplay will also work to maintain and improve your health while gaming. From protecting your eye health to your mental health, here are the best tips to improve your comfort while gaming. 

15/12/2021

⏰๐Ÿค– Clockwork Aquario | PS4 | Review | 7/10 | "A Resurrected Work Of Art From Mr Wonder Boy!" ⏰๐Ÿค– @WonderBoyWild #IndieGames #GameDev #RetroGaming

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Clockwork Aquario holds the Guinness World Record title for the longest time between a videogame project start and final release. With the development initially starting in 1991 and then completing in 2021, Clockwork Aquario takes over the mantle from Duke Nukem Forever that held the Guinness World Record title right up until December 2021.

14/12/2021

๐Ÿ•น️ Nacon Revolution X Controller | GF Approved ๐Ÿ•น️ @Nacon @BrittRecluseuk

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Here at GF HQ, several writers have covered Nacon’s products over the last year or so and all have been impressed with the build quality and design. I’m pleased to report that this high level continues with the Revolution X, a GF recommended way to take control of your game.

13/12/2021

⚔️✴️ Shadow Tactics: Blades Of The Shogun - AIKOS CHOICE | PC | Gameplay | "Stealth Chess" ⚔️✴️ @MimimiProd #GameDev #IndieGames #IndieGame

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Aiko's Choice is the anticipated standalone expansion to the acclaimed stealth strategy game Shadow Tactics. Set in Edo Japan, you take control of the skilful kunoichi adept Aiko and her deadly assassin friends to hunt down the ghosts of her past.

12/12/2021

๐Ÿ’ฝ Murder by Numbers: Original Game Soundtrack | Vinyl Review ๐Ÿ’ฝ @m_sugimori @blackscreenrec #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl #VGMVinyl

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Artist - Masakazu Sugimori

Available at: https://blackscreenrecords.com

Released to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Mediatonic’s visual novel meets investigative puzzler Murder by Numbers, this catchy and energetic soundtrack features all of Masakazu Sugimori’s compositions on a double vinyl release, created by and available from Black Screen Records.

The album really covers a lot of sonic ground and dances between genres; but always has a sense of cohesion caused not only by the warm production but the sense of melody and a musical approach that feels intrinsically Japanese. 

Presented on two 180g vinyl – one purple and the other a vibrant yellow – held in a gatefold style cover and contained within anti-static sleeves (always a bonus), the cover itself shows Honor and Scout (the main protagonists) as well as a handful of other characters from the game against a background that echoes the purple colour of the vinyl within.

This is all framed as if in a section of film stock, furthering the sense that this is a narrative-driven game. I’d also like to point out the very ‘Phoenix Wright-esque’ pose sported by Honor on the cover, you KNOW that is a pose that will be familiar to players of Murder by Numbers!

Opening up the gatefold, the inside rocks a very ‘90s vibe with that shade of purple again making a reappearance as well as some shapes and styles that wouldn’t look out of place if used as a background in the Mega Drive classic Toejam and Earl. Overlaying the patterns are cut-out sketches of scenes and characters from the game.

The back of the record continues the film cell styling and lists the tracks on each side – 29 in all.

11/12/2021

⚔️ Grim Dawn: Definitive Edition | Xbox Series X | Review | 7.5/10 | "Grim Me Up Buttercup" ⚔️ @GrimDawn #GameDev #IndieGames #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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ARPG hack ‘n slashers are usually games that I play in booze-fuelled co-op sessions as the mindless, button-tapping violence combined with natural drink-pouring breaks as each player fumbles around with their loot is a genuine match made in heaven. In a charity event a couple of years ago, however - whereby myself and two friends completed Diablo 3 in under twelve hours  - I felt like I had overloaded on the genre and moved away from it for a while.

10/12/2021

๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿค› Fights In Tight Spaces | PC | Ten Minute Taster | "AKA Knights In White Satin" ๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿค› @Fightsgame #IndieGame #IndieGames #GameDev

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Fights in Tight Spaces is a stylish blend of deck-building, turn-based tactics, and thrilling animated fight sequences in classic action-movie settings. Learn to balance your hand, momentum, and positioning to overcome the odds to defeat your adversaries. Build your deck, control the space and live to fight another day.

Watch me as I jump kick some baddies badly!

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ “Rising Hell” - This Indie gem has you headbanging on a highway from hell! - Limited Boxed Versions Available For Pre-Order ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ @risinghellgame #IndieGame #IndieGameDev #IndieGames #GameDev

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Strictly Limited Games, in partnership with Chorus Worldwide Games & Toge Productions, are proud to announce that Tahoe Games’ indie-gem “Rising Hell” will receive an exclusive, limited physical release.

This 2D action rogue-lite with a stylish pixel-look offers tons of adrenaline-pumping action, underlined by bone-shredding heavy-metal riffs, as you fight your way through the ghoulish gatekeepers of hell.

Rising Hell will be available for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, as a boxed Limited Edition and Special Limited Edition, with pre-orders kicking off on Sunday, December 12th, at 12 AM CET (midnight), only at Strictly Limited Games.

09/12/2021

๐Ÿ˜ผ Astro Aqua Kitty | Nintendo Switch | Review | 6.5/10 | "Is it the cat's meow?" ๐Ÿ˜ผ @TIKIPODltd #IndieGames #IndieGame #GameDev

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Astro Aqua Kitty is the action RPG shmup follow-up to the well-received, Aqua Kitty!

As adorable as the kitties are in Astro Aqua Kitty, the hidden difficulty is very much not adorable. Not that difficult shmups are anything new or different. But kitties in an aquatic-space shmup, with RPG elements, do separate them from the pack.

08/12/2021

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘ผ Gynoug | Nintendo Switch | Review | 8/10 | "Mash. And mash I did!" ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘ผ @RatalaikaGames #GameDev #IndieGame #IndieGames #Retrogaming #SHMUP

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DEMONS ARE ATTACKING THE HEAVENS! You, the Angel of Wor is the only thing that stands in the way of THE DESTROYER and the Demons of Iccus, in this shmup classic.

I love the Sega Genesis or the Mega Drive to my good non-NA friends. I also like shmups a great deal, despite not being the best at them. I was reminded of just how not good I was when I was struggling with the 1st level of Gynoug for over an hour – only to be brutalized once I made it to the 2nd stage, immediately. I wasn’t getting frustrated with the game, but more myself and my lack of understanding of the game. 

I was collecting orbs and power-ups, some would do things passively like make my rate of fire more spread out, shoot behind me etc. But I had no idea what was going on for the most part - I was just using my basic attack, and sheer instinct to get me through. I knew this wouldn’t last, so I knew exactly what I had to do. Mash. And mash I did. I eventually figured out how to properly use my power-ups, spells, and speed boosts. 

07/12/2021

๐Ÿ”  Word Forward | Nintendo Switch | Review | 8.5/10 | "Word Up" ๐Ÿ”  @thalamusdigital #IndieGame #IndieGames #GameDev

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Amidst all the 100+ hours of RPG-ing, shooting, adventuring and racing, sometimes it’s nice to take things slow and get casual. Word-based games have always held an allure for me and I’m pleased to say that Word Forward is the newest title to suck me in.

06/12/2021

๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿณ Epic Chef | Nintendo Switch | Ten Minute Taster | "Chef Raekwon" ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿณ @EpicChefGame #IndieGame #IndieGames #GameDev

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Get ready to embark on a comedic culinary quest unlike any other as you take on the role of Zest in this story-driven adventure game; from humble beginnings, you will build a farm, grow delectable ingredients, craft machinery and cook your way to becoming the most Epic Chef in Ambrosia!

Watch Me Take On My First Jobs in Ambrosia as we take a ten-minute taster of this cool indie game!

05/12/2021

Last Ninja 2 | Reformation Vinyl | Review | "I just enjoyed wandering around, being a ninja" @mattgrayc64 #VideoGameVinyl #Vinyl #VGVinyl #LastNinja2

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https://6581records.com/products/reformation-last-ninja-2-double-picture-disc-vinyl-downloads-matt-gray

It’s always a pleasure to be blindsided by pure joy and, when this Last Ninja 2 vinyl arrived, I couldn’t believe how quickly I became completely infatuated with it. Over two weeks on from arrival, it is still getting daily spins in my record player with no signs of slowing up. For the record, the A-side of this album consist of three songs that are so strong that they rank up there at the top of the genre in terms of album kick-offs, it’s unbelievably good stuff.

04/12/2021

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“’ The Art of Creaks | Book | Review ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“’ @Amanita_Design #IndieGames #IndieGame #GameDev

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Purchase Link - https://merch.amanita-design.net/products/the-art-of-creaks

Creaks is a game that is very much adored by its fanbase for the care and craft that was clearly put into it, resulting in a title whereby the visuals and music are just as important as the fundamental gameplay.


It therefore makes sense - following the ‘making of’ documentary focusing on the music of Creaks (https://youtu.be/67S-rAyku3U) - that a book dedicated to the art is released. As was made clear in my review of Creaks a few months ago - https://www.gamesfreezer.co.uk/2021/06/creaks-review-xbox-series-x-910.html – it is a game that really made an impact on me and I often find myself discussing it or listening to the soundtrack, and now – I can get lost again in those wonderfully detailed visuals thanks to The Art of Creaks.

03/12/2021

๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆƒ Beyond A steel Sky | Nintendo Switch | Gameplay | "Big Steve Is A Right Pain!" ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆƒ @RevSoftGames #IndieGames #IndieGame #GameDev

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From Charles Cecil, creator of the Broken Sword series, with art direction by Dave Gibbons, legendary comic book artist behind ‘Watchmen’, comes ‘Beyond a Steel Sky’, the long awaited sequel to the cult classic ‘Beneath a Steel Sky’.

You are Robert Foster. A child has been abducted in a brutal attack. You have vowed to bring him home. But the trail has led you from your community of desert wasteland dwellers, to Union City, one of the last remaining mega-cities in a world ravaged by shattering wars, and political meltdown.

Fortified and impenetrable, it is a utopia in which people live happily under the surveillance and control of a benign AI. But all is far from what it seems...

‘Beyond a Steel Sky’ is a dramatic, humorous, cyberpunk thriller in which engaging puzzles drive a fast-paced narrative set in a dynamic game world that responds to – and is subverted by – the player’s actions.

02/12/2021

๐Ÿšœ Farming Simulator 2022 | PC | Ten minute Taster | "We Plough The Fields & Scatter" ๐Ÿšœ @farmingsim #GameDev #IndieGames #IndieGame

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In Farming Simulator 22 you get to create your farm and let the good times grow! 
Harvest crops, tend to animals, manage productions, and take on seasonal challenges.
I manage to do none of this in my ten-minute taster but I'm ready for more by the end!
 

01/12/2021

๐Ÿš€๐ŸŸ G Darius HD | Nintendo Switch HD | Review | 7.5/10 | "Laser Duels With Hulking End Level Bosses .... YES PLEASE!" ๐Ÿš€๐ŸŸ @ININ_Games #Retrogaming #SHMUP

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G-Darius HD comes in all guns blazing on my Nintendo Switch and once again we have another absolute classic SHMUP gunning its way through new audiences on the Switch as the list of legendary Shoot Em Ups on the console grows longer and longer.

Flying through a level on this beautiful conversion of the arcade game on your switch is a joy to behold as you pivot and swivel through enemy waves with pinpoint accurate controls and classic arcade visuals. 

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