Showing posts with label xbox series x. Show all posts
Showing posts with label xbox series x. Show all posts

02/07/2022

๐ŸงŸ Evil Dead: The Game Xbox Review 7.5/10 “Grab your boomstick, open up your Necronomicon and get ready to be told ‘you suck’.” ๐ŸงŸ @transvaalgf

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I have a love/hate relationship with this style of game. I ‘love’ them… and the people I play with ‘hate’ me, well, unless I play the killer, then they love me - you see, I’m bad at these games, I know this because a very agitated 14-year-old told me that I sucked repeatedly for about twenty minutes. in all fairness, I had been hiding in a wardrobe for a very long time, whilst my teammates got massacred by a hulking seven-foot monster in a hockey mask, but the truth can hurt and anyway; he was too young to be playing the game in the first place.

21/06/2022

๐ŸŒณ Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Xbox Review 8.5/10 "A Massage For My Mind" ๐ŸŒณ @YonderChronicle #GameDev #IndieGames

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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a single-player game bereft of enemies or indeed any sort of combat, the gameplay is essentially a series of fetch/crafting quests as you quietly explore the island of Gemea. What sets Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles apart from similar titles is the tone of hope, positivity and relentless charm that runs throughout.

09/06/2022

๐Ÿ˜ฑ Source of Madness Xbox Series X Review 6/10 "A 'Nearly' Game" ๐Ÿ˜ฑ @CarryCastle #IndieGames #GameDev

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It's happened again. 
Anything with 'Lovecraft' in the description is summarily thrown my way by the GamesFreezer gods, so this landed in my inbox before I'd even heard of it. 

Source of Madness is a roguelike action platformer, wherein the best traditions of the genre, each run is designed to teach you more about the game before your next attempt. 

The Lovecraft connection comes in through atmosphere, tentacled monsters and the odd reference to Cthulhu or Azathoth here and there.

03/06/2022

๐Ÿ“ฝ️๐Ÿฟ Rifftrax: The Game XSX Review 9/10 @widerightgames "The creators of What the Dub once again strike comedy gold" ๐Ÿ“ฝ️๐Ÿฟ #IndieGame #GameDev

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Having been a big fan of Wide Right’s previous game, What the Dub – I was intrigued as to how Rifftrax: The Game would differ, and what it would bring to the table – especially as it appears to be based on a more American-centric show not familiar to me at all (although I was vaguely aware of the precursor show Mystery Science Theatre 3000).

It turns out that no prior knowledge of Rifftrax is required, as Wide Right Games have created a fantastic and often hilarious party game that is accessible to all, and this is a game I highly recommend whenever you have friends or family around.

02/06/2022

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ”ฅ Deck of Ashes Xbox Review 6/10 "Spire Slayer?" ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿƒ @AygamesO #GameDev #IndieGame

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After the more cartoony and simple presentation of Slay the Spire (the most famous and probably well-regarded of card battle games), the distinctive aesthetic of Deck of Ashes immediately drew me in. 

Hand-drawn, Lovecraftian creatures abound. Ghoulish witches and genuinely unsettling undead creatures litter the battlefield, and I am all in favour of it. 

On top of this, the battles themselves are brought to life by creepy animations (the jester character sprouts monstrous claws from his back when he attacks) and a suitably gothic soundtrack.

25/05/2022

☢️ Chernobylite Xbox Series X Review 7/10 "Events of 1986 Resulted in Far Weirder Things Than Just Nuclear Fallout..." ☢️ @ChernobylGame #IndieGame #GameDev

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Coincidentally, I was given Chernobylite to review the same week I finished the brilliant Chernobyl mini-series, so I was in the perfect frame of mind for this. Saying that you get about five seconds into the game before it diverges far, far from reality and into a world where the events of 26th April 1986 resulted in far weirder things than just nuclear fallout.

20/05/2022

๐Ÿ”๐ŸดChicken Police- Paint It Red Xbox Series X Review 8/10 “A clucking good noir” ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿด @ChickenPoliceG #IndieGame #GameDev

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I’m sure my reaction to first hearing about Chicken Police mirrored a lot of others, “What the hell is Chicken Police?”. I then looked it up on Google and realised that it’s a noir with anthropomorphic chickens. It’s a very intriguing and almost confusing idea, one which could easily be hit or miss.

28/04/2022

๐Ÿ˜Ž Foreclosed | XSX | Review | 6.5/10 | ‘Metal Gear Solid for the Hipster Generation’ ๐Ÿ˜Ž @showmemagic #IndieGame #IndieGameDev @MergeGamesLtd

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I’ve already sunk several hours into Cyberpunk 2077, so I’m going into this review hot and ready to be entertained. Unfortunately, I’ve already lost interest in the aforementioned game, so let’s see how Foreclosed holds out. Don’t worry, I won’t be making any comparisons, that’s just unfair. It’s just good to know I’m in the futurist zone and keen to play this game. It has, how the French would half-say, ‘piqued my interest’.

Foreclosed is a sleek, stylish interactive graphic novel and immersive narrative-driven action-shooter with the difficulty default setting of Hard-Boiled! I like my games to be sunny-side up - but sod it, I’m in the mood for a challenge. Le regret?

27/04/2022

๐Ÿ—ก️ Pathologic 2 | Xbox Series X | Review | 5.5/10 | "Tedious mechanics wore down my love for its creepy atmosphere and intriguing mysteries" ๐Ÿ—ก️ @transvaalgf @IcePickLodge #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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After a few hours of Pathologic 2, I could tell this was going to be a real marmite game, there was a great atmosphere and an interesting mystery being developed but the mechanics were already becoming beyond tedious, so the question would be, “would the interesting philosophical plot with a great atmosphere be enough, or would the increasingly frustrating mechanics be too much of a pain and drag the entire experience down?”

21/04/2022

๐ŸŒด Slipstream | XSX | Review | 8.5/10 | "let it drift into your gaming library" ๐ŸŒด @ansdor #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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As I’m sure I’ve mentioned on these virtual pages before, my taste in racing games leans much more towards the arcade-style over deep simulation, and so Slipstream’s retro aesthetic and pick-up-and-play approach is very much burnin’ rubber down my Strasse.

19/04/2022

๐Ÿ† Trophy | XSX | Review | 7.5/10 | "If you like early Mega Man, here’s your Trophy" ๐Ÿ† @6502Collective #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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Originally programmed for the NES, Trophy has now made its way to modern consoles, and your take on gameplay firmly rooted in the past as well as your affinity for the Mega Man series of games will very much dictate how much Trophy appeals to you.

23/03/2022

๐ŸŽŽ Shadow Warrior 3 | XSX | Review | 7.5/10 | "More Wang Than You Can Shake a Shotgun At" ๐ŸŽŽ @ShadowWarrior #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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I’ve had a pretty good time with the Shadow Warrior games since their reboot in 2013 and, upon finishing the second title, I remember being completely in the zone, pumped up for the third entry in the series.

Now that it’s here…I enjoyed my time with the game, but the changes to design and focus – whilst I can clearly appreciate their appeal to some – removed some of the joy for me.

16/03/2022

๐Ÿคผ WWE 2K22 | XSX | Review | 7/10 | “Bad Times Don’t Last, But Bad Guys Do” ๐Ÿคผ #WWE2K22 @WWEgames

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I've always said that WWE games’ motto could be, ‘one step forward, two steps back’, every year they would add something new… while removing other modes, matches or making other aspects worse.

Now, it's almost impossible to make a game worse than WWE 2K20, it was a completely broken and buggy mess, so, like many - after a two-year hiatus I was excited to see if they could rejuvenate the franchise and clean up the mess that had plagued the previous entry.

I'm going to go through the modes in the order of how I played them, as I think it gives a good insight into the game and what makes it good, as well as what needs some more attention in the next entry. 

12/03/2022

๐Ÿ“ท Martha is Dead | XSX | Review | 7/10 | "The Lady of The Lake" ๐Ÿ“ท @WiredP #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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Set in Tuscany during wartime (1944), Martha is Dead is a dark and sinister rural horror title that covers a lot of ground that will have players clearing their throat or possibly adjusting their spectacles in discomfort, as this isn’t a game that shies away from visceral thrills.

03/03/2022

๐Ÿค– Blackwind | Xbox Series X | Review | 3/10 | "Groundhog Slay" ๐Ÿค– @drakkardev @maxharvey79 #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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My first impressions of Blackwind were positive. I’m a fan of the mecha anime aesthetic, and the story of a boy having to use a super-powered robot suit (ร  la Titanfall) to battle enemies and rescue his father, was an appealing prospect. The voice acting is a little cheesy, but I felt like it set the scene well, with an AI voice in the suit giving instructions that worked as a tutorial without that being too contrived.

But. 

BUT.

01/03/2022

๐Ÿฆ–Elex II | XSX Review | 6.5/10 | "More RPG action from the team behind the Gothic and Risen series" ๐Ÿฆ– @Piranha_Bytes #IndieGame #IndieGameDev

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When I came across Elex in 2017, it really made an impact on me. I resonated with the dry humour that was scattered throughout the game and, whilst it had technical issues, the sense of character that ran throughout made it stand out from the crowd, despite not being a graphical showcase.

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this sequel and, whilst it retains the humour and fixes some problems that were present in the first game, I couldn’t quite relax fully, due to some vague mission design and implementation which ultimately marred the experience.

12/02/2022

๐Ÿš‚ Nostalgic Train | XSX Review | 7/10 | "A Mystical and Relaxing Walking Simulator" ๐Ÿš‚ #IndieGames #GameDev

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Being a person that spends a lot of their time covering video games and the various paraphernalia that comes along with them, sometimes I really like to kick back and let games wash over me. I’d say that every month or so, I actively seek out a new walking simulator, a game that I can casually breeze through, relax and enjoy. Amata Games’ Nostalgic Train coasted into view and – as it was ‘that time’ – I really looked forward to getting in a bottle of wine and spending an evening or so getting lost in its charms.

11/02/2022

๐ŸŽฎ Can I play That on XBOX Game Pass? ๐ŸŽฎ #XboxGamePass

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What games are on XBOX Game Pass is a phrase I often ask myself as I try and work out what to play the next.

There is so much choice now when deciding what to play next and there is also the question around should I buy my next game or should I join Game Pass?

Well, with Game Pass games changing on a regular basis it can be tough to try and work out exactly where you should get your next game from.

27/01/2022

๐Ÿš️ House of Ashes | XSX | Review | 7.5/10 | "The Dark Pictures Anthology Continues…" ๐Ÿš️ @TheDarkPictures #GameDev #IndieGame #DarkPictures Anthology

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Three games into the ongoing Dark Pictures anthology and, whilst it plays like the best entry so far, some creaky gameplay already feels like it may need updating to get the best of what this intriguing - and most of all, fun - series can offer.

22/01/2022

๐Ÿ•ต️ Lacuna | XSX | Review | 9.5/10 | "A Perfectly Crafted Sci fi Noir, That Has Bags of Character and Music to Die For" ๐Ÿ•ต️ @digitales_games #GameDev #IndieGames

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I'm going to start this review in a strange way - by telling you that I have tried to write this opening paragraph four times now, and I'm struggling because everything I write sounds like hyperbole. I keep using such strong words that I end up thinking, “do I really think this? Can I love it this much? 

Can I keep writing the words ‘near perfect’ or ‘special’ and truly mean it? When I say, ‘I would put this in my top 10 favourite games of all time’, is this just recency bias or do I genuinely think that this may be one of the most well-crafted games I've ever played?”

The more I've had to rewrite it and reflect on it, I keep thinking, “Yep, I do utterly adore it” and I genuinely think it may be one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had.

This is where I usually outline the plot, but all you really need to know is that you play as Neil Conrad, a grizzled member of the CDI investigating a recent murder, boom, done. 

The less you know the better.

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