Hello Neighbor is a very different type of game than you may have expected. Then again, being different than what you’re probably used to is also likely what brought you here in the first place. The sense of curiosity that’s been known to kill the cat, or in this case the neighborhood vibe of a suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock film meets puzzle game and dash of Five Nights At Freddy’s fan conspiracy community sprinkled on top without the annoying parts. It’s like Five Nights At Freddy’s for adults, but it’s so much more.
This game seems to exist within its own realm and as such follows its own rules of logic. A lot of time is spent fighting with your own mental patience or lack thereof. Gamers who take a calm and calculated approach and like to pause and think before every action might beat the game quicker than those who have lots of energy.
Sometimes the right action seems so simple but any little mistake will have you running to get back to the point where you had an opportunity to test your theory. The result will just be a lot of failure and the enemy growing more prepared and aware of your thinking process. The controls and physics of the game sometimes cause problems which aren’t your fault as well.
Many abstract moments leave the player constantly guessing what’s going on, but that’s the genre of mystery / adventure games that have recently cropped up. There’s a huge audience for it, but if you need something like a clear narrative, gunfights, or magic spells to keep you interested – it might not be for you. Instead, Hello Neighbor is a bizarre and artistic piece of content which can drive you borderline insane with spirit like a creepypasta.
“The Mean Greens: Plastic Warfare” is a 3rd Person Online Multiplayer Shooter from Virtual Basement and Code Headquarters Inc. for the PC and soon to be released on the Xbox One and PS4. In this game players are once again asked to choose a side Green or Tan as the did in the classic 3DO Army Men Games & Signal Studios Toy Soldiers: War Chest but in a whole new way. When players jump into The Mean Greens they will be pitted against 9 other players in 5V5 online skirmishes with ten game modes spread across the game’s ten maps which provided a refreshing twist to game modes like “Team Deathmatch” and “Capture The Flag”. These battles are played out in areas around your house; the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedrooms, the freezer and everywhere in between and in The Mean Greens even in these place that you are familiar with you still will feel like you are going to war in a place you never seen before.
The combat In The Mean Greens is very lighthearted yet very visceral on the battlefield. When players touch down on the map they will have instant access to a machine gun, a sniper rifle, a shotgun, a RPG and finally a flamethrower but good aim is key. Players that think that they won’t need to be quick on the sticks will have their plastic comrade biting the dust more often than not if they’re caught slacking. The one thing players will love about The Mean Greens is that here is next to no lag with the dedicated servers, so no one will ever feel cheated when it their toy soldier goes home to the big plastic bucket in the sky. The rolling mechanic will save a soldier’s life and will get the player out sticky situations fairly quickly. The player can also with correct timing turn the rolling mechanic into parry and return fire to dispatch the opposition. The combat is very fast pace and rewarding as players and their squad mates scrambling to complete objectives like lighting birthday Candles,raising their flag to claim all the cookies among other wacky missions.
There are only a few things that may damper the amazing experience that is The Mean Greens one is the jump mechanic and another being aiming. The mouse or the thumbsticks if you playing with a control is automatically set in free aim mode, you can tweak the settings to fix this but then couple it with the jumping it can really be a pain because you have to focus on where you are jumping before you do so or else you will slide off the area you planned off jumping on. Players will have to spend some time adjusting and finding the best way to move around the level but combat is so fun and so addictive that they will want to master all the controls in now time to help out their squads during matches. The only other problem with The Mean Greens is there is no single player campaign or scenario mode for gamers to play offline which some players may find as a deal breaker but others may not in this new gaming climate. The game has what some may call “OMG” or “One More Game” theory where players will play skirmish after skirmish without realizing that hours has passed. If one were to use a website like “Steam Spy” you will see that the “OMG” theory is in full effect and players are having a lot of fun playing with these plastic heroes.
The Mean Greens Maps will remind you of how amazing watching the “Toy Story” films and the feeling of into going into a Chuck E Cheese or Dave and Busters for the same time.The look and feel of the game is crisp and clean due to Virtual Basements imaginative use of Epic Game’s Unreal Engine 4, players will know these characters, maps, environments and sets pieces from Toys, Food, and Appliances from around their house but will feel like they are in a whole new world during their play sessions. These Maps are accompanied by epic tunes inspired by old school war songs like the “Battle Hymn Of The Republic” or “Yankie Doodle” and sound effects straight out of films like “Apocalypse Now” and “Full Metal Jacket” If you enjoy war games and welcome a playful and imaginative settings The Mean Greens is just right for you. If you on the fence about the game due to its “Online Only” status don’t be these will be the easiest and best $9 to $15 you will spend on Steam this month with all the big releases still yet on the horizon please do not sleep on Virtual Basement’s Ultimate Tour De Toy Chest.
The Mean Greens: Plastic Warfare is fun filled 3rd Person Action Online Multiplayer Game the really breathes live into the Army Men game genre without being an Army Men game. Players who can take the time to master the challenging control system and get over the fact that the game is online only will be in for a highly addictive experience where their house is literally the battlefield and toys can still be their soldiers.
Overall Score: 7.5 / 10
RGN Rating : Bronze Game
Developer Virtual Basement & Code Headquarters Inc.
Publisher: Virtual Basement
Available On: PC | Mac OS X | Linux |
Played On: Windows PC
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.
A new episodic Batman video game wasn’t the only thing Telltale showed off at The Game Awards 2015. The award winning studio also revealed that their upcoming three part mini-series starring Michonne, will now release in February of next year instead of this month.
When it was first announced, Telltale Games stated that players would be required to have at least completed the first episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two, in order to play the mini-series. Now that will no longer be the case as Telltale’s Head of creative Communications, Job Stauffer has confirmed via Twitter, that Michonne “will now be a stand-alone series”.
Confirmed: You *will* get your 1st look at TWD:Michonne @thegameawards. It won't premiere this month, but will now be a stand-alone series.
The Legend of Kay is a game that is remembered by those who played it, especially on the PS2, as a cult classic of sorts; so much so that publisher Nordic Games had the game revamped for current generation consoles and PC in the form of The Legend of Kay Anniversary. Having never played the original, and barely even hearing of it; it’s no wonder I was going into this as a new experience rather than something I was already familiar with. Is it one of those classics that deserve to be remembered as one of the greats? Or is it one of those games that were probably better off being left untouched? These questions will be answered in the following review.
The story of the game is simple, for centuries the civilizations of the island of Yenching lived in harmony thanks to a form of discipline simply called “The Way”, the four civilizations on the island, those being the hares, cats, frogs and pandas, all lived peacefully and adhered to this code. However, as time moved forward the younger generations began abandoning The Way. As a result, the island lost its protection and ended up being prone to attack by the Gorillas and the Rats whom are working together in one cohesive force led by two named figures; Minister Shun of the Gorillas, and Alchemist Tak of the Rats. To say these two rule the roost with an iron fist would be an understatement.
From here, you take control of Kay; a hotheaded young cat lad with a desire to become strong and take on the enemy. However, like most folk in his village, he doesn’t believe in The Way which causes a conundrum. Everyone around him tries to convince him to follow it, but to no avail. He begins to realize his error when his master surrenders to the invading Gorilla + Rat army without a fight. Infuriated, he sneaks in and steals his master’s old sword. The story continues from there, and it continues at the same pace that it started at; basically it’s not a memorable story at all. It’s one that you will most likely forget upon completion of the game itself. That’s not to say that the game isn’t without its charm though, as some of the one-liners peppered throughout are chuckle-worthy puns on the characters being literal, anthropomorphic animals.
Upon booting the game, the first thing I noticed was the visuals, very bright, very colorful, and very reminiscent of games like Jak and Daxter or any other Saturday morning cartoon that you grew up watching. The fps seems to be locked down tight; not a single iota of slowdown or screen tears to be found whatsoever. The game looks okay overall; with these bright visuals being downright refreshing compared to most games today. However, on the same coin, it’s hard to deny that the visuals are also dated, they are not pushing the limits of any of the systems this game is out for. The interface displaying your life meter and quests were overhauled some, and textures here and there were enhanced very nicely, but all in all, you can tell this was originally a game designed for the PS2.
Now normally in many cases this would be a good thing, here? I am honestly not so sure. The camera in the game is very cumbersome and unwieldly at times, this is especially apparent when you enter a new area. It does not pan around to behind Kay’s back automatically meaning that if you want to see the platforming and enemy challenges that lay ahead? You have to turn the camera using the right analog stick yourself. There’s no camera reset button in the game itself to boot, giving this fault some extra weight behind it.
The areas themselves are designed well enough; there are some secrets to be found, but the secrets themselves are none too hard to spot. There’s nothing that is completely out of reach, but detection at times can be a little whacky, requiring multiple tries in order to get to the location you need to go to. This is compounded by the oftentimes unwieldly and frustrating camera that the game has you work with, this camera actually makes it quite easy for you to not spot something that needs to be activated or a platform that you need to hop on in order to get to the next location.
There are a few things the game does to break up the monotony of exploring the areas around you, for one, there are times where you will have to ride on another beast in order to get from point A to point B, don’t think this is a one track ride though; because you will be dodging obstacles along the way. Not only that, if you make one mistake? Yup, you fail the challenge and have to start from the beginning of it. While some would revel in the challenge, especially if you enjoy a game like this. Others will find this to be tedious and incredibly frustrating due to having to go through these trials several times. It doesn’t help that depending on the beast you’re riding, the controls can feel cumbersome.
Combat is there, and it works. It’s simple enough to execute basic attacks and a few tricks. You learn a few fancy moves, some of which will be put to use later on in the game. However, for the most part it is just there, and it can get repetitive, even with the variety of weapons Kay will ultimately have at his disposal. Though the combat can be fun at times, especially when you pull off a move that KOs your enemies, there’s no denying that oftentimes it feels more like a chore and that is not how a game should make the combat feel by any stretch of the imagination.
The soundtrack, much like the combat, is just there, it does have a Chinese/Asian ethnic feel to it, which fits in with the atmosphere of the game itself and is somewhat pleasant to listen to overall. The soundtrack works well in the game, almost always befitting the mood as not a single song is out of place. However, it isn’t what I’d call memorable either with only a few songs being truly standouts throughout the entire game.
Legend of Kay Anniversary Edition is a platformer that has its positives. The platforming itself when it works can be a lot of fun, and the controls are fundamentally sound. However, this isn’t a platformer that makes me wax nostalgic by any stretch of the imagination, and it definitely has its flaws. From the unwieldly camera to the forgettable plot and soundtrack, The Legend of Kay isn’t a game that has aged very well and is one that I feel is priced just right at $24.99 all things considered. I would recommend this game only to those who wax nostalgic for the days of the PS2 or for those who are platforming die-hards.
Overall Score: 6.5/10
Developer: Neon Studios
Publisher: Nordic Games
Available on: PS4|PS3|Wii U|Steam
Played on: PS4
Review Copy: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Review.
Liberate the Imperial City Trailer of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.
Platform(s): Mac OS X, Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox ONE
Publisher(s): Bethesda Softworks
Developer(s): ZeniMax Online Studios
Release Date (NA): April 4th, 2014 (PC, Mac), June 9th, 2015 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
The Liberator Trailer of StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void Expansion Pack.
Developer(s): Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher(s): Blizzard Entertainment
Release Date: To Be Announced – Closed Beta Ongoing
Platform(s): Windows PC, Mac OS X
The Zenyatta Gameplay Preview Footage [HD 1080P/60FPS] can be found courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment and our buddies over at GamersPrey HD on YouTube (an all-in-one source for high resolution video game trailers and gameplay). Below you’ll get to see more of what press and convention go-ers have been playing iteratively as development moves forward for Overwatch. The Overwatch were tasked with preventing human extinction against an army run by an artificial intelligence. So far the response has been generally positive from hands-on gameplay of the game. Check out the footage below:
Overwatch is being published on Windows PC and Mac OS X, though it seems possible it could come to PS4 and Xbox ONE at some time. It’s all about playable characters with unique identities, skills, and weapons. It’s also set in a futuristic version of the real world. Each Hero has their own style with some prepared strategically better for certain maps than others, increased armor, provide buffs for the team, and another designed all around for offensive maneuvers. Zenyatta is the new hero character being shown off in today’s Gameplay Footage.
In Payload Game Mode a team tries to stop a bomb from going off as it travels through out the map. Then switch sides and defend its route against the other team. There’s also a Point Capture Mode in which different locations are battled after.
Originally the game had a few snags with other entities trying to take ownership of the name’s trademark itself. Those issues appear to have been resolved though, and Blizzard is expected to release the Beta for Fall 2015 pending their own official time tables. Subsequently the announcement that Destiny and Hearthstone alone are host to 50 million players (all together across both) has Activision Blizzard a strong duo continuing throughout the year, at least fiscally. Black Ops 3 is expected to release and it’s great to see Blizzard keeping their own unique style while being merged, it shows the massive respect that the creative successes of titles like World of Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, and now Hearthstone has earned them.
Released recently by indie publisher Mastertronic, SYM is a socially aware game that takes head-on the issue of Social Anxiety in an attempt at making players able to better understand or perhaps even provide a new perception of the issue for those suffering from it in their daily lives. Puzzle elements are used in tandem with shape-shifting platformer video game mechanics to portray a tale of night and day differences between emotions and feelings as a simulated Social Anxiety Experience. For a limited time, the game is discounted to 20% off at $6.39 and features a Level Editor extending replayability, Steam Achievements, Steam Trading Cards, and was originally green-lit by a community where it has received positive reviews thus far.
The classic-style, isometric role playing / strategy / third person, turn-based shooter – whoa that’s a mouthful, of significant caliber is releasing on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE consoles as announced by inXile Entertainment recently. Gameplay enhancements will be present including more customization utilizing new “Perks & Quirks”. In addition to this, the GOTY Edition is getting an overhaul in balance of mechanics as well as encounters. Graphics enhancements can also be expected with a move to the Unity 5 Engine being the upgrade at hand.
inXile Entertainment has also stated that there’s been “thousands of lines of new voice-over[s]”.
Having been Kickstarted originally for $2.9Million, gamers on console who haven’t had a chance to play yet will be able to experience this new ultimate version of the game soon while PC versions of the game will also receive the enhancements in the form of a free update. Wasteland 2 is available already for Windows PC, Linux, and Mac OS X through GOG Galaxy or Steam. The game’s GOTY Edition will show up at this year’s Game Developers Conference.
Check out the PS4 Announcement Trailer Below:
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