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The Mooseman (PS4) Review

The mysterious travelling sage known only as The Mooseman is capable of interacting with the world in ways most mortals only dream of. In this brief but beautiful experience, players submerge themselves within the folklore and of the native Finno-Ugric culture. Released last year for PC to positive reception among PC Gamers worldwide (currently sitting at a 92% positive rating for all time and 75% positive rating for recent reviews), this title has received many game awards and will release tomorrow for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox globally.

While it’s something more of an artistic showcase rather than a traditional game, open-minded folks definitely love it. If you’re the type of person who puts gameplay above all else though, you might want to steer clear. You’d be missing out on an educational and interesting experience, but The Mooseman isn’t for everyone.

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Nidhogg 2 (Xbox One) Review

Nidhogg 2 (stylized as Nidhogg II) is the sequel to the 2014 2D indie hit side scrolling game Nidhogg. After releasing last August for MacOS, PC, and PS4, Messhof has brought the hit party game to the XBOX One, releasing three days from today on July 19, 2018 for $15.99. The XBOX One version will feature the addition of two all-new XBOX exclusive levels: Messhoff Corporate HQ and the Elevated Train.

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Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Real Gamer Review

Yes you’ve read that right, the 4K remaster of a classic game from the PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 era has emerged from THQ Nordic, the lovechild of Nordic Games purchasing much of THQ’s old copyrights including classic gaming franchises as well as the actual THQ name and logo. Despite harsh criticisms leveled at their later years, Nordic Games were big fans of what THQ did for gaming throughout their long journey and decided to bring the brand back to glory while revamping some of their best games.

Kaiko Games brings a fresh layer of polish to this month’s big red release. Development studio Volition (best known for the Saints Row series) had returned to the Red Faction series for Guerrilla which they actually created back in the PlayStation 2 days during 2001. Immediately embraced by gamers all over, the franchise went on to span three more entries, each with their own unique look and feel. While Red Faction II strongly held on to aspects of the original that made it great, such as destructible environments, Guerrilla introduced the series to open world gaming (before it was an over-done concept) and expanded the destruction to just about everything made of metal in the game.

This remaster of the 2009 title is called Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered and is available in 4K for PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox ONE X, and PC with compatibility to any PS4 and Xbox ONE in Full 1080p as well, with some systems supporting HDR depending on your television or monitor display. In this in-depth real gamer review we will dig deep into what makes the citizens of Mars so incredible throughout the series and how the impact of the events in Guerrilla shape the game world around us. We will also be looking at what has been re-tooled in the graphics department, aged well in the gameplay of RF:G, and what we hope to see from Volition in future. Join us for a revolutionary look at a thoroughly enjoyable game.

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Mushroom Wars 2 (Nintendo Switch) Review

Mushroom Wars 2 is a sequel in the award-winning mobile real time strategy series by Zillion Whales. The game itself debuted on mobile platforms as well as made appearances on both the XBOX One and PlayStation 4 in 2016 and today released on the console-handheld hybrid Nintendo Switch.

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VAMPYR Real Gamer Review

Vampyr is a decadent journey into the mind of a blood doctor turned newborn immortal. An enthralling tale from start to finish, Vampyr tests the morality of Dr. Jonathan Reid as he returns home from war only to find a plague-infested London filled with mysterious enemies and allies pressing influence upon his every move. In a unique position to find a way out of this epidemic, Dr. Reid will struggle to hold onto his humanity as increasingly powerful threats emerge to himself and the civilian populace. Within him a new war rages on, that of his desire to remain noble against his rage-fueled cravings to feed on the very innocents he’s trying to protect. Then again, no adult is completely innocent, are they?

The more you get to know the residents of each district, the more experience your character will gain if they are embraced and given their final kiss of death. However, you will also lose that resident’s quest offerings, some residents sell rare items you need, and dealing too many fatal bites to your population means the end of a district. Residents will likely die trying to escape as the epidemic consumes an entire segment of the city which will remain permanently damned. The long nights set a dreary stage for Dr. Reid who may sway between good and evil based on player choice, but ultimately keeps a relatively insightful perspective available for selection the majority of the time. It’s up to the player to decide the fate of this story, and you must live with the consequences of your actions.

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Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings Review

Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings is the third and title in the ‘Mysterious’ sub-series of the Atelier games franchise. If you don’t know, Atelier is a long-running turn-based RPG franchise from development studio GUST who has celebrated their 20th anniversary release with this installment. Atelier is a french word which originates from the art community and involves a private studio / workshop in which students and mentors from the community work together to produce fine art under the direction of a visual arts master.

In this series, an Atelier is a workshop in which alchemy is performed for the benefit of the community and profiteering as well as philanthropy of its owner. Each installment of the game series revolves around a different style of objectives and will focus on one or two main characters’ journey throughout the world. Recurring themes include the pursuit of high level alchemy skills, proficiency in battle, and having a positive impact on the betterment of a surrounding community. At times players will even seek justice for an event that puts the world at peril, but these threats aren’t as dark or dominant as in other role playing games, as the series is fun-loving in nature.

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State of Decay 2 Review

State of Decay 2 is the sequel to the 2013 survival horror game State of Decay which was generally well received by critics, and was a game I thoroughly enjoyed as well. Going into this game I was expecting more of the same zombie-killing and strategic gameplay from its predecessor. Well, this game delivers that, but really not much else. That isn’t totally a bad thing though because it still does those things right. A lot of heart and soul has been poured into State of Decay 2 by development house Undead Labs, and it shows.

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Nine Parchments Review

Rouge-lite without the random element
(4K Magic Online Co-Op Game)

Nine Parchments is something of a unique proposition for the gamers of Steam’s massive platform. In the Action RPG genre, magic wielding specifically, this new title exists as a story mode game that has been adapted to a much greater purpose.

Through a multi-run system, Nine Parchments has been developed into a Rougelite gameplay experience that has none of the fatigued randomly generated elements of the sub-genre but instead an excellent display of top quality game graphics, engine performance, elemental magic spells, enemies, unlockable characters, spells, weapons, and more.

The title doesn’t take any of the industry’s recent controversial advantages against the player but rather instead attempts to deliver the ultimate package in a full title of abundant content that’s as well balanced as it is well designed. Fun Factor takes center focus with a solid gameplay battle system to match the desirable graphics and presentation of the game, and a first foundation to what hopes to be a brand new series makes a great installment for RPG fans of many types to play and enjoy online together or solo in battle.

The main objective regardless of whether its your first story playthrough, or your fortieth, is to acquire new parchments or spell books and scrolls. 4 Difficulty Options, 32 Levels, 8 Boss Fights, Hardcore Mode, In-game rewards for hard work on higher difficulty settings such as Rare Loot, Prestige Drops, Legendary versions of Additional Unlockable Playable Characters, Spells, Wizard Hats, Wizard Staffs, Equipment, and more.

Gameplay

Enemies can get their own elemental defense, paired with a bubble / shield type defensive predisposition pertaining to the opposite elemental defense. This double negative ensnarement of magical defense causes players to need a great equipment, co-operation with each other on attack co-ordination, and a quick thinking attack and dodge move to survive it all. The game has 4 difficulty settings in total which can change the outcome of an already difficult to master charade of elemental magic attack and dodge choreography with a sinister army of beings fighting against your survival.

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Battlefield 1 Turning Tides Expansion Review

This past week the first two maps of the Battlefield 1 expansion “Turing Tides” has now released. Also a new operation, new weapons, and new assignments have been added as well. But let’s get into the meat of this latest expansion in the latest Battlefield title.

“Turning Tides” as of right now only has its first two maps out, as the other two are coming in early January when it releases outside of the premium pass. But the first map we have is “Achi Baba” which is a trench warfare heavy map. The gameplay here is probably what I would consider the most accurate to the World War I setting. As you find yourself constantly running through trenches, grenades flying around and landing in front of you. It’s very infantry focused, and one of the best maps in the game in my opinion. The other map “Cape Helles” is more fitting with the theme of the DLC. Featuring plenty of sea gameplay, with also a big mix of air and infantry based defense gameplay. This map I find a bit weaker, as the attackers really only utilize the sea gameplay, while defense is more on infantry and sky.

There are plenty of new weapons that honestly don’t add to much to the sandbox of Battlefield 1, especially compared to “In the Name of the Tsar.” I feel like the real potential of this expansion lies with the next two maps that are coming, so when they release I will update this review with those. But the infiltrator hero class has been added in this update. Which serves as a more stealth based hero character, which is very fitting for Battlefield 1 and has the potential to be one of my favorite new classes.

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Hello Neighbor Review

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.

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