If you’ve been playing shooter video games since the days of Quake and Unreal Tournament you may be finding the likes of Call of Duty or Battlefield too convoluted by kill-streaks, character classes, perks then you may enjoy MOTHERGUNSHIP. The creator behind Tower of Guns joins up with Grip Digital and Terrible Posture Games to produce the next chapter in the bullet hell genre.
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Hypergun is a fast paced, rogue-lite first person shooter that just completed its Early Access stage of development and is now available as a full product on Steam and GOG Galaxy with PS4 and Xbox One versions launching during Fall 2018.
The premise in Hypergun is that an alien invasion on the horizon threatens humanity in 2038. With a futuristic Earth on the brink of destruction, you play as a DEVtechs intern Dewey Owens who must save the world and fight through countless hoards of aliens and obstacles that cross his path.
There will be mayhem, 150 weapon modules, character classes, procedural level generation, 40+ unique abilities, and more in the latest project to come out of Toronto-based NVYVE Studios who have been around since 2013 and are also responsible for last year’s open-world title P.A.M.E.L.A. which was made using Unity.
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Sudden Strike 4: European Battlefields Edition is the definitive version of the fourth title in the long running real time strategy series featuring not only the base game with its three campaigns as well as four more through the included Road to Dunkirk and Finland: Winter Storm add-ons plus a version exclusive three levels. While Sudden Strike 4 is available on other platforms, the European Battlefields Edition is exclusive to the XBOX One.
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Dead Cells is a rogue-like Metroid-vania style game developed by the studio Motion-Twin. So this game features procedurally generated areas which is something new to the genre of Metroid-vania since it’s usually all about remembering the layout of the map, finding secrets in it, and back tracking to older areas to unlock newer areas. Dead Cells throws all of that on its head with making everything well randomized. Survive long enough and you can play it like Metroid, but die and it’s time to start over. Sure, some of the areas are pre-designed, but they are constantly randomized, so you will never know where to go next whenever a new life begins.
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Nothing is off limits to the elites. Hobbies, jobs, relationships, even the most benign conversation are all material to be documented while weighing your allegiance to the state. In Beholder, nothing is secret and nothing is sacred. It’s someone’s job to keep an eye on everything you do. It’s all for your own good, of course…
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Flat Heroes is a port of the 2016 Steam Early Access indie PC action platformer / party game of the same name, releasing to coincide with the game leaving Early Access on August 2nd, 2018. Flat Heroes may present itself as fairly minimalistic at first; it has a lot hidden under the surface.
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Titan Quest is a remaster of the 2006 PC title from the heydays of THQ, brought back from the dead by THQ Nordic (formerly Nordic Games). Like its re-releases in 2016 for PC, and earlier this year for PS4 and XBOX One, Titan Quest is a remastered version of the 2006 PC game of the same name (a personal favourite of mine growing up). This version of the game has been altered with updated visuals, newer console-friendly controls among many other “housekeeping” alterations.
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Guts and Glory is a port of the popular PC title by HakJak and tinybuild Games. While the PC version is well-known for its vast amount of community-driven levels and being a generally good game to laugh at, this version is funny in all the wrong ways. This review serves to review the game’s base concept and the quality of the port itself, which is sadly quite poor unlike other recent tinyBuild games which have been excellent such as GARAGE: Bad Trip, Graveyard Keeper, and Outpost Zero.
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Waking up in the trunk of a car with no memory of who you are, hey that rhymes! Get ready for an abstract, psychedelic, top down survival horror game with increasingly challenging gun fights, gruesome original enemies, refined pixel art, exploration, investigation, and a gripping story to keep your blood pumping throughout the whole adventure.
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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 (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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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 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 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 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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