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Legend of Kay Anniversary Review – Platforming From the Days of Yore, Unwieldly Camera Included

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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.

Kay in the blue is discussing techniques with Master in the green.
Kay in the blue is discussing techniques with Master in the green.

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.

Example of some of the platforming throughout the game.
Example of some of the platforming throughout the game.

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.

A battle in the game itself.
A battle in the game itself.

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.

Final Verdict:

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.

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Death Rides Again; Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition Officially Revealed

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Yesterday Nordic games announced that Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition would be making its way to current-gen consoles later this year. The game will feature upgraded visuals, all of its DLC, reworked balancing of its loot distribution and more.

The game stars Death, one of the lengendary Four Horseman and the most feared. After being awakened by the End of Days, he sets out to restore all life on Earth and clear the name of his brother War, who was framed for mankind’s destruction in the original Darksiders.

  • Play Death: Become the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen, able to destroy entire worlds and battle forces beyond Heaven and Hell
  • Epic Universe: Unlike anything the player has seen before, delivered in the unique style of Joe Mad
  • Heaven/Hell: Explore startling gameworld environments reminiscent of heaven and hell
  • Player Choice & Customization: Customize your experience with varied armor sets, weapons, and skill trees allowing players to create their own Death
  • Replay-ability: Explore a vast open world, complete dozens of side quests and customize your Death with a full leveling system, skill trees and endless equipment combinations
  • Traversal: Death is a nimble and agile character capable of incredible acrobatic feats allowing the player to explore the world like never before

The full list of what you’ll get with the Deathinitive Edition:

  • Darksiders 2 with All DLCs* included and integrated into the game, offering a total playtime of more than 30 hours
    *(Maker Armor Set, The Abyssal Forge, The Demon Lord Belial, Death Rides, Angel of Death, Deadly Despair, Shadow of Death, Mortis Pack, Rusanov’s Axe, Van Der Schmash Hammer, Fletcher’s Crow Hammer, Mace Maximus, Argul’s Tomb)
  • Improved Graphic Render Engine for higher visual quality especially in terms of lighting and shadows
  • Improved and reworked level, character and environment graphics
  • Running in native 1080p resolution
  • Reworked and tuned game balancing and loot distribution

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The Darksiders games were once the property of publisher THQ, before the company filed for bankruptcy. Nordic Games later acquired the the rights to the series.

“We took over the franchise roughly 2 years ago and thought about the next chapter for Darksiders ever since then. Naturally (and extremely excitedly!), there will be a large-scale project based on Darksiders, but for now it is very important for us to take care of the existing games and make those available to a broader audience. Bringing Darksiders 2 to current gen was a logical step for us and the team at Gunfire Games know their trade inside-out, so we easily and quickly had lots of ideas that we wanted to realise for this specific edition,” explains Reinhard Pollice, Business & Product Development Director at Nordic Games.

Gunfire Games are handling the development of the Deathinitive Edition. Almost half of their staff are former workers at Vigil Games, the studio who orginally developed the Darksiders games.

“It feels good to be working on Darksiders again, after a couple of years of hiatus”, comments David Adams, founder and president of Gunfire Games. “This project is a great opportunity for us to pick up where we left off two years ago and dig deeper into the game, which is close to all our hearts. Bringing the definitive Darksiders 2 experience to life is something that we hope a lot of people will enjoy and look forward to.”

Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition will release this winter for PS4 and Xbox One.

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The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 – Release Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Developer: KING Art Games
Publisher: Nordic Games
Genre: Adventure
Platforms: Windows PC, Mac OS X, Linux
Release Date: February 20, 2015
Price: $29.99

Now Available for Pre-Order DRM-FREE

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Darksiders 2: Definitive Edition – PlayStation 4 by Nordic Games Listed by Amazon

Darksiders 2 Definitive Edition PS4

The ever-elusive Nordic Games has had a listing posted up by Amazon which reveals that the team is almost guaranteed to be releasing a Darksiders 2: Definitive Edition. For those who don’t recall, THQ sold off most of its assets (including its own name and logo) and Nordic Games got the lion’s share of these sales. Darksiders is a well known Action RPG game with a somewhat open world and is greatly loved by its passionate fans as well as generally respected by most gamers worldwide. MX vs. ATV: Supercross Encore Edition will also be released for PS4. This was first discovered by a NEOGaf user but anyone can access the Amazon Listing HERE. Nordic Games is also releasing a number of other games on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and we will release more information as it becomes available.

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MX vs ATV Supercross (PS3 / 360 / PC) – Launch Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Launch Trailer of MX vs ATV Supercross.

Genre(s): Racing
Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Publisher(s): Nordic Games
Developer(s): Rainbow Studios
Release Date (NA): October 28, 2014

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Painkiller Hell & Damnation – Gameplay Trailer [HD]

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The Gameplay Trailer of Painkiller Hell & Damnation.

 

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SpellForce 2: Demons of The Past – Launch Trailer [HD]

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The Launch Trailer of SpellForce 2: Demons of The Past.

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The Raven Legacy of a Master Thief – Episode 3 – Review

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Now in the final act of The Raven after the awesome experience in the first episode, and the good but slightly less awesome experience in episode two, we are met with the conclusion to something great that started in episode one. But now we find our self in a odd place.

Story: I had hoped we would return to Zellner but instead we find our self playing as two different boring main characters but characters can show what they are capable of as things just get crazier by the minute. With a lot of plot twists and turns in this episode, basically everything I could say about the story is a spoiler, so even though I did not like the whole idea of the direction it went in I will let you know a few things to expect without spoiling the game. Players will rethink who the Raven is from time to time due to the direction of Episode 3’s story. Most characters are well done, expect for the two heroes who honestly should have been left out with the game keeping Zellner.

Voice: Of course the voice acting from supporting roles are great as always but the heroes yet again don’t fit right. Zellner had a voice that matched him, sounded great, and the actor did the character extremely well. These other guys since him can not live up to Zellner in any way, shape, or form.

Controls / Gameplay: Puzzles add some more fun stuff to the playbook but players must have a more fine-tuned, keen eye. This is due to each scene being filled with hints, or things you can miss that will help solve the case. It is hard to say what happens if players don’t use detective skills to the max, but this episode is filled with bugs that make you stop and reload your progress. The past two episodes (2 and 3) have felt more rushed and not as well put together as the first one.

Replay Ability: Moderate

Final Verdict: The final chapter in The Raven series leaves you at kind of a cross road. Technical bugs and the missing element of Zellner don’t ruin things but if they were fixed it could have been a lot better. The Raven Episode 3 gets a 6.8 out of 10.

Official Trailer:

 

Overall Score: 6.8/10

Developers: KING Art Games / The Adventure Company

Publisher: Nordic Games

Available On: 360 | PC | Linux | Mac OS X | PS3 (Coming Soon)

Played On: Xbox 360

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The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief – Episode 2 Review

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The first episode was well demonstrated in an adventure game format with The Raven and eye of the sphinx treasure being very story-driven all throughout. But one question remains, who is The Raven? As the first episode hit me hard and drove me deep into the story, it also kept me wondering the whole time. It just keeps carrying on as one event after another with constant second guessing and thinking about what is next. Ancestry of Lies is here, it is ready, here’s my review.

Story: Episode 2 starts right were we left in the last episode’s huge cliffhanger ending. As some spoiler specific details are headed right away (I won’t spoil that for you) but let me say this – you might get a chance to play as someone besides Zellner in this round. He is not as good of a character as Zellner but some of the really good characters from the first episode can take away some of the stale parts. At the same time the episode is really slow for a while until the pace changes up at the Egyptian museum. This episode is also a tad shorter in the good vs evil race until it just randomly ends after about two hours of gameplay. Unfortunately the episode is overall not as good as the first episode as I said being slow and dull at times. For some reason it might be the fact we did not get the Zellner feel that we got last time around or the sole fact the story is shorter than before.

Voice: The voice acting of course is still superb with all European accents authentic and perfect, they are also fitting the time period incredibly well. Even though I will say the “hero” in this episode sounds really dull at a lot of times. Honestly he sounds like Hayter but as if Solid Snake was not a tough guy branded by years of war.

Controls / Gameplay: Of course it keeps the point and click gameplay style from the first episode of The Raven. The only difference is it just does not feel as fun not playing as Zellner. It was a big problem not hearing his thoughts on the matters and dealing with this new guy. In the uphill battle of just wanting to beat the episode due to the fact it just wasn’t as good and was a little bit of a disappointment.

Replay Ability: Moderate 

Final Verdict: The Raven Episode 2 is sadly not as good as what we had last time around. Without Zellner it just feels not as good. The story in this one is really slow up until a little more than half way though. The Raven Legacy of a Master Thief Episode 2 gets a 7.6 out of 10, setting up the finale for a hopeful start.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 7.6/10

RGN Rating: Bronze Game

Developers: KING Art Games / The Adventure Company

Publisher: Nordic Games

Available On: 360 | PC | Linux | Mac OS X | PS3 (Coming Soon)

Played On: Xbox 360

Review Copy Info- A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher  for the purpose of this review.

***NOTE: Episode 3 review coming soon…..

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MX vs. ATV Supercross Releasing For PS3, 360, Mac, PC, And Linux In 2014

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Nordic Games will be creating a new MX Vs ATV game for Xbox, PlayStation, and PC platforms set for release during the first half of next year and will base it off of the MX Vs ATV Alive engine / programming fans are familiar with. As well known developers and fans of the series, Nordic Games announced today it is privileged to have the honor of extending the motocross and four wheeler franchise into the future.

The team working at Nordic Games on the title has also worked on the franchise leading up until now and is being appended by even more industry vets which were named today. The next entry in the series is titled MX Vs ATV Supercross and will focus on Supercross (of course) bringing back Motorclub Depot, and may even bring multiplayer back into the mix.

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

“A lot of the original team members have been aching to continue their passion: building the most authentic off-road racing games possible. The hiatus is over, and the team is back to work on MX vs. ATV with great new things to come.” – Executive Producer Ken George

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Painkiller: Hell and Damnation Review

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Painkiller: Hell and Damnation is sequel of the 2004 original Painkiller and its expansions developed by Nordic Games the creators of the Darkstalkers series and The Farm 51.

Painkiller is a First Person Shooter title center around Daniel Garner who is given the task to collect souls by the Grim Reaper to save his girlfriend Sarah from the depths of hell. The game has the same feel of classic shooters from the era (think Unreal Tournament, Doom, Quake etc) but stands out due to the hellish setting. Dan has a killer arsenal of weapons ranging from shotguns, rifles, saw-launchers and more. The weapons also have alternate firing modes that aid you dispatching the enemies that are out to kill you. Each area sends a horde of enemies to kill you and you have to eliminate them to advance to the next area. You can find gold throughout the area to by shooting coffins or chest. Dan can also find ammo crates, and hidden golden cups to unlock “Tarot Cards” that will give special abilities and powers. When the demons fall you collect more souls for your quest you collect 66 souls you turn into a demon, who can disseminate your foes with ease.

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Dan has a long road ahead of him as each area brings with it a bigger hoard of enemies with new enemy types. There are Demon Knights, Skeleton Soldiers, Dark Mages, Repears and a host of others. When Dan makes his way through the different levels there will be huge demons that are as huge as the height of the levels and will try stomp, slam and crush Dan into oblivion. You have to be quick and dispatch the enemies before they pile up and overwhelm you, which gives this game a classic fps feel which is missing from a lot of games in the genre today. You can even play this game with a friend via the games’ Co-Op mode.

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Painkiller: Hell and Damnation does have a multiplayer suite that includes, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the flag and Survival mode. In the Survival mode you and a group of players have to fend off waves and waves of enemies during a set time limit, which opens up the match to become very frantic during play sessions. The only thing I can fault this game on is the lack of variety in the levels. It feels at times there is a straight forward march killing demons and making it to the end of the stage. The settings are cool, graveyards, haunted houses, broken cathedrals and more await Dan as he makes his trek to save the woman he loves and even the set pieces in the world (That I will not spoil in this review) will frighten you and the bloody body count will keep you on the edge of your seat. The problem is the world you traverse on is basically flat with objects and items scattered throughout only change the structure heading in and out of buildings. Those things aside Painkiller Hell and Damnation stays true to its roots breaks away from traditional shooters and delivers a thrilling yet sinister tale to one man’s road of redemption.

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Final Verdict:

Hell and Damnation is a stellar sequel in the franchise. The crazy gunplay, supernatural power ups, and over the top enemies return to the single player with solid multiplayer modes. The only thing that hold is it back is the unchanging level design that are typically in retro style First Person Shooters such as this, other than that go and purchase this title today.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer: The Farm 51

Publisher: Nordic Games

Available On: Xbox 360 and PC

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Deadfall Adventures CGI Trailer [HD]

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The CGI Trailer for Deadfall Adventures from Nordic Games presented in High Definition by RealGamerNewz.

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Nordic Games GmbH Releases Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief: The Eye of the Sphinx

The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief Out Today

You can now download Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief’s first chapter entitled The Eye of the Sphinx immediately (and the other episodes when they release) on Windows PC, Mac and Linux by clicking HERE to get to the Steam listing. You can get it 10% off ($22.49 for the whole 3-part series) until July 30, 2013. You can also get the Digital Deluxe edition for $26.99.

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