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Another up-to-date look at Terraria Otherworld

! Update: On April 13, 2018 Re-Logic announced that work on the Terraria Otherworld project was discontinued and the game’s final version has been cancelled. They’ve listed a number of reasons why and Lessons They’ve Learned on their official blog.

Awhile ago I wrote an article in regard to Terraria Otherworld. Well after a bit of waiting here’s a lot more information regarding this game. Terraria Otherworld’s alpha was released a few years ago. From first glance some would say it is just a remake of Terraria but that is definitely not true.

On this 3 year anniversary since its original announcement, and several months after a new management team has taken over the project, let’s take an up-to-date look at how this game turned out. In fact Terraria Otherworld adds some, if not many, new features, such as vital NPCs.

Many, many other mechanics and items also turn the original formula of Terraria on its head and give a new experience. Some of which are a new Skill Tree Mechanic. One example being, if a player prefers a certain combat style (i.e. melee, ranged, magic.) then the player will see said skill improve over time with constant use of those types of weapons.

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The Escapists Steam Review (Time To Bust Out!)

The Escapist PC Cover

There are many indie games on the market today and whether that be on the PC, Xbox, or PlayStation each one has its own uniqueness and appeal to it.  Although, there are others that try to leech off of others successes, some do come out with their own originality. One of those games just happened to recently flip out of early access and bash into its own spot on Steam and it’s called “The Escapists.” The game puts you in the role of an inmate, who the player gets to lightly customize (i.e change his look, race, hair type) and name him whatever you see fit. You can also name other NPCs you interact with as well before you start each scenario. Once you start a new game it is definitely advisable to select the tutorial just due to the fact you can easily get confused about what your end goals are while playing.

After the tutorial is all said and done it is off to Prison. The goal of the game is clear, Escape. Pretty simple right? Well believe it or not it will actually get extremely complicated as well as pretty hard in the end so lets start at the beginning. When you start your first scenario (a.k.a Prison) you will notice things are pretty lax in this one, prisoners get free cable, good meals, and plenty of time for exercising, working, as well as eating, all with some free time on their hands in between. This scenario itself honestly is meant to test what you learned in the tutorial all while teaching you about the other things the tutorial didn’t touch on i.e jobs, skills, daily routine and many other things involving how you can work your big escape.

In order to get a good escape going one needs to study the daily routine of the prison, first is roll call, then breakfast, free time, lunch etc etc. The game tries to get players to study this routine so that they can use their time in game to plan and execute their escape. Be wary though because the guards around the prison do get suspicious of you more and more as you miss routines  i.e breakfast, exercising time, or shower time (just some of many examples to use). So it is up to the player to use there time wisely and look for a good opening if they are going to plan their escape during the day, and execute it during the night and viceversa.

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This game also utilizes the ability to craft many items in game, some of which you can use for escaping or the bludgeoning and beating of other NPCs. Most of the items required to craft can either be stolen or bought from other inmates, or can be found in certain areas of the prison you are in. Most, if not all of these items will come in very handy in the future as well as the ability to craft these items as you progress into harder and more stricter prisons.

Along with the crafting implementation the game also features the ability to increase certain skill traits that you withhold in order to make certain things easier for you to do i.e crafting, fighting, and how fast you can run. These skills are Strength, Intelligence, and Agility. Each one of these skills can be increased as you go through each prison either by lifting weights, run on a treadmill, or browsing the web. These skills can be very crucial when it comes to trying to escape especially if the guards are extremely fast and very tough.

This game brings a lot to the table in terms of a game where you are trying to escape different high correctional facilities. One last major part of the game I thoroughly enjoyed was the fact there is not just one way to escape, there a more than a couple in each facility so you can always go back, check, and see if there is an easier way to do it, or a harder way that you may have missed on your first way out.

Official Trailer:

Final Verdict:

The Escapists is definitely a unique spin on older pixelated games as its own game. It was definitely well thought out and implemented in the best way possible. The use of the daily routines was definitely a really well done idea in order to give the player a bit more realism in terms of trying to simulate prison life. Obviously it isn’t perfect to the T but this game definitely puts a spin on indie titles and is well worth recommending to anyone out there with a PC, Mac or Xbox One.

Overall Score: 10/10
RGN Rating: Diamond Game

Developer: Mouldy Toof Studios
Publisher: Team 17 Digital Ltd

Available on: XO | PC | Steam OS | PS4 (Coming Soon)

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.

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Dragonball Xenoverse Super and Ultimate Attacks Gameplay

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Here is some game play featuring some of Dragonball Xenoverse’s most powerful attacks. More videos will be sure to come, although for now this is entertaining enough to know what lies in store in terms of game play. The attacks featured are pretty simple, but not easy to obtain. Most notably is the Super Spirit Bomb, just due to the fact that a bit of grinding is required in order to obtain this sweet ultimate attack. Check out the videos below and let me know what you think.

 

Dragon Ball Xenoverse is out now for PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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Infinifactory Hands-On Steam Preview

Infinifactory Steam Early Access Preview Hands On Impressions

Infinifactory is a weird 1st person puzzle solver which puts you in place of what I am assuming is an enslaved human being forced to sort through various scenarios at the hands of very fat aliens who are hellbent on your death. You take the role of a sorter and your job is to make sure different boxes of different types make it through a conveyor line to a specific drop area in a specific way.

Some boxes need to be stuck together and enter the drop zone in that shape or else you have to redo your conveyor line and start again. At first I didn’t know what to think of this game but the puzzles are actually quite difficult and they get even harder as you progress through the game. As you go through these various levels you will find dead bodies of other slaves (sorters) who probably couldn’t figure out how to do these puzzles and died while trying. Once you do find these dead corpses you will be able to walk up to them and activate a recording of their last moments. In one instance I found a dog corpse and all that was on the recording was a bunch of barking.

I don’t know for sure but there may be a hidden story behind all of it but since this is in Early Access it’s still pretty difficult to tell. I am sure though that others have their theories. I will say this game is a bit tedious at some points because I feel there is not much incentive to finish the puzzles. All that happens after a couple of puzzles is the player getting sent back to a locked room with a trophy that can be placed wherever or just thrown around like you’re an R-Tard…. That’s what I did. So far though the game is pretty enjoyable especially as an early access game, but for $24.99 I suggest waiting for more to be added because the main puzzles are nothing too special and the game just doesn’t seem worth $24.99 at this stage of development.

Official Trailer:

Developer / Publisher: Zachtronics Industries

Available On: Windows PC, Mac OS X (Via Steam Early Access)

Played On: Windows PC

Preview Copy Info: Two digital copies of this game were provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Hands-On Preview.

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Surgeon Simulator 2013 Anniversary Edition Review

Surgeon Simulator 2013 RealGamerNewz Review

Simulators have been all the rage in the past couple of years. From Goat Simulator to even a Grass Simulator, Simulators have been popping up a lot recently. While some are good and very entertaining the others are just downright random and not as great. Well here is a Simulator where bad controls meet surgical operations: Surgeon Simulator 2013 Anniversary Edition. Surgeon Simulator 2013 is probably one of the most popular simulator games out there that invoke you having to – what else?  – perform surgery in many different environments, and not all of them are the same either. One surgery has you removing and replacing a heart, another has you doing the same thing except you are in the back of a speeding ambulance.

Any environment in this game will definitely be very stressful as it has you completing these surgical tasks while having to control each finger of a hand with separate buttons. While the controls may not be the best I can kind of understand developers wanting to make a player control as much of the whole hand as possible to ensure realism without breaking the feel of the game. But unfortunately, it still kind of makes things difficult because in Surgeon Simulator 2013 your task is surgery and if you have difficulties controlling a hand as well as each separate finger, then things are going to get really, really messy as well as very frustrating for the player. This game has made many people rage but it is still very popular due to the fun of the challenge.

I have put many hours into trying to play this and I can definitely say from experience that this game is hard as hell. Although I did enjoy it quite a bit because while trying to perform these surgeries I would accidentally slice open the brain, or hammer out a lung, or even accidentally chuck a replacement heart across the room making it inaccessible. What makes it harder and more hilarious are the various scenarios you get put into. Plus, with the Anniversary Edition even more scenarios get added in.

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One of the extra scenarios in Anniversary Edition has you taking control of the Medic from Team Fortress 2 and having to perform a heart transplant on the Heavy. I, for one, thought that was funny due to all the references in the room in which you perform the surgery. The Anniversary Edition also offers more surgeries other than just that. It also offers more environments to perform surgery in, more surgeries to complete, and much more. You can purchase Surgeon Simulator 2013 Anniversary Edition right now on Steam.

Final Verdict:

Surgeon Simulator may be one of many simulator games but I feel it is the one with the most potential. Having to complete what would normally be complex surgeries in many different scenarios definitely adds to the challenge and replay ability of the game. The downside of the game though is the shoddy controls. If you don’t mess up when picking something up you will when trying to remove a vital organ. Overall, I only recommend this simulator game if you can get passed controls that can cause a lot of frustration.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 7.5 / 10
RGN Rating: Bronze Game
Developer / Publisher: Bossa Studios

Available On: PC | Mac OS X | Linux | Steam OS

Played On: Windows PC (via Steam)

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

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JumpJet Rex Hands-On Steam Preview

Jumpjet Rex RGN

Looking to try something new this year? Well take a look at the early access game JumpJet Rex, a pixelized 2D platformer where you take the role of a T-Rex in hopes of saving the universe and preventing the dinosaurs from going extinct. The main character in the game can be customized as you progress finding new items, loot, and coins. There are many ways to customize your dinosaur by either changing the color of it, modifying the jump boots you have, or even changing how your T-Rex buddy looks all together. The gameplay in JumpJet Rex is not like many others due to the fact that the main goal in this one is racing to the finish line in the shortest amount of time possible while passing through all the golden rings made available throughout the course.

Once you reach the end you are graded by how many times (if any) you died and by how fast you completed the course. Also, while you are going through these different courses there are secret areas you can find which will either give you new customization items for your T-Rex or tons and tons of coins which you can use to purchase new colors and boots with. Once you complete different courses and you achieve the goal of either a record time and / or completion without dying, you are awarded with a star for each task accomplished. After beating enough levels or collecting the right amount of stars you are then introduced a boss which you have to defeat using your jet boots. Due to it being Early Access, only 3 bosses are in the game although a wide variety of levels are there for players to challenge and take on. The difficulty level for this game also varies by gamer.

Jumpet Rex Boss

At the beginning of the game it’s pretty easy but as you progress the levels become strikingly more difficult and require a little more thinking as well as trial and error before they can be mastered.  If you feel as though you can’t do it alone there is also a co-op option so you can play locally with another player. This definitely seems to add to the challenge and thrill of the game due to the fact that you can challenge and race each other in these missions. JumpJet Rex was created and is still being worked on by TreeFortress Games and the early access game is available on Steam for only $9.99. To me, that’s a really great deal just because this game is already pretty awesome and its in Early Access still. So if you’re a fan of 2D platformers then go ahead and give this game a try.

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Developer / Publisher: TreeFortress Games

Available On: Windows PC, Mac OS X, Linux (via Steam Early Access)

Played On: Windows PC

Preview Copy Info: Two digital copies of this game were provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Hands-On Preview.

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New #IndieGame “Not A Hero” Gets A Gameplay Trailer [HD]

Not A Hero RealGamerNewz Devolver Digital PAX 2

RGN got a chance to play this at the last PAX, now take a look for yourself!

Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie
Developer: Roll7
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release Date: May 7, 2015
Steam Page HERE

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Nightmare From the Deep 3: Davy Jones Review!

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Are you ready for the Developer Artifex Mundi’s next and final installment of Nightmare From the Deep, well here it is. Nightmare From the Deep 3: Davy Jones. This game is like I said, the final installment in the Nightmare From the Deep series. This third final installment features many great puzzles to solve, areas to explore, and characters to meet. Nightmare From the Deep 3 features a point and click style of game play while also implementing various puzzles and items for you to disover. This game centers around a female museum custodian Sara Black and her Daughter Cory. The plot begins when Sara announces that she has proof that the mysterious caption Davy Jones actually existed and that his treasure lies on a far away cursed island.

As Sara is beginning her speech odd things begin to happen and Davy Jones himself appears. After Talking with him you are taken to Davy Jone’s ship and thrown in the brig. After freeing yourself through various puzzles you eventually escape and get to a life boat but Davy stops you in his tracks. Upon stopping Sara he starts making her walk the plank. After that Sara’s daughter Cory signs a pact with Davy Jones in order to keep her mother safe but instead was tricked and Sara was forced off of the ship anyway. This is where the real plot of the game comes in because as Sara you must go to the cursed island and save Cory before it is to late. At first I expected this to be a normal point and click style puzzle game. But in fact it turned out to be way more immersive than I thought.

Davy Jones Cabin

The puzzles are vast and some require that you find a certain item or solve an item find in order to be able to solve it. As for the kind of puzzles they do vary from hidden object to various mini games which will test your brain and logical skills.  Nightmare From the Deep 3 also has many hidden collectibles to find scattered around the 68 locations you get to see. The items range from 12 seahorses, 10 pirate cards and 24 puzzle pieces. Personally I have had a great time with this game. It tells a really weird but very interesting story. It has some very marvelous locations that you can visit while you are on the cursed island. And some of the puzzles actually had me thinking. The UI is very simple as when you collect an item it goes into a hot bar at the bottom of the screen which is very easy to access. Mouse movement is smooth as well and in no way finicky like other point and click games. I had a great time playing Nightmare From the Deep and hope to see more from Artifex Mundi.

Final Verdict: Overall I had a pretty interesting time playing this game. It has an interesting story, fun mini-games and puzzles to solve, and many areas to explore. I really recommend this game to gamers who really enjoy a challenging point and click style puzzle game.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9.5 / 10

RGN Rating : Platinum Game

Developer/Publisher: Artifex Mundi

Available on: PC, Mac, and Linux.

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

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Terraria: Otherworld Announced

Terraria Otherworld

Re-Logic and Engine Software has announced a new entry to the hit 2D action-adventure sandbox game franchise Terraria. They call it “Terraria: Otherworld”. Terraria: Otherworld is set in an alternate dimension within the current Terraria Universe. In Terraria: Otherworld the main goal of the game is to survive, build and bring the world back from the brink of destruction. Not much is known about this world but what we do know is this much is confirmed. From the looks of the trailer a lot has changed but a lot has also remained the same: a.k.a the health bar, mana bar and some sprites shown in the trailer.

Although some of these things look the same a lot has changed. From the looks of it there are definitely new enemies, new terrain features including different trees, backgrounds, bushes etc, as well as new character sprite animations as well as new weather animations. Now a lot of people are assuming this is the next Terraria game but in fact Otherworld has been confirmed to be a spin off and Terraria 2 may very well be still be in production yet. Think of this as something a little sweet in between. 😉 As the new game’s developments and features are announced come back to check RGN for more and more on this new Spin-off from Re-Logic and Engine Software.

Pre-Alpha Teaser Trailer:

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Besiege Hands-On Steam PC Gamer Preview !

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Ever wanted to design and create a medieval siege weapon? Well now you can with the new game Besiege from Spiderling Studios. In this game you don’t control a weapon given to you, you create it. In order to create the weapon you have always desired you are to pick from a certain amount of items to build it and set it off into victory. Players can build everything from a catapult to a giant wall of cannons. When you first start the game you are given 1 of 15 scenarios. In the first one you are to destroy a simple house using any means necessary to destroy it although the game will recommend and explain how to use the wheels in order to ram your weapon into the house. So in the beginning there’s pretty basic mechanics. Besiege on Steam Early Access won’t just give you the same scenario every time. Sometimes players will have to destroy a structure, kill all enemies (or most enemies), and even move a certain object(s) from one location to another.

How are you going to complete these missions? Build your own siege weapon of course. Since this game is in early access it only offers the first 15 levels, a sandbox (still being developed but still playable), 33 items to use to build your weapons of choice and some include flying tools to utilize flight. There is an infinite amount of things you can build if you put your mind to it.

It does take time to build these siege tools although for me it was not too bad. For others though it may be a bit tiring. My opinion would be once you have this game updated more and more, allow steam workshop to be set in place so people can share ideas and test one anther’s siege weapons out. Because some people love games like this, but sometimes just not the building part.

Building mechanics are not the only thing this game has going for it. The graphics, UI, and the atmosphere of the game are amazing as well. The graphics are sleek and smooth to look at goes great with the UI of the game which is also sleek itself and easy to navigates. The atmosphere in the game has its own place in this game because it’s just the atmosphere I would expect from a sandbox builder, calm and peaceful. Music isn’t anything too special although some does play, so it doesn’t seem too quiet while your building your weapon of doom. Overall as an early access game I have had more fun with it than I thought I would, with all you can build and destroy it was an amazing experience. Check out my game play for Besiege down below and don’t forget to leave your thoughts on this great game.

Full 1080P 60 Frames Per Second RGN Video Preview:

Now Available on Steam Early Access

Preview Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Hands-On Preview.

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