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Crypt of the NecroDancer Review

Crypt of the Necrodancer Review - RealGamerNewz

Giving a wide variety of dungeons and scenarios for players to experience, Crypt of the NecroDancer is a Roguelike RPG game which actually takes the key principals of the Roguelike genre seriously. Designed by Ryan Clark and Brace Yourself Games, a huge gameplay twist is applied to the title as players are tasked with keeping their rhythm similar to something out of a Dance Dance Revolution style of play. There can even be dance pads hooked up to play! The soundtrack included in the game provides a tempo for the bouncing and bopping to commence to which even garnered an honorable mention for 2015 Game Developers Choice Awards for Innovation and Best Audio among other moments of significant industry recognition. The soundtrack gets new tracks unlocked as the game progresses as well as  is extended if players reach New Game+ / New Game++ modes allowing for unlocked gear to be carried over. Alternatively, a custom MP3 collection can be used as a user soundtrack.

Learning how enemies will take their moves each turn is a key pattern cognisance challenge that must be factored into every jump and step. Not only is the energy of attacking with playable characters to the speed and form of the music important but also taking note of enemies around and how they will be dancing to the tune as it were with intentions on destroying them efficiently.

Throughout the game gear is collected such as bombs, new weapons, currency spent on upgrades (some of which are permanent), and all the while players can keep their combo going by jumping onto colored squares in succession as well as paying attention to the beating heart in the center of the screen in order to more perfectly match the rhythm of the soundtrack. A variety of playable characters are unlocked as the game progresses, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and in addition to that new game modes give life and replay value expanding Crypt of the NecroDancer further and further with each passing hour. Each dungeon has a good variety of normal enemies, mini-bosses, unlockable regions, and final bosses. But don’t take too long, if a song reaches the end of its playthrough then so does your playthrough of that given level!

Crypt of the Necrodancer Steam Review - RealGamerNewz

Whenever a player dies they lose their progress in terms of equipment and gold coins, but are allowed to keep their diamonds (for unlocking upgrades) and any zones completed will show as such giving access to start from a newer level right off the bat. There’s a level editor that comes with this game, Steam Trading Cards, leaderboards, mods through Steam Workshop, and Achievements, so it’s not lacking for features either. The storyline revolves around the first character Cadence landing in the crypt to find out the answers to her quest, but dying along the fall (presumably) and being brought back to life with some sort of musical curse by a necromancer. Sometimes the music of Crypt of the NecroDancer takes on a filtered effect, slows down, or even sounds 8 bit. This is due to different tiles the player jumps on that modify the gameplay for a given amount of time causing enemies to be more or less formidable.

There are a few very interesting ways to play the game including on the keyboard or with a DDR pad of course which we’ve covered, but also using an Xbox controller which employs the X, Y, B, and A buttons as directions to move in for ultimate accuracy and timing to be achieved. Moving to the beat seems easier than ever when playing in this manner. Grabbing swords, diamonds, gold coins, and slaying dragons is all even more intense when playing local co-op (two players on a single machine) but imagine how hectic that can be when you are playing as both players. I tried this out, with one character mapped to one side of the keyboard while the other was on the opposite side. It was pretty fun, but I’m not sure how viable it is late-game. I’m sure somebody more skilled than me could pull it off.

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Final Verdict:

What really makes Crypt of the NecroDancer work is the way in which music flows to gameplay / combat. It’s really great that the title stays true to its roots in terms of item accumulation as well. The variety of weaponry and how players can horde up a mass of upgrades in between levels is a good balance for the roguelike genre and does well to provide the best of both worlds for seasoned RPG players looking to jump into this title. The creativity put into gameplay design in terms of its rhythm system is an excellent, fresh take on RPG games and there are plenty of spells and loot to keep gamers going once inside the crypt itself. Crypt of the NecroDancer gets an 8 out of 10 from RealGamerNewz making it one of RGN’s Silver Games of 2015.

Overall Score: 8 / 10
RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer: Brace Yourself Games
Publishers: Brace Yourself Games, Klei Entertainment

Available On: Windows PC, Linux, Mac OS X, SteamOS

Buy From: Steam (Officially Authorized by Game’s Dev / Publishers)

Played On: Windows PC

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

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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd – Launch Trailer [HD/60FPS]

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Launch Trailer of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd.

Genre(s): Rhythm
Platform(s): PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3
Publisher(s): Sega
Developer(s): Sega, Crypton Future Media
Release Date (NA): November 18, 2014

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Cosmophony (Wii U) – Launch Trailer [HD]

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Launch Trailer for Cosmophony.

Genre(s): Rhythm, Music
Platform(s): Wii U
Publisher(s): Bento Studio
Developer(s): Moving Player
Release Date (NA): October 30, 2014

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KickBeat Xbox ONE Review

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KickBeat comes from Zen Studios who have been famous for the Zen Pinball series as well as the Pinball FX series on both major consoles. Zen Studios has backed both of these series extremely well with bringing in new tables to be purchased as DLC as well as adding popular tables. KickBeat is a genre that has really been missing for a while its a rhythm kung fu game. With an extreme soundtrack and new moves surely a new contender in the rhythm genre.

In KickBeat the story begins in a monastery where the story kicks off with Master Fu who is the leader of a secret group of monks call the Order of the Melodic Fist. These monks are the guardians of the Sphere of Music. The Sphere of Music is all of the world’s music in one sphere. It controls all of the music that everyone uses around the world. All of the music except for 18 songs which get stolen by Radio Earth, an outfit that’s run by Mr. Halisi who is also the owner and leader of Entertainment Earth. This is where the story’s protagonist Lee is brought into the story. Lee is an unlikely hero but he is the chosen one who will have to fight in several locations to reclaim the stolen music. Lee isn’t the only character that is playable, so is Mei who also can be played after the campaign is beaten successfully. The story also has a long on comedy parts so that the story isn’t all serious the whole time and also so the characters can be brought to life, since all the cutscenes are hand drawn and all characters have some sort of voice.

Gameplay for KickBeat is really straight forward. As the enemies rotate around the character they will land on any of the four facing buttons and then the user has to press that button in order to attack them, this can either be done with the four front facing buttons or the D-Pad which actually seems to be a bit more accurate and can combo moves a lot faster.

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Special moves can be done by hitting RB and RT and Chi can be activated by hitting LB or LT all of these are essential in getting a bigger score at the end of each song they are rated in stars and they also track how many of each enemy the user has defeated. Button combinations are learned through the in game tutorial and then they are put to the test against the soundtrack of 18 songs ranging from electronic music to hard rock music each song differentiates a different play-style as well as four separate difficulty levels to put each user to the test. For soundtrack purposes the tracklist KickBeat offers the game has plenty to offer from Celldweller, Pendulum, Marilyn Manson, Shen Yi, Papa Roach, Rob Zombie, and many more.

Once the main story has been beaten it can be replayed with Mei and there is also survival mode where the user can play multiple songs in a row without the hassle of having cutscenes and not having to stop the gameplay. Survival mode requires a lot of concentration just like the campaign because the track where the buttons appear are always flashing sometimes making it hard to tell what button to hit to attack certain enemies. An easy fix for this is to disable the dynamic camera and always have the button helper on the screen. All of the cutscenes in game are all hand drawn and really bring some life into the cutscenes with the mild humor that is thrown into the story.

Official Trailer:

Final Verdict:

KickBeat is a great title in the rhythm genre with having great music to back up the gameplay. Kung Fu is definitely one of the best features in the game since it melds really well with the story allowing everything to blend together in one cohesive final package.

One of the struggles of this game is that most of the songs are extremely long in length and can be frustrating if the user gets knocked down from missing button presses. Where the button prompts show up aren’t always the most clear since there is a lot of flashing lights on the screen so at times it can be extremely frustrating.

KickBeat does prove there is still a lot of untapped potential out there for rhythm / action games and hopefully there will be more games in this genre to come taking inspiration off of it as well as perhaps a sequel.

Overall Score: 8 / 10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer / Publisher: Zen Studios

Available On: PS4 | XO | PC | Wii U | PS3 | 360 | Vita

Played On: Xbox ONE

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

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Rocksmith 2014 Edition – Guitarcade Trailer [HD]

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The Guitarcade Trailer of Rocksmith 2014 Edition.

 

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