There’s nothing as soothing as a good nature documentary, which is why Natural Instincts by Dreamstorm Studios caught our eye. The game promises to be an interactive nature documentary sim where players are given the opportunity to keep the balance. The game currently has a Kickstarter Campaign running to help generate the CA$15,000 needed to make it a reality
Warhammer fans should be aware by now that the “Skulls for the Skull Throne 4” event is in full swing over on Steam. The weekend-long celebration of all things Warhammer is now in its fourth year and features plenty of discounts and new content for the various titles in the franchise
Ever since we discovered the delightful games by one-man development team Nerdook a few years ago we’ve been hooked. There’s just something about Nerdook titles that allows you to instantly jump in and have fun. It also helps that the games are usually packed with procedural content that keeps you coming back for more too. From Vertical Drop Heroes HD all the way back in 2014, to Reverse Crawl in 2015, and Monster Slayers in 2017 there hasn’t been a disappointing release by Nerdook. This is why we are quite excited by the recent announcement that a brand new Nerdook title will be coming out later this year
If you’ve been gaming for several decades, you may remember a time when video game demos were commonplace. In fact, every major developer would release a free demo before the launch of their new game. Such demos were often sold with gamer magazines or were available to download online.
Nowadays, you’ll almost never see a demo for a major video game release. Gamers no longer have the ability to try out lots of games for free. It’s a case of buying a game and hoping that you enjoy it
If fast-paced naval battles sound intriguing, but player vs player is not quite your thing, then you might want to consider giving Maelstrom a second look. The game, which entered Steam Early Access in 2018, emerged from it in 2019 as a free-to-play title. Gunpowder Games decided on this change to ensure a bigger player base for the multi-player only title, but also kept things fair by excluding any competitive advantages from the list of things you can buy. They also decided not to exploit players with loot boxes and instead made all items directly purchasable in the store. However, while all of this was great news for fans of multi-player games, there’s still plenty of players who prefer sticking to co-op or single-player titles
Doom is an action-packed experience from start to finish and manages to pay tribute to the original games while still feeling fresh and modern. The combat is extremely satisfying and forces players to stay on the move and killing instead of cowering behind cover. The campaign is somewhat short but has plenty of replay value and the whole package is rounded out by a multi-player mode as well as SnapMap level editor. It’s not perfect, but as big fans of the original game we played through this one with a huge smile.
Gameplay: It’s fast, it’s frantic and it’s over the top in the best possible way.
Graphics: The game doesn’t just look great, but it’s well-optimized too.
Sound: The soundtrack is great, but it tends to drown out everything else
As much as we loved Bloodstained; Ritual of the Night there was still a small part of us that wished the visuals retained the beautiful pixel art style of Symphony of the Night. It looks like we were not the only ones either as The Last Faith – a dark Gothic Metroidvania by Kumi Souls Games was 100% funded in just 2 days. The Last Faith will allow players to discover the secrets of a decadent world where an ancient religion is the law, but they will have to face horrific beasts to subvert a hidden prophecy
Whether it Was Mega Man 2 in the eighties, Crash Bandicoot 2 in the nineties, or even Jak and Daxter in the early 2000s, we all have fond memories of childhood games. In fact, we can still vividly recall some of the tunes from our favorite games even though it has been years since we’ve played them. That’s why Heroes, the new album by Pixel Mixers and GameGrooves is so exciting. It is a special album that features the remixing talent of the Pixel Mixers community along with support from the GameGrooves music news site. Not only is Heroes an album full of great tunes from both AAA classic and more recent indie favorites, but it is being used to raise money for Child’s Play Charity
It’s been two years since the release of the rogue-like dungeon crawler, Wizard of Legend, so what better way to celebrate than with a mellow jazz album. The Billboard-charting Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies series already features albums dedicated to Undertale, Celeste, and Shovel Knight amongst others. The tracks on this album are once again performed by GENTLE LOVE, who as fans will know features Metal Gear Solid and Bayonetta series composer Norihiko Hibino on saxophone and Etrian Odyssey performer AYAKI on piano. This duo is remarkably adept at turning fast-paced tunes into jazzy lullabies for sleep, relaxation, and studying that even those who are not necessarily fans of jazz will enjoy
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is as close as one can get to the original Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. For some fans, this will be exactly what they wanted, but the game can also feel a little too familiar at times. However, it’s an entertaining title that is packed with content, and exploring the twists and turns of the castle is certainly an enjoyable experience. The game isn’t perfect, but delivers on its promises and definitely scratches that Castlevania itch.
Gameplay: Plays almost exactly like previous Igavania titles.
Graphics: Good overall, but some things feel very out of place.
Sound: The audio is good, but the music is not quite as memorable as SoTN