If you are a fan of chiptune music then you should already be familiar with Ken Snyder aka coda. After making his mark on the demoscene and chiptune scene coda has gone on to work on projects that include Omega Strike, Grave Danger, Ancora, as well as remixes for high profile projects such as Fez, Shovel Knight, and Duke Nukem 3D. Not only does coda have a knack for creating catchy tunes, but he can do it in a variety of styles
Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD is a nice step up from the Playstation Vita original, but its portable roots still hold it back from the depth found in the main series. The updated visuals look good, but Aveline’s adventures feel a lot more confined compared to the rest of her Assassins brethren. Still, the game does have some nice touches and the parkour elements are as fun as always.
Gameplay: Stripped back compared to the main titles, but there is still fun to be had.
Graphics: The updated visuals are a big improvement over the original game, but not without flaws.
Sound: Good music and sound effects, but some of the voice acting could have been better
Fans of the city-builder genre should already be familiar with Endzone – A World Apart, which is currently in Early Access on Steam and in Development Phase on GOG. If not, then you are really missing out as the game has already sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. This is quite impressive for a title that entered Early Access on April 2, 2020. It’s not just good news for the game either, but also the planet as 22,000 of the total sales came from the Save the World Edition
ROZEN and REVEN, who blew us away with their NieR: Glory to Mankind album, returned earlier this year for their second studio album as a duo. The album, titled The Keyblade War, tackled the Kingdom Hearts saga, which is known for its classic dichotomies and excellent music. It is also these elements that gave ROZEN and REVEN plenty to work with, which they did in style with multi-genre, large-scale arrangements
NACON and Big Ant Studios recently unveiled the very first gameplay trailer for the upcoming Tennis World Tour 2. The game, which is a joint project, will be released this September on PC as well as the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch
The Shadowrun license lends itself perfectly to an in-depth and complex role-playing experience, but unfortunately, it feels like Shadowrun Returns just skims the surface. The story is interesting enough and there’s a handful of great characters to interact with, but at times it does feel like the game was dumbed down a little too much for casual audiences. The 2D artwork looks great and the soundtrack is very atmospheric, but by the end of the 12-hour campaign, we were left wanting more.
Gameplay: A lot of fun, but not as in-depth as we had hoped.
Graphics: The 2D artwork looks great, but the 3D character models could have been better.
Sound: No voice acting, but the soundtrack fits the game perfectly
While Pokemon Sword doesn’t quite live up to the expectations of Pokemon fans, it is still a very enjoyable title. It does lack half of the Pokemon in the National Pokedex but features plenty of new ones as well as some interesting features, such as Dynamaxing. The story is a little weak, but the Pokemon battles are as enjoyable as always and the gym battles are some of the best in the series. As long as you don’t mind the fact that not all the Pokemon are present in this outing and that the game is maybe a little too easy you will have fun with this title.
Gameplay: It is still a lot of fun as a Pokemon title, but doesn’t quite live up to its high expectations.
Graphics: The game looks great but not as great as some of the other Nintendo Switch titles.
Sound: The lack of voice acting is disappointing, but the music and sound effects are good
Galactrix tries to improve on the classic Puzzle Quest gameplay, but falls far short in a lot of areas. The story mode is not very engaging and the game squanders a lot of its potential. At every turn, we encountered something that could have been good if it was implemented properly, which is a pity. The core gameplay is still addictive but becomes tiresome far sooner than the original ever did. Add to this some technical issues and you have a game that is hard to recommend.
Gameplay: The basic elements are addictive, but you have to put up with a lot of tedium.
Graphics: Not bad, but nothing stands out as great.
Sound: The soundtrack is decent, but everything else is pretty forgettable
A Plague Tale: Innocence is not only a great looking game with a unique setting, but the strong narrative focus makes it very engrossing too. The combination of stealth and puzzle-solving could easily have been very annoying, but barring a few frustrating sections the game is actually quite entertaining. It is also unrelentingly grim, which might deter some players, but between all the horror there’s also some heartwarming moments. Single-player narrative focussed games such as A Plague Tale: Innocence is becoming rarer, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to play this one.
Gameplay: A nice mixture of stealth and puzzles that never really veers too far in either direction.
Graphics: The visuals are extremely detailed and the environments surprisingly varied.
Sound: Good voice acting and some soaring tunes
Fans of the roguelike twin-stick shooter, Juicy Realm, is in for a treat with the latest update. Not only does the update, which went live today, include the eagerly anticipated co-op mode, but also a few other extras. X.D. network and SpaceCan unveiled the Lan Crossplay Update for the indie shooter, which allows friends who are on different platforms to play together as long as they are on the same local network. The update is available already for PC and mobile users while Nintendo Switch owners will receive it soon too