Bundle Stars once again delivers with a ten title bundle in which more than half the games have never been bundled before. This bundle offers a saving of more than $100 and even if you picked up all the titles at sale prices it won’t come close to the savings to be had here
Cloudbuilt is one of those games that will cause you to rage quit quite a few times until you wrap your head around the mechanics. Traversing the levels takes a lot of skill and the game doesn’t hold your hand. Check-points are sparse and enemies are fierce so make sure you are up to the challenge before taking on this game. The beautiful art style and catchy soundtrack are highlights but the controls take time to master.
Gameplay: Very fast and very challenging.
Graphics: Beautiful cel-shaded visuals with a unique cross-hatch effect.
Sound: A great soundtrack that matches the frantic pace of the game
While most fans would have loved to see a PC port of Guilty Gear Xrd, the latest installment in the series, appear on PC instead of #Reload, it doesn’t mean that it should be dismissed. This game still has just as much to offer as it did ten years ago and fighting game fans that somehow missed out on it are in for a treat. There are a ton of modes that will keep you busy for ages and the huge cast of crazy characters offer something for every fighting style. Considering its age the game has held up extremely well and hopefully garners enough interest to prove that there is a market for more of these games on PC.
Gameplay: A huge character roster to select from and fast paced fights makes for an adrenaline pumping experience.
Graphics: The visuals might be old and 2D, but they still look very impressive and the game is not afraid to take things over the top.
Sound: Some of the character voices can become annoying after extended playing sessions, but the soundtrack is still great
Players who couldn’t get enough of the intriguing indie title, Lifeless Planet, will be pleased to hear that it is heading back to Kickstarter. It won’t be a sequel to the game that was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2011 and released in 2014, or indeed even a game, but a film project instead
Strategy fans can look forward to The Bot Squad: Puzzle Battles hitting the App Store and Google Play on October 16 2014. This new free-to-play strategy game from Ubisoft promises a mix of classic Puzzle and Tower Defense gameplay. Both genres have traditionally fared well on smartphones and tablets, but it is not often that they are combined
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter offers the perfect blend of immersive storytelling, atmospheric music and jaw dropping visuals. The gameworld is not just beautiful, but also compelling to explore. I would have loved it if the world was a bit more interactive and the whole experience slightly longer, but overall the game delivers on all its promises. It is also best experienced without knowing exactly what you are getting yourself into, so don’t be tempted into ruining any surprise for yourself before playing.
Gameplay: The supernatural talents of the protagonist allows for some interesting, but not too taxing, puzzle solving.
Graphics: The use of photogrammetry technology means that the game looks phenomenally detailed.
Sound: The soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful although the voice acting has a few rough patches
There’s no denying that Kraven Manor can be completed rather quickly, but it packs a lot of scares into its short runtime. The story could probably have benefited from it being fleshed out a little bit more, but the creepy antagonist and sinister atmosphere of the manor itself makes for a memorable experience. The game doesn’t go overboard with the scares, but knows how to mess with you which makes for a startling experience, at least the first time through.
Graphics: Nice visuals and excellent use of light.
Sound: Great audio and creepy sound effects.
Gameplay. Creepy and absorbing, but a little too short for my liking
Cloud Chamber is more of an experience than a game in the traditional sense, but this doesn’t make it any less compelling. The story might be fictional, but includes plenty of references to real science which makes for fascinating viewing depending on how keen you are on the subject. Due to the massively multiplayer aspect of the game your experience will depend on the other players, but even if you opt not to take part in the discussions you can still enjoy the story on your own.
Gameplay: No gameplay in the traditional sense, but still plenty to see and discuss with other players.
Graphics: The videos are believable and the 3D landscapes quite impressive.
Sound: Good acting and a brilliant soundtrack help immerse you in the experience