It’s that time of the year again, when people are putting together their best of the year lists for pretty much everything—including video games, of course. One game that has turned into a wonderful surprise is the latest episodic iteration of the Hitman franchise. It’s completely reinvigorated Agent 47 and positively slayed the competition
Some games are fun, others are challenging and a few can even be very relaxing. Water Heroes: A Game For Change by Insignio Labs are all of the above while also giving you the opportunity to help save lives. This is because half of the game’s revenue will be donated directly to project ClearWater, which is aimed at bringing clean water to the people of Ecuador. This is certainly a very worthy cause, but the actual game is definitely worthwhile too
Visual novel fans who have been eagerly awaiting the latest release from Lupiesoft, The Stargazers, will be happy to hear that it is out now on Steam, MangaGamer and itch.io. The game, which is inspired by pulp sci-fi, follows the adventures of three pilots who are part of the Allied Defense Force Signals. These girls are tasked with venturing deep into uncharted space and then explore the hell out of it
The setting and characters are all good, but nothing ever happens to really make you care about either. The game does feature a free patch to add back all the censored content, so anyone looking for a nukige title will probably enjoy Sakura Nova. Unfortunately, those looking for a memorable story or plan on playing without the patch are likely to be disappointed.
Gameplay: There are choices to be made and three different endings, but the story is a bit lacking.
Graphics: Like other titles in the Sakura series the visuals are beautiful, but static.
Sound: Not much to say about the music, but the voice acting is pretty good
Not everyone enjoys navigating a hail of bullets with pinpoint precision while retaliating with excessive firepower, but if bullet hell shooters are your thing then you can’t go wrong with DoDonPachi Resurrection. The story will probably be lost on most players and the game can be very daunting at first, but it packs a wealth of modes and options. The action is relentless and chasing highscores is undeniably addictive. This Steam version does suffer from a couple of minor issues, but overall it is a great example of the genre and one that all shooter fans will want to add to their collection.
Gameplay: The action is relentless, but very addictive.
Graphics: Good, but the playing area is rather small and mostly filled with bullets.
Sound: The soundtrack is fast paced and upbeat while the sound effects deserves to be cranked up high
Good news for fans of Princess Maker 2 Refine, the life simulation game recently released on Steam by Korean company, CFK. Following the positive reception of the game, CFK has now also made the Princess Maker 2 Refine original soundtrack available on Valve’s digital distribution platform
Not content with finally bringing Princess Maker 2 Refine to English speaking audiences, CFK, is also bringing a high definition remake of the original Wonder Boy to Steam. The first game in the series was released back in 1986 and made quite an impression in the arcades thanks to its fast paced side scrolling action. The success of the game also resulted in numerous ports and spin-off titles across various formats
It has been quite a long wait, but Princess Maker 2 Refine is finally available to western audiences. There is no denying that it is a very niche title and still has a couple of rough edges to smooth out, but it is still a very addictive title with plenty of replay value. Prepare to lose at least a couple of hours when you get hooked on this game.
Gameplay: Very stat heavy, but once you get the hang of how things work it becomes extremely addictive.
Graphics: The visuals have been spruced up, but still look a little dated compared to more modern titles.
Sound: Nice tunes and full Japanese voice overs
Having a powerful PC is great for playing the latest games, but unless you are using a laptop they aren’t exactly portable. This means that you are usually confined to whichever room your PC is when you feel like playing games. Thankfully there is an app called Remotr that frees you from this restriction and allows you to play your PC games anywhere. Remotr accomplishes this by streaming games from PCs to mobile phones and tablets as well as Smart TVs
After releasing Deadstone, one of the most enjoyable top down shooters of 2014, Timeslip Softworks is back with a Kickstarter for their latest title, Vigilantes. This time they have turned their attention to the turn-based strategy genre and have set their sights quite high. Vigilantes is influenced by genre classics from the 90s, such as Jagged Alliance, X-Com and Fallout, but breaks out of the mold with a unique theme and setting