Costume Kingdom (PS4 Review)

As always with these things I like to give a quick up front shout out the people that hooked me up with review copies, and this time it is the fine folks over at Stratton studios for hooking us up with this Halloween inspired game.

Now to be perfectly up front this was a rough game for me to review for a variety of reasons. Every time it did something I enjoyed, there was something i hated close by. I love the pokemon style of game play (known as Hallomon in this one) and I loved that the enemies leveled up with you. I hated that you really couldn’t catch them though and you relied on getting new mask to get new monsters. I loved using the mask to solve puzzles and do different things, but I hated that many times finding a new mask relied on someone giving you a vague direction like its over in the forest while you are in a town surrounded by trees.

Graphically however the game was about what you would expect from an indy company, it won’t win any rewards but the game looks solid and the sound serves its purpose which honestly is all I will ever ask from any video game I play. It doesn’t have to be outstanding and amazing, it has to add to the feeling of the environment and this does that.

The story is simple, you play as a kid trying to win the Apex cup which is just a tournament the town has on Halloween and true to fashion you end up saving the place. I honestly can’t say anything about the game in any strong feelings fashion. I didn’t dislike the game, or like it. I didn’t even find it memorable. I would never tell someone not to buy it, but I can’t recommend it either. Th is game literally just exist to me. It is a 5/10 to me. It isn’t a waste of money, but it won’t be well spent either. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Cotton Reboot – To Release on NSW & PS4 Q1 2021

ININ Games is excited to announce news of BEEP’s side-scrolling shoot-em-up Cotton Reboot! to be released both digitally and physically on Sony PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch with a projected release date of Q1/2021 in Europe and North America.

Willow

Shoot-em-up with an adorable main character

A young witch called Nata de Cotton is hot headed, immature, overreacts and rides on a broomstick, accompanied by a fairy named Silk. Cotton is crazy about candies called “Willows”. Those candies are so good that she won’t let anything get in her way to get them. Talk about sugar cravings! 

Armed with explosive fire power, a cast of cunning enemies to confront and some enchanting and beautiful graphics sees this endearing title as one that enlightens the imagination. Cotton will embark on her journey through the game’s seven amazing colourful stages with the hope that she will be rewarded at the end. As you move through a graveyard with wormed eyeballs or through a forest with trees that are part human form, eyes and mouth, hails of bullets and triple lazer fire from Cotton’s latest weapon resource that can be swapped and changed throughout as an endless onslaught of enemies fill the screen with their own arsenal of power. Avoid and maneuvering becomes as important as straight shooting.

Remaster of an iconic “cute’em’up”

Cotton Reboot is an updated, remastered version of the classic and iconic “cute’em’up” Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams with brand new features and updated visual designs. The game also features 3 game modes that include the X68000 original mode that faithfully emulates Sharp’s personal computer from the 1993 version. Arrange mode features 16:9 screens, redesigned graphics and characters. In Score attack mode the player competes for scores online within a limited time (2 minute and 5 minute mode can be selected).

Riding the dragon!
Limited Edition with Special Offerings
In addition to the standard edition, along with its digital online store release, ININ Games will also publish Limited Editions of Cotton Reboot! Preorder for the Limited Editions are expected to start next month, while the preorder of the standard editions will follow soon after.

Undead Darlings No Cure For Love out now on PS4 and Switch

Undead Darlings in an interesting looking game from Sekai Games, with developer Mr.Tired Media that you can buy now on PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch. It is a combination dungeon crawler RPG and visual novel that plays out with you making decisions in between killing monsters as you search for monsters and has multiple endings based on the decisions you make. As a human assisting 6 half zombie women you will act as a sort of pack animal for them as they attempt to deliver the cure, but don’t worry the ladies won’t let you get sick.

Thankfully they have been kind enough to hook me up with a review copy of this one, so stay tuned for a more in depth review where I will happily explain more about the turn based battle system and the interesting Exponential Exploitation mechanics, definitely check this one out though, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Battle mech attack!
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Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland

Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland - Wikipedia

See this poster here, the sexy killer with the butcher knife? Well, forget that because Angela isn’t super sexy or some crap. In fact, I have no idea why this movie is called Teenage Wasteland for that matter. So what could possibly be next for Angela?

Angela is on the run after 2 massacres but duty calls when a new, high profile camp is opening where she last cleaned house. This camp hopes to bridge the gap between the rich and poor and mixing teens from both walks of life. So Angela kills one of the strung out teens and takes her identity, finding her way to a new slaughter…

Ok, Savior and I watched this movie together and I wished I took pictures of our faces during. If the first movie was a B movie and the sequel a C rate film, 3 is a flat D. The kills are neutered and lame. The characters are corny and while you playfully hate these bastards, when it comes times to die its just lame. The ending is just annoying and stupid. In the end, feel free to skip unless you really want a cheap laugh but even then, the first 2 were much better. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers

So how many of us remember that cheesy but lovable B movie slasher classic Sleepaway Camp ? Well, if you haven’t seen it, you definitely owe yourself to see it. Well, for all intents and purposes it’s a horror movie, so of course their are sequels and of course they are aren’t as good as the original but damnit they are there. So what’s next for Angela Baker?

The massacre at Camp Arawak has become legend, as well as the killer. Angela has made a complete turnaround and has now grown into a perky, prudish camp counselor who’s strict and weird but seen as a real goody two shoes. Little do the campers know their dorky counselor is a insane serial killer…

Ok, as far as plot goes, this movie is as basic as you get, like Horror 101 stuff so don’t go into this expecting anything revolutionary. What this movie has is some funny ass moments; by the hammy acting and meta jokes, this movie isn’t here to scare you. I couldn’t help but kind of like Pam Springstein as Angela who reminds of a kid’s cartoon character tossed into a C rate horror comedy. The kills aren’t special nor the score memorable but ok at best. In the end, it’s a blah movie unless you got friends to make fun of it with but if you are solo it’s just bland. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Day of the Dead

Well folks, I’m officially back and I can now say I scratched a huge box off of my bucket list as a horror fan. With Savior, I finally can say I’ve watched Romero’s original Dead trilogy, including NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD – Movie and Dawn of the Dead . Both legendary titles and both well deserving of there statuses as 2 of some of the greatest horror movies of all time, I was pretty curious what Day would bring?

Day begins when basically all hope seems lost. No signs of survivors as the undead flood the streets and time is running out for a underground outpost comprised of military personnel and scientists. The scientists are trying to figure out any way to find a cure, a reason the zombies exist, anything that could save them; the soldiers are there to protect them at all costs and maintain order. Tensions are running high as ideas and the power struggle between the two ensues, fueled by the tyranny of Captain Rhodes who is going mad as his men are seemingly wasted on fruitless experiments while the scientists fear the mentally broken and volatile soldiers. But when the question of “can zombies be taught?” comes into play in the form of Bub, a domesticated zombie, will they find there answers or the end of the road?

Day of the Dead is often said to be the darkest film in the whole Dead saga and much like Alien 3 the film goes for a pretty bleak outlook. I love how claustrophobic the movie feels, even in the opening which takes place on a empty street in broad daylight. This movie does a damn good job at building tension and while Rhodes is a fantastic villain, Bub steals the show for me and only someone like Romero could make me feel sympathy and actually care for a zombie. There is no shortage of zombie gore and kills which is always appreciated. The ending is satisfying as hell and I can’t really complain about the music or cinematography. In the end, I can’t recommend this movie enough as perhaps my favorite of the Dead saga. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

The Witches 2020 trailer

The original Witches scared the hell out many kids and I always respected the freaky transformation scenes. While I love Anne Hathaway, I couldn’t help getting a weird snooty Lady Gaga vibe to her character. While I’m not a huge fan of a CGI we see, I’m still kind of weary how this remake will turn out. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Infinite Combate (PS4 Review)

First, once again huge shout out to the guys over at https://twitter.com/PQubeGames for tossing us a review code for a game I honestly had no clue was based on an anime but wanted to play anyway because the name instantly made me ask the question, what is this game about?

Well for better or worse the game is not about picking up women in a dungeon. You will play as two characters, Bell Cranel and Ais Wallenstien as their separate stories unfold and cross paths. It is a very basic story that matches a very basic dungeon crawler. I don’t say any of that as an insult though.

The combat is quite simple, mostly just typical hack and slash with some special moves. There are some difficulty spikes if you don’t make it a point to grind out some items and such to upgrade your equipment. Weapons upgrades and even some new weapons and armor themselves require you to sell certain items at the store itself.

The quest system however is where the game sadly loses me. It is basically just a matter of go to the guild, accept a quest run though the same basic dungeon levels, kill enemies, get to the stairs or find the items, and the quest is over. This is pretty easy to use but it doesn’t really make for interesting gameplay in the long term but it is essentially necessary for playing the game in full.

Graphically the game isn’t going to outshine the competition but I enjoy the cute anime like cut-scenes and such and the sound also is nothing special, but serves the purpose it is intended for. I never felt the music was out of place or taking away from what I was doing. The game however would be better off played by fans of the series or for more hardcore fans of dungeon crawlers as I feel the more casual base will really just feel let down. This game is a nice 7/10 for me. I enjoyed it, but it clearly was made for fans of that series. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

The Craft: Legacy trailer

I’ve returned after a hard month and find that Blumhouse has struck again and has resurrected The Craft. I liked the original but admittedly, it hasn’t aged particularly well to me. The trailer looks almost like a remake meant for nowadays but I can’t say I see anything really special. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Sensory Masterpiece Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition for Nintendo Switch

ININ Games is happy to announce the first collaboration with Sekai Project for one of Japan’s greatest adventure games, Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition! The game will be published physically, and digitally, in North America and Europe for Nintendo Switch. ININ Games will also create an exclusive Limited Edition and Collector’s Edition, both of which will be only available at the Strictly Limited Partner Store. Pre-orders for the Limited and Collector’s Edition will start soon, with the retail pre-orders to follow soon after.

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Developed by Regista and directed by Ever17 creator Nakazawa Takumi, Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition follows the events of a nuclear meltdown at a research facility from two different points of view.

Leaving an unknown amount of survivors inside and a reactor at the verge of exploding, the rescue team is sent in to figure out the situation and save the ones left inside. Unfortunately the leader of the rescue team is suffering from amnesia, which makes the situation even more complicated. The player will uncover the events that have led to this disaster. Combining the stories of the different characters and experiencing every twist and turn is the only way to uncover the truth of what happened that fateful day.

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What separates Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition from contemporary games is its unique and highly involved Senses Sympathy System, in which the player must follow his senses and gut feeling and prioritize which character they want to focus on and follow, drastically changing the scenario and the outcome at every step. One wrong move can lead to their demise, and the many endings of the game are certainly not happy ever after…

The Switch port features fully HD graphics and crystal clear sound. This exclusive Collector’s Edition of the classic adventure game is a one of a kind with never before seen items and extras designed exclusively for ININ Games. Among the items are the new acrylic stand for fan favorite Yuri, an all new collector’s box design and a new artbook, as well as the fantastic soundtrack on a double CD-set with an all new jacket design.

The Collector’s Edition for Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition includes:

  • Collector’s Box with magnetic latch
  • Nintendo Switch Game with reversible Cover
  • Acrylic Stand of Yuri
  • Character Bio Art Cards
  • Art Book
  • Double CD Complete Soundtrack
  • Mini Shikishi
  • Poster
  • Sticker Sheet

For the first time outside its original Japanese release, a limited set of body pillows, aka dakimakura, will be available exclusively in the Strictly Limited Games Partner Store.

Together with Sekai Project, we are extremely happy to provide you with some of Japan’s finest visual novel adventures, and Root Double -Before Crime * After Days- Xtend Edition is one of the greatest of all time and an unforgettable thriller from start to finish.