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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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.

Nexomon: Extinction Nintendo Switch Review

As always I like to be upfront with these things, so a huge shout out to the guys and gals over at PQube for the review copy of this one. Always love being chosen for these things and this is no exception.

That being said, this game has received some mixed reviews and they are honestly quite deserved. I would LOVE to go through this whole review, but truth be told if anyone does that they are really just doing it as a challenge and aren’t being totally honest. The game starts out fast, but you will essentially finally be old enough to go get your first Nexomon. You will be attacked by a wild creature, though this one is a huge dragon, and someone will show up and let you choose your first. Unlike Pokemon tho you get nine choices, don’t beat yourself up over it though, you can get them all a little later anyway.

From here your adventure will start with you hiding in a cave and having to escape by fighting your way through some wild Nexomon which you can catch. You will quickly notice however that power leveling serves very little purpose since the wild pok…I mean Nexomon, will level with you. This is actually nice because it creates an environment where you can explore where you choose and catch what you want to use.

The story is actually pretty good and is quite a bit more mature than most Pokemon clones, it is also quite a bit more challenging. The game also has quite the sense of humor to it and doesn’t shy away from making fun of itself.

Part of my biggest issue with the game is the difficulty comes mostly from the fact that in a battle or two your team will be totally drained. Even evolving doesn’t much help the situation at least early on. Healing is also done at some weirdly positioned buildings and while i understand what they were going for with the whole feeding the Nexomon and using different traps it didn’t always feel right. The balance just always seemed off in both battles and trapping.

All in all I have to admit the game was very enjoyable. I will even so far as to say its the best Pokemon clone I have played. The game isn’t perfect, but for me it was good enough and the right support for some balancing issues it would be even better. I give this game a 7/10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

SQUAD-BASED RPG BATTLE HUNTERS COMING TO PC AND SWITCH ON OCTOBER 20th

Independent developer Phase Two Games today announced that their squad-based fantasy adventure RPG Battle Hunters will launch on PC and Nintendo Switch on October 20th.

Ahead of its October launch a playable demo of the game will be available on PC courtesy of the Steam Game Festival Autumn Edition taking place between the 7th and 13th October.

Players will command a team of 3 adventurous heroes, plunging headlong into dungeons, caves, forests and swamps as they heed the call for help from the mysterious ‘Old One’. This will not be an easy quest by any means; a vast array of beastly adversaries and monstrous villains will impede your journey across several different regions of the kingdom. Fear not though, for many mighty heroes stand ready to join the adventure as your valiant trio takes the fight to the forces of darkness. 

Battle Hunters lets players form an adventurer party of 3, chosen from a line-up of 28 unique hero characters who are met and recruited along the journey. Be it the Wizard, the Gunslinger, the Assassin, or any other hero, each has their own specialized fighting skills and unique abilities that players can level up and enhance along the way. 

With an original and fresh approach to combat, through a combination of turned-based and real-time action, Battle Hunters gives players the opportunity to build a uniquely skilled team of adventurers. Different heroes bring a range of strengths and weaknesses to the battle, and with such a wide array of enemies to confront, the player must use the right combination of heroes to suit their own battle style, and to ensure victory.

Players will face off against devious goblins and lumbering trolls, as well as vicious gargoyles and unstoppable stone golems so creating a formidable band of heroes with the right skills can make all the difference.
Battle Hunters arrives on Steam and Nintendo Switch on October 20th, check out the games Steam Page here with a chance to play the demo in the Steam Game Festival Autumn Edition from October 7th:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1393340/Battle_Hunters/

Announcing Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny!

The first new Disgaea game in six years is here, dood! SRPGs are gonna get a serious punch in the throat with Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny, coming summer 2021 to Nintendo Switch™!

Meet Zed, a zombie that has risen above them all except one—the strongest God of Destruction! Can a mere Netherworld zombie rise up and destroy a god? Features such as Super Reincarnation, 3D visuals (a first for this series), and adjustable gameplay settings make this the perfect game for both new and old Disgaea fans!

Preorder the Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny Limited Edition on the
NISA Online Store, which includes:

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny for Nintendo Switch™
“Behind the Seams” Hardcover Art Book
“Defiance of Dissonance” 1-disc Soundtrack
“Stitched Together” Pin Set
“Roll Call” 28″ x 40″ Cloth Poster
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny SteelBook®
Collector’s Box

SWORDBREAKER THE GAME PS4 REVIEW

This is one of those games that I wasn’t sure about so I hit up my good friends over at Sometimes You and said hey guys, mind telling me more? And they said here just play it! Ok none of that is true, but they did toss me a review code and for that i am grateful.

Swordbreaker starts off with a quick little story that explains why your character about how our adventurer ends up hearing about the castle where our game takes place, and how he ends up going there.

The game has a very simple premise, one that I thought I would hate. It plays out like a sort of choose your own adventure graphic novel. You read short paragraph about your surroundings with some amazing artwork to go along with it. Each choice you make will change events of the story, some times for the better sometimes for the worse. Luckily when making the game they decided to be quite forgiving, you can die three times before they force you to restart entirely. For me this not only encouraged me to take more risk, it also made me test out some of the silly options to see what would happen. By the way, many of the silly options can be quite worth it.

The game has over 300 scenes to view and at least 3 “proper” ends that involve making it through the entire castle. There are numerous others, mostly involving you dying. The choices however aren’t just simply this or that and that is it. Most of the choices have future repercussions or even benefits. I once saved a character just to find out 20 minutes later it could save me a ton of time figuring out a puzzle.

All in all there isn’t a ton to say about this game. A single play through may take 2 minutes because you made a lot of bad choices, might take about 45 minutes or an hour. The story is pretty good and has some nice twist and turns. I can easily recommend this game to anyone that just wants to relax. 8/10, best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Clockwork Aquario – First Peek!

Strictly Limited Games and ININ Games are very excited to present the logo and key visual for Clockwork Aquario. After being lost for almost 27 years, the colorful Clockwork Aquario will be released in the beginning of 2021.
 

The game will be published for Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 as limited physical editions. Clockwork Aquario will also be available digitally in the Nintendo eShop and the PlayStation Store. Other platforms to be announced at a later date.

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The development of Clockwork Aquario started in 1992 and is the last arcade game ever developed by the legendary company Westone. Originally designed by the chief publisher, and co-founder of Westone, Ryuichi Nishizawa, Clockwork Aquario can be described as the swan song of a company that was part of an era with historic milestones such as the Wonder Boy / Monster World series. 

Large character sprites, beautiful animations, vibrant colors – the game had everything an arcade game fan could dream of. But in the early 1990s 3D games and fighting games were booming in the arcades, so 2D games like Aquario, that relied on beautifully drawn pixel art, were no longer regarded as commercially feasible for the arcade centers. So the game never got released. Something that Strictly Limited Games and ININ Games needed to change.

The side-scrolling action game can either be played alone or with a friend in co-op. 

Players can choose from three different characters, each of them with her/his individual moveset: Huck Londo, the daring ghost hunter, Elle Moon, the brave adventuress and Gush, the warmhearted giant robot.

This is probably the freshest 27 year old game that gamers ever enjoyed – and as this treasure stems from the arcades, it won’t go easy on the player!

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“In the 90s, when game centers were dominated by fighting games, there was one title which had never been released, even though it was completed after more than two years of development and repeated changes. This title is Clockwork Aquario. Who would have thought that it would be restored and playable again? I would like to express my heartfelt respect and gratitude to those who have worked so hard to restore it. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that this work is a great piece of 2D art, where the pixel artists of that time put their hearts and souls into. I’d be happy if people would appreciate and enjoy it.” – Ryuichi Nishizawa

Baldur’s Gate 3 Introduces Crowd Choice on Stadia & Twitch Integration on PC

 Larian Studio’s newest Baldur’s Gate 3 Community Update video, released September 10th, breaks down the game’s cinematic ambitions for early access, which begins on September 30. It also introduces more interactivity through Stadia Crowd Choice and Twitch integration. A huge leap from Divinity: Original Sin’s rock-paper-scissors multiplayer interactions, Baldur’s Gate 3 features 1.5 million words, with fully cinematic dialogues.

Using a mix of performance capture and bespoke adaptive cameras, the game is able to react to whoever you are and whatever you do, both in multiplayer and single-player. With the addition of streaming integration, even viewers who may not own the game now have a say in the player’s journey.

Larian’s Cinematic Director, Jason Latino, explains, “You’re telling your story, and we’re shooting it for you. We’re taking that camera down from being above the players and down into the drama, right into the action.

“I can’t think of another early access game that’s done cinematics on this level,” he added. “There’s a lot of games where the moment you add cinematics, they have to get smaller. We didn’t want to do that.”

Community Update #6 – Multiplayer & Cinematics goes into detail about how Larian is combining a cinematic, player-driven narrative through early access, with multiplayer interactions both within and outside of the game session. It shows how far the team has come since Divinity: Original Sin, back in 2014.

When enabled by a streamer, Crowd Choice brings the journey to YouTube viewers, where Stadia viewers can vote. The streamer is seamlessly presented with the results in percentages, and can then choose to follow the players, or go their own way.

Twitch integration works by numbering each dialogue option, which corresponds to viewer choices. This feedback is seamlessly integrated into the game, where both streamer and viewer will see each percentage vote next to each dialogue option. What’s more, players will be able to interact with the Twitch overlay to access the player’s inventory, character sheet, skills, and spells.

Both of these features are launching day one of early access, respectively, on PC and Stadia. This not only brings the community closer to the player, but also, due to the amount of permutations in dialogues, enables streamers to “DM” their own adventure for viewers, letting viewers partake in the story regardless of whether they own the game. Players will be able to become a part of their favorite streamer’s own private canon. Or, as a streamer or viewer, hide the feature entirely. It’s up to them. As always, the game reacts appropriately.

Early access is rapidly approaching, and Larian is happy to launch with nearly everything needed to give players a sense of the ambition behind Baldur’s Gate 3. Dialogues have more permutations than ever before, and so too does the game. Not only does the game retain the narration previous Larian titles are so well known for, you’ll often see that action on screen — whether it’s a vampiric bite in the night, or a slip of the tongue on a goblin’s foot. Of course, there are many more for players to discover on their own.

Whether in solo, with friends — or streaming with an audience — no matter how you choose to experience Baldur’s Gate 3, the tools and systems that allow the game to adapt to the story forged by players are ready for early access on September 30.

For more information, turn to Community Update #6 – Multiplayer & Cinematics, which also features a lengthy community Q&A