Curse of The Dead Gods (PS4 Review)

As always the first thing I want to do is thank the people at Focus Home Interactive for tossing me a review copy of this one. It is always a pleasure and this time is possibly more than ever.

First, this is one of those classic rouge-likes that is easy to pick up and play. In fact the first level will really give you a false sense of security. It isn’t overly difficult and with the controls being as simple as they are how bad can it be? You simply dodge with one button counter with another and have different attacks with different weapons or hold them for charged attacks.

This quickly turns on you as different enemies have different timing to defend or dodge, and many will attack you at the same time so you will have to choose what is about to happen to you. Do you just take one hit and dodge another? Do you block one and hope you times it right to avoid the damage all together?

There isn’t exactly a right or wrong answer, it all comes down to your play style and what rooms are coming up. Some rooms allow you to heal, but just like entering each room builds up corruption so will healing in this way. The more corruption the more curses you get hit with. Some are minor like you can no longer collect gold from chest, others are worse like you lose health every few seconds.

The graphics and sound are solid but nothing to brag about, but I also wouldn’t complain. The enemies are nice and having to get yourself some light to hold off enemies doing extra damage is a nice touch. The game is both fair and unforgiving of your mistakes with plenty of weapons and such to unlock but not so many locked to start that you are handicapped to start. Your skill will matter we much we your load out.

Death also isn’t much of a punishment, in fact it is expected. Each run gives you random weapons to start and allows you to spend assorted currencies to upgrade your game permenently. There are even daily events for when you want something new. This was one of the better rogue-likes I have played, and will keep playing it. A solid 8 out of 10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World


The retail editions for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 will be available for €39.99 and will include the original Monster World IV. The Western retail release will be in Q2/2021 for North America, Europe and Australia.


The digital Switch and PS4 versions by STUDIOARTDINK will be available in EU and US through the online stores for €34.99 in Q2/2021. Furthermore the game will be available on Steam in Q2/2021 as well (price to be announced). The digital versions won’t include Monster World IV



Pepelogoo – Ashas blue friend

The theme of the new trailer is Pepelogoo, Asha’s trusted blue sidekick and one of the main characters. The trailer shows the two of them working together to overcome any obstacles. 

Without their special friendship and interaction Asha wouldn’t get far with her adventure. 

Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World contains puzzles and adventure elements that Asha and Pepelogoo can only solve together. Some paths seem blocked, but maybe a secret way will open up if Pepelogoo helps? A gap is too wide for jumping? Then Asha can hold on to Pepelogoo and he’ll fly her across it. As Pepelogoo is fond of extreme temperatures, he even stands by her side through the freezing cold and hot lava.

Any time Asha whistles, her loyal friend quickly comes flying, rushing to her rescue. Everyone should have a Pepelogoo in their life! 


Ice world


The legendary quest of two friends

Asha must free the four spirits being confined by evil forces whose origin she discovers throughout her journey. Luckily, she embarks on to this big adventure with her companion Pepelogoo.

While the story remains true to the original game from 1994, the game is a full remake of Monster World IV, with cell-shaded 3D graphics and 2D gameplay that stays close to the beloved original gameplay as well as enhanced visuals and refined play content.

Exclusive, physical editions

Three exclusive limited editions can only be pre-ordered at Strictly Limited Games. All include the original Monster World IV:

  • The Limited Edition is available for €39.99. 

  • The Collector’s Edition is available for €99.99, and includes fantastic items like Monster World Map, 2x OST (Original + Remix), Artbook, a Squishy Ball Pepelogoo and more. 

  • The Mega Collector’s Edition is available for €179.99. This edition celebrates the origins of the game and includes everything from the CE and more awesome items like the Asha and Pepelogoo Figurine (18cm / 7.1″), Asha Pixel Pin, a Vinyl Sticker for your console and more. 


Mega Collector's Edition

Base One Coming to Multiple Platforms 2021

From Blowfish Studios and developer PixFroze comes Base One, a hardcore survival space station simulator. Coming to PC, PS4/5 Xbox one/series X and Nintendo switch this one will test your ability to build,take care of and save your people.

The game seems to have everything you would expect from a story driven game such as this. Not only will you be juggling things such as good and oxygen etc. But powerful and special interest groups will be around wanting you to look out for them and their best interest.
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in Q2 2021 for $24.99 USD / €22.49 / £19.99 with English voice-over alongside French, German, Spanish, and Russian text language options.

Honestly it isn’t often I am this excited for a game like this,but this one has me waiting pretty anxiously. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Turrican Flashback Review (PS4)

Turrican Flashback, what can I besides thank you to my friends over at ININ games for tossing me another beautiful retro remake. I always love getting the chance to play these and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite companies to work with.

As always, if you aren’t a fan of retro games this isn’t going to be the collection that changes your mind. If you enjoyed the original releases though or even just like retro games and games like the old school Contra, this one is for you.

Graphically this is a massive update from the original but nothing is lost from those things we love. The explosions and such still look like they are from the SNES era but they are simply far more clean and crisp.

The sound that many remember the original for even decades later sounds better than ever and will still have you feeling nostalgic while being grateful for the improvements.

There are also a host of new things added such as the ability to rewind when you inevitably die making a badly timed jump or because like an idiot you stand in top of an enemy. I assume someone has done that. Not me, I totally didn’t do it. I am sure someone did tho. There are also different shaders and wallpapers to use but besides a quick look through I didn’t much bother with them since as you guys know they aren’t my thing.

The game play is fun yet challenging,but it’s that old school challenging. Only so many lives to go around. The rewind button was helpful to get better, but if you want trophies you have to play without that option. This bothered me however because it felt like I was being punished for an option you gave to me to use. It didn’t ruin the fun or anything it just seemed a bit odd.

The game functioned perfectly, I didnt notice any kind of graphical or sound issues and it never froze on me which is important. I enjoyed my time with it and it was a fun history lesson that many people will love. One thing it isn’t tho is a game you will want to sink hundreds of hours into. It is best played here and there when you want to kill some time. A solid 7/10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Redout Space Assault Now Available

Redout: Space Assault builds on the series’ trademark lightning-fast action, high-skill gameplay and impressive visuals while adding new weapons and spaceflight mechanics. A deep single-player career mode filled with unique story missions ensures there’s tons of adrenaline-inducing space combat to go around.

Take control of a Super Orbital Recon Fighter during the 2395 colonization of Mars. Shoot down Rebel drones and fighters, dodge enemy fire, and blast at breakneck speeds through exotic galactic locations. With fully customizable vehicles and weapon upgrades, you’ll have to outsmart, outmaneuver, overpower and outclass your opponents in the most exciting arcade space battle in the cosmos!

Redout is the first internal IP developed by the 34BigThings team, a tribute to classic AG racing legends of the past such as Wipeout and F-Zero. Speed, adrenaline, fast-paced action, and eye-popping graphics are trademarks of this franchise, and Redout: Space Assault’s fascinating story is a prequel to the original Redout.

Redout: Space Assault won “Best Music” at the 2020 Excellence Awards by MEGAMIGS thanks to its smashing sound effects with full stereo support and an entirely dynamic soundtrack that complements the furiously fast and frantic space battles.

Kathy Rain Directors cut Coming to Steam

Set in the 90s, Kathy Rain tells the story of a strong-willed journalism major who must come to terms with her troubled past as she investigates the mysterious death of her recently departed grandfather. Armed with her motorcycle, a pack of cigs, and a notepad, Kathy delves into a local mystery surrounding her hometown that will take her on a harrowing journey of emotional and personal turmoil.

As she follows the trail of clues left by her grandfather, questions emerge: What was Joseph Rain really looking for that night all those years ago? What turned him into a mere shell of a man, confined to a wheelchair? What secret did a suicidal young artist take with her to the grave, and why are so many people in Conwell Springs going mad? The truth is dark, sinister, and yours to uncover…

New to Kathy Rain: Director’s Cut:

  • Expanded narrative, additional plotlines, and an extended ending giving new dimension to beloved characters.
  • Remixed soundtrack with fresh tunes for the new chapters.
  • Several unlockable motorcycle paint jobs to personalize your beloved Katmobile.
  • Enlarged game environments to fill up the entire screen without black bars on the sides.
  • Controller support.
  • DEATH SEQUENCES (no spoilers)!
  • Plus much more!

Sword of the Necromancer Release Date

Sword of the Necromancer is another upcoming action roguelite, this one releasing on January 28th, for the PS4,Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. This one however has a twist, as you attempt to bring someone back from the dead you can being your vanquished foes back to life in order to join your fight to gain enough power to make it to the end. Check out the trailer, and may the gaming gods being you glory.

Curse of the Dead Gods Release Date

Curse of the Dead Gods, available now on PC Steam early access but coming soon (February 23rd) to full release on Steam as well as PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch is a dark fantasy action roguelite from Focus Home Interactive and Passtech games.

It has done well in early access, usually hovering around 90% in reviews and it isn’t hard to tell why with the support the game has received. Watch the trailer and see what you think. Best wishes and may the gaming gods being you glory.

Wasteland 3 First Impressions

This is my first post in awhile personally, and there are a few reasons for that I won’t bore you guys with. Long story short I had a mild health issue that involved a ton of test that thankfully ended with me NOT having cancer. So big shout out to my friends for filling in where they could and you guys for your patience. (And apologise to anyone still waiting for any reviews)

With that out of the way, I managed to get a bit of time in with Wasteland 3 lately and I have to say I am amazed with how well this one plays. The PS4 version of Wasteland 2 is quite buggy as many people know and while 3 isn’t issue free they are minor and few and far between so far.

The game is graphically beautiful and the music amazingly sets the tone. The really big selling point tho is how well the game makes it known that your choices can and will come back to haunt you, and it really doesn’t stop you from doing messed up things. For example I killed a group of kids that I viewed as murderous traitors. At the time this seemed like a great idea, later when I had to deal with their psychotic parents tho, well it still seemed like a good idea but they pissed me off.

How you build your characters is also important. Don’t have someone that can deal with fixing machines and you may very well end up fighting extra turrets you didn’t want to deal with because you can’t shut them off. Nobody with an explosives skill? Be prepared to deal with mines and traps you can’t do anything about. It is however very hard to make a team that can do it all.

That being said the story so far is fun and I enjoy that I can mess with people during conversations. Best wishes and may the gaming gods being you glory.

Empire of Sin Review (PS4)

As always with these things, a huge shout out to Paradox Interactive for hooking us up with a review copy of Empire of Sin. I have been a long time fan of the company and their games, so getting to review one was nothing short of amazing.

The game itself has a simple premise,you pick a member of the mafia and create an empire. I felt obligated to pick Al Capone first.

Each mob boss has their own special talents or buffs, some will make brothels cheaper to maintain or alcohol easier to make, things like that.

As you build your empire you will obviously need to recruit more and new allies to help run and protect your empire. Each new person will want a cut of the money tho, and will even have people they prefer to work with or simply don’t like and have their own loyalty levels to worry about. One particular guy liked me more when we were in a battle and I viciously executed a man for example.

Building your empire will take patience, a willingness to commit random violence and the ability to know when to play nice with the other bosses and when you should probably just kill them and take over their stuff.

The game itself is quite good looking, though as you could imagine isn’t the best looking game on the console. The sound however is exactly what the doctor ordered. The cars and streets sounds sound like they came straight from a movie and while I’ve never believed people talked that way, every character sounds like they stepped right out of Hollywood stereotypes from the classics.

Aa much as I can say I love the game, there were some things I didn’t like. For example at times the camera angles drove me nuts or I’d run into lengths of downtime that just seemed to drag forever. The worst was on occasion I wasn’t quite sure what an option was going to do when I picked it during dialogues.

What really stopped this game from truly being great for me however was the combat. The basics of what it should be are there, weapons to upgrade, a cover system that matters and works. But the maps are pretty redundant and with the camera angles what they are at times I couldn’t truly enjoy what never left being very basic or feeling like it was just an added on mini game in a way. Added to this the other bosses always seem to want to be your friends until randomly they didn’t, usually when it made no sense.

Over all though, the game is a 7/10 for me. I enjoyed it, and I can see where some people would fall in love with this game. I will definitely be revisiting this one from time to time. Best wishes and may the gaming gods being you glory.