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Backlog Bit – Phantom Brave PC, Back In 1995, Shiren Vita

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Marona’s Bizarre Adventure Part I – Phantom Brave Disclosure: review code provided by NIS America NIS America released a decent PC port of PlayStation strategy RPG Disgaea a few months back, though some users faced performance issues that marred the experience. Built in the same engine and featuring similar enhancements; Phantom Brave PC might make some fans cautious following the troubled launch of ...

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Rise of the Tomb Raider – Review

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Publisher: Square Enix Developer: Crystal Dynamics Platforms: PC (review platform), PS4, Xbox One If you enjoyed Crystal Dynamics’ 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider series then I have some good news, some bad news & some worse news concerning Rise of the Tomb Raider. The good news is that this sequel is the exact same game in almost every conceivable ...

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Simone Bernacchia – Amiga Homebrew Composer Interview

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Simone Bernacchia is an Italian composer now living in LA since 2005 when he married his wife. He has been composing music on the Amiga platform since the 90s, with his first commercial title, arcade shooter ‘Powder‘ released in 1998. Currently working as a web developer, he is now part of the Amiga homebrew community, contributing music to a variety ...

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Demon’s Crest – The Retro Perspective

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Demon’s Crest, a Ghosts & Goblins spinoff and a a game literally everyone should play. Because in the age when indie platformers are being thrown out left, right and centre and a “retro aesthetic” is seen as an instant positive as these indies attempt to be throwbacks to a better era. It takes us a trip back to play an ...

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Under Night In-Birth PC – Review

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Disclosure: the author was provided with a review code for the game by Publisher: Arc System Works Developer: French Bread Platforms: PC (review platform), PlayStation 3 Exactly what is Under Night In-Birth? I’m reviewing it, and I still have no clue. I tried to figure it out; even tried diving into the wiki, and I still have no idea what I’m playing or ...

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This Is The Police – First Impressions

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Disclosure: the author received a review code of the game from Dead Good Media Last year saw Belarus studio Weappy Games successfully kickstart videogame crime drama This Is The Police, starring Duke Nukem himself: Jon St. John. Back in January 2015 I came to this conclusion on what the game would be like: The mature subject matter and seedy player role means ...

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Edge Of Eternity – Interview With The Composer

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Cedric Memendez is a composer working with Midgar Studio, a French indie studio currently working on the JRPG inspired Edge Of Eternity. The game was a massive kickstarter success and also reached its stretch goal to bring on help from Chrono Trigger composer Yasunori Mitsuda. In this interview we talk about recording with Mitsuda and the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra. The ...

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Sonic 2017 + Sonic Mania Reveal Trailers

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Tonight’s Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary party was host to the unveiling of two new games from SEGA’s flagship franchise. Sonic Team’s untitled Project Sonic 2017 is coming to Nintendo NX, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in Holidary 2017. The CG trailer doesn’t give away much, but it will reunite the modern Sonic the Hedgehog with the Classic Sonic seen ...

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Overwatch Skin Criticised by Hindu Statesman

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Overwatch has been the target of another round of criticism this week. This time, rather than accusations of sexism (or misogyny as some people incorrectly label it) Blizzard has been accused of “cultural appropriation.” Though some of the other Overwatch Skins have been labelled offensive too, the specific skin under scrutiny this time is the Devi skin for the character ...

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GGXrd Revelator: Dizzy gets a release date!

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It’s happening, people. Daisuke Ishiwatari, director and series creator of Guilty Gear, just announced at EVO 2016 that Dizzy and a balance patch are coming tomorrow for GGXrd Revelator. There are also plans for future DLC in Autumn. No news on what exactly is in the balance patch, and Dizzy will be free for a short time after she releases, ...

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Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness – Review

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Publisher: Square Enix Developer: Tri-Ace Platform: PlayStation 3 (Japan only), PlayStation 4 (review platform) Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is an unfinished game. Not in the way you might have heard before; as a complete product that is 20 hours long (far too short for a JRPG of this type, and in the Star Ocean series to boot) and not ...

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Horror Games, Atmosphere & Modern Sensibilities

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I don’t get how people can find horror games with unlimited saves/save anywhere systems frightening in the least. It’s similar to having an unlimited rewind button. If you can essentially rewind time, what suspense is left? How do your actions have any meaning? If mistakes become unpunishable, why bother having anything that allows mistakes in the first place? Just make ...

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Avalanche Studios Hires Just Cause 2 Mod Creator

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If you’ve been around any modding communities at all, you’ve probably heard someone say something along the lines of “the developer should hire these guys to help with the next game.” Well, it seems Avalanche Studios have done just that. Now joining their ranks is Cameron Foote, lead developer with the team behind the popular Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod. ...

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Intriguing Indies – July Roundup

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https://ksr-video.imgix.net/projects/2524212/video-684642-h264_high.mp4 Prey For The Gods This game’s kickstarter went live on July 6th and is already gaining massive traction with backers. It’s easy to see why. Prey For The Gods is clearly inspired by the cult classic Shadow of the Colossus, borrowing its unique climbing mechanic, allowing you to scale the massive bosses in order to fight them. This borrowing could ...

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EVOLVE Free-to-Play Launches This Week After “DLC Shitstorm”

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2K and Turtle Rock Studios announced today the launch of an Evolve Free-to-Play version. The press release dubs it “Evolve Stage 2″ and will be changing the online multiplayer game so that it no longer requires the purchase of a copy of the game to play. Being made by the studio behind the original Left 4 Dead, the first-person shooter Evolve was highly anticipated up until ...

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