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  1. Have you ever stopped at a traffic light and wondered if someone somewhere was responsible for controlling the flow of traffic by changing the color of the lights? Well, the bad news is they're generally automated in real life, but don't let that stop you from dreaming about it because, in Baltoro Games' upcoming puzzle/arcade/simulator, Urban Flow, that's exactly what you get to do. In over 100 levels, you'll be in charge of traffic lights to help control the flow of traffic and avoid accidents between low-poly cars as they go about their business. To help make things a bit more difficult, you'll also need to help assist special vehicles such as ambulances, trains, and even... tanks?? Outside of the lengthy campaign you can tackle the score-based Endless Mode or even take it easy by playing Chill mode, letting you play at your own speed. Want to play with friends? You can, with drop-in, drop-out local co-op, letting up to four players experience the madness/fun. Oh, and it also features support for touch controls and pro controllers in addition to joy-cons. Urban Flow is set to rush onto Nintendo Switch digitally on June 26 for $14.99.
  2. Heyo, So E3 is this week. Yay! Hopefully we'll get a lot of cool announcements that we'll all be able to gush over and fantasize about over the next week. But my question to you is, what kind of content are you most interested in reading here? There are certain things we'll definitely cover, but chances are you'll hear most, if not every announcement elsewhere, so I'm wondering how viable it is to cover most information at all. Are you still interested in reading about it here? Would you check out our articles as a recap, or just to see if there are any details you missed from the initial announcement? Or are you mostly just interested in forum discussion about games and announcements? If you let us know what you're interested in here, that'll help us determine what kind of coverage to post. So for example, if everyone here mostly is just interested in forum discussion and don't really care about news articles, perhaps we'll focus mainly on creating new threads to discuss these things while covering only some of the biggest news, as well as our own opinions on some of the biggest developments. So please, let us know what you think below and what you're most interested in regarding the above, and a big thanks in advance!
  3. Greetings, and welcome to 2018! If you’ve been wondering what’s going on GP, wonder no more. I’m still here, and so all is well. Ha. Yo, it's been quiet as of late. What's up with that? No really, though, if you’re wondering why it’s been a little quieter as of late (GOTY posts aside), it’s because I’m virtually running things mostly by myself these days and I've been struggling with keeping up with things here and work, though I still receive much-appreciated assistance on the editorial side from various people who are super gracious with their time and still contribute here and there. On that note, @barrel is still here for now and I believe you’ll continue to see reviews from him for the time being. Justin (aka @Hailinel) still contributes on occasion (you’ll likely see him continue to cover some of Koei Tecmo’s games), as does @Harrison Lee and @Jordan Haygood. And, fingers crossed, hopefully you’ll see a little bit of @Jonathan Higgins in some form, whether it be a review, something of his own, or excerpts for a group piece. Aside from that, I know it’s been quiet on the community front, and I’m hoping to change that around. We still have… no official staff per se that keep regular tabs on the forum. The main reason for this is because the old mods eventually left due to their increasingly busy life (or changes in interest) and we just haven't been able to recruit new ones, and while we technically do have some that are mods, they also have to keep up with a busy schedule with work and whatnot. I try to keep up here and there, but with no regular mods who check in, it’s been tough to keep things going. I’m trying to decide how to move forward with building the forum back up. Plans for 2018 My biggest priority is to help restore the activity on the forum to where we're seeing multiple people post each day. Obviously, a big way would be to bring back giveaways, but my methods of doing that are super limited without outside help. I'd thought of doing a Patreon for GP to help with this, but I'm really not sure how much support we'd get at the moment. If we can't do a straight-up game giveaway of your choice on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, I'm going to try a bit harder to see if I can get some keys for new games to give away. I'll have to check my email and see, but I have a number of miscellaneous keys for certain games that have come out in the last year, so stay tuned on that front. Can't promise anything right now, but I'd also like to bring back the Prize Vault if possible. New Features and Such For articles and such, you'll still likely see me post about various news. Reviews will also continue. I'm hoping to be able to be able to post one a week, and then build to two a week in later months. We'll see. Oh, and GP's Top 10 Game of 2017 is still coming. It's taking a bit longer to compile that one, but you'll see it soon. I have a few new ideas for regular features as well. One thing I'd really like to do is more group pieces, so basically gathering thoughts from the different people who write here on different subjects. You might see one pretty soon, in fact. Other than that, I'm still in the brainstorming stage. Last But Not Least... I want to thank everyone who checks in and has been doing so, even though there hasn't been as much new content or forum activity lately. A big thanks to @Royzoga @DarkCobra86, @TKtheknight, @Rex705, @Laddie13, @iwx Leprechaun, @Shin GenX, and @carlituser especially; without you guys, we wouldn't still have a community, so thank you for supporting us. I'll be spending some time this week coming up with some new topics and commenting when possible, so be sure to check back and see what's new. Also, if you have anything you'd like to say or add some suggestions for stuff you'd like to see this year, feel free to let me know below!
  4. It's been nearly three and a half years since her last game but Shantae is ready for her big comeback with the serie's fifth entry, Shantae and the Seven Sirens, next week. Initially announced as an Apple Arcade title, Shantae and the Seven Sirens sees the return of fan-favorite characters such as Risky Boots, Rottytops, Sky, and Bolo in addition to a new cast which includes new half-genies and the titular seven sirens. And for the first time, you'll get to experience an interconnected world both above the sea and below. Also, new creature forms can be achieved using Fusion magic, in addition to other new mechanics such as Monster Cards, which you can use to power up the titular half-genie hero. Shantae and the Seven Sirens arrives on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 28 for $29.99. Check out the trailer below!
  5. If you've been hankering for a Paper Mario experience (even before the announcement of the upcoming Paper Mario: The Origami King last week), then you'll want to keep tabs on Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling, which makes its way to consoles next week. Developed by MoonSprout Games and published by Dangen Entertainment, Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling features the same paper-esque visuals and mechanics, except with a cast and world of bugs. You'll follow heroes Vi, Kabbu, and Leif as they search for treasure across Bugaria, including the titular Everlasting Sapling, which, according to legend, grants immortality. You'll participate in turn-based combat against various foes and solve puzzles in different environments (such as The Ant Kingdom, Snakemouth Den, the Bee Kingdom, and more) across seven chapters. Discover the treasures hidden in Bugaria when Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling lands on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 28. Check out the game's trailer below!
  6. Eyyyy, it's another month (okay, so it has been for 7 days now). Despite there not being a TON of notable releases, there are some fairly big exclusives releasing as well as some noteworthy third-party titles. I've highlighted the biggest games below. Feb 3 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto (PS4, XB1) Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World (3DS) Feb 7 Nioh (PS4) Feb 14 For Honor (PS4, XB1, PC) Ride 2 (PS4, XB1, PC) Sniper Elite 4 (PS4, XB1, PC) Feb 16 Tank Troopers (3DS) Feb 17 Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition (XB1, PC) Feb 21 Halo Wars 2 - Regular Edition (XB1, PC) Night in the Woods (PS4, PC) Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PSVR) YS Origin (PS4, Vita) Feb 28 Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS) Torment: Tides of Numenara (PS4, XB1) ...I'm not buying anything this month! I would probably grab Horizon if I had money, but with the Switch and Zelda coming just days after, I'll have to hold off for now. Maybe I'll get Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World eventually (I still need to play the Wii U version on my desk...). Oh, which reminds me -- I did actually buy the Poochy amiibo. I guess that counts as something? Anyhow, watchu buyin' this month?
  7. Things have been relatively quiet on the Nintendo front as far as their upcoming games slate has been concerned, with only games like the recently released smash hit, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition being the only known new games for 2020 for a while. However, that all changed on Thursday when Nintendo dropped the news out of nowhere that Paper Mario: The Origami King would be releasing in a few months. As the title teases, the plot in The Origami King revolves around a plot by an invading force to turn Paper Mario's world and its characters into origami. The accompanying trailer gives off a bit of a horror vibe initially, with a Peach that's presumably been the first to be turned to origami, and the rest of the main cast escaping just as Peach's castle is overtaken by the newest antagonist, King Olly. Luckily, Mario will be assisted by a new cast of characters, including King Olly's good-natured sister, Olivia. One new ability that's also showcased in the trailer is called '1000-Fold arms', which gives Mario super long arms that allow him to peel, pull, and stretch out the environment in different ways to reveal hidden items and locations as well as solve different puzzles. The game also features a new, ring-based battle system where lining up scattered enemies can help you maximize damage. Paper Mario: The Origami King is slated for release on July 17 on Nintendo Switch.
  8. Have you ever wanted to experience the thrill of moving without actually having to do it in real life? Now you can with Team17's and SMG Studio's upcoming, zany, co-op focused game, Moving Out, which is set to release on April 28. Moving Out recalls the same fast and frantic vibes from games such as Overcooked, except, instead of cooking, you'll coordinate with one or more players as Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technicians (or F.A.R.T.s for short) to help relocate different furnishings from different (and sometimes bizarre) locations. Simply find and determine the quickest route to get something like, say, a fridge to the bottom of a five-story building without breaking it. You can even smash through things like glass or throw things over railings if you can coordinate the receiving end well enough. And if that all sounds too difficult, developers SMG Studio and DevM Games have included a host of assist mode options that let you determine the difficulty or even let you skip levels altogether. Also, you'll have a slew of accessibility options, such as Dyslexia-friendly text, scalable user interface, remappable controls, and much more. Moving Out will be available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. As of this article's publication, a price has not been made public yet. Source: Press Release
  9. Jason Clement

    Game of the Year 2019: Jason's Picks

    It’s a common belief among many gamers that 2018 was a better year than 2019, but honestly, I don’t buy into it. While there wasn’t one title that was unanimously proclaimed the best game of the year (ala 2018’s God of War), I believe there was a better breadth of quality games in 2019. Nintendo in particular had a pretty strong year, with a crazy release schedule from April to November, and some huge first-party titles in the mix (hello Mario Maker 2, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and Pokemon Sword/Shield!). Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to play a bunch of quality games that undoubtedly may have made my list. These include games like Outer Wilds, Knights & Bikes, Cadence of Hyrule, and Dragon Quest Builders 2. Additionally, huge shoutout to Gato Robato, a great little Metroidvania game with a ton of personality, and Automachef, which would have been #11 on this list and deserves major props for its eclectic soundtrack and original puzzle/sim gameplay and premise; if you love simulations and/or games about logistics, give it a go! That said, here are my top 10 games of 2019. 10. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 The combat might be a bit repetitive and not as complex as I initially hoped (the original game had more variance with number of moves and specials you could pull off), but I really can’t complain too much after the series’ nearly decade-long absence. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 has style and presentation in spades, and it’s great to see most of Marvel’s big heroes altogether on one screen once again. There’s just something so cool about watching your entire team take out a mob of villains/ninjas/what-have-you in the middle of places like Shadowland, Xavier’s mansion, and Avengers Tower. Huge props to Team Ninja for making the boss battles unique and interesting as well; this entry may very well be the best in that regard, specifically. 9. Mechstermination Force This title combines two of my favorite things – Shadow of the Colossus and robots/Kaiju (maybe three things, I guess?). Mechstermination Force takes from the former’s game design and adds to it by putting you in interesting, unique scenarios with each giant robot. Not only do you have to scale and find/destroy each robot mech’s weak points; you also have to adopt to their different fighting stances and forms throughout each level, making for one of the most creative 2D shooters I’ve ever played. 8. Wargroove So… I’ve never played any of the Advance Wars games before. And now I can see what I’ve missed out on for so long because Wargroove plays like Advance Wars mixed with Fire Emblem’s more medieval/fantasy-like setting (but more like the former purely in terms of gameplay). Giving players the option to build and decide what units they want to use while in the midst of a battle really gives you the option to approach most levels a number of different ways, giving the game a much more unique feel than Fire Emblem’s offense-centric approach. The campaign throws a variety of different map scenarios each with their own unique terrain and challenges at you as well, so it never feels like you’re simply replaying the same battle over and over with slightly different units. 7. SteamWorld Quest (check out GP's full review of the game here) Image & Form has made two great Metroidvania titles and one brilliant tactics title in the SteamWorld series so far, so it only makes sense that they would continue to break new ground with a new genre – that being an RPG. Or rather: card-based battling RPG. ...has one of the most memorable, compelling battle systems in an RPG this side of Octopath Traveler. SteamWorld Quest could have been a big miss if Image & Form weren’t careful; thankfully, it has one of the most memorable, compelling battle systems in an RPG this side of Octopath Traveler. Combine that with a great script with both plenty of heart and humor and some great music and visuals, and you’ve got another SteamWorld success. 6. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Despite it being highly anticipated before its release, the first Yooka-Laylee game landed with a bit of a thud. It turns out people weren’t quite as big on 3D collectathons as they initially thought, but Playtonic quickly and correctly shifted course with their next attempt at the series by making the game into a 2D platformer this time around. ...might even rival Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze; high praise indeed. And wouldn’t you know it – that old Rare magic began to shine through once again. Fortunately, they didn’t completely give up on the 3D platforming aspect either. Instead, they combined it with the overworld map for a truly unique spin on the game while making the levels in 2D. The resulting interaction between the two play types makes for an experience that might even rival Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze; high praise indeed. 5. Kingdom Hearts 3 After so many years of waiting, it’s difficult to believe that Kingdom Hearts 3 isn’t 100% the game everyone wanted. Some of this has to do with disappointments on the gameplay side (the Frozen world; nuff said), but a lot of it stems from creator Tetsuya Nomura not paying off certain story arcs and narrative choices that had been previously set up for the finale. Axel/Lea and Kairi get sidelined for most of the game when the ending of DDD had set up that they’d play a more critical role (not to mention missing a huge opportunity to make both or even just Kairi playable at a certain point), and it becomes apparent by the end that Kairi is never truly given any agency in the games and is merely used as a damsel in distress for the sake of the plot. Never has the battle system been bigger, better, bolder, and even flashier, with some of the best and most vibrant visuals of this generation. Yet, despite these disappointments, Kingdom Hearts 3 still sticks the landing for the most part. Never has the battle system been bigger, better, bolder, and even flashier, with some of the best and most vibrant visuals of this generation. Most of the Disney worlds chosen make up the best selection of any of the Kingdom Hearts games, and the graphics have finally caught up to Pixar’s and Disney’s advances in animation, replicating a near-identical look to many of their 3D animated movie counterparts. Also, the game ties up Xehanort’s story arc with an epic finish in the game’s final 4-5 hours, with one of the most impressive final boss fights in the series to date. I only hope that we don’t have to wait another 13 years before the next game arrives. 4. Shovel Knight: King of Cards I loved the original Shovel Knight campaign (now known as “Shovel of Hope”) in 2014, and despite giving Plague Knight’s campaign a try, it never quite caught on with me. Because of this, I also skipped Specter Knight’s campaign two years after that. But something about the fourth campaign being centered on King Knight really made me want to give it a try. ...the best Shovel Knight campaign to date. And I’m glad I did, because you could make a real case for King of Cards being the best Shovel Knight campaign to date. The platforming is top notch, focusing on traversing the terrain with Wario Land-esque shoulder-bashing and a Ducktales-inspired pogo jump to spin off of enemies and objects. But the real star of the game is the brand new card-based minigame, Joustus. It’s smart, addictive, and has enough depth to rival long-established thinking-games like chess. Oh, and the script is hilarious to boot; Yacht Club has never felt more comfortable in their own shoes than they have been when they were writing this game. 3. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening The announcement reveal of the Switch remake of Link’s Awakening at the beginning of 2019 was, in a word, surreal. I never ruled out a remake of the game as something that could happen, but no one could have predicted that it would be remade with so much charm and originality. Yes, I’m someone who thinks the plastic/toy-like look to the visuals makes for an amazing aesthetic. It’s the second-bravest thing Nintendo has done to the Zelda series since they decided on the Ghibli-esque cel-shaded approach to The Wind Waker in 2003. Along with a new arrangement of the classic soundtrack, new life has been given to a classic in what is undoubtedly the definitive version of the game now. ...still holds up and has, in fact, made many aware that it is a better 2D Zelda game than even A Link to the Past. Link’s Awakening’s gameplay still holds up and has, in fact, made many aware that it is a better 2D Zelda game than even A Link to the Past. Yes, I did go there. But seriously, this game is magical. Go play it. 2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order There are so many ways Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order could have been a disaster. Or merely an extension of the okay-to-decent Star Wars games we’ve been getting for a decade now. But Respawn did it. Holy cow… they did it. They made the first great single-player Star Wars game since… what, The Force Unleashed? Maybe even Knights of the Old Republic 2? To be fair, Fallen Order could be a much tighter experience. It’s janky, likely due to EA launching the game a good half year before it was ready to come out of the oven. But it’s absolutely playable despite the occasional technical hiccup. And really, how impressive is it that the game came out as good as it did despite launching in less-than-ideal circumstances? This is a game that undoubtedly feels like you’re watching a Star Wars movie as you play. In any case, Fallen Order crafts an original tale that ties into the wider Star Wars mythos in a fairly meaningful way. Cal Kestis isn’t initially a great protagonist but the game does a great job making you care about him by gradually diving into his Jedi upbringing in the past. Cinematics are pretty fabulous as well; this is a game that undoubtedly feels like you’re watching a Star Wars movie as you play. Its story would feel right at home alongside other Star Wars side stories such as Solo, Rogue One, and The Mandalorian. But really, all I want to do is gush about how this game gives us the best lightsaber combat of any Star Wars game to date. Two of the lightsaber fights in the game made me feel like I was in a Star Wars movie; a far cry from the wild, aimless lightsaber swinging experienced in the Jedi Knight games from the early aughts. Fallen Order is the complete package: great storytelling, great gameplay, great world, great atmosphere. Where does Respawn go from here? I hope to know sooner versus later. 1. Fire Emblem: Three Houses You know what’s weird? I wasn’t initially super hyped for Three Houses despite the series being one of my all-time favorites. I didn’t know what to make of the inclusion of an academy, the MC being a professor teaching students, and participating in things like tea time with your students. It all sounded like the furthest thing I wanted from my Fire Emblem experience. Little did I know that it would be one of the best and most compelling things they ever did to the franchise. The ability to select what each of your students can learn, right down to stat bonuses, weapon proficiency, and skills is the most control Intelligent Systems has ever given you over your own units. It’s utterly gratifying to see your students progress from inefficient greenhorns to masters of their craft, dominating enemy units in battle. ...one of, if not the deepest Fire Emblem stories to date. The academy itself lends players a unique opportunity to see the larger plot through the eyes of your students in your coversations with them and also develop relationships with them by doing different activities together, making them come alive as characters. And even though the plot is a bit thicker and juicier in the first half of the game, it throws enough twists and surprises into the mix to make this one of, if not the deepest Fire Emblem stories to date. There are a lot of fascinating themes and concepts that are tackled as well, both through support conversations and the main plot. I haven’t even mentioned the actual tactical gameplay, which is as sharp as ever and gave me a real run for my money with many battles (I played on Hard). Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the real deal, and likely the best game in the series. If Intelligent Systems can continue to build on what they created with this game, Fire Emblem’s future is going to be bright indeed.
  10. Jason Clement

    What have you seen recently and what did you think?

    I've been watching Star Trek Voyager on Amazon Prime. Surprisingly, it's my first time ever watching through the series! xD
  11. Zelda-like games are a dime dozen these days but Sparklite (from indie developer Merge Games and publisher Red Blue Games) looks to be a cut above the rest with a few things that make it stand out. Part Zelda-like adventure, part rogue-like, and part... crafting-like (?), Sparklite is set in a world where its natural resource (or life force) goes by the same name. Its story focuses on a young heroine named Ada, whose quest is to save the world from an antagonistic, self-named 'Baron' that is seeking to exploit the resource in order to further his own nefarious goals. To do so, you'll explore five procedurally-generated biomes, invent different gadgets and weapons to solve puzzles and defeat enemies, battle giant bosses, and help the local population rebuild The Refuge. Last but not least, all of this will be set to a soundtrack composed by Dale North (of Wizard of Legend fame). If mixing Zelda gameplay, crafting, and a procedurally-generated world sound right up your alley, you can check out Sparklite on the Nintendo Switch eShop, Playstation Store on PlayStation 4, Xbox Games Store on Xbox One, and Steam starting today. The game is also on sale for 15% off on each platform until November 20. Check out the game's launch trailer below! Source: Press Release
  12. Jason Clement

    Review: A Knight's Quest

    Developer: Sky 9 Games Publisher: Curve Digital Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (via Epic Games Store) Release Date: October 10, 2019 ESRB: T for Teen Note: This review is based on the Nintendo Switch version of the game It’s always a bit surprising to me that we don’t see more games use 3D Zelda titles as a base, given the series’ immense popularity. Sky 9 Games' A Knight’s Quest is one of the first indie titles I’ve seen recently that attempts this and actually gets much closer to replicating the experience (especially the adventure aspect) than most other games have. Unfortunately, there are also a number of aspects that hinder it from living up to its potential. In A Knight’s Quest, you play as Rusty – a clumsy adventurer who unwittingly unleashes an unknown, presumably malevolent force that has been sealed away. In order to fight this evil, Rusty is tasked with seeking out four spirit heroes and their powers, which in turn means going on a journey to find each one in their own dungeon. The story isn’t necessarily the most original ever, but it works for setting the game in motion. Likewise, the dialogue often aims for funny and nonsensical, but is hit and miss. This is mostly due to just about every character being written with a combination of snarky/sarcastic wit and internet meme culture; kind of like that awkward friend who tries to be funny by repeating outdated internet memes and jokes. In the end, the character dialogue comes off as more of a first draft and could use a bit more refinement. The game takes a good half hour to really get going, but once it does, its world shows off impressive potential. Though it isn’t the open-ended, interconnected wilderness featured in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s apparent the developers took a lot of inspiration from it. There are many large, detailed areas for you to explore with treasure chests and other loot off the beaten path, skeletons at campfires, different enemies littering the landscape, and sidequests you can undertake from certain characters you come across in your travels. In fact, the design of the world and its various areas is perhaps the most impressive and compelling aspect of the game. Not only is it appealing from a visual standpoint, many of the areas are massive in size and can take 20+ minutes or more to traverse for first-time players, adding to the feeling that you’re on a long journey. There is also an oddly satisfying ‘Zelda meets Mario’ aspect to the gameplay, where it incorporates a lot of 3D platforming and vertical exploration in certain areas, giving the game a bit more of a unique flavor in contrast to typical adventure games. Likewise, the soundtrack composed by Will Bedford is excellent and evokes a real sense of adventure and wonder. The overworld theme has a heroic melody reminiscent of the Hyrule Field theme from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and the Desert Proving Grounds theme is a real symphonic highlight, featuring an eclectic mix of strings, horns, flutes, and different kinds of unique percussion (such as bells). Unfortunately, that’s just about where the games’ good qualities stop. While the world is expansive and looks great, the actual characters look rather bland and mediocre. The enemy design is much more miss than hit, consisting of such things as generic, one-eyed snake creatures, generic skeletons with swords, scorpions, and other creatures that just aren’t that original or interesting. Making matters even worse is that they all use the same two or three sound effects, making them even more irritating. Perhaps the biggest issue of all is the combat and controls. For the most part, combat works just enough that you can get through the game, but it’s uneven and loose at best. Where it gets a bit dicey is when you face multiple enemies at once. There’s at least one major instance in the story where you’ll be faced with this scenario; however, you’ll realize that the battle system is largely designed around you fighting one enemy at a time. So while you’re attacking one, the rest are still doing (sometimes major) damage to you, and it’s impossible to dodge every attack. There are certain items (such as bombs) designed to attack large groups, but they’re not terribly effective, and the few multi-enemy attacks you have are not super viable because of how long they take to perform (you must wait and charge a few seconds before unleashing them). The flow of battle also simply isn’t fast enough for you to fight large groups of enemies evenly, leading Rusty to slowly fight one enemy and clumsily move to the next. Beyond that, a number of standard quality of life features that are generally present in games like this are either simply missing in this one, or not implemented as effectively as they should be. One major issue is there are no maps of each area beyond a simple, illustrated overworld map in your sub-menu. There’s a compass at the top of the screen that will show you which direction your objective is in, but it’s not 100% foolproof and can sometimes misguide you. Also, fast travel is something that’s implemented fairly early on in many games, yet you don’t even get access to it in the first half of this game even though you pass by many fast-travel stations (that you can't yet access) in your travels, forcing you to sometimes retrace your steps through long, winding areas. There’s also no way to sell off any loot you acquire early on, as well as no meaningful way to buy items (especially health-recovering ones) until the second major area you get to. This leads to another issue in that you simply don’t have enough inventory storage slots in the beginning, and thus no way to store some of the more valuable items you come across when you run out of room. And last but not least, there were a number of clipping issues I faced. In one area, my character simply stopped responding to any control input and I had to restart the game entirely to continue, and in yet other areas I would clip through the wall or floor and die instantly. Despite the negatives, I still had fun throughout the game, and there’s a lot to admire about A Knight’s Quest. Its world is one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen created by an indie team. The soundtrack is also exceptional and could easily be mistaken for a AAA title's score. Even much of the gameplay (especially dungeons) and main quest itself is pretty fun and compelling. There’s arguably a good game beneath a rough exterior here; if the game had another half a year or more of polish, I might’ve been able to call this a pretty good game. As it currently is, the negative aspects drag a good experience down to just a decent one at best. Pros + Large, impressive world with lots of sidequests and ripe for exploration + Soundtrack is great + Dungeons are surprisingly fun and capture a bit of the Zelda magic Cons - Issues with the fluidity of combat; fighting large groups is incredibly difficult and not really fair for players - Lack of standard quality of life features (especially early on) that would make the game much better and a lot more pleasant to play - Character and enemy models are a bit bland in design - Infrequent clipping issues at various points Overall Score: 6.5 (out of 10) Decent An impressive world (both visually and in design) and epic musical score are undermined by a number of issues plaguing gameplay as well as a lack of standard quality of life features, causing this Zelda-like title to be just a decent adventure at best for those brave enough to overcome its problems. Disclosure: This game was reviewed using downloadable Switch code provided by the publisher.
  13. If you thought you were done with Wargroove after playing through its campaign, think again. Chucklefish announced today that its upcoming DLC, titled Wargroove: Double Trouble, is coming soon and will bring a heap of new features along with it, including a new campaign, all for the low, low price of absolutely free. The new story campaign focuses on the Outlaws faction and introduces new commanders such as the mighty Wulfar; two troublesome twins known as Errol and Orla; and the whip-wielding Vesper -- all of whom will participate in a heist after an unexpected kidnapping and some severe ransom demands. Other things in the new DLC include: 2 new units: Thieves and Riflemen New Arcade missions Competitive online Quick Play maps Public and Private Multiplayer Lobbies – you can now also play custom campaigns online! New Volcano map theme and more updates to the custom Editor tools Outlaw music tracks, composed by Phonetic Hero Editor tool updates Check out Wargroove's website to see updates on the latest balance changes and what the editor tool updates entail. Last but not least, Wargroove: Deluxe Edition (for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One) will be heading physically to stores on October 29. It will include a physical disc/cart of the game, a downloadable copy of the OST, a commander sprite sticker sheet, a poster map of Aurania (Outlaw version), a mini strategy guide with tips and stats on all in-game units, and a reversible cover sheet. As for the Wargroove: Double Trouble DLC, no release date has been announced yet but Chucklefish says it will be coming soon. Source: Chucklefish
  14. If you haven't heard yet, Super Mario Run is slated to release next month on December 15th for $10. The game is free to start and also features three modes that you can try, but to get access to everything, you'll have to pay the one-time fee of $10. While I'm sure the game will be pretty good, there's been a lot of outcry over whether the price is too high. Honestly, I'm not too sure how the price versus content comparison works out yet, but for three modes and 20-something levels (I think?), that's not terribly bad. There are no micro-transactions like in other games you can play for free or for cheaper (like Rayman Jungle Run), and the price is equal to what people pay for two coffees at starbucks or two combo meals at McDonalds. USgamer was able to put it a lot better than I did if you want to check out their reasoning on the matter. But at the end of the day, I think people are grousing on the price because the mobile app space has trained people to think that everything should be a dollar or less when most of these developers can't even afford to go on at those prices unless the games sell millions (see Candy Crush etc.). We'll see what happens, but I'm glad Nintendo is standing their ground here. If there wasn't much content at all, that'd be one thing, but no one would blink an eye at the price if this were on the eShop. What do you guys think? Is $10 too much?
  15. So my PC's rear 120mm fan has finally started making grinding noises today. I looked up the symptoms and it looks like the bearings are probably shot. I've heard that you can use a light machine oil to lubricate the fan and get rid of the noise, but I'm wondering how long that solution lasts. If you've ever dealt with this issue before, did you try to treat the fan yourself? Or did you just buy an entirely new one?
  16. Dragon Quest fans are about to get another dose of the franchise soon as Square Enix announced today that the first three Dragon Quest titles will be making its way to Nintendo Switch later this month. These include Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, and Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation -- all three of which make up what is known as the Erdrick Trilogy. Dragon Quest III in particular is largely considered to be one of the best in the series, so be sure to put that one on your radar if you haven't played any of these previously. The three Dragon Quest titles will cost $4.99, $6.49, and $12.49, respectively, and will be available to buy digitally on Nintendo Switch on September 27. Not coincidentally, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age also releases that day; it's a good time to be a Dragon Quest fan! Source: Press Release
  17. Jason Clement

    Steam Summer Sale 2017

    Pretty sure that's a bot you're responding to, DC. It's hard keeping up with all of the new ones that keep popping up here nowadays. But on the flipside, it's cool that you're still keeping an eye on this place! How've you been? Feels like forever since we've last talked. xD
  18. Jason Clement

    Game Podunk Suggestion Thread

    Got a suggestion? Let us know in the comments below and we'll put it under consideration! Thanks!
  19. A new Games With Gold lineup announced on the same day as the October 2017 PS Plus lineup? WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO? Anyhoo, here's the October lineup for Microsoft's Games With Gold: Gone Home (Xbox One, Oct. 1-31) The Turing Test (Xbox One, Oct. 15 to Nov. 15) Rayman 3 HD (Xbox 360, Oct. 1-15) Medal of Honor: Airborne (Xbox 360, Oct. 16-31) Not a bad lineup either. I can't imagine many people haven't played Gone Home at this point, but that's just me. I'm definitely interested in The Turing Test, though. Shame I don't have XBLG right now...
  20. Jason Clement

    Black Friday Dealio: $15 games galore, oh my!

    Uh, so this was a pretty good deal that I saw on Twitter, especially since @Shin GenX was looking for Cuphead on the cheap. Granted, Cuphead's normal price is $20, so you're only saving $5 here, but it's the best price you'll find right now. Anyhow, here's a list of pretty good games for $15 and where you can get them. Cuphead - $15 Newegg link (use promo code EMCBBCD55) Super Lucky's Tale - $15 Newegg link (use promo code EMCBBCD56) Target link Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - $15 Target link Injustice 2 - $14 (PS4) Gamestop link (XB1) Gamestop link Everybody's Golf - $15 Target link Knack 2 - $15 Target link Ratchet & Clank - $15 Amazon link Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 HD Remix - $15 Target link World of Final Fantasy - $15 Target link Let me know if I forgot any!
  21. Jason Clement

    Favorite Movie Music of 2013?

    Was going through some of my favorite movie music from 2013 earlier today, so I decided to make a thread for this. I'm sure there are more tracks that I can't think of at the moment, but here are a few of my favorites from throughout the year. http://youtu.be/hvxyzWIwQA8 Starts out slow but picks up around 1:08. This still might be my favorite track of the year. Pretty epic-sounding stuff. I can also imagine Marshall in the background saying "I WILL FIND HIM, JOR-EL!!!" For some reason it sounds a little quieter here, I dunno why, but you may have to turn the volume up a little to hear it. The riff at the beginning is extremely catchy but I especially love when the whole orchestra comes in at 0:45. Great stuff! Howard Shore's stuff is always usually pretty great, but his elvish tracks are pretty spectacular, what with the chorus and all. This is pretty low-key stuff, but I especially like the percussion and beat that happens at 2:15. Such a catchy little song, lol. I'll probably add more later too if I can think of anything else. What about you? Any songs or themes that really stood out to you this year in movies?
  22. Technically Leah posted this topic about two years ago, but now it's time for an updated thread! Yesterday I finally got a new phone (Samsung Galaxy S4) after having the same bulky one for 3-4 years and I have to say it's nice to finally have something up-to-date, haha. In any case, I'm curious to hear what everyone else has, so which smartphone do you have (if any)? And do you like it, or are you eyeing a new one sometime soon?
  23. Knights and Bikes, London-based Foam Sword Games' first game, has officially gone gold and is coming to a PlayStation 4 or PC near you soon. Dubbed a "Goonies-inspired adventure," Knights and Bikes is a co-op, story-based adventure game that centers on two girls who are searching for the legendary cursed treasure of Penfurzy Island. Across the course of six days you'll explore the island, solve puzzles, talk to different people, and fight off the ancient curse that protects the treasure using such items as frisbees, water balloons, toilet plungers, a game gauntlet, and more. Also central to the gameplay are bikes, which you'll need to upgrade in order to visit certain areas of the island. If the game's painterly, cartoon-like aesthetic seems familiar to you, there's good reason for it: the game's central creators, Rex Crowle and Moo Yu, previously worked at Media Molecule on award-winning games such as LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway. Further bolstering the pedigree on the title is Kenny Young, another Media Molecule alum who also most recently worked on 2018's breakout VR hit Astro Bot Rescue Mission; and Daniel Pemberton, who composed much of the music for LittleBigPlanet 1 and 2, and was the composer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Originally launching as a successful Kickstarter project in 2016, it's been a long ride for Knights and Bikes through its 3+ year development but you'll finally be able to play this whimsical adventure when it comes digitally to PlayStation 4 and PC on August 7. Check out the game's E3 2018 trailer below. Source: Foam Sword Games
  24. I have to admit I've had a growing interest in ripoff games in recent years, if only to see what they come up with. And if I'm not mistaken, some of these ripoff developers have been getting somewhat better with what they produce. Case in point, this Smash Bros. ripoff that combines Smash Bros. with a card-based RPG battle system in place of a fighting game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAMmbVc-ytg While they use a lot of existing assets from games that have already come out (like the art and music), the actual character models they came up with and the battles look sort of cool. I'm sure this'll get shut down at some point, but maybe it'll give Nintendo inspiration to do something similar?
  25. Alright folks, the Fall gaming deluge is upon us. Though August was a busier month than normal (for an August), September looks to be opening the floodgates for great games. Here's a look at the biggest games out this month. Sept 5 Knack 2 (PS4) Sept 6 Destiny 2 (PS4, XB1) Sept 8 Monster Hunter Stories (3DS) Sept 12 Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PC, PS4, XB1) Ys: Lacrimosa of Dana (PS4, PS Vita) Sept 14 Divinity: Original Sin II (PC) Sept 15 Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PC, PS4, XB1) Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS) NBA Live 18 (PS4, XB1) NHL 18 (PS4, XB1) Sept 19 Marvel vs Capcom Infinite (PC, PS4, XB1) NBA 2K18 (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) Sept 21 Steamworld Dig 2 (Switch, PC) *PS4 and Vita versions on 26th Sept 22 The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) Pokken Tournament DX (Switch) Project Cars 2 (PC, PS4, XB1) Sept 26 Blue Reflection (PS4, PC) Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PS4, PS Vita, PC) FIFA 18 (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) Ruiner (PC, PS4, XB1) Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash (PS4) Total War: Warhammer 2 (PC) Sept 29 Cuphead (XB1, PC) Gundam Versus (PS4) Yokai Watch 2: Psychic Specters (3DS) What I'm Buyin' Despite that massive list, the only two games I'm looking forward to digging into are Metroid: Samus Returns and Steamworld Dig 2 (aside from what I'm already playing from August). There's a few that I'm curious about (like MvC Infinite), but purchases on those can wait, especially since Black Friday is getting closer and closer. Not sure what the pricing is on Cuphead as well, but I may wait on that one. We'll see. WHAT ARE YOU BUYIN' THIS MONTH?
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