Robbotto is a retro arcade-style platformer with a pixel aesthetic that harkens back to the days of spending all my quarters at the arcade without the sadness of the empty pockets an hour later. It is a passion project by Mårten Jonsson, a solo game developer who was inspired by the NES gem called Bubble Bobble.
Earlier this year I had the fortunate opportunity to be a member of the Alpha and Beta testing period for Graveyard Keeper, the newest game from the iconic duo of Lazy Bear Games of Punch Club fame and tinyBuild Games who have published some of the best indie titles this year such as Garage: Bad Trip, Hello Neighbor, Outpost Zero, Guts & Glory, and of course this title.
Graveyard Keeper is a management sim in the vain of Stardew Valley or Punch Club. However, it takes the best qualities of games in its genre and mixes them together into an experience that cannot be missed. This review covers both the Steam and XBOX One versions as I was lucky enough to be provided a Steam press code as well as being a member of XBOX’s Game Pass service where the game is being hosted for subscription holders by Microsoft.
Before I even get into the review itself, I have to sing my praises as well as warn you, once you pick it up it’s damn hard to put back down, myself sinking 30 hours into the console version alone. Not even counting the Steam copy and my time spent addicted to the Alpha and Beta test builds!
If you’ve been playing shooter video games since the days of Quake and Unreal Tournament you may be finding the likes of Call of Duty or Battlefield too convoluted by kill-streaks, character classes, perks then you may enjoy MOTHERGUNSHIP. The creator behind Tower of Guns joins up with Grip Digital and Terrible Posture Games to produce the next chapter in the bullet hell genre.
Hypergun is a fast paced, rogue-lite first person shooter that just completed its Early Access stage of development and is now available as a full product on Steam and GOG Galaxy with PS4 and Xbox One versions launching during Fall 2018.
The premise in Hypergun is that an alien invasion on the horizon threatens humanity in 2038. With a futuristic Earth on the brink of destruction, you play as a DEVtechs intern Dewey Owens who must save the world and fight through countless hoards of aliens and obstacles that cross his path.
There will be mayhem, 150 weapon modules, character classes, procedural level generation, 40+ unique abilities, and more in the latest project to come out of Toronto-based NVYVE Studios who have been around since 2013 and are also responsible for last year’s open-world title P.A.M.E.L.A. which was made using Unity.
Jensen Huang (CEO of NVIDIA) took stage in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany where almost half a million press, analysts, distributors, and other industry professionals meet yearly for Gamescom to host a special NVIDIA RTX 2018 Press Conference. During this full length presentation we were given the unveiling of a brand new graphics card series that had been heavily rumored for some time now. Incorporating next-generation video memory of top tier quality, a new 12 nano-meter manufacturing process, and a new focus on Ray Tracing, the NVIDIA RTX line of GPU hardware will be set to release this year with the first model becoming available next month on September 20, 2018.
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the sudden change from GTX to RTX and it has left many gamers and tech experts scrambling to gather information about whether or not the RTX will be as big of a leap or as immediately compatible as NVIDIA claims. The jury is still out on that, and it would be best to both pay attention to emerging analysis as well as keep an open mind over the coming months, for now though, here’s everything we know…
Sudden Strike 4: European Battlefields Edition is the definitive version of the fourth title in the long running real time strategy series featuring not only the base game with its three campaigns as well as four more through the included Road to Dunkirk and Finland: Winter Storm add-ons plus a version exclusive three levels. While Sudden Strike 4 is available on other platforms, the European Battlefields Edition is exclusive to the XBOX One.
Dead Cells is a rogue-like Metroid-vania style game developed by the studio Motion-Twin. So this game features procedurally generated areas which is something new to the genre of Metroid-vania since it’s usually all about remembering the layout of the map, finding secrets in it, and back tracking to older areas to unlock newer areas. Dead Cells throws all of that on its head with making everything well randomized. Survive long enough and you can play it like Metroid, but die and it’s time to start over. Sure, some of the areas are pre-designed, but they are constantly randomized, so you will never know where to go next whenever a new life begins.
Nothing is off limits to the elites. Hobbies, jobs, relationships, even the most benign conversation are all material to be documented while weighing your allegiance to the state. In Beholder, nothing is secret and nothing is sacred. It’s someone’s job to keep an eye on everything you do. It’s all for your own good, of course…
Flat Heroes is a port of the 2016 Steam Early Access indie PC action platformer / party game of the same name, releasing to coincide with the game leaving Early Access on August 2nd, 2018. Flat Heroes may present itself as fairly minimalistic at first; it has a lot hidden under the surface.
Titan Quest is a remaster of the 2006 PC title from the heydays of THQ, brought back from the dead by THQ Nordic (formerly Nordic Games). Like its re-releases in 2016 for PC, and earlier this year for PS4 and XBOX One, Titan Quest is a remastered version of the 2006 PC game of the same name (a personal favourite of mine growing up). This version of the game has been altered with updated visuals, newer console-friendly controls among many other “housekeeping” alterations.