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KickBeat Xbox ONE Review

KickBeat comes from Zen Studios who have been famous for the Zen Pinball series as well as the Pinball FX series on both major consoles. Zen Studios has backed both of these series extremely well with bringing in new tables to be purchased as DLC as well as adding popular tables. KickBeat is a genre that has really been missing for a while its a rhythm kung fu game. With an extreme soundtrack and new moves surely a new contender in the rhythm genre.

In KickBeat the story begins in a monastery where the story kicks off with Master Fu who is the leader of a secret group of monks call the Order of the Melodic Fist. These monks are the guardians of the Sphere of Music. The Sphere of Music is all of the world’s music in one sphere. It controls all of the music that everyone uses around the world. All of the music except for 18 songs which get stolen by Radio Earth, an outfit that’s run by Mr. Halisi who is also the owner and leader of Entertainment Earth. This is where the story’s protagonist Lee is brought into the story. Lee is an unlikely hero but he is the chosen one who will have to fight in several locations to reclaim the stolen music. Lee isn’t the only character that is playable, so is Mei who also can be played after the campaign is beaten successfully. The story also has a long on comedy parts so that the story isn’t all serious the whole time and also so the characters can be brought to life, since all the cutscenes are hand drawn and all characters have some sort of voice.

Gameplay for KickBeat is really straight forward. As the enemies rotate around the character they will land on any of the four facing buttons and then the user has to press that button in order to attack them, this can either be done with the four front facing buttons or the D-Pad which actually seems to be a bit more accurate and can combo moves a lot faster.

Special moves can be done by hitting RB and RT and Chi can be activated by hitting LB or LT all of these are essential in getting a bigger score at the end of each song they are rated in stars and they also track how many of each enemy the user has defeated. Button combinations are learned through the in game tutorial and then they are put to the test against the soundtrack of 18 songs ranging from electronic music to hard rock music each song differentiates a different play-style as well as four separate difficulty levels to put each user to the test. For soundtrack purposes the tracklist KickBeat offers the game has plenty to offer from Celldweller, Pendulum, Marilyn Manson, Shen Yi, Papa Roach, Rob Zombie, and many more.

Once the main story has been beaten it can be replayed with Mei and there is also survival mode where the user can play multiple songs in a row without the hassle of having cutscenes and not having to stop the gameplay. Survival mode requires a lot of concentration just like the campaign because the track where the buttons appear are always flashing sometimes making it hard to tell what button to hit to attack certain enemies. An easy fix for this is to disable the dynamic camera and always have the button helper on the screen. All of the cutscenes in game are all hand drawn and really bring some life into the cutscenes with the mild humor that is thrown into the story.

Official Trailer:

Final Verdict:

KickBeat is a great title in the rhythm genre with having great music to back up the gameplay. Kung Fu is definitely one of the best features in the game since it melds really well with the story allowing everything to blend together in one cohesive final package.

One of the struggles of this game is that most of the songs are extremely long in length and can be frustrating if the user gets knocked down from missing button presses. Where the button prompts show up aren’t always the most clear since there is a lot of flashing lights on the screen so at times it can be extremely frustrating.

KickBeat does prove there is still a lot of untapped potential out there for rhythm / action games and hopefully there will be more games in this genre to come taking inspiration off of it as well as perhaps a sequel.

Overall Score: 8 / 10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer / Publisher: Zen Studios

Available On: PS4 | XO | PC | Wii U | PS3 | 360 | Vita

Played On: Xbox ONE

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Review.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Josh Ehresmann on 20140922 and was last modified on 20140922 .

Sniper Elite 3 Review

Sniper Elite 3 comes from Rebellion Games. They’ve been around doing the Sniper Elite games from the very beginning so they have been improving the game as they’ve gone along in the series. They also have done games such as: Evil Genius, Rogue Trooper, and Alien vs Predator. Being the third game in the series, will Sniper Elite 3 be able to become the best so far or is it not up to snuff still?

Sniper Elite 3 takes place in 1942 which actually takes place before the events of Sniper Elite V2 which took place in 1945. The user will be playing as OSS sniper Karl Fairburne who has been sent on a mission to assassinate General Vahlen and uncover the top secret project code-named Seuche that the Germans have been working on. Karl won’t be able to find Vahlen without some intel which he will get from a British informant Brauer which will lead him on his mission to find General Vahlen. Of course Karl at this point is an Nazi killing machine and has to be one of the best snipers out there.

Sniper Elite gameplay mechanics you already know and love are back with some great features such as the new relocation system so when the user takes a shot and the enemy has heard them the enemy will take into hiding and they will also know where the user’s last known location is by the shadow they leave giving them a chance to relocate to a new area or a better sniping position.

The game also relies heavily on using the elements of a true sniper such as silence and stealth using the shadows and line of sight to stalk your enemies. Sniper Elite 3 has 8 missions which may sound like a short game but when each level can take an hour or longer to go through it really lends some freedom to the player, especially since levels are very open. In the beginning of the level the user has the freedom to explore the whole level and complete tasks at their will, which feels like a much needed improvement since Sniper Elite V2 was very linear. Of course the best part of Sniper Elite 3 is the well known kill-cam which works on not just humans but also vehicles so the user can kill people while they are still in the safety of their own vehicles.

It’s really fun being able to see how many different types of kill shots the user can get in just one mission some of the best parts of the games are entering a sniper nest and taking out several Nazi’s and watching different parts of their body explode everywhere. If customization is your thing there is customization in the weapons that are unlocked as the user progresses though the game with different parts for their gun and different loadouts. There isn’t a super deep system here but it’s a nice thought thrown into the game and lets the user play with the loadout that will make them most effective in-game.

Playing Sniper Elite 3 the controls are pick up and play while playing. On the PS4 the controls were very easy to pick up and use but sometimes they can be difficult while trying to sneak around or sometimes cause players to accidentally fire at the wrong time. Playing on the PC which felt a lot more natural and the controls seemed to really mesh well. Everything flowed really well and I always found that staying in control was really easy. This and other factors I’ll mention next lead me to believe this game was entirely PC-based when it comes to lead platform, and in fact was not platform-agnostic nor next-gen-centric.

By the time that a series is in its third game the developers should have more refined skills like not having the ability to stealth kill over barricades. This would be really easy and should have been in the game since most of the time if an enemy is leaning against a barricade the user literally had to stab them from the side or get right in front of them and then the element of surprise is gone and you’re screwed. I have to talk about the graphics in this game too, they look pretty average on the PS4 but on PC really shine. The lighting in particular within the PC version is really awesome and definitely worth a look if you have a high end gaming PC.

Final Verdict:

Sniper Elite 3 is a complete blast to play even if stealth isn’t your type of game. Any user can still have fun with this game with all of the kill-cam action that can be done. With the different missions that are available to the user there is a high replay-ability out in the market for Sniper Elite 3 and the additional DLC and multiplayer will bring user wanting to grab their gille suit and grab their sniper rifle and join in the action.

Sniper Elite 3 does have multiplayer which is really competitive at first then modes can be really aggravating especially if the user is terrible at spotting other players. There is 5 different modes to play and definitely will keep things interesting its really fun because at the end of the match usually its about the furthest shots that matter the most kills still matter but the farther kills with throw the user higher up on the leaderboard. The player can also join up with a buddy and play in Co-op in either overwatch missions or in survival missions and both players have to work as a team if they want to kill the German Afrika Korps.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9 / 10

RGN Rating: Gold Game

Developer: Rebellion

Publisher: 505 Games

Available On: PC | PS4 | XO | PS3 | 360

Played On: PlayStation 4 and High End Gaming PC

Review Copy Info: Two digital copies of this game were provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Josh Ehresmann on 20140813 and was last modified on 20140813 .

RGN Interview with Yvonna Lynn (Gamer, President of Charisma+2)

Today I had the opportunity to speak with Yvonna Lynn. She is the President of Charisma+2  a modeling company that focuses on providing talent who are deeply entrenched in gaming and play all of the latest releases as well as specialized niche shooters and other games. She is also an avid gamer as well. But that’s just part of what Yvonna does, and she introduces herself further in the beginning of this video chat between herself and me (Josh Ehresmann, Public Relations Editor at RealGamerNewz).

During the following interview me and Yvonna casually brought up gaming issues as they came along. She also leaked several pieces of news in our interview of good length that gamers won’t want to miss out on, so be sure to listen to the entire show. If you have any further questions for Yvonna or myself, feel free to drop a comment on YouTube or RGN (or wherever else you might be reading this) and I’ll do my best to get back to you in future shows.

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Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Josh Ehresmann on 20140425 and was last modified on 20140501 .

Outlast DLC: Whistleblower Gets Release Date, Info, And Concept Art From Red Barrels

Red Barrels have announced their upcoming downloadable content for Outlast (our review here), the Horror / Escape game currently available on Windows PC and PlayStation 4 (developed on the Unreal 3.5 Engine). The new DLC will release on May 7, 2014 in Europe for the PlayStation 4 and the day before that on May 6, 2014 for North America players on the PS4 and PC platforms.

This DLC is called Whistleblower and the current infographic below is meant to coincide with its announcement. Below that you’ll find the new Concept Art for the DLC as well as promotional key art. Enjoy and let us know how you feel about this entry in the Horror / Escape genre or how you feel about it in general below in the comments section.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Josh Ehresmann on 20140410 and was last modified on 20140410 .