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Powerstar Golf Xbox ONE Review

PowerStar Golf is a arcade sports title developed by Zoë Mode for the Xbox One. PSG is set in a colorful world with wildly animated golfers with equally gleeful caddies. The player will choose one golfer and one caddie for each game of golf and both have special abilities to help you clear each hole. The Golfer’s have access to a variety of Golf Tee’s, power ups and skills via the booster packs available from the in game store and can earn credits while playing or purchase additional credits from the online store.

Caddies also have power ups as well as skills that can be purchased and assigned from the booster packs and they will give you tips while on the green with the golfer. If the player wants to change the look of his golfer or caddie they can do so, most boosters come with new outfits for every character in the game.

The game offers just a few modes but packs so much content inside of them its hard to complain. The is Free Play, Career, Local Multi-player and Rival Mode . Free Play lets you play and master courses as you unlock them in the Career mode. Career Mode sets you on the path to become the Power Star Golf Champion and unlock more golfers and caddies along the way. Local Multi-player lets you play against your friends in either stroke or match play. Rival Mode lets you play against players on your friends list best runs in the game.

When the plays hit the turf and swing the clubs in Power Star Golf its a smooth experience. The left thumb stick is for aiming your golf club, while the A button allows you to begin your swing, set the power and then execute said swing. Players can use the Y button to see where the swing may land, the X button to engage the golfer skill and to B button to engage the caddie skill. The golfer and caddies skills reflects their personalities.

If they are power swingers you will see power results, if their swings are more about precision or finesse their skills will reflect that and the same goes with the caddies. The PSG is pretty straightforward; advancing through the courses and depending on your performance you will win a Bronze, Silver or Gold Medal at the end of each course. Depending on how well your fair or how much you play and complete the courses you will level up and your credit payout will also be determined by this as well. Leveling up in PSG is the only way to unlock courses, items and the ability to play as new golfers in game.

If you need help you can refer to your caddie or watch the in game tutorials. The only thing brings the game play down is the lack of online game play with golfers across the world. It is nice to beat out other golfers scores and swings while seeing it in real time its not the same as playing it online. There may be some gamers that will also gawk at the fact that you can buy extra credits instead of earning them but since your have to play to unlock most of the games content this shouldn’t be a problem.

The game world is gorgeous and since the graphical style and overall tone of the game is cheerful and fun Power Star Golf shines. The courses are varied, the roughs, fairways, bunkers and greens are all lush and beautiful. The backgrounds will distract players with the insane detail and amazing views. The wind will effect the trajectory of the golfers swings but that’s about as real as it gets with the game world. PSG is not a PGA sponsored/themed title so the golfers are relaxed, playful and chatty.

The golfers and caddies banter will make players chuckle from time to time. If a caddie is chatting up the golfer before the player swings and if the swing is executed before the caddie finishes his thought the golfer will tell him to be quiet as he starts his drive. The games soundtrack is smooth and catchy but nothing will have gamers head to the Xbox website to purchase it from Xbox Music store. Powerstar Golf is a great sports game for the Xbox One and for 14.99 it is a steal on the Xbox Live Arcade Store.

Final Verdict:

Power Star Golf is a great sports title and a must own for any golf fan. The lack of online multiplayer and the inclusion of “pay for play” elements may shy away some gamers but all in all Power Star Golf is still a solid game worthy of any Xbox One owner’s collection.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8 / 10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developers: Zoë Mode

Publishers: Microsoft Studios

Available On: Xbox ONE

Review Copy Info- A digital copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Final Exam for PSN / PC / XBLA Gets Co-Op Trailer + Steam Pre-Orders Open

Developer Mighty Rocket Studio and Publisher Focus Home Interactive are bringing out the fast-paced, action / destruction-filled side scroller Final Exam to the PlayStation 3, Windows PC, and Xbox Live Arcade platforms. Four main characters who are accustomed to each others’ sensibilities have ended up in a hellhole of a shootout with many different kinds of sadistic creatures that want to tear your flesh and destroy your morale across a number of levels.

There are combinations and objectives for a team-based gameplay experience that features both single player and multiplayer in Final Exam, which officially releases this November 5, 2013. Keep an eye out for the official RealGamerNewz Review of the game and check out the following high definition videos of Final Exam gameplay below. 😉

PC Gamers: Pre-Orders on Steam are now open.

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A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX – Review

A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX has been developed by Extend Studio and published by Aksys Games on Xbox Live Arcade and is a throwback to the Side Scrolling 2D shooters like Mega Man, Contra, Bob the Robot, Metroid, and takes things to the next level. In the game there’s a space station in ruin and a group of scientists are trapped by robots that serve them. The robots are being re-programmed by gas from a meteor nearby around the evil Zytron. A.R.E.S. is then created and it’s the first robot able to withstand the gas when it’s sent in by Dr. Carson to save the scientist before its too late.

This title sets players off right into the action playing as either A.R.E.S. or its partner Tarus. It’s a challenging gameplay experience and yet is forgiving to people who take the time to beat every level with patience and not just blaze through it. Players will fight weak enemies that will travel in large packs and must move quickly to dispatch each and every one of them. Parts that are collected in the form of micro-chips in the world will power up two soldiers in addition to the usage of parts collected from dispatching enemies to upgrade. Once you fill up the special move gauge both A.R.E.S. and Tarus can execute their special moves. A.R.E.S. uses a deadly laser-beam that strikes enemies directly from above while Tarus has an energy shield that he can arm and destroy all incoming enemies from his position. There are items to craft and suits to collect making the journey through out of the space station different during every play session.

The graphics of the game are great as the 3D molded characters are set on a 2D plane giving the game an old school feel while still meeting modern aesthetic standards. The game’s cut-scenes have an anime art style to them and the story is also told through text. The sound design is top notch with a rolling soundtrack that ramps up and slows down in certain situations, similar to Metroid, letting the player know when it’s time for action or exploration. The controls are fluid and use mostly all of the Xbox 360 controller. Navigating is done with the analog sticks, the face buttons control the firing / jumping, and the triggers control special moves as well as rolling.

In addition to the game’s 7 campaign missions, 14 if you count both characters campaigns, there are also online leader-boards making the replay value on this game high. The only problem I have with the game is that there’s no map system nor indicators in some parts of the levels which may flustrate or annoy the player but other than that the game is a superb Xbox Live Arcade title that shouldn’t be passed up.

Final Verdict:

A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX is a graceful throwback to the 2D side scroller shooter/action games of the 1990s. A.R.E.S has fluid gameplay and visuals making putting next to other great indie titles on the Xbox Live Arcade. This title is a great game with only minor navigational setbacks but for the most part a solid experience filling the void of a Mega Man or Metroid title. A.R.E.S is well worth its $14.99 price tag and will fill your gaming void until the next game where many of its competition may resurface.

Overall Score: 8/10

RGN Rating: Gold Game

Developer: Extend Studio

Publisher: Aksys Games

Available On: Xbox 360

Review Copy Info- A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Foul Play the Crazy New Fighter / Side – Scrolling Brawler Available Now on XBLA / Steam

You can now grab a copy of Foul Play from publisher Mastertronic and Devolver Digital and developed by Mediatonic on Steam and Xbox Live Arcade for $14.99. This crazy new breed of fighter (which is actually a side-scrolling brawler at heart) features co-op and team take-downs while sporting an original art direction that has just a dash of ‘haduken’ sprinkled on top. Check out the High Definition trailer for the game below.

 

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Disney’s DuckTales Remastered News Recap

Disney’s DuckTales is one of the company’s biggest Television hits as well as one of its most highest selling games to date. Capcom who worked on the the original NES and Gameboy games decided to give remaster the game release it later this month on PSN and XBLA. Here is the trailer and the first two episodes in the Duckumentary (the making of the game).

Check out the DuckTales Remastered Official Reveal Trailer, Official Gameplay Video and even a Duckumentary as well as Art Design Duckumentary here if you missed them, which were all released by Capcom themselves.

The following video is my personal reaction to the news of this announcement and my feelings toward the OG game and the cartoon series:

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Mars: War Logs Combat Trailer Released by Focus Home Interactive

The upcoming Action / Adventure RPG Mars: War Logs has its battle system and gameplay premise showcased in today’s Combat Trailer. Publisher Focus Home Interactive sent us over the video today and we happen to think it’s looking more than a little interesting. The game will be available this year for download on PlayStation Network as well as Xbox Live Arcade and is also being released for PC. Check out the trailer below for this game being developed by Spiders.

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