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Inscryption Review (PC)

I drop a wolf cub on an open lane. A squirrel is ready to absorb damage nearby. I also have a tree stump that will protect me from attacks. The problem is that I draw blood-based creatures but have limited supplies of it. I have plenty of bones, but my draw does not offer me a coyote that I could really use. It might be time to think of whether I can use a cheat to get ahead or if I might lose one of my lives in this battle. Either way, I might be unable to actually get to the boss and it might be a good idea to start thinking about what kind of death card I want.

Inscryption is the work of Daniel Mullins, the man behind Pony Island, and his studio, with publishing handled by Devolver Digital. The game is available on the PC using Steam. It delivers a weird and very interesting mix of ideas while working mostly within the confines of the card game and rogue mix.

The story is built around a room, which houses a mysterious game master and a table that houses a weird … (read more)
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Bonfire Peaks Review (PC)

One step backward, pivot, pivot again, stop to think a little. My character is holding on to an asymmetric stack of crates (one is not like the others) that defies gravity. While he stands still, I am thinking about how to move it into position so I can take one element and then make it into a step to finally reach a fire. Once I am there, I will turn some objects linked to my past into smoke and heat. I am not entirely sure why.

Bonfire Peaks was created by Corey Martin and is published by Draknek & Friends, on the PC using Steam, the Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation 5 and 4. The title is built around puzzle mechanics and a story that touches on the meaning of loss and survival.

The unnamed protagonist is very determined to carry a crate of his things into a fire. It’s hard to know exactly what he’s carrying, or why the bonfires are all strewn across a mountain. Some hints about his past emerge as the peak approaches. Everything is clearly a metaphor for loss and … (read more)
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PlayStation Plus Members to Receive Three Additional Titles in November

Sony is celebrating five years of PlayStation VR games and to mark the milestone, the Japanese giant has decided to offer PS Plus member three additional PS VR games starting next month. Although the titles haven’t been named yet, judging by the wording, we expect the promotion to continue even after November.

Starting in November, PlayStation Plus members will get three PS VR bonus games for no extra charge. Stay tuned for more details in the PlayStation Plus update in the next few weeks.”

In the same piece of news, Sony also revealed some data about the PS VR games it released since the launch of the virtual reality headset five years ago. First off, we now know which are the most-played five PlayStation VR games globally: Rec Room, Beat Saber, PlayStation VR Worlds, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, and Resident Evil 7 biohazard.

Depending on the region, the situation changes slightly. For example, in Europe, top five most-played PlayStation VR games is… (read more)
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PlayStation Console Exclusive Solar Ash Gets Delayed

Solar Ash, the spiritual successor of Hyper Light Drifter from developer Heart Machine, will no longer release in October. Although the game should have been out on PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on October 26, Annapurna Interactive and Heart Machine announced this week they have decided to delay the game.

The official statement cites time constraints due to the global pandemic, something that many other developers were forced to overcome in the last few years. That being said, Solar Ash now has a new release date: December 2, 2021.

Heart Machine & Annapurna Interactive have decided to delay the release of Solar Ash until December 2, 2021. We want Solar Ash to shine, and we need a bit more time to get the last pieces of polish and bug fixes into the game, while still navigating this global pandemic as a highly dedicated team. This short delay will help us get there.”

Unlike their previous Hyper Light Drifter game that was built using 2D pixel art, t… (read more)
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The Eternal Cylinder Review (PC)

One of my trebhums has big legs and can reach out of the way platforms. Another has hardened skin and can turn mushrooms into water. My currently chosen protagonist can also attract weird flies with some spikes on his head. I plan to deal with this puzzle before dropping that one for a more useful mutation, possibly one that allows me to actually attack some creatures that have so far only hunted me.

The Eternal Cylinder was created by ACE Team and published by Good Shepherd Entertainment, on the PC via the Epic Game Store as well as on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. The game mixes a unique take on creature development with survival and exploration mechanics.

The protagonists of the story are individuals from a species called trebhum but the most prominent character is the large piece of geometry from the game’s title. The massive cylinder moves through the world and seems to destroy everything it touches. The trebhums need to move and innovate to survive. Alo… (read more)
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AWAY: The Survival Series Review (PS5)

There are some developers that insist to give their games an educational flavor, trying to teach gamers more about subjects such as history, evolution or survival. None of these games end up as household names in the industry, but some of them are at least interesting or entertaining. But there are some that make you scratch your head trying to guess what the developers were thinking. After Ancestors developed by Patrice Desilets, now another bunch of former Ubisot developers brought us a new nature documentary experience.

Although at first glance AWAY: The Survival Series has a very different topic from Ancestors, there are similarities between the two, beyond the resume of the developers. First and foremost, both games are going to be equally successful and memorable, because both seem to struggle grasping what is a fun and entertaining experience. And the main issue is no the topic structured as an interactive documentary, but the game mechanics that are not up t… (read more)
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Lost Judgment Review (PS5)

Judgment was a pleasant surprise from Sega, and it proved to be worthy to carry on the torch of the Yakuza series. following the same recipe with different spices the adventures of Yagami Takayuki were both memorable and relatable, the pace of the story making it very hard to put it down. The lawyer turned private detective is back with a new adventure to show what else he got ups his sleeve.

After the changes made by the latest instalment, Like a Dragon, it was clear that the fans of the original Yakuza games will migrate towards Judgment. The first game hit the mark from every point of view and offered an experience that could rival any Yakuza game. The sequel promises more of the same, trying to keep the fans well fed and satisfied. That means that the changes are minimal and if you already have had enough of the Yakuza type approach you will be disappointed.

On the other hand, if you like this genre, Lost Judgment will be right up your alley. The developers put… (read more)
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Button City Review (PC)

My Gobabots team is doing great even without my assistance. I have been trying to only kill opposition players and we are only 3 pieces of fruit down. I abandon my murderous efforts to help out, so we gain the lead with 15 seconds on the clock. We win the game and I’m already thinking how my crew is planning on trolling the other team, supposedly the best in the tournament.

Button City is both developed and published by Subliminal. Play it on the PC using Steam but also on the Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series consoles, as well as older platforms from both Sony and Microsoft. The experience wants to tell a small but emotional story while re-imagining some game genres.

Fennel the Fox is the core character, a cute little creature that sees the local arcade as the best way to be part of a community. Unfortunately, the owner is ready to sell the business to the clearly marked as evil capitalist Peppermint Pepperbottom. This launches a classic “kids tr… (read more)
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Destiny 2: Beyond Light, Back 4 Blood, More Games Join Xbox Game Pass in October

The life of an Xbox Game Pass subscriber is pretty tough. There are so many good and great games joining Microsoft’s games subscription service that it’s impossible to keep track to everything we’d like to play. We live in hope that these new games will remain available for enough time to give them a spin, but that’s wishful thinking.

Regardless, we’re happy to report that Microsoft announced a new wave of games coming to Xbox Game Pass in October. Starting today, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (Cloud, Console, and PC), The Procession to Calvary (Cloud, Console, and PC), as well as Visage (Cloud, Console, and PC) are available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers.

The highly anticipated Back 4 Blood co-op first person shooter from the creators of the famous Left 4 Dead franchise is joining Xbox Game Pass on October 12, and it will be available on console, PC and cloud.

On the same day, October 12, Xbox Game Pass members can start playing Destiny 2: Beyond Light, one o… (read more)
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Microsoft Unveils 20th Anniversary Special Edition Xbox Controller and Headset

Xbox fans are probably having a hard time keeping up with all the new wireless controllers Microsoft has been putting out on the market in such a short time. We’re sorry to put even more salt on the wound, but Microsoft has just announced new Xbox accessories that no fan should miss.

Since November 15 will mark Xbox’s 20th anniversary, Microsoft decided to celebrate it with style. Two new accessories are now available for pre-order in select markets, the 20th Anniversary Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controller and 20th Anniversary Special Edition Xbox Stereo Headset.

Both will hit the shelves on November 15, but they are now available for pre-order for $69.99 each via Microsoft Store. Free shipping and hassle-free returns are included too.

The 20th Anniversary Special Edition controller is a new spin on the translucent green of the original Xbox Debug kit. As seen in the image, the body of the controller features a translucent black finish with sliver internals a… (read more)
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