I had a feeling Dead Cells would be something special when I previewed it last year, and frankly, it’s proving difficult to pull myself away from it to actually write this Verdict. I told myself that I’d jump on for just five minutes this morning, to get myself in the groove. An hour later, after failing at the hands of The Concierge, the first boss, I’m back to writing. It’s a great game.
Rejoice dear readers, for Dead Cells has hit version 1.0, and is now available in the wild on Steam and assorted console gizmos. To celebrate, developers Motion Twin reveal in their release blog that they will celebrate by going to ye olde pub. In the 454 days the game has been in Early Access, there have been 79 updates, including 10 major feature or content releases. Boy, it seems worth the wait for this release version to go live.
Sometimes, I wonder how other people go about the practicalities of playing games; especially something like Smoke and Sacrifice, an open-world narrative-driven RPG with survival elements and an evolving eco-system. How do you go about keeping track of the way different items, creatures, and environments all work together? Do you keep a notepad by your side as you play to note these things down? Answers on a postcard please.
Death Road to Canada, a randomly generated road-trip action RPG, has been roaming the hallways of Steam and mobile for a while. But now, it has hit the consoles. Here, Dan Lipscombe takes a look at the Switch release of this gruesome gem.
Vesta is a pile of ideas combined to create a reasonably interesting puzzle game with odd slices of action. When I say it’s a pile of ideas, it’s more to highlight the visual styles. All of the cut-scenes are produced with a odd cartoon flair that doesn’t translate over to the gameplay, which is more of a bright handful of polygons – a 3D representation of a cartoon. They don’t gel particularly well and I think the game would have…
It’s a tale of friendship, of sacrifice, of betrayal, of incompetent mayors and of a rocket. It’s SteamWorld Dig 2.
The problem with Nightmare Boy is the scope of what the developer is trying to do and the fact that the ideas they have seem too plentiful for what they produced. This is a game that struggles to communicate its identity; does it want to be a Metroidvania style platformer? Does it want to be a challenging 2D scroller, like Salt & Sanctuary? Or does it want to be a charming, albeit more grown up, version of the games we…
“I hate this tiny drunken baby-man” was pretty much the only sentence I uttered while playing this game – my flatmate in hysterics as she watched me play. It’s an infuriating, physics based title that gives the player control of a human avatar who seems to have been hitting the bottle a little too hard. The idea is to take your little guy from the start of the game to the end, by only controlling his jumping and using the…
The FIFA franchise is one, like many sporting games that aren’t Football Manager, where I tend to dip in and out, skipping seasons here and there without much concern. Unlike some, I’ve never been one who absolutely needs the latest release, and I would have been quite content skipping FIFA 18…until I saw the Switch version on offer.
Ahh Mantis Burn Racing, a little gem that I thoroughly enjoyed last year when it was first released. It features some great top-down racing, and while I loved it, part of me always felt the mini vehicles, while looking gorgeous, were a bit lost when playing on a big screen. Now it’s been released on the Switch, and it is better than ever.
I’ve been checking out Wulverblade as part of my desire to get stuck into some of the gems that are coming out on the Switch. I will be bringing you all my Verdict of this side-scrolling beat-em-up…just once I’ve managed to get past the second level. The game is a bit tough, but the good news is that developers Fully Illustrated are working on an easy mode!
The wonder of the Nintendo Switch is that indies that might have become lost in the masses on Steam have a new lease of life. The Flame in the Flood is a charming rogue-lite survival game that completely passed me by when it was released on PC last year, but it has performed extremely well since releasing on the Switch last week.
Day two of EX 2017 is done for me, and I think I’ve had a pretty decent show. While I haven’t seen many AAA games, I’m not too concerned about losing an hour or more of my life in a queue for a game that people will buy in their droves anyway. What has always interested is the indie games, and their certainly have been some gems on show this year.
Day one of EGX 2017 is done! This year, I’m only doing two days at the show, any more would be excessive, especially as the ratio of games to other stuff seems more skewed to other stuff than ever before. e-Sports, Twitch and other gubbins take over the majority of the show floor, and in some ways games seem like an after though. But, it is EGX, and I’m doing my usual boots on the ground report of what I’ve…
Something has worried me ever since the Nintendo Switch was announced. It is this. Nintendo will find it hard to convince me that paying £49 for a game on their system represents good value. “Oh!” You shriek, “Just because it is a console that can be played on the go doesn’t mean it is less valuable to the consumer or the industry. You’re prolly just a AAA snob.” Here’s an analogy… Let’s say that you work in the car industry….