BPM: Bullets Per Minute – The Verdict

BPM: Bullets Per Minute – The Verdict

BPM: Bullets Per Minute is described as a rhythm-action FPS rogue-like. I wasn’t quite sure what that meant at first either so let me explain.

If you’ve played any rogue-likes before you will be familiar with the randomness of each attempt to get to the final boss. Each try contains a different dungeon layout. Within that random layout each room contains a random assortment of enemies, shops, chests, stat and ability and health pickups, level modifiers and secrets, of which there are quite a few. On top of that is the rhythm-action mechanics meaning you can only shoot in time with the music and Awe Interactive have provided a great rock soundtrack which brings the whole game together quite nicely.

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Our Week In Games – Week 111

Our Week In Games – Week 111

The news that Nvidia are releasing a new set of GPU’s labelled ’30-series’ has been a hot topic over the past week or so. Having built my last two PC’s I like to keep up to date with the new tech but try not to get too excited because I know deep down I don’t have enough cash to upgrade every time something new is released. The starting price of £469 for the RTX 3070 in the UK is very tempting however and much cheaper than I’d have imagined a card that outpaces the 1080 Ti to be.

Oh, and there was also the small matter of the Xbox Series reveals and Nintendo stealthily unveiling some more Zelda.

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Our Week in Games – Week 110

Our Week in Games – Week 110

I’m sure most of us are experienced in one way or another with online multiplayer gaming and the highs and lows that go hand-in-hand when playing with other real people.

This week gamers have proven that community spirit still survives even in competetive enviroments when they banded together to eliminate a cheater in Fall Guys. This is just one example of many you can find on social media but it appears that until the developers implement better cheat detection, the community have got it sorted.

The love is even spreading to Escape From Tarkov where one PMC managed to heal a passing traveller (another PMC) and be on his merry way without a single shot being fired in each others direction, sacriledge!

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Röki – The Verdict

Röki – The Verdict

Röki had me from the moment Tove, our protagonist, and her little brother, Lars, arrive home at the beginning of the game’s extended prologue. Home being a quaint cabin near the lake, surrounded by layers of dense trees and, beyond them, snow-capped mountains. The place is beautiful, but look past the halcyon visage and you’ll start to notice the cracks.

The lonely wind chimes. The crumpled well. The depleted snowman. The two grave stones. Each one has a story to tell, each one painting a picture of a fragmented family with a big, mum-sized hole in the centre.

Home brings a new depth to Tove’s vocal expressions (the characters express themselves with aural gestures that evoke context-dependent emotions). There’s a hint of sadness and longing, but also of a strength and resilience that’s a result of that pain. This sense of living with and surviving loss hangs over the entire game, lending Röki real poignancy and emotional complexity.

It’s not something I expected from a game that looked like a fun combination of cute and scary built around Scandinavian folklore, but that’s exactly what Polygon Treehouse have done. It’s what makes Röki one of the best games I’ve played all year.

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Top 5 Welsh Football Manager Challenges

Top 5 Welsh Football Manager Challenges

As our weekly Our Week in Games feature has returned, so has my Football Manager habit. I’m big proponent of playing in the Welsh league system especially as Football Manager 2020 includes the JD Cymru North and South. And with the next game in the series expected to be coming later than normal (understandably all things considered), but normal football resuming, a top five list of challenges in the Welsh leagues seems fitting.

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art of rally coming September 23rd!

art of rally coming September 23rd!

I am very excited for this. In a year which is looking to be a barn stormer of racing games, art of rally is perhaps the best looking of the lot, and is certainly the one I am most excited for. The great news is that we don’t have long to wait for it to land, with the announcement trailer (hit the cut) revealing this gorgeous racer will land September 23rd.

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Mortal Shell – The Verdict

Mortal Shell – The Verdict

With every ‘Souls-like’ comes the unavoidable comparison to Dark Souls and Mortal Shell uses many of the mechanics found within FromSoftware’s legendary series. The way in which it uses these mechanics but also carves a little space to use them in it’s own way is very reminiscent of the first time I ever played a Souls game. At first I didn’t really know what I was doing, or where I was going, or if I was even making any kind of meaningful progress. But I knew what I was playing was captivating and so I forged on into oblivion.

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Our Week in Games – Week 109

Our Week in Games – Week 109

It’s been another up and down week in the games industry. Nintendo held a surprise mini-Direct as a partner showcase which immediately led to fans calling for more first party goodness. The Epic Games vs Apple battle continued, meanwhile Ubisoft are yet again in the news for all the wrong reasons.

But we love videogames, and on we march with Our Week in Games. Read on…

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Adventure in Aellion Lands in Early Access

Adventure in Aellion Lands in Early Access

Charming Zelda-like Adventure in Aellion has finally made its Early Access debut, just a few short weeks after their initial plans. I’m very happy to see the team get into Early Access as I was left very impressed with the demo at EGX last year. Hit the break for a celebratory trailer and details of The Game Production Company’s upcoming plans.

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