Initial 2: New Stage Review
Initial 2 shows sincere passion towards game making even though the developer Restory Studio has been lacking in everything what star developers could afford. Only nine guys made the game with a shoe-string budget so it can’t compete with the best but the effort alone is commendable. And then some.
SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
The games might be as old school as they come and the lack of Metal Slug and other top tier SNK titles are missed but the SNK 40th Anniversary collection is more than a compilation of the company’s early hits. The clean interface, breadth of games, added console ports and new playback options represents a new beginning for legal retro game emulation
Life Is Strange 2 Episode 3, "Wastelands" Review
We’ve reached the climax of Life Is Strange 2 and the rollercoaster ride down is liable to be a rocky one. This is definitely one of the better episodes in the game because there’s real danger here. Sean and Daniel have been doing pretty OK for themselves but this is the first time things felt truly unpredictable.
Life Is Strange 2 Episode 2, "Rules" Review
Life Is Strange 2 is a road movie where the journey is more important than the destination, which is still kind of up in the air. There are a lot of miles between the Diaz boys and Mexico, leaving open ample opportunities for things to go hideously sideways. It’s early yet so I can’t discern where the story will take these two boys. A solid entry despite its off-key finale.
Operencia: The Stolen Sun Review
Operencia: The Stolen Sun is a turn-based fantasy RPG that exists in what is becoming an ever-emptier niche: budget games that hide their limitations and make up for their modest production values with reasonable, attainable ambitions and high-quality follow through.
DiRT Rally 2.0 Review
DiRT-series drifted more to the arcade-style rally racing game by game, but a few years ago, DirRT Rally made a corrective steering maneuver. Gone was frolicking presentation and other easy-going nonsense and focus was firmly shifted back to rally and rallycross. For the inevitable sequel, DiRT Rally 2.0, magic formula hasn’t been “add more” but rather “refine further”.
Resident Evil 2 Review
Remastering old games is relatively easy. Just spice up the graphics and perhaps smooth out controls a bit and that’s it. Remaking is another story, though, especially if it concerns such a classic video game as Resident Evil 2, something that’s loved and cherished by a whole generation of gamers who first experienced it over 20 years ago on PlayStation 1.
Genesis Alpha One Review
Genesis Alpha One by German indie developer Radiation Blue and published by Team17 covers the star trek to a place where our DNA can prosper once again. Mostly on-board an extensible starship, the game is a mix of resource management and 1st person shooter that almost downplays its most exciting aspects.
Although Ashen is one of the better Souls-like games, its strengths emerge the more it deviates from the template. With a distinctive art style and approach to co-op, base-building and character interaction, Ashen suffers in those areas in which its Souls model outshines it: fluid and varied combat being the most obvious area. Taken apart from its inspiration, though, Ashen is still an entertaining and elegant experience.