Downward Spiral: Horus Station Review
I’ve always been a fan of games with derelict sci-fi environments. I could go on forever about every little detail that made System Shock 2 so good. When I saw Downward Spiral: Horus Station on Steam, I just knew that I had to review this space station exploration adventure developed by 3rd Eye Studios.
Terra Feminarum Review
Terra Feminarum, released on Kalevala day, may not be as important in the cultural scale but it’s an uncanny marriage between Kalevala mythology and Japanese danmaku shoot ’em up (bullet hell shooter). The end result is as attractive and mystical as Aurora Borealis lighting up the northern skies.
A stark and slowed down shooter that behaves more like a puzzle game, filled with neat out-of-game menus and secrets to find, Superhot is one of the coolest things I've played in a long time. I've been excited since their in-browser prototype hit, and they expanded and delivered on the promise superbly. While it definitely didn't overstay its welcome, as soon as Superhot ended I wanted to do it all again. It's fun, looks great, and is the best action movie simulator I've ever played.
The Bug Butcher
The Bug Butcher takes an old, proven formula and brings it into the modern era. Many games have taken the Galaga style and slapped a fresh coat of paint on it, but The Bug Butcher does more than that. The game takes the formula we all know so well and adds a great look, some fun power-ups, and interesting enemies that keep the game fresh for its short duration. While The Bug Butcher won’t be amazing gamers with its unique premise anytime soon, it’s a game that is well worth playing for a handful of hours.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
Over, under and through, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! is a Borderlands game. If you enjoyed previous games, you'll enjoy this one, though I'm happy to see that Gearbox proper is taking a break from the series for a bit. I also hope that this will not be the last we see of 2K Australia, who managed, despite using a license, to let their own voices shine through. With the majority of changes being positive, the only thing that should give someone pause over taking the plunge is whether or not you want more Borderlands.
Bit.Trip Fate is a beautiful 2-D side-scrolling shoot-em-up with a strong dubstep soundtrack. But it's the weakest entry in the series. Skilled players may not have the same experience as I did, but having to replay the entire level over again multiple times was not enjoyable, especially when levels are long with no checkpoints. It's also short, spanning a mere six levels, but encourages you to go after the high score. I liked the game, but Commander Video has seen better
Retrovirus is a great adventure and it gives you some insight into what your computer could be dealing with each day you use it. Maybe next time, you’ll give that email a second look or thank your antivirus for slowing down your computer to scan. I just hope that the community can join the multiplayer rooms more often.
For the asking price of $7.99, anyone would be hard pressed to find such a quality shmup within reach, especially one which seems to not only to celebrate, but actually relish in the difficult roots which birthed it. Naming itself a love letter to the '90s, Syder Arcade is a great ride to a glorious, and well earned, death.