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Game Shock – Critical Mass Tech Demo Preview

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Critical Mass, a top-down voxel-based shooter with an engine that’s gorgeous with it’s nice shading and its voxel destruction. This game is a tech demo to check if everything is working in order for the developers main game called Ground State, But seeing as how the game got a lot of attention, there may still be hope for this kick-ass game to continue getting development support.

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A New League Of Legends Cinematic Video

And there you have it, a new League Of Legends cinematic video from Riot Games titled ‘A New Dawn’, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. Every time they make a new cinematic it always looks more awesome than the last one. Improving the graphical detail, animations..etc. Heck I’d put it up there with Blizzard and Square Enix level of quality.

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OddWorld: New ‘n’ Tasty Review

OddWold: New ‘n’ Tasty is a single-player platformer that’s a remake of the beloved classic PlayStation / PC game Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysse. With 1080p at 60fps, it’s a re-imagining with the great tech of today.

In New ‘n’ Tast you play as Abe, a lovable creature that’s out to save himself from slavery and being eaten, and on the way save all the slaves he can. Explore ancient ruins, dodge deadly beasts that’s out to kill or eat you, and avoid trigger-happy hunting parties.

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The Good

Good graphics with mostly smooth 60fps. Funny dialog with a good story, and some parts of the story you don’t get but it’s interesting and funny nonetheless. Fun little ‘do what i do’ puzzles and ‘what’s the password puzzles’. Good gameplay with nice change of pace from normal movement, to funny stealth mechanics, to fast paced ride on your mount and speed finish the level. Also fun coop with your buddy to play and do fart jokes.

The Bad

You can’t restart a level, so if you’re stuck in a level and would want to restart that level from the begging, you can’t and would have to restart the whole chapter. Controls are sluggish, and so because of it some levels are annoyingly hard to finish since you need tight movement to get past some of the obstacles.

The Money

OddWold: New ‘n’ Tasty will cost you 30 dollars on PSN, and seeing how seeing how long the game is, plus having fun with the coop mode, plus the nostalgia level is pretty high and awesome, it’d say go for it. Worth the purchase.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for Oddworld Inhabitants Inc for providing us with a copy of the game. First off i want to say that the game’s story rhymes better than Child of Light, that’s just personal preference. But anyway, having played the original OddWorld game’s, New ‘n’ Tasty is a blast from the past, with pretty much everything from original game, in terms of gameplay features, characters, and the humor is all there. With new features like ridding a mount, unless i forgot you can do that in the original. But some levels were a pain to finish because of the not so precise controls. Overall though the game is a must buy for fans of the original.

Ranking

The Game To Play 5/6

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A Golden Wake Hands-on Preview

A Golden Wake, a retro-styled point-and-click adventure game coming to PC this fall. It’s being developed by Grundislav Games who made Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator, and Wadjet Eye Games who brought us the Blackwell series, which is a great series, especially the closing chapter Blackwell Epiphany that we reviewed here.

You play as hopeful entrepreneur named Alfie Banks, where you’ll try to point and click your way to fame and fortune with the mob on your back, the Great Depression on the horizon, and Florida’s lucrative waterfront just one hurricane away from total devastation.

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So going into the preview, the game is set in the 1920′s and at the beginning i was in New York where i had to talk to the characters around me to know about about them and checking on their background, and a little bit after getting some knowledge of the game’s world and it’s characters, the game presented me with a hard choice right off the bat which was kind of interesting to see one so early in the game. After that decision was made, one thing led to another i saw myself working for some big-shot as a real-estate guy selling some land in Miami where the population is increasing at an extreme rate, and so getting a job when there’s a boom in population was best choice any one would make at the time. And after a couple of years passing by, the land was at a great state, but all good things come to end, and pretty much everything went downhill. After some major downfall in the city, i found myself choosing to work as a gang member, but as it turns out it was too much to handle and was left in a state where depression and not knowing what to do next, pretty much like the city. There’s more to tell but it’s safe to stop here to avoid any spoilers.

As usual, the voice acting in the game is great, with the same mechanics that we’ve seen in the Blackwell series, and with the same great music from it too. The game’s look isn’t to my taste, but it does capture the scene/world it presents you with, alive and full of character.

A Golden Wake is coming out this fall on PC.

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Game Shock – Defensive Grid 2 Beta Preview

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Defensive Grid 2 is tower defensive game, the sequel to the original Defensive Grid, that stays true to it’s mechanics, and well, it’s a tower defensive game what can i say? it’s a good one that’s for sure, and it’s gorgeous to look at too. With nice new ways to change the map level up a bit in certain times in the story mode. When it launches it will have online modes (not sure if coop or pvp or both) and a level editor with Steam workshop, so that’s a boost in replayability. For what it is i had fun playing it, and so if you like DG1 then you will like DG2.

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3D Futurama, 3D FUTURAMA, FUTURAMA IN 3D!

We LOVE Futurama, heck we memorized every episode, and there is one person out there with the talent to make a fan cry in joy. A 3D (game) designer, and animator actually made the world of Futurama in 3D, and it looks absolutely fan-f***ing-tastic!

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Game Shock – Ninja Pizza Girl Pre-alpha Preview

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Ninja Pizza Girl is a side-scrolling Mirror’s Edge like platformer with a story to tell about bullying, emotional resilience, and pizza delivering ninjas apparently, which is pretty awesome. The actual base idea of the game came from real life where a young girl was learning kung fu and delivering pizzas, hence ‘Ninja Pizza Girl’. So far so good the game plays great and somehow appealing, and it kind of does give off a Mirror’s Edge feeling, which is great.

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Abyss Odyssey Review

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Abyss Odyssey is a 2D side-scrolling adventure game that blends RPG and fighting game mechanics, in other words it’s a fighting roguelike adventure platformer. The game also has procedurally generated levels, and your enemies will strike, block, parry and dodge like we would see in a fighting game.

A deep combat system, Procedurally generated levels, three hero characters to level up, take control and play as any enemy you encounter (even the bosses), beautiful visuals inspired by Art Nouveau, and community driven goals. You can also play by yourself in the campaign or with a local or online friend, and there’s also a versus mode (local at the moment) with up to 4 players (PC only).

The Good

Graphically good looking with a nice art style. Great sound track. A good story that’s fully voice-acted, and a nice background story of almost each creature in the game that’s interesting to read. Good combat mechanics with customizable attacks. Three characters to play from with different combat styles. Really challenging/hard to play, with enemies that will not only attack but also block, parry, dodge, and even take turns hitting you on each side. Great mechanic where you can play as any person/creature in the game, and all of them have their own attacks & abilities. Procedurally generated levels are nice. High replay value. Fun local versus mode for quick PVP.

The Bad

Movement controls are sluggish when turning your character’s direction from left to right or vice versa, and because of that it’s somewhat hard to move around in levels, and sometimes it would cost you a chance to block or to strike at enemies in the heat of battle. The game doesn’t do a good job at explaining some combat controls and/or more complex controls. The coop is not fun as it has friendly-fire on while the enemies don’t, so because of that it’s hard for both players to enjoy the game in a coop experience. Not having an option to disable it makes you want to avoid the coop mode. There is now an option to turn off friendly-fire, so that’s one issue gone.

The Money

Abyss Odyssey will cost you 15 dollars on PC Steam, PSN, XBLA, and seeing how much this game has a lot of content, nice progression, really challenging, and good replayability, that’s also nice looking and sounds great, i can’t see why not to not get it at that price, unless you can’t cope with how to controls work. Abyss Odyssey is worth the purchase.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for ATLUS for providing us with a copy of the game. Here’s what happen when i was playing the game. Going from “This game is really nice” to “This game is insanely hard” to “Ok now i get it, this is actually really fun, nice, and somewhat addicting”. I’m loving everything about the game aside from the sluggish right/left movement, and the friendly fire in coop. Going in-depth about the problem with coop, when i tested it with a friend it was either me not fighting and my friend doing all the work, or the other way around so that we won’t hit each other and die, and because of that it doesn’t feel hard, but it feels really unfair as the enemies don’t friend fire with each other. Just disabling (or having the option to disable) the friendly fire will making the coop a great fun experience. UPDATE: There is now an option to turn off the friendly-fire and now the coop is a joy to play without worrying all the time. The game’s procedural generated levels are nice so that you won’t memorize everything and make it not boring to play through the game again, and there is no difficulty to choose from, but the game chooses for you the difficulty for each level from ‘easy’ to ‘medium’ to ‘hard’ which is really nice. Also just wanted to say that taking the form of any creature, and that’s including the boss, is really freaking awesome. By the way, don’t worry if you die a lot in the game, i was level 40 until i killed the first and last boss to finish the game.

Ranking

The Game To Play 5/6

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Game Shock – XING: The Land Beyond Alpha Preview

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XING: The Land Beyond, a first-person atmospheric puzzle adventure game that’s utilizing the Unreal Engine 4 which makes the game looks gorgeous. Your soul is sent to the world of XING after you died, and so you start to wonder why that is and start your journey to discover the reason behind it. Playing the game as you exploration and puzzle solve, you will have the power to change day to night or vice versa, and in the full game you will be able to gain powers to change the weather like changing it from making it rain to making it snow.

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Game Shock – RWBY: Grim Eclipse Prototype Preview

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RWBY: Grim Eclipse is a fan made game from the RWBY series made by Rooster Teeth, and the game is made by Jordan Scott in about five months. The fan made game got popular and it got Rooster Teeth’s attention so they officially picked the game up, and hired Jordan to work on it too. The game is a third person survival-based action role-playing game. A sort of a playable version of the ‘Red’ Trailer. The game rocks as a fan-made game, and knowing that it got picked up and officially under development got me really excited. There is no release date on the game yet, but they should take their time and make an awesome game.

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