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Sunday, 31 May 2020

REVIEW - Castle Pals on Xbox One


Review By Jon Donnis
I was sent a copy of Castle Pals by Ratalaika Games S.L. to review.

You play as either Kylee or Owen in this simple platform game. With Kylee you jump, punch and kick your way through the levels and with Owen you fly above your enemies. Set in "Castle Pookapick" which is an awesome name for a Castle! The game play is pretty simple. Get from point A in the level to point B. Do it within a certain set time and you earn a gold medal.

Of course it is never just that simple, there are traps to stop you, doors you have to figure out how to open. And of course enemies that want to kill you.


In total there are 40 levels, you will find yourself getting through the first half relatively quickly, but then slowly things get tougher and you suddenly realise that the game is not as easy as you first thought.

For Gamerpoint collectors you will very quickly collect these, which is always satisfying.

The game has a great old school feel, from the retro style graphics to the music.

This is a fun game, it really is as simple as that, a fun easy to enjoy platform game, that relies on game play first. And for a fraction under £5/$5/€5 on all formats you cant really go wrong.

Castle Pals is out now, and I highly recommend it. And I score it a strong 8/10

Friday, 29 May 2020

Outriders - First City Gameplay



LONDON, UK (May 28th, 2020)
SQUARE ENIX® debuted new gameplay footage from OUTRIDERS™, the highly anticipated upcoming RPG-Shooter from People Can Fly, the developers of Gears of War: Judgment and BULLETSTORM, and Square Enix External Studios, the minds behind SLEEPING DOGS® and JUST CAUSE®.

Seen through the lens of drop-in co-op, the First City gameplay reveals never-before-seen Pyromancer powers, brand-new, hyper-evolved creatures, information on the OUTRIDERS World Tier system, a look at an immersive new environment and more.

Watch the OUTRIDERS First City Gameplay:


Set in an all-new, dark sci-fi world, OUTRIDERS is a true genre hybrid that combines the depth and story of an RPG and the intensity of third-person shooter combat with awe-inspiring powers. Deep character progression and itemization allow for a wide variety of creative class builds, and evolve People Can Fly’s trademark over-the-top, skill-based gameplay to create a brutal RPG-shooter experience.

“We are making the game we always wanted to play. The team at PCF are all gamers and we love shooters. Shooters are in our DNA and we have been making them for decades. At the same time, we also love RPG’s,” said Bartek Kmita, Creative Director of OUTRIDERS at People Can Fly. “We always wanted to play a deep RPG, with an epic story and the flexibility to create lots of interesting character builds, but we also wanted a skill-based, challenging and intense real-time combat system in our RPG. When the opportunity to create it ourselves came along, it was like a dream come true.”

The OUTRIDERS First City gameplay video is just one of the segments in the OUTRIDERS Broadcast, a new monthly show that will dive deep into the various features of the dark and desperate world of OUTRIDERS. Discover all-new gameplay, environments, character class deep dives, and updates from the team.
 
OUTRIDERS will release on PlayStation 5®, PlayStation 4®, Xbox Series X, the Xbox One family of devices, and PC in Holiday 2020.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

REVIEW: Those Who Remain - On Xbox One


Review by Jon Donnis
Wired Productions sent me a copy of Those Who Remain on Xbox, and I was intrigued to see what all the fuss was about. After all when a game is described as an Unnervingly-Tense Psychological Adventure-Thriller, I almost see that as a challenge to my manliness! Well not really, but it still intrigued me.

Set in a town called Dormont, the first thing you will realise is that this is a dark game, and by dark, I mean turn all the lights off in the house if you want to be able to see anything in the game. This is a story driven first person game, and it relies on that dark atmosphere to really draw you in, and keep you on the edge of your seat.


You play as Edward, and you will find out pretty quick that he has travelled to Dormont to break up with his girlfriend. The problem is that Dormont is seemingly surrounded by darkness and within the dark, monsters await. And that is the main thrust of the game, you need to stay in the light to survive, as the monsters tend to hate the light, and along the way you need to solve various problems to get you to the next part of the game.

You will switch between realities in some cases and the actions of one reality will affect the other. You will see a ghost or two, and depending on certain choices you make, you will travel down different narratives of the story and have multiple endings depending on your choices.

As I have already mentioned, the game is dark, frustratingly so at times. And there is no handy torch to light the way, at some points you might have a lighter, but most of the time you have to figure out how to turn on static lights to light the way.


The game is pretty straight forward, and as it is story-driven, you wont find yourself hacking and slashing at a monster, instead you need to avoid them. A few hours into the game and I found myself massively stuck, what can I say, a huge monster with a big light for a head was blocking my way, and for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to get past it, I succumbed in the end and asked for some help, and I got past him. This is one thing you may find yourself doing, checking online for walk throughs to help. This may not necessarily be a bad thing for most people, but perhaps if there was an in game hint system, that would be a better option for players, than having to go hunt for help online, which then leaves the temptation of just using a walk through to get you through the entire game.

There is also a problem with the save feature, or lack of a manual one. The game will auto save at certain checkpoints, but if after a rather long bit of play, you die, you find yourself all the way back at the checkpoint, with that frustrated feeling of knowing that you just spent 20 minutes figuring something out, and partly with luck that you now have to repeat it all over. I think a manual save is always a better choice, especially in "safe" game play moments.

The game itself is quite unnerving at times, and although you will probably jump the first time you see a monster in the dark, you soon get used to them and pretty much ignore them.

With that said I did enjoy the game, and did find myself even when stuck, not wanting to give up, but instead trying to figure it out.

So let us summarise.

The Good
Very atmospheric game, really does drag you in to the narrative and keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Bad
Just so damn dark, I know it is the point of the game, but i'm a stickler for being able to see what I am doing. Even turning the brightness up didn't help much. And the game can be frustrating at times.

Overall
This is a decent game, if you like story driven horror games, then you should enjoy this. Obviously not for kids, or those of a weak disposition, but everyone else it will be fine. But be prepared to sit in the dark.

I score the game a solid 7/10
Review by Jon Donnis

Those Who Remain, OUT NOW! on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Edna & Harvey: The Breakout - Anniversary Edition to launch for the first time worldwide on consoles


Hamburg, Germany, May 28, 2020
Attention adventure fans: Daedalic Entertainment has announced the release of Edna & Harvey: The Breakout - Anniversary Edition for the current console generation.

From 17 June 2020, the award-winning adventure hit from Hamburg-based adventure game specialist can be played on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Edna & Harvey: The Breakout - Anniversary Edition promises another crazy adventure, in which protagonist Edna plots her escape from a mental institution with the help of her sage advisor, a plush bunny called Harvey. The route out of incarceration is littered with devious puzzles, a liberal smattering of pop culture references and some truly fun times.

At the original launch in 2008 the adventure received wide acclaim and several awards. The quirkiest of cult adventures set new standards within the genre and is set to captivate a whole new generation of console gamers with its new edition. Existing fans and current adventure gamers will be able to enjoy a classic point-and-click adventure in an all-new guise.

For the anniversary edition, the iconic graphics have been redrawn from scratch and converted to HD without distorting the distinctive art style of the original and its successful sequel “Harvey’s New Eyes”. In addition, improvements to the interface and a control system adapted to consoles were implemented.

Features:
The award-winning story and puzzle design of the original for the first time for console players
20+ hours of adventurous gaming fun
Unique comic style, with beautiful cel-shaded visuals
Many funny characters and exciting dialogues
Switch between original and modern HD graphics at any time
Improved control mechanics and user interface for console

You can find further information at https://www.daedalic.com/edna-anniversary-10th

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Castle Pals - Launch Trailer - Out on all consoles this week


Leon, Spain - May 26th, 2020
If you discovered an old scary castle, would you try to uncover all of it’s secrets? Well, Kylee and Owen plan to!

One night, Kylee and Owen stumbled upon creepy Castle Pookapick and decide to uncover its secrets! Nothing could possibly go wrong, could it?

Play as two different characters! Punch your way through enemies with Kylee and fly above your enemies while avoiding traps as Owen!

Earn optional gold medals by completing levels from start to finish faster than the posted time for each level. Can you collect them all?


Features:
Guide the Pals through 40 action packed levels!
Smash bad guys with Kylee's powerful attacks!
Float around and explore using Owen's propeller hat!
Battle fearsome bosses!
Cute retro art and music!
Ratalaika Games & Brad Erkkilla are proud to announce that Castle Pals will be making its way onto Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 this week!

Castle Pals will be priced for 4.99$/€ for all platforms.

It will launch on:
PS4 America: May 26th
PS4 Europe: May 27th
Xbox One: May 27th
Nintendo Switch (NA & EU): May 29th

Monday, 25 May 2020

Skater XL - Official Early Access Update Trailer


Check out the latest trailer for Skater XL which highlights features from the launch of Update 0.3.0.0B for the skateboarding game.

The update adds transition grinds that gives players a new way to hit the coping, a miniramp test map, and new board customizations to personalize their decks, trucks, wheels, and griptape, and more.

Update 0.3.0.0B is available now on the game's Public Beta on Steam.

Skater XL launches on July 7 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Friday, 22 May 2020

REVIEW: Concept Destruction - On Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam




Review By Jon Donnis:
I was sent a review copy of Concept Destruction by Ratalaika Games S.L.
And I was rather excited to receive it after I had seen the trailer. The first thing I thought was that we finally had a successor to a game I loved over 25 years ago on PS1 called Destruction Derby.

If you are old enough to remember that classic, much like me you are probably baffled as to why we never got a remake. Well now you don't need one as we have Concept Destruction. The idea is basically the same, you drive around in a car, you have multiple opponents and the winner is the last car standing. But with this game made by Thinice Games, the cars are made out of cardboard, and you play on a table top. It's a nice twist on the genre which as far as I can recall is completely unique.


You have different modes, of course you have a championship mode, whereby you have to play on various tracks, accumulate a score, and try to position as high as you can. Pretty straight forward. You also have a simple School mode, which helps you learn the basic controls, a Survival mode, which is exactly what you think it is, and a tourism mode, whereby damage is off and you just drive around destroying other cars.


Overall it is a simple concept which works really well. The game is incredibly fun, highly addictive, and has enough in it that will keep you coming back. I am not sure if they will release updates with new tracks, cars etc, I really hope they do, but I guess that will very much depend on the popularity of the game. But for just a fraction under 5$/€ on all formats, this game is cheap enough that it should be a huge hit.

I really loved the game, and with the multiplayer options on there as well, which unfortunately I was unable to try, this is a game that can only grow over time.


So lets quickly go over the Good and the Bad.

The Good, Pretty much everything, the graphics are great for what they are, perhaps more background work could have been done just to make things prettier, but for the actual game play the graphics are as good as they would need to be, the sound effects, music and all of that are also of a high standard, and most important of all the game play is a lot of fun.

The Bad, the only thing I can really complain about is that I want more, I want more tracks, more cars, more modes of play. The fact I want more is a testament to how good this game is.

Just scroll down and watch the trailer.

Summary:
BUY THIS GAME! It is awesome - 10/10

Review by Jon Donnis

‘Concept Destruction’ will be priced for 4.99$/€ for all platforms and is out now!

Features:
Crash destructible cardboard cars, each with a unique driving style
Pick from 4 different modes to bring total destruction
Expeience unique 3D cardboard car designs
Customize how you play!
Listen to a heavy metal soundtrack while bashing cars

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Demon's Tier+ coming to PS4, PS Vita, Xbox and Switch on June 9th, 2020! (June 10th on Xbox)


An epic dungeon-RPG roguelike
Enter the dungeons of King Thosgar and destroy his demonic minions! Combining the best elements from Xenon Valkyrie+ and Riddled Corpses EX, this is the latest game in the Diabolical Mind trilogy!

Features
Epic storyline
2 players local coop mode (on PS4™, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One)
8 heroes with different stats and abilities
Procedurally generated dungeons
Twin-stick shooting
Localized into 4 languages
Trophies (Platinum) and Achievements


NARAKA: BLADEPOINT Strikes with New Parkour Trailer


Hangzhou, 20.05.2020
24Entertainment today unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming multiplayer combat game, NARAKA: BLADEPOINT. Announced in December at The Game Awards 2019, this new trailer reveals exciting characters and their weapons, with an additional glimpse of new maps.

We have seen characters Viper Ning, Takeda Nobutada, Tenkai before, but this new trailer shows new, unseen before character, Mehlika. Each character has their own unique power, see video for Mehlika’s sneaky attack from using her power of invisibility.

Each character has their own unique , which enhances gameplay and gives players a different feel for each character they choose.  In this video, the action takes place in beautifully detailed maps. Enjoy the scenery, but watch out as the action as friends become foe in an epic battle to the death.

Game Features:
Unchained Combat System: Super free Map Interaction + Grappling Hook
Unique Block & Parry Mechanics: No Defence or Block button
Original multiplayer gameplay
Stunning Eastern Art Style
NARAKA: BLADEPOINT is set for release globally in 2020. To volunteer for the battle, go to https://store.steampowered.com/app/1203220 to begin your journey, as you look to become the hero or the villain, and raise your hands in victory as you celebrate as the champion.

For more information, visit http://www.narakathegame.com 



Mafia: Trilogy - Official Teaser | PS4


The newly announced Definitive Editions of Mafia, Mafia II, and Mafia III invite you to live the life of a gangster across three distinct eras of organized crime in America. You can own them all as part of Mafia: Trilogy, which is available for purchase now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam, and will be coming to the Epic Games Store at a later date. Stadia versions of Mafia II: Definitive Edition and Mafia III: Definitive Edition are also planned.


The centerpiece of Mafia: Trilogy, Mafia: Definitive Edition, is a complete overhaul of the original game that was released to widespread critical acclaim in 2002, and improves on the beloved classic in every way imaginable. Rebuilt from the ground up by Hangar 13, it’s a faithful but expanded 4K- and HDR-ready remake that not only makes dramatic improvements to the original’s visuals and gameplay, but also builds upon its award-winning narrative and adds new features like motorcycles and collectibles to the 1930s city of Lost Heaven. Mafia: Definitive Edition will debut on August 28, 2020 and is now available for pre-order on its own and as part of Mafia: Trilogy.



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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

SnowRunner - Accolades Trailer


SnowRunner launched April 28 to brilliant reviews from the press and players. See what the hype is all about in today’s Accolades Trailer!

Get ready for the next-generation off-road experience!


SnowRunner puts you in the driver's seat of powerful vehicles as you conquer extreme open environments with the most advanced terrain simulation ever. Drive 40 vehicles from brands such as Ford, Chevrolet, and Freightliner as you leave your mark on an untamed open world.

Overcome mud, torrential waters, snow, and frozen lakes while taking on perilous contracts and missions. Expand and customize your fleet with many upgrades and accessories including an exhaust snorkel for heavy waters or chain tired to battle the snow.


Ride solo or with other players in 4-player co-operative!.

Buy now from Amazon!
https://amzn.to/2LGyhmj - Xbox
https://amzn.to/2Tnoaal - PS4

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Dungeon of the Endless - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch


A thrilling mix of dungeon defense and roguelike
Dungeon of the Endless is the award-winning Rogue-Like Dungeon-Defense game, in which you and your team of heroes must protect the generator of your crashed ship while exploring an ever-expanding dungeon, all while facing waves of monsters and special events as you try to find your way out...

WHAT’S BEHIND THE DOOR?
A few hundred condemned criminals were being shipped to the Auriga system on board the prison hulk “Success”. While this was presented as a chance to earn back their place in society by working hard for the common good, they understood that in fact they would be slave labour, sent to colonize an unexplored planet. All they knew about Auriga Prime was what the probes told them: it had water, temperate zones, plant life, and plenty of metals in the crust.

In fact, the planet Auriga once hosted a major settlement of the galaxy-travelling ancestors known as the Endless. In addition, the planet was still orbited by a functioning (and well cloaked) defensive system, which sprang eagerly to life upon the arrival of the Success. Within a few minutes, the ship was nothing but a few large chunks of metal falling toward the planet.

Luckily, every set of holding cells also functioned as an escape pod, so the ship let itself disintegrate and the surviving prisoners fell bruised but (temporarily) alive and (momentarily) safe to the planet below. Safe, that is, until they realized that they had crashed through some sort of Endless facility, all the way down to a sub-basement so deep and ancient it might as well be called a dungeon…

Gather A Team
• Form a team of heroes, each with their own strengths (and psychoses)
• Equip them, deploy them, and earn powerful abilities
• Manage the balance between ex-prison inmates and guards

Build Your Defenses
• Use the Dust you gather to power the rooms
• Use scarce resources to help your team survive
• Build minor and major modules to hold off waves of monsters
• Decode Endless ruins to discover life-saving technologies

Open the Door
• Each door is a danger; prepare yourself and your team for anything
• Explore and discover an infinity of levels and layouts
• Carry your crystal through waves of monsters to the exit of each level
• Fight your way to the surface to discover the truth about Auriga

https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/dungeon-of-the-endless-switch/

Thy Sword - Launch Trailer | PS4, PSVita


Thy Sword is a retro inspired hack and slash roguelike with procedural generated levels. Pick from different hero types like the Barbarian and Valkyrie to break the tyranny of the Dark Overlord!

Pick from three different difficulty modes to suit your playstyle. New to adventuring? Then select apprentice mode to have infinite credits or if you’re a heroic veteran, choose hero mode where you only have one credit.

Unlock additional heroes throughout your journey! Bring along a friend in 2 player cooperative mode to save the land from the Dark Overlord. Can you collect all of the crystals?

Features
- Fast paced, strategic sword and bow combat
- Play solo or cooperatively locally
- Choose from multiple heroes and unlock new ones
- Pick from 3 different difficulty options to suit your playstyle

Playstation Store

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Skully - Announcement Trailer | PS4


Explore a lush remote island amidst a devastating conflict in Skully, available August 4, 2020 on PlayStation 4!

Fate has bestowed Skully a second chance at life when an enigmatic deity reanimates a skull through the power of magical clay after it washes upon the shore of a secluded isle. Skully must hop, skip, and roll through this diverse island habitat teeming with obstacles and puzzles to intervene in a feud between the deity’s three siblings whose quarrel jeopardizes the place they call home.


Tuesday, 12 May 2020

The Race Is On! KartRider Rush+ Available Today Worldwide!


LOS ANGELES – May 12, 2020 – Prepare for a thrilling ride as free-to-play mobile kart racer, KartRider Rush+, launches on iOS and Android devices today. Buckle up to experience a robust set of tracks, innovative and diverse game modes and countless kart customization options that redefine the world of kart racing games.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nexon.kart

The latest iteration of the insanely popular KartRider franchise, KartRider Rush+ features over 50 race tracks and 20 karts at launch delivering unmatched kart and character customization options, ranging from decals, plates, skins and more.

KartRider Rush+ is built for bursts of gameplay on the go or longer durations played with fellow racers offering something for everyone with several modes including:

Story Mode: Story Mode allows players to fully immerse themselves in the game, learning about character backstories and showcasing various game modes.
Speed Race Mode: This mode challenges racers to compete against each other and use their drifting skills to earn EXP that can unlock more challenging tracks.
Arcade Mode: Whether playing solo or in teams, players can enjoy additional gameplay options within Arcade Mode, such as Item Race, Infini-Boost and Lucci Runner.
Ranked Mode: From Bronze to Living Legend, players can rank up tiers and earn rewards such as K-Coins to purchase a variety of items in the Shop.
Time Trial: This mode is all about beating the clock to become the fastest racer.

For players looking to achieve ultimate racing prowess, KartRider Rush+ introduces a Mentorship System, which allows racers to team up with mentors to improve their skills or sign up as mentors to guide other players. All players participating in this system will receive mentorship perks and rewards. The Club System also makes it easy for racers to join forces and work together to complete challenges, daily activities and earn rewards.

Additionally, all players will be able to claim the pre-registration milestone rewards until May 25th, 2020. Pre-registration rewards include Skelemech Kart, Slugger Dao Character, Angel Wing Headset, Star Driftmoji and Love Candy Balloon added as a bonus item after reaching 5 million pre-registrations ahead of launch.

To celebrate the launch, KartRider Rush+ has partnered with iconic peripheral manufacturer, HyperX. As part of the partnership, KartRider Rush+ will host giveaways of HyperX gaming peripherals including the HyperX Cloud MIX™ headset and the HyperX ChargePlay Clutch™ designed for longer, more comfortable gaming sessions.

KartRider Rush+ is available globally in multiple languages including English, Korean, Thai, and Traditional Chinese. Visit https://kartrush.nexon.com for the latest updates and information.


Friday, 8 May 2020

Spirit of the North - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch


Awaken… begin a quiet journey of discovery and companionship after rousing the slumbering Spirit of the North.

Spirit of the North is a single-player 3rd-person adventure game inspired by the breathtaking and mysterious landscapes of Iceland. The story takes root from various pieces of Nordic folklore.


The game is unique in that it purposefully has no dialog or narrative. Players must breathe in their surroundings to solve various puzzles and speculate the meaning of a lost ancient civilization.


Play as an ordinary red fox who’s story becomes entwined with the guardian of the Northern Lights, a female spirit fox. As you journey over the mountains and under red-stained skies, you’ll discover more about your companion and land left in ruin.

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https://amzn.to/2YQWqyt

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Those Who Remain sees digital release on May 28th


Psychological adventure-thriller coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam PC with retail-exclusive Deluxe Edition coming Summer 2020

 Watford, UK – MAY 7, 2020 – Award-winning publisher, Wired Productions, and up-and-coming independent studio, Camel 101, today announced that the PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Steam® for Windows PC version of their first-person psychological-thriller, Those Who Remain, is confirmed for digital release on May 28th, with a retail-exclusive Deluxe Edition set to launch globally later in the summer, alongside a Nintendo Switch™ edition.

Those Who Remain will be available in Standard and a retail-exclusive Deluxe Edition for PS4 and PC, which will include a digital download of the beautifully illustrated comic prequel story ‘Those Who Remain: Lights Out’.

Get a glimpse of the unique atmospheric horror awaiting players in Those Who Remain by checking out the new ‘Welcome to Dormont’ trailer:



“Those Who Remain is a game Camel 101 should be proud of,” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director, Wired Productions. “With the announcement of the digital release, we are set to offer fans of thrillers and adventure a unique supernatural experience. Later this summer, our offering expands with the retail-exclusive Deluxe Edition, and to compliment this, we’ll welcome Nintendo Switch owners to their own chilling adventure.”

Set in the sleepy town of Dormont, a town in a spiraling split from the fabric of reality, warped by darkness and the deeds of the citizens who reside, Those Who Remain is a story-driven, first-person adventure thriller combining a deeply atmospheric game world with tense psychological horror that delves deep into the human psyche.

Edward, a man who had previously enjoyed the perfect life, is attempting to break off an affair to put his life back on track by driving into the night, unaware of the darkness brewing below Dormont and the cause of recent disappearances. Players must confront the unknown horrors reflected by the darkness and survive the night as Edward is faced with a test of his sanity, morality and the shadows of evil that lurks below.

Those Who Remain is rated PEGI 16 and will release on digital stores for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Steam® for Windows PC on May 28th, 2020 with a launch SRP of £15.99 / €19.99 / $19.99. The retail-exclusive Deluxe Edition will be available for PS4 and PC and is open for pre-orders now via http://www.ThoseWhoRemain.com. Add the game to your Steam Wish List here.

For more information, visit http://www.ThoseWhoRemain.com

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Skater XL - Brands Trailer | PS4


Skater XL is a head-first dive into the skateboarding world, where style, creativity and the perfect trick is yours to define.

Create, combine, and style tricks with unparalleled board control as you hit iconic California locations where street legends have left their mark. 

Play as skating icons Tiago Lemos, Evan Smith, Tom Asta or Brandon Westgate on your way to becoming a skateboarding pro.

Dive into the digital skate subculture, with featured community created mods, brands, 'zines, and maps. Hit more than 60 real skate spots connected by block after block of plazas, schools, pools, buildings, car parks and corridors. 

IN SKATER XL, THE ONLY JUDGE IS YOU.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

The First 17 Minutes of Someday You'll Return


STORY
Where are you, Stela?

It’s not the first time she ran away. But you’re uneasy … this time feels so different. Long ago, you swore never to return here. And now, she has dragged you back. Your search leads deep into ancient Moravian forests and reveals secrets that should have stayed buried.

While your survival skills and quick wits might advance your search, malevolent forces rise up against you. There are nightmares you can’t fight and win. Some of them … could be yours.

Your character is Daniel, Stela’s father, who is forced by events to return to a place, he swore never to return. In the forest he will encounter peculiar people who will help him understand the true reason why Stela keeps running away. Someday You’ll Return deals with intimate concepts of fatherhood, fears, lies and refusal to accept one’s past. While the story contains strong horror elements it’s not always the most obvious monsters which are the most frightening.

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https://amzn.to/2SBbvAg

Sunday, 3 May 2020

REVIEW: Potata: Fairy Flower on Xbox One


Review by Jon Donnis
I was a sent a review copy of Potata by the good people at Sometimes You.

Potato is a side-scrolling fantasy game, you play as the character Potata, a witch that wants to explore the world. This is an Indie title, but comes across as very mainstream, with its incredible graphics and fun game play.

The game can be quite challenging, but not so much so that it would put anyone off.
Each level has things to collect, and puzzles to solve. You start off by heading off to search for ingredients for her mothers soup, which is to help Potato's pet fox who is sick, and of course as you head off that is where you get yourself into trouble and the adventures begin.


As you progress through the game, you get lovely cut scenes which help tell the story.

At no point does the game seem too repetitive, and although challenging, it never comes across as frustrating, which is always a hard balancing act for any game to walk.

The Good
Beautiful graphics, great sounds, fun smooth game play.

The Bad
Some of the puzzles are ridiculously hard, even the first one had me stumped, but you can spend tokens to get help, but you might find yourself looking for online guides for help more than perhaps you should.

Summary
A fun game, that although challenging is not one you will want to give up on.

Potata: fairy flower will be released on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 on May 13’th!
Price is £14.99/£14.99 everywhere!

Review by Jon Donnis


Friday, 1 May 2020

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Cinematic World Premiere Trailer | Ubisoft


This is the age of the Vikings. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla available Holiday, 2020 on Xbox Series X and Xbox One.

In Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla, you are Eivor, a fierce Viking warrior raised on tales of battle and glory. Explore a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages. Raid your enemies, grow your settlement, and build your political power in your quest to earn your place among the gods in Valhalla.

Key Features

WRITE YOUR VIKING SAGA
Advanced RPG mechanics allow you to shape the growth of your character and influence the world around you. With every choice you make, from political alliances and combat strategy to dialogue and gear progression, you will carve your own path to glory.

VISCERAL COMBAT SYSTEM
Dual-wield powerful weapons such as axes, swords, and even shields to relive the ruthless fighting style of the Viking warriors. Brutally decapitate your foes, vanquish them from afar, or stealthily assassinate targets with your hidden blade. Challenge yourself with the most varied collection of deadly enemies ever found in an Assassin’s Creed game.

A DARK AGE OPEN WORLD
Sail from the harsh and mysterious shores of Norway to the beautiful but forbidding kingdoms of England and beyond. Immerse yourself in the Viking way of life through fishing, hunting, drinking games, and more.

LEAD EPIC RAIDS
Launch massive assaults against Saxon troops and fortresses throughout England. Lead your clan in surprise attacks from your longship and pillage enemy territories to bring riches and resources back to your people.

GROW YOUR SETTLEMENT
Construct and upgrade buildings that allow for deep customization, including a barracks, blacksmith, tattoo parlor, and more. Recruit new members to your clan and personalize your Viking experience.

MERCENARY VIKINGS
Create and customize a unique Viking raider within your clan and share it online with friends to use during their own raids

Pre-Order Links
PS4 - Amazon UK
Xbox One - Amazon UK
PS4 - Amazon USA
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Thursday, 30 April 2020

MotoGP™20 | Launch Trailer


Rev up your engines for a new chapter of the MotoGP™ series! MotoGP™20 is back with a revived Managerial Career mode and more. Awaiting you are even more realistic graphics, improved gameplay, a new way to experience the historic content and all the excitement of the 2020 season!

MANAGERIAL CAREER MODE
Decide whether to join a 2020 season team and race together with the official riders or join a totally brand new team following your manager's advice. A complete entourage is ready to support you on path to the glory.


BIKE DEVELOPMENT
Improve your bike's performance during specific career tests by introducing changes to certain technical aspects:

GRAPHIC AND TECHNICAL IMPROVEMENTS
MotoGP™20 introduces major graphic improvements to sky, asphalt, settings, weather, lighting, vegetation and damage on the bike, which will also have an effect on its overall performance. You will be able to enjoy more realistic physics, where you will have to learn to monitor your tire wear and the braking system.The new 3D models of the riders, the face scans of official team managers and new animations will make you feel even more immersed in the MotoGP™ world.

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WRC 9 Gameplay - Rally New Zealand


A glimpse of the work put in by KT Racing to recreate the iconic Rally New Zealand, which is making a big return to the FIA World Rally Championship calendar after a seven-year absence. It is one of three new rallies this season, along with the Safari Rally in Kenya and Rally Japan, which fans and players of WRC are eagerly anticipating.

WRC 9 will be available on September 3rd, 2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and on the Epic Games Store. Release timing for Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch will be announced at a later date.


Buy WRC 8 while you wait for WRC 9

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

REVIEW: Gun Crazy on Xbox One


Review by Jon Donnis
I was kinda sent a review code by Ratalaika Games.
Gun Crazy is a an old school throw back to the run and gun arcade style action shoot em’ from the 90s that some of us grew up with on Sega Megadrive/Genesis and SNES.

Whereas we may have paid $40/$50 for a game back then, Gun Crazy is available for just a fraction of that at $4.99 on all platforms.

Your character is a female cop, and you battle your way through 4 unique levels, killing bad guys along the way, and of course you get the big bad boss to beat at the end of the level too.

There are different guns to collect, lots of enemies, and non stop action.

So lets talk about the good.
This is a fast paced game, lots going on, and a real throwback to some of the classic games like Gunstar Heroes. The graphics are very much in that style too. For you gamer point fans, the points drop thick and fast and you will get the maximum pretty quick. But for $5 you would hardly expect a 100 hour game.

And the bad?
Well you will finish the game relatively quick, and it is only 1 player, with only one character to control.

Summary
This is a fun, action shooter, nice and simple, you don't need to think to much, just load it up and straight into the action. Thoroughly enjoyable.

7/10

Review by Jon Donnis

Release Dates
SONY America: April 28th, 2020
SONY Europe: April 29th, 2020
Xbox One: April 30th, 2020
Nintendo Switch (NA & EU): May 1st, 2020

Trailer:

Saturday, 25 April 2020

SuperMash - Release Trailer | PS4


Have you ever wanted to see what would happen if you threw Platformer mechanics into a JRPG battle? What would you do if you had to fly Shoot 'em Up ships in the middle of a stealthy heist? Expect the unexpected with SuperMash, the game that makes games!

SuperMash will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch on May 8, developer Digital Continue announced. The game, in which players can mix together elements from two-to-six classic genres to create unique gaming experiences, first launched for PC via the Epic Games Store in December 2019

Tropico 6 - Spitter DLC trailer


It’s all about the fame and prestige. Nobody knows this better than a self-declared despot...uh, statesman, such as El Presidente. Tropico 6’s second DLC skyrockets you into the world of stardom and illustriousness.

At the heart of the DLC is the new Spitter social media mechanic, which allows you to interact with celebrities and faction leaders to increase your standing. Enjoy the new mission and sandbox map, along with 3 new buildings (Rehab Center, Beauty Farm and Super Villa) to attract celebrities and make them permanent citizens of Tropico, a new character trait (Narcissist), 3 new music tracks (Comercio Feliz, La Celebridad, Fiesta en el Club) and additional customization items for El Prez and his palace.

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Friday, 24 April 2020

Trials of Mana™, now available for the Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation 4 and STEAM



LONDON (24th April 2020) – Trials of Mana™, now available for the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM®.

Originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 in 1995, Trials of Mana is a full, high-definition remake of the third entry in the classic Mana series. The game immerses players in an unforgettable adventure filled with exciting gameplay, memorable heroes and villains. Players will craft varying experiences by selecting a party of three from six unique characters as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime, upgrading their characters’ classes into more powerful forms, learning over 300 different abilities, and discovering a world of secrets and mysteries to explore. Additionally, players can discover an exciting new playable chapter after finishing the game not found in the original release, in which they can unlock brand-new classes, and challenge a powerful new threat.

To celebrate the release of Trials of Mana, popular series artist HACCAN has created new artwork showing the beloved cast of memorable characters fans and newcomers alike will enjoy discovering in Trials of Mana.


Players who have downloaded the playable demo for Trials of Mana can continue their save files in the full game to immediately jump back into the adventure. Additionally, those who purchase the physical or digital versions of the game by 21st May 2020 for the Nintendo Switch™ system or PlayStation®4 system will receive a Rabite Adornment DLC, allowing players to gain more EXP after battles up to level 10, whilst those who purchase from STEAM by 21st May will receive the Rabite Adornment DLC as well as an exclusive wallpaper set.

Trials of Mana is now available for Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 system and STEAM. For more information, visit www.trialsofmana.com

Thursday, 23 April 2020

REVIEW: Deliver Us The Moon on Xbox One


I was kindly sent a review copy of Deliver us the Moon for Xbox by the great people at Wired Productions.

The game is a "Sci-Fi thriller set in an apocalyptic near future, where Earth's natural resources are depleted. A lone astronaut is sent to the moon on a critical mission to save humanity from extinction."

So the description sounds pretty awesome and unique, but lets not rush ahead, first of all the game is beautiful, truly stunning to look at and you know that the game makers must be very proud of that.

The game is a story driven game, so a good story is important, and again the game makers should feel proud because the story is a good one, and you do very quickly feel immersed in that story. Whether the story is told through narration, audio logs that you collect, things you may read as well as cut scenes, it can be a bit slow moving, although you never feel bored of the story.

As a thriller the main fear of the game is driven through the feeling of loneliness, there aren't monsters jumping out at you, or anything like that, so the game uses storytelling as well as incredible visuals to really push home the idea you are alone, and if you fail to do something in time, then that is it.

You start off on Earth, a storm is approaching and you have to get to the rocket so you can get yourself on the way to the moon, of course nothing is a walk in the park, and you have to over come obstacles, whether that is solving a code, reaching a hard to get to area, doing something within a set period of time.

And don't think you will get to the moon too quick either, there's a lot to do before then, whether that is taking off in the rocket, docking with a space station, solving various story line issues there and so on, But when you do get to the moon, for what is such a baron place, it truly is stunning. Look at this shot below!


As a story driven game, sadly this does mean that game play has to take a backseat, so if you are after an arcade shooter, this really isn't the game for you, and there are some repetitive parts of the game which you do notice, but if you appreciate a good story, incredible visuals, then you will enjoy this.

There are some issues with the camera, it feels a bit clunky at times, and I am guessing they were going for more of a cinematic style, but sometimes it can be a bit slow, and frustrating, and sometimes you swap between an external shot and a first person shot, and you can't choose one or the other, which is frustrating, for example when you first dock with the space station and you are suddenly floating about, it is really hard to see where you are supposed to go, and although the feeling of not knowing which way is up or down is a good thing when you are playing a game in space, when you cant see clearly where you are going that becomes frustrating instead of challenging.


This is a hard game to score, it has its good points and its bad points.
If you are thinking of buying it, I really suggest you check out some of the game play videos you will find on Youtube to decide if it is the kind of game you would enjoy.

The Good
Graphically brilliant, excellent story driven game play, a true feeling of loneliness and desperation.

The Bad
Short game, probably complete it in about 5 hours if not sooner, frustrating camera angles.

Summary
I enjoyed the game, I enjoy story driven games, so this game was good for me. But it wont be to everyone's liking. Do your research before you decide to play.

I score this game a strong 7/10

Review by Jon Donnis

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Friday, 17 April 2020

PRE-REGISTRATION FOR KARTRIDER RUSH+ STARTS TODAY


LOS ANGELES – April 17, 2020 – Gear up racers! Pre-registration for KartRider Rush+, the newest free-to-play mobile adventure coming soon to iOS and Android is now open. Players can sign-up and begin collecting exclusive pre-registration rewards; after 3 million pre-registrations, all players will receive every reward including rare items such as a Skelemech Kart, and Slugger Dao!

Based on the massively popular KartRider universe with over 300 million players worldwide, KartRider Rush+ delivers non-stop fun with several game modes including:

Speed Race Mode: This mode challenges racers to compete against each other and use their drifting skills to earn EXP that can unlock more challenging tracks
Arcade Mode: Whether playing solo or in teams, this mode provides additional gameplay modes such as Item Race, Infini-Boost or Lucci Runner
Ranked Mode: From Bronze to Living Legend, players can rank up tiers and earn rewards such as K-Coins to purchase a variety of items in the Shop
Story Mode: Players can join Dao and his friends to save the tracks from Lodumani’s evil deeds
Time Trial: Racers will beat the clock to become the fastest racer

With more than 50 race tracks and 20 karts, the game features extensive customization options so players can individualize their gameplay experience and kart to suit their unique racing style.

Racers can maximize social interaction in KartRider Rush+  by playing competitive matches in real-time with friends around the world. The game also includes a Home feature where players can customize their space with different accessories and complete daily quests, as well as interact with friends and play mini-games. 

In addition, KartRider Rush+ introduces a Mentorship system allowing new racers to find top racers to help improve their skills as they complete quests together and receive mentorship perks and rewards. The game also features a Club system, which lets racers band together to complete challenges, daily activities, and earn rewards as they race their way to the top.

To pre-register for KartRider Rush+, please visit https://kartrush.nexon.com

KartRider Rush+ will be available globally in multiple languages including English, Korean, Thai, and Traditional Chinese.  

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Later Daters - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch


Play as an octogenarian and find somebody to love, or just get your kicks in while the getting is good. If the chairs are rocking', don’t come a-knockin'.

You’re the newest resident at Ye OLDE retirement community, where you’ll meet a cast of sexy seniors who are all dying (not literally) to meet you. It’s a lot like summer camp, but with orthopedic shoes, bridge clubs, and more jell-o. It’s an adjustment as you settle in, but who knows: maybe these will turn out to be the best years of your life!

Adventure, passion, and transformation are not experiences reserved for the young. Later Daters makes challenging ageism sexy and teaches poignant lessons about our capacity for love.

Gameplay Features:
Play as a sexy senior! Customize your look, name, romance history, and gender.
Have some intimate adventures that deal with mortality, vulnerability, and getting some action.
Enjoy LGBTQ inclusive romance and poly relationship options.
Pick your favorite companion creature : A cat, a dog... Or a robot?
Date and flirt with eight fetching residents of Ye OLDE...