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29 Jun 2024

REVIEW: Seed of Life (2024 Video Game) on PS4

Seed of Life

By Jon Donnis

Seed of Life is an action-adventure puzzle game from GS2Games, making a leap from PC to consoles in 2024. In this immersive experience, you step into the shoes of Cora, the last survivor of Lumia, a world teetering on the brink of extinction. Ravaged by alien invaders who have drained the planet's life force, Lumia's only hope lies in the activation of "The Seed", an enigmatic device capable of regenerating the planet's essence and thwarting total annihilation.

From the outset, Seed of Life enchants with its stunning visuals, depicting a once-beautiful world now laced with toxic environments. Playing in a third-person perspective, you guide Cora through a semi-open world teeming with mysteries, dangers, and haunting beauty. The game's design cleverly combines exploration with puzzle-solving, making each step through Lumia feel like an expedition through a labyrinthine landscape full of secrets waiting to be uncovered.

The gameplay revolves around collecting Talisman Capsules to acquire new abilities, gathering Lumium for upgrades, and navigating through various waypoints with the aid of Nar, your alien assistant. The waypoints, colour-coded for different powers, serve as crucial landmarks in your journey, especially in the perilous toxic zones that sap your health. The game's semi-open world design demands strategic thinking, as straying too far from a waypoint without a clear plan can result in lost progress.

Despite the perilous setting and the need to solve intricate puzzles, Seed of Life does not overly guide the player. This hands-off approach can be refreshing for those who enjoy figuring things out independently, though it might frustrate players who prefer more direction.

The game's graphical fidelity shines on consoles, retaining the beautiful, atmospheric quality of the PC version. The world of Lumia is richly imagined, with imaginative environments that make exploration a visual delight. Accompanied by a relaxing soundtrack, the aesthetic experience of Seed of Life is one of its standout features.

However, the transition from PC to consoles is not without flaws. The voice acting for Cora is notably subpar, detracting from the emotional depth of her journey. Moreover, some precision jumping segments are plagued by issues that can lead to frustration. Puzzle difficulty sometimes lacks balance, presenting a challenge that can feel uneven.

A significant drawback for PlayStation 4 players is the inability to adjust graphical settings. This limitation can trigger motion sickness due to certain effects and affects the game's performance with a lower frame rate, a step down from the more customizable PC experience. I imagine the PS5 version will look much better. Given that three years have passed since the original PC release, the lack of noticeable improvements in the console version is disappointing.

In summary, Seed of Life offers a compelling adventure with its beautiful graphics, engaging gameplay, and atmospheric soundtrack, despite its short duration. The game excels in creating an immersive world and challenging puzzles, but stumbles with voice acting, precision mechanics, and a lack of graphical customization on consoles. Nonetheless, it provides a solid and enjoyable experience, earning a respectable score of 7 out of 10.

Out now on Playstation -

24 Jun 2024

REVIEW: Teardown: Ultimate Edition (2024 Video Game) on Xbox


Review by Jon Donnis
Teardown, originally released on PC and now on consoles is a sandbox–puzzle game developed and published by Tuxedo Labs, is an absolute marvel in the world of destructible environments and creative gameplay. The game excels in delivering a unique experience that combines the thrill of demolition with intricate puzzle-solving, all set within the fictional Löckelle Municipality. From the outset, players are immersed in a story told through a series of emails, offering a surprisingly engaging narrative for a game primarily focused on destruction.

The plot centers on the owner of Löckelle Teardown Services, a demolition company on the brink of financial ruin. The protagonist's journey begins with a seemingly simple, albeit dubious, job from a businessman named Gordon Woo, leading to a cascade of events that entangle the player in a web of corporate espionage, police investigations, and high-stakes heists. The narrative is rich with twists and turns, as the owner navigates requests from rival businesses, assists a police investigator named Parisa Terdiman, and uncovers the shady operations of BlueTide, an energy drink company with a dark secret. The culmination of these events, including the construction of a menacing machine called the Truxterminator, adds a layer of urgency and excitement to the storyline.

Teardown's gameplay is where it truly shines. The game's levels are made of destructible voxels, allowing for unprecedented freedom in how players approach each mission. The destructibility of the environment is not just a gimmick but a core mechanic that requires strategic planning and creativity. Players are given unlimited time to prepare for their heists, using an array of upgradable tools and vehicles to forge a path that lets them complete objectives swiftly once the alarm is triggered. The thrill of meticulously planning a route, only to execute it in a high-octane, sixty-second dash, is exhilarating.

The variety of tools at the player's disposal, from basic sledgehammers to rocket launchers and explosives, ensures that no two missions feel the same. Vehicles play a crucial role too, whether it's using a crane to clear debris or a speedboat to make a quick escape. The game's levels are diverse and expansive, offering plenty of opportunities for creative destruction. Each mission's design is thoughtful, presenting both required and optional objectives that add replayability and challenge.

Beyond the main campaign, Teardown offers robust additional modes. The Sandbox mode provides a playground for players to experiment with all unlocked tools and upgrades without the pressure of objectives. Creative mode allows for the design of custom levels and objects, adding a personal touch to the game. Challenge modes like Mayhem, Hunted, and Fetch introduce new ways to engage with the game's mechanics, ensuring that there's always something new to try.

The recently released DLC, Folkrace, adds even more value to an already content-rich game. This standalone experience brings destruction derby-style racing into the mix, complete with intense races, rallies, and demolition derbies. The ability to upgrade and customize a fleet of vehicles, from sports cars to food trucks, adds a delightful layer of depth. The three new maps included in Folkrace offer fresh terrain to explore and conquer, making the DLC feel like a substantial addition rather than a mere afterthought.

While the game offers an abundance of content, it can initially feel overwhelming. The controls and objectives aren't always immediately intuitive, which might pose a learning curve for some players. However, once the mechanics are understood, the game becomes incredibly rewarding and enjoyable.

In summary, "Teardown" is an impressive blend of sandbox creativity and puzzle-solving intricacy. It offers a multitude of gameplay experiences, from the meticulously planned heists of the main campaign to the chaotic fun of the Folkrace DLC. The voxel-based destruction engine is a technical marvel, making every act of demolition viscerally satisfying. With a strong modding community further extending its longevity, Teardown promises almost endless possibilities for players. It's a game that feels like multiple games rolled into one, and in the best possible way. I give Teardown a solid 9 out of 10, as it stands out as one of the most innovative and enjoyable games of recent years.

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15 Jun 2024

REVIEW: Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game - On Xbox

Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game

Game Review by Jon Donnis

Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game, developed by IllFonic and Teravision Games, is a thrilling and whimsical addition to the asymmetrical survival horror genre. Based on the 1988 cult classic film, (Available at this game captures the movie's eccentric charm and adds a fresh, engaging multiplayer experience.

In each 15-minute match, up to ten players can participate, with three playing as Klowns and seven as humans. The Klowns aim to trigger the Klownpocalypse by capturing humans and placing them in cotton candy cocoons to power generators. Once all generators are activated, or the timer runs out, the Klownpocalypse ensues, ending the game. The humans, on the other hand, must locate one of four escape routes scattered across the map and collect specific items like sparkplugs and gas cans to activate them. These routes can be temporarily blocked by the Klowns using cotton candy, adding a layer of strategy and urgency to the humans' escape efforts.

The Klowns have an array of weapons, such as mallets and popcorn bazookas, to attack humans, while humans can defend themselves with weapons and items like airhorns to stun the Klowns. Humans also have a slight speed advantage, providing a means of escape when pursued. If a human is captured and cocooned, they can be carried to Lackey generators, progressing the Klowns' objective. Once all humans have either escaped or perished, the match concludes, though players who have already finished can spectate, play mini-games to aid their teammates, or return to the main menu. A unique twist occurs in the final 30 seconds when the Terenzi brothers crash into the map with their ice cream truck, offering a last-minute escape route.

The game features five primary maps, Downtown, The Suburbs, Top of the World, Amusement Park, and Clown Summer Camp, each providing a different setting for the chaotic action. It also includes offline mode, customizable characters, skins, and various unlockable cosmetics. Players can choose from five Klown classes, Ranger, Tracker, Trapper, Tank, and Brawler, and five human classes, Athletic, Rebellious, Heroic, Resourceful, and Tough, each with unique abilities and skills.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game excels in its comical nods to the film and impressive graphics, demonstrating a deep respect for the source material. The game offers a polished and smartly designed experience, adding new twists to the asymmetrical horror formula. It's goofy and not meant to be taken too seriously, making it a fun game for casual and dedicated horror fans alike.

However, the game isn't without its flaws. There are still a few gameplay bugs and balancing issues between the Klowns and humans, but the developers are actively working on these problems.

In summary, Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game is a fun and engaging addition to the asymmetrical survival horror genre, and a must-play for fans of the genre. It earns a solid 7.5 out of 10.

Out Now on Xbox. (£30.99)

6 Jun 2024

REVIEW: F1 24 (2024 Video Game) - On Xbox

F1 24

Review by Jon Donnis

"F1 24," the seventeenth entry in the Codemasters' Formula One series, and the official video game of the 2024 FIA Formula One World Championship, introduces some noteworthy updates while carrying forward the legacy of its predecessors. With licenses for the 2024 Formula One and Formula 2 championships, the game aims to provide a comprehensive and immersive experience for racing enthusiasts.

One of the standout features of F1 24 is the revamped career mode. This year's iteration transforms the mode into a role-playing experience, where every action on the track influences your driver's overall rating. This update marks the first major overhaul since 2016 and adds depth to the gameplay by allowing players to manage their career trajectory actively. Performing well can lead to secretive offers from other teams, though these clandestine meetings come with the risk of losing the trust of your current team if discovered.

F1 24 allows players to explore multiple career paths. You can step into the shoes of one of the 20 real-life drivers, including popular figures like Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, or you can create your own driver. Additionally, the game supports a two-player career mode, enabling friends to either compete against or cooperate with each other. The revamped challenge mode offers specific objectives in quick, regular bursts, making it a less time-consuming yet engaging option for players with limited time.

The game's new EA SPORTS Dynamic Handling System introduces significant changes to the physics, especially concerning tire and suspension models. These adjustments are supposed to make the cars feel more realistic, demanding that players manage their tires as real drivers do. While this change adds a layer of authenticity, it has been met with mixed reactions, personally I found the new handling to feel much less intuitive than previous versions.

Visually, F1 24 continues to impress with detailed car models and accurately recreated tracks. The attention to detail extends to the audio, with authentic engine sounds and team radio communications adding to the immersion. However, the graphical improvements over last year's game are incremental, which might not justify an upgrade for players who own F1 23.

One of the significant downsides of F1 24 is the implementation of the "pitcoin" microtransaction system. Items that were previously unlockable through gameplay, such as different helmets and celebrations, now require additional payment. This shift feels like a money grab from EA Sports, especially when considering the game's initial price tag of nearly £60. The continued presence of the loot-box-driven, arcade-style F1 World mode also remains divisive among fans.

At launch, F1 24 has been plagued by numerous bugs, the most prominent being handling issues with the cars. While patches are expected to address these problems, releasing such a high-profile game with significant flaws is disappointing, especially from a company with the resources of EA Sports.

F1 24 brings some commendable changes, particularly the updated career mode, which adds a fresh dynamic to the game. However, it struggles with basic elements like car handling and is marred by the introduction of microtransactions for items that were previously standard. For players who already own F1 23, the new iteration offers little incentive to upgrade. The game does have its strengths, such as the career mode, however, the overall execution falls short of expectations.

If you're a die-hard F1 fan who hasn't purchased an F1 game in the past five years, F1 24 is a decent, albeit flawed, option. For those who already own F1 23, it might be best to wait for further updates or consider sticking with the previous game. Despite some positive additions, the game's issues with handling, microtransactions, and initial bugs make it a disappointing release, earning it a score of 6 out of 10.

Out now on all formats