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YOUNI Review

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Developed By: Tricore Inc.

Published By: Chorus Worldwide.

Platforms Available On: PS5/4, Xbox Series X/S and One and PC.

Reviewed on PS5, a code was very kindly supplied for the purpose of this review.

Overview

Ai is a grade-schooler in 1990s Japan who is about to realise just how isolated she is. Forced to play children’s games in a world of never-ending dusk, Ai is hunted by otherworldly entities as her life hangs in the balance. When these horrors begin to bleed into the real world, Ai must accept that she has only three choices: hide, run, or die.

◆Evolving gameplay Test your courage in a dangerous game of hide and seek before initiating a terrifyingly twisted version of tag with abominations not of this world. Use the items you’ve gathered to flee your sunset hell, but be sure to remember the paths you’ve taken or risk being trapped there forever.

◆Japanese locations ablaze with a haunting, beautiful sunset Experience an unnerving mix of beauty, fear and nostalgia in a mysterious world where a Japanese house, school and hospital are all inexplicably connected. Explore corridors dyed twilight crimson, witness the ethereal glow of -amber through paper walls of a traditional Japanese house and escape creeping black shadows in hospital rooms where the power is somehow always out.

◆Hide or die 10-year-old Ai has no defensive measures to defeat the enemies you face; instead, you must take advantage of each spirit’s weaknesses to survive. Hold your breath to sneak past blind foes or dash past deaf ones as quick as your little legs can carry you. And if you can’t get away in time, prepare to suffer a dire fate at the hands of unimaginable forces.

◆A tragic tale of friendship, betrayal and facing your demons Mute and anxious, Ai is grateful when she makes a group of friends to play with. But it turns out that the ghostly apparitions trapped in the world of dusk aren’t the only things she has to contend with; ghosts can be cruel, but children even more so. Your classmates harbour dark thoughts and harrowing secrets that you must uncover to progress. Throughout the game, Ai will learn more about her new friends than perhaps she’d care to know…

◆If only there were another way… Upon clearing the game, another ending will become available to you. What story will this new path unveil? Slipping back into the terrifying world of Yuoni will see you face considerably more challenging foes for an even greater reward.

Gameplay

I enjoy a good horror title when it comes to gaming, normally prefer the zombie slasher style ie Back 4 Blood but sometimes a psychological thriller or a game that really gets your heart racing is just what you need.

Yuoni is the latter part of that game type definitely a game that will keep you glued to the screen in suspense. I literally had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up playing this, it really does get under your skin sending chills down your spine.

You play as Ai a youngster who is forced to take part in an ancient ritual that is the urban legend of years gone by. If you dare you must take the teddy bear dunk it into the bucket of water and hide without being seen to waken the spirit, this is a game of courage and holding your nerve and as a run and gun gamer I found this a bit hard, I don’t have the greatest amount of patience.

Once you have completed that task it’s a case of cat and mouse to hide from the shadow beings that are lurking, this in itself isn’t an easy task although not overly difficult that it takes the enjoyment out of the game. The game definitely keeps you on edge with it’s atmospheric gameplay and deep storyline it really is an imersive experience.

Graphics and Sound

With this being available on the PS5 I really felt the gameworld itself took advantage of the next gen power, however the design of the shadow beings were a bit blocky for me. On the whole Yuoni is a good looking game with a very different approach.

The soundtrack is just as chilling as the game and definitely works well in bringing an immersive game experience. The narrative is good although in some parts I felt a bit long winded but maybe it had to be that way to get the story across.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Yuoni a good immersive experience, probably not the best idea to play in the dark (I speak from experience!!) A good overall game with some very unique aspects, would definitely recommend if horror is your thing.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I give Yuoni a good rating of 4🌟 a good overall experience one that really needs to be seen to understand.

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GRAVITY CHASE Preview

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Developed/Published By: RePixel8

Platforms Available On: Xbox and PC.

Reviewed on Xbox Series X via backwards compatibility. A code was very kindly supplied for the purpose of this review.

Gameplay

I’m a big fan of futuristic racers, love games like Wipeout, Grip and more recently Pacer so with that in mind I wanted to take a look at the new kid on the block, Gravity Chase fast paced action/combat racer.

If you’ve played a futuristic racer before then you’ll have a good idea of what to expect when it comes to gameplay, intentional or not I’m not sure but you can clearly see the inspiration of the game lies heavily in the games that trod the path before them.

I enjoyed the fast paced racing aspect to some extent, it was fun to start with but apart from the slight layout change of the track and world it all really felt the same, travelling at breakneck speed through a futuristic tunnel is certainly eye catching but take slightly wrong move and you put yourself in a frustrating barrel role (especially if you’re first, yes that happened to me).

From the off there is a good collection of vehicles to choose from, all of which you can customise slightly and tweak with upgrades which ia pretty cool as you mostly have to unlock the decent ones first so having a few to play around with was indeed good fun.

The game certainly comes into it’s own once you add friends to the mix for fast paced action that will either settle scores or make new ones.

All I all although I thought the game was good enough I kind of felt it had been done before so wasn’t really blown away by it which was a bit disappointing, the weapons are a good addition and good fun but not really much else.

Graphics and Sound

Graphics wise you can’t knock the game it looks great, bold and bright with lots going on and lots of detail although it doesn’t have next gen support it still looks pretty good all considered.

The soundtrack was pretty good, nice and upbeat just the sort of tracks you want to listen to whilst you burn up the race.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts of Gravity Chase, not a bad game just felt it’s pretty much been done before, worth picking up but maybe wait until the sales.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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OK

I give Gravity Chase an OK score of 2🌟 a decent title but doesn’t bring anything new to the genre.

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Super Rare Games Unleashes Hack and Slasher BLOODROOTS

Super Rare Games have announced their first release of 2022, they are proud to announce our partnership with Paper Cult for their fast-paced ultra-violent hack and slash Bloodroots, available in physical form for the first time on the Nintendo Switch.

Only 4,000 copies total will ever be printed, which go on sale January 13th at 6pm GMT (10am PT/1pm ET) – available worldwide exclusively at superraregames.com

In typical Super Rare Games tradition, this rare print physical release includes all the current content on its cart, a full-colour manual, interior artwork, an exclusive sticker, and trading cards. Fans won’t have long to wait, as Super Rare Games titles ship soon after going on sale.

Take a look at the trailer below:

Bloodroots is an action-packed bloody hack and slash. Stepping into the boots of Mr. Wolf, your job is to track down the person who betrayed and left you for dead, and once you do… it’s time to take your revenge! Thankfully for Mr. Wolf, the world is your weapon.

The world is your weaponry – A world overflowing with makeshift weapons that not only change the way you fight, but how you get around, from hatchets, to ladders, to…carrots? It’s improvise or die!

Fast-paced combat – Unfolding across the sprawling Weird West, this is a one-hit kill die-retry murder ballet. Chain deadly combos by improvising your kills with utterly everything you can get your hands on. Die and retry until you carve your way to vengeance!

Varying landscapes – Fight your way through a variety of handcrafted levels, from forests to mountaintops!

Take on the world – Improvise the most deadly combos and compete for fame on worldwide leaderboards!


For more information, you can check out the official site. Follow Super Rare Games on Twitter for news and updates

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Ubisoft Reveals New Lore Trailer For RAINBOW SIX EXTRACTION

As revealed two days ago in collaboration with Microsoft, Rainbow Six Extraction will launch on 20th January, 2022 on Game Pass via Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, and Windows PC. The game will also be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, the Ubisoft Store, and the Epic Games Store. Players can also subscribe to Ubisoft+ on PC, Stadia and Amazon Luna.

Check out the new extended lore trailer below:

Dr. Elena “Mira” Alvarez, director of REACT R&D, leads the team gathering critical information on the evolving Archaean threat. Every enemy has its own capabilities and mutations. Learn, adapt, and work together to survive. Rainbow Six Extraction is coming 20th January, 2022. Pre-order now. Friends play free for up to 14 days with the Buddy Pass.

Also take a look at the extended UBI TV video below:

For more information about Rainbow Six Extraction, please visit R6extraction.com and follow us on social media at @R6Extraction.

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GLYPH NINTENDO SWITCH Review

A while ago I had the pleasure of reviewing Glyph for PC for the more indepth review take a look here

Recently I was very kindly sent a code for Glyph on Nintendo Switch, I will take a look at the differences in how the game plays on this system.

Gameplay

In terms of actual gameplay there is nothing really different in terms of how the game plays, the main difference for me is the game seems smoother, seems like it was made for the Nintendo Switch the controls kind of felt better.

The main aim of the game is to navigate around various courses without falling off the edges, each course getting harder as they go on. The game sounds easy enough but you will find that navigating around these courses is tricky, but not to the point of putting you off the game, it definitely has that “just one more go” feel to it.

The controls of the Nintendo Switch give you more control of the little ball for me personally I found the gameplay was far better suited to this style rather than keyboard and mouse, although the PC set up was reasonably easy to pick up I found the traditional analogue stick and buttons alot easier to deal with.

It was great to revisit this title as 8 had alot of fun with it on PC the first time round, this time the added benefit of being able to take it with me was a great touch.

Graphics and Sound

I didn’t see alot of difference in the quality of graphics between the PC version or the Switch version, if anything the Switch version may have been a bit sharper, still a very impressive looking game without doubt.

I still liked the soundtrack I felt it gave the game that mystical feel and worked well, the in game sounds are a great quality really giving a good experience to the gamer.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Glyph, a great game in its own right, I felt that it worked slighty better on the Switch version, although that may be a personal preference.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I give Glyph on Nintendo Switch 4🌟 a good title with lots to do and loads of puzzles to solve, a great addition to the collection for any puzzler.

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Ubisoft Announce Second DLC Release For FAR CRY 6 – PAGAN: CONTROL

Pagan: Control, the second major DLC coming to Far Cry 6 as part of the Season Pass, will be available on 11th January on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, as well as Windows PC through the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store. Players can also subscribe to Ubisoft+ on PC, Stadia and Amazon Luna. Players must own Far Cry 6 to access Pagan: Control.

Pagan: Control is part of the 3 dlc packs where you can delve into the minds of the iconic villains from the Far Cry series. Take a look at the dlc trailer below :

Players will embody Pagan Min, the iconic villain from Far Cry® 4, in a brand-new experience inspired by the roguelite genre taking place in the depths of the villain’s troubled psyche. Blending intense action and storytelling, Pagan: Control will provide a unique opportunity for players to explore Pagan’s mind, learn more about his past, and face off against familiar faces as he struggles to break free from his cycle of guilt and regrets.

Joseph: Collapse, the third and final DLC to release as part of the Season Pass, will be available later this year and allow players to dive into the mind of Far Cry 5 ‘s villain.

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Ubisoft Announce Kappa Partnership With Launch of Capsule Collection

Renowned Italian sportswear brand Kappa, and Ubisoft, developer and publisher of the video game Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, are delighted to announce the launch of a compelling capsule collection for Winter 2022. The agreement was brokered by Ubisoft’s licensing agency IMG.  The two brands have teamed up to offer an exclusive collection that blends contemporary fashion with the gaming world, while integrating the Rainbow Six Siege DNA into these iconic products. The collection is composed of three ranges: Banda, Logo and R6.

The capsule collection includes eight pieces including hoodies, casual t-shirts, a jacket and a tracksuit, all in black, grey and blue tones taken from the Rainbow Six Siege universe. Each product features instantly recognisable details such as the combination of the iconic Kappa Omini logo with the Rainbow Six logo to create a unique “banda” that runs along the sleeves of the jacket and the sides of the sweatpants.  The collection is made up of delicate and crafted materials perfectly timed for the winter season. The building blocks of this collaboration are entirely drawn from Kappa and Rainbow Six Siege’s identity to satisfy the most passionate gamers, as well as fashion and lifestyle lovers.

For more details and to check out the range head over to the website

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RIDERS REPUBLIC Review

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Developed and Published By: Ubisoft

Platforms Available On: PS5/4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Amazon Luna, Google Stadia and PC.

Reviewed on PS5 – a code was very kindly supplied for the purpose of this review.

Overview

Jump into the Riders Republic massive multiplayer playground! Grab your skis, snowboard, bike, or wingsuit and explore an open world sports paradise where the rules are yours to make—or break.

Join over 50 players simultaneously in a massive multiplayer playground

Compete in all-out mass races—collide, grind, and fight your way to the finish

Customize your character to show off your style to your friends and competition

Draw the attention of sponsors by participating in prestigious events – Bike, ski, snowboard, or wingsuit in a variety of modes, from tricks challenges to fast-paced races

Go wild on the heights of iconic US national parks like Yosemite, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.

Gameplay

At the back end of last year I had the opportunity to review one of my most anticipated games of the year Riders Republic, having played the beta I was pretty excited to check out the full game and see if it lived up to the hype.

Now I didn’t have to worry as in my eyes it lived up to the hype and then some. I’ve always been a fan of the extreme sports games but never have I come across a title that puts them all together in one pot, but this works and works well.

Think of Riders Republic as more of a community, an online extreme sport hub where like minded gamers seamlessly meet up and race. You can race around a series of different courses either by mountain bike (my personal favourite), skiing, snowboarding, jet powered wingsuits or by using the more out of the box methods such as turbo skiis, you can either methodically work your way around the races in like a campaign style or just choose your own and go with what you want it’s up to you.

I like the overall relaxed way you go about the game, everything seems to be up to you, choose what race you want to do, do you want to play by yourself or online?, or do you just want to explore?, it all seems to be about the player who is incharge of the game which is great, it makes the game flow alot smoother and creating a more fun environment to play in.

Ubisoft have definitely pushed the boundaries with this title as the gameplay feels smooth and sleek, you blend seamlessly from single player to multiplayer with very little loading. The sandbox style game world is huge spanning many of Americas iconic national parks giving you the ayer a choice of terrain that you wish to play in, muddy mountain side mountain biking for me that’s for sure. The multiplayer part of the game is insane, every now and and you’ll get a notification that a mass event is about about start, well this is just 50+ players race against each other in all out race battle and it’s bloody awesome. If you’re looking for something a bit different or even off the scale be sure to take a look at the Shackdaddy Bandits and their crazy challenges for some pretty cool rewards.

For a game that seems to take itself seriously in some aspects it isn’t afraid to sprinkle a bit of fun in there with wild and wacky outfits that can be purchased at the shop, I mean a dinosaur on a bike will make anyone smile, from duck face racing masks and everything in between there is plenty for everyone.

All in all Riders Republic ticks all the gaming boxes for me, taking some sweet air is definitely something to be witnessed and will certainly continue to do so with plenty for me to do and redo I think I’ll be deep into the game for some time to come.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics for Riders Republic are without doubt absolutely stunning, everything is done to a high standard whether it’s the detail in the game world or the different equipment you use all looks amazing, you can tell that this has been a labour of love it definitely comes through into the game.

The soundtrack is something that I’ve come to expect from a Ubisoft, a kick ass soundtrack that I download straight away – available via most streaming sites along with other recent Ubisoft titles – it really is a great soundtrack that fits well with the style of game.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Riders Republic, I would probably say the most fun I’ve had in a while playing a game and with content being added it will only get better and I am definitely here for it.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Excellent

I give Riders Republic a solid full marks of 5🌟 if you love your extreme sports you definitely need to take a look here, even if you don’t why not let Ubisoft show you the way.

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HAPPY’S HUMBLE BURGER FARM Review

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Developed By: Scythe Dev Team.

Published By: tinyBuild.

Platforms Available On: PS5/4, Xbox Series X/S and One, Nintendo Switch and PC. Reviewed on Xbox Series X – a code was very kindly supplied for the purpose of this review.

Overview

Congratulations, you’ve just been hired to work the night shift! You’ll be all by yourself, but we trust you can handle it… You’ll be grilling patties, operating deep fryers, and pouring drinks at our quiet restaurant on the edge of town. The customers sure do love the menu; they can’t get enough of the Happy’s Deluxe, Fantastic Fowl, and Poppin’ Pork sandwiches.

The fries and salmon nugs are also a big hit. I hear rumors of Happy-Dogs and desserts in the near future, too! When each customer makes an order, it’s up to you to make a plan and execute it well. If you give customers the wrong order, or take too long, it’ll count as an infraction. If you get three of those infractions, well… let’s just say Happy the Humble Heifer isn’t as joyful when the customers are upset. DO NOT UPSET HAPPY. TRUST US. But hey, you’ll do fine! Just as long as you don’t upset Happy, you’ll do great! We believe in you!

Gameplay

Now I really enjoyed playing Overcooked (see review here) loved the whole crazy nature of the culinary caper, I also love a good horror game but never did I think that the two would collide but we jabe have just that in the latest title out of tinyBuild.

Happy’s Humble Burger Farm is a unique take on the horror genre blending a fun cooking simulator in with the gameplay giving the player a truly unique experience and to be fair probably one that you’d never thought you would play, but it works and works well giving a good all round experience.

Giving great customer service has never been so important, make the customers unhappy and you will basically be in big trouble and feel the wrath of the humble heifer himself and then things turn all kind of nasty.

The cooking side of the game mechanics are pretty simple but effective you’ll find yourself flipping burgers or filling drinks, if you’ve played any type of cooking game previously then you’ll probably know what to expect. When not on your shift you are able to explore the area surrounding the burger bar enabling you to uncover the back story of Happy Humble’s burger bar.

For all it’s freaky scarey points Happy Humble’s Burger Farm offers plenty of unique gameplay with that 90s nostalgic feel to it.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics of Happy Humble’s Burger Farm are heavily inspired by the old 90s games with pixels a plenty, this gives the game a nostalgic charm and feeling yes it isn’t next gen but it doesn’t need to the emphasis is on the gameplay which is evident. The devs have done well bringing a dark and atmospheric game world that will have you either on the edge of your seat or behind it.

The soundtrack is equally as scary as the game and works well to build a good atmosphere. The in game sound effects work well and as a whole they work well with the soundtrack and graphics.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Happy Humble’s Burger Farm, it’s something unique and brings a different take to both genres that the game mixes together. Unfortunately at the time of doing the review there are no multiplayer or co-op options this would have been a great addition to the game, but it doesn’t take much off the game itself and it’s still a decent game. Also I really want to try the Happy’s Deluxe it looks pretty awesome.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I give Happy Humble’s Burger Farm a good score of 4🌟 an enjoyable game with a different take on the genre. Would recommend taking a look if horror games are your thing.

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NFL CLASH Review

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Published By: Nifty Games.

Platform Available On: Android and Apple.

Reviewed on Android – Samsung Galaxy mobile.

Overview

Collect your favorite NFL players to build your unbeatable football team. Challenge your opponents in quick 5-minute head-to-head matches. Compete against your friends to rise up in the leaderboards. Rush your way to victory and dominate the game with your very own NFL team!

Features include:
• Featuring 120+ of your favorite NFL players!
• Build your own NFL team to dominate opponents
• Challenge live players in real-time PvP sessions
• Acquire new players and collect trophies with every victory
• Climb the leaderboards and earn bragging rights by beating your friends.

Gameplay

I rarely get to take a look at mobile games but as the site says I like to cover all platforms as I am a believer that gaming is gaming no matter what the platform is. Being a big American sports fan or follower from the UK I enjoy playing games within this sporting genre.

If you have played any deck building game then you’ll probably be at home here, think of the gameplay similar to Fifa Ulitmate Team or MyTeam if you’ve played NBA 2k22. You pick cards and collect a team good enough to compete at the top against the better opponents.

Yes the game is a free-to-play or freemium title which means that you are “encouraged” to buy in game items such as gems and coins or chests, but as with most mobile games this is pretty much the norm and it is a choice you can still enjoy the game with out spending much or any real life money.

The game is good to play alone on the commute or killing a bit of time on the dinner break, you can also take part in special events when you have to play out scenarios such as you are down in the 4th quarter and you must come back to win, I personally found this mode alot of fun to play and you can unlock some pretty good rewards. You also have the option to challenge live players in real time multiplayer mode which again is alot of fun, this would maybe be better played over WiFi connection unless you have a decent 4G + connection and good data allowance.

Overall if you are an NFL fan then this does have alot to offer, with it also being free you may aswell give it a go.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics aren’t the next gen quality you’re probably used to now playing your new super consoles but they are certainly good enough to have a good game on mobile. The game is licensed so you do get the authentic feel with team names and players, yes you can have Josh Allen (aka god) throwing rockets down the pitch.

The soundtrack is OK again it’s a mobile game so you can’t expect big productions. In game the sound effects are good enough to enjoy the game, you have to take into account you’re not playing Madden here so bare that in mind before making comparisons.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Nfl Clash an overall decent free-to-play game to play on the go, probably not a game I’d put my controller down for but still a game that’s good to have to hand when your put and about or even in the bath (if you drown your phone don’t blame me).

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I give Nfl Clash a good 4🌟 score, a good NFL experience to have on the go, yes you get a better experience if you put money into it (the nature of free-to-play) but you can still enjoy without doing so.

Grab your copy of Nfl Clash on Android or Apple now through your relevant app store.