SAMURAI SHODOWN slashes into Xbox Series X/S consoles this winter!

Announced today Samurai Showdown is getting a next gen release this winter.

From its creation in 1993, the Samurai Showdown series has redefined weapon-based fighting games. 11 years after its previous installment, the series welcomes in a completely new game! Always evolving, the series known for its breath-taking battles and stunning characters has been taken to new heights with amazing visuals and sound design! Pick up Samurai Shodown for either the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S!

A message from Samurai Shodown Producer, Yasuyuki Oda:
“The Xbox Series X|S is Microsoft’s most innovative and cutting-edge next-gen console which is ramping up to hit the market soon, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of its massive presence in the gaming community.”

Samurai Showdown is coming to Xbox Series X/S this winter

Re:Turn One Way Trip – Early Access Preview

Info

Developed by : Red Ego Games

Published by : Green Man Gaming

Available on Steam 14th October

We were very kindly given an early access code for the purpose of this preview

Story

To explain the story a bit better here is the official blurb for you :

Re:Turn – One Way Trip is a 2D side-scrolling puzzle-adventure horror game. Trapped in a ghostly train, Saki must search the past and present to find and save her friends. More importantly, Saki must use her wits if she is to survive against an unspeakable evil hellbent on avenging unrequited love

Gameplay

Think of Re:Turn as a platformer with a difference, as you will have aspects of adventure mixed with horror with a traditional 2D platform mechanics then that’s pretty much the bundle.

Straight away as you start the game you get the feeling you’re in for a bit of an eerie ride as you’re in a woods with the lighting not great so it kinda of sets the mood a bit. You get a mixture of gameplay and manga style stills to tell the story and it works to be fair and it all seems to flow into one another effectively

The gameplay is immersive with atmosphere and the in depth story you really feel yourself getting sucked in to the game, by the look of it it’s not a game you can just have a quick on, you can easily loose hours in one hit.

Overall so far from what I’ve seen it’s a deep and dark platform story with plenty of jump scares, oh and one personal tip – probably not the best idea to play it in bed in the dark !!!!

Summary

Well to summarise my thoughts so far on Re:Turn, it certainly does what it says on the tin, horror platform, slightly cliche story of college kids go off on a break in the woods pretty standard horror fayre really, but overall I like what saw and look forward to to the full release in mid October

New King Of Seas Trailer Released

A new swashbuckling adventure is nearly upon us, King of Seas from 3D Clouds will be released later this year and today sees a new trailer, check it out below:

What sets  King of Seas apart from other games in the genre is that each time you start a new campaign, the game engine will generate a whole new game world for you to explore. Each playthrough is a new and exciting adventure when you set off from shore. The dynamic world will also react to your every action, constantly adapting and throwing new challenges your way. Naval routes will change with each conquered settlement, the difficulty will adapt as you progress through your quests, and changes in weather will play a big part in your navigation and combat strategy.  

Your Pirate ship is more than just a vehicle, it’s a home. You will be able to acquire and own five different classes of ship: the sloop, brig, flute, frigate and galleon, each offering plenty of customisation options to ‘deck’ out your vessel. With over 900 items available to collect and use, you can truly create a battle-ready vessel to be proud. 

Naval battles are at the core of the King of Seas gameplay and learning how to navigate your way through the combat will be key to your success. The movement and handling of your ships will change according to wind direction, the ship class and the talent points acquired through levelling the gear equipped. In addition to the core battle mechanics, there are exciting unique abilities you can discover on your adventure that really mix up the action, such as flamethrowers, ethereal navigation or voodoo rituals!

King of Seas will be available this holiday season for Windows PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Fans can wishlist the PC version on the official King of Seas Steam page here. For all the latest information please visit the official website here or follow on social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Discord and YouTube.

Peaky Blinders Mastermind – Review

Info

Published by: Curve Digital

Developed by: Futurlab

Platforms Available On: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. Reviewed on PS4 – code very kindly supplied for the purpose of this review.

Overview

Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is a puzzle-adventure game, based on the multi-award-winning TV show. Become the Mastermind as you control key characters and pull off perfectly synchronized plans.

Now straight away as a fan of the show I’m full of anticipation that this will be a game worthy of the show, read on to see if it indeed was.

Gameplay

The general style of Peaky Blinders:Mastermind is a cross between birds eye strategy gameplay and cartoon style still cutscenes with written story telling. Firstly I liked the look of the game with it being a bit different to what I expected the game to look like, I was expecting more like a GTA type look to it, but with the birdseye view lending itself well to strategy games it was indeed a good choic to go for.

You get to take control of the main characters from the show such as Tommy and Arthur along with Ada and young boy Finn, all of which you need to complete tasks as different characters come with different skill sets and you will be using more than one character at a time to complete missions. At first the whole rewind time thing was a bit of strange concept to get my head around but once you do it really does work, well for instance send Ada to distract a guard for a few minutes then rewind once you hit play you can then leave Ada talking to the guard and switch to Tommy and walk straight past the guard very clever mechanics if you ask me.

You also get to use other AI characters throughout the game who are willing to help The Peaky Blinders and you use them in the same way you would the other characters.

Every level you play is timed with you having a target time to reach to complete goals gold silver and bronze level, personally I found this a bit difficult and just about got bronze level but this didn’t impact the enjoyment from the game

Being a fan of the series it was good to play the game and build a bit of back story to the characters.

Graphics and Sounds

I found the graphics surprisingly good, all the levels were well built up and it actually looked like you were playing the show. I liked the graphic style of the still cut scenes telling the story and adding drama to the game.

With the sounds in game is ok you get the sound effects you would expect from the background my only disappointment was that in the cut scenes there are no voice acting which would’ve added a bit more to it for me.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Peaky Blinders:Mastermind, I personally enjoyed it I have seen varied comments online good and bad about the game but I personally enjoyed playing through, it’s not perfect but it’s well worth having a play through.

Verdict – out of 5⭐️

I give Peaky Blinders : Mastermind 3.5⭐️ I did enjoy playing it, there are some things I felt it was missing to make it perfect but I rarely do find a “perfect” game. Definitely worth giving it a go if you’re a fan of the series.

New Free Event for Totally Reliable Delivery Service

Following on from the success of their last event Laser Barrage, tinyBuild have released details of the next free event for Totally Reliable Delivery Service, Windy Wings.

Players now get to deliver their five-star services in a superhero style with the brand new Bat Wings available in the update. They can either race with friends to win new cosmetics, get a birds eye view of the landscape or just wander around up in the air to show off some awesome stunts.

Head over to the Epic Store now to take a look at the event for yourself –

https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/totally-reliable-delivery-service/home?mc_cid=b213e611f0&mc_eid=[UNIQID]

Air Missions HIND Blasts onto Nintendo Switch

The awesome new helicopter fighter game from Grindstone Games is available from 24th September 2020 (in US) and now in EU on Nintendo Switch.

See the awesome trailer here :

Air Missions: HIND puts players in the hot seat of the heavily armed Mi-24 Hind assault helicopter as they take to the skies in devastating air assault missions. Before each mission, the formidable Mi-24 Hind (also known as the ‘flying tank’) can be customised with different skins and weapon sets depending on the mission parameters and goals. Two weapons can be equipped on the wings, in addition to a machine gun mounted on the front of the helicopter, and players can choose from an arsenal of deadly weaponry including UPK 23 machine guns, GUV gun pods, FAB bombs and various rockets and missiles.

Features: 

  • Take control of the Mi-24 assault helicopter, a.k.a the flying tank.
  • Campaign mode with fifteen missions based on fictional conflicts.
  • Customise and equip your helicopter with an arsenal of missiles, machine guns and rockets.
  • Four different environments to master: Central Asia, Eastern Europe, The Arctic Ocean and Southeast Asia.
  • Fly combat missions in single and multiplayer modes including Deathmatch, Instant Action and Online Co-op.
  • Master three different helicopter control difficulty levels.
  • Three bonus Russian built attack helicopters to pilot.

Air Missions HIND will be available 24 September 2020 (in US) priced at $24.99 and available now in EU region priced at £22.99/€24.99

New Leisure Suit Larry Gameplay Trailer

Never mind the news of certain consoles coming out, A NEW LARRY IS COMING OUT ahem! Sorry about that got a tad excited there

Check out the new gameplay trailer here :

Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry is out October 15th

Don’t forget we will be doing a review on this so keep an eye out for that

Tannenberg – Review

Info

Developed and Published by : M2H and Blackmill Games

Available on : PS4, Xbox One and Steam – reviewed on PS4 – code kindly supplied for the purpose of this review

Overview

Tannenberg is inspired by the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg. The game includes historically accurate World War I weapons, authentic uniforms and equipment, detailed injury and gore modeling, and maps based on the real battlefields of the Eastern Front.

Gameplay

When you boot up the game you are treated with the main menu you get the feeling you have been here before, if you’ve played the earlier Call of Duty games you will be quite at home here.

You can have the choice of either online play or offline, although playing offline does disable some game mode choices. When playing online you have all the choices open such as Manuver, which is you have to take over zones and defeat your enemies. Then you have Attrition which is basically team death match, lastly you have Rifle Deathmatch which is basically free for all.

Unfortunately at the time of review I could only get games on Manuver, I’ve not yet been able to get any games for the death matches which is a shame as they are my favourite modes.

The actual gameplay seems slow and takes a bit of getting used to but once you do it’s actually really fun, and whether it’s intentional or not it does have a bit of a nostalgia vibe to it to past war games with out dated gameplay mechanics, I personally didn’t find it an issue if you compare it to the likes of Battlefield or COD then you’re going to be disappointed but if you take it at face value and enjoy it for what it is an original game in its own right then you’ll enjoy it a lot more.

I personally didn’t find an issue with the shooting mechanics apart from it being a bit slow but once you get used to it then it gets better.

The realism in the actual gameplay is truly a wonder as the weapons actually work as weapons of that era would’ve worked, your long range shots are risky and ineffective so it’s all about the close quarter battles which are full on, team tactics is Greg key there’s no space for Rambo wannabes.

The maps themselves are massive in scale with you only aloud to move in the areas on the map that have been taken so again keeping it tactical and focusing on the goals at hand.

I really enjoyed my time playing Tannenberg and will definitely keep going back as it’s a different style of FPS than your CODs or Halos.

Graphics and Sounds

I’ll be honest the character graphics aren’t the best I’ve seen in a game but the certainly are good enough to have an enjoyable game, the actual maps are stunning and the different obstacles are great although up close some of the buildings look dated but I’m not letting that spoil my overall experience.

Sounds of the game are pretty good the heart wrenching crack noise as a sniper takes you out is soul destroying – and yes it happens a lot. Overall good soundtrack and effects.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Tannenberg, I find this game an enjoyable experience if you take it for what it is and not compare it with other AAA FPS titles you’ll enjoy it too

Verdict – out of 5⭐️

I give Tannenberg 4⭐️ a good game I will return to, does have its flaws but I enjoyed it and will have no problem recommending it.

Leisure Suit Larry is Back in Wet Dreams Don’t Dry

The return of the legend Leisure Suit Larry is upon us in the latest instalment of the hit game.

Check out the trailer below :

Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry launches on Xbox One complete with the Happy Ending Update — an expansion that serves as an epilogue depicting what happens after Larry’s dating misadventures that take place in the main game. That’s not all — players don’t have to wait long to get more Larry, as Assemble Entertainment and developer Crazybunch have just recently announced the sequel, Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice, launching on PC via Steam on October 15th 2020.

We are lucky enough to have been given early access to the game, we will be putting up our thoughts on the site soon.

Beats Per Minute – Review

Info

Developed and Published by : Awe Interactive

Available on Steam, released 15th September

Code very kindly supplied for the purpose of this review

Gameplay

Well I’ll be honest I’ve play plenty of FPS over the years (it’s one of my favourite genres) and I’ve played a few rhythm games, but I’ve never played a rhythm based FPS EVER before. Bullets Per Minute or BPM for short is exactly that a rhythm based FPS shooter set in a mysterious castle like place with monster a plenty.

The aim of the game is to shoot and load to the beat of the music and boy is that a lot harder than what I though it would be, I’ve spent most of my gaming time languishing in the first level but still having a whole load of fun. The enemies seem to be one shot kills for the smaller and at least two for the bigger ones. Movement is pretty smooth if you’re using keyboard and mouse so that kind of helps, being bad at it certainly doesn’t help !!

The level designs are really well done and add to the moody atmosphere and quite easy to find yourself around although I always seem to find the door with the bigger enemies behind !!!!

I am going to persevere with this game as I’m really enjoying it but it will take me a while to complete but it’s definitely worth it even if it’s to listen to the badass soundtrack

Graphics and Sound

The graphics of BPM are really good the colours are really well worked and characters are doing and looking as they should. The sounds, well where do I start? I am completely in love with the soundtrack with its heavy rock synth vibes completely loving it, also the character sound effects are realistic enough to be believed.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on BPM, I enjoyed the experience although the gameplay is mega hard even in easiest setting but enjoyable all the same, the saving grace for me is the soundtrack, I would quite happily boot up the game plug in my headset and just listen to the soundtrack it really is that good.

Verdict out of 5⭐️

I will give BPM a solid 3⭐️ the game is playable but extremely difficult, also has one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard.

You can download Beats Per Minute on Steam here :

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1286350/BPM_BULLETS_PER_MINUTE/

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