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ROAD 96 Review

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Developed By: Digixart.

Published By: Ravenscourt, Koch Media.

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

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


Overview

Road 96 is a crazy, beautiful road-trip. The discovery of exciting places, and unusual people on your own personal journey to freedom. An ever-evolving story-driven adventure inspired by Tarantino, The Coen Brothers, and Bong Joon-ho. Made by the award-winning creators of Valiant Hearts and Memories Retold.

Moments of action, exploration, contemplative melancholy, human encounters and wacky situations. Set against a backdrop of authoritarian rule and oppression. A stunning visual style, a soundtrack filled with 90s hits, and a thousand routes through the game combine so each player can create their own unique stories on Road 96.


Gameplay

What I enjoy most about reviewing is that you come across different games that you may well have missed, going into that slot is Road 96 an adventure road trip unlike anything else you’ve seen before.

Take a step out of your life of normality and step into a new world and explore the life through the eyes of a group of youngsters trying their best to escape the authoritarian rule and skip the border for a better life.

The game is a mixture of many different games and it works so well because of that, you have point and click aspects mixed in with mini games finished off with a hint of life simulator. When I was a child my favourite books to read were choose your own adventure where you could control the out come through your choices which is what this game is as every choice you make has a consequence.

If you like a game you can get lost in then you are definitely in the right place, there is hours upon hours of gameplay for you to get lost in and virtually impossible for you to have just a quick go. Because of the choice / consequence mechanic no two game play throughs will ever be the same making for a unique gaming experience depending on the choices you make.

Without giving too much away the game itself is captivating with a deep story that resonates on many personal levels, it has raw emotions mixed with dramatic scenes that would fit into any action thriller film. The many different characters you come across each add more depth to the story with some you may find more helpful than others.

The different chapters of the game although are within the same world feel like completely different games which keeps the gameplay fresh and never boring. There’s also time to just sit in a chair kick back and enjoy the stunning scenery and soundtrack, you would think a game that has so much going on and so many characters would feel disjointed and lost but Road 96 works and works well.


Graphics and Sound

The graphics of the game are stunning, the devs have gone for a cartoon realistic approach that works really well and gives the game that warm vibe. There are times when you can just sit by a waterfall and take it all in, just take a breath and enjoy.

The soundtrack is great – also available on streaming sites/apps – a mixture of chilled guitar and upbeat dance tracks about a good a mixture as the game itself. The in game voice acting is great and really helps tell the story well.


Summary

Time to put my thoughts in a summary, the game itself is varied in styles that shouldn’t work but it does really well, the game never feels tired there’s always something to do and loads of replay potential as each time you play it it’s like a whole new game. Two big thumbs up from me.


Verdict-Out of 5🌟

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Excellent

I give Road 96 an excellent full marks score of 5🌟 a game that you will never get tired of playing, seeing is believing and you definitely need to see this.

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THE ASCENT-PS5 VERSION Review

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Developed By: Neon Giant.

Published By: Curve Games.

Available on all main platforms (apart from Nintendo Switch as yet), this review is for the recently released PS5 version.

A code was very kindly supplied for the purpose of this review.


Overview

The Ascent is a solo and co-op Action-shooter RPG, set on Veles, a packed cyberpunk world. Welcome to The Ascent Group arcology, a corporate-run metropolis stretching high into the sky and filled with creatures from all over the galaxy.


Gameplay

At the back end of last year I was lucky enough to review The Ascent on Xbox Series X on it’s release – take a look at the review here – I really enjoyed the game with it’s old school shooter vibe and it’s constant action, when the PS5 release was announced I was intrigued to see if there were any improvements or changes to the game, in this review I’ll take a look at the PS5 version and give my thoughts on the game.

Now I’m not into this one platform’s better than the other argument, but on this occasion I feel the PS5 comes out on top, the game feels alot smoother and with the adaptive control functions including sound effects through the built in controller speakers the PS5 gameplay feels alot more immersive.

Along with various bug fixes and visual polishing the game also now includes Game+, a transmog system, and a photo mode which only enhance the game even further.

In terms of the actual gameplay there isn’t much difference between the Xbox Series X version and the PS5 version, the added bug fixes on the PS5 give it the edge ever so slightly  up both are really enjoyable games.


Graphics and Sound

In terms of graphics there isn’t much of a difference between the two versions if any at all, both played on a 4k screen look stunning and experienced pretty much no visual defects.

The soundtrack is basically the same lots of full on kick ass tracks, in game the sound effects work well, I personally really enjoyed having the effects coming through the PS5 controller speaker I thought it made the game that little bit more immersive.


Summary

To summarise my thoughts of The Ascent, I personally found both games fully enjoyable throughout but felt that the ps5 version was a slightly more immersive and felt a more smoother experience overall.


Verdict-Out of 5🌟

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Excellent

I give The Ascent (PS5) a solid top marks score of 5🌟 not just a platform port this is a highly polished version with more immersion, well worth picking up.

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IKAI Review

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Developed By: Endflame.

Published By: PM Studios.

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

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


Overview

Fear and anxiety prevail after the darkest tales from Japanese folklore come to life in this first-person psychological horror game. Set in a feudal era, Ikai revolves around the priestess of a shrine struggling to defeat the spirits of her past and her present.


Gameplay

If you like horror games that are a little more than just hack and slash then you really need to take a look at Ikai, this game chilled me to the bone but also frustrated the life out of me. The game itself seems to be a bit of a hybrid between first person horror, point and click and puzzler and trust me some of the puzzles will have you questioning your sanity.

You play as a young priestess of an ancient shrine struggling to defeat the evil spirits of her past and future, so there are no weapons to protect you in this game you need to use your mind what I mean by that is you write calligraphy seals to protect yourself from the evil spirits that lurk in the other world, this in itself can be quite tricky when using a controller as I feel that they’re not really made for this type of thing this is more suited to the Switch touch screen, but master it and it does feel quite satisfying.

As you go about doing your daily chores like washing and stuff this is when the horror side of the game begins as you venture outside of the compound and towards the river, this in itself is a puzzle as you can easily get lost, there are various puzzles you need to complete to be able to move on which were fun to complete as it made the game feel unique.

I’ve played a few Japanese horror titles lately and they have all been of a psychological nature, really going deep inside your mind and twisting your head, for the most part I found Ikai one of the better games I’ve played from this genre, there are moments of the game that literally made me jump but on the whole I was glued to the screen throughout not wanting to miss any of the story.

The whole mechanic of using your writing skills as protection really worked well ( although maybe not for controllers ) and added a unique feel to the game also adding to the tense feel of the game.

The game itself did well blending the different styles to make one hybrid game that will entertain you whilst also scaring the be-jesus out of you. The atmospheric feel as you explore the surrounding areas really make you feel on edge and make for a more immersive experience.


Graphics and Sound

Graphically I think Ikai was more or less faultless with the developers really making use of the next gen power creating environments that look super detailed giving you more of a creepy vibe.

The soundtrack was great and really worked well in the menu to build the tension. In game the voice acting wasn’t the best but it was good enough to get the story across and overall worked well.


Summary

To put my thoughts of Ikai into a summary, I would say that the game felt quite polished and did well to delve deep into dark Japanese folklore bringing a chillingly dark game that was a lot of fun albeit scary to play.


Verdict-Out of 5🌟

🌟🌟🌟🌟

Good

I give Ikai a good rating of 4🌟 a good all round game that gives enough scares to keep you hooked, would recommend to any fan of the genre.

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KING OF FIGHTERS XV Review

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Developed By: SNK.

Published By: SNK and Koch Media.

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

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

Overview

SHATTER ALL EXPECTATIONS
The new “XV” that transcends everything!

Since its debut in 1994, the KOF fighting game series has been driving the world to the excitement with its appealing characters and unique game system. Six years have passed since the last title in the series, and now KOF XV surpasses all of its predecessors in terms of graphics, systems, and online experience!

– A total of 39 characters are participating!
Classic popular characters, revived characters, new characters, and more! The most epic dream match in KOF history is about to begin!

– KOF’s story reaches its climax!
The latest KOF Saga continues from the previous title in Story Mode. This time, the story is coming to an explosive climax!

– The culmination of the series’ battle system
Inheriting the series’ traditional 3-on-3 team battle, KOF XV also features a new system. Enjoy an unprecedented sense of speed and freshness!

– Easy and versatile online play
Rollback netcode has been adopted to reduce lag in online matches. There are also a variety of battle options that allow you to choose how you want to play!

– KOF is fully packed with content to enjoy
Includes a Gallery with movies and voices, and a new DJ STATION with over 300 popular songs from the KOF series and more”.

Gameplay

Being a big fan of this iconic fighter franchise I was looking forward to getting my hands on the latest incarnation of the series, King of Fighters XV promises to be the most polished experience yet vastly improving on the games before it, although having played those titles there wasn’t much wrong with them either so improving onan already high level will take some doing, does it achieve that level? Yes and then some, with the loved characters returning to the roster along with new characters gamers are in for a treat.

The menu set up of the game is pretty familiar if you’ve played any fighting games with most modes pretty much the same with single player, story mode or online mode all on offer here, personally if you’re new to the series (shame on you, where have you been??) I’d go for a few runs of the single player to get yourself used to the controls and also have an explore of the characters and see which one you like best.

My favourite characters to play as were Shun’Ei a young guy with a bit of a badass attitude, King of Dinosaurs half man half dinosaur need I say anymore and Antonov who gave me classic Hulk Hogan vibes.

The fights are basically a 6 man tag with 3 fighters on each side fighting one v one until all fighters have been taken out, it’s worth getting your strongest fighters in for the earlier battles to give you a good standing for the rounds.

Story mode is basically stepping into an anime action film with some very intense cut scenes although the main dialogue is in Japanese there are English subtitles to follow, the story is as over the top as the actual gameplay with you being invited to the ultimate fighting tournament, with this being so over the top it really makes this a true to King Of Fighters tradition as THE arcade fighter.

The online side of things is pretty standard fayre for fighting games  standard versus mode where you and a friend can go at it old skool, or for a more difficult challenge go up against other players around the world and pit your skills against the best.

The game itself is much like other fighters, difficult to master but so much fun trying to do so and if you’re not button mashing then you’re just not doing it right.

Graphics and Sound

For the graphics SNK have gone with an almost anime style, realistic but with an animated look and completely over the top and this works great in making an enjoyable fighting game. Each character looks incredible and the fight arenas are top end.

The soundtrack is about as over the top as the game which fits in well, big punchy rock rifts. The voice acting sounds good but I have no idea what they are trying to say as it’s all in Japanese but with handy subtitles to help along.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on King of Fighters XV, and incredibly over the top fighting game that really is alot of fun to play either solo or multiplayer, the graphics are great making good use of the next gen power a great job by the development team to reignite such an iconic brand.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Excellent

I give King of Fighters XV a solid full marks score of 5🌟. I’ve been a fan of the King of Fighters franchise from more or less the beginning and this latest entry for me is one of the best, over the top in the best possible way.

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MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS 5 Review

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Published / Developed By: Milestone Games.

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

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

Overview

Hold on fast to the handlebar of your bike because a new chapter of the series has finally arrived. Try Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5 and discover the quintessence of indoor supercross! BUILD YOUR SUCCESS The road to become a true champion starts here. With the new career mode, you will have to prove your skills on two-wheel bikes to be able to win glory!

Win the first races in the “Futures” Category. Improve your technique as a “Rookie” by starting out in the 250SX class. Create your team after signing with a sponsor or join an existing one. Throw open the doors of the entire championship by becoming a real “Pro” to challenge the heroes of the 450SX class and achieve ultimate success.

SHAPE COUNTS Keep your rider in shape by going through 5 preparation levels. In Supercross 5, training sessions, race results and injuries affect your rider’s conditions. Are you ready to keep everything under control? COMPOUND Explore, practice and improve your performance in the new Compound! Do it alone or with 3 friends, or race against them on one of the 5 fantastic tracks available.

TRACK EDITOR Unleash your imagination and build the perfect track with the Track Editor. Use and mix together the modules inspired by the tracks of the official races, share your creations with the community and race on the tracks made by the other players.

MULTIPLAYER Discover all the ways to enjoy Supercross 5 with your friends. Challenge other players online, both on Xbox Series X|S and on Xbox One. And, finally, the very much in demand Split Screen mode has arrived, providing double challenges to the last jump. Fun multiplied by 2! E-SPORT For the second year in a row, E-sport is confirmed in the Supercross series. What are you waiting for? Are you ready to accept the challenge?

Gameplay

Another year has passed so that means this year’s edition of Monster Energy Supercross is released, I was lucky enough to get to review last year’s edition and it blew me away so I was looking forward to getting my hands on this year’s edition to see the improvements.

Monster Energy Supercross 5 is the official game of the Monster Energy Supercross series complete with the official 450SX, 250 East and 250 West roster of the 2021 season also now with two-stroke bikes, an extended career mode and the all important track editor with new rhythm section. This year the customisation options have been improved with the brand new helmet editor and sticker editor.

Players favourite the Track Editor is back once again but this year has been improved further, create the track of your dreams using all the
customization opportunity included in the Track Editor such as tuff blox, modules, leader pillar, start and
finish structure. Once you have created your masterpiece you can then share it with the community you can upload your track and share it
worldwide with players from all over the world. If you aren’t that creative minded you can also download the tracks created by other users. New for this year is the Rhythm Section Editor where players can create and share prefab track sections by mixing and matching pre-existing modules to
improve even further the Track Editor usability. Again new for this year you can now, for the first time in the franchise, share your UGC with players from any other platform!

Customisation options has always been quite vast in these titles but this year the options have been expanded further with different helmet and sticker options, also different outfit and character options such as tattoos, the options are literally never-ending with more than 100 official brands for cosmetic and performance customization, to be used on your rider and your bike.

Multiplayer has also been expanded with many different options for the gamer to choose from Local Split Screen, Online modes which include the standard Public race, Private race, Free-roaming and Director Mode. The online multiplayer also has two additional important features:
Drop-In Drop-Out = Players who leave an online match will
be replaced by bots. If you jump into an online match with an active bot, you’ll replace this one.
Cross-Gen Play = You can now play with players same platform, but different gen (old gen/current gen)

I’d compare Monster Energy Supercross 5 with the likes of Fifa, the bulk of the game is pretty much the same with the added cosmetic changes along with various tweaks to the gameplay, however the tweaks that have been made haveade the game even better than last year, it seems alot more fluid and easier for players to get to grips with the game.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics of the game are phenomenal, the game feels fluid and runs smooth. Realists will appreciate the level of detail that has gone into the game with all the fully licensed bikes and equipment along with the real world locations and riders, it really is the most authentic supercross game out there. The only thing I would pick up on is I would’ve liked to have seen more track degradation as you go through the laps but in all fairness I think that is just me being overly picky.

The soundtrack of the game is as punchy as the game itself with plenty to of rock music to get your juices pumping, the in game sound effects are great and sound exactly as they should do adding to the overall authentic feel to the game.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Monster Energy Supercross 5, an authentic biking experience that any supercross will love, even if you’re not a fan of the sport it’s well worth playing to get that adrenaline pumping. A great series made even better with this year’s updates.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Excellent

I give Monster Energy Supercross 5 a solid top marks excellent score of 5🌟a series that was already a great authentic experience has just got better, definitely recommend.

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BLOOD OF HEROES Closed Beta Weekend Announced On PS4 and PS5

On April 1st and 2nd, developer Vizor Games hosts a Closed Beta for Blood of Heroes on PS4 and PS5 in Europe. The melee combat title focuses on glorious warriors, the heroes of the borderline world, blessed and cursed to eternally fight each other in their infinite quests for glory. 

To unveil the full potential of its unique heroes, Blood of Heroes features a deep and unique combat system that pushes players to hone their skills in battle. Find the right moments to attack or counter, plan strategically and punish their opponent’s mistakes. To do so, the game uses a wide variety of battle mechanics, from resilience to magical abilities, all of which are balanced to ensure that it is the warrior’s skill that will ultimately determine the champion. Each of the heroes is unique, featuring distinct weapons and abilities. Every player will find the right hero who suits their playstyle, whether they want to focus on their own killing sprees or help their teammates survive through cunning tactics, magic, or pure power.

For two days, console owners will be able to enter the killing fields and try Blood of Heroes first-hand. A welcome pack of 300 bloodstones is granted to each newcomer, unlocking a selection of playable heroes, extra weapons, and other in-game content. To join the event, sign up here; the capacity is limited.

Blood of Heroes is a free-to-play game, currently available as Open Beta for PC; interested players can register at http://www.bloodofheroes.online/. 

Blood of Heroes is playable in English, German, French, Russian, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, and Italian. Follow the game on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to stay in tune with all of its hottest news and info.

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SUBMERGED: HIDDEN DEPTHS Review

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Developed/Published By: Uppercut Games.

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

Overview

“A drowned city, crumbling tips of skyscrapers stubbornly standing above the waves. Deserted villages, now inhabited by enigmatic creatures. And beneath the surging ocean waits an anguished, angry presence. Submerged: Hidden Depths is a non-combat third-person “relaxploration” adventure, set in the sunken ruins of a beautiful world. Take on the role of Miku and Taku – one cursed with a mysterious power that she wants to use for good, the other determined not to let it tear them apart. Boat across tranquil waters and storm-driven white-caps, explore and climb what remains of a once-towering city, and scour the buildings for the seeds of its salvation”.

Gameplay

I normally enjoy playing adventure titles, ones that you get to really explore the game world with one recent in particular that I enjoyed was Gunk. A game that seems similar in style is Submerged: Hidden Depths given the more relaxing title of “relaxploration” which gives you a good idea as to the overall feeling of the game which is very relaxed and chilled.

You play as brother and sister duo Miku and Taku one determined to use her curse for good, a mystical curse that has taken over her body the other determined to not let it destroy them.

The game is a pretty standard adventure game with different areas to explore and puzzles to work around, the puzzles themselves can be pretty straight forward but can also be more complex and be as big as the full area you are in so it is a can of exploring and remembering where different things are as you may need to use them to move the mystical orbs, you can get a little lost as you travel from place to in the vast open waters but once you uncover different places they all then stay on your mini map making travel easier.

There isn’t any combat in this games at all and no enemies to take down instead the purpose of the game is to explore and enjoy the atmospheric experience, its definitely not an intense experience it’s more chilled and relaxed, kind of like the feeling on a Sunday after you’ve had your big roast and just collapse on the sofa, it’s not an on the edge of your seat experience more of a sit back put the recliner out and enjoy.

Only draw back for me is the lack of co-op which seems pretty strange given the style of the game kind if leans to be a co-op title but this is a strictly single player game with you jumping between characters depending on the area.

The shear scale of the game is impressive, it is a pleasure just to cruise around on your boat discovering the different areas and the different animal species you can come across. I did enjoy the game and will continue to do so but with the lack of co-op I just feel that something is missing from the game. I found the puzzles fun and the overall gameplay a pleasant experience, one that I will definitely continue to enjoy.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics of the game are amazing and when played on the next gen system the colours really pop and look great, they devs have gone for a cartoon/realism style with the characters a bit more cartoon styled and the gameworlds more realistic, the water alone is beautiful to watch you can definitely tell alot of hard work has gone into making this such a good looking game.

The soundtrack is great and really works well with the overall feeling of the game. The voice acting or lack of is a bit disappointing where you do have voice acting as such it is more of a random language that is a bit difficult to follow with you left to read the subtitles on the bottom of the page, it would’ve made for a more immersive experience I feel to have had more of the voice acting to give the characters more of a personality.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Submerged: Hidden Depths, I found the game to be an enjoyable experience and a good introduction to the whole “relaxploration” model (still not sure that’s an actual thing) Will definitely continue to play and enjoy exploring exploring vast world.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

🌟🌟🌟🌟

Good

I give Submerged: Hidden Depths a good rating of 4🌟 a good overall gaming experience although is missing the co-op and more voice acting. I would still recommend the game as I feel it does still have alot to offer even as a single player title.

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ENDZONE: A WORLD APART: SURVIVOR EDITION Just Announced For Console Release This May

Award-winning publisher of acclaimed indie games, Assemble Entertainment, and developer Gentlymad Studios are delighted to announce today the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic city builder Endzone – A World Apart will receive a current-generation console launch on 19th May, 2022, titled, Endzone – A World Apart: Survivor Edition. Coming to Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, Endzone – A World Apart: Survivor Edition includes the base game and the first DLC chapter titled “Prosperity.” 

“While it’s been a long-time desire for us to bring Endzone to console platforms, the UI overhaul required to adapt such a deeply immense strategy game is nothing short of a challenge,” said  Stephan Wirth, Co-Founder and Experience Lead, Gentlymad Studios. “We’re so excited to share this lovingly created game with new audiences come May, and we sincerely hope players enjoy the experience we’ve crafted for consoles.” 

Having received immense praise from media worldwide, and currently enjoying over 4,800 positive reviews on Steam, Endzone – A World Apart is fondly compared to titles like Banished, Frostpunk, and Surviving the Aftermath due to its intricate gameplay systems, deep mechanics, and complex weather and environment simulation. The console version, Survivor Edition, will introduce players to the world of Endzone, where they’ll be responsible for the last remaining settlement of humans who’ve emerged to the Earth’s surface following 150 years in underground bunkers to escape global destruction via nuclear holocaust. 

Endzone – A World Apart: Survivor Edition launches digitally on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S (£44.59 / €49.99) on 19th May, 2022. Thanks to a collaboration with Koch Media, a leading global publishing partner, a physical, boxed PlayStation 5 retail version will also be available for £44.99 / €49.99. 

More about Endzone – A World Apart: Survivor Edition:

Steeped in a world tainted by radiation poisoning following a worldwide nuclear disaster, Endzone – A World Apart: Survivor Edition tasks players with a monumental responsibility: build a civilization and maintain the wellbeing of Earth’s last remaining human colony. Players will use the tools at their disposal to build housing structures, develop a functioning electrical system, and maintain stable water and food supplies — just a few of the valuable resources required to support a thriving society. Unlike similar titles in the genre, Endzone won’t see players face off against ghastly ghouls and irradiated monstrosities. Instead, violent weather events, such as sandstorms and drought, as well as tribes of brutal raiders, are the violent forces that seek to destroy the settlement.

Additional Key Features Include: 

  • A Bustling Community: The settlement is rarely quiet or dull; fulfil over 90 side missions, all of which are rich in variety and cater to the various needs of your community’s inhabitants
  • Build, Expand, Survive: With more than 90 different buildings to construct and maintain, including power stations, shelters, water treatment plants, and, unfortunately, cemeteries, colony-architects have a vast selection of structures from which to create a flourishing community
  • Can’t We Order In?: To get fresh supplies and learn new information, scouting parties must engage in Expeditions — which involves leaving the safety of the colony and venturing out into the dangerous wasteland to scavenge valuable resources
  • Dynamic Radiation Simulator: Keep those iodine pills handy, as Endzone features realistic radiation and humidity values that force players to take into account important details about the soil in which they grow their crops

Endzone: A World Apart : Survivor Edition is set for release 19th May 2022.

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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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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:

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