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HELLO NEIGHBOR 2 BETA Review

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Developed By: Dynamic Pixels and Eerie Quest Studios.

Published By: tinyBuild.

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

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


Overview

Hello Neighbor 2 is a stealth horror game about uncovering your creepy neighbor’s secrets. Taking place directly after events of the original, you are a journalist looking to solve the Neighbor’s case because no one else dares to. Play against a complex opponent controlled by an advanced AI that learns from you and all the other players! As time progresses and the Neighbor adapts to the players’ patterns, his own behavior will change and surprise you.


Gameplay

If you were a fan of the original Hello Neighbor title then rejoice as later this year tinyBuild will be releasing the sequel with a whole host of gameplay enhancements. Recently I had the opportunity to take a look at the beta build to get an understanding of what is to come.

The Hello Neighbor world has been somewhat expanded as the focus isn’t just on the Neighbor’s creepy home, now you are tasked to explore the neighborhood of Ravenbrooks to gather intel on the mysterious missing children and the reason for their disappearance.

As an investigative reporter it’s your job to sneak about the neighbourhood monitoring the strange goings on behind the closed doors. Peer through windows, spy from afar use your wits to gather the intel you need, just don’t get caught otherwise it’s game over and you need to start over again.

The different style of gameay works really well, opening up the world to beyond the house gives you so much more scope and really adds that intense feel to the game.

The new addition to the game “The Guest” a crazy bird looking man thing was crazy annoying just popping up out of nowhere to send me back, seemed to be darkness triggered so maybe keep close to the light, alongside that there were other bugs I came across but this is beta not the finished game so you have to expect some flaws.

Overall liked what I saw and looking forward to the finished product.


Graphics and Sound

For the graphics the devs have kept with the original cartoon look of the game and it looks really good.

The soundtrack of the game is creepy and makes you feel more on edge, in game the creepy sound effects really work we to create the atmosphere.


Summary

If I was to put my thoughts together in summary, I felt the game works well as a more open world it felt more immersiv and being a fan of the previous games I’m looking forward to the full release.


Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I give Hello Neighbor 2 Beta a good score of 4🌟 a good insight of what is to come and definitely looking forward to see the full release.

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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🌟

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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🌟

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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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MOTOGP 22 Review

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Developed/Published By: Milestone.

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

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


Overview

Engines running: let’s get the most immersive and authentic MotoGP gaming experience started.

THE ENTIRE MOTOGP WORLD Explore all the contents of the 2022 season in the MotoGP classes and in all the other categories. More than 120 riders, over 20 official circuits and all the excitement of the official championship are waiting for you. And if you want to take a leap into the past, over 70 historic champions will let you relive the best of MotoGP™ history.

NINE SEASON 2009 Relive one of the most exciting championships in MotoGP™ history! 17 Chapters, one for each Grand Prix of the 2009 season, lie ahead! Put yourself in the boots of legends such as Rossi, Lorenzo, Stoner and Pedrosa at the peak of their careers. In each episode you will face different challenges reliving first-hand the most iconic moments of the world championship.

All contents will be enhanced by more than 50 minutes of real footage at the beginning of each chapter, entirely narrated and directed by the extraordinary Mark Neale.

WHERE CHAMPIONS ARE MADE Enter the MotoGP ACADEMY to reveal the champion in you: through new game challenges you will learn all the tricks of the trade to be the fastest on every track. Become the rider you’ve always wanted to be with new tutorials that will help you improve quickly through short gameplay sessions.

ENJOY THE MOST REALISTIC GAMING EXPERIENCE AND CUSTOMISE YOUR RACE Dive into the most realistic and immersive MotoGP experience ever! From the faces of your heroes to the restyling of the official pits, attention has been given to every detail like never before! Create your world in the MotoGP™ videogame and ride with even more style. By using 5 graphic editors, you will be able to customise every look of the game, from the liveries to the riders’ suits.

PLAN YOUR SUCCESS WITH THE MANAGERIAL CAREER! Create your own team or join an official one. Choose your staff and develop your bike improving engine, frame, aerodynamics, and electronics: take full control of your gaming experience! Create a junior team in Moto2 and Moto3: hire a team manager, technical director and a rider to achieve new goals. NEW MULTIPLAYER MODE For the first time in the franchise, you will be able to challenge your friends in split-screen mode. Don’t miss this chance!

And if that weren’t enough, have fun with the amazing challenges online that the cross-gen multiplayer mode offers! (Cross-gen multiplayer will be available on consoles of the same family).


Gameplay

I was lucky enough to review the previous MotoGP game last year ( take a look here ) and I really enjoyed it so I was pretty excited to take a look at this year’s edition and see what improvements have been made.

With a roster jam packed with all the official riders from the 2022 season and also 70 historical riders and bikes to choose from making this game one of the most immersive ever.

MotoGP 22 is definitely a game that would be more suited to a fan or enthusiast as it goes quite indepth into the sport with a gamer that isn’t a fan would probably feel out of their depth pretty quickly. The career mode is back with a more expanded feel with the options of jumping straight in at the big boy level at GP or stepping in at the bottom at GP3 level and working your way up through the levels, this is by far the best way to get into the game as you can build your skills up before you hit the big time.

Once you’ve chosen your level you can chose the size of season you want to go for whether you want the full GP season or go for one of the more shorter options, it’s all down to you making it a more personal experience as not everyone has the time to play the full season length but still wants to experience some of the overall feel of the season this makes it an ideal solution all round.

Once all that part is chosen you then move on to chosing your management team then you either search the factory race teams and see what contracts they have on offer or you can join a whole new set up with a new sponsored team and see how far you can take them, baring in mind the more established team you go for the more the expectations will be so if you’re not fully confident in your abilities may be best to go for the new team and move up as you grow.

There are some customisation options on offer after you’ve picked your team, you can choose from a list of set liveries for your bike and suit you can also choose the colour set up of your suit again this makes the game that bit more personal to you.

If you are new to the game you may find it difficult to get to grips with the bike’s handling, there is a skill school area which is basically tutorials that teach you the basics and get you in tune with your bike making you a better rider in the long term. Once you hit the track you can also make some adjustments to the settings to make it a little easier as you get to grips with everything, for example you can switch on assisted braking which makes handling corners alot easier giving you more opportunity to enjoy the racing.

Much like most other race games you do have the other modes available such as single race and multiplayer including the ultra competitive online mode but the mode that makes this game stand out is Nine Season which let’s you replay the iconic season of 2009 which was the most closely contested season ever, replay iconic moments with legends such as Rossi, Lorenzo, Stoner and Pedrosa. The gameplay is cut up with real life footage commentated by Mark Neale who tells you the full back story ramping up the tension for when you get back into the game. I loved playing this mode it felt more like a documentary and really well put together.

Overall I really enjoyed the game once again and I felt as if I enjoyed this one more than last years edition, MotoGP isn’t just turning out yearly games with just a visual dust up this is a much improved game, although the last one there wasn’t much at all wrong.


Graphics and Sound

The graphics of MotoGP 22 are almost cinematic, Milestone have once again outdone themselves with once again bringing out stellar graphics that really add the realism to the game, even at high speeds the game looks incredible and even at times looks like you’re watching the actual race.

The soundtrack of the game is pretty good with some good upbeat music in the menus, the in game sounds are ultra realistic and really work well to bring an all round authentic racing experience.


Summary

Time to summarise my thoughts on MotoGP 22, one of the best racing games I’ve played, I felt the game was authentic and immersive and really enjoyed the overall experience. The addition of the Nine Season mode really added extra enjoyment to the game.


Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Excellent

I give MotoGP 22 a solid full marks 5🌟 incredible game with intense and immersive gameplay, fully recommended for any MotoGP fan.

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THE WATCHMAKER Review

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Developed By: Micropsia

Published By: Badlands

Platforms Available On: Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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


Overview

The Watchmaker is an amazing adventure from Chilean studio Micropsia Games set in a pictures steampunk world of giant clockwork mechanisms where time has gone mad. Join Alexander, the tower’s watchmaker, on his mission to return time to its natural course!

In The Watchmaker, a puzzle-filled adventure game, the player becomes Alexander. In his steampunk world made up of giant clockwork mechanisms, Alexander’s routine consists of daily repairing his beloved clock tower by adjusting its mechanisms, greasing the gears and leaving every last piece flawless. And this is repeated daily. Discover the mystery of why Alexander ages so quickly.


Features:

Steampunk adventure-puzzle game that takes place in 5 huge scenarios.

Innovative gameplay that mixes exploration, puzzles, platforming and boss fights.

Interact with your environment and use artifacts such as magnetic gloves and time bombs to solve puzzles.

Unusual aging process that replaces the usual health bar.


Gameplay

Now I’ve played plenty of puzzle games over the years and many steam punk related ones too but never really come across a hybrid of the two, this is where The Watchmaker comes into the fray.

The Watchmaker is a unique take on the puzzle/platformer genre with its unique gameworld inside a giant clock tower, but time I broken and you must help Alexander through the clock tower and repair time before it’s too late.

The health system is quite unique as you don’t lose health you just get older, keep an eye on your age as if you hit 90 you die and it’s game over, you can replenish your health or age at the various checkpoints that you’ll unlock on way through the game.

Work your way through the clock tower and restore time using your magnetic powers to solve the puzzles allowing you to progress through the game. Time is really of the essence as the more you wait about and the longer you take the quicker your age increases so you need to be quick thinking and nimble on your feet, quickness is definitely the key.

Overall I found the game unique and quite challenging and found it enjoyable and refreshing to play something different.


Graphics and Sound

The graphics of the game are pretty good and the game world looks good enough to play through, the details aren’t quite next gen but they do look good, I’m loving the whole steampunk feel to the game.

The sounds of the game are pretty good and add more depth to the game, the voice acting is good enough and adds more to the storytelling rather than just stills.


Summary

To summarise my thoughts on The Watchmaker, an overall enjoyable experience with a very unique approach to the puzzle/platformer genre. The graphics aren’t quite next gen but still good enough to give a good gaming experience.


Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I give The Watchmaker a good score of 3🌟 a unique gaming experience putting a different spin on the genre.

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NASCAR 21 IGNITION Review

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Developed/Published By: Motorsport Games.

Platforms Available On: PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Reviewed on PS5 via backwards compatibility, a code was very kindly supplied fo purpose of this review.


Overview

NASCAR 21: Ignition redefines the official video game of the world’s most popular stock car racing series. With incredible graphics and immersive gameplay, NASCAR 21: Ignition brings a whole new level of authenticity and atmosphere to the NASCAR Cup Series.


Gameplay

Being a bit of a petrol head I do enjoy playing racing games, whether it’s on  four wheels or two normally the games are pretty good and especially the ones that are fully licensed. Now being a fan of American sports in general I especially like playing the games that come from that.

I recently had the chance to take a look at Nascar Heat ( click here ) on the Nintendo Switch, I thoroughly enjoyed the game on the handheld console, so when the chance came up to take a look at a Nascar game on the bigger console I needed to take a look, offering a more indepth all round experience, I was definitely looking forward to taking a closer look.

Nascar Ignition 21 for me brings the most immersive racing game I’ve seen for a good while all aspects of the real life racing world are there for you to explore with an indepth career mode, great single player mode where you can jump into certain races and an expansive multiplayer mode letting you race split screen or online with players around the world.

The game is fully licensed so you get all the drivers, cars and tracks of the season including all alternate liveries for the cars, the tracks featured are fully official racetracks which are featured in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, including the Circuit of the Americas, Daytona Road Course, and Nashville Superspeedway. I most enjoyed throwing car 4 round Daytona as Kevin Harvick. The menu options you have in game are pretty much the same as most racing games, career mode, race now which is a quick race or single race, multiplayer and customisation. The car customisation options are insane you have so many different layers to add your own unique livery to the car giving you that personal touch, a brand-new Paint Booth offers an unrivaled level of customization allowing you to create your own NASCAR Cup Series paint scheme complete with your own iconic race number.

In career mode you work your way through the ranks to become a fully fledged legend of the track, choose your team and contract wisely to start with, it may be attractive to jump in with the big boys but they will want results, I personally found it better to go with the one of the smaller teams and ease my way in with no pressure. Get more involved on the technical side of things by trying out different engine management settings in your garage, have a tinker about and find the perfect settings for you.

For those that aren’t really into Nascar you’ll probably think racing around in a circle is boring, well you couldn’t be more wrong it is a lot more thrilling than that, each lap is edge of the seat racing with the cars tightly bunched together giving the ultimate driving experience.

Single race mode gives you a good chance to race round different tracks and try out different cars, I used this mode to get a few races and wins under my belt before I got into the career to find out how everything works.

Multiplayer for me is where the challenge is at, pit your wits against the best drivers from around the globe in probably the most authentic way to enjoy the game or even push your friends to the edge with a couch split screen battle.


Graphics and Sound

The graphics of this game are much improved from previous games, utilizing the Unreal Engine, NASCAR Ignition 21 allows players to experience the  thrill and atmosphere of the NASCAR Cup Series. Each and every race looks and feels like you are sat right there.

The soundtrack of the game is good and creates a good exciting feel to the game when in menus, in game sound effects are authentic with voiceover from MRN Radio and 23XI Racing’s Freddie Kraft.


Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Nascar Ignition 21, if you want the authentic Nascar racing feel then you have to go for this, a game that gives you the best feel of the race weekend that I have played, a fully immersive experience. I would fully recommend this even if you’re not a Nascar fan, you soon will be.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Excellent

I give Nascar Ignition 21 a strong full marks 5🌟 one of the best racing games I’ve played in some time, truly authentic and immersive experience for fans and non fans alike, would recommend to anyone.

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TONY & CLYDE: SICARIO’S TOOL KIT EDITION Review

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Published/Developed By: DCF Studios.

Platforms Available On: Xbox, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

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

I was lucky enough to review the main game on it’s original release so this is a quick look at the updated game with the “Sicario’s Toolkit” update, if you want to check out the original review you can see that here


Overview

People sometimes ask me who Tony and Clyde are. And I tell them: They’re not simple thugs from the streets. But they’re not highly trained criminals or professional robbers, either. NO WAY! There’s more to them than just that. You see. Some like a bit of the good life: the big piles of money, the glamour of being reverenced in the streets.

Others are addicted to the adrenaline rush of an ongoing heist, combined with the smell of recently burned gunpowder, followed by the sound of empty shells falling on the ground. While some simply enjoy watching the world burn, especially when they’re the ones with the empty can of gas in hand. But Tony and Clyde are different. Why? Well, because Tony and Clyde want the whole package!

Sicario’s Toolkit Edition comes with some new updates to the gameplay:

No more One Hit Kill (Only if you wish for)
Body Armor!
Weapons Attributes Exposed: for a better Loadout build
Fully Optimized: Smooth!


Gameplay

I personally quite enjoyed playing Tony & Clyde the first time round, but the only main issue I had was the one shot kill made it super difficult (and at times annoying) so when I heard that a new version of the game is released with the one shot removed (optional-although is removed as default) I was hyped to try it again.

The game runs pretty much the same, full on macho bravado with big guns and big explosions with an almost retro feel to it, however now if you keep the one shot kill off the game seems to run smooth and is definitely far more enjoyable but still had a level of challenge that doesn’t ruin the game.

There are bad guys around every corner some with bigger guns than others bringing more fun to the game than you could possibly need.

The overall feeling of the gameplay is far better with the new update and really has improved the game, it still has the “beer and pizza” movie game feel but now it’s an open bar with unlimited pizza so buckle up as this is going to get messy.


Graphics and Sound

The graphics of the game haven’t changed really from the original, I mean if it isn’t broke why fix it? The fun over the top action cartoon style really fits the game and gives it that fun feeling, blood splats and explosions a plenty this game just works and does it well.

Same as the graphics the soundtrack is the same with punchy, rocky music getting you in the mood for a fight, the in game voice acting is great although maybe not for the younger gamers out there as the language is a bit colourful but it works well bringing the ultimate bro-flick game.


Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Tony & Clyde: Sicario’s Toolkit Edition, the original was a great game but the improvements made in this edition have elevated it to a fantastic game and one that I’ll definitely be going back to time and again, still think the addition of co-op would finish the game off.


Verdict-Out of 5🌟

Good

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I give Tony & Clyde: Sicario’s Toolkit Edition a good score of 4🌟, I liked the original game but the new improvements have made this game a great game and one I’ll continue to enjoy.

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ASSASSIN’S CREED VALHALLA: DAWN OF RAGNARÖK Review

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Developed/Published By: Ubisoft

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

Reviewed on Xbox Series X, a code for the DLC was very kindly supplied for the purpose of this review.

This is an expansion for the main game of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, to play Dawn of Ragnarök you will need to have the base game.


Overview

In a stunning world of Norse myth, invaders of frost and flame threaten the fate of the Nine Realms. The dwarven kingdom of Svartalfheim is crumbling, and amid the chaos, Odin’s beloved son, Baldr, has been taken prisoner by the immortal fire giant, Surtr.

In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök, the most ambitious expansion in franchise history, Eivor must embrace their destiny as Odin, the Norse god of Battle and Wisdom. Unleash new divine powers as you embark on a desperate quest through a breathtaking world. Complete a legendary Viking saga and save your son in the face of the gods’ doom.


Gameplay

If you’ve seen my previous reviews of the other Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC then you’ll probably know that I am a big fan of the series, loving playing out the Viking mythology. Now as soon as Dawn of Ragnarök was announced I just knew that I would need to get my hands on it for not only would I be playing more Vikings this time I would be playing as and against Viking gods, epic is not the word.

The DLC is billed as the most ambitious yet and to be fair they’re not wrong, I thought the other DLC were intense, Dawn of Ragnarök is next level. The great thing is about this DLC is unlike the previously released ones you don’t have to reach a certain point in the campaign to play it, you are able to start a new game from the main menu from there you can select Dawn of Ragnarök and begin a new game where the game will increase your character’s level to get you to the desired level along with the powers ups and upgrades you need.

However you won’t be able to carry this through back to the main game once finished, those who are already at the desired level can continue as normal and can carry over any weapons or power ups. For your reference the level needed to start the game is 340 minimum, those players that already meet the level needed for Dawn of Ragnarok can simply load their save file and start working towards the new DLC content.

Along with the level requirement you need to have also and that’s played or completed the mission “Restless Dreams” which is the last mission you need to complete before playing Dawn of Ragnarök.

You unlock Dawn of Ragnarök by completing the following steps:

  1. Get to Ravensthorpe and speak with Valka. For you to be able to do this the Seer’s Hut needs to be built.
  2. Find and return the mistletoe Valka needs for the Ritual.
  3. Put the mistletoe at the marks indicated around the circle, this will enable you to advance the quest.
  4. Lastly interact with the middle of the circle to start Dawn of Ragnarok.

As apposed to the main game focusing on Viking history Dawn of Ragnarok focuses entirely on the Norse Mythology side of things with the story focusing on events after the Asgard and Jotunheim parts of the story which you find when playing the main campaign. In this particular story campaign you play as Odin who must rescue his son Baldir from the fire giant Sutr. Now if you thought that the main game was a challenge just wait until you face off against the battles in Dawn of Ragnarök don’t forget you are going against Viking gods so they’re not going to be weeping willows, these guys are colossal, although the gameplay itself is a little more tricky the game is still enjoyable and the combat it next level, using the array of weapons and powers on offer really give you that edge when it comes to battle.

I like the way that Ubisoft have made the game accessible to all players even if they haven’t got to the desired level yet, I believe this will open up the game to more players that possibly haven’t picked the base game up yet (strange people I know). This expansion is indeed colossal in size and does take a while to get into the shear size of it but bare with it the grind is well worth it.


Graphics and Sound

As you probably know from playing the main game the graphics of this are next level and when you play on next gen consoles through a 4k set up then you really see the quality shine through. The shear scale of game would give any developers a headache but they seemed to have pulled it off as the game is stunning, the god battles are just jaw dropping.

As with most Ubisoft games the soundtrack is amazingly good (available on streaming services) The in game voice acting is incredible and works well, the sound effects are great and work together to give an all round good experience.


Summary

As an expansion Dawn of Ragnarök works well with the base game bringing more depth to the overall story. Even if you haven’t played the game before now is best time to jump on it, if you have played the game and already enjoy it then it really is something you need to carry on your journey.


Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Excellent

I give Dawn of Ragnarök an excellent full marks score of 5🌟 a colossal expansion epic in quality and epic in size, if you’ve enjoyed the Valhalla experience so far then you really need to get into this.

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UNDER THE JOLLY ROGER / PIRATE CITY DLC Review

Developed By: Lion’s Shade.

Published By: Herocraft.

Platforms Available On: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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


Overview

Under the Jolly Roger is offering an ultimate ability to free roam three vast worlds filled with dozens of colonies and forts, hundreds of quests, and countless ships to plunder. You can trade, fight, explore on your own! Set your foot on the land to plunder it! Game features: – Limitless sailing in real-time – use Global Map only if you want to! – A system of leveling your pirates, let them grow from sailor boys to skilled old salts! – Hundreds of quests


Gameplay

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live the pirate life? Well Under the Jolly Roger gives you the chance to set sail on the open seas and live that life, in what could only be described as a hybrid genre, a mix of FPS, RPG and a little bit of city building the game allows you to fully take control of a pirate’s life from the bottom to the top as you build your empire and take over the seas.

It does take a while to get into as you need to get used to the overall format of the game and to be fair once you do get used to it you’ll find the game becomes quite an immersive experience.

Encounter endless fights with pirates and sea monsters, the struggle for survival, and the loss of crew members, regenerate your crew and ship at port as you use upgrades to employ better crew members and better equipment for your ship or even a better ship or if you’re that way inclined just take one after battle.

I’ve personally played a few pirate titles over the gaming years but never come across a game so indepth as this one, you’ll quite easily lose hours in the game as you constantly make improvements or small tweaks to your crew and ship and make different tactical decisions to become the best pirate in the land.

The main base game is indepth enough but I was also lucky enough to be able to take a look at the latest DLC Pirate City, which basically opens your world further as you build your own settlement and become mayor and build a thriving community. You could be the richest and more powerful pirate in all of the seven seas!

Buy shares in local businesses to bolster your settlement’s finances by investing funds into the local economy and buying shares in any shop to create a thriving metropolis.
In the brand new battle arena you go up against pirate warriors and resurrected skeletons.

The Pirate City DLC adds more depth to the base game allowing you to fully immerse yourself into a successful pirate life and enjoy all the spoils. It’s a business sim now aswell as the rest, a chameleon of a game.


Graphics and Sound

The graphics of the game are of a good level, enough to enjoy the gaming experience, in battle and map strategy it looks good the game falters slightly when you board ship and go into battle, the characters do look and move a little robotic or rigid, but it doesn’t spoil the overall gameplay you still get the immersive experience I guess sometimes we’re a little spoilt with next gen graphics.

The soundtrack of the game is good and adds a touch of authenticity to the game, the in game sound effects are good and everything sounds like you would imagine.


Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Under the Jolly Roger and the Pirate City DLC, a fully immersive experience that really takes you deep inside a pirate life, combat is good fun although for me I did enjoy the battles at sea more. A good all round game I would recommend.


Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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I give Under the Jolly Roger and the Pirate City DLC a good score of 3🌟 a good all round experience if you long for the seafaring life.

Grab your copy of Under the Jolly Roger on Xbox now click here

You can also grab the Pirate City DLC here click here

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SUPER CYBORG Review

Published By: Drageus Games

Developed By: Artur Games.

Platforms Available On: Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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

Overview

Super Cyborg is an old school non-stop hardcore run’n’gun action game! You are an elite battle cyborg who is sent in to investigate a series of anomalies on a mysterious island. The merciless and powerful alien known only as the ‘Xirxul life form’ has been awakened by unwitting scientists and now: all humanity is in danger! Shoot, run and jump through 7 levels filled with endless hordes of biological monsters and some of the fiercest boss fights in any title. Destroy everything that moves on this island, because if it moves- it kills! Are you ready to save the Earth?.

Gameplay

For those that are familiar with me and games I like to play you’ll know that I’m from that era that is now classed as retro, I grew up on the classic side scrolling beat em ups and although I love playing current gen cinematic style games I still love playing the side scrollers of yesteryear.

So imagine my excitement when I was asked to take a look at a new side scrolling shooter that recently released, Super Cyborg is about as retro as it can get everything about it screams retro, from the pixilated graphics to the awesome chip tune soundtrack all giving me the nostalgia vibes.

The main story of the game sees you play as an elite cyborg who is tasked with taking down the monster enemy threat, but forget all that this game is about run and gun, shoot guns and take names. It gloriously takes you back to the old school when the games were simplistic and focused on the gameplay which this does.

You have an endless horde of enemies to defeat with normally one shot and end level bosses to take down which are challenging but not too hard. Be careful though as it’s a one hit kill mechanic so each time you get shot or touch an enemy you lose a life which can be a bit of a nightmare but on the whole the game is enjoyable and it definitely has that repayable factor that will keep you coming back for more.

The game also has a 2 player mode which is local and that means couch co-op, exactly how a game like this needs to be played, there’s nothing better than having a friend round to take down some bad guys old school style.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics of Super Cyborg are back to basics with a fully pixilated look to it and it suits the game incredibly well adding to the retro vibe, colours are bright and the enemies are delightfully over the top.

The soundtrack matches the game perfectly with it’s retro styled chip tune sound plus the boss level dramatic soundtracks are there which is a must, the in game effects are great with guns sounding good and explosions sounding as they should do.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Super Cyborg, a game that screams retro in every possible way, a great game to play although can get frustrating with the one shot/hit kill mechanism. I would definitely recommend this to any retro fan.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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I give Super Cyborg a solid 4🌟 a great game to play if you want to go back to the old school games or even if you just want to shoot stuff then definitely get on this.

Grab your copy of Super Cyborg on Xbox now click here (it’s on offer at the moment too so why wouldn’t you?)