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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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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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SHREDDERS Review

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Developed By: Foampunch

Published By: FoamPunch

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

Overview

Break into the snowboarding event of the year in the hope of scoring a wildcard entry to an exclusive invitational. To prove you’re up to the challenge, master the art of park riding, buttering, rails and massive kickers and earn your place in the world of snowboarding.

While making another goofball video at the Frozen Wood resort, brand ambassador Lisa makes an offer for a couple of sponsored videos. She gives you a glimpse of a whole new world of snowboarding, professional riders, snowmobiles, and epic features to shred. An invitational has attracted a whole bunch of pro-riders to the area, and with Lisa’s help you have a chance to meet some of them, learn a bunch of their moves, and possibly even get a chance to join them in the kick ass invitational.

A love letter to snowboarding, Shredders takes inspiration from a whole bunch of awesome snowboarding films, the Amped games from the original Xbox, and the snowboarding heroes on Instagram. Shredders is a project fed by passion and built to shine on Xbox Series X|S.

Gameplay

Now I’m a big fan of extreme sports games, I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of them and lately there seems to be somewhat of a resurgence in the genre with Ubisoft bringing out Riders Republic last year. The latest title to enter the fray is snowboarding lifestyle game Shredders.

Shredders is billed as the game for power fanatics, the serious Shredders but even if your not the best on the slopes this is seriously so much fun to play. The game world is full of amazing lines, features, and gorgeous scenery, and the snow is always fresh as far as the eye can see, using real pros lending their real voices and stories, this is as real snowboarding as it gets. This is the most detailed a snowboarding game has ever been with incredible created levels of control. Every move feels fluid (it may take a few goes of reshredding) from gorgeous spins with Jamie Anderson, to lawn darts with Sebbe De Buck, and knuckle huck tricks with Marcus Kleveland.

Story mode sees you starting off on the slopes with your buddy Scotty where you’ll meet pros and learn all their moves all the time with Scotty capturing that killer move and creating a social media buzz creating a superstar shredder as you work your way through the Frozen Wood resort. It is a good idea to get some of the tutorials under your belt before you hit the slopes for real giving you the chance to hone your skills on the practice slopes.

Lifelike animations inspired by real life pro boarders make this the most fluid snowboarding game to date, the level of realism is ramped up by the fully licensed gear you can get your hands on to customize your rider.

Although the game is mainly single player having an in depth campaign mode for you to work through with 40+ core missions, the entire game world is populated with other gamers making it a online multiplayer at the same time so you never feel like you’re playing alone.

All in all Shredders is tricky to master but well worth the challenge as once you do master the tricks you are presented with smooth and slick game.

Graphics and Sound

Shredders makes the most of next gen power as the graphics are slick and look incredible. The level of detail is immense and looks great even when you are flying down the slopes. The licensed customisation options adds more indepth realism to the overall gameplay.

The soundtrack to the game is great and certainly adds to the extreme feeling. The in game sounds are realistic and work well, the voice acting is good and adds plenty of comedic antidotes, the only thing I would say I would’ve liked to have seen the faces of characters rather than cover it with face mask and goggles but it still looks good.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Shredders, a good authentic snowboarding title that keeps its true feeling to the scene, great level of detail and stunning graphically well worth picking up if you like a bit of extreme sports.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Excellent

I give Shredders a solid full marks 5🌟 a good all round gaming experience not too overly complicated with the right level of challenge, with more updates planned this game is only going to get better.

Grab your copy of Shredders on Xbox now click here

Also included in the Xbox Game Pass subscription.

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SPACE ENGINEERS Review

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Developed/Published By: Keen Software House.

Platforms Available On: Xbox One and PC. Reviewed on Xbox Series X via backwards compatibility – a code was very kindly supplied for the purpose of this review.

Overview

“Space Engineers is an open world sandbox game defined by creativity and exploration. It is a sandbox game about engineering, construction, exploration and survival in space and on planets. Players build space ships, wheeled vehicles, space stations, planetary outposts of various sizes and uses (civil and military), pilot ships and travel through space to explore planets and gather resources to survive.

Featuring both creative and survival modes, there is no limit to what can be built, utilized and explored. Space Engineers features a realistic, volumetric-based physics engine: everything in the game can be assembled, disassembled, damaged and destroyed. The game can be played either in single or multiplayer modes. Volumetric objects are structures composed from block-like modules interlocked in a grid. Volumetric objects behave like real physical objects with mass, inertia and velocity.

Individual modules have real volume and storage capacity. Space Engineers is inspired by reality and by how things work. Think about modern-day NASA technology extrapolated 60 years into the future. Space Engineers strives to follow the laws of physics and doesn’t use technologies that wouldn’t be feasible in the near future. Space Engineers concentrates on construction and exploration aspects, but can be played as a survival shooter as well.

We expect players will avoid engaging in direct man-to-man combat and instead use their creativity and engineering skills to build war machines and fortifications to survive in space and on planets. Space Engineers shouldn’t be about troops; it should be about the machinery you build”.

Gameplay

Throughout my gaming/reviewing life I’ve come across some pretty decent space games, a new game that has entered my space of thought is Space Engineers, a game that enables you to see how it feels to be a real space explorer as you build and fight to survive in space all within some stunning game space.

Exploring this stunning outer space landscape is breathtaking and the shear size of the gameworld will astound you, it definitely did me. There is a campaign that you work through this is a pretty straight forward mission based system that works really well although at times you can get a bit lost. The controls are a little difficult to get to grips with especially when you first go to space the zero gravity takes some getting used to but once you do the movement as a whole is pretty smooth and effective. Occasionally you do fall into combat with enemies but they aren’t to difficult to dispatch.

The whole creative side of this game is where it stands head and shoulders above the rest with you needing to build up pretty much anything and everything from spaceships and space vehicles to outposts and space stations, this is an engineering simulator combined with a survival game it literally covers it all and if like me you dreamt of being a spaceman when you where a child then let this game bring that dream to life (albeit virtually).

Alongside the creative parts you also have a really cool customisation suit where you can change the look of your Space Engineer from style and colour, everything can be changed, I went with a standard white suit as I thought it would make it a bit more realistic.

The game plays well as a single player game but it also has multiplayer option too allowing you and a friend to explore the vast universe together.

I will admit I’m not normally a massive fan of games that you need to grind out, what I mean by that is you need to forage for this and hunt down supplies for that, but Space Engineers has taken this genre to a whole different level and with the added DLC coming regularly it doesn’t look like it will stop any time soon.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics of Space Engineers are quite high level to be fair even though it doesn’t have next gen support (hopefully soon) it still looks great running on the Series X, the detailing is incredible and the atmosphere of the levels are top notch.

The soundtrack is about as dramatic as the game also adding to the intense atmosphere. The in game sounds are authentic and add more depth to the game as a whole.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Space Engineers, it has been a game that has surprised me from the start I actually enjoyed the game more and more as I got into it. For those that love space games you definitely need to pick this up.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I give Space Engineers a solid 4🌟 a great exploration game with clear goals and clearer missions. I enjoyed the creative part but just walking about the place and building different things and exploring new worlds.

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NECROMUNDA : HIRED GUN Review

Developed By: Streum Studio.

Published By: Focus Entertainment.

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

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

Overview

Pick your contracts. Hunt your targets. Collect the bounty. Navigate an ocean of crime and corruption to balance the bloody ecosystem of Necromunda as a merciless hired gun. The money’s good, the dog’s loyal, and the gun’s reliable – but can you survive the hunt?

Necromunda: Hired Gun is an indie fast-paced, violent, and thrilling FPS set in the darkest reaches of Warhammer 40,000’s most infamous hive city. For the right price, eliminate the most notorious gangers and mutants. Your armory is a sprawling arsenal. Your body is enhanced with a dozen customizable augments to run on walls and leap over chasms.

Your cyber-mastiff will sniff out and kill enemies for you, while your grappling hook allows quick, agile traversal of the massive environments. – An indie fast-paced FPS in the Warhammer 40,000 universe – Upgrade and fight alongside your loyal cyber-mastiff – Endless weapon and augment customisation – Upgrade, advance, and level up as you collect bounties

Gameplay

My favourite genre in gaming is FPS, the more fast paced the better, now mix that with another of my loves Warhammer and it looks like it will be the perfect title.

Necromunda: Hired Gun is the title I’ve been waiting for, I enjoy the RTS games from the Warhammer world but I really wanted a decent FPS to come out of it, from what I can remember SpaceMarine on the 360 was the last one of note Necromunda definitely takes that mantle as the FPS I was waiting for, if you like guns and plenty of enemies to shoot at then you’ve definitely come to the right place.

As an assassin for hire or Bounty Hunter operating in the murky Necromunda world, the largest Hive City of Warhammer 40k’s Imperium, you get to choose the contracts you want to take out and rack up the funds to increase your abilities and arsenal. The overall gameplay is pretty murky and gritty which I personally like when it comes to FPS, the overall feel of the game is familiar and you may well feel you’ve played through it before in similar games but for me Necromunda: Hired Gun does it with style and plenty of badass action, it doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously and allows it to be a full on testosterone ride of guns and “Hoo-Rah” bravado.

The gameplay is pretty easy to get the hang of with it not taking too much to get your head around which makes the game far more appealing and enjoyable overall. Grab your guns and in what I can only describe as your perfect companion a cyber bull mastiff who can hunt down your enemies with immense precision.

Each contract or mission is similar to a horde mode where it is basically you and your dog against the enemy onslaught in all out badass warfare, with some enemies more tricky to take down than others but it all looks amazing in a blood splattered gore fest, it can at times get a bit overwhelming but the come back makes it all that more sweeter.

The game is a decent length with enough of a challenge to keep the most seasoned gamer occupied, for me Necromunda shines through as a unique FPS that brings a freshness to the genre, yes there are similar games out there but Necromunda just does it better the combination of gritty story and badass combat really adds more to the game.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics of Necromunda Hired Gun are slick and very graphic in the bloody sense, the devs have really made the most of the next gen power bringing ultra slick looking graphics that really show off the gritty underworld of Necromunda as it should be shown.

The soundtrack is great about as punchy as the game itself, the in game sound effects are very well done and add more meat to the bones of the game, the voice acting is spot on and works really well.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts of Necromunda: Hired Gun, I loved it from the off full on over the top shooting action that never relents. If you like your gaming a bit OTT and from the Warhammer world then you’ve come to the right place this is how FPS games should be done all out action and no apologies for the mess it makes on the way.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Excellent

I give Necromunda: Hired Gun an excellent top marks rating of 5🌟 a definite must have for any Warhammer fan, one of the best FPS games out there.

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RAINBOW SIX EXTRACTION Review

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Published By: Ubisoft

Developed By: Ubisoft Montreal

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

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

Overview

For decades, Team Rainbow has been the shield against the worst global threats imaginable. Now, we face the greatest terror yet: a lethal, mutating alien parasite.

Includes Buddy Pass: Invite 2 friends to play with you for FREE for 14 days.

• Play alone or with friends from any platform in this 1- to 3-player co-op PvE FPS.

• 69 guns, 25 gadgets, 18 operators with progression levels, 12 large dynamic maps, 13 mutating enemies, and free post-launch content.

• Test your skills with 4 adjustable difficulty levels and a thrilling Endgame ranked mode.

• Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Players: Get 4 EXCLUSIVE Epic gearsets across both games and instantly unlock all 18 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction operators in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.

Gameplay

Now I’m a big fan of the Rainbow Six franchise, when I say big I’ve played them all so far up to the current title so when Extraction was announced I was pretty excited to take a look, albeit slightly anxious as it looks to have taken a step away from the normal anti terror-terrorist gun fight that I so loved, this time Ubisoft have put the squad up against a deadly alien virus/parasite.

Now yeah I will admit there are plenty of alien or zombie games out there all with the same sort of premise, Extraction however is different it blends the genre we think we knew from all the other alien games and mixes it with the Rainbow Six format that fans around the world  have loved for so long and boy do they get it right!!

Utilise the new REACT squad, who incidentally have joined forces with the elite Rainbow Six team, to tackle the alien threat. Those that are familiar with the Rainbow Six format will get the gist of the game pretty quickly as the tactical shooting is pretty much the main aim as always. You can choose to play alone or buddy up with friends or randoms in online co-op, you can utilise the unique buddy system that allows you to give a friend access to the game for a trial period (14 days) to enable you to play together. Playing solo is good fun but I found this alot harder as being the only operative kind of makes the whole tactical side of the game difficult, the game really is better played with friends.

One part of the gameplay I enjoyed ks that the stakes seem higher in Extraction as when you are downed (virtually killed) you are put in a protective foam that will protect you and keep you alive until the rescue comes, when this happens you will lose access to this operator until you can rescue them from the area they were downed.

Although the game will feel familiar to seasoned Rainbow Six players Extraction feels a fresh path to take and I fully enjoyed it alot more than I thought I would, the evolving enemies are a challenge and keep the gameplay entertaining as in parts you are stuck to the edge of your seat. The different zones you work through give the game that different edge and makes it feel that more exciting, with 12 individually crafted areas or zones you are never short of things to do.

Within the squad you have multiple operators to choose from each with their unique abilities, my personal favourite is Sledge who is from the Siege squad list, a basically bad ass operator with a sledgehammer and a shotgun that will easily wipe out the threat.

All in all I loved the game and though it was a good continuation of the Rainbow Six world albeit a different angle.

Graphics and Sound

With this being an Ubisoft title you just know the graphics are going to be top draw and Extraction is no exception, the cutscenes are like watching an actual film and the in game graphics are perfect, the aliens look great and the operators also look amazingly detailed.

The soundtrack is great as usual for an Ubisoft title, the in game effects and voice acting are next level and really add more to the game.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Rainbow Six Extraction, a great add on to the Rainbow Six world. For those like myself who were a bit sceptical about picking up a copy, go and do it you won’t be disappointed.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Excellent

I give Rainbow Six Extraction an excellent rating of 5🌟 I loved everything about the game and sure that people reading this would do so too.

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Also the game is available via Xbox Game Pass.

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DYSMANTLE Review

Published/Developed By: 10Tons LTD.

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

Overview

As you ascend from your shelter after the long long years, a brave new old world awaits you. A world inhabited with nasty and vile creatures. A world with no other human soul to be seen. A world with nature in reigns now. A world that’s about to get even worse. You need to find a way to escape the wretched island. But before that, enjoy the bittersweet apocalypse. You need to find a way to escape the wretched island. But before that, enjoy the bittersweet apocalypse.

Gameplay

Sometimes the escapism of an RPG game is all you need to get yourself immersed in another world, Dysmantle is the latest RPG title to grace our gaming platforms. 10Tons have brought a different slant on the traditional RPG format, you still get the scavenge and craft mechanic you’ll be used to but then you also have a none stop undead horde hunting you down.

At it’s core Dysmantle is a post apocalyptic survival open world game with zombies around mostly every corner, yes ther does seem to be an onslaught of zombie titles out there in the gaming world and all pretty much do the same thing (not really a bad thing as I do enjoy this genre) Dysmantle adds a freshness to this genre building an enjoyable gaming experience.

Most of what you can see can be destroyed (depending on the weapon level you have) and once destroyed you can use these supplies to build what you want, coming up with receipies to make food and other supplies such as clothes and weapons.

The combat side of things seems to be a bit easier to get to grips with compared to other RPG titles which kind of makes the experience more of an enjoyable one, I mean hitting a zombie with a crowbar just feels right and different more effective weapons availableas you progress and develop better crafting skills.

At times the game can feel a bit of a grind finding certain supplies to enable you to craft items to continue on with the quest and finding the link towers to open the linking gates can be a bit of mission but as the game has such a good look to it even wandering round exploring can still be fun and there is plenty to explore.

With the game being an RPG you can guess that it isn’t a type of game you can get through quickly it is more about the long term gain and putting the graft in to get the enjoyment out of it, the game is an overall pleasure to play through and definitely has that go back to feel to it, a game that you will keep going back to maybe even some dlc with different areas to explore could even make the game better.

Graphics and Sound

For the graphics of Dysmantle the devs have gone for a more cartoon look to the game which really does work also the detail is insanely good with the devs really making the most of the next gen power and taking the graphics to the next level. The game characters look and feel good and play well, with the added benefit of some customisation options available. The game world is fantastic and well thought out, each area looks incredible and feels authentic.

The soundtrack works well with the game and adds to the overall feel, the in game sound effects are very well done and sound exactly as you’d expect.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts of Dysmantle, a game that you can easily get lost in and spend hours in the world. I fully enjoyed the overall experience and will continue to go back to it trying different tactics. Could be a good entry point into the RPG genre if you haven’t played before.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I give Dysmantle a good overall rating of 4🌟 I enjoyed playing through the game, although at times it does feel a bit overwhelming it still is good fun to play. Would recommend for any RPG fan looking for something slightly different or maybe those new to the genre.

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HAPPY’S HUMBLE BURGER FARM Review

Info

Developed By: Scythe Dev Team.

Published By: tinyBuild.

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

Overview

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

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

Gameplay

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

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

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

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

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

Graphics and Sound

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

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

Summary

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

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

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

Grab your copy of Happy Humble’s Burger Farm on Xbox now click here

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THE GUNK Review

Info

Developed By: Image & Form Games, Thunderful Development.

Published By: Thunderful Publishing.

Platforms Available On: Xbox Series X/S and PC – reviewed on Xbox Series X, a code was very kindly supplied for the purpose of this review.

Overview

The Gunk stars Rani, part of our duo of gritty space haulers, struggling to make a buck as they chance upon an untouched planet brimming with life. They came in search of valuable resources, and it looks like they’ve hit the jackpot… As they uncover the dormant secrets of a shattered civilization, they must battle the curse of a toxic gunk parasite, all while getting caught in a spiral of festering mistrust. Use your trusty Power Glove to reverse the corruption, uncover secrets of old and heal the planet! Experience the evolving relationship of the crew, as you explore this unique planet.

Use your ingenuity as well as your quick reactions to overcome the challenges that await. What stories lay hidden in this mysterious abandoned world? What does it all mean? What role can Rani play in the fate of this evocative, moody planet? Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith. Uncover the mystery. Cleanse the Gunk. Save the planet.

FEATURES: Engaging Exploration: Discover a lush jungle planet with damp caves, venture into the unknown and explore a bygone society. Corruption & Regrowth: Eradicate the gunk, restore nature, and transform the world around you. Employ the revived plant life to delve deeper into this strange and wondrous ecosystem. Intimate Narrative: The narrative is intrinsically linked with the exploration, where our two main characters keep in tight radio contact throughout the game. Fiona Nova lends her voice in a stellar performance as main character Rani.

Music & Atmosphere: The Gunk invites you to take the time and listen to its soothing tunes. An explorative atmosphere conveyed through an evocative art style. Kick your feet back and enjoy an adventure like no other!

Gameplay

I kind of like a good adventure game and there definitely seems to be a good resurgence of the genre lately with titles such as Biomutant being released, the latest to enter the fray is Sci-Fi exploration adventure game The Gunk.

The game tells the story of two space haulers on the look our for valuable energy resources until they come across mysterious looking liquid or Gunk which completely changes their mission as the investigation into this mysterious substance takes them on a journey like no other.

I found playing as Rani captivating and was mesmerised as I explored the alien planet, the game world is vast and so much fun to explore using your Power Glove to clear the gunk and take the planet back to it’s former beauty, which you will find is stunning.

Using your base as a stop off where you can warp back to from certain points, you can upgrade your equipment using various materials you find throughout the game, upgrades such as your power glove are vital to take on enemies dotted about or to solve puzzles to get you further on in the game, a very handy upgrade that’s for sure.

This game certainly felt long enough to keep me occupied and felt fresh throughout, I didn’t get bored as the gameplay seemed to flow through with brilliant story telling. Maybe it would have been better had there been a multiplayer option like co-op but it still does work as a single player title.

Graphics and Sound

I liked the look of The Gunk, the game world was very well put together and looked stunning especially when you clear the gunk and see the lush green land as it once was. The game characters are well thought out and work well with the storyline.

The soundtrack to the game was good adding to the whole vibe of the game, the in game sound effects were good with the voice acting working well in telling the story.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on The Gunk, I felt it was a good and unique adventure game that felt fresh with a good story throughout. As I said earlier it may have been better with a co-op option however I still enjoyed the overall experience.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I gave The Gunk a good 4🌟 rating, an enjoyable experience throughout that worked well and felt fresh.

Grab your copy of The Gunk on Xbox now click here

Also the game is available on Game Pass.

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FAR CRY 6 Review

Info

Developed By: Ubisoft Milan, Ubisoft Toronto.

Published By: Ubisoft, Ubisoft Milan.

Platforms Available On: Xbox Series X/S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna and PC.

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

Overview

Welcome to Yara, a tropical paradise frozen in time. As the dictator of Yara, Antón Castillo is intent on restoring his nation back to its former glory by any means, with his son, Diego, following in his bloody footsteps. Their oppressive rule has ignited a revolution. Play as Dani Rojas, a local Yaran, as you fight alongside a modern-day guerrilla revolution to liberate Yara!

Fight against Castillo’s regime in the most expansive Far Cry to date, through jungles, beaches, and Esperanza, the capital city of Yara.  Employ an arsenal of resolver weapons, backpacks, and vehicles to take down Castillo’s ruthless regime.

Gameplay

Being somewhat of a fan of the series I will admit I was a bit hyped up when a review code for Far Cry 6 popped up in my inbox, having watched all the trailers released and seen plenty of gameplay footage I made my mind up that this was looking to be the best one yet of the series.

I wasn’t wrong, the story is the most indepth and intense of the series so far and the game world is huge, almost seems never ending. Like the other Far Cry titles you have the main story but other storylines fracture off from that story making it more enjoyable as you go through. Even at the side of the road you can bump into a little side mission, there’s literally always plenty to do.

You play as the main character, Dani Rojas a missionary with plenty to fight for as he joins up with the revolution to take the fight back to Castillo and his regime, as the story unfolds you go deeper and deeper into the revolution army taking out tasks such as taking control of key buildings or road blocks controlled by the regime.

Using your crafting tables and different skill sets you come across throughout the game you are able to craft new weapons as well as upgrading your existing ones using bits of scrap you find on your travels.

Each mission or challenge varies in difficulty and varies in rewards, you can be sent to take out a target or steal a vehicle from the regime or you can be sent to a compound full of soldiers in a Rambo style takedown, incidentally the latter of the examples is my favorite the all out carnage aspect is insanely good fun.

I personally found the story of Dani was deep and relatable at the same time making the game feel more authentic, I also personally loved the different challenges that appear every now and then, at the time of writing this review there is a special Danny Trejo event on which has you working alongside the film legend in different scenarios, being a big fan of his I found this a dream come true and enjoyed the challenges immensely.

The full game is playable in co-op mode online or in split screen which adds more depth to the gameplay and really keeps the game fresh as it would bring a different dynamic to the game.

Graphics and Sound

The graphics of Far Cry 6 are unrivaled in the quality, it literally looks like you’re playing a film. The character animations are really good and make the game that bit more authentic. The game world is incredibly detailed with so much going on and with very little if any glitches.

The soundtrack to Far Cry 6 is just like most Ubisoft games, incredible I added the soundtrack album to my playlist straight away, Ubisoft definitely does have a habit of creating great soundtracks – soundtrack albums available on most music streaming sites. The in game sound effects are next level great sounding effects, the voice acting is amazingly good and authentic

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Far Cry 6, a great looking game. So much on offer it’s incredible how much detail has going into the game with some breathtaking graphics and deep immersive story line. I’ve heard mixed opinions online over the game but for me this is probably the strongest Far Cry so far and with the expansion stories from each of the previous bad guys (reviews are coming for those also) the game will only get better.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

I give Far Cry 6 a solid full marks 5🌟 if I had more stars then I’d give them, personally found it a great experience that I will keep coming back to, definitely recommend picking this up.

Grab your copy of Far Cry 6 on Xbox now click here – note at time of writing the game is on offer currently £24 (UK price) off from Xbox marketplace.