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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.

Grab your copy of Tony & Clyde: Sicario’s Toolkit Edition on Xbox now click here

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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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Good

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?)

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THE LAST CUBE Review

Published/Developed by: Improx Games.

Platforms Available On: Xbox One, 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

Venture into the desolate cube world where you’ll discover 3D puzzles in diverse, colorful environments. As the Last Cube, you must prove your worth and save your dying home.

Features: – Award-winning puzzle gameplay, revolving around the unique “sticker system” – Explore a beautiful alien world, full of strange technology and rich lore – Extensive single-player campaign – Extra challenges in each level for great replayability – Search for secrets!

Find hidden lore and bonus puzzles! Roll, dash, hop, clone – and more: Solve puzzles the cube way: stamp stickers to your sides and use their special powers. New mechanics and abilities are frequently introduced, always surprising you with what your little cube is capable of! Exploration is rewarded: Find secrets, complete extra challenges, and untangle the mystery of what brought your world to the brink of ruin.

No matter the obstacle, your curious cube is determined to keep rolling. Varied, atmospheric environments: The cube planet is an expansive world featuring a wide array of brutalist architecture that ranges from foggy nightmarish abysses, to oppressive lava lit factories, to uplifting natural landscapes full of golden rays of sunshine glistening against mountains. There’s a new surprise around every corner!

Gameplay

Now as you may well know puzzle games aren’t really my go to genre of game, I’m normally an FPS or some sort of sport/motor racing title, but that being said there are times when a title catches my eye and intrigues me enough to make me want to look and The Last Cube is definitely that title.

Billed as an atmospheric puzzle game The Last Cube is all about you moving your cube around stunningly crafted levels. It’s no straight forward as just rolling around there are puzzles all around you as you make your way through the levels, it takes a while to get the overall gist of what to do but when you do get to grips with the game it becomes quite a fun game to play.

The levels seem to get quite familiar a you go through with the basic mechanics pretty much the same throughout with just the surroundings and different power ups changing, having said that the game doesn’t get the repetitive feeling as the levels feel pretty fresh and quite immersive.

The main selling point of the game is the atmosphere and there’s no denying that the game definitely has that atmospheric feel with the levels very well thought out and set up in a way that they feel quite immersive.

The game is a single player title it may have been better to include a multiplayer aspect as it does lean to to that feel that it would be a great game to play with a partner or even against them.

Graphics and Sound

On the whole I found The Last Cube to look pretty impressive in terms of graphics with the game looking pretty slick, at times there was a slight graphic glitch when you were about to reach the goal or hit a power up but it was merely a few seconds pause and nothing to spoil the game as such. The game worlds were quite spectacular to play around and really added to the atmospheric feel of the game.

The soundtrack of the game was good with an upbeat feel to it. The in game sounds were good and sounded as they should.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on The Last Cube, overall I thought the game was a good all round experience getting slightly repetitive as you got through the game but still an enjoyable experience and one I would happily recommend to any puzzle fan.


Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I give The Last Cube a good score of 4🌟 a good overall game experience one that I would recommend to any puzzle fan.

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MARTHA IS DEAD Review

Info

Developed By: LKA.

Published By: Wired Productions.

Platforms Available On: PS4/5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.

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

Overview

Martha Is Dead is a dark first-person psychological thriller, set in 1944 Italy, that blurs the lines between reality, superstition and the tragedy of war. As conflict intensifies between German and Allied forces, the desecrated body of a woman is found drowned… Martha!

Martha is dead, and her twin sister Giulia, the young daughter of a German soldier, must alone deal with the acute trauma of loss and the fallout from her murder. The hunt for the truth is shrouded by mysterious folklore and the extreme horror of war that draws ever closer.

Gameplay

Now what I like about reviewing and I think I’ve said this before is that I get to try out many different genres that I probably wouldn’t have normally, one genre in particular that I’ve had the pleasure of diving into is horror as it seems to be the popular genre for game developers at the moment.

One particular game that I’ve been looking forward to play was Martha is Dead, a game which has received press with it’s shall we say graphic content, but that didn’t put me off and to be honest kind of made me want to play it more as when something gets banned or censored you need to see why, I think it’s just human nature.

As with other Wired Productions titles I’ve previously come across Martha is Dead is an extremely immersive game but with it being a horror title it does make the hairs on the back of your neck stick on end. It’s probably the most atmospheric game I’ve played and got into the story pretty quickly as I found the story telling with it being a mixture of cutscenes and gameplay was easy enough to follow and the cutscenes themselves looked really good in parts felt like I was watching a film – albeit the most part was behind a pillow. I particularly liked the part where they tell the story using old style puppets thought that was a unique touch.

The game isn’t about jump scares it’s more a psychological thriller that gets into your head and makes you think. As you explore the game, as Martha’s twin sister Giulia, you take on the role of Martha to cover her death – similar in storyline to the I Know What You Did Last Summer series I recently watched on Prime Video – you need to explore the family home to discover clues and unravel the mysteries that surround your sisters death.

The intriguing thing about Martha is Dead is that not only do you have the horrific main story you also have the story of the father who just happens to be part of the bad side of the war push. At parts I found the story kind of lost itself a bit but on the whole I enjoyed the game and found the whole chilling experience good.

There has been comments online that perhaps the game is a little too much in the shock gore aspect but I personally found that it ran well with the story. Overall I found the game to be an immersive but chilling experience and found the gameplay had a unique feel to it.

Graphics and Sound

There’s no doubt that Martha is Dead is a visually stunning game and to be fair this is a running trend with Wired Productions as I’ve not yet come across a bad looking game they’ve brought out. The game really makes use of the next gen power and in some aspects I believe it pushes the power limits too, yes the content is graphic but you kind of knew what you were letting yourself in for and in my opinion it us done in a tasteful way, although at times the characters feel slightly robotic.

The soundtrack of the game is very atmospheric and runs well with the overall theme of the game. The voice acting is well done and adds to the cinematic feel.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Martha is Dead, a decent horror title that focuses more on the psychological side of horror rather than the hack and slash. Good storytelling, graphic in parts butcall makes sense together, a recommend to any horror fan.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I give Martha is Dead a solid 4🌟 a decent horror game with plenty of graphic parts.

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NOSTALGIC TRAIN Review

Info

Developed/Published By: Tatamibeya, Amata KK.

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

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

Overview

NOSTALGIC TRAIN is a mystical and melancholic first-person adventure/walking simulator set in the Japanese countryside, where you solve not only the mystery of the missing people of Natsugiri, but also that of “yourself”. It contains both a story mode, “Two fluctuations at journey’s end”, and a free mode, where you can explore the world of Natsugiri at your own pace. Relax and immerse yourself in a fantastical world full of tragic stories and beautiful nostalgic scenery, created by the Japanese indie game developer, Tatamibeya.

Gameplay

If you are looking for a relaxing mystery solving game then you’ve come to the right place, Nostalgic Train offers a mystery solving quest unlike any other set in the stunning Japanese countryside, billed as an adventure and walking simulator it’s definitely a different pace to what I’m used to but that by no means makes it bad game.

You have a choice of playing through the main story in a campaign style mode for a more structured experience or you can go into a free play mode where you can explore wherever you like and do want you like. The campaign mode takes on similar mechanics to a point and click style game but with a more in depth feel to it. Explore the vast town and unravel the mysteries of where have the people gone and more importantly who are you and what are you doing there?

The story itself is quite harrowing as you wake up on a strange train station with no idea how you got there, use the clues in different locations to help you unravel the mysteries.

There’s no doubt that the game is stunning to look at and the vast open space is amazing to explore however you can get a bit lost in it all, I think that would be more down to the fact the world is big and the campaign encourages you to explore.

Graphics and Sound

Nostalgic Train is without doubt a stunning looking game and really pushes the power of next gen consoles, the detail of the game world is immense and makes the overall gameplay experience a pleasure.

The soundtrack is serene and goes with the overall relaxing theme of the game making the whole game experience relaxing but at the same time intense.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Nostalgic Train, a relaxing experience with a vast size, an intense campaign mode that captivates you. Can be a bit overwhelming in parts but well worth playing if you like a bit of adventure.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I give Nostalgic Train a good rating of 3🌟 a unique experience that will relax you but also entertain you, worth while trying out if you like adventure games with a more relaxing tone.

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ODDWORLD: STRANGER’S WRATH HD Review

Info

Developed/Published By: Oddworld Inhabitants.

Platforms Available On: PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox. Reviewed on Xbox Series X (via backwards compatibility)

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

Overview

In the dusty, undeveloped wastelands of Western Mudos, cantankerous townsfolk find their settlements besieged by belligerent outlaws. Along comes Stranger, a tall, dark and enigmatic bounty hunter with a mission to capture troublemakers and scoundrels and return them to civilized townships for incarceration. But Stranger is keeping a secret and needs expensive surgery to survive. In his quest to earn enough Moolah, Stranger reluctantly accepts the ultimate bounty from the owner of the Mongo River and suddenly his adventure takes a very different turn.

Gameplay

Most times when you get a HD remake or a remaster it doesn’t quite live up to the original and feels somewhat underwhelming, well Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath definitely lives up to the original and once again gives you the nostalgic feels.

For those that grew up loving the Oddworld games (yes one was me) and you missed this the first time around (2005) or you maybe just wanted to play it again with a bit of a graphics polish then this will definitely be up your street, yes it does look slightly dated but still playing it on the Series X console it all looked pretty slick.

If you’ve been living under a rock for all these years and are not sure what Stranger’s Wrath is all about, basically it’s a 3D open world exploring game set in the Oddworld universe, think of a weird hybrid of Hitman and Ab’s Odyssey then you’ll be somewhere near. You are tasked with hunting down some of Oddworld’s more shady inhabitants with the choice of capturing them dead or alive with the latter giving you more reward or Moolah.

You are armed with a crossbow style weapon however the ammunition is slightly different to what you’re maybe used to, you fire different critters at your enemies that you find crawling about the world each with their own abilities some more effective in certain different situations so it’s a good idea to get used to your ammunition and get to know which one does what.

The world of Western Mudos is a good place to explore with lots going on to please the eye, I’m not saying it’s a place you’d go for a family holiday but certainly a great place to explore with different puzzles and challenges before you to bring more depth to the gameplay.

Although at times the gameplay feels a little dated it does give a good gaming a experience in terms of all round gameplay, with nostalgic gamers and new gamers sure to enjoy exploring the dark world.

Graphics and Sound

Graphically Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath has definitely benefitted from having the HD polish, the overall game worlds look great with very little if any frame glitches.The game does look slightly dated when the characters get closer to the camera. The overall look of the game is good you can tell the game has had a good polish and well worth the HD update.

The soundtrack of the game is good and works well with the game, the in game sound effects are great with lots of comedic moments from the voice acting.

Summary

To summarise my thoughts on Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD, a worthy HD update on a classic title. Well worth checking out if you haven’t yet played it or you want to revisit a once loved title.

Verdict-Out of 5🌟

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Good

I give Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD a solid good score of 4🌟 a nostalgic title with a good spit and polish, would recommend to players looking to replay a once loved title.

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SHREDDERS Review

Info

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.

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Hear The ROAR of Mowers In The Latest LAWN MOWING SIMULATOR DLC DINO SAFARI Releases Today

It’s a mowmentous day for Curve Digital and Skyhook Games as popular simulator and business management game Lawn Mowing Simulator has launched a brand new Dino Safari DLC pack, which is available now for all players on PC and Xbox platforms. The simulation game is now also available on Xbox One as well as Xbox Series S|X platforms.

In the new Dino Safari DLC, players will get to jump into the Jurassic era to navigate their mowers around the fictional Dino Safari Park and keep the lawns pristine around models of giant T-rexes, cunning raptors and gentle herbivores and many more. The DLC includes four new contract locations; the Cretaceous Canyon, Herbivore Valley, Raptor Enclosure and T-Rex Paddock as well as 12 new career contracts, four new valuables to find in Career mode and six new achievements.

David Harper, Co-founder of Skyhook Games said: “We’ve had such a great response to our previous Ancient Britain DLC pack and we’re delighted to be able to offer fans of Lawn Mowing Simulator new content with our new Dino Safari DLC pack. As always, we’d like to thank our amazing community for their support and hope you enjoy this new content.”

The Dino Safari DLC is available now for £3.99 / $4.99 / €4.99