Creating a game is hard. Really hard. But after a successful Kickstarter and over four years of hard work, the independent video game development studio based in Texas, PolyKnight Games, published their first professionally developed game, InnerSpace. As an exploration flying experience, InnerSpace provides some beautiful moments, but suffers from some glaring gameplay troubles.
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One needs only to glance at my history as a writer to see that Resident Evil is my favorite video game series. Specifically the first three titles, which both established and subsequently improved upon the survival horror genre on Sony’s PlayStation. While that type of game, with tank controls and static camera angles, are viewed today as relics of the past, Rainy Night Creations’ Vaccine may be a vital shot in the arm for this dormant genre. Continue reading Vaccine Review
SteamWorld Dig 2 continues the 2D adventure of the original SteamWorld Dig from 2013. The post-apocalyptic robot-centric world is far from baron in this new iteration. With updated visuals, deep gameplay mechanics, and simply a fun experience, SteamWorld Dig 2 is the perfect Metroidvania for anyone craving the genre. Continue reading SteamWorld Dig 2 Review
A BIT OFF RHYTHM
Rime is a beautifully somber puzzle-adventure by Tequila Works that aims to provide an emotional experience similar to Journey and The Witness. However, even with intriguing locations and a moving score, Rime offers an unimpressive package that falls short of its promise. Continue reading Rime Review
The Fate of the Kart
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch is the nitro-filled version compared to the original game on Wii U. With the fan favorite Battle Mode making a triumphant return, all the DLC included, and several new playable characters, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is right at home on Nintendo Switch.
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A Cut Above
With every Nintendo console launch comes a bevy of games seeking to validate whatever unique functionality the game-maker has packed into its new machine. The N64 had Super Mario 64. The Wii had Wii Sports. The Wii U arguably never found its “Aha!” moment, which is one of many reasons why the console failed. Thankfully, the Switch did not have to wait long for developers to capitalize on its appealing features. While The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is proof of concept for incredible, console quality gaming on the go, Snipperclips – cut it out together! has a similar impact for Switch’s phenomenal multiplayer potential.
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I Need a Hero
When Nintendo first announced their partnership with mobile developer DeNA, Fire Emblem was one of the series that immediately jumped to mind as a fit for iOS and Android devices. Cue Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo’s third foray into the mobile market and a bite-sized version of the hardcore strategy-RPG series. Wrapped in a shell of free-to-play (F2P), Gacha-style mechanics based on the franchise’s likeable cast of warriors, Nintendo has succeeded in creating an entertaining game that is true to the spirit of Fire Emblem while being accessible for franchise rookies.
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