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  1. As a teen I used to spend hours in the arcade pumping quarters into Guantlet. This was an amazing 4 player co-op dungeon crawler where you had to battle enemies and share supplies. It always made the game more interesting when someone joined the game and would grab all the health potions and food - even if they didn't need it. That type of game play is directly reflected in the new game from Powerhoof. Crawl pits "co-op" players against each other for honor, money, glory, and the chance to escape but there is a hitch - only one player is actually alive. You start the game in a room with all four players alive - either you and 3 friends, or you and computer controlled bots - where you must battle to the death. The suvivor will continue the quest to defeat the main boss. Those that met an early death need not dispair, you are not out of the game yet. You become a spirit capable of possessing traps and summoning monsters to kill the hero. If you are able to kill the hero, you regain your humanity, become the hero and try to complete the quest. The last hero takes your place as a spirit and the cycle comtinues. While in hero form you will have access to a blacksmith where you can buy weapons, potions and new moves provided you have the gold. The ghosts can earn wrath, which is used in between floors to upgrade the monsters you summon. The monsters will evolve and take on more powerful forms as you progress. To get to the final boss, the hero must be level 10 to open the portal. You only gain XP when you are playing as the hero. If you reach the portal and are not level 10 you will have to find stairs to the next level. If you are level 10 and decide to go after the boss, the 3 spirits can posess the boss to impeade your progress. If you fail against the boss, you will be transported back into the dungeon. You have a total of 3 tries against the boss before the game will end automatically. The controls scheme is fairly simple. No matter which form you are in you have 2 attacks, so there isn't a difficulty curve to learn. One nice thing they have built in is that your character will get tired if you constantly attack, so you can't spam the attack button to win all your fights. You will have to move around during battles to avoid getting killed by your 3 foes. Graphics for the game are 100% old school. When you first fire up the game you are greeted with a screen that tells you to Insert Coin. Do not let the look of the game deter you from playing, there is a lot of fun to be had in this title. The background music is a mix of upbeat adventuring tunes and creepy music that sets the tone for the dungeon. This game can be played solo. You start out as the hero and you face off against 3 computer controlled bots. When you starrt out you can even select their difficulties. So you can play against a team of easy opponents, hard foes, or even mix it up to vary the experience. Where this game really shines is when you have 3 othere friends jump in with you to play. The trash talking and competition is off the charts. Unfortunately the game only supports local multiplayer, so if your friends aren't close by you, theree is a chance you will miss out on some of the best gameplay the title has to offer. Crawl is available now on XB1, PS4, and Steam. You can pic it up on the platform of your choice for $14.99. 8/10
  2. I will admit that for the first few years I was playing on Xbox I didn't pay attention to those achievements that popped up on the bottom of my screen. Sure, I knew they meant I just completed some task, but I wasn't out chasing that little ding and trying to get every game I played to 100%. But then a few people I gamed with commented about my low gamerscore, so I decided to see what I could do to improve it. It turns out if you have the time, and a little extra money, you can jump your gamerscore by about 20,000 points in a single weekend. You read that right, 20 K, and the best part is you don't even have to be that good of a player to do it. I have completed all the titles within, and many can attest to my mediocre gaming skill set. In order for you to get the maximum score in the shortest amount of time it will help if you have an Xbox One and an Xbox 360, or at least access to one. You can grab most of the 360 titles used on disc with some searching brick and mortar stores, or just order them from the internet. Once you are done with them you can add them to your collection, trade them back in, resell them to other achievement hunters, or trade them to a friend who needs a boost. The Xbox One games are available digitally, and once you buy them, they are yours forever, so you will want to check the weekly Xbox sales for these titles as you will probably only play the game once. Also before you start playing, if you are going to try and boost your score quickly, you should also check out achievement hunting websites like TrueAchievements.com or XboxAchievements.com - these sites will show you what achievements are in each game, and how to grab them quickly. Now for the Xbox 360 Titles : 10 K, about 18 hours Avatar - The Last Airbender : 5 - 10 minutes to complete Backyard Football 2010 : 2 hours to complete Backyard Sports - Rookie Rush : 2 hours to complete Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons : 2-3 hours to complete College Hoops 2K6 : 2 hours to complete Contrast : 2 hours to complete Forza Horizon 2 - The Fast & the Furious : 2 hours to complete Major Legue Baseball 2K6 : 2 hours to complete NBA 2K6 : 2 hours to complete NHL 2K6 : 2 hours to complete Xbox One Games : 13 K, about 21 hours #IDARB : 2 hours to complete Another World - 20th Anniversary Edition : Under 1 hour to complete Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons : 2-3 hours to complete Contrast : 2 hours to complete Cubot : under 1 hour to complete Contrast : 2 hours to complete Energy Cycle : under 1 hour to complete Forza Horizon 2 - The Fast & the Furious : 2 hours to complete NBA 2K17 - The Prelude : 1 hour to complete Pneuma - Breath of Life : 2-3 hours to complete The Bunker : 2 hours to complete The Little Acre : 2 hours to complete Three Fourths Home : 2 hours to complete This is by no means a complete list of easy achievement games, but it does contain many of the quickest ones. As an added bonus, the games that are on the list also have good stories, are fun to play, and don't require a lot of grinding. You can also complete each title in one sitting without much difficulty. If you are looking for games that you can complete easily but will take up a bit more time, I can add a list of those as well.
  3. Like some Xbox players, I have been trying to find a reason to really love my Kinect. When I first got my 360 I was thinking it was going to be great, but more and more I was disappointed by the games that utilized it. It was a gimmick for than anything. And the system integration has been sketchy at best. It has become more of a quicker way to turn my system off as I am cleaning up for the night, than a gaming tool. I will occassionally use it record some of my semi-par game play, but that is about it. Very few companies even pay attention to the Kinect these days, which is why I keep an eye out for new releases from Virtual Air Guitar Company. Their games draw you into the game with camera and allow you control the action with the motion sensors. Their newest release is no different. Air Guitar Warrior for Kinect lets you live out your rock god fantasies while never leaving the comfort of your home. As the title suggests you will pick up you invisible axe and battle waves of enemies. Your skill and technique will directly impact your performance, but don't fret, you don't have to actually be able to play to do well. There are four distinctly different attacks that depend on your hand placement on the neck of the "guitar" and how fast you strum. Hand placement decides on if you are playing lead or rhythm and your strumming speed will vary between fast and slow. The catch is that each part has a limited amount of ammo, so you can't just constantly use strong attacks, or attacks that are weaker but have a larger damage radius. You will have to vary your attacks if you want to clear levels with 100% efficency and your health in tact. The game is at heart a side scrolling shooter. You will mount anything from a dinosaur to a viking ship or and eagle and enemies start to attack as the hard rocking original soundtrack plays in the background. You will play along and shoot foes down before they have a chance to get close enough to attack you. You don't earn points through out each level, but at the end of the level you are shown the number of each type of enemy you dispatched and give you a level completion percentage. You will also gain XP which levels up you character. The game is divided into albums, each of which has 5 tracks. There are 4 levels and one final album boss. Once you complete all 10 albums, you can replay them on a higher difficulty. As you progress through the campaign you will also unlock new guitars that have different firing abilities. Some are tied to the albums that you playing, others just look really cool. Either way, the new weapons add to the replay value of the game as you can try to best all the levels with each one. The kinect integration into the game is pretty much seemless. You will appear on screen in all of your rocking glory. The strumming and hand positions are picked up without an issue. Navigating the menu between albums can be a little clunky at times, but works with the kinect or you can just flick your controller once or twice. Also since you are playing guitar and not moving around, the kinect only really needs to pick up your upper torso so the game doesn't require you to have a large space cleared. An added bonus of this game is that if you wear any sort of fitness tracking device on the wrist of your strumming hand you will rack up a nice little workout when you play. Air Guitar Warrior for Kinect is a fun game for all of those that like to rock out on their imaginary guitars when nobody is looking. It can also double as a light exercise program. You can grab it at the Xbox store for $19.99. The title is a little pricey, but I have to admit that it is a fun game to just pick up and play for 5 - 10 minutes when you need to unwind. But you may also find yourself jamming out for an hour and stopping only when your body says you need to take a break. 8/10
  4. Artifex Mundi has once again reached into their vast library of hidden object puzzle games and released one on consoles. Dark Arcana : The Carnival is no ordinary trip to the circus, but when was the last time you had a normal day? You arrive at a traveling carnival to speak with a fellow police office standing next to a young girl. Her mother was kidnapped while they were visiting the carnival and it is up to you to save her and discover what is really going on under the big top. But as soon as you walk into the venue something seems very out of place, but exactly what is not obvious right away. Once again you are treated to a story filled with twists and turns as you work your way through this point and click adventure. Not only will you have to deal with hidden object puzzles but there are also a wide variety of puzzle and mini ga,es that you will have to deal with to unravel the mystery. Like previous games you can skip puzzles that are too difficult for you, and there is an option to the hidden object games. This time it is a card matching game called Monte Carlo, where to clear hidden objects you must match like adjacent cards with specially marked cards. The graphics in the game are on par with the rest of the catalogue of games. Each location is skillfully depicted and is an interesting mix of mystery and macabre. The music and sound effects escalate the level of suspense throughout the game. The hidden object layouts are well done and will cause you to have a keen eye, but not pull your hair out looking for obscure named items. No matter your skill level you will get several hours worth of game play out of this title. There is the main story and an epilogue to complete. If you are going to 100% the game, it will require at least 2 play throughs of the main story and 1 of the epilogue. Considering the sticker price of the game is $9.99, you will more than get your money out of it. 7/10
  5. Headup Games has recently published a Studio Fizbin game on consoles that has been available on PC for a while now. The Inner World is a family friendly puzzle game that is strong on story, contains thoughtful puzzles, and will keep you laughing no matter your age. It is one of those games that you can play with your children and not have to worry about something popping up that shouldn't. The Inner World is the story of Robert, a young orphan who is taken in by Conroy, the leader of the land of Asposia. Asposia is a land that resides within the hollowed out center of another world. Robert isn't like the other citizens of Asposia, but there is nothing wrong with being a bit different. While Conroy is busy giving a speech you a polishing his most valued possesion - a fosfos medallion. Unfortunately, you accidentally drop the necklace down the garbage shoot. Being the ever faithful child / servent you fling yourself down the chute to save the necklace for your mentor. What follows next is a great adventure where nothing less than the fate of your world hangs in the balance. You will meet new friends, uncover the true history of Asposia, and discover your origins. The game is essentially a point and click adventure, but there is so much more to it than that. The conversations that you have with other characters will open up other branching topics that will move the story along. It may also be the only way to get hidden achievements. The puzzles in the game range from easy to figure out to head scratchers. Gameplay is simple. You control Robert for most of the game, and have him collect items, and use them to further his quest. Fairly often you will have to combine several objects to try and get you out of a bind. The great thing is that the game calls you out if you are just trying to toss things together. I can't count the times when I was stuck I heard " That's just a random guess isn't it?" or similiar phrase after multiple failed attempts at combining things. It makes sure there is humor even when you might start to be getting frustrated with the game. I have to say I loved the dialogue in this game. Let's all admit that when there is text to read, or someone talking in a game 9 times out of 10 after a while we skip through it an hope we are not missing a vital plot point - we have all done it. This game I was right there through all the conversations. Many of them had me laughing, and there were even a few that had me raising an eye brow at the dark humor that was slipped in. Jokes that would go over a younger players head, but were clearly there for the seasoned gamer. The graphics are also stunning. The art is hand drawn and the attention to detail shows. While there isn't a lot of action in the game, the cut scenes are very well done and the overall feel of the game is highly polished. The Inner World is now out on XB1 and PS4 for $14.99. If you are a PC gamer you can grab it on Steam for the same price. 10/10
  6. an·ox·e·mi·a (ān'ŏk-sē'mē-ə) n. An absence of oxygen in arterial blood This is just one of the ways that you can die in the new game just released by Badland Games that bears the name of the affliction. Anoxemia is a story driven exploration game that will have you questioning the game world around you. You play as Dr Bailey an underwater explorer whose job it is to gather plant specimens. You are not alone in your quest, you are accompanied by an operations drone named ATMA. ATMA will help you through the use of sonar and as your only light source in the ocean depths. After something happens to the erest of your crew you must complete your mission with only the help of of ATMA. Your mission is not just a walk on the ocean floor though. Besides trying to find the sea grasses, you will also have to find more oxygen for your suit as well as power for the drone. There are also upgrades scattered across the ocean floor. Unfortunately you are not alone in the big blue ocean. There are large mines and underwater munitions leftover from the war that will hamper your progress. You also have to avoid acidic waters and other toxic environments as they will sap you of your energy. The game controls are on point. This is good because there are many times when you will have to manuever between multiple obstacles that can kill you and precision is key. There is a slight amount of learning to be had, but after a few deaths you will understand how things interact with each other in the environment. The graphics in the game are dark, but that is because they are trying to replicate what it is like deep below the surface of the ocean. I don't have have a problem with the in game graphics, while a bit dark, they play very well with the environment and the story. What I do take issue with is all of the promotional graphics that were released before the game came out on XB1. For some reason there were no in game screenshots released for this game, and that can be a bit misleading if you haven't seen the game on other platforms or the developers website. Anoxemia is out now on XB1, Steam and PS4 for $7.99. If you are looking for an interesting, story driven adventure game this is one to add to your wish list. The levels will keep you on your toes and it is a journey worth taking. 7/10
  7. Indie game developer SigTrap Games has released a new flying shooter along with game publisher Merge Games LTD. Sublevel Zero Redux puts you in the shoes of the last pilot standing as you take control of a lone gunship and try to save the world. As you take over the last gunship, you will pilot your way through procedurally generated levels. The pressure is on for you to destroy the enemies, collect parts and nanites to craft more powerful weapons, and of course destroy the reactor at the end of each level and move on. Which guns, missles and hull will you pair together to make your ultimate death machine? The object of the game is fairly simple - destroy your enemies while you fly through tunnels of a large spaceship. The execution is where the game stands out from the other games in the genre. Not only are you able to fly forward, backwards, left and right, but using the d-pad will allow you to increase or decrease you altitude. Tap left or right on the pad and you will roll 45 degrees in that direction. You have full range of motion in this shooter and you will need it. Dodging fast charging enemies will require you to learn how to deftly move your ship. And since the weapons you start with are not the most accurate, you will have to try and get in close to make sure your bullets find their mark. Having 6 degrees of freedom also means that you will be using almost every button and trigger on your controller to make the most of the control scheme. The graphics in the game may seem a bit simple at first, but as you progress through the levels the simple tunnels you are flying through give way to beautiful caverns. Since the game is procedurally generated, there are no save points or extra lives, each play through is very unique. It also gives the game a high replay value. Don't think if you complete the 4 levels that you see listed that you are done, that is just the start of this adventure. Sublevel Zero Redux is out now on XB1, PS4 and Steam for $19.99. There is also a limited edition physical copy available on PS4 if you like to have the disc in your collection. 7/10 Review originally posted here
  8. Deck 13 has released a new platformer for XB1 that shows that size does matter. Shift Happens is the story of 2 blobs that must make there way through challenging environments in order to survive. You can take on this challenge solo, controlling both characters yourself - one at a time - or have a friend hop on the couch with you and tackle them together. In Shift Happens - be careful when saying the title fast, people may stare at you - you control Bismo and Plom, 2 blob like creatures that have the ability to change size. When you start out, they can shift size independently of each other, but a strange lab accident soon links their transformations. This means that you will have to coordinate their size to clear puzzles and advance through the levels. There are 49 levels spread out among 4 very unique areas, plus several Bonus Levels for you to conquer. In each level you will not only have to reach the end, but you will have to try and collect all 75 coins that are strewn about. Most are in plain sight, but some will require you to solve extra puzzles or find hidden areas. Some levels also contain a bonus item that you must work together with your teammate to return to its proper location. If all of this isn't enough to keep you busy for a while, they have also tossed in Timed versions of the levels for you to try your hand at. The graphics are bright, sharp and fun. Bismo and Plom are strangely cute characters that will remind you of a less defined, liquid, gingerbread man. Switching their sizes is a fun animation to watch, and one that you will see a lot in the game as you progress through the levels. The levels are very well designed and a nice mix between platforming and puzzle solving. You will really have to have the characters work as a team in order to complete each level. While this is a fun game to work through on your own, the title really shines once you hook up that 2nd controller and play with a friend. Trying to work together, figuring out who will be what size and how to progress adds another level to this game. Solo, you can figure it out - but when you have to have 2 brains working together, in sync, there will surely be a battle for control. It is like a video game version of the 3 legged race - only those that get a rhythm down will win. Shift Happens is out now for XB1 and you can add it to your collection for $14.99. This is a fun game to play and really shows its greatness when you play locally with a friend. It can tax your mind and your friendship with the puzzles it holds. 8/10 Original Post : Here
  9. As a gamer that has been playing since the Atari 2600, I really enjoy when a game comes along that tries to re-imagine an old genre or game. I really love it when succeed in releasing a new game that captures the retro spirit, but elevates it a totally new level. 8Days is a twin stick shooter that harkens back to the days of Contra, but ups the ante. The world has been dominated by dark forces since the beginning of human history. Known as The Masters of Mankind by those directly under their control, these forces will use any means necessary to protect their own interests including starting wars. In 8DAYS the mercenary company G.O.D. Inc. and the 8DAYS Magazine are two modern instruments used to control the masses. G.O.D. ( Gold, Oil, Diamonds Inc. ) is primarily a peacekeeping force and 8DAYS ensures the bias of public opinion. Players take on the role of Lola "Wasp" or Mike "Ghost", two of G.O.D.’s expendable mercenaries. You start out by picking which Merc you wish to use, then you are tossed right into the action. Sort of. As you start your 1st mission you are captured and must fight your way out of prison. Once you are free you must continue your mission and stop the uprising. Unlike games of yesteryear you have a very limited supply of ammo, so you can't just spray bullets and hope for the best. You have to be accurate with your shots or else you will be bringing a knife to a gun fight. As you progress through the levels you will find new and more powerful weapons, each with limited ammo. If you down an enemy that is holding the same weapon as you, you have the ability to grab a few extra clips. The game is designed so that each time you go through a level it can be different. There are multiple path ways through the levels so you can pick how you want to attack the level, and which course is the easiest for you. To add to the depth of the game there are also hidden areas that usually hold better weapons and health packs. You can even step your game up even more by tossing on a 2nd controller and having a friend play as the other mercenary. The graphics inn the game will take you back to the early days of console gaming. Even though they're pixelated a bit, they fit well with the style of the game. The in game music will also take you back a bit. One of the coolest features of the game is how they pay homage to the titles that came before it. You will see hat tips in the game design as well as some of the achievements. Not only that, but the game flow and over the top mini bosses will remind you of some of the greatest games from the archives. 8Days is out now on XB1, PS4 and Steam. You can pick it up on the console of your choice for $9.99 and a few dollars less on Steam.
  10. It has a similiar feel to Limbo and Inside. To me there was a bit more platforming in this one. But they are all fun. Monochroma is also very similiar.
  11. Headup Games has brought The Bit Fathers game Pixel Heroes - Byte and Magic to XB1 players. If you haven't played before, this is a very retro inspired, RPG, with turn based combat and countless hat tips to other games that came previously in the genre. This game transports you back to the early days of computer games, but this trip isn't for the faint of heart. When you first fire up the game you will notice there are three campaigns to pick from, but you must complete one before you have the ability to unlock the next one. The game starts out on Hard difficulty, moves on to Brutal, then finally ends at Insane. Each adventure consists of 8 dungeons, and each dungeon has 8 rooms for you to conquer. There are 7 rooms that minecontain either chests or enemies and the final room will be home for the area boss. Each game starts out in the tavern, where all good adventures begin. You must pick your team of 3 hearty adventurerers from the 6 random patrons that are hanging out. If you are not happy with the crowd, you can re-roll everyone up to 5 times and hope to assemble your dream team. Once your team is set and you have been given the campaign overview you venture out into town. In town you can grab new weapons, spells, potions, and pick 1 of the 2 available quests. More become available as you progress - if you make it that far. As you set out to the dungeon of your choice you will have 2-3 encounters that are very dependant on RNG. No two trips are ever the same. Gameplay is straight forward. Attack the enemy and take them out before they kill you. Once you take out the foes see if any of the loot you snagged can upgrade your party and move onto the next battle. Each hero has 2 skills, some can heal while others have special attacks that they can use once in a while. No matter if you use a skill or attack with a weapon, each party member must rest between uses - this prevents you from stacking great gear on 1 players and having them power through all the fights. If you have a team member go down in battle, it is out until you are able to finish the quest , return to town and are able to have them revived. The graphics are a complete throw back and totally wonderful. As I was playing I was transported back to the days of Nintendo games and some of my first PC RPG games. Further immersing you into this blast from the past is the chip tune music. One thing that does pull you back into the present is all that random encounters I mentioned earlier. You are gloriously treated to references from all over geekdom. Pixel Heroes - Byte and Magic is not for the easily discouraged. It will take a few games to figure out which enemies are most vulnerable to which attacks. Even once you get this down, RNG can still come along and crush your dreams by never giving you health potions, or only dropping armor suitable for a house cat. But have no fear, the developers have you covered. They have added achievements for filling up the graveyard with your less than successful bands of heroes. You will here that familiar sound after your 1st full team death, then 10, 50 and 100 teams. Pixel Heroes - Byte and Magic is now available on XB1, Steam, and iOS. The console and PC version can be added to your collections for $9.99 each, while the mobile versions are a few dollars cheaper.
  12. Headup Games has released a new adventure, puzzle, platformer that will have you chasing after bad guys and searching for your friends. Toby - The Secret Mine tells the story of young Toby, one of the last remaining residents of his village. He must venture out into the dark, unforgiving world and rescue his 26 friends. You set out across the bleak landscape in search of your friends trapped in cages. Along the way you will have to solve puzzles to alter the landscape to allow you to pass and disarm deadly traps. But not all of your friends are sitting out in the open. You will have to poke into the darkness to try and see in the enemies have hidden any of the village residents there. The puzzles will make you rely on most of your senses. Besides the typical reflexes, you will have to have a keen eye to spy triggers for deadly traps, and be listening for strange creaking noises that might mean a loose floor board that can be broken. As you progress through the levels you will have to build on the the skills you have learned to solve more complex problems. Game graphics are, for the most part, dark and eerie. They convey the sense that you are on an overwhelming quest, that you are under prepared for in trying to save the village residents. Tihe stark palette really helps set the tone. The 1st half of the game most of the foreground is all black, so you get very accustomed to it, but suddenly you get thrust into a snow world that is blindingly white and it takes a little bit to adjust. The game music helps add to the spooky atmosphere. This game is a puzzle platformer at heart. For the most it is not really difficult, it will just take some trial and error. And those errors, while frustrating, will rack up a pretty impressive death count for most players. To be honest I wandered into several traps just to watch poor Toby bite the dust. But then again, Toby went into the beyond many times just because of my lack of skills at times. Death has little impact on your game progress. If you die you are transported back to the start of the last puzzle you have not completed. This makes it easier to push through the puzzles until you finally figure them out. Toby - The Secret Mine is out now on XB1, PS4, Wii U and Steam for $9.99. You can even grab it on Android or iOS.
  13. Lienzo has released a new game in the adventure, platformer, Metrovania genre. Hunter's Legacy is the story of Ikki, the greatest huntress of Un'amak. Her village lives in peace and harmony with nature until one day when and evil warlock steals the Fang of Alliance. This sets your world into turmoil and you must retrieve it. Armed with your dual swords and bow you must journey through the land in search of your treasure. Ikki must battle to find the warlock in hopes of bringing balance back to your world. As you search for your foe, you will have to fight mini bosses, collect new attacks, upgrade your weapons and health. Each new attack will allow you to open up new areas to further your adventure. Power up to destroy once impenaturable obstacles, and jump to new heights. The game follows the basic formula of many adventure games. Chase the big bad, he escapes and you have to scour the land, battle smaller bosses so you can gather the tools to continue your original chase. Gameplay is also very typical - even though you are the Worlds Greatest Huntress, you are very unequipped for your battle. Unfortunately the quest to power up is underwhelming. Even though you travel through multiple areas, most feel very similar. You will encounter the same enemies across several areas. One of the most interesting areas is the Snowy Volcano. Here you will encounter ice that you will slide on, and will freeze you if you spend to long on it. You will not freeze to the point of not beinig able to move, but you will start taking environmental damage. Not far away you will encounter hot zones that will raise your temp until you start taking heat damage. You must make sure that you have enough health to traverse these areas and take care of the enemies you encounter. Most parts of the game are not that difficult, but these environmental hazards ratchet up the difficulty. The mini bosses also drastically up the ante, but this isn't because of their attack or health, it's because of game design. The first mini boss you encounter will briefly hang from the ceiling and you must shoot it's support with your bow. Once it falls you can temporarily damage it. The first few attacks are easy because you have a tower to climb that gets you close to the enemy. Once they are destroyed you must shoot from ground level and this is where things get dicey. You have to be at the precise angle in order to hit your target, but to do that the enemy is almost entirely off screen. This makes for an extended battle that really shouldn't be that hard. The graphics in the game bring back memories of older adventure games in the genre. Enemies are well designed and look sharp across the game. The soundtrack contains whimsical tracks of pan flute music to accompany you on your journey. There are a few tracks that include a rhymic clicking that made me try and figure out why my clock was so loud. Hunter's Legacy is out now for XB1, and can be added to your collection for $6.99. If you pine for old school MetroidVania games, this is a good title to keep you busy for a few hours.
  14. Blowfish Studios has released a new real time strategy game that will throw you right into the thick of intense battles. SiegeCraft Commander places you in the middle of a war between the honorable Knights of Freemoi and the wild Tribal Lizards. Pick your side and conquer your enemy before they over run your forces. The game offers an interesting play style. After you choose your side, your Keep is placed on the map, which appears to be on a gaming table. Your Keep is your main base of operations, but in order to win, you have to expand. To build your base you must fire something a kin to a cannon ball with yournext building. Once that ball lands it will build your new building and a wall connected to your previous building. This means that you have to be aware of how you are building your base. Walls cannot be built across trees, water, and of course other walls. The side you pick to fight for will determine what types of buildings you have at your disposal. Outposts, garrisons, barracks, libraries, war camps, totems and hatcheries are just a few of the parts you can add to your base. But you have to be careful because when a buildinig is destroyed - all other buildings that extend from it suffer the same fate. Each building has a specific purpose - the garrison leads to the barracks which will supply you with ground troops. The armory will give you access to siege weapons. If you are attached to a gold source, you can build even more powerful units such as airships that can soar over your enemies defenses. I have been playing the game on Xbox One, and the controls can be a bit tricky. Even though the controls are straight forward, they take a bit of finesse to master. You use the left stick to both aim and select the power used to shoot your new building. Even with an Elite Controller, getting the exact angle you want, and the right power level can be a bit tricky. Since the controls don't lock into all the possible positions, there is a lot of twitching involved. Trying to get mid power shots consistently can be a bit difficult. The stick also controls the movement of the board, and which of your assets is selected - the center item is the one that you have control over. If you are rushing in battle you can easily choose the wrong tower. The game sports a single player campaign in which you can pick either side and play through. Each side has a different story to play through and will keep you engaged for a fair amount of time. What really drives this title is the multiplayer game. You can play with up to 3 other players in either local or online multiplayer. This in where you will spent most of your time, and will have a chance to sharpen your skills beyond basic tactics. Graphics in SiegeCraft are very nicely done. It is really fun to watch a dragon swoop down and snatch a cow, or seeing a mad cow explode against a tower. The tower designs are nice, and vary well between the 2 factions. The game also features a beautiful sweeping soundtrack to accompany you on your quest. Siegecraft - Commander will be out on Xbox One 17 January. If you are a fan of real time strategy games I would recommend picking up this title. Just be prepared to tame the finicky controls.
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