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  1. Anything can be transformed into a horror game, because if you think about it someone, somewhere is afraid of everything on the planet. But you would be creating a niche game if you made one about arachibutyrophobia. Let’s be honest, how many people would be scared by a game that focuses on the fear of having peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth? Games with wider appeal would have to deal with more general fears, or something more relatable. Shining Gate Software has hit on one of those in their latest release Decay – The Mare. You play as Sam, a young man that is trying to get his life back on track. You have checked into a drug rehab facility, Reaching Dreams, to finally kick your addiction. But, you wake up in the middle of your first night, and something is off. Are you hallucinating? Are you on a bad trip? This this a bad dream? Or have you stumbled into a real paranormal mystery? No matter what, there is something strange going on. And the only way to get it to stop is to get to the bottom of it. The game is divided into 3 episodes, each one delving deeper into the story. You will have to wander through facility solving puzzles to gain access to more parts of the building. Your powers of observation and memory will be tested as you try to decrypt some of the more interesting conundrums. All of the answers lie within the walls of Reaching Dreams, you may just have to take a few notes along the way. Decay – The Mare, gains most of it’s suspense from the dark environment and the uncertainty of what is going on. It was released in 2015 on PC, so the graphics are a little dated, but the grainy look does work for the most part. The only time it becomes an issue is when you have to find some of the in-game items. There are a few instances where the colors tend to blend together and you only realize they are there when your cursor changes. The soundtrack is subtle, macabre, and ominous. If you have the ability to play while listening through headphones – I recommend it, as this will increase the scare factor 10 fold. Decay – The Mare is out now on XB1 and Steam. You can add it to your collection for $9.99, which is less than the price of a horror flick, and will easily provide you with as many scares. 8/10
  2. Iron Crypticle is one of the best Indie games of the year. At the core, the game is a top-down twin-stick rogue-like dungeon crawler with some RPG elements. It is up to 4 player local co-op, and you are a knight navigating rooms in the dungeon to recover the Princess along with the King’s treasures. The rooms for each level are random on each playthrough and with three difficulty levels, it brings a challenge to even the most worthy knight. Each basic room consists of two waves of monsters, which you need to defeat to proceed. The enemies drop food items, which increase your score, and the level of your knight, as well as weapons that you can use for a short duration. The more levels you have, the more HP you’ll have, and the more upgrades you can get on your four stats (Damage, Attack Speed, Movement Speed, and Weapon Duration). There are a few special rooms, but I will not spoil the fun and let you discover them on your own. There is an unlockable system, so as you play new types of weapons will drop, as well as one time use scrolls. One of the biggest challenges I’ve found with games that use a unlocking system like this is an early weapon is one of the best, and the new ones never have any usefulness. This leaves the player in a situation where the pool of items has become so large that they no longer get the good weapons. The developers at Confused Pelican and Tikipod have done a great job with this. All weapons are well balanced, there are weapons that attack at a long range, but do less damage, and close-range weapons that do a lot of damage. The only weapon I did not like was the grenade, as it is the only weapon that does not hit enemies right in front of you, but does massive damage at range. Art is done in a retro style and looks really good, there is a variety of enemies with different attacks and movement patterns, and the music is well done. There are boss fights at the end of each level of the dungeon and it is random which boss, and what version of the boss you get. There is also a New Game+ mode after completing the story once and an Endless mode for many more hours of gameplay. There is a Leaderboard to compete with your friends and others to try to get the highest scores. For such a simple concept, there is a lot to this game. I can tell that the developers took inspiration from the arcade classic Smash TV when designing this game, and they pulled it together perfectly. Iron Crypticle is a really fun game to play solo, and even more fun to play on the couch with your friends. This is a gem in the sea of Indie games.
  3. I have to admit something – I love bullet hell games, but I am not that good at them. Something about the total chaos and imminent death appeals to me. Even it it sends my frustration level through the roof. East Asia Soft has recently released Ghost Blade HD by 2Dream and HUCAST, which is a perfect example of this wild ride. There is no explanation of what the story is. Once you pick which ship you are using, you are tossed right into battle. You will shoot your way through the stage against various enemies until you reach the boss. Kick his metal butt, tally up your score and move one to the next level. If you die too many times, not to worry, you are given several continues, so you will a few extra chances. The game features 3 difficulty modes, and the way they execute them is kind of interesting. Game play is almost exactly the same in all modes. What I mean by this is that there are the same enemies and the same fire rate in all difficulties. The only thing that is different is which bullets actually kill you. This can be a bit confusing if you are playing at a lower level – because it may take a few tries to figure out what is lethal. Also as you go up in difficulty, the game will add a few extra stages. Besides the different difficulty levels, you are treated to a training mode, Score Attack mode, and multiplayer mode. Score Attack allows you to play through the 1st stage to get as high of a score as you can. The one difference is that you have unlimited lives – but you will have to try and do it with as few as possible to preserve your combo, and rack up the highest score. The graphics in the game are vibrant and really pop. You will be treated to a myriad of different enemies as well as profound bosses. Each boss will require you to alter you fighting style a bit, as charging them head on will only end with your ship in itty bitty pieces. Ghost Blade HD is now available on XB1 and PS4. You can add it to your collection for $9.99. This is a really good example of a bullet hell game, with lots of options. 9/10
  4. As a kid growing up in the 70's and 80's I think I was exposed to some of the greatest movies and games that were ever released. The proof I have of that is that today Hollywood is remaking most of the films, and the game industry is paying homage to the games and the movies on a regular basis. The latest title to do this is Tango Fiesta by Spilt Milk Studio, a top down twin stick shooter that recalls the days of Smash TV and the co-op play of Gauntlet. The game is set in a world where the events of almost every 80's adventure movie actually happened to a man named John Strong, it is up to you to prevail against the forces of evil. Commando, Predator, Die Hard, Robo Cop, Running Man, and more are referenced. You even get to play as characters modeled after the heroes of those iconic flicks. There are 6 different characters to choose from as you start out your adventure. There are 2 seperate game modes to pick from Arcade and Story Mode, each playable with up to 4 players local co-op. The modes are basically thee same, Story takes you through the 5 worlds in order while Arcade mixes things up a bit. Each world consists of 3 different levels and a boss. In each of the levels you must complete a specific objective - either destroy some buildings, helicopters or shut down communications towers. The other main difference is that in Story mode you are able to pick a primary, secondary and throwable weapon - arcade you are limited to primary and throwable ( your secondary is automatically chosen for you ). The weapons locker in the game is a bit limited at the start of play, but as you play through the game you will unlock a more powerful arsenal. Using each hero, getting a specific number of kills, killing off bosses will all increase your fire power. But this increased popwer doesn't come cheap. Each new weapon will have to be purchased with gold that is recovered from enemies that are killed in game. With several weapons costing over $100k, and only getting $200 for most kills, there is a bit of grinding involved on getting some of the best guns. Game play is pretty straight forward. At the start of each level you are shown the objectives you need to clear before you are dropped into the level. It is then up to you if you want to just run to them, clear them out and move on, or spend time destroying lots of enemies that will keep re-spawning. For the most part you won't have to worry about health or ammunition, as you will see certain enemies with little flags above them saying that they will drop the different resources. But unfortunately they don't always drop what you need, or anything at all. This doesn't usually present a problem until the later worlds when you start to become swamped with enemies. Tango Fiesta can be played solo, but it is exponentially better the more friends you have playing with you. Not only does it make it easier to clear the higher worlds, but it is just a lot more fun slaying throngs of foes with your buddies. But bringing friends along for the ride will present a few problems as well. Friendly fire is on, so you have to make sure you knkow where you are shooting at all times. Not only that, but you all play on the same screen, so if someone falls behind, they will fall off the screen. This can be a bit disorienting for them, so you will have to make sure that everyone keeps up. And with some characters markedly slower than others, this can take a little extra team work. Unfortunately you will have to gather your friends in your game room to play because the title lacks online multiplayer support. No matter if you are looking for a game to play with your friends for a while, or something to pick up to relive the glory days of 80's action flicks, Tango Fiesta will scratch that itch. It is available now on XB1, PS4, and Steam. The title has a sticker price of $9.99. 7/10
  5. 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.
  6. In this weeks First Impression the Slightly Original guys talk about Indomitus Games' 5 Minutes Rage. A 1980's style beat'em up/sports game with giant freaking robots! One of the most fun Couch Coop games we have played in a very long time. Available on for Windows through Steam. Beta Sign up located on link below. BETA SIGN UP: http://www.indomitusgames.com/5-minutes-rage
  7. 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
  8. 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.
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