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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. We learned today that Path of Exile is coming to XBOX one in 2017. This has to be great news to fans of the series. In a release today, Grinding Gear Games announced the following: "Grinding Gear Games announced today that their hit online ARPG, Path of Exile, will be coming exclusively to Xbox One in 2017. The Xbox One version of Path of Exile will contain all five previous expansions and the new content that will be launching for the PC version this year in the upcoming giant 3.0.0 expansion, including the long-awaited Act V. Here is a nice trailer for you as well below!" About Path of Exile Path of Exile is an online Action RPG set in the dark fantasy world of Wraeclast. It is designed around a strong online item economy, deep character customization, and unlimited replayability. Path of Exile is completely free and does not sell items or consumables that provide competitive advantage over other players. Since release in 2013, it has received five large expansions. Path of Exile Key Features Include: Download and play for free, but never pay-to-win A dark and deep action RPG Unlimited character combinations with the game’s gigantic skill tree Combine skill gems to create unique combat strategies Explore a dark and gritty world rendered from a fixed 3D perspective Explore randomly generated levels for nearly infinite replayability Craft weapons, magic items, and even end-game maps to become more powerful Cooperate or compete with thousands of other Exiles in a persistent online world Ascend online ladders in every game mode
  6. 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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