Chronos: Before the Ashes (Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC)

“Chronos: Before the Ashes is an atmospheric RPG that chronicles one young hero’s lifelong quest to save their homeland from a great evil. Central to this quest is an ancient labyrinth, which holds the secrets necessary to restore life and peace to their home. However, the architects of this labyrinth designed it to open only once a year. The labyrinth is a test, and each time the hero fails they are cast out and must wait one year to return.” Gameplay Just to note, Chronos: Before the Ashes is an overhaul of the 2016 game Chronos which was initially released for Oculus Rift. The gameplay is very much in style of Dark Souls genre that has been booming in the… Continue reading Chronos: Before the Ashes (Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC)

Observer: System Redux (Xbox Series X|S, Playstation 5, PC)

“Observer: System Redux is the next gen remake of the cyberpunk, detective thriller set in the year 2084 in Krakow, Poland. The world lies in ruins with corporations seizing power after the fall of governments. You do their bidding. No lie will remain hidden from you, as you hack into the minds of those you interrogate. When your past catches-up, you must act on your own and unravel the mystery of your son’s disappearance. Your name is Daniel Lazarski, you’re an Observer.” Gameplay Full disclosure, I’ve never played the original version of this game. So to me, I walked in completely blind to this remake of Observer. Observer, at its very core one might call it a simple walking simulator,… Continue reading Observer: System Redux (Xbox Series X|S, Playstation 5, PC)

Bounty Battle (Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC) Review

“Bounty Battle is the ultimate indie fighting game: a new multiplayer 2D fighter, where you can pit your favorite indie heroes against one another! Indie heroes from games like Guacamelee! and Darkest Dungeon, to Dead Cells, Owlboy & more battle it out in this fighter frenzy.” Gameplay The game starts off by giving this amazing vibe that it is Smash Bros but with indie game characters. So I am immediately on board. I go through the training and start learning the rather confusing controls. Get into the game, and it is just dreadful. Either the AI does absolutely nothing against you or they completely dominate you in seconds. There’s just no balance of the gameplay and the fighting mechanics just… Continue reading Bounty Battle (Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC) Review

Through the Darkest of Times (Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch) Review

“Through the Darkest of Times is a strategy game, that lets you play a resistance group in Third Reich Berlin. The game covers the entire time from Hitler’s seizure of power 1933 to Germany’s unconditional surrender 1945. You plan actions of your group while at the same time try to balance the morale of your members, get resources needed for the actions and avoid getting caught by the Gestapo (Germany’s Secret Service Police during the Third Reich). Big political events follow the actual historical time-line and influence your options and what happens to your group. Your members are fictional and procedurally generated on each playthrough. They come with different personalities, abilities and views. As leader of the group, it’s your… Continue reading Through the Darkest of Times (Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch) Review

Roundguard: Taking the Peggle Concept To New Levels

“Roundguard is a bouncy dungeon crawler with pinball physics, lots of loot, and a randomized castle full of oddballs. Press your luck against hordes of dangerously cute monsters and challenging roguelike elements in this all-round bouncy adventure! If you love roguelikes & Peggle, then Roundguard is for you. Roundguard is made by Wonderbelly Games and published on consoles by the Quantum Astrophysicists Guild. “ Gameplay This is a roguelike Peggle. Now having said that, I feel this takes the concept of Peggle, and not only addresses problems I had with the series, but also takes it to new levels I didn’t even think of. They definitely thought outside of the box. Some problems I had was when I finished playing… Continue reading Roundguard: Taking the Peggle Concept To New Levels

Hovership Havoc – Roguelite Twin Stick Shooter

Originally released for Steam PC, Hovership Havoc was recently brought over to Xbox One. It is described as “a twin stick shooter with 3rd person boss battles. Traverse through randomly generated rooms of a futuristic factory destroying robot enemies. Upgrade your hovership and obtain randomly dropped abilities that can strengthen your chances to survive through the entire factory. “ Gameplay The majority of Hovership Havoc is played as a twin stick shooter much like classics in the genre such as Geometry Wars. However, the levels and enemies are randomly generated. It has roguelite elements in that when you die, you keep your character’s progress, but start the game right from the beginning. About my only criticism for this is that… Continue reading Hovership Havoc – Roguelite Twin Stick Shooter

7th Sector: A Surprisingly Engrossing Adventure Puzzle Game

Originally released for Steam by 35MM Games and recently ported to consoles by Sometimes You, 7th Sector is described as “set in a mysterious cyberpunk world. Immerse yourself on this intricate path, solving different puzzles, facing its dangers, and collecting scattered information to discover the story of this world.” Gameplay It is hard to describe what 7th Sector is in terms of gameplay, but you literally play as an electrical current. As the current, you work your way through wiring, transistors, and electronics trying to solve puzzles and work your way while there is a twisted story going on in the background. The game has this atmosphere that is hauntingly beautiful and is so engrossing. The game keeps demanding more… Continue reading 7th Sector: A Surprisingly Engrossing Adventure Puzzle Game