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Swords & Soldiers II Review

The original Swords & Soldiers was released on WiiWare back in 2009. That game immediately took over my household as my son and I played it all the time. The game had an irreverent humor, solid gameplay and some really cool visuals. All of that was packaged into a game that was just plain fun to play, even if you weren’t a fan of real-time strategy games. I hoped back then for another game with more factions, but one never came and Ronimo Games moved on to other projects.

If you’re unaware of just what Swords & Soldiers is, let me explain it for you. It’s a side-scrolling real-time strategy game. You control one of three factions. In this case the Vikings (the only returning faction from the first game), the Persians (a well-balanced team with access to devastating spells late in the game) and the crafty Demons. In battle two armies line up opposed to each other, one coming from the left, and one coming from the right. You select units to deploy and when chosen they begin moving in a straight line from your base towards the enemy. Once released you can’t stop them. They’ll only stop to encounter enemy troops or once they’ve reached the enemy base. The only real control you have over your army, aside from choosing when to deploy troops, is the spells that you have available.

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Shapes Of Gray Review

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Shapes of Gray by Secret Tunnel Entertainment is, as the name implies, about various shapes that are different shades of gray but not as many as you are probably thinking. The one shape you will control is a small octagon like blob that can swing a sword. You will battle other shapes that start out as small and simple but as you progress you will encounter a mix of larger or faster shapes. Each level will take place inside of a small circular arena and will only last about ten seconds meaning you will have to act fast or suffer a game over. Continue reading Shapes Of Gray Review

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains Review

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Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is the first video game adaption on a dedicated gaming system of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan series. It’s developed by Spike Chunsoft and is being published by Atlus in the west. We learned not too long ago that the game was getting localized by Atlus. This of course is a pretty huge deal for anime enthusiasts and fans of the series. Likewise the move brings a mature series to the 3DS and gives the system a type of game not many developers are making for the system; that being a mature 3D action game with single player, local multiplayer, and online multiplayer.

The bulk of the gameplay stays true to the series with combat and much of the movement playing out in a fashion similar to web swinging in Spiderman. This happens through a body-harness-like suit called Omni-directional Mobility Gear or ODM Gear for short. It’s also known as Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear and Vertical Maneuvering Equipment though it’s only referred to as ODM gear in this game. Like the anime, ODM gear uses gas so you’ll need to keep an eye on your gas meter. When you get low, you’ll need to use a new Gas Cylinder otherwise you’ll be stuck on the ground and near useless.

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Bloo Kid 2 Review

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Bloo Kid 2 comes from German independent games developer, Winterworks, who have a growing library of games that have featured on various platforms such as smartphones, Steam and, for Bloo Kid 2, the Nintendo eShop. The company tends to favour 8 and 16 bit stylised games and from my experience with Bloo Kid 2, they’re pretty good at it.

Following on from his first (I’m assuming as I haven’t played it) action packed adventure, the protagonist, Bloo Kid, and his lady are taking a stroll with their baby, when a gargoyle like creature appears and swoops up Mrs. Kid and baby Kid. Then your adventure begins. That’s about as much story as you get in this retro-style, 2D platforming adventure; not that it’s a bad thing. It’s really no less story than you’d get in a Super Mario adventure. The opening intro really just serves to give your adventuring a purpose. Continue reading Bloo Kid 2 Review

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 – Record Breaker Review

Record Breaker Review LogoShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 – Record Breaker is a remake of a DS game that was originally released in 2012. It’s been shined up with a fresh coat of paint, wonderful voice acting and an updated translation. From the very beginning you have two options to choose for the story. For people who are new to the game you can choose the Septentrion story arc which is a retelling of the original DS game, complete with all the upgrades the 3DS allows them to make. The Triangulum story arc is a new addition to the story that takes place after the events of the main story. It continues immediately after the events of that story. It is a semi-retelling of the events of the main story, but in an alternate world where they are reliving the events of a world where they never existed.

The game is a tactical strategy RPG. Story events are told through the use of static images with voice over of each of the characters. It mixes familiar elements of the SMT universe with a really solid turn based, grid based battle system. Each character in your party can move a specific amount of space each turn, attack anyone in adjacent squares and even aid allies through the use of their abilities. You can summon demons into the world through the use of a demon summoning app on your phone. This lets each party member control two demons who fight alongside them.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China Review

AC Chronicles China Review LogoThere are four things in my life that are basically assured. I’m going to die at some point. I have to pay my taxes. My two smallest children will probably never sleep through the night on a consistent basis. I’m going to play the latest release in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Of those I can tell you two of them that happened in the last week. One of them we’re actually here to talk about. Ubisoft has released the first of a trilogy of Assassin’s Creed games to come out this year, and that number doesn’t include the not so secret Assassin’s Creed: Victory. I’m talking about Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.

The game was originally going to be released as part of the Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed: Unity. When that game was determined to have numerous problems that took months to fix Ubisoft canceled that Season Pass and released Chronicles as a separate thing. It will now headline the Chronicles trilogy that will also include games set in India during the 1800s and Russia around the end of World War I.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is a 2.5D side scrolling stealth game. It takes place after the events of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations during the mid 1500’s and is set in, as the title would suggest, China. You play the role of Shao Jun, a young assassin who has seen most of her brotherhood devastated, nearly beyond repair. Previous to this game’s events she seeks out the help of an elderly Ezio Auditore who gives her a box, the contents of which could help rebuild the Assassin brotherhood in China. That box is stolen from her by the Templar leader in the area. She sets off the recover that box and rebuild the order and take down as many Templars as she can in the process.

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Never Alone Review

Never Alone LogoThere are many games that are built with the specific purpose of teaching you something. Many of those games are designed for younger players and are referred to as edutainment. Then there are games that teach you something without specifically trying to. I think games like Assassin’s Creed fall into that category. Never Alone, from developer Upper One Games falls into the previous category, but it’s designed with an older player in mind.

The developer set out to design a game specifically to tell people about their heritage. They are members of the Inupiat people of Alaska. The game tells the story of a young girl named Nuna who sets out to save her village from a never ending blizzard. Along the way she receives aid from a small arctic fox who turns out to be a little more than a fox. The two journey through the frozen tundra in search of the source of the blizzard.

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