Posts Tagged ‘review’

Wot I Think: Alwa’s Awakening

There are a lot of retro platformers about just now. And most of them are pretty rubbish, echoing games they remember without really understanding them, or fixating on some deluded belief that it was great in the 80s when they were near-impossible to play (Chuckie Egg 2, anyone?), and that pixel-perfect jumps and ludicrous insta-kills with no saves are a sepia-toned nostalgic cuddle we can only wish to embrace once again. No. They were terrible games, stop emulating them.

Meanwhile, 8-bit NES-a-like Alwa’s Awakening [official site] by Elden Pixels is bloody brilliant. Read the rest of this entry »

RPS discusses… the gruesome glories and nonsensical excesses of Resident Evil 7

Alec: Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Resident Evil 7 Biohazard [official site] is a new first person horror/action game that definitely has nothing whatsoever to do with anything else called Resident Evil, no siree. Definitely just some creepy people in a house. That’s all.

We’ve both played it now, Adam. Shall we throw all caution to the wind and go FULL SPOILERS as we discuss what works, what doesn’t and how it does or does not tie into the rest of this stalwart survival horror series?
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Wot I Think: Tales of Berseria

I’m sitting with some friendly seaside townsfolk debating the merits of placing chocolate jelly in every toilet in the Holy Midgand Empire. The Great Choconito Gambit, one of them calls it to much amusement, insisting he was going to get rich from the scheme. We all laughed.

Cut forward half an hour and I’m deep in an ancient temple watching a starving daemon child, half-boy, half-tree, eat his mother alive as my party looks on, helpless. And so it goes in Tales of Berseria [official site]: one minute you’re enjoying the idle chatter of your rag-tag RPG party, the next you’re thrown back into a twisted tale of death, revenge, and dragon gods. This is Tales’ attempt to shed its label as a solid but predictable series – and for the most part, it succeeds.

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Oh my goodness, I completely love Raft

Browsing Itch.io the other day, as is my wont, I couldn’t help but be reminded about Raft [Itch.io site]. Brendan previously spotted it, and I forgot to grab it then. Proving rather popular on the platform since its launch in December, the shots immediately reminded me of my old love, Salt. But this is even more specific than that stripped down of survival sims. This is stripped to a single raft, endlessly bobbing through the sea. And I’ve loved it! Read the rest of this entry »

The RPG Scrollbars: Richard Garriott’s autobiography

Explore/Create isn’t your average autobiography. Certainly, not your average developer one. There aren’t many that jump from 1980s corporate wranglings to literally being in space, nor which start not with the subject in the middle of a D&D game, but about to be crushed by the actual, literal Titanic. But that’s Richard Garriott for you – a man who has always stood for what I personally believe is the finest goal in life. To earn vast amounts of money doing what you love… and then use it to buy a castle.

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Hitman Season One: RPS discusses favourite levels and what we want from season two

Graham: It took me till this past week to finally play Hitman [official site], 2016’s rejuvenated dress-up sim/infiltration sim/lets-face-it-murder-sim. I’ve had a grand time with it for many different reasons (eg. the dress-up, the infiltration, the murders…), and I wanted to gather people together to pick over its pleasures in greater detail. So, Alec and Brendan, I ask you: what’s your favourite murder?

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Wot I Think: A House Of Many Doors

A House of Many Doors

A House of Many Doors [official site] is developer Harry Tuffs’ expansive story-weaving game where you roam a mysterious parasite dimension creating memories and pursuing stories. It’s a curious, beautiful thing which I both loved and grew frustrated by as I scuttled from room to room. Here’s Wot I Think: Read the rest of this entry »