Alchemy has always seemed like one of those concepts that transfers into the world of RPGs perfectly. Gathering resources and turning them into equipment, medicine and other useful items is a perfect fit for both the gameplay and fantastical settings of these games. The Atelier series has been around for quite a while proving this concept with some fun and creative JRPGs. I personally hadn’t played any of the previous entries in the series before, but as a player who has partaken in many through the years, I was excited to give this series a try. Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey certainly has a lot going on, with several very interesting qualities I haven’t seen elsewhere, but isn’t particularly friendly to new players.
Turning any kind of licensed series into a video game always seems like a veritable minefield of expectations from both fans and license holders. Landing that perfect balance isn’t impossible, but it’s usually the exception and not the rule. Since it first hit my radar, Attack on Titan has always seemed like it would be a perfect fit for the translation into a video game. The Omnidirectional Gear of the the show looked like a ton of fun to blast around a world and slice the napes of some giant’s necks. There have been some unsuccessful attempts prior to Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan game, but finally the series has been done justice and there is a fun game set in the universe of the acclaimed anime series.
Never in my life have I been more concerned with the latency on my wireless keyboard since I started playing SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell. Taking first-person puzzle solving and ramping up the speed to the max, this speedrunning game immediately drew me in with its sense of humor and fun design. Spanning around one hundred levels, the game gets progressively harder as you descend deeper into its depths. Come on a journey to hell with me and help me figure out if the insane toughness of those later levels crushes the game’s pacing or simply changes its nature.
Come join me for the opening levels of this fast, frantic, funny and speed running game where you need to find portals and beers. I’m loving the rocking soundtrack and very random humor so far! Check it out and let me know what you think!
Audio logs can be a great way to fit some extra narrative content into any video game, but it seems like the use of this mechanism has been in decline lately. This is a problem that République has aimed to solve and then some. Introducing an intriguing narrative and filling the story with some truly interesting characters, République takes a unique spin on stealth and adventure games. Delivering one of the biggest gut-punching moments in recent gaming memory, this is one episodic stealth game you’ll want to check out.
Puzzle enthusiasts have recently been treated to a plethora of real life escape rooms meant to test their problem-solving prowess. Video games have been exploring this concept for a while, but the timeliness of the release of the first-person exploration game The Guest has put a spotlight on how well-executed games can be almost as good as the real thing. Successfully towing the line with the difficulty of its puzzles, The Guest is a solid first-person experience with a slightly bizarre story.
Not only a mouthful, Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball is an amazing Early-Access multiplayer experience. I have not, in a long time, gotten that sucked into playing match after match of any competitive multiplayer game. With fist-pumping music, diverse match types and psychedelic visuals, this is one of the most promising games to enter the Early Access program.
When the Xbox 360 launched back in 2005, they introduced a feature that would forever change gaming: Achievements. Since then, there have been strong and varying opinions on the implications of this feature. Some companies have gone on to copy the feature, while others have purposely avoided implementing something like it. Valve’s Steam service, while it has an achievement system of its own, has recently implemented a brand new feature that some are saying is the future of gaming achievements. With Trading Cards entering the fray, I wanted to take a second and look at the pros and cons of each strategy that has been tried thus far.
This year the premiere fantasy trading card game, I’m of course talking about Magic: The Gathering, invites you to “ignite your spark” with the latest version of their digital game Magic: The Gathering — Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014. The game features a slew of new features and improvements over previous entries and an even more exciting story to follow. With new modes, cards and platforms to play on, this is one you’re not going to want to miss.
Surviving the zombie apocalypse seems to be something that is on a lot of people’s minds. Even in video games, it seems like there are quite a few titles that mainly focus on staying alive after the undead take over the Earth. Most of the time, the focus of this is making sure you’ve got the wares to be able to protect yourself from the masses of ghouls. While this is certainly important, there is one part that I feel is often overlooked: your basic survival needs. This is a fact that How to Survive takes into account to provide you with a more immersive zombie survival experience.