Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Frozen Cortex, Hand of Fate, Bayonetta 2, Portal 2 Co-op

Frozen Cortex (Steam)
  • From the developers of Frozen Synapse comes a robotic football simulator.
  • If you've never played Frozen Synapse it's a turn based combat game where each person or AI plans their moves then they get executed simultaneously. It's a great strategy game but it had some quirks and the learning curve was quite high so I never got that into it. 
  • Their new game has the same mechanics, but it's in the context of a football game which makes it much more accessible.
  • The teams are made up of 5 robots and the field is randomized with 2 types of obstacles, neither can be jumped over, but one allows passes to go through it. 
  • There are 2 ways to score, either by getting a touchdown or by touching special designated spots on the field while you have the ball. 
  • Each game has 12 rounds and each round ends when an "event" happens, so far every game I've played is around 5-15 minutes. 
  • The game is meant to be played multiplayer but it does have 2 single player modes.  The AI is really tough, I've played around 10 matches and have only won twice.
  • I really like these types of strategy games where both parties plan and move at the same time, it really rewards you when you can think outside the box and not continue to try the same strategy over and over.
Hand of Fate(Steam)
  • A card collecting rouge-like with batman style combat.
  • This game has many systems and they all work well together to create a unique gaming experience.
  • You mainly play sitting across from the magical Dealer who guides you through the story where you earn cards that have weapons, skills, events, and other items, all in an effort to defeat 13 bosses. 
  • The dealer lays out cards face down in a random path and you choose the path to take and each card you turn up has an event related to it.  Sometimes it's a shop, or a chest that you open, or an encounter with an enemy.
  • When you come to events like opening a chest it presents you with 5 cards face up with success or failure on them then it turns them over and shuffles them around like they do on the street and then you pick your fate.
  • When you encounter enemies the screen changes and you are placed in a combat arena where your enemeis are decided by the cards in the dealers hands so it's always random. 
  • The combat feels like the Batman games although not as tight but it still feels good.  The maps have obstacles in them so it's always a challenge.
  • The game has some permadeath, if you die during your path you have to start that path over, but once you've made you way past the boss level that progress is saved.
  • I've really enjoyed the game and it's something unique.  It's kind of like an action choose your own adventure type game. 
  • The dealer is narrated very well, I think it's the same voice that narrated Fable 2. 
  • I've beaten 3 bosses so far and sometimes they do come back into the regular combat.  I've died about 4 times so the game can be tough but it's all random so it depends on which paths you take and what cards are drawn.
  • I like collectible card games and since this is a single player game the randomness is perfect.
  • Definitely recommend this game.

Bayonetta 2(WIiU)
  • Finished the game on Sunday and I have to say it was awesome all the way through.
  • There is a ton of replay value as I didn't come close to gaining a platinum on most levels and there are still a ton of unlockables that I want to get.  Some of the costumes look amazing.
  • Once again if you have a WiiU this game needs to be in your collection.
Portal 2 Co-op(Steam)
  • Portal 2 is one of my favorite games and I finally finished the co-op game with Angeline and it was just as good as the single player.  I tried to play with Mitch about 2 years ago, but never could find the time.  
  • There were about 40 co-op levels and they used most of the same gadgets with a couple of exceptions.
  • You play as two different robots with GLADOS guiding you throughout and she is the best narrator in any game. 
  • We got stuck a couple of times but I only think we looked at a FAQ maybe once or twice.
  • There are community levels that I would like to try but without GLADOS it won't be the same. 

New Releases - Not a huge release week.  Homeworld Remaster is out which is supposed to be really good.  Resident Evil Revelations 2 is also out and it's in episodic form which will release content for the next 6 weeks which is a bit strange so we'll see how that works.


Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 1 (download - $25)
Homeworld Remastered Collection (download - $35)
DragonBall Xenoverse (download - $50)
There Came An Echo (download)
Republique Remastered (download)
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (download - $20)
The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match (download - $15)
Trast TV (download)
Block Legend DX (download)
Cold Contract (download)
Oscura: Lost Light (download)
Isbarah (download)
A Good Snowman is Hard to Build (download)
A Druid's Duel (download)
Night Mysteries: The Amphora Prisoner (download)
Time Mysteries: Inheritance - Remastered (download)
Pahelika: Revelations HD (download)
Heckabomb (download)
Oblitus (download)
Blackhole (download)
The Dark Stone from Mebara (download)

PlayStation 4

Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 1 (download - $25)
DragonBall Xenoverse
Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires
Rugby 15
Starwhal: Just the Tip (download)

Xbox One

Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 1 (download - $25)
DragonBall Xenoverse
Pneuma: Breath of Life (download)

Xbox 360

Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 1 (download - $25)
DragonBall Xenoverse

PlayStation 3

Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 1 (download - $25)
DragonBall Xenoverse
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late
Rugby 15
Starwhal: Just the Tip (download)


NiQ: The Firefly Diary
Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart

Nintendo 3DS

IronFall Invasion (download)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dying Light, New 3DS, Luigi's Mansion, Walking Dead Season 2

Sorry for the long delay between blogs I had 2 weeks off for vacation and mainly stayed in my man cave so I have a ton of new games to talk about.  I went into my vacation thinking that I would clear up a ton of my Steam backlog but Dying Light came out and I spent most of my time with that one game. 

Dying Light
  • I really liked Dead Island and this game is superior in every way.
  • The best part of the game is the parkour, they really made it intuitive to move around the city and the climbing feels so much better than any game I've played and it's tons better than any Assassin's creed game and it's in first person. 
  • The combat is  satisfying and you are constantly earning upgrades that allow you to tackle enemies in new ways.  The drop kick move is awesome. 
  • There is a day/night cycle that changes how you play the game.  During the day you can wander around and unless you get surrounded by a mob of zombies you "should" be ok, but once night comes then you must be wary as there are special zombies that can chase and kill you pretty quickly so the game changes into a stealth/run away game. 
  • There is 4 player co-op and I played with Robby last night and had a great time.  It will pop up a challange randomly so that you can compete with one another on racing to air drops or who can kill the most zombies. 
  • I highly recommend this game it's the most fun I've had since Mordor.

New 3DS
  • I am a huge fan of 3D movies and gaming but I always had to turn down the 3D effect on my 3DS because it would lose focus too often, they finally fixed the issue.
  • They use the front camera to track your eyes so that if you move your head or the console a bit you don't lose the 3D effect and it works much better than before.
  • I'm able to max out the 3D in every game and it really does add to the experience even on the small screen.
  • It has some other changes as well like a faster cpu so games do load quicker and the nub control which I haven't tried yet. 
  • The strange thing is that it doesn't come with a charger so you have to buy that separate or use your existing 3DS.  Very strange or very cheap.  At $200 that should be included.
  • They only released the XL version in the US which is also strange but I liked the bigger size anyway.
  • I'm still going to buy a hand grip as my hands to get a bit cramped after extended play.
  • Luigi's Mansion (3DS)
  • Nintendo makes some spectacular games and this one is awesome. 
  • The game is Nintendo's version of Ghostbusters and it has a ton of charm.
  • Luigi fits the title role perfectly and I still chuckle every time he answers the phone.
  • Each stage has unique ideas and each one is fun to experiment with. 
  • If you have a 3Ds then you must get this game. 
Walking Dead Season 2
  • I really liked the first season and although the second season wasn't as good it still was a great experience. 
  • I thought they did a good job of creating some interesting choices that at some points had me stopping to think for awhile. 
  • There were also a couple of scenes that were really tough to watch.
New Releases from last week - A new console is being released this week, The New 3DS.  I'll be picking it up because I want the better 3D experience. 


Evolve (download - $60)
Plazma Being (download)
HIT (download - free-to-play)
Reverse Side (download)
Samudai (download)
Tasty Blue (download)
Cubicity (download)
Musclecar Online (download)
Harold (download)
Cults and Daggers (download)
Barbarian Brawl (download)
On A Roll 3D (download)
Siege of Turtle Enclave (download)
Abomination Tower (download)
A.V. (download)
Lucius II (download)
War of the Human Tanks - AlTeR (download)

PlayStation 4

Minutes (download)
Super Stardust Ultra (download)

Xbox One

The Escapists (download)

PlayStation 3

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (download)
Hyper Void (download)

Wii U

Breath of Fire (download - Wii U Virtual Console)

Minutes (download)
AeternoBlade (download)
Jungle Rumble (download)

Nintendo 3DS

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+
3D Fantasy Zone (download)