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)

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