PS5 Review: 41 Hours

November 1, 2022 by · Comments Off on PS5 Review: 41 Hours 

Should you give this PC port a chance?

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PS5/PS4 Review: God Damn The Garden

November 1, 2022 by · Comments Off on PS5/PS4 Review: God Damn The Garden 

Is this retro-style FPS worthy?

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Nintendo Switch Review: Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

November 1, 2022 by · Comments Off on Nintendo Switch Review: Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope 

Does this sequel deserve a spark of hope?

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News: FPS Bones of Halloween Out Tomorrow

October 27, 2022 by · Comments Off on News: FPS Bones of Halloween Out Tomorrow 

Bloodbath Frenzy first person shooter ‘Bones of Halloween’ hits the headlines 

Leon, Spain — Ratalaika Games and Petite Games are proud to announce that Bones of Halloween will be released onto Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5 consoles on October 28th 2022 for a price of just $5/€5!

Bang Bang – You’re Dead!

Bones of Halloween is a small but spooky first person shooter full of thrills and chills, just in time for your favourite holiday! You awaken in a dark forest near a castle, and quickly realize that you’re being hunted by grotesque pumpkin skeletons risen from the grave, and they’re after more than just your candy. Shoot down as many enemies as you can while you are still alive! You’ll have to deal with a myriad of monster attacks including arrows, lasers, fire, and explosions. Choose from multiple gameplay modes and difficulty settings, and gain access to powerful weapons. Fortune cards will have either good or bad effects on your fate.

Features:

– Halloween-themed first person shooter – Grotesque Halloween monsters – Multiple game modes, difficulty settings, and weapons

How long can you survive the terror?

Xbox Series X/S Review: Trifox

October 27, 2022 by · Comments Off on Xbox Series X/S Review: Trifox 

Should you try and save Trifox’s TV Remote?

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News: Gioteck Unveil New PS5/Xbox Charging Stands

October 27, 2022 by · Comments Off on News: Gioteck Unveil New PS5/Xbox Charging Stands 

Chargers with swappable face plates incoming…

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PS5 Review: Alfred Hitchcock: Vertigo

October 26, 2022 by · Comments Off on PS5 Review: Alfred Hitchcock: Vertigo 

No Bono in sight, but is this Hitchcock inspired story worth a look?

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PS5/PS4 Review: Casual Challenge Players’ Club

October 6, 2022 by · Comments Off on PS5/PS4 Review: Casual Challenge Players’ Club 

Should this game have been black balled?

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PS5 Review: Potion Permit

October 6, 2022 by · Comments Off on PS5 Review: Potion Permit 

Hey witch doctor, give us the magic words, yay or nay?

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PS4 Review: Sam and Max: Save the World Remastered/Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space Remastered

October 5, 2022 by · Comments Off on PS4 Review: Sam and Max: Save the World Remastered/Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space Remastered 

Holy jumping weasel fritters on a hot cross bun! Sam and Max are back on PlayStation!

I reviewed these games for the Xbox One when they released last year, links below:

http://www.vg-reloaded.com/xbox-one-review-sam-and-max-save-the-world-remastered/

http://www.vg-reloaded.com/xbox-one-review-sam-and-max-beyond-time-and-space-remastered/

This is the first time that Season One/Save the World has hit PlayStation. The second season/Beyond Time and Space released as 5 individual games that weren’t the greatest port, especially compared to the Xbox 360 version at the time. Still, PS3 won by nabbing The Devil’s Playhouse which is considered by most to be the best of the bunch and hopefully we’ll be getting that remastered next, pretty please Skunkape?

The PS4 versions of the games are identical to the Xbox One versions that came out last year, which is no bad thing. It made the controls more user-friendly, added quality of life improvements and most of all, had a fully functional framerate. This is a blessing when compared to what BTAS handled like on PS3…I should know, I managed to nab every trophy in them through gritted teeth recently and it wasn’t pretty.

The PlayStation Store has the games sold individually for £15.99 or £24.99 as a bundle, the latter is naturally the best deal and I’d highly recommend it if you haven’t picked up a version of the remasters yet, plus each game has a lovely shiny Platinum trophy for you. The games should take you a few hours each to get through and it still retains the classic point-and-click feel that the series originated from.

The Verdict

Sam and Max: Save the World Remastered/Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space Remastered are both superb games that now can finally be played on PS4 or PS5 and at a very reasonable price to boot. Jumping elephant fleas, are you still here? Go out and buy them now!

Score: 9.0

PS5 Review: Soulstice

October 5, 2022 by · Comments Off on PS5 Review: Soulstice 

More than just Devil May Soulstice?

The balance of the Holy Kingdom of Keidas is compromised when powerful, feral creatures known as “Wraiths” invade from the other side of the Veil, threatening to consume the living. The “Chimeras”, hybrid warriors born of the union of two souls, are the only ones who can protect humankind. Briar and Lute are two sisters who have been reborn as a Chimera. The transformation has granted Briar superhuman strength and resilience, while Lute, who was sacrificed in order to bind her soul to her sister’s, has become a ghost with mystical powers. Voiced by Stefanie Joosten (Metal Gear Solid 5), Briar and Lute are sent on a mission to reclaim a city in ruins that has been ravaged by the Wraiths, only to discover that the Order they belong to has a far more complex plan in mind. Explore a dark world brimming with hidden mysteries, master a diverse combat system, and inhabit the dual forces of two sisters in a coming-of-age fantasy story with fast-paced action, vicious enemies and breathtaking boss fights.

At a first glance, you’ll see a lot of comparisons to hack-n-slash games like Devil May Cry when you start playing Soulstice. It clearly takes a lot of inspiration from them and even has camera angles that are reminiscent of the original games. The combat is fast paced and fluid, while even giving you assists to let your ghost sister help out without you needing to press anything, but it can in turn ruin your flow so working out what works for you in terms of control during combat will need to be tested to find the right balance.

The story itself does well enough to push you forward to the end, even if it is on the generic side overall. Exploration between battles breaks up the action but does so well overall, though the camera feels like its working against you in this and especially in combat itself. I guess ultimately by trying to recapture the old-school feel of a game like Devil May Cry, they’ve also recaptured what was dated by today’s standards as a result. It’s a shame because there is a good game here, but ultimately it can feel very frustrating to play at times. Puzzles are also forgettable, and the general pacing is a bit over the place.

In terms of visuals though, Soulstice does stand out quite well and has 3 different modes for you to select whether you want 4K or 60 FPS or a balance between both. I tried each and found that the 60 FPS was definitely the best overall. The balanced option’s framerate did drop during combat, which isn’t ideal when you require maximum concentration. The character models are nicely designed, and the environments are all well detailed. The voice-acting from Stefanie Joosten is also well done and believable overall. The soundtrack is also impressive with some great tracks to fit the atmosphere of the game.

The Verdict

Soulstice may not add anything new to the mix, but it is a nice love letter to old-school Devil May Cry, warts and all. If you can overcome its camera and pacing issues, you’ll find a highly enjoyable action game.

Score: 7.0

Nintendo Switch Review: Splatoon 3

September 22, 2022 by · Comments Off on Nintendo Switch Review: Splatoon 3 

Should you ink up for the next Splatoon?

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PS4 Review: The Gallery

September 22, 2022 by · Comments Off on PS4 Review: The Gallery 

Can you survive The Gallery?

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PS5 Review: Biomutant

September 22, 2022 by · Comments Off on PS5 Review: Biomutant 

Should you dive into the upgraded version of Kung-Fu Raccoon?

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PS5 Review: Catmaze

September 21, 2022 by · Comments Off on PS5 Review: Catmaze 

More than just Meow-troidvania?

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