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The Outer Worlds
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The Sinking City
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Watch Dogs 2
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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
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Xcom 2 Collection
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Divinity: Original Sin II
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Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition
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Dying Light 2
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
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Undoubtedly, Call of Duty is the most anticipated video game franchise offering you traditional FPS experience. The series introduces its sixteenth installment, serving as a reboot version of the Modern Warfare’s Sub-series released in 2019 for PC, Xbox, and PS4. This time, the game takes you to a realistic and modern environment, where you are introduced to a campaign revolving around a CIA agent and British-based SAS Forces as they join rebels from Urzikstan, a fictional country, to battle against Russian forces who are threatening the territory. Special ops mode of the game comes with co-op play missions that follow up the story of the campaign. You can experience the multiplayer mode on cross-platform, and the cross-platform progression system was introduced the first tie in the history of the series.

Revised Graphics and the Introduction of New Features
COD: MW features revised graphics that make you feel playing the traditional Call of Duty games, but the addition of new features and tactical gameplay aspects take you to a new journey. The game brings new modes, such as Realism Mode, that is responsible for the elimination of HUD as well as the Ground War mode that allows up to 64 players simultaneously. The ray-tracing feature is introduced to offer you better, realistic graphics. In the campaign, it seems the game took influence from real-life battles, including the Syrian Civil War and terrorist incidents happened in London. For multiplayer mode, the game removed loot boxes and scrapped the traditional season pass of the long-running franchise. That’s the main reason the game is offering you free post-launch content in the shape of seasons.

Multiplayer/Warzone
The game features several playable multiplayer modes, and each one will let you experience unique gameplay with a set of missions to complete. The Warzone mode reveals the starting operations that happened in Verdansk, where a military force starts to deploy agents on different missions against opposing forces, known as Al-Qatala. The mode revolves around two playable factions, such as Coalition and Allegiance that comes into battle when they try to chase out to reveal a chemical shipment is going to deliver in Urzikstan. Next to that, the opposing forces “Al-Qatala” start to fulfill their unholy plans by making chemical attacks all over Verdansk, forcing two powerful factions to battle against each other for their survival as dangerous gas starts to surround the city. Amidst the critical conditions, Coalition operator “Ghost” and SAS soldier request the character named Price to send reinforcements to help them.

Introduction of Battle Royale Mode
The craze of battle royale genre is increasing day by day as every anticipated game isn’t going to introduce Battle Royale mode in its series. The same thing had done in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which introduces a battle royale mode, known as Call of Duty Warzone, pitting up to 150 players against each other either in the form of a squad of four players, three, or solo. Unlike PUBG and Fortnite, Call of Duty throws up to 150 players onto an island where they must scavenge for weapons and start the battle against each other to be the last standing person to win. Although Call of Duty isn’t a pure battle royale game, he tried its best and did an excellent job as the battle royale mode was also introduced in previous games with title The Blackout.

Introduction of Plunder Mode
The game features two new playable modes, such as Battle Royale and Plunder Mode. Battle Royale mode is described above, and similar to it, the Plunder mode starts with you as the main playable character and your teammates struggling to make infiltrator into the given large map. The mode doesn’t feature any shrinking zone like other Battle Royale games, and it’s on BR mode, allowing you to navigate the world your way freely. Upon dying, you won’t be permanently eliminated from the match as you redeploy after a specific time. If we talk about objectives, which is quite simple and force you to collect the most cash than other teams to win. The game introduces a board under your health bar to display the amount of cash you collected during the game.

The Verdict
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare brings ray tracking technology to PC, the best thing mostly players await for. Upon playing the game, you will discover the most mechanics formula is the same as the previous titles, and it seems the game rewrites the history in lots of places; however, the game is changed in format and tone, and lots of multiplayer modes are there.
Resident Evil 3
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Resident Evil 3 is a survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. It was released on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 3, 2020, and serves as the remake of original Resident Evil 3: Nemesis that released for Playstation in 1999. It follows the same story of Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira attempting to survive & escape the Raccoon city after the zombie apocalypse while being hunted by the intelligent Bioweapon Nemesis.

Gameplay:
The story of RE3 takes place 24 hours before Leon and Claire arrive in Raccoon City in Resident Evil 2. Unlike RE2, where you could choose to play as Claire or Leon with their different stories & endings, RE3 has only one walkthrough as Jill Valentine (except midgame you get to play as Carlos!). The game begins with a small live-footage giving you a summary of the T-virus pandemic and how the Umbrella Corporation is creating the Nemesis, A Bioweapon to kill Jill who is the last surviving S.T.A.R.S member in the raccoon city. In the very beginning, the player temporarily controls Jill in a first-person perspective in a nightmare, and then in her apartment, where right off the bat Nemesis breaks in and tries to hunt you down. You end up getting saved by Carlos, who takes Jill to the subway station where you meet other members of U.B.C.S trying to save as many survivors as they can and getting them out of the city, sadly the power went off. Their Captian asks for your help, and you accept the mission and take off to restore the power, that’s where your real ‘adventure’ starts.
Just like RE2, the player have to explore, outsmart & defeat enemies in the game. Ammo, first aid & hip pouches are scattered all around the city along with gunpowder & chemicals which can be used to craft handgun/shotgun ammo and explosive/flame rounds. The game is more action-heavy now, so it stashes you with ample of ammo and healing items, so you don’t necessarily have to micromanage anything. RE3 remains remarkably light on its horror elements too like puzzles, jumpscares or hidden zombies in the dark, etc are not as common as before. So to keep the pressure and tension on point, it uses Hunters, pale head zombies & mainly Nemesis to maintain that fear throughout the game. Nemesis chases you around right after you restore the power and spawns anytime in places unexpected or directly in front of you. Although Tyrant in RE2 was easy to fool and you could track him easily, Nemesis is very unambiguous and is always one step ahead of you. But a lot of your run-ins with Nemesis that start with cutscenes always end up in the form of boss battles which leaves you dissatisfied.
Later in the endgame, Umbrella decides to nuke the city to contain the infection but offers Jill a chance if she can manage to synthesize a vaccine/cure. So the story unfolds with only one true ending, and besides the gameplay, you’ll witness events that provide additional backstory to stuff you saw in the previous game and thus linking them together. E.g. revisiting the R.P.D police station as Carlos.

What’s Different?
Unlike the original RE3 which had fixed camera angles and tank controls, the game now is locked in Third-person shooter perspective with an Enormous graphics overhaul similar to RE2 remake. Carlos now has messy hair and unshaven beard & Jill wears pants rather than the classic miniskirt costume (this can be customized however (wink, wink). Unfortunately, some of the most remarkable locations from the original game have been cut from the remake like The Clock tower, The RC Park and Dead Factory leaving Resident evil fans hanging over revisiting these places & ruining their nostalgia.

Combat:
The Combat hasn’t changed much since RE2. The player can use a variety of firearms ranging from handguns to a rocket launcher to defeat the enemies. Regular Zombies are still clumsy, they trip over each other along with its waggish ragdoll physics, but they hardly react to shots and popping them isn’t as satisfying. There are fewer gun upgrades, but the pace of the gameplay doesn’t make you particularly desire for them.

Graphics:
Compared to the older game, there has been a massive improvement in graphics. The game looks visually stunning as you’d expect from the Capcom’s new RE Engine. It’s now equipped with modern & realistic character models, new redesign of Nemesis and much more. A lot of assets and textures are reused from RE2 remake, but the game still looks fresh and feels fantastic. Streets of Raccoon city look beautiful with all its neon lighting to give a cyberpunkish vibe. Claustrophobic corridors, dark alleyways, well-designed blood splashes and splatters add up to its immersive atmosphere. The environments aren’t particularly creepy, but with its fast-paced gameplay, they aren’t meant to be.

Verdict:
Part of the reason why the RE2 remake was so successful was its replayability, multiple endings, proper use of horror elements, slow pace, jumpscares and puzzles that made the gameplay rewarding. RE3 seems to lack a bit of all of them because it became a fast-paced blastin’ action shooter game with a story that feels too linear and features only one ending. Resident Evil 3 remake is not a bad game in itself; instead, it feels immensely rushed with little replayability. If you don’t mind that, it is an excellent Resident Evil experience with its immersive atmosphere, action-packed gameplay and the nerve-racking Nemesis as a villain that’s one of a kind. If you haven’t played RE2 remake, I surely recommend to try it out!
Half-Life: Alyx VR
90
Half-Life Alyx is a 2020 VR first-person shooter developed and published by Valve. It was released for Microsoft Windows on March 23, 2020, supporting all SteamVR-compatible headsets like Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, and all Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

Gameplay:
While all the Half-life fans have been anticipating for Half-Life 3 release for over 13 years now, Valve & Gabe Newell didn't wholly disappoint them with Half-life Alyx with the series' return in a knockout VR (Virtual Reality) experience. The game comes free if you purchased Valve's own VR hardware line - Valve Index.
The tale of HLA follows the footsteps of Alyx five years before the events of Half-life 2 in which Gordon freeman wakes up from his mysterious stasis to find Earth colonized by aliens called the Combine. Alyx, the protagonist, daughter of Eli Vance, is stuck performing surveillance and recon for the anti-Combine resistance in City 17. The city is the same washed-out and decaying Eastern European metropolis as you visit in Half-life 2. It is immediately engaging to be back in City 17 again because it offers the unparalleled impression of VR. The initial moments are breathtaking & leave you dumb folded watching the scenery, striders pass by, and the city scanner is blinding you with the camera flash. The attention to details is far more incredible right-on as you can grab, hold, throw, interact with any sort of objects, using Alyx's virtual fingers and your controller. You can even pick up a marker to scrawl something on the dirty windowpane, and then use an eraser to wipe it off! And seeing Combine soldiers and Zombies in life-size is a different experience altogether.
Later on, both Eli and Alyx are captured, but a fellow Resistance member Russell manages to rescue Alyx, warning her that the Combine will transport Eli to Nova Prospekt for interrogation. After that, Alyx ventures into the Quarantine Zone outside City 17 to save his father with gravity gloves (similar to the gravity gun) to aid her mission. These gloves can manipulate gravity and help her to move objects on a flick of your wrists and grab them mid-air alongside with a remote device to hack into electrical systems and a handgun for starters. While exploring, you'll come across various enemies, including Barnacles, Manhacks, Headcrabs, zombies, Combine soldiers, and many others. Each enemy can be killed using your three weapons - Handgun, Shotgun, and SMG, there are also grenades. The game also features upgrades like Reflex/Laser sights, extended mag, Burst fire, etc. by finding a resource item called 'Resin,' which can be used at upgrade stations. Healing items include small injection doses that can restore half a health while finding an alien grub in a glass cylinder can be used on wall-mounted health stations to restore it fully.

Combat:
Gun battles are particularly simple in HLA. You have to physically mimic to reload your handgun, shotgun & SMG realistically like IRL. Against Zombies and Headcrabs, its often just aim and shoot, but when facing the Combine, you'll need to take some cover and manage your bullets sharply as each one takes at least 9-10 shots before dying. It's satisfying & enjoyable for a while but sometimes gets too repetitive as enemies aren't as aggressive as other HL games. Headcrabs are slow and predictable and rarely hit you accurately, while you fire at Combines, they stand idly taking damage, do not take any cover, or run away from grenades. Also, there is no melee combat in the game, which is ironic to the HL franchise since you carried around a crowbar as Gordon at all times.

Graphics:
The game runs excellently smooth, provided you meet the recommended specifications for the game. The game runs best on the Valve Index as it is particularly optimized for the same. As for In-game graphics, they are surreal with breathtaking detailing and contrasting from cramped spaces, broken apartments, with alien goo covered floor & walls and excellent lightning effects. The game also packed with many easter eggs (if you manage to find them!)

Conclusion:
Overall, If Valve reimagines the Half-life's Future in VR, then they will disappoint many PC gamers who loved the original First-person Half-life experience. While not getting our hopes high for Half-life 3, I must say Alyx serves as the perfect mediator between HL1 & 2. HLA isn't getting any non-VR mod officially so if you have the suitable hardware, this is a must-buy for VR enthusiasts and the best 13+ hours of gameplay you'll relive in Half-life universe. I can't recommend it enough!
Ori and the Will of the Wisps (PC / Xbox ONE)
100
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a platformer Metroidvania game developed by Moon Studios and published by Xbox Game Studios. The game was first announced in E3 2017 and served as the direct sequel to the 2015 title Ori and the Blind Forest. It finally released on March 11, 2020, for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One and has very positive reviews on Steam.

Gameplay:
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the perfect blend of classic Metroidvania games and concise puzzle platforming mechanics. The game picks up almost immediately where the Blind Forest left off. It opens with the birth of Ku, the last offspring of angry-owl boss Kuru. Ku grows and flourishes under the loving care and affection of the white forest spirit Ori and his family. When Ku comes of age, his time to fly is hindered by a damaged wing. Ori patches the weak limb with Kuro’s feather, and the pair take off into an inspiring flight sequence. They follow a group of birds across the ocean into a new land, directly into a mighty thunderstorm, the fury of which separates the pair, plummeting them to the ground in different directions. Lost and alone, Ori searches for Ku bringing the saddest of sequences enough to make a grown man cry.
Compared to Blind Forest, the world is vast, the list of abilities and items Ori can collect is bigger; in addition there is more speaking characters, hence the emotional moments are even deeper. This new world of Nibel becomes your playground to find your owl friend, which looks hand-painted, colourful and chaotic all at the same time. Every inch of the map is designed to test your powers. If a spot seems unreachable, then Ori probably hasn’t acquired the power to get there yet. Ori’s movement controls are remarkable, double jumps along with complex combos of dashing, leaping, vaulting, burrowing & grappling feels as quite natural. These abilities can be used to uncover secret challenges, sidequests and additional power-ups. Just the movement and exploring is gratifying enough that uncovering hidden secrets are just as compelling as following the narrative.
While Blind Forest was a more lonely and contemplative sort of adventure, Wisps’ world is inhabited by chatty creatures eager to aid Ori’s quest or unknowingly sidetrack you from the search. Moki are adorable cat-monkeys; Tokk hangs in the hub world, selling special attack abilities in exchange for shards; Grom is a dwarf who collects ore and adds new decorations to the area. A mysterious wizard in a cave that sells and upgrades spirit shards and unique items that can influence the game, making Ori more powerful. The game also features ancient animals who serve as Ori’s guides, but sometimes obstacles, on their journey. These massive, and dazzling beasts make Ori feel very small, which in turn makes gameplay even more impressive with their exquisite art style.

What’s new?
Unlike its predecessor, the game now relies on autosaving rather than manually saves in the form of soul links. The older upgrade system is replaced by the shard system that allows players to upgrade Ori in various ways and can be equipped and changed on the fly.

Combat
The game features combat shrines, specialised areas that challenge players with waves of enemies, that reward Ori with new slots for power-enhancing shards. Although the combat has been enhanced, Ori is still a series that’s more about exploring than battling, so skipping optional battles can be considered based on your taste.

Conclusion:
Though the game has massive technical woes when it initially launched, the day-one patch solved almost all of it, and the game no longer hangs, or frame drops and all bugs and glitches will undoubtedly be squished in near-future. Nevertheless, the game is worth playing till the end with its bittersweet moments and its gorgeous art style. I extremely recommend it for every platformer puzzler fan ever!
Pathfinder: Kingmaker Explorer Edition
90
Pathfinder: Kingmaker Enhanced Edition
There are multiple game companies which are producing exceptional games every year. Sometimes, it would become confusing for a gamer to select any one of the newly released games. It is not necessary to choose a freshly released game. Most of the time, old games can also enhance your gaming experience. Similarly, today, we are going to provide you a review of one of the best games of 2018. Well, this game also has an excellent rating on multiple gaming platforms, including steam.
There are multiple editions of the Pathfinder: Kingmaker, but our target is its Enhanced Edition. Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a role-playing game developed by a renowned Russian Studio Owlcat Game. No doubt, the game is rich in features and graphics.
If you’re a newbie, then don’t need to worry because this game is very easy to attempt. This game will provide you a real-time gaming experience through its in-rich content. We’ll also let you know the main difference between the enhanced and explorer edition of the Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

Character Creation
One of the most exciting features of the game is character creation. You’ll be provided various options to design your character. There is a large inventory of costumes and other items. Brand-new classes are available that will help you out in the successful creation of your character. Various superpowers are also provided for making a character physically strong. By completing the quests, you can unlock different character abilities. The abilities can also be improved by moving forward in the game’s journey.

Gameplay
The game is an inspiration of Neverwinter Nights and Baldur’s gate. You will play the role of a specific character in the game, and by following the position of that character, you have to complete multiple tasks. By moving high in the game, you’ll have to build numerous buildings and kingdoms. Character customization is a crucial element, alongside an arrangement framework where a character’s arrangement can change because of player decision.
The player starts with just one character of their creation. The game is party-based as buddies go along with them en route. These incorporate both setup Pathfinder characters and recently developed characters. The game is evaluated to last more than 80 to 140 hours.

Enhanced Edition vs Explorer Edition
While purchasing Pathfinder: Kingmaker, the majority of people get confused regarding the selection of the game edition. There are two main editions of the pathfinder: Kingmaker. The first one is an enhanced edition, and the second one is an explorer edition.
We talk about the explorer edition; it is the base edition of the pathfinder: kingmaker. A downloadable copy of the game is also available in the Explorer edition. In simple words, the explorer edition is the original version of the game. The enhanced edition is basically a free update for all of the pathfinder: kingmaker users. The enhanced edition includes multiple new features, bug fixes, and quality of life improvements.

The Verdict
In conclusion, pathfinder: kingmaker enhanced edition is one of the high rating games. The majority of the audience is satisfied with this game. According to the gamer's reviews, the enhanced version has brought a lot of changes. There were many bugs in the game, but now they are fixed due to the enhanced edition. Multiple features for creating a character are also included in it. Simply, the quality of the game is improved by the enhanced edition.
Company of Heroes 2
80
Company of Heroes 2
The gaming industry has become one of the largest industries in the world. Every year multiple games are released in the market, and it wouldn’t be wrong to state that those games earn a massive amount from gamers. A successful match comprises multiple elements including, extraordinary graphics, a good storyline, and well-designed characters.
Well, today, we are here with a review of the second part of the Company of Heroes and we are going to touch this game deeply. While discussing the details of the game, we will also let you know the rating of the Company of Heroes 2. A lot of facts about his game are going to be revealed in this article, so read it carefully to check whether this game meets your expectations or not.

Overview
Relic entertainment develops Company of Heroes 2, and a well-known company, Sega published it. It is a real-time strategy game that comes up with multiple missions, fabulous rounds, and perfectly designed characters, weapons, and other items. The game explains the tragic story of World War 2 in which thousands of people were killed, and Germany had to face a destructive moment. A great environment of war has been introduced in this game in which you have to fight along with your force to save your motherland.

Gameplay
A player has to capture the flagged points placed at the specific spots on the map to collect fuel credits and munitions. These items will be invested in assembling the units. The point can be captured only if the player’s units are inside a zone, and there mustn’t be any unit of the enemy in the same area.
You have to attack the enemy’s unit to capture the whole area, and the items present there. Units can occupy public buildings, and they can use it as their temporary area. You will get an extensive collection of guns, grenades, armors, daggers, and other items in the game. If we talk about the weather condition, it has been shown the blood-freezing cold weather. In the few maps, you will also see the dead bodies of the troops stuck inside the snow.

Requirements and other Important Details
Company of Heroes 2 is designed for multiple platforms and you can enjoy it on Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. It is available in both single-player and multiplayer mode, which means you can enjoy this game with your friends or solo. The company of heroes is not a big game; you can smoothly run it on a computer with a dual-core processor. Other than the processor, a high-quality 256 MB graphic card along with 30 GB free disk space should be available on your PC.

Overall Rating
The evaluation of the Company of Heroes 2 is much impressive. It holds a positive rating from multiple platforms. The leading gaming platform PCWorld has rated this game 3.5 stars out of 5, which means this game has satisfied them, but it also lacks few qualities. If we talk about the average rating of the game, it is about 8/10, which is mind-blowing. Some people have complaints about this game, but the majority of gamers convinced that they have a great experience with the company of heroes 2.

Conclusion
Company of Heroes 2 is one of the best action games. It holds a great storyline of World War 2. Through this game, you will have a good action time. Most of the gamers are confused regarding the features of this game, so in this article, we have explained everything that is related to the Company of Heroes 2. A lot of information has been shared throughout this article.
A separate paragraph is also made in which we have explained the rating of the game.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Standard Edition
90
Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games brings you an Action-Adventure video game with the western-themed setting. The third installment in the series of Red Dead, serving as a prequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption. Controlling a cowboy-style character from a third-person perspective gives you a unique gameplay experience with traditional weapons that can be used to take on enemies. The game reveals the story of a criminal cowboy named Arthur Morgan and makes the return of several playable characters that you may have discovered in previous releases. While playing the game, you would try to make a deal with the decline of the Wild West, while struggling to keep yourself safe from government forces, ruthless gangs, and other adversaries. The third installment is also following the protagonist’s fellow named John Marston, who is the protagonist of RDR.
Both third-person and first-person perspectives are there, and the game gives you a chance to explore the open-world environment from whatever perspective you want. Throughout the gameplay, you will deal with heists, shootouts, interact with NPCs, horseback riding, and more. As compared to the first release, the game improved the honor rating system that you can easily maintain through moral choices and deeds. The bounty system works following the footprint of the wanted system borrowed from the GTA franchise, governing the response of bounty hunters and law enforcement to crimes you committed by the protagonist.

Single-player Story
You would be happy to know that the Single-player campaign is as exquisite as you could wish. The addition of mind-blowing storyline, breathtaking open-world environment, and lots of new things to explore and mysteries to reveal will make your gaming experience outstand. Lots of fun-filled activities are there to partake in as you could do in GTA. If you’re from those players who are searching for games like The Witcher 3 with cowboys and guns, then the single-player campaign of Red Dead Redemption 2 will leave you more satisfied.
The storyline of the game spans six chapters and the two-part of epilogue. Well, it’s truly one of the most unforgettable stories you may experience as the player goes through a rollercoaster ride and experience a massive range of emotions as well. The appearance of characters is sleeky, the voice-acting is impressive, and you feel the bong growing with all of the gang members as you progress through the story.

Multiplayer Experience
This time, Red Dead Redemption 2 is released with Multiplayer gameplay that lets you partake in fun-filled activities like horse races, gunfights, and other competitive matches held in PvP modes. The majority of players aren’t intending to play Multiplayer matches, while they are happier in completing the Single-player story campaign. Like those players, I’m not interested in Multiplayer game-play anymore as I can unfold the plot to discover what happens to next.
Furthermore, I was happy to find out a set of challenging co-op missions, known as A Land of Opportunities, in which your character partakes in a set of varied missions, each of them has the beautiful voice acting and cut-scenes that you would expect to discover while playing as the protagonist (Arthur Morgan) in a Single-player Story mode.

Customization Options from Weapons to Horse
The game features a character customization system, which is incredible and let you customize everything regarding your playable character from shoes to eyes, and even the sound of horse whistle. Before finishing the customization, you should know that you are going to spend lots of time with your created character, so try your best to make an outstanding character and assure two times you’re happy with your creation. Undoubtedly, options are there to change your haircut and trim your beard, but don’t expect a facial reconstruction because plastic surgery wasn’t advanced in the early 1900s. You’re not only limited to character customization, but you can also modify your weapons and horse as well.

The Verdict
Surprising to know that RDR2 is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with GTA V as one of the most anticipated games of the modern era. If I say it was a sleeky depiction of an ugly time, won’t be wrong as it comes with polished graphics, a massive amount of fun gameplay, and it’s mixed with the best storytelling of Rockstar to date. No one will be there who won’t wish to play again after completing the lengthy storyline. This is because the game gives you a rare quality.
Devil May Cry 5
90
Devil May Cry 5
Endless hours of exploration and dozens of ways to complete the game with a magical man who might hit a vicious demon. Lots of mighty swords and guns, which you can use to create smooth acrobatic combos to eliminate enemies. The return of the original hero “Dante” to defeat brutal demons, with two halves of a haunted motorbike. On another hand, Nero is fully equipped with one of seven mechanical arms that can hit foes with a robust electric fist, or release rocket fists that target the demons from a distance. With all of these prominent features, it seems I playing the original Devil May Cry title, but in modern era.

Introduction of Three Protagonists to DMC 5
From previous titles, the game retains the perfect blend of Hack-and-Slash and Action-Adventure genres, offering the most thrilling gameplay in an exclusive environment full of vicious demons. Although it’s the 6th installment in the series, some flaws are nothing ahead of its newly introduced content. It is set five years after the release of Devil May Cry 4 and revolves around a trio of mighty warriors possess demonic powers, such as:
• Nero
• Dante
• V (A New Protagonist)

Challenging Gameplay Like Never Before
The storyline is inspired by the previous title, in which three warriors are struggling to fend off an antagonist, the Demon King Urizen, and his minion from smashing the world where we lived. The story in itself offering a challenging mission and embarking you to rescue the world before it’s too late. Three characters come with unique abilities, so it is possible to use each one to complete a set of objectives to avoid difficulty level. As you reach your targeted location, the mystery behind V is starting to reveal along with the connection with the antagonist.

Noobs are also welcome
Though it’s the sixth main entry and first in over a decade, DMC 5 is welcoming to noobs. However, you start the game as Nero, demon hunter with silver hair who equipped with a massive sword, a prosthetic arm, and a pistol. According to a storyline, plant-like vicious creatures have invaded the environment to take over the city, attempting to sinking its roots into the roads and buildings as well, with an unholy plan of turning the city into hell. The unholy plan involves a massive array of monsters ranging from massive bugs to floating masks that armed with scissors.

Fast-paced Frantic Combat
Seriously, the gameplay is incredible and seems like you’re having experience of previous titles but with latest technologies. Lots of modifications were made to offer extraordinary gameplay, and the introduction of new protagonist “V” will surely impress you. Not even a single demon could stand along your way and will be defeated with one of three warriors of your choice. I appreciate the newly featured content, and Devil May Cry V has successfully won millions of players’ hearts. Mostly blockbuster games fuse the elements of various genres and playstyles as well in attempt to appeal to as massive crowed of gamers as possible. But Devil May Cry V doesn’t do that. Instead, it zeroes in on what the game does specifically well, such as Fluid, Fast, and Frantic Combat that never disappoint you even a plenty hours into the gaming experience.

Reviewer: Emma UG
Hitman 2
90
It is very sure that the gaming industry is progressing by leaps and bounds. As a result, we can see many amazing games have been developed. Multiple organizations are working in this niche, and no doubt, they have provided us excellent results. Actions games are one of the most lovable and played games. While visiting the web or the market, you will find a massive list of action games. If you are tied off playing old action games, then how about trying the most updated one? In this article, we are going to tell you about one of the most popular action games that are renowned for its storyline and other features.
"Hitman" is one of the best stealth video game series ever, and to keep your typical sequel expectations in check, it's best to think of Hitman 2 as season two of the 2016 revival. The game doesn't have numerous new highlights, yet it conveys every one of the six of its sharp murder sandboxes on the double.
If we compare hitman 2 with its old edition, we cannot observe many changes in it. Basically, it is quite similar to the previous one, but many more feature is added in it, and graphics are also improved. Simply, it will force you and will also keep you attract with the game.
The game continues the same story by the older version named as a Hitman. If you are curious to know about the amazing new additions and features and the reviews of hitman 2, then let's have a look at the features and reviews that will surely make you fall in love with this game.

More updated features of the Hitman 2
Some amazing features of a game become the reason for engagement between the player and the game. Similarly, some features of Hitman 2 will force you to play the game. One of the essential elements that the programmers have added in this game is the stunning map. At every new stage, you must require a locale with other variety.
Starting the game at the first stage, you will break into a deserted looking fortified beach home, and there you will learn some basics. After that, in other missions, you will explore many other locations. Each level is different from each other, not only story-wise, but the music, graphics, and various characters also play an important role.
Several challenging stages in the game:
If you are an energetic and adventurous person who loves to face challenges and are also fond of living and winning in a challenging environment, then hitman 2 is the best option for you. Hitman 2 is far different from other games where you immediately run to see the missions. Reading the maps in the game is quite tricky, and it will surely consume your precious time. The stunning part about hitman 2 is that at each level, several challenges are waiting for the player, and they are not like the ordinary ones that include killing 20 people or poisoning the person, and they are far more challenging and exciting than what you think. Hitman 2 will also give you many opportunities in the form of surprise challenges that will help you out to earn rewards and much more.

Impressive changes in the game
After attempting HitmanHitman, the audience was expecting more from the developers and no doubt, that they haven't disappointed us. It wouldn't be wrong in stating that hitman 2 came with the same features that we were expecting. Similarly, to the Hitman, you will get the chance to explore six different locations, and to complete your missions successfully, you will make use of people and objects present in your surroundings.
Even the progress criteria are the same that getting caught for the lowest number of times in-game during the mission means more success while the higher caught rate in a mission can lead to lower success or can even lead to a failure in the game. The overall changes and new additions in hitman 2 are more astonishing and breathtaking. It introduces the new qualities for Agent 47 that makes him more efficient as for hitman 2, and he can walk in-crowd, hide in tall trees, to see the enemies or target, a mirror can be used. Else then this, the UI changes are also remarkable.

Ghost mode in Hitman 2
While playing Hitman 2, you will become addicted to it, and you will attempt the same level several times just because while playing, you will understand the character behaviors mechanism and much more in a better way. To keep you connected and interested, Hitman 2 provides you with an amazing multi-player feature called ghost mode. This mode is a big attraction that lets you play against another player and become the first one to hit the target. Hitman is full of surprises and challenges that will always attract you to play it. There are a variety of ways to kill an enemy. Just play the game by yourself and explore what's interesting is inside it.

Power to create their own story
If you get control over the game, what's better than that and hitman 2 gives you the control of the game. Let us observe how Hitman 2 allows you to enjoy the game in your own style.
Well, this feature is not a new one in the gaming industry, but combining with other features enhances the quality of the game.

Cons of the game
As it is a fact, that everything has its pros as well as cons. In a similar way, Hitman 2 also has some cons in it. No doubt, hitman 2 is the perfect combo of entertainment and challenges; some people who have previously played HitmanHitman may or may not find it interesting or unique.
The basic reason behind the disappointment of the people in the game is its similarity with the previous version. There are a lot of new additions, but still, the new version is a continuity of the HitmanHitman. Having similar features in Hitman 2 can be a reason for disappointment for gamers.

Conclusion
Hitman 2 is a full package that contains both entertainment and knowledge in it. It is an attraction for the game lovers. Not just the game idea but its structure, and its music all are loved immensely. If it provides you with several capabilities and systems. It provides a player with various tools to kill and to perform other activities.
There is a strict scoring system in the game, and if you score 91/100 in the game, it is not a bad deal. If you have an interest in action games, then choosing hitman 2 is not the bad option, even it will also make progress in your gaming experience.

Reviewer: Oliver UG
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
90
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a mixture of real-time exploration and turn-based strategy, you control a team of three mutant stalkers in a post-apocalyptic world, the world has plenty of loot to collect and enemies to hunt down for experience so you could level up and gain some loot that you can take back to home base and sell or craft new gear. When starting the game, you have a selection of three difficulties normal, hard and very hard, there is also an iron mutant to choose which introduces perma-death, no manual saving, auto saves after every combat.

More casual or hard-core player base?
The thing this game does different compared to other turned-based strategy games is that you take full control of your team of three mutant stalkers and traveling around a map exploring freely until you find a group of enemies, the player then can go into stealth switch off flash lights and placing your squad in positions that the player thinks is the best for the once in combat the game turns into a turn based game. The game in my experience teaches the player in the first mission the controls and mechanics really well, so it is easy to pick up for those who will be playing a turn-based action game for the first time quite easily
The flow of the game is set at a good pace while free roaming it allows the player to appreciate the environment that is over grown and desalinate from the post-apocalypse around them listening to the spoken dialog for the story, the camera while free roaming is set at a third person view seeing all three characters. This allows players to think strategically on what is the best weapon to use, what tactics player should use and what character skills to use on certain enemy’s during the game.

How It Works
The game has a gear system to take in consideration equipping the characters with what best suits them and for the situation choosing from weapons, armor and headgear. The weapons are pistols, shotguns, assault rifles and sniper rifles there is a total of 15 weapons to choose from and find during the game each with its own damage, critical damage, critical chance ammo, range and if it comes with a silencer or can knockback and destroy cover. The armor you can choose from comes with some armor bonuses, HP bonuses and special effects ranging from immunity to critical hits, increased throwing range and absorbing explosive damage. The head-gear you can choose from comes with special effects such as +25 weapon range, immune to critical hits, +2 grenade damage and more.
You gain experience points after winning fights you encounter to put into the skill tree choosing mutations and abilities each character has eight available mutations and five permanent stat bonuses. Each character can have three active skills at a time, one for a main skill, one for a minor skill and one for a passive skill, for example one main skill can allow the player to use chain lighting during combat to hit a group of enemies in one turn, one minor skill can allow the player to use chameleon becoming invisible until attacking , one passive skill can allow the player to reach high places by moving or sprinting in combat, each playable character has a different skill tree to upgrade and learn.

Is it worth picking up?
I think it is, even for those who are new to this genre of game, it has a lot of charm to it from the story, gameplay, sound design and visual design. Definitely worth picking up for fans of turn-based combat and those who are new to the genre.

Reviewer: Michael
The Elder Scrolls Online
70
The Elder Scrolls Online
As a die-hard fan of RPGs and sandboxes, there’s a special place in my mind for The Elder Scrolls Franchise. Since I was introduced to the series back in 2002, I’ve spent hundreds of hours navigating the immense fantasy-themed world of Bethesda in search of adventure, loot, NPCs, and the gorgeous views of surrounding landscapes. It’s a real MMORPG video game released by ZeniMax Online Studios. The game serves as a part of the long-running The Elder Scrolls series and introduces lots of prominent features that you have never seen before. Honestly, there’s nothing about Massively Multiplayer Online games that I dislike; however, I intend to go with freedom of playing solo adventures over guild-based raids. But I’m happy that at least I tried, and I liked it.

Background Story – Be a Hero
The game starts with your favorite character, who escapes from the prison in the daedric realm, Coldharbour. According to the plot, the daedric prince Malog Bal has stolen your soul, with the help of a few new allies, and you return to Tamriel as a vestige. After reaching there, you must spend a hundred hours to complete the challenging quests to approach the level cap of 50. The difficulty level will start increasing with level 10, and the advancement in missions will unlock new stuff. It offers content-driven gameplay and will allow you to experience excellent gameplay with other players from all over the world.
Highly Detailed Environment and Monthly Subscription Model
Similar to other titles in The Elder Scrolls franchise, the game takes place in the continent of Tamriel and introduces a well-written storyline that is indirectly attached to different titles. Like other MMORPGs, the game introduces the monthly subscription model, and it means you must pay monthly charges to keep continuing your gaming service. During the gameplay, you can explore the environment from a third-person perspective to kill other players or enemies to retrieve your soul to become the master. While playing the game, you can use a variety of melee weapons and other gear to earn in-game currency.

Gameplay – What’s new?
Like the previous installment, the game focuses on non-linear gameplay, introduces a perfect combination of free-roaming, random events, quests, and epic battles. Although the game doesn’t present a Single-player offline play, the developers said that there would be a variety of content specially designed for those users who prefer to play solo. There are ten different races categorized into three types, such as:
• Elvish Races
• Humans
• Bestial Races
Before start playing the game, the ultimate job of the player is to choose one of three races and then go with character classes to choose his favorite one out of six, such as:
• Sorcerer
• Templar
• Nightblade
• Dragonknight
• Warden
• Necromancer
You would be happy to know that each class is offering you various attacks, passive effects, and spells.

Setting and Combat System
The world where the game takes place is expansive, but it doesn’t calibrate your sense against other titles available in the series. A limited distance, repetitive buildings, and scenery make you feel the game is smaller than it seems on a map. The main problem is that each zone is offering a single region for players of a specific level range, and as you advance through the game, further zones will be unlocked to navigate. The objectives you complete directly fall into a few categories, including Fetch Quests, Kill Lists, and Simple Object Finding. The complicated combat system of the game hybridizes the traditional Massively Multiplayer Online Rotation System, where the player can cycle through a set of skills and magical powers.

Final Verdict
The Elder Scrolls Online comes with outstanding gameplay, although a few well-structured systems are struggling to overcome lifeless presentation, but tough to recommend. There’s one flaw in the PvP event that the map is too large to explore. Combat was brilliant when I involved in it but found myself wasting lots of hours from reaching one place to another.

Reviewer: Lukas UG
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
100
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the final chapter in the saga of Geralt of Rivia. It is an action-adventure, open world RPG by the renowned Polish studio CD Projekt Red. As you may have guessed by now, you play as a Witcher, a monster hunter capable of superhuman strength and reflexes having undergone mutations. Our protagonist Geralt is on a journey to find his adopted daughter Ciri, who has been missing for years. He must reach her before the Wild Hunt, a group of ethereal warriors trying to find her for her secret powers. Geralt is aided by a wide cast of friends and acquaintances including Yennefer and Triss, his lovers at points in life, Dandelion and Zoltan. The game has adult themes and requires a certain level of maturity to truly appreciate the intricately woven stories.

The game has many positives that it would be impossible to list them all but I shall try to shortlist the most remarkable ones. To start off, the game is set in a gorgeous world, that you are free to explore, that feels truly alive. From the icy mountains of Ard Skellige to the marshes of Velgen to the City of Novigrad, the different areas in the game have a distinct feel with their own culture and atmosphere. The devs have shown a lot of attention to the tiniest of details to make the world feel real. If you block a pedestrian’s way for too long; they get annoyed. It starts raining, and you see people run for some cover. You can even hear people sneezing and someone else shouting “bless you” at them. There are also tons of easter eggs for you to find in this massive world. You can find a prison akin to the one that contained Tyrion Lannister in the Game of Thrones series. Fan of Doctor Who? Well, you can find the Weeping Angels statues in the game, where they actually move each time you turn around! As for graphical fidelity, even 3 years after release, the game looks as good, if not better, than most AAA games that came out this year. Now that’s everything about the eye candies in the game.

What can you actually do in the world? Well, A LOT! There are several quests, both main story and side quest. The care taken to craft even smallest of the side quests can be felt. You may even end up confusing side quests with main quests due to their depth and how some of them tie up with the main story. Each quest will give you several ways to tackle them and can even have several endings. which may end up impacting the final ending as well. You can also take up witcher contracts from notice boards to slay different kinds of monsters plaguing the villagers. And if you ever feel tired from the adventures, you can just roam around the game world challenging bar owners and shopkeepers to a game of Gwent, a card game that is now a standalone game of its own. If you take your time and try to finish as many quests as possible, then you will easily have 100+ hours of content in front of you. Even if you choose to rush through the game, you will have 50+hours to enjoy here. The skill tree also allows for different playstyles, depending on which skills you decide to buy and equip. You can invest your points into combat, magic or alchemy, with each offering a slightly different playstyle. These skills can further be enhanced by various mutagens. In the Blood and Wine expansion, you can also develop mutations that grant you further customization options. All in all, the variety of quests and skills allow you to play through the game differently giving it a fair degree of replayability.

So what about the negatives? Well there aren’t many, and the few ones that I have are just nitpicks. The one that comes to mind is that the combat, along with movement, feels a bit clunky and lacking. You can tap the move key and Geralt will sort of lunge forward 3-5 step. This just feels heavy and not at all smooth, unlike the rest of the game. You can even get stuck because of smallest of bumps since you can’t jump during combat. This becomes a problem when fighting in closed space. Furthermore, In higher difficulties, there aren’t many combat paths that are viable; most notably, Alchemy-centric build isn’t a viable option in higher difficulties, preventing the combat from providing a true RPG experience.

Personally, I enjoyed my time with the game, but I had to keep telling myself not to look at it like a true RPG rather look at it more of an action adventure centred game. There are mods available to improve the combat, which was something that I really needed, and other quality of life changes for small nitpicks you might have.

To sum it up, this is an amazing game, just not an amazing RPG. Go into this game not looking at the RPG tag attached to it, and you will enjoy it extensively. This game is definitely worth buying, and it will offer you a lot of quality content. The only people I would advise to be cautious are the ones that are either looking for an RPG in the style of the Divinity games, or the Elder Scrolls games, or those that want an amazing combat experience. Although, if you have issues with the latter on PC, you can always get a few mods to improve the combat.

This game is a solid 10/10.

Reviewer: Michael UG
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY
100
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the final chapter in the saga of Geralt of Rivia. It is an action-adventure, open world RPG by the renowned Polish studio CD Projekt Red. As you may have guessed by now, you play as a Witcher, a monster hunter capable of superhuman strength and reflexes having undergone mutations. Our protagonist Geralt is on a journey to find his adopted daughter Ciri, who has been missing for years. He must reach her before the Wild Hunt, a group of ethereal warriors trying to find her for her secret powers. Geralt is aided by a wide cast of friends and acquaintances including Yennefer and Triss, his lovers at points in life, Dandelion and Zoltan. The game has adult themes and requires a certain level of maturity to truly appreciate the intricately woven stories.

The game has many positives that it would be impossible to list them all but I shall try to shortlist the most remarkable ones. To start off, the game is set in a gorgeous world, that you are free to explore, that feels truly alive. From the icy mountains of Ard Skellige to the marshes of Velgen to the City of Novigrad, the different areas in the game have a distinct feel with their own culture and atmosphere. The devs have shown a lot of attention to the tiniest of details to make the world feel real. If you block a pedestrian’s way for too long; they get annoyed. It starts raining, and you see people run for some cover. You can even hear people sneezing and someone else shouting “bless you” at them. There are also tons of easter eggs for you to find in this massive world. You can find a prison akin to the one that contained Tyrion Lannister in the Game of Thrones series. Fan of Doctor Who? Well, you can find the Weeping Angels statues in the game, where they actually move each time you turn around! As for graphical fidelity, even 3 years after release, the game looks as good, if not better, than most AAA games that came out this year. Now that’s everything about the eye candies in the game.

What can you actually do in the world? Well, A LOT! There are several quests, both main story and side quest. The care taken to craft even smallest of the side quests can be felt. You may even end up confusing side quests with main quests due to their depth and how some of them tie up with the main story. Each quest will give you several ways to tackle them and can even have several endings. which may end up impacting the final ending as well. You can also take up witcher contracts from notice boards to slay different kinds of monsters plaguing the villagers. And if you ever feel tired from the adventures, you can just roam around the game world challenging bar owners and shopkeepers to a game of Gwent, a card game that is now a standalone game of its own. If you take your time and try to finish as many quests as possible, then you will easily have 100+ hours of content in front of you. Even if you choose to rush through the game, you will have 50+hours to enjoy here. The skill tree also allows for different playstyles, depending on which skills you decide to buy and equip. You can invest your points into combat, magic or alchemy, with each offering a slightly different playstyle. These skills can further be enhanced by various mutagens. In the Blood and Wine expansion, you can also develop mutations that grant you further customization options. All in all, the variety of quests and skills allow you to play through the game differently giving it a fair degree of replayability.

So what about the negatives? Well there aren’t many, and the few ones that I have are just nitpicks. The one that comes to mind is that the combat, along with movement, feels a bit clunky and lacking. You can tap the move key and Geralt will sort of lunge forward 3-5 step. This just feels heavy and not at all smooth, unlike the rest of the game. You can even get stuck because of smallest of bumps since you can’t jump during combat. This becomes a problem when fighting in closed space. Furthermore, In higher difficulties, there aren’t many combat paths that are viable; most notably, Alchemy-centric build isn’t a viable option in higher difficulties, preventing the combat from providing a true RPG experience.

Personally, I enjoyed my time with the game, but I had to keep telling myself not to look at it like a true RPG rather look at it more of an action adventure centred game. There are mods available to improve the combat, which was something that I really needed, and other quality of life changes for small nitpicks you might have.

To sum it up, this is an amazing game, just not an amazing RPG. Go into this game not looking at the RPG tag attached to it, and you will enjoy it extensively. This game is definitely worth buying, and it will offer you a lot of quality content. The only people I would advise to be cautious are the ones that are either looking for an RPG in the style of the Divinity games, or the Elder Scrolls games, or those that want an amazing combat experience. Although, if you have issues with the latter on PC, you can always get a few mods to improve the combat.

This game is a solid 10/10.

Reviewer: Michael UG
Gloria Victis (+Early Access)
90
Gloria Victis is an MMORPG game released on 9th Jun 2016 by Black Eye Games. The basic theme of Gloria Victis game revolves around action, non-target combat, complicated quests, crating, and many more things.
Black Eye Games has added quite a realistic touch to the game. This open-world based game has a limited loot system. Due to the gameplay, graphics, and story, the overall ratings of this game are goes up.

Gameplay
Gloria Victis is a great PvP game in which you have to fight with the opponent to stay alive in the cruel world. The game revolves around the lootings system, epic army battles, and castle capturing.
Other than human enemies, you are going to face a variety of wild animals, monsters, robbers, etc. during the game. These harsh creators are always ready to kill you to gain their interest in the Gloria Victis game.
There are a variety of weapons available that you can choose to encounter different enemies. The game is very much based on the choices you made. Each decision you make will cause an effect on the people's reaction, so make sure that each step you are taking leads towards your benefit.

Crafting
Crafting is one of the essential things in the Gloria Victis game. With the help of crafting, players can covert a useless thing into worth one and employ it to use it for themselves or against their enemies.
Some of the significant crafting professions in Gloria Victis game are Armoursmithing, Artificing, Engineering, Weapon Forging, and a few more. Each crafting professional plays a vital role in the development of a nation.
For example, an armorsmith makes sure to deliver strong armor to the soldiers so that they can withstand the enemy attack in Gloria Victis. Armorsmith deals with small as well as heavy armor, including breastplates, chain-mail, etc. Although it is among the complex progressions, it's a worthy profession.
On the other hand, Artificers helps in crafting different accessories such as teeth, necklaces, rings, etc. However, Artificers usually depend on tradesmen to attain various raw materials.

Nations
There are three separate nations in the Gloria Victis game. Midland, Nordheim and Sangmar, these are the three nations that you can be a the part of. Each nation has a unique strength and history.
The Midlanders are a strong nation from North whose history comes from the Geliand of Hilliard days. Although their domain is distributed into multiples kingdoms, they unite while facing a common enemy, which makes them quite stronger. Midland is the worshipers of their Forefathers.
Other than this, Nordheim is another fierce competition for its opponents.
They usually have impressive height and are professionals in swinging heavy axes. Sangmar is another high power of the South that has the competency to demolish their opponent.

Conclusion
Overall, Gloria Victis is feature-rich MMORPG video games that addict the player to progress. The best thing about this game is that it offers multiple maps to explore, and each map has its areas, objects, and quests to complete. If you are a true MMORPG lover, then try it out, it is specially designed for you.

Reviewer: Linus UG
Far Cry 5
90
Far Cry 5 is an action, fps game, developed and published by Ubisoft. It is the successor to the 2014 game, Far Cry 4, and the fifth game in the Far Cry series. A much similar game to this one is Metro Exodus. They are the same genre and you will experience nearly the same things knowing that they both are based on exploration and deadly combat. Getting back to our game, it is set in the fictional Hope County, Montana, and puts players against an extreme religious cult. Also, it was released in 2018 and has mixed reviews on steam.

What makes it special
The thing this game does different from other games in the genre is that you can do much more. If you are a little bored by the story and you want to do something else for a little while the game has your back. You can go hunting to practice your aim (but be careful because the animals will fight back), you can also go fishing to relax in any of the Hope County’s lakes or rivers. Also, while you explore the map and the diversity of landscapes you will find natural resources that can be used to craft upgrades and more.
You can recruit people you find in the open world to help you fighting if you can’t deal with all the pressure by yourself. And above that, you can let’s say “hire” animal companions to play with. Each of them is unique and will help you in different ways.
In the story you will play as a junior deputy who crossed paths with the local doomsday religious cult named Project at Eden’s Gate led by Joseph Seed and his siblings in Hope County, Montana.
Your job is to bring together local members to join the resistance and fight back.

Art design
The art design is absolutely fantastic. The art style of the game makes it seem realistic with all the shadowing and reflections. The graphics really makes this game look like a 2018 game. Along with the art design, the music for this game is ridiculously good. Every boss music gives you some powerful feelings and the open world music is not bad at all and very well chosen/composed.

Better than the Older Games?
Even though the game has changed a lot over the years, it is still a great action fps game, giving you some good hours of gameplay. The story will get you immersed in the gameplay and will have you care for your companion and comrades. There aren’t the same violent animations of healing as in Far Cry 1 or other previous games, but the graphics sure make up for it. In the end, I can say that this game is for all gamers of nearly all ages (depends on how you interpret the violent scenes).

Reviewer: Linda UG
Just Cause 4
80
Just Cause 4 is a TPS action game developed by Avalanche studio and published by Square Enix. It is the fourth game in the Just Cause series and the successor to its 2015 game Just Cause 3. A somewhat similar game to this one is Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. They are the same genre, both are TPS shooter and you will find some similarities in the gameplay.
Just Cause 4 is set in a fictional South American country named Solis, which is home to some extreme weather conditions. The game has been launched at the end of 2018.

Special features
In this game you have a wingsuit which gives you some cool gameplay experience. You can go skydiving, base jumping and free dive with no limits. You will fight your enemies under some extreme weather conditions, including treacherous tornadoes and lighting storms. Also, a special thing in this game is that you can use the extreme weather events to your advantage thanks to the never seen before in-game physics.
The plot takes place after the events of Just Cause 3 when Rico Rodriguez is approached by a Solis native, Mira Morales. She convinces him to come to Solis to uncover the truth about Project Illapa. The projects scope is to create weather cores able to control the weather and create storms. Also, Miguel Rodriguez (Rico’s father) had a part in creating those. The project is run by the incumbent Solis leader Oscar Espinosa. He maintains strict control over the people of Solis. What you need to do is to dive into the South American nation of Solis, the homeland of the Black Hand and search of answers.

Graphics and art design
Even though the game still has some bugs the graphics will make up for it. The art design plus the graphics for this game make a good combination making it look somehow realistic with all the shadows and reflections. Speaking of the art design itself, it is very good giving the game a very tropical feeling.

Better that the Older Games?
This game still needs some improvements. The bugs must be fixed for sure, but after all this is still a good game. I can’t say for sure if this is better than some of the older ones in this series, but if you liked previous JC games, you will like this one for its story and gameplay. In conclusion, I can recommend this game for all TPS and JC lovers.

Reviewer: David UG
Slay the Spire
90
Slay The Spire is a digital card game mixed with rogue-lite elements to make an interesting single player deck builder game each play through will be encountered with different deck builds and encounters.

What is Slay the Spire?
In Slay The Spire you build a new deck in each run from scratch starting with the same base cards per three playable characters. The way you gain new cards is through defeating enemies and buying cards from the merchant with gold gained from each successful encounter or through the random events on the map giving you either a random battle, mini game or a scenario to choose an outcome for. However, this being a rogue-lite game all the progress from one run does not carry over. You gain experience to unlock more items to help in the next run being it new cards or relics.

How does the game work?
There is three different characters to play with being: Ironclad is the tank starting cards buff the player’s strength giving more attack damage and attack cards. Silent is the rouge starting cards apply poison to the enemies to deal damage over time, at the start of each combat phase you draw two additional cards. Defect is the wizard, this characters starting cards apply defense and generate orbs that surround the character causing damage after every turn, applying defense or charging after every turn to do more damage when using a card that releases that orb.

Being a rogue-lite each character plays differently allowing the player to choose a role they like best to play and master with many hours of play to learn effectively and to gain ground during the run, knowing which cards stack best with one another to deal the most damage and which cards to remove early in game, the key is having a deck between 10 to 15 cards because once your draw pile reaches 0 the discard pile reshuffles into the draw pile.

Between battles you move up each act map choosing a branched path leading to different encounters on the road being it a battle while beating it you gain gold and a card to add to your deck. Merchant where the player can buy new cards, relics or health. rest point where the player can choose from gaining a percentage of health or to upgrade one card or a mystery from being the mini game. random battle or a choice of it being a card upgrade or relic which comes with a curse and more.

Strategy for your deck.
The deck that you build must interact with the relics you pick up in each run, each relic alters the chapter in each run being it a buff for cards or de-buffs for example, if you end your turn with no block you will gain 6 block or the de-buff of being cursed putting a certain amount of cards in your deck that cannot be played but giving the player an additional action point to use.

Where the game shines are in the card combat it is easy to pick up with the action point and block system. Visually pleasing battles, cards are simple to understand, the effects that will happen when playing it unlike some other card game which gets you into the game quickly in return making it hard to master and gives tones of room to grow knowing each enemy type and their weakness and which cards are best for which acts. The enemy types in Slay The Spire are different to each other being it one enemy gaining shields at the start of each turn, to having enemy’s spawning in one to three minions to fight alongside them, to having an enemy defeated It turns into two smaller versions of its self.

Final verdict.
The game is a ton of fun it is easy to pick up and hard to master, all I want to do is get back into it and master it to get further up the map. So, if you’re a fan of rogue-lite and card games and a challenge I do recommend this game on top of it there is mod support to add a ton more content when you finish the game.

Reviewer: Michael
Dead Space 2
80
Dead Space 2
Isaac Clarke awakens on a facility on Saturn’s moon Titan three years after the events of the USG Ishimura, the necromorphs are back to dismember everyone in sight. Isaac is still having hallucinations of his girlfriend whom is dead.

Story
The plot is similar to first Dead Space, the storytelling has changed with the three-year development gap. You are now on a space station called the Sprawl that has been built in the remains of Saturn’s moon titan, unlike the first game you witness the outbreak live starting the game in a stray jacket trying to escape while witnessing the death of others by the necromorphs. If someone has never played the first game not to worry the intro does a lot to recap the player and there is also a short film to fill in players what has previously happened.

Gameplay
The visuals from the first game has been improved creating a better lighting effect and smoother textures. Not being set on an abandoned space ship this time around the game has a bit of a different art style giving the game a sleeker look to it instead of that rough edged style but not moving far from the original art style and keeping the HUD from the first game exactly the same in the second which I really like to see.
You kill the necromorphs the same way you did in first Dead Space game, by shooting off its limbs off. Keeping each enemy encounter tense while the necromorphs run towards you or try and surround you while you have to keep that steady aim to dismember them and stay alive.

Dead Space 1.5?
All the necromorphs are back from the first game just with updated graphics and there are a few new enemy types to fight through, some of the weapons has had their alternate firing modes altered in Dead Space 2 from one making them more useful. Also there are four new weapons added into Dead Space 2 which are Seeker Rifle, Detonator, Beam Contact and a Javeling Gun.
The process to find gear has also gone through changes but you still have to find schematics and power nodes, however this time around searching for these power node rooms is more rewarding giving some new suits and weapons, giving the player a better reason to search for these rooms unlike the first game giving only ammo and upgrade materials.
The upgrade system works the same as it did in the first game, requiring and upgrade bench before you can use materials to upgrade. Finding these benches is much easier to find this time around having your objective marker cycle between waypoints and not only show the way to the mission.

Final verdict
Overall keeping the game similar to the first game and not moving too far to change everything, keeping the game feel like a proper sequel to Dead Space and continuing the story and adding to the game play seamlessly.

Reviewer: Michael
A Plague Tale Innocence
90
A Plague Tale: Innocence will surely be remembered as the "rat game" in the future, which will bring it the recognition that is drying up in the video game world.

About the game
By its structure, "the play with rats" is designed as a linear survival with a clear focus on sneaking, bypassing, or silently eliminating threats along the way. At its core, however, the play is primarily concerned with the narrative and storytelling of the tormenting but also an inspiring epic of several young people in times that were as difficult as an anvil around the neck for adults. All this is additionally and artfully intertwined with the imaginative, semi-fantasy motifs and harsh reality and real qualities of the period and climate that the game describes.
Given this setting and the author's desire for storytelling to run smoothly and continuously, the elements of gameplay are relatively poor, with the absence of greater freedom to choose how to solve a problem. The main "tools" that you will most use are the stones you collect along the way, with which you can do some distracting actions.

Gameplay
The mainstay of all your actions concerns the aforementioned rat attacks, around which several successful gameplay mechanics are built that are constantly intertwined. Rat attacks are, first and foremost, extremely sensitive to any light source, whether it is a suspended lamp, a torch to be taken off a wall, or a burning rod that will temporarily provide light. If you inadvertently "get off" the tracks that are safe or suddenly find yourself in the dark, you have literally a second and a half to get hold of security, as tireless rodents will overwhelm you like piranhas and expressly send you to Reload checkpoint screen. This also applies to your opponents, which you can actively use against them (by breaking a handy lamp they carry with them for example), crossing over ham or hanging corpses (which attracts rats), or otherwise directing rodents (light beams you can to rotate, for example). While playing, you will encounter different types of slingshot ammo, opening up an additional array of ways to move forward: flammable pebbles that activate extinguished torches or burners, exploding which eliminates rats within a limited radius, solution for lulling guards, toxic missiles that will force opponents to take off their helmets. substance-coated projectiles that attract rodents and the like.

The visual and sonic play evokes its design and is a testament to how much attention the authors have taken to creating compelling sites that exude strong historical authenticity (in terms of architecture, quality of textures, details, special effects and more). Particularly effective are the rats themselves, which protrude from every possible orifice, boiling in the distance when you see only their outlines and shaky eyes because of the darkness, constantly trying to bite you if you are careless, or scream and panic if you chase them, swinging a torch... Audio processing is outstanding, whether it's ambient sounds, the murmur of furry monsters in the dark, or dramatic tones if guards catch you looking like a game of Shadow Tactics, and here it is highly advisable to include the original (in this case French) language of the characters to be advertised.

Conclusion
Should you give this game a go?

If you're a fan of titles like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons or The Last of Us, where the goal of the trip is as important as the trip itself, A Plague Tale is more than a good choice for something that may not have the potential to keep coming back to it, but it definitely belongs to the group of games that you will enjoy every second of its duration.

Reviewer: Michael
Kingdom Under Fire 2 Hero Edition
60
Kingdom Under Fire 2 – The perfect Blend of MMO and RTS
While there are many impressive battles, the game is suffering from lots of bugs and poor optimization.
Ten years ago, Kingdom Under Fire 2 was first confirmed to release by the Korean developer “Blueside.” You would be amazed to know, at that time, the game has gone through many regional soft releases that seemed the game was running in early access with micro-transactions. However, with the help of the publisher, known as Gameforge, Kingdom Under Fire 2 has been revised for a western market. This time, the developer introduces Buy-to-play model and lets you experience the large-scale Massively Multiplayer Online progression system the game provided, while there are several impressive fierce battles. Despite outstanding gaming experience, the game is suffering from various bugs that cause weak localization and optimization.

Massively Multiplayer Online Meets Real-time Strategy
Undoubtedly, Kingdom Under Fire 2 has a winning formula, and with this game, you will get the traditional Korean MMO-style gameplay and improved mechanics, including Flashy Battle, Open World Quests, Unique Character Classes, and unbelievable Combos to master. Outside the core gameplay, the questing section, you can recruit troops and command them in vicious battlefield against other players to conquer the world, similar to other RTS games.
The perfect blend of RTS, Action, and MMO genres is offering outstanding gameplay and lets you reveal your skills to impress your friends. While playing the game, you can taste the flavors of all genres offered by this Korean game.

Introduction of MMO Genre in KUF2
Like other MMOs, you should make your focus on gaining levels and earning XP points. There are five unique playable heroes available, and you can choose one of them to start completing the thrilling missions while struggling to unravel the unforgettable storyline. The introduction of crafting system lets you craft gear and train up your powerful army to defeat opposing forces.

Introduction of RTS Genre in KUF2
Similar to other RTS games, the strategy goes matter, and it is the key to success. To win the game, you need to master all tactics and win victories. Your epic unit is standing behind you like a strong wall and always ready to defend you against evil forces. The game allows you to control a colossal of war machines and try to conquer the battlefields of Bersia in epic encounters.

Familiar Progression Systems
If you’ve played any Korean games, then you will be familiar with the progression systems of this game. During the game, you will make fractions of materials from quite challenging missions and can use to unlock upgrades and commanding troops. Each kind of army needs a set of different stuff, and you will have to upgrade the abilities of each force individually, as well as tiers.

Unique Abilities and Gears
Your selected character has unique abilities that will appear throughout first 20 levels, and you can spend points to upgrade the personality of your avatar. Throughout the game, gear will be dropped from missions and quests that you can obtain and equip to boost your power for progression and to build your armies.

Final Verdict
With the introduction of MMORTS genre and Progression systems, the game offers quite an addictive gaming experience. There’s no predatory micro-transaction model, and it is delivering real grind system for those players who love it. Despite having all cool stuff, there’re many bugs and cons too. It is offering confusing gameplay with lazy localization, and there’s a lack of diversity and femlale representation system that is poor. With lots of bugs and weak system.

Reviewer: Michael
GTFO (+Early Access)
90
GTFO – Experience Survival-Horror Gameplay with FPS
Imagine you trapped in a location that you’ve never seemed before and the area is full of deadly creatures venturing for fresh blood, then what would be your strategy for survival. If you’re a hardcore player and loves to play First-person Shooter game with horror-mixed survival gameplay, then 10 Chambers Collective presents GTFO, one of the best FPS 4-player local Co-op video game. Providing you with a combination of Team-based, Atmospheric Puzzle, Violent, Survival, and Zombies game elements, GTFO comes with hardcore gameplay enabling you to play with the other three players, who are struggling for their survival.

GTFO lets you play with friends
It is a First-person Shooter and Survival video game that takes place in the thrilling world full of vicious creatures. In the game, you act as a prisoner who is trapped in a strange land and forced to navigate and extract valuable artifacts to advance the story. Before start fighting against terrifying creatures, you should gather weapons, equipment, and required resources to ensure your survival, while exploring the world from a first-person viewpoint.

Become a Prisoner
The game puts you in charge of a prisoner who doesn’t have any idea about his arrival to the complex environment. The story tells that the protagonist has no memory and needs to find to reveal how he reached over here and must find a way out to survive. There are a variety of modern weapons and each one has its unique statistics. You will start the game with basic weapons, but later can be switched to advance ones after making progress through the story.
Introduction of PvE (Player versus Environment)

The game comes with PvE mode, pitting you against the environment full of terrifying monsters await you. The ultimate objective is to ensure your victory while playing the vicious beasts along with your buddies. Survival requires the completion of specific goals, the defeat of enemies, and specific points you earn after killing targets. To let you experience the detailed gameplay, the game introduces the first-person perspective, which means you can only see the character’s hands loaded with weapons. Explore the massive underground complex to encounter creatures and shoot them down to win rewards and other legendary weapons to become the master.

How to Master GTFO?
Develop a team of four players and embark on a journey of survival by navigating the underground environment and defeating deadly creatures using a set of detailed weapons. Before moving ahead, you choose to plan your expedition by equipping the tools, combining the firepower, and communicating as a team. During the gameplay, every action and detail will count if you are on the way to survive the nightmare. To make sure the survival of your team, you have to reveal every information and resource to help you and the team to solve objectives and come back home.

Verdict
Playing First-person Shooting game is too much fun and you may know that hardcore games sometimes become a headache for average players, but how beautifully the developer did their job to provide fantastic gameplay for all types of players. Although there’s no Single-player campaign, playing the game with friends will let you fully engage yourself in the detailed team-based gameplay experience. Communication with friends is an outstanding feature, taking your gaming experience to the next level, and GTFO comes with a fantastic communication system. The game deserves 10 out of 10, but we would love to give it 9 out of 10, because of not introducing a single-player campaign.

Reviewer: Michael
GreedFall
70
Greedfall – A Novel RPG Game with Stunning Story
Greedfall is an exciting game, and you would be surprised to know how quickly I fell in love with the detailed world and challenging quest I found in it. But on another hand, I am utterly bored with its out-date RPG elements and quite simple combat mechanics. While the storyline itself is nothing, different lands struggling to cure a mysterious plague, known as Malichor. In the game, you will discover lots of side-quests and beautiful settings to carry the game. As the game starts, you often find yourself pursuing the optional activities, not because of leveling up, to see how things would play out. You would be amazed to know that many of these activities have excellent ways to approach the end of each mission.

Level Up Your Stats
The majority of players in Role-playing games are always preferred to level up the stats and charms through the level, and I was tried to change the scenario for Greedfall. To save lots of money and avoid dozens of combat, you should level up the charisma as you find you on the skill tree. Generally, missions enable you to interact the way, sneak around, or handshake with people discovered on an epic journey.
After spending lots of skill points, what you will discover, it’s nothing just a small percentile will increase. However, there are three trees available, in which you can spend your hard-earned points, such as Attributes, Skills, and Talents. In the game, Skill is considered as the main tree and will dictate how the player approaches the fight. Up to sixty starting points are available, including:
• Firearms
• Traps
• One-handed Heavy Weapons
During the gameplay, you can obtain them to battle against enemies for points.
Opposing Forces are ready for Fight
The game takes place on an island, surrounded by colonial forces from different distinct nations, but with monsters and magic. You control the protagonist named De Sardet, a neutral human who recently approached the island intending to battle against rival forces to dominate and colonize the new land while struggling to find the cure to a strange plague that infected the protagonist and his family.

What You won’t Like
The game emphasizes on its storytelling elements, but its Role-playing elements that underpin it can be de dicey. The detailed battle has ranged from boring to frustrating. However, your necessary actions are quite simple, replying actively on attack-and-parry system. With all of these lacks, you would like to come out of action as soon as possible. Moreover, a few RPG layers will grant you few frustrating options. Along with melee weapons, you can use traps, magic, and items, each of which has their single-use.

The Ultimate Task
As the protagonist, you must explore the remote island along with mercenaries, settlers, and other treasure hunters to battle against invading settlers. In the world, the settlers are defended by supernatural beings. However, the game offers stealth, diplomacy, and combat elements. Therefore, the decisions you make while playing the game directly influence and affect the story, as well as relationship between other factions created on the island.

Conclusion
Where the story of GreedFall does shine in the cinematic cutscenes marking the story moments, which bring both gravitas and drama. However, as the story reaches its climaxes, the emotional scenes come close to each other, as do the consequences of decisions I made initially in early quests. GreedFall isn’t the heir to Dragon Age Throne but is satisfactory.

Reviewer: Michael
Total War: Warhammer
90
Total War is an amazing franchise. For those of you unaware, Total War games take place in 2 parts. One part is on a giant map where you control your army; it is like a board game phase where you can trade, negotiate, etc. The other part is the combat phase with RTS style battle. A lot of people are put off from RTS thinking that they have to be very quick with a high APM to enjoy, but that is not the case with the Total War games.

This one is set in the Warhammer universe and has fantasy elements from the said universe. You can play as 4 different armies with varying playstyles: The Empire, The Dwarves, The Vampires, and The Greenskins. Playing through the game with different factions feels like a different experience. As an added bonus, this game also has a co-op feature. You can play the game with 1 of your friends, which is definitely an enjoyable experience. The map is gorgeous, and the battles are massive. During the battle phase, you have Hero units like wizards, which adds magic to the medieval war going around. Magic is extremely powerful, with fireballs and lightning able to bring down whole sets of troops. Therefore, it is kept slightly limited to maintain balance. There are a wide variety of creatures from spiders to orcs and even flying units. There are, of course, units exclusive to factions such as bats and vampires. Other than the campaign, you can choose to play custom battles with your own rules and settings. You can even have 2 massively sized and powerful armies just go at each other head on and see what happens! It can make for some memorable moments in the game.

For a game as deep, there aren’t many faults in this game. One of the few minor issues I have with the game would be with the system where you sort of gamble magic points before each battle. These points are needed to perform magic such as the fireball spells, which I have mentioned before. It feels very out of place and unnecessary. One other issue would be that sometimes, you start a battle near a small village or settlement on the map, but when you get into the battlefield for the combat phase, the actual battle takes place in a separate location and not near that settlement or village. This makes strategically choosing certain locations for battle advantage feel useless. Luckily, this isn’t the case when the battle is in a big city. This is a fairly noticeable issue, but it probably won’t bother most people.

Personally, I love RTS games, and I feel that most gamers today haven’t even heard of RTS classics or tried them. This game is a great place to start your way off into RTS games, as it doesn’t put as much emphasis on being fast as other games in the genre. Also, If you are like me and also love board games, you will definitely love this!

Set in the Warhammer universe, Total War: Warhammer offers deep gameplay that relies more on planning and execution making it a perfect entry point for players interested in RTS while also providing a lot of entertainment for returning fans. It is a great addition to the franchise, and is definitely up there among the best in the series. A few issues prevent it from being a perfect 10. A must buy for any fans of RTS or Total War games.

Reviewer: Michael UG
Total War: Warhammer II
90
Total War is an amazing franchise. For those of you unaware, Total War games take place in 2 parts. One part is on a giant map where you control your army; it is like a board game phase where you can trade, negotiate, etc. The other part is the combat phase with RTS style battle. A lot of people are put off by RTS thinking that they have to be very quick with a high APM to enjoy, but that is not the case with the Total War games, where the emphasis is on your strategizing skills.

Going into the game, I was a bit skeptical thinking that this would just be the same as the first one with little additions as Total War: Warhammer was already a really good game, but I was blown away by the sequel. The most notable new feature the special vortex effect is a game changer. The story is that the Elves have broken the Vortex, making it vulnerable, and now all the factions are trying to get control of it for power. To gain control of it, you must perform 5 rituals. You have to complete a few tasks to start a ritual and must protect the location for a while until it is over. But at the same time, the other factions are also trying to perform the rituals, so you have to stop them.

Total War: Warhammer 2 also features some new factions like Tomb Kings, Skaven, Dark Elves. One of them, the High Elves, work very differently from the other factions. They gather influence points, and use it to break up ties between factions. Some players didn’t enjoy this as much, but I thought it was a very interesting addition to the game. The game rarely feels the same in multiple playthroughs with different factions, and always keeps things fresh and exciting.

There aren’t many faults with the game. In fact, I can’t really think of any issues with the game. The game feels incredibly polished. What’s more, even people who don’t play a lot of RTS games will enjoy this as it also has RPG elements from the Vortex quests. They are also giving a free map to the people who own both games that combines the 2 maps. It will have around 100 groups belonging to the 8 races. Again, the custom matches are there with with many options to play around with. You can just enjoy battle after battle with changing scenarios through that for endless fun. The game is also optimised amazingly well! There really isn’t anything to fault in this game!

I enjoyed the game thoroughly. The campaign has a lot of content and many hours of playtime without feeling padded. Plus, there is a lot of fun to be had in custom battles and co-op with a friend.

Creative Assembly could have easily passed off a copy of the first game with a few changes and it would have still been a great game, but they didn’t. Adding new features to the stellar first game, Total War: Warhammer 2 is an incredible game that surpassed our expectations with its high level of polish and fully fleshed out new features. Like the last game, Total War: Warhammer 2 is welcoming to newcomers without losing the depth of its gameplay. It is an amazing game and a must buy if you are a fan of the genre or the first game, and at the very least deserves to be tried out if you are interested in RTS or grand strategy games. Go out and get this masterpiece ASAP!

Reviewer: Michael UG
Expeditions: Viking
90
Expeditions: Viking is a top down, turn-based RPG inspired by older CRPGs such as Baldur’s Gate. As the title suggests, the game is themed around Vikings, and thankfully, unlike other “Viking” games, does not use it just as a bland trope or a backdrop and forget about it later; this game truly is about Vikings and Norse history. You play as the child of a clan leader, and you are in charge of leading the clan after his death. You have to figure out your way and try to ensure that your clan prevails and is taken care of well.

Starting off, the game has amazing graphics. It is really well done and is very aesthetically pleasing, especially coming from an indie studio. The game is also very well optimised and polished. You will hardly find any bugs, if any at all. A very welcome surprise, coming from an indie studio at this age where releasing broken games with day 1 patches is the norm. The story is lengthy and offers a lot of choices. Do you give a traitor another chance, or do you banish them? Do you invite a stranger to your clan? These are the kind of things that you have to decide on as the clan leader. Each of these decisions will affect your game, even if ever so slightly. You also have a lot of choices in dialogue, and many of them lead to branching narrative choices. This is a game that is directly influenced by your choices. This gives the game a lot of replayability, and you will definitely want to play it again.

The combat is also done very well. It is easy to understand. You will have no trouble figuring out what is going on, and that is crucial in a turn-based game. As mentioned above, it is not a fantasy game. So, you will not see any mages or magic in the game, but that is something unique about this game compared to most other CRPGs set in this time period that have came out over the last few years. The game offers a lot of variety in combat, which depends on your character’s skills as well as the weapons equipped, with the option to learn certain abilities based on both. You will have to use different playstyles in combat depending on your units and the enemies you are facing. The few cutscenes that are there are very moving and well made, especially the introductory cutscene, which hammers home how daunting the task of suddenly leading a whole clan is.

Even a game as good as Expeditions: Viking still has a few things it is lacking in. For one, the character customisation at the start is not in-depth. There is a customisation screen with options, but they are not as many or as deep as other RPGs have to offer, which is a bit disappointing. Also, the game is a bit inconsistent with its voice acting. Some of the dialogue has voice acting and some does not. This is somewhat forgivable since it is an indie game with limited budget.

If you are like me and like CRPGs such as the Divinity games Pillars of Eternity or Baldur’s Gate, then you will definitely enjoy this one. This game is also very pleasing to the eye. Plus, the fact that there are no design flaws is a huge bonus point for me.

The indie CRPG Expeditions: Viking features deep combat system, a choices driven, rich story, and great replayability, making it worthwhile for any fans of the genre. This game is also a great purchase for players looking for a good viking RPG, and considering the pricing of the game, it will likely be a great value. The game has a high level of polish, satisfying combat system, replayability provided its branching narratives, it’s about as good as an indie CRPG can get. The few issues that I did have with the game were small and not noticeable. Definitely recommended!

Reviewer: Michael UG
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY
100
Batman: Arkham Asylum is the first game in the series by Rocksteady Studios. Here, Batman needs to save the city from Joker once again and stop the evil. Now the question is, is the game good? I would say yes because you play as Batman using stealth abilities, detective skills, and gadgets for combat and exploration.The further you go in the story, the more gadgets you unlock.

The game is singleplayer, of course, and has achievements to get in story mode. When you complete missions, you get xp and level up. Leveling up gives you ability points to spend on unlocking stealth abilities, detective skills, and gadgets. There are also riddles to solve, marked by green question marks around the map. There aren’t many side quests unlike other games in the Arkham series, but it's fine. There might be some bugs, but I did not encounter any bugs in my playthrough. I really enjoyed playing the game and completed story mode in 10 hours. The game has a lot of action; especially near the end, but I won't spoil.The game itself is beautiful with good-looking graphics, especially for a game from 2010. The weather in the game is always dark and rainy, setting up the atmosphere quite nicely. It has great soundtracks and clear sounds which is a really important part of a game.

The combat in the game is pretty simple. You just have to left click to attack and right click to dodge. You can also stun enemies by pressing the scroll button and use gadgets by pressing number keys multiple times. The game also has some exploration puzzles that you need to solve in order to get into some places on the map. You can also occasionally find hidden locations in the game. You can also use the batclaw to travel around the map faster!

Batman: Arkham Asylum has great graphics, good combat, and, most importantly, a good story.

I'd rate this game 10/10 because I really enjoy the Batman Arkham series.

Reviewer: GGDuck UG
Nioh: Complete Edition
80
Nioh is an action-adventure game with a fantasy theme. The game is set in 1600 Japan, during the Sengoku era, when the clans were at war with each other before unification. The game is very similar to and clearly inspired by the Souls series of game both in its combat(style and difficulty) and in its aesthetic decisions. You play as William, an Irish man who is on a mission in Japan to collect Amrita. What is Amrita? Well, it is the currency/skill points similar to souls in Dark Souls, and in terms of the story, it is this mystical power that the Monarch of Great Britain is after.

The game has several positives. I may have drawn similarities to Dark Souls, but that isn’t to say that the game’s a copycat. In fact, it is seen as a good thing. It means that people who enjoyed Dark Souls will definitely enjoy this game as well. The game’s visuals look very grim and clearly has a palette more inclined to grey, but that fits the world they are building very well. As for the combat in this game, you guessed it, it is like Dark Souls. You have to roll to dodge enemy attacks, get hang of the rhythm and attack when possible. There are a few differences, though., Your attacks have more backswing, which will take some time to get used to, and you have several stances available for each weapon. There are only 5 unique weapons for you to use. Yes, you read that right. But why am I mentioning this with the positives? The several available stances available for you to use with each weapon make those 5 weapons are more like 20 unique weapons, which is a much larger variety for you to try. Plus, you can switch stances mid-combat which makes it feel really fluid. To accompany these weapons, you also have some extra tools available such as a rifle and some ranged weapons, although you won’t be using these much. You also get a choice of a Guardian Spirit animal which offers you passive buffs and some active ones based on your choice of spirit.

As for the negatives, remember the first positive? Well, that is also one major negative that can turn some off from the game; it is like Dark Souls. If you didn’t like Dark Souls, then you probably won’t like this game. This game is difficult, so if you don’t want to put in the effort and take your time, then this isn’t the game for you.

Personally, I enjoyed this game. I liked the combat and loved the Samurai theme-setting, but the one thing that I didn’t enjoy is that it is very difficult, but that’s just me. The odds are that you won’t have that much of an issue with it, and you will be in mostly for the combat anyway.

This game is an 8/10 in my book. You may end up rating this game higher depending on your tolerance for the difficulty, but this game is definitely worth a look for most people.

Reviewer: ClockWound UG
We Happy Few
80
We Happy Few is an open world survival, adventure game with a dystopian setting. This game was crowd funded and was very hyped leading up to its launch. So did it live up to it?

So, have you taken your Joy today?
The premise of the game is that Britain gave all of its children to Germany at the end of The World War.
You play as 3 different characters with different playstyles and story arcs. In this world everyone have to take an anti-depressant called Joy.
The game has a beautifully designed dystopian open world that is very Orwellian. There are NPC’s called “Bobbies”(constables) that are there as enforcers. If they think someone isn’t taking their Joy then they go and correct that. Even in a small group they can be difficult to deal with. Even in everyone’s house’s there is this contraption known as a “Down Detector” that can detect if you are not taking your Joy and call the Bobbies on you.

Hey! You there, why are you running?!
In most games the NPCs will turn a blind eye to the fact that you are carrying a weapon and behaving oddly, but not in We Happy Few. Here, if you are running without reason in the city then the Bobbies will be after you. If you are walking around with a weapon then you better make sure no one spots you, unless you want to face the Bobbies again.

Open up! I want my Blackberry Joy!

You play as 3 characters, Arthur, Sally and Ollie. Once you finish one character’s arc and are about to move onto the next you will be notified, as you will not be able to go back and play as the previous character.
Each one of them has a different story and playstyle.
For example, Sally(my favorite of the 3), is a chemist who has to stick to a schedule because the constables want her “Blackberry Joy” on a regular basis at a specific time, so you better make sure that you are ready with it on the dot.
This is something you have to do in between everything else.
The game also has a skill system and the skills offered are very apt to your situation, for example one of the perks lets you run without arousing suspicion. This is extremely useful as playing without this throughout the entire game may feel tedious as the mechanism of acting a character may get boring towards the end of the game, but this will let you be a bit more free.
The game looks beautiful as well throughout the most parts with only some instances of texture issues.

What will the Down Detector say about this game?
What about the negatives? Well, right now there are few negatives. There are few bugs, but nothing major that would ruin your experience with the game.

Will I need to take some Joy to playthrough the game?
To sum it up, this game is one with lots of potential and ambition but sadly bugs ruin the perfect picture. If you love the idea of the game then you probably won’t regret getting.

Reviewer: Sylla UG
Vampyr
80
Vampyr is a game set in a grim London where you play as a doctor, who is also secretly a vampire. The setting of the game is that the people of the city seems to be plagued by the Spanish flu and it is up to you to figure out how to cure them. The game has a combat system which is a combination of melee weapons along with your vampire abilities.

Should you drink this game’s blood?
The game’s world is beautifully designed which makes up for the fact that the game isn’t top notch in its graphics.The story in this game is outstanding. I will not delve into the specifics here to avoid spoilers, but what I can say is that this game has a lot of unique mechanics. For example, you can choose to kill someone at the start of the game and that person may have had some valuable quests towards the end of the game, but you will not realise that, unless you go and play through the game again without killing that person. This alone offers a lot of replayability. This game also has a very unique XP system. In this game, you gain XP by drinking someone’s blood, and the more you know about a person the more valuable their blood will be. You learn more about a person through exploring the environment, by talking with them, their friends, and doing quests, if available, for them.

Human combat with Vampire elements or Vampire combat with human elements?
The combat system offers you the choice of a melee weapon to accompany your vampiric abilities. You can level up your weapon. You will not be able to level up a lot of weapons sufficiently, so I would advise to pick a weapon early on and stick to it. You have access to a lot of unique abilities to keep you occupied, so the weapon limitation won’t be an issue.The only negative is that the combat is a bit simplistic. It could be more complicated, but that’s just my opinion. Later in the game, the enemies do become a lot stronger, so the simplistic combat isn’t really an issue there so just stick with the game and it will be rewarding.

Not Vampire-y enough for a bite?
I enjoyed playing through the game, but I am pretty sure you will enjoy it more since the combat was a bit of a let down for me. The game does need you to be interested in the characters for the game play out like it developers want it to, so if you are the type who doesn’t like listening to NPCs talk, and they talk a lot, you might want to sit this one out.

Choose wisely, oh and this game is the right choice
Overall, this game has a fantastic story with some amazing choices for you in terms of making your own story. It also offers a lot of replayability, so you will definitely get a lot of playtime out of it. Stick with the early hours of the game, then as the combat along with the story picks up in the middle of the game, you will have a really unique RPG experience in your hands.

Reviewer: Sylla
Blackwake
80
Overview
Blackwake is a massively multiplayer game centered around naval combat. This game is what Sea of Thieves should have been. You can have massive ship battles against other players. You board ships and fight with guns in first person perspective, which gives this game an FPS element. This game will give you many wonderful hours of playing with friends while fighting off other pirates in the open seas.

Raising a Black Flag
Are you ready kids? Aye aye Captain!
This game has a lot of depth. You can have a ship of upto 10 players with each getting their own role. You may be in charge of manning the cannons, which actually feels realistic and feels amazing when you shoot them. You aim through a small opening in the side of the ship. In the middle of a fight, when your ship takes some damage, you and your crew have to be prepared to split up tasks, as one of you will have to go and patch up the ship, while someone else pumps out the water leaking into the ship. And at the same time, remember to keep shooting those cannons at the enemy. You can even board enemy ships by shooting your grappling hooks. Thankfully, the devs prevents online trolls from ruining your experience by making you need orders from your captain, who is chosen by popular vote, to do so. Fights in Blackwake can get chaotic very quickly, but as long, as you are playing with some friends this will be a blast for sure!

Shoot his head off!
Once the boarding begins, Blackwake becomes an FPS. You will have your loadouts with various guns to choose from, such as: a blunderbuss, a musket, or even just a standard pistol. Moments like calmly drinking tea at the heat of the battle to recover some hp while your friends yell orders and requests for help can be funny as well and adds to the charm of the game. One of the biggest positives for this game is that it has made communication very easy. Even if you don’t have a mic, you won’t have many problems since this game has a really well made commo rose similar to that found in the battlefield series. As you may have guessed, this was a great move by the devs as this game requires a lot of communication.

We’re flooding, Captain!
As for the negatives, the only one right now is the fact that the game doesn’t have a large player base, but you can chalk that down to the game being a niche early access game. Don’t expect this to be a problem after full release.

Pirates Night!
Personally, this is a fun game to play in some free time with friends. That being said, you can always find players on forums and such to organize play sessions with, quite easily. Trying to keep the chaos that the combat of Blackwake inevitably descends to with friends is an experience that you will want to keep returning to. The game is incredibly well made with the only problem being its somewhat small player base, but once you can find a few friends to play with, it won’t really be a problem. Recommended!

Reviewer: Sylla
Hunt Showdown
80
Overview
Hunt Showdown is one of the most unique shooters available in the market right now. It is a battle royale-esque, monster hunting, atmospheric survival shooter. I know that description sounds vague, but I will elaborate on it later. It is an early access game, so expect some bugs that will be ironed out in due time. The question is - is this game worth buying right now?

Ready to go hunting?
Genre Defining
That is a term that I feel describes Hunt Showdown the best. What do I mean? I gave a fairly vague description of the game above, but in all honesty that is probably only way to describe the game, because it is all of those things. If you were to ask me what genre this game is, then I would find it impossible to name one particular genre. This game is so many things combined into one awesome package; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Okay, so what exactly do I do in this game?
As for what you do in this game, it’s a bit complicated. You go into a game with your character. There are also 9 other players who spawn in, including one teammate. You will spawn with four other players if you are playing solo. Your job is to try and hunt down a monster to complete your “bounty” mission. Your first step is to locate the monster by visiting various named locations around the map and finding clues, which will slowly direct you to the monster. Once you find the monster, you kill it. Then you “banish” the monster (erase its corpse), collect the loot, and extract. Simple, right? Wrong. When you are banishing, your location is revealed to the other players. You will also attract attraction from AI monsters, which are just as scary. Then you will be hunted and ambushed by other players as well as monsters, and you’ll have to fight your way to extract safely.

This can’t be a game, it looks real!
The things that immediately stand out about this game are the graphics and world design. It is a stunning game and with great ambient sounds and sound effects, does a wonderful job of making you immersed. If you choose to play in a night map, then you will get goosebumps and feel terrified as if you really were in a swamp with nightmarish monsters at night. They’ve done a terrific job in creating the atmosphere for the environment.On that note, even when traversing this gorgeous world, you have to be very careful due to the emphasis on sound in this game to pinpoint enemies. Trying to make your way through the woods? Then better make sure not to step on any branches, as they will give away your position. Walking through some ruins? Careful, if you step on some glass, then enemies will be hot on your tail. You literally have to think about your next step and that creates for tense gameplay moments, which is what makes it such a great experience!

A meaningful progression system
There is an overall account progression system in. This is something lacking in pretty much every battle royale game. Thankfully, in Hunt Showdown, you actually feel like you are doing something to progress even when you aren’t winning games all the time. You play as a “Hunter”, and gain xp throughout the game. If you your hunter dies, then you lose all of your gear as well but retain the xp. Then, you have to buy a new hunter and outfit them with new gear. As you level up your hunter, you gain perks like more health, better weapons, and better accuracy. You don’t need to win a game to gain xp, so you can just kill some AI monsters, find some clues, and extract just to level up the hunter. This makes each game slightly different. Are you low on cash? Then you better just try to get in and get out as quick as possible without attracting too much attention from other players. This adds an extra layer to the game and can also add to the suspense with high stakes.

Too good to be true?
As for the negatives, there are a few. Most of them are expected to be ironed out quickly, having been outlined in the developer’s roadmap for the game. The two main issues you may encounter are: the optimization/network issues, and the lack of content. The optimization issue is high on the devs' list and is being tackled actively. So, don’t expect it to be too much of an issue. As for the issue with content, there are only two bosses right now. While this is enough to keep you engaged for quite some time, but if you get really hooked into this game, you can burn out on it quickly. That being said, this is something the devs have mentioned on their roadmap and should be fixed in the future as well.

Summary
Hunt Showdown does a lot of things right. It has a lot to offer to a wide variety of people with different tastes. The odds are there is something in this game that will get you hooked, even if it is something like just looking at the gorgeous world. If you are planning on playing this game with a friend, then this game is definitely a must buy. For those planning on playing solo, while it is still worth it, I’d advise you to make friends in game. Playing with a teammate is where the game truly shines at and is the definitive version of this game. I’d rate the game 7.5/10 in its current state, but as the game approaches full release, with bug fixes and additional content, this game can easily be a 9+.

Reviewer: Sylla UG
Alien: Isolation
90
Overview
Alien: Isolation is an immersive space-horror game inspired by the fantastic Alien movie. While there have been several other games inspired/set in the universe of Alien, none of them have done it perfectly...until now. The game takes place 15 years after Alien, and you play as Amanda as she tries to survive and discover the secrets behind her mother’s death at the same time.

Are you ready for some goosebumps?
The Xenomorph is free!
The big bad of this game, as everyone probably knows by now, is the Xenomorph, the original Alien. One of the best gameplay design choices that the devs made was to have the Alien roam around unscripted. You will have no way of finding out when you are going to encounter the Alien; all you can do is sneak around quietly , hoping that the Alien didn’t hear you, because if it did, then you better run! This game will make you truly fear the Xenomorph.

Do you know what fear really is?
This game, as I have just said, will redefine the meaning of fear for you. You will be shaking in your seat as you play this! It will start off with you seeing the Alien’s tail slither as you just avoid an encounter, but then you will start to imagine you are seeing the Alien everywhere even when it’s not even close at all. This comes from the sheer terror of facing the Xenomorph! One of the things that adds a layer of horror is the fact that this game looks life-like. The visuals as well as the audio in this game are stunning. You will have a hard time telling apart from real life and the game as you run for your life. All in all, in any other game the realistic visuals wouldn’t be as effective as they are in this game, simply because of the fear factor.

An immersive game that breaks immersion
There are a couple of negatives when it comes to this game. The major issue I have is that you will not even encounter the Xenomorph until about 5 hours into the game, which just feels like it is setting too low a tempo for a game that should be much faster. The other issue that really breaks immersion is that for the most part of the game, which is about surviving this scary, murderous Alien, you will be fighting humans. Yup, you read that right. You would imagine that on a ship with an Alien killing everyone aboard, all the humans would stick together to survive, but no, apparently the humans are trying to kill you as well. This was most likely done to add a few extra hours to the game towards the end. It’s a shame as such a thing is totally unnecessary. The other immersion breaking flaw is that when you kill someone, you are unable to pick up their gun. The only reason this isn’t as big is because most guns aren’t much useful against the alien.

Summary
This is not only a fantastic horror game, but also a glorious tribute to the original Alien movie. Something which no other game has been able to do thus far. The game’s visuals still hold up even four years after launch. While the game has some issues, if you are a fan of horror, or the original Alien movie, then you will definitely enjoy this game. If you are faint-hearted, I wouldn’t recommend this game, and this is not a negative about the game; it simply shows how amazing of a horror game Alien: Isolation is.

Reviewer: David UG
Battle Brothers
90
Overview
Battle Brothers is a medieval, turn-based strategy game with management elements. This game is clearly inspired by Mount & Blade, which you can see in the way you go about trading, and travelling around the world map. The key difference from the said game is that Battle Brothers doesn’t have real-time combat, which is instead replaced by the turn-based strategy aspect. This is probably the best way to summarize this game.

Breakdown
Think before you attack
Combat in Battle Brothers has been done incredibly well, and this is coming from someone who is very picky about turn based strategy games! You have a variety of warriors, ranging from your standard archers or swordsman to people with pitchforks. You can arrange your team in various formations which have unique features and provide their own boosts. On top of that, each individual character will level up and develop their own perks. As a result, you will easily get attached to certain characters; especially when the lone survivor from a long drawn battle goes on to level up and fight for you in many successful battles. But you better be careful. Your characters love can be lost forever due to some foolish mistakes. Furthermore, There are many enemies with their own unique mechanics. Some of them even delve into the realm of fantasy. For example, you will encounter zombies who can come back to life and some monsters who will consume the dead to become stronger and you better be weary.

Finding your golden trade route
One of the things that the game clearly take inspiration from M&B is the way trading is done, as well as the town aspect. Each town has its own kind of economy such as mining, farming, fishing etc. As a result, each town will sell certain goods cheaper and will pay more for certain goods. For example, a farming town will sell you food for cheap, but at the same time, it will pay a hefty sum for a mineral or gem. You will quickly pick up on these things and will look to find your own trade route, which will ensure you get maximum profits in no time!

It looks a bit...unappealing
The aesthetics is the only place I that can give some negative critique to this game. It isn’t the best and will definitely make a few players stay away from the game. However, once you look past the game’s looks and into what the game holds, then you will definitely be pleased with the game.

Are you ready to lose endless hours?
Battle Brothers will do just that. This is the kind of game you will start playing only to look at the clock later to see that you spent the entire day just playing it! That being said, people who don’t enjoy this kind of game will probably not enjoy this one either as it does not reinvent the wheel. However, this is very good in what it does. I wholeheartedly recommend this game. Definitely worth buying!

Reviewer: Dark0wnt UG
Extinction
50
Overview
Extinction is a Hack and Slash action game with procedurally generated worlds. You play as a hero tasked with saving humanity from...well, extinction! You have to save small pockets of civilization on each map and fight off against the bosses - giants. .

Breakdown
Attack, attack and attack!
Most of the time you will be fighting off against smaller mobs around a small group of people you are trying to save. Once you defeat the enemies in an area, you have to activate a pillar that will ensure that that group of people are saved from the monsters around. Periodically, huge giants will pop up, and you have to fight them. Basically, they are the bosses of each level. But wait, you can’t just go and hack them to death. Each giant will have pieces of armour around its legs, arms, neck, shoulders, and head. You first have to break these pieces of armour, after which you can proceed to take out said body part of the giant. As you slowly do this, you can expose more parts, and once you have exposed enough, you can strike a finishing blow on the giant.

So which map? Oh wait, it doesn’t really matter
There are a few cities you can choose from to play in, but they all are procedurally generated with minor differences. As a result, what might have been an important decision becomes an irrelevant one. This feels like a missed opportunity as they could have made each city, while being randomly generated, have its own features like different types of enemies or additional environmental elements like lava or earthquakes and such. Yet, as they are randomly generated, it does add a bit of replayability to the game which is a good thing.

Remember to fill your damage boost!
One very unique and nice mechanic is that devs have added to this game, is the boost feature. There is a “damage boost” bar next to the minimap, alongside with the health bar. As you kill more mobs and destroy more chunks of armour from the giants, this bar fills up and increases your damage. The game rewards you for playing, and the rewards encourage you to play more at the same time.

Okay, so what else?
Sadly, there isn’t anything else to do in the game which is a big shame, because it is fun to play. The game would be better with a proper progression system or co-op, but the game doesn’t have those features whatsoever.

Should you pick this up?
It’s a tough question. The game does have a bit to offer, but sometimes it feels repetitive, unless you really like melee combat; only then I would definitely say that it is worth it. You can have quite a bit of fun in this game to make it worth picking up. Also, if they add co-op at any point in the future then it would definitely be worth its price tag. In any other case, it is recommended to wait for a big price drop or a deep sale.

Reviewer: Emma UG
Phantom Doctrine
90
Overview
Phantom Doctrine is an espionage based, turn based strategy game set in the Cold War era during the 1980s. The game also has a management element in the way you manage your group of spies and send them on missions around the world. It is similar to the XCOM games and has aided in the resurgence of the genre in the last few years.

Ready for 40 hours of sneaking?
Global Spies
You start off by creating your character. The game offers a lot of choices from how you look to whether you are ex-CIA or ex-KGB, although some of the choices just affect your character’s backstory or starting location rather than the game, going forward. The game takes place in three main phases. The first phase is the base management, which involves managing your spies, hiring more spies, etc. The second phase is the mission deployment phase where you send your spies on missions all over the world with the objective usually being to stop the spies from the enemy faction. The last phase is the infiltration and combat phase. Once you deploy a spy, you get put into the infiltration stage where you go around the mission location to find clues while staying hidden from the enemies. The combat stage gets initiated either when you get spotted during infiltration, or at the end of the infiltration stage. The combat phase is similar to most turn-based strategy games where you have a limited number of action and firing points to position your spies and periodically take shots at the enemies.

Sound and Graphics
The game’s graphics are not stunning, but the aesthetic choices make it look truly amazing. The game puts an emphasis on the foggy, grey and dark environments that make it feel like a spy movie, and as a result, makes it look much better than it actually is. This game shows how much better a game can look with the right design choices. The game’s sound and music are also spot on with the overall design choices. The beat of the music feels in place with the pace of the game. The only place that I can fault Phantom Doctrine is that the guns feel a bit lacking in terms of kick when firing it.

The Visibility Issue
The game does have a couple of minor issues. The main one being an issue with visibility. Sometimes, you will think that you are well hidden behind a wall, but it turns out that an enemy can see you from two blocks away. Games that choose this camera view have to do a better job of showing from where you are hidden and where you are not. Also as a result of this, it feels like you are never fully hidden, and an enemy can take a shot that grazes you from any angle, which is very unrealistic. Another tiny gripe I have with this game is it puts too much of an emphasis on stealth, but this can also be a point of attraction for some players.

Should you buy it?
I’d say that this game is certainly worth a buy. If you are craving for more XCOM, then you will feel right at home! However, if you can’t handle too much stealth then I’d advise against it. That being said, it isn’t too much of an issue. This game is a fantastic addition to the genre, as well as anyone’s steam library!

Reviewer: Linus UG
State of Decay Year One Survival Edition
90
Overview
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is a post zombie apocalypse, open world survival game. Yes, I know that this genre has titles in abundance, but this game truly differentiates itself from the rest of the crowd. If you are looking for a game that offers an experience like what you would have imagined from a Walking Dead action game, then this is probably the title for you.

All about the game
Like a Walking Dead game not by Telltale
That would be an apt description for this game. The Telltale games were more about a story told that was set in the same world as the Walking Dead series, but this is a game where you experience being in a similar world. State of Decay is also a sandbox game. Yes, you can do missions, but at the same time you can run off and explore the world, build up your home base with other survivors, and go looting while fighting off horde of zombies that are after you. There is a semi-decent story, but that is not what this game is about at all. You will have a lot more fun by just going around and doing whatever you want. Another thing that makes this game enjoyable is that it is fairly casual compared to other hardcore survival games. So, if you just want to lay back and enjoy this game, you can do that without feeling like you have to be putting in more effort to succeed in the game. The game even also has a simplified inventory system, which can be both a good and a bad thing. For those that are looking for that little bit more immersion or hardcore experience, you may be disappointed by this system, but then again this shouldn’t be the game that you are expect a hardcore experience from.

Hack and Slash
The game has a variety of melee weapons as well as some guns. One thing that ensures that the experience is casual and still fun is that even if you don’t have ammo or a gun, you can always do well with melee weapons. It results in the game feeling very Hack and Slash like. For people that don’t like that kind of experience, they can always stick to the guns. In doing so, it caters to a wide variety of players.

It’s Clunky…
There are a couple of negatives that can be a turn off for some people. The big one is that sometimes the controls feel clunky on keyboard and mouse, but this isn’t an issue when playing with controllers. Also, the inventory can feel a bit too casual. Items have a weight value, which affects your movement. Yet at the same time, every single item takes up the same amount of inventory space, which feels a bit out of place. All in all, I can’t complain too much about these issues; as mentioned before, the game is meant for a casual experience.

Is it worth it?
If you are looking for a Walking Dead like experience, but with a lot of fighting zombies, then this is the game. Although this does not have the IP or any of the actual Walking Dead experience, this is the closest thing to that experience. It is also very casual friendly and caters to a wide variety of players. In addition to that, the base game is available in the Year One Standard Edition, which is similar to a GOTY Edition. You get the base game along with two DLCs for a lower price! The DLCs are great, and will surely add to your experience.

Reviewer: David UG
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
100
Overview
What’s there to be said about Skyrim that has not already been said? Skyrim is the definition of a classic role-playing game. It is the yardstick by which all RPGs are judged. If you have been living under a rock and want to know about Skyrim is, then you’ve come to the right place. You start off the game as a prisoner who is about to be executed, and on the way, you are slowly informed about the state of the world and the factions in conflict. As you are resting your head on the chopping block, a dragon comes and throws everything into disarray. As you escape, you choose between 2 factions(doesn’t really have too much of an impact) and are given a simple task to start you off.

This game is what you make of it
Okay, then what?
You may be wondering what to do next, and that is the beauty of this game. You can do whatever you want. You have no obligations or appointments; you can do as you please. You can choose to go hunting for monsters, you can go explore caves, or you can do the main quests and help your faction in their tasks as you ultimately try and kill the dragons. The world is your oyster and the game is what you make of it. You may want to go into the world of wizardry, in which case you would want to check out the school for magic and take a few classes. You want to go kill monsters? Better head out to the mountains and unexplored caves that are filled with monsters loot waiting for you.

What’s so ‘special’ about this edition?
This edition is the ultimate edition available. It comes with the base game plus all the DLCs as well as remastered graphics. If you haven’t played Skyrim yet for some reason, then pick this up. If you are looking to experience Skyrim again, but don’t want to deal with the outdated graphics and bugs then this is also worth a buy. This is the perfect pack for anyone looking to enjoy a bit of Skyrim. Oh, one thing that hasn’t changed are the chickens. DO NOT kill the chickens unless you want an entire village on your tail seeking revenge!

Mods, mods and more mods
Skyrim is pretty much what made modding mainstream. If you want a more unique Skyrim experience then modding is what you need and while skyrim has every kind of mod imaginable, the Skyrim: Special Edition has its Script Extender only in Alpha. Still, there are a lot of mods ranging from enhanced graphics to reskinning the entire game into something cartoon-y is available to you. There are already numerous mods for the game and more are to be expected as the script extender inches closer to full release.

What’s ‘not so special’
Sadly, Bethesda missed out on a massive opportunity to improve much upon the original game. While the graphics are better than the original, it is by no means up to modern standards. The other issue I have would be the Bethesda Creation Club. While this has made modding your game more streamlined, they have tried using it in an exploitative manner, which is a shame. Nonetheless, steam workshop and third party modding sites are always there. All in all, there aren’t any true negatives to be worried about if you are looking for a good game.

Is it worth it?
If I haven’t been clear by this point, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING IN THIS GAME. As long as you are okay playing an open world, action-adventure fantasy game you will have a blast with this. The best part is each person experiences this game differently. You may choose to do things that your friend had no idea that you could even do. It encourages multiple plays with different playstyles and different character archetypes, which adds to the overall replayability of the game. That with the large modding community for the game should make it a memorable experience for years to come.

Reviewer: Dark0wnt UG
Monster Hunter: World
90
Overview
Monster Hunter: World is, as the name suggests, a monster hunting game. It is an action-adventure game with looting elements which you may expect from an mmo-lite, which this game can be considered as one. You party up with other players or play solo as you go around this gorgeous world and slay monster after monster to collect the loot and bounties available. If you do not enjoy fighting the same or similar bosses over and over, then I do not think this game is for you. That being said, this game does have a very fluid combat system that is satisfying which should help combat the repetitive feeling.

Breakdown
Hunter Creation
This game has a very in-depth character creation, or as it’s called in the game, hunter creation menu. There are a wide variety of options when it comes to customizing your hunter’s aesthetics and appearance. Beyond the cosmetics, the real depth is in the customization of the class of your hunter. You can be ranged or melee, or a tank and more; there is a lot that you can change. This offers a sense of replayability by switching your character’s roles for different play sessions and such. The game also lets you create a palico, cat-like companion, that assists you throughout your missions and makes even playing solo feel like a co-op session.

Loot, loot and more loot
This game has loot…. A LOT OF LOOT. You have a wide variety of weapons to choose from when you are setting out to slay your next monster. You have a wide variety of armour to choose from so that you are ready to block damage for your friends in the next hunt. You have a wide variety of potions that will assist you on your journey. While there will always be an ‘optimal’ choice, the game doesn’t limit you to it. You have a fighting chance with whatever gear you choose to use. A big plus is that the game doesn’t punish you for not playing in the optimal fashion. Instead, it rewards you for playing with a good chance of getting the loot you want, each time you go hunting.This significantly lessens the grindy feeling that is there with other games in this genre. If you enjoy the grind, then don’t worry. You will only enjoy this more, and even if you don’t enjoy the grind, as mentioned before, this game manages the feeling very well.

A true co-op experience
This game is great fun playing solo, but it truly shines when playing with friends. If you are looking for a game for you and your friends to enjoy over a weekend, then this game is the one for you. Don’t get me wrong, playing solo is enjoyable, but this game was built ground up for co-op, and Capcom has advertised it as such. Going around slaying all the monsters of the world while chatting with your friends is a very memorable experience.

Yet, this is also where the place where the game has one serious issue. It has connectivity issues, and that can be game-breaking, especially since the game doesn’t autosave in the middle of a hint. While this has improved from when it first released, it can still be found in some cases, which can put a rather abrupt and distasteful end to your play sessions with friends.

Go hunting!
Well, what are you waiting for? Go get your adventure started! This game is a must buy. It is a great experience that only gets better when played with friends. Monster Hunter: World will give you hundreds of hours of fun and enjoyment.

Reviewer: ClockWound UG
Graveyard Keeper
70
Overview
Graveyard Keeper is described as the most inaccurate medieval cemetery management sim RPG by the devs Lazy Bear Games; it sums up the game pretty well. The game is a management sim RPG with a heavy emphasis on crafting. The setting of the game is that the main character gets hit by a car and somehow ends up in this world where a talking skull introduces you to managing the namesake graveyard. You also need to farm and do a plethora of other activities, like smithing, farming, cooking to make progress. However, you spend much of the game doing things other than tending to the graveyard, like trying to make burgers using meat from the corpses brought from the town by your donkey, who also happens to be a communist.

The Good
The game has a lot of things going for it. It boasts beautiful pixel art with an incredible level of detail. Especially, the water in the game looks stunning. The NPCs you interact with have animations, like the bishop’s who always pulls out a mirror to check how he looks, which shows their personality. This adds to how detailed the game feels. The game also has a sense of humor, often morbidly so, that manages to stay consistent throughout the game and lends to the charm. It pokes fun at traditional fetch / deliver quest in the first fetch/ deliver quest!

The gameplay is mostly enjoyable. The crafting system in this game is deep. The various systems in this game intertwine to grant a large number of options that you can pursue to progress further in the game with. Collecting crop wastes to make compost manure also nets you a few maggots, which you can consume for extra energy (yuck!), or use use as a bait to get rare fishes in the fishing minigame. Furthermore, the alchemy system that you unlock later in the game has a lot of depth as well. The game has a hands-on approach, and beyond the first 10 minutes, you will rarely receive any tutorial or hints on how to do things. It’s fantastic for people who like to learn through trial and error and experimentation. Despite the game’s plot being there only as a device for the game’s setting, completing quests for different NPCs and piecing their stories to learn more about the NPCs, and the world by extension, is a rewarding experience. Even though the combat isn’t anything to write home about, there is also a dungeon with 15 increasingly large, difficult levels that you can go through for some rare items that can be used in alchemy and various quests.

The Bad
That being said, the game also has its fair share of problems. The game still feels incomplete with how some of the tech trees in the late game don’t provide noticeable benefits. Plus, the game has a location in-game that’s teased, that you can get a pass for, but aren’t allowed to go into; it’s not in the game. The devs have cheekily teased it as being available as a DLC soon, but for what’s a full release of the game, this is unacceptable. Next, The incredibly small stamina bar can make it difficult for you to do anything in the early game without going to bed every few minutes. On top of that, with how slow the playable character moves, it can feel like you are spending a lot of your time in-game walking and sleeping. These issues can be fixed with potions and items, but they are not viable early in the game. Also, since the game doesn’t provide any hints, you will be fumbling around, trying to figure things out, which could be fun in and of itself. However, when it comes to elements like the alchemy system, they are not very intuitive, and you will likely be stuck using precious resources trying to craft potions only to get goo. For instance, there is neither a hint anywhere in the game nor is it intuitive that distilling an onion would get me toxic extract, the same onion that I use to make edible, energizing burgers. To help with this, the game does have a fully detailed wiki, but having to pause the game to look at alchemy recipes every time you need a new potion or solution really breaks the immersion.

In addition to that, there’s another problem with the game which can make it or break it for you. The feeling of satisfaction in these games comes through making a steady progress measured through the completion of quests and goals. Many of the quests in the game can feel hopelessly out of reach; so much so that it can take more than a few hours of grind to complete those. This makes you feel like you’re not making enough progress, which severely impacts the game’s enjoyment factor. What’s more, you can only meet some NPCs in a day of the 6 week cycle. Since there is no option to skip days, you’ll find yourself mindlessly grinding away just so that you can get to that particular day to meet that particular NPC. This, paired with the problems with quest difficulty mentioned above, can make the game feel frustrating with moments where you forget about what you were trying to do and feel like the game is trying to stop you even though it’s supposed to not hold your hands at all. I’ve almost deleted the game a couple of times because of this.

There are also a couple of other technical issues with the game. The game has frequent stuttering, especially in certain kinds of in-game menus. It’s not enough to break the game, but is noticeable and takes away from the experience. There are also a few bugs in the game. I have even encountered a few that crash the game to the desktop. With how the game saves only after sleeping, this has made me lose some progress made in a single day, which makes the problem worse if you’re already deep into the game. Credit must be given where it’s due, though; the dev team is constantly rolling out patches and has promised content updates.

In a Nutshell
All in all, Graveyard Keeper at its best is a funny game where you run around crafting burgers, growing crops, burying bodies to complete the weird quests that the NPCs have for you. At its worst, Graveyard Keeper can become a slog with frequent alt-tabbing to look at the wiki for help, and grinding for quests that are far out of reach only to get a similar quest once you’ve completed it. My experience with graveyard keeper was a mixed bag with the issues mentioned above being almost unbearable at times. Still, this doesn’t change that graveyard keeper is a charmingly funny cemetery management sim that can offer you hours of fun. The game feels like it should have been an early release seeing that it needs more updates to fix issues and add more content to be what it promises to be, but when that is done, this will be a memorable experience for the fans of this genre. Until then, I can only recommend buying this game if it’s on sale, or if you are are a big fan of these kind of games.

Reviewer: Cloudyreader UG
XCOM 2
90
Overview
XCOM 2 is a turn-based strategy game set in the fantastic XCOM universe. The premise to the story is that there has been an alien invasion and it is up to you to form a task force and save the human race. The game is a part military, part sci-fi strategy game. It offers slightly futuristic variants of familiar weapon classes to use, depending on the soldiers you recruit. The game also has a base management system where you can upgrade your home base. Doing this offers you more options get new soldiers, to upgrade your soldiers and their weapons and skills so that you can improve your chances for defeating the aliens. .

Breakdown
A modern turn-based strategy game
Right now, there aren’t too many turn-based strategy games. While there are some such as the Divinity games, those are more focused on the narrative rather than purely on strategy like XCOM. As a fan of strategy games, I am thankful for XCOM 2 as it has filled that void, and done so really well. For those of you that don’t know how the game works, you choose a small group from your army to go into a mission, and are given specific goals. Each of your characters are given a certain number of points to move and attack the enemy. You have to spend them wisely as you can’t move after attacking, and you don’t want to leave your soldiers vulnerable. More importantly, the only thing that matters is the objective. You can, AND WILL, lose many soldiers that you get attached to. Maybe your very first soldier will have to be sacrificed at the last mission, or risk failing instead. You better be willing to make sacrifices. This risk-based system isn’t seen in many games these days. Most games will be so easy that you never lose a soldier, and if you do, you can always reset the mission and complete it without having to give anyone up.

A full-fledged base management system
You are given the chance to manage your base, and this mechanic is so feature filled that you would think you are playing a management game. You are in a ship with multiple compartments where you can create wide variety of stations for your army. From tech labs to an armory, it’s all there. There are also benefits to placing certain labs next to each other and this creates its own mini-game of sorts. Some players may not enjoy this, but if you are a fan of strategy games (which this is) you will most likely enjoy this additional layer of strategy and planning.

A weird…restriction?
My biggest gripe with XCOM 2 is this weird time limit restriction on a turn. This forces you to rush a bit which defeats the main attraction for turn-based strategy game fans. While it can add to the atmosphere of everything being urgent and difficult, if you aren’t a fan of that system, there is, thankfully, a solution for that: mods.

MODS!
Mods are one of those things that make PC often the superior platform to play games on, and the game has them in spades. The most important mod, something I feel that everyone should play this game with, is the one that removes the turn time limit. This will make the game a lot more enjoyable and open to multiple playstyles, which should make it appealing to most strategy fans.

A modern classic
As mentioned before, this game is set in the fabled XCOM universe and is a sequel to multiple XCOM games which are considered by many to be classics. XCOM 2 had a lot of expectations to meet, and having played XCOM 2, I can comfortably say that this game is a perfect sequel. It will go down as a classic; a must have in anyone’s steam library. This game does everything right from the previous games while also improving on those systems and adding new ones that fit right in with the theme of the game.

A must buy?
In short, yes this is a must buy. In more words, what are you waiting for, just go and buy it! This is a game I would recommend for everyone, even for newcomers to strategy games as this game has a fairly easy difficulty mode that shouldn’t be a challenge to anyone. When you do scale up the difficulty, you get one tough strategy game that doesn’t pull back its punches when it comes to punishing you, but making through it all is all the more satisfying. The only negative is that you need a separate mod to enjoy the game fully without feeling pressured to rush the game, which some players still might enjoy. It’s a great addition to any gamer’s library, and there’s no reason keep yourself from enjoying it.

Reviewer: Groiig UG
Divinity: Original Sin II
100
Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an isometric (top-down view), turn-based RPG. The game has a fantastic and sandbox elements with many deep systems that provide hundreds of hours of content.

Breakdown
Class Creation like you’ve never seen
This game has an in-depth class creation system that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen in other game. It has all the standard stuff of being able to choose your race, gender, appearance, and attribute points. It is here that the fun begins. You can choose your character’s class, and based on your chosen class and attributes, you get to choose 3 abilities that you can use in combat (of which some have effects outside of combat as well). Then you choose some perks. These perks don’t offer any stat upgrades, but change the way you can play the game ever so slightly. I do talk about one specific ‘Pet Pal’ perk later on in the review.

Next, you have what I find to be the most interesting part of this menu - the backstory. You can choose from a few predefined backstories for your character that give your character a few fixed perks, as well as some specific objectives in the main game, and change the way your character behaves slightly. You have a choice of around 10 stories and each one changes the way you play this game, offering immediate replayability. If you want to, you can also choose a blank character with no story and make your own way in this amazing world that Larian Studios have created. Making things even more interesting, you can also meet these other characters in the game and hear about their missions and backstories!

A proper RPG
One thing that I absolutely love about Divinity: Original Sin 2 is how it is a true RPG. What do I mean by this? Think of Skyrim, where there are actual consequences to your actions. There isn’t always a right or wrong choice to make. Sometimes, you will have to sacrifice a member of your party, and a future side quest might become unavailable to you because you needed that character.

The other thing that makes this game a proper RPG is proper consequences to your ‘everyday actions’. If you want to take some goods from someone’s house, then don’t think you can walk in, loot everything and walk out with no consequences. If you are caught in the act, then you better run and not show your face in the town for a while. If you do and are caught by the authorities, then expect to spend some time in jail. What makes it all the more engaging is the amount of freedom you are given over your choices. You can send the remaining members of your party to break out the jailed member, or you can do some quests to collect the money for bail, or you can even just leave them there for a while! All in all, this is a proper RPG, unlike most modern RPGs where you can walk in to an NPCs house and rob them of everything while they treat you like a king from the get-go.

Intricate story with a lot of replayability
The game has one of the best stories in a video game that I have ever experienced. It has twists and turns with many layers of depth. There are also a LOT of side quests, and they aren’t always fetch quests, or just there so you can grind up levels. Many of them add a lot of small bits to the story and game world. Learning more about the world naturally always adds to the satisfaction of completing the quests and, hence, immersion. On a side note, while this isn’t necessary, please take the ‘Pet Pal’ perk available at the start of the game. This perk will let you converse with animals, and you will have a lot of hilarious conversations with them. You will be able to get a lot of quests from these animals which you would usually miss out on if you didn’t have the perk. It’s highly recommended that you get this perk so that you can spice up your playthrough and make it even more enjoyable.

Taking into account the impact of your decision in quests, character creation, and perks, it is obvious that the game branches out in a lot of paths, and you will surely miss out on a lot of content in a single playthrough. You could be on your 10th playthrough only to realize that there were several quests hidden in your previous playthrough only available now because of your choices. With how fun the game is, you will be replaying it a lot and still be discovering new things about the game. Simply put, this game has an amazing value for money in terms of both quality and quantity of the content.

For the negatives..
NOPE. There isn’t any part of the game that fails to deliver. Unlike how it can be with games of this design, even the combat is a great aspect of the game. Although some players may not enjoy turn based style combat, I must say that this is a thoroughly in-depth combat system similar to what is seen in games such as XCOM, which are purely based on their combat! Although the combat could have been tedious after you’ve played this game for about a hundred hours, I can’t say that I found it so (admittedly, I am a fan of turn based strategy games). I still enjoy it now! If you really dislike the combat, then it’s not a big deal. You can avoid a large number of combat engagements just by talking your way out of it! Another aspect of this game that makes it a true RPG.

One word: MASTERPIECE
This is the only word I can say that would do justice to this game. I have nothing to nitpick about with this game. It is an amazing experience even for players who don’t enjoy turn based combat! Oh, and not to mention Steam Workshop support for everyone’s favourite mods. You can find many mods that customize this game to your taste! You won’t regret getting this game.

Reviewer: Michael UG & Emma UG
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
90
Introduction
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is a tactical, team based first person shooter that can be considered semi-hardcore, especially when compared to most other shooters in the market. In this extremely competitive game, you can almost certainly kill anyone with just 1 bullet irrespective of gun as long as you have the skill for headshots. This is where the beauty of this game lies; there are several complicated mechanics, but in the end, it comes down to one thing - headshots. Don’t worry if you aren’t that good with aiming, you can always play a supporting role. The wide variety of operators allow you to contribute to and help your team without being the top fragger.

Breakdown
A hero shooter or a shooter with heroes?
First off, what’s the difference between those two? A hero shooter is a game similar to Overwatch and Paladins. It revolves around the characters you choose to play and counter-picking enemy heroes, and using their skillset, kit to fight the enemies. Now, what’s a shooter with heroes? Well, it’s a shooter with heroes! But seriously, what I mean is a game that is primarily focused on being a shooter, but also offers unique hero kits to aid you, and that is exactly what siege is. This game is definitely an FPS first; you can even pick the Recruit, vanilla operator with no special gadget, and still contribute to the team by getting them headshots! At the same time, each operator offers that little bit of flair and uniqueness that makes them enjoyable to play. On top of that, each operator has a different speed+armour and their own set of guns that can only be played by operators of the same unit. Combining all of this, it is easy to tell that Siege is an FPS game with operators that adds their own bit of flair for a lot of varied combat scenarios.

Destructible environments
This is the probably the biggest selling point of the game. The destruction in this game is something akin to the old battlefield games. You can destroy almost everything one way or another. My most memorable moment in the game, after about 200 hours of play, has to be this one time when I was killed (yes, it was a death) through a hole someone had made in a solid wall. He melee’d the wall and made a tiny hole that was barely enough to see through. Even though I died, I was not at all salty. I was awestruck by how cool that was. All I wanted was to try the same thing out next round. The environmental destruction in this game is truly amazing, and its implementation is not just limited to fancy graphics but also factors in as an important part of the gameplay.

The next-gen esport?
This game is making huge strides in the esports scene, and the very design of the game with the emphasis on proper communication makes it seem like this is the perfect esports shooter. One of the mechanics that make it perfect for esports is the droning system. You are given 2 drones as an attacker to scout the map and find the defenders’ setup. You could mark the locations of enemies temporarily but it would reveal to them that you have a drone nearby. As a result, it is much better to just see where they are and instead of marking them, just communicate to your teammates that there is an enemy there. This will keep your drone hidden, unless the defenders manually spot it, but more importantly, it won’t let them know that you know where they are. This simple mechanic is so well suited for esports that it is no surprise Rainbow Six Siege is popular in the esports scene.

Pay to win?
This game has so much going for it that it is hard to fault it. The only place that I can complain is the price of the operators. Still, even in this you are pretty much good to go, as long as you don’t get the starter edition which makes the game incredibly grindy. While it will take you a while to unlock operators, it will keep things fresh and simple for newer players. Above all, like I’ve said before, you can still pick the Recruit and still contribute to the team by getting kills; it is not any easier to get kills on fancy operators compared to Recruit. All in all, while it is ‘pay to skip the grind’, it isn’t really too much of a negative as there will still be plenty of other operators that are fun to play.

Go forth and ‘siege’ this game
Sorry for the bad pun haha.. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is a well balanced game with it’s unique flair and an active community. This game is definitely a must buy if you enjoy competitive shooters, or even just multiplayer shooters in general. Another friendly reminder that you’re strongly recommended to buy the advanced edition instead of starter edition. In the end, the only thing you have to worry about after you get the game is the missing hours in your life as it will just eat your time up.

Reviewer: Michael UG
Subnautica
90
Introduction
Subnautica is an aquatic-themed survival exploration game. The premise of the game is that your spaceship has crashed on this primarily water-filled planet. You are aware of alien life present on the planet and are armed with just a knife. You must explore and survive, with your end goal being get off the planet by rebuilding your ship.

Breakdown
Early access done right
I’d like to start off by pointing out that this game started out in early access and has been completed. There aren’t many games that do that these days. A lot of developers just take the cash and announce the full release the game without fulfilling their promises, or don’t even release it at all!. Early access survival games are mostly seen as a cash grab rather than an opportunity to make a good game. If anyone is interested in seeing how to go about making an early access game, then Subnautica is the perfect example. The devs deserve kudos for their work and integrity.

Mediocre story, No combat
You read that right. The gameplay is ok, and combat is pretty much non-existent in this game. Your only lethal weapon is a knife in a huge ocean, the primary biome, filled with creatures that want to kill you. The beauty of this game lies in its emphasis on exploration without any combat. You are aware of the alien presence near your crash site from the beginning. You explore to discover hidden caves and bases which give you new technology that helps you fix your ship. The game might not have any combat, but it shows that not every survival game needs to be about killing everything in your way.

Beautiful World
The game is gorgeous. When you are underwater, the god rays moving make it look lifelike. It gives the water this turquoise tint that makes everything underneath, from plants, to animals, and even the terrain, pop and give it a little more edge. This ties in well with the biggest plus point to this game: the exploration. While exploring in other games may be tedious, and even feel like a chore, in this one, it fits right in with the outstanding visuals present.

What about replayability?
Sadly, this is one thing the game lacks. There isn’t really any incentive to play the game again after finishing it as the story is mediocre, and once you’ve explored everything, you pretty much know everything about the game. Although, there is a creative mode which eliminates what threats there are and lets you build amazing bases you can call home. Thankfully, the crafting and base building systems are fully fleshed out and this game mode is a fun experience.

A simple yet wonderful game
As you may be able to tell by now, this game is very simple, yet a fun experience. It doesn’t try to do much and what it does, it delivers phenomenally well. If you are looking for a casual game that you can kick back and enjoy, then this is it. Whether it is after a rough day’s work, or through the Sunday afternoon, this game will relax you and keep you hooked at the same time. I haven’t even mentioned that it is just the type of game that showcases the beauty of VR and should be a plus point for VR gamers. Subnautica offers about 20 hours of content, and would make a fine addition to the steam library of anyone who likes relaxing games with an emphasis on exploration. Definitely recommended!

Reviewer: Kevin UG
Strange Brigade
80
Strange Brigade is a third person shooter with some elements of adventure games. In short, this is a modern day Left 4 Dead game. You can team up with up to 3 friends and fight mummies and other monsters, as you try and find all collectibles and complete missions. It sounds good enough on paper, but is this game worth it?

Breakdown
Left 4 Dead in 2018?
I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought this was a remastered version of the classic game series in third person perspective. Although it isn’t by the same developers, it does have that same fun factor, especially when played in co-op. Although it doesn’t have the same mods and is in third person, I am certain that any fan of the Left 4 Dead games, and even those who aren’t, will enjoy this game.

Game Modes and Loadouts
Strange Brigade has a campaign of around 10 missions with each taking somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on your skill and difficulty setting. I recommend playing this game on medium or hard difficulty, and avoiding easy altogether. There is also a horde mode where you just try to survive for as long as possible, which is pretty standard in these kind of games.

As for loadouts, you have a choice between 3 characters. Each one of the characters have a unique primary, secondary, grenade, and special ability. You can unlock more special abilities and weapons through the collection system and by bringing back gold from the end of each game. I will touch on these systems more later on.

Also an adventure game?
I did call this Strange Brigade an adventure game at the start of this review, and I will explain why I said so. While it isn’t as much of an adventure game as Tomb Raider or Uncharted games, it does have some elements that make it an adventure game. For one, there is a puzzle system. While most of these puzzles are quite simple and won’t really challenge you for too long, they do freshen things up in the game and break the monotony of shooting hordes of monsters. There are also various items to collect, each of which make you stronger.

There are also a variety of monsters and bosses for you to discover in different locations. All of these one behave slightly differently, which, again, keeps the game fresh to play and enjoyable even for long sittings.

Collect ‘em all!
As mentioned before, there are a lot of collectibles in this game. It’s a relief that they are nothing like those trivial collectibles found in other games. Usually, there will be 6 collectibles of a set per level/mission, and collecting all of them will give you access to a treasure room which rewards you with a lot of gold. There are also hidden relics that you can find. You have this scrapbook of relics. Every time you finish a page of the scrapbook, you are rewarded with the ability to purchase an amulet. Now, what this is amulet? It is basically a new super ability for your character, and there are some amulets with really cool bonuses for you to choose from. You can also get more weapons for your character with unique abilities like a gun that freezes enemies, and such.

Bang for your Buck?
Overall, this game has a lot of things that keeps it fresh and is great fun, especially with friends. At full price, I can understand why you may be on the fence, as this game is quite expensive. What I will say is that if you are planning on playing with friends, don’t worry about getting your money’s worth back, because you will. Nonetheless, you could pick it up when it is on-sale if you are still on the fence about getting it. Definitely recommended!

Reviewer: Emma UG
This Is the Police 2
80
This is the Police 2 is a crime management game, where you takeover as the Chief of the town’s local Police Station. You are tasked with having to manage and take care of all the crimes that go on in the town. Nice concept, right? But does it live up to it?

Good Cop, Bad Cop
The cops in this game, have a mind of their own. If you are not nice to them then way you need them to pull through for you and maybe work overtime they won’t. And this is where the management aspect of the game comes in. Sometimes at the start of the game when the cops come to you with requests for a day off, or fewer working hours it’s good if you are able to give them that and keep them happy because later on when you have a barrage of 911 calls coming in, they will have your back and come through for you. But if you are a jerk and just make them work overtime from day 1 then expect them to leave you stranded when you need them the most.

The game also checks your ability to weed out the bad cops. Some of the cops you get are just rotten apples. All they will ask for is time off and not really put in any effort. If you are unable to pick them out from the rest, then you will have a hard time at this game. But this is a fun mechanic as this game is primarily a management game.

Riot at a restaurant or just a long line?
Sometimes the game throws curve balls at you. For example, you will get a call about a riot in a public place but it will just be a large crowd waiting outside. You will have to be able to pick up on these small signs that tell you whether a 911 call is an actual emergency or a prank call. While this isn’t really that important at the beginning, later o, when you are getting call after call and can’t risk sending out officers for prank calls you better be ready. This is also taken to an extreme sometimes and breaks immersion. Some of the calls you get are just so unrealistic that it brings you back to reality that this is just a game. This is a small issue I have with this game, but it can be deal breaking for more hardcore players.

Same as the first game?
Well, not really. While it has the same systems, it also builds on those systems and improves them significantly. It also adds this new turn-based combat system that shows up randomly and only in specific firefight situations. And considering the price is quite low for this game I would say that they have done enough to warrant making a sequel.

Worth it or not?
In my opinion this game is definitely worth it. While it is quite a niche game, it also makes it welcome to newer players to the genre. This is a fun, little game that is also cheap. In my opinion the price fits the value offered and even though the game has a couple of negatives I have no issue recommending this fun game.

Reviewer: David UG
RimWorld
100
Rimworld is a simple but expansive indie, survival-management game with an emergent story. Curious as to what this exactly means? Read on! You start off with a small group of survivors on a foreign planet. You have to ensure they survive and maybe even start their own settlement/civilisation so that they can thrive!

A completely customisable experience
When you start a fresh game, you are given a huge variety of options to customise your experience. You can change difficulties, your starting location, your survivors’ backstory and so much more. The biggest aspect of this has to be the ‘Storytellers’ but more on this in the next section. If you want to play a game while laid back on a Sunday afternoon then you can make this game so, if you want a challenging experience that keeps you on your toes then you can customise this game to be just that. It’s all left to you.

Emergent Story
This is a big selling point for this game. Each time you play this game, irrespective of your customisation choices, it feels different, and this is why. This is also the place where your choice of Storyteller matters. You are given quite a few choices. But first, what exactly are these storytellers and why do they matter so much? Your storyteller is basically the narrator of your adventures. You have a wide variety of options. You can choose one that doesn’t really give you any challenges ensuring a more “laid back” experience. You can choose one that gives you challenges at regular intervals. And best of all, if you are up for the challenge, you can choose the storyteller that has no rules! They throw everything at you irrespective of your progression, forcing you to find innovative and unique solutions.

This simple element to the game ensures that even if you customise two games exactly the same with even the same storyteller, you will almost certainly still have a different experience.

Doesn’t it look a little too much…like something familiar?
Funnily, it does and the game you are thinking of is Prison Architect (another fantastic game). There actually is a reason for this and that is the developers made a deal allowing Rimworld to use some of the assets. Now for some people this may make the game feel a little unique and that may be a negative but I think I speak for most PC gamers who love indies that despite the lack of uniqueness, the game’s art-style is still a thing of beauty and can be considered a positive rather than a negative! But at the end of the day, the aesthetics of the game is something very subjective and it is up to you to decide, but I for one am a big fan of this kind of art-style.

HOURS of content at your fingertips
This game, thanks to its customisation features and emergent story mechanic, offers hundreds of hours of content with tons of re-playability. If you are wondering whether this game is value for money, don’t worry, you will most likely not find a game that offers more value for its price tag than Rimworld. This is a fantastic indie gem and a true masterpiece.

Reviewer: Daniel UG
Car Mechanic Simulator 2018
80
Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 is, as you may have a guessed, a simulator where you take the role of a mechanic tasked with fixing and refurbishing cars. The game offers a variety of cars and lets you upgrade your garage and get better at doing your job, as you progress through the game. There are a wide variety of cars that you will have to learn to deal with as well!

Lie Simulator 2018?
Now I will get the negatives out first before talking about the good stuff. A lot of people seem to think this game has features that it just doesn’t. For example, you can’t drive up to warehouses in car, but you can choose from a variety of warehouses to work in. You can drive cars in a test race track, so that feature is in the game, even if not as expected. There also seems to be the assumption that you can take a broken car and remake it however you wish. This is partly true. You can change the liveries and aesthetics as well as the internal furbishing of the car. But you can’t change the parts of the car, if the car did not have a spoiler you can’t add one while repairing it.

As you can see, the game does have some negatives, but none of them are deal breaking and are quite manageable.

A Laid-Back, Chill Experience
At the end of the day, this is designed, as a simulator and like many other simulators this can be played in a very laid-back manner. This is the kind of game you can play for hours after a hard day’s work. You start off small, with a small warehouse and not a lot of high-end tools or expensive cars to fix. But as you work your way through the game you can upgrade your warehouse and make your life much easier. You can also ride the cars you fix and repair on a test track so that feature is there in the game. While it may not be up to the standard of dedicated racing games, it is a feature that is quite enjoyable to spend time on.

A Simple Yet Enjoyable Game
This game may not seem like it offers a lot, but it is a very enjoyable experience. This isn’t the game you are going to play endlessly in one sitting, but it is the kind of game you will keep coming back to for a fun and casual experience. It does seem to deceive some people with expectations before playing the game, but I have covered those in the start of this review, so you should be going into the game aware of what it has to offer.

To summarise, this game offers you the experience of being a car mechanic in a very rewarding manner. It also lets you test out the cars and upgrade your warehouse, tools etc. This game doesn’t cost a lot and, if you are looking for a game to enjoy from time to time in short bursts then look no further!

Reviewer: Kevin UG
Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War
100
Warhammer 40k:Gladius is a 4X, Grand Strategy game set in the fabled
Warhammer universe. This is not to be confused with the Total War
game ventures into the universe, as those are real time strategy games
unlike this. This game is in fact one of the few Grand Strategy, 4X games
in the Warhammer universe and I must say, it definitely matches the
outstandingly positive standards set by the Total War games. This game
offers you a full campaign with you taking charge of all four factions
available, a co-op mode, multiplayer and a custom match mode where
you can play vs the computer.

Which Faction Will You Draw Power From?
The game offers you the choice of 4 distinct factions. You can choose
from the Space Marines, the Astra Militarium, the Orks or the Necrons. I
will talk about each of these factions in brief.

The Space Marines are pretty much, the human race. They are extremely
well trained and well armed with high-tech weapons.

The Astra Militarium are an alien empire, they consist of a large number
of supporters and while they are loyal, they are also prone to fleeing
from high pressure situations. They are strong in numbers but are
weaker 1v1.

The Orks are a tanky alien race. They are very sturdy and tough to kill. As
you may have guessed the name is a hint to the traditional fantasy race
of Orcs and are very similar to them.

The Necrons are an ancient race that have futuristic tech and vehicles.
Not much is known about these guys, except that they can be very
deadly to face.

Research, Research And More Research!
The game is very similar to other grand strategy games. You have 4
resources to gather and you spend them to build more structures, get
more units to either fight or gather resources, research tech upgrades
etc. One thing that I must commend is the immense care taken in
designing the tech tree of each race. You have several tiers to the tree
and each tier has about 5 upgrades. You must research at least 2 to
reach the next tier. Some buildings require certain tech upgrades as do
certain units. Each faction has its own unique tech tree as well.

While we are still on the topic of gameplay let’s talk about the campaign
missions. The campaign offers you mission after mission in enemy
territory, till you eventually wipe out all the enemy factions. The game
does offer some amount of diplomacy, but the odds are you will win by
wiping out all the enemy factions.

A Must Buy For Every Strategy Fan!
This game does A LOT right and not a lot wrong. I for one don’t have
anything negative to say about this game, my only issue was with the
pre-order bonuses but that is irrelevant now. This game takes a beloved
franchise and makes a fantastic turn-based strategy game out of it.
Whether you are a fan of Warhammer games or a fan of strategy games
(or even just a fan of games in general!) this is a must buy. It offers hours
of content, plus re-playability with the 4 distinct factions.

Reviewer: Michael UG
Golf With Your Friends
90
Golf With Your Friends is an arcade mini-golf game. You can play in both
single-player and multiplayer. The base game offers you 7 themed
courses with 18 holes each. The game lets you host your own servers or
join other players through a server browser. But the best feature above
all has to be, the workshop support letting you make your own maps and
courses as well, as playing on courses designed by members of the
community.

Fun Only With Friends?
This game may be called Golf With Your Friends, but don’t let that deter
you. This game lets you check out everything in single-player and, if you
are still looking for a more social experience, open the server browser
and join some lobbies. The game also lets you customise the game
experience however you want! When you setup a lobby, you can change
many, many variables. You can have a low gravity setting or if you want
to mess with everyone else you can have the ball be a cube instead! The
possibilities are endless!

Customise To Your Heart’s Content!
As I have already touched upon, this game offers you a lot of
customisation. From the variables that affect gameplay to cosmetics, it’s
all there! You can even do things such as, change the colour of your golf
ball, add a hat and even skins just so that you can stick out in a round of
mini-golf with your friends.

But where the customisation shines in this game has to be, the
workshop. If you get bored of the 100+ holes available in this game, then
why not take a shot at making your own course with funky features and
unique mechanics? Heck, if you think it’s good why not make it public
and let the masses try their hand on your masterpiece?

Party Night!
We have all had those weekends where we play some game with a
group of friends for hours on end, not to be competitive or anything but
just to have fun. So why not check out this fun, little game even if it is a
bit niche. For those that have been gaming for a long period of time
might be reminded of those old browser flash golf games, when they
play this. It’s a very cheap game even at max price and there aren’t
really any issues to not get it. If you are able to get it with some friends,
then even better, but that isn’t a necessity to enjoy this wonderful game.

Reviewer: Nozzy UG
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
100
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is a one of the greatest franchises in
gaming history, but has also been a…Less than mediocre franchise at
times, to put it nicely. I still remember when I first played the original
Assassin’s Creed game, it was an entirely new and unique genre at that
time. There was no other game like it, and since then it has inspired
most of Ubisoft games to be like it in design and gameplay. But then the
bad years of the AC franchise came when a new AC game was an annual
event and every new game just felt more and more like the previous
game, but with more bugs. I can’t stress how great of a choice it was to
take a break a few years back from making a new AC game. Last year,
they came out with Assassin’s Creed: Origins and that was a fresh new
installment. It had all the good mechanics from past AC games while
adding new ones. All in all, it rejuvenated and breathed new life into a
once dying series.

So now, what about this year’s title? Odyssey - Is it back to the
monotonous and dull games of years past or does it match up with what
Origins had to offer?

Is this still Assassin’s Creed?
One stark change to the franchise (since Origins), is the fact that the
game has moved to a much more of a focus on having RPG elements
than being Hack and Slash-like, like in the original. This game also has a
huge importance on collecting unique and fancy loot. While it may not
be like the loot collecting in games such as Destiny and Warframe, it
does hold its own. In the end it is not in the same genre as these other
games and is not designed to be a looter game. Therefore, for a game to
not be a “looter”, yet have the astonishing variety of loot found in this
game is a huge positive.

Combat and Gameplay Mechanics
Something that is common to RPGs, but not to most previous AC games
is the level system with skill points to put into various abilities. At the
start you will not have many abilities or skills and the game may feel like
a hack and slash game, but as you progress through the game, the
combat will also get better. I can say with certainty that this game has
one of the best combat mechanics you will see in any game. You have a
wide variety of blocks, attacks, assassinations, etc. at your disposal.

There is a bounty system, if you harm innocent lives and commit crimes
then there will be a bounty on your head. And at times when you least
expect it, you will be notified that 1 or more bounty hunters are after
you. Now these aren’t the same as the tiny, trash mobs you fight most of
the game. No, these bounty hunters are more like boss fights. And when
you see them you better run as fast as you can unless you want to risk
your life.

There are many more unique gameplay elements that I will touch on in
other parts of this review.

Story
I will try and give a brief summary of some parts of the story without
spoiling anything. You have a very basic character creation system with
the main choice being whether you choose male or female character.
Throughout the story you are trying to reconnect with your past while
also trying to change the future of Ancient Greece for the better.

You face a cult throughout the story and you are given this flowchart
with various members of the cult but with their identities hidden. You
can perform missions and other quests to uncover more information

about these members and once you have identified them you can take
them out. One by one, you try and take down the entire cult. But keep in
mind that most of these members aren’t easy to kill, they are extremely
challenging and there is a hefty reward for killing them with exquisite
loot drops.

You also have Greece split up into various regions and in each of them
you can influence a particular faction such as the Spartans and Athens.
Once you have earned enough influence you can wage war on the other
faction in the area. These triggers a war-type mission which is a huge
scale battle. Once you have defeated enough of the enemy you have to
fight a final boss to finally defeat the faction and gain control for your
allies. This is a unique game mode not seen in other games and is a
wonderful addition to this game.

Naval Combat
Now earlier in this review I said that they added new elements but kept
good ones from previous games, and one good decision was to bring
back the naval combat from Black Flag. There are a few changes such as
no cannons, since there weren’t any cannons during the period the
game is set in. But they have replaced them with things such as a javelin
barrage. All in all, there are small changes to the naval combat, but it is
just as good as in Black Flag. One thing that adds to the experience, is
the gorgeous water textures and graphics. Sailing through this huge
open world looks, as beautiful as you can imagine.

Graphics and Performance
This game has some of the best graphic design and artwork you will see
in any game. Yes, some of the assets are reused from Origins, but that
just tells you how beautiful Origins looked and this one is even better. To
add to the amazing graphical quality, the game runs, as smooth as
butter. And this isn’t just for me, but for most people on the internet.

This just shows how much has changed since the days of AC: Unity
where the game was a bug infested mess on release.

Go and get the game ASAP!
What are you waiting for? This game is a masterpiece. While there are a
couple of issues when it comes to the leveling system being a bit too
much of a grind towards the end game, a couple of side quests will help
you on your way. Don’t buy the microtransaction currency to boost your
character, don’t support this corporate greed. Just play some side quests
which won’t be an annoying thing to do, as this game is truly enjoyable.
It’s a game you will come back to time after time and enjoy over the
period of months rather than rushing through the game in a weekend.
This game is definitely worth the money for old fans and new ones too!

Reviewer: Neal UG
Scum
80
SCUM is an early access survival game set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic
setting. So, what sets this one apart from hundreds of other early access
survival games? Well, this is THE SURVIVAL game. This game gives you so
much information that one may think it is unnecessary,but it is
necessary. That is what makes this game so unique and so addictive.

Eat your Vitamins!
As I said this game is probably the most realistic game ever. When you
hit your metabolism info tab, the games gives you so much information
that it might be daunting at first.

You have info about your heart rate, oxygen, blood pressure, internal
and external body temperature, your BMI and last, but definitely not
least vitamins and minerals! You have pretty much all of them, from
your standard vitamins to minerals such as Sodium and Iron, it’s all
there. You have about 20-30 vitamins and minerals you have to keep
track of!

Like I said this may be daunting, but once you play the game for a bit you
will see how this is necessary. The game is designed to be a hardcore
survival game. When you eat food, you must make sure you are eating
the right food to stay healthy and get enough calories. You ate too many
calories? Then make sure you walk, run and travel long distances to burn
those extra calories. You are planning on travelling long distances? Then
make sure you have some water to quench your thirst and DO NOT
forget to take some weapons to stay safe.

STAY ALIVE!
Right now there might not be a full game but trying to stay alive is a
game in and of itself. You have to maintain your bodily functions by
making sure you poop and pee regularly (and healthily). You have to
make sure you don’t get any diseases and if you see any symptoms, you
have to try and identify the disease and find a cure by yourself. Oh, and
be careful, if you are desperate and turn to cannibalism then you will get
the same infections and diseases as the person before you.

Why Though?
Right now the game is still in early access and it can be about 6 months
to a more complete product. As a result, the game right now doesn’t
have a lot of stuff you absolutely HAVE to do, but there is a lot of stuff
you can do. This game is still more proof of concept than a proper game.
There are no quests and missions yet and more importantly there is no
base building and social infrastructure yet. But there is a proper
hardcore survival sim here.

Cut To the Chase, is it Worth Buying?
In short, I would say yes. This game is getting updates and the devs are
working endlessly to get the full game out. Right now they have a very
good gameplay system and even trying to survive for a period of time is
a test. Right now the game is quite cheap at only $20, but as the game
gets closer to full release expect the price to increase. Expect the game
to come out very soon and I definitely have seen enough to have faith in
the developers. If you are hungry for a true survival game and are willing
to expect a few crashes now for a better game tomorrow (and not to
mention the better price now than later) then this is definitely worth
purchasing.

Reviewer: Linus UG
Space Hulk: Tactics
90
Space Hulk: Tactics is a re-imagination of the classic Space Hulk board
games, set in the Warhammer universe. This game is a turn-based
strategy game with a sci-fi theme. You have 2 races available to use, the
Space Marines(humans) and the Genestealers (aliens). As a result, you
have 2 campaigns for each race and both set in different time periods.
You can also use both races in multiplayer. The game also comes with a
custom map editor and you can make your own maps to play on vs the
AI or you can upload them to the workshop to use them in multiplayer
against other players.

Marines or Genestealers?
As I have already said there are 2 distinct races available for you to check
out.

If you play as the Space Marines, then you go in with a team of around 5
beefy but slow marines. You generally want to make your actions slowly
as these guys are slower and can easily be punished for taking the wrong
choices. You are given a number of action points to spend and it takes
points to even rotate. So as a result you will want to be cautious of the
much faster alien race around every corner.

If you choose to play the Genestealers then you won’t have a cap on the
number of units but each one is generally weaker. But you are much
faster than the marines and can get around quickly. You also have a
radar ability to check around corners which the Marines don’t have.

Overall, you have a choice from 2 distinct races and if you have played
too much of one of the races and feel like you need a change, the other

race is always available in both multiplayer and in singleplayer for a
more leisurely experience.

Intertwined Story
As I have already said there are 2 complete campaigns for you to play
through, with an intriguing story. Now both of these campaigns are filled
with missions of varying types and diversity to keep you hooked for a
while. And I should also mention that the story is quite good and even
though both take place in different time periods they are intertwined in
terms of the plot. I do not wish to spoilt it but I can recommend that you
play them simultaneously, although you won’t be missing out if you play
them independently for the first playthrough.

Extremely Slow Paced
One small issue that some players may have, is that the pace of the
game is quite slow even for a turn-based strategy game. If you are a fan
of strategy games, then I think you will like this, but if you are new to
strategy games and do not think you will enjoy the slow pace then I think
you might want to come back to this at a later date.

Take your time and enjoy this treat
As I have said, it is a slow-paced game. So don’t stress and take your
time! This game is really good, even if it may not be to everyone’s tastes.
If you are into strategy games,then I think this is a purchase you won’t
regret!

Reviewer: Emma UG
Postal 2
80
Postal 2 is a first-person game that is can be, as dark-humored as you make it. The game has a fully interactive story. This game is a sequel to the original Postal game.
Postal 2 is a game about performing daily errands. The game is a classic, with a ton of re-playability.

How dark do you like it?
Postal 2 has a fully interactive story. You can choose what to do. You can peacefully complete these errands, or create a chaotic environment while completing them. No worries though as the concept of the story is easy to pick up and enjoy. The game includes 89 achievements that can be earned easily while playing the game. The errands in the game can be as easy as returning some library books or buying some milk from the store. You can just do these and nothing else, or create a chaotic environment for everyone. This is a basic summary of the game.

Feels right:
The story is completely comical. However, please just know that this game can come off as offensive at times. Guns are used in the game as frequent as you choose to use them. The gunplay is pretty good for such a classic. There are a variety of guns to choose from. They each feel pretty realistic, with a realistic tone to them.

Graphics and Sound: In a single-player game, graphics and sound is everything. The game manages exceeds my expectations. The game is graphically pleasing. The audio is wonderful, it has the perfect ring to it. The game’s audio and graphics are easily comparable to a newer game, even though this game is over 15 years old! Although single-player games aren’t as popular, as multi-player games because overall they usually feel the same. This game is an exception because of the originality of the game. The game has the 3 things necessary for a good game, good audio, graphics, and gunplay. This game manages to exceed these, even for being so old. The length of the story depends on what you do. It offers a ton of re-playability.

Reviewer: Daniel UG
Fear The Wolves
70
Fear the Wolves is a Battle Royale game with its own unique twist on the genre. It has had a rough time with early access and the launch, but if you are an avid battle royale fan you might want to keep your eye on this one.

Another Battle Royale game? *Yawn*
I know most people aren’t really keen on trying out another battle royale game as the genre is getting really saturated right now with new releases still being churned out. But Fear the Wolves has put its own unique twist on the genre in numerous small ways. Each one making sure the game offers a slightly different experience from other titles in the genre but at the same time ensuring the game stays true to any standard battle royale game.

To start off, the game takes place in a futuristic Chernobyl. Instead of a random circle that does damage to player’s outside, parts of the map get marked as ‘radiated’. This doesn’t happen in a circular manner but in patches from the outside working to random point on the map. If you are in this area not only do you take damage but it also reduces your max hp as well. But don’t worry as there are a few items such as anti-radiation pills that can revert these negative debuffs. The game also has several items that let you survive in the radiation zone for a while such as hazmat suits and oxygen tanks.

Okay, but why Fear the ‘Wolves’
Now, the reason behind the name of the game. Have you played any battle royale game, spawned in a quite location. Sneak your way to the final circle and die to someone you didn’t see? It makes you feel like you wasted the past 20-30 minutes of your life and that you didn’t really do anything in the game. Well this game has found a way to counter that in a very intuitive manner. This game introduces these mutant wolves. They are spread across the map. They can do a lot of damage and need to be dealt with swiftly. It may require an entire magazine at times just to save your life. It introduces it’s own element to the game. As it requires numerous resources, you may want to be in an area where there are more players. This will make sure you are less likely to run into a pack of wolves plus it’s fewer bullets to kill another player than a wolf.

This sounds perfect, what’s the catch?
While this game is unique in a largely un-innovative genre this game severely lacks players. You may be forced to go to a server with worse ping just to find a full game. Some times you may not be able to find a game at all because too few players. But if you are from a region where there are players or in a timezone where you are able to play when most others are then this isn’t as bad of an issue.

Final Verdict:
While this is a good game at its core, I can’t recommend it at full price because of the small playerbase. However, if you are a fan of battle royale games and want a taste of something slightly different it’s worth picking up. To others, I would still encourage picking up this game on a sale.
Two Point Hospital
80
Two Point Hospital is a hospital management, sim game. It is the
spiritual successor to the classic Theme Hospital game. In fact, some of
the devs of this game were working on Theme Hospital. The main game
has you take charge of a series of hospitals with different issues and
scenarios such as, being situated in an area prone to natural disasters,
not enough land space, etc. As you progress you can earn money to buy
new things for your hospital - from vending machines to a syringe
machine (yes, there is a thing such as a syringe machine in this game),for
your hospital. You can even go back to your previous hospitals and make
improvements to get more money.

*Everyone “wants to break free”*
This game also has a very humorous setting. There are a variety of
diseases that are completely unrealistic,but hilarious. For example, there
is a rock-star syndrome where everyone dresses up as a rockstar and
think they are Freddie Mercury(for those of you that didn’t get the
‘break free’ reference, it is a song by Queen) and they need psychiatric
help. I don’t want to spoil any more of these. Rather you check it out for
yourselves as they will be quite a funny surprise.

*Help! Ghosts everywhere!*
In this game, if your patients die then they come back as ghosts to haunt
your hospital! The only way you can get rid of them is by getting your
janitor to take care of them. But your janitor will only do this, if they
have the right skillset and aren’t afraid of ghosts. This brings me to my
next point. You have to choose the right people for the right jobs. Each
member of your staff has unique skills that make them better for different jobs. Some may be better to be in charge of diagnosis, some might be better for patients to see after surgery and things like that.

*A lightbulb for a head…haha*
If you are looking for a serious game then you may find some of the
jokes not funny and breaking immersion. But then I don’t think this
game is for you. Just by looking at the aesthetics, you can tell that this
game is supposed to be comical and to play when you just want to blow
off some steam. I absolutely love the art style and design, but I also like
casual games. The only negative I have, personally, is the lack of a free-
play mode. You only have the scenarios/missions mode and while this is
enough to warrant the game’s price it just feels that a free-play mode
would have made this game perfect.

*Worth a buy?*
Well, yes! As long, as you aren’t looking for something too serious then I
think you will like the game. While I still would have liked a free-play
mode that doesn’t take away anything from what this game has to offer.
It is a wonderful throwback to older management games, and
particularly to Theme Hospital. I have had a blast playing this game and
will come back from time to time.

Reviewer: Draxter UG
Tyranny Commander Edition
80
Tyranny is an isometric, action RPG set in a medieval-fantasy period.
Now, you must be turning your heads away as this genre is quite over-
saturated of late, but fear not, as this game has one extremely crucial
and unique distinction. That is in the story. The premise of the game is
that a war has just gotten over and the “evil” side has won. Now you
work for this faction and are basically cleaning up the aftermath of the
war. And the big difference is that this game gives you total freedom of
your decisions. You can choose to be sympathetic and show mercy to
the people or you can show your dark side and be, as the name of the
game might hint, a tyrant!

*Be Your Own Villain*
This game offers you a very thorough character creation option. You can
choose to be an archer or a swordsman, a rogue or a tank and so on. You
can be whatever you want and customise everything to the tee. This one
feature in itself offers this game a ton of re-playability! Once you
finished the game as a frontline tank, why not try experiencing it as a
wizard? The possibilities are endless!

*Truly Freedom Of Choice*
As I have said in my opening paragraph, this game shows you the other
side of the coin when it comes to the classic tale of Good vs Evil. You are
on the side of Evil and you have to ensure the homeless people who
have had their lived ripped apart in the aftermath of the war are dealt
with. You can choose to throw them all to jail without reason or you can
be a merciful character in a world without heart. The choice is yours.
This is where the RPG element of the game stems from. You can choose to invest in skill points that will aid you on your journey or you can choose ones that might hinder your decisions but help you in combat. This is a vast and diverse system that is easy to understand but has layers of depth for more experienced players. The path is yours to forge!

*Snail’s Pace Combat…Yawn*
This game has a lot of positives but there is one negative aspect to it that
I feel has to be stated in a review, and that is the combat. This is real
time combat with the option to pause so you can micromanage your
party members and use their abilities. There is the option to have the AI
control your party members, so you can keep the combat real time, but
,as you learn more abilities it becomes harder to play using this, as the
computer may not target who you want to target or may heal the wrong
member. So the game immediately forces some amount of
micromanagement on players and on top of that the combat is …. just
dull and extremely slow. I don’t know how else to describe it. Some
players may enjoy it, but I can’t say that I did. Even players who enjoy
slower strategy games might not enjoy this game’s combat.

*Get Started On Your Path To Tyranny*
Now I have talked about the one big negative and that is the combat but
don’t let this deter you as the rest of the game is quite enjoyable. It has
re-playability through just the character creation, not to mention the
choices you will have to make. It also has a unique and interesting story
to keep you hooked. I can safely say that a lot of people will enjoy this
game despite the combat gameplay being kind of a let down.

Reviewer: Groiig UG
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition
90
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is a remaster of a classic fantasy CRPG game that goes by the name of “Icewind Dale”. This game can be considered a virtual Dungeons and Dragons game as well, as it shares a lot of similarities in its RPG aspect. This game is also what has inspired many of the best selling isometric RPGs in the market currently, such as the Divinity: Original Sin and Pillars of Eternity games.

*Write your own stories!*
This game, like the more recent entries in the genre, has a vast and deep character creation system even though this game is around 15 years old! You can choose from a variety of gender, races and professions as well as allocate stats and traits. As you progress through the game you will realize that the story of your friend’s tale and yours will be completely different, simply because of the decisions you have made in the game. At each crossroad or each issue that comes to you in the game there will be a number of different options available for you to take and make your character, be whoever you want them to be. If you want your character to be diplomatic, you can do that, if you want them to be arrogant and cocky you can do that as well. The choice is yours.

*Graphics remade?*
The original game’s graphics definitely looks very dated when compared to modern day gaming. But the Enhanced Edition has polished it up and made it look more modern while keeping the iconic art-style, which is extremely special to the people who have played the original game. Even if the Enhanced Edition graphics aren’t up to the standards of Divinity or Pillars, but don’t let that fool you as this game has so much depth to make up for its shortcomings (which are few). This game has so much quality to offer and to wide variety of tastes. If you like RPGs, sound/music design, art design or great storytelling there is something for you in this game.

*Make your fantasies a reality in this game*
This game lets you go on your own fantasies and adventures, make them a reality, as this game is definitely worth picking up. If you are a fan of RPGs and would like to see how they got to where they are today, then this game will show you what they were like 10-15 years ago. If you are just a fan of quality PC games, then this has quality in spades. Or if you are a game collector than this is definitely a must have for the game library!

Reviewer: Michael UG
Northgard
80
Northgard is a city building strategy game, similar to the classics such as “The Settlers” series, but it removes most of the hardcore elements and makes the genre more mainstream and accessible for new players to the genre. This game takes on a Norse setting and theme with army contingent being Viking-like, as are the appearances of the buildings and other structures that you build in the game.

*More Casual or Dumbed-Down?*
The thing this game does different from other games in the genre is that, it removes some of the hardcore mechanics such as, having to have roads connecting buildings and instead this game gives you specific locations to build certain buildings. This ensures that newer players don’t mess up their city design and are eased into the genre.

The game has a story mode with an interesting story, as well as online and co-op modes to build cities with your friends. The story follows some Vikings, who after years of searching for a new home find a suitable location and that is where you take control of the group of survivors. You are not only tasked with setting-up a new home you also have to ensure the clan can thrive and grow in this uncharted area.

*Art Design and Viking Horns*
The art design for the game is stunning. The graphics are also up to par with modern standards. But let me explain why the art style is nearly perfect for this game. The art style gives the game a slightly cartoon-y feel without making it too casual. This one aspect of the game makes it feel very welcoming and open to new players without shunning away hardcore fans. Along with the art design, the music choice and sound design compliments the art in the game perfectly. These 2 aspects of the game elevate the game to a whole new level.

*Better than the Older Games?*
Sadly, while I can recommend this game to everyone, I can’t say it is better than the older games in this niche genre. But I can say this is the right game for this generation of gamers compared to the older ones. Some may say this is a downgrade, but in my opinion it is just designed for the modern market. Definitely worth picking up, but fans of games such as the Settlers series might have to manage their expectations.

Reviewer: Draxter UG
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
90
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is the sequel to the award winning game - Pillars of Eternity. This game has everything good about the first game plus even more interesting game elements. The biggest addition is the naval combat, which is there in spades. This game is like most other CRPGs where game offers you a chance to make the character you wish and level them up as they progress through the story as well as recruiting allies and teammates.

*Find Yourself!*
This game offers you a chance to create any character you wish. You can make them look however you wish in terms of appearance. You can choose from a variety of classes, you can be a druid or a mage, a wizard or a warrior the choice is wide and it is yours. You can also dual class and be a mix of different classes, for example you can be a battle-mage, a character who is focused on battling with a bit of magic to maybe buff yourself and allies. One thing the game does better than most other games in the genre is that it offers you a LOT of choices, as you level up in terms of new skills and abilities. The game also lets you choose to continue from your save in the first game, if you have played it. You basically take your character and a few decisions from the first game carry over. But fear not, if you haven’t played and are missing out on the story because this game does a good job of catching you up with the events of the previous game. Others have said that not playing the first one didn’t create a huge difference or gaps in story, but they wish that they have had played it, as it is also a great game.

*Best Combat in the Genre?*
I am a huge fan of this genre and out of all the games I must say this is the one. This is a huge compliment because a lot of games don’t do combat right in this genre. This game has real time combat with the ability to pause it. You can also have the AI to control your allies, although as you play more of the game I suggest you take control of them yourself for more precise decisions. This is something that the other games also have, but there is a certain way that combat has been balanced in PoE 2 that it makes everything feel just right without being too difficult to learn. Don’t get me wrong there is a learning curve for the hardcore fans, but the skill floor is quite low to accommodate for newer players of the genre.

*Ship Combat: Good or Bad?*
The answer to that question is - actually both. The naval combat in this game is good but can also be bad at times and that is the only negative thing I have to say about the game. The ship combat initially is quite dull compared to the rest of the game as it takes form in a text-based format. It makes the game feel like the text-based games from 30 years ago but with a lot of RNG. Although there are some elements that are good about it. There are several roles on the ship and you need the right people in the right role to do those jobs. If you have a surgeon firing the canons, then don’t expect to be hitting a lot of the shots. There is also boarding and that is the highlight of the naval combat. The combat scenarios that come up when you are boarding a ship or being boarded yourself are definitely one of the most fun times in this game. I don’t know why exactly but I guess it might be that it is very close quarters combat in a game like this doesn’t happen often.

*Hours and Hours of Content*
This game is definitely worth picking up and it even does a good job of easing newer players into the genre. It has hundreds of hours worth of content and that is just on a single playthrough. This game offers a tonne of re-playability with the option of multiple character with different playstyles.

Reviewer: Neal UG
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
90
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a massively open-world, third person shooter. You are in a squad with 3 other members (these 3 members are either other players or AI witch player can control) and are tasked with completing missions across fictional Bolivia. There is a story here but this game in my opinion is primarily a co-op sandbox game.

*Open World To Beat All Open Worlds?!*
This game has the biggest open world you will ever see, but the best part is that it is fully accessible from the moment you jump into the game. The game world is filled with missions, collectibles and conflict zones in every nook and corner. There is always something to do in the world of Ghost Recon: WIldlands. There is an overarching story that affects the game world, but that story never restricts your freedom. You and your buddies are free to go to a high-risk areas with nothing but pistols and try and fight your way through it at any time. You don’t have to wait for the right story mission or worry that finishing a particular mission will block off an area. The world is also littered with stuff to collect which I will touch on in the next section.

*Craft Your Gun Without Really Crafting It*
As I have already mentioned the world is filled with stuff to collect and discover. Most of the collectibles are in the form of resources, guns or gun modifications. This game offers so much choice when it comes to your preference of guns. The game makes it feel like you are crafting your gun despite there being no crafting system in the game. That is how detailed and plentiful the mods are to each gun, as well as the variety of different gun types that are at your fingertips. Just be sure to turn on the markers in your options menu, or else you might miss out on most of the guns and resources, as they won’t be highlighted. This is one of the few gripes I have with it. The markers have to be either all on or all off. You need them on to find stuff in this amazing open world, but the problem with that is that it pretty much gives you x-ray vision which is not something most gamers want.

*Is There Something For You?*
There is definitely something to do in this world at any given time, BUT is there something for you? While this game does have a single-player mode I can’t recommend this game at full price just for that experience. The place where this game truly shines is the multiplayer and co-op. Do not treat this game as a tactical shooter. Treat this game as a destruction sandbox where you and your mates go to have a good time.

*Worth Buying?*
As for whether or not it is worth buying only you can decide. If you are not going to be playing with friends then I’d recommend waiting for a sale, but if you are okay playing with random players online or can convince a few of your buddies to get the game then I can recommend this game. This game will give you a lot of laughs and a great time that shouldn’t be missed out on.

Reviewer: Michael UG
One Finger Death Punch
80
One Finger Death Punch is a fast-paced simple fighting game. It goes around kung-Fu battles with varying modes and styles. It is a game based on attacking and wrecking. A brawler where you punch left or punch right. Rhythm game-like, but with no rhythm. The actual rhythm comes with the fighting where every click is an actual attack.
The player needs to attack when the enemy is in the range of the attack. The ranges change depending on how well you are doing. So if you combo enough the range gets bigger and may let you do a charge move. Weapons give you extra range too.

*Story*
The game basically goes around a solo fighting stickman that battles hundreds of enemies advancing in chronological order. The game is easy to learn and but pretty much challenging to master. Well as a matter of fact the game cannot be mastered since you always are prone to hit one extra button by mistake. You start as a student. After several levels you unlock master levels where it gets harder. After master is completed, you unlock grandmaster where the difficulty is maxed out and the gameplay gets to its extreme. Can you make it from a student all the way to a grandmaster?

*Controls*
Speaking of the control configuration, they are pretty much the simplest ones out there; LMB to attack left, RMB to attack right. That's all of it.

*Graphics*
As an overview of the game's graphics, they are decent for an indie game. What's cool is that some objects in the background can be used to kill opponents. Some opponents are kicked into tables or walls that are in the background and break them. Some killings have cinematics like breaking the skull that happens in slow motion and lets you take a breath from the fight and enjoy the sound of the breaking.

*Skills*
Skills can be acquired by reaching a certain level and playing it. Some skills are cool and important to the fights and some are just there for no important reason.

*The enemies*
First comes the basic ones. The ones that can be one shot. Those ones aren’t a big deal. A simple LMB or RMB and you’re done with them. No matter how many they are and how frequent they come, if all the enemies are like basics, you can ace the battle with a 10/10 health.
Second comes the dodgers. Those ones come tricky since in the middle of the fight, you get one that needs to be hit one to the left then ones to the right. It might not be a problem, but with high speed and high frequency of enemies, those ones are damned. Some of the dodgers come of three hits or four hits. ( 3 hits as in L-R-L for example and 4 hits as in R-L-R-L)
Third comes the tanks. Those are easier than the dodgers since they require you to hit them two, three, or four times but in the same direction. (like 3 rights, or 2 lefts and so on).
Fourth comes the mixed ones where they are tanks and dodgers. Those are the ones that have a weird combo to hit them. They require 3 or 4 hits which are like (L-L-R-L, R-R-L-L, R-R-R-L) and so on.
Fifth comes the enemies that have a crown above their heads. These have a so-called brawl attached to them where there is a specific combo that shows on the screen and you must hit the right keys in the right order to get rid of them.
Finally, there are the bosses. Boss fights are cool since a boss changes pattern every time you hit him and has a long life which makes it nice to keep on hitting him right and left.

*Conclusion*
All in all, the game is fun to play and competitive if someone wants to fully complete it. The story isn’t a story, pretty much completing levels to unlock another. Skills are there to upgrade the experience. Weapons are there to spice up the battle and add fun to it. Nobody should ignore this because of its graphic style, because it looks like a web game. Everyone should pretty much play it because it is satisfying and vicious and responsive. For the cool level variety, for the fun and challenge in every level, and just for pure Kung-Fu experience.

Reviewer: Steve UG
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
90
Player Unknown’s Battle Grounds or as everyone calls it PUBG, is an FPS, battle royale game that gained huge success when it was released for an early-access in March 2017 and gained huge player base, over 1,3 million players have played this game on PC alone!

*Breaking the rules and breaking records!*
This game was one of the first battle-royal games that had so many players, it broke the ice for the rest of BR games, and as everyone knows battle-royal game mode is practically in every shooter as of today.

At the beginning you land in an island with around 100 players. Islands (maps) are quite big, some say that they are even too big, but there is alternative for that, as the game currently has 3 maps with 4th on its way. When you land on the ground first thing you have to do, is search for a weapon, as every other player around you will try to kill you the moment they see you, and you have to be ready for that!

Once you find your weapon, you have to look around and make sure, that none is following you, or if none is around you. After that look at the map and check where the circles went. Map keeps getting covered in blue zone which damages you quite a lot, and you have to make sure you are not in it!
Then you can chose your strategy, ether run and look for a loot while also risking your life going for loot crates which drop from planes regularly, or play safe and move slowly, while trying to kill people who risk their life for better loot.

*Fun with friends!*
As everyone has heard by now the phrase “Where we droppin’ ?” originated from PUBG. This phrase is used frequently at the start of games in squads of players.
This game is fun and competitive playing solo, but it becomes a completely new experience when you play with your friends. You end up having a lot of laughs and a lot of high-skill plays. As you understand each others playstyles you work with them in synchronisation. This game gives a lot of options to get better in terms of gunplay and game sense in all its game modes, but playing in squads or duos definitely adds a new element of teamplay skills to the game and gives it a new dimension.

*Too much too fast?*
Over all, I would say that this game is fun, if you don’t get “burned out” by it, with that I mean, not playing for too long, or have it as your “main game”. Because it may get a bit boring to loot, run, get killed and do it all over again for 3 hours a day, but if you play it occasionally, then you will be very happy with it, as I didn’t had bigger adrenaline rush from a game, as I got from PUBG while sitting in last circle surrounded by 2 more players and trying my best to survive and bring home that chicken dinner!

Because for moments like these, I would like to grade this game high! It gives a lot of great moments and laughs, it because of funny plays or the vehicle bugs in the game that sees your motorcycle flying across the map! It’s an amazing game but don’t burn yourself out on it!
Highly recommend it!

Reviewer: Groiig UG
Portal 2
90
Postal 2 is a first-person game that is can be, as dark-humored as you make it. The game has a fully interactive story. This game is a sequel to the original Postal game.
Postal 2 is a game about performing daily errands. The game is a classic, with a ton of re-playability.

How dark do you like it?
Postal 2 has a fully interactive story. You can choose what to do. You can peacefully complete these errands, or create a chaotic environment while completing them. No worries though as the concept of the story is easy to pick up and enjoy. The game includes 89 achievements that can be earned easily while playing the game. The errands in the game can be as easy as returning some library books or buying some milk from the store. You can just do these and nothing else, or create a chaotic environment for everyone. This is a basic summary of the game.

Feels right.
The story is completely comical. However, please just know that this game can come off as offensive at times. Guns are used in the game as frequent as you choose to use them. The gunplay is pretty good for such a classic. There are a variety of guns to choose from. They each feel pretty realistic, with a realistic tone to them.

Graphics and Sound: In a single-player game, graphics and sound is everything. The game manages exceeds my expectations. The game is graphically pleasing. The audio is wonderful, it has the perfect ring to it. The game’s audio and graphics are easily comparable to a newer game, even though this game is over 15 years old! Although single-player games aren’t as popular, as multi-player games because overall they usually feel the same. This game is an exception because of the originality of the game. The game has the 3 things necessary for a good game, good audio, graphics, and gunplay. This game manages to exceed these, even for being so old. The length of the story depends on what you do. It offers a ton of re-playability.

Reviewer: Draxter UG
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
90
Wolfenstein 2: The New colossus is an alternative history, first person shooter with an emphasis on story. This is the sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order which is a reboot of the Wolfenstein series. For those of you that are unaware, Wolfenstein is a classic sereis and the original game is what started the single player shooter genre.

*The Story*
The Wolfenstein series is an alternative history series that tells a story of what might have happened if Nazi Germany would have won the World Wars. This game, in particular is a continuation of New Order. Don’t worry, you don’t need to play the first game to play this one, but I do recommend it as a game. Your assassination of the Nazi General in the first game was a short victory, as the Nazis are fighting back. You play as a member of the Resistance and the last hope for humanity and the world. This is the basic summary up to the start of this game. The story starts off seriously, but it doesn’t stay that way. It takes on a more casual and comical tone for the rest of the game with the addition of laser guns and flamethrowers. Each playthrough of the game will take around 15 hours to finish.

*Gunplay*
I have good news for fans of shooters and that is that the guns feel meaty and powerful in this game, as it should. There are a number of guns to choose from, in fact the starting gun varies depending on some of your choices as well and in this game lives on its guns this offers re-playability. All the realistic guns feel right for the time period as well as feeling good to shoot and kill people with. As I have already said, the game does take on a comical role and with that comes a few humorous guns to use such as flamethrowers and laser-based weaponry.

*Graphics and Sound*
As this is a single player game, the graphics and sound are extremely important and I’m happy to say, that the game hits the ball out of the park on both of these fronts. The sound and music, is absolutely perfect especially when it comes to the sound of guns and shooting them.

Even though the game is a few years old, the graphics also holds up to modern standards. When you start playing the game you may even confuse it with a game that released in 2018!

*The Perfect Trilogy?*
The single player shooter genre isn’t really, as massive as the multiplayer equivalent for a number of reason. Mainly, they all feel the same and don’t sell as well. There are 3 things needed for a good single-player shooter game and those are story, gunplay and art & sound. This game perfects all 3 of these sections. The only negative thing I can say about it is that the story may not be realistic for some players. Even the length of the game is great. It takes around 15 hours to finish but offers quite a bit of re-playability with different game starts.

Reviewer: Michael UG
The Banner Saga 3
100
The Banner Saga 3 is the final episode in the Nordic/Viking themed epic trilogy developed by Stoic and published by Versus Evil. This is an indie strategy game series that started off with the original Banner Saga in early 2014. The second in the series came out in mid 2016. This series also has its own unique and distinctive artstyle that is loved by all those that have tried out the game.

*Gameplay*
As I have said, this is a turn based strategy game. You will control a small party of warriors in each combat sequence. After you defeat each enemy your party grows stronger and your characters earn some item drops. Those that are fans of turn based games or strategy games will surely love this game’s combat loop. It is also very inoffensive so that even those that aren’t too fond of turn based games or strategy games can still find enjoyment in Banner Saga 3.

The game also has a city builder aspect to it. There are 2 main groups you control. One is the village of your people. You must choose how you wish to lead your people. Do you wish to be benevolent and help the poor of the village or do you wish to use all your funds to improve the defences. Each choice matters and can have an impact on how your story ends. Meanwhile the other group is a bunch of warriors from the village who are in search of the ‘darkness’ to end the misery once and for all.

*Art and Sound*
Even taking one look at this game will give you a home-y feeling. This game has wonderful 2D aesthetics that look hand drawn. It has a warm feeling around it that makes you feel comfortable and pleasing to look at but at the same time you know you have a battle on your hands and need to stay focused to successfully complete the game. The sound compliments the art design of the game to perfection.

*Story*
This is the third title in the Banner Saga series and as a result you will be jumping in to an ongoing story if you choose to start with this one. Don’t fret as you won’t feel lost although playing this game would make you want to go back and play the first two titles. If you are okay with spending a bit more money I’d highly finishing the games in order. The general story is of the people of the village you are controlling and their quest to vanquish the ‘darkness’(the big bad of the game) once and for all. I do not wish to spoil too much of the game so I won’t talk much about it but it is one of the best stories in gaming. The game also has multiple endings, you will definitely want to replay this game to try and find all the endings as it is so interesting. Heck, you will want to play all 3 games again as decisions in the first two games can influence the story here. Thankfully all the games are quite short so it doesn’t feel like a chore

*A True Masterpiece*
This game is a true masterpiece and stands alongside games such as The Witcher 3, GTA V, Bioshock series, Prey etc. On first sight while the game looks appealing it may not strike you as one capable of standing next to some of these other games but it’s just another example to not judge a book by it’s cover. The Banner Saga 3 is polished and does well in all departments. It’s not too expensive and has a good 10-15 hour campaign length, fit for the price. It also offers a ton of replayability that extends to the prequels in the series as well. Definitely a must buy

Reviewer: Michael UG
Dynasty Warriors 9 Special Weapon Edition
80
We have played this franchise for several generations backward, and Koei Tecmo and Omega Force have decided to try something new with the "Dynasty Warriors 9". In this latest review of the war of the three epic realities, developers have chosen an adventure in an open world in which players can explore ancient China and participate in key battles and witness the crucial moments of a significant era.

If you are a veteran of "Dynasty Warriors" games in any respect, you will notice the familiar elements of the story. Either way, an open world for one player is full of surprises, depending on how you watch it. Only its existence adds a lot of unprecedented shades of gaming, most of which are optional. However, in this part of "Dynasty Warriors," there is much more that you can do than any previous part, and the game also attracts players by having a large number of RPG elements.

Ready Set Hunt!

You will be caressing, lying, cooking and collecting things. Every secondary shootout happens for resources. The items you collect, the animals you hunt and the fish you catch will allow you to make objects and weapons; Cooking meals improves your skills and gives you the chance to earn XP. Of course, you do not have to do any of this to progress through the game. These activities are there only to build your character, and your concern can depend on the campaign and the stories of the person you choose. However, if all these additions were measured on an RPG scale, they would not be worth much because everything is largely lacking in comprehensiveness. Every secondary task is nothing more than going to an object, unless it's about helping your allies get to the main campaign in the campaign. Those who give you tasks and goals themselves are nothing special, nothing worth remembering. They are here to get XP points, prey and (in some cases) to help you learn about the world and how it works. Each side trip serves to help you prepare for great battles.

Then, there is a research, a function that is almost completely new in this franchise. In the typical "Warriors" game, you never really stop to look around. In "Dynasty Warriors 9", the game itself invites you to do just that. When you feel you need a break from fighting and collecting items, you can deal with the viewing of rich environments. Since all of China is accessible to you, you will find yourself in different environments. However, although the open world is relatively beautiful, do not expect to present China in its true light. At first glance, your environment within the game is worth the research. The more you study it, you will be less interesting until you find a new ecosystem. The size of the world in "Dynasty Warriors 9" is, however, impressive, and Omega Force deserves applause for making the world that so easily fits the rural, mountainous and bamboo forest areas. What simply misses the game is less blurry frames.

The Three Kingdoms

Improved graphics can be seen where needed - characters look great. They're not perfect, but they're great. Particular attention has been devoted to the details of all our three Kingdoms heroes. We can very easily say that the characters have the most details in the whole game, and if you are a veteran of the fractions, this can provide you with real pleasure. What makes the game even more impressive is the size of the character set. Developers have once again expanded the list, so the game now has over 83 unique characters. Even worth mentioning to soldiers too. Though you will massacre hundreds, if not thousands, of the same faces, we can not deny that their models have been upgraded, especially with regard to armor that very well reflects the illumination of the world. These details help you forget everything else during the fight, and, to be honest, fighting is what counts. Fighting the "Dynasty Warriors 9" will compensate for some of the gaps in the game. Bending between Lui Bei, Lu Bu, and Zhou Yu, we noticed sharp animations and unique sets of movements, all of which have the same purpose: killing waves by the wave of enemy hulls.

In addition, developers have expanded the battle from previous parts by implementing new stunts, bumps, and counter-attacks. Counterattacks function as in Arkham Rocksteady games, but this similarity to this game ends. When you start killing your enemies, each ability can ease chain combinations of attacks and flowing movements that seem to last for an entire eternity, and in the middle of a thrilling sea of martial arts, you will discover the soul of this game. You may also notice that the sound design is different for each weapon. If it's blunt, the feedback is dull, and if it's a sword, you'll hear the sound of metal, and so on.

Is that your voice Oh brave warrior?!

However, the sound is another problem in the "Dynasty Warriors 9".I am not talking about the ambiance of the environment or the conflict of soldiers, but i am specifically referring to the lending of votes. "Dynasty Warriors 9," tells your story by interlacing the inserts and dialogs in real time (preferring insert). For both of you, you will frown on the characters and their choice of dialogue. This is a joke full of surprises because behind some of the heroes there are good actors, and behind some of them not really. In many unfortunate cases, decisive warriors will excite threats in a faint voice. This is not helped even by the fact that some parts of the written dialogue are simply poor. However, if i need to sort out a good versus bad dialogue, i would say that dialogue, taking into account everything, can pass.

The fact is that "Dynasty Warriors 9" functions as an experiment. This is Omega Force's first attempt to make an open world title, and although every aspect of this game is not great, it still represents a package that provides more where it needs and which, in its essence, retains and improves the original H & S (Hack & Slash) experience. When i found myself in a situation that some of my tasks were dead, i would have skipped it and headed straight to the battlefield. Since boring parts are mostly optional, they are not completely negative. At the same time, i was completely impressed when i realized that all the items you collect and all the sites you discover stay in one place between the campaigns, between the characters, and between the kingdoms. The continuity resulting therewith facilitates progression and allows players to easily approach the main aspect of the game: campaign campaigns, the completion of which allows access to unique characters on the huge list.

Reviewer: Michael UG

Rate:8/10
Sniper Elite 4
90
Sniper Elite 4 is the latest installment in the sniper stealth series and you play as protagonist Karl Fairbourne in war ridden Italy. The game has massive levels in the campaign but only is eight missions long. Each mission allows you to play any way you want at your own pace which is useful for planning your next move. Cooperation mode returns as long as a multiplayer mode with a returning mode from the third game called survival.

Gameplay:
The game has a became a more realistic sniper game with a few new additions. The game now has a new special ammo that is silenced ammo meaning, the bullets are silenced instead of making a sound when ejected from the chamber. Authentic difficulty has become an even bigger challenge than its previous installments as you have to worry about wind, gravity, muzzle velocity, and resources. It feels like a more realistic sniper game and it becomes satisfying when getting a kill from long distances. Coop mode is back and it feels more enjoyable with a friend as you both can be a pesk to those Nazis and work as a pair to get the missions done faster. Multiplayer has also returned but feels blank due to some game mods except one where you have to kill each player at a certain distance almost like sniper versus sniper. Survival is well survival but with a twist. You hold an area and in that area, Nazis can shut off your resupply location and it does not turn back on for a few rounds,

Story:
Karl Fairbourne is sent into World War 2 Italy where the Nazis have a new secret weapon and he must eliminate the ones responsible and uncover the weapon fr the Allies. It's actually a complex story that also involves OSS and the Sicilian Mafia with Nazis also causing a conundrum due to the fact that this weapon is dangerus and they want to keep it secret.

Overall Score:
This game gets an 9/10 because of the authentic difficulty and the coop mode giving the game a new way to play.
Tannenberg
80
Tannenberg is an authentic World War 1 FPS title. The authenticity of the game is taken seriously by the developers. Here, the guns truly feel like they are from an age long ago with lower accuracy and rate of firing, and not just reskinned modern guns. You also have iconic trench battles from World War 1. The maps are also set in pretty iconic locations in the eastern European front of the war.

This game is not like the many popular run and gun games of today like Call of Duty and such. You will die, a lot. Then, you will get better over time and learn to take the good fights and avoid the bad ones. Tannenberg is a difficult game, but it is all worth it for how rewarding it can be. It is certainly a breath of fresh air when every shooter feels the same; you run around spraying your gun, hoping you to kill as many people until you die, and then respawn and repeat. The game punishes you for dying, and you will have to get better to stop dying. The guns do justice to the time period they were from. The machine guns are slow and mounted. Firing accurately with guns is difficult as there are no scopes. There is a lot of trench combat, and you will be in mud for most of the game. This is not pseudo-realistic like the previous Battlefield game. If you want to see what World War 1 was like, then this is the game for you.

However, there are still a few issues with the game. The most glaring one being that the graphics are really bad. It looks like the game was made a decade ago when it was made last year., and this was not an aesthetic choice. Hopefully, they can polish up the game a bit, but it is unlikely that they will completely overhaul how the game looks. The other big issue is that the servers aren’t populated often, so the game will be filled with bots. This can be a good thing since you can experience the game even if there are no other players, but at the same time, facing bots in a PvP game only takes away from the experience. On top of these two issues, there are some smaller bugs and issues, but being an early access title those should be ironed out by the time of full release.

An authentic WWI shooter from the creators of Verdun, Tannenberg, set on the eastern front, features a punishing but rewarding combat system that suffers from poor graphics and a small player base. In its current state, I would suggest waiting a bit to see if it improves, or wait until its full release to buy it. Still, if you want to experience an authentic World War 1 shooter and have some money to spare, then you should get this as it is fairly cheap. If you have a small gaming community and maybe can organize play sessions, then it is highly recommended as long as you can looks past the graphics. If you get this game, expect it to be different from other shooters. It’s not done different for the sake of being different; the rewards of surviving such a challenge with your skills and teamwork is immensely satisfying.

As it stands, this game is a 7/10 and can be a 8 if you play with a bunch of friends.
SpellForce 3
90
SpellForce is not one of those games, whose return is expected by millions of fans.

On two chairs

Continuation is forged under the auspices of a return to the roots - a kind of universal answer to any questions if it is an old series that was brought back to life. So it was with the "Cossacks", so it was with the "Master of Orion". True, Orion did receive its dose of necessary changes. That's SpellForce III did not escape them.

Basically, it's all the same hybrid of real-time strategy and role-playing game. You have a hero, or even a few, who live by all the rules of the RPG. That is, they get experience, new levels, learn skills and change equipment to the one that is more abrupt. With the only proviso that the camera can always be torn from the hero and lift it to the "RTS" height.

Here the game is completely different. Heroes are no longer powerful loners: they strictly need the support of other soldiers. Infantry, archers, cavalry - the whole gentleman's set of any strategy. In truth, in SpellForce strategy is something much more than RPG. Properly "swinging" the hero is able, of course, to put a pack of enemies and himself, however in a large-scale clash, in which the formations of units become important, their construction and tactics, and not just stupid "rush", it is desirable for the hero to take care of himself. The benefit of the character can be dazzled not only by the fighter but also by the masters of support, around which the soldier wakes up with a sword and the horse does not get tired.

Work with the population

At the level of strategy, SpellForce III has changed markedly. Each location is divided into sectors that are subject to capture and retention. They could be called "control points" with a stretch, but there is a difference. The sectors do not supply a certain abstract resource, as it was in the series Dawn of War and Company of Heroes, but they live in peasants, civilians, ready to follow your instructions. Muzhichi cannot be added or subtracted, you can not overtake him in another sector, which is easier for you to protect: where a woodcutter was "registered", where he will live until the end of the party.

Here the game is already waving at The Settlers, drawing the life of the villages. True, production chains are not here, and they are not needed - in a hybrid game it is extremely important to balance both entities so that they do not overshadow each other. Therefore, the management of the settlements is very simple. You order to build barracks, all sorts of storerooms, distill the inhabitants from one building to another, thus changing the focus of production. And the more sectors-villages you capture, the greater the forces you can roll out against the enemy, well, other capital RTS-truths. Sitting in a corner with one unhappy farm, apparently, there is not a single chance.

In this case, SpellForce IIIIt does not look like a game capable of knocking out hundreds of warriors. Here and the maps are more like labyrinths, suitable for RPG. Here, there is room for tactics for the company level. More importantly, SpellForce III uses the Line of Sight system, which in the strategies is a rare guest (you could meet it in the same Company of Heroes 2 ). The fog of war in this situation dissipates not all at once, if you get to the field of review of your "units", but depending on the terrain. An enemy fighter can take shelter behind the house, and your detachment marches past two steps and does not notice anything. I think in the early stages of online battles this property will be used to the fullest, and in the campaign, he will find a place: a lonely hero who escaped from prison, patrols with a predictable route - well, you understand.

I was especially interested in the balance between the parties to the conflict, of which three are people, elves, and orcs. Mr. Pollis especially stressed that the players reproached SpellForce III for lack of asymmetry, that is, each faction had about a common set of "units", but with different appearance and some properties. In the release version of the army will cease to be reflections of each other, which, of course, decorates and diversifies the gameplay.

If only the asymmetry does not concern the general balance of forces (when one faction is objectively stronger than the other). So often suffer RTS, dependent on the plot, and SpellForce III promises a campaign for 30 hours or more.

SpellForce IIIit is worth giving a chance, and it is unlikely that it will fail.
Rate: 9/10
Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale
80
Islands of Nyne is semi-futuristic FPS battle royale game. The premise of the game is that the vistas around the world have been transported to the location the battle royale takes place in. Most of the game works as you would imagine: you drop down, get guns, ammunition and armour, and try to survive till you are the last one standing; the simple concept of a battle royale game.

So you must be wondering why even bother looking at it when we already have so many other battle royale games saturating the market. For starters, this game does enough different to make you like it. First off, the game has 50 players drop in instead of 100, and the pace of the circle as it moves in is dependant on the number of players still alive. As a result, the games gets over relatively quickly (within 20 mins). It makes the matches long enough to have those tense moments that we all crave for in a BR (battle royale) game without ever feeling bored. Also, the game’s movement mechanics are quite fluid and smooth. It is very reminiscent of csgo. For instance, You run faster with your knife and bunny hopping, and so on. Plus, the game also has fixed recoil patterns which is a really good thing because by practising you will definitely get better and there is no element of randomness when it comes to accuracy. Since headshots are are really important in skirmishes, this adds an element of skill to the game rather than reliance on luck. Moreover, the inventory management is a lot more streamlined, making it easier to use on the fly. It’s something that other BR games could learn from. In addition to that, They have also prevented grenade spamming by keeping a limit of 3 grenades. In a similar fashion, there is also a limit of 3 healing items to maintain the game balance. The devs have definitely achieved the competitive nature they wanted in their game.

Now for the things that need a bit of work. There are a fair few issues that can be fixed before the full release as the game is still in early access. There are some minor bugs, which is to be expected in early access. So. I won’t focus on those for now, but do note that they are present. The other issues are with the core design choices. They made the game very sci-fi like with the armour and skins of the game, but they have still missed out on so much potential. Instead of using real world vistas, they could have added futuristic structures. It feels like they just wanted to reuse models so they went the vistas route. Along with that, the sounds from some of the guns is also very misleading. For instance, the sound of the deagle is that of a pea shooter, but the damage it does is still quite high. As a result, they don’t feel like they belong together. What’s more, the guns are also very basic, and ones that you would see in any other military shooter game. You have the ak47, p90, deagle etc. They could have made laser blasters and ray guns that rip apart shields but do not damage your health health, and other unique elements like that. Doing so would also have added a lot more to the sci-fi setting of the game, while also gaming the with a unique element. Because of the disparity between the setting and the vistas, and the lack of noticeable sci-fi elements, the game often feels like it is having an identity crisis between a sci-fi game and a modern military game.

Personally, the game was quite fun. It made the same experiences provided by BR games, but made them feel more fresh and streamlined instead of clunky. But the design choices were a big put off for me. I don’t expect there to be much change with the core design, but hopefully, by full release, they will have ironed out the remaining bugs and added some much needed elements to the game.

While let down at moments by conflicting design choices and some early access bugs, Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale is still a fantastic fast-paced BR game with a competitive spirit. If you like the concept of BR games, but don’t enjoy the other titles then you should definitely give this a shot.
This game is 8/10, but could easily be an 9 if they do things well for full release.
Conan Exiles
80
Conan Exiles
The Valley of the Lost Women

The setting of the game is simple. The protagonist, sentenced to death by Hyborian, is tied to a cross and left to die in the desert. After being hung briefly, they are suddenly saved by Conan himself; apparently, to somehow justify the name of the game, because the legendary barbarian will never appear again, but before you see the miraculous liberation, the game comes to an abrupt halt for character creation where you can choose your hero’s gender, race, appearance, and religion. After the creation of the hero, you are released into a seamless open world.

On a note, you can’t help but notice the nature of the editor in character creation. There is an option that allows you to the adjust the size of genitalia and other intimate body parts of the lousily voiced protagonist. While this can be seen as a quirky aspect of the game, with many other things lacking and this only being a catchy superficial detail, it ends up feeling like an attempt to grab more attention.

There is no tutorial in Conan Exiles. You will have to learn everything through trial and error. In a strict sense of the word, the game has no quests whatsoever. However, there are goals that are shown on the upper right corner of the screen. These help you get acquainted with the basics of the game.

Treasures of Gwalure

Crafting is an important aspect of the game, and the players will have to mess around with a lot of ingredients for that. At first, it will just be simple materials stones and branches, then you will need rarer resources like: stellar metallic ore, or the blood of a demon. In search of these ingredients, you will have to traverse many beautiful locations - deserts, jungles, snow-covered valleys, swamps, and even a volcano. Unfortunately, the collection of resources is somewhat tiring. Useful materials are hard to find, and instead of getting to admire the scenery of Hyboria, you will mostly be busy cutting down trees, breaking stones, and hunting animals.

The tools used change what exact resource you will be getting. For instance, if you chop the tree with an axe, there will be some wood, and if you prick the tree with a pick, the bark. The character needs to drink and eat, so as not to die of hunger and thirst. You need to hunt animals for food. And for complete safety, you will want to build a house or even a fortress of your dreams if you are feeling up for it. You can also climb steep cliffs and cook on a bowler hat, something that’s reminiscent of last year’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That’s where you are brought back to ground with naked bodies and a game that doesn’t play at all like BotW.

Religion is an important mechanics in the game. Belonging to the confession provides unique equipment recipes, sacrifices allow you to invoke the huge all-destroying avatar of the chosen god. When you start off, the game lets you worship only one deity, but their numbers can be increased later in the game. I'm not a bore, but where is it seen in Hyboria that the minions of Seth, whose teachings completely contradict each other, simultaneously give praise to the solar miter!

Another notable mechanics of the game, a quite unusual one, is slavery. In order to get yourself a slave, you need to trash the enemy before they lose consciousness, then tie them and make them rotate the wheel of pain. It works the same way as it does in Conan’s film. The system of slavery is needed for proper organization and development of economy. A warrior slave can be made to guard the house, the smith slave will make an improved weapon, and the dancers take care of the filth that can be picked up in the ancient ruins.

All the rascals in the house

Conan Exiles has several modes - PvP (each player was removed from the cross personally by Conan!), online PvE and a singleplayer campaign. The game is punishing; you can die very quickly. The maximum number of players on a server is 40. Although the true potential of the game is reached in multiplayer, the singleplayer campaign is also good - you can play only for that.

After you die, experience gained and skills learned do not disappear, but the character literally starts with a bare back and only items in the chests are not lost. That is, of course, if you are not playing the campaign on easy difficulty level. In addition to that, you have to start with character creation every time you join a new server in multiplayer, which is really annoying.

There have been a number of impressive changes after the release, including, but not limited to, an increase in the number of resources, recipes, and monsters. The devs have also added new animations, deities, and biomes. The game has come really far from when it was first released in early access in early 2017. Taking a year and a half for full release from early access worked for the sandbox survival game Conan Exiles, but there are still some quality of life and game balance issues that need to be fixed. The game doesn’t quite capture the feel of the mystical world of Conan: The Barbarian, so it may be the cause of disappointment for fans of franchise, but it is still a solid survival game. Recommended for fans of survival genre.
Rating: 8/10
Mount & Blade: Warband
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Mount & Blade: Warband is a medieval action adventure role-playing game with elements of strategy and management. In this game, you can choose who you start off as, ranging from a measly peasant to a meddling scholar to a high noble. Naturally, if you choose to be a noble, the game will be easier as you will have good standing with various kingdoms/factions, and likewise you won’t have any standing and won’t be treated equally by the lords if you choose to start off as a peasant. You start with a small army, and as the game proceeds, you can choose to invest in more soldiers for your army.

The game is an RPG in every sense of the word. What you want to do in the game is entirely up to you. You can roam the lands and become a well reputed and wealthy merchant. You can try and usurp the kingdoms of the Calradia and be the only ruler. Your can terrorize the villages and towns as a fearsome bandit captain. You can also join sides with another kingdom and aid them on their journey, or you can just be a mercenary selling their services. The options are limitless, and they are all yours to make.

The game is a masterpiece. You will get a lot of content to enjoy in this game. The hours will just fly by! The game has a lot of options available to you in how you want to approach the game. This gives the game a lot of replayability. You create your own adventure and make a story through your actions in Calradia. The sequel is also coming out soon, so this will be a great first step into the franchise. The devs are amazing; they have put a lot of love and care into this game. The expansion Napoleonic Wars adds multiplayer to this game. Multiplayer is engaging with so many players in one single battle it is an amazing experience. Most of the time you can keep it casual and have a hilarious conversation with the other players as well. Also, there are people who organise battles that recreate history in game. It is amazing to see them recreate wars of real world in a game like this. At first glance, this game looks underwhelming, but if you give this a chance you will be pleasantly surprised. It is definitely money well spent.

The only negative would be that the graphics are a bit dated. For those of you that really want high quality graphics, this game won’t have much to offer. That being said, the game is still amazing and most people who play the game don’t really mind the graphics. The other issue that some players might have with how the game lacks any real narrative, but it shouldn’t be a problem for most people. The strength of the game lies in making your own story through the numerous options that you always have available to you.

Whenever I play this game, I get completely immersed and lose track of time! You can enjoy this game endlessly and if you do ever get bored(impossible), then you can always install a few mods to try new experiences. There are wide variety of mods available from simple diplomacy, cosmetic mods to total overhaul mods that can change the setting to that in LOTR or Game of Thrones or Sengoku era Japan. There is something for everyone to be found in the workshop. Even if you aren’t a fan of medieval setting, you can easily add a mod to the game through the workshop that changes the game completely into different which interests you. The game has an active modding community even 8 years after its release. This speaks volumes about how relevant and well-liked the game still is despite its aging looks.

Overall, this is a really good game. It is an iconic and a masterpiece that has gone on to inspire many more games and developers. Right now this game is quite cheap and with the upcoming release of Bannerlord, this is a great place to enter the series, and you are definitely going to enjoy it.

Improving on the ambitious Mount & Blade, the stand alone expansion is a fantastic medieval RPG deep gameplay, endless replayability, and an active modding community. If you look past the aging graphics, this game has a lot to offer with its rich RPG elements and the sandbox world. The game doesn’t have a central narrative, so if you are looking for that you’ll have to pass up, but the game wouldn’t have been much different with a narrative anyway.

Seeing how cheap the game is, it’s a highly recommended purchase.

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