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Indie Scoop

Bushiden – A Metroidvania worth supporting

bushiden titleLiterally dozens of gaming projects are added to Kickstarter all the time, so many in fact that it can be a daunting exercise trying to establish which campaigns are worthy of at least your attention. Fear not, I have done the research for you and found a game that I have personally picked over hundreds of others and have determined that it could be the next game on every Metroidvania fans wish list. I am fully aware that a Metroidvania style game isn’t exactly a ground breaking genre these days and that there are so many of them in existence at this point but that doesn’t mean to say that there are too many. You can never have too much of a good thing and Bushiden is a promising looking Metroidvania game that is shaping up to be a very welcome addition to the ever growing genre. Let’s have a closer look at what Pixel Arc Studios have been cooking up for us. Read more

Indie Scoop

Encased – A promising sci-fi post-apocalyptic RPG

encased titleRPG fan? Good, story-driven? awesome. Like a bit of sci-fi? Also good. Don’t mind a bit of post-apocalypticness? Great! Dark Crystal Games may just have the game for you. Taking place in the games open world known as “The Dome” which is a mysterious structure discovered in a remote desert, players will need to rely on their skills of exploration and tactics in traditional turn based combat in order to overcome the mysterious nature within the world of Encased. Create your own unique looking character, choose to work under one of five factions known as “wings” and journey into this narrative-based RPG as you attempt to help save all humanity as it struggles under the Dome. Read more

Indie Scoop

Fan of Earthbound? Glitched is the game for you

glitched titleAs a fan of Earthbound, my desire to play a game that dares to embody a similar style and feeling of the franchise has gone largely unfulfilled since we were graced with it way back in the days of the SNES. Don’t get me wrong, there have been good games that share a likeness to Earthbound, (Citizens of Earth and Undertale spring to mind) but it has to be said that not many games developed today draw too much inspiration from the franchise. Fast forward to 2018 and Lady Luck seems to have ridden my way as it seems that I have stumbled across a game that could potentially scratch the Earthbound itch that has been bothering me for quite some time. I know for a fact that I am not alone and for those of you who have not heard of the game, I implore you to go look up Glitched as it could be the answer you have been looking for. Read more

Indie Scoop

Spelunky 2 – It can’t come soon enough

spelunky 2 titleIf platformers are your thing, the Indie game scene is absolutely littered with unique platforming games that will keep you occupied for months on end, especially with 2d platformers. If you fancy a break from the norm of jumping on top of turtles and saving the local Princess but still wish to scratch that platforming itch, you are not short of options. What you might be short of is the answer to which game to choose from an ever growing list of platformers that each claim to deserve your attention for their own unique reasons. Spelunky 2 will give many reasons as to why it deserves the time and love of the devoted platforming fanbase when it drops next year. Read more

Indie Scoop

Wargroove – an exciting game the current gen needs

wargroove title screenOne thing is for certain, the last two console generations saw a resurgence with Indie games. Having so many Indie games to choose from on whatever platform you prefer to play them on is not only a good thing because it gives gamers more of a choice of games to try, but because it’s encouraging to see smaller development teams getting the success they deserve. But it can be a game in itself at times trying to choose a game from a choice of so many, so here is why Wargroove should be on your radar. Read more

News/Opinions

What the NX needs to have a place along side the PS4/XB1

nx-consoleIt’s coming….you can almost taste it, the reveal of the NX feels so close you can almost taste it. The latest rumour is that it will be revealed sometime this coming week as advised by investment company Macquarie, who feel that the supposed price for the NX is a “major disappointment”. I personally cannot agree with that statement, since when has a price point of $300-$350 been “majorly disappointing” for a brand new console? Granted, we do not know what the console is or what features it might have but we would all like to assume that Nintendo have learned from recent mistakes and the NX will not suffer the same fate as the Wii U. If the NX is to stand along side the PS4 and the Xbox One, it simply cannot be anything like the Wii U. Read on

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We don’t need the PS4 Pro or the Xbox Scorpio

ps4-proThe PS4 and the Xbox One are both wonderful machines, never before have we ever been able to feel so immersed in our games as much as we are now because of these two consoles. They are both without doubt technological masterpieces in gaming and there is no reason for anybody to disagree with that statement. What more could we ask for out of these two machines? Well how about some games? Honestly, it feels to me like the PS4 and the Xbox One are capable of such great things but have very little to show for it in the way of games…and it sucks! What sucks even more is that they already have newer consoles coming out soon to “replace” them. Read on