Perception, a survival horror game from The Deep End Games, a development studio made up of several people who had worked on the BioShock series at Irrational Games. It puts players into the role of Cassie, a blind woman who has to use echolocation to explore and mansion and discover the secrets hidden within it. This unique concept and the pedigree of the developers gave many people high expectations, now it just remains to see if Perception can live up to those the anticipation.
It is somewhat difficult to review Thea: the Awakening for the simple reason that it is unlike almost any other game. It combines elements of an RPG, 4X strategy game, base management simulator, and card battler together to create an experience that is certainly different from most other games you are likely to have played recently.
Despite the ever increasing library of ID@Xbox titles that are making their way to Xbox one, there is still one genre that is somewhat underrepresented. Planetbase is set to change that, with the strategy simulation game giving players the chance to set up their very own space colony.
The premise of The Sexy Brutale isn’t exactly clear from the name. It even takes a little bit of time for the game to explain exactly what it going on and what you will be doing. It turns out that the host of a mansion masquerade ball is missing and the staff are brutally murdering the guests in a collection of extravagant ways. Your job is to journey around the building, stopping the party from becoming murderous by preventing the various killings.
Like many other indie games that have come out in the past few years, Crawl looks very much like a retro game thanks to its low-resolution pixelated look. While this is a common enough design choice to evoke a feeling of nostalgia, the developers behind this game have seemed to choose it to fit in with the arcade-like nature of the title. This is because Crawl is very much a game that is meant to be played in short bursts.
Forma.8 is a metroidvania that has been in development by MixedBag for the last few years. The first glimpse we got of the game two years ago suggested this could be an intriguing title and with its release, it is time to see if the two-man outfit from Turin, Italy have managed to deliver the goods.
Chime Sharp is the successor to the 2010 puzzle game Chime, which released on the Xbox 360 as well as a number of other platforms. It follows the same basic rules and has a similar appearance but has been expanded and upgraded in several key areas. With the multitude of puzzlers available across the Xbox One, though, is it worth your time and money?
There is a particular problem, not really associated with other forms of media, that plagues video games that aim to lampoon the industry. While other types of parody simply have to be funny to be considered a success, a game has to pull this off while simultaneously managing to still be a decent experience to play. Otherwise the joke, and the title itself, will simply fall flat. This is the challenge that faces Rise & Shine, a video game that draws almost all of its inspiration and humor from the industry it is part of.
Considering current world events, it might seem like a good idea to blast off into space in search of a new home. This is the case in Her Majesty’s Spiffing, a graphic adventure game that sees the Queen become tired with Politicians in Westminster and decide to launch a new Empire in the infinite possibilities of space. You take on the role of Captain English, who is joined by the Welsh Sub-Lieutenant Jones, as they try to find some new planets to colonize in the name of Her Majesty.
One of the most popular type of indie titles are puzzle games. Perhaps it is because of the fact that they are not considered mainstream enough for AAA developers to bother with and that they are rarely considered value for money as full retail releases. Whatever the case, the likes of the ID@Xbox program have given creators the chance to reach a large enough audience to justify making puzzle games once again. Nebulous joins the ranks of the genre as a physics-based puzzler that sees players guiding an astronaut through a series of ever more complex levels.
Headlander is exactly the type of game that you would expect Double Fine Productions, the Tim Schafer company that has been responsible for the likes of Psychonauts and Brutal legend, to make. The only real difference between it and some of their other output is that they have squarely prioritized gameplay over everything else, meaning that the story and action isn’t quite as in-depth or funny as you might expect, but boy is it really fun.
Jotun: Valhalla Edition is a rather strange game in terms of its gameplay, story, and presentation. You play as a recently deceased Viking woman who is seeking to prove herself worthy of entry into Valhalla to Odin. To do this, the player must defeat various Gods in combat to earn their appreciation and impress them sufficiently so that you are allowed into the Norse equivalent of heaven. What makes it so unusual, though, is that this action-adventure game uses hand drawn images for its art style and features a distinct lack of enemies other than the aforementioned boss encounters.