Heroes of the Seven Seas Video Review: Pirate (V)ARRRRRRRRrrrrr

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Pirates ship battles? In VR?! Sounds like a blast! Is it? Watch and see…me almost barf.

VoidExpanse Video Review

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A video review of the recently released PC Space Sandbox game, VoidExpanse. Yes, it’s spelled as one word.

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90s arcade inspired shmup, NEO: XYX hits Dreamcast and Neo Geo

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This is the 2nd Dreamcast shmup I’ve received for review in the last 30 days. Who says the Dreamcast is dead? If the box art doesn’t raise a sense of nostalgia from within your soul, then nothing will.

I would have sworn that this 2D shooter was produced by a Japanese team in the 90s, but the mailing address on the package label told me otherwise. Truth be told, the masterminds behind this 90s arcade inspired shmup are two German brothers, Timm René Hellwig, who have been running NG:Dev since 2001. This is their 5th title, and most of which have been released for the Dreamcast or Neo Geo at this point.  I’ve always been interested in what inspires developers to build games on older hardware, especially at a time when platforms with large, established user bases are prevalent.

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Redux: Dark Matters finally hits the nostalgic button on our Dreamcast

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The frustrating first boss

Redux: Dark Matters is a side scrolling shmup which was successfully funded via Kickstarter 18 months ago, after greatly surpassing its goal of $25,000 by about $28K. While the gameplay is not lightning fast, there are more than enough enemies and bullets to dodge, proving itself to be a challenge to even veteran players of the genre.

There are two difficulty settings, Normal and Veteran, and each offer a different ship for the player to use. I didn’t notice much of a difference in terms of the enemies when choosing Veteran, although that ship’s weapons certainly had a larger spread on screen.

Once I understood that I had a bullet-absorbing shield, the game became a bit easier, but that highlights one of my key issues with the game: its lack of instruction to the player. For example, the ship used on the Normal difficulty setting could refill its shield by collecting what could best be described as Corn Pops® throughout the level. However, I never saw the meter increase with the Veteran ship.

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Armless Octopus Video Review: State of Decay

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State of Decay is a game…a game about zombies…there haven’t been many of those…right? Of course the truth is, there are FAR too many zombie games on the market. The real question; is State of Decay worth the $20 or is this one twitching corpse you should avoid? Let’s watch and see!

Armless Octopus Video Review: The Walking Dead (Game): Season 2 Episode 1

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Season 2 of The Walking Dead has started! Is it any good though? Please join us for a look at the newest entry into the series as Armless Octopus shakes the video review stick in the direction of The Walking Dead: Season 2: Episode 1. Please enjoy.

The Swapper Review

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The Swapper is an interesting title because it is as derivative as it is unique. For every element it has borrowed from other games or movies, it introduces something completely fresh and new, and wraps it all up within a brilliantly subtle epistemological and ontological treatise on the nature of gaming. It is a product of an industry that uses focus groups as design tools while simultaneously boldly going where few titles, mainstream or indie, have ventured.

The major industry tropes are definitely present here, with scripted events, one-sided conversations between our mute hero (let’s call him “Jack”) and supporting characters, a platforming object collectathon, and a game world that gradually opens up, but it is all presented so smartly and beautifully that the first few hours of The Swapper are absolutely magnificent. Read more

Armless Octopus Video Review: Knights of Pen and Paper +1

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A game about gathering a bunch of nerds around a table and have them all casting magic missiles at fictitious fantasy enemies? Straight ballin son. Alright, maybe it shouldn’t be classified as “Ballin” but the game is good enough to warrant a review from the Armless Octopus crew. Please watch and enjoy.



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