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Review: Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-

Heaven Or Hell

Coming almost 2 years from the last Guilty Gear release, Revelator joins the franchise as a polished and update version to the GGXrd series. Adding more characters, new mechanics, along with a continuing story from the last game, Revelator will bring players back, and help them learn more ways to punish their opponents.

Visual 

Guilty Gear is looking better than ever, bringing back the 2D feel with 3D rendered characters and backgrounds, along with the newly added lighting effects, Revelator will anyone who is a fan of the anime fighting game genre feel at home. During gameplay you can instantly see the difference from the previous Xrd visuals. From the character intro’s, newly added dramatic angle drop battle intro, to the epic 3D rendered spin at the end of a battle, this game will have you amazed. Stepping away from gameplay visuals, Revelator’s menus had some touch ups as well. Having an easy to navigate main menu with an added custom shortcut keys,  as well as the newly added Avatar that will have you navigate the online menu by controlling them, Revelator menu visuals are far more unique from what the original were.

Sound/Audio

The Guilty Gear’s series are widely known for the Fast, heavy and adrenaline pumping J-rock music that fits the Japanese visual aspect of the game, and Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator is no exception. With a track list consisting of character themes, terrific menu and fighting sound effects and older tracks from previous entries, you will understand why the game says “Let’s Rock” before ever match. There will be times when you find yourself staying in the different menu’s to just enjoy the music, or even selecting specific character themes for battle, just to pump yourself up during a matchup. If you’re looking for a new video game OST’s to add to your music collection, GGXrd Rev. is a must have for any fan of the series.

Gameplay

The fast pace gameplay that the Guilty Gear Series is known for is still here but with some added touches. Adding new mechanics, a continuing story, new fishing minigame to obtain unlockables, plus with 6 more character added to the original character roster giving players over 20 characters to choose from, Revelator will have you playing for hours. Some of the new mechanics to be noted are Throw Breaks, Blitz Shield Charge Attack, and the Burst Overdrive, making each match an intense face pace battle that can give anyone the advantage to punish. Throw breaks happen when you hit the input of a normal throw at the same time as an opponent, then both characters will back off and recover at the same time. as for the Blitz Shield Charge Attacks, this is essentially an attack after your Blitz Shield causing you to stun your opponent. Another added mechanic is the Burst Overdrive. Normal “Overdrive Attack” are a special cinematic move’s, which are also known as “Supers” in other fighting games, but this time around you have a Burst Overdrive Attack added in the game. These are an even more powered up version of Overdrive Attacks, giving players another way to make strategic use of the Overdrives. If you need a break from fighting, Revelator has also brought back the “Cinematic Story Mode”, in which you sit back and enjoy watching like any other anime. With no gameplay involved, and an option to save after each chapter, the story mode will have you sit through and continue from where the original Xrd story left off, along with more story content being released after the game launches June 7th, free of charge. As for unlockable’s, you will earn currency from the story mode, as well as playing the other modes to spend in-game for unlocking character colors, a new character named Raven, plus more visual content for your online profile, which is not bad knowing you can buy all this content as DLC.

Verdict

With the fantastic visual upgrades, new characters entering the roster and new mechanics in Revelator, this is a must have to anyone who is a fan of the Guilty Gear franchise. As for new players picking up the game, it is fantastic for your collection mainly because it is not solely focused on online play only and has a good amount of content for new players to emerge into and learn the mechanics. Be sure to keep an eye out for Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-, out June 7th 2016.

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Stories The Path of Destiny: Review

A Long Story

Stories is an action RPG with a third person above view gameplay. The story drops you into a large crusade to find a book by a King who recently turned evil. Enter Reynardo, a former pirate who turned to a life of normality after his mother death. A chain of events forces Reynardo to be an unlikely hero.

At first glance, the game seems easy to play through, and it was. The first play through was a breeze, but as you play the world opens up with different levels and story lines with various endings and self-realizations. The combat is straight forward with several weapons to use and a skill tree to upgrade, improve combat, speed, and even stop time.

Each play through gives a different path to go down in between each level and is a fun way to choose what level you play next. The narrative style of the game will make you laugh and make you question the choices you make, but at the same making you feel ok with them. Kind of like a backhanded compliment or a mother saying “well it’s your life, do what you want”.

This was a fun game to play, but it was not particularly hard. The difficulty of the game may not justify the cost of the game but the story more than makes up for it. It will keep you playing, with as many endings enhancing Stories replay value. The more you play, the more endings you get, and the more endings you get the more skill tiers become available; keeping you interested is not be a problem.

NCG Overview: Grand Kingdom

Adventure Awaits

Summer is coming, and along with the seasons, their comes new games. Developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by NIS America, Grand Kingdom places players as the leader of a mercenary squad to lead across a battle scarred continent completing contracts for four nations. Players will also have the opportunity to jump online to form exclusive contracts with the four nations, or join the war with other players.

STORY
Uncover the mystery behind the fall of the Uldein Empire by traversing though the mercenary’s storyline, and exploring each of the four unique faction stories.

GAMEPLAY
Develop the ultimate mercenary troop  and pick from 12 unique classes for an elegant mix of unit placements. Using real time controls, develop different strategies to plan your next move to take out your opponent or jump online to compete in a war with thousands of players to help your faction prevail.

Be sure to click the link below to sign up for access of the beta of Grand Kingdom. Look forward to Grand Kingdom hitting store shelves June 21, 2016

http://nisamerica.com/games/grand-kingdom/beta/agegate.php?offset=-6

Corpse Party: Review

The horrors of Corpse Party make their way to the PC.  Originally a Japan only release, the original version of Corpse Party hit North America April 25th, 2016 for the very reasonable price of $14.99.

Story
After the school festival Kisargi Academy’s class 2-9 must say goodbye to their cherished classmate who is transferring schools.  To always stay together -in spirit, anyway- they perform the Sachiko Ever After charm.  Unfortunately, the charm is a ritual that transports the eight students and their teacher to the separate nirvana of Heavenly Host Elementary school: a school that looks like, well, a corpse party. As you play through the game you experience horrors that have taken place in Heavenly Host Elementary School and hope your characters make it out alive. Descriptive passages and complex puzzles make the game a horrifying, yet challenging experience.  Through the game, you must discover the mysteries and events that occurred within the walls of the Heavenly Host in an attempt to make your escape.

Graphics

Graphics are presented in 2D sprite graphics and 16-bit style, with top down game play and hand drawn anime-style portraits. Unlike the remastered PSP version, character design does not look fully finessed and you don’t get those extra creepy shots that make your skin crawl.  Sorry, there also aren’t any fan service shots either. The gore also isn’t overly visually represented.  Most of the text guides you through the grotesque so the graphic simplicity works well with the visual novel style of storytelling.

Audio/Music
Corpse Party includes the original sound track and voice acting.  For those who have played Corpse Party: Blood Covered on the PSP you’ll note some subtle differences with voice portrayal and characteristics, some original voices are better (Morishige), and some make you appreciate Blood Covered (Ayumi). Background music fits the tone of the story, and when you get those horrible moments of silence you can’t help but wish for the background music to kick back in.  Floors creak, ghosts echo ominously through the building; tension is built very well throughout the game. Even as an experienced Corpse Party player myself, the music still gets my heart racing. The best way to play this game is with a set of headphones in dark room… if you dare.

Replay ValueWhat I love the most about Corpse Party games is that they are not easy.  One wrong move and it’s a horrific end for your character.  Even after having played the game before, I still managed to get a wrong end! For the completionist, you’ll find yourself trying to obtain all the endings; wrong or right. And trust me, there are 20 different endings to experience. For those new to the franchise; good luck! You’ll be more than satisfied knowing you made your way to the end after all those horrible, horrible wrong endings.

Verdict
The original PC version of the game is the best choice for players not interested in the overly extensive back story and character development. Even without the creepy anime portrait cut scenes, the dialogue and description is so well done, your imagination fills in the gaps for you. Essentially, you get the game without all the filler which is nice when you just, you know, want to play the game.

Are you brave enough to face the ghosts and horrors or Heavenly Host Elementary School? Let us know what you think!

Review: Organic Panic!, Destruction, Puzzles, and… Food?

Puzzle, Platforming, Destruction…..FOOD?

The battle between organic and processed foods moves to the next level in Organic Panic!  Play as fresh organic vegetables and get past the evil meat and cheeses in this new 2.5 puzzle platform.  Your objective: destroy all enemies, collect the diamonds, and make it to the exit!

Story
The story, which is told through a series of comics, follows organic fruits out to destroy the evil processed food franchise.  However, the story isn’t really a central part to the game, but rather gives the playable characters a back story so you never wonder, “Why the hell am I playing as a carrot that shoots fire?”

Gameplay

Gameplay is the best feature of the game.  The DAFT (Destruction and Fluid Technology) physics engine allows you to interact with the environment as a real world environment. Ice melts, lava will burn you, and enemies will drown if you fill the stage with water.  The DAFT element adds more depth to the puzzles because everything is destructible which can, of course, work for or against you. Each puzzle is well thought out and introduces new elements to the game with each stage. You can switch your character, figure out how to get two characters across the stage, leap through portals, and so much more!

 A variety of modes are also available in the game. You can play solo or with up to four friends.  In co-op mode you work with your friends utilizing each unique character ability to reach the end. The more you learn your character, the easier it is to work together and clear the stage.  Or, you can duke it in the VS mode, finding fun ways to blow each other up.  Of course, you may not be friends by the end of the night, but that’s a risk you take every time you play against each other in any game.

Visuals
Visuals are reminiscent of Worms and Lemmings.  Graphics take on a nostalgic essence and are an excellent mix between 3D and 2D.  Stages generally feel small, but the obstacles challenge you to think of how to best use the course and character.  Items, power ups, and obstacles stand out well enough for you to figure your way through each puzzle. 

Verdict

If you love puzzle games, this is definitely one to add to your collection.  Beginning levels teach you how to play the game and gradually increase in difficulty.  Once you’re a pro, you’ll find yourself wanting to go back to complete the level or beat your score.  It’s not  game that keeps you on edge, but it’s a great way to waste time.  If I could ask for anything more from this game, I’d ask for a creation mode where I can create my own puzzles.  But hey, there’s always Mario Maker, right?

You can find Organic Panic! on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Steam. Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think!