Review: Pyre

  WARNING: Major spoilers for the game Pyre. Another warning will be supplied at the spoiler section. You have been warned. Hello! It’s been a bit, hasn’t it? Don’t fret, because I have another review for you! This week’s review, later than hoped, is the third and final game of the Supergiant games series as it stands. A game about exile, redemption, throwing balls, and the friends you made along the way, its Pyre. Let’s go! You know how Bastion was a hack-and slash action game following The Kid, a silent protagonist, with wonderful omnipresent narration by Logan Cunningham? And…

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Review: Transistor

This week’s review is part two of the Supergiant Games reviews. Another hack-and-slash narrative-driven action game with great music that still manages to be unique from the last game. It’s Transistor, let’s go! As mentioned, Transistor shares many similarities with it’s predecessor Bastion, as a hack-and-slash action game named after a single noun with excellent narrative and an awesome soundtrack. Despite this, Transistor proves itself to be a game that goes above and beyond. You play as Red, a singer who has lost her voice, accompanied by your murdered friend, now embodied in the titular Transistor, a combination greatsword and…

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Review: Bastion

This week’s review is on an earlier indie title, one that a lot of people may already have, thanks to Humble Bundle efforts. A hack and slash title from Supergiant Games, with a twist on storytelling, we have Bastion. Let’s go! Not to be confused with a turret robot from another game, Bastion is a hack-and-slash action game where you play as “The Kid,” waking up in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event known only as The Calamity. Make your way to the Bastion, the namesake of the game and the city’s place of refuge in case of disaster, only…

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Review: Slime Rancher

This week’s review is an indie title that breaks the mold: an adventure game about making a living off of an alien planet’s adorable goo-based life. From Monomi Park, we have Slime Rancher, let’s go! Slime Rancher is a first-person adventure game where you take control of Beatrix LeBeau, an aspiring rancher come to the Far, Far Range in search of fortune and a new life, with the help of the 7zee Corporation. With your Vacpack in hand, travel the lands in search of slimes, food, and the beautiful views that abound in this strange new land. Feed slimes with…

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Review: Okami

Alright, this week we have something new: not an indie title! A remaster from way back in 2006 from the folks at the now-defunct Clover Studios, a studio that I still fondly remember, we have Okami! Let’s go! Okami is a game about being a dog and feeding other animals. That’s all you need to know. If you want to know more, I suppose I could elaborate. Okami is a game where you play as Amaterasu, goddess of the sun and mother to all, restored (?) from a wolf from a statue of Shiranui, the wolf protector of Kamiki Village.…

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Review: Paper Sorcerer

Back to something a little more obscure, this week’s review is a turn-based strategy role playing game from Ultra Runaway Games with the visual style of a newspaper: black, white, and red all over! It’s Paper Sorcerer, let’s go!   The story starts off in proper story-book style: Once long ago there was a sorcerer and apprentice that terrorized the land with minions. The king of the land, not liking that sort of thing, entrusted his royal mage and knights with a powerful artifact, the Librum Claustrum, to defeat the sorcerer. They set out, traveled through treacherous terrain, battled their…

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Review: Shovel Knight

For this time around, we’ve got another indie title that has hit it big. A 2D retro-styled action platforming game based around swinging a shovel, from Yacht Club Games, it’s Shovel Knight. Let’s go!   Our story starts with a tale of heroics, how the great Shovel Knight and Shield Knight roamed the land together, reveling in its spoils with their oversized and appropriate shovel and shield respectively. However, fate conspired against them, as their adventures ended at the Tower of Fate, a cursed amulet sealing Shield Knight inside. Alone and dejected, Shovel Knight swore off adventuring for life away…

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Review: Cuphead

A little late to the party, but here nonetheless, this week’s review is on the run-and-gun cartoon shooter from Studio MDHR by the name of Cuphead. Let’s go!   Cuphead, as previously mentioned, is a run-and-gun shooter, meaning that both running and gunning are important, believe it or not. Don’t be fooled by Cuphead’s lovable cartoon art style, or the wonderful soundtrack, or the fact that two anthropomorphic cups gambled their souls to the devil, this game is hard. Fun, but hard. There have been many comparisons of difficult games in recent times to games of the Dark Souls series,…

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Review: Epic Battle Fantasy 4

This week’s review is about a game where you click on little stone people and make them explode on a loading screen. What do you mean that’s not the game? Alright…   This week’s review is about an indie role-playing game that likes to play up the usual gaming tropes to great effect while changing up the JRPG formula. Epic Battle Fantasy 4, here we go!   Epic Battle Fantasy 4 is, as the title might imply, the fourth and currently latest game in the series of RPGs by Matt Roszak, with his website KupoGames.com. Team up with our group…

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Review: Enter the Gungeon

This week’s review is for something special on part of its premise alone: a shooting game where the enemy is actual bullets. Not just the bullets being fired at you, but the fact that those bullets were fired BY bullets. For the ultimate irony, it’s Enter the Gungeon.   Enter the Gungeon is a rouge-like bullet-hell twin-stick shooter, for those who know the jargon, on Steam by Devolver Digital. For those of you who don’t know what those terms mean, twin-stick shooter means the main control scheme is through a game pad or controller with two analog sticks, one for…

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