Art and Horror in Mundaun

Explore Alpine mysteries in a Puzzle based Horror with Mundaun! This game has a focus on Art and storytelling, and its overwhelmingly positive reviews rave about the vibes this art piece gives off.

The art of the game has a combination of Two and 3 dimensional aspects, and is entirely in black and white. The overlay of 2-d textures heightens the uncanny valley often seen in 3-d video games.  The consistent  art style provides a feast for the eyes and increases the spook factor when a monster fades into view.

The atmospheric ambience  is achieved through the use of  rough textures of the mountain , while things like plants and animals are carefully detailed. By making the sky light grey and the mountains dark, there is just enough contrast to distinguish the two as you traverse the map.

The simplified human shapes of the characters lend credence to the appearance of the monsters. Having a simple style throughout  lets the player maintain their suspension of disbelief.

The story-book-esque style contributes to the games easy-going gameplay, with minimal stats to keep track of an the ability to run or avoid monsters. The game only has  a few jump scares, relying on psychological horror to keep you on the edge of your seat.

A pleasant vista
From the game’s STEAM page

Review: Ghost of Tsushima

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For Playstation fans that didn’t manage to secure a PS5 by now, it might not be until 2021 that we get another opportunity to pick up a next-gen console. If you’re like me and you’re going to be stuck with the PS4 for a few more months, then consider playing through Ghost of Tsushima. This game was one of the very few blessings of 2020. It’s an open-world adventure game that revolves around extensive stealth and combat gameplay.  It features an incredibly well-told story, gorgeous graphics, a complex combat system, rewarding progression, and so much more. The game goes back to the basics of the genre, while simultaneously pushing it to new heights that the genre has never seen.  The game feels like real passion was put into its development. It’s a must-play for PS4 owners.

Samurai on horseback
The bushido honor code of samurai is explored in depth through the story.

The Ghost

One of the most powerful elements of the game is its story. Set in 13th century Japan, you play as Jin Sakai.  You are a samurai on a mission to drive back the Mongolian invasion of his home island of Tsushima. You must hunt down the villainous Khotan Khan and restore peace to your home. But at what cost? The main story explores Jin’s incredible journey towards becoming the hero of his island. As the world changes around him, so does he. As he meets new people, his perspectives change. The game does an excellent job at motivating you to continue playing because you sympathize with him. You feel the same pressures and motivations that force this character to adapt and change so radically. Jin is one of the most well-written dynamic protagonists that I’ve ever seen in a video game. The game even weaves new skills and weapons into the game as Jin goes through character development. This is exactly how a game nails its story and keeps the audience enthralled. Many of the random side quests can be somewhat dull, but even some of these have an interesting plot to them. Still, the main story is a superb example of how a game can pair a developing character with a progression system.

Jin Sakai with fire behind him
Jin Sakai is a complicated man with a tragic past.

From Katana to Kunai

Ghost of Tsushima has tons of different ways for you to go about killing your enemies. But it all boils down to two approaches, direct combat or stealth. As you progress, you can build your character in such a way that prioritizes one or the other. For example, you can work on spending your materials on a heavy suit of armor and spending your experience points on new sword attacks. This would be a good way to go if you want to charge in and fight your opponents head on. If you want to take more of a stealthy approach, you can invest in a powerful bow and upgrade your stealth weapons. Then, you can try to silently pick off your opponents one by one. It’s really the player’s choice on how they want to handle most of their combat. But boss fights are where the real challenge comes in. Jin will find himself in plenty of duels against skilled enemies. Having finished the entire game on the hardest difficulty, this is where the game can get terribly frustrating. Some bosses are lightning fast and can kill you instantly. To beat them, you need to sustain perfect dodges and parries for an extended period of time. If you’re not looking for a serious challenge, then definitely avoid the hardest difficulty. But nothing feels sweeter than finally taking down a boss after a long fight.

Jin drawing his sword against a Mongol
As you get stronger, so do the Mongols. They’ll come at you with everything from fire and blades to poison and beasts.

The Blade of the Samurai

Most of the combat in the game revolves around Jin’s katana. As you progress through the game, you unlock different stances for holding the sword. Each stance’s attacks are different and each one specializes in fighting against a different type of enemy. Combat focuses on light attacks, heavy attacks, parrying, and dodging. But the game also features bows, blowguns, bombs, kunai knives, smoke grenades, and more. The island of Tsushima is split into three geographic sections and the enemies get tougher as you go further north. Just when you think you’ve mastered the combat and strengthened your character enough, you move onto a new level of difficulty. The game also features interesting side quests where you investigate a legend such as a “cursed” bow or an “immortal” samurai with a huge payoff of a special new item or special new skill. Thanks to the loads of player options and the diverse range of enemies, combat never gets old.

Jin on horseback in front of a shrine
The game features various points of interest in the form of mini-games or puzzles. You can write haiku, visit shrines, bathe in hot springs, and more.

The Beauty of Japan

When you aren’t liberating Japan from the Mongols, the island of Tsushima can be quite beautiful. As you progress through the game, the island’s geography will change as well. There’s a diverse range of environments that the player finds themself in. The games features multiple different forests that have their own type of tree, all of which are visually stunning. Tsushima has flower fields, mountains, and lakes. All of them are breathtaking. Even the swamps, tundras, and burned wastelands look incredible. Clearly, incredible attention to detail was put into making this game look beautiful. There isn’t even a minimap on the screen. You swipe the controller’s touchpad and wind will blow in the direction of your objective. Plus, the game is packed with customization options for your character. Unlike Assassin’s Creed, which much of the gameplay seems to be inspired by, this game is micro-transaction free. Other than one suit of armor available in the deluxe edition, every single item in the game can be acquired through the one-time purchase of the standard edition. It was refreshing to experience a well-crafted game in this genre without a currency system backed by real money. Ghost of Tsushima gives you a wide range of customization options for your character without constantly dangling micro-transactions in front of you.

Jin Sakai looking at the horizon
The war with the Mongols takes a toll on the island… and on Jin.

The Conclusion

Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world adventure game that goes back to the basics while simultaneously adding so much new content. The rich progression system, unlockable customization options, beautiful scenery, and thrilling story motivates you to keep on playing. Sucker Punch hit this game out of the park, ending the PS4’s exclusive list on a high note. Although many of the side quests are rather dull, the core gameplay is so invigorating that I found myself enjoying them just because it was an opportunity to show off the skills that I was picking up through my adventures. I’m truly excited to see what Sucker Punch has planned for the PS5.

Final Score: 9.1/10

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the newest entry into the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It’s currently out on PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X/S. It comes after 2018’s release of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, widely recognized as the best entry into the series in many years. Valhalla has added plenty of new mechanics, while also getting plenty of inspiration from numerous past titles. Taking place in ninth century Norway, the player takes control of Eivor, a Viking Assassin that must fight against the Templar Order that has infiltrated the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

Eivor traveling through Norway
Like every Assassin’s Creed game, you can mix a combination of stealth and combat to eliminate your targets.

A New Breed of Assassin

Much of the gameplay in Valhalla will feel more like Odyssey than most other Assassin’s Creed titles. You can play as a male or female Eivor and explore many romance options with both sexes. There is a well-developed leveling system. Leveling up provides the player with a great deal of interesting benefits. There are also plenty of weapons in the game, with a brand new form of dual-wielding combat that will set this game apart from the others. The game is filled with major and minor decisions that can help shape the entire world of of the game, giving you plenty of control over how your character influences Northern Europe. This is much like Odyssey, where you could influence the tides of the Peloponnesian War, which would affect all of Greece. Also taking inspiration from older titles, Valhalla has reintroduced the ability to run settlements. Building them up and doings missions for them will provide various gameplay bonuses. The game does a great job at motivating you to keep on playing.

Eivor talking to an ally
Assassin’s Creed games provide many hours of content through the story.

Nothing is real. Everything is permitted.

The Assassin’s Creed franchise is rich with lore. Since the first game’s launch in 2007, we’ve seen fantastic events unfold. We’ve learned about the mysterious Isu race that helped guide human civilization. Every game has given us more understanding over the Assassin’s Creed universe. Fans of the series will be excited to see how the story presses on. Yet, what works so well with the Assassin’s Creed series is that it’s always easy to be engrossed in an individual title’s universe, even if it’s the only one that you’ve ever played. Each title takes place in a distant land, hundreds of years earlier or later. This keeps the settings, characters, and stories so fresh. Whether you’re a fan of the series or not, Valhalla will be an enjoyable game for most fans of open-world adventure games.

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Hitman 3

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Hitman 3 is one of Square Enix and IO Interactive’s next-gen titles, set to release on January 20th, 2021. It’s the thrilling conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy that started with Hitman in 2016. Agent 47 must team up with Diana once again and travel around the world to assassinate their enemies.

Agent 47

The character of Agent 47 originated in 2000 with the game Hitman: Codename 47. The first 5 Hitman games, released from 2000-2012, told the story of Agent 47 and how he went from a mysterious contract killer to a rogue operative. A stealth-based third-person shooter, each level would provide the player with a mission to ultimately assassinate a target and escape the area. However, there were often many ways to go about completing this goal. You could find clever dristrations and disguises to silently execute your target. Or, you could go in guns blazing once you find the target. This level-based assassination gameplay still exists today, but the Hitman series evolved in 2016 in a big way.

The iconic Agent 47

 Global Contracts

Agent 47’s contracts take him all across the globe. He has seen missions everywhere from east Asia, to the middle east, to Europe, to the Americas. Levels are fleshed out with numerous ways to go about completing each contract. Based on the difficulty level of your choosing, each unique level requires you to use intuition to figure out how to optimally complete your contract. Perhaps you’ll carry a brick to throw as a distraction or perhaps you’ll carry scissors to throw as a weapon. Perhaps you’ll carry a silenced pistol that you can hide in your jacket and walk the street with. Or perhaps you’ll carry a sniper rifle and hide from the view of all NPCs. The choice is yours.

Agent 47 overlook

Replayability

The big benefit to the Hitman games in the World of Assassination trilogy is the sandbox-style manner that they can be replayed. Story levels can be replayed with a different NPC as the target and other additional constraints. There might be more guards. You might have to use a certain weapon. Or, you might even have to wear a chicken suit the whole time. The possibilities are endless. If you have Hitman or Hitman 2, you can even import those levels into Hitman 3, giving you an incredible about of content to play around with. The game is packed with enough content that playing the same level with different goals and constraints doesn’t get old fast. There’s a reason that the Hitman series has always been synonymous with stealth games. After 20 years, Hitman continues to deliver new and interesting ways to complete your contract.

PVP Update for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

POST-LAUNCH TRAILER:

London, UK — March 2nd, 2017 — Ubisoft has announced the post-launch plan for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands, including a post-launch free PvP update, and a season pass containing two major expansions, faction-themed equipment, an exclusive vehicle, permanent and single-use XP boosters and lots more.

Ubisoft says that PvP will be included in a free update for all Ghost Recon Wildlands owners post-launch, offering tactical class-based 4v4 team combat that will put players’ skills to the test. More information about PvP will be available at a later date.

Season pass holders can extend their Ghost Recon experience with two major expansions, and one special mission, that call on players to take on the enemies that only experienced Ghosts are able to handle. Each equipment pack unlocks outfits and weapons that are inspired by the rebellion and the Unidad. Players will also be able to grab an outfit that mimics the style of a Santa Blanca cartel member. Extra perks give players a head start on the enemy by adding a permanent XP boost as well as a single-use short XP booster. The Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Season Pass for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC includes:

One week early access to two major expansions:
Narco Road: Players will infiltrate a gang of smugglers and take part in crazy races and challenges to earn their infamous leader’s trust and destroy them from the inside. Gamers will be able to meet new bosses and travel the wildlands in new vehicles.
Fallen Ghosts: During an evacuation mission, the Ghosts’ chopper is shot down and the squad will need to adapt as they’re tracked down by an elite group of ruthless mercenaries. Players will fight a new powerful enemy, learn new skills and unlock weapons to complete their mission.

The Unidad Conspiracy missions: Players will work to break down and destabilise the alliance between Santa Blanca and Unidad in the Media Luna province.

The Peruvian Connection pack: Players will be able to play through the Peruvian Connection mission as well as receive seven gear patches.

Faction themed equipment packs:
Rebellion Ghost Pack: Players can don an outfit inspired by the brave Katari 26 rebels. They will also unlock a unique AK-47 equipped with a bigger magazine and customised with unique engraving work.
Unidad Ghost Pack: Players dominate enemies with an Unidad outfit so they can attack Unidad camps while in disguise. They will also unlock a unique Unidad LMG weapon, customised with the colours of Unidad, and equipped with a red dot scope and a larger magazine.
Santa Blanca Ghost Pack: With a Santa Blanca-inspired outfit, players can mimic their style without joining their ranks. This pack also unlocks the Santa Blanca golden M1911, customised with engravings and the mark of the cartel, for players to unleash chaos on the cartel.

Exclusive vehicle: Bolivian Minibus

Digital content:
Permanent +5% XP booster for the player
Single-use short XP booster: +50% XP for the player and +25% XP for other players in the session, expires two hours from time of use.

ENJOY!

Steamhammer VR

Steamhammer VR

GamestormVR launched a Kickstarter campaign for SteamHammerVR, a beautifully designed, steampunk-themed, story-based, smash ’em up Virtual Reality gaming experience that has been Greenlit on Steam Greenlight. The team currently plans to launch a demo of the game this month, July 2016.

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“When we saw VR for the first time in January this year we just knew we had to get involved, we wanted to be part of this amazing revolution in the gaming industry,” says Mark Bellinger, Managing Director of GamestormVR,” We didn’t just want to make a game, we wanted to make a truly audacious game. To do that, we know we need to involve the gaming community and transform their wishes into the world of SteamHammerVR.”

SteamHammerVR takes you to the steampunk world of Victorian London, 1892. The dastardly Professor Rattwurm is attempting to enslave the fine English folk with his army of clockwork rodents. Using this new-fangled steam power and the technical expertise of Doctor Obadiah Springhorn you are armed with the latest gizmo for bashing robot rats – The Steam Hammer exo-suit!

Players can choose Steam Hammer weapons for both hands. Options available include the Steam Hammer, Steam Cannon, Magnet Beam, Rotor Hammer, Rotor Saw, and Tesla Ray. The game features quite the engaging storyline and characters that immerse you in 19th century Steampunk Victorian London. Explore many areas, including the streets, to the sewers, from the Tower of London to the banks of the River Thames while completing your missions.

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GamestormVR has turned to the Kickstarter community to raise money for this game because they want to create one of the most epic VR experiences of 2016. The team wants to involve the gaming community in SteamHammerVR’s development, and they are even giving players the chance to be immortalized in the game! If this crowdfunding campaign goes well, GamestormVR would like to build a version of SteamHammerVR for both PlaystationVR and the Oculus Rift.
“It is a dream becoming reality seeing your ideas on paper brought to life in VR, truly magical,” says ‘Magic’ Martin Rowe, the project’s Artistic Director, “The funding raised will not only be used to enhance and expand the world of SteamHammerVR but will also allow us to attend as many gaming conventions as possible between now and the official launch in December 2016. We want to bring SteamHammerVR to as many people as we can.”
In exchange for pledging to the project, backers can gain access to a variety of rewards including a credit in the end titles for £5, a Founders Edition of the full SteamHammerVR game for £15, and more. Backers can also pledge £25 for an official Limited Edition ‘SteamHammerVR London Tour 1892’ T-Shirt or £100 to have an image of your face expertly placed somewhere in the gameplay and an acting credit.
For more information, please visit the Kickstarter page here.
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E3 – Uk Perspective

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10th June, 2016. E3 always delivers show-stopping revelations and this year’s conference is set to be no exception. With everyone waiting for some of the most hotly anticipated games of the year, GAME Digital PLC is excited to reveal a host of exciting exclusives.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
We’ve known for a while that Call of Duty® is returning to its roots for a classic, epic battle of two armies unlike anything seen before in the record-setting series.
Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare Legacy Pro Edition, available only at GAME, features the full campaign and 10 multiplayer maps from the famed Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare®, released in high-definition brilliance as Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® Remastered*. This edition also comes with collectible Steelbook, official game soundtrack and additional digital items including the Season Pass.

For GAME customers that preorder, there are 500 free COD points redeemable in Call of Duty Black Ops III and can be used immediately in-game to unlock weapons, equipment and abilities.

Gears of War 4

A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy.

Gamers who want more than just the game itself will be pleased to hear that the Collector’s Edition, available only at GAME, is packed with a huge range of merchandise including a premium statue of JD Fenix, exclusive Lithograph, Frag Grenade Keychain, in game bonus content and more.

Those that preorder the Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition will get to play the game before anyone else, gaining exclusive early access on 7th October, ahead of the general standard edition release on 11th October. This edition comes with the Standard Edition, Steelbook and a Season Pass.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Another E3, another great title from Tom Clancy. This time set in the expansive, gritty and vibrant backdrop of Bolivia, South America, gamers need to prepare to battle the narco-state as part of The Ghosts, a legendary US Elite Special Operations team.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands Deluxe Edition, available only at GAME, comes packed with bonus in game content such as a Huntsman Motorbike, Hunstman Rifle, Hunstsman glasses, jacket and backpack, as well as the official soundtrack, and map of Bolivia.

Watchdogs 2
After much anticipation, Watchdogs 2 is here. Gamers will get to explore a massive and dynamic open-world offering an incredible variety of gameplay possibilities; hacking their way through traffic while in dangerous car chases through the winding streets of San Francisco, traversing the rooftops of the colourful & vibrant neighbourhoods of San Francisco, and infiltrate the cutting edge offices of Silicon Valley companies.

The Watch Dogs 2 Deluxe Edition, available only at GAME Digital PLC, features the game with an exclusive sleeve, in game bonus content consisting of outfits for Marcus and skins for his car, drone and weapon, a map of San Francisco, lithographies and the official soundtrack.

Battlefield 1
Leaving behind modern warfare, Battlefield™ 1 transports gamers to World War 1. Discover a world at war through an adventure-filled campaign or join in heroic multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Fight as infantry or take control of amazing vehicles on land, air and sea, and adapt your gameplay to the most dynamic battles in Battlefield history.

The Collector’s Edition, available only at GAME, is perfect for any fan of the series. It comes complete with a 14″ Collector’s Edition Statue, SteelBook, Cloth Propaganda Poster, a deck of playing cards, exclusive patch and premium packaging.

Final Fantasy XV
The franchise is back, ready to woo another generation of gamers. Fans of the previous games, and new fans alike, can enter the world of Final Fantasy XV and experience action-packed battles. You are Noctis, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Lucis, and your quest is to reclaim your homeland from the clutches of the imperial army.

The Deluxe Edition, available only at GAME, comes with the exciting Kingsglave: Final Fantasy XV, a full-length CG motion picture that utilizes state-of-the-art technology to blur the line between animation and reality. It also comes with a SteelBook featuring the artwork of Yoshitaka Amano, and bonus in game content in the form of royal formalwear for Noctis and the legendary weapon, Masamune.

For everything E3, visit: e3.game.co.uk. To preorder, visit www.game.co.uk .

Deux Ex: Mankind Divided

Dues Ex: Mankind Divided

NEW GAMEPLAY DEMO -DISCOVER THE CITY-HUB OF PRAGUE

Here is your first glimpse at the city-hub of Prague in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, an expansive and dense location which will allow players to meet a variety of characters, take on side-quests, and explore indoor and outdoor areas. For the purpose of this demo, we activated infinite life, energy, and ammo.

This section of the game is set in the poor district of the city. Adam Jensen wakes up after being caught in a devastating attack, allegedly perpetrated by augmented extremists, which is causing his augs to malfunction. He needs to see Vaclav Koller, an underground augmentation specialist, so that he can have a look at them and help him get back into shape.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is coming August 23rd, 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. #CantKillProgress

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