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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

The Night Fisherman Review

A short interactive tale, Far Few Giants and De Fault The Night Fisherman tells of a fisherman, an Englishman, and a seascape draped in twilight. Should players climb aboard, or does this tale not hold water?

The Night Fisherman Review

As one would expect from the title, players take control of the fisherman Mr. Gardiner on a small boat. Sailing the seas in search of his next catch, he is soon visited by Churchill of the English Protection Group. Striking up a conversation with this armed man, he discusses his vocation, the state of the world, and what he is currently doing out this time of night.

However, one quickly learns that things are not what they seem. Churchill is known as the kidfisher, and he is on a mission to stop the smuggling of immigrants into England. There's just one problem – you currently have an immigrant hidden onboard. Needless to say, things get very tense very quickly, and you quickly learn how diabolical this visitor really is.

This premise sets the stage for a standoff between the two, but The Night Fisherman just doesn't take things far enough. Set up like a visual novel, the only control players are given is between two different options at key points of the story. Some choices, like which type of bait to use, have little impact on the world. However, one would expect heavier decisions dealing with compliance to matter more.

No matter which option players choose, the story remains largely the same. We played through the title multiple times and saw little chance between each option. The average playthrough clocks in at around 15 minutes depending on how fast one reads the dialog, so hypothetically players can see every single outcome in around a half hour. There is the option to see the world from different perspectives, but it's insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Note that there are no achievements in this title, though the development team did leave a message at the end that future short stories are planned in the coming months.

With this short length, there's just not enough runway to actively convey a long form story. It dangles an interesting premise in front of the player, then forgets to do anything with it. The illusion of choice also hurts the game as well – with a lack of variety between playthroughs and little input from the player, The Night Fisherman could have just as well worked as a short film, as opposed to a video game.

The presentation of this title is commendable though. Though it is low poly and dark by nature, it still manages to stand out with its own unique style. Sound design is somewhat limited, mostly relegated to crashing waves and the occasional sound effect, but it does set the eerie and ominous mood of the game quite well.

The narrative of The Night Fisherman sets the stage for something great, but the short length and illusion of choice lacks the follow-through to really make an impact.

This review of The Night Fisherman was done on the PC. The game was freely downloaded.
The Night Fisherman Review

A short interactive tale, Far Few Giants and De Fault The Night Fisherman tells of a fisherman, an Englishman, and a seascape draped in twilight. Should players climb aboard, or does this tale not

Star Wars: Squadrons Review

Seventeen years after the last Rogue Squadron, Star Wars: Squadrons flies in to fill the void. Was the wait worth it, or should we hold out for remasters of the Rogue Squadron series? Check out our

Tank Battle Review

OlegM, using Namco's 1985 title Battle City as inspiration, has created the new tank battler Tank Battle. Tasking players with protecting their homeland from advancing enemy forces, should players

Analog Party Sim Review – Party Foul

The love of a good party is universal, but organizing one is a completely different story. Harry Forde gives players the chance to be the hostest with the mostest in his new title Analog Party Sim

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Prinny 1•2: Exploded and Reloaded Gets Launch Trailer


To mark its launch on the Nintendo Switch today, NIS America has released a new trailer for their challenging platform combo pack Prinny 1•2: Exploded and Reloaded.

In the original title, players will slash, jump, and combo their way through different stages of the Netherworld. A number of bosses stand in this Prinny's way to get the ultimate dessert, and both new and familiar faces will make their appearance.

The sequel will have players making use of the Combo Gauge to unleash moves like the Prinny Cyclone and Prinnykaze. A bonus story with the other Disgaea protagonist has also been included.

This collection features newly remastered graphics, along with all of the DLC that made its way to the original releases.

Learn more with the launch trailer below:

Prinny 1•2: Exploded and Reloaded – Launch Trailer (Nintendo Switch)

Note that both games in Prinny 1•2: Exploded and Reloaded are bundled together through the physical Just Desserts Limited Edition. For those who would rather go digital, Prinny 1: Can I Really Be The Hero and Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! Can be purchased separately on the Nintendo eShop.

Source: Press Release

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Legendary Ruddy Moose Sighting Mission This Week in Red Dead Online


The imposing (and elusive) Legendary Ruddy Moose has made its way to Rockstar Games' Red Dead Online this week.

Spotted within the wood and foliage of Tall Trees, the Legendary Ruddy Moose can be studied or hunted this week. Kick things off by going to Harriet to launch this Sighting Mission. Those that bring its hide to Gus Macmillan's Trapper Store will be able to get themselves an imposing coat and cowl. Note that Gus will also pay 50% extra on all Bear Pelt Sales over the next week. To aid in the hunt, baits are half off and all Shotguns and the Elephant Rifle are 40% off at Gunsmiths.

A range of new locations are now available for Shootout in this week's Featured Series. Free for all and team variations include Blackwater, The Manor, Bolger Glade's historic battlefield, the docks of Saint Denis, and the frontier outpost of Tumbleweed.

This is the final week for the latest iteration of the Wheeler Rawson & Co. Club and The Outlaw Pass No. 3. Make sure to nab the Golden Spirit Buckle or the Bandit Mask up to October 19.

All this week, Outlaw Pass No. 3 owners will also receive 10 Special Health Cures, 5 pieces of Lost Jewelry and 200 rounds of Sedative Ammo. Those past Rank 50 will receive a select colorway version of the Griffith Chaps and the Caffyns Hat.

All those that play Red Dead Online now through October 19 will net a Reward for 5 Blending Tonics and 50 rounds of Nitro Express Ammo. Those that Hunt or Sedate the Legendary Ruddy Moose will be able to get themselves a free Off-hand Holster (Rank 70 or below).

Finally, Red Dead Online players that have connected their Rockstar Games Social Club account to their Prime Gaming account will receive Rewards for the following:

  • 5 Free Legendary Animal Pheromones
  • 6,000 Naturalist XP
  • A free Wilderness Camp
  • A Free Katata Coat crafted from the Legendary Katata Elk hide

Those connected to Prime Gaming before October 19 will receive an Accessory or Emote of their choice, a Reward for a free Bar Theme and Outfit, 6,000 Club XP and 10X each of Gin, Brandy, Rum, Baked Beans and Jolly Jack's.

Source: Press Release

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Watch Dogs: Legion Gets "Reclaim Your Future" Trailer


Discover how players will be able to join the Resistance with the latest trailer for Ubisoft's Watch Dogs: Legion.

In this title, players will rise up as they infiltrate, hack, and fight their way to a liberated London. To achieve this goal, players will be able to recruit an entire population of potential allies, and can make use of the city's technology.

Learn more with the trailer below:

Watch Dogs: Legion – Reclaim Your Future Trailer

The sequel to Watch Dogs 2 (you can read our review of that title here), Watch Dogs: Legion puts the spotlight on the London branch of hacker group DedSec. All of the landmarks, boroughs, and cultural styles of London are present and accounted for, and players will be able to navigate the city through parkour moves, a number of different vehicles, and through the city's many Underground stations. For those looking to fight, combat focuses on a mixture of hand-to-hand battles and the use of lethal and non-lethal firearms.

The game will come out on October 29, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X versions of the game will launch when those respective systems release. Those that pre-order now can get the Golden King pack.

Source: YouTube

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Kin'emon Coming to One Piece Pirate Warriors 4


As the first character in One Piece Pirate Warriors 4's Character Pack 3, "Foxfire" Kin'emon will make his way to Bandai Namco's game soon.

A samurai from Wano Country and the leader of the Nine Red Scabbards, Kin'emon is one of the central allies of the Straw Hats during both the Four Emperors and the Dressrosa Sagas. He makes use of a pair of katana that have identical flame-patterned sheaths on them.

YouTuber AlexSwagS has compiled all of the screenshots to date of this character in one convenient video below:

One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Kin'emon Gameplay Screenshots (DLC Pack 3)

Now available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 makes some alterations to the unfinished Wano arc. Four new multiplayer modes (Giant Boss Battle, Total Bounty Battle, Timed Defense Battle, and Territory Battle) have also been included, along with a new game mode called "Titan Mode." 43 characters in all are playable in this hack-and-slash.

Source: Press Release

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Guilty Gear -Strive- Coming April 6, 2021


Described as a fresh start for the series by the development team at Arc System Works, the latest trailer for Guilty Gear -Strive- confirmed that the game will come out on April 6, 2021 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Steam.

Much like the Guilty Gear Xrd releases (you can read our review of REV 2 here), Guilty Gear -Strive- will feature cutting edge 3D anime-style graphics, a fully animated story, and deep combat.

New mechanics to the game include the wall-stick hit-state (which can have players break the wall), revised Dust attacks and Roman Cancels, tweaks to the Gatling system, and different recovery motions.

Learn more with the trailer below:

Guilty Gear -Strive- Release Date Announcement Trailer [English]

Note that the Deluxe and Ultimate Edition of the game will launch on April 6, 2021, while the Standard Edition of the game will launch on April 9, 2021. For those looking to get ahead of the game, pre-orders for the title are now open, with special colors for Sol Badguy and Ky Kiske available as an early purchase bonus.

Source: YouTube

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Star Wars: Squadrons Review

Seventeen years after the last Rogue Squadron, Star Wars: Squadrons flies in to fill the void. Was the wait worth it, or should we hold out for remasters of the Rogue Squadron series? Check out our review and find out.

Star Wars: Squadrons Review

Squadrons starts with you making two characters: one for the Empire and one for the Rebellion. After a brief training mission, you are pushed forward in time to after Return of the Jedi.

What's left of the Imperial fleet is still in control of the skies, and the new Republic is trying to push them back. The story isn't anything to write home about; it's serviceable, but after Fallen Order, it's just okay. It'll run you roughly seven to nine hours, depending on difficulty and how quickly you get used to the controls.

I commend the story mode for teaching you all the tips and tricks for each of the ships. After the prologue, you can jump right into multiplayer, but you will be blown out. Learning to drift, how to target correctly, capital ship weak points, and how to handle the ships is an absolute must. I foolishly jumped into a fleet battle and had no idea what to target on the enemy Star Destroyer, and we lost as a result. Put your time into the Story Mode to become a superior pilot.

There are also interactions with your crew members on in your hangar in Story Mode. These are mostly forgettable, with a few exceptions. Wedge showing up was pretty cool, but his first mission was actually pretty dull. The other thing comes when you talk to your fellow pilots. They look at you and there is occasionally a delay after the say things. It's almost like they had a choice system in place for your responses and dropped it, leaving an awkward pause in some conversations. Choices would have made the story much more interesting, that's for sure.

Star Wars Squadrons Honest Review

Now let's talk about the gameplay. If you are looking for Rogue Squadron, this is not the game for you. Star Wars: Squadrons is more of a flight sim than an arcade dogfighting game. There is no third person perspective, which is a huge bummer for me. You will always be looking out of the cockpit, trying to find your targets. It can become extremely frustrating when you don't know where the enemy is shooting you from, and you die without ever seeing them. There is a radar and an auto-target system, but the results are often a mixed bag.

One really cool feature is the power management system. Basically, you can give your weapons more power, get more speed, or increase your defense. Doing this will lower your other stats, but the payoff can be massive if timed well. Using the A-wing at max speed to track down an enemy bomber, switching to attack stance, killing them, and then speeding away before another guy can get you feels great. It does mean you will need to be doing a lot of micromanagement in the middle of combat, but it's as simple as pressing a direction on the d-pad.

Speaking of ships, you have four on each side. For the Republic, you have the X-wing, A-wing, Y-wing, and the U-wing. The Imperials have the Tie Fighter, Tie Bomber, Tie Reaper, and the Tie Interceptor. Each one plays a little different and is designed for certain things. The Bombers are great against big capital ships, but are slow and not as good against fighters. Fighters are good at blowing each other up, but not as good against capital ships. Support ships can resupply your missiles and heal allies while doing a moderate amount of damage to enemies. Then the speedy ships get in and out without being hit because their armor is trash. A good squad has a mix of these ships in order to achieve victory.

Star Wars Squadrons honest game review

Each of these ships can be customized to your personal preferences. You can change the color and adjust a few cockpit items for cosmetics. Most of it will come down to new lasers, hulls, missiles, and other upgrades. Some lasers have less distance, but can be charged up or can be made to shoot quicker. You can make your hull more sturdy, but you lose a bit of speed and maneuverability. You can change missile countermeasures and special weapons to help spice it up. These options help keep things somewhat fresh, but sadly there are only two online modes, where you will spend the bulk of your time.

Dogfight mode is the team deathmatch mode of the game. It's a 5v5 battle in space where you pick your ship and go at it with the enemy team. You don't have to worry about any AI pilots or capital ships taking you out in this mode; the first team to get up to 30 kills wins the game. Teamwork is a requirement, and if you don't communicate, it can be very frustrating. You will often have someone on your tail trying to burn you down. Still, this is the mode to test your piloting skills against other space cowboys.

The other mode are the Fleet Battles. Fleet Battles consist of three stages: There is a dog fight stage where the fighters battle it out until one team breaks through. From there, one team will defend, and another will attack with the idea being to either destroy enemy support ships or protect the support ships for your faction. Finally, the capital ships are the targets. You'll have to break multiple parts to disable shields, weapons, tractor beams, and other parts. If you destroy the enemy capital ship, you win. If yours is destroyed, you lose.

Star Wars: Squadrons is a solid Star Wars game, but it will only have legs for a specific kind of player. If you are okay with more sim-based fliers instead of arcade ones, be sure to check this one out.

This review of Star Wars: Squadrons was done on the PlayStation 4. The game was purchased digitally; a code was later provided.
The Night Fisherman Review

A short interactive tale, Far Few Giants and De Fault The Night Fisherman tells of a fisherman, an Englishman, and a seascape draped in twilight. Should players climb aboard, or does this tale not

Star Wars: Squadrons Review

Seventeen years after the last Rogue Squadron, Star Wars: Squadrons flies in to fill the void. Was the wait worth it, or should we hold out for remasters of the Rogue Squadron series? Check out our

Tank Battle Review

OlegM, using Namco's 1985 title Battle City as inspiration, has created the new tank battler Tank Battle. Tasking players with protecting their homeland from advancing enemy forces, should players

Analog Party Sim Review – Party Foul

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Pikmin Short "The Night Juicer" Released


Ahead of the release of Pikmin 3 Deluxe later this month, Nintendo has released the new short "The Night Juicer."

Players will be able to get a firsthand look at the antics of the multicolored Pikmin (and Olimar) through this short. Two more are planned in the future, dubbed "Treasure in a Bottle" and "Occupational Hazards." Never fear though; Nintendo stated that no Pikmin were harmed in the making of this film.

You can watch the first short movie below:

PIKMIN Short Movies – The Night Juicer – Nintendo

An expanded version of Pikmin 3 for the Wii U, Pikmin 3 Deluxe has players exploring a strange world and saving their famished planet. Different crops of Pikmin are at your command, which can be used to overcome obstacles, take down creatures, and uncover food.

New to this release are a variety of difficulty settings, lock-on targeting, and optional hints. New side-story missions that put the spotlight on Olimar and Louie, the ability to play Story mode with a friend, and all DLC stages from the original release have also made their way to the Deluxe edition of the game.

The game will come out for the Nintendo Switch on October 30, 2020.

Source: YouTube

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Fall Guys Season 2 Now Available


After months of anticipation, Season 2 of Mediatonic Games and Devolver Digital's Fall Guys is here. See what awaits players with our write-up.

Featuring a medieval theme set in the Middle Ages, this update brings with it new Rounds, emotes, costumes and more.

The following Rounds have entered the rotation:

  • Hoopsie Legends – Teamwork (sometimes) makes the dream work
  • Knight Fever – Our most challenging Gauntlet yet
  • Egg Siege – Tactical scrambling action
  • Wall Guys – Build it up, tear it down

Along with these new events, a new Featured store schedule has been created for the duration of the season. New features, including a Show Selector, have also been included.

Learn more with the trailer below:

Fall Guys Season 2 – Jump In Now!

Inspired by game shows like Total Wipeout and Takeshi's Castle, Fall Guys pits players against 59 other opponents in an attempt to not get eliminated and win the coveted Crown. Along the way, players can purchase cosmetics and raise their Fame level.

The game is now available for the PlayStation 4 and the PC via Steam. You can read our review of the base game here (we gave it a 75/100).

Source: Press Release

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Rambo Coming to Mortal Kombat 11


The infamous Sylvester Stallone will come over to WB Games and NetherRealm Studios' Mortal Kombat 11 as part of Kombat Pack 2.

Based off of his appearance in First Blood, Sylvester Stallone will voice the character. The design and cinematics teams drew inspiration from the 1982 classic.

Also coming to the game as part of Kombat Pack 2 are fan-favorites Mileena and Rain. Rain now wields a katar, and can use his water powers in new ways. Mileena, on the other hand, now has razor-sharp claws, and has her own Shao Kahn style helmet as part of her Kahnum Mileena outfit.

Learn more with the trailer below:

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate | Kombat Pack 2 Official Reveal Trailer

The game is now available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, with releases planned for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series S/X. Note that the Ultimate Edition of the game (which features the base game, the Aftermath expansion, and Kombat Packs 1 & 2) will come out on November 17, 2020, and current-generation owners can get a free upgrade to the next-gen version. "Kross-play" support between generations will also be included.

You can read our review of the base game here (we gave it a 70/100).

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