This Week at Game Space - June 4th
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THIS WEEK'S REVIEWS
It seemed like a game with such promise and that it would somehow be something more than what it ultimately became. To say that I am disappointed is to understate things greatly. Let’s hope that Microids lets the Syberia IP go, or at least wait a good long while before making another one that is worthy of the first two games because Syberia 3 isn’t it.
The bottom line is, Dreamfall Chapters is a stunning PS4 game that is story rich and should be on any adventure gamer’s list, especially those that played through the first two PC games. You might do yourself a favor though and find a recap of the first two games’ stories before jumping into this one.
While I am primarily a PC keyboard and mouse loyalist, I felt the isometric camera made WASD movement a bit wonky. It’s like trying to play Q-Bert, you need to press SD, SA, WA and WD for diagonal movement. Luckily, Tokyo 42 supports controllers natively. I used a USB Xbox One controller and immediately the game controls extremely well with the analogs.
The fact remains, despite drawbacks, Mages of Mystralia is a promising start to Borealys’ life as a game studio. There’s abundant charm, tight controls, and enough ingenuity to make me confident that Mages’ real story is only just beginning. Bring on a Switch version, and bring on a sequel!
If you’re a console player and just getting into ARPG’s, ‘Victor Vran’ is an excellent place to start. As a veteran player of the genre I would recommend this game to anyone who loves ARPG’s. With a great balance of character development, smooth combat, nice story delivery and sweet loot, ‘Victor Vran: Overkill Edition’ is an excellent ARPG title worth having in your games library.
BIG NEWS ITEMS OF THE WEEK
According to Time, this fall Harvard students will have an opportunity to join a new real medieval history class, “The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models”. Students will take a look at how George R.R. Martin’s series of books “echoes and adapts, as well as distorts the history and culture of the ‘medieval world’ of Eurasia from c. 400 to 1500 CE”. The program will also explore “a set of archetypal characters at the heart of Game of Thrones — the king, the good wife, the second son, the adventurer, and so on — with distinct analogues in medieval history, literature, religion, and legend”.
Today Nintendo of America unveiled its basic plans for Nintendo Switch Online, the multiplayer service that we’re all currently enjoying for free. In 2018, you’ll need to pay $3.99 a month, or $19.99 a year for online multiplayer gaming with your Switch. But that’ll also net you access to a host of classic Nintendo games (Super Mario 3, Dr. Mario, and more), as well as eShop deals, and an Online Lobby and Voice Chat App.
Developers have announced a new release date for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. It was originally set to come out in August but has now been pushed back to October 10th. October 10th provides extra time for development The game is being delayed in order to give Monolith more time to work on it.
“Splatoon 2 and ARMS are games that lend themselves perfectly to tournaments, and E3 is an ideal venue to bring people together to compete,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These friendly tournaments will highlight the fun, competitive nature of these games and the Nintendo Switch hardware for people at home and on the show floor.”
In our second bit of news about the Pathfinder IP, we have learned that Owlcat is taking its game to KickStarter. The team is looking for $500,000 to add more to Pathfinder: Kingmaker, an upcoming PC RPG. While the game was announced last week, no mention was made at the time about KickStarter. Today’s announcement has come as something of a surprise to many. The fund raiser is expected to begin this week. What is interesting about the initiative is that the company is not looking for money to complete the game, but to add to it. The team wants to add companions and to their stories as well as include new classes, dungeons, events, locations and more.
Shiro Games has sent out a word that long-anticipated Multiplayer Mode is coming to its real-time strategy Northgard today. The company launches a massive update for the game, allowing up to 6 players war against each other, in a free-for-all as well as teams. Players can also add AI opponents to their matches for the extra challenge.
Fans of Pokemon will be pleased to hear that Nintendo has announced Pokeland. The game will be heading to both Android and iOS mobile devices soon. In fact, the first alpha is scheduled to start soon in Japan. Pokeland The Next Web calls the game a “fusion between Pokemon Go and Rumble”. Players collect and train Pokemon as well as battle other players in special duels.