This was another big week for reviews at GameSpace.com with our staff plugging away at the best games out there to see if they're worth your hard-earned cash. We have reviews of such big games as Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite and Battle Chasers as well as smaller, yet no less important, games like, Pylon and Caveman Warriors. Head on through the jump to see what's what in non-MMO gaming.
REVIEWS & ARTICLES
Marvel Versus Capcom: Infinite is by far and large the highest quality and, not to mention, most fun 2D fighting game to come out in years. For the competitive fighter fan ready to hone their skills for the next tournament, it’s time to toss your gauntlet in the ring. For the casual fighter fan on the fence and hoping for an X-Men DLC later on, there is still a lot to love here for you, but nobody would fault you for waiting for a price drop.
Battle Chasers is a great game and great RPG. I love the rich characters and their background. The art style makes this whole experience beautiful. The story, while I have not completed it yet, has captured me and I can’t wait to see where it goes. I think anyone that enjoys RPG’s will enjoy this game. You can check it out when it releases on October 3, 2017. When you do, come back and let me know what you thought about it. Long live Airship Syndicate, and long live Battle Chasers.
RUINER is a great game. It’s polished, offers a unique world and some solid combat mechanics. Although it doesn’t necessarily revolutionize the twin-stick shooter, RUINER’S attention to story, graceful and synergistic combat and pacing set it apart from many of its brethren. Fan of the genre or not, RUINER is a game to keep on your radar.
Beach Buggy Racing is also available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 where maybe this can meet a need for a kart racer. But for Switch owners, if you don’t already own Mario Kart 8 or can’t afford to get a quality game, then I wouldn’t recommend Beach Buggy Racing. Unless it’s on your phone; where it’s free.
Overall, I enjoyed my time with Vaporum. The developers did a great job of updating a genre that has been buried by the sands of time. They took an old-school dungeon crawl, added a fresh coat of paint (no crappy 8-bit graphics here), dropped it into a fresh Steampunk setting, and added some modern mechanics while staying true to the genre. The story was well told, but it would have been better had it been as unique as the setting.
I'll admit straight up that Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story has been a difficult game to write a substantive review for. It’s not that it’s lacking in content – far from it. It’s not even that it flies in the face of typical games these days with regard to over-the-top graphics and complex gameplay. It’s more due to the fact that Laura’s Story forces the player to delve into realms that have deep social implications as well as the simple notion that we are literally invading this person’s privacy by scouring their phone. This is our Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story review.
NeuroVoider is a great addition to the Switch, both providing a challenge for a single player while also being a great party game. The loot customization adds a hook to keep you playing and killing more monsters, while the procedural generation makes sure you always have new levels and loot to look for.
Ultimately though there is little that Hob does wrong. While combat is hardly a challenge and the puzzles are straightforward there is an obvious reason for that. The narrative is very implicit in Hob, but again this simply encourages you to enjoy the world as you explore it. Hob never loses momentum as you dive deeper and deeper into the game. It constantly rewards you by making the game easy to consume and feeling like you can go for just a little longer. As a result, this is one of the few games that I’ve ever had trouble putting down. The gorgeous artwork might draw you in but the content will not let you leave.
All in all, Pylon: Rogue has proven to be a very challenging hack and slash that will require quick adaptation, decisive accuracy, and a great patience with frequent death. The game is graphically pleasant and fun to play and even throws in a range of different tactics and mechanics. If you like hardcore challenges, this is definitely a game to try out.
Total War: Warhammer 2 has taken the original Total War: Warhammer and fixed a lot of the issues that people complained about. It’s breathed fresh life into the series and in my opinion possibly made the best entry into the series to date. It’s beautiful, hard, and fun. The new gameplay mechanics bring Total War into a higher realm of gameplay that makes you ask “Why didn’t they do this before?” This is something that I could get lost in, and sink in hundreds of hours into without realizing it.
JanduSoft’s Caveman Warriors is an excellent platformer, it offers challenge, a variety both in levels and gameplay and is a lot of fun to play solo or with friends. It’s tight controls and intuitive layout make it easy to pick up and go with. The lack of replay is really the only concern I have for the title but for the speed runners in the world this might not be an issue. If you’re a fan of the genre, Caveman Warriors is worth looking at when it releases on September 22nd.
Epic Tavern is rather bare bone in its current state. However, the planned content promises to make all your dreams of running a hole-in-the-wall Dungeons & Dragons tavern experience come true. If you’re not a fan of unfinished games, I’d say wait on Epic Tavern, but not too long. Though if you want to try your hand at selling BBQ rats and a metric ton of mead, but be ready for placeholder content and a lack of management depth. I, for one, plan on revisiting Epic Tavern and drinking deeply from the Groggy Wench’s barrel of questionable wine.
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