Jul
28
Posted by Ben at 02:13
I'm still in the remnants of moving house so finding actual time to play games is still a bit of a premium.

That said I did manage to spend a chunk of Saturday playing Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, which I'm quite enjoying. It's Shin Megami light, I may have said all this before last time I did a WWP, but yeah, it's even lighter than Persona for the most part

I think I complained last time that I had finished a mission and was dreading the downtime in between. It's not been that bad but it is the worst thing about the game I'd say. I'm at a similar point now, and I could just push on, but there's side quests to do, spiritual growth to acquire. Some of the dungeons seem to be better than others, the camera one I did last wouldn't rank amongst my favourites, hopefully the next one is better. Still though; Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a good game, I'm intending to finish it

In other # related gaming, I also spent some time with Chime Sharp (or Chime# I've really no idea which is correct anymore). I really liked Chime back on the 360, and kickstarted this sequel. I've posted a video so I won't dwell on it too much, but apart from a few issues with the UI (it's not that easy to see whilst you're in the midst of the game), and pining for some of my favourite bands on the soundtrack, I've been enjoying the snatched moments I've had with it
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Jul
27
Posted by Ben at 14:26
Yep, the "west" in this case means both North America and Europe, and Yakuza 0 will be available to us all on January 24th.

It's a bit of a shame that Yakuza 0 isn't sneaking out the other side of Christmas, from a personal standpoint, as that's when I have a week off, but that the game is even coming to the West is enough reason to celebrate.

Add to that then, Yakuza 0 is getting a physical release in North America AND Europe.

And one more piece of Yakuza news, you can prepare yourself for Yakuza 0 on PS4 by playing Yakuza 5 on PS3 next month if you have Playstation Plus
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Jul
27
Posted by Ben at 14:13
In other video game adaptation news, the home release date for the Ratchet & Clank movie has been announced.

It's a staggered release with the digital download becoming available on the 22nd August, and the physical DVD and Bluray release a week later on the 29th August

I've not seen the Ratchet and Clank movie yet, there was a time, back when I used to do Loading Screen that I'd have been on it the day it released.

I'm not sure whether it's already been snapped up by Amazon Prime, Netflix, Sky, whoever, but personally that's how I'm likely to watch it
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Jul
27
Posted by Ben at 13:31
Well, technically a 'digital series' rather than a TV series per se, but such is the way we consume content now it's splitting hairs. Maybe with that preamble I'm burying the lead a bit, Life is Strange is getting a serialised show

Life is Strange might seem a bit of a strange pick for a video game to adapt in to a show, it's narrative driven and episodic already. However, when you think back to the likes of Twin Peaks, America Gothic, Eerie Indiana, and even Netflix's recent Stranger Things, you can see how it would work. It's the tone, setting and characters that would appeal, the story doesn't need to be exactly the same.

Anyway, much like the Detective Pokemon movie that Legendary have also announced, until it's out there's no guarantee it's ever actually going to get made, but if it does I could see it having some success
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Chime Sharp
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Jul 26
Posted by Ben at 16:50

After receiving my code last week, I thought we should take a look at Chime# (or Chime Sharp), recently released on Steam. Just a heads up before we begin, I kickstarted the game the other year, so bear that in mind, certainly I've moaned enough about sites promoting and reviewing games the staff have funded

Anyway, Chime Sharp is pretty cool. Sequel to Chime, which appeared on the 360 and PC is kind of a flat musical Tetris. You have to cover as much of the grid as possible by lining up the Tetris-style blocks so they form a "quad", activate, then keep adding to it or starting more to colour as much of the grid as possible. All set to some pretty good electronic music

I'm really nothing special at Chime, it took me a while to remember how to play it, and I'm under no illusions about my current ability levels, but at least I've got back to the point where I can enjoy it again. The video is below if you're interested

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Jul
26
Posted by Ben at 16:26
AIRHEART is a cool looking game. It's a rogue-like (of course it is) aeroplane game, where you have to fish to earn money, scavenge parts, then go out blasting sky pirates. It's got a look to it that's got my interest

The main character is called Amelia, so Amelia Airheart (Amelia Earhart) presumably. Anyway, there's a trailer below, and it's safe to say we'll keep an eye on AIRHEART when it comes to Steam proper

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Jul
26
Posted by Mark at 07:59
Clearly spurred on by the success of last weekend's revival of Robot Wars, the BBC have decided to exhume another nerdy early-noughties gameshow format in the form of the Total War-derived Time Commanders.

The show, where teams would operate a war room replicating a historical battle through the Total War engine is being rebooted, this time for smartarse arts-and-documentaries digital channel BBC Four, appears to be tweaking the format slightly, cutting the team size to three and pitting two of them against each other, rather than the simpler one-against-the-AI format of the previous two series.

There's no other word on who or what else will be returning from the previous two series (although if the experts and their postmatch re-enactments aren't involved, it'll be a huge loss), save for seemingly the same production company.

If you and two warmongering mates can get together a team and fancy yourselves as some kind of three-headed Sun Tzu, you have until the beginning of September to apply. Details are on the BBC website.

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Jul
23
Posted by Ben at 06:04
We've always been a fairly thinly disguised Sega fan site so when there's a good looking new Sonic game announced we're always going to post it

Sonic Mania, a new 2D 16 bit inspired Sonic game (shh, don't mention Sonic 4), developed with Christian Whitehead, the man responsible for the excellent Megadrive Sonic ports

Sonic Mania is due int he spring of 2017, presumably on PS4, Xbox One, PC, maybe NX, possibly even 3DS and Dreamcast 2 (and let's face it, ios and Android)

Sonic Mania wasn't the only sonic game announced, there was also a new 3D game announced by the team (Sonic Team) behind Sonic Colours and Sonic Generations. I personally think the quality of Sonic Colours is a bit overstated but Sonic Generations was legitimately great, if uneven

Anyway, both trailers are below and when th 3D sonic game gets a name we'll probably post about it

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Jul
20
Posted by Ben at 14:35
First, let me preface this by saying that I backed Chime Sharp on Kickstarter.

Chime Sharp, or Chime# is out now on steam, out of early access, and in its full complete form

I am slightly disappointed that the Kickstarter ideal of Mono and Mogwai didn't make it in to the game, can't blame the developers for aiming big and having good taste I guess, but still, I'd have liked them in there

Anyway, Chime Sharp is available for the launch price of 7.99, usually 9.99, and is a kind of flat musical Tetris. While we're a little wary of covering games we backed, I will put something up in the next few days
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Jul
20
Posted by Ben at 14:22
Not a bad way to try what is a very good game if you're still unsure about it. Square Enix are releasing Life is Strange: episode 1 - Chrysalis for free, on PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, 360, and Mac

Granted it is, of course, a marketing move, they'll lose nothing from doing this but may drum up some extra sales next time the rest of the game is reduced, but still, I'd urge you to try it as it's a really good narrative game.

There's a new trailer below, and Life is Strange: episode 1 - Chrysalis will be free 'indefinitely'

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