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Strange Brigade Review: Supernaturally Good
3 weeks ago

Strange Brigade Review: Supernaturally Good

There is a lot of good media that has the word Strange in the title. Stranger Things, Life is Strange, Doctor Strange and even the song Strange Times by The …
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Atomic Heist Review: Not-so-petty Larceny
3 months ago

Atomic Heist Review: Not-so-petty Larceny

Some say that love is the universal language, the one everyone understands. Others say that language is music. The learned set has a valid argument that claims that if/when we …
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Pressure Overdrive Review: The Wrong Kind of Pressure
12 months ago

Pressure Overdrive Review: The Wrong Kind of Pressure

Cars and guns have always been a match made in heaven, except for when it’s not. When you are driving and shooting at things, you want dangerous roads and impressive …
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Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops review: Kinda cute
3 years ago

Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops review: Kinda cute

If you want to have a commercially successful game, just take a popular franchise or genre and make a toy version of it. Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops is a twin …
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Polychromatic review: Fifty shades of grey
3 years ago

Polychromatic review: Fifty shades of grey

Polychromatic enters the marketplace at a time when there has probably never been so much competition. Gamers are literally swimming in shoot-em-ups of all kinds, ranging from the sublime to …
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Ultratron review (Xbox One)
3 years ago

Ultratron review (Xbox One)

Ultratron was developed by Puppy Games and published by Curve Digital on Xbox One. It was released on May 8, 2015 for $9.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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If any long forgotten genre of videogames has benefited most from the advent of digital distribution and the influx of creative, independent game developers over the last few years, it must surely be the shoot-em-up. We’ve seen more or less every obvious take on the theme imaginable, yet I’m almost always pleasantly surprised by the next innovation or twist.

Ultratron is the latest twin-stick shooter to launch on the Xbox One and it promises a number of interesting features, including “unique retro-futuristic sound and graphics, player responsive difficulty, and a subtle system of tactics combined with classic gameplay.” At first glance, Ultratron looked like a fairly uninspiring arena based shooter, but I’m pleased to report that despite a few minor complaints, there’s more to it than meets the eye.

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Ziggurat review (Xbox One)
4 years ago

Ziggurat review (Xbox One)

Ziggurat was developed and published by Milkstone Studios on Xbox One. It will be released on March 20, 2015 for $14.99. A copy was provided by Milkstone Studios for review purposes.

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Ziggurat is best described as a Heretic style rouge-like first person dungeon crawler. That is certainly a mouthful of genres all stacked together, but the experience is a unique mix. Like most Rogue-like games, you are going to die many times in a series of trial an error encounters, which is exactly as the game intends. In Ziggurat each time you die, you are generally given a few cards that will be able to be found in your following adventures. Ziggurat features a number of various unlockable characters and items, all of which are displayed on cards you gain as you play.

The game itself plays like a mix between Heretic, Doom, and Diablo. There are various rooms to traverse, and each room contains a chance to battle either monsters, overcome traps, or partake in jumping puzzles. The creatures drop mana, life, and experience, all which are needed to further progress your hero. Generally, loot is found at the end of a large encounter or set of traps, and often after boss fights. Each level has a similar formula of many rooms with encounters, a room with a key to the boss portal, and then of course a boss fight. The difficulty increases as you progress through each level, and eventually you can beat the game with one final boss fight.

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A closer look at Microsoft Garage’s Voice Commander
4 years ago

A closer look at Microsoft Garage’s Voice Commander

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In case you missed the recent news, the first Microsoft Garage title has been rather sneakily released into the wild as a free download on Xbox One. Voice Commander is a single-screen shooter in the style of the arcade classic Asteroids, with a few notable twists which between them make the most of the Kinect technology and add an additional layer of strategy. Players are invited to defend their home planet from wave after wave of alien attackers, whilst the titular voice commands are used to deploy defensive structures in specific quadrants or to deploy smart bombs and other secondary weapons.

Microsoft Garage games are made by various Microsoft Studio employees in their spare time, and Voice Commander has set the bar pretty high considering that it’s free to download. Currently, it can only be located via a Bing search on your Xbox One, and your console must also be set to the US region. Non-US players can still download and play Voice Commander, but will need to change their home region to US, download the game and then change back.

For more on Voice Commander, check out the gameplay video after the jump.

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Special Forces: Team X price tag gets shot down
6 years ago

Special Forces: Team X price tag gets shot down

It’s been out less than a month but Special Forces: Team X has already seen a price cut. The team-based shooter from Zombie Studios was originally released on XBLA …
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Retro City Rampage launch trailer unveiled

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[springboard type=”youtube” id=”8pW3e7x2T3U” player=”xbla001″ width=”640″ height=”400″] Brian Provinciano’s eagerly anticipated Grand Theft Auto inspired shooter Retro City Rampage launches today on PSN and PC, with an XBLA release scheduled for later …
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