Ah, good old bullet hell games. They evolved from more standard shmup games back in the 1990s, and players have been dodging bullets ever since. Most of these games are either side or top scroll, but now we have a bullet hell game with full 360 degree movement and a world to explore. Enter Blue Rider, a twin-stick bullet hell shooter that will test your reflexes and your patience.
The Mario sports games are some of those perennial things that you can count on reappearing every year or so. You may not get every single one of them every year, but you’re guaranteed to see at least one in any given year. It’s with some surprise, then, that we see the release of Mario Sports Superstars, a compilation of five sports games all rolled into one. Go grab the soccer ball, tennis ball, baseball, golf ball, and horse..err…ball, and meet me down at the pitch green court course diamond for the review.
There’s a huge gap between games that look retro and play retro, and games that are faux-retro but play like something modern. Dystoria falls into the latter category, and is a 1st person/3rd person action shooter from developers Tri-Coastal Games. Let’s get our 80s synthwave music going and I’ll meet you at the spaceship for a briefing.
Don’t you hate having to wear the same cap day in and day out? Well, there’s a solution for you fickle folks: LEGO caps. It has space for you to put your own LEGO bricks on (or the LEGO bricks of your 8-year old child) and completely customize the way the cap looks. Heading to the aquarium for a day? Put some fish on. Going to a gig? How about minifigs of the band members? Check out some of the pics below.
Nioh is the modern equivalent of “like Dark Soul, but…”, so I’m going to try eschewing all mention of Dark Souls in this review (Ed: you’ve failed twice already) and try to review Nioh on its own merits. No more mention of Dark Souls (Ed: thrice). Let’s go back to the Sengoku period in Japan’s past to track down some demons.
Upcoming PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn looks to be one epic game, and hopefully we’ll even have a review up for you guys soon! The game features these humonstrous animalistic mechs, which, judging from the in-game footage we’ve seen so far, certainly look highly impressive. While we wait for the official merch to swing by, you can always build your own LEGO Tallneck mech (that’s the one that looks like a giraffe) to have and hold and hug and call Alfred, with instructions courtesy of South African LEGO expert, Wayne de Beer.
Among the Innocent: A Stricken Tale is a new game by a new studio, Zero Degrees Games. The game is a first-person puzzle-horror-ish hybrid, and takes place in the Free State, South Africa back in 2001, before cellphones became common enough to live everyone’s back pocket. Let’s head down to the farm and see what this review holds for us.
Resident Evil has been kicking around for a good number of years now. The first game, which appeared on the original PlayStation, was an instant hit, lauded for its use of tension and zombies. The game also introduced us to the evil Umbrella Corporation, and spawned books, movies, and more video games. At around the Resident Evil 4 point, it left its horror roots and went more action-y, culminating in the strange mess that was Resident Evil 6. We still enjoyed the remake of the first game (reviewed here), but we were excited to get our hands on Resident Evil 7, rumored to have its return to the original’s creepiness. Did it? Let’s peek around the corner and find out.
Yoshi’s Woolly World was a title we reviewed two years ago (Ed: That long??), and rated it one of the best games we’d ever played. Nintendo apparently agreed, because, given the limited install base of the Wii U, they’ve remade the game for Nintendo 3DS, while adding in a whole bunch of new content that the Wii U gamers don’t get. Let’s get our knitting needles out as we review Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World.
We know you wonderful folk love your video games, and it is good to know when things are going to hit our shores (Ed: You mean ‘good to know when our wallets will be periodically drained of life’). Our awesome distributors have kindly provided us with a list of what games and accessories hit the stores at what dates in the first quarter of this year. Since we will be updating this page as we receive new information, we recommend you keep this page bookmarked. We will also be linking to our reviews within this page, where we have published them. Bam! Double the excellence, just like that.