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Deathloop has quickly become a contender for game of the year, with its impressive visuals, revolutionary gameplay, and ultra-stylized, with a splash of 60’s decor design, what’s not to love.

What is Deathloop’s Story?

One of the things that makes Deathloop a masterpiece is the complexity of both its story and the game’s extremely unique and intricately designed features. Individually, these features and stories have been done before, or at least to a similar design, but Deathloop weaves together so much, in a way that doesn’t overcomplicate things.

After waking up on the beach, you soon realize that you have no recollection of how you got there, what you’re doing, or even what your name is.

Before long, you start to receive messages, from an unknown source. This source is seemingly helping or encouraging you, at times even giving you warnings or information, such as your name, Colt.

Before long, you realize that you are stuck in a loop. Die and the loop will start all over again, sending you back to the beach, with nothing. Make it to the end of the day and the loop will still kick in, sending you straight back to that cold beach.

Before long, Colt realizes that he must break the loop, and in order to do so, he must first kill 8 visionaries before the day ends, or before he dies. Sounds easy, right? No, firstly, the visionaries are all in different districts at different times, which makes it impossible to kill them all in time, without some tactical maneuvering.

Secondly, Julianna is out for Colt’s blood. Julianna is one of the key components that make Deathloop so interesting. She is often controlled by other players online. While you are able to turn this feature off, it creates a challenge that makes the game much more interesting as well as deadly.

Break or Protect The Loop? Deathloop Multiplayer

As I mentioned above, Deathloop has an interesting feature, which is the ability to play as Julianna and attempt to stop another player from breaking the loop.

Before you are able to take the reigns as Julianna, you must first complete the lengthy tutorial. But to be honest, I would go a bit beyond that before taking on other Colts in the hunt mode.

When you’ve played a couple of games as Julianna, you will start racking up points and levels. This will allow you to unlock new skins that can be used in the game’s main Break the Loop mode for Colt.

If you are playing as Colt, and you’re up against a skilled player, you can’t just exit the area and get away that easily. You need to physically get close to a signal jammer that is blocking your exits, hack them and then escape to the tunnels.

This makes things very hard, as most Julianna players will know to stay close to the device to stop Colt from leaving.

Having this extra layer of difficulty really has bumped the score up on this game for me. While it’s still an excellent game when playing with human opponents off, having that extra threat and difficulty really does making it an edge-of-your-seat experience.

Deathloop Gameplay

One of the things I love about Deathloop is the ability to truly play it the way you want. Many games state that they are stealth or brute force, but by design somehow push you in one direction. Just to be clear, I’m not talking about the band, nothing could push me to them!

With Deathloop, you really do have the option to be sneaky, set traps, stealth kill, and stick to the shadows. Alternatively, you can go in guns blazing.

There’s nothing stopping you from playing how you want to play. Well, apart from an angry, potentially human-controlled lady who’s out to murder you, that might shake up your playstyle a bit.

Thankfully you save your own ass…Confusing, right?

Slabs are another item in-game that really helps you to shape the game how you want it to be. As you progress through the game you will start unlocking new slabs, these will provide you with new abilities that will help you play the game your way, through teleportation, disguises and even the ability to pick up and slam opponents around.

Once you have passed through the extremely large tutorial, you will be set on a mission to learn how to keep objects through each loop.

As you progress through the story and start to learn some of the game’s mechanics and weapons, you will begin to find trinkets and slabs that enhance both your weapons and gameplay, making it even easier to play exactly how you want to.

Deathloop PS5 vs PC

For the purpose of this review, I tested Deathloop both on a PS5 and Steam. Both had their own pros and cons. When I say cons, I’m more pointing towards advantages that the one system has over the other.

In both tests, I never really stumbled across any major issues with the game.

Deathloop on PS5

If you’ve been lucky enough to get the latest next-gen system, there are some real advantages over the other versions of the game.

I used to be an Xbox fanboy, but since the PS5 was released and the awesome features of the new dual-sense controller, I seem to find myself swinging towards PS5, and Deathloop highlights why this was a good idea.

Deathloop PS5 Pros:

Deathloop is a stunning game, with both incredible audio and visuals. The PS5 does everything within its next-gen power to amplify the sound and make it even more incredible.

  • The controller has individual haptic feedback and sounds for each weapon in the game, making each one feel truly unique
  • Radio communication comes through the controller, making the game more immersive
  • Deathloop sounds amazing on the PS5 Pulse 3D headset, this is espcially handy in the Julianna game mode
  • Adjustable graphics settings that allow raytracing, dynamic resolution or performance modes

Deathloop PS5 Cons:

While I do highly recommend playing Deathloop on a PS5, there are some drawbacks For example, a console, next-gen or not, is never going to match the power a solid gaming PC can offer, especially not with services such as Nvidia’s GeForce Now service.

  • With raytracing enabled I had a few frame stutters, this was most evident when waking up on the beach in the morning
  • The overall graphics still doesn’t match that of a top gaming PC
  • Occassional issues with disconnecting from the network during online play

Essentially the choice is between stunning graphics, which cannot be beaten, by playing on the PC version of the game, or immersive audio, which makes the game much more exciting on the PS5.

The level of detail that has gone into the PS5 version really has taken me by surprise. Each weapon in the game makes its own unique sounds and vibrations with the controller. I could genuinely tell which gun is being used without even looking at the screen.

Deathloop Review Summary

It’s not often we review a game and give it a perfect 10 out of 10 score. But when I do get that chance, it gives me a warm tingly feeling, just like the feeling you get when you obtain information on Deathloop and know that information takes you a step closer to breaking the loop.

No matter how many times you are killed, each time you learn something new, it never gets old. It doesn’t get frustrating, it just empowers you, knowing that the next time around, you will know a bit more than you did on the last loop.

Throwing the threat of a human-controlled Julianna into the game makes things much more interesting as well as difficult. The constant fear that once you’ve finally made some progression that can all be thrown away by another player killing you, is so much more exhilarating than I had imagined.

The map of Blackreef is one of the most detailed and cleverly constructed game maps I have ever seen. At first, I thought many of the game’s districts were too small, but before long I realized that there are tons of buildings and alleys that lead to entirely new areas, often even tucked away by tunnels, making it feel like an achievement when you find them.

Deathloop ‘Doom’ Arcade Machine

Deathloop is a game that will be marked in history as one of the few games to take several complicated mechanics and roll them together so neatly without screwing it up, something that seems to be rare these days.

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Double Pug Switch Review

by Kegan Mooney

Double Pug Switch is a tough game to review. The game itself lures you in with nice visuals, and an affordable price, but the game itself simply didn’t hit the mark.

That being said, I can see how Double Pug Switch could appeal to some audiences.

Frustrating or Challenging?

As you can see from the trailer below, the game features parallel dimensions, crazy cyborg cats, and of course, an adorable pug, but is that enough to keep players interested, sadly I think not.

The game has been designed and even marketed on the core fundamentals that players will fail, over and over again. While we all love overcoming difficult games, such as Dark Souls, Double Pug Switch just seemed to verge on annoying, more than challenging.

Personally, its main selling point, the game’s over-the-top difficulty, is also its worst feature. Dying over and over again, in a game that is based mainly on timing over actual skill or needing to think, just becomes frustrating and isn’t at all fun.

Redeeming Features

Thankfully the game does have one redeeming factor. The boss fights are actually fun, but of course, this would mean withstanding the main part of the game to get to the boss fights in the first place.

I also found at several key moments in the game, I would press the button to switch dimensions. However, the game would stutter, meaning that I did not switch in time, and I would have to restart. This quickly became an annoying issue, enough so that this has become one of the rare few games I’ve not seen through to the end.

I’m a big supporter of indy games, and personally love it when I get the chance to play and review as many as possible, so it genuinely does sadden me to say, steer clear of this title, its a great idea, which quickly becomes repetitive and annoying.

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Mortal Kombat 11 Scorpion

For years Mortal Kombat had started to go a little stale, that is until the last few installments, in which the game suddenly started building momentum, Mortal Kombat 11 continues pushing the series to be the true king of fighters.

Mortal Kombat has always been known for its gruesome gameplay, which over the years has evolved, becoming more graphic and violent with each release.

Mortal Kombat 11 continues this trend with multiple fatalities and brutal special moves, which often decapitate enemies in some of the move innovative ways possible.

Mortal Kombat 11 Jax Fatality
Jax Briggs's Ultra-Violent Fatality Finisher

While you would expect Mortal Kombat 11 to be a quick fighter, its actually quiet the opposite, with combos and special attacks which require some practice and a good memory to master.

This removes the old button mashing way of playing, in favor of a much more skill based game, but thankfully they have included one of the most detailed training modes I have ever seen in a fighting game.

The training also includes a fatalities tester, which shows you how to do all the fatalities for each character, including where to stand and which buttons to press.

Having a slower and more combination based gameplay feels rewarding, actually learning the correct sequences to attack makes you feel like you have achieved something, not just pressed the buttons on your controller quicker than your opponent.

Mortal Kombat Game Modes

As Mortal Kombat has evolved over the years, it has developed more fun and exciting game modes, with each installment including much more to do than the last.

Fight Mode

The standard fight mode lets you play against either a local player, AI, or against an online opponent, this is your standard Mortal Kombat fighting experience.

Of course, once you have unlocked some new fatalities and skins in the other modes, you can use these in the fight mode.

There is also a huge selection of new characters which can be bought from expansion packs and used in fight mode, these include external fighters from outside of the Mortal Kombat universes, such as Rambo and RoboCop.

If you’re not too bothered about new characters, wait until there is a kombat pack sale on, where you will get the characters a little bit cheaper.

Krypt Mode

The Krypt mode allows players to explore Shao Kahn’s island and open chests, each of these chests contains items that can be used inside the other game modes.

The Krypt game mode isn’t the most exciting game mode to be honest, but at least you can unlock some new skins and other items.

Tower Modes

The Tower Modes are the most exciting game modes in Mortal Kombat 11, and with the latest installment seeing a new tower mode, there is, even more to do now.

The classic tower number faces you against a different number of enemies, depending on the difficulty you choose.

  • Beginner – There are 5 enemies to defeat
  • Warrior – There are 8 enemies to defeat
  • Master – There are 12 enemies to defeat
  • Infinity – This mode features a continual wave of enemies, and keeps on going until you decide to quit
  • Survivor – In survivor, you must take on 25 enemies, and after each fight your health remains the same, making this the hardest of all tower difficulties

As well as the classic mode, there is also a new Towers of Time mode too, the new tower mode works much like the classic mode, except that the characters, objectives, and attributes shift per tower, making it a truly unique experience.

Story Mode

The story mode is simply a series of fights, split into several acts, during each of these acts, you will play as a character and face multiple opponents, one at a time, until you move onto the next act.

Mortal Kombat’s story mode includes fan favorites such as Cassie Cage, Shang Tsung and Liu Kang, and many more.

My only issue with Mortal Kombat 11 is the lack of story in the story mode, each fight starts with the character saying a line or two, but with no real backstory behind it.

I understand that its a fighting game, but considering Mortal Kombat has had several movies behind it, they could have made a detailed story to accompany this mode.

Summary

Mortal Kombat 11 has taken the series to the next level, making it a brutal and entertaining ride, for a series that should have great difficulty evolving, Mortal Kombat seems to be doing just that, with ease.

The game has been subject to recent review bombings, but it’s very unjustified, with reviewers on Metacritic making some very odd political reasons for their poor reviews, which have little to do with the actual game itself.

Many of these poor reviews have been around the Micro-transactions, which have only cosmetic effects on the game, and in honesty, do not harm the gameplay in any way, and therefore shouldn’t really warrant a poor review.

Mortal Kombat 11 has brought back some of my passion towards fighting games, with a unique blend of classic fighting and some new modes to explore too.

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AC Valhalla River Run

Both Assassin’s Creed and Vikings are two things that I have always been a big fan of, so you can imagine how excited I was to find out there was going to be a Viking version of Assassin’s Creed, AC Valhalla.


The first thing I noticed with AC Valhalla was just how stunning it is, playing on an Xbox Series X I have to say, it is one of the most stunning games I have played to date.

The level of detail in AC Valhalla is unlike anything I have ever seen before, you notice this more so when you land on the shores of England and see the lush environment.

AC Valhalla Gameplay

The first thing to note about AC Valhalla is that the game is long, extremely long, in-fact with most games I try to be a completionist, but I have given up with this on Valhalla, due to its overwhelming size.

Not only is the game huge, at around 40 hours, if you don’t stray from the game’s main story. The map is massive too, which explores the UK landscape and changes the further up north you go.

Having a game with so much to do has been very welcomed this year, especially with Covid restrictions in place. Games like AC Valhalla have been a great distraction from the world.

The side missions are remarkably entertaining too, so I wouldn’t recommend skipping them. I’ve had some genuine laugh-out-loud moments with some of these missions.

A good example of these “lol” moments is a random Dane, ironically named axehead, due to, well the giant axe in his head. The only thing this missed, was Axehead stating “Tis but a scratch” to make it the perfect gaming scene.

Assassins Creed Axe Head

The combat in AC Valhalla is incredibly fun, and while you can obtain better gear and add new skills to make combat easier, there are plenty of challenges to knock you back down a peg or two.

As with older Assasin’s Creed games, there are outposts you can conquer, many of these will also offer books of knowledge or new gear, making capturing them not only fun but beneficial too.

When talking on a heavily guarded outpost, you can choose your approach, either stick to the shadows and kill like an assassin or go full Viking and defeat them head-on.

Assassins Creed Valhalla Crepelgate Fort

One thing that I was a bit disappointed about within AC Valhalla was the lack of ship battles. I loved taking on enemy ships in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and was hoping to see more of that in Valhalla.

Don’t get me wrong, there are ships, and sailing them across the rivers all along the UK is great, but you don’t bump into other ships for battle like you did in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

The skill tree in AC Valhalla is another great improvement to the series, with so many perks to choose from, which seems to expand all the time with updates.

Assassins Creed Valhalla skill tree

You can choose to auto-assign skill points, but personally, I find it pays off to look at the skills in great detail and plan routes to skills that will readily aid your particular play style.

Each skill that you spend increases your overall power, which can be used to identify how easily you will be able to defeat certain enemies.

As with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, there are also cult members you can take on, many of these will have their own power level, so you can identify what level you need to be before attempting to safely take them on.

Customizations in AC Valhalla

The level of detail to customization has always been impressive in the Assassin’s Creed series, this was pushed further with Odyssey giving us the ability to choose between a male or female protagonist, but now, AC Valhalla has pushed it even further.

You can now customize your character by adding tattoos, these can be added all over your body and face, you can even pick up more by finding designs out in the world, or buying them in Reda’s shop for Opal.

Assassins creed valhalla tattoos

But your body isn’t the only thing you can customize, there are also tons of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla ship designs you can purchase, either with in-game currency or real money.

It wouldn’t be a modern Assassin’s Creed without a companion, and there are so many to choose from, and with more that can be added from either Reda’s shop or with real money.

If you have the patience, you won’t need to spend any real money to obtain new customizations, each week Reda obtains new tattoos, companions, weapons, armor, and ship designs, if you can save your Opal and wait, you can get anything for free.

Finally, you can also customize your town, AC Valhalla is the first Assassin’s Creed game to include a customizable settlement, which you can decorate and expand as you play.


Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Seasonal Events

Another way that Ubisoft has managed to keep the game’s already massive content expanding, is with the addition of seasonal events, such as the upcoming Sigrblot Festival.

Each of these events offers new and exciting ways to unlock new skins or gear, and include new content and quests to expand your Viking experience further.

AC Valhalla Roadmap
AC Valhalla Roadmap 2021 – Image Credit: Ubisoft.com

You will also find these events often offer new customizations and statues for your settlement, which can really help to make it stand out.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla River Raids

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Viking game without river raids, and while I still don’t get those ship battles I crave, they do offer a slice of Viking mayhem and brutality which more than makes up for it.

AC Valhalla River Run

There are two types of river raids, the random towns, monasteries, and outposts, which you stumble upon while you are out and about in England, and the mission-based river raids, which take place in a dedicated instance.

At first, I found these river raids all a little too easy, but don’t worry, they become much harder as you progress through Valhalla, with some of the games later river raids being extremely difficult.

Summary

AC Valhalla was a game I was already excited about before launch, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was one of my all-time favorite games, so I had high hopes, it was nice for once not to be disappointed.

I have never felt so dedicated to a game before, pushing myself to become a completionist, trying to get every single piece of armor, book of knowledge, and side mission completed, while also working hard to purchase statues and expand upon my settlement.

The seasonal events keep me coming back for more, in fact, there have been a few times I have taken breaks from playing AC Valhalla, but before too long, I get an email about an upcoming seasonal event and I’m straight back into it again, getting drunk and having a fistfight with some fellow Vikings.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla settlement

If all this isn’t enough for you, there are weekly and daily quests, legendary animals to track and kill across several countries – there’s never a shortage of things to do in AC Valhalla.

I might be a little late to my AC Valhalla review, but that has been down to having so much to explore, and enjoying the game so much, that I wanted to play it to its fullest, before committing to a review.

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Chivalry 2 Review

Earlier in the year, I was lucky enough to be invited into the Chivalry closed beta in order to do a pre-release Chivalry 2 review, which I had an amazing time playing.

Now that Chivalry 2 has been released, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and see what was on offer for the game’s full release, it didn’t disappoint.

The sheer epicness of the large-scale multiplayer battles is incredible, and with the game being cross-play enabled, there won’t be a shortage of players either, meaning you’re going to get a full, blood-soaked battle every time you play.

Chivalry 2 battles

Medieval warfare has never been so fun, or comic for that matter since I didn’t play the original game, I was taken back with laughter when my and other players’ characters started blurring out comical lines in the midst of battle.

Chivalry 2 Game Modes

Chivalry 2 is jam-packed full of game maps and modes, from sprawling castle sieges to combat in the pits, players can choose from 64 players, 40 players, and free for all game modes.

Players can throw themselves into a random game, which will be mixed modes and could be any of the maps listed below at random.

Chivalry 2 Maps

At the moment there are 8 maps for players to enjoy, however, a new huge free content update has been promised, which should also include new maps and modes into the game.

  • Tournament Grounds
  • The slaughter of Coxwell
  • The battle of Wardenglade
  • The fall of Lionspire
  • The battle of Darkforest
  • The siege of Rudhelm
  • Escape from Falmire
  • The fighting pit

Each of the maps listed above is incredibly unique, offering a distinct set of tactics during each battle, some of which require players to work together to beat opponents via objective play, while offers just require brute force to overcome the enemy.

Chivalry 2 Customization

During the closed beta of Chivalry 2, there was a decent amount of customization, in fact, enough that I would have been happy enough with that being the level of customization in the main release.

But no, the full release has taken it up a notch, with the ability to not only completely change the look and gender of all your character classes but also an extensive list of weapons and armor for your to change too.

As well as a long list of weapons and armor, there are different skins for each too, for example, you might like using a Kriegsmesser as pictured above, but then you can unlock 5 different variations of that weapon, really allowing you to make this character your own.

I’ve started making all my classes wear the same armor patterns and having a mix of men and women to really mix my team up a little bit, there is so much you can do, that I actually found creating my loadouts really enjoyable.

Chivalry 2 Sieges

Playing Chivalry 2 on my ultra-wide monitor is easily one of the most epic gaming moments I have experienced in years.

From the minute you start a siege or battle, having a commanding officer shouting words of inspiration and the crowd cheering and charging into the heat of battle, I felt like I was actually there, about to charge headfirst into hordes of enemies.

While there is a lot of decapitation and blood, I love the fact they have also managed to work some humor into the game too.

I’ve had many Monty Python moments where I have chopped someone’s arm off, just for them to continue coming at me with one arm, in fact, I think one of them shouted “Tis but a flesh wound”.

During one of the sieges, I even spotted a man climbing aboard a catapult to make his advance on the enemy that much quicker, and…Weirder.

Medieval Public Transport

Each siege has stages, all involving separate objectives, such as defending the gate or escorting siege towers, of course, these alter depending on if you are on the defending team or attacking.

From the very second you are thrust into the action in Chivalry 2, it seems you barely get a moment to compose yourself, as the fighting engulfs you, but this is not just a typical multiplayer first-person slasher, you need to choose when and where to place your hits.

Depending on the situation, you will need to use a variety of different attacks, which can be controlled further with your mouse or controller, as you swing, you can move your mouse to alter the course of the blow, making the combat much more about timing and skill, than it is about hack and slash luck.

The only issue I have found when playing Chivalry 2 is the sheer amount of players who are so desperate to get a kill, they will jump in front of your weapon so they can kill the person you are fighting, I actually had 2 guys moan at me because I team killed them, as they ran in front of my already swinging axe.

But in fairness, in a game with friendly fire on, which I agree it should be on, for realism, you’re bound to get the odd friendly kill mishap, I’m sure it even happened back in these battles in real life too.

Blood, Gore and Decapitation

If you’re not fond of blood and guts, or people without heads on their shoulders, don’t play this game, or play it with your eyes shut?! There is a metric ton of blood and just as many limbs laying around the battlefield.

As you can see from the gallery below, it doesn’t matter which map or mode you are playing on, the end result is always going to be a bloody battlefield laden with bodies and limbs all over the place.

Losing a limb doesn’t mean the end of the game though, while you’re not Ethan Winters and can’t magically grow limbs back, you can continue to battle with just the one arm or leg, seem familiar?

Summary

Chivalry 2 is an absolute delight to play, it strikes the perfect balance between edge-of-your-seat action and silly humor, keeping it from being too serious.

Torn Banner Studios have also promised a free content update soon, which is expected to increase the overall scope of the game, which in my eyes is better than anything I could have expected already, without the upcoming content, which will surely bring further improvements and enjoyment.

At first, I had been concerned that the game might become boring quickly, but with the new content since the closed beta, as well as the level of detail in the customization, Chivalry 2 has become one of my favorite game releases for this year.

The only thing I would like to see added to the game is mounted combat, and jousting tournaments, adding mounted events, or the ability to earn mounts, and keeping them somewhat balanced could be a difficult feature to achieve, but I’m hopeful that one day we will get that.

I would love to sit here and write more about this amazing title, but sadly I’ve made myself a new nemesis whom I must get back into the battlefield and decapitate, I hope to see you all in the heat of battle soon.

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King of Seas Review

Being a big fan of pirate games, I have been looking forward to King of Seas for some time now, I know there have been a couple of pirate games over recent years, Sea of Thieves being the most popular, but personally, I wasn’t a big fan, so something fresh from the sea is always welcomed.

King of Seas Story

King of seas is surprisingly story-driven, with players taking up the mantle of a prince or princess, which after a short bout of naval training finds themselves accused of the murder of their father, the King of Seas.

After being framed for the murder, the young prince or princess finds themselves in the care of a small pirate crew who have taken them in and looked after them. 

Before long the pirates put you in command of your own ship, with a small crew and a mission to start your new lift of crime and uncover the truth behind your father’s killer, in doing so, clearing your name and restoring your seat to the throne.

Is King of Seas Like Sea of Thieves?

I have seen so many people reference King of Seas to being just like Sea of Thieves., it’s clear to me they have never played King of Seas because the two games are nothing alike at all, in fact, the only comparison between the two games is that they both have pirates in, that’s all.

Firstly King of Seas is a drop-down game, where players do not control the character, they control the ship, which of course, in Sea of Thieves players each work together to man a ship.

 

King of Seas Gameplay

When I first heard about King of Seas I was excited to jump in, I absolutely love pirate games and pirate TV shows, even though not all pirate games get it right, I was very optimistic about King of Seas.

Many pirate games seem to have blurred lines, between a pirate action-adventure and survival sandbox, whereas King of Seas knows exactly what it wants to be and nails it.

By keeping us in our boat and taking away the need to control an individual character, it has kept the game simple enough to not be overly complicated, while managing to keep the game fun with epic naval battles, using a vast arsenal of weapons at your crew and ships disposal.

There are some cool features too, like the ability to dock up at certain islands and trade for new weapons or resources, which will help you on your quest to prove your innocence.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a pirate game if you didn’t then go and blow up some of the ships from the island you just traded with, but be warned, doing this too close to the island will turn them against you, bringing more ships against you and potentially stopping trade with you for a while.

King of Seas Ship Battles

As well as the usual cannon balls, you can also equip several different types of weapons onto your ship as special items, such as the flame thrower which can deal a devastating blow to your enemies.

When entering into battle, you also have to take wind into account, making a note of which way the wind is blowing could save you and your crew if you need to make a run for it.

There are different types of ships at various levels, so it’s extremely important to make sure you can actually win a battle before starting it, thankfully your ships first mate will warn you if you enter into an area where ships are likely to overwhelm you.

Summary

King Of Seas is a simple, yet enjoyable game, which hasn’t tried to over-complicate the genre, and as such has created a solid, and enjoyable gaming experience.

The story is your generic, prince / princess is accused of killing their father, becomes an enemy to the state and of course takes the most reasonable way out, becoming a terror of the seas as a pirate, on a mission to prove your innocence and gain your seat on the throne.

As is often the case, the games simplistic nature works in its favor, allowing players to crack on and enjoy the game without needing a degree in physics to operate the ship.

King of Seas is an action-adventure game which doesn’t take itself too seriously, adding a splash of humor makes it a joy to play though.

Finding enemies to fight in the procedurally generated open world maps doesn’t take long at all, so it doesn’t take long before you have mastered the helm and taking on enemy ships and completing missions.

Where to buy King of Seas?

For those of you looking for an adventure on the go, click here for the Nintendo Switch version of King of Seas.

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After playing Subnautica for the first time last year, I have been very excited to jump onto Subnautica Below Zero and see how Unknown Worlds Entertainment has pushed the sequel further.

Straight away I could see Subnautica Below Zero was going to be bigger and better than its predecessor Subnautica.

Jumping onto the story mode, I instantly jump into the boots of Robin Ayou, in search of her sister Sam a year after the events on the first game, and prepared for some epic underwater adventures.

Subnautica Below Zero Game Modes

There are three modes to choose from in Below Zero, story mode, the default mode, which offers all the survival elements including food, water, and the newly introduced temperature.

New Threats

As you would expect from any sequel, there are now new threats to watch out for in Subnautica Below Zero some of which are more hazardous than others.

One of the less dangerous creatures added to the game is the new sea monkey, an adorable yet mischievous creature that lures you in by looking super cute, then robs you, swimming away with some of your valuable equipment.

As well as creatures & the ever-present threat of drowning, there are also extreme weather conditions which can cause you harm too, of course, there are the freezing temperatures, but also lightning and giant hailstones too.

In some cases, it might be better to take shelter than to try to head-on into these storms.

Below Zero Temperatures

One of the biggest changes to the game is the addition of freezing temperatures, if you thought that surviving the original Subnautica was tough, try doing that while battling the elements.

Temperature is more of a concern when on land, but there are methods to overcome the cold, one of the best methods is to find a heat lily, a beautiful red plant, which expels heat, keeping the player safe from the elements.

Once you have warmed up at a lily, you will have bought yourself some time to push on further inland until you need to find another one or another way to warm up.

Another new item added to the game is the thermos which can be filled with hot coffee and consumed to gain body heat, while this isn’t as effective as a heal lily, it might just be enough to save your life.

Below Zero's Biomes & Environment

The first thing I think of when someone mentions Subnautica is the stunning environments, when booting up Subnautica Below Zero for the first time, I expected the same stunning environments, but as I explored, I found myself in awe of my surroundings.

Subnautica Below Zero has not only managed to continue the theme of out-of-this-world alien environments, but it also managed to push it to the next level with new and stunning biomes which without a doubt show just how creative this team is.

From giant glowing coral reefs to 200-meter high lily pads, each environment offers a very unique look, each one as graphically breathtaking as the other, in its own unique way.

The level of detail shows that Subnautica is a labor of love, with developers sparing no expense on making sure the players are submerged into a completely unique and alien world unlike anything ever seen before.

Subnautica Below Zero Base Building

One of the more popular features of Subnautica is the base building aspect of the game, which has not only been continued in below Zero but expanded on to bring players even more detail they can add to their submerged metropolis.

As with the original game, players must still create a scanner which they will need to use scan items to be able to fabricate them back at their base. But many of these items can be found early on by just following the story.

The only restriction to the base building is your haul integrity, which can be increased by reinforcing your walls or using foundations, without keeping it in check your base could start falling apart, with breaches popping up all over the place.

Exploration & Going Deeper

At the start, you are restricted by basic equipment, which makes it difficult to explore too far, but once you start getting better equipment you are able to start pushing further afield.

Once you have built an advanced oxygen tank and a sea glider you will be able to start reaching better depths, which will allow you to explore more.

The next step is a sea truck, which keeps you safe from some of the bigger creatures out there and lets you move around quickly without the need to worry about oxygen, this is where the game starts to get really interesting, as you are now free to explore the alien depths with much less holding you back.

It wasn’t until I got into my newly crafted Sea Truck that I really realized just how much work has been put into making such a stunning world, at each turn, I was met by completely unique biomes, with deeply wild ecological lifeforms.

It’s not just the sea that captures the player with its amazing design, there are also plenty of areas on land, which not only look great but add more depth to the story too.

Subnautica Below Zero also has several alien sites, ran by the architects, an advanced alien race that adds an interesting and unique layer to the game. 

While I didn’t find getting to or finding any of these alien sites difficult, the path leading to them was both enjoyable and beautiful.

Subnautica Below Zero Summary

After reading some of the other reviews online, I can see many people are claiming that the map is not as well designed as the original game, however, that’s not been my experience, each biome has been incredibly well designed, with unique plants and creatures.

The game also has great sound design and voice acting, which along with such detailed design really creates an immersive experience, unlike anything I have played before.

As far as survival games go, the survival element is fairly easy, but the main emphasis is on exploration, which is done in a unique and fun way.

The open-world design includes several named areas such as the twisty bridges, each one being unique and teeming with life.

Building vehicles such as the prawn suit allow you to dive deeper into the sci-fi world and unlock the mysteries of the planet 4546b.

Craft tools, explore the seas, create a base and uncover planet 4546b’s secrets, there is so much to do in Subnautica Below Zero which will give you hours of fun.

The only thing I felt the game is missing, which also applies to the first game is a multiplayer mode, I would have personally loved to play Subnautica Below Zero with my friends, I had hoped that once the game left early access, they might have added multiplayer, but sadly that was not the case.

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Frontier recently dropped a double whammy in the form of Planet Coaster Ghostbusters DLC and the Studios Pack DLC. While I do get excited when Planet Coaster offers up more thrilling packs, I am always dubious as to whether the new DLC will live up to previous packs like World’s Fair and Vintage Pack.

New Items

For Planet Coaster players that are looking for more rides, unfortunately you find an abundance of them in the Studios Pack DLC. What you will find, however, is extensive creation options, allowing you to design your own ‘working’ film studio.

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Coupled with the release of the Ghostbusters DLC, your scenery and building items will now take up most of the screen. If you’re lucky enough to have been to Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Universal Studios, you’ll probably notice a resemblance with the Planet Coaster Studios Pack DLC.

New Rides

While there aren’t many rides, the ones that are available are pretty fantastic. I can vividly remember taking my Mom on Tower of Terror at Disney World Florida, convincing her it was going to be a fun and casual experience.

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Being presented with Horror Heights took me back to that moment, putting a smile on my face. Using other rides like Erie Elevation, you can create your own zombie-run terror ride.

Fans will also be pleased to know that the Hollywood backlot tour will now feature in the Studios Pack DLC. While it’s not really a comparitive ride to say, a rollercoaster, the Big Screen Tour will take your guests on a cinematic experience they won’t forget.

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Create your own Hollywood tours using the studio-themed scenery, wall sets, and animated lights. Hey, why not introduce a hovering helicopter and a building that’s on fire? For the designers and creators out there, the Studios Pack DLC will pump your creative juices, offering up a platter of scenery items and music to make your own Hollywood production.

Facility Buildings

The only real downside to this DLC is the lack of facility buildings. There are only four new buildings in this category, making it the least of any Planet Coaster DLC we’ve seen before.

There’s no unique shops or stalls either, but there is a new entrance arch which brings various elements of the DLC to make quite the entrance.

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The latest Planet Coaster DLC to hit the console version of the game is Ghostbusters DLC and Studios Pack. After installing the Ghostbusters DLC, needless to say, I was excited. Born in the 80s, seeing a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man on the home screen of Planet Coaster was exhilarating!

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Shuffling in my seat to the timeless classic, “who you gonna call?”, I was ready to jump in. While previous Planet Coaster DLCs offered lots of content, I was really pleased to see that Planet Coaster Ghostbusters offered its own mini-campaign.

Planet Coaster Ghostbusters Scenario

Rather than being directed by Oswald, both new scenarios take direction from Dan Aykroyd. I felt like I was lining up for an audition to be in the film.

After supernatural encounters have been reported to the Environmental Protection Agency, they start digging around your newly inherited theme park. Of course, you’re not alone here. Why, who else is around? None other than the Ghostbusters themselves.

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Fans of Ghostbusters will relish in the amazing recreations of the iconic Ghostbusters landmarks in this awesome Planet Coaster Ghostbusters DLC. Some of which include:

  • Ghostbusters HQ
  • Zuul’s Dimensional Gate
  • Stay Puft
  • Apartment Building

Aside from feeling like a film set, you’ll discover Ghostbuster-themed rides. Jump into the Ghostbusters Experience and shoot ghosts to earn points to rack up the highest score.

The RollerGhoster is another welcome addition for the faint-hearted. As you ride around the coaster, it will feel like music to your ears when you click on to the fact there’s an acoustic version of the Ghostbusters theme in the background.

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You can also drive the ECTO-1 using the ‘Drive Vehicle’ option, allowing you to discover your Planet Coaster park in style. Looking for more Ghostbusters theme music? Don’t worry, the ECTO-1 of course blasts the classic, so you can enjoy it time and time again.

Ghostbusters DLC Items

Similar to other DLC and Planet Coaster packs, the Ghostbusters DLC offers a wealth of new items, scenery, and facilities. It’s 100% worth the investment, packing high-rise buildings into a newly themed area of your theme park.

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You can create a New York-esque feeling to any park you create. Whether you’re crafting buildings from scratch or using the high-rises as backdrops, this Ghostbusters DLC feels like it’s opened a whole new world of Planet Coaster creation options.

Planet Coaster Ghostbusters DLC – Is It Worth It?

Absolutely, YES! Whether you’re a fan of Ghostbusters or seeking a fresh new take on Planet Coaster, the latest Planet Coaster DLC brings a lot of joy, creation options, and scenarios.

Being able to create a full-sized Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is definitely going to be a priority. Now available on PlayStation and Xbox, I bet you can’t wait to jump in!

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Tracks is a charming game, in which you can unleash your creativity and play with train sets without all the fuss of needing to put everything away again. I can tell you from the experience of having a 2-year-old, it gets messy!

There isn’t much in the way of tutorials with Tracks, which, while you might think that it’s just a train set game, how hard can it be? Well, personally I found it took me a while to have even the slightest clue what I was doing. That being said, once you’ve learned your way around the toy box, there is a lot of creative freedom and fun to be had.

Personalize Your Set

Tracks Customization

Although I didn’t notice it at first, there are actually tons of customizations that can be done in Tracks, from the environment around you to the train itself, everything can be made to look exactly how you want them to.

There are also DLC’s for Tracks, which offer more in the way of customization. Some of these are free, while some are paid. Personally, I found the free DLC Suburban Pack to be the best of the current DLC’s.

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You can of course completely customize the room in which you are building in too, but if you aren’t as creative, you can use one of the premade rooms, like the Christmas room pictured above.

Creating Your Train Track

Building in Tracks

Building your railroad and environment around the room is so much more enjoyable than I had anticipated. There are tons of items that can be laid down to help you build the perfect scenery.

Getting to grips with placing them took me some time, in some ways, it reminded me of Planet Zoo. Placing the items was a bit of a learning curve, but once you’ve mastered it, you can make something amazing.

As you can see from the picture above, it’s not just the room and track which can have items added to it. The entire room can be rebuilt from the ground up, making the scenery around you look like a country meadow or bustling city.

Final Thoughts

Tracks Review Summary

Tracks is a relaxing game, which somewhat accomplished its objective of taking me back to my childhood and enjoying myself without the need for complex missions or objectives.

While it took me a while to find my groove in Tracks, once I managed to, I found myself getting very creative and quite particular about how I build my rail tracks and scenery.

For me Tracks is one that I will return to every once in a while, when I just want some downtime, playing without needing to put too much thought into it. While that won’t dominate my main game time in any way, it will offer the much-needed distraction from more complex games, which I often enjoy.

If you are happy with a game that doesn’t offer complexity, does what it says on the tin, but can offer you a relaxing way to get creative, without the stressful grinds of some survival games, such as Valheim, then I highly recommend Tracks.

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