Sunday, 20 July 2014

Interstellar Marines: Impressions /w GamingFTL / FedoraG4mer



Interstellar Marines may come off as a generic tactical shooter upon first impressions, but once you start playing, you'll see that this game has a few interesting mechanics that helps separate this game from the plethora of other tactical FPSs on the market. The game features a very interesting, and realistic lighting system, where some times the map will put players into total darkness. This will force players to start using their flashlight which will of course give them away to enemy fire. Certainly an interesting take on a risk-reward system for a tactical FPS. The game also features mid-match dynamic level alterations. The game map will change, closing and opening new choke points and paths, mid match, in real time. This has a dynamic effect on the game field. Lastly the game features a ridiculous amounts of capture points in it's game mode. This came off as a negative, almost as a design flaw at first, but the more I played I saw what the designer had in mind. This tactical shooter encourages spiting up and covering ground, rather than the usual, 7 man in a choke point cluster F*** that the usual tactical shooter tend to lean towards.

The game's audio, and visual is impressive, and it's attention to detail as well as it's lighting is equally so.

The game is not with out it's faults though. In it's current stage of early access, there is no single player campaign, minimal tutorial, only one game mode, and only the default rifles hurt this game's variety. The game also has some net code issues as it has noticeable and undeniable bullet lag. Interstellar Marines also face the hurdle of developing a robust and active community, in the face of hundreds if not thousands of other tactical shooters, fighting for the same audience. Currently the game's community is active, but relatively small. Only 1-3 servers will any sort of population at any given time, or even less.

But overall, Interstellar Marines is a very enjoyable game that has a pile of potential! I think the game should change it's name as it's incredibly generic, and also promote it's unique light and dark play more to help interest more people.

Pros:
- Unique Light / Dark mechanic
- Unique mid-game battlefield transformation mechanic
- Impressive visuals, especially the lighting
- Very enjoyable and playable, even as an early access

Cons:
- Needs more variety
- Net code needs a lot of working out
- Needs to build a larger community




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Steam Store page for the game:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/236370/

Please check out these amazing people from the video! (The gender of your choice will like you more for it! Scientifically proven!)

GamingFTL
https://www.youtube.com/GamingFTL

FedoraG4mer
https://www.youtube.com/user/FedoraG4mer








Saturday, 19 July 2014

Abyss Odyssey: Impressions



Abyss Odyssey: Impressions

Abyss Odyssey blends multiple genres to create some thing very unique. If I was to sum the game up I would call it "Super DarkSoulsVania 2 Turbo". It blends rpg, action platforming, and fighting game sensibilities. The fighting mechanics are deep with a lot of elements for the player to master. Abyss Odyssey is actually quite a challenging game that demands precision mastery of your attacks, as well as your platforming skills.

The game also features many unique mechanics that really helps separate this game from the heard. On death, you get a 2nd chance by having a normal, human solder to take your place. He's basically a nerfed version of other playable characters, but if you manage to reach an alter with him, you can resurrect your hero and continue your journey. If your solder dies, that's game over, the game state is reset to the beginning. You can also capture enemy souls and become them, allowing you to play as a huge number of creatures, all with their own move sets, all with their own combat style. This game is incredibly diverse. Lastly, one of the most interesting features that makes this game so unique is the ability to work with all your fellow source hunters who are playing this game to unlock new things in Abyss Odyssey. Every time some one kills the end boss while online, they contribute to the destruction of the stone mask in the game. Once the mask is destroyed, whole new elements of this game become unlocked. This is a brilliant idea that helps with replayability

Throw in some local and online multiplayer, add some classic Mucha inspired art nouveau, with a pinch of punishment, and we have one of the most unique, and gorgeous action platformer that has ever graced gaming culture.

9001% recommended.

Pros:
- Gorgeous Mucha inspired art nouveau visual style
- Great sound track
- Incredibly deep mechanics
- Diverse rogue gallery of playable creatures
- Unique blend of rpg, action platforming, and fighting game sensibilities
- Challenging but fair
- Very replayable

Cons:
- Large learning curb
- Can feel sluggish at first
- Some animation quirks
- Could pose frustrating for some

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Steam Store page for the game:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/255070/


Friday, 18 July 2014

Diesel Stormers: Group Impressions -FT: GamingFTL, JermEx, Swashbuckling Sir



Diesel Stormers: Group Impressions -FT: GamingFTL, JermEx, Swashbuckling Sir

Some friends and I take a look at Diesel Stormers! You'll see the game at it's best and at it's worst, as we discuss Diesel Stormer's many mechanics, and it's strengths and it's weaknesses. Oh, we also goof off and talk nonsensically about Dragon Ball Z as well, but that's besides the point.

The "Impressions" series is created to analyse and critique games to let you guys know what it's all about, and if it's worth the asking price. We record our commentary live, and feature full, unedited footage to give you a natural, and honest perspective into the game.

Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/aldershot8008

Steam Store page for the game:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/299480/

Please check out these amazing people from the video! (The gender of your choice will like you more for it! Scientifically proven!)

GamingFTL
https://www.youtube.com/GamingFTL

JermEx
https://www.youtube.com/Jerm3xMachina

Swashbuckling Sir
https://www.youtube.com/SwashbucklingSir




Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Test Play: DieselStormers - With JermEx-



Test Play: DieselStormers - With JermEx-

JermEx and I take a look at DieselStormers, from the developers of Giana Sisters, Black Forest Games.

This is a preliminary recording in preparation for a larger let's play that I decided on releasing. Expect a more robust Let's play of this game coming very soon with more friends! and some people you may know as well.

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Steam page for this game:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/299480/

Check out JermEx's Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Jerm3xMachina




Monday, 14 July 2014

Infinity Runner: Impressions



Infinity Runner: Impressions

Infinity Runner could easily be passed off as a "Temple Run" clone, but once you dive into it, you'll start to see that the game has a lot more to offer. In the video we talk about the mechanics and some interesting bits that surprised me during my play of Infinity Runner.

Amendment:
I mentioned in the video that I thought the online supported only 2-4 players, when in fact it supports upto 32 players! I'll be releasing a follow up video to this game covering it's online function.

The "Impressions" series is created to analyse and critique games to let you guys know what it's all about, and if it's worth the asking price. We record our commentary live, and feature full, unedited footage to give you a natural, and honest perspective into the game.

Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/aldershot8008

Steam Store page for the game:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/279920/




Sunday, 13 July 2014

Kairo: Quick Look



Kairo: Quick Look

Kairo is a crazy first person puzzle platformer, with an unique and wonderfully crafted atmosphere. Oh yeah, I'm also totally pronouncing the name wrong in the video :P It's actually "Cairo", like the capital of Egypt.

"Quick Look" is our short showcase series of various games. Usually it'll feature a smaller indie game, though it can vary from video to video.

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Get it on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/233230/?snr=1_7_7_151_150_1






Saturday, 12 July 2014

4PM: Impressions



4PM: Impressions

Neotokyo has finally hit Steam officially. We take a look at an old favorite of mine, and talk about this fusion tactical shooter!

The "Impressions" series is created to analyse and critique games to let you guys know what it's all about, and if it's worth the asking price. We record our commentary live, and feature full, unedited footage to give you a natural, and honest perspective into the game.

Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/aldershot8008

Steam Store page for the game:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/281840/