Pixel Art Interpretation: This Old PC

The old PC sits neglected and forgotten, covered in dirt and vines, and yet, despite its dilapidated exterior, it still somehow manages to function. With a snap of a finger, the monitor flickers to life, displaying a game that transports the player to a world unimaginably different from the one in which the machine resides.

As I gaze upon this PC, it continues to perform its designated task and I cannot help but think about the power of technology. In a single moment, it can whisk us away from our current reality and transport us to an entirely new world full of boundless possibilities. And yet, as time marches forward and newer technology emerges, we so often cast aside our old, but loyal machines without a second thought.

This old and forgotten PC serves as a poignant reminder that just because something may appear outdated and tarnished on the outside, it does not mean that it has lost its value or purpose on the inside. So let us remember not to discard those who are no longer shiny or new, for they too, in their own humble ways, possess their own unique beauty and worth.


Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx is Out Now on Consoles and PC

Paris needs a hero… or two! Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx, the new video game inspired by the beloved animated television series ZAG HEROEZ Miraculous™ - Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, is out now on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC for $49.99.

Embark on a journey with courageous teen superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir and save the city in this action-adventure experience featuring single-player and local co-op. The Miraculous Ultimate Edition is also available for $59.99 and includes three exclusive costumes: two alternate looks for Lady Bug and one for Cat Noir.

Hawk Moth and his devious cronies have hatched a plan to unleash a giant sentimonster on Paris, and only the city’s mightiest superhero duo can squash it before it’s too late. Dive into the magical world of Miraculous and face off against some infamous â€“ and some never-before-seen â€“ foes from the series. Power up your heroes, master their abilities, and put an end to Hawk Moth’s devious scheme!

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Borderlands 3 Giveaway

TL;DR: We're giving away Borderlands 3. Simple.

We're celebrating the birth of our new website look and feel with one of our favorite games of the last few years: Borderlands 3.

Ian Ilano - Borderlands 3

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Let's Go Clubbing! Jet Kave Adventure Review

Jet Kave Adventure by indie developer 7Levels, pays tribute to the classic gameplay, casting you in the role of a caveman chief named Kave, who has been banished from his village after discovering a crashed alien ship.

Through 30+ interconnecting levels, you'll venture on a prehistoric quest to unlock the secrets of the strange alien ship, bring honor back to your village, and of course, snatch some hidden treasures along the way.

Jet Kave Adventures has that Donkey Kong Country look, doesn't it?

The Fate of Humanity is in your Jetpack

Running and jumping is still at the core of the gameplay, but plenty of new tricks add diversity, including momentarily being able to hover with the use of a jet pack. Along the way, you'll be doing battle in caves, jungle, and lava molten areas.

We especially applaud 7Levels for injecting some special care into the graphics, making every waterfall, temple, and jungle foliage look more beautiful than those in a traditional platformer. In fact, Jet Kave Adventure has a very similar look to Donkey Kong Country in terms of colorful and vibrant visuals.

7Levels injected some special care into the graphics, making every waterfall, temple, and jungle foliage look more beautiful than those in a traditional platformer.

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TIP: Use the jetpack without hesitation.

What sells the game, however, is its personality and high nostalgia factor. Jet Kave has enough charm to win gamers over, and it kept me playing all the way to the end.

Short but Sweet

Like most traditional platformers, the levels are on the short side, and the maps are still linear and constrained which means you're not free to explore everywhere you'd like to. Keyboard controls are acceptable, but you will benefit more from using a gamepad controller.

On the whole, there's nothing really unique that separates this title from other platformers out there. What sells the game, however, is its personality and high nostalgia factor. Jet Kave has enough charm to win gamers over, and it kept me playing all the way to the end. The genre is a bit dated, but the gameplay is still ridiculously fun even in today's age of over-the-top gameplay mechanics and graphics.

Thanks, 7Levels. Thank you very much.

Redout: Space Assault Review - Lock and Loaded

TL;DR: I know I've been playing this game too long when I tried barrel-rolling my Subaru down the street.

Game: Redout: Space Assault
Developer: 34 Big Things Studios
Platform: PC
Description: Redout: Space Assault puts you in control of a Super Orbital Recon Fighter during the 2395 Colonization of Mars: dive in the fastest, most epic, and exciting arcade space battle you can experience. Outsmart, outmaneuver, overpower, outclass your opponents in lightning-fast, adrenaline-inducing single-player space combat.

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TIP: Use your thrusters and barrel rolls often to get past even the most harrowing levels.

Seeing RED

Redout: Space Assault is as intense physically and mentally, as it is graphically. It's amazing how much destruction is packed on screen at once. At times, your greatest foe isn't the gigantic asteroids that are trying to take you out, but rather the onscreen confusion. Yes, this game is loaded with amazing effects, gorgeously rendered backgrounds, and endless swarms of enemies. But because this is a 'rail shooter' at its core, you can usually get through the most ardent levels unharmed if you concentrate enough.

Redout: Space Assault is as intense physically and mentally, as it is graphically.

The controls are accessible and easy to pick-up. Since the game literally guides you through each stage, most of your shooting will be done in a Y and X-axis plane which means you can focus more on the action rather than on the controls. If you loved games like Star Fox and Panzer Dragoon, the nostalgic feeling will kick in almost immediately as you roll out of danger and unleash a barrage of fire from your ship's blasters.

As with most shooters of this type, holding down the fire button will charge up more powerful shots that will lock on to multiple targets within range. This is especially helpful since enemy threats will come at you from all sides. Fortunately, the game provides a generous amount of continues which makes the game easier and faster to complete.

Since the game is a rail shooter, always stay in the center so you roll out the way!

hop aboard the red eye

While most players might be let down by the different approaches the developers have taken with this title, it's still a fun little arcade blaster that packs a punch. If you're even remotely interested in shooters, you should give this one a whirl.

If you're even remotely interested in shooters, you should give this one a whirl.

I've got some good news and bad news. The good news is that if you enjoy pretty space shooters, this game will have you drooling like cops at a donut shop.

The bad news is that if you've played previous versions of Redout, you might be disappointed to find out this isn't the game you remembered playing.

If there's a complaint I can voice about Redout: Space Assault, it's that you often don't know how much danger you're in. From your point of view, you'll see a missile coming at you, but it's not very clear whether you're going to get hit or not. An enemy missile may seemingly curve into you or, worse yet, be off the screen for most of its trip, then pop in at the last instant to hit you. It's frustrating and affects your ability to survive essentially making the game harder to beat ? but your enemies will have a hard time getting a bead on you if you constantly move around, so barrel-rolling is often the key to surviving.

The game just looks amazing!

Similarly, it's not easy to shoot with precision, even when you have an aiming cursor on-screen. In a nutshell, Redout: Space Assault is a good game that will occasionally frustrate and confuse you but usually titillates, with moments of "ooh" and "ahs" built-in.

In a nutshell, Redout is a great game that will occasionally frustrate and confuse you but usually titillates, with moments of "ooh" and 'ahs' built-in.

Whether you're a grizzled veteran gamer who remembers the old school shoot'em ups fondly or a tenderfoot rookie new to the world of shooters you'll find a lot to like here. All in all, Redout: Space Assault won't win any awards for originality, but it does deliver lots of action and fun. And that my friend, is where it counts.

Star Wars Inspired Pinball VR Becomes Reality

TL;DR: Zen Studios' collection of eight tables coming April 29 to Steam and VR.

As seen today on The Pinball Show, Zen Studios has announced that Star Wars Pinball tables are finally coming to virtual reality for the first time ever.

Star Wars Pinball VR will release on the original Oculus Quest, Oculus Quest 2, Steam VR, and PlayStation VR on April 29, 2021.

The game's reveal trailer is a heartfelt homage to the classic theatrical preview for the 1997 Star Wars Special Editions.

The force is strong with this one

Star Wars Pinball VR will launch with eight amazing tables. The Mandalorian and Star Wars Classic Collectibles two tables never before released will be joined by six remastered favorites, including Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars Rebels, and Masters of the Force.

Beyond the incredible realism added by VR, Star Wars Pinball VR upgrades the core Star Wars Pinball experience with new features exclusive to this release. The Fan Cave is the new home for both your pinball table and the customizable array of Star Wars lightsabers, blasters, helmets, and more you'll earn while playing. Place an action figure on the pinball table and the room comes to life not only with a new table to play but with life-sized characters and vehicles joining you on either side.

Beyond the incredible realism added by VR, Star Wars Pinball VR upgrades the core Star Wars Pinball experience with new features exclusive to this release.

Total Immersion mode lets you experience everything at table level, standing you side-by-side with your favorite characters. And full 360-degree mini-games surround you with iconic Star Wars set pieces like the speeder bike chase on Endor, the Bespin carbon-freezing chamber duel, and more.

In addition, players will have access to classic Star Wars Pinball features like Career mode, Force powers, competitive game modes, haptic controller feedback, your own personal cantina jukebox, and more.

Zen Studios has had great success bringing Pinball FX digital tables to VR, and we couldn't be happier to finally have Star Wars enter the mix, says Mel Kirk, Chief Operating Officer at Zen Studios. It really does feel like you're playing an actual pinball machine right in front of you! Star Wars Pinball VR is built to be expanded upon too, no announcements just yet, but we're hoping to keep the blast doors open for new DLC in the future.

Star Wars Pinball VR was revealed on The Pinball Show, Zen Studios' new monthly YouTube program featuring news, interviews, and more. For more information on Star Wars Pinball VR, as well as the rest of Zen's library of digital titles, visit StarWarsPinball.com and ZenStudios.com.

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Never Stop Running - Speed Limit Steam Review

TL;DR: Wow! They finally made a game about our commute to the home office.

ready, set....run!

Think your daily commute is tough? Spend some time with Gamechuck's newest runner, Speed Limit, and you'll start to appreciate just how relaxing Los Angeles traffic can be compared to this game.

Casting you as an innocent commuter, Speed Limit takes you by the collar and doesn't let up one bit. Right from the start, you're off on the proverbial run throughout the various levels with the simple goal of surviving wave after wave of relentless attacks.

Taking elements from classic games of the past, you'll be dodging bullets, weaving in and out traffic, and blasting bad guys from the air. The experience is surreal at times that at the end of it all, you'll probably feel what James Bond goes through on a daily basis.

The jump and crouch buttons will help keep you alive. Use them!

Shoot first and ask questions later

The first few levels, a shootout inside a train and then a car chase sequence, acts as precursors of what's to come as each level becomes progressively more challenging and daunting the further into the game you get.

Improving and surviving each round takes practice, memorization, and a whole lot of patience because one small slip-up will almost always lead to death. And believe me when I say you will die. And die often. Thankfully the game's generous quick loading feature ensures that you'll be up and running in no time.

Thankfully the game's generous quick loading feature ensures that you'll be up and running in no time.

Visually, Speed Limit retains that old-school feel through its liberal use of pixel graphics that are reminiscent of games from years past. Despite the abundance use of blocks, each pixel is meticulously placed and never gets confusing to navigate around. The thumping soundtrack is synchronized perfectly with the action and helps to keep the adrenaline pumping at full speed.

The car chase missions are a lot like Spy Hunter. Keep your eyes on the road!

Overall, Speed Limit is sort of an enigma. Despite its simple gameplay, it is deceptively difficult. While the missions look to be straightforward, it does take a lot of trial and error to successfully complete. And with the high frustration level that accompanies each mission, most players will probably end up throwing their controllers at their monitors in rage.

While the missions look to be straightforward, it does take a lot of trial and error to successfully complete.

Final verdict? Challenging, but completely worth it.

Never stop running

But for those that can tough it out, you'll be filled with sheer delight knowing you've just beaten one of the most challenging games to come out in a long, long time. If you're the type that likes extreme challenges without the complicated subplots or storylines, Speed Limit is a game you should be playing right now. So run and get yourself a copy before it passes you by.

You're Out! R.B.I. Baseball 21 PC Review

Few games on the market today have name recognition-much less the staying power of the R.B.I. Baseball series. I still remember those times when I would rush home just to play a whole nine innings on the NES before going to bed. It was for me at least, the finest baseball game that I have ever owned. Now we have RBI Baseball 21 released on Steam, and the big question is:

Does it play better than the previous version? Read on and find out.

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Swing batter! Batter!

The Boys of Summer are Back. Almost

If you're looking for a baseball game on the PC that will match the graphical fidelity of MLB The Show, RBI Baseball ain't it. Granted, the graphics have never been a strong suit of the series, and even with the enhanced graphical capabilities of the PC, the game still pales in comparison to The Show and even to the now-defunct MLB 2K series.

RBI Baseball 21 has been given a slight facelift, however, and the addition of new camera angles and improved player animations help make this version a little bit more polished

RBI Baseball 21 has been given a slight facelift, however, and the addition of new camera angles and improved player animations help make this version a little bit more polished. But where the game scores most of its runs is in the area of gameplay. The controls are very simple and responsive, which is crucial since the game is a true arcade game and not a simulation.

Beyond the graphics and gameplay, there are subtle improvements as well. For example, you have three modes in which to play: the customary Exhibition, Franchise, and a Home Run Derby. The franchise mode isn't as robust as I would have liked. And without the ability to draft players, the depth of trying to build a dynasty becomes incredibly paper-thin.

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Look at that view!

Pennant Possibilities

The good news is that the game is fully licensed by the MLB so all the teams and players are there for your choosing along with their real-life stadiums. Other added features include a create a player mode, dynamic day-to-night cycles, and the ability to play legendary players and ball clubs. These elements really help with the immersion.

Other than those additions, RBI Baseball 21 is just a slight improvement over last year's version, and anyone thinking they would be getting a completely new game hasn't followed the history of the RBI series.

RBI Baseball 21 is just a slight improvement over last year's version, and anyone thinking they would be getting a completely new game hasn't followed the history of the RBI series.

If it's hardcore stats and realism you're looking for, RBI Baseball 21 won't be your cup of tea. But if you've been looking for a fun little arcade baseball game that's fun to play in between watching real games on Fox Sports, then drink up because this one is for you.

It's The Viking Way - A Viking PC Game

TL;DR: You can lead a viking to water, but you can't make 'em play poker.

Combining horses with sharp objects doesn't usually end up in fun — as anyone who's seen Equus will agree. However, The Viking Way takes a pretty good stab at the open-ended Viking RPG, especially considering the game began as an indie project by the talented team at Ica Lava Games.

We're digging this dark aesthetic. Truthfully.

You can lead a Viking to Water, But You Can't Make 'em Play Poker

The setting is in the harsh, peasant- swamped land of Calradia where many different factions are vying for control - God knows why, as it's actually a very dull place, with little much else for the population to do except look miserable or indulge in malnutrition. You begin the game by creating a character and by choosing a series of multiple-choice questions about your family and your upbringing, you define a character with a host of stats which range from strength and agility to weapon proficiency and those essential prisoner management skills.

The Viking Way structure is rather like the Mount & Blade games, with a map screen you can use to move your character and any recruits between the settlements, and if you encounter any random attacks, you can choose to surrender or join the battle in full 3D. It's here (and in the fight-for-cash battle arenas in the larger towns) that you have to employ your offensive and defensive combat skills to survive, using the standard WASD keys to move and the left-hand mouse button to strike enemies or fire arrows.

The Viking Way structure is rather like the Mount & Blade games, with a map screen you can use to move your character and any recruits between the settlements

While the horse handles rather well, the heralded mounted combat is patchy. The archery is OK but largely ineffective with large numbers of enemies, and the sword, knife, ax hits are annoyingly random in their effectiveness (which applies to on-foot fighting too).

Hiring recruits for battles with more than 20+ units, visiting taverns for the local gossip, trading items for more cash, upgrading your weapons and be-hooved companion, racking up quests, and claiming the throne in a bloody coup will provide much entertainment, but they won't dispel the feeling that despite the horse-based combat, The Viking Way is really an anorexic Mount and Blade clone which is a shame because it could have been so much more.

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Boat battles for the win.

This game isn't for everyone, but where The Viking Way successfully wins is to innovate and re-invent the genre, it does a good job of specializing in the Crusades setting. The five leaders' powers come in handy, the secondary objectives are something that the game makes it worth going back to, and the religious relics are a nice way of working game-like stat bonuses into a 200-year religious conflict that was pretty low on leveling up.

This game isn't for everyone, but where The Viking Way successfully wins is to innovate and re-invent the genre, it does a good job of specializing in the Crusades setting

The Viking Way just doesn't reach the depth or the heights of the Mount and Blade series though. That may be an impossibly cruel comparison, but it's one that's forced by the blatant similarities of this game.

Dead Age 2 Review - Bitch Slapping the Horde Back to Hell

TL;DR: The sequel to Dead Age is back to bitch slap the zombie horde back to hell.

Zombies, Goblins, Mutants. Oh my!

After countless missteps by countless developers, I can finally say that I've played one of the best turn-based RPGs in a long time. Don't get me wrong, Dead Age 2 isn't perfect as it has its own significant missteps, but so much is done right that you quickly forget about its shortcoming.

While Dead Age 2 carries on where the first one left off, you don't have to play the original to get into the story since the basics are pretty much the same. You put together and command a squad of characters, each with different abilities, and fight against a horde of zombies in a post-apocalyptic world.

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It actually looks pretty nice.

Only a face a mother could love

The missions take place in a variety of environments, but one thing is constant; you're going to have tough brutal fights that demand tactical acumen, smart unit movements, and more than a bit of timely, ass-saving luck. While the scripted missions are uniformly well developed, the random missions and side quest are less so, but they're crucial for gameplay since it allows you to develop your characters the further into the game you go.

You're going to have tough brutal fights that demand tactical acumen, smart unit movements, and more than a bit of timely, ass-saving luck.

While some of the missions and dialogue can get long-winded, it's the action that pulses throughout the game that saves it. Every mission offers new challenges to experience from being pinned down by a horde of zombie goons to desperately trying to claw your way to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Whether you're clearing a post-apocalyptic town or blasting your way into a heavily fortified position, Dead Age 2 is filled with the sort of gaming moments you don't forget.

And a lot of those memorable involvements are due to the way the developers have utilized the Unity Engine. At its highest settings, the game looks utterly gorgeous and well-detailed. The game world immediately begins to reflect the conflict that's all around you. Every rubble, every explosion, every bloodstain, is meticulously designed to make you feel like you're a part of this living but horrific world.

Every rubble, every explosion, every bloodstain, is meticulously designed to make you feel like you're a part of this living but horrific world.

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Ahh, the safety of a wooden house against an undead horde.

You're not a zombie, right??

As if the flanking, feinting, and fighting wasn't enough, the RPG development adds another rich layer of strategy to deal with. You can arm your squad with skill sets that accrue experience over time.

Additionally, each class has a sprawling set of perks, one of which you can select each time you level up. There are real choices to be made here, which allows you to almost custom design your own class within a class. Add to that the large assortment of weapons at your disposal and you'll have plenty to manage your squad with before, during, and after the fighting is over.

With so much done so well, it's a real shame that Dead Age 2 suffers from the traditional problems plaguing most turn-based games. For one, the tutorial is long and overly done. I understand that games like this are complex, but hey, many of us have been playing since the days of XCOM so we know what we're doing.

With so much done so well, it's a real shame that Dead Age 2 suffers from the traditional problems plaguing most turn-based games.

Second, the performance issues are a hit and miss. We've played the game on two machines: one on a 1080 GTX rig and one with a 3090 RTX and got choppy performance on the latter. Go figure.

Overall, Dead Age 2 is a solid sequel to the original game, looks fantastic, and adds party-based elements that up the replayability considerably. Anyone that loves RPGs, solid storylines, and challenges, should definitely add Dead Age 2 to their collection.

Blood Rally Show PC Review

Start Your Engines

If you've longed for the days of Death Rally and Carmageddon it's time to strap on your crash helmets because there's a new racing game tearing up the roadway on the PC! Souped-up muscle cars, bouncy tracks, deadly weapons, gore up the wazoo, and some of the rowdiest music make Bloody Rally Show from indie developer Kodo Linija one heck of a driving experience!

First thing first, if you're looking for a simple racing game to try, this ain't it. Bloody Rally Show throws your butt on the asphalt over an infinite amount of randomly generated tracks and never looks back. Winning races earn you points that unlock more difficult tracks. You also earn money to purchase accessories for your rides like custom paint jobs, upgrades, and enhancements.

The controls are spot on and can be easily customizable in the options menu. The races are viewed from a top-down perspective making it easy to navigate upcoming turns. Unfortunately, there's only a limited amount of zoom options available which can make everything on the track look pretty minuscule. This is especially challenging when all the cars are crashing into each other which oftentimes makes you lose sight of your own vehicle. With enough practice, however, you'll be drifting around like a pro and taking out your opponents like Mad Max in no time.

Get Ready for Some Rowdy Racing!

The colorful retro-inspired graphics gives Bloody Rally Show a rather unique and distinct look. Adding to the excitement of the races are all kinds of dangerous obstacles placed along the tracks including oil spills, water puddles, ramps, and exploding barrels. If you're a cautious Sunday driver, it would be best if you just stayed home! The pedestrians and on-lookers that line up to watch the races aren't just there for eye candy either. They cheer on their favorite drivers and scramble out of the way from any wayward cars. Among the more unique features of the game is the ability to earn nitro by — gasp! — running over pedestrians. So if you need to boost up the speed, just take out a few onlookers in the process. I expect someone, somewhere will make a fuss about this type of violence, but I know for sure it won't be me.

While Bloody Rally boasts wonderful graphics, the soundtracks explode with supercharged techno riffs that will put you in a high-octane mood from the get-go. Little touches like skidmarks, bloody tire marks, and alterations in the handling and feel between grass and pavement add to the immersion factor.

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Welcome to Blood Rally Show.

Bloody Good

Despite my praises for the game, there are several scuffs that blemish an otherwise great paint job. First, the cars seem to slide way too much. The slightest nudge from your opponent will send you careening off course. Second, the speed of the cars feels a little slow even with nitro enabled making it as if the cars are driving through molasses instead of dirt or gravel.

But these few problems never eroded their addictiveness nor did they stop me from playing and having a great time. Bloody Rally Show is clearly a labor of love from Kodo Linija and it shows in its entire presentation. The clever mix of action, arcade, and refreshingly fun gameplay should appeal to anyone looking to put their foot on the pedal.

Mount and Blade 2: BannerLord - Your Ultimate Cheats Cheat List

TL;DR: Download the Developer Console mod. Enable cheats in your engine_config.txt file (located in \Documents\Mount and Blade II Bannerlord\Configs). Spam CTRL + F4.

I've been playing Bannerlord for over 20 hours. And while I have already had my fair share of plain old vanilla fun, I?ve been looking for cheats to spice things up.?Unlike Warband, however, Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord makes it a bit more difficult to enable console commands. Don?t worry ? it?s still fairly simple.

Cheats

To enable cheats:

Congratulations! Your cheats should be enabled. Now go and enjoy furiously smashing your keys and knocking out entire armies with a push of a button.

Here's a list of cheats I've been using.

CONSOLE COMMANDS

If you want to get a little spicier, console commands are a step up from the above listed hotkey cheats, providing you easy access to limitless gold, xp, renown, and every item in the entire game. Yes, every item.

Enabling console commands is a more lengthy process. To begin, you'll need to install and activate the Developer Console mod.

To enable console commands:

For numerical commands, replace ##### with a number. For example, if you want 10,000 gold, you would enter: campaign.add_gold_to_hero 10000.

List of commands I?m using:

This view is not-so vanilla.

Modders have compiled a list of commands. However, be warned that not all of these commands have been tested by us. They may break something!

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While I don't intend to spoil my game with cheats and console commands, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't fun to fool around in-game a bit. Nothing wrong with booting up the console command, creating an army of Khuzait Heavy Horse Archers, and pillaging every village and town like a Calradian-era Genghis Khan.

That's actually how I've spent the last 10 hours of game time, and I'm not embarrassed to admit it at all.

Shing! Rekindle Your Youth With This Beat 'Em Up!

TL;DR: Shing! delivers classic arcade beat 'em up gameplay in a lighthearted, action-packed adventure with a band of wisecracking warriors.

Oh man, this is one game that took me totally by surprise. Shing! hopes to prove that action/adventure games reminiscent of the 16-bit days are alive and well on the modern day PC.

In fact, indie developer Mass Creation, have come up with a look and playstyle reminiscent of Magic Sword, Shinobi, and Double Dragon all rolled up in one awesome little package. You'll command four characters in total, each with their own unique weapons and abilities, switching among them on the fly in order to complete each level.

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Become a kickass ninja and slice up some demons, baby.

During our early playthrough, the storyline was scant but we do know you'll have to defend your homeland against the obligatory power-hungry bad guy hellbent on taking over the world. When will these bad guys ever learn that you can't just waltz in and start taking over stuff? Sheeesh!?

The combat is fierce with wave after wave of enemies and deformed little minions swarming the screen at the same time. The weapons combat is all done with the right analog stick ensuring some impressive multi-hit combos and devastating fatal blows.

The combat is fierce with wave after wave of enemies and deformed little minions swarming the screen at the same time.

In addition to combat, your team will have to maneuver past tricky obstacles, head-scratching puzzles, and menacing environmental traps. The game supports up to four players online and local co-op which drives up the fun factor several notches. Shing! is scheduled for a 2nd quarter 2020 release so there's time plenty of time for Mass Creation to polish up the gameplay even more.

Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo PC Review

Super Mega Space Blaster Special was one of the best top-down shooters of 2019. It was a stylish shoot 'em up that won high praise from the gaming community for its hand-drawn graphics and addictive gameplay. While I'm sure a true sequel is in the works, the team at Bare Knuckle Development in the meantime has taken the original code back to the launch pad, tinkered around, and has come up with something called Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo. You're probably asking yourself, what is this Turbo stuff about? Well, it's actually two games in one: a souped-up version of the original along with a feature-rich expansion loaded with single and multiplayer action.

The result is a must-have for those who enjoyed the original and for those looking for a challenging, yet bewitching game to try out. Although by definition, SMSBS Turbo is a twin-stick shooter, you can take your definitions and stick 'em where the sun doesn't shine, because this bad boy is so good that game genres really don't even matter. Unless you're completely conflicted by the very notion of blowing stuff up, SMSBS Turbo will tingle your spine, raise your blood pressure, and thrill your soul as no other game can.

SMSBS Turbo will tingle your spine, raise your blood pressure, and thrill your soul as no other game can.

Packed with five additional game modes, more than a dozen unique space blasters, and over 40 fun challenges, you'll never tire of coming along on this over-the-top joyride. While space shooters have rarely been this much fun, the environment for your activities is a feast for the eyes.

Aesthetically, SMSBS Turbo looks great with crystal clear objectives and hand-drawn graphics that are above reproach. Shoot randomly and your bullets shatter everything it comes in contact with. Fire a salvo of missiles towards a field of asteroids and watch them break into realistic little pieces. Your reasonable intelligent opponents meanwhile are varied to a point of distraction. The developers claim there are more than a dozen enemies to dispose of, but I swear it seems like more. Basic enemy craft is prevalent at first, followed by other more aggressive threats ranging in all different shapes and sizes.

To even the odds you'll be able to gain access to some heavier arsenal along the way. Bigger and better power-ups litter the space field and are readily available throughout the game, both as a reward for successful kills and as bonuses. Smart bombs are deadly and can take out an entire screen of enemies. The laser beam, in particular, is an overpowered light-saber that can mince and dice anything in its way faster than a Ginsu knife! The game adds features that run the gamut from an all-out attack to defending the mother ship. Whichever scenario you choose, the action gets continually more frenzied, hectic, and challenging the further you progress.

Whichever scenario you choose, the action gets continually more frenzied, hectic, and challenging the further you progress.

Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo should be right up your street.

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Make no mistakes, Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo is a wonderful addition to the original and will have you playing till the wee hours of the night. The game, in the end, left me with one of the biggest smiles a video game has ever put on my face.

Kudos to Bare Knuckle Development for demonstrating once again that it has the expertise, experience, and insight to take shooters to the next, most logical level on the PC. SMSBS Turbo's captivating gameplay, simple pick-up & play mechanics, and availability on all major platforms ensure that this type of game can be enjoyed by all the next generation of fledgling space pilots.

Black Future '88 PC Review - The Future's Looking Bright!

TL;DR: Black Future '88 proves that you can take an old side-scrolling formula and make it unique and refreshing again.

Side scrollers have been considered one of the lamentable carry-overs from the early days of gaming. Not only have we seen this style of gameplay during the 8-bit days, but we continue to see them with mediocre regularity. The reason, by and large, it's one of the easiest genres to program, and both publisher and developer have abused this matter with hordes of lousy platforming games that have poisoned the genre.

But if the efforts of indie developer SUPERSCARYSNAKES are any indication, then this workhorse of a genre still has some life left to it. Their challenging and innovative game, Black Future '88, reminds us that any genre can be revived if you put in enough care and creativity to it. The premise is as follows: The world is reeling post a nuclear fallout caused by a demented architect by the name of Duncan.

You play as one of five characters tasked with taking this bad boy down. Sound easy enough, right? In theory, it should be, but in the world of video games, nothing is easy. You see, Duncan, is holed up at the very top of a tower and your job is to climb to the top -literally- and take this nut case out once and for all.

But if the efforts of indie developer SUPERSCARYSNAKES are any indication, then this workhorse of a genre still has some life left to it. Their challenging and innovative game, Black Future '88, reminds us that any genre can be revived if you put in enough care and creativity to it.

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The goal of the game is to get to the top. So just keep jumping!

Party like it's 1988

I've heard many impressions about the game from people who have played it, and some have even gone so far as to say it combines every genre of gaming into one incredible experience. While I do agree it offers a unique twist, it doesn't nearly go that far. Black Future is a side scroller in the truest sense. Just as in nearly every platformer since the beginning of time, you'll run, jump, shoot, and sneak through traps as you gradually make your way from one end to the other. The interesting design here is that instead of going left to right, you'll be heading left then right, then straight up.

The concept isn't unique, but the care and attention paid to this simple formula are what makes the game such a treat. Instead of a traditional health bar, your character's life is determined by the time it takes you to complete a level. Once the timer runs out, the timer in your character's little heart runs out as well. But fear not, you're given an enormous amount of weaponry that would make most third world countries wet their pants. From lasers to missile launchers, to swords, axes, and cannons, you'll be well-armed to take on any of the minions Duncan tries to throw at you.

The actual level designs are impressive and you can expect to find a good mix of traps and puzzles that will allow you to get past a level without too much frustration.

Although Black Future's platforming design isn't terribly original, it makes up for it in sheer production value. The actual level designs are impressive and you can expect to find a good mix of traps and puzzles that will allow you to get past a level without too much frustration. Again, the storyline is paper-thin, but compared to other games of this genre, it's a welcome addition that is tied into each level quite well. As you progress further into the game, the simple story contributes to a genuine sense of progress each time you move forward and up. Additionally, the graphics help give the game incredible charm that, quite frankly, hasn't been seen in a side scroller in some time. Black Future '88 boasts impressive colored lighting effects, solid character animation, and smooth transitions between level to level.

Even better, the artistic design of the environment and the backgrounds is delightful. The charming characters combined with the perfectly matched soundtrack had me excited from start to finish. This was one of the few titles where I knew that review or no review, I had to finish this game.

As enjoyable as it is, Black Future is not without its share of problems.

As enjoyable as it is, Black Future is not without its share of problems. First, the boss fights can be a real pain in the butt if you don't pick up certain weapon drops before the encounter. Second, the visuals are awesome, but the effects they leave behind clutter the screen. Everything whizzes by you followed by huge explosions that oftentimes make it difficult to follow where your character is. Third, you can play via co-op but I was never able to connect with friends due to the game locking up as soon as anyone joined in. Thankfully, the single-player experience ran flawlessly. Despite my gripes, I really enjoyed my time with this game and have high hopes that we will see a sequel in the not so distant future.