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Star Renegades Review: A Beautiful, Strategic, Demanding And Complex RPG

Developed by Massive Damage and published by Raw Fury, Star Renegades caught the eye from its first trailers with a pixel-art DA that featured quality and sometimes original sci-fi environments. This RPG did not, however, ignore its battles by displaying turn-based clashes with a dynamic camera and a strong strategic side. A few years after its announcement, the latter is finally delivering on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One, and we can finally know if the game is living up to the expectations it has raised. I played Star Renegades on PC via Steam, using a code provided by the publisher. The test was carried out with about twenty hours on the game which allowed us to accumulate several tries on the campaign and go to the end of it for the first time in the meantime. Impeccable artistic direction Let's start of course with the strong point of the game. Star Renegades keeps its promises by delivering us here an artistic direction both very well done and rather personal. Wh

Spelunky 2 Review - An Abysmal Exploration In The Gaming Arena

Yes, Spelunky 2 is finally here, and now not only you will be able to play it on PC, but on PS4 as well! I have to say that I've been waiting for it for such a long time. In fact, I've been waiting for that game since the first appearance back in 2018, mainly after the launch of a mini-trailer that showed almost nothing but except for the title of the game. But since then, the publisher and developer Mossmouth, in partnership with Blitwork, have distilled the information on this game and they just did it very sparingly. The game has been available since September 15 for PlayStation 4, and will soon be available on steam and all other media as well.  Spelunky 2 is absolutely a must-have. A legitimate and perfectly mastered sequel to the best 2D platformer of all time. As in the first Spelunky released, (that was back then in June 2012), the story is quite anecdotal, a pretext like in a Mario, where you can live an extraordinary fun adventure. So if we remember in the first ver

Serious Sam 4 Review: A whimsical and outdated FPS

Many gamers look in the rearview mirror to scrutinize the past in 2020. So it’s no wonder we are seeing the return of franchises rooted in that same distant past. Publishers are simply surfing this nostalgic wave, and drawing from their repose sagas and iconic characters able to make our “gamer” hearts vibrate in unison. Sam Stone is back to make the powder talk in Serious Sam 4 . But this hero, symbol of an uninhibited vision of the video game in the early 2000s, is he still capable of repelling an alien invasion? Sam Stone aka "Serious Sam" and his band of second knives travel across Europe from Rome to Carcassonne, allowing themselves a stopover in the cities of Prague or Pompeii. These utterly cartoonish figures oppose Mental, an alien entity bent on exterminating the human race, and attempt to repel its invading forces. The scenario, pretext for a succession of carnages in the four corners of the old continent, pays homage to the B series in what it has more recreational

BPM: Bullets Per Minute Review, An Astonishing Rhythmic FPS

Difficult to innovate in a genre as codified as the First Person Shooter. To find inspiration, you sometimes have to look elsewhere, and then you have to open your horizons. This is how the two AWE studio developers probably conceived the concept of BPM: Bullets Per Minute : they were just seeking a kind of game that is the opposite of the traditional FPS, the rhythm game, and by integrating its gameplay elements into a well-known formula. The result is an intriguing and rather effective game, but also incredibly frustrating at first glance. And you tap, tap, tap, that's your way of loving The rhythmic aspect of BPM: Bullets Per Minute is a particularly original concept that should be explained clearly because it seems unclear at first glance. But first of all, let's lay the foundations. Besides its musical component, BPM is a classic FPS / Rogue-lite. You appear in a randomly generated dungeon and move forward piece by piece, knocking out all the enemies there until you find

Hades Review: A Rogue-Lite To Die For

When it arrived in early access in December 2018, it could be said that the people looked carefully at the future of little Hades , a game from Supergiant Games - like the previous ones - very promising. Their spinning work completed with the release of version 1.0, have the deities been able to weigh in so that he fulfills all his ambitions so as not to end up in the Rogue-like cemetery without any real added value? Before some popular TV soaps such as Dynasty, Dallas, Santa Barbara and other shows stuffed with twisted family stories and twists that hold viewers in suspense, there were also the Greek gods. In the dysfunctional family genre, you will never get better, or worse. And go ahead that we transform into an animal to seduce a landlady, that we spawn demigods, that we eternally torture too enterprising humans, that we grant privileges to heroes to zigzag disgusting creatures, that we fight, that we are jealous, that we separate, that we tear each other apart, that we put everyt

EFootball PES 2021 Review: An Update Without Any Big Surprises

You've often read on this blog this utopian commentary about annual sports games: with the little change from year to year, so in this case, I might just update jerseys and transfers for you guys. Well yes, Konami took once again just did it. The eFootball PES 2021 football game was shaping up to be an update in roster and tunics compared to PES 2020, less expensive than usual with no change in content. So what about this game, and are there any good or bad surprises in it? Take responsibility to divide less. This is the motto of Pro Evolution Soccer this season, to settle with the inaction of sports licenses like Madden NFL or NBA 2K. In fact, the studios are focused on the next-gen releases of their famous saga but have laid out almost identical or even sloppy titles compared to the last games, provoking the grumbling of many players. Konami is almost ready to release a new-generation PES 2022 as well, and I think this time they won't miss the turn, but for its part, they wi

Road To Guangdong Review - Lots Of Effort For A Family Dinner

What a seductive idea to embark on a road trip, crossing China with the sweet hope of discovering corners that we are not used to seeing in video games. This is the initial proposition of Road to Guangdong , which offers us a dented car as a coach to cross this Chinese province in order to reunite a family who is trying somehow to keep a bond. Sunny, the heroine of the story has just inherited the family restaurant after the death of her parents. Without much experience, she nevertheless takes responsibility for it and decides, on the advice of her aunt, to go with her on a road trip to convince all her relatives to join her for the annual family meal. But also to bring all the family recipes that will perhaps make the success of the restaurant when it reopens. Under the tunes of Lulu Wang's The Farewell, the game puts all the emphasis on the roots of this young woman who finds herself under the weight of new responsibilities, reconnecting with a family that she doesn't see oft

Crysis Remastered Review: A dispensable gaming console version

After a passage on Switch, this version of Crysis arrives on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Basically, these new versions are identical to the Switch version, and therefore to the original material. So it’s the form of this remaster that interests us today. The lifting operated did not convince me on PS4 and One. If the differences between the original assets and this new version are visible and the textures turn out to be finer than those of the Switch game, the models remain rudimentary and do not stand up to the comparisons with the latest Far Cry for example. However, I have noticed some progress on the lighting effects which gain in heat and finesse. The PS4 Pro and Xbox One X versions have 3 options. Quality, which favors the resolution, Performance, which locks the resolution to 1080p and jumps the framerate, and finally, Ray Tracing which lives up to its name. Note that the two options helped a lot in the visual quality over performance, but, the framerate will never exceed 30 FPS and

Final Fantasy XVI Review, The Countdown Has Begun

As Final Fantasy VII Remake was just released and we took an incredible slap going through it, we figured it would be worthwhile to look a bit into the future now. The future of the great Final Fantasy saga should in all likelihood be made up of Final Fantasy VII Remake 2 and Final Fantasy XVI . In any case, in the more or less near future, that is what we can imagine, especially since episode XIV (MMORPG) is meanwhile in a dynamic which should keep it going for at least another five years. But before we talk about the hypothetical sixteenth installment, let's look at the last ten years of the license, in terms of the major canonical episodes, and before the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake. We were treated to Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2, Lightning Returns, XIV, and XV. In this batch, only Final Fantasy XIV, which is therefore an MMORPG, has achieved fairly unanimous critical and commercial success. As for the other titles, and despite their qualities, they were far, even very fa