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El Hijo: A Wild West Tale Review - Western-style infiltration

Announced since E3 2019 before not being heard again until last summer, El Hijo: A Wild West Tale finally landed on PC via Steam and GOG as well as on Stadia on December 3 at a price that everyone can afford. Note that it will also be released on consoles at a later stage, no release date has yet been mentioned.  Developed by Honig Studios , to whom we owe in particular Milli the Snail but also many fun applications for children, and pushed by the publisher HandyGames , El Hijo: A Wild West Tale will plunge you into a very mysterious universe where infiltration will be ubiquitous. With a spaghetti western atmosphere, you will play a young 6-year-old boy, ready to do anything to find his mother and save her from bandits and other cowboys of all kinds. Offering many puzzle games in addition to gameplay based on infiltration sequences, all through thirty levels, will Honig Studios manage to take you into its world? This test will attempt to answer this question. I tested El Hijo: A Wil

Ride 4 Review - Close to the asphalt

In recent years, motorcycle enthusiasts have been rather served in terms of video games. Let's just take RIDE 3 and TT Isle of Man : Ride on the Edge 2 to understand that it is a fairly well-represented environment in the gaming world. And relatively recently, the sequel to one of the aforementioned two games came out: RIDE 4 . With the strength of experience, and driven by the arrival of the new generation, the Milestone studio had a good chance to play with this sequel. The question, however, is whether this new iteration of a motor racing game is successful or not. A title that tries to go into detail The first thing you can notice about RIDE 4 is its penchant for being the most successful of all Milestone motorcycle game productions. If the previous installments of the series tended to be, at times, a little too simplistic or to be satisfied with a minimalist formula while relying too little on creativity, this title tries to change the situation a bit. In fact,, we leave t

Airborne Kingdom Review - A simple and addicting desert crossing

The first title of The Wandering Band LLC studio, Airborne Kingdom had something to charm with its exotic allure and its particular artistic direction. Mixture of city-builder and exploration game, this indie title lets you roam the desert in complete freedom aboard a flying fortress of your own making.  Now is the time to see if this surprise at the end of 2020 is a good one or if, conversely, the experience is not as pleasant as we would have liked. So what I did, I played  Airborne Kingdom  on PC witch is also available on the Epic Games store using a publisher version.  The review was completed in about ten hours of play which allowed me to finish the campaign while taking my time.  Airborne Kingdom  was tested on a PC with 16 GB of RAM, an RX Vega 56 and an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 running at 3.40 GHz with the graphics settings adjusted to maximum. A dreamlike journey full of charm Necessary to turn around the port and let's talk about what is obvious: the artistic direction is obvi

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Review - Good Concept Does Not Make Good Recipe

While, like every year, 2020 promises to end on a high note with a bunch of big video game releases, some less publicized titles still risk trying their luck in this congested niche. This is the case with Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin , a somewhat peculiar Japanese title since it offers a rather unusual mix of genres. Although the niche is rather poorly chosen, stuck between blockbusters like Watch Dogs Legion and probably eclipsed by the release of the new generation of consoles, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin does not dismantle and wants to be generous. After giving you my first impressions in a preview, let's now see what the finished product is worth it. I played for about 20 hours on a classic PlayStation 4. During our review, I did not encounter any major bugs or concerns. I already told you about it in my preview, the first impressions on the title of Edelweiss are quite mixed, although I came out with a certain enthusiasm. First of all because the graphics processing is quite disapp

Dragon Quest XI S: Ultimate Edition Review: A Content-Rich Version For Switch, ONE And Xbox Series

Dragon Quest XI has been available in the West on PC and PS4 for over two years now. On the Nintendo console side, while the 3DS version has remained exclusive to Japan, the same has not been true for the brand's latest addition. Thanks to the will of the late Satoru Iwata, this eleventh episode of the Square-Enix saga has been adapted for Nintendo Switch. Embellished with additional content, this ultimate edition has been rather well received and it is precisely this last which is landing on the consoles of the moment. No next-gen gap on the horizon but the assurance of finding all the content without suffering (too much) technical concessions. A good pickaxe? The ultimate edition, really? We no longer present Dragon Quest. Coming from the mind of Yuji Hori, mastermind of Japanese studio Enix , the first episode was such a phenomenon that it subsequently spawned Squaresoft 's response. For years, Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy clashed on the altar of role-playing games un

Worms Rumble Review: A Battle Royale That Deposits But With a Little Weak Content PC PS4 PS5

In 1990, a young computer store worker, Andy Davidson, took advantage of his free time to program a tank fighting game. To stand out from the competition, and after discovering the Lemmings ' animations, the boy transforms his project and imagines a fight between worms. The concept would eventually evolve into Total Wormage before Team 17 studio founder Martyn Brown was won over by the idea and decided to make it one of the canonical works in his catalog: Worms . This Rumble episode is also timely to celebrate the twenty-five years of the license and take it in a surprising direction, far from its turn-based origins. In its early days, Worms was a cross between Lemmings and Cannon Fodder , mixing action and thinking, in a 2D environment. Very quickly, the title stood out with its pixel art characters, pervasive humor, and twisting animations. For years, the Team 17 team kept that feeling until they brought together the best of the license in a cult episode: Worms Armageddon (of

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Review: The Ultimate Competitive Puzzle Game?

Puyo Puyo Tetris , first of the name, made the bet to combine two of the most effective and popular puzzle games of the video game for an explosive mix. If the formula turned out to be solid, it was hard to see what new features this second part would bring. Should the owners of the first episode go back to the cash register?  Puyo Puyo Tetris is the amazing marriage between two luminaries of the puzzle game. Two games whose logic and design perfection give rise to frenzied games between the participants. We will obviously not do you the affront to explain the principle of Tetris , but let's come back to the opposite.  Puyo Puyo 2 asks the player to line up or overlap 4 small blobs of the same color to make them disappear and thus earn points. All the salt of this title is that the combos are essential. You can't get a decent score or inflict significant damage on your opponent without making 3 or 4 convincing little critters drop. These playful foundations are as exhilaratin

WRC 9 Review: A next-gen version under the sign of the DualSense

If the season of the World Rally Championship has been violently disrupted by the health crisis, Kylotonn has not let go and offers his official annual iteration of the competition. WRC 8 was brilliant with its playability and its new career mode, we obviously expect this new WRC 9 to do better on this PC version (via the Epic Game Store), PS4, and Xbox One which was scheduled for release on September 3 on old -gen.  Nacon and Kylotonn were already on deck in July to work on the next-gen versions of WRC 9 , with ambitions on the features of the latest Sony and Microsoft-branded consoles. No promises on a game overhaul, but on DualSense and SSD performance. Something promised, something due? BIG EFFORT ON DUALSENSE, NO GRAPHIC GAP ON NEXT-GEN Available this Thursday, December 10 on PS5 and Xbox Series X, the new version of WRC 9 decked out in Smart Delivery did not stun me at all, far from it, and is really not very far from the bodywork shown last summer. The main thing to remembe

Whispers Of A Machine Review, The Old-fashioned Point And Click

For its second title, Clifftop Games released on April 17, 2019, a new point & click called:  Whispers of a Machine . This genre had its great moments of glory on PC in the 90s, in particular thanks to the LucasArts studio with its Monkey Island , or the excellent Knights of Baphomet . The point & click is still becoming more discreet, what is the value of this new game, of an old genre? THE ASSASSIN LIVES AT 21 Let’s talk about the most important thing first, because what usually takes precedence in this kind of game, namely its script and its narration. Here is the starting pitch of Whispers of a Machine : You play Vera, a cybernetically augmented special agent. You have been called in to investigate a strange murder in Nordsund, a small-town high up on the cliffside. No sooner had the investigation started than another murder took place, would there be a link? It will be up to you to find out. Although the atmosphere is sophisticated, and the themes covered are quite inter

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues Review, Thank You Or No Mercy?

There is an unfortunate truth about blockbuster sequels that come a long time after they stop: they are very often of poor quality. When I heard about the continuation of the Karate Kid trilogy, I was also entitled to expect yet another sequel without interest or originality. However, this one is far from the case with Cobra Kai , the excellent surprise of recent years. While fans are waiting with firm feet for the third season scheduled for 2021, it is his video adaptation that is all about today. There is also a sad truth about adaptations of a video game movie (and vice versa) that Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Continues tries to escape. A SCENARIO THAT LACKS PUNCH Know above all that this review will not contain any script spoiler on the series for those who will discover its universe with this installment. For others, do not expect huge twists or revelations related to plots or characters. In fact, it is even difficult to fit this title into the canon of the series as the situations