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Skyrift Review

When life throws everything at you, what else can you do but throw it right back? Torchlight Games takes this mantra to heart with their new arcade title Skyrift. Chucking enemy projectiles might be a good way to save your hide, but does it dish out a good time?

Skyrift Review

As the last defense robot of its kind, the weight of the universe rests on your narrow shoulders. Alien forces are attacking on all fronts, and it’s up to your lonesome self to protect humanity with the tools at your disposal. It’s a worn out plot device, sure, but this title prides itself on its action.

Players are given 360 degrees to move around, and can turn on a dime with the use of the mouse. This system works surprisingly well, and comes across as a lifesaver in the more difficult settings. It can be a bit on the snappy side, but it is better than the alternative of it being too sluggish.

It’s not enough to just be facing the fire from the Rhino and Mothership threats; one must also make the most of the energy meter as well. Whether one is defending, grabbing, or throwing, turning the defensive into the offensive requires the use of energy. A well timed reflection nets some meter, but those who are a bit more aloof with their timing must wait for it to charge back up. For those on the ropes, a Shockwave attack can also be used to turn the tides.

There are three different projectiles one must contend with, with certain ones requiring different strategies. Though they are all color coded to red, green, and blue, the lack of transparency of the main character means that the view is obscured. This isn’t terrible on the Easy difficulty, but it quickly proves to be a nuisance on the Normal and Hard difficulty settings. Grabbing when you should have been blocking can ruin a run, as there’s no way to recover health from what we saw.

Note that this is one title where what you see is what you get. The main objective remains the same throughout, and though the threat of hulking motherships does rear its ugly head, expect a bit of repetition to sink in. Something akin to levels, or perhaps a wider variety of enemy types, would have alleviated the tedium.

There is some replayability in Skyrift for those looking for it. A number of unlockable cosmetics can be unlocked for completing in-game objectives, and there are a fair amount of achievements to be had. There are also Global Leaderboards for each difficulty setting, though they are scarcely populated as of this writing.

Note that this game has a few bugs to contend with. We were unable to open it on one occasion, and other quirks like the inability to throw also showed up. These are not dealbreakers, but rather things to be mindful of.

Skyrift’s defensive style of play provides fast-paced arcade action, albeit with a few quirks. It’s not the deepest game around, but those looking for a different kind of bullet hell could do far worse than this title.

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The Last of Us Part II, latest news

It’s now been a little over two weeks since the release date of The Last of Us Part II was revealed in a trailer on the occasion of the last State of Play. Since then, the pace of communication around the game seems to be accelerating. While the game has been in the shadows for some time, recent days have been rich in new information on The Last of Us Part II.

Indeed, the recent presentation of games’ demos in Los Angeles has somewhat loosened some tongues, and a few members of the game team have revealed in more detail what awaits us from on February 21.

From a purely technical point of view, the latest videos of The Last of Us Part II have not failed to raise concern among players. The Last of Us Part II released exclusively on PS4 and some doubts have emerged regarding the issue of rendering on PS4 Pro vs. PS4 classic. In an interview with USgamer Emilia Schatz, lead game designer said:

   “Our target platform is the PS4, the base. That’s actually what I’ve got on my desk at work, and so that’s what we sort of aim for.”

While there is still a good possibility that the experience will be better on PS4 Pro, it is reassuring to see that the owners of classic PS4 are not put aside.

The co-realizer of the game, Anthony Newman also spoke at the microphone of Gamespot to reveal a little more about the AI. It was probably the biggest weak point, one of the very few ones, in The Last of Us, especially with some NPCs who sometimes had strange behaviors.

     “What I’m really excited about is that with a lot of effort and some clever AI tricks, every time you see your ally shoot an enemy, their bullets do exactly as much damage as yours do”

He adds that this new feature could lead to different strategies for players. Allowing NPCs to do damage reminisces the support system found in many games, including multiplayer, although, remember, The Last of Us Part II will be single-player only.

Finally, we can watch a new video of The Last of Us Part II. It showcases the physical change of Ellie over a black background. While the girl was only 14 years old in the first opus, Ellie will be 19 years old in The Last of Us Part II. This video highlights the evolution of the character, from an innocent child, to a woman thirsting for revenge immersed in a cruel world. This short trailer also serves as an opportunity to announce that The Last of Us Remastered is playable for free in October via the Playstation Plus subscription.

This is a great opportunity to discover the history of the first part, or refresh your memory before the release of The Last of Us Part II, which is coming exclusively on PS4 February 21, 2020.

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WARSAW is already available on PC

We have seen plenty of video games that take inspiration from World War II, but sometimes a new and original one appears and it manages to surprise us. This is the case of WARSAW, a challenging turn-based of RPG that takes place in the city that gives the name to the game during Nazi occupation in 1944.

In WARSAW you will control a group of “accidental heroes” that are part of the Polish resistance movement. In a final attempt to recover the city, you will organize groups of soldiers and civilians to send them through the city and take part in missions that will contribute towards the final objective of setting the capital fo Poland free from the invaders. You will have to manage the limited resources available and be aware of the skills that every character in your improvised army. As your teams move through the war-torn streets of the city, you will have to look for more resources and avoid or fight against Nazi patrols.

What is really surprising about WARSAW is its gameplay, which feels very similar to Darkest Dungeon. You create parties, send them in missions, use their skills and weapons to fight and return to base. Death is permanent in the game, so when you are lacking team members you have to recruit more and continue pushing for the success of the Warsaw Uprising. Even the visuals look similar, and the best thing about all this is that the final result is unexpectedly good and something that we are not used to seeing when we take a look at the usual World War II strategy games.

WARSAW – Gameplay

Regarding the historic accurancy of the game, WARSAW doesn’t try to be perfect. The 1944 Warsaw Uprising was a terrible event during the war, where more than 150.000 civilians died and the German army razed the city destroying any vestige of resistance. Fortunately, WARSAW doesn’t need that to deliver a culturally relevant and challenging experience that will delight the fans of the genre.

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The Newcomers are the new faction in Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2

During the last couple of months three of the factions that will be present in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 have been revealed, and we got to know a little more about their backgrounds and motivations. Now, a new one has been revealed and it seems to be rather unusual if you compare it with the others. The Newcomers are a group of vampires that follow a charismatic leader, the mysterious “Professor” Victor Goga, who promises anyone that joins his organization safe access to blood.

Bloodlines 2 – The Newcomers

The origins of the Newcomers and the motivations that drive their actions are unknown, but it seems that it was originally formed by blood mages and academics. Their willingness to accept pretty much any vampire into their ranks has caused them to be a rather heterogeneous and unorthodox bunch of vampires composed by scholars, dreamers, runaways and other types. Nobody knows why Prince Cross has granted them access to the University District hunting grounds, especially considering that it´s one of the territories most generally desired by the Kindred, but the truth is that they control this area.

It is not clear if the Newcomers are some kind of subsidiary organization of the Clan Tremere or an independent group, but it’s undeniable that they either have some kind of influence over the Prince or are part of a more elaborate plan with an unknown objective. Most of the other factions look at them suspiciously, and the Baron is not in good terms with them because they see the Newcomers as a threat.

The Newcomer’s centre of operations

With the reveal of the Newcomers, the map of the factions and clans that will make an appearance in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is almost complete ahead of the relesase of the game on . There is just one faction more to be revealed and it’s likely that it will be announced in the following weeks.

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CTR: Nitro-Fueled, three new Grand Prix are on the way

Spyro and Company, the third and last Grand Prix of the first season of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, has been completed recently, and it is time to look to the future and see what the remaster of CTR has in store for us. This grand prize added to the game exclusive content based on the famous dragon, like a new circuit, a new kart, various cosmetic items and Spyro itself, of course.

If we already knew that Beenox and Activision were already booking a second season, its content was previously unknown. We learn a little more about it today through a tweet published on the official account of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.

There are, therefore, three new Grand Prix that will be released until the end of the year, as the first three have been available during the summer.

The first, Spooky, honors Nina Cortex, who is none other than Neo Cortex’s niece. The new circuit Nina’s Nightmare, and a new kart will be part of it. We imagine that this grand prize will start very soon since its theme clearly refers to Halloween.

The second, Neon Circus, looks quite colorful at first sight, with a Carnival circuit, a pressurizer kart, and a character still unknown, or almost. Most of the reviews point towards Pasadena O’Possum, which appeared in Crash Tag Team Racing.

Finally, Winter Festival will conclude this trio of Grand Prix at the end of this year. In it, we will discover the Gingerbread Joyride circuit, the sleigh-like Nitro Sleigh kart, and an unidentified character. One hypothesis suggests that this character would be a concept never used in the game, having the appearance of a hippopotamus, which would be fitted with reindeer antlers for the occasion.

We will have to wait a little longer to know more about these three new Grand Prix since no release date has been announced yet, but the first one should be available pretty soon.

If you do not have Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled yet, do not hesitate to visit our comparator to get it at the best price.

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Cosplay Wednesday – Ghostbusters’ Janine Melnitz


Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered is set to hit modern day consoles, bringing ghost busting to a new generation. To show that we ain’t afraid of no ghosts, Gamers Heroes takes a look at a spot-on cosplay of Janine Meln.itz

As the secretary and confidante to the Ghostbusters, TimmyFrost perfectly captures the essence of Janine Melnitz in this cosplay. She’s got the gear (and the hair) for the job, but it’s Slimer that really seals the deal. Credit goes to PUGOFFKA-SAMA for the photos.

Ghostbusters Janine Melnitz Cosplay




You can find TimmyFrost on DeviantArt here and on Facebook here.

Do you enjoy a bit of gaming cosplay? Or maybe you’re passionate enough to do it full time. Drop me a line at casey@gamersheroes.com and we’ll feature some of your cosplay.

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Neo Cab Review

Neo Cab is the first game from developer Chance Agency. Is this fare worth picking up, or should you take the bus? Check out our review and find out.

Neo Cab Review

Neo Cab follows the story of Lina, one of the last human cab drivers in the area. She is moving to Los Ojos to move in with her best friend, Savy. Los Ojos is a city run by tech and mostly automated, including the cabs. People are wary of human drivers because they are more likely to be in an accident. To top this off, a human driver recently went crazy and drove their car into a crowd of people. That event has triggered new anti-car legislation that is threatening to ban human drivers completely.

However, that is a problem for another day. When you pick up Savy and begin catching up with her, she has you drop her off before giving you your new address. A couple of cab fares later and Savy messages you saying she needs help. When you arrive, there is no sign of Savy, and her phone is busted and on the street. This leaves you with two main objectives: find out what happened to Savy and earn enough money to have a place to sleep every night. The story will run you thee to four hours, and you will not see everything in a single run.

Neo Cab really works like a point and click narrative experience. You choose who to pick up and where to go, but you don’t drive the car or move your character. Each cab fare you get will have a conversation with you, and you get to choose your responses. Guiding these choices is what is called your FeelGrid. It acts as a sort of mood ring and changes color based on your mood. Green is happy, yellow is excited, blue is depressed, and red is angry. The FeelGrid also happens to be Capra tech, which your character is exactly pleased with.

Neo Cab Honest Game Review

Based upon your mood, you might unlock new conversation choices or be locked out of specific decisions. Let’s say you want to pick a hostile response, but are currently happy. Lina will say something to the effect or “why ruin the vibe,” and you have to pick another option. I did not like this one bit. It felt that some of the potentially best choices I couldn’t choose because of my earlier picks. If that is the case, they shouldn’t have even popped up as an option. Why show a choice to deny you the opportunity even to pick it.

Regardless of your Feelgrid, you have to earn cash every night. You can pick up a total of three people a night. The cheap hotel is about $18, gas will run you about $5 a night, and three pickups will get you roughly $24-$30. Just like a real Uber driver, your driver rating will make or break you. The higher your rating, the more you get paid. If you fall below four stars, which takes one lousy score, you are threatened with being terminated. I’m not sure if you can lose your job or not since I always got myself above four stars by the …

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Fallout Legacy Collection has been leaked

Fallout is quite a popular franchise in the video games world and along with The Elder Scrolls the one that made Bethesda Softworks as big as it is today. Many players already have most of the titles in the series already, but it seems that a pack including the most important ones will be available very soon. According to a listing on Amazon Germany, the Fallout Legacy Collection will be released for PC on October 25. This pack would include most of the games in the franchise, excluding Fallout 76.

The product description reads:

“The full collection with all the Single- Player games of the award-winning series! Return to Odland with the Fallout 4 – Game of the Year Edition. It contains all the gameplay updates, graphic enhancements, the ability to download and play free mods on PCs and consoles, and all six official extensions. Welcome back to New Vegas! With Ultimate Edition, Bethesda Softworks is putting together the complete Fallout: New Vegas package. The main game with the four additions Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues and Lonesome Road will immerse you even deeper into the world of New Vegas.”

Fallout Legacy Collection

The original Fallout and Fallout 2 were developed by Black Isle, and they are turn-based role-playing games set in a post-apocalyptic world where you play as a vault dweller that adventures into the Wasteland. In 2008 and after buying the rights from Interplay, Bethesda launched what would be the new model for the series with Fallout 3, a first-person action RPG that refreshed the franchise and took it to a new level. A few years later, Fallout 4 was launched and managed to consolidate the relevance of the series.

Bethesda Softworks has not made any official announcement about the Fallout Legacy Collection, but if it turns out to be true anyone that buys it will get to experience the evolution of the franchise through the years, as it includes Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, Fallout New Vegas: Ultimate Edition, and Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition.

Vault Boy approves this!

If you are a fan of the series or if you have not discovered it yet, it could be a great opportunity to have all the Fallout games in a single package.

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Where To Find Bound Manacle In Destiny 2

Where To Find Bound Manacle In Destiny 2
You need to find the Bound Manacle for the Essence of Insanity quest. This guide tells you Where To Find Bound Manacle In Destiny 2 so you can locate this mysterious item, complete the quest, and receive your reward of the powerful Love and Death Grenade Launcher weapon.

Unlike most of the previous Essence items, the Insanity Essence doesn’t appear to drop from random enemies. Instead, it’s a potential reward you can receive when you complete one of the three Nightmare Hunts after you have finished the main story of Shadowkeep. Once you have the quest, you must complete the following objectives:

  • Grenade Launcher Kills
  • Bound Manacle Found

Where To Find Bound Manacle In Destiny 2 Shadowkeep

Where To Find Bound Manacle In Destiny 2 Shadowkeep
Head to this location in Hellmouth on the Moon. There’s a large passageway lit green. Head inside and take a left. Then follow the path deeper into the area until you reach The Gatehouse. Once you reach The Gatehouse keep progressing until you see this room.

Where To Find Bound Manacle In Destiny 2 Shadowkeep

Inside this room there is a mini-boss called Ehrathur External Blade. Kill him. Once you have killed him, he will drop the Bound Manacle.

Where To Find Bound Manacle In Destiny 2 Shadowkeep

That’s all you need to know to find the Bound Manacle in Destiny 2.

Where To Find Bound Manacle In Destiny 2

You need to find the Bound Manacle for the Essence of Insanity quest. This guide tells you Where To Find Bound Manacle In Destiny 2 so you can locate this mysterious item, complete the quest, and

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Rocket League’s new loot system has been revealed

It seems that loot boxes are becoming inconvenient for the video games companies and new forms of monetizing the games are starting to appear. After Electronic Arts has removed them from Star Wars Battlefront II very recently now it´s the turn for another popular game to announce changes to its current system. Psyonix has announced that Rocket League will be dropping the Crates system in favor of a new one that will use blueprints instead.

In August, the creators of Rocket League announced their intention of dropping the loot boxes system, but no details were given about what would they be replaced with. Now, we finally know that Blueprints, a new cash shop and a new premium currency are the key elements of the new Rocket League. Blueprints can randomly drop after matches and you need to unlock them using Credits. The big difference in this case is that you know what you will be unlocking, even if you still have to obtain the blueprint that you want first by playing. Credits will also be used to buy item from the shop, but another big change regarding those is that all paid items will be bound to your account, making impossible to trade them to other players. All those changes will be applied in an update that will arrive in December.

Rocket League – Blueprints

If you are a Rocket League player and you have keys or unopened loot crates when the patch is released, all your keys will be converted into Credits and each of your crates will be turned into a different blueprint.

We may see these kinds of changes in other games in the future, especially if we consider the increasing number of countries that consider loot boxes as a way of gambling and have started to look at the way some video games are being monetized.

People will undoubtedly continue to buy things in Rocket League and we highly doubt that these modifications will lead to a significant change in the revenues of Psyonix, but if they allow for a more transparent system, they are more than welcome.

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