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Shard Review

Those looking to get ahead must test their platforming prowess with Riyko Games’ new title Shard. The controls and objective might be simple, but does this title enough for newcomers and veterans alike?

Shard Review

A single screen platformer at its core, what you see in Shard is what you get. Players must collect a number of shards in a level to open a portal. Get to the portal and repeat until all levels are conquered. Simple, right?

However, the platforming in this title makes this far easier said than done. Don’t expect any sort of advanced maneuvers with its control scheme – players will be able to take advantage of a floaty jump and a dash mechanic, but that’s about the extent of what players have to use to achieve this objective. The same goes with the level layout for each stage – some areas have points of no return or alternating spikes, but players will no doubt get into a groove sooner rather than later. While it does provide a sense of comfort that is basic at its core, it also leads to a lack of variety.

The controls mostly work as they should, but it can be tough to judge certain elements. A poorly timed jump or dash will grant a player a one-way trip to a wall of spikes or a bottomless pit, but the learning curve only accounts for so much. The aforementioned floaty controls lack the fluid nature found in established platformers like Celeste and Super Meat Boy, which will no doubt lead to a number of accidental deaths.

There’s no need to worry though, as lives are as plentiful as the day is long. Even the most epic of failures will not set players too far back, with the penalty for death being the shards reset and players starting at the beginning of the stage. There are certain spots that will place people in an unwinnable situation, so sometimes suicide through the conveniently placed Reset button is the answer to all of your problems.

The 28 levels that make up Shard are bite sized in nature, quickly disappearing from memory once everything is over. Levels can be wrapped up in a manner of minutes, and one level unlocks the next in a menu akin to a mobile game. Unfortunately, there are no achievements or leaderboards to keep people coming back – this is most certainly a one and done type of title without legs.

Don’t expect memorable setpieces, aesthetics, or anything else noteworthy – outside of the atmospheric sounds of a waterfall and other flourishes, there’s not much here. The same goes with its color pallette, which comes across as overly minimalistic. The presentation found here is a bland one that is inoffensive in the truest sense of the word.

Shard is an inoffensive platformer that doesn’t leave a lasting impression. Its floaty controls are far from game breaking, but they lack the level of polish found in the established leaders of the genre.

This review of Shard was done on the PC. The game was purchased digitally.
Shard Review

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A Space for the Unbound – Prologue Review

Mojiken Studio and Toge Productions whisk players away to rural Indonesia in the late 90s with their slice-of-life title A Space for the Unbound – Prologue. A taste of things to come, does this introduction set the stage for something great?

A Space for the Unbound – Prologue Review

The tale begins with a story within a story; a tale of a South Star Princess and her cat. With her last wish to give her last miracle to her cat, she brings her light into a flower. Written by Nirmala, this tale is one that is passionate to her, but lacks an all-important ending.

That’s where you, the co-writer, come in. Armed with the Magic Red Book, you can perform a space dive deep into people’s hearts and get rid of turmoil. This alternate reality is not always the most pleasant, but the actions done in this realm do make a lasting impression out in the real world. Those who have been weaned on the Leonardo DiCaprio classic Inception will know this premise all too well.

As players explore this alternate reality, they’ll perform rudimentary puzzles as they change things around. While the puzzles themselves are borderline pandering – players should know by now that the only key for miles goes in the solitary keyhole – it is the storytelling that sells this game. The control scheme, mapped to the arrow keys and spacebar, works well without overcomplicating things, and the inventory system makes perfect sense.

Outside of these deep dives is a lush landscape set in late 90s Indonesia. The sprite work in this title is at the top of its class – cats, buildings, citizens, and bodies of water sparkle with life, and the lighter colors in the real world really make things pop. It’s just unfortunate that the rest of the presentation does not follow suit – screen tearing is a common occurrence, and the framerate when navigating its town dips down a considerable amount. These aren’t game-breaking, but they do take you out of the experience.

As the prologue for the upcoming full game, what is present in A Space for the Unbound – Prologue is more of a tutorial than anything else. A good chunk of this release has players seeking out a “magic wand,” which requires a few fetch quests along the way. Gameplay isn’t overly challenging, but its world is one worth being lost in.

It’s just a shame that it’s over before it even begins. Though the climax of the tale grabs your attention, there are far too many questions at the end of its 30 minute runtime. Some may like this teaser, while others will come out feeling perplexed.

A Space for the Unbound – Prologue has some gorgeous sprite work and an interesting story, but the choppy framerate and somewhat pandering gameplay make the final product a mixed bag. Time will tell if the final release irons out these kinks.

This review of A Space for the Unbound – Prologue was done on the PC. The game was freely downloaded.
A Space for the Unbound  – Prologue Review

Mojiken Studio and Toge Productions

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Streets of Rage 4 Coming April 30


Everything old will be new again when Dotemu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games’ Streets of Rage 4 hits consoles and the PC on April 30, 2020.

The franchise’s first mainline entry in more than 25 years, series veterans Axel, Blaze, and Adam will be joined by a number of fresh faces. Also included is deep combat, a fluid hand-drawn art style, an all-new scenario, and an original soundtrack from Olivier Derivière that incorporates worldwide talent.

Also coming to Streets of Rage 4 is Battle Mode, which originally appeared in Streets of Rage 2 and 3. A feud-setting battleground, this mode will give players the chance to see who is the champion of Wood Oak City.

Learn more with the trailer below:

Streets of Rage 4 – Battle Mode & Release Date

Set to release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One (along with Xbox Game Pass), Nintendo Switch, and PC, the title will retail for $24.99.

Source: Press Release
Streets of Rage 4 Coming April 30

Everything old will be new again when Dotemu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games’ Streets of Rage 4 hits consoles and the PC on April 30, 2020

Crysis Remastered Coming This Summer

Co-developed on CRYENGINE with Saber Interactive, Crytek announced today that Crysis Remastered will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC this summer

Jump Force Deluxe Edition Coming to Nintendo Switch

Originally released last year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Bandai Namco announced today that Jump Force Deluxe Edition will come out for the Nintendo Switch in 2020

Double and Triple Rewards and Payouts This Week in GTA Online

Take advantage of a number of Double and Triple Rewards and payouts, multiple vehicle discounts, and more this week in Rockstar Games’ GTA Online

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Crysis Remastered Coming This Summer


Co-developed on CRYENGINE with Saber Interactive, Crytek announced today that Crysis Remastered will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC this summer.

Crysis Remastered pits players against a number of alien invaders. However, the main character has got the powerful Nanosuit, which packs speed, strength, armor and cloaking that gives players the opportunity to find creative solutions for every fight.

Included in this release is Crysis’ complete single-player campaign, along with high-quality textures, improved art assets, SVOGI, SSDO, an HD texture pack, new light settings, temporal anti-aliasing, state-of-the-art depth fields, motion blur, parallax occlusion mapping, and particle effects (where applicable). A number of other additions, like volumetric fog and shafts of light, software-based ray tracing, and screen space reflections have also been added.

Learn more about the anticipation behind this release with the teaser trailer below:

Crysis Remastered – Official Teaser

According to Crytek CEO Avni Yerli:

“We are excited to be working on the Crysis franchise again, and to bring all the Crysis fans a remaster worthy of their passion for the game. It’s an exciting opportunity to be able to bring Crysis back to PCs and current consoles – even Nintendo Switch – so that a whole new generation of players can experience the thrill of a battle in the Nanosuit!”

Source: Press Release
Crysis Remastered Coming This Summer

Co-developed on CRYENGINE with Saber Interactive, Crytek announced today that Crysis Remastered will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC this summer

Jump Force Deluxe Edition Coming to Nintendo Switch

Originally released last year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Bandai Namco announced today that Jump Force Deluxe Edition will come out for the Nintendo Switch in 2020

Double and Triple Rewards and Payouts This Week in GTA Online

Take advantage of a number of Double and Triple Rewards and payouts, multiple vehicle discounts, and more this week in Rockstar Games’ GTA Online

Fairy Tail Gets Guest Character Trailer

Learn more about the wide range of guest characters coming to Koei Tecmo’s Fairy Tail RPG with the latest trailer for the game

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Jump Force Deluxe Edition Coming to Nintendo Switch


Originally released last year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Bandai Namco announced today that Jump Force Deluxe Edition will come out for the Nintendo Switch in 2020.

This release will feature a roster that contains more than 50 characters from 16 different Weekly Shonen Jump franchises like Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Note that this number includes all previously released DLC characters that made their appearance in the Season 1 Characters Pass.

In Jump Force, players will create a team of three different characters using their favorite characters. Players can also create their own unique avatar that can be used in its Story and Versus Modes.

Learn more with the trailer below:

JUMP FORCE – Nintendo Switch Announcement

According to Stephen Akana, Senior Brand Manager for BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.:

“The casual pick up and play nature and multiplayer focus of JUMP FORCE Deluxe Edition lends itself perfectly to Nintendo Switch. The large roster of players, explosive battles, and new features means limitless fun for players.”

Source: Press Release
Jump Force Deluxe Edition Coming to Nintendo Switch

Originally released last year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Bandai Namco announced today that Jump Force Deluxe Edition will come out for the Nintendo Switch in 2020

Double and Triple Rewards and Payouts This Week in GTA Online

Take advantage of a number of Double and Triple Rewards and payouts, multiple vehicle discounts, and more this week in Rockstar Games’ GTA Online

Fairy Tail Gets Guest Character Trailer

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Phantasy Star Online 2 Live on Xbox One

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Double and Triple Rewards and Payouts This Week in GTA Online


Take advantage of a number of Double and Triple Rewards and payouts, multiple vehicle discounts, and more this week in Rockstar Games’ GTA Online.

All this week, all Contact Missions will pay out 2X GTA$ & RP. In addition, Keep the Pace will dish out Triple Rewards. Bikers can also net themselves Double Cash on all Weed Business Sales this week, while all Biker Business Resupplies will be half off up to April 22.

For those looking to save a bundle, swing by Benny’s Original Motorworks to take a respectable 70% off the following vehicle upgrades:

  • Bravado Banshee (900R)
  • Albany Buccaneer (Custom)
  • Vapid Chino (Custom)
  • Principe Diabolus (Custom)
  • Pfister Comet (Retro Custom)
  • Annis Elegy RH8 (Retro Custom)
  • Willard Faction (Custom/Custom Donk)
  • Pegassi FCR 1000 (Custom)
  • Progen Itali GTB (Custom)
  • Declasse Moonbeam (Custom)
  • Truffade Nero (Custom)
  • Albany Primo (Custom)
  • Declasse Sabre Turbo (Custom)
  • Vapid Slamvan (Custom)
  • Dewbauchee Specter (Custom)
  • Karin Sultan (RS)
  • Declasse Tornado (Custom)
  • Dundreary Virgo Classic (Custom)
  • Declasse Voodoo (Custom)

Players can also take advantage of the following discounts this week:

  • 70% Off Benny’s Vehicle Upgrades and 50% Off Green Tire Smoke
  • 40% Off Overflod Tyrant
  • 60% Off Pegassi Zentorno
  • 50% Off Weed Businesses, Upgrades & Supplies
  • As well as 60% Off Ocelot Ardent and 40% Off Mammoth Hydra

For those looking for some new threads, get yourself the White Graphic Smoking Jacket and the Bravado and Annis JPN Tees by logging in any time this week.

All those that swing by The Diamond Casino & Resort this week can give the Lucky Wheel a spin for a chance to win cash prizes, RP, clothing, accessories, and more. This week’s top prize is the customized Ocelot Pariah, wrapped in the White Pointed Stripes livery.

Finally, Twitch Prime members that have linked their Twitch Prime and Rockstar Games Social Club accounts together can get themselves 80% off both the Buckingham Luxor and Buckingham Luxor Deluxe.

Note that a portion of all proceeds from both GTA Online and Red Dead Online this month and May will go toward relief for those affected by COVID-19 – learn more here.

Source: Press Release
Jump Force Deluxe Edition Coming to Nintendo Switch

Originally released last year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Bandai Namco announced today that Jump Force Deluxe Edition will come out for the Nintendo Switch in 2020

Double and Triple Rewards and Payouts This Week in GTA Online

Take advantage of a number of Double and Triple Rewards and payouts, multiple vehicle discounts, and more this week in Rockstar Games’ GTA Online

Fairy Tail Gets Guest Character Trailer

Learn more about the wide range of guest characters coming to Koei Tecmo’s Fairy Tail RPG with the latest trailer for the game

Phantasy Star Online 2 Live on Xbox One

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Fairy Tail Gets Guest Character Trailer


Learn more about the wide range of guest characters coming to Koei Tecmo’s Fairy Tail RPG with the latest trailer for the game.

Made up of a number of fan favorites, these additions include the “Arc of Time User” Ultear, the “Ice-Make Wizard” Lyon, the “Burning Hair Wizard” Flare, and “Sabretooth Guild’s Finest Lady” Minerva. Although these characters will not be playable, they will be able to join your party and automatically perform a variety of magic abilities.

See these characters in action with the trailer below:

FAIRY TAIL – Guest Character Trailer

Based on the fantasy anime and manga series of the same name, Fairy Tail puts the spotlight on the Dragon Slayer Natsu, who hails from the rowdy Fairy Tail magician guild. He teams up with his unique group of friends and sets out to battle a range of unusual and memorable enemies. A number of fan-favorite episodes, along with a number of original in-game episodes, will make their appearance.

The game will come out on June 25, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Source: YouTube
Jump Force Deluxe Edition Coming to Nintendo Switch

Originally released last year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Bandai Namco announced today that Jump Force Deluxe Edition will come out for the Nintendo Switch in 2020

Double and Triple Rewards and Payouts This Week in GTA Online

Take advantage of a number of Double and Triple Rewards and payouts, multiple vehicle discounts, and more this week in Rockstar Games’ GTA Online

Fairy Tail Gets Guest Character Trailer

Learn more about the wide range of guest characters coming to Koei Tecmo’s Fairy Tail RPG with the latest trailer for the game

Phantasy Star Online 2 Live on Xbox One

Today marks the official launch of SEGA’s Phantasy Star Online 2 on Xbox One in North America

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Phantasy Star Online 2 Live on Xbox One


Today marks the official launch of SEGA’s Phantasy Star Online 2 on Xbox One in North America.

Now available on the Microsoft Store, this free-to-play title features fully localized text and character voices in English, along with all of the balancing and quality-of-life improvements from the Japanese version of the title.

In this title, players can choose between four different races and nine different classes as they take on various missions, play Casino mini-games, chill in the Alliance Quarters, and attend all-new live stage events. For those that played the beta, all progress will be carried over.

For those playing this week, the Urgent Quests “The Cunning Black Winged Vanguard” and “The False Champion: Luther the Fallen” have begun. In addition, all soldiers of the Oracle colony fleet that join an Alliance with at least four members by April 28 can get themselves a SG20 Ticket (x1). Finally, members of Alliances that earned at least 5,000 Alliance Points by April 28th can get themselves the collectable emote #269: Impromptu Tea Party.

Learn more with the trailer below, which originally premiered at E3 2019:

Phantasy Star Online 2 – E3 2019 Trailer

According to Fred White, PSO2 TEAM North America’s Head of Marketing:

“Phantasy Star Online 2 changed the history of Online Action RPG’s; the sci-fi story, characters, and gameplay has resonated with gamers worldwide and now we’re excited to bring North American players this special game — for free. Our player community is the heart and soul of the game and we couldn’t have done it without their ongoing support and passion. Now that it is officially launched on Xbox One, we look forward to kicking off a fun-filled future of events, collaborations and expansions in the years to come!”

Note that the title will make its way to the PC (via the Microsoft Store) in late May, and there will be crossplay between the Xbox One and PC versions during this time.

Source: Press Release
Phantasy Star Online 2 Live on Xbox One

Today marks the official launch of SEGA’s Phantasy Star Online 2 on Xbox One in North America

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope Coming This Summer

The next chapter of The Dark Pictures Anthology series, Bandai Namco and Supermassive Games announced that The Dark Pictures: Little Hope will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this

F1 2020 Coming This July

The next entry in the true-to-life racing simulation, Codemasters announced today that F1 2020 will launch on July 10, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia

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Last year’s sleeper hit Remnant: From the Ashes will see the Swamps of Corsus DLC on April 28, 2020

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The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope Coming This Summer


The next chapter of The Dark Pictures Anthology series, Bandai Namco and Supermassive Games announced that The Dark Pictures: Little Hope will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this summer.

This title puts the spotlight on four different college students and their professor, who all find themselves trapped by a mysterious fog in the isolated eponym town. Searching for a way out, they are haunted in the shadows by visions from the town’s occult-steeped past. In order to survive, they must find a way to uncover the mystery behind these dark apparitions.

Along the way, players will be able to take on the role of each of the five protagonists, which includes one character being portrayed by actor Will Poulter (known for Midsommar and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch). Players will be able to uncover multiple storylines, paths, and endings along the way, and each choice will matter. Note that The Curator (voiced by actor Pip Torrens) will make his return.

Learn more with the trailer below:

THE DARK PICTURES: LITTLE HOPE – Announcement Trailer

Source: Press Release
Phantasy Star Online 2 Live on Xbox One

Today marks the official launch of SEGA’s Phantasy Star Online 2 on Xbox One in North America

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope Coming This Summer

The next chapter of The Dark Pictures Anthology series, Bandai Namco and Supermassive Games announced that The Dark Pictures: Little Hope will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this

F1 2020 Coming This July

The next entry in the true-to-life racing simulation, Codemasters announced today that F1 2020 will launch on July 10, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia

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F1 2020 Coming This July


The next entry in the true-to-life racing simulation, Codemasters announced today that F1 2020 will launch on July 10, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia.

New to the series, the My Team mode will give players the chance to create their own F1 team and take their place alongside the established 2020 line-up. Both this mode and Career Mode will provide players more flexibility with the choice of three season lengths. This includes the original full 22 race season, along with shorter 10 and 16 race season options that feature Hanoi Circuit and Circuit Zandvoort.

Note that two-player split-screen will also make its return, along with a number of new options.

Learn more with the trailer below:

F1® 2020 | Announce Trailer

According to Paul Jeal, F1 Franchise Director at Codemasters:

“F1 2020 promises to be our biggest and most innovative title to date. Our core players will welcome even greater gameplay depth with the introduction of our brand new My Team feature, alongside three customizable season lengths which allows them to pick their favorite tracks. In the year where Lewis Hamilton is going for his seventh World Championship, we celebrate the greatest F1 driver of all time with our Deluxe Schumacher Edition, which we know will prove popular with our community.”

Lee Mather, F1 Game Director at Codemasters, added:

“As huge fans of F1, we continue to innovate and develop game modes that bring players even closer to the real-world sport. We’ve also added new modes to enable more casual players to get up to speed more easily, and we’ve brought back split-screen for social play with friends. The additions reduce both the difficulty and time barrier to entry while retaining the car handling that our simulation players love.”

Source: Press Release
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F1 2020 Coming This July

The next entry in the true-to-life racing simulation, Codemasters announced today that F1 2020 will launch on July 10, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia

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