I'm still not sure what to make of Siegecraft Commander.
At a glance its a solid new strategy game by Blowfish games and its a little flavour of different. I've played the campaign on both sides, all 10 levels of the knight guys, and a few of the lizard men. After the single player there is the option of online, to which I tried a couple of matches.
Sky Force Anniversary is a satisfying top down shooter that not only plays well it's a marvel to look at.
For most if not all of us that own a modern phone, you may have noticed Sky Force Anniversary on your respected App store as a free to play game with the optional in-app purchases that come as standard with a free game. The same rule applies to the console version, although it's not a free game (costs £7.00 on the Xbox store) you feel where the pay wall would apply if you were playing it on the mobile app.
The release format of episodic games is becoming more and more commonplace in the world of digital download titles. One of the companies most famous for this format isTellTale Gameswith their series likeThe Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Batman A TellTale Seriesand so forth. Other companies have found great success using the same medium such asDontNodand theirLife is Strangeseries orSquare EnixlatestHitmanseason 1, both of these series have has commercial and critical success for their content. When more independent studios follow the episodic format we are unsure what to expect, sometimes you can have a half-hearted attempt at a mediocre idea and other times you can have a truly hidden gem.
The team at Prologue Games took the episodic format and then added more dynamics to it; this resulted in something unusual and prettyunique as far as settings for games are considered. The game follows the actions of a blogger, newspaper journalist and a private detective as they all start covering the events of an actor’s suicide in a backwater Florida swamp town. Their individual actions intertwine with one another and then cumulatively create something larger in narrative than a simple “who done it?” style of game. The game is told like a play on a stage with the audience’s reactions lending weight to player decisions and choices. Scenes are rotated on constantly and the characters walk in between sets to show the change of location. The story lasts for 3 acts with the plot growing in size and ambition with each passing chapter; though by the time you come to the third act you stop trying to guess what happens and just start enjoying the ride.
Astroneer, the debut title of System Era Softworks, a team who share a love for interesting gameplay systems and an inspiration for space- age futurism. Clearly their collective past experience has given them an appetite for the dark reaches of space. Together they have worked with Disney, Electronic arts, known for Masseffect, and 343 on there Halo titles. An impressive resume to say the least.
Currently its a pre-alpha on Xbox One, Astroneer is set in the Gold rush of the 25th Century, letting players explore the rich frontiers of space, hunting down resource in a chance to strike it rich. In its current incarnation, you start by launching down to a planets surface from a small space station. The planets are procedurally generated, meaning each experience could be vastly different. You touch down on the planet in a tiny one seater pod, equipped with a backpack which can produce a small range of items and a strange tool which allows you to swallow up, blow out or level the environment around you.
RWBY: Grimm Eclipse is a Hack and Slash style game that released on the Xbox store on Tuesday 17th January for £15.99. Created by Rooster Teeth Games, a game's company created within the larger company named Rooster Teeth, is the first game based on the popular web series animation RWBY. RWBY was created by Rooster Teeth, who of course being company that made the famous web series Red Vs Blue. The game allows you to play as the main protagonists of the RWBY series, Yang, Blake, Weiss and of course, Ruby. The day after release, on the 18th January, a DLC pack featuring Team JNPR was also released for £3.99. All characters in the game are voiced by their original voice actors from the series, and have all those unique personalities we've grown to know and love.