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Syberia 3 Review – Adventure Lost (PS4)

It’s been 13 long years since the release of adventure game Syberia II. After an initial announcement of a third game in 2012, the game went through what appeared to be a rough development cycle, at least on the surface. But all of that is now history – time to find out if the adventure series has kept up with modern gaming developments, or if this is one best left in the past. A Case of Wanderlust In case you have never played the original games, the  Syberia series follows the laid-back exploits of Kate Walker, a lawyer from New York. She was originally sent to see the transfer of a toy company to a conglomerate, but the allure of adventure beckoned, and she abandons her city life to help an elderly inventor fulfill his lifelong dream of riding on a real-life mammoth. Syberia II ended on something of a cliffhanger for Kate, and Syberia 3 attempts to wrap up her story. With the inventor long gone, after being rescued in the snow you are tasked with helping the nomadic Youkol people complete their ancestral migration to their snow ostriches’ breeding grounds. Naturally, there are all kinds of obstacles in READ…

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Human Fall Flat PS4 review – A pretty decent and fun physics-based platform/puzzle game

We’ve recently witnessed a massive influx of ‘simulator’ games. Everything from surgeons to goats; there seems to be no end to the poorly controlled titles these people will come up with. That being said, I assumed going into “Human Fall Flat” that I’d be given control of a small, lumpy man with extremely poor motor skills (his name is Bob… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Dragon Quest Heroes II Review — A Much Bigger Adventure Than Expected

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Dragon Quest Heroes II Review – Life and Soul (PS4)

[embedded content] Dragon Quest Heroes II makes one hell of a first impression. Within minutes of booting up the sequel, I was greeted with an open plain to explore. One that was filled with groups of slime and other familiar foes from Enix’s legendary role-playing franchise. This sense of open space and grandeur is an impressive departure from the original, which didn’t have any sort of connected world, but rather had the player using an airship to go to specific locales. This felt more like the Dragon Quest that I knew, and the seeds of an interesting continent to explore was quickly implanted into my brain. This shakeup felt as if Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force had responded to the criticism of the original in a major way. After a few additional minutes of exploring, I had stumbled across a nearby town. Called Accordia, the town was filled with kids running about and shops looking to sell me all sorts of weaponry. Since it was located smack dab in the middle of the world, there were also a series of branching paths that led to each of the seven areas that make it up. I was instantly giddy with excitement, and it felt as if this was…

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Review – Chasing Ghosts (PS4)

The Sniper: Ghost Warrior series is a franchise that was created for a specific audience that wanted realistic sniping mechanics in a video game. But since then, the franchise has changed quite a bit. In its latest installment, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, the developers CI Games have decided to take a risk and switch from its tried and tested linear format to an open world format. As Ghost Warrior 3 has no narrative connection to the series’ previous titles, the game’s big shift from a linear format to an open world format was made slightly easier. In Ghost Warrior 3, players take on the role of Jonathan “Jon” North who is on assignment in Georgia while also working on a mission of his own. The game is divided into four acts played across three maps each with a varying number of main campaign missions with Ghost Warrior 3 featuring more main missions than its predecessors. While the story of the campaign is interesting, it feels more like a classic action or war movie, filled with its own set of clichés, predictable moments, and cheesy lines from its array of characters. Apart from the main campaign missions there are also READ…

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Deformers Review – Random Dancing (PS4)

After finishing The Order: 1886 in 2015, I was one of the very few who couldn’t wait for a sequel. The world that developer Ready At Dawn had created was ripe for storytelling and the engine was already in place for a quick turnaround with The Order: 1887. But it wasn’t meant to be, and the California-based developer instead decided to create a smaller title, Deformers, with GameStop’s GameTrust publishing arm. What could possibly go wrong? Almost Everything Deformers moves away from the grim and grey of The Order’s cobbled streets to an infinitely more colorful utopia filled with all types of whacky creatures. These creatures, known as Forms, take part in eight-player brawler matches across an array of maps and modes. Players are tasked to shoot and smash their way to victory in both team and free-for-all deathmatch modes. But don’t let all the spectacle trick you, because while Deformers certainly looks like a modern day Twisted Metal with a hint of Smash Bros., it’s anything but. When its mechanics, features, and mission objectives come crashing together, Deformers turns into a game of sheer madness. Players choose a Form to play with as well as one of five classes: READ…

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Outlast 2 Review – Sinister Transitions (PS4)

The original Outlast impressed many with its expertly-crafted ambiance, and nerve-wracking moments in a game where your only choices for survival are to run and/or hide. Over three years later, Outlast 2 sets out to take everything that terrified players in the first game, and amplify it with a new setting, new characters, and new chances to scare you silly. Time to find out if the wait was worth it in our review. A New Frontier In Outlast 2, You play as Blake Langermann, an investigate journalist and cameraman, who finds himself and wife Lynn en route to an extremely remote section of the Sonoran Desert in the Southwestern United States. Naturally, this story taking place in the Outlast universe means things quickly go south. Your helicopter crash-lands, and you are treated to an incredibly hostile welcome by the locals. It’s a completely different location, and completely different characters, and yet, the gruesome new area feels vaguely familiar. One major change in Outlast 2 is that Blake talks, quite a lot. However, he is only really vocal during cutscenes. Most of the game revolves around you hiding and pacing your escape from various areas, and during these sections Blake READ…

Puyo Puyo Tetris Review — The Best of Both Worlds

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Puyo Puyo Tetris Review – Better Together (PS4)

[embedded content] I spent many nights playing puzzle games as a kid, and since I owned a SEGA Genesis growing up, that meant quite a bit of my time was occupied by Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine. I would later learn that the game (like much of my childhood) was a lie and that it was actually a re-skinned version of Puyo Puyo. Despite having a fondness for SEGA’s brand of falling block puzzles, I eventually joined most people when I purchased a Game Boy and became obsessed with the undisputed king of the genre — Tetris. Fast forward 15 years, and now the two influential icons of the genre have joined together for a special release called Puyo Puyo Tetris. As the name suggests, the big draw of Puyo Puyo Tetris is getting to see how the line clearing action of Tetris gels with the color matching mechanics of Puyo Puyo. This comes to fruition in Fusion mode, a crossover offering that consistently alternates between dropping puyos and tetromino pieces. It’s a bit confusing at first, but the key is that tetrominoes are able to go through puyos. This essentially turns the puzzle grid into a game of Tetris at the bottom while Puyo Puyo takes place on…

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Intel's Optane Memory Makes Cheap Hard Drives as Fast as Expensive SSDs

All images: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo It isn’t only the junk processor that makes a really cheap computer slow. Or the memory or the video card (or lack of video card). The primary reason your cheap laptop loudly chugs along at glacial speeds is because of the hard drive. Cheap laptops use cheap hard disk drives, which are much slower than the solid state drives found in better computers. But Intel’s new Optane Memory changes that. This little $70 chip makes a cheap hard disk drive run as fast as a solid state drive. Advertisement It does all this by using a brand new type of memory. That sounds very boring, but memory might be one of the most important components in your computer. What the hell is memory? Memory is anything in a computer that reads and writes data. There’s memory in your processor, in your RAM, and all the way down to your USB drives. “It’s like a pyramid,” Greg Schulz, a storage analyst and operator of StorageIO told Gizmodo. “As you go down the pyramid the capacity is cheaper, but slower.” So the tip of the pyramid is the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode 1: Tangled Up In Blue Review – Star-Studded (PS4)

Life is all about choices. Sometimes you make good choices; other times you make bad ones. No developer has hung their hat on this conceit more than the folks at Telltale Games. After successfully taking a whack at franchises under the Image and DC imprints, it only seemed like a matter of time before they completed the set and went after a Marvel property. Though far from my first choice of brands for them to explore, bringing Guardians of the Galaxy in-house made complete sense. But in a year that already has a new film on deck, can Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series manage to keep pace with its cinematic counterpart? Perfectly Mismatched On paper, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot are the perfect cast for a standard Telltale game. They have tons of personality, are constantly in conflict, and most importantly, they have a hilarious dynamic as a group. If you take a look back through the studio’s history, for every earnestly dramatic game that they release, there’s almost always an equally lighthearted and hilarious game in the pipeline. Even as far back as 2006 when they released their first Sam & Max installment, it has READ…

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Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Review — A Creative but Flawed Adventure

I have been disappointed recently in the darker, grittier turn that fantasy worlds have taken. In a post Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones world, more fantastical worlds have been put on the back burner …Read More The post Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Review — A Creative but Flawed Adventure by Tomas Franzese appeared first on DualShockers.