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Release Date: 11.10.2016
Tyranny
12.02.2016
O, it is excellent/To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous/To use it like a giant.
Tyranny had a lot to live up to in the eyes of many fans. When Obsidian announced that they were going to release a follow-up to Pillars of Eternity – one of the most prominent Kickstarter success stories out there and a major contributor to the CRPG renaissance that we currently have the pleasure of going through – it meant that they had some very big shoes to fill. There mere fact that I mentioned Pillars of Eternity in the second sentence of this review is proof enough of how difficult it is to divorce this project from their previous success. After all, they look, feel, and play so similarly, the uninitiated may very well mistake them for the same game. Tyranny, by and large, needed to be more than just a decent game; it needed to be, at the very least, a good game. Anything less would have been a step back at best, a failure at worst. In this regard, Tyranny succeeds brilliantly. It is a wonderful game, and a worthy addition to the line of wonderful CRPGs we have been getting over the course of the last three years. However, if you are coming into the game hoping for something with the scope, ambition, and detail that Pillars of Eternity had – even discounting the White March expansion pack – you may be in for some disappointment. Nonetheless, what is present is a solid (if somewhat short) adventure that delivers upon most expectations.…
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Release Date: 08.03.2016
Overcooked
10.28.2016
Holy Shiitake! Overcooked Is Couch Co-Op Chaos
I have to admit, I’m a sucker for an addictive time management game, especially if there’s cooking involved. For the past few months, I’ve been in my own little world with my eyes glued to my phone trying to master every level of Gordon Ramsay Dash. Starved for human contact, I came up for air just long enough to try out Overcooked. From Ghost House Games, Overcooked is a cooking time management game for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Think of a couch co-op version of Diner Dash, multiply the multitasking chaos by about 100, and throw in a mustachioed onion king and his trusty dog Kevin. The story goes that King Onion needs your help to feed an insatiable spaghetti and meatball monster to stop him from destroying the kingdom. But first, you need to hone your skills in the kitchen if you’re going to best the beast. In each timed level, get ready to chop, sauté, and fry as fast as you can to serve burgers, pizza, and more to hungry customers. But here’s the rub: Each level presents a new challenge in the kitchen to contend with, whether you’re trying to cook atop two moving trucks or on the tilting deck of a pirate ship. As if that wasn’t hard enough, you might only have access to some of the stations in the kitchen at a time. For instance, one chef may only be able to fetch ingredients and fry, while the other chef may only be able to chop and fetch dirty plates. That’s where cooperative gameplay comes in—you have to work together and communicate to get plates out the door quickly.…
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