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Thursday
Sep152016

You Have the Penthouse, but Can You Make it Out?

Many of you might remember a game that we played and reviewed called Skyhill, well it turns out that those who were looking for a more portable version are in luck. You can go to the AppStore right now and pick up the game Skyhill for your iOS device. It is currently listed at $2.99.

You will be able to see if you can make it all the way down the hotel and exit the building. The problem is there are many twists and turns along the way, and there are things that if done poorly could wind up getting you killed, or perhaps in further trouble. 

Now for those who have played the game through Steam or GOG, there is some good news for you as well, it turns out that there is now a new ending to the game thanks in part to a fan idea.

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Thursday
Sep152016

Become a 30 Something Wizard

Badland Games brings you Zenith a game where you are going to play the part of a wizard, Argus, who is pulled into action one last time to try to stop adventurers with too much time on their hands from trying to steal and use a powerful artifact.

Argus might have been a crazy adventurer in his past, but now he's just looking for something a little calmer, but it will have to wait when a bunch of morons decides they want to save the world with the powerful artifact. This Action RPG promises 25+ hours of fun, adventure, and of course a huge side of humor. It is currently headed to the PlayStation 4 and Steam, but if you see the trailer there will be an XBox One Release down the road.

Wednesday
Sep142016

Valve changing which reviews count

In an attempt to crack down on developers sending out codes to their friends for easy, favorable reviews in order to artificially inflate their review score, keys from outside of Steam are no longer counting towards the game's over rating / score.  This means that reviewers - such as ourselves - who receive a key from the developer will no longer have their scores count.  More importantly, it also means scores from Kickstarter & Humble Bundle & The IndieBox & other methods will no longer count.  Only games purchased directly through Steam count.

Now, why is Valve doing this?  The crux of the issue is Valve found developers were abusing keys to increase their scores.  According to Valve, this will affect the score (eg, Mixed versus Positive) for about 160 games.  No small number.  However, there are also a number of developers - especially indie shops where a not-insignificant number of keys come from passionate Kickstarter fans or their own website - are not exactly happy about this decision.  There's a very real chance their most passionate fans received a legitimate key outside of Steam. Also consider that a developer can directly sell you a key and net the entire profit.  Now, they have to eat the 30% Valve take in order for the review score to count.

Personally, I get the decision on Valve's part to help make sure the reviews are valid and not games.  Charlie has spoken a number of times about Metacritic's scoring mechanism and how it's less than ideal and transparent.  At least with Steam, we know what they're doing and why.  And generally speaking, Steam is good about listening to the community.  I wonder if there's some kind of middle-ground where Steam can authorize keys for Kickstarter or when directly purchased from a developer's website so they can show up as a score - authenticate gamers who we can be reasonably sure are not gaming the scores.

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Tuesday
Sep132016

Randal's Monday is Now on Android

Many might remember the zany adventures of Randal, voiced by Jeff Anderson (Randal of the movie Clerks). Well, this time the man who has to replay the same day over and over again is on Android devices. For those who didn't get a chance to play this on the PC or the PlayStation 4, you will get the chance to try out the first 2 chapters of the game for free, and then of course, if you like what you see you can then buy the other 5 episodes for $0.99 a pop. 

Now I know what you are thinking, why the hell is the developer trying to nickel and dime me for each chapter, well the question I have for you is what happens if the first 2 chapters are what you are looking for but a couple of extra chapters in you've lost that loving feeling for the game? Well then you're out just a fraction of what the rest of the game would have cost if you had to purchase it all at once.

Sidenote: If you wanted to get this game for the PS4 it is currently being discounted by 57% until September 21st.

Side-SideNote: For those looking for a possible iOS version, the developers are working on it, but they don't have a release date for it yet.

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Tuesday
Sep132016

Silence Has Official Release Date

 

Many have waited for this, the sequel to The Whispered World, and we finally have a date that we can officially put into our calendars. This game will come out on November 15th, 2016 and will be headed to the PC, Mac, Linux, XBox One, and PlayStation 4.

 In this game you will take on the role of Noah as he is forced to go into the crossroads between life and death, Silence. He must do this in order to save his little sister Renie. There will be many characters along the way, and many adventures to be had. We just have to wait a little bit longer before we can enter that world.

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