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Age of Empires 4 Review – A GOOD SEQUEL?

Age of Empires is a long-running videogame series that has been around for decades now, and it has been attracting more and more gamers towards the war and base-building genres. Age of Empires 4 got released on the 28th of October, 2021, and it is the latest addition to the series. While the game has been receiving pretty positive reviews from most reviewers, I’d still call it somewhat of a disappointment compared to the older Age of Empire games. In this Age of Empires 4 review, we’ll be taking a closer look at why this game is not being liked as much as the previous entries of the series.

Visuals:

age of empiresLet’s start off this Age of Empires 4 review by talking about the one thing that has disappointed us the most, the visuals. Graphically speaking, Age of Empires 4 lacks any kind of attention to detail. The game looks more like something from 2013. Even when you zoom in on the map, you can’t really see any kind of fine or beautiful details.

Gameplay:age of empires 4 visuals

While the gameplay mechanics did not really disappoint, I was still not very happy as, despite the long time gap between Age of Empires 3 and 4, we don’t really see any kind of major upgrades. The game doesn’t really have anything new to offer. The game just follows the classic Age of Empires formula, which can be fun for some newcomers, but for long-term fans of the series, the game doesn’t really bring much to the table and gets boring pretty quickly. There are eight different factions in the game that are supposed to let you experience the gameplay from a whole new perspective, but most of these factions seem relatively similar to each other. Overall, I’d say that the gameplay mechanics are not really bad, but they can be drastically improved. As is the case with all the other Age of Empires games, you will need to strategize quite a bit in order to get through a lot of the battles. You cannot just mindlessly make a bunch of troops and send them off to attack, you will first have to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your enemy and then make a proper army that would be able to take them on. Talking about the troops, I would’ve really appreciated this addition to the series if the developers had made the soldiers more self-aware. As is the case with older Age of Empires games, you have to babysit every single move of your army and always be there so that they don’t end up doing something damaging.

No Editing Feature!age of empires 4 war

Surprisingly, one thing that Age of Empires 4 lacks is the map editing feature. Being such an expansive game about armies, wars and civilizations, the developers should have included a map editing feature that let us design our own levels and play through them.

Online Multiplayer Mode:age of empires 4 gameplay

Where the gameplay mechanics of Age of Empires 4 really shine is the multiplayer mode. There are many different and super exciting single-player scenarios that you can play through as well. However, the multiplayer mode presents a true challenge as you have to come up with the best and most unique strategies to ensure your win in battle. Sometimes it’s best to slowly chip away at your enemy’s defences and stay safe from an attack yourself, while sometimes it’s better to just attack head-on while your enemy is still weak and doesn’t have a proper army.

Conclusion

Despite its flaws, Age of Empires 4 is still an awesome game. If you are just trying to relive your past memories and enjoy the classic Age of Empires formula, then you will fall completely in love with this game. I’d just say that this game could’ve been way better in terms of both gameplay and visuals. Age of Empires 4 doesn’t really try to explore any new ideas and just gives us the same old things once again, making the game feel like a remaster rather than a complete sequel. Even if the developers wanted to stick to the same old Age of Empires formula and not take any risks, they could’ve still given us better visuals considering how good most games look in 2021. At the end of my Age of Empires 4 review, I don’t really know whether you should play the game or not. The game will be super exciting and entertaining for the people who are new to the war-strategy genre, but it will feel a little bland to the gamers who’ve already seen it all many times before and wanted to see something new and revolutionary.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits Review – A Wholesome Adventure

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a PlayStation and PC exclusive role-playing game that got released on the 24th of August, 2021. This adventure game managed to build pretty decent hype for itself after its initial trailer, and we can safely say that the final product definitely did not disappoint. Today, I’m going to give you guys my honest review of Kena: Bridge of Spirits – a spiritual adventure game with many touching moments.

Story & Progression: 

kena: Bridge of spirits gameplay

The story of Kena is very simple yet beautiful. Our protagonist is a young spirit guide named Kena, who is currently making her way through a dying village as she is trying to find the sacred mountain shrine. Along the way, Kena runs into many lost spirits and guides them towards the right path. In every single arc of the story, we get to meet new spirits and understand their tragic stories. While the individual stories are very beautiful and fun to play through, not much is revealed about the past of Kena and the world itself. Overall, I’d say that the story of our protagonist was pretty beautiful but not properly explored.

Characters:kena: Bridge of spirits cover art

The characters in Kena: Bridge of Spirits are all extremely lovable and have something to add to the story. Despite being a relatively short game, Kena: Bridge of the Spirits properly focuses on the lives of most of the characters in the series and the series of misfortunes that they had to endure. The protagonist herself is just simply adorable. You’ll definitely fall in love with her at first glance and keep on loving her self-sacrificing and cheerful personality throughout the entire run of the game. Despite having such a likeable protagonist, Kena: Bridge of Spirits doesn’t really focus too much on the life of Kena herself. Other than getting a few hints here and there, we are never able to learn any crucial details regarding Kena’s past or how she ended up becoming a spirit guide. All of the characters fit perfectly inside the world of Kena: Bridge of Spirits and their individual stories are very fun to explore and understand. Different arcs in the story introduce us to different spirits that are not able to pass on because they still have some unfinished business in this world.

Gameplay & World Design:kena: Bridge of spirits battle

The gameplay of Kena: Bridge of Spirits is also handled very well. Despite being the first game by game development studio, Ember Lab, it is surprisingly well-built. The combat doesn’t really introduce anything new, but it still seems pretty engaging as some fights can be quite challenging. Even at normal difficulty, some bosses in the game will make you retry a few times before they finally let you move on to the next thing. Thankfully, the developers also added an easy mode to the game that can be chosen by the people who are just here to enjoy the beautiful story. You fight the enemies in the game with the help of light, heavy and ranged attacks. You can also block and parry the enemies’ attacks to quickly defeat some of the hardest opponents. Overall, while the fighting doesn’t really add anything new to the genre, it works perfectly with all the existing elements and provides us with a complete experience. Of course, there are also many puzzles involved in the game that you will have to solve in order to progress. I would say that this aspect of the game is a little weak compared to the combat system. The puzzles are not very challenging, but they are still pretty engaging as you have to properly use the power of your little furry friends and analyze your surroundings.

Visuals:

If visuals are the only thing you really care about when playing a new game, then you can stop reading this Kena: Bridge of Spirits review right here, as the game looks absolutely stunning. Kena: Bridge of Spirits is one of those few games that look more like an animated movie than an actual playable game. If you are a fan of 3D Pixar movies, then you’ll instantly fall in love with the look and feel of the game. Kena: Bridge of Spirits is one of the few games of 2021 that truly look like a next-gen title.

Sound Design:

The music of Kena: Bridge of Spirits is very relaxing and properly fits the wholesome theme of the game.

Conclusion

If you are just looking for a relaxing game to play over the weekend, then Kena: Bridge of Spirits is definitely the game for you. The game will let you experience a compact and emotional adventure through the eyes of a young spirit guide that is just trying her best to help all the people around her. I’d like to end this Kena: Bridge of Spirits review by saying that this game definitely deserves the hype.

Omori Review – A MEANINGFUL GAME

Omori is a role-playing video game that got released back in the December of 2020. This psychological horror game had been in the works for many years and managed to raise more than 200,000 USD on Kickstarter. While some fans are not really happy about the release being so late, the game still got pretty positive reviews from the community overall. In this Omori review, I’ll be going over all the things that make this game a huge success! I’ll also be pointing out a few things that the game developers could’ve improved.

Story & Plot Progression:  

Original art by OmoCatThe story is definitely the best thing about this game that we can’t help but fall completely in love with. Our main protagonist is a boy named Sunny, who is currently stuck between two different worlds. In the real world, everything seems to have gone completely wrong. Sunny no longer has any friends that he can interact with and prefers to stay shut inside the house. In the other world, however, things seem to be quite different as the young boy has three best friends named Aubrey, Kel and Hero. Apart from these three, there seem to be some other amazing people in his life as well that are always there to help him as he embarks on different adventures. This psychological game has a very deep story based on the mental state of our main character that can only be understood by playing it for yourself. The way the story progresses depends completely on your own personal choices, and there are many different endings. You will probably feel very lost when you’ve just started the game, but the story will make more and more sense as you keep on moving forward. One thing that I’d like to point out in my Omori review is that this game explicitly focuses on the individual stories of all the characters involved. The characters are different, memorable and very, very likeable.

Gameplay Mechanics:Omori Gameplay

I know I said that the story of this game is probably its strongest aspect, but the gameplay mechanics are not really far behind either. This game will give you a bit of a 90s Pokemon games’ vibe as it has been made using RPGmaker. What really surprised me regarding the gameplay of Omori was its extremely well-built battle system. The game offers turn-based battles that are very exciting as they require a lot of strategizing. There are different elements in this game, and you will have to learn to utilize these elements correctly. While the normal enemies are very easy to beat, the boss battles in this game are truly exciting and force you to retry again and again before you can finally get that win.Omori Battle Apart from this amazing battle system, the game just offers the usual RPGmaker stuff that we’ve seen many times before. However, thanks to the way the story moves forward, you never really feel bored while going through the game. Overall, I think that OmoCat has handled the simple gameplay mechanics of Omori perfectly and given us exactly what we needed.

Visuals, World-Building & Sound Design:Original Art

Visually speaking, the game is simply wonderful! The pixelated and colourful look of the dream world is amazing. There’s just something about beautiful colours and adorable characters giving us a very horrifying story that makes Omori unique and extremely impactful. While the game itself has pixelated graphics, the cutscenes and the characters themselves have been fully animated using a dull yet colourful art style. I did say that I will also be focusing on the things that need a bit of improvement in this Omori Review. The thing that I didn’t really like too much about this game was its world-building. While the dream world isn’t half bad, the developers have not paid any proper attention to the real world, and it just seems too small. I think that the real world should’ve had more things to do and discover. Usually, I don’t really focus too much on the sound design of a video game, but the sound in Omori is just something we can’t ignore. OSTs are a huge part of this game as they properly represent the feelings that Omori is trying to convey.

ConclusionOriginal Art

At the end of my Omori review, I’d just like to say that this game deserves all the love and attention. Omori is a masterpiece that needs to get played by every single gamer. The multiple endings and very addicting battle system make this game very replayable! Even if you are not someone who usually plays turn-based pixelated RPG titles, Omori is something you will still enjoy. With an impactful story, amazing gameplay mechanics and beautiful visuals, Omori is my favourite RPGmaker game!

Nier Replicant Review – An Awesome Story-Driven Game

Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is the remake/remaster of the original Nier game that got released back in 2010. As you might’ve already guessed from the name, this game has also been created by Yoko Taro, the creator of Nier Automata. While the game is quite similar to Nier Automata in terms of feel, the stories of the two games are not connected with each other in any way. In this Nier Replicant review, I’ll be giving you guys my honest opinion about this updated version of the game and all that it has to offer.

Story and Plot Progression:

Nier Original Art Unlike Nier Automata, Nier Replicant focuses on a very personal story about two siblings that are just trying to survive in a strange post-apocalyptic world. We play as Nier, a boy who is trying to find a cure for his sister named Yona. Yona suffers from a strange disease known as the Black Scrawl. Along the way, Nier meets many strange allies that include a talking book called Grimoire Weiss, a foul-mouthed girl named Kaine and a cursed child named Emil. The story of Nier Replicant starts off pretty slow and can seem somewhat boring at the start. However, as we keep on playing, the world of Nier Replicant keeps on expanding in many strange ways. Like was the case with the previous Yoko Taro game, you will have to play through the entire game multiple times in order to enjoy the complete story. There are multiple endings that can only be unlocked after you have played through the entire game more than once. While the first playthrough of the game slowly draws you in and becomes interesting with time and the second playthrough still retains the player’s excitement thanks to some added scenes and dialogues, the third playthrough is the hardest to get through as it is mostly the same as the second one. Overall, I think that the story of Nier Replicant is more touching and emotional compared to Nier Automata, but also a little harder to enjoy because of its representation.

Characters:

The characters in this game are amazing and get you easily attached. From the funny commentary of Grimoire Weiss to Kaine’s vulgar remarks, all of these characters have something interesting to add to the story. Their character designs are also pretty unique and memorable.

Gameplay Mechanics:Nier Replicant gameplay

The Gameplay mechanics of Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… are pretty different from the original game as you are now able to perform all kinds of combos by mixing different special attacks and melee attacks together. There are different types of weapons that you can equip in the game. And the effects of these weapons can be further enhanced by adding different traits to them and levelling them up. Personally, I’d have to say that the gameplay mechanics of Nier Automata were far superior compared to Nier Replicant. While Nier Automata was challenging, in Nier Replicant, you can easily get through most fights of the game by simply mashing a few buttons. The only things that make the combat in Nier Replicant a little interesting are the amazing camera angles and unique enemies. Another thing I’d like to complain about regarding the gameplay mechanics of Nier Automata is the lack of good side quests. The side quests in this game are not well-built at all and seem more like chores than actual adventures. One thing that I do need to touch on is the world of Nier Replicant itself feeling a bit too bland. There is not much to do in Nier Replicant, so the game doesn’t really feel like a modern game released in the year 2021.

Visuals and World-Building:Nier Replicant Gameplay

The graphical upgrade of this game is the one thing that I’d like to truly appreciate in my Nier Replicant review. The visuals are very clean compared to the original game, as every single scene has been reworked. The character models also look better now! Being a work of Yoko Taro, the world design of Nier Replicant is also pretty nice.

Sound Design:

The music in Nier Replicant is its one aspect that is just as good as Nier Automata, if not better. The soundtracks played throughout the game are very beautiful and make your experience many times better. The game also has complete voice acting for every single character, even the unimportant NPCs. The voices behind all the major characters seem very realistic and truly resonate with their personalities.

Conclusion

Nier Replicant is awesome, but it feels more like a step backwards compared to Nier Automata. This game can be a little hard to play through, but the amazing story makes it completely worthy of your time. I’d like to end this Nier Replicant review by saying that this game is perfect for the gamers looking to enjoy a slow and beautiful story.

GTA: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition Review

Almost every single gamer knows and loves the Grand Theft Auto series. This extremely successful series by Rockstar Games has been around since 1997, and it is still strong today thanks to GTA V selling millions of copies worldwide. While fans are desperately waiting to play GTA VI, it seems that Rockstar Games has still not decided to give us the next GTA game. Instead, on November 11th, 2021, GTA released a definitive edition of their GTA Trilogy that contains GTA III, GTA San Andreas and GTA Vice City. Today, I’m going to give you guys my honest review of the new definitive edition of the GTA trilogy and help you decide whether or not these new games are worth your time and money.

What’s New?

GTA: The Trilogy Let’s go over all the different aspects of these games as we take a closer look at all the new changes.

Story & Characters:GTA: The Trilogy

As these releases are not complete remakes, there are no changes in the stories at all. We get the same old classic tales with their own strengths and flaws. I would like to point out that these updated versions of the games actually do a better job at telling the same stories thanks to better visuals, lip-syncing and camera movement. Since the stories are the same, of course, we get the same old memorable and classic characters too. The models of these characters have not been completely reworked, but they have been slightly upgraded to look more visually appealing. Rockstar Games decided to maintain the somewhat cartoonish look of the characters in the early GTA games, and I think that is awesome.

Gameplay:San andreas

Gameplay is one of the two major things that fans of the franchise were expecting to see huge changes in. However, surprisingly, the gameplay mechanics are actually pretty similar to the original releases. Some fans might not like the fact that Rockstar Games did not really make many changes to this aspect of the game, but I personally think that deciding to not make any major changes to the gameplay mechanics was actually a good choice. If the game development company had made too many changes to modernize these games, then they would’ve completely lost their nostalgic value. Two small changes in the gameplay mechanics that I appreciate are the new weapon wheel which is somewhat similar to the weapon wheel from GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2, and the new lock-on feature while shooting your weapon, which makes it easier to aim.

Visuals:GTA 3

Visual appeal is the one aspect of these reworked versions that Rockstar Games had the most freedom with. While retaining the original look and feel of all the games, Rockstar Games has tried its best to update every single thing that they could. The lighting, camera angles, character models, and texture quality look way better than the original games. Of course, the games don’t really look as good as today’s games, but compared to their original versions, they still look amazing. All three separate games have been updated in their own special ways in terms of visuals. I’d have to say that the GTA San Andreas Definitive Edition seems to have gotten the best treatment in terms of visuals. On the other hand, GTA III is the least updated game and even has a few bugs that might affect your experience.

Better than the Original Releases?GTA: The Trilogy

Yup! All three of these games are superior compared to the original releases. All of these games have comparatively better visuals, thanks to the amazing lighting and textures. The cutscenes are also smoother and look more appealing. The one thing that really sets these games apart from the originals is the fact that you get a smoother gameplay experience overall, as they have been optimized to run well on all the latest hardware. The games run on the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles. You can also play them if you are using the older generation consoles or a Nintendo Switch. Oh, and of course, you can also play the trilogy on a PC for the best experience.

ConclusionSan Andreas

Personally, I’d have to say that you should only purchase this trilogy for the nostalgic value if you’ve already played the original versions in the past. These games are definitely not as good as the games that get released today and will feel a bit bland to someone expecting a completely modern game jam-packed with features and stuff to do. If you just want to re-experience the GTA games from your childhood in the best way possible, then you should definitely go ahead and purchase this trilogy as soon as possible.

Far Cry 6 Review – The Most Expansive Far Cry Title

Far Cry 6 has been out for about a month now, and it has been receiving somewhat positive reviews from the community. The game introduces us to a few new interesting mechanics while still retaining the original feel of the series. Today, in my Far Cry 6 review, I’ll be touching on all the things that you need to know before you purchase this awesome instalment of the series.

Plot and Story Progression far cry 6 screenshot

Just like every other Far Cry game we’ve played in the past, the plot of this game is pretty intense, unique and interesting. This time, we play as a male or female protagonist named Dani Rojas on a fictional island called Yara. Yara is currently being controlled by a cruel and charismatic leader named Anton Castillo, the main antagonist of the game. We are a part of the resistance that lives to fight against this evil man and his regime in order to free the people of Yara. The story progression of Far Cry 6 is, surprisingly, a little bland and somewhat predictable. Despite having a pretty solid premise, the story moves forward in a cliché movie-like manner. I think the writers should have added a few extra twists and turns in the story to make it more interesting.

Charactersfar cry 6 screenshot

The Characters of Far Cry 6 are some of my favourite Far Cry characters of all time. What makes this new cast of memorable characters so good are the amazing actors behind them that make every single scene feel like it has been taken straight out of a high-budget movie. Ubisoft found the actors that were most fitting to play their particular roles in this story. I think that they have done their job splendidly! My favourite character in the series would, of course, be the psychotic leader of Yara that always keeps us at the edges of our seats. Anton Castillo has been played by Giancarlo Esposito, who is one of the most loved actors in the entire world thanks to his ground-breaking performance in Breaking Bad. He is a ruthless leader that rules Yara with an iron fist and knows how to control all the people around him.

GameplayFar Cry 6 Screenshot

The gameplay of Far Cry 6 is pretty similar to the older Far Cry titles, but it changes things up slightly by adding a bit more of an arcadey feel to the game. There are many different weapons to choose from, and like always, you can complete all the missions in front of you in multiple ways. Overall, I really enjoyed the new gameplay mechanics and improvements of this game that made it feel like a new experience while also preserving everything that makes Far Cry awesome in the first place. Instead of the usual RPG-like levelling-up system that we’ve seen in the previous Far Cry games, we get stronger in Far Cry 6 by unlocking new abilities and equipping better weapons. There are many different weapons and abilities that the player can unlock in this game, and what I really love about this aspect of the game is that you can complete certain types of missions more easily by using some particular weapons and equipment. This means that you will now have to strategize before starting a new mission.

World Design

As the title of this Far Cry 6 review itself states, the world of Far Cry 6 is the most expansive Far Cry world ever. There are tons of things to do in this game and many new things that you’ll have to explore. Personally, I liked and disliked this change in the game at the same time. While new and complex mechanics are always welcome in a semi-realistic game like Far Cry, there are just too many new features in this instalment that can seem pretty confusing and time-consuming at times. Of course, the broad world of this game can also make it your favourite Far Cry game if you like to put in the hours and play a videogame like it’s meant to be played.

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The Visuals of Far Cry games have always been ahead of their time, and that seems to be the case with this latest instalment as well. Far Cry 6 is the best looking Far Cry game so far, and its 3rd person cinematic cutscenes really elevate the awesome story. All the characters look very realistic, and the lip-syncing is on a completely different level.

Conclusionfar cry 6 screenshot

Far Cry 6 isn’t the perfect addition to the Far Cry franchise, but it is still pretty amazing and deserves all the praise that it gets. This game is way more in-depth compared to all the previous entries, and its characters are just breathtaking. I’d like to end my Far Cry 6 review by stating that you should go play this game as soon as possible!

Get The Most Out Of Red Dead Redemption 2’s Poker Scene

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We’ve reached a point at which Rockstar’s games are basically beyond reproach. And while we’ve pointed to GTA: SAN ANDREAS as the best of the bunch in a piece on the ‘5 Best Ever PlayStation Games’, the argument can be made at this point that RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 has set a new bar for the company. RDR2 is a universally beloved game that has earned one glowing review after another for years now. It will surely go down as one of the best video games of the last decade, and really of the 21st century so far. One specific reason for its acclaim is the sheer breadth of activity it provides. The Gamer wrote up a handy list of just how many things there are to do in RDR2, from hunting and fishing, to robbing banks, to trimming your beard or playing a guitar around a campfire. All of these things occur (or an occur at least) within the flow of the game, and provide an incredibly complete, “second-life” sort of immersion. Alongside the core activities though, RDR2 also thrives on side quests and mini-games. And among those mini-games, one that’s generated significant attention online is poker. RDR2 is not the first game into which Rockstar has injected a healthy dose of poker. But it may have the most extensive in-game poker scene we’ve seen, which is why we want to take some time to tell you how to get the most out of it if and when you dive into this marvel of a video game. Know Where to Play The first step toward enjoying the poker scene in RDR2 is, naturally, finding it. This won’t be too tricky at first, because there’s actually a mission in the game (“Who Is Not Without Sin”) that involves poker at the in-game location Flatneck Station. Once you’re through that mission, you’ll be able to play at Flatneck. Thereafter however, you can also find and participate in poker games at additional locations known as Blackwater, Tumbleweed, Valentine, and St. Denis. Know Your Terms RDR2’s poker games aren’t too complex, but you’ll still enjoy them more if you go in with an understanding of some basic terms. A glossary on poker terms by Poker.org makes it easy enough to review these until you know the language, so to speak — clearing you up on phrases like “small blind,” “big blind,” “flop,” “community cards,” and a few others you’ll encounter in RDR2 poker games. Rest assured, this is not an assignment for in-depth studying. But nailing down a handful of terms will make the games come more naturally. Know the Rules to Hold’em You’ll need to know the rules to Texas Hold’em as well, given that this is the variety of poker favored in RDR2. The good news is the basic rules are about as easy to learn as those simple terms! In Texas Hold’em, each player is dealt two cards. Then, three community cards are dealt (comprising the “flop”). Eventually fourth and then fifth community cards are added, and each player composes the best possible hand from his or her two personal cards and the ones everyone can use. In between these steps, players have the opportunity to place or match bets, or to “fold” and sit out until the next hand. Mind Your Cash This is just a quick point, but do remember as you get into the RDR2 poker scene that your cash counts! It’s not worth anything in the real world, to be clear. But within your RDR2 adventure, the money you play poker with is the same money you may depend on to make purchases for your character. So be mindful that your gains or losses have some impact on the rest of the game. Know Your Online Options Lastly, bear in mind that you can play poker with other gamers though RDR Online as well. You don’t have to, to be perfectly clear. The average table you sit at in RDR2 involves randomized games against AI characters. However, there is live competition through RDR Online. A write-up on Twinfinite.net explains that you have the option of joining a public game with strangers or setting up a private online game with opponents of your choosing. So really, you can make online poker through RDR2 whatever you like! We hope this guide will help you to get the most out of one of the most enjoyable mini-games we’ve seen in quite some time!  

Chess history hints and tips across the web

Chess has been around for a long time and as a result has in some quarters garnered a reputation for being a bit of a ‘crusty’ and old fashioned game. Nothing could be further from the truth! Chess has a rich history and with the right guidance and a few hints and tips, it can be a challenge for people of all skill levels and interesting too. In this brief article we have done a quick search across the web to find a few ‘off the beaten track’ articles that you might find interesting and helpful. See what you think. A Brief History of Chess Top 5 benefits of playing chess Top 5 Reasons Why Chess is Better Than Any Other Board Game Top 5 Best Chess Players A beginner’s guide to chess Top 5 Best Chess Openings What are gambits in chess? Tips to get better at chess How to play offensively in Chess?  

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review

The Game of the Year Award’s winner, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a third-person, RPG action-adventure. It follows in footsteps of the successful Souls series developed by FromSoftware. The Souls series has evolved over the course of many years and gained a massive fan-following and numerous awards. Sekiro, released in 2019, not only retains the original hallmark features of the Souls series, but it also provides a much better gameplay that you will truly come to appreciate as a videogame masterpiece. So, if you are a diehard fan of Demon’s Souls and the Dark Souls trilogy, you are going to be all hyped up after reading this Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice review.

GameplaySekiro: Shadow's Die Twice Gameplay

Where do I even begin?

Building on the same shinobi-action gameplay of its past series, this action-adventure game features an intricate combat system. The game mechanics are just as hard to master as the Dark Souls series but fairly enjoyable and rewarding for those that want to learn it. The gameplay is primarily focused on a fast-paced skillful combat system that requires concentration to the fullest. You will be punished for making the slightest mistakes, and may find yourself stuck on levels for hours. Unlike Dark Souls, Sekiro has a feature to resurrect yourself, giving you an edge in some fights that you are close to winning. However, it is more of a double-edged sword because if you die after resurrection, a sickness is spread throughout the world meaning you must be careful about choosing resurrection or death. Your character’s upgradable prosthetic arm acts as part gadget kit, part grappling hook and part weapon which proves useful in both combat and exploration of Sekiro’s mythical world. The game also introduces all-new stealth features that let you execute enemies in a split-second or escape dangerous situations. Your progress truly depends on your mastery of swordsmanship and understanding the many rhythms and patterns of bosses. There are also multiple paths for you to choose in Sekiro. As there is no fixed place for you to travel to advance the game’s progress, you will have to explore the world and the game will progress differently. You will cut down different kinds of enemies with your katana throughout your journey and end up with one out of the four beautiful endings. All in all, Sekiro’s new features blended with Dark Souls’ old features will provide you an exciting experience. There is an excellent learning curve if you are planning on mastering the game. You will come to truly appreciate the fluidity of the katana battles once you hone your skills to the fullest.

Story

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is set in the 16th century Sengoku period of Japan in the land of Ashina. We follow the story of a man named Wolf, who is a full-fledged assassin and the appointed bodyguard for a royal child named Kuro. The child is kidnapped by a warlord who wants to seize control of Ashina. Wolf loses one of his arms and gets it replaced by a prosthetic one. Then starts the journey of Sekiro ‘the one-armed wolf’ through ancient Japan in an effort to seek vengeance against his enemies and to rescue his lord. The story is pretty diverse, interesting, and straightforward. There are also a lot of mysteries left for the player to explore. There are not so many characters, but each one has an indulging story. Even the bosses have pretty insightful lore which is another nice aspect to it. You can learn more about Sekiro’s world by reading different item descriptions, talking to the NPCs, and hunting down artefacts

Visuals

The game’s visuals and overall aesthetic are just as superb as its combat and narrative story. Sekiro provides stunning visuals of 16th century Japan, beautifully portraying its traditional castles and temples, and detailed characters. You will often find yourself exploring Sekiro’s exceptional landscapes in rhythm with the music.

Conclusion

While I did mention a lot of stuff from Dark Souls Trilogy in this Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review, this is not to say that the game is not enjoyable for completely new players. In fact, it might be quite the opposite. The fresh new experience of Sekiro’s katana fights, interesting Japanese mythology lore, and the gorgeous visuals from Sengoku period make Sekiro a worthy game that is enjoyable for all kind of players, and it rightfully deserves the Game of the Year Award.

Persona 5 Review – A CLASSIC Role-Playing Game

Persona 5 is a role-playing video game that was released not too long ago in 2017. It is part of the popular Persona series which is further part of the larger Megami Tensei franchise. The franchise has been fairly successful to this date, having released a large number of well-received games and their spin-offs. Persona 5 has been so popular that it already has two spin-off series as well as manga and anime adaptations! SEGA owns the entire Persona 5 franchise. In this Persona 5 review, I will talk about why so many people consider this game to be the best role-playing game of all time.

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In Persona 5, you play as a high schooler. Your character’s lifestyle depends on whether it is currently day or night in the world. During the daytime, you can take part in different school activities that come with their own benefits, a number of part-time jobs and other leisure activities that you can pursue. All such activities help your character improve certain attributes that give you special buffs during battles. You can also develop friendships and all kind of relationships with other characters known as Confidants. It is very similar to the Similar Link feature in Persona 3 and Persona 4. You can interact with these characters in different ways to create better relationships with them and improve your social stats. The dimension, known as metaverse, has areas called Palaces. Palaces hold all kinds of negative and despicable thoughts and desires of all corrupted people. Throughout this alternate dimension, everything from the real world is in some way distorted. Just as the theme of Persona 5 is dungeon crawling, these areas have different kinds of monsters that you must defeat. During the night-time, you are part of a party called the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. The party consists of many interesting members. The purpose of this party is to steal treasures from each Palace. When a treasure is stolen, it has its real-world implication, such as the person confessing to his crime. Your party deals with very gruesome themes of everyone who has dark and wicked subconscious desires. There are also turn-based battles present in the game where you and your party take turns to inflict damage on the enemy. Each party member also has a ‘Persona’ of their own that refines their skills. You will find yourself analysing the weaknesses of all the different enemies throughout the fast-paced battles. Overall, the game feels very entertaining, given you always have some tasks to do. Each job you perform has an outcome that will leave a meaningful impact on the game.

Story and Characters

Being a role-playing game, of course, this Persona 5 review can never be complete without a mention of the plot itself. In this role-playing videogame, you take on the role of a male high school student nicknamed Joker. He gets expelled from his previous high school being charged with assaulting a woman and gets put on probation for a year. After this incident, he is sent off to the Shujin Academy in Tokyo. The main story revolves around a bunch of high-school students that utilize the manifestations of their psyche called Personas. Joker is the leader of a party formed by these high-school students that call themselves ‘Phantom Thieves.’ They change and influence the real world through the alternate dimension called Metaverse. In this alternate dimension, this party steals the corruption from the hearts of people in the hopes of reforming society. The plot is solid and fantastical. The story presents itself in a pretty straightforward way and progresses linearly in an orderly fashion.

Visuals

Persona 5 has gorgeous visuals. The whole game environment feels like a super polished anime. The game also has a really beautiful soundtrack that helps tie everything together to give you a special experience. You can clearly tell that the developers of this game have paid true attention to detail.

Conclusion

Persona 5 really lives up to the title of the best role-playing game ever made. Like I discussed in this Persona 5 review, the game features a unique life simulation consisting of two worlds. Throughout the game, you are developing your character in different ways and partaking in numerous activities that you have to prioritize. Persona 5 is compelling and entertaining, and completely worthy of the praise it has gotten.