Videogames highlights - July 2015

November 25, 2015 · Filed Under In Depth, Videogaming 
This entry is part of the series Videogames Highlights

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearancesTechnology progress is relentless but requires time, just like the new DirectX 12 libraries already hailed by someone like a revolution a few years before their times; success, then, is never guaranteed as shown by Ouya, the micro-console that wanted to rule over the world's living rooms and it ended up like the silly flop I was expecting since day one. In the end, when change comes for real, the PC as a gaming machine isn't dead anymore and remotely-censored digital delivery services have trapped us all. Forever. I liked the MS-DOS better.

CONSORTIUM: The Tower Prophecy

CONSORTIUM: The Tower Prophecy

A sequel to an ambitious FPS-RPG which had to deal with a fair amount of bugs, CONSORTIUM: The Tower Prophecy is designed to offer the same kind of sandbox-style gaming experience of much more celebrated series in a more limited scenery: inside a high building of a future London there are hostages to save, and it will be up to the player to choose the best way - or the funnier one - to reach the goal. The bugs of the first CONSORTIUM shouldn't ruin the experience, this time, even though the technology foundation is the same. To be released on future Windows PCs.

Fallout 4

Fallout 4

The post-apocalyptic Boston in which the events of Fallout 4 are set is full of dangers, filthy places to explore, more or less human, more or less monstrous foes to kill. The amount and variety of weapons available to the player offer all that's needed to face the post-atomic challenge in the best possible way, including a renewed Power Armor that can be now repaired and upgraded throughout the game. Fallout 4 is available on PC Windows, PS4 and Xbox One since November 10, and unfortunately I will not be able to play it without a significant hardware upgrade.

Odallus: The Dark Call

Odallus: The Dark Call

Created by the Brazilian studio JoyMasher, Odallus: The Dark Call is another rehash of the platformer-RPG standard of the Eighties as the developers from 2015 picture it with a limited color palette, giant pixels, a decent difficulty level ("modern games are too easy!", say the sage) and secret areas to discover. A peculiar trait of Odallus, which is indeed rather difficult to find in games from two decades ago, is an overall leaning towards dark tones that leave little room for the amusing humour of any Ghosts'n Goblins whatsoever. Odallus: The Dark Call is available since July as digital download on PC Windows.

Satellite Reign

Satellite Reign

Initially expected for 2014, Syndicate's spiritual heir is now finally ready to bring the player back to the streets of a futuristic city where the extra-saturated neon electronic billboards are the least dangerous thing for citizens' health. Satellite Reign offers the same formula of tactical shooter with RPG elements in an isometric dimension that should work, with a proper 3D-graphics upgrade, as well as the glorious bitmap sprites of 1994. Available since August on PC Windows, Linux and Mac.

Transformers: Devastation

Transformers: Devastation

Unlike the most recent games featuring the giant robots that turn into toy cars, Transformers: Devastation dismisses any modernization attempt for the aforementioned robots and gives the player the chance to beat the hell out of the usual Decepticons with a living comic of five different Autobots - Optimus Prime included, of course. The new effort by Platinum Games (Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising) includes a customizable combat system with infinite combos, transformation attacks, counterattacks and so on, while the playable character can be switched during specific moments of the game. Transformers: Devastation is available since October on PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/One consoles and PC Windows.

Victor Vran

Victor Vran

Does the world really need a new dark fantasy-themed action-RPG? Of course it does: the world always needs a new dark fantasy-themed action-PRG, and Victor Vran is here to follow the deeds of the demon hunter with the same name in a world where science and magic coexist. Belonging to no specific classes, the hero can be customized by using different types of weapons, objects and demon powers. And he seemingly can jump as well. Victor Vran is available since July as digital download on PCs with Windows, Linux and OS X.

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