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Batterystaple Games, the developers behind the Mega Man X inspired 20XX, have a new game on the horizon. 30XX is poised to take the series to new heights on PC and consoles in 2021. It will make its first appears at PAX East 2020.

30XX builds on the foundation laid by 20XX with new features that include a new art style, new game mechanics, and new combat options for both Nina and Ace.

The “hi-bit” art style is from Glauber Kotaki who was responsible for the gorgeous art in Rogue Legacy and Chasm. These are games that evoke the look and feel of 16-bit era without the limitations on color and detail.

30XX will also include new gameplay mechanics to help keep things interesting. “Memoria” is an in game currency that you collect during your runs. You can spend it on skill boosts, to get a glimpse at the challenges coming later in the stage, or to alter the stage itself! This sounds like a great way to reward players for making multiple runs and could help players recover from a bad start to keep a run going longer.

Nina and Ace are back for more adventure, but this time they will have separate move sets to make the experience of playing as each character distinct. Nina also has a new “power fusion” system that lets her combine the different powers she gets from beating level guardians. Ace will, instead, have a set of “techniques” that he can use to build interesting combos that will help him deal more damage and explore the different stages.

2021 is pretty far away, but I think it will be worth the wait!

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Written by Mike Melkonian of CardboardConsole.com

Concrete Genie is currently available for PlayStation 4 and is playable on PSVR.

In a gaming landscape filled with epic AAA blockbusters, it’s refreshing to see a smaller, experimental game come out of Sony’s Worldwide Studios. Players take on the role of Ash, a young artist living in the now deserted town of Denska, and must use the power of his imagination, as well as a magic paint brush, to restore his hometown to its former glory.

Developed by the small team at PixelOpus, Concrete Genie follows in the tradition of games like Flower and Journey to create a unique and artistic experience that, while not challenging in the way a satisfying game typically should be, provides the player with a solid six hours of eye candy, therapeutic play, and deeply thematic moments of self reflection.

Gameplay

Concrete Genie combines elements from various genres to create a one of a kind single player campaign, but is at its core an environmental puzzle game. Players must paint “genies” (which can be customized to the players liking) on the walls of Denska, and use their unique properties to progress past various obstacles (for example, fire genies can burn down wooden crates blocking Ash’s way, electric genies can power generators needed to operate machines, etc).

There is also quite a bit of platforming in the game, and the animations of Ash scaling the various walls and environments of Denska look strikingly similar to Nathan Drake’s animations in the Uncharted series, to the point where I think PixelOpus is intentionally trolling their fellow Sony studio, Naughty Dog. The game also provides quite the scavenger hunt for all of the missing pages in Ash’s sketch book, and this collectathon will keep players engaged long after the main story is over.

Critiques

Even though this is a game aimed a younger audience, the developers could have provided a *little* more challenge. Players who have ANY experience with games will find Concrete Genie a breeze to get through, and while I understand this may have been an intentional choice, some more difficult side/optional content would have been appreciated.

Is it okay for kids? Absolutely! I think anyone between the ages of 6 and 12 will likely enjoy this game, and I strongly suggest that people play Concrete Genie as a family activity. There are so many themes for a kid to relate to, including some relatively heavy subject matters such as divorce and parental fighting, that it may be helpful for parents to play along and explain the meaning of certain interactions to their kids when it’s needed.

Conclusion

While the simplistic gameplay holds it back a bit, there is no denying the sheer amount of heart that went into crafting this product. It is a truly beautiful game, and at an affordable price, I would say Concrete Genie is a must buy for any PS4 owners with kids, and even those without.



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By: James Pisano

If you remember Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal”, then you had a fantastic childhood.  If you also played Final Fantasy Tactics, or are a fan of the Final Fantasy universe, then your childhood was even better.  If one or both of those statements applies to you, then I have AMAZING news for you!

On the same day that Netflix is releasing “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” prequel TV series, they’re dropping “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics”.  Yep. It’s a Dark Crystal turn-based tactics game, borne out of a partnership between Nintendo, Netflix, and Bonus XP (The developer behind the Stranger Things games).  You’ll be controlling squads of soldiers from the Dark Crystal universe, on a grid based map, and fight using a combination of swords and sorcery. The aesthetic, while simplistic, looks stylized and appropriate for the game.  The animations also look a bit simple, but this was never going to be a graphics powerhouse. If it delivers a sound strategy game, dripping with personality from the world of The Dark Crystal, I think we will all be very happy.

Now, they’ve planted a flag in the ground by putting the word “Tactics” on the end of a game.  That’s definitely a statement, and one that has not gone well for some other games. However, I have faith that they’re going to nail this.  By the short trailer we’ve seen, and my gut instinct, I’m declaring this one a winner, sight unseen. Will I be right? Time will tell.

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Xbox Game Studios announced during their E3 2019 media briefing that they had added the whimsical and downright weird Double Fine Studios under the Xbox Game Studios banner. They capped that announcement off with a gameplay trailer for the long awaited Psychonauts 2, which has big shoes to fill from its ancestor.

The original Psychonauts was a PS2 era cult classic which turned the story and game design of Banjoo-Kazooie, Super Mario 64, and Donkey Kong 64 on their head. With the retro homages to these games making their debut now with Yooka-Laylee and A Hat in Time, the market is primed for this one.

They didn’t give us a release date as part of the announcement, but we look forward to more information from this off beat, but family friendly title.

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Playtonic Games got out ahead of the insanity that is E3 2019 and revealed their next game on Friday June 7th. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is coming to Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One and it looks to be a delight.

Playtonic’s first game, Yooka-Laylee, struggled to reach expectations. They launched on Kickstarter and it set the world on fire, but that came with high expectations. People wanted Yooka-Laylee to be the second coming of Banjo-Kazooie. That just didn’t happen. One of the biggest complaints about the original game was about the camera. Some players even reported getting motion sick.

Faulty camera issues can doom a 3D platformer so it makes sense that Playtonic would abandon that path in the sequel. Impossible Lair is a “2D-Platforming-Adventure-Hybrid” that combines 2.5D platforming with gameplay segments that are top-down and have a heavy puzzle focus.

The trailer is embedded below. Take a look and let us know in the comments if this looks like a game you would want to play!

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that will be released between April 14th and April 20th.

Tuesday, April 16th


Eternity: The Last Unicorn- Xbox One
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster- Xbox One, Switch
My Time at Portia- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Path to Mnemosyne- Switch
Tanks Meet Zombies- Switch
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions
World of Warships Legends: Premium Edition- Xbox One

Wednesday, April 17th


Revenant Saga- Xbox One
Snooker 19- Xbox One
Truberbrook- Xbox One, Switch

Thursday, April 18th


Cafeteria Nipponica- Switch
Cuphead- Switch
Dawn of Survivors- Switch
DayD: Through Time- Switch
SlabWell: The Quest for Kaktun’s Alpaca- Switch
Sudoku Relax
The Knight and the Dragon- Switch
The Padre- Switch

Friday, April 19th


Active Soccer 2019- Switch
Moto Rush GT- Switch

For the Grownups


Wasteland 2 (Tuesday, April 16th)- Switch
World War Z (Tuesday, April 16th)- PS4, Xbox One, PC
Katana Zero (Thursday, April 18th)- Switch

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Here are all of the video game releases rated E-T that are releasing between March 17th and March 23rd.

Monday, March 18th


Turok- Switch

Tuesday, March 19th


American Ninja Warrior: Champion- Switch
Fate/Extella Link- PS4, Switch
SNK 40th Anniversery Collection- PS4, Switch
Symmetry- Switch

Wednesday, March 20th


Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy- PS4, Switch
Super Kickers League- Switch

Thursday, March 21st


Azura Saga: Pathfinder Deluxe Edition- Switch
Block-a-Pix Deluxe- Switch
Grand Prix Story- Switch
Reptilian Rebellion- Switch
Rogue Bit- Switch
StarDrone- Switch
Super Phantom Cat- Switch
Witch & Hero- Switch

Friday, March 22nd


Peasant Knight- Switch
Sushi Time!- Switch
Unravel 2- Switch

For the Grownups


Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice- PS4, Xbox One, PC (Friday, March 22nd)


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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T that are releasing between March 3rd and March 9th.

Monday, March 4th


Black Desert-Xbone

Tuesday, March 5th


Bard’s Golds- Switch
Darkest Hunters- Switch
My Little Riding Champion- Switch
Pillar- Switch
R.B.I. Baseball 19- PS4, Xbone, Switch
The Occupation- PS4, Xbone
Unknown Fate- Switch

Wednesday, March 8th


Elevator to the Moon: Turbo Champion Edition- Switch

Thursday, March 7th


Braveland Trilogy- Switch
Ghoulboy- Switch
Valley- Switch

Friday, March 8th


Assualt Android Cactus+- Switch
Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn- 3DS
Monument Builders Rushmore- Switch
Paperbound Brawlers- Switch

For the Grown Ups


Devil May Cry 5- PS4, Xbone, PC (Friday, March 8th)


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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are being released between February 24th and March 2nd.

Tuesday, February 26th


8-Bit Hordes- PS4
8-Bit Invaders- PS4
Anno 1800- PC
Child of Light Ultimate Edition + Valiant Hearts: The Great War- Switch
DIRT Rally 2.0- PS4, Xbone, PC
Fractured Minds- Switch
RPG Maker MV- PS4, Xbone, Switch
RemiLore: Lost Girl in the Lands of Lore- Switch
Skyhill- Switch
Stellaris: Console Edition- PS4, Xbone
The LEGO Movie 2 Video Game- PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch
The Lost Light of Sisu- PC, Switch
Trials Rising Standard Edition- Switch
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles- Xbone

Thursday, February 28th


Ape Out- PC, Switch
Battloon- Switch
Constructor Plus- Switch
Crash Dummy- Switch
Deltarune: Chapter 1- Switch
My Girlfriend is a Mermaid- Switch
V.O.I.D.- Switch

Friday, March 1st


Awesome Pea- Switch
Creepy Road- Switch
Klondike Solitaire- Switch
Pirates Pinball- Switch
Shred! 2: Freeride Mountainbiking- Switch
Tardy- Switch
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove!- PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch
Treasure Stack- Switch
Riddled Corpses EX- Switch
Swords and Soldiers II: Shwarmageddon- Switch

For the Grownups


Nier Automata: Game of the Yorha Edition- PS4 (Tuesday, February 26th)
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes DLC #1- Switch (Thursday, February 28th)
Dead or Alive 6- PS4, Xbone, PC (Friday, March 1st)


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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that being released between February 17th and February 23rd.

Monday, February 18th


Trine 2: Complete Story- Switch

Tuesday, February 19th


BlazeRush- Switch

Wednesday, February 20th


I Wanna Fly- Switch

Thursday, February 21st


Almost There: The Platformer- Switch
Devil Engine- Switch
Gigantic Army- Switch
Hell Warders- Switch
Q.U.B.E 2- Switch
Raining Coins- Switch
Rotating Brave- Switch
The Journey Down Trilogy- Switch
Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight- Switch
X-Morph Defense- Switch
Yumenikki: Dream Diary- Switch

Friday, February 22nd


Anthem- PS4, Xbone, PC
Dirt Rally 2.0: Deluxe Edition- PS4, Xbone, PC
Quest for the Golden Duck- Switch
Tyr: Chains of Valhalla- Switch
UnExplored: Unlocked Edition- Xbone

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