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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between August 23rd and August 29th.

Sunday, August 23

  • Parking Madness- Switch

Tuesday, August 25

  • Descenders- PS4
  • Gear.Club Unlimited 2: Track Edition- Switch
  • Giraffe and Annika- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Kandagawa Jet Girls- PS4
  • Madden NFL 21- PS4, Xbox One
  • No Straight Roads- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Over the Alps- Switch
  • Project Cars 3- PS4, Xbox One
  • Street Power Soccer- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Wednesday, August 26

  • Jenny Leclue: Detectivu- Switch
  • Jets ‘n’ Guns 2- Switch

Thursday, August 27

  • Alphaset by POWGI- Switch
  • Best Friend Forever- Switch
  • Deadly Days- Switch
  • Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered- PS4, Switch
  • Hypnospace Outlaw- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Moon- Switch
  • Newton’s Cradle Puzzle Game- Switch
  • Struggling- Switch
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator- Switch

Friday, August 28

  • #NoLimitFantasy, Super Puzzles Dream- Switch
  • Captain Tsubasa: Rise of the New Champions- PS4, Switch
  • Color Jumper- Switch
  • Death’s Hangover- Switch
  • Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride- Switch
  • Hexagroove: Tactical DJ- Xbox One
  • Jump Force: Deluxe Edition- Switch
  • Liege Dragon- Xbox One
  • Mighty Gunvolt Burst- PS4
  • Nexomon: Extinction- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Road to Guangdong- Xbox One, Switch
  • Serious Scramblers- Switch
  • Solitaire Klondike Minimal- Switch
  • Windbound- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Saturday, August 29

  • Collapsed- Switch

For the Grown-Ups

  • Tell Me Why: Chapter 1- Xbox One (Thursday, August 27th)
  • Wasteland 3- PS4, Xbox One (Friday, August 28th)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

My pick of the week has to go to the remaster of the Gamecube classic, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. I am excited to get this game and play with my friends online. Usually, not having a couch co-op option would annoy me, but in the age of social distancing, there wasn’t a chance that I would be able to get someone to come and play this game live in person. When the original came out, you needed a Gamecube, 3 Game Boy Advances, and 3 link cables in order to play with 4 people. Now, all you need is the power of the internet!

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between July 26th and August 1st.

Tuesday, July 28th

  • Ageless- Switch
  • Cubers: Arena- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Destroy All Humans!- PS4, Xbox One
  • Escape Game: Fort Boyard- PS4, Switch
  • Grounded- Xbox One
  • Megadimension Neptunia VII- Switch
  • Rugby Challenge 4- Switch
  • Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Skater XL- PS4, Xbox One
  • The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting DLC- PS4, Xbox One

Wednesday, July 29th

  • Lost Wing- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Nowhere Prophet- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • They Breathe- Switch

Thursday, July 30th

  • Buried Stars- PS4, Switch
  • Hellpoint- Xbox One
  • Kingdom Rush- Xbox One
  • Locomotion- Switch
  • Merchant of the Skies- Xbox One, Switch
  • Sentinels of Freedom- Switch
  • Spiral Memoria: The Summer I Meet Myself- Switch
  • The Touryst- Xbox One

Friday, July 31st

  • Castlestorm II- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Cat Quest + Cat Quest II: Pawsome Pack- PS4, Switch
  • Dodo Peak- Switch
  • Fairy Tail- PS4, Switch
  • FootGoal! Tiki Taka- Switch
  • Hamster Bob- Switch
  • Heroes of Hammerwatch: Ultimate Edition- Xbox One, Switch
  • Naught- Switch
  • Nicole- Switch
  • Paint Your Pet- Switch
  • Swim Out- Xbox One
  • Tiny Racer- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

As a fan of Honey I Shrunk the Kids, the 1989 comedy where Rick Moranis accidentally shrinks his children down to a minuscule size, I was very excited when this game was announced. Grounded is a first-person survival adventure game where your character has been shrunk down like the movie referenced earlier. You and your friends must defend against the creatures that live in the backyard, such as spiders, ants, and other bugs.

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This week Stephen and Amanda are here to talk about video games!

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CrossCode

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2

Topics

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Hyperscape

Next Price Gen Price Hike

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Crosscode is a twin-stick shooter RPG that is currently available on PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. You play as Lea in the VRMMO Crosscode. Your goal is to follow the path of the ancients, which is the format the in-game VRmmo uses for progression.  It has a skill tree based leveling system that goes very in-depth. Crosscode also has Zelda-like dungeons and complex puzzles. The story is also amazing and easy to follow. 

This is an amazing game with a couple of elements that make it frustrating at times. First, the combat system is fleshed out, with many ways of tackling every fight. You can use your melee weapon, your ranged weapon using a  twin-stick shooter style of aiming and moving, or you can be defensive with your shield. One challenge with the combat is the menu for communicating with your teammates to determine who to attack. There are three choices: attack my enemy, attack other enemies, or attack random enemies. If you have other enemies selected but there is only one enemy left, they don’t fight, at all. 

The second challenging component is the puzzles. Most puzzles use the Twin-stick ranged weapon. The challenge is that the puzzles are very precise, they have no margin for error. For example, with one challenging puzzle I had to shoot ice into a furnace to send steam down a path. The issue was I was one level higher than the ice and had to use a weird aiming system to hit it. Unfortunately, if I hit it slightly off, I had to reset the puzzle. Many times the solutions of the puzzles are not obvious. Once you figure the solution out, it still will take many tries. 

Can a kid play this game?

Yes and no, it greatly depends on the age and skill level of the player. The puzzles are hard without a guide and can get frustrating. The combat is also challenging at times. Luckily, Crosscode a  large number of assist features. You have three main options for the assists.

  • Puzzle speed: which changes how long things stay. For example: how long the platforms that are timing-based stay up, or how long until bombs explode
  • Damage taken: how much damage you take.
  • Enemy attack frequency: which changes how often enemies attack

You can change all of these on a percentage slider. I for one played with everything at 80% and still had trouble, though if you set everything to 20% it gets considerably easier.

Should a kid play this game?

Crosscode is rated T by the ESRB.

The rating summary is as follows:

This is an action role-playing game in which players assume the role of a fighter playing an MMORPG as she tries to regain her memory. From a ¾-overhead perspective, players traverse platforms, solve puzzles, and battle various enemies (e.g., rival players, robots, creatures). Characters use blaster-like weapons and melee attacks to defeat enemies; one-on-one fights and boss battles can be frenetic, with explosions and over-the-top special attacks. The word “sh*t” appears in the dialogue.

ESRB

Conclusion

All said and done Crosscode is a great game that thought is challenging makes for a fun time. The mechanics are fun to use. The puzzles are hard but fair. The game is very immersive and keeps you engaged the entire time. This is a great purchase if you like 2d Zelda games.


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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between July 19th and July 25th.

Tuesday, July 21st

  • Liquid Sunshine- Xbox One
  • Panzer Paladin- Switch
  • Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Wednesday, July 22nd

  • Aircraft Evolution- Xbox One
  • Creaks- Xbox One, Switch

Thursday, July 23rd

  • Super Toy Cars 2- PS4

Friday, July 24th

  • Mittelborg: City of Mages- Switch

Saturday, July 25th

  • Cubicity- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

Panzer Paladin looks just like an old NES action game. Jump in your mech and look for melee weapons to take down your enemy! If you do not have a Nintendo Switch, you can also play on Steam. Bash through 17 levels on your way to save the world!


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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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