Obscure: The Aftermath is a survival-horror game aimed at people that love Hollywood screamers. The story involves a rowdy fraternity party that unleashes mutants on a college campus, and the to-do list calls for hacking up those creatures with hockey sticks, chainsaws, and other fun killing implements. Sounds sweet, right? NOT! The action is weak and the graphics are butt-ugly.
Atmospherically, the game does what it needs to
World War II strategy games are a bit like pigeons: when the end of the world comes, they’ll still be trotting around, necks all puffed up, cooing in an attempt to get a leg up. That’s not to imply that Officers is some sort of spoof of World War II, or that it’ll mate with Company of Heroes and lay eggs - it just suffers from its own nature, as well as its position in a market saturated by similar games.
The Godfather meets XCOM? What could go wrong? Well, almost everything. Read on to find out why the only thing worth saying about Omerta: City of Gangsters is fuhgeddaboutit...
Where are you hiding it Order of War? Where’s that nugget of novelty, that pinch of personality that sets you apart from the rest of the Company of Blitzkrieg set?
It’s certainly not in your two nine-mission campaigns. They’re as predictable as they come – dreary slogging matches with almost no room for tactical experimentation.
We’re typing this while the Osmos soundtrack gently moans from our speakers - a relaxing ambient soundscape that makes us feel like we’re floating. In the game, we really are floating. We’re a spherical microbe, fighting for survival in a gloopy mess of other microbes. All we need to do to win is become the biggest.
Out of the Park Baseball 9, or OotPB 9 for short, is a comprehensive, astonishingly intricate sim. It’s just one that doesn’t have a friendly way in for new players.
Nostalgia is a dangerous thing. We remember Out of this Worlds beautifully animated alien vistas and a cinematic and narrative edge conjured up with nary a syllable of the written or spoken word.
What we dont remember, however, is the hours we must have spent as a 12-year-old screaming and shouting as the game forced us to replay the same bastard-hard cavern jumping sequences after a cruel one-shot kill from a lumbering monkey-man guard. Games just used to be harder, and we were used to
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Unless you live near a motorway, regularly break the law or are easily thrilled at low speeds, driving is, in reality, a bit dull.
Not only that, but skidding around corners doesn't work like it does in games like Outrun, where getting around bends takes nothing more than a flick of the wrist and a tap of the brakes before you can sit back and let entirely untrue physics carry you along safely. Coast 2 Coast offers as pure an arcade racer as you could imagine, remaining loyal to the series in
Overclocked! Yeah! Rip off your safety switch - this is gonna be crazy, like an upturned hat filled with jumping murder beans. Rip out your teeth, Grandma - this is gonna get mucky. In fact, Overclocked is as low-octane as point-and-clicks get, turning the engine off and freewheeling downhill toward Lake Atmospherically Placid. This is not an inherently bad thing, and if you can stomach the game’s faults, of which there are two