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REVIEW: Grow Up

After the huge success of last year’s Grow Home, we now can enjoy the sequel to the botanical robot’s adventure! Bad is back with an even bigger new adventure. During his journey through space on a mission to collect as many plant species to bring back to his planet, Bad and his mother ship M.O.M. crash onto a moon in a hilarious chain of events and the ship is scattered all over the planet. It is up to us to find all of the scattered pieces in order to assemble them and continue building our cyber herbarium. To prevent Bad from falling into despair on a strange planet, a funny little satellite Pod comes to the rescue, who somehow managed to stay in the planet’s…

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REVIEW: Mother Russia Bleeds

Some game designers don’t get that it’s not enough to make a game with “pixel graphics” for it to be cool and retro. It simply doesn’t work that way. There are some games that have built their own cult on pixel looks, but those are giants like Hotline Miami, which is retro just by being made so. And therefore any improvement in graphics in sequels would lead to its downfall. If someone tells you that this graphical approach invokes nostalgia in players, we can immediately tell you that you’re being lied to. First, younger players were all babies when games looked like that. Second, older players will install old games if they’re eager for nostalgia, and after half an hour they will get back to…

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REVIEW: Redout

You may or may not remember the movie Hackers from the mid-‘90s. If you can’t remember the endlessly cheesy “Crash n Burn” jokes and other wacky nicknames that characters gave themselves, then what you certainly remember is top-notch electronic music and the famous underground club scene – the one where the main character competes against Angelina Jolie in a futuristic race using a cool contraption that afterwards all of us wanted to try out in our arcades, but never could. Still, we always remembered that game, ‘cause that was Wipeout. Many years have passed and a chance to see a new Wipeout is all but gone, but luckily smaller studios are working on similar games. Redout is just one such game. And what’s more fascinating…

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REVIEW: God Eater 2: Rage Burst

God Eater 2 is almost 3 years old now. The fans of the first game who don’t live in Japan or at least don’t speak Japanese well enough to enjoy a game in this language, have waited for quite a while in order to play an updated version of the second one – Rage Burst – in English. That day finally came and the game that originally only existed for portable consoles now has versions for PS4 and even Windows, beside the Vita version. While the fans of the series won’t need much persuasion to give Rage Burst a try, the rest who aren’t acquainted with this game, here is what you can expect from this renowned Japanese hack’n’slash. As soon as the game starts…

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REVIEW: Bioshock: The Collection

If you’re a video game publisher and have a good and (not so) old title whose only use nowadays is to sit pretty in your company’s hall among all of its accolades and rewards, we have great news for you! Welcome to the brave new world of remasters. In any case, we might say that the famed publisher 2k Games belatedly realized that they could capitalize on the fame of one of their most successful pieces of art. Of course, we’re talking about the Bioschock collection, one that was rumored about for some time. It contains all three games and is primarily aimed at consoles. Bioshock 1 and 2 and Bioshock Infinite, with hi-rez textures, more detailed model geometry, better animation, with resolution of 1080p…

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REVIEW: NBA 2K17

When a franchise is released on a patterned timeframe of (usually) one year, there’s always the question of how will it distinguish itself from its predecessors – in graphics, gameplay, or innovations and options that it brings. Some series have become known as milking cows for their publishers, but those games usually don’t HAVE to be released yearly. Ok, nothing is mandatory, but sill – some new Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed wouldn’t be hurt by a short break in their quest to spam the players with yearly titles. Now, how much can that be applied to sports simulations? We feel that chaos would ensue among the sport games’ fans if FIFA, PES, or NBA2K decided to take a year’s break. However, they can…

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REVIEW: Cossacks 3

The good old RTS formula from the olden days, reforged into something new – well, could be said a retro-remake edition. For the third time the Cossacks aren’t a sequel but a reissue of the original 2001 game. Cossacks is a real-time historical strategy game covering 17th and 18th century Europe’s history, development and wars, with main focus being the warfare. When starting the game the genre veterans will experience a nostalgia trip through time, back to when they played games like Age of Empires, Stronghold, and others; games that had them spend many sleepless nights defending, building and developing their empires through grand defeats and even grander victories. Cossacks 3 attempts to bring back those kinds of experiences and doesn’t deviate much from the…

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REVIEW: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

We’ve all been waiting for the fourth sequel of what is rightfully considered one of the best, if not THE best PC games of all time. How to reach the level of DeusEx is a question that Edios from Montreal yet again failed to answer perfectly. Let’s start with the premise: The year is 2029, two years after the incident that happened at the end of the previous sequel, the so-called “Aug incident” at the international conference when Hugh Darrow sent a signal that took over the cerebral chips of augmented humans and made them kill “normal” people. The consequences of this event were drastic: 90% of augmented humans were killed by the police, millions died at the mechanical hands of their friends and neighbors,…

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REVIEW: World of Warcraft: Legion

The clock tower strikes 3. It is deep in the night, yet no one’s sleeping. All of Stormwind is on its feet. Women, children, the elderly, soldiers leaving their barracks in a row and marching toward the harbor. The kids peek cautiously behind their mothers’ skirts asking who are these men in metal armor? I am among them. Our mission is simple but deadly. To strike the very heart of the beast, the Broken Shore. To stop that accursed warlock in his intent to unleash Sargeras upon us. We thought it was all over on Draenor, at the Dark Portal. That we’ve rid ourselves of Gul’dan and his schemes once and for all. But Azeroth is apparently doomed to eternal war. Peace never lasts long.…

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REVIEW: Steelseries Rival 700

Steelseries has established itself very well in the gaming arena with the Rival optical mouse so they decided to expand the selection. Now there is the more budget friendly Rival 100, the Rival 300 that is actually the old Rival mouse, and now we got our hands on the flagship product – the Rival 700. Rival 700 Just looking at the box itself you get the impression that this is a luxury model. Their boxes are usually more oriented to functionality than the visuals but here the situation is different – everything is top notch, even to the extent that it opens in a special way. Opening the box I found myself completely baffled – the mouse has no cord? Now I know nobody told…

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