Tag Archive: 2016

In Extremis


Steam Page

In Extremis is a shmup in which you play through various genres of art and music in a rather literal sense. If that sounds weird, well, In Extremis is a very strange game. While this is an entirely competent shmup filled with secrets, unlockables, and multiple paths, its true strength lies in being a visual marvel and an auditory delight where each stage is radically different from any other.
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Shrouded in Sanity

Shrouded in Sanity


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Shrouded in Sanity is a horror-themed action RPG with some minor balance issues and a few too many dead ends, yet a satisfying combat system and a great sense of atmosphere supported by plenty of lore make this a surprisingly enjoyable experience. Even though this is a fairly short game, especially if you know where to go, a New Game+ mode, multiple endings, and a completely open map make Shrouded in Sanity highly replayable regardless of if you’re going for a speedrun or simply aiming for a new ending. The upcoming semi-sequel, Usurper, will almost certainly be the better game of the two, Shrouded in Sanity has more than enough going for it to stand on its own.
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Three Ghostly Roses

Three Ghostly Roses


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Edmund Brigham doesn’t know where he is, or even who he really is for that matter, but with an image of a rose burning in his mind he’s prepared to travel across a strange and hostile land to discover his purpose. Three Ghostly Roses is an indie RPG as ephemeral as its name, lasting only about three hours, but it’s an excellent story told exceptionally well. Though the central story is a rather serious one, it’s peppered with bits of humor and supported by a custom, evolving turn-based combat system where you’ll be dropkicking skeletons and uppercutting demons.

The full article will arrive on Thursday, August 24! Something pretty serious ended up happening recently. I’ll write the rest of this article once things settle down. Sunday, August 27 is the tentative release date for this article, but that might end up changing.

Ninja Smasher Title

First Impression: Ninja Smasher!


Steam Page

NOTE: The Ninja Smasher! segment in the above video begins at 1:03:27!

First Impression articles are based entirely upon the first roughly 30 minutes of gameplay and may not necessarily be indicative of the game as a whole. This includes the score at the end.

Even though simplicity is often a good thing, Ninja Smasher! feels a bit too simplistic for its own good. An otherwise satisfying combat system quickly wears thin in the face of bland level design and painfully low difficulty.
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First Impression: Blue Rider


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First Impression articles are based entirely upon the first roughly 30 minutes of gameplay and may not necessarily be indicative of the game as a whole. This includes the score at the end.

The first three levels of Blue Rider show potential while not being overly remarkable. You’ll be disappointed if you’re hoping to see much from Blue Rider which hasn’t been done before, but this is nevertheless a decent top-down shooter which fans of the genre might want to keep their eyes on.
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