Outland (3)

Outland which was released on XBLA and PSN a few years ago is finally making the trip to the PC. The game combines metroidvania style gameplay with bullet hell shooter reflexes to create a game that starts out great, but runs out of steam before crossing the finish line.

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ProfessorLaytonPhoenixTecnocola

Crossover events are a rare sight in the Game Industry and usually come up in fighting or sports games where narrative takes a back seat towards watching different IPs duke it out — case in point the Smash Brothers series. But Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is the first time if I remember right where two narrative based series have been combined into one.

While it may not win new fans, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright does pull some interesting things out of the old top hat and is greater than the sun of its parts.

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Planetary Anniliation (3)

Planetary Annihilation was my second kickstarter project I donated to and something that I’ve wanted for a long time: A return to macro heavy RTS gameplay. Uber Entertainment who created the Monday Night Combat series was also made up of former team members who worked on the epically named titles Supreme Commander and Total Annihilation.

After a very successful kickstarter with all stretch goals met, Planetary Annihilation is about ready to be unleashed and it’s time to see if the game has met its lofty goals.

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Killer is Dead (2)

Suda 51 has had a real reverse winning streak when it comes to his titles. After creating the niche hit of Killer 7 and the somewhat well received No More Heroes, he has not had much luck with games like Lollipop Chainsaw, Shadows of the Damned and even the second No More Heroes.

The problem that stems from his titles are all about style over substance and sadly Killer is Dead falls into the same trap.

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