Rise Of The Triad: Ludicrous Edition (Xbox) Review by DJ MetalWolf

Originally conceived as a follow-up to Wolfenstein 3D entitled ‘Wolfenstein 3D Part 2: Rise Of The Triad’, Rise Of The Triad was originally released in 1995 by legendary developers Apogee Entertainment and became a cult classic amongst gamers and FPS fans. Now, Nightdive Studios and New Blood Interactive, the later being the minds behind the FPS hits ‘Dusk’ and ‘Amid Evil’, have teamed up with Apogee to remaster the game and bring us Rise Of The Triad: Ludicrous Edition, along with bringing it to consoles for the first time. Does this game live up to its boast of ‘Really Cool Explosions’ or should it have stayed a cult hit? Let’s get psyched and find out!

PO'ed: Definitive Edition Review - by DJ MetalWolf

“What the hell am I looking at?!” These were, no joke, the first words in my head and the first words out of my sister’s mouth when I first booted up PO’ed: Definitive Edition. Of all the games I’ve played, this one really tops the list of weirdest games I’ve played.

Hypercharge: Unboxed (Xbox) Review - by DJ MetalWolf

Digital Cybercherries is small development team who clearly had a vision for their product. Unfortunately, outside of its premise, Hypercharge: Unboxed really doesn’t do anything to make it stand out from the crowd.

Cozy Caravan Review - by Daxel

You’re the proud new purveyor of fresh creations on the local market scene with your fixed up Caravan in 5 Lives Studios’ new Early Access release, Cozy Caravan. This is a single player “cozy” casual indie game in which you explore, gather, complete little fetch quests, and other easy-going activities in an attempt to raise your “Happiness” level and upgrade your caravan and cooking abilities while interacting with the local fauna (your townmates!) The game is currently in Early Access with a roadmap to add more throughout the year and plenty of communication through their social channels. I got to spend a few hours with the lovely townsfolk of this world, so here are my thoughts as the game currently stands!

Moss Review - by Leon Sarambi

When the Quest Premiered back in 2019, Moss was one of the original games available upon release date. It came out to rave reviews for the time and one of the must haves for the sadly short lived console. So while it is an older game, it's still available on Steam, Oculus Store, Pico Store and Playstation VR 1 & 2.

Jet Force Gemini RETRO Review - by DJ MetalWolf

Coming off the classic titles 'Goldeneye 007', 'Diddy Kong Racing', and 'Banjo-Kazooie', you'd think Rareware had nowhere to go but up right? I mean they were delivering some classic titles so we had no point of worrying, right? Enter the year 1999 and the disappointment that was the sci-fi shooter 'Jet Force Gemini'. Would you like to know more about why this game is a disappointment? Well, join The Mobile Infantry and strap in, cause this is: JET FORCE GEMINI!

Little Kitty, Big City Review by DJ MetalWolf

Ever wanted to experience life as a cat that doesn’t involve VR? Well, ‘Little Kitty, Big City’ from developer Double Dagger Studio has got you covered with this charming, yet brief, game.

The main objective is as simple as it can be: You’re a cat and you need to get home. Not gonna win any Oscars for a deep narrative, but it gets the job done. There are some animal characters you can interact with, like a duck, a crow who you can give shines (which you can find scattered everywhere or by putting cans in recycling bins) to for hats, a tanuki, a gecko, and other cats, though these mostly just boil down to small little side-quests you can do. The tanuki is an interesting character as, once you talk to him, you’ll unlock a special fast-travel system. In exchange for feathers, which you get from pouncing birds, you can use the fast-travel to go from place to place. I will admit, I didn’t really use this system outside of the quest line as the map is pretty small and easy to navigate. I did find the camera to be just a bit of a pain to use, especially when navigating the tight spaces when climbing up to reach the cat’s home. The controls also felt just a bit slippery and finicky at times, especially when it came to jumping as sometimes it felt like I knew I could reach an area, but the cat would randomly jump off and not let me land properly.

Trepang2 Review by DJ MetalWolf

Fans of the gameplay of the F.E.A.R franchise have been eating well lately, with games like Severed Steel and Ultrakill taking heavy inspiration from the iconic game. Now, a new contender enters the arena in the form of Trepang2 (no, there is no Trepang1) and it’s a well-made disappointment.

If you’re looking for a good story to keep you engaged, then prepare to be disappointed: Trepang2 story is, virtually, non-existent. Playing as Subject 106, you are rescued from a facility by a team calling themselves TaskForce 27 and you team up with them to take down the Horizon Corporation. While there are some hints at something bigger going on and a twist that I was able to call early on, I feel the story is this game’s weakest aspect as I never really felt engaged in anything that was going on. By the time the twist did happen, I was ready for the story to be over, which surprisingly came very quickly as, if you don’t do any of the six side missions, the game is over in less than four hours as there are only five main and short missions to complete and this was even playing on the standard difficulty. Again, there are hints to something bigger going on in Trepang2, like a moment in the second mission and one near the end that I won’t spoil, but those really don’t amount to anything substantial.

Unicorn Overlord Review by Brandon Billingsley

Unicorn Overlord is a tactical rpg developed by Vanillaware and released on March 8th, 2024. Those familiar with Vanillaware's work might remember Dragon’s Crown (2013) for PlayStaion 3/Vita and/or 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (2019) for PlayStation 4, both of which also featured sidescrolling and strategy elements. If you haven’t heard of them, don’t worry. Neither did I until doing research for this review. 

Oh Deer - Gaming Furever Review

As a fan of deer, you may think I am biased towards them. However, I’d argue there’s no one better than a deer to judge the quality of cervine-based games. With that said, a new trendy game released on March 15, 2024 called Oh Deer, and oh boy is it a trip. The game consists of (up to) four player-controlled deer trying to survive being hunted by one player-controlled hunter. Every round, the hunter is randomly selected from the group of players at the beginning of the round and the cycle continues over and over until you end the session. During the round, the deer try to blend in with other NPC deer that are ambling around the level by moving like them and faking eating grass. However, the deer players have a hunger meter that they must keep above empty by eating mushrooms that are scattered around the map, or their stomach will start growling -very- loudly, and the hunter can be tipped off to their location. On the flip side, the hunter has a Sanity meter that, if it reaches zero, the day becomes night and ALL of the deer players become deadly wendigos that then attempt to attack and kill the hunter before they reach a randomly selected cabin around the map for safety. The hunter loses sanity over time, and a chunk if they shoot a deer that isn’t a player. They also gain sanity if they do successfully take out a player deer, and they win if they kill them all.