REVIEW: Armikrog

Developed by: Pencil Test Studios
Publisher: Versus Evil
Available on: PC, OS X, Linux, PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One, Vita
Price: $9.99

Back in 1996, a little claymation adventure game by the name of The Neverhood captured a few hearts and became a cult classic among the point-and-click crowd. Although it eventually spawned a sequel in Skullmonkeys, leaving the realm of thought provoking adventure games behind and moving toward the more console friendly platformer may not have been what fans of the original were hoping for.

Recent plans to revive The Neverhood were met with roadblocks, but when the folks at Pencil Test Studios teamed back up with animator Doug TenNapel (Earthworm Jim, The Neverhood), it was like getting the band back together. Not only had they worked together on the cult classic adventure title, but began work on a brand new spiritual successor, dubbed Armikrog.

It’s unfortunate, however, that what came to be is one of the most joyless, forgettable adventure games I’ve experienced in a long while.

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Developer: Three One Zero
Publisher: 505 Games
Available on: Windows, PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One (releasing later)
Price: $19.99

After Adam Orth’s departure from Microsoft in 2013, he and his team at Three One Zero began working on a first-person adventure game called ADR1FT, which recently released on Windows and Playstation 4. Finding inspiration within his own life experiences, Orth wanted to create stories and characters that the player could relate with, despite the concept of space travel providing the low hanging fruit of a sci-fi narrative.

Going against the grain is a noble idea, but unfortunately these stories and characters get lost in the mix sometimes. However, despite this, ADR1FT’s stellar atmosphere, composition, and thrilling sense of space exploration make for a memorable and mostly enjoyable experience.

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Resident Evil VII: Biohazard Gets a New Trailer at Gamescom

Dubbed “Lantern,” the new found footage trailer for Resident Evil VII: Biohazard shows the horror series taking a drastic turn from its typical third-person horror/shooter roots.

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Capybara’s Below Delayed Indefinitely

Announced way back at E3 2013 during Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal event, Capybara Games’ pixely rogue-like Below has been seemingly stuck in delay hell ever since. Prior to today’s announcement, Below was scheduled to release at some point during the summer season, but now the game has been delayed indefinitely.

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Developer: Giant Squid
Publisher: 505 Games
Available on: PS4 (reviewed), PC
Price: $19.99

After offering memorable and spectacular experiences with the likes of Flower and Journey, art director Matt Nava decided to leave That Game Company and build a new development studio from the ground up. Giant Squid, as it came to be known, announced ABZU as their first game back in 2014. However, at first glance, the underwater adventure seemed a bit too familiar.

Now that we’ve had time to dive in (puns!), does ABZU have what it takes to shake the identity crisis?

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REVIEW: Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force

Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force
Developed by: Compile Heart
Publisher: Idea Factory
Available on: PlayStation 4 (reviewed)

Acting as more of an enhanced and expanded port of the original Fairy Fencer F on PlayStation 3, Compile Heart’s Advent Dark Force is a Japanese-style RPG whose entertainment lies mostly in its combat and leveling systems, rather than its initially vapid, slow-burn story, and somewhat grating cast of characters.

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