XENON VALKYRIE Review! PS Vita goodness on the go!

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Xenon Valkyrie tasks you with the challenge of stopping an evil witch who has horrible plans for the good people, aliens, and robots of your future land. In order to do so, you’ve got to take control of one of three valiant warriors: Renna, who has the power of a rechargeable shield, Nue, a high-jumping space reptile, or Eloen, a bomb-toting robo-vixen.

Overall, Xenon Valkyrie is a sure-win for both rogue-lite action lovers and run-and-gun platform aficionados. The plot is well-represented through the text and world, and comes in intriguing bites and nibbles, and the gameplay is solid with unique weapons and attractive graphics.

Check out pros, cons, and awesome screenshots at my full review on KeenGamer.com!

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SOULBLIGHT Preview! (Steam)

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Soulblight is developer My Next Games upcoming top-down fantasy sci-fi rogue-lite, and your next obsession! With unique skills like Gluttony, Cannibalism, and Cowardice, you’ll be able to craft your dungeon-crawling hero or villain to your liking. Add a unique combat mechanic and gorgeous hand-drawn graphics to the mix, and you’ve got a title dying to be on your wishlist!

We’re excited for Soulblight to hit Steam, as the unique atmosphere, combat, and Taint systems of the game earn the title a deserving spot in rogue-lite lover’s digital libraries. Hopefully developer My Next Games will perfect the minor tweaks needed in combat speed and camera zoom that will catapult the title from great to absolute must-have. Since they seem intent on perfecting the package prior to launch, hence the TBD release date, we can expect that these improvements are exactly what the team is working on, In other words, save your pennies, and make sure your Steam wallet is ready and able to snag this fun die-fest as soon as it launches–you’ll love each killing blow.

Check out my in-depth preview, with more screenshots at KeenGamer.com!

de Blob Review (PS4)!

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de Blob, the colorful platformer of revolution and a color-splattering ball named Blob, is back! Originally released to great acclaim late in the Wii’s life cycle, THQNordic has brought this family-friendly romp to this generation of consoles with updated textures and upscaled custcenes. Grab your controller, and get ready to fight the grey, boring man with a bevvy of graffiti talents!

Just as it was during it’s initial release, de Blob features charming cartoon-esque city-scapes and cute Rabbids-ish characters (minus the unnerving Rabbid faces), in addition to family-friendly gameplay and challenges that are sure to be right for young kids and veteran arcaders alike. The Jet Set Radio wall-clinging gameplay and funky design is wrapped around a 1984 non-conformist rebellion tale, and offers a lot more than most kid-friendly action titles. Combine all of these features, throw in fun multiplayer, and you’ve got a title that deserves the remaster (and maybe even a part 3?)

Check out my full review with more details and rockin’ screenshots at KeenGamer.Com!

CULDCEPT REVOLT Review! Such 3DS, Much Wow!

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Do you love video games, Monopoly, and Magic the Gathering? So do we, and that’s why it’s so gratifying to play Culdcept Revolt, Nippon Ichi Software America’s new western localization of the most recent title in the card-game series. With tons of content, unlockables, and online multiplayer, Culdcept Revolt is the time-killer you want for your 3DS or 2DS system, hands down!

Despite some minor UI gripes, this game is an addicting time-sink. Check out the details, as well as screenshots in my full review at KeenGamer.com!

BLUE REFLECTION Review! (PS4/Steam)

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Blue Reflection is developer GUST’s final entry into their “Beautiful Girls Festival” trilogy, and it deserves the title whole-heartedly! With gorgeous visuals, strategic turn-based combat, and an emotionally resonant story, this release from publisher Tecmo Koei deserves a spot on everyone JRPG lover’s shelf. Grab your controller, your box of cry-tissues, and brace yourself to defeat the invading Sephiroths, and dance again!

Check out my full review of this unique and awesome RPG at KeenGamer.com!

 

YS VIII: LACRIMOSA OF DANA Review!

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA marks Falcom’s triumphant JRPG return to the world of Ys! Follow fan-fave Adol through a mysterious island littered with monsters, loot, and a mystery involving a beautiful maiden that invades his dreams. Grab your rusty sword, don your armor, and dive headlong into fast-action and exploration-heavy adventure!

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is both the eighth title in the main Ys series, and developer Nihon Falcom‘s first numbered title in the series in eight years. Featuring smooth action combat, collectibles, crafting, and an adventurous story, fans and newcomers have plenty of reasons to give Ys‘s freshman entry on the PS4a try, especially if you’ve finished Tales of Berseria, and need another action JRPG fix.

Falcom has a real winner here, so check out my full review for more details and screenshots at KeenGamer.com!

HYPER BEAM Review! iOS/iPhone

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Do you miss the arcade games of old, where twitch reflexes and split-second decisions meant life or death, high-score or nothing? Then grab your iPhone, boot up the AppStore, and head straight to Rinikulous Games’ new space shooter HYPER BEAM. Let your thumbs do the talking as you negotiate with enemies via a death laser, also known as the mighty Hyper Beam!

If you like attractive minimalist design, space, and bullet-hell action with inventive touch controls, you’d be well-served to give HYPER BEAM a try. You won’t survive long, but what a life it will be!

Check out my full review with more info and screenshots at KeenGamer.com! Also check out my review of Rinikulous Games’ last excellent mobile game, Lonely Sun!

CLADUN RETURNS: THIS IS SENGOKU! Review!

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The classic dungeon series is back with Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! With a new Nobunaga-era backstory and more dungeons than you can shake a pixel at, NIS’s brilliant bite-sized RPG is bigger, funnier, and more loot-filled than ever! Grab your controller, laptop, or Vita, and dive into this retro-themed masterpiece that’s sure to take years of your life (and you’ll love it!)

It comes down to this: Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! is a treasure trove of time-killing pleasures, the kind of game where boredom has to be sought to be found. Between dungeon crawling, loadout tweaking, magic circle and fortress-fortifying, drawing, and composing, there’re just too many play options to detail. The dungeons look good, play great, and will have you coming back for more.

Check out my full review with more info and screenshots at KeenGamer.com!

OPERATION ABYSS: NEW TOKYO LEGACY Review!

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Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is an excellent dungeon romp through a near-future sci-fi Tokyo.Finish that high-school class quick, so you can gear up and dive headlong into a quest for missing students that’ll lead you into fierce battle against bizarre enemies. Best of all, this dungeon-crawler won’t make you crunch more numbers than math class! (Unless you’re into that.)

For those unfamiliar with Wizardry games, especially their later Japanese-spawned entries, suffice it to say that they consist of first-person dungeon wandering through grid’ed environs, where players control a party of characters in turn-based combat and have a metric ton of stats, gear, and spells to play with. Operation Abyss contains all of those traits, but trades the more common sword and sorcery theme for a near-modern future filled with high-tech laboratories and medical facilities hidden beneath local high schools.

Where Wizardry games, and their recent ilk such as Stranger of Sword City, often lose people is in the complexity of their numbers’ systems. Players need to be aware of no less than two dozen stats and traits to fully utilize their party, and often the mere act of equipping a new sword can take minutes. The fun comes from eventually fine-tuning your crew into the ultimate monster-slaying heroes, but it can come at the price of playability. Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy skips this terrifying time-sink by using story progression as a way to spread out the introduction of new stats and systems. Certainly this is nothing new to the gaming world, but being able to plunk your way through a few dungeons before having to worry about crafting is a nice change of pace, and makes learning the complexities of the game engine a gradual pleasure, rather than a brick wall on the highway.

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is both fun and approachable, like the best guest at a party. It doesn’t bore you with convoluted ways to make your guacamole taste better, but you know it could if you asked for it. It’s as complicated as you want it to be, and a nice challenge no matter what.

Check out my full review on KeenGamer.com!