“Pumpkin Jack Review”

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Developer: Nicolas Meyssonnier
  • Publisher: Headup Games
  • Release Date: 10/23/2020
  • Price Currently: 23.99

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/pumpkin-jack

Description:

Pumpkin Jack is a Spooky Scary 3D platformer in which you embody Jack, the Mythical Pumpkin Lord! Dive into an Epic Adventure through otherworldly landscapes and help the Evil annihilate the Good! Dive into an Epic Adventure and help the Evil annihilate the Good! Follow the will of the Devil himself and slay your nemesis in an epic quest that will take you on a journey in the Boredom Kingdom, a mythical realm shattered by the Curse. You will meet friends along the way, from a haughty Owl to a snarky Crow! Discover Stunning atmospheres in a Colorful yet Spooky Scary Kingdom Travel through epic and dramatic settings, with each level having its own eerie atmosphere. Using a vibrant palette and high quality lighting effects, Pumpkin Jack invents its own unique cartoon universe inspired by the classic PS2 graphic style. Jump, Run & Climb to carve your own way in Unique Levels Pumpkin Jack is a classic 3D Platformer before anything else! Every level will challenge you through several themed platforms, all giving you new trials to complete. Fight for your life against Evil Beasts by using awesome Unlockable Weapons You will have to master the arts of dodging, timing and movement to vanquish Jack’s foes. During the dynamic real time battles, choose which weapon you want to use and strike at the critical moment! Face Breathtaking Challenges and discover tons of Original Gameplays Solve puzzles that focus on physics, gravity and reflection. Inhabit a pumpkin head and burn books, hammer some moles, create a path for magic spheres… But also more! In each level, you will be faced with an action sequence using a new exclusive gameplay!

Features

  • Colorful Cartoon Setting: Travel through lurid landscapes in levels featuring alluring atmospheres, each crafted with vibrant color palettes, and high-quality lighting effects
  • Fight For Your Life: With challenging beasts lurking around every corner, players must master the art of combo attacks; dodging, and timing to survive dynamic real-time battles!
  • Don’t Lose Your Head: Solve puzzles that focus on physics; gravity, and reflection as Jack, or ditch the skinsuit and just use your flaming head to burn books
  • Find Friends to Fight at Your Side: Helpful companions are there to assist Jack on his journey, including a haughty hooty owl to guide him along; and a snarky crow

So the time for our review is here, and I been counting the days until I could talk about this one. It was embargoed until release so I was struggling with not talking about this one. I haven’t had this much fun with a game in awhile. Spoiler alert I have to say this is the best Halloween game I’ve reviewed or even played. I was glued to the television with controller in hands for days trying to get every single collectible hidden within the game. It is such a quality release, and really took me back to some other classics. “Medievil” and “Overlord” was games that really came to mind. A couple of classics from the past that I adored just as much as this one. Everything about it screams Halloween, so it releases just in time to spend your isolated Halloween night having a great time with a great game. It just screams the spooky season with its orange vibrant levels. Full of creepies like skeletons, rats, knights, and so many other unique enemies. The bosses are super epic as well. You will take on tons of demons like Gluttony, that are really well designed. You will enjoy so much learning their attack patterns, and weaknesses. I have to same some of the highest quality bosses I’ve came across in video games. They really challenge you and your skills, but aren’t super frustrating or anything. I’d say I beat most in only a couple of tries. The final boss may have took me a couple more, but it was fun and not frustrating.

You play as Jack the Mythical Pumpkin Lord that has been summoned to help evil destroy good. While trying to do the Devil’s work you will find yourself in the amazing world of the Boredom Kingdom. This kingdom has fallen to a curse, and it’s up to you and your sidekick a hilarious little crow. You will also be aided by a owl. a horse, a gargoyle, and probably my favorite a Boat Captain that gives you a ride, but keeps you on your toes. It’s really just a blast all the twist and turns this adventure takes you on. You will travel across graveyards, farms, mines, and even take a trip to the North Pole. They all look really beautiful and dark. Halloween is just captured perfectly in this one. I can really see this game being a lot of people’s Halloween game streaming, and go to for the holiday. It just does everything you look for in this type of game. The combat is smooth and fun, the environments are beautiful and creepy, the enemies and bosses are all unique, and another thing. it never feels repetitive at all. It isn’t just hack and slash there are so many other things you come across. Things that will really excite you like whack a mole, memory games, kart racing, minecart and horse riding, and so much more. You really never know what to expect, or where your journey will take you.

One of things I can promise where ever it takes you. You will be taken there with some really top quality narration. The narrator just delivers some top quality voice acting. I was so impressed by it, and was really left wanting more. I wish it had carried over into the story as well. This leads to the only con I had for this game. The story is great, but it’s nonstop reading. Yes it’s still good, and the characters are funny and entertaining. I would have how ever loved to hear the characters deliver great voice acting like the narrator. That is the only thing about this game I can even say could be improved upon. Every about this game is just to perfect, and already really feels like a classic. I really hope this game gets the attention it deserves, and does well enough that they consider continuing the adventure in the future.This isn’t my first game published by HeadUp games I’ve reviewed. We have reviewed some top quality titles from them, but I can say with ease this is without question my favorite. It’s one of my favorite games this year period, and tops all the other horror/Halloween games we’ve covered this October.

One of the most unforgettable things about “Pumpkin Jack” is the music. I was blown away by all the renditions of classical music scores. They sound so Epic in the background of your adventure. I’m probably selling it short actually. I enjoyed it so much as a fan of music. Some of the best I’ve heard in a game of this genre since “Rayman” It really delivers some quality scores, that will stick with you long after you’ve completed this one. Something else you aren’t soon to forget is the amazing combat. There are so many quality weapons that vary so much form each other. Things like a spell, shovel, gun, sickle, and more. They all feel really easy to use, and are a lot of fun to discover which works best in different situations. I believe the gun is my favorite, because of it’s range and fast firing speed. One other weapon you have is a crow that you can fire a great distance. It can take several hits to eliminate a enemy with it, but can be done at range preventing you from taking damage. It can also be used in the mini races to open up your path. Game is also full of fun to find collectibles like crow skulls that you can use to purchase really cool costumes for Jack, and gramophones that make you break out in funky dance cut scenes. The dance moves are so rad, and you will probably laugh out loud during them.

So I can’t express just how much I loved “Pumpkin Jack” I was hooked from start to finish. I’ll just say it one more time so it’s clear. The environments are gorgeous, and really capture the Halloween season. The enemies and bosses are really varied, and a blast to figure out how to attack and avoid. The music exquisite and unforgettable. It really adds to the Epic adventure as does the amazing voice acting of the narrator. The story is one that you will look forward to taking part of every Halloween season. I will be remembering this game at the end of the year when time to decide what my Game of the Year is. I’m sure this will be up there high on my lists, but I hope every one else feels the same way. “Pumpkin Jack” really deserves all the attention, and great reviews I think that are coming for it. I know it scored really high with me, and left a big impression. I really see me coming back to this one numerous Halloween’s in the future. It’s so good it actually feels like a remaster of a PS2 classic or something. A must own, once you play this and realize just how good it is. Make sure you tell others about it as well. This game deserves to shine as bright as Jack O Lantern at Midnight this Halloween.

  • EPIC classical scores.
  • Unforgettable story.
  • Game really captures the Halloween season.
  • Fun boss battles and enemy.
  • Great side characters that aide you on your journey.
  • Smooth controls and combat.
  • Outstanding Narration
  • Wish the quality voice acting of the narrator was carried over into the characters in the story.

VIDEO REVIEW BELOW:

“CrossKrush Review”

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Developer: ThinIce
  • Publisher: Ratalaika
  • Platforms: XBOX, Switch, PC, PS4
  • Release Date:  Oct 21, 2020
  • 4.99

https://www.ratalaikagames.com/games/crosskrush.php


Game Description

Henry & Florence are a happily married couple, they enjoy music & have been dancing all their lives. But now, a noisy highway has been built right in front of their home, disrupting their harmonious lifestyle.

Defend your peaceful abode by blowing up as many cars in a row as possible, or whack and hack at them with your cane to finish them off.

Battle wave after wave of oncoming traffic as the challenge increases.

Features-

Simple & intuitive controls
– 10 levels with 10 puzzles each, for a total of 100 challenges!
– Local multiplayer action: play with a friend, or against a friend
– 2 different characters to choose from, with several customization options
– Catchy jazz music

CrossKrush is an adorable little puzzler about a elderly couple trying to enjoy some dancing and quality Jazz when they are distracted by the sound of the Interstate outside their home. In a hilarious over reaction the couple spring outside to stop the sounds of the horns by blowing the cars up with bombs , or by just whacking them with canes. The concept is just so off the wall and comical. I couldn’t wait to review this one, and overall it was a really quality experience. It’s not something I see you playing over and over, but it’s a good way to spend a evening or even with a friend or loved one. The single and Coop experience are both equally enjoyable. The idea is to blow up cars before they reach a check point. You can blow them up by detonating the road underneath them or by whacking them with your cane. You will also pick up powerups like one that makes you grow into a giant and be able to take out cars with one swing of your cane. There is also a laser powered cane that can take out a whole line of cars. You will also find health powerups if you aren’t playing it on the harder modes. You are meant to destroy cars, but you need to let the ambulance through. It isn’t overly challenging, and the pattern never changes. I would have like to seen this randomly generated to allow for replay value. It will however keep you entertained for awhile though as there is ten stages with 10 waves each. So it is good for a couple hours of entertainment.

It really looks and sounds great though, and has some quality music. It runs really well in my opinion as well. I didn’t experience any issues, and I thought it was fun and hilarious from start to finish. I had a good time playing it alone, but also enjoyed playing it with some one as well. I enjoyed the characters. I liked seeing elderly characters used in a game, because that isn’t a usual thing in the gaming industry. usually it’s making fun of, or having them pass for the sake of drama. It was really cool to see them full of life and the Protagonist. It’s a really decent overall experience , and I’d certainly recommend to any one looking to pad their gamer scores, to have something short to play with a friend or family member , or just fans of puzzlers in general. So check it out , and let us know what you thought of it. To me it’s just a short and sweet pleasant way to spend a night alone, or with someone who also enjoys puzzling fun.

  • Adorable characters.
  • Easy Achievements or Trophies.
  • Cheap date night, or buddy hanging puzzling fun.
  • Original concept.
  • No replay value.
  • Can feel repetitive.

“GROOD Review”

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Developer: CC_ARTS
  • Publisher: Drageus Games
  • Platforms: Switch, PS4, XBOX, PC
  • Price 4.99
  • 10/23/20

Let’s give you the official description first:

GROOD blends a classic shoot’em up arcade gameplay with modern graphics. The vibrant effects of explosions, smoke, fire and projectiles will fully immerse you in a hellish battle. If you prefer to keep it old-school though, just switch on the “90’s love” option to get pixelated retro visuals.

You won’t only need skill to succeed but also some tactical thinking. Be smart with both your aim and positioning to get rid of the most dangerous opponents first and to avoid being surrounded.
Compete with your friends and other warriors around the world for the best ranking in global leaderboards!

Features:
– Frenetic flying and shooting action
– Classic arcade gameplay with modern graphics…
– …or retro visuals with a special “90’s love” option
– Global ranking leaderboards
– 3 difficulty modes: HARD, HARD and HARD
– Dynamic weather for more diversity and replayability
– Day/night cycle. No rest, fight from dawn to dusk and through the night
– Multiple final bosses and weapons
– Hardcore Metal Soundtrack

Now let’s get my opinion , but there is also a video review below. I can never get enough of a good Shmup. There is just something that takes me back to playing classics when i first got into gaming like. Life Force, Gradius, Defender, and a couple under rated games in my opinion like Star Force and Aegis Wings. All these really made an impression on me during their times. Grood did the same thing on first site in my opinion. I loved how it looked. It can be bright and beautiful, and change to dark and dreadful in no time. It has dynamic weather that can make it sunny and bright or just turn into a dark downpour. So it never really feels like the same experience. That factor of color change also plays into the health monitoring system. When the screen is clearly visible and colorful it means your health is full, but as you take damage everything turns darker, and even get a crack in your screen as if your windshield was busted. I think all of these make it always feel fresh, and like a new experience.

Another way of making a non repetitive experience is how the level changes, It doesn’t end and have a loading screen, You just advance to the next stage a constant run. That is really what the game is about in my opinion trying to put together your top run, or a leaderboard type run. It feels really good advancing into a new area, you know right then you’ve beat your previous score. Each time you see a new place it feels really rewarding. I kind of compared to to the Dark Souls of Shmups. Like in Dark Souls one of the most special things is getting past something you struggled on, and seeing a whole new area with new enemies and scenery. That is how Grood works as well. When you come across new Bosses and enemies you have to learn new attack patterns. You can spend a lot of hours failing and then accomplishing in Grood, and I love that about it. Not every one has 30 hours to play a game every time they sit in front of their television. Grood is one of those you can go a few rounds before bed , super, going out, just what ever you need to do, but want to get a little bit of gaming in before. I guess you could get really good and maybe play it for a super long time. I think more than likely though at first you are just doing really short runs especially when the games modes are Hard, Hard, and Hard lol. It really let’s you know from the start what you are in for. It’s worth the grind though and the learning. I’ve been playing it a few days , and it’s so fun to see something new every time I play it.

You can’t beat the price either. $4.99 you wouldn’t expect to get the play time you will out of something at that value. I feel like I robbed these guys. I been playing it nonstop, it never feels repetitive and always feels fresh. The soundtrack is pretty killer as well. Has some really killer metal sounding tunes. It really fits into the 90s feel of the entire game. It also even has a 90’s mode with more Retro looking visuals. I can’t think of anything really to say negative. All this has been mainly positive, and I haven’t even mentioned how spot on and smooth the controls are. It’s just a fun little Shmup that all fans of the genre are sure to enjoy.

  • Smooth Controls
  • Fast paced action
  • Every play feels fresh and different
  • Dynamic weather
  • Killer soundtrack
  • So many levels and enemy/boss types
  • Affordable
  • Could be to difficult for some I guess

“Sweet Witches Review”

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/sweet-witches

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Platforms: XBOX, PS4, PC, and Switch
  • Developer: Lumen Section
  • Publisher: Drageus Games
  • Release Date: 10/30/2020
  • Price: 9.99

Description

Play as the adorable witches Praline and Vanille who can only rely on their magic ladders, unique abilities and power-ups to claim the sweets they deserve! “Brave the danger of 50+ levels in 5+ unique worlds all by yourself or in cooperation with another player. The party needs to grow? No problem, challenge the two antagonists Anis and Reglisse in a spectacular Versus mode for up to four players.”

Features

  • Four playable witches, each with their unique spell;
  • 50+ levels in 5+ unique worlds in the Story mode (solo or coop);
  • 5 unique arenas and 2 play modes in the Versus mode (up to four players);
  • No jump, summon magic ladders to make your way through;
  • Surprise gift boxes with mighty weapons to crush your foes;
  • Seeding the ground with flowers to charge your powers;
  • As many sweet treats as you shall deserve… how many is that? Find out now

This comes out just before Halloween on the 30th so if they cancel Halloween in your area I say grab some candy and your kids and just hang out in front of the Television and XBOX. They are going to have a good time, and so will you. It has really addictive COOP and versus modes that will keep your family laughing and having a blast for hours. If you love old school arcade fun like in “Burger Time” this is so for you. Imagine that form of game play, but with a really epic art style. Everything about the art just screams Halloween. The characters and enemies are so adorable, and the levels are designed flawlessly to give you a nice challenge. What is even better if you are struggling with that you can slow down the enemy speed and give yourself even more lives. The way it is designed you don’t have a jump button you must use your magic to create ladders to move around the platforms. Enemies will attack , but you can attack back either will melee or special powerups. You can pick up bombs, bear traps, and even spring loaded boxing gloves to shoot at the attacking enemies.

There is tons of content, Like I said there is COOP and Versus but the Single player is very in depth as well. You can beat it with two different witches Praline and Vanille . After you make your away through 50+ levels over 5 different beautifully designed worlds you unlock the ability to play with two different witches as well Anis and Reglisse. Both sets of witches have their own special ability, attack style, and cool ladder design. My favorite witch I believe is Reglisse I love the color green, and her pumpkin. The way it works is Praline and Vanille must make their way across the levels to the boss planting flowers where ever there is a flower pot or patch of dirt. There will be some enemies that will eat your plants and make you go back over some sections. Once You play with Anis and Reglisse though your mission changes. You are trying to destroy all these plants they have planted. It’s the same exact levels, but for some reason it feels fresh and different. The boss stage is the biggest difference though you fight the other witches, so their attack is very different, and I won’t spoil that for you.

I really have nothing negative to say about this one. It’s just a blast. It runs really smooth, and the controls are precise. Only issue I ran into was getting kicked to dashboard a few times. This is before launch so I’m not putting much into that, I know they will iron this issue out. Drageus games always publish quality titles, and take care of issues. So if you are ready for Halloween , and you are looking for a game to share with someone to celebrate this wonderful season. ” Little Witches” is a can’t miss, and must own Halloween treat.

  • Adorable characters and enemies.
  • Really cute art style and backgrounds.
  • Challenging level design.
  • Fun COOP and Vs Modes.
  • Loads of content.
  • Fun and easy Achievements.
  • Can feel repetitive.
  • Ran into a few glitches, but it hasn’t been released yet so sure they will fix before launch.

Monster Truck Championship Review

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/monster-truck-championship/

So you love Monster Trucks as much as I do? You love hearing the roaring of the engines, and the sounds of destruction as they crush the cars below them? Then we got a treat for you today. “Monster Truck Championship” makes it’s way on to all major consoles this week, and it’s tons of fun. I’ve put hours and hours into it over the last week, and I can honestly say it’s the best Monster Truck game I’ve played to date. I reviewed “Monster Jam Steel Titans” not to long ago, and I liked this one a little better honestly. Yes it would been cooler if this was officially licensed, and I could have played with my favorite Trucks and Drivers from the sport. This does something different though it puts the career in your hands. You become the driver you want to be. You drive the truck you want to drive. The customization is just amazing. with 16 different styles of trucks to work with, it gets even more customizable when you realize you can apply stickers and even paint the truck everywhere and the colors you prefer. You start with a plain truck and before you finish your career I guarantee your truck has seen thousands of changes. You will be blown away by all the things you can unlock for it, and I’ll cover that more in the next paragraph about crew and sponsors. There are over 50 customisable elements.

So like I said let’s talk your career. It really makes up the meat and potatoes of Monster Truck Championship in my opinion. You get to pick every thing from your Crew and even your sponsors. Your crew gives you abilities like faster engine abilities, cheaper event sign ups, and even the ability to make more money. It’s very important to pay attention, and use these in the way you want to go about your career. Sponsors are important for how you want to upgrade your truck. Different ones will come and go. Some will even expire if you don’t complete their objectives in a certain amount of time. That is okay though they will reward you partially, and more will appear to replace them. Sponsors will give you a certain amount of money and truck parts. There will be some that say get a perfect start in two events and unlock money and 2 truck parts. Some will say things like score three 5,000 point wheelies in an event and get three Truck parts and a certain amount of cash. They all vary, in parts, objectives, and in cash so you have to pay close attention to get what ever you are looking for.

So your career is made up of 3 different levels of classes. You will have to make your way through three different skill level Leagues. Each will have events spread across 25 different arenas. I was really surprised to see one in my area. They did an amazing job with these as well. It really looked like where I lived. I haven’t been to the other places in the game, but they still looked amazing as well. Orlando was beautiful with its huge buildings and gorgeous palm trees. They did an amazing job with the appearance of this game. every where looks really cool, and it is cool how the longer you race the more mud sticks to your tires and truck. When you finish you are basically covered. It’s also cool seeing the damage actually visible. You bang into a lot of things, and watch your truck just fall apart and your engine smoke. See your truck wobble as your tires get damaged. It is overall just a really quality Monster Truck game, an my favorite one to date. So the events are Drag Racing which is just a short 1 on 1 race where you must beat three different Trucks to finish first in the event. They get more challenging as you go, and getting the perfect RPMs at start is very important. There is standard race where you just race against the whole pack of trucks either 3 or 4 laps. You can take different routes as well. Even taking different routes I could always tell where I needed to go. Some thing I enjoyed over Steel Titans where sometimes I’d get turned around going the wrong direction. There is Freestyle and Destruction events where it’s all about beating the other trucks scores at destroying things doing tricks. The tricks are easy to learn, and hard to master. So you will improve as you go, and the learning is so much fun. There is even a tutorial that will aid in this. The three leagues are made up of a ton of different events, and they are spread out over the different locations. Like one even might be all races, all freestyle, and some might give you a different mix. As you finish each event ranked it will unlock more until you finally reach the Championship of that league. When you win that one it will unlock the next League for you.

I couldn’t finish my review without talking about the sounds of Monster Truck Championship. Really quality voice acting from the girl who helps you start your career. She walks you through everything just perfectly. You really know what to do, because she just gets the point across to you. The music I really don’t remember, and to me that is good when it comes to sports games. I usually end up turning off the music, but with this one it just fits into the game perfectly. It doesn’t really add anything to the experience, but more importantly it doesn’t take anything away from it. The real thing we want to talk about though is the sounds of the trucks. When we get to that subject it’s perfection. The engine roar just feels and sounds so good. You feel like you are in that cockpit, and your just going to dominate the event. You can even use a realistic Cockpit camera to aid in this feeling as well. The damage and destruction sounds so unbelievable to. Loved just blowing through trailers and toilets watching them blow apart into pieces, and sounding so realistic when it happened.

Finally let’s talk about the modes not the career. There is quickplay to just practice your skills, or play with not a lot on the line. There is also Online with up to 7 people where you can create your own events, or play other people’s I wasn’t able to do this much as when i was reviewing it wasn’t released yet. I did how ever find someone to test it out with , and it worked perfectly. Another cool thing is online records and leaderboards. Even in career it keeps up with your scores, so you can show them off. Like right now I was number #1 in the world on several events. I’m sure I won’t be long once this game is released and gets more popular, but as of now I was way ahead on some so looked forward to trying to stay on top. I’ll go ahead and say it again in case you missed it. This is certainly my favorite Monster Truck game to date. even with out the Monster Jam Licensing, and your favorite Trucks and Drivers this game delivers a quality experience. It puts you in the life of a driver and in the seat of a Monster Truck. That really feels good, fun, and realistic in my opinion.

  • The sounds of the trucks are amazing.
  • The events are fun and never feel repetitive.
  • Customization is just hours of enjoyment.
  • The Tracks and locations are realistic, and beautiful.
  • Quality voice acting.
  • Career mode is addictive.
  • No Official license means you won’t get to use the Trucks and Drivers you know and love.
  • Can’t customize your driver at all. been cool to change appearance and outfits to match truck.
VIDEO REVIEW
Try it free today link below.

https://drinkmaw.com/?rfsn=4649164.ba8899

New devices coming from Nacon early 2021.

I know we are really excited about these, and looking forward to getting our hands on them. I can’t wait to see the Revolution X especially. I currently use the XBOX Elite V2, and love it but it has a lot of flaws. The series one did as well. I also used the PowerA Fusion Pro so I really like these pro model controllers. I’m really hoping Nacon delivers on these like I expect they will. Just looking at them it really appears the quality is there, and I’d expect nothing less from them they have been delivering some quality games this generation so why not bring that creative quality to devices as well?

Lesquin, France, October 12, 2020 – NACON, a major player in the design and distribution of video games and gaming accessories, is pleased to introduce its new range of Designed for Xbox accessories: the NACON MG-X Series, specially designed for Android mobile devices and cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate; and two new customizable controllers designed for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Windows 10 PC.

MG-X Series by NACON – Turning smartphones into consoles

With all the functionality of official game controllers, NACON’s MG-X Series allows Xbox fans to enjoy an optimal gaming experience on smartphones.

The two MG-X controllers are sturdy and include adjustable stands that securely accommodate any Android smartphone up to 6.7 inches. In just a few taps, the smartphone wirelessly (Bluetooth 4.2) connects to the controller and provides up to 20 hours of gaming thanks to the included rechargeable battery.

The MG-X is a compact model, which fits all hand sizes and is ultra-portable. With its gamer-focused design, it turns smartphones into a handheld console.
For an experience closer to traditional controllers, players will want to choose the MG-X Pro. With its two handles and traditional controller shape, it provides comfort and robustness to fully enjoy your favorite smartphone games.
Revolution X and Pro Compact – Customization at your fingertips

The Revolution continues on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S! The Revolution family of controllers is expanding and welcoming its very first Designed for Xbox model. Fully customizable and optimized for competitive gaming on consoles and PC, all of NACON’s expertise in professional controllers has gone into the Revolution X. With full-featured software for creating profiles, a carry case, stick accessories and additional weights, it will appeal to the most demanding gamers.
With ergonomics tailored to a wide range of hand sizes, gamers will love the many customization options available with NACON’s Pro Compact controller. As well as enjoying all the classic features of the Xbox Wireless Controller, fans can choose a standard game mode or advanced mode thanks to the dedicated app available for consoles and PC. The Pro Compact is a versatile and accessible model with many different settings usually found on professional controllers, including programmable buttons, stick settings and trigger sensitivity controls. It is an ideal choice for gamers looking for the best in comfort and customization.
The MG-X Series designed for cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, as well as the Revolution X and Pro Compact controllers designed for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC, will be available in early 2021.
About NACON
NACON is a company of the BIGBEN Group founded in 2019 to optimize its know-how through strong synergies in the video game market. By bringing together its 8 development studios, the publishing of AA video games, the design and distribution of premium gaming devices, NACON focuses 20 years of expertise at the service of players. This new unified business unit strengthens NACON’s position in the market, enables it to innovate by creating new unique competitive advantages and achieve its ambition to become one of the world’s leading players in gaming. https://corporate.nacongaming.com/

“An Evil Existence”

  • Reviewer: Carless Yen
  • Developer: Draydur studio
  • Publisher: Draydur studio
  • Release Date: 9/18/2020
  • Price: 19.99

So with the Halloween season upon us was super excited to see this to review this week. Looking forward to a ton of other horror titles coming over the next few weeks as well. The first to arrive though is what we are talking about today though. “An Evil Existence” a single person developed game that really caught my attention. I really looked forward to it, and I can honestly say after playing it I quite enjoyed it. The story goes there was a set of twins the Hartley’s who murdered eight hospital workers, and then disappeared. You play as Lisa a content creator for a unsolved mystery website. You decide to go to the Hartley house with your boyfriend James to investigate it. I really loved how it started it out. The POV camera, following your boyfriend really got me excited for what lied ahead. I was hoping to do some investigating, and maybe see some of his camera as well, and get to know the Lisa character more. I really enjoyed her voice in her few lines. Was really pleasing on the ears, and she seemed like a talented voice actor. So quickly though all that just spends out of control, when you two are separated and the creepy couple are just thrown out there at you all at once. Leaving nothing for surprise. It really just turns into Resident Evil 7 in my opinion. So quickly you are alone, and you know what your up against into slowly working you into it.

I would have loved to be worked into this more slowly. I don’t mean this as a super negative though. The reason I feel like this is the atmosphere, sound, and surroundings are actually creepy as hell. Like you hear the lady talking about where are her pills, and it’s just creepy as hell except they have already shown you both of the enemies so there is nothing left to the imagination. I would have loved to just explore the house a little more, and be eased into the nightmare of trying to survive. It is just so rushed, but I guess that is kind of expected considering you can beat the whole game in barely over an hour. Hopefully they do well enough to make a sequel, or Prequel would probably work out better considering the way this one ends. Right now though this one is super short though, and still cost $20. I have a hard time saying you get $20 worth of content. If you find it on sale though it’s still really enjoyable.

Another issue in my opinion is the combat and the overall controls. There is a lot of times reacting with objects seems really delayed. Like you hit the “A” button and nothing happens for like 10 seconds. The combat just seems really rough around the edges as well. Just feels like you are swinging away and unsure if it’s even making contact. You will see in my video review better, You swing and swing away, and the enemy just sits there. Like a couple times in my play throughs they died and were still standing up so I wasn’t sure what to do. There is only a few battles though so this isn’t something that you are going to deal with a lot. When you aren’t dealing with these issues it’s really creepy. Like the Atmosphere really keeps you on the edge of your seat. You never know what is going to happen next. It’s also super gory and bloody. Which I loved every second of. I know it sounds like I’m being negative about the combat, price, and length of this title but I’m really not. I’m being honest which is important when you review games. In my honest opinion I still quite enjoyed it. Despite it’s flaws I think the positives out weigh them.

The games look, feel, and sound really adds up to a really horrifying experience at times. I can’t even begin to explain just how good this games sounds in your headset or on your tv. You will hear footsteps, mumbling, and just so many thing that really add to the experience of not knowing what is around the next corner. It also has a raw/grimy look to it as well. It really gives me a Resident Evil 7 feel as far as it’s appearance at most times. There was a lot of moments I was grossed out ,or felt really uneasy and that is why you play games like this. So don’t get me wrong it sets out to do the things it wants to, but leaves you wanting more as it comes to a end very quickly. I really hope to see Draydur studio continue with this series or at least continue making horror games. I think they did well a lot more than they missed the mark. I feel when they missed the mark it wasn’t by much either.

  • Easy Achievements.
  • Great quality sound and music.
  • Talented voice acting.
  • Really scary at times.
  • Over priced for the content involved.
  • Controls can feel delayed.
  • Combat really, really bad.
  • Super short.

Overall Impression: Comes up a little short in most cases, but when it’s actually doing things well it’s a really , really good experience and creepy.

“Shadow Gangs”

  • Developer: JKM CORP LTD
  • Publisher: JKM CORP LTD
  • Platforms: XBOX and PC
  • Release Date: 10/14/2020
  • Price: 23.99

So if anyone watched my video review for this title you heard me struggle to get it done, so hopefully this written review does a better job at informing you more about the release. I don’t want to leave out the emotions in my written review either though so I’ll start out with it here as well. In the early 90’s I was a lonely and depressed kid and my only real escape was in video games and comic books. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to that, and it’s amazing how these things provide sort of a security blanket for us. They give us an escape from reality when some of us have rough moments. Shinobi was an escape for me though. I’d go to an Arcade near my house and pump quarter after quarter into the machine. I think the owner realized what i was doing and started just leaving the machine open when I would arrive so I could keep using my same quarter. I’d be the only person in there, and I guess he could probably tell what that machine done for me. The moment I saw this I got really emotional because it took me right back to my love for Shinobi, and what it done for me. “Shadow Gangs” just delivers right from the start that 90’s arcade feeling. I was taken right back to Shinobi, Double Dragon, Bad Dudes all those games I knew and loved. JKM just did an amazing job at capturing that, and I can say with ease this was the best modern retro title I’ve played this year. It is just a nearly perfect videogame that is a must for retro fans gaming collections. I really hope this gets a physical release from Limited Edition or one of these other limited run indie release teams. Let’s go away from how I feel about it though and get down to talking about this amazing game.

You play the role of Dan the current ninja order master. Your mission is to rescue your family from the Shadow Force crime organization, whose members are known as the Shadow Gangs. On the bottom right of the screen it will tell you just how many you have left to rescue, and you must rescue them all to advance to next checkpoint or to end the level. The levels are timed so it is important to explore, and learn their locations. There are 5 Missions and each has 2 levels. So ten levels in total. Each Mission area also has a epic Boss battle. You must beat each mission area with only three men and two continues. It’s okay if you die after beating a mission though because there is a mission select option to pick right back up on the mission you died on. If you die on a boss or second level of a mission though you have to play that entire mission over. It can be really challenging even on easy. So you will be playing some over and over trying to learn where the ninjas are hidden or learn enemy placement to avoid taking damage from them. Will even play some over learning Boss attack patterns. So I could see maybe people not fans of playing levels over or difficult games giving up on this early. That would be sad though because they would miss out on a really amazing game. Sort of like Dark Souls it has that feeling of accomplishment when you beat a boss or stage. It’s by no means as difficult, but it feels really good still to see what comes next.

The bosses in this game are just epic and remind me of pop culture characters like Freddie Mercury and Lex Luthor. Every time I made it to a new one , and they kicked my ass I couldn’t wait to make my way back to learn just how to defeat them next time. It didn’t always work that way though I died a lot. I never really got frustrated though, because it was so much fun. I did how ever get frustrated with the controls at times though. The way it works you have one attack button and one jump button. There is two other buttons but it’s the bumpers one does your special screen clearing special move the other drops a powerful landmine. The attack button either shoots or throws ninja stars until something gets close to you then it either kicks or uses a sword. I wish you could determine this on your own, because it leads to a lot of cheap death especially from above from jumping characters. Would been nice to choose to swing sword or jump kick with a button or throw projectiles when i wanted to. I understand though the original wasn’t like that though. Still would been cool to see the improvement added to modern though. Would have improved the experience and added so much to the combat. I can most times rack up a lot of things that need improved though or cons, and this is the only thing I could say about this title. It is just really perfection in my opinion. This is one of those games you could throw it into an Arcade cabinet right now throw it in an arcade and i don’t think anyone would notice it wasn’t from that era. I think most people would think wow I missed out on this one back then.

So let’s talk about the powerups a little. One of the powerups will give you your Ninja suit and a Uzi. This will allow you to shoot at enemies instead of throwing Ninja stars. It is a huge improvement because bigger enemies will swat down your stars, and they can\t do that to bullets. So you will want to try , and not die to keep this ability going because it makes it so much easier. There is also extra lives to be found, and even a drone that will fly above you and shoot as well. This is another one of those you will want to hold on to as long as possible. There are also special attacks where it flies around the screen killing everything. I usually tried to save these for the bosses, as well as the land mines. Both are very powerful attacks that seem wasted using through the levels unless you just have to because you’re surrounded. There are also Bonus levels that you can find hidden through levels or you go to directly after finishing a level. One you have a Uzi and you have to shoot at enemy ninjas trying to steal pickups from you. They are on a top and bottom level so you have to shoot normal or push up to hit them on higher level. To be honest I’m not sure what you are rewarded, because I never was able to beat one of these. They almost had me wishing for a cursor to move around like a rail shooter because I just couldn’t master this control system. There was also a level where Ninjas jump out of windows and you have to stop them from escaping. To be honest I can’t tell you what you get for this either, because this was super difficult as well. I look forward to getting it down though, and mastering it but due to time and needing to get this review out I didn’t have time to master it yet.

I’m going to close this review talking about the sights and sounds of “Shadow Gangs” I just really loved this art style. It really captured that 90’s arcade look, but with a modern upgrade. It looks like 80’s/90’s titles like “Double Dragon” or “Bad Dudes” but looks so much better as well. The colors are so bright, and everything is masterfully detailed. I can’t think of a game that delivered that look and feel in this genre so perfectly. The music is really rad as well. I read it took 5 years to make this soundtrack, and I believe it. It’s so well done, and adds to the action with 90’s style guitar rifts just blasting through your speakers or headset. The sounds of the game are great as well. It really sounds like a classic arcade beat’em up. I can’t express enough how you should have this in your collection if you were a fan of any of the classics I’ve named during this review. Shadow Gangs is a rare gem, one of those games that hit me emotionally. I’ll never forget the first time I played it, and I’ll come back to it over and over again. I can’t express how grateful I am to JKM for making this work of art, and sharing it with me. Thank You.

  • Beautiful classic Arcade style graphics.
  • Really Epic enemies and Bosses.
  • Flawless level design. Really encourages exploration and looks amazing.
  • Challenging game play. Easy to learn but difficult to master.
  • Fast paced action and combat.
  • Some modern gamers may find it too difficult for them and quit to early.
  • Controls all though smooth don’t always respond like you would like them to. They stuck to the original concept though so I get it, but would loved to seen the old style approved upon.
Video Review

“Jet Set Knights”

The king has gone away for a while, making the kingdom ripe for attack by the forces from the dark underworld. Princess Kitty and her subjects are now in danger! Can you save the day!? Control one of the four brave knights, face hundreds of evil creatures and protect the princess at all costs! Jet Set Knights is an old-school arcade action platformer inspired by classics from the golden age! Experience a new take on the classic with unique tower defense and RPG elements!

Features:

* Pick up and play controls

* Choose from four Knights, each with unique abilities

* Save the princess solo or with friends locally

* Unlock secret characters, weapons, and spells

I had a really good time with this one. Typical Ratalaika fashion easy achievements and tons of fun. You can choose from four different Knights, and they all have unique abilities. You have to protect a princess by keeping enemies off of her by building walls, traps, and fighting waves of various enemy types. The enemies are adorable, and fit well with the level you are on. The same can be said for the bosses. You will battle adorable slime Octopus and giant Cupcakes. Just a lot of really well designed and fun characters to see in this one. The princess is adorable as well with her little pigtails. The whole game design is just quality in my opinion. All the way down to the mini games, music, and bonuses you can obtain. It’s a modern retro that really gives you everything you loved about games of the past with doses of things that are current that will keep you coming back to it.

There is so many things to unlock, and hidden things to find you can play it far after you’ve got that complete Achievement score. Like daily bonus and roulette wheel that lets you spend coin to unlock special abilities. I kept playing it far after I collected my 1,000. When you beat the boss for the level it isn’t over it just picks up pace and becomes more of a challenge. That is something I love about most Ratalaika releases. They set the Achievements up for the people grabbing the game for the score, but leave plenty after that for the people who enjoy the games as well. It’s also a pretty cool couch coop game as well. It’s one you will enjoy playing with your friends a ton. It has some RPG elements, but it’s more Roguelike. Like you can level up, but it’s just for that run. The perks/abilities you unlock though stick with you. So it’s something you can step away from , and come back to and not feel lost. It’s also one of those games you can pick up before bed or dinner when you just have a few minutes to do a nice little run.

So check out the video review below if you’d like a more in depth look at the game play. I really feel most retro gaming fans will find the joy in this one easy. It has that one run type quality of old school arcade titles like Donley Kong. Not every one has hours and hours to sit in front of their television gaming, and games like this that are short and sweet really do fill that need. I could take a break to relax and sit down with this one today, tomorrow, or years from now and still have the same enjoyable experience.

  • Cute adorable characters and levels.
  • EASY Achievements/Trophies.
  • Really captures the arcade era feel.
  • Challenging to master, but easy to learn and enjoy.
  • Tons of things to unlock.
  • Little pricier than typical Ratalaika releases.
  • Wish there was a few more levels to enjoy.

“Birthday of Midnight”

  • Reviewer: Console Carl
  • Developer: Petite Games
  • Publisher: Ratalaika Games
  • Release Date: 9/30/2020
  • Platforms: PS4, PC. XBOX, Switch
  • Price: Currently 3.99

From the creators of Midnight, Midnight Deluxe, and 36 Fragments of Midnight comes another round of golf-like action fun! Everyone’s favorite fairy is back and ready to be once again launched into the sky. But as always, treacherous obstacles like spikes, circular saws, and plenty of other dangerous hazards are par for the course. To earn a perfect score you must accurately complete each level in the minimum number of strokes, providing an additional layer of challenge. Do you have the skill to swing for a hole in one?

Features:

* 70+ engaging levels that get progressively harder

* New dangers to overcome

* Piano soundtrack to complement gameplay

Typical of Ratalaika releases this one delivers affordable quality experience with EASY Achievements or Trophies. Perfect for the Halloween season dark and spooky art style resembling the Game “Limbo” with just BEAUTIFUL music all delivered by Piano. I highly recommend this for fans of puzzling/golf style games. Will give you hours and hours of fun with over 70 levels. Each level has up to three stars to earn based on how many strokes you complete it in. It will challenge you, but the Achievements aren’t difficult to obtain for you Achievement hunters. Watch the video below if you want to see some game play , and a more in depth look .

  1. EASY Achievements or Trophies.
  2. Challenging fun.
  3. Tons of levels.
  4. Beautiful Piano Music.
  5. Amazing Spooky Art Style/Backgrounds.
  • Can feel repetitive at times.
  • May feel to east at times as well.