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Slime Rancher Review

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Available On: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

I made the mistake of passing on Slime Rancher when it launched last year, dismissing it as overly cutesy and simplistic. I’m pleased to report that after spending some quality time on the Far Far Range, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Newly arrived on PlayStation 4 this week, Slime Rancher boasts a perfect blend of ranch management with open world exploration, using little more than a portable vacuum.
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Skylanders Academy Season 3 Debuts September 28

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While there’s still no news regarding any future console Skylanders games, the Netflix animated series Skylanders Academy is still going strong. Activision Blizzard Studios recently announced that season three will arrive on Netflix on September 28.

The new season brings in new showrunners. Creator Eric Rogers is stepping down, and will be replaced by Clayton Sakoda and Ian Weinreich (Mighty Med). They previously wrote several Skylanders Academy episodes, including the season two premiere.

Season three picks up where season 2’s bombshell cliffhanger ended (SPOILERS!). Spyro was transformed into Dark Spyro when Kaos unleashed a new villainous threat – his own father Strykore. The Skylanders must join forces with Kaos’ mother Kaossandra to combat this new threat. Kaos, meanwhile, becomes a pirate captain in the hopes of proving himself to his powerful father.

While Dark Spyro retains some of the personality of the series star, he’ll be voiced by a different actor: Jason Ritter, instead of Justin Long. The showrunners only tease about the return of the original Spyro.

One of the game’s primary NPCs, Captain Flynn, will finally join the cast in season three. Patrick Warburton and his iconic voice will reprise the role in the animated series. Crash Bandicoot will also return after his cameo appearance back in season one. Since former showrunner Rogers did the voice for season one, comedic actor Rhys Darby will voice Crash Bandicoot in season three.

Skylanders Academy proved so popular that the third season was announced before the second season even aired. I’ve watched several episodes (my daughter devoured the entire series). It’s well-produced and well-written, even if you don’t know your Cynders from your Spyros.

Skylanders Academy airs September 28 on Netflix. The first two season are currently streaming on Netflix. The series is rated TV-Y7.

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Giana Sisters Coming to Switch in New Owltimate Edition

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Last gen side-scrolling platformer Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is getting a fancy new version exclusively for Switch. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Owltimate Edition includes the previously released DLC, Rise of the Owlverlord, as well as additional new content.

In addition to the DLC, the Owltimate Edition includes five new levels, as well as new story cutscenes between each level. It also includes new music tracks from composer Chris Huelsbeck and Swedish band Machinae Supremacy.

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams plays like a classic 2D platformer within a 3D world. Giana can transform between two different personas: punk and sweet. Her sweet side lets her glide gracefully over obstacles and enemies, while the punk side dashes and smashes through blocks and bounces off walls.

The world includes over 40 levels for Giana to run, bash, leap, and smash through, as well as large-scale boss battles.

Giana Sisters originally launched way back in 2012 for PC, and 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U, and was funded via Kickstarter by Black Forest Games. An updated “Directowl’s Cut” was released for Wii U and PlayStation 4 in 2015 and 2016 which included the DLC.

The Owltimate Edition is being published by HandyGames, who revealed the game as part of their Switch lineup at Gamescom. No release date has yet been announced. Giana Sisters has been rated E for Everyone.