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Sundered Review: Demon Runner

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Available On: PC (Windows, Mac Linux), PlayStation 4

Friedrich Nietzsche famously said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” In Sundered that which kills you also makes you stronger.

Sundered is a challenging, beautifully animated roguelike action-platformer from indie studio Thunder Lotus Games. With a carefully crafted difficulty ramp, Sundered excels in a genre that often teeters on the brink of frustration and repetition.

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Stardew Valley Multiplayer 1.3 Patch Coming Early 2018

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Since its explosive release last year, Stardew Valley developer Eric Barone and dev partners Chucklefish have been working on two expanded compnonents for the beloved indie farming sim: console releases and multiplayer.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions released last December. With the Nintendo Switch version coming soon, we’ve received an update on the big 1.3 patch that will add online multiplayer. Stardew Valley’s multiplayer patch will arrive in early 2018 on PC, Mac, and Linux. It will then roll out to the console versions, beginning with Nintendo Switch.

Thousands of lines of code have been rewritten to retrofit multiplayer into a single player game. Multiplayer will be designed with a single host in mind, with up to three farmhands (players) that can join the game. You can build up to three cabins on your farm to house your farmhands. Each farmhand has their own inventory and can farm, forage, fight, marry, and join events and festivals.

Only the main player/host can trigger festivals, story decisions, and when to sleep for the night.

Separate servers won’t be necessary to run a multiplayer game. Inviting is done through Steam, with a similar mechanic being explored for console versions.

Local multiplayer/split-screen and PvP are not planned. Aspects of multiplayer are still being worked on and implemented, including menus, farmhand cabins, and NPC relationships. One requested feature the developers want to add with the 1.3 patch is marriage between players.

One-man developer Barone partnered with Chucklefish to help publish the game, port it to consoles, and add multiplayer functionality. Over the last year Stardew Valley received a few patches adding new farm types and broader localization.

Stardew Valley is available on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One. It’s due to arrive on Nintendo Switch later this year. Patch 1.3 is coming Early 2018. Steam users can help beta test multiplayer towards the end of this year.

 

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Pyre Review: Remember the Nightwings

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Available On: PC, PlayStation 4

If you hear about RPGs and Sports games, you may recall the RPG-like campaign stories injected into otherwise traditional sports, such as The Journey mode in FIFA 17, or the new Longshot mode in upcoming Madden NFL 18.

Pyre, beloved indie studio Supergiant games’ third title, does the opposite. Sports-like gameplay is integral to escaping the intriguing fantasy world that you and your diverse band of outcasts are trapped within. The results are an innovative sports-as-combat battlefield that meshes well with Supergiants’ heavy focus on story-telling, art design, and music, though Pyre ultimately falls short of their previous efforts.
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Supergiant Games Announces Pyre Release Date

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One of my most anticipated games of the year finally has a release date. Pyre will launch July 25 for PC and PlayStation 4 for $19.99. You can pre-order to get 10% off.

Pyre is an RPG that takes place in a Purgatory-like world called the Downside. Your party of exiles will strive to return to their world by competing in Rites, which resemble 3v3 sports matches. The goal is to extinguish your opponent’s signal flame while protecting your own. You can equip your chosen teammates with Talismans and Masteries.

Pyre features a branching story. Even if you lose a match there is no Game Over screen. The result of each Rite will form different paths and stories. Supergiant Games claims that no two stories will be exactly alike, creating a more personal narrative.

Two-player local multiplayer will also be included with the Versus Mode. Versus Mode lets you choose from over 20 characters in the single player campaign to compete against each other in a Rite match (you can also play versus the CPU). This will be the first time Supergiant Games have included a multiplayer option in a game.

Pyre is the third game from indie developer Supergiant Games. Supergiant Games exploded onto the scene with 2011’s Bastion and roared back with 2014’s Transistor. Both games featured emotional stories, phenomenal voice acting, great art, fun combat, and stellar soundtracks.

Supergiant Games’ audio director and composer Darren Korb returns for Pyre with over 90 minutes of music. The soundtrack will be available through Steam and on the official website.

Pyre launches July 25 for PC (Steam) and PlayStation 4.

 

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Cosmic Star Heroine Review: A Modern Classic RPG

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Available On: PC, PS4, PS Vita

We’re supposed to “reach for the moon” in our goals. That way if we fall short we’ll still land among the stars. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense given that the nearest star is several light-years farther away than our moon. But the point is sound.

Zeboyd Games’ moon is represented by classic, beloved 90s Japanese RPGs such as Chrono Trigger, Suikoden, and Phantasy Star. It’s a big reason I backed the game on Kickstarter several years ago. To take on some of the best RPGs in gaming with an indie budget and two-person development team is a daunting challenge. While Cosmic Star Heroine falls short in some ways, it still lands among the stars as one of the best games I’ve played this year.
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