This will be the weirdest review I’ve ever done. If you know about me, you know that survival games are some of my favorites. I have around a thousand or more hours in Ark. It is one of the buggiest, poorly optimized and unbalanced messes I’ve ever played. It is frustrating, time-consuming and rage inducing and many of its design decisions still baffle me today. Yet, it has also provided me with an amount of enjoyment and fun that no other game has ever matched.
Graphics aren’t a subject I usually focus much on these days. Frankly, there is very rarely an ugly game anymore. Yes, some look better than others, but overall I feel like graphics more than any other aspect of a game have the largest amount of diminishing returns on enjoyment. As long as they are of an acceptable level, all is well. However, I have to talk about the visuals of Void Bastards. They aren’t photorealistic, but they are incredible. Playing the game feels like walking through pages of a comic book and every aspect of the game oozes with that theme.
For The King succeeds at emulating a tabletop experience. It really feels like a cross between a detailed board game and a role-playing game such as Dungeons and Dragons with every advantage that a computerized system brings to its platform. You control up to three characters solo or you can divide up control of the party between yourself and two other players in local or online co-op.
Eden Rising is a neat hybrid of genres. It features online co-op, in addition to single player, and this is where the game shines the brightest. However, this is one of few times I’m going to come out of the gate telling you not to take my word for it. Eden Rising features a free to play version and in it, you can play through and explore three of the areas of the game. If you play on a server whose host owns the full version, you can access those features. You should really go check it out for yourself! This review will be a little shorter than normal for that reason.
Mushroom Crusher’s visual style really caught my eye with its launch trailer. I picked it up on impulse for myself, but I make it a point to try and review every game I play so here we are. Mushroom Crusher Extreme is a neat old school arcade game to the letter. You progress by getting high scores. It’s not enough to simply complete the levels, in Mushroom Crusher, it is all about mastering them.
Moss Destruction is a neatly stylized twin stick shooter that was in steam early access for awhile. I gave it an early access look months ago before it was finished, at the time, it was selling for $4.99. The game was easy to recommend for that price. It has since had its full release and with it, the price has increased. So, is it still worth the money?