I have to start out this review by admitting something. I hate boss battles. I remember being shocked when I started hanging out in online gaming forums and finding out that most gamers love them. I had been so sure that they were universally despised that I had hoped to rally enough people to convince game makers to stop using them altogether. Shadow of the Colossus was one of the most disappointing games I’d ever purchased for that reason. I’ve never been about high scores or challenge, but rather about wish fulfillment. What did a game let me do that I couldn’t do in real life? With Frogger on the Atari 2600 it was enough that I could move a frog on the TV. That was unbelievable to me. With Mario it was that I could shoot fire balls. Sonic could run fast. You get the point. I also liked to beat the game because that’s how you got to see the best cutscene, something I’m sure most gamers reading this are cringing about right now, but it was never about conquering the game.
Have you ever wanted to be a perfect A.I.? Not just some boring A.I. that tells your user where the nearest sports bar is, but a badass baddie blasting war machine? Then you’re in luck. In Damaged Core you are a carefully engineered robot that can hack and mobilize your consciousness into enemy bots and infiltrate the enemy by their own hands. The story goes you were procured by another robot as a last ditch effort to prevail in this war against the human-designed “Core”. It’s a whole scandalous thing and some people fighting on your side aren’t very happy with the idea of a perfect virus. You blast your way through missions and progress through the story in hopes of destroying The Core and winning the war.
Welcome to the first segment in the 3D Platformer (3DP) Renaissance series! Today I am looking at Unbox, a game from a Manchester indie studio, Prospect Games. This isn’t a review. I’ve not played nearly enough of this game to give a review, but I have to be honest, I was surprised at the quality of this game. Unless there are some really big problems later in the game, I feel fine suggesting that if you want a cool, unique 3DP with fun characters and tons of charm that you need to play this game.
If you stick around this site long enough you’re going to learn that I love two things above all else when it comes to video games. Virtual reality, and 3D platformers. Not long ago I had a major jones to play a good N64 era-like platformer, full of bright colours and silly characters. At the time there weren’t that many of them to play. I knew that Lucky’s Tale was coming to the Rift some time later, but I didn’t want to wait. (By the way, I will be playing some Lucky’s Tale over on the YouTube channel once I get that going.) I began searching YouTube to see if there were any new 3D platformers that I had not heard of. Who knew, maybe there were some on PC that I’d never played? I had been a console player for my whole life after all.
I wasn’t sure that I wanted to review Syren. I find VR horror to be a bit too much for me a lot of the time. But I decided to give it a shot anyway because… that’s my job. I’m happy to report you don’t have to be afraid to play Syren. At least not for the horror aspect anyway. As of this writing I haven’t beat the game. I’ve played for a few hours though and I definitely have some thoughts that I can share before I dive back in and give the full review.