Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Overview (Synopsis and Features)

Atlus’ popular role-playing series’ fighting game spin-off continues as Ultimax picks up where 2012’s Persona 4 Arena left off. The Midnight Channel is airing once more in the town of Inaba as players continue their search for the mysterious force that is pulling the strings. Joining the roster are Persona 3’s Junpei Iori and Yukari Takeba, as well as an all-new character, Sho Minazuki. Characters from the previous installment have new moves and many of them have an alternate version of themselves that feature different fighting mechanics.

Launch copies of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax include an 18″ inflatable Teddie bop bag and 11 Persona tarot cards. Additionally, game owners can download two extra characters for free through October 6, 2014.

Rating: 84/100

Features your favorite Persona characters and the debut of Sho Minazuki, a fighter who wields two katanas
The story picks up where the previous game left off and ties together the events of Persona 3 and 4
Many fighters have alternate versions of themselves with different fighting mechanics

Natural Doctrine Overview (Synopsis and Features)

A turn-based strategy title designed to be very challenging, Natural Doctrine sends players into mines to acquire the valuable resource Pluton and gain access to Feste, the last human city in the world. Pluton is magical, finite, and toxic to humans, but goblins can refine it into a safer form, which leads to frequent attacks from explorers known as Bergmans. Gamers take control of several of these Bergmans, using close-quarters combat, ranged attacks, magic, and firearms to battle goblins, orcs, lizardfolk, minotaurs, wyverns, dragons, and continually evolving monsters known as gorians.

Players can examine the battlefields from third-person, top-down, and isometric viewpoints, and instead of grids, each map is divided into larger geometric areas, with blue lines marking off attack zones, and red lines delineating enemy territory. Characters can travel freely through these areas, with objects, destructible areas, and differences in elevation sometimes offering a competitive advantage, and multiple characters can occupy the same area to perform powerful Link Turn combo attacks. Gamers must use extreme caution at all times because the total amount of Pluton available in the game is fixed, and if any member of the party dies in battle, the game is over.

Solo gamers can take on Story Missions to advance the plot, or try Free Missions to gain more experience and equipment, heading to the World Map in between battles to change the formation of their group, outfit their allies, develop new skills, and save their game. Natural Doctrine also offers cross-platform online multiplayer action for PS3, PS4, and Vita, and Ad-hoc multiplayer for Vita users. Multiplayer battles unfold in the same way as single-player battles, but gamers form their party by collecting cards and building a custom deck, and then using Card Points they accrue to improve their characters or buy better cards.

Engage in turn-based battles with a variety of mythical creatures to acquire valuable Pluton
Unleash close-quarters, ranged, magic, firearm, and combination attacks
Join friends for multiplayer card collecting and battles

Planetarian: the reverie of a little planet PC Game Review and more

GameInfo: In time for the 10th anniversary since its original release in Japan, planetarian is an engaging and emotional visual novel from legendary game studio, Key. A sub-brand of VisualArt’s, Key are also famed for creating Kanon, AIR, CLANNAD, Little Busters!, Rewrite, and Angel Beats!

Review: N/A

System Requirements:

OS: Vista or higher
Processor: 1.2 GHz Pentium 4
Memory: 128 MB RAM
Graphics: 800×600
Hard Drive: 500 MB available space



Genre: Casual
Developer: VisualArt’s/Key
Publisher: Sekai Project
Release Date: 29 Nov, 2004

DG2: Defense Grid 2 PC Game Review and more

GameInfo: The sequel to the tower defense game of the same name, Defense Grid 2 introduces new worlds and threats to test your tower placement strategies. With a new look and the addition of new game modes, player-versus-player and multiplayer co-op, every play-through brings fun new opportunities and challenges.

Review: I’m a Defense Grid 1 lover. And I was really waiting for DG2, but what a disappointment. I’m glad they took out “Command tower” and the % of more resources, it was the only good thing. But the game feels bad. I didn’t like the graphics, couldn’t find anti-aliasing. The towers feels lame, so you have to build too much towers, making a visual pollution. The level 3 towers don’t feel powerful at all, the inferno tower can’t target properly, and even the level 3 inferno tower won’t make damage… and won’t burn a lot of aliens…
Tesla don’t feel particularly useful. Missile too. All towers seem a bit of the same…, just spam and spam towers all over the map.
DG1 was so detailed. Every one of tower you built or upgraded felt important and unique, and some very powerful.

Verdict: 30/100

System Requirements:
OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.0, Windows 8.1
Processor: Dual core CPU 2.0Ghz or faster
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 10 video card with shader 4 support and Passmark Video Benchmark of 160 or above such as the following: ATI Radeon HD3650 or better (HD3650-HD8000, RX200-RX300+) (Radeon HD 4200 and HD 4250 not included) NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or newer (8800, 9600-9800, or 100-700+) (GeForce 8600M not included) Intel HD Graphics 2500 or higher
DirectX: Version 10
Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Additional Notes: DG2 requires a multi-core processor and at least 3 GB of RAM on your computer to run. DG2 relies on a DirectX 10.0 or later graphics engine which means it runs on Windows Vista, Win7, Win8, and Win8.1. DG2 will not run on Windows XP. DG2 requires a video graphics card or chipset that supports DirectX10, video cards made with current technology after November 2006 (up to 7 years old). Compatible graphics cards include any AMD Radeon graphics card with the “HD” or “RX” designation (HD2000-HD8000, RX200-RX300+), any NVIDIA card after and including the 8000 series (8000, 9000, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, and 700+ series), and any Intel graphics chipsets released on the GMA X3100 (2007) architecture and later (GL960, GM965, B43, Q43+, G41, G43, G45, GL40, GS40, GM43, GS45, Core i3 integrated graphics or later, Intel “HD Graphics” or later). DG2 requires Steam to run.



Genre: Indie, Strategy
Developer: Hidden Path Entertainment
Publisher: 505 Games
Release Date: 23 Sep, 2014

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter PC Game Review and more

GameInfo: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an adventure video game created by the independent development studio The Astronauts.
Plot: The story of the game revolves around a detective with paranormal powers investigating the fictional Red Creek Valley. At the start of the game the detective receives a letter from a young boy named Ethan Carter who claims to be in danger. It is now up to the detective to explore Red Creek Valley and investigate its dark secrets.
Review: Nice premise, nice visuals, but the game completely lacks direction or logic. You are supposed to be a living breathing human detective, who sets out to find a missing boy named Ethan (as explained in prequel comic); but:
1. you arrive to the middle of nowhere ON FOOT, through long abandoned train tunnel, which of you go through backwards leads you to the same area as you entered it in
2. you can survive fall from a cliff

I went in expecting strictly atmospheric investigation game with some paranormal, and even if game somewhat started as that, it was rather quickly broken by jump scare undead (zombie?) attack in the mine.

Another fault of the game is that it is essentially walking simulator, with trying to find object you can interact with.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter had potential, but it went down the drain.

Verdict: 20/100

System Requirements:

OS: WindowsXP SP3 or higher
Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent AMD
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX9c compliant card with 512MB of VRAM
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 9 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX9c compliant



Genre: Adventure, Indie
Developer: The Astronauts
Publisher: The Astronauts
Release Date: 25 Sep, 2014

The Masterplan PC Game Review and more

GameInfo: The Masterplan is a tactical top-down criminal simulator. You can plan heists and robberies, while trying to watch out for cops.

Review: Just got the game Played one heist and can tell this is something that can be great the option on weither you want to go loud or keep it quite is all right there its just up to you to execute it properly all and all so far a really a good game.

Verdict: 79/100

System Requirements:

OS: Windows Vista or later
Processor: Intel Core™ 2 Duo or faster
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 256 MB OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card
Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
Sound Card: Yes
Additional Notes: Recommend a two-button mouse + mouse wheel



Genre: Action, Indie, Strategy, Early Access
Developer: Shark Punch
Publisher: Shark Punch
Release Date: 15 Sep, 2014

Fifa 15 PC Game Review and more

GameInfo: New to this year’s installment, players have memories and will show emotion based on the context of the match. With over 600 new emotional reactions, players now respond to pivotal moments on the pitch – bad tackles, missed chances, epic goals – as they would in real life. Refined commentary highlights unique fan reactions, while chants and behaviors will be relevant to country or even your club. New bench reactions, side line character animations, 10-man goal celebrations, and more will strive to keep you engaged in the story of the match. Your teammates and opponents now recognize what’s happening in the match and will adjust their tactics just like real players.

Review: Pros: Game is considerably more exciting to play. It’s not as easy to Steam Roll superior team on Amateur; the AI is much more intelligent. Navigational Control of the ball with attitude I have never seen in Fifa 14; most notably when one picks up the Skilled Dribbler Specialty. The visual graphics are incredible compared to Fifa 14; if one doesn’t pay close attention… the crowd looks very diverse…

It’s a tad bit harder to score with the same sense of feel used in Fifa 14; one can’t just mash the button and get ball in the upper corners of the goal.

My game is unstable in Fullscreen mode and I have to run windowed to keep it form freezing; when game does freeze I would just Ctrl+Tab to go to windowed mode and it unlocks. Still better than having to lose the whole match and Save Point.

If one just barely misses the post, the ball will bounce off instead of flying out of bounds.

Still can’t see the contract length with your current club.

The music compared to Fifa 14 sucks; they tried to reinvent the wheel.

All in all, I still enjoy playing Fifa 15 over Fifa 14. The control is much better and one can actually draw fouls in Fifa 15 with ease. I used to never get fouled in Fifa 14; but I have noticed that the AI does some heavy tackles in Fifa 15 and it does irk me when I get heavy tackled 3 times in a row and no foul is called…. It’s still realistic about fouls…

Verdict: 93/100

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Genre: Sports
Style: Soccer
Themes: Professional Athletics
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: EA Sports
Supported Gamepads

TransOcean – The Shipping Company PC Game Review and more

GameInfo: TransOcean – The Shipping Company is your ticket to the world of gigantic ships and transnational transport empires. Build a mighty fleet of modern merchant ships and conquer the seven seas. Track your routes and real time, take the controls as ships enter and leave the harbor, and see to it that freight gets loaded efficiently. Keep in mind that time is money! Excessive lay days are taboo.

55 of the largest and best known, as well as the most exotic harbors in the world await your visit; one of these is your home harbor, which you will choose yourself. Every harbor has its advantages and disadvantages, so you should carefully consider which one you choose. A highly polished bonus system will lend an element of suspense to every decision.
And with 20 classes of ship available, you will have to bear a lot of factors in mind: is your new ship designed for the Panama Canal, or will you have to take a longer route? Would you rather take the shortest route through the Suez Canal, or head for the ports of Africa to land other lucrative assignments? Are you likely to encounter a storm on your chosen route, or is there currently a threat of piracy somewhere along the way? Is there even adequate space at your destination port for your newest freighter?

Painstakingly crafted harbors based on real-world models as well as realistic ships and routes make TransOcean – The Shipping Company a unique gaming experience. An elaborate trade system with dynamic prices allows you to constantly keep an eye on the most lucrative routes, as this is the only way you can secure the best jobs. Try to keep a balance between expenses and profit, and keep your nerve when you have to choose between different possibilities: would it pay to smuggle goods, or would you risk your good reputation? Then consider that the more successful you are and the better your reputation is, the better the offers you will receive. In online mode, you can compete with other players for the more lucrative routes and the best prices; the law of supply and demand applies in this case. Numerous paths can lead you to your goal – find the right strategy to continually expand your empire and become the most successful transport company of all time!

Review: TransOcean – The Shipping Company could be seen as a spiritual sequel to the old PC game Ports Of Call. For people interested in the world of shipping by sea and an interest for tycoon games this sounds like the great happening of 2014. And I would like to be straight forward and tell you that it is, as long as playing multiplayer with friends; isn’t a must.

When playing you can choose from playing a campaign or too freely explore the game. I would recommend the campaign as it gives you the possibility to do tutorials and also gives you missions to complete. In the campaign you start-off by selecting your home port and buying your first ship. Early in the game you are locked to Europe and some 10+ ports. Each port have their own design and some also landmarks from their real counterpart. Later on you get access to the whole world and number of ports is increased to a total of 55 giving you enough to explore. When having all ship-classes unlocked there is 22 different types to choose from giving you good variation. Overall gameplay is fun and it’s easy too be sucked into the game and constantly saying: Just one more shipload! There are a few things missing though, just to mention one crucial: Multiplay. The developers say pricing is dependent on how others play but when playing you neither feel or count every single € to see differences. Another feature that would have been nice would be: Routes. The possibility to set up a route between two ports with predetermined cargo and assigning to specific ships to follow by automatic. But again, overall a very fun gaming experience.

As the year is 2014 and computer graphics have come long since the first release of Ports Of Call. Expectations is to find 3D-graphics with detailed water, objects and terrain. You do get them all and they do look quite nice for this kind of game. Together with the pretty menus you get an overall good looking experience. When it comes to performance my computer isn’t the best for reference as I built it for games like Battlefield and Flight simulator. It do run very well on my system on highest settings and with the available amount of settings it should be possible to get it smooth even on an entry-level gaming computer or a more expensive home-pc/laptop.

In conclusion this is a fun, good looking, singleplayer tycoon game. It has good potential for the developers to add some more content trough DLCs or updates (did I say passenger traffic?) and will give you many hours of fun.

Verdict: 80/100

System Requirements:


OS: Windows Vista/7/8
Processor: Dual Core 2 GHz (AMD or Intel)
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 7600 Series/ATI Radeon X1600 or better (min. 256 MB VRAM)
DirectX: Version 9.0
Hard Drive: 5 GB available space


OS: Windows Vista/7/8
Processor: Dual Core 2,66 GHz (AMD or Intel)
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: ATI 4800 Series or comparable with 512 MB VRAM
DirectX: Version 9.0
Hard Drive: 5 GB available space



Genre: Casual, Simulation, Strategy
Developer: Deck 13 Hamburg
Publisher: astragon Software GmbH
Release Date: 23 Sep, 2014

Runers PC Game Review and more

GameInfo: Runers is a top-down rogue-like dungeon shooter where the player explores a vast underground labyrinth and faces fierce monsters and bosses. As the game advances further into the dungeon, she gathers Runes, which are be used to combine into 285 unique spells.

Review: A beautiful game. The graphics are old school, but frankly, that only adds to its allure.

If you like top down bullet-hell Rogue-likes (think Binding of Isaac, but with more bullets), then you will love this. Don’t be fooled by the graphics; Runers comes with a ton of content. Not only are there hundreds of different rune combinations and spells, there is also an insane variety of enemies and bosses, and a ton of customizability, offered by your starting choices and then your randomized trait offerings as you level up and enter new floors.

This game will not let you rest. You will not grow lax while playing this game. You will be dodging madly, holding down the mouse madly and slamming your fingers down on keys, trying to outrace the frenetic speed of the game. The difficulty scales nicely through the game, and there are five different levels for all kinds of players.

This is an amazing Rogue-like that uses every bit of its potential to shine brightly. It’s pretty easy to get over the graphics when the gameplay draws one in so completely. It is basically glitch-free, with nothing game-crashing, and has an amazing amount of randomization and customizability. Each game you play, you will gain experience, knowledge of new spells and rune combinations, and hopefully a few more spells for your RuneDex. You’ll get small but not-completely-insignificant in-game boosts and understanding of enemies and patterns, and you will build upon your past games to get better in future ones.

This game has seemingly infinite replay value and is just amazing. I recommend it anyone who likes Roguelikes, bullet hells, or even just good, solid replay value. This has the potential to become a classic with a fan following rivaling that of Binding of Isaac. Mastertronic got this right the first time, and the developers are still improving, correcting, and bug fixing with impressive speed.

Runers is beautiful. Go and get it!

Verdict: 80/100

System Requirements:

OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, Windows 8
Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 8800 or equivalent.
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible.



Genre: Indie, RPG
Developer: LGK Games
Publisher: Mastertronic
Release Date: 2 Sep, 2014

WWE 2K15 PC Review and more

GameInfo: The next generation of WWE video games has arrived! WWE 2K15 will usher in a new era of WWE video games and deliver the gaming experience that fans have sought for generations!

Review: N/A

System Requirements:



Developers: Visual Concepts Yuke’s
Publisher: 2K Sports
Distributor: Take-Two Interactive
Series: WWE 2K
Platforms: PC-Windows(Steam) PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release date:
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
NA October 28, 2014
EU October 31, 2014
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
NA November 18, 2014
EU November 21, 2014
Genres: Professional wrestling, Fighting
Modes: Single player Multiplayer