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Review - Farm Together

The release of Farm Together hit at a great time for me, being in a stage where I just wanted something that didn't demand that much of an effort or thought process to play it, but still want a game that offered some fun and allowed me to chillout and forget about things for an hour or two. Farming games on console tend to be decent sellers these days, with things like Stardew Valley, Real Farm, and certainly in the case of games like Farming Simulator being looked at fondly by most gamers, and Farming Sim doing so well it sees a yearly release. Farm Together isn't as tasking as Farming Sim mind you, with Farm Together being one of those games that will be both enjoyable to kids, as well as adults who really want to dig deep, having the feeling of games such as A world of Keflings and Viva Pinata.

Starting the game you are given three options of how you want the terrain to be, those options being either default, watery, steep, with one more option being hard mode offering a f…
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New Games Announced For Xbox Game Pass This February

The Inside Xbox team revealed yet another decent offering to those with an Xbox Game Pass sub last night, with a bunch of new games coming to service this February, and Crackdown 3 also coming February 15th. The full list of games coming can be found below.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (February 7) – Xbox One X Enhanced
The climactic finale to Lara Croft’s origin story has arrived on Xbox Game Pass. A dangerous and mysterious organization known as Trinity sends Lara on a thrilling action adventure through deadly jungles, treacherous underwater caves, and the most challenging tombs in the game’s history. To survive, she’ll have to become one with the jungle, use the environment to strike her foes quickly and quietly, sow fear in their ranks, and discover what it really means to be the Tomb Raider.

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (February 7)
Play as Lee Everett, a man with a criminal past given a chance at redemption — protecting a young girl named Clementine during a zombie apoc…

Review - Crayola Scoot

Crayola Scoot was one of those games I went into knowing what to expect. This after watching many preview videos who all seemingly found it hard not to mention a Tony Hawk's games while showing what it offered. Kinda like when you see a new top-down-racer and have to hold in games like Micro Machines, or a new fighting game and end up dropping Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter in the mix. We all do it, and half the time the actual gameplay doesn't come anywhere close to the classic games we mention. Deep down inside I knew this would be the case when loading up Crayola Scoot for myself, but I had to see it with my own eyes of course, as I'm not afraid of ever being proved wrong. Sure enough, the only similarities to this and a Tony Hawk game are the fact you ride on a thing with wheels around areas and perform tricks, and that boys and girls is where it ends.

Crayola Scoot goes for the bright and colourful world seen in games such as Splatoon, with the game certainly aimed …

Review - Nickelodeon Kart Racers

A quick review this one, with the game being aimed at a younger audience who are certainly not going to be interested in my normal waffling seen in other reviews. Gotta keep it PG this one.

Kart games are adored by both the young and older generation of gamers out there, with the older ones like myself being spoilt when it comes to good kart racers we've been lucky to play over the years. Any kart review always has to name-check the legendary kart racer that is Mario Kart, but I've also got fond memories of games such as Madagascar Karts, Sonic All-Stars if you're pushing it a little, and even games like Beach Buggy Racing, as I lost hours of that back when the kids played anything other than Fortnite and Roblox.

Nickelodeon Kart Racers gives players 12 nick favourites to choose from, with modes being somewhat limited, yet tracks offering a decent selection but not really throwing up anything different upon getting to race in each one.
Modes first, and single players can,…

Review - Override Mech City Brawl

Okay now, full disclosure situation. I was already interested in this one before it's release, so I was chuffed when Tone asked me to ├žover it. You see, although I'm not usually a big lover of fighting games, I think the last one I played solidly was Mortal Kombat 2, the concept for this one really caught my eye and got me interested. Giant mechs are a cool subject, no matter how you cut it. And movies like Transformers and Pacific Rim have really brought the concept firmly into the mainstream imagination.

So, let's see what we have, shall we? The description from the game's website seems a good place to start, as it does a nice job of letting us know want we're gonna get.
"OVERRIDE-MECH CITY BRAWL
No gears, no glory! Control gigantic fighting robots and duke it out across fantastic cityscapes in this 3D mech-based brawler!
Epic and explosive battles await with anime-inspired mechs in local and online versus game modes, party co-op with 2 to 4 players, and a sin…

Review - Hitman 2

Cutting to the chase, I am perhaps one of the worst people to ask when it comes to being a stealthy, quick thinking assassin in any video game, let alone one who must use his surroundings and anything he can get his hands on to wipe out numerous targets. Agent 47 while supposedly being a great hitman in video game lore, in my hands is like if Mr Bean was given a silenced pistol and told to go at it and not cause too much damage. Hitman 2 takes what made the last game a great little adventure and......well, puts a 2 in the game title and offers you some new locations to mess about in, and just have a bit of innocent mass murdering fun in them.

What does it offer I hear you ask? Well, the game offers owners of the original game the chance to dip back into previous levels and take them on again if they so wish, but the game also offers new locations for you to play too. Never played a Hitman game before? Well, it's all pretty simple stuff. You can just load up a location and take do…

Review - Chasm

So, this is one I knew very little about before it appeared in my inbox, but I was interested in it from the get-go. I've always had a love for the Metroidvania style of game. Ever since playing Super Metroid for the first time, I've had a soft spot for the particular gameplay hook of re-exploring previous areas with new skills, allowing you to open up even more areas, and discover even more skills. Eventually though, across multiple playthroughs, you get to know every route, you remember every shortcut, and have every item location memorized. That great feeling of exploration, of discovering secrets, is lessened, and eventually lost completely, because you know exactly where everything is. Wouldn't it be nice if it was different each time? If every time you played, you had a new layout to explore? The people over at Bit Kid, Inc certainly thought so and decided to work a procedurally generated layout into the design of its newest release, meaning that although you'll…

Review - The Long Journey Home

For as long as I can remember, I've found space and technology absolutely fascinating. Both in reality and in fiction. Especially in fiction, I suppose. Anything sci-fi would instantly catch my eye and franchises like StarWars and StarTrek had a major impact on my formative years. The idea of journeying between the stars, discovering new life and new worlds is fertile ground for the imagination and the concept is obviously ripe for a video game. I'm sure many people like the idea of sailing between the stars, captaining a crew, exploring the universe and that feeling is what "The Long Journey Home" tries to tap into.

The game has a simple premise. You hand-pick a crew, choose a ship and lander, then head off into the endless void. Your mission? To test humanities latest breakthrough, an engine capable of interstellar travel. While on this maiden voyage, something goes wrong. When the jump drive is activated, it mis-fires, flinging the ship and crew far across the ga…