Chimeraland by Pixel Soft is an unpolished experience with minor bugs, but it is still weirdly fun. Player races and various creatures are some of the oddest things I have seen in any MMO. The layout of the UI for PC is not intuitive compared to mobile, and there are localization issues. Players may be turned away by some of the graphics and the initial learning curve. But if you can get by these issues, there is a lot of game here for players who enjoy exploration, survival building mechanics, and pet collection/evolution. While many of Chimeraland’s systems at a base level can feel familiar, it is a unique experience.
Stardock has created a game with good bones. Some of the new systems, such as the core world management and ideology system, add to/improve the game. Unfortunately, other systems feel tedious at times. They are not broken per se but are not quite there yet. They either bog down the gameplay or lack impact on the experience. The core gameplay loop is decent, but it just didn’t hook me into feeling the need to play one more turn before bed. If you enjoy the series, Galactic Civilizations IV is worth picking up. Otherwise, I would wait for a few patches or DLC to help flesh out some of the systems.
Demeo: PC Edition is a great game if you want to relax with a small group of friends and play a turn-based virtual tabletop RPG. While the graphics are stylized, they fit the atmosphere. The music, sound effects, and voiceover create an engaging and fun experience. We laughed at critical moments when a key attack would miss, only for then the character to spin and hit an ally. When an excellently placed spell or lucky bomb took our multiple enemies, we sighed with relief. In the early morning, we played just one more turn to try and finish the module. Priced at $29.99 this early access game is well worth it and there is more content on the way.
Zenith: The Last City, by RamenVR, has been a hard game to rate. It is an excellent VR experience that shows what the future of a fully realized VR MMORPG could look like, and Zenith could be that MMORPG with time. The game can be a grind, especially when soloing. But the combat, group activities, and box price all are on target. Features like climbing and gliding make for a uniquely VR experience. But lack of content and the existing bugs are currently holding it back from being a must-own VR title.
Creative Assembly has done a great job with the final entry in the series. I am really enjoying Total War: Warhammer III, but it may not be for everyone since specific mechanics, like the spawning chaos gates, could become tedious for some players as the campaign progresses. The story could also not resonate with some players. I personally have enjoyed the prologue and campaigns, but I could see it missing the mark depending on how interested someone is in the daemons and the Choas Gods. The game does have some technical problems, and I am a touch disappointed with parts of the enemy AI. But the single-player story, new features, and solid multiplayer offerings are top-notch. If you are a fan of the previous games or this genre, this is a must-play title.
Overall, the expansion is good. The graphics still hold up, combat is fun, and the new zones are interesting to explore. The developers did a great job with the story, and while the ending was a bit of a letdown it leaves enough open story threads for hopefully something interesting in a future patch. Everquest 2 Visions of Vetrovia kept me engaged and rekindled my interest in EQ 2 to the point where I have started a new Monk and am already level 50.
ForeVR Games Inc. released their second game ForeVR Darts, recreating another activity that I grew up playing. Shortly before the holidays, I had the chance to play a few matches with Co-Founder/CEO Marcus Segal and chat about the game. Was the team successful with darts like they were with bowling? Check out our interview and review.
While you don't have an actual bowling ball in your hand, and there are still few things missing compared to the live experience. ForeVR Bowl does an excellent job of making bowling in VR fun. For $19.99 USD it is hard to pass up, and the game is even more fun to play with friends. I can't wait to see the next round of improvements.
The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos – Ruins of Limis is the first DLC for the turn-based dungeon crawler released by developed Artefacts Studio and publisher Dear Villagers. The party of questionable adventures continues their adventure in a new area filled with the undead. Unfortunately, the short outing doesn't live up to the fun of the base campaign. Check out what works and what didn't in our review.
Swarm is an arcade-style shooter by Greensky Games with face-paced action and a quirky storyline. Between the colorful enemies, bright environments, and high-energy music, it is a blast to play. Does it have enough replay value to keep the fun going long-term? Check it out in our review.