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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is a new entry in the long-running series on PS4 and PS Vita. Read our Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA to see why it is a must-have game!
I’m a huge fan of the Ys series, having played several entries in the long-running series, so you bet I was very happy to get a chance to review Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA. It’s been a while since the release of Ys VII, which launched in 2009, and five years since the release of Ys: Memories of Celceta on PlayStation Vita. This time around, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is available both on PlayStation 4 and on PlayStation Vita, bringing us a brand new adventure to enjoy.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA features gorgeous graphics and an amazing story, not to mention fun gameplay mechanics and challenging boss fights you can’t just button-mash your way out of. The game follows the story of Adol Christian who ends up shipwrecked on an island that is said to be cursed. Adol must explore the Island and uncover its many mysteries as he looks for survivors of the shipwreck, eventually building a new village. The survivors that you manage to rescue will provide you with their services in return for bringing them to safety.
The game’s story is great, with several twists and turns to discover as you play, which I won’t spoil in here! And along with the main campaign, there are a ton of side-quests you can take part in. You can end up spending dozens of hours on side-quests alone before even making a dent on the actual storyline in the game!
Combat is real-time and quite fast-paced. It’s not a button mash type of game, so you’ll need to properly prepare for them and strategize as needed. This is especially true for bosses since you’ll need to find and learn their movement and attack patterns or else they’ll make short work of you. There is also an EX System in place in which you’ll be able to full up a meter that will then allow you to do massive damage – I suggest you save these for bosses so that can considerably increase your odds of survival. To use your EX Skills, hold down the L1 and R2 buttons simultaneously and you’r ready to go!
You can switch characters on the fly at anytime, so you will get to experience the abilities of different characters as you progress. At the start, you only have Laxia to switch, but you will eventually have more characters in your group to mix and match as needed. There are many abilities to learn and level up, adding a nice dash of variety to the game. Variety is the spice of life, right?
One of my favorite activities in the game, along with foraging for ingredients and hunting for treasure chests, is fishing. Fishing is awesome in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA, and could pretty much have been its own separate game. Trust me, once you can fish you will spend hours doing that at every chance you get!
As expected, this massive game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, and you’re going to have to take the long road towards that Platinum! There are plenty of quests to complete and rewards to obtain, as well as a relationship system that will affect things here and there, not to mention the multiple endings in the game! You’ll also get to unlock some trophies for fully exploring maps, which is certainly a treat since each area is gorgeous – the scenery and locations will push you to search everywhere for new areas to experience!
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is a massive game for PlayStation 4 and Vita with so much to do. It’s a very fun and gorgeous game with a solid story, making this a game that you have to play on PlayStation 4 today. It’s definitely now in the running for Game of the Year (at least in my book), and hopefully you will feel the same once you get started with your adventure!
Disclaimer This Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA review is based on a PS4 copy provided by NIS America.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a couch co-op game in which you navigate from planet to planet in order to recover lost life forms. Read our Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime review!
The game is all about relationships and teamwork and being able to work in harmony while in space to be able to solve puzzles and save an assortment of animals from their predicaments. Your teamwork skills in this game will be tested either in single player with an AI co-op partner, in the form of a pet, or in full co-op mode with a friend or a significant other.
The ship you’re maneuvering has a lot of stations in it, since each station has a different purpose. For instance, one is for moving the ship, another is for firing up the upper turret, another is to show the map. You and your partner must synchronize your efforts so that the ship reaches its destination while recovering the captive life forms. It’s a fun premise, and you can even play with your kids! I let my daughter once in charge of the ship, only to see her ram into a planet… which is when I awarded her the title of Turret Master, as I realized I had to take care of the navigation.
I love playing with my kids, and since each mission is short, we had several short gameplay bursts right before their bed time. This is definitively a game you want to add to your collection if you’re looking for a fun co-op experience. Even if you’re playing on your own, I’m happy to report that the AI is very good, which is usually not the case for AI companions.
Be sure to give this one a go as it’s worthy of your time and money, especially since it’s currently part of the Flash Sale and available at a considerable discount!
After a lot of hype, Agents of Mayhem is finally available on PlayStation 4. Did it live up to it? Read our Agents of Mayhem review to find out!
Two years after their last release, Volition is back with a new open world adventure titled Agents of Mayhem, a spin-off to the popular Saints Row series, set right after the events of Gat out of Hell. Should you join the Multinational AgencY Hunting Evil Masterminds (M.A.Y.H.E.M.) to stop the League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations (L.E.G.I.O.N.)?
Welcome to Seoul, the city of tomorrow. After a short cinematic you’re thrown right into the action with the three initial agents available in the game: Fortune, a notorious sky pirate who gets help from her drone Glory; Hardtack, a former Chief Petty Officer who goes head on against his enemies with his shotgun and harpoon; and Hollywood, the “Face of MAYHEM,” the aspiring actor armed to the [perfect] teeth with his rifle.
The Saints Row series has always put you in control of a single character, so the first thing we can notice from this spin-off is that you can control a total of twelve agents, each with his/her own distinct abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. When leaving your base to go on missions, you’ll be able to choose the three agents who’ll be part of your squad for taking care of all missions.
Speaking of missions, there’s a ton of them, as is the case for most open world adventures. You’ve obviously got your main story missions, but then there are optional missions, crystal shards to collect (over 300!) that allow you to upgrade your character skills, and more. All those missions and objectives will earn you experience for your squad agents and money that can be used to purchase upgrades. Another interesting aspect is that the experience and money you’ll get varies based on the difficulty setting you’re currently playing on. Speaking of which, we’re not talking about two or three difficulty levels, as there’s is a total of sixteen difficulty settings!
As for how the game plays, you’re looking at your typical third-person action game where you move around the city to a mission starting point, on foot or by car, start your mission and shoot around to achieve your goals. While that sounds pretty much like all the other open world games out there (which is not a bad thing if you like the genre), the fact that you can switch between your three agents during the missions makes the planning important so that you can make sure you’re using the right agents for the job.
One thing you’ll notice while playing the game is the nice visuals, full of bright colors with a nice mix of futuristic and traditional buildings throughout Seoul. While not as jaw-dropping as a game like, say, the latest Uncharted, the game does look great. PS4 Pro owners can expect a couple of enhancements to the visuals, including full HDR support and a maximum output of 60 fps.
It’s been a while since I played an open world game, the last one being inFamous Second Son (which I loved Platinumed), so I was eager to try this one out, especially since I never got around to try any of the Saints Row games. I can report that the game is very fun and that I’m still playing it even after writing this review thanks to all the agents you can choose from and the variety they bring to the gameplay. How could I not have fun when one of the character’s special MAYHEM attack involves a boom box that stuns enemies and inflicts them with Sick Dance Moves? There are also some skin packs available as DLC, so that you can, for example, dress up pretty boy Hollywood as the Man of Iron, if you know what I mean.
If you’re on the hunt for some trophies, this is going to take a while. It’s a grindy one but not a hard one. For example, there’s a trophy that involves clearing missions on the 7th difficulty (or higher), but since you also have to get all your agents at level 20 (and one at level 40), it’ll probably be a piece of cake by then. The only trophy that seems a bit intense for me is for Connected Contracts. You basically have 24 hours in realtime to complete a set of given objectives, such as, for example, killing 300 enemies of three different types (a total of 900 enemies). This one pretty much demands that you play the game for a considerable amount of time during that window of opportunity, so be ready!
Final Thoughts Volition has done something great with Agents of Mayhem. It does a good job at being a spin-off that can stand on its own, providing players with a lot of content and a lot of variety to keep them busy for a long time. Fans of open world games and/or the Saints Row series definitely need to play this game. I hope it’s not the last we’ve seen of the M.A.Y.H.E.M. organization, since I would certainly be up for playing a sequel or two!
Disclaimer This Agents of Mayhem review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Deep Silver.
Pressure Overdrive is a twin-stick action racing game from Chasing Carrots. Is it a good one? Read our Pressure Overdrive review to find out!
Step up a gear with Pressure Overdrive! Start your steam buggy and join “La Resistance”. It’s still time to prevent Count Soap from powering his Uber-Spa with stolen water! In Pressure Overdrive you drive through an action packed world, filled with crazy characters and funky humor. This game will challenge your skills, while you race, ram and blast your way through countless bullets and enemies. Customize your buggy for clever play styles and have a friend join the cause in local coop mode. “La Resistance” counts on you! Do you have what it takes?
Pressure Overdrive – Launch trailer
Pressure Overdrive starts as Morgan – our main protagonist – wants to go swimming in the lake right next to his house. Unfortunately, he soon notices that a band of evildoers took away all the water off. Morgan decides to race up the now dry riverbed in order to reclaim his river. It’s honestly a silly premise, but it perfectly sets the comical tone for the rest of the game!
In essence, Pressure Overdrive is a twin stick shooter in which the left stick steers your buggy, and the right one shoots with your equipped weapon. Your buggy runs on pressure (hence the game name), and you need pressure to fire shots so that you can destroy your enemies. If you run out of pressure, your buggy won’t stop and will only shoot (really) slowly. But fear not as destroying other buggies will reward you with a small pressure bonus.
There is also a garage available where you can buy upgrades for your buggy or increase its defense. When upgrading your buggy, you’ll need to consider that some upgrades use more pressure, so you’ll eventually need to buy upgrades that increase the available pressure. I also had fun reading the short descriptions for the upgrades!
Pressure Overdrive features three different game modes. You’ll want to begin with the campaign which will lead you through the riverbed and up to recover your lake. Then there is a Free Play, followed by Endless. In Endless you will go through waves of enemies in smaller races than those found in the main campaign. Once you reach the end of a segment, you are greeted by a Slot Wheel which will give you the chance to earn one of four temporary or permanent upgrades (depending on your luck), which will be available until your buggy explodes – and when that happens you can rank your score in the online leaderboards. There is even a couch co-op mode available!
The presentation of Pressure Overdrive is impressive as the game, making this a gorgeous and colorful game running at a solid 60fps. As you progress through the game, you’ll also get to check out different cutscenes and meet epic bosses, which sometimes made me feel as if I was watching a Saturday morning cartoon! The soundtrack for the game is also catchy and you might find yourself humming a tune or two after you’ve finished your gaming session.
Final Thoughts I liked playing through Pressure Overdrive, and had fun with the way each race was setup. The environments look great and the game runs very smoothly. There are a ton of upgrades you can add to your buggy so that you can customize your experience, adding a lot of replay value to the game – especially when you factor in Endless mode and the leaderboards.
————————- Cost: $12.99 PSN Game size: 1.0GB (PS4)
Disclaimer This Pressure Overdrive review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Chasing Carrots.
Pentadimensional Games is currently working on Megaton Rainfall, a game they plan to release on PlayStation VR on September 26. Check out some new info and screens for the game!
Alfonso del Cerro from Pentadimensional Games had this to say:
Megaton Rainfall fills the market gap of “games that let you control an indestructible superbeing who can fly at supersonic speeds across the Earth facing a global alien invasion and preventing the destruction of one city after another.”
Yes, at the beginning of the game you can only roam the Earth, from the bottom of the ocean to the stratosphere, looking for threats.
Later, this freedom of movement will increase, letting you fly to the Moon or walk across the surface of the Sun — not quite a standard in the FPS genre.
Ultra Hyperball from Springloaded is now out on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about this quirky indie release in our Ultra Hyperball review!
Ultra Hyperball is a Nintendo Switch exclusive release where you are tasked with keeping a “ball” in play at all times without letting it touch the ground. Things kick-off with a tutorial for the basics of the game, which are very basic: jump with the B button to hit the ball to send it flying higher and higher. Hit it at the perfect time, and you’ll send it flying even further up.
The game includes a Story Mode, a Co-Op Mode, and a Battle Mode. For Story Mode, you start your journey as someone who is working at his parents’ ramen shop, someone who is not happy with how his life has turned out. His dream is to join the Hyperball Federation, but he’s already 17 years old, which in Hyperball years is probably like being 30 or something. You play some Hyperball on the side, practicing at every chance you get.
For each stage in the game, you’ll be given a goal and a chance to win a Bronze, Silver or Gold medal depending on how good you are. Bronze is the main type of medal you’ll be collecting as it is awarded for completing the main requirement for beating a stage. Silver and Gold demand that you get several perfect hits for every stage, with Gold pretty much requiring a perfect set of perfects. As you play, you’ll get to unlock new characters to play as which are merely a cosmetic change as all characters behave in the same way.
Will you be able to help the main character make his dream come true by showing the world he’s got what it takes to make it in the world of Hyperball? You’ll need to be careful and not get cocky, because as soon as you comfortable with “Press B button to jump,” you’ll be introduced to a new gameplay setting in which you’ll need to tap on a big arrow on the screen to make your character jump… right before a second character is added to the mix and you’re asked to juggle two balls at the same time as you try to survive until the timer reaches zero. And what will you do when another player enters the screen? And another one? And another one? You’ll run out of fingers or injure yourself if you’re not careful!
There are other control methods in the game that will unlock as you complete each set of stages, keeping the single player experience fresh. Each set of five levels will give you a new challenge to tackle with a new control scheme before you take on the final challenge in a large stadium where thousands will be rooting for you.
As for the multiplayer portion of the game, up to four players can take on either the co-op challenges in which all work towards reaching a common goal, or in the battle mode where each player is out to try and become number one. Co-Op features 20 levels in total to complete while Battle Mode consisting of three different types of Vs. Battles: reaching the target height first, getting the target number of hits, getting the most points and a random set.
I liked Ultra Hyperball, but your mileage may vary. The single player campaign can be completed in a couple of hours at most if you’re trying to get silver or gold medals for all stages, but the Co-Op and Battle modes greatly increase the game’s replay value. If you have 1-3 friends to join in on the activities, the mayhem that will follow will more than make this a good option for your collection. But if you don’t like the repetitive nature of the game, then you certainly won’t enjoy its dozens of stages.
Disclaimer This Ultra Hyperball review is based on a Nintendo Switch code provided by Springloaded.
Fun arcade-style release that is even more fun with friends.