Monthly Archives: April 2018

A Robot Named Fight! – Switch Review

by Jason Parker (Ragachak)

A Robot Named Fight - Start

Every legend starts at the beginning.

A Robot Named Fight reminds me of “A Tribe Called Quest” – You have to say the whole thing, every time. But I love Metroidvania’s, that’s well documented. So when I saw that A Robot Named Fight is a Metroidvania Roguelite, I was immediately interested. The last one I played, Dead Cells, was absolutely phenomenal, and I really need to go back to playing that. So, I found A Robot Named Fight and oh goodness, did it deliver. There is not much in the way of the story, that’s pretty threadbare. But what it lacks in story, it makes up for in creativity, action, and really does live up to the Metroidvania/Roguelite tags. A lot of games use stuff like that as a buzzword, simply to pop people and get them excited. You play as the titular “Fight”, A robot in a world of robotics. However, this robotic land has been overrun by horrific, organic creatures that spit bile, explode, and are in general, pretty damn annoying.

A Robot Named Fight - hidden items

But you cannot truly fight evil alone.

So every playthrough is a bit different, thanks to procedurally generated content. But it also shows the Seed for each playthrough, which is pretty awesome. All you have to do is enter that Seed/password, and you can try that particular set-up again. The controls feel similar to Super Metroid, in that you use L/R triggers to aim diagonally up and down, plus you can always aim up, and jump to shoot down. To be frank, this game feels like a combination of Super Metroid, Dead Cells, and Super Turrican on the SNES all in one delightful package. The controls are nice and sharp, and Fight has a floaty, Super Metroid jump, where he spins if you move forward while jumping, and stays vertical if you jump then move left or right. I love this jump, but you absolutely have to be careful when using it, because a lot of the platforms you jump to are very small, and that does lead me to one of the next points of frustration.

A Robot Named Fight - Upgrade

The Megabeast is a fitting name for the evil threat.

You start off with a very small HP pool, which is challenging on its own. Thankfully, you get brief invincibility frames when you take damage. The downside is that the invincibility does not last long, By the time the invincibility wears off, the odds of you taking damage again are incredibly high. I have died so many times because I fell onto spikes, tried to jump out of the spikes, only to take damage again. Speaking of damage, there are lots of different types of guns you can find, from rockets to electrically charged shots, and they’re almost always off the beaten path. Early in runs though you’ll be able to tell, because once you’ve seen a type of door you can’t enter, the requisite gun is probably close by. Instead of gaining more rockets for that style of gun, for example, you have a Megaman-style meter (for both health and weapons), and that leads me to how you find things.

A Robot Named Fight - Boss

This is one of several bosses I did battle with.

There are so many secrets hidden in this game, but thankfully, it’s terribly hard to miss some of them. If the ground/wall is slightly cracked, it’s a very good chance you can shoot through it to walk through to move on/find a secret passage, and if it’s just one tiny crack, that’s probably where you might find a damage boost, a new weapon, et cetera. From different guns, a transformation and so much more, exploring this doomed world is well-rewarded. Defeating bosses also rewards cool upgrades, and should you die while the boss is dying (which has happened more than once), that save file will still have that item start appearing. When you die, you start at the beginning, but you have three save files. Every so often, (when you see a new powerup/healing item for the first time, certain powerups) the game will notify you that in future playthroughs, these things will start appearing.

One More Try: 4.5/5

A Robot Named Fight - Secret

Mmm. Hidden Pathways.

This is a challenging title, though. Very challenging, but it’s not due to poor controls like the games from the era it’s based on, but a genuine challenge. The bosses have patterns to be aware of, but just because the big beast is dead, it does not mean it’s the end all the time. No matter how many times I’ve died and started over in A Robot Named Fight, I’ve found myself coming back for “One more try”.  Every sound effect is horrific and adds a real sense of horror and worry to the game. Every death of an enemy looks gross, with blood, puss, just really vile looking stuff. The graphics hold a lot of nods to games like Doom, Contra, Metroid/Super Metroid. But the actual graphics hover somewhere between the Turbo-Grafix 16 and the Super Nintendo. It has the violence and gross nature of Turbo-Grafix games, with the well-designed areas and depth of SNES games. My gripes/nitpicks are just that, minor nitpicks. Once you’ve died a few times and really learned how the game is played, how to find secrets, it becomes something truly magnificent. It doesn’t punish you, but you do have to learn and grow to succeed. If you love Metroidvanias, Dead Cells, and challenging gameplay, you definitely owe it to yourself to play this on both the Switch or on PC.

GTFO

GTFO is a hardcore four-player co-op first-person shooter featuring deeply atmospheric apocalyptic themes layered on top of blood-pumping action and brain tickling puzzles. Work with your fellows and survive the dark night. Available for Windows.

Features:

Going Gaming: Save your cash, ditch the movies and spend countless hours with the Expedition Director system exploring new and exciting adventures.

Bravery Is a Mask: Discover your comrades’ dark pasts as well as their motivations to continue against all odds.

Live Together, Die Alone: Commit yourself to inter-team communications or fall to discord.

DomiNations 3 Year Anniversary Crowns Raffle

We’ve partnered with Nexon and Big Huge Games to celebrate the third anniversary of DomiNations with a Crowns raffle!

DomiNations is a mobile strategy game challenging players to lead their own civilization from the Stone Age to the Space Age through advancement, exploration, and conquest. It is the debut title from Big Huge Games, founded in 2013 by a group of longtime industry collaborators. DomiNations is available as a free download for iPhone and iPad on the App Store and for Android devices on Google Play.


Our special raffle is giving away three Crown Prizes to lucky winners:

  • Grand Prize: Mountain of Crowns (+14,000 Crowns)
  • Runner Up: Plethora of Crowns (+6,500 Crowns)
  • Third Place: Starter Pack (+2,500 Crowns)

For Your Chance To Win:

  • Visit the official entry thread. If you don’t have one, you will need to sign up for a forum account to post.
  • Post a reply to the thread with your Player ID.
  • Winners will be announced on Thursday, May 4. Prizes will be sent directly to your account, so make sure you give us the correct player ID!

Defiance 2050

 

Defiance 2050 continues the fight that began in the original Defiance title from Trion Worlds. The Defiance universe has been re-imagined with newer hardware, for more modern PCs as well as the Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Defiance 2050 is a Massively Multiplayer Online Shooter set in a post-apocalytpic sci-fi world overflowing with alien technology. It will be free-to-play so everyone can explore the massive world that awaits them, but will offer optional cosmetics and other items that will not give anyone a particular advantage. A vast open world full of excitement and danger awaits long-time fans of Defiance and newcomers alike.

Features:

A Familiar World Reborn: The popular Defiant Universe returns, rebuilt for a modern era! Whether a long-time or first-time player, there will be excitement waiting.

Free to Play Without Pay to Win: Defiance 2050 boasts that they will make their MMO Shooter free to play with cosmetics and other non-game-breaking items. 

Defiance 2050 Closed Beta Key Giveaway (PS4)

We’ve partnered with Trion to offer players access into the closed beta for Defiance 2050!

Join your friends and become an Ark Hunter in a massive cooperative online shooter like no other. Choose from an array of fully customizable weapons and classes, explore a unique futuristic open world, and engage in epic fast-paced third-person shooter combat.

These beta keys grant access to the April 27-29 PS4 beta only. Follow the links to our PC and Xbox One giveaways.

To Redeem Your Code:

  • Turn on your PlayStation® 4, and log into your PlayStation® Network account.
  • Enter the PlayStation® Store.
  • In the left hand menu bar, select “Redeem Codes”
  • Enter your code, click Continue, then begin your download!

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Defiance 2050 Closed Beta Key Giveaway (Xbox One)

We’ve partnered with Trion to offer players access into the closed beta for Defiance 2050!

Join your friends and become an Ark Hunter in a massive cooperative online shooter like no other. Choose from an array of fully customizable weapons and classes, explore a unique futuristic open world, and engage in epic fast-paced third-person shooter combat.

These beta keys grant access to the April 27-29 Xbox One beta only. Follow the links to our PC and PS4 giveaways.

To Redeem Your Code:

  • Log into your Xbox One, then navigate to the Store Tab
  • Select “Use a Code”
  • Select “Enter code,” then enter your code
  • Follow the instructions on screen to complete redemption
  • Download the game and play!

 

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Defiance 2050 Closed Beta Key Giveaway (PC)

We’ve partnered with Trion to offer players access into the closed beta for Defiance 2050!

Join your friends and become an Ark Hunter in a massive cooperative online shooter like no other. Choose from an array of fully customizable weapons and classes, explore a unique futuristic open world, and engage in epic fast-paced third-person shooter combat.

These beta keys grant access to the April 27-29 PC beta only. Follow the links to our Xbox One and PS4 giveaways.

To Redeem Your Code:

  1. Log-in to your Glyph account at https://store.trionworlds.com/
  2. Go to Account -> Apply Code (link)
  3. Enter your code & follow the instructions to download & play the game!

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