Review: Dragon Sinker – Descendants of Legend (PS4/Vita)

Dragon Sinker PS4KEMCO and ever-busy developer EXE-CREATE along with a few other studios have been whipping out dozens of mobile JRPGs for years and fortunately, a bunch of them have been slowly but surely arriving on home consoles, a great thing if you happen to be a fan of “old-school” dungeon dives. Dragon Sinker – Descendants of Legend is one of their latest and it’s a wonderfully, intentionally rustic style of gameplay that recalls the early Final Fantasy series as well as bits of Dragon Quest and a few other well-aged classics.

Granted, the game is going for more of a very solid homage to 8-bit JRPGs than it goes for the gold standard in terms of its familiar plot points. But between the clever use of the Unity engine to deliver appropriately chunky sprites and the developer implementing elements of its other role-playing games to great effect, this one’s a time-sink worthy of your time.

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While deceptively short if you follow the main quest and stick to it like glue, as with other EXE-CREATE games, the true depth lies in players seeking out side quests and late to post-game content. Sure, you can blow through the game in about a dozen or so hours, but you very likely won’t see everything or find some fun secrets that require more time leveling up for some fairly tough battles. This is one of those rainy or snowy weekend games where you plop down on something comfortable and only come up for air and food when required. Continue reading

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Indies of Note (Part Two Billion!)

I can’t even begin to tell you how many small publishers contact me asking to check out their games in assorted forms of completion. No complaints at all on this as one thing I love is seeing how games come together. That said, I’m a wee bit backed up in codes thanks to all the medical stuff I’ve got going on, but I’ve been playing and compiling lists over the last few months on a few games you may want to take for a spin if you’ve a Steam or console account. Some of these are also on gog.com, gamejolt or itch.io, three of many other very awesome spots to get indie games you absolutely should check out even if you want to browse and be amazed at the variety on display. Actually, you can and should support indie games outright by at least playing demos where applicable and/or buying titles you like outright.

 

 

Mercenary Kings_PSMercenary Kings Reloaded Edition (PS4/PS3/Vita, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Merry, merry, quite Contra-ry, what do we have here? A pretty damn awesome side-scrolling run ‘n gun from Montreal based independent game studio Tribute Games (Flinthook, Curses ‘N Chaos). Actually, it’s more like Metal Slug with a hefty crafting system and a more diverse cast of characters.

If you’ve played this previously, you’ll find the Reloaded edition adds a bunch of improvements that make this a great deal more accessible without lowering the difficulty. In addition to the stellar pixel art and animation, Tribute’s packed this one with tons of fun and challenge throughout, making a game that’s highly replayable and an excellent arcade experience that’s a must-buy no matter what you play it on. Now, if only Tribute would get Wizorb out on PS4, Vita and Switch, I’d be an even happier guy.

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Neon Chrome Makes For Entertainment Outside The Game Space

 

This was amusing enough to have me typing a game-related post sooner than expected.  So, one game PS Plus users got this month for free was Neon Chrome, a top-down twin stick shooter/action RPG (I guess it’s a sort of rogue-like thanks to the random maps?) that has been around since 2016. PS Plus owners also get PS4 Pro support and a free cross-platform Vita version… unless they’ve downloaded the game demo at some point during the last year. Oops.

It seems that there’s a problem where the game demo won’t update even if you delete it and any save files. Oops. The only solutions are to contact PlayStation Customer Support (use the chat option for fastest results) who will hit you up with questions before hooking you up with a new code. It’s a reasonably fast process, so don’t let the average of 28 users in front of you be a deterrent. I thought I’d have enough time for a to boil water for cup of tea, but the doorbell rang and my number rolled up before the water had boiled.

Anyway, a nice guy named Caesar was on my case and did me up right. Considering I’m still in recovery mode (among other things, I’d had a stroke and a few seizures) and Sony has a tight two-minute per line of text time limit, we did alright with my chuggy typing and I got both versions of the game downloaded within about 25 minutes. Of course, I’m not even planning to play this game for the foreseeable future thanks to the rather HUGE backlog of games and movies I have. I’m going to try and kick out a short review this week for a recent arrival, but we’ll see how the therapy visits go this week.

-GW

 

A PlayStation Store Flash Sale To Rule Them All, It Seems

Yep, this month’s Flash Sale is pretty awesome.

Got a PS4, PS3, Vita or PSP? Well, Sony’s got your numbers and wants your money, folks. Kindly please do click on that banner above, get thy wallet in hand and prepare to buy at least one game or film or TV program. Or all of them if you have that kind of money to buy, a ton of free space on a portable drive (now that they can be officially used with a PS4) and a load of time to spare.

There are some pretty hefty discounts, a small handful of PS4 games are cross-buy with the Vita and overall, there are some decent digital deals here that make a lot of these games worth the up to 80% you’ll be saving. You’re welcome and sure, feel free to note if you take advantage of these deals over the weekend. – I’m going to pick up The Magic Circle- Gold Edition just because it looks pretty darn unique… and I like pretty darn unique.


 

-GW

Huge PSN Flash Sale: Your Wallet Gets “Magically” Lighter Thanks To TOO Many Deals

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Ay Carumba! If you have a PSN account, a PS3, PS4, Vita and/or PSP and some money to burn or you just like some excellent deals on a handful of titles, get ready for so many deals that you’d think you were dreaming. This newest PSN Flash Sale has games for all the aforementioned consoles plus movies if you have the time to watch those once you blow your paycheck on a ton of discount game downloads. Anyway, check out the list on the PSN site or go ogle the post on the PlayStation Blog if you just want to read that long list and see what you’re missing out on.

PSN Flash Sale: Make Your Snow Day More Useful Yet Less Productive

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Trapped indoors thanks to all this snow, are we? Well, Eeee-hee-hee! or something like that. I’m actually trapped indoors thanks to a freelance job that needs to be done before pumpkin hour (midnight), so I’ve no to time to play anything (*whine!*). While I wait for another part of the job to float through the ether this way, I figure I may as well post something quick and painless.

Anyway, If you have a PlayStation Network account, you’re not going to be lonely at all. Well, if you’re alone, you’ll still be lonely, but you won’t lack for entertainment options thanks to this latest PSN Flash Sale.

Tons of games and movies (wait, does digital content actually weigh something?), but the list is so long that I’ll only list the PS4, PS3, Vita and PSP games below the jump. If you’re smart you’ll just boogie on over to that link above and burn a small hole in your wallet before the sale is over Monday.
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Curses ‘N Chaos: Time For The Monster Mash, Retro Style!

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Until today I hadn’t heard of Montreal-based indie developer Tribute Games or Curses ‘N Chaos (headed to the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita soon). Thanks to my inbox poking me in the eye with the game’s latest trailer above (Ow.), I’m now all over this one like duck feathers on a duck. Here’s a synopsis for you now that I have you in my clutches:

SMASH MONSTERS, ESCAPE DEATH!

CURSED! When brawny bounty hunters Leo and Lea are cursed by Algarr the Wizard King, they’re swarmed by all manners of creatures and monsters! Alchemist Allison knows one way to get rid of the curse: The Elixir of Life! But the only way to get the Elixir’s ingredients? SMASH ALL THE MONSTERS!

Hey, look! I found another cool trailer (It followed me home, Ma! Can I keep it?):


 

As you can see from the those two nice slices of game footage, the game screams NOSTALGIA in big blocky neon letters and everything from the lovely and well animated pixel art to the sound effects just plain WORK. The game is an arcade style scrolling brawler with plenty of cute but deadly monsters to kill and what looks like some challenging boss fights. Players can expect some classic couch co-op action along with online play for those of you who want to hop on the internet and make a few new annoying friends you’ll never meet in real life. Or you can avoid getting an elbow to the head from that “friend” who likes to distract you when he or she pops over for a visit and any game you play turns into an actual fight for survival.

Anyway, some gamers are tired of these bit-crazy retro games, but those are more than likely gamers who think “good graphics” circa whatever will blow up their PC’s 3D cards make a game worth buying. Foo to that. Curses ‘N Chaos will probably make some of those folks bust a controller over their collective kneecap because it’ll be too tricky for them to complete. Or perhaps some small amount of respect should be given to indie developers like Tribute that make games that keep the flames from the past burning and unforgotten? That’s a big, fat “Yep” from me. More on this one in a bit.

PlayStation Store Flash Sale Time: 60 Games and Movies Up For Grabs!

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Amusingly enough, I actually forgot that there was a Heavenly Sword movie made well after the game made its PS3 debut. That said, seeing it in this latest PlayStation Store Flash Sale made me want to maybe check it out. Maybe. I kind of prefer owning physical media, so I may end up seeing if I can snag this on DVD for a song somewhere. As for the other stuff on that lone list? Well, here you go – take a look and maybe grab your self a deal this weekend – prices go back to normal on Monday (October 20) at noon:

GAMES
Title, Sale Price/Original Price
Battle Princess of Arcadias (PS3) $7.49/$29.99
Bayonetta (PS3) $7.99/$19.99
Beyond Good and Evil (PS3) $3.49/$9.99
BloodRayne: Betrayal (PS3) $2.49/$9.99
Fat Princess (PS3) $3.49/$14.99
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Full Game Unlock (PS3) $3.49/$14.99
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (PS Vita) $11.99/$29.99
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (PS3) $19.99/$49.99
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory (PS3) $7.49/$29.99
Knytt Underground (PS Vita) $2.49/$9.99
Knytt Underground (PS3) $2.49/$9.99
Mirror’s Edge (PS3) $2.25/$14.99
Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PS3) $2.49/$9.99
Portal 2 (PS3) $4.99 /$19.99
Remember Me (PS3) $11.99/$39.99
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PS3/PS Vita/PSP)
$1.49/5.99
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X (PS3) $5.99/$19.99
Sacra Terra: Kiss of Death (PS3)
$2.99/$11.99
Sanctum 2 (PS3) $3.49/$14.99
Scott Pilgrim Ultimate Edition (PS3) $3.49/$14.99
Skull Girls Encore (PS3) $4.99/$14.99
Time & Eternity (PS3) $6.99/$19.99

MOVIES
Title, SD Sale Price/SD Original Price – HD Sale Price/HD Original Price

All Cheerleaders Die SD $7.99/$12.99 HD $7.99/$16.99
An Empress and the Warriors SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/NA
Bedevilled SD $2.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$12.99
Black Rock SD $5.99/$12.99 HD $6.99/$17.99
Boarding Gate SD $3.99/$5.00 HD $6.99/NA
Catwoman SD $7.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Colombiana SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Fast Girls SD $9.99/$12.99 HD $9.99/$16.99
Girlfight SD $7.99/$8.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Grindhouse: Death Proof SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $4.99 /$12.99
Grindhouse: Planet Terror SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$12.99
Haywire SD $6.99/$14.99 HD $8.99/$19.99
Heavenly Sword SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $10.99/$12.99
Kill Bill Vol. 1 SD $6.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Kill Bill Vol. 2 SD $6.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Killshot SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$13.99
La Femme Nikita SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/NA
Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life SD $6.99/$9.99 HD $10.99/$17.99
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider SD $6.99/$9.99 HD $10.99/$17.99
The Long Kiss Goodnight SD $7.99/$14.99 HD $9.99/$19.99
Million Dollar Baby SD $7.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/ $12.99
Painted Skin: The Resurrection SD $2.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$12.99
Raging Phoenix SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $6.99/$12.99
Resident Evil SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99 /$12.99
Resident Evil: Afterlife SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Resident Evil: Apocalypse SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Resident Evil: Extinction SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Resident Evil: Retribution SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Salt SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
The Four SD $2.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$12.99
This Girl Is Badass SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $6.99/$12.99
Ultraviolet SD $6.99 /$7.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Underworld (2003) SD $8.99/$9.99 $9.99/$12.99
Underworld Awakening SD $8.99/$9.99 $9.99/$12.99
Underworld Evolution SD $8.99/$9.99 $9.99/$12.99
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Vanquisher SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $6.99/$12.99
Violet & Daisy SD $5.99/$9.99 HD $7.99/$12.99

And nope, you can’t watch and play everything here by Monday unless you’ve a time machine that works properly.