Games Review - June 2020

by BTM

Mon, 01 June 2020

Games Review - June 2020

What is it?
Axel and Blaze return in Streets of Rage 4, the revival of the classic beat-‘em-up series. Featuring hand-drawn visuals and brutal action, Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, a fresh story and a gauntlet of dangerous stages with a serious crime problem. Whether players gang up with a friend or clean up the city solo, Streets of Rage 4 is a skull-bashing, chicken-chomping brawl, all set to a thumping soundtrack sure to get your blood pumping!

Move from left to right, punch enemies, destroy objects for points, health and weapon pickups, punch a few more enemies and repeat. It’s simple and unadventurous, and while it expands modestly on combat with a few new skills to master, Streets of Rage 4 definitely prioritises nostalgia over any kind of big modern reinvention. Just like in the old games, each character has a special move that does a lot more damage at the cost of taking a chunk out of your own health bar. However, an added risk-reward twist for this game is that any lost health can potentially be earned back if you string a combo of standard attacks together on top of it.

The plot is wafer-thin and predictably corny, but it’s beautifully presented in a comic book panel style. Within the constraints of the restricted nature of side-scrolling beat-’em-ups, Streets of Rage 4 at least makes an attempt to spice up the level design. Levels like Skytrain and Airplane add little bits of variety (like high-speed train signs flying at you during combat, for example) to keep the environments fresh.

Gears Tactics
Gears Tactics is a spin-off of the Gears of War franchise and a prequel to the first game. It evolves turn-based tactics games combining signature fast-paced brutal action and character-driven storytelling with customisable squads, upgradable weapons and, of course, massive boss battles.

Trials of Mana
Trials of Mana is a 3D remake of the hit Japanese classic 1995 RPG Seiken Densetsu 3, the rarely-seen sequel to Secret of Mana. It’s now fully modernised with quality graphics, an upgraded battle system, character voices, a remastered sound track, extra conversation interludes and more. This overlapping story of interwoven destinies changes depending on who you choose out of six main characters and companions.

Moving Out
Moving Out is a chaotic physics-based moving simulator that brings a whole new meaning to ‘couch co-op’. Are you ready for an exciting career in furniture? As a newly certified Furniture Arrangement and Relocation Technician, you’ll take on moving jobs all across the busy town of Packmore. Grow your business to brave new heights, recruit colourful, customisable characters and save your town from furniture peril!