Thursday, December 8

Tag: Adventure games

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Kotaku’s Impressions Of The New Shin Chan: My Summer Vacation

Image: Shin chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation The Endless Seven-Day JourneyIn 2000, a game called Boku no Natsuyasumi (“My Summer Vacation”) was released on the PlayStation. As the name suggests, it was about being a kid on summer vacation, and its slow pace and cruisy setting made it something of a cult classic, though one that sadly never saw an official English-language release.Over the decades a number of other games were released in the series, on PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3, and each one was largely the same experience, asking players to guide a young boy through the day doing stuff like fishing, collecting bugs and going for a swim.Based around a calendar, the best way I think I can describe the games to anyone who hasn’t played them is to imagine Persona 4's daily schedu...
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Hands Of Necromancy Is So Good It Could’ve Been Hexen III

Screenshot: HON Team / KotakuIn the mood for a retro-style FPS, I dug around the new releases on Steam, and poked at a few, not really clicking. Until, that is, I found Hands Of Necromancy, and then played it all weekend. This is a Hexen-like FPS, with enormous, sprawling maps, a whole bunch of weapons, an array of enemy types, and some fresh ideas original to the genre.In three chapters, like all such games should be, the game’s 21 maps are spread between these via three hubs. Each hub has a collection of portals, unlocked by completing tasks in one or another, and dashing between them all as you find keys, new abilities, and so on. It gives it a little flavour of Metroid in amongst the fast-paced frenetic combat and exploration.Buried Treasure This article originally appeared on Buried...
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Every Big Game Coming Out This Week (June 13-June 19)

Image: DotEmu / Nickelodeon🎶Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Shredder’s Revenge is—OUT THIS WEEK!🎶I’m not the biggest TMNT fan in the world, but I can’t lie. That new game featuring 6-player combat and a ton of playable TMNT characters looks rad as hell. I’m excited to play it with some pizza and soda when it releases on June 16 for basically every platform out there. Here’s all the other stuff coming out this week:Monday, June 13Jumanji: The Curse Returns | SwitchTuesday, June 14Crazy Chicken Xtreme | PS5, PS4Neodori Forever | PCThe Hand of Merlin | PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, SwitchWednesday, June 15Dadish 3 | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PCLater Daters Premium | SwitchOlli Olli World: VOID Riders [DLC] |PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S...
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How To Start Playing A Massive Video Game Backlog

Illustration: Kotaku / ValveIt’s called a backlog—that long list of games you’ll “get to someday” but ignore in favor of re-running roguelike dungeon crawler Hades yet again. Maybe you’re planning for your backlog to swell soon amid the bombardment of new releases. Maybe it tripled in size thanks to a recent Steam sale. Whatever the case, a gargantuan backlog can be overwhelming to the point where you don’t even want to try to tackle it, choosing instead to fall back on comfort food.That needn’t be the case. A big backlog can be a manageable beast, so long as you know how to approach it. The following advice should help you start off on the right foot.This article was originally published on December 12, 2020.Assess the situationWhen weighing a backlog, the first thing you need to do is fi...