Madden 15 - Xbox One Review

It looks good, but how does it stack up to the prior years?

Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star - PS3 Review

This ambitious RPG might not be for everyone, but is worth giving a chance

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut - PC Review

The definitive version of an outstanding game

Dialbo III: Ultimate Evil Edition - PS4 Review

The title might say 'Ultimate Evil', but the game is oh-so-good

Starpoint Gemini 2 - PC Review

Assume the role of a ship - it may sound strange, but is worth trying out

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lords of the Black Sun - PC Review

When I first previewed Lords of the Black Sun I was unsure of what it would turn out to be; was it going to be just a clone of Endless Space? Or was it going to try to reimagine the 4X genre the way that Sins of a Solar Empire did all those years ago? What was it that Lords of the Black Sun was trying to do? When I previewed the title a few months back it was early on in the Early Access cycle so there were a number of unknowns; from world-ending bugs and crashes to features simply not being there. Now a few months later Lords of the Black Sun was lifted from the Early Access phase, it is time to see if Lords of the Black Sun was ready for its release.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Deathtrap Early Access starts soon

Deathtrap was a title we took note of when it was announced, and with new screens and information, the wait for Early Access is nearly at an end.

Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star - PS3 Review

Ar nosurge: Ode to An Unborn Star is a continuation of a PlayStation Vita title called Surge Concerto: Ciel nosurge which was a life simulation game that has not seen a release outside of Japan (yet), and something of a pseudo-prequel to the Ar Tonelico series that is also developed by Gust. The reason I mention a pseudo-prequel is that Ar nosurge and Ar Tonelico take place in the same universe with the same mythos and even a number of the same mechanics between the two franchises, however the similarities stop there as the games each cover their own topics at their own times with non-related characters. Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star, Gust's most recent release here in the West uses the Dive system as seen in the Ar Tonelico series as well as a few other feature so fans of Gust's previous works will certain feel right at home.

Madden 15 - Xbox One Review

Madden, like the sport it emulates, is a cyclical thing. Year after year teams trot out some changes (rosters, game plans or coaches) in hopes of achieving a better result that the prior year. Most of the time the teams are not dramatically different, and in the end fans still watch because each year unfolds differently - oftentimes in unexpected ways. Madden is perhaps a bit more predictable, but the parallels are certainly there. This year's Madden trots out its best game of football in a few years.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Hero of Thedas - Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer

We are huge fans of Bioware in general and Dragon Age in particular. There are a few members of the team here who consider Dragon Age: Inquisition as one of their most anticipated titles of 2014 and this latest trailer serves as a nice teaser until then.

Starpoint Gemini 2 - PC Review

I recently had the pleasure of not only reviewing the original Starpoint Gemini, which I enjoyed well enough given some of its shortcomings, but I was able to go about previewing Starpoint Gemini 2 as it enjoyed Early Access on Steam. From early impressions I could tell that Little Green Man Games was working hard to really build upon, and definitely improve upon the style of game that the Starpoint Gemini titles started out as. It is not very often that you find a space-faring exploration, trading and roleplaying game where your character is a ship rather than a specific person (ala Mass Effect).

Dark Souls II: Crown of the Ivory King - PC DLC Review

While each of the different episodes in The Lost Crowns DLC have each brought in their own unique hollows, Crown of the Ivory King has added more than the others, with the new Rampart soldiers and the horribly annoying and frustrating Rampart Hedgehog, being just a few of the new and very challenging enemies. Rather than reskins of other hallows, these units are completely new and are a fresh take on the enemies within the frozen grounds of Eleum Loyce.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart announced

Noire is probably my favorite of the Hyperdimension characters, and she is leading the way in a new strategy-RPG coming out next year. Here is the press release and some images to go with it:

Kingston HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset - Hardware Review

When I received a press release regarding the Kingston HyperX Cloud headset I was immediately intrigued. Here is a company that I have used for years for solid state drives, RAM, and  thumb drives and now, with their HyperX line they were breaking into the gaming and high performance market. Knowing that they were a company that has always put quality before quantity (their flash drives are some of the best in the business), I wanted to get my hands on a headset and when Kingston sent a headset out to me I was absolutely over-joyed and I would not be lying if I said I could not wait to get the unit.

SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Gaming Headset - Hardware Review

I recently reviewed the SteelSeries Siberia Elite Anniversary Edition here at Chalgyr's Game Room and it was one of, if not the first review to score a perfect 10. Given the range of games that we have covered over the last four or five years you would think that we would have at least one or two more out there. However, we tend to be quite critical in our reviews, rarely finding anything worth the perfect ten; while some titles or pieces of hardware, not many have ever managed to get absolutely everything correct. With the Siberia Elite Anniversary Edition having done so well, when SteelSeries announced the Siberia Elite Prism model I flew out of my chair and was leaping for a chance to get my hands on a device for a review, after all, its predecessor was perfect in every way. SteelSeries, awesome as they are, decided to send me a unit and I tore into the gorgeous packaging the moment it hit my desk. The big question is whether the Siberia Elite Prism is a worth successor to the Siberia Elite lineup and whether it can hold a candle to the Anniversary Edition that we were fortunate enough to review.