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Inked: A Tale of Love Review – PlayStation 4

Inked: A Tale of Love is a unique PC puzzler that has just made a console crossover.  Originally released on the PC in April of 2018, Croatian developer Somnium Games and Hong Kong publisher Relaternity Limited have delivered a captivating puzzle game that is as gorgeous in its presentation as it is unique in its gameplay.

Inked: A Tale of Love tells the story of the Nameless Hero (yes, that actually IS his name in the game) who upon returning from battle sets off on a trek with his wife Aiko in search of whatever it is that could be causing the wildlife to become ill in their beautiful land.

Each world consists of a series of switch-and-lever puzzle levels which open pathways allowing Nameless Hero and Aiko to progress through their complex world, constructed entirely of gorgeous ballpoint pen-and-paper sketches. Every now and then, the hands of Adam, aka “The Artist”, come into view as he interacts in one way or another with the environment – sometimes helping, sometimes hindering – but for the most part it’s incredibly detailed ballpoint pen line art on a white sheet of paper.  The point of each level is simple – get Nameless Hero and Aiko to the portal at the far end of the level.

Most of the switches require the use of a handful of moveable objects in the level – with Nameless Hero either by physically interacting with them (pushing/dragging), or by using Aiko’s art pen to erase and redraw them.  A typical puzzle would require Nameless Hero to redraw a level’s identified boxes, wedges (ramps), and planks so as to guide a ball from its release location to remote hole to engage a switch that extends a bridge across a chasm.  Yes, it is a bit of Marble Madness mixed with the classic board game Mousetrap, and every bit as rewarding as the two.

The game contains ten separate levels, with over 60 puzzles in total.  Most puzzles are quite easy to figure out, and even the few head-scratchers generally have a simple solution that just happened to be overlooked.  For instance, about halfway through I was stuck on one particular level knowing that somehow an interactive box (one that cannot be redrawn) needed to be up on a platform to act as a backstop for a launched ball, but it somehow took me 20 minutes to realize that I could push that box up one of the ramp segments I was using elsewhere – it sounds simple on paper, but it wasn’t so obvious on the screen.

A addition to the puzzle-based gameplay, is an optional scavenger hunt within each level for pieces of Aiko’s artwork which is hidden amongst the landscape – it may sound silly, but this was a highlight of the game for me, as I scoured every square inch of background looking for the cleverly camouflaged pieces, and I have to admit I don’t think I’ve 100-percented any of the levels’ hidden artwork.

The visual presentation isn’t the only highlight of Inked: A Tale of Love, as the audio package is equally well done.  The Narration may be a bit corny, but given that it is delivered via a soothing bedtime story-like voice, it adds a bit of polish and professionalism that many budget-titles don’t achieve.

Inked: A Tale of Love, isn’t all that challenging, but the puzzles are unique, and the presentation is top-notch, and I especially liked searching for Aiko’s hidden art.  The $10 price tag makes Inked: A Tale of Love a no-brainer for puzzle game fans.

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T248: The new wheel to master each track on PS5, PS4 and PC

Thrustmaster is thrilled to finally lift the veil of secrecy surrounding its very first next-generation hybrid racing wheel, specially designed to master all types of tracks.

The new optimized HYBRID DRIVE system combines both belt and gear mechanisms, for unrivaled Force Feedback at an affordable price.

T248 also boasts increased power: it is 70% more powerful**, while also offering cutting-edge new features including three Force Feedback presets that can conveniently be changed on the fly in games.

T248 has been designed for gamers looking for performance and immersion — including those keen to free themselves from their gamepad and users who want to take their racing to the next level after having started out with a wheel aimed at beginners. This brand-new racing wheel is officially licensed for PlayStation®5 consoles and PlayStation®4 consoles and is compatible with PC*.

T248 allows for quick and efficient mastery by users in all racing games, thanks to the wide variety of advanced features developed exclusively for Thrustmaster’s latest powerhouse:

  • Thrustmaster Race Dashboard Display:

Choose from more than 20 different displays*** available onscreen:

  • Manual adjustment of a range of settings: the wheel’s rotation angle, Force Feedback type, etc.
  • The user’s choice of telemetry displays: gear ratio, speed, number of laps, driver’s position, best time, etc.

  • Dynamic Force Feedback:

Users can easily adjust the level of Force Feedback on the fly. T248 features three Force Feedback curves (presets included) compatible with all games:

  • FFB 1: linear Force Feedback, with the force felt by the user being 100% proportional to the force requested by the game.
  • FFB 2: enhanced Force Feedback, for better skid control.
  • FFB 3: boosted Force Feedback, allowing users to ‘to more clearly feel the tiny minutia of each racing effect from the track (Curbs, skidding off-track, etc.).

  • Next-generation Thrustmaster HYBRID DRIVE system:

T248 is currently the only officially licensed racing wheel in its price segment to feature a belt in addition to gears, as an integral part of its unique high-performance hybrid mechanism.

Allowing gamers to enjoy increased power (up to 70% more powerful**), T248 masters each track thanks to the outstanding level of drivability made possible by this hybrid system — avoiding counterintuitive sensations and friction problems commonly found in racing wheels without the additional belt drive component.

  • H.E.A.R.T magnetic technology (with Hall effect sensors):

Built into two key components directly linked to gameplay, this technology helps to enhance gamers’ precision in all games, while eliminating any possible dead zones.

  • The magnetic paddle shifters included with T248 allow for super-fast gear shifting, with clear and precise activation feel (30 ms response time) to avoid driving errors. This contactless magnetic technology also maximizes the paddle shifters’ lifespan, for problem-free gaming sessions over the long term.
  • The brand-new included T3PM pedal set — the icing on the cake — also features this same proprietary, patented H.E.A.R.T magnetic technology.

Providing truly exceptional, thousandth-of-a-second precision, T3PM features 4 different spring configurations allowing gamers to race comfortably — and with the same level of precision — no matter what type of setup they’re using (desk/table, cockpit or Wheel Stands ). With completely smooth motion and avoiding the loss of precision over time experienced by standard potentiometer-based pedal sets, T3PM represents a huge, striking leap forward both in terms of versatility and in-game responsiveness.

  • Up to 25 action buttons: nearly twice as many as on previous Thrustmaster hybrid racing wheel models**.
  • Officially licensed for PS5™ and PS4™ consoles, and compatible with PC*: officially recognized as a next-generation racing wheel developed and designed for the PlayStation®5 console and PlayStation®4 console, T248 is also compatible with PC*.

T248 (racing wheel and pedal set) will be available at suggested retail prices of £299.99 / $399.99 / €349.99:

  • Europe, Middle East, North America:
    • Pre-orders : August 31, 2021
    • Sales availability: October 21, 2021
  • Rest of the world: Late 2021

PS4/PS5-EXCLUSIVE CLID THE SNAIL RELEASES TODAY! WATCH ITS LAUNCH TRAILER HERE

Sony Interactive Entertainment España (SIE España), Koch Media and studio Weird Beluga announce that the top-down shooter Clid The Snail is now available on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®5 for £15.99/$19.99/€19,99. The winner of the Best Game at the VI PlayStation Talents awards has been developed thanks to the help of the Lanzadera platform.

To celebrate this date, here’s the launch trailer for Clid The Snail:

Clid The Snail is an innovative top-down shooter with a narrative focus and a methodical, mindful approach to combat. Players will join the troublesome snail Clid and help him and a peculiar gang of outcasts defeat the slug plague that is ravaging their world. In addition to a delightfully grim environment ready to be explored, players will experience a vast array of weapons, mechanics, and puzzles that will encourage creative and strategic gunplay.

KEY FEATURES

  • Help Clid find his place in a hostile world while solving puzzles and wiping every enemy on the screen in this top-down shooter
  • Unlock different weapons and combine them to create havoc along the way
  • Enjoy Clid and Belu’s love and hate relationship through their funny, witty dialogues
  • Unlock mysteries in this fable about being an outcast and find out who Clid really is

You can find Clid the Snail‘s on the PlayStation Store.

Get Ready For World Domination With Evil Genius 2 Coming To Consoles Later This Year

Rebellion, one of Europe’s most successful independent studios, has today announced that its acclaimed villainy simulator, Evil Genius 2, is coming to consoles later this year. Launching on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 4/5 in Q4 2021, Evil Genius 2 puts you in the shoes of the ultimate bad guy as you plot, scheme and execute your plans for world domination.

Evil Genius 2 lets you unleash your own unique brand of super-villainy upon humanity. Build your lair, recruit and train a workforce of loyal minions and powerful henchmen to defend your base from the meddling Forces of Justice.

Evil Genius 2 launched on PC earlier this year to critical acclaim.

The console release of Evil Genius 2 will bring the joy of villainy to an even bigger audience when it comes to Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 4 and 5 in Q4 2021.

For more information about Evil Genius 2 please visit EvilGeniusGame.com and follow the game on social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Godfall Fire & Darkness now available on Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Incredible new Godfall content rolled out today with a new expansion and free update, Gearbox Publishing announced this morning. Gearbox also hailed that the award-winning game is now available on the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 communities can now party-up with their friends via PlayStation Network to tackle Godfall’s new expansion – Fire & Darkness.* Additionally, all versions of the game receive the free Lightbringer Update, which includes: a brand-new game mode, endgame matchmaking beta, unique cosmetics, and powerful new loot items, as well as additional quality of life enhancements. To get a taste of the action, watch the Fire & Darkness trailer here.

“We are overjoyed with the response from the PlayStation community to Godfall and are thrilled to welcome even more players to the world of Aperion through PlayStation 4,” commented Keith Lee, CEO of Counterplay Games. “Godfall is an immensely exciting and ambitious project for us, and we are always listening and learning from player feedback – especially for this next chapter.  With Fire & Darkness and Lightbringer’s additions and enhancements, now is the perfect time for both new and returning players to dive into Godfall.”

Godfall Deluxe and Ascended Editions on PlayStation 4

Godfall is set in Aperion, a land on the precipice of ruin. You are the last of the Valorian knights, a god-like sect of warriors able to equip Valorplates, legendary armor sets that transform wielders into unstoppable masters of melee combat. Utilize breathtaking weapons to climb through the elemental realms of Aperion as you tear through foes and challenge the mad god, Macros, who awaits you at the top of the Skybreaker Monolith.

Includes:

  • Godfall, including the Lightbringer Update, and all previous updates to the game
  • Cross-gen play, allowing PS4 and PS5 players to play cooperatively in both campaign and endgame content
  • Free upgrade path for PS4 players once they transition to PS5
  • Fire & Darkness expansion
  • Ascended Edition includes three gold variant cosmetics, five weapon cosmetics, coop banner, gold shield variant, custom multiplayer lobby nameplate, orange Vertigo variant, as well as access to the Fire & Darkness expansion
  • MSRPDeluxe Edition $59.99, Ascended Edition $69.99

Fire & Darkness Expansion

The Fire & Darkness expansion unlocks the Fire realm, brimming with new threats to extinguish and powerful loot to claim. An all-consuming darkness threatens to spread throughout Aperion and rid the world of all light. Players who purchased Deluxe or Ascended editions previously for any platform gain immediate access. Base game is required to play Fire & Darkness expansion.

Includes:

  • Epic new story missions and cutscenes
  • Explore the obsidian peaks and azure magma rivers challenging Moirax and the Flameblood Tribe. Face off against five new bosses and more than 10 new enemy types
  • Fire Realm content for Dreamstones, Tower of Trials, and the all-new Lightbringer endgame modes
  • Claim more than 20 new Valorplate skins that are sure to make any Aperion warrior standout from their fellow knights
  • MSRP: $19.99

Lightbringer Update – Free for all Godfall players

The Seventh Sanctum’s light has been trapped and the most powerful of knights will be needed to release and spread it. Building up enough strength to face the all-consuming darkness, players will find up to three Tears they will need to close while contending with dark forces. After completing each Tear, they will be offered the opportunity to accept a curse. The more curses selected, the greater the power of your enemies, but if successful, the greater the reward after facing the final challenge. The end phase of the mode will have players fighting unprecedented combinations of enemies.

Includes:

  • Endgame matchmaking beta – fight alongside friends and take on Godfall’s toughest endgame challenges with three-player PvE online matchmaking for Ascended Tower of Trials and Lightbringer mode
  • Over 40 new loot items including a new tier of Cursed items that grant players a massive boon, if they are up to the challenge of lifting the Curse and unlocking the item’s full potential

“Counterplay Games has listened to players and doubled down on what is loved most about Godfall and delivered a wonderous expansion to the world of Aperion with Fire & Darkness,” said Gearbox Publishing President Steve Gibson. “We’re excited to share all the hard work they have put into the title and grateful to the supportive PlayStation community as Counterplay pushes the looter-slasher further.”

The Falconeer: Warrior Edition launches with inspirational sing-along sea shanty

Find inspiration in the skies and oceans of the Great Ursee… global video games publisher Wired Productions and visionary independent developer Tomas Sala mark today’s launch of The Falconeer: Warrior Edition with a motivational sea shanty video game launch trailer.

Following the original launch on the Xbox family of devices and PC, this definitive edition of the BAFTA-nominated, open-world air combat game now lifts off on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The Falconeer: Warrior Edition includes extensive new updates and all DLC packs to date, as well as today’s brand-new expansion, Edge of the World (which is also available separately on PC and the Xbox family of devices).

The original sea shanty composition for the launch trailer is written and sung by Mikee Goodman (SixTh, Disco Elysium), and features violin from Abi Fry (Bat For Lashes, British Sea Power). This ‘Ode To Captain Sala’ is a celebration of what can be achieved when you believe in your vision, just like Tomas Sala did with The Falconeer.

“We wanted to mark the launch of The Falconeer: Warrior Edition with something fun and unique, which also exemplified the inspiring story of how ‘Captain Sala’ had a dream and singlehandedly pursued that vision to great critical acclaim,” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director at Wired Productions.

“I’m delighted that the release of the Warrior Edition means new Falconeers are taking to the skies and pledging their allegiances to one of the disparate factions seeking dominion over the Great Ursee,” said Tomas Sala, Creator of The Falconeer.

About The Falconeer: Warrior Edition

The Falconeer: Warrior Edition includes extensive new updates and features every single DLC pack released since its original launch on the Xbox family of devices and Steam. This includes The Kraken, The Hunter and Atun’s Folly, as well as the brand-new expansion, Edge of the World, which adds new mini campaigns, new missions, new locations and more. Further additions and updates include the re-recording of significant voice-over work, and a streamlined prologue tutorial. Previously available exclusively to PC and the Xbox family of devices, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch owners can finally begin their journey, taking to the skies of The Great Ursee aboard a giant Warbird.

The Falconeer: Warrior Edition is available now for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, for £24.99 / €29.99 / $29.99, and Nintendo Switch for £29.99 / €34.99 / $34.99 and can be purchased from all good retailers worldwide. Find out where to buy your copy on the Wired Productions store. The digital release for Nintendo Switch is priced  at £24.99 / $29.99 / €29.99 and is available now on the eShop.

The Edge of the World DLC will be available to purchase for the Xbox family of devices on the Microsoft Store and for PC via Steam for £6.99 / $7.99 / €7.99. The expansion is also available as part of The Falconeer: Warrior Edition on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

The Falconeer is an extraordinary work of personal expression and left field game design, from maverick solo developer Tomas Sala, featuring intense aerial dogfights aboard a giant warbird, deep exploration of a mysterious oceanic world, a beautifully original art style, epic set pieces, award-winning music, and richly immersive storytelling.

For more information, visit TheFalconeer.com, chat on Twitter or join the official Discord.

The Falconeer: Warrior Edition Soars onto PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch Next Week

Global video games publisher Wired Productions and visionary independent developer Tomas Sala launch The Falconeer: Warrior Edition on August 5th, expanding the boundaries of the Great Ursee to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, alongside Edge of the World, a significant new DLC expansion for PC and the Xbox family of devices.

The Falconeer: Warrior Edition includes extensive new updates and features every single DLC pack released since its original launch on the Xbox family of devices and Steam. This includes The Kraken, The Hunter and Atun’s Folly, as well as the brand-new expansion, Edge of the World, which adds new mini campaigns, new missions, new locations and more Further additions and updates include the re-recording of significant voice-over work, and a streamlined prologue tutorial. Previously available exclusively to PC and the Xbox family of devices, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch owners can finally begin their journey, taking to the skies of The Great Ursee aboard a giant Warbird.

“I am beyond thrilled to bring The Falconeer to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch players”, said Tomas Sala, Creator of The Falconeer, “I hope they enjoy exploring the world I have created and everything The Great Ursee has to offer.”

“The Falconeer: Warrior Edition is an extraordinary piece of work that Tomas Sala should be incredibly proud of, and we’re pleased that PlayStation and Nintendo Switch players around the world will finally get to experience the wonder of Tomas’ creation” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director at Wired Productions.

The Falconeer: Warrior Edition launches on August 5th and is available to pre-order now at retail for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, for £24.99 / €29.99 / $29.99, and Nintendo Switch for £29.99 / €34.99 / $34.99 and can be purchased from all good retailers worldwide.

The Edge of the World DLC will be available to purchase for the Xbox family of devices on the Microsoft Store and for PC via Steam for £6.99 / $7.99 / €7.99. The expansion is also available as part of The Falconeer: Warrior Edition on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

Find out where to buy your copy on the Wired Productions store. For Nintendo Switch owners, The Falconeer: Warrior Edition is available to pre-order now on the eShop, priced at £24.99 / $29.99 / €29.99 while PlayStation owners can wishlist now on the PlayStation Store.

The Falconeer is an extraordinary work of personal expression and left field game design, from maverick solo developer Tomas Sala, featuring intense aerial dogfights aboard a giant warbird, deep exploration of a mysterious oceanic world, a beautifully original art style, epic set pieces, award-winning music, and richly immersive storytelling.

For more information, visit TheFalconeer.com, chat on Twitter or join the official Discord.

Grab 3D Platformer Blue Fire TODAY on PS4

The days are getting hotter now that award-winning indie game Blue Fire from Graffiti Games and Robi Studios is available on PlayStation 4 for $19.99 USD. Blue Fire features increasingly difficult 3D platforming challenges in a beautiful world filled with secrets, enemies and more. Previously, Blue Fire released on Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One and Stadia to chart-topping success.

In Blue Fire players embark on an extraordinary adventure through the desolate kingdom of Penumbra to discover the hidden secrets of this long-forgotten land. Explore mystical temples, where players will need to master the art of movement to survive increasingly difficult 3D platforming challenges. Along the adventure, players will slash their way through diverse adversaries, encounter survivors, collect valuable items, take on strange quests and more.

Blue Fire’s features include:

  • Hardcore Platforming – Leap through deadly traps and master movement to navigate gradually demanding platforming challenges.
  • Lost in the Void – Far from Penumbra, there is a lost land called The Void. Find Void entrances throughout the world to uncover abstract platforming challenges that require great mastery to gather the valuable rewards hidden inside.
  • Slash Your Way Through Great Adversaries – Encounter dangerous enemies with distinct fighting styles and partake in intense combat-platforming boss fights.
  • A Haunting World – Travel through the perished world of Penumbra to explore unique areas filled with diverse enemies, sharp 3D platforming challenges, quests, collectibles and more.
  • Encounter Peculiar Survivors – A long time has passed since Penumbra fell into darkness, but those that survived the kingdom’s fall will aid your journey to unlock valuable rewards.
  • Collectibles – Once a rich and lush kingdom, Penumbra is filled with many collectibles and items to discover, loot, collect, sell, trade and purchase.
  • Upgrades – No great warrior can battle the dangers lurking in Penumbra without the proper equipment. Upgrade your swords, collect valuable amulets and unlock new abilities to transform into a fierce fighter.

 For more information regarding Blue Fire please visit Graffiti’s Twitter page, Robi’s Twitter page or the Blue Fire Discord.

Survival Horror RPG, Chernobylite Creeps onto PS4, XB1 Sept. 7

Video game publishers All in! Games and Perp Games together with development studio, The Farm 51, are pleased to announce that Chernobylite, the highly anticipated sci-fi survival horror RPG, will be released for PlayStation 4 (Digital+Physical) and Xbox One (Digital) on September 7th, 2021.

Chernobylite will be available digitally on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One storefronts for $29.99 / €29.99 / £24.99. Fans eager to get their hands on a physical version of Chernobylite for PlayStation 4 will be able to purchase a copy from their local retailers on September 7 in North America, and on September 10 throughout Europe for an SRP of $34.99 / €34.99 / £29.99.

The physical retail edition of Chernobylite on PlayStation 4 will feature a physical map of the Exclusion Zone, digital postcards, a digital artbook ‘The Art of Chernobylite’, and more!

“With the PC launch right around the corner, we’re thrilled to reveal that we’ve locked in Chernobylite’s console release for this September,” said Piotr Żygadło, CEO at All in! Games. “Working on our first simultaneous physical release together with Perp Games has been a great experience so far and a huge milestone for All in! Games. We are confident that Chernobylite will be one of the most exciting indie games of 2021 and intend to continue to give it our full support.”

“It’s humbling to see how Chernobylite’s original concept, an interactive VR documentary, has become a full-blown video game, soon to be available across a variety of platforms,” said Wojciech Pazdur, Director of Development at The Farm 51. “We can’t wait for people to start exploring the hauntingly beautiful recreation of the real-world Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.”

About Chernobylite

Chernobylite is a science-fiction survival horror RPG, set in the hyper-realistic, 3D-scanned wasteland of Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone. You’ll take on the role of Igor, a physicist and ex-employee of the Chernobyl Power Plant, returning to Pripyat to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his fiancee, 30 years prior. Compete with a hostile military presence and other stalkers, face supernatural creatures as well as a harsh and unforgiving environment in your search to uncover the truth. Get ready for a thrilling adventure of survival, conspiracy, horror, love, and obsession. Will you survive your fears?

  • Non-Linear Storytelling & Strategy –No playthrough is the same. The choices and story are in your hands. Choose wisely whether to trust your comrades or not, use resources for survival or research, and to face conflicts or avoid them. The future is up to you.
  • Stealth, Survival, & Combat –Survival in the Zone is not easy, and each day brings new challenges as your comrades die and supplies diminish. Avoid detection with stealth takedowns or engage in open-armed combat. Danger lurks around every corner.
  • Base Building & Crafting – Construct a base from which to plan your daily operations and excursions. Utilize workstations to craft gadgets, traps, and weapons, or modify existing equipment to your needs.
  • Resource & Team Management –Companions are key to your survival and the resolution of your journey. Each day requires careful planning and assignment of resources and tasks to your comrades.

For more information about Chernobylite, including full language support, visit the official Chernobylite WebsiteSteamTwitterFacebookSubreddit, and Discord server.