STAY Review: A Nail-Biting Experience For The Switch

The Nintendo Switch has hosted to a diverse selection of games from fun and colorful games such as Super Mario Odyssey, to dark, scary games such as Resident Evil Revelations. However, Stay by indie studio Appnormals, takes it to another level and provides a depressing yet exciting title that is just too hard to put down.

Initially released to the PC, Xbox One, and iOS devices, before coming to the Nintendo Switch, Stay delivers a unique and scary experience that allows players to experience helping someone who is in a helpless situation. The game is not horror in a supernatural sense, but rather derives fear from a possible real-life situation, similar to the Saw movie franchise.

Story

The game introduces players to the character of Quinn who was abducted by an unknown perpetrator and finds himself waking up in a dark, creepy room, with nothing inside but a computer. Upon inspecting the machine, Quinn was only able to access an opened chatroom, that is connected to a single person—you.

The player doesn’t take any character or role as with previous games. Instead, you play as yourself and would serve as Quinn’s final hope as you guide, comfort, and motivate him to make it out alive. Interactions are made between dialogue choices that players have to choose carefully. If Telltale Games takes player’s preferences into account, Stay revolves entirely out of those choices, which will determine whether Quinn would survive and get out, or forever rot in that dark-hellish room.

Gameplay

The game features a time-counter that measures the time the player has stayed playing the game, and the time spent away. Staying away and not playing the game would prolong Quinn’s agony in captivity and will render him more depressed and unstable. Dialogue choices play a significant role in the game and is the only means of interaction with Quinn. Once a player makes a specific dialogue choice, it will dictate Quinn’s overall mood and trust-level to the player which is signified by four meters labeled as Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic, and Melancholic.

As you and Quinn explore the place that he is in, several puzzles that the player has to solve would be needed to progress through the next area. These puzzles range from the simple arranging of items in a particular pattern to mind-boggling math problems, and a few insane puzzles such as the mirror-maze later in the game.

Stay takes into account the choices that players would make and builds a path until the ending is achieved. Players should remember to take each decision seriously as there are instances that the game would let you think that freedom is at hand, but leads to the premature death of Quinn as he falls into a deadly trap. The saying, “if something appears too good to be true, then it probably is,” is a helpful motto to remember when playing Stay.

Each area in the game would impose a new set of puzzles with inspiration from different mythologies, cultures, and historical events. The player must balance between solving these puzzles and keeping Quinn calm and safe at the same time. The game’s graphics sport a pixel-themed design, reminiscent of games such as Stardew Valley, which may seem unnecessary given the game’s premise. The soundtrack is one of the better elements of Stay as it delivers a haunting atmosphere that quickly builds tension and a feeling of anxiety.

Verdict

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Overall, Stay tells an exciting story but delves into dark themes such as loneliness, isolation, depression. The game gives a fair warning to players at the beginning concerning the mental health elements that will be at play during gameplay.

Stay provides an exciting story and cleverly guilts the player into staying and help Quinn escape his own personal hell. Although the pixel-art graphics didn’t work out for me personally, the game’s overall atmosphere, which is made creepier by the fantastic soundtrack delivers a nail-biting experience, which is pretty much a new experience in the Nintendo Switch.

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Stay is now available for the PC, Xbox One, iOS, and Nintendo Switch.

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New DEATH STRANDING Trailer Features Troy Baker’s Character

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Kojima Productions recently released the latest trailer for the upcoming game, Death Stranding that features the character of renowned voice actor, Troy Baker in the game. The trailer debuted at the 2018 Tokyo Game Show. As expected from a Kojima game, the latest footage brought about more questions and mystery surrounding the overall plot of Death Stranding.

Troy Baker is cast to voice the mysterious villain who sports a golden mask, which he then pulls off revealing another mask underneath. The villain then proceeded to dip his golden mask into what seemed like black mud, that resulted to strange things happening that ended with a giant black lion wearing the golden mask, spawned to kill the protagonist character played by Norman Reedus.

Death Stranding was initially revealed at last year’s Game Awards and has since released gameplay footages and short trailers. However, up until now, the game is still a mystery, and it seems that Kojima plans to let it stay that way until Death Stranding releases.

Death Stranding is slated to release on the PlayStation 4 next year.

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Top Performing Mobile Puzzle Game BESTLUCK Is Coming To Steam

Bringing a strange, quiet and powerful experience to a player through unknown scenarios and intriguing puzzle gameplay is a mix that is hard to come by. Developer fkkcloud, aka Jae Hyun Yoo, has created a game that has met these requirements and received plenty of proof to vouch for its engaging entertainment!

BestLuck is a puzzle game that was originally featured at E3 2017, which is where I got to personally play it during The Mix; an indie game show off party. This puzzle game was originally released on both Android and iOS where it has taken the Top Five paid puzzle game slot in eleven countries, three of which have listed it as number one! Now we can look forward to this highly awarded puzzle game coming to Steam in October.

I have to say that I’m not surprised to see that BestLuck is performing well after the demo I got to play at The Mix last year. It showed a lot of promise then and has obviously lived up to its expectations. This will be a title all about the experience that the quiet story provides and the gameplay that will keep you thinking of what strange solution will solve each puzzle.

If you aren’t a mobile gamer, but love a good puzzle game, then this is the kind of announcement then next month is sure to be an interesting one for you. What do you think of BestLuck and how do you feel about this mobile puzzle title coming to Steam?

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Android 17 Finally Joins The DRAGONBALL FIGHTERZ Roster

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It wasn’t long after the original announcement of Dragonball Fighterz that many were wondering why Android 18 and 16 were both playable characters, but Android 17 was left behind. Bandai Namco then spent the next year adding various Goku and Vegeta forms, as well as a few other characters. The time has finally come where Android 17 is more than an assistant to Android 18 though as they have just announced the addition of Android 17 in a pretty awesome character trailer!

His fighting style makes me think of Bardock a bit, but with some obviously unique aspects. The question I had, as many of you likely thought, was if Android 18 would be an assistant to Android 17 when I first started the trailer. You do see that 18 jumped in, using the same fashion as 17 when playing as 18, in the trailer - albeit very briefly.

This is a very suitable character addition that many have been waiting on. Now the only thing left to ask yourself is: Is Android 17 worth purchasing as DLC? Personally I feel that this should be a free add-on character as he should of been part of the base game from the start. I still believe it didn’t make sense to have both Android 16 and 18 without 17 being his own playable character.

How do you feel about the addition of Android 17 to Dragonball Fighterz?

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SPIDER-MAN Is Now The Best-Selling PlayStation Exclusive Of All Time

Two weeks after Spider-Man’s initial release, the game was able to sell 3.3 million copies in its first three days making it the fastest selling first-party PlayStation game of all time. Moreover, Spider-Man also broke another record for Sony after pre-orders for the game reached one million copies.

USA Today reported the sales figures for Marvel’s Spider-Man who now holds the title of the fastest-selling PlayStation Exclusive of all time, a milestone previously held by God of War that sold 3.1 million copies during the first three days after release.

Sony’s global senior vice president for the PlayStation gave Marvel and Insomniac Games for all the achievements of the latest iteration of Spider-Man. “It’s met and exceeded all expectations. I think the company and the campus, and our fans are super proud of it.”

Given the tremendous hype for this game prior to its release, it is not at all surprising that Spider-Man is doing well. Of course, it is impressive that the game was able to achieve all those milestones despite being released exclusively to the PlayStation 4. Imagine what the game could accomplish if it was available on all platforms.

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PlayStation Now Will Allow Players To Download PS4 And PS2 Games To Play Offline

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The PlayStation Now is a nice concept where players would pay a monthly fee, which grants access to a library of games that are playable via streaming. Of course, players are required to have a high-speed internet connection to ensure steady gameplay and the PlayStation 4 would even test your internet connection if its fast enough to stream a game. Not everyone has a high-speed connection making it impossible for some to subscribe to PS Now. The good news is Sony has a solution to eradicate this barrier.

Starting today, Sony now allows players to download PS4 and PS2 games via PlayStation Now and play them offline. This is a smart solution for players who are willing to pay the monthly subscription but are unable to due to a slow internet connection. The PlayStation blog made the announcement that almost all the games available in the service are eligible to download offline, including Sony’s roster of PS2 games. The latest feature will be gradually rolled out over the next few days to all users.

Moreover, Sony reveals that save data from previously streamed games will work even if the player decides to download the said game and play it offline. Unfortunately, a PS Plus subscription is required to do so. Also, players would have to connect their PS4 online every few days for verification purposes.

It is important to remember that currently, not all games are eligible for offline play. So far, confirmed titles include Bloodborne, God of War 3 Remastered, NBA 2K16, and many others.

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Superior Swordsman Rafael Sorel, Returns To SOULCALIBUR VI

Using their usual character reveal style announcement, Bandai Namco has revealed that their master of fencing and expert swordsman will be returning in SoulCalibur VI. As many of the characters from the Soul series character roster, this classic fighter shows off some new moves along with the style that we have grown to love and hate.

If you are having trouble remembering Raphael Sorel, he is the vampire swordsman that has special bite attack and grab. He is usually seen destroying his enemies with one hand behind his back half of the fight. Check him out in the action we face in the near future:

I have to say, I like his design in this game. Using the masquerade party outfit as his base is suiting to the era that his fighting style comes from. Not to mention his attitude always having plenty of sass with a side of snob. There’s no doubt that his Flambert will once again prove to be a threat within his talented hands.

Raphael is one of my character choices in SoulCalibur, following behind Kilik and Yoshimitsu, but I am also interested in trying out Geralt. SoulCalibur VI is set to launch October 19th on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. Which character do you plan to main?

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15 Games Sony Should Include on the PlayStation Classic

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Sony is copying Nintendo and releasing a classic version of the original PlayStation. It will feature 20 games, but they’ve only revealed 5 of them so far: Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. What will the other 15 games on this overpriced retro-console be though? Here are 15 ideas of games that would be great for the roster.

Spider-Man

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This was one of my favorite PlayStation games. It perfectly captured Spider-Man and his villains and gave us a pretty cool story. Also, the unlockable different costumes with different abilities was a very nice touch. The one drawback is that it was not an exclusive. That shouldn’t stop this great game from making it though.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

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Yes, I know this is another non-exclusive. It’s still a fantastic game and a staple for anyone who had a PlayStation. The different levels and amazing soundtrack made this game a winner and it should be celebrated on one of these classic systems.

PaRappa the Rapper

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I only played the demo for Parappa the Rapper, but it was a blast. It has received sequels as well showing that people enjoy the dog rapper. This would be a great break from the darker titles that continue down this list.

Crash Bandicoot

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Crash was to PlayStation what Mario is to Nintendo. Crash was Sony’s big furry mascot that helped people easily identify the platform. I know that they recently released the N. Sane Trilogy but having the first game on the PlayStation Classic is a must.

Spyro the Dragon

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Spyro is pretty much the same as Crash in terms of importance. Once again, I know they’re releasing the Reignited Trilogy later this year, but Spyro was fundamental to PlayStation. One of the first games people think of when PlayStation is brought up, is Spyro.

Resident Evil

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The game that started it all. Resident Evil is another classic PlayStation title that launched a huge franchise. A great way to celebrate a classic console would be to bring the original Resident Evil story back in all its glory. Infamous for its cheesy “Jill-Sandwich” dialogue, the game still managed to be one of the best ones in the system.

Resident Evil 2

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A remake of Resident Evil 2 is in the works, so why not include the original copy for fans who missed out on the original run. This game is so freaking popular that it alone would probably sell a healthy number of units.

Twisted Metal 2

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The dark twisted cousin of Mario Kart’s battle mode. When you think about it, the story is pretty dark, but that doesn’t stop you and your friends from enjoying shooting missles at each other. One of you will probably even be the demonic clown Sweet Tooth driving an ice cream truck.

Crash Team Racing

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PlayStation’s version of Mario Kart was a blast. There were a lot of similarities, but the Crash twist on everything made it unique. This is a no-brainer as it is a great family friendly multiplayer game. Yeah, you may want to play Resident Evil, but when your kid wants to play with you, this is a great alternative until they go to bed.

Metal Gear Solid

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Do I even need to say anything?

Dino Crisis 2

Less survival horror and more action arcade makes Dino Crisis 2 a standout for many fans. With the addition of rail shooter sections, the game feels like an original piece of art for all fans to enjoy, and that ending, who can forget the ending? Maybe Capcom should remake this game next?

Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

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Back before Stardew Valley, there was Harvest Moon and Back to Nature is the first non-Nintendo Harvest Moon game, which kind of a big deal. The game is a big hit among fans and is another fantastic RPG which the PlayStation was known for.

Final Fantasy Tactics

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Final Fantasy Tactics was brilliant. It took the same universe as all the other Final Fantasy games, and changed things up. Instead of simple turn-based combat like the core games, it switched to a more tactical combat system. Even if you don’t care for Final Fantasy games in general, this one is so different, you may like it.

Saga Frontier

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The PlayStation was well-known for its RPGs. Saga Frontier was one of those many RPGs. What set this game apart was that there were 7 characters whose stories you could explore. That’s at least 7 different playthroughs for you. Think that’ll keep you busy?

Tenchu

One of the first stealthy games. Why wouldn’t you include this on your classic console? Not to mention that classic systems should have some kind of ninja game. After all, the NES Classic included Ninja Gaiden. The SNES Classic did fall down on the job with this one though. The bigger question is, do you go with the original or Tenchu: Shinobi Gaisen?

Honorable Mention: Rayman, Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories

What do you think of our list? Which PS1 game would you like to see on the PlayStation Classic? Share your picks in the comments below.

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Rockstar Games Announces RED DEAD ONLINE

Rockstar Games announced Red Dead Online yesterday, which will serve as the multiplayer mode for the upcoming title Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Online is scheduled to release some time in November 2018.

In November, Red Dead Online will release as a public beta where players can try out the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar Games warns players that the public beta will contain a few technical challenges at first, which will be fixed once Red Dead Online is officially released. The developer revealed via an email to Forbes that:

“Red Dead Online is planned for launch in November 2018, initially as a public beta, with more news to come soon. As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch. We look forward to working with our amazing and dedicated community to share ideas, help us fix teething problems and work with us to develop Red Dead Online into something really fun and innovative.”

A few days ago, Rockstar released new images showcasing the vast-open world that players are expected to explore in the upcoming game. Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on October 26 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: Forbes

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The Switch Online NES Emulator Has Already Been Hacked To Play More Games

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A couple of days ago, the Nintendo Switch Online was released via the eShop and will serve as the console’s online subscription service. The service hasn’t even reached one week since it went live and modes have already hacked it. A modder named KapuccinoHeck revealed that a hacked Switch can allow players to easily load their own NES ROMs and play via the Switch Online’s NES emulator.

KapuccinoHeck explained on Twitter that the Switch Online app treats NES games as plain .nesfiles, and stores them in a database. Given this, it is easy to manipulate the database and add other NES games if the 20 titles that were made available by Nintendo is not enough for you. KappuccinoHeck revealed the process in a video where they loaded Kirby’s Adventure on the Switch.

Of course, hacking your Switch is a delicate process that may damage your console in the long run. Furthermore, Nintendo may detect this and permanently ban your account so doing this hack is not at all advisable.

Source: Engadget

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