IN THE SPOTLIGHT

In Observer: System Redux, the year is 2084 (which just happens to be exactly a hundred years after the time in which another dystopian masterpiece, George Orwell's 1984, is set.) We take the role of Daniel Lazarsky, a highly experienced, implant enhanced officer in the Observer unit of the Krakow police department. Now, he doesn't know it yet, but Daniel is about to get caught up in a strange case that will change his life...

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OUT IN THE FIELD

Like just about everything this year, Spiel Essen was going to be a little bit different. Due to the Covid-19 related issues that we are faced with at this moment, the Spiel organization decided to go completely digital. Nevertheless, our Cardboard Crewmember, Raymond "DuMeeple" Dumee sat down for us at all the digital gaming tables to check on the latest news from the Table Topping world. An astonishing 148,000 individual visitors checked out the Spiel.Digital platform with over 400 exhibitors showing off their new game releases. Just as at any other Spiel, I did my share of testing various Board Games, so stay tuned as I will be publishing articles about my Spielventure during the coming weeks.

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WEEKLY TOP 3 RELEASES

  • Chronos: Before the Ashes

    Chronos: Before the Ashes is an atmospheric RPG that chronicles a hero's lifelong quest to save their homeland from a great evil. Grow wiser, stronger and more powerful as you explore the depths of the mysterious labyrinth. But beware, the labyrinth takes a heavy toll - each time your hero dies, they lose a year of their life! Do you have what it takes to take on the labyrinth's many dangers?

    Action / RPG
    Gunfire Games & THQ Nordic
    PC / PS4 / Switch / Xbox One
    December 1, 2020

  • Twin Mirror

    Sam, a 33-year old man recovering from a recent break-up, returns to his hometown Basswood, West Virginia, for the funeral of his best friend. Understandably depressed and bitter, he feels completely out of sorts and out of place. But when he wakes up in his hotel room with a bloody shirt and no memory of his whereabouts the previous night, he embarks on a twisted investigation to find the truth.

    Adventure
    Dontnod Entertainment & Bandai Namco
    PC / PS4 / Xbox One
    November 20, 2020

  • Immortals: Fenyx Rising

    Immortals: Fenyx Rising is a fresh and witty take on the open world action adventure genre, featuring dynamic action, combat and stories inspired by Greek mythology. Roam freely across a beautifully stylized world and use extraordinary abilities gifted by the gods against fearsome mythological monsters. Treacherous trials, heroic feats and the very underworld itself await your bravery.

    Action / Adventure
    Ubisoft
    PS4 / PS5/ Switch / Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S
    December 3, 2020






EVEN MORE EPIC STUFF

  • More Dark Hell is in a sorry state, ladies and gentlemen. When the supreme ruler of the place went on vacation, he left his daughter Evilina in charge of hell which, inevitably, led to utter chaos. Now, the imprisoned souls of the underworld have fled their confinement and are scattered all across the nine circles. Of course, being upper management, Evilina is perfectly capable of cocking things up, but has no intention of cleaning up her own mess. This is why she sends you, a lowly demon, to restore order to hell and return it to its evil and organized self before the evil lord returns and things are bound to go even More Dark...

  • Serious Sam Collection Ah yes, the Serious Sam series; a very nice way to while away some time, running and shooting at about everything that moves and, in doing so, thoroughly decimate alien hordes bent on mankind's destruction! These games have been around since 2001, and now there's even a HD collection, featuring the first three games in the series. Time to get serious!

  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe Let's start this review in complete honesty, shall we? I must confess that I never played a Pikmin game before. Maybe I should have, but I somehow never did. My first encounter with Pikmin was with The Subspace Emissary from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Where Captain Falcon murders a row of Pikmin when he makes a great entrance (damn he is so cool... ehm... I mean poor little Pikmin!). Since I like strategy games, I thought it would be about time to finally get my hands on those elusive Pikmin with Pikmin 3 Deluxe!

  • Tatamokatsu At times when the ancient Samurai were not slicing enemies into teeny-tiny pieces with their razor-sharp katana, they tended to play a game for relaxation and, in doing so, also trained their reflexes and dexterity. The game in question was a game that involved dice and the occasional losing of a finger or two. This is where the ever-handy katana come into the game. The game slash training is called Tatamokatsu.

  • Pokémon Sword & Shield: The Crown Tundra A wild Pokémon DLC appeared! El Diablo used review! It's super effective! Yes, ladies and gents, boys and girls; The second and, for now, final installment of DLC for Pokémon Sword & Shield has just dropped and I just couldn't wait to see what adventures were waiting for me in the Crown Tundra!

  • Earth Defense Force 5 The first time I played an Earth Defense Force game, was when Earth Defense Force 2025 was a free game in PS plus for PlayStation 3, back in 2017. I never heard of it up till then, but I saw tons of insects to slay and several awesome weapons to slay them with. So, what's not to like, right? The latest iteration of these games goes by the name of Earth Defense 5 and is finally available as a physical edition for the first time in Europe and the US. So, are you ready for a wild ride? If yes, then let's go!

  • Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi Finally it has happened, finally Sadhonker has shown his true form and with that his true colors, no I'm not talking about the pearlescent paint he is currently adorning. You see dear readers, I knew that Sadhonker was able to transform into something, something large, something loud and most of all something very destructive. How I know you ask? Well, sit down and I'll tell you...

  • FIFA 21 The roar of the crowd in the stadium, chants serenading the crowd favourites playing in the team and players celebrating goals with the fans! All of these things are things you won't see in real life right now, but you can actually see them in Fifa 21! Yes, dear sportsfans, Fifa is back with its latest installment, complete with fans in the stadiums!

  • Small World of Warcraft It's a small world after all, it's a small small world. In this case, it's a Small World of Warcraft or actually the world of Azaroth. When Blizzard and Days of Wonder announced their collaboration to create the Smallworld version of World of Warcraft, lots of heads turned and a few tail bones started to wag at the DumeeGamer headquarters, as we all like a good merger of two already awesome games. Time for my little brother and me to find out what's it all about.