News | Don't Starve Creators Announce Co-op Hack-and-Slasher Rotwood

Klei Entertainment, the developer of Don't Starve, has announced the cooperative hack-and-slasher Rotwood.

The game has only been announced for Steam for now and has no release date yet. In the game, players explore a maze-like forest with up to three friends.

During this adventure, players will encounter challenging enemies and can use the materials they collect in the home base to create new weapons and protection.


News | Futuristic farming in Lightyear Frontier

The unique farming game Lightyear Frontier was unveiled during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase.

The game from independent developers Frame Break and Amplifier Game Invest is set on a distant planet, where players can farm with futuristic tools in a large mech.

The game can be played by four players in online co-op. In addition, it is hinted in the trailer that the planet is hiding secrets, so the game may also contain an overarching story besides farm life. Still, the overall experience should be above all “peaceful”.

Lightyear Frontier is set to release sometime in Spring 2023 on Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and PC. The game will also be available on Game Pass from release.


News | Co-op shooter Aliens: Fireteam announced

The co-op shooter Aliens: Fireteam was unveiled yesterday.

The game is being developed by Cold Iron Studios, founded in 2015 in collaboration with 20th Century Games and logically uses the Alien IP.

Fireteam takes place 23 years after the original Alien trilogy. Players are a Colonial Marine aboard the USS Endeavor. One must respond to an emergency call from a colony on another planet. Player explore buildings, ruins and alien landscapes as they battle Xenomorphs.

There are four campaigns available, each of which can be completed by three players together. Also, the game can only be played with two computer-controlled teammates.

There are more than twenty different types of enemies. Players can choose from five classes for their character. The game should be released this summer on Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S and Xbox One.


Review | Warhammer: Chaosbane

Review | Warhammer: Chaosbane

Descend into dungeons, defeat monsters, collect loot. Yes, we have seen this before. But now it all takes place in the great Warhammer universe.

In Warhammer: Chaosbane you follow a story like many others: the world is once again threatened by chaos creatures and it needs you to save it. Nothing is more fun than hacking through hordes of enemies with skills that constantly grow in strength. Warhammer: Chaosbane knows how to evoke that feeling. Each of the four characters feels good to control and has skills that can be used in various tactical ways. Eko Software immediately  wants to make it clear that the role-playing side of the game is important. You choose from the Empire Soldier, High Elf Mage, Dwarf Slayer and Wood elf Scout classes.

The first thing you notice is that your character cannot move during his or her attacks. There is also no specific action to dodge attacks. Instead, plant your feet on the ground and fire your skills at the enemies. 

This may sound drowsy, but luckily it is not so bad when you unlock more skills. You receive skill points per level with which you can buy skills. The basic set is automatically unlocked, but you can gradually invest points to upgrade skills. And fortunately, those skills play very well. The Slayer has a fair amount of cool tricks in store, with some attacks costing rage points, while others feed his rage. This prevents you from constantly pressing the same button. More important are the cooldown times on special attacks, which you can only fire once in a while.

Then there’s the loot that you gradually collect. It is the standard procedure of picking up what enemies are dropping in the hope that it will yield better stats for your character. There is a shared treasure chest, so you can share your loot with other characters, you can sell them, craft them, and so on. What especially should make Chaosbane fun is the ability to play with others. There is a drop-in system where friends or strangers can accompany you in the search for better loot. 

If you still want more after the story, you can dive into Expeditions, Boss Rushes and Treasure Maps. The first and the last of these, place you in a randomly generated area to perform a certain mission, often with custom elements to increase the challenge. The Boss Rushes appealed to me the most, and need you to kill a certain boss again, but this time the boss will be stronger so it also drop better loot.

My first impression of Warhammer: Chaosbane is very positive. It is very easy to get into a flow of fighting, collecting and exploring. The Warhammer license mainly feels like a new package and does not change the experience.

Score:

8,0

Interface may be too small at several occasions
Not enough interaction with the environment

+ Good voice acting
Visual stunning environments
+ Addictive gameplay
More than enough content