Solar Ash Review

Solar Ash Review

I glide serenely through the undulating turquoise sea, enjoying the silky sensation of movement as I cut a path through this landscape of… what? Clouds?! The Ultravoid is an utterly surreal place – beautiful, colourful, yet also broken, desolate. This is all that’s left of a host of forgotten worlds, sucked inexorably into the gravitational pull of a massive black hole. Above me, a monstrous-looking creature known as a Remnant patrols the sky, and it’s so large I’ll literally skate along its back when I confront and kill it; part of a desperate bid to save my home planet from becoming the latest victim of The Ultravoid’s insatiable appetite. Solar Ash has some big ideas, and while it’s not all smooth skating thanks to minor control quirks and a couple of design elements that don’t quite reach their full potential, it’s definitely a journey worth taking.Rei CrisisSolar Ash’s vivid colour palette is evocative of developer Heart Machine’s last game, Hyper Light Drifter, but transposed to a 3D open-world, in which momentum is the overriding design principle. In Solar Ash you’re faced with platforming challenges, light puzzles, enemy encounters, bosses, and impossible spaces – and you glide your way through it all, accompanied by an appropriately atmospheric, synth-driven sci-fi score.You are Rei, a Voidrunner who has ventured inside a black hole called The Ultravoid, and you’re trying to find out what happened to each of your companions and ensure the conduits they set up throughout the different sectors of the void are operational. These are necessary to power a gigantic, monolithic piece of technology called the Starseed – which, in turn, is the only hope to close the black hole itself and save Rei’s planet from imminent destruction. This broad story set-up translates to reaching and clearing out anomalies that are interfering with the conduits, then defeating each area’s colossal boss creature.Action-platforming is very much the main driver of Solar Ash, but it’s interested in worldbuilding too, and has plenty to dig into via story elements like audio logs left by Rei’s missing teammates, scrawled notes in the environment, a handful of survivors you can talk to, and quizzing Rei’s friendly AI construct Cyd on the details of the mission. This all helps make the overarching plot more impactful as it gradually comes into clarity, leading to a climax that’s punchier than I was expecting; a neat twist for a game…
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Aftermath, a New Psychological Thriller, Announced for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X

Aftermath, a New Psychological Thriller, Announced for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X

Italian developer One O One Games and publisher META have announced Aftermath, a new narrative-driven psychological thriller that's in development for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X utilizing the Unreal Engine. Players take on the role of former European astronaut Charlie Gray, who is desperately searching a devastated planet for her daughter in the, well…aftermath of something terrible. The extent of that catastrophic event is hinted at in the cinematic trailer, which you can watch at the top of this page.Though there is crafting and (of course) combat, Aftermath intends to double down on story. One O One CEO David Gallo says that Aftermath "aims to tell a mature story through survival mechanics, one that’s far away from the standard wilderness settings that these games feature normally. We are excited to let people get in touch with the uncanny world we’re creating and the characters who inhabit it!"You can get an early look at what the team is going for, tonally and visually, in the screenshots above and the concept art images below.No release date or window has been set for Aftermath as of yet, but the developer and publisher promise regular updates on its progress throughout 2022.Ryan McCaffrey is IGN's executive editor of previews and host of both IGN's weekly Xbox show, Podcast Unlocked, as well as our monthly(-ish) interview show, IGN Unfiltered. He's a North Jersey guy, so it's "Taylor ham," not "pork roll." Debate it with him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan.
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Solar Ash Review – Ash Wins-day

Solar Ash Review – Ash Wins-day

Solar Ash is built like a skatepark in a lucid dream. The ground you skate across looks and acts like an ocean-sized mattress pad–blue and bumpy and bouncing as you pass. Floating islands are connected by grind pipes, which only emerge after you transport glowing spores from one mushroom to another. Red, bulging eyeballs act as the locks on gates made of black ooze, which you slash to gain passage. Much of what you see in Solar Ash makes little sense, but you move through it so quickly, the boss battles you fight are so exhilarating, and the puzzles you solve to reach them are so satisfying, that the dream logic of this world’s construction feels like the necessarily slight distance to keep the good times rolling as you move from Point A to Point B.The second game from Heart Machine, the developer of 2016 indie gem Hyper Light Drifter, retains that game’s color palette–expect plenty of pastel blues, pinks, and purples, with the occasional threatening red–but changes just about everything else. Hyper Light Drifter was a blisteringly difficult Zelda-like which presented its glitching neon overworld from a top-down 2D perspective. Solar Ash, meanwhile, is a 3D action-platformer in which you traverse its world on some futuristic version of inline skates, cutting up enemies with ease. Solar Ash presents its dreamlike world and asks you to explore it by jumping, skating, and grinding along pipes. What the two games share is a structure that, while fairly open, is constantly funneling you toward show-stopping boss battles. In Hyper Light Drifter, that open-ended structure applied to the entire map, with four sections that could be tackled in any order. Solar Ash adopts a more traditional linear structure, unveiling six increasingly wide levels one at a time. In each, you must hunt down multiple puzzles that, upon completion, let loose a massive boss. In each, there are plenty of audio logs and armor pieces waiting to be found if you take some time to explore.As you set out on this quest, you take control of Rei, a “Voidrunner” who has traveled into the “Ultravoid”–a massive, world-destroying black hole–in an attempt to activate the “Starseed,” a device the Voidrunners have created in an attempt to destroy the Ultravoid. When she arrives, her home planet is in the Ultravoid’s grasp, but Rei hopes that if she can restore power to the Starseed, she can save…
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Rockstar Delays GTA Trilogy Physical Edition Release Dates

Rockstar Delays GTA Trilogy Physical Edition Release Dates

Rockstar has delayed the physical release for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. As shared by the studio on Twitter (below), Rockstar has announced that is delaying the physical release for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy to multiple different dates. While that change now means that the game will release on Xbox consoles and PS4 on December 17 (a ten-day delay), it's worse news for Switch fans, where the game now won't be available physically until early 2022. The release dates for the physical versions of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition have changed.Xbox Series X / Xbox One and PS4 will now release on December 17. The Nintendo Switch version is coming in early 2022.Check your local retailer for availability. pic.twitter.com/6avP8yp6la— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) November 30, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe delay of the physical versions of the game follows a turbulent digital release for remasters of the iconic trio. Following their release, fans jumping into the three games included in the remastered bundle (GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas) have reported various issues including initial problems with the game launching on PC as well as a torrent of visual bugs and performance issues across a number of platforms. Upon release, IGN reviewed Rockstar's remastered trilogy awarding it a disappointing 5/10. "There’s no question that the three games in this GTA Trilogy are all-time classics, but they’ve unfortunately been remastered with a ham-hand instead of a Love Fist," reads our verdict."New features are slight and only partially implemented, visuals are mixed, performance is inconsistent at best, some content is missing, and bugs and glitches abound. In its existing state, this collection of three classic GTA games is far from being considered definitive; it’s defective, disappointing, and surprisingly disrespectful to both the legacy of the games themselves and their many legions of fans."Since the title's initial launch, Rockstar has released updates for all three games, fixing some of the more prominent issues such as the remasters' infamous rain effect, a number of typos that were spotted by players throughout the three games, and texture corruption in San Andreas. In addition to the game's first major patch, Rockstar has also apologized to fans on its website over the state of the game's launch. "Firstly, we want to sincerely apologize to everyone who has encountered issues playing these games," reads a…
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George R.R. Martin Was Unhappy With Game Of Thrones' Final Three Seasons

George R.R. Martin Was Unhappy With Game Of Thrones' Final Three Seasons

Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin was not happy with the direction that hugely popular HBO series took the story in its final three seasons. A new book about HBO has revealed that Martin felt that the outline he gave to the showrunners was ignored.While the first five seasons of Game of Thrones were reasonably faithful adaptations of Martin’s hugely popular novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, the next book had not been published by the time work started on Season 6. Nevertheless, Martin gave showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss a template of his plans for the rest of the series. But in James Andrew Miller’s new book, Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers, Martin’s representative Paul Haas states that they didn’t follow it.”George loves Dan and Dave, but after Season 5 he did start to worry about the path they were [going down] because George knows where the story goes,” Haas said, via CBR. “He started saying, ‘You’re not following my template.’ The first five seasons stuck to George’s roadmap. Then they went off George’s roadmap.”Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Look At These Incredible Halo Swarovski Halo Crystals

Look At These Incredible Halo Swarovski Halo Crystals

Microsoft and Swarovski are teaming up for a special collaboration to celebrate the launch of Halo Infinite and the 20th anniversary of the series. The crystal company made new collectibles inspired by Master Chief’s Mjolnir helmet and the Energy Sword.They aren’t going on sale publicly, but fans can enter a contest to win one. Swarovski made 117 in total, in celebration of Chief’s Spartan number.”At Swarovski we know gaming is the future, and we are incredibly excited to be entering the gaming space with this partnership,” Swarovski CEO Michele Molon said.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Battlefield 2042's Third Update Brings More Than 150 Fixes: Full Patch Notes

Battlefield 2042's Third Update Brings More Than 150 Fixes: Full Patch Notes

Battlefield 2042’s newest patch will arrive on December 2, bringing with it more than 150 bug fixes, changes, and improvements across the game.As detailed by DICE, some of those changes include improved level geometry so that players don’t get stuck, the elimination of various visual glitches, fixes to spawning issues, and adjustments to various collision issues.But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Major changes are also coming to the Battlefield 2042’s UI. The collection screen is getting adjusted to make it easier to use and more clear as to what players are actually selecting. New indicators will soon show players that can revive you when downed, as well as indicators for players that can provide health or ammo if you are low on either. Enemy vehicles and players will now also display health bars when looked at from certain distances.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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PS Plus Free Games For December Revealed

PS Plus Free Games For December Revealed

Following a leak, Sony has officially announced December’s PlayStation Plus free games lineup. There are six games on the way in December, including three PlayStation VR games.December’s lineup includes Godfall: Challenger Edition on PS4 and PS5, as well as Mortal Shell on PS4 and Lego DC Super Villains also on PS4. Godfall was among the first PlayStation exclusives that came to PS5 at launch. The same three PSVR games from November are staying free in December, including The Persistence, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, and Until You Fall. Sony is making those games free to celebrate PSVR’s fifth anniversary.December’s free PS Plus games arrive December 7 with the PlayStation Store refresh. As such, now is a good time to grab November’s free PS Plus games before they expire. They include Knockout City, First Class Trouble, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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December 2021 PS Plus Free Games

December 2021 PS Plus Free Games

Following a leak, Sony has officially announced December’s PlayStation Plus free games lineup. There are six games on the way in December, including three PlayStation VR games.December’s lineup includes Godfall: Challenger Edition on PS4 and PS5, as well as Mortal Shell on PS4 and Lego DC Super Villains also on PS4. Godfall was among the first PlayStation exclusives that came to PS5 at launch. The same three PSVR games from November are staying free in December, including The Persistence, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, and Until You Fall. Sony is making those games free to celebrate PSVR’s fifth anniversary.December’s free PS Plus games arrive December 7 with the PlayStation Store refresh. As such, now is a good time to grab November’s free PS Plus games before they expire. They include Knockout City, First Class Trouble, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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