Quick-fire February 2021

Motor Strike: Racing Rampage (Early Access)
Motor Strike: Racing Rampage is developed by FivexGames and was released in Early Access on the 28th of January this year. The full version should be out in six months, at least that is what the developers are planning on. Destroy your friends in this demented shooting racing game, play alone, with the split screen mode or online. Enjoy multiple tracks, lots of vehicles and heavy artillery with multiples game modes and feed your hunger of speed, shooting and chaos!

An explosive racing experience full of speed, destruction and fun. Get ready for the ultimate rampage of bullets, gasoline and nitrous oxide, release the gas and pull the trigger, let’s burn some rubber!

The game is interesting with some original ideas, but we all think of Twisted Metal when it comes to this type of games. Currently, there are 20 tracks and 14 vehicles available, with more to be added in the future. It also has plenty of game modes that should keep you entertained for quite a while. The artillery ranges from a minigun to a laser cannon, and there are plenty of different weapons already (seven to be exact). Motor Strike: Racing Rampage also features couch split screen mode, where you can play with up to three friends, and an online mode where eight racers can have a go at each other simultaneously. The full version promises to bring a campaign mode and a battle arena, which will offer much more entertainment to an already fun game. FivexGames will also bring improvement to physics, balancing and overall performance in the 1.0 version. The price will be significantly higher after Early Access, so make sure you grab it as soon as you can.

POSTAL 4: No Regerts (Early Access)
POSTAL 4: No Regerts is a satirical and outrageous comedic open world first person shooter and the long-awaited true sequel to what has been fondly dubbed as “The Worst Game Ever™”, POSTAL 2! Well, I cannot really agree that POSTAL 2 was the worst game ever, but the fourth iteration brings back the well known madness from it. Developed and published by Running With Scissors, it has seen the light of an Early Access release on the 14th of October 2019.

Several years have passed since the events that devastated the once proud town remembered as Paradise. The only two to walk away from the cataclysm unscathed, the hapless everyman known as the POSTAL Dude and his loyal companion Champ, drive aimlessly through the scorching deserts of Arizona looking for a new place to call home. After a fortuitous gas station rest stop ends with their car, trailer home, and the rest of their worldly possessions stolen, all the Dude’s seemingly got left to his name is his canine cohort and his bathrobe, and neither of them smells all that great. However, on the horizon, the duo glimpses an unfamiliar and dazzling town that beckons to them. What untold prospects lie within? Fame? Fortune? Maybe a bidet or two? Edensin awaits.

First of all, there is no need to say that POSTAL III has been a real fuck up of a game, and it should not be counted as a title in the series. Having said that, Running With Scissors wanted to title this one The Real POSTAL 3, but they went with POSTAL 4: No Regerts in the end. Disowning the III, this one plays in the same way as POSTAL 2. The graphics are updated with Unreal Engine 4, so it looks very decent. Like in POSTAL 2, you are again able to play as a pacifist or a downright maniac, as it allows you to go through it the way you want. You can have peaceful confrontations, but we all know that violence is the real right way to go. POSTAL 4: No Regerts also has an over-the-top arsenal, ranging from newly added guns like AK and Ingram, to well known shovel and gas can. Last but not least, this time around the POSTAL Dude is voiced by an industry veteran, the legendary Jon St. John – the iconic voice of another badass, Duke Nukem. The POSTAL Dude is back! Get it as you will not regret it.

Tears of Avia
Tears of Avia was developed by CooCooSqueaky Games and published by PQube Limited on the 15th of October 2020. It is a turn-based strategy and tactics RPG set in the beautiful world of Estera. Navigate through war-torn environments as you build your party and develop each member’s abilities through extensive skill-trees systems.

Estera, a once proud and thriving world, is torn by war between the two large city-states; Tirig, the largest military in the land who praise the Gods, and the city state Helmgar, the Godless heretics to the north. Build your party and venture forth to discover the secrets behind ancient long abandoned cities; and decide where your own morality ultimately lies in this turn-based action strategy game.

Play as a varied and exciting cast of characters on your adventure through Estera, each with their own abilities and view on each other. As war continues to split the land, will camaraderie conquer all or will personal views rip your team apart. Create your party from five different classes and dozens of playable characters. Combine hundreds of unique skills to ensure victory and never have the same fight twice as each character features its own upgrade and levelling tree.

Combine abilities to create powerful combos against your foes, or combine defensive abilities to negate the deadliest attacks. Combine burn, freeze, stun, cripple and more to obtain your goals, and use retaliation, redirects, immunities and more to halt the death of your heroes. Decide your fate with a deep branching narrative and choice driven decisions. Your actions may lead to an outcome which the world of Estera may not deserve. Should your party feature characters from all sides of the war, opinions may clash and it may not always be for the better.

Explore the stunning world of Estera and breathe in the beautiful hand illustrated locations. Venture deep into murky dangerous woods, roam vibrant busy towns and ransack long forgotten tombs. From the dizzying heights of Tower Of The Ancients to the harsh lands of Arralash, the world is yours to discover.

Tears of Avia is a well-priced indie tactical RPG which does all the things it has promised to bring. The game is enjoyable in all of its aspects, and the graphics and art suffice, if not even more. It has the standard JRPG features, so if you are a fan of the genre you should definitely check it out. The combat is nice and not a chore at any times, skills and moves are great to mix between during the battles. You can choose between five characters to lead in the game: Momoko the Cleric, Iris the Mage, Raul the Brawler, Reina the Ranger, and Kai the Knight. Each of them has a unique personality and features known to their class. Tears of Avia is a great indie experience, and I suggest it to all strategy maniacs. Comparing it to AAA mainstream titles would not do it justice, since it is a project on its own. Try it out.

WRATH: Aeon of Ruin (Early Access)
WRATH: Aeon of Ruin was published on Steam on the 22nd of November 2019 as an Early Access title. It was supposed to be ready for a full release in the summer 2020, but the developers KillPixel did not reach their goal. Now, the game that is published by legendary 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment, shoud have its 1.0 version ready this summer.

WRATH: Aeon of Ruin is powered by the Quake-1 Tech and is a hardcore first person shooter. You are Outlander. Once adrift upon the Ageless Sea, you now find yourself on the shores of a dying world. From the consuming darkness emerges a figure cloaked in white, the Shepherd of Wayward Souls, who burdens you with the task of hunting down the remaining Guardians of the Old World. You must journey into the vast gloom to explore ancient ruins, discover forgotten secrets and battle the horrors that lurk within.

Equipped with weapons of exceptional might and an inventory of powerful artifacts, you must traverse ancient crypts, sunken ruins, corrupted temples and howling forests to bring death to your enemies. But do not underestimate your adversaries, for they are great in power and number. Your mind must be as sharp as your blade if you hope to survive the dangers ahead.

The game is fueled by the legendary Quake 1 technology, so you should kind of know that WRATH is pretty retro looking. Its 90s aesthetic and hardcore gameplay as you have seen in games like Quake, Doom, Duke Nukem 3D and Blood bring back a lot of good memories and a great feeling of nostalgia. Graphics still look very good even in 2021 and the challenging maps will keep you craving for more. Gameplay is smooth, the enemies are not easy and the level design is done greatly. The soundtrack that accompanies the game fits in great with all the action that you will receive during your playthroughs. At the time of our review, the enemies are still a few and far between, repeating themselves through all of five levels that are currently available in WRATH: Aeon of Ruin. It has a lot of potential and if KillPixel pull through, this could turn out as a real retro masterpiece at the time of its full release. Fingers crossed!