Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review (PS4 Pro)

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review (PS4 Pro) - Pixelated Gamer

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been eagerly anticipated by the gaming community and for good reason. It comes from the legendary producer Koji Igarashi, a lead producer of many iconic Castlevania games. The excitement behind this release sparked 60,000 backers, who pledged $5.5 million to his Kickstarter campaign. Let’s find out if the wait, investment and delays were worth it in the end.    A Proper Spiritual Successor to Castlevania     Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is out in the wild now and it has proven to be everything that Koji Igarashi and his team said it would be.  It’s larger in scope than any previous title by Koji.  There are so many areas, paths and secrets to discover.  Extra time was spent…

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Sea of Solitude Review (Xbox One X)

Sea of Solitude Review (Xbox One X) - Pixelated Gamer

Sea of Solitude is a incredibly unique adventure created by Jo-Mei Games.  The art style that the developers implemented for the visuals are stunning and they help to immerse players that much deeper into this strange world of darkness and light.     Kay’s Journey     While there are many stars to this stellar story, players take the role of Kay. The game begins with her in a small boat, stranded and afraid. Within the depths is a large sea creature that is nightmarish in size and appearance. It not only relentlessly stalks Kay, but talks to her as it swims around her. The whole circumstance and presentation delivered here is absolutely terrifying. Players can drive the boat around and explore the open sea for…

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Blazing Chrome Review (Nintendo Switch)

Blazing Chrome Review (Nintendo Switch) - Pixelated Gamer

It’s 2019 and we are stepping back into the 90’s courtesy of JoyMasher. They have developed an insanely good 2D shooter that is as close to a spiritual successor to Contra as we will ever likely get.   Hasta la vista, baby     Blazing Chrome is about humanity fighting against machines that have made it their top priority to exterminate mankind. It’s time to arm up and short circuit these creeps. Gamers can pick between a hardcore resistance soldier or ironically a befriended robot. The game kicks off with an epic cutscene, featuring some glorious 16-bit pixels and effects that fire up some serious nostalgia right off the bat. Once the first level loads, the carnage immediately goes full throttle. Enemies swarm from both…

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Rolling Gunner Review (Nintendo Switch)

Rolling Gunner Review (Nintendo Switch) - Pixelated Gamer

Rolling Gunner is a gorgeous side-scrolling shoot ’em up developed by Mebius. It’s set in the year 2061 and a new element to power engines has been discovered. All engines now use Busterium as their fuel source, which is controlled by an automated system called BAC. It has become self aware and is now determined to exterminate its creator, the human race.   I feel the need — the need for speed     All the cards are on the table. Gamers must pilot their way through 6 stages of mayhem and face off against gigantic bosses to save mankind. There are 3 ships to select from. Each offers distinctive skill sets. Some offer greater speed, but at the cost of firing range/spread. It’s a…

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Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle Review (Nintendo Switch)

Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle Review (Nintendo Switch) - Pixelated Gamer

Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle enables gamers to jump into an action packed campaign based off Season 3 of Attack on Titan, plus a brand new mode called Territory Recovery. You can either purchase this as DLC if you already own the game AOT2 or it can be bought outright for new adopters.   “This world is merciless, and it’s also very beautiful.”      In AOT2, players created their own character, which would join up with the likes of Erin, Mikasa, Levi and the rest of the gang. For Final Battle, we finally get to star as the characters we have grown to love from the show. This is split across several chapters, where you will play as one of the scouts, cadets…

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AVerMedia Live Streamer MIC 133 Review

AVerMedia Live Streamer MIC 133 Review - Pixelated Gamer

AVerMedia has a new solution for streamers and content creators that are in need of an affordable mic. Having your audio dialed in for social media is just as important as nailing the visual presentation. Some might argue it’s even the most critical factor to your content.   What’s in the box     AVerMedia has done a nice job in including everything you’ll need to get up and running with the Live Streamer MIC 133. Along with the unit itself, you’ll also get a Shock Mount, Metal Stand, Windscreen, Carrying Case and various 3.5mm cables to ensure compatibility. The added accessories bundled in make this a tremendous bargain for those looking to up their audio production game.   Connection options     Sound Performance…

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Gunlord X Review (Nintendo Switch)

Gunlord X Review (Nintendo Switch) - Pixelated Gamer

Gunlord first hit the scene on the SNK Neo-Geo. It also saw a release on the Sege Dreamcast. With the massive amount of steady releases on the Nintendo E-shop, this one initially snuck under our radar. After seeing some coverage on this new Nintendo Switch port, I simply had to have it and to say it didn’t disappoint is a massive understatement.   2D Run ‘n’ Gun Goodness     Gunlord X feels, looks and sounds like it came straight from the glorious 16-bit era. It is a tour de force, reminiscent of Contra and Turrican. The visuals explode with color and style. The sprite work and backgrounds look phenomenal across all 11 stages. Another neat trick in place for maximum eye candy is parallax…

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Doom 3 Review (Nintendo Switch)

Doom 3 Review (Nintendo Switch) - Pixelated Gamer

If you rewind back to 2004, I was busy building my very first gaming PC. It was a massive tower, with large blue LED fans and Nvidia’s latest monster GPU, the GeForce 6800 Ultra. It took a long time to save up for this beast, but it was all in anticipation for Doom 3 and it was worth every penny. 15 years later and I’m once again reliving this fantastic title, but incredibly on a portable system. Isn’t the advancement of technology great?   Welcome to Mars marine     Doom 3 not only introduced ground breaking visuals and effects, but also delivered one of the finest horror based shooters of its era. Hell has literally opened up and unleashed its demons on Mars. You…

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Hotspot Shield VPN Review

Hotspot Shield VPN Review - Pixelated Gamer

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) use to be a term only known by technically savvy geeks. It provides security, anonymity and peace of mind while one is connected to the internet. As technology has ushered in a new area of smart devices alongside a culture that is always online, this has introduced new threats and requires special tools to remain safe.   Proxy Server   It’s vital that you understand the options available and exactly what they do. Some people might tell you that VPN’s aren’t needed and are overkill. Why not simply use a proxy server? For example, if you are attempting to view region restricted content on YouTube where your IP has to be hidden to access, a proxy server might be all…

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Raiden V: Director’s Cut Review (Nintendo Switch)

Vertically scrolling shooters were absolutely huge at the Arcades in the 1990s. Gamers couldn’t wait to pilot their ships and engage against the relentless alien threat. Raiden was the pinnacle of this genre and sold over 17,000 arcade cabs due to the immense popularity behind this franchise. It later saw ports to the TurboGrafx-16, Atari Jaguar, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis and eventually even hit the mobile market. Nearly 3 decades later and we are now covering the latest entry, Raiden V: Director’s Cut on the Nintendo Switch.   The Master of Bullet Hell Has Returned     Raiden V: Director’s Cut plays and looks gorgeous on the Switch. This special version comes with many goodies including new stages, bosses and voice acting. Local cooperative play…

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