Author: GamingHybrid

Warning: Session is a hard game and will test your patience. Those aren’t my words; they’re the words of the developer, Creā-ture Studios itself, splashed verbatim on each of Session’s trick list menus. That’s a belated caveat for the presumably bewildered people mining the menus for shreds of advice on how to actually do anything in this diabolically difficult skateboarding sim. With a two-stick control system that flies in the face of generations of muscle memory, Session is a complex but very grounded simulation of street skating that can appear wonderfully authentic when executed well. However, despite the fact that…

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As someone who played it during its early access period, I was immediately surprised by how much Grounded has evolved for its 1.0 launch. It feels like it’s not only fulfilled the potential of its “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” survival premise, but exceeded nearly all of my expectations of it. Even though it’s still plagued with mostly harmless bugs (the software kind) that can annoy, I enjoyed practically every minute of the over 100 hours I’ve played so far of this stunningly creative and consistently funny adventure, and it easily stands shoulder to shoulder alongside some of my favorite…

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Northgard the video game came out a few years ago to much acclaim. It uses the concepts of ’90s real-time strategy classics such as Age of Empires and The Settlers, alongside a slick modern sandbox approach. Players control viking warbands to construct villages and accomplish great tasks. They are incentivized to pursue bigger and mightier feats to amass fame, such as slaying beasts and crushing opposing players. Now, this RTS/adventure game hybrid has received a passionate and evocative board game adaptation titled Northgard: Uncharted Lands (see it on Amazon).Very much to its credit, this tabletop game stands comfortably alongside its…

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Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for September 27th, 2022. In today’s article, we’ve got a few reviews for you to dig into. Our pal Mikhail has a review of Penko Park, while I’ve got some short reviews of OneShot and Beacon Pines. After that, we have several new releases to look at including TUNIC, The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero, and more. We finish things up with the usual lists of new and outgoing sales. Let’s get to work! Reviews & Mini-Views Penko Park ($12.99) I love seeing indie developers offer their own spin on…

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The Munsters is now streaming on Netflix.Rob Zombie’s The Munsters reboot is a labor of enthusiastic love for the typically more violent, sickeningly grindhouse-forward horror filmmaker. Show The Munsters to unknowing audiences without the writer and director’s name attached, and not a single patron would connect the hellbilly superbeast with such a tender, slapstick, made-for-television nostalgia blanket stitched from patches of CBS’ not-so-terrifying 1960s sitcom. Zombie ditches psycho-sexual depravity, doesn’t turn bodies into grotesque trophies, and certainly skips any harsh language. The Munsters isn’t even a “contemporary” take on dustier material — Zombie makes the old-school Munsters feature he’s chased…

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I’ve called games ambitious before, but please believe me when I say that Terra Invicta is one of the wildest, strangest, and biggest ideas I’ve ever seen a single development team try to take on. All at once it’s a grand strategy-scale geopolitics simulator, an alien-invasion battler, and a hard sci-fi solar system industrialization simulator with integrated real-time newtonian-physics-driven fleet combat. But while I got sucked into its world, that fresh mix of ideas suffers from some very conventional strategy game failures in its interface, accessibility, and balance.One part of Terra Invicta is an engaging simulation of a world where…

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God’s Creatures will hit theaters on Sept. 30, 2022.For those who enjoy dipping into the drama of small-town stories, God’s Creatures offers a front-row seat to the slow implosion of a rural Irish family made to face the hypocrisies of their insular traditions. Emily Watson as Aileen O’Hara, the family matriarch, personifies that journey from enabler to moral arbiter in regards to a crime committed by her favored adult son, Brian (Paul Mescal). Directors Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer tell a very intimate and observational story that asks us to spend quite some time drinking in the everyday rhythms…

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Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for September 26th, 2022. In today’s article, we kick off the week with a bang. And by “bang”, I mean four reviews. Family Man, Radiant Silvergun, The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero, and Potion Permit all get evaluated and scored, as I’m told you like it. We also have summaries of the new releases of the day, plus a rather robust list of new sales to check out. Oh, and the expiring sales are there too. Let’s get into it! Reviews & Mini-Views Family Man ($19.99) Family Man isn’t much…

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As part of IGN’s State of Streaming event, we’re taking a fresh look at the major streaming services and what they offer subscribers in 2022. You can check out our initial thoughts on Apple TV+ as of 2019, and see what’s changed (for better or worse) in this updated review.When Apple TV+ kicked off in November of 2019, it was well after Netflix had cornered the market and almost head to head with the launch of Disney+. While it isn’t the most recent major player to join the streaming wars (that goes to HBO Max in May of 2020), Apple…

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Warning: The below contains full spoilers for Episode 6 of House Of The Dragon, which aired on HBO on Sept. 25, 2022. To refresh your memory, check out our review of last week’s episode.It’s just past the halfway point of Season 1, and our two leads have finally shown up for work. Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke now take over as Rhaenyra and Alicent, respectively, and it’s a testament to the strong work of Milly Alcock and Emily Carey that it takes a chunk of this episode to get used to the shift. Helpfully, the ten-year time jump signalled by…

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