Author: Sandi Shaktar

Review: Reflex Arena

1.png

Reflex Arena is a competitive arena shooter where you will be entering matches on various level layouts, collecting weapons and powerups to help defeat your opponents, and playing different game modes.

Levels in reflex can vary greatly, whether it’s the layout or weapon and powerup spawn points. Other than the simple layout of levels with hallways and rooms, there are helpful devices that help you to get where you want, such as jump pads and portals. There can also be hazards present like lava, and even small openings in the walls or floor that let you shoot sneaky shots at people.

The selection of weapons isn’t very large and they are very simple to use, but they are still deadly. Weapon types include the melee weapon you always have, bullet weapons like the shotgun, explosive projectile weapons like the rocket and grenade launchers, and energy weapons like the plasmagun and railgun.

1.png

Alongside the main game, there are also level and replay editors available. While the replay editor still needs a lot of work, the in-game level editor is very nice. Other than simply being a tool to let you create your own levels, you can instantly change from editor to play mode, allowing flawless testing of your maps. Creating levels is also a multiplayer activity, as creating levels happens on a server and multiple people can join, making the creation process much faster. After finishing a level, you can upload it to the Steam Workshop to let other players try out your map.

There are no AI controlled enemies as well as no ranked matchmaking as of yet, and because of the nature of arena shooters, you will most likely have a better experience watching the game than playing it. If you do want to play, it is best to play free for all or any team game modes, as the 1V1 mode is all up to you to kill your opponent.

1.jpg

All game modes last until a certain amount of time or a certain score is attained, and at most you will be playing matches for 10-20 minutes.

Mastering movement, learning the layout of maps, and consistently hitting your opponents are all skills that you can master while playing the game. It is highly competitive and enjoyable if you are looking for a challenging FPS.

Reflex is a graphically plain game with mostly grey walls and single color objects. This of course allows the game to run extremely well and the only reason you wouldn’t be able to attain very high FPS is if you were to completely max every graphical setting or simply have a terrible computer.

he only music in the game is while you’re at the main menu, as the only thing you hear while playing or spectating a match is sound effects.

As it is an arena shooter, the controls are expected to be very precise and they are. The typical WASD fps control style is used and advanced movement techniques are in play, such as bunny hopping.

There is very little if any loading that happens while playing, as connecting to servers happen quickly.

The core mechanics of the game are essentially complete, while a bunch of extra enhancements are still in development. You can expect to see more game modes, matchmaking, better performance, better spectating tools, statistics, and more.

Star Wars Battlefront II may not have a season pass

pic.jpg

According to DICE, Star Wars Battlefront 2 may not have a DLC season pass.

Creative director Bernd Diemer told Mashable that the game will not have the season pass, and that EA is working on “something different” going on to that “I cannot talk about the specifics of this, but we have something different in mind that will allow you to play longer, be more invested in the game without having a fragmented community.”

The last instalment of the revitalised series that was released in 2015 to costs which ran up to £95 ($120) with all the different editions, except for the standard edition which cost £50 ($60), coming with the season pass which allowed people to save money on the £12 ($15) map packs that were released sporadically throughout the first year of its release. This created a problem as players found themselves finding matches difficult if they did not have the DLC, this being a problem as the game was mainly online only.

However, Mashable went on to write that EA themselves told them to withhold the information about the no season pass that Mr Diemer alluded to in his interview with Mashable because they “couldn’t definitively say whether that would be the case, despite what Diemer said and expounded upon.”

Mashable published the statement that was sent over to them in regards to the issue, saying that

While we’re not ready to confirm any live service plans just yet, what we can say is we heard the feedback from our Battlefront community loud and clear. We know they want more depth, more progression, and more content. So we’re focused on delivering that in every dimension of Star Wars Battlefront II. We’ll have more to share about our plans soon.

The release trailer for the game shows that the game will contain a single-player campaign, a game mode which was widely desired by fans. EA and DICE have addressed this complaint with the inclusion of single player, only time will tell whether the season pass will be scrapped when the game is released.

The game is scheduled for release on November 17 2017.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX Out Now in NA

pic.jpg

Square Enix and Disney are celebrating 15 years of magical Kingdom Hearts adventures with today’s release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX. The new HD collection is the first time six chapters from the beloved series will be available for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system.

In Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, fans will join Sora, Donald, Goofy and other familiar Disney characters as they voyage through Disney worlds to stop the Heartless invasion and save the Kingdom Hearts universe from darkness. Keyblade wielders will befriend and enlist beloved Disney and Final Fantasy characters to help light overcome the darkness.

A new trailer showcasing the timeless characters, unforgettable villains and the colorful Disney worlds was released today. The “Familiar Faces and Places” trailer is available on YouTube.

The compilation includes the following games:

• Kingdom Hearts FINAL MIX
• Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
• Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered Cinematics)
• Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX
• Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final MIX
• Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered Cinematics)

As a refresher, a new story focused trailer was also released, where fans new and old can follow the adventure of Sora as he battles darkness with the power of friendship.

Fans can prepare for the highly anticipated release of Kingdom Hearts III by experiencing the entire series with Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and the recently released Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue on the PlayStation 4 system. Fans can also uncover the mysteries on how the series began with the upcoming release of Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] for iOS and Android devices. Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross] is the relaunch of the critically acclaimed mobile RPG formerly known as Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ.