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Ghostrunner: A cyberpunk wonderland

Jaw-dropping game

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Ghostrunner is a first-person perspective action game set in a dystopian cyberpunk world where you wake up with a cybernetic arm after being thrown out.

The game lets you navigate through a stunning dystopian cyberpunk world where you embark on swift kills and boss fights to get to your target. It was developed by a Polish development studio, One More Level and co-published by All In! Games and 505 Games.

Familiar but different

Ghostrunner is a slick slasher packed with lightning-fast mechanics set in a dystopian cyberpunk megastructure. The Keymaster and final boss, Mara, rules over everything with seething hatred over humanity. You will need to make your climb from your fall to discover tech that’ll help you fight enemies, piece together the world around you, and uncover secrets of your own identity

If you’ve played Mirror’s Edge, you’ll notice similarities. These spring from navigating your way through your surroundings in gravity-defying parkour. But, that’s as far as similarities go.

Ghostrunner lets you do all the flips and tricks while slicing your enemies with your katana, dodge bullets with your superhuman reflexes, and employ a variety of parkour techniques.

You’ll die…

A lot. But, I guess that’s part of the satisfaction that comes with playing Ghostrunner. The game has a one-hit-kill mechanic just makes it painfully harder to play for a klutz like me. It makes for excruciatingly painful deaths and stupid lucky playthroughs. I won’t promise you that this game won’t make you rage quit it. It might and it did for me.

Dying is part of the gameplay. It’s fundamentally what forces players to find better routes and play around in-game. And, when muscle memory kicks in or when you’ve finally gotten good, the unbridled satisfaction makes it all worth the horrendous tries.

A test of will

This game isn’t for quitters. It tests your ability to pick yourself up from one kill to the next. It’s brutal but it’s paradoxically fun. Ghostrunner cuts the crap on a lot of things and sticks to the fast-paced, clean-cut, and straight-forward plays. The plot is simplistic; the cyberpunk landscape is challenging, and the playthroughs force you to keep moving.

Jaw-dropping graphics

I could go on about how difficult this game was for someone who struggles to play first-person perspective games but, there’s more things that add to Ghostrunner’s charms besides difficult play with its no-fuss plotline. And, it’s the world you play in. It’s undeniably stunning. There are just layers upon layers to the colorful dystopian jungle and it manages to not feel repetitive.

The landscape transitions so well and help give perspective on the game’s story. As much as I’ve died an embarrassing amount of times, the world around me helps it feel less like I’ve shot myself on the foot the same way a thousand times.

Is this your GameMatch?

If what you’re looking for is a plot-heavy game that lets you dabble into the nuances of society through customizable characters, this isn’t it for you.

Ghostrunner is unapologetically a cool action game where you can feel at home slashing through enemies, breezing through a cyberpunk obstacle course and senselessly quick pacing. If you love a good speed-run, are up for quick brutal deaths, and parkour action games, this is a must-buy.

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PlayStation 5 pre-order second batch in PH happening Jan 22

Another 5-minute window

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You’ve been waiting for this, haven’t you? The second batch of pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 in the Philippines is officially happening on January 22, 2021.

Just like the first batch, the pre-order period will happen for only five minutes from 2PM to 2:05PM. Participating retailers should still be the same. They are as follows:

  • iTech
  • Gameline
  • Metro Plaza
  • Abenson
  • Game One
  • GameXtreme

There were some pre-order blunders the first go round but here’s to hoping there won’t be a repeat of that.

Watch our PS5 Review.

 

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Animal Crossing is launching a ColourPop makeup collection

Featuring your favorite characters

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Despite a full slate of exciting games last year, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was one of the most influential games of 2020. The island life simulator allowed everyone stuck at home to connect with another despite the pandemic. However, even with the gameplay, the game is just so darn cute. If you wholeheartedly agree (and why wouldn’t you?), Nintendo is collaborating with ColourPop for an Animal Crossing-themed makeup collection.

In its announcement post on Twitter, Nintendo unveiled four color palettes in the collection. The forefront of the collection features Isabelle’s yellow complexion and her cute-as-a-button pink top. If you’re looking for something more inspired, Blathers and Celeste have their own color palette featuring combination of their colors. For the stylish, the Able Sisters shine in purple and lilac. If, however, you’re looking for capitalist chic, Tom Nook has his own palette featuring his cash-money green.

The Animal Crossing x ColourPop collection will launch on January 28. Though only four palettes were showcased, the collection might include further characters. Besides the main characters around your island, the game also has a wide variety of cute potential villagers.

SEE ALSO: Nintendo made five-fold profit thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition out now

Took them long enough!

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Thanks to Ubisoft and their collaboration with Universal Games and Digital Platforms, you get to team up, fight for love and defeat the league of seven evil exes. Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition celebrates its 10-year anniversary and includes Knives Chau and Wallace Wells downloadable content.

The game oozes inspiration from the iconic graphic novel series and 2010 Universal Pictures film. It sticks to the series’ humor and classic gameplay combo. You can even rediscover the beloved 2D arcade-style beat ’em up game familiar to fans! And, if that wasn’t enough, the 8-bit animation by Paul Robertson, the critically acclaimed soundtrack from Anamanaguchi, and original cutscenes from Bryan Lee O’Malley will get to you.

You’ll need to team up with up to three friends locally or online, revive each other and share health and coins to defeat your enemies. And, you can compete with friends in mini-games of dodgeball, battle royale matches or cooperate in either boss rush or survival modes.

If you want the game, it’s out on the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Stadia and Windows PC, as well as on Ubisoft+, the Ubisoft subscription service and Amazon Luna for $14.99. The game will also be playable on PS 5 and Xbox Series X|S via compatibility mode.

If you’re a huge fan of the classic series, there are pre-order Limited Editions of the Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition with exclusive merchandise and awesome features. Pre-orders for the physical and Limited Editions will be available for six weeks exclusively through limitedrungames.com.

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