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Songbird Symphony Review: A rhythmic romp

Songbird Symphony Review: A rhythmic romp

Admittedly, music-based games are not my forte and not something that I would actively look for to play. But in Songbird Symphony, I have gained a newfound appreciation for the medium.  For the uninitiated, Songbird Symphony is a sprite-based platformer/rhythm game that follows the story of the ever-enthusiastic fledgling Birb. At the insistence of the forest’s wise owl, Birb sets off on a journey to learn new songs in his quest to find out who his real family is. Birb’s story of self-identity is a simple one, but that doesn’t mean it lacks substance. The five or so hours I’ve…
Gears 5 Review: A well-oiled COG in the franchise

Gears 5 Review: A well-oiled COG in the franchise

The Gears of War series is a veteran among game franchises; now coming close to 13 years within the industry since the first Gears of War launched in 2006. But like battle-hardened Marcus Fenix, the protagonist from the first trilogy, Gears 5 continues to deliver more than the guts and glory that the series is famed for.  Gears of War 4 ended with the surprising revelation that Kait Diaz, a COG soldier that is part of the new three-person crew fighting against the new Swarm threat, is genetically linked to the Locusts. The story of Gears 5 follows up on…
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Review: A Blistered Thumbs Up

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Review: A Blistered Thumbs Up

Admittedly, I’m not part of the group of people who experienced Crash Team Racing when it was released in its heyday. I’ve heard stories about it since that has elevated it to cult status among the older generation of games. Now, after all the clamour for an update to the franchise, we have a new game to experience: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a remaster of the original game from 20 years ago, with elements included from its sequels, Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing. You also get the full roster of racers that…
YouthX Campus Game Fest shows why values in sports and E-sports are “all the same”

YouthX Campus Game Fest shows why values in sports and E-sports are “all the same”

The dust has settled in what has been a successful outing for National Youth Council (NYC)’s YOUTHX Weekend Festival that occurred during 3 and 4 August 2019. A 60,000 strong crowd turned up to support what was the culmination of a month-long celebration of youth aspirations and talents, attending highlights like the Super 24 Dance Competition, performances for SHINE and also newcomer Campus Game Fest. Campus Game Fest itself isn’t a new event, as the annual gaming event is a significant feature every year in Singapore ever since its first show in 2013.  However, the event organiser Singapore CyberSports &…
Inaugural Esports Festival Asia (EFA) to mark debut at COMEX 2019

Inaugural Esports Festival Asia (EFA) to mark debut at COMEX 2019

The insertion of esports as a medal event at the upcoming Southeast Asian Games has brought the genre to an all-new height of relevance in the region.  In a first for COMEX 2019, a brand new esports-centric event – Esports Festival Asia (EFA) – will make its debut in the IT show to grow the local esports scene. The brand new event was made possible through COMEX organiser Sphere Exhibits, the events arm of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), who is investing S$1 million in Esports Festival Asia. Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits, highlighted the growing significance of…
Blizzard Entertainment brings a new dimension to Overwatch with new feature, Role Queue

Blizzard Entertainment brings a new dimension to Overwatch with new feature, Role Queue

Blizzard Entertainment recently released information on a new feature that is set to overhaul the current matchmaking system in place for Overwatch –  Role Queue. Previously, matchmaking let players have the liberty of choosing any character within its 40-second timeframe.  This led to problems with team composition and player satisfaction as sometimes it produced wildly unbalanced teams, with players refusing to compromise on their chosen pick or players having to concede and select a character that they were unfamiliar or uncomfortable with just for the sake of the team. These problems also extend to the competitive scene, with team composition…
Joysteak Studios: The Road to Rhythm Redemption

Joysteak Studios: The Road to Rhythm Redemption

“These two words come to mind: worth it”. That was the sentiment of Tan Kang Soon, Co-founder of Joysteak Studios, on the entire experience of developing a game as his company wraps up development on their first and upcoming rhythm platformer, Songbird Symphony.  Though, calling it a company might give a different impression on how big the team is. Along with Producer/Artist Kang Soon, the studio is only comprised of two other members; Lead Programmer Chue Sai Hou and Writer/Sound Engineer Muhammad Hanif. During production, all three divide their time working on the game between two locations: Kang Soon’s home…
Netflix and Video Games – The Foray into the Pixel Space

Netflix and Video Games – The Foray into the Pixel Space

Netflix has become an all-encompassing entity within the world in recent times; its presence permeating in millions of homes throughout the world. Production on regular original content has also been made possible all through the high volume of people using their services. Not content with ruling over the television world, Netflix wants to broaden their horizons and is seemingly also moving into the video game landscape. Like their venture into television, they have started small. One of the first projects was a mobile game based on the property of one of their most acclaimed series original series, Stranger Things. The…
E3 2019 Round-up: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Cyberpunk 2077, and more

E3 2019 Round-up: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Cyberpunk 2077, and more

E3 2019 has officially ended, and like previous years, a ton of exciting reveals and new information were at the forefront of the event. Let’s take a look at the highlights from this year’s event. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – The Beginning to the Road to Redemption? The handling of the Star Wars IP by Electronic Arts (EA) has not gone exceptionally well. There has been much bad press coming out of their Battlefront games and the cancellation of two prominent anticipated Star Wars games from Visceral Games and EA Motive. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is perhaps the…
E3 2019 Preview: Who will be the biggest hitters this year?

E3 2019 Preview: Who will be the biggest hitters this year?

E3 – the spectacle that gets people’s palms sweaty, breaths held, and dreams come true. it is unequivocally the biggest event happening in the calendar for the gaming industry. This year’s E3, also known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is set to be different from that of last year’s. With Sony bowing out of the expo for the first time since its inception, along with the ever-growing chatter on the imminent next-generation of consoles, E3 2019 is going to be a year of transition.   This, of course, doesn’t mean that the hype train is slowing down. We expect major…
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