Day: February 5, 2021

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Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood Reivew – A Silver Bullet To The Heart

By tracy

A scan of my immediate surroundings reveals six heavily armed soldiers, two wielding firearms with silver bullets. Behind these soon-to-be-dead guards is a mech menacingly pumping a flamethrower, clearly itching for the chance to light me up. I can quietly break each of their necks in my human form, but another look at the area highlights a vent leading to a security office. I can transform into my wolf form to dart into that space to turn off the security cameras, which would open up a less-patrolled path. I’d still have deal with that mech, though. The best play may be to abandon stealth altogether, reveal my location, and transform into a werewolf that will quickly paint the walls red with their blood. I just hope I have enough rage left in me to take down that pesky mech.

Drawing from the rich lore of the World of Darkness tabletop games, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood follows a seasoned hunter named Cahal who can shapeshift between three forms at any time. This is an exciting proposition that sadly cannot escape the crushing weight of repetition that plagues every battle and scenario. The lycanthopic action is extremely violent, and some fun

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Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood Review

By tracy

After decades of vampires hogging all the spotlight in the World of Darkness, I’ve been drooling over the prospect of a good Werewolf: The Apocalypse game to showcase my favorite side of that fantastic universe… but it might be a couple decades more at this rate, because Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood is an unambitious swing at video game-ifying the beloved tabletop roleplaying game of fangs and fury that originally got me into that hobby. If it can’t make transforming into a massive beast and ripping your enemies limb from limb fun, what are we even doing here?

In Earthblood, you play as Cahal, a Garou of the Fianna tribe born under the moon sign Arhoun who must battle Banes and Fomori to save Gaia. If you found that sentence confusing, this story is going to be a doozy because it barely ever stops for even a moment to explain any of the concepts of its rich but sometimes perplexing setting. And to anyone without an understanding of werewolves and their culture, a lot is going to be lost from its storytelling. This stands in stark contrast to the classic Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, which is set in

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This fan-designed Sonic Mania Lego set is getting an official release

By tracy

If there’s one thing running at supersonic speeds and stepping on a Lego brick (probably) have in common, it’s that they’re both murder on your feet. Soon, you’ll be able to combine both, with one fan’s concept for a Sonic Mania Lego kit getting the block-maker’s blessing for an official release. 

Pitched on the Lego Ideas community contribution site all the way back in 2019, Viv Grannell’s blocky reimagining of Sonic Mania was this week given the green light for an official set over on the Lego Blog. While it’s likely the final version won’t look exactly like Grannell’s concept, that early pitch nails the throwback look of Sonic Mania—though the hedgehog himself still looks bizarre in minifig form.

Given that Lego Ideas lets anyone submit designs to be turned into blocky little toys, there’s always a few games concepts kicking around. A Fall Guys set was sadly passed on this review phase, as was last year’s promising Portal 2 submission. There are various reasons why something may or may not meet approval, but it probably helps that Sonic has had a small moment in Lego Dimensions back in 2016.

Of course, these days Sega are as much