Operation Backlog Completion 2017
Dec 112017
 

Raji: An Ancient Epic is an action adventure game currently seeking funds through Kickstarter, and it’s currently the final day of the campaign.

Raji: An Ancient Epic follows a young girl named Raji who is chosen by the gods to fight against a demonic invasion, while also trying to rescue her brother. It is set in ancient India, with hand painted environments inspired by the medieval architecture of Rajasthan.

It’s an action adventure game that features melee combat and elemental attacks, with customization for your abilities. It also includes some puzzles.

Raji looks pretty good, but it’s still at only around 50% of its funding goal at the time that I’m writing this. Just over 24 hours remain in the Kickstarter campaign, so it will need a lot of support in the final day to meet its goal.

Since there is a demo available through Steam, I downloaded it to give it a try. In the trailer, Raji’s gameplay seemed like it might be slow, but it actually feels quite good. The customization is limited since it’s a demo, but I look forward to seeing what the options are in the full game.

Aside from one point where the demo glitched and I had to restart (from a very forgiving checkpoint, so I barely lost any progress), it played well and felt smooth.

I recorded it, but I had trouble uploading the video. If I ever get it ready, I’ll include it here.

Anyway, if you like the sounds of a demon-fighting action game set in ancient India, head over to the Kickstarter page for Raji: An Ancient Epic and take a look!

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Dec 082017
 

IT’S HAPPENING!!!

When PlatinumGames seemingly teased Bayonetta 1 and 2 for the Switch, along with previous actions that could have been Bayonetta 3 hints, we got our hopes up for Bayonetta on the Switch…

…and now it’s happening!

All of it is happening!

First, on February 16, Bayonetta 1 and 2 will be released for the Switch. Bayonetta 2 will be sold physically for $59.99, with a download code included for Bayonetta.

Similar to how the games were handled on the Wii U, you’ll be able to buy Bayonetta 2 on the eShop for $49.99 and then get Bayonetta at a discounted price of $9.99, or buy Bayonetta on the eShop for $29.99 and then get Bayonetta 2 at a discounted price of $29.99.

In short, the two games together cost $59.99 no matter how you do it. It’s disappointing that there’s no physical option for the first game, but this is still great!

Bayonetta 2 will also have both online and local co-op for Tag Climax, amiibo support, and video capture support.

So that’s pretty exciting, but the even more exciting news is that Bayonetta 3 is in development for the Switch!

The trailer doesn’t show much, but it’s enough to get fans theorizing and speculating. Bayonetta appears to have her design from the first game, but she’s wielding different guns, and the ending makes it look like she died (watch how her legs fall at around the 30 mark). One shot also shows that her face is bloody.

Some fans believe the person she’s fighting is Rodin.

This already raises all sorts of questions. Is this a future Bayonetta? Is it an impostor Bayonetta? (Someone noticed that she doesn’t have her beauty mark.) Or is Bayonetta dead? And if that’s Rodin, why are they fighting?

Whatever’s going on in this trailer, I can’t wait to learn more about Bayonetta 3!

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Dec 062017
 

When I published the reprint of The Book at Dernier back in September, I said the ebook version would be available shortly.

December isn’t as soon as I expected, but after overcoming some formatting difficulties, The Book at Dernier is now available for the Kindle!

Best of all, if you buy a print copy of The Book at Dernier from Amazon, you’ll be able to buy the ebook version for $0.99.

The beginning can also be read on Amazon as a free sample.

The Book at Dernier is a horror novella about a young man named Paul who visits a small town and uncovers a dark mystery about a string of horrifying murders, an enigmatic cult, and a book written in an indecipherable language.

If you’re familiar with my taste in horror, it’s probably not a surprise that this story has a Lovecraftian tone to it. Most of my horror is supernatural, but The Book at Dernier and It Came Back are the two that most reflect my Lovecraft inspirations.

Does that sound interesting to you? If so, head over to Amazon and take a look at the Kindle edition of The Book at Dernier.

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