Let’s talk about … – OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood

Gone are the days of Tony Hawk Pro Skater and its “somewhat” exaggerated level of modern day skating. Meet OlliOlli2, Roll7s take on skating in the most extreme environments, all while staying true to the tricks and style of what we’ve come to expect from skating video games.

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OlliOlli2 is the sequel to the appropriately named OlliOlli in which you skate through various environments ranging from California, the Wild West, an Aztec Temple, and finally a robotic futuristic utopia. There are 25 standard levels, and if you complete all of the requirements on that stage it unlocks a harder version of it. Add to those 25 levels and Daily Challenges, and you have a game that will take quite a while to master.

As the game progresses it eventually gets harder, but not without teaching you the ropes slowly and effectively in order to help you progress through each world’s set of stages.

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OlliOlli2 is short, sweet, and deceptively simple. You start off learning a handful of tricks, all which are performed with a PC compatible controller. For this review I used an Xbox One controller, though anything with an analogue stick will suffice. Simple tricks can be performed by hitting any standard direction on the stick, and more complicated moves can be done by rolling the stick down and then forward or backward. Think street fighter style move sets. The harder the trick, the more its worth.

At the beginning of the level, you perform a trick, and then have to time the pressing of the “A” button when you are close to landing. This is how you get maximum points for your tricks. Once manuals are introduced you can string together trick after trick and never ruin your combo.  I was able to complete multiple stages with a lot of focus and a little effort all in one large combo.  Be warned though … the tricks are unconventional in the way they are performed.  As easy as it sounds, I spent a lot of time failing a stage just because my brain forgot how to grind, or manual, or do a simple trick which would lead to me crashing hard into a wall, or spikes, or a vat of toxic goo.

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There isn’t much to this game which is sort of the beauty of it. It’s simple to understand but devilishly hard to master. The tutorials teach you everything you need to know, and make you perform well enough to move on and use it in the real game. Even though the control scheme is much different, it can be learned quickly and is really accessible for any skill level.

Top it off with well-drawn but simplistic graphics and a killer soundtrack, and you have a near perfect experience that will challenge you to constantly better your performance, all the while bobbing your head to the fantastic ethereal score. Unlike previous skating games, there is no punk here, which honestly helped me relax and really chill out while repeatedly failing over and over again.

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One side note. The level variety reminded me of the stages from Streets of Rage 2. While these games have nothing in common, I almost wonder if the music and art direction were influenced by that game. The carnival level immediately brought me back to those glorious 16-bit days!

Tl:dr – OlliOlli2 is a wonderful game for even someone who may not be a skateboarding fanatic or enthusiast. If you are, that’s great! If not, you will still find hours of enjoyment in this title doing olli’s, nollie’s, grinding, manuals and other speciality tricks. Music and visuals are great, and it’s easy enough for anyone to pick up, but is difficult to master. 50+ levels, daily challenges make up this near-perfect sequel to a game you may have never heard of or overlooked.  A 2-D platformer that absolutely nails the skateboarding genre. I strongly suggest checking this out regardless of your perception on skateboarding.

Rating – 9.5/10

Buy – Steam £10.99/$14.99

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Let’s talk about … – Devolver Digital bring hit titles to Nvidia Shield and Android

No doubt one of your favourite games is published by Devolver. They have an impressive line-up of titles under their belt, and they’ve just brought a collection of their indie hits to Nvidia Shield and other Android devices.

The following games are now available on Android: (The link will take you to the Google Play store)

All titles are available now on the Google Play store, with Hotline Miami, OlliOlli, Always Sometimes Monsters, and LUFTRAUSERS costing £7.99 with a 50% discount during the launch window.

The Talos Principle however is available as 6 individual episodes, each priced at £3.89. There is also the option to purchase the first episode at £3.89 and the remaining 5 episodes for £11.69 as a season pass.

If you’re heading to E3 this year, all 5 titles will be available to play at Devolver’s Trailer Park of BBQ and Awesomeness on the new SHIELD ™ Android TV console. For more information on the releases you can check out Devolvers site devolverdigital.com, and follow them on Twitter @DevolverDigital.

Before you go, check out the lineup trailer.

Let’s talk about … – Hotline Miami 2 release date and pre-order

Back already with more awesome news regarding Hotline Miami 2. After setting a release data of March 10th, Devolver Digital have opened it up to pre-orders on Steam, GOG and Humble. This includes the Digital special edition.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will see you return to conclude the brutal events of the first game. With several different distinct factions to follow, traverse multiple paths until they inevitably interweave into a mass of bloodshed, violence and general awesomeness.

In return for pre-ordering, Devolver are offering a 10% discount on both HM2: Wrong Number, and the Digital Special Edition which includes the exclusive HM2: Remix EP. Asif that wasn’t enough, Dennaton Game and Develover Digital have also partnered with the team behind PAYDAY 2 to bring Hotline Miami content to PAYDAY 2 for those who own HM2: Wrong Number and the Digital Special edition.

Head on over to Steam, GOG or Humble to pre-order your copy now.

Will you be pre-ordering? If so, let us know in the comments what it is you love about the series!

Let’s talk about … – Hotline Miami 2 gets a comic!

Can’t wait for Hotline Miami 2? Well this might hold you over; it’s available now as a 5 part comic series on Steam.

Dennaton Games and Devolver Digital teamed up with Italian art collective Dayjob Studio to create the 5-part series based on the HM series. The comics will offer insight into some of the new playable characters and factions in HM2, and also some of the backstory from HM.

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The first 2 issues are now available, with the other 3 parts coming in the run-up to HM2’s release. Users can flip through the digital comic through an application on Steam while having some of their favorite HM game tracks playing in the background.

Pretty awesome for fans of the series, and should help fill the void a little until HM2 drops in March. We can’t wait to get our hands on it!

For more information be sure to check out www.devolverdigital.com or follow @HotlineMiami on Twitter. Also be sure to show some love to Dayjob Studio by dropping by their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dayjobstudio.