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Hitman 2 (Xbox One Review)

In recent years Hitman has started to develop a rather troubled backstory. It has bounced between developers, publishers, and nearly met an untimely end much like its in game targets. Thankfully, Hitman 2 still managed to survive its corporate assassination thanks to Warner Brothers and IO Interactive, but it didn’t escape unscathed.
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Spyro: Reignited Trilogy (Playstation 4 Review)

Spyro first released back in 1998, 2 years after the successful debut of Sony’s lovable marsupial mascot, Crash Bandicoot. With Crash’s prominenance on the Playstation, my younger self was far too enchanted by his misadventures to give Spyro a passing glance. So much so that it missed him altogether. 20 years later and I’m about to glide in for the first time to find out what escaped me decades ago.
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The Quiet Man (Playstation 4 Review)

Sensory deprivation can be a powerful tool. While it won’t turn you in to Daredevil, it can enhance other sense by removing focus. In art, it can force you to appreciate work from a different angle. Even for brief moments, the distinct lack of a stimulant can make a world of a difference. It’s responsible for the deafening silence in horrors that gives way to those moments you can hear every minute heartbeat. It’s also responsible in highlighting the seemingly innocuous body language during everyday conversation. And in The Quiet Man’s case, it shines a massive spotlight on why you probably shouldn’t just cut a key stimulant out without serious consideration.
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Resonance of Fate 4K/HD Edition (Playstation 4 Review)

For me, JRPG often conjured up imagery of clashing swords, shields, and magic. Then Resonance of Fate appeared and totally turned the genre on its head. Back in 2010 tri-Ace brought guns and glory to the genre, putting Dante and his trusted pistols to shame, while mixing it with visions of a Steampunk Victorian era. So, can Resonance of Fate still wow its audience nearly 8 years later?

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Call of Cthulhu (Xbox One Review)

H.P.Lovecraft’s works have been celebrated across every medium throughout the years, from board games to movies to other novels, and back. Yet, when it comes to games there are only a few memorable titles that stick out, like Bloodborne and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. As of late, it feels like the theme is overshadowed by the pursuit of Norse mythology and the never ending wave of zombie survival games. So it would seem like now would be the perfect time to break the mould and dip in to the well of madness that is Lovecraftian horror.
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Soulcalibur VI (Playstation 4 Review)

There’s a lot we can learn from history, where we went wrong, what worked, and more importantly how we got where we are now. That’s why it was important for Namco Bandai and the team working on Soulcalibur VI to really take a long hard look at themselves and drag Soulcalibur kicking and screaming in to the current generation.
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Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise (PlayStation 4 Review)

Following on from Yakuza Kiwami 2 just one month prior, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise continues the onslaught of Yakuza games released by SEGA in the west. While not necessarily a Yakuza game in name in English, it’s known as Hokuto ga Gotoku in Japan—a play on the Yakuza series’ Japanese name, Ryu ga Gotoku. Spinoffs in the series aren’t rare, and generally take place in a variety of settings outside of Kamurocho. This particular setting places us in the universe created by manga author and artist Buronson and Tetsuo Hara respectively. This makes for the fifth Yakuza series release in just three years.

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Warriors Orochi 4 (Xbox One Review)

It’s natural to push for progression in our most beloved franchises. We want to see them grow and prosper, but what happens when it all goes wrong? How do you reassure players that the experiment that blew up in their faces wasn’t the new norm? Well, the easiest solution is to go back to the basics and that’s exactly what Koei Tecmo has done with Warriors Orochi 4.
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Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 – Roads (Xbox One Review)

Given the current climate surrounding adventure games and the loss of Telltale Games, it feels odd to say that we are privileged to bear witness to another excellent addition to the genre and applaud its delivery, but here we are. Life is Strange was one of the first games in the current generation to show that you didn’t need a big, well known franchise to push the medium and that you can recover from the missteps of poor spin-offs – yes, Before the Storm is pretty bad and I won’t hear otherwise – with a title like Life is Strange 2.
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The Council: Episode 4 – Burning Bridges

Episodic games are curious things. Not much changes between episodes bar the story. You could even argue that there isn’t much to really talk about, but as soon as that episode ends there’s always an urge to grab the first person you can find to talk about them. It’s part of their magic. The Council has kind of been like that, magic.
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Valkyria Chronicles 4 (PlayStation 4 Review)

For me, 2008 felt like a dire year to exclusively own the PlayStation 3. Multiplatform releases were great, but the exclusive titles were far and few between. Sure enough, we had Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, but that was simultaneously exciting and disappointing. And so, Valkyria Chronicles caught my eye. It sat on the shelf with its quiet mix of 3D anime and pencil-sketched artwork and I was instantly attracted to it. There weren’t many other games like it, and the system was starved.
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Immortal: Unchained (Xbox One Review)

The term Souls-like has been tossed around more times than a poor pickup line at a bar. Sure, the overly familiar term resonates with a great many, but if its poorly delivered you’ll be left with a red face. That is to say that Immortal: Unchained hit out with its best attempt and ended up picking up the tab rather than a hot date.
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Destiny 2: Forsaken (Xbox One Review)

Since the inception of Destiny 2 we have been constantly reminded that there was a road map. A succinct plan of where we were going and when we would get there. Yet it always felt like we were on the road to nowhere. And then Destiny 2: Forsaken dropped.
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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Strikers (Xbox One Review)

Naruto is one of the most prolific anime ever to grace modern media to date. Even with its popularity dwindling in previous years, there is still an unprecedented demand for adaptations. CyberConnect2 previously bought Naruto to life on modern consoles with the Ultimate Ninja Storm series, but they’ve now passed the torch to Soleil to bridge the gap between generations with Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Strikers.
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Shenmue 1+2 HD (Xbox One Review)

There’s no denying that Shenmue was a powerhouse when it first landed nearly 20 years ago. Then Yu Suzuki followed it up with the even more stellar Shenmue II. The series’ impact on gaming was felt universally, in spite of its niche appeal. The thing is, revolutionaries rarely stand the test of time. We’re no longer staring at the glass ceiling; instead we’re on the great glass elevator we made of its remains. So, did Shenmue stick around for the ride?
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Elea – Episode 1 (Xbox One Review)

At their peak, episodic games can compete with the best TV has to offer and they all have one thing in common: a hook. Every great series gives you a reason to keep coming back. I’m not sure if Elea has that.
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Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition (Xbox One Review)

Divinity: Original Sin revolutionised the way I see RPGs. It set a precedence that no game has surpassed since. Divinity: Original Sin had a rich story, engaging strategic combat, a wealth of different styles of play, and it didn’t take itself too seriously. Now it’s long awaited successor, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is making its way to consoles and it’s one for the books.
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Strange Brigade (Xbox One Review)

Rebellion Developments have had an illustrious career in games. With a hand in games like Alien Vs. Predator, Rogue Trooper, and their crown jewel Sniper Elite, they’ve left their mark on the games industry over the years. There is an undeniable pedigree to almost every game. A pedigree they are upholding with Strange Brigade, adding yet another title to their venerated library of shooters.
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Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PlayStation 4 Review)

Writing this review reminds me that an era is now over. While Yakuza 6: The Song of Life was the swansong for the series’ protagonist, Yakuza Kiwami 2 marks the final “new” game to feature the Dragon of Dojima, Kazuma Kiryu, as the playable protagonist. Filled with a number of new content and revisions for Yakuza 2—originally released in 2006—does Kiwami 2 serve as the fitting end to an era of incredible games that now, finally, has the recognition it deserves in the west?
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Guacamelee! 2 (Playstation 4 Review)

Five years on from the original release, Drinkbox Studios’ 2D action platformer and universally praised Guacamelee! has finally returned with a sequel. In a multi-dimensional world filled with Mexican culture stereotypes and video game references galore, the Mexiverse (yes, that’s what it’s called in the game) is having it’s fabric of existence torn apart by a Luchador named Salvador.
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Hitman 2 (Xbox One Review)

Thursday, December 6, 2018

In recent years Hitman has started to develop a rather troubled backstory. It has bounced between developers, publishers, and nearly met an untimely end much like its in…

Spyro: Reignited Trilogy (Playstation 4 Review)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Spyro first released back in 1998, 2 years after the successful debut of Sony’s lovable marsupial mascot, Crash Bandicoot. With Crash’s prominenance on the Playstation, my younger self…

The Quiet Man (Playstation 4 Review)

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Sensory deprivation can be a powerful tool. While it won’t turn you in to Daredevil, it can enhance other sense by removing focus. In art, it can force…

Resonance of Fate 4K/HD Edition (Playstation 4 Review)

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The end of eternity.