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Slay the Spire (PC Preview)

Slay the Spire from Mega Crit is an interesting fusion of the ever-popular rogue like genre and deck building card games. I’m a huge fan of deck building games, but I’ve never played a video game that scratches the same itch as the ones I own physical copies of. That hole in my life has finally been filled by this wonderful little indie Early Access title.
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Extinction (Xbox One Review)

It’s often said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but when was the last time you felt flattered when somebody copied your idea and presented it as their own? From the first Ravenii peering over the wall to the last swipe at its nape, Extinction wears its inspiration on its sleeve. Whether or not Extinction deviates from the path it’s on is a completely different story.
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Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom (Playstation 4 Review)

We are told we can be anything from a very young age, but rarely are we ever told we can only be one thing. As children we are allowed the delusion that one day we might become an astronaut, but when it comes to Evan he has only ever been told he can be one thing – a King. Be it through choice, or happenstance, we all confront our future one day. In Ni No Kuni 2, the future is now and Evan is forced to take on a mantle he wasn’t prepared for and we are strapping ourselves in for the ride.
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A Way Out (Xbox One Review)

There’s a large portion of the population that, for one reason or another, elevate a specific day of the week above all others. Some observe their respective Sabbath, while others reserve their chosen day to take some time for themselves and administer a big ol’ dose of self-care. Wednesday was my day, or should I say our day. Every Wednesday, for what felt like the better part, Scotch Rat, Scotch Rat’s dad, Scotch Rat’s cousin, and I would all push together whatever TVs were lying around his Gran’s and share a rather small couch. As days dropped off the calendar there were less and less games to play on one or two consoles, especially as a unit of four. So when I heard A Way Out could capture half of what those days meant to me I was elated.
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King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match (Playstation 4 Review)

On its 20th birthday, it’s interesting to look back on King of Fighters ’98. Initially it failed to capture the limelight, coming up against the likes of Tekken 3 and a litany of Capcom fighters. Nonetheless, ’98 has gained favour with the FGC and is now considered an important milestone in the King of Fighters series and one of the most popular entries within the competitive scene.
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Gravel (Xbox One Review)

This generation has blessed us with an abundance of excellent driving games – DriveClub was an extremely solid title, Gran Turismo made a pretty successful return and both Forza series continue to set the standard for console racing sims. However, what I’ve been missing is something that harkens back to my days in the local arcades playing Sega Rally – something a little more arcade-like in a rally setting.
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Mulaka (Playstation 4 Review)

You are Mulaka, a Tarahumara shaman warrior – Sukurúame. Armed only with your spear and the gift of second sight, you must commune with the five great animal demigods, face off against some of Northern Mexico’s most fearsome mythical creatures, and stand up to a growing evil. With little warning, you begin your pilgrimage, doing good deeds and collecting Kórima along the way.
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Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (Xbox One Review)

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was one of the N64’s most popular titles. And with that success there would no doubt be a successor, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil. It trumps Turok: Dinosaur Hunter in nearly every regard, and for many that was a feat and a half. But with great strides towards creating a higher quality of game comes fallibility, and Turok 2 isn’t free of imperfections.
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Attack on Titan 2 (Xbox One Review)

Imagine your life is completely changed because of one event. You’re walking down the street, living your life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happens. Then all of a sudden, a series of events so catastrophic begin, leaving you with nothing but determination and a thirst for revenge.
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True Fear: Forsaken Souls – Part 1 (Playstation 4 Review)

I’m back on the horror puzzle train as I made my way through the point and click horror game from Goblinz, True Fear: Forsaken Souls. True Fear was originally released on Steam back in October 2016 but has recently seen release on consoles back in February of this year.
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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PlayStation 4 Review)

A brand new Yakuza release is like taking a vacation back to visit some friends in an old, familiar town. Almost annually, the cityscape changes with new developments. Your old friends have been busy, and it’s nice to catch up. Maybe we’ll even get caught up in their hijinks, or maybe we’ll just spend some time bonding at the karaoke. Whatever the case, some things have changed a little with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. There’s a sombre air surrounding the familiar town of Kamurocho. It’s uncertain if we’ll be back here, because our friends are now moving on and this is the last time we’ll see them.
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Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (Xbox One Review)

Nostalgia can be a wicked vice. Reflecting back on fond memories of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter on the N64 brought on an uncontrollable childlike excitement, and being able to revisit the Lost Lands of Turok in HD was an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up. But only when my nostalgia had been satiated and the Lost Lands free of evil warlords did I question how Turok would be received by those who did not experience Turok in its glory days.
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The Council: The Mad Ones (Xbox One Review)

There are long running theories that there is a marionette of world politics, someone–or something–lurking behind the scenes manipulating everything as we know it. In games, the idea of Oz revealing himself is often reserved as a last minute reveal, but in The Council, it’s just a side story to a much more personal inquisition. An inquisition that, sinks its teeth deep and leaves you begging for more.
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Secret of Mana (Playstation 4 Review)

Secret of Mana came out on the Super Nintendo back in 1993, enjoying critical and commercial success riding off the success of the original Final Fantasy. Thanks to its solid gameplay, the introduction of the active battle system and its outstanding graphics, it’s still considered one of the greatest games of the 90s. Square Enix are apparently digging through the archives right now, so it’s a good time to get out those nostalgia goggles and see if this remaster is worth the effort.
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Monster Hunter World (PlayStation 4 Review)

Sleepless nights. That’s what Capcom’s latest iteration and quasi-reboot of the niche and addictive Monster Hunter franchise has cost me. Monster Hunter World is the first western home console release for the series since 2010’s Monster Hunter Tri on the Nintendo Wii, and it’s clear audiences have been starving for it. As of this writing, World is already the fastest selling Capcom title in history. It’s actually rather astounding. So, what exactly is the draw?
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Dynasty Warriors 9 (Xbox One Review)

The murder of Julius Caesar has always been regarded as the pinnacle of betrayal and Brutus is often regarded as the main perpetrator, but he didn’t do it alone. In fact, there was a team of well-intentioned Romans behind every twist of the knife. Dynasty Warriors 9 is kind of like that: every little change and design choice, a new wound in Caesar’s back with the hope of overcoming a powerful empire.
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Into The Breach (PC Review)

On 14 September 2012, indie studio Subset Games saw the release of their debut video game FTL: Faster Than Light on Steam. The sci-fi roguelike game, which features the work of just 6 people, took the gaming world by storm thanks to its accessible gameplay and immensely rewarding skill curve and learning process.
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Past Cure (Xbox One Review)

If I could use one word to describe Past Cure, it would be perplexing. It really feels like the developers Phantom 8 Studio tried to create a mesmerising story with lots of questions that would keep players hooked, breaking away from the confines of small indie game development and trying to score a home run at making a relativistic AAA title. All of which would come crashing down in an instant as the garbled criss-cross of ideas, broken story, and mostly horrible gameplay would take precedence over the developers underlying intent, putting Past Cure in an unfavourable and unrecoverable position.
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Immortal Redneck (Xbox One Review)

As time moves forward and games themselves become more profound, we as gamers can’t help but look backwards to the past were our love for gaming ignited. Be it dungeon crawling through the pixelated worlds of Zelda, crate smashing and hog riding in Crash Bandicoot or even gibbing with the best of them in some Quake deathmatch. While most developers adhere to pushing the limits of game development by creating exhaustively large and complex worlds to explore and creating enveloping narratives to get lost in, some developers tread backwards. Such as developer Crema with their game Immortal Redneck. And I love them for it.
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Shadow of the Colossus (Playstation 4 Review)

In 2005, Shadow of the Colossus was released on the PS2. The spiritual successor to Ico was a revelation, both a commercial and critical success, but its legacy was what made the original release so important. Team Ico created a game that changed the way people looked at video games. For the first time, we saw a game which was considered not only as a piece of entertainment, but as art.
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Slay the Spire (PC Preview)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Slay the Spire from Mega Crit is an interesting fusion of the ever-popular rogue like genre and deck building card games. I’m a huge fan of deck building…

Extinction (Xbox One Review)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Just another pile of bones

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom (Playstation 4 Review)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Kings are not born, they are made.

A Way Out (Xbox One Review)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Mash “X’ to get gains.