Doki Doki Literature Club (PC Review)

With cutesy artwork and a cheerful, positive description, Doki Doki Literature Club catches the eye with a disclaimer that reads: “This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed.” What a mystery that line is. The description begins with the leader of the club, Monika, introducing herself and her three female companions. They’re a group of girls looking to participate in fun activities and, perhaps, pursue a romance with the nameless lead. Yet still, the eye wanders to that disclaimer. What could warrant such a warning, and could such an optimistic looking visual novel warrant it?
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Echo (Playstation 4 Review)

There is as much to be said about where you find an echo as there is about the echo itself. Often they are found in vacuous spaces, big enough to scream whatever troubles us but without any real acknowledgement. As we shout into the void, our troubles resonate above all else until – a muted sentiment of a trouble we let go. So, how would you translate this to a game? Well, Ultra Ultra, a team partly made up of ex-IO Interactive developers, have gave it a go with their aptly named Echo.
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LEGO: The Ninjago Movie Videogame (Xbox One Review)

Since the days of my youth, LEGO games have besieged the games market with their formulaic gameplay, cheery demeanour and simplistic style. Chances are if you’ve had a child within the past ten years, you’ve played a LEGO game. And it doesn’t look like LEGO have any intention of stopping with their latest entry, LEGO: The Ninjago Movie Videogame.
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Battle Chasers: Nightwar (Xbox One Review)

When I initially seen trailers for Battle Chasers: Nightwar my first thought was that it was going to be another free to play title with typical RPG elements (oblivious to its Kickstarter roots) and didn’t think too much of it. My immediacy to write it off was flawed, as not only does Battle Chasers: Nightwar aspire to be a compelling turn-based RPG but a beautiful one at that. It’s a shame that a lot of things within Battle Chasers: Nightwar falls under a banner of genericism for the genre it’s trying to thrive in.
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FIFA 2018 (PC Review)

FIFA 18 is the latest in the annually released behemoth franchise from EA Sports. This is the 25th instalment in the long running series, featuring Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on the front cover for both the standard and Ronaldo editions. One of the greatest players in football history appears on the cover of the Icon edition, in the form of Ronaldo. The Brazilian one, that is, not the Portugese one. He’s on the standard and Ronaldo editions, instead of Ronaldo. Get it?
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Raiders of the Broken Planet (Xbox One Review)

On first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that MercurySteam’s latest title, Raiders of the Broken Planet was a far bigger property than it actually is. Considering the property is an original one, with a fairly intriguing premise, and hints of a complex and rich universe, it’s no wonder that almost straight off the bat the game feels like it’s punching above its weight. Taking a step away from their most recent turns with the rebooted Castlevania series, Raiders is a 3rd person co-operative cover shooter, with a few asymmetric aspects and a lot of scope for tactical play, as well as some seriously frustrating issues.
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N++ (Xbox One Review)

I can still remember my first time discovering the N series. Uncomfortably sitting in one of my schools computer labs, uninterested with the school work that I had in front of, I meandered onto the world wide web and found myself cycling the internet (typically Newgrounds) for fun flash games to play before stumbling across a neat little ninja platformer simply called N. It was the simplicity of it all that made it so captivating. Bite-sized levels that can take less than 20 seconds to complete with the ability to instantly retry upon failure, with no loading.
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Pankapu (Xbox One Review)

I’m an old hand at platforming. 2D jumping and fighting just feel like home to me. I grew up on them, after all. I pretty much ate, slept and breathed Sonic as a kid, nevermind all the time I spent on Alex Kidd, Mega Man and Castlevania over the years.
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Cuphead (Xbox One Review)

I remember seeing a trailer for Cuphead and thinking how beautiful the game looked, a throwback to the 30s cartoon style, and promising myself that when Cuphead was released I will buy and play it to within an inch of its life.
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Blue Reflection (PlayStation 4 Review)

Blue Reflection is a title that is probably going to get—or probably has gotten—a lot of comparisons to the recently released Persona 5. Both use relationships and the human conscience as tools in their narratives, following the regular day-to-day activities of their respective protagonists. However, both titles are different in their execution, with Blue Reflection taking a more modest approach.
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JYDGE (Xbox One Review)

Releasing any game in the crowded October schedule is a brave move. Releasing a highly-stylised two-stick combat game in the same week as Ruiner (read Rhys’s review here) is also a brave move. Naming your game JYDGE? Well, that’s a whole other story…
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Ruiner (Xbox One Review)

In hindsight, I should have probably started Ruiner on easy mode. This brutal, fast-paced twin sticker shooter will have you on the brink of having an anxiety attack before you even complete the first few levels. Reikon Games has delivered us a gritty, dark, neon-infused cyberpunk hell that is crammed full of style and character, plenty of glorifying weapons and unique abilities. It’s a shame it’s so bloody hard though.
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Danganronpa V3 (Playstation 4 Review)

Following the unsatisfying conclusion of the series in the animated Danganronpa 3; Danganronpa V3 is a soft reboot of the franchise. It features the same premise: a group of high schoolers with incredible talent find themselves trapped and forced to kill each other in order to escape. To be permitted to leave, the killer must be able to commit the act without being caught. This leads to an investigation and trial surrounding the mystery of who did it.
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DreamBreak (Playstation 4 Review)

Generally when people wake up in the morning, they stick to a standard routine. They get dressed, eat breakfast and dread going to work. Then, we clamber out the front door and reconcile our minds for the working day ahead, wishing some divine intervention will strike us out of this hellish loop. Though, our protagonist Eugene’s wish for a more exciting daily life gets suddenly realized with the worst case of deus ex machina that he could’ve hoped for.
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The Coma: Recut (Xbox One Review)

Feeling as though I don’t have enough fear in my life, I thought playing through The Coma: Recut could bring the fear up to a new level and it did not disappoint.
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Dragon Ball FighterZ (Closed Beta Impressions)

As far as fighting games in 2018 go, the centre of attention is undoubtedly on Dragon Ball FighterZ. Being one of the most pleasant surprise reveals at Microsoft’s E3 conference this year, Bandai Namco have been so far excellent in terms marketing their new fighter. Attendees of any big name games events these past few months would have likely gotten a chance to try out various builds of DBF–myself included, at Versus Fighting in Birmingham. While Bandai Namco are no slouch at developing fighting games themselves, the ever-reliable Arc Systems Works have been given the task here. This makes sense as DBF is a 3 vs. 3 tag team fighter of the very same ilk as Marvel Vs Capcom 3; mixing some mechanics from ArcSys fighting games, like the high-octane Guilty Gear series.
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Zoomaka (Board Game Preview)

They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and yet you can build a complete zoo in Zoomaka in about 20 minutes. Zoomaka from designers Tove and Pablo Jomer, being published by Worldshapers, is a card game that lets you live out that childhood dream of opening up your very own zoo. With the Kickstarter going live on the September 10, I was able to get my hands on a print and play version for a preview of what is to come.
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Samurai Shodown V Special (Playstation 4 Review)

SNK continue their run of HD ports of their classic titles (which has included The Last Blade 2, Garou: Mark of thee Wolves and Windjammers) with Samurai Shodown V Special, which has been ported by CodeMystics. Although one could argue that SS2 and SS4 would have been better choices, SS5 Special is seen as one of the most balanced and best SS titles for competitive play, and boasts a roster of 28 characters; one of the largest seen in the series.
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Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth (PlayStation 4 Review)

Following on from Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, Mask of Truth barely skips a beat. To truly appreciate it, players must first complete Mask of Deception—released just five months ago. Any readers interested in this title should first read a review of that release and probably play it, and then come back. Mask of Truth is ultimately just the same game set sometime after the previous’ events. Discussing it requires touching on some spoilers.
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Destiny 2 (Xbox One Review)

Ever since Yuri Gagarin first explored the black night sky, space has offered countless possibilities. Even before then, we dreamed of whatever lay beyond the stars, often concocting magical alien races that would one day befriend or befall us. For years, we had delighted in the works of H.G. Wells and latterly explored space in the likes of Alien and E.T. There has always been a fascination of something “out there” and whether or not they wanted to wear our mother’s clothes. So, can Destiny 2 instil the same fear of the unknown as well as the wonderment of dressing up in wonderfully colourful outfits and making odd gestures at friends?
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Doki Doki Literature Club (PC Review)

Friday, October 20, 2017

It’s lit(erature).

Echo (Playstation 4 Review)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

There is as much to be said about where you find an echo as there is about the echo itself. Often they are found in vacuous spaces, big…

LEGO: The Ninjago Movie Videogame (Xbox One Review)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Another red brick in the wall.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar (Xbox One Review)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

When I initially seen trailers for Battle Chasers: Nightwar my first thought was that it was going to be another free to play title with typical RPG elements…