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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Dead Cells (Xbox One Review)

It was only a year ago that I delved in to Sundered, a relatively entertaining Metroidvania that emphasised the need for repetition to progress. Now, in a not so distant future, Dead Cells seeks to improve upon the grind for upgrades laid out before it in Sundered, but does it differentiate itself enough to justify your hard earned cash?
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The Council: Episode 3 – Ripples

Lots of things tend to sag in the middle, particularly my comic book shelf that has been questionably overfilled. Understanding why there is a sag is just as important in noticing the lasting damage it causes. In the case of my bookcase, I’ve simply over encumbered the shelf. How does this apply to The Council? Well, episode 3 is at the point where that sag in the middle could turn into a catastrophic slope.
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Sonic Mania Plus (Playstation 4 Review)

A franchise that is both experiencing some long unseen highs and the usual bumps in the road, Sonic Mania has gotten a cheap and cheerful DLC expansion simply named “Plus”. The blue blur is continuing to ride the wave of success from the original version of Mania whilst also licking his wounds from the extremely mediocre reception of Sonic Forces. The main focus of Mania Plus’ additions is the Encore Mode, which also continues the oddly tied canon of Mania and Forces. Sonic (the classic incarnation of him) returns from the Modern universe after the events of Forces to immediately find and give chase to the Phantom Ruby again. After a brief pursuit on Angel Island, Sonic comes across the imprisoned Mighty and Ray, who haven’t been seen since Knuckles Chaotix and SegaSonic the Hedgehog respectively. The reunion is cut short when one of the Hard Boiled Heavies grabs the Phantom Ruby and uses it to revive the rest of the villainous group; as well as reversing time to repeat the events of the original Mania.
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EarthFall (Xbox One Review)

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but rarely does an imposter stand out. Be it Path of Exile imitating Diablo or Two Worlds aping The Elder Scrolls, it’s rare for us to remember the impostor over its inspiration. So, can Earthfall buck the trend with its frantic alien horde culling and topple Left 4 Dead?
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Epic Loon (Xbox One Review)

Party games were once the centre of geeky social gatherings. A crowd of friends flocking around a singular television, tormenting each other until friendships fall apart. While Epic Loon doesn’t classify itself as a party game, I can’t help but be overwhelmed by the friendly, competitive vibe when playing with other people. But does Epic Loon fill that void where Mario Kart and Fuzion Frenzy once reigned?
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The Spectrum Retreat (Xbox One Review)

Puzzle games are fantastic motivators in the virtual world and it’s well documented that they can benefit you in real life too. Solving a complex puzzle is both challenging and rewarding, but what about simple puzzles? Well, we’re about to find out with The Spectrum Retreat.
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Jurassic World: Evolution (Xbox One Review)

The idea of a Theme Park World-esque game based on the Jurassic Park franchise has been a no brainer since its inception. The idea of filling your own island with tourists and dinosaurs alike was tantalising. There’s a delicate line to tread between man and nature and it would have been at your fingertips. It was destined for success, or at least that’s what you’d expect. Somehow, uhm, Frontier have found a way to circumvent those expectations.
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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (PS4 Review)

There was a point where the ‘Versus’ games were king. Two or more hot properties would collide and one would emerge the victor. It’s a simple sum, but more often than not it would add up to more than its parts. While Capcom are the most notable, and now infamous thanks to Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite and Street Fighter X Tekken, it was about time Arc System Works pulled together their ever expanding roster of fighting games under one title – BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.
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Unravel Two (Xbox One Review)

Back in 2016 Coldwood Interactive released a charming little puzzle platformer called Unravel which I absolutely adored. Taking control of a small anthropomorphic ball of yarn called Yarny, players would swing, climb, and tether their way through the memories of an elderly woman suffering from dementia. Stringing together lost thoughts and heartfelt scenes made Unravel the lovable platformer it is today. So, with EA’s surprise announcement of Unravel Two, I was excited to jump back in with Yarny and prayed that it inspired the same fascination and joy of the original.
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Agony (Xbox One Review)

Agony is a fitting name for Madmind Studios’ troubled debut. The developer’s first swing at a AAA title surmounts to nothing more than a proving ground for gamers with limited patience. With high expectations set for its backers and a few goals beyond the studio’s ability, Agony is a glitch riddled torture device that the developers couldn’t have imagined.
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Metal Slug Double X (Playstation 4 Review)

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Also, if it ain’t dead, keep shooting it.” That’s pretty much the ethos that the Metal Slug series has lived by for over 20 years. The lovably ludicrous shoot ‘em up series has retained the same slick yet grimy 2D visuals and the exhilarating yet mercilessly difficult gameplay since it’s debut on the Neo Geo in the mid-nineties. Although the series has yet to receive a proper sequel in over a decade, SNK have given some consolation to fans with Metal Slug Double X finally getting a PS4 port. Double X is essentially an improved version of Metal Slug 7; which originally debuted on the Nintendo DS, before getting it’s updated incarnation on the PSP two years later as Double X.
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Vampyr (Playstation 4 Review-In progress)

Vampires rarely see the light of day and for a long time it felt it almost felt like Vampyr was following suit. Lurking in the shadows, we would hear the aspirations of Vampyr’s pale inhabitants and how the underlying choices they’d make, away from prying eyes, would change their world forever. But much like the fanged ne’er-do-wells Vampyr has gone up in a puff of smoke on the dawn of its release.
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Dark Souls: Remastered (Xbox One Review)

It feels like there isn’t a month that goes by without a remaster, be it an old school title or an up-scaled port of a more recent game – even if the term is a point of contention for some. While some games have received an entire overhaul, others simply make a few minor tweaks and upscale the graphics. Dark Souls: Remastered is more of the latter.
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Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid (Playstation 4 Review)

Friday, April 19, 2019

There was a point in my youth that “Go, Go, Power Rangers! You Mighty Morphin Power Rangers!” echoed throughout my house and in my wee Red Ranger loving…

Outward (Xbox One Review)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

It’s almost a given that if an RPG states that your ‘hero’ comes from humble origins they’re most likely a farmer, or some kind of knave, that rises…

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain (Playstation 4 Review)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Xbox One Review)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

There’s always an industry buzz around new FromSoftware games. Players and writers alike are desperate to find a new portmanteau to slap on top and pretend that the…