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South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Review

Departing from its Dungeons & Dragons theme in The Stick Of Truth, South Park: The Fractured But Whole parodies the Superhero craze that’s been growing over the last few years. And, as much I miss the jabs at classic RPG elements in the previous game, The Fractured But Whole easily manages to deliver a hilarious South Park experience that remains true to the series’ roots. It’s not easy to notice a big visual improvement over the previous title, however, The Fractured But Whole does look overall sharper and vibrant in places. It’s no visual masterpiece, but looks exactly like the show, and can be easily mistaken for an actual episode for anyone passing by. The combat animations look great, and the overall presentation is top notch. The game carries over the adult humor from the shows, ...

Guns, Magic & Jetpacks – ELEX – Review

For many fans of early third person Role Playing Games, Piranha Bytes will be a familiar name. They were behind some of the best RPGs I played back then, especially the Gothic series. Sure, they may not hold up against today’s action RPGs, but back then they were a rare gem. Elex is now their latest project, and an ambitious one at that. It’s an action RPG with deep lore, tons of questing, a seamless and absolutely gorgeous massive world to explore, weighty dialogue choices, a lot of dialogues (I love that), great mix of fantasy and sci-fi, interesting post apocalyptic setting (well, technically it’s post-post apocalypse like Horizon: Zero Dawn), and a lot more that I really enjoy about it. The opening cut-scene sets the stage for the overarching story –  a comet hits earth and decim...

Review: MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider Gaming Laptop

Sleek, sporty and sexy – these are probably the three words that best describe the new MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider. With a design inspired by sports cars, the notebook boasts of great looks and performance. Let’s get started with the specs, shall we? Processor Intel Core i7 7700HQ RAM 16GB DDR 4 Display 17.3 inch FHD 1080p 120Hz IPS Graphics Card GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Storage 256GB SSD + 1 TB HDD The MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider comes with the Core i7-7700 HQ processor along with a Geforce GTX 1070 8GB GPU. It also has 16 GB of DDR4 RAM which can easily be expanded up to 32 GB. There’s a 256 GB SSD for loading and booting up your OS and games while a secondary 1 TB hard disk drive is provided to take care of all your storage needs. The display is a 17.3-inch IPS FHD panel with a refres...

Hitting Rock Bottom – WWE 2K18 – Review

2K’s WWE games have always been a mixed bag. They are easy enough to jump into and enjoy, but have failed to deliver a more compelling experience beyond that. Sadly, WWE 2K18 follows in the same footsteps. There’s a significant visual upgrade, and playing it is still fun for the most part. However, sticking with it for the long run also means having to bear with many of the game’s issues. Let’s discuss some of the positives first, since I did and still am having fun with the game. The visual upgrade is instantly noticeable. Wrestling superstars look more lifelike and realistic, and movement animations are vastly improved. Their likeness is stunningly recreated on screen, and it gives way to a more immersive experience overall. The player roster is also massive, with over 170 players availa...

Shots Fired at Nakatomi Plaza – Tokyo 42 – Review

Tokyo 42 definitely has style, and it has it in spades. It’s an isometric stealth shooter that takes you across the futuristic Tokyo, as you try to clear your name of a murder you did not commit. There are hints of inspiration from the presentation in older GTA games, and the game is littered with modern pop culture references. While all of this definitely gives way to a unique look, the game stumbles when it comes to feeling just right. You play as an average Joe framed for murder. The opening scenes of the game sets up its cyberpunk future, where the government has eyes inside your very home. After a short escape sequence, you are contacted by an unknown organization offering help in return for your services. In typical video games fashion, those services mean assassination, and you neve...

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony – Review

The Danganronpa series has reveled in the absurdity of throwing high school students in the most bizarre situations, rife with mystery, murder, and interpersonal relations. Oh, and there’s a bloodthirsty bear overlord. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony follows in the same tradition, and lives up to the franchise name that has given way to such a variety of pop culture media, including manga and anime. You play as a high school student, trapped in a school, and overseen by a bear named Monokuma. There are others trapped with you, and together you need to figure out how to survive, while the bear issues out orders stating that the only way to survive is by killing others without getting caught. The strength of the game are the fascinating cast, the mysterious setting, and the compelling ...

Making A Mordorer – Middle Earth: Shadow Of War – Review

Much like Middle Earth Shadow Of Mordor, Shadow Of War doesn’t try too hard to fit into Tolkien’s version of the Middle Earth lore. And that comes with its benefits and drawbacks. However, despite the inconsistent narrative, the core gameplay and the systems revolving around it are really strong, and the overall scope of the game is much larger than the predecessor. Minutes into the game you are thrown back into the shoes of Talion and Celebrimbor, intent on forging a new ring. Things go wrong almost immediately afterwards, and you spend the rest of Shadow of War trying to build up an army, and protect mankind against from the evil forces of Sauron and his minions. I would highly recommend not taking the main plot with much seriousness or try to hold it up against the canon lore. The game ...

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – Review

Dragon’s Dogma is a game that I personally enjoyed a lot back when it first released in 2012. It was punishingly hard, and had an excellent combat system that made the challenge all the more enticing and rewarding. It later got an updated release, in the form of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, with added content, an easy mode and some quality of life changes, which made the game an even more compelling package. And now, the game finally comes to consoles with updated visuals, while containing all the content from the Dark Arisen release. You start off in a prologue area, with an overpowered character, and get familiarized with some of the game’s combat and mechanics. This bit does a fair job as a tutorial, but there’s still a lot to learn. Later, after a few story events, you get to a charact...

Morphite – Review

Morphite claims to be a ‘casual atmospheric FPS, inspired by the classics’, and for the most part it delivers on that claim, offering a relaxing experience rooted in combat, exploration and discovery. You play as Myrah, and the story revolves around her setting forth into the universe in search of a valuable substance called Morphite. You helm a spaceship, and are tasked with venturing out into space, exploring new planets, encountering friendly and unfriendly characters, and uncovering the mystery behind Morphite. It’s essentially No Man’s Sky with better systems, a tighter focus, and a more compelling central plot. One of the things that drew me to this game was its clean low-poly look, which stood out starkly among most modern games. The minimal visual design still is imbued with vibran...

Battle Chasers: Nightwar – Review

Battle Chasers: Nightwar is the latest game by Airship Syndicate, a studio comprising of some of the folks behind Darksiders. However, Battle Chasers is as far from Darksiders as you can get, and is a turn based RPG that takes inspirations from popular JRPG classics, and peppers in a good measure of procedural generation. The guy heading the studio, Joe Madureira, is also the same guy behind the Battle Chasers comic book series, and the game is set in the same universe. While Battle Chasers takes inspirations from older JRPGs, it’s presented in a visually striking manner that’s gorgeous to look at both in and out of combat. The isometric view while exploring the world does a great job of showing you points of interest, and combat encounters happen in a 2D side view manner, with the same ar...

Armello – Review

As much as I love board games, it’s not always easy to get together a group friends or even manage the time to do so. It’s here that virtual board games come in handy, and Armello offers one of the most enjoyable experiences, be it playing alone or with friends. You start off with some basic tutorials that do an excellent job of easing you into the game and familiarizing you with it’s many rules. There are eight characters you can play as, and each of them have their own characteristics and abilities. You move them around the board to progress through the game, while tackling combat scenarios and avoiding dangers. At it’s core, Armello is a fantasy battle between animals to rule a kingdom. You objective is to kill the King. The King is constantly taking damage due to a disease called ‘The ...

The Hunter: Call Of The Wild – Review

There’s an odd sense of serenity and tranquility to The Hunter: Call Of The Wild, a game primarily about stalking and hunting your prey. This comes due to the thoughtful and methodical nature of how the game plays out. And also due to the visually stunning landscapes that you pursue your hunts in. Unlike most first person shooters, The Hunter: Call Of The Wild is a slow paced affair of tracking animals by their hoofprints and sounds. You need to be careful while making your approach, and make sure to stay low and hidden to avoid alerting your prey. The animals themselves are acutely aware of their surroundings, and will flee at a moment’s notice. Finding them after that can be tough, since the underbrush and the woods are rife with hiding spots. The HUD elements are presented really well, ...


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