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Lizard-Man Strikes Back: Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Review

Back in the 80s when Mega Man and the older Zelda games were all the rage, there was a lesser known yet beloved classic, Wonder Boy III: The Dragon Trap. Released in 1989 for the Sega MasterSystem, Wonder Boy III never really got the attention it deserved. So in 2017, Lizardcube and DotEmu has decided to bring back this classic, with fully updated hand-drawn visuals and enhanced audio, and turns out that this Metroidvania style platformer still holds up really well. You play as Wonder Boy, or, as is the option in the modern remake, as Wonder Girl. After being cursed by a dragon, you turn into a lizard-man/woman, and spend the rest of the game trying to regain your original form and defeat the dragon. The plot is simplistic, but it puts that simplicity to great use in designing an interesti...

A Shining Star: Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Review

I had been following the development of Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom since its early Kickstarter days. It caught my eye because of its charming art design, characters reminiscent of old school RPGs and platformers, and its flashy combat. Now that it has finally been released, I can happily say that Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom is well worth the wait and your time. Starting off as an ambitious Kickstarter project, developer Enigami was careful not to make an overly expansive game. Instead, they focused on delivering a shorter, yet well-crafted story, with excellent mechanics supporting it. You play as Chado (yeah, Shadow) who has the ability to interact with the Shiness, a powerful spirit. The story starts off a bit slow, as Chado and his partner Poki crash their aircraft on Gendys, and...

Shake It Baby: Bulletstorm Full Clip Edition Review

I loved Bulletstorm when it first released back in early 2011. The over-the-top action style, with testosterone filled masculinity flowing through all the male characters, witty dialogue, and genuinely fun gameplay all had me hooked from the get go. Sadly, the game did not seem to get the mass appeal it deserved back then. So, when Gearbox announced a fully remastered version of the game, called Bulletstorm Full Clip Edition, I was all for it. For the purposes of this review, we’ll be keeping aside the recent kerfuffle that Gearbox got into with regards to their publishing deal with G2A. Lets give Bulletstorm its due credit. You play as Grayson Hunt, the average space marine looking for revenge, while also trying to get himself and his crew off-planet where everything that moves, and...

Retroview: Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project

Babes, blood and bodies along with a lot of tasteful dialogue, Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project feels more like a Duke Nukem game than Duke Nukem: Forever. Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project is a platform game developed by Sunstorm Interactive, produced by 3D Realms that was released on May 14, 2002. It was quite well received by critics when it released and got generally positive reviews in the 7-8 range out of 10. But the question is does the game still hold up and should you play it? Let’s start off with the gameplay of the game which is fairly simple. Jump, run and shoot your way to find a woman that has been strapped to a GLOPP bomb and to find a key that opens the exit. That’s the premise of every level of the game and you might think it gets repetitive but after playing through the game I d...

Take The Plunge: The Ringed City (Dark Souls III DLC) Review

From Software had a unique burden on their hands. Their last few games have built up a reputation for being difficult and challenging without being unfair. Fans might argue difficulty is not even the core appeal of these games, but Dark Souls and game difficulty has become so intertwined that discussing one almost always brings up the other. With Dark Souls III’s last DLC “The Ringed City”, being the toughest Dark Souls experience ever was almost the de facto requirement. And Ringed city mostly delivers on that front. Accessible only after completing most of the base game or defeating the main boss of the first DLC, ensued only those up to the task gain entry to the content. The DLC starts with a linear area filled with set piece falls rivaling Tomb Raider. It is the end of the Dark Souls ...

The Animation Initiative: Mass Effect Andromeda Review

Mass Effect – These two words are enough to make thousands of people smile. The original trilogy brought to us a wonderful and engaging world of interplanetary and interspecies sociopolitical strife, where each choice felt like a tough decision. It mattered how you interacted with the people around you, and it influenced how they would react to you. Mass Effect 2, especially, was storytelling at its best. Right from the beginning where you witness Normandy being blown to smithereens, it engrosses and sucks you in, with its world and its diverse characters. Mass Effect 3‘s ending disappointed a little, but that never stopped the game from being an amazing journey. Now, Andromeda does not need any introduction, which is both fortunate and unfortunate. Everyone has seen the memes ...

Shifting Tides – Torment: Tides Of Numenera Review

At the heart of Torment: Tides Of Numenera is a singular question, “What does one life matter?” Backed by Kickstarter, with an initial goal of $900K, which was met in under 6 hours, and then went on to reach over 4 million dollars, Torment: Tides Of Numenera is the spiritual successor to 1999’s cult classic isometric RPG, Planescape: Torment, which is widely regarded as one of the best RPGs of all  time, and stands among the likes of Neverwinter Nights, Baldur’s Gate and Knights Of The Old Republic. So, yeah, expectations were high. As with Planescape, the world of Numenera is a mix of sci-fi and fantasy themes. Set 1 billion years in the future, you are in the Ninth World, with many civilizations having risen and fallen in the past. With very little knowledge of th...

Streets Of Rage & Hilarious Perversions: Yakuza 0 Review

My main experience with games heavily influenced by Japanese culture and beliefs have either been JRPGs like Nioh, Valkyria Chronicles, a little bit of Final Fantasy, and some adventure games from Sony’s Japan Studio, like The Last Guardian. And while these games do have strong Japanese references in them, none of them are grounded in a more real world setting, filled with weirdness and absurdity that can only come from a place that has been nuked twice. Yakuza jəˈkuːzə/ Noun A powerful Japanese criminal organization. a member of the Yakuza; a Japanese gangster or racketeer. plural noun: yakuza And here we have Yakuza 0, sequel to the long running Yakuza series, that tells the tale of two protagonists in 1988’s crime riddled Japan. And as you unravel this tale of corrupt and power hungry c...

Not So Fantastic Four: Ghost Recon Wildlands Review

Ubisoft has its fair share of open world games, and for the most part they do a great job of making those open worlds enjoyable to explore, while giving you tons of activities to keep you hooked to the game. And Ghost Recon Wildlands is a definitely a good open world game. It’s not without its faults, many of which have been repeated in past Ubisoft games. However, the game is fun, looks absolutely fantastic, and might be the biggest, most dynamic open world game Ubisoft has made yet. Set in Bolivia, the you play as one of four Ghosts, while the other three can either be AI controlled or or controlled by up to three other players to play the game cooperatively. Your mission is to take down the narco hierarchy in Bolivia, primarily the Santa Blanca cartel, by eliminating its leaders and fin...

Glorious Basterd: Sniper Elite 4 Review

Sniper Elite 4 follows up directly the aftermath of the events in Sniper Elite III, and continues the adventures of Karl Fairburne. Set in Italy in 1943, you are sent to find out about a Nazi ‘super weapon’ of sorts, and then go on to tactically eliminate high ranking Nazi officers by any means necessary. I usually preferred relieving them of their testicles in a fatal manner. Oh, and it looks damn cool in slow-motion X-Ray vision. Sniper Elite 4 retains the unique style of the series, and cranks everything up to ten. The game sure does look great, specially the huge landscapes and gorgeous vistas. Italy looks absolutely fantastic, and there’s a lot of variety across missions to keep you hooked to the very end. The levels are bigger than ever, and as you sit atop a bombed...

There’s Only Shame In Defeat: For Honor Review

From the very onset, For Honor makes one thing absolutely clear. It is not a hack and slash game, but it’s a fighting game. You may run around in open arenas killing random brutes that act as cannon fodder, swinging big weapons and feeling like a warrior-god-among-men. But what For Honor really is about is its one-on-one multiplayer combat, and is intense, calculated, and very methodical. Before we get into the meat of the game, which is its multiplayer, lets talk a bit about it’s single-player campaign. The plot here is pretty throwaway, as three warring factions squabble over land and resources, and just keep brutally murdering each other. However, the campaign is fairly enjoyable, and has some great set-piece moments, that look incredible and are really fun to play through. ...

Mechanical Squids & Tamagotchi: Dark Train Review

Dark Train is Paperash’s unique take on modern adventure puzzle games. And don’t let the term adventure game dissuade you. What Paperash has created in Dark Train is a wonderful setting, great visual aesthetics, and clever challenging puzzles. Oh, and did I mention the mechanical squid? You play as the mechanical Squid Ann 2.35f, in control of the Dark Train. The train consists a creation of the inventor D. W. Tagrezbung, which needs to be delivered to a client. Without getting too deep into the story, and spoiling anything, I’ll say that the story is actually really interesting, specially for a modern adventure game. The game tells its story visually via the environment. There’s no written text or dialogue. The fact that Paperash has managed to convey a compelling ...


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