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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, ...

Steamworld Dig 2 – Review

Steamworld Dig was a fantastic take on a steampunk western post apocalypse, and Steamworld Dig 2 expands on its predecessor in almost every way, with hand-crafted levels instead of procedural generation, excellent platforming, better level design and enemy encounters, RPG systems, and a significant visual upgrade. For those new to the series, Steamworld Dig 2 is a mix of digging, exploration, platforming, and combat. It’s a 2D side-scroller and has a simple yet enjoyable story that holds up well enough to push you along. You play as Dorothy who’s searching for Rusty, and old friend who’s gone missing, and was also the protagonist in the first game. Tremors have shook the world, and it’s up to Dorothy to dig in deep and discover what’s causing them. While the premise is simple, the presenta...

Serial Cleaner – Review

While most games set you out with the objective of committing murder, Serial Cleaner begins right after a murder has taken place. You play as a professional cleaner, a Serial Cleaner, whose job is to clean up evidence from the scene of a murder. Imagine going around in GTA V creating absolute ruckus, and a pile of bodies behind you, only to come back later and see everything spick and span. Well, now you know that the Serial Cleaner has been through the area, and that’s who you play as in this game. The game presents itself with a ton of style and the presentation is top notch. You are given an aerial view of the crime scene, and tasked with getting rid of the bodies and other evidence left around the place. The hiccup is – the cops are already here and you need to be sneaky to get a...

Raiders Of The Broken Planet – Review

Raiders of the Broken Planet is not what you would expect. It’s a third person shooter that feels really off when you start playing. It’s hard to pinpoint it exactly, but you can feel it nonetheless. However, there’s also something about it that kept me going. The art style, the presentation, and the gameplay is just different enough to make you want to stick with it and see what it’s all about. And you’ll be amply rewarded for it. To put it simply, Raiders of the Broken Planet is a 4 player co-op game, which you could play solo, or you could play as an Antagonist instead of one of the protagonists, and try to disrupt other players’ progress. You take on missions across various areas, and from the beginning there’s a good scale of spectacle and grandiose. This is complimented by the game’s...


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