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Tooth And Tail – Review

Real Time Strategy is not an easy genre to get into, and Pocketwatch Games is completely aware of the fact. With Tooth And Tail they offer an easy to approach, yet fun to dig into RTS experience. And don’t let the overarching theme and flashy visuals fool you. Underneath the squabbles of the animal kingdom, Tooth and Tail actually tells a grim tale of strife among various factions. While Tooth and Tail is light on the RTS mechanics, it’s heavy on the tone and setting. You play as different factions represented by different animals, and are fighting for survival. The narrative is presented in the form of a Civil War, and is strongly reminiscent of the Russian Revolution. It takes on a pretty dark tone, with you needing to eat your enemies to sustain your armies. Riots and wars ensue, and wh...

Ruiner – Review

Ruiner comes in at a great time when people are hungry for games with a cyberpunk setting and there aren’t too many good ones in the market right now. Ruiner takes inspirations from the likes of Bladerunner & Ghost In The Shell, and adds on top of it a layer of fast, frenetic combat that is as challenging as it is satisfying. The plot is rather simple – you’re out to kill guys who have kidnapped your brother, with the voice of a woman being your only source of direction. It’s the setting itself that’s really unique, filled with tons of neat details, and presented really well. The color palette is vibrant, and the mix of industrial-techno look is fascinating. There are occasional darker sections that can be a pain to navigate, but they’re are often really small zones, and hardly e...

Final Fantasy IX – Review

Playing Final Fantasy IX immediately brings back memories of being a young 15 year old. And not because I played a lot of Final Fantasy back. Actually I didn’t even play many video games back then. Final Fantasy IX takes me back to a place of pure wonder and fascination, and that’s where FFIX shines. It’s a lovingly crafted tale of adventure in a mystical land filled with wonder and fantasy. And for my first time playing Final Fantasy IX, I am surprised to realize that a 17 year old game might actually be my game of the year in 2017. Everything about Final Fantasy IX withstands the test of time, and some minor tweaks make it an easy to enjoy experience on the Playstation 4. You start off as part of a pirate crew trying to infiltrate a castle and kidnap the Princess. Turns out that the Prin...

Hob – Review

Runic Games are best known for their Torchlight games, a fantastic take on the Diablo formula while making it more easier to dig into for newer players. Their latest release, Hob, is vastly different from what they have done before, though inklings of strong design elements and presentation are still found here. Played from an isometric fixed camera perspective, Hob is an action-adventure game with platforming elements, in a unique world that blends technology and wildlife in a fascinating manner. You play as a silent protagonist, who is given a magical arm of sorts by a giant robot, after losing their own due to an infection. The arm gives the characters special powers, both in combat and traversal, and you set about discovering the secrets of the mysterious world Hob is set in. You are e...

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...

Gran Turismo Sport – Review

In many ways Gran Turismo Sport feels like a blast from the past, with modern graphics acting as the fuel propelling it. While keeping the obsession with cars and the joy of tuning them intact, Gran Turismo Sport adds some new elements, both welcome and unwelcome. And there’s a reason why this game is called Gran Turismo ‘Sport’, instead of being a numbered Gran Turismo game – the focus is very much on the Sport aspect of driving, and the sportsmanship around it. Let’s talk about the good first, and there is definitely a lot to like here. The racing and simulation part of Gran Turismo still feels unmatched. You can tune the settings to exactly how you want the racing to feel. Hard assists make the driving really simplified, while turning all the assists off offers a deep simulation e...

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 ...

The Solus Project – Review

Being humanity’s last hope of survival is a huge burden to bear. The Solus Project puts you in the shoes of the last surviving member of a rocket crash, while scouting a new planet for signs of sustainability. Earth has been destroyed, and it’s now on you to find out if the planet you’ve crashed on can be humanity’s new home, and if so, how do you get that message out to everyone else. The site of your crash landing is close to a beach, with alien planets and galaxies stretching out across the horizon. There are also some strange structures off to the distance. It’s a beautiful view, and it’s hard not to stop and stare in wonder. Unfortunately, your vitals are low, and survival is key. At the core of The Solus Project are two elements – Survival and Mystery. You’re constantly reminde...


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