Friday, June 22, 2018

Jurassic World: Evolution Review (XONE)

“Jurassic Park” came out in 1993 and blew my little 10-year-old mind. Now 25(!)-years later and I still love the franchise and dinosaurs in general. I also really loved 2003’s Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis game on PS2/Xbox/PC. Why does any of this backstory matter? Because it puts into context my excitement and expectations for the spiritual successor to Operation Genesis, Jurassic World: Evolution from Frontier Developments. The good news is that Evolution really is Operation Genesis 2, just with much better visuals and loads more dinosaurs to choose from. The bad news is that it is a little unstable on Xbox One and doesn’t quite have enough “stuff" to really fill out as a complete park building sim. In spite of that, however, I’ve had a really, really great time with it and think most other dinosaur fans will too. See our full Jurassic World: Evolution review for all of the details.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn Review (PS4)

The original Shaq Fu 16-bit fighting game has gone down in history as one of the worst games of all time, so why anyone would feel nostalgic enough for it to want a reboot in 2018 defies logic. The brand new Shaq Fu, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, isn’t a total disaster like the first game but is only at best a thoroughly mediocre beat-em-up sprinkled with enough diet racism and homophobia disguised as humor to make even the most tone deaf person take notice. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn should have stayed dead. See our full PS4 review for details.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Shape of the World Review (XONE)

Shape of the World is a procedurally generated walking sim / first-person-exploration game where the world springs into life around you with every step you take. There are no enemies to fight or even a story to follow. The whole point is just to walk and explore and see more of the beautiful world and it is absolutely lovely. It won’t be for everyone, even less so than most walking sims if we’re being honest, but if you want a great looking and relaxing game to use to try to get away from the stresses of the real world, Shape of the World is fantastic. See our full Xbox One review for more.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Review (XONE)

Street Fighter has been around for 30 years and Capcom is celebrating it in style with a collection of 12 key games spanning the early history of the franchise. From the humble beginnings of the original Street Fighter all the way to the masterpiece that is Street Fighter III: Third Strike and everything in between – the many versions of Street Fighter II and the Street Fighter Alpha series - the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is a dream come true for fighting game fans. This is a great package that no fight fan should miss. Continue reading our full Xbox One review for all of the details.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

SEGA Genesis Classics Review (PS4)

You know you’re deep in the heart of a console generation when SEGA decides it's time to wheel out another Genesis collection for nostalgic retro gamers to enjoy. The latest compilation is SEGA Genesis Classics for PS4 and Xbox One, a collection of 50 Genesis games that include most of your old favorites, but also some surprising omissions. I’m honestly okay with the "missing" games, since what is the point of buying these collections over and over if they just have all of the same games every time, but a bigger problem is the overall bare bones nature of the release as there aren't any extras to speak of. These are just the same ol’ games you've played before on a new set of consoles. See our full PS4 review for all of the details.  

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Walden, a game (PS4) Review

While the development team at the USC Game Innovation Lab insist Walden, a game isn’t meant to just be an educational experience, I'm afraid I can't see it as anything else because it isn't much of a video game. Seeing the world through Henry David Thoreau’s eyes as he lives off the land at Walden Pond is certainly an interesting concept, but the execution here is so dry and the gameplay so clunky and boring it is extremely hard to get into. As companion material for students studying Thoreau, Walden, a game is probably absolutely fantastic. As a game anyone would play for fun, however, it falls well short. Continue reading our Walden, a game PS4 review for more.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Dark Souls Remastered Review (XONE)

Even nearly seven years after it released, and a couple of sequels later, the original Dark Souls is still the best game in the franchise and the Remastered version only solidifies that status. The remaster isn’t spectacular in terms of updated visuals, unfortunately, but the subtle quality of life improvements added here to the already stellar base game still make it more than worth picking up as the best version of the game for longtime fans and newcomers alike. Continue reading our full Dark Souls Remastered Xbox One review for more.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Horizon Chase Turbo Review (PS4)

Fans lamenting the demise of arcade racing games need lament no longer. Horizon Chase Turbo is a brilliant love letter to oldschool arcade racing titles like Top Gear (the video games, not the TV show) and OutRun that fans will absolutely love. Because it is so authentic to the source material, however, it might seem a little simple and primative compared to modern racers, but for anyone that grew up in the 90’s it'll be a warm fuzzy homecoming to challenging, addictive, and just plain fun racing. For all of the details, continue reading our full Horizon Chase Turbo PS4 review.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time Review (PS4)

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time looks and sounds absolutely splendid and captures the feel of the anime perfectly. Too bad that the gameplay is so dull you won’t want to actually play it. It is one of those games you’ll want to like because the presentation is so fantastic, the characters so great, and the writing is so fun, but it’s just so boring and repetitive to play that it saps all of your motivation to keep going. Continue reading our full Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time PS4 review for all of the details.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Trailblazers Review (PS4)

Team-based racing games usually disappoint because the team dynamic rarely actually comes into play since you still always have to win so it rarely matters how your teammates perform during a race. Trailblazers changes all of that with team racing that actually feels like a team effort thanks to the introduction of a Splatoon-like painting mechanic where contributing by painting the track in your team’s color while in last place is just as important as taking the checkered flag. With a bright and colorful visual style, absolutely fantastic soundtrack, and fresh gameplay ideas, Trailblazers seems like a winner, but how does it fare out on the track? Find out by continuing to read our full Trailblazers PS4 review.