Sunday, March 18, 2018

Pure Farming 2018 Review (XONE)

The good news about Pure Farming 2018 is that it is one of the first farming sims on consoles to even come close to challenging the Farming Simulator franchise’s dominance. It has tons of unique features, some much appreciated quality-of-life options, and generally just feels more solid overall than every other farming game that has come along tying to take down the champ. The bad news is that it still has quite a ways to go in terms of equipment count, accessibility options, and overall polish. Pure Farming 2018 is still remarkably good, though, just not quite ready to take the top spot. See all of the details in our full Pure Farming 2018 review for Xbox One.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Train Sim World Review (XONE)

I’m pretty sure 7-year old me would have loved Train Sim World. Being able to explore every inch of a train and move all the switches and press all of the buttons in the cockpit would have blown my little train-loving mind. What about thirty-four year old me? Not so much. I went in expecting it to be somewhat dry and boring, since it’s a sim and all, but I wasn’t expecting it to be quite this hardcore. Most simulation-style games, particularly on consoles, make concessions in favor of accessibility and fun. Not this game. Not Train Sim World. This is a real-ass train SIMULATOR and you better know what that means before you hop on board. Die-hard railfans and trainspotters will absolutely adore the attention to detail, but I’m not sure many other folks will. See all of the details in our full Train Sim World review for Xbox One.

Tesla vs. Lovecraft Review (XONE)

Tesla vs. Lovecraft will catch most folks’ attention just due to the theme, but the core twin stick shooter gameplay underneath is more than solid enough to stand on its own. In fact, the gameplay pretty much has to carry the experience because the hordes of Lovecraftian horrors you fight are disappointingly indistinguishable from any random mobs in any other game. The gameplay rocks, though, with a fun perk system and satisfying difficulty progression that makes it a blast to play through. Continue reading our full review of Tesla vs. Lovecraft for Xbox One for all of the details.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DJMax Respect Review (PS4)

After being released primarily on PSP and later on Vita and iOS and Android, the DJMax franchise finally makes its home console debut on PS4 with DJMax Respect. “Respect” is a great subtitle for the game, too, as it is clearly a heartfelt love letter made with respect for existing fans, but also a subtle warning for newcomers (like me and many other console only gamers) that this game is going to break even the most die-hard rhythm fans and you have to give it the respect it deserves. With a great selection of music, nice presentation, and brutally difficult but addictive rhythm gameplay, DJMax Respect is awesome. Continue reading our full review for all of the details.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Tales of Berseria Review (PS4)

I’ll fully admit that what made me want to play Tales of Berseria is that I really, really liked the main character, Velvet. She just looked awesome and I’m always up for playing a game with a female protagonist, particularly a JRPG, so I bought the game during a recent PSN Flash Sale. I’m happy to say that Velvet herself lived up to my expectations, but the rest of the game was a little rougher. Considering that the only other Tales game I’ve played is Tales of Vesperia, Berseria had somewhat impossibly high standards to meet, but coming up short compared to near perfection still means Tales of Berseria is pretty darn good. Continue reading our full Tales of Berseria review for all of the details.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Review (XONE)

Do you enjoy the “shoot enemies, get loot, shoot harder enemies, get better loot, etc.” loop of Destiny or Borderlands but wish you could play with an army of cute anime waifus at your side instead of a bunch of dudebros? Well then good news, my friend, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is the game for you (and me). Even if you don’t really like Sword Art Online, the shooter gameplay and reward loop here is really addictive and fun and I had a great time with it despite not really wanting to play it at all when I started. It’s a game that I think people are going to be surprised by how good it is if they give it a chance. See all of the details here in our full Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet review for Xbox One.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Turok 2 Review (XONE)

The 1998 holiday season is one of my fondest gaming memories as a kid. Just on the N64 alone we got Ocarina of Time, Rogue Squadon, South Park, and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, the latter three of which used the newly released Expansion Pak to make their graphics look better. Let’s just say that Turok 2’s “high res” (lol) graphics blew my 15-year old mind back then even as I got frustrated and lost in its maze-like levels. Fast forward to 2018 and Turok 2 has been remastered for Xbox One. The visuals don’t wow quite the same way they did back then, unfortunately, which makes the gigantic and confusing level designs stick out as a negative even more. The remaster itself is impeccable and great, but Turok 2 doesn’t hold up as well as the original Turok. Continue reading our full review of Turok 2 on Xbox One.

Turok Review (XONE)

When it launched on N64 in 1997, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was one of the first games that really made the case that first-person-shooter games could actually be viable on consoles. Of course, GoldenEye 007 took that ball and ran with it later that year, but Turok hit the scene first. Now, 21-years later, the original Turok hits consoles again on Xbox One in a world where FPS games on consoles are massively successful and popular. Does it still hold up? Does it still look good? Yes and yes, absolutely. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter has never played or looked or performed better than it does on Xbox One and it is still a ton of fun. Continue reading our full review for all of the details.