Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hunting Simulator Review (XONE)

Hunting games used to be popular enough on the Xbox 360 / PS3 that one or more titles would come out every single year. On the Xbox One and PS4, however, the genre has been pretty much nonexistent save for one cross-gen Cabela’s game and fans have been waiting nearly four years to get their current-gen hunting fix. That wait is finally over, thankfully, with the release of Hunting Simulator. Featuring multiple species, tons of equipment, large open worlds, and online multiplayer, Hunting Simulator sounds like a surefire recipe that should more than satisfy hunting fans. “Should” is the key word in that last sentence, of course. How does Hunting Simulator actually play? Well … kinda just okay-ish. Find out all of the details in our full Xbox One Hunting Simulator review.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What Remains of Edith Finch Review (XONE)

Games like ABZU, RiME, Journey, and Firewatch give you great presentation, great stories, AND actual gameplay, which is why they stand out above the crowd. Joining them as one of the best the walking simulator genre has to offer is What Remains of Edith Finch, a fantastic narrative driven adventure that not only checks the good story and great presentation boxes, but has multiple unique gameplay styles that make it one of the most memorable games of 2017. See our full Xbox One review of What Remains of Edith Finch for all of the details.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Catlateral Damage Review (PS4)

On paper Catlateral Damage sounds like the funniest game ever. You play as a cat and your objective is to knock stuff off of shelves and tables down onto the floor. You know, as cats like to do. It seems like a recipe for hilarious mayhem but it’s actually far more drab and bland and boring than you’d expect. The novelty of knocking crap over wears off after about two-minutes and you’re left only with regret and a $10 hole in your wallet. Continue reading our full Catlateral Damage for all of the details.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Serial Cleaner Review (PS4)

While seemingly almost every other videogame in existence has you killing your way through rooms full of enemies, Serial Cleaner, a new indie from iFun4all, has you cleaning up the mess after someone else did the murdering. The cherry on top is that it is set in the 1970’s and looks and sounds like an old cop show from that era, which means the core concept and overall presentation couldn’t possibly get any cooler and more appealing. Is it actually any fun to play, though? Continue reading our full Serial Cleaner PS4 review to find out.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Love Letter to Rocket League

Rocket League has been out in the world for two full years now – though I’ve only personally been playing since the February 2016 Xbox One launch – and it is amazing to look back and see how much the game has grown since then. Let’s take a look at the growth of the game, but also my evolving experience as a player, to celebrate the two-year anniversary of what is probably the best game of the PS4/XONE generation.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Journey Review (PS4)

I have to wonder whether Journey would have received the same critical and commercial success it enjoyed when it released in 2012 if it would have first launched in 2017 instead. The hyperbole and vitriol around games exactly like Journey (and in some cases ones superior to it) in 2017 stands in stark contrast to the universal acclaim the game received in 2012 on PS3 and again in 2015 on PS4. I’m sure I would have loved it regardless, because I love walking simulators and Journey is still a great one, but it is hard to ignore the bald faced hypocrisy from gamers and other critics regarding the narrative driven adventure genre. Oh well. Rant over. Continue reading my full PS4 Journey review for my thoughts on this incredible experience. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Night in the Woods Review (PS4)

Night in the Woods features a cast of anthropomorphic animals and the main character is a cat, which means of course I had to play it. The game is more than just an eye catching art style, however, as the game underneath is pretty phenomenal too. This 2D platformer / narrative driven adventure (it’s a walking simulator) has a fascinating story to tell and genuinely enjoyable gameplay all wrapped up in absolutely incredible presentation. It doesn’t pay off quite like you’d hope in the end, and probably lingers a bit too long overall, but the journey more than makes up for the unsatisfying (and confusing) destination. Night in the Woods rocks. Continue reading our full review for all of the details.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nex Machina Review (PS4)

Picture in your mind developer Housemarque’s distinct brand of shooter gameplay combined with input from the creator of the classic Robotron 2084, Eugene Jarvis. How crazy would that be? Super crazy, right? Well, good news, because that’s literally exactly what Nex Machina is. And it is awesome. Dashing around, saving humans, finding secrets, and blasting away at dozens upon dozens of enemies in pure twin stick shooting bliss all wrapped in incredible graphics and sound sums up Nex Machina pretty darn well, I think. Continue reading our full PS4 review for all of the details.