Friday, August 18, 2017

Night Trap 25th Anniversary Edition Review (PS4)

Night Trap is a tough game to review because it is objectively terrible and one of the worst games ever made. It is an important part of gaming history, though, and also has an undeniable charm to it where you can have a good time with it even know it’s awful. As long as you know going in what to expect, Night Trap is fun as a sort of novelty historical piece. If you’re interested in seeing what the fuss has been about regarding Night Trap for all of these years publisher / developer Screaming Villains really went the extra mile for the Night Trap 25th Anniversary Edition release as this is the best looking, best playing, and most feature-packed version of the game. See our full PS4 Night Trap 25th Anniversary Edition review for all of the details.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sonic Mania Review (XONE)

I don’t like Sonic the Hedgehog. I don’t like most 2D platformers anyway, but I especially don’t like Sonic. The games are never what I wanted them to be – they’re actually relatively slowly paced precision platformers and not just “run stupidly fast at all times” – which is, admittedly, entirely my fault and not the games’ so much, but I’ve never enjoyed them because of it. Getting that out in the open is important because Sonic Mania actually comes really close to being the 2D Sonic game I always wanted. It is fast and frantic and most of the levels are designed to let Sonic do what he (allegedly, supposedly) does best, which is go fast. It isn’t all loop-de-loops and high speeds, though, and some core series design issues creep in during the second half, but I can still easily say Sonic Mania is the best Sonic game I’ve ever played. For all of the details, continue reading our Xbox One Sonic Mania review.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Absolute Drift: Zen Edition Review (XONE)

By focusing solely on drifting rather than making it a sideshow mode shoehorned into a normal driving game like so many racers have attempted over the years, Absolute Drift: Zen Edition is immediately one of the best drifting videogames ever. No other game nails the feeling of sliding around just on the edge of control quite the same way Absolute Drift does. Feel is a bad way to describe a game, I admit, but Absolute Drift feels freaking great. It is also an incredibly satisfying challenge, too, as drifting can be very tough to master even if the controls are wonderfully intuitive. Once you learn how to play, though, Absolute Drift is addictive and satisfying and hard to put down. See our full Xbox One review for Absolute Drift: Zen Edition for more details.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Neon Drive Review (PS4)

Neon Drive, like a lot of indie games, is an easy game to fall in love with at first sight since it looks so distinctive and awesome. Seriously, this game looks freaking great. Unlike a lot of its contemporaries, however, that lure you in with pretty visuals only to let you down when you actually start playing, Neon Drive actually has the gameplay chops and content to keep you hooked. The music / rhythm gameplay crossed with a surprising variety of different stages all wrapped up in an awesome looking 80’s retro futuristic aesthetic make Neon Drive a complete package that no one should pass up. See our full PS4 Neon Drive review for all of the details.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Review (XONE)

When rumors about a new Mega Man collection started floating around I think most people assumed / hoped it would be for the Mega Man X games. We already got the “good” original Mega Man games in the first Mega Man Legacy Collection, and MM 9 and 10 are backward compatible on Xbox One (sorry PS4 fans), after all, so Mega Man X seemed like the next logical release. Capcom had other plans, however, so here we are with Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 which contains Mega Man 7, 8, 9, and 10 for $20. Yes, that’s fewer games than the first MMLC at a higher price tag. Don’t get me wrong, the games themselves are good and worthwhile, but I still can’t help but feel a little disappointed with this package. See all of the details in our full Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 review.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Broforce Review (PS4)

Broforce is the ultimate nostalgia trip for anyone that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s. With classic 2D platforming / shooting similar to Contra or Metal Slug combined with familiar action movie heroes of the era, Broforce is just an absolute treat. Well, it’s a treat when it actually works. Unfortunately the PS4 release of Broforce has a lot of glitches and bugs and severe performance issues that have never been fixed. It’s a shame, too, because the game is spectacularly fun until you reach the latter third and it all starts falling apart at the seams. Broforce still may be worth a look as long as you know what you’re getting into, though, so continue reading our full review for all of the details.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tacoma Review (XONE)

I’ve never been on the ridiculous “walking simulators aren’t real games” side of the discussion, but after playing a ton of them it has become clear that what separates the great ones from the rest is that they do, in fact, offer actual gameplay besides just slowly trudging around and listening to a story that already happened. Tacoma, the latest from Gone Home developer Fullbright, leans toward the latter end of that spectrum and the result is a neat story with great presentation, but it doesn’t really engage you the way the best in the genre can because you’re still ultimately just a passive observer. Still a more than worthwhile experience for walking sim fans, but it won’t change anyone’s mind about the genre. Continue reading our full Tacoma Xbox One review for all of the details.

Friday, July 28, 2017

I Am Bread Review (PS4)

There is a difference between accidentally creating goofy glitchy gaming magic and running with it versus intentionally making something crappy in the hopes it goes viral. Guess which one I Am Bread falls under. The concept of playing as a piece of bread trying to get toasted is, admittedly, silly enough to be appealing, but the awful camera and control scheme, high frustration factor, and general bland and boring-ness of being a dumb ass piece of bread immediately kills any sort of enjoyment the concept might promise. Maybe I’m just bitter because I’ve recently become gluten intolerant, but I Am Bread makes my guts hurt. Continue reading our full review for all of the awful details.