Monday, November 20, 2017

Farming Simulator 17 Platinum Expansion Impressions (PS4/XONE)

Farming Simulator 17 just launched a brand new Platinum Expansion that gives you some new tools, a brand new crop, and a new official map to play on. Is it worth the $20 investment? Find out here with our full impressions of the Platinum Expansion for Farming Simulator 17.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Rabi-Ribi Review (PS4)

How much you’ll enjoy Rabi-Ribi depends almost entirely on your tolerance for scantily clad anime girls and fanservice. If you dig it, you’ll find a fantastically crafted 2D action platformer with a great art style. If you don’t dig the fanservice, well, you’re probably already writing an angry rant about how moe is killing anime and games and are clearly too busy to play (and certainly too uptight to enjoy) Rabi-Ribi. Personally, I fall into the first group. The cute and sexy artwork is what drew me to Rabi-Ribi in the first place, but the surprising combination of genres – it’s a 2D platformer, Metroidvania, bullet hell, RPG – and incredible amount of content kept me hooked. Rabi-Ribi is awesome! Check out our full PS4 review for all of the details.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Far from Noise Review (PS4)

Trapped in a car hanging precariously off the edge of a seaside cliff, you can’t move for fear that any change will cause the car to finally break free and plunge into the ocean. All you can do is sit there, look at the setting sun dipping into the ocean, and wonder how you ended up in such a predicament. That is Far from Noise, a fantastic new indie game on PS4. There isn’t any gameplay to speak of besides making dialogue choices, which will certainly put some folks off, but if you give it a chance you’ll find one of the best experiences of 2017 thanks to fantastic presentation, great writing, and memorable moments scattered through its roughly 90-minute runtime. I love it and I can’t stop thinking about it. See all of the details in our full Far from Noise PS4 review.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

ARK: Survival Evolved Review (XONE, PS4)

After nearly two years in the Xbox Game Preview program, ARK: Survival Evolved has finally reached a 1.0 full release and can be considered a finished product. Studio Wildcard is going to keep working on it, of course, so it still isn’t really “done”, but you can now go to a store and buy ARK for a full $60 MSRP. Unfortunately, even after two years, it still isn’t really ready for primetime due to performance problems, glitches, and other issues that were never fixed during early access despite being present from day one. On the other hand, though, ARK does have amazingly awesome dinosaurs in it, which does actually count for a lot. The result is a game that is a technical mess, but is also probably the best dinosaur game ever, so I have to admit I’m a bit conflicted. Continue reading our full ARK: Survival Evolved Xbox One review (now with PS4 impressions) for all of the details.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Assault Android Cactus Review (PS4, XONE)

Assault Android Cactus is a PS4 twin-stick shooter (now also on Xbox One!) with great gameplay, awesome presentation, and a fantastic sense of humor. It isn’t just another twin-stick shooter, of course, and actually introduces some neat ideas to spice up the gameplay that really make it stand out in the crowded genre. Whether playing solo or co-op with friends (or CPU buddies!), Assault Android Cactus is outstanding. See our full review for more.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Oure Review (PS4)

Debuting during Sony’s 2017 Paris Games Week showcase, and releasing the same day, Oure made a heck of a first impression as the next beautiful adventure game cut from the same cloth as Journey, Abzu, or RiME. Featuring a child that can change into a dragon at will and freely and playfully fly through the clouds while chasing down massive Titans, Oure definitely seems like it has all of the makings of the next indie hit. The execution, however, falters a bit. The camera is poor, the controls are wonky, the battles against the Titans are frustrating, and the overwhelming amount of videogame-y collectibles littering the world is, frankly, off-putting. Oure still has some moments of beauty and wonder and fun but actually getting to them is a slog. See our full Oure PS4 review for all of the details.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Spintires: MudRunner Review (XONE)

Playing with trucks in the mud was my go-to pastime as a little kid so it is no surprise that I’d fall in love with a game like Spintires: MudRunner as an adult. Not only does Spintires: MudRunner appeal to the same part of me that loves playing in the mud, but it tickles the same parts of my brain that make games like Farming Simulator and Elite: Dangerous so fun and satisfying. I don’t mind a grind in a game as long as the end result is worth it whether that means harvesting acres of crops, sitting in a hyperspace jump for hours, or slowly crawling back around through the mud in a Russian logging truck. There is just something immensely rewarding about games like this that I can’t get enough of and Spintures: MudRunner is right up there among the best of them. Continue reading my full Spintires: MudRunner Xbox One review for all of the details.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Rapala Fishing: Pro Series Review (XONE)

Fishing games are few and far between on Xbox One (and Euro Fishing is too weird and different, sorry) so I jumped at the chance to play Rapala Fishing: Pro Series. It’s kind of an odd duck, honestly. It is more like a rhythm game masquerading as a fishing game than any sort of fishing sim so it likely won’t be what most people are looking for. The simple arcade-style gameplay is still kind of fun and addictive, though, and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t had fun with it. Continue reading for all of the details in our full Rapala Fishing: Pro Series Xbox One review.