Monday, April 16, 2018

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Review (XONE)

Indie games with “AAA” production values is definitely something I can get behind if they all turn out like Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from Ninja Theory. It has the look of a big budget production but is still able to take risks with its storytelling to deliver an experience totally unlike you’ll find from either typical “AAA” games or indie titles. With gorgeous visuals and sound, a great story, and a stirring depiction of mental illness, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice seems like a surefire winner save for one little issue – the gameplay isn’t especially fun. Depending on what you’re looking for in a game, however, that may or may not be a big deal. To see what I mean, continue reading our full Xbox One Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice review.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Bully Is Rockstar's Best Game

Bully is Rockstar’s best game. There, I said it. Other folks will say it’s GTA Vice City (boring map), Red Dead Redemption (momentum killing Mexico section) or GTAV (this one’s close, I’ll admit) but for my money, Bully is Rockstar at its best. With clever writing, outstanding presentation that still holds up to this day, and a densely packed map full of fun stuff to do, Bully is simply outstanding and should be a must-play title for anyone that hasn’t experienced it yet. Continue reading our gushy love letter to Bully for more.

Monday, March 26, 2018

RBI Baseball 18 Review (PS4)

After four years of marginal improvement in the RBI Baseball series, Major League Baseball finally had enough and took over full development of RBI Baseball 18 itself. The result? A presentation bump and some welcome feature additions (finally a Home Run Derby!), but it still has the same old tired, glitchy, boring gameplay that has been holding the reboot series back from the very start. RBI Baseball 18 finally has the features we’ve come to expect from a real sports game, but the gameplay still isn’t anywhere near good enough. See all of the details in our full PS4 RBI Baseball 18 review.

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.