Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hunting Simulator vs. theHunter: Call of the Wild - Which Game Should You Buy?

After several years without any hunting games to speak of – despite having tons during the PS3 / 360 generation – 2017 brought not one but two serious hunting sims to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. We’ve played Hunting Simulator and theHunter: Call of the Wild extensively and will share our final verdict on which game hunting fans should buy right here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Downwell Review (PS4)

Downwell is pretty much a perfect game. With an extremely simple and well-executed concept, responsive 2D platforming controls, and a cheap price tag, Downwell is a perfect bite-sized and addictive retro platformer that I can’t recommend highly enough. See our full Downwell PS4 review for all of the details.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Raiden V: Director's Cut Review (PS4)

I hate to have to admit this but Raiden V makes a heck of a lot more sense and works a lot better on PS4 than it did on Xbox One. The core game itself is fine on both platforms, don’t misunderstand, but the focus on real time leaderboards and an interactive “Cheer” system never got off the ground on Xbox simply due to not having enough players. On PlayStation 4, on the other hand, there are more than enough active players to make these innovative new features actually function properly and the result is by far the best version of Raiden V you can buy. See all of the details in our full Raiden V: Director’s Cut review.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review (PS4)

Most folks will probably look at Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash as merely fanservice anime trash and that’s a shame as it’s actually a lot more than that. It is a surprisingly solid third-person multiplayer shooter with a wonderfully innovative and addictive upgrade system that is a total blast to play. There’s tons of ridiculous gravity defying bouncy fanservice too, of course, but that’s just the icing on the already delicious gameplay cake. I get it that some people won’t like it due to the fanservice, and that’s fine, but fans of the franchise and cheesecake anime in general will find a lot to love about Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash. Continue reading our full PS4 review for all of the details.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

theHunter: Call of the Wild Review (XONE)

Without a doubt, theHunter: Call of the Wild is the best looking hunting game ever released on a console. The environments you hunt in are lush and gorgeous and realistic, the lighting and weather effects are fantastic, and the animals look great as well. It all sounds pretty good too, by the way. What about the actual hunting gameplay, then? Well, it kind of has some ups and downs, but is mostly good. Exploring the areas and tracking animals is extremely rewarding, but a long slow grind to unlock equipment and decidedly unsatisfying shooting mechanics (at least at first) drag it down a bit. It all comes together into what is easily the best hunting game we’ve seen on consoles in years, though, even with some complaints. Continue reading our full theHunter: Call of the Wild Xbox One review for all of the details.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Gundam Versus Review (PS4)

I’ve always had a strange relationship with the Gundam franchise because I absolutely love the mobile suits themselves but don’t really care for most of the animated series. I get far more enjoyment from playing Gundam videogames or building plastic models than I do from watching the shows. It’s a good thing for me, and fans like me, then that the latest Gundam game from Bandai Namco tosses the story out the window and focuses almost exclusively on giant robot battles in the massive open world 3D fighting game of my dreams. Gundam Versus features more than 90 mobile suits spanning the 35+-year history of the franchise, nice presentation, and addictive gameplay that will keep hardcore fans and casuals alike totally hooked. See our full Gundam Versus PS4 review for all of the details.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Cuphead Review (XONE)

I was skeptical of Cuphead for a long time because it was kind of a great looking mess where you couldn’t tell what the gameplay was going to actually be. Or maybe I just didn’t want to believe that a hybrid 2D platformer / shmup really warranted that much hype. Now that I’ve played it, though, I can happily report that Cuphead isn’t merely skating by on astoundingly great presentation but it has the quality gameplay chops to match as well. Cuphead has been worth the wait and all the hype. See our full Xbox One review for more. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Review (XONE)

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is not Marvel vs. Capcom 4. Let’s just get that out of the way first. With a smaller roster – with no X-Men in sight, might I add –, a shift from 3v3 to 2v2 fights, and disappointingly poor presentation, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite seems like a major step back from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. And don’t even get me started on how dumb the story mode is. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite does get it right in the most important area, though, which is that the core fighting gameplay, even with some changes to make it more accessible, still rocks and delivers the frantic and fast paced fighting fans have come to expect from the franchise. As long as you can overcome any disappointment with the roster and somewhat ugly presentation, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’s gameplay makes it worth a look. See our full Xbox One review for more.