Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Horizon Chase Turbo Review (PS4)

Fans lamenting the demise of arcade racing games need lament no longer. Horizon Chase Turbo is a brilliant love letter to oldschool arcade racing titles like Top Gear (the video games, not the TV show) and OutRun that fans will absolutely love. Because it is so authentic to the source material, however, it might seem a little simple and primative compared to modern racers, but for anyone that grew up in the 90’s it'll be a warm fuzzy homecoming to challenging, addictive, and just plain fun racing. For all of the details, continue reading our full Horizon Chase Turbo PS4 review.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time Review (PS4)

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time looks and sounds absolutely splendid and captures the feel of the anime perfectly. Too bad that the gameplay is so dull you won’t want to actually play it. It is one of those games you’ll want to like because the presentation is so fantastic, the characters so great, and the writing is so fun, but it’s just so boring and repetitive to play that it saps all of your motivation to keep going. Continue reading our full Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time PS4 review for all of the details.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Trailblazers Review (PS4)

Team-based racing games usually disappoint because the team dynamic rarely actually comes into play since you still always have to win so it rarely matters how your teammates perform during a race. Trailblazers changes all of that with team racing that actually feels like a team effort thanks to the introduction of a Splatoon-like painting mechanic where contributing by painting the track in your team’s color while in last place is just as important as taking the checkered flag. With a bright and colorful visual style, absolutely fantastic soundtrack, and fresh gameplay ideas, Trailblazers seems like a winner, but how does it fare out on the track? Find out by continuing to read our full Trailblazers PS4 review.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

AO International Tennis Review (PS4)

On paper, AO International Tennis has all of the makings to be a solid tennis game. It has the official Australian Open license (so, yeah, AO doesn’t stand for the ESRB “Adults Only” rating here, darn), incredibly robust player and stadium creation tools, plenty of modes, and a unique control scheme that seems like it will give you all the tools you need to make any shot you want. Then you try to actually play it and it turns out it isn’t any fun at all. The A.I. is mediocre at best and the controls are awkward and, even worse, the game automatically moves your player around and the drop shot is totally broken and overpowered to the point it is basically an instant win button. AO International Tennis is just not a good tennis game. Continue reading for all of the details.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dragon's Crown Pro Review (PS4)

Despite likely being best known in the mainstream for the controversy surrounding the exaggerated assets of its female characters, 2013’s Dragon’s Crown also had some pretty fantastic beat-em-up gameplay underneath those wonderfully thick thighs and ridiculous breasts. Now in 2018 the game comes to PlayStation 4 in the form of Dragon’s Crown Pro with even better looking visuals, now in 4k, and the awesome co-op gameplay intact. There isn’t really any new content in this remaster, unfortunately, which may upset existing fans of the PS3 or Vita versions of the game, but if you’ve never experienced Dragon’s Crown before, Dragon’s Crown Pro on PS4 is definitely the version to get. Continue reading our full review for all of the details.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Death Road to Canada Review (XONE)

Death Road to Canada is most easily described as The Oregon Trail with zombies, but it’s much more than that. Hitting the road to Canada in any ol’ jalopy you can find, picking up survivors along the way, mourning said survivors when the inevitably die, stopping for supplies, and smashing through thousands of zombies along the way is an absolute treat here. Since it is procedurally generated it’s different every time, too, with unique events and level layouts and even unique survivors, Death Road to Canada is extremely fun and addictive and will keep you playing for a long, long time in solo and local co-op play. Death Road to Canada is awesome.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Just Cause 3 XL Edition Review (PS4, XONE)

When Just Cause 3 launched in December 2015 it was a game people wanted to love because it was massive and generally fun, but an abysmal framerate and lengthy load times killed the joy a bit. Fast forward to 2018, though, when the game can regularly be found on sale complete with all of its DLC for dirt-cheap and suddenly all of those issues sort of fade away. If you love giant sandbox games that let you just goof off and have fun, and you have $12 to spare, there is no reason not to play Just Cause 3. Continue reading for our full review.

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.