Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Fall Part 2: Unbound Review (XONE)

First the A.I. temporarily defies its programming in order to complete an objective. Then it totally abandons its programming in the name of self-preservation. And then the A.I. starts learning about feelings and emotions like selfishness, remorse, sadness, and pity. And then, of course, things escalate. This is basically how the “The Terminator” and “The Matrix” got started, but it is also the foundations for the fantastic The Fall series from Over The Moon Games as you follow an A.I. as it breaks the shackles of it’s programming and restrictions and seeks freedom. Featuring an awesome story, great presentation, and unique 2D adventure / puzzle gameplay, both 2014’s The Fall Part 1 and the newly released The Fall Part 2: Unbound are absolutely worth playing for sci-fi fans. Continue reading this article for our full review of The Fall Part 2: Unbound for Xbox One.  

Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Video Game Review (PS4)

Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Video Game is the best pure dirt bike racing game we’ve had in a long, long time. By focusing just on indoor supercross racing and nothing else, the gameplay is absolutely perfected here instead of feeling watered down like in so many other MX games over the years that tried to cram too many “xtreme” things into one title and not getting any of them quite right. Monster Energy Supercross is fun and realistic and satisfying enough that fans of the real sport and video game dirt bike racing aficionados alike will have a great time with it. Continue reading our full review of the PS4 version for more.

Friday, February 9, 2018

AmazonBasics Xbox One Controller Review

Did you know Amazon makes game controllers now? I didn’t either until I was in need of a new Xbox One controller and an AmazonBasics one appeared at the top of the list. Priced at just $25 and with solid user reviews, I took a chance and bought one. After using it for a while, I have to say I’m pretty impressed. It feels good in the hand and works well but I think the most important thing is that there wasn’t any transition period or “I gotta get used to this” feeling like with most third party controllers. It was immediately comfortable and felt like any other Xbox One controller I’ve ever used. There are a couple of downsides – it’s wired and the longterm reliability is questionable – but as of now I’m tempted to call it the best third-party pad I’ve ever used. Continue reading for more details.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition Review (PS4)

With great sprite graphics, an awesome retro soundtrack, and satisfying arcade-style run and gun gameplay – Mercenary Kings has pretty much everything oldschool 2D action shooter fans could ask for. Part Metal Slug, part Metal Gear, Mercenary Kings wears its inspirations on its sleeve but turns it all into a very fun and satisfying whole. Continue reading our full review of Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition for all of the details.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mutant Football League Review (XONE)

Take one part NFL Blitz-style football gameplay but make the teams out of skeletons and monsters and mutants, add in tons of blood and gore and violence, toss in famed arcade sports announcer Tim Kitzrow, and you pretty much have Mutant Football League – the spiritual successor to the beloved Mutant League sports games on SEGA Genesis. I’m not going to beat around the bush – Mutant Football League is ridiculously fun. It is so over the top and crazy, but the core football gameplay –with fields covered in land mines and traps and playbooks full of Dirty Tricks that let you kill the ref, drug your opponents, and use weapons – is really genuinely solid and surprisingly strategic. If you’ve grown tired of Madden getting too realistic and boring over the years like I have, Mutant Football League is right up there as one of the best and most fun football games since NFL 2K5. Yeah, I went there. See all of the details in our full Xbox One review of Mutant Football League.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Dragon Ball FighterZ Review (XONE)

The thing that sets Dragon Ball FighterZ apart from pretty much every other video game in the franchise is that it is a rock solid fighting game at its core first and foremost and doesn’t just rely on the license to be appealing. I won’t be one of those fools who says “Finally, a good Dragon Ball game!”, because that’s nonsense and there have been plenty of good ones, but those other games almost always came with caveats and exceptions and “It’s fun, but …” and were made with die hard fans in mind because they’ll play pretty much anything with Goku in it. Dragon Ball FighterZ, on the other hand, can stand on its own two feet as both a genuinely solid 2D fighting game that will appeal to fans of the genre of pretty much any skill level whether you’re a Dragon Ball fan or not, but it is also a passionately crafted love letter to the franchise that fans will absolutely adore as well. Dragon Ball FighterZ is a fantastic fighting game that both DB fans and fighting fans will love. See our full Xbox One review for more.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review (XONE)

For a game originally released in 2014 and finally landing on Xbox One in 2018, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter feels surprisingly current in the walking sim / narrative adventure / strollplaying game genre that has taken some fairly massive steps forward in the last couple of years. Ethan Carter isn’t just a walk slowly around and look at stuff game like most of its contemporaries at the time of release (like Gone Home or Dear Esther) and actually features decent puzzles and things to do similar to more recent games that have become the kings of the genre like Firewatch and What Remains of Edith Finch. If you’re a walking sim fan and haven’t already played The Vanishing of Ethan Carter it is well worth a look. Continue reading our full review of the Xbox One version.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Review (PS4)

Nearly two years after its initial launch, Street Fighter V finally feels like a complete package with the Arcade Edition update. Available as a free update for current SFV owners, or as a stand alone release for new players, Street Fighter V Arcade Edition cleans up the interface, adds some beefy single-player modes, and changes up the gameplay with some tweaks and additions to make it even better. I hate the “This is the game they should have released at the beginning” sentiment, but it is totally appropriate here. Forget all the bad stuff you may have heard about Street Fighter V – Arcade Edition fixes almost all of it. Continue reading for our full PS4 review written with new players in mind.