Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Invector Review (PS4)

Music and rhythm games live and die by their soundtracks. If they don’t have any songs you want to play, even the greatest gameplay mechanics won’t hold your interest for very long. An example of this is the Amplitude reboot’s poor song selection, much to my personal disappointment. All is not lost for rhythm fans on PS4, however, as Hello There Games brings us Invector, a fantastic playing and gorgeous looking game featuring 22 awesome tracks from Swedish EDM artist Avicii. Even if your first thought is “Who’s Avicii and what the heck is EDM?”, don’t let that stop you from checking out Invector. The visual style is phenomenal, the music is fantastic, and the rhythm gameplay is rock solid. See our full Invector PS4 review for more.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Star Ocean: The Last Hope 4K & HD Remaster Review (PS4)

When I originally reviewed Star Ocean: The Last Hope for Xbox 360 way way back in the long long time ago at About.com, I loved the battle system and setting but questioned whether a game could still be good if the story and characters sucked. This was back in 2009, however, and in 2010 I started getting way into anime again. The reason why that is important is that I’m now re-reviewing Star Ocean: The Last Hope remastered for PS4 in 2017 and suddenly everything makes a lot more sense and is a lot more tolerable. Characters are just typical anime archetypes. The story is thoroughly anime sci-fi drama. Star Ocean 4 is just plain ol’ anime through and through and your tolerance and understanding of that fact goes a long way towards whether you’ll love it or hate it. Me? I still really freaking love it. See my full review of Star Ocean: The Last Hope 4K & HD Remaster for PS4.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sky Force Reloaded Review (PS4)

When the Sky Force Anniversary remake launched on PS4 and Xbox One in 2016 I immediately fell in love. Now, a year later, the remake of the sequel, Sky Force Reloaded, has launched and I’m happy to say it is bigger, better, and more polished than its predecessor. More levels, more upgrades, new ships, and a pumped-up overall difficulty make Sky Force Reloaded even more enjoyable than Sky Force Anniversary. See our full Sky Force Reloaded review, on PS4 this time, for all of the details.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bush Hockey League Review (XONE)

Arcade-style sports games really only needs a couple things - accessible and fun gameplay and decent presentation. Unfortunately, Bush Hockey League, formerly Old Time Hockey, only gets half of it right. The 70’s era presentation with N64-esque visuals is absolutely amazing and makes the game incredibly appealing, but the gameplay is just the total opposite of fun. The gameplay is slow and clunky and feels terrible and it just ain’t very good. I don’t care how hard you may be nostalgia-ing for an oldschool hockey video game, Bush Hockey League will not satisfy you. See all of the details in our full Xbox One review.

Friday, November 24, 2017

PSXBoxIndies' Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide for Gamers

It’s that time of year when every website posts gift guide lists full of e-commerce links in the hopes that their readers actually buy something so the site makes a little extra cash on the side. Absolutely disgusting, truly. So welcome to the official PSXBoxIndies Holiday Gift Guide! Running a site dedicated to almost exclusively download-only indie games does make creating a gift guide a little difficult, however, so our gift guide includes mostly smaller stocking stuffer-type gift ideas for the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Continue reading for ideas on all the gifts you never knew anyone wanted but now can’t possibly live without.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Road Rage Review (PS4)

Confession time. When an email (with a surprisingly decent looking launch trailer) about Road Rage showed up in my inbox I thought it was some lovingly crafted indie Kickstarted homage to Road Rash or something similar so I requested a copy. If I had known it was an ugly, buggy, laggy, terrible playing mess – that happened to feature vaguely familiar motorcycle melee combat – I wouldn’t have bothered. Road Rage is just plain awful. Continue reading our full PS4 Road Rage review for all of the details.

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.