Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Review (XONE)

Originally released in 2008, Tales of Vesperia not only was the best JRPG of the 7th console generation but its newly remastered Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition makes a pretty strong case to consider it the best of the current (8th) gen as well. Tales of Vesperia just has that special something that is not only enjoyable to play, but very memorable long afterward. It looks great, has a fantastic soundtrack, has awesomely likable characters, and a fun battle system that doesn't overwhelm you with mechanics. I loved it back in the day when I reviewed the original Xbox 360 release for About.com and, dang it, I love it even more now that it's on Xbox One, PS4, and Switch. Continue reading our full Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition review for more.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Need for Speed: Payback Deserves A Second Chance

When Electronic Arts' latest Need for Speed title, Need for Speed: Payback, launched in November 2017 it was slammed for having a shady real money loot crate-based progression system just like Star Wars Battlefront II. Almost immediately after launch, however, developer Ghost Games and EA made an effort to tweak the loot crates and fix the progression. They rendered the loot crates almost meaningless in the process and made in-game progression much faster and easier. You'd think fans would come back to the game and enjoy it, since the core game underneath the MTX was pretty solid, but that didn't happen. The damage had already been done and people decided they hated it without even playing it. Well, now it's January 2019 and I'm telling you to give Need for Speed: Payback another chance. It's probably my favorite NFS game since Underground 2 and I'm having a great time with it. Continue reading for all of the details.

Monday, December 31, 2018

PSXBoxIndies' Top 10 PS4 / X1 Games of 2018

Welcome to PSXBoxIndies' Top Ten Games of 2018. It includes indies and "AA" games that released on PS4 and Xbox One. This was a hard list this year, honestly. In 2017 I had so many games I liked I made a Top 15 list instead of Top 10, but finding 10 games I truly loved in 2018 was tough. You might notice that there are no big budget "AAA" mega blockbusters on this list. Well, I did play some, but thought they were only OK (Spider-Man) to downright bad (Red Dead Redemption II). This is my site and my list, so I'm going to do what I want. Continue reading for the full list.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Dead Cells Review (XONE)

Dead Cells is what classic 2D Castlevania would be like if it was fast and fluid and actually felt good to play and was also a procedurally generated roguelike. I know that is kind of a loaded opening statement - sorry, I just don't like Classicvania and greatly prefer the SOTN-style Metroidvania formula - but Dead Cells takes the retro Classicvania formula and elevates it far and above where it has ever been before. It looks and sounds great and feels awesome to play with excellent combat and movement mechanics and offers unique gameplay hooks that make it one of the most addictive and satisfying action games in a long, long time. Dead Cells is awesome. Continue reading our full Dead Cells Xbox One review for all of the details. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Override: Mech City Brawl Review (XONE)

Override: Mech City Brawl is a giant robot fighting game that is big dumb fun in all of the most wonderful ways. It feels like the modern evolution of Pipeworks Studio's trio of Godzilla brawlers from the mid-2000's, but it moves a heck of a lot faster than those games ever did. With great mech designs, intuitive controls, and ridiculously fun city smashing gameplay, Override: Mech City Brawl is a must play for anime-style mecha and kaiju fans. Continue reading our full review for more.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 Review (PS4)

The Earth Defense Force series is the video game equivalent of rich and fatty comfort food. You know it's bad for you / the games aren't great, but you keep eating because it tastes good and you keep playing because they're pure dumb fun that revel in their distinct video game-ness rather than trying to be serious and realistic or cinematic like so many "AAA" games these days. The latest entry, Earth Defense Force 5 for PS4, continues that tradition nicely. Not only does EDF5 feature the same fantastic giant alien bug shooting gameplay everyone loves, but it actually manages a mostly stable framerate for the first time ever in the franchise which makes everything even better. Continue reading our full Earth Defense Force 5 PS4 review for all of the details. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection Review (PS4)

Rhythm and music-focused games really only need two things - good songs and decent gameplay - and anything else is just bonus sprinkles on your delicious sundae. Anyone that has played the Persona series already knows that the games have amazing soundtracks, so the Persona Dancing spin-off games have that area more than covered, but how do the games actually play? Kinda just "OK", unfortunately. Hanging out with the great casts of Persona 3 and Persona 5 while listening to the awesome music does go a long way towards making up for that, though. Continue reading our full review of the Persona Dancing Endless Night Collection for all of the details.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Farming Simulator 19 Review (XONE)

Farming Simulator 19 is unquestionably the biggest, best, most fully-featured Farming Simulator game yet and franchise fans will absolutely love it. With tons of real equipment to play with, real farming techniques to experience, and the most user-friendly gameplay in the business, it is still the undisputed champ. New features like new crops, new animals, a decent visual upgrade, and the ability to custom build your farm ANYWHERE make Farming Simulator 19 even more fun than before. For longtime fans and newcomers alike, Farming Simulator 19 is worth a look. See all of the details here in our full Farming Simulator 19 review for Xbox One.

Friday, November 16, 2018

World of Final Fantasy Maxima Review (XONE)

World of Final Fantasy is basically oldschool Final Fantasy mixed with Pokemon all wrapped up in the cutest visuals you can imagine. All of those are good things, by the way. The characters are adorable, the turn based combat is fun, and collecting classic Final Fantasy monsters to fight alongside you is a wonderful mechanic with a surprising amount of depth. The only real issue is that it is all spread a bit too thin and really didn't need to bloat into a 50-hour epic, but other than that it is a very enjoyable experience. Continue reading our full review of World of Final Fantasy Maxima for Xbox One.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Nekopara Vol. 1 Review (PS4)

Let's just get this out of the way first - Nekopara is a visual novel about banging catgirls. However, while the PC version is pretty explicit (especially with mods), the console versions on PS4 and Nintendo Switch are greatly toned down to focus more on the characters and story than the ecchi stuff. It's still rated "M" for Mature on both consoles - and the PS4 version is actually more censored than the Switch(!) version - but it is honestly less lewd than a lot of ecchi fanservice anime I've watched. So, is a sexy game with most of the sexy stuff taken out still worth playing? Find out in our full PS4 Nekopara Vol. 1 review.