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.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tetris Effect Review (PS4)

Tetris Effect is really pretty, but kind of expensive, Tetris. From a gameplay and modes perspective it's the best Tetris has been on consoles since Tetris Evolution on Xbox 360 way back in 2007. It also has easily the best presentation the franchise has ever seen thanks to a fantastic soundtrack and gorgeous background visual effects. It is also $40, which is asking a heck of a lot for something that, regardless of how pretty it is, is still Tetris at the end of the day. I love it, but I'm conflicted. Continue reading our full Tetris Effect review for details.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Queen's Blade + Soul Calibur Is So Obvious, But It'll Never Ever Happen

While playing Soul Calibur VI I can't help but think about how similar it is - the female cast, at least - to the Queen's Blade franchise. They share similar cute / sexy anime-style character designs and both feature a cast from all over the world using many unique fighting styles. They were practically made for each other. Certainly, some of the more risque aspects of Queen's Blade will have to be toned down a bit (or a lot), but turning Soul Calibur into Queen's Blade seems fairly straightforward. I know that fanservicey jiggly fighters are going out of vogue these days, especially in the U.S. so this game would probably never get released here but, damn it, I still want it. Continue reading how I'd make a Queen's Blade / Soul Calibur crossover game.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! Review (PS4)

Before Guitar Hero and Rock Band cluttered living rooms with plastic instruments, there was Taiko Drum Master. Released on PS2 back in 2004, Taiko Drum Master came with an awesome plastic drum accessory and it was a ton of fun to play. It was also, sadly, the only Taiko game to release in the U.S.A. despite being massively popular in Japanese arcades and having multiple releases on consoles and handhelds in Japan since then. Now, after all of these years, the wait for a new Taiko game to hit our shores is finally over with the release of Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! for PS4. The bad news is that it doesn't come with a drum controller this time, but the good news is that it's still tons of fun to play with a controller and the song list is excellent. Continue reading our full review for all of the details.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Spintires: MudRunner - American Wilds Impressions - Muddy Fun American Style

Spintires: MudRunner was one of our favorite games of 2017 so you bet we were excited to get our hands on the brand new American Wilds expansion for the game. American Wilds adds nine licensed American made vehicles and two brand new maps all for $10. It is largely more of the same, but the American maps require a slightly different play style than their Russian counterparts from the base game. All in all, it's not a bad expansion for folks that loved Spintires: MudRunner. See all of the details here.