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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Castlevania Requiem - The Dub Is Fine. It's All Fine. Buy It.

Konami has released a bare bones Castlevania collection on PS4 that includes Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood. Series purists will tell you it is bad for dumb nitpicky reasons, but they're d-bags so don't listen to them. Listen to me. Castlevania Requiem is fine. It's fine. You get two solid games for $20 - and SOTN is worth that on its own, in my book - so even if it isn't perfect or full of extra content, it is hard to argue that Castlevania Requiem isn't still worth playing. Continue reading for all of the details.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

NBA2K Playgrounds 2 Review (XONE)

Maybe we've been doing it wrong our whole lives but isn't the point of arcade-style sports games to be easy to pick up and play with your friends? Unfortunately, if you're hoping to do that with the brand new NBA2K Playgrounds 2 I have some bad news for you. The gameplay itself is fine but the problem is a weird grindy player unlock and progression system that requires a surprising amount of work before it is really ready for multiplayer showtime - time and effort that probably won't really be worth it for most casual players. Continue reading for all of the details in our full NBA2K Playgrounds 2 review.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Forza Horizon 4 - Looks Great, Plays Great, Is Remarkably Boring

There is little doubt that Forza Horizon 4 is the best looking and best playing Horizon game yet but I'm finding it hard to be motivated to actually keep playing because the experience is so stale and unrewarding. I mean, I want to play it because the moment to moment racing gameplay is excellent and the landscape is beautiful, but I haven't felt like I have accomplished anything or earned anything worthwhile since the first couple of hours of the game. There is very little joy or excitement or satisfaction in Forza Horizon 4 and that's a problem. I'm bored.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption Review (PS4)

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption for Switch, XONE, and PS4 is a Souls-like that ditches the carefully planned levels and minor enemies in favor of just throwing eight devious bosses at you in a row. Souls bosses are usually cool, so there is a definite appeal to this take on the genre, but some of the other things Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption does to set itself apart only serve to shrink its audience down to the most wildly hardcore while leaving everyone else by the wayside. There are some great ideas here, but I'm not sure how many players will find it particularly fun. Continue reading our full Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption review for more.