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. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

STAY Review (PS4)

Imagine being kidnapped and trapped in a room where your only contact with the outside world was a computer chat room connected to a random stranger. That is the basis of STAY - out now for Switch, PS4, and Xbox One - except the twist is that you play as the random stranger rather than the trapped person and have to help them try to escape their dire situation. The only problem is that the trapped person you're trying to help is the dumbest stupid idiot on the planet who totally saps your desire to help them with every line of text they type into the chat. STAY is a fascinating concept, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Continue reading our full PS4 review of STAY for all of the details. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Mega Man 11 Review (PS4)

Mega Man is a series that has been looking into its past for far too long. It pretty much had to when no new games had been released for nearly a decade and most of the best ones had been released a solid 15-20 years before that, so celebrating the series' past was all fans really could do. Finally, though, Capcom has decided to bring back Mega Man properly with a brand new adventure for the first time in forever with Mega Man 11. Mega Man 11 brings the classic series gameplay kicking and screaming into 2018 with mostly successful results. See all of the details here in our full Mega Man 11 review for PS4.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle Review (XONE)

You gotta admire the fact that Capcom is one of the few oldschool game publishers that actually re-releases its classic titles in value packed collections for fair prices (Mega Man X, Street Fighter, etc.) rather than sitting on them and hoarding them like a greedy dragon or drip-feeding them out like they're some precious resource. Capcom knows what gamers want and tries its best to deliver, and that's awesome. The latest Capcom re-release is a collection of 7 arcade classics in The Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle and it's another winner as long as you have friends to play with. See our full Xbox One review for all of the details.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Marvel's Spider-Man Review (PS4)

Marvel's Spider-Man, developed by Insomniac Games exclusively for PlayStation 4, is a highly polished version of the same Spider-Man games we've been playing for the last 15-years or so which means it is very good and easily the best Spider-Man game yet, but also that it has all of the same problems that every other Spider-Man game has while also introducing a few annoyances of its own. I'll repeat - Marvel's Spider-Man is excellent, but great feeling swinging doesn't magically forgive atrociously bad stealth sections, repetitive open world quest design, QTE-filled set-pieces, and Sony first-party games' trademark maze of upgrade materials and collectible nonsense. Marvel's Spider-Man is outstanding for as long as you are entertained by swinging around New York, but Batman: Arkham Asylum still stands as the best superhero game ever. Continue reading our full Spider-Man review for all of the details.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fishing Sim World Review (XONE)

Dovetail Games' follow-up to the carp-focused Euro Fishing initially looks a lot more promising for U.S.A. anglers thanks to the big juicy largemouth bass on the cover but it turns out that Fishing Sim World is just another Trojan carp in disguise. The U.S. lakes and fish species are more like an afterthought as the game is once again mostly dedicated towards European-style carp fishing. If the thought of Euro Fishing 2, which is basically what this new game is, truly excites you, then Fishing Sim World might be worth a look. If you were hoping for a more North American-focused fishing sim, however, this ain't it. See all of the details in our full Fishing Sim World review for Xbox One.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Construction Simulator 2 US: Console Edition Review (XONE)

Road construction and operating heavy machinery, just like farming, is kind of slow and tedious and boring in real life and it only gets more tedious and boring in video game form since you're not getting paid for it. To make these sorts of things fun in a video game certain compromises have to be made to keep them fun and playable. Construction Simulator 2 comes to consoles with some very smart Quality of Life features to let you skip most of the boring and tedious stuff if you want to while still providing an authentic and satisfying heavy machinery-focused construction simulation. Some (a lot of) folks will probably still think it's boring, but if you have learned to love Farming Simulator you'll love Construction Simulator 2 CE as well for all of the same reasons. Continue reading our full Xbox One Construction Simulator 2 US: Console Edition review for all of the details.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Op/Ed - Destiny 2 Was Good and Forsaken Makes it Even More Gooder

The Forsaken expansion came out and now Destiny 2 is saved! Hurrah! Did it need saving to begin with? No, in spite of what Internet loudmouths said for the last year it was fine, but Forsaken does add a lot of new content to keep everyone busy for another month before they get bored again. This article is sort of a review but mostly a rant about hardcore fans poisoning the well of discussion and the media focusing on negativity to chase easy page views, but there's some Destiny 2: Forsaken impressions in here too, I swear! Continue reading for a unique take on Destiny 2's first year problems and what Forsaken brings to the table.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

NASCAR Heat 3 Review (XONE)

Your enjoyment of NASCAR Heat 3 (and 2, for that matter) largely comes down to your acceptance of the fact that these are streamlined arcade-style racing games and not NASCAR simulators. If you want a challenging NASCAR sim, NASCAR Heat 3 will not in any way satisfy you. On the other hand, if you just want to tear around familiar tracks with your favorite driver in a game of 190MPH bumper cars, well then NASCAR Heat 3 can be a lot of fun. It still definitely has tons of problems that you'll wish were fixed even if you do accept it as an arcade racer, but the core thrill of driving door to door with 39 other cars is well done here and almost makes up for the laundry list of issues. As a simple and fun pick up and play NASCAR experience NASCAR Heat 3 is worth a look, but you'll be disappointed if you're expecting anything more. Continue reading our full NASCAR Heat 3 review for all of the details.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Shikhondo - Soul Eater Review (XONE)

One of my favorite things about shoot-em-ups "shmups" is that there are lots and lots of different types with varying degrees of difficulty and intensity. Gradius and Raiden and Akai Katana and Sky Force and Deathsmiles all play wildly differently from each other, for example, so it is easy for players to find a style that suits them. Personally, I like them all, but I do have a soft spot for the so-called "bullet hell" shooters that fill the screen with hundreds of bullets and enemies and you have to weave your way through the seemingly impossible bullet patterns. The latest bullet hell shmup to hit the scene is Shikhondo - Soul Eater and it is pretty darn spectacular. With challenging gameplay, gorgeous artwork, great music, and tons of modes, Shokhondo - Soul Eater is one of the best new shmups to come along in quite a while. See our full Xbox One review for more.