Game Reviews
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground ZeroesPlaystation 4

    Story: This brief continuation of the Metal Gear saga places us back in the shoes of Big Boss. It is a direct sequel to Peace Walker and deals with many of the loose ends it had at the end. The story is told through an interesting introduction followed by a series of tapes you can listen. These are not ordinary tapes since the developers went to great length to add talented dialogue and a soundtrack to instill the desired tone. This gave further character development to personalities we already knew and gave a better insight as to their actions before and during the game. The ending to the game plays particularly tense thanks to its perfect execution and its a masterpiece in terms of setting the tone. Graphics: The game takes place at night during a rain storm and the water effects are amazing. The lighting effects also play with the...
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  • WarioWare Gold
    WarioWare GoldNintendo 3DS

    WarioWare has always been a personal favourite Nintendo series of mine, so to have a collection of a bunch of the best microgames from the series' past, as well as some new ones was really great and makes this the best title to date, especially if you're new to the series. If you're unfamiliar, WarioWare blasts the player with short, simple & sweet microgames about 5 - 10 seconds long each, back to back. The fun of the game is figuring out what the objective of the game is quickly and then executing it. The games themselves are naturally nothing too spectacular, but their quirky humour and general weirdness pulls through to make certain games stick in your mind. The fact that Gold could get a smile out of me just from me remembering an old microgame I played 10 years ago is a testament to how the game is chock...
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  • Ryse: Son of Rome
    Ryse: Son of RomeXbox One

    Story: The story is one of the strongest aspect of the game because there's not many like it. You play a Roman soldier during the ancient Roman times and go through an impressive story that really picks up steam in the third act of the game. The lore and motivations behind characters in intriguing and the intensity behind following orders and doing what is right brings a fresh take on what it was to be loyal. There was a plot twist at the end of the game that really took me by surprise and made the game even more interesting in terms of story. Graphics: The facial expressions and lighting effects on armor showcased the capabilities of the new generation of consoles. We need to remember that this was a launch title for the Xbox One and it shows how powerful the system could really be. The most jaw-dropping...
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  • Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm
    Atelier Iris 3: Grand PhantasmPlaystation 2

    If you?re like me, you see a game rated below a 7, a score of Good on MVGL, and you?re willing to give the game that benefit of the doubt. You think there?s no way the game in question can be that bad, that people are just exaggerating, their feelings have been influenced by the general perception of a game, or they just plain can?t see the latent value in the game-- a whole host of excuses that you somehow believe you will be ?above? or ?better than.? Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm is not a game you give the benefit of the doubt. Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm is a game that deserves every less-than-stellar review it gets, every poor rating, every score below 7, every complaint and every criticism. On the surface, this game is fine-- maybe even good, deceptively so. It?s when you keep playing it? and keep playing...
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  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Plus Bowser's Minions
    Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Plus Bowser's MinionsNintendo 3DS

    So as a remake the big question is "Does it live up to the original?" and Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (SS+BM from now on) certainly comes close, but falls just slightly flat of reaching that high point. As such I'd recommend picking up the original on the Wii U Virtual Console instead of this *if* you have the option, but let's discuss why; The story is beat-for-beat the same as the original. I didn't notice dialogue changes from the original as the remake has a handy dandy speed up button for those who've played the game before which was neat (The only thing I noticed was some small extra interruptions for the sake of explaining where the player should go next). If it's your first time through I'd highly recommend sitting through the dialogue as there are some genuinely fun moments and decent writing considering, y'know, it's...
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III
    Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIPlaystation 4

    Story - The story takes place around 50 years after Black Ops 2 so it only keeps a connection with basic premises. You're a soldier composed with robotic limbs that has the ability to perform super human achievements and it is your task to chase after previous squad mates turned rogue. The idea of showing the antagonist as a friend in the beginning of the campaign is not new for the Call of Duty franchise and it continues to feel recycled as they run out of of ideas. It was difficult to keep track of the story even if the ending was supposed to be a monumental plot twist. Graphics - The game feels like it's being pulled from two directions as Activision wanted to cash in on the previous generation as well as the current. We see the graphics stay somewhere in between both so that they can mass...
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  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
    Super Mario Galaxy 2Nintendo Wii

    Story: Mario is back at it again trying to save Princess Peach from the claws of Bowser. We have a return to the Super Mario Galaxy formula and they add several gimmicks to make it a sequel. We see Yoshi and Luigi join the supporting ensamble and each have their time on the spotlight as the game progresses. There's nothing much of story when it comes to Mario games but there's a connection to the first game that proves a little under utilized. Graphics: The galaxy games are all about showcasing light and the use of gravity in their levels. Mario manages to continue raising those standards in its levels. We see plenty of classic enemy models we haven't seen since the SNES days and play a key role in various levels. Gameplay: This is where the game shined. The first galaxy was already a blast to play but this...
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  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: WildlandsPC

    4.5/10 - I do not recommend you to buy this in full price cause it's not worth 60?, get it on a sale or check out if there is a sale on the game on Humble Bundle [www.humblebundle.com]. But for a lower price I recommend this game for its amount of content. The stealth mode is satifying, but the game itself is repetetive as f and there are glitches all over the place. Driving is somewhat satisfying but really glitchy, AI sucks and is glitchy. Both friendly and enemy AI teleport all over and it feels like the enemy AI have more health as soon as you exit stealth mode which means you're fckd. Otherwise the map is huge, but the "random encounters" is not worth your attention since they are always the same, boring and worthless. The arsenal is wide which means you can experiment and find a favourite gun that suits your...
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  • Far Cry 5: Lost on Mars
    Far Cry 5: Lost on MarsPC

    This DLC look really amazing and I had high hopes for it to be awesome, but when it was released and I tried it, I was left disappointed... It didn't feel nice to play at all. The weapons were really bad and there were no sense of satisfaction from shooting or killing the aliens/bugs, and that made me avoid them rather than fighting them. The maps felt way to big with it's lack of content, because as far as I know there are no side quests or anything "extra" to discover and exploring is pretty much playing "The floor is lava" because everytime you touch the sand (and there is a lot of sand) the aliens instantly appear to ruin your day. Next up is the story which feels very rushed. There is no backstory or lore, the dialogues or dry and boring. Although it's bad it still looks...
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  • Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition
    Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced EditionPlaystation 4

    Story: You are Kyle Crane, an agent who is dropped off in a city that has been ravaged by a zombie outbreak and has his own agenda. Crane begins a facade of helping the survivors but he's attempting to grab a sample of the virus for his bosses. However, he soon realizes there's something more sinister going on and his loyalty is questioned as he is playing for multiple factions in the game. The story begins with a solid and intriguing foundation but ends up coming short in the end. They did a good job at setting up the characters and the situations are unique to the zombie situation. Graphics: The lighting effects are some of the best I've seen so far. I wouldn't accept anything less from a game with light in the title. The game plays tricks with our mind as the environment constantly changes from day and night...
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  • Fate/stay night [Réalta Nua]
    Fate/stay night [Réalta Nua]PC

    Indeed, I?m not one for visuals novels but fate/stay night is an exception that I would recommend to anyone. It?s captivating as it is long, mixing music and presentation to create a type of dragging effect that makes me spend a longer amount of time engrossed in it the further I went through it. A game with few choices but none the less has you guessing many different outcomes. Story: The plot is solid but leaves a few things to be desired. For the most part, the writing is gripping, and the format of visuals novels allow for the writer to lengthen or shorten sentences at will, causing shocking revelations to be strengthened by a short couple worded sentence. There were many times in the story when the plot was going smoothly until a simple statement would make everything do a 180, really catching my attention off guard and catching...
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  • Titan Souls
    Titan SoulsPC

    Titan Souls is a hard game if you don't like that than don't play. In Titan Souls, you are giving one bow and one arrow and you have to slay 19 titans. Each titans can one-shot you but you can also one-shot them by hitting their weak point. Some titans can have a clever ways to conceal their weakness and it is up to you to expose it. It plays very smooth and responsive. You can also dodge roll and run to help you with invade ongoing attack. You can shoot at thing. Your bow need wind up time to shoot but it fairly fast so it doesn't interrupt the flow of the battle. However, since you only got one arrow, you need to retrieve that arrow after firing and this is the core of the gameplay. The game give you two ways of retrieving your arrow either by recalling it...
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  • Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart
    Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold HeartXbox 360

    Story: The game takes place one week after the main campaign. You actually begin the game as Bruce Wayne and and takes you throughout the Wayne Manor as you become the Batman. It was a good experience to witness the transition from one persona to the other. It was also a captivating and saddening story due to the antagonist Victor Fries. We know he's doing the best for his wife but his methods label him a villain. As such, it is Batman's duty to put a stop to his ways while avoid fatalities along the process. Graphics: The ice effects were superb and it really adds another layer of depth. The new batman suit also increase its aesthetic as Batman deals with another issue besides goons with goons. This game was already pretty to watch which makes the environmental effects a sweet piece of the pie. Gameplay: The sad part...
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  • Infamous First Light
    Infamous First LightPlaystation 4

    Story - We see Fetch return as a prequel to the original InFamous game. The game is presented in a series of flashbacks to set the story while placing you in an arena for you to play a series of challenges. Even though the challenges are fun, they do feel forced as filler for the game and make it worth its $15 price tag. The flashbacks take place in the first section of Seattle and has several activities to stay busy. Unlike Delsin's side missions, the activities for Fetch also seem like filler rather than a clear objective. Delsin went for these missions to bring down the DUP while we only feel inclined to seek out these side missions to upgrade our powers. Graphics - The graphics remain the same as the main game. It's still an impressive feat and the water effects are top notch. I was always impressed...
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  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Justice for All
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Justice for AllNintendo DS

    Justice For All, although a great game, feels unspectacular compared to the first Ace Attorney game (Phoenix Wright:Ace Attorney) Gameplay: The gameplay is very much the same as the original title, with investigation segments where you talk to witnesses and, well, investigate the area of a murder, before using the evidence you find to save your innocent client (the defendant) and find the truth behind the case in the court segments. But whats new in JFA is the psyche-locks, which the player must break (using the correct pieces of evidence) during investigations to see through a character's lies, which is a big addition to this game. Story: The story is a mixed bag, as although interesting not many of the cases link into it which leaves the game with more filler, whereas the first game had the cases link together with its story. I wont go into details of the story itself because I...
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  • Life is Strange: Episode 5 - Polarized
    Life is Strange: Episode 5 - PolarizedPC

    Graphics - The graphics did not change from each episodes. It is still cartnoonish and lacks emotional facial expressions. However, this episode deals more with weather elements that emphasize the lack of texture when interacting with the characters of the game. Gameplay - The gameplay had more of a life or death consequences in this episodes. I enjoyed reversing time to find the optimal way to let our characters triumph over evil. It was truly a challenge to test our resourcefulness and quick wit when it came to the final moments of a major character in peril. Story - This was the conclusion of the 5 episode series. I was disappointed in missed opportunities between victims of the antagonist. I felt there were instances were broken relationships could've been mended or worked together to surpass the enemy. I had also hoped the same level of detail had gone to...
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  • LocoRoco
    LocoRocoSony PSP

    Graphics - We're talking about the original game in the PSP era so HD was not much of an option. However, the colors are vibrant and the music is top notch. I keep taking music for granted in platforming games but it really adds depth to a level. The music kept me entertained and actually encouraged me to continue looking for every secret the level had to offer. Gameplay - The game relies on the two shoulder buttons and gravity to move forward. These little blobs are able to jump and roll according to these buttons and gravity only results in a higher jump or faster role. Precision is the name of the game and there are various environmental tools that can boost your jump or speed at certain moments. Story - It's as simple as any other platforming game. There's evil floating things called Moja's who have come to...
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  • Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
    Sly Cooper and the Thievius RaccoonusPlaystation 2

    Before you read this review, I think I should say that there will be major spoilers. This is an in depth analysis about everything in the game. Therefore, if you haven't played the game yet, would like to, and care about spoilers, then don't read this review. If I were to describe Sly Cooper in two words they would be Simple Fun. Sly Cooper isn?t the longest a very long game. It?s not overly complicated regarding it?s combat mechanics. It?s not even that difficult. But Sly Cooper is one of the most fun games I?ve ever played from my childhood, and in this video I want to attempt to dissect exactly why that is. Sly Cooper and the Thievues Racconus was released in the year 2001 by Sucker Punch Productions for the Playstation 2. it was only three years off their...
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  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope
    Star Ocean: The Last HopeXbox 360

    After having beaten the first two games in this series and playing the third, Star Ocean 4 was in everyway a letdown! Basic attacks feel drawn out and punishing to use and you will be unfortunately using them a lot early on due to few means to get back MP. Blindside is a new but mandatory mechanic that acts a parry but is a dodge without i-frames that makes the enemy more susceptible to damage, while neat the first few times you do it, it quickly gets old waiting for the enemy to attack to deal significant damage. Magic isn't magic, they're special arts with cast times and having beat the game at level 55-60 I didn't obtain any truly unique magic skills outside of hit the enemy 8x times with X element after a cast time. Skills have been slimmed down to the most basic of categories and can...
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  • Ryse: Son of Rome
    Ryse: Son of RomeXbox One

    A questionable game when I first saw its reveal at the Xbox one announcement, but none the less was interested in playing it when I got it with games for gold. Many years later (2018) I decided to finally play it and see what exactly made this game a launch title? At first glance, you have to praise the Xbox one for handling the graphic fidelity of this game because even after almost 5 years for its release, it still looks stunning. From the armor to the grass, the game is packed full of quality that even matches the standard of games today like For Honor. The high res especially comes into play with the close quarter combat when you?re in a small clearing under the trees or in the torched lighted ground of the far north. It can really draw your breath away when noticed at the right time....
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  • Mario and Luigi: Dream Team
    Mario and Luigi: Dream TeamNintendo 3DS

    Here is another Mario & Luigi game the capitalizes on the success of their RPG franchise. One of the greatest ideas Nintendo ever made was the use of their lore to implement a simple yet fun game that uses nostalgia to hit those unique feelings of happiness. Graphics - Even though they're still rather shaded, the game has plenty of color and wonderful art direction. That is something you can always count on when it comes to Nintendo. Gameplay - The gameplay was what stole the show. The one thing that I've never been able to do in other turn-based RPGs is being able to counter an opponents attack. I'm able to evade the enemy's attack if I properly time my defense and that's something I've never experienced anywhere else. I loved this aspect because it always seemed silly that someone would just sit there and take all that damage....
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  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate
    Assassin's Creed SyndicatePC

    Following the storyline arc of unity, you, a faceless hacker continue to synchronize data for another fun assassination adventure through industrial London. As a long-time assassin's creed gamer, I honestly don't have any strong feelings for this game. The reasons for this will be outlined below, now don't get me wrong the gameplay is actually very good except for various key areas that are sorely lacking. Now for the good things about this game: - It seems that the developers have used the core gameplay mechanics of Unity and enhanced them making it less glitchy and buggy and much more streamlined and effective. - The addition of the grappling gauntlet makes traversal through the city of London more expedient as well as open up unique opportunities for assassination. - Carriage related missions adds much needed variety to the various activities in this game - A multitude of skills that you can pick...
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  • Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks
    Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax AttacksNintendo DS

    Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks is the third game in the Ben 10 game series whilst also being the last. This game, like the first in the series, has been a key moment in my childhood and has combined aspects of the previous games to make an amazing tribute/finale which can be proven in the content present in this DS game. Unlike it's superior versions on different consoles such as a the Xbox 360, the DS version is 2D with many of it's content being smaller versions of the massive things. This could be seen as a disappointment but, by contrary, this provides a new fresh view. Pixelated as this game may seem, the retro style combined with it's nostalgic theme forms an atmosphere of just entertainment; playing the game will never feel distasteful. The sounds and themes of this game live up just as how the previous games have with but...
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  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
    Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!Nintendo Super NES

    Gameplay: The levels are very creative and fun to play. As any good Rareware game, you can challenge yourself trying to get the collectables. Also, being able to attack enemies by rolling or spinning, rather than just jumping on them is very fun. Dixie's mechanics for floating in air and Diddy's rolling and bouncing on water are extremaly unique from this DKC franchise. Story: The story of the game isn't very clear, the kongs just go level by level without any specific reason. But the characters are pretty charismatic, s? it kinda saves the "soul" of the game. Grapichs and Visuals: Stunning. By far, the game with the best graphics on SNES. Awesome sprites, textures and animations, extremaly detailed and very carefully positioned, including the background and 3D effect. Every single stage of this game is beatiful. Soundtrack: The music of this game is awesome. Every kind of stage fits perfectly with...
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  • The Order: 1886
    The Order: 1886Playstation 4

    The Order: 1886 could have been a hell of a game. It's still great, in my opinion, but there are things that bring it down for the mainstream audience. A troubled release date and negative reviews prevented many gamers from enjoying an amazing world that set the foundation for amazing sequels. Graphics - This is one of the most beautiful games I've ever played. The setting tends to be darker but the shadows and particle effects create an aura of mystery and suspense. IT is truly remarkable what Ready at Dawn has done with its character models as they appear to be actors instead of polygons being shown in my screen. Gameplay - Even though there are standard weapons, the armory of the Knights is astounding. It reminded me of all the creative weponry provided by Insomniac in the Ratchet & Clank franchise. Advanced weapons are provided by none...
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