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  • Tales of the Abyss
    Tales of the AbyssPlaystation 2

    Tales of the Abyss (PS2) ~Review by Zvezda Kuerten 1) Intro: a) Game Synopsis: Luke Fon Fabre is a young wannabe man who has been confined to his manor for seven years, ever since a terrible incident erased all his previous memories, for the fear of something like that ever happening again. He dreams of freedom and new horizons, but his dreams are about to twist his reality way too faster than his arrogant demeanour can hope to keep up with. b) Game Concept / Game Idea: Tales of the Abyss is part of the ?Tales of? franchise. It is a Role-playing Game (RPG) set in a distant world with it?s own problems. It boards into things such as religion, loyalty, friendship, family, love and purpose. c) Misc: An anime based on the game was aired in 2008. It?s has 26 episodes and shows the events depicted in it?s source material very well. It is an awesome Anime in...
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  • Titanfall 2
    Titanfall 2Xbox One

    The first entry in this franchise was skipped due to a lack of single player campaign but they made up for that in this second visit into the Titan universe. Titanfall 2 was able to keep me riveted in my seat even if it was for a short amount of time. Story - You take control of a forgettable character who is given authorization to handle a Titan robot due to extreme circumstances. From then on, this games becomes more of a quest to survival rather than building a legacy which both due occur as the story progresses. Survival turns into purpose when this pair resumes a mission previously designated to an ally and it just keeps getting bigger. The most impressive aspect about the story is the relationship between the man and the titan as they traverse diverse areas with several gimmicks in each one. In one level, you're...
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  • Neuro Hunter
    Neuro HunterPC

    Neuro Hunter (2005) by Deep Silver Well, I had this game installed in my PC for years now, ever since I saw it?s gameplay images somewhere on the web. I had played a couple minutes of the game, but got disappointed with the lack of stealth (which we will address later on the review) and dropped it for playing other games I can?t really remember. So, last week I had finished playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl (which is an awesome game, by the way), and I needed a game to play while I got my hands on the next instalment of the series, Clear Sky, and I saw Neuro Hunter?s shortcut, and it reminded me so much of Deus Ex I had...
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  • Hotline Miami
    Hotline MiamiPC

    Hotline Miami is a special case of matching between aesthetics and indie gameplay. I find it crucial for game developers, especially in indie front to build on the advantages of their art style rather than be a chance of circumstance. You will be hard pressed to find a game that matches a vaper wave aesthetic, and even more so to find a game that does it so perfectly. Along with a killer soundtrack featuring a mixture of artists and frustrating gameplay that is challenging and random. I would highly recommend the game for a quick session of high paced adrenaline. Gameplay: The AI is random by nature and helps with the sense of progression one has with understanding the game on a deeper level. Rather than play a few lives then progressing by memorization. You must adapt and change your play style to what is available to you. That could...
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  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
    The Witcher: Enhanced EditionMac

    The Witcher provides a fresh look at the RPG genre for a gamer who's only been exposed to the Elder Scrolls franchise. This was a fresh take the main character because we actually have a character as the main protagonist and we are the witness to his development through the story. Graphics - There's nothing to say about a game that is more than a decade old. The character models are blocky and it looks like they were not even trying with the dialogue animation. This is not a pretty game by any means but makes up for it greatly with the story and gameplay. Gameplay - The Wticher is all about strategy. You're about to enter a crypt? It might be a good idea to have some potions. The current boss level is too difficult? Go and level up by completing side quests. It's a matter of seeing what...
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  • Yooka-Laylee
    Yooka-LayleeNintendo Switch

    In short : ++ Nice "retro" 3D platformer-collectathon vibes ++ A very good spitirual successor to Banjo-Kazooie ++ A sound track by the legends Grant Kirkhope and David Wise + Perfect for Nintendo Switch +/- Boss battles and their inconsistency +/- The british humour / Too much 4th-wall breaking +/- Maybe not that family friendly - Wonkiness of controls -- Long loading time on Nintendo Switch We waited so long for this ; a true successor to the Banjo-Kazooie franchise (Nuts and Bolts doesn't exists). Yooka-Laylee takes the torch and throws good 90's-nostalgic vibes in our faces. Crowdfunded, I'll admit being one of these backers and, oh boy, was I not disappointed. Seeing my name on the backers credits (which is absolutely huge) fills myself with pride. Theses credits could have deserved a bit more care ; some huge names are truncated and some others mean stricly...
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  • Octopath Traveler
    Octopath TravelerNintendo Switch

    In short: ++ The art, the graphics ++ A world that feels alive ++ The combat and classes systems + The story and characters + Freedom in story progression - Limited party management most of the game - Random backtracking of some side-quests Man, what a beautiful piece of enjoyment that is Octopath Traveler. Prepare yourself for a long journey, or multiple short journeys should I say, through Osterra and its vibrant landscapes and its thrilling people. Indeed, the art of the game is jaw-breakingly astounding. The mix between 3D landscapes, 2D sprites and lightings effects offers spectacular views. Moreover, this world is filled with interesting characters with whom the player has short but meaningful interactions. These characters, although unseemingly, also become connected between eachother, as the player discovers and understands the lore behind the game. This all results in creating a world that is both pleasing to the eyes and to the heart of the player. As a Square...
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  • Far Cry 5
    Far Cry 5Xbox One

    Hum ... I've never been a big fan of the farcry franchise, the only one I loved playing would be the third one, but I saw a great promotion for this game and it interested me a lot, when I had the opportunity to try it I was very disappointed. Let's see I expected more from the story, something deeper and intriguing, but instead they gave me something like "Ghost Recon Wildlands" but the difference is that instead of splitting into several factions with their own subsections, there are only 3 people with nothing interesting to contribute to the story while the main antagonist feels empty and gives that feeling that they could have done much more with it, I do not know if making the character not speak in this case was a mistake. The game is boring, it becomes very repetitive in a very short time, during the game...
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  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
    PlayerUnknown's BattlegroundsXbox One

    Let's see how this will begin, I have more than 150 hours of play and I can say that ... it would not be bad if it were like the PC version, but we are talking about the version made for xbox one. It has many problems that I will mention below: -The Controls: They are badly designed for consoles, like the fact that we do not even aim-assist or those close combats where both you and the enemy fail until a complete cartridge (I see that it usually happens a lot) and it's not necessarily because be bad, but a bad optimization and the obvious lack of that aim-assist. -The Menus: Sometimes when you search for a game, it usually happens that you can not search for games if you are in a squad or duo, there are even times when the search does not allow canceling the search, which forces...
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III
    Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIXbox One

    to start at least I should have around 300-400 hours of play now I wonder what a game like this should be: This cod simply disappoints, it does not provide the feeling that other older cods give, you only see pure campers and Jumpackers everywhere standing out with their scuf controls or clearly mention the DLC weapons that you must obtain for supplies and of course they wanted to put variants of weapon accessories only to make it difficult to obtain such weapons. It gives you an almost incomprehensible campaign that lacks sense (there is no shortage of pseudo-intellectuals who say that it is something new and unique when it is not) is just a simple story trying to be dark and even fails the only thing that seems good to me are the zombies that are, it's fun both alone and with friends the zombies mode does not disappoint gives us and culminates...
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  • Portal
    PortalPC

    Portal is known for setting the standard for modern 3D puzzle games. The gameplay revolves around the ability to shoot out portals which can be traversed in both directions. It is a simple concept yet the game pushes what is possible with it to the limit. Not only is the gameplay well balanced but you also have a good story told through GLaDOS, the voice of Aperture Science. There are many moments where the story becomes your own, especially during the unforgettable climax. When you start a new game you find yourself trapped in a small room. GLaDOS starts to explain that you're about to start series of test when finally a portal spawns to let you out. Its clear from the beginning that something isn't quite right, aside from the incredibly deadly tests that is. GLaDOS appears to have some glitches and some of the test have openings in the...
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  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
    Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DanaNintendo Switch

    Pros : -> Astronomical number of things to do -> Very good pacing of mechanics introductions -> Beautiful soundtrack -> Secondary characters which we care about Neutrals : -> Combat system -> Multile endings Cons : -> Raids & Hunts are quickly boring YS VII : Lacrimosa of Dana is absolutely huge. My review sadly won't touch every aspect of the game so I strongly recommend you to look for other reviews for this game if you are interested. There is an astronomical number of different mechanics which are all useful and rewarding one way or another ; secondary quests, raids, hunts, fishing, crafting/blacksmithing, trade, cooking, exploration, secondary character affection, time travels, Dana's aspects and so on. What is really astounding is the way YS VIII can introduce a new mecanic even after the middle of the game ; there is no time to get bored. Even if you believe you have mastered the game and continue with the main story,...
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  • Dark Cloud 2
    Dark Cloud 2Playstation 2

    I have a fucking story with this game. Settle down if ya have the time to read, kindly fuck off if ya don't. It's the internet, I ain't holding you here. Go watch Despatico or whatever the hell it is kids do these days. Anyways, for those of you hangin' around, hop up on my metaphorical old man knee and let's stare into the mystical campfire of time and space. 'cause I've owned this game for well over 15 years now, in no less 3 different incarnations (once broken like a DIY jigsaw puzzle - we'll get to that - and the other time fuckin' MICROWAVED - we'll get to that, too). I have attempted to play it on no less than 7 different occasions in the past decade and a half, each time getting - at minimum - to the third area. At furthest, I got to an air...
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  • Bayonetta
    BayonettaNintendo Switch

    A word to describe this game would be, sexy. From the beat them up gameplay to the provactive style, you can?t feel like there?s a thing missing from the broader game here. Deep down there?s some more glaring problems but for the most part I would recommend this game to the warriors crowd and those familiar to arena brawlers. As a disclosure I?ll also say that I played this on the switch and the game feels amazing as always for switch games. The controllers matched perfectly with fast paced style of the game Gameplay: The combo system in this game is a bit mediocre by today?s standards. There?s a limited number of weapons and it?s a bit restrictive with you having to use the pre made combos to do well. On the other hand when pulling off consecutive combos it can feel awesome and super rewarding with the heavy punches and...
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  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization - Deluxe Edition
    Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization - Deluxe EditionPC

    Taken from my Steam profile: https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198095722247/recommended/607890/ Review based on my mindset after playing 74h, without rushing the Main-story (basic game finished at 50h, DLC 1 with all its Dungeons at 65h) , seeing some Side-story , testing the affection-system and fighting Raidbosses a few times. + / positive / things i like *Character Creation - Create your own Avatar Solid design variety Eyes in different colours (optional) Hairstyles from Asuna , Leafa , Silica , Sinon , Yuuki - but you can't change color for these ones (You can see that the characters are mostly defined by their hairstyle/color +- Boobies) *Character Edit anytime in your room with all settings like in the beginning, even gender / name *Short nice Story Recap for Aincrad and Alfheim (optional) *VN-Style Cutscenes , fully voiced, skipable , hideable text (hold RB) *Main Story so far interesting but not mind-blowing, you should like the SAO-World / VR Theme *Loads of Sidestorys / Events *Few Dialogues...
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  • Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Deluxe Edition
    Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Deluxe EditionPC

    Taken from my Steam Profile: https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198095722247/recommended/607880/ Review based on my mindset after playing 130h - completed main story without rushing it, doing all sidequests, test all chararcter's movesets, and simply watching my party fighting. + / positive / things i like *Japanese Voice (-only) *Nice big Roster from Accel World and Sword Art Online *Great merging of the two anime storys, with only minor unlogic notes. *Nice integration of Burst Link in the Cardinal System *VN-Style Cut-scenes - full voiced log, skippable, hideable ui, on wish auto text progress, looks great *Player and Monster models looking pretty neat + good animation overall *Awesome SAO particle effects for wounds and death *colorful race distinguishing wisps - while waiting for resurrection *BGM is overall nice *Fully adjustable volume of BGM , effects , voice *All DLC included *New Game+ *Multiplayer - 2 PvP Modes : Arena 1vs1 / 2vs2 *Multiplayer - coop mode : Free roam ExtraQuest/Sudden Bosses Infinity dungeon - with up to 16 players *you can heal and buff...
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  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
    Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong QuestNintendo Super NES

    Donkey Kong Country isn't a series I have a storied history with. I played the Game Boy Advance port of 2 when it first came out when I was but a wee child, but only recently have I played the first and second entries to completion. I have to admit, I'm not massively impressed considering the reputation the original 2 have. The story of this game is that Donkey Kong has been kidnapped by the returning K.Rool, so it's up to Diddy, and newcomer Dixie to get him back. Standard platformer plot. Nothing noteworthy at all. Completely serviceable. Initially the game is very promising. The game throws many a varied idea throughout each level, so only a handful of levels feel samey in the slightest. Generally there'll always be a fresh spin on a returning concept. As with many platformers, this can be a double-edged sword, however. The levels I had the...
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  • BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!
    BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!Mobile

    BanG Dream is a rhythm game that brings essentially nothing new to the table, but instead focuses its efforts into streamlining all the features that you would normally find in a Japanese mobile rhythm game into the best that it can possibly produce, all while giving all the weebs out there their cravings for cute Japanese high school girls doing cute Japanese high school things on the side. This review will go kinda in depth but not really. Core Gameplay: The core gameplay of BanG Dream, which is to say the rhythm game part, is essentially the same as every other rhythm game. There are lanes, and notes that go down each lane. You tap the notes to the beat of whatever song you are playing at that time, with the goal being tapping as many notes as you possibly can, and as accurately as you possibly can. Due to the similarity of...
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  • WWII: Soldier
    WWII: SoldierPlaystation 2

    Have played this embodying shit before ? If you did , you absolutely made a sin like me . I found it for 1 dollar and brand new, from the first view i thought this game may be good to try , but indeed ,it was the moment when i made the crime, I was mistaken because when i tried the game i was shocked not because this game is so terrible but because the 1 dollar that i spent.. WWII: SOLDIER is extremely a shame upon the ps2 history if it is not in the whole gaming history .i gave it 2 out of 10 due to the following reasons . . First , It is broken and very cheap with the ps1 visual style . besides, the title itself is rediculously geniric, the game could be beaten in 1 hour or less and has only 7...
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  • 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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