Game Reviews
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switch

    I bought a Switch above market price the month the console released just so I could play this game. The gameplay is, in some ways, revolutionary design-wise, and even more importantly it's FUN. There are few games that feel as satisfying just to be in, and the respect for players and effort the devs put into this game shows in nearly every aspect of it. There are a couple of departments this game disappointed me in, though: music and story. My favorite titles in the Zelda series--Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess--for the most part feature tight, linear narratives and memorable soundtracks. I don't think that these things are necessary to make Zelda games GOOD, they're just a big part of what makes the games in this series magical TO ME. The trailers and interviews leading up to this game's release led me to believe that, while Breath of...
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  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
    Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of ValentiaNintendo 3DS

    In some ways SoV is the best of the modern FE titles, which is surprising for how much this remake eschews the opportunity to apply modern conventions to this very early title. In some ways, this works to the game's detriment. FE Gaiden's much maligned map-design returns here. The classes and units have been re-balanced in a very noticeable way, but that doesn't stop Dread Fighters from being clearly superior to most other units, among other things. Many improvements have been made over Gaiden, though. Mila's Turnwheel takes a notoriously frustrating title and makes it wonderfully enjoyable. As long as you have the integrity not to abuse it, it simply makes Fire Emblem as a whole _better_. The dungeon crawling is well-realized and compelling. But the thing I really have to sing praise upon praise toward is the game's *presentation*. Almost all dialogue is fully voice-acted, and well done at that!...
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  • Metro Exodus
    Metro ExodusPC

    Metro Exodus had the promise with making it seem this would the last game and a good send off to a niche but beloved franchise. While the game it's self-looked beautiful and overwhelmingly promising, the truth couldn?t be farther. Game breaking bugs, laughable animations and the loss of its linear narrative turned itself into a seemingly shallow story. While pretty in nature and made a good look at what the future of ray tracing could be, I can?t recommend this game for newcomers and only those that are seriously dedicated to the series. What starts as a simple extension of the crafting system from the second game, becomes to be problematic for what would be the add-ons and extra content of the open world. To get said upgrades in metro last light the player needed to use ammo to buy the necessary upgrades, this forced the player to be...
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  • Dragon Knight
    Dragon KnightPC

    This is a textbook example of a poorly made game, every single corner has been cut except for the artwork, which I will get into later. At the surface it is a 2D side scrolling RPG where you take control of Sue a human(?) with magical powers that... does things... for some reason... Pardon my confusion but after beating this game I still have no idea what the context of the entire story is, if there even was one to begin with! The one redeeming trait is the excellent artwork for the beginning comic sequence and the characters CG's... that's it though. It is also very deceptive because unknowing gamers are lured into purchasing the game based on the great artwork to find out that this game is absolutely terrible. Here are some of the terrible elements that comprise this game: 1) No character development, after beating...
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  • Valkyria Chronicles
    Valkyria ChroniclesPC

    Valkyria Chronicles is a tactics game where you play as a squad commander in a fictitious WWII setting, but you probably already knew that. The greatest achievement of this game is its revolutionary battle system, which is the next step in single-player tactics. Phantom Brave may have started this change getting rid of grids, but Valkyria Chronicles brings it to the next level by giving you full control of your character in a 3D environment, with maps that emphatise verticality and cover. At the start of each mission, you choose members of your squad to bring to the field among many classes, like scouts, shocktroopers and lancers - your tank busters. All classes are useful and balanced, even some I initially thought that weren't as useful, like the engineers. You get a set number of action points each turn, spend one of them to select a character to...
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  • Kingdom Hearts III
    Kingdom Hearts IIIPlaystation 4

    For days I have been deliberating on my feelings about Kingdom Hearts III. Days of wondering what is good, bad, missing? As a long time Kingdom Hearts fan, like many of you, I have been waiting for a long time to see the end of the Xehanort saga and I have many emotions surrounding the overall experience. There is this overall feeling of disappointment that drowns my entire experience regarding the game. Gameplay - 6 Kingdom Hearts had a slow and methodical combat system the rewarded timing and precision to your actions. Kingdom Hearts II had a diverse and wide range of skills to customize your combat experience to your liking or to fit your situation. Kingdom Hearts III has many abilities that give you more delicate and exciting ways to mash the X button to win. I felt there was no third dimension when it came to...
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  • Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire
    Guild Wars 2: Path of FirePC

    **PROS** - Story ( the best of the two expansions) - New Elite Specializations for all profession - New Masteries bind with mounts - 5 New Maps in Crystal Desert - 4 New Mounts + 2 Mounts hidden - Bounty System **CONS** - Joko this, Joko than, enough of Joko, no? - Difficulty Despite the bad start it had on launch day, it is undoubtedly the best expansion of the two that have already been released. Compared to the maps of the first expansion, it is not so frustrating that you can complete without many problems. The new masters presented are more focused on the Mounts, containing several upgrades for each. Each mount has its advantages and disadvantages depending on the terrain it treads. Not forgetting how easy it is to switch between them. I will not talk about the story itself, but the expansion continues where the living world 3 is over. So it is recommended that you play the living world...
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  • Black Desert Online
    Black Desert OnlinePC

    **PROS** - Great Graphics - Over Power Character customization - Open world with a good combat system - Easy money through fishing / farming / tradint / housing - Metrology system + day - Login rewards **CONS** - No coin conversion system for pearl (as in guild wars 2) - The main quests + side quest become repetative - Mediocre voice actor - Classes blocked by gender and unbalance - Main Story (poor) - Lack of customization of armor - No control for the newbies tutorial - Pay-to-win elements From criticism I?ve read, this game has two types of players. Simple players (like me) who like to have a good time without resorting to extra items and Pay-to-win players who are the ones who like to spend money on extra items, which in my opinion are more expensive than the game itself game. Attention that I am not criticizing these players, just think that a MMORPG who does not have a system like in Guild Wars 2...
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  • Fatal Frame
    Fatal FramePlaystation 2

    **PROS** - History - Environment - Soundtrack - Photo Camera - Various types of roll **CONS** - Some puzzles - While exploring some more encounters with Ghost This was my first such title to play. At first I was frightened by everything. Every little noise i heard i was on alert. But as the game progresses the scale of fear has dropped considerably. One of the things I loved about this game was the overall atmosphere, not only the fact that I did not know what was going to happen at the next corner, but also the little promenades with powder that hangs in the air of the mansion. There will be several occasions when people can be photographed, past events that took place in the mansion. I would never say that the developers would use an old photographic camera (which in turn belonged to the protagonist?s mother) as an exorcist for ghosts. Not forgetting that there are x types of...
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  • Resistance: Retribution
    Resistance: RetributionSony PSP

    I'm a big fan of the Resistance franchise and seeing it on the small screen was something I missed during its release. I was skeptical of trying a PSP version of the game but its developers did not disappoint. Story - We follow the story of a British guy named Grayson whose brother wounds up in a conversion center. Grayson has no choice but to mercy kill his own brother and that ends up affecting him big time. We end up with a revenge tale for the memory of his fallen brother. This could easily turn into a blood lust throughout the campaign but there is some character development through the introduction and motivations of its supporting characters. What was fascinating was to see the story unfold through the eyes of someone defending their homeland instead of an American being deployed to Europe. It did have bigger stakes since this is...
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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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