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Jul
28
2017

Super Lovely Planet Review

Super Lovely Planet is the third game in a series that started with Lovely Planet and followed by Lovely Planet Arcade, both first-person shooters. This time there’s no shooting at all, and it’s a 3D platformer like Banjo-Kazooie, Super Mario 64, or more recently Yooka-Laylee; except, not like them at all. Super Lovely Planet takes a different approach, one where the conversations are minimal and the gameplay is paramount. The resulting game is somewhat shallow, but provides simple fun in its cutesy worlds.

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Jul
27
2017

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (Switch) Review

It’s not hard to draw comparisons between Oceanhorn and a certain iconic Nintendo Franchise. So it’s only fitting that the game eventually made it’s way to Nintendo’s newest platform, the Switch. Looking at screenshots, it’s easy to see that the developers were inspired by Nintendo’s tunic wearing hero. The similarities are undeniable; the hero’s appearance, the game’s narrative, and overall design choices scream The Legend of Zelda. I’m not saying that’s at all a bad thing though as Oceanhorn takes the formula and gives it their own touch. Whether it’s any fun is a whole other issue.

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Jul
26
2017

Solstice Chronicles: MIA Review

Ironward’s first game, The Red Solstice released in 2015 and was a tactical, co-op survival game like the Night of the Dead mod for StarCraft 2. The follow-up, Solstice Chronicles: MIA strays from that, and is a twin-stick shooter that maintains its tactical edge from The Red Solstice. Solstice Chronicles: MIA is unfortunately a game that seems incomplete. While the graphics are impressive and the controls feel good, the story is written in way that doesn’t maintain immersion or cohesion, and the content of the gameplay feels hollow and lifeless, much like the “Red Planet” 140 million miles away from us.

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Jul
25
2017

Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire Review

Making decisions for an entire Kingdom can feel intimidating let alone affect the people. Fallen Legion takes this core idea along with an interesting action RPG battle system up to the plate and aims to deliver a new RPG experience. It’s one I found rather interesting but also a bit limited.

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Jul
19
2017

Iron Crypticle Review

Iron Crypticle is the enhanced and entirely overhauled version of Confused Pelican’s Iron Fisticle that released in 2014. Iron Fisticle was a game I very much enjoyed, but it was also hard as nails. Iron Crypticle eases up on that difficulty, just ever so slightly to be more accessible and enjoyable. While Iron Fisticle was limited to Steam for its release, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners get to experience the game now known as Iron Crypticle. The game doubles down on local co-op, lightens up on difficulty, and allows you to gorge on its music and visuals as you work your way through it.

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Jul
11
2017

Serial Cleaner Review

Serial Cleaner is a stealth game where you play a character whose sole purpose is to discretely clean up messes from murders and deals gone bad. And in doing so, must never get caught in the process. You wouldn’t think a stealth game where you have no offensive capabilities or weapons would work, but it totally does. And Serial Cleaner is a reverse Hotline Miami, which is an awesome thing to be.

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Jun
30
2017

Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer Review

The Necromancer has been requested to be added to Diablo III, since before the game’s release in 2011 and the years that followed. As for the characters in the main roster of Diablo III, the Witch Doctor quite simply didn’t fill in the void when it was learned that the Necromancer would not be a playable character. Fast forward to 2017, and the Rise of the Necromancer Pack is here. The arrival signals concern as there’s no new quests to accompany the price of the character. The Necromancer is however, one of the best-playing caster classes in the game, and is incredibly powerful solo or in co-op.

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Jun
20
2017

Nex Machina Review

Nex Machina comes from the mind of Eugene Jarvis and Housemarque, both with incredible pedigrees on their own. Together, they started working on “Project Jarvis” several years ago, and this is the child borne from those ideas. The result is the best twin-stick shooter today. Nex Machina pays homage to games of the past that gave this inspiration, while using technology of today to influence the future of twin-stick shooters in all its voxel glory.

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Jun
15
2017

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Review

Ubisoft’s depiction of Bolivia in Ghost Recon Wildlands is gorgeous. It’s got the lush greens of jungles, snowy whites of the mountains, swamps, salt-flats, quarries, and caves. Travel anywhere in this giant sandbox and do anything you’d like. One could say, feel free to go… Wild.

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Jun
12
2017

DiRT 4 Review

DiRT 4 has all the modes you expect to be present in a numbered DiRT game, but somewhere along the way, Codemasters didn’t give DiRT 4 a personality befitting for the series. Gone is the Instagram-filtered look and Mountain Dew spewing words from famous extreme sports celebrities of DiRT 2, and also gone are the slick and splashy menu transitions and career navigation of DiRT 3. Where DiRT 4 falls a bit short in presentation, it makes it up where it counts, in gameplay. DiRT 4 is without a doubt the best-feeling and playing game of the series.

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