Brian Provinciano’s follow-up to Retro City Rampage is finally here. Shakedown: Hawaii bumps up the bits from 8 to 16. This time around Vblank drops the references, the homages, and has made a game that stands on its own, more so than its spiritual predecessor. Shakedown: Hawaii still offers a Grand Theft Auto-style sandbox experience that can be as chaotic as you make it, but this time it’s all about making the most money imaginable. And it won’t be long before you’re your own Scrooge McDuck, albeit a lunatic who’s grip on reality is only held on by the almighty dollar, and willing to kill for it.
While the holiday season is long-since over, the trees have been disposed of, and Spring has sprung, Dead Rising 4 makes its way to Steam with some extras that’s made its way into the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions. One would expect that the PC version outperforms the Xbox One version, and it very much does. That may be all you need to hear, but let’s dive a bit further into what makes Dead Rising 4 work for me.
The strategy RPG series known as Disgaea has been a huge surprise for me over the last few years. While I passed the original releases over due to my distaste for strategy role playing games, I realized the error of my ways when I received a review code for a prior entry a few years back. I had a blast with it and was excited to see how this series would translate to the PS4. Ultimately it’s still the essence of what makes the series Disgaea, for good or bad, and even approachable by beginners. So don’t be afraid, jump into the netherworld feet first.