Farming Simulator 19: Platinum Edition is the latest to come out of the Farming Simulator series; that is until 20 inevitably comes out for PC next year. I’ll be reviewing this game as a whole as we don’t have a standalone review for the base game. The Farming Simulator franchise has been around for over ten years now. That formula hasn’t changed all that much. Which depending on the type of player you are, it is either a good or bad point.
3D platformers are such a classic, important pillar of gaming; a critical part of 3D gaming’s coming of age, and yet they can be very difficult to do well by today’s standards. There are few games throwing their hat in the ring anymore, and most that do leave a lot to be desired, particularly when heavyweights like Mario Odyssey set the bar so incredibly high. A few attempts have been made in recent years to revitalize the genre, primarily by cashing in on old franchises or using the talent behind classic games to make new ones in the same style with middling success (I’m looking at you, Yooka-Laylee).
If you’ve dabbled in other tycoon/management sims before, you know that to make it fun and exciting, the game has to make the micromanaging actually enjoyable. A game where you don’t mind diving into menus as your business flourishes. It’s the feeling of chaos being wrangled in to produce your desired outcome. More money!
Puzzle games in 2019 are pretty tough to pull off. Once a staple genre of PC gaming in its infancy, modern experiences are often perceived as being so much more diverse and interesting in what they have to offer than your standard brain tickler. And it’s true that the exploratory, sometimes experiential games that made the genre successful in its early days don’t always have the same wide appeal as they once did, nor the punch and bombast of most action-oriented titles we play today.
Star Ocean is a series I never really appreciated when I was in my teenage years. I love RPGs, but something about this series just rubbed me the wrong way. Perhaps it was thinking the RPG was all about futuristic space. When in reality the series has mixed sci-fi with high fantasy. It’s something I adore now. There was one Star Ocean game I never had the chance to play though, the very first one. It never released in the US until a remake on PSP. Now years later, Square Enix has breathed new life into the franchise with the release on Switch and it’s everything I could have hoped for.
Everybody loves a good story involving dragons, treasure, and adventure. You know what else everybody loves? Reliving their old memories and feeling good. There’s a more concise term for that sensation, but I’ve thrown it around enough lately that I’m taking the scenic route instead.
LucidSound has been my go-to headset company for a few years now. This new iteration of their flagship headset assure me that trend will continue. The LS41s follow their predecessors in their comfortable ear cup design, flexibility in use, and quality sound. The LS41 headset makes some big new changes. Let’s dive in to those upgrades.
Well howdy there pardners! Let me tell you a story, one about a western game that once released digitally on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. A game about a lone gunslinger, coming into town to tell his story, much like I am right now. One filled with double barrel action, intense showdowns, and great variation. Now I know what you’re thinking “But how is the Nintendo Switch port?” Well, have no fear cowpokes as this is one western experience that does mighty justice to the genre and the system it’s on.
The last time we saw a story-based MechWarrior game was MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries, back in 2002. After nearly two decades, we finally have a new game. Developer Piranha Games is no stranger to the franchise, having made and maintained MechWarrior Online since its release in 2013 — rest assured, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries in very capable hands. Command your own mercenaries to take on any mission you desire, and build-up a crew to be revered or feared as you shape your reputation within the Inner Sphere. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is a gorgeous romp through the BattleTech universe.
I’ve never been one for simulator games. I prefer more arcade like thrills. This applies for racing games and other genres. So when I heard about Bee Simulator, I wasn’t sure if this was going to be a parody game much like Goat Simulator, or an actual simulator. Truth is, it’s a little bit of both. Bee Simulator is a fun, unique look at teaching players about bee’s while not being a complete bore.
The Sniper Ghost Warrior series has been decently received, with Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 being incredibly ambitious that fell short of expectations. CI Games seemingly took that to heart because Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts is an improvement in every aspect. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts maintains scale and returns to linearity with a better focus on its strengths. I’m happy to report that Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts is the best entry to date, and is poised to give the series new life.
There’s something to the phrase “they don’t make ’em like they used to.” It’s a tired, contrived sentiment that’s most often a nostalgic lament. But it can be more layered; it can also be a reflection on the way things have changed, sometimes even for the better, especially when that nostalgia is examined with a closer eye. Nostalgia and reality are often at odds with one another.
This PowerA FUSION Pro Wired Controller is impressive as hell. It’s a premium controller that offers everything that Microsoft’s official Elite controller does, but at the cost of being wired. And honestly, that’s not a bad thing. PowerA has a competitively priced and is a feature-for-feature matching to Xbox’s Elite controller (save for being wired), which makes this accessory a necessity for ownership of this premium controller.
The PowerA FUSION Wired Fightpad for Xbox One is a lightweight, simplified controller intended for fighting games. It has some additional uses in other genres, but this is a controller for a specific purpose and not one that’ll become your “daily driver”, unless of course you only play arcade and fighting games. PowerA’s offering here is really well made and is a controller that’s great for gamers of all ages, and hand sizes. It’s the controller you didn’t know you needed.
The revival of Jumanji has been bittersweet for me. I loved the original movie growing up as a kid. With much apprehension, hearing of a sequel, I wasn’t sure how to take it. Fast forward to how much I enjoyed that sequel and now were getting another entry, it was only a matter of time before an actual video game was released. One based on the new entries which are based on… a video game Jumanji. That would mean a game based on the movie is a perfect fit right?