The Witcher 3 turned out to be one of my all-time favorite games after having completed a couple of years ago. The adventures of Geralt, the story of Ciri, and the Wild Hunt captivated me. I couldn’t stop playing it, and only did so when I have other responsibilities to handle. Fast forward to 2019 and the Witcher 3 has not only been released on the Nintendo Switch, but the complete version. Featuring all the released DLC and on one cartridge. The results are rather amazing.
PikPok makes incredible mobile experiences, and the Into the Dead series being one of their best. With Into the Dead 2 on Switch, the transition from a free-to-play mobile game to a premium console experience arrives unscathed. There’s a breadth of content to explore here, and while it’s a different kind of first-person shooter and zombie game than you’re used to, it’s a blast. Into the Dead 2 is unique, content-rich, and just a lot of fun; so much so that you’ll be itching to come back for more.
Hey swashbucklers, as a fan of games like Harvest Moon or Rune Factor, I’ve always felt the genre could do well with expending its style. So many themes out there to choose from that could be applied to a casual life building sim. Well ahoy there, because Stranded Sails looks to do just that while offering a pirate themed adventure full of legends, treasures, and farming.
I love a good conspiracy. The very definition invites more questions than there are answers. The Bradwell Conspiracy is a unique puzzle game with calls of subterfuge to keep you invested in its story. This comes from newcomer developers A Brave Plan and publisher Bossa Studios. While The Bradwell Conspiracy mostly succeeds at what it sets out to do, there’s far too many issues with it that I can recommend in its current state, which is a shame for how good it is otherwise.
Sometimes a release from the past comes around that totally takes you by surprise. A treasured game that is re-done or re-released for current consoles. Today that game is Ninja Warriors, a SNES game that released back in 1994. So let’s jump right into the side scrolling brawler actions and see if it’s still a ninja kicking good time!
EARTH DEFENSE FORCE: IRON RAIN has come to PC within the same year as the PlayStation 4 version, which is really fast for this series. What means, is more people get to experience what a weird yet wonderful game. EARTH DEFENSE FORCE: IRON RAIN is on a separate timeline from a different developer, Yuke’s. EARTH DEFENSE FORCE: IRON RAIN doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does enough different to separate itself from the numbered entries. In short, EARTH DEFENSE FORCE: IRON RAIN has some technical issues and design decisions that hurt the overall experience.
Master Assassin, Baba Yaga, The Boogeyman, The Devil. These are names for the eponymous John Wick. How he got these names, John Wick Hex tries to fill in with his badassery in this standalone prequel to the movies starring Keanu Reeves, featuring only his likeness and not his voice here. As a whole, it works well without it being shoehorned somewhere within the numbered series that messes up the chronology. Mike Bithell has developed memorable and engrossing story-driven games with great gameplay before, but his touch feels notably absent here. John Wick Hex is a smart game made fallible by messing with the core of this action series: slowing it down.
The SSD market has come a long way since the early days of high prices and relatively low capacities. The performance gains of NAND flash memory over traditional mechanical hard drives were immediately apparent, though, and compelling enough to convince plenty of early adopters to jump on board to enjoy faster load times for their OS and most-used applications.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered celebrates the game’s tenth anniversary by being re-released onto PC, and introducing the game to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for the first time. This was a game that was seemingly lost to a licensing abyss as the original game has been de-listed from many storefronts. Taking the reins from Atari and Terminal Reality, the original publisher and developer is Mad Dog Games and Saber Interactive. The updates are welcome, though not as substantial as I would have thought; but this game offers something so close to being a Ghostbusters film, that this is essentially Ghostbusters III all but in name. If you’re a fan of this movie series, it should be a no-brainer.
If you’ve been remotely tapped into the arcade scene over the past few years, it’s likely you’ve brushed shoulders with Killer Queen. Its massive, dual-cabinet presence is domineering, impossible to miss, offering ten players the chance to duke it out in groups of five for supremacy and bragging rights. Matches tend to draw crowds of onlookers as the competitors shout orders, talk loads of trash, and usually erupt in cheers and laughter. It’s a unique, exciting experience, the only shortcoming of which has been that you have to be in an arcade with cabinets to play it.