Reviews

Games Review: Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Switch, 2018) brings back the toys and the fun

October 19, 2018

Thought that ‘toys to life’ video game fad was over? That the days of collecting Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures were behind you? Guess again. Starlink: Battle for Atlas marks developer Ubisoft Toronto’s first attempt at creating a fun, friendly, accessible spaceship combat-based experience for the young and old alike. While it’s not perfect, Starlink: Battle for […]

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Games Review: Luigi’s Mansion (3DS, 2018) is a flawed masterpiece

October 17, 2018

Luigi’s Mansion for GameCube was a masterpiece in-game design, becoming one of the best-selling titles of 2001 and leaving a legacy of greatness in its wake. With a long-awaited sequel released on 3DS in 2013 and another scheduled for Switch in 2019, it only made sense for the game to make a grand return. While […]

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Games Review: WWE 2K19 (PS4, 2018) is a step in the right direction

October 16, 2018

When last year’s iteration of 2K’s WWE series came around, I was incredibly cynical about the title. For a long time, the games have followed largely the same formula, with a few graphical tweaks here and there. WWE 2K19 is different, representing a significant leap for the franchise – although, not enough of one to […]

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Games Review: The World Ends With You: Final Remix (Switch, 2018) is the triumphant return this hidden gem deserves

October 11, 2018

The World Ends With You is frequently spoken of as one of the greatest games developed for the original Nintendo DS, with a killer story and gameplay that used the full capacity of the innovative touch screen. Despite how well-received it was, TWEWY also went somewhat unloved in the wider gaming scene, and has come […]

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Games Review: Super Mario Party (Switch, 2018) will ruin cherished friendships in 10 turns or less

October 3, 2018

The Mario Party franchise has long established itself as a ruthless destroyer of friendships. From its earliest, controller-ruining days on the Nintendo 64, the series has sought to emulate the classic board game shenanigans of something like Monopoly. But, like Monopoly, a core part of its design involves regularly screwing over anyone unfortunate enough to […]

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Games Review: The Low Road (Switch, 2018) is a small indie gem in need of a little polishing

October 3, 2018

I wouldn’t blame you if this indie point and click puzzle adventure slipped through the cracks, especially with the extreme amount of indie titles being released each month. The Low Road follows a new spy hoping to get her foot in the door so she can get out and do some field work. It comments on […]

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Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Xbox One, 2018) is huge, confident and full of big ideas

October 1, 2018

Before we begin, a personal note: Between Nintendo and Ubisoft, I have had to write out the word “Odyssey” so often over the last two years that I’ll never misspell it again. Big thanks to both companies for that little toward self improvement. One year on from Ubisoft’s drastic reconstruction of its most popular franchise, […]

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Games Review: Destiny 2: Forsaken (PS4, 2018) is the expansion you’ve been waiting for

October 1, 2018

It’s been three weeks since Forsaken, the latest expansion for Destiny 2 launched, and in many ways I’m still struggling to wrap my head around the enormity of it. I’ve got a life outside of my work on this website — I have a side job, I have obligations to friends and family, I have […]

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Games Review: Valkyria Chronicles 4 (PS4, 2018) is a fantastic return to a much loved series

September 26, 2018

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a Japanese war-time strategy game with unique combat elements. I’ve never played a Valkyria Chronicles game before but I’m willing to try any game at least once, and I’m glad this is the one to introduce me to the franchise. Valkyria Chronicles 4 follows the story of Squad E, many of […]

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Games Review: Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One, 2018) has a rattle in the manifold, but you’ll love it anyway

September 25, 2018

I’ve come to look forward to new entries in the Forza Horizon series more than any mainline Forza Motorsport title. Eschewing the more serious simulation of its sister franchise, the heart of Horizon is built around a single question — are we having fun? In Forza Horizon 4, the answer is still yes. It’s just […]

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Games Review: NBA 2K19 (PS4, 2018) is still the King of the Court

September 21, 2018

The NBA 2K series is back for its 20th anniversary, which seems like a long time for a video game franchise, but has proved to be time well spent, with the NBA 2K franchise becoming the preferred platform for many NBA fans, including myself. It is with great satisfaction that I can say that while […]

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Tech Review: Xbox Adaptive Controller is remarkable tech made for remarkable people

September 20, 2018

Gaming and physical disabilities have a long history of not working well together. Back in the early days of arcade joysticks and two-button controllers, the hurdles disabled players had to overcome in order to enjoy a video game were fewer. Even if you didn’t have great dexterity in your fingers, you could rest your palm […]

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Games Review: Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4, 2018) lives in the silhouette of two better titles

September 19, 2018

The closest media analogue I can think of for Shadow of the Tomb Raider is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I’m sure I’m the latest in a long line of critics to make this comparison, but it’s an apt one on just about every level. Shadow represents a stark shift in tone, character […]

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Games Review: PES 2019 (PS4, 2018) is made of Magic Moments

September 17, 2018

Pro Evolution Soccer has always been appreciated by fans for its uncompromising, detailed and rewarding structure and gameplay; and with PES 2019 the series continues this tradition. Thanks to some fantastic overall gameplay, admirable presentation and slight adjustments to modes PES 2019 may scratch that football itch as a valid alternative to the wildly popular FIFA series. […]

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Games Review: Phantom Doctrine (PS4, 2018) shows a lot of promise, but is a little too complex for the casual gamer

September 14, 2018

Phantom Doctrine is a turn-based strategy game set during the Cold War. You play as either a retired KGB, rogue CIA, or an unlockable secret identity, in charge of a secret operation to stop a world-ending conspiracy. Basically, it’s X-COM set in the Cold War, but with an enticing spy twist. The game itself has […]

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Games Review: F1 2018 (PS4, 2018): The Best in the Business

September 14, 2018

Ok, first things first? Do you like going fast? I mean really, really, really fast? Well then F1 2018 may just be suited to you. The latest iteration of developer Codemasters’ premiere Formula 1 franchise may just be the best we’ve seen so far, thanks to some handy improvements presentation and controls, all while holding […]

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Games Review: Spider-Man (PS4, 2018) wants to Be Greater, but falls just short

September 10, 2018

As a game, Insomniac’s Spider-Man is a bit like it’s hero. Spidey is good (but not great) at his job, and you forgive him his missteps because his heart’s in the right place. If you created a checklist of tropes and mechanics found in open world adventure games, Spider-Man would tick every box. It doesn’t […]

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Games Review: There are no Fighting Dreamers in Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Strikers (PS4, 2018)

September 8, 2018

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Strikers feels like a massively missed opportunity for a fun and robust multiplayer Naruto game. Building off the success of the Ninja Storm series, Shinobi Strikers is a weak follow up that rarely capitalises on the unique appeal of the Naruto franchise. Essentially, Shinobi Strikers is a multiplayer fighting game that […]

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Games Review: Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2 (PS4, 2018) charts the rise and fall of one gaming’s greatest franchises

September 7, 2018

The Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2 is a warts-and-all look at a series that began with an instant classic and ended with a sad trombone sound in the mid-00’s. I don’t think it was Capcom’s intention when they created a retro package of all eight games in the X series, but it’s […]

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Games Review: Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (Switch, 2018) will leave you felyne just fine

September 6, 2018

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate was a game never intended to release in the West. This was all but confirmed by Capcom at E3 2017, where a company representative stated that there were no plans to bring the original Japanese-only port, Monster Hunter XX, to English audiences. Following the global release of Monster Hunter World, which […]

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