One needs only to glance at my history as a writer to see that Resident Evil is my favorite video game series. Specifically the first three titles, which both established and subsequently improved upon the survival horror genre on Sony’s PlayStation. While that type of game, with tank controls and static camera angles, are viewed today as relics of the past, Rainy Night Creations’ Vaccine may be a vital shot in the arm for this dormant genre. Continue reading Vaccine Review
SteamWorld Dig 2 continues the 2D adventure of the original SteamWorld Dig from 2013. The post-apocalyptic robot-centric world is far from baron in this new iteration. With updated visuals, deep gameplay mechanics, and simply a fun experience, SteamWorld Dig 2 is the perfect Metroidvania for anyone craving the genre. Continue reading SteamWorld Dig 2 Review
A BIT OFF RHYTHM
Rime is a beautifully somber puzzle-adventure by Tequila Works that aims to provide an emotional experience similar to Journey and The Witness. However, even with intriguing locations and a moving score, Rime offers an unimpressive package that falls short of its promise. Continue reading Rime Review
The Fate of the Kart
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Nintendo Switch is the nitro-filled version compared to the original game on Wii U. With the fan favorite Battle Mode making a triumphant return, all the DLC included, and several new playable characters, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is right at home on Nintendo Switch.
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A Cut Above
With every Nintendo console launch comes a bevy of games seeking to validate whatever unique functionality the game-maker has packed into its new machine. The N64 had Super Mario 64. The Wii had Wii Sports. The Wii U arguably never found its “Aha!” moment, which is one of many reasons why the console failed. Thankfully, the Switch did not have to wait long for developers to capitalize on its appealing features. While The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is proof of concept for incredible, console quality gaming on the go, Snipperclips – cut it out together! has a similar impact for Switch’s phenomenal multiplayer potential.
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I Need a Hero
When Nintendo first announced their partnership with mobile developer DeNA, Fire Emblem was one of the series that immediately jumped to mind as a fit for iOS and Android devices. Cue Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo’s third foray into the mobile market and a bite-sized version of the hardcore strategy-RPG series. Wrapped in a shell of free-to-play (F2P), Gacha-style mechanics based on the franchise’s likeable cast of warriors, Nintendo has succeeded in creating an entertaining game that is true to the spirit of Fire Emblem while being accessible for franchise rookies.
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Note: This game was reviewed using a 3DS XL and Pokémon Sun
Pocket Monsters and where to find them
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Sun and Moon are a celebration of what has made the series one of the most beloved in all of gaming. In a year that has seen Pokémon Go catapult the franchise to a new level of public consciousness, the newest entries provide a perfect entry point for new or relapsed fans and a much needed refresh for hardcore trainers. With a fantastic region, a stellar lineup of new monsters and the series’ best story to date, Game Freak has created the best Pokémon adventure since Gold and Silver.
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REVISITING SURVIVAL HORROR
Horror Month is here! While you may not gleam this little factoid by browsing my author tag, I love horror games. As the dark, chilly month of October rolls around every year, I find myself increasingly eager to play through titles filled with cheap scares, thought-provoking puzzles, and downright terrifying atmosphere. I’m sick like that. Thus, join me for another review — if you dare! Continue reading Retro Grade: Resident Evil 2
A Mighty Reminder
The Mega Man series has long held a reputation for a perfect blend of incredible level design, diverse arsenal of weapons, and challenging platforming and combat. As Capcom let the franchise wither on the vine, creator Keiji Inafune took matters into his own hands with the inarguably terrible Mighty No. 9. After spending a weekend with Mega Man 2, the most fondly remembered of the original NES series of games, I fully comprehend the extent of the injustice that Mighty No. 9 did to the Blue Bomber and am reminded of what true gameplay supremacy looks like.
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Games in recent years have begun blending their genres in new and interesting ways. Role-Playing games and Science-fiction elements paired with a first-person shooter gave birth to Destiny. Playing a pinball game mixed with the space adventures of Samus Aran created Metroid Prime Pinball. Seemingly odd combinations that ended up being wonderful experiences. However, Neon Chrome combines a top-down shooter with RPG elements, resulting in a monochromatic experience that seems just a few shades off from its potential.
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