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Christian’s Top 10 Games of 2018

Christian’s Top 10 Games of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on what the year has brought us. With a few titles that were sure to shine, there were a few gems that seemed to have come out of nowhere. Although I wasn’t able to get to as many games as I had wished, this year still was a great year for gaming. On to my top 10!

Christian’s Top 5 Games of 2017

Christian’s Top 5 Games of 2017

Wow! What a 2017. Xbox One X confirmed that the future of gaming for Microsoft and Sony is up in the air with nowhere else to go but upgraded graphics and processing. Nintendo Switch arrived and reminded us why Nintendo is Nintendo, innovation for gamers by gamers. On to my top 5!

“Splatoon 2” Review

“Splatoon 2” Review

It’s been a few months since we got our hands on Splatoon 2 during their Global Testfire and it’s finally time to get answers to the questions that were brought up then. How will Nintendo’s online service operate? Have they not changed enough from the original? What is the first Splatfest going to be? Where are Callie and Marie? All of these questions are answered as we dive into what Splatoon 2 has to offer.

“NBA Playgrounds” Review

“NBA Playgrounds” Review

Arcade basketball is a missing gem in the world of gaming today. NBA Jam and NBA Street have both laid the foundation and have both been missing from the scene for much longer than the world would like. Does NBA Playgrounds bring back the excitement of 2-on-2 arcade basketball?

“Puyo Puyo Tetris” Review

“Puyo Puyo Tetris” Review

Puyo Puyo and Tetris have both had prominent places in the puzzle genre, each offering a different type of unique gameplay. Many different iterations have been created throughout each franchise’s existence but how will it fare when tetrimino meets puyo?

“Splatoon 2” Impressions

“Splatoon 2” Impressions

Splatoon 2 is one of the most anticipated titles to come to the Nintendo Switch, and this past weekend was their Global Testfire. This gives Nintendo a better opportunity to stress test servers and give anxious players a sample of what’s in store.

“1-2-Switch” Review

“1-2-Switch” Review

Showcasing different games that take advantage of the different features of the Nintendo Switch is always a great way to generate interest, and Nintendo does exactly this with 1-2-Switch. However, does this game have enough substance to make it a part of your Switch library?

Christian’s Top 5 Games of 2016

Christian’s Top 5 Games of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, I hope that you had an overall amazing year as we kick off SmashPad’s Best of 2016. There were a lot of hits and a lot of duds. We got past franchises making their way to next-gen, the continued dominance of mobile gaming, and a peek as to what the future may hold. VR and 4K gaming seem to be the direction the industry of console gaming is heading in and it’s had a lukewarm […]

“Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure” Review

“Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure” Review

The game of dodgeball has survived the test of time but the video game translation always seems to be off the mark. Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure tries to refresh the classic game with gameplay that is simple to learn yet difficult to master. Pair that with the ever so popular style of cube characters, a la Minecraft, and it seems like a sure hit. Is this take on dodgeball one we should grab or avoid entirely?

“Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2” Review

“Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2” Review

The Plants vs. Zombies franchise takes us back to the lawn with the sequel to their popular shooter, Garden Warfare. It was a questionable move for the franchise, but because of the simple nature and price of the original, it was arguably the best valued game of 2014. Has the franchise found its place in the shooter genre or will Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 be the sequel we’ll all want to forget?

“The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes” Review

“The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes” Review

After seventeen titles, does The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes keep the same appeal that has allowed the franchise to be successful, or is the storied franchise running out of new ideas? Four Swords has shown us that having more than one Link can bring new elements to the table if done correctly. Is Tri Force Heroes the adventure the fans have been craving for, or just a gimmick that should be forgotten?

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