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“The Jackbox Party Pack 5” Review

“The Jackbox Party Pack 5” Review

Another year, another Jackbox Party Pack.  Since its initial release in 2013, the Jackbox Party Pack has been a delight especially when you reach that point in a party where it’s largely over, but the people still at the house are sobering up or are close to considering leaving after finishing the last of your spiked punch. The fifth Party Pack continues that tradition, and it’s definitely the most fun its been in a while, primarily because of two games. […]

“GRIP: Combat Racing” Review

“GRIP: Combat Racing” Review

Gamers of a certain vintage will remember a futuristic racing game released by Psygnosis in the late 90’s. No, not that one. I’m referring to Rollcage, the game that came after Wipeout, but just didn’t gain the same level of success. Rollcage had a fun concept where you had cars that could drive in either orientation. They were also able to drive up walls and on the ceilings of tunnels. Add in a healthy dose of speed and weapon power-ups […]

“Valkyria Chronicles 4” Review

“Valkyria Chronicles 4” Review

  Japan has produced some of the most inventive games ever developed for the medium, and in the process have also created entire genres that previously didn’t exist. Their devotion to whimsy and the melodramatic has produced everything from adorable shooters like Fantasy Zone, to action dating sims about steam powered robots like Sakura Wars. It seems that the inventiveness of Japan’s developers knows no bounds. But considering Japan’s history, it is perhaps understandable that they have tended to shy […]

“Shadow of the Tomb Raider” Review

“Shadow of the Tomb Raider” Review

Rise of the Tomb Raider launched to quite a bit of praise, especially from yours truly.  A timed Xbox One-exclusive at the time, I went as far as to call Rise of the Tomb Raider the Uncharted 2 to what the 2013 reboot was.  At that, because it launched alongside Fallout 4, it didn’t really get the attention it deserved, but we’ve fortunately still been blessed enough to see its sequel, Shadow of the Tomb Raider come to fruition, and […]

“Overcooked 2” Review

“Overcooked 2” Review

When it first came out in 2016, Overcooked‘s unquestionable combination of infuriating players while having fun ended up making the game one of the best party games this generation.  Overcooked 2 is more of the same, if not even more chaotic and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

“SEGA Genesis Classics” Review

“SEGA Genesis Classics” Review

The console version of the Sega Genesis Classics Collection released back in late May. Had I reviewed the game back then, it likely would have scored a 1.5 or 2. It had so many issues that genuinely affected the enjoyment of those classic games that I believed it was completely inexcusable of Sega to have released a game in that state. Here we are now, a few patches later and things have changed significantly. While it still isn’t perfect–especially the […]

“Lumines Remastered” Review

“Lumines Remastered” Review

Lumines took Sony’s handhelds by storm and with the Switch being the success that it is, it’s only right to finally bring the addictive puzzler to Nintendo’s hybrid platform–as well as the higher resolution PS4 and Xbox One.

“Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn” Review

“Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn” Review

During the early 90’s, Delphine Software and Electronic Arts released a little fighting game onto the Sega Genesis and SNES that would gain a most infamous reputation. Shaq Fu, as the name would imply, features Shaquille O’Neal battling his way through an alternate dimension in order to save a young boy from an evil mummy. The game would receive mixed reviews, and in preparing for this review, I had to go back and play it again. While I do think […]

“Vampyr” Review

“Vampyr” Review

Dontnod Entertainment is a modern-day example of a studio rising from the ashes to become a relevant name in the gaming industry. After Remember Me‘s mixed reception, the episodic teen drama stories in Life is Strange were met with monumental success, leading to a lot of growth for the French development team. The developer’s latest project, Vampyr, is one that should inspire interest because of its intriguing setting and unique gameplay mechanics, but its pacing and bland combat woefully bring […]

“Conan Exiles” Review

“Conan Exiles” Review

Conan the Barbarian is one of those characters that is so ubiquitous that he has become a trope in and of itself. From his origins in the pulp magazines by author Robert E. Howard, he’s been given life in movies, best-selling comic books, and occasionally video games. Yet to be completely honest, none have been able to really portray him the way Howard portrayed him in prose.

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