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SmashPad’s Most Anticipated Games of 2019

SmashPad’s Most Anticipated Games of 2019

By now, you should be in the swing of things as far as 2019 goes.  No more accidentally writing 2018 on your forms and crossing out that eight, right?  No?  Well, time isn’t waiting for you. Quite a few games have already come out in 2019, and whether or not you’ve finished playing some of the best of 2018 yet, once we get through Kingdom Hearts III, the games will just keep on coming.

Filippo’s Top 10 Games of 2018

Filippo’s Top 10 Games of 2018

Wow, where has the time gone? It doesn’t feel that long ago that we just rang in 2018, but here we are wrapping it up already. There have been a lot of great titles released this year, and I wanted to share my ten favourites with you all.

Josh’s Top 10 Games of 2018

Josh’s Top 10 Games of 2018

2018 was a year full of highly awaited sequels, anticipated new franchises and a surprising number of “battle royale” modes top publishers were trying to cash-in on due to Fortnite’s monstrous popularity. There have been let-downs, microtransaction debates and studios shutting down that have let franchises in limbo as well, but despite these topics of debate, 2018 saw one of the best years in gaming. All three consoles had stellar first party support and blockbuster multi-platform games such as Red […]

“Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey” Review

“Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey” Review

The year off in 2016 for Assassin’s Creed was a much needed breath of fresh air as the series returned to reinvigorate the franchise into new and exciting directions. Origins was an instant success, breathing life into a stagnant series with new combat, exploration options and scenery. But unlike past yearly installments that tried to reinvent the wheel with each new iteration, Odyssey branches off of what Origins created and delivers one of the best entries into the long-running Assassin’s […]

“The Quiet Man” Review

“The Quiet Man” Review

The Quiet Man was an interesting little title that was shown at Square Enix’s E3 showcase.  I’m all about interesting.  Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of good things to say about the game at all.

“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 […]

“Fire Pro Wrestling World” Review

“Fire Pro Wrestling World” Review

With the WWE 2K series taking it a little far with being the “most realistic” wrestling sim in video games and no apparent plans to release another Def Jam game anytime soon, it’s been years since players have had a wrestling game that’s both fun and easy to pick up and play.  Fire Pro Wrestling World looks to take over that mantle, and they’re pretty damn close.

“Death’s Gambit” Review

“Death’s Gambit” Review

The word ‘Soulslike’, much like the word ‘Roguelike’, has become incredibly ubiquitous in recent years. With the dark horse success of From Software’s rewarding and punishing franchise, players and developers all over the globe have discovered their inner masochist. Maybe it was the perceived ‘hand-holding’ nature of modern gaming, what with their robust tutorials and streamlined control schemes. Maybe it was just the feeling of having actual consequences for dying in a game. For whatever reason, gamers enjoy dying. A […]

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