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Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers Review

With Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers, the sequel to 2013's Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger and third game in the franchise, Dillon finally gets his moment in the limelight. The 3DS is on its last legs, and developer Vanpool has pulled out all the stops to make Dead-Heat Breakers a high-profile experience.

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers Review

Mother Russia Bleeds

Most people will find something to enjoy in Mother Russia Bleeds, but unless they’re a die hard fan of beat ‘em up games, they probably won’t be booking a trip to Moscow anytime soon.

Mother Russia Bleeds

Foul Play

But then I’d have to fight endless enemies that took any enjoyment I was having away from me. The combat isn’t bad or broken, it’s just not very fun. It’s a shame that the combat can’t live up to the rest of the enjoyable world that surrounds Foul Play. I found myself looking for the bits of the game that didn’t involve actually playing it, and that’s never how a game should be.

Foul Play

Zombie Vikings

Unfortunately the game also has some design issues, repetition and a solid lack of good jokes. I feel that the developers have the chops to make a great game because this one was full of content and no corners were crossed, but they just picked the wrong subject material.

Zombie Vikings

Castle Crashers Remastered

Castle Crashers Remastered still manages to keep the charm that made the game so special 7 years ago. The game still falls victim to some of the same flaws, but is so enjoyable to play that those smaller shortcomings are easily overlooked. Whether you're coming back to the game for a second time or you're a new player, this is a game that has something to offer for everyone.

Castle Crashers Remastered

Boss!

Boss! isn't a game for everyone. If you are looking for a game that will keep you entertained for hours, you'll be best off looking elsewhere. The enjoyment I did find, I found when playing it in quick 10-20 minute sessions but anything longer than that the repetitiveness of the game would wear on me causing boredom. I would surely recommend it for kids or anybody who enjoys a simple game that is charming and fun albeit in short burst.

Boss!

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus brought a lot of change to the series by integrating a 3D world into the experience. Many of the old problems that were previously seen in Burst are still present however, including things like repetition and performance issues. The camera in Shinovi Versus also creates some problems when it comes to the gameplay, and those complications should have been ironed out before the release of the title. Even though Shinovi Versus has some issues it still remains fun to play thanks to all of the unique characters, combat system, and amount of collectibles. If fan service and beat-‘em-ups are up your alley, then Shinovi Versus is a game worth checking out.

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus

Dragon's Crown

Dragon’s Crown is terrific fun, with the appropriate mindset. It may or may not be distasteful, depending on one’s tolerance for cliches and objectivity, and it may or may not be fun, depending on one’s tolerance for 2-D beat ‘em ups that put the onus of combat potential on the player. However, the strength it has in aesthetic character and gameplay is mighty indeed. Dragon’s Crown doesn’t offer any much needed enrichment of its various genres, but it makes up for this by committing to its visual identity and the frenetic, empowering possibilities of its game design.

Dragon's Crown