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Far Cry New Dawn Review

Far Cry 5 was a satisfying adventure, from its vast open-world journey across the rural landscape of Hope County, Montana to its central conflict against maniacal cult leader Joseph Seed. However, its conclusion left the game open with dangling plot threads. Ubisoft has seized the opportunity for a resolution with a direct sequel Far Cry New Dawn.

Far Cry New Dawn Review

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Review

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is not a great game. Though it has an entertaining character creator and some fantastic customization options, separate the game from the license for a second, and it becomes clear that Shinobi Striker is a sub-par action game and an even worse multiplayer experience.

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Review

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Review

Just when you thought the entire toys-to-life market had gone extinct, Ubisoft decided that they wanted a crack at it. First shown at E3 2017, Starlink: Battle for Atlas comes a couple of years after Disney Infinity and Skylanders exited the market. If you missed those games, the basic concept was that you have physical toys that connect to the game on the screen. In full transparency after Disney Infinity shut down, I couldn’t imagine anyone else getting into the same market after figures based on Disney and Marvel franchises couldn’t turn enough profit to keep going. But here we are and I’m glad for that.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Review

Ninja Shodown Review

There’s been a renewed conversation in the gaming culture lately regarding difficulty. When is a game too difficult for its own good? Personally, I like it when video games have multiple difficulty modes, but it’s also not necessarily a bad thing when there’s only one, and if it happens to be demanding.

Ninja Shodown Review

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds Review

In the end, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds does what every good DLC should set out to do: give players more of what they love.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds Review

DreamBreak Review

Or maybe I have got the game all wrong. Imagine Soviet Union in the dark 1980’s, home computers being a scarce luxury. Maybe, just maybe, DreamBreak is a pastiche of those old Commodore 64 games that were pirated to behind the iron curtain.

DreamBreak Review

Valkyria Revolution Review

If you're curious about the Valkyria franchise, my advice would be to pick up the HD remaster of the original Valkyria Chronicles. I can't speak for the two follow-up games released on the Vita, but I can say, with certainty, that Valkyria Revolution is not worth your time or money.   

Valkyria Revolution Review

Dragon Quest Heroes 2 Review

Whether mainlining the story quest or venturing off into the side missions, the fun-factor of plowing through masses of monsters may eventually wane. That said, it was refreshing to enjoy an action RPG that didn't involve geysers of plasma or the dark forces of evil. 

Dragon Quest Heroes 2 Review

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Review

I enjoyed my time with Shiness but it’s not hard to see the faults in the game’s façade. I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to the game but the dozen or so hours I spent with it were enjoyable in a Saturday cartoon kind of way. Shiness is a serviceable action-RPG with a distinct look that will probably make any fan of the manga or PS2 action-RPGs smile.

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Review

For Honor Review

Distilled way down to one-on-one medieval combat, For Honor is both instinctual and smart. It's bloody and entertainingly over-the-top, but much more than a button-masher. It's a game that repays thoughtful practice. It looks impressive, with believably gritty textures and tons of detail in the armor, weapons, and environment. It's a shame, then, that so much good will was squandered on the less appealing margins of the game, with pay-to-win systems, poor match making, and a throwaway single player campaign. With lots of time -- or cash -- to spare, playing For Honor is a rewarding action experience that doesn't feel like anything else on the market right now.

For Honor Review

Nioh Review

There are dozens of "Souls-like" games but Nioh is by far the most ambitious, polished and successful because it has taken Dark Souls' digital DNA and genuinely evolved it into something both recognizable and different. Nioh owes much to the spirit and mechanics of From's games but there is a lot of Diablo and Ninja Gaiden in there as well. It doesn't matter whether Nioh is derivative or wholly original, it just matters that the game is incredibly well made, challenging, complex and fun.

Nioh Review

Horizon Zero Dawn Review

I absolutely loved this game. I think it’s a fantastic adventure full of amazing experiences to be had and fully recommend it to anyone who owns a Playstation 4. And yet it does feel like the first game in a series that needs to discover its own unique identity to help it stand out amongst a vast array of open world games that it competes against. 

Horizon Zero Dawn Review

Gravity Rush 2 Review

Gravity Rush 2 is not a perfect game, but it undoubtedly expands upon its predecessor in nearly every conceivable way. There are some wonky camera moments along with a few narrative stumbles and problematic quest designs, but the flaws are quickly overshadowed by the triumphs, and just like its endearing protagonist, it lands firmly on its feet in the end.  

Gravity Rush 2 Review