Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review
Keen observers will immediately recognize that Yakuza Kiwami 2 shares the same form and function as Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. That’s because the game was rebuilt using the new Dragon Engine, giving it all the flash, flair, and distinct gameplay mechanics seen in the most recent game.
Sonic Mania Review
Sonic Mania is a wonderful celebration of what's made Sonic so great in the past while also striving to push it forward. This isn't to say it's perfect – it has some of the problems of the previous games as well – but it's such a perfect encapsulation of old Sonic games, it's impressive.
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.
Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies
The Western Front Armies immensely improves on what made Company of Heroes 2 a great game by adding a couple of new, diverse factions to the game as well as brand new maps that are amazingly developed. For the price of the DLC, fans of the original game or genre will surely get their money worth.
Football Manager 2014
Like Paul Scholes, Football Manager continues to trundle on, earning respect throughout the business by doing a tough, workmanlike job. The hundreds of changes this year are mostly small ones that only dedicated series veterans will notice, but they add up to make a difference. FM2014 is a refined, tactically-rich game which gives you countless tools to play with in an infinite sporting sandbox. There's still some things that have to be done until it can be described as "polished" -most notably breaking EA's stranglehold over exclusive club logo and player likeness licensing - but the revamped layouts and excellent help system make this the easiest Football Manager to digest for some time.
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Aliens has rarely had much luck with its video game spin-offs, but I was still hopeful that Colonial Marines could deliver an at least solid experience. How wrong I was. This game fails to uphold any sort of quality experience in every way. And worst of all, absolutely nothing of creative merit was attempted. It shot for nothing and still ended up a disaster. Aside from all but the most token references, nothing from Ridley Scott and James Cameron's incredible films makes the transition. The classics those directors helped create could very well be turned into a terrifying and unforgettable game, but this, sure as hell, is not it.
Even if you're like me and don't end up getting hooked on the online, Anarchy Reigns is a rock-solid action game with combo-based combat you can really chew on, rad boss encounters, and one of the more ludicrous stories to come along in games for some time. This is a hardcore Japanese action game, through and through. Its rigid, uncompromising mission structure can be less than accommodating but nonetheless charming.
In the end, Sonic Rivals is a game that has a lot of potential but it unfortunately doesn’t manage to capitalize on this. Sonic Rivals is a game that you will find some enjoyment in playing, but it just doesn’t have that depth to make you want to continue playing it for long periods of time. The game looks great, but the gameplay just doesn’t have enough to bring it to a level that keeps it enjoyable for extended periods of time.
Shadow the Hedgehog
I don’t usually give many game’s scores at this level, but when you are dealing with such a high profile series like Sonic, you really need to come out at the top of your game. Unfortunately the first outing for Shadow the Hedgehog was not as successful as I would have hoped, and we were left with a game that I would say everyone is better off just passing up.