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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! PC

Written by HyperDebtRay on September 17, 2017 @ 11:32 am

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes place chronologically before the events of Borderlands 2 before Handsome Jack became the CEO of Hyperion. The story is being told from the accounts of Athena after she has been captured by the original vault hunters during the events of "Tales From The Borderlands" episodes. The premise of the story is about Jack's rise to power after Hyperion has been invaded by the Lost Legion of the Dahl corporation. Without spoiling too much, the Vault on the moon is connected to all the events within the game and you the Vault Hunter have been hired to help Jack retake Hyperion and open the vault for some sweet loot. Is it better than Borderlands 2? In my opinion it is not better than Borderlands 2 from a personal standpoint. That being said the game taken as a whole is just as entertaining and fun as its predecessor. New Mechanics: - Low...

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny Nintendo Wii

Written by Shakaywin on August 24, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

Game Play: Great! I have played all the Rune Factory games and this is one of my favorites! Farming is done differently than most Harvest Moon and Rune Factory games and that was badly received by some, but I think a little change is good once in awhile! In this game, the dungeons are hidden underwater and you use a giant golem to raise them, which I thought was a unique aspect. You can craft early in this game which is a plus and the requests are slightly more difficult than previous Rune Factory games. Fighting is simple but fun. One thing I don't like is how you can't marry until the game is over and there is nothing to do. Story: You are a boy with a girl trapped in your body and you don't know why. Yes, very awkward. Anyway, out of the three Rune Factory games I have...

Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon

Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon Nintendo DS

Written by Shakaywin on August 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

Game play: Very fun, but a few things should have been different. The controls are easy and combat is as well. However, I feel this game may be too easy at times and the character levels up way too fast. You also cannot craft items until near the end of the game, where it is almost pointless to do so. Story: There isn't much of one to be honest. The ending is also very vague which kills what was built up until then. There are also a couple sub plots with the minor characters. The ones that were there were good but I would have liked to see more for both something to do and to develop the characters more deeply. Graphics and Visuals: Graphics improved from the Harvest Moon games, and the close ups of the characters are very good and the art is beautiful and well-drawn. Very pleasing to the...

E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy

E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy PC

Written by Ocelot on August 24, 2017 @ 3:45 am

E.Y.E is one of the weirdest cyberpunk games I've played. It's a very bold, mediocre FPS/RPG with a clearly lacking budget, yet a fun and memorable one. It's one of these games that you'll either love it or hate it. GAMEPLAY: Just like everything else about the game, it's gameplay is unapologetically unique. The player gets to choose between a few starting traits that allow for many different playstyles. A character can potentially me a melee warrior, a sneaky sniper, a commando, a hacker, a psyker or anything in-between. Depending on your current choices, the game will automatically give you a class name with "Equilibrium Fist" being the starting class as well as the class for the jack-of-all-trades. In practice, the game is a shooter at heart but gives enough room for other kinds of strategies. A hacking minigame that allows you to disable, destroy, or take control of doors, sentries or...

Dead Space

Dead Space PC

Written by grenadeh on August 08, 2017 @ 6:27 am

When the game came out it was a breath of fresh air for survival horror fans. It more or less took the good parts of older games like Silent Hill, Resident Evil, and Fatal Frame, and mashed them together into one brilliant, cohesive monster that served as a spiritual successor to System Shock, but played like an action horror shooter. M_DeadSpace Dead Space admittedly has one of the single best settings for a horror game. In space, no one can hear you scream. Right? Wasn't that the tagline of Alien? The game felt like it was heavily inspired by Event Horizon, among other sci-fi films. Granted, of course, Event Horizon was less a story of science fiction and more just straight "horror". Sam Neill, the man who created the warp drive (whatever it's called), eventually loses his grip on sanity and succumbs to the demonic possession of the ship, killing everyone along...

Final Fantasy VIII

Final Fantasy VIII Playstation 1

Written by RinoaSalamander on July 18, 2017 @ 4:54 am

This is gonna be tough for me, due to my bias... A bit of backstory; My father was a bit of a video game nerd in his youth, so he decided he'd name me after the main female lead of this game, Rinoa. Of course I have bias, I was named after one of the characters in this thing! So, I'm going to try and be as honest as humanly possible. The gameplay; It's playable, but it's not much more than that... Let's talk about the battle system; Final Fantasy 8 has a fairly unique draw system, where instead of leveling up and getting magic with your levels, you instead draw spells from draw points, enemies, and you can also craft them with items. This was good in theory, but the system of this game is very, very broken... You can spend HOURS just trying to get 100 Curaga spells from 1 enemy, all the while knowing...

Devil May Cry 4

Devil May Cry 4 PC

Written by sullynathan on July 09, 2017 @ 5:25 pm

7 missions into DMC 4 and the most boring parts are walking around because of how slow it is. The game also hasn't done a good enough job yet of mixing enemy types, far too many encounters with regular demons. Going from Nero to Dante is really jarring, I don't know another game in recent memory in which you're forced to change main characters mid way through and re-learn new mechanics, move-sets, weapons and more. Personally I don't mind too much because I've been playing these games a lot and I really like Dante but for a newcomer this would be really annoying. Being able to change styles at will with the combination of the already great combat is really flashy and fun, plus Pandora is a great gun in this game. One downside though is that camera is somehow worse than DMC 3. I had few issues with DMC...

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Nintendo DS

Written by HyperDebtRay on June 29, 2017 @ 10:53 pm

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is a portable game on the DS that takes place around a generation or so after Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass. You've probably already heard this story before as a great evil has been sealed from the land by the Tower of Spirits and its Spirit Tracks. If you haven't already guessed the main mode of transportation is by Train. The game attempts to use unique features that the DS offers but the gimmicks that tie in with the gameplay mechanics will sometimes frustrate the user. Good: I thought the puzzles in dungeons were very creative and very challenging, this is what I have come to expect from a Zelda game. The satisfaction that you get when solving these puzzles is a euphoric experience. Audio and sound were quite good, everything from the sounds of enemies and the train were on accurate and on point. Boss design and...

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II PC

Written by HyperDebtRay on June 10, 2017 @ 11:28 pm

Similar to the previous game in the series Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition, I would give this a neutral rating and only a recommended rating if you can get the game at a discount price. The game takes place after the events of the first game and gets you to reunite with General Kota and Juno. Without spoiling too much, you play as the new and improved clone of StarKiller, twice as powerful and with two times the mayhem with two lightsabres. You are on a quest to reunite with the lovely Juno and exact your vengeance against the Dark Lord himself Darth Vader... again... Compared to the first game, this game does a few things better and a few things much worse. **Good** +For starters the graphics is much improved and the overall gameplay is still tedious but not as tedious. +The force upgrades are simplified and most of the...

Life is Strange

Life is Strange Playstation 3

Written by Viking1986 on June 01, 2017 @ 5:39 am

In short; I would describe ‘Life is Strange’ as Thirteen Reasons Why meets The Butterfly Effect. Interesting right? I would say it is! I know what you’re thinking, it’s only 5 episodes, but each episode contains at least 3 hours of gameplay! If that’s caught your attention, then read on! You incarnate Maxine Caufield, a photography student of Blackwell Academy in Arcadia Bay, Oregon. During one of her photography classes she foresees a storm heading towards her beloved town, and with the use of her ‘secret power’ it is her duty to prevent it from destroying her town. Alongside the protagonist you discover her ‘secret power ‘which allows her to rewind time, making every choice to create a butterfly effect, as well as allowing the player to look at the several options before deciding which is ‘best’. There is an immense amount of background story that you can discover as you...

Fist of the North Star - Ken's Rage

Fist of the North Star - Ken's Rage Playstation 3

Written by Viking1986 on May 20, 2017 @ 5:07 pm

This game is one of mixed reviews, and mainly poor ones from known critics. So hopefully I can do it justice. As a big fan of the animated series as well as the manga 'hokuto no ken', I truly believe Tecmo Koei have presented us with a game that truly represents the series for fans to incarnate several characters of the show, and without forgetting the violence that follows! There are two different game options, the main story which follows the main plot of the show from the character selected and then there is also a Dream Mode which allows you to embark on a fictional scenario. The Dream mode also provides the player with a two player mode (I have never tried) Each character has one of two different fighting styles; Nanto and Hokuto. The game gracefully depicts each fighting style. Some missions require you to protect civilians from...

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Nintendo Gamecube

Written by Adrs on May 16, 2017 @ 1:11 pm

Nintendo's Legend of Zelda franchise over the years has defined a genre, first revolutionizing the action-adventure and then evolving it with several critically acclaimed sequels spanning multiple console and handheld platforms. For many, the Zelda brand represents the pinnacle of gaming, a perfect convergence of polished design, tightly crafted control and beautiful presentation. Indeed, the N64 Ocarina of Time is widely considered the best videogames ever created. So to say that the GameCube Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has a lot to live up to is, simply put, the understatement of the year. And yet, Nintendo delivers. Director Eiji Aonuma's latest offering is a breathtakingly epic romp into a dramatically changed world 100 years after the events in the N64 classic. Wind Waker masterfully baits and hooks us in with its scope and host of improvements over previous Zelda titles, and then it takes us on a long, ultimately satisfying voyage...

Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition

Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition Xbox One

Written by WoefulWanderer on April 17, 2017 @ 11:32 am

Another World is a pretty well known piece, so in a way it may not even need my review at all. In my defense, I've never played it until recently, at least until the end that is, since I have never finished it completely and hadn't a pleasure of getting all the achievements. But I enjoyed many of the hours I've put into this game, admittedly looking up a few solutions to the complex puzzles I've encountered in the game. And while the game is not that long, it didn't take quite a lot of time to finish it, upon completing it I still felt some sort of personal achievement and pat myself on the back (the two guards by the bottomless pit really got on my nerves). The renewed graphics feel fresh, but still bear the same old school 2D feeling, for those with some nostalgic attitude I'm pretty sure...

Chaser

Chaser PC

Written by WoefulWanderer on April 17, 2017 @ 10:40 am

Honestly this is one of the best games I have ever played. Sure, the graphics are outdated, that's where the level design comes in, doesn't seem so bad when the stages are put together rather nicely, makes it difficult to even notice the sharp edges and such sometimes. And the story is probably the best thing about this game, one of the best plot twists at the end by far, the outcome of the main character's actions is really unexpected. I've finished this game two times already, but I'll definitely get back to it again one day. Wouldn't say this is a timeless piece, but it holds up really well for a fifteen year old game. If you are interested in some sci-fi FPS action without all the overly-futuristic weapons and gear (these old school guns make the game seem even more realistic) this would be a great game to play...

Pokémon Sun

Pokémon Sun Nintendo 3DS

Written by MudkipNinja on April 15, 2017 @ 7:16 pm

A great game overall, Pokemon Sun was one I was really excited for. Being a fan of Pokemon since I was 7, I was ready to tackle new adventures in the Alola region, but I wasn't prepared for the roller coaster of a story it brought me on! The first half of the game was pretty cool with the introduction of the new "trial" system replacing the traditional gyms. It took me a while to get a hang of the new Z-Crystal mechanic as well, but once I did, I really enjoyed watching my Pokemon pull off overpowered moves in a brief cinematic animation each time. Taking full advantage of the GTS immediately, my team was quickly formed from all 3 starters, a Misdreavus and interchanging Pokemon caught around the colorful region. I ended up putting the game down around Christmas break, but picked it back up in early April of...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo Wii U

Written by Yosafire on March 15, 2017 @ 12:23 am

For most Zelda fans out there, we are all used to the whole 'Go into a temple, beat it, move onto the next, get the master sword, and beat ganon." minus the on the side quest that most Zelda game has, does are usually how the game goes. It isn't until Nintendo decide to change things up for once and make a new Zelda game that was different from it's brothers, so how does the game hold up? Well I'm here to tell you that. Story: 9/10 Breath of the wild story feels like it was a mix of trying to be original but at the same time give a little mix of the other stories in the old Zelda games. The story I can say for myself was something that did caught my interest, it made me want to do more of the main quest rather than the side quest. I...

Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV Xbox One

Written by RevonMercer on March 14, 2017 @ 1:35 am

Like many entries in this series, Final Fantasy XV is a very divisive game among its fanbase. With the original project "Final Fantasy Versus XIII" being announced back in 2006, the ground work faced constant changes and a lack of true information about the project outside of visually impressive trailers. Fast forward several years into its cancellation, followed by the announcement of Final Fantasy XV in its place and you will see immediate changes. Gone were the grim dark tones. The emphasis on urban settings had been changed to that of a roadtrip tale of brotherhood. The enigmatic tale of the last prince of a mafia-like family shifted into that of a young price coming of age in an otherwise unforgiving world. ---------- GAME PLAY: 9 The game play in Final Fantasy XV is new in every sense of the word. No longer utilizing turn-based combat nor the Active Time Battle system that...

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Nintendo 3DS

Written by GamerGirlNikki2017 on March 10, 2017 @ 3:53 pm

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D is a remake of the original Nintendo 64 game made for the Nintendo 3DS. While it was made for the regular 3DS, it is optimized for the New 3DS. Note that this review has been written by someone using a New 3DS (better performance, camera controls are better). The graphics have been obviously improved. The graphics are better than Ocarina of Time 3D, and are very beautiful for the 3DS. The controls are very solid, and it feels like there is weight to Link's movement. He doesn't slide around or anything. The time mechanic still works as strong as the original. You can still use the Inverted Song of Time, and the Song of Double Time. The Song of Double Time works different in the remake. You select a specific time you wish to travel to. You have three days to save the...

Alan Wake

Alan Wake Xbox 360

Written by Lamlac on March 09, 2017 @ 6:24 am

Alan Wake, a Psychological Action Thriller developed by Remedy Games in 2010 is one of my favourite games, the tension that this game creates is what first dragged me towards this game in the first and I thought it would be good to see objectively what is good and bad about this game. If Mario is regarded for its gameplay rather than its story, Alan Wake is certainly the other way around. All enemies cannot be damaged until the darkness that surrounds them has first been vanquished, you do this by shining the flashlight onto them for a period of time and then pop a few shots into them until they vanish, nothing to revolutionary, you played a third person shooter you’ve done this game’s combat, but it gets the job done and it does occasionally strips you of your weapons and it's during these moments where the...

Mass Effect

Mass Effect PC

Written by md5fungi on March 05, 2017 @ 4:17 pm

Mass Effect sets the stage for one of the most fleshed out sci-fi epics ever created in the video game world, in a brand new universe of intriguing history, varied and enigmatic alien races, and intergalactic threats. The entire story of Mass Effect revolves around YOU: you are Shepherd, a male or female ship commander who bears the first name of your choice and looks how you want her/him to. You determine some details of Shepherd's backstory, and then the decisions you make in the game define who your character becomes. The story revolves around an ancient synthetic-organic race called the Reapers that aim to destroy humanity by returning to the present day through a Mass Effect (hehe) Relay, with the help of a robotic race of machines called the Geth. Yeah, the basic premise of the story has been done before a hundred times over, but Mass Effect doesn't distract you...

Gunpoint

Gunpoint PC

Written by Wolffeman on February 28, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

If you enjoy games such as Deadbolt and Mark of the Ninja where basic stealth mechanics are blended with puzzle ones, you will almost certainly enjoy Gunpoint, an indie game that I picked up on sale last year for £1.50. If you are a fan of games with stealth mechanics that are fleshed out further like Dishonoured and the Deus Ex games, you be tempted to give Gunpoint a miss, but there are still plenty of mechanics despite this that make Gunpoint an overall brilliant game for fans of puzzle and stealth games alike. It's main mechanic, "crosslinking" means that your character is able to rewire objects by hacking them. This mechanic means that there are several ways to clear missions. For example, if there is a locked door in your way, you could simply rewire the light switch next to you to open the door, or you could be slightly...

Viewtiful Joe

Viewtiful Joe Nintendo Gamecube

Written by Awiui on February 24, 2017 @ 10:58 pm

Ahhh Viewtiful Joe, one of the coolest games in existance. I say coolest, because that is how you will feel while playing this, punching dumb robots, giant dinosaurs, evil sharks, big tanks, jets, ninjas, you name it. The whole premise of this game is being a cool movie superhero, all while rescuing your girl, beating bad guys, and saving the imaginary world you do not live in, except it affects the real...world(?). Anyways, what I'm getting at is that Viewtiful Joe is not a story driven game, it's a beat em up game with awesome mechanics and great difficulty designed to look super cool. Bosses are specially hard and require an understanding and good execution of all of Joe's abilities. Stages are full of little secrets that can make your life easier, but may require exploring or planning ahead to get. Visually, its nothing short of its name. The game makes...

Mother 3

Mother 3 Nintendo Gameboy Advance

Written by Awiui on February 24, 2017 @ 9:58 pm

Mother 3 is the last entry of the Mother/Earthbound Trilogy. For those not familiar, Mother 1 is Earthbound 0 or Beginnings, as Nintendo released virtually on 2015, with protagonist Ninten. Mother 2 is Earthbound, where the protagonist is the more famous Ness; and finally Mother 3 has Lucas as a protagonist. While I haven't played the first, I have played both Earthbound and Mother 3, and even though they are sequels, they are very indirect sequels. Personally, this is my favorite out of the 2, and from what I've heard about Mother 1, of the whole trilogy. It is also one of my favorite games of all time. There are very few things to not like about Mother 3. -It has a great cast of unique but relatable characters, that grow throughout the game and make you wish them the best (or the worst, if you talk villains). -Awesome music,...

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Nintendo Super NES

Written by Awiui on February 22, 2017 @ 8:32 pm

As an avid FE fan, I can say it is a shame Genealogy of the Holy War hasn't gotten an English version. It is without a doubt in my mind the best FE I've played (and I've played all of them except for the 3ds ones). While only having 12 chapters including prologue and ending, most of them have 3 or 4 times the size and amount of enemies of a regular FE chapter. Some of this even take place in a whole in-game country. While this may seem a little too much, this allows for many other mechanics in the game to succeed at being fun, original and useful, like in-castle arenas, skills, story-telling, reinforcements, castle defending, item mechanics and, most importantly, the romances between characters. Main problems for me were the save system which made it so you could screw your whole file if you didn't save carefully and...

Assassin's Creed Unity

Assassin's Creed Unity PC

Written by HyperDebtRay on February 13, 2017 @ 11:27 pm

You play as a French assassin during the French Revolution through an Internet cloud-based animus simulation through a VR headset. Overall I though the game was acceptable despite all the bad press and ubisoft bashers railing against all the bugs and glitches found during the release. Since I didn't buy it at the release, when I look back in hindsight the game was in a deplorable state (just youtube unity glitches) and should have been delayed to fix the issues. Although now in 2017, patches have fixed around 90%-95% of the glitches so you shouldn't encounter any. I for one have found a few on the odd occaision but nothing too major. The story is much shorter than it's predecessors and is lacking in content when compared to much richer games like AC Black Flag. In terms of content, there is not much aside from Helix Data Harvesting, Chest Hunting, Assassination Contracts,...

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