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Back 4 Blood Review https://youtu.be/8fpkwFpPyjA The clamor for a Left 4 Dead follow-up has been heard loud and clear by Turtle Rock Studios, releasing its long-awaited spiritual successor in Back 4 Blood. Since it was first announced, the game definitely caught the attention of gamers far and wide, highlighted by its co-op FPS action featuring wave after wave of “The Ridden”, eager and hungry to wipe everything out. The premise of Back 4 Blood kicks off with the threat of the horde being kept at bay by the creation of outposts by the “Cleaners”. Complacency hits and it’s not long when the horde in question starts to develop stranger mutations and now it is up to you to serve as the last possible defense that threatens humanity from being overrun by this threat. I enjoyed my solo experience, but for this review, I went with a friend – Twitch Streamer…

You can’t have it all, much more have it all at the same time. Asus disagrees, pushing out a device that you can bring around without breaking a sweat, all while taking on the latest AAA games on max settings with ease. It sounds absurd, almost impossible even, but here we are. The ROG Flow X13 has deceiving looks that can outperform most laptops out there. All of this sounds expensive (spoiler alert: it is very expensive) but there’s a price to pay for innovation and if you’re willing to push your budget to its limits, you’ll be getting a versatile 2-in-1 that can maybe justify your purchase. If you want to check out a full technical review of the ROG Flow X13, which includes in-depth benchmarks, check out our sister site Gadget Pilipinas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy0kqW7xVZ8 Follow the Flow Asus has gone a long way in terms of design. I own…

Lost in Random Review https://youtu.be/FBM4wBbOgQk Lost in Random is an indie deck-building action-adventure game from EA Originals, a publishing arm of Electronic Arts dedicated to featuring promising AA titles. Lost in Random is a curious title as it is difficult to encapsulate the game at first glance. Is it an adventure game? A platformer? A narrative puzzler? It’s actually all that and more. You follow the story of Even, a runaway from the town of Onecroft, an impoverished junkyard where the dregs of society live. Even’s sister, Odd, has been taken by the Queen on her eleventh birthday after she rolled a six, which grants her a life of luxury by the Queen’s side at Sixtopia. Even, believing that there’s something a lot more sinister at work, ventures off to find her sister and eventually finds herself in the Valley of Dice. She then meets a sentient die, Dicey, who…

Darksiders III Review (Switch) https://youtu.be/X44s2BMTByQ It’s been a decade since I played Darksiders on the Xbox 360, and I have to say, I enjoyed that experience. I’ve long skipped the series until this most recent release where Darksiders III takes its adventure, warts and all, to Nintendo’s portable machine. The Switch hasn’t been the best place to play popular multi-console releases due to some compromises, so it would be interesting to see how this entry fares. Darksiders III’s story continues from when we left off. Fury, one of the horsemen, has been tasked by the Council to banish the Seven Deadly Sins that roam post-apocalyptic Earth. Bored after centuries of being sidelined, Fury accepts the task as she travels to Earth. Observed by a Watcher and requested by one of the Makers to save what’s left of humanity, Fury is now given a choice on whether to maintain the status…

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JebfhQ5Fsw To celebrate 20 years of monkey rolling madness, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania remasters the first 3 games of the series – Super Monkey Ball, Super Monkey Ball 2, and Super Monkey Ball Deluxe – for the consoles and PC that aims to bring back fond memories for fans and re-introduce the game to a younger audience. As a newbie to the franchise, what surprised me is that the game is developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, more famously known for the Yakuza series. Imagining Toshihiro Nagoshi and his tough-guy stature produce and direct a game about monkeys rolling in a ball is something I’ll probably never get used to. The object of Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is quite simple – you get a monkey inside a ball, roll it around the track to get them through the finish line before the allotted time…

Far Cry 6 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeJ5lbFjQ3I A videogame can be defined not just by its leading heroes but also its villains, and this couldn’t be any truer than for Ubisoft’s Far Cry series. Not only is this succession of first-person shooters known for its open-world gameplay, but also for shining the spotlight on its antagonists, giving them such strong personalities that make them more than simply endgame bosses to beat. It wouldn’t be too far from the truth to say that Vaas Montenegro was a high point in the series, owing a lot to actor Michael Mando’s portrayal of the iconic villain. Fast forward to 9 years later and we have one of the biggest names the series has ever known in Giancarlo Esposito, or Antón Castillo as Yarans would know him by. *Also check out our PC performance review over at our sister site, Gadget Pilipinas. Viva Libertad! Far Cry…

BPM: Bullets Per Minute Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhDogifJHGw First-person shooters are frenetic games that have their own sort of rhythm to them. Whether it be a run-and-gun shooter like Doom Eternal or strategic cover-based combat like in Call of Duty, each game has its own beat to follow and enjoy. Awe Interactive’s BPM: Bullets Per Minute takes that concept and goes to town with it, creating a one-of-a-kind shooter that literally plays along to the beat of a heavy metal soundtrack. In BPM: Bullets Per Minute, you take a role of a Valkyrie making their way through the nine realms all the way to Helheim where the fearsome beast Nidhogg awaits. Guided by powers imbued by the gods and your trusty firearm, you rain bullets on your adversaries as you dance with the beat of the gods’ symphony – heavy metal. As the title implies, you will be shooting, reloading, dashing, jumping…

Lost Judgment Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJy96Wve7yo Lost Judgment is the sequel to the celebrated Ryu Ga Gotoku spinoff from 2018. Unlike the first game, this simultaneous worldwide launch is absolutely appreciated which just goes to show that its popularity cannot be denied. In this latest entry, the former disgraced lawyer turned private investigator Takayuki Yagami continues to make a name for himself in the dog-eat-dog world of Kamurocho, known as the stomping grounds of the most fearsome and infamous Yakuza of Tokyo. After completing a case, he’s contacted by his cohorts in Yokohama to follow a mysterious murder case. His former law agency, the Genda law firm, took a seemingly standard case of Akihiro Ehara, a cop facing misdemeanor charges for groping. It turns out that Ehara masterminded the brutal murder-torture as revenge for his dead son, failed by the system. As Yagami tackles the case and attempts to save the Genda…

Kena: Bridge of Spirits Review https://youtu.be/V44I1TSFpOc Ever since it was first revealed earlier this year, Kena: Bridge of Spirits has become one of our most anticipated games for the PS5. Just a glance at any trailer and one would assume for it to be a AAA title due to its stunning visuals, all from a team that’s far from being a household name in the industry. No stranger to animation projects, Kena is Ember Lab’s first foray into games, making it all the more impressive. Giving off strong Disney and Pixar vibes, Kena: Bridge of Spirits certainly looks like a winner. You follow a spirit guide named Kena who, upon investigating a haunted forest, encounters an angry spirit hell-bent on staying undead. His presence and obsession with staying with his people have worsened the corruption in the land, poisoning its inhabitants. With the help of friendly spirits known as the…

Diablo II: Resurrected Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAIEDm4sUxA Ever since it was announced earlier this year, fans have been waiting in anticipation for the return of what is arguably one of the games that defined the childhood of many. Diablo II is such an icon in the industry that it puts so much pressure on the devs to make a faithful yet good remaster. Luckily for fans, the talented folks at Vicarious Visions (now part of Blizzard Entertainment) were up to the task, to the relief of many. Just last month, a Diablo II: Resurrected Beta opened up the game to the public, giving a peek at what’s in store for brave adventurers before its worldwide release. It felt like the Diablo II that we knew and loved with some much-appreciated quality of life additions, but also with glaring hiccups that needed to be addressed prior to its worldwide release. After a 20…

Death Stranding Director’s Cut Review https://youtu.be/EV53lnCzP1w Being indulgent is almost a trait that comes with being a visionary game director, each having their own way of delivering their body of work to varying degrees. Nobody embodies this more than the director’s director, Hideo Kojima himself, and no other game represents this more than Death Stranding. Say what you will about Kojima, but you can’t deny his overall vision and dare I say, genius, when it comes to creating worlds that surpass conventional imagination and then collectively blowing our minds once the whole story comes together. Death Stranding Director’s Cut is a culmination of ideas that form a whole package, a ‘greatest hits’ of Kojima’s creative process that finally makes its debut on a current-gen system. The Director’s Cut includes a ton of new content for us to continue re-discovering the game that was once played before our own collective Death…

NBA 2K22 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va83v7wzyHc It’s that time of the year once again where hoop junkies near and far gather for another installment in the long-running NBA 2K franchise. Over the years, the game has been highly criticized for its marginal updates that didn’t offer much apart from the usual roster changes, a new MyCAREER story, and better-looking sweat. While NBA 2K21 was the first to take advantage of the current-gen hardware from Sony and Microsoft, we felt that it was more of an incremental update that didn’t quite hit the mark. Considering that it has been almost a year since the current-gen consoles have been released, 2K had a full year to improve on its previous outing and it seems that the features they implemented last year laid the groundwork for a more ambitious outing in NBA 2K22 that cements it once again as the best hoops game around. Welcome…

Deathloop Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxgwIP4Cqpc Time loops have become a thematic staple for this year’s big releases. From big AAA games such as Returnal, to indie titles like 12 Minutes and Loop Hero, the premise is here to stay. While many developers have flirted with the idea for years, Bethesda’s Arkane Studios is the latest to fully embrace the mechanic, merging it with their signature style and unmistakable brand of gunplay that has become their bread and butter. Deathloop tells the story of Colt, a man trapped in a time loop on the remote island of Blackreef. Robbed of his memory, he seeks to “break the loop” that’s protected by the Blackreef’s Visionaries to continue their endless partying. To make matters worse, he’s hunted by Julianna, another Visionary and the main antagonist of the game, making his life excruciatingly difficult. Deathloop’s premise is so simple, yet feels so daunting – you have…

Life is Strange: True Colors Review https://youtu.be/-R-UU8h-iAo Life is Strange is no stranger to the narrative adventure genre. With its engaging personal story and slightly more interactive choices compared to the Telltale brand, it’s become quite a popular alternative that’s been widely received by many. Life is Strange: True Colors follows the lead of both its predecessors by featuring a character with superpowers who, instead of being celebrated, is isolated by the world around them. Alex Chen, after years in a group home, reunites with her brother Gabe in the idyllic town of Haven where the latter has built a life for himself. Alex hides the power of empathy, enabling her to feel other people’s emotions that allow her to see in other people’s shoes and even have a limited capacity of heightening or suppressing other people’s emotions. Developer Deck Nine took over Dontnod Entertainment for Life is Strange: True…

Sonic Colors: Ultimate Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0GDD2AulY4 “Sonic, he can really move. Sonic, he’s got an attitude. Sonic, he’s the fastest thing alive…” If those first few sentences seem familiar, then you definitely knew Sonic the Hedgehog from his cartoon days back in the 90’s. In my case, my childhood memories of Sonic were from the animated series and the Sega Genesis games, which resurfaced when I got to play Sonic Colors: Ultimate for the first time. Sonic Colors was initially released for the DS and Wii back in 2010, something I never got to play but knew about since it was touted as one of the better games in the long-running franchise. As the opportunity presented itself, I looked forward to checking out its latest release as Sonic Colors: Ultimate, which sports improvements apart from being released on more platforms this time around. Step into a colorful world of fun and…