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F1 2021 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BLdf0gj3RY F1 2021 is this year’s entry to the Formula Racing franchise from racing experts Codemasters, now under Electronic Arts. Hearing the iconic tagline “EA Sports, it’s in the game” play when you boot up was a reminder of the good old days of fun and quality titles, and I expected as much for F1 2021, which is the premiere F1 gaming experience for fans of the sport. Racing games, unless you’re really into the genre, are quite the tough sell. Casual, arcade-type racers open themselves up to a broader audience over sim-based racers, due in large part to the minimal investment needed to appreciate and enjoy the game. F1 2021 aims to appeal to both, delivering a realistic racing experience for enthusiasts, all while easing in newbies who have taken a sudden interest in the sport thanks to recent Netflix documentary Drive to Survive. This is…

Scarlet Nexus Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdWzjJbc-78 Bandai Namco have dipped their feet into various game genres, each with their own take that have proven to be quite successful, all things considered. God Eater and Code Vein stand out, and over the years they have gone and tweaked the formula, learning as they go, culminating in their latest effort which is the “Brainpunk-RPG” Scarlet Nexus. If your initial impression is that of the game having the usual anime twist, then you aren’t wrong. Scarlet Nexus does have that anime look and feel, and this is Bandai Namco we’re talking about, who have proven to masters at doing just that. They’ve even released an anime to go along with the game, if you’re into that sort of thing. Putting things simply, Scarlet Nexus is a sleek and stylish action RPG that starts as a simple story of a group of individuals with powers wanting…

Legend of Mana Remaster Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxZeYJ-NkKo I barely remember Legend of Mana at the time it came out. Looking back, I think I played it during the slower time between my completions of the fantastic Front Mission 3 and the criminally underrated cult classic Vagrant Story. Twenty one years later, I get to actually finish said game as Legend of Mana Remaster, the latest “Mana” release from Square Enix, following the fantastic Trials of Mana remake. I remember bits and pieces: the utilization of artifacts to make way to new levels, a soothing soundtrack Square was known for, and finally the heartbreaking story of Elazul and Pearl. Legend of Mana Remaster adds a new opening movie detailing the individual stories of the characters you meet as well as the overall story that encompasses this title. The Mana Tree has been destroyed and its sproutlings have been scattered through the world.…

Guilty Gear Strive Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rbffP5aQoA The Guilty Gear series really needs no introduction, but for the uninitiated, it’s a fighting game series by Arc System Works known for its outrageous character designs, fast-paced and technical 2D fighting action, and a rocking heavy metal soundtrack. It’s no surprise how Guilty Gear was able to endure this long since its release way back in 1998. The series has gathered a strong following of fighting game fans who eagerly anticipate each new mainline entry. After a couple of delays, the latest game in the memorable fighting game series, Guilty Gear Strive, is finally here to rock Heaven or Hell. Hope you like flowcharts Since its full release, and to get the more obvious things out of the way, modes that were not accessible during the Guilty Gear Strive Beta like Arcade and the Story mode are now available for everyone to enjoy. Unique…

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade Review The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on us all for the last year and a bit, but while everyone seemed to gravitate towards Netflix or Animal Crossing, Final Fantasy VII Remake saved my sanity. It was a return to form, an introduction of a dynamic Active Time Battle system that finally worked for the series, and it gave me the Final Fantasy VII experience I wanted back in 1997 but didn’t get due to technological limitations. We had to create a new rating of “Editor’s Choice” to communicate how much we loved the game, and before Hades came into the picture, it was my clear Game of the Year. Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is a welcome addition to the franchise as we wait with bated breath for the eventual sequel and even Final Fantasy XVI. When it dropped during the State of Play…

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDSXtYewvLg When Virtua Fighter launched back in 1993, SEGA marketed it as “real 3D fighting”, breaking away from the 2D standard that Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat have set as the status quo. Almost thirty years later, Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown continues the legacy that was built at its core, further boosted by Ryu ga Gotoku Studio’s famous Dragon Engine. What’s best is that it’s a featured game for the month of June for both the PS Plus and PS Now, so there’s practically no reason not to at least give it a run. Before I converted to the church of Tekken, I was a big Virtua Fighter guy, loving the series all the way until Virtua Fighter 3. Ever since the PlayStation era though, it was quite sad to actually move on and leave all my memories of Virtua Fighter behind,…

Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart Review https://youtu.be/9p_gg9UW9k4 In preparation for this review, I had to play the 2016 Ratchet & Clank remake again. Overall, I liked the action of the game, but the cartoony bits took some time to get used to. One thing I very much enjoyed was the moment to moment gameplay – the shooting and platforming mechanics were good, and the collectibles really got me invested in the series. Enter Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Rift Apart starts as the universe is enjoying an extended period of peace, which gives Clank enough time to build the “Dimensionator”, a gun that allows the user to traverse different dimensions. He wanted to gift it to Ratchet in order to find other Lombaxes, as Ratchet is the last of his species. As expected, long-time foe Doctor Nefarious steals the Dimensionator and in the ensuing battle, the weapon gets damaged, trapping…

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p64jtO9dHU Up until its fourth installment, Persona usually had the Shin Megami Tensei title attached to it, and only recently in Persona 5 do we no longer exactly see it anywhere. The point is, while there’s no doubt how big the Persona series has become, it can be easily overlooked that it is actually just a spinoff. The Shin Megami Tensei series of RPGs was revolutionary for its time. In contrast to many RPGs released back then, the game would usually be set in more modern and urban times. These titles can get pretty dark in their themes, centering on the occult, and there is a lot of religious and mythical imagery mixed in with fantasy elements. There is definitely a strong following for the Shin Megami Tensei series, which is why it has endured this long, partially in thanks to the…

Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyVE6nrCUCI Headed into the 2021 release of Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World, I wasn’t really aware of this Mega Drive classic from back in 1994 because I spent most of my gaming time on the SNES. Little would I know that this title, which was known as Monster World IV back in the day, would go on to be a game that was held in high regard by many old(er) school gamers. Sadly, the game never really saw an English release until 2013. 8 years later, and now everyone will be able to experience the game in its latest form, including me. Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World, a remake of the classic, is developed by Monkey Craft and published by Studio Artdink. The remake modernizes the game in a number of ways, apart from the obvious graphical overhaul. You are Asha,…

LOVE A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories Review https://youtu.be/s2wb-ummK3M If you could change your past, how would your present look like? This is the thesis that LOVE A Puzzle Box Filled With Stories answers providing a somewhat relaxing puzzle game where you play as a disembodied deity that fixes people’s regrets in the past to have them live their lives in their present. In a way, it reminded me of Maquette, but I had a good feeling about this game as I started it. Within the first fifteen minutes, the game is a straightforward narrative puzzle game where you control an apartment building and affect lives by subtly changing things in their past to fix the present. In a way, if you think of classic films like It’s a Wonderful Life, this is how it would play out as a video game. While a part of me got my heartstrings…

Rising Hell Review https://youtu.be/B-2q0rB6f-g It is quite possible that you’ve never heard of Rising Hell before. This game flew mostly under the radar, being overshadowed by some of the bigger AAA releases in the same month. Rising Hell is one of the games we’ve been looking forward to from Indonesian developers Tahoe Games and Publisher Toge Productions, who is also behind the recent PS Plus title Coffee Talk. Rising Hell is described as a vertical roguelite platformer where you control one of 3 characters whose goal is to escape from hell. If you’re expecting some sort of drawn out narrative here ala Hades, there’s none of that sort, but the game fully focuses its efforts on the gameplay experience, giving players another take into the not-so-niche-anymore genre. Everybody seems to want out of hell As simple as the premise is, the gameplay is the same, employing basic jump – attack…

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8i53TtQ6IQ As promised from our review in-progress article, our Mass Effect Legendary Edition review is now ready! Going through all three games certainly brings about the same nostalgia and excitement we enjoyed when we first experienced the series, though I would honestly say personally, my nostalgia has been tickled. I wish my excitement for the series when it first dropped back years ago could’ve been exactly replicated, but I appreciate BioWare’s gesture nonetheless. If there’s a year that perfectly invites a revisit to the bridge of Normandy, traversing the known galaxy with our Mass Effect relays, 2021 is definitely that year. While a part of me didn’t look forward to repeating an experience I’ve already gone through multiple times, writing the Mass Effect Legendary Edition review is the break I was looking for after several game reviews. Is it mainly nostalgia that motivated me during…

Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield Review https://youtu.be/NYZQLvl01uM Neil Jones, better known as Aerial_Knight, is a 3D artist / indie game developer whose latest release Never Yield started out as a passion project. After being picked up by publisher Headup, his free running platformer has finally released worldwide. Playing the demo on the Nintendo Switch last month really got me interested in this title with its simple mechanics and seriously dope beats. You take the role of Wally, a mysterious kid who’s searching for items from his past while escaping his pursuers attempting to capture him. Detroit is portrayed in a futuristic Japanese cyberpunk aesthetic that really carries the rebellious chic. Traversing through thirteen levels, you evade your enemies using your agility – You have no attack button, and it’s mostly dodging your way out of trouble. You have one life, an unlimited number of continues and a few checkpoints to help you…

Mass Effect Legendary Edition releases this week from EA with significant improvements and performance modes across all consoles. Mass Effect was a series that defined the seventh generation back in the day especially for Xbox users, as the first title released exclusively on Xbox 360. With the release of the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, players who missed out before will finally be able to experience the critically acclaimed series in all its glory. First off, Mass Effect Legendary Edition is quite the big boy, clocking in at a whopping 100+ gigs for all three games, so prepare your hard drive for a beating. Nevertheless, this latest release consists of three games, so it’ll definitely be worth your time and hard drive space. Our Mass Effect Legendary Edition review in progress will be us sinking our teeth into the first few hours of each game to give you our impressions before…

Resident Evil Village Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKocYiRHYlI Resident Evil 7 was indeed a head-turner back in 2017. Not only was it the first mainline title to adapt a completely first-person perspective, but it also featured a cast of new characters seemingly unrelated to the overall Resident Evil narrative. It was able to bring the series back to its survival horror roots, in contrast to some of the more action-oriented titles that came before it. The Baker mansion was truly a den of evil, and its maniacal residents left their mark for being some truly terrifying characters. For all that it did, Resident Evil 7 was arguably well-received and series newcomer Ethan Winters became a new face that fans will remember, even if he technically never had a face to show. The new direction looked like a winning formula for Capcom, so it was natural that the developers would tread familiar ground while…