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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…

Wreckfest Review https://youtu.be/qJdk-hMsruA Wreckfest is one of the free PS Plus games for this month, and from what we’ve played, it’s a fun racing game. Let’s unpack what “fun racing game” means because the ironic part is every other open world game that has a vehicle component also has a racing side quest tucked somewhere in there. From Grand Theft Auto to Cyberpunk 2077 and even Yakuza: Like A Dragon, unless you love racing games on its own, you can find a racing game almost anywhere nowadays. Since Burnout Paradise, I haven’t found another racing game that I would go out of my way to play on its own. Wreckfest gives players the experience of playing a racing game without being good at a racing game. In a way, it’s the same as the vehicle side content in open world games without much skill. Skill would definitely help out in…

When one talks about gaming brands, they’ll immediately think about some of the usual suspects out there. Being a new comer in the space, Vertux doesn’t quite have that luxury just yet, but they are here to make some noise in the local scene because of their comprehensive list of products along with affordable prices. Vertux is a gaming peripheral brand that released just last March in the Philippines, and aims to provide an affordable option for gamers that are looking for some good quality gear for their gaming setup. We got to try out a number of their products over the past couple of weeks and surprisingly, at its price point, these Vertux products show promise. Vertux Sensei Gaming Mouse 3200 dpi optical sensorSide trigger buttonsLightweightPHP495 The Vertux Sensei Gaming Mouse is a no frills product – No need to set anything up, no software needed to install. Just…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL2Qa0MQyuE How do you describe Returnal in twenty words or less? Say “roguelite bullet hell shooter” and you’ll probably get a lot confused looks. I would say, “deep-space mystery where a lone woman relives a really bad day over and over again”. I said “relive”, but I really meant endlessly dying after fighting Lovecraftian-inspired monsters, which is a more accurate description. Entering the world of Returnal puts us in the shoes of Selene, a deep-space science operative, who is marooned in the planet of Atropos investigating a mysterious signal called “White Shadow”. Strangely enough, she encounters audio logs of herself along with dead bodies that resemble her own. After dying for the first time, she wakes up once again on the same debris of her space shuttle Helios to re-do the whole cycle over and over again. There is no romantic interest or groundhogs at the end of the tunnel–it…

Coming from a country whose sports diet consists mostly of Basketball, Baseball is quite a foreign concept to me. Similar to other sports like Football and Soccer, I know of the sport – I’ve watched a few games, I know how the game is played, I’m familiar with the teams and the names of the players, but I’ve never really taken an interest into actually watching it. Thus, I’m excited at the prospect to learn more about it through a medium that I’m more familiar and comfortable with. Enter MLB The Show 21, quite the ‘controversial’ game to say the least, making headlines just weeks before its April 16 release. Once a PlayStation exclusive, MLB The Show 21 is the first time the game is making its way to the Xbox, and day one on Game Pass even, which is sure to bring in a new audience for the title.…

For fans of Yakuza, Judgment was a breath of fresh air back in 2019. With the Kiwami series releasing Yakuza Kiwami 2 in late 2018 and Yakuza: Like A Dragon en route the following year, we were reinvigorated with the adventures of Takayuki Yagami and his quest for redemption on the mean streets of Kamurocho. Was he the next Kazuma Kiryu? Not exactly, but it was a good way to take a look at Kamurocho from the eyes of a non-Yakuza. Fast forward two years later and we finally have the next-gen ports of the game as well as an entryway to the Ryu ga Gotoku series for the eager Xbox Series X|S and Stadia owners. With the timed launch of Yakuza Remastered Collection back in January and Yakuza 6: Song of Life last March for Xbox Series X|S users, it’s a great time to complete your collection with Judgment…

One of the most addictive action-RPG franchises from Japan returns to Nintendo’s handheld console, albeit in a time when most of us wouldn’t have a reason to go out anyways. Monster Hunter Rise is the latest entry in the series of games that, only three years ago, took the world by storm with Monster Hunter World, but now resides once again in the warm fuzzy embrace of the most charming sibling in the family, the Nintendo Switch. At 4 million units shipped over just a weekend, it was seemingly a done deal already as early as when the limited-access demo was released: the formula of MonHun both stands the test of time and the rigors of adapting to modernization. It isn’t the first time Monster Hunter was put on the Switch – MH Generations Ultimate came before it as an HD port of the 3DS release, but it’s hardly a…

https://youtu.be/gjjJbd-pa8g Our recent preview of NieR Replicant was an eye-opener, because I realized that I didn’t really give the game a chance when it first released over 10 years ago. It was never meant to be a conventional title, but rather a trailblazer that subverted the genre in so many ways and was waiting for the right time to finally shine. Now is that time. My experience with the original NIER was quite the strange affair. Being largely an Xbox 360 user back in the 7th generation, the version of the game I’m familiar with is what many others would come to know as NieR Gestalt. NieR Replicant was actually the Japan-exclusive PS3 game that had one massive cosmetic difference – the protagonist was a teenage boy who had a sister named Yonah, while the version that I’ve played featured a 40-something father figure. I remember very little about the…

When we last encountered Balan Wonderworld, we weren’t exactly thrilled by the game. The demo was a mixed bag, with crude looking graphics and frustrating gameplay. It did have some unique character designs and catchy music, but not enough to outweigh the cons. With Balan Wonderworld being the latest project of the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog and Nights into Dreams, we did see some potential from the demo and waited on the final product to see if it can change our minds. After waiting for the final release, suffice to say that it did not have any wonder at all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpUfLwRNDXA Finding your Heart In Balan Wonderworld, you play one of two children: Leo Craig or Emma Cole. Both have different circumstances but are still similar in the sense that both lead a troubled life, leading them to encounter Maestro Balan, the mysterious overseer of the Balan Theater. From…

Before Fantasian, my last foray into Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker Studio was in 2008 with Lost Odyssey. Save for Wii’s The Last Story, Mistwalker has not been making games for consoles for nearly ten years and counting. With a sudden surprise preview the last few months and with the game dropping on Apple Arcade a day shy of April Fool’s, there’s a joke in there somewhere I could not put my finger on. While we’re hoping that the game would launch on the Nintendo Switch, I feel that after trying out this game, don’t count on it coming to any of the consoles any time soon. Also given that this game is the first half of the full experience, we’re only really diving into a part of the game the same way that Final Fantasy VII Remake teased that the entirety of the remake will be situated at Midgar alone. Good…

I haven’t had the privilege to enjoy any console prior to the NES or better known locally as the “Family Computer”, so admittedly Turrican is something that I’ve just heard of but have not had the pleasure of playing until recently. Growing up as a part of that generation, I have the tendency to appreciate old-school experiences, so this was something surprisingly welcome. Turrican Flashback is basically a compilation of 4 Turrican games – Turrican, Turrican II: The Final Fight, Mega Turrican, and Super Turrican. The last title, Super Turrican, is the one I was familiar with but never played, since it released for the Super NES. Many of you who may be familiar with the series will wonder why Super Turrican 2, arguably the best game in the series as hailed by the majority, is missing. I’d ask the same thing myself, but as it stands, for $29.99, you…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tU6uw1tknA&t=1s I personally didn’t have a good first impression of Outriders when I played it back during its Demo period, but the more I jumped in and spent more time with the different classes, I managed to find some semblance of fun due to its crazy progression that almost immediately puts the power in the hands of the players. The story, while nothing new, seems to have something interesting within, especially in conjunction with its lore. The last of the human race are thrown into a hostile planet that chooses among their populace to turn into demigods known as the Altered, and with the protagonist becoming one of these enhanced beings, must lead the rest of the population to survival as the last of an elite exploration team known as Outriders. It’s also funny how the game also attempts to veer away from being referred to as a live service…

Console gaming is my jam, and I’ve been lucky enough to own every major console or handheld release across generations. Between the many cartridges and CD’s and controllers all piled up around the house, console gaming has always been my safe space. I used to do most of my PC gaming in spurts – during the time of Ragnarok Online, Counter-strike 1.3, Diablo II, Overwatch. I even splurged a bit 5 years ago when I picked up an Asus ROG G752, which was such a huge and heavy laptop that I couldn’t even bring it around without pulling a back muscle. But between working from home for the past 5 years and being a father, PC gaming never seemed like an option to me at all. At the end of a work day, I find the need to “disconnect” and spend what little gaming time I had somewhere else. Sleek…

In this time of open world games and battle royales, Josef Fares dares to go against the wave. His previous offering, A Way Out, was widely regarded as a success all things considered, and showed just how good coop games can be when done right. It Takes Two is a game full of heart and sometimes, that should be enough. In this case, Fares goes above and beyond, and offers up a game full of twists and turns, mixing up mechanics and genres to perfection and serves them up in a nicely wrapped audiovisual package that is a joy to experience from the first second to the last. It Takes Two tells the story of a couple that’s soon to divorce, Cody and May. They’ve hit a rough patch in their relationship, and for them, going their own separate ways is the only solution. Their daughter, Rose, is caught in…