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MLB The Show 22 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-sSArupn7k Annual sports games are probably some of the toughest games to review, at least for me. With the core gameplay staying the same apart from little tweaks here and there, it would be unreasonable to expect a total refresh every time. Just as NBA 2K is to basketball, MLB The Show is to Baseball – they are both the best games in their respective fields and their gameplay has been refined over the years almost to perfection at this point in time. MLB The Show 22 is the latest release from Sony’s San Diego Studio and is also the first time we will be seeing the game on the Switch as well. It couldn’t get any weirder for me as I booted up my Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch only to see a PS Studios intro reel playing. What a world we live…

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Review https://youtu.be/e9ldIurDMgo LEGO is a brand that needs no introduction. This line of construction toys has sparked the imagination and creativity of millions the world over, ending up representing popular IPs like Batman, Harry Potter, and of course, Star Wars. Not limited to toys, LEGO has also managed to find its way into other platforms like movies and video games, focusing on a more casual feel in terms of challenge and geared towards a more general audience with some comedic and lighthearted elements. This latest release, entitled LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, is as long and hearty as its name suggests. It contains all 9 mainline films from the Prequel, Classic, and Sequel Trilogies all in one game. Spin-offs like Rogue One and other Star Wars-related releases like The Mandalorian are not initially included here but will come in as DLC later. With…

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition Review As someone who grew up in the era of the classic RPGs from the 80s and 90s, Chrono Cross holds a special place in my heart. Titles like this along with Xenogears and other classics from the company known back then as Squaresoft really defined the genre and basically made it what it is now. Fast forward to 2022 and against all odds, we get a remaster of the classic from 1999 entitled Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition. Expectations are sky-high, especially for longtime fans of the game such as myself. While it would be easy to make the hasty assumption of “it was good then, it should still be good now,” there’s also the issue of the actual remaster. Considering that this is a game that is high on the list of many old-school gamers, it would be a travesty if…

A Place For The Unwilling Review https://youtu.be/DF1FqK8BoOM A Place For The Unwilling is an investigative visual novel with RPG elements developed by AlPixel Games. Its stylized visuals and the foreboding narrative takes you into the role of the friend of Henry Allen, a haunted man who ended his life and left you with his estate. In 21 Days, the city will crumble, and it is up to you to use Henry’s resources and influence to find the truth that shrouds the town or get caught up with its politics and sink in its eventual doom. What interested me about A Place For The Unwilling is the mystery surrounding its intriguing plot as well as its unique style reminiscent of Braid. One could describe the story as Lovecraftian as many of its themes and motifs are based on Lovecraft’s interconnected universe. Instead of focusing on the monsters, what piqued my interest…

Weird West Review Weird West is a western horror RPG by Wolfeye Studios and published by Devolver Digital which basically takes all of the fringe encounters you experience when roaming the outskirts of the Red Dead Redemption Badlands and turns it into its own game. Weird West starts off like any given Western, with the story of Jane Bell, a retired bounty hunter thrown back into the fray when her son is killed and her husband captured by a human trafficking ring. As she delves deeper into the gang behind the crime, she realizes that the humans trafficked are literal cattle to be served to Sirens, a cannibalistic shapeshifting troupe. Welcome to the Weird West, indeed. The game takes you through an interconnected story told through different characters that live in this hellish world, experiencing these encounters and living to tell their tale once it’s done. The deeper you go…

Stranger of Paradise: FF Origin Review Chaos! Stranger of Paradise: FF Origin quickly became a source of quality meme material after it was first announced last year due to its obsession with a certain 5 letter word. It was a very different take, one that would eventually lead to comparisons to Nioh thanks to Team Ninja’s involvement in the game. Stranger of Paradise: FF Origin’s premise is simple and straightforward – go out and kill Chaos. You are Jack Garland, a gruff and emotionless hero who knows nothing else but to hunt down Chaos. Leading a team of ragtag party members, some of who you meet while walking down a dusty road, agreeing to join the Chaos hunt and sealing it with a fist bump. The game is ridiculous and oftentimes cringe-worthy when it comes to dialogue and story beats, but Stranger of Paradise: FF Origin has a lot going…

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (2022) Review Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4 was a major hit back in 2008 on the PlayStation 2 and was popular enough to get an enhanced release on the PlayStation Vita, an anime adaptation, a stage play, and spinoff games like the rhythm-based game Persona 4 Dancing All Night and fighting game Persona 4 Arena. Persona 4 Arena, developed by Arc System Works, was such a big deal that it got a sequel with more added features called Persona 4 Arena Ultimax in 2013. Fast forward to 2022 and we’re once again stepping into the fighting game ring with a brand new port. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax sees the main character of Persona 4, Yu Narukami, returning to the peaceful town of Inaba to spend the Golden Week holiday with his close friends and family – individuals he has formed unbreakable bonds with. The vacation is…

Five Nights At Freddy’s: Security Breach Review As someone who has been a mostly console-based player his whole life, the Five Nights at Freddy’s remained a mystery to me. I’ve admittedly never played an FNAF game before, but have watched some streams and videos about its infamous jump scares. As someone who is not particularly fond of horror games, I was cautious about actually playing the game because I didn’t want to give myself a heart attack in broad daylight. Fast forward to 2022 (or December 2021, rather) and we have Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, the latest in a long line of games that have captured the imagination and attention of audiences worldwide. Without talking about previous installments, given the fact that the series has quite its rich history, I’ll be treating this review from the perspective of a first-time player and see if it is enjoyable enough…

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Review Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands IS Borderlands, but with magic, guns, magic guns, and Fantasy-4 explosives (get it?). I’ve talked about this in our preview from a few weeks ago, and since then I’ve been able to play more of it to see just how much crazier things can get. There’s a sinking feeling inside that what has taken me a number of hours to play could easily become a hundred or more, reminiscent of the times I spent on Warframe, Destiny, and of course, Borderlands. The premise is you, the player, are marooned in a cave where Tiny Tina (my favorite explosive firecracker played by Ashly Burch) entertains you and a couple of other captive audience members to play Bunkers & Badasses, the equivalent of Dungeons & Dragons in this world. Since it’s THIS world – everything is dialed up to 11, except now you get spells…

Ghostwire: Tokyo Review Ghostwire: Tokyo didn’t quite strike me as a must-play game when it was first announced. The trailers didn’t quite paint an accurate picture of what to expect and the only thing I was leaning on was that it was a first-person action horror game and the final Bethesda game making its way as a Playstation 5 console exclusive developed by Shinji Mikami’s Tango Gameworks. The premise of Ghostwire: Tokyo is simple: you take the role of Akito Izumi, a troubled youth taking care of his comatose sister, who wakes up in an empty Shibuya where its entire population has vanished. The evil forces behind prepare for a grand ritual that involves sacrificing the souls of The Vanished, including Akito’s sister Mari. Akito must then cooperate with a spirit, KK, to use his newfound spiritual energy to combat malevolent spirits known as the “Visitors” and restore order to…

Babylon’s Fall Review I probably share the same sentiment with many that when Babylon’s Fall was revealed, it really didn’t blow me away, considering this was from Platinum Games. Yes, the same company known for their work on titles such as Nier: Automata and Bayonetta. Didn’t exactly help either that the trailers looked really rough, and with “live-service” being plastered across it, you’ve got a recipe for disaste… well, not quite, but you get what I mean. Fast forward to its release, I accepted taking this on with an open mind. Babylons Fall is a game where you take the role of a Sentinel, enslaved warriors by an oppressive empire, to defend and scout the Tower of Babylon. Furthermore, they are cannon fodder meant to be thrown against the fearsome Gallu, supernatural beings that roam the different gates of the Tower of Babylon. As an initiate to the Sentinels, each…

WWE 2K22 Review Saying that WWE 2K20 had problems during its release is a massive understatement. Where do we even start – The confusing control scheme? Nightmare-inducing character models? The glitch-filled gameplay? The lack of requested game modes? The laughable story campaign? Did we forget anything? After taking some much-needed time off and skipping a year to go back to the drawing board, we fast forward to 2022 and the celebrated franchise is finally back just like The Undertaker rising from the dead. Does WWE 2K22 really “hit different”? It certainly looks and feels different Everybody loves a comeback story, and one of the most noticeable improvements in WWE 2K22 is in the visual and animation department, which is a far cry from 2K20. Not only do the character models look good, but those horrible glitches like messed-up hair and getting stuck on the ropes are now a thing of…

Submerged: Hidden Depths Review Submerged: Hidden Depths is an interesting proposition, promising a non-combat “relaxploration” adventure where you can’t die, allowing you to explore post-apocalyptic landscapes to your heart’s content without the stress of a radiated giant crab or robotic dinosaurs attacking you. You won’t even fall off ledges because of a badly timed jump! In Submerged: Hidden Depths, you follow the adventures of siblings Miku and Taku as they explore an abandoned city to rid it of the Black Plant, an infestation poisoning the ruins and affecting the vegetation. Miku is imbued with the power of the Mass, the world’s energy that heals the land of its corruption. By purifying the seeds that connect the ancient city to the Dome, the siblings plan to purify the city to find their new home. Horizon Zero Deaths The biggest question you probably have about Submerged: Hidden Depths is how can you…

Chocobo GP Review Releasing a kart racer on a Nintendo system is always going to be an uphill climb due to the inevitable comparisons with the Mario Kart franchise. Apart from the obvious “home turf” advantage being the official face of the company, the Mario Kart titles have been very good games overall and have perfected a formula that many have tried to do over the years but have fallen short. A franchise that is almost as popular is Final Fantasy and if we’re talking about star power alone, competing with the iconic plumber is certainly within reach, especially when you’ve got the lovable Chocobo fronting the game. Enter Chocobo GP, the sequel to the PS1 Chocobo Racing release from 1997 for the PS1. The game is a lighthearted take on the genre, featuring memorable characters and some surprising mechanics that make it quite easy to pick up and play.…

Gran Turismo 7 Review It’s been nearly 5 years since GT Sport and one has to wonder what’s next for the Gran Turismo series, especially since it has gradually lost its grip of the pole position to other racers over time. Fast forward to 2022, and Gran Turismo 7 finally makes its long-awaited return to the track. There’s a palpable excitement ever since it was first announced nearly 2 years ago and many are anxiously waiting to see if Sony’s racing darling can take the chequered flag once again. Gran Turismo 7 expectedly does that, wrapped in a classy and sophisticated package that’s brimming with confidence and expertise that welcomes racers of all levels. Come one, come all “Gran Turismo 7 might not be for everybody.” This was my first thought as the game loaded on the PS5. Memories of the Gran Turismo’s of old came flooding in, reminding me…