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God of War Ragnarok Review God of War Ragnarok is the latest in a long line of contemporary myths from Sony’s elite stable of first-party studios. The team at Santa Monica Studio has a lofty task ahead of them as they try to emulate the success of the masterpiece that was God of War 2018. If our preview was any indication, the first few hours of the game were comparable to lightning striking twice—high praise for the long-awaited and highly anticipated follow-up, and nothing less for this premiere IP. While we can’t wait to tell you everything that excites us about this title, bear in mind that we will do our best to be as spoiler-free as possible, as the majesty of God of War Ragnarok shines brightest when experienced with the freshest of eyes. This means no story beats, no big plot reveals, and no surprise screenshots. We want…

Valkyrie Elysium Review Fans of Square Enix games throughout the years may recall a little RPG series based on Norse Mythology. No no, not the one with that bald guy. Of course, we’re talking about Valkyrie Profile! The game was known for its innovative gameplay at the time, featuring highlights like its flashy combat and the Einherjar system. When a new game in the Valkyrie series was announced earlier this year, fans gave notice. A chance to step back into the world of Midgard was a dream come true, considering it’s been a while since the last game. Valkyrie Elysium isn’t exactly the comeback worthy of the gods, bogged down by repetitive systems and a rushed storyline that fails to capture the curiosity of the players throughout their playthrough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJReDSNL4vc Another Game, Another Ragnarok The threat of Ragnarok looms over the world, and the All-Father Odin has ordered his newly…

Santa Monica Studio has the difficult and unenviable task of trying to capture lightning in a bottle once again with God of War Ragnarok. God of War (2018) was a masterpiece on every front, managing to take the broken anti-hero that is Kratos and turning him into a more nuanced man in a state of journeying, all while attempting to connect to his son, Atreus. God of War Ragnarok continues directly where the first game left off as the father and son start to deal with the consequences of their actions. Throughout their treacherous journey, they have slain various beings related to some of the most powerful deities in the Nine Realms. Now, as Kratos prepares Atreus for the difficult road ahead, he also has to contend with his son’s limitless potential and what that would mean for their world at hand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfJ4Km46A-0 “Hyped” was strangely not how I would…

New Tales From the Borderlands Review After years of uncertainty, Gearbox Software has finally brought this Borderlands spin-off back to life with its latest installment, New Tales from the Borderlands. You’ll immediately notice that this isn’t from Telltale, but that’s alright! Gearbox previously spoke about how this New Tales is “its own product” and a stand-alone experience, all while remaining a spiritual successor to the beloved title. Set on the planet of Promethea, this 5-episode saga dives past the well-documented adventures of various Vault Hunters and instead, revolves around 3 relative nobodies new to the business of being the center of attention in a world full of gun-toting and treasure-hunting. If anything, Borderlands veterans will certainly recognize the planet and corporations involved, but the game does not require prior knowledge of the other entries in the franchise to be enjoyed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8688wNaRnD0&t=7s See The World Through Their Eyes In New Tales…

Gotham Knights Review As one of the big-ticket releases this month, Warner Bros. Games and WB Montreal’s Gotham Knights certainly has a lot to live up to. Often compared to the Arkham series despite being a totally different game of its own, the main premise is that Batman is dead, and it is up to Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin to lead the crusade against those who wish to bring harm to Gotham City. It’s an interesting prospect, for sure, but a daring one as well. Without the iconic character, these four Knights have big shoes to fill, especially against some of the most infamous DC Super-Villains, such as the crafty Penguin, cold-blooded Mr. Freeze, mastermind criminal influencer Harley Quinn, shape-shifting colossus Clayface, and the mysterious Court of Owls, a secret society made up of Gotham City’s wealthiest families. Your enjoyment of Gotham Knights will largely depend on your…

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection PC Review Hot on the heels of the recently released Spider-Man Remastered for the PC now comes another classic that is making its debut on a system that’s not a PlayStation. It’s no secret that Sony is slowly changing its tune about PC releases, especially regarding their coveted exclusives. Nathan Drake is up next with the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection. Initially released for the PS5 early this year, the Legacy of Thieves Collection brings together Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in one unmissable package. This time around, leveraging the power of the PC, the adventures of Drake and the gang are sure to look better at every turn. For our PS5 review of Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, you can check that out HERE. For this review, we’ll be looking at the PC-specific features that players can expect from…

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Review Unlikely combinations have a strange way of working out, and coming from a surprisingly well-received first outing entitled Battle Kingdom back in 2017, expectations are high for this latest adventure from Mario and the wacky Rabbids. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, much like the first, is a turn-based strategy game that brings together lovable characters from both the Mario and Rabbids worlds into one zany title. While the base formula remains the same, Ubisoft has made key changes that further improve the gameplay in refreshing ways while still keeping things familiar to fans. Almost everything in Sparks of Hope is a huge upgrade from the first game, resulting in an outing that’s truly out of this world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEAusFKB368 Intergalactic Adventure The premise of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope revolves around Mario, Luigi, Peach, and their Rabbid counterparts and their quest to…

NieR: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition Review Initially released back in 2017, NieR: Automata took the gaming scene by storm. This sequel was praised by many, pointing to its inventive mix of gameplay mechanics, masterful soundtrack, and intriguing storytelling that required multiple playthroughs to fully appreciate. After receiving PC and Xbox ports over the years, the game finally comes to the Nintendo Switch in 2022. Announced during a Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase back in June, many rejoiced at the prospect of playing the complete version of the acclaimed title on the go. Much more asked a question: Can the Switch actually run the game? Owing to a miraculous port from the team at Virtuos, who has worked on Switch ports of titles like Dying Light and Bioshock: The Collection, NieR: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition is a dream come true for Switch owners and is worthy of a…

NBA 2K23 Review NBA 2K23 is back and better than ever. Or is it? Featuring Devin Booker and bringing back His Airness Michael Jordan along with the aptly named Jordan Challenge, it sounds like a routine outing to retain the crown as the best basketball game out there. With advancements in technology allowing for a more realistic playing experience, there’s only so much that 2K and Visual Concepts can do to add to the overall package that will merit a totally different feel. For this year, a variety of subtle changes made based on player feedback and real-life conditions make this year quite possibly the most realistic installment yet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTrwNlJ_k9c This or that? As someone who always tries out MyCAREER first over anything else, I was excited to see what scenario would be offered this year. Despite its cheesiness, the 2K20 MyCAREER story was a personal favorite due to its…

Serial Cleaners Review Published by 505 Games and developed by Draw Distance, Serial Cleaners places you in the role of an underworld cleaner who makes the murders of the mob go away. Bob from Serial Cleaner, the first game, makes a return in this sequel, and hot on his heels are three of his associates who he recruited throughout the ’90s. As a follow-up to the equally enjoyable Serial Cleaner that focused on Bob’s career in the ’70s, Serial Cleaners pivots into a more story-driven game, and while many of the gameplay features have been improved upon, it feels a lot less like an arcade game and more like a sweeping crime epic along the lines of Grand Theft Auto and Disco Elysium. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vekrvqDI8iA Bring Your Own Vacuum Serial Cleaners is an upgrade from the first game in almost every way possible, amping up much of the presentation while keeping…

Return to Monkey Island Review The Secret of Monkey Island is a household name in point-and-click adventure games. First released in 1990, the game was written and directed by Ron Gilbert, and it became one of the genre’s greats due mainly to its storytelling and memorable cast. While Monkey Island would release a number of games over the years, fans have long waited for a return that would see Guybrush Threepwood take on the lead role again. Nearly 30 years after Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, Gilbert opens up the treasure chest, giving the gaming world Return to Monkey Island. Long-awaited is quite an understatement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKub-41C0BE It’s been a long time since I last played any form of Monkey Island, long enough to have a very foggy memory of the events that went down during previous installments. Despite that, playing Return to Monkey Island was such a pleasant experience and…

The Diofield Chronicle Review The Diofield Chronicle is a strategy JRPG from Square Enix that gave me strong Final Fantasy Tactics vibes when the original trailer dropped during a previous PlayStation State of Play showcase. With the release of other similar games earlier this year, including Triangle Strategy, I was optimistic that this sub-genre would see its imminent rise once again. In the game, you follow the exploits of Andrias Rhondarson and his band of mercenaries, The Blue Foxes, as they change the course of history in the war-torn Kingdom of Alletain. Defending their country against the Trovelt-Schoevian empire, the Blue Foxes will take all the help that they can get to thwart this massive invasion, even relying on ancient magicks to aid their cause. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm5YQWeIjQM RTS, Japanese-style Upon playing the demo just last month, The Diofield Chronicle was quick to impress. Considering that the genre really hasn’t improved much…

TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection Review One of the most iconic symbols of 80s pop culture is without a doubt the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). If you grew up during those times, you can thank these heroes in a half-shell for your pizza cravings and introduction to famous artists like Leonardo and Michelangelo. Since their debut, the turtles have appeared in nearly every form of media up to the present, from live-action to comics, to cartoons, and, of course, video games. As early as the 8-bit/16-bit/handheld/arcade era, TMNT definitely made its presence known. A quick search will show over a dozen TMNT games, and without knowing where to start, players might be shell-shocked. Konami has come up with a convenient answer, serving up some of the most well-loved TMNT classics in one awesome package – TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uOX4rDyXBI More games than pizza toppings If you’ve purchased Konami’s Castlevania…

Steelrising Review It’s been a while since we’ve played Bloodborne, and it will be a while longer until we finally experience Lies of P. In terms of scratching that steampunk Souslike itch, we looked no further than the recently released game from Nacon and Spiders, Steelrising. Steelrising is set in a fully re-imagined France during the 1789 French Revolution. With the aid of his nefarious alchemist, Cagliostro, King Louis XVI–The Clockwork King–has quelled the insurrection caused by his ministry by unleashing “timeless automatons,” clockwork machinations that massacre the common folk. Queen Marie Antoinette sends her personal automaton, Aegis, on a mission to put an end to the Clockwork King’s madness. Because we’re reviewing Steelrising after the Day One patch, we’re obviously playing at an advantage of certain fixes being patched in. To mix things up a bit more, we’re checking out the “Assist Mode” that comes with the game, which…

Inscryption Review Inscryption was all the rage last year when it was getting nominated as one of the best independent games due to its unique gameplay and story. Just like Wildermyth, the only barrier to entry for console gamers is that it was previously exclusive to the PC. Developed by Daniel Mullins and published by Cult of the Lamb’s Devolver Digital, Inscryption is a roguelike deck builder that combines escape room elements, nerve-wracking card battles, and found footage horror for a unique experience. Inscryption opens in a dark and eerie cabin where you’re engaged in a board game with a mysterious storyteller. You have no recollection of where you’re from except that you’ve just stumbled into a dark forest. With no other choices, you indulge the figure and play their card game. From the get-go, it feels like you’ve just launched into a game of GWENT, or for the more…