Category Archives: Reviews

Games Review: WarioWare Gold (3DS, 2018): It’s Wario’s World, We’re Just Living In It

WarioWare Gold is the latest in a long line of bizarre, microgame collections that can best be described as Dada art. Gold is the culmination of 15 years of WarioWare goodness, featuring the best microgames of the past, and brand new microgames for the future. You’ll be glad to know that it’s lost none of its charm. Continue reading Games Review: WarioWare Gold (3DS, 2018): It’s Wario’s World, We’re Just Living In It

Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esport Gaming Headphones: Practically perfect

The Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esport Gaming Headphones, the latest refresh of Plantronics’ longrunning RIG 500 line, are about as close to the perfect gaming headset as any I’ve ever used. Continue reading Tech Review: Plantronics RIG 500 Pro Esport Gaming Headphones: Practically perfect

Games Review: Sonic Mania Plus (Switch, 2018): Must go faster

Look, I reviewed Sonic Mania when it launched last year. I found it to be a breath of fresh air in a series comprehensively and aggressively starved of it for decades. It was the kind of modern update that walks an incredibly fine line, paying homage to what came before and pushing the property forward in a meaningful way. I’ve written this all already and you can read that review here if you like. This review piece will be about what’s new in Sonic Mania Plus, the game’s first big content update since launch. Continue reading Games Review: Sonic Mania Plus (Switch, 2018): Must go faster

Games Review: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Switch, 2018)

Wolfenstein II‘s latest Nazi-stomping iteration was one of the biggest and best FPS releases of last year, praised for its original script, compelling characters and bucketloads of aggressive, absorbing gameplay; the title — officially Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus — once again reinvented a classic franchise and continued the quality from The New Order and The Old Blood. It’s alt-history context reimagines the most terrifying World War II outcome imaginable, in that the Nazis have won and taken over the entire world, United States included. Cue story about uprising and American revolution and all that jazz — not the most creative framework, but one which was proven by it’s near-perfect pacing and engaging story. Continue reading Games Review: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Switch, 2018)

Games Review: Hand of Fate 2 (Switch, 2018): A good deal more

Hand of Fate 2, the card-based role-player by Brisbane-based Defiant Development, launched on major platforms last year. Its Nintendo Switch port took a little longer to arrive, but arrive it has and, for Switch owners, it was worth the wait. Continue reading Games Review: Hand of Fate 2 (Switch, 2018): A good deal more

Games Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch, 2018): A Brief, But Delightful Charm

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker finally landed its port on the Switch and DS this week, having not played it on the Wii U back when it was released in November of 2014 I was extremely stoked that I would get to finally play what everyone was raving about. Continue reading Games Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch, 2018): A Brief, But Delightful Charm

Games Review: Inside (Switch, 2018): Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride

Playdead’s Inside follows rather closely in the footsteps of Limbo, the developer’s debut title. Though it revisits many of the mechanics that made Limbo so interesting, Inside has a purpose and a story to tell that is as different to its predecessor as its possible to be. On the Switch, that story can now be experienced anywhere. Continue reading Games Review: Inside (Switch, 2018): Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride

Games Review: Limbo (Switch, 2018): Doing a lot with very little

I can’t believe that eight years after its release, Limbo still holds up as well as it does. Ported to the Nintendo Switch alongside its Playdead stablemate Inside, the game makes the system its home with ease. Given its straightforward mechanics and stripped back, atmospheric presentation, this does not come as a surprise. Continue reading Games Review: Limbo (Switch, 2018): Doing a lot with very little

Games Review: Octopath Traveler (Switch, 2018): Looking back, moving forward

I have a rule when it comes to playing games for review: Remain objective, even when the game is in a genre you aren’t crazy about. Last week, I broke that rule. I had assumed I would detest Octopath Traveler. I had resigned myself to reviewing yet another JRPG, despite my long and well-documented history of not enjoying the genre one bit. I expected to hate it, so the fact that I love it as much as I do has come as a bit of a surprise. A loving homage to Square’s legendary Super Nintendo RPG’s, Octopath Traveler will remind you of everything you loved about that era, and everything you didn’t. Continue reading Games Review: Octopath Traveler (Switch, 2018): Looking back, moving forward