Category Archives: Nintendo Switch

Games Review: Paladins: Champions of the Realm (Nintendo Switch, 2018) provides fast team-based action on the go

Let’s get one thing straight. Paladins does little to hide its Overwatch inspirations. Team-based multiplayer action tied together with an expansive and varied roster of heroes, it may come down to poor timing that Paladins lacks the originality it arguably deserves. But it doesn’t end there, as the Switch version gives users an experience so far unseen on Nintendo’s portable platform. Continue reading Games Review: Paladins: Champions of the Realm (Nintendo Switch, 2018) provides fast team-based action on the go

Games Review: Paladins: Champions of the Realm (PC, 2018): Something borrowed, something new

There is a trend in modern AAA game design of pinching the best ideas from other games and building on them to create something new. Hi-Rez Studios is a developer that has built a successful portfolio by doing exactly this. They are very good at looking at successful multiplayer games, distilling their most enjoyable components and putting their own spin on them. When Hi-Rez’s team shooter/MOBA hybrid Paladins went into early access a couple of years ago, a major source of amusement among the gaming community was in how closely, sometimes shamelessly, it resembled Blizzard’s Overwatch. Continue reading Games Review: Paladins: Champions of the Realm (PC, 2018): Something borrowed, something new

Games Review: The Banner Saga (Switch, 2018) Take Me Home, Nordic Roads

The Banner Saga has had a long journey to appearing on the Switch, having first arrived as an indie PC and mobile title in 2014, and being ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016. It’s surprising that the title didn’t appear sooner on the Switch, because for all intents and purposes, it’s the perfect console for this unique, turn-based strategy game. Continue reading Games Review: The Banner Saga (Switch, 2018) Take Me Home, Nordic Roads

Games Review: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (PS4, 2018): Get a load of Ryu’s big package

The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is a wonderful little package, collecting twelve of the best Street Fighter titles in sleekly presented single game format. Twelve Street Fighter titles, you might say? But didn’t they just release Street Fighter V? Well, hold onto your hats folks because the 30th Anniversary Collection doesn’t just collect the best of Street Fighter, it collects ALL of Street Fighter, including every reiteration, re-release, remaster and rejig of the classic Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha and Street Fighter III. That includes no less than five different incarnations of Street Fighter II and three incarnations of its sequel. Continue reading Games Review: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (PS4, 2018): Get a load of Ryu’s big package

New and affordable online service pricing plans revealed for the Nintendo Switch

Calling all Nintendo Switch owners! It’s no secret that Nintendo is yet to launch it’s official online component for its latest console release, the Nintendo Switch. That however, is now a thing of the past, as Nintendo have announced their pricing plans for its subscription based service, launching in September.... Continue Reading

Games Review: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy (Switch, 2018): We Are Fighting Dreamers

Growing up, I was completely obsessed by the Naruto anime, to the point where I once went to a birthday party dressed as series antagonist, Sasuke. It was an embarrassing time. In 2018, Naruto and its sequel anime Naruto Shippuden have long since ended, with the once rambunctious and wild-spirited Naruto all grown up. Having achieved his lifelong dream of becoming hokage and starting a family, Naruto has passed on the reigns of his long-running media franchise to his son, Boruto. Continue reading Games Review: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy (Switch, 2018): We Are Fighting Dreamers

Games Review: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch, 2018): Rare re-invention

I can’t imagine that Retro Studios took on the job of making a new Donkey Kong Country game lightly. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it kept a lot of them up at night. Donkey Kong Country is quite rightly regarded as a masterpiece, a feat of technical wizardry and genius game design even its own sequels had to work hard to match up. Continue reading Games Review: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch, 2018): Rare re-invention

Games Review: Kirby Star Allies (Switch, 2018): You’ve Got A Friend In Me

Kirby Star Allies was so disgustingly cute that it made me want to vomit. From its charming and delightful characters to its friendship-based co-operative gameplay, everything about Star Allies is just plain adorable. When Kirby’s friends are low on health, he heals them by ‘kissing’ them, generating tiny love hearts across the screen. When presented with obstacles, Kirby and his friends form together to create super-powered friendship moves, including the Friendship Circle and Friendship Trains, each of which annihilate all enemies in your path. Continue reading Games Review: Kirby Star Allies (Switch, 2018): You’ve Got A Friend In Me

Games Review: Atomik: RunGunJumpGun (Switch, 2018): Does what it says on the tin

Atomik: RunGunJumpGun is absolutely maddening. I’ve been trying to come up with a way to describe it for a week now and the best I’ve got is “the bastard offspring of a bullet hell shmup and Flappy Bird.” That really covers all the bases I think. You will know, based on this description, whether Atomik is for you. Continue reading Games Review: Atomik: RunGunJumpGun (Switch, 2018): Does what it says on the tin

Games Review: Wulverblade (Switch, 2018): Angry Scots take over the arcade

Those who grew up in the 80’s and early 90’s will remember the heady days of the video game arcade. Magical places full of light and noise and games you couldn’t play anywhere else. Going to the movies meant visiting the arcade next door, and I would beeline for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cabinetStreets of Rage-style side scrolling beat-em-ups were easy fodder for arcades back in the day — beating up the regular enemies with your friends was really satisfying and fun, and then they’d hit you with a boss that was bone-crushingly difficult. Designers did this on purpose — you’d all get wiped and have to throw another $2 coin at the game to carry on. Wulverblade continues this arcade tradition with an historical bent. Continue reading Games Review: Wulverblade (Switch, 2018): Angry Scots take over the arcade