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Video Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India (PS4, 2016)

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen a game in Ubisoft’s series of 2.5D Assassin’s Creed sidescrollers. At one point they were set to release throughout 2015 but after Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China didn’t quite set the world on fire, they dropped off the radar a little. Now, Ubi plans to release the remaining two installments one after the other, beginning with Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India. Continue reading Video Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India (PS4, 2016)

Video Games Review: Mario & Luigi Paper Jam Bros (Nintendo 3DS, 2015)

AlphaDream’s Mario & Luigi series has consistently been one of the best and brightest franchises on the Nintendo 3DS, pulling on the rich universe that the Mario brand has created for itself for an expansive, and inventive mix of nostalgia and progression. Nostalgia because most of the humour relies on our attachment to these characters – which is undoubtedly there since Mario has been one of the most endearing game creations of all time – and progression because the games continually find ways to experiment with the tried and tested RPG formula, trading out a more traditional turn-based fighting approach for a blend of timed-action, in-battle mini games, and impressive animation. That’s only the battles as well, games like Mario & Luigi: Bowsers Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Dream Time Bros. each had engaging, memorable story lines that built on unique mechanics as you’d progress. This new one, Paper Jam Bros., continues that penchant for a humourous, innovative push forward for the Mario universe, but it lacks the charm and inspiration of it’s predecessors. This isn’t to say that Paper Jam Bros. is a bad game, at all; it’s just simply not as good as Bowsers Inside Story or Dream Time Bros. ... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: Fat Princess Adventures (PS4, 2015)

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from the Fat Princess franchise. The original game, a blend of single- or multiplayer action and strategy, debuted on the PS4 back in 2009. Things went quiet after that until its sequel, Fat Princess Adventures, was announced and quickly released all within December 2015. Departing from its more strategic roots, Fat Princess Adventures takes an action-RPG focus, bringing mechanics not out of place in a dungeon crawler and blending them its signature brand of humour.

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Video Games Review: Yo-Kai Watch (3DS, 2015)

Level-5 have been sitting on a western release for their Yo-Kai Watch franchise for some time. There were a lot of reasons for this, chief among them being just how steeped in Japanese culture the series is – indeed, Yo-Kai Watch has achieved the same kind of towering popularity in its homeland that the now-waning Pokemon did on release. Nintendo got on board with Level-5 to localise the first game in the franchise, no small task. The result is something that, while still very Japanese, is actual pretty special. Continue reading Video Games Review: Yo-Kai Watch (3DS, 2015)

Video Games Review: Beyond: Two Souls (PS4, 2015)

The thing about Beyond: Two Souls is that, as a video game, it’s rather bad. That might seem like an especially harsh way open a review, but a game that puts as high a premium on storytelling Beyond does means actual gameplay isn’t given a lot of consideration if it doesn’t advance the plot. This kind of game has been referred to as an interactive movie in the past and that descriptor certainly applies here, but where this year’s Until Dawn found an interesting way to play with the genre, Beyond makes me wonder why anyone would pursue it at all. Continue reading Video Games Review: Beyond: Two Souls (PS4, 2015)

Video Games Review: Rainbow Six Siege (PS4, 2015)

The round begins and we’re instantly scrambling to fortify and take up positions against the incoming enemy team. Enemy drones roll about under foot, trying to get the best possible view of what we’re up to before barrelling away to find a hiding spot from where they can watch us. The dull thud of boots on the roof heralds their arrival, followed moments later by the thunderclap of the breaching charge, a cloud of smoke and falling plaster. We’ve got nowhere to go and our only hope for survival is to work together. Continue reading Video Games Review: Rainbow Six Siege (PS4, 2015)

Video Games Review: Star Wars Battlefront (PS4, 2015)

Star Wars Battlefront is designed from the ground up to push your brain’s nostalgia button with relentless, laser precision. It’s full of instantly recognisable locales rendered with uncommon beauty and realism, and a scale that many shooters strive for but seldom achieve. When the look, the sound and the music all comes together at the right moment, it will transport you back to your childhood, watching Return of the Jedi on a tiny CRT TV. Continue reading Video Games Review: Star Wars Battlefront (PS4, 2015)

Video Games Review: Minecraft: Story Mode (Xbox One, 2015)

Minecraft: Story Mode feels like a bit of a narrative passing of the torch in a lot of respects. Its first two episodes are filled with clever references that kids who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s will pounce on but the bulk of its story is aimed squarely at the next generation of players. Continue reading Video Games Review: Minecraft: Story Mode (Xbox One, 2015)

Video Games Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PS4, 2015)

In many ways, Call of Duty: Black Ops III has to deal with the same design problems that Advanced Warfare, and even Ghosts, had to deal with. What can you do to keep a franchise that ruled the roost in one hardware generation fresh and interesting while still providing new ideas and features that move things forward in a worthwhile way? Continue reading Video Games Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PS4, 2015)