Category Archives: Reviews

Video Games Review: NBA 2K17 (PS4, 2016)

Basketball is one of the few American sports I follow zealously. A long-time Celtics fan (you heard me, wannafightaboudit), I find myself with a love-dread relationship with basketball video games. NBA 2K17 comes loaded for bear with an involved My Career mode that gets right to heart of my idiosyncratic relationship to these games.  Continue reading Video Games Review: NBA 2K17 (PS4, 2016)

Video Games Review: Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One, 2016)

GOD, I love the Forza Horizon series. It’s everything I want in a racing game — a balance of work hard/play hard — race now, then go where you like, in whatever car you want and just enjoy the act of doing that. It’s a total breath of fresh air, especially after the endless procession of staid, serious racing sims we see in this industry (and that includes its Forza Motorsport stablemate).

Here’s the thing, though: Forza Horizon 3 is one of the strangest gaming experiences I’ve ever had. Why? Because it’s set in not one, but two cities with which I am intimately familiar. Continue reading Video Games Review: Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One, 2016)

Video Games Review: Just Sing (PS4, 2016)

Just Sing is the latest entry in the storied genre of video games that involves singing at your television and have it grade your abilities with cold, unfeeling science. Singstar dominated the genre (and sales charts) back in the PS2 era, but no karaoke game since has managed to crack the code the way Singstar did. Just Sing gives it a red hot go, however, bringing a few interesting new ideas to the table, but a sense that this was a game made on the cheap pervades the entire experience. Continue reading Video Games Review: Just Sing (PS4, 2016)

Video Games Review: The Tomorrow Children (PS4, 2016)

It gets me giddy with excitement when developers like Q-Games steps outside the norm to try something original. The Tomorrow Children is so far from their usual fan-fare of PixelJunk titles you would think they have a pretty damn good reason to try and bring something original to their line-up. On the concept itself, they have achieved that goal. In execution however, not so much. Continue reading Video Games Review: The Tomorrow Children (PS4, 2016)

Video Games Review: ReCore (Xbox One, 2016)

There was a period between 2002 and 2007, lets call it the post-Ocarina of Time era, where action adventure games found a formula that worked and then stuck to it like glue. A plucky protagonist visits many, varied locations, delves into dungeons, collect treasure and items, upgrades their skills and eventually finds themselves in a showdown with the story’s big bad. ReCore operates wholly in the tradition of these games, and that may be where it will either firmly gain or immediately lose your interest. Continue reading Video Games Review: ReCore (Xbox One, 2016)

Video Games Review: Monster Hunter Generations (3DS, 2016)

Monster Hunter, Capcom’s hunter-gatherer action RPG series, has stuck around for quite a few years, first appearing on PlayStation systems with inventive, straight-forward gameplay and a winning formula: prep for quests, head out on quests, and complete those quests, usually by bagging and tagging magnificent Jurassic-inspired beasts. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Continue reading Video Games Review: Monster Hunter Generations (3DS, 2016)

Video Games Review: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4, 2016)

I honestly don’t know what Deus Ex fans would have done without Eidos Montreal. After a debut outing that became a modern classic, a poorly-received sequel in Deus Ex: Invisible War and whatever the hell Project: Snowblind was supposed to be, the series languished until Eidos Montreal came along to rescue it in 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Now, with that experience guiding them forward, Eidos Montreal returns to the world of Adam Jensen in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Continue reading Video Games Review: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4, 2016)

Video Games Review: Madden NFL 17 (PS4, 2016)

Remember in the late-2000’s when Madden was terrible for a while there? Those dark days are well and truly over. For the third year running, Madden NFL 17 proves itself to be one of the industry’s best examples of a developer not only taking feedback on board, but doing something with it. Continue reading Video Games Review: Madden NFL 17 (PS4, 2016)