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Games Review: Mario + Rabbids: Donkey Kong Adventure (Switch, 2018): More of the same

Ubisoft returns to Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, the surprise strategy hit of 2017, with a lengthy new slab of DLC with Donkey Kong in the spotlight. To call Donkey Kong Adventure an “expansion” in the strictest sense might be to oversell it. It doesn’t really add much to the game that wasn’t there already. What it is, is more — much more — of what you enjoyed last year. Continue reading Games Review: Mario + Rabbids: Donkey Kong Adventure (Switch, 2018): More of the same

Game Review: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Switch, 2018) spins its way onto all Major Platforms.

I had the pleasure of diving back into the way back machine with the old overgrown, orange marsupial last week with Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy on the Nintendo Switch. Crash, despite a few niggling flaws, it still holds up magnificently after 22 years thanks to its wonderful remaster of the very first 3 games in Naughty Dog’s original video game releases that started way back in 1996. Continue reading Game Review: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Switch, 2018) spins its way onto all Major Platforms.

Games Review: Mario Tennis Aces (Switch, 2018) nails the sports-fighter hybrid

Introducing fighting elements to a tennis game was a clever move from Camelot, and its one which carries much of Mario Tennis Aces into uncharted territory, giving the gameplay just enough depth to justify stamping this as the finest Mario Tennis title to date. While there is most certainly a feeling of missed opportunities peppered through the game, there’s enough here to celebrate the franchise’s return with Nintendo smartly playing off the additional mechanics in creative (expected for a Mario game) and genuinely humourous ways. Continue reading Games Review: Mario Tennis Aces (Switch, 2018) nails the sports-fighter hybrid

Games Review: The Crew 2 (PS4, 2018) is a fun ride, but fails to transform the genre into anything new

The Crew 2 immediately presents itself as a different kind of racer, drawing on its arcade-like mechanics of the past, while infusing they with new mechanics encouraging transformation and an even bigger variety of vehicles to choose from, across the land, sea and sky. Seems like an improvement right? Well, not exactly. While The Crew 2 doesn’t do anything terribly, i fails to utilise it’s engaging mechanics into a consistent experience that leaves me feeling like while The Crew 2 has a ton to offer, it ultimately felt like a giant missed opportunity. Continue reading Games Review: The Crew 2 (PS4, 2018) is a fun ride, but fails to transform the genre into anything new

Tech Review: Elgato Game Capture HD60 S: Easy does it

Younger audiences don’t give a shit about television. They watch Netflix, they watch YouTube and, in greater numbers than ever, they’re watching Twitch. This means that Twitch has become an attractive platform for streamers of all stripes to get their start. Elgato’s HD60 S is, for the first-time streamer, exactly the kind of kit you need as you set out on the road to internet stardom. Continue reading Tech Review: Elgato Game Capture HD60 S: Easy does it

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: Prey: Mooncrash (PS4, 2018): Giant Steps Are What You Take

The surprise release of Prey: Mooncrash flew under radar at E3, buried among hype for the next Elder Scrolls, the bombastic Rage 2, and Starfield among other brilliant announcements. The original title has often been similarly ignored, and considering it was a strong early contender for game of the year in 2017, it’s high time that the rebooted franchise realised its true potential. Continue reading Games Review: Prey: Mooncrash (PS4, 2018): Giant Steps Are What You Take

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: Lego The Incredibles (PS4, 2018): Saving the world one brick at a time

With the world of LEGO dominating the video game market with numerous adaptations of beloved properties, a venture based on The Incredibles films seems like a natural fit.  With The Incredibles 2 out in cinemas, you may think that LEGO’s “cash grab” tactics may be at play here. Well, you would be terribly mistaken. LEGO The Incredibles takes various mechanics, visuals and an overall sense of charm gained from previous LEGO titles, culminating in one of the more engaging and nostalgic experiences I’ve had in quite some time.  Continue reading Games Review: Lego The Incredibles (PS4, 2018): Saving the world one brick at a time