Category Archives: Reviews

Video Games Review: F1 2016 (PS4, 2016)

Alright, look. I’m going to level with you right away: I don’t know anything about Formula 1 racing. Why then, you might ask, am I the one reviewing the year’s premiere F1 title? The short answer is because I like throwing myself into games I don’t have a frame of reference for and seeing if they surprise me. Here’s the good news: F1 2016 did surprise me. Continue reading Video Games Review: F1 2016 (PS4, 2016)

Video Games Review: XCOM 2 (PS4, XBOX ONE, 2016)

After spending the last six months as a PC exclusive, XCOM 2 has finally arrived on consoles. With everything going on in the world of gaming and VR, it has taken some time to finally dig into the game and enjoy it while sharing a few little comparisons to its PC counterpart which was released back in February of this year. Continue reading Video Games Review: XCOM 2 (PS4, XBOX ONE, 2016)

Video Games Review: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS, 2016)

It took a few years for gamers outside of Japan to finally see the modern remake of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, a reverent update of one of the longest, most in-depth, and sadly underrated JRPGs of the 21st century. It was originally released for PlayStation in the year 2000, a huge success in the land of the rising sun but a relative (commercial) disappointment everywhere else, despite great reviews. Noted for the length and depth it brought to a series already famous for its simply beautiful and inventive stories, Fragments reiterated the Dragon Quest series as one of the greatest RPG franchises ever made (often it’d completely trump Final Fantasy, both in terms of quality and popularity) and with this particular installment being a series highlight it’s a no-brainer that Nintendo would want to reintroduce it into the world, at a time when traditional RPGs are making a huge comeback. Continue reading Video Games Review: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS, 2016)

Video Games Review: World of Warcraft: Legion (PC, 2016)

12 years. 12 years is a long time to carry an MMO, or any game at all. I should know, I’ve been playing the thing since launch. Having learnt from some of the mistakes made in Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard have ensured that expansion 6 of World of Warcraft takes the game in a very healthy  direction in a vast number of ways. Legion brings a new level cap of 110, the new Demon hunter class, a new continent, a whole new set of character animations and a great deal of gameplay improvements. Most importantly, the expansion is nicely front-loaded and content heavy. In short: Legion delivers. Continue reading Video Games Review: World of Warcraft: Legion (PC, 2016)

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)