Shadow of War‘s latest expansion, The Desolation of Mordor cuts right to the chase. “Baranor is mortal and carries no Ring of Power. If he does, his story is over. Be careful.” Tackling Shadow of War without Talion’s impressive array of Celebrimbor-backed super powers is an interesting spin on the game’s existing format, pivoting into something that looks a lot like a roguelike. Continue reading Games Review: Middle-earth: Shadow of War – The Desolation of Mordor (Xbox One, 2018)
Destiny 2‘s first expansion, Curse of Osiris, wasn’t a complete disaster but it sure as hell wasn’t a good move either. Already losing players to battle royale juggernauts of PUBG and Fortnite, Osiris cost the game a lot of momentum after a strong launch. A good chunk of content and activities were placed behind Osiris’ paywall and those who weren’t willing to cough up for the new content were also locked out of Strikes. By the time Bungie began to work on these issues it seemed they’d already lost the battle, but they’re soldiering on anyway with a vow to make it up to the community and take the feedback on board. And so we come to Destiny 2‘s second expansion, Warmind. Can Bungie turn things around and reclaim their throne? Continue reading Games Review: Destiny 2: Warmind (PS4, 2018): Better, but not by a lot
Ever since the amazing game Accounting Plus VR from Squanchtendo and Crows Crows Crows, there was no doubt we needed a Rick and Morty VR game. Now a sweet, sweet collaboration between Owlchemy Games, the dev behind Job Simulator, and Adult Swim Games has become a Rick-ality! See what I did there? Continue reading Games Review: Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality (PSVR, 2018), Immersive, Disgusting & Foul Mouthed in a good way!
Dragon’s Crown Pro is kind of a lot. A remaster of Dragon’s Crown, a breathless love letter to the side-scrolling fantasy beat-em-ups of the Golden Axe era, the original both succeeded in its mission and managed to piss a lot of people off with its simplistic gameplay married to some of the most absurd character and art design ever committed to a video game. Now with a fresh coat of paint and kitted out for 4K displays, Dragon’s Crown Pro is back to do it all again. Continue reading Games Review: Dragon’s Crown Pro (PS4, 2018): Glow up
After over five years in development, Sony’s Santa Monica Studio’s God of War is back and I think you know by now, it’s a triumphant return for one of PlayStations greatest anti-hero’s and god defying badasses, Kratos. Continue reading Games Review: God of War (PS4, 2018), Raw, Punishing, Beautiful and Heartfelt
“Fuck the Oscars! This is the real shit, right here.” At least that is what creator and director Josef Fares said loud and clear regarding his new title A Way Out at the 2017 Game Awards. Given his enthusiasm, it wasn’t a stretch to believe that this experience would not be an extremely good one, especially after some of the team from StarBreeze Studios’ excellent Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons all seem to have followed Farez to new developer Hazelight. Continue reading Games Review: A Way Out (PS4, 2018): Greatness through simplicity
Far Cry 5 has been something of a curiosity since it was announced. While an unquestionably brave move to set this new installment of the 14 year old franchise in the United States, many were curious about the game’s motives — given the political and social turmoil in which the US currently finds itself, would Ubisoft be using one of their headline franchises to make some sort of political statement? Depending on where you stand politically, you may be relieved or disappointed to hear the answer is “Sort of? Not really.” Further, its hard to think of a more precarious moment for a game about the American heartland solving its problems with guns to arrive.
Continue reading Games Review: Far Cry 5 (PS4, 2018): Ain’t no easy way out
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a phenomenally gorgeous game, playing host to some of the liveliest and most beautiful environments I’ve ever had the pleasure of traveling through. From a town controlled by the power of luck to dream lands filled with terrifying monsters, Ni No Kuni II takes you on an eye-opening adventure, introducing you to the struggles of King Evan of Ding Dong Dell and his faithful companions. Continue reading Games Review: Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom: Higgledy-Piggledy
I have a genuine love of job simulator games that is both unnerving and inexplicable. I also find them deeply hilarious. The seriousness with which they take themselves and my absolute refusal to take anything seriously makes for a very entertaining combination, at least as far as I’m concerned. Thus, when a code for Pure Farming 2018 arrived in my inbox last week, I was predictably excited.
Continue reading Games Review: Pure Farming 2018 (PS4, 2018): Get to work
It’s been around six months sine Assassin’s Creed Origins arrived and in that time, the game has proven itself to be one with legs. With Curse of the Pharaohs, the game’s latest and largest DLC expansion to date, Ubisoft looks to keep Bayek’s adventure rolling with a trip to Thebes. Continue reading Games Review: Assassin’s Creed Origins: Curse of the Pharaohs DLC (Xbox One X, 2018): Zoinks, gang, it’s a mummy