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.
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
Unravel 2 is the sort of game that strengthens interpersonal bonds. It’s a wonderful team building exercise, a game cut from the same warm emotional mould as its predecessor but with a rather different point to make. Continue reading Games Review: Unravel 2(Xbox One, 2018): A Common Thread
Jurassic World Evolution is far, far harder than it needs to be. It’s really surprising how difficult the game is at times. Your guests’ wants are often bizarre, the learning curve is a cliff face and the dinosaurs are predictably unsympathetic to your desire to make a buck. I’ll spend hours getting everything in my park running smoothly before a problem cascades out of control, leaving me bankrupt. And yet, I love it and I can’t stop playing it. Continue reading Games Review: Jurassic World Evolution (Xbox One, 2018): “We’re going to make a fortune with this place.”
Game Bants is something new we’re trying here on The Iris, a pair of perspectives on the same topic, a conversation and a less formal review style. Our first crack at this style is a chat between games writer Leah Williams and games editor David Smith about the ancticipated MMO expansion, The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset.
The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is a wonderful little package, collecting twelve of the best Street Fighter titles in sleekly presented single game format. Twelve Street Fighter titles, you might say? But didn’t they just release Street Fighter V? Well, hold onto your hats folks because the 30th Anniversary Collection doesn’t just collect the best of Street Fighter, it collects ALL of Street Fighter, including every reiteration, re-release, remaster and rejig of the classic Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha and Street Fighter III. That includes no less than five different incarnations of Street Fighter II and three incarnations of its sequel. Continue reading Games Review: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (PS4, 2018): Get a load of Ryu’s big package
Vampyr feels like a game that I’ve been waiting nearly 15 years for. Somehow, despite the wild 2008 boom of vampire fiction that followed Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight franchise, video game vampires have often been given the short end of the stick. While there are certain shining examples, from the grim western Darkwatch: Curse of the West, to classic RPG Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, the genre had yet to show off its true potential – until now. Continue reading Games Review: Vampyr (PC, 2018) Will Make A Vamp Outta You
I have bloviated at length on this website about my upbringing as a Sega kid. While the SNES dominated the market, those of us who chose the Sega life knew we had a machine with true gems among its library. The arcade-centric counterpart to the SNES’ far broader appeal, the Mega Drive did its own thing and did it well. Now, a substantial collection of quality titles from the platform are available on modern consoles in pristine 4K. Continue reading Games Review: Sega Mega Drive Classics (Xbox One, 2018): Old school cool
There are certain games that fall into a category I like to call “My Dad Would Love This.” Games in this category typically revolve around war or military history, maintain some degree of simulation and are full to bursting with digital recreations of real world military hardware. Now, after eight years of ongoing development, World of Tanks 1.0 has arrived. And boy, my dad would love this. Continue reading Games Review: World of Tanks 1.0 (PC, 2018): Here comes the boom
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)