Kirby Star Allies was so disgustingly cute that it made me want to vomit. From its charming and delightful characters to its friendship-based co-operative gameplay, everything about Star Allies is just plain adorable. When Kirby’s friends are low on health, he heals them by ‘kissing’ them, generating tiny love hearts across the screen. When presented with obstacles, Kirby and his friends form together to create super-powered friendship moves, including the Friendship Circle and Friendship Trains, each of which annihilate all enemies in your path. Continue reading Games Review: Kirby Star Allies (Switch, 2018): You’ve Got A Friend In Me
Attack on Titan has struck a chord with audiences, reaching a level of popularity at home and in the West that many of its contemporaries can only dream of. A video game adaptation was only a matter of time. With 2016’s successful A.o.T.: Wings of Freedom under their belts, developer Omega Force returns for the sequel. We spoke briefly to producer Hisashi Koinuma via email about what the team learned from the original game and how they’re planning to take the sequel to new heights. Continue reading Games Interview: A.o.T. 2 producer Hisashi Koinuma on lessons learned and taking the series in new directions
Twelve months after launch, some Nintendo Switch owners are discovering that their data relating to total playtime logged on games played a year ago are gone. Games played on or prior to the console’s launch date of March 2, 2017 had their playtime counts reset to 0, which seems to indicate the Switch was only tracking months and specific day players first fired a game up, and not the year. The good news is, if this is an issue that’s affecting your Switch, everything’s fine. Don’t panic, sit tight, the numbers are a bit bung on the front end right now but everything’s a-OK behind the scenes. Continue reading If it looks like your Nintendo Switch has started deleting your total playtime, don’t worry, it’s just a bug
Payday 2 bursts onto the Nintendo Switch as one of the most complete packages of the title that you can find score in one initial purchase. Through it’s performance issues and strange omissions of certain DLC packs, Payday 2 is mostly what you expect, but this time, allowing you to take your heists on the go. Continue reading Games Review: Payday 2 (Switch, 2018) is a flawed heist with the occasional big score
Atomik: RunGunJumpGun is absolutely maddening. I’ve been trying to come up with a way to describe it for a week now and the best I’ve got is “the bastard offspring of a bullet hell shmup and Flappy Bird.” That really covers all the bases I think. You will know, based on this description, whether Atomik is for you. Continue reading Games Review: Atomik: RunGunJumpGun (Switch, 2018): Does what it says on the tin
It’s hard to imagine that Bayonetta was released nearly 10 years-ago now and the apparently superior sequel Bayonetta 2 was 4 years ago! With the newly released Switch port arriving this month, for the most part, it honestly feels like it was made for it today, it just ages well and for a guy that never played the original or any of its other ports (Xbox 360, PS3 etc..) it holds up pretty well in 2018 and even more so when I can take it with me to work, I mean for a drive!? Continue reading Games Review: Bayonetta (Nintendo Switch, 2018): Still got it, baby
Review enough games for a living and eventually you’ll come across one that feels like it has everything going for it — looks, concept, the lot. The Deer God falls squarely into this category. On paper, it has the makings of an indie darling. In execution, it is a muddled little game that doesn’t seem to know what it wants from itself or the player. Continue reading Games Review: The Deer God (Switch, 2018): Why have you forsaken me?
Lost Sphear has finally been released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. A successor of sorts to developer Tokyo RPG Factory’s fantastic I Am Setsuna, while it’s not all bad, its hard not to feel like Lost Sphear has lost the things that made Setsuna special. Continue reading Games Review: Lost Sphear (PS4, 2018) finds its place amongst mundanity
Dragon Quest Builders returns for the Nintendo Switch and if you missed it like I did the first few times around, it’s worth a dip in this craft-em-up meets RPG hybrid. Originally released on PS3, PS Vita and then PS4, it has definitely done the rounds, but has developer Division 5 used that time to change or update the game in any way? Continue reading Games Review: Dragon Quest Builders (Switch, 2018): Portable construction and crunch
Nintendo have confirmed on social media that their paid online multiplayer service, Nintendo Switch Online, will open its doors in September 2018.