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Assassin's Creed: Syndicate Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.5 out of 10

Some writing fumbles aside I have a the pleasant time with Syndicate. The Assassin's Creed series has had a bit of a bumpy road lately so it's nice to see the games taking a more solid turn again. Even if it doesn't redefine storytelling or even action-adventure gaming in general it's still a fine addition to any gamer's library. With the talk of Ubisoft taking a break from the yearly releases to drop their next game in 2017 instead, it sounds like more effort will be put into making these top-tier games once again. After Syndicate I have to admit that I'm looking forward to it. Read More.

Yakuza 5 Review (PS3)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.5 out of 10

Yakuza 5 brings back characters from previous games, introduces new ones, and shows that even a game of the old generation can flex its muscles these years. Despite an aging combat system, fighting off numerous opponents at once still feels satisfying, and even if fighting off half the population of Tokyo isn't your thing, the massive amount of minigames and substories will be enouhg to keep your interest for days. Read More.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.5 out of 10

Rise of the Tomb Raider is an excellent game but it doesn’t really feel like it excels past the first game in this rebooted series. The original Tomb Raider for the PlayStation 1 laid the groundwork for this whole series only to be blown away by its sequel. Rise of the Tomb Raider doesn’t manage to do this. With all of that said it’s a great game, definitely in league with the previous entry. It’s just hard to shake the feeling that something more could have been done with the gameplay to really set it head and shoulders above its predecessor. It’ll just have to settle for being a great game I suppose. Read More.

Fallout 4 Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.5 out of 10

I’m not going to say that this is a completely perfect game - it has flaws. But like any great piece of media it balances out any of its flaws with lots of good stuff. If there’s an issue it’s clearly because they tried something fantastic and it only half-succeeded. The overall package for Fallout 4 is one of the first must own titles of the newest console generation. Read More.

Masochisia Review (PC)

By Naomi Brown () - 8.0 out of 10

Not for most players, Masochisia seems to be a true namesake in that it puts its players through a series of masochistic events designed to tortue and disturb. And while I'm always up for a good torture, disturb, scare the everliving crap outta me session; Masochisia is not a true horror game in that it's not frightening. Rather, it forces the player to delve into aspects of the human psyche that most sane individuals have no desire to visit and for that experience. I was not the most grateful, nor would I like to visit there ever again. Read More.

Guns, Gore & Cannoli Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 6.0 out of 10

Between these design issues and the final boss, the game really just ended on a sour note for me. The extreme difficulty of these missions isn’t in a fun or challenging way, it’s just aggressively punishing and turns what should be a fun time into trial and error gameplay tinged with extreme frustration. It’s a shame to see a game with so much promise ruined by a few bad decisions. If not for these issues I would have no problem recommending this title but as it stands I have a very hard time doing so. If these issues are patched then I would happily recommend it but until then, it’s a pass. Read More.

Don't Starve: Giant Edition Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 9.0 out of 10

One thing you can’t accuse Don’t Starve of is a dearth of content. There is so much to do, so much to see and so much to craft that it almost boggles the mind. The game doesn’t explain a single thing to you either so you’re expected to learn all of this stuff on the fly - a truly daunting task. But once you start climbing that steep, steep hill you’ll find yourself with a very rewarding experience. While the fact that death is permanent can be really off putting after spending hours on one character it creates a feeling of tension and danger that few games can even hope to match. Read More.

Quest of Dungeons Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 7.5 out of 10

With all that said it’s not like the above problems really ruin the game. The price growth is annoying but it’s still a fairly cheap game. Only the class difficulty issue really impacts things so you might find yourself having to play on a lower difficulty with them but it’s still a nice option to have even if just for the challenge (or playing on easy difficulty). I personally enjoyed the experience here but it may definitely not be for anyone. I can only really recommend it for huge fans of the roguelike genre. For others I would suggest watching gameplay videos or trying it at a friends house before purchase. Read More.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night Review (Vita)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.0 out of 10

Persona 4: Dancing All Night brings the Investigation Team not to Inaba, but to the city, to solve the disappearance of a number of popular music idols. From there, they're forced to dance to defeat the forces that threaten the lives of those they care about (there's a reason, I swear) and save the day. A strange genre to put this plot in, but one that works nonetheless. Read More.

Forza Motorsport 6 Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.0 out of 10

Your opinion of this game will greatly vary depending on your relationship with the Forza series. If you are the type of person who wants to own every game in the series then this will happily sit on your shelf as one of the better ones right alongside Forza Horizon 2. However if you’re the sort of person who only wants to spend money on a game in a series when it’s a huge improvement since the last one then it’s a harder sell. On the personal side of things I’m quite happy to have this game in my collection but it’s very hard to recommend it to others who already own the next gen Forza games. Read More.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.0 out of 10

Do I think that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is worth the money? Definitely if you’re a fan of the series. The extra chapter is a great addition if you’ve never played it before. But if you’ve already played it or just aren’t much for the series then it’s a harder sell. It’s still a great game but without Horde or Beast mode, or even OverRun, to add some real replay value then it’s hard to give this a 100% endorsement which is a huge disappointment for a fan of the series like myself. Read More.

Steins;Gate Review (PS3)

By Nicholas Bale () - 9.0 out of 10

A popular visual novel game that was eventually made into an anime, Steins;Gate is a tale of a time-travelling 'mad scientist' in Akihabara. It's full of twists and turns, scientific terms, great characters, and, like many visual novels, not a lot of gameplay. Still, for a game that's almost entirely based around text, it creates an absorbing tale of choices made and changed, and is definitely something that will remain a classic in its field. Read More.

Whispering Willows Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 7.0 out of 10

Keeping all of this in mind, it honestly came as a very small surprise that this was actually a port of an Ouya game. Mixing its short length, unimpressive graphics and generally simplistic gameplay it had the feel of a game made for that device. Luckily the majority of Whispering Willows still makes for a fairly enjoyable experience, even if it is far too brief to recommend at anything other than a sale price. Read More.