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Yakuza Kiwami Review (PS4)

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.5 out of 10

Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the original Yakuza, lets you see exactly how Kiryu Kazuma started on his path. Remade from the ground up using Yakuza 0's engine, it certainly looks almost unrecognizable from its original release. That said, so much content, from minigames, to characters, to combat mechancis, seem lifted from Yakuza 0 directly, making the game as a whole feel like like a standalone release, and more like a big piece of story-based downloadable content. So, while giving a good experience on its own, those who have played Yakuza 0 will find less new content to enjoy here. Read More.

Aven Colony Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 7.5 out of 10

If I really had to boil Aven Colony down into one word, that word would be relaxing. It’s not the most aggressively deep strategy game on the market nor the most difficult. This is a game that is content to let you sit back, enjoy the music and build an awesome colony on an alien planet. Sometimes that’s really all you want for your money. If you’re coming into this expecting a very deep, challenging experience you will very likely leave disappointed. Read More.

West of Loathing Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 9.0 out of 10

West of Loathing is a game where you use a pickaxe to find meat in the ground, where shovelling manure earns you experience points, and where every haystack holds a needle. It's a game where you punch cows and sling beans, dicker with merchants, and fight evil rodeo clowns. It's got some rough mechanics, but it's a heck of an experience. Read More.

Valkyria Revolution Review (Vita)

By Nicholas Bale () - 4.5 out of 10

It's hard to recommend Valkyria Revolution to anyone - billed as a spin-off of the cult hit Valkyria Chronicles, it presents squad-based gameplay as a more action-oriented affair. But it doesn't do a good job of translating the gameplay or the feel of executing a plan on the battlefield. Instead, a thin, repetitive veneer of gameplay remains, with little to draw in anyone looking for a good experience. Read More.

The Surge Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 6.5 out of 10

What infuriates me is that The Surge isn’t a terrible game. Realistically speaking it’s a better than average game. It looks great, sounds rather good and is clearly a labor of love. But it’s also a hollow, joyless experience that doesn’t stick with the player. The game provides no mythos to chew on, no interesting concepts to discuss with your fellow players. Months from now the only part of this game I’ll remember is the song that plays during the visits to the Med-Bay. Read More.

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception Review (PS4)

By Nicholas Bale () - 4.0 out of 10

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception is a mouthful to say but delivers nothing tangible in its experience. As a visual novel, it lacks depth in most of its plot and gives no choices for the player to make. As a tactics game, it fails to give an experience that makes you feel like your choices in combat matter beyond simply hitting the enemy with whatever attack you have. Additionally, it's objectivication and sexualization of nearly every female character in the game made for an experience that I didn't want anyone to see me playing. Read More.

Prey (2017) Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.5 out of 10

Overall though Prey is one of the best games out there right now. It has just about everything that you could ask for from an action-adventure game. The story is gripping and has a surprising depth to it. You’ve got a bevy of equipment, powers and tools to explore the station with. Your enemies are smart, dangerous and numerous. All of this comes together to create a fantastic experience and comes highly recommended. Read More.

The Caligula Effect Review (Vita)

By Nicholas Bale () - 4.0 out of 10

There isn't much good to say about The Caligula Effect, except that it sounds a lot more fun than it is to play. While there are certainly some elements within the game that are enjoyable, those elements are few and far between - whether it's the chaotic (not in a good way) battles, the meandering and pointless dungeons, or the story that just sort of plods slowly forward with little purpose, it's a game that can easily be passed up. Read More.

Persona 5 Review (PS4)

By Nicholas Bale () - 9.5 out of 10

Persona 5 has been a long time coming, but it's worth the wait - with a ton of ways to spend your time in game, hand-crafted dungeons, improved combat, and more characters to get to know and grow your social links with, it's a hell of a compelling experience. Despite some dialogue that gets creepy and weird at times, Persona 5 is a stunning RPG that's sure to be remembered for quite some time. Read More.

Torment: Tides of Numenera Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 8.0 out of 10

What this means is that while Tides of Numenera is a well written experience it has glaring issues. How these issues hamper your experience will vary depending on who you are and how you play your games. If you’re of the mind that combat is unimportant and the writing compensates for the weakness of the NPC’s, great! This will be a winner for you. But if you’re someone who likes having combat as an option and well written NPC companions? You're going to have a more critical experience. Even that said this is an experience any cRPG fan should have at least once. The experience, warts and all, is well worth giving it that chance. Read More.

Saban's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Mega Battle Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 6.5 out of 10

A game like this has a lot of the features that it would need to make it a success. It looks great, plays great and even snatches musical and sound bites from the show to make it that much more genuine of an experience. But then you start hitting the various speed bumps and your enthusiasm just wanes slowly until all enthusiasm has been sapped. With friends that may not be as big of an issue but solo it happens far too quickly. Bear this in mind when making a purchase. Read More.

Yakuza 0 Review (PS4)

By Nicholas Bale () - 9.5 out of 10

Yakuza 0, a prequel to the series, brings its A-game in delivering an excellent gangster experience. With a revamped engine, a number of fighting styles per character, numerous things to occupy you in Sotenbori and Kamurocho, and piles of money to throw around, it's definitely one of the best in the series. Read More.

Dead Rising 4 Review (Xbox One)

By Daniel Acaba () - 5.0 out of 10

Dead Rising 4 is a ridiculously thin experience with little to no redeeming qualities. It looks great, sounds great and plays great but has almost no real substance to justify spending time on it. There are a metric crapload of collectibles to waste your time hunting, lots of crazed survivors and paramilitary troops to cut down and plenty of zany outfits to wear. That’s about it. All in all, you have a wafer thin, ludicrously bland product that is the equivalent of watery oatmeal. It might nourish you, sure, but I hope you didn’t pay good money for it. Read More.

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