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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review

Nintendo has had a fantastic genre spanning launch year, and to finish off the catalogue developer Monolith Soft has released a massive JRPG with Xenoblade Chronicles 2. A truly mammoth experience, Chronicles 2 manages to capture the best features of classic JRPG’s without feeling derivative of whats come before.

Super Mario Odyssey Review

It’s not long after starting Super Mario Odyssey that I realised how good it truly is. You are swiftly thrown into an exceptionally fun platforming adventure, focusing on creative puzzle solving surrounded by the fantastic detailed open levels. This revolves around utilising Mario's newest friend, Cappy, whose transforming ability stays fun, creative, and enhances the platforming ensuring the journey ahead is exciting at every step.

Sonic Forces Review

Despite its fan community already producing an excellent Sonic game this year, SEGA and Sonic Team have decided to release their own attempt with Sonic Forces. Utilising both its history and modern sensibilities, Sonic Forces hopes to capture the essence of the franchise but also offering a fun and different take on previous Sonic titles. Sonic Forces polishes up previous issues and implements some great new features, but it can’t help but feel like it’s running on the same old track with just smaller hurdles slowing it down.

A Hat In Time Review

Kickstarted games have a history of not meeting expectations, from Mighty No. 9 to Yooka-Laylee. Thankfully this doesn’t apply to A Hat In Time, a 3D Platformer taking inspiration from the Nintendo 64’s greatest platformers. A Hat In Time differs as worlds share few similarities, feeling like it’s unsure of what it truly wants to be. However, it also makes each world a uniquely different adventure, keeping it fresh and exciting as you never know what's next.

An Optional Update: The Future of our Podcasts

Hello everyone, Yesterday, Bryan and I had a conversation after we recorded the Optional Extra Podcast. It was weekly for a very long time, until around last month when we started to run out of ideas and what kind of podcast we wanted it to be. Initially, we decided to cut out the devil's advocate … Continue reading An Optional Update: The Future of our Podcasts

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Review

Over three years ago developer Monolith Productions were able to produce an excellent licensed Lord of the Rings game with Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor by mimicking the success Rocksteady had pioneered with the Batman Arkham series. One of the truly standout features of this game was the Nemesis system in which every Orc, or rather Uruk, enemy in the game was capable of remembering every encounter and dynamically changing their appearance and dialogue based on past events. With the release of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the Nemesis mechanic is bigger and better in practically every way, creating an even more enjoyable adventure as you grow your army and pop a few heads along the way.

Cuphead Review

Ever since its initial reveal back in 2014, Cuphead has constantly been an eye-catching game due to its truly unique art-style and presentation. Due to this attention the original vision was altered from simply being boss battles to also include additional content such as platforming levels to make it more expansive. Thankfully with extremely challenging and precise game-play to boot I’m pleased to say this is a game compelling as it is stylish.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Review

Over a year since the release of the masterful Uncharted 4, Naughty Dog have been slowing releasing new content via the multiplayer portion of the game while continuing to work on the main single-player DLC. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the stand alone expansion is finally out and with it comes a whole new story to be told. Does greatness still await, or is it one adventure that is better left untraveled?

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