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8.5 The Jackbox Party Pack 7

 

There’s no better way of rounding out a dinner party than to load up Jackbox. The mini-game compilations are fantastic fun, often come to Gamepass, and, more amazing than anything, are now up to their seventh pack. This latest compilation brings with it five new games, each worth looking at. For what it is, there’s nothing quite like the Jackbox compilations, and I think if you know you’ll get ...

 

8.5 Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! (Xbo...

 

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! takes the fevered cooking game on the road, which opens up a slightly different gameplay style while further refining the original gameplay concept along the way. All three of the games in the series amount to what is a frantic rhythm game as orders come in associated with specific sequences of button presses to complete.  For many of the early orders, this can lead a player to a ...

 

9.0 NHL 21

 

The last time I really loved a hockey game, Patrick Roy was tending the net for the Colorado Avalanche and the Columbus Blue Jackets — my de facto hometown team — was in its infancy, led by a guy with the last name of Tugnutt. Like many gamers my age (mid-30s), NHL ’94 will forever hold a special place in my heart. My go-to team back then, with Jaromir Jagr my favorite player. Add in the Mighty Ducks movie ...

 

7.5 Pumpkin Jack

 

We are knee-deep in the spooky season, which I always find myself playing spooky games throughout, this year was delighted to find a trick not treat in my goodie bag in Pumpkin Jack. Which is a 3D platformer much in the same style as the cult classic MedEvil with a bit of a modern flair. The peaceful Boredom Kingdom, with its happy citizens, monotonous calm… and adorable little bunnies, has sent the Devil ...

 

7.0 My Universe – School Teache...

 

It’s the back-to-school season! Time to open the doors of your school and welcome your new students. Put on your schoolbag and get your notebooks: the game My Universe – School Teacher is available today on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and digitally on Xbox One and soon on PC/Mac. Play as a young teacher with a mission: take on the challenge to bring your new school back to the top and become the best ...

 

8.0 Ride 4

 

Now in its fourth iteration, the Ride series is firmly entrenched as the Gran Turismo of motorcycle racing games. The developers clearly love motorcycles and have a reverence for the history of the various makes and models. Ride 4 can serve as a digital museum of sorts for motorcycles.   On the track, controlling the various bikes feels great, and there is a marked difference between bikes. Nailing the apex ...

 

8.5 Nioh 2: Darkness in the Capital (...

 

So back in March of this year, back in the simpler times of 2020, I had played and reviewed Nioh 2. All in all, it’s a fantastic, but punishing game. You can read the full review here. This is the second DLC they have released since this time, so I was a bit rusty jumping back in. But I’m getting ahead of myself here. In order to unravel the mysteries surrounding the history of the Sohayamaru, our ...

 

7.0 9 Monkeys of Shaolin

 

Whatever happened to the brawler genre? One day, every game was a brawler, and the next it was gone. It had become retro, with new content consigned to stylised sequels like the incredible Streets of Rage 4. 9 Monkeys of Shaolin is an attempt to bring those old titles back in something feeling a little fresher – and it mostly succeeds. But not just that. 9 Monkeys of Shaolin is a perfect combination of ...

 

8.5 Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s Abo...

 

Crash Bandicoot 4 continues Activision’s string of resurrecting old IP into something that feels both fresh and familiar. The game — developed by Spyro Reignited devs Toys for Bob — strikes the perfect chord between throwing back to the original trilogy and adding new bells and whistles to differentiate the experience.   In Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, Crash and Coco are sent on an adventure to track ...

 

9.5 Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2

 

The remake of the first two Tony Hawk Pro Skater games — recently released on Xbox One and PS4 — continues the recent Activision trend of stellar updates of classic games from the 1990s. This package, more than any remake or remaster in recent memory, speaks almost directly to me. The original games were among my favorites on the original PlayStation.   Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 perfectly captures the ...

 

7 Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles...

 

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is a spin-off/companion game outside the main Final Fantasy series. Released in 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube, it marked the first return of Final Fantasy to a Nintendo console since Final Fantasy VI. This Final Fantasy game features many new gameplay elements previously unseen in Final Fantasy, like real time fighting, as well as being the first RPG to incorporate GameCube-Game ...

 

9.0 Doraemon Story of Seasons PS4

 

Having previously played Doraemon Story of Seasons on the Switch, it was wonderful to also be able to experience it on the PS4. I have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Natura, engaging with the various citizens, solving problems, and working on finding a way back to the present. Now we dive into the nitty gritty of this experience, and spoilers…it’s really good! When asking Bandai Namco for an opportunity to ...

 

6.5 Peaky Blinders: Mastermind

 

Who knew that a TV series following gangsters with Brummy accents could have such selling power? Birmingham has become the unlikely setting of Peaky Blinders, one of TV’s most popular British shows, giving our second city a focus outside the meat market and that funny shaped shopping centre. It only makes sense that a game was going to follow, and Mastermind has come along to fill that gap. What you end up ...

 

4.5 Harvest Moon: Mad Dash

 

What do you get when you take Harvest Moon, take out all the RPG elements, add some really simple puzzles and then charge £17 for it? Well, you get Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, and you might well wish you hadn’t. Here is a game that’s almost entirely the opposite of what Harvest Moon is all about, but with the name splashed all over it and the familiar sprites front and centre. It’ll almost make ...

 

7 Giraffe and Annika –

 

As a gamer we are often analyzing the value of a game by it’s length. We want the most bang for our buck, however at times games can overstay their welcome and become a fetch-quest driven chore of a time to complete. Giraffe and Annika is not that type of game, it is a charming fairy tale of an adventure game that can be beaten in 6 hours or less. A magical, mystery-filled adventure awaits! When a young ...

 

7.0 Skater XL

 

Fingerboarding, along with having really, really good Pokemon, was one of the main ways of proving you were cool when I was in school. I remember it well – wearing a leather jacket and awesome sunglasses, armed with a stick used to beat off the girls, I’d flick my way through the schoolyard with my tiny skateboard. It wasn’t the size though, dear reader, it was what you did with it, and that ...

 

8.0 Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pa...

 

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack includes two side-scrolling action games (Azure Striker Gunvolt 1 & 2) that appear comparable to the Mega Man platformer series. However, with Mega Man as such an established franchise, is there a need to add another series of pixelated run and gun games to your library? We'll take a look at how these games stack up and give you our best advice - take a read and let's see how ...

 

7.5 Destroy All Humans

 

The original Destroy All Humans came out in 2005, and became somewhat of a cult game for many players, myself included. The crazy sandbox that was created that allowed mass carnage, mayhem, and fun wasn’t common in games during that era. So when THQ purchased the rights to the IP a few years back, I genuinely got a little excited over the thought of Crypto making a return in an all new adventure. Hopefully ...

 

9.5 Ghost of Tsushima

 

Set on Tsushima Island in the year 1274, the game revolves around one of the island's last samurai, Jin Sakai, during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. The armies of the Mongol Empire, utilizing weapons and military tactics unknown to the Japanese, have conquered and devastated many countries and Tsushima is all that stands between them and the mainland of Japan. The island was devastated by the first wave of ...

 

6.5 Sword Art Online: Alicization Lyc...

 

If you are one of the many sword art online fans around the world with an interest in gaming, chances are you have been anticipating the release of Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris, yet another addition to the Sword art game universe. Bandai Namco and the developers at Aquria have returned to take a different spin on this particular SAO game.

 

6.5 NASCAR Heat 5

 

The same complaint that a lot of annual sports video game franchises receive is (mostly) true with NASCAR Heat 5. This year’s game feels basically like a roster and car paint update compared to previous versions. The driving model feels a lot better — my cars don’t just spin with the slightest contact, and I’m finding it easier to get involved in drafts and pushes. The game also just looks better, though that ...

 

7.0 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for...

 

In this modern age of gaming where remakes and remasters are a standard, ONE SPONGE stands alone (not really Patrick and Sandy are there too) to try and breath life again into the platformers of yesteryear? But does this one get the job done or does SpongeBob just leave us all wet? The original game was developed for PS2, Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube back in 2003 believe it or not. While a major commercial ...

 

10 The Last of Us Part II (Spoiler F...

 

Back on June 14th 2013, The original The Last of Us game came out and changed what video games could be forever. With groundbreaking graphics, writing better than many blockbuster movies released today, outstanding acting, outstanding sound design...it goes on and on. From my very first time playing it I was hooked, and it quickly landed in my top 3 games of all time despite it's gut wrenching opening that ...

 

9.0 Super Mega Baseball 3

 

It’s the bottom of the 9th inning. The Sirloins trail by 2. Men (well, 1 man and 1 woman) on 1st and 3rd. 2 outs. Hammer Longballo steps up to the plate.   Yes, you read that right: Hammer. Longballo.   The slugger is well known in the minds of Super Mega Baseball fans. A hitter of epic proportions, both in his head size and on the stat sheet.   He’s older now. Has been in the Super Mega ...

 

7.0 Fury Unleashed

 

Fury Unleashed is a 2D-action-platformer-roguelike set in a comic book.  That’s a lot of different genres thrown out there, but in reality, the game is similar to others already on the market, most closely resembling games like Enter the Gungeon or Rogue Legacy.  Players explore a hand-drawn world, spanning four different procedurally-generated comic worlds, fighting off themed enemies as the titular Fury, ...

 

7.5 Stranded Deep

 

Stranded Deep, originally released in Early Access on PC in 2015, has brought its island-hopping survival experience to consoles. It’s an addictive and enjoyable experience, but one that still feels several steps away from greatness. The game, like many others in the genre, drops you on a deserted island and requires you to craft, explore, and survive, while hopefully advancing the barebones plot. That ...

 

7.5 Predator Hunting Grounds

 

Very few icons of 80’s action movies continue to drive mainstream appeal, but when someone mentions Predator to me. I instantly thing of high action, lush jungles, bullets flying, and Arnold telling me to GET TO THA CHOPPA! Over the years Predator maintains a decent popularity whether in their own films or having some cross overs with Aliens its always a brutal bloodbath of action. Can Predator Huntring ...

 

8 One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4

 

One Piece is a Japanese anime television series adapted from the manga of the same.. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber (Think Mr. Fantastic doing martial arts) after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world’s ultimate treasure known as ...

 

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Firs...

 

I was not familiar with what One Piece was other than seeing the occasional artwork, cover, or game released every once in awhile. So for those like me not used to the source material, as best I can tell, it goes like this.

 

9.5 MLB The Show 20

 

The sweet smell of grass in the spring. Flowers starting to bud and bloom. The crisp evening air.  The crack of a baseball bat, and the roar of the crowd. It’s Springtime — well, in any other year than 2020. And in MLB The Show 20, it’s still baseball season. In many ways, this year’s Show builds upon the games that have come before it. It features roughly the same gameplay and roughly the same modes, just ...