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7.5 GreedFall

 

When large scale RPGs launch from our favorite developers, we all have a sense of what to expect, in terms of how the story might unfold, what kind of bugs we might encounter, and so on. When you load into games like Skyrim, for example, most people have an acceptable level of ‘jank’ that they come to expect from a massive open world experience. It blows my mind how we allow larger AAA titles to get away with ...

 

8.5 Gears 5

 

Officially releasing next Tuesday, Gears 5 is the latest installment in the Gears of War franchise and the second title to be released since Microsoft acquired the rights to the franchise from Epic Games in 2014. With Gears of War 4 receiving mixed reviews, fans of the franchise (myself included) were holding their collective breath, if not their high hopes, to see what time of experience we could expect out of ...

 

8.0 Control

 

Remedy has created a number of fantastic titles that don’t necessarily conform to the norm for story and game play. Think of great experiences like Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and now this year, Control. Control follows the quest of protagonist Jesse Faden, who enter the Federal Bureau of Control in search of her brother – once you step through the doors of this seemingly invisible building, things go from ...

 

7.0 Wolfenstein: Youngblood

 

When diving into the world of Wolfenstein there are plenty of expectations. The alternative-history franchise has a large following of players that judge every new game based on the ones that came before it. This may be an inevitable human trait, but it often does not to justice to the raw quality of the newer title. This pitfall may be one of the biggest reasons some people will shy away from Wolfenstein: ...

 

6.0 Monster Jam Steel Titans

 

Monster Jam Steel Titans is one of the better Monster Truck games to ever land on consoles – the fantastic handling is the primary reason it stands so high above everyone else. While I had a lot of fun with the game, I let friends and family take their hand at the game, and it wasn’t as pretty. I came to a very real and quick observation: this game is too damn hard. Monster Jam Steel Titans is the 5th…

 

8.0 Rage 2

 

Open world games are likely the hardest games to produce, even for the largest development teams. Because of time constraints and budgets, something is always going to get caught or downgraded to finish on time, and at least somewhere near the targeted budget. Skyrim, for example, was a fantastic experience, but suffered from lack of details in specific areas. When Bethesda announced – or more appropriately, ...

 

9.0 A Plague Tale: Innocence

 

Set in plague-ridden medieval France, A Plague Tale: Innocence aims to provide a heartrending journey of two siblings struggling to survive through the darkest hours of history. Coming from French developer Asobo, A Plague Tale: Innocence puts you in the middle of an ambitious battle against a whole host of foes. Chief among these is your own emotions, as you will be forced to make hard choices that leave you ...

 

7.0 Turtle Beach Recon 70 Headset

 

Turtle Beach is one of the biggest companies for console accessories and is known for providing a wide range of products that fit every user's needs. With this in mind, we took a look at one of their budget headsets, the Turtle Beach Recon 70. Recently, more and more brands are offering budget and mid-tier products as they begin to realize that the casual gamer does not necessarily need top-level accessories, or ...

 

8.0 World War Z

 

Bullets, bodies, buddies. Need we say more? World War Z uses its simplistic genius in an attempt to topple giants of the industry with its madly entertaining co-op gameplay. For many of us, Left 4 Dead 2 remains the epitome of what a co-op zombie shooter should be. Not too complicated, easily picked up and full of undead horde-slaying madness. As it ages, however, is there room for a newcomer to sweep in and ...

 

9.0 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

 

Welcome to Feudal Japan, you will hate your time here. OK, you won’t, but this Souls and Bloodborne-esque experience is one that will have you throwing controllers, swearing at your TV, but always pulling you back for more punishment, and more learning experiences. It’s a different take on the ultra-hard-core video game experience, but each and every death teaches a valuable lesson that becomes important down ...

 

8.5 Devil May Cry 5

 

One of the most successful Japanese hack-and-slash franchises in history, Devil May Cry is back with its latest installment, Devil May Cry 5. Known for its style-focused combat and cutting edge graphics, the DMC series has long been a staple of console gaming. Can its most recent title find success in a gaming market that has largely moved away from the genre? Let’s take a closer look!

 

8.5 Assassin’s Creed 3 Remaster...

 

It’s been over a decade since Assassin’s Creed 3 first landed on consoles around the world, and it was disappointing day for everyone involved, yes even for Ubisoft. While the concept of taking the Assassin’s v. Templar battle to the colonies of North America seemed like a fantastic idea – and in reality, it was – the execution was short of deplorable, with glitches beyond counting, graphical inconsistencies, ...

 

8.5 The Division 2

 

In an age of early access games and update-driven releases, it is a rarity indeed to find a game that, upon release, truly feels like a finished product. Too often are developers pressured into pushing their games out too quickly, leading to outrage from the community and an overall poor experience. The lesson to be learned here is that quality cannot be rushed, and that developers need to remind gamers of this ...

 

7.5 One Piece: World Seeker

 

If you've played a One Piece game in the past, there won't be too much familiar here outside the main cast of characters, of which only Luffy is playable. Instead of falling back on the decades old mechanics and game play of past titles, the development team decided to look to new heights, and tackled an ambitious, open world approach to the game. Does it pay of after the nearly 20 hour campaign? Let's dive in!

 

7.5 Trials Rising

 

Right from the get-go, looking at the cover graphics of Ubisoft’s Trials Rising, you can make a good guess of what you are going to see when you first fire this game up. Cool graphics, lots of loops, jumps and racing adventure. As this game comes from a publisher which has given us epics like the Far Cry and Assassin's Creed series, I had high expectations right out of the gate. Yes, the opening cinematic and ...

 

7.0 Anthem

 

Striving to dominate the MMO console-shooter world, EA's newest title, Anthem, has landed. Anthem puts you in the driver's seat of 'Iron Man' style mech suits that you fly around in to dispatch hordes of enemies. However, as tends to happen when a game receives an abundance of pre-release hype (did you too receive dozens of ads on Twitch and YouTube for this game? I sure did!), the community has quickly revolted ...

 

7.0 The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame

 

The LEGO Movie 2 was a fantastic experience when I went and saw it in theatres, and whenever there is a great cinema experience, there are high hopes for the LEGO game that spins off from that. LEGO titles over the last number of years have really been hit-and-miss, so jumping into any LEGO experience always has the potential for disappointment. The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame takes a much different route than other ...

 

8.0 Far Cry New Dawn

 

I usually do my best to avoid any story spoilers, but when providing context for Far Cry New Dawn, that seems a near impossible task. So here we go, an official Spoiler Alert: At the end of Far Cry 5, a nuclear weapon is detonated over Hope County. This sets in motion a chain of events that lead to New Dawn, set 17 years into the post-apocalyptic life of the same region. A new threat has emerged and taken ...

 

6.5 Crackdown 3 -in-Progress

 

It has been quite the journey for Crackdown 3, which was first announced in 2014 but was continually delayed. Now the game is going to see the light of day and we had a chance to play the games campaign early. Is it as good as we all hoped? For better or for worse, it is simply more Crackdown. Let’s dive in!

 

9.5 Kingdom Hearts 3

 

It's been over a decade since Kingdom Hearts 2 launched, and fans of the franchise have been patiently - and at times not so patiently - waiting for the third and final entry in the trilogy. With all the hype around the games release, could it possibly live up to the expectations of fans? Let's dive in and take a closer look!

 

9.0 Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

 

Released last December by developer The Bearded Ladies Consulting and publisher Funcom, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a turn-based tactical RPG that utilizes elements of real-time stealth and an intriguing storyline to bring an experience that can only be described as a next-level XCOM. The devs draw this parallel themselves, and with the two so closely linked, one has to wonder if Mutant Year Zero can do ...

 

8.0 Spyro Reignited

 

Everyone favourite Dragon use to be a hit on the video game scene before fading for a few years. His tale, and that of his friends, was brought back into perspective with the Skylanders series, but ultimately, that isn't the Spyro we all know and love. Thanks to Activision, the trilogy of Spyro titles remastered for console is here for us to enjoy, and it holds up incredibly well because of the various updates ...

 

7.5 Just Cause 4

 

If you've never played an adventure as grade-A bad ass Rico Rodriguez, then you are definitely missing out on one of video games more entertaining - albeit wildly unrealistic -  action adventure experiences. And that is really what sets Rico's adventures in the Just Cause franchise apart from other action adventure games: there is almost nothing remotely possible about the various actions you'll complete in Just ...

 

9.5 Hitman 2

 

Released last week, Hitman 2 continues the legacy of the infamous Agent 47. Developed by IO Interactive and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Hitman 2 is the sixth game in the franchise, not counting the games made for iOS and Android, and the second game in the latest reboot of the series. The Hitman franchise has been riddled with criticism at times for being too stagnant and repetitive ...

 

9.0 Farming Simulator 19

 

Here at GamesReviews.com we love our Farming Simulator titles, and no one is doing it better than the great people at Giants Software and Focus Home Entertainment have knocked it out of hte park yet again with Farming Simulator 19, the biggest and most immersive farming simulation experience yet.

 

9.5 TURTLE BEACH’S ELITE PRO™...

 

We review a ton of headsets on GamesReviews.com, and generally they are all doing things well, providing the features you would expect in a specific price range, and ultimately realizing that purchasing power comes down to brand loyalty, and at times, even things as trivial as colour schemes. Enter Turtle Beach's latest high quality, high priced headset: the Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp. While I originally wasn't sure ...

 

8.5 Home Sweet Home

 

Home Sweet Home is a first-person indie-horror game inspired by Thai myths and beliefs that was recently released on PS4 and Xbox One from Thai developer Yggdrazil. Yggdrazil is not known for game creation, as it boasts projects in VFX, Animation, Art Design and Online-Editing categories, with very little focus on games. For a company with such a diverse portfolio, it would be an understatement to say I was ...

 

8.5 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

 

Call of Duty is going online with the latest release in the franchise, and three major modes are being heralded here in lue of a standard single player campaign. To offset that, the game has standard onlne Multiplayer, Zombie Mode, and of course the brand new battle royale style mode, Blackout. But does this work without a single player experience? Let's dive in!

 

7.5 Shadows: Awakening

 

Released just over a month ago, Shadows: Awakening is an isometric dungeon-crawler RPG with a rich storyline and intriguing game mechanics. Brought to us by Slovakian developer Games Farm, Awakening is the second installment in the Heretic Kingdoms saga. If you’re suddenly worried that you missed the first game, don’t be – this game plays great standalone and you will do just fine treating this as a solo game. ...

 

9.0 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

 

When Assassin’s Creed Origins launched last year it became quickly apparent that the major changes to the franchise propelled that release to my favourite Assassin’s Creed game to date, and it was a sentiment shared by many. One year later, and we have been promised another grand adventure, built on similar changes made to Origins. But with only a year between releases, does this release take a step back? Let’s ...