God is a Geek
2017 Published Reviews
Dragon Ball Z: KakarotPS4
An essential single player Dragon Ball game for new fans and series veterans alike. Although it's a little slow paced and has some painful load times, no game has felt more "Dragon Ball" than Kakarot. Great combat, deep systems and a huge variety of content make this package a joy to sink your hours into
Soccer, Tactics & GlorySwitch
Football, Tactics and Glory feels like a misleading title because in reality you’re getting watered down versions of all three here. The football feels wooden and uninspired, the tactics are overly simplified and as a result, any victory feels hollow. It might seem like a match made in heaven to see a football management title come to Switch that doesn’t take itself as seriously as the rest, but the truth is you’re likely to not get any long-term fun out of it as a result.
Lydia is an important game, not just because it broaches an important subject matter, but for how it uses its art direction, music, and storytelling to highlight the issues it's bringing to our attention.
Super Crush KOSwitch
Super Crush KO surpassed all my expectations of how good a 2D character action game could be. From its gameplay to its art style, the game delights on every level. Despite being only a few hours long, I can’t see myself ever deleting it from my Switch thanks to its medals and leaderboards. I may have initially come to Super Crush KO for the pastel colours, but I stayed for the tight combat and constant stream of new mechanics to master.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE EncoreSwitch
Overall, this is not only one of the best JRPGs on Nintendo Switch but one of the better Atlus games in a long time. The soundtrack is still superlative and the game is a joy to play on the go. While I’m not too pleased about how it looks docked and the lack of a dub and battle subtitles, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is well worth your time if you enjoy great stories, excellent combat and music, and own a Nintendo Switch.
Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe PackPS4
The Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack is a great package for newcomers to the trio of games but doesn’t really offer much for returning players. If you already played the games on PS Vita, you can easily skip this release. For everyone else, the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack is a must play for those who want a more relaxing JRPG experience and for any Atelier fans who got into the series through the more recent mainline entries.
Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Mandate of HeavenPC
It feels like it compliments the main game perfectly, and its seamless integration makes it feel right at home. The new characters to play as, and new battle units to experiment with certainly keep things fresh, as do the new mechanics that force you to keep your eye on the ball. And it gives you a sense more than ever before that things are happening behind the scenes, that enemies are plotting your downfall from right under your nose. It’s a meaty, addictive add-on that is thoroughly enjoyable.
Down to HellSwitch
Down to Hell may be an indie game from a small studio, but that’s not a caveat anymore, not in this day and age when so many indie games from small studios compete comfortably with AAA titles and bowl us over with their innovations and ideas. Ultimately, Down to Hell can’t even be saved by the soundtrack it’s so proud of. The artwork on display may be its only real triumph, since it at least conveys the right atmosphere, weaving a spell that may be easily broken but which at least exists for a fleeting moment. Sadly, though, it’s not enough to make Down to Hell worthy of any kind of recommendation.
Monster Hunter: World - IcebornePC
The Iceborne expansion has finally come to Monster Hunter World for PC gamers, bringing a huge roster of new beasties to best and a ton of quality of life improvements. Was it worth the wait? You bet your bottom zenny it was.
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced EditionSwitch
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on Nintendo Switch suffers too many technical hiccups to be worth getting in its current state despite being chock full of loads of content.
Steins;Gate 0 on Nintendo Switch is the version to get if you haven't played it on any system before despite the few issues with the port.
Warhammer: Chaosbane - Tomb KingsPC
I had more fun in a few hours in Tomb Kings than in most of the rest of the game, and it wasn’t all down to having epic gear. If Eko Software and Bigben are going to continue providing DLC of this quality, then I’m excited for Chaosbane’s future – I just hope there’s more of it next time.
On the Switch’s smaller screen it looks lovely, but the basic nature is such that on the larger screen while playing some local co-op it still looks great. Overall Riverbond is just a very fun time, perfect for youngsters but oddly therapeutic for all of us grumpy old adults.
Call of Juarez: GunslingerSwitch
It’s still a fun game to play, much like the original. The voice acting feels like it’s taken right out of a Western, making it feel immersive and believable. The story is bonkers, but that’s fine because it’s all action and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It isn’t perfect, but for those who missed the original, this is a good port of a decent Western action shooter that doesn’t outstay its welcome.
STAR OCEAN First Departure RSwitch
Star Ocean: First Departure R on Nintendo Switch is a fine way to experience the origins of the Star Ocean franchise but a pretty barebones remaster.
Everreach: Project EdenPC
Everreach is certainly not a terrible game. In fact there are several “AAA” titles this year that I’ve enjoyed much less, but it needs more time and more attention to be considered “good”. Hopefully Elder Games will continue to support and patch the title post-launch, as there is definitely potential here.
Paranoia: Happiness is MandatoryPC
The combat could be more exciting and its over-reliance on walking and talking can be a bit tiring, but Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory remains a challenging and rewarding experience nonetheless.
Lost Ember is a beautiful experience, with gorgeous environments and a poignant story. Whether you are exploring Kalani’s troubled past, or frolicking in a field as a cute furry critter, there’s so much to enjoy packed into this wander game. If you can look past some questionable voice acting, Lost Ember is the perfect relaxing distraction for those days you need it the most.
Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel CollectionSwitch
For fans of Assassin's Creed who only own a Switch now or who simply want a reason to play these games again, this is a lot of game to sail through. And for anyone who never experienced Black Flag, or indeed the series as a whole, this is a great entry point.
The battle action is decent, but with move-sets better suited to platforming, often characters feel clunky. You’ll be longing for more options in the heat of battle, and those cheap deaths from being flung into pits will always irritate. It’s not terrible by any means, and treated as a sweetener on top of the amazing content in the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove collection is when it will be most appreciated. It’s just unlikely to be something many people return to again and again.
The controls are as tight as you would expect, and there’s plenty of humour, challenge, and content to keep you coming back for more. The only disappointment is Joustus, which felt underused and under-explained, which is a shame considering this is one of the game’s main differences when compared to the previous titles. But as an additional minigame, it is most welcome, as is more Shovel Knight for that matter. King of Cards is a worthy addition to the series that both fans and newcomers can enjoy. Shoulder barging skeletons into lava has never been more fun.
The amazing theme and artwork just can't carry the lackluster gameplay of Yaga. The frustrating luck system affects so much of the game, and it's hard to get invested in the crafting when your weapons just keep breaking.
Honestly, I had enormous fun with Avicii Invector. The music had me bobbing my head along to the beat, smiling as my little ship bounced, pitched and rolled along its circuits. It tested me at times, forcing me to focus, but often the design would work so well that I would subconsciously find the rhythm of the button prompts. The story scenes are often daft, but they’re well animated in their simplistic, animated comic style, and although there isn’t much of a plot, there are still touching moments throughout. A fitting tribute.
The combat is sluggish and unsatisfying, voice acting is terrible, everything moves at such a slow pace, and the story isn’t half as interesting as I hoped it would be. Visually, there are definite improvements, with Bailu village looking lovely, but the main city of Niaowu lacks any real vibrancy or vitality, and when games like Yakuza get it so right, it feels as though maybe Shenmue should have been left in the past.
If you've not played Alien: Isolation, then now's the time! If you've been waiting for it to come to the Switch, then it's a must buy if you want to be scared to death, filled with impressive visuals and thrilling moments.