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Blazing Chrome

PS4
7.75
Elton JonesJul 11, 2019
Blazing Chrome’s premise is simple. And that’s why it’s such a blast to play. Shooting down an entire robot army with machine guns, lasers, grenade launchers, and more never gets old. And doing it with a fellow freedom fighter makes that scenario even more worthwhile.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

PS4
8.75
Elton JonesJun 27, 2019
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’s promise of a triumphant return to the era of classic Castlevania has been fulfilled. Koji Igarashi and the developers at ArtPlay have crafted an engrossing side-scrolling Metroidvania title that’s powered by fun battle mechanics, a sense of deep exploration, and a strong story. There’s a few rough patches present throughout that keep it from fulfilling its true potential, however. Even still, Bloodstained is proof that games of its ilk can still matter in today’s age of gaming.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

PS4
9.00
Elton JonesJun 25, 2019
Adventure Mode’s difficulty will definitely drive you up a wall at certain intervals. But the constant reward progression and presence of online multiplayer will quickly calm you down and make you feel joyous all over again. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a must-have racer that’s perfect for longtime fans and curious newcomers alike.

Samurai Shodown

PS4
8.75
Elton JonesJun 24, 2019
While it features one of the more intimidating fighting game systems in recent memory, learning the in’s and out’s of Samurai Shodown is immensely rewarding. As far as fighting game reboots go, Samurai Shodown does a great job of pleasing its loyal fanbase and featuring new mechanics that change it for the better.

My Friend Pedro

PC
8.50
Collin MacGregorJun 20, 2019
DeadToast Entertainment has crafted a unique, absorbing action game that is exploding with awe-inspiring violence. Battling your way through hordes of goons never gets old, especially once you get a handle for My Friend Pedro’s combat system. Despite the lackluster story and additional modes, this 4-hour adventure is some of the most fun I’ve had in a 2D side-scroller. My Friend Pedro is an unapologetic love-letter to every absurd Hollywood shootout.

Team Sonic Racing

PS4
6.50
Elton JonesMay 23, 2019
What kills some of the fun is the half-baked team racing mechanics, uninspired collection of weapons you’ll be forced to use during each race, and the waste of a story being told in Team Adventure mode. While this racer is passable to some extent, its problems will make fans yearn for a true sequel to Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed. Here’s hoping that Sumo Digital makes it way back to what worked so well in the first place.

RAGE 2

PS4
7.00
Collin MacGregorMay 15, 2019
Your enjoyment of rage 2 will heavily depend on how much fun you have with the game’s combat. even with the boring story and blad characters, the moment to moment gameplay is some of the best in the fps genre. rage 2 is a bright spectacle set in a very dangerous and vicious world. if you embrace the chaos there’s a lot of fun to be had, but for those wanting a deep, narratively engaging experience i suggest you look elsewhere.

Mortal Kombat 11

Xbox One
9.75
Elton JonesApr 22, 2019
If this is truly NetherRealm Studio’s franchise swan song, then Mortal Kombat as a whole couldn’t have gone out on a better note. Simply put, Mortal Kombat 11 is a series and genre triumph worth playing over and over again.

Dangerous Driving

Xbox One
6.50
Elton JonesApr 08, 2019
three fields entertainment’s passion for its past work on the burnout series can be seen and felt throughout every bit of dangerous driving. arcade racing game fans will come and ultimately stay for the manic speed, outlandish crashes, and satisfying assortment of car classes and events. what knocks this racer down a few pegs are the dated visuals and disappointing lack of basic features that every current-gen racer should include on day one. burnout fans who want to revisit the series pre-paradise will love everything dangerous driving offers. but it’s hard to look past the nagging issues and missing features that could have pushed dangerous driving past the competition.

Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid

Xbox One
6.00
Elton JonesMar 28, 2019
Diehard Power Rangers fans and gamers who appreciate team-based fighters will take to this game and enjoy its efficient combat mechanics. This fighter would have been even more worthwhile if a bigger budget and more development time was a part of the equation. As it is now, Battle for the Grid is a fun fighter that’s hampered by its incredibly low budget feel.

SEKIRO: Shadows Die Twice

PC
9.00
Collin MacGregorMar 22, 2019
while the story could have used a bit more focus and build up, sekiro’s hauntingly beautiful world will instantly pull you in. this is more than just “dark souls in japan,” but a captivating, cold, and satisfying experience. sekiro: shadows die twice easily cements itself as one of the best modern action/adventure games of the generation.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2

Xbox OnePS4PC
2.90
Collin MacGregorMar 18, 2019
Even with its uninspired bosses, boring characters, and comically bland story, The Division 2 stays afloat thanks to its terrific gameplay. While we wish this title used its plot for more than a simple backdrop, it’s hard to deny how much fun battling through the streets of Washington D.C. was. The Division 2 is the new gold standard for online action/RPGs.

One Piece: World Seeker

Xbox One
7.75
Elton JonesMar 13, 2019
The swashbuckling world of One Piece is perfectly replicated in an open-world experience that fans will quickly take to. World Seeker certainly has its fair share of issues that prevents it from attaining the high marks of other open-world games. While it’s rough around the edges, World Seeker easily takes the top spot as the finest One Piece video game.

Devil May Cry 5

Xbox One
9.50
Elton JonesMar 06, 2019
Devil May Cry 5 is a love letter to those who’ve stuck with the series since its inception. The tale it weaves is well told and the revelations that come from it are fun to follow. The finely-tuned combat is hard to pull yourself away from – tinkering with the varied movesets of Nero, Dante, and V will keep you entertained long beyond the adventure’s end.

DEAD OR ALIVE 6

PS4
8.50
Elton JonesMar 01, 2019
The high visual fidelity, nice offering of single-player/multiplayer modes, and strong character customization feature all provide a ton of replay value for this high-octane fighter. Even with the lack of a tag team mode and the issues present in how costume pattern parts are utilized, Dead or Alive 6 still stands as the most refreshing entry in the series.

Jump Force

Xbox One
7.00
Elton JonesFeb 15, 2019
Jump Force certainly has its issues. The off-putting visual representation of some of the cast members, cheap looking animations during cinematic sequences, and bland lobby appearance are among those problems. But there’s a fun fighter buried underneath all those negatives that you’ll come to appreciate.

Crackdown 3

Xbox One
6.75
Elton JonesFeb 14, 2019
The cel-shaded visuals gives Crackdown 3 the signature style it needs, which looks great as a part of the environments and architecture featured in the single-player campaign. However, the unfinished feel of the multiplayer mode’s main map leaves a lot to be desired. The high destructibility factor lends Wrecking Zone that sense of addiction that keeps you playing beyond its launch, however.

Far Cry New Dawn

PCPS4
7.00
Collin MacGregorFeb 14, 2019
While the RPG system was a unique idea, it’s one foot in, one foot out approach hinders the overall product. Yet, for all it’s faults I generally enjoyed my experience and seeing how the different characters progressed was enough of a drive to push me to the end. Even though New Dawn may not be a revelation for the franchise, it’s a nice bookend for Far Cry 5 fans.

Metro Exodus

Xbox One
9.00
Collin MacGregorFeb 13, 2019
Metro Exodus is a master class in smart game design blending into a believable world. Moment to moment gameplay is rewarding and the weapon upgrade system is a stroke of genius. Even with occasional bugs and overly familiar story, Exodus is a highly enjoyable singleplayer experience. Whether you’re a series veteran or brand new to the Metro franchise this is worth checking out.

God Eater 3

PS4
8.75
Elton JonesFeb 06, 2019
The lackluster graphics, cumbersome bullet switching mechanic, and slight annoyance of an item pickup system all need to be improved by the next God Eater, however. These nagging issues are certainly hard to ignore, but the addictive gameplay and rewarding upgrade systems stand out that much more. God Eater 3 keeps the monster hunting sub-genre alive and thriving.

EA Sports UFC 3

PS4
8.50
Elton JonesJan 30, 2019
Terrors, and somewhat off commentary. it’s clear that ea canada is getting better at presenting a quality mma simulator with this entry’s boost in quality. ufc 3 is proof that a championship run for the franchise is attainable.

Kingdom Hearts III

PS4Xbox One
8.50
Collin MacGregorJan 30, 2019
a lot of the fun comes from the extremely creative weapons and enemies that are thrown at you. even with its overreliance on mini-games to pad certain segments and a frustrating camera,  kingdom hearts 3 is certainly a title worth checking out. just be prepared to constantly ask yourself “what the hell is going on?”

SENRAN KAGURA Burst Re:Newal

PS4
6.75
Elton JonesJan 24, 2019
Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal is a solid love letter to its burgeoning fanbase. The 3D action gameplay is a huge step above the original’s 2.5D combat. The anime stylized visuals look quite nice, the beat ’em up gameplay provides some bouts of entertainment, and the story is a bit deeper than you’d expect. But what keeps it from being a true recommendation is its repetitive gameplay and all too obvious reliance on boobs, butts, and…well, you know what else.

Resident Evil 2

PS4
10.0
Elton JonesJan 22, 2019
While a slew of familiar callbacks to the setup of the original version are evident, a slew of smart adjustments have also been put into place. These changes do a great job of providing fans with new ways to approach Leon and Claire’s unnerving expeditions. Resident Evil 2 has been reborn and retooled in all the best ways possible. This is the best video game remake that other modernized classics of its ilk should be judged by.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

Xbox One
8.75
Elton JonesJan 19, 2019
This JRPG remaster does right by its legendary source material. The original version of Tales of Vesperia is still worth returning to on its own merit. But the Japanese PS3’s features that are a part of this remaster’s current-gen package turns it into a must-play for series fans. The extra characters/party members, skits, battle abilities, and costumes do a lot to endear itself to those in the know and those who want to experience it for the very first time.

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