Jezreel Ian Manuel

@jimanuel10

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Should I call myself a gamer since I have played a lot of games since I was a kid?

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Reviewed a game
PC
Attack on Titan
Reviewed: May 14, 2022
7.50

VISUALS

Artistry: 9/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 7/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 3/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Reviewed: May 14, 2022
7.20

VISUALS

Artistry: 9/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 9/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 7/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 3/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Reviewed: May 14, 2022
7.00

VISUALS

Artistry: 9/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 9/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 7/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 4/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 3/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Final Fantasy XIII
Reviewed: May 14, 2022
7.30

VISUALS

Artistry: 9/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 9/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 7/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 3/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Zenith: The Last City
Reviewed: May 10, 2022
7.90
EARLY ACCESS REVIEW

This is actually one of the few Oculus Games out there that caught my attention. Imagine playing an MMORPG but in VR. Zenith: The last city actually gave me that. Honestly, the game is fun at first and became repetitive as time passed by. Probably because of the fact that it is an MMORPG game. Playing in VR actually gives this game an extra level of immersion. Exploring the city, cooking, casting spells, crafting items, and meeting in-game players are actually fun things to do inside virtual reality. Just like other VR games, there are lots of squeakers out here too. Sometimes it's annoying, but you'll get used to it. The thing I actually don't like about this game is the graphics. I expected too much for a VR game to be honest. There are lots of VR games with amazing graphics. Hopefully, Zenith will improve on that. As of now, it looked like a PS3 game. The servers are somewhat unstable but still playable. Hoping to see some more improvements in the future. Lastly, I realized that I stopped playing this game is actually because of the fact that it doesn't have a strong storyline unlike other RPG games out there like Genshin Impact.

VISUALS

Artistry: 6/12

Technical Merit: 4/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 9/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PS5
Horizon Forbidden West
Reviewed: May 10, 2022
9.90

Horizon Forbidden West is a love story from the developers. As a PS5 owner, I can say that this game really has exceeded most of my expectations. Everything was met. Everything is incredible from start to finish. By far this is the longest game I have played this year. But it's all worth it. Performance mode on PS5 is a game-changer. 4K on 60 fps is eye candy. 4K 30 fps fidelity mode is also on another level. You can really feel the next-gen vibe while playing this. Everything is great!. I love the haptic feedback and Adaptive Triggers it got. It added a new layer of immersion. The gameplay seems similar to Horizon Zero Dawn, but at least they added more stuff for you to experience. There are new weapons, new machines to override, new Cauldrons to explore, and new Tallnecks to discover. They didn't do that as linear, they did that with a twist. The story this time is much deeper and uncovers some important details the first Horizon was missing. Damn! This is one of the games of the year for me.

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VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PS5
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered
Reviewed: May 10, 2022
10.00

Played this remastered version on PS5 and I can say that this is still one of the best games I have ever played out there! The remastered version on PS5 looks incredible on many different levels. The recent update on 4K Variable Refresh Rate 120 Hz is a game changer! I can't just stop swinging throughout the streets of New York. The visuals are fantastic as ever. The new recasting of Peter Parker is okay for me. It actually depicts the ideal Peter Parker based on the comics. If you owned a PS5, try this!

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
WWE 2K22
Reviewed: Apr 24, 2022
8.00

I honestly liked this game as a long-time Wrestling fan. Compared to WWE 2k20, this game actually brought a lot of improvements to the table. What I liked about this game is the controls, it feels solid and fluid this time. It also even felt like an arcade-type control. The character models also improved graphically since it is considered one of those Next-generation games. Although the character movements seem off at times which I do understand from a point of view of an animator and game developer. The showcase mode where you will re-experience Rey Mysterio's notable career matches is actually one of my favorite features of this game. I was impressed by how seamless the transitions from the game up to the real match happened in between. I hope they could have added more stuff like that, say, for example, the Undertaker's story and other superstars. overall, I love how this game entertained me compared to the previous 2K. I played this game with my friends and we got endless fun. Lastly, I want to point out that the number of rosters presented in this game is somewhat small. There are lots of superstars missing from the roster. I hate the fact that they converted a superstar's costume into a separate character. It is redundant for me. Expand the rosters and this game will be a perfect 10 for me.

VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
PS5
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Reviewed: Apr 3, 2022
9.30

PS5 has a few exclusives to show off as of the moment. This is one of those few PS5 titles that will surely blow your mind once you got your hands on it. Ratchet and Clank's visual wonder makes you think how awesome the next generation of gaming is. Truly the visuals are stunning. The particles are always on point. The character models are great and the creativity of each world is such a wonderful experience to explore. The adaptive triggers and haptic feedback that Sony promises for PS5 users were successfully implemented. My mind keeps on blowing every time I feel that haptic feedback in my controller. I have never been immersed in a game like this. Each weapon is also unique in its own way. I love how each weapon has this kind of mechanics and haptic feedback every time you shoot it. The mechanics also played a big role in why this game is a great PS5 exclusive as well. It is unique, intuitive, fun gameplay and engaging combats. This is not just your ordinary Action Adventure platformer game, this is next-gen gaming. The story of Ratchet, Clank, Rivet, and Kit traveling through dimensions was also executed properly in such a way that it keeps me engaged throughout the game. Let's add the 3D audio that the Pulse 3D Audio Headset provides. It was such an amazing experience and pleasure to my ears. For those who just owned a PS5, this is one of those games you have to try. You will never get bored of it.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 2/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 9/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PS5
Astro's Playroom
Reviewed: Mar 28, 2022
8.70

This is such a good game for a tech demo for the Playstation 5. It seems like a legitimate game with good mechanics. A good way to start and be familiar with the PS5. The graphics are amazing as well. What I liked about this game is the entire control mechanics. I was really blown away by how the Dual Sense Wireless Controller actually had this kind of upgrade. The adaptive triggers and haptic feedback were an entirely new experience for PlayStation fans like me. This new generation of gaming really made me back to the world of gaming and will forever be part of the gaming community.

VISUALS

Artistry: 11/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 11/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 4/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
Series X
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
Reviewed: Mar 22, 2022
9.50

I gotta say that this game really lived up to my expectations. I had so much fun playing the entire storyline, although linear. Hearing those ridiculously weird dialogs from the Guardians sometimes cracks my head off. I am pretty much entertained with everything. The dialogs, the storylines, the music(which really gave me that vibe), the graphics (which really is a next-gen game), and most importantly the mechanics. The mechanics are actually the main reason why I loved this game so much. It has some fluid animations and a unique hack and slash-type combat where you control Peter Quill while giving commands to your teammates in real-time. Although you can't control the other guardians, it still gave me that sense I am playing an "RPG" like themed sometimes. The huddle-up feature also stepped up the fighting sequences in my opinion. I really love how the music perfectly cues every time a huddle-up was done. The combat particles were too flashy and awesome as well. The story of this game is actually way better as compared to Marve's Avengers game. This game doesn't feature any microtransactions, just pure linear story mode, fun and engaging combat while listening to their dialogues. This version of Marvel's Guardian of the Galaxy actually redeemed the MCU's version. I honestly hated the MCU's version after the Infinity war but then this game lit up the path for me to love them again. I was hoping to see more actions in future Marvel games.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
XB1
Injustice 2
Reviewed: Mar 6, 2022
8.50

I installed this game on my Xbox due to the fact that I saw how they improve the graphics very well. It really looks amazing. Injustice 2 campaign mode started directly from the previous story. This time, the story is much deeper and at least was able to conclude properly. Although the last chapter where you will have an option to either have superman or batman's ending added a bit of a cliffhanger. For me, I experienced both endings. It felt like Batman's ending should be the appropriate ending for this game. The fighting mechanics improved a lot. It became more fluid and pulling off some combos is more rewarding. The audio also made a big improvement on this. The roster of this game is mind-blowing. The customization also sounds right in my opinion. It's a good game for me.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 11/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 3/6

Reviewed a game
PS3
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Reviewed: Mar 6, 2022
7.20

Played this game on my PlayStation. I was amazed how they were able to pull off a superhero fighting game with a decent story like Injustice: Gods Among Us. The entire fighting mechanics doesn't seem as fluid as other big fighting games but at least they were able to do it properly. The story actually came from the comics and it was properly told. The graphics are not that good for me. But at least I was able to enjoy this game.

VISUALS

Artistry: 7/12

Technical Merit: 5/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 5/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: /710

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Tekken 7
Reviewed: Mar 2, 2022
9.20

I can't count how many times I retained this game every time I install a new game on my computer. Tekken 7 always gives me that kind of pleasure in fighting games. I'm not the pro in any fighting games honestly. But the entire gameplay of this is so addictive. The graphics are also wonderful in your eyes and can still kick assess as the best fighting games out there. The story mode is my favorite of this game. It has deeper stories and character development. The cutscenes are incredible and on point. All characters have unique movements in which you really enjoy playing even though you are just spamming or memorizing their combo rosters. I have played this game way back in 2017 and played it on multiple generations of consoles and several PC specs. This is a masterpiece for me.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 11/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
PS3
One Piece: Pirate Warriors
Reviewed: Mar 2, 2022
7.80

This game actually made me love One Piece even more. This time, I got to indulge myself with a mosou style game. It's a good game if you really this concept. I only played the main campaign and not really focused on the deeper character improvements and other stuff. Amazing experience. although lacks in the deeper side of the story which I understand.

VISUALS

Artistry: 7/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 2/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
DOOM Eternal
Reviewed: Feb 28, 2022
8.30

I thought this game never ends, to be honest. I enjoyed the way how fast-paced and challenging this game is. I admire how they optimized it to the point that it can run on multiple consoles. The mechanics of this game is so unique and at the same time, really challenging. It took me several hours to finish this game due to the fact that I keep on dying. But it's all worth it in the end. It's my first time jumping with this series that's why I honestly don't know what's happening. Although this game is a bit fun, it slowly loses it after unlocking all the guns and skills. The graphics were amazing from start to finish although just be aware playing this having your religious family member around. Definitely, they will creep the heck out.


VISUALS

Artistry: 11/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Reviewed: Feb 24, 2022
9.20

Honestly, this is the only Pokemon I have played after the Game Boy generations. I always hear pokemon in any recommendation feed as one of the best games to play in handheld. Pokemon Legends Arceus is a game that really captured my attention when it was first announced back then. It made me excited without any further knowledge of Pokemons (except for the Anime version and movie). I can still remember the days when I play Pokemon on my GameBoy Advance. It was too addictive and entertaining. That actually gave me the same feeling upon playing this Pokemon Legends Arceus. I was too satisfied and happy finishing this game. So far, this is the longest game I've played on any consoles for this year. I am actually amazed how an open-world Pokemon game was pulled off properly. The variety of pokemon in this game is so insane. Collecting them and completing my Pokedex is so addictive. To the point that I keep on forgetting my main quest just to catch or battle them. The overall mechanics is actually still the same based on what I watched on youtube. But that doesn't mean that I don't like it. I am reviewing this game from the perspective of someone who just played this for the very first time. The story is somewhat okay for me, but what makes it more exciting is the pokemon you can actually use as a companion in your travel. The map is huge as well and the variations of encounters are also splendid. The battle mechanics are also challenging. Catching alpha pokemon required me to plan ahead either just battle them or throw a Pokeball on them. I love the overall experience of this game. I heard some complaints that the graphics are kinda awful on this one. Well, I disagree. The graphics are not that beautiful to compare to other Nintendo Switch titles like BOTW and Odyssey but Pokemon's graphics is also good given that it can run on very small hardware like a Nintendo switch. I would like to recommend this game for Nintendo Switch player owners who are looking for a unique and addictive experience.


VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun:10 /10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Unpacking
Reviewed: Feb 23, 2022
8.20

I honestly didn’t expect that this game will give a satisfying and unique experience. This is not just your simple puzzle game, it requires players to think creatively and critically while unpacking and organizing your stuff. I enjoyed this. A simple game with a promising idea. The graphics are simple yet clearly depicts what it needs to show.


VISUALS

Artistry: 8 /12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 5/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 7 /8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun:10 /10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6 /8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PS4
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Reviewed: Feb 17, 2022
8.90

This game made a huge impact on my memory ever since I played it. I even played this first before playing Origins. I was hyped upon hearing that there is an AC game that focuses on Greek Mythology and at the same time, you can be a Sparta. This game is so awesome in many ways. It took me like a hundred hours grinding and visiting each part of the huge maps. The naval battle mechanic is also awesome just like Black Flag. The story of Kassandra and Alexios still hits me hard up until now. I loved this game! It really immersed me so much to the point I don't want to leave my newly built computer at that time. Yes! I remember building my first PC and this game was the first game I installed and finished. I think the only downside of this one is the fact that it really doesn't seem and feel like you are playing an Assassin's Creed game. This hits different in many ways to be honest. It took me a while to appreciate and get accustomed to the way how Ubisoft changes Assassin's Creed as a whole.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth:5 /5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Mortal Kombat 11
Reviewed: Feb 17, 2022
8.20

As a kid who loved this Mortal Kombat series, I admit that I'm one of those people who were so hyped with this game. Coming back from the previous title, Mortal Kombat XL, this game sets up the campaign mode pretty well. The gameplay and overall fighting mechanics are much more fluid. The move sets shows variety and the overall graphics are so amazing even if played on a Switch, a potato PC or even better a console.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility:3 /4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth:3 /5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
My Hero One's Justice
Reviewed: Feb 17, 2022
7.50

Honestly, the fighting mechanic of this franchise is not that good as to compare with Naruto Ultimate Series and Dragon Ball. Although what I actually like about this is the fact that I was able to control some of the MHA's characters independently. How I wish they have completed all the roster and improved on the story campaign. There so much missing in the overall gameplay of this one.


VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 3/6

Reviewed a game
PS4
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker
Reviewed: Feb 17, 2022
7.50

This game showed a lot of potential as a long-time Naruto fan. The mechanics are great and impressive. Although the game seems to be repetitive at times which is not a good thing. How I wish I could've seen more from this game such as deeper story campaign modes and more character choices.

VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 5/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility:3 /4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 2/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto
Reviewed: Feb 14, 2022
8.90

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 11/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst
Reviewed: Feb 14, 2022
8.70

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality:5 /6

Reviewed a game
Switch
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 2
Reviewed: Feb 14, 2022
8.40

This game improved so much!


VISUALS

Artistry: 11/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 11/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja STORM
Reviewed: Feb 14, 2022
8.30

VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 2/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
PS5
Sifu
Reviewed: Feb 14, 2022
8.90

Honestly, I suck at these types of games. I have the shortest patience on earth when it comes to playing this. I can grind for hours just to level up as to compare to having to face death multiple times. Sifu actually gave me that kind of headache, just like the same with playing Sekiro and GhostRunner before. Although I admit, this game really rocks! Sifu actually showed us that mechanics and gameplay will still matter without having those fancy graphics and particle effects. I love the way how fluid this game is. The interaction between objects and the AI is awesome. The AI movements are actually much better and show intelligence throughout the sequences. The game is too short, to be honest, but depending on your skill, you can finish this within just 2 hours or so. It took me a while to beat this game since I keep on coming back to the first level and making my way to the top. The death mechanic of this game is actually different, you will not die eventually, but instead "age" progressively. As you age, your attack power will increase sacrificing the Hit Points that you have. Which is I think logical. The punishment of this game once you have reached a certain age is somewhat frustrating. Since once you reached 76+ age, you will die and will start from the very beginning of the level losing all of your power-ups. This enforce the players to replay the entire level from the beginning to reward the players. The story is somewhat cliche for me, it seems like I've heard the story of revenge type a million times already. How I wish they could've dived deeper with the stories and some introduction with another side character. Overall, I enjoyed this game but gave me massive headaches.

VISUALS

Artistry: 8/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency:8 /8

Accessibility:4 /4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 9/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Reviewed: Feb 14, 2022
7.60

As a person who used to play Mario Kart on Nintendo's previous console, I can say that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe never fails to amaze me. The core gameplay is still there, with improved graphics and mechanics, it always finds a way to keep me entertained. This is a game that you can fully enjoy with your family and friends. How I wish they could've expanded this game in such a way to keep people looking to grind more races and other modes. A story-driven aspect would be nice and collectibles will also make it more fun and enjoyable.


VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 3/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order
Reviewed: Feb 12, 2022
8.30

If you still can't move on with the Avengers End game movie, this game is a must-try. Like seriously bro. Imagine most of the iconic marvel heroes of all time being in a single video game. That's too awesome. I won't spoil anything on this one, but you gotta have to read the comics to better understand some of those heroes. Especially, Elsa Bloodstone and crystal. This was the 3rd series of its title by the way. I've waited for like 10 years for this game to come out. Literally! it's worth the wait. This game also includes X-Men and Fantastic 4 as a DLC on the other end.

The storylines are not really related to the previous titles. But at least we got the Infinity Saga. This is a must-try for all Marvel fans out there.

VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 9/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
PS5
Life is Strange: True Colors
Reviewed: Feb 12, 2022
7.00
WARNING
This review contains spoilers.

I am honestly one of those people who was hyped upon hearing this third official installment of the Life is Strange series. The first and second LiS really set up the pace and got my expectations too high. The story of Max makes me mess up with time and was entertained. On the other hand, the story of Sean made me realize that choices do really matter in the entire game. Both of the series have an extraordinary soundtrack which added more depth to the game. But then, here comes Life is Strange True Colors. I don't really get the hype of this game. I think this is overrated to some extent.


Alex Chen's power is another thing, to begin with, I honestly like how she can read the aura's of other people, her interaction with the NPCs, the voice acting, and the performances(which I really like. It is too believable). The first 2 chapters are at a slow pace which is kinda understandable given the fact that it usually establishes her relationship with the game characters and settings themselves. I was pretty entertained at that time. And now the next chapter comes in. It really felt like at this point that those actions and choices I make will not really matter in the end game which I honestly expected given the cliche dialogues and encounters. Life is Strange 2 is the only game for me that made me realize that all of the choices from the first episode really do matter. True Colors really never explored these choices and only presented us with some choices that are cliche and too good to be true. I like how she taps into others' emotions,s, to be honest. And then what? Although Alex's interaction with another character will impact the end game, it doesn't really give me this kind of emotional attachment feeling I felt from Max and Chloes' relationship from the previous title. There is no emotional trauma, there are no questions that need to be answered.


The plot twist of this game got me but then overshadowed by the LARP chapter. The only choice you have after revealing Jed's true color is either to forgive him or condemn him. And then what? Both choices do not really matter at this time since whatever choices you have made, will not change the fact that he did that in the past. I don't see the sense in that. Lastly, the ending will only depend on whom you have chosen to date during the Spring Festival. I mean that simply doesn't make sense at all. Alex, Ryan, and Steph are a good trio. The love interest that was set between them really ruins it. Basically, it's your choice if you want Alex to be straight or gay. Then that's the final cutscene. I don't know, but this game really lacks the emotion and darkness that the previous LIfe is Strange series gave me.


One final thing, when I heard about Max and Chloe from Lis 1 and Sean from Lis 2. There is an automatic playlist that will play on my mind. This time, Life is Strange true colors didn't give me that kind of feeling and it sucked.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 7/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 7/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 2/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 3/8

Heart: 2/6

Originality: 3/6

Reviewed a game
PC
The Medium
Reviewed: Feb 12, 2022
7.50

The idea of this game is unique to me. You can control two different worlds simultaneously. That alone really made this game stand out in terms of its gameplay. The story of this game is actually quite good and I think will become better if explored deeper. It's kinda short, to be honest, and I hope there are some plot issues that were addressed. Although this is a bit like a walking simulator that explores the story of a young girl and her sister, it still shows a lot of potential in terms of the way it was presented. This is the only game where my PC suffered a lot since it is rendering two versions of the game at the same time. That's understandable though.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 9/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 5/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 2/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
XB1
My Hero One's Justice 2
Reviewed: Feb 12, 2022
7.50

Played this game just for me to re-experience Season 4 of this Anime series. I honestly don't like the way how they tell the story of this game. For me, it really lacks the cinematic aspect as compared to other anime games I have played before. In terms of mechanics, this is still the same fighting mechanics based on the previous title itself. For me, this is just a typical fighting game with a mediocre story campaign but entertaining arcade and battle mode.

VISUALS

Artistry: 9/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality:4/6

Reviewed a game
PS4
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Reviewed: Feb 11, 2022
10.00

I rarely give a perfect score for any games I play. Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of those games I truly love. As a long-time Final Fantasy fan, The seventh installment is still indeed the best among the rest. And then They have decided to remake this. Damn! Everything is too damn perfect. I am glad I was able to play this game. Looking forward to the sequel of this game.



VISUALS

Artistry:12 /12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth:5 /5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality:6 /6

Reviewed a game
PS4
Watch Dogs Legion
Reviewed: Feb 11, 2022
8.10

This is the 3rd watchdogs game I have played in this franchise. Another open-world RPG with stunning graphics and innovative gameplay. This game is one of a kind in my opinion. I have never played an open-world game that you can control in order for you to build a resistance. Another open world that lets me control some NPC is GTA V but it is not integrated with the main story itself. Watchdogs legion is another Ubisoft masterpiece due to its unique gameplay. Although it is clear that they recycled some of the elements from the previous titles, watchdogs Legion manages to stand out and remain unique as possible. The story is somehow lacking depth compared to Aiden Pierce's story way back. That's the only thing I wish I could've seen better.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 8/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility:3 /4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 2/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative:7 /8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
Luigi's Mansion 3
Reviewed: Feb 11, 2022
9.30

As I tackle some major titles on Nintendo Switch, this game was included in the long-time backlogs I want to play. Gladly I was able to find time to play and gave this a try. All I can say is that this is unexpectedly an awesome and addicting game I've played on Nintendo Switch. This is my Luigi's Mansion game on Nintendo. So I am writing this game from the perspective of someone who played this game for the first time. Going back, this is unexpectedly an addicting game because of its mechanics. The cleaning mechanic of this game is so fun and entertaining to the point that I went to go over every part of the floor to clean them. Collecting some gold coins has this kind of addicting factor, to begin with. Hunting Special Ghosts is also another thing to do. Activating Gooigi to solve some puzzles is also a unique way to add depth and variety to the whole game itself. I also would like to talk about how eye-candy popping and awesome the graphics were. I just can't believe how the Nintendo switch was able to render the game with its beautiful graphics. Each floor has its own unique theme which you can take hundreds of screenshots of. The audio cues and background music also gave another depth to the mechanics. There is also a lacking element in terms of the story of the game. Mario Luigi-themed games were designed not to focus deeply on the story but rather on the gameplay. Though how I wish this game added a deeper story mode like the Super Mario Oddysey.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 9/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...
Reviewed: Feb 11, 2022
7.50

I got curious upon hearing this game saying that this is a prequel to Nier Automata. I haven't played the classic version on PS3 but did some research and I was amazed how they were able to rack up the graphics of this game, to be honest. It is so much better in many aspects. The controls are a bit sluggish to compare to the fluidity of Nier Automata's combat system. Although let's talk about this game's number 1 strength. Rich Story and heavy emotions. It tackled a lot of deep stories which I think was able to conclude properly. Honestly, the first playthrough was awesome. I have invested so much. And then the second and third playthrough was quite okay. But then on my last playthroughs, it started to feel like this is becoming a chore rather than aiming for fun and excitement. Though the game is still fun, it's just that for me unlocking the other endings via playthrough is a waste of time for me. No offense. I still love and like this game. The repetitiveness and lack of character development on some sides became its downfall.


VISUALS

Artistry: 8/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals:8 /8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 5/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 2/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 6/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
PC
The Thrill of the Fight - VR Boxing
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
8.00

Oh my goodness! I bought this game out of curiosity and so far no regrets! I can never imagine playing a game that will make me move and sweat too much. This is a good game if you are looking for a workout. The graphics are somewhat mediocre but the gameplay is way too realistic. Some opponents are even hard to knock them out. Also, I let my friends try this game. They loved it so much!

VISUALS

Artistry: 7/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 7/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Beat Saber
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
9.50

I think every VR owner should own this game. It is a Rhythm game where you slash the cubes depending on the arrow's direction. This game is so entertaining and addictive. I've managed to finish the campaign mode and still playing those songs. Adding mods makes this game more special, to be honest. Custom songs, Custom Sabers, and maps gave me more time to play this game. This is also a good game as a daily workout in my upper body. I loved this game! If you're thinking to buy this, go ahead!

VISUALS

Artistry:12 /12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency:8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Moss
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
8.50

I love the way how VR games nowadays keep on evolving and becoming more interactive and unique. This game will let you control a little mouse who fights his own way to find his uncle. I admit that this is one of the unique games I've played in quite a while. The gameplay is simple, especially the hack and slash component of it. Although being the God who also has the power to control what's happening in the scene makes this game more entertaining. The only thing I can complain about this is the story is way too short. I was hoping to play the next title of this one.

VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
XB1
HALO Infinite
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
9.40

I remember finishing this game on new years eve before 2022 starts. This game is super fun! Very entertaining! I had my doubts at first since I haven't played any Halo games before. As a Playstation fan and a person who rarely plays FPS, I can really say that this game nailed every aspect of a shooter game must-have. Damn! now I understand why people are hooked up with this series. Hands down to this masterpiece! Because of this game, I've finally decided to purchase an XBOX console.

VISUALS

Artistry: 11/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 9/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Half-Life: Alyx
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
9.40

This was actually the first and last PCVR game I've finished in the year 2021. Since I'm new to VR gadgets, I finally was able to experience this. It was an awesome experience every VR owner must play this game. The immersion is insane. The mechanics, the storyline, and in-game graphics. This has been one of my dream games to play with. I'm lucky enough to own an Oculus Quest 2 in the year 2021. Enjoyed this game a lot! Especially for first-time VR users like me! Looking forward to playing and finishing more PCVR titles soon!

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 9/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
THE GUNK
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
7.00

A story-driven, post-apocalyptic game where you will venture into a certain alien planet. The mechanics of this game is simple, use your vacuum cleaner-like tech to clean some gunks. That's it! The good part of this game is the graphics and the story shows some potential. Although it's a bit short though. It's good to think that this game didn't have any bugs at launch. Considering it was developed by an indie company.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 8/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 5/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 2/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun:5 /10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
PS4
Horizon Zero Dawn
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
9.00

One of the Playstation games I've ever played that made me immerse too much. I love the concept of this game. The settings, the environment, and the way how the story goes. Although there are some parts that it might get repetitive. But overall, this is a must-try game if you own a PC or a PS4.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
Series X
Forza Horizon 5
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
9.40

This game really makes you feel that we are transitioning to the next generation of the gaming era. I was able to play this from day 1 until now. Thanks, XBOX game pass! Such a wonderful experience. The map of Mexico is amazing. The graphics are insanely detailed, the driving mechanics are perfect. Paired with an Xbox controller and you can feel the Haptic Feedback on the Triggers while driving. The selection of cars and collecting them are so damn addictive. This is truly next-gen gaming. My gaming wheel is mostly being used for this game! It adds more challenge and immersion. How I wish there is an option where you can add custom songs or at least an internet radio. That's the only thing I can complain about.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth:5 /5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
8.90

I purchased an Xbox game pass and a flight stick just for me to play this game. No regrets. This is by far the biggest game I've ever played. Imagine having a map of the entire world. Literally! You will drive an aircraft, choose a destination and be amazed at how this game will immerse you. The flight mechanics are so realistic, yet challenging. You will undergo a series of flight training which I think is very effective if you are using a HOTAS. Mine is Logitech Extreme 3D Pro. The level of immersion is awesome. You will experience live air traffic, live weather updates and surprisingly, live map feeds! There are still a lot of places you can visit while playing this. Used my oculus quest 2 to pump up the level of immersion. It was really awesome. I'm so glad I was able to experience this game.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 9/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
PC Building Simulator
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
8.50

This simulator game will really help you have a better understanding of different PC components, how it works and how to assemble them. I highly recommend playing this game for education purposes and as well as entertainment. I even used this game as a PC Building demo in my online classes and my students loved it too!. It is fun. The career mode is enough to give you the knowledge you need in terms of computers.

VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 8/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 5/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety:5 /5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Euro Truck Simulator 2
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
8.00

Bought this game on sale on steam a year ago. Tried playing this with my gaming wheel and activated 900 degrees mode. I don't really know how to drive in real life. But this game really taught me the basics of driving. Not only just a simple car but with Trucks! This is a simple game where you will drive different types of trucks to deliver some cargo to certain parts of Europe. This will really give you the feeling of driving in real-time. The parking mechanic is what makes this game extra challening. Sometimes, it will take me several minutes just to park my truck properly aligned. I also added different mods, tried using oculus quest 2 with gaming wheel to make the experience more immersive.


VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 8/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
8.60

As a kid who used to collect hot wheels, this game really made my childhood dream come true. Amazed with the graphics, the variety of cars and tracks. It really made me feel that I am racing with my toys. A classic racing game where your only goal is to reach the top. Unlock stages and collect hot wheels. Classic Racing game!

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 2/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
Metroid Dread
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
9.10

This is my first time playing a Metroid game. In fact, I rarely play side-scrolling platformers. But this one is different. This game is full of action, challenging encounters, an innovative stealth section, puzzle-solving. In addition, I can't help to ignore the graphics and audio score of this game. The story itself is so good. I am really impressed and satisfied with how this game turned out. I'm glad I gave this game a try. My Nintendo game of the year 2021!


PS: I really thought Samus is a boy. ahhahaha

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
Tetris 99
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
7.60

I am still enjoying this game to the point it became my number 1 most played game on Nintendo switch in the year 2021. This game will let you battle 98 real-world opponents. It is really fun and challenging! I only got 2nd as my highest place tho.

VISUALS

Artistry: 8/12

Technical Merit: 5/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 5/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 2/5

Variety: 1/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
XB1
STAR WARS: Squadrons
Reviewed: Feb 7, 2022
8.40

I played this game using my logitech extreme 3D flight stick and paired this with my Oculus Quest 2. It was awesome! The experience is so much fun! The gameplay is really that unique and hey it's star wars you know. The level of immersion I got of this game is way too insane. I loved it so much. Although quite honestly, the story of campaign mode is the thing I don't really get much. I focused on the gameplay and graphics themselves.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Reviewed: Feb 6, 2022
8.80

Anyone who likes fighting games with unique mechanics should try this. The adventure mode is plenty and kept me entertained and engaged for several hours. You can unlock character by defeating those spirits which will eventually be used as a boost. The random encounters with those characters added depth each time you navigate to the menu. I like the way how they made this roster. It was mindblowing since it is huge. Needed to buy extra controllers for Switch just to play this game with my friends. It is a good way to introduce Nintendo Switch to those people wanting to buy a console but never had a Nintendo before.


VISUALS

Artistry:10 /12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety:5 /5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Reviewed: Feb 6, 2022
7.60

Talk about battle royal in a different way. This is one of the games I played which added more fun and reward at the same time. I am not a that competitive player, to be honest, so It doesn't really matter for me if I win or not. But this game?? Oh my God! I really want to reach at least the top 5 as a final place for every match I play. This is so addictive. The mechanics are too simple yet engaging.

VISUALS

Artistry: 8/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 8/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth:3 /5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 4/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
XB1
A Way Out
Reviewed: Feb 6, 2022
8.70
WARNING
This review contains spoilers.

This game really made me think How lucky I am to exist at the same time it was developed and realeased. Such an amazing story! Not just your ordinary cliche story. It has full of twists and turns with the series of events you get into. I love everything about this game. And surely you'll enjoy this 100% if you have a friend with you all the time to play this. Trust me, your friendship will either be stronger or even break at some point hahahah. Kidding aside, I really love how Hazelight managed to develop games like this. We always thought split-screen is dead. But they proved to us that we are wrong!


VISUALS

Artistry:10 /12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 11/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 9/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story
Reviewed: Feb 6, 2022
8.50

In this game, you play as Ziggs who wants to show off his unique "bombing" skills to Heimerdinger. It is a rhythm game with very simple mechanics, yet gave me several headaches before defeating it. This is addictively fun in my opinion. The OST is so well arranged and matched the vibe of each stage that you play on. Though the story is not that great, it really boils into the gameplay itself.

VISUALS

Artistry: 8/12

Technical Merit: 5/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 2/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 7/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Psychonauts 2
Reviewed: Feb 6, 2022
9.10

I consider this as an XBOX Version Odyssey and Ratchet. A 3D Puzzle Platformer and this time added with an amazing psychology-driven story. If you're looking for a casual gaming experience with an amazing story linie. You should try this. It hooked me up from the time I played the first level up to the very last. The mechanics and the gameplay itself provide some satisfaction every time you solve some puzzles or even defeat some bosses. This is one of the main reasons why I hooked myself with XBOX.


VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 11/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Bright Memory: Infinite
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
8.10

One of the hidden gems this year in the gaming industry. It has a lot of potentials. THe only complaint I have is that this game is way too short! Damn it! I would love to play more. The protagonist is such a badass next to Lara Croft for me. How I wish they could have added more features and storylines. If that's the case, I would definitely buy this game for full price. hahaha


The gameplay reminds me of Ghost Runner and Sekiro combined. Guns and Swords as well!


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 5/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 5/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
XB1
The Artful Escape
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
7.60

A side-scrolling, story-driven game with vibrant colors. Wonderful music and art style. This is not a triple-A game so don't expect too much. The gameplay seems weird to me. You just simply walk left and right enjoying the scenery while shredding your guitar. It has a lot of potentials. The game overall is too short.


VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 5/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 2/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 7/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 2/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
Trine Enchanted Edition
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
7.10

This is one of those side-scrolling platformer puzzle games that require most players to play with a friend to fully enjoy its capabilities. I got lucky I was able to buy this in my Nintendo Switch with a huge amount of discount. THough I played this alone, it didn't really remove the fun and excitement while playing this game. This is too wholesome. The puzzles are easy and creative. The unique abilities of each character made the game so balanced. This is an okay platformer for me.


VISUALS

Artistry: 8/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility:3 /4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 7/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Ghostrunner
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
8.50

This game is one of the most challenging games I've played next to Sekiro. My controller almost got broke while trying to perfect each level. The concept and combination of Samurai, Guns and Parkour were amazing! I really liked the way how this game was designed. A cyberpunk-style city which I quite admit better compared to Cyberpunk 2077. Looking forward to breaking another controller for the sequel of this game.

VISUALS

Artistry: 11/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 11/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 5/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety:5 /5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
XB1
Tetris Effect: Connected
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
8.40

This game will let you feel like meditating while playing and solving the classic Tetris puzzle. Played on PCVR with my oculus quest added more depth and meaning to this. I love this game. It is too wholesome and simple, didn't get away from the concept of Tetris.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency8: /8

Accessibility:3 /4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun:10 /10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative:2 /8

Heart: 2/6

Originality: 1/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
8.50

After a month-long hiatus in Nintendo Switch, I've finally decided to get my console and buy this game in the nearest store that we have. I saw the trailer of this game and got interested in the Mosou style combat which is one of my favorite genres. Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity is a good way to refresh your memory with the Switch's masterpiece, a breath of the wild. Although this is a prequel and you already know what will happen in the end, It still surprised me how well the story was pulled off without even spoiling too much. You should play this game if you enjoyed playing the BOTW. trust me, the characters and their backstory will blow your mind. The varieties with different attacks, weapons, and combos are too satisfying. It is almost a miracle that this game runs well on a tiny console Switch. Kudos to Nintendo for another masterpiece.

VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
9.00

This game feels like watching a Dinsey film while playing it. One of the masterpieces for the year 2021. The gameplay is really challenging and wise. Reminds me of some Dark Souls Concept gameplay. It gave me enough challenge to maintain my sanity, to be honest. Kidding aside, this game actually created memory in my soul. This is the only game I played during the time I am recovering from my illness. I played this for hours and never got tired of it. I loved it too much. The graphics are too awesome. It really shines on the new consoles given its hardware capabilities. The story is great as well. Though the only thing I hated about this game is the fact that it didn't really focus much on the character backstory but rather threw us directly to the world itself. How I wish we could've explored more on the story of Kena alone.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PS5
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
9.10

As a long-time spiderman fan, I may be biased to this. The only thing I complained about this game is that it is way too short! How I wish they'd added some more features and content that is not directly copy-pasted from the first spiderman game. I do understand this is a PS5 launch title to show off the capabilities of hardware though. But overall, this game is great for me as a spidey fan.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency:8 /8

Accessibility:4 /4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 2/6

Originality: 3/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
Stardew Valley
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
8.20

I rarely play these types of games, to be honest. But when I heard that the developer got some inspiration from my long-time childhood game, Harvest Moon, I finally have given this enough attention. I didn't have any regrets about playing and investing my emotions in this game. I love everything about this game from the farming mechanics, combat, foraging, grinding, and especially the backstories of each character. Each of them has its own related stories to real life. It is way too obvious that the developer put in some heavy amount of time writing the scripts for each character. Kudos to that! Everything got more interesting when I installed and added the expansion mod of this game. Damn! This game never ends. I loved it!

VISUALS

Artistry: 6/12

Technical Merit: 5/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 5/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 7/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
7.40

Please tell me I'm not the only one who picked a girl protagonist with a semi-nude costume as their president on this game?? My goodness, I still have the memory of this game even though I played this year ago. I am even playing this once again on my Nintendo Switch and I was amazed how well it runs on that console. This game is just the sequel of SR3 which started right after the ending of the previous game. What I like about this game is their creativity and witness with every scene they have. I'm laughing too hard every time a dark joke was mentioned. LOL Anyways, this is a good game to pass some time.

VISUALS

Artistry: 11/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
XB1
Saints Row: The Third Remastered
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
7.90

I am glad I was able to play this game with enhanced graphics with the new generation consoles. This game is in the middle for me. An open-world, GTA-style game with plenty of entertaining moments and happenings. It is weirdly fun, to be honest. That's what Saints Row is all about by the way. I finally got to understand the SR4 I've played years ago after beating this game. The mechanics are too simple, hoping to see at least some more interactions in the world itself. The music is so sick. It matches the mood of every aspect of the game. The open-world gameplay is at least entertaining, to be honest, the characters and their developments are somehow too obvious to predict. How I wish they improved the writings of this game. Overall, the graphics are great, especially this Remastered version.

VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 5/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 2/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
8.40

If this game wasn't released the same year as GTA V, for sure this will have more recognition. I played this game for several weeks and never got tired of it. The gameplay is so entertaining, the combat is too fluid and satisfying. The graphics are not that great but surely the definitive edition pumps its visuals. The main campaign alone is so damn good. I was entertained and pretty much enjoyed the whole Karate Martial Arts thing. How I wish the next installment of this game will focus more on the open World concept and mechanics. It is somehow lacking with interactivity in its world as compared to big Open World titles out there. But overall, this game is a must-play if you love open-world karate games.

VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 8/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PS4
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game
Reviewed: Feb 3, 2022
6.90

The game itself features several Olympic sports that for sure you will enjoy. Though the controls are not that perfect, I can't help but resemble the similarities between this and the Sonic Olympic game. Overall, the game is in the middle for me, still got a lot of things to improve, or maybe I'm saying this in the POV of someone who played some Olympic game on Wii and other platforms.

VISUALS

Artistry: 8/12

Technical Merit: 5/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 5/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 2/6

Reviewed a game
PC
NBA 2K21
Reviewed: Jan 25, 2022
6.80

I am glad I got this game as free in Epic games. If not, I shouldn't be able to play this. Who would want to play a game with the same feature all over again? I am an NBA fan, and I love 2K games since then. Although I am starting to tire out since I've been seeing the same things these past years. Come on 2K. You can be better than this.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 5/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 4/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 2/8

Heart: 2/6

Originality: 1/6

Reviewed a game
PC
WWE 2K Battlegrounds
Reviewed: Jan 25, 2022
6.60

This is like a spinoff of the WWE2K. We all know that the previous 2K game failed miserably and I think this game actually redeemed some of its failures. I like how they changed the gameplay into something new and a bit cartoonish, to be honest. I was pretty entertained. I only beat the main story and never played again. LOL.

VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 5/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 8/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 5/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 4/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: /510

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 4/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
WWE 2K20
Reviewed: Jan 20, 2022
6.10

I only tried playing the career mode of this game. Though the graphics are convincing, the never-ending bugs of this game keep on messing things up. How I wish they can add more features like an in-depth story mode with the characters. I don't have much anything to say about this. Just meh.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 6/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 4/8

Accessibility: 2/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 5/10

Depth: 2/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 2/8

Heart: 2/6

Originality: 1/6

Reviewed a game
PS4
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
Reviewed: Jan 20, 2022
8.90

I can still remember the days when I was a kid having a hard time playing Tomb Raider on my Playstation 1. Who else enjoyed locking the butler inside the kitchen? hahahah Anyways, this reboot took me years to finally decide to try it on. It was awesome. The storyline of this new generation Lara Croft is way too different in many ways. I enjoyed this. Having Lara Croft on-screen controlling her is an unforgettable experience alone. Mechanics are great! Especially the story.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 9/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
XB1
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Reviewed: Jan 14, 2022
9.10

This is one of the Xbox masterpieces. I love everything about this game, especially the 3D audio feature. This gives me chills more than any horror games I've played. The immersion is too strong. Not focused on jump scares or anything but will simply make your spine chill due to its compelling narration and the psychological warfare Senua is battling. Hoping to play the sequel of this game.!

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
NieR: Automata
Reviewed: Jan 14, 2022
8.70

I started playing this game with my Potato laptop during the time it was launched. I can say that this game really suffers from frame drops that's why I've decided to drop this game. However, since I got a gaming PC. This is one of those games I started playing and invested my emotions in. The first playthrough was not enough to fully experience this game. You have to at least experience all endings in order for you to dive deeper into its lore. This is an all-time masterpiece for me.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 5/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Life is Strange 2
Reviewed: Jan 14, 2022
8.00

Since I was hooked on the first Life is Strange game, I also took the opportunity to play this game. Just like the first game, I was really hooked on its story. This time, less cringe and more compelling character development. DontNod Entertainment never fails to amaze me. I cry on the ending, to be honest. LIS3 Here I come!

VISUALS

Artistry: 8/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 7/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Marvel's Avengers
Reviewed: Jan 14, 2022
8.20

I don't really get the hate this game is getting. Probably because of its microtransactions and the fact that it is being grindy. But for me, from a point of view of a superhero fan, I enjoyed this game a lot. I only played the campaign mode and still trying to grind to unlock its abilities for each character. Yes, it's a bit grindy. But that's what a game is. A superhero game is. Although how I wish they added a split-screen multiplayer mode for this one. Overall, I love the characters, especially the campaign story.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 9/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 5/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility:4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 9/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
It Takes Two
Reviewed: Jan 7, 2022
10.00

Multiplayer coop games are not yet dead! Hazelight studios can really offer us a unique multiplayer coop experience no other companies can provide. I love everything about this game. Multiplayer coop always has a special place in my heart. I used to play console games with my friends added with the experience of having played it on split-screen. This game made me feel like I'm a kid reminiscing those memories I had. What made this game so extra special is the fact that I and the love of my life played it together. We were screaming like those kids, arguing about how to solve the puzzle, and most importantly, this is the only game she ever played with me. Thank you Hazelight studios for this game! I am still hoping to see more coop multiplayer games like this. Everything is too perfect for me when it comes to this game. The graphics, the variation of gameplays, the audio, and most importantly the story itself.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Life is Strange
Reviewed: Jan 7, 2022
7.60

I rarely play games with Narrative concepts like this. Upon searching the internet with the games with an amazing stories. Life is strange keeps on popping off the charts. I suddenly gave this a try. Honestly, at first, It's a cringe game for me due to the way how the game was designed and their bad voice acting. However, after finishing the first episode, my impression of this game changed, and played this in a different way as if my life really depends on it. I learned how to value the impacts of each choice. I can really say that this game indeed has one of the most amazing storylines ever. Max and Chloe's journey are so unique. It was fun yet it was too depressing as well. I chose the ending where I got to save Chloe and it turned out that majority of people who played it also did the same. What I really like about this game aside from its story is the soundtrack. Damn! Every scene will hit you right in the feels! kudos to those music arrangers and composers of this game.

VISUALS

Artistry: 7/12

Technical Merit: 5/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 7/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Ryse: Son of Rome
Reviewed: Jan 7, 2022
8.10

This game has one of the most interesting mechanics of its genre. It was too underrated to the point there are only a few people who tried playing this. I definitely loved this game. Especially the battle mechanics. It's so fluid, the interactions between the enemies, the storyline and also the graphics. There are only a few games in this genre that really caught my attention. It was a bit short game though. Hoping to see more games from Crytek soon.

VISUALS

Artistry: 11/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 5/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 5/8

Accessibility: 3/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Call of Duty: WWII
Reviewed: Jan 7, 2022
7.00

I only played the campaign version. This is one of the games that was recommended by one of my youtube recommendations. The story is somewhat short as to expect in any Call of Duty game. However, the graphics are good. The immersive experience is also there. Thestorytelling doesn't seem original even the gameplay.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 5/8

Player Agency: 3/8

Accessibility: 2/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 3/6

Reviewed a game
PS4
Days Gone
Reviewed: Jan 2, 2022
9.10

I can say that this game is one of the masterpieces in its era. Especially when it was released on PC. This game really gave me an opportunity to feel the zombie post-apocalypse theme. Zombie encounters and hordes will really give you a heart attack. It was a challenging game. What I like about this open-world game is the whole story. Damn! I was too immersed in this game to the point I forgot that there is the main story. The side quests are entertaining. This is one of a kind game for this generation.

VISUALS

Artistry: 11/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 11/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
XB1
Sunset Overdrive
Reviewed: Jan 2, 2022
7.80

I recently played this game and I was blown away that it was developed by Insomniac Games. It has some familiar gameplay tone with games such as Spiderman. Although they have different approaches here. This game is actually weirdly fun.

VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 8/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 5/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Control
Reviewed: Jan 2, 2022
9.00

The story of this game is too deep for a youngster to understand. That's Remedy Entertainment for you. It was an awesome game for me. The mechanics, the physics, the graphics, the varieties of enemies, and the overall story. It is very thought-provoking to be honest. It will also give you that creepy vibe like you can see in those horror games.

VISUALS

Artistry: 11/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth:4 /5

Variety:4 /5


CHARACTER

Narrative:7 /8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PS4
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Reviewed: Jan 2, 2022
7.70

The lore of LOTR brought me to play this game. It was fun, the fighting mechanic is heavily inspired by the Batham Arkham series. It is satisfying. An okay game for me to be honest.


VISUALS

Artistry: 9/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 8/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 3/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
PS4
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Reviewed: Jan 2, 2022
8.60

Every Assassin's Creed game always blew my mind. The way how they tell the story, the accurate versions of maps, Character Designs, and overall gameplay mechanics. A lot of people criticized this game for being too repetitive and boring. I disagree with them. For me, you can enjoy playing this game without comparing this to other AC franchise games. Valhalla's approach is a different one. I loved it. It also made me feel like a legit Assassin once again. It surprises me every time I discover a historical place in this game. It's too immersive for me. One of the best AC for me.

VISUALS

Artistry: 11/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 9/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
Switch
Immortals: Fenyx Rising
Reviewed: Jan 2, 2022
8.50

A masterpiece from Ubisoft. It uses Assassin's Creed Element and is heavily inspired by Nintendo's Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. A witty storytelling, entertaining and will keep you engaged throughout the game.


VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Persona 5 Strikers
Reviewed: Jan 1, 2022
8.30

It's kinda rare to see a moshou style game integrated with a Persona Franchise. Well, it works! I loved it! This game is a great sequel for the Persona 5 itself. They added so much style to the gameplay. The new characters also added variety to the overall gameplay. The story is a bit short though and somewhat cliche in terms of how it was written. But still, I enjoyed this game a lot.

VISUALS

Artistry: 10/12

Technical Merit: 6/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 11/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 7/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Cyberpunk 2077
Reviewed: Jan 1, 2022
9.00

I hate to admit, I'm one of those people who was hyped and got disappointed after a few hours of gameplay. I even abandoned it for weeks after that since it suffers from many bugs. Then I suddenly gave this game a new chance. Damn! I loved it! To the point, it became one of my favorite games of all time. I didn't know it was one of the best, to be honest. Not everything, but focus on the main story and its side quests. Trust me, everything is way too good. The story is so deep. The gameplay is so badass as well!. You'll appreciate this game the more you play it. Just take your time to appreciate it.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music:12 /12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 5/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Little Nightmares II
Reviewed: Jan 1, 2022
8.70

It was such an amazing thing to think that a side-scrolling game will turn into adorable gameplay. The game itself will give you the chills and thrills you are somewhat looking for a horror game. It was a unique experience and a memorable game overall. I got hooked up with Little Nightmares lore after playing this. Will surely play any games related after this.

VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 11/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 6/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 3/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 7/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Forza Horizon 4
Reviewed: Dec 31, 2021
9.10

I only played this game just because I loved the first one! This DLC is exactly the continuation and retelling of the Anime Series upto Season 4. It was fun. Killing titans will always be the most satisfying thing to do here. Playing as titans also added more depth to its overall gameplay.



VISUALS

Artistry: 9/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 9/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
Reviewed: Dec 31, 2021
7.90

I only played this game just because I loved the first one! This DLC is exactly the continuation and retelling of the Anime Series upto Season 4. It was fun. Killing titans will always be the most satisfying thing to do here. Playing as titans also added more depth to its overall gameplay.



VISUALS

Artistry: 9/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 9/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 5/8

Heart: 4/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
HITMAN 3
Reviewed: Dec 31, 2021
8.70

This is my first time playing a hitman game. And as a newbie, I am forcefully challenged with the different ways on how to assassinate your target. I am impressed with the game design itself. How the NPCs are placed in the world, how they act and interact with one another. It's as if they have their own mind. In terms of gameplay, it is really rewarding every time you assassinate someone. I enjoyed this game although, it gave me a bit of headache since I really have short patience.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 9/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 6/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 7/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 4/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 6/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
XB1
Mafia: Definitive Edition
Reviewed: Dec 31, 2021
8.40

I've been hearing about this game since it was launched. Finally, I was able to give this a try. I am impressed with how they remade the entire game! Like really! From the visuals, soundtracks, and mechanics. I enjoyed just simply driving around not messing with anything. It actually immersed me in many ways. I even imagined that I am inside the game itself. How I wish some companies can achieve this level of detail in terms of how they remaster a gamae.

VISUALS

Artistry: 11/12

Technical Merit: 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 10/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 7/8

Player Agency: 6/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 8/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 4/5


CHARACTER

Narrative : 6/8

Heart: 5/6

Originality: 4/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Journey
Reviewed: Dec 31, 2021
8.60

This is one of the shortest, but most satisfying games out there. I think this is way too underrated. How I wish more people can experience playing this. The gameplay is simple, yet the environment and soundtrack are what make this special in many different ways.


VISUALS

Artistry 11/12

Technical Merit 7/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals 7/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface 7/8

Player Agency 7/8

Accessibility 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun 7/10

Depth 3/5

Variety 3/5


CHARACTER

Narrative 8/8

Heart 5/6

Originality 5/6

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Reviewed a game
PS4
Ghost of Tsushima
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
10.00

The best samurai game I've ever played!


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PS4
The Last of Us: Part II
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
9.00

I miss you Joel!

I don't know why, but I love the idea of controlling Aby in this game.

Reviewed a game
PC
STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
8.70

This game actually hooked my up with the entire star wars universe! The story was great! I love the characters and how it immersed me in this Universe. Game Mechanics are somewhat familiar to Darksouls and Uncharted Series.

Reviewed a game
PC
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
8.30

Talk about retelling an entire anime series into a video game. DBZ: Kakarot executed that so nicely! From the very first saga up the last.

This is the first anime game who their mechanics into a full blown RPG. It's unique, and classy at the same time. Roaming the entire world while flying gives you some satisfaction to be honest. The developers also did a good job in using that opening song!


Reviewed a game
PC
Code Vein
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
7.20

For those who tried playing this game, I doubt you didn't spent more than an hour customizing your own anime waifu? XD


I somehow enjoyed this game, tho storyline is linear and typical. I can't believe that game was compared to other souls game and Sekiro. This is way easy to play though.

Reviewed a game
PC
Borderlands 3
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
8.10

I really didn't expect that this game will let me play it for more than 60 hours. LOL. I personally love killing everyone that I encounter. I am A Siren by the way. So more on Melee plus gunfights.


I am on the Vault Hunter Mode and still enjoying every main and side quests.

Reviewed a game
PS4
Final Fantasy XV
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
9.10

I loved this game! I had this kind of attachments to Ignis, Prompto, Gladius, and Noctis.


This is not your ordinary fantasy boy saves girl story. This is all about friendship!


And hey! Imagine playing the game and someone keeps on capturing your unforgettable moments in the entire gameplay. That's a lit feature!

Reviewed a game
PS4
Assassin's Creed Origins
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
8.00

I've been playing AC ever since it started, and I can say this is one of the most unique AC of all time. It really gave me that feeling of travelling back in time just to witness the history of Egypt. Though I'll be honest. Gameplay seems okay for me. It's kind easy.


Also, this game really made me roam around the entire map without even doing anything. Cutscenes seems like a movie! My favorite was Caesar's death.

Reviewed a game
PS4
The Last Of Us Remastered
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
9.30

This game will somehow give you a different POV in terms of post apocalyptic, zombie-ish thing. For me, it's kind short.


The story of Eli and Joel actually made me want to finish the game within just a few days.


Gameplay seems normal. But hey, you can't ignore the fact that this game will really hit you right in the feels!


Music is really good! Voice acting is so legit!

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PS4
Kingdom Hearts III
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
8.40

This game made me go back to my entire childhood. It has been a while since the last time I played its previous titles. All I can is, damn! It was too epic and quite relaxing.


Played for 42 hours. Gameplay is so unique but needs to be more challenging at some point. Voice acting and animation and its particles are amazing! Superb!


The gummi ship exploration and mechanics also gave that feeling of customizing my ships and travelling all around the galaxy.


My favorite world for this is in the Carribean! Who would have thought that the casts from Pirates of the Carribean specially Jack and davey Jones were rendered almost realistically.

Reviewed a game
PS4
Marvel's Spider-Man
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
10.00

I just don't know how to start my mini-review on this game. I'm still amazed up until now. Spiderman is my all-time favorite hero! And dude, if you like him too, you'll definitely fall in love with this game.


Since PS1, I played all of those spiderman titles. This one was the best spiderman game I've ever played! It gave me an unending feeling of immersive experience swinging around the streets of New York! It really feels great! Such satisfaction.


Storylines, mechanics, the suits, side missions, collectibles, and other stuff were fantastic! You'll surely love it as much as I do!


I'm hoping for a sequel to this game. That's the only problem I had. It's too short. Wish I could have some more streets and Cities to explore.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 6/6

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Switch
Super Mario Odyssey
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
8.10

This game gave a never ending nostalgic feels! One of the best and most entertaining games I've ever played. The ending of this game also gave me "feels".

Level designs were so amazing! Unique mechanics. A masterpiece!

If you're looking for a game that will give you enough stress and challenge. I recommend this.

Reviewed a game
Switch
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
10.00

This game made me fall in love with RPG games again. The storylines are so damn good! Character progressions and their mechanics too. This made me explore new places every time I play it. It's like an endless adventure. It's also seldom for me to get attached to the character itself. This was the first Zelda game I really enjoyed playing!


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth: 5/5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 6/6

Reviewed a game
PC
Red Dead Redemption 2
Reviewed: Jun 7, 2021
10.00

They say that a video game is a good game when the player had a weird attachment with some characters of that game. RDR2 gave me that kind of feeling. It's a game with perfect gameplay and mechanics. The storyline is too damn awesome! I mean everything in this game is perfect.


This is an open-world game that really made me fall in love with everything. Literally everything. From its free roam to its tiniest details I really loved it!


I honestly don't like the idea of Wild Wild West or anything related to cowboys. But then after finishing this game, It just can't get out of my head!


I'm sure someday if I have my own kids, I'll tell them how awesome Arthun Morgan was.


VISUALS

Artistry: 12/12

Technical Merit: 8/8


SOUND DESIGN

Music: 12/12

Sound Effects & Vocals: 8/8


INTERACTION

Control & Interface: 8/8

Player Agency: 8/8

Accessibility: 4/4


MECHANICS

Feedback & Fun: 10/10

Depth:5 /5

Variety: 5/5


CHARACTER

Narrative: 8/8

Heart: 6/6

Originality: 6/6