Manticore – Galaxy on Fire, a space shooter from Deep Silver, is one of the first games of its kind on Nintendo Switch. While Everspace is coming to the system in the future, nothing has filled that Star Fox void within the systems first year or so like, for example, Masters of Anima has for Pikmin.
Since 1963, the Planet of the Apes franchise has become one of the most beloved media franchises within the science fiction genre. With the reboot movies doing exceptionally well, it was only a matter of time until Planet of the Apes made a virtual reality video game based on that continuity. So when I heard the initial announcement
While I am not typically the biggest fan of the RTS genre, Nintendo’s more puzzle-focused take on the strategy — Pikmin — has always stuck with me. Micromanaging cute little alien creatures, each with unique abilities, clicked with me more than “pure” RTS games, and I still consider it one of Nintendo’s most underrated series. Unfortunately, we
Steredenn: Binary Stars has made its way onto the Nintendo Switch, and it offers a compelling pick-up and go shoot’em up experience that’s a joy to play on the handheld-console hybrid. Boasting a retro art style and a sick electronic heavy metal soundtrack, the game fits right at home on a Nintendo platform. Battles are flashy
As someone that grew up alongside Pokémon for the vast majority of my life, seeing the series branch out into other genres aside from its stable of “catch ’em all” RPGs has always been one of my favorite ways to engage with the series as I’ve gotten older. While Pokémon has evolved (yes, pun intended) into other genres
Next to Nintendo, Rare is responsible for my love of video games. Banjo Kazooie, Battletoads, and Killer Instinct are some of my favorites in their respective genres. Every game I have played from the British developer has this charm that you can’t help but smile at with gameplay that is both creative and fun. These
The World Conqueror series has made the transition from mobile to… mobile — well, handheld. The Switch iteration doesn’t do much different, and in no way pushes the RTS genre in any way. But if you’re looking for a bite-sized strategy game on the handheld-hybrid, look no further, World Conqueror X might just scratch a strategic itch. If you’re
FuRyu has a rather interesting catalog of games. As a developer, they seem to come up with unique gameplay features and characters, as seen in Lost Dimension and Caligula. However, these titles seem to miss the mark on other gameplay systems that players demand and the games lose their chance to reach a more broad
The colonization of outside worlds has been explored in video games for decades. Red Faction, Doom, Mass Effect, and more have all brought human life to the red planet. However, there haven’t been many that put you in direct control of the colonization process. Sure, it has been explored to a certain degree but the
The opening hours of The Long Reach are incredibly intriguing, and the story remains interesting throughout. Things can sometimes get a little confusing and dialog can sometimes make the tone of the game feel a bit uneven. But I am happy to say that if you’re looking for a bite-sized thriller to jump into that won’t take
Attack on Titan is one of those franchises that blew up in the West and is regarded as one of the most popular anime series worldwide. After developer Omega Force acquired the license, the team released Attack on Titan for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2016. Evidently the game, as well as the
Kingdom Come: Deliverance from Warhorse Studios caught my eye shortly after its initial crowdfunding campaign. Its amazing hook of being a very realistic RPG about a character who isn’t a genre stereotype “chosen one.” Instead, you are venturing through a historically-accurate Bohemia during medieval times, making the game stand out from all other RPGs on
Different cultures and their mythologies have survived for generations through storytelling, both orally and visually. Unfortunately, a side-effect of globalization is the loss of tradition and the intriguing stories of smaller peoples like Mexico’s Tarahumara, which has a very distinct and creative mythology surrounding it that not many people know about. That’s why developer Lienzo took
Action games are a dime a dozen nowadays, but Bayonetta has always stood out. Compared to the likes of Dante or Kratos, Bayonetta is a much different kind of action game hero entirely — namely, one that has four pistols mounted to her hands and feet, and summons gigantic hair demons to do a good amount of
Developer Long Hat House’s Dandara is just a conceptually pleasing game. Rethinking the standard Metroid-type game from the ground up, Dandara approaches a near-saturated genre with new takes that genuinely flip gameplay on its head. Dandara is without a doubt a merger of old and new ideas. On one point of the spectrum, the game offers the standard (and still equally
There was a moment during the middle of the PS3/Xbox 360 generation where niche RPGs were tough to find in the West. Instead, it seemed publishers released these games on popular handheld devices at the time, the Nintendo DS and PSP. It was around this time in 2010 that Atlus released a unique and interesting
Last year, I reviewed Pokémon Silver when it was re-released on 3DS. While I did feel that the game has dated in some areas, I also believed that the Generation II games were when the Pokémon series cemented itself as a mechanically solid series that was here to stay. That being said, Pokémon Crystal was surprisingly absent from the initial
The concept of “style over substance” is a real dilemma for the broader indie game scene. While finding a novel and satisfying gameplay hook is the bedrock of many smaller games, the task of finding that gameplay loop gets more difficult every year with thousands of indie releases across console platforms and Steam Greenlight. Because
Remasters and remakes have become a staple of the gaming industry over the past decade, but they tend to range in quality. I am one who likes revisiting old games that are near and dear to me, but rarely in those replay sessions do I feel the same emotions that I did when I originally experienced a
Back in 2015, hardware manufacturer Razer Inc. announced a controller that would rival Microsoft’s Xbox One Elite controller — titled the Razer Wildcat, it was the hope that the controller would give the Xbox One Elite a run for its money. However, Razer notably fell short of that goal, with most Xbox One users preferring the
My first introduction to the SaGa franchise was SaGa Frontier 2 on PlayStation, and to this day I consider it one of my all-time favorite RPGs. However, with having limited to no internet access at the time, I was unaware of most titles that came before it; more specifically, the Romancing SaGa trilogy on Super Famicom.
Ever since Cave Story and Mega Man 9 jumpstarted the retro-revival scene in gaming in the mid-2000’s, many titles have been created that call back to retro consoles from the 8 and 16 Bit eras. Kickstarter has also been home to many of these games, with one of its biggest successes being 2014’s Shovel Knight.
Glitch City is nothing short of an unmitigated disaster. A dark, sci fi-punk twist on both New York City and Tokyo, Glitch City — and for that matter, the rest of the world — has fallen into a state of disrepair. Glitch City may even be worse-off compared to the rest of the country, with
There’s something about picking your dream car, customizing its looks, and drifting it through the mountains like Sean Boswell in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Finding the corned on a windy-back road or timing your shifts in a drag race down the boulevard feel rewarding and badass. It’s only when you take a
As the 2017 gaming year comes to a close, its safe to say that 4K gaming is in full swing; between the 4K-built PCs, PlayStation 4 Pro, and Xbox One X, all three systems fully capable of running varying degrees of 4K output. As gaming hardware becoming more powerful, demand for capture cards to keep
The minigames have always been an integral part of the Mario Party titles, seemingly being the only thing that stayed consistently good and fun as the series got more experimental — a constant factor, frustrating longtime fans. While I have actually found things to like in the newer Mario Party games, even being a fan of
Star Wars Battlefront II should’ve been the Chosen One. After the lackluster response to 2015’s Battlefront, Battlefront II seemed to have the breadth of content and an added campaign to please that those who felt slighted from the first game wanted in the sequel. At its best moments, Battlefront II is the game that we hoped it would be with some
With no exception, Chicago-based developer Jackbox Games sets the gold standard for local multiplayer party games. Obviously, this includes the newly-released Jackbox Party Pack 4 – the latest iteration of the series, packing together a diverse and largely Twitch/livestream-inspired bundle that was an instant hit with both gamers and non-gamers I brought to the table.
There’s a group of gamers who seem to crave niche titles that otherwise won’t receive much attention from the larger gaming population. These gamers don’t necessarily want what’s popular or what’s on everyone’s most anticipated list, and they like it that way. Luckily, NIS America has come to give this group what they want and
If there’s one developer who knows how to make a dungeon crawler it’s Demon Gaze II‘s Experience. Time and again we’ve seen solid dungeon crawling games, such as Stranger of Sword City and Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy. But one title that has stood out to me was their 2014 release of Demon Gaze on PlayStation Vita. The game