Anthem Review: Group Effort

Real Talk By: Brian DK

Anthem is a complicated game. At its core it’s a solid looter-shooter akin to Destiny, Warframe, or Borderlands, but the twist comes from each player piloting their own Iron Man-style power suit (called Javelins). Piloting your suit feels phenomenal, firing the guns is satisfying, and every class has a unique and balanced playstyle. But, the gameplay might not be enough to save this game from everything else that comes with it. Continue reading “Anthem Review: Group Effort”

Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Dreamlist

Real Talk By: Brian DK

Super Smash Bros Ultimate launched for the Nintendo Switch just a few days ago, but Nintendo wasted no time building up the hype for the game’s DLC. At the Video Game Awards, just before Smash Ultimate’s launch, it was revealed that Persona 5’s Joker would be joining the already massive star-studded Smash roster. Continue reading “Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Dreamlist”

Telltale’s Epitaph

Real Talk By: Brian DK

Nearly a month ago the game developer Telltale Games announced that it would be closing its doors. Roughly 90% of its staff was let go immediately after the announcement, with the majority of its remaining skeleton crew laid off early this month. With these departures came the inevitable news that all upcoming projects were canceled. This included anticipated sequels such as The Wolf Among Us: Season Two, Game of Thrones: Season Two, and an untitled Stranger Things project. All that remains of this once beloved company is lawsuits and disappointment. What happened? Continue reading “Telltale’s Epitaph”

Octopath Traveler Review: Full Party

Real Talk By: Brian DK

Octopath Traveler is a delightful game that brings together classic JRPG gameplay with stunning storybook visuals. Unfortunately, Octopath falls into the many pitfalls that plague the JRPG genre, but still manages to tell eight stories in a beautiful world. Continue reading “Octopath Traveler Review: Full Party”

Gaming’s Slice of Life

Real Talk By: Brian DK

You are the chosen one. Only you can save the world from complete destruction using only your wits, will, and an inexplicably giant sword. It all comes down to this final battle.

You reload your weapon. You glance back and forth between your teammates.  You slow your breathing to steady your nerves. It all comes down to this final match.  The next five minutes would mean the difference between an upsetting comeback and a crushing defeat.

The door slams shut and locks as you enter the chamber for the fifteenth time today. Standing before you is a massive armored figure.  It draws its weapon as an intimidatingly long health bar fills on the bottom of your screen. Hopefully this attempt will be different.

You wake up at the crack of dawn. You step outside to water your turnips. You greet your animals, Clucky’s eggs are looking great today. You stroll through town, greeting each of your neighbors as you go.  You think it might rain today. Continue reading “Gaming’s Slice of Life”

The Mummy Demastered: A Welcome Suprise

The Mummy: Demastered is so much better than it deserves to be. The game is a tie-in to Universal’s The Mummy and given the film’s poor reviews I didn’t expect much from anything associated with it. But the moment the chiptune title music and pixelated Universal logo appeared I knew something didn’t quite fit with my expectations.

Developed by WayForward (The same company known for the Shantae series), The Mummy: Demastered takes a bold step and immediately throws the player into a Metroidvania map filled with locations from the film. You’ll also recognize the title villain Ahmanet and Russel Crowe’s pixelated likeness, but that’s where the film similarities end. Instead of playing Tom Cruise’s character you play a disposable grunt sent to clean up the undead menace plaguing London.

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar Review: An Artsy Experience

Real Talk By: Brian DK

Battle Chasers: Nightwar continues the story of a short comic series from the late 90’s. The comics went through a turbulent publishing period (including several company shifts, cancellation, and a defunct movie deal) before the creator launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring the series back through another medium.

The game throws you right into the Battle Chasers world which follows Gully and her father’s mysterious gauntlets. Gully, and her impressive group of bodyguards, are on the run when their airship is shot down over an unknown land.  The group is separated by the crash and it’s up to Gully to reunite them and help the locals with their typical fantasy world issues. Continue reading “Battle Chasers: Nightwar Review: An Artsy Experience”