NHL 20 Review – Off The Post

Publisher: EA Sports Developer: EA Vancouver Release: September 13, 2019 Rating: Everyone 10+ Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 Also on: Xbox One NHL 20 is that team that didn’t make moves in the off-season beyond conditioning its current players and adding mid-tier free agents. After going big last year with a new skating and physics engine, NHL 20 dials back by focusing on refinements and smaller improvements. The result is better gameplay, but the changes – or in some cases the lack thereof – to the core modes leave much to be desired. While not a complete reinvention, the overall gameplay…

by jordan
September 18, 2019

World of Warcraft Classic Review – Not Just Nostalgia

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment Developer: Blizzard Entertainment Release: November 22, 2004 Rating: Teen Reviewed on: PC Also on: Mac World of Warcraft has truly withstood the test of time. With WoW Classic, players can visit the title as it once was, without any of the daily quests, group-finding features, or streamlined leveling. In WoW Classic, you earn everything you obtain, and it makes every green item drop and crafting material feel like something special. While some aspects of the game feel their age and make you long for the changes that came in later iterations, the heart of Blizzard’s legendary MMO…

by jordan
September 17, 2019

GreedFall Review – Empowering Choice

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive Developer: Spiders Studios Release: September 10, 2019 Rating: Rating Pending Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 Also on: Xbox One, PC The enemy troops outnumber mine three to one. Defeat is inevitable, and we have our backs to the wall with no escape in sight. In a last-ditch plea, I convince their leader to at least have the honor of felling me with a sword, and we exchange metal. He’s no match for me and I gain the upper hand after a few well-placed strikes. My knife is now pressed firmly against his throat. I can set him…

by jordan
September 15, 2019

eFootball PES 2020 Review – Fine Margins

Publisher: Konami Developer: Konami Release: September 10, 2019 Rating: Everyone Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 Also on: Xbox One, PC It’s halfway through my first season as manager of the club in PES 2020’s Master League franchise mode and everything is going swimmingly – we’re top of the league and leaders of our group in the European cup. At the beginning of the season I made a promise to our board that we could win both competitions, and we are well on our way. Then, towards the end of the January transfer window, Paris Saint-Germain swoop in and pay the release…

by jordan
September 13, 2019

NBA 2K20 Review – A Game Of Runs

Publisher: 2K Sports Developer: Visual Concepts Release: September 6, 2019 Rating: Everyone 10+ Reviewed on: Xbox One Also on: PlayStation 4, Switch, PC The NBA 2K franchise has gotten so large that it services niche fanbases as much as it tries to appeal to the masses. Some players grind out progress and chase the badge meta of MyCareer, others rebuild the NBA as they see fit in MyLeague, and then there’s the never-ending card collecting of MyTeam. All are rightfully NBA 2K fans and deserve to get joy from their favorite basketball title. This, however, puts developer Visual Concepts in…

by jordan
September 12, 2019

NASCAR Heat 4 Review – Pit Stop Adjustments

Publisher: 704Games Developer: Monster Games Release: September 13, 2019 Rating: Everyone Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 Also on: Xbox One, PC This year’s additions to NASCAR Heat are perhaps the most subtle for the franchise so far. Still, the title’s gameplay, career mode, and online suite are sufficient and compelling, making NASCAR Heat 4 the strongest title in the series to date – even if its flaws make it more admirable than excellent. The best addition to the game is the host of sliders that change both your car and those of any A.I. racers. These cover aspects like tire wear,…

by jordan
September 11, 2019

Borderlands 3 Review – Sticking To Its Guns

Publisher: 2K Games Developer: Gearbox Software Release: September 13, 2019 Reviewed on: PC Also on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One A lot has changed in the FPS game scene since 2012, when the last numbered entry of Borderlands arrived in our gaming machines. In all the ways that matter, the sequel hews closely to the blueprint established in that well-loved release, exploding forth onto our screens with a bevy of wild weaponry, asinine humor, and bloody battles.  The formula feels dated. But with some updates to UI and gameplay, and a huge adventure across a variety of destinations, it’s easy to…

by jordan
September 9, 2019

River City Girls Review – Trading Punches

Publisher: Arc System Works Developer: WayForward Technologies Release: September 5, 2019 Rating: Everyone 10+ Reviewed on: Switch Also on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC During the glory days of arcades, the brawler genre was king. Practically every virtual street was packed with goons and bosses waiting for beatdowns, and players were all too happy to oblige. The River City series was an innovator of this era, incorporating elements of RPG-style progression and open-world exploration. Though River City Girls still has those things, it lacks the same experimental spirit that gave rise to them in the first place. This installment sticks…

by jordan
September 7, 2019

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Review – Tough Challenges In The Bitter Cold

Publisher: Capcom Developer: Capcom Release: September 6, 2019 Reviewed on: PlayStation 4 Also on: Xbox One, PC Monster Hunter World reached a wider audience than any other game in the franchise, mesmerizing new hunters and pleasing longtime veterans. World had its extreme challenges, but they were tucked away in late- and post-game content. You didn’t have to be an expert to succeed, which made it more newcomer-friendly. If you were waiting to have your skills truly tested, Iceborne scratches that itch; you have to fight hard for your victories, but you savor them when you finally slay a punishing beast.…

by jordan
September 4, 2019

Gears 5 Review – Holding The Line

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios Developer: The Coalition Release: September 10, 2019 Rating: Mature Reviewed on: Xbox One Also on: PC The Gears of War series has been uncompromising in its apocalyptic vision, holding the line with the same cover-based shooting, gruff armor-clad heroes, and wealth of multiplayer modes in all of its installments. You know exactly what you are getting from each game, and that’s a great thing. Gears 5 continues this tradition, and is every bit as fun as it is familiar. The gunplay feels somewhat antiquated, especially when the Lancer’s chainsaw roars to life again, but that doesn’t…

by jordan
September 4, 2019