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Lords of the Fallen (2023) PC Review – Better in every way

Nearly ten years ago, Deck 13 gave the world Lords of the Fallen, an Action RPG that tried to copy everything that made Dark Souls such a fantastic game. While it didn’t succeed in that regard, it wasn’t a bad game, but it could have been better. Now, CI Games has decided to change things up, and after the weird development cycle and several years, we’re getting a follow-up to the game, and I had one thing on my mind about that. That being, would this be good? Could this do what the original gam

Forza Motorsport Review – Here’s Your Crown, King

Nearly six years after the release of Forza Motorsport 7, Turn 10 Studios has returned with a reboot for its popular simulator racer, Forza Motorsport. Sure, it’s sporting the same name as the original game that graced the original Xbox so many decades ago, but believe me, I say that this next-generation racer has more technical chops, visual delights, and enough racing for newcomers and those who’ve been playing Forza Motorsport since the beginning. It’s time for Turn 10 to show us what they’ve

‘Lies of P’ (PC) Review – There Are No Strings on P

We’ve all seen Disney’s take on Carlo Collodi’s classic children’s novel about a wooden puppet that eventually became a real-life boy. Well, I’m sure we’ve never imagined we’d get a game based on that story, and one that turned out to be one of the better Soulslike games I’ve ever played. Yet, that’s exactly what we got with Round8 Studio’s Lies of P, and damn, I can’t get enough of this game. Game Name: Lies of P Platform(s): PC (Reviewed), PS5, Xbox Series X|S Publisher(s): Neowiz Devel

Remnant II Review – It’s Time to Do Some Pruning

Back in 2019, Gunfire Games released Remnant From the Ashes, which was considered a sleeper hit at the time. Not many knew of the game, but those who enjoy the Soulslike genre were keenly aware of the game and loved every bit of it. I and countless others coined the game “Soulslike with Guns” because that’s pretty much what it was. Now, four years later, Gunfire Games is back at it again with the follow-up, Remnant II. Is it as good as the prequel? No, it’s leaps and bounds better. Read on to fi

Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons Hands-on Preview

For the past week, I’ve had the pleasure of checking out Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons, thanks to Modus Games and Secret Base. If you’re someone who enjoyed the golden days of Double Dragon and wished the series would make a return, then this game may be what you’re looking for. Being someone who’s played damned near every Double Dragon game out there, which also includes the terrible Double Dragon IV, I wasn’t sure what to expect going in. On one hand, this is Double Dragon, one of

NYXI Wizard Joy-pad Review – It’s Like a Gamecube Controller but Better

When you first glance at the NYXI Wizard Joy-pad, you might think that you’re looking at the Nintendo Gamecube controller, but it isn’t. Sure, this controller does share some semblance to the iconic controller, but it’s so much more and can even attach to the Switch. I’ve wanted to get access to this controller for a while, but these things are always sold out. But recently, NYXI reached out if we wanted to check out the controller. Finally, having it in my hands and putting it through the paces

Redfall (PC) Review – This Vampire FPS Bites

There’s a slew of games that pit gamers against the supernatural while they team up with their friends, with Redfall by Arkane being the latest. Given that Arkane Austin has been making games for quite some time, and they have a decent track record with crafting enjoyable titles such as Dishonored, Prey, and a personal favorite, Deathloop, I was excited to see the end product. To say they rarely disappoint is an understatement, and as such, I had hoped that Redfall would impress me, but more oft

DNF Duel (Switch) Review – Now you can play it on the go

DNF Duel is a 2.5D fighter based on an immensely popular game, Dungeon Fighter Online. After debuting on the PS4, PS5, and PC in 2022, the game finally landed on the Nintendo Switch. Game Name: DNF DUEL Platform(s): Switch (reviewed), PS4, PS5, PC Publisher(s): Nexon Developer(s): Arc System Works, Eighting, Neople Release Date: April 20, 2023 Price: $49.99 and available via Arc System Works online store. I want to prefix this review by stating that we’ve already reviewed this back

Gundam Evolution Season 4 Hands-on Preview

Recently, Bandai Namco invited me to its Gundam Evolution Season 4 preview, where I had a chance to get some hands-on with the new unit joining the roster, Gundam Dynames, as well as getting a chance to play in the new game mode called “Headquarters,” and the new map, “Buried City.” Below are my thoughts on the new additions to Gundam Evolution Season 4, which is codenamed “Ballista,” which will be available for all platforms on April 13, 2023. What Gundam Dynames brings to the table New to G

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Review – Similar But Also Different

Team Ninja, the development team that gave the world some of the best games ever, with Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive (I said what I said!), and more recently Nioh, is back again with yet a surefire hit, and ironically, a spin-off of the Nioh series. Introducing Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, which feels like Nioh but isn’t, but does things that Nioh only wishes it could. Maybe I sound like a fanboy because I’m completely hooked on this game, as you’ll find out why in this review. There will be several

God of Rock Preview – Music Never Hurt So Much

God of Rock is an upcoming old-school music and rhythm game that looks like games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band. But, once I had a chance to play the game, I soon realized that looks can be deceiving. On the surface, God of Rock looks simple, but once I picked up the controller, I realized it was much more. Wait. This fighting game? Ok, so it’s a musical fighting game; that’s a first. Wait, you said this was a fighting game? This is a fighting game, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first

Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider Review – What am I Fighting For

What do you get when you take elements from classic 2D platformers such as Ninja Gaiden (NES version), Mega Man, and several others? You get Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider, an action platform that’s also a speedrunning game; that’s what you get. JoyMasher‘s and The Arcade Crew‘s previous retro arcade game, Blazing Chrome, kept me entertained for hours. Can this game do the same? Those crafty folks over at JoyMasher have done it again. They’ve crafted yet another retro action platformer that pays

Elden Ring Review – It’s More Than Open World Dark Souls

Oh yes, Elden Ring is here, and you must play it. That’s the review! No, I’m kidding, but I’ll say this. Elden Ring has replaced every Soulsborne game I once loved and adored. There is only room for one, and Elden Ring has taken up all the space. Yes, it’s that damned good, and yes, you must play it. Or you should play it. Before we jump into this review, I want to thank Bandai Namco for providing us with ample time to review Elden Ring. This is a game that I had been looking forward to for th

Gungrave G.O.R.E Review – Putting Holes into Foes

Gungrave G.O.R.E is a stylish third-person action shooter where you take on the role of Grave, a gunslinger of resurrection who happens to have a fancy with some stylish means of combat and loves mowing people down. The game takes place after the last Gungrave title, Gungrave: Overdose, which was released nearly two decades ago. Now, thanks to Studio Iggymob and Yasuhiro Nightow, the anti-here with a passion for destruction is back. Things from the prior game and this game haven’t changed much.

Ghost Song Review – Lost on a Moon but Never Giving Up

Game Name: Ghost Song Platform(s): PC (reviewed), PS4, Xbox One, Switch Publisher(s): Humble Games Developer(s): Old Moon Release Date: November 3rd, 2022 Steam Deck Compatible: Not Yet, but it works. I suppose it’s important to note that I am a backer of Ghost Song, and have been since the game was announced some eight years ago. However, I want to stress that this has zero bearing on my review of Ghost Song, and Humble Games provided a copy of the reviewed game. I love Metroidvania

JSAUX Steam Deck Dock Review

Easily the best Steam Deck Dock available When Valve announced its Steam Deck, it also revealed that it would produce a Steam Deck Dock that would include an ethernet and HDMI port. Think of it like the dock for the Nintendo Switch, but better. However, due to various issues, Valve has confirmed that that dock has been delayed. That’s where the JSAUX Docking Station for Steam Deck HB0603 comes into play. Before we go any further, I have to point out that this review is of the Upgraded Docking

IOGEAR UpStream 4k Game Capture Card review

The UpStream 4k Game Capture Card is a low-cost option in the massive capture card market that performs well, but it could be overlooked due to the lack of marketing and availability. Why you can trust Laptop Mag Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test . In a market dominated by Elgato and AverMedia products, there are still a few companies that, once in a while, put something out there tha

SD Gundam Battle Alliance Review – Gundam into the Multiverse

Like many of you, I grew up watching Gundam on Adult Swims Toonami, which was a glorious time. However, while most of us were content with letting Gundam Wing be the only Gundam in their lives, I wanted more. Which set me down the rabbit hole of what I think is perhaps the best mecha anime in the known universe. Not satisfied, I moved over to games featuring Gundams, leading me to SD Gundam Battle Alliance after all these years. An action RPG would spawn the entire universe of Gundam, but I thou

SD Gundam Battle Alliance Hands-on Preview Impressions

SD Gundam Battle Alliance is Gundam into the Multiverse Over the past few months, we’ve heard a lot about Bandai Namco’s upcoming Gundam title, SD Gundam Battle Alliance. Recently, Bandai Namco approached me and asked if I wanted to get some hands-on with the full game. Did we want early hands-on with a Gundam game? Does Char love the color red? Of course, we did! While I had access to the entire game, I only had an hour to play it, but I made the most of it. So, here are my impressions of my

Mario Strikers: Battle League review

There's not a lot to Mario Strikers: Battle League's progression besides a handful of Battle Cups and earning coins to purchase gear, which can hurt the game’s longevity. Despite that, the game is a lot of fun, and the multiplayer experience is great. Why you can trust Laptop Mag Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test . Mario and his rag-tag crew are back, and this time they're back to pla
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