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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! Nah, I’m kidding but I’ll say this. Elden Ring has replaced every single Soulsborne game that 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

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction Review

When you think about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six series, it’s usually rooted in realism and team-based gameplay. While Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction doesn’t move away from what makes the series so good, it has, for the first time, added alien creatures. What could this game bring to the table that hasn’t already been done in the squad-based shooter arena? Game Name: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction Platform(s): PC (Reviewed) Publisher(s): Ubisoft Developer(s): Ubisoft Montreal Rel

SHINORUBI Early Access Preview

You may have noticed that the other day I posted some info on an upcoming top-down shmup called SHINORUBI. Well, I’ve been playing the game for a few days now, and I have to say that I’m impressed. SHINORUBI is a lot of fun, colorful, the gameplay is tight, and it’s enjoyable. Which is why I can’t seem to put the game down. Game Name: SHINORUBI Platform(s): PC Publisher(s): Last Boss 88 Developer(s): Last Boss 88 Release Date: January 20, 2022 Price: TBA SHINORUBI is a top-down shmup

Chorus Review - Who said space combat games were dead

I grew up on a genre that has been slowly dying out over the decades: space combat games. I’m talking about Wing Commander, Freelancer, Starlancer, Star Wars: X-wing vs. TIE Fighter. At one point, these were the only games I played, and for good reasons. Yet over the years, there have been fewer of these types of games, which made me sad. Thankfully, 2021 saw several space combat games either being announced or released, with Chorus being one of those I’ve been interested in. Developed by Fishla

Hot Wheels Unleashed review – Bite-sized Arcade Racing Fun

I’m sure most of us have played with Mattel’s Hot Wheels going up as a child or still playing and collecting them to this day. So it’s no surprise that someone decided that creating an arcade racing game around the popular die-cast toy series would be a good idea, not that we haven’t had other games made around Hot Wheels in the past. After countless hours with Hot Wheels Unleashed, this is a game that not only has my childhood going bonkers, but it’s also a fun and challenging racing game. Unl

Cruis’n Blast Review – Arcade Racing with a Smile

Let it be known that I am a HUGE fan of arcade racers and a long-time player of Cruis’n Blast. I’ve been quite disappointed that the once-dominant genre is barely holding on. Obviously, the arcade scene in North America has been on the decline for years, and those arcades that do exist have switched up to redemption machines, which sickens me. So whenever I see an arcade racer being released for the home gaming consoles, I’m always excited. But when that release is of a game that I’ve spent more

HexGaming Rival PS5 controller review

A few weeks ago, I was invited to take the HexGaming Rival PS5 controller for a spin. Being a lover of both hardware and an avid controller collector, I jumped at the chance. As you may or may not be aware, the Hex Rival is the only customized controller on the market for the PlayStation 5. It’s also being marketed towards competitive games, but is it worth your hard-earned money? Read on to find out. I like to address what’s in the box and what’s on the outside and the packaging when it comes

Aliens: Fireteam Elite Review (PC) – The best action-based Aliens game ever

It’s been a while since we saw a game that visited Ridley Scott’s Alien Universe, which I always felt was ripe for some amazing gaming experiences. Sure we ended up with Aliens: Colonial Marines, which was a terrible experience, followed up by Alien: Isolation, which to me was the best Alien Universe game ever. Then comes along Aliens: Fireteam Elite from Cold Iron Studios, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. More so, as this was being marketed as a shooter, and we all remember the last game that

Death’s Door Review – Hey Now You’re a Crow

In Death’s Door, you assume the role of a crow who’s pretty much the Grim Reaper — you’re tasked with collecting souls and taking them to the afterlife. Except things have been slow, and times are hard for both you and the organization. Thankfully, you’ve lucked out and have been tasked with retrieving what’s called a Giant Soul, and things start to look up for our fowl friend. That is until you’ve tackled the first boss in the game and are about to snag your booty when you get walloped over the

Streets of Rage 4 Mr. X Nightmare Review – Grinding Grinding Grinding

Streets of Rage 4 finally has received some DLC in the form of a survival mode and training room, but is it enough for fans of the series who want more? Can Streets of Rage 4 Mr. X Nightmare make you pick that controller back up and take it to the streets again? That’s what we intend to find out. Game Name: Streets of Rage 4 Mr. X Nightmare DLC Platform(s): PC (reviewed), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch Publisher(s): Dotemu Developer(s): Guard Crush Games, Lizardcube Release

Elgato 4K60 S+ Capture Card Review

Elgato is usually a name that most gamers are familiar with when it comes to gaming capture devices. The company has released many devices that have allowed gamers and content creators to capture their best gaming moments. Not too long ago, Elgato released a portable 4K capture device that could be a game-changer for streamers, both new and old, but is it really the game-changer that it claims to be, or is it just another device to sit on the shelf? I purchased the Elgato Game Capture 4K60 S+ c

Scarlet Nexus Review – Brain Powered Action

Scarlet Nexus is a brand new IP from Bandai Namco that went from being non-existent on my gaming radar to one I needed to play. A futurist time where people have superpowers and can do things with their minds. All while fighting it out, with amazing-looking visuals? It didn’t hurt that it reminded me of certain anime that I enjoyed. Yep, this sounds like my kind of game. In Scarlet Nexus, you take control of the members of the OSF, or the Other Suppression Force. A group tasked with defending a

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown Review – The Return Of The King

After being absent in the world of fighting for over a decade, Sega has dusted off the Virtua Fighter license and thrust it into the modern age. While we all knew Sega was working on a Virtua Fighter esports project. We didn’t know it would mean the company would re-release a familiar face, yet that’s what was done with Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown… I mean, Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown.

Days Gone PC Port Review

The day is finally here, and we can officially talk about the Days Gone PC port, which releases on May 18th, 2021, for the PC. I’ve spent the past week talking about this game and answering as many questions as PlayStation would allow. But now the gloves are off, and I can talk about what I feel is one of the best efforts on porting a PlayStation 4 title to the PC. Now, this isn’t a review of the game, as we have already reviewed Days Gone on the PS4 several years ago. Instead, I’ll be going ov

Outriders (PC) Review

Truth be told, when Square Enix originally announced Outriders, I wasn’t terribly impressed. At the time, there were already several notable looter shooters, such as Destiny 2, Borderlands 3, and The Division. All of which originally held my attention but were slowly being moved from my “most played “games to “I can’t stand these games anymore.” I figured I was pretty much done with this sort of game, but I figured I’d give it a fair shake. Suddenly, the more I discovered the game, the more I st

Yasuke Review – Where History And Fantasy Clash Swords

Imagine my belief when I found out that LeSean Thomas, the creative mind behind one of my favorite Netflix animes, Cannon Busters, was working on a new project. Let alone one that was a modern-day take on the first black samurai complete robots, demons, religion, magic, and history. I couldn’t believe it when I first heard about it, and now that I had a chance to watch it a few times, I still can’t believe it’s here. For you history buffs, LeSean Thomas was keen to include historical details int

Nerf Halo Infinite MA40 Motorized Dart Blaster Review

While Halo Infinite has been delayed until 2021, you can still get a little bit of Halo Infinite into your lives with the Nerf Halo Infinite MA40 Dart Blaster, which was announced a few months back. It is the latest Nerf x Halo toys and one that arrived early last week, which gave me some time to put the toy through some paces and have a bit of fun with the family. And yes, this did arrive early that it was supposed to, but I’m not complaining one bit. The MA40 color scheme consists of an off-

Review: Metro Exodus - There's Only Metro Nothing Else

When I first saw the trailer for the game, I expected this to be something similar to a roaring good time. Like, let’s travel with my friends and see the rest of the war-ravaged country. How wrong I was, as the underlying tones of despair and grim are still present. However, I have to get this out before we go any further, while the game retains much of the ambiance and atmosphere that the series is known for. Except it doesn’t get dialed up until you’re near the end. It felt more like an advent

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (Switch) Review

Here we go again, another release of Street Fighter II. This time on the Nintendo Switch, you’d think by now that Capcom would be tired of porting this game out. Instead, it seems like they’re hell-bent on releasing their once flagship fighter on every gaming platform. But is there anything here that makes Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers any different from the previous HD Remix release?

The Surge (PC) Review

Back in 2014, Deck 13 Interactive developed a title that tried to emulate the success of FromSoftware’s action-RPG titles. That game was Lords of the Fallen, a game that didn’t live it to the hype that was generated for it. Sadly, it just was too much of a carbon copy to stand up against the original. Fast forward 3 years later, Deck 13 Interactive is back with another title, The Surge. Is this more of the same or does it stand out enough to make an impact? Game Name: The Surge Platform(s): P
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