The End is Nigh Review – Hard but fair. Challenging but enjoyable

In an effort to write more and make less videos, I’ve started writing reviews for games on Steam, as such here’s a review on The End is Nigh with far more coming soon.

The End is Nigh is the spiritual successor to Super Meat Boy. It’s everything a sequel would be but lacking the name, and the character. Yet once again Edmund McMillen challenges players to go through many many challenging platforming.

And also, it’s once again, a delight. There’s something wonderful about the way Edmund McMillen designs a level. The End is Nigh isn’t simply a hard game that will insult or laugh at the player, but instead gives the player a fair challenge that is probably higher than their perceived skill level.Read More »

How Doom Eternal Works: The Tale of Two Versions of Hell

Hello, I’m Kinglink and well, I think it’s time we look at a more recent game. How Doom Eternal Works?

I think Doom Eternal needs no introduction, but let’s give it one anyway. This is the newest game from id Software, and once again id Software has released a new first-person shooter that has made people stand up again and take notice. With their recent release of Doom in 2016, they have made a resurgence as one of the major names in the FPS market.

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Sonic 2 Retrospective Review – When Sonic becomes American

The following is a script for the youtube video below.  Feel free to read or watch the video as you prefer.

Hello, I’m Kinglink and it’s finally time to talk about Sonic 2. This game was made by Sonic Team and published by Sega, but that’s not the whole story. We are going to get there though.

So with the original Sonic the Hedgehog game out of the way, I wanted to immediately talk about Sonic 2 for a few reasons. I think in a lot of ways this is THE game in the franchise that defined what Sonic was. There are no massive changes here, but there are quite a few important changes for the series, such as the addition of the spin dash, but we get there as well.

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Overload Retrospective – Bringing back Descent once more

Played on Windows
Also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Linux, and macOS.

In 1994, Descent came out, and it was unlike most games at the time as the industry was slowly moving towards 3d shooters in the wake of Doom’s success. However, Descent made a name for itself as a game where not only were you able to shoot 3d enemies, you were also able to move and look in all three directions but you were able to rotate your ship around on any axis, allowing you to fully explore the mines in which you’ve found yourself in.

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Review

Played on Windows
Also Available for PlayStation 4, (3DS in Japan only)
Coming to Nintendo Switch

At E3 2018, I remember going into the convention center excited to play something new. The first thing I saw in the South Hall, was Square Enix, I wanted to play something by them, and while Kingdom Hearts 3 was already building a big line, I saw Dragon Quest XI next to it and got excited. I’ve been a Dragon Quest fan for quite a while and while it’s never been the top franchise for me, I still enjoyed their games and their classic adherence to JRPG styles. So does Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of An Elusive Age live up to the grand series?

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The Witness Review

Played on PlayStation 4 and Windows
Also Available on Xbox One, macOS, iOS, and Nvidia Shield.

Jonathan Blow was the lead designer of Braid, an excellent puzzle platformer of a very unique style. Rather than simply focusing on beating levels, there were puzzles interspersed with the levels and it created a rather novel and unique experience beyond just getting to the end of each level. A couple of years later Jonathan Blow returned with his new game The Witness. So what’s the verdict on it?

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Hyper Light Drifter Review

Played on Windows
Also Available on  PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS

You know, I’m not sure what to make of Hyper Light Drifter. You can hear it in my First Look, I try to figure out what the game feels like. I call it Furi meets Zelda and then make the dreaded comparison to Dark Souls near the end. The fact is, I feel all of these have a value in comparison, but none are correct. So my task over the next couple of pages is to explain this strange game to you. I actually might prefer beating Dark Souls Solo instead of tackling this challenge.

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Review

Played on Windows
Also available on macOS, linux, and iOS.
Coming to the Switch.

Ahh Sid, you are still putting your name at the front of the game, no wonder everyone calls this just Civ 6. Well, let’s talk about Sid Meier’s new opus. Civilization has a lot that it owes to board games, and in fact, each new number brings new mechanics for better or worse but a big piece is better AI, more to do, and a bigger world. They’re similar games, but they each have good and bad qualities so where does Civ 6 end up?

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