Sonic Mania Review

Played on Windows
Also Available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Sonic Mania made a big splash as it was created after a number of years. It was created by Christian Whitehead, who made fan games of Sonic and eventually a history of working with Sega on a number of ports of their properties. To have a studio take a fan game idea and want to make an official game out of it is surprising. To see it done with a major property such as Sonic makes it even more impressive. The question is whether Sonic Mania lives up to the legacy of Sonic.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Review

Played on Windows.
Also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is the follow up to Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor, a rather popular action adventure game from 2014. Shadow of Mordor was quite popular and I enjoyed it quite a bit, so I was looking forward to Shadow of War. It stayed on my radar but there was a reason I was hesitating to pull the trigger.

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Slime Rancher review

Played on Windows.
Also Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, and Linux.
Disclosure (Review Copy) at the end

I picked up Slime Rancher because of how it looked. You can see the title screen below and it’s a really cute and charming game with adorable art. I’m a fan of Stardew Valley and was hopeful that Slime Rancher would give me a similar experience with a focus on building and improving a ranch over time. The question is, does it live up to the look and style?

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Wizard of Legend Review

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

I wasn’t sure of what to make of Wizard of Legend the first time I saw it. It reminded me a lot of Magicka, an overly complicated spell-casting game, and I wondered if Wizard of Legend would end up the same, a good game, but not one that really spoke to me. The good news is that in hindsight I realize how silly that comparison really is, aside from both characters being wizards, and casting “magic” in some form, there’s really not much to compare the games on. So what is Wizard of Legend really like?

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Project Cars 2 Review

Played on Windows.
Also Available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Project CARS 2 is the sequel to the rather interesting Project CARS, they’re racing games made by a passionate group named Slightly Mad Studios. The original game was community funded, and heavily influenced by feedback. The actual title for the game is Project Community Assisted Racing Simulation. So after a successful first game, Project CARS 2 should be the bigger and deeper racer. Is it?

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Just Cause 3 Review

Played on Windows.
Also Available on PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

I’m a fan of action movies with a lot of explosions and destructions. I think Avalanche Studios is as well. I’m making that assumption based on what Just Cause 3 spends its time doing. The game starts with an amazing action scene having the main character, Rico Rodriguez stand on top of a small plane and shoot down SAM sites as explosions and action rains around him. Most games would be showing off their entire game and then flashback to a simpler start, but this is Just Cause 3, it revels in its dedication to action. So is that enough to sustain the entire game?

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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review

Played on Windows
Also Available on Linux, macOS, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita, (PlayStation Portable in Japan only)

After reviewing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc in September 2018, it stuck in my head. The story was good and the game was unique, so ultimately I’m going to give it a special award. It was the first game where I felt I needed to play its sequel. I did abstain from it for a little while waiting for a good price, but I also needed to play more of it. And thus we return to Hope’s Peak Academy, for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. Three months later and we’re going back to school.

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