Review: Monster Hunter Stories

Author: Jaxson Tapp
Categories: 3DS, Reviews

As a lifelong gamer, I’ve always been kind of lukewarm in regards to Monster Hunter. Its premise is fighting giant monsters with extremely rad weapons — a concept you’d think every person would love. I’ve tried time and again to get into this series, but I just couldn’t do it,…

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Review: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Author: Ricky Berg
Categories: Reviews, Switch

Crossovers have a way of drawing me in, even if one or more halves of the formula aren’t exactly known to me. I can go on and on about Mario, but other than “those screaming things that used to be Rayman related” I knew next to nothing about Rabbids. Factor…

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Review: Slime-san

Categories: Reviews, Switch

Few genres have played such a pervasive role in my gaming upbringing as the plucky platformer. From seasoned staples Mario and Mega Man to more modern mascots like Meat Boy and Shovel Knight, these seductive side-scrollers have become a kind of comfort food that helps nourish my soul after a…

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Review: Sonic Mania

Author: Ricky Berg
Categories: Reviews, Switch

Disclaimer: The following review was completed using the PlayStation 4 version of Sonic Mania. We will update this review with impressions of the Nintendo Switch’s handheld mode and any other differences we note in Sonic Mania when we receive the Switch version of the game later this week.    …

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Review: Hey! Pikmin

Author: Ricky Berg
Categories: 3DS, Reviews

Before those squid kids took over the internet and Animal Crossing made the whole world wild, Pikmin was my defining example of Nintendo’s ability to produce unique IPs in the present. The little game that brought a sense of being a stranded space explorer in a world that made you…

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Review: Miitopia

Author: Jaxson Tapp
Categories: 3DS, Reviews

Games starring Miis have never been extremely robust, though they are often entertaining. Ever since these little avatars arrived on the scene in 2006, Nintendo has been sticking them just about everywhere it can, from small guest roles in games like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. to starring roles…

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Review: Namco Museum

Author: Ricky Berg
Categories: Reviews, Switch

Arcades were a huge part of my childhood, more often than not I visited them with my family. It was thanks to my mom that I developed an appreciation for Pac-Man, and from that I started to explore Namco’s larger lineup of classics. Make no mistake, these games are some…

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Review: Splatoon 2

Categories: Reviews, Switch

The original Splatoon made waves upon its initial release back in 2015, proving a fresh take on a genre typically plagued by uninspired tropes, muted color palettes and muscular Michaels. A quirky competitive shooter where fashion-savvy squid kids quite literally paint the town red, the game quickly super jumped to…

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Review: Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star

Author: Tom Brown
Categories: Reviews, Switch

Before playing Fate/Extella, all I knew about the franchise was that it had a female version of King Arthur while the plot revolved around the Holy Grail. Going in, I generally assumed it would be a quirky anime take on the Knights of the Round Table (maybe we’d see the…

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Review: Death Squared

Author: Jaxson Tapp
Categories: Reviews, Switch

Hello, my name is Jaxson Tapp, and I am an addict. A puzzle game addict. Almost any puzzle game will get me my fix, sure, but only the best puzzle games are going to sink their hooks into me. Thanks to my years of puzzle obsession, I’ve come to learn…

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Review: Kirby’s Blowout Blast

Author: Ricky Berg
Categories: 3DS, Reviews

Kirby’s no stranger to games that deviate from what could be called his series’ formula. Games like Tilt ‘n Tumble and Epic Yarn carry the Kirby name in ways that feature unique gameplay or visuals, while others like Dream Course offer an existing sort of game type with a suitable…

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Review: GoNNER

Categories: Reviews, Switch

Captivated by a crying child’s traumatized trek through the nine circles of hell and the twin-stick tumblings of a certain sacred seedling, it’s no secret that I’ve become quite the glutton for punishment afforded by the infamously challenging genre known as the roguelike. In fact, not a week goes by…

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