Recent Reviews

Review: Mass Effect Andromeda (Single-Player)

Recommended: Whether you enjoy Andromeda is very much going to be determined whether you can see past the flaws of something pushed out too early, but if you can, there's an enjoyable if short sandbox RPG game here.  Combat has a few trade-offs in the design but is mostly greatly improved by the addition of mobility, the story arc is nothing revolutionary but quite functional, the voice acting is mostly good bordering on great, and overall, I enjoyed my time enough with the game to want to go back to it.  However, the rough edges on this game are very, very obvious: some animations are janky, and there are some textures that look like they got made with five minutes in MS Paint.  The white space that exists for the lack of other content is obvious, and some of the character writing has the 'writing by committee' feel to it.  If you can tolerate that though, this is a good story and good mechanics at work here.  It's probably well worth it on a sale.

Review: Guild Wars 2

Recommended: Guild Wars 2 is a massive game with an incredible amount of things to do. The graphics are gorgeous, and much of the score creates an epic quality to adventuring in the world. Tyria has a vast lore, and the writers incorporated it well into the game. It's fun to play in long stints, but also in short bits when time is limited. It's easily a game you could put down for awhile, and come back to without feeling like you have to keep up.

Review: Ladykiller in a Bind

Not Recommended: Ladykiller's story is long bouts of tedium broken up by decent, sometimes very good, encounters. The ending doesn't pay off the time spent slogging through the screens, and the illusion of choice doesn't hold up. While the set pieces have fantastic art design and execution, the character art is mediocre. The music is best replaced with something else in your headset. Finally, if all of that wasn't enough to deter you, the price is the kicker, Ladykiller is going for $29.99 for the short story. Characters are often lazy stereotypes, and the final plot reveal is ridiculous.

Review: Spell Casting - Meowgically Enhanced Edition

Recommended: I went back and forth with the final verdict on this one.  Honestly, Spellcasting is the most infuriating game I can remember playing.  It's really not my cup of tea and it's definitely something I wouldn't play again.  However, part of the point of our reviews is to consider the target audience.  If you enjoy mobile-style puzzle games and games of memory I think you'll like this.  I think you'll enjoy the art, the challenge, and the design of it.  I think this would be fun for kids and adults that like these types of games, and absolutely should be played on a device with a touchscreen and stylus in my opinion.  It's priced well for this type of game so the short play-time isn't out of line.  If you like these kinds of games, give this one a try, I think you'll enjoy it.

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