Persona 5 Review (PS3 & PS4)

Think back to the long lost year of 2013. It was a simpler time, when man could walk the streets without fear of dragons falling from the heavens and One Punch Man wasn’t massively popular in the west yet. One day Atlus appeared before mankind and gifted him a trailer that showed chairs tethered with balls and chains and liberal use of the color red. The video ended with a line of text that read Persona 5 Winter 2014 for PS3. Mankind went wild with excitement and praise for the gift bestowed upon them by the Atlus overlords and for a brief moment all was right with the world until man realized the newest console on the market was Playstation 4. After some time the God Emperors of Atlus decided time was on their side and worked tirelessly to present Persona 5 to man for the PS4, thus adding an extra layer of polish. And after a series of events, Persona 5 was placed in the hands of man in Japan and months later… the rest of the world. Continue reading “Persona 5 Review (PS3 & PS4)”

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone Review (PS4)

There have been a number of different games to come to the states featuring digital diva Hatsune Miku. We had one less than six months ago so it was kind of surprising that we’d get another one so soon. This most recent release, Hatsune Miku Project Diva Future Tone is even more surprising in that it’s a home release of a Japanese arcade game.

Project Diva Future Tone is a multi-part package. You can download the base package for free from Playstation Network. That gives you two songs to play. If you want more you’ll have to buy one of the packs, Future Sound or Colorful Tone. Each of these packages are available for $30 a piece or as a bundle you save a little bit of money and can get them for $54. Regardless of which package you choose you’re getting a great deal. There are over 220 songs in the full package, easily the most content rich game in the series, in terms of songs. The Future Sound package contains songs that come mostly from the releases of Project Diva F while Colorful Tone takes its song selections from the Project Mirai games on the 3DS.

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Yooka-Laylee Release Date Announced, Wii U Versions Shelved

Yooka-Laylee is without a doubt one of the most anticipated games currently in development. It was a huge success on Kickstarter. The studio behind the game was also behind games like Banjo & Kazooie. This game harkens back to the platformers of the N64 and PS1 era. Now Playtonic, the developers of the game, have announced when fans will be able to get their hands … Continue reading Yooka-Laylee Release Date Announced, Wii U Versions Shelved

XSEED Announces Release Date For New Shantae Game

WayForward and XSEED have finally given a release date for the upcoming release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The game was successfully funded through Kickstarter earning more than $776,000 back in 2014. The title will be available at retail and digital stores on December 20th. Wii U owners will have to wait just a little bit longer as the game will be available for that system … Continue reading XSEED Announces Release Date For New Shantae Game

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X Review (PS4)

Rhythm games come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. From the screen tapping, stylus swirling game play of the Elite Beat Agents game to the frantic, sweat-inducing dancing of they DDR games to the pulse pounding drum play of the Taiko no Tatsujin games to the straight up button mashing of the Hatsune Miku series. There’s a rhythm game out there for everyone. I’ve played a lot of them because I really like music. I like rhythm. I like the combination of the two. Project Diva X is the most recent game in this vocaloid series.

The story of the game is just cheesy. I didn’t like it. I didn’t think it needed to be there. Sure, it’s fun to see the characters interacting with each other; Miku, Rin and Luka get very excited about the idea of forming a rock band together, but ultimately it’s just there to provide some reason to break the songs in the game up into different styles. See, in the game you’re supposed to reconnect five different clouds of music together and to do that you have to “learn” about each of the different styles and how to best embody that type of music. I found myself groaning at the saccarin-sweetness of the whole thing. It’s really, cheesy y’all. In it’s defense many rhythm games try to inject a story where one isn’t really needed and most of them revolve around saving the world through the power of dance. This one is no different.

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King of Fighters XIV Review (PS4)

King of Fighters XIV is my first foray into the franchise.  Previous to this I’ve spent a lot of time with Street Fighter and other game such as Tatsunoko vs Capcom, Brutal: Paws of Fury or Smash Brothers.  Outside of that my knowledge of fighting games is pretty limited.  I don’t consider a match here or there in games to really constitute experience with those franchises.  Sometimes it’s good to get the opinion of someone new to a series because, while they can’t tell you the intricacies of everything that franchise offers they can tell you just how accessible a game is to new players, something all fighting games need to keep their communities growing.

I’ve been playing fighting games since the days of the original Street Fighter (or Fighting Street) in the arcade.  I found my time with King of Fighters to be very enjoyable.  I played the game entirely using a controller as I do not own a fighting stick for the PS4.  You could definitely call me a casual fighting game fan, but from what I experienced I think anyone, casual or veteran alike, is going to enjoy the most recent entry into the series.

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LEGO Dimensions Does Toys-to-Life Right

Fantastic Beasts

Warner Bros. has announced the details for the upcoming expansions to LEGO Dimensions, their take on the toys-to-life business, and I must say they’re going about it the right way. In all 17 new packs will be released to expand the game play of the already stellar game that was released last year. Some of these new packs will simply add new characters to the playable roster, others will add completely new adventures to be had, all based on very popular properties across movies and TV shows.

It all begins on September 27th when the first of the new sets arrive. Those sets are:

Ghostbusters Story Pack (which includes content based on the upcoming Ghostbusters film such as Abby Yates minifig, and a 3-in-1 Ecto 1 vehicle)

Adventure Time Level Pack
Mission Impossible Level Pack
Harry Potter Team Pack
Adventure Time Team Pack
A-Team Fun Pack

From there additional expansions will be released.

“We’ve built upon the existing LEGO DIMENSIONS Starter Pack to expand the gameplay possibilities with entirely new LEGO experiences that can’t be found anywhere else,” – Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games

Read on for further details about what will be released throughout the Fall and into next Summer.

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Skylanders Imaginators Lets You Create The Hero

Imagination. That’s what the newest game in the Skylanders franchise uses. The power of a child’s imagination. Skylanders Imaginators was announced today. The game, which launches in October, will for the first time, give the player the ability to really create their own characters. Previous games would allow you to mix and match some parts to create unique characters, however, not to this amount of … Continue reading Skylanders Imaginators Lets You Create The Hero

The Witch and The Hundred Knight: Revival Edition Review (PS4)

For over 100 years people have lived in fear of the poisonous swamp to the south of the kingdom, and maybe a bit to the left on the map. Legends tell of a witch named Metallia that lives deep in the swamp lands waiting to attack anyone foolish enough to enter, if she can be bothered enough to care. Unable to leave the swamp, Metallia summoned a familiar known as The Hundred Knight with the mission to turn the world into her swamp. Continue reading “The Witch and The Hundred Knight: Revival Edition Review (PS4)”

Life is Strange is a Masterpiece, Here’s Why – Opinion


Simply put, Life is Strange is the very best storytelling game I have ever played. It’s also one of the only games to ever incite emotions in me that aren’t anger and frustration – the only other game I can say has done so being The Walking Dead: Season 1. I’ve recognised many attempts in my gaming history where games have tried to get me to shed a tear or cause a lump to form in my throat; Final Fantasy 7 for example, but I find nearly all games are too heavy handed in this regard and overstate moments that should be immense and handled with delicacy. Life is Strange nails it though; it really makes you care about its cast of characters. It makes you want the best for them and it upsets you when bad things happen. It doesn’t over-do it too, and the moments that are really supposed to affect you do. But I’m getting way ahead of myself so let me go back a bit. Continue reading “Life is Strange is a Masterpiece, Here’s Why – Opinion”