Minecraft Review (New 3DS)

Minecraft is out on just about every platform imaginable at this point. If it’s got a screen or can connect to one there’s a good chance there’s a version of Minecraft for it. The one exception to that was the 3DS. There are a number of clones, but a proper Minecraft experience just wasn’t available. That is until now. New Nintendo 3DS owners now have a version of Minecraft all their own. How does this experience stack up to the other versions that are out there?

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Steamworld Dig 2 Review (Switch)

When the first Steamworld Dig came out it was brought to my attention by Shelby who’d downloaded it and played through it. He was gushing about how much fun the game was. A couple weeks later I ended up getting a copy myself and playing through it. I immediately fell in love with the charm of the game and have since played through the game more than half a dozen times on a few different systems. The digging and exploration of the game were so much fun. I got to a point where I could play through it very quickly. Today marks the release of its direct sequel, Steamworld Dig 2. A new character and new play mechanics come along for the ride. Can this second dig game stack up to the first?

In the game you play as Dorothy, another bot inhabiting this post apocalyptic world where humans have gone into hiding and robots are living on the surface. Rusty has gone missing after the events of the first game, mysterious earthquakes are rumbling and she wants to find out just what’s going on.

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RBI Baseball ’17 Review (Switch)

The list of baseball games I’ve played in my life includes dozens of titles. From the days of the NES until now I take the time every year to play games featuring my favorite sport of all time. Homerun on the Atari 2600, Little League Baseball, RBI Baseball, Hardball III, Tony LaRussa Baseball, The Show, the list goes on and on. As sim games increase in popularity it’s nice to see some franchises sticking to the arcade roots of the sport from years past. I don’t feel one way or another is right or better. They really come down to personal preferences. RBI Baseball ‘17 looks to recapture the feeling many people had playing the series back on the days of the NES, but with an up to date look.

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Minecraft: Story Mode Review (Switch)

Telltales Games have become famous for their style of game. They’re really interactive novels with a few dialogue choices and small puzzle elements. They’re almost like digital choose your own adventure novels. They’ve released a number of these featuring many well known and respected properties. Each time they take the world of that property and use it to its full advantage. Their latest is Minecraft: Story Mode, and while it’s been out for a while on other platforms, Switch owners are getting to experience it for the first time and they really shouldn’t miss it.

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Yakuza Kiwami Review (PS4)

I’ll admit it. At one point in my life I thought the Yakuza series could be boiled down to ‘GTA in Japan’ if someone asked me to describe the series. However, I’ve found now that the game is so much more than that. It’s more than just bashing in dude’s heads with bicycles or gunning down mobs of people just for fun and sport. Yakuza 0 started the year with a brand new game in the series and now just a few months later Sega has released its first remake in the series, Yakuza Kiwami. Let me tell you right now if you’ve never played a Yakuza game before Kiwami could be the perfect place to jump in and see just what the series is all about and here’s why.

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Elite Dangerous Review (PS4)

 

Space, the infinite void of darkness full of discovery and unknown. Some call space the final frontier then start a five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations then end up with tribbles. These are not the voyages of the Starship Enterprise but rather the story of one person’s adventure in Elite Dangerous.

Elite Dangerous is an open world space adventure where you are the commander of your own personal spaceship. Your mission: to explore the vast reaches of the galaxy. You are given the freedom to choose how you wish to experience the universe of Elite Dangerous. You could choose to be a space pirate and steal cargo, be a trader and gather a fortune or be a bounty hunter.  There are numerous career choices and your only limitation is what your ship can handle. No matter how you spend your time in Elite Dangerous you will most likely find yourself lost and confused early on in both a positive and negative way. Continue reading “Elite Dangerous Review (PS4)”

Use Your Words Review (Switch)

Finding new games to play with friends or family can sometimes be hard. Do you have all the stuff you need? Will everyone really want to play this? Well, games like Use Your Words prove that the answer to both of those questions can be yes. Just about everyone today has some form of internet connected device, whether it’s an iPod, a phone, a refrigerator, or a computer. Okay, you probably can’t play Use Your Words on your refrigerator just yet, but that day will come soon. Whatever device you have you should grab it, get a couple of friends or family members together and play the game.

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Chicken Wiggle Review (3DS)

The development team over at Atooi is maybe best known recently for their hard as nails platformer Mutant Mudds and it’s sequel Mutant Mudds: I’m Going To Kill You In Every Way Imaginable, aka Mutant Mudds Super Challenge. It’s given rise to the term that I use to compare games to, Mutant Mudds hard. If a game is that hard you know it’s going to take a long time to beat. Let me ease your mind some now and say that the company’s most recent platformer Chicken Wiggle is nowhere near Mutant Mudds hard. It is challenging at times, but not pull your hair out and scream at the screen hard.

Chicken Wiggle stars two unlikely friends, a chicken and a worm named Wiggle. The two jump, flap and whip across 50 levels set in eight different themed worlds. As you go along new enemies and mechanics are introduced to up the challenge in a nicely graded slope that never has crazy difficulty spikes. From beginning to end you feel the challenge ramp up nicely, with what I think were actually a few lulls in difficulty along the way rather than the previously mentioned spikes. It’s good. It’s really fun, and it’s adorably cute.

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