Reviews

Axiom Verge PC Review: About Time We Got a New Metroid

It felt strange playing Axiom Verge on my computer and not on the Wii U. Though there are a few things that separate developer Tom Happ’s indie title from Nintendo’s Metroid franchise, the core concepts are all present. That’s not to say that this Metroidvania — or rather, Metroid-like — feels like a ripoff, because this is indeed a 2D […]

Donkey Kong 64 Wii U Virtual Console Review

Nintendo 64 owners went nuts in 1999 when commercials for Donkey Kong 64 began airing on television. These advertisements featured live-action “footage” of people up in arms after seeing their city covered in fruit and nuts at the hands of Donkey Kong and his band of fruit gun-wielding pals. And when we all saw the glorious gameplay in action, with […]

Shovel Knight (PSN) Review: Zelda II-Like

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link showcased Nintendo’s ability to try new things in the ’80s. Though the game has its detractors, it remains a massively unique entry in the Zelda series and just a fine game on top of that. We never saw another Zelda like it, which is a shame because it was really good. Thankfully, Shovel Knight […]

Super Mario 64 Wii U eShop Review: An Old Friend

There’s no debating that Super Mario 64 is one of the most groundbreaking titles in the gaming medium. Not only did the game mark a massive shift for the Mario franchise and for Nintendo, but it also helped inspire future 3D platformers, action-adventure titles, and many open world games. It’s a no-brainer, then, that Nintendo decided to release the heralded […]

Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork PC Review: Saturday Morning Galaga

Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork has a shaky history. Though it’s one of the earlier titles to achieve Kickstarter success, developer Pixeljam Games ultimately needed more funds and was unable to deliver the game as expected. After taking on odd jobs, making a quirky platformer titled Potatoman Seeks the Troof, and developing a revamped version of Glorkian Warrior on […]

Citizens of Earth 3DS Review: Excuse Me, Mr. Vice President!

After spending time with two different versions of Citizens of Earth, Exophase has the final word on Eden Industries’ quirky RPG. For more on the game, check out our previous review in progress. It’s worth noting that the Wii U version has yet to be patched, so freezing and lengthy loading times are still a thing. As such, this review […]

Citizens of Earth: Review in Progress (Wii U, 3DS)

As an EarthBound fan, it’s only natural that I jump at the opportunity to check out the latest RPGs influenced by Ness and company’s grand SNES adventure. Games like Cthulhu Saves the World and Boot Hill Heroes instantly spring to mind, as does the recently launched Citizens of Earth, an “EarthBound-like” where you take on the role of the Vice […]

Wrack Review: Based on a Doom Story

Before there were perks and skill trees in shooters, there was just straight-up, in-your-face action. Developer Final Boss Entertainment is very clearly a fan of the genre’s retro roots, opting to create an FPS that’s simple to grasp and filled with raucous arcade craziness. Wrack isn’t about leveling up, building your character, or obtaining abilities. Instead, it’s about charging into […]

Fez (PSN) Review: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

You know, that Phil Fish is kind of a genius. When I first played Fez on Xbox Live Arcade, I didn’t really see that. Of course, that could be because I didn’t actually play all the way through. Recently, however, I got to the end of the PlayStation Network version of the game, and my mind was blown. It’s finally […]

Soulcalibur: Lost Swords Review: A Dull, Ugly Blade

Soulcalibur has always been one of Bandai Namco’s standout franchises. That series, along with Tekken, delivers a robust yet approachable arcade fighting experience that’s a sheer pleasure. It’s no wonder the company wanted to test the free-to-play waters with its weapon-based fighter seeing how Tekken Revolution was actually pretty popular. Unfortunately, while Soulcalibur: Lost Swords is an interesting idea with […]

Sonic Lost World: The Legend of Zelda Zone Review: A Nice Hyrulian Treat

Sega went in a distinctly different direction with Sonic Lost World. While a lot of the series’ familiar trappings are present — you’ve got annoying characters, lame cutscenes, and high speeds — the way that the game presents its mechanics is largely unlike anything we’ve seen from past installments. For folks who just want a really fast Sonic game, Lost […]

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Review: Walking Derp

There are some misconceptions surrounding Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. First and foremost, people seem to think it’s vastly similar to something you’d see coming from the mind of Suda51. Hell, I was one of those people. Well, it’s not. It’s also not as accessible as you might think it is. Last, this isn’t exactly your typical Ninja Gaiden game, even […]

Luftrausers Review: Sweet, Glorious Death from Above

Imagine you’re piloting an air fighter above the ocean. You sense you’re going to die out there amidst the clouds, and that thought becomes a reality the moment you spot an enemy fighter. Things only get more intense when you see another enemy, followed by a group of enemies, all flying and shooting straight at you. Then you realize that […]

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Review: Always Trust a Tie-Wearing Ape

I don’t say this often because it’s not something I genuinely feel when I play many games these days, but I sincerely hope that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is some four-year-old kid’s first game. Super Mario Bros. was my first game when I was four, and that experience really had a great impact on me as far as video […]

Strider Review: Back and Better Than Ever

Strider was a pretty big deal when it first hit arcades and, ultimately, the NES and Genesis. While other versions of the game were also released, these particular editions are the ones most commonly remembered. Strider was subsequently followed up by two sequels (Strider Returns and Strider 2) and a spiritual successor (Moon Diver). But the series’ legacy has always […]

Double Dragon: Neon Review: Mullets and High Fives All Day Long

Double Dragon: Neon originally launched on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in 2012. The game wasn’t perfect, nor was it for everyone. That said, it effortlessly captured the spirit of the ’80s and offered mind-gushingly joyous beat ’em up action to the point that it was easy to overlook its shortcomings. Just about two years later, Neon is now […]

Disney Infinity: Toy Story in Space Review: Ride ’em, Space Cowboy

It’s no secret that the Toy Story franchise is pretty rad, and it’s easily one of the greatest things to come from Disney and Pixar. If you don’t think so, it’s very likely that you don’t have a heart, because we were all toy-loving kids at some point. That’s why Toy Story is a no-brainer as far as Disney Infinity […]

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review: A Renewed Sense of Adventure

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past will forever be etched in Nintendo’s history as one of the company’s finest accomplishments. It’s the type of game that issued in a new era for the famed fantasy action-adventure series. It was quite the pleasant surprise when Nintendo revealed that it was working on a follow-up, aptly titled The Legend […]

Disney Infinity: The Lone Ranger Review: Fun in Disney’s Wild West

Disney’s remake of The Lone Ranger wasn’t exactly received all that warmly when the company decided to bring the franchise back earlier this year. The film was critically panned and has been the source of much ridicule. In that sense, it would be easy to disregard the Disney Infinity rendition of The Lone Ranger altogether and wait for some other […]

Super Mario 3D World Review: A Cat-tastic Platforming Spectacle

Super Mario 3D World is the greatest Mario game to come along in quite some time. It’s important that you understand that right from the get-go, because there’s really no understating the sheer significance of this new game. After maybe giving us too many “new” Super Mario Bros. games, Nintendo is back with a 3D platformer, and the results are […]