<![CDATA[Games - Cinelinx Movie & Game Reviews]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/ <![CDATA[Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory: A Beautiful, Musical Salute to the Kingdom Hearts Series]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/kingdom-hearts-melody-of-memory/discussions/2103/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/kingdom-hearts-melody-of-memory/discussions/2103/ Music has always played a critical role in the Kingdom Hearts series. It set the tone for magical experiences from the first moment the keyblade chose Sora. Square Enix and series composer Yoko Shimomura's dedication to the music has lasted for over 17 years and Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory honors them for that. It does have its fair share of gameplay mechanics quirks and it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of a Kingdom Hearts game. However, from looking at it from a scope of rhythmic action game and a tribute piece to the entire series, it's a beautiful salute to the series. Although, it doesn't mask the fact that it is a filler until another mainline series game releases. ]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:16:37 +0000 <![CDATA[Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Lives on through Next-Gen | REVIEW: Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Lives on through Next-Gen | REVIEW]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/mortal-kombat-11-ultimate-lives-on-through-next-gen-review/discussions/2101/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/mortal-kombat-11-ultimate-lives-on-through-next-gen-review/discussions/2101/ Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Edition is a perfect way to kick off this new generation of gaming. With a huge amount of content, amazing visuals, and a pretty cheap price. If you like fighting games and want to see more gore than any horror film has to offer, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate Edition is the perfect choice for you. ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2020 00:57:36 +0000 <![CDATA[Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Makes Great Leaps to Next Gen | REVIEW: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Makes Great Leaps to Next Gen | REVIEW]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/call-of-duty-black-ops-cold-war-mkaes-great-leaps-to-next-gen-review/discussions/2100/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/call-of-duty-black-ops-cold-war-mkaes-great-leaps-to-next-gen-review/discussions/2100/ Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War does a great job at making the jump to next-gen. With amazing visuals, ridiculous frame rates, ray tracing, and enhanced visuals. This is a stellar experience for any gamer wanting to play an immersive first-person title. The addition of DualSense support even makes the Call of Duty experience feel much more realistic using the adaptive trigger features added to the game.  What holds Cold War back from being one of the best Call of Duty’s in years is the flat feeling multiplayer has compared to Zombies and the Campaign mode. I know there is more coming over the next few months and years but I can't help but feel that right out of the gate Modern Warfare had a bit more of a fast-paced, well-rounded multiplayer mode than that of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War.  I also hope that soon the cheating online will be non-existent so all can enjoy the mode. With that said, this doesn't take away from what is great about Black Ops Cold War, Zombies are back and better than ever and the campaign is pretty spectacular. This is a defiant buy for any COD Fan and is a must buy this holiday season.  ]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2020 18:28:27 +0000 <![CDATA[Godfall: Godfall Fails To Match Gameplay to Stellar Visuals ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/godfall/discussions/2098/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/godfall/discussions/2098/ While Godfall looks pretty, the gameplay just can’t match up to that level of detail. A very basic structure is drawn out over 9-10 hours of gameplay, when it feels like it should just be the introduction to something very different. I really hope they expand on this via patches and updates, much like Bungie did with Destiny, before moving on to a sequel. ]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:44:14 +0000 <![CDATA[Overcooked: All You Can Eat: ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/overcooked-all-you-can-eat/discussions/2097/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/overcooked-all-you-can-eat/discussions/2097/ Overall if you have yet to play Overcooked, this is the package you want. It’s a great price for new fans to jump in and play, and it has a ton of content to keep you entertained for hours on end. Trying to master the DLC and new levels will take a ton of effort, and some frustration, but the game is still very rewarding. For those that already have the content you will feel more like me and be a bit let down with how little extra was offered. I used the new trophies as an excuse to play through the game again with my partner, but other than that I was indeed expecting more from the package.  ]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:17:30 +0000 <![CDATA[Yakuza: Like a Dragon: One of the Best Games of Both the Yakuza Series and 2020]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/yakuza-like-a-dragon-2/discussions/2096/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/yakuza-like-a-dragon-2/discussions/2096/ The Yakuza series has a rich history of telling incredible stories. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is yet another and may even be the best one made. Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio absolutely outdid themselves with this game. It’s charming, funny, beautiful, well-written, and an absolute blast to play. Even if you’re not familiar with Yakuza games, you’ll still no doubt enjoy your time in Yokohama. ]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2020 15:49:08 +0000 <![CDATA[Jurassic World Evolution: Complete Edition (Switch): An Impressive Port, With a Wealth of Content]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/jurassic-world-evolution-complete-edition-switch/discussions/2094/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/jurassic-world-evolution-complete-edition-switch/discussions/2094/ I was cautiously optimistic going into this game on the Switch. Management sims on consoles can be hit or miss, but Frontier Developments absolutely nailed this one. On top of delivering a great user experience on the port, having all the previously released content included feels like a ridiculous amount of bang for your buck.  ]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2020 22:24:16 +0000 <![CDATA[Assassins Creed: Valhalla Brings Glory to Odin: Assassins Creed: Valhalla Brings Glory to Odin | Review]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/assassins-creed-valhalla-brings-glory-to-odin-review/discussions/2093/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/assassins-creed-valhalla-brings-glory-to-odin-review/discussions/2093/ Assassin's Creed has made a lot of changes over these last 13 to 14 years since it was first created. Though I had my doubts about the series, Ubisoft has worked very hard to bring the game back to its roots and make it one of the best action-RPGs on store shelves. Assassin's Creed Valhalla is by far the best game I have played in the series. Every aspect of this game has made me completely obsessed with this amazing world. With next-gen consoles coming out this week, this is a game YOU MUST PLAY on these next-gen consoles and is a MUST BUY for the holiday season! ]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2020 17:01:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Watch Dogs: Legion: The Most Innovative Watch Dogs Yet, But Misses the Mark in A Lot of Areas]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/watch-dogs-legion/discussions/2092/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/watch-dogs-legion/discussions/2092/ There is a lot to like about Watch Dogs: Legion. It's got an awesome, original character system that preaches inclusivity and allows anyone to be the hero. Plus, it's got a vast team of voice acting talent to make that part of the game truly special. On the flip side, the game deals with a lot of repetition issues, bugs, and an AI system that isn't up to par with today's video game standards. Legion is in every way the step in the right direction for the series, but still has a ways to go before it's the standard-bearer Ubisoft wants it to be. ]]> Sun, 08 Nov 2020 11:41:25 +0000 <![CDATA[Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time: Arguably the Best Crash Bandicoot Game Ever Made]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/crash-bandicoot-4-its-about-time/discussions/2079/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/crash-bandicoot-4-its-about-time/discussions/2079/ Regardless of if you’re new to the Crash Bandicoot series or an old vet, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is an absolute must-play. There aren’t many platformers that would fall into a must-play category, but Crash is the exception. Toys for Bob truly made something special with Crash 4. With the impeccable level design, challenging stages, unforeseen character development, addicting gameplay, and all the goofy, yet lovable Crash charm, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is some of the most fun I’ve had in 2020 and a game I believe is definitely worth your time. ]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2020 14:34:30 +0000 <![CDATA[Ys Origin (Nintendo Switch): A Fun Port That Could Use Some Updates]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/ys-origin-nintendo-switch/discussions/2077/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/ys-origin-nintendo-switch/discussions/2077/ Having never dabbled in the Ys franchise before, my first experience with Origin was pretty great. Serving as a precursor to the entire franchise, the addictive gameplay and engaging characters make for an excellent starting point. Despite some issues of the port feeling dated, for only $20 on the eShop this dungeon-crawler is definitely worth checking out. ]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2020 16:09:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Great Games With No Frills]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/super-mario-3d-all-stars/discussions/2075/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/super-mario-3d-all-stars/discussions/2075/ The bottom line on Super Mario 3D All-Stars is that it’s hard to say no to this collection. While it would have been nice to get a few more modern touches on these classic titles, there’s no denying the amount of fun I’m still having with it. Even working as direct (more or less) ports of these games, they look great and will definitely transport you to the past. If you have a Switch, these will definitely hold you over and make for fun time with you and your kids until the next main Mario game arrives. ]]> Sat, 26 Sep 2020 19:47:26 +0000 <![CDATA[Tony Hawk’s ProSkater 1+2: The Best Tony Hawk Game Ever Made! | Review - Tony Hawk ProSkater 1+2]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/tony-hawk-proskater-12/discussions/2074/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/tony-hawk-proskater-12/discussions/2074/ Tony Hawk ProSkater 1+2 is a truly amazing game, this is not a remake or a remaster. This is a relaunch of one of the best franchises in the history of gaming. This game is an utterly breathtaking feat and is probably one of the most fun games you can play in 2020. With all that has happened this year, how about you take some time out of your day, crack open a Mountain Dew, order a pizza, and play the best Tony Hawk game I have ever played! I want to thank Activision, Vicarious Visions, Neversoft, and of course Beenox for giving us the change to review this title! Thank you and BUY THIS GAME NOW! ]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2020 00:21:15 +0000 <![CDATA[Marvel's Avengers: A Faithful Avengers Adaptation With Room to Improve]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/marvels-avengers/discussions/2070/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/marvels-avengers/discussions/2070/ Overall, Marvel’s Avengers is an extremely fun title. It’s got a great story, featuring a tremendously talented cast. It’s got a lot of heart, excitement, and does the Marvel name proud. It’s a bit of a work-in-progress at some points and it released probably a month or so too early. That said, the game is one of those titles that is ever-improving. More content and heroes are being added and it’s becoming a more complete experience on the multiplayer side of things. If you’re a Marvel fan, it’s got a story that should satisfy that Marvel cinematic itch and gameplay that will make you feel every bit like an Avenger. ]]> Sun, 13 Sep 2020 05:13:49 +0000 <![CDATA[Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered: Nostalgia Can’t Save This Remaster]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/final-fantasy-crystal-chronicles-remastered/discussions/2062/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/final-fantasy-crystal-chronicles-remastered/discussions/2062/ For me, the best video game remasters manage to strike a specific balance. They bring together quality of life improvements on the technical level, that makes it enjoyable to play next to modern games, while still capturing the experience we remember. While Crystal Chronicles looks decent, the gameplay feels like a step backwards through time in the worst way.  With no quality of life updates to mention (even more bizarre considering the few delays it had) and a multiplayer system that’s more frustrating than useful, it pains me to say that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles isn’t worth picking up. As one of my favorite games when I was in high school, it’s frustrating to see the Remaster get so much wrong.  ]]> Sat, 05 Sep 2020 16:27:54 +0000 <![CDATA[Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time Bring Fun From The Past | REVIEW: Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time Bring Fun From The Past | REVIEW]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/samurai-jack-battle-through-time-bring-fun-from-the-past-review/discussions/2060/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/samurai-jack-battle-through-time-bring-fun-from-the-past-review/discussions/2060/ Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time is a faithful tale of what Jack has gone through just to get back to...well, his own time. Playing this game made me better appreciate the world Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack, brought to life over the last 19 years. Though the game does have its rough patches, I had fun from start to finish and couldn't have asked for a better Samurai Jack title. I can only hope this is not the last we see of Samurai Jack on consoles and have to say this is a must buy for any action role playing fan!  ]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2020 18:41:05 +0000 <![CDATA[Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions: Occasionally Fun Take on the World’s Most Beautiful Game, but Not the Best Anime Adaptation]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/captain-tsubasa-rise-of-new-champions/discussions/2057/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/captain-tsubasa-rise-of-new-champions/discussions/2057/ Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions has all the potential of being a game-changing game for virtual soccer. However, it gets muddled with confusing, frustrating gameplay. Its redeeming qualities stem from the insane, over-the-top way in which goals are made. You truly feel powerful when performing specialty shots. Unfortunately, the story feels very one-note. Even the dramatic moments don't hit the mark like they would in a full-on anime series. Overall, despite it's incredibly powerful abilities, Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions has a long way to go to catch up to other soccer games on the market. ]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2020 22:38:29 +0000 <![CDATA[Madden NFL 21: Madden Reaches New Heights in Gameplay Mechanics But Still Has Room to Grow]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/madden-nfl-21/discussions/2056/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/madden-nfl-21/discussions/2056/ Overall, this iteration of Madden NFL 21 is an absolute blast to play. It’s ridiculously smooth, fast, strategic, and overall fun. Certain new updates like tackling are taking some getting used to but it’s nothing that can’t be figured out. The good thing too is that EA Sports is committed to tinkering with the game throughout the season to try and make it the best possible game possible. So, by the time the next Madden game is nearing release, the current game always looks completely different from where it started. My main problems with the game are game mode choices, not the actual gameplay itself. Just don’t try with Face of the Franchise anymore. It’s bland, boring, and one of the least fun parts of the Madden experience. Devote that time to revamping and innovating franchise mode, as there is a lot that could be done to make it an even more fun, immersive game mode. I firmly believe that Madden fans are going to really enjoy Madden NFL 21. It takes some getting used to, but the improvements and innovations made in last year’s Madden make it a worthwhile gameplay experience. Just remember speed is key. Best of luck in your Madden season! ]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2020 01:38:27 +0000 <![CDATA[Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout: Fall Guys Grabs The Crown as One of the Most Fun Games of 2020]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/fall-guys-ultimate-knockout/discussions/2050/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/fall-guys-ultimate-knockout/discussions/2050/ This review has been primarily positive and with good reason. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is just an absolute blast to play. The challenges are fun, the season pass is very easy to navigate, and customization options are regularly updated and easily accessible. Furthermore, Fall Guys has already cultivated a rather enjoyable community so far. You should definitely follow the official Fall Guys twitter to understand why and get regular updates. When I was trying to come up with some things I didn’t like, I thought of maybe a few challenges like the Egg one or some of the team challenges that I dread, but those aren’t really negatives. In games like this, you’re not supposed to love every challenge. It’s kind of the point not to, but to overcome those challenges.  It is worth mentioning that early on there were some struggles with connecting to servers. Some were even review-bombing Fall Guys because of it, which is unnecessary. Fortunately, I have not had a single server issue on PlayStation 4, so it seems to me like everything is running smoothly, overall. In what’s becoming a rather long list of amazing games in 2020, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout easily takes the crown as one of the enjoyable I’ve played so far. It’s definitely one I fell in love with and recommend for everyone. ]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:40:32 +0000 <![CDATA[Destroy All Humans Review: Furon Fun Never Felt Better: Destroy All Humans Review: Furon Fun Never Felt Better]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/destroy-all-humans-review-furon-fun-never-felt-better/discussions/2044/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/destroy-all-humans-review-furon-fun-never-felt-better/discussions/2044/ This cult classic was one of my favorite games back in 2005 and it has now become one of my favorite remakes of all time. The Destroy All Humans Remake is one of the most fun games on the planet and is a definite buy for anyone looking for some comedic relief during this tough time we are all going through. Though it does have its pros and cons, I feel that this Black Forest Games and THQ Nordic could have more plans for this series in the long run and I can't wait to play as Crypto and take of the world for the Furon Empire once again! ]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2020 21:20:29 +0000 <![CDATA[Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris: Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/sword-art-online-alicization-lycoris/discussions/2042/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/sword-art-online-alicization-lycoris/discussions/2042/ If you've enjoyed the Sword Art Online video games thus far, you will likely love Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris. The game features the best graphics in the series to date, and puts you right in the heart of the longest running story arc in Sword Art Online. If you haven't tried a Sword Art Online game before, this is the perfect place to jump on, since the game follows the anime's story arc pretty closely and is therefore unconnected to previous entries. ]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:58:30 +0000 <![CDATA[The Last of Us Part II (Spoiler Review): An Emotionally, Physically, Mentally Taxing Tale of Two Survivors]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/the-last-of-us-part-ii-spoiler-review/discussions/2038/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/the-last-of-us-part-ii-spoiler-review/discussions/2038/ The Last of Us Part II is a masterclass in storytelling. Neil Druckmann and the entire Naughty Dog crew went in a different direction with it and it left me emotionally raw. From start to finish, each situation had my mouth just hanging in shock and stomach in knots. I didn’t expect heroes to die. I had no idea that I’d come to love their murderer. Nor did I imagine that Ellie would come out of all of this seemingly alone and without the ability to use the beautiful gift Joel gave her, the ability to play the guitar.  It’s a beautiful, gritty, tragic, brutal story. One that everyone should experience at least once. It highlights things that are real for everyday people. Things like being LGBTQ+ and the torture of living through trauma. Throughout it all, though, The Last of Us Part II leaves a lasting message that even the darkest of worlds where hate and anguish preside, love still wins. ]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2020 12:10:20 +0000 <![CDATA[SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated (REVIEW): SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated Review]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/spongebob-squarepants-battle-for-bikini-bottom-rehydrated/discussions/2037/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/spongebob-squarepants-battle-for-bikini-bottom-rehydrated/discussions/2037/ When I first sat down this Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated, I thought I wasn't going to enjoy the game, but man was I wrong. This game is what having fun is all about, revisiting the beautiful world of Spongebob with my daughter watching sealed the deal for me. There is nothing more beautiful than childhood imagination and just seeing her reaction to the game made this the perfect game for my family. ]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:23:35 +0000 <![CDATA[Minecraft Dungeons: Minecraft Dungeons]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/minecraft-dungeons/discussions/2036/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/minecraft-dungeons/discussions/2036/ Minecraft Dungeons is a fun and different type of dungeon crawler. If you're wanting to just have fun and relax with a beautiful RPG, this is the game for you. Though I would have liked to see more additions to the looting system and the addition of true classes in the game, the overall experience in this world is nothing short of fun. I feel this is just the beginning for Mojang with this style of game and think there is much more to come from this series in the future. ]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2020 02:30:19 +0000 <![CDATA[Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath: Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/mortal-kombat-11-aftermath/discussions/2035/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/mortal-kombat-11-aftermath/discussions/2035/ MK11 Aftermath breathes more life into an already flourishing game and puts this game on the top of the list for me. This expansion has reinforced why Mortal Kombat 11 was my favorite game in the series and the best fighting game I have ever played! Ed Boon and the team at NetherRealms really love their fans and it shines through with the DLC.  ]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2020 04:15:03 +0000 <![CDATA[Command & Conquer Remastered Collection: A Worthwhile Blast From The Past]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/command-and-conquer-remastered-collection/discussions/2034/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/command-and-conquer-remastered-collection/discussions/2034/ EA and Petroglyph absolutely knocked this remaster out of the park. It feels like a perfect preservation of the originals while adding JUST enough newness to make it appealing to all players. For those who were disappointed with the more recent lackluster RTS remaster (*cough* Warcraft III *cough*), this is exactly what you were hoping for. While it may not feature enough options and quality of life updates to appeal to more hardcore RTS players, there's a reason these titles helped redefine the genre and that's capture here. Combine this with current multiplayer options, mods, and some nifty bonus extras, the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection feels like a steal for only $20. If you're a fan of the franchise, there's no reason to skip out on it, and I would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys some old-school RTS action. ]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2020 21:08:35 +0000 <![CDATA[Saints Row: The Third Remastered: Saints Row: The Third Remastered ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/saints-row-the-third-remastered/discussions/2032/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/saints-row-the-third-remastered/discussions/2032/ This is by far the best Saints Row title in the series and is now the best looking with the graphical enhancements that Sperasoft has introduced. This title has everything a gamer wants during this time of quarantine, so if you're bored in the house and in the house bored get Saints Row: The Third Remastered! ]]> Fri, 22 May 2020 02:48:28 +0000 <![CDATA[Sakura Wars: Sakura Wars Thrives With Endearing Characters and Gorgeous Music]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/sakura-wars/discussions/2030/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/sakura-wars/discussions/2030/ If you go into games with a desire to connect with new and interesting characters, Sakura Wars is a very enjoyable experience. It provides a unique experience in that its a strange mix of a JRPG, dating sim, and epic anime that somehow works. That said, the combat is severely lacking and the story has its moments of contradiction. Despite that, though, the game endears itself with the player by delivering memorable characters you can't help but connect with. Here's hoping this leads to more Sakura Wars games coming out West! ]]> Sat, 16 May 2020 15:37:34 +0000 <![CDATA[Final Fantasy VII Remake: A Perfect Re-Telling of An All-Time Great]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/final-fantasy-vii-remake/discussions/2025/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/final-fantasy-vii-remake/discussions/2025/ While it's only the first part of an even larger story, Final Fantasy VII Remake perfectly re-tells the story for a new generation. It brings Midgar to the modern era by expanding on it in every imaginable way. The combat mechanics are innovative, fun, and challenging. The characters are more defined, charismatic, and you can't help but form a deeper connection to them. Plus, the music is just downright incredible. It's the perfect beginning for one of the greatest games of all time. ]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 17:22:12 +0000 <![CDATA[Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered: Short But Sweet]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-2-remastered/discussions/2024/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-2-remastered/discussions/2024/
Overall if you are a Call of Duty fan, or remember playing this game at all, this title is absolutely worth every penny. If they were charging more I would probably question the content, but for the budget price of $20 it is worth everything you pay for. Yes you will be sad that multiplayer or spec ops isn’t included, but you will have a thrilling time replaying the missions over again.
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 23:31:52 +0000
<![CDATA[DOOM ETERNAL: DOOM ETERNAL]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/doom-eternal/discussions/2023/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/doom-eternal/discussions/2023/ DOOM Eternal is something pretty special, not only did we get a fantastic game with an amazing story, we got one of the best DOOM titles ever made. This is by far the best FPS title I have played in recent years and is at the top of my list for Game of The Year. The love that iD software has poured into DOOM Eternal is something like I have never seen before from any dev team out there. iD and Bethesda truly love the DOOM franchise but love their fans more and DOOM Eternal is the perfect example of that. ]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2020 17:49:02 +0000 <![CDATA[One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4: ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/one-piece-pirate-warriors-4/discussions/2020/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/one-piece-pirate-warriors-4/discussions/2020/ One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is an absolute blast to play. Using the musou/Dynasty Warriors style of gameplay makes you feel like you're one of those powerhouse characters we idolize in anime and manga. While the story doesn't dive in as deep as you may want, it's a solid representation of both series and manages do to the important moments justice. If you're a One Piece or musou fan, this game is for you. ]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2020 22:26:54 +0000 <![CDATA[Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales: Enchanting entry into The Witcher universe ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales/discussions/2019/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales/discussions/2019/ Personally, I have been enjoying a triple shot of Thronebreaker, a Witcher series re-watch and a 3: Wild Hunt re-play with a first go at the books on the horizon, thanks to COVID-19 and quarantine. Thronebreaker has been a wonderful addition to the universe, especially as a fan of the Gwent card game series first in Wild Hunt. Gwent is an easy-to-pick-up game and your decks merely act as an easy way to catalog your units and manage them in battle. The game also introduces non-standard battles featuring challenges and puzzles that ask for unusual win conditions, providing some unpredictability for players who are not fans of a linear play-through experience. The game offers players the chance to skip battles following a combat loss, so there is no risk in feeling locked in by not understanding how to overcome one of the puzzles. I really enjoyed the narrative with its strong writing and boisterous cast of voice actors that pulled me into the drama of Lyria and Rivia with ease. Those strengths, coupled with the beautiful (and large) overworld to explore made for an immersive jaunt into the world of The Witcher. The resource management in the game is very tame, but I enjoyed the incentive it gave to really exploring the map and paying to send scouts when I have the chance. At the end of story arcs in Thronebreaker, the game shows you a list of collectibles and milestones to be completed/collected and allows completionist players the chance to 100% the area before moving on in the story. I appreciated this small act of compassion for the same reasons I appreciate that developers included a "skip battle" option, to allow players to savor the gameplay in whatever manner they most enjoy. If you are a fan of high-fantasy and political intrigue, I recommend taking a crack as Queen Meve in Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales even if strategy card games are not your usual speed. ]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2020 02:58:04 +0000 <![CDATA[Persona 5 Royal: Great Additions, But Not For Everyone]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/persona-5-royal/discussions/2017/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/persona-5-royal/discussions/2017/
The 30 hours is really pushing the limits of how much the new area can provide, and the moderate alterations to the core game don’t really make it feel “new” or totally revamped in any way. If you are looking for a good reason to play the game again then yeah the Royal edition gives you every reason for it. If you are looking at it thinking it’ll totally change your experience and be something entirely new, then wait it out.
Tue, 24 Mar 2020 17:35:27 +0000
<![CDATA[My Hero One's Justice 2: Plus Ultra Fighting Game, Flawed Story Mode]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/my-hero-ones-justice-2/discussions/2014/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/games/my-hero-ones-justice-2/discussions/2014/ The lacking features and the entirely too easy story mode are what hinders My Hero One's Justice 2 from being better than what it is. If you can look passed that, though, you'll be looking at a really enjoyable, upgraded fighter. It's easy to learn, has a lot to do and customize with, and it has loads of new characters to master. It won't replace games more established fighters but it's a nice change of pace. ]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2020 23:59:38 +0000