Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – Short Review

It seems the Shantae series have been going for quite a while. Actually, this series began on the Gameboy Color but I have only heard of it recently. Well, not that recently as in the Nintendo DS days I heard about a game called Shantae being released on the DSi Shop but as I didn’t own a Nintendo DS DSi, only the Lite model I kind of forgot about it.
A few years forward and many more games of this franchise have been released on pretty much all platforms and after seeing some charming graphics and pretty artwork I, being a sucker for a good 2D platformer, decided to give it a go. Continue reading

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Review

I used to be a fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise but annual releases and repetition got to me. Just to give some background, I finished the first game but had mixed feelings about it but at least at the time there were some very good stuff to compensate the bad.

Then came the second game which was a blast to play from beginning to end. After that I played Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood which while a good game felt more of the same but worse. After this game I did try most of the games but I rarely could play more than a few hours and not get bored or annoyed by some really bad missions and reoccurring issues with the franchise. Even the beloved Black Flag while a blast to play when sailing was so monotonous while traveling on land I just couldn’t get myself to play it more than a few hours.

So, after a long hiatus with the franchise, in a whim, I decided to give Syndicate a shot after seeing it on a big sale. Well, I’m really glad I took this chance because I had a lot of fun with this game. Continue reading

Mass Effect: Andromeda – Short Review

Like I mentioned in my last post, I played two games on my PlayStation 4 while waiting for the release of Persona 5. One was a fantastic surprise, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The other was a huge disappointment and I’m sad to say that the disappointing one was Mass Effect Andromeda.

First thing worth mentioning is that Mass Effect Andromeda is by no means a bad game, it’s just a big let down. Considering how incrementally better each of the previous games were I think it’s safe to say fans were expecting it to be at least on the same level of Mass Effect 3 (minus the ending). And this is on my opinion the biggest fault of this game, as aside from a few things, it feels worse in every way. Continue reading

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Review

After the 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, the most iconic female videogame protagonist is back for another adventure in Rise of the Tomb Raider, a game originally released exclusively on Xbox platforms for limited time, then released not too long after on PC and an year after on Playstation 4. I did play it on PC but since I could not get it at release I decided to wait for the inevitable complete edition to come along with the PS4 version and I have to say, what a fantastic game it is! Even more than an year after its release it is still far better than most games I’ve played in a very long time.

Before I even start talking about the game itself, please forgive me if I make some comparisons to Uncharted because it seems one game has been taking inspirations from the other for years now and both have became so good, so above other adventure games that it seems to me there’s no reason to try to say which is better but instead be thankful us gamers have two great franchises to look forward to. Continue reading

Deus Ex – Not so Fun but still Memorable

Deus Ex, released in the year 2000 and developed by Ion Storm, one of the most beloved games of its time and still regarded by fans as one the best games ever made but 17th years after its release does it still hold its charm?

This time I’m not writing a review but rather my overall thoughts on the game, its influence and pretty much how I think it is to play it today for someone who didn’t have the chance to play it when it was released.

Deus Ex, for those that are not aware, is a futuristic, cyberpunk RPG First Person Shooter hybrid. Here I think it’s worth mentioning the first thing to be aware of: Deus Ex is much more RPG than First Person Shooter. Not accepting that will certainly hindrance much of the enjoyment one would have with the game playing it for the first time today. Continue reading