I haven’t heard of Yoku’s Island Express until a very enthusiastic Jeff Gerstmann said it was more fun than any other game he played during E3 2018’s Judge’s week. Then I took a look at the trailer and was sold. Pinball platforming sounds like a lot of fun and I am a fan of the game’s visual style so it seems like a no brainer to pick this up on one of the four platforms it’s available on. The question is: when will I actually do it? I’m currently deep into Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and I’m about to start Horizon: Zero Dawn. I eventually want to play Rise of the Tomb Raider as well so I’m mulling a purchase of that as well. Too many games…
I’m sure there’s an alternate timeline where the name “Motorstorm” would send millions of people into a frenzy. Motorstorm — or any driving game from Evolution Studios — never resonated with me. I never felt connected with their racers. They tend to look amazing but something about how their cars handled never appealed to me. During the PlayStation 3 era, I was firmly in the Wipeout HD camp. I tried out Motorstorm and Motorstorm: Pacific Rift demos but they just didn’t grab me the same way Wipeout did. And now remnants of that team are back with Onrush and I’m apathetic towards it. It does look pretty though.
The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection looks to be quite the deal if you pre-ordered it for the PlayStation 4, PC or Xbox One. I think they should have included Ultra Street Fighter IV in the package but alas what can you do? The only reason I didn’t pre-order it is because of the unknown port quality. I didn’t want to spend $49.99 on non-refundable PSN Store purchase. Oh well, I’m sure this will go sale along with Ultra Street Fighter IV one day and I’ll get my Hadouken fix for less than a large pizza one day.
June 2018 Gold Games
- Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia
- Smite Gold Bundle
Xbox 360 & Xbox One
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
- LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventures Continues
June 2018 Plus Games
- XCOM 2
- Trials Fusion
- Zombie Driver HD
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
- Atomic Ninjas
Dark Souls was an interesting game and one that I enjoyed far more than Demon’s Souls. I understood what From Software was trying to accomplish with these Souls games but I just didn’t understand how anyone could claim they were a gameplay focused development studio when they chose to prioritize visual fidelity over maintaining a steady framerate. It was not until Bloodborne where I can honestly say they were well playing games. And now with Dark Souls: Remastered, maybe I will be able to say the same with Dark Souls.
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Here is my third chance to pick up a version of Hyrule Warriors. It will also be the third time that I will pass on this spin-off. Warriors/musou’ games have their fans and I’m glad they continue to be served with fun crossovers like this. I don’t know many franchises out there who get their favorite franchises featured with a gameplay system that they enjoy. One could argue that its a “simple re-skin” but I think that’s selling this game short. If it was such a shallow experience that nobody liked, it wouldn’t see releases on 3 different platforms.
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Dragon’s Crown Pro has given me and my girlfriend the opportunity to give this busty sorceress dungeon brawler thing a try. I was quite aware of the PlayStation 3 and Vita releases of this game but since I wasn’t a big fan of the original Odin Sphere, I passed on it. However, I kept hearing good things about this game. We’ve given the game a go but not enough to come away with a fair assessment, so far it’s been fine though and we’re curious enough to revisit again in the near future.
Here’s Something You May Have Missed
- Nintendo Switch online service pricing plans are up via Nintendo
I should be playing BattleTech. I like mechs. I like strategy games. This game looks like it’s made for me. I was a big fan of Mechwarrior and BattleTech franchise growing up so this should be a no brainer. I know it’s nothing like Mech Commander but I am intrigued and I have heard nothing but good things. about it.
I own Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Wii U. I tried to enjoy it but as a fan of the original Donkey Kong Country of games, I just couldn’t get into RetroStudio’s control scheme. I felt that way with Donkey Kong Country Returns as well but decided to give Tropical Freeze a try regardless. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t won over the second time around. And I doubt a Switch port would change my mind.
May 2018 Gold Games
- Super Mega Baseball 2
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Xbox 360 & Xbox One
- Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
May 2018 Plus Games
- Beyond: Two Souls
- Rayman: Legends
- King Oddball
- Risen 3: Titan Lords
- Eat Them!
- King Oddball
- King Oddball
The first God of War game was quite the eye opening experience for me. It also served as a gateway into Greek mythology and all the disturbing twists that comes with that. I continued to enjoy the series through to God of War 3. God of War: Ascension was grossly unnecessary and proved the formula and mythology had nowhere else to go. I am hoping this new God of War game serves as the same gateway into a new mythology and by the sounds of it: it may be the beginning of a new life for the franchise.
Yakuza 0 was my 2017 game of the year. Yakuza 6 does not top it. However, Yakuza 6 is still a very solid entry and one that caps off Kazuma Kiryu’s adventure wonderfully. My only gripes against the game stemmed from the immature Dragon Engine and the dramatic downshift in wackiness.