Tagged PlayStation 4

Sonic Mania Updates the Best of Classic Sonic Gameplay for Modern Sensibilities

Sonic Mania was first unveiled during Sonic’s 25th anniversary party at San Diego Comic-Con last year. The event was streamed live for all to see and it was the hottest stream of 2016 (NSFW language in linked video). Sandwiched in between various technical issues and awkward product placements was Sonic Mania’s debut trailer. Admittedly I wasn’t as excited about the project as I could have been—Sega had made previous attempts to bring Sonic back to its 2D glory, with...

What’s New with Yakuza 0?

Yakuza 0 has finally arrived in North America, and it’s once again time to return to Kamurocho and join Kazuma Kiryu in the criminal underworld of Tokyo. This time around, it’s a little different, as Yakuza 0 has us going back in time. As the name might imply, it’s a prequel to all of the other games in the series, putting us with our lead character, Kiryu, when he is just 20 years old, and still fairly new to...

Let It Die Is “Probably the Greatest Game Ever”

Let It Die is a freemium Sony exclusive. Described as a “super action game,” it is, on the surface, a fairly straightforward hack-and-slash adventure. Then things get a bit, well, weird.  Luckily for you, a skateboarding skeleton in 3-D glasses who enthusiastically refers to you as senpai is willing to show you the ropes. Uncle Death, by the way, is pretty much Grim Fandango’s Manny Calavera—if Manny never caught the Number Nine and ended up in a desperate attempt to relive some alternative youth...

Trigger King Xcaliber Adjustable Triggers: A Great MN Idea with a Fatal Design Flaw

Being an avid gamer, I’m always looking for ways to enhance my gaming experiences and improve upon my skills. I’m not one to shy away from trying something new in the hopes of finding my own personal gaming nirvana. So, naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to try the Xcaliber PS4 Adjustable Triggers by Minnesota accessory company Trigger King. Let’s start off with the package and contents. The Xcaliber trigger set comes equipped with two adjustable triggers, a precision...

Resident Evil 7 Welcomes You to Hell’s “Kitchen”

Announced earlier this week at E3, Capcom released their first playable demo of their upcoming title, Resident Evil 7. Inspired by Konami’s now-defunct Silent Hills, Resident Evil 7 follows much the same vein and offers an exclusive demo in the form of Kitchen to whet the appetite of those who have been clamoring for the franchise to return to its survival-horror roots. A departure from the traditional third-person style of gameplay and designed with the PlayStation VR in mind, the...

Overwatch Is a Fresh, Character-Diverse Game Full of Promise

Overwatch is a perfect example of a multiplayer shooter overcoming the deluge of titles that have inundated the market over the past 20 years and creating something wholly fresh and original. In the same vein as Valve’s Team Fortress 2 and other successful MOBAs like Smite and Dota 2, Blizzard’s Overwatch is a game that can stand among the best of them, comfortably taking its place among even the most elite team-based shooters. Half MOBA and half class-based shooter, Overwatch finds...

Dark Souls III Rekindles the Flame

I remember back in 2009 when I was first introduced to the world of Hidetaka Miyazaki and his PlayStation 3 exclusive, Demon’s Souls, from Atlus. It was a game that promised to be as punishing as it was rewarding, a game rich with lore and fraught with failure and death. It promised to be a game unlike any other I had ever played, especially in a time when few video games chose to take such calculated risks and punish...

Drinking and Gaming: The Force Is Strong with Star Wars: Battlefront

Welcome to another edition of Drinking and Gaming, where I play video games while drunk on local Minnesota craft beers and proceed to review them . . . also whilst drunk. For this installment, I wanted to do something special for the release of Star Wars Episode VII, so I decided to play Star Wars: Battlefront while trying out Bent Brewstillery’s barrel-aged Dark Fatha, an American “Emperial” stout aged in whiskey barrels with an ABV of 9.3 percent and an IBU...

Get Ready for Fast-Paced, Bloody Combat in Bloodborne

From developer From Software, the sadistic masterminds behind the notoriously difficult Demon’s Souls (2009) and Dark Souls (2011), comes game director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s greatest challenge yet. Bloodborne, a PlayStation exclusive and the spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, promises to test everything you’ve got—and then some. Even if you’re familiar with Miyazaki’s previous work with the Souls franchise, Bloodborne will leave you bruised, battered, and emotionally drained, yet won’t be able to help coming back for more. It’s time to “Prepare to Die” . . . again....

An Awesome Concept Falls Flat in The Order: 1886

The Order: 1886 is a disaster. There’s no other way around it. I had attempted to defend this game against all the naysayers ever since it was announced at E3 in 2013, hoping that I would be vindicated when it finally launched. Not only did the graphics really set the standard for what next-generation gaming could look like, I’d also be able to play in an alternate timeline to stop the threat of werewolves and vampires rampaging throughout 19th-century...
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