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Narita Boy Review: A Bygone Journey

There was a time when retro-inspired indie games were a novel concept.  Now, the market is flooded with computer games seeking to emulate both the presentation and gameplay of 80s and 90s gaming.  Narita Boy looks and feels ...

 
 
 
 

Tis the Season: Seasonal Association with Games

The seasonal cycle in the video games industry is consistent.  Typically, we see the biggest titles hit around the holiday season, indies are sprinkled in the earlier parts of the year, and during the dog days of summer we can go ...

 
 
 
 

Finally got around to checking out Gears 5, and it's bringing me back to my 360 days. Crazy that Gears 3 is almost a decade old, I've probably sunk hundreds of hours into the multiplayer of the GOW franchise.

 
 
 

Retroactively moving Cyberpunk down a bit in my top games of 2020 list after finishing it. I had fun with it, but there are so many things wrong with this game. The fact that the devs envisioned a 2022 release says it all.

 
 
 

Playing Immortals Fenyx Rising and FFVII Remake, 2 games I missed out on in 2020. Realistically I can say that these 2 would have made my top 10 had I played them sooner.

 
 
 
 
 

20 Music Tracks that Defined Games in 2020

A good video game soundtrack can make a bad game pretty decent, and a good game great.  We had plenty of great games this year, and in turn some great soundtracks. There were a ton of great tracks from games this year, and probabl...

 
 
 
 

My Top 10 Games of 2020

A lot went down this year.  While there was much that sucked about 2020, the games industry made sure that we had a ton of great titles to sink our teeth into while we quarantined at home for the better part of the year.  Her...

 
 
 
 
 
 

My AC Valhalla Xbox One playthrough has been more buggy than Cyberpunk. Game acts as if Eivor is tripping on mushrooms and crashes after 2 minutes each time I try to play. Broken.

 
 
 

Gears Tactics is a solid strategy game that quickly devolves into repetitive cycle of the same missions and maps on it's obviously padded third act. The side missions have bizarre difficulty spikes and aren't optional at all. It quickly burnt me out. 5/10

 
 
 

Star Renegades has some interesting concepts in its turn based combat but gets bogged down by tiresome map traversal, cluttered UI, and frustratingly unbalanced difficulty. It has some nicely animated combat and cool pixel art, but I'd give it a 5/10.

 
 
 

Hades Review: Making Repetition Fun

The hook of rogue style games is their replayability, constantly shifting dungeon designs, upgrade choices, and the quest to get just a little farther in each subsequent run.  Hades takes elements from these games, and blends the...

 
 
 
 

Love the new Animal Crossing fall update - just wish my villagers would give me a jack o'lantern recipe already!

 
 
 

Crusader Kings III Review: A New Regime

Crusader Kings II was one of my most played titles from the past decade.  Originally released in 2012, Paradox Interactive supported their popular grand strategy title for 6 years with over a dozen expansions, offering new game m...

 
 
 
 

Feels like this is the year of the roguelike. So many great ones this year. Currently playing Hades and Star Renegades.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ready to sink 100s of hours into Crusader Kings III. Little more than a month away, can't wait.

 
 
 
 
 

Ghost of Tsushima is my runaway GOTY so far, it's not super innovative with the open world formula but it does everything so well that you hardly notice. Was never a huge fan of the Infamous games from Sucker Punch, but kudos to the studio for GOT.

 
 
 
 
 

Last of Us Part II review coming soon. Honestly for all the game does well I soured on it towards the end with its sluggish pacing and "meh" characters. I wanted to like it more than I did. A lot to love but nowhere near a masterpiece in opinion.

 
 
 
 
 

About 5 hours into Last of Us part 2 - I can see why this one was divisive. Graphics, Gameplay + Environments are A+. We'll see where the rest of this story goes, but I've enjoyed Ellie and Dina's adventure so far

 
 


About BRAV0 F1VEone of us since 8:59 PM on 04.03.2020

Been playing games since the launch of the Gamecube. I enjoy RPGS, both Japanese and Western, retro games, and creative indies. But I try to play a little of everything.

Currently Playing:
Persona 5: Strikers
It Takes Two

My Top 10 Favorite Games of All Time:
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
2. Mass Effect 2
3. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
4. Chrono Trigger
5. Assassin's Creed II
6. Demon's Souls
7. Pokemon Gold
8. Overwatch
9. Minecraft
10. Crusader Kings II

 
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