Marooners' Rock's Reviews
Sonic’s latest adventure brings him back to his roots while modernizing that classic 2D formula. While the gameplay doesn’t reach the highs of Sonic Mania, it doesn’t hit rock bottom in the way of Sonic the Hedgehog 4. Sonic Superstars is a fun adventure, full of many surprises, which will delight fans of the blue hedgehog, and 2D platforming as a whole.
High on Knife is a fun return to the High on Life world Squanch Games created. That said, the adventure seems rather short, taking between 2 to 3 hours to complete. While the post-game does provide players with additional side missions, and an excuse to further explore the DLCs new areas, none of them feel particularly substantial.
Everspace 2 is a solidly successful sequel, offering players more of what they loved from the first game while shifting away from the rogue-like trappings. The game provides a larger world with higher stakes, improved story, and more ship customization options.
With the Black Ops Cold War Campaign having multiple endings and Zombies / Multiplayer requiring you to grind a lot, you will definitely get your money’s worth. We do recommend that you wait until the game is patched a bit more before you buy it. The game has the potential to be a top Treyarch title but it’s just not there yet. Maybe by the time the first DLC releases, the game will be worth its price.
Destroy All Humans! 2 Reprobed does a great job remastering Destroy All Humans 2 but clearly shows its age. The game looks great but the large variety of bugs really detracts from the overall experience. The game’s story is comedic despite not aging with the times unless you look at it satirically.
Playthrough Cyberpunk was made easier due to the similar controls of other popular shooters and RPGs. Players who are looking for hours of gameplay can find themselves easily lost in this game either through side quests or by trying out different fighting styles. Overall, we enjoyed our time with Cyberpunk 2077 and it is worth giving the game a second chance.
When it comes to Sucker for Love: First Date, we feel its charm but don’t fall in love. The story’s overall premise is cute and playful but a lack of choices really holds back the game. The developers attempt to make the player feel like there are multiple choices, but at the end of the day, these choices only come into play at the very end. We can admit that we have been spoiled by other games that have a narrative-driven story such as Catherine: Full Body, Detroit Become Human, or Doki Doki Literature Club. With that in mind, the story is still enjoyable to play through but lacks depth.
TMNT Shredders Revenge reunites Millenials with an arcade-style that they grew up with. The story is an enjoyable throwback to a variety of aspects of the 90sTMNT franchise. Playing through the story really showed us how much the developers love the 90s series and their work reflects that nostalgia, love, and passion. The gameplay and graphics are a refreshing take on the TMNT arcade fighting style without making too many modifications. Players of all ages can easily pick up the game and play it with whoever is willing. With the availability of couch co-ops either locally or online, players will be able to share this experience with their friends and loved ones.
Our small taste of Kao the Kangaroo at PAX East left us craving more and we can say that we have not been disappointed. That taste gave us enough to get a feel of what the game has to offer and thankfully the rest of the game lives up to those expectations. If you’d like a modern platformer with subtle pop culture nods then you will love KAO the Kangaroo. This game is easy to pick up whether you are 4 or 13 going on 30. Honestly, for never hearing of the franchise before PAX East 2022, it makes us want to go back and play some of the older titles. We might just have to do that or wait til the other two games get a reboot. If you like platformers and/or kangaroos, you should enjoy this game.
We Were Here Forever was a great experience even if the ending was devastating. The game’s puzzles are thought-provoking and each side of the puzzle has its own feel; you will need to play the game twice to experience each side. The game’s visual bugs, although annoying, were easy to fix and get around. The game’s music was enjoyable and alluring often setting the mood for the level. Control-wise, playing with a keyboard and mouse is an easier time, but for those who like using a controller, you will still need a mouse. The game’s replay value is there especially if you plan to play with random people and is still worth buying if you have a specific person in mind.