SA Gamer's Reviews
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 feels a lot like opening a time capsule. It has so much in common with games from a decade ago that it might have been released back then. Fun moments are there to be found if you don't mind fighting a camera, frame-rate stutter and sifting through menus and load screens as you fight wave after wave of hard-hitting health sponges.
Your friend Pedro simply wants you to kill people in the most stylish way you can. That's all he really wants from you and you must obey him. Thankfully, it's also really fun to do that. The game provides you with the tools to become a murder maestro orchestrating your own symphony of death while also having a tongue in its cheek and a banana with a face. If you love making art with bullets, this is the game for you even if it can sometimes be a little bruised in places.
Island Living successfully captures the feeling of living on a tropical island, with beautiful sandy beaches and deep blue waters to explore. Sims can work to preserve the natural beauty of the islands or swim with dolphins and mermaids. There's not a lot of depth to the mermaids, which may leave some Simmers disappointed.
Although it could be argued that the Wii U's dual screen is still the ideal way to play (and a stylus is definitely a plus), SMM2 still manages to shine on the Switch. Designing is a perfect background activity and the wildly fun multiplayer modes are sure to provide longevity. SMM2 has something for all kinds of players and makers and is Nintendo back at their creative best.
A wonderful, nostalgic trip that brings an old favourite back with substance and style. Despite one or two significant issues, it looks, sounds and feels better than you remember it. And while not perfect yet, it's the first game in some time that even comes close to knocking the Big N off their kart-racing pedestal.
Samurai Shodown is an on-point reboot of the series and a return to form for SNK. While the single-player offerings are a little dull, the overall game offers a lot to players who are willing to put in the effort. Fans of the series won't be disappointed and hopefully, Samurai Shodown will bring in a few new warriors along the way.
MotoGP 19 makes some strides to address the issues of last year's iteration. There are however still a lot of room for improvement and with the right amount of attention and development, the series can very quickly become one of the best annual releases.
Cricket 19 is too close to call and needs to be sent upstairs: For fans, this is clearly the best of recent games - showing improvements in almost all departments and should, therefore, be a considered a 'must buy'. However, due to several niggling shortcomings and an inherently slower nature, non-fans may feel like it's more of a slog than a slog-swept six out the park.
Those expecting a deep single-player experience to match previous Sonic racers won't get much to enjoy unless you have friends or family to join you in on the fun. Get a group of players to join you offline or online and you'll have a blast. It's made for a group of players, not for those who don't like sharing.
Due to its style and a healthy dose of that "good old nostalgia" Venture Kid feels at times like it is perfect for the Switch. Made by fans for fans it's a game that will likely appeal to those who enjoy the retro action platforming genre. Unfortunately, tight controls and extra modes aside, you're mostly left feeling that this game is lacking that something truly special.
Blood & Truth is the most fun I've had in years. Its revolutionary shooting mechanics turn you into a virtual action hero in every sense of the word as you go through a gritty, dark and violent London underground in search for answers and revenge, all in VR. The amazingly designed setpieces make sure that you're never bored through the game's 8 hour tight and compact story. The only sadness I felt while playing this game was when the credits rolled. This is the game that shows us that PSVR is to be taken seriously.
Everybody's Golf VR is a charming golf game capable of putting you directly on the grass. Everything feels and functions perfectly and once you learn the ropes, it can almost be a tool to teach you how to play real golf. Interactions with the female caddies are a little weird, but they're part of the game's charm and wonderful homey and relaxing atmosphere. If you're looking for a VR golf game, here you go. This is the one.