PC Aficionado's Reviews
I am still surprised by just how much fun I had with Ben 10. It’s an extremely simple brawler, but it nails the game play elements to a tee. It leaves a lot to be desired for in the production values areas, but a younger audience may not be able to pick up on those flaws. If you have a younger sibling, or a child of your own who enjoys watching the Ben 10 TV show, then I honestly see them loving this game. If they follow the story themselves, they’ll definitely get a kick out of playing all these weird and wacky ailens here. The older audience may still get a kick out of it too, if you are looking for something a little simpler, and something you can just load up for an hour or two allowing you to zen out for a bit, then Ben 10 will have you set, my friend.
Super Mario Odyssey has certainly got PC Aficionado’s venture in Switch reviews off to a good start. This is easily one of my all time favorite games, and I will be surprised if Odyssey is not voted as 2017s Game of the Year. Either way there are going to be one set of angry fans, with Mario and Zelda both vouching for most people’s votes. I’m not going to say Super Mario Odyssey is a perfect 10/10, but it comes damn near close, and it is a must buy for any Switch owners. In fact, this is a console seller it self. If you were on the fence about buying a Switch before, Odyssey should push you well and truly over to the store.
This is the best pinball game I have ever played the mix of realistic ball physics and unrealistic but awesome table features, it really is a hell of a lot of fun. Add in the competitive features and the fact that all major systems can compete together in the tournaments and you have an amazing game.
Skyrim is an old game that has been released in many formats. You may baulk at the full price tag however, this is the full game and all the DLC’s fully playable in VR, that is some major game time ahead of you. Skyrim VR is well worth the cost of admission and shows us there is some real hope for the future of Virtual reality. This is a very promising sign for the future of VR.
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is a surprising title to see remastered but it is a welcome surprise. Its strong 3D puzzle platforming and sense of nostalgia will endear it to a niche audience. Remnants of old game designs may frustrate those looking for a modern experience. Poor keyboard controls are hopefully only a temporary flaw in this otherwise good quality port.
Outcast: Second Contact is an HD remake of the 1999 cult classic Outcast. Though the enhanced graphics are a nice way to introduce the game to a younger audience, it's the only aspect that makes it better than the 1.1 version, which costs considerably less. The price range is questionable in the US marketplace but it's even more absurd in selected countries such as Russia, Brazil, and China where it costs more than $30.
ELEX is a genre-soup developed by Piranha Bytes, the studio responsible for the highly regarded Gothic franchise. Its most curious aspect is how it attempts to put different fiction genres within a single seamless open world, which serves as a gimmick more than anything. It doesn't feel special enough to compete with Skyrim, yet Gothic fans might find enough enjoyment out of its weak plot and poorly written characters.
Star Wars Battlefront II is plagued by an economic system that unfortunately reached itself into the game to affect gameplay in an unfair way. Even with EA/DICE withdrawing the pay to win system, the actions tainted the game. Though not without real gameplay flaws, Battlefront II is a stunning dive into the Star Wars universe with real prop scans and authentic sounds. Battlefront II leans more towards an online arcade adventure rather than a serious competitive FPS and it truly excels in this role.
Unfortunately, my first experience with a Sonic game isn’t one I am hoping to remember for years to come, in fact Sonic Forces is a very bland and forgettable game. The lacklustre 3D platforming, and boring boss fights condemn Sonic Forces to a bargain bin level of release.
The end of the episode does lend itself to a second season coming out, with a mysterious figure finding Thanos’ body. I hope this does lead onto a second season as I found Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy to be one of my favourites. Episode 5 does have a slight premature ending, but ultimately rounds off the season pretty well.
With the season ramping up in tempo and the story really tethering off towards a conclusion, Guardians of the Galaxy is really turning into one of Telltale’s best series’ to date.
High Hell has things going for it. But ultimately it's a lukewarm experience with unambitious, underwhelming mechanics delivered in an admittedly fast paced and well presented package. A striking art style and a sense of humour can carry you, turns out.
A historically accurate setting for a great player-driven story from two sides, Numantia has a great narrative backed by an enjoyable and tactical combat system. Unfortunately, flaws appear almost everywhere in this game, bogging down some of the better ideas and making combat and the campaign unintuitive and frustrating.