Review – Dragon Quest Builders

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I always viewed Dragon Quest Builders with skepticism. Minecraft clones are a dime a dozen, and watching a beloved publisher such as Square Enix put one out isn’t very encouraging. As more information came out about this game, and now after playing it, I was surprised to see that it is much more of a Dragon Quest game than I gave it credit for. Dragon Quest Builders delivers enough fresh ideas to differentiate itself from other games, and it’s very much a worthwhile entry into Square’s popular RPG series.

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Review – Bayonetta 2

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Well, now that was an unexpectedly amazing experience! I went straight into Bayonetta 2 without many expectations. I have never played any of the Bayonetta games, and while I know the game is pretty beloved, I didn’t really expect it to be this good.

Bayonetta 2 is an action game originally released on the Wii U a couple of years back. Like I said, I never played it due to my love-hate relationship with the console, and boy am I glad it got ported, because this game does not deserve to be stuck on the Wii U. This game keeps you in a perpetual state of sensory overload from beginning to end, constantly throwing new and creative encounters that are legitimately challenging and a blast to overcome.

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Review – Shadow of the Colossus

Oh boy, where do I start? Anyone who’s been playing video games for the past 15 years knows of Shadow of the Colossus. This is a game that is often brought up as an example of video games as a form of art, and with good reason. Back when it was originally released for the PS2 in 2005, this game was an unmatched audiovisual masterpiece, let down only by the technological limitations of that console.

I first played this game when it was ported to the PS3, and I could quickly see why this game is so beloved. There is a solemn beauty here that you can’t really find anywhere else. The desolate environments,  sweeping, melancholic soundtrack and magnificently crafted colossi all work together to craft a powerful feeling of awe. Hell, I get goosebumps just writing about it.

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Review – Celeste

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It would be an understatement to say that the retro-style indie platformer market is over saturated. That’s why it’s easy to forget that we’ve gotten many great games coming from this field, such as Braid, VVVVVV, Fez, Cuphead and Shovel Knight, just to name a few. Now, we can add Celeste to that list. Celeste is a platformer developed by the creators of TowerFall, and it looks deceivingly simple. Under its simplistic visuals lies a superbly designed game, filled with tons of fun challenges and a really touching narrative.

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Review – Dragon Ball FighterZ

Fish and chips. Bread and butter. Cheese and macaroni. Peanut butter and jelly. Dragon Ball and fighting games. These are things that have gone together for what seems like an eternity, and they all compliment each other perfectly.

Dragon Ball has had a long history of ups and downs when it comes to its video game entries. I’m pretty familiar with this series, from the excellent Budokai and Budokai Tenkaichi games, to the forgettable run of titles on the last-gen systems, and the enjoyable Xenoverse games. FighterZ is kind of a breath of fresh air, in that it dials things back from the fully 3D Xenoverse and gives us a great classic-style 2.5D, side-view fighter.

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