Video Game Reviews Blog Posts

Video Game Review: The Last Guardian

Although its narrative is thin on details, The Last Guardian proves compelling due to the developing relationship between the boy and Trico. In broad terms, the boy has been kidnapped and Trico has been locked up, and the two of them need one another...
by RotoRob on Dec 19, 2016

Video Game Review: Dead Rising 4

Roughly a year after the events of Dead Rising 3 we find Frank West working as a teacher. After being lured to a covert military facility by one of his students, West discovers the group is experimenting with zombies but is forced to escape before ge...
by RotoRob on Dec 16, 2016

Video Game Review: Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection

The Ezio trilogy follows the pattern of most trilogies (original Star Wars, X-Men, etc.) where the first entry is great, the second is the best, and the third is middling. Each offers slight variations in gameplay mechanics, but the basic franchise t...
by RotoRob on Dec 12, 2016

Video Game Review: Watch Dogs 2

You are Marcus Holloway, a rebellious hacker that has been flagged by ctOS, the operating system that monitors citizens' every move, as a threat to commit crimes. Marcus is none too happy about this, and he infiltrates Blume, the company behind ctOS,...
by RotoRob on Dec 9, 2016

Video Game Review: Infinite Warfare

Set in the late 21st century, Infinite Warfare finds the United Nations Space Alliance (UNSA), which resides on Earth, and the Settlement Defense Front (SDF), which have settled on Mars, on the brink of open war. After an UNSA special ops team is cap...
by RotoRob on Nov 18, 2016

Video Game Review: Hitman: Episode 4

Staying at the Himmapan are a pair of unsavory characters: Jordan Cross, acclaimed Indie rock singer and son of billionaire Thomas Cross, and Ken Morgan, the family's attorney. Whatever thread has been holding previous episodes together is ostensibly...
by RotoRob on Aug 22, 2016

Video Game Review: Bound

Presentation is where Bound does its best work, creating a truly surreal world that shifts and undulates as you dance across it. I've reviewed hundreds of games, and I can't think of one that comes all that close to matching what's offered up here --...
by RotoRob on Aug 18, 2016

Video Game Review: Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 1

Telltale games are always about story, and what sets Batman apart from, say, the Arkham series, is that most of the game (or at least the first episode) feels more like a Bruce Wayne simulator rather than Batman taking on crime. This is just an arti...
by RotoRob on Aug 4, 2016

Video Game Review: I Am Setsuna

In typical JRPG fashion, up to three characters can actively take part in battles (inactive members still earn half the experience). Each carries a class-specific weapon and can equip talismans that provide unique buffs and additional slots for “Sp...
by RotoRob on Aug 2, 2016

Video Game Review: Carmageddon: Max Damage

Back in 1997 when the likes of Doom and Duke Nukem were the go-to games in terms of wanton violence, a small racing game came out of left field, crying blood from its eyes. That game was Carmageddon, and though it wasn’t the most polished title on...
by RotoRob on Jul 28, 2016

Video Game Review: Ghostbusters

Actually playing the game, however, ends up being an exercise in repetition. So much so, in fact, that we were able to accurately call out when things, like checkpoints and brief cut scenes that introduce larger battles, were going to appear with inc...
by RotoRob on Jul 22, 2016

Video Game Review: Trials of the Blood Dragon

Trials of The Blood Dragon is quite fun to watch. The explosive neon theme from Far Cry: Blood Dragon makes the transition in both good and bad ways. Starting with the good, the game looks splendid. It doesn’t quite pack the levels with high-poly m...
by RotoRob on Jul 8, 2016

Video Game Review: The Technomancer

The Technomancer’s basic plot takes quite a while to get going, with the opening act taking place within a single town as the player acts as an obvious tool in the machinations of more important characters. Eventually you will get to set off, but t...
by RotoRob on Jul 2, 2016

Video Game Review: INSIDE

There are no "ah ha" moments where you find a conveniently located file detailing plans or stumble across a baddie outlining what's going on. In fact, there's no exposition at all, not even a single line of dialogue. Depending on how you look at it,...
by RotoRob on Jun 30, 2016

Video Game Review: Shadow of the Beast

You are Aarbron, a man that was kidnapped as a child and then turned into a demonic creature that does the bidding of Maletoth. While in his service you cut down a number of human warriors before laying waste to some sort of monastery. When one of th...
by RotoRob on Jun 21, 2016

Video Game Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan

Shredder and Krang are up to something, and it's up to the turtles to stop it. That about sums up the plotline of Mutants in Manhattan's nine-level journey as each stage is treated as a separate entity, complete with its own boss, and you'll always b...
by RotoRob on Jun 15, 2016

Video Game Review: Overwatch

Since it’s been far too long since Team Fortress 2 has had any serious, direct competition, Blizzard decided to shape a unique but identifiable experience in the form of Overwatch. Pick a hero, wave at your teammates and get on the bloody objective...
by RotoRob on Jun 13, 2016

Video Game Review: Oxenfree

You are Alex, a teenage girl heading to an abandoned island with your best friend (Ren) and newly minted step-brother (Jonas) to meet up with Nona, who Ren has a crush on, and Clarissa, the one-time girlfriend of your late brother Michael. What's sup...
by RotoRob on Jun 11, 2016

Video Game Review: Far Harbor DLC

The main quest line can be burned through in about two hours or so, with the side quests bringing the total playtime of the DLC to around eight hours. Whereas The Mechanist DLC gave you a creative way to mess with the mainland, Far Harbor feels isola...
by RotoRob on Jun 7, 2016

Video Game Review: Hitman: Episode 3

Having settled things in Sapienza, Agent 47 is off to Morocco in Episode 3: Marrakesh to take down two more targets. First up is Claus Strandberg, a Swedish-born banker that stole huge sums of money from the population but escaped custody and is now...
by RotoRob on Jun 2, 2016
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