Review | Octopath Traveler (NSW)

I love traditional JRPGs, and I mean I love them a lot, so it was unlikely that I was going to go into Octopath Traveler with an overly open mind. But after playing through the incredible action-JRPG, Ys VIII, I needed something a little more comforting, but was the game the big thick, number-heavy cosy blanket I needed in my life?

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Review | Blade Strangers (NSW)

It feels like all I played last year were crossover titles, of varying levels of success and narrative insanity. No matter how many absurd narratives I played though, I was still really excited for Nicalis’ Blade Strangers, if only because Gunvolt and Shovel Knight were on the roster. However, how did the accessible fighting game shape up on release?

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Preview | Tunic (XBO)

I love myself a pleasant adventure, and so when Microsoft revealed Tunic during their E3 presentation last year I was already sold on the aesthetic and basic gameplay just from that short trailer. I must admit though, I completely forgot about the project until I saw the game at RTX London last year, and immediately (and too excitedly) sat down to play.

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Review | Mario Tennis Aces (NSW)

Mario and his friends have been getting into sports-related scrapes for years, duking it out across tennis, football, golf and several trips to the Olympics. As long as you don’t think to much about the odd canonical implications of them, they’re often really fun games. So enter the latest sportsball free-for-all Mario Tennis Aces for Switch! But is it advantage Nintendo, or a disappointing double fault?

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Review | Timespinner (PS4)

The Metroid-Vania, or exploration platformer as I prefer to think of them, has been an essential mainstay in gaming since Symphony of the Night in 1997. Multiple developers have experimented with the formula to middling success, but I was struck immediately by Lunar Ray Games’ Timespinner, and just how much it reminded me of the classics of the genre.

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Review | Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (NSW)

Being quite the fan of the fantasy genre, it’s with excitement that I approached this Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen review. A Switch port of an enhanced version of a Playstation 3 era title, this game really needed to be special to prove it was still relevant in today’s market.

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