Everything isn’t Grimm in this quest! Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered Review

Pros:
  • A fun and educational game that parents will love for their kids
  • Sharp graphics and unique characters provide lots of charm
  • Upgrading items and unlocking perks is rewarding
Cons:
  • The gameplay can get repetitive in long sittings
  • The music can be distracting
  • There's not much story in the game
Graphics
4
Story
2
Sound
3
Control
5
Fun Factor
4

Let’s Get Active with Active Soccer 2 DX!

Pros:
  • Addicting gameplay
  • Easy to pick up and play
  • A low cost alternative to FIFA and Pro Evo soccer games
Cons:
  • Lacking in presentation
  • No online play
  • Navigating the menus can be challenging
Graphics
2
Story
N/A
Sound
2
Control
4
Fun Factor
4

Miitomo is great, but these 7 Tricks would perfect it!

It’s safe to say that Miitomo has taken social media by storm. Everywhere I look, people are posting Miifotos, talking about it, answering questions and telling their friends. And it’s totally obvious why! Miitomo is the perfect simple Social Network. Learn more about your friends in a silly, not entirely-awkward way! But…it COULD be better. There’s a few small kinks that I have, but I think I’ve come up with a few work around.

WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS?!

Bringing all my friends from Facebook and Twitter is fantastic, and I love seeing a new friend request pop up. And seeing friends of friends pop up is great too! However… I’ve noticed that it’s somewhat difficult to find my Facebook and Twitter friends in the suggested friends. There’s a few work-arounds for this, such as separating the suggested into “Facebook” “Twitter” and “You May Know” categories. Another option would maybe be a “Not Now” button on the suggested friends list. This would do something like dismiss the mutual friend notification for a while, but not completely ignore it.

Friends should be Friendly! I give gifts to my friends! 
After playing Miitomo Drop, I’ve got SO many cat sweaters and skirts. Now, I’m a dashing gentleman. But I can’t really pull off a skirt. So why can’t I give my friends any duplicates or items that I don’t want? A simple gifting option or even a trading option would make having extras or items you don’t want a lot more tolerable, perhaps making it impossible to trade or gift an item if they already have that item.

THERE’S TOO MUCH! MAKE IT STOP!

I, like many others, set up push notifications when I set up Miitomo. This has led to basically non-stop notifications. A way to set up that you only receive notifications from certain friends to limit the amount of notifications. Perhaps with a “Best Friends” feature. If you and another friend both select to be “Best Friends” then perhaps that unlocks the ability to send gifts, select to receive notifications from them, and possibly other features.

JUST LET ME TALK TO MY FRIENDS! 

Such as…a Direct Messaging system. With Miitomo truly feeling like a social networking platform, perhaps now would be the best time to bring something like Swapnote back? Perhaps only with Twitter and Facebook-matched friends, the risk of strangers is a bit lessened. Bring back Nikki, bring back SwapNote, and introduce a proper messaging system.

This game seems to have a lack of..games. 

Though Miitomo Drop is a ton of fun, it gets a bit old after a bit. Introducing a few new small new minigames would be a great introduction. Perhaps bring the Badge Catcher from Badge Arcade, a pinball style game, or maybe even a simple multiplayer game. What would these different games get you? Well…

CUSTOMIZE MII CAPTAIN!

Miitomo has a ton of customization options, and is all about showing your personality and style to the world. What if you could add a customized room to that? Maybe the games above could nab you sweet things like wallpapers, carpets, furniture sets, or even potentially special themed music. It would make visiting friends into an even more unique experience.

I just can’t stop dying! 

One of the biggest complaints I have with Miitomo is that my battery won’t stop dying! While I am using the app a bit more than normal, I’ve heard similar from multiple other users that the battery just can’t last while Miitomo is running, even while in the background. While there is a Power Saver mode, it does cut performance pretty hard. A bit more optimization might not be the worst thing to happen to Miitomo.

While all of these are just my personal wish list I honestly feel like they’d make Miitomo a more complete game. What features would YOU like to see in Miitomo?

Hyperkin Announces Turbo HD – What!?

Our friends over at Hyperkin have finally spoken up on the rumored Turbo HD, releasing a full PR (found below). While I am a bit young for the TurboGrafx, I’ve always stared longingly at them at our local retro store. With a handful of great games, the chance to play the TurboGrafx games on the go will be one of the biggest advantages to Hyperkin’s awesome new device. We can’t wait to get one of these in our hands and play around with them! Check out the full press release below, and let us know what TurboGrafx game YOU want to play!

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March 31st, 2016 (LOS ANGELES, Calif.) On March 31st, Hyperkin, a video game hardware developer from Los Angeles, has announced they will be developing the Turbo HD, a handheld console compatible with TurboGrafx-16 (PC Engine in Japan) games – otherwise known as HuCards. Click on to read the full PR…

Gryphon Knight Epic smashes onto the Xbox One!

Pros:
  • The gameplay is fun and can be made easy or challenging
  • Retro style graphics are beautiful and the music fits perfectly
  • Having a squire with unique abilities adds strategy to every level
Cons:
  • I would have preferred a couple more levels
Graphics
5
Story
4
Sound
5
Control
5
Fun Factor
5

I mean seriously. Pikachu Libre instead of Hawlucha. [Pokkén Tournament Review!]

Pros:
  • Fun, fastpaced battle system.
  • Graphics and Music are of an insanley high quality. Real world elements mesh with the Pokémon world!
  • Controls are easy to pick up with the ability to master, the supported Pokken Tournament controller makes this even easier.
  • Every Pokémon feels right at home on the roster, outside Pikachu Libre.
Cons:
  • Could use a few more fighters with a bit more variety.
  • Pikachu Libre instead of Hawlucha.
Graphics
5
Story
3
Sound
4
Control
4
Fun Factor
5

Assassin’s Creed officially taking a year break.

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There were rumors, but Ubisoft has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed will not have a new release in 2016.
In a post on the Ubiblog, they state:

“This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”

They also state how they have seen the set from the movie and are very excited. You can read more here.

What do you think? Is this the right move for Assassin’s Creed?

FireWatch: “WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE!”

Pros:
  • Amazing atmosphere often ends up looking like a moving piece of art.
  • A calming, yet meaningful soundtrack has you often sitting and focusing on the world around you.
  • Attention to small details.
  • Great banter between characters, with very few "unnatural" moments.
  • Turt Reynolds
Cons:
  • Framerate suffers on PS4 while running, we had occaisonal crash issues.
  • Ending choices can make it feel like you've been led to believe you have options that don't exist.
Graphics
4
Story
4
Sound
5
Control
4
Fun Factor
5

Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi? That’s my jam.

Pros:
  • Cute art style that blends the Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario styles well.
  • Continuing the series' trend of great music.
  • Character interactions are as charming as always and have great moments.
Cons:
  • Lack of newly designed characters makes the world feel a bit too familiar.
  • Controlling all three brothers can oftentimes be a bit cumbersome.
  • The story feels flat and predictable, with few twists.
Graphics
5
Story
4
Sound
5
Control
3
Fun Factor
4

Forget physics in Just Cause 3

Pros:
  • explosions
  • lots of upgrades available
  • fun challenges
  • balanced difficulty with game progression
Cons:
  • load times
  • instant death when vehicle explodes
  • indestructible buildings
Graphics
4
Story
2
Sound
4
Control
4
Fun Factor
4
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