Warzone 2.0 Review

Ali Hasan November 30, 2022

Warzone 2.0 Review

Call of Duty Warzone took the world by storm when it was first released in 2020, a battle royale game wasn’t something new for Call of Duty as the series had experimented with a similar title through 2018’s Blackout, as part of the release with Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. Warzone, however, took it one step further by building what was at that time the most robust and expansive battle royale game. Over the course of the next two-years Warzone had its ups and downs, with two map refreshes and an abundance of new weapons that were added with the launch of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty Vanguard but towards the end of 2021, the game had hit a massive slog. Warzone had become overstuffed and overcomplicated, moving away from its original philosophy which was a simplistic yet fun battle royale game that

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God Of War Ragnarök Review

Ali Hasan November 15, 2022

God Of War Ragnarök Review

2018s God of War set a gold standard for narrative-driven games, Kratos and Atreus’ long and emotional journey was a far cry from what the franchise had previously seen. Making Kratos a multi-dimensional and layered character who not only had to fight the demons of his past but also had to deal with being a father felt like a natural evolution for the character and one that worked remarkably well in the context of the themes and tones of the game. The narrative was so perfectly presented in a world so beautifully realized, that it often felt like the studio wouldn’t have anywhere to go but despite this, Santa Monic Studios one-ups itself once again with God of War Ragnarök, taking the player on a poignant story complemented by incredible performances, surprising twists and turns and everything else you’ve come to expect from a God of War game! God of

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare II Review

Ali Hasan October 30, 2022

Call of Duty Modern Warfare II Review

Modern Warfare II, the nineteenth title in the Call of Duty series kicks off a new era for the franchise. Being the first game in the series’ almost two-decade-long history to have a two-year life cycle the pressure is on. Not only does Infinity Ward have to put up a title worthy of the Modern Warfare name but also a game that will be the main Call of Duty game for a lot of players for the next two years. Infinity Ward iterates on the formula while also making some questionable choices to deliver a title that isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination but is serviceable enough to build upon for the next two years while also being incredibly fun and entertaining. Modern Warfare II Does Not Live Up to Its Predecessor’s Campaign Rolling the credits on the Modern Warfare 2019 campaign left me with a sense of

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A Plague Tale: Requiem Review

Ali Hasan October 28, 2022

A Plague Tale: Requiem Review

A plague Tale Innocence, for a lot of people, including me was the biggest standout title of 2019. Coming from Asobo studios, a studio that had mostly developed smaller and more arcadey titles a game of such narrative prowess and well-written characters was a surprise for sure but one that was very welcome. Three years later the team is back with A Plague Tale: Requiem. The next outing in Hugo and Amicia’s journey, building on the foundation of its predecessor to deliver what I found to be a very pleasant and polished experience with all the story beats and emotional hooks that make a narrative-driven game enjoyable. Requiem dials up the elements that made Innocence great but often struggles to evolve beyond the confines of the first entry Amicia and Hugo are the Centerpieces of the Incredible Story Requiem picks up roughly six months after the events of the first

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Gotham Knights Review

Ali Hasan October 22, 2022

Gotham Knights Review

Gotham Knights has fought an uphill battle from the get-go. Not only is this the first Batman game since 2015’s Arkham Knight but it is also the first game not to feature the titular hero as a playable character. As such not only has the game some big shoes to fill but it also faces a lot of pressure in nailing a Batman story without the caped crusader directly involved. Gotham Knights, for all intents and purposes, gets a lot right but fails at some of the fundamentals, and frustratingly so. At its core, it ticks off all the right boxes for open world superhero co-op game complete with an excellent game world and characters but some design choices leave a lot to be desired. When the Knight Falls… A New Guard Must Rise Gotham Knights picks up immediately in the aftermath of Bruce’s death following a big blowout with

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Overwatch 2 Review

Ali Hasan October 9, 2022

Overwatch 2 Review

Overwatch 2 presents a peculiar case in its release. For a game on the decline and one that has been constantly overshadowed in the past few years despite its incredibly popular launch, releasing a new entry makes total sense but how little it does in setting itself apart from its predecessor, and in many ways even taking steps back, the 2 at the end of the title makes no sense, the game constantly begs the question: is Overwatch 2 a sequel? Or simply just a glorified update? Overwatch 2 is an excellent game but in some ways hurts the legacy of the original, the high octane over the top yet whimsical combat returns but is marred down by not nearly enough changes to truly set itself apart from the original along with a terrible monetization system, that will hurt the game for a very, very long time unless it’s addressed.

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FIFA 23 Review

Ali Hasan October 1, 2022

FIFA 23 Review

FIFA 23 marks the end of an era as the long-running and much-beloved football simulation series is set to receive a marked branding change for next year’s title. In its final outing with the FIFA license, EA has delivered a few new flourishes to the gameplay, new gameplay features and the evolution of the hyper motion technology to deliver a proper send for this era of EA’s football game series. Although It isn’t perfect and lacks any new bold direction for the series, long-time FIFA and football fans will be pleased will the overall package. HyperMotion Kicks into the Next Gear Delivering True-to-life Animation Work HyperMotion made its debut in last year’s FIFA 22 and returns this year with all new bells and whistles. For those uninitiated with the technology, HyperMotion is essentially a proprietary motion capture technology that uses actual motion capture data from a football match and combines

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The Last of Us Part I Review

Ali Hasan September 4, 2022

The Last of Us Part I Review

The Last of Us Part I was announced much to the perplexity of fans. While fans were expecting a new IP from the studio, Naughty Dog announced a made-from-the-ground-up remake of one of the most beloved games of all time. The Last of Us Part I, being a 1-to-1 remake puts it in an awkward position. Coming from Naughty Dog it is no surprise the game excels in every conceivable way over the original but what is really needed? Is it worth it and who exactly is this remake for? The Last of Us Part I is a complete from-the-ground-up remake of the PS3 original. The developers promised completely overhauled visuals, new rendering techniques, and overhauled AI built in Naughty Dog’s latest engine, completely overhauled for the PS5. Cinematics and Facial Animations It was clear from the moment I started playing that careful and meticulous work had been done to

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Saints Row Review

Ali Hasan August 28, 2022

Saints Row Review

When developer Volition first teased a brand-new entry in the long-running and highly beloved Saints Row series fans were divided. Between a new entry in the series and a complete reboot of the existing games, players were unsure what to expect. A new storyline coupled with a fresh direction seemed like a gamble. But did it pay off? Saints Row, for all intents and purposes, manages to take one step forward and two steps back. While it isn’t a terrible game by any means it certainly is a rather unnecessary one. There are enough flashy and over-the-top moments to keep new players satisfied but for long time fans hoping for a return to form will be severely disappointed.   Welcome to your own Criminal Empire Saints Row kicks off at a flashy party scene where you first meet the saints who are clearly several months into their crime career, with

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Stray Review

Ali Hasan July 21, 2022

Stray Review

Stray proves that PlayStation’s recent commitment to indie games is paying off. BlueTwelve Studio manages to create a game out of an unlikely protagonist to deliver what is probably the most charming, imaginative, and enjoyable gaming experience on PC and Playstation in recent memory. Let Me Tell You A Tail… Stray starts off fairly simple as you assume the role of a cat just going about its day; Jumping onto objects, napping, and spending time with its family. Tragedy soon strikes when it is separated from its herd when it falls into a dark abyss. You wake up in a dark tunnel, hurt and alone. making your way through the dark, until you find yourself in a mysterious city rife with mystery and intrigue with your only goal being reuniting with your family. The game places a heavy emphasis on exploration and the majority of its lore and world-building comes

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