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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Review (Switch)

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Review Context

While I have played my fair share of RPGs, I haven’t played many tactical RPGs until Valkyria Chronicles. The Fire Emblem series, among others, got me into the genre. After playing these games, I had a hard time going back to RPGs that used old battle systems. When someone tells me the gameplay is similar to Valkyria Chronicles, I’m eager to play that game. I have not played the X-COM series this game is inspired from.

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Sonic Mania Review (Switch)

Review Context

Though I grew up with Nintendo, I became friends with people who had a Genesis over a SNES. I have played most of the Sonic games upon their release, and while most feel the series dropped in quality after Sonic & Knuckles, I still play the new Sonic games to see if they can get their groove back. I still consider Sonic the Hedgehog 2 to be my favorite of the series, but the ones on the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS came the closest to bringing that classic gameplay back.

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WWE 2K17 Review (Xbox One)

Another year, another WWE 2K series fans are hoping new features would be added, or in a fantasy world, have the series go back to its prime with arcade gameplay. Since this is the only wrestling game around, (sadly) you don’t have much of an option. While modes are added to show they’ve heard the feedback, modes have been removed as well. Is this the year 2K Games gets it right, or will you skip this quicker than a Goldberg match?

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I Am Setsuna Review (PS4)

JRPGs have been well known for making some of the most beloved stories known in the gaming world. A genre that primarily needs to have a good story element, Square Enix seems to be the company that is consistently creating memorable tales for the genre. From Final Fantasy to other memorable cult classics like The Secret of Mana, Square Enix is at the top of the game for creating beloved JRPGs even to this day with the long awaited Final Fantasy XV. When I Am Setsuna was originally announced, one could say that Square Enix was paying homage to its cult classic Chrono Trigger. The same style of gameplay, yet an entirely different vehicle in which to experience it in, I Am Setsuna manages to have all of the classic JRPG fans’ eyes on it. In an era where people desire more classically made JRPGs that don’t fully push the boundaries, like Bravely Default, does I Am Setsuna scratch that itch as effectively as others?

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Paper Mario: Color Splash Review (Wii U)

After what many consider Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Old Door (GCN) to be the best of the franchise, other Paper Mario games are always unfairly compared. When the game was shown during a spring Nintendo Direct, everyone was ecstatic that a Paper Mario game was finally coming to the Nintendo Wii U. That moment was short lived when gameplay of the battle system looked similar to the poorly received Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS). After that, the game wasn’t shown again until E3 during the Treehouse presentation. It appeared to be Wii U’s swan song on the console until The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild release date was announced. Does Paper Mario: Color Splash make right where Sticker Star went wrong or should you wrap this game up in a paper ball and trash it?

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Battlefield 1 Review (PS4)

Are you tired of futuristic shooters from the unforeseeable future with giant robots or exosuits that allow people to fly? Are you wanting to go back in time and use the machines of a forgotten war? DICE, the creators of Battlefield 1 clearly thought people did, so they brought you this World War I based first person shooter.

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