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Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada Review — Returning to the Battlefield

Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada takes place during the Samurai Warriors 4 timeline and focuses on the Sanada clan, giving time to feature unplayed battles and closely follow the lives of these skilled warriors. …Read More The post Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada Review — Returning to the Battlefield by Azario Lopez appeared first on DualShockers.

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Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada Review – Growing Convictions (PS4)

[embedded content] Warfare in gaming is typically simplified into a tale of good versus evil with the player getting to triumph over the bad guy in the end. Rarely is history that black and white when closely examined, but the atrocities of combat are easier to justify when it’s deemed noble in nature. Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada takes the road less traveled in gaming, as it presents feudal Japan in a much more realistic view. Clans were fighting for what they believed in, mostly in terms of unifying Japan, and if that meant conflict then they weren’t afraid to test their convictions. Unlike other games in Omega Force’s Samurai Warriors series, Spirit of Sanada follows the story of one specific family. Players begin the lengthy story by playing as family patriarch Masayuki Sanada, a legendary tactician that became notorious for his switching allegiances, and eventually play as his two sons: Yukimura and Nobuyuki. This focused narrative helps the game out an incredible amount, as it helped me become more invested in the events of feudal Japan. Past games were hard to follow at times, due to it focusing on over a dozen clans battling it out, while this manages to tell a more impactful story. What…

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception Review — A Solid Visual Novel Hybrid

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception is a good addition to the wide range of visual novels on PS4 and Vita. It’s definitely worthy of adding to your collection if you’re a fan of the genre. …Read More The post Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception Review — A Solid Visual Novel Hybrid by Jordan Boyd appeared first on DualShockers.

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception Review – A New Beginning (PS4)

Originally launched in Japan in 2015, Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception (or Itsuwari no Kamen in Japan) is the second game of the Utawarerumono series but is the first to get a global release. The first game, simply entitled Utawarerumono, was originally released in Japan back in 2002 for the PC but never got a global release. Mask of Deception is set several years after the events of the first game and is the first part of a duology which concludes in last year’s Utawarerumono: Futari no Hakuoro (or Mask of Truth for the global release), which will also get a global release this year. Additionally, an anime adaption of Mask of Deception (called The False Faces) was released last year. While some of the background story for the world of Utawarerumono is showcased in the original game, playing it isn’t completely necessary to grasp the story of Mask of Deception as many of its important history is explained throughout the course of the game as it focuses mostly on building the world and its characters as a setup to the events of its sequel and the second part of the duology, Mask of Truth. New Beginnings In Mask READ FULL…

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Review — Evolution Found in Echoes

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for Nintendo 3DS may feel as unpolished as The Deliverance, but any Fire Emblem fan should grab this game now. …Read More The post Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Review — Evolution Found in Echoes by Lou Contaldi appeared first on DualShockers.

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Shadow Warrior 2 Review – Swords & Limbs (PS4)

The insane adventures of ninja warrior Lo Wang finally drops on PlayStation 4 after a few months of exclusivity on PC. Having played the PC version, I was excited to see how the game’s fast paced combat and focus on platforming would convert over to the DualShock 4, and while there are some motion issues that make the combat just a bit too hectic, Shadow Warrior 2 might be the most fun I’ve had all year. Trip to the Shadow Realm A tale of drugs and mystical warlords unfortunately wasn’t the tonic that kept me engaged throughout the game’s lengthy run time. Lo Wang returns from the original and quickly gets caught up with the Yakuza’s and all manner of supernatural beings, but the cocky action hero holds his own. The player travels to some incredibly weird locales as our ninja warrior battles demons, mechs, and robotic assassins that kind of look like Zer0 from Borderlands. There’s only a bit of character development from Wang’s many allies that he takes quests from, but I was impressed by the sheer amount of cut-scenes that followed main missions and side quests. This high production values carries over to the immaculate settings READ…

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Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island Review – Garden Variety (PS4)

You know what we don’t see enough of anymore? 3D platformers. Sure, there have been plenty of Ratchet and Clank iterations and Disney Infinity could also scratch that itch from time to time, but the genre is a shadow of what it was during the first two iterations of the PlayStation lifecycle. Thankfully, now that independently developed games like Yooka-Laylee have resuscitated the 3D platformer, it only seems fitting that others are beginning to follow suit. Another such release is Right Nice Games’ freshman outing, Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island. But can a pidgin and mechanically augmented feline match the appeal of everyone’s favorite lombax and robot duo? Searching for Answers Skylar, who just so happens to be one of the titular characters, is a mysterious mouser with virtually no backstory to speak of. All she knows is that one day she woke up with a weird bionic appendage and no recollection of her past. Convenient, huh? She somehow finds herself jettisoned from a space station that she escaped from, crash landing on the equally unexplained Clover Island. Soon after exiting her crash-landed vessel, she randomly crosses paths with a bird named Plux, who ever-so-conveniently happens to READ…

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Injustice 2 Review — One of the World’s Finest Fighting Games

Injustice 2 is an excellent fighting game for PS4 and Xbox One where players can once again pit their favorite DC Comics characters against each other. …Read More The post Injustice 2 Review — One of the World’s Finest Fighting Games by Tomas Franzese appeared first on DualShockers.

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Portal Knights Review – Procedurally Focused (PS4)

Has the procedurally-generated game been done to death by this point? Keen Games doesn’t think so, and they hope that their latest release of Portal Knights shows that there are still plenty of ideas to apply to an area of gaming that is dominated by the likes of Minecraft. Let’s see if their RPG-centric ideas agree with the zaniness that can occur when your world is procedurally created. Specialized Build Keen Games used their own in-house game engine for Portal Knights, which is fairly rare to see from a more independent developer. The result is a game that runs at a fairly consistent and high frame rate, dipping only in action-heavy moments in split-screen (more on that in a bit). Water blocks also have the occasional odd block-ish look to them, which thankfully doesn’t last for very long. Overall, the graphical fidelity of Portal Knights falls somewhere between the Unity and Unreal engines, featuring all the different biomes you’d expect, from lush forests to harsh deserts, winter wonderlands, and the amusingly-named Brackenburg. These biomes are presented in a way unique to Portal Knights. The game has a story about the splitting of the world into multiple islands, separated by READ…

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Akiba’s Beat PS4 review – A rather good pick for niche “otaku” players

“Akiba’s Beat” is the “sort of” sequel to 2013’s “Akiba’s Strip: Undead & Undressed“. While they share the same setting, name, and developer, I soon learned that is basically all they share. The predecessor focused on the destruction of clothes. However, this time around music and, yes “beats” is the center of attention. You take control of main character and… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Injustice 2 Review – Gods Return to Us (PS4)

Time flies when you’re having fun, and yet it’s hard to believe that it’s been over four years since we saw the release of Injustice: Gods Among Us. NetherRealm has been very busy during the intervening time, and they have crafted a sequel to the solid original. Time to see if Injustice 2 can live up to the high standards set by the first game. Unreal Looks Injustice 2 looks phenomenal. It’s very hard to believe that this is the Unreal Engine 3. Yet when you think about it, an engine as mature as this is perfect for a fighting game. It runs at a locked 60 frames-per-second, which is crucial in any game that has you checking on the number of frames you have to cancel or counter a move. Cutscenes appear to have some sort of filter or post-processing applied, which makes for a slight downgrade to character models when transitioning into a fight. The effect is subtle, however, and isn’t cause for alarm. Injustice 2 is still leagues ahead in terms of fidelity compared to Gods Among Us. If you’ve played a NetherRealm game within the last couple of years, then you know that they have READ…

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PlayStation VR Aim Controller Hardware Review – Right on Target

[embedded content] A peripheral for a peripheral; the PlayStation VR Aim controller is entering a tough market and doesn’t just need to pass muster, but prove itself as yet another necessary add-on as it sits at the far point (pun totally intended) of the buyer’s mind. Sony first needs to convince people to get a PlayStation 4. Then it needs to sell them on PlayStation VR. Then, somehow, they’ve got to say that this PlayStation VR gun peripheral is worth purchasing to enhance the experience. It’s already a limited playerbase that will even be considering the Aim, and it surprisingly proves itself as a worthy accessory to heighten the already impressive virtual world, something that every PSVR owner should seriously consider. Let’s get the looks out of the way. Alright, so the Aim controller isn’t an AR-15 lookalike. In fact, yes, it looks like a bunch of PVC piping stuck together, but I’ve come to appreciate the Aim’s minimalist and modern design. It appeals to all users and uses, meaning that although its design is that of a gun, other developers can utilize it for their games without feeling the need to only use it as a “gun.” It can…