Week in Review - May 15th to 19th

Welcome back to the weekend and this Week's in Review!

The week started off with a double header of TellTale and Zombies. Morning morning saw Nick's review of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier Episode 3: Above the Law while the afternoon saw the next chapter Episode 4: Thicker Than Water.

"Episode 3: Out of the initial three episodes in this new series, Above the Law was easily my favorite. It is a much meatier installment, both in terms of episode length and the types of challenges Javi will face. The first couple of chapters left me somewhat uncertain, but now? After Above the Law I am ready for more.

Episode 4: The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier Episode 4: Thicker Than Water is however, my least-favorite of the chapters so far, and that is largely due to how certain characters and their motivations play out. "

- Nick

Tuesday started off with a roar of the engines as Nick took back to the tracks of Mario Kart 8 with its Switch Deluxe version. Looks like I'm going to have to pick this one up.

"Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a great example of how a company can bring back a well-respected game and give it enough love and polish that instead of feeling like a cheap money grab, it instead becomes essential for your collection."
- Nick

Speaking of picking things up, the below quote both says it all and REALLY makes me want to get a VR Headset! Check out Nick's preview of Sairento.

"... this is an easy Early Access title for us to recommend. The game in its current state is still fantastic if limited in content and the development team appears to be very active as well, which bodes well for the title's long-term health. Absolutely worth the look, as this is exactly the kind of title that VR was made for."
- Nick

Our second of three Switch reviews this week, it may not be as high as the other two but there is still some fun to be had here with NBA Playgrounds.

" There is a fun game here in NBA Playgrounds, but this is by no means the best version of the game. The other issue is that the game is a little on the shallow side. It is a shame really, because there is a fun title to be had here, but issues hold it back and the end result is a merely average sports outing."
- Nick

Fans of tabletop games will be happy to know that the latest Pathfinder Bestiary (6) holds up to the rest.

"Piazo's Bestiary 6 for the Pathfinder Roleplaying game is a solid entry into the massive world of Pathfinder. While it can be a bit difficult to write in many of the monsters (given their CR levels are quite high) it is a nice addition to existing lore."
- Robert

This is personally one of my biggest highlights for the week if not month as Breanna and I spent hours upon hours having fun exploring random floating islands. Portal Knights is worth checking out especially if you've got people who love to play these style of games as a group!

"It has crafting, it has exploration, it has building, it has combat, it has leveling up, it has perks! It has everything and allows you to experience it with someone else making it even better. Portal Knights I'm willing to say may be setting the bar for Action Adventure RPG Sandboxes and while it's fun to play alone, it's even better with a partner!"
- Pierre-Yves

This one was bugging me for a while. I swear I had heard it before and it finally clicked while putting this article together. It's been in development for a long time with me that previewed it back in 2014 at DigitallyDownloaded and Breanna that previewed it here later in 2015 under a newer build. RIVE is out and it's awesome!

"Rive is an insanely challenging yet satisfying game that is mostly shoot-'em-up, but tosses in a few genre wrinkles as well. It is an unapologeticlly brutal game however, and it could use a handful tweaks here and there, but the overall experience is still a fantastic one."
- Nick

I'm still sore from the butt kicking I received from Marc as he went about previewing Brawlout. It's his bread and butter but I still expected to win a few more matches than I did...

"Overall Brawlout is a great game so far, short of the ledge grabbing, with a fantastic cartoonish type of graphics. The game currently suffers from a lack of overall content and online instability for the price asked for, but it has a lot of promise for an Early Access title."
- Marc L

The week ends on multiple high notes with NIS' Disgaea 5 Complete for the Switch. If Zelda and Mario Kart weren't enough, then this should settle it dood!

"Disgaea 5 Complete runs brilliantly both in fullscreen console mode as it does portably as it was just as fun to play one way as it was the other. Having all of the DLC content from the get go was simply more sardine flavored icing on the cake dood!"
- Pierre-Yves

Article by Pierre-Yves


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