WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It! (PS2) Review

Just Bring It! is not only the first PS2 game on this never-ending marathon, but it’s also the last WWF game on it… because of the name change to WWE, obviously! Far from the last game from that company… It’s also the last game to have eight people in the ring at once for a good while, plus the first game to have proper commentary! … Man, the commentary… Me and my friend still quote it for a laugh sometimes… So with all these firsts and lasts, what’s it actually like? Let’s find out!

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24: The Game (PS2) Review

As I mentioned at the end of the 24 Season 2 Review, this game carries on and in fact finishes a lot of the open plot threads left at the end of that season, something Season 3 never did, so I thought I’d play through it again as I slowly make my way through the TV show, despite not really liking it back when it came out… Glutton for punishment? Maybe! … Well, actually, definitely. Let’s take a look!

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Resident Evil VILLage (PS4) Review

Now this blog is fully caught up with official Resident Evil releases! Village (or VILLage, written so you can see the numeral for “8” in it…) is the latest in the long running franchise and does a Resident Evil 4-level “to hell with realism in our bioweapons” and just runs with the fantasy element and hand-waves it at the end with some technobabble. Most importantly, is it actually fun to play? That being the key thing and all… let’s find out!

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WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role (PS1) Review

When Smackdown! 2 came out, all I was interested in was the impending release of No Mercy on the N64, so even though I played it once or twice around a friend’s house, it was “quick and arcade-y” and just “not as good”. While that’s still true, the following year (or two… possibly longer) I brought it cheap and had a good laugh with a friend doing the endless career mode together. Turns out having a quick and simple control style and a bit of a weird and funny career mode can do wonders to cover any flaw… for a while. Let’s take a look!

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Resident Evil VII: Biohazard (PS4) Review

We end this final Resident Evil Week with the last mainline entry not to covered here on this blog: RE VII (though this goes up on the day Resident Evil VIII is released, which I won’t be able to review for a few weeks due to actually having to play it, so… bugger) Biohazard was somehow simultaneously a return to the classic games while also having a completely different viewpoint: first person. How can that be?! Let’s have a look…

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Resident Evil Revelations 2 (PS4) Review

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is a bit of a different beast than its predecessor. It was made from the ground up for consoles this time but still lacks that top-tier polish due to originally being a download only episodic budget release. It does however live up to the “Revelations” tagline this time as it picks up on a plot thread from RE5 that would’ve otherwise gone unresolved… Let’s take a closer look!

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Resident Evil: Outbreak & Outbreak File #2 (PS2) Review

While I was going to review each one separately on reflection the “Gameplay” and “Graphics and Sound” sections of the review would be near identical, and frankly so would the “Story” part, so I thought it would make more sense to just bung them in one review. Frankly “File 2” is the PS2 era equivalent of DLC for the original Outbreak, just more levels to use the same characters on. So with that being said, let’s say goodbye to Resident Evil reviews with tank controls! Hooray!

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Persona 5 Strikers (PS4) Review

Having loved Persona 5, mostly for the story and characters, I was all-over a Warriors spin-off. Imagine my surprise then when this is far less a Warriors spin-off and more a full blown sequel with more action-based RPG elements rather than turn-based and a lack of some of the slice of life aspects being pretty much the only differences. Now they are big differences, obviously, but it’s still far closer to Persona 5 than it is Dynasty Warriors. So, let’s take a look, shall we?

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1) Review

So I finally gave up on the third GBA game and/or the DS games getting a digital re-release for now, so before I look into sneaky and murky emulation there is still one “Metroidvania” style Castlevania game I officially own and that’s the out-right classic Symphony of the Night. As mentioned in my reviews of the first two GBA games (which were a while ago now, thanks to the Scrolling Sundays marathon…), I had somehow never played SOTN until just now, but you’ll not be surprised to find out that it lives up to its lofty reputation. Let’s take a look!

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Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla (PS4) Review

Valhalla is the latest in the Assassin’s Creed series and the third in the revived, new engine sub-series. I was really looking forward to it as being a Brit who has looked into his own past I was actually far more familiar with the time period and (obviously) setting of this game’s Viking Invasion era than any other AC game, but sadly the story is stretched far too thin for the game’s own good, and the combat soon became far too easy. Still, there were plenty of highlights too, so… let’s take a deeper look! (and yes, that says PS4, I still haven’t gotten my hands on a PS5…)

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