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Reviewer - GamerKnights


7.9

Good

Shenmue III Review

Shenmue: As an absolutely massive fan of Shenmue I and II, I hollered when Shenmue III was announced. It wasn’t so much that I was willing to shout from the rooftops over a videogame so much as it was simply a relief – I had been campaigning for as long as I could remember to all who would listen for SEGA to finally let Yu Suzuki finish his vision of a young man trying to avenge the death of...[Read More]

8.3

Great

Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz HD Review

Redemption: I remember playing Banana Blitz way back in 2006 and lamenting. This felt like the final nail in the coffin – a motion controlled nail in a once brilliant series. It had stumbled from grace before, but this package was so misguided – a series based on precision controls being adapted to the ineffective waggle of Nintendo’s Wii console – that it felt like the end of the balled mon...[Read More]

8.2

Great

Romancing Saga 3 Review

Romancing SaGa 3: Romancing SaGa 3 is a relic from an age that often feels like it no longer has an audience. I’ve spoken a lot about how to adapt old school turn based JRPGs in the past, and about how the genre may no longer suit modern standards – and I stick by that. But every now and then I still find enjoyment in that dying breed. The re-release of Romancing SaGa 3 – a SNES game we neve...[Read More]

9.2

Amazing

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair Review

Yooka-Laylee: As a diehard Banjo fan, I was ridiculously excited when Playtonic – a company made up of former Rare developers – was formed, with the mission statement to bring back the platforming golden age. Their debut, Yooka-Laylee, was good but somewhat wanting, its worlds stretched a bit thin and its ideas scattershot. I thought that might be the end of the Rare rebirth – but I was wrong. The...[Read More]

9

Amazing

Indivisible Review

Divide By Zero: It feels like forever ago I was playing Indivisible’s early access demo. I remember being simultaneously wowed and worried by the frantic RPG action that felt like the videogame equivalent of spinning plates. But this was Lab Zero Games – the creators of the fantastic Skull Girls – and despite Indivisible only being their second title, I really ought to have known better than...[Read More]

7.8

Good

The Surge 2 Review

The Surge 2: After releasing the fun, flawed but most of all promising Lords of the Fallen back in 2014, I knew Deck13 were a developer worth keeping an eye on. They swiftly followed that title – clearly inspired by Dark Souls as it was – with another in the same vein, The Surge. Both games were a bit muddled, and neither were quite as good as their inspiration, but they brought fresh ideas to a g...[Read More]

6.6

Fair

Contra: Rogue Corps Review

Contra: Contra is a great series with a great lineage. The same used to be said of Konami, but now everyone arbitrarily hates them in the same way we hated EA not so long ago, so it was no surprise to me to see their latest effort met with critical damnation and commercial indifference. Contra Rogue Corps is an effort to modernize a genre – the run and gun – that didn’t neccesarily need mode...[Read More]

8.3

Great

GreedFall Review

Greedfall: Spiders are a really fun company to follow. They consistently make games you wouldn’t expect a studio of their size to achieve, and they usually have a pulse – a heart – that AAA games often lack, where a big team means that no voice is allowed to rise above the rest. Greedfall is the kind of game that seemed to fall out of fashion a decade ago, a big, sprawling RPG free for you t...[Read More]

7.1

Good

Blair Witch Review

Blair Witch: When I first got a glimpse at  the new horror game based around the Blair Witch I was excited. As a big fan of the movie and it’s recent spiritual successor – the less said about the official sequels the better – I’d always thought the franchise was ripe for a first person horror game along the lines of Outlast. Blair Witch, after all, arguably birthed the found foot...[Read More]

8.6

Great

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Review

VIII Remastered: Final Fantasy VIII is a wildly divisive game. It was always going to be, considering it was the sequel to one of the most beloved and important video games ever released. In the decades since its release, it has found its fair share of diehard fans, but it’s always struggled with the legacy of the behemoth that proceeded it. Now, as the shadow of Final Fantasy VII looms once...[Read More]

7.9

Good

ONINAKI Review

Oninaki: I thought I had Tokyo RPG Factory all figured out. The fun yet flawed I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear had made me a fast fan of the developer, bringing back the kind of JRPGs the industry simply doesn’t get anymore. I expected more of the same from Oninaki, but I was surprised to find its an entirely different beast. Story: Dipping into an alternate reality that seems like a land of th...[Read More]

8.5

Great

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Review

Three Houses: Fire Emblem wasn’t always a hit, until it was. But whilst FE Awakening was a watershed moment for the series that saved the life of the franchise, I feel like developer Intelligent Systems have been struggling with its legacy ever since. But with Koei Tecmo helping out with development on their Switch debut, Fire Emblem Three Houses, it finally looks like the series can breathe...[Read More]

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