We covered the fun but flawed Pokémon Scarlet and Violet when initially released, but there is more than one fan of the series among the GiN reviewer crew. So, while Neal Sayatovich agrees with his colleague Vincent Mahoney, he still wants to offer his own take focusing on Pokémon Violet.
This week, Neal Sayatovich is Fresh Look’s guest columnist for his wife, Michelle. Neal takes a look at the year in gaming, and he shares with us his picks for the biggest highlights and deepest disappointments of 2022.
Recent high profile game releases like Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and Cyberpunk 2077 have exposed a real problem with modern titles. Perhaps because of unrealistic deadlines, high technical requirements and a lack of playtesting, many video games are swarming with bugs these days.
We’ve covered the awesome Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II multiplayer action, and now it is time to dive into the single player campaign. Sometimes the single player side of Call of Duty games gets shorted in favor of multiplayer, but not this time. The single player campaign is one of the best of the entire series.
Mario and his Rabbids friends are out to save the universe in the new Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope game, which pits the good guys against some traditional Nintendo enemies in fluid tactical combat that would certainly give XCOM a run for its money.
Over the past two weekends, Activision opened up a Call of Duty Modern Warfare II beta to the press and other invited guests. GiN had a handful of reviewers, columnists, and podcasters in the thick of the action. This is what three of them found in this thoroughly modern take on shooters.
Beholder 3 asks some tough questions, like how far you would go to save yourself and your family when your entire society seems to be aligned against you. It’s a dark game for sure, but another bright spot in this critically acclaimed series.
Players who enjoy the classic Assassin’s Creed games can find three good ones in The Ezio Collection for the Nintendo Switch. The pack includes Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed Revelations, plus all DLCs.
This week Neal looks at the potential gaming changes after the success of Elden Ring and if AAA games are going to try and create more Elden Ring clones.
This week Neal takes over for Vince since it is hard to write when you don’t have power. Neal takes a look at two games from the mid-2000’s in Star Wars: Republic Commando and Enchanted Arms.