Video Game Reviews Thu, 07 Jul 22 01:01:32 +0000 MeltedJoystick is a social network for gamers. Share and write game reviews with your friends. Army Men: Sarge's Heroes :: Video Game Review (2.5/5 Stars) Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:18:28 -0500 Third person miliatry combat game based upon the plastic toys of childhood, this could have been a decent little shoot 'em up but it's all-but spoiled by clumsy, imprecise controls and wayward camera angles. Too often you are being shot at by enemies off-screen while returning fire in completely the wrong direction through not much fault of your own. Outer Worlds, The :: Video Game Review (3.5/5 Stars) Sun, 26 Jun 2022 17:56:28 -0500 “The Outer Worlds” (“TOW”) is the final game developed by Obsidian Entertainment – the Indie studio crafted from the scattered remains of Black Isle after the collapse of InterPlay around the turn of the millennium – before the studio’s acquisition by Microsoft. Indeed, “TOW” was released during the acquisition process, and only remained an independent release, published by Take... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Porsche Challenge :: Video Game Review (3.5/5 Stars) Tue, 14 Jun 2022 05:19:06 -0500 Nice looking arcade racer that should've been called "Porsche Boxster Challenge" thanks to the baffling decision to include no other vehicles whatsoever. The two race modes - "simulation" and "arcade" - are also literally indistinguishable from each other which makes for a lack of variety that meant it was never going to challenge the big boys like Need For Speed or Gran Turismo, but in itself it... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> FlatOut 4: Total Insanity :: Video Game Review (3.5/5 Stars) Fri, 10 Jun 2022 04:41:25 -0500 I was a big fan of Flatout: Ultimate Carnage on the XBox 360 which was a breath of fresh air compared to the ocean of soulless, terminally anal Gran Turismo clones out there, thanks to its concentration on fun rather than "realism". This is another smash and basher in the demolition derby mould that's not quite as good as its predecessor, but is still good fun if you like the Burnout and Motorsto... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone :: Video Game Review (3/5 Stars) Thu, 02 Jun 2022 04:09:29 -0500 Turn-based strategy game with a card game format. The maps are just a set of basic squares and player input seems to have comparatively limited impact on the outcomes of battles which makes it feel like one of those games you watch rather than play. Not terrible, but the Fire Emblem games are much better and neither are a patch on the Advance Wars titles. Cris Tales :: Video Game Review (3/5 Stars) Tue, 31 May 2022 14:45:45 -0500 “Cris Tales” is the inaugural effort by Columbian Indie studio, Dreams Uncorporated, with some assistance from Columbian mobile game developer, Syck. I first became aware of “Cris Tales’” existence alongside the rest of the world, when it was revealed at E3 2019. With mainstream Games Industry journalism constantly looking for excuses to aggrandize and glorify marginalized populations a... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Ikaruga :: Video Game Review (4/5 Stars) Sat, 28 May 2022 04:40:25 -0500 Beautiful looking and rather unique vertical shooter in that enemies and their fire are divided between black and white, one fatal and the other adding to your smart bomb gauge. Your ship can switch between the two at will to gain advantage and avoid "opposite" fire. It's a great idea that certainly keeps you on your toes but it does make for little variety: no power ups, no weapon swapping and t... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> R-Type III: The Third Lightning :: Video Game Review (3.5/5 Stars) Wed, 25 May 2022 05:39:39 -0500 Absolutely loathed by critics, this conversion of the SNES classic certainly has its issues; the music is weak and bleepy, the screen a little cramped and the collision detection unforgiving which makes it rather overly tricky. But it's got great graphics and most of the original game has made it to the Advance intact making for a perfectly servicable old school shooter. One of those games that w... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Warframe :: Video Game Review (3.5/5 Stars) Tue, 24 May 2022 18:01:07 -0500 “Warframe” is the crowning achievement of Canadian development studio, Digital Extremes. Prior to bringing “Warframe” to open Beta testing in 2013, Digital Extremes was primarily known as a work-for-hire studio, which bigger publishers or other studios could contract – cheaply and half-assedly – for development assistance with other low-budget projects. While it started up way back in... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Immortals: Fenyx Rising :: Video Game Review (4.5/5 Stars) Thu, 12 May 2022 03:01:02 -0500 “Immortals: Fenyx Rising” (“IFR”) initially made its appearance at E3 2019 under the much-less vomit-inducing title, “Gods & Monsters.” From its first cinematic teaser, I had a feeling this new IP would push my buttons in all the right ways. Combine that solid first impression with my glowing opinion of Ubisoft Sandbox games after playing “Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey” and the earl... <i><a href="">read more</a></i>