Video Game Reviews Mon, 20 Jan 20 17:16:55 +0000 MeltedJoystick is a social network for gamers. Share and write game reviews with your friends. Red Dead Redemption 2 :: Video Game Review (4.5/5 Stars) Mon, 13 Jan 2020 15:17:11 -0500 Red Dead Redemption 2 is a fantastic game that tells great stories, provides beautiful, lush, and expansive environments and can provide practically endless hours of entertainment barring you have the endurance and will power to get through the slow parts. Red Dead Redemption 2 is the sequel to Red Dead Redemption which came out on PS3 in 2010. But, the story isn't a sequel, It's actually a ... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins :: Video Game Review (2/5 Stars) Thu, 02 Jan 2020 16:38:16 -0500 “Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins” (“SML2”) is a game I haven’t really thought about in nearly 30 years. I was 11 or 12 years old when this thing was released for the original Game Boy Brick in 1992, and like most handheld games, I found it to be enjoyable enough when played on the Super Game Boy, but ultimately forgettable. Having just recently experienced the utter disappointment of... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Super Mario Maker 2 :: Video Game Review (3.5/5 Stars) Wed, 01 Jan 2020 17:14:08 -0500 Four short years after the release of “Super Mario Maker” on the ill-fated WiiU (and three years after said game was ported to the cannibalistic 3DS), Nintendo had completely moved onto a new generation of hardware with the Switch, as that company has been wont to do since their very beginnings. Numerous WiiU (and fewer 3DS) games suddenly found themselves being re-released once Nintendo had ... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire :: Video Game Review (4/5 Stars) Mon, 30 Dec 2019 17:34:41 -0500 I was not, actually, expecting to see a direct sequel to “Pillars of Eternity” after it helped to bring the Role-Playing genre back from the brink of extinction in 2015. However, that game proved enough of a success for Obsidian Entertainment – the formerly Single-“A” developer forged from the remains of Black Isle Studios after Interplay’s collapse back in the day, currently subsidia... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Mass Effect: Andromeda :: Video Game Review (3.5/5 Stars) Mon, 23 Dec 2019 20:49:11 -0500 Mass Effect had a pretty big impact on the gaming landscape but most people now remember it for one thing: how it ended. While Mass Effect was a good start, Mass Effect 2 was nearly perfect, Mass Effect 3 took was nearly as good... until the end ruined it for pretty much everyone. Mass Effect: Andromeda tries to take things in a new direction - a different story, different characters and a differ... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Life is Strange: Before the Storm :: Video Game Review (4/5 Stars) Sat, 30 Nov 2019 16:59:18 -0500 Life is Strange was a huge hit for DONTNOD, garnering critical and fan acclaim alike, along with awards to show for it. I was a big fan myself that, along with Telltale's Walking Dead, represents one of the best adventure games of the last decade. A followup had to be done - but when it was announced that not only a different studio was taking over - people were rightfully skeptical. While the ga... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Sundered :: Video Game Review (3/5 Stars) Fri, 29 Nov 2019 18:15:18 -0500 “Sundered” is the second major release by Montreal-based Indie developer, Thunder Lotus Games. Their first attempt, “Jotun,” did little to impress me outside of its visuals, so I was hard-pressed to find a reason to give their second game a shot… but with the state of local cooperative multi-player gaming, the MJ Crew was casting about in desperation, and “Sundered” was really cheap... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Iconoclasts :: Video Game Review (3/5 Stars) Thu, 28 Nov 2019 22:21:02 -0500 Sometime around 2008, I learned about an Indie game project called “Iconoclasts.” It was, according to developer Konjak’s website – a developer, I need to mention, that consists of a one-renaissance-man team named Joakim Sandberg – a story-rich 2D Metroidvania with gorgeous hand-draw, hand-animated visuals, which would explore the nature of oppressive religion. All of those things are d... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Divinity: Original Sin 2 :: Video Game Review (4.5/5 Stars) Tue, 26 Nov 2019 22:28:08 -0500 The folks at Larian Studios have really made a name for themselves over the course of the last few years. From their earliest roots in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, the Belgian studio went from an Indie outfit barely able to secure the backing of any Publisher, to a relatively consistent producer of B-rate PC gaming fodder, to a Kickstarter success story, to the new premier studio for officia... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Heroes of the Monkey Tavern :: Video Game Review (4/5 Stars) Mon, 11 Nov 2019 17:35:54 -0500 “Heroes of the Monkey Tavern” (“HMT”) is the inaugural (and so far only) game by French Indie developer, Monkey Stories Games. Released in 2016 on Steam, before being ported to Switch and PlayStation 4 the following year, this retro-style Dungeon Crawler came to my attention through my membership in the ‘Grid-Based Dungeon Crawlers’ Steam Group, which aims to promote a wonderful RPG s... <i><a href="">read more</a></i>