Video Game Reviews Sun, 17 Feb 19 17:40:29 +0000 MeltedJoystick is a social network for gamers. Share and write game reviews with your friends. Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, The :: Video Game Review (4/5 Stars) Sat, 09 Feb 2019 20:16:49 -0500 Diablo has been the go-to franchise for isometric hack n slash gameplay, but Blizzard has been dragging their feet and stretching out Diablo III for as long as possible. As such, there have been several different attempts to either compete or provide an alternative and Neocore Games threw their hat in the ring with The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. Originally released in episodic parts (t... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Never Alone :: Video Game Review (3/5 Stars) Tue, 05 Feb 2019 16:32:12 -0500 “Never Alone” (translated from “<i>Kisima In&#331;itchu&#331;a</i>” in the native language of the Northern Alaska Tribes) is a 2014 collaborative effort between Upper One Games and the native peoples of Northern Alaska, collectively called ‘Inupiak’ (a subculture of the more widely known Inuit) to share their culture with the wider world via the new medium of videogames. Lead by Inupiak historian... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Octopath Traveler :: Video Game Review (3/5 Stars) Fri, 01 Feb 2019 16:04:55 -0500 After many years of experimentation and dalliances, Square-Enix, the corporate conglomeration made up of two of the three best RPG publishers in the history of videogames (the other being InterPlay), finally figured out that people do indeed like RPGs and that maybe, just maybe, the company should go back into its wheelhouse, clear out the cobwebs and mummified rat carcasses, and produce some new... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Guacamelee! 2 :: Video Game Review (4/5 Stars) Mon, 28 Jan 2019 15:39:58 -0500 After farting around for 5 years, releasing various remasters of “Guacamelee” and ports of their older ‘Tales from Space’ games, as well as one new multi-platform title, “Severed,” Canadian Indie developer, DrinkBox Games, finally got around to releasing a sequel in 2018 to their hilarious Mexican parody game in “Guacamelee 2.” Promising more of the same Metroidvania-Meets-Brawling gameplay as it... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, The :: Video Game Review (4/5 Stars) Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:19:02 -0500 “The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing” (“Van Helsing”) is the third game by Hungarian Indie developer, NeoCore Games, whose inaugural efforts included “King Arthur” and “King Arthur 2,” the ‘Role-Playing Wargames.’ Like Disney in its heyday, NeoCore has adopted the concept of basing their game development efforts on extant works of literature that have become part of the Public Domain, hence ... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age :: Video Game Review (4.5/5 Stars) Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:43:28 -0500 Dragon Quest XI is a well polished game all the way around and is a great example how a modern day turn-based JRPG can be done right. I've been a big fan of the Dragon Warrior/Quest series all the way to the NES days. And for those who are fans of the Dragon Quest series, the wait for a new true installment in the JRPG series has been long. Almost 13 years had passed since the last console e... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Divinity: Original Sin :: Video Game Review (5/5 Stars) Sun, 13 Jan 2019 11:49:37 -0500 While planning my review for Divinity: Original Sin (DOS), I couldn’t help thinking about the well-known fairy tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Yeah, I know it’s odd to be reminded of a bunch of bears and some blond child, considering the game is all about preventing the return of the Chaos Dragon, much more serious matters. However, it was particularly the bit of the fairy-tale where Gold... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Fallout 4 :: Video Game Review (3/5 Stars) Wed, 02 Jan 2019 18:27:41 -0500 The last main ‘Fallout’ game was released in 2008, in the form of Bethesda Softwork’s “Fallout 3,” which impressed me with its fawning authenticity and appreciation for the lore established in the franchise by Black Isle Studios before the death of Interplay allowed Bethesda to swoop in and buy-up ‘Fallout’ from the auction block. Two years later, Obsidian Entertainment, an Indie development team... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Bridge Constructor Portal :: Video Game Review (4.5/5 Stars) Tue, 01 Jan 2019 15:42:01 -0500 Bridge Constructor Portal is a puzzle game where your objective is to complete 60 test chambers by building bridges to deliver all vehicles successfully. In this iteration, ClockStone Software got a license to be able to use Portal gadgets, which makes this game unique and fun. Story: There isn't much of a story to this game. You're a new employee at the Aperture Science Enrichment Center g... <i><a href="">read more</a></i> Rise of the Tomb Raider :: Video Game Review (4/5 Stars) Sun, 30 Dec 2018 11:55:35 -0500 Back in 2013, Crystal Dynamics re-invented the Tomb Raider franchise by giving us an untested and younger Lara Croft. Far from being the badass Tomb Raider as presented in her early days, this was an uncertain woman thrown into danger and survival. It was different and was quite fun - and popular, thus there was little doubt this story would continue. Rise of the Tomb Raider is like the first gam... <i><a href="">read more</a></i>