boom game reviews - miitopia Miitopia - Switch: When it comes to Nintendo owned franchises, Miitopia isn’t one that exactly stands out. Mii’s – customisable avatars – made their first appearance in 2006 on the Nintendo Wii. They were a way for gamers to create characters for themselves, which could interact in certain titles, representing them. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - oddworld soulstorm Oddworld: Soulstorm - PS5, PS4, PC: Although to body shame anyone or thing over their appearance is never OK, it has to be said, that a rare exception could be given to the inhabitants of the Oddworld franchise, who are undeniably butt ugly. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - hyrule warriors age of calamity Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Switch: With all the many side projects that Nintendo has Mario do, it’s difficult to see how he manages to invest any time into his day job of plumbing. On top of his adventures platforming, they have him taking part in Olympic events, karting, tennis, golf and partying hard, to name just a few. You would think that being a mascot would allow a pass or two on a few games, but apparently not. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - katamari damacay reroll Katamari Damacy Reroll - PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC: It’s easy at this time to get swept up in the optimism that a next generation brings. Flashy new this, shiny new that. But as we’ve already discovered so far, this gen isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, with games really not excelling as they should, or just plain underperforming and underwhelming. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - watch dogs legion Watch Dogs: Legion - Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC: According to latest reports, there are over 770 million surveillance cameras installed around the world – over half of which are apparently in China alone. And that number isn’t even taking into consideration those cameras that we all carry around on our mobile phones, or those weird doorbells that can watch and talk back. The world is most certainly watching. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - crash bandicoot 4 Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time - PS4, Xbox One: If ever the weight of burden from being a console mascot hung heavy on a character it’s Crash Bandicoot. He was created by Naughty Dog in 1996 for the original PlayStation, as a way of both promoting the brand, as well as competing with Sega’s blue hedgehog and Nintendo’s Italian plumber.[***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - ride 4 Ride 4 - Xbox One, PS4, PC: It’s no real surprise that car racing games are popular; the notion of taking a curve just right, putting your foot down, overtaking the competition and waving them goodbye in the rear view as you speed off into the distance. And that’s just at the lights coming out of IKEA onto the North Circular Road. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - no straight roads No Straight Roads - PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC: It was a prophecy like no other when, in 1987, Gloria Estefan and her formidable Miami Sound Machine, declared that the ‘Rhythm is Gonna Get You”. They were of course forewarning of the power of music and streaming sites, and how accessible and influential music would be in all our lives. And as we can all acknowledge now, it’s a force to be reckoned with. And in some cases tolerated, as in the likes of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - paper mario the origami king Paper Mario: the Origami King - Switch: Washing-up liquid bottle, breakfast cereal cardboard box, soap powder packet, sponge, drinking straws. It may sound like a really dully shopping list, but they were the key items often associated with craft building for youngsters. In fact these are genuinely some of the items needed for the now infamous Blue Peter Tracy Island project in 1992, which led to the BBC receiving over 100,000 requests for the fact sheet, which the Beeb just couldn’t cope with. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - relicta Relicta - Xbox One, PS4, PC: It may have been the late eighties, but Paula Abdul knew what she was talking about with her song ‘Opposites Attract’. Sure, on one base level she’s exploring what is it exactly that brings people together, as she explains in her lyrics “I take thing serious and you take ‘em light’, and yet she feels she has a connection with this other person, which is difficult to define. Fascinating stuff, for sure. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - story of seasons Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town - Switch: There’s something really rather charming about a game that contains the changing seasons over time. Not just that it’s visually appealing as each season brings its own colour, but more for the fact that in the not so distant future, seasons won’t exist. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - 51 worldwide games 51 Worldwide Games - Switch: As a child there was a tangible thrill about owning a games compendium, with the intent of being able to take it away with you and play with it anywhere. Often it comprised of a metallic case, that when you opened it up formed a chess board, whilst containing a number of pieces inside for a variety of different classic games. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - xenoblade chronicles Xenoblade Chronicles - Definitive Edition - Switch: We, as a race, all appear to have a nostalgia gene in our DNA. We often find ourselves recalling adverts that promoted no longer available treats, or fashions that that we dressed ourselves in because the really cool kids did, whilst listening to music that wasn’t terribly good, but did so for the simple reason it annoyed our parents. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - lonely mountains downhill Lonely Mountains: Downhill - Switch: After being cocooned in our micro worlds for so long, there’s now encouragement from the powers that be, to venture outside, maybe do a little more exercise. One of the preferred choices of getting about is cycling. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - good job Good Job! - Switch: You’ve had a long, hard day, slaving your fingers to the bone. Or the very least the mushy, fleshy bit. You want to relax, take yourself out of your dull, humdrum existence, if only for an hour or so, and have a magical adventure in a video game. But what if that game finds you working in an office, given all the menial tasks under the gloomy sun? [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - pokemon mystery dungeon Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX - Switch: It all started with just two colours in 1996: Red and Blue, and gamers had one remit – gotta catch ‘em all. Since then, the Pokémon phenomenon has gone from strength to strength, with the franchise more popular than it’s ever been. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - coffee talk Coffee Talk - PS4, Xbox One, PC: It’s incredible to think how one hot (and cold) beverage could have such an impact on the world. The rise of the humble coffee bean in the last couple of decades has been nothing short of phenomenal, in western civilisation that is. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - need for speed heat Need for Speed Heat - Xbox One, PS4, PC: Perhaps one of the most testing elements surrounding this long-running driving game must be naming them. Since it pulled up to the bumper for the very first time in 1994, the main franchise has grown considerably, with this entry being the twenty-fourth release. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - grid GRID - Xbox One, PS4, PC: Bolt. Redgrave. Phelps. Ennis Hill. Thompson. Some of the biggest names to appear in the Summer Olympics over the years, but can any of them really compete with the likes of icons Mario and Sonic? [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - zelda links awakening The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - Switch: There must be a certain amount of pressure that comes from having a hugely successful franchise on your hands, in the sense of trying to keep it fresh and engaging with every instalment. Not so for Nintendo, so it seems; the Zelda series has grown into a serious concern, and yet they still manage to outdo themselves from their last jaw-dropping achievement. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - fifa 20 FIFA 20 - [PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC]: With the ‘20’ in the title, it feels that this year’s FIFA should be weightier than usual. It’s not, sadly. It doesn’t even make a fuss about it being a big competition year, with the European championships kicking off in June of next year; let’s hope that the there’s at least some DLC, and not a separate title. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - pes 20220 eFootball PES 2020 - [PS4, Xbox One]: With a yearly release of what is essentially the same game, it’s no surprise that developers try and tweak the formula to justify the on-going expense to us gamers. But we’re not sure how big a help it is to simply add the letter ‘e’ to the games title. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - gears 5 Gears 5 - [Xbox One]: When Gears of War was released in 2006 as an then exclusive for the relatively new Xbox 360, it was difficult not to be impressed with it. It was the kind of AAA title that made your non 360 pals a little bit envious. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - dragon quest builders 2 Dragon Quest Builders 2 - Switch, PS4: It’s weird how pre-conceptions about sequels can work differently. Take the film world; the rule of thumb for any sequel is that it will be inferior to the original. Just think of all those films you’ve seen with a “2” at the end of the title, and remember how disappointing all of them were. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - sea of solitude Sea of Solitude - [PS4, Xbox One, PC]: In recent years, there seems to be a noticeable increase in the number of bandwagons whooshing through society. No doubt the introduction of social media has helped highlight a fair few of them, with everyone’s feeds seeing various ones pop up to gain attention. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - senran kagura peach ball Senran Kagura Peach Ball - Switch: It’s been said in the past that there’s nothing stranger than folk. You probably only have to look at the person opposite you currently to agree to that. And although there’s a lot to admire about Japan and its people – robots, Manga, Godzilla and Samurai flicks to name but a few – their gaming habits are often on the peculiar side, as this odd game is the perfect illustration. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - rage 2 Rage 2 - [Xbox One, PS4, PC]: The planet, as we know it, is fucked. At some point we crossed the line from ‘if’ to ‘when’ without a care in the world. So here we are, kidding ourselves into thinking that recycling that milk carton and flushing after every other piss, will actually make a difference. That ship, containing all our crap being sent off to another land to be buried underground to poison the earth for thousands of years, has most definitely sailed. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - boxyboy! + Boxgirl! BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! - Switch: Sometimes gaming can get a little too much, particularly these days where so many titles can have you playing in their worlds until your limbs feel numb and your eyes feel like crying blood. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - kirbys extra epic yarn Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn - 3DS: Poor old Kirby; always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Despite starring in over thirty titles since his debut in 1992, he’s never been allowed into the elite club for video game characters. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Anthem Anthem - [PS4, Xbox One, PC]: Everyone wishes they could fly, just ask Orville. For many, it was probably admiring Superman – either in comic print or on the big screen – with his cape flowing behind him as he flew through the air, which initially caught the eye. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - crackdown 3 Crackdown 3 - [Xbox One, PC]: Thank God for wide spread crime. Let’s face it, if our streets weren’t teeming in criminals, doing a whole lot of stuff they shouldn’t be, the video game industry would be forced to make The Great British Bake Off games, with a fishing sub game, natch. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - gellybreak Gelly Break - Switch: There are many things that can test a relationship. For instance, when one of you finds The Big Bang Theory funny, and the other has superior tastes in the sitcom format. Or when one finds anything Ryan Gosling does life changing, and the other believes that that guy on the corner who makes balloon animals is more talented. Stuff like that. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Hitman 2 Hitman 2 - [PS4, Xbox One, PC]: This is one of those rare occasions where we come clean. We’ve never played a Hitman game before. There, we said it. We did watch the 2007 flick, based on the game, starring Timothy Olyphant, but we wished we hadn’t. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Grip Grip - [PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC]: It’s clear to all what we will be driving in the future – nothing. We will undoubtedly be driven around by self-driving vehicles, all of which with the voice chip of KITT built in. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - dakar18 Dakar 18 - [Xbox One, PS4, PC]: There’s a certain romanticism conjured up when thinking of the Dakar Rally; driving in searing heat, windscreens smothered in dust, across inhospitable terrain in exotic locales. For us it’s Lawrence of Arabia on wheels, with the camels swapped for off-road vehicles. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - overcooked2 Overcooked 2 - [PS4, Xbox One, PC]: It will come as a surprise to many of our younger readers that there came a time when food didn’t come in tight plastic wrapping or a thin cardboard shell. Even older members of society are now relying on ping dinners, served in plastic trays, all in the name of convenience. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Mario Tennis Aces Mario Tennis Aces - Switch: Plumbers hate exercise. Fact. Anyone who has had the misfortune to have to call one out for a leaky wotsit can testify to that. The closest they ever come to exercise is lifting their heavy wallets after extortionate call-out charges. Are we right? Yes, we most certainly are. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Kirby Star Allies Kirby Star Allies - Switch: There are a handful of gaming characters who have surpassed being mere gaming characters and have become cultural icons around the world, the likes of Mario, Sonic, Link and Lara Croft. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Gravel Gravel - [Xbox One, PS4, PC]: With the racing sim being one of the most popular genres in gaming, it’s understandable that trying to come up with an original name that will really stand out can be hard. But seriously though, Gravel? Apparently it could have been a lot worse, with Grit and Tarmac both strong contenders.It should have just been called Nigel and be done with it. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Samsara Samsara - Xbox One: Getting from A to B can be quite challenging; after all, not all doors slide open when you approach them, and not all stairs move up and down. It’s easy then to appreciate the obstacles Zee has to face, when he attempts to leave the mystical land of Croydon. No, wait – Samsara. [***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Kingdom Come Kingdom Come - [PS4, Xbox One, PC]:
Every gamer loves a challenge, but it’s difficult to compete with a game that hates you. You see, Kingdom Come: Deliverance does everything it possibly can to put you off playing it. And it does a great job of it. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Assassin's Creed Origins Assassin's Creed Origins - PS4, Xbox One, PC: There's a current trend that games in general, and so-called AAA titles in particular follow. Once they get so far with a series, they wonder where to go next with it. Invariably, some bright spark chirps up and offers "I know, what about going back to the beginning...". Battlefield's done it, so has COD, and even Rayman went back to his roots. Obviously the one everyone is waiting for is FIFA; players with moustaches, running around with long shorts and long sleeves, kicking something that's almost spherical around, with DLC including a kickabout in no man's land in 1914. [***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Destiny 2 Destiny 2 - [PS4, Xbox One, PC]:
So, here we are again. A sequel to the hugely popular shooter that attempted to change it up a bit as far as the multiplayer experience was concerned. It wasn't overwhelmingly received however, as the story was deemed on the dull side, but it certainly did enough right to tempt gamers with a second instalment. And here it is. [***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - PES 18 PES 18 - Xbox One, PS4, PC: Everyone loves an underdog and Konami's football title has been just that for a number of years now. Top dog is of course FIFA, but snapping at its heels has always been PES. Over the years, PES has actually been a better sim than its competitor - and by better we mean more fun. The ball has moved across the pitch with more zip, and you could have games with goals galore. Ah fun times indeed. [***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Agents of Mayhem Agents of Mayhem - PS4, Xbox One, PC: According to this latest shooter set in a futuristic Seoul, the South Korean capital is swell. Which is a relief, considering all the current shenanigans north of its borders. That said, despite all its pretty neon and holographic signs - think Blade Runner meets Hello Kitty - the city does take a bit of a pummelling. You see there's evil afoot by way of the dastardly L.E.G.I.O.N - League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations. as the name suggests, they want to take over the world, which is bad news for all concerned. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Splatoon 2 Splatoon 2 - Switch: To say we were miffed with Nintendo regarding all things Wii U is an understatement. Let's face it, it wasn't cheap on release, but pure Nintendo-ites didn't mind. It transpires that we have less than ten games for the console, which is far less than we have for any other system. In fact we've kissed more girls than that, and that's saying something. OK, so when we say girls, we mean have been licked by an animal, but it's pretty much the same thing. Everyone however, seems to be loving the Switch though. Except for us. Don't mind us if we're a tad on the sceptical side. We've been burnt before. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Dirt 4 Dirt 4 - PS4, Xbox One, PC: Ah the driving genre. The wind in your hair, the skid marks in the rear mirror and the occasional pesky blue shell up your bum. It’s not difficult to see why these games are popular, but, especially in this latest generation of consoles, the driving genre has seemingly stalled. A good example is Mario Kart 8. Yes the Switch version is heaps of fun, but the game is essentially three years old as it was first released on the Wii U in 2014. And then there’s the Dirt series. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - knockout city Knockout City - Xbox Series X/S, PS5/PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC: Thank the almighty beings above for video games. Where else can you participate in a sports game without having any interest in the sport itself? Take golf for instance. It is primarily a sport for white, middle-aged, middle-class men, with too much time and money on their hands. Watching it played by professionals is about as exciting as looking out of a window that has a picture of an empty field attached to it. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - new pokemon snap New Pokémon Snap - Switch: If ever there was a gaming franchise that was a license to print money it would be Pokémon. Ever since their debut in 1996, these colourful pocket monsters have been a huge hit with gamers, turning the franchise into not only one of the most popular, but also one of the most lucrative. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - outriders Outriders - Xbox Series X/S, PS5/PS4, Xbox One, PC Á Stadia: As owners of PS5’s and Xbox Series X/S are all too painfully aware, new games to play on their next-is-now generation of consoles are thin on the ground. And new original IP’s even thinner still. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - bravely default 2 Bravely Default 2 - Switch: With reaction speeds slowing down, no doubt attributed to the inevitable signs of aging, we’ve found ourselves dabbling more and more with RPG’s of late. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - the medium The Medium - Xbox Series X/S, PC: With such a drought of not only new games, but next-gen titles exclusively, gamers are crying out for new titles to play on their next-gen machines. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - dirt 5 Dirt 5 - Xbox Series X/S, PS5/PS4, Xbox One, PC: There’s a certain amount of bravery that comes with releasing a game alongside a new generation of consoles, more so when the quantity of released titles has been so lacklustre, as it has been with the release of both the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - pikmin 3 deluxe Pikmin 3 Deluxe - Switch: Anything involving aliens in space usually evokes a sense of fear and dread, as well as the occasional digestive issues leading to a serious bit of stomach ache. This of course is often the case in video games too, with gamers all too often required to ward off alien attacks, in a bid to save one universe or another. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - 9 monkeys of shaolin 9 Monkeys of Shaolin - PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC: Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo: just a handful of names of some of the most famous exponents of martial arts in popular culture. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - spiritfarer Spiritfarer - Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC: There’s a saying that goes that there are only two things certain in life, death and taxes. That’s true unless you run a large global company like Starbucks, Google or Amazon, who’d only rather be certain of one of those.This new indie title acknowledges both of these things on the list, as it dips its toe into both commercial and spiritual waters. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - windbound Windbound - PS4, Xbox One, PC: There are romantic connotations to being marooned on a desert island; you can lay on a beach, drinking straight out of a coconut, feeling the breeze tickle underneath the fetching skirt you fashioned yourself out of palm leaves, all to the sound of the music to the classic sixties TV show The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, playing on a loop in your head. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - destroy all humans Destroy All Humans! - PS4, Xbox One, PC: Mankind has always had a fascination for what lies beyond the stars. Beyond this galaxy, into the very depths of space, could life possibly exist? It’s a question that has vexed us for years, and the simply answer is this: yes. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - f1 2020 F1 2020 - PS4, Xbox One, PC: Imagine a race where the cars can reach speeds of well over 200 mph! Sounds exciting huh? It’s ironic then how Formula 1 racing can make such a thrilling sounding event so utterly dull. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Utawarerumono Utawarerumono: Prleude to the Fallen - PS4, PS Vita: Japan has always been an intriguing culture to the West, but none so more than now, it appears. You can’t watch TV (or other device, for that matter), without another curious TV presenter exploring the country, travelling on the Bullet train, ordering noodles from a robot, and sleeping in an oversized locker for the night. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - maneater Maneater - PS4, Xbox One: In 1975, two men inadvertently created the most damning campaign against sharks that exists to this very day. They were director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams, and the film they worked on together was the classic Jaws. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Fledgling Heroes Fledgling Heroes - Switch: Maybe it’s an age thing, when a game is so packed with menus, sub menus, as well as an almost unending amount of various button and trigger combos for moves or weapon layouts, that just playing it can give you brain ache. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - granblue fantasy versus Granblue Fantasy: versus - PS4, PC: For many, there’s somewhat of a Marmite effect when it comes to fighting games, which means there’s a either a lot of love or hate for them. Other genres can have a middle ground, attracting the occasional casual gamer, but fighters not so much. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - sisters royale Sisters Royale - Switch, PS4: There’s nothing quite as special as the bond between sisters. It’s a unique connection that means they look out for each other no matter what. There’s nothing that can break this tie, except one thing: relationships.[***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - arc of alchemist Arc of Alchemist - PS4, Switch: It’s estimated that 33 percent of the Earth is desert. Now that’s a whole lot of sand castles. But other than being a major component of hourglasses, there’s not much else you can do with it.[***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - PS4, Xbox One, PC: There’s been a disturbance of late – not so much in the force, but in gaming. There was a trend adopted by developers to forgo the single player campaign for a pure multiplayer experience. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - mars power industries Mars power Industries - Switch: It’s official, our world is doomed. We’ve been buggering it up royally for some time now, without a care in the world, until eventually all that will be left is a dried up, dusty husk. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - mario and sonic at the olympic games 2020 Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020 - Switch: Bolt. Redgrave. Phelps. Ennis Hill. Thompson. Some of the biggest names to appear in the Summer Olympics over the years, but can any of them really compete with the likes of icons Mario and Sonic? [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - dragon quest 11 Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Switch: Dragons are one of those mythical creatures that always deliver a sense of awe – except perhaps that stoner Puff. But their level of coolness heated up when the saucy Daenerys showed off, amongst other things, her scaled pets in Game of thrones. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - burgertime party BurgerTime Party! - Switch: Gaming can often equate to eating: sometimes you feel like a full meal, where you want to take your time to indulge and savour the experience; occasionally though, you can be satisfied with a quick snack just to get you through the day. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - the surge 2 The Surge 2 - [Xbox One, PS4, PC]: When we caught wind of the fact that The Surge 2 was about to be released, it suddenly dawned on us that we hadn’t played the original. So with a mix of journalistic thoroughness and curiosity, we downloaded it. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - the sinking city The Sinking City - Switch: We will be the first to admit that the success of the Nintendo Switch caught us by surprise. That’s not to say we have little confidence in the big N, as we’ve been keen fans since the Game Boy for handhelds, and the N64 for consoles. After the disappointment that was the Wii U however – not in terms of vision, but the extremely poor support it received – the notion of the Switch just sounded as another quirky console release that wouldn’t catch on. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - vambrace Vambrace: Cold Soul - [Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC]: Greetings adventurer. You have just awoken from a pleasant dream. You find yourself in a place you’re unfamiliar with. Around you are ancient trees, with a simple stone path in front of you. Do you go left or right?: [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - etherborn Etherborn - [Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC]: There is an urban myth, often attributed as fact, that human beings only use ten per cent of their brains. This is complete twaddle as we actually use far more than that, unless you’re the current President of the US of A that is, where 10% is highly optimistic. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - car mechanic simulator Car Mechanic Simulator - [Xbox One, PS4, PC]: On the spectrum of game genres, there’s a section right at the bottom labelled ‘Sims’. In their purest form, they have to be considered the dullest part of gaming. In a medium that allows you to go anywhere and be anyone you like, the simulator literally sucks all the joy out of it, by expecting you to take part in the relative mundane. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - The Division 2 The Division 2 - [Xbox One, PS4, PC]: Olympus has finally fallen. Although it’s not attributed to the current POTUS, it’s just a given that he’s to blame. No doubt he turned the entire White House into a resort, with the West Wing a casino, the press room a VIP titty bar and the South Lawn an 18-hole crazy golf course. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - world war z World War Z - [Xbox One, PS4, PC]: If anyone has managed to build their part up over the years, it’s zombies. Once upon a time, they wear just shoe gazers, shuffling around aimlessly, grunting for attention in a shopping mall. As long as you had a baseball bat and a decent swing, they were harmless. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - gods trigger God's Trigger - [PS4, Xbox One, PC]: The top-down shooter. If you’re a certain age, meaning older than you’ll ever let on to your online gang, it’s kind of funny referring to a shooter as top down, as they all were back in the day. One of the greatest of all time was, without question, Ikari Warriors from 1986. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Outward Outward - [Xbox One, PS4, PC]: Probably one genre of gaming that struggles more than any for console gamers, is that of the RPG. Yes, the Role Playing Game, long since a basic staple for the PC gamer, who armed with keyboard and mouse, can negotiate the often bewildering options they will need to understand and master on any major quest. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - super mario bros u deluxe Super Mario Bros U Deluxe - Switch: You have to admire Mario’s dedication. After all, how much of a relationship must he have with Princess Peach, when she’s constantly being abducted by Bowser? There must have been a time when Luigi sat him down and asked if she was worth all the hassle. Well, you would, wouldn’t you? [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - JCB Pioneer JCB Pioneers: Mars - [Switch, PC]: Despite all the warnings, the human race has completely buggered up planet Earth. It’s no coincidence that we’re sending probes off to Mars, to see if it’s viable to sustain human life, because, in the not so distant future, Earth will be having a closing down sale and getting rid of its current tenants – i.e. us - by all apocalyptical means possible. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - battlefield 5 Battlefield V - [PS4, Xbox One, PC]: EA know a thing or two about taking flak. Not from developing their contender to the Call Of Duty throne, by way of the Battlefield series, but from what many believe to be dubious practices regarding micro-transactions. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - shadow of the tomb raider Shadow of the Tomb Raider - [Xbox One, PS4, PC]: It’s not fully appreciated how difficult it is to pull off wearing khaki. It’s not just a colour, it’s a way of life. Someone who always manages to embrace it is Lara Croft; if ever khaki had a poster girl, it’s Lara. [***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Fishing Sim World Fishing Sim World - [Xbox One, PS4, PC]:
You’re in the middle of an adventure, with enemies breathing down your neck, baying for your blood. Do you fight or take flight? Many times though, there’s a more relaxing third option: fish. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - PES 19 PES 19 - [PS4, Xbox One, PC]: It’s been a pretty good year for the beautiful game, what with Russia hosting the World Cup during the summer. And with the Premier League already up and running, the appetite for football has never been stronger.[***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Airheart Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings - [Xbox One, PS4, PC]: Just so you know, this isn’t a gaming interpretation of the classic 1985 Mr Mister song. Now once you’ve processed that disappointment, we can move on. Instead, what we have is a curious, top down, plane shooter, set in a gorgeous cel-shaded world. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - ONRUSH ONRUSH - Xbox One, PS4, PC: When is a race not a race? More to the point, when is a racer not a racer? When it’s ONRUSH. This new IP from racing gurus Codemasters, certainly takes the bog standard racing game in a different direction. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Switch: In 1981 Donkey Kong must have thought he’d won the lottery. Not only was his name plastered on the front of an arcade machine, he sat proudly at the top of every screen as some red-capped shmuck tried, over and over, to knock him down. He looked invincible. He could see it now: the lunch box endorsements; the invites to the Playboy mansion; nights out getting sozzled with the Brat Pack whilst getting ‘caught’ snogging Molly Ringwald outside The Viper Club by the Hollywood paparazzi. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Dragon Quest Builders Dragon Quest Builders - Switch: We’re not ones for reinforcing stereotypes, but even we have to concede that all builders are the same. You have to ply them constantly with weak tea with four sugars in order for them not to build a wall around your front door for a laugh. But the last laugh is on them, because as everyone knows, true gamers never leave the house anyway. [***READ MORE***]
boom game reviews - Monster Energy Supercross Monster Energy Supercross - PS4, Xbox One, PC: It’s funny how some sports just don’t travel well. The US, surprisingly, has a number of sports that many outside the States just don’t get. Baseball, for instance, and, as much as they try, US football has still to make a significant impact, particularly on our shores. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Shadow of War Middle-Earth: Shadow of War - Xbox One, PS4, PC: If you're a PC gamer, then you're no doubt already accustomed to worlds populated by orcs, ghűls, graugs and the like. If that's the case, the chances are relatively high that you don't go out much and that the sensation of the sun hitting your skin is an unfamiliar one. Console gamers however, have had less exposure to these types of creatures. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Mariokart 8 Deluxe Mariokart 8 Deluxe - Switch: The best karting videogame without dispute of course goes to Mario. The now infamous red shells have been flying around Nintendo devices for years now, and they always pass the chequred flag in pole position. There's a beautiful simplicity surrounding them that is just makes them a joy to play. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Battlefield 1 Battlefield 1 Xbox One, PS4, PC: War, what is it good for? Well, if you're EA or Activision, it's good for filling bank accounts to the brim from gamers shelling out a fortune, year after year, for the latest incarnation of their blockbusting franchises. Between Activision's Call of Duty series and EA's Battlefield, their head to head record often sees EA's franchise coming off second best. But in this war, considering the huge amount of moolah they both generate, there are no losers. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Watchdogs 2 Watchdogs 2 - Xbox One, PS4, PC: It's hard to imagine but there was a time before the internet: books had sleeves not faces, birds were less angry, and the only thing Amazon delivered was a lot of rain in its forests. Ah simpler times. Today we are all permanently plugged into something, invariably all leading to the super information highway. Those three Ws are a key to a weird, wild and occasionally wonderful online world.In 2014, Ubisoft released Watch Dogs, which saw you playing as a computer hacker, hacking your way through the city of Chicago. It was an interesting premise, but was lacking in its EXECution. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Aragami Aragami - PS4, PC: Just to be clear, this isn't the game about folding paper we've all been waiting for. This is actually a game about sneaking in the shadows and not getting caught. In real life this kind of behaviour would normally result in a court/restraining order, but in the world of video games, anything goes. You play the titular character, an assassin, who finds himself in that awkward position of being not quite alive and not quite dead - we've all been there. In this undead state, Aragami discovers that he has supernatural powers; these mainly manifest themselves around shadows, which he can manipulate to a certain extent. [***READ MORE***]
boom games reviews - Metroid Prime: Federation Force Metroid Prime: Federation Force [3DS]: Gamers can be such touchy folk; when this title was announced at 2015’s E3 event, it was greeted with the kind of enthusiasm usually reserved for stinky lepers. Not that they didn’t like what they saw, per se, but it just wasn’t what they wanted, which is a Metroid Prime game proper, and not yet another spin-off. It was always going to be an uphill battle since then, and it has been. Fans even started an on-line petition to cancel the title completely, which picked up a number of signatures, such was the harsh resistance to this particular game. Ouch [***READ MORE***]