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 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***]