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28 Feb 2024

REVIEW: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake (2024 Video Game) - On Xbox

Review by Jon Donnis
"Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake" delivers a heartfelt and visually stunning adventure that captivates players with its emotionally resonant story and innovative gameplay mechanics. Set in a whimsical world filled with mystery and danger, the game follows two brothers on a quest to save their ailing father by seeking out the mythical "Water of Life." As they journey through enchanting landscapes and face various challenges, players must guide both brothers simultaneously, utilizing their individual strengths and abilities to overcome obstacles and solve puzzles.

One of the game's standout features is its unique control scheme, where each brother is controlled independently using separate thumbsticks and triggers. This mechanic, which was groundbreaking in the original 2013 release, remains just as innovative and engaging in the remake, adding a layer of immersion and self cooperation to the gameplay experience. The narrative seamlessly intertwines with the controls, allowing players to empathize with each brother's journey and emotions, leading to a poignant and surprising finale.

Visually, the remake impresses with its beautiful and detailed graphics, bringing the game's fantastical world to life in stunning detail. However, some players may feel that the shift towards realism has diminished some of the original's colourful and whimsical charm, what can I say I just really liked the look of the original . Additionally, the addition of a multiplayer mode, while providing a new way to experience the game, may detract from the intimate and singular experience of controlling both brothers simultaneously. The whole point of the game was as a single player experience with the twist being you controlled both brothers simultaneously, this is not a multiplayer game, and trying to make it so seems like an ill-informed decision.

Overall, "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake" remains a compelling and memorable adventure that is sure to resonate with both new players and fans of the original. While the improvements in graphics and gameplay are commendable, there is a sense that the magic of the original has been somewhat lost in the transition. Nevertheless, the game still offers a poignant and enjoyable experience, earning it a solid score of 7 out of 10.

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26 Feb 2024

REVIEW: The Last of Us Part II Remastered (2024 Video Game) - Elevating an Already Masterful Experience

Review by Jon Donnis
As a remastered version of the critically acclaimed 2020 action-adventure game, "The Last of Us Part II Remastered" had hefty expectations to meet, and it does so admirably, adding substantial value to an already exceptional title. Developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, this iteration of the game delivers enhanced visuals, smoother performance, and a plethora of additional features that enrich the overall experience.

You should also play the first game (Part 1) which is available at

The core gameplay mechanics remain intact, offering a seamless blend of action, exploration, and survival horror elements. Players navigate through haunting post-apocalyptic landscapes, utilizing firearms, stealth tactics, and improvised weaponry to fend off both human adversaries and grotesque infected creatures. The remastered version introduces subtle but impactful improvements, such as faster loading times and DualSense controller integration, heightening immersion and responsiveness.

One of the standout features of the remastered edition is the array of new gameplay modes. "Guitar Free Play" allows players to delve deeper into the game's rich atmosphere by engaging in musical interludes with beloved characters like Ellie and Joel. "Lost Levels" offers a glimpse into the game's development process, albeit with mixed results, while "No Return" introduces a challenging roguelike survival mode that adds significant replay value. These additions expand upon the original experience, catering to both newcomers and seasoned veterans alike.

While the graphical improvements may not be as substantial as some had hoped, the remastered version still boasts noticeable enhancements, particularly on next-generation hardware. The meticulously crafted environments are more immersive than ever, complemented by refined character models and atmospheric effects. Moreover, the inclusion of audio descriptions ensures accessibility for players with visual impairments, further underscoring the developers' commitment to inclusivity, as well as adding an extra element for all players.

"The Last of Us Part II Remastered" excels in many areas, offering a refined and feature-rich rendition of an already stellar game. The additional content and gameplay modes provide ample incentive for both newcomers and returning players, enriching the overall experience. However, the graphical improvements may fall short of some players' expectations, and the "Lost Levels" content, while intriguing, may not resonate with everyone.

In summary, "The Last of Us Part II Remastered" stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of its predecessor. While the decision to release a remastered version relatively soon after the original may raise eyebrows, the enhancements and added features justify the investment for fans of the franchise. Whether experiencing the gripping narrative for the first time or revisiting it in enhanced form, this remastered edition solidifies its status as one of the greatest video games of all time. With its captivating storytelling, immersive gameplay, and wealth of additional content, it earns a solid 9 out of 10, reaffirming its position as a modern masterpiece.

Out Now on Playstation 5

25 Feb 2024

REVIEW: Skull and Bones - Xbox

By Jon Donnis
This article is intended to provide constructive feedback regarding the absence of a review of Skull and Bones. Despite my invitation to join the Ubisoft Press Site for the purpose of reviewing Skull and Bones on Xbox, I have encountered significant challenges in accessing the necessary resources to fulfill this task.

Upon acceptance to the Ubisoft Press Site, I anticipated receiving access to review materials, yet despite approval, I have not been provided with the requisite key. Regrettably, the press site lacks functionality for obtaining keys independently. Despite my efforts to resolve this issue through email correspondence with both my initial contact and the designated press contact on the site, my inquiries have gone unanswered, save for a single response directing me to check my spam folder.

Additionally, attempts to engage with Ubisoft via social media channels, including Twitter and Facebook, have yielded no response. This lack of communication is concerning, particularly given the current state of the game's reception. With a 36% rating on Google and an unfavorable review score of 3.6 on Metacritic, it is evident that the game is facing challenges in garnering player engagement and critical acclaim.

As an avid Ubisoft enthusiast with a comprehensive collection of Assassin's Creed titles, I am deeply invested in contributing a thorough and insightful review of Skull and Bones, drawing upon my prior experience with similar titles such as Black Flag and Odyssey. However, the absence of support and responsiveness from Ubisoft impedes my ability to fulfill this objective.

In light of these circumstances, it is disheartening to conclude that Ubisoft's actions reflect a disregard for both their player community and independent reviewers who could offer valuable insights and support. I sincerely hope that this feedback prompts Ubisoft to reassess their approach and prioritize more effective communication and support mechanisms to better serve their stakeholders and enhance the overall gaming experience.

If however you would like to play the game yourself, you can do so at

20 Feb 2024

REVIEW: Rallyallyally on PC (Steam) - A Chaotic Joyride of Fun and Competition

By Jon Donnis
Rallyallyally is a rollercoaster of adrenaline-fueled chaos, delivering a unique twist to the racing genre that's as exhilarating as it is unpredictable. As the mastermind behind the track, your decisions shape the path to victory, but be prepared for your friends to throw a wrench in your plans.

One of the game's standout features is the ability to create your own tracks on the fly, ensuring every race is a fresh adventure. With up to 8 players on one screen, the competition is fierce, and with 15 different vehicles ranging from monster trucks to double decker buses, there's a ride for everyone.

Customization options add a personal touch to your vehicle, allowing you to stand out on the chaotic track. And with an arsenal of power-ups at your disposal, including the infamous boxing glove, oil slicks, and rocket boosters, the race is never short on surprises.

Rallyallyally thrives on its weirdness and unpredictability, delivering fast-paced action that keeps players on the edge of their seats. Whether you're laughing maniacally as you sabotage your friends or screaming in frustration as victory slips through your fingers, the game guarantees a rollercoaster of emotions.

With its easy-to-grasp mechanics and emphasis on silly fun, Rallyallyally is the perfect addition to any game night with friends. Despite its simplicity, the game offers a surprising amount of depth and strategy, ensuring each race is a new adventure waiting to unfold.

Overall, Rallyallyally earns a solid 7.5 out of 10 for its original concept, chaotic gameplay, and ability to bring friends together for hours of laughter and competition. If you're looking for a wild ride unlike anything else out there, buckle up and dive into the madness of Rallyallyally.

Out now on Steam

18 Feb 2024

REVIEW: Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore (2024 Video Game) - on PC (Steam)

Review by Jon Donnis
Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore delivers a nostalgic experience reminiscent of the classic CD-i Zelda games, offering players a hack-and-slash adventure in the enchanting land of Faramore. Controlling the courageous Arzette, players embark on a quest to thwart the sinister plans of the demon lord Daimur, engaging in 2D action platformer gameplay enriched with animated cutscenes. The game flawlessly captures the essence of the CD-i era, drawing inspiration from beloved classics while infusing its own unique charm. The gameplay may feel familiar to veterans of the genre.

The narrative of Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore is a captivating tale of heroism, betrayal, and redemption. Set in the kingdom of Faramore, players witness the treacherous onslaught of the demon lord Daimur, aided by the duplicitous Duke Nodelki. As Princess Arzette, accompanied by her unlikely allies, sets out to vanquish the darkness threatening her realm, players are immersed in a richly crafted world filled with intrigue and peril. The journey to reclaim the shattered Jewel of Faramore is not only a test of skill but also a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. The game masterfully weaves together elements of fantasy and adventure, culminating in a satisfying conclusion that leaves players eager for more.

Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore excels in paying homage to the classic CD-i Zelda games, capturing the essence of the beloved titles with remarkable authenticity. From its art style to its gameplay mechanics, the game exudes retro charm, appealing to fans of the genre and newcomers alike. The attention to detail is commendable, with lovingly crafted environments and character designs that evoke a sense of nostalgia. The inclusion of fun cutscenes adds depth to the storytelling, immersing players in the fantastical world of Faramore. Despite its homage to the past, the game manages to carve out its own identity, offering a fresh take on familiar concepts.

While Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore succeeds in many aspects, it does falter in its difficulty level. Some players may find the game to be too easy, lacking the challenge they seek in such an adventure. This discrepancy in difficulty may hinder the overall experience for those craving a more rigorous test of their skills. However, this minor flaw does little to detract from the overall enjoyment of the game, which remains a delightful journey through a nostalgic landscape.

In conclusion, Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore is a well-crafted homage to the classic CD-i Zelda games, offering players a nostalgic adventure brimming with retro charm and engaging gameplay. While its ease of difficulty may deter some players, its captivating storyline, charming visuals, and immersive world more than compensate for any shortcomings. Overall, Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore is a delightful experience that pays tribute to its predecessors while carving out its own place in gaming history. I wholeheartedly score Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore an admirable 8 out of 10.

Out now on Steam