Author: Sparky Clarkson

Ovivo Review

Too Little

HIGH The first time a level pulls back and reveals its full form.

LOW Oh hey, you reversed the controls. How clever, how droll.

WTF I’m being chased by an eel?


This Is Not A Review: STRAFE

Welcome to This Is Not A Review. In these articles we discuss general impressions, ideas and thoughts on any given game, but as the title implies, it’s not a review. Instead, it’s an exercise in offering a quick recommendation (or dismissal) after spending enough time to grasp the ideas and gameplay of a thing without necessarily playing it from A to Z.

The subject of this installment: STRAFE, developed by Pixel Titans and published by Devolver Digital.


Mafia III Review

Bored On The Bayou

HIGH The sharply-paced opening sequence and its climactic cutscene.

LOW Competing in the awful, rubber-banded street races.

WTF Cops won’t reliably go after me for shooting a guy, but if I dent a cop car, they’ll gun me down. Just like real life!


Wasted Review

Like your time

Wasted

HIGH Taking out an S.O.B. Purifier

LOW Losing everything because I took the wrong fork at the start of a level.

WTF This is the grossest take on Richard Nixon ever, right?


Anima: Gate of Memories Review

Forget it

Anima

HIGH The boss fight against Kappel shows off most of the game’s best ideas.

LOW A boss fight where my controls got inverted and then I got stun-locked to death.

WTF Ergo singing a knockoff of the “Reading Rainbow” theme.