GameSpot Video Review - Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Travis Strikes Again succeeds as a simple hack-n-slash with seamless co-op, but doesn't do enough to avoid repetition or challenge you in meaningful ways.

IGN Video Review - Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes reviewed by Steven Petite on Nintendo Switch.

Famitsu - review scores for Jan. 15th, 2019

A couple of Switch-related review scores from this week's issue of Famitsu. Nothing too major, but decent scores for the titles reviewed.

Alvastia Chronicles (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – 8/7/8/8 [31/40]
Asdivine Hearts II (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – 7/7/7/7 [28/40]

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes - Famitsu review details

We shared Famitsu's score for Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes earlier in the week, but now we have the full details of their review. Check out what each of the 4 reviewers had to say below.

1st reviewer: The world setting and the unique texts are just as expected from Mr. Goichi Suda’s works. It’s good that you can experience various genres as games within the game. There is also a rather surprising title among them, and it’s being made so that you’ll wonder how the next story development will be like. Other than easily enjoying co-op play, the T-shirt collaboration with indie games is also nice. However, since there are a lot of scenes that are developed with pulling-like screens, I felt the intensity is a bit lacking which is regrettable. 8

2nd reviewer: The top-view action, which forms the basis, has a rather simple hack-and-slash style gameplay feel. But each of the world that you visit has its own various presentations and gimmicks being prepared, and even the game genre would change, which is a surprising yet good spec. The appearances of unique bosses are still intact, so look forward to battling against them. It has an abundant humor filled with parodies, risky jokes and more from various titles, which ended up making me grinning. 8

3rd reviewer: Although the action is focused on sweeping enemies away with the Beam Katana, the genre will change to Puzzle, Adventure, Racing, and more depending on the stage, so it’ll make you get excited every time. The action skills are also varied; it feels good to use them, and you can also have fun in thinking of combinations to prepare for boss battles. Homages to games and movies are scattered all over the places, which ends up making me grinning. The visuals which are so senseful also made me numb. 9

4th reviewer: I unexpectedly grinned when looking at the presentations filled in all places with the various coolness of video games from the years past. The creator’s fixations are directly conveyed through things including UI design, BGMs, and more. You can enjoy each genre like Action, Puzzle, and Text Adventure; such game story development is also unique and interesting. Although I’m a bit concerned by the play sensation which I feel like a bit too grindy, this title has a mysterious appeal that I cannot stop because I want to know the story’s continuation. 8

Famitsu - review scores for Jan. 8th, 2019

Kingdom: Two Crowns (PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – 8/7/9/7 [31/40]
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (Switch) – 8/8/9/8 [33/40]

Things are looking good for Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes! Can't wait to get my hands on that one. Sounds like it'll be worth the wait!

Toonami reviews Smash Bros. Ultimate

I happened to catch this review live last night! Good to see Tom still dishing out reviews from time to time. While it's a quick video, it's easy to see how much of a fan Tom is of Smash Bros. Ultimate. I'd say he has some excellent taste in games!

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Famitsu review details

Wondering what Famitsu's reviewers think of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe? We shared the review score awhile back, but now we have the full details of that review! Check out what each reviewer had to say below.

1st reviewer: Basically, the content is based on the Wii U version. The fun factors of the side-scrolling action which has been inherited from the Famicom/NES era get crammed in, it’s so broad-minded that anyone from old to young qnd men to women can enjoy it, which is good. You can now control the Totten/Nabbit which does not receive damage from enemies, so even people who are not really good with action games can play it too. It’s also a good thing that they included “Treasure Movies” where you can watch super gameplay videos. 8

2nd reviewer: From the beginning, this already has full considerations for beginners with things like “Example Play”. But when it comes to Kinopeach/Peachette, 2 Mini-Toads get added which can perform double-jumps, thus making it easier to be enjoyed by a broader range of players. In the “Movie” [mode], other than super gameplays, you can also watch “Topic Modes” for walkthrough and more which I am grateful of. There aren’t too many new features from the original version, but New Super Luigi U which was DLC is also included here, which is worth playing. 8

3rd reviewer: The easiness to play is stable, and the fun factor is very stable. Although it’s somewhat getting stuck in the rut, you can watch shortcut-like plays or earn hints from the videos, so well done for weaving in extras that fit with the [current] era. I feel a sympathy with the direction that lets it be enjoyed by anyone and everyone, starting with the complete support for beginners. The stage composition will feel familiar to people experienced with the series, but the essence of fun is already crammed in that much, and the volume also gets a full grade. 8

4th reviewer: The sense of touching a mainstream 2D action, the inclusion of courses with two game copies, and the addition of new playable characters which increase the gameplay breadth, makes the volume feels great that this is not a simple port. “Treasure Movies”, with numerous fascinating and excellent official super gameplays, are fun even just look at, and they also stimulate the desire to play. I’m also a bit concerned with the Joy-Con R-Stick’s position when controlling though, but it’s still within my range of tolerance. People who haven’t played the Wii U version will definitely feel a sense of profit here. 8

EDGE #328 - Review scores, and 2018 awards

We've got something a little different this week from EDGE. Usually we have review scores to share, but this issue also includes their 2018 awards. Check out all the details below!

Review scores

Gris - 7
Desert Child - 4

Nintendo GOTY:

1. Super Smash Bros Ultimate
2. Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion
3. Octopath Traveller

Best Storytelling:

1. Return of the Obra Dinn
2. Red Dead Redemption 2
3. The Banner Saga 3

Best Hadrware:

2. Xbox Adaptive Controller
3. Nintendo Labo

Best Living Game:

1. Fortnite
2. Destiny 2
3. Overwatch

Best Publisher:

1. SIE
2. Nintendo
3. Enhance Games

Overall GOTY:

1. Red Dead Redemption 2
2. Tetris Effect
3. Return of the Obra Dinn
4. into The Breach
5. Astro Bot
6. Hollow Knight
7. Monster Hunter World
8. Smash Bros Ultimate
9. Pillars of Eternity II: Deadline
10. The Banner Saga 3

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Famitsu - review scores for Dec. 26th, 2018

A handful of Switch titles reviewed in this week, including New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. Check out the scores below!

Gear.Club Unlimited 2 (Switch) – 7/7/7/7 [28/40]
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (Switch) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
Phrasefight (Switch) – 7/7/7/7 [28/40]