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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania | Review

Saturday, October 16th, 2021

After the disappointment that Sonic Colours Ultimate left in its wake, I was a little uneasy going into Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania. It certainly looked the part, but I still had this nagging feeling that they were going to dramatically mess something up. Thankfully, my fears were for nought. Banana Mania does almost everything I could want from a remake of Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, albeit with a few small issues that impact the experience to varying degrees.

Click here to read our full review of the Xbox Series X version of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania.

Sonic Colours Ultimate PS4 and Xbox One Reviews

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is now 30 years old and along with this monumental anniversary comes a brand new port of Sonic Colours to PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC called Sonic Colours Ultimate. Both Tracker and Sonic Yoda have played the PS4 and Xbox One versions and have put together an extensive, bumper review of both versions for you to read. Is Sonic Colours Ultimate really the ultimate version of Sonic Colours? Find out by clicking below!

Click here to read our full, double review of Sonic Colours Ultimate for PS4 and Xbox One.

SEGA Mania Fanzine: Issue 1 | Review

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

SEGA Mania is a brand new, full colour print fanzine from Tim Hugall, Simon Pike and Sam Forrester with a huge emphasis on reviving the 1990s. The team make no qualms about wearing their influences on their sleeves, as the magazine is a clear homage to the wild west of UK SEGA magazines like Mean Machines SEGA, MegaTech, SEGA Power and SEGA Force, but now with the modern advantage of hindsight.

Read our full review of the first issue by clicking this link.

SEGA Mania issue 1 can be ordered from the SEGA Mania Online Store.

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown | PS4 Review

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Virtua‌ ‌Fighter‌ ‌5‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌the‌ ‌latest‌ ‌entry‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Virtua‌ ‌Fighter‌ ‌series‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌whopping‌ ‌15‌ ‌years.‌ ‌On‌ ‌one‌ ‌hand‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌sad‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌series‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌dormant‌ ‌so‌ ‌long,‌ ‌but‌ ‌5‌ ‌and‌ ‌its‌ ‌subsequent‌ revisions‌ ‌(including‌ ‌Virtua‌ ‌Fighter‌ ‌5:‌ ‌Final‌ ‌Showdown)‌ ‌stood‌ ‌the‌ ‌test‌ ‌of‌ ‌time,‌ ‌and‌ ‌if‌ ‌a‌ ‌sixth‌ ‌game‌ ‌was‌ ‌off‌ ‌the‌ ‌table,‌ ‌a‌ ‌modern‌ ‌port‌ ‌of‌ ‌5‌ ‌would‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌suffice‌ ‌for‌ ‌many‌ ‌people.‌ ‌

Click here to read our full review of Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown on the PS4.

Viking: Battle for Asgard | PS3 Game Review

Sunday, April 18th, 2021

Following 2005’s Spartan: Total Warrior, The Creative Assembly return with another character-focussed action title that transplants its famous large-scale battle tech into something that isn’t a real-time strategy game. While Spartan had its focus on Greek mythology, Viking: Battle for Asgard transports us into Norse mythology, putting you in control of the Viking warrior Skarin, who is fighting the invasion of Midgard by Loki’s daughter Hel and her demonic minions.

Click here to read our full review of the PS3 version of Viking: Battle for Asgard.

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 PS4 Review

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is a bit of an odd one to review, at a glance. The moment the game was announced, there was confusion as to how exactly you could make a worthwhile sequel to a concept as basic as “Puyo Puyo, and also Tetris.” Indeed, besides the brand new storyline in the game’s adventure mode, this game certainly boils down to more of Puyo Puyo Tetris. The additions seen here, many of them subtle, add up to create what is, on paper, a far more definitive package for both Puyo and Tetris fans, but it’s also one that also fails to address the most egregious flaws those fans found with the original game.

Click here to read Tracker’s full review of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 on PS4.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon PC and PS4 Reviews

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

The 7th mainline entry in the Yakuza franchise is finally upon us with Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Both Tracker and Sonic Yoda have played the game extensively on PC and PS4 and have prepared a bumper review of both versions for you to get stuck into. Does the franchise successfully transition from brawler to RPG? Find out by clicking below!

Click here to read our full, double review of Yakuza: Like a Dragon for PC and PS4.

SEGA Arcade Pop-Up History | Review

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

SEGA Arcade Pop-Up History is a wonderful idea in concept. What long-standing SEGA fan doesn’t want a book full of pop-up, cardboard models of some of SEGA’s most iconic, deluxe, arcade cabinets? That’s such a goofy and charming little concept that we instantly jumped on board as soon as this was announced on Kickstarter. But after pawing through the finished product, it often feels like the concept was far better than the end result.

Click here to read our full book review of SEGA Arcade Pop-Up History from Read-Only Memory.

Review – SEGA Master System: A Visual Compendium from Bitmap Books

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Bitmap Books’ Visual Compendium series are some of the most beautifully presented books about video games out there, and with their 6th entry in the series the team are focussing their sights on SEGA’s 8 bit powerhouse, the Master System. SEGA Master System: A Visual Compendium is a hefty, 432 page slab of nostalgia that highlights a strong portion of the Master System software library.

Click here to read our full review of SEGA Master System: A Visual Compendium. You can also view the entry on this book in our SEGA Book Catalogue by clicking here or you can browse the complete list of our features by clicking here.

The Nostalgia Nerd’s Retro Tech: Computers, Consoles, & Games | Review

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Books written by YouTubers are fast becoming a common occurrence and now it’s time for Peter Leigh aka The Nostalgia Nerd to throw his hat in the ring. The Nostalgia Nerd’s Retro Tech: Computers, Consoles, & Games is a brief but well-presented history of retro computers and consoles that comes off like a cute, little handbook that guides you through some of history’s most famous (and infamous) gaming hardware.

Read our full review of The Nostalgia Nerd’s Retro Tech: Computers, Consoles, & Games by clicking here.

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