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Sonic Origins – Switch Review

Saturday, June 25th, 2022

SEGA aren’t exactly strangers to wheeling out the Classic Sonic games now. It’s a running joke amongst the fanbase that every Sonic fan owns at least 30 different copies of the original game across just about every gaming platform known to man. Hell – I had Sonic the Hedgehog on my chunky old iPod Classic! But after the rather staggering way SEGA stuffed up Sonic Colours Ultimate last year, I don’t think it’s unreasonable that some people were even more wary of Sonic Origins than they’d usually be. The good news is that this isn’t the mess that Sonic’s Wii outing got turned into. The bad news is that Sonic Origins is still a very flawed package, full of glaring errors and mistakes that are made more aggravating knowing they could’ve been very easily fixed.

Read our full review of Sonic Origins on Nintendo Switch by clicking here.

The House of the Dead Remake – Switch Review

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022

The House of the Dead is a long-running series from SEGA’s beloved arcade team AM2. The original game sees AMS agents Thomas Rogan and ‘G’ set off to the Curien Mansion, after Rogan’s fiance Sophie warns them that the research team based there are being murdered. Sure enough, the duo arrive just in time to see a creature (the original development team insist they’re not zombies) eating a researcher’s face, and so they get to work trying to find the cause of all the bloodshed. The setup is exactly the same for this remake as you’d probably expect.

Click here to read our full review of The House of the Dead Remake for the Nintendo Switch.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – 2022 Movie Review

Monday, March 28th, 2022

With the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie, Jeff Fowler and company managed to establish this cinematic version of the character in a more realistic scenario. It certainly contained a fair bit of Sonic franchise iconography, but it was a film that was considerably more grounded and may have left Sonic fans a little wanting. With the foundations now laid, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 fully leans into the more extravagant concepts of the games it is based on and delivers one of the best video game-to-movie adaptations there has ever been.

Click here to read our full review of the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie.

Mega Man: The Wily Wars Collector’s Edition Packaging Review | Guest Feature

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

Retro-bit recently re-released Mega Man: The Wily Wars for Mega Drive/SEGA Genesis and our guest contributor David Crint has written a brilliant analysis of the new packaging that goes into detail about what the collection offers alongside detailed analysis of the product’s quality. Please be aware that this feature contains no criticism of the actual software, with the focus being on the packaging of the collector’s edition re-release of Mega Man: The Wily Wars by Retro-bit and how it compares to the original release.

Click here to read David Crint’s guest feature on the Mega Man: The Wily Wars Collector’s Edition from Retro-bit.

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.

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