Month in Review: February 2019’s PS4 and PSVR Reviews

February 2019 wasn’t a bad month to be a PlayStation gamer, but damn was it difficult being a game reviewer. We were super busy playing and reviewing games, so much so that February was our busiest month of 2019 so far. Actually… As it’s only the second month, perhaps that’s not such a big deal?

For those who missed out on our reviews last month, we’re slapping them all into one great big all-you-can-eat article. It’s something we do every month now, so rest assured that you’ll always find our PS4 and PSVR reviews one way or another.

Without any further waffle from me, here’s what we reviewed in February:

Review: The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Episode 3: Broken Toys – PS4

“The Final Season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead is an excellently written conclusive chapter to Clementine’s long running story and Broken Toys marks the most exhilarating and affecting episode yet.”

Review: Riot: Civil Unrest – PS4

“I love the idea of Riot: Civil Unrest and the true-to-life stories behind it, but the game mechanics let it down. The music is great and the pixel graphics look pretty good, but the game just isn’t any fun.”

Review: Monter Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 2 – PS4

“If you like supercross, Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 2 was made for you. It has licensed racers, bikes, locations, different modes, and the decent presentation will put you everywhere you have seen on TV. The options for customization are everywhere, and you can tweak the game to your liking. You can even create your own tracks.

The racing does seem to lack weight at certain times, the game enforces some boundaries a little too strictly, and the sound may change unexpectedly on you. If you are a fan, that won’t matter. This game was made for you. If not, I don’t know that you’ll have any interest here.”

Review: Crisis VRigade – PS4/PSVR

“Crisis VRigade could have been so much more if it wasn’t for the few annoying distractions from what is an otherwise decent little arcade shooter.”

Review: The Mage’s Tale – PS4/PSVR

“The Mage’s Tale is a fun and much deeper experience than I was expecting. It’s a real reminder of what an experienced and talented team can create when they are dedicated to the VR medium. An absolute must-play for fans of the PSVR.”

Review: Conarium – PS4

“Rich with ominous atmosphere and convincing Lovecraftian lore, Conarium is a brief but engrossing experience hampered by some weak voice acting, inconsistent storytelling and overly vague puzzles.”

Review: Metro Exodus – PS4

“Metro Exodus’ excellent storytelling, art design and atmosphere make it the most engrossing entry in the trilogy. However, clunky, inconsistent design, poor AI and open-world hub areas which are severely underutilized prevent this ambitious project from fulfilling its full potential.”

Review: Bombfest – PS4

“Bombfest is a great idea that’s just missing one crucial piece of the puzzle: online play. I’m not normally one to care for such things, but Bombfest would benefit exponentially from being able to play with others. As it stands, it’s a decent game if you can get a few mates to join in and there’s a lot to collect if you’re a solo player who doesn’t mind playing with A.I opponents.”

Review: JackQuest: The Tale of the Sword – PS4

“JackQuest: The Tale of the Sword, with its big, colorful sprites, retro-inspired aesthetics, and cool afroed hero looked like it might be the next great indie Metroidvania platformer. Sadly, the laggy and floaty controls make the game challenging in all the wrong ways. I didn’t mind the played-out, and slightly too short story, but the frustrating game mechanics sapped most of the fun out of the game.”

Review: SENRAN KAGURA Burst Re:Newal – PS4

“SENRAN KAGURA Burst Re:Newal is a busty brawler bulging with content. There are two story campaigns, free missions, and the series trademark character customization for you to craft the perfect appearance for your best girl. Although I had some trouble with the camera and parts of the game showed its 3DS origins, this is a great remake with a deeper move set and strategy than you might initially expect from a game where the goal is to kick and punch off an enemy’s clothes.”

Review: ChromaGun VR – PS4/PSVR

“If you are VR averse like me, then my advice is to play the original. It’s a great little puzzler that I highly recommend. If you’re one of the lucky ones who can enjoy VR in the way that it was intended, then go ahead and pony up the money for ChromaGun VR and know that this lowly PurePlaystation-eer is incredibly jealous of your asbestos lined stomach.”

Review: Kingdom Hearts 3 – PS4

“As far as Kingdom Hearts 3 goes with those who’ve been with the series since 2002, it’s a big disappointment. Especially on the story front, simply because it’s not there, and I’ll be sure to go more in detail on that with a separate article like I did with FFXV. As a game for people just looking to have fun smothered in Disney and excellent gameplay, the latest Kingdom Hearts can be pretty fun. It’s just missing a lot of staples from series past like a story that still made sense to even post-game boss battles. Am I happy I finally played Kingdom Hearts 3? Of course and I’m glad to see the story continue however misguided. My only wish is that the entire plot/lore didn’t feel like Tetsuya Nomura making things needlessly complicated because he knows he dug himself into a hole long ago and can’t explain his way out of it.”

Review: Dick Wilde 2 – PS4/PSVR

“Dick Wilde 2 is more of the same, for better and for worse. The core gameplay has changed so much that it’s not really comparable to the experience in its predecessor. There’s no longer any need to bounce around your living room, ducking and weaving enemy projectiles. The sense of panic is gone, and with it, a big part of what made Dick Wilde fun. If you’re new to the series then this game won’t be as much of a disappointment. If you’re a Dick Wilde veteran who spent countless hours climbing the leaderboards, temper your expectations.”

Review: Degrees of Separation – PS4

“Degrees of Separation is a very unique take on the 2D platformer genre. It’s a risky game to make but I’m glad it got to see the light of day. The platforming is sound, the puzzles are (mostly) well-balanced, and the game looks bloody beautiful.”

Review: Fimbul – PS4

“Fimbul’s rich atmosphere and gorgeous Norse setting make this adventure thoroughly compelling. Strong storytelling bring Kveldulver’s tale to life while visceral, tactical combat make carving your path through this world satisfying and kinetic.”

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