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Yes, there is actually a game behind all the controversy surrounding the microtransactions the world cannot stop speaking about. As a disclaimer, this review will focus solely on the microtransactions-free single player campaign of Star Wars Battlefront II. The multiplayer seems to be an addicting setup for Star Wars fans who have self-control enough to not spend their hard-earned cash on elements (with some time) unlocked otherwise through playtime, but for nerds like me, the single-player game is a refreshing break from the hectic, wily realm of multiplayer for a canon tale worthy of the famous brand.

Force jump inside for the full campaign review!

For fans of Sonic the Hedgehog, the Blue Blur's 25th anniversary closed on a pretty good note with Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice in 2016, but not without teasing two major return-to-form titles in the coming year. Blue believers who grew up with a SEGA Genesis in their youth—or a Mega Collection of sorts in later years like myself—were promised a brand new 2D game developed by community all-stars who would embrace nostalgia and reimagine the classic Sonic experience. On the other hand, those who enjoyed Sonic's more recent adventures were teased with Sonic Team's very own "Project Sonic 2017," bringing Modern Sonic not only back to Boost-style gameplay last seen in Sonic Generations, but also to darker and more serious storytelling of the pre-Colors games.

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Super Mario games pretty much always have polish. As such, the former plumber's games are usually great platforming adventures with some whimsical designs and tight controls. That being said, it's difficult to say the series has retained its unique sense of charm in the past decade. Super Mario Galaxy was the last time the core series of games really reinvented itself, with the more linear games since making some slight improvements, but none that broke any innovative new ground for Super Mario. I guess it is extremely fitting, then, that the brand new sandbox 3D game in the franchise feels like the freshest adventure Mario has had in more than ten years.

Jump off of Cappy to read our full review of the new most popular title for the Nintendo Switch!

Star Fox 2 is not fun at first. That most likely would have been the case for most players in 1996 as much as it is now in 2017. Belated release on the SNES Classic aside, however, this sci-fi sequel is still a worthy follow-up to the original Star Fox and is a lot of fun once you learn the quirks of the game.

Barrel roll into the full review to learn if Star Fox 2 makes the SNES Classic Edition even better!

With long waits come high expectations, and both of those phrases could be used to describe Nintendo's sci-fi franchises in the 2010s. Star Fox Zero received some mixed opinions when it released on the Wii U last year. The F-Zero series is still awaiting its long-overdue sequel. That leaves Metroid, the fan demand for which has at least been partly satiated with the announcement of Metroid Prime 4 on Nintendo Switch and the release of Metroid: Samus Returns for the Nintendo 3DS. Thankfully, the latter is an amazing game and perhaps one of the best on Nintendo's current handheld-exclusive system. As far as returns to form play out, they do not get much better than this.

Space jump and screw attack into the full review for our full thoughts on Samus Returns!

It seems like forever since development on Studio MDHR's Cuphead started. In actuality, it's only been about seven years, but given all of the delays the game has been through, it's not hard to see why it feels like an eternity. But alas, the big day is finally here. So come with me on a journey through the world of 1930s animation as we make a deal with the devil in Cuphead.

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With summer officially come and gone, many of us may still be dwelling on the warm, sunny days. Summer is when dreams start to spring to life, free from the shackles of work or school. If you're anything like me (and let's hope you aren't), one of your dreams is to be able to run around and have a squirt gun battle with busty anime girls. While that dream will never fully become a reality, it is as fulfilled as it'll possibly get thanks to developer Tamsoft and Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash.

Is this squad-based shooter worthy of living up to the shinobi name? Head inside to read our review!

Pokkén Tournament DX is the latest in Nintendo Switch's fast-growing library of games, upgrading the Wii U's Pokkén Tournament with extra modes and five new Pokémon fighters. Head inside to read our review.

During E3, our team stumbled across HIDEit Mounts, a company that essentially takes your consoles off of your tables and shelves and put them on the wall. Basically, they're selling wall mounts for consoles and controllers, which when put into writing sounds like a pretty common-sense idea, but it wasn't something we had ever encountered. The sales pitch was—as expected from a marketer attending E3—really solid: put your gaming hardware on the wall. It'll make less clutter with the wires, decrease the chance of misplacing controllers, and it'll look sexy in the process.

We decided to review the Nintendo Switch and controller mounts. Read the full review to find out how these wall mounts...hold up! *snicker*

When Dontnod Entertainment released Life is Strange in 2015, it had a surefire hit on its hands. By combining the choose-your-own adventure style made popular by Telltale Games and a dark, compelling story, Life is Strange still holds the top spot on my list of games that made me cry. Though Dontnod is currently at work on a sequel, developer Deck Nine is working on taking the franchise to the past with Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

Does Deck Nine provide a worthwhile experience in the first episode of Before the Storm? Check out our review to find out!

The Uncharted franchise is known for being one of the most consistent high-quality series in video games. Four installments featuring Nathan Drake—the Indiana Jones of video games and then some—have toured gamers through a fictional version of our world filled to the brim with lost civilizations to find, armies of terrorists to fight, and a wonderful mixture of satisfying gameplay and story beats to experience.

With Uncharted: The Lost Legacy having been upgraded from the campaign DLC of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End to a standalone, budget title, does it bring all the fun and catharsis gamers have come to expect from Naughty Dog's renowned action series? Head inside the full review to find out!

Though I didn't get my start until Mega Man 9, the classic Mega Man games hold a special place in my heart. Their challenging gameplay, killer soundtracks, and retro graphics keep me coming back for more all the time. While I've spent a significant amount of time with the first six games (especially Mega Man 2), I never had the opportunity to play Mega Man 7 and Mega Man 8. Thankfully, earlier this month, Capcom released Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, allowing me to complete my goal of finishing all of the classic Mega Man games—well, almost.

Is the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 worth your time and money? Head inside to check out our review!

The idea of a new classic Sonic the Hedgehog title was but a lofty and impossible dream. I grew up playing and enjoying Sonic game after game ever since I first got into the franchise proper with Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, but I kept coming back to Sonic Mega Collection in particular. As I played and replayed Sonic 3 & Knuckles ad nauseum over the years, I made peace with the fact that the classic chapter of the Blue Blur was over, as much as I wished to see a brand new retro entry someday...

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As a big fan of Level-5's Professor Layton franchise, I had been waiting for Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy to be released since I first heard about it a year ago. I was afraid of what I might find, though. The last game we got was a mobile spin-off in 2013 entitled Layton Brothers: Mystery Room. While I seem to be the only person I know who even somewhat enjoyed it, I was fearful that this new game would follow in its footsteps too closely. I've been playing Millionaires' Conspiracy since it released this past Thursday, however, and I have, for the most part, been pleasantly surprised with what I found.

Head inside to read my thoughts on the newest Layton game and see if it's worth picking up!

When Adi Shankar announced that he was helming a production of Castlevania for Netflix, the general reaction I saw was filled with the usual outcries claiming that the show would be bad. Things didn't get much better once we got an official trailer, either. But like it or not, Castlevania is finally here, releasing on Netflix earlier today.

Will the short, two-hour season be a vampire killer, or will we get the Shaft as yet another awful video game adaptation hits the market? Head inside to see how this long-anticipated series turned out!