Super Smash Bros Ultimate – Smashmouth (Jimpressions)

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It is Smash Bros. Ultimate and everyone is here! Here is what I think about it, even though you already know what YOU think about it and you’re just looking to have your thoughts confirmed.

What do you want from me? It’s Smash Bros. I like Simon and Richter Belmont best. Inkling is fun. Isabelle is quirky. Ridley is tough. K. Rool is K. Rool.

It’s all good, friends! Except when it hates you.

Just Cause 4 – The Sandbox Is Full (Jimpressions)

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Just Cause 4 is another Just Cause game, and that’s okay if you like that sort of thing. I theoretically should like that sort of thing, but the game repeats itself and lacks escalation.

Plus, it’s time for the industry to admit that maybe the open world genre is overly crowded and that if you’re not going to give a game an obscene budget, a smaller scale might work better.

Below Expectations (The Jimquisition)

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We’ve all heard the story. “AAA” game comes out, “AAA” game is a critical and commercial success, “AAA” game disappoints its publisher for failing to meet expectations.

When you pull back and see just how often this dance is performed, it paints the picture of a panicked and desperate industry, a rotten swan kicking its decaying legs frantically across a poisoned swamp. Because that’s what it is. The industry is a rotten swan.

Red Dead Online – Red Dead Transaction (Jimpressions)

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Red Dead Redemption 2 has launched the beta for its online mode and Red Dead Online is… fun? It’s quite a lot of fun actually, but it’s let down by stingy payouts and the shadow of microtransactions.

Gold bars are a grind and cash comes at a pittance. The core of the game’s a laugh but it’s so discouraging without premium pricing that I don’t know how much time I want to spend in it.

Darksiders III – DarkSoulsSiders (Jimpressions)

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Darksiders used to be a damn good copy of Zelda. Now it’s a damn awful ripoff of Dark Souls. Yet another game that doesn’t understand why the Souls series is successful, THQ Nordic’s heartbreaking Darksiders III annoys and exasperates at every turn.

On top of that, it’s a stripped down sequel, thoroughly reduced in scale compared to Darksiders II… and the first Darksiders, for that matter! It’s ugly, its performance is horrible, and goes so far in cloning Dark Souls it even starts stealing lore and terminology. Utter garbage.

The GAAAmbling Problem (The Jimquisition)

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Ubisoft, by way of a PR rep, has defended loot boxes after people found them distasteful in Trials Rising. They hammered through both usual and unusual excuses, and did so in a way that truly offended my senses.

AAA publishers are not just riding this gravy train into oblivion, they’re actively lying and insulting our intelligence to justify it. And as problem gambling is on the rise, the game industry needs to start admitting fault… or fault will find them.