Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes – Travis Strikes Out (Jimpressions)

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Words like “repetitive” and “bland” should never really be associated with a Grasshopper game, but Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is a sadly repetitive and bland affair.

A humdrum spinoff of No More Heroes, this self referential mundanity is a far cry from what makes Suda51’s work stand out.

The Hex – Simply Hexcellent (Jimpressions)

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Following Pony Island must be an intimidating prospect, but Daniel Mullins Games has managed to craft an amazing game in The Hex, a game I very nearly missed!

Combining multiple genres and examining the relationship between game and audience, The Hex is a poignant, witty, cleverly written adventure spanning six protagonists and six very different – but smartly cohesive – stories.

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.

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.