Chex Quest HD Review: Only 90’s Kids Will Understand | Digital Trends

Chex Quest HD Review: Only 90's Kids Will Understand | Digital Trends

Chex Quest HD review: Only 90’s kids will understand

“Chex Quest HD is a short, but pleasant hit of 90’s nostalgia.”

  • Faithful to the original
  • Simple, but fun shooting
  • Delightfully nostalgic
  • Missing basic UI
  • Very little replay value

Let’s get something out of the way right off the bat: you already know if you’re going to download Chex Quest HD.

That’s because the free remake, which modernizes a 1996 childhood staple that came packaged with boxes of Chex cereal, isn’t a game as much as it is a 90’s nostalgia trip. Your enjoyment of this bizarre first-person-shooter will be directly proportional to how much time you spent zorching flemoids on your parents’ PC as a kid...

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World War Z Review: The Next Best Thing to Left 4 Dead | Digital Trends

World War Z Review: The Next Best Thing to Left 4 Dead | Digital Trends

World War Z review: The closest we’ve come to Left 4 Dead 3

“While it stands on the shoulders of giants, World War Z does so proudly and with plenty of its own merits.”

  • Exciting, globe-spanning campaigns
  • Adds depth with character classes and upgrades
  • Zombie swarms create awe-inducing action scenes
  • Sound design fails to be instructive
  • PvP is a total afterthought
  • Introduces just one enemy type not seen in games like it

Games have depicted zombie hordes and the survivors that kill them perhaps more than any other scenario in the medium’s history, and though plenty have failed to stand out, others have done well to chase or even reset a high bar. World War Z doesn’t raise that bar, but given it...

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Gears Tactics Review: Solid Tactics in a Rich Universe | Digital Trends

Gears Tactics Review: Solid Tactics in a Rich Universe | Digital Trends
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Gears Tactics review: New genre, same gory Gears mayhem

“…Gears Tactics doesn’t have to rival the latest main-series game to get across the franchise’s grand ambitions of worldwide conflict.”

  • Deep yet accessible gameplay
  • Feels like a natural extension of the franchise’s best features
  • Another interesting kick to its constantly evolving lore
  • A new way to take in an old world
  • A few control and camera issues
  • Texture pop-in persists
  • Presentation looks and feels a bit bland

Gears Tactics is another attempt to entice onlookers into the long-running franchise that put Microsoft’s Xbox 360 firmly on the map...

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NBA 2K20 has a great story but shuffles its feet on the court

NBA 2K20 has a great story but shuffles its feet on the court

“NBA 2K20 takes a step forward with its story, but is hindered by its uninspired gameplay.”

  • Great story mode
  • Introduction of WNBA ball
  • Engaging MyTeam progression system
  • MyGM feels more guided
  • More realistic player movements
  • Shooting and stamina are imbalanced
  • Riddled with microtransactions
  • Lengthy MyCareer load times
  • No significant changes to core gameplay

This is “bigger than basketball” — a phrase often associated with LeBron James and other NBA athletes who have made a commitment to activism and the betterment of their communities. James will be remembered as an athlete of course, but as he rightfully has reminded us, he’s far more than an athlete.

That important fact seeps into NBA 2K20, specifically in the MyCareer story produced by James’ SpringHill Entertai...

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The Sega Genesis Mini is a spin dash to the glory days of 16-bit gaming

The Sega Genesis Mini is a spin dash to the glory days of 16-bit gaming

Sega Genesis Mini

“The Sega Genesis Mini faithfully recreates Sega’s glory days with excellent hardware design and a large library of great games.”

  • Authentic design
  • Huge library of games
  • Clean, convenient menu system

The Sega Genesis Mini is a success on numerous fronts. It far exceeds the build quality of the numerous third-party knockoffs that preceded it, artfully recreating the iconic hardware in pint-sized form. The Genesis Mini really is an authentic tribute to Sega’s heyday, and unboxing it transported me back to the mid-90s when I first received a Sega Genesis as a gift.

In addition to looking and feeling the part, the Sega Genesis Mini features superb emulation and a towering library of games...

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Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers review: Embrace the shadow

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers review: Embrace the shadow


With a FFXIV expansion on the horizon, we dove into Early Access to get a taste of what to expect. With a shift in the story and tons of new content, we found that Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers builds upon the MMO in all the right ways.

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Deeply rewarding but uneven, Madden NFL 20 fails to convert the two-point try

Deeply rewarding but uneven, Madden NFL 20 fails to convert the two-point try
Madden NFL 20 Review

“Madden NFL 20’s Ultimate Team and Franchise modes are superb, but the career mode misses the mark.”

  • Missions make Ultimate Team a joy
  • Overhauled player ratings system
  • Improved passing game
  • Superstar X-Factor is a nice touch
  • The running game isn’t balanced
  • Face of the Franchise severely underwhelms

In some ways, Madden NFL 20 is the best entry in the long-running series. The overhauled ratings system makes a clear difference, and Ultimate Team continues to become more accessible thanks to the new streamlined “missions” format. In other ways, Madden NFL 20 takes a step back. The run game, which felt as close to balanced as ever last year, is now bordering on cheat code level efficiency (at least against the CPU)...

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Will loot boxes undermine the great gunplay in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?

Will loot boxes undermine the great gunplay in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

  • Great gunplay
  • Map design encourages experimentation
  • Gorgeous visuals
  • Microtransactions could be intrusive
  • Kill-streaks don’t reward team play

2016’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the most recent game from developer Infinity Ward, and it’s profoundly disappointing for one key reason. The shooting is just ok. Weapon recoil is too high, kills come too quickly, and yet weapons still feel weak. It’s the worst of all worlds.

During my time in the PS4-exclusive open beta test, I came away impressed with the work Infinity Ward has done to reclaim its crown as the premier competitive multiplayer studio. With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the studio is taking player criticism to heart. It has the most impressive first-person shooting this side of Tita...

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening review

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening review


With a beautiful new art style, plenty of welcome improvements, and a ton more collectibles to find, Link’s Awakening is brilliant for both newcomers and longtime fans.

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FIFA 20 passes the ball to Volta mode and it makes a goal

FIFA 20 passes the ball to Volta mode and it makes a goal
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FIFA 20 review: Volta brings flair to the familiar

“FIFA 20’s Volta mode is a stellar new addition, but other tweaks are less impressive.”

  • Volta Football is a blast
  • A variety of ways to play Ultimate Team
  • Soccer gameplay continues to shine
  • Plenty of modes to keep you busy until next year
  • Visuals are starting to show their age
  • Full-scale story mode is missed

Electronic Arts has a tradition of releasing annual sports games, usually with incremental changes that don’t massively upend the formula from year-to-year. This is certainly the case with FIFA 19, a game that offered improvements that longtime fans appreciated, but without enough new content to entice newcomers.

It seems EA might have learned from last year’s game...

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