Occasionally we’ll be posting quick impressions on games we’ve played throughout the year that were in our backlogs. It’ll be a combination of good to bad, three at a time.

Good to Great

NBA Playgrounds – Essentially it’s a modern-day NBA Jam, mixed with some features of newer sports games, like opening packs to get players. I had a ton of fun playing this, and didn’t put it down for a couple days… I genuinely liked almost everything about it. The controls, or the actions you perform with them, don’t feel as polished as they should. Blocking/rebounding feel off, but it’s sort of irrelevant as you’re sinking sick 3’s and huge dunks. There’s a few neat power-ups you get by playing good offense or solid defense that spice it up a bit. Didn’t get bored at all. This will probably get me to check out NBA Playgrounds 2, although I don’t love the fact that 2K is involved this time around.

Decent to Average

The Bug Butcher – A fun little arcade shoot ’em up where you go through labs and save the scientists by killing each wave of aliens as they come at you. Nothing groundbreaking, but fun to go for the three stars on each level while hitting the combo target. There’s a nice variety of upgrades and weapons as well. Doesn’t overstay its welcome, and remained decently fun for a couple of hours.

Don’t Bother

Rememoried – I’ve said before that “Walking Simulators” really don’t bring much to the table most of the time, and this would fall into that category. It has excellent music, which is the only reason I would recommend it, outside of the extremely easy Gamerscore. Good music and 1000G in 30 minutes isn’t so bad

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Written by Shawn Ryan

I've been gaming for almost 30 years, with a vast array of knowledge (and Gamerscore) under my belt. I play everything, and tend to find the good even in bad games. There will never be a game better than The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

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