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DualShockers' September Review Roundup

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September was jam packed full of exciting titles but incase you forgot, here's a rundown of our reviews for the month.

By Rachael Fiddis

October 4, 2021

September was a busy month here at DualShockers with so many exciting titles hitting the shelves so, without further ado, let’s check out a summary of all the games we reviewed.

The summer has come and gone in the flash of an eye with the chilly Autumn winds now biting at our heels. Thankfully, we have some fantastic titles that kept us warm as we said goodbye to the warm season and hello to everything spooky.

But before we jump into our knitted sweaters and hot cocoa, check out how DualShockers bid farewell to September in our ultimate review roundup that included some of the highest scores the site has seen in a while.

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Sonic Colors: Ultimate Review

Starting off September with a bang, our Managing Editor Sam Woods got the review party started with Sonic Colors: Ultimate to which he gave it a 6.5 out of 10.

Even though Sam said, “The levels are designed pretty well and there’s a nice variety in them, ranging from some slightly more puzzle-focused levels to speed-based ones to some that are loaded with enemies and more.” unfortunately, the gameplay didn’t live up to what was expected, stating ” the levels just felt unnecessarily challenging and I perished over and over again.”

Life Is Strange: True Colors Review

A new protagonist is on the block as I stepped inside the world of Life is Strange once again after three years. Filled with meaningful impact and choices that unravel mysteries, I gave this heartfelt title a 9.5 out of 10.

Straight off the bat, the beauty and detail that went into Life is Strange: True Colors set it instantly apart. “Without a doubt, one of my favourite places to visit in Haven Springs is the Record Store. From its entire aesthetics to the music playing in the background and how the devs at Deck Nine put so much thought into every minute detail was totally captivating to walk around.”

Eastward Review

Staff writer Jo Craig takes readers down the nostalgia route with the RPG adventure, Eastward. If the game’s music sounds familiar, well that’s because Eastward’s composer, Joel Corelitz, also helmed the score for Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding. With a healthy rating of 9 out of 10, this one seems to be an unmissable adventure.

Jo said, “If video games are built to transport us to escapism, then Eastward is our one-way ticket out of the humdrum.” and while talking about the score, Jo stated, “The drastic change from upbeat, ego-satisfying victory themes – accompanied by your character’s air punch – to sudden, sporadic notes bathed in mystery and melancholy is a delight to experience during gameplay.”

Lost Judgement Review

Another one from Jo but this time she takes readers down the mean streets of crime in the Yakuza franchise Lost Judgement as she wanders around Japan trying not to get distracted by all the fun activities. With an 8.5 out of 10 for this one, it looks to be a hit with Yakuza fans.

Jo says in her review, “Yagami has to navigate the fine line between honoring the law and taking the law into his own hands, equipped with inner thoughts – displayed for our viewing pleasure – an arsenal of combat moves, and exquisite parkour.”

Deathloop Review

Although it may not have been on everyone’s radar, Deathloop packs some serious punch and has even been mentioned as a GOTY contender. Sleek and stylish are some of the words brought up when the Bethesda title is discussed but Sam had many more that included a 9.5 out of 10 score.

Talking about the story, Sam says “what really surprised me was just how deep and interconnected Deathloop‘s story is” and how “The game presents you with all of the options but also gives you the freedom of how you want to tackle them.”

Aragami 2 Review

DualShockers’ Jo comes in with her final review of the month and this time tackles Lince Works’ next eastern-based instalment, Aragami 2. Even though Jo loved the Japanese aesthetic and mythology, this title didn’t quite hit the mark, receiving 6.5 out of 10.

Jo said “Players who are not accustomed to mission-based games may be over the moon to gain some personal XP in that genre. Others may be suffering from mission exhaustion and will get disinterested fairly easily.”

Kena: Bridge of Spirits Review

From the moment the first trailer dropped at PlayStation’s Future of Gaming event in 2020, Kena and the Rot caught my heart. To say I enjoyed this beautiful game is an understatement but maybe my 10 out of 10 score will speak for itself.

In my review, I said, “The environmental storytelling is where Kena really comes to life and this is also where Ember Labs has hit a home run.” and how I wasn’t prepared for the game’s dark undercurrent.

Sable Review

With great titles like Bad North, Mosaic and Call of the Sea under their belt, Raw Fury hits home with another cracking title. Dom takes on this open-world exploration game that unearths itself to the player and left them with a fantastic 9 out of 10 score.

Dom said, “Even though there is a bigger story to follow and explore, there are smaller stories that Sable can take while on her journey. These acted like side missions that will help you to explore as you slowly but surely complete the main mission.”

NBA 2K22 Review

And last but not least, DualShockers’ own Dean James dives into the NBA 2K franchise where he thoroughly enjoyed Visual Concepts basketball title dribbling in with a score of 8 out of 10.

Dean wrote “Both player visuals and the environments throughout the game look gorgeous, even if some areas in The City can look a little basic”

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Rachael Fiddis
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Rachael, who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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