Category: Reviews

The latest reviews of Games, Comics, Movies, Hardware and Books from the staff of CGMagazine.

The Shape of Water Review: Making A Monster Movie Romance

Guillermo Del Toro used to save his arty genre movies for his subtitled productions and make pure genre nonsense in Hollywood. That split is over. The Mexican maestro’s latest American production is one of his most complex and moving outings to date. Of course, it does have a monster in it—that’s just how Del Toro rolls. It’s a magnificent monster as well, in many ways his take on the classic Creature from the Black Lagoon. It’s also spliced with the fairy tale romanticism of Amelie, cold war paranoia, empathetic identity politics, and some of the most beautiful filmmaking to hit ... Read more

Google Home Mini (Hardware) Review: A Little Helper

Home assistants are quickly becoming an invaluable piece of hardware for the modern person. The access to quick Internet searches, music playback, and integration with many of the programs we use on a daily basis, shows how convenient home assistants are. Around half a year ago, Google released the Google Home. Now, Google wants to put more access to it’s assistant throughout your home with the release of the Google Home Mini. Google Home Mini (Image credit: CGM Staff)  The Google Home Mini does live up to the mini in its name. Coming in at only around 2 inches tall ... Read more

Portal Knights (Switch) Review: Blocky, Tepid Survival

A lot of people haven’t opened up their hearts to survival games. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that a many of the games in that genre seem geared towards kids, but that hasn’t stopped me from playing plenty of cartoony titles enjoyed by people of all ages, from Skylanders and LEGO games to Minecraft. Portal Knights had that same allure, but after getting into it on the Switch, I found myself going back to other games that did it better. Portal Knights (Switch) – gameplay image via Keen games and 505 Games Portals ... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ1 (Smartphone) Review – Boringly Great

Owning a phone is a necessity. Most of modern life is conducted through our phones and without them we would be lost. It goes without saying, that having a flagship phone is beneficial for a variety of reasons. When someone purchases a flagship phone, they expect the latest in technology and style. Sony released their latest flagship, the Sony Xperia XZ1. This phone is set to stand alongside the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, Apple’s iPhone X, and LG’s G6. Surprisingly, this phone has the ability to stand shoulder to shoulder with the big boys. Let’s talk about the biggest ... Read more

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack (Switch) Review – Two new classics

When I first saw the artwork for Azure Striker Gunvolt, I knew Inti Creates had something special on their hands. This veteran development house from Japan has been around for over two decades and is perhaps best known for the Mega Man Zero and ZX series—a feather in the cap of a once great franchise that had some ups and downs near the end. Through the years they worked with Capcom until they didn’t, and the series was unceremoniously killed off after Mega Man 10. From there they worked on various other licensed properties before really hitting it big with ... Read more

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (Switch) Review: The Block Justice League

They say Lego games are all the same—and they’re right. TT Games’ juggernaut of a pop culture-hopping franchise found a formula at some point in the PS2 era and essentially haven’t changed it since. That makes the release of every Lego game slightly less exciting than the one before. However, Lego Marvel Super Heroes just might have been the peak of the genre back in 2013. So when the sequel rolled around, I couldn’t help but approach it with curiosity and hope. What I got back was indeed plenty of the Lego and Marvel fun that I craved as well ... Read more

Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV (PSVR) Review: Not-So-Deep Fishing Sim

Final Fantasy, the name alone is synonymous with so many images. Turn-based combat, beautiful visuals, epic monsters, but fishing doesn’t generally come to mind. Thanks to virtual reality, Final Fantasy has now tackled fishing with Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy. Monster of the Deep is a graphically stunning fishing simulator mixed with a small amount of Final Fantasy XV. I figured I would spend time relaxing, casting out my line and reeling in some fish. A tranquil experience, or so I thought. Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV (PSVR) – gameplay image via Square Enix Players embody Hunters, ... Read more

Sennheiser 4.40BT Headphones Review

I am one of those “old dogs” that hates the idea of modern devices removing the headphone jack. At first, it was my disdain towards certain companies with cult-like customers who will happily spend all their money for anything with a particular logo on it. However, time’s arrow neither stands still nor reverses, it merely marchers forward, and it seems that many of the major tech manufacturers are following suit and releasing their latest devices sans-jack. With that in mind, it’s time for CGMagazine to let our readers know which Bluetooth headphones are the best of the bunch and this ... Read more

Hyakki Castle (PC) Review: A Tense Dive into Japanese Folklore

Hyakki Castle is a mythological monster fan’s dream. For those who are sick of thumping orcs, goblins, and knights in their dungeon crawlers, Hyakki Castle offers a ton of monster variety, pitting players against incredible, unsettling creatures from Japanese folklore. It’s a joy just to see what new beasts lurk on each floor, even if they might spontaneously stomp the life out of you and force you to redo a half-hour of play time. Hyakki Castle (PC) – gameplay image via Asakusa Studios and Happinet Hyakki Castle puts players in control of a party of self-made characters, all of whom ... Read more

SteelSeries Rival 110 (Hardware) Review- The Core Essentials

Instead of rolling out their next generation of gaming peripherals, SteelSeries has opted for a different approach by deciding to update their fan favourite products to match the current industry standards that consumers desire. Most notably, the Rival series of eSports-geared mice. This lineup contains a rich legacy of products that continue to be go-to recommendations from many prominent players in the field across multiple titles, including Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The subject of this review is the Rival 110, the cheapest mouse currently offered by the manufacturer that still contains the core essentials for competitive PC play. SteelSeries ... Read more

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review In Progress: This is the Aegis’s Power

The burden of expectation weighs heavily upon Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It’s hard to believe that the first game in the series nearly didn’t make its way to North American shores. Since then, it has built an enduring legacy that cements it as one of the greatest RPGs of its generation, if not one of the best video games in the last decade. Xenoblade Chronicles X, for all the richness of its open world, diverged sufficiently from its predecessor that it alienated much of its fanbase. Enter Xenoblade Chronicles 2, a spiritual successor to the original Xenoblade with a renewed focus ... Read more

The Disaster Artist (2017) Review: Making A Great Movie Out Of The Worst Movie

Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is possibly the most watched and discussed independent American film of the 2000s. In our irony-obsessed age, that doesn’t mean it’s good though. Far from it. The magnum opus by the mysterious Wiseau is arguably the worst movie ever made and one that achieved cult status from those who gleefully giggle away at it’s ineptitude. Wiseau has emerged as an odd pop culture icon out of the wreckage of The Room and it’s behind the scenes tales that grew into Internet folklore. It was almost inevitable someone would make a movie about him. Thankfully, that movie ... Read more