Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn (PS4)

Shaq comes from a town named “Hunglow.” His mortal enemy in Yen Lo-Wang. That’s the high point of Shaq-Fu’s humor. The rest is acidic, painful, and disgraceful. It’s homophobic, with hundreds of marching muscle men walking with a stereotypical gait. It’s racist, with both boa-wearing pimps and grape soda-spewing black men. Never even mind the… Continue reading Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn (PS4)


Super Mega Baseball 2 (Xbox One)

“Just Spend Money” says a satirical Nike-themed ad lining the boards in Super Mega Baseball 2’s stadiums. It’s part of a classic baseball satire, the likes of which Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball, Baseball Stars 2, and The Bigs understood so well. Classics, the lot of them. So too is Super Mega Baseball 2. Batters sport… Continue reading Super Mega Baseball 2 (Xbox One)


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch)

  The common grocery store banana is going extinct. Climate change is leaving rain forests in ruin. This is not a great time for Donkey Kong. “Tropical Freeze” isn’t a subtle title either. Reality changed around Donkey Kong. So did he, enough to turn him from construction site nuisance to pro kart racer and into… Continue reading Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch)


AO International Tennis (PS4)

Tennis doesn’t need the broadcast energy of other pro sports. Kintecism happens organically on the court. Lucky then for AO International Tennis, the dearth of personality isn’t crippling. Players fist pump after a successful point. They look dejected and defeated when losing. Nothing else really moves. Ball boys kneel next to the judge and never… Continue reading AO International Tennis (PS4)


Dragon’s Crown Pro (PS4)

The nostalgia Dragon’s Crown intends, even though it’s only five years old at the time of this remaster, is for a fantasy melee. Instead, it’s Gamergate. The percolation of Gamergate anyway. On Dragon Crown’s initial release, critics called out the pulpy, distorted female forms for their sexism. Things didn’t go well in terms of the… Continue reading Dragon’s Crown Pro (PS4)