REVIEW ROUNDUP?

ThatHITBOX Review Roundup’s are built to cover a broad selection of recent releases. There will likely be no running theme or connective tissue between any of the titles; just two or three games that stood out to us, and therefore might be worth a look. In much the same way as the rest of our review coverage, each title will be given a final score.

HUNTING SIMULATOR 2 - Any game that introduces a dog companion to track your targets is an immediate win in my books, and therefore Hunting Simulator 2 scores points in that regard. As with the original, you’ll meticulously track your prey in large open areas, but this time there’s significantly more variation to both the overall aesthetic and setting of each map. The omission of co-op is disappointing, particularly as it was one of the best aspects of the first go around. You’ll also find that performance can be an issue at times, even on Xbox One X. Still, the satisfaction of scoring your shots remains in place, and the addition of a canine ally definitely makes being out in the wild feel slightly less lonely. 3/5

Those bears don’t stand a chance.
HUNTING SIMULATOR 2 (PS4, XB1, PC, & NS)


MAFIA 2 DEFINITIVE EDITION - After a less than stellar launch, where numerous bugs and rampant frame rate issues plagued the day 1 experience, we’re happy to report that Mafia 2 is now in a much better state. Although the game remains one of the best open world titles of last gen, and looks fantastic on current gen machines, our score here reflects the game itself, and not the initial status of its remastered debut. It was frankly inexcusable to release something so fundamentally broken, and we’ve held off recommending it as a result. But, it’s fair to say that revisiting the fantastic story and well developed characters has been a real treat, and with further instalments likely, now is a much better time to jump in. 2/5 (pre updates) / 4/5 (post updates)

BEYOND BLUE - An intrinsically relaxing and visually pleasing experience, there is a pervasive sense that Beyond Blue is trying to be different. There is a surprising amount of narrative context and quality voice work, especially since the core mechanic is about swimming the oceans depths and recording various aquatic life to your log book. While graphically strong, there is a distinct lack of physics implementation across much of the sea bed and foliage, which leaves the under water world feeling static. The pace is extremely deliberate, and suffers at times from relying on a “go here because the waypoint says so” mechanic. Despite this, it feels wholly original, and absolutely worth checking out if you’re looking for something fresh. 3/5

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HUNTING SIMULATOR 2, MAFIA 2, & BEYOND BLUE
Shoot, swim, and steal.     


REVIEW ROUNDUP
By JAY TEE
14/07/20

Pew. Pew. Pew. Ahhhh seeee.
MAFIA 2 DEFINITIVE EDITION (PS4, XB1, & PC)


Set phasers to chill.
BEYOND BLUE (PS4, XB1, PC, NS, & iOS)


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