1566 Published Reviews
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in DisguiseSwitch
As bad as this is, it’s not enough to dissuade me from playing or recommending the game. Deadly Premonition 2 is so out there, so dedicated to crafting an experience that nothing has come close to recreating in a decade, that it’s weirdly admirable.
Wanting to bring something new to the Blair Witch lore, the game took a giant swing at a story it had no business trying to tell. Though it has some decent scares and mechanics, strip the “yikes” of a story away and you’re left with a basic linear game full up with bugs.
Marvel's Iron Man VRPS4
At the end of the day, Marvel’s Iron Man VR is a decent game, but one that will only likely appeal to a younger audience or die-hard fans of the property. Ironman VR sets a good foundation for a solid sequel that can take full advantage of next-gen hardware, addressing all the shortcomings imposed by its current-gen incarnation.
It’s a little early to say if Ninjala will stand up with the likes of Fortnite or Splatoon, but it’s a creative, fun, and charming game that we should be keeping an eye on.
Summer in MaraPC
Honestly, it pains me deeply to be as hard as I am on Summer in Mara, because you can genuinely see how much love clearly went into it. There are the glimmers of good ideas in here, and as a whole, the game is fairly well made. While I definitely think there is a lot to like in Summer of Mara, the lack of polish and general tedium of the gameplay might make this a fairly unsatisfying experience for even diehard fans of farming sims like Harvest Moon.
BRIGANDINE The Legend of RunersiaSwitch
Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is a game made almost exclusively for fans of the original, but JRPG fans who put strategy above all else may be able find something to love about this if they put in the time.
Command & Conquer RemasteredPC
I am very happy that Command & Conquer and Red Alert have received the remastering treatment – they’re damned good games, and they deserve it. There’s a reason these games helped define an entire genre, and now everybody can see it for themselves.
Phantom: Covert OpsPC
nDreams has outdone itself in turning what could have been a ridiculous simulator into a fully-blown Metal Gear Solid side story taking place in a boat. Their work in tandem with Oculus Studios has backed its experience with a high production value that adds a worthy exclusive for Rifters and Questers.
The Isle of ArmorSwitch
Honestly, I wish I had more to say about this, but there’s really not a whole lot on offer. However, for what it is, the Isle of Armor expansion is a decent, little post-game add-on that will no doubt give players added incentive to dive back into Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Outbuddies DX is a game I will at least commend for being somewhat decent considering it was developed by a single person. However, the more I played it, the more frustrated I got with it, and the more I wished I was playing Super Metroid, or even Hollow Knight. It’s a brave first attempt by ultimately, there are far better examples in the “Metroidvania” genre out there.
The Dark Eye : Book of HeroesPC
The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes is a game that in many ways, takes the essence of a good table-top game and directly translates it into a competent, online dungeon-crawling RPG.
Skelattack is a challenging and sprawling platformer set in the underworld that aims to please both fans of adventure games and platformers.
Persona 4 GoldenPC
Persona 4 Golden remains one of my favorite RPGs of all time and this rock-solid PC port is quickly becoming the definitive release of the game for me. I’m overjoyed that games that were previously stuck in the PlayStation vault of platform exclusives are finally making their way to PC for a wider audience of players to enjoy with better performance and enhanced visuals.
The Last of Us: Part IIPS4
The Last of Us Part II is a perfectly paced emotional rollercoaster ride from start to finish. When The Last of Us originally released in 2013 there was a lot of discussion from players in the community whether or not the game should ever receive a sequel and become a franchise, with many fearing that a second entry could never live up to the original.
XCOM 2 CollectionSwitch
It’s a testament to XCOM 2’s design that despite all the problems I’ve just mentioned, it still manages to captivate you should you have the patience. As my campaign went on, however, my patience grew thin. I managed to complete it, but I have no desire to experience it on the Switch again. If one truly wishes to experience XCOM 2 at its best, look elsewhere.
Ys: Memories of CelcetaPS4
Ys: Memories of Celceta doesn’t shine quite as brightly as it did when it was a handheld exclusive, but it’s perfect for fans of the Ys series and anyone looking to speed through a shorter JRPG
Timelie definitely stands on its own as a serving of puzzles that naturally mixes stealth and strategy. Though (subjectively) short around 8 hours, the game is worth an appreciation for turning the clocks back on an underrated genre. Its short length is justified with levels that get bigger with its challenges. In hindsight, Urnique Studio should be open to making a sequel that caters to different levels of creativity that can happen with a time bar.
Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced EditionsSwitch
Sure you could play newer titles like Divinity: Original Sin or Pillars of Eternity, but I highly suggest both newcomers and old fans of Baldur’s Gate to give these games a try. They are incredible feats of work and still hold up 20+ years later. If you are yearning to play some portable Dungeons and Dragons give this massive game pack a go and remember, always go for the eyes!
The Outer WorldsSwitch
If you haven’t played it—seriously, shame on you—these shortcomings may not be as deterring to fans who have seen it on more powerful consoles, but if you’re a fan who wants a galaxy sized adventure, on a pocket sized console, you should definitely give it a look.
Borderlands Legendary CollectionSwitch
However, I do understand why people like Borderlands—there is a certain sense of catharsis in the grind, even if it’s paired with intense FPS shooting; and I won’t deny it’s not bad as a fun, couch co-op Saturday killer. At the very least, I would say skip the Legendary Collection and go for the Legendary Collection, since that one is Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel bundled and honestly, the first Borderlands is probably the weakest of the three.
Saints Row: The Third RemasteredPS4
It’s by no means a bad game, and I definitely respect it for being so committed to its wacky premise, but in the year 2020, with so many advancements in the open-world sandbox genre, it can’t help but feel a bit dated. Unless you’ve already played it and know what you’re getting into, I can’t see any newcomers to the franchise fully enjoying this game, after GTAV and GTA Online have been dominating the scene since 2013.
BioShock: The CollectionSwitch
Its best feature lets you truly play BioShock in bed – something that feels indescribably good. The benefits from players taking Rapture and Columbia with them on-the-go is its biggest selling point. For 2K and Virtuos, it’s a feat that deserves credit. It’s rare for a handheld port to look so damn good, even if it holds back to keep BioShock: The Collection running on the Switch.
Five Nights at Freddy's: Help WantedSwitch
The straightforward short hit game style makes the case for itself and games like it. It’s not completely revolutionary, but it successfully adapts the PC to VR game to the console and makes for a good time.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive EditionSwitch
I knew Xenoblade Chronicles was a quality title, but I did not expect its remaster to blow me away in the way that it has. It tells a gripping story and features gameplay so addictive that I was actively looking for battles to get a chance to come up with new strategies. The game’s new visuals help to enhance what is already a grand level of worthwhile content for newcomers and old.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega MixSwitch
With that in mind however, I would be hard pressed to recommend this entry to any hardcore Miku fans for any reason other than the simple benefit of being able to play Miku on the go. As a casual fan of the series, I cannot say I was disappointed by Mega Mix, but I was underwhelmed by how little Mega Mix offers in comparison to its predecessors.