1494 Published Reviews
Paranoia: Happiness is MandatoryPC
It is difficult to translate what makes Paranoia such a fun and unique tabletop experience because its chaotic nature will inevitably feel constrained by the boundaries video games have to impose in order to properly function. Even so, Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory is a noticeably weak adaptation that has few redeeming factors that make it worth playing.
Gollop and his team certainly have the foundation to create something worth playing, and at times I can see what they were aiming for. The world is unique, and the tactical gameplay is fine in controlled doses. But much of it feels underbaked, hampered by choices that muddy what Phoenix Point is trying to accomplish. There are good ideas here, but they are overshadowed by its far more numerous problems.
For as unique and finetuned the game’s battle system and mechanics are, with no real exploration, there isn’t much to do outside of battles. Even certain features, such as the ability to collect furniture and customize Lucky’s room, seem to serve absolutely no purpose and add nothing to the game. Still, Heroland is a worthy addition for any JRPG fan looking to try something different.
MechWarrior 5: MercenariesPC
Like your Grandpa’s rusty old Blackjack, Mechwarrior 5 is a great machine that could use a lot of polish.
Ancestors: the Humankind OdysseyPS4
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a game I’d love to recommend to everyone, but I fear the complexity and finicky controls doom it to niche appeal. If you’re looking to give it a try, I would highly suggest you check out this console port over the initial PC release for ease of access and far less waiting on load screens.
Life is Strange 2 - Episode 5PS4
Life is Strange 2 ended as it began: an emotional, uncompromisingly political story that succinctly represents player choice in its final moments.
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR SeriesPC
Vader Immortal’s limitations as short VR thrills leave plenty of potential for a full-length game in the future. It’s impressive attention to detail can be appreciated by new and long-time fans escaping into The Outer Rim. As the story pushes its limits to innovative heights after Episode One, a few hitches in gameplay can be distracting in very demanding moments.
Disco Elysium is an RPG where you play as an amnesiac cop investigating a murder. Thanks to its writing and emphasis on freedom, it’s unlike any other RPG out there.
Kingdom Under Fire IIPC
Ultimately Kingdom Under Fire 2 is hurt most by its repetitive quest-nature and complete and utter lack of charm, which leaves players with a rather boring product. It doesn’t help that the game isn’t exactly stable and tends to crash easily, leaving you with very, very little reason to log back in once the server kicks you.
Shenmue III is the monkey-paw wish of videogames — it is exactly what fans have wanted, to the point where it feels like it belongs in a different era. To casual audiences, Shenmue III is a game best reserved for the curious or patient player, those who are willing to sit through its slow guess-work filled gameplay and archaic game mechanics.
Age of Empires II: Definitive EditionPC
Age of Empires 2: The Definitive Edition is an excellent version of a game that refined a genre two decades ago, but it doesn’t offer much to entice new players from their modern conveniences.
Sid Meier's Civilization VIPS4
Civilization VI is a rock solid port that keeps the game’s strengths – and flaws – intact for consoles.
STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen OrderPS4
Beside a few nagging puzzles and backtracking sequences, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an excellent game, both for fans of action-adventure titles and of course, fans of games set in galaxies, far far away.
Romancing SaGa 3Switch
Between Romancing SaGa 3 and two more English SaGa games on the horizon, it’s a good time to be a devotee of this oddball RPG series. Let me hear your rallying cry, SaGa fans: “There are dozens of us! Dozens!”
Corpse Party 2: Dead PatientPC
Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient is a return to the sound, language, and character connections that made the original so compelling and disturbing.
Red Dead Redemption 2PC
The PC release of Red Dead Redemption 2 is without a doubt visually breathtaking to behold, but a wide range of issues at launch sour the experience of revisiting Rockstar’s captivating Western.
Need for Speed HeatPS4
Messy is the adjective that best describes Need For Speed Heat. The story is ho-hum, the events could use more variety, and the multiplayer is disappointing. But when you sit behind the wheel of your customized car and try to escape from cops that are hunting you down in the midst of a rainstorm, you can look past those issues. Ghost Games is on the right track, even if there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020Switch
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a good revitalization for the franchise and one that packs enough charm to forgive its faults.
Call of Duty: Modern WarfarePS4
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is one of the most refreshing and tactically immersive entries in the franchise to date, but the current state of some multiplayer components at launch and a deeply disappointing co-op mode drags down an otherwise fantastic FPS.
Death Stranding’s attention to the real may make it difficult to enjoy, but it is undeniably an experience that will both scourge and soothe the heart.
Luigi's Mansion 3Switch
Luigi’s Mansion 3 may be the most fun I’ve had on the Switch since Mario Odyssey–and like Odyssey, I genuinely did not want to stop playing it. It is overflowing with fun, humour, challenge, and, ironically, life. There’s a little something for everyone, fans and newcomers alike. Do yourself a favour and do your Halloween right by playing Luigi’s Mansion 3!
For better or worse, MediEvil is a PS4 game that plays like a PSX game.
The Outer WorldsPS4
If you (like everyone) thought Fallout: New Vegas was the best Fallout game and wanted to see what the studio could do under their own steam, The Other Worlds is a perfect showcase. It’s everything you could want, and outside of a few minor bugs and quirks (it wouldn’t be an Obsidian title without them), I don’t have anything bad to say.
Overwatch®: Legendary EditionSwitch
If you have never played Overwatch before, I can imagine you’ll find plenty to love about its Switch port. But I strongly recommend playing any other version instead, as the flaws will become all too clear sooner rather than later on the Switch. Overwatch on the Nintendo Switch is exactly what it sounds like – a passable port for a videogame that is best played elsewhere.
Ring Fit AdventureSwitch
For as rich an experience Ring Fit Adventure is, it’s a game that only gives what players are willing to put into it. Unlike with most RPGs I’ve played; I can’t simply rush through Ring Fit Adventure to consume all its content right away and I’m ok with that. The game’s slowly introduced items and crafting, stat boosting equipment and even elemental advantages in battle. As Ring Fit Adventure continues to grow into a more complex game for me to enjoy, I’ve been growing more accustomed to the different exercises available and I can both see and feel myself getting in better shape.