2513 Published Reviews

The Last of Us: Part II

PS4
9.60
Jenni LadaJun 16, 2020
It is a bookend to its predecessor. People will be talking about The Last of Us Part II for years to come. They’ll be analyzing the story, if it needed to go to the lengths that it does, and considering the effect its world-building, gameplay mechanics, and accessibility options will have for years to come.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

PC
9.40
Jenni LadaMay 28, 2020
I suppose the best way to describe Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is as a finishing move of its own. Though, it’d be a Friendship, rather than a Fatality. It’s in many ways a means of NetherRealm showing appreciation for the series’ history. The free additions pay tribute to the past by bringing back old moves in a gorgeous way.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

PS4
9.40
Jenni LadaMay 28, 2020
The paid elements give two more classic fighters a chance to return, Robocop a chance to dole out justice, and an even better capper to a story that gives returning fighters who showed up as DLC a place in the story. It’s all handled incredibly well and, to be honest, even people who just come back to the game for the massive free update and its balance updates and additions will be more than satisfied.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

Switch
9.40
Jenni LadaMay 28, 2020
I suppose the best way to describe Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is as a finishing move of its own. Though, it’d be a Friendship, rather than a Fatality. It’s in many ways a means of NetherRealm showing appreciation for the series’ history. The free additions pay tribute to the past by bringing back old moves in a gorgeous way.

Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath

Xbox One
9.40
Jenni LadaMay 28, 2020
I suppose the best way to describe Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is as a finishing move of its own. Though, it’d be a Friendship, rather than a Fatality. It’s in many ways a means of NetherRealm showing appreciation for the series’ history. The free additions pay tribute to the past by bringing back old moves in a gorgeous way.

Minecraft Dungeons

PC
8.00
Lucas WhiteMay 26, 2020
Minecraft Dungeons is a rare sort of game that’s probably only possible due to the Minecraft brand’s phenomenal success. RPGs are a relative niche, and historically you’re just supposed to happen upon them and sink or swim. Sure, there’s stuff like Pokemon, but there isn’t really an equivalent for the likes of Diablo. Mojang Studios has used Minecraft as a sort of vessel, with which they can teach that demographic the basic ins and outs of a new genre.

Minecraft Dungeons

PS4
8.00
Lucas WhiteMay 26, 2020
Minecraft Dungeons is a rare sort of game that’s probably only possible due to the Minecraft brand’s phenomenal success. RPGs are a relative niche, and historically you’re just supposed to happen upon them and sink or swim. Sure, there’s stuff like Pokemon, but there isn’t really an equivalent for the likes of Diablo. Mojang Studios has used Minecraft as a sort of vessel, with which they can teach that demographic the basic ins and outs of a new genre.

Minecraft Dungeons

Switch
8.00
Lucas WhiteMay 26, 2020
Minecraft Dungeons is a rare sort of game that’s probably only possible due to the Minecraft brand’s phenomenal success. RPGs are a relative niche, and historically you’re just supposed to happen upon them and sink or swim. Sure, there’s stuff like Pokemon, but there isn’t really an equivalent for the likes of Diablo. Mojang Studios has used Minecraft as a sort of vessel, with which they can teach that demographic the basic ins and outs of a new genre.

Minecraft Dungeons

Xbox One
8.00
Lucas WhiteMay 26, 2020
Minecraft Dungeons is a rare sort of game that’s probably only possible due to the Minecraft brand’s phenomenal success. RPGs are a relative niche, and historically you’re just supposed to happen upon them and sink or swim. Sure, there’s stuff like Pokemon, but there isn’t really an equivalent for the likes of Diablo. Mojang Studios has used Minecraft as a sort of vessel, with which they can teach that demographic the basic ins and outs of a new genre.

RESIDENT EVIL 3

PC
7.00
Jenni LadaApr 14, 2020
Resident Evil 3 is a historically important game and its story is interesting. Had it come before Resident Evil 2, perhaps I would have been fonder of it. But as is, it feels like it doesn’t do as much or go as far as its predecessor, an issue exacerbated by the removal of some of its challenging and unique elements. It is worth playing, but people should enter with tempered expectations.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

PS4
9.00
Lucas WhiteApr 14, 2020
Final Fantasy VII Remake reveres its source material, but isn’t afraid to get sillier, weirder, and even more earnest and emotional. It’s a classic, old school JRPG from the 90s, reimagined as a bloated, contemporary triple-a video game. It’s also, in a way, a significant meta text, but you’ll have to dive into that aspect on your own. Final Fantasy VII Remake is going to be weird in so many different ways for so many different people, and for that reason alone I have to give it an enthusiastic recommendation.

RESIDENT EVIL 3

PS4
7.00
Jenni LadaApr 14, 2020
Resident Evil 3 is a historically important game and its story is interesting. Had it come before Resident Evil 2, perhaps I would have been fonder of it. But as is, it feels like it doesn’t do as much or go as far as its predecessor, an issue exacerbated by the removal of some of its challenging and unique elements. It is worth playing, but people should enter with tempered expectations.

RESIDENT EVIL 3

Xbox One
7.00
Jenni LadaApr 14, 2020
Resident Evil 3 is a historically important game and its story is interesting. Had it come before Resident Evil 2, perhaps I would have been fonder of it. But as is, it feels like it doesn’t do as much or go as far as its predecessor, an issue exacerbated by the removal of some of its challenging and unique elements. It is worth playing, but people should enter with tempered expectations.

Bleeding Edge

PC
5.00
Lucas WhiteMar 27, 2020
Overall I’m coming away from Bleeding Edge pretty disappointed. I’m not exactly a big fan of Ninja Theory’s work in general, although I’ve had fun with games like Hellblade and Enslaved. But even though Ninja Theory’s Devil May Cry attempt had me cringing, it at least showed there’s a level of ambition and understanding there of what makes for good melee combat.

Bleeding Edge

Xbox One
5.00
Lucas WhiteMar 27, 2020
Overall I’m coming away from Bleeding Edge pretty disappointed. I’m not exactly a big fan of Ninja Theory’s work in general, although I’ve had fun with games like Hellblade and Enslaved. But even though Ninja Theory’s Devil May Cry attempt had me cringing, it at least showed there’s a level of ambition and understanding there of what makes for good melee combat.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Switch
9.80
Jenni LadaMar 24, 2020
Animal Crossing: New Horizons could end up being the most important game of 2020. It certainly will be one of its best. It will be the coping mechanism that helps people both recover from and overcome the dark things around them.

DOOM Eternal

PC
7.00
Lucas WhiteMar 20, 2020
The air-dashing, grappling, and tons of unlockable stuff is cool, and Doomguy’s personal quarters in his weird spaceship/castle gimmick is pretty funny. But while there’s nothing outright bad or poorly crafted in DOOM Eternal, the direction id Software chose to head here just reeks of AAA homogeny. The last game had teeth; DOOM Eternal feels like it sold out a little.

DOOM Eternal

PS4
7.00
Lucas WhiteMar 20, 2020
The air-dashing, grappling, and tons of unlockable stuff is cool, and Doomguy’s personal quarters in his weird spaceship/castle gimmick is pretty funny. But while there’s nothing outright bad or poorly crafted in DOOM Eternal, the direction id Software chose to head here just reeks of AAA homogeny. The last game had teeth; DOOM Eternal feels like it sold out a little.

DOOM Eternal

Switch
7.00
Lucas WhiteMar 20, 2020
The air-dashing, grappling, and tons of unlockable stuff is cool, and Doomguy’s personal quarters in his weird spaceship/castle gimmick is pretty funny. But while there’s nothing outright bad or poorly crafted in DOOM Eternal, the direction id Software chose to head here just reeks of AAA homogeny. The last game had teeth; DOOM Eternal feels like it sold out a little.

DOOM Eternal

Xbox One
7.00
Lucas WhiteMar 20, 2020
The air-dashing, grappling, and tons of unlockable stuff is cool, and Doomguy’s personal quarters in his weird spaceship/castle gimmick is pretty funny. But while there’s nothing outright bad or poorly crafted in DOOM Eternal, the direction id Software chose to head here just reeks of AAA homogeny. The last game had teeth; DOOM Eternal feels like it sold out a little.

Darksiders Genesis

PC
7.40
Jenni LadaFeb 14, 2020
Darksiders Genesis isn’t a bad game. It has a lot of potential to it and there are some things it does well. I especially liked the twists to its story. The problem is that it is pretty clear it didn’t get the same level of attention as its predecessors. Elements of its design makes it feel like corners were cut in an effort to get things done as efficiently as possible. This can mean some platforming segments are difficult to get past and a little perhaps the puzzles could have actually been challenging.

Darksiders Genesis

PS4
7.40
Jenni LadaFeb 14, 2020
Darksiders Genesis isn’t a bad game. It has a lot of potential to it and there are some things it does well. I especially liked the twists to its story. The problem is that it is pretty clear it didn’t get the same level of attention as its predecessors. Elements of its design makes it feel like corners were cut in an effort to get things done as efficiently as possible. This can mean some platforming segments are difficult to get past and a little perhaps the puzzles could have actually been challenging.

Darksiders Genesis

Switch
7.40
Jenni LadaFeb 14, 2020
Darksiders Genesis isn’t a bad game. It has a lot of potential to it and there are some things it does well. I especially liked the twists to its story. The problem is that it is pretty clear it didn’t get the same level of attention as its predecessors. Elements of its design makes it feel like corners were cut in an effort to get things done as efficiently as possible. This can mean some platforming segments are difficult to get past and a little perhaps the puzzles could have actually been challenging.

Darksiders Genesis

Xbox One
7.40
Jenni LadaFeb 14, 2020
Darksiders Genesis isn’t a bad game. It has a lot of potential to it and there are some things it does well. I especially liked the twists to its story. The problem is that it is pretty clear it didn’t get the same level of attention as its predecessors. Elements of its design makes it feel like corners were cut in an effort to get things done as efficiently as possible. This can mean some platforming segments are difficult to get past and a little perhaps the puzzles could have actually been challenging.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

PC
7.00
Lucas WhiteJan 22, 2020
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an intriguing entry in the ongoing Dragon Ball video game experiment. These games are pumped out as closely to annually as possible, but with HD game development being what it is, it’s probably hard to justify playing loosey goosey with fighting games like before. Dragon Ball games, from Xenoverse to FighterZ and now Kakarot, are much more ambitious and distinct.