2960 Published Reviews

Night Call

Switch
6.80
Stephanie SungJul 09, 2020
The unfortunate side to this is that it means the main serial killer plot takes the backseat on this one. Despite its numerous technical glitches, Night Call leaves a strong impression and I’m positive that with a couple of improvements it will definitely rise above.

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise

Switch
7.30
Jaz SagooJul 08, 2020
Like the films it has been influenced by, TOYBOX Inc. has kept the unpolished, anti-establishment feel of the game in honour of those auteurs who go by their own rules. As a result, you are left with a diamond in the rough which rightfully will deter some gamers. Fans of the original will not be disappointed with a trip to Le Carre whereas newcomers may feel like the game is not only set in 2005, but created then, too.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

Switch
7.00
Haley PerryJul 08, 2020
All of this is not to say that Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a letdown, or even that it is a bad game. Its laid-back gameplay and overall simplicity is extremely peaceful and addicting, but I would advise that new players manage their expectations. Because of my concern for how new players will respond to the lack of meaningful content, I do question whether this specific remake was necessary.

The Innsmouth Case

PC
6.80
Alexander ThomasJul 06, 2020
The Innsmouth Case is a beautifully written, delightfully dark, and truly excellent experience on a rainy day. The writers at RobotPumpkin Games are clearly fans of Lovecraft’s work and they capture the soul of his writing with their own humorous twist. Fans of Lovecraft or Tim Burton will adore the narrative and the visual style of the game, no doubt getting lost in trying to uncover each of the curious endings.

F1 2020

PS4
9.00
Erin CastilloJul 06, 2020
F1 2020 is the ultimate title for racing fanatics as it’s a game for those with an unrelenting will to win, no matter how long it takes. There’s a ton of game to be played here, and regardless of your skill level, it’s hard not to love just how well-crafted the latest addition to the F1 franchise is.

Marvel's Iron Man VR

PS4
8.00
Rhett WaselenchukJul 02, 2020
Despite several issues, Iron Man VR was worth the time. A severely repetitive mission structure, lackluster enemy variety, mediocre environments, and a dull story can’t stop this train from rolling. It’s the beauty in the uniqueness of its sales pitch. This is the closest to being Iron Man you’ll ever be.

Burnout Paradise Remastered

Switch
8.10
Patrick AndersonJun 29, 2020
As a port, Burnout Paradise Remastered is no Forza but it looks crisp on the Switch, delivering 720p in handheld mode, 900p docked and crucially, a consistent 60 FPS. For the price, you get the entire game along with the DLC including Big Surf Island, an extra urban environment to check out. Plus there’s those bitchin’ tunes blasting on the radio — admittedly, Guns and Roses and Avril Lavigne are getting a bit old but hey, I’m a sucker for the classics.

Edna & Harvey: The Breakout – Anniversary Edition

Switch
7.20
Clayton CyreJun 29, 2020
I’m not sure if input changes as big as touch controls can be patched into the game but I definitely think that the game would benefit by having some level of touch controls on the go. Considering it’s a point-and-click, I’d like the ability to point and click on the touchscreen that allows gamers to point-and-click.

Sentinels of Freedom

PC
7.00
Jake HillsJun 27, 2020
I’m really hoping you come back and play Sentinels of Freedom. Because despite the unappealing looks, this is a really fun way to explore the Sentinels universe and I hope you’ll come back and play this. There’s an ineffable alchemy at the heart of Sentinels of Freedom, one that goes beyond scores and polygon counts. If you invest the time, maybe you’ll learn to love this troubled little game as I have.

Ys: Memories of Celceta

PS4
8.50
Stephan AdamusJun 25, 2020
This is one of the finest action JRPGs I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. Don’t let its immediate blandness fool you, this is a must play that should stand by giants like The Legend Of Zelda and Final Fantasy series. It’s only 2/3 the price of an average game, and comes with a soundtrack and art cards. What more could you ask for?

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated

PS4
7.00
Rhett WaselenchukJun 23, 2020
Many of the old tropes from games of this era, like repetitive NPC dialogue and music, have made the seventeen-year journey to affect Rehydrated the same way they did the original all that time ago. But I also think the shortcomings are made much more bearable by everything Rehydrated does right. It’s sort of like ordering a Krabby Patty, but they forget the pickles. It’s perfectly edible. Delicious, even. But it could be so much better.

Summer in Mara

Switch
6.50
Ricky KnightJun 23, 2020
Summer in Mara was a game I wanted to love, but its core designs around crafting and questing left me wanting. It’s a shame, as I think it could’ve been something truly magical with more time to cook and less reliance on fetch quests.

West of Dead

Xbox One
7.10
Alexander ThomasJun 23, 2020
West of Dead offers a satisfying blend of tactics and rogue-like gameplay that I didn’t expect. Levels offer plenty of options for how you want to approach a situation, the gunplay is fast and precise, and the execution of creating a wild west style shoot out is perfect. The game is dripping with personality and Ron Perlman delivers each word with purpose and meaning.

The Isle of Armor

Switch
7.50
James PaleyJun 22, 2020
Rather than being guided towards a story-centered goal, you’re making your own fun. The good news is, there’s quite a lot of this kind of fun to be had here. If you’re in the mood for more of what made Pokemon Sword and Shield so good, Isle of Armor will be just what you need.

Beyond Blue

PS4
7.00
Isaac MonteroseJun 20, 2020
Beyond Blue is a relaxing, short $20 edutainment game that’ll be a fun time for gamers who are curious about the deep blue sea and its inhabitants. Just don’t go into it expecting gameplay that’s deeper than a puddle.

Shantae and the Seven Sirens

Xbox One
8.60
Clayton CyreJun 19, 2020
Shantae has been a cult classic since its initial release on the Gameboy colour and I hope that the Seven Sirens help shine light on the series with new fans. Shantae and the Seven Sirens has evolved the Shantae formula yet again and nothing feels out of place on Paradise Island unless it’s meant to.

Valorant

PC
8.50
Tony BaeJun 19, 2020
All in all, Valorant is definitely not for everyone, but the game is completely free to play so you have nothing to lose. It might not be the most original game, but it is expertly designed and iterates on many proven and classic video games. If you are interested in tactical shooters, Valorant is a must-try.

Red Wings: Aces of the Sky

Switch
7.50
Rhett WaselenchukJun 17, 2020
Red Wings: Aces of the Sky is a solid first effort by All In! Games. I hope this isn’t the end of the road for the franchise, because there’s tremendous groundwork that’s been laid here for something that could be truly special.

Desperados III

PCPS4Xbox One
9.00
Alex EverattJun 16, 2020
Desperados III is a brilliant real-time tactical game. The amount of detail that went into it is immediately clearly apparent. While it can be frustratingly punishing at times, with the right amount of patience and practice, the challenges can be overcome. The sheer amount of replayability included in Desperados III is really impressive.

Persona 4 Golden

PC
7.00
James PaleyJun 13, 2020
If even one of these conditions isn’t met, I can’t promise you’ll enjoy this ride. If you’ve somehow never played a Persona game, then welcome! This is a prime place to start. Golden is the superlative version of this entry in the series. There’s nowhere else you’ll find such an expert mix of ruthless battles, lovely social interactions, and awesome music. First-time players of all varieties would do well to snag Persona 4 Golden on the PC.

Disintegration

PC
5.80
Tony BaeJun 13, 2020
There is an online mode, and the added chaos and customization is definitely great. Still, I was feeling that I’d rather play other better RTSs or FPSs over Disintegration. But maybe you’d like the unique mix of styles in multiplayer. Overall, this was a solid effort that felt quite polished. Unfortunately, it’s missing the most important thing in video games—fun. Perhaps some updates could fix this, but it would take a creative overhaul to do so.

Mafia III: Definitive Edition

PC
6.50
Jake HillsJun 13, 2020
The story is well presented but lacks the spark you find in more straightforward RPGs. The documentary framing device is brilliant, but beyond that, there’s not much happening that you won’t find done better elsewhere. Mafia 3: Definitive Edition is exactly that – the definitive version of a so-so 2016 action game.

The Last of Us: Part II

PS4
10.0
Paul SullivanJun 12, 2020
The Last of Us Part 2 is uncomfortably real. It’s gritty, heavy, and polished to a mirror sheen. Even now, a week on from completing it, I’m feeling its weight. It’s far from what I anticipated, but crucially it did the work to get me invested. An astounding technical marvel, The Last of Us Part 2 deftly weaves diverse exploration and fun combat into the mix, resulting in a truly brilliant package.

Skelattack

Switch
8.60
James PaleyJun 11, 2020
Yes, the end was a brutal gauntlet of precision reflexes and constant re-spawns, but it was still tons of fun. Once I got the hang of the float, once I converted to a D-Pad control scheme, the tension was more exciting than exhausting. Maybe I somehow wanted more, but pound for pound, this game maximizes every second of play. If you’re willing to bend to these crushing winds, Skelattack will be a blast.

Liberated

Switch
7.10
Haley PerryJun 11, 2020
The plot and gameplay are both simple to understand, even if the game did end too quickly. I also would have liked some variety in enemies and more strategizing in the game, but this is based on a pretty realistic world and having overpowered robots would probably not fit into the narrative. While it may not the most exciting action-adventure platformer out there, the artwork and stylish storytelling is impressive and makes the experience worthwhile.