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252 Published Reviews

Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind

SwitchSwitch
7.00
Brad LangMay 12, 2021
Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind are well-told and compelling mystery games presented in a loving remake that improves on the original titles while sometimes remaining a little too faithful to outdated designs.

MONSTER HUNTER RISE

Switch
9.00
Brad LangMar 23, 2021
Monster Hunter: Rise is fantastic from start to finish. It feels like a game that many will come to consider an essential on the Nintendo Switch thanks to its stunning graphics, addictive gameplay loop, consistently engaging combat, and bountiful bowls of unlockable content. Oh, and fighting alongside giant cats and dogs is simply too cool.

Kaze and the Wild Masks

PS4
8.50
Darryn BonthuysMar 19, 2021
It may wear its influences on its sleeve, but Kaze and the Wild Masks is still an effortlessly delightful romp with its tight gameplay, beautiful worlds, and enjoyable platforming action.

Persona 5 Strikers

PS4
8.00
Umar BastraMar 12, 2021
Persona 5 Strikers is much more of an action RPG than it is a straight Musou but it still manages to pull in the best of both worlds. The fun combat system and a fantastic cast of characters more than makes up any of the game’s issues.

Harvest Moon: One World

Switch
5.00
Brad LangMar 11, 2021
A half-hearted, boring attempt at a farming RPG, Harvest Moon: One World does nothing especially well. Even though it does show some initial promise, it quickly squanders that on poor farming mechanics, a bland open-world and lifeless characters.

Maquette

PC
7.00
Noelle AdamsMar 08, 2021
Romantic relationships have their ups and downs, and players will likely go through the same experience with Maquette, which seesaws between satisfying and frustrating. Charming world design and bittersweet relationship observations are offset by a couple of opaque puzzles and patches of gameplay clunkiness (bad enough to force level restarts), which mar the overall sense of enjoyment.

BRAVELY DEFAULT II

Switch
8.00
Brad LangFeb 25, 2021
Bravely Default 2 is occasionally weighed down by its poor pacing and sometimes sluggish gameplay, but it still offers a sprawling and expansive JRPG that sticks closely to the roots of the genre while offering up a few unique twists.

Bugvasion TD

PC
7.00
Darryn BonthuysFeb 24, 2021
A few balancing issues aside, Bugvasion is a fun diversion. It’s silly, colourful, and its tactical action has an energetic flow to it that hits a comfortable stride early on. It’s not rewriting the rules of the tower defense genre, but it’s hitting the right marks on a checklist of fun.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest

Xbox One
6.00
Brad LangFeb 24, 2021
This is a game that could be ripped from a screen and dumped into a book and the experience would largely be exactly the same, except you probably wouldn’t get the occasional wolf howl sound effect.

Thomas Was Alone

Switch
8.00
Darryn BonthuysFeb 19, 2021
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll jump in Thomas Was Alone on Nintendo Switch. Whether you’re leaping in for the first time or playing through the adventure yet again, this complete port does the iconic indie game proper justice and proves that great video game ideas are timeless.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Switch
9.00
Brad LangFeb 10, 2021
Super Mario 3D is a great game to play solo or with friends and shows off some of Nintendo’s best level design yet, while Bowser’s Fury is an inventive take on the Mario formula that’s more generous with its content than it ought to be. Both games make for a fantastic bundle and should be checked out by fans and non-fans alike.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood

Xbox Series X
5.00
Darryn BonthuysFeb 08, 2021
Fascinating for 15 minutes and boring for ten hours, you’ll be howling with frustration at this missed opportunity for full moon madness in Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood.

Destruction Allstars

PS5
7.50
Darryn BonthuysFeb 03, 2021
A mental destruction derby with some admittedly annoying quirks, there’s plenty of charm under the hood of this game that respects your time and smashes into the competition with a gung-ho attitude and some novel ideas.

The Medium

PC
8.50
Noelle AdamsJan 27, 2021
Literally straddling the line between supernatural and real-world horror, The Medium is satisfying, sleek, and sophisticated in every department. While it makes only limited use of its signature simultaneous reality mechanic, and features some of the same gameplay frustrations as earlier Bloober Team games, it’s easy to overlook such stumbles.

Nioh 2 - The First Samurai

PS4
7.50
Umar BastraJan 21, 2021
The First Samurai doesn’t end the tale of Nioh 2 in a satisfying way but it does provide a meaningful and fun loot experience. Bbrutal new enemies and new gameplay modes makes the complete package of this game something truly special.
8.50
Darryn BonthuysJan 19, 2021
Hitman 3 is full of surprises beneath its familiar systems. It manages to break out of its own sandbox without disrupting its formula too much, ending on a subtle note that brings the world of assassination saga to a satisfying end.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game - Complete Edition

Xbox Series X
8.00
Darryn BonthuysJan 14, 2021
A love letter to the golden age of beat ‘em ups that Nintendo and Sega ruled, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Complete Edition isn’t without its flaws and it has an entry curve more punishing than starting a band during your midlife crisis, but its still a terrific jump back in time that breathes new life into a cult classic.

The Hong Kong Massacre

Switch
8.00
Darryn BonthuysJan 06, 2021
A slow-motion bullet ballet extravaganza, The Hong Kong Massacre is a lean and mean action gameplay whose core gunplay makes for a satisfying and challenging loop that’ll leave you feeling like a hardboiled action star after every face-off.

Airborne Kingdom

PC
8.50
Darryn BonthuysDec 16, 2020
A beautiful twist on the city-building genre, Airborne Kingdom is a fascinating journey with innovative gameplay mechanics, a stirring soundtrack, and a sense of exploration that flies high.

Morbid: The Seven Acolytes

PS5
7.50
Darryn BonthuysDec 14, 2020
Morbid follows the Dark Souls formula pretty closely despite it having a retro charm, but the boss fights are an undeniable highlight of the game. Disturbing bouts of danger that will snuff your flame out with a single lucky blow, these encounters boast an incredible art direction, fascinating gameplay quirks, and a challenge that’ll leave your controller moist with hand sweat.

Call of the Sea

PC
8.00
Noelle AdamsDec 11, 2020
Releasing early in the new gaming generation, Call of the Sea sets the benchmark for story-driven adventure puzzle games moving forward. It’s an experience full of surprises, from its lush game world that takes advantage of next-gen graphic capabilities, to its emotionally impactful story that puts a fresh spin on the Cthulhu Mythos.

Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise

Switch
6.50
Darryn BonthuysDec 07, 2020
Fitness Boxing 2 isn’t a bad way to keep your body energised, but the few improvements it has loaded into its gloves can’t hide its flawed punching technique or its disappointing lack of beats to bounce around to between uppercuts.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!

PC
8.50
Noelle AdamsDec 03, 2020
Remarkably flexible, frantic, fun and funny, Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! serves up a cooking sim that’s great value for money, and entirely what you make of it. All the ingredients are there, whether you want to stick to comfort food with very little mental nourishment, or dial up your ambitions with complex culinary masterpieces that must be served to the second.

Chronos: Before the Ashes

Xbox Series X
6.50
Darryn BonthuysDec 02, 2020
Chronos: Before the Ashes is an interesting collection of ideas, but dead average implementation, aging visuals, and flawed gameplay make for an underwhelming package that barely rises above being just fine at best.

Immortals: Fenyx Rising

Xbox Series X
9.00
Brad LangNov 30, 2020
A consistently compelling progression curve, gorgeous world, and a staggering amount of fun content makes Immortals Fenyx Rising a truly fantastic game, even if it is rather derivative at times.