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578 Published Reviews

Signs of the Sojourner

Switch
8.00
Andrew ThorntonMar 26, 2021
While frustrating at times, Signs of the Sojourner does a fantastic job of nailing the actual flow of communication in the form of a card game. It also provides an excellent sense of freedom. By the time I got to one of the game’s multiple endings, I really felt like my actions and choices had earned it.

Conarium

Switch
6.00
Lauren RegenhardtMar 25, 2021
If you go into this game expecting horror and mind-blowing puzzles, you’ll be disappointed. However, the storyline and the artwork justifies the purpose of the game, especially if you actually understand the story *cough* unlike me *cough*. If anything, I’ll at least be picking up a Lovecraft book from my local library so I can fake it better next time.

Cyanide & Happiness - Freakpocalypse

PC
7.00
AllenMar 24, 2021
The writing has its fair share of material that’s worth a few sharp exhales through the nose and sensible chuckling but the committed delivery of the cast is a nice surprise and adds value. If you’re a fan of the Explosm! webcomic series and shorts, then Freakpocalypse is bound to hold a measure of interest. Just don’t go in expecting too much.

BRAVELY DEFAULT II

Switch
4.00
BrianMar 23, 2021
What you don’t expect is for the game to feel like it’s just going through the motions with its story, for the central class system to not feel worthwhile, and for the battle system’s main claim to fame being you get to skip your turn to go later. Turns out Defaulting on this one is the right move.

STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town

Switch
7.00
Sam HallahanMar 23, 2021
If you love the series and games such as Stardew Valley, I think you might love Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town. While it is enjoyable and a fantastic alternative, it may not be your “next big hit” in the genre, as I still personally think that Stardew Valley holds a higher quality, while previous Story of Seasons are more visually appealing and come with fewer issues.

Star Renegades

PS4
7.00
Jukka PiiraMar 22, 2021
The answer to my question at the beginning of the review is that I appreciate what the developers have done, but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the game deeper than its pretty surface. Star Renegades is fine enough a game in its genre but it hangs too tightly onto its rigorous gameplay loop, exhausting fun out of repeated attempts.

Cathedral

Switch
5.00
Garland PanMar 17, 2021
Cathedral lacks vision where it counts. The title is focused on appealing to the hardcore with its retro presentation and difficulty that borders on irritating. The visuals and audio are certainly reminiscent of titles from the past, however, they lack that special polish that would elevate them beyond the superficial way they ape how games looked and sounded back then.

Blue Fire

PS4
8.00
Grant GardinerMar 16, 2021
Blue Fire is like eating a delicious burger at a dive bar. The atmosphere might not be ideal, and the patrons might not be the best dining company, but the reason you're there more than makes up for the shortcomings. The difficulty is expertly tuned as I always felt challenged, but never overwhelmed.

Project Winter

Xbox One
7.00
Lee MehrMar 15, 2021
By blending social deduction with survival mechanics Other Ocean has successfully avoided any Among Us clone accusations. Regardless of my tempered enthusiasm from Day One DLC and some polish concerns, Project Winter is a well-devised game that can lead to moments of intense distrust and cooperation few online games can equal.

Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection

Switch
6.00
AllenMar 12, 2021
Choosing different difficulties is a nice touch but after beating the game on Page, which was insane even with no-cost respawning, what incentive did I have to go back and do it all again while adding even more painful roadblocks? Yeah, no thanks. I’m too old to put up for this sort of thing now.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood

Xbox Series X
6.00
Lee MehrMar 12, 2021
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood is such a schlocky, longwinded title that's complimentary for this schlocky "B-game." There's a potent stealth-action template and renowned universe to explore that — sadly — neither of said hopes are fully actualized here.

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust

PS4
7.00
Jukka PiiraMar 11, 2021
For a two-person development team, Anodyne 2 is a true passion project of games of yesteryear. It’s targeted at people who experienced the exciting transition from 2D consoles to 3D games in the mid-90s and who long after those days when the new technology (that now looks charmingly aged) vowed an entire generation of gamers.

Natsuki Chronicles

PS4
9.00
Garland PanMar 11, 2021
Natsuki Chronicles accommodates newcomers and veterans of the genre without diluting the experience for either. The tight, challenging gameplay and great presentation provide a game that’s well worth playing. Admittedly, the difficulty may be off-putting to some, especially with the occasional difficulty spike.

The Climb 2

PC
8.00
Mark SteighnerMar 10, 2021
The Climb 2 falters a bit here and there when it tries to turn into a first-person platformer, and it only offers a handful of hours of game, at least initially. Like many VR games, this is one that seems perfect for additional DLC, more levels and more gear to play with.

Another Dawn

Xbox Series X
1.00
Lee MehrMar 09, 2021
Another Dawn is less of a game and more of a reeking pustule residing on a game storefront. While it can't be called "broken" insofar that it can barely be finished, this wretched shooter made me wish the opposite so I’d have a reason to leave earlier.

Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 4

PC
7.00
Jukka PiiraMar 08, 2021
Milestone didn’t think far ahead enough to realize that AI drivers should also have been handicapped to make the game more fair. The next year, I also want to see a big graphical overhaul to make the racing feel more meaningful within its new, harsh framework.

Maquette

PS5
7.00
AllenMar 05, 2021
As a drama about two people falling in and out of love, the script is an amalgam of every relationship ever presented on television and in film, so it is easily relatable if rather trite. If you like abstract puzzles framed around a grounded narrative, then Maquette does offer some value but I don’t see it leaving any long-lasting impressions.

Capcom Arcade Stadium

Switch
7.00
Andrew ThorntonMar 04, 2021
If you’re a fan of SHMUPs or action games and platformers, I think the titles are here to be worth your time but for fans of other genres, it’s probably worth holding out to see what future events Capcom plans to hold in this stadium.

Yupitergrad

PC
6.00
Mark SteighnerMar 02, 2021
Yupitergrad has a strong premise and many moments that feel refreshingly new, but perhaps an equal number of moments that are frustrating, at least for platforming and nausea-impaired folks like me.

Taxi Chaos

PS4
5.00
Jukka PiiraMar 01, 2021
Taxi Chaos is like the usual knock-off. At first, it might look and feel the same as the quality product it was fashioned after, but when you get to know it better, it turns out to be just a cheap copy of the original (cheap not in the way of its price because this costs a whopping 30 bucks, mind you). ”But wait”, I hear you cry.

Gods Will Fall

PS4
7.00
Grant GardinerFeb 26, 2021
Gods Will Fall is a beautiful mess of ideas that sometimes innovate and surprise and sometimes fall face first into the abyss. The gambling mechanic of entering a dungeon and hoping you rolled an easier area to be better prepared for harder areas later is frankly, awful.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest

PS4
8.00
Jukka PiiraFeb 24, 2021
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest is an interesting mix of werewolf myths based on a role-playing codex and real-life eco-activism in the form of a low-key interactive story. There really was protests in Białowieża national forest in 2016 where the game draws its inspiration from.

NERVE

PC
6.00
Garland PanFeb 23, 2021
Nerve is certainly a rollercoaster of an experience, more so than most titles. It is genuinely exhilarating when you fully master a level and move at top speed from the beginning to the end. However, the lengthy memorization process and saturation of visual effects made the lows exceedingly difficult to bear.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

PS4
9.00
Andrew ThorntonFeb 23, 2021
While it isn’t perfect, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is one of the best action-RPGs I’ve played in recent years. With fantastic combat, a compelling story and characters, and exploration which is among my favorite in any recent game, after a slow first hour or two it grabbed me and never let go. Whether you’re a series veteran or you’ve never played an Ys game in your life, you’ll find an adventure that’s well worth taking.

The Nioh Collection

PS5
9.00
Lauren ClarkeFeb 22, 2021
In the end, I enjoyed myself most when I stopped comparing Nioh to Souls games and appreciated it for what it is. Nioh has fast-paced, challenging combat with a deep loot and upgrade system. With well-designed levels and a ton of content, it's easy to sink a lot of time into this visit to Sengoku era Japan.