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1017 Published Reviews

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

PS5
9.00
Kyle KnightJun 08, 2021
There’s no doubt in my mind that Rift Apart has got the potential to be one of the biggest games of the year. Not only is it visually phenomenal, but the combat is fluid and the story is gripping. It’s everything you could want from a Ratchet & Clank game, plus more.

BIOMUTANT

PS4
6.50
Sam WoodsMay 24, 2021
Overall, there’s nothing inherently wrong with Biomutant, except for maybe the narration and item names. The game will definitely find a fanbase but it just doesn’t do enough to stand out, especially with the pre-launch promise the game showed.

Knockout City

PC
7.00
Kyle KnightMay 21, 2021
Overall, Knockout City is a quirky game that players will find most enjoyable when teaming up with their friends. It struggles with pacing from time to time and could do with some quality of life improvements such as POI names for competitive callouts, some form of a mini-map to locate teammates, and a menu overhaul.

New Pokemon Snap

Switch
9.00
Sam WoodsMay 14, 2021
Overall, while New Pokemon Snap won’t be for everybody, there was a surprising amount of content, plenty of fantastic moments and a wonderfully crafted world. For anybody looking for a zen game to kick back to and forget about the worries of the world, I can’t recommend this one highly enough.

Resident Evil Village

PS5
8.00
Rachael FiddisMay 10, 2021
Resident Evil Village sets out to do exactly what Capcom planned and that’s offering players a well-rounded, gore-filled fright-fest that proves that the game still has the stopping power to scare, engage and thrill its audience 25 years on.

Returnal

PS5
9.00
Peter Hunt SzpytekApr 29, 2021
From the incredible use of the DualSense controller to the intriguing way the story is told overrun after run, to the addicting and satisfying combat, Returnal begs the player to hold off going to sleep for just one more try. After all, as Selene constantly reminds, “you can do this. You just need to try again.”

Emily is Away <3

PC
9.00
Peter Hunt SzpytekApr 16, 2021
Emily is Away <3 doesn’t wear your nostalgia like a mask, it brings you back to the feelings of being a high schooler when the world is only as big as your social group. Those interpersonal relationships feel like the biggest things in the entire world at the time, but the hindsight of knowing they aren’t doesn’t do anything to change the significance of those moments.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

PS4
9.00
Allisa JamesFeb 15, 2021
Overall, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox’s stronger focus on narrative and character arcs, combined with Ys‘ trademark of deep and rewarding dungeon exploration makes for one of the best entries in the franchise and marks a true step forward. With such a strong step into the next generation, I look forward to seeing where the series will bring us next. Hopefully, the experience will be even more polished.

NUTS

Switch
8.00
David GillFeb 10, 2021
That said, even with so many great indie games on Switch, Nuts stands out from the crowd. Its story concludes in a way that’ll stick with you after the credits. It also offers a quirky, mostly satisfying experience that answers the question: what have these squirrels been up to?

Little Nightmares II

PS4
9.00
Charlie WacholzFeb 09, 2021
Although some of its most pulse-pounding moments are held back by frustrating depth-of-field and lighting issues, Little Nightmares 2 is a cinematic, more action-packed take on the formula. While some of its design issues frustrated me more than the first game, a majority of the changes made are still improvements.

Persona 5 Strikers

PS4
9.00
Ryan MeitzlerFeb 09, 2021
Persona 5 Strikers may look and feel a bit different from the original, but at its heart, it still revolves around the Phantom Thieves that we know and adore. As a love letter to a group of characters and setting that I quickly grew attached to, having the chance to jump back in and steal some hearts with Joker and the crew is entirely worth the return trip to Japan.

Destruction Allstars

PS5
7.50
Peter Hunt SzpytekFeb 04, 2021
Overall, if Destruction AllStars was entirely focused on the driving and crashing aspects, this review would be a hands-down recommendation. I just wish it didn’t come to a complete stop as often as it does when you lose control of the car. It does interesting things with the DualSense’s adaptive triggers and has a satisfying loop but comes to a screeching halt in other areas.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood

PS4
5.00
Mehrdad KhayyatFeb 04, 2021
All in all, in this Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood review what I tried to tell you was to give you an overall perspective of the game’s various features, but at the end of the day, this is a game that I don’t suggest you play unless you are a big fan of the series. There are much better choices on the market in the same genre if that’s what you’re looking for.

Redout: Space Assault

PS4
4.00
Kris CornelisseJan 29, 2021
Under no real circumstances can I recommend this one. If you want to support indie developers, then go and check out the original Redout instead. That is worth your time, but Redout: Space Assault is not.

Disjunction

PC
3.50
Otto KratkyJan 28, 2021
I don’t feel that I’m missing much. Disjunction has so much potential — it has a great soundtrack, interesting ideas for combat, and a serviceable story. These are all bogged down by frustrating and imbalanced combat mechanics, unimaginative stealth, and plain visuals. Disjunction impressed me when I originally played it some time ago, but it may have benefitted from being bite-size. Taking in the entire game, I couldn’t help but want the experience to be over and done with.

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

PS4
9.00
Allisa JamesJan 27, 2021
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is a fantastic JRPG. Whether you’re a returning fan or a first-time player, it’s an excellent jumping-off point into the franchise. As a first-time series player myself, Ryza 2 was quite a pleasant surprise and one that I find myself continuously drawn into.

The Medium

Xbox Series X
5.50
Charlie WacholzJan 27, 2021
Seeing a terrifying beast hot on my heels as I stumble through moody, lush forests and the atmospheric, bleak spirit world was a culmination of everything I’d hoped the game would be. Coming out of the chases reminded me of how disappointed I was in the rest of the game, no matter how impressive it looked.

Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne

Switch
7.50
Camilo OlmedoJan 22, 2021
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne is one of the better visual novels I’ve experienced in recent years. The story and the entire cast of characters are colorful and always a blast to continue to unfold. Its overarching mystery regarding corruption and imposters within the kingdom remains enjoyable and compelling throughout the entire lengthy and winding narrative.

Sunlight

PC
8.00
Rachael FiddisJan 20, 2021
Sunlight will certainly be beneficial to players who enjoy games like Flower and are looking for a meditation-like place where they can get away from it all for a while. This game would also be a great place for players to return to as a quick-fix to relax.

HITMAN 3

PC
8.00
Kris CornelisseJan 19, 2021
Overall, I can identify the sheer quality of Hitman 3, even if it’s not the kind of game I’ll be going back to a lot. This is also not exactly a great place to start for newcomers, and I’d recommend checking out the earlier games/levels first. For those who are already fans though, this should be just what the unusual doctor with the barcode tattoo ordered.

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

Xbox Series X
8.00
Cameron HawkinsJan 13, 2021
I had high expectations for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Complete Edition and, even with my grievances, I can see why it is so beloved all these years later. It imbues the heart and character of the Scott Pilgrim IP with plenty of content for both new and returning players to enjoy. The big difference this time is that Scott Pilgrim is here to stay thanks to the “Power of Love.”

COLLECTION of SaGa FINAL FANTASY LEGEND

Switch
8.00
Scott WhiteJan 09, 2021
Players can once again easily experience Square’s very first million-unit seller with The Final Fantasy Legend, and hear the surprisingly great tracks these games bust out. If you are a fan of old-school RPGs I highly recommend you check out the Collection of SaGA Final Fantasy Legend.

UNREAL LIFE

PC
9.00
Kris CornelisseJan 06, 2021
That’s why I’d rather not let this game languish in obscurity. If I can capture even one person’s interest in Unreal Life who wouldn’t have played it otherwise, that’s my mission accomplished. If this sounds at all interesting to you, I thoroughly recommend checking it out.

Drawn to Life: Two Realms

Switch
5.50
Charlie WacholzDec 31, 2020
Unfortunately, most of the gameplay is as shallow as it is unrewarding, with any real challenge being limited by an overall sense of restriction.

Override 2: Super Mech League

PC
6.50
Camilo OlmedoDec 29, 2020
It’s not going to take the tournament circuit by storm. It also won’t be the next big party game. What it will do is offer mech fans and anyone that has a craving for the closest thing to a competent Pacific Rim game a well-crafted if bare-bones fighter.