790 Published Reviews
Luigi's Mansion 3Switch
This full-fledged sequel delivers on just about every aspect from gameplay, to visuals, and especially to giving players a well-crafted, spooky adventure of puzzle-solving and exploration. Though I hope we get a return trip to the series sometime sooner rather than later, Luigi’s Mansion 3 shows better than ever that Luigi is more than capable of carrying his own game, even one that’s meant to give us happiness at his expense.
New Super Lucky's TaleSwitch
Though the game’s bite-sized levels and colorful visuals make it ideal to play while on-the-go on the Switch (where I spent the most time with it), New Super Lucky’s Tale is better suited to a younger audience than those looking for more challenging endeavors. It’s easy to admire Lucky and his endless enthusiasm, but he’s not quite ready just yet to hang with Mario, Crash, Spyro, Rayman, or the other platforming icons before him.
Ring Fit AdventureSwitch
Ring Fit Adventure is all-around an excellent exercise title with a unique RPG hook. It’s well-crafted, fun, relaxing, inclusive, allows for tons of customization, and encourages anyone — regardless of age, weight, or physical ability — to start their own workout routine and get into shape. It’s a truly refreshing take on the fitness genre and one that I hope to see emulated more in the future.
The Elder Scrolls Online: DragonholdPC
Elder Scrolls Online: Dragonhold, while moving the needle a bit in terms of zone design, is ultimately more of the same. If you were burnt out on the game’s core progression systems and combat before, you won’t find anything revolutionary here to change your mind. But if you’re already a fan, Dragonhold is a worthy addition to the ever-growing stockpile of content that Zenimax has been baking into Elder Scrolls Online ever since it initially released its One Tamriel update. Granted, if you’re one of the few who’ve never tried it before, now is as good a time as any.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020Switch
Overall, Mario & Sonic is a welcoming surprise that I can see myself playing with friends regularly. Even with such a diverse option of events and mini-games, in reality, I will likely be returning to play soccer more than anything else. The game is wonderfully polished with a triumphant soundtrack that I always took notice of. Learning more about Tokyo and its timeline with the past and present is an unnecessary addition, but it solidifies the amount of care that went into the development of the game.
Call of Duty: Modern WarfareXbox One
The Campaign’s story stumbles from beginning to end, the revamped Ground War is dissatisfying, the multiplayer maps all-around are subpar, and Spec Ops is kind of a dumpster fire. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t having a good time playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but it doesn’t live up to its name. Rather, it’s a step in the right direction moving forward.
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and the Lion KingSwitch
All in all, you get exactly what you expect with the Disney Classic Games: The Lion King and Aladdin collection. While Aladdin got some nice upgrades and inclusions with the Final Cut version and the demo, The Lion King feels like it got the short end of the stick. If you adore these games and you think you can get your $30 out of it, by all means, go out and pick up a copy. Otherwise, I’m not sure there’s enough here to warrant a pick up by someone who has no idea what they are getting themselves into.
Despite my excitement, Afterparty was a comedown from its spiritual predecessor. The parts are all there, but the core script lacks wit, and the developments in Milo and Lola’s friendship ultimately lacked catharsis. This story could have left an impact—not a lot of games focus on young, platonic relationships, the confusion of friends as they grow apart in their 20s, and the pitfalls of party and drinking culture. The opening showed much potential, but like a lot of parties I’ve been to, this shindig was one that I didn’t mind clearing out of by the end.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HDSwitch
Overall, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD has a solid single- player mode that, if not slightly lacking in content, gives players an addictive rush that makes them want to come back for more. But that same heady rush is often tempered by controls that become your biggest obstacles at times. Paired with an extremely weak multiplayer experience that is missing a huge chunk of content, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz becomes harder to recommend. I would still suggest the game on the strength of the Main Game alone, but just know that you’re getting a smaller scale title than you might have bargained for.
WWE 2K20Xbox One
I am still excited to see what WWE 2K21 will look like, especially since Visual Concepts will have the time to actually learn how this engine works and use it properly, but it really is a drag that the entry with some of the best features just plays like hot garbage. In a way,Â WWE 2K20 is a true representation of WWEâs product as a whole right now, and that is just sad.
Disco Elysium is a very ambitious game, and I think it largely pays off. There are some typos and technical issues, but none of it impeded my enjoyment or interest in playing this game through to completion. I really enjoyed my time with it, especially because of the characters, the mechanics of the inner dialogue, and the overall fiction of the world from its history to the small part of a church that absorbs all sound.
The Outer WorldsPS4
While saying something like “The Outer Worlds is out of this world” may be low-hanging fruit for a writer, it isn’t a false statement. This game rewards player choice and experimentation on a level I have not seen since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and it manages to do so in both gameplay and story. With the best writing of any game thus far in 2019, any fan of RPGs needs to play The Outer Worlds. And no, The Board totally isn’t making me write th-
The Jackbox Party Pack 6Switch
Most of these titles in the sixth pack were good but a bit short of great. Somehow, Push the Button made up for the rest of the package’s shortcomings. If you’ve already invested in these party packs in the past, there is no reason to skip out on this one. In fact, it’s all the more reason to buy it. With The Jackbox Party Pack 6, it has never been easier to say “Did you like that one game _______ from the other party pack? Then you’ll like this one too.”
Monkey King: Hero Is BackPS4
Monkey King: Hero Is Back is rough around the edges. That said, it is fun to pick up and play, and not every “good” game accomplishes so much. When you inevitably find this game in a bargain bin somewhere, purchase with confidence–it’ll provide you with a few hours of old-time video game fun.
Children of MortaPS4
None of this is to say that Children of Morta is a bad game. In some ways, it’s very good. The way it interweaves the familial unit throughout the story and the game’s mechanics is an awesome touch. In motion, the game is absolutely gorgeous. That said, I think there are better roguelikes in which to sink your teeth. The Bergsons were a great family to visit, but much like a crazy aunt, I wouldn’t want to live with them forever.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game RemasteredPS4
Fans of the original Ghostbusters: The Video Game will probably enjoy this, even if it’s just for a trip down memory lane and to see the cast again and visit some iconic locations. But due to its repetitive combat, insufferable artificial intelligence, and dull gameplay, I would advise first-time players to maybe pick up something else if you’re looking for an enjoyable and fulfilling third-person shooter.
Killer Queen BlackSwitch
Aside from its few flaws, as both a multiplayer experience and party game, Killer Queen Black is immensely satisfying and truly one-of-a-kind. From first playing it at several gaming conventions to its final version, Killer Queen Black has only grown on me as one of the best multiplayer experiences that I’ve ever played, and now that the game will be widely available on other platforms, I can’t wait to dig into it even further.
John Wick HexPC
John Wick Hex is a great game, plain and simple. The gameplay is incredibly tight, fluid, and fast-paced, while still being slow and methodical like a strategy game. On top of that, Hex’s story feels like it belongs in the John Wick universe thanks to some great performances by actors from the movies and the writing by Bithell and his team. While there might be some bugs, I have no problem recommending this game. While I don’t think it’s a masterpiece, it’s still worthy of the Bithell name.
GRID has an identity crisis. It is an amalgamation of ideas that are really great on paper that don’t really work in tandem. You can find better arcade and simulation styled experiences that don’t feel as disjointed or dull. Sure, GRID has variety at its side with the various types of vehicles you can drive, but it’s not enough with its repetitive courses and essentially non-existent rivalry system. With that being said, I do hope Codemasters does attempt to refine some of the ideas in GRID and implement them in future racing titles.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon BreakpointPS4
This is a title that was built with fans of Ghost Recon Wildlands in mind. Those that are on the fence about the game might feel more comfortable buying into it as more content and patches release. Despite Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s shortcomings, it was always a lot of fun to play regardless of whether that playtime was alone or with friends. Breakpoint can only go up from here and it’ll be exciting to see how Ubisoft continues to grow the game and its community with the positives and negatives in mind.
Indivisible truly has little to criticize. The story is grandiose with strong, meaningful messages that everyone can understand and relate to even if it takes a little bit to get the gears in motion. There are so many moments in this game full of emotion that I sometimes didn’t expect. Many of the characters will stay with me for a long time by the way they are incorporated into the narrative. Indivisible is one of the most memorable platforming experiences I’ve ever had.
Trine 4: The Nightmare PrincePS4
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince stands as one of the strongest games within its own series and certainly is one of the best titles published by Modus Games yet. It isn’t without its problems due to the occasional control and physics hitches as well as the mindless combat, but the solid level and puzzle design and charming world always make up for it.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible LairPS4
aybe it’s for those reasons that the team behind Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair wanted to avoid the eventual juxtapositions, but despite these criticisms, Playtonic and Team17 should be quite happy and proud of building a game that is at least worthy of comparison to some of the quality character platformers we’ve had as of late. Those games are few and far in between, and enthusiasts of that subgenre should find plenty to enjoy here. But for casual players, I recommend spacing out your play sessions and resist the urge to chuck your controller into your screen.
When you’re tired after a long day and can’t bring yourself to deal with anything more challenging or more involved, Neo Cab will be there. It isn’t going to amaze you with ornate animations or overly impressive images, but it might calm you down. It’ll get you to think about life and society, and it’ll take you on a bizarre trip through a futuristic town and the fragile psychological state of its denizens. Be prepared, though, for a game that is entirely devoted to storytelling. What gameplay it offers is just icing-on-the-cake, and it could probably use a bit more sugar.
Overall, Police Stories is a solid tactical shooter that is great to play together with a friend. It is a short experience with a story that doesn’t really matter but is competent enough to fulfill its role. I’m hoping that more levels are added in the future because the entire game can be completed in six to eight hours. Even with the small tweaks that need to be fixed, Police Stories offers fun gameplay and the need for extensive communication in co-op, which is exactly what I wanted and expected.