867 Published Reviews
Minecraft DungeonsXbox One
Minecraft Dungeons is a great game for all ages. While its simplicity hinders it from truly being an excellent dungeon crawler, it is one that you can enjoy with just about anyone. Its intuitive gameplay, replayability, and familiar environments and enemies make it a great starting point for anyone wanting to get into this beloved genre.
Maneater isn’t a bad game by any means, but it never does anything beyond its simple elevator pitch. Compounded with the fact that the launch iteration of the game had more than enough bugs, long loading times, and performance issues than I would have liked, it’s hard to recommend as a must-play by any means. There’s a fun game here at the core of Maneater, but even then, there’s not a whole lot of meat on the bone.
Saints Row: The Third RemasteredPS4
The big positive, at least for me, is that running around Steelport with my Homies again has me more than excited for whatever Saints Row 5 ends up being. They lost the plot a bit with Saints Row 4, but I’m hopeful that, much like the great Han Seoul-Oh, SR5 can rise from the ashes as something greater.
A decade ago, that might’ve made Exit the Gungeon‘s strength it’s portability as a mobile title. Today, that comes with an asterisk as the Nintendo Switch has a great selection of similar rogue-like titles available for essentially the same price. I guess if your only gaming system is a mobile device Exit the Gungeon could be a great game for you, but otherwise, I don’t see it being worth most people’s time, especially when compared to other games in this saturated genre.
If Found… has a lot of depth by portraying real-life issues that anyone can draw comparisons to within their own life, even if it may not be a direct contrast. While the main preface of what begins the story feels out of place, If Found… features some of the most realistic, human characters, that I’ve experienced in recent memory. Dreamfeel is an Irish studio that identifies itself as a developer that “centers queer experiences,” and If Found… is a great creation of what they want to represent.
The Wonderful 101: RemasteredSwitch
The Wonderful 101 is not for everybody, and while the Wii U didn’t really do it any favors, I think it’s initial reception was proof of that. But time has passed, tastes change, word of mouth spreads, and appreciation grows. So maybe, with The Wonderful 101: Remastered, “not for everybody” includes at least a few more people this time.
Super Mega Baseball 3PS4
Metalhead is also a developer ready and willing to make changes after their games launch. They’ve already committed to adding things like a team import from SMB2 and online mode improvements. That dedication to the franchise and the core fun of the on-field baseball, make this a game I will likely be coming back to quite a bit during the summer doldrums.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to BorutoSwitch
Road to Boruto goes above and beyond what I expect from an anime-inspired game. Not a single facet of this game is done lazily and everything has the same effort and care put into it. Barring some minuscule graphical issues and somewhat shoddy plot points, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto is this generation’s Dragon Ball Z: Budokai.
So to summarise, Fort Triumph is a perfectly serviceable game built on an interesting blend of concepts. It just ultimately feels too shallow and uninteresting for me to find anything worth attaching to. Battles are entertaining, but quickly become grindy. There’s a lack of variety in the hero classes, even with their skill customisation; there’s no real cosmetic customisation beyond colours and gender, either.
Streets of Rage 4PS4
After my eight or so hours playing and beating Streets of Rage 4, I left it feeling like I got what I expected. It’s the sequel to a beloved, classic side-scrolling beat-em-up that plays like other titles in the genre. The few changes it makes do set it apart, but questionable choices with the game’s story and some gameplay mechanics left me feeling mixed.
Unless you religiously scorn the act known as reading, there is absolutely no reason to avoid grabbing Sakura Wars on PS4. If you’ve read the integrity of this review, you need to hurry up and grab the game right the hell now. It’ll make you discover a fresh universe full of surprise. If you’re a complete stranger to this culture, it will surely be the game that makes you realize what’s so good about Japanese games, anime and manga.
Gears Tactics at first seems like a straightforward premise that blends two incredibly popular franchises together, but that shouldn’t be mistaken for it lacking depth or fun. Despite playing in a completely different style compared to the core Gears games, Gears Tactics still feels remarkably in line with the rest of the series and is a thrilling, worthwhile experience that Gears fans and strategy game veterans will enjoy, while being completely accessible to newcomers.
XCOM: Chimera SquadPC
Despite the occasional bugs or hiccups, I enjoyed my time with Chimera Squad quite a bit and would heartily recommend it to series and strategy fans. It’s also debuting at half price of an already cheap MSRP, so this stands as an unexpected surprise in an otherwise crazy year. If XCOM 3 is still a ways off, I’m more than happy filling the time with these small and focused glimpses into the setting like this. X-COM Enforcer, this ain’t.
Trials of ManaPS4
Though not a perfect game, Trials of Mana is still a solid remake of a 2D classic that tragically never made it to the West until now. With a fun and strategic battle system, ample character class customization, impressive visuals, a fantastic soundtrack, and a post-game story episode with new classes for each playable character, Trials of Mana is an easy recommendation to both fans of the franchise as well as newcomers looking for an entry point into the series.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign RemasteredPS4
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered is probably the most divided I’ve felt about a game in a long time. The actual content included is breathtaking and I can tell Beenox took their time crafting every little detail in this game. But this game should have included something beyond just the campaign so that I didn’t feel the want to put it down after six hours. Despite this, I can suggest you pick up the title, especially if you have never played Modern Warfare 2 before.
Final Fantasy VII RemakePS4
This is still one of the most excellently presented games I’ve ever experienced, and with a few tweaks for the next installment, that excellence might extend to gameplay and story too. Whatever misgivings I may have going into future releases, it’s undeniable that this was an enjoyable 42 hours marred by a single bad one. Even so, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is arguably the best non-MMO Final Fantasy game released in a very long time. Despite my qualms, it’s been a welcome Reunion.
Animal Crossing: New HorizonsSwitch
With its numerous quality-of-life improvements and additions, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a big step forward for the series and found its perfect destination on the Switch. Especially given the current circumstances that we’re all facing right now in the world, it may have been unintentional that such a peaceful, idyllic game would arrive in the midst of so much fear, uncertainty, and stress. But thankfully, it’s nice to have a small, peaceful little place to escape to right now, and I can’t wait to keep coming back to it when I need it most.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4PS4
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is what I look for in a game based on an anime or manga. It was clearly made with special care directed towards the source material, and even if you’ve never heard of One Piece before, you’ll come out of this game loving its characters. And I have to say, as someone who’s not really a fan of games like Dynasty Warriors, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 pulls off the combat style with grace. Its combat has that one trait that takes a fighting system from good to great. It’s not just fun to play, but it’s fun to watch.
Control: The FoundationPS4
Though The Foundation may end with several teases for content yet to come, it’s clear that Remedy has had a clear vision for Control for a very long time, as any casual look through some of the posts within Control’s subreddit will hint at details from Alan Wake and even Quantum Break that show Control has been gestating in Remedy’s creative mind for years. It is refreshing that this isn’t a game whose plot is concerned more with outsmarting its players than it is delivering a narrative you can invest in.
RESIDENT EVIL 3PS4
I would absolutely recommend Resident Evil 3 and would not be surprised if a sizable portion of the fandom ends up preferring this remake. After all, it’s hard to top the excitement that comes with jumping back into the shoes of Jill. Regardless of which you may like more, it is so refreshing to see the Resident Evil franchise come back in such a big way. Here’s hoping Capcom can continue the momentum with whatever comes next.
Bleeding EdgeXbox One
Bleeding Edge puts quality over quantity. The people at Ninja Theory have brought their expertise in the hack and slash genre and have translated it into a competitive experience that is both satisfying and distinct. But the lack of content and the boring ranged characters hinders it from really standing out amongst the overcrowded genre. Maybe in a few months, it will feel feature complete.
From a technical perspective, Freedom Finger ran and performed nearly perfectly. The only slight defect I noticed was sometimes the dialogue dropped. It’s a short campaign that I played through in one sitting. However, what it lacks in length, it compensates with a fun and challenging experience that was highly entertaining for little more than the cost of a movie ticket.
Call of Duty: WarzonePS4
Put simply, Call of Duty: Warzone is awesome. Between the gulag respawn feature and its seamless gameplay, Warzone is definitely worth playing, especially since it’s completely free-to-play. While the map locations leave a bit to be desired, it really doesn’t sully the overall package too much. With cross-play and cross-progression multiplayer fully integrated, there’s no reason to not play Warzone, regardless of whether or not you own the full version of Modern Warfare.
As an experience built from the ground up for immersion and creating a fully-realized world, Half-Life: Alyx is truly a game-changer for VR. This is not merely “Half-Life VR,” but an incredibly crafted game that shows how VR can be used to elevate more in-depth narratives to even greater potential. And, as the game goes on, you’ll see how it becomes a crucial part of the Half-Life universe. It’s been a long 13 years, and yes, it may not be Half-Life 3, but I can assure you that Half-Life: Alyx is entirely worth the wait and is an experience worth seeing for yourself, if only to find out what comes next.
Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols AdventurePS4
On the bright side, the writing during the story and in collectibles is typically great, the boring moments in gameplay are hard to come by (especially during the first playthrough), and it’s a rare well-priced PlayStation Vita release that offers replayability on the go. I doubt Twin Breaker will manage to find much of an audience outside of Sacred Symbols listeners, but I’m glad that the game Sacred Symbols fans are receiving is a solid and unique one.