899 Published Reviews

Double Kick Heroes

Xbox OnePCSwitch
7.00
Ben BaylissAug 12, 2020
Double Kick Heroes is a great little game for fans of bashing their buttons and keys along with fast-paced heavy metal, and the zombie aesthetic feels well handled. I like how you’re able to adjust the game a bit to make for a more enjoyable experience that you can handle, and I’d hope to see more guest bands joining to fold in Hellgate. It’s a game that does sometimes feel unforgiving and you should probably get your hand muscles worked up in preparation.

Grounded

Xbox One
6.50
Mehrdad KhayyatAug 12, 2020
If you already have a Game Pass subscription, you should definitely give Grounded a whirl. Rest assured that it won’t disappoint you; at least not in the first few days of your playtime. But if you want to pay for it, I recommend waiting a bit more until the game receives more content.

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris

PS4
6.00
Allisa JamesAug 11, 2020
Overall, credit is due to Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris for trying to change up the far too familiar formula of the franchise and offer both veteran and new players a brand new experience. But the problems in the plotline, gameplay, graphics, and technical issues impact it significantly. Although it’s not a bad game at all, it’s also not a very good one and becomes difficult to recommend to anyone outside of series fans.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

PS4
9.50
Ricky FrechAug 06, 2020
So, in a year full of big releases like The Last of Us Part 2 and games that are uniquely up my alley like Desperados 3, it’s hard to see anything beating out Fall Guys as my favorite game of 2020. And remember what we always say: “Don’t get eliminated!”

Ghost of Tsushima

PS4
8.00
Michael RuizAug 04, 2020
Ghost of Tsushima may not be the perfect send off to the PS4 generation, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a great time playing through Jin’s life-changing journey. The worst thing I can say about Sucker Punch’s newest game is that it lacks originality. It just barely stands out. But if you really love well-crafted worlds and taking gorgeous pictures, Ghost of Tsushima is definitely worth a playthrough.

Fairy Tail

PS4
5.00
Kris CornelisseJul 31, 2020
That might be enough for you, but I think fans should have better. As for those who aren’t fans, it’s probably better to skip Fairy Tail. Even hardcore JRPG fans will find it not worth playing instead of something much better. This is just too mediocre to recommend for all but the most dedicated fan. Still, I hope you find what you’re looking for here if you do take the plunge.

Skater XL

Xbox One
8.50
Michael RuizJul 28, 2020
So, to see a small studio like Easy Day Studios create something that is not only reminiscent of the games that clearly influenced them, but overall improves on what its predecessors did, is heartening. Sure, it has its fair share of flaws, but none of them take away from how much fun I’ve had. Skater XL has successfully brought back the skateboarding genre, and I am eager to see how Easy Day Studios supports the game moving forward.

Othercide

PS4
6.00
Kris CornelisseJul 27, 2020
The end result is that Othercide just failed to land for me. It’s entirely possible that the developers are able to adjust numbers and patterns a little to make something more enjoyable, but until that time? I struggle to see myself recommending it to most people. Give it a shot if you’re a devout fan of the genre or really revel in the graphical style, just don’t expect anything too significant.

Destroy All Humans!

PC
6.50
Otto KratkyJul 27, 2020
I had fun with Destroy All Humans, I mean how couldn’t I? You can give Crypto an alien skateboard to ride while he makes brains pop out of human heads. That sentence alone is reason enough to at least check out the game. That being said, Destroy All Humans doesn’t have the staying power of the alien Furon Empire, and I doubt I’ll be booting it up again any time soon.

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Switch
7.00
Ricky FrechJul 24, 2020
Paper Mario: The Origami King is far from a bad game; it’s just not one that meets its potential. This feels like a solid first step from Intelligent Systems to finally find a new groove for the franchise. Hopefully the team continues to iterate on the design and deliver a follow-up that finally mixes that classic Paper Mario tone and feel with quality gameplay that fans love.

CARRION

PC
8.00
Charlie WacholzJul 23, 2020
While players who come looking for a rip-and-tear experience like DOOM (2016) might be disappointed by the game’s puzzle and stealth mechanics, Carrion never sacrifices its reverse horror atmosphere and cartoonish, over-the-top violence and gore, even when it slows down.

Marvel's Iron Man VR

PS4
7.50
David GillJul 21, 2020
Iron Man VR had a ton of potential, but it felt bogged down at times by the PlayStation VR’s limitations and the ten-year-old Move controllers. Playing it makes me wish PlayStation will give the game the sequel it deserves, but on the next iteration of PlayStation VR. Camoflaj introduces some great ideas that aimed high, but fell flat in an experience that left me wanting more.

Rocket Arena

PS4
5.00
Nick TricomeJul 17, 2020
Rocket Arena isn’t a bad game, it works exactly as advertised — provided there wasn’t something else to it outside of that few minutes the game was given during the EA Play showcase a month ago — I just found it to be really dull. It pulls from established ideas you’ve already seen elsewhere, and the one unique hook it puts at the forefront isn’t near stable enough ground for it to stand out.

Orcs Must Die! 3

Google Stadia
7.00
Josh StarrJul 14, 2020
Stadia Pro subscribers will be thrilled to have this great exclusive game available at their fingertips. However, I certainly wouldn’t subscribe to Stadia Pro in order to play Orcs Must Die! 3. This is a really solid game, but the experience of playing it on Stadia only makes it worse, and it’s currently stranded there.

Trackmania

PC
8.50
Allisa JamesJul 13, 2020
Trackmania features deep mechanics that put accessibility first in addition to a nice variety of online and solo modes that compliment the title to better enhance both the gameplay and community. There’s plenty of free content that will entertain casual fans for months and paid options tailored to the more devoted veterans. All in all, for being part of such a niche franchise, this is a great entry that has a lot to offer.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2

Switch
8.00
Charlie WacholzJul 10, 2020
Its gameplay, while not as challenging as the classics, introduces interesting mechanics that build not only on the original Castlevania games but the first Curse of the Moon as well. It certainly falls short in a few of the places it tries to innovate, but despite its flaws, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 offers a strong dose of nostalgia with a few modern twists and a fantastic presentation that makes it more accessible and sometimes even a bit more enjoyable.

SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE

PC
8.50
Ben BaylissJul 09, 2020
It’s a game that will have you striving to get through the levels to unlock more hacks and cores, but the endless mode is where it really lets you go to town on everything you’ve unlocked. If you were a fan of the original, you’ll be right at home in Superhot: Mind Control Delete.

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise

Switch
9.00
Ricky FrechJul 08, 2020
Anyways, Deadly Premonition 2 is exactly the same. It’s a game that feels like it has never played any games released after the original. It doesn’t care about frame rate or good controls. It’s made a few changes to the overall formula but mostly casts aside the advances game design has made in the last ten years. Deadly Premonition 2 just wants to tell its story, tell it well, and be its own weird, little self. Your ability to either live with that or not will determine how deeply you fall in love with the citizens of Le Carre.

F1 2020

PS4
9.00
Michael RuizJul 06, 2020
It does still lack that sense of speed and seems a bit complicated if you want to dive deep into Formula 1’s unique systems, but the loop of practicing and then taking everything you learned and implementing it into the main event is so satisfying. I cannot recommend F1 2020 enough.

West of Dead

PC
7.00
Otto KratkyJun 25, 2020
And when it did tell that story, I was genuinely interested, and not just because I love the sound of Ron Perlman’s gravelly voice. Despite its hiccups and some mechanics that still need work, I would easily recommend West of Dead to any fan of roguelikes, with the caveat that it certainly won’t be the kind of game you’ll sink hundreds of hours into.

The Last of Us: Part II

PS4
9.00
Ryan MeitzlerJun 24, 2020
It is a challenging game to play at times; there were several points where I felt completely overwhelmed by what I was experiencing. But the raw emotions and storytelling heights that Naughty Dog reaches with The Last of Us Part II are worth seeing through to the end, as hard as it may be to get there.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated

Xbox One
7.00
Cameron HawkinsJun 22, 2020
The poor excuse of a narrative that the game has really doesn’t matter because fans just want to run around Bikini Bottom (and push it somewhere else!!) and visit its memorable locations to find the endless references that they grew up loving almost twenty years ago. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated may not have brought much new to the table, but it did bring exactly what it needed.

Ys: Memories of Celceta

PS4
7.50
Allisa JamesJun 18, 2020
If you’re looking for a fun, challenging, and strategic action JRPG, Ys: Memories of Celceta is a great title to pick up. Though its graphics leave much to be desired, both the battle system and exploration are by far the biggest draws of the game and will easily pull you in for the entire 25-hour runtime. While the plot is a bit on the light and inconsequential side, it’s nothing particularly bad and the characters themselves are entertaining enough to keep your interest for the long haul.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Switch
9.00
Scott WhiteJun 17, 2020
Experiencing this version on the Switch hit home just how incredible the team at Monolith Soft is to have been able to create such an experience on the Wii all those years ago. For those that can stick with it, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is a beautiful example of what the RPG genre is capable of, and it is easy to recommend checking out or revisiting.

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened

PC
7.50
Josh StarrJun 17, 2020
Ultimately, Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is a very unique experience that will only improve with time if Chromatic listens to their players and updates regularly. The early game can be boring, especially when played alone. However, co-op is exciting at any time, and the late game is an absolute blast. In nightmare mode, stages begin to reach the perfect level of balance between challenge and fun.