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2509 Published Reviews

Nobody Saves the World

PC
8.25
John CarsonJan 18, 2022
Drinkbox Studios delivers a funny and challenging adventure that's not afraid to get weird and encourages clever customization.

GTFO

PC
8.00
Jason GuisaoJan 17, 2022
Despite a repetitive loop, GTFO smartly differentiates itself from its cooperative shooter influences while still being an approachable thrill ride.

HALO Infinite

Xbox Series X
9.25
Matt MillerDec 06, 2021
Like many, I’m sad that Halo Infinite doesn’t offer cooperative multiplayer at launch, if only because it’s been a bulwark of the series’ identity. It’s a disappointing omission, but I have to judge the game before me, not the features I wish might be there. And by that measure, Halo Infinite is a rousing success. Whether you want a big, mysterious sci-fi adventure or a chance to engage with some intense PvP, Halo Infinite nails the shots where it counts and heralds a new era for one of gaming’s most recognizable mainstays.

Solar Ash

PS5
8.75
Marcus StewartDec 02, 2021
Solar Ash had me racing across its cloud-covered playgrounds in the early hours, searching for the next fun platforming segment. By the remaining hours, I was running to see the conclusion of its gripping narrative. Solar Ash oozes as much substance as it does style, making for a wholly entertaining space romp.

Inscryption

PC
9.00
Ben ReevesNov 22, 2021
Inscryption is an oddity of the best order. It's a horror game that isn't aggressively trying to scare you. It's also a clever card system wrapped around a compelling mystery that plays with video game conventions. Like a bat out of hell, Inscryption came out of nowhere and quickly became one of my favorite games of the year.

Battlefield 2042

PS5PC
7.00
Alex Van AkenNov 19, 2021
Battlefield 2042 is an easy recommendation for existing fans or players looking for a modern war game, but I struggle to fully endorse it due to its current lack of polish. As long as DICE continues to publish hotfixes and patches as they have, Battlefield 2042 could eventually become a go-to online shooter, but it’s a shame it was released like this.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond

SwitchSwitch
8.50
John CarsonNov 17, 2021
While Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl don’t move the needle in terms of what Pokémon games will look and play like moving forward, they mostly hit the mark in being faithful to the originals. I’ve really enjoyed my time re-exploring Sinnoh, despite my qualms with the lack of critical path difficulty. They’re a welcome throwback to a simpler time when I felt completing a Pokédex was a somewhat realistic task to undertake.

Moncage

PC
7.50
Jill GrodtNov 15, 2021
Moncage is an intelligent puzzle game, and its perspective-based riddles stretched my imagination as each scene flowed beautifully into the next. The narrative could have hit harder, and it sometimes felt like I had to align things perfectly for the game to accept the correct answer, but Optillusion’s title is a challenge worth picking up.

Shin Megami Tensei V

Switch
8.25
Kimberley WallaceNov 11, 2021
Shin Megami Tensei V makes smart improvements to its already strong core, creating an entertaining and rewarding journey.

Bright Memory: Infinite

PC
7.00
Marcus StewartNov 11, 2021
In many ways, Bright Memory: Infinite feels like an extended tech demo. The jaw-dropping action and stellar graphics would serve as a great selling point for any new platform and almost appear too good to be true. Developer FYQD Studio proved some killer concepts but didn’t evolve them across a more complete adventure. Short games aren’t inherently bad, but Bright Memory: Infinite leaves me wanting so much more and is full of unrealized potential.

Riders Republic

PS5
6.75
Blake HesterNov 09, 2021
Even though I liked the racing in Riders Republic, overall, I can't say I enjoyed my time with it. It's a missed opportunity of a game, focusing on all the wrong things, making for an experience worth skipping.

Jurassic World Evolution 2

Xbox Series X
8.00
Andrew ReinerNov 05, 2021
Jurassic World Evolution 2 makes as many giant steps forward as it does back but has enough going for it to deliver a fun and rewarding theme-park experience. Like its predecessor, Sandbox Mode is the most fun, and this avenue of play combines everything the player has unlocked while removing all of the stresses. Collecting every dinosaur takes time and effort, but it's worthwhile, especially since you can experiment to see what happens when every dinosaur roams freely in the same space.

Forza Horizon 5

Xbox Series X
9.50
Brian SheaNov 04, 2021
Forza Horizon 5 delivers a well-rounded, exciting, and approachable experience, and in doing so, elevates its status to the elite of the racing genre.

Call of Duty: Vanguard

PC
8.00
Daniel TackNov 04, 2021
Call of Duty: Vanguard’s campaign misses the mark, but multiplayer and Zombies do the heavy lifting to get the title to a good place. If you’re most invested in the single-player experience, you can pass on this year’s entry, but if you’re into the other modes, Call of Duty remains an excellent choice for some shooting, looting, and zombie executing.

Mario Party Superstars

Switch
8.00
Brian SheaOct 28, 2021
Mario Party Superstars is either a delightful stroll down memory lane or a great way to experience these games for the first time. No matter your history, it's a worthwhile celebration of the Mario Party franchise.

NHL 22

PS5
7.25
Kimberley WallaceOct 26, 2021
NHL 22 relies on its superstar talent, and it’s not impressive enough to give the gameplay the new life it so desperately needs.

Age of Empires IV

PC
8.25
Daniel TackOct 25, 2021
The real-time strategy genre remains relevant, fueled by a few big titles once in a while. While Age of Empires IV lacks any ambition to even gently jostle the standards set by Age of Empires II decades earlier, it’s a good way to play a classic-feeling RTS today with some slick polish and panache.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

Xbox Series X
8.50
Andrew ReinerOct 25, 2021
As a fan of the Guardians’ comic books and movies, I thoroughly enjoyed Eidos-Montreal’s unique take on this supergroup. The nonstop character banter and nicely designed choices make this a journey worth taking, even if the gameplay takes a little too long to highlight the team’s true potential.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

PS5
7.50
Marcus StewartOct 21, 2021
House of Ashes never came close to terrifying or surprising me, but I still found it a respectable thriller that should make for an entertaining night alone or with up to four friends passing the controller. If you’ve enjoyed the Anthology up to this point, you’ll likely get a kick out of this too. But if you’ve been waiting for The Dark Pictures to reach the heights of Until Dawn, don’t get your hopes up for another year.

Resident Evil 4 VR

PC
8.75
Blake HesterOct 20, 2021
Resident Evil 4 VR is a must-play if you're a fan of the original. It fundamentally changes the experience in meaningful ways, adding new depth, strategy, and tension to a video game most people know like the back of their hands at this point

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

PS5
7.00
John CarsonOct 15, 2021
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a complicated package. Its core combat and attention to character detail are great, but everything around that is bone dry. Playing as these lovable Nicktoons may interest some, but I didn’t want to stick around for the no-frills matches. Hopefully, Ludosity and Fair Play Labs can keep adding to Nick Brawl post-launch and flesh out what's missing while getting Nickelodeon’s full backing to make it a better product for the fans.

The Good Life

PC
7.00
Jill GrodtOct 14, 2021
The Good Life has fantastic moments of humorous absurdity, but the archaic design and overabundance of features get in the way of it living its best life.

Unsighted

Switch
9.00
Marcus StewartOct 13, 2021
Unsighted is an engrossing and action-packed race against time where everything you do impacts which of your friends survive who turns into monsters.

Back 4 Blood

Xbox Series X
8.00
Alex StadnikOct 12, 2021
Back 4 Blood is one of my comfort food games of 2021. It is an excellent time with friends that scratches an itch I’ve had since the glory days of Left 4 Dead. While it never reaches the heights of its inspiration, the addition of cards makes me hungry to play more, even when the game isn’t at its strongest.

Far Cry 6

Xbox Series X
9.00
Brian SheaOct 06, 2021
Far Cry 6 is a gripping and exciting thrill ride from the opening moments, delivering the best entry the franchise has had in years.