228 Published Reviews

The Last of Us: Part II

PS4
10.0
Anthony TaorminaJun 12, 2020
In the end, it really comes down to the experience of playing The Last of Us Part 2 – of jumping into these characters’ shoes and confronting a world that feels both foreign and oddly familiar. In that regard, the game is in a league all its own and there are simply too many adjectives to describe the range of emotions that the game will make players feel, and many of those emotions are not positive ones. But much like the real world is about facing harsh truths and uneasy situations, The Last of Us 2 forces its characters to confront grim realities in a world torn apart by a viral outbreak and where violence is second nature. It is quite simply a masterpiece – an experience unlike anything in video games.

Gears Tactics

PC
8.00
Dalton CooperApr 27, 2020
Gears Tactics proves that there's a lot more that can be done with the Gears of War IP besides just third-person shooters. The game has some pacing issues and some repetitive missions, but it's otherwise a very engaging turn-based strategy game that should please both fans of the genre and Gears of War enthusiasts alike.

SEGA AGES Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Switch
8.00
Ramon HaraApr 05, 2020
Despite its old-age, the Sega Ages treatment was able to add to the game's value by including some essential modern-day features that make it easier to play on the Nintendo Switch. Additionally, the new Switch version also includes tons of display customization options and was able to retain the fast-paced but balanced gameplay that made Sonic the Hedgehog 2 one of the most loved games of all time.

One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows

PCPS4Xbox One
6.00
Cameron CorlissApr 05, 2020
For those that simply want to experience One Punch Man as a part of the narrative, there's no better alternative than A Hero Nobody Knows, even if it would fall apart were it not for One Punch Man's recognizable heroes reminding players what universe they're in.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Switch
9.00
Sarah FieldsApr 05, 2020
So if one thinks that collecting things, filling up a museum, and talking to cute animals isn't their cup of tea, chances are Animal Crossing: New Horizons won't be for them. But given the huge demand for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Nintendo Switch consoles since its release, it's clear that New Horizons still has a large audience eager for just that kind of gameplay.

RESIDENT EVIL 3

Xbox One
7.00
Dalton CooperApr 05, 2020
There are times when Resident Evil 3 is brilliant, but purists may dislike how much it leans into the action at the expense of its scares. The game looks phenomenal, controls like a dream, and it's nice to have the entire mainline Resident Evil saga available on modern platforms, but it's hard not to be somewhat disappointed after being blown away by Resident Evil 2.

DOOM Eternal

PS4
9.00
Dalton CooperMar 28, 2020
Doom Eternal is a non-stop thrill ride, barraging players with incredible fast-paced action from the opening mission to its blood-soaked finale. Fans of the franchise should be thrilled with it, and anyone looking for a meaty FPS to fill their time can't go wrong with this game.

Call of Duty: Warzone

PCPS4Xbox One
9.00
Dalton CooperMar 21, 2020
Call of Duty: Warzone is a top tier battle royale game and its early player numbers are reflective of that. As long as Infinity Ward is able to keep the game updated in terms of bug fixes and new content, it's hard to see why it won't remain one of the top battle royale games for months if not years to come.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

Switch
9.00
Joshua DuckworthMar 19, 2020
In truth, it's a game that feels endless despite its relatively short core content. The gameplay may not be revolutionary, but it's the perfect game to kick back to and have a nice afternoon on the Switch with. Its story delivers on all the cutesy moments and heavy Pokemon themes fans have come to expect, while doing so in a perfectly crafted environment.

Metro Redux

Switch
8.00
Robin Meyer-LoreyMar 14, 2020
There is no big reason not to get Metro on Switch. It holds up fine, looks good enough even when being displayed on a TV, and is perfectly playable on a controller. If the Switch is someone's main console, Metro Redux is a phenomenal bundle that suffers negligible drawbacks from its port. Anyone who is a fan of survival horror or linear FPS games with good stories should consider Metro Redux to be a must-play, and the Switch is as good a place as any other to pick it up.

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection

PS4
8.00
Joshua DuckworthMar 13, 2020
From the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection, players can expect plenty of content at a fantastic price. A basic playthrough of each game will take players a handful of hours, reaching roughly 10 each for ZX and ZX Advent. This means that for the solid price of $29.99, players can experience the full and complete story of Zero at a reasonable price.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

PCXbox One
9.00
Denny ConnollyMar 12, 2020
The game seems poised to be another massive hit and proves itself as one Microsoft's most exciting console exclusives (even though The Blind Forest is now available on Switch). The fact that the game is available on Game Pass at day one and also features cross save functionality with the PC version makes it even more accessible and, although the rest of March is still full of other exciting game releases, this is definitely an early addition to the must-play list.

Dreams

PS4
9.00
Dalton CooperFeb 17, 2020
Dreams is an ambitious project, but it's one that lives up to the hype. While many will be intimidated by the game's creation tools, Dreams is stuffed with tutorials that make everything easy to understand for everyone. If someone is willing to invest the time into learning how Dreams works, they could theoretically create just about any kind of game that they want.

Dawn of Fear

PS4
0.00
Dalton CooperFeb 11, 2020
Dawn of Fear is too broken in its current state to recommend it to anyone. Those desperate for an old-school survival-horror experience may want to hold out hope that other upcoming Resident Evil and Silent Hill-inspired games turn out to be a bit better because Dawn of Fear is a mess.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War

PS4
6.00
Joshua DuckworthFeb 07, 2020
At its core, Zombie Army 4 feels uninspired and fails to capture anything unique. With the plethora of zombie video game content out, it seems safe to say that there is plenty out there that have done it better. For zombie enthusiasts or those with a dedicated co-op partner, this game is a reasonable recommendation, but for anyone looking for something more, there are other games out there that can check all the boxes of a zombie game but still offer a unique experience.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics

Xbox One
4.00
Dalton CooperFeb 04, 2020
It gets the job done, but does so in the most generic, unexciting way imaginable. It completely fails to take advantage of the Dark Crystal IP, and is simply not very fun to play. Instead of playing this latest Netflix game adaptation, fans of the Dark Crystal franchise would be better off re-watching the TV series and keeping their fingers crossed for an Age of Resistance season 2.

JOURNEY TO THE SAVAGE PLANET

PS4
9.00
Cameron CorlissJan 28, 2020
It's constantly motivating the player to double back and take another look at an area without ever explicitly telling them to. It's like being let into an amusement park with no lines and no rules, giving players the freedom to make their own fun whenever they need a break from an incredibly vertical, and hardly ever uninteresting, scavenger hunt for new resources and upgrades. It may not be an entire planet to explore, but it could easily fill one up.

SEGA AGES Shinobi

Switch
8.00
Ramon HaraJan 28, 2020
Overall, the latest version of Shinobi for the Switch encapsulated the original experience and challenging gameplay of the 1987 classic title that makes for a fun nostalgic alternative to modern ninja games such as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Shinobi's abundance of customization options is also a welcome addition to the arcade title, making every gameplay tailored fit to the playstyle of each player.

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath

Switch
6.00
Robin Meyer-LoreyJan 23, 2020
All in all, Stranger's Wrath was a great game... fifteen years ago. It's still good, but after so long it does not age well enough to warrant the $30 price tag. It is a bit too simple and repetitive to be fully redeemed by its careful design. It is still a surprisingly entertaining romp, and will likely provide a lot of fun for younger players or nostalgic fans.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Xbox One
8.00
Joshua DuckworthJan 21, 2020
This likely means that quite a few Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot players, especially those who aren't completionists, will navigate away from these systems to focus on the what the game excels at, its representation of the story and its combat. With that in mind, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an easily lovable game, and fans of the DBZ franchise would do well to check it out to experience the epic saga once again, just this time in all new light.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Google Stadia
3.00
Dalton CooperJan 20, 2020
Ghost Recon Breakpoint is average at best when everything is going right. The Stadia version has a barely-existent online community that makes some of the modes and features inaccessible, making it the worst way to experience the game by a wide margin. The Project Titan Raid is apparently in the works for the Stadia version, but if the game's online population doesn't grow, it's hard to see Ubisoft seriously supporting it as much as other versions of the game.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Google Stadia
5.00
Dalton CooperJan 13, 2020
The lack of cross-save, cross-play, or an online multiplayer population combined with the game being somewhat outdated compared to other versions makes Xenoverse 2 on Stadia difficult to recommend, even to someone who has never played the game before. Those who want to play Xenoverse 2 will have a much better experience with any other version of the game, as they're all just more fully-featured than the Stadia version, especially when taking the DLC into account, like the Dragon Ball FighterZ crossover content.

BONEWORKS

PC
6.00
Dalton CooperJan 07, 2020
There's a lot about its immersion that other VR games could learn from, and hopefully build an overall better game around. If nothing else, its Valve-inspired visuals and puzzles may hold some fans over until they can get their hands on Half-Life: Alyx. In the meantime, Boneworks is the kind of game that people can use to show their friends some of VR's more exciting capabilities, though it's a little rough around the edges to be something that one will want to spend all their time playing.

Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot

Xbox One
8.00
Dalton CooperDec 30, 2019
With a fun cast of characters driving an engaging story and a ton of worthwhile rewards to collect, the Borderlands 3 Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot DLC is a must-play for fans of the looter-shooter. It expands on the best parts of the base game and gives players an interesting new casino setting to explore. It's true that some of the lingering technical issues hamper the experience a bit, but otherwise Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot is exactly what fans would want from a Borderlands 3 DLC pack.

Borderlands 3

Google Stadia
4.00
Dalton CooperDec 29, 2019
As it stands, though, it doesn't make sense for players to bother with the Stadia port when objectively higher quality versions of the game are available on other platforms.