153 Reviews

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Xbox One
8.00
Dalton CooperJul 05, 2019
Future Grand Prix events are set to add characters from the Spyro the Dragon franchise, which is sure to be exciting for fans of PS1-era platformers. It’s safe to say that anyone who has nostalgia for Spyro or Crash will likely have a great time with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, and while the difficulty will be polarizing, the game is stuffed with content, and since it’s available at a budget price, picking it up is a no-brainer.

Super Mario Maker 2

Switch
9.00
Dalton CooperJul 05, 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 has a bright future ahead of it, but it’s still a fully-featured game at launch. The new tools make for exciting additions to the game, and users have already created spectacularly fun levels that can be downloaded right now. The multiplayer implementation in Super Mario Maker 2 definitely has room for improvement, but otherwise players should have a ton of fun with the game.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Switch
8.00
Dalton CooperJul 02, 2019
The coming months are sure to add even more value to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, but it’s still a strong game at launch. It’s exactly what fans expect from an Igrashi-produced Metroidvania game, and even the inferior Switch port is still a fun time that should satisfy Castlevania fans who are tired of waiting for Konami to properly continue the series.

The Sinking City

PS4
4.00
Dalton CooperJun 26, 2019
While the characters in The Sinking City may be more concerned with the murky waters flooding their homes, players will find themselves neck-deep in a flood of technical problems and puzzling game design choices. Anyone looking for a quality Lovecraftian horror game won’t find it here, which is disappointing as The Sinking City was one of the most exciting horror games showcased at E3 2019.

Trover Saves The Universe

PS4
7.00
Dalton CooperJun 25, 2019
Luckily, Trover Saves the Universe is worth playing regardless of the uninspired combat. Players won’t be compelled to stick with it for the barebones gameplay, but rather, to see where the story goes and what crazy character they will encounter next. It’s certainly not the most engaging game from a gameplay standpoint, but its story and humor will make it difficult for anyone to quit before they reach its unexpected conclusion.

Darkwood

PS4
7.00
Dalton CooperJun 03, 2019
Darkwood‘s story is twisted and full of weird characters and unnerving moments. The ultra-tough gameplay is likely to turn quite a few people off and it can be tedious, but those that stick with Darkwood will be rewarded with a memorable survival-horror game that will linger with them long after they’ve conquered its nightmares.

Team Sonic Racing

PS4
5.00
Dalton CooperJun 03, 2019
Despite this, Team Sonic Racing is still one of the weaker kart racers we’ve played. Older Sonic racing games are far superior, offering more content and are not held back by the team-based racing gimmick. There are better kart racers on the market, and with games like like the Crash Team Racing remake right around the corner, it’s hard to recommend Team Sonic Racing, even at its budget price. Hardcore Sonic the Hedgehog fans may still want to give it a look after a price drop, though.

Slay the Spire

PS4
9.00
Dalton CooperJun 01, 2019
Slay the Spire may have some slight performance issues in the transition from PC to console, but the game is still one of the best deck-building games out there. It's definitely one of the best titles published by Humble Bundle so far, and it deserves its spot among the top-rated games of 2019.

Layers of Fear 2

Xbox One
8.00
Joshua DuckworthMay 29, 2019
All in all, Layers of Fear 2 has its flaws but stands out as an improvement over the original, which was still one of the scariest games on PS4 and Xbox One. The sequel's mechanics are the same as the first one: there's no combat, puzzles are sometimes obtusely perplexing, and the control scheme can be somewhat clunky. Yet, the criticisms that the first one was heavily reliant upon age-old gimmicks, cheap deaths, and general mediocrity do not hold water with Layers of Fear 2. It is nothing ground-breaking, but it is a unique horror game that can be easily recommended for lovers of the genre.

Observation

PS4
5.00
Dalton CooperMay 21, 2019
Observation has the visuals, atmosphere, and story that would put it in the conversation of the best horror games of 2019, but the nausea-inducing camera, uninspired puzzles, and frequent lack of clear direction ruin it. It’s a shame, too, because Sony clearly had confidence in the game and even featured Observation in its first State of Play stream. Sadly, it appears as though that confidence was misplaced. Hopefully NoCode’s next game is able to deliver compelling gameplay to back up the rest of the experience.

RAGE 2

PS4
6.00
Dalton CooperMay 16, 2019
Rage 2 is a short game with a weak story and dull open world elements. However, the core shooting gameplay is strong enough that hardcore FPS fans may still want to give it a look once the price goes down. The opening hours prove that the potential was there for Rage 2 to be something great, and maybe it will reach that potential with future updates, but at launch, the game falls way short of expectations.

Mortal Kombat 11

PS4Xbox One
9.00
Dalton CooperMay 02, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 may catch some deserved flak for its microtransactions and Ronda Rousey’s bland voice acting, but the core fighting is so entertaining than those issues will hardly to matter to most. Mortal Kombat 11 is simply full of things to do and will keep fighting game enthusiasts busy for quite some time. Future updates will hopefully continue to make progression more rewarding, but we’ve already seen enough of an improvement to wholeheartedly recommend Mortal Kombat 11 to both fans of the franchise and fighting game fans in general.

Days Gone

PS4
8.00
Anthony TaorminaApr 25, 2019
Make no mistake, though, this is still a well-made game, albeit with a lot of familiar elements underneath the zombie apocalypse veneer. PS4 players should still absolutely play the game and they will come away satisfied as a whole. Just know that this isn’t the same type of top to bottom hit that some past Sony exclusives have been.

World War Z

PS4
7.00
Kyle SledgeApr 24, 2019
All things considered, aside from the glaring technical issues and the almost blatant copy-paste job of the formula from the Left 4 Dead series, World War Z should offer a satisfactory experience for anyone wanting to kill some time and some zombies in the process. Of course, there are a wealth of far better games out there which one could spend their hard-earned money on, but $40 isn't too steep of an asking price for what WWZ's third-person shooter action has to offer.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

Switch
8.00
Sarah FieldsApr 16, 2019
Overall, the Nintendo Switch edition is a great choice for anyone who is feeling nostalgic or hasn’t picked up the game before. The Switch’s visuals are on-par with the other remastered releases of Final Fantasy X/X-2, but with the added plus of custom controller binds and the Quick Recovery system. Gamers who want to play FFX and FFX-2 on the go have a great option here, but it’s still not an ultimate release, as some of the PC perks didn’t make it to this version.

Yoshi's Crafted World

Switch
8.00
Dalton CooperApr 15, 2019
Yoshi’s Crafted World is one of Yoshi’s stronger adventures. There are still a couple of missteps that keep it from being a top-tier Switch exclusive, but it’s still pretty great and works as both a casual gaming experience and a more hardcore one as well. From start to finish, Yoshi’s Crafted World is a solid platformer, and it’s a worthy addition to anyone’s Switch collection.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2

PS4
9.00
Kyle SledgeMar 20, 2019
All in all, The Division 2 is great for what it is, and a vastly superior product when compared to the original, with the sequel having improved upon practically every feature found within The Division 1. While it doesn’t exactly blaze adventurous new paths for the genre or deliver a glut of surprises, it nails what’s most important in a loot-based shooter – it’s fun and motivates players to come back for more.

Devil May Cry 5

Xbox One
10.0
Dalton CooperMar 06, 2019
There isn’t a single dull moment in Devil May Cry 5, and it’s arguably the best game in the series to date. Devil May Cry 5 is easily a Game of the Year contender and continues Capcom’s hot streak in masterful fashion. Now let’s just hope fans don’t have to wait so long for a followup.

Trials Rising

PS4
8.00
Kyle SledgeFeb 26, 2019
By and large, Trials Rising doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it maintains a high level of quality with the vast majority of its content by fine-tuning the series’ strengths with a bevy of well-designed tracks, tight controls, physics-focused gameplay, and offbeat sense of humor. Should players never even get around to trying out the online multiplayer, local co-op, or level editor, Trials Rising is densely packed with enough features to keep their palms glued to the handlebars for the foreseeable future.

DiRT Rally 2.0

PS4
8.00
Joshua DuckworthFeb 19, 2019
For many, DiRT Rally 2.0 will check off all the right boxes for those who have been fans of the series thus far. It offers plenty of compelling modes, a new challenge, and its weather system helps give the courses a lot of character. Yes, there are going to be moments where the game doesn’t function as realistic as one might hope, but it’s only a small bump on an otherwise enjoyable ride.

Far Cry New Dawn

Xbox One
8.00
John JacquesFeb 14, 2019
Far Cry New Dawn represents a natural evolution to the gameplay that made Far Cry 5 the most polished title in the series. The game delivers fast and fluid open-world gameplay from start to finish, offering plenty of replayability with tiered outpost raids and expeditions. While New Dawn won’t be known for its memorable characters or plot, it’s fun enough that gamers are likely to forgive the narrative stumble.

Metro Exodus

PS4
7.00
Dalton CooperFeb 13, 2019
Metro Exodus‘s gorgeous visuals are somewhat undermined by the NPC clipping issues and texture pop-in, and one has to wonder if those issues would have been ironed out had the game spent some more time in the oven. But even though its technical issues, lack of genuine horror, and bland cast make it fall short of its predecessors, Metro Exodus is still a decent mix of the franchise’s traditional stealth/shooter gameplay and a semi-open world environment, with some truly stellar graphics to boost.

Apex Legends

Xbox One
8.00
Dalton CooperFeb 09, 2019
Apex Legends is still in its infancy, but the game has already been a success, surpassing 10 million players worldwide within just a few days of its launch. If it’s able to maintain its popularity moving forward, then it’s likely Respawn will aggressively support it with content updates like we’ve seen in other battle royale titles, and those updates could address some of our concerns.

Apex Legends

PS4
8.00
Dalton CooperFeb 09, 2019
Apex Legends is still in its infancy, but the game has already been a success, surpassing 10 million players worldwide within just a few days of its launch. If it’s able to maintain its popularity moving forward, then it’s likely Respawn will aggressively support it with content updates like we’ve seen in other battle royale titles, and those updates could address some of our concerns.

God Eater 3

PS4
7.00
Joshua DuckworthFeb 07, 2019
At the end of the day, God Eater 3 doesn’t break any molds and that’s okay. It fulfills its role as a solid action JRPG and a worthy successor to Bandai Namco‘s God Eater franchise by combining the rustic tropes of the genre with a heart-warming, if familiar, story of a developing family struggling to survive. Even through repetitive beats, the missions that run into each other, and the humdrum of the reused environmental assets, the story shines bright like a beacon in the Ashlands.

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