1245 Reviews

Senran Kagura Peach Ball

Switch
4.00
Paul TamburroJul 16, 2019
Senran Kagura: Peach Ball is briefly enjoyable, but is bogged down by a lack of things to do aside from skipping through tedious dialogue. Senran fans may find themselves content with the ways you can, ahem, interact with its cast, but for the rest of us this is a passably decent pinball game and little else.

Blazing Chrome

PC
8.00
Alex Santa MariaJul 11, 2019
Blazing Chrome is an amazing package that does exactly what it sets out to do and is for people who know what they want from it. By the same (arcade) token, it is difficult to recommend to anyone who even begins to question whether it’s a game for them. Beating Blazing Chrome is a badge of honor, the latest test of skill tossed onto a pile of old cartridges. You can spend hours and hours grinding out this handful of stages, experiencing both intense frustration and the rush of victory.

Dragon Quest Builders 2

PS4
8.00
Jason FaulknerJul 11, 2019
I’m ecstatic that Square Enix took a gamble on this series. Dragon Quest is one of the oldest and most popular JRPG franchises, and its a perfect vehicle for this sort of gameplay. It’s colorful and friendly while still having enough adult themes to keep you hooked. I was glad to see a lot of the issues from the first game were rectified, and I can’t wait to see where the series goes from here.

Sea of Solitude

PS4
5.00
Michael LeriJul 11, 2019
But those aesthetic strengths don’t completely overwrite Sea of Solitude’s numerous other deficiencies. Addressing more personal mental issues is novel in gaming and that much is admirable but trying isn’t always enough. Storytelling matters as much as — if not more than — the story you’re trying to tell and the game’s clumsy script and amateurish performances demonstrate how one side can spoil the other. In essence, it’s a boat that looks nice from the outside until you jump inside and notice all the holes actively trying to sink the whole thing.

SolSeraph

PC
6.00
Tyler TreeseJul 09, 2019
There is no real evolution of the formula going on here, and that is a pretty disappointing aspect considering how far other genres have come in the past 30 years.

Super Mario Maker 2

Switch
9.00
Paul TamburroJul 04, 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 is a joyous celebration of the intricacies that go into designing the perfect level. It’s a game where you can invest hours creating and playtesting one short section of one small level, or decide to do away with creation altogether in favor of playing through its ever-growing number of courses. Despite recurring technical problems that have become synonymous with Nintendo games, Super Mario Maker 2 is still an essential Switch purchase, building upon the groundwork laid by its predecessor and adding so much more.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

PS4
9.00
Jason FaulknerJul 04, 2019
Metroidvanias are seen as niche games, but Bloodstained proved that you can craft a title in that tradition while making it incredibly appealing to a general audience. Ritual of the Night is one of the best games released so far this year, and even if you don’t love 2D platformers, the excellent exploration elements, movement, and combat are good enough to win anyone over.

Catan

Switch
6.00
Alex Santa MariaJun 26, 2019
Hopefully more expansions (or possibly even the spin-offs) will eventually make their way to the Switch version. It would certainly help with the variety. However, even if they never do, this base game will satisfy anyone looking to just play a round of Catan. Nothing here will blow you away, and there are better digital implementations out there. It does just enough to get the job done. As we’ve seen with many releases on Switch, that’s usually enough for most people.

Heavy Rain

PC
7.00
Tyler TreeseJun 26, 2019
Despite having some awkward control quirks while playing with a mouse and keyboard, the PC version of Heavy Rain is just as solid as the PlayStation 4 re-release. Both versions look superior to the PS3 original, but still have a few issues that make none of them the definitive way to play David Cage’s best title.

Judgment

PS4
8.00
Jason FaulknerJun 25, 2019
Judgment is still an excellent game, despite some of the issues I have. Unfortunately, this is a title that is somewhat held back by its lustrous pedigree, but it has one of the best stories in the franchise, and there’s still a ton of things it has going in its favor.

The Sinking City

PC
6.00
Chris J CapelJun 25, 2019
The enjoyable Cthulhu detective story is enough to be worth seeing through, but it’s a mystery why the other parts of the game couldn’t be as strong.

Devil May Cry

Switch
6.00
Tyler TreeseJun 25, 2019
It definitely wears its shortcomings on its sleeve, and a few tweaks would have made this a much better playing game in 2019. But the original still has merit thanks to the fantastic combat system that would not only be the basis for the rest of the series, but the genre as a whole.

AMID EVIL

PC
8.00
Alex Santa MariaJun 24, 2019
Even if you’ve already tired yourself out on retro shooters, Amid Evil deserves your attention as a well-crafted and unique entry in the genre. Whatever New Blood Interactive ends up doing next for FPS, it’s going to be hard to top this opening one-two punch.

F1 2019 Anniversary Edition

PCPS4Xbox One
9.00
Bradley RussellJun 24, 2019
Things aren’t perfect, sure. The Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost add-ons are too pricey, the press interviews are too one-note, and there’s no fully-updated Formula 2 2019 season on launch, but it’s hard to turn your nose up at an exceptional recreation of one of the world’s most adrenaline-pumping sports. It’s a must-buy for F1 2019 fanatics and soon-to-be converts alike.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

PS4SwitchXbox One
8.00
Michael LeriJun 24, 2019
Gorgeous visuals and expressive animation would have given it the veneer of a Crash game, but it’s the game’s accessible yet deep racing mechanics that show it’s truly Crash under the hood. And having both the look and feel of a Crash Team Racing game is why Nitro-Fueled deserves a gold medal.

Samurai Shodown

PS4
8.00
Tyler TreeseJun 24, 2019
Whether you’re a hardcore fighting game player wanting to have some classic samurai battles or a more casual player looking to better your basics, almost everyone will get plenty out of a few hours in the latest SamSho.

My Friend Pedro

PCSwitch
6.00
Alex Santa MariaJun 20, 2019
This game will certainly find a well-deserved place of love among the hardest of the hardcore. In fact, it’ll be great to witness a speedrun or two after the final release. However, for the general player, My Friend Pedro finds solidarity with a forgettable summer blockbuster. There are a few great moments here and there, and you’ll certainly have fun while you play. However, you’ve probably seen everything this game has to offer just by watching a few of its trailers.

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda

Switch
9.00
Tyler TreeseJun 19, 2019
Ultimately, Cadence of Hyrule is a dream collaboration between two talented companies that are known for putting a tremendous amount of heart into their products. Any fan of Zelda will be able to enjoy this digital title thanks to its optional modes, although the best experience will be embracing its rhythm elements that make it so unique. Hopefully the success seen here will lead to Nintendo allowing other talented indie studios to put their own spins on their great properties as it allows fans to celebrate them in a new way.

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

3DS
9.00
Jason FaulknerJun 03, 2019
Even if you’re not huge on dungeon exploration Persona Q2 is a great game. It contains plenty of fanservice and references for fans of the main Persona titles and has a complex and rewarding combat and exploration loop that makes it worth playing even if it’s your first Persona game ever.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

PC
7.00
Alex Santa MariaMay 30, 2019
In my time with Three Kingdoms, I gained a healthy respect for what Total War is. Even if it isn’t completely in my wheelhouse, the turn-based board game mode complements the battles well, providing a whole experience that can dive into whichever historical era it wants. Those historical elements hold a game with solid fundamentals that make it easy for me to want to get better at the game and grasp its many complexities.

Splitgate: Arena Warfare

PC
7.00
Alex Santa MariaMay 29, 2019
Still, considering that it’s free, Splitgate is probably worth you’re time if you’re into deathmatch games and doubly so if you ever competed in Halo LAN parties back in the days before Xbox Live. The gameplay underneath all the standard trappings is impressively solid. Hopefully, that’s good enough to give the developers time to work on everything else. With just a bit more visual flair, Splitgate: Arena Warfare could jump out and make a name for itself in a crowded market with its solid fundamentals and inventive blend of portals and gunplay.

Outer Wilds

PCPS4Xbox One
9.00
Jason FaulknerMay 29, 2019
As someone who loves adventure and puzzle games, Outer Wilds was a match made in heaven. It’s not action-packed, and there’s not crafting or deep survival mechanics like most space games have. Instead, it delivers an engaging mystery that isn’t spoon fed to you. It offers its own unique challenge that I highly recommend to anyone that loves video games or space.

Vectronom

Switch
7.00
Tyler TreeseMay 29, 2019
There is a lot to like about Vectronom even if it never reaches any incredible highs. It’s just a well-designed rhythm game with a lot of heart put into it. The stylized graphics and upbeat music help give it a surprising amount of personality that doesn’t fully translate to still screen shots. While it’s clear that the PC release is superior due to its additional features and quirks, the Switch version still holds a lot of value as a party game. The simple control scheme is perfectly paired with Joy-Cons, and it’s easy to have a blast when playing with others.

Void Bastards

PCXbox One
9.00
Alex Santa MariaMay 28, 2019
It’s a constant cycle of upgrading your character and venturing deeper into the void while you find new rooms and tougher challenges. Best of all, there’s a definitive end alongside the promise of a harder difficulty. It’s everything you could want in a procedural shooter, bridging the gap between action and strategy in an innovative new way that makes it easy to want to jump into the void over and over again. Read more at https://www.gamerevolution.com/review/542285-void-bastards-review-xbox-one#QJE10wS8rrP8vEBx.99

Trover Saves The Universe

PS4
6.00
Michael LeriMay 28, 2019
This “almost but not quite” issue is symbolic of Trover Saves the Universe as a whole. It’s a funny enough game but its one-note dialogue slightly outweighs its instances of decent humor. The mechanics work well at first, but they are too simplistic and don’t take as much advantage of the VR medium as they could. But despite their flaws, all of these parts are good enough to make Trover Saves the Universe one of the more memorable VR experiences.

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