659 Published Reviews

Orcs Must Die! 3

Google Stadia
8.00
Mark DelaneyJul 14, 2020
In all, Orcs Must Die 3 returns a lot of the humor and level design players may remember from earlier games, but it's all presented on a grander scale. With dozens of worthwhile traps to choose from, there are countless ways to win, and with War Scenarios, winning will have never felt better in the game — or perhaps the series.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

Switch
9.00
Joshua BroadwellJul 08, 2020
If Rune Factory is about fitting as many systems as possible together, Doraemon: Story of Seasons emphasizes character, and Stardew Valley is about beating Jojamart by being a one-farmer variation of the same thing, then Friends of Mineral Town is about balance. It’s about balancing your time, your relationships, and your chores while working for a brighter tomorrow.

The Last of Us: Part II

PS4
8.00
Ethan AndersonJun 29, 2020
That's what makes it so moving to see characters struggling to progress past devastating moments in order to ultimately find internal peace. It's just unfortunate that some poor implementation of intriguing ideas and slow pacing are often wedged between those spectacular moments.

BRIGANDINE The Legend of Runersia

Switch
7.00
Joshua BroadwellJun 24, 2020
In the end, scoring Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is tough. I love its depth, concepts, and style. And the laundry list of complaints is more noticeable when you're not actually playing it.

West of Dead

Xbox One
7.00
Jason D'AprileJun 22, 2020
A mixed bag of a game, there’s plenty to like here wrapped around a repetitive and needlessly brutal shell. West of Dead is a game that makes players work to enjoy it. Yet when it all comes together, the gameplay works like a beautiful choreography of death.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated

Switch
6.00
JosephYadenJun 22, 2020
A mixed bag of a game, there’s plenty to like here wrapped around a repetitive and needlessly brutal shell. West of Dead is a game that makes players work to enjoy it. Yet when it all comes together, the gameplay works like a beautiful choreography of death.

The Isle of Armor

Switch
8.00
Joshua BroadwellJun 18, 2020
As one half of an even more expanded adventure, though, The Isle of Armor is a well-rounded and satisfying topping to the main games — assuming you like catching new Pokemon, battling, and exploring. And if you don’t, then you’re probably playing the wrong game anyway.

Darius Cozmic Collection Console

PS4
7.00
Jason D'AprileJun 18, 2020
Simply put, the original arcade sources were noticeably better in every way in comparison to the console ports (and would remain so until DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours on the PS4/Vita). The console versions have their own appeal and are fine shooters, but don’t compare with the size, scope, and presentation of the source material.

Disintegration

Xbox One
7.00
Mark DelaneyJun 16, 2020
The multiplayer is what you should want to buy Disintegration for, and I'm hoping its playerbase can filter out the people looking for a new Halo. This isn't Halo and it's better for it. Disintegration has some errors in its code, but this is a robot with its values properly aligned.

Summer in Mara

Switch
3.00
Mark DelaneyJun 15, 2020
This genre is the security blanket of video games. Fans return to it for their soothing progress bars, friendly neighbors, and accessible mechanics. It shouldn't be that a game like this causes frustration first and foremost, but that's how I spent my summer in Mara.

Desperados III

PC
8.00
Jordan BaranowskiJun 12, 2020
It's a welcome return for the series. Mimimi Games has proven once again that they know the genre, as both Desperados 3 and Shadow Tactics demonstrate. Lock and load your (quicksave) trigger finger — somebody's poisoned the water hole!

The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor

PC
7.00
Gabriel MossJun 10, 2020
Despite retreading an old and nostalgic part of the world, Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor does its best to steer clear of simply putting up a fan service-y rehash. As such, it offers up a new story, though not necessarily a more interesting one than what was given to us in the likes of Clockwork City or Summerset. However, while it adds some great new improvements to gameplay in its overhauled Vampire skill line and new Antiquities system, it's still just another ESO expansion.

Shantae and the Seven Sirens

Switch
8.00
Jason D'AprileJun 08, 2020
Shantae has been weaving her magic for nearly 20 years and still feels distinctive amidst the sea of other platformers. Her latest romp might not feel quite as fresh as Half-Genie Hero, but it’s still a worthwhile, highly entertaining adventure.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Switch
9.00
Joshua BroadwellJun 05, 2020
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is among the Switch's top RPGs, and that's saying something. Even though the glow ups aren't evenly distributed, and the quest system is still lacking, the setting, unique combat, and overall package remain as strong now — stronger even — than they were 10 years ago.

The Outer Worlds

Switch
7.00
Mark DelaneyJun 04, 2020
Ironically, after infusing its latest RPG with much more color than the drab Fallout New Vegas, The Outer Worlds on Switch ends up looking quite dreary itself, which isn't out of place in such a dystopia. Still, since the world is always presented with tongue firmly in cheek, the colors make more sense for the world and are thus disappointingly absent on Switch.

Those Who Remain

Xbox One
5.00
Mark DelaneyJun 03, 2020
As credits rolled in Those Who Remain, I felt I had enjoyed enough of it not to feel like I wasted my evening, unlike I have with so many October movie marathons. It's not a horror game I'll think of first when people come to me asking for recommendations, but for the biggest horror fans who keep up with the genre, one could do worse than the occult ghost story told in Those Who Remain.

Liberated

Switch
7.00
LloydCoombesMay 30, 2020
Liberated leans a little too heavily on genre tropes for its story to feel anything other than derivative, but it more than makes up for it with a striking visual style that touches every aspect of gameplay. Its reliance on quick-time events aside, it’s a fun, stealthy page-turner that’ll feel like nirvana for Alan Moore and Frank Miller fans. If you enjoyed the likes of Limbo or Inside, you’ll find a lot to love with Liberated.

Minecraft Dungeons

Xbox One
7.00
Jason D'AprileMay 27, 2020
Minecraft Dungeons certainly has its fair share of flaws and even outright bugs, but the more time spent with it, the more enjoyable it becomes. It’s hard to deny that it should have had more of its namesake’s crafting and building gameplay, but overall, this is an entertaining action game for all ages.

Mafia II: Definitive Edition

Xbox One
6.00
Mark DelaneyMay 27, 2020
For fans who have played it before, you can safely skip a return trip to Empire Bay while we wait for the enticing remake of the original game coming in August. If you're new to the series, this is absolutely worth experiencing for its setting and story, but a lot of what surrounds the best parts of Mafia 2 make this remaster an offer you can refuse.

Blood Rage: Digital Edition

PC
8.00
Jordan BaranowskiMay 27, 2020
Blood Rage: Digital Edition is a really strong port of a popular tabletop game. It's a great way to play Blood Rage with friends who you don't get to physically be around very often, or for people who want to play the game but have trouble getting a group of people together.

HUNTDOWN

PC
9.00
diegoarguelloMay 22, 2020
Huntdown understands the genre and its influences, and it carves its own path. It's short enough that you can play through it on a single sitting, taking four to six hours, depending on the difficulty you choose. You don't need to bother with experience points or procedurally generated elements here. It's all run, shoot, destruction.

Saints Row: The Third Remastered

Xbox One
5.00
Mark DelaneyMay 20, 2020
Saints Row The Third is a conundrum. The things I like best about it feel like series highpoints. Things like the side missions and the absurd but slightly reined-in mechanics are vital and well done in SR3, but this project feels born too late in an industry that has largely moved past middling makeovers in favor of true, gorgeous remakes.

Maneater

PC
9.00
Jonny FosterMay 20, 2020
In a time of global crisis, however, a game where you can turn your brain off and eat anything and everything in sight is just the kind of detachment we need. Even if it wasn’t on your radar at all, Maneater is a title that will gobble you up for a few hours of blissful escapism.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

PS4
8.00
Mark DelaneyMay 15, 2020
At the end of my time with The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, I decided I wasn't actually done with it at all. I'll be playing it for a long time as I continue to max out my upgrades and finish all side quests. I've been playing VR for several years now, and I've seen my share of games that lift the medium up and remind me of what the future holds for this platform.

Super Mega Baseball 3

Xbox One
9.00
Mark DelaneyMay 12, 2020
Don't let a lack of MLB licensing turn you away. This is a serious baseball sim in every way except for the silly naming conventions of its athletes (right, Nacho Crisp?) Though there are still mountains for this studio to climb, I'm confident it will scale them. With several years and three games under its belt, Metalhead Software's batting average is now firmly in Hall of Fame territory.