1318 Published Reviews
Evil Genius 2: World DominationPC
As fitting and poetic it is for evil to defeat itself through incompetence, it makes for truly terrible gameplay when a player fails at a game because he is not given the tools to succeed when the game misbehaves. It ruins what is otherwise a great and very well produced title, and the hurdles are too big to ignore – Rebellion managed to make the concept of launching international schemes to rule the world a boring endeavour.
Black Legend isn’t perfect, but it brings some really solid pieces to the game as a whole. The town is interesting and is designed well, the class system allows for a good amount of freedom of player choice, and the alchemy system is pretty novel. The writing (or lack thereof) is a stumbling block, along with the difficult healing system… but the atmosphere really draws you in and leaves you wanting more of Grant and its mysteries.
Two Point Hospital: A Stitch in TimePC
A time travel-themed expansion that brings more of the same content while somehow managing to not even remotely shake the boat.
Fantasy General II: EvolutionPC
Overall, if you like Fantasy General 2, you’ll probably like Evolution as it mixes it up enough to be fresh, without taking away what makes it a great game.
Little Nightmares IIPC
Not only does Little Nightmares 2 live up to its name, but it also improves on nearly every aspect of the first game. Players may run into a few frustrating hiccups along the way, but exploring this horrific world with Mono and Six is immensely satisfying.
The Yakuza Remastered CollectionPC
For fans on PC who haven’t played the full saga, I highly recommend the Collection as it’s important to understanding the story of Yakuza, and is plenty fun to play, even if it’s dated. For any players who are new to Yakuza, I recommend first checking out Yakuza 0 or Yakuza Kiwami, they are better starting points, the Remastered Collection is not the best place to jump in.
Nioh 2 – The Complete EditionPC
I haven’t enjoyed myself this much in a long time. If you enjoy games of this subgenre and haven’t yet experienced Nioh 2, the time is now. Jump in, test your mettle, and become the samurai that world of Nioh so desperately needs.
Field of Glory II: MedievalPC
For those looking for a more strategic experience, FoGII:M will fall flat. If you want tactical battles or a digital tabletop miniatures experience than FoGII:M is for you. The only thing missing from this digital tabletop experience is painting your army.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – EarthbloodPC
Good voice acting and cool, bloody werewolf fighting sequences could not fully save the rushed story and flat facial animations of this one-dimensional take on the rich World of Darkness universe.
Despite its linearity, I’d argue that The Medium is a genuinely chilling ghost story that’s sure to leave a lasting impression. The splitscreen effects make for quite a few memorable moments, and there’s no denying the growing sense of accomplishment as you solve difficult puzzles and make your way through the cursed resort.
Combat Mission Black SeaPC
If you’re new to the genre and want to pick up Black Sea after reading this, I recommend being patient and keeping an open mind. It’s a different beast to mainstream games, but is immensely rewarding with time. If you are a wargamer interested in modern combat, I recommend Black Sea heartily.
Hitman 3 continues the series’ tradition to iterate and improve on each entry, though this entry is considerably less advanced than Hitman 2. It still is a fascinating finale to the franchise, building up to an entrancing climax that will either please you, anger you, or disappoint you.
Call of the SeaPC
Call of the Sea feels like a mix between a puzzle game and a 1930s pulp novel. It blends these varied genres to mixed success; the puzzles are largely solid but you can find yourself banging your head against the wall in frustration for some, and the writing can be a bit campy but is carried by brilliant voice acting. While the game is decent, the visuals, the acting, and the setting are top notch.
It’s story and narrative kept me glued to the screen, and everything – from sex scenes and romance options to Keanu Reeves trying to kill you or help you throughout the game – are remarkably well done. Cyberpunk 2077 is a game crafted with love, and it shows.
In the end, Per Aspera is not the deepest colony builder, nor the most challenging. But it is still a fun game to play, in a relaxing kind of way. And when you zoom out and see your bases stretch across the surface or the planet begin to irrevocably change, it delivers a feel-good gaming moment. Narrative and a sense of scale are ultimately what set Per Aspera apart from other games in the genre.
Haven exudes an amount of confidence that’s not often seen. Every piece falls into its place and there is never a moment to suggest that developer The Game Bakers had any doubts about the direction in which it wanted to take the game. Its satisfying exploration of interconnected levels, light survival, story-driven visual novel elements, and rhythmic combat all serve the greater experience.
The Unexpected QuestPC
The Unexpected Quest is by no means a bad game, as completing tasks and acquiring resources can be entertaining if you approach the title with the right mindset. Unfortunately, it’s incredibly hard to justify the price-tag when you consider the game’s relatively short length and repetitive elements.
Sam & Max Save the WorldPC
The remastering of Sam & Max Saves the World is a delightful return to the comedic antics of our crime fighting duo. Some jokes might not land and a lot of puzzles can feel too easy, but the duo’s wit has staying power. Add that with some catchy new tracks and a remastering that makes the game more stylish than less, and you have a proper return to form.
Empire of SinPC
Ultimately, EoS is not a bad game. But the lack of content within its strategic layer holds it back from living up to its full potential. With that said, I think the tactical combat and RPG elements are pretty solid. If you are drawn to lots of X-Com style tactical combat and some over the top Prohibition themed hijinks, you will find some fun within EoS. However, people looking for a deep strategic or tycoon focused experience, will likely be disappointed.
Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Craftworld AeldariPC
I suspect that some players will encounter balancing issues when playing out in the wild, but winning a game after effortlessly zipping across the map and summoning Asuryiani troops as backup can be extremely satisfying, so I’d say that the Craftworld Aeldari DLC is a worthwhile package if you’d like to keep conquering Gladius in new and interesting ways (so long as you can spare the cash).
Assassin's Creed ValhallaPC
If you just want a game where you can play as a Viking, Valhalla is 100% the game for you – and it’s really good at it. However, if you want a true Assassin’s Creed game, I recommend you skip this one and reinstall the ones made by Patrice Désilets.
Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Star KingsPC
That being said, it’s been a really fun ride with Age of Wonders: Planetfall and this expansion is just another good addition to the game. If this is the last bit of content that Planetfall gets, we’ll still be left with hundreds of hours worth of quality gaming to tide us over until whatever Triumph Studios does next.
The Falconeer is at its best when you’re finally able to hold your own against the many dangers that await you. Working your way up to that point feels far too slow, as many of the side missions are repetitive and the falcon moves way too slowly when you’re traversing from place to place.
Sakuna: Of Rice and RuinPC
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is definitely an interesting title, mixing the mundanities of rice planting with 2D hacking and slashing. While an acquired taste, those who like their games unique should have a fun time with Sakuna. If you can forgive an unlikeable protagonist and some repetitive gameplay at times, Sakuna is a solid title that shines even with its flaws.
Bugsnax’s gameplay does pick up somewhat in the final stretch, where it veers a bit more towards action. Having some of those elements on top of the existing traps and tools could have been just enough to make the time spent on Snaktooth Island more actively enjoyable. Sadly, hunting edible critters is far less remarkable than getting to know the Grumpuses.