1633 Published Reviews
Terminator: Resistance feels like a game that’s lost in time. It resembles more of a remaster of a last-generation videogame than a current-gen title. The story can be cool towards the end for Terminator fans as you see how the first two movies began, but it's not worth the boring gameplay, mediocre visuals, and uninteresting characters.
Woven the GameXbox One
Woven is not a fun game, but it’s certainly a nice story. There are concepts —particularly the body-swapping mechanic— that could have been enjoyable with the right execution, but this game doesn’t even come close to pulling them off.
Bee SimulatorXbox One
Bee Simulator is a somewhat enjoyable game but suffers greatly from horrible flight controls and overly sensitive inputs. Younger children may find it to be an enjoyable game and be able to ignore the overacting of the voice actors. However, it is a game that is educational in teaching players about the world of the honeybee and their importance to nature.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret HideoutPC
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout bring plenty of changes to the series that make it an enjoyable experience for long time fans and newcomers alike.
MechWarrior 5: MercenariesPC
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is a great introduction to the MechWarrior series and is primarily a PvE game. Players can expect to be rocking to an awesome soundtrack as they destroy their enemies on the battlefields.
Sparklite has some interesting ideas, but the second-to-second gameplay can get tedious since the combat doesn’t really evolve and you’ll be fighting a lot of the same enemies, despite there being a respectable amount of them. The patch system is fun to mess around with as well, but it can help with the tediousness and make you feel weak because of the randomized nature. The final fight was the best part of the forgettable journey, but if you don’t have the right patches, Geodia will be doomed.
Race with RyanSwitch
A really fun game for young boys and girls that range from four to eight years old and for any Ryan fan that is out there.
A direct continuation of a classic series that acts like it’s still the early 2000s, for better or worse! For returning fans this is precisely what you wanted. It’s possible for newcomers to enjoy but you should probably play the originals first.
Override: Mech City Brawl – Super Charged Mega EditionSwitch
In terms of features unique to Switch, Override lacks any motion control support. This is understandably out of reach for a small indie studio such as Modus Games given the production costs for such a feature, but its addition would’ve made the title stand out far more than it currently does. Having a mech throw a punch with a sideways Joy-Con a la Arms would be an amazing upgrade to the otherwise bland button-mashing gameplay.
Skullgirls 2nd EncoreSwitch
As a fighting game, there is almost no aspect of Skullgirls Second Encore that isn’t an absolute joy to play, and the Switch's portability only enhances those qualities. Fans of fighting games will find so much to love in Skullgirls, but the game won’t create any zealous converts out of those who loathe the conventions of the fighting game genre.
A perfect continuation of what Bugbear has done previously with the Flatout series. They may no longer hold the license to that IP, but they definitely still have the spirit of it. This is a perfect blend of customisation and carnage, with something for everyone. I can’t recommend it enough, and it deserves to be just as popular as the games that came before it.
The Beast InsidePC
Although The Beast Inside is lacking when it comes to execution, one can see that at its core are some good ideas from a creative, passionate group of people. With some more experience in game development which will give its work that much needed level of polish, Illusion Ray Studio may well find itself making some of the most memorable horror experiences in gaming.
Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced EditionsXbox One
Baldur’s Gate has been left intact and is allowed to shine as a gaming classic. New players needn’t be scared away, with a small amount of patience even D&D beginners will find a rewarding experience here.
SEKIRO: Shadows Die TwiceXbox One
It’s certainly not a game for those looking for a more relaxing trip through mythical Japanese inspired locales, but whoever decides to stick with Sekiro through its hardships are bound to experience one of the most rewarding and memorable titles of the year.
BATTLETECH Heavy MetalPC
A somewhat disappointing expansion for a fantastic strategy game. It adds enough strategic options and variety to combat that If you are already invested in BattleTech then you’ll get a lot of enjoyment from what’s in here.
Need for Speed HeatPS4
Like comfort food for fans who’ve loved the Underground/Most Wanted games from back in the day. The day and night system is addictive, the cars feel great and distinct, the visuals are fantastic (especially at night) and the old-school customization is back and better than ever.
Overall, the local multiplayer of Domiverse achieves everything it should, with chaotic matches leading to laughs and arguments echoing around the living room. And the singleplayer is a solid way to learn each character’s unique attributes with some creative challenges to conquer. The lack of online multiplayer is disappointing, but the charming tone and engaging fights of Domiverse will keep it installed on my Switch for whenever I have a willing group of friends wanting to feel the wrath of Snakity.
Sniper Ghost Warrior ContractsPC
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts is a well made all-around experience, that will challenge and infuriate - but the life of a mercenary isn’t an easy one. Although CryEngine can be kinda janky, making enemies warp to different places (or disappear), the game looks great, filled with multiple routes every which way, and filled with more than just “kill, kill, kill”. It will take time to unlock everything and complete all of the challenges - and find every collectible - but you’ll have fun doing it.
Death Stranding might be the most unique AAA game of the generation, with an addictive core gameplay loop that manages to combine a new concept with tried-and-true design philosophies, and a story that - while messy - has a sweet emotional core that’s likely to stick with players long after the credits roll.
Afterparty is a narrative-driven game that fails to have the writing to back up its premise, even with the odd chuckle and some truly strong performances. Like a sober night in the town with drunken friends, it starts off amusing enough, but it wears out its welcome after a while becoming tiring and grating, and towards the end you’ll likely end up wishing you did something else with your time.
The Outer WorldsPC
Obsidian could have easily fallen into the trap of creating a straight up Fallout clone, but the various planets in the Halcyon solar system and the types of quest available provides a good amount of variety, with excellent splashings of humour and moral dilemmas. It’s not breaking new ground, but it struts its stuff very well.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningSwitch
Link's Awakening is a joyous adventure and a treat for the eyes, marred by some minor performance hiccups. It's truly a shame that this title is following up the most ambitious entry in the series' history and feels dissapointingly small in comparison.
Dusk Diver is a beautiful, fun and flawed experience that fails to provide bang for its buck. If you’re a die-hard fan of this style of beat-em-up you may be able to look past the game’s lack of content and unacceptable amount of mistakes in the script. You’ll still enjoy your time with Dusk Diver but the lack of content and replayability makes it difficult to recommend over the titans of the genre. It’s a good game, I’m just not sure it’s good enough.
Call of Duty: Modern WarfarePS4
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare almost brings the franchise back to its roots with a meaningful campaign that includes memorable characters and a horrifying depiction of war, but falls short when it comes to the traditional multiplayer. New modes like Gunfight and Realism are highlights and the core game still feels as good as ever, but it won’t save you from getting continuously spawn camped.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HDSwitch
Overall, it’s a return that, in spite of the improved and smooth presentation, is as bumpy as some of the levels you’ll encounter. It may feel good at first to be able to finally play a Monkey Ball game again after all these years, but it’s disappointing knowing that there were better options in the series.