904 Published Reviews

Rising Star 2

PC
7.00
Ed OrrAug 12, 2020
Rising Star 2 is an interesting and lovingly crafted title that takes the traditional party-based RPG and drags it on stage with a modern twist. These bards are worth a look if you want something different, but don’t expect it to be rocketing up the charts next week either. Check out Rising Star 2 and pick it up now over at the official Rising Star 2 Steam page now.

Hunting Simulator 2

PC
6.00
BrandedwolfAug 10, 2020
Overall Hunting Simulator 2 is a decent game with a unique mechanic in the dog companions. However, this is not enough to make it a great game with the lack of a good ‘feel” or sound for weapons or a background noise that felt more like white noise. While I’m used to grinding in various games, the grind here felt overmuch.

Shank n' Bake

PC
8.50
Emily ByrnesAug 07, 2020
Shank n’ Bake excels at giving the player doses of shock humor with challenging gameplay. Seriously, once you start running, you don’t want to stop. It never feels like a punishment when you have to start all the way over because the randomly generated run with quirky ways to die keeps a lot of the gameplay fresh and entertaining. I only made it through to about the second boss of the game because I am genuinely awful at it, but I had a helluva fun time playing it.

Hellbound

PC
6.50
XevrinAug 06, 2020
Hellbound is based around recreating the classic first-person shooter game experience of the 90s, which it does succeed in doing. If you were a fan of those games or wanted to experience what they were like in a modern package, then the developers at Saibot Studios have delivered, for the most part. Unfortunately, the game falls short of a great experience.

Fight Crab

PC
6.10
Steven WeberAug 05, 2020
PLAYISM has cornered the market on crab battles with Fight Crab, and while they currently hold the title, uncontested, Fight Crabs cumbersome controls and awkward battle physics my lose its luster quickly for those that aren't enjoying the novelty of crabbiness.

Goosebumps Dead of Night

Switch
8.50
Scott JeslisAug 03, 2020
Even those not fully versed in the Goosebumps series will find plenty of characters here that seem awfully familiar. At the end of the day, it's an excitingly fun experience because who wouldn't find fun in blasting and being chased by life-size Gummy Bears?

Necrobarista

PC
8.00
Ed OrrAug 01, 2020
Necrobarista is ultimately a tale about life, limitations, and letting go. That might sound a little obvious for a tale about a cafe that hosts lost souls for the night, but the way Necrobarista presents this tale is nothing short of stunning. Don’t misunderstand me, Necrobarista substitutes any real interaction for 3D animation and dynamic camera angles.

NASCAR Heat 5

PC
6.00
Kris BrooksJul 27, 2020
Overall, the experience for NASCAR Heat 5 was fun and enjoyable with a hint of repetitively. Without sound to southern, isn’t that the point of NASCAR. You can watch or play while enjoying time with friends and family. You can talk with each other and have some good old fashion fun. When something major happens, you can snap right back into action.

F1 2020

Xbox One
8.00
Mehrdad KhayyatJul 24, 2020
When it comes to simulating a professional sport for both newcomers and veterans, F1 2020 is a masterpiece. It won’t let you get disappointed if you’re looking for highly stressful and exciting racing experience, though it’s not a perfect game in the case of visuals.

Edna & Harvey: The Breakout – Anniversary Edition

Switch
8.70
Scott JeslisJul 23, 2020
These are probably two of the most memorable adventure game characters since Sam & Max Hit the Road! While the controls take a bit to get used to without a cursor or touch support the offbeat humour and solutions are memorable. If you're looking to relive some of those classic adventure game years look no further than this Anniversary Edition!

Summer in Mara

PC
6.50
Damien GulaJul 22, 2020
Summer in Mara reminds me of a mash-up between The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and My Time In Portia. It has a charming mixture of bright colors and whimsical music that encapsulates the world you are immersed within, in all of its child-like wonder.

West of Dead

Xbox One
7.00
Mehrdad KhayyatJul 21, 2020
West of Dead on Xbox One is a beautiful and entertaining western shooter that you’ll probably enjoy playing it if you are into roguelikes. The game doesn’t waste its potentials when it comes to gameplay mechanics, however, unbalanced and unrewarding level design are major issues that the game suffers from.

Death Stranding

PC
8.00
Ed OrrJul 20, 2020
A genuinely original and gorgeous new title from Kojima that manages to overcome its indulgent sections and a plodding midsection with a thoughtful ending. Did we say it looks utterly gorgeous too?

Project Warlock

PS4
8.50
Matt KeithJul 20, 2020
Project Warlock is a delightful tribute to 90’s shooters. It manages to find a perfect balance between old and new all the while still being its own entity. The console port is exceptionally well handled and offers some great options for players. The game attention to detail really helps make PW stand out among others retro titles in the genre. If you are looking for a 90’s nostalgia trip or just a fun shooter, check out Project Warlock over on the PlayStation Store.

Outward - The Soroboreans

PC
8.00
BrandedwolfJul 20, 2020
Overall Outward the Soroboreans adds more depth to a game that already had a great deal of depth to it already. The base game and this DLC isn’t for everyone. It doesn’t hold your hand and can be quite difficult and deadly at times. But it is worth the price of admission and is a beautiful world that can be explored by yourself or with others.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

Switch
8.50
Scott JeslisJul 17, 2020
This remake of a Gameboy Advance classic will hopefully find some new followers on this newer system. The easy-going, laid back, open-world style might not be the perfect fit for everyone. The game's tried-and-true formula, with short calendar days, seems to be a prime fit for short gameplay stints, especially for people who have busy lives.

Disintegration

PC
6.20
Steven WeberJul 17, 2020
Disintegration is an RTS/FPS hybridized story-driven game. When combat is in full swing and every move you make is gold, Disintegration feels like an experience worth having. Unfortunately, some of the higher difficulties may fail to hold your interest as some missions can take quite a long time, and the combat can feel very repetitive, with encounters rehashing a lot of the same enemies and experiences.

Ooblets

PC
9.50
Emily ByrnesJul 15, 2020
A delightful life simulator, Ooblets is one of those rare titles that deliver an engaging, relaxing experience with a little bit of something for everyone. The gameplay of Ooblets is more about the journey, not the destination, and gently reminds us not to stress the small stuff. Though I wish the dance-battles had been a bit more challenging, that might not have been the intended design of Ooblets-and that's okay.

Sludge Life

PC
6.00
Steven WeberJul 14, 2020
Sludge Life is a first-person, open-world platformer filled with strange sightings, childish humor, and a unique retro windows 3.1 UI. For the right platformer gamer, this divergence from the norm may provide several hours of enjoyment, but with no lasting draw to explore apart from graffiti tags and pictures, and no extenuating interaction with the world or characters, don't expect Sludge Life to grab you for more than a few hours.

Atomicrops

PC
8.00
Emily ByrnesJul 13, 2020
Atomicrops is an exciting and challenging rogue-lite farming simulator that somehow manages to maintain its fun factor with high replayability no matter how many times you die. It can be extremely difficult for those not used to playing rogue-lite games, but its fun art style and RNG elements manage to keep it fresh and engaging. Atomicrops strangely addicting, and for $14.99 on the Epic Games store, it's an absolute steal.

Demon's Rise - War for the Deep

Switch
4.00
James EvansJul 10, 2020
Demon’s Rise: War for the Deep tries to be a good strategy game. It offers a little depth, a little fun, and a little bit of a fantasy for those who want it. It, unfortunately, falls short of offering a memorable fantasy experience with its derivative premise, janky controls, and limited re-playability.

Signs of the Sojourner

PC
6.20
Steven WeberJul 03, 2020
Signs of the Sojourner is a slice of life deck building narrative game. If that was more than a mouthful for you, you may consider steering clear of this game as the conversation based game-play will careen you down a narrative driven path rife with haggling and sometimes fleeting relationships.

A Mortician's Tale

PC
8.00
Emily ByrnesJul 03, 2020
A Mortician’s Tale is a gentle reminder of our mortality and a quiet reassurance that it doesn’t have to be viewed negatively. Through informative newsletters woven in with the game’s narrative, and the passionate dream of a young woman, we find that there is peace and joy to be found in the arms of family, green alternatives, and the celebration of our passing.

The Dark Eye: Demonicon

PC
4.00
Catherine DaroJun 29, 2020
The Dark Eye: Book of Heroes is a fantasy RPG available on Steam for $30. At this point, I can not recommend the game due to its outdated graphics, clunky mechanics, boring combat and other problems.

Ultimate Fishing Simulator

Xbox One
6.00
Mitchell GassnerJun 29, 2020
In the end, the inclusion of a wide variety of environments and styles of fishing doesn't offset the simplistic and redundant mechanics of catching and reeling in fish, resulting in a long and boring grind to reach the big catches the ocean fishing has to offer.