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913 Published Reviews

Salt and Sacrifice

PC
7.00
John Cantees May 12, 2022
Salt and Sanctuary checks all the boxes for what a 2D Soulslike should have but doesn’t do much beyond that, delivering a worthy, albeit conventional addition to the sub-genre.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising

PC
7.00
Ravi SinhaMay 10, 2022
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is an interesting game, both due to its present quality and how much better it could have been with more time and resources. It's a fun journey but pacing issues and several underdeveloped aspects make it somewhat forgettable.

Rogue Legacy 2

PC
9.00
Ravi SinhaMay 09, 2022
Rogue Legacy 2 is an excellent step up from its predecessor, adding tons of new, fun content along with heaps of systems for even more varied runs. Though it can be grindy and somewhat difficult, the enjoyable gameplay will keep you coming back.

Teardown

PC
7.00
John Cantees May 06, 2022
Teardown has some genuine moments of chaotic fun that are sometimes interrupted by long periods of tedium and some minor performance issues.

Trek to Yomi

Xbox Series X
7.00
Shubhankar ParijatMay 06, 2022
Trek to Yomi's outstanding visuals and presentation are quite enough to make up for its fairly straightforward and simplistic gameplay.

The Serpent Rogue

PS5
6.00
John Cantees May 04, 2022
The Serpent Rogue keeps its head above water with its handling of its world and challenge, but struggles to excel very far beyond that.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Switch
6.00
Shubhankar ParijatApr 28, 2022
The Force Unleashed's Switch version is a decent blast from the past, even though it feels a bit too conservative as a port.

MotoGP 22

PS5
7.00
John Cantees Apr 22, 2022
MotoGP 22 is better than several of its predecessors, but leaves most of its potential wasted.

Winter Ember

Xbox Series X
5.00
Matt BianucciApr 19, 2022
What works about Winter Ember is almost entirely overshadowed by the frustrating moment-to-moment experience that never settles into a true, precise stealth game.

THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD: Remake

Switch
5.00
Shubhankar ParijatApr 11, 2022
The House of the Dead: Remake will appeal to fans of the original for obvious reasons, but several significant issues hold the disappointingly threadbare experience back in several ways.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Xbox Series X
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatApr 06, 2022
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga retains the simplicity, charm, and humour of past LEGO games and blends them with some significant gameplay improvements and expansions, delivering a robust, densely packed, and delightful experience.

MLB The Show 22

PS5
8.00
John Cantees Apr 06, 2022
MLB The Show 22 still has room to improve for the future, but makes more than enough changes to remain a great baseball experience at the end of the day.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Switch
9.00
PramathApr 01, 2022
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a masterful translation of the series' longstanding formula and merits into the 3D space.

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

Xbox Series X
8.00
Matt BianucciMar 31, 2022
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands doesn’t stray too far from the Borderlands series, but it doesn’t need to when the consistently funny characters and familiar yet satisfying gameplay are this enjoyable from front to back.

Weird West

PS4
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatMar 31, 2022
Densely packed with ingenious systems, Weird West is a game of endless possibilities that encourages player choice and agency in a way very few other games do, and reacts to your actions across every level of interactivity. Fans of immersive sims and action RPGs won't want to miss this.
Shubhankar ParijatMar 29, 2022
Ikai's interesting setting and unsettling atmosphere are let down by its clunky gameplay, mundane and repetitive structure, and several technical issues.

TRIANGLE STRATEGY

Switch
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatMar 23, 2022
With engaging battles, a captivating story, excellent world-building, and interesting choices with actual weight and consequences, Triangle Strategy is an absolute gem that far exceeds all expectations.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

PS5
7.00
John Cantees Mar 22, 2022
Stranger of Paradise does indeed feel like a stranger in the Final Fantasy series, but mostly succeeds because of it.

GhostWire: Tokyo

PS5
8.00
Shubhankar ParijatMar 21, 2022
Ghostwire: Tokyo mixes unique ideas with formulaic design, and though the latter does affect the experience, it is ultimately still a solid, enjoyable game that's well worth experiencing.

Grand Theft Auto V

PS5
8.00
Shubhankar ParijatMar 21, 2022
Grand Theft Auto 5's new-gen upgrade is solid and effective, but much too conservative, especially for a game that's long overstayed its welcome.

TUNIC

PC
8.00
John Cantees Mar 17, 2022
Overall, Tunic is one of those games that totally leans into its execution to tremendous effect. It doesn’t reinvent or revolutionize its core concepts as much as I would have liked, nor does it bring any one gameplay component into the fold that I haven’t seen before, but the way it does patch everything together with its own sense of style is something to behold for the genre. Despite being a little light on depth and lacking a major gameplay hook of its own, I suspect most who pursue this adventure will find little, if anything, they don’t admire about it.

WWE 2K22

PS5
8.00
UsaidMar 15, 2022
A simplified gameplay loop, a thrilling Showcase mode, and a surprisingly deep MyRise mode combine to make WWE 2K22 one of the strongest entries the franchise has seen in a while.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

PS4
8.00
PramathMar 14, 2022
Until we get an actual Persona 5 Arena, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on PS4, Steam, and Switch is the definitive Persona fighting game experience, and a damn well appealing product on its own merits, even stripped away of its Persona trappings.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok

PS5
8.00
John Cantees Mar 11, 2022
The new ideas Dawn of Ragnarök plays around with are fun, but it can’t fully flourish under the weight of inconsistent writing and janky combat.

Submerged: Hidden Depths

PS5
7.00
John Cantees Mar 11, 2022
Despite not expanding on its gameplay ideas enough to avoid tedium, the ambience, atmosphere, and ease of play do make Submerged Hidden Depths a competent addition to its genre.