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792 Published Reviews

Subdivision Infinity DX

PS5
5.00
Steven MatternSep 21, 2021
Subdivision Infinity DX on PS5 is a straight up port of a spaceship simulator that could have used some major adjustments and additions. Not having DualSense features on a dedicated PlayStation 5 version seems like a missed opportunity and could have gone a long way to make this version of the game unique. Instead, this spaceship affair has only a couple noteworthy qualities.

Ultra Age

PS4
7.00
John Cantees Sep 21, 2021
Ultra Age successfully pays homage to the handful of game’s it’s so clearly inspired by while redefining just enough of their rules to feel like its own thing. It might not win any awards for this approach but it does confirm that the age-old hack ‘n slash fundamentals from over a decade ago can still be fun. They just need to be done right.

Aragami 2

PC
8.00
Steven MatternSep 16, 2021
Aragami 2 has some satisfying stealth challenges available to take on solo or with other players. The visuals are a major step above the original. Enemy placement and AI make it hard to separate them, but the suite of visual cues help to better understand how many foes there are, and what their path is to plan a route. Movement is very brisk and with a skill tree that has a lot of variety, there’s no denying there is a feeling of gratification clearing a mission where you escape by the skin of your teeth.

Lost Judgment

Xbox Series X
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatSep 16, 2021
By building on the first game's strengths and taking confident steps forward in some key areas, Lost Judgment delivers an arresting and captivating experience that surpasses its predecessor in every way possible.
7.00
Matt BianucciSep 14, 2021
It’s probably better to think of NBA 2K22 as a revamp of the series rather than either a fully new experience or a simple roster update. The changes it does make to both its gameplay and MyCareer mode are substantial and offer at the very least some new and interesting ideas. While the integration of the City into MyCareer isn’t executed perfectly, I appreciate the innovation and the attempt to create something more exciting than a simple basketball story.

Deathloop

PS5
7.00
Ravi SinhaSep 13, 2021
If your prefer your time-looping adventures to be more stylish and violence-oriented, then Deathloop may be for you. Even with its various issues, there is satisfaction to be had in learning each map and completing the perfect series of assassinations.

Lost in Random

PS5
8.00
John Cantees Sep 10, 2021
In some ways, developer Zoink have outdone themselves and successfully punched above their weight here, especially considering their previous games Fe and Ghost Giant are much smaller and simpler games. It’s nice to see them roll some dice of their own on such fascinating ideas and see them come together this well. While it might struggle to fully realize its own vision in some ways, the overall experience still manages to instill a sense of wonder and beguilement that sticks with you long after you’ve put the controller down.

Baldo The guardian owls

PS4
4.00
Shubhankar ParijatSep 09, 2021
Baldo: The Guardian Owls looks great, but major issues with everything from combat to puzzles to exploration and more ensure that it's consistently a chore to play.

Life is Strange: True Colors

Xbox One
8.00
PramathSep 08, 2021
Sure, the lack of a central mystery, or the prescience of these games’ illusion of choice, can definitely be held against the game in the end – but honestly, I think Haven Springs is worth a visit, warts and all, and that those who do visit will find a lovely, affecting, and engaging story that is absolutely among the strongest showings this series has ever had.

Tales of Arise

PS5
8.00
Shubhankar ParijatSep 08, 2021
Tales of Arise is a great success. It’s got a solid premise, and the actual story it tells can be quite engaging, and even though that story is let down by how sloppily it’s often told, Tales of Arise’s excellent world and frantic combat almost make up for those issues. Bandai Namco have swung big and hard with this game, with clear ambitions of taking their long-running series to new heights, and thankfully, they’ve succeeded. For fans of the series and fans of JRPGs in general, Tales of Arise is an easy recommendation.

F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch

PS5
7.00
Steven MatternSep 06, 2021
F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch is worth keeping an eye on. It brings some unique flavor to the platformer genre with its story and world building but lacks some map functionality. After some time gaining the exploration and combat tools available, platforming is very responsive and fluid to play even though combat doesn’t reach the same heights. Ever still, punching robots with a large metal fist is very satisfying to do.

WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship

Xbox Series X
8.00
Matt BianucciSep 05, 2021
While not a monumental upgrade over past installments, WRC 10 makes some welcome changes to the formula that continue to make it a must-play for fans of the sport.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

PC
8.00
John Cantees Sep 02, 2021
Doing both of those things on top of pulling everything else together is no small feat, and Owlcat deserves credit for that. Had the visuals, audio, environmental variety, and various animations been improved equally as much, it probably would have achieved its goals even more, but as it stands, if you want a rewarding full-throated CRPG that respects your dedication, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is a fine choice.

Sonic Colors: Ultimate

PS4
8.00
PramathSep 01, 2021
All of that alone makes it worth playing, particularly since Colors is without question the best implementation of the so called “boost” formula as well. The stumbles and blemishes that come along the way, well, that’s just part and parcel of being a Sonic fan at this point. Embrace them, and enjoy Dr. Eggman’s Wild Ride.

No More Heroes 3

Switch
8.00
PramathAug 27, 2021
No More Heroes 3 is the most concentrated dose of auteur Suda51 we have gotten in over a decade, and without question the best outing in the series to date.

Quake

PS4
8.00
Steven MatternAug 26, 2021
Quake’s 2021 enhanced port brings a fresh coat of paint, and new content. Multiplayer keeps things simple and the lighting from weapons is bothersome, but matches are quick and the maps are well designed across the board. There are some aspects of the audio that don’t quite hit the mark. This release brings longevity to the table, opening the door for community created content to come to consoles.

Madden NFL 22

Xbox Series X
7.00
Matt BianucciAug 20, 2021
There’s no denying that Franchise mode has taken a healthy step up as well, even if it and Face of the Franchise are coalescing, because the entire experience has improved overall, especially when considering the continued greatness of The Yard. Not everything in Madden 22 is better, nor has every issue been addressed, but this year’s entry into the classic football franchise has begun laying the groundwork for some major changes to the formula with a few great gameplay modes to boot.

Twelve Minutes

PC
9.00
UsaidAug 19, 2021
Twelve Minutes is a thrill ride through and through, constantly presenting players with new and interesting revelations in the time looping narrative that never fails to keep one guessing. It veers away from stereotypical point-and-click adventure tropes, and challenges players to bend its densely-detailed environments to achieve their goals.

Tribes of Midgard

PC
7.00
UsaidAug 02, 2021
Tribes of Midgard is a solid foundation for an accessible survival game with roguelite elements, but needs a number of both major and minor reworks to its elements for achieving that goal. As it stands now, it’s not impossible to have fun with the game, but requires putting up with quite a few annoying decisions and mechanics that reduce the game to a pure grind. Tribes of Midgard can definitely evolve with a couple of seasonal updates but isn’t anything exceptional at this point.

NEO: The World Ends With You

Switch
8.00
PramathJul 31, 2021
Fans and newcomers alike are going to be enthralled by NEO: The World Ends with You, that rare belated follow up to a beloved cult classic that manages to live up to, and even exceed, the original.

The Ascent

Xbox Series X
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatJul 29, 2021
It’s impossible not to tip your hat to a game like this, but all of its achievements become even more impressive when you consider the fact that it was made by a team of just a dozen people. The Ascent has an acute understand of what makes the cyberpunk setting tick, of what makes for a good role playing game, and of what a good combat system needs to do. It’s one of the most impressive action RPGs you’ll ever play.

Chernobylite

PC
7.00
UsaidJul 28, 2021
Chernobylite’s tapestry of intertwining mechanics treads a fine line between being a half-hearted effort and an obnoxiously complex one. That being said, it’s not for everyone – and it shouldn’t be. While its story elements are heavily hampered by uninteresting characters and the campaign littered with a number of repetitive quests, the moment-to-moment gameplay is brutal in the truest sense.

SAMURAI WARRIORS 5

PS4
7.00
John Cantees Jul 27, 2021
Samurai Warriors 5 makes the series stand out from Koei’s other games and updates the musou formula in smart ways, but unfortunately cuts too much of what worked in the past to make it universally recommendable to hardcore fans.

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

Switch
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatJul 26, 2021
Great use of its setting along with the usual dose of charm, humor, smart writing, and a great cast of characters help The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles deliver an incredibly strong package, one that ends up being well worth the very long wait.

Death's Door

Xbox Series X
8.00
Shubhankar ParijatJul 20, 2021
Death’s Door does stumble, but never so badly that its many immaculate strengths are overcome by its shortcomings. Excellent design, brisk mechanics, and a lot of charm make this feel like it belongs in the pantheon of Zelda games by any metric except for its name- and if you’ve been looking for something to scratch that classic Zelda itch, there’s no better game releasing on the market this month than Death’s Door to meet that need.