679 Published Reviews
MXGP 2020 - The Official Motocross VideogamePS4
For every time MXGP 2020 races forward, it seems to slip backwards somewhere else. Depending on what you want out of a motocross game, this could either be a cautious recommendation or a hard pass, neither of which are likely to impress you.
Override 2: Super Mech LeagueXbox Series X
Override 2: Super Mech League has many of the pieces that would make it work as a full package, but when the oversized mechs actually go to battle, it becomes a shallow, unrewarding shell of its potential.
Gears 5: HivebustersXbox Series X
Packed full of excellent action, blistering combat, a solid cast of characters, and astoundingly beautiful visuals, Gears 5: Hivebusters is unmissable for anyone who considers themselves a fan of the series.
Contrary to expectations, Cyberpunk 2077 is not going to set the world on fire. It's not the gaming revolution that was promised to us, but it's still a fun RPG- with plenty of room for improvement.
Minor flaws aside, Cyberpunk 2077 on PC is an exciting and enthralling open world experience. It doesn’t set a new industry standard, but it does most of the things it aims to do with great success.
Call of the SeaXbox Series X
Call of the Sea’s intriguing piecemeal story and beautiful setting falls to the wayside when its lack of signposting and overall artificially obtuse puzzles take center stage for much longer than acceptable.
Immortals: Fenyx RisingXbox Series X
I hope they do it with Immortals as well, because there’s definitely something here that, if fostered properly, can turn into a winning formula. That might not be what it is in its current state, but I do hope to see Ubisoft taking another crack at this property, hopefully to do a better job with their second attempt.
Destiny 2: Beyond LightPC
Post-sunsetting and content vaulting, Destiny 2: Beyond Light had some big expectations to meet. Instead, it plays things safe, delivering a boring main campaign, the usual Power grind and routine busywork to keep players engaged. Even with some interesting story bits, strong art direction and a fun raid, it's hard to recommend for both new players and die-hard fans.
Football Manager 2021PC
All of which is to say, Football Manager 2021 is perhaps one of the best games in the series in a long time. It strikes the balance between accessibility and mind-boggling complexity better than the series ever has, the quality of life improvements it makes mostly work out very well, and the more noticeable improvements – such as the enhanced interactions and the improved match engine – are important step ups from previous games in the series.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of CalamitySwitch
Age of Calamity isn’t the compelling addition to Zelda canon that may have been promised, but it does just enough right that it can muster a recommendation for fans of Breath of the Wild.
Halo 4 isn’t always a great game, but it’s never less than a good one and 343 has done an excellent job of bringing it to PC. I went into this review thinking of Halo 4 as a black sheep. I came out of it thinking it was an underrated gem. I don’t imagine this port will change everyone’s opinion the way it did mine, but I can say this: Halo is still just as good as it’s ever been, and if The Master Chief Collection never gets another title, it picked a hell of a game to go out on.
Tetris Effect: ConnectedXbox Series X
The way Tetris Effect: Connected complements its traditional yet timeless Tetris gameplay with a gorgeous, constantly evolving presentation, combined with an array of modes that now encompasses everything you can want in a Tetris package, makes it the best way to experience one of gaming’s quintessential pieces.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarPS4
While the single player campaign has some interesting ideas, Black Ops Cold War is let down by anemic content offerings, a Zombies mode that is starting to show its age, inconsistent map design, and some odd regressions, all of which makes this an unfortunately easy recommendation to skip, at least at launch.
PlayMagic's XIII may get better after several patches, but right now it's a broken, buggy mess that plays like a generic shooter and looks worse than the 2003 original. If you really want to play XIII, go play that instead.
Marvel's Spider-Man RemasteredPS5
If you fall under neither of those categories, and this will be your first time playing Spider-Man, then you are in for a treat. With great power comes great responsibility, we are told, and Insomniac, given the power to develop a Spider-Man game, lived up to their responsibility, by delivering a game that stood out as among the best on the PS4 – and now stands out as among the best on the PS5.
Observer: System ReduxXbox Series X
Observer: System Redux improves on the original’s visual style and wonderfully disturbing nightmare sequences, but it doesn’t fix an uninspired plot or lack of consistent horror elements.
Bright MemoryXbox Series X
There’s a kernel of a genuinely good game in here, and if FYQD Studio can sort out the many, many issues plaguing this test drive, they could land on something special. I just hope, above all else, that Infinite explains what that damn Dark Souls bornfire was doing in here. That’s a mystery for the ages.
Demon’s Souls manages to do everything it needs to do, and this remake is a testament to just how good of a game the original was, that all it needed was a fresh coat of paint and still be nothing less than fantastic.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesPS4
Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an expansion that you could be forgiven for mistaking for a sequel at times. It often takes the attitude of a sequel to the base game’s mechanics by adding to them and improving upon them. The personality of Miles can be seen in everything from his less confident swinging animations to the color palette of the menus, and that is the mark of a game with purpose and direction.
Sackboy: A Big AdventurePS4
If you’re looking for a challenge in platforming precision or an evolution of the 3D platformer genre, this adventure might not be for you. Sackboy’s take on the 3D platformer gains little ground in doing much new with the genre other than making an LittleBigPlanet version of it. But if you just want a good excuse to jump back into the world of LittleBigPlanet on your PS4 (or PS5), Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a great choice.
Godfall is the kind of game that releases at the beginning of each generation: it looks and sounds good, but there’s nothing special about it. The combat can be fun, but the game as a whole is mediocre. If you’re looking to hack n’ slash your way through a fairly generic fantasy world and grab some loot along the way, then perhaps Godfall’s faults won’t bother you.
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of MemoryPS4
Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory has been long time coming. Even with its faults, Square Enix and indieszero deliver a rhythmic fantasia that captures the series' music at its very best.
The FalconeerXbox One
While it has its fair share of flaws, a compelling world that is rich with secrets and lore, alongside beautiful graphics and engaging flight controls, help The Falconeer stand out and stake its claim to your attention.
Running through its main story takes less than ten hours, depending on how you play, but I wager I’ll be spending a lot more time exploring its world and taking on the activities that I blew past on my way to the credits. The Pathless is a beautiful game, and one that nobody should miss out on.
Pikmin 3 DeluxeSwitch
Naturally then, Pikmin 3 Deluxe, which is the best way to play this game, is unmissable for series fans, and an excellent opportunity to jump back in for those who’ve already dabbled with Pikmin in the past. I do wish that the game had more visual and performance enhancements to speak of, but Pikmin 3 Deluxe still excels in the one area that counts most- the fun factor.