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767 Published Reviews

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Switch
7.00
Shubhankar ParijatJul 20, 2021
Sure enough, Skyward Sword HD is a better game than the original Wii title, but for all the improvements it makes, it is still a deeply flawed experience- and no amount of quality-of-life changes could ever fix that, because that’s unfortunately just how the game was designed. I’d still recommend it to Zelda fans, because when Skyward Sword is good, it’s very good. It’s just that there are large portions of the game when it’s far, far from good.
9.00
Matt BianucciJul 12, 2021
Much of F1 2021 builds on the high-class foundation from previous games that make the series one of the best racing games out there, but new additions, especially Braking Point, are both great pieces of content on their own and optimistic foundational pieces for the future.

Watch Dogs: Legion - Bloodline

Xbox Series X
7.00
Shubhankar ParijatJul 10, 2021
Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline is a solid and chunky piece of new content, one that series fans are sure to enjoy, and one that you will definitely like if you were disenchanted with the lack of storytelling focus in the main game. Seeing Wrench and Aiden coming back and working together is certainly a lot of fun, and playing as the former is consistently delightful.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

Switch
8.00
PramathJul 07, 2021
Fans and newcomers to the series, genre, or spin-off sub-series alike will find a lot to enjoy in Monster Hunter Stories 2, which, despite a few stumbles, presents one of the stronger RPG offerings on the Switch.

Mario Golf: Super Rush

Switch
7.00
PramathJul 03, 2021
A lack of content holds Mario Golf Super Rush back, but purely mechanically and in terms of design, it stands as one of Mario's best sports game outings in a very long time.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny

Switch
7.00
PramathJul 01, 2021
Disgaea 6 isn't the total misfire fans were afraid it would be, and in spite of several stumbles, still comes out as a solid, compelling game that will hopefully serve as a foundation to better, more fleshed out games in the future.

Metro Exodus: Complete Edition

Xbox Series X
8.00
Shubhankar ParijatJun 28, 2021
The implementation of ray tracing is excellent, and the boost to dynamic 4K and a rock-solid 60 FPS makes for a game that is even better looking and better playing than the already excellent base release. Some issues not withstanding, Metro Exodus on new consoles is a visual and technical feast.

SCARLET NEXUS

PS5
7.00
Shubhankar ParijatJun 24, 2021
Scarlet Nexus' excellent combat makes for an enjoyable experience, but the game is let down by its mindless narrative, uninteresting characters, and flawed storytelling.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance

PC
3.00
Will BorgerJun 23, 2021
Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance has good ideas, but poor enemy variety, samey levels, bad puzzles, a shockingly poor story, the lack of local co-op, several quality-of-life issues, and numerous bugs that affect every aspect of the game make it hard to recommend to anyone, no matter how much they like the source material.

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game

PS4
7.00
PramathJun 23, 2021
Taken for what it is, Tokyo 2020 works well enough to carve a niche for itself as a surprisingly fun and easy to pick-up multiplayer game for families and parties.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

PS5
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatJun 12, 2021
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade is an excellent enhancement of a great game, thanks to its technical improvements and a solid and meaty new chunk of content with Episode INTERmission.

Green Hell

PS4
7.00
John Cantees Jun 12, 2021
Despite this port missing the mark with optimization, Green Hell still stands tall among its contemporaries as one of the better recent games of its sort while also pulling off a compelling story.

GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE-

PS5
8.00
Will BorgerJun 11, 2021
Guilty Gear Strive is a beautiful, technically complex fighter that sports a great soundtrack, incredibly varied roster, fantastic teaching tools, and some of the best netcode in the genre all while making Guilty Gear more accessible without sacrificing too much of its technical depth. While its online lobbies need work, it's easily one of the best fighters on the market today. Go buy it and start rockin'.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2

Xbox Series X
7.00
Shubhankar ParijatJun 11, 2021
All in all, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 is, by and large, a solid game. Purely as a sniping game, it’s perhaps one of the better ones of its kind, at least in recent memory, and it builds on the strengths of the first Contracts in smart ways. A dull story, bland close-range combat, and disappointing stealth sections bring down the experience in some ways, but for the most part, Contracts 2 knows what it’s good at, and in those areas, it almost always flies high.

NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection

PS4
7.00
Will BorgerJun 10, 2021
The Ninja Gaiden Master Collection is a barebones port of two of the greatest action games ever made and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. The fact that these are the Sigma versions, and that Team Ninja has done nothing to iron out the weaker moments of these games, drags this collection down, but it's still a good way to play Ninja Gaiden on modern hardware.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

PS5
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatJun 08, 2021
With an incredible arsenal of weapons, thrilling combat, a charming story full of loveable characters, and visuals to make your eyes pop, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart might just be the best game in the series to date.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground

PS4
5.00
Matt BianucciJun 08, 2021
The good strategy game lying somewhere within Storm Ground is covered by the roguelike structure that fails to make you feel the constant improvement necessary for a game like this to succeed.

Necromunda: Hired Gun

PS4
6.00
John Cantees Jun 07, 2021
Necromunda: Hired Gun wisely aims high but ultimately flubs the execution on too many fronts to warrant a universal recommendation, but for the most hardcore Warhammer or first-person shooter fans it may be worth a look for the amusing marriage of its ideas.

Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition

PC
9.00
Arjun Krishna LalJun 01, 2021
Metro Exodus: Enhanced Edition is a solid introduction to the ray-traced future of gaming, barring minor technical hiccups.

Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown

PS4
8.00
John Cantees Jun 01, 2021
As a game, Ultimate Showdown does little to convince you to choose it over the newest Tekken, Dead or Alive, or Mortal Kombat game. But given how well its core gameplay holds up with its various enhancements, it’s certainly worth a look for fighting game fans looking for something a little different.

Knockout City

PS4
7.00
John Cantees May 26, 2021
Knockout City brings more to the table than you might expect, but still leaves a couple of much-needed ingredients at home. As a result, its fate as a multiplayer game is unclear.

BIOMUTANT

Xbox One
5.00
Matt BianucciMay 24, 2021
So many of its elements, from its morality system to its open world structure, feel ripped straight from other, usually better games. Combine this with a severe tonal conflict and you have a strongly mixed experience. The hook is strong, and the gameplay can be great, especially in those monumental boss fights, but when it comes down to it, I look at Biomutant and I see way too many watered-down components that leave it drowning in its own ambition.

Days Gone

PC
8.00
Will BorgerMay 24, 2021
Days Gone's PC port doesn't fix the game's generic premise or writing issues, but it does offer a slew of technical improvements that takes advantage of the PC's better hardware. Pair those with a compelling world and some great gameplay and you have an adventure that's better than it's often given credit for.

Capcom Arcade Stadium

PS4
8.00
Will BorgerMay 21, 2021
While it lacks online play and is missing a few major titles, Capcom Arcade Stadium's incredible emulation, wonderful UI, and plethora of accessibility and difficulty options make it an excellent way to play several of yesteryear's best games.

Rust Console Edition

PS4
8.00
John Cantees May 21, 2021
As a game, it’s still easy to see why Rust is a classic, albeit a niche’ one. The survival elements are top-notch and hardcore. As a console port, I’m curious to see what will come of its new audience over the next couple of years, but so far it is impressively well-optimized and tailored for the controller.