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717 Published Reviews

MLB The Show 21

PS4
8.00
Alec BennerApr 21, 2021
MLB The Show 21 does exactly what a sports sequel needs to do; it refines and expands on the best features of the predecessor, without taking away from what works.

Oddworld: Soulstorm

PS5
8.00
PramathApr 14, 2021
Most of its mechanics go incredibly well together; most of the game is really well designed; difficult, but really fair most of the times; probably some of the best checkpointing in a game yet; rich setting with some wonderful presentation backing it up.

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

PS5
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatApr 05, 2021
Minor issues aside though, this is a game that RPG fans absolutely shouldn’t miss. Disco Elysium was already an excellent game when it first launched, and with The Final Cut, it’s been made even better. The new changes and improvements breathe even more life into a world that was already brimming with personality, and though the flaws are not non-existent, they’re easy to forgive.

BALAN WONDERWORLD

PS4
4.00
Matt BianucciMar 30, 2021
Balan Wonderworld’s central dichotomy lies between its ideas and its execution. What looks like a great idea on paper to employ dozens of unique costumes to solve puzzles and find collectibles in an undeniably cheerful world turns into a shallow experience filled with nightmarish backtracking and undeveloped mechanics.

Mundaun

PC
7.00
Shubhankar ParijatMar 17, 2021
There's something here that horror enthusiasts will definitely enjoy, and even though it might not become one of your favourite horror experiences of all time, Mundaun is still a game that deserves your attention, at least for one playthrough.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Switch
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatFeb 17, 2021
Super Mario 3D World has some of the best and most varied level design ever in a platformer; Lots of replay value; Chaotic, enjoyable co-op in 3D World; Movement and platforming in 3D World are faster than the Wii U release; Bowser's Fury strikes the perfect balance between sandbox exploration and tightly designed platforming.

Persona 5 Strikers

PS4
8.00
PramathFeb 15, 2021
Persona 5 Strikers is not only the best spin off for the series to date, it's a surprisingly great game on its own merits, and worthy of the "Persona 5-2" marketing it has received. Newcomers and fans alike will find a great game to enjoy here.

Little Nightmares II

PS4
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatFeb 09, 2021
Little Nightmares 2 makes every single moment count to craft a truly unsettling experience and to wordlessly deliver an expertly paced and impactful story.

Project Winter

Xbox Series X
7.00
Shubhankar ParijatFeb 08, 2021
Project Winter is a solid, enjoyable multiplayer experience. Its blend of survival and social deception is executed largely well, and though its various mechanics can often pile on top of each other to overwhelm the player, when all of them are working in harmony, it's hard not to have fun.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

PS4
9.00
Matt BianucciFeb 08, 2021
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox brings a wide array of impressive gameplay elements in concert with a wonderful cast of characters to make an exhilarating, thoughtful package that’s one of the series’ best.

The Nioh Collection

PS5
8.00
PramathFeb 06, 2021
Nioh and Nioh 2 are fantastic action RPGs, and a wonderful take on the FromSoft Souls template, that actually do many things better than the pioneering Dark Souls series. And if you’re going to be trying these games out for the first time, the PS5 collection is the way to go – in every sense of the word, this is, truly, the definitive edition of these games.

Destruction Allstars

PS5
7.00
Shubhankar ParijatFeb 05, 2021
Destruction AllStars delivers delightful carnage and non-stop mayhem, but issues with progression, monetization, and some poorly designed modes hold it back. Hopefully, Lucid Games and Sony will continue to build on this excellent foundation, because Destruction AllStars has the potential to be a special game with a little bit of work.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood

Xbox Series X
4.00
Matt BianucciFeb 04, 2021
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood feels like an expansion on a single, promising idea whose repetitive combat, underwhelming presentation, and confused story take away from what makes the original idea interesting.

Control: Ultimate Edition

PS5
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatFeb 02, 2021
A pretty game is made prettier still, and the improved performance means that Control’s excellent action and shooting feel better and more kinetic than they ever have on a console in the past. If you haven’t yet played Remedy’s newest classic, wait no longer- Control: Ultimate Edition is the best way to do so.

Gods Will Fall

Xbox One
7.00
PramathJan 30, 2021
Gods Will Fall's smattering of influences and banal title undersell some of its more brilliant design decisions, all of which work together to deliver one of the more imaginative and accomplished roguelikes in recent memory.

The Yakuza Remastered Collection

Xbox One
8.00
PramathJan 30, 2021
While none of these games should be anyone's entry into the franchise, Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 Remastered are updated enough to not feel too out of place for those who are eager to see Kiryu Kazuma's story through to the end.

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

PS4
8.00
Matt BianucciJan 28, 2021
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy overshadows its monotonous alchemy system with a fitting combination of charm, exploration, and a dynamic, living world.

The Medium

Xbox Series X
7.00
Shubhankar ParijatJan 27, 2021
It’s disappointing that the game is plagued by major problems that dampen its strengths, from its short length to its complete lack of challenge. What we’re left with is a decent horror game that has some really good ideas, but ultimately fails to live up to its potential.
9.00
Shubhankar ParijatJan 19, 2021
Iterative improvements and refinements make this the best realization of Hitman's social stealth gameplay; Locations are varied and consistently well-designed; Each location is densely packed with stories, characters, and mechanics that make them come alive; Immensely replayable.

MXGP 2020 - The Official Motocross Videogame

PS4
6.00
John Cantees Jan 04, 2021
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 League

Xbox Series X
6.00
Matt BianucciJan 04, 2021
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: Hivebusters

Xbox Series X
8.00
Shubhankar ParijatDec 18, 2020
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.

Cyberpunk 2077

PS4
6.00
Shubhankar ParijatDec 15, 2020
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.

Cyberpunk 2077

PC
9.00
Rohan PhilipDec 15, 2020
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 Sea

Xbox Series X
6.00
Matt BianucciDec 08, 2020
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.