595 Published Reviews
Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer MemoriesPS4
Disaster Report 4 is at times a charming game. It has an earnestness reminiscent of so-bad-they’re-good B-movies, and for the first few hours it carries the game forward. Unfortunately, Disaster Report 4 also lasts considerably longer than a B-movie, giving it plenty of time for the quirky appeal to give way to tedium, frustration, and boredom. I suppose some people could find some enjoyment to squeeze out of its roleplay, simultaneously strangely specific and abstract.
Final Fantasy VII RemakePS4
To begin with, it’s not an easy-peasy task to remake Final Fantasy 7. But Square Enix have not only done that, but they have also managed to deliver one of the finest RPG experiences of this generation.
Control: The FoundationPC
The Foundation isn’t long – you can complete the entire thing in about four or five hours, though it might take you a bit longer if you want to hunt down every last item and complete all of the challenges – but it expands Control’s world while leading Jesse and the FBC in interesting new directions. Remedy has done good work here, and I’m excited to see where they take Control next. Until then, I’ll be exploring the Foundation, and wondering what part of the Oldest House we’ll discover next.
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4PS4
Despite some frustrating design choices, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 makes some welcome additions to the One Piece story and the simple yet enjoyable combat, making for a great entry in the saga.
RESIDENT EVIL 3PS4
Resident Evil 3 constantly hints at greatness, but never quite reaches the heights of the PS1 original. It's a solid enough game, but not nearly as impressive as other recent Resident Evil titles, and not nearly as good as it could and should have been.
Bleeding EdgeXbox One
I hope I’m wrong, I really do, because there’s a lot to like about this game. But a lack of a distinct personality, plus some light content at launch, may cause the game to have some problems retaining players, which will be a death sentence for this game. If you have any interest, I recommend giving it a shot; it’s really a solid entry into the genre. Just be aware of its shortcomings; the next couple of months will be critical in deciding the fate of Bleeding Edge. I hope it succeeds.
Animal Crossing: New HorizonsSwitch
Minor annoyances aside, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an absolute gem. It is a charming, adorable game that takes you away on a magical, peaceful getaway, where everything is calm and relaxed and, most importantly, fun. In the world that we live in right now, it’s exactly the sort of game all of us need. It’s the culmination of the series’ formula, the zenith of everything Animal Crossing is about, and one of the best games Nintendo have produced in years.
In the end, Half-Life: Alyx is a watershed moment for VR gaming, just like how its predecessors were for the first person shooter genre as a whole. It can be an unbelievably scary game at times, thanks to its level, and enemy design, and eerie music, or it can be an excellent shooter, thanks to its solid combat and decent yet effective customization options.
I think I would have liked DOOM 64 if I’d realized what it was when I was a kid. I can imagine myself staying up late with my friends, passing a controller back and forth, each of us glued to the TV. I can’t go back and tell that kid that he should pull DOOM 64 off the wall at his local Blockbuster and give it a chance. But I can give it the attention it deserves now, because DOOM is eternal, and those demons aren’t gonna slay themselves.
My Hero One's Justice 2PS4
My Hero One’s Justice is a solid enough fighter, with plenty to offer for fans of the franchise. But those looking for a deep fighting game, as well as those who aren’t already fans, should look elsewhere; there’s little for them here.
DOOM Eternal is a worthy sequel to a storied franchise, a celebration of all things DOOM, and one of the finest single-player first-person shooters ever made. Rip and tear, Slayers.
Nioh 2 is worth that frustration – it’s a beautiful game with an insane amount of depth and customization – and it rewards dedication and skill like few other things on the market. You’ll often want to give up while playing it. But you’ll also want to come back. If you do, you’ll be rewarded. There’s also some new challenge to master. Don’t worry, though. If you conquer them all, there’s always New Game+. And that’s even harder.
Persona 5 RoyalPS4
Takes the base Persona 5 package and makes it better all around - an extremely compelling and addictive gameplay loop with no downtime; extremely dynamic and stylish battle system that will appeal even to people who avoid turn-based games; excellent characters; am incredible soundtrack; immense, overwhelming sense of style; singular sense of aesthetic; a very ambitious story with themes that are especially pertinent today; every single new addition to the base game is for the better.
MLB The Show 20PS4
The game wasn’t perfect; as previously mentioned, commentary can sometimes repeat more than I’d like, and the delivery of custom player names is almost always awkward. But overall, MLB The Show 20 is a strong sports game, one deep enough for pros, but welcoming enough for beginners. If you have any interest at all in a solid, current baseball sim, you need look no further.
Overpass tries to satisfy a more thoughtful approach, blending puzzle elements into a racing game. But it offers little to appeal to fans of either genre, leaving a game without much of an identity – or purpose.
Granblue Fantasy VersusPS4
As a full package, Granblue Fantasy: Versus has some missteps but packs a balanced and rewarding fighter into the Granblue Fantasy universe. Even in the moments of disappointment within the RPG mode, I was still looking forward to going back into the gameplay because of its surprising depth and balance.
ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIVPS4
Under all of the clunkiness and bad habits picked up over 13 games and 35 years, you will find a surprisingly addictive strategy game unlike anything else on the market - if you can put up with it long enough to get to that stage.
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy CollectionPS4
For newcomers, this is an inviting package, that is accommodating of newcomers, and modern gameplay considerations, without compromising on what made the games so great to begin with. All around, Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is a great package, and a celebration of this franchise’s heyday – now to hope for a brand new Mega Man Zero game, hopefully…
Regardless of whether you’re hankering for a revisit to the post-apocalyptic remains of Russia, or you’re itching to experience these modern classics for the first time, Metro Redux on the Switch is an easy game to recommend. Is it the best version of the game? Not quite, no, due to the Switch’s inherent limitations- but it comes closer to that mark than many would have thought it would, and that’s an impressive achievement in and of itself.
Two Point HospitalPS4
There’s very little to complain about with Two Point Hospital. While it’s not the best sim game ever, it’s a damn good one, and the fact that it’s come over to consoles is great, even with the understandable concessions considered. Those who give it a try will find a funny, charming, and incredibly addictive game that they can lose hours of their life to.
Rugby 20 has a passable foundation for rugby gameplay, but repetitive and barebones modes make it last much shorter than its potential.
AO Tennis 2PS4
It’s not an exceptional game, and the steep learning curve is not going to appeal to casual tennis fans, but it’s probably the best tennis title you’re going to find this generation. I just hope Big Ant Studios manage to finally get everything right with a third entry in this series they’re clearly so passionate about.
I have nothing to complain about with Dreams. It is an overwhelming triumph to an extent I had not imagined was even possible with something like this. It’s a spectacular platform that, if Sony actually manages it right, could be the next big thing, like Minecraft or even like Newgrounds once was. Never before have I had the pleasure of seeing a product that is so obviously flawless, with so much potential for future growth.
Metro Exodus: Sam's StoryPS4
Sam's Story is a great way to bid farewell to Metro Exodus, with 4A Games now having delivered all of its post-launch content, and an excellent final reminder of just what made the base game so good in the first place.
Street Fighter V: Champion EditionPS4
This new wealth of content does give fans of the base game, and maybe even many of those who were lukewarm on it, enough of a reason to pick it back up and get plenty more hours of fun out of it. This edition of the game does ultimately make good on the promise of the original game for the most part, so those who haven’t experienced this game at all, now have their most compelling reason to do so, especially if they can regulate their expectations just a bit.