552 Published Reviews
Luigi's Mansion 3Switch
Time and again over the years, the lesser-known of Nintendo's iconic Italian duo has made his mark, demanding to be given the recognition and love that he deserves, but never before has he been the star of a showing as excellent as Luigi's Mansion 3.
Death Stranding is definitely an acquired taste, and its slow pacing and deliberate gameplay might not be for everyone, but its mechanical depth, its desolately beautiful and haunting world, and its confident and stylistic storytelling nonetheless make for a continental trek worth experiencing.
Call of Duty: Modern WarfarePC
Overall, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a largely an okay game. It tries to do something new with its campaign, but ultimately fails to deliver a compelling experience. The multiplayer offerings are a bit of a mixed bag at this point. Ground War is easily the standout mode for me, with Gunfight coming in a close second. Spec Ops needs some work, but there is a potential here to provide players with a long lasting and frantic experience.
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for NeighborvillePC
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is a competent team-based shooter, but looking microtransactions and the lack of anything truly new prevent it from being anything more than junk food.
The Outer WorldsPC
The Outer Worlds is a classic case of a missed opportunity. There are so many things it does right, and so many others that feel unrealistic, or simply don’t feel balanced. If you thought that this will hold you over while the Fallout 76 drama goes on, then I am afraid it won’t. Yes, it doesn’t have any microtransactions, but I am not going to praise a game for doing something it’s supposed to do. Look elsewhere if you are looking for an excellent choice and consequence-based role-playing game. I am sure there are plenty out there.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret HideoutPS4
All the complaints aside, though, Atelier Ryza is really, really good, and really, really relaxing. I don’t really have many personal complaints. If you’re looking for a game to kick back and relax with, Atelier Ryza is probably one of your best bets at the current moment.
MediEvil simply isn’t that good. I don’t blame Other Ocean for staying true to a game they clearly love, but MediEvil’s gameplay simply doesn’t hold up. It’s not a bad game, even today, but it isn’t a good one, either. I hope that someone takes a crack at remaking or remastering MediEvil 2 because this is a charming series that, like Sir Dan himself, deserves a second chance. But if they’re only going to resurrect this franchise to slap a new coat of paint on it, Sir Dan was probably better off dead.
WWE 2K20 is rotten on the inside and broken at its core. It fails at doing many fundamental things properly, which actively take away from the experience. Then there’s the fact that it does’t improve upon any of the ideas of its predecessor – and in some cases, actually takes them a step back – and that it’s an absolute technical mess riddled with bugs and plagued by bland, sub-par visuals. Even for hardcore WWE fans, this one is hard to recommend. The best all of us can do is wait for a year, and hope that Visual Concepts and 2K somehow manage to bring this franchise back from the dead, Undertaker-style.
WARSAW is yet another installment in historical fiction that praises the heroism of those who stood up against the German invaders, but it doesn’t pack enough punch to continuously come back to, leaving it to be another inevitable dusted up item in your virtual library of games.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game RemasteredPS4
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered is an experience from another era whose design has not aged well, whose visuals are years behind, and which only presents a good experience to diehard fans of the franchise.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IIIPS4
There’s a lot of investment Trails of Cold Steel 3 demands, and there are significant flaws, such as poor dungeon design and pacing issues, that mar the experience. Nonetheless, the strong writing, immense payoff to long running storylines, great characterization, and immensely satisfying battle system make this a very easy recommendation, and perhaps the strongest entry the Legend of Heroes series has had thus far.
It’s obvious from its opening moments that Indivisible has a lot of loved poured into it, boasting gorgeous visuals and interesting characters sure to win over your heart. It isn’t a perfect example of either of the two genres it blends together, but it does plenty with each of them to make for an exciting adventure.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Complete EditionSwitch
The Witcher 3 on the Switch is, miraculously enough, a decent-looking, well-performing, portable version of one of the greatest games of all time.
Concrete Genie never quite measures up to its own aspirations, and I would’ve loved to see what Pixelopus could’ve done with a bigger budget and some expanded mechanics. But after wrapping the game up in about 5 hours, I left Ash and his genies having experienced a pleasant afternoon of enchanted entertainment. In an age where so many games try to take themselves too seriously and value narrative over gameplay, Concrete Genie manages to successfully blend its dark undertones with lighthearted playfulness all while still remembering it’s a video game first and foremost.
GRID is a beautiful and well-balanced racer that successfully reboots the series but suffers from a campaign that progresses slowly and doesn’t have enough unique events to make up for it.
Destiny 2: ShadowkeepPC
At the end of the day, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep isn’t for everyone. I felt underwhelmed by the story-telling and characterization. Mission design is similarly ho-hum and I say all of this while admitting there’s fun to be had in shooting enemies, whether solo or with other players. What Bungie has delivered and its plans for the future ultimately motivate me to observe this “evolving world” story on the sidelines. Maybe the long saga of Destiny will some day move forward in its tale of Light versus Darkness and maybe it won’t. So it goes, and goes, and goes until the next “expansion” or change in direction.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon BreakpointPS4
Ubisoft threw a bunch of disparate and conflicting ingredients into one big pot, and while the pot spewed out poisonous fumes and billowing smoke, they just turned away and served the dish to their customers anyway. If you’re looking for more Wildlands – but not as fun – and can ignore the needless and half-baked new mechanics and the unbelievably stupid AI, then you might still get some enjoyment out of Ghost Recon Breakpoint. But if you’re looking for a good, fun game- this ain’t it. Breakpoint is the worst game I’ve played since last year’s Fallout 76– at least it has NPCs though.
Trine 4: The Nightmare PrincePS4
It may not spin the most memorable yarn and have the odd bug, but Trine 4 is an excellent co-op game that understands that the best puzzle solutions and the ones you make yourself, and the best co-op modes are the ones that build themselves around the options having more players brings to the table.
Daymare desperately wants to be Resident Evil, but it just doesn’t have the design chops. The environments are boring, the enemies are generic, the aiming is faulty, the writing and performances are awful, the title doesn’t make sense (most of the game takes place at night), the experience is filled with bugs, and the game mistakes difficulty (limited resources) for design. It’s a game with very little about it to recommend and if I hadn’t had to play it for review, I would had stopped after about an hour in.
Tackling all of Code Vein’s available side-content alongside the main story took me around 30 hours, and with the calling of NG+ and additional endings, I’m happy to know there’s still plenty to keep me busy grinding away at the game for months to come. If you can overlook a handful of quirks, it might just suck you in too with its nearly endless combat customization and appreciated enhancements to the genre’s established formula — and no one will judge you if you decide to skip the cutscenes.
Throughout The Sojourn’s playtime, you’ll find some bright moments, both in the puzzles and in the narrative. If you take the time to delve into the story, it offers some profound questions, and the puzzle gameplay is rewarding, especially in the harder optional challenges. However, to get there, you’ll have to chug through immersion-breaking design inconsistencies and an experience that takes too long to wrap up. The puzzles and narrative are interesting on their own, but, as a full package, The Sojourn has disappointingly independent elements that make it a messy experience.
Contra: Rogue CorpsPS4
For a Contra fan, this game is the antithesis of what Contra is supposed to be. Playing Rogue Corps, I at last understood what Metal Gear fans must have felt when they played Metal Gear Survive last year.
FIFA 20Xbox One
FIFA 20 probably isn’t going to change your stance on the series. If you’ve enjoyed it in the past, you’ll still enjoy it now, but if its brand of football doesn’t appeal to you, FIFA 20 isn’t going to change your mind. Thankfully, Volta is the perfect foil for that brand of football, and even in spite of a lacklustre story mode component, it’s still a welcome addition. On the other hand, career mode continues to show its age, and once again, I’m left wondering whether next year will be the year EA Sports finally gives it the overhaul it needs.
The Surge 2Xbox One
The Surge 2 has great combat, but no areas stand out visually, a forgettable story, and the feeling that you've done all of this before makes Jericho City a place you'd want to visit, not live.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningSwitch
Chamber Dungeon feeling like a pointless addition really doesn’t detract from the package, which is still impeccably strong because of how great Link’s Awakening was and continues to be. While the shine is a little tempered owing to the limitations of the original game a showing a little, 26 years later, on the whole, Link’s Awakening is still delightful. For newcomers and returning fans alike, this is an adventure worth experiencing.