633 Published Reviews
UFC 4 doesn’t reinvent the genre, nor does it fully resolve the franchise’s long-standing issues with wrestling mechanics. But it still offers up a fun and rewarding experience, one that manages to capture the visceral excitement of the sport in an experience that is both accessible and rewarding. Solid fighting mechanics make you feel powerful, while an entertaining career mode offers solid replay value.
Hyper ScapeXbox One
With some patches to make time to kill faster, and to better balance the weapons and abilities, Hyper Scape could become an enjoyable experience. But here in season one, it’s a disappointment, one with a lot of potential but deeply flawed execution. It’s possible to have some fun here. But I’d recommend waiting a season or two and seeing if the game gets the patches it needs.
If I didn’t know any better, you could convince me that Mortal Shell is another, smaller entry into the Dark Souls series with minor tweaks to its established formula, for better or worse. It knows exactly what it’s trying to do, and it does a lot of the things it takes from the Souls series really well.
Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete EditionPC
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good game. But it isn’t a great one. At its best, accompanying Aloy on her journey is wonderful. Like a Cauldron, it pumps out the same thing you’ve seen over and over again. But when Horizon is confident, when, like Aloy, it casts off the burden of expectation and is nothing other than itself, it’s something wonderful.
In just a few hours, Creaks puts together a worthwhile experience that might not push boundaries but is definitely worth a look for those craving a lovable puzzler.
Destroy All Humans!PS4
Destroy All Humans! recreates the 2005 fan favourite very faithfully, and while that faithfulness does prove to be an issue every now and then – most noticeably with its mission structure – in doing so the remake also manages to capture the bombastic enjoyment that the original game delivered in spades. Destroy All Humans! has no qualms with being a silly, dumb game that just wants its players to have a good time, and it’s better for it.
Rocket Arena has a certain innocent appeal to it that is charming. And for a few matches, that charm and creativity can be enough to carry the experience. But after a few matches, you realize that the game’s appeal can’t really extend past that initial positive impression. The repetitive gameplay and balance issues keep it from being a true contender in the crowded arena shooter genre.
Paper Mario: The Origami KingSwitch
Paper Mario may have shed its RPG trappings fully by this point, but that doesn't stop The Origami King from being one of the best and most memorable outings in the series' long history.
Ghost of TsushimaPS4
Thanks to its stellar combat, gorgeous world, and engaging exploration, Ghost of Tsushima manages to brute force its way through a laundry list of problems to deliver an experience I couldn’t help but thoroughly enjoy- which, in the end, is what matters more than anything else.
Halo 3 still looks and feels great for a game that's thirteen years old. It’s an imperfect game in its current form, yes, but still a great one. Whether it’s your first time or your thousandth, that fight is worth finishing. See you online.
Just like its console counterpart, Death Stranding on PC is definitely an acquired taste. It has a very clear and specific vision in mind, a vision that might not be to everyone’s tastes, and it works toward that vision uncompromisingly, even in spite of knowing that that vision might not appeal to everyone.
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in DisguiseSwitch
If you liked the original, you will still find something in this one to your liking – maybe you’ll even get more out of it than I did. If you didn’t particularly appreciate the original, or never even got around to playing it, but got intrigued by the sequel once it got prominently featured in a Nintendo Direct, stop. This is not the game for you. Go play something else instead.
Sword Art Online: Alicization LycorisPS4
Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycaris offers a compelling experience, but only forgiving players will ever get to fully enjoy it. Others may be frustrated by its strange design flaws.
CrossCode is a great example of how to create a retro-style RPG that still fits perfectly into today’s gaming landscape. While exploring its metagame and the characters that come with it, there is a deep and complex RPG within that gives you a lot of freedom while forcing you to intimately learn its systems to progress.
NASCAR Heat 5Xbox One
The racing is fun, fast, and fluid. The career mode is engaging and replayable without becoming overly complicated, and the multiplayer offers a fun experience, especially with a friend sharing the couch with you. If you’re looking for a good, solid racing experience, with the option for a deeper simulation, you could do a lot worse than NASCAR Heat 5.
F1 2020 improves on virtually every aspect of the series, combining a satisfying and detailed on-track experience with a variety of old and new modes that allow for a comprehensive and engaging racing simulation.
Hunting Simulator 2Xbox One
Despite some rewarding moments coming at the end of long tracking sequences, Hunting Simulator 2’s lack of meaningful progression and long stretches of emptiness make it miss its mark.
Assetto Corsa CompetizionePS4
Assetto Corsa Competizone is a strange experience, a game trying to be a hardcore simulation, but without the production value to truly pull it off. And while the simulation is there to an extent, it’s surprisingly easy to master once you finally do so. Combined with the poor visuals and lack of content, it results in a game with remarkably little to offer to its target audience as well.
The Last of Us: Part IIPS4
For a long time after The Last of Us came out, many wondered whether a sequel needed to exist. The answer is a conclusive yes- not only does it need to exist, it deserves to. With The Last of Us Part 2, Naughty Dog have crafted yet another masterpiece of storytelling and game design that will be remembered for years to come. With The Last of Us Part 2, they have captured lightning in a bottle- again.
Mortal Kombat 11: AftermathPS4
Casual players might not find too much to interest them – Mortal Kombat 11 already has enough kontent to keep you busy for years without spending money on more – but if you’re like me, you’ve already spent a lot of quarters on Mortal Kombat over the years. And if you like the series, I’d say this is definitely worth a few more koins.
Deep Rock GalacticXbox One
Deep Rock Galactic is surprisingly compelling and thrilling, and goes far beyond its obvious inspirations to become more than the sum of its parts. There are issues that can definitely detract from your experience somewhat, but on the whole, the good times you have with these dwarves and the comically evil corporation that they work for will far, far outnumber whatever few frustrations with the game you may sometimes have.
Maneater is a pretty decent take on the open-world action-adventure RPG formula that GTA has popularized. While some of its elements feel quite lacking, many of what it has to offer is pretty well-done and entertaining. It’s definitely worth trying for fans of GTA-style games who are looking for something especially different.
Minecraft DungeonsXbox One
There’s a ton of replayability to find better loot, stronger enemies, and hidden secrets, especially finding those items and secrets that relate back to the original game. Like its blocky art style, Minecraft Dungeons might not be the best dungeon crawler on the market, but it does everything necessary for a lighthearted, thoroughly enjoyable experience, just as every Minecraft experience sets out to be.
Terraria: Journey's EndPC
Terraria: Journey’s End is a spectacular expansion, and a loving and appropriate sendoff for a game that’s been a part of people’s lives for nearly a decade. Like the title suggests, Terraria has been a genuine journey for many, and while the journey has come to its official end, it has done so with style and fun to spare. The journey may be at its end, but the experience will continue for a long, long time.
The Persistence still feels like it would be best played in VR, but this is still a good game without it. I wish the last level was less restrictive and didn’t require so much farming, but I enjoyed my time with the game overall. I did encounter one technical error – the game locked me in a room and refused to spawn the keycard I needed to leave it, requiring me to restart an entire deck – but The Persistence’s translation from VR is largely a success.