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193 Published Reviews

Backbone

PC
6.50
Dave LambdenJun 07, 2021
Perhaps Backbone was meant to take an art-house approach to story telling where answers aren’t deliberately given and more based on cryptic meaning and interpretation. That may be appealing for some, but really doesn’t make for telling a rounded out and satisfying tale. The game feels provocative in its first few hours, but this isn’t enough for a solid recommendation outside of die-hard fans of the point-and-click genre.

BIOMUTANT

PC
8.50
Phil NeymanMay 23, 2021
The team at Experiment 101 have done just that with Biomutant. They created a game that uses elements from games that we’ve loved in the past, while simultaneously moving these elements forward and blending them together to show us that video games can be so much more than we ever imagined they could be.

Sizeable

PC
9.00
Dave LambdenMay 21, 2021
The efforts of Sander Ambroos and his small team at Business Goose Studios should be heartily exemplified as they have created a true indie gem. Sizeable is a game I won’t soon forget and comes easy to recommend for any and all gamers looking for a soothing and expressive puzzle experience.

3 out of 10: Season Two

PC
4.00
Phil NeymanApr 19, 2021
Season 2 hits all the right notes. Each episode will take about 30 minutes or so, much like a standard episode of television, which makes it easy to play the game in bite size pieces or complete the game in one sitting. It will be hard for anyone who hasn’t played season 1 to jump in and understand what is happening, but it’s an entertaining ride start to finish. If you haven’t played season 1 yet, we recommend playing it immediately and then taking a dive head first into season 2.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Switch
9.00
Phil NeymanFeb 22, 2021
This is the complete package. This game is right at home on the Switch and, due to the length and setup of the game, it can be played in a single setting or attacked in bite size pieces on the go. The best part of the whole experience was not having to save the princess.

Olija

PC
7.50
Phil NeymanJan 28, 2021
Olija is a game that, when it works, is a really fun time. But when you can’t figure out where to go next due to a lack of direction or, even worse, just struggle to string together the right combo with the harpoon it can be incredibly frustrating.

Disjunction

PC
8.00
Dave LambdenJan 28, 2021
Disjunction rides its strengths of rewarding stealth gameplay and profound narrative to create a fantastic indie experience. The game’s deep systems of customization and stellar pixel art make it easy to recommend to any gamer.

Loop Hero

PC
7.00
Dave LambdenJan 11, 2021
Loop Hero can feel somewhat grindy with the ever important material drops and the lack of engagement in gameplay may detract some. Overall though, Loop Hero is great for quick pick up and play sessions and some engaging card based strategy.

Ghostrunner

PC
9.00
Ben SmithOct 26, 2020
Ghostrunner has a standout soundtrack, top notch voice acting, and worlds that are not only structured well, but beautifully designed. In a time where nearly every game demands your full attention, Ghostrunner actually deserves it.

Disc Room

PC
8.00
Ben SmithOct 21, 2020
Disc Room is a fun, fast, and challenging experience with nearly infinite replayability. There isn’t much to the story, but that isn’t the point. In arcade games such as this, the focus should be on gameplay mechanics and it definitely is. At a price tag of $14.99, we recommend Disc Room for those looking for a challenging experience that can be played over and over.

9 Monkeys of Shaolin

PC
9.00
Dave LambdenOct 14, 2020
9 Monkeys of Shaolin shines through its strengths of variety, a surprising amount of combat depth, and the accessibility of quick jump and out gameplay. The package is both complimented and enhanced by its coop multiplayer and intriguing story. While its performance and design oddities are enough to raise an eye brow, we don’t think it’s enough to nix the fun that the game offers.

Serious Sam 4

PC
9.00
Phil NeymanSep 23, 2020
For any fans of the franchise, this game is a no brainer. It improves in nearly every way from the third game released in 2011. In playing through this game it was hard not to think that this is what we had hoped Doom Eternal would have felt like. Its fast, but not too fast. And it tells a fun story and has enough weapons for keep it fresh without being overwhelming. Welcome back Sam, we’ve missed you.

Star Renegades

PC
9.00
Dave LambdenSep 07, 2020
Simply put, Star Renegades is an indie masterpiece. The depth of its gameplay and tactics make it one of the most creative and rewarding turn based experiences available today. Couple that with captivating visuals and an endearing story and cast of characters make this one that you cannot miss. As one of our most anticipated indie releases from the last two years, Star Renegades was more than worth the wait.

No Straight Roads

PS4
8.50
Sabrina StewartAug 28, 2020
There’s this beautiful scene of a monstrous overbearing stage mother taking a seat next to her defeated child prodigy to accompany her on a piano torn in two. It’s intimate and delicate and perfectly scored. For all the silly punk rock, down-with-authority charm of the main game, it was scenes like that which brought it back to a love of music – that really struck a chord with me and made me feel that I was playing something truly special.

Griefhelm

PC
7.50
Dave LambdenAug 18, 2020
What Griefhelm offers is a focused yet rewarding experience. Varying rewards, difficulty, and branching paths help to break up the repetition from somewhat shallow game play. Mastering sword swinging and blocking mechanics takes time but feels great once it clicks. Griefhelm comes recommended for anyone looking to check out a simple but fulfilling game that is easy to jump in and out of.

Eastern Exorcist

PC
8.00
Dave LambdenAug 13, 2020
The game flatters with its satisfying combat and deep Exorcism Art system. It separates itself from the pack with its use of ancient Chinese fantastical themes, art style, and animation. Despite some frustrating difficulty and lingering menu functionality issues, Eastern Exorcist was a solid and satisfying sword swinging experience.

3 out of 10

PC
7.50
Phil NeymanAug 12, 2020
Joe Mirabello and his team have crafted a fascinating game that we can’t wait to see unfold. It’s always great to see a studio branch out and try new things. We loved Mothergunship, the studio’s last release, and were pleasantly surprised to see their next game be so drastically different. Often you see studios try the same thing over and over because they are good at it and it can eventually become stale.

Skully

PC
8.00
Phil NeymanAug 04, 2020
Skully is the complete package for fans of inventive platform games. It takes concepts from traditional platform games and Marble Madness to create an evolution of both that will bring you hours of fun while you try and save the island from impending doom. What more could you ask for from a video game?

Relicta

PC
7.00
Dave LambdenAug 03, 2020
Fortunately, the majority of your time playing will be spent within puzzles which is where the game really shines. Relicta’s expert use of magnetism, physics, and momentum coupled with its complex design are what make it easy to recommend for fans of the genre.

Destroy All Humans!

PC
7.00
Phil NeymanJul 27, 2020
Destroy all Humans! Remake is going to be a pleasant time for fans of the series wanting to revisit one of their favorite games. It feels dated and, though it looks better than the original, it still lacks a lot of the polish that we come to expect from most of our modern games this generation.

CARRION

PC
1.00
Dave LambdenJul 22, 2020
Carrion is a game that we won’t soon forget. It’s use of an unconventional main character with terrifyingly brutal abilities and creative mechanics help to create a fresh and unique experience. Despite some cumbersome map design and a bit of a learning curve, this is one that is more than worth the time and comes easy to recommend.

Radical Rabbit Stew

PC
7.50
Dave LambdenJul 16, 2020
With a gleeful sense of cartoon humor, fast paced puzzle mechanics, and added value with collectibles and couch co-op, Radical Rabbit Stew presents a package that is constantly amusing with just the right amount of challenge. Minor designs oddities aside, Radical Rabbit Stew comes easy to recommend if you’re looking for a quick pick up and play experience for all ages.

CrossCode

PS4
8.00
Dave LambdenJul 02, 2020
CrossCode combines elements of some of our favorite 16-bit action experiences with in depth role playing customization. An intriguing story with a unique setting and hours of gameplay help round out a package that is more than welcome on home consoles. Despite some monotonous grinding and areas that can be a bit overburdened with lore, CrossCode should not be missed by those who haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing it before.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated

PC
6.00
Phil NeymanJun 29, 2020
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated definitely looks better than the original, this goes without saying. But other than a fresh coat of paint this game feels like the same game you played when it first released back in 2003. It feels like the equivalent of a house that was bought just to flip. It looks better than it once did, but it still has the same bones.

Assetto Corsa Competizione

PS4
8.00
Phil NeymanJun 23, 2020
Assetto Corsa Competizione is a realistic GT racing game that will thrill fans and bring in new ones that may not be familiar with the circuit. With beautiful graphics and realistic driving mechanics, the only thing holding this game back is the amount of content provided at launch. But at $39.99, there is plenty to keep you busy. Assetto Corsa Competizione is available now on PC and is coming to Xbox One and PS4 on June 23, 2020.