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147 Published Reviews

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

PC
7.50
Dave LambdenDec 10, 2019
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries offers a surprisingly accessible action packed experience with an impressive amount of depth. The managing of resources and expenses creates an intricate and rewarding metagame that expertly complements the intensity of the game’s battles. Despite some shortcomings in cumbersome menu design and lacking mission variety, MechWarrior 5 is easy to recommend for both series veterans and newcomers.

Shovel Knight: King of Cards

PC
9.00
Dustin FurmanDec 09, 2019
King of Cards is a delightful romp from start to finish, and is one of the best 2D platformers since… well, Shovel Knight! Yacht Club Games has once again created a character that somehow feels familiar to play, yet fresh. The world and characters are enchanting, and the entire package is endlessly charming. Joustus is a thoughtful card game that never feels forced and adds surprising depth to the overall package. Overall, it’s a must play for fans of 2D platformers and sets a very high bar for what a “modern retro” game should be.

Ritual: Crown of Horns

PC
6.50
Phil NeymanNov 25, 2019
The earlier missions are a ton of fun and the controls feel really great. Unfortunately, as the difficulty ramps up the fun factor goes way down. Though aiming and shooting feel tight, but the number of enemies that appear at once make even the best shooters feel under-powered and unprepared. There is some fun to be had here but the increasingly brutal difficulty makes this game hard to recommend to anyone other than someone dead set on trying every twin stick shooter out there.

Superliminal

PC
7.50
Dave LambdenNov 21, 2019
Despite Superliminal‘s sometimes less than comfortable gameplay mechanics, it provides an extremely unique take on the genre. Coupling that with a minimalistic but impactful narrative on how we can chose to live our own lives make it a memorable experience, even if not always that fun as a game.

Tokyo Dark – Remembrance –

Switch
7.00
Holly FurmanNov 10, 2019
Any players who enjoy visual novels, choose your own adventures, or supernatural murder mysteries would enjoy this title. As the game itself can be played through to one ending in just a few hours, Tokyo Dark: Remembrance is a great casual game with minimal time commitment. Playing through multiple endings on New Game Plus is still enjoyable, though a bit tedious.

Demon Pit

PC
8.00
Phil NeymanOct 16, 2019
The music is intense and will bring back memories of games like Quake. As the music gets more intense, so does the combat. The music really sets the tone for what’s happening and can be a great soundtrack to blast demons to. There’s not much more to say about Demon Pit, it’s a horde mode that looks and feels like a classic FPS, if that’s not enough to make you excited to play it….nothing will.
8.50
Phil NeymanOct 16, 2019
If you love Inside and Limbo, play Stela. If you love platformers, play Stela. If you love puzzle games, play Stela. It may not always feel original when compared to those other games, but how many games do feel completely original anymore? You could do a lot worse than be compared to such incredible games.

Stranded Sails - Explorers of the Cursed Islands

Switch
7.00
Holly FurmanOct 16, 2019
On a whole, it is interesting to see a game with a more shallow approach to its gameplay, storyline, and aesthetic. There is definitely enough to do in Stranded Sails that it can easily be played for hours, but it doesn’t create too rich of a story to distract from this casual gameplay approach. As this game is not difficult, both casual gamers and kids would find this to be a fun game, as long as they have the patience to wait through a lot of the gameplay.

Felix The Reaper

PC
7.50
Vaughn HydeOct 13, 2019
While I really enjoyed my time with the game, I’d be hard-pressed to recommend it to anyone hoping to enjoy a good story. The personality of this world and its characters are outright endearing. However, the lack of any real narrative is a large oversight in my book. However, those looking for fun and, at times, difficult puzzles are guaranteed to enjoy what is present. With the added benefit of accessibility features and hardcore challenge modes, those who tout gameplay as king will find themselves at home within Felix The Reaper.

MISTOVER

PC
7.50
Dave LambdenOct 10, 2019
What Mistover provides is a surprisingly complex dungeon crawling game with extremely high stakes. We loved that this is a game that can be picked up and played for a mere twenty minutes, or hours. Its addicting approach to progression and stylish turn-based gameplay made it fun to come back to time and time again. While the story is forgettable and permadeath mechanics may be a bit too much for some, Mistover comes easy to recommend for fans of the genre.

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

PS4
8.00
Dave LambdenOct 07, 2019
Trine 4’s varied and accessible approach to puzzle solving help it to stand out as a somewhat memorable and amusing experience. A charming world with an endearing cast of characters ensure that this lighthearted adventure remains enjoyable and never too trying. While there are some tedious combat sequences and balancing issues with your three characters, these never get in the way of what Trine 4 has to offer. At a budget price, Trine 4 is as easy to recommend as it is to pick up and play.

Neo Cab

PC
7.50
Phil NeymanOct 04, 2019
Fans of narrative driven games will be easily sucked into the world of Neo Cab. With a strong cast of characters and a fascinating world to explore that looks as familiar as it does foreign it’s a fascinating story that won’t always go where you expect it to. Fans of Blade Runner and futuristic settings like that will love spending time with this game as well as those that love visual novels. If any of that speaks to you then you’ll love your time in Los Ojos.

WARSAW

PC
6.00
Dave LambdenOct 02, 2019
There was an obvious emotional connection between the creators of WARSAW and the events they are trying to depict. The story that played out with the Home Army in the latter stages of World War 2 is one that has been seldom told but is heroic and impactful nonetheless. Unfortunately in attempting to create a game with genuine war time mechanics, WARSAW suffers and really isn’t enjoyable to play. Constantly having the odds stacked against you lends itself well to the narrative, but not to a fun video game.

The Sojourn

PC
8.00
Dave LambdenSep 19, 2019
Players who don’t spend as much time with this genre may be turned off by mounting challenge and balancing all the game throws out you. But for fans of intricate and challenging puzzle games, The Sojourn is a no brainer. Its rewarding and satisfying gameplay is expertly complimented by a touching story that doesn’t get in the way of the real reason we play a game like this. The beautiful visuals round out a puzzle package that shouldn’t be missed.

Sayonara Wild Hearts

PS4Switch
8.50
Dustin FurmanSep 18, 2019
Overall, Sayonara Wild Hearts is a fantastic celebration of pop music and spectacular visuals. Its run time is a perfect length for multiple playthroughs, and the songs will be stuck in your head long after the credits roll. Turn down the lights, crank up the volume, and remember – Wild hearts never die!

Sin Slayers

PC
8.00
Phil NeymanSep 04, 2019
Sin Slayers will appeal to fans of modern and classic JRPGs alike. With a simple battle system, yet complex sin mechanic, mixed with procedurally generated levels and seven distinct regions to explore, Sin Slayers never feels repetitive. Created by a small team of five in Russia, this game is a breath of fresh air in a crowded year for games. One negative is the translation of the narrator in that sometimes what he says doesn’t match what is written in the subtitles. But that’s a small complaint that never really takes away from the experience.

Children of Morta

PC
8.50
Dave LambdenSep 02, 2019
Despite some repetition, uneven visuals, and derivative mechanics, Children of Morta is an absolute joy to play from start to finish. A smooth progression system, randomly generated elements, and a ton of different abilities to play with were more than enough for us to look past some of the game’s shortcomings. We highly recommend this one whether you’re a seasoned vet of the dungeon crawler genre, or just looking for a new and charming rouge-like experience.

Telling Lies

PC
8.50
Phil NeymanAug 29, 2019
Telling Lies won’t be for everyone and you get out of the game what you are willing to put into it. Having said that, it may just be the most original game you’ll play this year and the performances alone are worth sticking around for.

Control

PC
7.50
Dustin FurmanAug 26, 2019
Overall, Control has severe highs and lows. The mix of shooting and power based combat feels great, and features a robust system of mods and upgrades that allow you to customize to how you prefer to play. Additionally, The Oldest House is a unique environment, and is at the core of what makes the premise of the game so intriguing. Unfortunately, it gets in its own way by gating off so much of the details and lore through countless documents and audio logs that break the flow of the game.

RAD

PC
7.00
Phil NeymanAug 23, 2019
RAD’s 80s-style color scheme only gets more beautiful as you go through each run. Not only are you trying to rid the world of the disgusting new inhabitants, everywhere you tread new vegetation will grow and make the world full of life and beauty once again.

Ion Fury

PC
8.50
Ben SmithAug 14, 2019
All in all, Ion Fury is a phenomenal modern game built on an incredibly old engine that pays homage to some of our favorite games from years gone by. You won’t find many story elements and the enemy types get a bit repetitive, but this is still probably one of the most enjoyable experiences we’ve had in 2019.

The Blackout Club

PS4
6.00
Phil NeymanJul 29, 2019
The Blackout Club is frustrating on so many levels. Unless you’re playing the game co-op, don’t even bother… you’ll never make it through the missions. There was so much potential and, with patches, the difficulty could become a little more balanced in time. As it stands now the difficulty and strange mission structures keep the game from really being all that fun.

Fantasy Strike

PC
8.50
Phil NeymanJul 24, 2019
Fantasy Strike is a fighting game that anyone can enjoy. Already making waves on the pro circuit, Fantasy Strike is all about strategy and not button mashing or pulling over split second combos. Good decision making will win the day here. This is a fighting game for all people. If you love fighting games this game is for you. If you’ve always wanted to get into the genre but felt intimated, this game is also for you. Anyone can play and enjoy it.

Tetris Effect

PC
10.0
Dustin FurmanJul 23, 2019
Tetris Effect is a masterpiece and is a game you absolutely can not skip. It sits confidently as the best version of the greatest puzzle game of all time. For a game that leans heavily into its visuals, the PC version is hands down the best place to play it.

Dr. Mario World

iOS
8.00
Holly FurmanJul 19, 2019
Dr. Mario World creates a fresh look at a well-loved game, creating suspense and variety while maintaining the nostalgic gameplay of its namesake. Overall, the largest issues with the game include difficulty to be precise with gameplay on smaller phones due to the touchscreen’s mechanics in gameplay, as well as the loading times sometimes being longer than necessary when the game is exited and reopened again. Dr. Mario World is a great mobile game that any Nintendo or puzzle game fans of all would enjoy.

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