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138 Published Reviews

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.

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.

Night Call

PC
6.00
Phil NeymanJul 17, 2019
Night Call is an incredibly interesting and dialogue heavy game with a lot of things, potentially too many things, going on at once. The time you spend talking to the people that you pick up is definitely the best part of the game. The game would almost be stronger if that was the main focus instead of the investigation – because that’s where it tends to fall apart. It feels like the evidence is collected without your knowledge and you are forced to pick a killer with no more than clever guess work. If you’are looking for a dialogue heavy game this could scratch that itch.

Let's Go Nuts!

Switch
7.50
Phil NeymanJul 13, 2019
The Switch is the perfect console for Let’s Go Nuts! At a price point of $9.99 you’ll definitely get your money’s worth, especially if you compete against your friends. Though the game doesn’t reinvent the genre it adds enough new ideas to make it feel fresh and new while familiar all at the same time. Fans of platformers who own a Switch should definitely check out this game.

Blazing Chrome

PC
8.00
Dave LambdenJul 11, 2019
Boasting challenging run and gun gameplay, an impressive amount of replayability, and an unmatched level of nostalgia, Blazing Chrome is a must have. The allure of some fast and frantic retro style couch coop is enough to sell us on the game alone. We highly recommend you check out Blazing Chrome when it releases on July 11th, 2019.

TINY METAL: FULL METAL RUMBLE

PC
6.50
Dave LambdenJul 09, 2019
For fans of the original Tiny Metal game or the older Advanced Wars games, Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble will likely be right up your alley. Those looking for a tactical turn-based change of pace with lighter approach to graphics and story telling may also find something to like. However, given the slower pace, lack of mission variety, and repetition between levels, we suspect many gamers will bore quickly with this one.

Minit

iOS
8.00
Ben SmithJun 26, 2019
The mobile port is the perfect experience for someone who is on the go and, literally, may only have a minute or two to play at a time. While we found Minit to be most satisfying in longer stints, it certainly is a great game to carry around in your pocket. Funky, inprecise touch-based controls threatened to kill the experience for us, but the sense of nostalgia, innovative concept, and satisfying sense of exploration still make minute a must play for anyone who has a minute.

F1 2019

PS4
9.00
Phil NeymanJun 25, 2019
F1 2019 is a must have for fans of racing and sports games alike. Easily the most complete package in the F1 catalogue to date, you’ll be uncovering new things to do all the time. This is the kind of game that you can get lost in and forget about all the other great games being released. You’ll want to make sure you carve out plenty of time to experience everything that the game has to offer, but if you do you’ll enjoy every damn second you spend with it.

My Friend Pedro

Switch
8.50
Ben SmithJun 20, 2019
As a sidenote, we played My Friend Pedro from start to finish on both Nintendo Switch and PC. The game performed nearly identically on both platforms. The one thing that sets the PC version ahead is that after every level, the game picks a segment from the level where you did one really cool thing and allows you to download a .gif of it or even post directly to Twitter. This is going to make for a lot of cool Twitter timelines in the near future.

Judgment

PS4
8.50
Phil NeymanJun 20, 2019
Judgement is a fresh take on an old series. Fans of Yakuza will absolutely eat this game up. Even if you’ve never touched a game in the Yakuza series, you’ll find yourself having an absolute blast with this game. Though not without faults, it’s a fun blend of Yakuza, Phoenix Wright and L.A. Noire. If any of those games interest you, even in the slightest, you need to play Judgment. Check the game out for yourself when it launches on June 25th in North America.

SUPERHOT VR

PC
9.00
Dustin FurmanJun 18, 2019
SUPERHOT VR is one of the best VR titles to date, and the Oculus Quest is the best place to play it. There are no noticeable compromises, and only improvements in the port. The game doesn’t include any new content for this release, but we still recommend it fully, even if you’ve already played it on another platform.

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