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171 Published Reviews

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.

Liberated

Switch
7.50
Dave LambdenJun 01, 2020
I would go to bed thinking about what I had just experienced, how it linked to previous events, and how mysteries would unfold in the following issues. That is the sign of an strong and engrossing narrative that won’t soon be forgotten. Even with gameplay that, on occasion, left something to be desired as well as a slightly crowded cast of characters, Liberated comes easy to recommend with sincere hopes for a sequel.

Maneater

PC
7.50
Phil NeymanMay 22, 2020
There’s a lot to love here and there is no doubt that you will have a lot of fun with this game. Some repetition, clunky controls, and navigation issues keep it from being a great game, but it’s a breath of fresh air to play a game with such an original concept.

Red Wings: Aces of the Sky

Switch
6.50
Dave LambdenMay 20, 2020
We’d be lying if we didn’t say we had incredibly high hopes for Red Wings: Aces of the Sky. It’s been a long time since we had a memorable arcade aerial combat game like Warhawk or Crimson Skies. Unfortunately we’ll have to keep waiting as Red Wings mostly disappoints. There is no doubt that this a visually impressive game with a healthy amount of replay value. It’s also easy to pick up and play either alone or with a friend.

Neversong

PC
8.50
Dave LambdenMay 20, 2020
The game perfectly balances its emotional undertones with excellent pacing, a vastly interesting world, and clever puzzle design. It takes a seriously well crafted and engrossing game to make you laugh out loud, feel uncomfortable, and scratch your head all within a short period of time. Neversong was difficult to put down but comes easy to recommend to anyone looking some something a bit familiar in its gameplay, but vastly different in its personality.

Streets of Rage 4

PC
9.00
Phil NeymanApr 29, 2020
Streets of Rage 4 is one of the best entries in a classic series in quite some time. With beautifully updated graphics and a soundtrack that you will be humming along with for quite some time, you’ll be reminded of how you felt if you played these types of games when they were first made popular. Anyone unfamiliar with the series will still have a blast fighting their way through each level alone or with a friend.

A Fold Apart

PC
8.00
Dave LambdenApr 17, 2020
Self doubt, guilt, anger, resentment, and misinterpretation all have a strong presence throughout the game’s six chapters… and this is what we will remember the game for. Minor technical and control issues aside, A Fold Apart is a game we won’t soon forget and comes easy to recommend.

HyperParasite

PC
8.50
Phil NeymanApr 02, 2020
HyperParasite is rogue-lite at its best. Never one to flock to the genre, I kept coming back for more of the hyper action and colorful cast of characters. Every weapon feels great. Complete with a campaign playable alone or in co-op along with daily challenges, there is plenty of content to keep you occupied for quite some time. For fans of the genre this is a no brainer. Anyone else reluctant to play a rogue-lite should give the game a shot as well. You won’t be disappointed.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War

PC
8.50
Phil NeymanMar 26, 2020
There is a ton of content here. Aside from the campaign you’ll find a standalone horde mode, weekly events, and a ton of collectibles to discover and enjoy. Zombie Army 4: Dead War is jam-packed full of secrets and hidden items and the best recommendation that we can make is to literally shoot anything you see.

Iron Danger

PC
9.00
Dave LambdenMar 24, 2020
The main selling points of Iron Danger are the Norse mythology influenced story line and unique time bending based strategy combat system. The developers decision to focus on these two key aspects of the game has paid off in spades and it’s made for a focused and fulfilling experience. Fans of both action and turn based strategy games should not miss Iron Danger when it releases on Steam on March 25th.

Paper Beast

PS4
9.00
Sabrina StewartMar 23, 2020
Paper Beast is a must play for any owner of PSVR, young or old. In many ways it fulfills the early promise of the medium by creating a level of player immersion that blurs the line between the world behind the screen, and the one outside it. I came out of my experience caring deeply for its wildlife and satisfied that I had done my part in helping them to meet their destiny.

Roundguard

Xbox One
4.50
Holly FurmanMar 11, 2020
Overall, this game is nothing new, sometimes even to a ridiculous extent. When it tries to do something innovative, it falls flat on its face practically in every respect. This is disappointing since it does have some good bones in its structure. We would advise people to spend time with better classics or other games in the same vein that are self-aware and allow for fun, or even some frustration, instead of just utter confusion.

The Blind Prophet

PC
6.50
Phil NeymanMar 04, 2020
The Blind Prophet is a gorgeous point and click adventure that lets you live through the events of a graphic novel as if you’re living in the pages. If only the gameplay and story could have hit on the same level as the artwork, The Blind Prophet could have been a masterpiece. As it stands it’s a gorgeous playable graphic novel that will leave you wanting more.

DREAMO

PC
6.50
Dave LambdenFeb 19, 2020
Much of our playthrough in DREAMO was spent in frustration. Clearing the game’s numerous artifact themed puzzles felt complicated and quickly became monotonous. Luckily, DREAMO‘s lackluster puzzle design is accompanied by a unique setting and enthralling story. This redeeming quality makes it somewhat memorable. Nevertheless, avid fans of the puzzle genre will want to check this out, and the casual passerby will hopefully find the same intrigue in the story that we did.

Nom Nom Apocalypse

PC
6.00
Dave LambdenFeb 12, 2020
Nom Nom Apocalypse is a fast paced and personality filled twin stick shooter. But battling it out against an enraged buffet of beasts goes stale quickly – even with a friend. Without enough variety to make each repeat of dungeons feel exciting or alluring, we’re afraid this will cause players to walk away from this smorgasbord before long.

Skellboy

Switch
8.00
Phil NeymanFeb 07, 2020
If you are a fan of the action role playing genre and are looking for something to tide you over, you could do a lot worse than Skellboy. With fun retro graphics and some interesting weapons and features you’re sure to enjoy your time with Skippy as he fights evil and tries to make the world safe for everyone again. Skellboy is available now on the Nintendo Switch.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

Switch
8.00
Dave LambdenFeb 04, 2020
While the Nintendo Switch does, at times, struggle to handle Thronebreaker, its pick up and play accessibility make it perfectly suited for the on-the-go console. Technical constraints and sometimes cumbersome ‘smaller screen’ over world design aside, this is one that is easy to recommend. Prerequisite knowledge of series lore or experience with previous entries isn’t necessary.

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition

Switch
6.50
Phil NeymanJan 28, 2020
If you’ve already played the game on PC there is little reason to revisit it unless you absolutely loved it and want to replay it on the go. Though there are tons of options when it comes to dialogue and exploration, I never felt like I missed anything along the way or made a decision that I regretted. This makes the idea of replaying the game to see other paths of dialogue and possible outcomes pretty slim.

JOURNEY TO THE SAVAGE PLANET

PS4
8.00
Ben SmithJan 27, 2020
As a note, co-op is heavily suggested throughout the game. Because we played pre-release and did not have an additional copy of the game, we didn’t get to experience it. However, there are many areas where it’s very obvious that a teammate would be a blast.

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.