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191 Published Reviews

Quake

PC
6.40
William ThompsonSep 12, 2021
Yes, it still looks and plays largely the same as the original but is there anything wrong with that. The game played well when it first came out, and that has barely changed at all. Does it still hold up against modern shooters such as Doom Eternal or Borderlands? Probably not. It does feel quite basic, in both the gameplay and in the audio-visual experience. But if you want to relive some fond memories of taking down the monsters from the crypt, then Quake Enhanced will hit the mark.

Tales of Arise

PC
8.50
Samuel CoreySep 10, 2021
Tales of Arise is a solid entry into the series, yet I would be wary about recommending it to new players. Sure, you get some nice gameplay refinements and flashy graphics (indeed, it’s probably the best-looking game in the series hands down) but it hardly seems worth the $60 price tag, at least not when previous entries regularly go on sale $8 - $15. As I mentioned above, not that much has changed with the Tales series over the years, so there’s no reason to start with the newest and most expensive entry.

King's Bounty II

PC
4.50
Samuel CoreySep 02, 2021
King’s Bounty II is a game where it takes forever to do anything. I averaged maybe 2-3 short battles for every hour of gameplay – perhaps 20 minutes of fun for 40 of drudgery. All this is doubly frustrating because somewhere under all this crap is a pretty solid strategy game. I just wish that King’s Bounty II would stop jerking me around and just let me play it!

City of Gangsters

PC
9.00
Howie HowardAug 25, 2021
Throw in a good measure of fun along with your bottle of moon shine and you will have hours of fun, just like I did some twenty-odd years ago with the Railroad Tycoon games that I loved so much. Don't drink too much of that white lightning because the cops could be pounding on your door next. Just make sure they are on the take like the cops in City of Gangsters are and you should be OK!

SuchArt: Genius Artist Simulator

PC
9.00
Quinn LevandoskiAug 13, 2021
After spending my time with SuchArt I found myself thinking much more fondly of it than I expected. It’s difficult to walk the line between a serious creative tool and a humorous pseudo-parody of simulators, but it’s done wonderfully here being both funny and technically rewarding.

Cris Tales

PC
5.50
Samuel CoreyAug 11, 2021
Maybe Cris Tales has an audience among very small children but in almost every case you’d be better off digging up an old copy of Chrono Trigger. That said, this is Dreams Uncorporated’s first game, and while I'd hardly call Cris Tales a good game, it shows considerable promise in visual flair if nothing else. I’ll be curious to see where they go from here.

Lumberhill

PC
7.30
William ThompsonAug 10, 2021
With simple controls (albeit somewhat clunky at times), cute cartoon visuals, tight level design and varied themes and environmental dangers, Lumberhill is a fun game for up to four players. When we’re all cooped up inside the house during lockdown, what better way to build up a sweat than to virtually chop down some trees and herd animals into their barns. I can almost smell the fresh outdoors just thinking about it.

Chernobylite

PC
7.50
Samuel CoreyJul 28, 2021
The enemy AI also bugs out from time to time, the most notable one happened for me when I ran into a group of five soldiers who didn’t react or move when I went around picking them off, one by one, with headshots. Still, these issues never rose to anything more than fleeting annoyances, and Chernobylite does a masterful job of drawing you in with its story, characters, and core gameplay loop. It’s well worth checking out, even at full price.

Death's Door

PC
9.00
Maddison LeedingJul 21, 2021
The game is not phenomenally long, sitting at around twelve or so hours, with the chance of it being even less if you have fewer issues with the somewhat unforgiving nature of the game. There’s also no difficulty scaler which may turn off some players who want a slightly less difficult playthrough. If you too like to roll on the darker side of life, or death if you will, give this game a chance!

Of Bird and Cage

PC
4.00
Quinn LevandoskiJul 20, 2021
Writing a negative review can feel cathartic when it’s in response to lazy, sleazy, or greedy game design, but this isn’t one of those reviews. Of Bird and Cage is very clearly a passion project that aims to do something new and exciting, and, while it does a few things very well, it just doesn’t have a solid enough foundation to make it fun to play.

Boomerang X

PC
7.00
Samuel CoreyJul 10, 2021
To the game's credit, there is a fair bit of replay value here. The combat itself is complex enough to support multiple playthroughs based on nothing more than the satisfaction of mastering it. There's also a New Game Plus mode to add additional challenges as well as a whole slew of options to tweak the gameplay that would be good for, at the very least, a momentary diversion.

Legend of Mana

PC
6.00
Maddison LeedingJul 05, 2021
The game is fun and does have some moments that made me genuinely laugh out loud. Legend of Mana isn’t perfect and can get a little bit monotonous in the combat sections, but the story has a lot of heart. If you’re a fan of JRPGs then there’s probably a little something in here to interest you.

Tour de France 2021

PC
9.00
Howie HowardJun 28, 2021
Tour de France 2021 is a very good entry into the simulation genre of video games for this year. It may not be suitable for all sim game players simply because the game player might not be interested in the subject. Unfortunately that fact might relegate the title into the niche realm of computer simulations.

SCARLET NEXUS

PC
9.20
Camrin SantchiJun 25, 2021
With how important the story is to the depth of Scarlet Nexus, this reviewer is reluctant to say too much other than that there is more than meets the eye in this strange brain-punk world, both in regards to characters motivations and the way the world became how it is. The powers people wield, the monstrous Others, the mysteries of Red Strings and the deep motivations behind Yuito and Kasane choosing to join the psy-ops in the first place, all these and more await players within Scarlet Nexus.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood

PC
7.00
William ThompsonJun 24, 2021
If it has been a while since you have visited Tamriel, then Blackwood is definitely a great place to jump back into The Elder Scrolls Online. There will be a familiarity to the game, as the new features of Companions and Oblivion Portal do not add too much to the game. Whereby the Greymoor expansion added Antiquities, Blackwood simply offers a friend to journey by your side.

Necromunda: Hired Gun

PC
6.00
Samuel CoreyJun 22, 2021
At $40 Necromunda: Hired Gun is a bit of the pricey side. In a world where Doom Eternal is regularly on sale for $20, I can’t recommend paying twice that to play an inferior knock-off, even if it is fun with great environmental design. It might be worth picking up right away if you’re a Warhammer 40K fanatic or desperate for more Doom Eternal style action, otherwise wait for a sale, a bundle, or a price cut.

Sumire

PC
8.50
Quinn LevandoskiJun 21, 2021
Sumire is a short, straightforward game that knows what it wants to do and doesn’t weigh itself down with fluff or filler. While those looking for more involved or complicated gameplay mechanics will want to look elsewhere, Sumire rewards those interested in a more relaxed experience with an emotional, well-written game that’s not afraid to approach emotionally mature subject matter.

King of Seas

PC
7.40
William ThompsonJun 14, 2021
Like many of my piratical favourites, King of Seas doesn’t take itself too seriously, and as a result makes it a fun game for casual players. My main gripe is that the side quests aren’t varied enough and do get a touch monotonous. Unfortunately, they are the quickest way to gaining experience when grinding through the levels is required. But that said, sailing across the map is a relaxing experience, with King of Seas allowing would-be-pirates to play the game their own way.

Pro Cycling Manager 2021

PC
9.10
Howie HowardJun 12, 2021
The large amount of fan created content such as custom team kit, races and so much more says that portraying bike racing in a game can be and is exciting. Since Cyanide is the only racer in the digital cycling development game you might think that they are just coasting along from year to year. That's not true because they have done an admirable job again this year and I would recommend Pro Cycling Manager 2021 for all sports manager enthusiasts.

MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries - Heroes of the Inner Sphere

PC
6.50
Quinn LevandoskiJun 11, 2021
Heroes of the Inner Sphere is definitely worth picking up along with the main game for those jumping in for the first time, but players who have already spent hours with MechWarrior 5’s existing content may find the new additions to feel a bit been-there-done-that. The new career mode is my new preferred way to play, but the new structure, mechs, weapons, and mission type fail to significantly distance themselves from what’s already been present in the game.

BIOMUTANT

PC
5.00
Adam NixJun 10, 2021
I hate to see Biomutant falter in so many ways. It is easy to see that the team tried to make something beautiful here. The art, world, character, and custom design are all fantastic. The animations are fun and interesting. Unfortunately, none of this changes the core issues in this game. From unbalanced and boring combat to an unimaginative and nonsensical story, this game falls short in so many regards. I look forward to what THQNordic does next, but Biomutant just didn't work.

Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster

PC
8.50
Camrin SantchiMay 28, 2021
All in all SMT III is a tricky game to review, particularly without comparing it to the Persona series that gamers may be more acquainted with, especially on Steam. The concepts and designs of demons are very clearly the same, but the combat and story play out in such different ways, not even including the lack of the social sim portion that Persona is known for.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

PC
9.20
Camrin SantchiMay 21, 2021
All in all this remaster is a fresh coat of polish on an already solid foundation, improving the visual and aural quality of the games (Most notably the original Mass Effect) as well as adding multiple quality of life changes and improvements that make certain that Mass Effect Legendary Edition will have fans new and old ready to hunt down Saren, travel past the Omega-4 Relay, and take Earth back, some all over again, and some for the very first time.

Ashwalkers

PC
7.00
Quinn LevandoskiMay 07, 2021
Ashwalkers has it’s issues with pacing during some of its more severely-weathered environments, but, even so, it stands as an immensely moody survival-lite game that tells its story of desperation, loneliness, and even hope surprisingly well.

Say No! More

PC
7.60
Camrin SantchiMay 03, 2021
In all Say No! More is a simple but powerful message in a simple but powerful style, that play to the strengths of Studio Fizbin and despite the meaning behind everything, the game knows not to take itself too seriously despite itself, allowing for a short but very well meaning experience that isn’t about never saying yes, or always saying no, but having the courage to just Say No! More.