509 Published Reviews
Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. CreadPC
All of this comes together to make Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. Cread a great little thing to play with a few particular aspects that hold it back and render it irritating. If some of those aspects could have been made slightly less annoying and repetitious, then the game could have been amazing. Still, as it stands, Blast Brigade vs. the Evil Legion of Dr. Cread is a fun game for those who want some Saturday morning cartoon action with a great run-and-gun metroidvania attached that will last them a good 15-18 hours.
It’s Time is filled with strange choices. There may be a future for this dev if they put the effort in and maybe get some proper art and maybe, like, play a few visual novels to see how best to do it, but for now, It’s Time comes across as a game that wants to be like Steins; Gate but doesn’t have the writing talent behind it.
Neon White creates a very intriguing experience by incorporating aspects from a wide variety of genres and combining them. The game is a fast-paced, card-based first-person shooter speedrunner and a visual novel dating simulation. It creates an outstanding balance that skillfully integrates a collection of different threads. The story's foundation was laid by the characters, whose backstories and motivations were detailed.
Kao the KangarooPC
All in all, though, I really enjoyed the reboot. Considering the series has been dormant for so long, credit has to be given to the developers for their foresight: what we have here is not only a loving tribute to a cult classic but a thoughtful revisiting of one of gaming's most formative genres.
This is a great choice for any shmup fan or anyone new to the genre: the carefully balanced difficulty modes and option for unlimited continues mean that anyone can enjoy it, but there's also ample scope for would-be experts to hone their graft and gain their bragging rights. It's also a game testimony to the Nintendo Switch as the ultimate platform for the genre. These games may have been born in the arcade, but given their pick-up-and-play nature, they were made for a system like this.
The QuarryXbox Series X|S
The narrative doesn't provide anything too exciting, and the lack of direct influence over the characters' movements creates a bleak experience. It's undoubtedly a game that keeps you on the edge of your seat with its combination of mystery and dread. On the other hand, it's far from bringing any revolution to this genre in terms of gameplay elements.
The visual presentation, moody atmosphere, and interesting, if underutilized, possession mechanic makes SILT quite the experience that can be recommended with some strong caveats attached. But those gorgeous visuals may not be enough to carry this game, and it is only a handful of hours long and has no real replay value.
Dune: Spice WarsPC
Dune: Spice Wars is a game that could entertain you for a few hours until you get bored of it (or finish victoriously) and move on. Speaking of which, it would be great if the multiplayer mode was available, but I also assume that Dune: Spice Wars will not get a multiplayer mode until the early access period is over.
However, if you can get over those rather specific issues, then Dwerve certainly is a different take on the tower defense genre, and if you like tower defense, you could definitely do a lot worse! And the game should keep you occupied for a good ten or so hours, but replayability may not be there just yet (although the devs have hinted at a new game plus mode further down the line).
Sniper Elite 5PS5
Sniper Elite 5 falls short of its primary influence, but it also falls within its own merits. Its restricted level design, weak features, and perplexing A.I. make it a terrible stealth game only momentarily improved by its repetitive sniper tactics. Sniper Elite's essential components of tact and stealth remain, but the game's balancing flaws have been addressed, allowing players to concentrate on the game's primary appeal: enjoyment. Fun exists in the game, but it's not where you want it.
Apotheorasis • Lab of the Blind GodsPC
For this reason, though, and because of the strong emphasis on specific audio landscapes, Apotheorasis: Lab of the Blind Gods is not remarkably replayable. It’s very scripted, but that isn’t bad if you are looking for a unique experience rather than a game to play for weeks or months. But it’s a fun enough thing, even if it can get frustrating at times with overlapping audio streams, but it’s an experience worth having!
Arise: A Simple Story - Definitive EditionSwitch
Overall, Arise: A Simple Story is a short but fantastic game. It isn’t the most challenging game out on the market; it isn’t the fastest paced or the most mechanically in-depth… but it doesn’t have to be. It’s calm, quiet, deep, and far more than enough to make it worth playing. If you need to fill a quiet afternoon or two and need a poignant story to pluck your heartstrings, definitely make sure to give Arise: A Simple Story a chance.
Evil Dead: The GameXbox Series X|S
It's an enriching and pleasant experience, mainly when playing with more people and, ideally, acquaintances, since building a collaborative team without discussion is futile and a guaranteed formula for failure. Playing with more people also makes the game more challenging, so playing with acquaintances is ideal. The dynamic shifts when we go to the multiplayer option, provided we can reach a consensus. We can only hope that this is a game that will manage to endure for the long term.
Citizen Sleeper can be some great solo fun for those who have played a similar Powered by the Apocalypse game. But, the game doesn’t offer enough to entice newcomers with no experience. Even then, it can be a little difficult to resist just cheating the system by min-maxing on certain skills.
THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD: RemakeSwitch
A remake of the second game has already been confirmed and with that game being my personal favorite, I’ll certainly be picking it up, but I’ll be the first to admit this setup isn’t perfect. As with all games, there are things you like and things you don’t, but not having a Light Gun in a Light Gun game is always going to be a problem.
Vampire: The Masquerade - SwansongPS5
Despite its many flaws, Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong somewhat lives up to its central promise: to provide players with a wealth of decision-making opportunities and the repercussions and outcomes of those decisions. You will always feel compelled to give it a go, even though it will require you to endure some of its less elegant aspects. As soon as the credits have finished rolling, we must repeatedly play specific scenes to uncover new circumstances and discover the results of certain significant events.
Salt and SacrificePS5
It's a game that, in general, is enjoyable and entertaining, but its accomplishments are weighed down by several innovations that stay instead of contributing, giving the feeling that it has gone a step backward. The game falls short of its predecessor in terms of entertainment value, in part owing to dubious design choices and in part due to the passage of time and technological advancements.
Songs of ConquestPC
The campaign, in addition, is rather short. A few missions and then you’re done. So, you’ll probably end up playing the skirmishes if you do get into Songs of Conquest and there is a lot of replayability if you enjoy the central loop. But there is that little multiplayer issue, as I mentioned. So, it’s up to you whether you want to risk it for a game that may not have much of a player base.
Overall, Loot River is a soup of so many genres: It is soulslike, roguelike, puzzle, and platformer. Therefore, it appeals to a very small group of people, which is completely fine. Loot River is much more promising than what it appears to be on the surface: The ability to essentially create a map for yourself is a very obvious feature and yet it is rarely ever used. It is a strange mix, but it just works out in the end.
Achilles: Legends UntoldPC
It’s adequate. If you like Ancient Greek stuff, you’ll probably enjoy something about it. But the voice acting is not great, and the writing is perfectly serviceable, but the issue of subtitling comes into play.
Best Month Ever!PC
Best Month Ever! is not the best experience ever, and there are plenty of other games that handle these types of heavy themes better. In short, Best Month Ever! fails to be a great example of a heavy story that is handled well both in terms of the development of the story and the characters, the mechanics are clunky and frustrating, and the sound design is not the best- But it is great in the art department.
Overall, Sheltered 2 is exactly what it needed to be. A substantial improvement on its previous iteration. While it still retains some of its clunky whether it be gameplay or dialogue. It does also possess those gems of fun when you win a fight or craft something that makes your life way easier and slowly fleshes out this imaginary world that your characters are inhabiting. Sheltered 2 is an oddly addictive game that will no doubt consume hours of your time.
Rogue Legacy 2PC
Rogue Legacy 2 is built to be played for hours at a time or for ten minutes; it’s welcoming to Rouge-like newbies and PC veterans; It’s uncomplicated yet with a suitable amount of depth.
Lake is not a game that I can recommend to everyone; but if you need some routine and stability in your daily life, you may want to check it out.
If you like watching and maintaining stats, then this is the game for you! If you like slow, methodical decision making and no combat or twitch reflexes, then Insurmountable is the game for you. If you want a narrative, linear progression of any kind, or compelling characters, then this is not the game for you.