223 Published Reviews
Happy's Humble Burger FarmXbox Series X
Happy's Humble Burger Farm successfully creates that unnerving tension and disturbing atmosphere horror games love. The mystery of the town and the deadly creatures within is a thrill to uncover. There are some technical issues that need fixing but it's nothing compared to the horrors found from GTA Definitive Edition or Battlefield 2042. Happy's Humble Burger Farm is one horror game fans won't want to miss and it'll make you a better fast-food worker as well.
Evil Genius 2: World DominationPS4
Evil Genius 2: World Domination is, just like over-the-top spy films, a product f its time and feels very much dated. Despite a major graphic overhaul, the game feels like something taken out of the early 2000s, and not in a cool nostalgic way. Evil Genius 2: World Domination as some strokes of actual genius, but ultimately, as all evil geniuses, fails to dominate anything at all.
Sherlock Holmes Chapter OneXbox Series X
Sherlock Holmes Chapter One is promising and does deliver a solid detective story full of intricate cases. Discovering what happened, putting the clues together, and getting your answers require dedication and proper analysis. It's in everything between these elements that start to create friction either through the lackluster combat, the pure sequence of events needed to progress, and the poorly implemented assistance that causes the game to blunder.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive EditionXbox Series X
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition fails to give these legendary games the treatment they deserve. The visual updates are poor, the titles have many graphical and performance issues, and the overall experience is just insulting. This game was not ready and the overwhelming amount problems are too large to ignore. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is inferior to the original games and represents these phenomenal titles in the worse way possible.
Overall, Prison Simulator is a great representation of working in a prison and seeing life of an inmate. There are lots of possible schedules, events, and freedom to interact with NPCs. But most of them will eventually become an ordinary routine. Those who enjoy jobs like this will find a lot to do within Prison Simulator. However, those looking for an actual game may be perplexed by the constant monotony.
Bright Memory: InfinitePC
It's a short game, taking about 1-hour to complete depending on skill level but provides a thrilling adventure that you'll want to come back to. The small issues that halt the experience can be annoying such as the slow reloading and inability to skip cutscenes but these are minor problems. Bright Memory: Infinite is a terrific shooter that delivers that high-octane sense of speed and precision fans of arena shooters love.
Call of Duty: VanguardXbox Series X
Call of Duty Vanguard is more or less an expansion of Call of Duty WW2. The story doesn't have a lot of highs with the exception of the musical score and the cutscenes are incredible but the gameplay does not share the same quality. The ending is underwhelming and is classic sequel baiting in hopes that players will buy the next game if it happens or could end up like Call of Duty Ghosts.
Happenlance has a lot of very cool concepts, but despite being a finished product comes off as a vertical slice or Early Access game. There is everything included for players to make up their own fun, but no quality of life features at all. Calling Happenlance a virtual toy instead of a video game might be a bit more accurate.
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black WaterXbox Series X
Fatal Frame Maiden of Black Water is a solid horror title that delivers on chills and thrills. The overabundance of items does alleviate much of the tension but those seeking that S rank will have to abstain from these luxuries. For those seeking a new horror franchise to dive into Fatal Frame Maiden of Black Water will give that uneasy feeling of danger fans crave from horror titles.
DUSK is a brilliant first-person shooter that perfectly captures all of the best elements of a retro FPS. It doesn't attempt to reinvent the wheel but that the concepts that work and use them well here. The distinct art style, fantastic boss fights, and constant introduction of distinct layouts and enemies ensure the player doesn't expect what is going to happen. DUSK is unforgiving but incredible, an FPS game that goes hard and doesn't stop.
Midnight Protocol nicely recreates the experience of hacking. Things can get tense when unexpected securities and threats suddenly pop in, leading to personal exposure. But at other points, the game almost too accurately feels like a job. One will spend a lot of time peering through memos, hunting down leads, and responding to inbox clutter.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of AshesXbox Series X
House of Ashes delivers that monster movie feeling fans love from Supermassive's Until Dawn. With a changing story, you can alter the characters in a multitude of ways and end up with various conclusions encouraging more playthroughs. Thanks to the exceptional voice-acting and visual design each scene has an incredible sense of quality to it.
Valheim, an indie masterpiece in itself, has made wonders not only for the Vikings as a core concept but managed to improve on the almost depleted survival sandbox genre. Yes, Valheim is standing on the shoulders of giants such as Minecraft and Rust, but there is something about this small indie game that could make us keep coming back for more. With more than 8 million players since its debut in early access, Valheim is a massive success.
Back 4 BloodXbox Series X
Back 4 Blood is such as strange experience as it implements some great dynamic elements with the card and corruption system. On the other hand, the sheer amount of special infected makes them less unique and just more annoying, especially since most of them have abilities that can incapacitate survivors with the only option of freedom being an ally or a limited use stun gun. Swarm is a fun competitive option but that rush only lasts so long.
Metroid Dread brings Samus back with a bang. The 7-hour journey was filled with exceptional boss fights and fantastic exploration as you piece together what is happening on ZDR. Mercury Steam faithfully captured everything fans of Metroid love about this franchise while improving on staple aspects of the franchise.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Hinokami KeppuutanXbox Series X
Yes, CyberConnect2 was limited to what they could do with the source material but charging the full price is just not justified with what is offered here. The combat is fun but without a decent progression system, even the most beautiful flashy attacks won't save it. Save your money and watch the Demon Slayer anime instead of playing Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles.
GleylancerXbox Series X
Gleylancer is a great shoot 'em up that has aged well with time. The retro visuals and sprite models still hold up today and the gameplay provides an excellent challenge. The exceptional boss fights offer thrilling finales for each level and overcoming the adventure will require patience and skill. Even after a decade Gleylancer still delivers a great shoot 'em up adventure and now you can experience it as well.
Far Cry 6Xbox Series X
Far Cry 6 has a lot to do, even after spending 30 hours and completing the main story there's a ton to do. Even after all the busywork, there are races, fishing, hunting, and multiplayer missions to take part in. If you're new to the franchise everything here will feel fresh and new, in fact, it's likely you'll have a much better experience as a newcomer to the series. As a veteran fan, the experience will feel dull, it'll play a lot like previous entries, just a new coat of paint.
Alan Wake RemasteredXbox Series X
Alan Wake still holds up even after 10 years. The game's fantastic story provides a breathtaking 8-hour tension-filled rollercoaster ride. The performance and visual enhancement resolve some of the issues with the original and despite being 10-years old the narrative is still as strong as ever. The collectables are tedious and the tracking system for them should've been improved with individual episode trackers. If you've yet to experience one of Remedy Entertainment's best games now you have no excuse.
SCARLET NEXUSXbox Series X
Scarlet Nexus fast-paced incredible combat, a rich story with complex and incredibly written characters, and fantastic boss fights set a new standard for anime-style games. It's one of the best games of 2021 and one of the best games I played from Bandai Namco. Other than some tedious side missions and heavy grinding Scarlet Nexus' amazing journey easily overshadows these.
INDUSTRIA delivers a solid 2-hour adventure with mysteries, profound moments, and satisfying combat encounters. Many may feel the ending leaves a hollow feeling of uncertainty but others may enjoy the challenge of figuring out what happened. It's expensive and short but worth playing.
The Plane EffectPC
The Plane Effect on PC is plagued with a bad control scheme (especially when driving or piloting), unresponsive action, obstructive camera positions, nonsensical puzzles, and a story that falls flat. If it was presented as a film, The Plane Effect could have been a beautiful and provoking experience to passively watch. Studio Kiku is deadest on players following a predetermined perfect route and does little to facility the journey. As it stands, a video game is the wrong medium for this project.
Psychonauts 2Xbox Series X
Psychonauts 2 is a classic platforming experience made for modern gamers. It captures the cult classic and delivers an exceptional adventure that goes beyond what the original accomplished. Delivering creative levels and imaginative boss fights along with phenomenal characters within a delightfully charming tale that has both humor and depth to it. Despite missing for so long Raz's return to the gaming world in Psychonauts 2 is one worthy of major cheer.
World War Z: AftermathXbox Series X
World War Z Aftermath delivers a safe series of content updates. It adds some minor additions and the campaigns are definitely fun but they play the same as the original content. When taken as a whole package World War Z Aftermath has dozens of hours of replayable missions but those deciding to return will have to ask whether they loved the content they already experienced. World War Z Aftermath offers many hours of zombie slaying fun that encourages you to keep coming back for more.
NBA 2K22 is a nice addition to the franchise and, while PlayStation 4 players get the shorter straw in terms of content, it is still a good opportunity to test the improved mechanics of this long-lasting staple of sports games.