1407 Published Reviews
The best we can hope is that eFootball 2022 is a late bloomer, because although there really is something worth saving in here, at present there's no reason to have it installed.
Ignore the hoopla and flaws and you can weave a vibrant story of success, survival or failure, because that's what football really is. There is nothing like chipping one in at the near post and wheeling away to the fans behind the goal, like that amazing 7-a-side game you had once, but over and over, brightening decades of real-world humiliation with a trophy, that you, by yourself, have earned, in front of millions.
An atmospheric world with deep, absorbing puzzles, Bonfire Peaks is thoughtful and charming—but without establishing its tricks, it risks leaving less fluent puzzlers behind.
A smart, peculiar city builder that ends in a gruelling uphill battle against a rival city.
Far Cry 6PC
Yara is super lush and wonderful to explore, but the story and main villain are predictable.
As a tribute to RPGs of the '90s, Eastward is wonderful, with an atmosphere to be savoured. However, while the central mystery is captivating, it doesn’t quite nail bringing all of the different threads together, leaving a few plot holes open at the end. It also struggles to keep up the momentum and characters sometimes feel overwritten.
Player counts could be higher (crossplay does help), and you might struggle to find a full 2v2 game at this point, but that’s all the more reason to leap in with a friend. At a modest $20/£16 (or free with Game Pass), it could prove an ever-swirling timesink for shooter fans with a cerebral side.
Jett: The Far ShorePC
Jett: The Far Shore has an epic hook: A civilisation trying to outpace oblivion, so desperate to escape extinction that they'll follow the lull of an ominous intergalactic force at the promise of sanctuary. The finicky controls leave something to be desired, but overall Jett: The Far Shore is a spellbinding adventure.
Diablo II: ResurrectedPC
Beneath the beautiful new look and smart innovations, this is the same Diablo 2 that came out in 2000.
Medieval Dynasty isn’t necessarily the most exciting game out there, but it’s comforting. It’s the kind of thing you can jump into for an hour or so a night and see your progress in the form of a new building, or a brand-new member of your very own village. Or you might jump in expecting a quick visit and find yourself losing four hours, emerging from a trance later with a warm, fuzzy feeling in your stomach.
That's Sable, to me. There are ruins to explore, people to meet, errands to run and all sorts of nick-nacks to collect. But if you just want to relax to some Japanese Breakfast melodies while riding a hoverbike across a pastel desert, that's quite alright too.
It's perfectly nice to revisit Myst after all these years, but even in the 3D the classic puzzle slideshow still feels like a series of pretty pictures to be looked at rather than a real location to visit. If you've got an itch to revisit Myst, this is the version I'd suggest trying, as long as you're not expecting something altogether different (or even a little bit different) than the 1993 original.
Kena: Bridge of SpiritsPC
If you're wondering where the spirits go after Kena so generously beats them up, Bridge of Spirits does answer life's ultimate question, as she at one point crosses over to The Other Side while chasing a spirit. What is life after death like? It seems that the answer is 'ever so slightly purple'.
The Artful EscapePC
Under the blockbuster casting, dazzling worlds, and awesome guitar wailing is a genuinely sincere story. The Artful Escape's musical guitar mechanics never reach the heights of its showstopping visuals, but Francis' journey of self-discovery is universal—his just happens to be part of a spectacular, laser-powered light show that will leave your head spinning and ears ringing.
Gamedec had heaps of promise, but the bugs, inconsistencies and that jarring pivot leave it feeling rushed and confused. And it's all the more disappointing because it's so obvious that there's a great game in here somewhere, it just didn't get finished.
Pathfinder: Wrath of the RighteousPC
After the most complicated character creation system I can think of, it tricks you into thinking you're done when in fact the entire game is about making a character. That size is both its strength and weakness, because it's got room for half-baked areas of story and systems that feel like you've wandered off into unmapped wilderness. But when you find the right path and are solving the world's problems while jogging across fields with your gang of colorful pals, it's like Baldur's Gate 2 never ended.
A thoughtful response to Dishonored that makes for an entertaining stealth shooter in its own right, but it's the multiplayer invasions that make Deathloop sing.
Hell Let LoosePC
Hell Let Loose does that about as well as other Battlefield-like milsims, but it's also really similar to a few other games that have been around longer, and I'm not sure the audience for the niche genre can support them all. I think Squad will continue to be the milsim I come back to every few months, but if straightforward WW2 action is what I'm after, Hell Let Loose is a worthy option.
Life is Strange: True ColorsPC
True Colors is full of these moments. It's a story that lets a young queer woman unashamedly cry, scream, and experience joy free from shame, and that's something incredibly special.
A battle royale game that's fun to play in a loose, aggressive style, with melee combat that's trickier than it may first appear.
Townscaper is still just a toy. It's an extremely simple wee thing, and if you're looking for anything resembling a challenge, you'll probably find yourself clocking out in seconds. But met on its own terms, diving in when you've a few spare minutes to lay down a new neighbourhood, Townscaper is an absolutely joyous little time waster that's kept me busy since it first hit early access last year. Now that it's out for real, I don't doubt it'll keep popping back in for a quick vacation for many months to come.
King's Bounty IIPC
Your character moves with a kind of halfhearted jog, too slow to cover ground, jerky, and unable to traverse any kind of obstacle. Meanwhile you can jump on your horse, which is much faster but handles like a stick of butter in narrow areas. It's all just kind of… slow and tedious to progress. Environments seem large simply for the sake of size. Much like the game's entire aesthetic, it's not really clear why things look the way they do.
Aliens: Fireteam ElitePC
At least Fireteam's most glaring problems seem fixable with some patches (and a couple of friends). Yes, it plays into the trashy rather than the artful side of its franchise, but it embraces it, doing a better job of capturing that action-movie intensity than most past efforts.
Strip away the screeching eggs and bacterial prophets of doom and it's a tale of regrets and the path out of them. I don't think playing Psychonauts 2 will become one of them. So don that beastmastery badge: pats on the back for all involved.
After 12 Minutes glitched and deleted my save, I opened up the game folder on my SSD and found a log file that contained a list of every action I'd taken and the bit of game code that corresponded to it. By reading through that code I found out the faceless husband and wife do have names, they just never appear in the game. At the end there, 12 Minutes did at least give me one secret I really enjoyed discovering.