551 Published Reviews
That’s not to say that Last Stop has high production values. One positive in regard to this is that the game isn’t at all demanding on hardware. It can easily be run at high framerates, even at 4K due to the simplicity of the visual design. However, faces animate strangely and often don’t match up with character emotions very well. At least the voice acting is great and makes it even easier to connect to the cast. But really, that’s what a game like this comes down to.
It’s hard to not fall in love with Death’s Door. The sheer attention to detail alone would be enough to guarantee success, so when you add in the sublime combat mechanics, interesting puzzles, and worlds teeming with content to explore, it’ll be hard to ignore. It may not be the masterpiece that I’ve seen some proclaiming from the mountain tops, but it’s still a genuinely great experience that shouldn’t be missed. Who knew that reaping souls could be so damn fun?
Despite its rather brief runtime, Mini Motorways shows what made the game so successful on mobile platforms. Featuring a gameplay loop that's hard to resist, the only thing holding it back is a lack of true variety. Luckily, when the gratification loop is this intoxicating and the price is so minimal, the limited replay value can be easily forgiven.
Warhammer 40,000: BattlesectorPC
All things considered, Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector is a good game. Sure, there are some quibbles here and there, but I don’t see other developers delivering anything better. And if a small minority of voices say this is but an upgraded Sactus Reach? Good, Sanctus Reach is a great game, and this one improves on it in many ways. You’re just proving me right when I say that Black Lab Games should have been given the Battlefleet Gothic license.
Guild of DarksteelPC
Guild of Darksteel is a short, simple game that only takes a few hours to get through. There's nothing offensive or necessarily bad about it, but it's hard to recommend all the same.
Overall, F1 2021 still provides an unrivaled and amazing racing experience thanks to its MyTeam and Career modes, as well as a multitude of options to help fine-tune your racing style. Unfortunately, it's marred by a disappointing and disjointed Braking Point flagship story. Moreover, the improvements and changes to existing modes aren't as impactful as I had hoped. As such, if F1 2021 isn't as compelling if you extensively played last year's offering.
Sniper Elite VRPC
Though initially promising, the mechanics of Sniper Elite begin to fall apart once the dual controller setup for Oculus comes into play. This could certainly be remedied in the future through the introduction of a proper gun peripheral, but as of now, we're stuck firing blanks.
The game is easily worth playing due to its stellar gameplay and unique presentation, but the focus on arena battles above all else is purely disappointing. I truly hope the developers make another game, but with more substantial game design that lives up to the potential that the gameplay holds. I feel that there’s a great game here that’s begging to be made, but this is just the teaser.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of RuinPC
While it can get repetitive and you don't have as much control over combat as I'd like, this is undoubtedly a very strong entry in the series on its own merits. If the idea of raising a horde of monsters and having them knock the crap out of others sounds good to you, I can't imagine you won't find anything to enjoy here.
Ys IX: Monstrum NoxPC
A better version of a great game with lots to do and intrigue abound. Ys IX is another winner for the venerable series and it has a better port than the last go-around launched with.
Despite its strong first impressions, Curved Space lacks the true variety to stand out in the crowd. You will find plenty to enjoy over the span of its brief runtime, but it isn't substantial enough to warrant a replay. Only diehard genre fans need apply.
Wonder Boy Asha in Monster WorldPC
The only time you can’t save is during boss battles, but most of these are easy, and many can simply be brute-forced with no care whatsoever due to how much health you can have. All in all, Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World is worth a playthrough, even though it may be too old school and simple for some. If you like action platformers, there’s plenty to like here.
Filled to the brim with visual novel conversations and over-the-top action, Scarlet Nexus is a surprisingly endearing game that might be more linear than people expect, but more compelling than it probably needed to be.
Alex Kidd in Miracle World DXPC
Though it has all of the hallmarks of a solid remake, Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX likely sticks a bit too close to the subject matter to resonate with a modern audience. Don't let the lush visuals fool you. It's unapologetically brutal design, combined with control issues and unexplained mechanics galore, all make for an uneven and unrecommendable experience.
Chivalry 2 delivers plenty of intense, blood-soaked action, without taking itself too seriously. But you might eventually want to do more than blindly swing a sword around.
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark AlliancePC
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance is a hopelessly dull, generic experience that fails as an action game and is as half-baked as it is disinteresting. Fans of the source material will find little to love, and people attracted by the D&D license will find next to nothing resembling what that offers here.
ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the KnightsPC
Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights does have a few issues. Overall, though, it more than delivers thanks to vibrant visuals, top-notch Metroidvania platforming, and challenging Souls-like combat.
If you have the patience, Roguebook is an interesting adventure, worth exploring. Players will be treated to a multifaceted strategy title, that keeps you guessing constantly. Why not have them deal you a hand?
WE ARE FOOTBALLPC
We Are Football lays the foundations for future titles to prosper. But as a game, it isn't all that great. The primitive match engine in particular is just not good enough in this day and age. Regardless, there are some good ideas present and it looks far more promising than most of the Football Manager clones that have come and gone.
NINJA GAIDEN: Master CollectionPC
Packed with plenty of hours of great gameplay, but a far cry from what it could have been, Ninja Gaiden Master Collection is both worth playing and worth being pretty mad about.
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2PC
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 still manages to offer a decent romp with its blend of stealth and action. Unfortunately, it relies too much on "long shot contracts" as opposed to the sandbox-oriented exploration of its predecessor. Likewise, given a multitude of challenges in each level, the autosave system becomes noticeably restrictive.
Edge Of EternityPC
Ambitious in size, scale, and scope, Edge of Eternity offers a somewhat enjoyable romp that could last you over 40 hours. Sadly, it's also very rough around the edges, and poor pacing can be detrimental to your experience.
While Overboard comes in bite-sized playthroughs, there’s actually quite a lot to sink your teeth into in this youdunnit mystery. Truly, I’d say this is an experience to kill for. And if you don’t think so, then — oh hey! Dolphins! Just over the railing, there. Yes, just lean over. Just a bit more… and I’ll just stand here behind you…
I am glad to have played the game, as some of the concepts and visuals will stay with me. I wish there was more to it, and some choice would have gone a long way. I’d still like to see more of this world one day, so perhaps there will be more to come.
With Truck Driver, Soedesco is trying to break into an already spoken-for market with an offering that comes off feeling like a cheap imitation. While it spares itself the humiliation of being considered shovelware, it also lacks the heart needed to call it an actual truck simulator. Perhaps a second, stronger entry can prove the new IP's worth, but this is a pretty weak first impression.