266 Published Reviews
God of WarPC
God of War’s PC port is a must-have for fans of games with seamless combat and gorgeous graphics. Kratos’ story and character development as a father and mourning husband presents players with a heartbreakingly beautiful tale accompanied by vivid depictions of Norse mythology. Its visuals create immersive arenas to battle the living and the undead in over 40 hours of story gameplay. Whether fans are experiencing God of War for the first time or are weathered veterans of the franchise, nearly everyone can enjoy God of War’s PC port.
Playing Lucky's Tale in VR on the Quest 2 is a fun and delightful experience with a story about friendship. The extra activities that unlock after completing the story mode in each level increase the replayability of Lucky's Tale and break up the otherwise repetitive gameplay. With Lucky's Tale, players can enjoy a few hours of platforming and guided exploration as they make their way through each chapter and complete their quest to save Piggy.
Life is Strange: True ColorsSwitch
Overall, Life Is Strange: True Colors is such a good quality story that its technical shortcomings can be forgiven. This isn’t the best platform for the game, and players who really care about a top quality graphical experience will likely want to turn to another device. However, for Switch owners who don’t have access to a PS5, Xbox Series X, or high end PC this is a must-play.
Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash RescuePC
The arcade aesthetic, fast-paced platforming action, and gradual drip-feed of unlocks in Firegirl make for an entertaining gameplay loop, especially when considering its subject matter. The game is still rough around the edges and its technical faults can act as annoying setbacks during play, but Firegirl still offers a fresh take on the roguelike genre, with its endless procession of towering infernos putting the skills of even the sharpest platformer fan to the test.
While the 2D art style is fun and reminiscent of storybook illustrations, this game is likely not the best pick for younger players due to questlines dealing with horror elements, as well as graphic depictions of animal death when using traps and lures. However, fans of twisted fairytales and creepy magical plotlines will likely find Wytchwood an enjoyable and spine-tingling experience.
Overall, Aeterna Noctis is a solid experience with some notable flaws that aren't deal-breakers, but could definitely benefit from a bit more refinement. What it does do quite well is find where its two genres intersect and craft a world and gameplay loop that highlight them quite well. For fans of these kinds of games, Aeterna Noctis is definitely worth picking up.
Shovel Knight Pocket DungeonPC
It's not often that a falling block puzzler can capture the imagination, but Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon finds a buried nugget of novelty in this well-worn ground. Even though it's possible to blast through the adventure, most players will find that savoring the gameplay and enjoying their time with the noble knights is the right call. Pocket Dungeon feels of a kind with Nintendo's various Mario spinoffs and should be an essential purchase for not just fans of the series but puzzle gaming aficionados everywhere.
After the FallPC
Players can connect with their friends in VR to take out hordes of Snowbreed and challenge their skills against enemies like the Smasher, a massive Snowbreed monster with ice armor and a hammer-like arm. After the Fall is reminiscent of Left 4 Dead or Back 4 Blood's gameplay, but with an added level of immersion in VR that makes it a thrilling zombie-fighter experience.
It’s a hard task to create something that pays homage to a beloved work, as no matter what happens it will always be compared to that original piece, often unfavorably. Against these odds, UnMetal manages to straddle the line of being both a parody and an exceptional example of a top-down stealth game more than able to stand up to such scrutiny.
This Is the PresidentPC
This Is The President certainly has its good moments, with its silly humor hitting the mark more often than not and its core plot servings its purpose well. However, it does wear out its welcome thanks to an over-reliance on filler and restrictive mechanics to try and curb the player's success. A little bit more trimming and this could have been a fantastic political game, but even so it still has plenty of quality behind it.
Happy's Humble Burger FarmPC
Overall, Happy's Humble Burger Farm is successful in creating a dark and mysterious world that begs to be explored. The horror elements play well into the aesthetic, and the jump scares can be quite effective. For players who just love to cook, there is an unlockable Endless Mode after beating the game which allows just that. Any fan of the horror genre will easily get their money's worth with this one.
In its lesser moments, it comes off as a singular presentation looking for a more involved game underneath, better combat and better bosses which could more effectively serve these assets. It still remains a worthwhile quest to see through to the end, but games like Solar Ash are frustrating in that they could have been so much more.
Thunder Tier OnePC
While it does have its downsides when playing alone, Thunder Tier One is, overall, a solid wartime strategy game. It encourages its audience to contemplate their actions clearly instead of rushing in headfirst. The combat itself is rather simple - players point and click at enemies to trigger their weapon - but the sense of realism is impressive for the nine-mission campaign, and the ability to play the entire game with friends is a bonus.
White ShadowsXbox Series X
The best way to describe White Shadows is that it feels like playing through the winner of the Best Animated Short Film at the Academy Awards. The visuals are incredible and the world is bristling with life and imagination. It's a shame that there's so little gameplay on offer, and what is there is hamstrung by poor controls and glitches.
Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted EditionSwitch
Though Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition is clearly a game aimed at younger audiences, it could still have used more polish; after all, Animal Crossing, for example, is also for gamers of all ages, and it implements many of the same ideas with far more sophistication. For what it is, Disney Magical World 2 is a fine introduction to gaming for kids, but it could have been much more.
Century: Age of AshesPC
In its current state, Century: Age of Ashes is a gorgeous game with a solid concept and premise that is unbelievably fun to play, and developers at Playwing have set it up with plenty of room to grow. The different match types are high-energy, with tight and exciting combat to suit a variety of playstyles. Co-op game modes like Spoils of War and Gates of Fire are clear standouts with their focus on more cooperative play and clearer objectives for teams beyond killing opponents.
HALO InfiniteXbox Series X
It's unfortunate because Halo Infinite's multiplayer is truly terrific, but where it falters is in being free-to-play. Whether the issues stem from creative choices or business decisions, there's a fundamental misunderstanding of what a shooter game should be in 2021 — and, more importantly, what a shooter game shouldn't have. It's plausible Halo Infinite will eventually become an era-defining game, one that reestablishes it as a dominant shooter franchise, but it's not there yet and there's no telling when it will be.
There's plenty of laughter and tears along the way, and Endwalker manages to send off the Zodiark and Hydaelyn saga on an incredibly high note. Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is a real crowdpleaser, and it should also leave everyone hopeful for what the future has in store for the MMORPG, even if this expansion is going to be incredibly difficult to top.
Overall, Chorus is fantastic. Its minute by minute gameplay is truly enthralling, whether a small-scale dogfight or a battle against a larger foe, while its varied and colorful world is gorgeous to behold. With its story and wider lore providing plenty of scope for the player to explore, Chorus is an ambitious and spectacular space shooter.
Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. BrainSwitch
The party game genre is dominated by the likes of the Jackbox series, where the games are more lighthearted and usually deteriorate into in-jokes and references, or the likes of the Mario Party series, where victory is dependent on gameplay skills and chance. Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain has its own fun take on the genre, where the quickest wits are what wins the day.
A pure shoot ‘em up may not necessarily require those ingredients to flourish, but an action-heavy RPG definitely does, even one with such a pint-sized cute presentation. As it stands, Archvale poses some entertaining distractions for compulsive bullet-dodgers, but it could have been so much more.
MXGP 2021 - The Official Motocross VideogamePS4
In spite of the technical limitations of the previous generation version, MXGP 2021 does manage to be a successful entry in the series that will likely keep motocross fans happy. It’s not as in depth as some other official racing sims on the market, but there's enough variation to keep players engaged while its race-to-race gameplay is still enjoyable.
Let's Sing 2022Xbox One
Although playing on a smartphone is convenient, there is a lag in the audio that players may need to work around. However, it doesn't affect gameplay much unless players are singing a fast-paced song against a difficult boss. Whether playing solo or with others, players can enjoy the fun variety of songs in Let's Sing 2022.
Grow: Song of the EvertreeSwitch
Grow: Song of The Evertree is a great game for fans of both the simulation and relaxing exploration titles. It's also an ideal title to introduce younger players to open-world exploration thanks to forgiving gameplay and clear explanation. With so much to discover, it is likely Grow will offer a fresh, exciting journey no matter how many times a player restarts.
Overall, Beyond Blue is an interesting game with some solid story strands to propel its underwater gameplay. Its emotional impact doesn’t reach the heights of the likes of Firewatch, and its limited gameplay may put some players off if they want something more substantial or challenging, but nonetheless this is a well crafted and calm title that proves its worth. When it comes to education-based games, this is a good example of how engaging it can be.