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1563 Published Reviews

Overboard!

PC
9.00
James BentleyJun 10, 2021
Overboard! is an excellent exploration of the whodunit genre that is both grounded and willing to do whatever it likes. This, in turn, makes it incredibly likable.

NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection

PS4
8.00
George FosterJun 09, 2021
With the Ninja Gaiden Master Collection, you’re getting pretty much what you expect - slightly nicer looking and playing ports of two fantastic games, and one that’s less good but still okay. The trilogy as a whole is absolutely worth the asking price and the first two games, in particular, are worth playing whether it’s your first time or you’re a returning player.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

PS5
9.00
Chris PenwellJun 08, 2021
To conclude, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a must-buy for PS5 owners and fans of the 3D platformer genre. Its story is endearing, the weapons are satisfying to use, the gorgeous worlds and detailed animations will make you feel like you’ve teleported to another dimension, and the combat is better than ever with the new dash and portal tether mechanics.

Edge Of Eternity

PC
6.50
Will QuickJun 08, 2021
Edge Of Eternity is an epic fantasy RPG about saving the world from aliens and an evil illness. There’s a lot to see and do with combat and customization adding to the creativity. It struggles with stiffness, clipping, pacing, and RNG as it tries to run smoothly. Feel free to explore eternity, just don’t stand too close to the edge.

Backbone

PC
8.00
Jackson WeryJun 07, 2021
The ending leaves plenty of room for more in the world of Backbone. The visuals are great, and Backbone is a solid first release from a small studio. Doom jazz is a good way to describe the melancholy soundtrack, as well. It is rather short if you’re experienced with adventure games, with each Act probably taking about an hour if you do a good job exploring.

GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE-

PC
6.50
Peter GlagowskiJun 07, 2021
On the flip side, the online mode in Guilty Gear -Strive- 100% lives up to the hype. The worst thing that happens to most fighters is that players jump off the game due to shoddy netcode. -Strive- does not have that problem at all and will likely continue to attract newcomers because of how smoothly everything feels. It’s a shame there isn’t cross-play between the PC and PlayStation versions, but both platforms are bound to find a dedicated niche that will be playing this for years to come.

The Sims 4 Dream Home Decorator Game

PC
9.00
Dash WoodJun 07, 2021
The end result is a pack that plays entirely to the strength of existing game mechanics, rather than halfheartedly attempting to add entirely new ones. None of the downloadable content for The Sims 4 has ever been perfect, but, by doubling down on some of the most successful mechanics of previous packs and avoiding their pitfalls, Dream Home Decorator is the closest it’s ever been.

Sumire

Switch
9.00
Tanushri ShahJun 07, 2021
Sumire takes the concept of a perfect day and encapsulates it in a beautiful few hours. It handles the subjects it tackles gracefully and patiently, while also teaching life lessons for those of all ages in a way that tugs on your heartstrings.

Cloudpunk - City of Ghosts

PC
7.50
James BentleyJun 05, 2021
City of Ghosts almost feels more like a sequel than a DLC, with new storylines and surprisingly long playtime. If you liked Cloudpunk, this is a no-brainer. If you loved Cloudpunk, you'll like what it has to offer.

Rising Hell

Xbox Series X
8.00
David RestrepoJun 04, 2021
Rising Hell is a great game for roguelike/lite fans, but newcomers should also consider keeping an eye on it. It caters to both audiences through de-emphasizing the genre's randomness. This may turn off hardcore players that love an intense challenge, but that's what the Agony levels exist for. The adrenaline-fueled metal soundtrack mixed with inspiration from classic sprite-based games is the cherry on top.

Castle Flipper

PC
2.50
Dash WoodJun 02, 2021
Muddy graphics, repetitive missions, and persistent technical failings make Castle Flipper a historical building simulator in dire need of renovation.

Carve Snowboarding

PC
8.00
Dan RockwoodJun 01, 2021
Carve Snowboarding does a lot of things well, but it's held back by lack of multiplayer support and limited level selection. Still, for a fast-paced VR snowboarding experience, this game definitely delivers.

Stonefly

PC
7.00
Andrew StretchJun 01, 2021
Flight School Studios delivers an enjoyable experience with Stonefly. While the concept of King of the Hill combat is unique it's hard to feel it could have taken it a bit further. Exploration and upgrading your rig is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Resident Evil Village

PS5
9.00
James BentleyMay 31, 2021
I got a story as confident as it is weird. I got a cast of characters with blistering charm. I got an experience that moved from the stuff of nightmares to the stuff of dreams — weird, haunting, and maybe a little deeper than I originally gave it credit for. I got a Resident Evil game. And it might be one of the best so far.

Mayhem in Single Valley

PC
7.00
Will QuickMay 31, 2021
Mayhem in Single Valley is an action-adventure pixel game about a kid trying to fix the apocalypse. It’s got a lot of zaniness and variety to find and experience. The gameplay and controls are a bit irksome, but it’s possible to get used to them. If you’re looking for a sightseeing tour, head to Single valley and take some junk with you.

Iron Harvest: - Operation Eagle

PC
8.00
Alex VerdiniMay 27, 2021
Story and a sweeping campaign in the real-time strategy genre have been missing for some time, and the original Iron Harvest was a breath of fresh air. Iron Harvest: Operation Eagle delivers a weighty addition in this new DLC and continues that legacy of lore.

The Longest Road on Earth

PC
8.00
James BentleyMay 27, 2021
The Longest Road on Earth works like a video game Rorschach test. You paint a little of yourself onto the canvas of the story and that, in turn, is what you get given from it. I read into it the longing of the past and the body’s need to let go—the decay of both presence and mind, how we should celebrate moving on, and not linger in what we’ve lost. After the handful of hours it took to beat it, I too felt lost.

Solasta: Crown of the Magister

PC
7.00
Andrew StretchMay 26, 2021
Solasta: Crown of the Magister seeks to give players the closest D&D 5e experience they can get without picking up any dice. While there are a number of bugs and glitches to work trough Solasta delivers a fun and challenging experience.

Don't Forget Me

PC
2.00
Courtney EhrenhoflerMay 26, 2021
All said and done, Don’t Forget Me lacks any real redeeming qualities, unfortunately. There are much better adventure games out there and better dystopian games to boot. The characters are boring, the story has an excellent premise but it’s so poorly written and crammed together that there’s no opportunity to actually follow through on anything or explain the ideas properly, and the art and music are subpar at best. My advice? Forget Don’t Forget Me.

Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards

Switch
5.00
William WorrallMay 26, 2021
At the end of the day, Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards has an interesting start but eventually becomes an endless cycle of the same combat over and over again. Even throwing in the occasional journey back to town to sell all of your useless loot doesn't help to break things up much, and it's not like the gear you get affects your appearance much.

Rust Console Edition

PS4
6.00
Cody PetersonMay 25, 2021
Rust Console Edition manages to capture the same brutally difficult experience from the PC version, but a poor control scheme and outdated mechanics make the overall game frustrating for fans.

Strangeland

PC
5.00
Courtney EhrenhoflerMay 25, 2021
Strangeland is an interesting foray by Wormwood Studios into the more artistic side of gaming, but will leave many feeling unfulfilled.

BIOMUTANT

PC
6.00
Will QuickMay 24, 2021
Biomutant is a third-person open-world sci-fi post-apocalyptic action-adventure game. It offers a lot to do and ways to do it with a charming character in challenging circumstances. Once you look past the technical issues, overly-active narration, and messy combat, there’s fun to be had. Like a cat that warmly cuddles after bouts of breaking your stuff, it’s hard to stay mad at Biomutant.

Demeo

PC
7.50
George GlynnMay 24, 2021
Demeo might not offer the next ground-breaking advancement in tabletop or strategy game design - but it does make for a fantastic VR playground to meet friends, make memories, and share victories in. It’s thin amount of content holds it back from being a must-play VR experience, but with the promise of more free content down the line, it absolutely has the potential to grow into one.

Erica

PC
5.00
Catherine DellosaMay 24, 2021
With its intriguing narrative hook, Erica’s premise is enough to pique any FMV fan’s interest. Sadly, clumsy plotholes and unnecessary choices weigh the game down, and it doesn’t quite deliver in the end. It’s still entertaining enough if you’re looking for a different kind of movie night, though.