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1597 Published Reviews

Lost At Sea

Xbox Series X
3.00
Lee MehrJul 30, 2021
Lost At Sea is a personal project in search of a game. That sounds rough, but it's hard to get over just how poorly it fares compared to other walking sims. It wants to capture this tangible sensation of coming to grips with your past and moving forward. By itself, that's a noble goal. But I rarely – rarely – felt that connection meaningfully transplanted into these mundane fetch quests.

Eldest Souls

PC
8.00
Zackerie FairfaxJul 30, 2021
Eldest Souls is a challenging boss-rush title set in a beautiful pixel-art world. It may not offer the most dynamic combat or gameplay mechanics, but it makes up for that with intense and creative boss battles.

Chernobylite

PC
7.00
Cody PetersonJul 29, 2021
It is definitely a little rougher around the edges than I would prefer for a game that spent nearly two years in Early Access, but the sheer scope and effort that has gone into making the base and team management systems makes the whole thing worth it. Chernobylite shouldn't work, but it has somehow become one of the most unique games I have played in a very long time.

The Ascent

PC
7.50
Tyler ChanceyJul 29, 2021
A few balance issues and questionable combat encounters do not mar an otherwise solid and memorable cyberpunk action-RPG experience.

Omno

PC
9.00
Catherine DellosaJul 28, 2021
Omno provides a great escape from this suffocating world we live in today through its complete absence of any gloom and doom. Jonas Manke a.k.a. StudioInkyfox initially created this passion project as an escape on Kickstarter, and it really does deliver. Just be sure to play this game on a platform that doesn’t just fulfill its minimum requirements—I had the misfortune of installing it first on a PC that was so choppy and laggy I couldn’t even make the shortest jump across two platforms.

Unbound: Worlds Apart

PC
7.50
Will QuickJul 28, 2021
Unbound: Worlds Apart is a puzzle platformer where you use portals to navigate through the world. It has a cool mechanic with lots of variety and challenges to boot while looking good too. It may be held back by some sensitivity, unclear exploration, and technical bugs but you can get used to it. If you’re bound for something creative that tests your skill then take up Unbound.

Paint the Town Red

Switch
5.00
William WorrallJul 28, 2021
Overall, Paint the Town Red is a completely gimped experience on consoles. No co-op and no user content means you end up with a game that's unique selling points are quickly drowned out in a flood of attrition combat and soulless grinding. On PC, it may be a different story. Despite how great the combat system itself is, and how awesome the voxel-based damage system looks and feels, there's just not enough here that's worth fighting your way through to make it worth recommending to pretty much anyone.

Streets Of Rage 4 - Mr. X Nightmare

PS4
9.00
Reuben MountJul 28, 2021
Streets of Rage 4 was already an incredible game and a worthy successor to the iconic franchise, but Mr. X Nightmare has made so many refinements and tweaks that it has raised it to the level where it has surpassed them. All it took was adding one key factor - replayability.

The Forgotten City

PC
9.50
Austin SutherJul 27, 2021
The Forgotten City tells an immersive and incredible story. Combined with the beautiful city itself, the secrets of Modern Storyteller's first official release beg to be unraveled.

The Sims 4 Cottage Living

PC
7.00
Dashiell WoodJul 26, 2021
As far as Sims expansion packs go, The Sims 4 Cottage Living is a solid addition. Given past updates, I expect the technical issues will be patched very quickly but whilst the new map is excellent and the build mode items are great, the new gameplay elements still don’t quite hold enough long-lasting appeal to justify more than a handful of playthroughs. It’s a fun countryside retreat for a time, but I don't see myself coming back next summer.

Last Stop

PC
8.00
Tyler ChanceyJul 22, 2021
Last Stop's changes in tone and genre can be jolting in spots, but the characters at the center of such stories manage to keep things grounded for a delightful experience.

Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective

Switch
8.00
Courtney EhrenhoflerJul 21, 2021
Labyrinth City is a great children's video game, with enough to do to appeal to adults looking to relax, though a few off-color characters are off-putting.

Death's Door

PC
9.50
Andrew StretchJul 20, 2021
Acid Nerve has demonstrated an understanding of the Adventure RPG genre and has absolutely nailed its execution with Death's Door. Combat is fun and fast-paced, world exploration is rewarding, and the story while light-hearted hides some deeper meaning. Do yourself a favor and pick up Death's Door.

Cris Tales

Switch
6.00
Andrew StretchJul 19, 2021
Cris Tales manages to set up a lot of good aspects. The story has a solid hook and a fully fleshed-out world for the characters to explore but then manages not to stick the landing letting the plot get away. Likewise, combat is enjoyable but with the active mechanics seemingly dropping inputs and the difficulty not correctly scaling it finds and then loses that sweet spot.

Walden, a game

Xbox Series X
3.50
Lee MehrJul 19, 2021
The further away I get from Walden, a game the more it reveals how lacking it is compared to the source material. From a consumerist perspective, you can pay the same amount for this game ($9.99) as the Penguin Classic paperback duo of “Civil Disobedience” & Walden; plus, you don't have to traipse around a simulated world for hours on end to collect a patchwork of Thoreau's great epigrams and deep-rooted values.

A Township Tale

PC
7.00
James BentleyJul 19, 2021
A Township Tale does a much better job with the tale part than the township part. Offering very natural watercooler moments and genuinely nice social moments, it’s a game I can’t wait to play more with my friends, even if I have to talk them through its many issues and glitches. I’m perhaps a little more excited for what it can be than what it is but after taking that headset and surveying my surroundings, I can’t help but feel myself smile.

Mini Motorways

PC
7.00
Dashiell WoodJul 19, 2021
Mini Motorways is an enjoyable and often beautiful puzzler, but the lack of long term replayability makes it harder to recommend over its already excellent predecessor.

Raptor Boyfriend: A High School Romance

PC
9.00
Dashiell WoodJul 15, 2021
Surprisingly sincere, wonderfully heartwarming and beautifully drawn, Raptor Boyfriend is a charming visual novel which strikes the perfect balance between comedy and coziness.

Beasts of Maravilla Island

PC
6.50
Tanushri ShahJul 14, 2021
Beasts of Maravilla Island is a little getaway that lasts for a few hours, but its flaws make the trip a little less than memorable. There isn’t any replay value to the game either to make it worth a second visit, so it’s best to make the most out of your first playthrough. While a charming tale embedded with wonder, there’s still room for improvement on this short-lived journey.

Warrior Boy Xbox

Xbox One
2.00
Lee MehrJul 12, 2021
From its generic title to its abysmally unbalanced combat, TADVGames' freshmen effort exists as an unkempt hitchhiker in my memory. It's sad when Warrior Boy's most notable gem is that I managed to complete it.

Sniper Elite VR

PS4
6.00
William WorrallJul 08, 2021
While there's plenty of problems with it, Sniper Elite VR has enough decent moments to make slogging through the bad stuff worth it, but only just.

Boomerang X

PC
7.00
Tyler ChanceyJul 08, 2021
Boomerang X is a satisfying and deeply rewarding high-speed action platformer. A singular concept refined to an insane degree with just enough set dressing and imagination centered around it grab your attention and keep it until the credits. Just be ready to take some breaks near the end, if only so you don't break your controller.

RWBY: Grimm Eclipse - Definitive Edition

Switch
7.00
Courtney EhrenhoflerJul 05, 2021
RWBY Grimm Eclipse is fun for fans, but the lack of innovative combat and strong story don't offer much of an incentive for those unfamiliar with the franchise.

SCARLET NEXUS

Xbox Series X
7.00
David RestrepoJul 01, 2021
Scarlet Nexus' accomplished combat and world are hamstrung by a shockingly low budget that oozes nearly every corner of the experience from its cinematics to its levels to even enemy composition at times. That said, action JRPG fans should be able to latch onto enough to walk away satisfied. .

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!

PC
8.00
Nirav GandhiJun 30, 2021
The original Doki Doki Literature Club is a phenomenal horror title, but loses a lot of the elements that made it so impressive on its translation to consoles.