1817 Published Reviews
SiltXbox Series X|S
That taps into my disappointment with Silt: the design limitations fettering the promises of this cavernous & uncompromising world. Spiral Circus' wonderful art style and its more inspired moments still stay with me, but so does that yearning for more than what's offered.
Zorro: The ChroniclesSwitch
Zorro: The Chronicles has just enough under its basic presentation to be a fun little experience if you keep in mind whom the game was made for. Parents looking for a bloodless action game to play with their children now have an option, and ultimately, it's not a bad game to pick if you can get past the camera issues and lack of challenge or level variety. If nothing else, Zorro: The Chronicles is a game worth a look in that light, and is well worth your time in the right circumstances.
Mario Strikers: Battle LeagueSwitch
While there are some major positives in Mario Strikers: Battle League like the engaging gameplay foundation and the addition of the equipment system, there are a lot of downers in this long-awaited sequel. The items are bland when compared to Mario Strikers Charged, and there isn't a lot to do outside the online and generic cups mode. The arenas are also quite bland to look at when compared to past games as well. That hype that we had during the Wii era for Mario Strikers Charged has cooled off 15 years later, but hopefully with future updates, Mario Strikers: Battle League will make the game heat up.
At the end of the day, The Quarry is a welcome return to what made Supermassive Games famous in the first place. It’s a bloody good time with worthwhile choices to choose from, and so long as you’re willing to deal with some minor flaws, you won’t walk away disappointed.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's RevengePC
The game has a reverence for the '80s cartoon that's unmatched and a slick gameplay system that has players effortlessly fighting through hordes of ninjas with friends. While several recent beat 'em ups have had a more robust feature set, none have so thoroughly captured the nostalgia of the genre like this. It's a must-play for anyone who's ever rallied behind Leo, Raph, Donnie, and Mikey, even if your turtles looked a bit different than these.
The gameplay is fundamentally simple but approachable. The presentation is solid. The main story has enough intrigue and charm to last the nine hours I spent with it. But if you are turned off by awkward narrative railroading and clunky gameplay contrivances, you might want to look elsewhere.
Dwerve offers a unique mechanical satisfaction that feels entirely unique in its frenetic nature. It’s a game that is sure to satisfy fans of the genre, and if you’re not quite a tower defense enthusiast, it may just make you one.
ParatopicXbox Series X|S
In the end, Paratopic is a title I respect more than enjoy. I admire Arbitrary Metric's specific ambiance and presentational qualities they were able to make on a shoe-string budget; moreover, I can see that being enough for some genre fans – especially with certain qualities being so strong here. But my engagement becomes hobbled when it starts spinning its wheels, as the overarching mystery eventually feels like an illusion of one.
Evil Dead: The GamePC
From the score, gameplay, easter eggs, and returning cast members reprising their roles. Crossplay is absolutely key to the success of the future of the game and works incredibly well as one hopes. This is a treat to the fans of the franchise and genre that I hope not only keeps this game alive with an active community and allows Evil Dead games to stay groovy.
Out There: Oceans of TimePC
Out There: Oceans of Time is a game where if you engage it purely on its gameplay, it works well enough. There will be times when it becomes a very mechanical gameplay loop, but there is enough here to satisfy a roguelike fan. The promise of a rich world beyond the stars however feels incredibly distant, and ultimately makes the entire experience a very unremarkable one.
Sniper Elite 5PS5
Sniper Elite 5 is a really fun time that is mildly bogged down by some graphical issues and an incredibly boring story. If you’re looking for something that’ll engage you, you’re just not going to find that here. If you’re just looking for something fun and easily digestible, then this is the game for you. Just do yourself a favor and skip every cutscene and ignore every single line of dialogue from the blandest protagonist in years.
Citizen SleeperXbox Series X|S
Citizen Sleeper succeeds through its connection, rather than complexity. There aren't wildly divergent stat progressions nor mind-blowing dialogue choices to make; instead, it meshes functional tabletop systems with genuine storytelling in a way that's tough to put down. It's surprising how a cluster of random dice rolls can feel so naturally incorporated that it eventually becomes second nature.
Dolmen is yet another Soulslike that proves this formula is almost impossible to get right. It's a flat, boring experience with none of the spark and vigor it needs to transcend its many technical flaws.
The mystery is intriguing, the characters are very human and believable, and it has a framing device that seems strong enough to carry further games in the same vein down the line. Even with slightly janky graphics, the game is carried on its great atmosphere and story alone.
Vampire: The Masquerade - SwansongPC
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong is worth a look. Fans of the World of Darkness setting will find a story with some surprises worth experiencing. As a novel experiment of adventure game challenges and RPG elements, it is uneven but gets some things right. Just be prepared to put up with some headaches before you start.
Bugsnax: The Isle of BIGsnaxPS5
As a free expansion, Isle of Bigsnax adds some great additional value to this game and is a nice treat for those who enjoyed playing through Bugsnax initially. It doesn't fundamentally change the core elements of what makes Bugsnax so enjoyable, but it was never meant to.
Eiyuden Chronicle: RisingPS5
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a great introduction to the world that is in need of a lot more depth. Hopefully, we get that next year.
Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2Switch
Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 is a great compilation for strategy fans. There's enough humour and varied gameplay here to keep you coming back for a long time.
Dinosaur Fossil HunterPC
Dinosaur Fossil Hunter has a solid foundation, but no amount of dinosaur enthusiasm can save this title from its repetitive gameplay loop.
Dragon Caffi is a fun, relaxing baking game that's only held back by a few bugs and an unfortunate lack of difficulty options.
Trek to YomiPC
Trek To Yomi is worth a look thanks to some strong visual direction and stylish presentation. If you have a love of Samurai cinema and want to experience some powerful sights, check this out.
Overall, those are only some small bumps in an otherwise nice-looking and fun experience. So, gear up, learn some magic, practice your fighting, and prepare to die for all the loot this river holds.
Trigon: Space StoryPC
Trigon: Space Story is a narrative roguelike sci-fi adventure where you command a crew to fly, fight, and maintain a ship through whatever you encounter. It makes a solid effort to stand apart from FTL with its nice 3D, detailed crewmembers, and true randomness.
Nintendo Switch SportsSwitch
Nintendo Switch Sports is a great addition to the Switch library.
We'll always have ParisPC
We'll Always Have Paris is a point-and-click visual novel from Cowleyfornia Studios that deals with what it's like when a loved one has dementia. It's a short but sweet exploration of true love across generations, and is a definite must-play when you need to shed a cathartic tear or two.