1389 Published Reviews
Rocket ArenaXbox One
It fulfills the most basic requirement of a game in that it's fun to play, but it also has the learning curve and complexity that is needed to be considered a competitive game. It certainly doesn't hurt that the game is supposed to have free post-launch content in the form of new characters and maps. Throw in fantastic character and map designs and unique mechanics and you've got a very solid shooter.
Plotwise, Superliminal sets itself up as a substantial dive into what makes humans work, promising a new way to look at the world, and committing to none of that. It’s a bold topic to tackle, no doubt, but Superliminal fails to justify itself or its themes and ends up as a rote, dull puzzle experience you’ll be fine to forget.
Orcs Must Die! 3Google Stadia
Overall, Orcs Must Die! 3 is a great comeback for a series that has been gone for far too long. Even if you've never played before, the new version is a great entry point. The war scenarios are tough, but their epic scale delivers on the promise of a game made nearly ten years since the last principal installment.
From the hefty My Team campaign mode to the inclusion of split-screen multiplayer, legendary tracks and cars, the vast amount of encyclopedia entries on everything F1 (with narration), fun and accessible gameplay, and its thriving eSports community. It’s hard to pass on F1 2020. This is the complete package and massive value for anyone interested in racing games, Formula 1 fan or not.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2Switch
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is the best kind of sequel, improving upon the original in every way. Levels are more complex, the gameplay is tighter, and there is a more complex story going on with its multiple episodes. While the original Curse of the Moon felt more like a retro prologue to its bigger budget Kickstarter success story, this sequel is a more comprehensive experience.
When Neon Abyss isn't being glitchy or making a butterfingered play for "memes the kids like these days", it's fine. It never elevates itself above that level, but it's more than playable and at times highly enjoyable. Dungeons are moreish despite their repetition, although RNG makes some runs feel disproportionately stacked against you.
Death Stranding is a game in which you will choose to suffer to lessen the suffering of others, over and over again, whether they be real human players or NPCs. It is in that suffering that you will find yourself capable of true altruism, of love, of compassion, of empathy for total strangers. You will give, and give, and give, and give and ask for nothing in return. It is in giving that we find happiness. It is in giving that we find our humanity.
This spin on the Superhot formula includes a ton of new improvements and features. With an confusing but excellent story and trippy slow mo action, FPS fans will find much to enjoy with Superhot: Mind Control Delete.
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in DisguiseSwitch
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is a great sequel, keeping the characters and story elements that made the original such a beloved cult classic. Fans of Swery and White Owls' work will find plenty to love, and new players can get absorbed into the unfolding mystery. But compared to its predecessor and other titles out there, it doesn't push nearly as many envelopes in the gameplay department to stand out as something groundbreaking.
The Last of Us: Part IIPS4
The Last of Us Part II combines powerful story telling with frantic gameplay and beautiful graphics. Turns out Part II was a good idea after all.
Borderlands 3: Bounty of Blood - A Fistful of RedemptionXbox One
Borderlands 3: Bounty of Blood is arguably the most well rounded of the DLCs so far, with decent story, characters, environments, and mechanics, but it doesn't excel in any specific area
BRIGANDINE The Legend of RunersiaSwitch
Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia is a solid example of a game that can transcend its shortcomings. Most of the mechanics are fairly thin, but the bulk of Brigandine’s combat elements are complex, engrossing, and polished. A one-trick pony for sure, but it’s a well done, well-executed trick that is worth your time.
Wave BreakGoogle Stadia
WIth a fantastic soundtrack and brightly colored environments, this wacky “skateboating” game captures a wonderful arcade skateboarding experience. The Campaign, however, can harsh the synthwave buzz.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - RehydratedSwitch
There's nothing on offer here that hasn't been done better a million times by other 3D platformers. It's clunky, stiff, and just not all that funny or enjoyable. If you want SpongeBob then go and watch the show. If you want a decent 3D collectathon, then go and play Jak and Daxter. Trying to merge the two just makes for a combo meal worthy of the Chum Bucket.
The Isle of ArmorSwitch
The Isle of Armor is a short adventure on a small stretch of land. But, with new features, the expanded Pokedex, and a beautiful wild area, it's hard not to suggest it for anyone with the base game.
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide ClassicsSwitch
Clubhouse Games continues Nintendo's tradition of family fun, bringing together different and customizable games, with so many different ways to play. There's something for everyone included.
The Academy: The First RiddlePC
All in all, The Academy is a disappointing mess of a game. With confusing puzzles, bland characters, a tedious plot, and horrible design, there were really no redeeming features to it whatsoever. The game’s subtitle of The First Riddle, and the ending of the game hint at a continuation of the story in the future, one that I hope never plods across my screen.
West of DeadPC
Thankfully, West of Dead never lingers outside of combat too long. While it is a thoughtful game, the main crux is all about learning to line your shots and stay behind cover, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. It's an experience that's not found elsewhere in the roguelike genre, and it will fit right in with veterans looking for a new checklist to fill out.
Waking genuinely feels unique, and I think that's pretty interesting. Not many games manage to hit this level of genuine innovation anymore. However, that doesn't mean it's a good game or that it's worth playing outside of intellectual curiosity. For all the things I liked about Waking, there was far more that failed to grab me.
There really is not much else to Desperados 3. It is a game that shines through its mechanics with little care to the minor quibbles I may have. Mimimi Games delivers a tightly-focused game that contains a serviceable story, solid environments, and offers a fair amount of challenge. It is an easy game to recommend (despite my own failings), and it’s undoubtedly a worthy successor to the Desperados name.
Beyond Blue was a fun, if short, experience. Gameplay and exploration were far more fun and relaxing than the actual story, which felt forced at points. While the scope and the number of animals you get to see are extremely limited, the scientific accuracy is commendable. In addition, every animal you do encounter looks gorgeous. If you’re looking for a fun distraction for a couple of hours and love the ocean, Beyond Blue might just be right up your alley.
Evan's RemainsXbox One
While it comes in a small package the fun core gameplay and unexpected storytelling is worth anyone trying out, especially if you're into puzzle platformers. While Evan's Remains never gets truly difficult it still leaves the player wanting more past the credits.
No one is going to argue that Disintegration is the next Destiny or even the next Halo. The game has heart, but there are always small problems reminding you of its limited scope. Despite that, Disintegration succeeds at presenting an AAA-style shooter the likes of which we haven't seen in a long while.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive EditionSwitch
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition accomplishes what it sets out to do with outstanding success. Taking one of the most thrilling JRPGs of the final years of the Wii and giving it just the right amount of spit and polish for a new generation to enjoy. Some of the elements haven't aged as well as others, but in terms of sheer artistic passion and creativity, there isn't anything quite like it anywhere else. If you missed out on this gem before, now is the time to dive in.
Blood Rage: Digital EditionPC
Though the board game its based upon is one of the best current games in the market, this digital implementation is so full of bugs and poor design choices that it seems like Loki must have had a hand in its development.