1277 Published Reviews

Lightmatter

PC
8.00
Samuel GuglielmoJan 13, 2020
The game is clever, with some fantastic puzzles despite a few rough spots. I can easily suggest anyone looking for their next puzzle fix to take a stop here. Considering the entire first hour of the game is available for free, this is a no brainer to just try out. If you like the first hour though, you're going to like the rest of this. I personally can't wait to see if the devs follow-up with more.

SIMULACRA 2

PC
6.50
Joseph AllenJan 09, 2020
Simulacra 2 is an improvement on its predecessor, but there's further to go. A tighter narrative and better interface design don't quite compensate for sketchy writing and silly horror.

SuperMash

PC
4.00
Trevor WhalenJan 05, 2020
SuperMash is essentially an uninteresting and rough minigame collection. Given how intriguing the premise could be, this is quite a disappointment – but to craft a game where you can mix and match several different genres is quite an undertaking. Here, the undertaking has failed. This is a mashed-up experience with more annoyance than engagement.

Mosaic

PC
7.50
Samuel GuglielmoJan 02, 2020
While Mosaic certainly has some issues in telling its tale, I still had an enjoyable time with it. The main character's daydreaming leads to some fun and striking situations if you don't mind the occasional frustrating stinker. The story may be kind of generic, but watching it all play out still leads to some lovely visuals and great moments. It has Blip Blop, which I still unironically love and enjoy. If this is the kind of story that appeals to you, Mosaic will surely be right up your alley. If not, the game is still worth a try and may just become something worth remembering.

Vestaria Saga I: War of the Scions

PC
7.00
Austin SutherDec 29, 2019
Puzzling maps and plenty of retro throwbacks to Fire Emblem games of yore make for an exicting SRPG. Unfortunately, the archaic, clunky engine and extremely large maps make gameplay a slog sometimes.

AVICII Invector

PS4
8.50
Samuel GuglielmoDec 23, 2019
I came away from AVICII Invector rather impressed. Everything is here for a smart, fun, rhythm game that treats AVICII with respect. It has a killer soundtrack, which all rhythm games need, and it knows how to use it. A few failings, like some notes being hard to see or the fact that I couldn't see the story, aren't enough to really ruin my experience. Fans of the DJ absolutely need AVICII Invector in their lives, and even those who have little to no experience with him but just enjoy rhythm games will find more than enough here.

Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot

Xbox One
8.50
Anson ChanDec 20, 2019
Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot is a fantastic first step for Borderlands 3's DLC, featuring tons of viable loot, fun boss fights, a decent story with nonstop action, and plenty of new characters

Shovel Knight: King of Cards

PC
7.50
Sam GowingDec 17, 2019
King of Cards is another excellent addition to the Shovel Knight saga - an exciting and grand finale for the series.

Spirit of the North

PS4
9.00
Courtney EhrenhoflerDec 14, 2019
Spirit of the North has much to offer, even though some of the finer points get lost in between the cracks, it's a journey well worth taking.

RUNE II

PC
4.00
Sam GowingDec 11, 2019
The bland monotony of Rune II removes the majority of fun from an otherwise exciting premise. There is a slim chance that problems can be fixed and more can be added, but don’t hold your breath.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

PC
5.00
Kyle JohnsonDec 10, 2019
I desperately wanted to like MechWarrior 5. After all, who doesn't love giant robots duking it out with tanks, armored gunships, and dueling other giant robots. For a brief moment, when the shallowness of MechWarrior 5 had yet to be fully revealed, when I was enamored with simply stomping around, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries was at its best. Sadly, as I explored how little content was available, MechWarrior 5 showed that it wasn't just bad, it was disappointing.

Halo: Reach

PC
8.50
Austin SutherDec 08, 2019
Halo: Reach is more of the same game, which is a great thing. It feels like a natural fit for the PC and runs great. There's a few issues with certain gamde mode loadouts and limited graphical options, but overall it's stellar.

Darksiders Genesis

PC
8.50
Samuel GuglielmoDec 04, 2019
Honestly, Darksiders Genesis is a game I'll be returning to in the future. I'm not really sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't something so genuinely high quality and fun. Taking the series to the world of top-down action games felt like a risk, but it pays off well, and this is a worthy prequel for anyone interested in future entires. Here's hoping Strife's solo outing is just as much fun.

Arise: A simple story

PC
9.50
Jeffrey LermanDec 01, 2019
Arise: A Simple Story tells a charming narrative with a beautiful atmosphere in both its design and soundtrack. Controlling the progression of time forward and backward is frequently used in unique ways to keep gameplay delightful.

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Switch
9.50
Nick MailletNov 29, 2019
Sayonara Wild Hearts is easily Apple Arcade’s first “killer app” and a must play if you’re a subscriber, interested in music games, or just want to try something new. The synergy between the visuals, gameplay, and music raises the bar for the genre.

Phoenix Point

PC
7.50
Joseph AllenNov 28, 2019
Phoenix Point will appeal to you if you're a big fan of the new XCOM games but wish they had more complexity. If you're turned off by punishing strategy and a hands-off approach, Phoenix Point is not for you.

Blacksad: Under the Skin

PC
6.00
Samuel GuglielmoNov 28, 2019
Blacksad: Under the Skin has a wonderful story, setting, and set of characters, and it clearly loves its source material. I just wish it also loved my time, as I often found it wasted by pixel hunting, pointless choices, and tons of glitches.

Shenmue 3

PS4
5.00
Dustin TriplettNov 25, 2019
I am not the same person I was 18 years ago. In fact, no one is. At least I hope not. For that reason alone it was impossible for Shenmue 3 to live up to the 18 years of anticipation. I knew this going into the game, but that doesn’t make the heartbreak hurt any less. Shenmue 3 doesn’t tarnish the memory of the series, but it doesn’t exactly move it forward either. It plays like a Dreamcast title discovered in a basement that had some visual polish slapped on it before rushing it out the door.

Lost Ember

PS4
5.00
Joseph AllenNov 23, 2019
Lost Ember is almost a good game. Its animal exploration mechanics are well-realized. Unfortunately, it's bogged down by technical issues, lackluster storytelling, and frustrating event flagging.

Pokémon Shield

SwitchSwitch
7.50
Jack WaibelNov 18, 2019
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield have both soaring highs and saddening lows. In many ways they are the best that Pokemon has ever been, shedding the series's antiquated game mechanics to create a grand, efficient, and fun experience that I'm itching to play again. Unfortunately, their underutilized Wild Area, barren late-game zones, and gutted trading system drag them down and leave me dreaming about the greatness that could have been. They are, simply put, good games with too much unfinished content to be considered great.

INMOST

iOS
8.00
Nick MailletNov 16, 2019
Ambitious as it is beautiful, INMOST is another example of why you shouldn't cancel that Apple Arcade subscription just yet. It's amazing presentation and fun gameplay makes INMOST a must play title.

Sparklite

PC
6.00
Jeffrey LermanNov 14, 2019
A lot of the issues I have with Sparklite surround boss fights and their bad mechanics. Bosses like a scorpion with a drill to mine sparklite are well designed, but still, fall short. It’s a cute game that becomes tedious due to its difficulty forcing a boring grind. I want to enjoy everything Sparklite has to offer, but honestly, it runs too long.

The Legend of Bum-Bo

PC
7.50
Alex Santa MariaNov 13, 2019
The Legend of Bum-Bo was never going to match the depth and complexity of something like The Binding of Isaac. I can't imagine many games hitting that landmark even decades into the future. For what it tries to do, Bum-Bo succeeds in providing a fun alternate universe take on Isaac's style. Still, there are just enough problems that I'm tempted to wait for the inevitable The Legend of Bum-Bo: Rebirth before really diving in.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Switch
8.00
Austin SutherNov 11, 2019
Fun puzzles and some truly spectacular designs for each of Luigi's Mansion 3's hotel floors make it a fun title for any Switch owner. It's also visually spectacular, but the combat is a bit bland and multiplayer offers no fun.

Still There

PC
8.00
Joseph AllenNov 09, 2019
What you'll get here is a well-constructed narrative game that knows its boundaries and doesn't test them. Still There delivers its many gut-punches with precision and confidence that you'll appreciate if you love movies like Moon, Interstellar, and Arrival. While it never hits the same dizzying highs some of those stories do, Still There's puzzles, well-written dialogue, and solid pacing make it well worth a look.