668 Reviews

Dragon Quest Builders 2

PS4
7.50
Dan HodgesJul 20, 2019
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a marked improvement on its predecessor. Although the combat is still underwhelming, the rest of the package is sharp, charming, and loaded with stuff to build, crops to farm, and settlements to manage.

Nowhere Prophet

PC
9.50
Richard CostaJul 19, 2019
Nowhere Prophet is a unique and thoughtful single-player deckbuilding card game set in a fascinating Indofuturistic world. It features compelling convoy management with hints of The Oregon Trail, and a highly innovative 'living card' mechanic.

Etherborn

PC
6.00
Samuel GuglielmoJul 18, 2019
There’s a great puzzle game in here somewhere. However, without the content to back it up, that greatness never comes to pass. I want to find new and creative ways to manipulate gravity to solve harder and more unique puzzles. I want levels with more gimmicks that I need to figure out. Instead, Etherborn shows off a few clever ideas, then promptly ends without exploring them to the extent that they could be.

Night Call

PC
5.50
William WorrallJul 17, 2019
Night Call is a game with a great concept let down by poor execution. Exploring the city and interacting with passengers is fun enough, but trying to juggle time, fuel and cash just feel like unnecessary additions to the formula. Additionally, there’s an unwelcome disparity between the gritty noir thriller atmosphere and the zany, sometimes supernatural characters you meet. If Night Call had featured drastically different adventures or trimmed the fat with its mechanics, it may have been great. In its current form, Night Call fails, both at being a crime noir thriller and a Parisian taxi simulator.

Blazing Chrome

PC
8.00
Joe AllenJul 11, 2019
Blazing Chrome is a true old-school throwback to the glory days of Metal Slug and Contra. It may pay a little too much homage to its forebears, but there's plenty of satisfying hardcore action on offer for the faithful.

Sea of Solitude

PC
7.00
Robert ScarpinitoJul 10, 2019
Despite some shortcomings in the narrative, Sea of Solitude champions its storytelling. It lands solidly on its own two feet, for the most part, and presents a fairly cathartic look at loneliness and depression.

Super Mario Maker 2

Switch
8.50
Dan HodgesJul 07, 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 is much more than an enhanced Switch port. Featuring a lengthy story mode, a myriad of smart additions, and more ways to create nightmarish abominations and call them Mario levels, this is some essential Mario that Switch owners won't want to miss.

AMID EVIL

PC
9.50
Trevor WhalenJul 06, 2019
Amid Evil is a superb first-person shooter crafted in the classic style, and a more than worthy spiritual successor to Heretic. But it's more than either of those things: it is its own masterpiece, an instant classic for all times.

Heavy Rain

PC
7.00
Richard CostaJul 05, 2019
If you've already played Heavy Rain on PS3, you won't miss anything. If you're totally new to it as a PC gamer, it might surprise you with its branching narrative and raw drama, even if the writing occasionally misses the mark.

Dollhouse

PC
6.50
Samuel GuglielmoJul 04, 2019
Dollhouse has some honestly good mechanics and ideas, and can be fun to play in short bursts. It's just repetitive, and it's unique multiplayer modes have likely never been played.

Darkwood

PS4
8.00
William WorrallJul 03, 2019
Darkwood manages to pull off horror to a truley stunning degree. What minor gameplay annoyances that there are in the game are more than covered for by the exploration and atmosphere.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Xbox One
8.50
Andrew StretchJul 01, 2019
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a fun and complex kart racer. Boasting mechanics that are now genre standards, CTR's return shows just how relevant it still is. With additional features to fit into modern times like difficulty settings and graphics, this is a must-have for fans of the original, and for anyone who enjoys kart racing with friends.

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda

Switch
9.00
Austin SutherJun 28, 2019
Cadence of Hyrule is a strange spin-off between The Legend of Zelda and Crypt of the Necrodancer, but it works so well as a mashup. It's a bit too short and the replay value isn't substantial, but the remixed songs and exhilarating gameplay are too good to pass up.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

PC
8.00
Joe AllenJun 27, 2019
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a comfortable return for Koji Igarashi. It doesn't push any boundaries, but it's a fluid, well-crafted labor of love with tons of content and a satisfying core gameplay loop.

Lovely Planet 2: April Skies

PC
8.50
Brian RenadetteJun 26, 2019
Quick to learn yet hard to master, Lovely Planet 2: April Skies is a charming and fast-paced sequel that improves on the original formula while maintaining it's charming aesthetic.

The Sinking City

PC
7.50
Samuel GuglielmoJun 25, 2019
The Sinking City has a fantastic story, atmosphere, and investigations, leading to something that feels genuinely unique. It's just a shame that it's brought down by an overabundance of crummy combat and glitches.

Outer Wilds

PC
9.00
Richard CostaJun 25, 2019
Outer Wilds is a triumphant first-person exploration adventure with innovative (quantum) physics puzzles. More than that, it's a microcosm in itself that pleads to be explored and untangled in its minutiae.

Shadow Fencer Theatre

PC
8.50
Ron WelchJun 25, 2019
Tricky to learn and satisfying to master, Shadow Fencer Theatre features basic, but hilarious QWOP-style swordplay. It is an artistic treat, a brilliant merging of old-timie visuals and modernized music. What Shadow Fencer Theatre lacks in content, it makes up for in style.

My Friend Pedro

PC
7.50
Dan HodgesJun 20, 2019
My Friend Pedro is like if Sonic the Hedgehog went on a drug-fueled killing spree. It's a ridiculous whirlwind of flashy dives, stylish shooting, and accidentally amazing trick shots that refuses to take itself seriously.

Pathologic 2

PC
6.00
Dan HodgesJun 08, 2019
I really want to like Pathologic 2. For the most part, I do. Its overly-cryptic writing can be initially off-putting, but I quickly became fascinated by its weird ways and quirky inhabitants. The world is worth uncovering, it’s just far too much of a slog to play. Consider letting someone else play it for you on Twitch or YouTube. It’s a world everyone should experience, at least for a short while, but being the driver is absolutely the worst part of this otherwise thrilling ride.

The Padre

PC
6.50
Jackson WeryJun 06, 2019
Taking on the role of demon-hunting, wisecracking priest Alexander and exploring a visually-distinctive voxel mansion is pretty enjoyable. If you can survive the awkward controls and story, it's a cozy, competent creepfest.

Conan Unconquered

PC
6.50
Dan HodgesJun 04, 2019
Conan Unconquered is a deep and rewarding strategy-survival title with some unfortunate technical issues that could really shine with some updates. Grab a friend and you'll have a quality co-op game on your hands.

Stellaris: Ancient Relics Story Pack

PC
8.00
Anson ChanJun 04, 2019
Stellaris' latest DLC, Ancient Relics, explores a familiar sci-fi trope in a unique way. It's an excellent addition to the game that features great writing and a ton of depth

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

3DS
7.00
Robert ScarpinitoJun 03, 2019
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is a saccharine treat for hardcore Persona fans, but at times, it can get a little too sweet. Furthermore, somewhat unfair challenges hamper what otherwise could be a great JRPG to sunset the Nintendo 3DS.

Team Sonic Racing

PS4
6.00
Andrew StretchMay 31, 2019
Team Sonic Racing uses an interesting team mechanic to shake up what is otherwise a pretty average arcade racing title. If you're really into the genre or have two dedicated friends to play with it might be a fun experience but you aren't going to get anything here you don't already have from somewhere else.

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