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694 Published Reviews

Bonfire Peaks

Switch
8.10
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 20, 2021
After enjoying it for hours, Bonfire Peaks is easily one my favourite practical puzzle games of all time. From its distinctly presented world to its unconventional premise and its wealth of tricky puzzles to its variety of mechanics; it has everything you'd want from the genre.

Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition

PS4
9.00
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 19, 2021
Playing Horizon Zero Dawn on PlayStation 5 is such an excellent experience that it made me excited for the upcoming Forbidden West and keep in mind; I rarely get excited for upcoming games. If you still haven't played it yet, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

King's Bounty II

PS4
6.50
Alex LegardSep 18, 2021
King's Bounty 2 features fun tactical battles while telling a memorable story as it immerses you in its high fantasy world. But, boy oh boy, prepare for a barrage of ridiculously long loading screens and plenty of other unstreamlined elements.

SkateBIRD

Xbox One
7.00
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 16, 2021
SkateBIRD is a silly little indie game that does quite an impressive job of adapting familiar skateboarding gameplay to a bird-sized world. Completing its missions and finding its collectibles may be rewarding but you'd wish there was much more to it than that.

Sonic Colors: Ultimate

PS4
7.10
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 15, 2021
Sonic Colors: Ultimate does a decent job of bringing back a good game for modern audiences. Although I have fond memories of the original, this remake made me realise that my memory can't always be trusted when it comes to how well certain games will hold up.

Cruis'n Blast

Switch
6.50
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 14, 2021
Cruis'n Blast presents an arcade racing formula that's exciting at first but quickly wears thin due to its lack of challenge or need for skill. That being said, it can still be enjoyable for a few rounds of old-school racing entertainment with friends.

WarioWare: Get It Together!

Switch
8.30
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 13, 2021
WarioWare: Get It Together is as random and frantic as you would expect a character-driven entry in the long-running series to be. However, you may not expect just how fun it is to play with a friend and that's where its gameplay shines brightest.

Traffic Jams

PS4
8.10
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 12, 2021
I was so impressed with my time playing Traffic Jams that it quickly became one of my favourite PlayStation VR games. The spot-on humour and frantic gameplay combine beautifully into one fun VR experience and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any PSVR owner.

Espgaluda II

Switch
8.30
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 11, 2021
I'm a very happy shmup fan now that Espgaluda II is finally available for console in the west. With challenging action and complex mechanics that are rewarding to learn and master, its core gameplay has everything that genre enthusiasts would want.

Baldo The guardian owls

Switch
6.80
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 10, 2021
Baldo The guardian owls is the sort of game that you'd dig out of a bargain bin but that's not necessarily a bad thing because some of my fondest gaming memories came from such bins. In other words, it may be clunky but you'll still appreciate what it has to offer.

Spelunky

Switch
8.10
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 10, 2021
Spelunky is considered a classic roguelike for good reason. Its hazard-filled structure will have you constantly learning new tricks as you continue to progress further and further. In fact, it even remains superior to its recent sequel so I highly recommend giving it a go.

Sokobond

Switch
7.40
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 09, 2021
It's rare to come across a puzzler as enjoyable and challenging as Sokobond, especially considering the fact that it's educational albeit in a subtle way. With lots of puzzles to solve, you'll gladly combine elements for hours within its campaign that's full of variety.

Cosmic Express

Switch
8.00
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 07, 2021
If you love trains or puzzle games then playing Cosmic Express is a must with its brilliant collection of stages and adorable presentation. In fact, its variety of puzzles will have you laying tracks for hours while you happily watch the cute little train chug along.

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

Switch
7.30
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 04, 2021
I enjoyed my time with A Good Snowman is Hard to Build despite its brevity and the fact that I got stuck quite regularly. It's bursting with so much charm and lovely aesthetics that you'll roll snowballs with a smile on your face for as long as it lasts.
7.00
Mary BillingtonSep 04, 2021
Lake is a short and enjoyable story-driven game with interesting mail delivery gameplay that drives you to get to know the townsfolk. The story and interactions provide much lighthearted fun so if you can get past the graphical issues and bugs, there's plenty to make you play Lake over and over so you can see how your decisions influence the people of Providence Oaks.

Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 1

Switch
8.30
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 03, 2021
NIS Classics Volume 1 is bursting with SRPG goodness from a few generations ago. Although these games look dated, they're both still great fun to play with their own unique approaches to gameplay, story, and humour. Thanks for bringing them back, Prinny!

The Medium

PS5
7.20
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 02, 2021
The way that The Medium brings trauma to life in various ways is awe-inspiring. At the same time, it's not all that good of a video game.

Weapon of Choice DX

PS4
7.50
A.J. MaciejewskiSep 01, 2021
Weapon of Choice DX is a blend of old-school action and modern psychedelic presentation that'll have you blasting aliens with a smile on your face. The experience may be quite a short one but you'll have a great time for as long as it lasts.

Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask

PS4
7.60
A.J. MaciejewskiAug 31, 2021
I had an impressively excellent time with Mickey Storm and the Cursed Mask. As a matter of fact, it handles co-op gameplay so well that I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys playing silly games with their gaming chum.

Instant Sports Paradise

PS4
7.00
A.J. MaciejewskiAug 31, 2021
The unconventional structure of Instant Sports Paradise makes it fun to both cooperate and compete with chums within the same multiplayer session. In fact, I wish more party games would follow a similar structure because it's genuinely quite clever.

Fracked

PS4
7.30
A.J. MaciejewskiAug 30, 2021
Fracked is a promising cover-and-shoot VR FPS for PS4. If it featured a longer campaign and smoothed-out difficulty then I'd consider it a must-have for the platform. For now, I hope to eventually play a sequel that expands on this very epic formula in such a manner.

Twelve Minutes

Xbox One
6.70
Mary BillingtonAug 27, 2021
Twelve Minutes plays like an escape room on extra hard difficulty and with higher stakes. As an intriguing albeit small-scale thriller with many twists and turns that can sometimes be frustrating, ending the time loop is ultimately somewhat worth the effort.

ISLANDERS

Xbox One
5.50
A.J. MaciejewskiAug 27, 2021
Not everyone will appreciate the mind-numbing effect that comes with playing Islanders: Console Edition but if you're in the market for a game that'll put you to sleep then I recommend checking it out. Those looking for a challenge won't find one here, though.

Arietta of Spirits

Xbox One
8.00
Alex LegardAug 25, 2021
Overall, I like everything about Arietta of Spirits and there's surprisingly nothing that I don't like about it. The only caveat is that the campaign is only a few hours long. Even finishing everything to 100% won't take very long. Of course, many gamers want to buy games with a lot of playtime for their buck which is understandable so if you're bothered by paying good money for a short game, you might want to give it a pass. In my opinion, Arietta of Spirits' positive qualities more than make up for its short playtime.

Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut

PS5
9.60
A.J. MaciejewskiAug 24, 2021
If you still haven't played Ghost of Tsushima then this Director's Cut is the perfect excuse to finally experience this masterpiece. With a stunning core experience, super-fun online modes, and a brand new campaign, you're in for one outstanding package.