325 Published Reviews

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

Switch
9.40
Mary BillingtonJan 15, 2020
Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE is one of the greatest JRPGs of all time. However, if you already own the Wii U version, there's little reason to buy it again on Switch. That being said, the new follow-up attacks, improved performance, and story content are nice treats.

Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha

Switch
7.10
A.J. MaciejewskiJan 14, 2020
If you haven't already purchased most of the games separately, Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha can be a pretty sweet addition to any shmup fans' library as it contains a handful of solid titles that you're sure to enjoy for years to come.

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX

PS4
8.40
A.J. MaciejewskiJan 14, 2020
Atelier Ayesha remains one of the best games in the long-running series and this DX version is a great excuse to play it if you haven't already. It's such a wonderful adventure that Ayesha's memories will welcomely become yours as well.

Dauntless

Switch
5.50
A.J. MaciejewskiJan 02, 2020
Dauntless is one of those games that's best played in short bursts every once in a while. If it featured more gameplay variety and character growth that relied on careful decision making then it would have been a much more worthwhile game.

Romancing SaGa 3

PS4
7.30
A.J. MaciejewskiJan 01, 2020
Fans of old-school RPGs who love open-ended campaigns will have a fantastic time with Romancing SaGa 3. Just keep in mind; the adventure within will contain plenty of frustrating moments, especially if you don't use a guide.

Wattam

PS4
8.40
A.J. MaciejewskiDec 30, 2019
If you have even a sliver of child-like wonder left in your heart then playing Wattam is a must. Uncovering its exceptionally imaginative world as you interact with a diverse collection of oddities makes for one captivating and hilarious adventure.

STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order

PS4
7.80
Trey GriffethDec 19, 2019
In the end, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order ultimately lacks a sense of identity and that's what holds it back from being one of the greats. However, it's an authentic Star Wars experience so if you're a fan of the franchise then this is definitely a solid game to pick up.

GENSOU Skydrift

Switch
8.00
A.J. MaciejewskiDec 17, 2019
Gensou Skydrift is one of the best kart racers released in recent years. From its hilarious premise to its tight and challenging gameplay, I absolutely recommend this to any kart racing fan whether you know what Touhou is or not.

Everreach: Project Eden

Xbox One
5.70
A.J. MaciejewskiDec 16, 2019
Even though I enjoyed my time with Everreach: Project Eden for the most part, there's no denying just how half-baked it is. If it released for the original Xbox, it would probably be a cult hit but in 2019, it simply feels dated.

Where The Water Tastes Like Wine

Xbox One
5.50
Alex LegardDec 09, 2019
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a simple game about traveling the USA while listening to and telling stories. Unfortunately, I can't wholly recommend it because of its long stretches of tedium in between only a few interesting parts.

Life is Strange 2

PS4
7.60
Mary BillingtonDec 07, 2019
Life is Strange 2 takes the familiar formula and delivers it on a grander scale while tackling difficult topics across the USA. If you're playing it for the story, you won't be disappointed but don't expect much from the gameplay.

SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS

PS4
7.80
A.J. MaciejewskiDec 06, 2019
If you're looking for an unconventional and rewarding RPG then SaGa: Scarlet Grace - Ambitions is a must-play. However, those who merely want to enjoy the same old tried and true formulas should definitely look elsewhere.

STAR OCEAN First Departure R

PS4
7.20
A.J. MaciejewskiDec 04, 2019
Star Ocean First Departure R is a satisfying old-school ARPG that's sure to scratch your nostalgia itch. Some aspects may hold a bit too much retro baggage but there's no denying just how charming and imaginative this classic RPG is.

Heroland

Switch
5.50
A.J. MaciejewskiDec 03, 2019
Heroland may be a supremely charming and genuinely funny experience yet its minimal gameplay eventually makes it a chore to play.

Pokémon Shield

Switch
6.00
Trey GriffethNov 25, 2019
In the end, Pokémon Shield isn't a bad game but it certainly feels like one of the lazier entries in the long-running series. It still has the core things that make Pokémon great but it comes up short in a few too many areas. I didn't feel like my time was wasted but once I reached the end, I had no desire to turn it back on again which marks the first time a Pokémon game has made me feel this way.

GROOVE COASTER WAI WAI PARTY!!!!

Switch
9.00
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 19, 2019
If you enjoy rhythm games or are simply curious about the genre then I highly recommend playing Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!! From its amazing music to its challenging yet intuitive gameplay, it's a prime example of what the genre is capable of.

Xeno Crisis

PS4
6.90
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 18, 2019
Xeno Crisis is undoubtedly a solid throwback to co-op twin-stick shooters but with so many better options available, it's difficult to wholeheartedly recommend. That being said, you probably won't regret buying it if you're itching for more retro action.

STURMWIND EX

Xbox One
8.10
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 17, 2019
Sturmwind EX is one of the best shmups available for modern consoles. It's clear that a lot of love and attention went into every detail of its gameplay and world and the result is one refined and super-satisfying arcade experience.

STAY COOL, KOBAYASHI-SAN!: A RIVER CITY RANSOM STORY

Xbox One
6.80
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 17, 2019
Old-school beat 'em up fans will surely have some fun with Stay Cool, Kobayashi-San! but its repetitive and random nature definitely makes it an ultimately tedious and frustrating experience.

Need for Speed Heat

Xbox One
6.60
Mary BillingtonNov 17, 2019
Need for Speed Heat boasts a large varied world and a cool gameplay twist with the addition of cops who are often on your tail. However, it doesn't do much else to stay interesting, making it just an average racer in a genre that has so much more to offer.

Disney TSUM TSUM FESTIVAL

Switch
7.20
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 08, 2019
Disney Tsum Tsum Festival is a wonderful party game. Whether you're looking to entertain the kids or simply want a lighthearted game to play with friends, you're bound to have a ton of adorable fun with this mini-game collection.

New Super Lucky's Tale

Switch
7.80
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 07, 2019
3D platformers don't get much cuter than New Super Lucky's Tale. Although it can be fun for less skilled gamers, genre veterans will likely find it a bit too unengaging due to its low degree of challenge and typical core gameplay.

Disgaea 4 Complete+

PS4
8.40
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 07, 2019
Although Disgaea 4 Complete+ isn't a substantial upgrade to the previous iteration, what's here is still a fantastic SRPG. Therefore, if you don't already own it and are a genre fan then I recommend picking up a copy.

The Legend of Dark Witch

Switch
8.40
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 06, 2019
The Legend of Dark Witch was a blast back in 2014 and it's still a treat to play 5 years later. Whether you're new to the series or not, it's a must-play game for any 2D action game enthusiast.

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash

Switch
3.70
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 05, 2019
In the end, Harvest Moon: Mad Dash disappoints as a Harvest Moon game and as a puzzler. It definitely has some redeeming qualities but they're so minor when compared to the super-easy and humdrum gameplay that I simply can't recommend playing this silly spin-off.