229 Reviews

Sea of Solitude

Xbox One
7.90
Charlie JacksonJul 12, 2019
Looking through my review notes felt like I was reading the journal of an increasingly depressed individual. There's amazing praise at first but that quickly turns to frustration, irritation, and even anger at times. With that said, I'd recommend Sea of Solitude for the school chapter alone. The entire adventure is also only a few hours long so thankfully, it won't overstay its welcome.

Blazing Chrome

PS4
7.30
A.J. MaciejewskiJul 11, 2019
Blazing Chrome is an authentic retro run 'n' gun experience that'll surely satisfy genre fans. That being said, there are many frustrating moments that are difficult to overlook and the amount of content is a little thin, too.

Dragon Quest Builders 2

PS4
8.80
Mary BillingtonJul 11, 2019
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a creative marvel with a ton of ways to unleash your imagination within a huge world. However, it doesn't fix the main issues of the first game nor does it carry over its perfect balance of structure and creativity.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II

PS4
8.60
A.J. MaciejewskiJul 09, 2019
This PS4 iteration of Trails of Cold Steel II is such an impressive improvement over the PS3 version that it's worth picking up a copy even if you already own it on PS3. Plus, the Relentless Edition physical extras will feel right at home for fans of the series.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

PS4
9.00
A.J. MaciejewskiJul 07, 2019
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night carries on the tradition of classic Igavania games in a masterful way. As a long-time fan of the genre, I personally can't wait for additional DLC as well as the inevitable sequel.

Super Mario Maker 2

Switch
8.40
A.J. MaciejewskiJul 03, 2019
Super Mario Maker 2 does a fantastic job of laying the foundation for a seemingly endless supply of 2D platforming fun. Aside from some major issues with its multiplayer and a few other goofy decisions, it's an overall excellent experience.

The Sinking City

PS4
7.60
A.J. MaciejewskiJul 01, 2019
When it comes to detective games, The Sinking City features some of the best gameplay that I've ever experienced in the genre. That being said, it could definitely use a lot more fine-tuning to iron out its less desirable qualities.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

PS4
8.10
A.J. MaciejewskiJun 26, 2019
Whether you're a fan of the original or merely kart racers in general, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will surely amaze you with its satisfying gameplay and stunning visuals. That being said, this old beaut could definitely use a slight tune-up.

Collection of Mana

Switch
7.70
A.J. MaciejewskiJun 25, 2019
If you've ever wanted to play the first 3 Seiken Densetsu games in a comprehensive compilation then Collection of Mana is definitely worth purchasing. Just don't expect many bells and whistles.

Judgment

PS4
8.60
A.J. MaciejewskiJun 20, 2019
Out of all the Yakuza games that I've played, Judgment offers the most amount of fun and variety while also containing a gripping story that'll keep you guessing until the end. I highly recommend it.

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

3DS
8.40
Mary BillingtonJun 18, 2019
Fans of the Persona series will delight in this dungeon crawling sequel that features characters from the 3 most recent mainline titles. If you can get past the initial difficulty, you'll happily spend hours in this lighthearted and challenging labyrinth-filled world.

Warhammer: Chaosbane

Xbox One
6.00
Alex LegardJun 16, 2019
Warhammer: Chaosbane is a cool ARPG that would have been better if it wasn't a current gen game but unfortunately, we're not in 2005 anymore. For all of its flaws, the combat system is still well done yet the problem is that it feels like a bare minimum product. The fact that there are no optional missions and only a few bosses and different kinds of enemies makes it get repetitive very quickly.

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

Switch
7.90
A.J. MaciejewskiJun 15, 2019
Cadence of Hyrule features incredibly appealing visuals and music as well as a gameplay dynamic that's fresh and exciting. That being said, once you're done with its somewhat short campaign, there isn't really much else to do.

Super Neptunia RPG

PS4
7.10
A.J. MaciejewskiJun 13, 2019
Super Neptunia RPG does a solid job of providing an innovative blend of Metroidvania exploration and fresh JRPG combat with cool twists. However, it could definitely benefit from a lot of tweaks so hopefully, we'll get a more ironed out sequel down the road.

Contra Anniversary Collection

PS4
7.60
A.J. MaciejewskiJun 12, 2019
Contra Anniversary Collection may not be the definitive collection of Konami's retro run 'n' gun franchise but what's here still provides top-notch action-packed co-op entertainment. Contra: Rogue Corps couldn't come out soon enough.

Riverbond

PS4
6.60
A.J. MaciejewskiJun 11, 2019
Riverbond is definitely an appealing game, especially if you want an easy breezy co-op experience to wind down with. However, the lack of both challenge and replay incentives means that you likely won't get more than a few hours of passive enjoyment out of it.

Effie

PS4
8.00
A.J. MaciejewskiJun 10, 2019
If you're a fan of 3D platformers then you'll absolutely love Effie. It's one of the most satisfying games that I've played this year so far.

Dragon Star Varnir

PS4
8.10
A.J. MaciejewskiJun 06, 2019
Dragon Star Varnir does what few JRPGs do as it features in-depth party customization as well as a delightful cast of characters. Factor in a boatload of additional content to master and you're left with a must-have RPG.

Darkwood

PS4
7.00
Alex LegardJun 02, 2019
Darkwood has an interesting world, a story that can go in different directions depending on your decisions, and a gameplay loop that's exciting at times and tedious at others. Its biggest weakness is how hard it can be to get to where you need to go and for that reason alone; I'm not entirely enthusiastic in recommending Darkwood. However, if you have the patience, why not give it a try?

Everybody's Golf VR

PS4
7.70
A.J. MaciejewskiMay 30, 2019
If the idea of a rewarding and delightful game of golf in a virtual reality world sounds appealing to you then you'll love your time with Everybody's Golf VR. I just wish that the courses allowed more than 1 person to play at a time.

Team Sonic Racing

PS4
7.80
Mary BillingtonMay 29, 2019
Team Sonic Racing is an exceptionally fun kart racer but it doesn't quite do enough to make itself great. Considering the team mechanic doesn't bring much new to the table, I wish we got Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 2 instead.

Blood & Truth

PS4
2.90
A.J. MaciejewskiMay 27, 2019
Blood & Truth's story is about as gripping as trying to hold onto a bowling ball with greased up hands and its gameplay doesn't do much to make up for that. Add in a bunch of glitches and goofy moments and you're left with one disappointing VR experience.

Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark

PS4
8.60
A.J. MaciejewskiMay 25, 2019
As a fan of retro turn-based strategy RPGs, I'm very impressed with Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark as it really hits the nail on the head while also offering plenty of cool innovations to the classic genre. If you enjoy these kinds of games, you definitely need to play this epic SRPG.

Bubsy: Paws on Fire!

PS4
6.70
Tyler HallMay 23, 2019
Bubsy: Paws on Fire is a passable runner that will keep fans of the genre busy for a few hours yet it fails to live up to the far better runners that Choice Provisions have crafted in the past.

Lapis x Labyrinth

PS4
7.00
A.J. MaciejewskiMay 22, 2019
If you want a simple 2D hack and slash action RPG then Lapis x Labyrinth is definitely a good game to wind down with after a long day. Just don't expect it to be particularly engaging, especially once the repetition starts to sink in.

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