316 Published Reviews

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.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Switch
7.40
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 05, 2019
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 offers varied family-friendly fun. With so many sports and mini-games to enjoy, it's easy to find something to like about this star-studded package.

Ice Age Scrat's Nutty Adventure!

PS4
5.90
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 04, 2019
Even though Ice Age: Scrat's Nutty Adventure contains some ridiculous glitches and flat combat, it's still a fun 3D platformer that acts as a decent throwback to the PS2 era. So, if you love Scrat or have nostalgia for the genre then it might be worth checking out.

Killer Queen Black

Switch
8.60
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 02, 2019
Killer Queen Black is a wonderful adaptation of the modern arcade game. If you're a fan of unique online multiplayer experiences and frantic 2D action, it's a definite must-play game.

Code Vein

Xbox One
7.30
A.J. MaciejewskiNov 01, 2019
Although I enjoyed my time with Code Vein, it could definitely use some work to live up to its genre contemporaries. With that said, if you're a fan of action RPGs then you'll find a lot to sink your vampiric teeth into here.

Stranded Sails - Explorers of the Cursed Islands

Switch
5.80
Mary BillingtonOct 29, 2019
Stranded Sails is an okay exploration game that rewards you for adventuring into the nooks and crannies of its tropical islands. However, it doesn't do much to stand out and has some annoying gameplay aspects that make exploring feel like a chore.

Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and the Lion King

PS4
7.90
A.J. MaciejewskiOct 29, 2019
Retro game compilations are rarely as fully featured as Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and the Lion King. Although it basically just contains 2 short but sweet games, the amount of extras and care put into this package make it something truly special.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

PS4
5.90
A.J. MaciejewskiOct 29, 2019
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is one of the most disappointing video game remasters ever. Although the core game is still a ton of fun, the amount of frustrating elements and missing content is simply unacceptable.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Switch
8.70
A.J. MaciejewskiOct 28, 2019
Games don't get much more enjoyable and funnier than Luigi's Mansion 3. Its charming game world and characters will crack you up as the gameplay remains a real hoot from start to finish. As a result, it's yet another well-deserved feather in Nintendo's cap.

DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS

Switch
7.30
Mary BillingtonOct 27, 2019
Doraemon Story of Seasons provides a unique take on what is mostly a tried and true formula. If you can deal with many minor quality of life issues and have the patience to spend a lot of time mining and lumbering, you'll get some good farming fun out of this title.

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