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1341 Published Reviews

The Quarry

PS5
4.00
Josh WiseJun 18, 2022
As for the ending, there isn’t one—just a montage of postscripts, detailing the fates of the various characters. Only, we already know their fates, having been at least partially responsible for them. As the credits rolled, the sweetness of the humour had grown stale, and I felt distinctly unsated, though hardly hungry for more. I hate to say it, but Supermassive has made a Butterpop.

Trek to Yomi

PS5
7.00
Josh WiseMay 09, 2022
Trek to Yomi has no official forebears, but it isn’t wholly unattached. Just as Salt and Sanctuary crunched FromSoftware’s unsavoury Dark Souls into two granular dimensions, and was sprinkled with spiritual nods, Menchiari looks glancingly at those works, too, opting for a stamina meter and moments that call on your patience.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Xbox Series X|S
6.00
Josh WiseApr 07, 2022
There just isn’t enough juice in the combat, the cover shooting, or the endless hoovering of collectibles.

NORCO

PC
8.00
Josh WiseApr 05, 2022
What saves Norco is that the visions on offer belong as much to the imagined as the troublingly real.

Weird West

PS4
8.00
Josh WiseMar 31, 2022
You can sense, in Weird West, a developer both returning to his obsessions and toiling on a fresh frontier.
Josh WiseMar 24, 2022
And yet, despite its obvious muses, Tunic manages to rise above mere flattery, by paying deeper homage to the medium itself.

GhostWire: Tokyo

PS5
7.00
Josh WiseMar 21, 2022
Most potent of all, there is a strain of urban fear running through its design—not of monsters but of the city itself as an isolating entity, rendering you unreachable.

Gran Turismo 7

PS5
10.0
Josh WiseMar 04, 2022
Polyphony has delivered an airtight flight from the everyday, rich in escape yet rooted in anything but fantasy.

Martha is Dead

Xbox Series X|S
6.00
Josh WiseFeb 28, 2022
If only Dalcò, rather than honouring his heroine by smothering her search for truth in confounding gloom, had abided by her love of illumination.

Elden Ring

PS5
9.00
Josh WiseFeb 23, 2022
There are no other dynamics quite like it in games; they acquaint us with an array of miseries and charge us money for the privilege.

Horizon Forbidden West

PS5
8.00
Josh WiseFeb 14, 2022
With Horizon Forbidden West, Guerilla is armed with the grunt of the PlayStation 5, and we get not just a catalogue of alluring tones but a richer palette of ideas.

Sifu

PS5
8.00
Josh WiseFeb 08, 2022
The coup of Sifu is that this process mirrors that of the hero; I was continually tempted to ditch my progress and start afresh, furnished with new knowledge at the expense of a little more life.

OlliOlli World

PS5
7.00
Josh WiseFeb 03, 2022
Whether OlliOlli World charms you or chafes at your patience will depend on your appetite for such whimsy.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human

PS5
7.00
Josh WiseFeb 02, 2022
Indeed, if, like me, you have a weakness for the zombie-hued, and for the sway and flail of first-person platforming, then Dying Light 2 is easy to recommend.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction

Xbox Series X|S
5.00
Josh WiseJan 19, 2022
More than any other studio, Ubisoft is willing to mutate its existing IPs until they scarcely resemble what they once were.

Solar Ash

PS5
8.00
Josh WiseDec 10, 2021
Where Solar Ash goes from an intriguing ambient platformer to one of the year’s most fascinating releases is in its fixation on living as an act of being stuck.

HALO Infinite

Xbox Series X|S
8.00
Josh WiseDec 06, 2021
With Halo Infinite, 343 Industries seems to want to break the cycle and start afresh. The irony is that it has done so by drawing closer to the past.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond

SwitchSwitch
7.00
Josh WiseNov 26, 2021
There remains about Pokémon Brilliant Diamond the glint of something far gone, and there is something warmly reassuring about the place.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition

PS5
6.00
Josh WiseNov 16, 2021
If these games shaped or changed you, you might find the notion of their being shaped and changed, in turn, an unwelcome one.

Call of Duty: Vanguard

PS5
7.00
Josh WiseNov 10, 2021
Its narrative is fractious and slight, compared to Sledgehammer’s previous work, but the chance for a chaotic, target-rich experience with friends exerts a stronger pull than usual.

Forza Horizon 5

Xbox Series X|S
8.00
Josh WiseNov 04, 2021
It may well be more of the same, but Mexico beckons, ravishing the eye and devouring up the miles.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

PS5
7.00
Josh WiseOct 30, 2021
Where Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy proves most winsome, however, is in its twining of the intergalactic and the terrestrial.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

PS5
4.00
Josh WiseOct 21, 2021
If only House of Ashes were possessed with something malevolent enough to actually scare us; sadly, it commits a litany of sins, none of them original.

Back 4 Blood

Xbox Series X|S
7.00
Josh WiseOct 19, 2021
In Back 4 Blood, we have been given a finely tooled zombie shooter, but it lacks the power of the original.

Metroid Dread

Switch
8.00
Josh WiseOct 15, 2021
Where the studio succeeds—and where Metroid Dread elevates from noble and flawed effort to inspired riff—is in its embrace of the unreachable.