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307 Published Reviews
Salt and SacrificePC
Salt and Sanctuary feels like it was made in a vacuum. I wish it had learned more lessons from its contemporaries, but I still enjoyed exploring its world and experimenting with its novel skill tree. If you’re a fan of the previous title and want more, it’s a no-brainer. But for the rest of us who are now spoiled with tighter, more innovative games offering much of the same, it’s, unfortunately, a bit harder to enjoy.
Nintendo Switch SportsSwitch
Nintendo Switch Sports is the revival of a classic series of games that many have grown to love over the years, and while it perfectly captures the nostalgia, the game doesn’t feel like a big enough development from the original despite being more than a decade removed.
MLB The Show 22 remains the sport's one true constant, and some fresh tweaks to existing modes, along with a much-welcomed gameplay addition, prove the game can only get better year after year, even with some features being mysteriously omitted at launch.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaXbox Series X
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is not for everyone, but for those who fit its target demographic — be it younger gamers or Star Wars fanatics — developer TT Games has come very close to crafting the perfect product.
Kirby and the Forgotten LandSwitch
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the perfect entry point for new players, and also the ultimate way for longtime Kirby fans to experience this character’s world. With its new gameplay features and a shift to 3D, the core gameplay feels bigger and better than ever, and while there aren’t a ton of enemies, the minute-to-minute action doesn’t get repetitive.
Ghostwire: Tokyo is, heartbreakingly, not spooky. It's also not particularly interesting, and I certainly didn't find it very fun to play. I'm sure genre-fanatics will find something to latch on to, but nothing ever quite hooked me enough to make the journey feel compelling.
Meticulously paced to a fault, Triangle Strategy doesn't give off the best first impression. Stick with it, though, and you'll be rewarded with engaging gameplay and a gripping story that constantly delivers.
After a year off, WWE 2K22 returns with new modes, new controls, and a new attitude. Turns out, taking a break can be a good thing.
FAR: Changing TidesPS5
Contemplative and striking, FAR: Changing Tides is an indie adventure that should be sought out. The light gameplay and sparse storytelling may not be for everyone, but it makes up for these deficiencies with its gorgeous visual design and excellent pace.
Gran Turismo 7PS5
Gran Turismo 7 is a "real-driving simulation" revelation, taking full advantage of the PlayStation 5's power and the DualSense controller to create one of the best racing games ever.
Shadow Warrior 3PC
Shadow Warrior 3 invokes gaming's simpler past while lampshading the fact that it borrows so much from more modern games. It sits in a no-man's-land of middling design decisions and absolutely terrible writing, even though its action and presentation sometimes shine through.
Life is Strange Remastered CollectionPC
Though it's a good entry point for series newcomers, Life is Strange Remastered Collection seems entirely unnecessary for anyone else.
Elden Ring is a marvel with scope and diversity of mind-boggling proportions. At the risk of hyperbole, it has dethroned Bloodborne as my favorite game of all time. It's all I've been able to think about since I got my hands on it, and the only thing I want to do now is play it with the rest of you.
As with any MMO, Lost Ark is tricky to review on release. The most I can say is I enjoyed the mindless questing, beautiful locales, and great game feel. I can't speak on the endgame, but the fact that I'm excited to jump back in on launch day to do it all again with friends is a pretty good sign for now.
Sifu preaches patience as it brutalizes your very existence in every way imaginable. But if you stick with it, and continue to learn from your mistakes, you'll eventually get your revenge and find the peace you were looking for.
Dying Light 2 Stay HumanPS5
With a significantly improved movement system, an engrossing, branching narrative, and an open world that's consistently engaging, Dying Light 2 was well worth the extended wait.
Pokemon Legends: ArceusSwitch
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the most daring title for the franchise in a long time. With its wide-open zones full of creatures to encounter, as well as an engaging story, this could be the game that reinvigorates your love for the series.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves CollectionPS5
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves does little to improve on the series' gameplay, but the visual facelift is more than enough of a reason to give these two genre greats another go.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six ExtractionPC
Rainbow Six Extraction might be one of the most trite co-op shooters of recent memory. Testament to the fact that making an enjoyable PvE shooter is a little harder than simply rehashing a seasonal event, it's hard to see where the effort went. Shallow, scant, and lacking any soul whatsoever, it's as bland as the black goo that adorns its promotional material.
MONSTER HUNTER RISEPC
Monster Hunter Rise stands toe-to-toe with World, especially on PC. Its end-game grind may not be as robust, but a serious focus on fun and community over story and fidelity pays off.
Solar Ash hinges itself upon two core mechanics -- and almost nothing else. Skating around and dispelling corrupted masses of black goo is fun for a while, but when you've seen a game's whole hand in the first half-hour, it's a little hard to stay on board for the remainder.
Battlefield 2042 works against itself in almost all aspects of its design. Visually stunning maps are let down by boring level layouts and near-meaningless dynamic events. The game’s audio makes it actively annoying to play at times. Bugs and sluggish performance had me feeling like I needed to retire — that is until I booted up Halo Infinite and remembered that shooters are supposed to be responsive and tight.
Call of Duty: VanguardXbox Series X
Call of Duty: Vanguard is another solid entry in the popular franchise, but far from an excellent one. The campaign struggles in the story department, but a good base of multiplayer options and a fun, if under developed, Zombies mode help save the day.
Jurassic World Evolution 2PS5
Jurassic World Evolution 2 changes the game in more ways than one, letting players spend less time creating parks and attractions and more time reacting to a world where dinosaurs already exist.
Shin Megami Tensei VSwitch
It's not winning any awards for graphics, but Shin Megami Tensei V is a well-designed JRPG that has just a little too much combat. Even with such an interesting story and themes to explore, it instead focuses on grinding and fighting the same enemies over and over.