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When Grand Theft Auto 5 was first released in 2013, it quickly became one of the highest-rated video games ever made and an unprecedented sales success. A year later, Rockstar Games released an enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto 5 for the then-new PS4 and Xbox One consoles, making some meaningful improvements in the process. Fast-forward to 2022 and Rockstar Games is releasing Grand Theft Auto 5 yet again, this time for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Mon, 21 Mar 2022 21:03:21 GMT
Ghostwire: Tokyo Review
When Tango Gameworks and Shinji Mikami revealed that Ghostwire: Tokyo was an action-adventure game instead of a survival horror game, it was understandable that their fans would be confused. Mikami played a big role on Resident Evil and Dino Crisis during his time at Capcom, while Tango’s only other series in its library is The Evil Within. In fact, Ghostwire: Tokyo was first pitched as The Evil Within 3, and parts of that horror element are still evident in its DNA.

Mon, 21 Mar 2022 13:00:13 GMT
Tunic Review
Seven years ago, developer Andrew “Dicey” Shouldice announced an upcoming Zelda-like isometric adventure game called Tunic. Featuring an unnamed fox hero, Tunic resembled an animated picture book and quickly drew the attention of gamers looking for a nostalgic trip back to the days of the NES. Tunic has finally been released on PC and Xbox consoles, but there are a few caveats players may want to take into consideration before setting out on their journey.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 17:00:17 GMT
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Review
It's been roughly 35 years since the original Final Fantasy was released and fans of the RPG franchise are going to be able to return to Cornelia once again thanks to Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. The spin-off from the mainline Final Fantasy franchise breaks away from the usual RPG format and offers players a challenging action gameplay experience paired with a brand-new look at one of the series' most iconic locations and villains.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 11:00:13 GMT
WWE 2K22 Review
Like other sports game franchises, the WWE 2K series has consistently put out a new game every year with minor changes and an updated roster. But then WWE 2K20 threw the franchise off the rails, earning scathing reviews from critics and getting labeled as one of the worst-reviewed wrestling video games ever made. The backlash to WWE 2K20 was so significant that 2K Sports decided to cancel the planned WWE 2K21 and allow the development team to focus their efforts on WWE 2K22 instead.

Wed, 09 Mar 2022 00:18:40 GMT
Gran Turismo 7 Review
In 1997, Polyphony Digital released Gran Turismo for the original PlayStation, and it was an immediate hit, establishing itself as Sony's premiere exclusive racing game franchise in the process. Some of Gran Turismo's sequels reached similar heights, but there have been some bumps in the road as well. 2017's Gran Turismo Sport launched with significantly fewer cars to collect than franchise fans were used to and neglected the single-player experience to focus on online play. Anyone disappointed by that game will be happy to know that Gran Turismo 7 gets the franchise back on track.

Wed, 02 Mar 2022 17:39:40 GMT
Elex 2 Review
Based on the ending to the first Elex, its sequel always had a clear objective: protecting the planet from an otherworldly threat. Elex 2 not only realizes that goal but pulls together a story with plenty of turns and twists, while also setting up for a proper threequel. Truly, at the end of the day, Elex 2 delivers on its marketing promises and is what a proper open-world RPG and sequel should be.

Mon, 28 Feb 2022 20:41:04 GMT
Pokemon Legends: Arceus Review
The main series Pokemon games have stuck closely to the formula established when the original games launched in the mid-90s. With each new main series Pokemon installment, Pokemon trainers select their starter Pokemon and head from one town to the next in a linear fashion, building a team of Pokemon, defeating Gym leaders or their regional equivalent, and ultimately becoming the Pokemon League Champion. It's certainly a winning formula and has helped the Pokemon series become one of the most popular in all of video game history, but for some, it's been getting stale. In response to this, Game Freak and Nintendo have released Pokemon Legends: Arceus, a game that takes the Pokemon franchise in bold new directions.

Thu, 24 Feb 2022 22:23:50 GMT
Elden Ring Review
FromSoftware released Demon’s Souls in 2009, and the game quickly became a critical and commercial success outside of Japan, resulting in Dark Souls two years later. A new genre was born, with studios inspired to develop their own take on the winning Souls-like formula, and gamers have since enjoyed an influx of titles like Salt and Sanctuary, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Nioh. But few games have incited as much anticipation as FromSoftware’s latest, Elden Ring, whose worldbuilding was overseen by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin. And as the title’s 2022 launch day approached, eager fans jokingly worried that they might die before Elden Ring released.

Wed, 23 Feb 2022 15:00:15 GMT
FAR: Changing Tides Review
Most video games today are packed to the brim with all sorts of content, game mechanics, and features to keep players engaged and entertained. However, some do away with all the frills and excess to bring a different kind of immersion, one that, despite its simple presentation, evokes beautiful moments and challenges, offering a unique gameplay experience. One such game is FAR: Changing Tides, the sequel to 2018's FAR: Lone Sails by indie developer Okomotive.

Mon, 21 Feb 2022 10:44:44 GMT
CrossfireX Review
In the West, the first-person shooter genre is dominated by blockbusters like Call of Duty and Halo, but it's a completely different story in places like South Korea and China. The Crossfire series from Smilegate Entertainment has been massively successful internationally, becoming one of the most popular video game franchises of all time despite not having a significant presence in North America. Smilegate teamed with Remedy Entertainment to make Xbox exclusive CrossfireX in an attempt to change that, but FPS fans are much better off spending their time elsewhere.

Sat, 19 Feb 2022 22:58:16 GMT
Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece Switch Review
Players have been asking for some time to see the Kingdom Hearts series come to Nintendo's portable/at-home hybrid Switch console since the Story So Far and All-in-One collections started spreading from PlayStation, to Xbox, and eventually to PC. However, in order to bring some of the more modern Kingdom Hearts titles to Switch, developer Square Enix has dropped the ball by relying on using cloud gaming to host the whole collection.

Mon, 14 Feb 2022 21:03:04 GMT
Horizon Forbidden West Review
For most of its existence, Guerrilla Games focused exclusively on the Killzone franchise, a series of gritty FPS games that blended a science-fiction setting with classic military shooter action. After spending a decade making Killzone games, Guerrilla decided to try something new with Horizon Zero Dawn, a third-person open world action-adventure game with brightly lit environments full of vibrant colors and incredible detail. Horizon Zero Dawn was a risk, but it was one that paid off, with the game earning critical acclaim, selling millions of copies, and kickstarting a franchise of its own. Now Guerrilla is following up Horizon Zero Dawn with Horizon Forbidden West, a game that continues Aloy's story in an epic adventure that exceeds the original.

Mon, 14 Feb 2022 08:03:29 GMT
Zorya: The Celestial Sisters Review
Though the asymmetrical co-op title It Takes Two won Game of the Year award in 2021, collaborative games aren't the most popular gameplay genre. They task two or more players with working together cohesively, sometimes in a stressful environment such as in the hectic kitchen game Overcooked. While Zorya: The Celestial Sisters is not as stressful as some of those other co-op games, it also loses out on what keeps them exciting.

Tue, 08 Feb 2022 11:58:20 GMT
Sifu Review
In the last few years, game developers have put a number of different spins on the rogue-like genre. But by and large many of those games follow a familiar set of rules, whereas Sifu, from developer Sloclap (Absolver), feels like a fresh take on the genre.

Sun, 06 Feb 2022 12:08:47 GMT
Land of Screens Review
One of the perks of being an indie developer is the freedom to choose topics that would likely be binned by more mainstream game studios and publishers. This autonomy can lead to some interesting themes and experimental gameplay that many gamers find appealing. Indie studio Serenity Forge focuses on creating narrative-driven and meaningful games that are intended to expand players' horizons. The developer has chosen to follow the unconventional route with Land of Screens, a point-and-click story-driven game that endeavors to remind people that it’s beneficial to put down their devices and notice the world around them.

Sat, 05 Feb 2022 10:39:51 GMT
OlliOlli World Review
OlliOlli World is the third entry in Roll7's side-scrolling platforming skateboard game franchise, following OlliOlli and OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. As the inclusion of “World” in the title would suggest, OlliOlli World builds on and expands over these past entries in strong ways. It’s not what many may expect when they hear “skateboarding game,” but it holds its own in comparisons to games like Skate and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

Thu, 03 Feb 2022 14:00:14 GMT
Dying Light 2 Review
After the commercial success of Dead Island, all eyes were on developer Techland to see how it would follow up its popular open world zombie game. It ended up releasing a new kind of open world zombie experience called Dying Light, which retained the quest structure and action-RPG elements from Dead Island, but added an impressive parkour mechanic to vastly improve player mobility. Now, seven years after the launch of the original game, Techland is back with Dying Light 2, a sequel that, unfortunately, fails to impress.

Wed, 02 Feb 2022 15:00:15 GMT
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection Review
In 2016, Naughty Dog brought Nathan Drake's story to an emotional conclusion with Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. A year later, it launched Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, a standalone expansion that put Chloe Frazer in the lead role. Both Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy earned widespread critical acclaim, hailed as some of the finest entries in the entire Uncharted franchise. Now, Uncharted fans can relive both classic adventures on PlayStation 5 with added bells and whistles that justify making a return trip.

Wed, 26 Jan 2022 15:25:55 GMT
Rainbow Six Extraction Review
For Rainbow Six Extraction, Ubisoft extrapolated the fan-favorite Outbreak game mode from Rainbow Six Siege and expanded it into its own game. In it, players must face, study, and combat a deadly alien species called Archaeans across four notable theaters of war: New York City, San Francisco, Alaska, and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Mon, 24 Jan 2022 05:46:07 GMT
Expeditions: Rome Review
The good news is that players who love the Expeditions franchise are going to once again love Expeditions: Rome. The turn-based RPG strategy game retains the familiar framework of its predecessors while putting greater emphasis on player choice. The bad news is that anybody that isn't already an Expeditions fan might struggle with the antiquated design.

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:00:12 GMT
Nobody Saves the World Review
In 2014, Drinkbox Studios released a zany action platformer called Guacamelee that quickly earned the praise of critics and players alike. This was followed by an equally humorous sequel in 2018, and fans have been eager to see what the developer offers next. Taking a break from platformers, Drinkbox’s latest creation Nobody Saves the World is a dungeon crawling RPG that delivers some of the humor that gamers expect and tosses in a slight re-skin of long-established classic RPG tropes.

Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:00:12 GMT
God of War PC Review
God of War is an incredible game – a Game of the Year award winner and a top seller for PlayStation since its release in 2018. There isn’t much more to say about the game that hasn’t been said copious times over, both in service of heaping praise onto developer Sony Santa Monica and when discussing the forthcoming sequel, God of War: Ragnarok. And with a PC port for God of War just around the corner, the game is going to open up to a wider community of gamers and they, too, should heed the recommendations of the gaming world at large. God of War is a must-play regardless of platform.

Wed, 12 Jan 2022 16:00:45 GMT
The Gunk Review
Since its inception, developer Image & Form has been known for its SteamWorld series of games, putting out critically-acclaimed games like SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist. Now part of Thunderful Group, the studio has gone a different route for its next game, The Gunk, ditching the 2D graphics of the SteamWorld games for an Xbox console exclusive 3D platformer/action-adventure title.

Fri, 24 Dec 2021 10:52:03 GMT
Solar Ash Review
Developer Heart Machine formed in 2013 to work on Hyper Light Drifter, a stylish action-RPG that is a clear homage to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Hyper Light Drifter earned mostly positive reviews at the time of its release, developing a dedicated fanbase and taking home some awards in the process. With such a positive reception for Hyper Light Drifter, hopes were high for Heart Machine's next project, Solar Ash, and while it may not reach the same heights as its predecessor, it's still a solid effort and fun way to spend an afternoon.

Tue, 07 Dec 2021 00:18:40 GMT
Halo Infinite Review
Master Chief fans have been waiting for months while 343 Industries wraps up production on the launch version of Halo Infinite and gets the game out the door. The sequel to Halo 5: Guardians was originally expected during the holiday 2020 season, but after a series of delays, it’s finally launching now, during early December 2021.

Mon, 06 Dec 2021 08:05:12 GMT
Battlefield 2042 Review
The Battlefield franchise has offered a unique flavor of gameplay, dropping players into larger-scale conflicts than what most FPS games are capable of conjuring. Those large-scale conflicts are host to uniquely Battlefield moments, as players face off on the ground, in the skies, and on the sea. Hopes that Battlefield 2042 would honor that tradition in unique ways were high, but unfortunately, it fundamentally misunderstands what makes Battlefield good.

Fri, 26 Nov 2021 06:56:20 GMT
Grand Theft Auto Trilogy Review
2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto 3, a landmark video game release that created the blueprint for the countless open world games that would follow. Grand Theft Auto 3 is easily one of the most significant video game releases of all time, and so Rockstar Games enlisted Grove Street Games to bring it and its PS2-era sequels to modern consoles in the form of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition. Rockstar was bizarrely secretive about Grand Theft Auto Trilogy after its announcement, but now that the collection is out in the wild, it's clear why.

Tue, 16 Nov 2021 22:04:05 GMT
Jurassic World Evolution 2 Review
Jurassic World Evolution 2 is the highly-anticipated sequel to Frontier's Jurassic World Evolution. Just like what a proper sequel should be, Jurassic World Evolution 2 aims to surpass its predecessor by building upon its core mechanics while introducing new features, dinosaur behavior, and loads of customization options.

Fri, 12 Nov 2021 04:28:47 GMT
Call of Duty: Vanguard Review
Every year Call of Duty fans have a new main series game to look forward to, and 2021 is no exception to that rule. This time around, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: WW2 studio Sledgehammer Games is back in the driver's seat with Call of Duty: Vanguard, a game that doesn't reinvent the wheel by any means but is still one of the better Call of Duty games.

Mon, 08 Nov 2021 05:23:53 GMT
Shin Megami Tensei 5 Review
A long time has passed since the Shin Megami Tensei series has seen a proper mainline entry in the series. The third Shin Megami Tensei game served as a revitalization and modernization of Atlus' flagship JRPG franchise. Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne brought the mainline series into a fully 3D art style for the first time, alongside multiple gameplay and design overhauls that not only gave the game a wider appeal, but satisfied existing fans as well. The latest entry in the series, Shin Megami Tensei 5, aims for a similar goal of renewal for the franchise: While the fanbase of 2021 is far different from 2003, the fifth game admirably achieves this goal.

Thu, 04 Nov 2021 14:04:22 GMT
Forza Horizon 5 Review
The Forza series has long been a benchmark for what Xbox hardware can pull off. Always packing in sharp vehicle models vehicles and detailed environments, the franchise often goes hand-in-hand with Xbox's marketing for a new console. This year is no different, with Forza Horizon 5 appearing during some of Xbox's biggest events. And while it doesn't make drastic changes to the core Forza Horizon formula, Forza Horizon 5 is one of the most technically impressive games on the market right now.

Thu, 04 Nov 2021 07:05:12 GMT
Mario Party Superstars Review
Nintendo introduced the Mario Party franchise with the original trilogy on the Nintendo 64, a trio of party games featuring imaginative boards and fun mini-games. Nintendo has released numerous Mario Party games since then, though few, if any, have enjoyed the same praise as the N64 originals. Mario Party Superstars is the latest installment in the long-running series, but instead of trying to introduce new concepts, it relies on popular content from the older games, remastering boards, mini-games, and more for the Nintendo Switch.

Tue, 02 Nov 2021 01:01:40 GMT
Resident Evil 4 VR Review
Resident Evil 4 is one of the most critically-acclaimed games ever made, and so it's no surprise that Capcom has worked to bring RE4 to as many platforms as possible. Since the original GameCube release, Resident Evil 4 has made its way to PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo Wii, with an HD version released for modern consoles. While it's readily available on virtually any modern gaming platform one could think of, Capcom has decided to port Resident Evil 4 yet again, this time in the form of Resident Evil 4 VR on the Oculus Quest 2 headset.

Fri, 29 Oct 2021 05:00:38 GMT
Age of Empires 4 Review
It’s been more than two decades since Age of Empires 2 launched and became an instant RTS classic and Relic is hoping to recapture that magic with its release of Age of Empires 4 this month. It’s easy to spot the inspiration that the developers took from AoE2 while pulling together their vision for the new entry in the franchise with a title that aims to please long-time fans of the series while also winning over a new generation with some accessible game modes.

Thu, 28 Oct 2021 00:16:57 GMT
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Review
Ever since the MCU release of Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, the titular team of ragtag misfits has only grown in popularity. In Marvel comics, however, some iteration of the team has existed since 1969, making it fitting that Square Enix and Eidos Montreal's game, simply titled Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, pays tribute to both formats in-game. Indeed, Guardians of the Galaxy is a space ride not just through the team of the MCU but the Marvel comics team itself.

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 13:00:18 GMT
The Jackbox Party Pack 8 Review
Jackbox Games released the original Jackbox Party Pack in 2014, and a new entry in the series has released every year since. On schedule, The Jackbox Party Pack 8 has arrived but with the franchise now eight entries deep, fans may be wondering if it's starting to lose its appeal. Luckily, the new Jackbox Party Pack game confirms that the series is nowhere close to running out of steam.

Wed, 13 Oct 2021 15:00:12 GMT
Back 4 Blood Review
Back 4 Blood is one of many Left 4 Dead-inspired games to recently release, but it comes with one major advantage: Back 4 Blood is made by the same developer as Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios. This loose connection between the games is quite obvious, as much of what made Left 4 Dead great is readily apparent in Back 4 Blood. However, the latter comes with flaws that are serious headscratchers.

Wed, 13 Oct 2021 08:36:40 GMT
Disco Elysium Switch Review
The RPG genre has been one of the most defining in the games industry since its inception. Look at even the most annualized sports and FPS franchises and there’s bound to be an element like the Create-a-Class system, which is effectively a diet RPG mechanic. However, for all of their influence, it’s not often that an RPG so rich and engaging comes along that its name is worth shouting from the rooftops. Disco Elysium is one of the few games that has earned that right, and now it has a new home on the Switch.

Mon, 11 Oct 2021 15:00:13 GMT
Life is Strange: True Colors Wavelengths DLC Review
While most DLC packs expand on the world around the main character, taking them to new locations, meeting new NPCs, and adding onto prevalent storylines, the Life is Strange: True Colors Wavelengths DLC is a bit different. Like Before the Storm, players find themselves in control of a side character, Steph Gringrich. The story takes place when she first stumbles into Haven Springs, about a year before Alex Chen comes to town. Steph first appeared in Chloe's prequel chapter, Before the Storm, where the two became good friends through the magic of Dungeons and Dragons. Many players were left unsatisfied with its end, but Wavelengths does more than just offer players a look at Steph's life, it also bridges the gap and fills a hole that Before the Storm left behind.

Wed, 06 Oct 2021 09:18:11 GMT
Lemnis Gate Review
With Call of Duty being the top-selling video game nearly every year for the past decade, it comes as no surprise that one of the most heavily represented video game genres is the first-person shooter. Lemnis Gate, a turn-based first-person shooter that's like playing chess with guns, tries to offer players something different within the genre.

Sun, 03 Oct 2021 21:10:08 GMT
Sable Review
Imagine a lite version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but without enemies, combat, or a health bar. There’s still climbing every hill in sight, delving into every cavern to find hidden objects and uncover new locations. There are even dungeons to a degree - areas that must be investigated in order to complete objectives or retrieve items. That is essentially Sable, a relaxing and captivating open-world adventure game developed by Raw Fury.

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 00:00:45 GMT
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Review
For those who loved Larian Studios’ Baldur’s Gate 3 and are still hungry for a bit of CRPG goodness, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous by Owlcat Games offers another thoroughly enjoyable 100-plus hours of dungeon, stat, and lore crawling. Although very similar to Dungeons & Dragons-based games, Owlcat’s two CRPGs are based on the Pathfinder tabletop campaign, which follows a unique ruleset with its own deep and complex mechanics.

Mon, 27 Sep 2021 23:52:25 GMT
Diablo 2: Resurrected Review
It’s been twenty years since Diablo 2 launched and, like many classic Blizzard titles, the game still boasts a massive fanbase and an incredibly loyal community. Some massive changes were made to the franchise gameplay loop and baseline difficulty level with the 2012 follow up (Diablo 3 and its post launch content), but fans of the original experience are getting a major visual and auditory upgrade with the launch of Diablo 2: Resurrected.

Mon, 27 Sep 2021 22:34:03 GMT
Kena: Bridge of Spirits Review
One of the very first PlayStation 5 games ever shown was Kena: Bridge of Spirits, the debut effort of indie studio Ember Lab. Sony showed great confidence in Kena: Bridge of Spirits by showcasing the game during its Future of Gaming event, shining a big spotlight on Kena and letting it stand tall alongside titles like Horizon Forbidden West and the Demon's Souls remake. Sony's confidence in Kena: Bridge of Spirits was well placed, as it marks yet another high quality PlayStation console exclusive game for this year.

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 04:01:50 GMT
Lost Judgment Review
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s introduction to Yakuza’s detective-focused spin-off series, Judgment, landed at a particularly strange time in the franchise’s history. Fans had just come off the closing chapter of Kazuma Kiryu’s story in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and were anxiously awaiting the next step for the long-running series.

Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:01:05 GMT
Deathloop Review
Arkane Studios has built an impressive reputation for itself, regularly putting out high-quality titles like the Dishonored series and the Prey reboot. Arkane's latest game is the PS5 console exclusive Deathloop, and it's a Game of the Year contender that's as good, if not better than the studio's best games.

Mon, 13 Sep 2021 12:02:23 GMT
Life is Strange: True Colors Review
There was nothing quite like Life is Strange when it first released. It was a point-click adventure modeled after the Telltale games where players interact with their surroundings to reveal information, and the plot is often driven by enthralling characters rather than by action. It focused its attention on the lives of teens and the trials and tribulations they often face, but with a twist: Max Caulfield was gifted with the ability to rewind time. Though its reviews were just "generally favorable" at the time, gamers' love for Life is Strange aged well, eventually calling for a prequel, a spinoff, and two more main installments. Whenever a game is so strongly adored, it's easy to let expectations rise, only to be disappointed that it's not quite the same experience. Perhaps Life is Strange 2 was somewhat plagued by this, but now, Life is Strange: True Colors delivers a similarly emotional and cathartic experience but packaged in stunning graphics, fluid gameplay, and heartfelt dialogue.

Wed, 08 Sep 2021 16:00:02 GMT
Tales of Arise Review
With Tales of Arise, developer and publisher Bandai Namco set out to revitalize the franchise. To do so, it brought in veteran figures going as far back as 1998’s Tales of Phantasia and introduced a darker story while keeping everything that made the franchise great intact. In the task of revitalizing the franchise with Tales of Arise, Bandai Namco has succeeded.

Wed, 08 Sep 2021 14:01:12 GMT
No More Heroes 3 Review
Fans have been waiting for another mainline entry in the No More Heroes series for over 10 years. Some Travis Touchdown fans were satisfied with the release of Travis Strikes Again back in 2019, but that spin-off title left people wanting more, and now, with the long-awaited launch of No More Heroes 3 on Switch, the series is back, and it's better than it's ever been.

Fri, 27 Aug 2021 04:08:11 GMT
Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut Review
One of the last major PlayStation 4 exclusive games released before the PS5 launch was Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima, an open world samurai game that debuted to rave reviews in 2020. Sucker Punch has capitalized on Ghost of Tsushima's popularity by bringing it to Sony's next-generation console in the form of Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut, which is by far the best way to experience the game.

Mon, 23 Aug 2021 21:59:30 GMT
Aliens: Fireteam Elite Review
There are several Left 4 Dead-inspired games currently in some stage of development, ranging from Back 4 Blood to Redfall. Aliens: Fireteam Elite attempts that same formula, putting it into the titular survival-horror franchise as a co-op shooter.

Mon, 23 Aug 2021 14:05:11 GMT
Psychonauts 2 Review
The first game ever developed by Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions was the original Psychonauts, a quirky 3D platformer with Tim Burton-esque character designs, innovative gameplay mechanics, sharp writing, and a great sense of humor. Psychonauts was critically acclaimed at the time of its release in 2005, but despite its strong reviews, the game was a sales failure, and so plans for a sequel were put on the backburner. Dedicated Psychonauts fans have been waiting 16 years for Psychonauts 2, and they've been rewarded for their patience with what is Double Fine's best game and a Game of the Year contender.

Mon, 23 Aug 2021 13:00:58 GMT
12 Minutes Review
In a medium filled with constantly updating online shooters, open-world action adventures and RPGs, yearly sports iterations, and more, it sometimes feels as if truly unique games are few and far between. Not only is it hard for games to break through in new genres, but fresh encounters emotionally and in terms of game mechanics seem rare. However, 12 Minutes is exactly that type of title. While not perfect, 12 Minutes is a distinct experience that provides a narrative rarely seen in games. The final result is a roller coaster of a story through a sometimes frustrating but overall satisfying literal gameplay loop.

Sun, 22 Aug 2021 23:53:53 GMT
Doomsday Vault Review
Sometimes it’s nice to just sit down with a relaxing game that doesn’t require too much brain power and that can perhaps be played while listening to an audiobook or watching a movie. In steps Doomsday Vault, developed and published by Flightless. This simplistic puzzle platformer puts players in the role of (presumably) a human in a robot suit on a quest to rescue Earth’s plant life.

Fri, 13 Aug 2021 06:14:11 GMT
Tribes of Midgard Review
It's difficult to put into words precisely where Tribes of Midgard stumbles and excels, as the game takes a number of satisfying core concepts but stretches them in a way that will only appeal to a very specific core demographic. It's the sort of satisfyingly simple that some people will adore and others will admonish - the same appeal that Minecraft has in a sense - but tailored to people that like checking tasks off of a list.

Sat, 07 Aug 2021 06:42:30 GMT
Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights Review
A small girl in white, Lily, awakens on a pedestal in a crumbling parish. With no memory of who she is or how she came to be there, the girl hears a disembodied voice inform her that she is a Priestess in a kingdom that has been destroyed by the Blight, a cursed rain that has turned the entire populace into deformed creatures. Thus begins Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights, developed by Adglobe and Live Wire.

Sun, 01 Aug 2021 06:34:17 GMT
Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Review
The original Final Fantasy first launched over 30 years ago, and it along with many of the other classic titles have since been ported, remastered, and re-released dozens of times. So, the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster is the latest in a long line of Square Enix re-releasing the classic series for modern systems, even if this newest one is specifically built for PC and Mobile devices.

Sun, 01 Aug 2021 06:13:52 GMT
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Review
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is a two-game collection from Capcom that includes two titles in the Ace Attorney series. The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve were released for the 3DS in Japan in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Now, they're fully translated and being brought over to the West for the first time.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:58:45 GMT
NEO: The World Ends With You Review
In 2007, Square Enix and Jupiter teamed up to release The World Ends With You on the Nintendo DS. The action-RPG was built to take full advantage of the Nintendo DS' unique features, with an innovative combat system that required players to pay attention to both the top and bottom screens at the same time. Its intense combat combined with an engrossing story and a banger soundtrack helped make The World End With You one of the Nintendo DS system's most critically-acclaimed games. And now, 14 years to the day of TWEWY's Japanese launch, Square Enix has finally released a sequel in the form of NEO: The World Ends With You.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 12:01:32 GMT
Where the Heart Leads Review
It is no secret that narrative-based video games have shot in popularity over the recent years. While solid gameplay and mechanics still play a crucial role in these types of games, the quality of the story remains the most critical element, which is the case in Armature Studio's latest title, Where The Heart Leads.

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 11:00:54 GMT
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin Review
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is the follow-up to Monster Hunter Stories on the 3DS, and for those unaware, it takes the classic Monster Hunter gameplay and switches it on its head. Monster Hunter Stories 2 is a traditional turn-based JRPG that can be compared to the Pokemon franchise.

Thu, 08 Jul 2021 21:56:09 GMT
Chicory: A Colorful Tale Review
In 2019, developer Greg Lobanov's Wandersong generated quite a bit of buzz in the indie gaming community, enough so that his next project, Chicory: A Colorful Tale, was funded almost immediately on Kickstarter. Like anything else, Kickstarter games can be hit or miss, sometimes failing to live up to expectations while other times blowing them away. Luckily for fans of Wandersong and Greg Lobanov's workChicory: A Colorful Tale falls in the latter category, and is one of the best games of 2021 so far.

Sat, 03 Jul 2021 18:33:47 GMT
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus Review
Since its original release back in 2017, Doki Doki Literature Club has lured in a myriad of PC gamers with the combined allure of cutesy art, visual novel gameplay, and a disturbing twist. Doki Doki Literature Club Plus sees the release of the game on modern consoles, alongside new content that expands the game's story.

Thu, 01 Jul 2021 06:20:36 GMT
Scarlet Nexus Review
There is no shortage of anime video games on the market, though most of those games are based on existing anime franchises like the countless Naruto fighting games or the upcoming Demon Slayer arena brawler. Scarlet Nexus from Bandai Namco Entertainment is doing things a bit differently, delivering a video game first with the anime adaptation coming later. It's really no surprise that a Scarlet Nexus anime adaptation is already on the way, as the game is essentially a season of shonen anime in video game form.

Tue, 29 Jun 2021 06:52:25 GMT
Tainted Grail: Conquest Review
Tainted Grail: Conquest is a thrilling take on the rogue-lite deckbuilding genre, and brings the world of the Tainted Grail board game to life. Players find themselves in a broken reality ravaged by the Wyrdness, and in order to fix this, a mysterious creature tells them to hunt down four powerful adversaries. All of this is set to a grimdark Arthurian backdrop that will have players guessing at what is really going on. It mixes together elements of town-building, rouge-lites, deck building, and RPGs to tell its unique narrative.

Tue, 29 Jun 2021 06:31:42 GMT
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade Review
Five years after it was announced at E3 2015, Square Enix finally released the long-awaited Final Fantasy 7 Remake. By and large, the game lived up to expectations, with Final Fantasy 7 Remake earning widespread critical acclaim and being warmly received by most fans. And now that Sony's next-generation PlayStation 5 console is out, fans can relive Final Fantasy 7 Remake with Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, a PS5 exclusive version of the incredible action-RPG.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 06:54:50 GMT
The Magnificent Trufflepigs Review
Developed by Thunkd and published by AMC Games, The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a first-person story about two friends reconnecting at an old farm in pursuit of a lost treasure. Players take on the role of Adam as he returns to his childhood village of Stanning to help his friend Beth, who got word the old farm is set to be demolished and wants to find a missing earring.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 06:44:59 GMT
Aerial_Knight's Never Yield Review
For years, endless runner games have been a great way to pass the time, consistently presenting players with challenges, but lacking any real narrative to keep them invested in the games' universes. Previously, such runner-type games have been limited to mobile devices, but Aerial_Knight's Never Yield sets out to break these boundaries. The not-so-endless runner was featured during Nintendo's Indie World Showcase presentation last month, promising a slick new take on the runner genre.

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 06:26:08 GMT
Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance Review
Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance is the anticipated spiritual successor to the classic Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance games of the early 2000s. The new Dungeons and Dragons title wastes no time getting players involved in the action. After a brief intro cutscene that introduces the playable characters, gamers are thrust into selecting their character and setting forth into the game world. After a brief tutorial to show players the ropes of combat, Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance opens up, allowing players to explore the various dungeons and locations of Icewind Dale.

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 13:00:31 GMT
The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood Review
Originally released in 2015 to a less-than-stellar reception, The Elder Scrolls Online has since grown into something vastly different. Now, ZeniMax Online Studios' title has blossomed into one of the most popular multi-platform MMORPGs around, showcasing huge swaths of Tamriel for players to explore. ZeniMax has not only continued to provide content and quality of life upgrades to the game, but also come to develop yearly expansions for players to enjoy. Previous year's expansions have taken players to new areas from the volcanic island of Vvardenfell in Morrowind to the dragon-riddled, arid savannas in Elsweyr.

Sun, 20 Jun 2021 07:24:42 GMT
Chivalry 2 Review
The hack and slash world of medieval war simulators has maintained a strong presence for the past few years, particularly on PC. While Mordhau is the most recent game in the genre to take hold of the conversation, Chivalry 2 has arrived to challenge the throne.

Sun, 20 Jun 2021 07:13:40 GMT
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Review
Since its trailer debut, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart has been poised to take on the role of PlayStation 5 showpiece. Designed from the ground up for Sony’s next-gen console, the latest entry in the long-running third-person action platformer series has set its sights on two goals: being impressive and being fun. And despite a little familiarity in the narrative department, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart more than succeeds in those endeavors.

Tue, 08 Jun 2021 11:00:29 GMT
Pathway Review
Developed by Robotality and published by Chucklefish, Pathway originally launched on PC in 2019 and will soon release on Nintendo Switch. The console version benefits from a few updates spurred by the feedback of PC players and therefore generally provides a better gameplay experience. Despite the tweaks and bug fixes, however, Pathway still feels lacking in a way that is difficult to pinpoint.

Thu, 27 May 2021 19:25:56 GMT
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Review
For several years, fans had been begging BioWare and EA to remaster the Mass Effect trilogy. The long silences and few murmurs during this time period saw many give up hope, but this only made the announcement of the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition that much sweeter.

Wed, 26 May 2021 17:16:34 GMT
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX PC Review
Beginning as a strangely unique PlayStation exclusive, born from a strangely unique crossover of media franchises, the Kingdom Hearts series once again releases on a brand new platform with the most recent PC port. Generally speaking, the journey to PC has been quite kind to Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX in a number of modest ways, with a few features to enhance the Windows port. Minus some issues and preferential gripes, Kingdom Hearts makes a successful transition to PC.

Wed, 26 May 2021 08:28:37 GMT
Knockout City Review
The look of the modern team-based multiplayer game has taken many different shapes in recent years, ranging from the cars-meets-soccer game Rocket League to the recently-popular hero shooter Valorant. And while developers have innovated on the incredibly broad genre quite a bit, EA and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit developer Velan Studios' dodgebrawler Knockout City comes in with a dodgeball-like "thwack," shaking up the scene with an all-new take on the team-based multiplayer game.

Tue, 25 May 2021 07:53:29 GMT
BioMutant Review
BioMutant's build-up to launch has been a long, winding path. That path has been fraught with mystery and anticipation, an exciting combination for any game. After years of waiting, though, BioMutant is here and ready to be explored. Unfortunately, despite all of the potential the world offers, BioMutant struggles to find its footing atop a mountain of seemingly solid gameplay concepts.

Mon, 24 May 2021 12:00:19 GMT
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance Review
PC gamers have been familiar with the Baldur's Gate franchise since the original launched in 1998, but those on consoles didn't get in on the action until a few years later with 2001's Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. Developed by Snowblind Studios and earning critical acclaim at the time of its release, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance was a classic of the PS2-era. Until recently, fans have only been able to play the game by digging out their old consoles, but now a Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance re-release is readily available on most modern gaming platforms.

Tue, 18 May 2021 21:30:33 GMT
Essays on Empathy Review
Essays on Empathy isn’t one cohesive game, but is instead a collection of games created by Deconstructeam. The developer’s other known works include Gods Will Be Watching and The Red Strings Club, and some of the games included in Essays on Empathy tie into those games. Some connections are very small, while others tie in as a demonstration for where Deconstructeam started to find its storytelling voice and how each game shows the evolution of that. Besides the mini-games included in Essays on Empathy, there are videos accompanying each game to give a bit of insight into the development process and Deconstructeam’s thoughts about each game.

Tue, 18 May 2021 19:13:31 GMT
Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne HD Remaster Review
There's a very intentional beauty in the dynamic Atlus has crafted between its two biggest JRPG franchises, especially with how they relate to and build off of one another. Whereas Persona takes macrocosmic ideas and grounds them in societal issues, Shin Megami Tensei has always tackled a broader philosophical challenge. That couldn't be more evident in Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne HD Remaster, a formative game for Atlus that's received an extremely faithful remaster, for better and worse.

Tue, 18 May 2021 11:00:46 GMT
The Invisible Hand Review
For Power Struggle Games, the release of The Invisible Hand couldn't have been planned for a better time. After the especially high-profile stock fiasco with GameStop during the first part of the year, many gamers are a little bit more in tune with the ups and downs of the stock market. In The Invisible Hand, players are able to manipulate just that.

Tue, 18 May 2021 07:38:26 GMT
New Pokemon Snap Review
It's been 22 years since the original Pokemon Snap released on the Nintendo 64, with many fans practically begging for a sequel during all that time. Many believed, at the time, the technology of the Wii or Wii U would have led to a sequel, but it never came to pass. As such, when New Pokemon Snap was announced in the summer of 2020, it was a big deal.

Thu, 13 May 2021 07:25:06 GMT
Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids DLC Review
In Assassin's Creed Valhalla's base game, players must go to territory after territory completing quests to acquire alliances. These sagas compound to deliver multiple stories in one, but they are not created equally. The stories that involve the Ragnarssons, Oswald, and more fan-favorite characters make up some of the best story arcs, while other areas could be best described as filler. They didn't tend to take away from the experience, but they did not add to it either.

Wed, 12 May 2021 07:01:10 GMT
Subnautica: Below Zero Review
Unknown Worlds launched Subnautica: Below Zero in early access almost two and a half years ago, and the full version of the game is finally arriving on nearly every platform available. Originally intended to be DLC for Subnautica, the game grew into a full-fledged sequel that takes approximately half the time to beat as its predecessor. Set one year after the events of the first game, the player takes on the role of a new character, Robin, who travels to Subnautica’s Planet 4546B in search of her missing scientist sister. After inadvertently crash landing in an Arctic region of the planet, Robin has two goals: find out what happened to her sister and survive.

Wed, 12 May 2021 05:34:17 GMT
Hood: Outlaws and Legends Review
Announced last year by Focus Home Interactive and developer Sumo Newcastle, Hood: Outlaws and Legends offers an interesting spin on the traditional Robin Hood myth. This third person action game pits two teams of four players against one another as they attempt to become the first team to escape with the treasure. Drop in, steal the key from the heavily armored Sheriff, locate the vault, then liberate and extract the treasure. With four very different characters to pick from, players will have to contend not only with the roaming AI on each of the five base maps, but also the other team looking to escape with the treasure.

Tue, 11 May 2021 21:40:42 GMT
Resident Evil Village Review
With Resident Evil 7, Capcom took its long-running survival-horror franchise in bold new directions while simultaneously taking it back to its horror roots. Despite Resident Evil 7 using a first-person perspective, the game was still very much a classic Resident Evil title, seemingly taking inspiration from the original Resident Evil with its setting and puzzles. Resident Evil Village continues what Resident Evil 7 started by retaining the first-person view, but this time takes inspiration from Resident Evil 4 and the more action-oriented games in the series.

Thu, 06 May 2021 21:55:27 GMT
Returnal Review
It's not often that a game successfully blends a compelling story, tight combat, and gorgeous environments into one package, but anyone doubting Housemarque's capability to do so with Returnal can rest easy. While the roguelike game seems somewhat antithetical to PlayStation's blockbuster focus, it's one of the standout experiences of the last five years.

Thu, 29 Apr 2021 09:00:23 GMT
Oddworld: Soulstorm Review
Oddworld Inhabitants found success with its remake of the original Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee game, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, and so it makes sense that the studio has followed it up with a sequel. While Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty was a fairly faithful remake of the original Oddworld game, the recently released Oddworld: Soulstorm is a different beast, serving as more of a re-imagining of the classic Abe's Exoddus PS1 game as opposed to a cut and dry remake.

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 06:48:28 GMT
Judgment Remastered Review
Judgment Remastered is, simply put, a tuned-up version of the original game. After first releasing in Japan, Judgment launched worldwide on the PS4 in summer 2019, with fans now able to get a remastered version of the game on PS5 and Xbox Series X, as well as Stadia. It seems, based on the nature of the enhancements, that this remaster is geared toward new audiences who have never played the game, not necessarily those who'd prefer to play through it again.

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 06:28:33 GMT
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 Review
A quick browse on social media will reveal that Toylogic’s NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 is a game whose pedigree confuses many people. A spin-off of the Drakengard series and published by Square Enix, Replicant the remaster is actually the fourth iteration of what is essentially the same game. In 2010, the original NieR Replicant released in Japan for PlayStation 3, with an alternative version called NieR Gestalt launching on Xbox 360. Outside of Japan, Gestalt was released as simply NieR. According to Yoko Taro, the game’s creative director, this latest release is neither a remaster nor a remake, but rather an update, version 1.22474487139.

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:01:18 GMT
Kingdom Hearts 3 PC Review
Kingdom Hearts 3 originally debuted in 2019 for consoles. At the time, it was the highly anticipated next step in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, which has captivated its fan base since the release of the original game in 2002. The overarching plot of the Kingdom Hearts series can be incredibly confusing to follow, especially because a large portion of the games have been released out of chronological order. Despite the confusing nature, the Kingdom Hearts games are still a fun experience for seasoned or new players all the same.

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 04:18:19 GMT
RetroMania Wrestling Review
Since the professional wrestling boom of the 1980s, there's been a nonstop stream of new wrestling games to play. While the biggest professional wrestling video games of today are relegated to home consoles, wrestling video games used to have a presence in arcades as well. One of the most notable wrestling arcade games was WWF WrestleFest, a classic game that is still remembered fondly to this day. Fans of WrestleFest who are longing for a similar experience are in luck, as RetroMania Wrestling serves as a spiritual successor to the early 90s arcade hit, though it doesn't exactly feel finished in its current state.

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 04:09:25 GMT
World of Demons Review
Apple has been making a concerted effort to draw gamers to its Apple Arcade subscription service, which is essentially like Xbox Game Pass for iOS devices. The difference, though, is that there are legitimate Apple Arcade exclusives that players can only access by signing up, which have proven to be fairly high profile mobile games. Apple recently added a slew of new exclusive titles to Apple Arcade, with one of the most notable additions being World of Demons from PlatinumGames.

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:55:57 GMT
Outriders Review
On the surface, Outriders seems like just another looter shooter releasing to an already saturated genre. With games like Destiny, Division, and Borderlands really cornering that market, it's hard to break into it without feeling derivative, yet Outriders manages to do just that. It's easy enough to compare Outriders to Destiny for its looter shooter elements or to Mass Effect for its RPG approach, but underneath it all is the heart of a vibrant new IP.

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:27:01 GMT
Fantasian Review
Hironobu Sakaguchi is best known as the creator of the Final Fantasy franchise with what is now Square Enix, but since the mid-2000s, he has been creating new IP with his own studio, Mistwalker. Since its inception, Mistwalker has delivered a number of old-school JRPG experiences, ranging from traditional titles like Blue Dragon to mobile games like Terra Battle, with varying degrees of success. Sakaguchi may be retiring soon, and one of his last games may very well be Mistwalker's latest, Fantasian, which is yet another classic-style JRPG, but with an interesting twist.

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 00:02:52 GMT
Monster Hunter Rise Review
Capcom's latest entry in the long-running, action-packed Monster Hunter franchise has a lot to live up to. The most recent entry before that, Monster Hunter: World and its massive expansion "Iceborne," was a huge success for the Japanese developer/publisher. Monster Hunter: World was essentially a soft reboot for the series, bringing in newcomers and introducing exciting new mechanics to bring veterans back into the hunt. Monster Hunter Rise is meant to be a continuation of those improvements, and while the game doesn't reach the same highs as World and Iceborne, it still manages to be yet another exceptional title for the franchise.

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 21:25:18 GMT
Kaze and the Wild Masks Review
Kaze and the Wild Masks touts itself as a call back to the great era of '90s platforming games, and it won't take long for players to realize exactly why this is. In nearly every way, this game imitates classics like Donkey Kong CountrySonic the Hedgehog, and even Mario to an extent, and it does so flawlessly. Despite this emulation, it never feels like a cheap copy or unoriginal, providing its own layers of charm though the uniqueness of Kaze's masks. Kaze and the Wild Masks may not do much in the way of innovation, but it does everything else incredibly well.

Mon, 05 Apr 2021 17:52:30 GMT
FIFA 21 Stadia Review
The FIFA franchise found the recipe for a tight soccer experience years ago, but has consistently delivered tweaks to the formula to keep fans coming back for more. For FIFA 21, EA Sports is moving into relatively uncharted waters by bringing the franchise onto Stadia, Google's game streaming service. The result is mostly the same experience FIFA fans have grown accustomed to, but there are still some serious compromises to be made by streaming the game.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 01:58:08 GMT
Heaven Dust Review
Capcom's Resident Evil didn't invent the survival-horror genre, but it inspired a long line of imitators. Video games are still emulating the Resident Evil formula to this day, though few are as blatant copycats as Heaven Dust. Originally released last year on PC and Switch, Heaven Dust has now made its way to the Xbox ecosystem, and while Resident Evil fans may manage to get some enjoyment out of it, the game is a fairly lackluster survival-horror experience overall.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 01:51:15 GMT