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Episode Date
Mario Tennis Aces Review
Playing a match in Mario Tennis Aces is like challenging someone to an arm wrestle and a staring contest simultaneously. Muscling your opponent around the court with clever shot selection and proper baseline positioning during a rally is as essential as ever, but it’s the layer of fighting game-inspired mechanics applied on top that adds unblinking tension and strategy to each and every point you play.
Jun 21, 2018
Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor - Martyr Review
There’s a lot of appeal to the idea of a top-down action RPG that lets you blast your way through the Warhammer 40K universe as a power-armored behemoth, a deadly assassin, or a devastatingly powerful psychic. Unfortunately, Inquisitor - Martyr’s repetitive combat and bizarre itemization leave a lot of that potential squandered.
Jun 20, 2018
Unravel Two Review
I remember the first Unravel more for its adorable protagonist and lush setting than as a puzzle platformer. But Unravel 2 goes a long way to change that, tabling a more accomplished, and at times demanding, platforming experience with puzzles to match. The most immediately-noticeable change is the addition of a second playable Yarny. The entire story mode can still be tackled solo, however, and I did so without ever feeling at a major disadvantage.
Jun 14, 2018
Vampyr Review
With a fresh and genuine take on the familiar supernatural mythology, Vampyr’s bold RPG ambition is to tempt you into eating your own quest givers. Beguiling the citizens of London and suffering the consequences of quenching your terrible thirst sets up some big choices that generally pay off, though its combat doesn’t quite have the bite needed to force you out of your comfort zone and into the darker, morally gray areas it so clearly wants you to live in.
Jun 13, 2018
Jurassic Park Evolution Review
What could possibly go wrong when managing an island amusement park full of giant, man-eating monsters? Lots of things, though in this case they’re not the kind that lead to good gameplay. With so few interesting decisions and so much mundane busywork going on in Jurassic World Evolution, there is no need to, as Samuel L. Jackson once famously recommended, “hold onto your butts.” Jeff Goldblum lends his recognizable-anywhere voice to some of the narration as Dr.
Jun 12, 2018
The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset Review
Take one look at the high-fantasy landscapes of Summerset and you might be fooled into thinking that all The Elder Scrolls Online’s newest expansion brings is simply “more of the same.” And it's true that in many ways, Zenimax Online Studios has stuck to what has helped make TESO into one of the better MMORPGs out today. Yet underneath the beauty of the High Elven island lies a darker side, one TESO doesn’t shy away from.
Jun 11, 2018
Onrush Review
Onrush is the racing game for people that don’t like traditional racing games. It’s the Super Smash Bros. of the racing genre, and after spending several hours slamming into my opponents I can say with confidence it scratches an itch I didn’t know I had. In Onrush, you’re not competing to finish the course in the fastest time. There are no laps, no passing cars, and no placings at the end – just a winning team and a losing team.
Jun 08, 2018
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Review
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle brings together the worlds of BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth and RWBY in a surprisingly approachable alternative to each of the games that it borrows from. Introducing a unique, but easy to understand fighting system supported by innovative tag mechanics, great characters, and the usual ArcSys flair that makes its games so striking.
Jun 07, 2018
Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness DLC Review
“Hours of Darkness” is a bit of a misleading title for this Far Cry 5 expansion, considering your primary objective can be completed in just over a single hour. It is (slightly) more Far Cry, though, and it’s heavily focused on stealth. That’s a good thing for gamers like me who just love sneaking through outposts. The setting here is completely different than Far Cry 5’s fictional Hope County, Montana cultist shooting gallery.
Jun 06, 2018
Ancestors Legacy Review
There’s a spectrum with games about knights and vikings regarding how much they lean into the popular perception of history rather than the reality. Ancestors Legacy definitely falls on the end that would make Braveheart seem like a PBS documentary, with Norse warriors screaming about Valhalla and how much fun it is to slaughter peasants.
Jun 05, 2018
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Review
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon treads a thin line between homage and outright theft. Created as a Kickstarter bonus for the upcoming modern-looking Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Curse of the Moon taps into project's attempt to continue Castlevania's metroidvania legacy by setting its sights on that series' older, 8-bit entries. Not only does it succeed at paying the NES Castlevania games tribute, it almost does it a little too accurately for its own good.
Jun 04, 2018
Agony Review
Agony is a victim of its own ambition. It would be inaccurate to say that what Madmind Studios has delivered is different than the one it’s shown in trailers for the past few years, but those snapshots surely do not tell the whole story. For every moment of jaw-droppingly detailed environments overflowing with gore and blood, there are moments of acute frustration due to poor level design, repetitive gameplay, and downright aggravating mechanics.
Jun 01, 2018
SEGA Genesis Classics Review
Just as every generation needs a revolution, so too does it need a new SEGA Genesis Collection. The first 28-game package arrived on PlayStation 2 in 2006; three years later we received the excellent Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection on PS3 and Xbox 360, packing a much meatier 48. Now here we are with the latest bundle, SEGA Genesis Classics, collecting 53 little pieces of our childhoods (those of us born in the ‘70s and ‘80s, at least).
May 31, 2018
Yoku's Island Express Review
A Metroidvania-pinball hybrid isn't a thing I ever expected to exist, but Yoku’s Island Express feels like a breath of fresh air in a genre that’s felt crowded as of late. It’s fun, adorable, and wonderfully unique while still satisfying the things I love about 2D platformers. Even if its pinball paths occasionally got frustrating to navigate, I enjoyed every minute I spent with its charming, secret-filled campaign.
May 30, 2018
Detroit: Become Human Review
It’s a testament to the breadth of Quantic Dream’s branching storylines that I felt terribly guilty as the credits rolled after my second playthrough of Detroit: Become Human, as I’d played against my personal moral compass to test how far I could push the story’s exploration of the morality of artificial intelligence.
May 28, 2018
Dark Sous Remastered Review
When we first reviewed Dark Souls in 2011 we gave it a 9.0 for Amazing. Here’s what we said about it then: “If you take the time to get under Dark Souls' Skin and understand its twisted mindset, what you'll find is one of the most absorbing, deepest, hardcore gaming experiences in existence. But it's also brutally unforgiving and inaccessible, especially at first. If you play games just to be entertained, then Dark Souls isn't for you.
May 25, 2018
Shadow of War: The Desolation of Mordor DLC Review
Walking around Middle-earth: Shadow of War without the Ring of Power or supernatural abilities of any kind is like strutting around naked. But playing as Baranor and his absurd array of weapons and gadgets gives The Desolation of Mordor DLC some fun and interesting gameplay tweaks for the short time this self-contained adventure lasts.
May 24, 2018
Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition Review
When we first reviewed Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U in 2014, we gave it a 7.0, for Good. Here’s what we said about it then. “Surprisingly, Hyrule Warriors does a good job of tying together the combat of Dynasty Warriors and the revered characters and lore of the Legend of Zelda series in a way that makes me feel powerful in a world I love.
May 23, 2018
Runner 3 Review
When I was learning to play the trumpet as a kid, my dad told me I didn’t really know a song until I could play it 10 times in a row without a mistake. Runner 3 takes this same basic practice-makes-perfect concept and makes a quality platforming rhythm game out of it. Everything you do, from avoiding obstacles and gaps to gathering gold bars and gems along your path, is timed to the rhythm of the toe-tapping background music.
May 22, 2018
Conan Exiles - Final Review
Author Robert E. Howard’s Conan Universe is an unforgiving place filled with dangers around every corner. Conan Exiles lives up to that reputation - almost too well. It’s not just other players and NPCs in the world that make this survival game rough; it’s the wolves and giants and other terros stalking the world around you. And even if you manage to survive all that, a sandstorm or the brutal northern cold might lay you low.
May 21, 2018
State of Decay 2 Review
State of Decay 2’s open-world battle for survival against a zombie menace is the right kind of post-apocalyptic fun. It creates plenty of high-stakes moments, punctuated by the relative calm of foraging for supplies while always looking over your shoulder. It’s a potent mixture for a while, until the combination of repetitive missions and annoying bugs eventually dulls the joy of squashing heads, even when your co-op entourage rolls deep.
May 18, 2018
Paladins: Champions of the Realm Review
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as blasting the entire enemy team off the stage with Torvald’s hyper beam. Reanimating after you die as Terminus and vaporizing any opponents too slow to get away never gets old, and seeing Willo’s multiplying seedling attack come your way inspires horror. But the greatest achievement is that Paladins: Champions of the Realm allows you to dictate your playstyle.
May 17, 2018
The Forest Review
I’ve been dumped in the middle of a foreboding, eerily quiet wilderness – like you typically are in open-world first-person survival games. As I make my way to the nearest coast, I’m startled out of my foraging by a bestial grunt and prepare to defend myself. But the hunched and disheveled creature pursuing me stops several yards short of tearing my face off… and waits to see what I do.
May 16, 2018
Destiny 2: Warmind - Final Review
In many ways, Warmind succeeds in bringing back the mystery of Destiny 2’s universe. There are plenty of secrets to uncover, new paths of progression to enjoy in both PVP and PVE, and there’s even a short campaign with intriguing lore sprinkled in if you’re looking for some story. However, each of these positives fails to address smaller issues Destiny 2 has been facing for some time.
May 15, 2018
Destiny 2: Warmind Review in Progress
Once the glamor of Destiny 2: Warmind’s short but well-told story campaign wears off returning to the power level grind feels less fulfilling than ever before. While there’s a lot more power to chase this means you won’t be accessing a decent chunk of the content in the immediate future.
May 14, 2018
Conan Exiles Review in Progress
Robert E. Howard’s Conan universe was an unforgiving place filled with dangers around every corner. Conan Exiles lives up to that reputation. It’s not just the other players and NPCs in the world that make this survival game rough; it’s the wolves and giants and other terrors stalking the deserts and forests around you. And even if you manage to survive all that, a sandstorm or the brutal northern cold might lay you low.
May 11, 2018
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Review
By spreading its sails and taking the journey to a creative and interesting setting, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire finds fertile ground for interesting and nuanced roleplaying stories. The main storyline is its biggest weakness, but Deadfire comes into its own by drawing you into the surrounding saga of its embattled islands and the distinct peoples fighting over them. This island chain offers no shortage of fantastic tactical battles, fascinating allies, and exotic places to explore.
May 10, 2018
Killing Floor: Incursion Review
Killing Floor: Incursion is a VR shooter that understands a universal truth of human nature: when you read the words “in case of emergency, break glass,” you immediately feel the urge to break that glass.
May 09, 2018
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia Review
Some of Total War’s best campaigns over the years, such as Caesar in Gaul from Rome 2 or the Kingdoms expansion for Medieval 2, have been narrowly focused on a specific place and time. Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is successful for some of the same reasons those were. When I really dug into it though, what I found was a bit of a showboat. It has a lot of cool, new ideas but slips up on the fundamentals in ways that keep those ideas from effectively coming together into a great whole.
May 08, 2018
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Review
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a trap disguised as a free-to-play RPG, seemingly designed to prey on your sense of nostalgia and childlike wonder to squeeze as much money out of you as possible. Some Wizarding World-inspired window dressing and familiar music are used as a thin veil to mask what is an otherwise offensive collection of rampant microtransactions.
May 07, 2018