Fun In A Shallow Pool – Sea of Thieves – Xbox One

Sea of Thieves is like the kiddy-pool at the waterpark. They’re both pirate-themed, they both feature fun...

A Not-Always-Dynamic Duo

A Way Out must be played with a partner in crime, creating cooperation, antagonism, and communication between the game's two characters, Leo and Vincent. Fugitives on the run, the...

Not Quite A Winning Move

While Sam Barlow’s previous game, Her Story, channels the appeal of older technology to tell an enriching mystery, his latest effort stokes more current anxieties. #WarGames touches on the modern surveillance state,...

Not Quite A Winning Move – WarGames – PC

While Sam Barlow’s previous game, Her Story, channels the appeal of older technology to tell an enriching mystery, his...

A Bloody Good Party – Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – PC

Vermintide 2 shamelessly wears its influences on its sleeve. A love letter to both Left 4 Dead...

The Dragon’s Fiery Conclusion – Yakuza 6: The Song of Life – PlayStation 4

The Yakuza series is stronger than ever, with the recent wave of PlayStation 4 remasters and a...

The Pink Puff Goes On Auto-Pilot – Kirby Star Allies – Switch

For better or worse, Kirby is Nintendo’s most consistent franchise. New entries come often, and they don’t...

War And Laughter – Pit People – Xbox One

Let it never be said that indie developer The Behemoth hasn’t carved out its own unique identity...

Straying From The Path – Way Of The Passive Fist – PlayStation 4

My biggest problem with side-scrolling brawlers has always been their mindlessness. Even when a few upgrade trees...

Dead On Revival – Fear Effect Sedna – Xbox One

In 2000, Kronos Digital and Eidos released a unique anime-inspired action game called Fear Effect for the original...

Lifeless Space – The Station – Xbox One

The Station tells a science-fiction story we’ve all heard before. Earth has lost contact with a crew...

Stripping A Solid Series For Parts – Metal Gear: Survive – PlayStation 4

Metal Gear Survive is the first entry since Konami and series creator Hideo Kojima’s contentious split, and...

Prickly Platforming – Fe – PlayStation 4

With its distinct art style, melancholy tone, and ambiguous story, Fe tries its best to run with...

A Nostalgic Epic – Crossing Souls – PlayStation 4

Crossing Souls makes no attempts to hide its love for the ‘80s. Within moments of the opening...

A Wolf In Metroid Clothing – Iconoclasts – Vita

Making a Metroid-inspired pixelated platformer as an independent developer is practically a rite of passage. We have...

The Payoff – Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 4: What Ails You –...

You ever have that one friend? Delightful one minute, and a rage-fueled monster the next? You like...

Majestic Monsters And Where To Find Them – Monster Hunter: World – PlayStation 4

The latest game in the Monster Hunter franchise brings the core elements that have made the franchise a...

A Dull Stroll Through The Sanatorium – The Inpatient – PlayStation VR

By poking fun at slasher films and providing a captivating interactive horror experience, 2016’s Until Dawn was...

A Philosophical Tale Hindered By Flawed Controls – The Red Strings Club – PC

Can you imagine a world where no one can experience negative feelings? Would it help humanity flourish,...

A Love Letter To The Past – Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King – Switch

Developer Castle Pixel's affection for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is immediately and persistently evident...

Rewarding Repetition – Sky Force Reloaded – Xbox One

Sky Force Reloaded is a bit unusual in design. Grinding for levels has more to do with...

Teach Your Friends To Kill Each Other – Crawl – Switch

Crawl is a multiplayer experience that feels entirely new thanks to its ambiguous genre designation. It plays...

Looting, shooting, and staying alive – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – PC

This is it, the final circle. Five players are left alive. Swinging around a corner into a tiny...

Repetitive Mission Creep – Never Stop Sneakin’ – Switch

Gamers have no shortage of indie games that tap into our love for the 8 and 16-bit...

A Strong Swansong – The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild – The...

A common refrain you might hear from someone who’s finished one of today’s massive open-world games is...

Miserable Stealth Action – Hello Neighbor – PC

Hello Neighbor makes a strong first impression. With its Dr. Seuss-like artistic vision of an idyllic neighborhood...

At Least It’s Short – Gorogoa – PC

I appreciate short games built to execute specific, modest concepts. The world of indie games is filled...

Becoming More Of A Passenger Than A Driver – Gear Club Unlimited – Switch

Hugging dangerous curves and gunning it to grab first place as I cross the finish line is...

A Flawed, Intriguing Chapter – Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 3: Fractured Mask...

At its best, Telltale’s take on the Caped Crusader is at its best when it’s twisting what...

The Gumshoe Diaries – L.A. Noire – Switch

The police procedural is a wildly popular literary, television, and film genre, but relatively few game developers...

A Tasty Treat For Puzzle Fans – Battle Chef Brigade – Switch

Battle Chef Brigade is a weird, delightful, and intense match-three cooking game that also pushes players to...

Plagued By Centipeetles – Steven Universe: Save the Light – PlayStation 4

Steven Universe is a show that has cultivated a strong following thanks to its Venn-diagram overlap of...

A Marvelous Mess – Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 – PlayStation 4

TT Games has released a slew of Lego games over the past dozen or so years, but...

Cutting The Weak Cards Out Of The Deck – Hand of Fate 2 –...

Craft a deck of weapons, armor, trinkets, and encounters and play through a variety of role-playing experiences served...

Running A Familiar Route – Sonic Forces – Xbox One

In Sonic Forces, Dr. Eggman remedies his decades of disappointment by aligning with Infinite, a being who can replicate...

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In Sonic Forces, Dr. Eggman remedies his decades of disappointment by aligning with Infinite, a being who can replicate...

New Mysteries In A Familiar World – Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds –...

Horizon Zero Dawn is already one of the best games of 2017 thanks to a gorgeous open world,...

More Of A Good Thing – Pinball FX 3 – PlayStation 4

After years of plunking down change for Zen Studios' endless stream of licensed and original DLC table packs,...

An Unnecessary Resuscitation – Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back – PlayStation 4

In the world of mascot platforming franchises, everyone knows the heavy hitters like Mario, Sonic, and Crash Bandicoot. Bubsy...

The Art Of Surviving – Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth – 3DS

The Etrian Odyssey series can best be described as a proving ground. How well can you outsmart...

Keeping The Faith By Questioning It – Assassin’s Creed Origins – Xbox One

Though Assassin’s Creed has experimented with tower defense, grappling hooks, and naval combat over the years, it...

Enjoyable Mindless Thrills – Fire Emblem Warriors – Nintendo Switch

Since Fire Emblem: Awakening became a hit in 2012, this franchise has undergone a radical transformation in...

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