The Worst Version Of Hell – Agony – PC

Agony’s premise is simple: you play a soul who has been damned to the deepest pits of...

An Engaging Game Of Choice – Forgotton Anne – Xbox One

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the stop-motion animated TV special...

Part Pinball. Part Metroidvania. All Fun – Yoku’s Island Express – Xbox One

If you can wrap your brain around what developer Villa Gorilla calls an “open-world Metroidvania pinball adventure,”...

An Intriguing, But Flawed, Future – Detroit: Become Human – PlayStation 4

As a society, we're constantly turning to technology to relieve our burdens, and we become increasingly dependent...

Gently Modifying A Masterpiece – Dark Souls Remastered – PlayStation 4

Seven years later, the influence of From Software’s Dark Souls on the games industry is impossible to...

Apocalyptic Mobile Home Road Trip – Far: Lone Sails – PC

The identity of the protagonist and their ultimate goal is never totally clear during the course of...

A Plague On Multiple Fronts – State Of Decay 2 – Xbox One

When making a sequel, most studios make it a priority to build on the strengths of the...

The Future Is Being Vaporized By A Laser – Laser League – PlayStation 4

Don't believe the visions of a dystopian future – 2150 is going to be a blast. I...

A Gruesome Champion – The Forest – PC

The figure in the distance has spotted my camp. I know because I can hear him chittering....

Rise, Fall, And Repeat – The Swords of Ditto – PlayStation 4

Generation after generation, a chosen hero rises to claim a legendary sword that can seal away the ultimate evil....

Get Rich Or Die Trying – City of Brass – PC

You turn left at the storehouse, frantically running through alleyways as a group of skeletons shamble after...

A Rock-Solid Single – Super Mega Baseball 2 – Xbox One

My first baseman is named Grunt Manly. Most of my pitchers itch their butts before throwing the...

A Lukewarm Cup Of Tea – 39 Days To Mars – PC

Games have a hard time being funny, because they sort of have to play it straight. Although good...

A Surreal Grind – Super Daryl Deluxe – PlayStation 4

Retro-inspired 2D action games are plentiful on digital storefronts, so it can be difficult for them to distinguish themselves...

Reaching A Higher Summit

In gruff moments of fatherly instruction, Kratos repeats the phrase “be better” to his son, Atreus. This happens in different contexts, but the lesson remains consistent: Your decisions are...

Colossal Frustration – Extinction – Xbox One

A sword in the hands of someone with an impressive vertical is all humanity needs to stave...

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...

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