Reviews

Observer: System Redux reviewed by Sarah LeBoeuf on Xbox Series X, also available on PlayStation and PC. Bloober Team’s Observer: System Redux is an enhanced version of 2017’s Observer, and it uses sci-fi and cyberpunk themes that are familiar to fans of works like Blade Runner or 1984. It’s a compelling horror mystery in a
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Samurai Warriors 5 reviewed by Alex Santa Maria on PlayStation 4, also available on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Koei Tecmo’s new Samurai Warriors game won’t shock anyone who’s played one of Omega Force’s Warriors games before, but it does present a great new style and enough over-the-top action to keep you coming back.
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Death’s Door reviewed on PC by Brendan Graeber. Death’s Door is a must for those looking to scratch the itch of a classic Zelda dungeon-delving game, with the added bonus of impeccable combat against waves of foes in a creepy world. Secrets are plentiful enough to offset the low variety of rewards, and the cohesion
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Cris Tales reviewed by Travis Northup on PC, also available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox. This indie love-letter to JRPGs from developers Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK and publisher Modus Games is a clever time-traveling RPG that’s held back by monotonous combat. #IGN #Gaming #CrisTales
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Reviewed by Tristan Ogilvie on PC. Also available on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch. “Last Stop spins three intriguing tales in an enjoyably vibrant vision of London, but the superficial depth of its dialogue options and redundant quick-time events made me feel like I was just passively pushing buttons to cue the next cutscene, as
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Reviewed on Xbox Series X by Luke Reilly. Also available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. “F1 2021 is the best-looking and most customisable instalment of the long-running Codemasters series to date, and the ability to tinker under the hood of the core career experience and play co-op with a friend is
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD reviewed by Travis Northup on Nintendo Switch. This HD remaster is a fantastic Zelda adventure that’s aged like wine, even if Wii-era motion controls still aren’t great and its new joystick controls don’t do much to help. #IGN #Gaming #Nintendo
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Wildermyth reviewed on PC by Rowan Kaiser. The magic of Wildermyth is that it loves stories so much that it builds its entire structure, from graphical style to prose to combat to campaign structure, around its characters becoming legends. It then cements those ideas in place with a Legacy system that turns those legendary characters
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Warhammer 40K: Battlesector reviewed by Jon Bolding on PC. Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector beats the pants off of other recent 40K tactical games, making a run at skirmish wargame greatness. While it’s limited in places and the interface can struggle, the tactical combat is well worth the time it takes to learn and the Momentum system
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Reviewed by Cam Shea on PC. “Roguebook’s positional gameplay makes for a really fun combat puzzle, but the downside of the two hero system is that player strategy feels less focused than the best the genre has to offer. I enjoyed trying to combine hero abilities in unexpected ways, but the bespoke hero mechanics often
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Old World reviewed on PC by Leana Hafer. Old World can be vexing at first given how much more there is to manage on top of the usual 4X concerns we’ve gotten used to in the past decade or so, and the UI can feel cluttered as you’re trying to piece it all together. But
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Sniper Elite VR reviewed by Gabriel Moss on Oculus Quest 2, also available on PlayStation VR, Steam VR (PC), and Oculus VR (PC). Sniper Elite VR is a decent VR shooter from Rebellion Developments that scratches both World War II and arcade sniping sim itches. #IGN #Gaming #SniperElite
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Speed Golf is a fun addition, but a poor adventure mode, a slight selection of courses and low replayability results in Mario Golf: Super Rush being an underwhelming entry into the series. Mario Golf: Super Rush is out on Nintendo Switch June 25th 2021.
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Legend of Mana reviewed on Nintendo Switch by Seth Macy. Also available on PlayStation. The Legend of Mana of 2021 is as close to the original version as you could hope for while still bringing this classic original PlayStation JRPG into the modern era. The sprite work is timeless, and the newly redrawn widescreen backgrounds
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Scarlet Nexus is an ambitious action RPG that blends the disparate genres of the character action and epic JRPGs along the lines of Persona and the “Tales of” series. The result is a surprising mix that hits far more often than it misses. Reviewed by Mitchell Saltzman on PlayStation 5. Also available on PlayStation 4,
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DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power reviewed on Nintendo Switch by Sarah LeBoeuf. Narration by Max Scoville. Even if it doesn’t do anything new or exciting, DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power has its charms. The heroes and villains of Metropolis High School are endearing and expertly brought to life by their voice actors, though
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Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance reviewed on Xbox and PC by Travis Northup. Also available on PlayStation. I badly wanted Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance to be an awesome co-op version of the pencil-and-paper tabletop RPGs I’ve loved for decades, but it just isn’t. It’s a bland, boring trek through repetitive encounters that’s filled with
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Reviewed on PC by Tristan Ogilvie. Also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. “Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 blows off a heck of a lot of heads, but never managed to blow my mind. Its long range sniper shots feel genuinely satisfying to pull off, but the enemy AI is so
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Chivalry 2 reviewed by Leana Hafer on PC. Also available on Xbox and PlayStation. I am having a ton of fun with Chivalry 2. The maps, outside of a few balance issues, are a total blast – everything from the shining armor to the soaring castle walls looks great and there are  a huge range
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Game Builder Garage reviewed by Seth Macy on Nintendo Switch. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed learning as much as I did during my time with Game Builder Garage. Game Builder Garage is a powerful game design tool overflowing with charm and personality. Anyone with a little patience and desire to learn can start creating
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Griftlands reviewed by Travis Northup on PC and Xbox. Also available on PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. “This ingenious blend of RPG mechanics, visual novel-style storytelling, and deck-building roguelike gameplay is a beautiful recipe for a kind of game I never knew I wanted.  Even though I’ve already spent the past week getting through each of
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IGN’s Jonathon Dornbush reviews Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, the latest PlayStation first-party exclusive and the first entry in the series on the PS5. Watch for a spoiler-free breakdown of the story, gameplay, and ways in which Rift Apart takes advantage of the PS5’s power for a delightful adventure. #IGN #Gaming #RatchetAndClank
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Reviewed by Luke Reilly on PlayStation 5. Also available on PlayStation 4 and PC. “Operation: Tango is a clever and appealing take on a co-op spy experience. It’s short and not all that replayable, and some of the puzzles are annoyingly silly when compared to its best challenges and conundrums, but it’s still well worth
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Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground reviewed by Jon Bolding on PC. Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground is a disappointingly mediocre tactical game. The bits of quality game design and pretty graphics that make up the core of it are overwhelmingly obscured by a frustrating single-player and multiplayer grind, then layered over by a
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Guilty Gear Strive is a milestone 2D fighting game with stellar netcode, stunning visuals, an electric soundtrack, and both a roster and fighting system that bursts with creativity. Reviewed by Mitchell Saltzman on PlayStation 5. Also available on PC and PlayStation 4 #IGN #Gaming
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