Planet Alpha Review
Planet Alpha was a polarizing game for me. It’s probably one of the most gorgeous games to come out this year and there wasn’t one location on the planet that didn’t elicit some sort of awed verbal response. The platforming gameplay, however, leaves much, much more to be desired.
Forza Horizon 4 Review
Playground Games continues to set the standard in the genre and Forza Horizon 4 is no different. This is open world driving at its absolute finest. The spectacular visuals and stellar roster of cars are great, but the shared world and new weather system is really what makes this one of the best open world racing games this decade.
Victor Vran Overkill Edition Review
Despite some of my gripes, the sum on the whole is a positively bloody good time. The gameplay is rewarding and exhilarating, creating an enjoyable loop that embraces the simplicity of controls by utilizing the complexity of choice. The plot and world are both in great contrast, being humorous when it needs to, but keeping a consistently grimdark tone.
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse Review
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse doesn’t revolutionize adventure games, nor will it particularly appeal to players who aren’t used to slower point-and-click gameplay. However, it succeeds in following the developer’s vision for the series: a modern update in the style of the original.
Mini Metro Review
Mini Metro takes the ideas present in city simulators and boils it down to a pure, simple and clean essence. You don’t have to worry about things like budgets - there’s very few resources to worry about - and none of those bigger picture considerations. You just have to get the people from one shape to another and use your colorful lines to do it.
The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep Review
If you’re expecting The Bard’s Tale IV to be an action-RPG on par with some recent blockbusters, you may be disappointed. This is not a cinematic experience with bleeding edge graphics and breathless action and combat. However, if you approach the game as a super-enhanced, classic dungeon crawler that both fits into the legacy and moves the needle on a well-respected, beloved franchise, then you will be pleased by it.
Downward Spiral: Horus Station Review
Downward Spiral: Horus Station is an atmospheric game that feels like the video game equivalent of Aram Khachaturian’s exceptionally melancholic Adagio from the Gayane Ballet Suite used during the Discovery montage from 2001: A Space Odyssey. I never knew exploring and interacting with derelict space vessel in VR was my jam - and it totally is now.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Review
While it only stretches back fourteen years and not nearly sixty, it seems like the Dragon Quest franchise has been around forever, becoming not only a national cultural touchstone in Japan, but exerting a huge influence on RPG design in the west as well.
Salt and Sanctuary (Switch) Review
I can recognize that Salt and Sanctuary is a well-constructed game and that there’s a lot of depth and challenge here for those that crave such things from their entertainment. It just isn't for me and I don’t think it ever will be, as I'm not the target gamer here.
Morphies Law Review
There’s a lot of promise to Morphies Law, but there’s also a lot of frustration for the ways it fails to meet this promise. As you play it, you find yourself noticing more and more things that feel like they should be there to help you enjoy what the developer came up with, but it’s not there, so it winds up feeling empty, lifeless, and unclear as to what you’re doing.
Detective Gallo Review
When it comes to point and click adventure games, their success or failure often comes down to a single aspect - story. The frame of the genre has been solidified for quite a while, and the great games, like the Monkey Island franchise, tell an intriguing tale worth exploring. Detective Gallo is as pure a point and click adventure game as I’ve ever played, going so far as to having a literal pointer on the screen despite being on console.
Dimension Drive Review
When the big game houses compete over who has the most grandiose and the most somber first-or third-person action extravaganza to immerse players in during the gaming flood of fall, indie developers come to rescue and keep up more traditional genres alive. Vertical scrolling shoot 'em ups are one of those old favorite genres, and while Dimension Drive by 2Awesome Studio is not a retro game as such, it has a very old-school attitude and level of challenge written all over it.
The Bard's Tale Trilogy Remastered Review
Whether as history lesson, exercise in nostalgia, or appetizer to the upcoming fourth entry to the series, The Bard's Tale Trilogy remains engaging. It requires a lot of patience and attention to detail and a special love of character micromanagement and, although the rerelease is more colorful than the original, the graphics and core gameplay are still rooted in the limitations of 1980s technology.