Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido Review

Think about the most delicious food you’ve ever eaten. After savoring your meal, was your gut reaction... to throw your empty plate at the person across from you? This is how every single character in Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido operates. Co-developed by Nintendo and indies0, known for fan-beloved games like NES Remix, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, and Retro Game Challenge, Sushi Striker is a fast-paced puzzle game with surprising depth.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido Review

The Forest Review

Like the misbegotten love child of Silent Hill and Minecraft, The Forest is a surprising and altogether fascinating hybrid of survival horror and crafting, set in an open world that is full of potential. Like the semi-human cannibals that stalk the player, The Forest is another example of mutant game DNA that splices some now very familiar genres together into a sum that is better than its parts.

The Forest Review

House Party Review

Whether you fall into the target demographic for House Party can be determined by answering a couple of simple questions: 1) Are you a horny dude and 2) do you have a high tolerance for poorly made puzzle games with terrible writing, ugly graphics and more game-breaking bugs than a frat boy's kitchen? If the answer is yes, then do we have a game for you!

House Party Review

The Council - Episode 2: Hide and Seek Review

While Episode 2 may very well be a tad shorter than the previous, it still managed to give me more of the skill-based gameplay and intriguing story that Episode 1 started, which is very much a good thing. I will add that like most story-based games, Hide and Seek is a "convergence point" in the story as I played two different characters through to the end (which is fine, as you can't have too many diverging choices over five episodes after all).

The Council - Episode 2: Hide and Seek Review

Wild Guns Reloaded Review

Arcade shooters were a gaming staple in the 90s; everywhere you looked and every game you played featured some kind of heavy bullet action with detailed sprites that were unthinkable before the 16-bit era. Wild Guns is a true product of the ever-popular genre that was seemingly synonymous with video games at the time. It was what every kid wanted; a space-western with the goal to shoot all bad guys that crossed your way.

Wild Guns Reloaded Review

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Review

When it comes down to it though, the flaws are just nitpicks, as Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is a game that put my two initial fears to rest. The game doesn’t dwell on Adol’s past adventures, and the world opens up naturally as you progress through it. The hype coming in was real, and while I expected a great game, I got a truly tremendous title that kept me engaged and desperate for more.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Review

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Review

I went into Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire hoping to be as delighted as I was playing Pillars of Eternity I. I hoped that the flaws of the first game would be addressed in an epic new adventure with exciting new features. I hoped that everything that I loved about the first game would be left intact.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Review

Hitman Sniper Assassin Review

Released as a pre-order bonus for the forthcoming Hitman 2, Hitman Sniper Assassin takes the world’s best assassin, Agent 47, to Austria to crash a wedding party. Perched atop cliffside, he observes the luxury mansion, its garden and wedding guests through the scope of his silenced sniper rifle, biding the time until squeezing the trigger to take out the three targets the contract covers.

Hitman Sniper Assassin Review

Saturday Morning RPG Review

Video games, cartoons and comic books; this is what defined a child's life in the 80s and the 90s. It's a recipe that when mixed together creates a concoction so strong that it's hard to think poorly of it. At least, this is the case when you're talking about most games that have a noticeable amount of passion put into them. Saturday Morning RPG, on the other hand, doesn't succeed in its attempt to recreate the nostalgic life we all crave so dearly.

Saturday Morning RPG Review

Unravel Two Review

Three years ago, we all watched as a nervous but earnest Martin Sahlin presented Unravel during the EA E3 Press Conference. When the game was released the following year, I found Yarny’s adventure through the memories a profoundly moving, singular experience. It felt that the developers had said what they had to say. Fast forward two years and three press conferences later, and note my utter amazement when not only a sequel is announced but released the same day.

Unravel Two Review

Shio Review

Shio, developed by Coconut Island Games, is the latest entry to the already crowded platforming genre. The game features well-designed levels that will test your dexterity and a far too ambiguous story that will test your patience as you try to piece it together. While it doesn't achieve the level of great 2D platformers. like Ori and the Blind Forest or Super Meat Boy, Shio has its own unique charm to keep players hooked.

Shio Review

Vampyr Review

As ubiquitous in popular culture as they can sometimes seem, vampires are seriously underrepresented in videogames, at least as fully realized leading characters. For this reason alone, Vampyr deserves some attention. Happily Life is Strange developer Dontnod has managed to deliver a vampire tale that avoids most of the cliches, camp and gothic melodrama so common to the genre.

Vampyr Review

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Review

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition follows the trend of Wii U games resurfacing on the Nintendo Switch. The new version combines nearly every element of the original Zelda-themed hack-and-slash game Hyrule Warriors and its updated 3DS port Hyrule Warriors Legends, creating a complete package and a massive time sink of content.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Review

Conan Exiles Review

With dozens of open world survival/crafting games crowding the market, any new entry needs a strong hook and distinct identity. With its link to one of fantasy fiction's most iconic characters, you'd think that Conan Exiles would have it made. The title suggests a Frank Frazetta painting come to life in all its hyper-masculine, brutal glory.

Conan Exiles Review

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Review

The world is safe for a change in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. It’s not a canonical entry to the series but a fun diversion where BlazBlue heroes and heroines are joined by characters from other 2D fighters. As opposed to the series’ traditional one-on-one bouts, Cross Tag Battle calls for teams of two to do some tag team fighting.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Review

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Review

In a refreshing twist on the usual teen protagonist and drama angst, Strange Journey focuses on a militaristic science fiction story. A massive solid black quantum singularity appears in Antarctica and begins to slowly spread across the globe.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Review

Milanoir Review

Milanoir, developed by Italo Games and published by Good Shepard Entertainment, provides a similar hard-boiled flair to games from recent years. Set in Milan, Italy, in 1970's, Milanoir is an ode to the era's Italian crime films, complete with car chases, frantic gunplay, and enough explosions to give even Michael Bay pause.

Milanoir Review

Smoke and Sacrifice Review

Playing as Sachi, the game starts off quick yet powerful, introducing us to a world that is initially small, confined and knowingly vague. It allows you to quickly empathize with Sachi’s view of the world. You feel for her as she arrives home to her son, Lio, and carries him tearfully to the nearby temple.

Smoke and Sacrifice Review

Dark Souls Remastered Review

Having spent over a thousand hours playing Dark Souls on the PC - and dozens of hours on the original console versions - it would be fair to say I have a special relationship to the game. Dark Souls is my Mario and Zelda all rolled into one, a transformative experience that at this point in my life has become more ritual than entertainment, a series of moments and tasks that produce a Zen-like state of mind.

Dark Souls Remastered Review

Happy Birthdays Review

The peculiarly named Happy Birthdays is an ecosystem simulator conceived by Yasuhrio Wada, the mind behind Harvest Moon. Much like the iconic farming series, this “god game” is about managing your environment to produce something - in this case, entire species. By manipulating elements like temperature and terrain within a miniature cube, you can influence the creation of many lifeforms and experience their happy birthdays.

Happy Birthdays Review

Membrane Review

I really hope to see Membrane revisited at some point with a greater focus on making satisfying puzzles and using the mechanics to their fullest extent. As it stands, though, there really isn't much to go on here. Membrane's got great aesthetics and all, but there's nothing to really back it up, and so you wind up going through the game without feeling much like engaging in it.

Membrane Review

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time Review

Chamber of Time is slow-paced, looks a bit drab and it can be repetitive and awkward to play. In a way, it’s much like Akko herself. She’s far from perfect but spunky and open-hearted, making her irresistibly disarming. There’s a strong positive vibe going on that rubs on you, and it helps in overcoming the game’s shortcomings.

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time Review