Starlink: Battle for Atlas Review

Just when you thought the entire toys-to-life market had gone extinct, Ubisoft decided that they wanted a crack at it. First shown at E3 2017, Starlink: Battle for Atlas comes a couple of years after Disney Infinity and Skylanders exited the market. If you missed those games, the basic concept was that you have physical toys that connect to the game on the screen. In full transparency after Disney Infinity shut down, I couldn’t imagine anyone else getting into the same market after figures based on Disney and Marvel franchises couldn’t turn enough profit to keep going. But here we are and I’m glad for that.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Review

Super Mario Party Review

Super Mario Party’s core Party mode and excellent minigames are the true Super Stars in this package. However, they’re diluted by the extra modes. While some are genuinely creative and engaging, such as the team-based Partner Party and the fully cooperative River Survival, others feel like afterthoughts.

Super Mario Party Review

Flood of Light Review

Set in the lonely and abandoned metropolis of Hope City, Irisloft’s Flood of Light is a 2D-puzzle game all about uncovering the mysteries of where you came from, and where everyone else has gone. Accompanied by some friendly robots and a beautiful score, you set out to reduce the flood that has swallowed the city thus far, all the while piecing together the history of Hope City and its downfall.

Flood of Light Review

Destiny 2: Forsaken Review

So, does Forsaken, Destiny 2’s first expansion, offer anything new? In much the way that The Taken King reset Destiny, Forsaken fixes some of the mistakes that made the sequel feel boring and listless. It also presents a story that seems to build to, well, something, and implements a system that lets the player feel like they are accomplishing something in the vast playspace that Destiny offers.

Destiny 2: Forsaken Review

60 Parsecs! Review

When it comes to the basic formula, 60 Parsecs! appears to have the parts that it needs to succeed. However, when compared to its brethren in the “average guy unfairly thrust into an impossible situation” genre, 60 Parsecs! comes up short in some critical ways.

60 Parsecs! Review

Old School Musical Review

In keeping up with the title, Old School Musical is a classic Dance Dance Revolution-style rhythm game with the face and shoulder buttons acting as your inputs. The songs are all chiptunes-like, often in the style of whatever game happens to be getting parodied in the background.

Old School Musical Review

The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Episode 2 Review

This is surprisingly more difficult to write than it was supposed to be. When I received the review code for the second episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season at the beginning of last week, there were still two more episodes left, and everyone working at Telltale Games still worked there. Fast forward to one week later, and we find massive layoffs at Telltale Games, The Final Season pulled from digital storefronts, and no end in sight for Clementine.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Episode 2 Review

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Review

The Valkyria Chronicles franchise — and specifically, this fourth iteration — takes place during an anime analog for World War 2 and on the continent of Europa. Both the Allied and Axis forces have their slightly more benign counterparts and many of the most consequential battles of the war have roughly similar versions as well.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Review

CrossCode Review

CrossCode is the very definition of a passion project as it was painstakingly developed over a span of seven years, and it really shows. The game is filled to the brim with content, including a lengthy story campaign, diverse enemy designs, and many side quests. It really has a lot of bang for your buck.

CrossCode Review

ASTRO BOT: Rescue Mission Review

Cute robots, great music, and fantastic throwback gameplay brought out my inner child who laughed, and laughed, and laughed as the Bots dance, the bosses stumble, and Captain Astro emotes. Gamers of any age group will find something to love about Rescue Mission.

ASTRO BOT: Rescue Mission Review

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review

Hot off the heels of Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft brings its stealth, action-adventure series to the captivating world of ancient Greece with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. This latest installment enhances its predecessor’s RPG elements and offers players more agency in developing the main character. In fact, choice is one of the game’s core highlights. You are able to alter fate and influence numerous outcomes through dialogue choices and key decisions.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review

NBA 2K19 Review

Last year was an odd year for the NBA 2K franchise. On one hand they put out a brilliant game with stellar gameplay, rich modes, and a beautiful recreation of the NBA. On the other, they were marred by bad press (from media and fans) from launch onward for implementation of micro transactions. The short story was, in order to advance your created player in NBA 2K18, you had to endlessly grind to level them up - or pay the piper. A year later I was fascinated to see how 2K Sports and Visual Concepts would respond to the criticism. Well, let’s jump in.

NBA 2K19 Review

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.

Planet Alpha Review

Transference Review

What is the cost of a scientific breakthrough? What sacrifices must be made in the name of human progress? How many eggs must you break to create that omelette? These are the questions that hound Raymond Hayes as you explore his life through the eyes of his family.

Transference Review

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.

Forza Horizon 4 Review

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country Review

The Torna expansion doesn’t just offer a novel chapter to the Xenoblade Chronicles mythos, it presents an easy, digestible way for both newcomers and veterans to enter an engaging fantasy.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country Review