Reviews

Sword & Fairy 6 Review

Sword & Fairy 6 felt like I had binge-watched 64 half an hour-long episodes of a Chinese fantasy drama TV series. Productions values may have been low and effects cheesy but the actors and actresses were beautiful and the story so gripping that I couldn’t stop myself.

Sword & Fairy 6 Review

Katana ZERO Review

Katana Zero is a short but sweet experience that captures the stylistic flair of Hotline Miami mixed with a cyberpunk theme, while making a name for itself with its polished gameplay but without feeling tedious or overstaying its welcome.

Katana ZERO Review

Where The Bees Make Honey Review

Where The Bees Make Honey has some interesting ideas with presentation and puzzles. However, the persistent high level of frustration I felt with trying to navigate the majority of the adventure because of issues out of my control completely overshadowed any of the good stuff.

Where The Bees Make Honey Review

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Review

One could argue it’s therapeutic to blast and hack insects into smithereens and hammy presentation ensures it’s not too scary either – until you find your thoughts wandering to entirely something else.

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Review

Vaporum Review

Although its absolute heyday might have passed, steampunk continues to whir, rattle and grind its way through fantasy fiction and media. The steampunk aesthetic has been at the heart of more than a few video games as well, including the BioShock series and Dishonored and its sequel. Add to this list Vaporum, a first-person, grid-based dungeon crawler.

Vaporum Review

Generation Zero Review

The game needs to grow on you, became a world away from you where you want to go back to, find the people who are missing and get rid of those pesky robots and trace the mystery to its roots. Thus, Generation Zero is oddly rewarding in its casual and non-commercial integrity.

Generation Zero Review

Unravel Two (Switch) Review

I’ve had my fair share of wonderful memories handing a Joy-Con controller to my wife and enjoying a game together. Co-op games are well-suited to the Nintendo Switch, and Swedish developer Coldwood and EA’s Unravel Two is no exception.

Unravel Two (Switch) Review

Fate/EXTELLA LINK Review

Despite the general low budget feel and repetitive gameplay, I enjoyed my time with Fate/Extella Link. The game provides a solid, streamlined experience worth playing for fans of the series.

Fate/EXTELLA LINK Review

Operencia: The Stolen Sun Review

Operencia: The Stolen Sun is a turn-based fantasy RPG that exists in what is becoming an ever-emptier niche: budget games that hide their limitations and make up for their modest production values with reasonable, attainable ambitions and high-quality follow through.

Operencia: The Stolen Sun Review

Overwhelm Review

Overwhelm takes the action platformer genre to extremes. Despite its borderline unfair camera, players willing to accept the challenge have quite a tense journey ahead of them.

Overwhelm Review

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Grand Caiman Review

I really enjoyed the level design of all the main parts of the mission - the crypt, the village and the tomb – as they were refreshingly different from most of the sights and tombs featured in the previous add-ons and more importantly, put Lara’s traversal abilities to a real test.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Grand Caiman Review

The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Episode 4 Review

All that aside, I feel like as an ending for the franchise, as an end to Clementine’s story, we’ve gone out as well as it could have. This is The Walking Dead, after all, so any hope we are left with is automatically tempered against the death and despair of the world, and the fact that we are, as we always have been, the true walkers in a dead world.  But for an ending, I think one will do.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Episode 4 Review

Yoshi’s Crafted World Review

A creative arts-and-crafts artstyle synergizes with innovative mechanics to produce the game’s impressive interactive diorama courses. There’s a little something for everyone, from a mellow mode for casual gamers as well as completionist challenges for the hardcore.

Yoshi’s Crafted World Review

Beat Cop Review

Beat Cop appeals to me on multiple levels. There really aren’t enough games where you play as a cop, let alone one that has to spend most of their time writing tickets. Okay, that may not sound particularly fun, but in a world where bombastic is the norm, sometimes it’s nice to cozy up with mundanity.

Beat Cop Review

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (Switch) Review

Although it adds nothing unique and makes some visual concessions to fit the platform, Darksiders Warmastered Edition is a great way to revisit what is now considered a minor classic of the action-RPG genre.

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (Switch) Review

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review

Sekiro is From Software’s purest distillation of a game design philosophy that values skill-based combat and isn’t afraid to challenge the player at nearly every moment. Eschewing big weapons, flashy magic and “jolly co-operation,” Sekiro is squarely focused on timing and the sometimes imperceptible progression towards mastery.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review