505 Games

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review

When all is said and done, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night delivers on its promise of bringing Castlevania back. Though I had various issues with the game, it still manages to provide that distinct Metroidvania experience.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a remarkable game. Even with the frustrating controls, Starbreeze Studios has managed to craft a superb puzzle-adventure game with mature themes, while still capturing those crucial moments that makes the relationship between two young brothers special.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Sniper Elite III

Sniper Elite III is a fun game, but it is not necessarily a great one. While the killcam is a unique feature, and it can be sadistically entertaining to watch bullets tear through your enemies, it is really the only thing that separates the game from other generic third person shooters. The open level design and optional objectives allow room for tactical planning and freedom to accomplish your mission in whatever way you see fit, but wonky A.I. and uninspired shooting mechanics can ruin a good run. It's worth the price tag for the borderline ridiculous long-range shots you can pull off, but the campaign isn't so good that I'd want to play through it a second time right away.

Sniper Elite III

Tiny Brains

Multiplayer puzzle games aren't exactly plentiful on the PS4 right now, but that fact doesn't make Tiny Brains more appealing. Its short, easy and unimaginative. The Worms and soccer-inspired mini game diversions don't help its cause as a game to break out with friends, either. Even if this sort of couch co-op experience is your jam, I can't recommend it.

Tiny Brains

Takedown: Red Sabre

Takedown: Red Sabre was supposed to be an eloquent love letter to the tactical shooter genre, but the final product ends up reading more like hate mail. There isn't a single part of the game that rises above mediocrity, and much of it dips below that mark. Worst of all, the very fans who have been craving a new game like Takedown are the ones who will be disappointed by it the most.

Takedown: Red Sabre

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

While Starbreeze has made their mark as a first-person developer, they have certainly proved their worth in the downloadable market with Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. If they decided to step away from triple-A game development and just focus on smaller titles for a while, then I would be totally fine as long as they keep putting out titles up to this kind of standard. Brothers is one of the more original games I have ever played and is only held back by some minor problems. This isn’t so much a game as it is an experience and it’s something that I recommend everyone should experience. While the controls can be troublesome and there are a few gimmicky moments, this is probably one of the most emotionally powerful stories of the year.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons