Action

My Friend Pedro Review

My Friend Pedro is an action movie compressed into a 2D-sidescroller, complete with an oddball premise, unlikely heroes, and bullet-time cinematics. It manages to be both a fast run-and-gun à la Contra as well as a slow, thoughtful platformer like Metroid. The game may be short, but it’s an explosive, wild ride that is rarely boring and always bananas.

My Friend Pedro 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

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

Crackdown 3 Review

Crackdown 3 lets you play as an action superhero star, leaping tall buildings in a single bound as you systematically take down a mega corporation and yet, I’ve found that sentence far more exciting than the actual game.

Crackdown 3 Review

Far Cry New Dawn Review

Far Cry 5 was a satisfying adventure, from its vast open-world journey across the rural landscape of Hope County, Montana to its central conflict against maniacal cult leader Joseph Seed. However, its conclusion left the game open with dangling plot threads. Ubisoft has seized the opportunity for a resolution with a direct sequel Far Cry New Dawn.

Far Cry New Dawn Review

The Eternal Castle Review

Indie games come in all forms. Some try new and innovative ideas, some refine established formulas, and some call back to the past. The Eternal Castle is a bit different; it calls back to a past that actually never was. It’s a remaster of a game that only exists in the imaginations of its developers.

The Eternal Castle Review

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Review

Overall, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is a decent spin-off. The hack-and-slash gets tiresome, but it works in small bursts and is a fine fit for the Switch's handheld mode. The graphical genre shifts and peppered-in minigames provide good variety, thematically feeding into Travis’ love for games.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Review

Viviette Review

I didn’t have fun with Viviette. The puzzles lacked any logical answers, and there was little motivation to explore. The story lacked emphatic moments and failed to entice me to struggle through the rough points. There was an effective crafting of terror, but no pay off with that lone success either.

Viviette Review

Marble It Up Review

The premise is quite simple — roll a marble from start to finish as quickly as possible. There’s little innovation to be found in the ‘marble rolling’ genre, and the game doesn’t look to change the formula in any way. It’s a clear homage to marble games of the past, and even the developers behind Marble It Up know it.

Marble It Up Review

ZeroRanger Review

The shoot'em up genre has always been somewhat difficult for me to really get into. It’s often dedicated to pattern recognition, intense challenge, and repeatedly dying until you get it just right. The amount of devotion required to beating a lot of these games has resulted in a high barrier to entry. ZeroRanger bucks this trend in a manner suitable to its Buddhist themes.

ZeroRanger Review

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Review

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is not a great game. Though it has an entertaining character creator and some fantastic customization options, separate the game from the license for a second, and it becomes clear that Shinobi Striker is a sub-par action game and an even worse multiplayer experience.

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Review

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.

Victor Vran Overkill Edition 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

Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR Review

What makes virtual reality such a compelling medium is its ability to put you in someone else’s shoes and see the world through their eyes. The beginning sequence in Crisis on the Planet of the Apes does a really good job of pulling the player out of their comfortable living room and into a nightmare world where they, cast as an ape that has gained intelligence, are viewed with intense hatred and disgust.

Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR Review