Action RPG

Windscape Review

It's a shame that Windscape feels so bland, because it offers some interesting twists to the Elder Scrolls formula with its striking art style and Zelda-like approach to dungeon design. Unfortunately, the game's uninspired characters and repetitive combat prevent it from capitalizing on its strengths.

Windscape 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

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Review

In spite of its uneven difficulty, Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is an easy recommendation for fans of JRPGs. Its world is large, combat is varied, and solid pacing makes it an easy game to digest – especially from the comfort of the Switch's handheld mode.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition 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

Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity Review

Scarlet Curiosity is the video game equivalent of comfort food. It is an experience with little substance, but I still wholeheartedly enjoyed it.

Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity 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

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

Omensight Review

Once upon a time, there was a land of Urralia. Watched over by a bird tribe and populated by dogs and cats, Pygarian empire wants to unite the land and its tribes - with force if necessary. The neighboring Rodentia fights back with all its critter and bear allies.

Omensight Review

Seven: The Days Long Gone Review

Setting aside the bugs, a poorly considered fast travel system (which spawns players in sometimes dangerous locations) and fairly tepid combat, what I most missed in Seven was any sense of personal identification or relationship with the main character. To me, this is at the heart of any successful RPG...the role-playing part, something almost entirely absent from Seven. 

Seven: The Days Long Gone Review

Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection Review

Despite being a sequel of sorts, it really is a stand-alone game, set in the same world as Zwei! (never released outside Japan) but with new heroes and storyline. Bearing the developer’s usual setup of immediacy and user-friendliness and boasting lovely looks bathing in color and character, the game is like a perfect antidote to the gloom of most of the hit titles surfacing for the holiday season.

Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection Review

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Review

With its expansive and well-crafted campaign and nearly endlessly deep well of optional and after-story content, Monolith's Middle Earth: Shadow of War is a generous and entertaining package that impresses at almost every turn.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War Review

AereA Review

It is too bad that what was good about AereA did not ultimately find a better game in which to reside. It is a bad game, but it is one that does not feel like a soulless cash grab. On the other hand, it is also not a game that stumbles because it is overly ambitious or because it banks on one or two game mechanics that just don’t work.

AereA Review

Ys SEVEN Review

But above all, Ys SEVEN hooks in with its simple and blistering fast gameplay, ensuring it’s always fun to do the necessary grinding to keep up with the numerous boss fights. I enjoyed every minute - and there were lots of those minutes - with Adol and his friends.

Ys SEVEN Review

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

This is a poor port of a decent game that should be avoided. There are other action-RPGs to play on the PS4 with better performance that offer better value and experiences. Stay away from this version of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing and either get the PC version or pop in Diablo III instead.     

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity

This is the story of Remilia and her faithful assistant, Sakuya. It’s not exactly fun, but it’s mildly entertaining for at least a little bit of your time. With such a demanding price tag though, there is very little reason to pick up Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity.

Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition is a passable action-RPG for those desperately looking for a dungeon crawler to play with friends but it doesn’t offer much in the way of replayability or unique concepts to really recommend past that.

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition