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39 Days to Mars Review

Imagine how exciting space travel must have sounded back in the days of Jules Verne. Those were the days when a few brilliant and daring scientists could rig up a clever contraption and venture to the moon - without fear of decompression, radiation, the prolonged effects of zero gravity, and all of the other boring and annoying consequences of the laws of physics. There were no government bureaucrats debating the merit of the billions of dollars of funding the space program. All that existed was the excitement and the mystery of the unknown.

39 Days to Mars Review

Payday 2 (Switch) Review

Five years later, Payday 2 has made its way to the Nintendo Switch. While the game's heist-centric premise still holds up today, most of the rest of it does not. Although bolstered by a strong progression system and the Switch's portable play, Payday 2 ends up feeling outdated due to poor controls, repetitive gameplay, and obtuse mission structure.

Payday 2 (Switch) Review

A Way Out Review

In an industry that’s often criticized for “playing things safe,” A Way Out is anything but: a story-driven cooperative game where you’re required to play the entire game in split screen with another person the whole time. To make a game like that takes a level of vision, sophistication, and outright brazenness that many in the industry just wouldn’t normally set out to do. The question now is, was it a risk worth taking?

A Way Out Review

Warhammer Vermintide 2 Review

I've been playing RPGs for decades -- mine was the generation that first sat down to a game of Dungeons and Dragons -- but rarely have I felt so fully engaged in battle as in Warhammer Vermintide 2.

Warhammer Vermintide 2 Review

Auto Age: Standoff Review

When I discovered the existence of Phantom Compass’s Auto Age: Standoff, I was nothing short of excited. Once I started the game, however, I was met with disappointment. The grounds for a great game are here, but it just doesn’t go far enough with its concept.

Auto Age: Standoff Review

Rayman Legends

Any control issues aside, Rayman Legends never ceases to be enjoyable. The game is so fully featured that it makes Rayman Origins seem like a prototype. From the game’s delightful tone to it’s gorgeous graphics and top notch level design, Legends is better than Origins quantitatively and qualitatively. Not only that, it’s one of the best games of 2013 and one of the best platformers of all time. Maybe even better than Rayman 2.

Rayman Legends

Dragon's Crown

Dragon’s Crown is terrific fun, with the appropriate mindset. It may or may not be distasteful, depending on one’s tolerance for cliches and objectivity, and it may or may not be fun, depending on one’s tolerance for 2-D beat ‘em ups that put the onus of combat potential on the player. However, the strength it has in aesthetic character and gameplay is mighty indeed. Dragon’s Crown doesn’t offer any much needed enrichment of its various genres, but it makes up for this by committing to its visual identity and the frenetic, empowering possibilities of its game design.

Dragon's Crown