Dark Souls

Dark Souls (Switch) Review

Frustrations with controls and screen size aside, there is something very cool about playing a teeny-tiny Dark Souls on the go. All the stats and builds that I have come to rely on from dozens of playthroughs work just fine, but some of the more complex boss battles really suffer from the size of the display and capricious, awkward controls.

Dark Souls (Switch) Review

Salt and Sanctuary (Switch) Review

I can recognize that Salt and Sanctuary is a well-constructed game and that there’s a lot of depth and challenge here for those that crave such things from their entertainment. It just isn't for me and I don’t think it ever will be, as I'm not the target gamer here.

Salt and Sanctuary (Switch) 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

Nioh (PC) Review

When it was released as a PS4 exclusive earlier this year, Nioh was greeted by a generally favorable chorus of reviews. But it was complicated. In particular, fans of From Software's Dark Souls series were conflicted. For some, Nioh was a disappointing imitation of their favorite franchise; for others, they recognized that the game built a number of new systems on top of gameplay that was, admittedly, very similar to Dark Souls. 

Nioh (PC) Review

The Surge Review

The decision to make every fight significant and potentially deadly certainly adds tension but there is rarely a sense of power or growing mastery, simply a more easily found relief at not dying. Thanks to its sci-fi setting and excellent combat, The Surge is overall a very solid, unique addition to the growing catalog of Souls-like games. 

The Surge Review

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City Review

The Ringed City is simultaneously Dark Souls at its best and it's most tired.  The series may or may not be coming to an end, but this final piece of content, due just as much to its faults as its successes, feels conclusive regardless of what happens to the franchise in the immediate future.  It is fitting, then, that the impending hiatus feels earned.

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City Review

Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City DLC Review

The Ringed City is exultantly that but at times -- especially in the longer, gauntlet sections -- the game's unrelenting parade of enemies and ways to die becomes unpleasantly fatiguing and a decidedly chore-like experience. Fans of Dark Souls who have come to love the series will appreciate most everything about The Ringed City and the ways in which it represents both the evolution and end of a very important franchise. 

Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City DLC Review

Nioh Review

There are dozens of "Souls-like" games but Nioh is by far the most ambitious, polished and successful because it has taken Dark Souls' digital DNA and genuinely evolved it into something both recognizable and different. Nioh owes much to the spirit and mechanics of From's games but there is a lot of Diablo and Ninja Gaiden in there as well. It doesn't matter whether Nioh is derivative or wholly original, it just matters that the game is incredibly well made, challenging, complex and fun.

Nioh Review

Salt and Sanctuary

Salt and Sanctuary clearly gets it's inspiration and ideas from previous Souls games so there is a lack of innovation here, but developer Ska Studios does a masterful job of adapting the already proven formula of Souls into a exceptional 2D adventure.

Salt and Sanctuary

Dark Souls III

The pride and exhilaration one feels from a Dark Souls game is a lot like getting wrapped up in a blanket, fresh from the dryer, on a cold and rainy night.

Dark Souls III

Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen

Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen should be played by every fan of action RPGs. There’s much to do and discover, and from exploration to character interactions to the exciting combat, everything is fun and genuinely interesting. It looks great, it sounds great -- the musical score is outstanding -- and refreshes the genre with some innovative ideas and masterful variations on old ones.

Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen

Bloodborne: The Old Hunters

Just in case you’d forgotten that Bloodborne was one of the best games of the year, The Old Hunters should seal the deal and place it near the top of the list. Generously difficult, filled with hours of new story, and packed with interesting areas to explore and enemies to die to, The Old Hunters is a great addition to the game and should not be missed.

Bloodborne: The Old Hunters