Beat Cop Review
Beat Cop appeals to me on multiple levels. There really aren’t enough games where you play as a cop, let alone one that has to spend most of their time writing tickets. Okay, that may not sound particularly fun, but in a world where bombastic is the norm, sometimes it’s nice to cozy up with mundanity.
Like all games that stress art and atmosphere above all else, appraising Vane is difficult. Some will fall in love with it from the first scene, simply because they appreciate its visual style and engaging music. For me, it’s the game equivalent of tuning in to the fireplace channel on Christmas day. It’s oddly pleasant in its own way, but there’s little substance to it.
Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition Review
When it comes down to it, Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition is an ambitious game that failed to ultimately capture me. Early on it discouraged me from continuous play, and while I eventually got into a rhythm, the barriers of entry still gated off levels of enjoyment.
From Software’s games are built on non-traditional narratives that primarily involve sleuthing context and backstory from item descriptions, environmental design and hanging onto every word spoken by NPCs. Those who seek out clues will be rewarded with context, though none of that is necessary to enjoy the games. That’s why I was intrigued by Deracine, a first-person adventure game created exclusively for the PlayStation VR.
Detective Gallo Review
When it comes to point and click adventure games, their success or failure often comes down to a single aspect - story. The frame of the genre has been solidified for quite a while, and the great games, like the Monkey Island franchise, tell an intriguing tale worth exploring. Detective Gallo is as pure a point and click adventure game as I’ve ever played, going so far as to having a literal pointer on the screen despite being on console.
Phantom Doctrine Review
If you are a fan of deep, complex strategy games, then the turn-based spy simulator Phantom Doctrine is one that you will want to love. Unfortunately, the game makes it extremely difficult for you to do so. It's a shining example of how a game with a bunch of great ideas can undermine itself repeatedly with terrible implementation.
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon Review
Sometimes all you want to do at the end of a long day is to sit down and murder a couple hundred (thousand?) demons. Nights of Azure 2 gives you the chance to do just that while fighting alongside allies and a couple pets as well, but is this an enjoyable demon-slaying adventure or just a fight to be avoided?
Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder Review
Rock of Ages 2 is a fun and madcap adventure, giving you the ability to desecrate art and history, but the game has a habit of taking a little too long with each match. The humor and character carry it a long way and the battles can come to very tense nail-biting finishes, but a better balance on the damage and more interesting map designs would do a lot to help give it more legs.
Masquerada: Songs and Shadows Review
it doesn't have the deepest combat system out there, and its isometric graphics aren't what anyone would call top-notch (although both those things are solid for an indie title). But what it does have is a lot of HEART. The story is intriguing and well told and the audio is just fantastic. If you're looking for a song to get lost in, Maquerada may be just what you're looking for.
Nex Machina: Death Machine Review
In a gaming landscape where every game has bountiful side quests and unending DLC, it’s nice to play a game that knows what it is and sticks to that formula from beginning to end. While Nex Machina won’t be for everyone, it’s a game that absolutely excels at being what it set out to be: a challenging, beautiful arcade shooter that will constantly ask if you want to continue.